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VOL. 495 No.02

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SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014 12 SECTIONS P20.00 IN METRO MANILA

AQUINO AT ISTANA NEGARA


President Benigno S. Aquino III signs the
Guest Book at the Istana Negara in Jalan
Istana, Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur, on
Feb. 28, 2014, during his State Visit to
Malaysia. (Malacanang Photo Bureau)

WEATHER

Luzon

Visayas

partly cloudy to cloudy skies w/


isolated light rains

partly cloudy skies w/


isolated light rains

Mindanao

partly cloudy to cloudy w/ isolated


rainshowers or thunderstorms

Manila

partly cloudy skies w/


isolated light rains

Temperature Range:
19.9C-30.5C

Tides: High: 0:00 Low: 0:00


Sunrise: 6:13 a.m. Sunset: 6:04 p.m.

PH:
Where
Success
Lies
Aquino Returns From KL With Loads Of Investment Commitments
By GENALYN D. KABILING

KUALA LUMPUR President Benigno S. Aquino III flew back to Manila


yesterday after a two-day state visit in
Malaysia with loads of commitments
from Malaysian companies to consider
investments in the Philippines.
Before leaving for Manila Friday
night, President Aquino told Malaysian
businessmen that the Philippines is
where your next success lies while
urging them to join the countrys
journey to progress or regret missed
opportunities.
Those who have already bet on
our people, and reaped the gains of
their investments, can attest to this
companies like the Maybank, Resorts
World, and AlloyMTD. I am hopeful
that, after today, we will be able to add
to this roster that many of you will
join us in realizing the vast potential
of our peoples and the entire region,
he said.

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Sports

Paul Lee
Excited To
Join Gilas
Pilipinas
Team
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Govt Studying
Ways To Ease
Burden of
Increased
Power Rates
By GENALYN D. KABILING

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia The


Aquino administration is drawing up
some schemes to ease the burden of
power consumers in case power rates
are increased.
The DOE (Department of Energy)
is talking, for instance, to Meralco
(Manila Electric Co.) to reduce the
increase, if ever they really must increase the rates, President Benigno
S. Aquino III said in Filipino in a media
interview last Friday night here.
Number two, we would seek to
spread out the period of payment of
consumers for a very long period, he
added.

PONY BOYS DAY Pony riders compete for prizes as they race around the Athletic Bowl in Baguio City during the Pony
Boys Day on March 1, 2014, one of the culminating events of this years Panagbenga Festival. (Zaldy Comanda)

ENTERTAINMENT

Things That
Make You
Go Boom!

Pope: Accompany Couples Whose Marriages Fail


VATICAN CITY (AFP) Pope
Francis on Friday said couples whose
marriages fail should be accompanied and not condemned, wading
into a debate on divorce that is testing
his promise to put the Church in touch
with modern life.
When love fails, and it fails many

times, we have to feel the pain of that


failure, accompany the people who
have felt the failure of their love, the
pope said during the daily mass he
holds in the Vatican.
Don't condemn them! Walk with
them! he said, adding: We have to
be so close to the brothers and sisters

Manila Bulletin Job Fair Returns


By IRENE V. FERNANDO

At least 50 companies from the


business process outsourcing (BPO),
retail, recruitment, manufacturing,
information technology (IT), real estate, banking, and telecommunications
industries are joining the next leg of

A gathering of
industry movers
and shakers over
a swanky dinner at
Vask in Bonifacio
Global City pretty
much introduced
apl.de.aps latest
venture.

who have suffered the failure of love in


their lives.
The main issue is whether divorcees who re-marry should be allowed
to take part in the most sacred point
of Catholic mass, Holy Communion,
which is forbidden under current

H-1

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PNoy To FVR: Thanks, But No Thanks

the Manila Bulletin job fair set to open


on March 6, 2014 at SM Megamall in
Mandaluyong City.
We want to maintain the branding
that we have made with our clients over
the years, said Manila Bulletin Vice
President for Classified Advertising

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KUALA LUMPUR Why was he


unable to resolve poverty during his
term?
This was the curt response of
President Benigno S. Aquino III to the
comments of former President Fidel V.
Ramos during the recent EDSA People
Power anniversary celebration, where

he listed problems, including poverty,


besetting the country.
Nevertheless, the P resident
thanked Ramos for reminding him
about the countrys problems.
The President said he did not want
to sound disrespectful to the elder

metro

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Reading World Record
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Natl Govt Owes LGUs


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Local News

Sunday, March 2, 2014

BOC Impounds 15 Luxury Cars

he Bureau of Customs (BOC) delayed


the release of 15 more luxury vehicles
that were shipped and allegedly undervalued in the Port of Davao.
Alert orders were issued by the Customs
Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS)
on the motor vehicles imported by Ayumi Rose
Marketing, whose four brand-new Toyota
Prado were allegedly sneaked out of the port
last month.
We are trying to find out and investigate
what are the violations and may be we can
recommend to remove it from accreditation,
said Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence
Jessie Dellosa.
He said the motor vehicles were declared
by the importer upon entry in the Mindanao
port from January to February but BOC was
determining if the proper duties had been
paid.

We are going to check in the import assessment service if the right taxes were paid,
Dellosa said.
With so many entry points, smuggled vehicles are shipped to the country through the
ports in the South, and it likely that they were
sneaked into the Mindanao port and passed
through BOC in collusion with some Customs
officials.
Five officials assigned in Davao port were
relieved of their duties as part of the internal
probe on the release and transport of the
Toyota Prado vehicles from General Santos
to Manila.
These are deputy collector Aniceto Sanchez Jr., acting principal appraisers Quinciano
Pavadora Jr. and Jamalodin Macadindang, and
customs examiner Moctar Amer, and cargo
control officer Ansari Saransaman Pundug.
The BOC officials allegedly released
the vehicles without
the necessary clearances and/or lifting
of alert orders as
required, and immediately loaded them
into a container van
for North Harbor in
Manila, a clear violation of customs laws,
rules and regulations. (Raymund F.
Antonio)

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

No Hand In Binay Case


By MADEL SABATERNAMIT

Malacaang on
Saturday said it has no
hand in the revival of
the cases against the
wife of Vice President
Jejomar Binay.
The Office of the
Special Prosecutor under the Office of the Ombudsman has opened
the graf t charges
against former Makati
City mayor Elenita Binay, which were dismissed two years ago.
Opposition party
United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary
general and Navotas
Rep. Tobias Tiangco
accused the administra-

tion of demolition job


against the opposition,
as it also lambasted the

selective prosecution
of Office of the Ombudsman.

Govt Urged:
Tap Hilots
For Healthcare
By JENNY F. MANONGDO

Traditional healers or hilots have long


been filling in the gaps in providing healthcare in remote communities, prompting
the Philippine Medical Association (PMA)
to asked the government to work with
them and utilize them in the delivery of
healthcare.
The PMA proposed this after the recent
training seminar on conventional medicine
and primary healthcare for hilots. Health
Secretary Enrique Ona is supporting our
initiative to organize our traditional healers
nationwide so that we may tap them as a
possible force multiplier of medical doctors
in the rural areas.
The first step, PMA President Leo T.
Olarte said, is to familiarize them in the basic lingo of conventional medicine, primary
healthcare, first aid, disaster and emergency
response, adding that we can set the fundamentals for an effective referral system
involving traditional healers to the conventional doctors most specially in remote rural
areas where there are no available medical
doctors but where hilots abound.
Earlier, the Philippine Society of General Internal Medicine (PSGIM) sounded
the alarm on the shortage of doctors in the
country especially in rural areas.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said there are 72,000 licensed
doctors nationwide. Placed side by side
the Philippine population of 92 million,
this means there are seven doctors for
every 10,000 Filipinos; a stark contrast to
the ideal ratio of one doctor for every 1,000
population.
Department of Health (DOH) data
said the ratio of doctors to patients in rural settings is at three doctors per 100,000
population.
Dr. Antonio Dans, PSGIM president.
said the lack of doctors has become a
'complex' and 'systemic' problem, caused
and aggravated by the cross-country migration of Filipino health workers to more
developed areas such as United States,
Europe, and Middle East; urbanization and
rural-to-urban migration of doctors leading
to maldistribution of practitioners in urban
areas; lack of incentives that encourage
doctors to overspecialize and to seek employment in the private sector leaving the
public health sector understaffed; and sad
state of the overall healthcare situation in
local government units due to devolution.
Olarte said if the hilots are properly
trained, they could help the government
in the provision of basic health services to
the community even as officials are working on a long-term strategy to address this
perennial problem in the local healthcare
industry.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Over
10 Hurt
In Bus
Smashup
By JEFFREY G. DAMICOG

Fire
Leaves
30
Families
Homeless
Around 30 families
were left homeless after
a fire in a neighborhood
in Quezon City that also
damaged the home of a
retired Philippine Army
general.
Investigators are
looking into the possibility that an unattended
candle had caused the
blaze.
Quezon City deputy fire marshal Supt.
Samuel Tadeo said an
estimated P1 million
worth of properties
were destroyed during
the fire in Barangay
Roxas District.
Tadeo said those left
homeless were mostly
informal settlers in the
area.
The fire official said
the blaze destroyed
15 shanty homes and
partially damaged the
home of retired Lt. Gen.
Alberto Braganza.
He noted that the
fire had reached and
damaged the roof on
the second floor of the
Braganza house.
On the other hand,
the fire official assured
that no one got hurt during the fire. (Jeffrey G.
Damicog)

More than 10 persons were believed


hurt after a wayward bus crossed an
opposite lane and plowed through eight
vehicles including a motorcycle in Quezon City before noon yesterday.
Traffic investigator PO2 Allan Florenda said they are still trying to get the
identity of the driver of a Mayami bus
with plate number TXW-386.
Florenda said the driver of the bus
and his conductor quickly fled following the vehicular smashup that took
place at past 11 a.m. yesterday along
Commonwealth Avenue just in front of
the Uno gas station in Barangay North
Fairview.
The investigator said more than 10
persons were injured in the vehicular
smashup.
As of 3 p.m. yesterday, investigators
have yet to account the total number of
injured and get their names.
Florenda said two persons were in
critical condition including a motorcycle
driver and a passenger of a UV Express,
both of whom are at the Intensive Care
Unit (ICU) of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Hospital.
Apart from the FEU Hospital, Florenda said those who were hurt were
taken to the Fairview General Hospital and East Avenue Medical Center
(EAMC).
Though investigation was still
continuing as to what had happened,
Florenda said the bus driver could face
charges for reckless imprudence resulting to multiple damage to properties
and multiple physical injuries.
The investigator learned that the
bus was carrying passengers that
morning while on its way to its destination in Sapang Palay, Bulacan.
However, along the way, the bus
suddenly crossed lanes and smashed
through vehicles that were going in the
direction of Philcoa.
Apart from the bus, the vehicles
involved in the smashup included a
motorcycle, two UV Express vans, three
sedans, two wagons, and a Mitsubishi
L-300 container van.

Muntinlupa Breaks
Reading Record
By JONATHAN M. HICAP

Muntinlupa City yesterday broke the world


record on most adults
reading to children in
a single location with
19,110 participants as
the city marked its 19th
cityhood anniversary.
The event erased
the current record of
the Changhua county
government in Taiwan,
which had 3,682 adults
reading to 4,074 children
on April 24, 2011.
The world record

setting event was held at Filinvest


Corporate City in Alabang yesterday
morning.
It was attended by Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, former Muntinlupa
congressman Ruffy Biazon, Vice Mayor
Artemio Simundac, Undersecretary for
External Linkages Mario Deriquito of
the Department of Education (DepEd),
Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs
Tonisito Umali of DepEd Main and
Superintendent Priscila de Sagun of
DepEd Muntinlupa.
The two witnesses were Director
Ramon Bacani of SEAMEO-INNOTECH Regional Center and Dr. Melissa
Alma Orencia, president of the Reading
Association of the Philippines.

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Quevedo
Resigning
Newly installed Cardinal Cotabato
Archbishop Orlando Quevedo is tendering his resignation to Pope Francis as
Archbishop of Cotabato this month. On
March 11, I will be 75. I will be writing my
letter of resignation to the Holy Father
(Pope Francis) as Archbishop of Cotabato, he said in an interview with News
TVs State of the Nation, Friday. To note,
75 is the retirement age for bishops. The
Code of Canon Law requires that Catholic
bishops must tender their resignation on
their 75th birth anniversary. (Leslie Ann
G. Aquino)

C.C.T. Program
Twenty-thousand additional Yolandastricken families will be included in the
governments Conditional Cash Transfer
(CCT) program this year, courtesy of a
Senate amendment in the 2014 national
budget which slashed P336 million from
the programs overhead in order to enroll
that many typhoon victims. The senator
who authored the amendment, Ralph
Recto, said as a result of the Senate action, an equivalent of 100,000 more individuals in Yolanda areas will be brought
under the coverage of the Pantawid
Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), CCTs
official name. (Mario Casayuran)

Kinder Catch-Up
To ensure that learnerssuch as
those who were displaced due to armed
conflict in Mindanao and those affected by
disasters particularly by super-typhoon
Yolanda last yearwould be able to
complete their kindergarten education,
the Department of Education (DepEd)
will implement the Kindergarten CatchUp Education Program (KCEP). Education Secretary Armin Luistro, through
DepEd Order No. 11 series of 2014
released the Policy Guidelines on the
Implementation of the Kindergarten
Catch-Up Education Program which
aims to provide kindergarten education
to learners who do not have access
to schools or those who live under difficult circumstances. (Ina HernandoMalipot)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Its Easy To Get US


Visa, Says Ambassador

By JC BELLO RUIZ

espite the perception of


some Filipinos that it is
difficult to secure one, US
Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg insists that "it
is easy to get" a US tourist visa and
that "majority of applications are even
approved."
"Actually it's not (difficult to get a
US visa). The vast majority of people
who apply are approved. It is rather
standard and a very easy process,"
Goldberg told reporters on Saturday
during the opening of the US Embassy
in Manila's "America in 3D" road show,
which he said is meant "to bring the
embassy out to people."
"You make an appointment. You go
in, you have an interview. As long as
you are a stable resident of the Philippines, you are going to get a visa,
and go and enjoy the United States,"
he said.
Goldberg said clearing misconceptions about the US Embassy in the
Philippines is specifically the aim of
its "America in 3D" road show.
"The consular section, the veterans
affairs section are here to help explain
what the embassy does. Help demystify
in some ways some of our services, to
try to help people the best we can,"
Goldberg said.
"Because sometimes people are
intimidated by the big American embassy, the high walls and all of that,"

he added.
In fact, he said, the US Consular Office has a user-friendly system and that
the "vast majority of visa applicants are
approved."

Goldberg then invited Filipinos to "experience America" at


the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City
from March 1 to 2 through the
"America in 3D" road show.

Saint Agnes
The Catholic Church celebrates today
the Feast of Saint Agnes (Santa Ines) of
Bohemia, a medieval Bohemian princess
venerated in many parts of the world as
a model of Christian virtue and religious
piety. Also known as Agnes of Prague,
she lived a life of prayer and poverty. She
devoted her time to charity work and
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active member of the Franciscan Poor
Clares. (Christina I. Hermoso)

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Solon Pushes Educational


Aid For Young PWDs

senior administration congressman has called for the


inclusion of the Filipino sign
language (FSL) in elementary
and high school curriculum as an elective subject to help young persons with
disabilities (PWDs).
Apart from the measure, House
Deputy Majority Leader Sher win
Tugna urged the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission
on Higher Education (CHEd) to devise
a plan that would address the college
education needs of youths suffering
disabilities, especially hearing- and
visually-impaired persons.
In an interview after addressing
graduates of an FSL training program

in Quezon City, Tugna called on DepEd


to study the possibility of adding FSL to
elementary and secondary education
program.
Tugna, who represents the Citizens
Battle Against Crime (Cibac), said this
move will help bridge the communications gap between hearing impaired
persons and those who have normal
hearing faculties.
The administration solon lamented
that college education is not easily available to persons with disabilities due
to lack of teaching aids and university
curriculum that would complement
their needs.
We will be denying the HI (hearing impaired) individuals their right

to education mainly because we lack


proper education aids and curricula
that would suit them, said Tugna, who
was guest speaker at the graduation
ceremonies for the Signals of Hand and
Oral Understanding Training (SHOUT)
program of the Rotary Club of QuirinoQuezon City.
Tugna, co-author of House Bill 1214
that was recently approved on third
and final reading in the Lower House,
lauded the RCQQC for partnering with
the Batino Elementary School Special
Education Center in providing FSL
training for non-HI students of the
school.
First Class president Ferdie Gueco
said the RCQQC SHOUT program, a

Sunday, March 2, 2014


brainchild of immediate past president Benjamin Rosario, is now on its
third year and has graduated over 100
Grade IV-VI students who are now
fluently communicating with their HI
schoolmates.
Tugna urged more Rotary Clubs and
other civic organizations to devise and
finance their own SHOUT program in the
meantime that FSL is not yet available in
basic and secondary education program.
The Cibac party-list solon co-authored HB 1214 which makes it mandatory for television stations to provide
FSL interpretation insets in at least two
newscast programs per day and special
programs covering events of national
significance.
Aside from Tugna, other authors of
the bill are Representatives Rufus Rodriguez (Independent, Cagayan de Oro
City); Maximo Rodriguez (Abante Mindanao); Salvio Fortuno (LP, Camarines
Sur); Celso Lobregat (NP, Zamboanga
City); Terry Ridon (Kabataan Partylist);
Neri Colmenares (Bayan Muna), and
Teddy Brawner Baguilat (LP, Ifugao).
(Ben R. Rosario)

Govt
Studying...

We are also considering, if we have


the finances readily available, to take
care of the interest charges of Meralco,
he said, for it to spread out the collection
of the increase over a long period not
just for one or two months but perhaps
for a year or two.
The Supreme Court recently extended its Temporary Restraining
Order (TRO) on the increase of P4.15
per kilowatt hour in electricity charges
of Meralco for 60 days. The TRO is in
effect until April 22.
Pending the SC decision on the
power rate issue, the President said
the DOE has started an investigation
into the alleged collusion among power
generators that led to the sudden spike
in Meralcos power rate.
He said the power plants should
have prepared for the regular maintenance shutdown of the Malampaya gas
plant. Instead, these companies had
to produce power at high costs, to the
detriment of the consumers.
Mindanao Power Problem
Meanwhile, Luzon and Visayas can
expect a stable power supply this summer but Mindanao may have to take a
little sacrifice.
President Aquino said the government is taking steps to augment the
power supply of Mindanao, including
the construction of more power plants
as well as tapping the Malampaya funds
for energy development.
Aquino, however, said the additional
power plants in Mindanao may only be
completed only in 2015.
In Luzon, Visayas, I dont think
theres an issue (on power supply) but
in Mindanao, there's a prediction for
instance that this is an El Nio year.
El Nio has an impact on hydro and
hydro is a very substantial portion of
the power of Mindanao, the President
said in an interview Friday night.
Aquino issued the remarks after the
recent power blackout in many parts of
Mindanao.
In effect, theres a short circuit
in the grid. Then all the power plants
will go offline to protect themselves.
Now, you will have to restart the power
plants, reintroduce them to the grid
one-by-one, the President said.
Aquino expressed support for a
bill filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes
IV that allows the use of Malampaya
funds to repair energy infrastructure
damaged by natural calamities.
He noted that a recent Supreme
Court decision limited the governments
use of Malampaya funds for energy exploration. He said it was unworkable
for the government to enter energy
exploration but it is banned by an old
presidential decree from going into
power generation and distribution.
That is why there is this law that
will correct the presidential decree that
governs how to utilize the Malampaya
funds, he said.

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To FVR...

leader but he pointed out that the


record is there.
When he (Ramos) was President,
the population stood roughly about 50
million, and the problems, I assume
especially in the vaunted economic
growth under his term, could have been
addressed, the President said in a media interview here Friday night.
Aquino, aware of the impact of his
critical remarks of the former leader,
quickly revised his comment.
Im sorry, let me rephrase it properly. Addressing the needs of 50 million
is definitely less than addressing the
needs of 97 million, he said.
Nonetheless, the President assured
the government is addressing the countrys problems, particularly poverty.
At the end, thank you for the reminder and we have not forgotten that these
are our primary concerns, he said.
In the recent anniversary celebration of the 1986 EDSA People Power,
Ramos reportedly listed the countrys
problems, including widening gap between the rich and the poor, high prices
of commodities, corruption, poverty,
and political dynasties.
On allegations of overpopulation,
the President said his administration
pushed for the passage of the responsible parenthood bill to ensure parents
look after their children.
It was eventually signed into law but
its implementation, however, has been
temporarily stopped by the Supreme
Court. But even without that, there
has been a reduction on the population growth rate, he said. (Genalyn D.
Kabiling)

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Coop ever since we can remember.

When we need money to pay for


t he tuition fees of our children, we
apply for a loan from our Coop and after the
loan is released, we cry Salbar Kita~ because
our problem is solved. When we get sick and
we need money to pay the hospital or the
medicines to make us well, we cry, Salbar Kita",
When our Coop gives us a loan to take care of
our provident and productive needs, we thank
our Coop and cry: Salbar Ki ta!
So, for a long, long time sincewe have been
members of our Coop, we have been crying or

shouting these two words: Salbar Kita"


But there came a time when we thanked

this calamity, our


Coop immediately
sent relief, in cash
and in kind, to
help the victims.
We sent cash to the Governor of Bohol, their
Archbishop and the City Mayor of Tagbilaran
and packages of food to the areas of Bohol and
Cebu that were affected by the earthquake.
And when Leyte and the northern part of
Cebu were ravaged by super typhoon " Yolanda~
we distributed thousands of food packages
to the people there that were devastated. So,
we gave honor and justice to our battle cry "SALBAR KITA" and for one shining moment, it
also meant "SALBAR SILA":

our Coop, not becausewe were saved personally


but because we were also able to save others in
their hour of financial and personal needs. And
that was when a devastating earthquake hit
Bohol and Cebu. When these areas were hit by

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THROUGH UNTRUE

Busy And Angry?


By FR. ROLANDO V. DELA ROSA, O.P.

HY is there very little


creative work going on
within and around us? It
is because we are either
always busy or angry. Or, both.
Nowadays, we have become like
telephones: either busy or dead. If
you are not busy, people think you are
lazy, jobless, or comatose. Inevitably,
we apply the same valuation to ourselves. We become frightened by the
thought of not having to do anything.
If we are not profitably engaged, we
feel worthless.
Our high-tech and heavily mechanized world is one big conspiracy that
forces us to do something at every moment. Time-saving machines have been
invented, but NOT to give us more rest
and recreation. We are expected to use
the time that we have saved on other
machines to increase our productivity.
Filipinos, especially those in the
urban jungle, imagine themselves like
Atlas bearing on his shoulders one gigantic workload. Work has become our

purpose for living. The trouble


is, it is a too-narrow purpose. It
shuts our minds to wider questions and deeper concerns
about life. When unexpected
events happen, like a death in
the family, breakdown of marriage, or a terminal illness, our
daily work routine is disrupted, and we
fall apart.
Compunding our addiction to a busy
life is our tendency to be angry all the
time. Although anger itself is not necessarily destructive, prolonged anger can
be very exhausting. Anger consumes
energy very rapidly, and if long sustained, may completely drain us.
Every day, our blood boils over our
powerlessness to stop our countrys
drift into uncertainty and moral chaos.
We are furious at the traffic mess,
uncollected garbage, air and noise pollution, high prices, unbridled graft and
corruption in government, unsolved
crimes, and the growing restlessness
and violence in our society.
Too often, however, we get mad over
situations that are beyond our con-

trol, while neglecting those


problems that are within our
power to address.
Blaise Pascal once made
an accurate diagnosis of our
present malady. He wrote
that our tendency to be always busy and angry can
be traced not to events happening
outside us, but to an attitude we have
developed. We cannot sit quietly and
be still. We like to be busy and angry
because we use these to distract us
from an overwhelming sense of emptiness. Such emptiness proceeds from
our having pushed God out of our lives
in order to rely on our illusory ability to
control everything.
Everytime we are tempted to be
busy and angry, let us close our eyes,
breathe slowly, and imagine God telling us to surrender control to Him who
knows what is best for us:
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Be still.
Be.

word alive

Armless Fil-American On Hope Mission


By Fr. BEL R. SAN LUIS, SVD

WOMAN who can comb her


hair, apply her own makeup,
put on/remove her contact
lenses, play the piano, drive
her car pilot a plane using only her
feet? Incredible but true. This woman
is Filipino-American Jessica Macabares Cox, 31, born without arms due to
a rare birth defect and is now here in
the country.
***
Together with her taekwondo
instructor and husband Patrick
Chamberlain , Jessica came to bring
hope to kababayans particularly in
Guiuan, Eastern Samar, birth place
of her mother Inez, ravaged by the
monster super typhoon Yolanda.
Specifically, her mission is to
bring awareness on the help needed
by persons with disabilities (PWDs)
who survived the devastating super
typhoon.
***
Jessica will proceed to Bobon Mercedes, barrio of Guiuan, Samar, where
her mother grew up in a family of 13
siblings. Although life was hard for the
family orphaned by the early death of
the father, all the children managed to
get college education.
Bulletin correspondent Ellson Quismorio in his article on amazing Jessica
Cox wrote, That strength in spirit and

resilience is what Cox said


she inherited from her mom,
which guided her in overcoming the challenges and discrimination that came with
being born without arms.
***
I always wondered why
I am so strong and resilient. Much of it has to do with my
mothers story. Im very fortunate of
my Filipino roots, Jessica said.
A motivational speaker and a psychology graduate of the University of
Arizona, Jessica shared in one of her
talks, My father (William) taught me
that I was never any different from
the others. He never saw me as a victim of any disability or handicap. And
because he didnt see me as a victim,
I never believed that I was one.
***
My mother told me, God has a
reason for whatever challenge or circumstance you have, and He will use it
to glorify Him.
I believe that God had a reason for
creating me this way. He has allowed
me to be His wonderful instrument to
go out to the world and bring hope to
many.
***
TODAYS HUMOR. Office Policies: You are advised to come to work
dressed according to your salary.
If you are wearing imported shoes

and carrying a Gucci bag,


we assume you are doing
well financially and therefore do not need a raise.
If you dress poorly, you
should learn to manage
your money better, so that
you may buy nicer clothes,
and therefore you do not
need a raise.
***
Sick Days: Doctor's certification as
proof of sickness is no longer accepted.
If you are able to go to the doctor, you
are able to come to work.
Vacation Leaves: Each employee
will receive 104 vacation leaves a year.
They are called Saturdays and
Sundays.
***
YOURE INVITEDto a rare
event where Cardinal Luis Antonio
Tagle and John Allen, the CNN Vatican expert, talk on the future Church
in a "DINNER FOR THE MISSIONS"
on March 13, Thursday, @ 7 p.m. at
the Elements Eton Centris, Quezon
Avenue, corner EDSA.
***
The event is a fundraiser for Divine
Word Seminary (SVD) in Tagaytay
celebrating its 50th anniversary. For
inquiry, e-mail: Manny Mendoza, mendozamanny55@yahoo.comor; Dante
Magdangal dantemagdangal@yahoo.
com.ph

THE VIEW FROM RIZAL

O W, t h i s k i d i s
great!
That was my wife
Andeng excitedly
expressing her admiration for young
Filipino figure skater Michael Christian
Martinez the countrys sole representative in the recent international winter
Olympics held in Sochi.
Andeng had earlier searched out
Michaels name in the Internet. She
had been hearing much about him from
friends who have been gushing over his
exceptional brilliance on ice.
Michael recently returned home to a
rousing welcome after his historic 19th
place finish in a field of 20-plus finalists
in the medal round of the mens figure
skating event.
A friend had a more skeptical view
of Michael and of his rare feat. Well,
what is so great about this kid? was the
question he threw to a recent gathering
of coffee cronies.
His question got the rest of us
analyzing the significance of what the
17-year-old Filipino had achieved in an
international competition.
Here are some thoughts on what is
so great about this kid.
One, he was the youngest participant
in his event.
Two, he was fueled mostly by the
power of his dream.
Three, he comes from a country with
no winter and no snow.
In short, the path towards Michaels
dream was littered with major obstacles. His will and resolve were bigger
than all of them combined. He overcame
the odds, kept his eyes focused on his
dream, and moved one big, big step
closer to it.
My view was that most, if not every,
Filipino child has a big dream.

This is not a recent phenomenon. This was true even


during the era when young
Filipinos like Dr. Jose Rizal
were at the helm of a national
upheaval. We Filipinos love to
dream.
And when we dream, we
dream big. We dream the near-impossible like becoming a champion ice
skater despite growing up in a country
where our experience of snow is
mostly confined to the shaved ice at the
top of our halo-halo.
Libre naman ang mangarap
(dreaming entails no cost), is a favorite Filipino expression and is our ready
answer to people who challenge the
feasibility and viability of our dream
especially when that dream has to do
with conquering the world stage or
conquering the world itself.
That is, of course, not entirely true.
Based on Michaels saga, dreaming
big can be costly. For him, it meant many
hours of practice, sacrificing many of the
reckless fun that young people like him
love to engage in.
It meant his mother begging for help
from private institutions and government agencies. It meant his mother
mortgaging their home so he can pay for
his trips and the huge cost of enlisting
world-class coaches.
Yes, entertaining the dream may be
cost-free. The pursuit of the dream is
costly.
Michaels saga is reminiscent of Dr.
Rizals.
Dr. Rizal, together with many other young people of his generation,
dreamed and dreamed big. They
dreamed of freedom and dignity for their
country and countrymen.
Just like Michael, they were: one,
young; two, fueled by the power of their
dream; and three, came from a country

Keep Alive The EDSA Spirit


By FIDEL V. RAMOS
FORMER PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT

Whenever a need to talk about


the Spirit of EDSA 1986 arises, FVR
always takes it as an opportunity
to ascribe the event as a God-given
blessing with due homage to its historical significance, and as a chance
to remind our people of its deeper
meaning of unity and sacrifice.
(Manila Standard Today, 24
February 2014).

UE to the lack of earlier preparations by Malacaang


and its last- minute changes
in the venues for the main
events, the celebration of the 28th Anniversary of our peaceful People Power
Revolution at EDSA was greeted with
mixed reviews, media catcalls, and
even loud protest rallies by militant
groups which represented some of the
original participating groups in that
historic event in 1986.
Because of the late dissemination of
information, the specific focus sought
by the authorities to extol Bayanihan
(Cooperation), Pagbabago (Reform),
Pagkakapit-Bisig (Working Shoulderto-Shoulder), and Pagkakaisa (Unity)
in the wake of the massive calamities
of 2013 -- principally in Leyte-Samar,
Cebu-Bohol, Zamboanga City, and
Northeastern Mindanao -- was not that
well-appreicated countrywide.
Over the years, this column has
been underscoring that what took
place on 22-25 February 1986 and its
antecedents was the culmination of
our collective heroic efforts as Filipino
citizens -- galvanized to direct action
by the desire to reestablish a society
that respects human dignity and liberty; live in a land at peace with itself,

not torn apart


by strife; regain
representative
government that
is both effective
and accountable; and achieve
a dynamic and
bountiful future.
EDSA 1986 demonstrates a triumvirate of Filipino virtues similarly displayed in the 1896 Revolution against
Spain starting at Pugad Lawin, and
the courageous 1942 defense of Bataan
and Corregidor.
Last Monday, 24 February, at the
Libingan ng mga Bayani in the first
official event of the commemoration
of the 28th Anniversary of our People
Power Revolution, FVR (as the designated main speaker) paid tribute to
the fallen heroes who sacrificed life,
limb, and fortune for freedom and democracy, and also sought to renew the
patriotic spirit and civic ideals that had
driven countless Filipinos forward,
through grave and death-dealing ordeals, towards solidarity and hope.
On that occasion, Ramos also urged
that the Caring, Sharing, and Daring
that carried our people through supertyphoon Yolanda and other calamities that befell the Philippines in 2013
be manifested in our daily lives. He
said Filipinos should draw strength
from the values and virtues that
brought forth People Power in 1986
and 2001. These are still very much
alive today, even if only during severe
calamities and crisis situations.
Caring, Sharing, And Daring
On that same occasion, EPPC Vice
Chairman Jose Pardo said: The
EDSA People Power Commission believes that the new form of solidarity
(Contd on page E-19)

Reflections Today

Jesus' Teaching About Money


And Dependence On God

The Filipino As Dreamer


By DR. JUN A. YNARES, M.D.

ON EMPOWERING THE FILIPINO PEOPLE

where people hardly had any


idea of what it was to be free
and to live in dignity, having
been under cruel colonial rule
for nearly half a millennium.
Just like Michaels dream
of an Olympic triumph, Dr.
Rizal and his peers saw the
dream of freedom and dignity worth the
cost it entailed. Just like Michael, they
were willing to purchase the dream with
foregone youthful pleasures, prolonged
separation from their families, and
physical wounds.
One minor difference was that Dr.
Rizal had to purchase his dream with
the added cost of death.
There are three things a Filipino
holds dear: his faith, his family and
his dream.
As my family and I join our friends
at Church today, we shall remember
in prayer the Filipino and his dreams.
We shall pray that we may have the will
to pursue our near-impossible dreams
and have, too, the willingness to pay the
price for the pursuit.
And, as I kneel in prayer, I shall
remember, too, that the God to whom I
pray is also one very, very big dreamer.
His dream is for Man, separated from
Him by Sin, to rediscover his relationship with a God who is our Father and
to be reunited with Him.
Gods dream is also a costly one.
In pursuit of that dream, He was willing to see his one and only Son suffer
and die on the cross.
If we are big dreamers, it can only
be because the God who created us
is also one.
A blessed Sunday to all.
*For feedback, please email it to
antipolocitygov@gmail.com or send it
to #4 Horse Shoe Drive, Beverly Hills
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MATTHEW 6:24-34

ESUS said to His disciples: No


one can serve two masters. He
will either hate one and love the
other, or be devoted to one and
despise the other. You cannot serve
God and mammon.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry
about your life, what you will eat [or
drink], or about your body, what you
will wear. Is not life more than food and
the body more than clothing? Look at
the birds in the sky; they do not sow or
reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single
moment to your life-span? Why are you
anxious about clothes? Learn from the
way the wild flowers grow. They do not
work or spin. But I tell you that not even
Solomon in all his splendor was clothed
like one of them. If God so clothes the
grass of the field, which grows today
and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you,
O you of little faith? So do not worry
and say, What are we to eat? or What
are we to drink? or What are we to
wear?All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you
need them all. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you
besides. Do not worry about tomorrow;
tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.
Have trust in God!
At Mass, after the Lords Prayer
(Our Father), the priest prays that we
may be always free from sin and safe
from all pertubatio (distress). This
echoes Jesus command not to be overly anxious about our needs and have
more trust in God. Indeed, worldly
anxiety chokes the word of God sown in

our hearts, preventing it from


growing and
bearing fruit (cf
Mt 13:22).
To illustrate
this, Jesus points
to Solomon, son
and successor of King David, who
was widely recognized for his fabulous
wealth. When Solomon asked for an
understanding heart to govern his
people wisely, God was so pleased with
his request that God gave him not only
a wisdom no one could surpass but
also a lot more (1 Kgs 3:13).
Jesus mentions the proverbial
glory of Solomon (his wealth and
royal garments) to underline the
beauty with which God clothes the
wild flowers. However transitory
these are, God cares for them. If
God shows so much concern for the
flowers, how much more will God
care for human beings, the crown of
Gods creation!
The very weakness of the flowers
emphasizes their faith: they grow
to beauty despite their inborn evanescence and their being subject to the
weather and to animals. Yet the human being who lives longer and is able
to care for himself rattles out his life
worrying over survival. The disciples
anxiety over what they are to eat,
drink, and wear shows that they are of
little faith, that is, they are lacking
in confidence in God. Jesus tells them
not to be anxious. Life in the coming
kingdom is more important than any
life that nature supports.
SOURCE: 366 Days with the
Lord 2012, ST. PAULS Philippines,
7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City
(Phils.,); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328;
E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website:
http://www.stpauls.ph.

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A Little Boy's Pony Dream


By ATTY. NELLY FAVIS VILLAFUERTE

MORE VITAL THAN EVER

Education Reforms: Key


To Sustaining The Country's Rise
By SENATOR EDGARDO J. ANGARA

AST week, I delivered the 46th


St. Thomas More Lecture
for the Faculty of Arts and
Letters of the University of
Santo Tomas.
The countrys past stellar performance and beaming prospects have
enabled government to increase revenue and tax effort ratios and reduce
its budget to less than 2 percent of GDP.
Government, as a result, succeeded
in filling up classroom, teacher and
textbook shortages.
But these notwithstanding, income
inequality and joblessness persist.
Around 24 million Filipinosor nearly
28 percent of the populationremained
poor in the last six years.
Clearly, the gains in national income
have yet to reach the population at
large. In fact, the income gap between
the rich and poor is widening. In 2011,
the country registered a high GINI or
income inequality coefficient of 44
higher than Thailands 42.5, Indonesias
39.4, Malaysias 37.9, and Vietnams
37.8.
Such severe income disparity was
what Oxfam and the World Economic
Forum cited as a top global risk, exacerbated by structural unemployment
and underemployment, mostly of the
young.
The chief reason for that is the
mismatch between skills and market
demandor simply, the disconnect between what schools teach and what the
labor markets look for across low- and
middle-income countries in East Asia,
because Higher Education Institutions
(HEIs) lack industry linkages.
More than 52 percent of the 12.1
million Filipinos which SWS reported

as jobless were
aged 18 to 24. Such
mass unemployment of the youth
can only be solved
by structural reforms.
To be fair, several such reforms were already in
place, including Daycare Centers
(Early Years Act), the Universal Kindergarten Act and the Enhanced
Basic Education Act or the new K to
12 system.
Spending for basic and higher
education has risen. For 2014, the
Department of Education (DepEd)
will receive P309 billion 15 percent
more than its 2013 budget and the biggest it has received in its history so far.
Between 2012 and 2013, the budget for
State Universities and Colleges (SUCs)
increased by 44 percent from R25.8
billion to P32.77 billion.
Though short of global benchmarks,
the increased educational investment
helped bridge perennial resources
gaps. President Aquino recently turned
over the 66,813th classroom built under
his administration filling an inherited classroom backlog. Last year, more
textbooks and chairs were purchased,
as some 61,500 teachers were hired
the biggest number DepEd has taken
in for a single hiring cycle.
With the groundwork in place, focus
should turn to ensuring the relevance
of curriculums and raising the quality
of teaching especially, in Math and
the Sciences. Several key changes
have to be instituted. There is little time
to lose as ASEAN 2015 is already on its
way. A sense of urgency must prevail.
We b s i t e : w w w. e d a n g a r a . c o m
E-mail: angara.ed@gmail.com

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Hollywood's Black Talent


By PIYA SINHA-ROY

OS ANGELES, California,
United States (Reuters)
When Halle Berry and Denzel
Washington won the best-acting Oscar categories and Sidney Poitier
was honored with a lifetime achievement
award in 2002, the night was a watershed
for black actors in Hollywood.
Since then the debate about Hollywood diversity among the African
American community has continued
to ebb and flow, but one fact remains
constant: nearly all black actors are still
only being recognized by the Academy
Awards for playing specifically black
characters in film.
Four movies from 2013 have served
to animate that conversation during
Hollywood's awards season: "12 Years
A Slave," "Lee Daniels' The Butler,"
"Fruitvale Station" and "Mandela: Long
Walk to Freedom." Only the first, Steve
McQueen's historical drama, made it to
the Oscars.
This year, three black actors will be
vying for Oscars at the March 2 ceremony, and if "12 Years a Slave" wins best
picture, it will be the first film by a black
director to do so.
But as black films and actors are
being celebrated by Hollywood, there is
no clear indication that the industry has
turned the corner on increasing roles not
based on race.
That could be partly explained by the
underrepresentation of black talent in senior positions in film studios and among
the 6,000-plus members of the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,

who vote for the


Oscars.
"When roles in
otherwise mainstream movies
go to black actors
that aren't necessarily written
PROFESSOR
for (them), I think
TODD BOYD
that's a point when
there will have
been some profile change," said Todd
Boyd, a professor of critical studies at the
University of Southern California and an
expert on African American cinema and
culture. "We are not there yet."
Seven of the nine best-picture nominees in contention for an Oscar this
year, including large ensemble casts in
"American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall
Street," do not have any black actors in
leading or supporting roles.
The two films that do, "Captain Phillips" and "12 Years a Slave," have landed
acting nods for stars Chiwetel Ejiofor,
who is up for best actor, and Lupita
Nyong'o andBarkhad Abdi in the supporting categories.
British actor Ejiofor and KenyanMexican actress Nyong'o both play
slaves in McQueen's pre-civil-war drama, while Somali-American newcomer
Abdi, in his first acting role, portrays a
Somali pirate who seizes command of
a cargo ship.
More than 50 black actors and actresses have been nominated and won
Oscars throughout the history of the
Academy Awards. Most have done so
for playing specifically black characters,
either historical or fictional.

OD loves little children.


There are many verses in
the Holy Bible that confirm
this. In the Book of Mark,
Chapter 10, Verses 13-16, we find the
following: And they brought young
children to Him, that He should touch
them: and His disciples rebuked those
that brought them. But when Jesus
saw it, He was much displeased, and
said unto them, Suffer the little children
to come unto me, and forbid them not:
for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not
receive the kingdom of God as a little
child, he shall not enter therein. And
He took them up in His arms, put His
hands upon them, and blessed them.
(King James Version)
***
Let me share with you the story
of Reggie, a 4-year-old American
boy who grew up in the countryside
in Plantersville, Alabama, USA. His
mother taught Sunday school and his
father was a deacon in their church,
they being Baptist. This story happened in 1962. Today, Reggie, now
in his fifties is a practicing Christian
medical doctor has been one for
more than 25 years now. Dr. Reggie
Anderson is the author of the Christian book titled Appointment with
Heaven, a soul-stirring personal
account of the doctors encounter
with God.
The pony dream of Reggie at age
4 years was triggered by the television announcement of a contest appearing in the Popeye cartoon show
sometime in June, 1962.
Reggie and his two siblings (Cathy,
his 7-year-old sister, and Tim, his
2-year-old brother) joined the contest. The contest required only a
postcard to be sent to Popeye at
WAPI in Birmingham. No box tops
to send, nothing to buy, and nothing
to write in the postcard except the
name and address. The first prize of
the contest that excited the siblings
was a beautiful Shetland pony. Living
in a small rural town, Reggie and his

siblings love farming and


raising animals.
Says Dr. Reggie in his
testimony, Mom agreed
that we join the contest
turning it into a lesson on
reading, writing, and how
the postal system worked.
She let us each choose a
postcard and showed us how to address it and how to write our names
and address though she had to do
most of the writing for Tim and me.
She gave us each a stamp to lick and
showed us where to place it.
I told Mom, Dont send in Tim
and Cathys cards. 'Why not,' Mom
asked. 'I had a dream last night, and
God told me I was going to win the
pony, so you only need to send in my
postcard.'
Cathy looked at me like I was
crazy, so I didnt go into details. But
the night before, Id had a dream in
which I was riding the pony bareback
in a red clover field. The sky was
clear, and there was a coolness in the
air. A voice with authority, though not
alarming, spoke to me. 'You will win
this pony, but you must share this gift
with everyone who wants to ride this
special horse.' The voice was calm
and reassuring, and I knew at once it
was God. And then he paraphrased
something I had heard in church:
'To whom much is given, much is
expected.'
I wanted to tell Mr. Fisher, the
postman that the high hopes of winning I had werent just wishful thinking they were assurances. And they
didnt come from me they came
from God. But I didnt yet have the
language skills to express all that I
was thinking. Besides, it was becoming obvious that people were finding
it hard to believe me.
To cut the story short, Reggie won
the first prize in the nationwide contest. It was announced on television.
Reggie became an instant celebrity in
their small community of 500 people.
With great joy and excitement, the
children in the community took turns
in riding the pony for the next few

weeks.
In his testimony, Dr. Reggie said that his mother
observed that he as a young
boy accepted faith in God
easier than his brother
and sister did. Dr. Reggie
said, Growing up in the
country, I cant remember
a time when I didnt believe in God.
My faith was as real to me as the red
clay beneath my calloused bare feet,
and God was as gentle as the cotton
that blew from the fields. It rooted
and grew in every direction without
anyone tending to it. I knew God was
as ever-present as the century-old
oak trees that grew on our acreage.
His goodness, grace, and mercy were
as alive and abundant to me as the
doves, squirrels, and pine trees I saw
every day. God was everywhere. I
heard sounds of him in the lake when
I was fishing and saw him when I lay
on my back in the fields watching the
cumulus clouds drifting by on a sea
of blue sky. For me, getting close to
God wasnt about sitting silently in
church; it was about becoming quiet
in the presence of his creation and
listening for his still, small voice.
God was as visible and present as
the landscape, especially the foothills
of the Appalachian Mountains. The
outdoors had become my cathedral,
and from the land, God had abundantly blessed us with food, clothing,
and a home. The faith of Dr. Reggie
at age 4 years old was astounding!
Like the unwavering absolute faith
in a great God of other innocent and
wonderful children.
***
This column continues to give out
copies of the Holy Bible for free to those
who cannot afford to buy their own
copies. If interested, please send your
letter-request to Ms. Nelly Favis-Villafuerte, 5233 Fahrenheit St., Palanan,
Makati City. Kindly mention if it is the
Tagalog, English, Cebuano, or Ilocano
Bible that is preferred.
Be joyful and forgiving! (Comments
may be sent to Ms. Villafuertes email:
villafuerte_nelly@yahoo.com.)

ated as the fungi eats it away.


Dont worry, you wont mistake
it for something else because
your feet will smell bad.
The sole and heel skin may
crack and peel. Oftentimes,
the nails are infected as well.
This is the moccasin type of
athletes foot. Perhaps the most bothersome is the vesicular infection in which
blisters appear on the foot becoming red
and inflamed with pressure.
Risk Factors. Any of these increases
the likelihood of getting athletes foot:
* Male sex (as a rule, men ignore
their feet).
* Depressed immune system, from
diabetes or cancer.
* Elderly.
* Use of public showers (gym, swimming pool) without slippers.
* Enlarged prostate.
* Diabetes.
Signs and Symptoms.
* Itching or burning sensation.
* Cracking or peeling of skin.
* Foul smelling feet.
* Blisters (in vesicular infection).
* Skin breakdown (maceration).
Diagnosis. Visit a certified dermatologist or the friendly neighborhood
general/family medicine practitioner.
Although a visual inspection by your
trusted doctor to diagnose may be reliable, she can insist on some tests. A
KOH (potassium hydroxide) medium

will demonstrate a fungal colony in skin or nail scrapings.


In special cases, the doctor
may request a fungal culture
or even a skin biopsy.
Treatment. Over the
counter anti-fungal powders,
creams, and sprays are available. Do not take anti-fungal pills without
prescription. Side effects have to be
monitored. Athletes foot generally responds to medication and the common
problem is discontinuing the treatment
course. This makes recurrence more
likely. Continue applying the medication
even when the infection has cleared,
usually for one to two weeks more, for
good measure.
Prevention. These simple tips may
save you from the discomfort and embarrassment of athletes foot:
* Use slippers in public showers.
* Wipe damp feet after bath and keep
dry with foot sprays or powder.
* Use cotton socks.
* Use sandals or slippers during hot
days.
* Keep shoe insides dry.
* Avoid tight, ill-fitting shoes.
The San Juan police hunt for Roger
Palmes continues. I am certain his
stench leaves a trail. And of course, no
one would want to be in his shoes.
Dr.Pujalte puts foot powder in between in his toes every morning.
E-mail jspujalte@yahoo.com

IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST...

Smelly Feet
By DR. JOSE S. PUJALTE JR.

Be good, keep your feet dry, your


eyes open,
Your heart at peace and your soul
in the joy of Christ."
Thomas Merton OCSO (19151968), Trappist monk and theologian,
Merton, Harper and Row 80

OMINGO Fernandez, 27, was


stabbed in the neck and back
by a drunk Roger Palmes last
week. Palmes went home
late to find Fernandez and two other
colleagues drinking. He joined them,
removing his shoes. Then, everyone
laughed as the room was filled with the
foul odor coming from Palmes shoes
and feet. Humiliated, Palmes took out his
fan knife and quickly stabbed Fernandez.
Did Fernandez lose his life because of
athletes foot?
What do you think are the hot and
moist insides of shoes for? Yes, to grow
fungi. However, to get athletes foot, the
person must be susceptible (see risk
factors). Otherwise, this person may
only spread, but not show, the signs of
fungal infection himself.
Types. The offending fungus is tineapedis. The most commonly seen is the
interdigital space infection (toe web)
which is felt as an uncomfortable, squishy
sensation in between the toes. Thats because the skin is either cracked or macer-

study

Corporations Pay Very Little In Taxes


By KEVIN DRAWBAUGH and PATRICK TEMPLE-WEST

ANY of the most


In a reflection of how the
profitable US
tax code's complexity leaves
corporations
many issues open to quespaid little or no
tion, corporations sometimes
federal income tax from 2008
dispute the way Citizens for
to 2012, according to a fiveTax Justicecalculates its numyear study issued on Tuesday
bers.
by a left-leaning tax activist
Some of the companies
SENATOR
group.
singled out took exception to
Citizens for Tax Justice MITCH MCCONNELL the findings. GE spokesman
looked at 288 profitable ForSeth Martin said: "For each
tune 500 companies and said that 26 of
year cited by Citizens for Tax Justice,
them including Boeing Co., General
GE paid income taxes in the US, as
Electric Co and Verizon Communicawell as billions in other state, local and
tions Inc paid no federal income tax in
federal taxes in the US."
the five-year period.
He added, "CTJ inaccurately uses the
The group also said that 111 of the 288
current tax provision - a book accounting
companies paid no federal income tax in
number to make definitive statements
at least one of the five years measured.
about our US income taxes. This is not

the same as the cash income tax that we


pay for a given year."
A key player in Washington's tax debate, Citizens for Tax Justice regularly
issues studies making similar findings
about corporate taxes. US lawmakers
often cite them in criticizing the tax
code as too complex and riddled with
loopholes.
Despite complaints about it from
across the political spectrum, the tax
code seldom changes. It has not been
thoroughly overhauled in 27 years.
Congress is unlikely to do that in 2014,
said Senate Republican Leader Mitch
McConnell.
"I have no hope for that happening
this year," he told reporters at the US
Capitol on Tuesday, blaming lawmakers'
stubborn fiscal gridlock on Democrats
seeking tax increases.

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Obama Warns Russia


On Ukraine Invasion
By The NEW YORK TIMES

ASHINGTON As Ukrainian leaders accused Russia


of carrying out an armed
invasion in the Crimea region, President Obama on Friday warned
Russia not to intervene militarily, saying
the United States would stand with the
world to condemn a violation of Ukraines
sovereignty.
There will be costs, Obama declared in a brief statement from the White
House. He said the United States government was deeply concerned by reports
of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine.
He said any intervention militarily in
Ukraine would be deeply destabilizing
and would represent a profound interference in the Ukrainian peoples right to
determine their own future.
Earlier, at the United Nations, the
Ukrainian ambassador, Yuriy A. Sergeyev,
said that Russian troops had taken control of two airports in Crimea and that the
Russian Navy was blocking the Ukrainian
Coast Guard.
Armed men of uncertain allegiance
took up positions at two airports in Sim-

OBAMA

feropol, the regional capital of Crimea,


an area with stronger historical ties to
Russia than to Ukraines central government in Kiev.
Although there were no confrontations or bloodshed by evening, the appearance of a large number of masked
men with assault rifles unnerved residents and travelers, who were buffeted by

warnings from Kiev of military meddling


by Moscow and statements from the
deposed Ukrainian president, Viktor F.
Yanukovych, that the country had been
taken over by fascists and bandits.
In Simferopol, men dressed in
camouflage and carrying assault rifles
moved into position at the international
airport and a second airfield nearby.
Their military uniforms bore no insignia,
and it was not clear who they
were or who was commanding
them. They declined to answer
questions.
Ukrainian International,
Ukraines biggest airline, said
on Friday that it had canceled
flights into and out of the
Crimea region because the
airspace had been closed.
Moscow denied that its
forces had moved into Crimea
and attributed the presence of
troops there to internal political processes in Ukraine,
according to a statement from
the Foreign Ministry. It said it
had not violated agreements
not to intervene in Ukrainian
affairs.

Thai Anti-Govt Protesters Retreat


BANGKOK (NYT) -- In what appeared to be a major retreat by the
movement to overthrow the Thai government, anti-government protesters
said Friday that they were abandoning
their campaign to shut down Bangkok
and would dismantle their blockades of
major intersections set up in January.
The leader of the main protest
group, Suthep Thaugsuban, told a
dwindling number of supporters Friday night that he apologized for the
inconveniences of the blockades and
that demonstrators would adopt a new
strategy to disrupt the government
from a new base in central Bangkok.

A statement by the broader protest


movement said intersections would be
unblocked by Monday as a token of our
appreciation.
The protesters retreat came after
an escalation of violence in recent
weeks and a rare speech Tuesday by
the powerful head of Thailands army
in which he distanced himself from the
protest movements goals and emphasized the importance of adhering to the
countrys constitution.
Yet analysts said the change in
tactics by the movement did not mean
the end of Thailands power struggle,
which has left Prime Minister Ying-

luck Shinawatra leading a


weak, caretaker government
after protesters hampered
elections in early February,
preventing the formation of
a new government.
Two smaller factions of
protesters have vowed to
continue their blockades of
government offices. And the
protest movement retains
considerable support in the
Thai bureaucracy, among
the elite and middle class in
Bangkok, and in southern
Thailand.

