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YEAR 12, No. 4 OCTOBER 2008 Home Paper of the 1999 Canadian Ethnic Journalists’ and Writers’ Club Winner for Best Editorial Toronto, Ontario

INSIDE Appeal to all GTA Filipino newspaper outlets


Ooops & Bloops (SEE PAGE 5)

Gas is Philippine Supreme Court declares MOA-AD

Unconstitutional
cheap ...
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Light and medals


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By JAY B. REMPILLO
The Philippine Supreme tervening petitions, en- tinent consultation process, FVR to visit
Court, voting 8-7, on Oct.
14 declared “contrary
joined the government and
its agents from signing and
as mandated by Executive
Order (EO) 3, Republic Act
Toronto for
to law and the Constitu- executing the MOA-AD or (RA) 7160, and RA 8371,” Gawad Kalinga
2010 RP polls: tion” the Memorandum similar agreements. the High Court said.
of Agreement on Ances- Likewise, they were di- “The furtive process by
A watershed tral Domain (MOA-AD) rected to conduct public which the MOA-AD was de-
event? - 27 signed in Kuala Lumpur consultations in accordance signed and crafted runs con-
by peace panel negotiators with the right to informa- trary to and in excess of the
of the the Government of tion, with respect to any fur- legal authority, and amounts
the Republic of the Philip- ther peace negotiations with to a whimsical, capricious,
Notes on
Dancing
Josie’s To Be A Star pines (GRP) and the Moro the MILF. oppressive, arbitrary and
- 33
Celebrate! Islamic Liberation Front Grave abuse despotic exercise thereof,”
concert (MILF). “In sum, the Presiden- it said.
- 36 In an 89-page decision tial Adviser on the Peace “It illustrates a gross eva-
penned by Justice Conchita Process committed grave sion of positive duty and a
Carpio Morales, the Court, abuse of discretion when he virtual refusal to perform the
(STORY ON PAGE 5)
granting the main and in- failed to carry out the per- (To page 7)

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Remittances seen to balance exchange rate volatilities


MANILA - Remittances ing US government initia- sion” that would affect the Tetangco said the con- fect on the exchange rate and said, we nevertheless be-
of overseas Filipinos (OFs) tives to save its big financial direction of capital flows. tinued strengthening of the support the peso,” he said. lieve that the outlook for
has remained a major factor institutions and soothe a BSP data showed that US dollar would surely hurt The BSP has forecast re- (the) emerging economies is
to address volatilities in the global financial crunch. foreign portfolio invest- the local currency. mittances this year to reach for a significant slowdown,
exchange rate. ‘Hot money’ leaving ments or “hot money” as of “But our fundamentals US$16.6 billion, up from but still leaving growth at
This, Bangko Sentral ng Tetangco said that dur- Sept. 26 had declined - a net remain strong and there are end-2007’s US$14.4 billion. fairly robust rates,” he said.
Pilipinas (BSP) Governor ing times of uncertainty, outflow of about US$504 other sources of foreign ex- The BSP said that de- Remittance dip
Amando Tetangco Jr. bared, developing nations like the million as against inflows of change, such as remittances spite the global economic As of end-August,
as the US dollar continued Philippines could expect US$3.4 billion in the same from OFWs, which should slowdown hitting hard on the BSP said remittances
to regain its strength follow- “some amount of risk aver- period in 2007. help provide a balancing ef- the US and Europe, remit- from Filipinos abroad sent
tances of Filipinos workers through banks grew 17.2
in the Middle East and other percent, reaching US$10.9
OTTAWA - Re-elected Harper’s after-election vow foreign destinations, was billion from year-ago’s US$

Protect Canada’s economy;


Prime Minister Stephen seen to contribute largely to 9.34 billion.
Harper has unveiled a new the remittance volume. BSP deputy governor
economic plan for Canada, IMF forecast Nestor Espenilla Jr. said the
a day after his Conservative
Party notched the federal
polls on Oct. 14.
our earnings, savings, jobs Meanwhile, the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF)
said remittance inflows to
August figure alone was at
US$1.3 billion.
But Espenilla noted that
“The No. 1 job of the up balance sheets. ment’s 308 seats, an im- the Philippines were likely month-on-month, remittanc-
prime minister of Canada “We are examining what provement over the 127 in to decline due to the global es dipped to 10.4 percent,
is to protect this country’s other countries are doing the previous Parliament but economic situation. from July’s US$1.4 billion.
economy, our earnings, our very closely to make sure short of the 155 needed to “Economies like the The inflows mainly came
savings and our jobs, during that our banks are not put a govern on its own. Philippines and also in Cen- from the US, Saudi Arabia,
a time of global economic competitive disadvantage,” Voters gave a harsher tral America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Italy,
uncertainty,” Harper said. Harper said. verdict on the Liberal Party, perhaps in emerging Europe the United Arab Emirates,
Harper called for reined “Frankly, our leading which has been the dominant as well, will be affected by Canada, Japan, Singapore,
in-government spending and banks are now some of the party for most of Canada’s slowing inflows from remit- Hong Kong and other nation
presenting Parliament with largest banks in the Western history but plunged from 95 tances, in a similar way to hosting Filipino workers.
a budget that would take ac- world as a consequence of Parliament seats to 76. slowing demand for their Remittances posted its
count of the credit crisis by what’s going on,” he said. The separatist Bloc Que- export goods,” said Charles highest growth in June, to-
end-November. While declining to spell becois won 50 seats; the Collyns, the IMF deputy di- taling US$1.45 billion or a
He said he would meet out the options he was con- New Democrats, 37; and in- rector. 30 percent jump from May’s
with Canada’s provincial HARPER sidering, he said it would dependent candidates, two. But Collyns assured that US$1.43 billion.
leaders and his counterparts not involve a lot of taxpay- Harper was the first emerging economies would The remittances would
in the Group of 7 major in- that Canada’s banks would ers money. (See related item major world leader to face not suffer the major down- continue to be a big boost
dustrial nations to discuss not be hurt by government on page 32) voters amid the global eco- turns and even recessions to the Philippine economy
economic needs. moves in the United States Poll results nomic crunch. With reports that happened during previ- amid the global economic
Banking strength and Europe to buy up stakes In the end, the Conser- from the Associated Press ous global business cycles. meltdown, Espenilla said.
He also vowed to ensure in their own banks to shore vatives won 143 of Parlia- and other Internet sources “Overall, as we have PNA

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FVR to visit APPEAL TO ALL GTA FILIPINO
Toronto for NEWSPAPER OUTLETS
During the last several months, bundles of Should you have security cameras that

Gawad Kalinga newspaper copies were stolen from your re-


spective stores by the publisher of one Filipino
newspaper and his delivery people.
caught the act on tape, please inform us of the
same.
With the strong role of Filipino-Canadian
Former Philippine Among those victimized to our knowledge newspapers and magazines as a source of
president Fidel V. Ramos were Filipiniana, Philippine Times and lately, news and information happening in and around
is scheduled to visit To- Manila Media Monitor. our community, and as a resource for those who
ronto from Oct. 22 to 25 to In an exchange of e-mails circulated among have just arrived to settle in this country, we, the
promote among Filipino- publishers of Filipino papers in the GTA, Balita undersigned publishers/editors -- together with
Canadians the social and
and Philippine Reporter likewise came for- the president of the Philippine Press Club-On-
economic graces the Gawad
Kalinga (GK) housing pro- ward to report that the same happened to their tario, appeal to you for your very kind coopera-
gram has given to the poor newspapers recently. tion to stop this publisher from further engaging
and depressed in the Philip- We know who the culprit publisher is, and in this unfair and criminal practice against his
pines, particularly the coun- his delivery persons. perceived competition.
trysides. Understandably, we could not be watching It is obvious he is doing this for a purely self-
The former president RAMOS over the bundles of our respective publications ish profit motive.
is also slated to visit Win- with so many Filipino newspaper outlets in GTA, Maraming salamat po sa pagbibigay ninyo
nipeg later to interact with They have also played
round of memorable golf hence, this appeal to all of you. ng daan sa kahilingang ito.
the community on the same
subject. together. Please take notice of deliveries of newspa-
Meet with Chretien Dinner, presscon pers at your respective outlets.
Following his arrival in In the evening of Oct. Should you see this publisher and his de- ACE ALVAREZ, Managing Editor, Manila
Toronto, Ramos will meet 22, Ramos will have a for- livery men carting away copies or bundles of Media Monitor
with former Canadian Prime mal dinner with the FVR newspapers other than their own from your re- ROSE AMI, Publisher, Planet Philippines
Minister Jean Chretien. Events Committee led by spective stores and professional offices, please JOSE BAKING, Publisher, Confidential
Ramos and Chretien met overall chair Renee Talave-
report the matter to the undersigned publish- TESS CUSIPAG, Managing Editor, Balita
and had lengthy exchanges ra-Siao at the Casa Manila.
on various global issues Expected to be with ers so that appropriate actions may be taken RAMON DATOL, Publisher, Philippine
during the Asian Pacific Ramos are Philippine Am- against these people; or better still, please call Courier
Economic Council (APEC), bassador to Ottawa Jose the police since this act by this publisher and HERMIE GARCIA, Publisher and Editor,
of which the Philippines Brillantes, Philippine Con- his delivery people constitutes theft, a criminal Philippine Reporter
and Canada are member- sul General in Toronto Ale- offense in any legal jurisdiction. BIN KON LOO, Publisher, Filipiniana
nations. jandro Mosquera and GK In several instances, this theft happened late TURING MUERE, Publisher, Likha
Both have also had the founder Tony Meloto. at night when your stores were already closed, Newsmagazine
honor of hosting each other A press conference, to
be moderated by Philippine
and when newly delivered newspapers were TENNY SORIANO, President, Philippine
during APEC meetings in
Manila and Vancouver. (To page 34) left by your door. Press Club-Ontario
6 NEWS Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008
Board Meeting at Casa Manila on organization’s corporate secre-
August 1 (Friday) at 7 p.m.” tary, Butch Galicia, how many
Board member Ramon Datol directors have confirmed to the
-- publisher of Philippine Courier board meeting, June 6.
-- responded, “Mr. Secretary, I’m Butch replied, “Lima na ang
coming.” confirmed – You, Ace, Mogi,
ACE ALVAREZ Hmmmm … guys, is there Mondee and Ace.”
anything going on that we do not Tenny commented, “Dinala-
wa mo ang pangalan ni Ace.”
Gas price is cheap; at a station know about?
*** Butch: “Akala mo nagka-
Noting various Filipino Ca- mali ako? No way. Kaya dalawa
... 50 kilometers away nadian publications in British
Columbia as mostly dealing
ang pangalan ni Ace, kasi dala-
wang beses ding nag-confirm sa
The Philippine Press Club- *** old pa lamang!” with entertainment, Vancou- June 6 meeting.”
Ontario (PPCO) sent a notice to The headline of the “OFW Butch wrote back na kung na- ver-based journalist Ron Rich- Ace interrupted: “Kaya dal-
members re: a press conference at Journalism Consortium in its June tanggap ni Mrs. iyong sperm sam- ardson – who is executive editor awang beses ako nag-confirm,
Casa Manila on York Mills Road 27, 2008 issue read, “Study says ple, anak nga ni OFW si bunso. of the various publications of para ‘pag hindi ako nakarating
in North York with former Philip- high school drop-outs not children But lo … and behold, I replied, the Asia Pacific Foundation of doon sa unang confirmation,
pine president Fidel Ramos – in of OFWs”. “Hindi pa rin, dahil hiringgilya ng Canada, once asked me if I’m a puwede pa rin akong humabol,
town from October 22 to 26 at Ooops! Easy … easy. The asawa ni Dory, na taga Malabon, serious journalist. dahil I have a second confirma-
Casa Manila on York Mills Road body of the story is not quite what ang ginamit kay Mrs. OFW.” Of course, I am. How does he tion. O ‘di ba, makes sense?”
in North York to promote Gawad the headline declares. *** expect me to write this column, ***
Kalinga, or GK. An excerpt from the story A good friend of mine phoned if I’m not. ‘di ba, readers? Aside from the Philippine
One member e-mailed back read: the Philippine Consulate Gener- *** Chamber of Commerce-Toronto’s
and inquired if dinner will be “High cost of education cou- al’s office in Toronto to inquire PPCO member Rodel Ramos Trade Show at the Mabuhay Phil-
served. pled by lingering poverty has on dual citizenship. through Tenny Soriano sent the ippines Toronto Summer Festi-
The notice likewise stressed been cited by pundits as reasons A staff at that office picks up following e-mail message to fel- val, July 19, at the Metro Toronto
the policy that those withour for these increases (N.B. referring the phone and … “Philippine low members: Convention Centre, one place for
PPCO ID will be barred entry. to drop-out rate).” Conshooleyt, good afternoon.” “My brothers and sisters in the investment companies to put up a
Suggestion to the inquiring When I forwarded the story There’s no truth that when I media, booth is by the entry doors of all
PPCO member: Please go get to Manila Media Monitor editor phoned the Philippine Embassy “We need volunteers to pro- those casinos.
yourself the IDs of Fallsview Ca- Butch Galicia, I warned him to in Ottawa two days later to seek mote the nation building project I think many of those in the
sino Resort and Casino Rama. be careful about reading just the clarification on a press release of Gawad Kalinga (GK) to the Filipino-Canadian community
They provide not only food, headline of the newspacket. that office sent us at Manila Me- Filipino community and the main- committed a mistake while read-
but hotel accommodation as well. “The story’s content is differ- dia Monitor, a staff picked up stream. Please help us help our ing primers on investments.
*** ent from what the headline im- the phone and … “Philippine poor and the country. For example, on the matter of
A CNW (Canada News plies. Kasindak-sindak, sir!” Embashee, good afternoon.” “I was asked to get volunteers stocks (otherwise known as eq-
Wire) dispatch on June 25, Butch replied, “It’s a startling *** for the GK Walk and future proj- uities), the explanation was that
states: “McGuinty Government revelation. Pinagkakaila na ng On Wednesday, July 30 this ects.” “stocks may pay investors divi-
Supports Public-Private Intern- mga OFWs na anak nila ang mga year, Philippine Press Club-On- From me to Rodel: Do you dends. Furthermore, the price of
ship Program; Leading Edge school dropouts sa Pilipinas. Mag- tario (PPCO) Sexitary, or rather, know if GK is paying for the vol- the stock may rise, or fall, over
Research” aling ang sumulat ng headline.” secretary, Butch Galicia, sent out unteer work? time.”
Mabuti na la’ng walang oral Ace to Butch: “Kung baga a message to PPCO officers and *** On the stock market, “Market
… ooops … I mean oval office si OFW, five years na sa abroad, board members, saying, “Please In an e-mail on Tuesday, June Volatility is defined as the relative
dito sa Ontario. pero iyong bunso ay three years be reminded of our 2nd PPCO 3, PPCO Prexy Tenny asks the (To page 7)
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor VIEWS 7
RP Supreme Court declares GRP-MILF MOA-AD unconstitutional
(From page 1)
duty enjoined,” the Court added. dissenting opinions were Justices Moreover, respondents ex- Neither the GRP Peace Panel (d) the fact that the case is capable
Voting Dante Tinga, Minita Chico-Naz- ceeded their authority by the mere nor the President was authorized of repetition yet evading review.
Chief Justice Reynato Puno, ario, Presbitero Velasco Jr., An- act of guaranteeing amendments to make such a guarantee. Renegotiations?
Justices Consuelo Ynares-San- tonio Eduardo Nachura, Teresita to the Constitution. Upholding such an act would But the Court noted that the
tiago, Antonio Carpio, Adolfo Leonardo-de Castro and Arturo EO 3 defined the authority of amount to authorizing a usurpa- MOA-AD was a significant part
Azcuna and Ruben Reyes, joining Brion. Justice Renato Corona the GRP negotiating panel. tion of the constituent powers of a series of agreements neces-
the majority vote, all wrote sepa- joined Tinga’s dissent. Associative relation vested only in Congress, a Consti- sary to carry out the GRP-MILF
rate opinions. Authority exceeded The contents of the MOA-AD tutional Convention, or the people Agreement on Peace signed by the
Also in the majority were Se- The Court held that respon- were matters of paramount public themselves through the process of government and the MILF in June
nior Justice Leonardo Quisumb- dents’ failure to consult the local concern involving public inter- initiative, for the only way that the 2001.
ing and Justice Ma. Alicia Aus- government units or communities est in the highest order, the Court Executive could ensure the out- The MOA-AD could then be
tria-Martinez. constituted a departure by respon- stressed. come of the amendment process renegotiated or another one drawn
Those who voted for the dis- dents from their mandate under It stressed that the MOA-AD was through an undue influence or up that could contain similar or
missal of the petition and wrote EO 3. could not be reconciled with the interference with that process. significantly dissimilar provisions
present Constitution and laws; not Fatally defective compared to the original.
Gas is cheap at a station ... only its specific provisions but the The Court added that while The Court, however, found
(From page 6) very concept underlying them, the MOA-AD would not amount that the prayers for mandamus
rate which the stock market moves thing I saw he attracted is the namely, the associative relation- to an international agreement or have been rendered moot in view
up and down in price.” car shop for repairs. ship envisioned between the GRP unilateral declaration binding on of the respondents’ action in pro-
See, the definitions have all the *** and the BJE (Bangsamoro Juridi- the Philippines under interna- viding the Court and the petition-
characteristics of slot machines at My good friend, PPCO mem- cal Entity). tional law, the respondents’ act of ers with the official copy of the
the casinos. ber and Philippine Courier asso- This was unconstitutional, for guaranteeing amendments was, final draft of the MOA-AD and its
You put in your investment ciate editor Miguel Caducio sent the concept presupposed that the by itself, a constitutional viola- annexes.
of $100 and “market volatility” me a very informative message. associated entity was a state and tion that rendered the MOA-AD Right to information
which may rise, or fall, overtime It states: “Do you want to implied that the same was on its fatally defective. The Court said that the peo-
--- which in the slot machines are know the price of the gas the next way to independence, the Court The Court denied the respon- ple’s right to information on
called “credits” (“units” in the day, check this site. I’ve been us- said. dents’ motion to dismiss the peti- matters of public concern under
stock market). ing this site and save me a few It further noted that the inclu- tions on the ground that the non- Section 7, Article III of the Con-
More often than not, the in- cents per liter. The prices of gas sion of provisions in the MOA- signing of the MOA-AD and the stitution “is in splendid symmetry
vestments at the slot machines are is updated based on the market AD establishing an associative eventual dissolution of the GRP with the state policy of full public
lost. closed in the afternoon.” relationship between the BJE and Peace Panel mooted the present disclosure of all its transactions
In the stock market, this is Wow, am saving money in the Central Government was a petitions. involving public interest under
called a crash. these times of soaring gas prices! violation of the Memorandum of It ruled that the present peti- Section 28, Article II of the Con-
*** So, I checked and … surely, I Instructions from President Gloria tions provided an exception to the stitution.”
An article for men from will save a few cents per liter at Macapagal-Arroyo dated March “moot and academic” principle The complete and effective ex-
LeaseTrader.Com states, “Dat- a gas station at the boundary of 1, 2001, addressed to the govern- in view of (1) the grave violation ercise of the right to information
ing Expert Reveals The Type of Mississauga and Brampton. ment peace panel. of the Constitution involved; (b) necessitated that its complementa-
Woman A Vehicle Attracts”. In the meantime, I was access- Moreover, it virtually guar- the exceptional character of the ry provision on public disclosure
Well, this may be true, but ing the information from my home anteed that the necessary amend- situation and paramount public derived the same self-executory
a good friend of mine drives a location in Scarborough. ments to the Constitution and the interest; (c) the need to formulate nature, subject only to reasonable
1965 Chevrolet Corvette, and Thank you so much, Mike! laws would eventually be put in controlling principles to guide the safeguards or limitations as might
since I’ve known him, the only *** place. bench, the bar and the public; and (To page 25)
8 VIEWS Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008

