Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ANDRES BONIFACIO: Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa

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Nov. 30, 2011- It's a National Holiday as we remember the birth of Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio. He was a Filipino nationalist and revolutionary. He was a founder of, and later the supreme leader of, the Katipunan movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution.

He is considered a de facto national hero of the Philippines. Bonifacio is also considered by some Filipino historians to be the first president of the Philippines, but he is not officially recognized as such. However, most Filipinos believed that Bonifacio is their national hero.

Bravery is an act of courage to fight for something you believe is right.

FAMOUS LINE: "Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya sa pagkadalisay at pagkadakila gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa, aling pag-ibig pa? Wala na nga wala..."

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Bonifacio's poem:

Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa (Love for Birthland*)
Andres Bonifacio

Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya (which love could be greater)
Sa pagkadalisay at pagkadakila (in purity and majesty)
Gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa (like the love to the birthland)
Aling pag-ibig pa? Wala na nga wala. (Which love? Nothing else, nothing)

Walang mahalagang hindi inihandog (Nothing worthy cannot be presented)
Ng may pusong wagas sa bayang nagkupkop. (with an everlasting love for the country that cared)
Dugo, yaman, dunong, katiisa’t pagod: (Blood, wealth, reason, sacrifice and fatigue)
Buhay ma’y abuting magkalagot-lagot (Even life may become too difficult)

Ang nakaraang panahon ng aliw (The past season of fun)
Ang inaasahang araw na darating (the hope that tomorrow brings)
Ng pagkatimawa ng mga alipin (the poorness of the slaves)
Liban pa sa bayan saan tatanghalin? (Other than this country, where else could they be honored?)
Sa aba ng abang mawalay sa bayan (The fear, the fear of losing the country)
Gunita ma’y laging sakbibi ng lumbay (Even if its memory is coupled with sadness)

Walang alaalang inaasam-asam (No other memory is ever hoped for)
Kundi ang makita lupang tinubuan. (than to see the land where we grow up with)

Kayong nalagasan ng bunga’t bulaklak (You who lost fruits and flowers)
Kahoy niyaring buhay na nilanta’t sukat (Wood stripped off of life and withered)
Ng bala-balaki’t makapal na hirap (with different fors of hardships)
Muling manariwa’t sa baya’y lumiyag (live once again and stand for the country)

Ipakahandog-handog ang buong pag-ibig (Offer your whole love)
Hanggang sa may dugo’y ubusing itigis (Until blood runs dry)
Kung sa pagtatanggol buhay ang kapalit (If in defending, life is the price)
Ito’y kapalaran at tunay na langit (This is fate and true heaven)

Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya
Sa pagkadalisay at pagkadakila
Gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa
Aling pag-ibig pa wala na nga wala
Gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa
Aling pag-ibig pa? Wala na nga wala

Source: http://ederic.tinig.com/pag-ibig-sa-tinubuang-lupa/

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tintin Ng: Funny and Fabulous

Shiela and her mom

Seen: My aunt Lucila Udtohan-Olorvida died of lung cancer last October 13, 2011. She was a second hand smoke victim. She was 59 years old. Her daughter Shiela Olorvida-Glaring would like to donate their unused, unexpired cancer medications to needy cancer patients. Please text or call +63908-663-4183 or +63921-244-6791.

Scene: The local government unit of Catigbian presents “Catigbian D.A.T.E. Park Photo Challenge,” an onsite photo contest on Dec. 3, 2011. Registration Fee is P700 (P550 for early birds) which includes free shuttle from Tagbilaran, lunch and two snacks, photo lectures, model shoot, cash and trophy, kit and certificates.  Open for DSLR and P&S categories. Visit facebook.com/catigbian to know more. Text or call Charles Borja at +63926-571-1111.

Seen: Eight of the lovely candidates of Miss Earth 2011 were here in Bohol for an official visit last Friday. They were Miss China Yu Jun Liu, Miss Singapore Felicia Orvalla, Miss Canada Ashlea Moor, Miss Turkey Merve Saribas, Miss India Hasleen Kaur, Miss Sweden Renate Cerljen,  Miss USA Nicole Kelley and Miss England Roxanne Smith. Miss Sweden Renate Cerljen was Miss Universe 2009 Top 15 and Beauty of the World 2010 fourth runner-up. The 2011 Miss Earth pageant has been moved back to the Philippines, its original home, because of the rising floods in Thailand, threatening Bangkok where it was supposed to be held. The grand coronation will be held on Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at the University of the Philippines Theater.
Eight of the Miss Earth 2011 candidates with Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto and wife Pureza and provincial administrator Ae Damalerio. 

Miss Sweden and Miss India with Catherine Untalan, former Miss Philippines Earth who was crowned Miss Air (2nd RU) in the 2006 Miss Earth Pageant. Miss Untalan is now an Executive Director of Carousel Productions that produces the annual Miss Philippines & Miss Earth Pageants.    

Never forget...
Scene: Some journalists and concerned citizens gathered last November 23, 2011 at the Plaza Rizal to celebrate the International Day to End Impunity as the nation remembered the 2nd anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre which claimed 58 victims on November 23, 2009 -- 32 of them were journalists. The statement read: “We, Bol-anon journalists and concerned individuals call on the end to impunity in the Philippines and all over the world. We call for justice for the victims of the Ampatuan massacre. We call for justice for all journalists and freedom advocates who have been killed for exposing the truth." (Thanks to Liza Macalandag, Shem Quezon, Salvio Makinano, Vida May Tirol-de Juan and Nemi Monton and his angels.)