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LGUs P600-B IRA
By MARIO B. CASAYURAN

ome P600 billion in internal


revenue allotments (IRAs) for
local government units (LGUs)
remain unremitted by the national government.
Former Batangas Rep. Hermilando
Mandanas revealed this in a hearing
conducted by the Senate Local Government Committee chaired by Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on a bill filed by
Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III that sought
to increase the IRA of LGUs from 40
percent to 50 percent. Mandanas said
the amount represents the IRAs of
LGUs in the past 21 years.
Mandanas told the Marcos committee that he has already filed a suit with
the Supreme Court that would force the
national government to finally settle
the unremitted IRA.
He said his computations of the IRA
shares start way back to 1993 when the
Local Government Code was signed
into law.
He said he had discussed the P600billion unremitted IRA issue with the
Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The P600-billion debt of the national
governments represents the revenue
collections of the Bureau of Customs
which were not included in the computation of national taxes that would

be set aside for the LGUs, Mandanas


told the Marcos committee.
Marcos, former governor of Ilocos
Norte, later told Manila Bulletin that he
supports the Mandanas suit.
I think it is a noble cause what he
has undertaken here, he said.
At the very least, the calculation of
the IRA should be studied very clearly
because the language of the law actually does seem to support that interpretation (that the customs revenue
collections should be included) that
all collections should be included in the
calculations of the IRA, he added.
Mandanas told Marcos and Pimentel that Congress and the Executive branch have no roles in the
distribution of the LGUs share of
the IRA because all national taxes
intended for the LGUs should go to
the national treasurer as a special
trust fund.
He said the direct remittance
by the national treasurer of the IRA
shares to LGUs are provided for by the
Constitution and current laws such as
the Local Government Code and the
Internal Revenue Code.
For the IRA shares to be funneled
first to the general fund means that
Congress, in its power over the purse,
has to include them in proposed annual national budgets.
This would defeat the purpose of

Pope: Accompany Couples...


rules that in practice are often not
observed.
Changing that doctrine could in
turn alter Church rules on marriage
annulments and raise broader questions about the institution of marriage,
prompting lively exchanges between
traditionalists and reformers.
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the
archbishop of Lyon in France, told
Vatican radio that a meeting of cardinals from around the world in the
Vatican this month devoted "80 to 90
percent" of the time to discussing
the issue.
German Cardinal Ludwig Mueller, head of the Church's doctrinal

watchdog, the Congregation for the


Doctrine of the Faith, has said the current rules are impossible to change
and that people should stop thinking
of marriage as a party in a church.
Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres
Rodriguez Maradiaga, a member of
the council of eight cardinals established by the pope to advise him, has
taken a more lenient line and has
asked Mueller to be more flexible.
A survey by the Spanish-language
network Univision in 12 mainly Catholic countries found that 75 percent
of Europeans, 67 percent of Latin
Americans and 59 percent of Americans were at odds with the Church on

PH: Where Success Lies


During his two-day state visit,
President Aquino was assured by three
Malaysian companies of their expansion plans in the Philippines, Presidential Communications Operations Office
Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
Agreements
Aquino concluded his state visit in
Malaysia with agreements to foster
closer economic and defense ties with
Malaysia as well as to seek investments
for the Philippines, particularly for Mindanao.
President Aquino and members
of his official delegation discussed
with leaders of three Malaysia-based
companies opportunities for raising
the level of trade and investments between the Philippines and Malaysia,
Coloma said.
Other deals concluded by the
President were the Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) between the
Philippines and Malaysia on Education as well as the Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) on Culture, Arts,
and Heritage Cooperation.
The President also revealed that
Malaysia expressed its support on Islamic banking and financing, which is
expected to boost the growth of Muslim
Mindanao.
Aquino cited the bilateral trade

STUCK IN TRAFFIC ALONG EDSA Vehicular traffic appears to be at a standstill as workers from the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) spread fresh concrete mix on a portion of Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (EDSA) in
Quezon City during a road reblocking operation on March 1, 2014. (Mark Balmores)

the Constitution and current laws in


that IRA shares of LGUs are not acted
upon by Congress, he reasoned out.
The Pimentel bill states that in
the event that the national government
incurs an unmanageable public sector
deficit, the President of the Philippines is hereby authorized, upon the

1
the issue, while in Africa 19 percent
of respondents disagreed.
The issue is one of very personal
anguish for many Catholic couples,
who say they are being treated as
second-class believers, and has led
to acts of defiance.
The German diocese of Freiburg
im Breisgau last year said it was
authorizing re-married divorcees to
receive Holy Communion on a case
by case basis prompting a quick
rebuke from the Vatican.
The issue would affect millions
of Catholics around the world, with
around a quarter of Catholic marriages ending in divorce in the United

between the Philippines and Malaysia


amount to $3.5 to 4.5 billion.
Banking
Coloma said Malayan Banking
Berhad (Maybank) plans to expand
its banking network in Visayas and
Mindanao and additional investments
amounting to P300 million. The plans
were divulged by Malayan Banking
Berhad President Datuk Abdul Farid
Alias and Maybank Philippines President Herminio Famatigan Jr. to the
visiting Philippine leader. Maybank
plans to tap into its network of clients
and be an active promoter of investments in the Philippines.
Tourism
Coloma said the President cited
tourism and infrastructure development as drivers of economic growth
amid plans of Air Asia Berhad and
Genting Berhad to expand their businesses in the Philippines.
He thanked Air Asia for initiating
a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to
Kalibo, Aklan, that will further boost
tourism in Boracay island, he said.
Meeting the President were Tony
Fernandes and Aireen Omar, Air
Asia Group CEO and AirAsia Berhad
CEO, respectively, as well as Antonio
Cojuangco, Air Asia Philippines chair-

man; Michael Romero, Air Asia


Philippines vice chairman; and
Marianne Hontiveros, Air Asia
Philippines president.
Fernandes signified to President Aquino Air Asias interest to
partner with government in the
development of the Ninoy Aquino
International Airport Terminal
4 (formerly domestic airport) in
Pasay City and other airports in
major tourist destinations.
Coloma said President Aquino
also welcomed Genting Berhads
expansion projects in the country through its partnership with
Resorts World Manila. He said
Genting Berhad accepted the
Presidents invitation for their Star
Cruises fleet to make the Philippines a part of its regular cruise
destination.
Aquino also encouraged the expansion of the Genting-Star Tourism Academy to further strengthen
the pool of hospitality professionals
in the country.
Present in the courtesy call on
President Aquino were Alliance
Global Group Chairman Andrew
Tan, Genting Group Director Tan
Sri Kok Lim, and Genting Hong
Kong Limited Chairman and CEO
David Chua Ming Huat.
Dont Miss Opportunity
Addressing the Business Op-

Manila Bulletin Job Fair Returns


Lyne A. Abanilla. This is the second
time that Manila Bulletin is organizing
this job fair but even during the previous years, we have been reaching out
both to our clients and to our readers.
We give our partner companies the
venue to hire more employees while
we help our readers land the jobs they
deserve, she added.
Last year, Manila Bulletin took
career seeking up a notch by organizing not just one, but three job fairs in
various areas in the country Quezon
City, Cebu, and Laguna. This year, more
job seekers have the chance of getting

recommendation of the secretary of


finance, secretary of interior and local
government, and secretary of budget
and management, and subject to consultation with the presiding officers of
both Houses of Congress and the presidents of various leagues of the LGUs,
to make the necessary adjustments in

hired with seven more job fairs to follow


the SM Megamall leg. These job fairs
will be at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City,
SM City Cebu, Glorietta in Makati City,
SM City Lanang in Davao, Robinsons
Pampanga, SM City Baguio, and SM
City North EDSA.
Getting Best Results
Companies taking part in the Manila
Bulletin Classifieds Job Fair will more
than fill their pool of talents as they also
gain mileage by interacting with the applicants and with other exhibitors. They
are also given the opportunity to get the

States alone.
Some theologians and clergymen
have called for changes to facilitate
the annulment of marriages in cases
in which it could be argued that the
wedding took place under social pressure or was not fully understood.
Re-marrying would then be allowed under Church rules and the
couple would be allowed to take Holy
Communion.
Another possibility could be the
Orthodox model, which allows some
divorcees to re-marry in church and
take Holy Communion but gives only a
blessing for the second marriage and
does not consider it a sacrament.

portunities Forum before returning home, President Aquino said


potential investors could explore
various sectors, from manufacturing, to tourism, to agriculture,
particularly in oil palm in which
I know Malaysia has had much
success in. He said his Cabinet
is willing to tour the businessmen
around the country if they are
interested.
I am sure all of us have had
the experience of passing up an
opportunity in the past. Perhaps,
none of you in this room had
predicted the turnaround that
happened in my country over a
relatively short period of time,
the President said.
Now, you are presented with
another opportunity to reap the
maximum gains from a country
that is experiencing growth, and
is set to sustain such growth over
many years. Are you really willing
to pass up on this opportunity, and
set yourselves up for regret somewhere down the line? he asked.
I am convinced, and I believe
you will be, too: the Philippines,
once the laggard of Asia, is now
entering a sustainable cycle of
empowerment and opportunity,
and a trajectory of growth where
no one is left behind. Join us in this
journey, he added. (With a report
from Madel Sabater Namit)

local employment demographics in the


area where they participate, allowing
them to gauge their position in terms
of attracting talent.
Global companies Afni and ePerformax Contact Centers are both looking
forward to strengthening their talent
pool this year by joining the Manila
Bulletin job fair.
Joining the Manila Bulletin job fair
the second time, Afni currently employs
400 people. John Philip Bertiz, recruitment and sourcing assistant manager for
AFNI Philippines, said they are aiming to
grow their talent pool by 1,000 this year

the share in the national taxes of the


LGUs but in no case shall the share be
less than 40 percent of the collection of
national taxes of the third fiscal year
preceding the current fiscal year.
The DILG, represented by Director
Mariano Gabito, supported the passage
by Congress of the Pimentel bill.

Mapua Graduate
Tops Electrical
Engineers Exam
The Professional Regulation Commission
(PRC) announced that 574 out of 1,648 Registered Electrical Engineers and 871 out of 1,973
Registered Master Electricians successfully
passed the Electrical Engineer Licensure Examinations given by the Board of Electrical
Engineering in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De
Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, and Lucena
last month.
The top 10 new registered electrical engineers
are: 1. Pol John Amargo Cruz, Mapua Institute of
Technology-Manila, 88.45; 2. Jephraim Catampatan Manansala, Mapua Institute of TechnologyManila, 88.35; 3. Daxter William Lopez Gulben,
Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of
Technology, 86.40; 4. Eric Joseph Ramilo Mercader, Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila, 85.80; 5.
Ralph Roland Taguibao Caubalejo, Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila, 85.70; 6. Almario Faustino Alix, Mapua Institute of Technology-Manila,
85.50; Anthony Jay Abayon Aratia, University of
San Jose-Recoletos, 85.50; Mark Anthony Salazar
Matampac, Mindanao State University-Gen.
Santos City, 85.50; 7. Von Gerald Razon, Manalang
University of the Philippines-Los Baos, 85.45;
Dominic Byron Martinez Orio, Mapua Institute
of Technology-Manila, 85.45; 8. Jessie Jones
Diadio Oquendo, University of Mindanao-Davao
City, 85.25; 9. Paulo Calip Narciso, Technological
University of the Philippines-Taguig, 84.90; 10.
Gideon James Cleto Andres, University of the
Philippines-Los Baos, 84.85.
The members of the Board of Electrical
Engineering Engr. Jaime V. Mendoza and
Engr. Francis V. Mapile said registration for
the issuance of Professional Identification Card
(ID) and Certificate of Registration will start on
March 10, 2014 until March 12, 2014. Those who
will register are required to bring the following:
duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng
Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), one passport size picture (colored
with white background and complete name tag),
two metered documentary stamps, and one
brown envelope with name and profession and
to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and
Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2014-2017 for
registered electrical engineer; Initial Registration Fee of P450 and Annual Registration Fee of
P420 for 2014-2017 for registered master electrician. Successful examinees should personally
register and sign in the Roster of Registered
Professionals.

by hiring applicants who will fill their


positions in customer relations, sales,
technical and non-voice services.
Bertiz is quick to dispel the notion
that there is no growth in the BPO industry, saying that as one gets better
at his job, more opportunities abound.
You start as an agent then you move
to a higher position, Bertiz said. With
perseverance, an employee will be
able to handle more responsibilities
and realize his career path. Aside from
customer service, an Afni employee can
expect himself to manage the metrics,
his teams performance, and the companys revenues, among others.
John Paul Aonuevo, recruitment
supervisor for ePerformax Contact

Centers, said their type of industry always has an opening and that there
is always a need for people. He noted
that the hiring environment is very different now compared to the previous
years where only few job fairs are being
held and that having job fairs in malls is
very promising. He said they are hiring
for their Manila and Cebu offices.
The Manila Bulletin job fair not only
caters to big companies and previous
exhibitors. Consulting firm Job Avenue,
Inc., for instance, is a new participant
and is hoping to recruit employees for
its clients. Jeeves of Belgravia Manila is
also optimistic that they can hire more
people for their luxury dry cleaning and
laundry business.

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2014 Bb. Pilipinas


Pre-Pageant
Contest Heats Up
By ROBERT R. REQUINTINA

BREAKING WORLD READING RECORD Some 19,110 students from various public and private schools, together with their parents, read books while forming a huge
human Philippine flag at Filinvest Corporate City in Muntinlupa City on March 1, 2014, as part of the celebration of the citys 19th cityhood anniversary. The event broke
the world record on most adults reading to children in a single location. Story on Page 4. (Ali Vicoy)

House Still Eyes SC


Pork Barrel Probe
By CHARISSA M. LUCI

The House committee on justice is


not giving up its probe on the Supreme
Courts spending of its pork barrel or
the controversial P1.775-billion Judiciary Development Fund (JDF).
Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. said his
panel is committed to push through with
the investigation, saying they are still
preparing the necessary documents to
conduct an honest to goodness investigation on the High Tribunals JDF
spending.
The probe will push through, he
said in an interview, reiterating that they
are still awaiting the House leaderships
go signal.
Tupas panel was supposed to conduct the probe last February, but it was
moved this month since it has yet to wait
for the House leaderships green light.
We are still discussing (about the
schedule), Tupas said.
Tupas earlier said they started gathering documents from the Commission

on Audit (COA) and have been talking


with people from the judiciary and the
state audit agency in preparation for the
JDF probe.
He also denied that the delay in their
investigation has something to do with
the SCs impending ruling on the Reproductive Health law and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Even Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
rejected claims that quid pro quo concerning constitutional issues before the
SC prodded them to delay the Houses
JDF investigation.
We have yet to decide on the schedule of the probe. The RH and DAP issues have nothing to do with it. There is
no connection, he said.
Congress has urged the SC to finally
rule on the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive
Health Law, with hopes that it would affirm its legality. While, both the Executive and Legislative departments are
crossing their fingers for a favorable SC
ruling on the controversial DAP.

Japanese IT
Expert At
Cable Show
One of Japans foremost experts
in the field of information technology
has accepted the invitation to deliver
a keynote speech at the 15th International Cable Congress and Exhibit of
the Federation of International Cable
TV and Telecommunications Association of the Philippines (FICTAP).
FICTAPs latest convention, expected to be the best attended so far,
will be held for the sixth consecutive
year at the historic landmark Manila
Hotel on March 6 -7, 2014.
Vice Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs) Masahiro
Yoshizaki of the Ministry of Internal
Affairs and Communications of Japan
will share the knowledge and experience he has amassed for 46 years as
a principal maker and implementor
of information and communications
technology in the most technologically
advanced nation in the world.

he pre-pageant competition
for the 2014 Binibining Pilipinas pageant heats up with a
fashion extravaganza at the
Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Cubao,
Quezon City on Thursday, March 6.
Earlier, the preliminary round for
the countrys most prestigious beauty
contest kicked off with the swimsuit
competition during the press presentation of the 40 official candidates held
in Pasay City.
Aside from the fashion show, other activities leading up to the grand
coronation night on March 30 include
the Swimsuit Photo Exhibit at the
Gateway Cinema Lobby on March 15
and the Parade of Beauties around
the Araneta Center on March 22. The
candidates will also take part in various charitable missions and outreach
programs under Binibining Pilipinas
Charities, Inc. and its partners.
2010 Miss Universe fourth runnerup Ma. Venus Raj said the current
batch of hopefuls is a strong one, adding that their preparations could already be compared to preparations in
the international level.
Ang mindset ng mga candidates
this year hindi na pang local level lang
kundi pang international level na rin,
said Raj.
There are no special formula in
winning pageants, Raj said. But determination and fighting spirit will help.
Just enjoy the pageant. But most of all,
be nice to all the girls. Kasi matalo ka
man, mag-kakaroon ka ng maraming
kaibigan kung mabait ka, added Raj,
whose major, major answer in the
Q&A portion of the most prestigious
beauty contest became her moniker.
Beauty expert Jay Patao said beauty and wits plus focus and luck will
help the candidate win in the beauty

pageant.
Aces and Queens head Jonas Gaffud, who is also the talent supervisor of Mercator Creative Person and
Management, Inc., said the candidate
should have a beautiful face to win the
contest. We always look for beauty of
the candidate. Then the height also
matters.
Gaffud and his team are responsible for the successful Top 5 finish of
Philippine candidates in the Miss Universe pageant in recent years. Starting with Raj in 2010, she was followed
by Shamcey Supsup, 3rd runner up,
2011; Janine Tugonon, first runnerup, 2012; and Ariella Arida, third runner-up, 2013. The countrys first Miss
World Megan Lynne Young also belongs to the same beauty camp.
This years new list of official
candidates are Julian Aurine Flores,
Mary Ainjely P. Manalo, Joanna
Angelica M. Romero, Parul Shah,
Hanna Mariz D. Dela Guerra, Anabel Christine G. Tia, Aiza Faeldonia,
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Joy Antonette
Diaz, Shauna Indra Salina Curran,
Laura Victoria Lehmann, Sarah
Jireh Asido, Kris Tiffany M. Janson,
Emma Mary F. Tiglao, Kimverlyn O.
Suiza, Zahara Mae O. Soriano, Diana
B. Arevalo, Ellore Noelle Punzalan,
Mae Liezel J. Ramos, Kenneth Santiago, Racquel D. Kabigting;
Mary Anne Bianca G. Guidotti,
Nichole Marie R. Manalo, Ednornance Agustin, Mary Jean Lastimosa, Hanna Sheena L. Manuel,
Hannah Ruth Sison, Carla Jenina Cabrera Lizardo, Krischelle DG. Halili,
Joy Marie Gangan, Angelique Celine
L. De Leon, Jeslyn Santos, Gabrielle Erika Tilokani, Leonalyn D.
Dela Cruz, Yvette Marie A. Santiago,
Krystal Alonday, Vanessa N. Saliba,
Janine A. Asanion, Ladylyn Riva and
Vessica L. Sambo.

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HOME GUARANTY CORPORATION

Office of the President

NOTICE OF SALE
The Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC) is offering the following properties
for outright sale (cash or installment), or for lease under a rent-to-own
scheme:
TYPE

LOCATION

2
3

, 12, Lot 29, SF Martinville Subd.,


Subd.,

TeT NO.

AREA

Lot

T-48134

262

Lot

T-48135

326

Lot

T-5OO37

211

Lol

346

A bid security shall be paid in cash or manager's check


submitting the sealed bids to the MSD.

The amount of bid securi ty sha ll be based on the sales package of


the property, as follows ;

T-5OO81

117

Lot

T-50062

303

Lot

21, Lot 6, BF Martinville Subd.,

T-50064

The sale of the properties is on an "AS-IS, WHEREIS basis.


There are properties that have occupants andlorwhich titles are for
transfer under HGC's name or with lis pendens. Thus, the prospective
bidders are advised to check the titles for any liens and encumbrances,
the condition and status of the property, and the authority of the brokers
who are offering the properties before submitting any offer to purchase.
Bidding documents can be secured from the Marlleting and Sales
Department (MSD) office tocated at the 4th Floor, Jade Building,
335 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City from March 3 (Monday) to
March 7 (Friday) 2014. during office hours.

Lot

GENERAL GUIDELINES

. 21. Lot 5, BF Martinville Subd.,

SELLING
PRICE

1,741.

556

Sales Package

Bid Security

P4oo,ooa.OO and below

P5,aoo.00

P40a,001 .oo to P2.00M

Pl0,000.00

Above P2.00M

PI5,ooa.00

before

Lot

T-50065

551

Lot

T-50066

17

10

Lot

T-50067

193

11

Lot

T-50068

61

12

Lot

T-50069

465

4.2 The selling Ibid price may be paid within a period of one year in equal monthly installment without interest
(0%).

13

Lot

T-50070

533

4.3 Take-Out by BankJFinanciallnstitution

14

Lol

T-5OO71

516

The buyer may apply for a housing loan from a bank or any financial institution to settle the balance on the
selling price, after deducting the required minimum downpayment of 10% to HGC.

15

Lot

T-5OO72

634

4.4 Installment Term (In-house Financing)- Applicable only lor properties with illegal occupants, and for those
whose titles are for transfer under HGC's name or have ' Iis pendens' .

16

Lol

T-5OO73

508

17

Lot

T-5OO54

27

18

Lot

T-5OO82

140

19

Lot

T-5OO74

472

20

Lot

T-5OO83

27

Terms of Payment:
4.1 Cash - The following discount rates shall apply:
I

1,

Minimum down payment: 10% of the sellinglbid price


Balance shall be payable within a maximum of 15 years, provided that the age of the bidderlbuyer
does not exceed 70 years old at the end of the contract term. The following interest rates p.a. shall
apply:
SALES PACKAGE
U to P400 000.00
P400 001 .00 to P2.0M
More than P2.0M

INTEREST RATE .3

6%
9%
12%

4.5 Rent-to-Own Program

BF Martinville

21

ill

22

ill

23
24
25

Maximum period of five (5) years;


Initial cash out 2 months advance and 1 month deposit (rental fee ); and

Lot

T-50075

486

The Lessee may exercise hislher option to purchase within the 5-year term by paying for the property
in cash.

Lot

T-50084

113

Portion of payments made by the Lessee during the term of the lease shall be applied as downpayment
for the purchase of the property.

Lot

T-50076

405

Lol

T-5OO38

540

T-5OO55

558

Lot

T-5OO56

312

2,231 ,

Lot

1-50177

175

1,

28

Lot

T-50078

127

29

Lot

T-50057

361

Lot

T-5OO58

450

Lot

T-50059

518

ill
ill

27

30
31

23. Lot 22, BF Martinville SUbd ..


ill

All bid proposals shall be dropped at the designated bid box located at the MSD office not later than
3:00 P.M., March 10, 2014 (Monday). Bids shall be opened immediately after the said deadline at the 4th
Floor Conference Room.

The award of sale of the property shall be based on the offer deemed to be most advantageous to the
Corporation.

3,861,

Lol

26

For inquiries, please call the MSD at telephone numbers 896-04-25 / 897-31-49/897-32-861897-32-90 or visit
the HGC office at Jade Building, 335 Sen. Git Puyat Avenue, Makati City. The list of the properties may also
be viewed at the HGC website, www.hgc.gov.ph.
THE CORPORATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY BIDS OR TO ACCEPT SUCH BIOS AS MAY
BE CONSIDERED MOST ADVANTAGEOUS TO THE CORPORATION.

(Sgd) ATTY. DANtLO C. JAVIER


Vi ce President
Marketing & Sales Department

ITEM

LOCATION

TYPE

TCT NO.

AREA (in
sq.m.)
lOT FLOOR

Lot

T-707179

66

327,000.00

Lot

T-707181

66

327 ,000.00

NO.
Lot

32

T-50080

554

50
33
34
35

. 33, Lot 15, BF Martinville Subd.,


ill

Lot

T-48142

302

Lot

T-48124

301

"
"

Lol

T-48123

301

1,

Lol

T481 08

301

1,

Lol

T-43933

Lot

T-43943

698

Lot

T-43925

530

51

52

Lot 15, Block 7, Phase I , Allenville Subdivision,


Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite
Lot 17, Block 7, Phase I , Allenville Subdivision,
Binakayan. Kawit, Cavile
Lot 21 , Block 7, Phase 1, Allenville Subdi vi sion.
Binakayan, Kawit. Cavile

Onestorey
T-707185
with

66

59

SElllNG
PRICE

911 ,000.00

loft
36
37
38
39

"
10, Lot 4. BF Martinville Subd.,
, 24, Lot II, BF Martinville Subd.,

40
41

Lot
ill Subd ..

42

43

26, Lot 5 (Pcs-04-000860), BF Martinville

44

T-43836

53
54
55

Lot 23, Block 7, Phase I , Allenville Subdivi sion,


Binakayan, Kawi1. Cavite
Lot I , Block 8, Phase I , Allenville Subdivision,
Binakayan, Kawit. Cavlte
Lot 4, Block 1, Phase 2, Allenville Subdivision,
Binakayan, Kawit, Cavile

T-48144

512

Lot

T-48116

513

Lot

T-43848

464

Lol

T-43972

140

T-707187

66

Two- T-707191
storey

67

Lot

T-707226

Onestorey
T-707228
with

327 ,000.00
67.53

60

56

Lot 6, Block " Phase 2. Allenville Subdivision,


Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite

57

Lot 7, Block 3, Phase 2, Allenville Subdivision,


Binakayan, Kawit. Cavite

58

Lot 2, Block 8, Phase 2, Allenville Subdivision,


Binakayan, Kawit. Cavite

Two- T-707243 70.50


storey
Onestorey
T-707277 51
with

Lot 10, Block 9, Phase 2, Allenville Subdivision,


Binakayan, Kawit. Cavite

Onestorey
T-707310
with

602

Lot

Lot

71

1,011 ,000.00
297 ,000.00

51

823,000.00

60

943,000.00

38

596,000.00

60

763,000.00

loft

loft
59

50

loft
45

46

Subd.,

Lol

T-43849

542

Lol

T-43850

420

47
48
49

61

T-707101

50

68

921 ,000.00

T-707128

50

73.25

973,000.00

50

67

911 ,000.00

Lot 24, Block 9, Phase 2, Allenville Subdivision,


Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite
Lot 25, Block 9, Phase 2, Allenville Subdivision,
Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite

Lol

T-707324 69.SO

345,000.00

Lot

T-707325

352 ,000.00

71

62

Lot 13, Block 10, Phase 2, Allenville Subdivision,


Binakayan. Kawit. Cavite

Onestorey
T-707352 68.SO
with

63

Blk 14 Lot 27, Better Living Subd., Brgy. Iyam,


Lucena City. Quezon Province

Onestorey

38

665,000.00

129

1,125,000.00

loft

I , Allenville Subdivision,
1. Allenville Subdivision.

60

Two-

T-707151

T-37652

207

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

17

3 Pinoys Get US Jail Terms For Arms Import


By ROY C. MABASA

Three Philippine nationals who were


found guilty in Los Angeles for importing
military-grade weapons to the United
States in 2013 were sentenced to serve a
number of years behind bars on Wednesday
(Thursday Manila time).

27-year-old Sergio Santiago Syjuco


who supplied the weapons that included
a grenade launcher, mortar launcher and
12 machine-guns, was sentenced to seven
years in prison.
Cesar Paulo Ubaldo, 28, will spend five
years in a penitentiary. He was the one who
introduced to Syjuco the Federal Bureau

of Investigation (FBI) agent posing as a


prospective buyer of high-powered weapons for US.
The Bureau of Customs (BoC) officer
who facilitated the movement of the weapons between the Philippines and the US,
27-year old Arjyl Revereza, was sentenced
to four years and six months behind bars.

They will all spend up to three years under supervised release after they get out.
The three were charged last year for
violating arms import laws by selling
weapons to an undercover agent who said
he was interested in buying high-powered
weapons that could be used by drug cartels
in the US and Mexico.

The weapons were loaded onto a ship


that arrived at the Port of Long Beach in
June 2011 and the items were seized by
authorities.
The case was part of a federal investigation of Asian organized crime
groups involved in the illicit trafficking
of firearms.

19th WORLDBEX Focuses On Resilient Building


Recognizing the construction industrys need to increase market scope and
sales growth as well as platform for
high-grade exchange of global industry
trends, industry veteran and founding
chairman Joseph L. Ang launched the
first Philippine World Building and Construction Exposition (WORLDBEX).
Breaking records, Worldbex Services
International (WSI) was borne out of
the success of WORLDBEX.
For over two decades now, WORLDBEX has been a pillar of the construction industry, serving as primary source
of latest innovative products, a venue to
network among local and international
trade players, means to follow recent
industry reports through seminars, as
well as to witness live demonstrations
of groundbreaking technologies.
With bolder aspirations, the 19th
WORLDBEX is slated from 10am to
8pm on March 12-16, and is poised as
biggest expo as it occupies the joint venues of World Trade Center Manila and
Philippine Trade Training Center, taking up over 30,000sqm of exhibit space.
To ensure accessibility, free shuttles,
business lounge, and additional parking slots will be available during the
five-day event.
Last years WORLDBEX garnered
record-breaking success with over
158,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors
both here and abroad. WORLDBEX
visitors are a healthy mix that include
architects, direct buyer-end users,
contractors, distributors, developers,

dealer-agents, purchasers, importers


and exporters, interior designers, IT
specialists, marketing and sales representatives, and consultants.
This year, WORLDBEX is poised
to break new grounds and open up
possibilities as it explores the theme
of Connecting the World through
Resilient Construction, and focuses
on resilient building. WORLDBEX will
highlight innovations in designing buildings, landscapes, communities, and
regions in response and preparedness
against disaster.
Through booths and activities,
WORLDBEX will increase awareness
among the local construction industry
through a dynamic exchange of knowledge and trade information about resilient construction and its significance
in preventing the disruption of normal
life caused by natural and man-made
disasters.
WORLDBEX strives to provide a
multi-faceted experience for building
and construction industry through pavilions divided into categories such as
Italian Pavilion by Italian Chamber of
Commerce in the Philippines, Inc. which
will showcase the latest building and
construction products, as well as pieces
of equipment from that country.
The International Pavilion which
features the latest building construction products from foreign countries
and more comprises 30% of WORLDBEX as more global companies come to
participate, attracting local distributors

19th WORLDBEX gathers the construction and interior design industrys biggest names on March 12 to 16.

and dealers. Foreign pavilions will see


participants from USA, China, Italy,
Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South
Korea, Switzerland, India, Thailand,
and Austria.
For a sneak peek of the works of top
real estate developers, architects and
distinct interior designers, one can
head to Developers Gallery as well as
Architects and Interior Designers Gallery. Art enthusiasts and collectors will
delight in the Contemporary Art Pavilion to be mounted by Secret Fresh Gal-

lery. The 16th Worldbex seminars will


feature both local and foreign speakers
such as Architects Felino Palafox, Allen
Folks, and Mink Tan who will touch on
Urbanity and the New Asia, Crafting an
Icon out of our Unique Asian Heritage,
and Smart Cities of the Future: Urban
Planning, Architecture and Engineering to address Climate Change and
Global Warming.
WORLDBEX will conduct the best
booth design competition alongside
Obra Maestra, an interior design

competition where students from top


universities and colleges compete for
most outstanding design concepts. On
its third year, this years competition
will give out R20,000 for participants
and R10,000 for the Department of the
School of the Runner-up, and R40,000
for participants and R20,000 for Department of the School of the Grand
Winner. A Peoples Choice Award will
be bestowed to the participant with the
highest number of votes on the WSI
Facebook Fanpage.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bomb Planted In Pick-up


Kills Village Chief, Wife

Newsbits
Bus Violations
Six units of RRCG Transport Systems,
Inc. were impounded by the Land
Transportation Franchising and
Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the
Land Transportation Office (LTO)
in a surprise inspection yesterday
in Cainta and Taytay, Rizal. LTFRB
Chairman Winston Ginez said this
came after irregularities such as
out-of-line routes and plate numbers
not corresponding to the model of the
unit were exposed. At the companys
extension terminal in Ortigas and
Taytay, four buses were found to have
plates that do not match the chassis
and engine numbers. The bus firm
was made to explain why they should
not be suspended. (Carlo S. Suerte
Felipe)

By AARON B. RECUENCO

n explosive device planted in


a barangay captains vehicle
went off Friday night, killing
the local official and his wife
while injuring their two companions, in
Barangay Gulod, Laurel, Batangas.
Nestor Rodriguez, village chief of
Barangay Buso-Buso, here, and wife,
Eusebia, died due to serious wounds
from the blast, said Senior Inspector

Dwight Fonte, spokesman of the Batangas Police Provincial Office (PPO).


Fonte identified the wounded as
Jimmy Sarmiento and Maximo Sarmiento, who were taken to a nearby
hospital.
The victims were travelling on a
road in Barangay Gulod on board a
pick-up (DSL-276) when the explosion
occurred, according to Fonte.
It was learned that the victims had
just gone from the town proper and

were on their way home.


The blast tore through the vehicles
underside, near the gearbox.
After the explosion, the vehicle
moved backward, hit an object on the
road before tilting to its side.
Police said the planted explosive device appeared to be a grenade, although
investigation was still ongoing as of
presstime yesterday afternoon.
Probers were trying to find witnesses to identify the perpetrators.

Lawyers Probed
SANTA ROSA CITY, Laguna Two
lawyers were questioned over the
alleged escape of a primary suspect
in a gang shooting incident at a
mall parking lot here last Sunday
that seriously injured four people.
Lawyers Jamil and Rogee Mayteen
Datudacula of Bago Bantay, Quezon
City were at the scene when the
firefight happened in front of Target
Mall in Barangay Balibago. Police
said Abdul Rashid Manis Bantog, 34,
of Bayang Lanao del Sur, who led
the heist was nowhere to be found
after the incident. Probers were
checking whether or not the lawyers
had assisted Bantog in his escape.
Bantog was arrested the following
day. (Carla Renae C. Gamboa)

Fairest Ladies
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan The search
for Limgas na Pangasinan 2014,
Pangasinans fairest lass for the
year, began this weekend in time
for crowning at the Sea Festival
celebration, here. Last Friday until
yesterday afternoon, maidens aged
16-23, tried to impress the screening
committee as they dream of being
the provinces ambassadress of
goodwill. The much-awaited beauty
pageant is one of the highlights
of the month-long Pistay Dayat
(Sea Festival) celebration which
culminates in the staging of the Agew
na Pangasinan (Pangasinan Day) on
April 5. (Liezle Basa Inigo)

Center For Arts


BATANGAS CITY The Cultural Center
of the Philippines (CCP) has tapped
this city as its Regional Art Center
in Calabarzon, a decision hinged
on its enriching, lively and ongoing
development thrust. Dr. Raul Sanico,
CCP president, had established
linkages with regional local
government units, non-government
organizations, and educational
institutions through its Kaisa sa
Sining (KSS) program to broaden
public participation in the arts and
bring its programs and services
closer to the people in the regions.
Sanico, who penned a partnership
with the city through Mayor Eduardo
B. Dimacuha, vowed to train and
provide apprenticeship opportunities
for local artists, cultural workers, and
personnel. (Vicky Aclan Florendo)

Outstanding
Women
BAGUIO CITY The submission
of nominations for the 9th Annual
Search for Outstanding Women
Leaders of Baguio City is until March
10, 2014. Patty Gallardo, of SAVE
the Women foundation, chairman
of the search committee created by
the city government, said the search
is the citys acknowledgment of the
important role of the women in the
progress of Baguio. Now on its 9th
year, the search was institutionalized
by the city government in 2006. The
search was launched last February
14 during the One Billion Rising
event. The nominees will undergo
screening and validation before
the final judging. The best will be
awarded on March 28 prior to the
conclusion of Womens Month. (Zaldy
C. Comanda)

Health Mission
MALOLOS, Bulacan Bulacan
Health Workers lauded yesterday
the efforts of Governor Wilhelmino
M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Governor
Daniel Fernando in helping poor but
deserving students finish their studies.
The two leaders were cited during the
Barangay Health Workers Update:
Roles and Functions in attainment
of MDG held at the provincial gym.
In turn, the officials recognized the
important role of BHWs in providing
medical aid to the people and called
on them to continue delivering quality
health care to the grassroots level.
(Freddie C. Velez)

BAMBOO FESTIVAL Youth from different schools and villages, dressed in costumes designed with bamboo branches and sticks, join the civic parade in
San Nicolas, Pangasinan, which hosted yesterday the countrys 1st Bamboo Festival. (Jojo Rioza)

DA Wants To Export Batanes Organic Tapa


By ELLALYN B. DE VERA

The Department of Agriculture


(DA) is eyeing the development of
Vuhos island, one of the 10 islands
and islets that make up Batanes, as a
possible source of the countrys first
organic beef tapa export.
DA Secretary Proceso Alcala made
the declaration after he visited Batanes to check on the agencys ongoing
projects and meet with local officials to
firm up strategies aimed at enhancing
the food security in the islands.
He noted that distance from mainland Luzon makes it prone to isolation

during bad weather conditions.


This is an effort to improve the
livelihood and food security of our kababayans, Alcala said after the formal
turnover of certificates for P5-million
worth of projects in support of organic
cattle raising in Vuhos in Sabtang National School of Fisheries (SNSF).
He also pointed out that Vuhos
cattle raisers will be assisted in obtaining a fair trade certification to be more
competitive in the global markets.
A fair trade certification is a product certification system that allows
people to identify products that meet
agreed environmental, labor, and de-

velopmental standards.
As an initial step, Undersecretary
for Livestock Jose Reano will be sent
to Batanes to check on the status of
the livestock industry and come up
with an industry roadmap, including
the development of the organic tapa
production.
Alcala also instructed the Bureau
of Soils and Water Management to
study the possible establishment of
water impounding facilities in Vuhos
and other parts of Batanes given
the water scarcity problem in the
province that affects food production
activities.

Geothermal
Power For
Or. Mindoro
By JOEL C. MAGSINO

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro


A 20-megawatt geothermal power
plant will soon be built in sprawling area
straddling barangays Montelago, Montemayor and Melgar in Naujan towns.
Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr. said
that there are only a few geothermal
plants in the country located in the
provinces of Albay, Laguna, Cotabato,
Negros, Quezon, and Leyte, which are
sources of renewable energy.
The province of Oriental Mindoro
is blessed, said Umali as its residents
look forward to a decreased power
bill.
Umali said geothermal plant does
not pose environmental problems,
which his administration is eyeing as
an additional source of energy to add to
the ample supply of electricity.
Representative Reynaldo Umali
mentioned that, presently, the provinces energy supply is powered by 92
percent renewable source.
The congressman said they see
P2.1-billion savings in the next four
years from the 40 percent cut in power
cost.
The savings can be put in projects
and services for the benefit the residents.
Present during the agreement
signing between the Audel A. Arago,
President of Oriental Mindoro Electric
Cooperative (Ormeco), Antonie de
Wilde of Emerging Power, Inc. (EPI),
Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla of
the Department of Energy, Governor
Umali, and Congressman Umali signed
the agreement that will formally commence works for the project.

Barangay
Wheels
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
revealed yesterday the purchase of a
total 505 brand-new service vehicles
intended for Pampanga villages.
The approval of service vehicles
amounting to P227,250,000 came after
Governor Lilia Pineda requested the
DILG to purchase brand-new service
vehicles for the barangays intended for
the maintenance of peace and order and
can be utilized by the locals in case of
emergency.
She urged the barangay chiefs to
take care of their vehicles once it has
been properly bid out and purchased
and turned over to them. (Franco G.
Regala)

Cavite Now Producing Super Food Black Rice


By ANTHONY GIRON

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite Want


to look young and keep a strong and
healthy lifestyle? Try eating organic
black rice.
Black rice, also called super food
with the many nutritional values,
by agriculturists do wonders to the
body.
Health experts say the variety
contains more anthocyanin antioxi-

dants and is rich in vitamin E, which


boosts the immune system and cell
protection; vitamin B; Niacin; Calcium;
Magnesium; Iron; Zinc; and fiber.
It was also reported that black rice
slows down aging, keeps ones bones
strong, and reduces the possibility of
cardiovascular disease and cancer
risks.
It is also best for those on a diet and
trying to lose weight. It had received a
certification from the Food and Drug

Administration (FDA).
Organic black rice in Cavite was
introduced by 7th District Representative Abraham Bambol Tolentino,
with the help of Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Jaraza
Alcala, in his bid to keep upland area's
vast lands as food basket.
Tolentino launched the black rice
promotion when he handed the initial
harvest of the variety to Palangue,
Naic Barangay Chairman Ruel Manalo

recently.
The congressman said that with
the initial propagation in Naic, black
rice seedlings provided by the DA
would soon be distributed for planting
to farmer-beneficiaries in eight other
towns within the district.
Black rice is good for everyone
speaking of health nutrient benefits,
let us plant and promote the variety
in Cavite and elsewhere to make it
abundant, Tolentino said.

Govt Involves Community In Lake Bato Conservation


By SARAH C. IMPERIAL
and RUEL SALDICO

NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur


Fisherfolk in Lake Bato, the 7th largest lake in the Philippines, can hope
for more livelihood with the launching
of the Lake Bato Conservation Project
earlier this week.
A joint undertaking by the provincial and local government officials,
the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR), the Bureau Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
(BFAR), and Senators Cynthia Villar
and Allan Peter Cayetano, the project
was launched in the fishing town of
Bato last Wednesday.
While lamenting that Lake Bato
has deteriorated over the years,
Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte
said concerned government agencies,
national government leaders and the
fisherfolk are now united in bringing
life back to the lake.
Over the years, trash and debris
have accumulated in the lake until the
water became almost stagnant.
The situation has not only prevented water from freely flowing, but
stifled the growth of various species of
fish that used to thrie in Lake Bato.
Now that the local fisherfolk hardly
get a decent catch, they have been

tapped to help in the lake revitalization project.


On the part of the provincial
government, Villafuerte formed the
Engineered Wetlands for Lake Bato

and put into effect the Camarines Sur


Plastic Ordinance and Environmental
Code.
Other activities to clear the lake of
trash and rehabilitate it will be sup-

ported by the partner agencies and


officials, including Villar, Cayetano
and Camarines Sur 5th District Rep.
Sal Fortuno, who all signed the commitment paper for the project.

SAVING LAKE BATO The fisherfolk of Bato town, Camarines Sur come out in full force to support an initiative by concerned government agencies and
officials, including (from right, front row) Senator Cynthia Villar and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Gov. Migz Villafuerte, and Camarines Sur 5th District Rep.
Sal Fortuno (sixth from right), to breathe life back to Lake Bato, the countrys 7th largest lake and main source of livelihood of local residents, recently.
(Ruel Saldico)

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20,000 More Boats Up


For Yolanda Victims
By ELLALYN B. DE VERA

he Bureau of Fisheries and


Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
will be raising an additional
20,000 units of fishing boats
to cover more typhoon Yolanda-affected fisherfolk.
Under the Ahon! Rehabilitation
Initiative, some 10,000 units of fishing boats were initially distributed to
the fisherfolk-beneficiaries since the
program started in December.
In a culminating ceremony in Tacloban City, BFAR Director Asis Perez
announced the start of the Phase 2 of
Ahon! that raises the initial goal of

10,000 boats to 20,000 units.


This will bring to 30,000 units the
total of those repaired and newly-built
fishing boats that will benefit fisherfolk by the end of the initiative.
We have already brought down
10,500 units of boat to the affected fisherfolk in Mimaropa, Western, Central
and Eastern Visayas. This, however,
comprises only one-third of the total
number of fishing boats destroyed
and damaged by the typhoon and still
leaves thousands of fisherfolk without
fishing boats, Perez said.
The BFAR expressed optimism
that it will be able to cover its target
through the partnership it has formed

with other government agencies,


private corporations and individuals
who have contributed to the success
of the program.
Perez also cited the immense contribution of the fisherfolk who donated
the salvaged hull of their damaged
banca and rudder or propeller in the
program.
He likewise pointed out that the
fisherfolk helped in the repair and
construction of boats.
Donor-representatives from the
private sector also flew in to Tacloban
City to witness the turnover of fishing
boats, as well as to meet the beneficiaries.

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Boracay Easement Plan


Gaining Compliance
By TARA YAP

ILOILO CITY The easement program that aims to preserve international


beach destination Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, is gaining compliance.
Region-6 office of the Department of
Tourism (DOT-6) Director Helen Catalbas the inter-agency task force created
by President Aquino to implement the
30-meter easement from the shoreline
is satisfied with the cooperation being exerted by Boracays business community
to the redevelopment of the area.
There has been 93 percent compliance, Catalbas emphasized.
Catalbas pointed out that only in the
present Aquino administration that there
has been the support of owners of resorts,
restaurants, and bars fronting the white
sand beach to voluntarily demolish illegal

structures.
Previously, the program met opposition from Boracays business community.
The Boracay Redevelopment Task
Force is composed of the DOT, Department of the Interior and Development,
Department of Environment and Natural
Resources, Department of Public Works
and Highways, Department of Justice, and
the local government of Malay, Aklan.
After the task force was created in
2013, the government strongly appealed
to the business establishments as well as
local residents and government offices to
voluntarily demolish structures within the
prescribed area.
Scientific studies found that structures
built within 30 meters from Boracays
shoreline have contributed to shoreline
erosion.

Fire Prevention
Program Starts
By PHOEBE JEN INDINO

CEBU CITY In celebration of the


fire prevention month this March, an
official of the Region-7 office of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP-7) announced that they are set to implement
better programs here as an initiative to
reduce fire incidents.
Senior Supt. Ma. Luisa Hadjula,
BFP-7 director, disclosed that they
will conduct a pilot program in this
city, where fire stations will adopt a
certain barangay (village) and a school
to educate them on fire prevention to
improve the fire mens visibility in the
community.
We want to emphasize that we do
not only work during fire alarms, she
said.
The program is expected to focus on
areas that are frequently hit by fire the
villages of Ermita, Suba, Pasil, Mambaling, Sawang Calero, Lahug, Mabolo, and
Kamputhaw.
According to Supt. Esmael Codilla,
Cebu provincial fire marshal, said these
areas also have a number of informal
settlers who are common victims of
fire.
Cedilla disclosed that faulty electrical connections remain the most common cause of fire in the said areas.

Inspection Starts
For Cebu Buses
By MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR.

SAN FERNANDO, Cebu Personnel from the Region-7 offices of the


Land Transportation Office (LTO-7)
and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-7)
conducted surprise inspections on passenger buses and mini buses in Cebu
to determine the road-worthiness of
the vehicles.
LTFRB-7 Director Ahmed Cuizon
said one of the main purposes of the
surprise inspection is to ensure the
safety of passengers boarding buses
from and to the different towns in the
province of Cebu.
Yesterday, Cuizon led inspectors in
checking buses parked at the North Bus
Terminal. Most of the buses that were
inspected were bound for Tabogon,
Tabuelan and Bogo.
Inspectors checked the drivers
license, bus franchise, certificate of public conveyance (CPC), and the safety
measures requirements, including the
proper lighting, seat belts, and wipers,
among others.

Coop Posts
P1-B Income
CEBU CITY The Cebu CFI (Court
of First Instance) Cooperative, one of
the biggest cooperatives in the country,
reported a net income of P357,129,739
from the gross income of P1.08 billion
it generated in 2013.
Last years earnings, however, saw
a drop of P110,623,006 from the previous year.
Despite this performance, Audit
and Inventory Chairman Justino Regis
said the cooperative remained strong
and stable and gave the incentive of 15
percent on share capital, and 15 percent
interest rebates on loans to members in
good standing.
At the end of 2013, the Cebu CFI
Cooperative reported total assets of
P6.75 billion, or P650 million more than
the total assets it reported in 2012. Net
loans and accounts receivables comprised 76.58 percent or P5.17 billion of
total assets. (Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.)

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Newsbits
Senseless Killing
Senator Aqullino Pimentel III, chairman
of the Senate justice and human rights
committee, condemned yesterday the
senseless killing of Judge Reynerio
Estacio Jr. of the Zamboanga Regional
Trial Court (RTC) last Friday. Estacio
was shot several times reportedly by
two motorcycle-riding men in front of
his house in Narra Drive, Tugbungan
Village, as he was leaving for work
around 7:40 a.m. Pimentel, who is a
Mindanao resident, said that Judge
Estacio had built a solid reputation for
being straightforward as a jurist, and
of doing his duty as he saw fit. The
killers, according to Pimentel, should
therefore be identified, arrested, and
prosecuted soonest. Otherwise,
the killing would end up merely as a
cipher on the statistics of murders
and mayhem in Mindanao, he said.
Pimentel also urged the Supreme Court
to use some of its funds to extend
support to Mrs. Teresita Estacio, the
widow of the Judge, and his family.
(Mario Casayuran)

BIRD FESTIVAL Donning their colorful bird-like costumes, several members of a contingent prepare to participate in the dance competition event of the 9th Philippine Bird Festival in Zamboanga City on Friday. (Alexander D. Lopez)

P3.3-B Biomass Power


Plants In Bukidnon Up
By MIKE U. CRISMUNDO

Roadside Bomb
KIDAPAWAN CITY The New Peoples
Army (NPA) has owned up the landmine
attack that nearly hit a town mayor in
North Cotabato. The rebels, however,
denied military reports that the target
of the attack was the town mayor. In a
statement issued Saturday, Ka Isabel
Fermiza, spokesperson for the NPAs
Mount Apo sub-regional command, said
the offensive they launched Thursday
was directed against policemen
onboard a military truck who were
closely following President Roxas
Municipal Mayor Jaime Mahimpit.
(Malu Cadelina Manar)

AGAYAN DE ORO CITY At


least three biomass power
plants worth P3.3-billion are
set to be constructed in the
province of Bukidnon.
Once operational, the three 30megawatt (MW) power plants are expected to boost the power supply requirements of the feed millers in the
province and in its neighboring areas.
Each power plant costing P1 billion has a capacity to produce 10-MW
of electricity.
The three power plants are set to
be constructed within this year, and

expected to be operational by year


2015.
This developed after the Department of Energy (DOE) has approved
the operating contract of the First
Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc.
(Fibeco) to implement the project.
Fibeco serves the power consumers in the municipalities of Dangcagan,
Damulog, Don Carlos, Kadingilan, Kalilangan, Kibawe, Kitaotao, Maramag,
Pangantucan, Quezon, San Fernando,
and Wao in the province of Lanao Del
Sur, and in Valencia City, Bukidnon.
The power cooperative also serves
several agricultural companies in the
southern part of Bukidnon.

It was learned that the biomass


power plants will be constructed in the
towns of Don Carlos and Kalilangan,
and in Malaybalay City.
Sources of biomass include rice
husks, straw, corn, corn cobs, stalk,
sugarcane, coir dust, agriculture
crops, waste from pineapple processing, rubber and oil palm trees, among
others.
Officials of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and the Regional Development Council (RDC)
said the construction of the biomass
power plants is expected to be a big
boost to the agricultural and business
communities in Bukidnon.

Dont Do It In My City Duterte


By CHERRY MAE D. PALICTE

DAVAO CITY Citing the


numerous illegal drug cases
in the city, Mayor Rodrigo
Duterte disclosed that he
is scared on the possibility
that rice smuggling and illegal drug activities might go
together, and eventually enter his area of responsibility
anytime.
That scares me because
if that event happens here,
we are in deep trouble and
its going to be bloody, Duterte disclosed during the
Give us this Day television
program hosted by Kingdom
of Jesus, The Name Above
Any Name Pastor Apollo
Quiboloy.
As this developed, Duterte warned those involved
in the illegal drug trade to
stop their activities for it
could only mean a shorter
time for them to live.
Do not do it here in my
city, may paglalagyan talaga
kayo, he said.
The mayor lamented that
rice smuggling might somehow become a way for illegal
drugs to be inserted in between the sacks of rice that

are to be delivered, and enter the city.


Though we have not examined
the sacks yet, but we are raising the
possibility that it might be inserted in
any of the container filled with sacks
of rice. Di mo yun mahahalata di ba?
Duterte said.
He said this information was relayed to him by the Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and
Davao City Police Office (DCPO).
This event could destroy the city,
and it would become a sad thing for all
of us, he stressed.
However, Duterte assured that the
law enforcement groups are doubling
their efforts in stopping the illegal
drug activities in the city.
He reiterated that he will be giving
rewards to those who can provide information regarding the existence of
illegal drug dens in the city, and identities of persons pushing drugs.
Duterte said the city government
is willing to give a P10,000 reward for
any regular information on drug activities or persons involved in drugs,
an Isuzu Crosswind for a drug den
location and the big guy behind its
operation,
While a Mitsubishi Montero sports
utility vehicle will be given for information on illegal drug laboratories,
and additional P1 million if those
running the clandestine laboratories
were killed.

Maitum Town Mayor Dies


By JOSEPH T. JUBELAG

GENERAL
SANTOS
CITY Sarangani Governor
Steve Solon ordered the creation of a task force that will
investigate the ambush-slaying of Maitum Mayor George
Perrett on Friday night.
He said the task force
will be composed of police,
military, and legal teams that
will focus on investigating
and resolving the case.
Maitum has a blood-spattered recent political history,
losing two other sitting mayors in as-yet-unsolved gun
attacks.
Perrett was a political
ally of global boxing icon and
Philippine legislator Manny
Pacquiao, who urged the
police to bring the unknown
suspects to justice.
We are saddened by this
very unfortunate incident.
I urge our law enforcers to
expedite the investigation of
the case, and do everything
to identify and arrest those
responsible, Pacquiao told
reporters.

The provincial officials of Sarangani condemned such dastardly acts.


Mayor Perrett was a visionary leader
and had great plans for his town, Solon said.
He said the death of Perrett was a
big loss to the people of Sarangani, and
Maitum town.
Perrett served as Provincial Board
Member in 2010, and ran for mayor in
2013, replacing his wife Mayor Elsie
Perrett.
Superintendent Alexis Yap, Sarangani deputy police provincial director, said the mayor was on his way
home aboard a service vehicle when
ambushed by unidentified gunmen in
Barangay Malalag around 10:30 p.m.
Friday.
The mayor was with his wife Elsie,
who was unhurt, and some security escorts during the incident.
Perrett sustained a bullet wound in
the leg and succumbed to cardiac arrest hours later while he was confined
at a local hospital here.
Police recovered empty shells for
M-16 Armalite rifle, and .45 caliber pistol at the scene.
In November, 2006, armed men also
gunned down Maitum Mayor George
Yabes in Poblacion Maitum. (With a report from AFP)

Rebels Attack
Maguindanao
Military Camp
By ELENA L. ABEN

Barely a month after the military


announced the fall of the main lair of
the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom
Fighters (BIFF), members of the
splinter rebel group attacked a military installation in Maguindanao late
Friday evening.
Colonel Dickson Hermoso, 6th
Infantry Division (6ID) spokesman,
said at least three BIFF members
were killed, while three soldiers were
wounded in the firefight.
He said the attack occurred
around 11:45 p.m. when the BIFF,
a splinter group from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), fired
mortars at the headquarters of the
2nd Mechanized Battalion in Barangay Kabingi, Datu Saudi Ampatuan
town.
Hermoso said the rebels failed to
get near the camp, and that the attack was launched from a distance.
The soldiers then pursued the
BIFF, resulting to a gun battle that
lasted until about 1 a.m.
It was another harassment operation on the part of the BIFF. They
are licking their wounds kaya gusto
nila bumawi, Hermoso said, noting
that the brigand group suffered major losses during a military offensive
last January.
Hermoso was referring to the
Armed Forces conduct of Operation Darkhorse early this year,
which resulted in the neutralization
of 101 BIFF members, with 52 killed,
and 49 wounded; and the dismantling
of four BIFF strongholds, including
the groups training and makeshift
bomb-making facility where they
produce improvised explosive devices (IED) used in bombings in Central
Mindanao.