From The
Manila Media Monitor has al- their confidence in this publica-
ways subscribed to, and respected tion as a medium for their adver-
the unwritten principle that each tising and promotion – when the
publication circulating for the
community in the Greater Toronto
Area contributes to the achieve-
Monitor’s Desk publisher himself has no confi-
dence in his own paper to survive
in the industry absent his, and his
ment of excellence in Filipino-Ca- delivery people’s foul play.
nadian journalism, because we be-
ACE ALVAREZ ***
lieve that better journalism means Just before Toronto diva Josie
a better-informed citizenry and an
improved democratic process. When all other de Leon’s Celebrate Music con-
cert, I sent a message to the outfit
All the other seven publishers producing the concert. Managing Editor

signing the “Appeal To All GTA


Filipino Newspaper Outlets” that
publications strive to The message addressed to Jing
de Leon and Chat Bautista, I com-
ACE ALVAREZ

Editor

is published on page 5 of this is-


sue and likewise published in the
build a better-informed mended Studio Six Productions
for their attention to evey detail
BUTCH GALICIA

Associate Editor
GIE ALVAREZ
issues of seven other publications
do share and respect this prin-
citizenry, this one in the concert: promotion artwork,
media communications and ev- Contributing Editors
Grace P. Freires
ciple.
The same is true with the publisher ... erything relative to the pre-pro-
duction of the concert.
Manny Freires
Ben Viccari
Mag Cruz Hatol
president of the Philippine Press The actual event in itself was Pete Lacaba
Club-Ontario (PPC-O) Tenny So- Four witnesses have come publisher signing the appeal with as expected the way I wrote the Mel Tobias

riano – who, as a veteran journal- forward firmly expressing their us, criminal acts are based on the two executives.: artwork and Editorial Assistants
ist both in the Philippines and in support to us should the culprits intention of the perpetrator of the consistency on promotional and Lennart Leigh Alvarez-Mahoney
Dods Andrada
this country, has always aimed to fail our reason stated immediately crime – with the onus of proving advertising materials; stage props
uplift the state of Filipino-Canadi- above for divulging their identi- the same to the prosecution. and set design, well-rehearsed Contributors
Edwin Acuna
an community journalism through ties. Criminal acts are committed numbers by all participating art- Bien Garcia
the PPC-O. You asked why there were in either of two ways: first, by “in- ists. Jeannie Pilapil
Eva Agpaoa
Meanwhile, while we continue only eight publishers, plus, the tent”; the other by “negligence”. However, one glaring obser- Mario Dimain
to work for these objectives, one PPCO president? To our minds, certainly, the act vation during the concert – and Noel Perada
Larry Torres
publisher among us spoils every- Reason was that, when I sent of this culprit publisher and his which is shared by many in the Chito Sarabia
thing. out the open letter to all Filipino- delivery people is a criminal act, audience, both during the inter-
Account Executive
We know who the culprit pub- Canadian publishers, only the sev- and the decision to render the act mission and after the event, was MYRNA SORIANO
lisher is and his delivery people, en other publishers chose to even as such, or not, rests solely to the that all that could be heard in
Graphics
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OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor VIEWS 9
Perhaps it was that fact that af-
fected the wide number of media
Commentary that just don’t like Oprah’s great
popularity.
The Laings (Sam Neill and
BEN VICCARI Alice Krige), an Afrikaner couple,
OPINION beget a girl child whose skin is
considerably darker than their
own and in the knowledge that
Why we are what and A regrettable genetic throwbacks are a scien-
tific possibility, fight to have their
where we are now child Sandra accepted officially as
By ERNESTO G. BANAWIS
display of bad taste “white.”
They succeed but their world
History judges men and events unerringly; often harshly. In my extended family, two er his abrupt demise as a distinct is torn apart when as a young
This should particularly apply to those who held the levers of male children were born with possibility. woman Sandra (Sophie Okonedo)
power: the men and women who shaped the course of Philippine Down Syndrome: One is now in *** chooses a black boyfriend.
history. his thirties; the other a pre-teen. Docudramas and biopics are Victims of the narrow thought
Where, what, how and why we are today has been the sum of I know how the loving care of nothing new to television: the best patterns of most Afrikaners, they
all the fears, indiscretions, cowardice, greed, selfishness, arrogance, their parents has helped them to of them can be excellent, but many reject their daughter.
ignorance, dishonesty, and pride of the leaders of our country. develop and live in confidence in tend to gloss over certain facts for That the tragedy really hap-
Only a few among them truly cared for our people. a world in which they are different convenience. pened has been made evident in
Some of them set back and ruined our economy. from others around them. Indeed That is why my original re- news reports and articles; in fact
Others looted the public treasury. they are special. view of Australian director An- it was for years a human rights
How we survived all the crisis and problems wrought upon us All the more reason that I was thony Fabian’s film Skin was so cause celebre.
by our own leaders is a mystery. shocked to see the potential vice full of praise. Performances especially by
We were ahead of Japan and most of our neighbors in Southeast president of the United States us- Fabian chose to present his Neill, Krige and Okonedo are
Asia in the ‘50s and early ‘60s in economic progress and political ing her own special baby in an film as straight drama played out standouts.
stability. especially obnoxious television during South Africa’s infamous The film ends with a real-life
But our leaders squandered our opportunities and set back our appearance. apartheid regime, without preach- glimpse of Sandra Laing, now
progress and development. Grasping the poor child like a ment, neither sugar-coating its a grandmother and a successful
By the late ‘70s and up to the early ‘80s, the Philippines became sack of potatoes in one arm, she message, nor heavy-handedly vil- store owner.
a basket case in Asia and shunned by international creditors for its used the other arm to wave at the lainizing its apartheid-supporting As a result of its screening at
moribund economy. cheering crowds, who in their characters. TIFF, Skin has already been picked
We suffered the worst energy crisis during the Aquino regime. abysmal ignorance thought that Skin was one of the films se- up for distribution in Greece,
The modest gains during the Ramos administration were wiped this was something indeed noble. lected for the ‘08 Toronto Interna- France, Scandinavia, the Middle
out in the financial crisis of 1997. Down syndrome children, tional Film Festival. East and the Benelux nations.
In the three years that movie actor Joseph Estrada was president, above all, need respect, and this What has surprised me has ***
our country was rudderless and listless; it had no sense of purpose disgraceful parading of an infant been the lukewarm reception that As Hurricane Ike approached,
or direction. as a campaign prop is to me a mark Skin has been given by English- the number of Texans who said
Unschooled in finer aspects of statecraft, Estrada was just plod- of the woman who could become language journalists. they would ignore the danger and
ding along, leaving to his cabinet members the burden of running president of the United States, if Screened for Oprah Winfrey, stay put was literally amazing and
the entire government machinery. John McCain’s health should take it was powerfully endorsed by the alarming.
In the last seven years under Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s reign, a turn for the worse. influential TV host who has spon- Maybe, Texans are still moved
the Philippines remains economically static; the nation splintered, One only has to look at his sored screenings of the film for by the Alamo tradition at which
the peace talks with the separatist Muslim groups convoluted; the presence on television to consid- special groups. (To page 30)
subversive elements getting stronger and more belligerent, the re-
gime itself embroiled in scandals unprecedented in magnitude and
This has been a rough and
daring.
tumble month.

Our Journey
The country somehow managed to stay afloat in the midst of a
Not just on a personal level
crisis of confidence in the national leadership.
but also about the crash of the
Obviously, the fault is not in our stars but in our leaders.
economy in the U.S.
We are destined to be a great nation and a great race not by de-
This crash will have conse-
sign but by the confluence of watershed events. EVA AGPAOA
quences that affect almost every-
Note that the most significant events which shaped the destiny
one everywhere.
of our country happened by accident.
The U.S. economy is so large
Were Ferdinand Magellan equipped with more precise naviga-
and pervasive that it touches near-
tional instruments, he would have reached his original destination
- the Malaccas and the Spice Islands.
ly every individual on the planet,
directly or indirectly.
Consequences
He accidentally landed at Homonhon, “discovered” the Philip-
We have already felt its reach
pines and for over 350 years, we lived under a tyrannical Spanish He made some bad decisions so badly that we blind ourselves to
here as our own TSX dropped
colonial government. and kept making bad decisions the real consequences that come
nearly 1,000 points in one day.
When the USS Maine was blown up under mysterious circum- until today; he is no longer wel- with it.
Also, we are in the middle of
stances while anchored at Havana harbor, Cuba, on February 15, come in the community and has It’s human nature but we have
two elections: Our own Canadian
1898, it triggered the Spanish-American War. no one he can call a friend. to guard against our own reckless-
election (please vote, every vote
After the war, under the Treaty of Paris, Spain sold the 10 mil- Eddie’s big problem is he lies. ness every day.
counts) and of course the historic
lion Filipinos for only $20 million or $2 a head. He lies a lot. Mainly to make Did you pay your bills or use
U.S. election.
Up to this day, the Philippines remains a surrogate of the United himself look bigger and more im- the money to go clubbing? Now
No matter who gets elected in
States. portant than what he really is but you have no Hydro.
the U.S. in November, history will
What is deeply regrettable is that our own leaders mismanaged also he lies to his girlfriend about Did you fill in the right forms
have been made.
our national affairs and brought to our people economic hopeless- his fidelity. on time or are you too busy social-
Again, the outcome of that
ness and political despair. Eddie lied about his fidelity izing?
election will have wide conse-
Hardly anyone had best interest of our people at heart or cared and kept on lying. Now you’ve missed your
quences for the planet, and espe-
for the poor and the underprivileged. So now, she no longer believes chance to get your landed papers.
cially us here in Canada.
The welfare of the Filipino people were never in the agenda of anything he tells her. And it’s not always clear that a
It’s all about consequences.
every administration since we regained our independence. She will leave him soon be- choice is a bad choice.
Damned if you do and damned
Let us look back to have a clearer idea of the role some of our cause no relationship can last A seemingly harmless deci-
if you don’t.
national leaders played in the history of our country. without mutual trust. sion can lead to chaos.
Many of the choices we make,
Jose Rizal and Emilio Aguinaldo played pivotal roles but were In the community, Eddie lied a One of the most dangerous
or don’t make, have long term
as much responsible for the failure of the Revolution of 1898. lot. Made himself more important choice we make is to procrasti-
consequences for us and those
At the most gifted, knowledgeable and respected Filipino of his than what he really was. nate.
around us.
time, Rizal should have led the armed revolution against Spain. At first, people believed him. It may feel safe, but the deci-
And those consequences accu-
He could have prevented the split in the leadership of the Kati- But as the truth came out (and it sion will have to be made sooner
mulate over time and change our
(To page 13) always would), the people around or later.
lives in ways we could not have
foreseen. him understood that nothing he And usually later means
ADVERTISE with In some cases, the conse- stood for or said was really true. worse.
quences of our choices change the One by one, the people around Another kind choice we make
Manila Media Monitor way people see us and treat us. him left. is to pin our hopes on a single or
Call 416-285-8583 Eddie’s story belongs in this
category.
Until today he has no one.
Too often, we want something
unrealistic event.
(To page 16)
10 VIEWS Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008
As an old Erap political barb Souls Day. either playing mahjong, tong-its or
goes, being brain dead is not ex- Unfortunately, these are not bingo or engaging in idle tsismis.
actly petrifying for Erap because
it confirms that he indeed has a
brain.
legal holidays in Canada, unlike
in the Philippines.
But why pout?
Omerta On the other hand, the young
ones would flamboyantly jam it
up to the sound of loud solid rock,
But staring at a mirror reflect- While our only recourse, be- BUTCH GALICIA R&B or rap.
ing his headless image or tagging ing away from the homeland, is to Many of them would stay
along a decapitated shadow may relive the good and happy times overnight, not to keep vigil as that
give him the creeps since this only – and maybe, some grubby but en- done during wakes but to keep the
means that he indeed has nothing joyable ones -- we had with fam- party alive and kicking.
from the neck up.
Joke, joke, joke! This is sim-
ily members, relatives and friends
who have reunited with Bathala in
Dead scared The children would no longer
stray around collecting melted
ply the way we Filipinos breeze the Great Beyond, we have all our candles but be very concentrated
through life, no matter how hard lifetime to do it. causes for a clan reunion. they just came from a place they on pressing of their cellphones, i-
it may be. Ah, memories! It was a time when people would be heading to in time. pods, and other techno-toys.
We make jokes out of any Isn’t it amazing to see millions somberly gathered around the In those days of yore, there Tin cans, junk food wrappers
topic, trying to elicit a repressed of Filipinos completing the yearly grave of their dearly departed, was no hassle in visiting grave- and an assortment of plastic bags
smile, at the least, or a guffaw, at traditional trek to public and pri- lighting candles, offering flowers yards. litter the ground together with ar-
the most. vate burial grounds before, dur- and whispering - some mumbling One could easily glide through tificial flowers.
A subject matter like death ing and even a few days after All with their heads down - prayers neatly-spaced niches, newly-dug The bedlam, the noise and the
does not scare us. Saints Day and All Souls Day? for the deceased. graves and mausoleums spruced dirt ware enough to make the dead
We talk and joke about death They converge there, invading Following would be a short up with acacia, balite and aratiles roll in their graves or send spir-
as if it were just one of those the privacy of the dead. conversation about how good trees. its into orbs to the center of the
things. Anyway, the dead won’t mind, those lying six feet under were in Tombs, adorned with bouquets earth.
This must be why Mr. Grim would they? their lifetime. of aromatic flowers, also smelled Even the dead resist hell, eh!
Reaper has changed his name to In the not-so distant past, ev- Then would come picnic time of either fresh white paint or the The once spacious cemetery
Mr. Grin Reaper and why St. Peter eryone looked forward to that when all would partake of delica- reliable kalburo. has given in to progress.
always chuckles when he busts his yearly trip to the cemetery. cies, sometimes set on top of the Many things have changed a Lonely tombs have given way
homecoming list and makes some It was an occasion when fam- nitso. lot, though. to condo tombs (one-deathbed
corpse spring back to life, sending ily members felt wanted, dead or After a few burps, it would Today, November 1 and 2 have apartments reaching up to four
grieving people smirking. alive. be joke-joke-joke hour until sun- become a reason for many people stories high, at the most, without
On Nov. 1 and 2, those of Like Christmas or when a kin down. to beat domestic boredom and do escalators, elevators and hydro, of
Philippine origins will again com- was born or had died, All Saints Then everyone went home their thing in cemeteries. course).
memorate All Saints Day and All Day and All Souls Day were happy, oblivious to the fact that The young once would be busy (To page 23)

The

The 3rd Eye Un-Comfort


MARIO DIMAIN
Zone
with ROBERT WILSON

Saturday morning Will you freak out


in Cabbagetown or hunker down?
In the midst of all the excite- They were loud. Sometimes motivation is Eating.
ment surrounding the Toronto In- But the colors of the Filipino forced upon us. We are thrust Then in1956, the new super
ternational Film Festival, another Centre Logo were louder. into the Un-comfort Zone. And, highway by-passed the little town.
festivity was stirring up a colour- The waves of banners from whether we sink or swim depends It’s amazing the difference just a
ful celebration in a small part of the Filipino community made a on how we respond to the situa- few miles can make.
the city which is better known as resounding statement that we as tion. How do you react during a Two years later the restaurant
Cabbagetown. Filipinos can stand united and ERIN CALUDUCAN crisis? was closed and the property auc-
It may not have the calibre of proudly declare our spot in Can- Here are the stories of two tioned off to pay creditors.
Toronto’s Entertainment District ada’s mosaic of multi-cultural so- men who faced a crisis late in life At 64 years old, the restaurant
but it is a documented fact that ciety. and how they dealt with it. owner was broke.
mega star Denzel Washington Within the sea of people flood- One was a restaurant owner; It was around the turn of the
worked-out in Cabbagetown Box- ing the street stood out a vibrant the other a janitor. twentieth century when the new
ing Club while filming a movie in American flag carried by a smil- The former went into bank- vicar, a stickler for decorum, took
Toronto. ing USAFFE war veteran, Efigen- ruptcy at an age when most peo- over St. Peter’s Church.
True to the old saying: The io Doroteo of Cebu. ple retire, and the latter was fired When he learned that the jani-
show must go on! His dark blue jacket and a from a job he’d had for nearly 20 tor could not read, he gave him
The early morning rain failed matching cap were both adorned years. three months in which to learn.
to dampen the spirit of the Annual with medals and buttons of recog- The restaurant owner enjoyed Quite depressed by the news,
Cabbagetown Festival Parade. nition. a successful business in a small the man thought it might make
The wet asphalt of Parliament While most men of his age town at the edge of the Appala- him feel better if he smoked a
Street produced a beautiful reflec- were sitting idly, drinking coffee chian Mountains. cigarette.
tion of the Toronto Mounted Po- at Tim Horton’s, Gene (his Ca- It was a great location along Unable to afford the cost of
lice marching the lead. nadian nickname) marched and busy U.S. Route 25. opening another restaurant closer
The horses trotted gracefully amazingly defied the old age syn- And, because he offered the to the highway, he reviewed his
with the piercing sound of the drome. best food and service around, his assets.
bagpipes in the background. His 86 year old legs could still GENE DOROTEO eatery was jammed from sunup to All he had left was his knowl-
From a short distance, an old keep-up with the pace of the pa- sundown. But it wasn’t to last. edge and the delicious recipes that
classic car rolled slowly to show rade. in many prestigious organiza- The janitor started his job at made his food so popular. So, he
off one of the world-class athletes Towards the end of the march, tions such as American Legion, St. Peter’s Church in London as a got into his car.
of Cabbagetown, the IFBA World the old veteran was getting tired Royal Canadian Legion, Knights teenager. As he walked home, the jani-
Junior Featherweight Champion, and held on to my left arm as we of Rizal, Knights of Columbus, Over the years he married and tor searched for a tobacco shop.
Lisa “Bad News” Brown. walked slowly together and en- Maharlika 7488, San Lorenzo raised a family and enjoyed a per- There was usually one on ev-
This feisty lady can prove gaged in a lively conversation. Ruiz 8809, Daughters of Isabella, fectly predictable profession with ery block, but there were none
herself to be a beast in the boxing “During the Japanese invasion Squirettes of Mary and Columbia solid job security. That is until the near the church.
ring but Toronto’s Miss Manila, of the Philippines, I was a Techni- Squires. new vicar came along. He walked block after block
Erin Caluducan was no doubt the cal Sergeant in the Signal Corps The Saturday morning with Over the course of 26 years, without finding one.
beauty of Cabbagetown that Sat- of the United States Armed Forces our “kababayans” at Cabbag- the restaurant owner was honored By the time he reached his
urday morning. in the Far East,” he said in reply to etown was more than worthy of by the state governor for his reci- house he knew exactly what he
The rhythmic beat of the Chi- my query. my time. pes; and was praised by famous was going to do.
nese drums reverberated on every I also learned that “Tatay” I walked along Parliament restaurant critic, Duncan Hines, Town by town, he drove, stop-
lamp post. Gene is also immensely active Street feeling proud as a Filipino. in his column Adventures in Good (To page 30)
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor FEATURE 11 Retiring?
Earth’s oldest rocks in Quebec Financial
advice
By ANDREA THOMPSON, Senior Writer
LiveScience.com The 4.28 billion-year-old “faux-amphibolite” from the
can help
Nuvvuagittuq Belt. Photo credit: Science/AAAS
Scientists have found the old- from rocks that geologists call About two-thirds of “near-
est known rocks on Earth. “faux amphibolite,” are thought to retirees” anticipate that their
They are 4.28 billion years old, be ancient volcanic deposits. retirement income will be ad-
making them 250 million years They beat the previously old- equate or more than enough
more ancient than any previously est known rocks, which are 4.03 to maintain their standard of
discovered rocks. billion years old and come from living once they have left the
Earth formed about 4.6 billion a formation called the Acasta workforce.
years ago from a disk of gas and Gneiss in Canada’s Northwest But individuals who re-
dust circling the sun. Territories. ceive advice are more likely
Remnants of crust from The only dates of crustal ma- than others to express confi-
Earth’s infancy are hard to come terial older than the newly-dated dence in the adequacy of their
by because most of that material Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt retirement savings to maintain
has been recycled into Earth’s in- are from isolated mineral grains their standard of living in re-
terior several times by the plate called zircons that are highly re- tirement, recently-released
tectonics that continue to shape sistant to weathering and geologic findings of a Statistics Canada
our planet’s surface. processes. survey says.
In 2001, geologists found an The oldest zircons, from grains While most Canadians ap-
expanse of bedrock, known as in Western Australia, are about proaching retirement receive
the Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt, 4.36 billion years old. financial advice, including ad-
exposed on the eastern shore of The Nuvvuagittuq rocks are vice about retirement planning
Hudson Bay in northern Quebec. “the oldest whole rocks found so and programs, almost three in
Suspecting that the rocks there far” though, said geologist Rich- ten do not.
could be from one of the earliest ard Carlson of the Carnegie In- This relationship remains
periods of Earth’s history, geolo- stitution, who analyzed the rocks even when other characteris-
gists took samples to try and de- with Jonathan O’Neil, a Ph.D. tics such as income, pension
termine their age. student at McGill University in coverage and registered retire-
They measured tiny variations Montreal. ment savings plan assets are
in the isotopes (or species of an el- The team’s findings are de- taken into account.
ement that have different numbers tailed in the Sept. 25 (2008) issue Of the 7.2 million Cana-
of neutrons) of the rare earth ele- of the journal Science. dians aged 45 to 59 in 2007,
ments neodymium and samarium Their work was supported about 80 percent or 5.7 mil-
in the rocks and determined that by the National Science and En- lion were actively or recently
the samples were from 3.8 to 4.28 gineering Research Council of Institution of Washington. ed glimpse of the processes that employed and had not previ-
billion years old. Canada, the U.S. National Sci- Examining such ancient formed the early crust,” Carlson ously retired.
The oldest dates, which came ence Foundation and the Carnegie rocks “gives us an unprecedent- said. (To page 14)

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Muslims in southern Philippines mark Ramadhan in a different light


COTABATO CITY By ROSA MAY DE GUZMAN-MAITEM ternational.
- For residents of remote Todate, AMORE has
southern Philippine villages madhan without electricity wives in the village as they month in which the Koran dawn until sunset. brought light to over 11,000
like Barangay Kulimpang had been a challenging task had to prepare meals with- was revealed to the prophet After dusk, the fast is households in the most re-
in Buldon, Maguindanao, for villagers residing in off- out electric power. Mohammed, observed dur- broken, normally with a mote, extremely poor, con-
the observance of the annu- grid areas. Macararab says his wife ing the ninth month of the feast which is repeated ev- flict-affected areas mostly
al month-long fast of Rama- The road to the mosque had to feel her way around lunar calendar, and com- ery night of the month. in the ARMM.
dhan has become somewhat would be dark. in the dark while getting memorated as a time of pas- Solar power Gift of light
electrifying. Every time they prayed ready for prayers, or when sionate prayer. In 2007, the Alliance With the gift of light,
Kulimpang once had no at dusk, there were no lights cooking. For 30 days, Muslims for Mindanao Off-Grid Re- Barangay Kulimpang has
electricity and was one of to guide their way. 30-day fast abstain from food, drink newable Energy Program become alive.
the country’s few remain- It was even tougher for Ramadhan marks the and other pleasures from (AMORE) helped solve the The little village store
ing off-grid villages, which villager’s problem by put- remains open until wee
connection to power lines is ting up solar-powered elec- hours of the morning.
generally inefficient or un- tricity. There is illumination on
economical by commercial AMORE’s work be- the streets, and women pre-
providers or electric coop- gan in Kulimpang in 2007 pare dishes with ease.
eratives. and energized a total of 30 The solar-lighted
“There was no electrici- households with 20-watt mosque is always packed
ty here,” says village leader solar home systems. with devotees, unlike before
Mike Macararab, a father of A community organi- when there was no electric-
four. zation put in place hopes ity in the village, with the
“Kerosene was our to expand the number of faithful even praying on an
source of light and it was households with a 100-per- adjacent pathway.
costly,” he laments. cent access to electricity. Still in the dark
Most families in the vil- AMORE is a rural elec- Other villages are not as
lage used kerosene lamps trification program that lucky as Kulimpang.
and candles. fosters collaborative work There are still over three
Monthly, each house- among various stakehold- million families living in
hold would spend some ers led by the United States darkness in remote areas of
P200 (Can$5) for their Agency for International Mindanao.
lighting needs. Development as its major The Philippine govern-
Sometimes, kerosene funding partner, the Philip- ment has made rural electri-
was not available at all, Students from Kabuling Elementary School, a remote off-grid school in Bu- pine Department of Energy fication a top policy priority
leaving them to grapple in luan, Maguindanao show off their gold and silver medals after an academic (DOE), former Mirant Phil- because of the potential to
the dark. district-wide mathematics and science competition. They say it is electric- ippines Foundation, the Au- improve rural standards of
Though Barangay Ku- ity from the AMORE-installed solar panel on their school that has spelled tonomous Region in Muslim living and reduce poverty.
limpang has been spared by the difference between learning less and learning much. “They are ahead in Mindanao (ARMM), and It has also been working
the recent fighting in Min- learning compared to children in other schools in other barangays of Magu- the U.S.-based non-profit to implement such policy
danao, commemorating Ra- indanao,” their proud teacher says. Photo: AMORE organization, Winrock In- (To page 16)

GENERAL DENTISTRY
Dr. Gilbert Chan
Dr. Daphne Chien
Dr. Janet Ho
Dr. Janet Wong
Dr. Michael Chin
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor 13
Retiring? Financial ...
(From page 11)
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canism and whose religious and cultural values of the US Congress. diminution in rank but rose Unless a more credible as national heroes.
were much more advanced and refined than the The two top leaders of the country higher in public stature and and capable leadership is They should be con-
authors of the Constitution of the United States. at the time, Manuel Luis Quezon and esteem. installed in 2010, the dis- signed to the dustbin of
The jingoists led by Senator Henry Cabot Sergio Osmeña,Sr. carried the fight All the former Presi- memberment of the country Philippine history.
Lodge and Alfred T. Mahan had their eyes on for Philippine independence but were dents of our country from is no longer a remote pos- They were all respon-
the rich market of China and they were worried often at loggerheads in their plans and Manuel Roxas to Gloria sibility. sible for why we are what
of the increasing belligerence of Japan. strategies. Macapagal Arroyo have There could be chaos and where we are now to-
What the Americans did to the Negroes was Quezon and Osmeña quarrelled each influenced the course and anarchy. day. Courtesy of New York-
more tolerable because it was physical. three times which derailed the cam- of our country’s destiny. But the Philippines is based PNA editor Armand
What they did to the Filipinos was unforgiv- paign for independence. Unfortunately, with few destined to be a great and Malapit who sent this opin-
able because they divested their subjects of their In all these incidents, Osmeña de- exceptions, most of them prosperous country. ion by e-mail
14 HALLOWEEN FEATURE Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008

Always use common Make sure to wear Children should never


Wait till you
sense. a flame retardant ‘trick or treat’ alone.
get home
costume. They should go with
and your
at least two buddies
parents
and/or an adult.
check
your can-
Plan your entire route
dy before
and make sure your
you eat it.
family knows what it is.

Accept treats only in


the doorway. Never go
Halloween inside a house.
Be very cautious
of strangers.
Safety
Always say
List ‘THANK YOU’
for your treats.

Hallowe’en, or Halloween, is The main event for children ers, the house occupants, who Other less scary house decoration Have a
a holiday celebrated on the night of modern Halloween in Canada might also be in costume, often themes might be used to entertain
cellular
of Oct. 31. Traditional activities is trick-or-treating, in which chil- hand out small candies, miniature younger visitors.
include trick-or-treating, costume dren disguise themselves in cos- chocolate bars, loose change, or Children can often accumulate phone
parties, viewing horror films, vis- tumes and go door-to-door in their soda pop. many treats on Halloween night, with you, if
iting “haunted houses”, and par- neighborhoods, ringing each door- Some homes will use sound filling up entire pillow cases, possible.
ticipating in traditional autumn bell and yelling “trick or treat!” effects and fog machines to help shopping bags or large plastic
activities such as hayrides. Upon receiving trick-or-treat- establish an eerie atmosphere. containers. Wikipedia

Walk, don’t run. Wear a


Visit only houses
Walk on side- watch.
where the lights
are on. walks and
driveways.
Cross the street Carry a
at the corner flash-
Don’t play near lit or in a cross- light.
jack-o-lanterns. walk.