Davao Tries
New Record
DAVAO CITY While the city
failed to break the record for the
most number of people to sign up as
organ donors in a single site, Davao
took part in the new Guinness World
Record for the most people to sign
up as organ donors in one hour, and
eight hours in multiple sites on Friday.
Ma. Theresa L. Bad-ang, Department of Health-Philippine Network
for Organ Sharing (DOH-Philnos)
Davao coordinator, confirmed that
the new record for the most people
to sign up as organ donors in one
hour, and eight hours in multiple
sites was bagged by the Philippines.
The Philippines recorded a total
of 10,120 organ donors from the six
various sites in one hour, and 17,586 for
eight hours.
This is the newest record ever,
and Philippines were able to have it,
she said.
However, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta.
Mesa, Manila, broke the record of India for most people to sign up as organ
donors in one hour in a single site.
The PUP has a total of 3,548 organ
donors, while the former record of India was 2,755.
The following are the results for
the organ donor registration in one
hour for the various sites in the country; PUP, 3,548; La Union, 2,981; Tugegarao, 1134; Davao City, 944; National
Capital Region (NCR), 788; and Naga,
725.
For the organ donor registration
in eight hours: PUP, 8,063; La Union,
3,471; Tugegarao, 1,573; Davao City,
1,941; NCR, 1,270; and Naga, 1,495.
(Cherry Mae D. Palicte)

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golf

Orchard Blooms At PAL Golfest


Team Wins First Mens Title in 12 Years

By REY BANCOD

ACOLOD CITY Twelve


years after joining the Philippine Airlines Interclub golf
team championships, Orchard Golf and Country Club has finally
reached the summit.
The Dasmarinas-based squad completed a wire-to-wire victory Saturday,
becoming only the fifth team to lift the
championship trophy since 1990.
We certainly did not expect this,
said Orchard captain Francis Montallana who was around when the team
made its debut in 2002. In fact, there
were doubts about our capability to
play with the big boys.
Pro-bound John Kier Abdon capped
his Interclub career by winning the individual title. His 34 points - two-over
par 72 in stroke play, led Orchard.
I was nervous at the start, said
Abdon. Ang tigas ng mga kamay ko.
Abdon, 22, nevertheless made par
on the relatively short opening hole using a five-iron off the tee.
Abdon, who shot 35 points at Binitin
in the first round, managed to stay out
of trouble by keeping the driver in his
bag, using it only thrice throughout the
round. He had one birdie against three
birdies.
Stephen King Stehmeier backed up
Abdon with 33 points, his roller-coaster
round featuring five birdies, four bogeys

and two pickups.


Four of those birdies came off threeputts. In two rounds, Stehmeier threeputted seven times which he attributes
to his putting style.
Ive always been a bold putter, but
if you notice I had eight birdies. So it
evened out, said Stehmeier who celebrated his first title after 17 years playing the Interclub.
Ace Stehmeier also scored for Orchard with 30 points. The teams fourth
scorer was either Ian Arcilla or JP de
Claro who each had 29 points.
Orchard finished the four-day event
with 477 points, 18 points ahead of Alabang.
Montallana conceded that Orchard
benefited from the manpower problems
suffered by the other teams.
Cebu Country Club, the dethroned
champion, played without Mark Dy and
Lloyd Jefferson Go. Alabang came without AR Ramos while Del Monte had to
recall one of its senior players to fill up
one of its regulars.
Orchard, which won the Founders
division last year, came into the event
as a darkhorse, but after blowing the
field in the first round at Binitin, no
team came close to threaten.
We started strong and finished
even stronger, said Montallana who
looks forward to challenging Del Monte
in its home turf next year.
But well have to do it without Ab-

don, he said.
Ten points down at the start of the
day, Alabang failed to give Orchard a
run for its money, closing out with 118
points.
Justin Quiban and Jama Reyes
were Alabangs top scorers with 33 and
32, respectively. The others were Basti
Lorenzo 28 and Gabriel Manotoc 25.
Del Monte matched Alabangs 118
points to secure third spot with 453
points while CCC tallied 114 for 437.
Del Montes scorers were Leonard
Lofranco 33, Mel Lurence Cubillo 29,
Noel Langgamin 28 and Jovencio Lusterio Jr. 28.
CCC, on the other hand, drew 31
from Marco Sarmiento, 29 from Ramontito Garcia, 27 from Jovi Neri and
27 from Bayani Garcia.
In the Founders division, NOGCC
was also the runaway champion, matching Orchards 126 in its home course.
Francis Gaston led NOGCC with 34
points followed by Chepe Dulay 31, Justin Limjap 31 and Max Javelona 30.
NOGCC wound up with 452, 19
points ahead of Manila Southwoods.
Manila Southwoods amassed 123
points behind Antonio Asistio 36 and
Vince Lauron 35. The teams two other
scores came from either Jose Roy III,
Theodore Pascual and Ken Yasuma
who each had 26.
Third place went to Wack Wack with
404 points.

This years Interclub is being


co-sponsored
by
CrossOver
with
Boeing, Philippines
Graphic, Stargate Media
(People Asia) and Rogue
as corporate backers.
Also lending support are
Airbus, Business Mirror,
One Mega Group (Travel
Now), Philippine Broadcasting Corporation, Manila Broadcasting Corporation and Manila Bulletin.
Final results:
Championship: Orchard
477, Alabang Country Club
459, Del Monte 453, Cebu
Country Club 437, Camp John Hay 217,
Anvaya Cove 213, Moffet Field 209, Figme
UAE 162
Founders: Negros Occidental 452, Manila
Southwoods 433, Wack Wack 404, Valley Golf
402, Riviera Golf 397, Alta Vista 395, Apo Golf
394, Rancho Palos Verdes 392,Forest Hills 392,
Zamboanga 383, Sta Elena 381, Tagaytay
Highland 377, Villamor 374, Iligan 366, Mactan
Island 361, Manila Golf 357, Pueblo De Oro 346,
Maharlika 273, Lanang 287
Sportswriter: Eagle Ridge 384, Lumbia 377,
Club Filipino 376, Bacolod 360, Davao city 358,
Iloilo 356, So Cal Redhawk 355, Sarangani 348,
Sherwood Hills-Suntrust 339, Bay Area 330,
Philippine Navy 327, Guinhalaran 326, FilAm
Fairchild 240
Friendship: Fil Am Hawaii 319, Victorias Golf
313, South Cotabato 312, Cotabato Golf 302,
Pearl Kai Hawaii 300, Austral-Asian Golf 287,
Mabuhay Golf of SF 262, Up Tee Jots 260, FGA
Riyadh 256, Seattle 253, SF Crystal Springs 236,
Figme Dubai 236

John Kier Abdon

volleyball

Actor Gomez
Eyes National
Volley Team

Members of the Orchard Golf Club celebrate after winning the PAL Interclub golf team championship at the Negros Golf and Country Club in Bacolod City. Orchard, led by John Kier
Abdon, won its first title since 2002. (Bob Dungo, Jr.)

asian games

Asian Games
Weather Cold
SK official
By CLYDE MARIANO

The cold weather in Incheon, South


Korea during the Asian Games may
affect the performance of Filipino athletes.
This was the warning of South Korean cycling official Edward Sung Woong
Park who said recently that the chilly
condition in Korea during the months of
September and October is colder than
what the Philippines have in Baguio so
countries in tropical regions will be in for
a tough grind.
The weather in South Korea during
the months of September and October
will be colder. It will pose a big problem
for tropical countries like the Philippines, Park said in a recent interview.
Park, who was designated Commissaire in the Ronda Pilipinas, said it
could have been better if the quadrennial event was scheduled between July to
August which are the summer months
of Korea.
The Incheon Games is scheduled
on Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 with the Philippines
hoping to send at least 100 athletes.
While he was impressed with the
skills of the Filipino riders, Park picked
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Japan, Korea
and China as the teams to beat.
Competing for the Philippines in cycling are Mark John Lexer Galedo and
the US-based Caluag brothers, Daniel
Patrick and John Christopher.
Galedo earned a trip by virtue of
his gold-bronze finish in the Southeast
Asian Games in Myanmar. The Caluag
brothers are the countrys best in the
BMX event.

UAAP

Ateneo Returns to Volley Finals


Games Wednesday
(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. NU vs Ateneo (Mens)
4 p.m. La Salle vs Ateneo (Womens)

Ateneo stunned fancied National


University, 25-22, 8-25, 25-19, 25-22, to
arrange a finals rematch with La Salle
yesterday in the UAAP womens volleyball tournament stepladder phase
at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Alyssa Valdez sizzled for 22 points,
Ella de Jesus had 12 markers while
Amy Ahomiro and Michelle Morente
chipped in nine apiece as the Lady
Eagles overcame the Lady Bulldogs
twice-to-beat advantage to reach the
finals for the third straight season.

GOLF

Webb Keeps
HSBC Lead

SINGAPORE (AP) Karrie Webb


broke out of a slump with three key
birdies on the back nine Saturday to
hold onto a one-stroke lead after the
third round of the HSBC Womens
Champions.
Webb, the 2011 champion, has led
every round this week. She shot a 70 to
move to 11-under 205 overall.
The veteran Australian will play
against another former champion in
the lead group on Sunday _ 2012 winner Angela Stanford. The American
matched Webb birdie-for-birdie over
the final five holes to shoot a 69.
Even when I was not giving myself
a lot of good birdie opportunities early
on, I had to tell myself its Saturday,
theres plenty of golf left to be played
and just to be patient, she said.

It was Valdez who delivered the


winning point in the clinching fourthset as Ateneo, under its animated Thai
coach Anusorn Bundit, completed its
stirring run after finishing the elimination round in third place.
In reaching the title series, Ateneo
defeated Adamson before beating NU
to force a rubber match.
With the victory, Ateneo will face
La Salle which earned an outright finals berth by virtue of sweeping the
14-game elims.
La Salle also has a thrice-to-beat
advantage over Ateneo when the series starts on Wednesday at the Big
Dome.
Dindin Santiago scored 19 points

but NU failed to capitalize on its advantage over an Ateneo team which


lost key players Fille Cainglet, Dzi
Gervacio and Gretchen Ho at the start
of the season.
Earlier, NU squeaked past firsttime finalist Ateneo, 29-27, 25-22, 25-22,
to move within the threshold of retaining the championship in the mens division.
Edwin Tolentino scored 12 points,
Ruben Inaudito had 10 points while
last years Finals Most Valuable Player Peter Torres chipped in nine markers as the Bulldogs survived the pesky
challenge of the Blue Eagles to inch
closer toward capturing their second
straight crown.

Actor-sportsman Richard Gomez


may make history on March 9 if the
Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF)
decides to include him in the national
mens team that will see action in the
2014 PLDT HOME Fibr Asian Mens
Volleyball Club Championship (AMCC).
Should he make it, Gomez will become the first athlete to join the Philippine team in four different competitions.
Philippine team coach Francis Vicente has trimmed down to 30 the number of athletes competing for places in
the national team, Gomez being one of
them.
Gomez, 47, first joined the national
team as a member of the rowing team
in the early 1990s. After that, he made
it to the national fencing team, winning
two gold medals in the 2003 and 2005
Southeast Asian Games. He also won
a bronze medal in 1995 in Brunei, two
silver medals in 1997 in Jakarta, a silver in 2001 in Malaysia SEA Games as
a fencer.
He also was named to the national
shooting team in the 2005 SEA Games
in Manila, where he placed fourth.
I am determined to join the mens
volleyball team, Gomez said. Ive
been joining the tryouts since coach
Francis issued the call and Im not going to miss this chance at serving the
flag once more.
Gomez would be a welcome addition to the new national team. Aside
from his leadership, his experience
playing the three national teams will be
a big factor for the team, said AMCC
Organizing Committee Chairman Philip Ella Juico, former chairman of the
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
The event is being co-organized
with SportsCore and will be held starting March 9.
TV-5 will be the official broadcast
partner of the AMCC. All games by the
Philippine Team will televised live.
Signal will also provide volleyball
fans with live streaming of the games.
PLDT will provide technical support and title sponsor PLDT Home
Fibr will provide assistance through its
broadband.

Enzo Pastor (center) is joined by (from left)


Held Assuncao, Don Pastor, Joe Meszier
and Callum Whatmoore during a test run
for the upcoming Asian V8 Championship
series recently at the Batangas Racing
Circuit. The three-leg competition is slated
on April-May with 16 international drivers
expected to participate.

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Golf

McIlroy Soars, Woods Struggles


P
ALM BEACH GARDENS,
Florida (AP) Rory McIlroy
bounced back from a rough
start for a 4-under 66 to take a
one-shot lead after the second round
of the Honda Classic.
Tiger Woods had to scramble
Friday to narrowly make the
cut.

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy recovered from two early bogeys


by running off six birdies in a 10-hole stretch.
He looked solid from tee-to-green, hit putts
with growing confidence and wound up with a
one-shot lead over Brendon de Jonge.
I knew that with the way Im playing and
the confidence in my ability, I would be able to
get those shots back, McIlroy said. I didnt
panic. I didnt try to do anything different.
Just tried to keep playing the way I was.
He was at 11-under 129.
Woods felt fortunate to still be playing. He
was over the cut line after scrambling for a
bogey on the 11th hole and wound up with
a 69 to make the cut on the number. Woods
hit only two greens over his last nine holes.
His lone birdie on the back nine was a chip-in
on the 13th after he missed the green with a
wedge.
It was a grind, theres no doubt about

it, Woods said. I didnt hit it very good. Just


one of those days where I fought out a number, which was good.
Because 79 players made the cut, there
will be another cut to top 70 and ties on Saturday. Woods missed the 54-hole cut the last
time he played on the PGA Tour at Torrey
Pines.
And at least hes still playing the weekend. That wasnt the case for Phil Mickelson.
Playing the Honda Classic for the first time
in 12 years, he had a 71 to miss the cut. So did
Henrik Stenson, the No. 3 player in the world,
with rounds of 73-76.
McIlroy knew the feeling a year ago, when
he took a steep fall from No. 1 in the world
while changing equipment and trying to live
up to high expectations, leading to his snap
decision to walk off the course after 26 holes
last year at the Honda Classic.

Roger Federer

tennis

Federer
Shocks
Djokovic
DUBAI (AFP) Roger Federer
showed an enterprising new side to his
game as he beat Novak Djokovic for the
first time in 18 months and ended the top
seeds defence of the Dubai Open title.
The record 17-time Grand Slam title
winner beat the six-time major champion
3-6, 6-3, 6-2, turning the match around not
only with scintillating groundstroke hitting but with some bold approaches to
the net.
Djokovic looked the more likely winner when he got within a point of going a
break up in the fifth game of the second
set, but a couple of minutes later came a
short rain delay which halted his momentum.
After that Federers game rose to
much higher levels, and his increasing willingness to come forward, which
earned him 11 points from 17 net forays,
seemed to bear the stamp of his new
coach, Stefan Edberg.
There was a buzz out there tonight,
and I was able to enjoy myself with that
crowd, five-time Dubai champion Federer said on court.
For some reason I had a tough start
but the crowd kept pushing me on and
I played well. Its a quick court so I am
always trying to be aggressive. I wish I
could do Stefans volleys, but I work with
what I have.

Boxing

Cebuano Boxers
Dominate Meet
MAASIN, Leyte Cebuano boxers are
on the roll as they showed dominance in
the quarterfinal round of the 2014 PLDTABAP Visayas Area Boxing Tournament
at the Maasin City gym here.
Junior boys pinweight (46kgs) Rimon
Rama and Youth boys lightweight (60kgs)
Vicente Casido of the fabled ALA Gym
showed their class after taking down their
respective opponents while Marvin Pomar
of Cebu City also stamped his class in the
Jr. boys pinweight division.
Rama was quick and steady despite
the effort of Jerry Mae Pandac of the
Leyte Sports Academy to earn a 3-0 win
(29-28 29-28; 30-27). The tall and rangy
Casido, for his part, showed his crisp jabstraight combination and tough defense
to beat local boy Javier Alemar of Maasin
City Team A via 3-0 (30-27; 29-28; 29-28) decision.
Pomar, meanwhile, did not gave Mateo
Maquiling of Southern Leyte a chance for
an upset, pounding out a 3-0 victory (30-27;
30-27; 30-27) to advance to the semifinal
round.
Maasin City Team Bs Shaquel Miole
also scored a 3-0 (30-27; 30-27; 30-27) win
over Raymart Alara of Bago City in the Jr.
boys pinweight division.

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NBA

Curry Powers Warriors


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Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets, the first openly gay athlete in the NBA, walks off the
court after the game against the Denver Nuggets Thursday. His jersey has been the top
seller in NBA stores.

EW YORK (AP) Stephen Curry had 27 points,


11 rebounds and 11 assists in three quarters,
Klay Thompson added 25 points, and
the Golden State Warriors sent the
frustrated New York Knicks to a fifth
straight loss with a 126-103 victory
Friday night.
Returning to the site of his sensational shooting performance of a year
ago, when he scored a career-high
54 points on 11-of-13 shooting from
3-point range, Curry showed off his
entire skill set in this one.
The NBAs assists leader made
five 3-pointers, as did backcourt mate
Thompson. The 6-foot-3 All-Star also
grabbed nine defensive rebounds in
his fourth career triple-double and

third this season, bouncing back from


one of his worst performances of the
season. He had a season low-tying five
points on 2-of-10 shooting Wednesday
in a 103-83 loss to Chicago.
Golden State easily rebounded
from that defeat to win for the fifth
time in six games.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points
and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, blown
out for the second straight night in
a season thats starting to feel hopeless no matter what the sorry Eastern Conference standings say. They
seem to know it, with an agitated Tyson Chandler thrown out in the fourth
quarter after picking up two technical
fouls, the first for shoving Warriors
backup Marreese Speights.
New York is six games behind

eighth-place Atlanta.
The Knicks lost by 26 at Miami on
Thursday, but they were in that game
in the second half. This one was over
long before halftime, when fans booed
them as they trudged off to the locker
room.
A couple of Fire Woodson! Fire
Woodson! chants broke out at Madison Square Garden in an atmosphere
that was completely different from the
Warriors visit here on Feb. 27, 2013.
NBA RESULTS
Cleveland 99, Utah 79
Oklahoma City 113, Memphis 107
Golden State 126, New York 103
Chicago 100, Dallas 91
San Antonio 92, Charlotte 82
L.A. Lakers 126, Sacramento 122
Phoenix 116, New Orleans 104

NBA

Collins Jersey
Sale to Charity
NEW YORK (AFP) The NBA said Friday it will donate all proceeds from the sale
of Brooklyn Nets jerseys that once belonged
to Jason Collins to two gay rights groups.
Collins became the first openly gay, active male athlete in one of the four major
North American professional team sports
Sunday, when he signed as a free agent with
his original team, the Nets.
His jersey has quickly risen to the number one spot on the top-selling jersey list at
NBAStore.com.
Collins chose to wear the number 98
in honor of Matthew Shepard, a college student who was murdered in 1998 in an antigay hate crime.
Collins met with Shepards parents and
brother in Denver after the Nets played the
Nuggets there on Thursday night.
The NBA said it would give the proceeds of the Collins jersey sales to exceed
$100,000 to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight
Education Network (GLSEN) and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
In addition, the league will auction off
Collins autographed, game-worn jerseys to
benefit the same organizations.
Im thrilled to work with the league to
support two fantastic organizations, Collins said, praising their work on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Collins, 35, was a free agent when he announced at the end of last season that he is
gay. He remained unsigned until the Nets
inked him to a 10-day contract Sunday.
The team can sign him to a second, consecutive 10-day contract before deciding
if they want to keep him for the rest of the
season.

football

Azkals Bond
With Coach
By JONAS TERRADO

It seems that the Philippine Azkals are


buying into the simplistic approach of
new coach Thomas Dooley.
Several members of the team, including the popular Phil Younghusband, have
nothing but positive words to say of Dooleys system as the German-born American enters his first month in charge of the
national booters.
You know he wants players to be simple and play together, Younghusband told
the Azkals official website recently. We
can all get on board if the coach and the
players are in sync, it will all mean success.
Dooley made his coaching debut at
presstime when the Azkals battled Malaysia in a friendly match on the outskirts of
Kuala Lumpur in the teams first friendly
ahead of the AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives.
Since being confirmed as Michael
Weiss replacement, Dooley has been
actively watching local football matches
particularly the United Football League
where he several standouts were able to
gain a spot for the Malaysian friendly and
for Wednesdays encounter with European side Azerbaijan.
But what many noticed of Dooley is his
emphasis on basic football and the desire
to play attractive football.
Hes straightaway, said James Younghusband. He likes simple football, he
wants players to play a simple one and
two touch. Me and my brother were talking about simplicity is genius and your
teammates appreciate it when you pass
and move, pass and move a player always
want to have the ball and do amazing
tricks.
With Dooley at the helm, football followers hope to see different style of play
under Dooley, compared to Weiss time
when he was frequently rued for his lack
of tactical approach.

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Editor: DING T. MARCELO Asst. Editor: REY C.LACHICA sports@mb.com.ph

PBA

Paul Lee Hopes to Join Gilas


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By WAYLON GALVEZ

ain or Shine guard Paul Lee


said yesterday he was excited at having an opportunity
to try out for the Gilas Pilipinas team that will play in the FIBA
World Cup in Spain in September.
Reyes named the 6-foot-1 Lee to
the 17-man pool last Friday, that includes the current 12 members of the
team that won the silver medal in the
FIBA Asia Championship last August.
Of course, Im excited that Im
part of the national pool, said Lee.
To play for the national team is a
dream for any basketball player. For
me, its already an honor to be part of
the national pool.

Paul Lee

Last Wednesday, Rain or Shine lost


to San Mig Super Coffee in the 2014
PLDT myDSL PBA Philippine Cup
best-of-seven Finals showdown, 4-2,
where Lee averaged nearly 16 points
with 3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3
steals.
This is the first time that Lee has
been invited to the pool. He was offered to be part of the original Smart
Gilas Pilipinas in 2009 when he was
still playing for University of the East,
but the plan did not materialize.
Lee was picked No. 2 overall three
years ago by the Elasto Painters, and
quickly made an impact with his speed
and shooting skills. After helping Rain
or Shine reached the Finals of the season-ending Governors Cup, he won

the seasons Rookie of the Year award.


Besides Lee, Reyes also named
Meralcos Jared Dillinger, San Miguel
Beers Marcio Lassiter and Barangay
Ginebras Greg Slaughter to tryout for
the national team.
Lassiter and Slaughter were part of
Toromans original Gilas squad, while
Dillinger played for the all-pro Philippine Team that placed fourth during
the Asia Cup in Japan in 2012.
Lee joins his Rain or Shine teammates Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan and
Beau Belga to the pool. Norwood and
Chan were part of the silver medal
winning team in the Asian championship while Belga was a reserve.
The other Gilas Pilipinas members
are Jimmy Alapag, Jayson Castro, Ra-

nidel de Ocampo and Larry Fonacier


of Talk N Text, Marc Pingris of San
Mig, June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel,
Gary David of Meralco, Ginebras LA
Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar, and naturalized player Marcus Douthit.
The NBAs Andray Blatche of the
Brooklyn Nets will also be considered
to the national pool as soon as Congress approves his naturalization papers in time for the World Cup.
Reyes will start tomorrow with his
once a week practice session at the
PhilSports Arena in Pasig City (formerly ULTRA).
The national team is in Group B
of the World Cup with former Olympic champion Argentina, Puerto Rico,
Greece, Croatia and Senegal. The tournament is set Aug. 30 to Sept. 14, and
after that, the same team will compete
for the gold medal in the Asian Games
in Inchon, South Korea.

Richie Garcia

basketball

PSC Chief
Surprised
By Chots
Rejoinder
By NICK GIONGCO

The Philippine Sports Commission


(PSC) yesterday expressed surprise
over the remarks made by Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes on chairman Richie Garcias reminder to the
national team that it should take the
2014 Asian Games seriously.
Garcia had come out with a statement recently, telling Gilas Pilipinas
to likewise channel their energy to the
countrys bid to end the 52-year-old
gold medal drought in the Asiad and
not to pour everything in the FIBAWorld in Spain.
I dont know what has gotten into
him, said Garcia, who could not recall an incident where he had a falling
out or a misunderstanding with coach
Reyes.
The FIBA World Cup is scheduled
Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 and the tournament
will mark the first time in over 40 years
that the Philippines will be competing
in the worlds most prestigious cage
event outside the Olympics.
Garcia, who was in Bacolod City,
said that while the FIBA World Cup
has a lot more appeal than the Asian
Games since it will feature the greatest players in the planet, winning the
Asian Games gold not only means a lot
but is more realistic.
Alam naman natin na suntok sa
buwan ito, Garcia said referring to
Gilas Pilipinas bid in the FIBA World.
Still, Garcia said he is not telling
Gilas Pilipinas to treat its Spanish stint
as a mere vacation.
What I am very concerned about
is the injuries that can happen, said
Garcia.
Garcia said the Korean organizers
have given all nations to come out with
their lineup by Aug. 15.
Garcia said that while the PSC is
not shouldering the expenses of Gilas
Pilipinas, the agency is throwing its full
support to the Samahang Basketbol ng
Pilipinas whose activities are funded
by businessman Manny V. Pangilinan.
Reyes felt slighted on Friday when
told about Garcias reminder that Gilas Pilipinas should not forget about
winning the Asian Games gold.
Since it is the MVP Group, and not
the PSC, that spends for Gilas Pilipinas
training and exposure, Reyes came
short of saying that the PSC doesnt
have the right to dictate terms.
The last time the Philippines won
the Asiad gold was in the 1962 in Jakarta.

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Market and
Investment

News In Brief
P/$ Rate Stands
At P44.63/$1

1.1%

Philippine Stock Exchange


PSEi: 6,424.99 (+70.20 pts)
Value: R11.04 billion
Volume: 1.59 billion shares
Gainers: 104; Losers: 57
Unchanged: 51

The peso
exchange
rate stands
at P44.63
to the US
dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp.
(PDEx). The weighted average
rate stands at P44.664.

Composite Index (February)

Globe Rewards
Globe Telecom launched a
new rewards program, Globe
Blue, exclusive to its over two
million post-paid subscribers,
specifically those with a monthly
service fee (MSF) or actual usage spend of at least P2,000
to P3,499 per month. As part
of its membership privileges,
Globe Blue cardholders will enjoy
priority handling at Globe Stores
with a dedicated customer lane
available in 21 Globe Stores
and faster after-sales support in
other Globe Stores nationwide.
Members will also be assigned a
dedicated hotline for quick and
expert help with their accounts.
(EVA)

CSR Lauded

BSP GOVERNOR AT ECONOMIC FORUM Shown at the Security Bank Economic Forum on What Lies Ahead: Economic
and Business Forecast 2014 on February 28, 2014, at the Rizal Ballroom A, Makati Shangri-La Hotel Makati City (from
left) are: Rodrigo E. Rivera, Sr. President and Chief Executive Officer RD Corporation; Alberto S. Villarosa, President and
CEO, Security Bank Corporation; Gov. Amando M. Tetangco,Jr. Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; Daniel G. Corpuz,
Undersecretary Department of Tourism; and William Pesek, Jr. Asia-Pacific Columnist, Bloomberg News. (Photo By Regie
D. Mason)

ADB Switches To 100% Renewable


Energy Courtesy Of Aboitiz Power
By EDU LOPEZ

Alfredo M. Yao, President of the


Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), said
that the Cabanatuan Electric
Corporation (Celcor) of Nueva
Ecija was cited by the PCCI for its
efforts to promote corporate social responsibility and MSME development. Celcor, which sources
it power supply from a long-term
supply contract with Therma
Luzon, Inc., from its embedded
power plant, the First Cabanatuan Ventures Corp., and from
the WESM, was able to trade its
excess power in the spot market
in November and December,
when spot prices spiked. It used
its profits to help cushion the
impact on MSMEs of additional
electric charges.
Receiving the citation for Celcor
was Rosanna Vergara, Celcor
president, during the general
membership meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Intercontinental Hotel. The citation
was approved by the PCCI board
of directors last February 18.
The citation was recommended
by Jose S. Alejandro, directorin-charge of the PCCI energy
committee, and Dr. Reynato C.
Arimbuyutan, president of the
PCCI Nueva Ecija.

The Asian Development Banks


(ADB) headquarters in Manila is now
meeting all of its energy needs from
renewable sources, following a geothermal power supply agreement with
AdventEnergy Inc., a licensed retail
electricity supplier of Aboitiz Power.
The headquarters is now powered
by 100% renewable energy generated

IBM Solutions Delivery, Inc.


(ISD), a wholly owned subsidiary
of IBM Philippines, Inc., was
recently certified for ISO/IEC
27001:2005 by Bureau Veritas,
an independent auditor providing
testing, inspection, and certification services. The information
security management system
(ISMS) standard certification covers IBM Consulting and Systems
Integration, Application Maintenance and Support, Application Development, Application
Testing, Data Management, and
Monitoring.

Electrolux Cited
For the third consecutive year,
Electrolux has been ranked as
industry Leader Household Durables in RobecoSAMs Sustainability Yearbook, an annual rating of companies sustainability
performance. The RobecoSAMs
Sustanability Yearbook evaluates
the sustainability performance
of several companies across
59 industries 2013 and ranks
them as Gold, Silver or Bronze.
Electrolux was named this years
RobecoSAM Industry Leader,
having received the highest
rating of the ten companies assessed within the Household
Durables industry and garnering
the Gold Class Award.

ADB Vice President Bruce Davis at a


ceremony in ADB headquarters. This
agreement will allow us to cut our annual corporate carbon footprint by nearly
50%, with an emission reduction of more
than 9,500 tons of CO2 equivalent.
The supply contract with AdventEnergy will see ADB purchase an average
of 1.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of
electricity a month. This

will be supplemented by

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PAL, UK Air Controller Pursue Talks


By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines


and British air traffic controller NATS
(National Air Traffic Services) are pursuing negotiations for possible tie-up for
airport operations in the country.
British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad told reporters during his dinner for the press that NATS

executives already came over for some


discussions with businessman Ramon
S. Ang, PAL President and Chief Operating Officer.
Theyve been here already, just for
discussion to follow up, Ahmad said.
Ang and NATS officials held initial talks
during the inaugural flight of PAL in
London late last year.
Generally, there are so many air-

ports here that are being redeveloped


that that Ninoy Aquino International
Airport itself will need some changes of
some sort, the ambassador said. Ang
himself is vying for the development of
some airports. Ang currently operates
the Caticlan International Airport.
According to the ambassador when
PAL landed in Heathrow

last year, Ang was consider-

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JETRO Survey

ASEAN Gets More Japan Investments


By YURIY HUMBER
(BLOOMBERG)

IBM Subsidiary

by geothermal plants in Tiwi in Albay


province and Makiling-Banahaw in
Laguna province, both of which are on
the main Philippine island of Luzon, in
addition to existing on-site solar power
generation.
As an institution we are strongly
committed to expanding the use of
renewable energy across Asia and the
Pacific, so it is only fitting that we walk
the talk in our own headquarters, said

More Japanese companies are


choosing the Asean region over China
as an investment destination as rising
costs and concerns about the environment make Asias biggest economy less
attractive, according to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
Seventy five percent of the 3,471

Japanese companies surveyed said


theyre considering an expansion in the
Asean nations of Singapore, Thailand,
Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines
and Vietnam, the organization known as
Jetro said yesterday in a report. Thats
up from 56 percent in 2011. The number
of firms looking at China dropped to 57
percent last year from 68 percent two
years ago, according to Jetro.
Weve seen a shift in the last two

years and it looks to continue with more


investments turning to Asean and also
moving from China to Asean, Akira
Kajita, a director at Jetros overseas
research department, said at a briefing
in Tokyo yesterday.
The shift coincides with the push by
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to
build stronger ties with Southeast Asian
nations as a buffer against

Chinas growing military

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Cebu Holdings Inc., an affiliate of


Ayala Land Inc., is planning to raise P5
billion through the issuance of bonds
that will carry a tenor of up to eight
years.
In a disclosure to the Philippine
Stock Exchange, CHI said the bonds

will be sold through a general public offering and will be listed at the Philippine
Dealing & Exchange Corporation.
Net proceeds of the bonds shall
be utilized for general corporate purposes.
CHI said its board of directors has
also accepted ALIs assignment of the
right to subscribe to 10 percent of the

authorized capital stock of the joint


venture company that will be put up in
partnership with AboitizLand Inc.
Affiliate Cebu Property Ventures
and Development Corporation also
made a separate disclosure that it has
also accepted a similar assignment
from ALI of a 5 percent

stake in the joint venture

B-4

Asian Banks Increase IT Expenditures


Information technology (IT) spending in Asian banks are expected to
grow by 6.6% in 2014 over 2013 and will
persist at 7.0% average compounded
annual growth rate leading up to 2017,
according to IDC Financial Insights
Asia-Pacific.
IDC noted that re-assessment of the

unique relationship between innovation


and compliance will define new banking
initiatives in Asia in the next 10 years.
The region is keyed up for a convergence between technological and
business capabilities in order to capitalize on Asias rapid financial maturation, says Michael Araneta, research

The Philippine peso posted its biggest


monthly gain since September as
accelerating inflation spurred speculation
the central bank will boost borrowing
costs. Consumer prices rose 4.3 percent
in February from a year earlier, a
government report may show on March
5, according to the median estimate
of economists in a Bloomberg survey.
Thats more than the 4.2 percent pace in
January that was the fastest in two years.
Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas has kept its
overnight borrowing rate at a record-low
3.5 percent since October 2012 and next
meets to review policy on March 27.
Inflation is now rising more persistently
and we expect this to continue, said
Euben Paracuelles, a Singapore-based
economist at Nomura Holdings Inc. That
should prompt BSP to hike rates starting
in the second quarter, and this is going to
be supportive of the currency. The peso
advanced 1.5 percent this month and
was little changed today at 44.643 per
dollar at the close in Manila, according to
Tullett Prebon Plc. It fell 0.2 percent this
week. (Bloomberg)

Top Taxpayers
To encourage more companies to pay
correct taxes to the government, the
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has
hailed corporations that have contributed
billions of pesos and registered a
significant increase in tax payments.
(Page B-2)

OFW Contributions

Cebu Holdings Selling P5-B Bonds


By JAMES A. LOYOLA

Peso Gains

director for IDC Financial Insights


Asia-Pacific.
Araneta expects IT spending to
new technologies the ones that are
meant to develop fresh financial servicing capabilities, rather than for sustaining business-as-usual

activities will account

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State-run Social Security System (SSS)


has collected P2.8 billion in contributions
from overseas Filipino workers (OFW)
from January to November last year,
with the total annual collection from this
sector expected to hit P3.1 billion for a
22 percent year-on-year growth. (Page
B-2)

Mitsubishi Expansion
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.,
Japans biggest bank, would seriously
consider acquisitions in Indonesia and
the Philippines to expand its overseas
business, Deputy President Masaaki
Tanaka said. (Page B-3)

Special Report
The countrys electricity sector has
reached a fork in the road it, being
beset with issues that have gotten too
complex way beyond just business or
economics. (Page B-6)

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BIR Recognizes Top Taxpayers;


Payments By 17 Companies Soar
By CHINO S. LEYCO

To encourage more companies to


pay correct taxes to the government, the
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has
hailed corporations that have contributed billions of pesos and registered a
significant increase in tax payments.
The BIR, the governments main
tax agency, has named 17 companies
that posted a dramatic increase in
taxes paid in 2013, as well as 10 entities
that contributed more than P1 billion to
national coffers and have registered a
growth rate of 20 percent.
Companies that were recently recognized by the BIRs Large Taxpayers
Service (LTS) were Alaska Milk Corp.,
All Asian Countertrade Inc., BDO Unibank, Inc., Hinatuan Mining Corp., IBM
Philippines, Interbev Philippines, Inc.
Makati Shangri-La hotel and Resort, Inc.
and Maybank Philippines, Inc.
Likewise, the BIR named Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co., Mondelez
Philippines, Inc., Nutri-Asia Inc., Orica
Philippines. Penpro Inc., Pepsi-Cola
Products Philippines Inc.,, Pfizer, Inc.,
SM Land, Inc. and Vesta Property Holding, Inc. as among the much improved
LTS companies in terms of taxes paid

in 2013.
The LTS represents the countrys
largest industries and companies, which
contribute billions in tax payments. Currently, the BIR has more than 2,000 large
taxpayers.
The BIR also gave a special recognition to companies that contributed billions of pesos to the government, namely
the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Citra
Manila Tollways Corp., DMCI Project
Developers, Inc., Emperador Distillers,
Inc. and Holcim Philippines, Inc.
Also included in BIRs billionaires
club are Manila Water Co., Inc., Monde
Nissin Corp., PMFTC, Inc. Quezon
Power (Philippines) Ltd. Co. and Toyota
Motor Philippines Corp.
In 2013, BIR collections from 2,120
firms classified under the LTS reached
P755.23 billion, an increase of 15.98 percent year-on-year, which accounted for
62 percent of the BIRs total 2013 haul of
P1.217 trillion.
This year, the LTS has been assigned
a goal of P917 billion the bulk of the
bureaus entire P1.456-trillion target
for 2014.
BIR Commissioner Kim S. JacintoHenares said the Aquino administration
is targeting an 80 percent revenue share

from the LTS from 62 percent level last


year.
Based on international standard,
LTS should account for at least 80 percent of our annual revenue collections,
but we understand we have limitations,
such as resources and people, that we
need to address first, Jacinto-Henares
said.
Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima
earlier said the fiscal authorities see
a room for improvement in the BIR,
particularly in its LTS whose collections
account for about 62 percent of the government annual income.
The challenge for LTS is not those
existing taxpayers, but those invisible
large taxpayers because are still a lot of
companies out there that are not in the
BIR database, Purisima told reporters
on the sidelines of BIRs Kickoff Campaign for LTS late Tuesday.
The BIR is aiming to raise the revenue contribution of large taxpayers
to the annual collection of the governments main tax agency.
BIR Commissioner Kim S. JacintoHenares said the Aquino administration
is targeting an 80 percent revenue share
from the Large Taxpayers Service (LTS)
from 62 percent level last year.

Landbank Plans P6.9-Billion


Worth Of New Capital Notes
By LEE C. CHIPONGIAN

Government-owned Land Bank of


the Philippines will issue peso-denominated capital and long-term negotiable
certificates of deposits (LTNCDs) by
June this year.
Landbank President and CEO Gilda
E. Pico said they plan to sell either Tier
2 capital or hybrid Tier 1 to pay for the
banks past loans worth P6.9 billion
which will mature by June.
Including the LTNCDs, which Pico
said is at least P5 billion, Landbank is
looking to raise a minimum of P12 billion in new funds this semester.
We have maturing Tier 2 (thats)
P6.9 billion. Were looking at issuing
Tier 2 or hybrid Tier 1 but we dont have
the figures yet, Pico told reporters.
Aside from debt payments, the bank
intends to get additional funds from
the issuance of supplementary capital

(Tier 2) or from a combination of debt


and equity (hybrid Tier 1) for lending
to priority sectors or agriculture development.
As for its LTNCD offer, the central
bank has removed the P5-billion cap,
but Pico said they have yet to finalize
the amount they intend to offer. We can
(issue) before the end of the semester
for both, thats our target, she added.
The last time the bank issued Tier
2 notes (10-year debt) was in early 2012
amounting to P10.5 billion. The last P5billion LTNCD was in mid-2013.
Pico said for the banking sector,
2014 will be more challenging. Last
year, we had a very good income from
investments because the investment
climate was good but this year is not
as good as 2013.
Pico said most banks took in fairly
large earnings from the investment side
but the same is not expected to happen

this year.
In 2014, Landbanks earnings from
investments were more than 50 percent
of gross income. This was higher than
the normal 50-50 ratio from investments
and loans two of a banks major income sources.
(This year) were projecting our
income will come from loans, said
Pico. The banks gross loan portfolio
increased to P303.9 billion in 2013 from
P273.4 billion in 2012 while loans to priority sectors went up to P244.6 billion
from P205.3 billion.
The bank, the countrys fourth largest lender, is expanding loan portfolio
allotted to the priority sectors which is
agriculture and their mandated sector
which is small farmers. Were also supporting government projects and the
PPP (public-private partnership) such
as financing schools and hospitals,
said Pico.

NEW FINANCE UNDERSECRETARY TAKES OATH Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima


administers the oath-taking of newly appointed Finance Undersecretary for
Corporate Affairs Group Jose Manuel P. Reverente. Reverente holds a degree in
Engineering from the University of the Philippines- Diliman and a Masteral degree
in Business Administration at the Johnson Graduate School of Management of
Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Prior to his appointment, Reverente
served as a Deputy Executive Director for the Public-Private Partnership Office
under the National Economic Development Authority.

OFW Contributions
To SSS Reach P2.8 B
State-run Social Security System
(SSS) has collected P2.8 billion in contributions from overseas Filipino workers
(OFW) from January to November last
year, with the total annual collection
from this sector expected to hit P3.1
billion for a 22 percent year-on-year
growth.
In terms of coverage, the number
of OFW-members surpassed 923,000
last year, bolstered by the agencys
sustained campaign to attract migrant
workers by highlighting the value of
SSS coverage, promoting reactivation of
SSS membership, and setting up foreign
representative offices (FROs).
Over 100,000 OFWs joined as new
SSS members in 2013 alone. To better
serve our expanding OFW membership,
we deployed more roving officers to assist SSS foreign representatives in the
Middle East, Europe and Asia, and we
reached out to Filipino communities
in 14 major locations overseas, Judy
Frances See, SSS senior vice-president
said.
Last year, SSS initiated exploratory
talks on proposed bilateral social security agreements (SSA) with China and
the USA; and pursued its SSA negotiations with Germany, Japan and South
Korea.
OFWs often fall outside of social
protection schemes in their place of
employment, a situation that may leave
them and their families vulnerable during times of sickness, maternity, disability, retirement and death contingencies that are all covered by our Social
Security program, See explained.
This is supplemented by the Flexifund Program, a mechanism for OFWs
to maximize returns on their investments and benefit from an additional
layer of social security protection,
she added.

Enrollees of the Flexi-fund Program,


a provident fund type of scheme that
allows OFWs paying at the maximum
monthly salary credit (MSC) to save on
top of their regular SSS contributions,
reached 165,661 in 2013, up by eight
percent from the previous year.
Members Flexi-fund equity rose
to P388.5 million as of November 2013,
as compared with P330.1 million as of
December, 2012.
SSS, meanwhile, reminded OFWs
of changes in the Social Security and
Flexi-fund programs caused by the new
contribution schedule that took effect in
January 2014.
Starting this year, OFW contributions range from P550 based on the
P5,000 minimum monthly salary credit
(MSC) for OFWs, to a maximum of
P1,760 per month, in line with the new
P16,000 MSC ceiling and 11 percent
contribution rate. The MSC refers to
the amount of monthly income covered
by SSS contributions.
In line with existing Flexi-fund
guidelines, any amount not lower
than P200 paid on top of the maximum
monthly SSS contribution of P1,760
starting with the applicable month of
January, 2014 is automatically credited
as Flexi-fund savings.
In 2012, SSS revised the basis of
its guaranteed interest rate for Flexifund earnings to the average rate of
SSS short-term peso placements or the
91-day T-bill rate, whichever is higher,
so that OFWs can generate higher
income from their savings despite the
prevailing low-interest environment,
See added.
As a result, quarterly interest rates
on Flexi-fund earnings in 2013 ranged
from 1.5 to 3.8 percent, much higher
than the benchmark 91-day T-bill rate
of less than 1 percent. (CSL)

Las Farolas Visitors


Nearing 200,000 Mark
In its almost 11 months of operation, Las Farolas the newest tourist
and educational destination in Metro
Manila has already drawn close to
200,000 visitors.
Students from both private and
public educational institutions in MetroManila and the provinces as well as
local and foreign tourists make up the
bulk of these visitors. A considerable
number of employees from the government and private sectors also make up
the rest of the guests.
The museum of river monsters,
Las Farolas, which was inaugurated
April of last year, boasts of more than
3,000 species of weird and monstrouslooking freshwater fish species which
are housed in two hubs that serve as
their sanctuary. The species are part
of the over 12,000 exotic collection of its
owner Henry G. Babiera from various
parts of the world.
Located in Frontera Verde Drive
beside Tiendesitas on Ortigas Avenue,
Pasig City, Las Farolas is a multi-

million enterprise conceived by the


late Don Rafael Ortigas and Moment
Philippines Theme Park Planner and
Management Corporation led by Babiera. It is the first and only one of its kind
in the world showcasing 100% freshwater aquatic wildlife. While the core of
its mission is to showcase freshwater
exotic fishes, Las Farolas is a staunch
advocate of environmental protection
and conservation, particularly with regard to endangered freshwater aquatic
species, and serves as a platform for
educational and research activities
through an interactive classroom to
impart knowledge on aquatic life and
sustainable means by which man can
combat the threat of its extinction.
It hopes to be in the mainstream of
the local environmental protection and
conservation efforts in harmony with
the efforts of the national government,
particularly with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR),
NGOs, and other international environmental advocacy groups.

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Mitsubishi UFJ Eyes Philippine Acquisition


By DARREN BOEY
(BLOOMBERG)

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.,


Japans biggest bank, would seriously
consider acquisitions in Indonesia and
the Philippines to expand its overseas
business, Deputy President Masaaki
Tanaka said.
There are business growth opportunities in the Southeast Asian nations,
although the lender isnt in talks with
any companies, Tanaka said in a Feb.
26 interview from Hong Kong, where
he met investors this week. Mitsubishi
UFJ would also target firms in the U.S.,
he said, without elaborating.
Japanese banks are seeking acquisitions outside their home country, where
falling lending rates have led to the lowest interest margins in Asia. Tokyo-based
Mitsubishi UFJ completed in December
the purchase of a $5 billion controlling
stake in Thailands Bank of Ayudhya Pcl.
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc.
agreed to buy 40 percent of Indonesias

PT Bank Tabungan Pensiunan Nasional


for about $1.5 billion in May.
Because MUFG has such a strong
capital base and such a strong balance
sheet, we have not been shy to say that
we will look for acquisition opportunities, Tanaka said. If we have to choose
a couple of countries in Asia, I would
say I would really seriously consider
the opportunities in Indonesia and the
Philippines.
Southeast Asian companies are
luring overseas suitors amid economic
growth that is outpacing the rest of the
world. The Indonesian and Philippine
economies may expand at least 5.5
percent this year, compared with global
growth of 3.7 percent, according to International Monetary Fund estimates.
While Tanaka cited Indonesias
retail banking growth as a potential
opportunity, he is wary about the nations banking regulations. The country
imposed foreign ownership limits in 2012
that prompted Singapores DBS Group
Holdings Ltd. to drop its bid for PT Bank

Danamon Indonesia in what would have


been Southeast Asias largest banking
takeover.
We need to carefully analyze all
those regulatory issues before we make
a final decision to find out the opportunities in each one of the countries, Tanaka
said. In the case of Bank of Ayudhya, we
were happy to receive strong support
from the government of Thailand as well
as the Bank of Thailand.
The purchase of a 72 percent stake in
the Thai bank, that countrys fifth largest
by market value, was Mitsubishi UFJs
biggest acquisition in Asia outside of Japan. Bank of Ayudhyas net interest margin of 4.2 percent is the highest among
Thai lenders and exceeds the national
average by 1.2 percentage points, data
compiled by Bloomberg show.
Japanese banks have an average
net interest margin of 1.29 percent, the
lowest among Asia-Pacific lenders, the
data show.
Loan profitability in Japan has declined as unprecedented monetary eas-

ing by the central bank to combat


deflation prompted banks to cut
borrowing costs. The difference
between deposit and lending rates
at Mitsubishi UFJs two main banking units narrowed to the lowest
level since at least 2010, according
to a presentation for the banks
nine-month earnings.
While Mitsubishi UFJ was
currently losing ground on net
interest income, Tanaka said he
expected that to turn around later
this year as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abes economic support
policies help loan volumes pick up
and the narrowing of loan spreads bottoms out.
Mitsubishi UFJs net interest income, or revenue from lending minus
payments on deposits, jumped 12 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31
from a year earlier, according to calculations based on nine-month earnings
released Feb. 3. That helped net income
in the quarter rise 5.5 percent to 255.2

billion yen ($2.5 billion), beating the 200


billion-yen average estimate of seven
analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.
One of the assumptions is that
Abenomics is working, Tanaka said of
the prime ministers economic policies.
Although it may be slow compared with
the expectations of investors, nevertheless I believe that its going to move the
Japanese economy upward.

BCDA, DPWH To Build


P175-M Common Toll
Plaza For SCTEX-TPLEX

ABAYA INDUCTS EJAPS 2014 OFFICERS Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Inducted the new 2014 officers
and board members of the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines, Inc. led by President Darwin Amojelar
of InterAksyon.com on Feb. 27, 2014 at the Anvil Club at the BDO South Tower in Makati City. Other officers sworn into
office are: Chino Leyco of Manila Bulletin, vice president for internal affairs; Dax Lucas of Philippine Daily Inquirer, vice
president for external affairs; Kathleen Martin of The Philippine Star, secretary; Zinnia dela Pena of The Philippine Star,
treasurer; Jenniffer Austria of Manila Standard Today, auditor; Albert Castro of Malaya Business Insight, director; Amy
Remo of Philippine Daily Inquirer, director; Jerome Morales of The Philippine Star, director; Madelaine Miraflor of The
Manila Times, director; and VG Cabuag of BusinessMirror, director. Ms. Teresita Sy-Coson, Chairperson of BDO Unibank,
Inc. and vice chair of SM Investments Corp., also graced the induction (Photo by Bernard Testa)

SM Opens 94th Savemore Store In Gensan


By JAMES A. LOYOLA

SM Retail Inc., the department and


food stores unit of SM Investments
Corporation, has further expanded into
Southern Philippines with the opening
of Savemore Market General Santos.
In a statement, SMIC said that,
aside from Savemore, SM is present in
the city through its mall, SM City General Santos which opened in 2012.
The new Savemore Market is the
94th store in the country. In Southern
Philippines, SM operates 39 Hypermarkets, 94 Savemore stores and 39 SM
Supermarkets.
We continue to expand aggres-

sively in key areas of the country, taking


into consideration the steady population
growth and shifting preferences of the
market, Savemore Market president
Jojo Tagbo said.
SM Food Retail has three store formats, SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket and Savemore that offer products
and services which focus on quality,
affordability and convenience.
Savemore is SMs fast expanding
vehicle for introducing organized retail
in areas where there is either a limited
offer of products or none at all. It offers
quick and convenient shopping, complete basic merchandise, and a wide
array of services.

Savemore also offers SM Bonus


items which give great value as well as
various promos and discounts like Buy
One Get One, SWIPE, Valuepack, and
Yellow Tag.
The staff and crew practice food
safety and are equipped with hygienic
gear as they carry out free services
like coconut grating, seafood cleaning,
meat and poultry deboning, and fruit
carving.
Services like bills payment, Western
Union money transfer, and a Watsons
pharmacy also emphasize Savemore as
a one-stop-shop destination. Quick bites
are also available from Savemores
tenants

CLARK FREEPORT The stateowned Bases Conversion Development


Authority (BCDA), builder and owner
of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway
(SCTEX) will construct a permanent
toll plaza together with the Department of Public Works and Highways
(DPWH), that will pave the way for a
much smoother transition for motorists entering the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La
Union Expressway (TPLEX) from the
SCTEX and vice versa.
This was discussed by Atty. Arnel
Paciano D. Casanova in a get together
with officers and members of the
Capampangan in Media, Inc. (CAMI)
called Batirulan qng Caf Juan at the
Holy Angel University in Angeles City.
The toll plaza will provide a seamless interconnection between the
SCTEX and TPLEX that will result in
faster travel time and convenience to
the motorists, BCDA President and
CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said.
According to Casanova, DPWH
Secretary Rogelio Singson has given
the green light to commence at the
soonest the construction of the Tarlac
Toll Plaza.
Casanova said the construction of
the Tarlac Toll Plaza will cost some P175
million. The BCDA will shoulder the
cost of the toll plazas detailed design,
traffic management and installation
of the Toll Collection System (TCS)
amounting to P25 million. The DPWH
on the other hand will fund the civil
works at a cost of P150 millionthe
bulk of which involves the construction
of the toll plaza.
BCDA Project Manager for SCTEX

Services Joshua M. Bingcang said the


construction of the permanent toll plaza
will take some six months assuming
favorable construction weather conditions.
According to Bingcang, the new toll
plaza will have seven toll lanes. Of the
seven toll lanes. four lanes will cater to
motorists from the SCTEX entering the
TPLEX while the remaining three lanes
will cater to motorists from the TPLEX
entering the SCTEX. He also noted that
two toll lanes will be reversible allowing
additional lanes to address the queuing
of vehicles during unusually high traffic
volume.
In the meantime, while the Tarlac
Toll Plaza has yet to be constructed by
the DPWH, Casanova said plans are
underway to address the queuing of
vehicles caused by the present set up.
We are exploring the interconnection project with both the Manila
North Tollways Corporation (MNTC)
concession holder of the NLEX and the
Private Infrastructure Development
Corporation (PIDC), concession holder
of the TPLEX. Casanova said that in the
TPLEX for instance, the interconnection plan would allow motorists exiting
the SCTEX and entering TPLEX to pay
their exit toll fee and at the same time
get their entry ticket at the TPLEX
Central Toll Plaza and vice versa.
This would considerably reduce
toll transaction time and allow for faster
travel time as motorists will only stop
at one toll both to pay their exit toll fee
as they exit the SCTEX and get their
entrance toll ticket as they enter the
TPLEX, Casanova said. (AMR)

International Schools Help Prime


Growth Of Aseana City In Pasay
In addition to landmark hotel and
entertainment centers and prime office and residential developments, two
international schools will be further
accelerating the growth of Aseana City,
a boomingmixed-use business district
distinguished by its strategic location
fronting the Manila Bay near the Mall of
Asia complex.
By 2014, the educational institutions
that adhere to the British school system
and cater to globally-mobile families will
be added attractions of the 204-hectare
growth center which recently emerged
as the sixth most popular location for
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
firms in Metro Manila.
According to Delfin Buds Wenceslao, Aseana Holdings Inc. managing
director, the mixed-use business district
reclaimed from Manila Bay has been a
direct beneficiary of the robust Philippine
economy. Early on, the fast growing BPO
and hotel industries were quick to spot
the superior location of Aseana City, one
of the last few spaces easily accessible to
the metropolis key business centers. Attracted likewise by Aseana Citys prime

location, international schools and their


families are now also helping build up the
city, he says.
The Kings School Manila (KSM) is
the 12th campus of the British Schools
Group, which operates in three continents. Within a 10,000sqm.complex in
Aseana City, KSMcurrently delivers a
British education as experienced in the
European nations private schools.School
officials point out that the students attending the institution can easily move
on to other reputable British and international schools around the world as well
as UK universities.
With class sizes of no more than 20,
supervised by two teachers, curious
students from age two to 13 happily romp
around the Aseana City campus on a
typical day. The school also welcomes
mothers and fathers, who are informed
by teachers on a daily basis on what goes
on in the classroom through the schools
website. More importantly, teachers are
regularly available for discussions on
a childs progress, according to Peter
Lindsay, headteacher of The Kings
School, Manila.

By next school year, the Singapore


School of Manila will also be opening its
doors to around 200 students who learn
through the Singapore curriculum up to
Grade 8, and Cambridge International
programs for Grades 9 through 12. The
latter also prepares pupils for higher
education in UK and other universities.
According to school founder and
managing director Analei Atienza, the
education system thrives on offering
challenges to children but without the
pressures and trauma associated with
conventional teaching methods. The
curriculum is designed to give children
a positive attitude towards leaning, train
them to do higher thinking and prepare
them for globalization.
The school achieves these goals by
assuming that different children learn in
different ways. While most local schools
cater to students who rely on their auditory sense, Singapore School Manila caters as well to those who are best engaged
through visuals or through kinesthetics or
movements. We take different approaches so that a student learns whatever learning style he may have, she points out.

The Kings School Manila (top photo) is one of two international schools in the
booming Aseana City complex fronting Manila Bay, while the Singapore School
of Manila (lower photo), which conducts classes in British English, Filipino and
Mandarin, will open its Aseana City campus by 2014, according to founder and
managing director Analei Atienza.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014


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ADB Switches...
about 50,000 kWh generated monthly
from ADBs rooftop solar panels. These
two sources will meet the entire energy requirements of the headquarters
building, where more than 2,600 staff
and consultants work each day.
It also means ADB will no longer
purchase electricity directly from the
Manila Electric Company (Meralco),
although it will continue to use the

companys distribution network.


The move follows ADBs decision to
take advantage of electricity reforms in
the Philippines which allow large users
to choose their power supplier. The
contract with AdventEnergy followed
a competitive bidding process. It was
selected as it was the only one to offer a
large portion of its electricity generated
from renewable sources.

B-1

Cebu Holdings...
PDIC WINS ANVIL AWARD PDICs financial literacy guidebook, Usapang Pera: Mga Dapat Alamin (inset), was awarded
the Anvil Award of Merit in recognition of its excellence as a public relations tool aimed at helping promote financial
literacy in the country. PDIC Officer-in-Charge and Executive Vice President Cristina Q. Orbeta (5th from left) led the
members of the PDIC Management Committee in receiving the award. The 49th Anvil Awards organized by the Public
Relations Society of the Philippines and was held on February 26, 2014.

B-1

PAL, UK...
ing investments in the airports in the
Philippines. At that time, Angs San
Miguel Corp. was vying for the Mactan
International Airport, but which eventually went to another group.
During that time, Angs consultants
told him that a big airport needs 4 runways and huge terminals, but when Ang
came to London he realized that Heathrow, the worlds busiest airport, is operating with 2 runways only but it has a very

clever technology and good management


with just 12 people sitting in the tower that
planes take off every 30 seconds.
He said it takes us 7 minutes between take off and landing to manage
the airspace.
He said I now realized its not about
buying lots of land and making 4 runways.
And I said, this conversation may just
have saved you $2 billion, the ambassador related his earlier conversation

with Ang.
He basically agreed that he wanted to
work with NATS in the future.
According to the ambassador, Ang
has realized the value of NATS in running
a modern airport.
NATS employs 5,000 people and
controls 2 million flights a year in British
airspace.
The British government owns 49 percent of NATS while a consortium of seven
airlines known as the Airline Group, including IAGs (ICAG.L) British Airways
and easyJet (EZJ.L), owns a combined
42 percent. (BCM)

with AboitizLand.
ALI will retain its remaining 35
percent stake in the partnership for the
development of an approximately 15hectare property in Mandaue City into
a mixed-used city center.
This undertaking will allow the
Company to benefit from the local
knowledge and expertise of CHI and
CPVDC, leading to better efficiencies
and possible synergies that will maximize opportunities in the Cebu property
market, ALI said.
ALI and AboitizLand will enter into a
50-50 joint venture for the acquisition and
development of properties in Cebu.
We are excited about the prospect of
entering into this joint venture and gaining a well-established and strong partner
in Cebu such as AboitizLand, said ALI
President Antonino T. Aquino.
He noted that this is consistent with

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Asian Banks...
for a substantial 30% of total budgets
in 2014 and 37% of the new budgets
will be dedicated to the expansion and
modernization of channels.
This correlates with the polarization
of growth in key Asia/Pacific market
segments, which IDC Financial Insights
expects will spur leading financial
services institutions to diversify their
technology footprint while being more
critical of IT mismanagement within

their organizations, said Araneta.


This window of opportunity will
breed a new generation of technological
champions among the regions financial
institutions, and these will come from a
stock capable of extending existing risk
management disciplines into IT project
administration.
In particular, 50% of Asia-Pacific
IT executives believe that coping with
regulatory guidelines will top the risk

and compliance agenda of 2014, said


Araneta.
He noted that core banking, risk
management and channels will retain
their importance as the three main
areas of IT investments.
Unlike the previous years, however,
initiatives will be diverted towards allencompassing solution suites, rather
than standalone systems for a single
domain. These, in total, will account for
52% of technological spending this year,
said Araneta.
I believe that this speaks of a more
disciplined approach in technological

our growth strategy of establishing more


developments in the major urban areas
of the country, Cebu being one of the
most progressive metropolitan areas in
the Philippines.
AboitizLand President Andoni
Aboitiz said we welcome this opportunity to work with Ayala Land.
Partnering with the countrys premier
developer, who we believe shares our
vision of creating long-term value for
the Cebu community, is a strategic
step in an increasingly competitive
environment.
The firms said this joint venture will
generate synergies by combining the local knowledge and experience of AboitizLand in developing diverse real estate
products in Cebu with Ayala Lands
expertise in building a full range of real
estate formats including large scale,
integrated, mixed-use communities.

and economic reach. Tensions between


China and Japan have peaked since
2012 as both nations assert claims to an
island chain in the East China Sea.
While Japanese auto and chemical manufacturers still plan business
expansions into China, firms with

Chinese trading, textile and metal


processing assets look to transfer
these to Vietnam and other Southeast
Asian nations, Jetro said.
Half of the respondents to the
December survey said rising costs
in China were the main reason for
shrinking capacity there, with currency risks and environmental pollution among the other key factors,
Jetro said. (EHL)

pursuits as a whole. For the first time in


a long while, banks are neither spending out of fear nor hype this new era of

proactive rather than reactive innovation will prove to be a refreshing one,


Araneta added. (EHL)

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THE

OVERLOOKING RIZ AL NATIONAL PARK AND MANIL A BAY


BESIDE INTRAMUROS GOLF COURSE, OPEN DAY AND NIGHT TO ALL GOLFERS,
BEHIND SOUTH HARBOR, INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER AND CARGO TERMINALS.

One Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines


Tel.: (632) 527-0011 Connecting all departments
Fax: (632) 527-0022 to 24

Manila Hotel

IN

851-8888

Armada
Hotel Manila
Malate, Manila

Azotea Suites
Bel Air Makati
Best Western Plus
Antel Hotel
Makati City

898-2888

Broadway Court
Apartelle

744-7979

Eastwood
Richmonde Hotel
Quezon City
Eurotel
Las Pias
Branch
Eurotel
Araneta
Branch

899-0344
373-3333

536-1188
536-2288

uzon

(044)
411-0834
09237194074
09204599148

Hotel Lorita Tuguegarao

(074)
424-2620

Hotel St. Ellis


Legazpi City, Albay

(02)
576-6463/9526
(045) 599-5000

Hotel Luna
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

(02) 5 4 2 - 9 5 3 7
542-9150
924-2443
924-2456
(046)
483-0491
0916 2209934
0928 6844186

Hotel Supreme
Baguio
Hotel Veniz - Baguio City

355 - 0000
(045)
624 - 0229
355-0000
(074)
444-3876

Inn Rocio - Baguio City


Java Hotel - Laoag City
Kartini Hotel - Kawit, Cavite

355-0000

(043)
286-2624
(048)
4340001-03
(043)
757-3178

La Maja Rica Hotel & Restaurant


Ligtasan, Tarlac City
Laoag Renzo Hotel
Laoag City

Lee Boutique Hotel


Tagaytay
Le Monet Hotel
Baguio City

(078)
844-1275
846-1722

(046)
483-8888
(043)
756-1223

Magallanes Square Hotel


Sta. Rita Road Tagaytay

Moonbay Marina
Villas Zambales

MAGALLANESSQUAREHOTEL,INC.
MagallanesSquareComplex
MagallanesDrive,TagaytayCity
Tel.No:0465440062
FaxNo:0464133918
EmailAdd:magallanessquarehotel@yahoo.com
SunNo:09228043129/09228043125
GlobeNo:09175047820

(034)
729 - 3867
09436738142
(035)
522-1100
or 02

Mango Park Hotel


Cebu City
Manhattan Suites Inn
Dumaguete City
Maribago BlueWater
Beach Resort
Mactan, Cebu

(033)
320-5252
320-5353
(034)
432-1888
to 89

Montebello Villa Hotel


Banilad, Cebu City

(035)
225-1181
422-3184
09228393435

Movenpick Hotel
Mactan Island , Cebu
MVW
Restaurant & Tourist Inn
Roxas, Capiz

(033)
337-2384
(032)
340-0211
(032)
253-1105

O Hotel
Bacolod City

Palmbeach
Resort & Spa
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

(033)335-1171
to 74
337-0736

(035)
422 1137
09177007735
09088202123

Pension Bacolod
Bacolod City
Plantation Bay
Mactan, Cebu
Portofino Resort
Mactan, Cebu

(033)
335-1801
to 04

Radisson Blu
Hotel & Resort
Cebu City

(033)
336-6888
(0928)
985-0999

(036)
621-7718
(034)
434-4500

Rajah Park Hotel


Cebu City

Regency Plaza
Tourist Inn
Bacolod City
Star Plus Pension
House
Bacolod City

M indanao

(034)
433-7211
to 16

+63 (88)
387-0581
9276104614
(083)
228 8998
228 7160
(082)
226-2045
221-8651

Greenstate Suites
Koronadal City
Hannie's Inn
Davao City

Hill Park Inn


and Restaurant
Midsayap, Cotabato
Hillsview Inn & Inland
Resort
Trento, Agusand Del Sur
Hotel Angelo
and Restaurant
Midsayap, Cotabato

(082)
221-1160
(082)
302-6158
302-6152

(088)
856-9080
(082)
852-2015
(082)
856-7197

Hotel De Crisbelle
Davao Del Sur
Hotel De Susana & Restaurant
Valencia City, Bukidnon

Hotel Elena
Davao City
Hotel San Marco
General Santos City
Hotel Sogo
Cagayan De Oro City

(082)
221-0075
09425918521

(082)
285-3756
(063)
223-3255
(081)
221-0819

(088)
331-2288
0917-483268

(084) 655 6115 /


0929 979 4919
Fax: (084)
655 6114
(082) 221 2729
+63 927 9795179
+63 920 2473002
+63 923 8063887

(085)
342-5883
225-9560

(082)
297-5523

(082)
297-7692
321-1042
09189003792

(088)
521-0360
09177220360
(088)
856-4360
09177004360
(083)
552-8895
to 97
301-0774

(083)
554-0880

(082)
295-6463
301-8549
(088)
861-1359
8842-7999
(085)
341-7871
341-1657
(088)
851-1912
09361271360

(082)
221-9040

Hotel Uno
Davao City
H

TAVERN

Eurotel
Pedro Gil
Eurotel
Makati

532-1818

522-1515

355-0000
376-7096
355-0000
523-5256
355-0000
844-8645

525-9065

Fersal Hotel
Annapolis, Cubao

912-5852
912-2691

899-7888
798-0798

Fersal Hotel
Kalayaan, Diliman

924-2689
912-2691
742-7292
912-2691

521-2371

Fersal Hotel
Manila

899-5555

Fersal Hotel
P. Tuazon Cubao

724-7551

Fersal Hotel
Makati
Gohotels.ph
Mandaluyong City

924-5051

Gohotel Otis
Paco, Manila

371-4333

Greenstone Serviced
Residences

844-8811

Salcedo Village Makati City

(632)
410-4111
410-8658
410-6981

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati


Ayala Center, Makati City

Hostel
1632

(632)
817-0888

Luxent Hotel

(02)
922-8888

Tune Hotel
Ermita

(632)
708-9888

Y2 Residence Hotel

(02)
224-3000

Mountain Lodge
Hotel & Restaurant
Baguio City

(074)
442-4544

Sunlight Guest Hotel, Inc.


Puerto Princesa City,
Palawan

(6348) 434-2334

Skyrise Hotel
Apartelle & Restaurant
Baguio City

Star Plaza Hotel


Dagupan City
Starview Hotel
Naga City
Subic Bay Hotel Venezia
Zambales
Subic International
Hotel Zambales

Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel


Subic

Subic Bay Yacht Club


Zambales

(046)
544-0062

(047) 252-9718
252-1663
250-2099
252-8518

Be central

854-7549
to 50

Radiant Star Apartelle


Tagaytay City

Hotel Tavern
Surigao City
Ice Castle
Experience Hotel
General Santos City
Innside Room Hotel
Tagum City,
Davao Del Norte
Isla Jardin Del Mar
Gumasa,
Sarangani Province
Jade Dragon's Suites
Aurora Jacinto Street,
Davao City
Jovinaj
Traveler's Inn
General Santos City

Jaw Luxury Inn


Davao City
Jazzy James Country Hotel
Davao City
Jienos Garden Beach Resort
Pantukan, Compostela
Valley
Magnaga Waters
Beach Resort
Compostela Valley
Mallberry Suites
Business Hotel
Cagayan de Oro

Marco Hotel
Cagayan De Oro City
Mergrande Ocean Resort
Davao City
Microtel Inn and
Suites Davao
Davao City

Molave Hotel
Tagum City
My Hotel
Davao City

St Giles Hotel
Makati City

887-8080

Manila Airport Hotel


Paraaque City

(02)372-0311
(074)
442-4028
(077)
770-5996
(02)246-1010
(046)
489-8581
489-8582
(045)
611-2053 to
611-2055

(02)
7528552
09088870596

(047)
252-9996 to
252-9998

(074)
445-6834 to
445-6836

(054)
472-6892
(047)
252-1888
(047)
252-2222
(047)
250-2630
250-7274

(032)
233-5695

(035)
422-8200
(632) 417-5751
(6332)
492-0100

Tune Hotel - Cebu City


Yoyongs Travellers Inn

(032)
231-3681

San Carlos City,


Negros Occidental

+63 32
492-7777
+63 02
799-1111

Boracay

(036)
621-2956
621-1216
(034)
433-7401
708-8889
( 032 )
238-5877

(63)32
505-9800

(032)
495-7881
(032)
402-9900
(032)
412-3337
(034)
433-1458

7 Stones
Boracay Suites

BoracayGardenResort
Aklan

Malay
(036)2886633

BoracayGardenResort

Boracay Garden
Resort

BoracayGardenResort

(036)2886633

BoracayRegencyBeach
Boracay
Island
ResortandConventionCenter

(036)2886633

Boracay Regency Beach Resort


and Convention Center
ResortandConventionCenter
Boracay
Island
(036)2886111/2886777

BoracayHills
BoracayHills Hills
Boracay
(036)2883315

BoracayRegencyBeach

(036)2886111/2886777

BoracayRegencyBeach
ResortandConventionCenter

433-3377
(034)
434-7065

Red
Coconut

BeachHotel

(036)2886111/2886777

(036)2883315
(036)2883764

Boracay Island

BoracayHills

(036)2883764

(036)2883315

RedCoconut

(036)2883764

Boracay Mandarin

BeachResort

Island Hotel
Red Coconut RedCoconut
RedCoconut

Malay,
Red Coconut
Aklan
BeachHotel
BeachResort
BeachHotel
BeachResort
Boracay
Tropics
Boracay
Island
TheBoracayBeachResort
TheBoracayBeachResort

(036)2883208
Villas

Cohiba

(036)2884288

Boracay Island

(036) 288-3507
(036) 288-3758

TheBoracayBeachResort

(036)2883794to97

(036)2883208
(036)2884288

(036) 288-3507
(036) 288-3507
(036) 288-3758
(036) 288-3758
WillysBeachClubHotel

(036)2883208
(036)2884288

RegencyLagoonResort


(036)2882828
WillysBeachClubHotel

Sitio Bolabog, Boracay Island


http://www.cohibavillas.com

sales@cohibaboracay.com

(036)
WillysBeachClubHotel
2883794to97

skype: cohiba.villas-boracay
Boracay
Tel. Fax: +63
36 288 4792 Island
Mobile No.: +63 9177230649

Eurotel
(036)2883794to97

Boracay Island

Jony's Beach Resort


Malay, Aklan
(036)2882828 Hotel

La Esperanza

Kalibo, Aklan

RegencyLagoonResort
(036)2882828
RegencyLagoonResort

(034)
433-2949
(083)
228-5409
520-1816

Maxze Bed & Breakfast


Davao City

(064)
229 8550
229 6018
0917721 2813

New Dawn Pensionne


Cagayan De Oro City
Le Grand Suites
City Heights, General
Santos City

(082)
297-3315 to17
297-3485

Le Reve Resort
North Cotabato
Marex Beach Resort
Island Garden City Of Samal

0999 880 4526


0948 788 4255
(064) 229-9436
521-4090
09461911409
09205555049

(082)

553-5473
553-5970

09267921478

(088)
828 4482

(082)
233-1941

(083)
301-1818
09228217332
(088 )
852-0383
(02) 401-9285
(082)
282-1111
09255111011
(086)
826-3280
(0922)
849-6443

(083)
554-4423
826-9026
(084)
216 4553
09228625339
(083)
893 0032
09197687544
09067652174

(082)
224-1390
224-1391
(083)
303-5314

0923717 0389
(082)
221-9240
09157612131
09482715346

NEW ESTRELLA TOWNHOUSE

JulioPacanaSt.Licoan,CagayandeOroCity

Mis.Or.Philippines

New Estrella
Townhouse
Cagayan De Oro City

Orchard Hotel
Bajada, Davao City

Tel.#(08822)745126/(088)8521441

Palm Residence Inn


Davao City
Paras Beach Resort
Yumbing, Camiguin
Paseo De San Francisco Suites
Agusan Del Sur
Paradise Island
Park & Beach Resort
Samal Island Davao
Park Inn
By Radisson Davao
Davao City
Parkway Hotel
Surigao City
Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Davao City

Tune Hotel
Angeles City

Villa Caceres Hotel


Naga City
Vista Marina
Hotel & Resort
Zambales

(0929)
969-0806

Rhapsody Suites
Cagayan De Oro City

855-5959
09177027002
(+63-82)
298-4100
(+63-82)
298-4101

(082)
233-2333
(084)
217-3983
217-3803
400-1460

(082)
300-4040
222-2021

(034)
729-3835
09273032166

Roadhaus Hotel
Dadiangas City Heights,
General Santos City
Secret Cove Beach Resort
Camiguin Island

Sequoia Inn
Davao City

Seda Abreeza
Davao City
Seda Centrio
Cagayan De Oro City
Sonreir Apartelle
Calinan, Davao City

Southern Tourist Inn


Davao City

(036)
288-6111
288-6777

(036)
288-4792
355-0000
861-8658
(63) 36 2886119
/ 2886274-75
Fax No
(63) 36 2883119

(036)
262-3989
268-9254

(082)
233 0071
09998863306
857-1776
09229192806
(083)
301-2289
09173313800
09399062218
09399052343
(0928)
732-1893
302-1460
(08822)
745-126
(088) 852-1441

(082)
300-8855
(082)
305-0505
222-5225
09175684720

(088)
387-9117
09177152285
(+6385)
343-8048
(+63999)
309-1065

(082)
233-0251

(082)
272-7600
272-7601
(086) 231
5116 / 231
5141 to 46

(082)
221-9970

(036)2886633

BeachHotel

(036)2886111/2886777

(036)2883315
(036)2883764

(036)288372830
(02)634358183
(036)2885222

BeachResort

(036) 288-3507
(036) 288-3758

(036)2883208
(036)2884288

Red Coconut
Beach
ResortandConventionCenter
Red Coconut
RedCoconut

Resort

WillysBeachClubHotel
BoracayRegencyBeach

(036)2883794to97

(036)2886111/2886777

(036)2883764

BeachHotel
BeachResort
Boracay
Island

(036) 288-3507
RegencyLagoonResort
Regency
Lagoon
(036)2882828

Resort
(036) 288-3758

BoracayHills
Boracay
Island
(036)2883315
TheBoracayBeachResort

(036)2883764
Marzon Beach
Resort
Malay, Aklan

TheBoracayBeachResort

Red
Coconut

(036)2883208
BoracayGardenResort

(036)2884288

(036)2886633

Sea Wind
Boracay

RedCoconut
BeachResort Boracay
BeachHotel
ResortandConventionCenter
BoracayRegencyBeach
Surfside
WillysBeachClubHotel
(036) 288-3507

(036)and
2883794to97
Resort
Spa

(036)2886111/2886777

(036) 288-3758

TheBoracayBeachResort

BoracayHills

(036)2883208
(036)2883315

(036)2884288

The Boracay
Beach Resort
Boracay Island

(036)2883764

RedCoconut
Boracay
Red
Coconut
The
WillysBeachClubHotel
District
BeachHotel
BeachResort
RegencyLagoonResort
(036)2883794to97

Malay,(036)2882828
Aklan

Tonglen Beach Resort

Boracay Island

(036) 288-3507
(036) 288-3758


(036)2883457

TheBoracayBeachResort

(036)2883208
(036)2884288

RegencyLagoonResort
WillysBeachClubHotel
Willy's
Beach
(036)
2883794to97
(036)2882828


Club
Hotel

(036)2885190

Boracay Island

(054)
205-0051
(042)
661-2095
661-2097

(045)
459-0888

(054)
473-6530
(047)
252-3373

(036)
288-5734
(036)
351-4017
994-1145

(036)
288-3728 to 30
(02)634-3581
to 83
(036)
268-2188
268-2184
to 86
(036)
288-3131
09218104433
09159367222

(036)
288-3507
288-3758

(036)
288-2828
416-4010
415-1285
(036)
288-5006
288-5049
(036)
288-3208
288-4288

(63 36)
288-2324 - 27
(63 36)
288-1448

(036)
288-3457
288-5190

(036)
288-3794
to 97

(02)634358183
(036)2885222

Sunflower Hotel
Davao City

Sydney Hotel
General Santos City
T'boli Hotel
and Restaurant
General Santos City

(082)
221-5011
305-3531
(083)
552-5479
552-5480
552-5481

(083)
302-2648
553-7586
302-6652

TCC Condo Hostel


Toril, Davao City

(082)
291-3800

The Dynasty Court


Hotel
Cagayan de Oro City
The Farm @ Carpenter Hill
Koronadal City, South
Cotabato

(08822)
72-4516
72-7825

The Manor Hotel


Davao City
The Margarette
Business Hotel
Maramag, Bukidnon

The Metropolis Suites


Davao City
The Old Barracks Suites
Kidapawan City
The Peridot Suites
Davao City
The Pinnacle
Hotel And Suites
Davao City
The Ritz Hotel
at Garden Oases
Davao City
The Vip Hotel
Cagayan De Oro City
Tierra Montana Hotel
General Santos City
Tune Hotel
Cagayan De Oro
Uptown Condotel
Xavier Estates, Cagayan
De Oro City

09176347037
09179111252
(088)
857-1101
09328469358

Villa Paraiso Resort


and Apartelle
Mambajao, Camiguin
Uno Business Hotel
& Cafe
Hagkol, Valencia City

(082)
300-3636

(6345)
599-7000
(632) 584-4047
584-4007

TonglenBeachResort

Victoria Suites Hotel


Cagayan De Oro

(088)
387 9084
387 9184

(047)
252-5000

OneMGMBoracayResort
RegencyLagoonResort
andConventionCenter
(036)2882828

(036)288372830

(082)
303-2818

(083) 553-8888
553-5335
Telefax No.
553-1771

(047)
250-2730
to 32

Nigi-Nigi
Too
Beach Resort

Boracay
Island
BoracayRegencyBeach
ResortandConventionCenter
One
MGM Boracay Resort
OneMGMBoracayResort

andConventionCenter
Convention

(036)2886111/2886777
and
Center
BoracayHills

Boracay Island
Marzon

Hotel

RedCoconut

BoracayHills
Kalibo,
Aklan
TonglenBeachResort
BoracayGardenResort
(036)2883315

(036)2886633

BoracayGardenResort

Lingganay Boracay
Hotel
BoracayGardenResort

Resort
Malay,

(036)2886633
Aklan

BoracayRegencyBeach

ResortandConventionCenter

(036)
288-3315
288-3764

(036)
288-3444
(02)567-1672
(02)
887-0581
812-5821

Red Coconut

(036)
288-1601
(036)
288-6633

(036)2883457

(036)2885190

(08822)
726-464
(088) 858-3131

PTCHostel
Agusan Del Sur

(088)
855-7999

(032)
232-0888

Pryce Plaza Hotel


Cagayan De Oro City
Precious Garden Of Samal

(034)
435-269
to 435-2699

(082)
282-1294
09301269185
(088)
856-2653
to 55

(082)
227-0788
305-1847

(084)2166379
(0917)7191956
(0923)2802018

(032)
344-1322

Pearl Suites
Davao City
Pearlmont Inn
Cagayan de Oro City

www.precious-garden-samal.com

(02)584-4470
(046)
413-4680 to 81

The Sul Riviera


Lucena City

09228484104

The Lake Hotel


Tagaytay

(02) 844-5777
(047) 252-5211

(632) 771-8181
(6338)
422-2222
422-2202

(632) 242-6638
loc. 175
(02)783-8355
788-8350
(074)
446-5400 to 01
(632) 917-8225
(6346) 413-1000
(63)9178091254

(074)
446-2949
442-5551

The Lighthouse Marina Resort


Moonbay Marina Complex
The Montevista Villas, Academy
Lane, Mimosa Leisure Estate
Pampanga, Philippines
The Starmark Hotel
Peafrancia Ave.,
Naga City

(075)
523-4888
515-2276
523-4111

Fax (6348) 434-2003

Tam-awan Village
Baguio City
Terrace Hotel
Subic Bay

(046) 413-2456
544-0050
0926 6977948
09174091514

The Bellevue Resort


Panglao Island, Bohol
The Orchard Cebu
Hotel, Cebu City
The Sugarl and Hotel
Bacolod City

Taal Vista Hotel


Tagaytay City

(042)
373-7171 to 73
373-4889
Fax: 373-7604
373-6218

(047)
222-8541
09178447327

THEEXQUISITEHOTELANDBUSINESSMANAGEMENTGROUPCORP.

Bldg.675CanalRoad,SubicBayFreeportZone,2222Philippines

TelephoneNumber:(047)2521888or09178363942Facsimile:(047)2528404Email:customer_service@subicbayveneziahotel.com

Summer Place Hotel


Baguio City

(049)
502-8123 to 27
(02)3105603
to 04

Subic Grand Seas Resort


Olongapo

(036)
621-6255

522-7646

Tune Hotel
Makati City

RK Hotel
Subic Bay Gateway Park

522-8888

Southhomes Apartelle
Timog-Q.C.

531-0173
to
531-0177

(074)
446-0700

Sogo Regency
Hotel, Manila

Apartelle
Mandaluyong City

Queen Margarette Hotel


Lucena City

(074) 611-0202
(02)376-5059
09175267049

(632)
909-0888

(632)
945-8888
(632)
682-2076
682-0330

828-4774

Paseo Premiere Hotel


Santa Rosa Laguna

523-8110

Seda BGC
Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City
Seven Suites Hotel
Observatory
Antipolo City

Apartelle
San Juan City

(052)
480-8088
(074)
443-2016

San Carlos Mansion

+63 (2)
354-1053
(63-2)
888-6668

716-8266

Matabungkay
Beach Hotel
Batangas

0922-4646835

The Picasso Boutique


Serviced Residences
Makati City

(078)
844-1390
846-2565
+63 2
373-3333
376-5059

716-1262

The Contemporary
Hotel

Timog Ave., Q.C.

Robbinsdale Hotel

523-4511

524-8601
to 05

722-7411
726-2931
(02)
570-7777

Riviera Mansion
Malate, Manila

555-9888

726-2911
726-2916

Hotel H20
Luneta, Manila

Raffles and Fairmont


Makati
Makati City

Jade Vine Executive Inn


Ermita Manila

338-0983
898-3695

(077)
770-4898
(632)
781-3632

Paragon Tower
Hotel Manila

The Bayleaf
Intramuros, Manila

526 0888

The Orange Place


Quezon City

238-6100

Hotel Celeste
Makati City

355-0000
806-7646
355-0000
995-8452

The Orange Place


San Juan City

(632)
4702306-08
Fax: 4702314
(632)
726-6712
726-6713
(632)
926-8985
421-1398
526-5541
to
526-5547

928-4647
410-4461
988-9888
988-9883
(632)
318-5000

(02)
899-2424

(63 2) 403-0888
403-0808
Fax No. 403-0854
403-7572

+63(2)812-7477

Millenia Suites
Pasig City

912-8000
912-2691
897-9123
912-2691

isayas

Lawaan Garden Inn


Roxas City, Capiz

(053)
5230391-93

Eurotel
North EDSA

521-1888

We R Inn Hotel

City Center, Davao City

Willshire Inn / Will's Place


Cagayan De Oro City
Woodland Tourist Inn
Alunan Highway,
Tacurong City

(083)
228 1888
228 9010
09189210425

(063) (82)
221-2511
to 13

(088) 238-5236
09066437648
09175498841
09268446952

(082)
282-8000
321-2874

(064)
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(082)
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305-3812

(+6382)
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300-5885
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726-080
(083)
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(088)
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(088)
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(088)
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(08822)
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387-0420
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Special Report

Policy Flux: Is Amending EPIRA The Only Way?


By MYRNA M. VELASCO
(PART TWO)

The countrys electricity sector has


reached a fork in the road it, being
beset with issues that have gotten too
complex way beyond just business or
economics.
The fickle sentiment of deregulatenow, then-return-to-government-ownership-later-on has been taking the policy
compass swinging in all directions and
the odds of catastrophic impacts for the
industry and consumers are also on the
rise.
Politically-flavored proposals are
definitely in the equation. Some quarters have been seeking concrete results
from government implementers as to
the lofty goals of industry restructuring
primarily reliable supply and cheaper
electricity rates yet those ended in disappointments. The automatic recourse
for many then will be to call for the repeal
or amendments on the policy which laid
down the basis for the power industrys
privatized set-up.
With all the human drama and political skirmish, this is an industry which can
turn anyone jaded beyond caring.
Consultative-dialogue
The Department of Energy (DOE)
is taking a bet and it has been sounding off wish for a radical policy shifts in
the sector via proposed amendments in
the Electric Power Industry Reform Act
(EPIRA) -- but is that the only way forward for the industry? Some said no!
Instead of doing its homework first
and evaluating portended risks of policy
shifts in traditional fashion, the energy
department opted to move things faster
on the proposed EPIRA amendments by
collating inputs from affected stakeholders via consultative dialogues.
The Consultative Dialogue signals
the beginning of more collaboration with
all stakeholders, Mr. Petilla said. He enthused in previous media interviews that
if the EPIRA is not amended, there would
always be cloud of doubts when it comes
to attaining the twin objectives of supply
reliability and lower cost of electricity.
The energy chief emphasized that
following 13 years of implementation and
with some significant reforms already
achieved, there is still much to be done
particularly in ensuring that the supply
of electricity is available to meet the
countrys future demand and in attaining
greater competition and efficiency in the
electricity power industry.
The theme of the focus group discussions (FGDs) had been prescriptive of
what the government has been yearning
to achieve: Ensuring Security of Supply
at a Reasonable Price.
There have been phalanx of lobbyists
and there are powerful interests needing
to be balanced, but all parties coming
to the podium were all wishing that the
DOEs consultative dialogue would not
just be mere invitation to empty grandstanding. Petilla showed up during the
dialogues, but when he left the venue
brazenly, many were dismayed.
Diverse opinions came out during
the discussions and there had been
prevailing voices resonating among

A Meralco line man does a maintenance check up in an electric post in Agham Road in Quezon City on a weekday. (Photo
by MicaheL Varcas)
stakeholders. Many articulated that policies and market rules can be improved
for consumer protection without going
through another round of strenuous
process of legislation just to amend the
EPIRA.
Others like the advocacy groups call
for total scrapping of the law, removal
of all vestiges of deregulation like the
Wholesale Electricity Spot Market
(WESM) or the performance-based
setting of rate (PBR) regulation, among
others. Theyre also hankering for a
return of the government into power
generation as well as the dismantling of
monopolies, including the need to split
the mega-franchise of the Manila Electric Company.
But looking at the governments
dismal record in not running Malaya last
November-December, the continuing
failure of the Power Sector Assets and
Liabilities Management Corporation
(PSALM) in liability management; and
even the energy leaderships endless
struggle (if lack of interest is not also
a factor) in just merely understanding
the complex nature of the industry
those appear not to be very comforting
propositions.
As it is, policy muddles have been
tough on business, but it is more difficult
for industry players to wade through a
future wherein the market rules and policies are uncertain and not cohesive.
Constant assault
The unpleasant truth is that: the
EPIRA had been on constant assault. It
started even before the privatization of
the National Power Corporation (NPC)
had kicked off; and when many of the
assets were already divested, calls
for the laws revisions were revived,
especially when some quarters raised
suspicions that some plants were practically disposed gratis et amore or on a
fire sale.
All of those exercises turned futile
though and even the oversight Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC)
had not mustered enough appetite and
conviction to look at those alleged abuses

in the laws implementation. Had they


done their jobs that soon, the troubles
of the industry could not have reached
the proportions it is currently enmeshed
with.
While some industry dilemmas required prompt action from the energy
leadership, Mr. Petilla and even his predecessors at the department developed
a penchant for issuing Circulars often,
these did not necessarily solved the
problems.
The recent ones from Mr. Petillas
end were Circulars on the dispatch
treatment for Malaya, the propounded
market intervention when reserve
margin breaches 4.0-percent of supply;
and the reduction of the price cap at P32
per kilowatt hour (although this is not
clarified yet if it is a market price cap or
price offer cap).
Industry players understand that
the rules change process especially for
the WESM is not quick -- for at the level
of the Rules Change Committee alone,
it requires multiple discussions, then
posting of comments, simulations and
then discussions in the Board prior to the
submission to the DOE for approval.
Philippine Independent Power Producers Association, Inc. (PIPPA) president Luis Miguel Aboitiz said rules
change can take more than six months
from suggestion to implementation.
He opined that issuing an emergency
Circular is sometimes necessary to
rectify difficult situations that need to be
addressed by immediate action.
Mr. Aboitiz reckoned though that any
issuance or rules change must be fair,
has a well-justified purpose and must
later follow due process. If those are
done, I do not think anyone will object
to it.
Enough levers
Going back to EPIRA, many articulated that it is not a perfect law. Yet anywhere in the world, which power market
can claim that they have a perfect law?
What is important it seems, is having a
law that could evolve and provides the
safeguards according to an industrys

needs.
Mr. Federico R. Lopez, chairman of
First Gen Corporation, indicated that
the law has enough levers to achieve its
well-meaning objectives of ensuring
electricity supply and bringing down electricity rates for the country. But he said
the key reforms must be implemented
satisfactorily meaning, they must be
done right, not just carried out for the
sake of accomplishing something.
Anyone who knows that law knows
(that EPIRA) has enough levers and
safeguards and it would just be up to
the regulators and policymakers to see
these levers and hopefully apply them
for the industrys long-term viability, Mr.
Lopez stressed.
He concurred that the recent chaos
on the Meralco rate increase ignited
temporary setback in the industry, yet the
ruckus should not have warranted these
fresh calls for EPIRA amendments. It
is very important to get to the bottom
of what happened I think at the end
of the day, its a matter also for people
learning what the levers are and what
the safeguards are to correct the situation and to avoid the repeat of a situation
like that, Mr. Lopez has noted.
The Lopez group is among the local
investors continually injecting capital in
the sector to help government ensure
the countrys long-term power supply. Its
investments are anchored within the context of policies set out under EPIRA.
The industrys voice
PIPPA, which has 28 members of
power generation companies, had been
among the key groups which lent a voice
to the dialogues on the proposed tweaks
to the EPIRA.
Amendment in EPIRA is currently
not warranted. We should focus on more
realistic objectives, like improvement
on current processes within the EPIRA
framework, the organization president
said. Even without revising the law, he
averred that it is not actually a dead end
for the industry and government when
it comes to improving rules and policies
that shall govern the sector.

Mr. Aboitiz added talks of a change


in EPIRA law has resulting in all banks
freezing financing discussions for new
power plants. The banks are likely
to wait until the new law and its IRR
(implementing rules and regulations)
are passed and they can review these to
see if it has an effect on the projects that
they want to finance.
With the WESM processes now
jolting suspicions of market abuses,
Mr. Aboitiz propounded that a shift to
a day-ahead market may help address
key concerns, including the dispatch of
the controversial 650-megawatt Malaya
thermal power facility, which is a not a
fast-start plant. With day-ahead market,
it was noted that there is no need for
government to be issuing Circular just
for the facility to be exempted from the
spot markets must-offer rule.
In a day-ahead market, the oil-based
plants like Malaya would not need to
be exempted from the must-offer rule
because they would have enough time to
start up in anticipation of their next-day
dispatch, the PIPPA president said.
The market design shift, according
to Mr. Aboitiz can have two components:
there is a day-ahead market that sets
the price and dispatch of the plants for
the next day. Then there is a balancing
market for the plants that are running on
the same day of delivery.
He further explained we would need
to have a gate close (final bid submission and dispatch calculation) and the
resulting dispatch instructions the day
before dispatch are to be implemented.
Additionally, there must be a second,
hour ahead, intra-day bidding for plants
operating in the same day for minor
adjustments.
Onward, the power market can evolve
into a more sophisticated set-up wherein
it can integrate added platforms such
as on contracts for differences (CFDs)
as initial step; and eventually a futures
market. Mr. Aboitiz said a futures market (like what Singapore is launching
this year) will allow generators, customers and distribution utilities to hedge
their generation cost. It can also allow
financial institutions to compete with
generators in providing hedging instruments to cover against temporary jumps
in generation cost. The futures market,
he stressed, may not necessarily be setup by WESM, this may also be done by
the Philippine Stock Exchange.
The other industry-enhancing measures proposed by PIPPA include 100percent supply contracting for peak
demand cover of distribution utilities,
publication of power plants maintenance
shutdowns so they do not happen simultaneously (the only entities with access
to information on these currently are
the DOE and system operator National
Grid Corporation of the Philippines); as
well as streamlining of power project
approvals.
Even with the humungous problems
confronting the industry, it is still sobering to realize that faith in the industrys
future is not all lost at least not yet. As
to what extent that will last though, it
will be up to the government to take the
viable steps toward regaining investor
confidence.

Cordillera Villagers Rally Behind


Kalinga Tribe In Mining Dispute

CITI PHILIPPINES SEES BRIGHTER PROSPECTS FOR 2014 The countrys largest
foreign bank recently hosted its annual investor event sharing the 2014 Market
Outlook to its wealth management clients. Citi Philippines seniors led by CEO
Batara Sianturi welcomed more than 500 Citigold clients in Mandaluyong City,
the first of three meetings that the bank hosted around the country. Haren
Shah, chief investment strategist of Citi in Asia Pacific, made the encouraging
pronouncement that growth is the next driving force. We are expecting a global
growth from last years 2.5% to this years 3.2%. Shown are Citi Philippines CEO
Batara Sianturi (left), and Citi Philippines Managing Director and Consumer
Business Manager Bea Tan.

The indigenous communities of the


entire Cordillera Autonomous Region
(CAR) stand four-square behind the Balatoc tribe of Pasil, Kalinga province that is
currently waging a relentless campaign
to protect their ancestral lands from illegal mining operators.
Leaders of the BAMIKBA, Inc. issued
an open letter to help resist the Chineseled consortium Carrascal Nickel Corp.
(CNC), which was eyeing the vast gold
and copper deposits in the BatongBuhay
site being claimed by the Balatoc tribe as
their ancestral homeland.
The Batong Buhay mine site is within
the eastern flanks of the Cordillera Central Range and is about 320 km north of
Manila. The mine site covers 444 hectares
and has 86.9 million metric tons of mineral reserve consisting of 0.59% copper
and 0.253 grams per tonne of gold.
BAMIKBA is an acronym for Benguet, Apayao, Mt. Province, Ifugao,
Kalinga, Baguio, and Abra provinces

comprising the CAR.


In the open letter dated Feb. 14, 2014,
leaders of the broad-based group said
BAMIKBA is a non-stock, non-profit association registered with the Securities
and Exchange Commission meant to
promote the well-being of the inhabitants
of CAR, among other major objectives.
A socio-political heritage of the Cordilleras is the inter-tribe peace pact system invariably called in the local tongue
among its practitioners as bodong, podon,
(and) pechen. Its elements are people,
territory, law and governance, the letter stated.
According to the BAMIKBA letter,
signed by its president Henry Aliten,
the peace pacts continue to exist and
are strongly practiced by the indigenous
peoples of the CAR.
They explained that territory refers
to the ancestral domain of the people
maintaining time-honored peace pacts
with neighboring communities within

the Cordilleras.
As such, they have rights, including
obligations, relative to resources within
their domain which are recognized,
promoted and protected under the
Constitution, national laws, and other
international declarations (or) treaties,
the letter said.
It added that it is also the right of
the indigenous peoples, locally called
binodngan, to have priority in the
exploration and exploitation of natural
resources within their respective domain.
Outsiders seeking to undertake such activities must secure first the concurrence
of the affected communities embodied
in the free and prior informed consent
(FPIC) of the binodngans as required
by Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous
Peoples Rights Act. The BAMIKBA called
for a national recognition of their rights as
binodngans to decide by themselves what
to do with the natural wealth within their
ancestral domain.

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mbclassifiedwed@gmail.com

Editor: REGINA ABUYUAN

What A Two-Year Course Will Get You


Your marketing
mentor
Donald
Patrick Lim

reader writes: I am a
student in my first year
of college, finishing
a two-year Food and
Beverage Program
while working as a receptionist. I
am already 21 and am worried if I
can find a decent job after I graduate,
especially since I will be older and
competing with those graduating
from a four-year degree. I am afraid
of how I will be perceived by the job
market. I dont know if I should still
finish my course or just focus on work
now. What do you think?
Frankly, I do not know what you are
worried about.
First of all, I assume you had some
financial difficulties, which is why you
are only on your first year of college
now. That tells me that you have
gone through certain challenges in
your life, have overcome them, and
resolved to go back to school. There
alone, you have shown me you are
not afraid of hardships and that you

Illustration by
Rod Caalita

have the willpower to go after your


dreams, despite your circumstances.
I would rather place my bet on a
person who has gone through several
life challenges, and pulled through,
instead of on someone who was born
with a silver spoon in his mouth and
has lived in a sheltered environment.
Secondly, your age is not a

disadvantage but a strong advantage.


Your maturity and the life lessons you
have learned will help you in many
fronts, from your job interview to
the job itself. I am sure you would be
well versed on how to deal with your
peers and superiors, manage difficult
people, and even make good judgment
calls stemming from your experience.

All these are strong advantages that


can put you ahead of other young
graduates who are in their early 20s.
As they say, age is just a number.
Thirdly, a two-year course and
a four-year course are not that
compelling. I will be a hypocrite if
I tell you there are no advantages
graduating from a four-year course
versus a two-year course. A lot of
companies have set employment
standards, and one of them is to
graduate from a four-year degree.
Thus, finishing a two-year course
would limit your job opportunities
as it closes certain job positions and
companies that are really looking for
four-year course graduates.
What I suggest you do is to continue
what you are doing. You are working
and gaining work experience while
finishing your studies. Doing that is
already admirable. Strive to get good
grades in school so when you are
interviewed for your job, you can easily
show them that finishing a two-year
course with actual work experience
can be better than graduating from a
four-year degree. Also try to be active
in school if you can manage it, so
that you gain leadership skills in the
process. Aspire to learn new skills at
work so you open more opportunities
on how your future employer can

place you.
L astly, look within yourself
and understand your strengths
and weaknesses. Your experience
does not limit you to the hospitality
industryyou can also explore office
work in various fields. Do not forget
to utilize your friends and even your
current clients who can provide
you with leads on job openings in
good companies. I always believe
that, as with a really good product,
if you perform well, word of mouth
will propel you to higher places.
Concentrate on doing your work well,
get good grades, and hold your head
high. Do not be afraid to reach for
your dreams. You will get there.
Donald Patrick Lim has been
called the Philippines king of viral
marketing. He calls himself a
Dark Horse Strategist, Business
Philosopher, Turnaround Artist,
Full-Blooded Marketer, and Full
Time Teacher. He is currently Chief
Digital Officer of ABS-CBN, holds a
doctorate in Business Administration, is
founding president of the Internet and
Mobile Marketing Association of the
Philippines, and is part of the faculty
at De La Salle and San Beda Graduate
Schools. Would you like Donalds
advice on how best to market yourself
to potential employers and customers?
Please e-mail us at mbclassifiedwed@
gmail.com.

The Use Of The Singular


Vs. The Plural Noun Form
Grammatopia
Lilet S. La Via

ilipinos are sometimes


confused with the use
of the singular and
plural noun forms.
This stems from the
fact that the Filipino language does
not use an s for the plural noun form.
Therefore, when one thinks in Filipino
and literally translates his thoughts to
English, the s for a plural concept is
often forgotten.
Let me give you an example:
The original Filipino thought/
sentence: Takot ako sa ipis.
The literal English translation:
I am afraid of cockroach.
There are two issues with the
literal English translation.

First issue: The sentence is


grammatically incorrect because
it is missing an article (a) before
cockroach.
Second issue: Correcting it
grammatically results in a sentence
that doesnt make sense.
I am afraid of a cockroach.
This means that youre only afraid
of one cockroach, but youre not sure
which cockroach it is.
The correct translation using
the plural form: I am afraid of
cockroaches.

form is used, as seen in the example:


I process service request and check

Using Singular And


Plural Nouns In General
Statements

account history for client.


It is very important to remember
the deter miner usage r ule for
singular count nouns. To make this
sentence grammatically correct, a
determiner must be inserted before
all the singular count nouns in the
sentence, as follows: I process the

When making general statements,


one always has a choice of using the
singular or the plural noun form. Both
can work, but a very common mistake
usually occurs when the singular noun

service request and check the account


history for the client.

An Important Grammar Rule


All singular count nouns in English must be preceded
by any of the following determiners:
the articles a, an, the
the demonstratives this or that
the number one
any of the possessives (my, his, her, your, etc.).
Yo u c a n d o a w a y w i t h t h e
determiners and make this a more
powerful general statement if you use
the plural form. It is important to keep
in mind that what you are mentioning
is something that happens regularly
(more than once), and it would make
more sense to use the plural form.

The plural noun form version: I


process service requests and check
account histories for clients.
You must make a choice between
your two options:
Option 1: A determiner + the
singular noun form (the + service
request)
Option 2: No determiner before the
plural noun form (service requests)

Singular And Plural Noun


Form Usage Rules And
Common Error
Usage rule no. 1: Always use a
plural count noun in One of the
and Each of the phrases. Using
a singular noun at the end of One of
the and Each of the phrases is
incorrect because it has to be one of
something that is more than one.
This is one of the world-class
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Making That Big Career Shift

ant to be more
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emotionally-fulfilled
in 2014? Becoming
a full-time financial
protection adviser might just be for
you. Financial protection advisers help
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of their families and loved ones. This is
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those thinking of switching to a more
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comprehensive, highly-structured
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guide aspiring advisers in developing
their professional skills and mindset.
Its advisers hard work is properly
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he yearly income
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse, so
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The Bureau of Internal Revenue
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by becoming a Manulife Insurance
Adviser back in 2008.

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Marivi Bacuyag

Suddenly, my dream became a


reality, says Capucion. At Manulife,

I found a defining career option where


I was blessed with the privilege to

touch other peoples lives by helping


secure their own peace of mind, and
also that of my own family, he adds.
The same is tr ue for Marivi
Bacuyag, who worked hard to achieve
the kind of professional success
she could only dream of before.
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Income Tax Seminar For Non-Accountants


auditing. Unlike popular misconception,
you do not need to be an accounting
graduate to learn many important
matters regarding income taxation.
Just the same, knowing the basics
about taxation is very helpful. Here
are a few of the important things you
must learn:
The types of income tax. There
are many types of income tax. It is
important to know these because of
the differences in tax rates. They are
also paid at different points in time. You
must know what types of income taxes
you must pay and when you should
pay them.
Individual and corporate income
tax. There are many differences in

the way income taxes are computed


between individuals and corporations. It
is crucial that you know the fundamental
regulation governing the type of tax.
Note that it is possible to pay tax
twice on the same income since the
corporation is treated as a different
entity.
Deductions on income tax. This is
where a lot of problems arise. The BIR
is very strict in allowing deductions.
Having sufficient documentation of
expenses is critical. Know when to
ask for an official receipt and when to
ask for an invoice. The correctness
and completeness of filling up of the
documentation is important so that it
would not become void. There are also

limits to certain types of expenses.


Optional standard deduction. This
may be the best option for many serviceoriented businesses or professions who
have few purchases. Choosing optional
standard deduction (if applicable)
means you can assume that your
expenses are just 40 percent of your
gross sales or gross receipts if you are
an individual, or 40 percent of your gross
income, if you are a corporation. You
should compute to see if this is more
advantageous for your situation instead
of itemizing your expenses which can
be very tedious.
Representation expense. Even if
the expense is part of and necessary
to the business, the BIR does not allow

deductions for representation expense


beyond a certain percentage. The
amount of this percentage depends on
the nature of your business.
Your income tax is too important a
matter to be left solely at the discretion
of your accountant. Since it is you
who would be most harmed in case of
problems, it is best for you to know as
much as you can about the subject.
To learn more about this matter,
BusinessCoach, Inc., a leading business
seminar provider, conducts a seminar
entitled, Income Tax Seminar with
Latest Updates. Contact (2) 7275628/8860, (915) 205-0133 or visit www.
businesscoachphil.com for details.

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How To Make An Effective


Marketing Brochure
BUSINESS COACH

Ruben
Anlacan, jr.

he popularity of the
Internet may have
eclipsed print media
but there are some
things an actual
brochure can do better. Having
a tangible brochure adds to the
effectiveness of your sales and
marketing campaign. In fact, the
very cost of printing a brochure lends
credibility to a company. There are
situations like trade shows, store
promotions and other personal selling
opportunities, where a brochure is
essential.
Brochures, especially full-colored
ones, are very expensive and you
must be certain to get your moneys
worth. Here are some tips to make
your brochure worth the price:
Clarify the main purpose of the
brochure and its target market.
Although a brochure may serve
multiple purposes, it would be best
to design it with its most important
use in mind. With a clear view of your
objective and target market, decide
how much you can afford to budget
for the project. An elite target market
may need a higher quality paper. If
you wish to target the mass market,
then you may opt for higher volume of
brochures with lesser quality of paper,
which is generally the most expensive

component of brochure-making.
Have quality pictures and/or
illustrations ready. No matter how
skilled the graphic artist, there is no
way to make poor quality photographs
enticing. Worse is that many simply
try to pirate material from the
Internet. Besides the copyright
infringement issues, often the same
pictures are copied by everyone,
making your brochure look like cheap
reproductions. Also make sure that
the picture accurately shows the
products you are selling.
Choose suitable paper. Using
book paper may be less expensive but
ink tends to spread easily since the
material is more porous. This results
in poor image sharpness and there is
a tendency for the picture to become
darker. If you wish to make the image
of a higher quality, you should choose
glossy paper since it is less porous.
There are two kinds of glossy paper
widely used in offset printing (this
is the printing process normally
used for making a large volume of
material)coated paper and matte
paper. While coated paper is shinier,
matte paper is the usual choice for a
more sophisticated image. Note, too,
that glossy paper is around twice as
expensive as book paper. Another
factor to consider is the thickness
of the paper. Generally, there is no
problem (except for image issues) if
you will be printing on one side; but if
you want to do back-to-back printing,
the ink may pass through to the other
side if the paper is too thin.

Have a graphic artist who has


experience in putting out brochures
and working with offset printers.
There is a world of a difference
between working in the RGB color
model of monitors and the CMYK
domain of offset printing. A beautifully
designed brochure may turn into a
dark mess full of weird characters
if done by someone who is not an
expert. Successfully converting the
file from RGB to CMYK requires
knowledge of the peculiarities of
offset printing.
Know your fonts. It may surprise
you to know that there are entire
books dedicated to fonts. You may
not be planning to be an expert on
the topic but it is essential that you

have knowledge of the most crucial


aspects of font usage. The first thing
to remember is that a font that looks
good in the monitor may be a disaster
in print. For example, fonts with thin
strokes may be broken in the high
speed offset printing process.
Select a beautiful finish. The
making of the brochure does not
end with its printing. Usually the
final step is lamination. The most
common types are plastic, matte and
UV lamination. This is done to make
the finish more shiny and to make the
brochure last longer. While plastic
and matte lamination cost much more
than UV lamination, they provide
more protection and look better, too.
Remember that you are selling

a product and not trying to


win an art contest. Make sure
the copy is well-written and
contains all the necessary
details. Very often the copy is
just an afterthought, playing
second fiddle to striking
graphic elements. This is the
opposite of what should be,
for it is the written content
that must be supported by
the graphic elements. Also,
it must be grammatically
correct and without spelling
or typographical errors as this
will reflect on the perception
of the product. Finally, do not
neglect a call to action as well
as your contact information.
The brochure is one of the
basic sales and marketing
tools, especially for small- and
medium-sized businesses. Yet it is
quite expensive, too. Nevertheless,
there are many situations where it is
extremely helpful. Knowing how to
make an effective brochure is still a
very useful skill to learn.
Business and management
consultant Ruben Anlacan, Jr.
is the president of BusinessCoach,
Inc. He discusses overviews and
tips for business from the point of
view of a small- or medium-scale
entrepreneur who has started
several successful enterprises.
Those who wish to ask questions
or to make comments may visit
http://entrepcoach.blogspot.
com or e-mail entrepcoach@
gmail.com.

Shell Holds Landmark Recruitment Expo

he first-ever Shell
Recruitment Expo held
recently in Makati City
attracted more than
1,000 jobseekersa
milestone fit for the occasion of Shell
companies in the Philippines (SciP)
marking its centennial anniversary
this year.
The leading global power, energy
and gas technology company stressed
the importance of human resources
now more than ever as it faces its next
100 years of operation in the country.
All of us want to be part of nationbuilding. In Shell, we give you that
opportunity because thats part of why
we are here in the country, says SciP
Country Chairman Edgar Chua.
From just six employees in
1914, SciP has grown to about 4,000
employees today across the country.
Chua says more business expansions
and investments are in the offing, which
means the company will need more
young talent to continue growing its
business in the years to come.
For instance, Shell Business Service

The Use Of...


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development of Leisure World.


This is one of the world-class
developments of Leisure World.
One of the largest architectural
firm...
One of the largest architectural
firms...
One of the key factor...
One of the key factors...
Usage rule no. 2: Always use a
plural noun after a number larger
than 1, the word both, and phrases
using collective nouns like a team/
group of. It would be incorrect to
use a singular noun with all of them
because they are all referring to more
than one thing.
149 square meter...
149 square meters...
...with two parking slot
...with two parking slots
...a world-renowned team of
architects, designers and planner
...a world-renowned team of
architects, designers and planners
Both client...
Both clients...
Usage rule no. 3: Always use
Another with singular nouns and
Other with plural nouns because
another is used to refer to something
singular at all times; and othercannot
be used with a singular count noun
unless it is preceded by the article

Shell companies in the Philippines Country Chairman Edgar Chua (third from
left) and Country Recruitment Manager Janice Pamplona (right) lead the
ribbon-cutting ceremony of the first-ever Shell Recruitment Expo.

Center (SBSC), the companys business


process outsourcing arm, plans to hire
up to 1,500 more people over the next
years. The center currently has about
3,000 employees, making it the biggest
and most vital of the five Shell service
centers worldwide, largely attributed
to the quality and top performance of

its staff.
Chua says more employees will
be needed for the expansion of Shells
upstream and downstream businesses.
Shell currently has 22 depots and close
to 1,000 gasoline stations all over the
country, comprising a market share
of about 30 percent. Its Malampaya

the.