Rogers
Pumpkin Patrol
COURTESY OF THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICE
through POLICE CONSTABLE PHILIP MENDOZA,
TPS COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION UNIT
MENDOZA

Trick or Treating is a lot of fun, but it ► It’s best not to have your children
can also be dangerous. wear masks. Face paint is safer.
Using safety tips and common sense can ► Have children carry flashlights with
ensure an enjoyable and safe evening. new batteries.
On the night of Halloween, hundreds ► Check around your home for haz-
of Rogers employees volunteer to patrol ards. Avoid using candles in pumpkins and
streets to ensure kids are safe and have a consider using battery powered lanterns.
place to turn for help if they find themselves ► Sort and check treats to closely ex-
feeling unsafe. amine and throw away unwrapped, spoiled
The 24th annual pumpkin patrol is to or suspicious items.
supplement the work of police officers who ► Make sure treats that can cause chok-
keep a close eye out on Halloween. ing are given only to children of appropri-
Once again, Red Rogers Cable vans will ate age.
be safety beacons for trick-or-treaters as the Safety comes first
annual Rogers Pumpkin Patrol. ► Be alert and aware of what’s going
Making sure on around you.
Here are a number of tips that may en- ► Watch out for cars; drivers may have
sure that everything will work out right a hard time seeing you.
when the children go out treatin’ and trick- ► Decorate costumes with reflective
in’. tape.
► A parent or responsible adult should ► Stay on well-lit streets and always
always take young children on their neigh- walk on the sidewalks.
bourhood rounds. ► Walk, don’t run and obey all traffic
► Make sure that your children wear signs.
costumes that are bright and reflective, and ► Never take shortcuts through back-
short enough to prevent tripping. yards, laneways or parks.
► Purchase flame resistant costumes, ► Visit only houses with the lights on.
wigs and accessories. ► Plan your entire route before heading
► Make sure that emergency identi- out and make sure family members know
fication is secured discreetly within your it.
child’s Halloween costume. (To page 30)
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor halloween feature 15
Honoring the dead in the Philippines
Filipinos have no event ties meant to honor the dead and tombs of the living to offer mate-
as Halloween, but they do start on Nov. 1, as Filipinos their dead for rial things, side by side with
have a fair share of beliefs, believe that their dead will Undas, making prayers and Masses - that
customs and traditions that surely go to heaven. sure the sur- early friars claimed would
bear down on the spooky, Nov. 1 is interchange- roundings are lessen the souls’ purgation
yet inevitable, subject of ably known as Todos Los clean, rid of time and expedite sainthood
death and the supernatural. Santos, Araw ng Mga Pa- weeds and tall - for the souls in purgatory.
These beliefs, customs tay (Day of the Dead), and grass. In Spanish times, when
and traditions come to life Undas (originating from Tombs are stole and candle were
when Filipinos honor the the Spanish phrase honoras whitewashed moved not by charity but
saints and their dead, on de funebre to loosely mean with karburo by cash, fish- and rice-folk
Nov. 1 and 2, which the Ro- honoring the funeral), de- and tombstones had to find means, other
man Catholic Church has pending on what Philippine and lapidas get a than deeper indebtedness
designated as All Saints region one is in. Kalag-ka- new shining coat to landlords, of greasing the
Day and All Souls Day, re- lag (for the souls) comes on of paint. friar’s tongue in garbling
spectively. Nov. 2. Flower and the names of their dead in
Nov. 1, incidentally, is a Preparations candle holders the Memento of the Dead.
Filipinos flock to the cemetery to honor their dead
national holiday. Several days to a week are installed, and Thus, sprang the pan-
All Saint’s Day is a day before Undas and Kalag- cracks on older graves are with fresh or hand-made Amen”. gangaluwa on the eve of
to pay homage to the saints kalag, the sight of Filipinos re-cemented. flowers, light candles and Welcoming souls Kalag-kalag..
in heaven. All Soul’s Day is going to graveyards, cem- Some get in touch with offer prayers to their dead. In Negros Oriental, From 10 p.m. to early
the day to remember and pay eteries and memorial parks the local priest for Mass Some even lay food on people customarily observe morn, young and old alike,
respect to departed loved is common. offering for their departed. tombs for the dead ‘to par- the eve of Kalag-kalag by male or female, would go
ones. However, all activi- They prepare the plots Many contact the cemetery take of.’ burning candles on the fam- from one house to another,
electrician to contract light- A tent over a grave has ily altar before the Angelus impersonating souls in pur-
ing for the evening of Nov. become usual. So are bat- rings at 6 p.m., until past 8 gatory, and in a mournful,
1, when Filipinos savor the tery-operated radios, cas- p.m. when the church bells slow chant would ask home
chance to be with their dead sette and CD players that toll the hour. owners for alms.
in a family reunion atmo- play loud music, in contrast This is done to welcome Politely, they would
sphere. to the solemnity the day the souls of the dead who, apologize for disturbing the
Obligatory supposedly carries. Food is as many believe, are free to household, and chant:
For Filipinos, All Saint’s abundant for all to share. roam about that night. Kaluluwa kaming tamb-
Day is as obligatory a cel- Appeasement A glance at the altar and ing; sa purgatoryo nang-
ebration as Christmas and Those who cannot go to the number of candles light- gagaling.
Holy Week. the cemetery light candles ed there tells one the num- Doon po’y gawa namin;
On All Saints Day, ev- outside their homes to ap- ber of persons who have araw gabi’y manalangin.
eryone is expected to go to pease their departed. died in the family. (All of us are souls, who
cemeteries and memorial Family prayers are Pangangaluwa have come from purgatory.
parks, after attending the said and usually end with Writer Nicanor Tiong- There all we do is pray
Misa Cantada at church. “May the souls of the faith- son delves on pangan- night and day.)
Cleaning the tombs for Undas They adorn the graves ful departed rest in peace. galuwa, or the practice of (To page 26)
16 PEOPLE & EVENTS Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008

JOYS Casa Manila celebrates 2nd year


Gene Lara turns 70
Gene Lara celebrates
her 70th birth anniver- Casa Manila, a restau- about the lack of good fam- ical vegetables and dishes
sary with family and
OF
rant that has established it- ily-friendly restaurants in using shrimp paste were in-
friends on Sept. 20. self as the official meeting the city. troduced in the food line.
Lara, a community place for Filipino groups Knowing that Toron- All dishes are cooked by
leader, is the widow of such as the Philippine Press tonians were not as famil- the restaurant’s chef, who
Ben Lara, a senior re-
porter of the Philippine- LIVING Club-Ontario and the Phil- iar with Filipino food as was flown in from Manila.
ippine Independence Day they were with other Asian Casa Manila’s set up
based Manila Bulletin. Council, would mark its dishes, she offered free tea- has ensured that non-Filipi-
UGNAYAN Photo/PR second year on Oct. 26. spoons of samples like one nos would feel welcome --
Loleth Maghirang marks 80 Casa Manila owners
and operators Lilian and
could get at an ice cream
parlor.
cafeteria-styled with steam
tables so customers could
Raymond Co opened the The samplings captured point to what they want.
restaurant and offered the the discriminating taste buds Lilian’s nine-year old
authentic cuisine they did in of a curious market and to- daughter Elise could also
their native Philippines. day, the Adobo (chicken/ whip up the resto’s special
Already a premier Fili- pork simmered with vin- halo-halo.
pino restaurant in Toronto egar and soy sauce), a very Lilian and Raymond are
showcasing the best in popular Filipino dish, has pleased with the way Casa
Filipino food, Casa Manila become a regular fare in Manila has progressed.
strove to transform Filipino Casa Manila’s menu. A good number of its
cuisine into a mainstream Kaldereta (tomato-based clientele have never before
selection, a distinction Jap- beef stew) and Kare-Kare taken in Philippine cuisine,
anese, Indian and Korean (beef with vegetables such while the impressions of
cuisines have earned. as eggplant, bok chop in a many have been nothing
Before opening Casa peanut sauce), a Spanish-in- short of fulfilling.
Manila, Lilian Co, nee fluenced dish, stayed on top The business has
Velasco, was a stay-at-home of the line with Adobo. achieved a steady flow of
mom in Canada. Non-meat options such returns, as well as first-time
Loleth Maghirang (middle, front row) marks her 80th birth anniversary with But she felt strongly as okra, bitter melons, trop- customers. PR
hubby Johnny (left, front row) and friends at a Scarborough resto. TONY
SICAT
Healing priest to visit Toronto
Fr. Efren Borromeo (2nd
Camarines Norte HS Batch ‘58 reunion from left), a Filipino Ro-
man Catholic priest be-
lieved to possess the
gift of healing, will visit
Toronto in November.
He will offer healing ser-
vices. Popularly known
as Fr. Momoy, Fr. Bor-
romeo was in Toronto
two years ago, where
he saw and prayed for
those stricken by seri-
ous ailments. Details
of Fr. Momoy’s Toronto
visit - including dates, times and locations of healing Masses - will be pub-
lished at www.trinitashealing.org. PR

Pangasinan Association of Canada


The Magnificent Eight of Batch 58 of Camarines Norte High School had a
recent reunion in Stouffville. Reunited after 50 years are Eddie Alegre and
continues its service back home
wife Babe of Florida, Dodo Sismundo and wife Tita of Vancouver, B.C., and By JOJO TADURAN
Romy Octa and wife Pat of Alta. Loma, California. The reunion was hosted Most Filipino groups ficer and members. the province.
by Toronto-based batchmates Augusto Asis, Alex Bertillo, Victor Ricafrente, outside the Philippines Rapanan was at the PACA would also ship
Minda Sayoc Mendoza, Sonia San Juan de la Cruz and their spouses. Guests do programs and projects helm of Annak Ti Villasis, two dialysis machines to
were Al and Iday Duckett. PR meant to benefit kababay- which made possible the hospitals either in Villasis
ans and hometowns. construction of a tiled gate or Urdaneta City.
Muslims in southern ... No different are the for the Villasis public audi- Supporting Rapanan are
(From page 11) members of the Pangas- totorium. Julio Sison, executive vice
and aims to achieve 100% ous areas or on islands, rangays electrified. inan Association of Canada PACA, on the other president; Noel Lalicon,
electrification of rural com- where it is not economical But with renewed com- (PACA) or Annak Ti Pan- hand, helped build two Jess Calicdan, Jr., Sixto
munities by 2010. to extend power lines. mitment to rural electrifica- gasinan, who continue to multi-purpose school class- Tulagan, Johnny Burguil-
According to the DOE, Energy Secretary An- tion, homes in Maguindan- work and think of more rooms in Barangay Sumab- los, Franco Lustina and Lily
a total of 40,752 barangays gelo Reyes reported that all ao, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao projects that will help and nit, Binalonan, Pangasinan. Victorino, vice presidents
across the country (roughly barangays are expected to del Sur, Sulu, Basilan, and benefit fellow Pangasinens- The building was named from 1st to 6th districts, re-
97 percent of the total) now have access to electricity by Tawi-tawi can hope for a es back home. in honor of Nieves Ramos, spectively;
have access to electricity next year. better tomorrow as house- PACA, founded nine a PACA member. Terry Burguillos, sec-
services, leaving 1,438 more The ARMM continues hold electrification takes years ago by Dr. Ernie Rapanan said PACA retary; Berniece Lustina,
villages to be energized. to have the lowest electri- the number one spot on the Quinit, is now piloted by hoped to help build more deputy secretary; Rose Per-
These communities are fication rate in the country, Department of Energy’s list Willie Rapanan as presi- classrooms where these egrino, treasurer; Sorinia
scattered across mountain- with under 90 percent of ba- of priorities. dent, with support of its of- would be most needed in (To page 18)

(
Our Journey: Consequences
(From page 9)
Like pinning your hopes decision will always have a
Pangasinan Associa-
on a lottery win to solve good outcome.
tion of Canada presi-
your financial problems and It does mean that you
dent Willie Rapanan and
not having for a contingen- will never be surprised by
founder Ernie Quinit
cy plan. that outcome. And more
(standing, 6th and 7th
You can never avoid importantly, that you have
from right, respective-
consequences. prepared for it.
ly) lead executive of-
But good decisions are In business they always
ficers and members of
those that are made with a say, hope for the best but
the group’s board of
realistic understanding of plan for the worst.
directors . Photo: MOGI
all the consequences. It’s sound advice. info@
MOGADO
It doesn’t mean a good thenannyexpert.com
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor PEOPLE & EVENTS 17
Figueras-Uy
Nuptials
RIGHT, TOP PHOTO:
Jennifer Uy and Zoilo
Figueras (middle), who
exchanged wedding
vows at the St. Burn-
abas Church on Aug.
9, pose with principal
sponsors (front row,
from left) Dr. Arla Ron-
dilla, Flora Appleffer,
Pearly Crisologo-Al-
lison, Don Veridiano,
Dr. Solon Guzman, Vic
Lontoc, (back row, from
left) Mila Uy Garcia,
Gemma Aviles, Norman
Flores and Ronald Uy.
Reception followed at
Le Parc. LEFT PHOTO:
Principal sponsors Dr.
Arla Rondilla and Dr.
Solon Guzman. RIGHT,
BOTTOM PHOTO: The
newlyweds with their
parents Mena and
Glenn Uy, Carmen and
Sonny Figueras. PR

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(From page 16) Beauty visits Toronto Trip fundraiser on Oct. 25. Departure points are Square One, Mississauga at
9 a.m. and Centre Point Mall at 9:30 a.m. The group also planned a Christ-
Sison, deputy treasurer; Da- Binibining Pilipinas-Ita- mas reunion. MANNY PAPA
vid Domingo, Genny Gar- lia 2008 Audrey Rose
cia, Ben Sison and Pascual
Ramos, auditors; Priscilla
Yabut Tanguilig, 19, re- SK Romero, K of C awardee
cently visited relatives Sir Knight (SK) Jimmy
Rapanan, Jun Jacob, Alice and friends in Toronto.
Junatas, and Gemma Lai- Romero (left), of the Knights
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con, press relations officers;
Tanguilig and Nelia Ruiz Council 8809, is cited
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Cesar Ramirez, chairman; a first year student at a recognition was signed by
Sam Castillo, Susie de Vera, Genova university, ma- SK Vern Nelligan, master
Romy Tan, Gloria Medina, joring in foreign affairs. 2nd district, and SK Domin-
Imorry Bizarra, Felix Tu- She speaks Italian, Eng- go Trinidad, faithful naviga-
lagan, Christy Pe Benito, lish, French, German, tor and 2nd warden. With
Norma Panlilio, and Josie Ilocano and Tagalog. Romero is Lady Kristin
Organo, members. Tanguilig was crowned Romero. ROMY ZETAZATE
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Two princesses and ... two grandmas

Delilah and Abigail celebrate their 2nd and 4th birth anniversaries, respec-
tively with family at a children’s play center in Scarborough. With them in
photo are Front Page Philippines TV host, Gie Alvarez, and Marion Mahoney.
MANILA MEDIA MONITOR Photo

(High School)

CANDELARIO EUSEBIO M. GONZALES POSADAS

(Elementary) CEMA Speakers’ Series


Who will The CANADIAN ETHNIC MEDIA ASSOCIATION will conduct its Speakers’
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Ferrers reunite with buddies of yore

By AIDA D’ ORAZIO
Eight exceptional 2008 tary school graduates, now The score would be
graduating students - three in high school) Ella Gonza- based on their academic av-
from elementary school and les, Christian Nicklaus Rol- erage for the last two years,
four from high school - have lan and Aiza Zablan; and their extra-curricular activi-
sent in their applications for (High School graduates, ties, community involve-
the Filipino Centre Toronto now in university) Char- ment and interview.
(FCT) 2008 Outstanding maine Candelario, Nathan The OSA ceremony
Student Awards (OSA). Eusebio, Mariyah Gonzales would be at the FCT Rizal
Members of the OSA and Shiela Marie Posadas. Hall on Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.
Committee, after assessing All of them will receive The OSA commit-
school records and other recognition and award, but tee is composed of Aida
documents, have approved only two - one elementary D’Orazio, chair; Luchi Siv-
all of them as candidates school graduate and one ilia, co-chair; Lynda Javier,
and likely OSA winners. high school graduate with Tony San Juan, Jody Huang
The students, all of Fili- the highest total score - and Herman Viloria, nen-
pino heritage, are: (Elemen- would win the top award. bers.

Dead scared
(From page 10) When the couple Jessie and Mercy Ferrer (1st and 2nd from left) joined the
“Excuse me” has be- to make. ing a pre-arranged dreadful Manila-based Philippines-Canada Business Council Trade Mission to Cana-
come a byword as people Boys a long time ago summer and it’s another sto- da that took them recently to Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto and
squeeze through the small- were afraid of only one ry I have to tell someday. Ottawa, little did they know that the trip to Toronto would likewise serve as
est opening left to get to the thing about cemeteries. Anyways, if you are a reunion with old-time friends, Front Page Philippines TV host, Gie Alvarez
grave of their dead. That was when they bald and would like to have (center) and Manila Media Monitor’s Ace Alvarez (not in photo), Irma and
I don’t know. Many were forcefully ordered to hair-raising fun, go tricking Ricky Cuenca (4th and 5th from left) of ANCOP Canada, Inc. In the mid ‘70’s,
have shifted to cremating make that once-in-a-life- and treating on Halloween! Gie, Ace and Jessie worked together for the two radio stations that Manila-
their dead. time visit to the guava leaf- I bet. That basketful of based Interlink Communications operated: DWEE, a pop-rock-progressive
At least, they have ash- chewing and razor blade- candy, chocolate and other station on the AM band, and DWXB-102.7 FM, reputed as the first true alter-
es to stare at and remember wielding manunule to have treats you collect will never native music and business news station. Meanwhile, the Ferrer and Cuenca
their departed. their circumcision. give you the goosebumps. couples’ friendship dates back from their Couples for Christ years back in
But I have a confession But that comes only dur- butchgalicia @yahoo.com Manila. MANILA MEDIA MONITOR
24 PEOPLE & EVENTS Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008

Darius and
Jovy Ciria
mark 15th
year of
wedded bliss
with family
and friends
Photos: MON DATOL
The PHILIPPINES
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor 25
RP Supreme Court declares GRP-MILF MOA-AD unconstitutional
(From page 7)
be provided by law. for clear-cut procedures for President to negotiate with state having its own terri- by its terms at the very least Reyes, citing the defects
The Court explained the recognition and delin- the MILF is not plenary,” tory, government, civil in- as a unilateral declaration of the MOA-AD, stated that
that at least three pertinent eation of ancestral domain, he added. stitutions, and armed forces made before representatives the respondents appeared
laws justified the exercise which entailed, among oth- Constitution … The sovereignty and ter- of the international commu- to have committed grave
of the people’s right to be er things, the observance of “While a considerable ritorial integrity of the Phil- nity with the vital interests abuse of discretion in ne-
consulted on relevant mat- the free and prior informed degree of flexibility and ippines would have been in the region. gotiating and initialing the
ters relating to the peace consent of the Indigenous breadth is accorded to the compromised.” Citing Martin Dixon MOA-AD.
agenda. Cultural Communities/In- peace negotiating panel, the Legal processes and Robert McCorquodale, Moot and academic
One was EO 3 which digenous Peoples. latitude has its limits – the Justice Carpio said that Azcuna said that unilat- Justice Tinga, who vot-
was replete with mechanics Executive privilege Constitution. The Consti- “any peace agreement that eral acts, concerning legal ed to dismiss the petitions
for continuing consultations The Court also held that tution was ordained by the calls for amendments to the or factual situations, could on the ground of moot-
on both national and local the invocation of the doc- sovereign people and its Constitution – whatever the have the effect of creating ness, said that the fact that
levels and for a principal trine of executive privilege postulates may not be em- amendments may be, in- legal obligations. the Philippine government
forum for consensus-build- as a defense to the general ployed as bargaining chips cluding the creation of the Declarations of this kind had not yet consented to be
ing. right to information or the without their prior consent,” BJE – must be subject to the might be very specific. bound by the MOA-AD, as
Another was RA 7160 specific right to consulta- Puno pointed out. constitutional and legal pro- When it is the inten- asserted by the MILF be-
(the Local Government tion was untenable. He observed that “dur- cesses of the Philippines.” tion of the State making the cause its draft agreement
Code of 1991) that required In his separate opinion, ing the whole process, the “The constitutional declaration that it should had been “initialed” by the
all national offices to con- Chief Justice Puno wrote government peace negotia- power of Congress to pro- become bound according representatives of the Phil-
duct consultations before that “the President as Chief tors conducted themselves pose amendments to the to its terms, that intention ippine and Malaysian gov-
any project or program Executive can negotiate free from the structures of Constitution, and the con- confers on the declaration ernments and the MILF,
critical to the environment peace with the MILF but the Constitution.” stitutional power of the the character of a legal un- was indubitable, as “the suc-
and human ecology includ- it is peace that will insure He added that the “re- people to approve or dis- dertaking. cessful outcome of negotia-
ing those that might call for that our laws are faithfully spondents’ thesis of violate approve such amendments, Such undertaking, if tion of international agree-
the eviction of a particular executed.” now, validate later makes a can never be disregarded,” given publicly, and with an ments is the adoption and
group of people residing in “The President can seek burlesque of the Constitu- Carpio said. intent to be bound would be authentication of the agreed
such locality, was imple- peace with the MILF but tion.” “The Executive branch binding upon the parties. text … The initialing of the
mented therein. without crossing the param- Repugnant cannot usurp such discre- Separation of powers agreement reflects only the
The MOA-AD was one eters of powers marked in Justice Santiago said, tionary sovereign powers Justice Reyes said the affirmation by the negotiat-
peculiar program that un- the Constitution to separate among others, that the of Congress and the people, MOA-AD was unconstitu- ing agents that the text of
equivocally and unilaterally the other branches of gov- MOA-AD “contains provi- as the Executive branch did tional stressing that the ne- the prospective agreement
vested ownership of a vast ernment to preserve our de- sions which are repugnant when it committed to amend gotiating panel of the Phil- is authentic.”
territory to the Bangsamoro mocracy,” Puno said. to the Constitution and the Constitution to conform ippine Government (GRP) Tinga said the MOA-
people, which could perva- “For even in times of which will result in the vir- to the MOA-AD,” he said. “went beyond their march- AD was incongruous to the
sively and drastically result war, our system of checks tual surrender of part of the Int’l court claim ing orders from the Presi- Philippine Constitution.
to the diaspora or displace- and balances cannot be in- Philippines’ territorial sov- Justice Azcuna agreed dent” as the commitment “Nothing prevents Con-
ment of a great number of fringed,” he stressed. ereignty.” with the ponencia but held of the GRP to the MILF gress from amending or
inhabitants from their total “More so in times where Santiago said that had that had the MOA-AD been to change the Constitution reenacting an Organic Act
environment; and the only danger that faces the MOA-AD been signed, signed it would have pro- in order to conform to the providing for an autono-
A third was RA 8371 (the the State is the lesser dan- it “would have bound the vided a basis for a claim in MOA-AD violated the doc- mous region for Muslim
Indigenous Peoples Rights ger of rebellion … Needless government to the creation an international court that trine of separation of pow- Mindanao,” Tinga said in
Act of 1997) that provided to stress, the power of the of a separate Bangsamoro the Philippines was bound ers. his dissenting notes.
26 The PHILIPPINES Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008

Honoring the dead .....


(From page 15)
tain a happier condition.
Having made the spirits
happy, the family can then
Since folk religion could ay mag-alaga ng bata partake of the food offering
not stand somber, ponder- Kami’y nanaog sa lupa after all paper offerings are
ous theology, it incorpo- para hulugan ng awa. burned.
rated earthy humor into the (We are all souls of old Feast for the dead?
pangangaluwa by charac- spinsters; our companions The feast for the dead,
terizing the errant souls as are old bachelors. in any case, is supposedly
old spinsters and male bach- We are the souls who served to the souls of the
elors wasting their lives in a pound rice chaff. departed who are believed
limbo of non-commitment We are supposed to to be able to visit their for-
and thus offending the feu- have sinned, for we never mer homes on that night.
dal belief that the grace in married.) However, it is actually
a Catholic’s soul is directly The song would end the living who enjoy the
proportional to the number with a request to the owner feast, writes Angel Campoy
of his children. to hurry, if at all he would in Philippine ‘Halloween’
Kaluluwa naming madla give alms, for “heaven’s Customs.
ng dalagang matatanda gate might close on us.” asleep or out of the house; cludes. It is believed by many Future mate
Ang kasamang gumaga- Owners of visited hous- but they expect the carolers Nine-nights prayer Catholics that these prayers Campoy also writes of
la ay binatang matatanda. es would then give the pan- to mischievously engage in A tradition in most parts will help save the souls of a scary practice suitable for
Kami po’y mga kalulu- gangaluwa carolers money. petty thievery such as steal- of Eastern Visayas is the departed loved ones or re- an unmarried person, a wid-
wa na nagbabayo ng ipa. By tradition, homeown- ing eggs, chicken, a small prayer for departed souls. lease them from purgatory. ow or a widower who might
Kami raw ay nagkasala ers who could not give farm animal or fruits and The Kalag-kalag prayer Dead eats first like to get a glimpse of his
pagka’t hindi nag-asawa. ‘alms’ would not answer later blame the spirits for is in reality the last of a Sunstar Cebu’s or her future mate.
Sa langit aming gawa the door by pretending to be the misdeed, Tiongson con- nine-night novena. Bong Wenceslao The eve of Kalag-kalag
writes of Lirio village is the right time to do so, if
in Cebu where people one tries hard enough.
give utmost reverence Campoy instructs: “Get
to their dead. a ripe orange and a bunch of
In most parts of the orange blossoms ready on
Philippines, food is your dressing table before
usually prepared to be you go to bed that night.
partaken when every- Also have a knife ready to
one has returned after peel the orange. Before go-
visiting their dead in ing to bed, say a prayer for
the cemetery. This is the soul of a departed friend
one of the few occa- or late spouse.”
sions when the family “At exactly 12 midnight,
gets together. get up quietly and light the
But in Lirio, vil- lamp on your dressing ta-
lage folk buy piglets ble. Do not make any noise
in November to be so as not to awaken anyone.
slaughtered for the Peel the orange. When this
next year’s kalag-ka- is done, leave the house
lag. as quietly as you can, tak-
It is not easy rais- ing the peeled orange, and,
ing pigs only to be without turning around,
used later as offering walk straight to the nearest
to the dead, more so street crossing and there cut
since the cupboards of the orange in two.
Lirio folk are almost “Leave one half of the
always bare. orange at the crossing and
Manoy insists: go back home carrying the
Mas nindot ang pan- other half. You must not
aad kon gibuhat kini look back or make any noise
sa kalisod. in doing this or the spell will
On kalag-kalag, be broken. As soon as you
one is allowed to eat are back into the house, kiss
the food only until af- the orange blossoms before
ter the dead have ‘eat- your mirror and behold!
en,’ which can take a There in the mirror will be
while depending on the image of your future
the signal of an invited mate – or should be!
ispiritista. “Eat your half of the
And no one has to orange. While eating, you
tell that food for the will continue to see the im-
dead has no season- age. This must all be done
ing. in absolute secrecy.”
Hungry ghosts Campoy attests he has a
Chinese Filipinos, friend who says the magic
on All Souls Day, worked with him. When he
celebrate the Hungry looked into the mirror, he
Ghost Festival, one saw the image of a girl who
of three traditions to is now his wife.
honor their dead. Close family ties
This is intended Strange as it looks, hon-
for sad spirits who are oring and remembering the
hungry and thirsty but dead bring Filipinos closer,
have no kin to attend be it in kinship or friend-
to their needs, or spir- ship. This is because Filipi-
its of beggars or those nos enjoy life with the love
who suffered injus- and respect everyone gives
tices. to each other.
Offerings of food, Death can not break the
paper money, paper continuity of such family
clothes, paper houses and cultural relationship,
and prayers are offered and this is emulated during
on their behalf in the the observance of All Saints
hope that they main- and All Souls days.
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor The PHILIPPINES 27
2010 RP polls: A watershed event?
By ERNESTO G. BANAWIS
The 2010 elections could be a watershed event in Phil- cal savvy, a steely will, and a hubristic personality which ensure the victory of her chosen successor.
ippine history. It would determine whether or not there is makes the late President Ferdinand Marcos an amateur in What gives President Arroyo and her allies sanguine
still hope for freedom and democracy to survive and flour- comparison. hopes they will remain in power is the deep disunity in the
ish in our country. If she wins and remains in power, she will have the best opposition.
A clean and orderly elections will usher in a more stable opportunity to redeem herself and secure a respected niche It is also often said that most of the known presiden-
political climate and spur economic progress in the coun- in the history of the Filipino nation. All she has to do is to tial aspirants from the political opposition lack the moral
try. It will revive our people’s faith in government. initiate meaningful reforms, use her firm and steely will ascendancy and the steep requirements to occupy the most
The next administration will be in a better position to to put an end to the secessionist and insurgency problems, powerful office in the nation.
initiate much-needed reforms and address the grave prob- atone for her sins of omission and commission, and elimi- The prevailing public perception is that none of them
lems confronting the country today. nate graft and corruption. appears to be a better alternative to GMA. The inference is
If the polls are attended with fraud and terrorism, the If she decides to step down after her term, she will em- that GMA is still the best among the worst.
people may completely lose their faith in our democratic ploy the resources of the government to ensure the election De Castro as prexy
system. It could be the proverbial straw that broke the of her chosen successor. Let us dwell, even in a cavalier manner, the prospects
camel’s back. The smouldering spirit of civil disobedience Like Joseph Estrada, she will be hoping that the next of those who are being seriously considered as candidates
could finally surface and trigger chaos and anarchy in the President will not only be grateful and respectful to her but for president.
country. will extend her clemency and absolute pardon in case she Vice President Noli de Castro should be the logical suc-
We are not painting a worst-case scenario. We are draw- gets indicted and convicted for whatever crimes she may be cessor of GMA.
ing a logical sequence of events which could unfold if the accused of after her term. He should be the standard bearer of the administration’s
elections in 2010 turns out to be a total farce, an exercise Unfortunately, no one in the administration’s political political coalition if he can be more forthright and less ten-
in futility. coalition is within the top three front-runners in recent sur- tative in joining the coalition.
GMA: Unpopular but a force to reckon with veys on presidential hopefuls. While there are a number of Administration leaders are disappointed, if not disgust-
Unfortunately, current developments in the political leaders in the administration who are immensely qualified, ed, with de Castro’s seeming disinterest, if not aversion, to
front are not encouraging and are, in fact, portentous of a credible and capable to become president, they are not as be the administration candidate and GMA’s anointed suc-
turbulent elections in 2010. widely-known and admired by our countrymen all over the cessor.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) remains nation. The Vice President’s grasp and understanding of vital
enigmatic on her political plans after serving out her current But there is still time for GMA and the political parties (To page 31)
term. If she decides to run for prime minister or president supporting her to build up and field a candidate of their
under a new constitution, she will trigger a polarization of
political forces. Ironically, this may force the opposition el-
own.
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Asian religious youth leaders


call for end to Mindanao war Among Ed’s recall poll sought
DAVAO CITY - Asian youth religious leaders CITY OF SAN FER- Sangguniang Panlala- 6713) and grave miscon- Comelec En Banc for veri-
called for a stop to the war in Mindanao for the sake of NANDO, Pampanga - wigan (provincial council) duct in office.” fication and we could ex-
the women, youth and children in conflict-beset areas, The Kapanlig at Kambilan members and mayors Jerry Henzon said that for pect a resolution within 15
as they pledged humanitarian support for evacuees. ning Memalen Pampanga Pelayo of Candaba, Ricardo more than a year from the days,” Lambino said.
In a collective statement at the end of a three-day (Kambilan) on Oct. 15 filed Rivera of Guagua, Eduardo time Panlilio assumed of- He said Panlilio may
summit here on Oct. 16, leaders of the Religions for a recall petition against Guerrero of Floridablanca, fice, the governor “has not file a motion for reconsid-
Peace Asia and Pacific Youth Network - from 16 coun- Pampanga Governor Eddie Lyndon Cunanan of Ma- shown any sign of com- eration if the case falls in
tries in Asia representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, ‘Among Ed’ Panlilio before galang, Nardo Velasco of petence, transparency and favor of Kambilan.
Jain, Muslim, Shinto, Sikh, Zoroastrian and the Indig- the Commission on Elec- Sasmuan, Teddy Tumang good governance as the Unafraid
enous - appealed for peace and for an immediate cessa- tion (Comelec) here. of Mexico, Edgar Flores of people of Pampanga have Meanwhile, Panlilio
tion of hostilities in Mindanao. Thousands of Ka- Minalin, Rodrigo Canlas been expecting of him.” said he would give a defi-
(To page 31) pampangans joined Vice of San Simon, Peter Flores The Kambilan presi- nite answer once he has re-
Governor Joseller Guiao, of Masantol, Romel Con- dent also cited alleged ceived a copy of the recall
cepcion of Sta. Ana, Chito quarry anomalies as re- petition.
Laguna: Lights on for erstwhile dark spots Espino of Arayat and Jun vealed by Noel Mallari and Panlilio said he was not
Tetangco of Apalit as they Ajie Aquino of the Biyaya afraid of the recall petition
conducted a protest rally A Luluguran at Sisikapan and that more of his sup-
at the Arnedo Park before (Balas); Panlilio’s refusal to porters continued to be at
marching to the provincial implement Ordinance 176 his side all the way.
Comelec office and submit- (Equitable Distribution of Fire Dabu, resign
ting a petition with 224,874 Quarry Shares), the elec- On Oct. 17, Panlilio’s
signatures gathered to sub- tion case filed by Elly Velez former loyal supporters -
ject Panlilio to a recall poll. Lao Pamatong on Panlilio’s the Biyaya a Luluguran at
Kambilan president non-declaration of P6 mil- Sisikapan (Balas) Boys led
Rosve Henzon filed the re- lion in contributions and the by former seminarians at
call petition before election alleged illegal transfer of the forefront of Panlilio’s
officer Temie Lambino. district hospital heads. 2007 election campaign
In a ten-page complaint, Comelec action - called for the governor’s
Henzon said Panlilio’s re- Comelec officer Lambi- resignation.
call was spawned by the no said the Comelec would Archimedes Reyes,
people’s “loss of confi- have to verify for three days Panlilio’s former chief of
dence (in his governance) if the petitioners have gath- staff, said that “instead of
occasioned by his gross ered signatures of 10 per- focusing on their vision of
violation of the pertinent cent of registered voters as uniting Pampanga’s leaders
provisions of the Anti-Graft prescribed by law. and its people, the governor
and Corrupt Practices Act, “We will then have the had somehow sown discord
the Civil Service Law (RA signatures forwarded to the (To page 31)