Making That...

You will be given another


opportunities.
You will be given another
opportunity.
There are other industry that
you could look into aside from this
one.
There are other industries that
you could look into aside from this
one.
Usage rule no. 4: Always use
a singular noun with each and
every.
Each customers is considered
a VIP.
Each customer is considered a
VIP.
We h a v e d i n n e r a t m y
grandmothers house every
weekends.
We h a v e d i n n e r a t m y
grandmothers house every
weekend.
Lilet S. La Via is a freelance training
consultant specializing in English
Proficiency, Personality Development
and Business Communication
programs for local and multinational
companies, as well as educational
institutions. She has recently ventured
into Motivational Speaking, focusing
on youth and womens groups.
She lives her life using her own 3
Ps mantraa positive attitude, a
passion for excellence and always
living in the present. Need advice
about communicating effectively and
improving your personality? E-mail
her at liletlavina@yahoo.com.

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your new career, including helping


you earn professional qualifications,
building expert product knowledge,
maintaining industry ser vice
standards, and developing the skills
you need to provide best-in-class
levels of service for your clients.
In Metro Manila, regular COP
sessions are held at the Makati
Head Office every first Tuesday and
every Saturday; Pasig (Hanston
Bldg.) branch every first Saturday
and every last Tuesday; and Quezon
Ave. branch every first and third
Saturday. In Luzon, regular COP
sessions are held at Calamba, Laguna
branch every Tuesday; Cabanatuan,
Nueva Ecija branch every Monday;
Tuguegarao, Isabela branch every
We d n e s d a y ; M a l o l o s , B u l a c a n
branch every Monday; Balanga,
Bataan branch every Tuesday; Tarlac
branch every Wednesday; and Sta.
Rosa, Laguna branch every second
and fourth Saturday. In Visayas,
regular COP sessions are held in
Cebu branch every Wednesday and
Saturday; Tagbilaran, Bohol branch
every Wednesday and Saturday;
Dumaguete, Negros Oriental branch
every Wednesday and Saturday; and
Iloilo branch every Wednesday. In
Mindanao, regular COP sessions are
held in Davao and Cagayan de Oro
branch offices every Wednesday.

offshore platform operated by Shell


Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX)
supplies gas to power generators
equivalent to 30 percent of the countrys
electricity requirement.
Shell is investing $1 billion for phases
2 and 3 of the gas field project that will
see the construction of a new well and
a depletion compression platform. Shell
also plans to construct a R6 billion fuel
import facility in Cagayan de Oro, a R7
billion new refinery and an $800 million
liquefied natural gas import facility.
We are operating critical economic
assets like the Malampaya platform and
the Tabangao refinery. We have to make
sure that we are able to continue to
supply fuel and energy to the industry,
the economy, and the country. Its
important that we have the best people
making sure that these are always
reliable and working, adds Gerboy
Ortega, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum
Corp. (PSPC) vice president for human
resources.
Shells thrust in its centennial and
beyond is to continuously meet the
increasing energy demand and supply

challenges of the country, by delivering


smarter products and cleaner energy,
smarter infrastructure, promoting
sustainable mobility, and by developing
new energy sources such as cleanerburning natural gas, to address the
energy challenge while mitigating
environmental impact.

Role Of Filipino Talents


Janice Pamplona, SciP country
recr uitment manager, explains
that while the company hires many
fresh graduates and experienced
professionals every year, this was the
first time it organized a recruitment
expo of such scale. The fair not only
aimed to give young people career
opportunities but also made them more
aware of Shells products and services,
its values and aspirations, and see
where they can contribute best.
Last year, around 800 people were
hired for technical and non-technical
positions at PSPC, SBSC and SPEX.
Pamplona says Shell is targeting to add
roughly the same number of people to
its workforce this year.

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March
4 to 5: Business Taxation Made
Easy by BusinessCoach Inc. E-mail
businesscoachphil@gmail.com. For
details, visit www.businesscoachphil.
com or call (2) 496-6949/727-5628
/727-8860/(915) 205-0133.
6: Starting a Junk Shop and
Scrap Trading Business by BusinessCoach Inc. E-mail businesscoachphil@gmail.com. For details,
visit www.businesscoachphil.com or
call (2) 496-6949/727-5628/7278860/(915) 205-0133.
6: Effective Business Writing
by BusinessCoach Inc. E-mail
businesscoachphil@gmail.com. For
details, visit www.businesscoachphil.
com or call (2) 496-6949/727-5628
/727-8860/(915) 205-0133.
7: Purchasing Management
by BusinessCoach Inc. E-mail
businesscoachphil@gmail.com. For

details, visit www.businesscoachphil.


com or call (2) 496-6949/727-5628
/727-8860/(915) 205-0133.
7: Events Management Training by BusinessCoach Inc. E-mail
businesscoachphil@gmail.com. For
details, visit www.businesscoachphil.
com or call (2) 496-6949/727-5628
/727-8860/(915) 205-0133.
8: How to Start and Manage
a Manpower Agency by BusinessCoach Inc. E-mail businesscoachphil@gmail.com. For details,
visit www.businesscoachphil.com
or call (2) 496-6949/727-5628
/727-8860/(915) 205-0133.
10 to 14: Basic Occupational
Safety and Health (BOSH) Training by JCR ESH Consultancy Inc.
Quezon City. E-mail josua.onenine@yahoo.com. For more details,
text or call (923) 595-9105/ (933)
991-9912.

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Follow our main section, Business Agenda, for business features and
profiles; and the latest in the corporate, entrepreneur, and infotech
community. Business Agenda comes out every Monday.

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Over 5% Of World's Population Suffer


From Disabling Hearing Loss WHO
GENEVA (PNA/Xinhua) -- Over
five percent of world's population
or 360 million people globally are
suffering from disabling hearing
loss, World Health Organization
(WHO) officials quoted a survey
result as saying on Friday at a
press conference.
The full survey result will be
unveiled on March 3rd, the Inter-

national Ear Care Day.


The survey showed that highest prevalence of disabling hearing
loss is found in the Asia Pacific,
South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, adding that many countries in
these areas lack of capacity to prevent and care for hearing loss.
The WHO pointed out untreated ear infection and vaccine-

CAVITEX GOOD GOVERNANCE Cavitex Infrastructure


Corporation, President and Chief Executive Officer J. Luigi
L. Bautista (4th from (left) hands over to Paranaque City
Treasurer's Officer-In-Charge Mr. Anthony Pulmano (extreme left), the levy from Toll Fees of the Paraaque Toll
Plaza along the Cavite Expressway. Paraaque City Mayor
Edwin Olivarez (3rd from left) and Vice Mayor Ricardo Golez
(2nd from left) were present in this momentous event as
well as Cavitex Comptroller Mr. Andrew Dimaano.

AUCTION Auctioneer, Mr. Rolly Cordoviz calling out


the bidders' numbers for Lot #51 to 53 two seater sofa,
leather upholstered cushions, steel base with top centre
table as one set. Assisted by Official Recorders Danilo
Delos Santos (Auctioneer's right) and Spotter George
Magtangub (Auctioneer's far right)

EQ BABY DIAPERS BIRTHDAY PARTY Make babys dream


come true through the EQ McDonalds Birthday Party Raffle
Promo! EQ Baby Diapers is inviting all families to join
this much awaited promo and get a chance to win a free
birthday party package at your favorite McDonalds store!
300 lucky families will be celebrating their dream birthday
party all over the Philippines. To join, simply collect wrappers of EQ Colors, EQ Plus and EQ Dry Baby Diapers and
send your entries together with your contact details to
JS Unitrade offices or drop your entries in any McDonalds
Store. The two monthly draws will be on March 14 and April
23, 2014 with 15 winners each per area namely GMA, North
Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. 150 winners
will be chosen for the Grand Draw on May 16, 2014. You
may send as many entries for bigger chances of winning.
Non-winning entries in the 1st and 2nd draw will still be
included in the Grand Draw. Now is your chance to make
your babys birthday memorable together with Ronald and
the gang. Who knows, your baby might be the next lucky
birthday celebrant at McDonalds! Only EQ Baby Diapers
provide the utmost care with its superior product features
that keeps baby happy and comfortable! EQ Baby Diapers
are available in all leading supermarket, grocery stores
and drug stores nationwide. Please see posters and print
ads for more details or visit www.eqdiapers.com.ph or EQ
Diapers Facebook Page.

preventable infectious diseases such


as meningitis, measles and mumps are
leading causes for hearing loss, which
means it could be prevented and treated
via vaccine or other treatments.
"Today we know a fact that the main
causes of hearing loss can be prevented," said Shelly Chadha from WHO
Prevention of Blindness and Deafness
Unit. WHO estimated about half of all
cases of hearing loss worldwide are
easily prevented or treated.
According to the survey, good ear
care practices, such as reducing exposure to noise and avoiding insertion of
objects into the ears, can avoid many
developing ear and hearing problems,
and early identification and appropriate
treatment could benefit a large percentage of people with hearing disability.
"The results of this survey are a
clear call to action for governments
and partners to invest in hearing care
especially at community and primary
level," Etienne Krug, Director of the
WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability said in
a statement.
However, in terms of addressing the
ear and hearing problems, many countries especially sub-Saharan Africa in
short of trained health personnel, facilities, data and national plans, according
to the survey conducted in 76 countries
and regions.(PNA/Xinhua)

Manila
Water Shares
Best Practices
In Uganda
Water Summit
East Zone concessionaire Manila
Water shared best practices in water
provision for low-income communities
in the recent Water and Sanitation for
the Urban Poor (WSUP) Master Class
held at the International Resource
Center, National Water and Sewerage
Corporation in Kampala, Uganda. The
four-day summit aims to develop longlasting solutions in providing greater
access to clean and potable water to
urban poor communities.
Manila Waters Tubig Para Sa Barangay (water For the Community,) the
companys flagship program which has
benefitted 1.7 million people belonging
to the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) was
presented by Area Business Manager
Elmer Largo with the hope of replicating strategies and technical solutions
that will be help and adaptable to the
local situation in Uganda.
Largos stressed the importance
of commitment among stakeholders
particularly the local and national
governments as well as the participating communities to make the program
succeed.
It did not only provide water to poor
families but also reduced huge system
loss making the program not only socially beneficial but also commercially
viable, Largo explained.
WSUP works in partnership with
numerous private entities, NGOs, as
well as research institutions focused
on solving the global problem of inadequate water and sanitation in lowincome urban communities.
The Summit was attended by more
than 60 participants and experts on urban water, sanitation and hygiene from
Africa, Asia and the United Kingdom.
Manila Water is the private concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System that provides water and used water services to
more than 6.2 million residents of parts
of Quezon City and Manila, Marikina,
Pasig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pateros, Makati, Taguig and several towns
in Rizal Province.

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FVR Launches New Book;


Calls On All Filipinos To
Revive Spirit Of EDSA '86

CHIEF JUSTICE SERENO INDUCTS MOPC OFFICERS Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno
(center) administers the oath of office of the new officers and governors of the Manila Overseas Press
Club. The MPOC oath taking, held at the Supreme Court Dignitaries Lounge, was one of the rare occasions
where the Chief Justice was able to accommodate outside requests in her busy schedule. Flanking Chief
Justice Sereno are MOPC Chairman Antonio Lopez and President Babes Romualdez. The other new officers and members of the MOPC Board are (from left) Hector Villanueva, Ramon Osorio, Rolando Estabillo,
Maloli Espinosa-Supnet, legal counsel Atty. Manuel Lazaro, Chairman Emeritus Emil Jurado, treasurer
Nelia Gonzalez, Atty. Michael Toledo, Elizabeth Lee, Butch Raquel, and Arthur Lopez. Founded in 1945,
the Manila Overseas Press Club is the oldest press club in the Philippines and Asia.

Three New Postal Services In Juan Click


Capitalizing on its core business of
mail and parcel delivery, the Philippine
Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will
launch in a program dubbed as Juan
Click three innovative services, making the postal network more relevant
to customers.
PHLPost is set to launch today,
February 24, the Personalized Stamps,
Pinoy e-mall and PhlPost Mobile App
for Social Pension Pay-Out. The event
will be held at the lobby of the historic
Post Office Building in Manila.
The three new services are expected
to generate revenues without compromising its mandate of providing the lowest possible costs for postal services.
The Personalized Stamps will be the
first of its kind postal service to be of-

fered to the public. They can now create


their own Photo stamps which can be
used not only as a gift or souvenir but
also to mail letters.
Its like creating your own history
in postage stamps, Phlpost said. The
postal service is introducing these
personalized stamps to revitalize the
Philatelic business and make it more
appealing to the public.
To adapt to the current trends in the
postal global environment, PHLPost is
utilizing the information technology to
serve its clients better and to expand its
market through e-commerce.
Pinoy e-Mall offers a complete
e-commerce solution that allows merchants to set up and run their online
store in an instant. PHLPost will

provide merchants a complete endto-end solution, from online selling,


purchasing and payment of goods up
to delivery.
Meanwhile, the PhlPost Mobile
App is a feature of PhlPosts e-Door-toDoor delivery service. PhlPost will also
put in place its own Mobile application
for social pension pay-out. This end to
end solution will be piloted to serve the
requirements of DSWD beneficiaries
under the Social Pension for Indigent
Senior Citizen Program (SPISCP).
The Mobile App will be used by letter
carriers.
This major upgrade of its services
shall meet the strong demand of consumers, small industry and other frequent
shippers to do business with PhlPost.

and nourishment for the hungry. Most


of all, we should honor the victims themselves who showed their daring beyond
belief by helping their neighbors unselfishly even though they themselves were
suffering and had lost their homes to the
same calamities.
And, we should express our gratitude
to the donors -- local and foreign -- who
helped ease the victims burdens by
sharing their funds and provided goods
and services that the victims badly
needed.
Bringing People Power To Disaster Areas
The changes in the way we celebrated People Power this year mirror
the flexibility we must exercise in these
difficult times when the country is striving for rehab and reform. To repeat, our
engines for recovery must be fueled by
concrete acts of Caring, Sharing, and
Daring for others and for our beloved
Philippines.
Thus, we support the decision to
temporarily move the commemoration
activities away from the historic but
crowded EDSA highway, now undergoing upgrading. Even as we cherish
the patriotic value of holding annual
commemorative programs at EDSA,
we also recognize the need to avoid
impediments to traffic and disturbances
to travelers at this time.
This also means that the Spirit of
EDSA must be sustained not only in the
typhoon-devastated areas of Leyte-Samar and Mindanao, in the earthquakeravaged towns and cities of Bohol and
Cebu, in the conflict-torn barangays of
Zamboanga City and in other disaster
areas, but indeed throughout the whole
Philippines.
Good citizenship is not measured by
heroic acts alone. The nation needs not
only selfless leaders, but model citizens
as well who uphold the law, use their
vote wisely, help needy neighbors and,
most important, cherish our beloved
Philippines.
Leaders Must Perform To Achieve
Structural Changes
It is unfortunate that many Filipinos
easily forget certain valuable lessons
from our history of struggle and sacrifice that -- over the centuries -- won for
us independent nationhood.
During good times, we tend to
squander our goodwill and solidarity
in bickering -- in quarreling and pulling
each other down like crabs in a basket.
Recalling the booms-and-busts, and the
highs-and-lows in our collective national
performance, our people appear to have
repeatedly faltered. After gleaming
triumphs, it seems, we tend to fall short
again and again.
Our leaders, most especially, must
PERFORM to achieve structural changes, and strive to consolidate the Philippine national team.
Through essential reforms, current

leaders must pilot us away from the


cycle of boom-bust in which we often
find ourselves. Furthermore, our leaders must be able to mobilize our people
so that, as responsible citizens, we
perform according to the rule of law,
and manifest sustained teamwork in
nation-building.
If we content ourselves with flawed
policies, undeserving bureaucrats and
self-serving dynasties at this time of new
opportunity under President Aquino III,
expectedly we may fail again.
Unresolved Issues Constitute
Ticking Bombs
There is still considerable footdragging and complacency. Many
important issues are not being properly
addressed.
The following death-dealing issues
remain unresolved and constitute ticking bombs that threaten our peoples
quality of life:
1. Mass poverty due to overpopulation in our urban communities, rising
prices, and the deepening rich-poor
gap.
2. Environmental abuse resulting in
lower food production, reduced potable
water, degraded natural resources,
unhealthy habitats, and massive flooding.
3. Reputation for official corruption
and bureaucratic red tape leading to
basic shortages and higher costs.
4. Unlevel playing field favoring dynasties, monopolists, and oligarchs.
5. Absence of durable peace in the
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and other areas.
We should give every individual -every family -- a stake in our countrys
well-being and security. Above-cited
national shortcomings are self-evident
to Filipinos, and even to foreigners
who genuinely desire to invest in our
national well-being.
Summing Up
We must retain the essence of our
peaceful People Power Revolution at
EDSA by standing united in transforming calamity-stricken areas into resilient
and progressive communities.
IF WE ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE
WORKING TOGETHER PRODUCTIVELY TOWARDS THESE COLLECTIVE GOALS, THEN WE DO NOT
ONLY HONOR OUR HEROES; WE DO
NOT ONLY KEEP THE SPIRIT OF
EDSA ALIVE; MOST IMPORTANT,
WE HARNESS AND REINFORCE
PEOPLE POWER FOR THE GOOD
OF OUR NATION AND THE FILIPINO
PEOPLE.
EACH FILIPINO, AS A GOOD CITIZEN, SHOULD HELP PROPEL THE
PHILIPPINES TO A POSITION OF
RESPECT AND EVEN ADMIRATION
IN THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS.
Please send any comments to fvr@
rpdev.org. Copies of articles are available at www.rpdev.org.

RAMOS...
(Contd from page 11)

(with typhoon and earthquake victims)


is only the latest manifestation of
People Power. As long as gallant and
patriotic soldiers continue to stand by
the Filipino people, the Spirit of People
Power will thrive.
In the wake of the series of natural
disasters in 2013, FVR asserted that
the Spirit of the 1986 People Power
Revolution be kept alive by simple acts
of CARING, SHARING, AND DARING
for others and for our country. He began
the program by calling on the audience
-- which included ambassadors, generals, Taguig City residents, soldiers,
policemen, veterans, media practioners, and young people -- to give their
seatmates a handshake, a kiss, and a
warm embrace.
This is the way we did it in 1986
at EDSA, said Ramos, then AFP Vice
Chief of Staff and concurrent Chief
of the Philippine Constabulary who,
along with then Defense Minister Juan
Ponce Enrile, broke away from Marcos
to lead the military uprising. (Manila
Bulletin, 25 February 2014).
On the other hand, college history
professors Maria Rita Reyes Cucio of
San Beda College and Jovy F. Cuadra of
Lyceum of the Philippines University
said they felt that basic education did
not really make students understand
and appreciate the importance of
EDSA I, making the teaching of that
part of Philippine history challenging.
Some of the students said dictatorship
is equivalent to discipline, according
to Cucio. Her observation is shared by
Cuadra. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 24
February 2014).
Heroism During Super-Typhoon
Yolanda
This shining moment for Filipino
soldiers and policemen at EDSA was
brought back to mind last November
when we saw on television a young
pilot carrying an elderly woman, as if
in a very tight hug, towards a rescue
helicopter in Tacloban.
The sacrifices made by our soldiers
and policemen in 1986 were re-enacted
by many of todays AFP and PNP personnel who remained faithfully on duty
in the aftermath of Yolanda -- despite
not knowing how their own families
were, who rescued the little children
of other families before they took their
own loved ones to safety, who brought
food to the hungry and sick, even though
they risked perilous landings on ruined
runways.
Much like the soldiers and policemen of 1986 and the heroes buried in
hallowed grounds at the Libingan ng
mga Bayani, many ordinary Filipinos
displayed extraordinary heroism during the disasters of last year. Thus, we
also pay tribute to the volunteers who
trooped to Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Samar,
Mindanao and other devastated areas
to help provide shelter for the homeless

Former President Fidel V. Ramos


launched yesterday Perform, Reform, Transform, Volume 17 of the
compilation of selected essays, articles and other at the Powerbooks at
the Greenbelt 4, Makati City attended
by Vice President Jejomar Binay, former FVR Cabinet officials and leaders from multi-sectoral groups.
This new book is part of FVRs
legacy to younger Filipinos and adds
another building block to our quest
for a better, more bountiful future.
Launched in time for the 28th anniversary of the 1986 People Power
Revolution on Feb 22-25, the book
reminds us that ordinary Filipinos
can serve just as nobly in defense of
our freedom as the soldiers who fall
in combat.
"The Spirit of EDSA teaches
us that every citizen can make an
important contribution to nationbuilding by respecting the law, raising a proper family, helping those in
need, and paying their taxes on time.
Perform, Reform, Transform points
Filipinos in the right direction," counsels FVR.
In celebration of the 28th EDSA
People Power Revolution, we are
reprinting an article on FVRs new
book which is the former Presidents
foreword on Silver Linings: 25 Years
of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution principally authored by historical biographer and PR executive Melandrew T. Velasco and co-authored
by former DILG Secretary Rafael
M. Alunan III and Police Deputy Director General Reynaldo V. Velasco
(ret) published on May 22, 2012 with
President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino
III serving as keynote speaker for
the twin launching of the book and
Tagaligtas, a video documentary of
the Special Action Force:
Whenever a need to talk about the
Spirit of EDSA in 1986 arises, I always
take it as an opportunity to ascribe
the event as a God-given blessing
with due homage and historical significance, and a chance to remind our
people of its deeper meaning.
Since we Filipinos became a nation more than 113 years ago, we
have striven to live in independence
and freedom, and to win for ourselves spiritual well-being, material
prosperity and a place of respect in
the community of nations. The 1986
People Power Revolution comes
third in line among the three defining beacons in Philippine history that
should guide Filipinos, along with the
revolutionary Spirit of 1896 at Pugad
Lawin and the Patriotic Spirit of
1942 at Bataan. These three shining
moments underscore our peoples
unceasing strivings for freedom and
progress.
Among these three, the Spirit of
EDSA stands out among younger
generations, because it is the most
recent, so much so that many of us
living today were able to directly
participate in those trying moments
that freed our nation from oppression. More so does it stand out for
being the sole peaceful revolution of
its time, taking the world by surprise
on how such a massive feat could be
accomplished without the need for a
bloody rebellion.
What took place on February 22
to 25, 1986 and its antecedents was
the culmination of our collective
heroic efforts as Filipino citizens,
galvanized to direct action by the
desire to re-establish a society that
respects human dignity and liberty;
to live in a land not torn apart by strife

and be at peace with itself; to regain


representative government that is
both effective and accountable; and
to achieve a dynamic and bountiful
future. EDSA demonstrates a triumvirate of Filipino virtues similarly displayed in the 1896 Revolution starting
at Pugad Lawin, and the courageous
defense of Bataan and Corregidor.
These are the virtues of CARING
being compassionate enough to be
involved in the plight of others and
to come to the rescue of fellow men
and women in distress; SHARING
lending a hand to another if he or she
does not have what it takes to ease
his pains, to liberate the other who is
in dire straits; and DARINGwhich
is not just physical courage but also
intestinal fortitude, hence the three
virtues come hand in hand.
We won many important things
during those four days of February
1986, but to me, its most significant
result was the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to infuse our people with
strengthened resolve and a brighter
hope to rebuild our nation. And in
order to carry this out, we need to be
armed with Unity of purpose, Solidarity in values and Teamwork in nationbuilding. There is an incredible force
for peace that comes with U-S-T. The
freedom we won during the EDSA
1986 People Power is clear proof of
what true unity, solidarity and teamwork of a nation can accomplish.
And while it is true that we owe a
lot to those who staked their lives and
their futures for the cause of freedom,
both military and civilians directly
involved in this tumultuous chapter
of our historyand to all of them, I
give my heartfelt salutethe Spirit of
EDSA in fact belongs to our people,
particularly to the younger Filipinos
and our impoverished kababayans.
It is not the exclusive property of
any military commander, neither
any religious personality, neither any
political leader, neither any special
cluster of advocates.
Rather, the Spirit of EDSA is the
legacy passed on from those who
fought dictatorship 26 years ago,
handed over to all Filipinos of the
past, present and future. It is also a
call to our continuing revolution, a
challenge to stay on guard protecting
our countrys integrity in government, so that the true gains of democracy continue to be realized.
This book SILVER LININGS conveys this message and tries to make
Filipinos understand that EDSA was
not merely a four-day phenomenon.
Rather, EDSA straddles several generations of heroic struggle. It is a continuing revolutionan unfulfilled vision that we must win without further
delay, an abiding hope for our nation
that yearns for a better future.
I give my kudos to the book team
behind Silver Linings, for this new
historical masterpiece gives a definitive perspective of EDSA from
the points of view of key players
from the military side, primarily in
the person of first SAF commander
Gen. Reynaldo Velasco (ret.); the
accounts of a concerned civilianturned-government official, former
DILG Secretary Raffy Alunan; and
others, threaded altogether with the
comprehensive storytelling of historical biographer and PR professional
Melandrew Velasco. May this holistic
take on this shining moment in Philippine history convey to all Filipinos
and the world a more comprehensive
and abiding message of the Spirit of
EDSA. (Melandrew T. Velasco)

YAKULT CONTRACT SIGNING Mr. Akira Onose (right) Executive


Vice President Yakult Phils., Inc. and Mr. Michael Ong (left), YPI
Director, pose with Mr. Rudy Biscocho after the contract signing
for the staging of 25th Yakult 10 MILER on March 23, 2014, at
CCP Complex, Pasay City.

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Businessmans Driver
Killed In Ambush
A businessman cheated death but
his driver was killed in an ambush in
Quezon City the other night.
Killed was Luis Ocampo, the
driver of businessman Angelito Dela
Pena.
The shooting happened while the
victim and his employer were travelling on board their van unknowing
that seven suspects who were on
board motorcycles were tailing them.

When the vehicle stopped, the suspects got the opportunity and open
fired at the van, hitting the victim.
Information gathered by probers
reveal that the suspects were reportedly wearing police uniforms.
Dela Pena said he believes that
the suspects were after him as before
the ambush, he had been receiving
death threats, but was simply ignoring them. (Rizal S. Obanil)

Tour Bus Hits


Man Crossing Road
SILANG, Cavite Statistics to the
vehicular accidents in this province
continues to increase with the most
recent involving a seafarer who was
hit by a tourist bus while crossing the
by-pass road in Barangay San Miguel
II, Friday morning, here.
Roland Lejos Laureles, 40, a resident of Barangay Litlit, this town, was
crossing the road about 5 a.m. when he
was hit by a Jersan Travel and Tours
bus with body number 909 bearing temporary plate number 137807, driven by
Esteban Tercero Bernas, 40, resident

of 4205 Claudio Street, Baclaran, Paraaque City, Metro Manila.


The driver was arrested following
the incident and brought to the custody of Silang police.
Police Officer 2 Er win Magno
Laureles, said that the vehicle is
registered under the name of Jerome
Honorio Laceste of Pasong Bayog
Road, Burol Main, Dasmarias City,
Cavite.
Bernas will face a charge for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
(Anthony Giron)

Illegal
Power
Connection
BAYAMBANG, Pangasinan
A drunk construction worker was
declared dead when brought to the
hospital after being electrocuted 9:14
p.m. Friday
Reports said Leoduvico Soriano Torio, 32, married, resident of Barangay
Buenlag2nd, Bayambang Pangasinan
was electrocuted while illegally connecting on a Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (CENPELCO) line.
It was learned that the electric connection in victims residence was disconnected due to non-payment. While
under the influence of liquor, the victim
climbed the steel electric post in their
barangay to reconnect the power.
"Galit na galit nang maputulan ng
ilaw at nag-inom siya saka umakyat sa
poste ng kuryente at doon nakuryente,
a resident said.
Torio was brought to Bayambang
District Hospital for medical treatment
but was pronounced dead by the attending physician. (Liezle Basa Inigo)

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Sunday
At The
Farm
With
Hindy
Weber
Tantoco
By AA PATAWARAN
Images by MAAN PALMIERY

nlike most other it girls who


come and go, Hindy Weber Tantoco has always been it since she
first emerged as a fresh face in
the 90s, not so much to hog the limelight but
to provide a new light, not blinding at all, as
stars need to be to have us look up to them,
but clarifying, elucidating, empowering,
inspiring, and, in fact, grounding.
Today, Hindy is a different person yet all
the same. She lives in a farm, no longer the city
girl she used to be. Her home extends into an
expansive porch built around trees, extending
further into a garden fenced in by wild grass.
No need to water them, she says.
She is now the mother of four: her
eldest is 14-year-old Lucas, her youngest,
baby Cody and, in between, two daughters
Anouck and six-year-old Zo. After 20 years
of being vegetarian, she now eats beef
or lamb. Something to do with my blood
type, she says. I need some meat or else
Im in danger of early onset of osteoporosis
so I need protein builders, calcium those
things.
Even when she was a vegetarian, Hindy
was never one to make a big production of
her choices. She has always been very relaxed about her preferences, never imposing
them on others. Everybodys different, you
know, she says. But her first meat intake
after almost a lifetime without it was noth-

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TALL AND TAN


AND YOUNG
AND LOVELY GIRLS

and their favorite beaches

As told to MARGAUX SALAZAR

SAMANTHA LEWIS, model


Boracay will always have a special place in my
heart as one of my beach destinations for summer
because, aside from having fine powdery white sand
and the most beautiful sunsets I have seen, you can
do a lot of activities there, too. Try kiteboarding on
the Bulabog beach.
If you dont mind letting go of your phone or staying
away from the television, enjoy and take in everything
in El Nido. Enjoy island hopping or go kayaking as soon
as the sun rises. You can also go snorkeling in the clear
water with the amazing sea life. This is paradise.
Get together with a group of friends and go on a
road trip! Drive up to San Juan, La Union and discover
the surfing capital of the north. Get a tan while you
ride the waves. And I love Ilocano dishes!

CHARINA SARTE, fashion designer


My pick for the hottest beach destination in the Philippines is definitely El Nido in
Palawan. Sandwiched between towering limestone karst cliffs and Bacuit Bay, with
the fantastic contours of Cadlao Island looming right offshore, it is a small piece of
heaven here on earth.

KAREN PAMINTUAN, host and equestrian

OLIVIA MEDINA, model


My top beach destinations are Amanpulo, Palawan
its private and has fine sand as Boracay; Balerits the
best place to surf; and Boracayits more developed and
its fun to party there with friends and family!

Kit Dichaves
and Derreck Lim

WOMAN ABOUT
TOWN

My first favorite is Bohol because its close to my heart. My aunt and uncle have a place
there, which will be a resort soon. Our horses are there, too. The resort is called Tarsier Botanika, but we take the boat to the other beaches. It brings together fun in the sun with all the
things I lovelots of animals, botanical gardens, horses, and family!
Second is Amanpulo. I am a private kind of person and I have to admit, when I went there
for my show (Listed on Lifestyle Network), it was absolutely breathtaking. The water was so
clear and the sand was so white and soft. I would go running in the mornings and just think
about how amazingly blessed we are in the Philippines to have all these wondrous, gorgeous
places to see and experience.
Third is Coron, Palawan. I have to say, experiencing speed boat rides was pretty awesome
and exploring new beaches to sit and have a grilled picnic in added not only a view but a
whole new experience. Definitely a place for people seeking more adventure instead of just
lying on the beach. I love it!

Benson Lim, Rovilson Fernandez,


Tricia Centenera and Rosario Herrera

Jane
Manglapus

Malu Gamboa
and Ferdi Salvador

BUBBLES PARAISO, actress


Boracay will always be my top 1 because the
islands vibe is just perfect. Whether you want
to relax or to party, Boracay is great. Palawan is
more private, more serene. Im in love with all the
islands there. Punta Fuego is one of my faves, too,
because of how near it isjust a few hours and
youre there already.

Matthew Lim and Cary Lagdameo

Tina Lagdameo
and Celine Gabriel Lim

Swedish Clothing House


Invades Manila

HEIDI NG

first discovered the brand


J.Lindeberg in the United Kingdom because that brand is available at Harvey Nichols, or Harvey
Nichs for short. It is also available at
the ever popular Harrods of London,
owned by Dodi AlFayeds family. The
brand carries womens and mens lines.
A lot of it casual clothes, with a range
in golf and skiing clothes even. Golf is,
of course, more popular than skiing
in terms of the collection that they
carry at their newest flagship store to
hit worldwide at SM Aura Premier,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
J.Lindeberg is a relatively new

clothing company founded in Sweden


by Johann Lindeberg. They are most
famous for being worn by golf stars like
Jesper Parnevik and Anna Rawson, an
LPGA golfer. Sweden is also the home
country of clothing brand H&M, which
stands for Hennes and Mauritz, that
has gained iconic leaps in the retail
industry.
Lindeberg's sleek, functional style
hit the Manila menswear scene, showcasing a fresh take for a new set of
folk. Powered by innovative fabrics,
sports-conscious cuts, and a forward
take on fashion, the label presented
select pieces from its Fall/Winter 13
line in a unique show.
Designed to meet and support
optimum performance both on and off
the golf course, J.Lindeberg apparel

also displays slim cuts and impeccable workmanship. Moisture wicking


capabilities, sweat-proof fabric, and
all-weather textiles cater to golf-pros
while finely-tailored pants and tops
cater to the dapper gentleman. Host
Tricia Centenera expounded more on
the labels philosophy, discussing the
architectural concept of their latest
line, The Experience.
Vinyl puff jackets, dyed denim, and
velveteen corduroy dinner jackets
took on vivid colors, capturing the
breathtaking Swedish landscape. The
collection also took on elements from
the famed Stockholm City Library with
an abundance of geometric and linear
details. Casual and evening options
were also presented, giving guests
a taste of J.Lindebergs versatility.

Stockholm has several monuments like


its royal castle, which will hopefully
be showcased on the brands future
designs.
Century Properties' Carlo and Cat
Antonio, golfer and restaurateur Malu
Gamboa, and PR maven Kitty Jacinto
were present at the launch. Husband
and wife entrepreneurs Tina and Cary
Lagdameo were also in attendance
along with host and athlete Rovilson
Fernandez.
A unique study in standout style,
the J.Lindeberg Fall/Winter collection
is currently available in-store at SM
Aura Premiere and Powerplant Mall,
Rockwell.
Follow me on twitter @iamheiding,
instagram @imwanderwoman, blogimwanderwoman.blogspot.com

Carlo and Cat Antonio

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Text by Sol Jose Vanzi

President Aquino with Wendell Corregidor, the polio victim, who


saved 10 lives during the onslaught of Yolanda. (Mark Aquino)

ALMOST
PARADISE

CLEAR WATERS, BLUE SKIES, MOUNTAIN RANGES

Celebrating
The EDSA Spirit

DEEDEE M.
SIYTANGCO

ANGEL THOUGHTS
If God brings you to it
He will bring you through it.
Isaiah 58:11

month after I had a brain


operation to remove a tumor on my optic nerves, I
have recovered so well that
my friends say I look like I just went
on a long vacation.
Well, technically I guess I did. I
was in the hospital for over a week
and later, under house arrest for
almost three weeks. I had all the time
to reflect on how blessed I have been.
I was in isolation and my consolation
was, as Pope Francis tweeted for the
sick, It is good to know that in the
moment of sickness and of suffering,
we are not alone.
During this period, I discovered
Facebook. It kept me in touch with
my son and his family abroad. I reveled in the videos and posts of my
apos Monchu, Miggy, and Amanda
Julia. I got to know what was happening to my friends. At my age, (I
turned a year older yesterday, by
the way) my fascination for people's
Facebook posts may be unseemly
but I may tire of it soon if I keep on
seeing so-so changed his profile
picture or I ate at this resto Oh,
please, who cares?
For the benefit of those who didn't
know, my neurosurgeon Dr. Eduardo Mercado and his associates Dr.
Gimenez and Dr. Ranoa did not have
to crack my skull to get the (happily
benign) tumor out and I have no visible scar. Thank you, sirs! So if any of
you have the same condition, don't be
scared. Medical science and brilliant
doctors, with prayers are available.
I am on my second life praise
God! Welcome world! Has my eyesight returned to 20-20? No. But hey, I
can read, work on my computer, check
Facebook, enjoy my daily bible verses
and it has vastly improved without the
tumor. I get eye strain when I watch
television or DVDs and I cant wear
my old walking glasses because my
grade has changed but in another
month or so, I should be able to have
new glasses. So when I walk around
and couldnt recognize friends, just
come closer. Hello friend, its me!
***
The Malaysian state visit of
President Noy should make relations
between our country and Malaysia
even more cordial. Malaysian investors are encouraged by our economic
growth and are eyeing us for new
business ventures, which hopefully
can generate more jobs here.
Malaysia helped in the peace
negotiations between the Philippine
government and the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front so this visit was
very much anticipated. The Filipino
community in Kuala Lumpur warmly
welcomed PNoy and gave him a
check for the Yolanda rehabilitation
program of government. One of the
fund raisers was Filipina-turnedMalaysian citizen Maria Jazsmine,
the voice behind the famous commercial Malaysia truly Asia.
***
Many people have asked why
the President did not hold the 28th
celebration of the People Power

Revolution last February 25 in EDSA


where it all happened. For the first
time, President Benigno S. Aquino
III celebrated outside Metro Manila,
and raised many eyebrows in the
process! The son of People Power
heroes Senator Ninoy Aquino and
former President Corazon Aquino
chose to commune with victims of Typhoon Pablo in Cateel, Davao Oriental; of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake
in Bohol; and of Typhoon Yolanda
in Cebu, Leyte, and Bohol. While
there, he inspected infrastructure
and livelihood projects to make sure
that the government is working with
survivors to build better and more
resilient communities.
According to the committee in
charge of the celebration (led by
Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa),
the change of venue was a way for
Filipinos to draw strength from
the ideals of People Power as they
strive to rebuild and recover from
last years overwhelming tragedies.
With the theme Kapit-bisig tungo
sa Pagbangon, PNoy wanted to
see if people empowerment was
working on the ground especially
in disaster-hit areas.
In Cateel, Davao Oriental, PNoy
said, As we showed in 1986, we are
proving to the entire world again that
Filipinos care for their countrymen.
It is really an honor for me to serve
as President of a nation that does not
yield to challenges, and whose spirit
of bayanihan becomes even stronger
in times of need.
The President inspected rice
granaries and farmlands that have
recovered well from Typhoon Pablo
with help from the Department of
Agriculture. In particular, he visited
Hot Pablo chili farms, which will
export chili products overseas.
From Cateel, the President traveled to Loon, Bohol to be with earthquake and Yolanda victims in a pulong bayan (town hall meeting). The
pulong bayan participants included
Richard Dolojol, who lost his wife and
child; Pedro Lacandazo, who lost 22
relatives; Wendell Corregidor, the
polio victim who saved 10 people; and
Jeselle Pocong, mother of a child who
was suffering from hydrocephalus.
The President joined thousands
in the Provincial Capitol Grounds
of Cebu City for the traditional flagraising ceremony and salubungan.
Senator Bam Aquino played his
uncle Senator Butz Aquino and actor
Dingdong Dantes portrayed former
President Fidel Ramos in a re-enactment of the EDSA revolution.
At the beginning of the uprising,
PNoy noted that he was in Manila
while his mother was in Cebu. He
knew she would be safe there because Cebuanos were supportive of
the opposition to Marcos.
After, he traveled to Bantayan
Island to inspect hundreds of fishing
boats donated by non-government
organizations such as Gawad Kalinga and the Yellow Boat Foundation.
Aquino also had a dialogue with Maria Edna Alolor, Louie Revamonte,
and Shiela Mae Bawig, who each
shared with the President their
experiences during the onslaught
of the typhoon.
He then flew to Tacloban (where
mayor Alfred Romualdez welcomed
him) and Tanauanboth badly hit
by the storm surgeto inspect rehabilitation projects after Yolanda.
He led the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Tanauan Public Plaza.
These projects are products of the
collaboration between the government, international governments
and private organizations. According
to the President, the unity and initiative shown by the different sectors
are comparable to the solidarity
and heroism exhibited by Filipinos
in EDSA, 28 years ago.

Anvaya Cove

he barangay typifies the Filipino attitude toward family and


community. A balanghai (large
wooden boat) carried members
of an extended family across the seas to
settle in the Philippines from neighboring islands in the south. The country
carries on that tradition in the barangay,
the smallest political unit.
Pre-Hispanic Filipinos chose the oldest,
most respected member to head the family.
Today, modern barangays elect leaders,
who are known community activists.
This close-knit family relationship is
the reason many Filipinos build homes
close to loved ones. It is not unusual to
find several generations of a single family
living in stand-alone houses built within a
walled-in compound. And when members
of the family migrate overseas, they come
back to retire in the family compound.
EXPENSIVE LESSON
Thats exactly what my mothers
younger sister did three decades ago:
purchase a home in Las Pias, retire in
the town she grew up in, and be close to
the last surviving members of her generation. I tried, and failed, to dissuade
her. She was only going to use the house
a few weeks per year; yet, she had to
maintain year-round staff for security
and maintenance as well as regular bills
for electricity, water, and telephone.
Several typhoons shocked her with
massive repair bills. On weeks when her
family came to visit, she had to augment
her staff with a cook and babysitter for
her balikbayan grandchildren.
After a week, the polluted Zapote air
took its toll. She and her husband started
coughing. Little peeves began
annoying their existence:
noisy tricycles and jeepneys
kept them awake, and it took
forever to reach the closest
malls, clinics, and churches.
When they realized their
mistake, they sold their retirement house at a huge loss.
They now live comfortably with
their children and grandchildren in Chicago, repairing on
weekends to a flashy lakeshore
hideaway that cost them half of
their Las Pias nightmare.

estate taxes, road tolls, and gas. She still


visits Tagaytay once in a while but finds
it cheaper and more comfortable to stay
at an iconic hotel on the ridge.
MY CHOICE
Empowered with knowledge from
other peoples failures, I feel better
equipped to deal with choices for a
weekend home. I love the sea and that
is my first criteria: being able to sniff
unpolluted sea breeze all day. But plants
are very close to my heart as well, so I
will require a place thats farmer-friendly
and not coral-rocky.
Being a city girl, I would not want
to be where city lights are an airplane
flight away. Being able to get to Manila
in a couple of hours through efficient
highways would be a must. Efficient and
affordable public transport like buses is
also a requirement.
BEAUTIFUL BATAAN
For practical and economic reasons, I
had to wean myself from my family preference for areas south of Manila. While
it is true that Cavite and Batangas communities are closer to Manila, distancewise, than Bataan and other northern
destinations, vehicular congestion has
made it impractical and impossible to
travel there and be back before sunset.
Bataan Peninsula is a scenic stretch,
offering a variety of lifestyles. There are
white beaches, spectacular cliffs, fruit
farms, fishing and farming villages, and
resorts. Bataan also surrounds the former US Subic Naval Base, which I know
is one of the top tourist attractions for
Filipino and international tourists.

ANVAYA COVE
After years of searching, there is
one area that seems most ideal Anvaya
Cove. Because I will remain active at
what I am doing for many, many, more
years, it is ideal for many reasons. It is
close to Manila via SCTEX, only a few
minutes from Subic, secure, quiet, hugs
Bataans pristine shoreline, and is protected by green mountains.
Developed by Ayala Land, Anvaya
Cove is an internationally recognized and
environmentally sustainable project that
hosts residential living spaces built within
the verdant, tranquil surroundings and the
gently rolling terrains of Morong, Bataan.
When planning the expansive
470-hectare land area, it was a priority to maximize the propertys best
featuresfrom its cobalt waters and
fine sand shore to the extensive greens
of Bataan, says Jose Juan Z. Jugo, head
of Ayala Land Premier.
Residents and visitors can enjoy Anvayas Golf and Sports Cluban 18-hole
all-weather championship golf course.
For non-golfers and visiting family members, there are extensive gym facilities,
game room, and sports courts. Nearby
is Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club
with multi-purpose function rooms;
recreational beach areas that feature a
Water Sports Pavilion; the Pawikan Bar
and Grille, a pool complex that boasts of
an infinity pool, lounge pool, and lap pool;
and nature camp trails.
I can see myself at Anvaya Cove writing,
painting, making jewelry, developing recipes
using Bataans excellent seafood, and receiving family and friends. I can dream, cant I?

FARM FAILURE
A high school classmate
bought a farm lot in Cavite,
which should only be an hours
drive from Manila. Being up in
the mountains, close to Tagaytay, the land around the small
cottage she built is fertile, ideal
for growing upland vegetables,
herbs, and flowers.
As she continued to live in
the city awaiting retirement,
she paid a family to stay in
the farm house for security
and maintenance. Naturally,
she shouldered the power and
water bills. The house help enjoyed free rent, water, and electricity. They and their children
enjoyed watching telenovelas
and noontime game shows as
much as they wanted.
My classmate finally wised
up when the cost of gas, Skyway and Expressway tolls
went up and her farmhouse
visits became less and less
frequent. She decided to stop
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ing short of dramatic. I did raw vegan
for two months and I thought I lost all
my energy, but the moment I had warm
soup, nilaga, it was like my life force
came back, she beams.
Hers has always been a life of style,
style that is beyond the latest or the hottest
or the most covetable. Hers is style not dependent on trends or whats new, but style
that emanates from timeless values, from
virtues unchanged by time. As a fashion
designer, she finds it not easy to understand why what works has to change just
because there is a new season, the idea
of coming up with a whole new collection
for the sake of newness, to be in step with
the changing of the seasons dictated by
commercial, often arbitrary forces. As a
designer, she responds to more meaningful inspirations, not to the call of market
forces, certainly not for the consumerist
philosophy of more, more, more.
It would be inappropriate to call Hindy
progressive.While her move to Sta. Elena
in Cabuyao, Laguna many years ago is
now a dream for many of us trapped in
confined spaces like condominiums, it is
to her a materialization of what she has
always held dear all her life, way before
eco-friendliness or nature awareness,
before all this back-to-nature movement
became trendy and sophisticated. In
school, I was always part of these nature
movements. You know, things like Give a
hoot, dont pollute, she recalls. Ive been
part of the World Wildlife Fund for so long.
But I really wont call myself an environmentalist, nothing formal like that. I just
live in the way that is best for me.
In Sta. Elena, Hindy has found a
home that is in tune with who she is,
though it also made it possible for her to
embrace her commitment to true health
and nature. This house really grounded
us, she says. But what it really did for
me is it kind of made me self-sustaining in
a way. Back in the city, if I wanted organic
or red rice, I had to go out of my way to
find it. But here I sort of just grow it.
Of course, there is also Holy Carabao,
a business that is more like an advocacy that Hindy made out of her husband
Gippy Tantocos farm. Gippy is more
natural about these things. I mean he
doesnt study it or even think about it
very much, she says. He started the
farm because he wanted all these leafies
available for our use and then I turned
it into a business. Now, Holy Carabao
belongs to a biodynamic, organic farmers
coop. There are four of us in it now: one
from Baguio, where the root crops like the

squash and sugar beets come from; and


then theres Batulao, which has all the
fancy vegetables like the green peppers
and the red cabbage, says Hindy. The
meats are from Bukidnon, and most of
the leafies are from me, from here in
Cabuyao.
Like the garden and the farm, Hindys houseoriginally a three-bedroom
cabin-in-the-woods type intended only
to be a weekend househas grown and
with the new addition to the Tantoco
brood, baby Cody, this four-bedroom nest
will soon turn into a five-bedroom affair.
Its easy because this house is made
out of container trucks, she reveals.
When we first came here, this whole
place was full of old wood. It was great
because then, when we turned into a
farm, everything just grew fast.
In the beginning, being a designer,
Hindy had so many fancy ideas for the
house they were going to build. I was
playing around so much but then we would
run out of tiles, things like that, and pretty
soon, I decided to just let it be, plain and
simple and just made of found objects,
she says. I think I like it that way. Even
the decision to move permanently to Sta.
Elena from Makati just came naturally.
Every time we came here during construction, we just didnt want to leave.
Ask Hindy if it took major adjustments to go from city to country and she

'Sometimes, I think
its more about vanity
or sickness. Thats
what gets them
to notice whats
healthy or whats
good. Like kale, its
super nutritious and
everything, but its
super popular not
because its healthy
but because its
trendy.'
cant think of anything serious. Every
time you go into the city, you have to plan
everything well in advance because you
dont want to have to travel all the way
back because, say, you forgot your charger, she says. Even what she calls the
seasonality of insects wont draw a city
girl squirm from her. Oh, we have them
regularly, like once or twice a month,
she admits. There are bangaw nights,
there are gamu-gamu nights, there are

mosquito nights, but we just learned to


deal with them and they just go away. We
dont have screens. We leave the doors
open at night, so we really just live with
nature. Like its bangaw night, but the
next night, theyre all gone. Maybe because the frogs or lizards also cameI
dont know. Its weird, but nature has a
way of balancing things out.
To Hindy, its not a battle between
good and evil, artificial versus natural,
healthy versus unhealthy. She has a
very relaxed approach to these lifestyle
dilemmas and does not subject herself
to rigid rules. I have this big thing about
balance. I think thats all it takes. I dont
eat bread and rice so much because of
the gluten, but when we go out, I super
allow myself cheatspizza, ice cream.
Its just that at home I try to keep everything healthy and natural.
With her children, the rules are even
less rigid. I never told my children to eat
healthy. I just changed all the ingredients
in the kitchen, she says, laughing. To
them, it was normal so the toyo became
liquid aminos, the sugar became coco
sugar, the rice became brown, but I would
mix it up first, like brown with white, red
with black, and they go, Wow, its so super
colorful. But if they have to go to childrens parties, I let them eat whatever.
Whats it like raising children in the
farm? Hindy thinks for a moment: Not

a problem with my 14-year-old; he loves


it here and so do the girls but then, the
girls, every two weeks or so, they go, We
wanna go to Greenbelt. We wanna go
to Rockwell.
Hindy is happy, however, that her
kids, growing up in a place abuzz with
horses and ducks and rabbits and goats
and all sorts of live things, are displaying
great respect for nature. Im not really
consciously teaching my kids about the environment. Its not like a lesson, but when
were going around and theyre asking
questions, I tell them just what I feel about
these things, you know trees, animals,
and all. And it seems to work, she says.
They just learn through these everyday
things. When we were on a trip to Baler,
my daughter noticed all the trash. Why
are they throwing all the trash here? Its
so beautiful! My sons thing is water. He
gets irritated when he sees water getting
wasted, like when he sees somebody watering the plants when it has just rained,
he gets so inis. I mean, when he would
catch me brushing my teeth and the faucet
is pouring, hed scold meand I would go,
Ok, ok, but oh no, I created a monster! He
hangs out a lot with the hardinero and my
God all the things hes learned!
Is there more awareness now? Is this
what is driving people like Hindy to the
countryside? Are people more aware of
the problems of nature now and beginning to realize that what nature needs,
more than rescue, is respect? Maybe,
says Hindy. Sometimes, I think its more
about vanity or sickness. Thats what gets
them to notice whats healthy or whats
good. Like kale, its super nutritious and
everything, but its super popular not because its healthy but because its trendy.
They read it in the blogs, and its perfect
for juicing. But thats OK, just like juicing,
which I think is popular because we want
convenience, we want trendy. Still, its
better than nothing. Its a first step.
Hindy takes a brief pause and tells
her daughters Anouck and Zo, who are
running around the porch barefoot, to get
themselves a glass of water because its
very hot out there. And she sits back in
the wicker chair and continues, I think
people arent willing or prepared yet to
make any major lifestyle changes. They
dont know they can do much so they think
they can just leave it to the experts.
But not everyone is as privileged,
I ask.
as me? she says. But we could
have chosen to live elsewhere. We could
have chosen to live differently. I consider
myself very lucky, but then we really
looked for this. We made this happen.

FARM LIFE From left: Fresh yields from Holy Carabao; the airy, open living room; Hindy's daughters Anouck and Zo; roosters and black pigs are among the many farm animals. Above: Hindy and her youngest Cody

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Edward Delgado, Irene Martel Francisco,


and Mayor Jejomar Binay, Jr.

Betsy Westendorp
and Anne Aspinalle

Mela Bengzon and


Lilibeth Campos

Hilda Antonio and


Ambassador Joey Antonio

Barbara Go, Joanna Francisco,


and Nini Licaros

Patsy Zobel de Ayala,


Manoling Poblador, and Mia Borromeo

Child Protection Network


Benefit Dinner
HAVING A BALL
TINA HIDALGO
JACINTO

Monique Toda, Marjo Chua, and


Raul Francisco

Bobby Cuenca, Fe Rodriguez,


Chingbee Kalaw Cuenca, and
Dr. Randy Francisco

Jojo Zabarte

uilding on the success of its


previous benefits, the third
Child Protection Network
(CPN) Benefit Dinner was
recently held at the Raffles and Fairmont Makati. The project champions marginalized Filipino children
and their right to grow in a safe and
secure environment. CPN, a Filipino non-profit, non-stock charitable
foundation, has provided medical
and psychosocial care for more than
37,267 children from 2004 to 2013. Its
goal is to have a Child Protection
Unit in all provinces. By nights end,
the benefit dinner had netted more
than R4 million.
Philippine Tatler, Fila, and Raffles Fairmont Hotels co-sponsored
and hosted about 300 civic-minded
people whose donations give Filipino
children a life free from abuse. On
hand to greet the mix of bold-faced
names were CPN board members

led by chairman David Bradley,


who flew in from Washington D.C.
with wife Katherine and president
Irene Martel Francisco. For their
devotion to the cause, CPN plaques
of appreciation were given to power
ladies Cris Albert of Fila, Renna
Angeles, Joanna Preysler, Raffles
director David Batchelor, and Jun
Sy.
Auctioneers of this benefit auction
were Katrina Legarda and Johnny
Velasquez. Their high energy had
enticed guests to bid for exciting
lots, highlighted by an extraordinary
one week stay at early 19th century
maison de noblesse Valfond, The
Bradley Home, Provence, France.
The night truly demonstrated the art
of giving for a good cause.
For comments, log on to www.
tinajacinto.com and like www.
facebook.com/tinahidalgojacinto.