NEWS ROUNDUP
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo leads the ceremonial switch-on of the
Rural Electrification Program for barangays in three towns of Laguna, name-
ly Sitio San Francisco, Barangay Macatad Bubucal in Siniloan; Sitio Maycu-
tat in Barangay Libis ng Nayon in Mabitac; and Sitio Dapi and Sahur U-lan in
Barangay Salang Bato in Famy, on Oct. 13. Marcelino Pascua/OPS-NIB Davao: High-risk landslide areas
DAVAO CITY - The Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau has pinpointed at least 23 villages
in the Davao Region as high-risk areas for landslides. In Compostela Valley, the landslide-
prone areas included barangays Libaylibay, New Leyte, Panaraon, New Barili, Masara,
Tagbaros, Elizalde and Panangan in Maco; Tuburan in Mawab; Mt. Diwata in Monkayo
and Canidkid and New Cebulan in Montevista. In Davao Oriental, considered as high-risk
are barangays San Pedro and Sobrecarey in Caraga; Mayo, Danao Dawan, Mamali and
Macambol in Mati City; Tubaon in Tarragona; Calapagan in Lupon, Punta Linao in Banay-
banay; and Bitaugan in San Isidro. On Sept. 6 and 7, landslides hit Barangay Masara in
Maco, killing 26 persons. In August 2007, ten people also died in a landslide that hit Ma-
sara, which recently was declared as no man’s land. PNA
Cebu: Power bills in Braille
CEBU CITY - The Aboitiz-owned Visayan Electric Co. (Veco) has become the first Phil-
ippine power utility to offer electric bills in Braille for visually-impaired consumers. Veco
officials hoped other Aboitiz-operated service providers like the Davao and Cotabato light
and power companies - and even the Metropolitan Cebu Water District - would replicate
the service. At least seven Veco customers, identified by program partner Resources for
the Blind Inc., would start getting their bills in Braille. The first recipient was Eric Abella,
a sari-sari store owner in Guadalupe, Cebu City. PNA
Dagupan: Express lanes for seniors
DAGUPAN CITY - In a resolution the Dagupan city council recently enacted, senior
citizens need no more queue when they go shopping and dining. Seniors have also been
given the express treatment when they pay bills with public utilities and taxes with the
government. Ordinance author Councilor Alfredo Quinto Sr. said the law required private
and commercial establishments - specifically water, telephone and electric firms, financial
institutions, banks, malls, supermarkets, department and grocery stores, fastfood chain
outlets, bus terminals, and government offices to provide express lanes to senior citizens.
In drugstores which could not provide an express lane to seniors for lack of space, sales
persons should be advised to give priority to senior citizens once they spot them joining
the queue. A monitoring team was created to ensure compliance. PNA

Samal: AF books for children


ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL - Some 125 public schools and 59 daycare cen-
ters in this island recently received some 9,000 copies of children’s books from the Asia
Foundation (AF). The books were turned over to Mayor Aniano Antalan by Dr. Steven
Rood, country representative of Asia Foundation and Mission Director Jon Lindborg of the
United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The books would be for
the use of elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities here. Lindborg said
the book donation affirmed the long and continuous tradition of cooperation among Amer-
icans, residents of Mindanao and all Filipinos to ensure that children could have access to
education. Dr. Rood said Asia Foundation’s book donation served as a joint commitment
in the campaign for education among communities in southern Philippines. PNA
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mindless of not only the im-
pediments to other shoppers
30 Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008
the Texan spirit of rebel-
lion was forged in a self-de-
gary, Halifax and Montreal
than they are here.
but the temptations they
present to predators.
Christian Alvarez, bodybuilding awardee
clared republic before state- That the behavior of And of course, panhan-
hood arrived in 1845. both motorists and cyclists dlers who block the pave-
And we all know what leaves much to be desired is ment at intersections, so
happened in 1836 in San obvious, but there are many that those whose mobility
Antonio, as if Texans would other annoying sights and is impaired have to move
let us forget it. sounds. around them
And then there was the People with cellphones And at all times, the
obstreperous Texan ranch- glued to their ears ignore owners of pit bulls who al-
er, whose name has graced other pedestrians, especial- low their psychotic killer
many a dissident: Thomas ly the disabled with canes, dogs to slump in the middle
Maverick. walkers or wheelchairs. of sidewalks forcing the
Looking back on the re- I have nothing against wary to give them a wide
cent disastrous records of the discreet use of cell- berth. (Used with permis-
the Bush family and what phones by pedestrian - not sion. Ben Viccari is the
has happened in the United however in vehicles – but at Past President of the Cana-
States since Bush the father least walk with their atten- dian Ethnic Media Associ-
preceded Bush the son, one tion to their surroundings, ation [CEMA] and makes
cannot but wonder whether not as though in a hypnotic frequent appearances on
the Lone Star State isn’t trance. OMNI TV Commentary.
more of an attitude than a Young bucks charge Some of his commentar-
state of the union. revolving doors mindless ies are republished in this
*** of whether children, or the publication and slightly ex-
I haven’t had much op- aged, are in the compart- panded in some cases from
portunity to visit other cities ment in front of them. their 70-second broadcast Christian Alvarez (center) placed 2nd in the Heavyweight Men’s Division at
than Toronto in the last few And in supermarkets, originals. For more of his the recent Woodstock Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure Champi-
years, but sincerely hope mothers with broods of chil- work, please visit Ben’s onship. Joining him after the awards ceremonies are friends from Toronto,
street manners are better in dren tend to let their shriek- website at: http://canscene. Georgetown, Pickering, Ajax and Ottawa, among them (from left) Byron Cruz,
Vancouver, Edmonton, Cal- ing kids roam at random ripple.ca) Erin Lumbania, Kevin Chung and Caesar Ian Lee. The Woodstock Classic
was the first competition that 25-year old Christian participated in. He is the
Rogers ..... Asian religious youth ... son of Manila Media Monitor and Front Page Philippines’ Ace & Gie Alvarez.
(From page 14) (From page 28) MANILA MEDIA MONITOR Photo
► Do not go into any- “We call for the return Bangkok in December.
one’s car or house. of all stakeholders to the ne- Their aim, the group Five beatings per class per day .....
► Do not approach un- gotiation table and return to said, was to “build a sus- (From page 8)
familiar pets or animals. the path of peace. The many tainable momentum of “In India,” Kannan con- what one does for and about the various forms of school
► Do not use ipods or years of painstaking efforts peaceful measures to keep tinues, “we discovered that the erring child and not violence will be around. In
mp3 players and progress made between the spotlight on Mindanao punishment is commonly what one does to a child that such cases of aggression,
Exciting but worrisome the government and various until peace negotiations re- regarded as part of disci- matters.” the debate will continue
“Halloween is an excit- stakeholders should not be sume towards a lasting and plinary strategy. We accept For as long as there is whether it is the school’s
ing time of year for children overlooked or abandoned,” peaceful resolution to the that teachers are meant to a misbehaving or unruly call, the parents’ call or the
but it can be worrisome said a statement read by conflict.” give instruction, not to pun- child, a classmate that an- law’s. Ultimately however,
time for parents,” said TPS Singaporean Lawrence The group challenged ish. However, many teach- noys another in some way, it is incumbent on everyone
Community Mobilization Chong, coordinator of the young Filipinos to famil- ers who inflict physical or pre-adolescence hor- to keep the child in school
Unit Superintendent Ken World Conference of Reli- iarize themselves with the punishments on their wards mones that act up to neces- and to keep him safe, learn-
Cenzura. gions for Peace. various stakeholders, the explain that it is ultimately sitate a show of superiority, ing without fear.
“Together we can edu- The group urged the history of the conflict, and
cate parents and their chil- United Nations to review search for the facts that Will you freak out or hunker down?
dren on the importance of the situation and take rele- were lost. (From page 10)
Halloween safety,” Cenzura vant action as the number of They noted that a great ping at every restaurant success. His profits went a true story by Somerset
said. internally displaced persons part of Mindanao’s history along the way. to open a second, then a Maugham)
Remember the excite- (IDPs) continued to grow. have not been included in He told the owners they third and before long he had Did you know that in
ment at this time of year “We, call for the securi- books used in schools. would be more successful if thriving tobacco shops all Chinese, the symbol for the
sometimes makes us all for- ty forces to respect interna- They also committed to they served his secret reci- over London. word “crisis” is the same
get to be careful. tional norms pertaining to initiate an interfaith human- pes under his brand name Ten years later, he met symbol used for the word
Have your children car- existing evacuation centers itarian mission to help ease and paid him a royalty. with his banker about in- “opportunity?” Two sides
ry a cell phone if possible. and to allow free access to the plight of IDPs and to see Two years later, in 1960, vesting his earnings. The of the same coin.
Notify police immedi- aid for the people of Mind- first hand the effects of the he had 400 restaurants serv- banker gave him some pa- In other words, it’s all
ately of any suspicious or anao,” the group said. hostilities on the people of ing his food. pers to sign. in our perspective. Will you
unlawful activity. The 90 youth leaders Mindanao. By 1963, he was mak- The man asked the find the opportunity in your
Discuss with your chil- also presented an action “We pledge our sup- ing a profit of $300,000 per banker to read the papers next crisis?
dren appropriate and inap- plan for Mindanao, which port to local initiatives such year. to him, explaining that he Robert Evans Wilson,
propriate behavior at Hal- they would submit to the na- as the National Interfaith And, in 1964, Colonel didn’t know how. Jr. is a motivational speak-
loween time. tional summit in Manila and Humanitarian Mission that Harlan Sanders sold Ken- Shocked, the banker er and humorist. He works
And don’t forget to be to international fora such as will convene in late Octo- tucky Fried Chicken to in- exclaimed, “You are so suc- with companies that want
polite and say “thank you!” the Association of South- ber,” they said. vestors for $2 million, plus cessful, just think where to be more competitive and
Should you have any east Asian Nations (Asean) The group also sought to a lifetime salary of $75,000 you’d be today if you could with people who want to
questions, please contact and the United Nations. build a multi-religious plat- per year. read!” think like innovators. For
me at (416) 808-7071. The youth leaders also form and center in which With his meager sav- Albert Edward Foreman more information on Rob-
Or email me at philip. appealed to the Asean to dis- to unite the various youth ings, he opened a tobacco smiled and sighed, ert’s programs please visit
mendoza@torontopolice. cuss the Mindanao humani- organizations working in shop near the church. “I’d be the janitor at St. www.jumpstartyourmeet-
on.ca. tarian crisis in its meeting in Mindanao. PNA It was an immediate Peter’s Church.” (Based on ing.com.

Among Ed’s recall poll sought Ed does not even try to get consultant on economics able successor; and if Pan-
(From page 28) second opinions from legal and enterprise, cautioned lilio resigns, Pineda’s pro-
and distrust due to lack of ficer, provincial engineer, governance from Panlilio’s and financial luminaries his former colleagues on tégé, Vice Governor Guiao,
governance, over self-righ- bids and awards committee administration but the gov- from the ranks of his loyal the consequences of their would replace him.
teousness, mismanagement chair, procurement chief, ernor had miserably failed supporters.” actions and to reconsider “If any of these sce-
and his stubbornness against chief of staff and provincial their expectations. Both Reyes and Syquia their positions. narios happen, the gains
clamors for the removal of treasurer, among others. “His over-righteousness admitted that their move Dizon said neither res- we made in 2007 would be
the provincial administra- “We are now wondering and utter lack of trust in lo- might all come to naught ignation nor recall polls was completely wiped out,” Di-
tor, Atty. Vivian Dabu.” on who is really running the cal officials had created a but said that they would still the solution to the political zon warned.
Reyes identified Dabu show in Pampanga,” Reyes political environment that is have the consolation that problems of Pampanga. He urged Panlilio’s de-
as the root of all Panlilio’s said. not conducive to growth,” Panlilio’s admirers would He said that if the recall tractors to “channel your
woes. He noted that be- Lack of trust Syquia said. take the time to scrutinize election would succeed, energies to working for the
sides being provincial ad- Roperlee Syquia, former He scored Panlilio’s what has been happening in former board member Lilia ouster of Dabu, as she is the
ministrator, Dabu has held consultant on social ser- over-dependence on Dabu Pampanga. Pineda, whom they waged problem and not Panlilio ...
multiple sensitive positions vices, said expected good, on political and budgetary Wiped out gains the bitter 2007 elections for the long term future of
such as provincial legal of- transparent and responsible matters. “Sad to say, Among But Vince Dizon, former against, would be the prob- Pampanga.” PNA
Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008 The PHILIPPINES 31
her as their presidential bet. sins and mistakes. candidates for the presiden-
2010 RP polls: A watershed event? The Lady Senator is But with the legitimacy cy are local government ex-
(From page 27) perceived by some political issue and the monumental ecutives who are highly -re-
aspects of statecraft is also his experience and knowl- fully worded and calibrated observers as “more decora- scandals hanging over her spected and accomplished.
a lingering concern of keen edge in business, and strike in tone. tive than substantive.” head, she may lose much of Quezon City Mayor Fe-
observers of the local politi- open-ended political com- Among the known Definitely out of race her political clout and her liciano Belmonte, Jr., Pala-
cal scene. pacts with powerful lead- presidential aspirants from Lurking in the back- support for the administra- wan City Mayor Edward
He is perceived to be ers, including those who are the opposition, Roxas is the ground but very vocal about tion candidate could truly Hagedorn, and Davao City
proper, clean, and dignified identified with but may not least adversarial and expect- his political plans is the dis- be a “kiss of death.” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte are
but hardly respected and be happy with the candidate edly the most acceptable to graced former President Jo- Desertions from the among those often cited as
knowledgeable. of the administration. GMA and the top leaders of seph Estrada. administration coalition better alternatives to the
Perhaps, the broadcast Villar is a shrewder pol- the administration. But he has lost much should not be discounted. known aspirants for the
journalist who became a itician than de Castro. Roxas enjoys a certain, of his following and his Except for most of the highest office.
national figure through his The Vice President is if modest, edge over Villar pardon has not erased the members of the Cabinet, (Editor’s note: MMDA
programs on television, is presently the front runner and de Castro in terms of stigma left behind by his many leaders of the ruling chair Bayani Fernando, a
just bidding his time. in the recent SWS survey moral ascendancy and mea- unceremonious ouster from coalition are hard-nosed, former mayor of Marikina
If he is really interested on the presidential prefer- surement in credentials and Malacañang. He is definite- practical and realistic poli- City, has made his intents
in running for president, his ences of the people. political stature. ly out of the race. ticians whose loyalty to to run for the presidency.)
best chance is in becoming Villar is way ahead of This is what will make His support for the op- GMA may last only up to Senator Francis Escude-
the official candidate of the de Castro in building the him attractive to the ruling position bet will still be the time of the distribution ro is also a viable prospect
administration. political infrastructure vital coalition, particularly to much needed, especially in of campaign funds. for the presidency. He may
No kiss of death to win an election. those who are wary of Vil- a closely-fought race. Some are eager to leave even become the compro-
GMA’s anointment will Watch out for Roxas lar, uneasy with de Castro, The speculations are the administration coalition mise candidate of a united
not be a “kiss of death,” as The candidacy of Sena- and unhappy for being iden- that Erap is more interested but they first want to re- opposition if the known as-
perceived by some people. tor Mar Roxas for the presi- tified with an unpopular in getting the vice presiden- ceive their share of patron- pirants could not give way
De Castro has so far dency, somehow reflective leader and widely-discred- tial slot for his son, Senator age dividends. to each other.
been his own man; he can of his laid-back style in ited administration. Jinggoy Estrada than run- Change, reforms Cabinet member Gilber-
not be labelled as a lapdog politics, seems to have not Unless GMA and her ning again for the highest The watershed political to Teodoro of defense, has
of GMA. He can run and taken off the ground. political coalition can put office. event in 2010 should be a excellent credentials for the
win the presidency on his He is perceived to be up a credible and winnable He is presently mak- propitious year for a change presidential office. He could
own steam. the most erudite and knowl- candidate for president, a ing noise to be noticed in leadership and for mean- be the administration’s
What he lacks is what edgeable among the known good number of leaders and counted as a national ingful reforms. knight-in-shining armor.
GMA can provide: the tre- aspirants but he lacks lead- from Lakas, Kampi, the leader. There is today a crisis of Many people, convinced
mendous logistics needed ership qualities and tact in NPC and the other mem- Noisy spoiler? confidence in the national that the country needs a ca-
to fuel a nationwide and pable manager, are interest-