Susan Joven, Criselda Lontok, Tina Cuevas

Consul General Miguel Realmonte,


Marivic Rufino, Vicky Zubiri, and Jean Philippe

Peter Coyiuto, Sofia Coyiuto, Elena Coyiuto,


Sandie Poblador, and Ed Angeles

Renna Hechanova Angeles, Consul


Evie Costa, and Consul Helen Ong

Alfredo Roca and


Dr. Cecile Infantado

David Batchelor, Chrissie Lincoln,


and Tapa Tibble

Anton San Diego, Mayenne Carmona, the author,


and Mario Katigbak

Maripi Muscat and Linda Ley

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The Chowmahalla Palace,


where Nizams were crowned in
Hyderabad can be leased for
weddings and private functions

HOTEL BUZZ

L-R: Y2 General Manager Philippe Bartholomi, Serye President Alvim


Lim, HRAP Chairman Eugene Yap, Waterfront Hotels Christopher Park,
HII Executive Director - Peter H. Stevens

Y2 Residence Hotel
Launched

Amb. Fred Yao, Tessa Prieto-Valdez,


Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, Jr.,
Hospitality International Inc. Founder
and President Luis C. Monserrat

The
Princess
and the
The Duchess of Cambridge,
Kate Middleton, sparkled in
London wearing the demiparure, Nizam of Hyderabad

iamonds are a girls best


friend, especially for a
princess. The stylish royal, Kate Middleton, the
Duchess of Cambridge, turned heads
at a recent event in Londons National Portrait Gallery. The exquisite
diamond necklace called the Nizam
of Hyderabad that she wore captured
the guests attention. The Nizam
necklace, borrowed from the Queen
for the occasion, is a demi-parure,
a French term for vintage matching
jewelry crafted by the Cartier house
in London. The stunning piece was
a wedding gift to Queen Elizabeth
in 1947 by the Nizam of Hyderabad,
one of the richest men in the world.
Nizam is a title of the sovereigns of
Hyderabad State, one of the most
prosperous and princely states of

Nizam
century, including Basra pearls, Columbian gems, rubies and spinels
from Burma, handcrafted gold armbands, necklaces, turban ornaments,
belts, buckles, cuff links, toe rings,
nose rings, and pendants. The most
famous piece is the legendary Jacob
Diamond, an 184.5 carat rectangular diamond, ranked fifth largest in
the world. Presently stored by the
Indian government, the priceless
gem is worth US$150 million and was
purportedly used by the Nizam as a
paperweight!
The Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad was the lavish home of the
Nizams. It is where they entertained
visiting royalty like King George V
and the Russian Tsar, Nicholas II.
A blend of Italian and Tudor architecture, the Falaknuma is richly furnished with priceless art, ornate in-

colonial India. Ranked fifth in the


Forbes All-Time Wealthiest List in
2008, Nizam Osman Ali Kahn was
said to have an estimated worth of
US$210 billion. Nizams ruled for two
centuries, from 1720 to 1948. As faithful allies of the British, they were given the title His Exalted Highness
by the Raj. Patrons of culture, art,
and architecture. They built beautiful
palaces, which reflected their opulent
indulgent lifestyles. Their jewelry
collection was right out of the pages
of the Arabian nights, amassed from
their very own Golconda diamond
mines in Hyderabad. The Jewels
of the Nizams is one of the largest,
most impressive collections in India today
with ornaments that
The Chowmalla Palace,
date back to the 18th

Y2 Residence Hotel, the first concept


hotel in the entertainment district of
Makati officially opened its doors to the
public.
Conveniently situated in Makati Avenue,
corner Santiago and Valdez St. (near
A-Venue), Y2 is perfect for business and
leisure travelers who want to discover
and experience a balanced mix of
cultural diversity and social attractions.
Y2s rooms, ranging from 33 to 150sqm,
are complemented by full-length glass
walls that allow natural light to illuminate
a fully-equipped kitchenette, yellow bar
countertop, and vivid artworks.
For inquiries please contact +632 224
3000 or visit www.y2hotel.com

TRAVEL BUZZ
'Tara Na Sa Malaysia'
Holiday Packages
Brochure
FAR PAVILIONS
KAMILLA
HEMANDAS

laid furniture from Kashmir, Venetian


chandeliers, and handcrafted tapestries from France. Presently leased
to the Taj Group of hotels, it has been
transformed to a 60-room luxury hotel with world class amenities that
echo the colonial experience down
to the palace butler. The Jade Room
and Delhi Durbar Hall are sublime
settings reflecting an indelible part
of Hyderabads storied past. Elegant
and elaborately appointed, they have
become enchanting venues for destination weddings. The Chowmahalla
Palace, meticulously restored by the
present eighth Nizam Mukarram
Jah, is a popular venue for social and
cultural events and being promoted
with a My Party, My Palace theme.
These historic palaces are glorious
heirlooms of a princely era that may
soon fade into history.

meticulously restored to
its former glory, a venue
for social events

Tourism Malaysia recently launched


the Tara Na Sa Malaysia Holiday
Packages Brochure. The brochures
feature special Malaysia tour packages
that have been put together with the
help of valued local travel agents from
Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. They will
be inserted in major newspapers as well
as selected magazines nationwide.
The brochure offers a range of
unique packages that highlight several
destinations from March to December
2014. These are Kuala Lumpur,
Putrajaya, Malacca, Johor, Penang,
Sabah, and Lankawi.
For more information, visit www.
tourismmalaysia.gov.my or Like Tara Na
Sa Malaysia on Facebook.

Food&HotelAsia and
Wine&SpiritsAsia Set

The Darbar Hall at the


Taj Falaknuma gives guest
a taste of the opulent
lifestyle of the Nizam

The Jade Room of the


Falaknuma Palace, former
residence of the Nizam,
transformed into a Taj
luxury hotel

The Gol Bungalow


offers al fresco
terrace dining and
a breathtaking
view of the city.

The region's most established and


comprehensive food and hospitality
trade show, organized by Singapore
Exhibition Services (SES), has made its
mark to become the first event to max
out the Singapore Expo. Occupying all 10
exhibition halls and Max Atria, the 2014
edition of Food & Hole Asia (FHA) and
Wine & Spirits Asia (WSA) will be held
from April 8 to 11.
It is the first event to occupy 100
percent of Singapore's largest exhibition
venue. Spanning a total of 100,000sqm,
an eight percent increase in size from
2012. It is the largest edition in the
event's illustrious 37-year history.
The 19th edition of FHA will also be
the launch of Specialty Coffee & Tea,
bringing the total number of specialty
shows to six. The other five shows are
FoodAsia, Hotel Ansia, Bakery&Pastry,
Hospitality Style Asia, and Hospitality
Technology.
Since 2010, WSA has been held
alongside FHA to give it the space and
distinction. Spread over 5,000sqm,
the show has 200 exhibitors from 20
countries/regions and seven group
pavilions. This year's show has the most
number of group pavilions, representing
the wine's top producing wine regions,
with Spain leading the charge with the
biggest pavilion. Adding to the buzz on
the show floor is a series of talks and
master classes highlighting wines from
countries such as Austria, France, Italy
and Spain.
For more info, log on to www.
foodnhotelasia.com and www.
winespiritsasia.com

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A Vision of a Wonderful World


Globe Telecom showcases commitment to its customers,
employees and the nation with Project Wonderful

By Nickky P. de Guzman

ilipinos are dubbed as one of


the happiest and most creative
people in the world. We find
bliss in small things and even
turn something bleak into something
wonderful. In fact, instead of sulking, we
have found ways on how to turn things
around when supertyphoon Yolanda
hit the country with our strong sense
of humanity.
Months may have passed since
the destruction brought about by the
typhoon but the work to restore and
rebuild is still far from over. This is the
reason why good-natured companies
are still looking for ways to help
reach out to affected individuals and
communities, and Globe Telecom is
one of them.
With Project Wonderful, Globe is
strengthening its commitment not
only to the nation with its rebuilding
programs that will benefit the
homeless, jobless, and children, but
also to its customers and employees,
imbibing a feeling of wonderful to
these stakeholders in a manner thats
relevant to them.
Project Wonderful was launched
by the leading telecommunications
company after it proactively took part
in nation-building initiatives through
its Bangon Pinoy disaster response
and relief efforts late last year. This
paved the way for Project Wonderful
to branch out to three (3) main pillars:
Nation-building, Culture-building, and
Brand-building, giving the company a
holistic view on helping the Philippines,
its employees, and customers create a
wonderful world.
Under the Nation-building pillar,
Globe is set to build a strong nation
with programs that will build homes,
schools, and livelihood opportunities.
All these with the aid of volunteers and
partner-organizations whose vision is
to bring affected communities back on
their feet, helping create a wonderful
Philippines.
Through Project Wonderful, Globe
Telecom aims to create a wonderful
world for families and underprivileged
Filipinos who have been affected by
natural calamities and disasters,
said Globe President and CEO Ernest
Cu, who stressed the importance of
sustainability. We are in it for the long
haul, together with our partners and
employees who share our advocacy and
spirit of volunteerism.
To take an active role in nationbuilding, Globe Telecom recognizes
that mobilization starts from within,
bringing to life the pillar on Culturebuilding. Under Culture-building,
Globe is shaping up to become a more

Globe executives attended the annual Leaders Summit in Bohol to talk about ways to better serve the customers, businesses, and the nation in line with the culturebuilding pillar of Project Wonderful

Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu


showcases his own creation of a
wonderful T-shirt as part of the preevent activities

The Globe Team, Tattoo ambassadors, and Gawad Kalinga partners geared up to participate in the Tattoo-GK Village build as
part of Project Wonderful nation-building pillar

Chief Operating Officer for International


and Business Markets Gil Genio outlines
Globe Business segments roles in
creating a wonderful ICT landscape

Globe Chief Operating Advisor Peter


Bithos displays the newest tier in the
Globe Rewards program, Globe Blue,
which elevates the status of postpaid
customers who spend at least P2,000 up
to P3,499 monthly by giving them special
perks and wonderful treats

A media guest painstakingly put together the little pieces for his wonderful shirt creation

customer-centric organization, fueled


by a common passion to help and live a
culture of service guided by its renewed
mission, vision, and values.
We want an organizational culture
with an innate caring for our customers
because the challenge of service
differentiation will have to come from
our ability to go the extra mile. This
will guide how we do our business and
help us make things wonderful for our
customers and for each other, the Globe
way, added Cu.
Bringing to life its passion and
commitment to the customer, Globe
vows to remain a strong challenger
brand that leads the industry with
innovative and relevant offers. Under
Brand-building, the telco will pioneer
products and services anchored on four
(4) consumer brand pillars: customized
and personalized offers, services to help
live the digital lifestyle, a stronger and
faster network, and a rewarding Globe
experience.
Unveiled during the launch of
Project Wonderful was Kris Aquino as
ambassador and face of the campaign.
Like Globe, the Queen of All Media
is also a visionary when it comes
to programs that reach out to less
fortunate individuals and families.
Aquino herself is an advocate of
corporate social responsibility and
sustainability, helping people in her own
little way and mobilizing her circle of
friends and loved ones to do the same.
At the launch event attended by
over 100 media and bloggers, Aquino
shared her excitement with Globe
Telecoms journey to wonderful.

Globe Chief Operating Officer for International and Business Markets Gil Genio,
Project Wonderful Ambassador Kris Aquino, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, and
Globe Chief Operating Advisor Peter Bithos at the launch of Project Wonderful

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu


showcased Project Wonderful and the
story behind the worthwhile project,
as well as the different foundation
pillars that bring the campaign to life.
Chief Operating Advisor Peter Bithos
spoke about brand-building on the
consumer side, while Chief Operating
Officer for International and Business
Markets Gil Genio shared his insights
on the journey of the business and
international segments to wonderful
for their respective customers.
It was indeed a wonderful day for
the attendees as they expressed their
creativity and view of wonderful
in various interactive activities. The

guests also enjoyed the different product


experience booths that showcased the
new offers of both the consumer and
business segments such as Globe Blue
rewards card, the newest handsets from
Globe Postpaid, the new GoUNLI25 and
the GoSAKTO App, the most affordable
unlimited promos from TM, the widest
range of Tattoo Mobile Wi-Fi devices,
the different solutions from Globe
Business and Globe myBusiness, and
the various international call and text
services for overseas Filipinos and
their families. The event ended with
a surprise same-day edit video that
captured and showcased the activities
that took place that night.

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All Eyes on

The Nudist

he year 2014 started fashionably forward as


the Hollywood awards season began to take
full flight. As red carpet events filled their social calendar, fabulously dressed stars of the
music, television, and cinema industry were spotted
sashaying down the crimson walk of fame donning only
the biggest and most illustrious names in the fashion
universe.
Pairing their gorgeous attire from the worlds most
coveted couture houses, Hollywoods top stars chose
to embellish their toes with the high-end shoe brand
Stuart Weitzman. Top fashion sites have noticed that
Hollywood stars favor the elegant simplicity of the
new Stuart Weitzman collectionthe Nudist. These
high-heeled sandals are strappy, sleek, and convey a distinct minimal beauty that enhances
the sexy appeal of the bare female feet.
Stuart Weitzman is located at SM
Mega Fashion Hall and SM Aura
Premier. For more information,
go to stuartweitzman.com, and
follow @StuartWeitzman_PH
on Instagram and @SWeitzmanPH on Twitter

Diane Kruger

Hailee Steinfeld

Elisabeth Moss

Naya Rivera

Taylor Schilling

Nudist in black Goose Bump Nappa, Pan Goose Bump Nappa, and Customized Silver

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Things That Make You Go Boom!


A

By ANNIE S. ALEJO

gathering of industry movers


and shakers over a swanky dinner at Vask in Bonifacio Global
City pretty much introduced apl.
de.aps latest venture. The Fil-Am Black
Eyed Peas member finally revealed to
select guests more details about BMBX
(boom box) Entertainment, the music
label and production company he curates, co-founded by his manager Audie
Vergara with David Kostiner.
We changed it from Jeepney (Music), apl tells Bulletin Entertainment.
We wanted to amplify (the music)
throughout all the regions. Jeepney kinda
only represents the Philippines. So if we
wanna collaborate with other Asian artists, BMBX fits the best its neutral.
In the same fashion as this dinner
attended by friends and colleagues, apl.
de.ap continues to count on industry ties
abroad to help realize his dream that, in
turn, would see dreams of other artists
come into fruition. (Through) BMBX, I
wanna be able to give the same pipeline
(to other artists) like what we have as The
Black Eyed Peas, he shares.
The first artist signed to the label
is Slapshock, whose lead singer Jamir
Garcia, has been friends with apl for some
time now. BMBX took Slapshock to Los
Angeles in October to record an EP.
Ive worked with a lot of people, with
engineers and artists. When we sent
Slapshock (to record in the US), I knew
System of a Down, theyre my homies,
you know? I know the engineer for, like,
Guns N Roses So I wanted to provide
that, to (help) improve the (sound) quality
(or) to get the same quality that we have
as Black Eyed Peas. I wanted the music
from here to be mixed over there, so we
get a different sound. Not because its not
good over here; it just sounds different
and bigger, because we lack the equipment (here). And we wanna invest in the
artist by actually putting (out) a budget
(for that).
On working with System of a Down
producer Shavo Odadjian, Garcia says

APL.DE.AP

in an earlier interview, Marami kaming


natutunan sa kanya.
Unlike local recording setups where
producers just work with songs artists bring, bassist Lee Nadela shares,
Pag sa States, pwede chop-chop-in
(ng producers) yan pwede nilang
gulayin. Though there was tension in
the beginning, Nadela says, Hindi lang
kami sanay sa kanya, sa ganong setup.
Pero ngayon alam na namin, ibang-iba
pala talaga. Pag ganitong caliber yung
mga producers mo, ibibigay mo yung
trust mo
Aside from Odadjian, Grammy Awardwinning sound engineer and producer
Damien Page Lewis also worked on the
yet-to-be-titled EP, along with mixing
engineers Terry Date (Ozzy Osbourne,
Korn) and Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson,
Stone Temple Pilots).
BMBX mixes a bit of grassroots
approach with technology. Even in
America, people dont sell that amount of
records anymore, apl says. What they
do is they come out with content, nonstop.
Then they, like, partner with brands. So

thats what we wanna do.


Things are just beginning to roll out
for BMBX. In fact, Slapshock which just
celebrated its 17th year in the business
on Feb. 14 has yet to release the EP or
debut a track. BMBXs goal, apl says, is
to take its artists music and break out
from here then spread to Southeast
Asia and the region. If it goes international, then it goes international. But we
need to go expand out of our country.
This early, apl says they have set
their sights on artists like this reggae
band from Pampanga that sings both in
English and Kapampangan; and even
Jessica Reynoso, the singer in apls team
on The Voice of the Philippines.
More importantly, apl says BMBX
champions originality, whether it sounds
local or western. BMBX is giving a
chance and a format for artists to be able
to express themselves as Filipinos with
original content. He adds, Were, like,
creating this mobile stage that will eventually include live feeds of shows, BMBX
radio, YouTube videos and more.
With his consistent goal of helping
Filipino artists and his countrymen in
need with his various advocacies, apl
has become a Pinoy champion of sorts.
Medyo palupit (pilipit) nang konti pero
kaya pa rin, he says, smiling, when
asked to speak in Filipino. This is one
world-class act that never forgot his
roots.

Swimming With Sharks,


Diving With Dolphins
Text and Photo
By BHENJ AGUSTIN

unky Aljur Abrenica enjoys taping his upcoming


Kapuso series Kambal
Sirena because he gets
to practice his swimming skills as
he frolics with creatures from the
deep.
Bata pa lang ako, trained na
ako ng father ko sa paglangoy sa
dagat pero dito ako nagkaroon ng
chance na maka-encounter ng mga
sea creatures gaya ng dolphins,
sharks and whales. First time ko
yan gawin, he said on location.
Even after the cameras have
stopped grinding, the actor hangs
out with the trainers in order to get
more insights on animal behavior.
Cast and crew had shot in Bolinao,
Pangasinan where Aljur and his
first-time leading lady Louise delos
Reyes claimed to have gotten wiped
out by the big waves.
Nilabanan namin pero malakas talaga (yung alon). Nawala
kami at kahit naka-harness pa si
Louise ay nawala siya pagkaahon
ko. Talagang nasa ilalim na siya
kaya hinabol namin. Pero enjoy,
enjoy kami
According to the series Facebook page, Kambal Sirena tackles
the adventure of a mermaid who
falls in love with a human. It is
tentatively set to start airing this
month supposedly against a rival
show that also features a mytho-

logical being.
Asked to comment on the looming competition, Aljur said, Hindi
namin iniisip yon. Basta masaya
kami na mabigyan ng ganitong
kalaking project. Ipapakita namin
ang kakayahan namin at i-e-enjoy
ang pag-gawa ng series. Gagawin
namin lahat para mapaganda pa
lalo ang project.
Also in the cast of Kambal
Sirena are Mike Tan, Rich Asuncion, Polo Ravales, Gladys Reyes,
Angelika Dela Cruz, Lotlot de Leon,
Tessie Tomas, Nova Villa, Chanda
Romero, Winwyn Marquez, and
Mickey Ferriols.

ALJUR ABRENICA

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Sunday, March 2, 2014


Walt Disney Pictures presents Saving Mr.
Banks, a film inspired by the extraordinary,
untold back story of how Disneys classic
Mary Poppins made it to the screen.

SAVING MR. BANKS

MAGIC STAR MALL


Tarlac City

RESERVED CINEMA

RESERVED CINEMA

VAMPIRE SUCK -PG13

RESERVED CINEMA

The Book Thief

RESERVED CINEMA

HER in 2D

GRAND PIANO in 2D
LEGO THE MOVIE

RESERVED

RESERVED

RESERVED CINEMA

Pompeii

R-13

Homefront

NON - STOP in 2D

RESERVED

RESERVED CINEMA

Starting Over Again

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

1
1

LEGO THE MOVIE

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D


WINTERS TALE

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT

LEGO THE MOVIE


NON - STOP in 2D

WINTERS TALE

NINJA - 2: SHADOW OF A TEAR in 2D

(NOTICE TO MOVIEGOERS:The
schedules of showing are subject
to change without prior notice.
Sometimes a movie is pulled
out earlier than its stipulated
days of showing due to sudden
change in exhibition contract or
poor performance at the boxoffice. The following schedules
are provided us in advance by
exhibitors. You may call the
theaters for confirmation.)

ABNKKBSNPLAKO in 2D
THE THIRD EYE in 2D

Starring two-time Academy


Award winner Emma Thompson,
fellow double Oscar winner Tom
Hanks and talented actor Colin
Farrell, Saving Mr. Banks now
showing exclusively at Ayala Malls
Cinemas nationwide.
In 1961, Walt Disney invited
Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers
to his studio in Los Angeles to
discuss, in person, his continued
interest in obtaining the movie
rights to her beloved book and
character a pitch he first made
to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant
and disinterested after all those
years, Travers wanted to tell the
Hollywood impresario to go fly a
kite but with dwindling sales of her
books and a bleak economic future
looming, P.L. Travers said yes and
embarked on a two-week sojourn in
Los Angeles that would ultimately
set the wheels of the beloved film in
motion.

3RD EYE in 2D // A LITTLE


BIT OF ZOMBIE in 2D

3 DAYS TO KILL in 2D
// POMPEII in 2D

-pg

R16 // pg

HER in 2D //
HOMEFRONT in 2D

Cinema 4 CLOSED for


renovation upgrade

STARTING OVER
AGAIN in 2D

r13-R16

-pg

THREE DAYS TO KILL in 2D s/ ROBOCOP in 2D


WINTERS TALE in 2D
LEGO THE MOVIE
RESERVED

THE GRAND PIANO


in 2D

LEGO in 2D // THE
BOOK THIEF in 2D

NON-STOP in 2D
R-13

PG

-pG

RESERVED

GRAND PIANO

NON - STOP in 2D

NON -STOP

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

THE THIRD EYE in 2D

HER in 2D

Feb. 28, 2014

Jonalyn Viray

8:00 PM

Mar 15, 2014

Sam Concepcion

8:00 PM

Mar 21, 2014

Jeremy Passion

8:00 PM

June 21, 2014

Sabado Boys

8:00 PM

Mar. 15, 2014

Arnaldo Inosentes New York Cabaret

8:00 PM

Mar. 21, 2014

Golden Screen Awards

8:00 PM

Mar. 26, 2014

JIL

8:00 PM

Mar. 29, 2014

May Banawa

8:00 PM

NON - STOP in 2D
STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

NON - STOP in 2D

NINJA 2: SHADOW OF A TEAR in 2D

GARAND PIANO in 2D

NON -STOP in 2d

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D


ROBOCOCOP in 2D
NINJA 2 / SHADOW OF TEARS
ESCHA TRILOGY: BOOK OF THE DEAD ZOMBIE

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

THE THIRD EYE in 2D

LITTLE BIR ZONNBIE s/ THREE DAYS TO HIKK

KABARO

APOCALIPTOS

THE THIRD EYE in 2D

THE THIRD EYE in 2D

NON - STOP in 2D

POMPEII in 2D
UNFREND in 2D

NINJA 2: SHADOW OF TEAR in 2D


STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

GRAND PIANO - PG

HER R-16
STARTING OVER AGAIN - PG
3 DAYS TO KILL R-13
THE BOOK THIEF/*POMPEII Both PG

NON - STOP in 2D

NON-STOP R-13

NON - STOP in 2D
THE THIRD EYE in 2D
RESERVED

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D


STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D
THE THIRD EYE in 2D
NON - STOP in 2D

NON - STOP in 2D
STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D
THE THIRD EYE in 2D

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D


GARAND PIANO in 2D
NON - STOP in 2D

NON - STOP in 2D
STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

NON - STOP in 2D

LEGO THE MOVIE

NON - STOP in 2D

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

GRAN PIANO in 2D
NON - STOP in 2D

JACK RYAN
LEGO THE MOVIE

NON - STOP in 2D
STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D


RESERVED
RESERVED

STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D


THE THIRD EYE in 2D
NINJA 2: SHADOW OF TEAR in 2D

47 RONIN
WINTER TALE
STARTING OVER AGAIN in 2D
RESERVED

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SECTOR SEVEN

MORGUE

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Liam Neeson Mimics Idol


Manny Pacquiao On Live TV
By JECELYN V. MACAHINDOG

iam Neeson is a
proud fan of Manny Pacquiao, which
was why he accepted the role of narrator for
Manny, a documentary
that chronicles the life story
of the eight-division champion boxer-politician.
Neeson spoke fondly
of Pacquiao during his recent appearance on ABCs
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
What a boxer he is.
Hes one of the greatest
(boxers), the Taken star
said.

LIAM NEESON on Jimmy Kimmel Live!


(Screengrab from YouTube)

Youre a fan of his, I guess, said


show host Jimmy Kimmel

Neeson retorted, I have been (a


fan) for many, many years.
The Academy Award nominee then
shared a fan moment.
After I narrated our film, the producers sent me a little e-mail, a little
film footage of Manny saying into cam
(mimics Pacquiao), Hello Liam, I look
forward to meeting you.
He proudly said, (And) Im showing it to everybody.
Hes (a) fantastic boxer (and that
is what made me accept the narrating
gig), revealed Neeson.
Kimmel, who also participated in
Manny, is thrilled to become costars with Neeson.
You were the narrator and Im
just talking for like five seconds in it
but I feel like were co-stars, Kimmel
said in jest.
Manny, directed by Academy
Award-winner Leon Gast (When We
Were Kings) and Fil-Am Ryan Moore,
hits Philippine theaters on March 12.
It will premiere at the South by
Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in
Austin, Texas, which will run from
March 7 to 15.

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Pinoy Films And The Oscar Fever


By JECELYN V. MACAHINDOG

s the world watches the Oscar


race reach fever pitch, Filipinos have also been quite interested to see which Hollywood
films would get the critics nod and the
golden statue to boot.
We have also tried to get in on the
action a few times before. This year,
with high hopes, a local committee
picked Hannah Espias Transit as the
countrys entry to the highly competitive
Best Foreign Language Film category of
the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
Transit named Best Film at the
2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Fes-

tivals New Breed category may have


failed to earn a slot in the list of nominees but it has nevertheless showcased
Filipino creativity and artistry.
Our Road to the Oscars has
been long and hard, and yet to lead
us to victory or at least a chance to
compete but we have never lacked
in trying.
Here is a refresher of the past
Philippine bets to the Oscars Foreign
Language Film category and the actual
winners that emerged best.
Ploning (Director: Dante
Nico Garcia)
A romantic family drama film

Its Cool To Be Beautiful

FASHION PULIS
mike lim

ll things being equal, it is


generally the pretty ones
who, almost always, get
the best of perks. In other
words, they are just more fortunate
than others.
A network launched a big event
in a popular region abroad where,
as expected, several of its stars performed.
Pretty Star (PS) did a sexy dance
number before a mixed congregation
of Filipinos and local businessmen,
including a Son of A Big-league Businessman (SB) who went on to fall for
her charms.
So enamored was SB that he instructed the floor director to give PS
his business card.
However, PS did not call.
Disappointed but definitely not
dissuaded, SB called the networks
Big Boss (BB) requesting to meet PS
for dinner.
PS was not one to say no to BB.
She reportedly called SB herself,
agreeing to a dinner.
At the dinner, PS brought two
friends along but they eventually went
home ahead of her.
The following day, PS was spotted
back in the hotel smiling like a little
kid who had just been given the most
generous of gifts.
And why not?
She had three branded bags,
clothes and a pair of new earrings
(who knows if theres cash as well) all
for a single night of fun and pleasure.
Awesome!
The soul which has no fixed
purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere is to be nowhere. Michel de
Montaigne

among his newfound investments.


His wealth, of course, was not
produced overnight. The public was
witness to how HH worked hard: Appearing nonstop in one teleserye after
another; performing in variety shows;
and endorsing numerous products.
One time, HH asked one of his assistants to make a bank transaction
for him. Unfortunately, at the bank,
the assistant was met by a tactless
employee who blurted, Isnt your
boss gay?
The assistant told HHs mother
about it and none too soon she was
in the bank to file a complaint against
the employee. In fact, she didnt leave
the bank until the employee was
suspended.
Was the mother merely being
protective of her son? Or is she being
a tad too defensive? Did she overreact
to the comment?
While HHs sexuality has always
been in question, even prior to establishing a big name in the biz, no
evidence has surfaced to prove such.
HHs network continues to pair
him with several hot young actresses,
hyping him as a stud of sorts.
Typical of the way his network
handles issues concerning their
prized talents, HH was never made
to answer to the rumors.
I thought about how there are two
types of secrets: The kind you want to
keep in, and the kind you dont dare to
let out. Ally Carter, Dont Judge
a Girl by Her Cover

based on a popular Cuyonon song of the


same title. It tells the story of a mans
search for his Ploning, a woman who
is mysteriously in love with another
childhood sweetheart. Ploning, as revealed in the story, is one bittersweet
source of selfless love.
Winner (2009): Departures,
Japan, directed by Yojiro Takita
Noy (Director: Dondon Santos)
The story revolves around two
Noys. One is a struggling TV journalist assigned to come up with a
documentary on the 2010 Philippine
national elections; the other, senator
Benigno Noynoy Aquino III, the top
presidential contender, the formers
namesake he has to follow around during the campaign trail.
Winner (2010): The Secret in
Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos),
Argentina, directed by Juan Jos Campanella

Grandfather Is Dead (Ded


Na Si Lolo) (Director: Soxy
Topacio)
Narrated from the point of
view of a child named Bobet,
this is a story of a large family
divided by issues but is united
by the death of the family patriarch. However, a bunch of
superstitions about the dead
get in the way of the familys grief.
Winner (2011): In a Better World,
Denmark, directed by Susanne Bier
The Woman in the Septic Tank (Ang
Babae sa Septic Tank)
(Director: Marlon Rivera)
A comedy about three ambitious,
passionate but misguided filmmakers
who are dead set in making an Oscarworthy film, shooting at the Payatas
dumpsite. They soon come face to face
with the real effects of their subject.
Winner (2012): A Separation,

A SCENE from Transit

Iran, directed by Asghar Farhadi


Bwakaw (Director: Jun Lana)
This film stars veteran actor Eddie
Garcia and a dog named Bwakaw. It
tells the story of an old gay man, afraid
to come out of the closet, awaiting
his death with only a stray dog for
companion.
Winner (2013): Amour, Austria,
directed by Michael Haneke
The 2014 Oscars awarding ceremony is on March 2.

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Her Defensive
(Or Protective?) Effort
After years of taking on projects
left and right, Hardworking Hunk
(HH) is reaping the financial gains
of his loyalty to his network, with a
huge building in a commercial district

(Illustration by Rod Caalita)

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BALTIC & CO.

by Roni Santiago

TOK & MOL

by William Contreras

PUPUNG

by Tonton Young

IPENUTS

by Felipe dela Cruz

LOLO SPORT

by Paolo Simbulan

I-2

CALLOUS

by Carlo Jose San Juan MD

NORMANS ISLAND

by Norman Isaac

IMBOY

by Nio Balita

VITAMIN D

by Darwin Perez

WORKAHOLIC

by Ishamar Mangaser

BOKSWAGON

KOKOY

POTPOURRI

by P'Casis

by Bok Hong

by Rommel J. Estanislao

ANSWER TO SUPER CROSSWORD

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CHOPSTICKS

by Fred Wagner

Sunday, March 2, 2014

HI and LOIS

by William Contreras

by Brian and Greg Walker

IMBOY

AHA HULE

by Stanley Chi

I-3

by Nio Balita

by GrecoM

SISIW

NORMANS ISLAND

BOTCHOG

by Eugene Cubillo

LIFE IN PROGRESS

by Julius Villanueva

by Mike de Leon

by Norman Isaac

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I-5

Broadcasters Misuse Filipino

And Other Musings On TV

moviegoer
NESTOR
CUARTERO

UST A THOUGHT: The way to


get started is to quit talking and
begin doing. Walt Disney

PIOLO AND IZA NEXT: Luck


has struck twice for Piolo Pascual
and Iza Calzado, whose two films
together fetched more than gold at
the box office.
While not a loveteam in the
strict sense (Iza appears as the
third wheel in both films), their
partnership seems to wield a
magic wand. In Milan, Iza
played Piolos wife, who went
missing in Italy. The mystery of her loss
became the subject of the film.
Now comes blockbuster hit Starting Over Again where Iza once more
plays the third angle between Piolos
character and that of Toni Gonzagas.
Piolo and Iza make a unique, highvoltage combination that lights up the
screen, face for face, height for height,
talent for talent.
A film starring the two of them and
centers on their characters might be a
good idea for Star Cinema. How about
the story of previously or unhappily
married people, lovers when they were
in college, who get together at a certain
point, a crossroad, in their lives?

babes.
GMK host Daniel
Razon hopes that by
launching Usapang Bata, the
art of ventriloquism can add
variety to the
show.
I caught
a recent episode wherein
Wa n l u a n d
Nicolo talked
about CCTV
cameras and the
benefits afforded
by the countrys
senior citizens. Nicolo usually ups
the humor level
by always playing
a trick or two on his
Tito Wanlu.
Wa n l u c r e d i t s
WANLU and Kuya Daniel Razon pick the nutty brains of puppet
Ferdie Aguas and
Nicolo on the set of Good Morning Kuya! on UNTV
John Eric Deocampo as those who help him turn a seriUSAPANG BATA: Ventriloquist, pupous topic into a funny yet informative
peteer and Talentadong Pinoy Hall of
ventriloquial act.
Famer Wanlu recently unveiled a new
GMK airs Mondays to Fridays, 4
weekly segment on Good Morning
to 7:30 a.m.
Kuya (GMK) on UNTV.
Meanwhile, Wanlu holds a new seEvery Tuesday, Wanlu and his witty
ries of puppetry exhibits, with stops at
puppet Nicolo talk about stuff and
Resorts World Manila on March 21-23,
sundry in a segment dubbed Usapang
Alphaland Southgate Mall onMarch 25Bata. The segment should be subtitled,
27, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown
From the nutty, naughty mouth of
Mall in April.

BROADCASTERS MISUSE FILIPINO: Regular reader Renato E. Eje


of Batangas City, who claims to having
witnessed the golden era of Philippine
TV, says local news anchors are doing
a disservice to the national language by
not observing the proper rules of grammar and sentence construction.
He cites the following examples
of correct grammar in Filipino, which
broadcasters should emulate: Dalawang bata, nalunod sa paglalangoy;
babae, namatay sa panganganak; lola,
napilay sa pagtalon sa hagdan.
Eje, a retired banker and now a fulltime televiewer, also wants to remind
radio and TV networks to launch on
cam only those broadcasters who are
fully equipped for the part. Todays TV
news programs, he says, are littered
with reporters who cant speak well
(bulol), thin-voiced, or with eye defect.
Gone, he says, are the quality voices
of former broadcasters such as Eddie
Ilarde, Bobby Ledesma, Leila Benitez,
Helen Vela, et al. In those days, you
cant find a broadcaster who cant speak
properly, or doesnt have the voice for
broadcasting.
Eje also laments the proliferation of
singers who cant sing on TV. Filipinos
high standard for good quality singers has
gone way below mediocrity, he writes.
Mediocrity, he laments, is indeed the
accepted standard today. And, I bet you,
it holds true most everywhere, and not
only in the TV business.

BY THE WAY Top-rating series


Got To Believe (G2B) winds up its TV
run on March 7. The shows success
has only further cemented the reputation of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn
Bernardo as the king and queen of teen
stars. Kathryn isnt about to give up her
queenship, saying in an interview that
shes not ready for kissing scenes, the
better to preserve her wholesome image. Kathryn and Daniel are doing two
films after closing down G2B.
Its surreal seeing the big stars of
ABS-CBN gracing the screens of GMA
whenever its time for TV commercials.
The Kapamilya stars dominate the
endorsement industry, encroaching
airtime of competition.
Vhong Navarros ex-wife, former
actress Bianca Lapus, is doing a commendable job defending the actor embroiled in two rape charges. Vhong and
Bianca have remained friends despite
the collapse of their marriage, providing
a good example on how ex-couples can
move on after marriage.
Two other Bongs are very much in
the news (no thanks to the 10-billion
peso pork barrel scam), Bong Revilla
and Bongbong Marcos. While the inquiry is ongoing, Bong Revilla and family are taking a religious pilgrimage to
the Holy Land.
(nescuar@yahoo.com)

The Secret Behind Regine Tolentinos Dancing Stamina


500 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D3.
It also has 40 mcg of Vitamin K.

Autodesk Software Invades Hollywood

SCUTTLEBUTT
SHIRLEY
MATIAS-PIZARRO

ctor-model and brand new author of Your Dream Body Come


True, Edward Mendez, has a
book-signing session on March 8,
3 p.m. at the National Book Store, Glorietta
1 in Makati. Those who love his Eat More,
Exercise Less philosophy are surely going
to enjoy meeting Edward up close. The
resident fitness consultant of Belo Sexy Solutions, Edward is also the favorite fitness
expert of some celebrities and socialites.
Tres Marias, composed of Lolita Carbon (of the iconic 70s group Asin), Bayang
Barrios (world music stalwart of the 80s
and 90s), and Cooky Chua (of Color It Red)
have recorded an album together under
Curve Entertainment. The CD contains
the trios take on Wika, Bakit Ba Ganyan, Kung Ayaw Mo Na Sa Akin, Kung
Tayoy Magkakalayo, Ayoko Na Sa Yo,
and Sana.
Diane Ventura, who wowed us last year
with her short film TheRapist, is currently
in the country and in the thick of directing
her first feature film, Awake. Diane wants
to enter the film in foreign festivals. She also
wants it shown in local theaters.

Regine Tolentino has been dancing for


as long as she can remember. Name any
dance form and she has likely immersed
in it. No doubt, the young mother and wife
truly deserves the title Dance Diva.
A former MTV VJ, Regines career has
taken many forms over the years. She tried
acting and made a few films before establishing herself as a successful TV host. But
more than anything, Regine gained
a huge following as a dancer and
dance instructor.
Strong bones, good
posture and a ton of confidence are fundamental
to becoming a graceful
dancer. No one knows
this more than the dancing goddess who, at 35
years old, still has the
moves, thanks to her
strict health regimen that
includes taking calcium
supplements to maintain
optimal bone strength.
I take Vitamins
C, E, B-Complex,
and fish oil. I also
get my calcium by
taking CalChews,
Regine shares, happy about the calcium
supplements chocolate
and caramel flavors in
chewy candy that
she loves. CalREGINE TOLENTINO
Chews contains

The biggest Hollywood movies nowadays make use of digital artistry and proof
is in this years list of Oscar nominees.
Eight out of the nine best picture
nominees (12 Years a Slave, American
Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity,
Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and
The Wolf of Wall Street) boast of using
Autodesk.
In the Best Visual Effects category, all
five film nominees Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man
3, The Lone Ranger and Star Trek Into
Darkness also used Autodesk.
Autodesk also played a huge role in
the creation of a number of other movies
nominated this year, including those with
Best Animated Feature nods like The
Croods, Despicable Me 2, Frozen,
and The Wind Rises; and Best Animated
Short Film nominees like Get a Horse,
Mr. Hublot, and Room on a Broom.
This year has been especially gratifying. Not only is it the 19th consecutive year
Autodesk software has enabled Academy
nominated filmmakers to push the boundaries of what is possible by enabling them
to tell stories that just would not be possible practically, explains Chris Bradshaw,
Autodesk senior vice president.
But Autodesk staff were also recognized by the Academy for two of the
technologies they developed, and were instrumental in helping Mark Gill bring The
Voorman Problem, to the big screen. We
are delighted to be such an integral part of
innovative filmmaking, Bradshaw adds.
Every year, the Academy hosts a special awards ceremony two weeks before
the Oscars to recognize the discoveries
and innovations that have contributed in
significant, outstanding and lasting ways
to motion pictures.
The Academy honored Autodesk
Mudbox, a 3D sculpting software, with an
Academy Certificate for its powerful new
design capabilities and its contribution to
multi-resolution digital sculpting.
Additionally, the Academy
awarded FiLMBOX, the foundation of Autodesk MotionBuilder, with an Academy
Plaque for its innovative
architecture that was the
basis for the development and evolution of
virtual production.
Autodesk scientists, designers and
technologies have been
similarly recognized five
times in past Scientific
and Technology awards ceremonies.

A DIGITALLY enhanced image from the movie Star Trek Into Darkness

Beep. The retro-styled, colorful video,


which uses computer-generated imagery,
is already Top 20 at the MYX Countdown.
Acoustic-rocker Kaligtas video for
their latest single Ikaw Pa Rin, shot on
location in the historic Wawa Dam in Montalban, Rizal, is also out. It is their followup
to Broken Heart.
Boyband Take Off, product of ABSCBNs The X-Factor Philippines, also has
a video for their single Natotorpe Ako,
featuring another Curve talent, TV & indie
movie actress Hazel Faith Dela Cruz.
The Basta Masaya Ka video from
alt-rockers Kilos is set in the UP Diliman
grounds where the story happened.

Curve Entertainment
Brand New Music Videos
Four brand-new videos from Curve
Entertainments resident talents are
making waves at your favorite music channels nowadays. Host and
singer-songwriter K.A. Antonio just
released her latest music video for

Yellow Magenta Cyan

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TVGuide

Sunday, March 2, 2014

your everyday guide to local television and cable TV.

Local Channels

ABS-CBN 2 6:00 a.m. The Healing


Eucharist 7:00 Kabuhayang Swak Na
Swak 7:30 Salamat Dok 8:30 X-Men
8:55 Blade 9:20 Matanglawin 10:00
NBA 12:15 p.m. ASAP 19 3:00 Luv
U 4:00 Buzz ng Bayan 5:30 TV Patrol
Weekend 6:00 Goin' Bulilit 7:00
Home Sweetie Home 8:00 Rated
K 9:00 Gandang Gabi Vice 10:00
Sundays Best 11:45 O Shopping
GMA 7 5:00 a.m. Jesus The Healer
6:00 In Touch With Dr. Charles Stanley
7:00 Scooby Doo! Mystery Inc. 7:30
Superbook Classic 8:00 Paddle Pop
Begins 8:30 Pororo 9:00 Aha! 9:30
Born To Be Wild 10:15 Kapuso Movie
Festival 12:00 p.m. Everyday Easy
12:15 Sunday All Stars 2:15 True
Horror Stories 5:00 I-Bilib 5:30 24
Oras Weekend 6:00 Kaps Amazing
Stories 6:30 Pepito Manaloto: Ang
Tunay na Kuwento 7:30 Kapuso Mo
Jessica Soho 9:15 Imbestigador 10:15
SNBO 12:00 a.m. Diyos At Bayan
ABS-CBN Sports and Action 7:00
a.m. Sports Unlimited 8:00 UEFA

Champions League 10:00 Movie


12:00 p.m. Top Rank Boxing 2:00
UAAP Womens Volleyball 6:00
Silver Surfer 6:30 NBA Action 7:00
NBA Primetime 9:00 UFC

Alamin 2:00 UAAP (LIVE) 6:00 Bingo


Pilipino 7:00 In This Corner 8:00 Paco
Park Presents 9:00 Special Report: Ulat
ni Eroll Dacame 9:45 Philippine Lotto
Draw 10:00 The Weekend News

TV 5 5:00 a.m. Balitang 60 6:00


Sunday TV Mass 7:00 Power To Unite
7:30 Yin Yang YO 8:00 Kick Buttowski
8:30 The Misadventures of FlapJack
9:00 Regular Show 9:30 Powerpuff
Girls Z 10:00 Sym-bionic Titan
10:30 Generator Rex 11:00 Philip
Lifestyle Guy 12:00 p.m. Sunday
Sineplex 2:00 Video Incredible 4:30
PBA Games 7:00 Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire? 8:00 Wow Mali Pa Rin 9:00
The Mega and the Songwriter 10:00
Pilipinas News 10:30 Sporterrific

ETC ON RPN 9 6:00 a.m. Extra


6:30 OMG! Insider 7:00 Star Crossed
8:00 The Originals 9:00 Vampire
Diaries 10:00 Glee 11:00 Whats
Your Number? 1:00 p.m. Extra 1:30
Insider 2:00 Ravenswood 5:00 Super
Fun Night 5:30 2 Broke Girls 6:00 The
Carrie Diaries 7:00 Americas Next Top
Model 9:00 American Idol (Season 13)
12:00 a.m. The Originals 1:00 Beauty
And The Beast 2:00 Vampire Diaries
3:00 Glee 4:00 The Carrie Diaries
5:00 Americas Next Top Model

PTV 5:00 a.m. Panahon.TV 7:00


The World Exposed 8:00 Talitha Kum
Healing Mass 9:00 Power to Unite with
Evira 9:30 Tele-Aralan ng Kakayahan
10:00 Buhay Pinoy 10:30 Agrikultura
ETC 11:00 Kusina Atbp. 11:30 Show
Up: Ang Bagong Game Show ng Bayan
12:30 p.m. Asenso Pinoy 1:00 Ating

2nd AVENUE ON RJTV 29 12:00


a.m. The Mindy Project 12:30 How
I Met Your Mother 1:00 Suburgatory
1:30 The Middle 2:00 Parenthood
3:00 Who Do You Think You Are?
4:00 Top Chef 5:00 The The
Screening Room 7:00 Up All Night
7:30 Whitney 8:00 Smash 9:00 RJ

Sunday Jam 12:00 p.m. The Ellen


Degeneres Show 1:00 Top Chef 2:00
The Screening Room 4:00 Up All Night
4:30 Whitney 5:00 Web Therapy 5:30
The Mindy Project 6:00 Suburgatory
6:30 Inside Edition 7:00 ET Weekend
8:00 Hart Of Dixie 9:00 How I Met
Your Mother 9:30 Modern Family
10:00 Parenthood 11:00 ET Weekend
SOLAR NEWS CHANNEL 6:00 a.m.
The Talk 7:00 Anderson Live 8:00
NBC Nightly News Weekend 8:30
Inside Edition Weekend 9:00 Medtalk
9:30 Today Show Weekend 11:30
Legal Help Desk 12:00 p.m. Medtalk
12:30 News Cafe 1:00 The Talk 2:00
Today's Talk 3:00 The Tonight Show
With Jay Leno 4:00 Undercover Boss
5:00 Inside Edition Weekend 5:30
NBC Nightly News Weekend 6:00
Anderson Live 7:00 What I See 8:00
Undercover Boss 9:00 Top Gear
10:00 Today Show Weekend 11:00
Today's Talk 12:00 a.m. Late Show
With David Letterman 1:00 The
Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2:00
Undercover Boss 3:00 Titans 4:00

Anderson Live 5:00 Today Show


IBC 13 7:00 a.m. Family TV Mass
8:00 Kerygma TV 9:00 Oras Ng
Katotohanan 10:00 Chinatown 11:00
Sabong TV 12:00 p.m. Tipong Pinoy
1:00 Cooltura 1:30 Tipong Pinoy
2:00 Ez Shop 4:00 Balay Tirahan
Kanlungan 6:00 Sa Tabi Ng Inang
Lawa/Tipong Pinoy 7:00 Gov @ Work
8:00 Cooltura 9:00 A Taste Of History
10:00 Cooltura 10:30 Rehabilitation
Of Banaue Rice Terraces/Tipong Pinoy
11:30 Cooltura 12:00 a.m. El Shaddai
GMA NEWS TV 6:00 a.m. Life Giver
6:30 The Healthy Life 7:00 Diyos At
Bayan 8:00 Ka-Blog 8:45 Life Funniest
Moments 9:30 News Tv All Sports
11:00 Sarap With Family 11:15 Sports
Pilipinas 12:00 p.m. Balitanghali 12:45
Inves Docu 2:00 Philippine Book Of
Records 2:30 Pop Talk 3:30 Sunday
Screening 4:45 Stan Lees Superhumans
5:45 Ang Pinaka... 6:30 Idol Sa Kusina
7:15 Sanay Muling Makapiling 8:00 Reel
Time 10:00 Motorcycle Diaries 11:00
I-Witness 12:00mn Jesus The Healer

Tough Women In Govt Offices Probed

eteran broadcast journalist Che Che


Lazaro puts the spotlight on four
tough Filipinas in the government
Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, Ombudsman
Conchita Carpio-Morales, Justice Secretary
Leila de Lima, and Internal Revenue Chief
Kim Henares this Sunday (March 2) in
CHECHE LAZARO PRESENTS: PALIBHASA
BABAE in celebration of the International
Womens Month.
All strong-willed lawyers, the four
have been earning praises, as well as

criticisms for the decisions and judgment


calls they have made in their respective
offices.
In a sit-down one-on-one interview
with Lazaro, Sereno, Morales, De Lima,
and Henares share the burdens that
come with their very demanding jobs, the
challenges they currently face, and their
plans for their respective offices.
Sereno explains why being called a
dissenting minority chief justice does not
bother her. Morales shows how she instills

discipline in the Office of the Ombudsman,


while De Lima talks about keeping her
independence while being an alter ego
of the president. Henares, who has been
tirelessly filing tax evasion cases in court,
confirms the rumor about how she turned
down a request for assistance by a relative
of her husband.
CHECHE LAZARO PRESENTS:
PALIBHASA BABAE airs this Sunday
after Gandang Gabi Vice on ABS-CBNs
Sundays Best.

Cable Channels
AXN 6:00 a.m. Blue Bloods 8:30 EBuzz
9:00 The Amazing Race 9:50 72 Hours
10:40 Caught Red Handed 12:40 p.m.
The International 2:45 Hawaii Five-0
3:40 Sherlock 5:30 CSI 6:20 Caught
On Camera 8:10 72 Hours 9:05 Hawaii
Five-0 10:00 CSI 10:55 CSI: NY
11:50 Bloopers 1:40 a.m. 72 Hours
2:30 Hawaii Five-0 3:20 Blue Bloods
beTV 6:00 a.m. Sex And The City 8:00
Sweet Home Alabama 9:00 Platinum Hit
10:00 Top Chef Masters 10:55 Chuck
12:40 p.m. Teen Wolf 2:20 Sweet Home
Alabama 3:10 Flipping Out 4:00 Fashion
Hunters 4:50 The Rachel Zoe Project 5:40
Face Off 6:30 Teen Wolf 8:10 Platinum
Hit 9:00 Nashville 9:50 Top Chef Masters
10:40 Sweet Home Alabama 11:30
Nashville 12:20 a.m. Chuck 2:00 Teen
Wolf 4:00 Sex And The City
HBO 9:05 a.m. Munich 11:45 Flight
2:05 p.m. War Horse 4:30 Hugo 6:35
The Help 9:00 True Detective S106:
Haunted Houses 10:00 Argo 12:00 a.m.
American Beauty 2:00 Philadelphia 4:10
Unforgiven 6:15 The Iron Lady
MAX 6:00 a.m. Blood Work 8:00 Dragon
Dynasty 9:45 The Master Of Disguise
11:15 Devour 12:45 p.m. The Craft
2:30 Population 436 4:00 High School
High 5:30 The Postman 8:25 Hush
10:00 Hard Target 11:40 Strike Back
S301: 12:25 a.m. Strike Back S302:
1:10 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
2:45 Rumpelstiltskin 4:15 The Beguiled
STAR MOVIES 12:30 a.m. Titanic
Part 2 1:20 Safe Haven 3:15 The
Paperboy 5:00 Hide And Seek 6:40
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
9:55 The Possession 11:30 Safe
1:10 p.m. The Darkest Hour 2:45
Pretty Woman 4:45 Wreck-It Ralph
6:30 The Karate Kid 9:00 Bullet To
The Head 10:45 Bruce Almighty
STAR CHINESE MOVIES 1:20 a.m.
Dont Go Breaking My Heart 3:20
Chungking Express 5:05 Needing You
6:55 God of Cookery 8:30 The Viral
Factor 10:40 The Legend Is Born: Ip
Man 12:25 p.m. The Concubine 1:55
Kung Fu Mahjong 3:40 Welcome to
Shama Town 5:20 The Pretty Women
6:55 Nekonade 8:25 Movie 10:20 Movie
DIVA UNIVERSAL 6:00 a.m. The
Good Wife 8:50 Covert Affairs 10:40
Like Dandelion Dust 12:35 p.m. Law
& Order 3:20 Camp 4:15 Merlin 6:05
Chicago Fire 7:00 Lxtv 8:00 Downton
Abbey 9:00 Law & Order 9:50 Law
& Order 11:40 Lxtv 12:35 a.m. The
Mindy Project 1:05 Suits 2:00 The
Seven Year Hitch 3:55 October Baby
CINEMA ONE 1:00 a.m. Kokak 3:00
Alyas Totoy 5:00 Family Tree 7:00
Ikaw Lamang Wala Ng Iba 9:00 Pera
O Bayong (Not Da TV) 11:00 RPG
Metanoia 1:00 p.m. Cinemanews 2:00
Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak 4:00 Ang Tanging
Ina Nyong Lahat 6:00 Every Breath You
Take 8:00 Alagwa 10:00 Astig
CINEMAWORLD 6:00 a.m. Black Sea
7:40 Babycall 9:15 Who Killed Little
Red Riding Hood? 12:45 p.m. Maria
Wern: Not Even The Past 2:20 A Boy
Called Dad 3:40 Mercy 5:50 4 Days
In May 7:25 Room 205 9:00 Will Not
Stop There 11:00 Jackpot 12:35 a.m.
Lessons In Chocolate 2:25 A Hijacking
4:20 Immediate Boarding
ESPN 1:55 a.m. Liga BBVA 6:00 Fox
Sports Central Week in Review 6:30
FIA World Touring Car Cship 7:00
MLB Regular Season 10:00 Baseball
Tonight Intl 11:00 Maxis Football
Extra 12:00 p.m. Masters Tournament
5:00 Maxis Football Extra 5:55 Liga
BBVA 8:00 Super Sunday 8:25
Barclays Premier League 10:30 Super
Sunday 10:55 Barclays Premier

E! POP OF CULTURE 12:00 a.m. Pop


Innovators: 1:00 E! ES: 3:00 E! News
4:00 E! Investigates Teen Suicide 5:00
Kate and Will: Happily Ever After 5:30
Style Star 6:00 E! News 7:00 E! ES:
8:00 Playing With Fire 9:00 Playing
With Fire 10:00 Fashion Police 11:00
E! THSC: 12:00 p.m. E! News 1:00
E! ES: 2:30 The Soup Investigates
3:00 A- List Listings 3:30 Celebrity
Style Story 4:00 Pop Innovators: 5:00
E! News 6:00 E! THS: 7:00 Hello
Ross 7:30 E! ES: 8:00 E! News 9:00
Fashion Police 10:00The Soup 10:30
Celebrity Style Story 11:00 E! ES:
STAR SPORTS 12:55 a.m. Liga Bbva
7:00 Copa Lagos Beach Soccer 8:00
SBK Superbike World Cship 10:00
Perspectives 30 for 30 11:10 SBK
Superbike World Cship 12:40 p.m. Planet
Speed 1:00 Dakar Rally 2:00 30 For 30
4:00 Liga Bbva 6:00 FIM Fmx World
Champs 6:55 Liga Bbva 9:00 Planet
Speed 9:30 30 For 30 11:30 La Liga Live
SOLAR SPORTS 12:00 a.m. Jai - Alai
1:00 BWF Badminton Magazine Show
1:30 WTA All Access 2:00 PGA Tour The
Honda Classic 7:00 ATP World Tour 250
Montpelier Sud De France 8:00 HSN 9:00
WTA All Access 9:30 Inside The PGA Tour
10:00 World Class Boxing 12:00 p.m.
Motoring Today 1:00 FIBA Asia 3:00
Elite Kickboxing 4:00 EUROLeague 6:00
World Class Boxing 8:00 WTA Dubai
Duty Free Tennis Cship 11:00 Inside
The PGA Tour 11:30 WTA All Access
LIFESTYLE 12:30 a.m. Food Essay
1:00 Mrs.. Eastwood And Company
1:30 Style By Jury 2:00 Lifestyle
Network Presents 4:00 PETA
Unplugged 4:30 The Great Food Truck
Race 5:30 My Shopping Addiction
6:30 Design Star 7:30 Million Dollar
Listing 8:30 Cupcake Wars 9:30
PETA Unplugged 10:00 Curiosity Got
The Chef 10:30 Marthas Cooking
School 11:00 Eat St. 11:30 Home
Cooking Made Easy 12:00 p.m. Million
Dollar Contractor 12:30 Interieurs
1:00 Design Star 2:00 Kitchen
Nightmares 3:00 Home Cooking Made
Easy 3:30 GOK Cooks Chinese 4:00
Chefscapades 5:00 The Newlyweds
6:00 Master Chef 7:00 Pioneer Woman
7:30 Home Cooking Made Easy 8:00
Food Essay 8:30 Hestons Feast 9:30
Two Greedy Italians 10:30 Lifestyle
Entertainment Special 11:30 Listed

Mellow Myx 11:30 Myx Sure Fire Hits


DISCOVERY CHANNEL 12:00 a.m.
Abalone Wars 1:00 The Detonators
2:00 You Have Been Warned 3:00
Colossal Squid 4:00 Toughest Military
Jobs 5:00 The Detonators 6:00
Naked Castaway 7:00 You Have
Been Warned 8:00 American Digger
8:30 Mean Machines 9:00 Howe &
Howe Tech 10:00 Dick N Dom Go
Wild! 10:30 Think Big 11:00 Get
Out Alive With Bear Grylls 12:00
p.m. Toughest Military Jobs 1:00
Lobstermen 2:00 Abalone Wars 3:00
Naked Castaway 4:00 The Detonators
5:00 Lobstermen 6:00 Auction
Hunters 7:00 American Digger 7:30
Mean Machines 8:00 Hell Roads 9:00
Abalone Wars 10:00 Get Out Alive With
Bear Grylls 11:00 Naked Castaway
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
12:00 a.m. Incredibly Small World
1:00 Taboo 1:50 Drugs Inc. 2:40
Prospectors 3:30 Nazi Megastructures
4:20 Born To Ride 5:10 Mega Factories
6:00 Megastructures 7:00 Prospectors
7:55 Street Food Around The World
8:50 None of the Above 9:45 Kung Fu
Motion 10:40 Scam City 11:35 Dog
Whisperer 1:25 a.m. Wild Swamplands
2:20 Incredibly Small World 3:15 Nazi
Megastructures 4:10 Born To Ride 5:05
None of the Above 6:00 Street Food
Around The World 6:30 Prospectors
7:30 Expedition Wild 8:30 Wild Hawaii
9:30 Wicked Tuna 10:30 Kung Fu
Motion 11:30 Scam City
A1 12:00mn Football Fever 12:30 a.m.
Shipwrecked 1:00 Fresh Air Crew 1:30
Dangerous Jobs 2:30 Expeditions to the
Edge 3:30 Adventures Of The Week 4:30
Total Adventure 5:00 Danger Diaries
6:00 Freeze Frame: An Arctic Adventure
6:30 Outlaw: The Real Ned Kelly 7:30
Dangerous Jobs 8:30 Expeditions To
The Edge 9:30 Adventures Of The Week
10:30 Total Adventure 11:00 Danger
Diaries 12:00nn Freeze Frame: An Arctic
Adventure 12:30 p.m. Outlaw: The Real
Ned Kelly 1:30 Dangerous Job 2:30
Expeditions To The Edge 3:30 Adventure
Of The Week 4:30 Total Adventure 5:00
Adventure Challenge 6:00 Freeze Frame:
An Arctic Adventure 6:30 Outlaw: The
Real Ned Kelly 7:30 Dangerous Jobs
8:30 Expeditions To The Edge 9:30
Adventure Of The Week 10:30 Total
Adventure 11:00 Danger Diaries

BASKETBALL TV 1:30 a.m. NBA in


30 2:00 NBA Regular Season 6:00
The Starters 7:00 NBA Gametime
8:00 NBA Inside Stuff 9:00 Shaqtin
A Fool 9:30 Marquee Matchup 11:30
NBA Regular Season 2:00 p.m. HSN
3:00 FIBA World Basketball 3:30 NBA
Action 4:00 EUROLeague 6:00 The
Starters 7:00 NBA Regular Season
9:30 NBA Gametime 10:30 FIBA World
Basketball 11:00 Shaqtin A Fool

ANIMAL PLANET 12:00 a.m.


Too Cute! 1:00 Americas Cutest
3:00 Untamed & Uncut 4:00 Freak
Encounters 6:00 The Most Extreme
7:00 Weird, True & Freaky 8:00
Untamed & Uncut 11:00 Call of the
Wildman: More Live Action! 1:00
p.m. Swamp Wars 4:00 Gator Boys:
Xtra Bites 8:00 Call of the Wildman:
Viva Live Action! 10:00 Gator Boys
11:00 Call of the Wildman

MTV PHILIPPINES 12:00 a.m. The


Playlist 1:00 After Hours 6:00 The
Playlist 1:30 p.m. The Playlist 2:30
Teen Cribs 3:00 The Playlist 3:30
Timeout 4:00 Pranked 4:30 Disaster
Date 7:00 The Hills 7:30 The City
10:00 Gimme 10 11:00 The Playlist

CARTOON NETWORK 12:00 a.m.


Chowder 1:00 Camp Lazlo 2:00 The
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3:00 The Amazing World Of Gumball
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6:30 Courage The Cowardly Dog 7:00
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& Jerry Show 9:00 Ninjago: Masters Of
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Lan 8:00 Team Umizoomi 8:30 Dora,


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SpongeBob SquarePants 10:00 Robot
& Monster 10:30 Little Spirou 11:00
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DISNEY CHANNEL 12:00 a.m. Zig
& Sharko 1:00 The Replacements
1:30 Stitch! 2:30 Fish Hooks 3:00
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The Sheep 6:30 Mickey Mouse And
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2:00 Boboiboy 2:30 Phineas & Ferb
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Mr. Bean: Animated Series 6:00 Phineas
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Bean - Live Action Series 10:30 Phineas
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ANIMAX 12:00 a.m. Shangri-La 2:00
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Cardfight!! Vanguard Asia Circuit 8:30
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Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan 2:00 p.m.
Animax Musix 2:30 Shangri-La 4:30
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Sket Dance 7:30 We Got Married 8:30
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 10:00
Space Dandy 11:00 Black Butler
HERO 12:00 a.m. Hero Theatrixx
2:00 Legend Of The Legendary Heroes
2:30 Ran The Samurai Girl 3:00
Yugioh GX 5:30 New Attacker You 6:00
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9:00 New Attacker You 9:30 New
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p.m. Yugioh GX 2:00 Trigun 4:30 New
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Axis Power 7:30 Ran The Samurai
Girl 8:00 Legend Of The Legendary
Heroes 8:30 My Hero Nation 9:00 Hero
Theatrixx 11:00 Gakuen Utopia Manabi
Straight 11:30 Ran The Samurai Girl
STAR WORLD 12:20 a.m. Trophy
Wife 1:30 Asias Next Top Model 2:15
The Carrie Diaries 3:00 Devious Maids
6:00 New Girl 7:40 Dads 8:30 Trophy
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11:00 Asias Next Top Model 11:50
American Idol (Season 13) 2:35 p.m.
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland 3:30
Revenge 4:20 Devious Maids 5:15
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US 8:45 American Idol (Season 13)
11:25 Asias Next Top Model
STAR PHOENIX 1:15 a.m.
Entertainment Kingdom 2:40 Interview
w/ Glitterati 3:10 Shuangxi Tiger
Symposium 4:05 Zoom In China 4:30
China Netcom Passion on China 5:10
Singer Profile 5:20 Oral History 6:00
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7:40 Belle Gourment 7:55 Weather
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8:25 China Forum 9:20 Weather
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Interview w/ Glitterati 10:30 Share w/
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11:25 Xiang Guo Advertizing Magazine
11:30 Oral History 12:10 p.m. Belle
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The World This Week 1:00 Shuangxi


Tiger Symposium 2:00 Entertainment
Kingdom 3:20 Sisys News 4:00
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7:00 China Netcom Passion on China
7:45 Inside Big Cases 8:30 Starface
9:00 Asian Journal 9:30 Weather
Forecast 9:35 A Date w/ Lu
ARIRANG 12:00 a.m. Showbiz Korea
1:00 Arirang News 1:15 Company
Close-Up 1:30 Pops In Seoul 2:00
Lovers 3:00 Arirang News 3:15
Edventure In Asia 4:00 Korea Top 10
5:00 The Innerview 6:00 Insight 7:00
Simply K-Pop 8:00 Rock On Korea 9:00
Lovers 10:00 Arirang Prime 11:00
Insight 12:00 p.m. Simply K-Pop 1:00
Korea Confidential With Paul Schenk
1:30 Destination Korea 2:00 Rock On
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5:00 Arirang News 5:15 100 Icons Of
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6:00 Simply K-Pop 7:00 Insight 8:00
Lovers 9:00 Arirang News 9:15 100
Icons Of Korean Culture 9:30 Quilt Your
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JACKTV 12:00 a.m. Glee 2:00
Americas Best Dance Crew 3:00
Futurama 3:30 Bobs Burger 4:00
Mad 5:00 The Simpsons 5:30 The
Cleveland Show 6:00 Unsupervised
6:30 Brickleberry 7:00 Family Guy 7:30
American Dad 8:00 Brand X with Russel
Brand 9:00 Defiance 10:00 American
Horror Story: Coven 11:00 Glee 12:00
p.m. Survivor: Blood vs. Water 2:00
Best Ink 4:00 The Big Bang Theory 4:30
Two And A Half Men 5:00 American
Horror Story: Coven 6:00 Revolution
7:00 Arrow 9:00 Defiance 10:00
Tomorrow People 11:00 Suits
PBO 1:30 a.m. Karanasan The Claudia
Zobel Story 3:30 Panabla 5:30 Erpat Kong
Forgets 7:30 Reyna 9:30 Pinoy Sports
Special 31 11:30 Reunited Part 1 1:30
p.m. Tusong Twosome 3:30 Pusoy Dos
5:30 Juan N Ted - Wanted 7:30 Ang Syota
Kong Balikbayan 9:30 Send In The Clowns
11:30 Mark Bautista: The Sound of Love
VELVET 12:00 a.m. Inside The Actors
Studio 1:00 Jersey Shore 2:00 Khloe
And Lamar 3:00 Made In Chelsea
4:00 RuPaul's Drag Race 5:00 House
of Lies 5:30 Nurse Jackie 6:00 90210
7:00 Got To Dance UK 8:00 The Soup
8:30 Ice Loves Coco 2:00 p.m. 90210
3:00 The Musketeer 5:00 Jersey
Shore 6:00 Got To Dance UK 7:00
Ice Loves Coco 7:30 All-Star Celebrity
Apprentice 9:30 The Good Wife 10:30
House of Lies 11:00 Blue Bloods
VIVA CHANNEL 12:30 am Starbiz
1:30 KaraOkray 2:30 Daily Top 10
3:30 Chillin with Chicser 4:00 The OPM
Show 5:00 Front Row 7:00 Exercise
8:00 Especially For You 9:00 Star Yayey
9:30 Petras Panniest 10:00 Daily Top
10 11:00 Rap Sessions 11:30 Starbiz
12:30 p.m. Popstar Diaries 1:00 The
OPM Show 2:00 Annebishowsa 2:30 The
Jon Santos Show 3:30 Popstar Diaries
Rewind 4:00 Especially For You 5:00
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7:00 Chillin with Chicser 7:30 Wapak
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10:30 Pantaxa 11:30 Especially For You
AUSTRALIA NETWORK 12:30 a.m.
Good Game SP 1:00 Four Corners 2:00
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News 5:30 The World This Week 6:00
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Focus 9:00 Insiders 10:00 Inside Business
10:30 Offsiders 11:00 AFL Toyota
Premiership 2:00 p.m. Sunday Lights
2:30 The World This Week 3:00 Insiders
4:00 Inside Business 4:30 Offsiders
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A Movie Producer Thats Very


Passionate In All His Endeavors

CELEBRITY WORLD
CRISPINA
MARTINEZ-BELEN

much hands-on as producer. The


movie, directed and starred in
by Ronnie Lazaro, is about an
OFWs family. More on this the
next time.

Got To Believe Fair At Makati Circuit

A whole-day event dubbed Best


e came to know Anthony
Fair Ever is being mounted today as a
V. Gedang as the producer
special treat to loyal followers of ABSof the indie movie Ataul
CBNs Got to Believe. (G2B)

for Rent; and before that,


To be held at Makati Circuit, the fair
Sylvia Sanchez Preparing
Casa, which starred Asia Agcaoili.
offers a special concert, rides, games
For Lesbian Role
and lots of surprises.
Little did we know that theres more
It starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
to Anthony, or Tonet as his friends call
Multi-awarded actress Sylvia
Each ticket costs R500 and it comes with
him.
Sanchez is seriously preparing
a G2B Army kit and an access pass to
Tonet is also actually an active enviherself, physically and emotiontwo carnival rides, photobooth and the
ronmentalist who could be credited for
ally, for her forthcoming role as a
G2B Concert.
having exerted effort to clean up (though
lesbian in a Chito Roo movie for
Other highlights of the fair include
not fully yet) the Pasig River.
Star Cinema. She has now taken
the search for Chichay and Joaquin
He shared, Malaki na ang iginanda
to jogging, boxing and dieting.
Kalokalike, as with an auction of
at ikinalinis ng Pasig River. Ang comSylvia, who plays mother
to Jodi Sta. Marias character
Chichays paintings and various things
pany ko (EnviroKonsult) ang humihigop
Maya on ABS-CBNs Be Careof Joaquin.
ng lahat ng septic tanks sa Metro Manila
ful With My Heart, revealed
G2B is on its last week.
for 15 years already.
that she actually auditioned for
Tonet also has a watershed in Buthe role of a stand-up comedi
lacan planted with more than 20,000
enne whos also a lesbian and
Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings
trees.
mother of a special child portoday, March 2, go to Cocoy Laurel,
Tonets other company, Watrayed by John Lloyd Cruz.
Paquita Revilla, Alice Cuazon, ReterKonsult, signed a MemShe will have her hair cut
becca Guinto, Dr. Hermie M. Isaac,
orandum of Agreement
short for the role.
Monette Guevara, Dick E. Orense,
(MoA) sometime ago with
ANTHONY V. GEDANG, Most Outstanding Alumnus of Adamson University
Sylvia may be busy but
Danny Mangahas, Ferdie Salinas,
the Local Water Utilities
she certainly makes time to
twins Manny Calanno and Mike CalanAdministration (LWUA)
monitor her son Arjo Ataydes career
no, Romeo A. Milan, Jenny Ella Juico,
Board chairman Rene
gusto kong gawin...
net said,
development.
Danny Cabulay, Nini Alvero, Nicollo
C. Villa for the impleHe has also been recognized for his
Hindi
Arjo has actually won nominations
Paulo Quizon, Jonathan Rochelle
mentation of a training
bonsai plants.
a k o
and awards after starting his showbiz
Rzje, Mary Ann Macahindogcourse in leak detecTonet invests a lot of passion in all of
ipinancareer some two years ago.
Dela Cruz, Chris A. Datol,
tion and reduction of
his endeavors. At the moment, he is busy
ganak
So what advice does Sylvia
Mark Anthony Lara and
so-called non-revenue
with his third film effort, where he is very
na mayagive to her son? I always advise
PPL talent Gabby Eigenwater. This shall be ofm
a
n
,
I

m
him
to
be
professional,
to
be
mann
fered to the water district
TONET GEDANG with his
a self-made
punctual and to show respect to
free of charge for a period of
rare antique collection
man. I graduated
everybody on the set, even the
one year, in line with the objective
from Adamson Uniutility people. Huwag maof helping conserve and sustain the
versity but finished my MBA
mimili, mahalin lahat ng
countrys water resources.
at Ateneo de Manila. I started in sales.
tao sa set para mahalin
Tonet is also a collector of rare
And I trained salesmen to be master
din siya. At mahalin
antiques, artifacts and historic items
salesmen. I made a Chinese hardware
niya ang trabaho
housed in his own museum in his house
store into a multi-million company. So
niya, huwag siin Quezon City. 30 percent of his prized
when I put up my own company it was
yang pasaway.
collections are now on exhibit at Adeasy and smooth sailing...
Naniniwala
amson University, where he earned his
When not so engrossed with busikasi ako na kaCommerce degree.
ness, Tonet writes books. I also write
hit gaano ka kaThe university bestowed Tonet the
poetry, I can finish one poem in five to
galing kung pasMost Outstanding Alumnus Award last
10 minutes. Im 52 and Im in my most
away ka, aayawan
year. He was also the commencement
creative stage at the moment. Ganyan
ka. Kahit hindi ka kaspeaker.
siguro kung happy at wala kang probgalingan, pero mabait
Tonet loves to travel. I usually spend
lema. May apo na rin kami ng wife ko
at professional ka, mas
seven months a year traveling to foreign
(the second they were expecting at the
gugustuhin ng mga tao...
lands where I acquire my collections,
time of our interview). Kumpleto na ang
So far, Arjo has been followhe said.
SYLVIA SANCHEZ
DANIEL PADILLA and Kathryn Bernardo
buhay ko so ginagawa ko na ang mga
ing her advice.
He may be well-off now but To-

Kim Rodriguez Now Feels At Ease With Dad


By MICHAEL JOE T. DELIZO

GRAND OPENING. Silver Oaks Suites and Hotel opens its doors to the public
on March 6. Former Miss International Melanie Marquez and Bb. Pilipinas-World 2010
Czarina Gatbonton, together with several Manila politicians and Department of Tourism dignitaries, will grace the event. Silver Oaks Suites and Hotel is located at 1520 A.
Mabini St., Ermita, Manila.

Paying Tribute To Michael


Martinez And Osang Fostanes

ariety show ASAP 19


will pay tribute today to
Olympian figure skater
Michael Martinez and
The X Factor Israel grand winner Osang Fostanes.
Aside from celebrating the two
Pinoy champs, ASAP 19 also
kicks off the month of March with
a romantic treat from Got To
Believe stars Kathryn Bernardo
and Daniel Padilla, along with
Manilyn Reynes, Benjie Paras,
Ian Veneracion, and Carmina
Villaroel.
Starting Over Again lead
stars Piolo Pascual and Toni
Gonzaga and Annaliza fatherdaughter tandem
Zanjoe Marudo and Andrea Brillantes,
will also
render
special
n u m bers.
MICHAEL
A n CHRISTIAN
MARTINEZ
other highlight is the
most requested
musical collaboration between Sarah Geronimo

and Bamboo.
Homegrown Divas Morisette,
Klarisse De Guzman and Angeline Quinto will sing the best
of Carole King; while Apos Jim
Paredes and Buboy Garovillo will
take audiences back in time with
their groups classic hits.
Also watch out for exciting
vocal performances from Martin
Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Erik
Santos, Jed Madela, Yeng Constantino, Nikki Gil, Richard Poon,
Juris, Mitoy, Jovit Baldivino,
Marcelito Pomoy, Liezel Garcia,
Isa Fabregas, Emman Vera and
KZ Tandingan.
Meanwhile, dont miss the funfilled dance numbers in Supahdance with Luis Manzano, Alex
Gonzaga, Robi Domingo, John
Prats, Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, Rayver
Cruz, Sam
Concepcion
and Kim
Chiu.

ROSE FOSTANES

A S A P
19 airs
at 12:15
n o o n
on ABSCBN.

een actress Kim Rodriguez says she has now


learned to feel at ease
with her biological father.
She and her dad only met last
year, coinciding with the launch
of Kakambal ni Eliana, her first
lead role.
They had been estranged for
18 years, with Kim growing up under the care of her grandmother.
Her mother has been working in
Japan.
The 19-year-old Kapuso artist shared, Ang sarap po sa
pakiramdam na magkaroon ng
tatay.
Kim shared that her first meeting with her dad was mirrored in
one of the scenes on the TV drama
Paraiso Koy Ikaw.
In the series, Kim plays the
innocent and cheerful Josephine
who meets her father Edward,
portrayed by Gabby Eigenmann,
for the first time when she was a
teenager.

Ang eksena namin, nagkita


kami ng totoo kong tatay. Parang
sobrang totoong nangyari ito sa
totoong buhay. Napakaganda ng
eksena namin, she related.
Si papa kasi nakilala ko siya
lalo nung nag-artista ako. So,
parang parehas na parehas po sa
totoong buhay, she added.

KIM RODRIGUEZ

Kim is grateful for the chance


to work with Gabby whom she
said, had only been too generous
in giving her advice both in work
and her personal life.
Si Kuya Gab, fini-feel ko po
na siya talaga yung tatay ko.
Saka masarap (siya) ka-eksena
kasi mararamdaman mo talaga
na, Anak, ako tatay mo, she
shared.
Gabby, on the other hand,
admitted that he was impressed
with the abilities of the young actress. Ngayon ko lang makakatrabaho si Kim Rodriguez. Im
at awe. Natutuwa ako kasi ang
generation ngayon, hindi lang
porke sinasalang mo, arte lang
nang arte. Ito alam kong may
paglalaanan. Kumbaga, malayo
ang marating, he said.
Directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal,
Paraiso Koy Ikaw also stars
Kristoffer Martin, Joyce Ching,
Phytos Ramirez, Janno Gibbs. G.
Toengi, Jessa Zaragoza, Joey Marquez, Neil Ryan Sese and Maricel
Morales.

Clive Standen: Becoming Rollo On Vikings

t is no surprise that Rollo, one of


the main characters of History
Channels Vikings, has captured
many womens hearts because he
is impulsive and carefree, and they just
want to see more of his wild side.
The series, which premiered on
Friday, is the channels most ambitious
yet; it is its first-ever scripted drama
series from award-winning screenwriter
Michael Hirst.
It was the Hirst factor that got
English actor Clive Standen who plays
Rollo, the brother of Viking legend Ragnar Lothbrok excited to do the show.
Michaels work for Vikings has
been amazing and for historical or
period dramas like this one, the writing really has to be spot-on. I like the
fact that hes not just a scriptwriter,
but a historian, Standen says of the
screenwriter.
A self-confessed family man who
prefers to spend time with his wife Francesca and their two kids off-set, Standen
is the complete opposite of his onscreen
role a compulsive womanizer.
I think that Rollos a complex
character, Standen points out. Yes,

he is always seen with the ladies, but


his story runs deeper than that. I think
the root of it is that hes simply miserable and unhappy. He hasnt found
anyone he could care about apart from
his own self. He adds, Well, actually,
he does care about a certain woman,
but he cant have her.
Standen says that he would never
be able to actually behave like a Viking
in real life much less fare well during
this actual time in history.
Honestly, if I was born in that era,
Id try to keep my head down and not
pick a fight, he admits with a laugh.
They led a kill-or-be-killed kind of
lifestyle. Id rather just be with my own
family and not get involved in too many
skirmishes.
Ultimately, the real treat for Standen
was simply the thrill of learning more
about the Vikings.
I like how Vikings are portrayed as
heroes in this particular series. You see,
they tend to be cast in films as the villains
and not really a major part of the story.
Theyd just be seen running out in their
helmets and going berserk. But because
Michael, our screenwriter, really im-

mersed himself to get the plot historically


right, I think this is the first time perhaps
that someone has actually done justice to
the Vikings.
History Channel is available on Cablelink Ch. 43; Cignal Ch. 118, Dream
Satellite Ch. 30; Destiny Cable Ch. 57, and
SkyCable Ch. 67.

CLIVE STANDEN as Rollo on Vikings

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American best-selling author Mitch Albom

One Thursday
with

Mitch

This charity thing has been life-changing for


me. Thats what Morrie said. Youve got to do
more. You cant just take that voice and keep
talking about yourself. You need to spread the
blessing around.

Interview by RACHEL C.BARAWID,


SARA GRACE C. FOJAS, and JAYSON R. MANGALUS
Photos by MARK JOHN MARCAIDA

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f theres anything that can be said about American best-selling author Mitchell David
Mitch Albom by the students and teachers of Xavier School which he visited, by
the thousands of avid Filipino readers who trooped to his jampacked book-signing
events, and by the journalists who were able to interview him, its that he is a very
inspiring man who is indeed larger than life.
For someone with a string of well-loved books such as Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People
You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, The Timekeeper, Have a Little Faith, as well as
critically acclaimed screenplays, and excellent sports articles, TV and radio commentaries, one
would be pleasantly surprised to find a simple, down-to-earth and generous person underneath
the successful, sought-after celebrity author that he has become.
National Book Store has been inviting Albom to come to the Philippines since his first book
Tuesdays with Morrie, a memoir about his college teacher, became a phenomenal success 17
years ago. The long-standing invitation has been renewed with the release of his latest best-seller
The First Phone Call from Heaven. But Albom was looking for a deeper purpose to come here.
And that he soon found.
Even coming here (in the Philippines), I didnt like to do anything unless theres some
kind of charitable element balanced into it. So the reason I came this time was because of what
happened with the typhoon and I asked the National Book Store people if they can tie in some
kind of activity where I can be of some use. If Im well-known, then use my being well-known
to help raise money. Then, Ill come, said the 55-year-old award-winning author, journalist,
playwright, and musician from Detroit, Michigan.
And so together with his wife Janine, Albom and National Book Store set out on a relief
mission to Tacloban in Leyte, after his book signing events last Feb. 22 and 23 in Makati and
Cebu. Apart from donating 40 fishing boats to help fishermen affected by super-typhoon Yolanda
with their livelihood, he also gave his books to the children and teachers in Pawing Elementary
School. Albom also visited the mass graves where hundreds of bodies are buried, including
many children.
Moved by the resilience and warmth of the people in Tacloban who showed him how much
they valued reading and his books, Albom decided to establish the Donated Reading for Youth
of the Philippines (DRY PHILIPPINES) program which will raise $160,000 to reconstruct 10
school libraries and stock them with books. He would make a $10,000 personal donation to get
STUDENTS AND CAMPUSES
BULLETIN (SCB): We learned that
one of the first things you did when
you got here in the Philippines is to
talk to students at Xavier School.
How was that experience?
MITCHELL DAVID MITCH
ALBOM (MDA): I was interviewed
on the stage, I hadnt really given a talk.
I just sat there in front of a teacher and
answered all his questions, and I also
took questions from the kids. It was
very, very inspiring. A lot of kids were
standing there with no seats. Some
were standing in the back. It was great.
The last thing I ever expected is to go
to a school in the Philippines and to
get all this attention. It was like being
Mick Jagger. I was being mobbed by
kids saying Picture! Picture!
SCB: Do you often give talks in
schools?
MDA: I do it a lot in the States. I go to
a lot of schools and universities. Like
here in the Philippines, Tuesdays
with Morrie, The Five People You
Meet in Heaven and my other books
are taught in schools. I guess because
theyre short and clean (laughs). Not
many books fit that description.
SCB: But are there many students
interested in these things, especially
now that theyre into gadgets and all
that superficial stuff?
MDA: Well, thats what you think.
But then you get these emails from
Im 11 years old and I love your
books, Im 14 years old and your
book really helped me, Im 16 years
old and I studied your books many
times because I want to know more
about relationships or time. I think
kids in their nature will surprise you
especially if youre an adult and Ive
been surprised at how deep a lot of kids
actually are considering that the whole
world seems to be just on gadgets.
Its true theyre writing me on
their gadgets. Theyre not sending
me letters anymore. I used to get a
lot of letters from kids. I used to get
scribbled butterflies. Now you get a lot
of emails and posts and pictures but I
guess its still true that no matter how
much technology advances, people
still love stories. Stories go back to
when we were in caves, talking to one
another. If they were popular then
and they served their purpose 100
years ago, 50 years ago, and 25 years
ago, then why do we think that all of a
sudden this generation would just go

ON MORRIE: I wish I
would get a call from
him. And I hope he
would say, Thank
you for continuing to
do what I love to do
which is to teach.

without them. Before we had printing


presses, a lot of stories were just told
from first person. And then people
probably thought, Oh, well now that
they have books, people wont talk
to one another anymore. But they
did. When they came out with movies
theyre like, Now no one would ever
read a book again because everyone
would just watch a movie. But its not
true. And then they got the television.
Nobody would watch movies because
they got the television. But its not
true. The world just makes room for
new technology. But Ive been very
inspired by how young people like a
good story.
GREAT IMAGINATION
AND LOTS OF RESEARCH
SCB: In your latest book, The First
Phone Call from Heaven, why did
you come up with that ending?
MDA: If I talk about the ending then
Ill ruin the book for everybody youre
writing about so Ill just say the ending
is a surprise. But unlike The Five
People You Meet in Heaven which
took place in heaven and I could make
any ending I wanted, this book took

it started and is partnering with The National Book Store Foundation which will match funds
raised by Albom on a dollar-for-dollar basis until the goal is met.
Albom also pledged hundreds of copies of his books for the libraries as well as those from his
author-friends who were more than happy to share 10 of their signed books with their Filipino
readers in the typhoon-ravaged province. Among them are popular writers Jeff Kinney, Suzanne
Collins, Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Amy Tan, John Grisham, JK Rowling, John Green,
Lemony Snicket, Khaled Hosseini, Scott Turow, James Patterson, Sophie Kinsella, Michael
Chabon, Maggie Stiefvater, Dave Barry, James McBride, Harlan Coben, and Billy Collins.
They were all quick to say yes. I think we as authors always appreciate the effort people
make to read and cherish their books. That is so true of readers here in the Philippines, Ive
seen my own books pulled from the flood-damaged homes, moldy, discolored, yet brought to me
to sign. Its incredible and heartwarming, he said.
Since his Sociology professor Morrie Schwartz talked to him about living life the way it should
be, Albom has made a life-changing career transformation, and redirected his goals and priorities.
He slowed down in his fast-paced, deadline-dictated life as a sportswriter, and got more involved
in his family and in helping people in his community in Detroit. Today, much of his time is devoted
to his eight charities, including an orphanage that he and his wife operate in Haiti.
For the DRY PHILIPPINES program, Albom will coordinate it through his A Hole In The
Roof Foundation which is involved in rebuilding houses for the homeless after disasters.
Dont get me wrong, I have an ego like everybody else and Im very happy to sell books and
all that but there has to be more than that, he said. Morrie said, You got to do more. You need
to spread this blessing around a little bit. You cant just take that voice and keep talking about
yourself all the time.
For many people, Mitch Albom may be their literary idol who inspires them to become better
persons. But for the children of Tacloban and Haiti and other people he has been helping through
his charities, he is their beacon of hope, and the driving force that pushes them to move on amid
lifes struggles.
In this once-in-a-lifetime, Thursday interview with one of the worlds most read authors, we
learn about the inside stories behind his best-selling novels and television movies; those little
pieces of him in the characters that he created; and the realizations he had while finding meaning
in his life. (Rachel C. Barawid)

dont have to prove it to the rest of


the world. Its not your obligation to
make the rest of the world believe it.
Its enough that you believe in it with
your own heart.
Ill give you an example. I talked
to many people who have lost loved
ones. If you read Tuesdays with
Morrie, I kind of specialized in those
conversations and I cant tell you how
many times Ive had a conversation
with people that they say, Well, my
daughter died a year ago and Ive been
so upset. I was crying so badly and I
went into her room on the anniversary
of her death. I sat on her bed and I was
crying and while I was sitting there,
there was a picture of the two of us and
it was on the counter. All of a sudden, it
fell over. It just landed on my feet and
I knew that was a sign from her. She
was sending me a sign that, Its okay,
everything will be all right. I feel so
much better now. Now, I can bring a
scientist into the room who can explain
why the physics of that picture forced
it to fall off exactly at that moment. I
could bring 10 scientists there and it
wont make a difference to that woman.
In her mind, she knows what happened

ON WRITING A
BOOK: Its so
difficult. Its like
going outside
and seeing snow
everywhere that
you have to shovel.
So for me, it better
be a book that has
some resonance
about something
important in life.

ON HIS LATEST
BOOK: One of
the lessons that
I was trying
to get across
in the First
Phone Call from
Heaven, is if a
miracle happens
to you and you
believed that its
a miracle, then
you dont have
to prove it to
the rest of the
world.

telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, and


where all that came from. It worked out
really well for the book but you know,
I dont write historical novels. Im not
there to try it with every detail and the
clothing. But I do research.
When I wrote The Five People You
Meet in Heaven and this one, I did a
lot of research on peoples different
concepts about heaven. And you know
there are so many of them in different
religions. Sometimes it gives me ideas
and sometimes it just gives me an idea
to do something different because it
already exists.
With the idea of five people (for The
Five People You Meet in Heaven), I get
people asking me all the time why five.
Why five? Five is a magic number,
right? I said, No, I looked at my hand
one day and I saw five fingers and I
thought five thats it. That was all
there was to it.
SCB: Laughs
MDA: Everyone wants to think I gave
all this thought.

place on earth so in order for it to make


sense with earth, I had to come up with
an ending that I thought would fit the
story. Otherwise, I would be telling one
story then all of a sudden I would just
re-invent the rules at the end. But I
tried to leave the reader with a certain
inspiration and a certain question, Is
this miracle real or not?
One of the themes or lessons that
I was trying to get across in the book
is if a miracle happens to you and you
believed that its a miracle, then you

and whos to say? But just because I


can bring a scientist who can explain
it, it doesnt mean that thats what
happened right? So thats what I was
trying to say at the end of the book. I
still left some mystery as to what really
took place and its up to the reader to
decide.
SCB: In your books The First Phone
Call from Heaven and The Five
People You Meet in Heaven, you
talked extensively about heaven.
Where did you get all this information
about it which seemed to support all
that weve learned from school?
MDA: Well, its just imagination. When
I write about heaven in any of my books,
its from a wish. It comes from what I
wish it would be, what I hope would be
waiting for me and what I would want
most from heaven myself.
SCB: Did you have to talk to the
religious about this? How much
research did you have to make while
writing it?
MDA: Yes, I do a lot of research for
my books which people might not
necessarily see at first because I dont
write those long pages and go through
detail after detail. For this book (The
First Phone Call from Heaven), I did
an extraordinary amount of research
on the telephone the history of the

SCB: That simple?


MDA: Yes, it was really that simple!
In Five People, the last thing that
Marguerite says before she dies was
home and the last words of the book
includes home in it. Eddie heard the
voices of all the people in his life, they
were saying the word home I think
thats how it ends. That was what I
would want to hear. After all these
journey in the world, what would be
the most comforting feeling that you
would have? Its that you have come
home because home is where youre
loved, where youre secure, where you
feel safe and embraced.
A guy came up to me during a
book signing and he was so animated.
He grabbed me and asked, How did
you know? How did you know? I
said, What? He said, How did you
know what heaven is? I said, I dont
understand what youre talking about.
He said, I was with my sister and she
was in a coma for nine months. I went
every day to the hospital and I just
prayed that she would come out of the
coma. One day after nine months, I
was sitting there and I was holding her
hands. She opened her eyes and looked
at me and she said home. Then she
died. So you knew! I said, I didnt
know. Youre taking your story and
youre taking my story and making an
assumption that I knew. But he was
convinced that I was on to something.
I dont know how far he traveled to find

me to ask me that question. I think he


was just disappointed that I didnt say,
(knocks on the table and whispers)
Its true. Thats what they say. They
say home. Sometimes, people give
me too much credit for this. Its just
my imagination and my desire but
I dont have any special knowledge
of this, other than a writer doing his
research.
WRITING TO INSPIRE
AND GIVE HOPE
SCB: Most of your books tackle
themes like spirituality, love, death.
Why did you choose these themes?
Have you ever thought of writing
romance, suspense, or hor ror
stories?
MDA: No. To me, writing a book is so
difficult. Its hard to do. Im starting
another one now and its just ughhh.
Its like going outside and seeing
snow everywhere that you have to
shovel. Where do I start? Im going
to be working for so long. Im doing it
one shovel at a time and thats what
writing a book is. So for that kind
of undertaking, to me it better be a
book that has some resonance about
something important in life. Otherwise,
why go through all that work? Just to
write some book about angst, I could
never understand that. There are so
many novels where nothing happens.
Its just people thinking about this or
that or depressing angry thoughts
that the world is bad. And then the
book ends with somebody dying.
Or somebody breaks up or they get
divorced. You close it and say that
was depressing. To me Im not going
to shovel all that snow and finish up
with something that just leaves people
depressed. If Im going to shovel that
snow, I want the lawn to be clear. I
want the roads to be clear. I dont want
to work really hard on 300 pages of
something that doesnt stay with you.
Thats the way I read also. A book is a
big undertaking to read as a reader,
especially a 400-page or 500-page
book. If Im not going to be moved or
inspired, I wont read them.
I dont know if Im going to succeed
but I want to try to tell an entertaining
story. It should be able to teach
something and give you some sense
of hope and positivity after youre
done. Thats just my view. I know a lot
of writers who write very celebrated
books that dont have that much
philosophy. I totally accept that. Its
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fine. Its just not me. I like the idea of


hope. When I go to movies, the movies
I like are the ones that make me
think about something and make me
inspired, not the ones that everybody
dies in the end and what weve learned
is that man is evil. Okay. I can see that
every day. I live in Detroit (Michigan,
U.S.A.). I dont have to go very far to
see that lesson.
SCB: What was your reaction when
your books Tuesdays with Morrie
and The Five People You Meet in
Heaven were turned into television
movies?
MDA: Well, its different when youre
one of the characters. Tuesdays with
Morrie was the first one and I went to
the set of that movie one time. They
were very nice to me. Jack Lemmon
and Hank Azaria welcomed me in.
Jack was made up to look like Morrie
and Hank was playing me. They had a
room that would look just like the room
I had when I would visit Morrie and
the director said action. Jack Lemmon
wasnt Jack Lemmon anymore, he was
Morrie and he was saying Mitch. And
Hank was saying Morrie. It was very
creepy. Weird.
SCB: Laughs!
MDA: It was weird to be there because
Im Mitch. I only went one day. I never
went back. It was too uncomfortable.
It was like watching my own life being
acted out. They would say, Cut! Do it
again. Do this and that. Janine (his
wife) and I waited until they sent us a
video cassette before the movie came
out and we decided to watch it without
anybody there so that we could just
talk to each other. In the first half
hour of watching it, all we did was just
yell at the TV. What? No! I wouldnt
do that! I never said that! That didnt
happen! Janine, theyre making you
look like this! And then after about a
half hour, we just leaned on the sofa
and watched. It becomes a story like it
does to everyone else. And by the end,
I realized, okay its a movie. Its not a
historical documentary. As a movie, it
was a good movie. If everything they
did there really happened? No. Not
even close. Some scenes werent true.
And thats what a movie is. I could
accept that. But it was moving. It told
the essence of the story. I think its all
you could ask from it.
SCB: With the second movie, did you
try to base it more on the book?
MDA: I wrote the script for The Five
People You Meet in Heaven because I
didnt want to happen what happened in

TOUCHING LIVES Through his books, it is undeniable that Mitch Albom has inspired many people. Clockwise from top left shows the author embracing
one of his readers during a book signing in Makati City; greeting his fans in Cebu; with his wife Janine and the pupils and teachers of Pawing Elementary
School in Tacloban; and listening to the stories of students who survived the typhoon.

the other one even though that wasnt a


true story. The thing that I remember
most was when Jon Voight was being
offered to play the part of Eddie. We
were in the room with the director and
a couple of producers. Everyone was
very nervous because hes a famous
actor. They really wanted him in the
movie. They said to him, So what do
you think of the script? And he goes,
Its big. Its big. Its very big. And
were like (whispers), Is that good?
Is that bad? He just said, Its big. Its
very big. So then we talked and talked
and talked. This is what Hollywood
does. They talk and talk and talk and
talk. He just keeps saying, Its very
big. Its very big. And then he left and
I said to the producers, So now what
happens? Well, were going to make
him an offer right now to his agent. I
said, Right now? He was just here.
Well, thats not how it works. You talk
to them and then they leave and then
youll call their agent. So they call
the agent, they make an offer to him.
They hang up the phone. They just sit
there and they go, Ill think well hear

Id Like To Be Elvis!
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being selfish and being alone.

What is your idea of earthly happiness?

Being surrounded by love and being able to give it out.

Where would you like to live?

I dont know, maybe on the south island of New Zealand. Its


really beautiful down there. But only if my whole family can come
with me, otherwise Im not moving.

Who are your favorite characters in history?

Moses, Job, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Ernest


Hemingway, John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi,
and my mom and dad.

Who are your favorite heroes in fiction?

Haulden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye, Spiderman


and Don Corleone.

Who would you like to be if youre not Mitch Albom?


I would like to be Elvis! (Presley)

What do you admire most in your friends?


Loyalty.

What is your favorite preoccupation?

Music. I love all music playing, singing.

How would you like to die?

Peacefully, quietly, and a long, long time from now.

If you could invite five people, dead or alive, to dinner, who would
they be?

Noah. I like to hear that story. George Washington. Gandhi,


Elvis. I like to talk to my great grandfather on my mother side
because I never met him and I like to see where my family came
from. But they didnt know his name. They didnt keep records.
My dad didnt know either.

Who are the people that youd like to meet in heaven?

Id like to see Morrie, my uncle Mike, my uncle Eddie, my


grandmother and one person who I affected but I dont know how
I affected them and never met on earth. Id like to
hear how I might have changed their life even
though I didnt know their name.

back in half an hour or less. I said,


Really? Dont people take a couple of
days to think about it? No, this is how
it works. So we sat there and waited
and sure enough after 20 minutes, the
phone rang and it was his agent who
had called him in his car on his way
home. He said he would do it. Everyone
jumped up and I was like, wow, thats
really strange.
The other thing was when I went
to the set. They filmed that movie in
Vancouver, they built an amusement
park and it said Ruby Pier on it and
it had rides. I still get goose bumps
telling this story. I stood there and said,
All of these came from my imagination
and its real now in front of me. It looks
just like I described it and I took home
every piece of that set that they would
let me have.
I have it in my office now because I
was so impressed. It was so magical,
being able to build all those stuff just
from your head. Thats the thing I can
tell you most about the movie thats
not about you, and not a real story.
When they take your novel and take it
to something real, its incredible! Its
so moving and so wonderful. It makes
you want to do it again and again. So
were going to make a movie out of
The First Phone Call from Heaven
and I was talking with the director who
wants to do it.
SCB: Will it be a TV-movie as well?
MDA: No, a big-screen film. He will
shoot it in Michigan which I want to
because I want to put people to work
in my state. So were already thinking
of the towns where it will be shot and
all that. That would be fun.
LIFE AFTER MORRIE
SCB: Youve had a long, successful
career as a sports journalist, what
made you decide to concentrate on
this side of writing and do novels?
MDA: Well, it was an accident. The
Tuesdays with Morrie book was
an accident and I wasnt intending to
become a writer of these kinds of books.
I was a sports writer and I went to go
see my professor not to write a book. I
went to see him because he was dying
and I felt guilty about not seeing him
for 16 years. I went to visit him every
Tuesday and I was very impressed with
what he was telling me, how he was
dying and how happy he seemed. He
was even happier than I was and I was
healthy. So I began to really examine
this again just for myself, not for a
book. I decided to write the book when
he told me how indebted he was for his
medical bills. He couldnt pay his bills
and he was afraid that his family would
be burdened for having to pay all those
bills when he dies. So it would be like he
died twice and they would have to sell
their house and all that. He was very
worried about that. He was making his
dying even worse. So thats when I got

the idea to write a book to raise money


to pay his bills.
I went around to a bunch of
publishers in New York and most of
them told me, No. Thats a stupid
idea. Nobodys going to read it. Its
depressing. Its boring. You cant
write it. Youre a sportswriter. Thats
not what you do. Most of them didnt
want it and it was only because I really
wanted to do this thing for him that I
just kept pushing and pushing. I found
one publisher willing to do it three
weeks before he died and they gave us
the money and I gave it to him. At least
he died not having to worry about his
bills. So for me, I have done everything
I set out to do that day. The book was
extra. I had to write it because I took
the money.
SCB: It was really a thesis
MDA: It was a thesis but it wasnt
supposed to be a bestseller or anything.
I wrote it, I turned it in and then I went
back to my life as a sportswriter. I
didnt think that I would be writing any
more of these books. It came out very
slowly and small and then it got bigger
and bigger with Oprah Winfrey and a
bunch of other stuff. The next thing
we know, thats all everybody wants
to talk to me about. Its that book and
not sports.
SCB: You became the celebrity
MDA: Well, it wasnt so much about
being a celebrity. My world became full
of people who wanted to talk about life
and death. They wanted to talk about
what matters in life. They wanted to
talk about forgiveness, the culture,
and all these topics. So suddenly my
conversation werent about sports
anymore. So it gets in your head
and you start thinking about these
important topics. Maybe I should write
more about this.
SCB: In writing Tuesdays with
Morrie, you had to open up a lot of
your life. Was that difficult for you
to do?
MDA : Yes, it was because I was
admitting a lot of things about myself
and they were not very nice things
either. I didnt come across so well
in that book. But I tried to be honest
with myself and say if youre telling the
truth and youve learned something
from it, then theres nothing to be
ashamed of. And I knew instinctively
that in a book like that, if I tried to make
myself look good and left out the bad
parts, nobody would accept it. Thats
because it would be like two amazing
people. Morrie was amazing and so
was everything he did, his attitude.
He deserves to be portrayed that way.
I needed to contrast it with somebody
who wasnt that smart, who needed
help and made mistakes so that people
could find themselves somewhere in
between the two of them. While a lot

of people who read Tuesdays with


Morrie are inspired by Morrie, they
relate to me. Theyll all come up and
say to me, You know, I hate to admit
but Im kinda like you. I really didnt
pay attention to a lot of other things
and I really worked too hard. I really
forgot about my family, my teacher. So
it turns out my instincts were right and
by being very honest about my faults,
maybe even emphasizing my faults, it
enabled more people to relate to it.
SCB: Why did it take you six years
to write your second book, the Five
People You Meet in Heaven?
MDA : Because I was paralyzed.
Because Tuesdays With Mor rie
got bigger and bigger and all the
publishers who didnt want me to
publish Tuesdays With Morrie all
started to coming around, saying, How
about Wednesdays With Morrie?
SCB: Laughs
MDA: Chicken Soup With Morrie?
More Morrie. I didnt want to do that
but thats what everybody wants me
to do. But I didnt want to turn it into
a business. That wasnt the idea of
Tuesdays With Morrie. So it took six
years before I finally got the courage
to say, First of all, Im not going to
write another non-fiction book because
no matter what subject I pick, theyre
going to say, Oh its not Morrie, thats
not Morrie.
SCB: Theyre just going to compare
it.
MDA: Yes, look what happened to the
nice man who wrote the book Marley
and Me, the book about the dog
Marley. It became a huge bestseller
and they made a movie out of it. Then
he finally wrote another non-fiction
book and it was a nice book about him
and his brother but it didnt sell at all.
Thats because everybody wanted
another dog story.
Thats why I decided to go the total
opposite route and write a magical
novel. Everybody said, Youre crazy.
Dont do it. Its the wrong thing to do.
But thats what they told me about
Tuesdays With Morrie too so at that
point I stopped listening to people
and I just wrote something from the
heart. From beginning to end, I made
up the story.
After going to a bunch of different
publishers who told me to write another
non-fiction book, I went to another
publisher. There was a bunch of
women, editors, and a guy who run that
company. I told them about the story
of the little girl Tala, the character in
the book. Did I save her at the pier
because I felt her hands? Tala says
to him, Those were my hands and I
was bringing you to heaven. When I
said that, a woman in the room burst
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By RONALD S. LIM

year ago, Payatas FC


a team composed of
players picked from the
poor families that live on
the Payatas dumpsite -took part in the second staging of
the European International School
(EIS) Football Cup. The team went
up against teams from schools like
EIS and De La Salle Zobel, and
managed to end up in third place
in the U-13 division.
Roy Moore, Payatas FC coach
and and co-director of the Fairplay
for All Foundation, had positive
words for the tournament, saying
that competitions like these are
also a time out of Payatas that they
wouldn't get otherwise.
That initial involvement has
grown into something more, with
the German European School Manila and Ecole Franaise de Manille
-- the two schools that make up the
EIS -- opening their doors to Moore
and the team he is building for the
upcoming Street Child World Cup
to be held in Rio de Janeiro this
year.
That partnership saw a culmination recently as Payatas FC
once again participated in the third
staging of the EIS Cup, held at the
schools campus in Better Living
Subdivision, Paraaque City.
Emerging triumphant during
the day-long tournament were De
La Salle Zobel for the U-8 division;
the European International School
for the U-10 division; and Manila
all Japan FC for the U-13 division.
Payatas FCs continued involvement in the EIS Cup, as well as the
lowered age bracket for this years
staging of the competition, was a
conscious decision in support of
the growing of grassroots football
here in the country, says German
European School Manila marketing
director Ethel Concepcion.
We have kids as young as six
years old now. Were tapping more
into the grassroots program. We
want to have young kids get into
football at a very young age, she
says. One of our parents here in
school, Thomas Roy, is in charge
of the PFF grassroots program.
He said that it would be nice if we

Growing the Grassroots


A football competition at an international school
is doing its part to grow the sport in the country...

MORE THAN THIS Aside from giving EIS students a balance of study and sport, the
EIS Cup is now aiming to support the grassroots football program of the country.

can have more age brackets for the


smaller kids.
VENUES TO PLAY
Concepcion says that the idea to
open the EIS football field to Moore
and Payatas FC was something
that was discussed immediately
after the teams participation in the
EIS Cup last year. Moore had been
looking for help to send a team to
the Street Child World Cup, and
Concepcion saw a unique way to
help the team out.
Since we are a school, we dont
really have much funds that we can
give, so I said why dont we get your
kids to come to our school since we

have a field anyway? she explains.


In Payatas it seems that they dont
have anywhere where they can play.
They need as much venues as they
can play.
That happened back in September of last year, and Concepcion
says it has been used to scout for
street children that could join the
team. Even if Moore has almost
finished assembling the team,
Concepcion says that the offer to
use the EIS field is still open to him
and his group.
Its still very open if they need
the grounds. Weekends here will
be perfect since none of the kids
are here. If they want to do it on a

Wednesday
or a Friday,
they can play
against our
players,
she says.
They can
go against the bigger kids. Some
of them are really short, but the
grit is there, the skill is there. The
more exposed they are, they better.
We help them out that way.
Concepcion says opening the
field to other organizations isnt
such a farfetched idea, especially
with Roy involved with the school.
We really want to support him
in helping out the grassroots pro-

One Thursday...

back then I wrote five columns a


week, I went three times on television,
I did 20 hours on the radio, and I wrote
freelance for a magazine. I did all that
at the same time! I worked a hundred
hours a week easily and I cut that way
down. I got involved with my family and
my community. That was something
that Morrie told me. He said, What
do you do with the people in your
community? How do you help? I said,
I write checks. He said, Anybody can
write a check. You have a voice. Youve
been given a voice in the community.
You need to use it. So in 1995, I started
my first charity, and now I have eight.

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into tears! She said, Oh Im sorry. Its


just so moving. So when we left that
meeting, I said to my agent I want them
to publish me and I want that woman
to be my editor. Thats what happened.
I didnt even know her name but I said
that everyone who cries when you
tell them the story, they get the story.
Thats why it took me so long.
SCB: Is there a part of you in every
book that youve written?
MDA: Sure! Most writers have a piece
of them. For me, in the Five People
You Meet in Heaven, its mostly the
part where Eddie sees her wife again.
Thats mostly like what I feel about
my wife. In For One More Day, a
lot of stuff was about me because it
was based on when I was a kid. In
The Time Keeper, theres a little
bit of me in Victor who tries to do too
much and to have all the time in the
world. Theres a little bit of me in the
love story between Dor and Ali. Every
female character I write is Janine.
Shes like Ali shes always thinking
about other people. In The First
Phone Call from Heaven, its a lot of
the skepticism and being a good guy
underneath. There are little pieces of
me in there but thats how you know
your characters. Somebody asked me,
How do you decide what voices youre
going to use with your characters?
I said, You dont decide their voice,
you decide who they are, what their
background is and their history and
their voice will come out of them. You
cannot come up with something that
has no connection to anything that you
have seen. So theres a little bit of me
and a little bit of a lot of other people
in my characters.

THE WINNERS of the latest EIS Football Cup are (from top) the
European International School for the U-10 division; Manila all Japan
FC for the U-13 division; and De La Salle Zobel for the U-8 division.

SCB: After writing Tuesdays With


Morrie, how did you make your life
count?
MDA: In a lot of different ways. First
of all, I stopped working the way I had
been working. I did everything full time

SCB: Whats the first charity all


about?
MDA: The Dream Fund was built
for underprivileged kids in Detroit
to study the arts. Now I have eight
charities including the orphanage that
we operate in Haiti. Ive been going to
Haiti three to four days a month, for
four years now. So much of my daily
and weekly existence now is spent on
charity work.
Even coming here (in the
Philippines), I didnt like to do anything
unless theres some kind of charitable
element balanced into it. So the reason
I came this time was because of what
happened with the typhoon and I asked
the National Bookstore people if they
can tie in some kind of activity where
I can be of some use. If Im well-known
then use my being well-known to help
raise money, then, Ill come. Thats
what they did.
Dont get me wrong, I have an ego
like everybody else and Im very happy
to sell books and all that but there
has to be more than that. Thats what
Morrie said, You got to do more. He
didnt tell me to stop writing checks
but he said you need to spread this
blessing around a little bit. You cant
just take that voice and keep talking
about yourself all the time. So thats
probably the single biggest change.
SCB: Of all the hats that youre
wearing, which is the most
fulfilling?

gram. Since football is the major


sport this school is supporting, its
something we can look into in the
future, especially now that we can
see Payatas doing really well, she
says. The school wants to help out
the kids, especially now that we
have the World Cup this year. We
want to keep the interest in football
alive. If these organizations want a
venue, we can look into that.
MDA : The charity thing and this
orphanage have been life-changing for
me. I think thats because we didnt have
children of our own. My wife Janine and
I got married very late and wed always
have children around us like nieces and
nephews. Then all of a sudden, there
were 40 kids down there and I admitted
them. Their mother or grandmother or
whoever had them were living in tents
and on mud in dirty water with no food,
toilets, or showers, and nothing to clean
themselves. They were literally one
step above an animal in terms of the
condition they were in. I had to listen
to their stories and make decisions.
For every one that we could take in, we
had to say no to 15 or 20 others and its
heartbreaking to tell somebody no. So
the ones that you say yes to, theyre very,
very precious to you. Now enough time
has passed. I can still remember these
kids, they came in so small and had
skin disease. They were very shy in the
presence of older people or foreigners.
They tended to look down, you had to
keep lifting them up. Now, when I drive
into the mission, they come running to
the car, jumping and saying, Mr. Mitch!
How are you, Mr. Mitch! Theyre all
speaking English and telling me about
neutrons and protons, history and the
solar system. Because we opened a
school!
Ive seen the difference that you
can make if you really devote yourself
particularly to children. I feel that Ive
been given this sort of long-distance
family all of a sudden with more
children than I ever figured out to have
on my own. So thats a real blessing
and thats easily the most fulfilling of
everything that I do.
SCB: If Morrie were alive today,
what would he say to you?
MDA: I dont know. Thats why I wish
I would get a call from him because
I would ask him how am I doing and
what he thinks about everything thats
happened. I hope he would say, Thank
you for continuing to do what I love
to do which is to teach and thank you
for enabling me to continue to teach.
Thats what I hope.

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Take A Proactive
Stance On Job
Hunting
By Donald Lim

reader writes: I am unemployed right now and currently seeking a job.