2010 RP polls: Looming battle royale?


expensive political cam- ed seeing a successful busi-
paign and a giant political nessman run for president.
machinery. Manny Pangilinan of
Vice President de Cas- PLDT is being seriously en-
tro is the strongest and the ticed to run for the highest
most viable candidate for office.
president of the administra- Recently, Mike Velarde
tion if he positions himself of El Shaddai fame, has
in the leadership seat of the made known his availabil-
political forces still support- ity for the presidency. It is
ing the incumbent dispensa- doubtful if the members of
tion. his flock can muster enough
How about Villar? votes to make him win.
Senate President Man- ARROYO DE CASTRO VILLAR ROXAS DE VENECIA LEGARDA Velarde can help make
uel Villar is the most de- or unmake a president but
termined candidate for the he will have difficulty win-
presidency. ning the highest office.
He has been reorganiz- Once he becomes a full-
ing the Nacionalista Party pledged politician, he loses
down to the barangay level. his aura of moral ascendan-
This old and once-dom- cy. People will see him just
inant political party could as another politician with
be the best organized, co- a feet of clay and the road
hesive, and well-oiled po- he travelled in the past has
litical machinery in time for ESTRADA LACSON FERNANDO ESCUDERO PANGILINAN VELARDE been muddy.
the 2010 political derby. Crucial polls
Villar may eventually handling difficult political bers of the coalition, will Another noisy presi- leadership. However will the po-
succeed in getting the sup- problems and situations. work underground for the dential wannabe is Senator With still over a year litical developments come
port of most of the other op- He could and should most viable opposition bet Ping Lacson. If he decides before the 2010 elections, about, the elections in 2010
position groups and some- have easily won over then while outwardly supporting to throw his hat into the it is not improbable if a will be a crucial event which
how establish himself as the Manila Mayor Lito Atien- the candidate of the admin- presidential ring, he will new leader emerges whose will indicate the course of
standard bearer of the most za to his side and forged a istration. once more play the role of experience or track record, Philippine history in the
dominant coalition of oppo- modus vivendi between the Other likely bets a spoiler as in 2004. integrity, and credentials next four decades of this
sition forces. Mayor and former Senate Former Speaker Jose de He is too maverick and are solid and established; century.
It will be a battle-royale President Franklin Drilon Venecia has already sound- thus could not rally the someone who can liberate The realignment of
between the Vice President to prevent the split in the ed the alarm. He announced many opposition forces be- the Filipino people from political forces will start
and the Senate President, Liberal Party which was his preference for Villar and hind him. His chances of economic slavery and an early next year; secret ne-
very close friends, for the founded by his grandfather, boasted that he can bring 40 winning is slim. oppressive and repressive gotiations are now going on
presidency. the late Manuel Roxas and to 60 percent of Lakas lead- Lacson is way behind his political system. among the principal play-
If their friendship is tru- of which his father, the late ers to Villar’s camp and join rivals in terms of the most There are a number ers.
ly strong and binding, one Senator Gerardo Roxas was the emerging coalition of important requirements for of highly-admired and re- The administration will
may have to give way. once president. opposition groups. the highest office. spected personalities who certainly have its own can-
The odds will be a little If de Castro does not Senator Loren Legarda Losing clout? could be the best president didate. The dominant politi-
in favor of de Castro if the gel with the administration, is among the front-runners GMA will still be the the country can have. cal opposition will chose its
two will have to slug it out Mar Roxas might be GMA’s in the presidential surveys. most dominant player at Most of them are shy own standard bearer.
for the coveted position. option. But, like Hillary Clinton, center stage in 2010; her about their ambitions. Some No matter how many
Villar may be a more The Capiz senator is re- even as she appears attrac- unpopularity notwithstand- shun politics. Others are will run, let us hope the peo-
seasoned politician and portedly a distant cousin of tive, popular, and dignified ing. If four or more vie for tentative about their future ple will have a clear choice
more knowledgeable than the First Gentleman, Mike enough to be president, she the presidency, GMA’s sup- political plans. from among them.
de Castro in many aspects Arroyo, and even after he suffers in political height port for the administration But it is the huge finan- The elections in 2010
of governance but he is not started distancing himself and weight compared to her bet could make the big, if cial requirements which dis- will be truly a watershed
as charismatic and as engag- from the GMA administra- contemporaries. not decisive, difference. suade them from even con- event. Let us hope that for
ing in public as de Castro. tion, his statements on is- Neither the administra- If she can ensure that sidering the proposition. our people, it will be a liber-
But Villar can man- sues while somewhat criti- tion or any of the opposi- the elections will be or- Rumor mill names ating experience. Courtesy
age a more organized and cal and opposed to that of tion parties are eager, much derly, clean and honest, the Among those being of New York-based PNA
methodical campaign, use the administration, are care- less interested, in drafting people might gloss over her talked about as excellent editor Armand Malapit
32 MONEY Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008

Gov’t to shield Canada’s


competitive financial edge
Finance Minister Jim that retail depositors would
Flaherty on Oct. 13 said continue to confide in the
the Canadian government safety of their deposits.
would go on coordinating ► Take action to restart
with its G7 partners and the secondary markets for
take steps “necessary to en- mortgages and other securi-
sure that Canada’s financial tized assets.
system is not put at a com- Accurate valuation and
petitive disadvantage.” transparent disclosure of
Flaherty, who attended assets and consistent imple-
the recent G7 meeting in mentation of high quality
Washington, said the gov- accounting standards were
ernment welcomed the Plan deemed necessary.
of Action by G7 countries The actions should pro-
to stabilize financial mar- tect taxpayers and avoid po-
kets and restore the flow FLAHERTY tentially damaging effects
of credit, to support global on other countries.
economic growth. and prevent their failure. The group also support-
SEOUL DRIVING SCHOOL He said Canada was
fortunate to have a strong
► Take all necessary
steps to unfreeze credit and
ed the IMF’s critical role in
assisting countries affected
YELLOWBIRD financial system, “a com-
petitive advantage that we
money markets and ensure
that banks and other finan-
by the financial turmoil.
Canadian response
will protect.” cial institutions have broad Flaherty said the gov-
4862 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario “We will never allow our access to liquidity and fund- ernment has responded ear-
financial system, which has ing. ly October to the continuing
been ranked as the sound- ► Ensure that banks disruption on global credit
est in the world, to be put and other major financial markets that originated in
at risk by global events,” he intermediaries, as needed, other countries by announc-
added. could raise capital from ing plans to purchase up to
G7 steps public and private sources, $25 billion - starting Oct. 16
The G-7 agreed that in sufficient amounts to re- - in insured mortgage pools
the global economic crisis establish confidence and through the Canada Mort-
called for urgent and excep- permit them to continue gage and Housing Corpora-
tional action. lending to households and tion (CMHC).
The group vowed to: businesses. This would help Cana-
► Take decisive action ► Ensure that national dian financial institutions
and use all available tools to deposit insurance and guar- raise longer-term funds and
support systemically impor- antee programs would be make them available to con-
tant financial institutions robust and consistent so (To page 34)
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor MONEY 33
3rd PCBC trade mission GOT A FOREX DEAL?
Check out if you got your peso’s worth for the
dollars you have had exchanged since Sept. 16,
courtesy of Manila Media (Money) Monitor.
US$ Cdn$
Oct. 15 47.41293 40.17779
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Oct. 13 47.15290 40.99999
Oct. 10 47.76309 40.13459
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The Philippine Consulate General’s Office in Toronto, led by Consul General Alejandro Mosquera (1st Sept. 22 46.22288 44.52870
row, 2nd from left) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Toronto (PCCT), led by its president Sept. 19 46.49411 44.70317
Rafael Nebres (1st row, 5th from left) jointly hosted a dinner reception for members of the 3rd Philip- Sept. 18 47.03991 43.95990
pines-Canada Business Council Trade Mission to Canada in Scarborough, Ontario. The trade mission, Sept. 17 47.06799 43.66034
composed mostly of manpower providers, led by former Tourism Secretary Mina Gabor (4th from left),
Sept. 16 46.93716 43.74096
visited Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto and Ottawa to confer with Canadian companies to
supply Filipino workers. In photo are members of the trade mission, officers and members of the PCCT,
and consular officers, including Philippine Labor Representative in Canada, Frank Luna (1st row, 2nd
from right). Photo: RAMON DATOL, Philippine Courier www.FinancialProblem.ca
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BSP posts P4.2-B net income in end-August


MANILA - The Bangko quarters in the negative and “We are more cautious
Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) only the third quarter post- if the peso appreciates,” Es-
has finally realized a net in- ing a net income of P2.8 penilla said.
come in end-August 2008, billion. The local currency has
after several quarters of be- In the first quarter of been on the depreciation
ing in the red. 2008, the BSP said net mode, due to the global
BSP data showed that losses were placed at P24.8 economic slowdown that
as of August, the central billion. has prompted risk aversion
bank posted a P4.23-bil- BSP deputy governor among big foreign investors
lion net income, contrary to Nestor Espenilla Jr. said on emerging economies like
a P36.90-billion loss in the one of the factors on how the Philippines.
same period last year. the BSP computed income The peso’s depreciation
In the whole of 2007, included situations like has been against its perfor-
the BSP registered a net loss “when the peso is down” mance in 2007 when the
of P86.94 billion, with three against the US greenback. (To page 34)

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D U N I K A O L G A
33 34
W I P A R E H A I A N
I 35 36
H W A H I A M A
K 37 38
A A R A L A N Y A N O
Pinoy ka ...
(From page 38)
structor), DOM (dirty old
34 Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008
man), TNT (tago nang tago), BSP posts ... FVR to visit Toronto for Gawad Kalinga
KJ (kill joy), KSP (kulang (From page 33) (From page 5)
sa pansin), OA (over-act- peso appreciated by nearly Press Club-Ontario presi- and Filipinos in Ontario. by Cheryl San Juan, will be Philippine Chamber of
ing), TL (true love), BF 19 percent against the US dent Tenny Soriano will fol- Call to help GK moderated by Cris Reyes of Commerce-Toronto (PCCT)
(boyfriend) and GF (girl- dollar making it the best in low the dinner at 8 p.m. After the breakfast meet- CP24 TV. and Rosemer Enverga of the
friend). the region. McGuinty meeting ing, Ramos will be at the FVR golf tourney Philippine Independence
... You say “rubber Primary reasons for pe- On Oct. 23, Ramos will Empire Club at the Royal On Oct. 24, Ramos will Day Council (PIDC).
shoes” instead of sneakers, so’s appreciation were the be interviewee-guest at City York Hotel to address On- have breakfast with Member Providing entertain-
“ball pen” instead of pen, surge of remittances and TV’s Breakfast Television. tario and Filipino leaders of Parliament Lui Temel- ment during the gala night
“stockings” instead of panty- foreign investments. Then, he will have and businessmen, as he kovski, Markham councilor are diva Josie de Leon and
hose, “pampers” instead of The peso has been trad- breakfast with Ontario Pre- spells out the GK vision and Alex Chiu, Meloto, Am- Emilio Zarris.
diapers, “ref” or “prijider” ing at the P47=US$1 level mier Dalton McGuinty. mission to build homes for bassador Brillantes, Consul Sponsors, partner
instead of refrigerator, “Col- and has depreciated by al- The two may likely dis- the poor and to ease poverty General Mosquera and AN- The Ramos visit spon-
gate” instead of toothpaste, most 13 percent since the cuss issues of mutual inter- and its attendant social and COP-GK Canada president sors include Bodybliss, Shir-
“canteen” instead of cafete- start of the year. PNA est and benefit to Ontarians economic problems in the Ricky Cuenca. ley Salazar Dental Office,
ria, and “open” or “close” Philippines. After the breakfast, the Coldwell Bankers, Irma and
instead of turn on or turn off OFWs’ employment ... He is expected to call on former president will lead Jacqueline Cuenca, Holiday
(as in the lights). (From page 33) everyone to donate to the golfers to a tournament Inn, Philippine Airlines, As-
... You use an umbrella umuuwing OFWs and I even more employment op- GK cause for the construc- chaired by Francis Remen- sante Wealth Management,
for shade on hot summer don’t think it is safe to asso- portunities opened in some tion of more GK villages in tilla. Richmond Hill Toyota,
days. ciate them with the financial countries, like Canada. needy areas. Honors George Gonzales, Rachel
... You like everything crisis,” he said. He said that agreements Community forum On Oct. 25, Ramos will Raia and councillor Chiu.
imported or “state-side.” National Economic and have been signed with at Later, Ramos will talk in honor GK donors, sponsors Event partners include
... You love ballroom Dvelopment Authority dep- least four provinces in Can- a community forum hosted and volunteers at the GK the Philippine Embassy and
dancing, bowling, pusoy, uty director general Rolan- ada for jobs placements to by the Philippine Consulate Heroes Gala Night at the Consulates in Ottawa and
mahjong, billiards, and ka- do Tungpalan even said that Filipinos, offering high pay in Toronto at the Ellesmere Famee Furlane Friuli Hall in Toronto, PCCT, PIDC, PPC-
raoke. due to increased numbers of rates compared with other Room of the Holiday Inn in Woodbridge. O and ANCOP-GK Canada.
... You have a relative OFW deployment, remit- countries. Woodbine and Steeles. The event is co-chaired With a report from Rodel
who is a nurse. tances from abroad rose by Roque added that they The forum, co-hosted by Rafael Nebres of the Ramos
... When in a restau- 18 percent against the target would look into potentials
rant, you wipe your plate 10 percent. for jobs in South Australia, Gov’t to shield Canada’s competitive...
and utensils before using “Based on that perspec- France, Norway and New (From page 32)
them. tive, there is nothing to sub- Zealand. sumers, homebuyers and is sound. Canadian house- an banks and other financial
... You can squeeze 15 stantiate what others claim,” He said the department businesses in Canada. holds have smaller mortgag- lenders.
passengers into your five- Tungpalan said. was exploring new markets This would have no fis- es relative both to the value The CMB Program has
seater car without a second Roque said there were needing the services of Fili- cal cost to taxpayers, Fla- of their homes and to their recently been expanded,
thought. pinos. herty assured. disposable incomes than in including a record issue in
... You wave a pom-pom twice before answering, lest But he said the govern- “It is important to un- the U.S.,” he said. June.
on a stick around food to you appear overly eager. ment has prepared contin- derline that Canada’s banks The action would also “The mortgages in-
keep the flies away. ... You use a rock to gency programs for any and other financial institu- supplement CMHC’s regu- volved in today’s initia-
... You always ring a scrub yourself in the bath or eventuality. tions are sound, well capi- lar Canada Mortgage Bond tive are already guaranteed
doorbell twice, assuming shower. He said mechanisms talized and less leveraged (CMB) Program. through government-backed
that the first ring was not You’re proud to be have been put in place to re- than their international The CMB has been sup- mortgage insurance and are
heard. Filipino! A contribution ceive and provide necessary peers,” he added. porting mortgage lending at high-quality assets,” said
... You let the phone ring from MERLYN TY help for OFWs. PNA “Our mortgage system affordable rates by Canadi- Flaherty. PR
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor ENTERTAINMENT 35
Pasko sa Toronto