I have experience in both private and government organizations. I hold
a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in
Financial and Managerial Accounting. I also passed the Career Service
Professional Examination. I was a company auditor for two and half years, and
I was promoted to store supervisor for a year and a half. I was also employed
in a government agency where I worked as an HR management assistant. My
last employment was as administrative assistant in a construction company.
I just want to ask, what job do you think is most suitable for me? Do you think I
can still be employed given that I am already 31 years old?

You are 31 years old, not 51. You have a good education and you are a career
professional passer. You had a job and you were even promoted. I do not see any
reason why you cannot get a job or have a hard time finding one. The question is,
are you looking hard enough?
On the other hand, I do not understand the entire context of your career and your
career line. I have no issues with changing careersI assume that in the span of 10
years, you moved companies three times, which is normal in this day and agebut
the bigger question is, why did you move?
When you moved from being a store supervisor to government, and then to
a construction company, did you move because you had a better offer? From my
understanding, you were already a store supervisor. Why would you move to a HR
assistant role? Was it because you felt that the finance path is not for you and you
would like to pursue the HR path? Also, from your HR assistant role, why did you
move to an administrative assistant role? I presume you wanted to move out of
government service and back to the private sector.
My advice is that you put your 10 years of working behind you, but do learn from
the experiences and challenges that you have gone through the past decade. Use all
of those to forge ahead. I hope that by now, you would have known already what you
want to do in life and what specific career path you feel you would excel in.
If you think no one is responding to your resumes, I would recommend that you go
for quality and quantity. Target first the companies which you think would appreciate
your contributions. You have a good mix of working in both private sector and the
government, which means you have a unique perspective. At the same time, you
also have experience in audit and HRtwo different disciplines that will allow you
to contribute in work discussions.
At the same time, print 50 copies of your resume, identify 50 companies here in the
Classifieds section, and send these out. You never know where chance will bring you. I
remember the time when I graduated from college. I had 100 printouts of my resume,
and I sent these out to a hundred companies. While I was also active in going to job
fairs, it was this attack everywhere strategy that landed me my job interview and, eventually,
my first job at Burger King, where I started out as an assistant restaurant manager.
I hope the year brings you a new beginning and a fresh start. Be optimistic but also recognize
that you have to be proactive to land the job you want. While you are still young, show them what
your experience and youth can bring to the corporate table. Good luck.

Working Hand In Hand

The original version of this article was published in Manila Bulletin Classifieds/Careers on
January 12, 2014.

More than 40 companies are joining the Manila Bulletin Classifieds Job Fair on March 6 to 7
at the SM Megatrade Hall. Photo shows their representatives and MB Job Fair team headed
by Classifieds Advertising Vice President Lyne Abanilla during the Exhibitors Meeting held
last February 28, 2014. (Photo by Mark Balmores)

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Its Not
Always Your
Course That
Counts
By Donald Lim

letter from a reader:


After having invested
four years of my life and
my parents meager
income, I am finally graduating
this March with a degree in
Nursing. However, instead of
getting excited, I am more scared
than ever. Ive been hearing that the
demand for nurses has decreased
and that more than half of nursing
graduates usually end up without
a job. Is this true? What are my
other options?

First of all, congratulations on


acquiring your college degree. You should
always enter the world after school with
confidence and inspirationthe world is
now within your grasp and the decisions
that you make will dictate the next years
of your life.
I will not beat around the bush nor
paint a fake view of reality. You are right
in saying that the demand for nursing
jobs has gone down. I have met friends in
the profession who have been telling me
that due to the economic predicament of
the U.S. and some parts of Europe, most
companies have stopped hiring nurses
from the Philippines.
But this does not mean its the end
of the world. Ask those who have gone
before you and found themselves in their
chosen careers. You will most likely find
that people who have graduated from
a particular degree in college end up
working jobs that are totally unrelated
to the courses they took up. Most of my
friends in marketing have Accounting
degrees. My team today in the digital
marketing division comprises graduates
of Biology, Radiology, Engineering and
Philosophy, among otherstotally

You are now wiser


and have more
knowledge about the
health profession
than an ordinary
person on the street.
Use that to your
advantage.
unrelated from what they are doing now.
To cap that off, my extremely efficient
executive assistant also has a nursing
degree; she is basically my right hand in
running my 100-plus strong team.
Having said all that, look instead
at what your degree has equipped you
with. You are now wiser and have more
knowledge about the health profession
than an ordinary person on the street.
Use that to your advantage. I have met
so many successful professionals today,
who, when I asked what their degree was
in college, would tell me they graduated
from nursing, shied away from the lure of
working abroad, and just wanted to make
a big difference here in the Philippines.
I have seen someone working as
operations manager for a BPO company,
having risen from the ranks of medical
transcription to now running his own
team. I have also talked to a sales manager
from a pharmaceutical company, who now
heads her own division; she, too, was a
medical representative. Her knowledge
in medicine and understanding of how
doctors think and hospitals work gave her
a strong edge while she was visiting and
selling to doctors in hospitals, versus other
medical representatives who graduated
from a marketing or business course.
Finally, private clinics are opening
left and right. The healthcare industry
is really taking off. Clinics situated in the
malls like Healthway are on the lookout
for talent like yours to help them with
the demands of their customersthis
ranges from administration to assisting
the doctors.
Overall, your degree opens up a
whole new world for you. With that
also comes new opportunities to start
your career. Your nursing degree does
not mean that your only career path is
to become a nurse. In fact, if you want
to become a nurse to help your fellow
Filipinos, you can do it in so many ways
now without leaving the country. You can
do all that and still earn a decent income
to support your family. All it takes is the
right mindset and your strong will to
succeed.
The original version of this article was
published in Manila Bulletin Classifieds/
Careers on February 16, 2014.

Experts At
MB Job Fair

I
IVY ROSE VILLANUEVA
President & CEO
Vista Center for Professional
Development

vy Rose Villanueva is the


president and CEO of Vista
Center for Professional
Development. An MBAholder at Ateneo Graduate School
of Business, she will give insights
on how to turn ones expertise to a
second career. Her talk is also for
individuals who are contemplating
on shifting to a different career as
she gives pointers on how to make
that effective transition.

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Surefire Ways To Earn


Your Bosss Trust
By Ruben Anlacan

ne of the greatest hindrances


to a good working
relationship is lack of trust.
This is a huge problem in the
workplace, especially with
millions spent on team building activities
where the main objective is supposedly to
increase trust level among participants.
It is bad enough if a co-worker does not
trust you, but it is 10 times worse if that
person is your boss.
Given its importance, how do you make
your boss trust you? The best approach
depends a lot on the circumstances and
on the person involved, but there are
things you can do that will likely improve
your trust level with your boss.
Be reliable. This is perhaps the
most important factor you can control.
Being reliable does not mean being
able to achieve incredible tasks. It is
a combination of being consistent and
supportive daily and during challenging
times. How do you accomplish this? You
can begin by coming to work early, every
day. Timely presence is one measure of
reliability. At the same time, fulfilling your
promise is another sign of reliability. If
you say you will finish the project before
the deadline, be absolutely certain you
can do it.
Do not prematurely say you will be
leaving the company. While you may
have plans to move to greener pastures, it
does not help if you reveal your plans too
early. Even if you confide about your plan
just to your co-workers, there is a strong
chance that it will leak to your boss. While
it is your legal obligation to provide at
least 30 days notice before you leave, you
must be ready for the consequences if you
do it earlier than the mandated period.
Management would think that you can no
longer be trusted to do your regular work
properly. Also, if for some reason your
plan does not push through, you career
may already be irreparably harmed.
Treat the business as if it were your
own. This is probably the best advice on

how to be an employee. Looking at the


business from the eyes of the owner will
generate many ideas that will please your
boss. After all, nobody cares more about
the business than its owner.
Get to know your boss. The more
you know about your boss, the better you
can interpret what his thoughts are so
that you can understand what he wants.
This does not apply only to specific pet
peeves like distrusting people who have
tattoos or a moustache, but also what
he really means when he says or does
something.
Do not be nosy. Some things are
meant to be confidential. Unless the
information is volunteered, do not push
to find out, especially if it is of sensitive
nature and does not have any connection
with your work. Reading documents not
meant for you will also send red flags
about your intentions. You may just be
curious, but poking your nose in matters
that do not concern you is a sure-fire way
of drawing suspicion.
Praise but do not flatter. Unlike
many peoples belief, most bosses are not
as gullible as they seem. In fact, bosses

tend to view people who engage in flattery


with deep distrust. That said, sincere
compliments on accomplishments or
other positive aspects would help, but
only if it is not overdone.
Show expertise and diligence
in your work. Being competent and
hardworking is still a big factor in
gaining your boss trust. This aspect
becomes more important if what you do
is something that other people cannot
easily do. Even if you think that politics
is all that matters in your company,
there will always be a minimum level of
capability needed.
Keep your boss well-informed on
the status and progress of your work.
Even with the best intentions, it is possible
for your boss to lose track of your work. To
avoid unpleasant surprises, take it upon
yourself to brief your boss regarding the
progress of your assignments. This will
increase your reliability brownie points.
Do not gossip. It should already
be obvious that you must never talk of
confidential matters broached to you
by your boss, but it is also mandatory
that you not reveal other information
unnecessarily. Having a reputation as
a gossip is a major deterrent to gaining
trust.
Give useful, candid feedback. When
you already have established trust with
your boss, there are times when giving
honest feedback to him would further
enhance this trust. At this point, even
negative feedback would be appreciated
if he knows you are saying it to help him
remedy the problem. There are many
ethical ways to make your boss trust you
more. It is up to you to decide what your
priorities are for there are times that
co-workers may misunderstand your
behavior.
You may be content where you are
or you can aspire for more. Only you
can decide where your interest is better
served.
The original version of this article was
published in Manila Bulletin Classifieds/
Careers on December 8, 2013.

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Going After The Unpredictable


By Donald Lim

reader wrote: I currently


work as a manager in a
multinational company and
have been with the company
for 10 years. I was given an offer to take
on a new job, as managing director
of a small company. Salary is almost
the same, but the big difference is that
I will be leaving a comfortable job for
something that is totally unpredictable,
given that it is a smaller, local company.
Because I am in my mid-30s and with
a child already, I do not want to risk
my childs future in case I suddenly

find myself without a job. However, this


opportunity is exciting because I can
finally call the shots and make my mark
in the industry. What should I do?
Yours is a classic case of staying
within your comfort level versus going for
the unpredictable, higher-risk but higherreward scenario. Given that you are
already in your mid-30s, you should know
by now that money is not everything. The
mere fact you are asking this question
tells me that you have not found your
passion and calling yet.
I have experienced the rigor of
working in a multinational company,
the global rules, and the frameworks

and guidelines that I had to abide with.


While sometimes you can feel them
limiting, there seems to be some level of
wisdom behind their rules. On the other
end, Ive also experienced working in a
small company, where you are the one
setting the rules and experiencing your
entrepreneurial spirit coming alive.
However, you are left on your own to
learn on the job.
I was in a similar predicament some
years ago, when I was already head of
marketing of the Inquirer. An offer to
be CEO of Yehey Corporation, a much
smaller company, came about. From
a very comfortable position and a very
stable company, I made that jump to

head a small company that was not doing


well, financially. But the tasks of turning
the company around and learning digital
were so compelling that I had to take
a leap of faith. I understood then that
the risk was worth taking because the
job would test my skill as a professional
manager turning around a business
with full accountability, and at the same
time make me venture into the world of
digitala future I believed inevitable.
Even without any experience in digital, I
had to force myself to learn it.
In your case, I would advise that you
consider the job offer seriously. I think
once in your life, you should take one risk
that completes you, wherein you wont
look back and regret the opportunity
you ended up not taking. Your salary is
the same anyway, and thus, I think you
are exchanging gradual growth from a
monetary and professional perspective, to

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something that is potentially exponential.


And if you do not succeed, I am sure the
corporate world would consider your
decision to take the risk and embark upon
a bold journey to be of value to them. You
can always go back, head held high and
richer in terms of experience.
There is this sayingFortune favors
the bold. That, in your case, can really
work to your favor since you are still young.
Let your family serve as your inspiration
to catapult you forward. Leverage on your
multinational training, be humble and ask
for help and advice from other players in
the industry. I think you have everything
to your advantage. Go forth and reach for
your dreams. This opportunity may be
your defining moment.
The original version of this article was
published in Manila Bulletin Classifieds/
Careers on October 27, 2013.

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On The Fast-Paced Agency Life


By Donald Lim

reader wrote: Im 25 and have


started work in an advertising
agency five months ago. The
past months have been more
than grueling. My clients have been
extremely demanding, to the point that
I had to give up my weekends just to
service their every whim. Much to my
frustration, my clients tend not to plan
ahead and are prone to changing their
minds often. This is compounded by
the fact that the industry they are in
is very dynamic. I am contemplating
on resigning already, but I dont want
people to think I am a quitter. At the
same time, my teammates have been
very supportive. But the low pay and

stressful work conditions might take its


toll on me physically and emotionally.
What should I do?
Before entering the advertising
industry, you should have already known
that the ad business is tough work.
Nights are long, clients are demanding,
and in many cases, your friends and
family will not understand why youre
spending less and less time with them. I
should know; Ive spent three productive
and challenging years there.
When talking of life in an advertising
agency, I always tell people that it is a
good job to get into, especially when
you are young because it will test you
physically, mentally and emotionally.
People always get the notion that
people working in ad agencies stay

up late because we like to, and worse,


because we love to party. What they
dont see is that we work double shifts,
as the first eight hours of our morning
and afternoon are spent with clients,
planning and strategizing with them.
When most office workers will be leaving
their desks at 5 p.m., that is only when
our turnover work would actually start.
In an ad agency, 5 p.m. signals the time
we start working on our job requests,
briefing the strategy and creative
teams, working on internal reports
and quotations, and consolidating
PowerPoint presentations.
Day in and day out, advertising
professionals brave the weather,
the dangers of going home late, and
internal departmental conflicts and
disagreements, to prepare and face

clients the next dayonly to be shouted


at, or told that their entire work will be
put on hold given new directions from
regional bosses.
However, all these amount to nothing
when, after weeks and weeks of sleepless
nights, stress and physical burnout, a
campaign was launched and well received
by the audience and the unreasonable
clients are suddenly heaping praises
and happy.
The advertising world is not for
everyone. But if what I have described
gives you goosebumps, and for an
inexplicable reason makes you excited
all the more to enter this challenging
industry, then by all means charge
forward. It is not for the faint of heart, but
for those who have been there, and have
stayed there for years and decades, they
will tell you that no amount of hardship
can add up to the fulfillment of seeing
ones work on television, on print or radio,
or on a website.

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However, if what I have narrated


scares you, or you feel indifferent, then
leave now. There is no shame in leaving
an industry that treats its people with
extreme mental and physical harshness,
because only the people who survived
and enjoyed the journey can excel in it.
Choose work you can excel inone
that drives you to be better, makes you
dream and improve, and one that makes
you wake up each morning ready to face
the day. If advertising gives you that, stay
and carry on, and focus on the great work
and accomplishments that you will do.
If not, take a step back, assess yourself,
and choose again. You are young and
the future is within your grasp. Choose
work that drives you and makes you
happy. There are more out there. Just
take time to look.
The original version of this article was
published in Manila Bulletin Classifieds/
Careers on September 29, 2013.

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event of a crisis, we assure you that Blue Cross will be your
friend and ally.
B.BRAUN MEDICAL SUPPLIER INC.
B. BraunSharing Expertise. The B.Braun names is
synonymous with expertise in healthcare. The company
develops, manufactures, and markets products and services
for the medical field, and is one of the worlds leading suppliers
to hospitals and healthcare
providers. Led from its headquarters in Melsungen, Germany,
the B. Braun Group generated sales of approximately 5.05
billion in 2012.
B. Braun Medical Supplies, Inc. is one of the countrys top
healthcare companies. Although established in the Philippines
only in 1985, B. Brauns experience in the healthcare industry is
backed by 175 years of continuous pioneering and innovative
breakthroughs developed and implemented by its mother
company B. Braun Melsungen AG, along with subsidiaries in
over 60 countries.
B. Braun started in the Philippines with just one operating
division, retailing sutures and disposables. Now with 28 years of
presence in the country, with 146-strong sales force and service
team, it is almost a one - stop healthcare company offering quality
and cutting-edge healthcare products such as infusion solutions
and devices, IV cannula, sutures, surgical instruments, value
added drugs, regional anesthesia and clinical nutrition.
B. Braun draws it innovative strength from the guiding principle
Sharing Expertise which cultivates the exchange of information
and experience both within the company and more importantly,
with practitioners in the hospitals. Sharing Expertise is the
promise that holds true from B. Braun employees and their
customers.
C3 Customer Contact Channels
C3/CustomerContactChannels is your trusted partner in
outsourced customer management solutions. With three
decades experience, were a category leader one who
employs time-tested methodologies and broad industry insights
to seamlessly manage customer contacts and interactions.
Our singular focus: To build brand value with every call we
answer, every email we respond to, and every web visitor that
we support.
At C3, Experience the C3 Difference is more than our slogan.
Its a promise found nowhere else in the industry. Each client
engagement begins and grows with our senior management
teams intimate involvement. Entrepreneurs at heart, we live our
clients business. We learn their needs and pain points. Only
then do we craft customer solutions as if the business were our
own. This top-down philosophy delivers results both positive
and refreshing.
Look at our ownership structure to visualize the origins of
our business principles. C3 is owned by senior leadership
and backed by Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm that
has raised and managed private equity funds with aggregate
committed capital of $9 billion.
C3 solutions are efficient, streamlined and seamless across
organizations and around the globe. Our business model
allows for consistent delivery anywhere our clients business
takes us.
C3s clients quickly discover that our commitment as their
brand stewards is just the beginning and is not easily
replicated. We seek engagements borne of mutual goals and
the unrelenting pursuit of excellence. Were creative and flexible,
solutions-focused and quality-driven. Were accountable and
collaborative and a fairly down-to-earth group of professionals.
This spirit permeates our organization and every client
relationship we live.
CITIGROUP BUSINESS PROCESS SOLUTIONS
PTE. LTD.
Citi, the leading Global Financial Services Company, proudly
launches Citigroup Business Process Solutions Pte. Ltd.(CBPS),
its state-of-the-art Business Process Outsourcing arm designed
to cater to Citi businesses around the world. Set up in July
2004 as a wholly-owned Citi entity, Citigroup Business Process
Solutions Pte., Ltd. is a 100% subsidiary of Citibank Overseas
Investment Corporation (COIC). Citigroup BPS Services was
incorporated in Singapore and the entity in the Philippines is
a branch of the Singapore-based enterprise. We were formed
as an integral part of Citis overall business strategy to create
global Centers of Excellence that provide superior quality and
consistent customer experience at best in class.
With a culture of sharing talent prevalent in Citi companies
around the world, you are given the opportunity by being offered
careers and not jobs. With a growing portfolio of services tailored to
meet the demands of the No. 1 global financial services company,
the opportunity for growth at CBPS is wide and deep.
CRO-MAGNON CORPORATION
BRIEF HISTORY: Established in 1982 as a partnership, the
Company has been selling quality welding rods since then.
In L995, Cro-Magnon Corporation, was lncorporated and it
continues to advance with an even stronger commitment to
offering quality welding rods at competitive price in the whole
Philippines.
COMMITMENT: Cro-Magnon Corporation dedicates itself
to providing quality welding rods and technical services of the
highest quality and reliability, consistent with its commitment to
meet needs and expectations of its customers.
PROFESSIONALISM: Cro-Magnon Corporation engage
exclusively in distributing quality welding rods, polymers and
Lubricants servicing a Wide Array of Clients all through-out the
Philippines, be it heavy or even the smallest type of lndustries.
INNOVATION: Cro-Magnon Corporation is fully represented
by well-trained sales personnel and technical representative.
lnnovative product lines to meet the changing demands of time,
strive continuously for innovation and technical excellence,
faithful to these ideas in the quest for growth and progress.

CONCENTRIX
Concentrix is a recognized leader in providing platforms,
people and services to support high-value interactions at
every stage of the customer lifecycle.
Acquire. Support. Renew. Form initial customer acquisition
through renewal - our suite of complimentary services and
technology provides you with the support you need to satisfy
even the most complex customer requirements .
By delivering from our locations in Asia, Europe, Latin
America, and the United States in over 33 major languages,
we give our clients the global reach essential for business
success. Our results; satisfied clients, some with relationships
of 12 years or more.
DELTAVIR
Deltavirs driving philosophy is service. We provide our
clients with competent and productive people that fit the
clients needs and blend with the clients organizations. We
are always on time and are priced at reasonable costs. In
every recruitment plan. Deltavir has the clients best interests
at heart.
Managing the operation of a project or the day-to-day
concerns of a business is not easy. Orchestrating men
and machines to operate like a well-oiled machine requires
precisely engineered equipment, a cadre of the right people
to ensure that the work flows smoothly, all the time.
Deltavir has been in the business for over a decade, with
an impeccable track record that the Department of Labor
and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippines Overseas
Employment Administration (POEA) can attest to. We have
dealt with and satisfied the most demanding clients from Saudi
Arabia, Japan, and the U.S. Trust Territories.
EASTWEST BANK
EastWest started out as a small commercial bank in 1994,
operating a single branch along Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati
City. Since then, the bank had been on a continuous growth
trajectory. In 2007, EastWest embarked on its aggressive
expansion program through organic growth as well as through
acquisitions. As a result, the bank emerged as one of the
countrys fastest-growing banks. Through the years, EastWest
has posted strong and steady gains in Net Income, Total
Capital, Total Loans, Total Deposits and Total Assets.
As it registers healthy operational growth, EastWest
continuously strives to provide world-class service to its
customers. The bank is expanding its branch store network
to make banking more accessible and truly convenient to its
customers. EastWest plans to expand its branch store network
to 350 by 2014. Together with its rural bank subsidiaries,
EastWests total branch store network will be close to 400
upon completion of its expansion program.
EastWest has also adopted a new core banking system,
the Temenos T24, to further enhance its overall operational
efficiency. With the new system, customers will experience
faster transaction in all branch stores and electronic channels
such as internet banking, mobile banking and ATMs. The
new core banking system will also considerably reduce loan
approval time.
To better address the diverse needs of its clientele, the Bank
continues to develop new products, services and delivery
channels. EastWest introduced its Basic Savings and Basic
Checking Accounts, which make opening and maintaining
deposit accounts affordable to its customers. EastWest also
launhed its prepaid card, an internationally-accpeted card that
is an effective budgeting tool.
The bank also launched its Financial Literacy Campaign
to make banking and finance easily understandable to
ordinary Filipinos who generally view banking as complex
and intimidating.
EastWest is a subsidiary of the Filinvest Development
Corporation (FDC), the publicly-listed holding company of
the Filinvest Group that evolved from a consumer business
founded by Andrew L. Gotianun, Sr. in 1955. FDC is one of
the countrys premier conglomerates, with business interests
in real estate, banking, sugar, hospitality and tourism, and
power-generation.
Through the years, EastWest Bank has successfully
capitalized on the financial strength and synergy of the
business organizations under the Filinvest Group.
EGS/RMH SERVICES ASIA PACIFIC INC.
Expert Global Solutions (EGS) is the holding company for
two renowned companies in the global business process
outsourcing (BPO) industry --- APAC and NCO. APAC is the
EGS brand in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
BPO marketplace. NCO is the EGS brand in the Accounts
Receivables Management (ARM) BPO marketplace. EGS,
through the integratedcompanies, is a fully scaled provider and
global partner serving all aspects of the customer lifecycle.
Our clients benefit from the unique complement of a singlesource solution with a customized CRM and ARM service
delivery platform.
EGSclients base includes 40% of the Fortune 500, serving
clients across all major market verticals. Our operating
platform includes a global network of more than 100 locations,
world-class technology, and more than 43,000 associates.
As a BPO industry leader, EGS has unique capabilities to
develop, grow, and innovate throughout all aspects of the
customer experience.
EGS Presence in the Philippines: With more than 14,000
employees, more than 11,000 seat capacity and new client
portfolios in the pipeline, EGS boasts of a large Philippine
presence in Metro Manila, Clark, and soon in Ilocos servicing
US Domestic and International Banking, Healthcare,
Publishing, Travel, Telecommunications, Technology,
eCommerce / eRetail,Transportation and also servicing and
growing its local market share.
ePERFORMAX
ePerformax Contact Centers & BPO was one of the first
contact centers to establish operations in the Philippines
in 2002 as a privately held business with two active and
extremely quality oriented partners: Performance Consulting
Group, Inc. (PCG) and Transnational Diversified Group (TDG).
The strength of the partnership between PCG and TDG
provides clients with the unique benefits of having the best
expertise available regarding the Philippine culture, customs,
labor laws, hiring and training practices, with the best contact
center management practices from the U.S. to create a high
performance, high-quality organization to support clients
global call center needs.
Today, ePerformax specializes in maximizing customer
value on behalf of a select group of Fortune 500 companies
through superior handling of customer service interactions
via phone, email and chat for English speaking customers in
the U.S., Canada and Australia. These interactions include
customer service, inbound sales and cross-selling, soft/early
stage collections, product and service technical support,
website navigation support, and outbound data verification,
along with non-voice BPO activities.
ESQUIRE FINANCING INC.
Esquire Financing Inc. offers non-collateral business loans
and consultancy services that are designed to help SMEs
prime their businesses for sustainable growth and long term
success. We offer clients a reliable partnership by sharing
their vision of growth and by making processes efficient and
convenient for them.
Euroasia Philippines Inc. (EPI)
Euroasia Philippines Inc. (EPI), a Global Service Provider
in Manpower Recruitment and Management, specializes in
supplying skilled and professional workers to major industries
such as Construction, Services Management, Heavy Industries
(oil and gas, mining etc.), Hospitality, and Retail.
With more than two decades of solid experience, EPI has
established its mark in different geographical locations all over
the world. It has a large database of registered candidates who
are specialists in major industries.
EPI is also equipped with a group of dedicated professionals
and sector specialist consultants whose aim is to find the
best candidates for the job. We do follow up with candidates
and clients at regular intervals to check on performance and
satisfaction.
EPI is responsive and flexible in handling clients needs and
requirements. We also make sure that the workers personal
and professional welfare are fully covered, resulting to an
excellent record with the Philippine Overseas Employment
Administration (POEA).
FAMOUS SECRET PRECISION MACHINING
INC.
FSPMI is an established supplier of Aircraft parts,
Automotive & Motorcycle parts, Industrial parts and other
Precision machined parts and Light aircraft assembly.
VISION: A socially responsible company, aerospace
standard product, service and learning for the whole world.
MISSION: 30% Annual increase of sales until 2014, serving
USA, Europe, Japan and local market.
100% Certified knowledge workers, working as family
seeking excellence in life.
Stakeholder Value Proposition: Make Life Easy, 6 Sigma
Quality, Dependable Response, and Greener Earth
Values: Excellence, Professional, Family, Result,
Accountability, Continuous learning and sharing
FEDERAL LAND INC.
Almost a decade after establishing Metrobank, the
Philippines largest bank in terms of Asset and Management to
date, chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty turned to reality his lifelong
passion for architecture by creating Federal Homes. The
company started in July 1972 catering to the residential needs
of the Filipino-Chinese community in downtown Manila.
After three decades of developing land, Federal Homes
found itself charting wider territories as it ventured not just
in vertical but horizontal developments as well. All braced
up to overcome challenges and break personal records,
the company changed its name in 2002 to become Federal
Land, Inc. This name was to mirror the companys exceptional
growth which, in the years to come, would see increased
organizational manpower and diversified array of portfolio
projects.
Federal Land, Inc. advanced its vision of becoming the
leading developer when it started building self-sustained
communities that embody its mission of providing quality
real estate projects.
Crisis or no crisis, Federal Land learns to ride the waves of
change by finding opportunities along the way. As a member of
the Metrobank Group, Federal Land exhibits the same qualities
of trust and dependability. So when you decide to buy your
property, dont think twice. Think Federal Land.
HARTE HANKS
The marketing industry is evolving. Todays marketing
industry is ever changing. It never rests. Consumers, channels,
preferences all in flux. At Harte Hanks, we put change into
motion To enhance the delivery of relevant engagement. To
help clients and their brands connect with customers on their
journeys. To make an impact. Were leading the charge with
Knowledge gained through data.
Relevancy achieved through personalized content.
Optimum engagement delivered by right timing and the use
of appropriate channels. The result? Connections made,
impact delivered. With Harte Hanks, you connect with your
customers at the right time, with the right message via the
right channel at all stages of the buying cycle. You build
awareness, interactions, transactions and loyalty through
compelling multichannel customer experiences. You deliver
impact through meaningful results.
We are 5,000 passionate marketing professionals who
develop and flawlessly execute integrated, multichannel
marketing solutions and customer experiences for some of
the worlds best-known brands.
We help our clients establish deeper relationships with their
prospects and customers. We design, deliver and manage
millions of customer interactions for our clients every day through
traditional, digital, social and emerging marketing solutions.

IGT - INTERGLOBE TECHNOLOGIES PHILIPPINES


INC.
InterGlobe Technologies Philippines Inc. (IGT) is part of
InterGlobe Enterprise Pvt. Ltd., a billion dollar global enterprise
headquartered in India. InterGlobe Enterprises Limited, one of
the worlds largest travel conglomerates. IGT provides integrated
services and solutions to corporations worldwide in the areas
of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Information
Technology (IT).
IGT is a leading BPO & IT Services provider committed
to delivering innovation and business excellence across the
entire spectrum of the travel, transportation and hospitality
domain. Ranked amongst the Worlds Top 3 Travel Technology
Solutions providers, the company offers integrated Application
Development and Maintenance, Call Center Services, Back
Office Services, Consulting Services and Solution Frameworks
to the travel industry worldwide.
With its footprint spanning across the globe from 8 state-ofthe-art delivery centers, IGT employs over 4000 travel industry
experts and maintains one of the largest TPF resource pools.
IGT through its innovative solutions and services offers a unique
value proposition in terms of accuracy, quality, flexibility and
cost savings to a large number of Airlines, Travel Management
Companies, Hotels & GDSs.
IGT is a contributing and active member of the Indian IT/ ITES
industry. The company is a registered member of Nasscom,
Indias premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of
the IT software and services industry. IGT has been a regular
participant in many national & international events organized by
Nasscom. The IT organization at IGT is also an active member
of the TPFUG and Indian Testing Board. The company has
received accreditation from the industry, for its fast-paced growth
in the past few years.
JAC LINER, INC.
JAC Liner Inc. is one of the largest bus companies in the
Philippines serving the riding public en-route to Southern Tagalog
provinces which includes key destinations in the provinces of
Laguna, Batangas, Quezon and Marinduque.
JAC Liner Inc. carries an unbroken tradition of providing bus
transport services in Metro Manila and Southern Tagalog region
over the last 19 years. Through the entrepreneurial acumen,
determination and sheer hard work of its founders, a vision
was transformed into what the company is now: a thriving and
expanding enterprise committed to provide superior transport
services to the riding public.
JLIs beginnings started in April 1987 as a sole proprietorship
operating a couple of old second hand buses along AlabangFairview route. A family-owned backyard lot was the repair
shop and offices.
In 1988, JLI acquired 2nd hand buses from other bus operators.
These were completely rehabilitated and made operational.
May 1989, through the Bus Instalment Purchase Program
(BIPP) and later the BOI-IPP, JLI purchased brand new buses.
In the same year, JLI was also granted additional franchises
along EDSA.
March 1992 was a milestone in the companys history when
it was formally incorporated with the corporate name of JAC
LINER, INC.
In January 1994, JLI completely moved its operations to the
Southern Tagalog regions, where, through its inherently superior
services, it immediately established itself as one of the dominant
and most trusted bus companies up to this day.
The guiding precepts that JLI lives by in its day-to-day life
are best expressed in the companys statement of its vision
and mission:
VISION: To lead the bus transport industry through its
innovation and unparalleled service to the riding public.
MISSION: To provide superior transport service to Metro Manila
and Southern Luzon commuters.
JEEVES OF BELGRAVIA MANILA INC.
Jeeves has arrived in Metro Manila, Philippines! Operating
in major cities around the world such as London, New York,
Hong Kong and Jakarta, Jeeves is regarded as the specialist
dry cleaner of choice to discerning and stylish individuals who
value their quality garments and wish them handled and cared
for in the manner they deserve.
Carrying on a most venerable tradition, Jeeves offers gentlemen
and ladies an unmatched personal valeting service. Jeeves of
Belgravia Manila draws upon the 40 years of experience gained in
London catering to royalty, haute couture houses and individuals
who value and appreciate their quality garments.
Jeeves of Manila is committed to delivering the same quality
service one would expect to receive in London. Key employees
were trained at the Jeeves facility in London and Jakarta and
in order to ensure standards of the highest quality, Jeeves of
Manila receives regular visits from headquarters management.
At the Jeeves of Manila centralized processing facility in Shaw
Boulevard, the company employs the most modern technologies
and techniques available.
JOB AVENUE INC.
JobAvenue Incorporated is a legitimate head hunting firm and
management service that serves as recruiting arm and other
human resources services to different partner organizations.
We address human resources and recruitment challenges of
clients, based on their individual needs as we align and comply
with their recruitment processes and other human resources
procedures/policies.
As a dynamic and young professional organization, JobAvenue
Incorporated is committed to deliver high quality, reliable,
customized and efficient services to its clients.
The company is composed of young flexible management
team which is committed to deliver quality service that we can
provide as we are trained and branded experts in Recruitment
and Selection and other areas of Human Resources across
different industries and specializations.
We offer different services designed to the needs of the client
organizations as our best talents will serve as your consultants
which quality is at par from the big players.
JOHN CLEMENTS CONSULTANTS, INC.
John Clements Consultants, Inc. was founded in November
1974 by the late Mr. Leocadio J. Dominguez, an accomplished
Corporate Executive and CPA with an MBA from Harvard
Business School, together with Mr. John W. Clements, a wellknown Psychology Consultant in Australia. During that time,
Executive Search was the pioneering business and flagship of
the John Clements Consultants Group. As the pioneer in the
industry, John Clements Consultants had to educate the market
before creating a market niche.
After overcoming the challenges of growth for almost three
decades, the company now stands stronger than ever. From
its initial venture in executive search, other divisions and
companies have been formed comprising the John Clements
Consultants Group.
Since its inception in 1974, John Clements Consultants,
Inc. has grown into one of the largest consulting firms in the
Philippines today, with a leadership position in the local market
and a strengthening presence in the international scene, notably
in Asia, the Middle East, and the US. While it has grown in
size and business interests, locally and internationally, and
prospects of further expansion remain in the horizon, the John
Clements Consultants Group has maintained its focus on its core
competencies: recruitment and training.
JP MORGAN CHASE & CO.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services
firm and has been doing first-class business in a first-class way
for more than two hundred years. The firm provides a full scale of
banking services to millions of consumers across its six lines of
business - Investment Banking, Asset and Wealth Management,
Treasury and Securities Services, Retail Financial Services,
Commercial Banking, and Card Services.
JPMorgan Chase is one of the oldest financial institutions in
the United States. With a history dating back over 200 years,
heres where we stand today:
We are a leading global financial services firm with assets
of $2.3 trillion; We operate in more than 60 countries.; We
have more than 260,000 employees; We serve millions of
consumers, small businesses and many of the most prominent
corporations, institutional and government clients; We are a
leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers,
small business and commercial banking, financial transaction
processing, asset management and private equity.
The Philippine Operations:We began operations in the
Philippines in 1961 with a representative office. Since then,
the firm has expanded its presence into a fully integrated
franchise, comprising Investment Banking, Treasury and
Securities Services, Equity Sales and Research and Trading
operations; The firm has a number of legal entities operating
in the country. These include the Manila branch of the bank,
which has a commercial banking license as well as a derivatives
license, and a securities company with a seat on the Philippine
Stock Exchange; In 2005, the firm established a Global Service
Center in Manila which provides support for the customers and
operations services of the firms retail and wholesale businesses.
Currently, it operates in Makati (Philamlife Tower), Bonifacio
Global City (Net Quad and Net Plaza) and Cebu (eBloc Tower)
KLAB CYSCORPIONS INC.
K-What? KLab Cyscorpions Inc. is a diversely talented, multicultural organization bent on the creation of full-range interactive
experiences for the mobile entertainment market. Operating as
the Philippine arm of the Singapore-based KLab Global Group,
we have extensively experienced leaders steering our team of
dynamic, promising individuals.
BIGGER From a modest 20-man team in 2007, our brood
has grown to over a hundred members in a span of 6 years -widely increasing our talent base and multiplying our potential
500-fold!
Brighter In spite of this growth, we exert every effort to maintain
an open organizational culture where creative collaborations and
fun spirits are staples to our working playground.
BOLDER We were able to penetrate the industry with a small
team and big dreams
Now, with a bigger team and even bigger dreams, we continue
to create skillfully, passionately, and enjoyably and were
definitely set to make our mark!
LEAD Resources Management
Corporation
LEAD Resources Management Corporation is a duly registered
and accredited recruitment agency in the Philippines which is
primarily engaged in the supply of Overseas Filipino Workers
(OFW).
The OFW covers a wide range of categories to include the
highly qualified professionals, skilled, semi-skilled, unskilled
workers, talents and entertainers for overseas employment.
Founded in 1976, LEAD Resources Management Corporation
has reached the loyalty of principals from countries from the
Middle East, the ASEAN region, Asia-Pacific Region, North
America and Europe. It covers the broadest range of service
in diverse fields.
LEAD Resources Managment Corporation has been
continuously setting the standards by utilizing a recruitment
system adapted to specific environmental conditions and is
tailored to the requirements of its prestigious and selected
clientele.
The pre-selection of its employers or contract workers involves
the following standards: background check on educational
attainment and work experience, battery of tests, auditions, and
in-house training, situational orientations, productivity, job briefing
and workplace discipline.
As a stable organization, LEAD Resources Management
Corporation maintains a manpower pool, an impressive databank
of qualified candidates and an adequate number of professional
management teams backed by highly qualified line and staff
employees, experienced in the entire process of manpower
recruitment and development.
Being a dynamic business organization, LEAD Resources
Management Corporation recognizes the value of social
responsibility and upholds its continuous partnership with the
government. As such, LEAD contributes and advocates projects
to alleviate the countrys economic growth and stability.

OMANFIL INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER


DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
OMANFIL is one of the Philippines biggest and most
reputable suppliers of Filipino manpower overseas.
For over 30 years, it has recruited over 80,000 Filipino
workers to different countries by focusing initially in
Oman. It pioneered the deployment of Filipino workers
to Oman in 1980 and has since expanded operations
to cover 55 other countries worldwide. Today, there
are more than 25,000 Filipinos working in Oman, a
large majority of which were recruited by Omanfil.
It is one of the very few agencies in the Philippines
that strictly follows all of the rules and regulations of
the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
(POEA) including the fees imposed on its recruits. On
April 21, 2010, Omanfil was conferred the Presidential
Award for Manpower Export Excellence by no less than
the President of the Philippines. It is one of only four
land-based agencies who received this recognition.
PCCW
PCCW Teleservices is an operating division of HKT
Groups Holdings Limited (HKT), a wholly owned
subsidiary of PCCW Limited and holds the PCCW
Groups telecoms services, media, and IT solutions
businesses. PCCW/HKT is Hong Kongs premier
telecommunications provider and a world-class player
in Information and Communications Technologies.
PCCW Teleservices is PCCWs successful contact
management outsourcing business. Operating one
of Asias largest 24-hour, multi-channel contact
management centers via hubs in mainland China,
Hong Kong, the Philippines, the USA and Panama.
PCCW Teleservices designs and implements customer
strategies for local and multinational companies
globally.
PHILIPPINE FAMILY MART
Philippine FamilyMart CVS, Inc. is a franchisee
of the FamilyMart convenience store chain that
started in Japan in 1973. It is a business venture
among the Stores Specialists, Inc., a member of the
Rustans Group of Companies, Ayala Land Inc., Japan
FamilyMart Ltd. and Itochu Corporation.
Philippine FamilyMart CVS, Inc. or PFM was registered
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
last November 2012. It opened its very first store on
April 7, 2013 at Glorietta 3, Makati City.
PFMs business address is at the Ground Floor ALCO
Building, 391 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City.
PLDT
PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider in
the Philippines. Through its three principal business
groups fixed line, wireless, and information and
communication technology PLDT offers the largest
and most diversified range of telecommunications
services across the Philippines most extensive fiber
optic backbone and fixed line, cellular and satellite
networks.
POWER STEEL SPECIALIST TRADING

CORP.
Power Steel is a distributor of metal products. It
aims to understand the real and perceived needs of its
customers better than anyone else, and to serve them
better than anyone else. It is the basic purpose of the
company to create value through diligent distribution
of metal products to consumers. It will build positive
and beneficial relationships with customers, suppliers,
employees, and the community. Power Steel will
accomplish this by continuously improving the value
of the products and services that it provides to the
customers. It will set competitive prices and provide
on-time delivery to customers.
Its principles are sacred and clearly defined. Honesty,
integrity and excellence through quality service will
be the foundation of its people. With over 30 years of
experience in the steel industry and one of the best
steel suppliers in the Philippines.
ROBERT BOSCH COMMUNICATION

CENTER
Business Process Outsourcing in Bosch quality
Established in 1985 as a monitoring center and provider
of communication services, Bosch Communication
Center today ranks among the leading international
providers of Business Process Outsourcing services.
Employing more than 4,000 associates in Europe,
Asia and South America Bosch Communication Center
provides and optimizes business processes for our
customers. The high quality standards for which Bosch
is renowned worldwide are maintained in the services
we offer in Marketing & Sales, Customer Services,
Finance & Accounting, Security & Safety, Facility
Management, Purchasing, Logistics & Production, IT
& Technology and HR Management services that are
offered in over 25 languages.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of
technology and services. In the areas of automotive and
industrial technology, consumer goods, and building
technology, some 271,000 associates generated sales
of 46.3 billion euros in fiscal 2007. The Bosch Group
comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300
subsidiaries and regional companies in roughly 50
countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing,
and sales network is the foundation for further growth.
Each year, Bosch spends more than 3 billion euros for
research and development, and applies for over 3,000
patents worldwide. The company was set up in Stuttgart
in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as Workshop for
Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.
The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch
GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the
Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to
plan over the long term and to undertake significant
up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future.
Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert
Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH,
a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights
are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG,
an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership
functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining
shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert
Bosch GmbH.
ROBINSONS LAND
Robinsons Land Corp (RLC), recently awarded as
Best Managed Company in the Philippines and one
of the Philippines leading real estate companies,
is involved in the development and operation of
various real estate platforms including residential
condominiums. With a vision of providing homes to
clients of various backgrounds and property demands,
the Robinsons Land Corp Residential Division created
four very distinct brands, namely Robinsons Homes,
Robinsons Communities, Robinsons Residences and
Robinsons Luxuria.
Value Proposition of Residential Division
With a vision of providing homes to clients of
various backgrounds and property demands, the
Robinsons Land Corp Residential Division created
four very distinct brands, namely Robinsons Homes,
Robinsons Communities, Robinsons Residences and
Robinsons Luxuria.
Robinsons Residences is dedicated to creating
vibrant and convenient living spaces in key cities
nationwide. Projects under this brand provide
excellent craftsmanship, efficient customer services
and an array of preferred lifestyle privileges for
Filipinos here and around the globe.
Robinsons Luxuria built its brand upon its
unparalleled attention to service, security and
comfort providing a seamless pampered experience
for a refined global living. It provides uniquely
luxurious living spaces in iconic locations such as
Makati, Ortigas, Mactan and Bonifacio Global City
for true connoisseurs of taste with distinctive urban
lifestyles.

SHORE SOLUTIONS INC.


Established in 2005, SHORE Solutions Inc. is a
provider of outsourcing services with a difference
were recognized as being highly client-focused and
operationally excellent. We deliver business outcomes,
not just provide resources. This results in business
improvements, as well as cost savings. And, we
deliver solutions fully customized to our clients varying
requirements that provide the optimum environment
and flexibility to spur business growth.
We have a solid suite of voice support services,
with capabilities in technical and multi-tiered customer
support engagements, complemented by a superior
outbound and inbound sales skill set. We also offer
BPO services, providing customers with accounting,
HR, payroll, legal and admin solutions. Our IT
Services business line addresses offshore and onsite
requirements for applications development and
maintenance services, ERP business solutions and
business process consultancy.
Today, with four facilities, and over 2000 employees in
Manila, Philippines among the top Business Process
Outsourcing (BPO) cities SHORE Solutions is a
leading provider of world-class contact center, BPO
and IT services.
SITEL PHILIPPINES
Sitel is a global Business Process Outsourcing
(BPO) leader. The company meets clients customer
care and transaction processing needs through 67,000
associates in 27 countries. Sitel provides world-class
solutions from on-shore, nearshore
and offshore locations across 155+ facilities
throughout North America, South America, EMEA and
Asia Pacific.
The companys award-winning services provide
clients with the strategic insight, scale and diversity of
offerings to ensure the best return on their customer
investment. The company is privately held and
majority owned by Canadian diversified company,
Onex Corporation. For more information, please visit
www.sitel.com.
Sitel provides fully integrated customer care and
back office processing services that focus on delivering
a return on customer investment to our clients by
reducing service costs, improving customer retention
and increasing revenue per customer.
Sitels ability to serve customers and track customer
information across multiple channels enables us to
consistently provide positive, intelligent service on
behalf of our clients.
SOLAIRE RESORT AND CASINO
Solaire Resort & Casino will be the Philippines first
integrated resort to open in PAGCORs Entertainment
City located along the Philippines famed Manila Bay.
Solaire will combine luxury accommodations, a Vegasinspired casino environment, signature restaurants and
personalized service that will allow the resort to indulge
its guests with memorable experiences. The resort will
boast a spectacular pool area with stunning views of
the Manila Bay. Solaire will deliver a premium gaming
resort reflecting an environment that will appeal to a
broad range of customers. The company believes that
Solaire Resort & Casino will assist in revolutionizing the
countrys gaming industry and will contribute in restoring
Manila as a premiere tourist destination.

SUTHERLAND GLOBAL SERVICES


Sutherland Global Services is a multinational IT Enabled and
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company, specializing
in Integrated BPO solutions across Customer Lifecycle and
Back-office Lifecycle Management services. Having started
operations in 1986 in Rochester, New York, Sutherland now
employs over 21,000 professionals offering RightSourced
seamlessly blended services from its 21 delivery centers in India,
the United States, Philippines, Canada and Mexico.
Customer Lifecycle Management Services: Our customer
lifecycle management services focus on the management
of our clients customers lifecycle and help our clients
increase revenue, expand margins, improve working capital
management, increase customer satisfaction and reduce
churn, and help improve overall competitive differentiation.
The following summarizes the customer lifecycle management
services that we currently provide to our clients: Customer Care,
Account Management, Technical Support, Pay for Support
Back Office Lifecycle Management Services: Our back office
lifecycle management services focus on the management of
clients back office process lifecycle and help reduce costs and
increase operational efficiencies. Most of the back office process
operations we manage on behalf of our clients draw substantially
on our deep industry-based knowledge. We also provide
corporate services, which cater to our clients employees. The
following summarizes the back office lifecycle services that we
currently provide our clients: Finance & Accounting, Order and
Document Management, Transaction & Payments Processing,
HR Management
Business Transformation and Process Consulting: Our
business transformation group is often the first point
of engagement we have with our clients. The business
transformation group generally provides four distinct services:
process consulting, business solutions design, platform
development and global transition. These service offerings allow
us to develop a deep understanding of the clients business
before a solution is implemented, resulting in increased speed
of transition and implementation, improved profitability for our
clients, improved forecasting ability and the potential to identify
additional areas for business improvement across the clients
entire organization.
SYKES ASIA INC.
SYKES is the call center that started it all. Officially recognized
as a pioneer in the call center industry here in the Philippines,
SYKES Asia has shown support for the past 15 years. SYKES
supports Fortune 500 companies by providing them exceptional
contact management solutions. SYKES supports the Filipino
community by helping less fortunate children have better access
to education. Most of all, SYKES support its employees by
giving them the power to choose their salary, by providing them
mentoring programs for career growth and by encouraging them
to pursue their passions.
HISTORY: With more than 30 years of combined experience,
SYKES is a global leader in providing customer contact
management solutions and services. Our 46,000 employees
worldwide service Fortune 500 companies from different
industries: finance, communications, technology and
healthcare.
In the Philippines, SYKES made history by being the first call
center to support Filipino talent in 1997. With only 14 employees,
SYKES began operations in the Philippines. But through its
commitment to excellence, innovative process and committed
team, SYKES rapidly expanded its business operations across
Metro Manila, more than doubling its man power in less than 10
years. In 2003, SYKES celebrated yet another milestone as it
becomes the first call center to set foot in Cebu.
Now on its 15th year, SYKES has a team of almost 15,000
capable and dedicated employees working in different sites to
support clients across the globe.
Teletech
For 30 years, TeleTech and its subsidiaries have helped the
worlds most successful companies design, build, implement and
manage superior customer experiences across the customer
lifecycle in order to drive shareholder value. As the go-to
partner for the Global 1000, the TeleTech group of companies
delivers technology-based solutions that maximize revenue,
transform customer experiences and optimize business
processes. From strategic consulting to operational execution,
its more than 44,000 employees drive success for clients in
the communications and media, financial services, government,
healthcare, technology, transportation and retail industries.
Its companies deliver award-winning integrated solutions in
support of customer innovation, revenue generation, technology
innovation, enterprise innovation, learning innovation and
professional services.
THE NEW APEC DEVELOPMENT CORP.
Driven by the desire to redefine the concept of low-cost
housing, The New APEC Development Corporation and
Cumberland Development Corporation focuses its efforts on
building aesthetically appealing residential units and offering
them at values much affordable to the aspiring Filipino family.
Since its establishment in 1997 and after over 13,000 sold
homes, the company continues to prove its worth as a housing
partner through constant transformation of untapped lands into
ideal residential communities. Because it is every familys hope
to dwell in a safe, convenient, and comfortable environment, it
is in turn, the companys perpetual mission to ensure that each
step is taken to fulfill that hope.
The New Apec Development Corporation and Cumberland
Development Corporation is known for constructing communities
strategically. Choosing prime locations, gathering quality
materials, and employing efficient workers, are just some the
guiding tenets in the building process. It is prudent in dealing with
its business partnersfrom employees, suppliers, contractors,
buyers, all the way to the government. Most importantly, it
engages in finding out what each family yearns for to enable
the achievement of full satisfaction. Thus, by having an intricate
understanding of what constitutes a desirable household, the
company has since been identified with homes that promote
the growth and satisfaction of families and communities alike.
Truly, building homes, building lives.
The Results Companies
The Results Companies is a leading-edge customer
contact solutions provider for many Fortune 500 companies.
Established in 1990, The Results Companies provides services
through over 5000 CSRs located in 15 locations worldwide.
Results is a well-established organization delivering the
best in service, performance, technology, and value to its
customers. We offer complete call center solutions from IT,
Telephony, Data and Reporting to Training, Quality and Center
Management needs around the globe.
Results started its first contact center in Manila on May 18,
2009. It has since then employed over 2100 employees over
the past 3 years. The site of the operations started from Ortigas
Building and then moving on to Silver City Mall located in the
heart of Ortigas Centers business hub, continuously growing,
we currently have sites in 1880 building in Eastwood and Q
Plaza in Cainta.
To date, Results Manila Inc. is gradually expanding its
client base and accumulating business from top corporations
in the United States. This expansion is accompanied by job
opportunities for Filipino graduates and graduating students who
would like to build their career in the contact center industry.
Transcom
Transcom is a leading global Customer Relationship
Management (CRM) and Credit Management Service (CMS)
provider, delivering cost-effective solutions while optimizing
efficiency and quality for our clients. Transcom also provides
CRM consulting, translation and interpretation, and legal
services.
We have expertise in a wide range of industry sectors including
telecommunications, the financial industry, travel & leisure,
utilities and retail/consumer goods. Our 20,000+ professionals
serve over 120 major clients in more than 30 languages.
Through our unique corporate culture, processes and
technology, we consistently provide seamless, high-quality
solutions.
Transcoms global footprint is one of the largest in the industry,
with 75 sites in 29 countries worldwide.
The Transcom values of Honesty, Passion, Fun, Innovation
and Excellence were designed to encourage, guide and inspire
the actions we take every day. Our ultimate goal is always
to excel by being honest, passionate and innovative while
enjoying what we do.
Transcoms Executive Management team consists of industry
leaders and innovators, each of whom has deep market and
service area expertise.
Our local management team comprises a unique combination
of internationally experienced customer relationship and credit
management specialists with senior operational, financial and
investment experience from their respective business area.
VXI GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
VXI Global Holdings is a leading provider of business process
and information technology outsourcing offering comprehensive
services to its clients. Our company specializes in call center
and BPO services, software development, quality assurance
testing, and infrastructure outsourcing. Headquartered in the
United States, VXI employs 15,000 people around the world
including locations in China and the Philippines.
VXI creates custom solutions in business-to-business and
business-to-consumer applications which allow clients to
achieve success in their market goals. VXI applications leverage
emerging and classic communication channels. Services range
from complete call center services, to maintaining applications,
to building solutions using superior tools and technologies.
VXI is the enterprise solution for any company looking to
enter a new market, grow market share, increase geographical
diversification, or lower costs while maintaining quality.
MISSION STATEMENT: VXI Global Holdings strives to be
the best Contact Center and Information Technology Solutions
Company in the world every single day.
Our mission impacts each transaction and customer
contact we manage for our clients. Our passion to be the
best every single day continues to drive our ongoing growth
and success.
WUERTH PHILS. INC.
Building up and developing the Wrth group is the lifes
work of Professor Reinhold Wrth, and one of the outstanding
business success stories in post-war German history. Within a
period of more than 60 years, he has established a worldwide
trading business with 400 companies in 84 countries all over
the world. With over 63,000+ employees worldwide, the core
business of the Wrth group is dealing in connecting and
assembly materials. Our products are sold by permanently
employed sales representative.
The product range comprises over 100,000 products ranging
from screws and standard parts to storage system and protective
clothing. Like its parent company, Wuerth Philippines, Inc.
has enjoyed success in the supply of fasteners, chemicals,
tools and storage to the automotive and more recently the
engineering industrial and construction business. Wrth is the
right contact for you if it is about screws, screw accessories,
dowels, chemicals products, furniture and construction fittings,
tools, installation material, automotive hardware as well as
storage and retrieval system.
Wuerth Philippines, Inc. is located at Bldg.3 Panorama
Hologram Sreet, Light Industry Science Park I (LISP I),
Cabuyao, Laguna and was incorporated last June 10, 1996 as
a wholly owned subsidiary of Wrth Holding GmbH of Germany
and also, part of Wrth Group Worldwide. Our head office is
located at Kunzelsau, Germany.
All over the world, there are more than 300,000 customer
contacts daily that has put trust in our products and services.
Wuerth Philippines, Inc. has a customer base of 4,042+ active
customers in 2012. Our sales representatives are strategically
positioned around the country to cover all major cities as well as
smaller regional areas and they are all on the road daily to service
our customers with competence, quality and closeness.
We thank our customer for their continued support. We will
endeavor to provide the best services, reliability, speed and
lasting product quality.

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