Much-awaited Christmas show


The only Christmas By ROSE AMI manood sa kanya ang mga
event in the Filipino com- bata).
munity, Pasko sa Toronto is The hall opens at 10 am. Right after their perfor-
surely going to be a success- You can go around and visit mance, a meet and greet will
ful event! the 90 booths – ten food also follow for VIP ticket
With live appearances vendors para hindi kayo holders of the show.
of the hottest entertainers in magutom and 80 non-food, In between performanc-
Philippine showbiz today, para makapag-shopping na es, mayroong live belen dis-
the event is not going to be kayo. play kung saan puwedeng
missed by our community, Our non-food vendors magpa-picture.
most especially the young are selling parols, jewelries, Meron ding giant Christ-
ones and young at heart. cookwares, kitchenwares, mas tree na ginawa para la-
Jericho Rosales, Kim clothes, shoes, handbags, mang sa show na ito.
Chiu, Jed Madela and Fe display items, gift items, At hindi lang yon, the
delos Reyes are excited to etc. hall will be decked with pa-
come to Toronto to enter- There will be a Mass rols of all sizes and colors.
tain us. If you are a TFCko at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. fol- Kaya talagang pagpasok
subscriber, abangan ang lowed by a game show ala- n’yo pa lang, masasabi nin-
kanilang TV commercial Wowowee from 12 noon to yong parang nasa Pilipinas
na malapit nang ipalabas o 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., My Girl kayo.
kaya naman ay panoorin sa stars Kim Chiu and Ger- Kikita ka ba?
www.ystillo.com. ald Anderson together with At the Pasko sa Toronto,
Dahil ang Nov. 23 ay ASAP singer Jed Madela Ystillo Inc. is giving entre-
Sunday which is a fam- will be on stage. preneurs an opportunity to
ily day, puwede po ninyong If you are a VIP ticket make money by taking ad-
dalhin ang buong pamilya at holder, there will be a guar- vantage of the season.
mag-stay ng magdamag sa anteed meet and greet right Pasko is the season when
event na ito! after the show where you everybody buys Christmas
What to expect can get their autographs and gifts. Pasko is the season
People have been asking take pictures with them. when everybody also remits
about what to expect at the At 5 p.m., a variety show money back home. Pasko is
Pasko sa Toronto. will take place starring the the season when the volume
Here is a summary of best local entertainers in To- of calls to the Philippines is
what you will see at the ronto. at its highest peak. Pasko is
event. At 7 p.m., Pangako sa the best season for all entre-
Habang pababa kayo ng ‘Yo superstar Jericho Ro- preneurs to make money.
escalator, sasalubungin kayo sales will entertain you So if your question is
ng masasayang Christmas with funny comedian Fe kikita ka ba sa Pasko by pro-
songs hatid sa inyo ng mga delos Reyes (wala siyang moting or selling your prod-
carolers. green jokes kaya puwedeng (To page 37)
36 ENTERTAINMENT Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008

The GIG
A look into Filipino-Canadian folksingers,
bands, musicians and performers in Can-
ada by CHITO SARABIA

Make way for the


Toronto Jazz Band
A new jazz band -- aptly regular jams and practices
named the Toronto Jazz at Kescwick, north of To-
Band -- is born. ronto.
Very soon, its five mem- Sarabia plays the guitar;
bers will hit Toronto’s major Meritt plays the saxophone,
music halls, after a premiere banjo, piano, synthesizer
gig at Minerva Studio and and cielo; Squire is on
Restaurant in Mississauga. base; Belo, on guitar and
Group members Chito keyboard; and Basong, on
Sarabia, Curtis Meritt, Eric drums and percussion.
Squire, Jun Belo and Chad TJB has since rehearsed
Basong (see photo on right) a repertoire of selections
recall how they blended along the pop, R & B, bossa
together in an informal nova, jazz, rock, reggae and

Notes on the Josie de Leon ‘Celebrate!’ concert


show-what-you-can-do jam country genres.
during a friend’s birthday “I look forward to what
celebration. That was on lies ahead,” said Colling-
May 19. Three days later, wood-born Merritt, who
they knew what they were had been in bar gigs with a There is a lesson learned By A. F. ALMIRANTE
up to and into. band playing rock music. from the recently conducted
They formed the band He hoped to hone his Celebrate! Josie De Leon And this I hope should star at the Toronto Filipino
and did their first rehearsal musical skills with the TJB concert on Oct. 10 at the be heeded by people who community concert scene.
in Aurora, with subsequent “as we progress.” Chinese Cultural Center. promote local community Could it be that she is
concerts featuring our Fili- now the emerging “Concert
RP’s rapcore band Slapshock rocks TO pino-Canadian talents and
artists and, of course, those
Queen?”
If her Celebrate! con-
Rapcore band Slapshock Composed of Jamir The band is also known “imported ones” from the cert is of any gauge, I must
had fans glued to their seats Garcia, Jerry Basco, Lean as the first Asian band in- Philippines. say definitely she is the top
in a thrilling rendition of Ansing, Lee Nadela and Chi vited to join the March 7 The lesson: If a project contender for the title.
their own compositions Evora, Slapshock has sold Dubai Desert Rock Festi- is well-planned, well-ex- From her opening piece
that have catapulted them over 150,000 copies of five val, an annual rock event ecuted and professionally of Richard Harris’ MacAr-
to fame in the Philippines, studio albums combined. featuring rock acts from all done, we don’t see any rea- thur Park to the end, she
during a major tour-concert They are behind hits as over the world. son why it should not be pa- held the audience with her
at M Studio on Oct. 17. Sigaw, Misterio, Waiting, In the festival, Slapshock tronized by the community. sustained energy and virtu-
Slapshock’s tour-con- Anino Mo and Agent Or- shared the stage with KoRn, The trouble is, many of osity in the different musi-
cert started Oct. 3 and will ange. Velvet Revolver, Killswitch these concerts are haphaz- cal genres, whether Broad-
end on Oct. 21, bringing the Multi-awarded Engage, Machine Head, ardly conceptualized and way or hip-hop or rock.
band to the major Canadian Slapshock has lately re- As I Lay Dying, and Muse. are the result of a “making Surprise DE LEON
cities of Calgary, Vancou- leased a greatest hits album From a report by AR- a fast buck” effort. The surprise of the
ver, Winnipeg and Toronto. Recollection. BEN ATIENZA Some of them and per- evening was her duet with gon singer Leander Men-
haps majority of them don’t Philippine Consul General doza who, together with
Charlyn Marundan heats up have any experience in in Toronto Alejandro Mos- Josie, sang excerpts from
launching such endeavors. quera of the Nat King Cole- the Phantom of the Opera
They are what we call Natalie Cole Unforgettable such as Music of the Night
the “fly by night” promot- and the Josefino Cenizal’s and All I Ask of You.
ers. kundiman Hindi Kita Mali- This was the first time
A-one preparations mot. I heard Josie do Broadway
In Celebrate!, we have The duet was, however, songs and it did suit her
seen the results of a solid, ruined by the lack of melo- voice and style.
yet painstaking preparation dy from the accompanying This was where I think
that took almost a year in live band that seemed to be she could exploit and ex-
the making. groping for the keys of the plore that potential.
The organizers came up two songs. Brighter future
with the best set design. Instead of relying on Given this very first ma-
They had the eye for de- the keyboards, a smattering jor concert and the recep-
tail in terms of props. twang of the electric guitar tiveness of the audience,we
They unleashed a well- could be heard chirping the will see more of Ms. De
oiled promotion and public- accompaniment, a clear at- Leon in future concerts al-
2007 Filipino Singing Idol champion CHARLYN MARUNDAN performs with ity team (they even timed tempt, I think, to dominate though someone from one
her bandmates in a recent bar concert. An upcoming star in the local enter- the launching of an enter- or grandstand with the in- of my colleagues has told
tainment arena, Marundan has been lately invited to a series of community tainment magazine with the strument. me that Ms. De Leon has
events and programs. PR same name as the concert, In Hindi Kita Malimot, been lately “overexposed ”
which is - of course - Cel- one was supposed to use an owing to her many commit-
Indie film Hunghong sa Yuta premiers ebrate).
The choice of front
acoustic guitar to emphasize
or approximate the harana
ments and appearances most
of them gratis et amore.
Independent film Hun- The film was completed of the Sacred Heart, pro- acts and guest artists, the effect of a guitarista; but But the persona of the
ghong sa Yuta (Whisper of in October last year. moted the film in Toronto in concert venue (which has still, a lead electric guitar singer that is Josie is also
the Earth) premiered in To- That was long before September. excellent acoustics, sound was insisted. much more than a perform-
ronto on Oct. 16. the fiasco on the Supreme Bro. Luc said the educa- equipment and stage facili- Result: the romance of er or a nightingale (by the
Produced, directed and Court-junked MOA on An- tional film showed how peo- ties) all contributed to an the two songs were lost. way she’s a nursing gradu-
acted in by the Lumads cestral Domain signed by ple in Mindanao have been atmosphere of professional- And I’m still shaking ate) but a compassionate
(highlanders), Muslims and Philippine government and doing their share - without ism and boosted the morale my head why the keyboard human being who has lent
Christians in Mindanao in Moro Islamic Liberation hogging the limelight - to of the performers. did not play a major role in herself in the service of Ga-
southern Philippines, Hun- Front peace negotiators in push for better understand- Emerging concert queen those two songs. wad Kalinga and other hu-
ghong ... touches on con- Kuala Lumpur. ing of the Mindanao prob- It’s no wonder, that this On to Broadway manitarian causes through
temporary issues affecting Mindanao-based Bro. lem among the Lumads, major concert of Josie De But the best part of the her singing.
peace and development in Luc, a French-Canadian Muslims, and Christians. Leon has further cemented night was the Broadway And that, maybe, defines
Mindanao. missionary of the Brothers From RICKY CALUEN her position as a leading portion featuring Miss Sai- her as a compleat artist.
OCTOBER 2008 Manila Media Monitor ENTERTAINMENT 37

Pasko sa Toronto ... For Pasko sa Toronto, what goes around, comes vention Centre. and contact information
(From page 35) Ystillo Inc. will give part around. Kaya kung mapag- For ticket information, at www.ystillo.com! VIP
ucts at the bazaar or tiang- auctioning 10 VIP seats and of the ticket proceeds to bigay tayo sa ating kapwa, please call Rose, Joey or ticket holders will have five
ge, then the answer is yes! donated it to ANCOP/Ga- ANCOP/GK, to raise funds mabibiyayaan din tayo. Lita at 647-724-5488, 416- chances, $75 ticketholders
Ystillo Inc. will bring in the wad-Kalinga (GK), prior to enough to build 10 houses So kung pupunta kayo 628-9930. Also email us at will have three chances and
crowd, you do the selling! the Heartthrobs’ show. for a village in Jaen, Nueva sa Pasko sa Toronto, hindi ystillo@gmail.com. $50 ticketholders will have
Some booths are still avail- Ystillo Inc. also gave Ecija, at $2,300 per house. lang kayo mag-e-enjoy sa Win a lunch date one chance to win! As for
able, contact Marlou Tiro at $1,000 to the Bantay-Bata When you buy a ticket, mga artista at entertainment, That’s right! You can $20 ticketholders, there are
289-213-1276 or email at Foundation of ABS-CBN. you are not only support- makakatulong pa kayo! Sa win a lunch date with Kim lots of surprises that await
marloutiro@yahoo.com. Ystillo Inc. strives to ing our show but our poor mga nakabili na ng tickets, Chiu, Gerald Anderson & you at the show! For de-
GK supporter give back to the community kababayans in the Philip- maraming, maraming sal- Jed Madela! Buy a ticket tails, visit www.ystillo.com
During Ystillo’s last by creating chances to raise pines as well. amat po at magkita-kita po for the show and register or e-mail ystillo@gmail.
event, it raised $1,800 by funds for non-profit groups. I always believe na tayo sa Metro Toronto Con- your ticket number, name com. PR
38 LAUGH & LEISURE Manila Media Monitor OCTOBER 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

BATID
10 11

12 13 14

WIKA
15 16 17

18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25
PAHALANG
26 27 28
1. Pagong
5. Tanong ng petsa 29 30 31 32
10. Probinsiya sa
Katagalugan 33 34
11. Kulungan ng baboy 35 36
12. Uri ng kanta
13. Lipunpon 37 38
15. Ugali
17. Gutom PABABA 20. Pagsama sa bahay
18. Giniikan 2. Banig pandan 23. Panghalip
21. Simbolo ng Arsenic 3. Pali 24. Hayop-gubat
22. Ika-25 ng Diayembre 4. Simbolo ng Silver 25. Hindi mabigat
25. Nota ng musika 5. Ilitin 26. Watas
27. Kayas 6. Kudyapi 28. Panahon
29. Bukod tangi 7. Suman sa dahon 29. Pamantasan sa
32. Pangalan ng babae 8. Pampook Diliman
33. Ipares 9. Panlapi 30. Pamamayani
34. Pangalan ng lalaki 12. Aparatong pantiyak ng 31. Reklamo
35. Hati ng buhok layo 33. Tawag sa anak
36. Tatay 14. ___ Pacino, artista 36. Pandiwang
37. Nobato 16. Yugto ng karera pantulong
38. Payak 19. Tawag sa ina (Sagot sa PAHINA 33)

Pinoy ka nga if ...


... Your middle name is your mother’s ... You eat mangoes with rice -- with
maiden name. great GUSTO!
... Your parents call each other “Mom- ... You love “dirty” ice cream.
my” and “Daddy.” ... You love to eat, yet often manage to
... You have uncles and aunts named stay slim.
“Boy,” “Girlie,” or “Baby.” ... You put hot dogs in your spaghetti.
... You have relatives whose nicknames ... Everything you eat is sauted in garlic,
consist of repeated syllables like “Jun-Jun,” onion, and tomatoes.
“Ling-Ling,” and “Mon-Mon.” ... You order a “soft drink” instead of
... You call the parents of your friends soda.
and your own parents’ friends “Tito” and ... You hang a rosary on your car’s rear
Reg. # 4533253

“Tita.” view mirror.


... You have three to four names. ... You get together with family at a
... You greet your elders by touching cemetery on All Saint’s Day to eat, drink,
919 Ellesmere Road their hands to your forehead. and tell stories by your loved ones’ graves.
... You always kiss your relatives on ... You play cards or mahjong and drink
Suite 107, Scarborough the cheek whenever you enter or leave the beer at funeral wakes.
Ontario M1P 2W7 room. ... You think Christmas season begins in
... You follow your parents’ house rules October and ends in January.
even if you are over 18. ... Your second piece of luggage is a ba-
... You live with your parents until and likbayan box.
even after you’re married. ... You’ve mastered the art of packing a
... You hang a picture of the “Last Sup- suitcase to double capacity.
per” on your dining room wall. ... You collect items from airlines, ho-
... You keep your furniture wrapped in tels, and restaurants as “souvenirs.”
plastic or covered with blankets. ... You feel obligated to give pasalu-
... You have a Sto. Niño shrine in your bong to all your friends and relatives each
living room. time you return from a trip.
... You have a piano that no one plays. ... You use paper foot outlines when
... You keep a tabo in your bathroom. buying shoes for friends and relatives.
... You use Vicks Vapor rub as an insect ... You’re a fashion victim.
MANILA - TORONTO - USA - EUROPE repellant.
... You eat with your hands.
... You can convey 30 messages with
your facial expression.
OR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ... You eat more than three times a day. ... You hold your palms together in front
... You think a meal is not a meal with- of you and say “excuse, excuse” when you
out rice. pass in between people or in front of the
... You think sandwiches are snacks, not TV.
meals. ... You ask for the bill at a restaurant by
... Your dining table has a merry-go- making a rectangle in the air.
round (lazy Susan) in the middle. ... You cover your mouth when you
... You bring baon to work every day. laugh.
... Your pantry is never without Spam, ... You respond to a “Hoy!” or a “Pssst!”
Vienna sausage, corned beef, and sardines. in a crowd.
“Super baba ... You eat fried Spam and hot dogs with ... You’ll answer “Malapit lang!”--no
and halaga ... rice.
... You love to eat daing or tuyo.
matter the distance -- when asked how far
away a place is located.
Super below ... You prop up one knee while eating. ... Goldilocks is more than a fairy tale
fare talaga.” ... You eat meals with patis, toyo, suka, character to you.
banana catsup, or bagoong. ... You refer to power interruptions as
... Your tablecloths are stained with toyo “brownouts.”
“Handang Maglingkod Sa Ating Kababayan” circles. ... You love to use the following acro-
Tel (416) 751-9588 Fax (416) 751-9133 ... You love sticky desserts and salty
snacks.
nyms: CR ( comfort room), DI (dance in-
(To page 34)
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