Seen: First district Bohol Rep. Rene Relampagos has filed House Bill 5422 that seeks to rename Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to Corazon Aquino Avenue. The measure is now pending with the committee on public works and highways of the House of Representatives. Relampagos said “EDSA should be named after Aquino because “one cannot think of the 1986 EDSA Revolution without thinking of former President Corazon Aquino.” However, large number of Pinoy Nettizens (including celebrities such as Tim Yap, Georgina Wilson, and Paolo Paraiso) refuse to have anything to do with the bill and expressed their disagreement openly online.  The topic became a Top Trend on Twitter last Wednesday.

Seen: World-renowned operatic tenor and philanthropist Sal Malaki will perform on Dec. 4 at the Bohol Cultural Center, 6 p.m. The two-hour concert, dubbed “Christmas Showers of Grace” is directed by thespian Daisy Baad and animated by Spring Rain Global Consultancy Inc. led by president and CEO Glenda Antonio. The concert will have pianist Carmencita "Menchi" Ybud. The Placido Domingo protégé, Malaki, who traces his roots to Anda, Bohol, was born in Leyte and studied at the University of the Philippines’ College of Music, major in Flute and Voice, is the only Filipino member of two prominent ensembles in the US: the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera. (Note: The tickets are pegged at P1,000 (gold), P 500 (silver) and P 300 (bronze). For ticket reservations, contact 0915-8886488, 0928-4551866 and 0923-3186800. Visit Holy Spirit School or call 411-2558.)

Christine “Tintin” Ng has elicited laughter and admiration from fans, friends and even foes.
For an artista to get through the industry, it’s either you get the breaks or you break barriers. Some of them bloom late. Others bank on pure talent, versatility and fame to step in without much struggling.

Ask Christine “Tintin” Ng, who hails from Tagbilaran City, has come a long way from being the shy probinsya and now a rising actress in the country.

Tintin was discovered by her fellow Boholano, renowned director Maryo delos Reyes, who was initially doubted Tintin’s ability but eventually ended up a adviser and a good friend.

What made Tintin decide to join showbiz?

“My love for acting!” exclaimed the comedian-actress. “It was my mentor and beloved director Maryo J. de los Reyes who convinced me to enter showbiz. He gives sound advices. You know, I don’t have any acting workshop, kumbaga eh nasabak ako sa digmaang biglaan na walang dalang sandata at bala. Sabi ni Direk Maryo sa akin ‘gamitin lang ang diskarte at magiging observer.’”

In 2008, Tintin appeared in Nandito Ako Nagmamahal Sa ‘Yo, I’ll Be There (2010) and in some indie films like Biktima (2010), Pendong (2010) and Mainit (2011).

Her breakthrough role, however, was on GMA 7’s Dwarfina and Munting Heredera (will end in January 2012) which showcase Tintin’s natural acting. Quite credible in her role in Munting Heredera, Tintin appeared the talkative and seductive yaya or maid and showed she could act, exuding both comic and sensitivity.
TinTin Ng first TV appearance on GMA 7’s Dwarfina (with Janice de Belen and Chanda Romero) where she played the comic sexy maid.
On and off the camera, Tintin makes you laugh with her wits. She catches your eyes with her height and fabulous figure. She leaves you amazed of the real Tintin Ng. Very natural! Very kuwela!

Asked what have her showbiz experiences taught her thus far, she turns philosophical: “Showbiz-showbiz para sa akin ay hindi habang buhay nasa kinang ka ng mga tala. Kailangan mo lang i–enjoy ang bawat ningning na nakapalibot sa iyo at ang pakikisama at lalo na ang pag-arte kailangan marunong makiramdam. Maging creative at maging listo.”

She adds, “Hindi lang naka- base kung ano ang blocking nang direktor eh yun na ang susundin mo. Kailangan mo ring mag-experiment na tutugma sa role na ginagampanan mo , at i-suggest mo sa direktor kung puwede  mo bang gawin yung idea na naiisip mo para mag-work ang character na in-established para sa iyo.”

Her height (4’8”), which she carries with natural gracefulness and confidence,  no doubt helped her right in showbiz. “Maybe kasi maliit ako at trying hard magpa-sexy na unique kasi nga yun ang role na established sa akin. Malandi na petite! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

Drama or comedy? “Both, gusto kong maging versatile na pwede sa drama or comedy. Pero mas priority ang comedy sa akin. Nachachallenge kasi ako sa drama kasi ang hirap umiyak at matagal akong mapaiyak.”

She dreams of having Dingdong Dantes as her leading man if she will be given a big break. “Dingdong Dantes! Marian sa question lang to gurl He! He! He! Baka masabunutan mo ako dito. Choz!! For me, he is cute and sexy and yummy!! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

And she is willing to give it “all” in the name of acting. “Like kissing? Yes!  Kailangan! We did some of my leading man in Mujer na kahit wala sa script eh nag- smack siya sa akin pero walang reklamo kasi part na sa job namin ang ganoon. Diyan makikita ang pagka- actress or actor mo.”

To date, according to Tintin, she has never snubbed a fan, although he steers clear of people who have topak (tantrums). In fact, she has her own fast growing fans club whose members give her letters, flowers and stuff toys. “I’ll put it beside n my bed then tinatago ko yung mga perfumes at yung mga package na padala nila. Eh kasi tatanungin nila saan ako nakatira. Para sa akin I didn’t treat them as fans only but I treat them as my friends. I give time to talk with them kahit ilang minuto lang para kahit sa ganoon man lang eh makapagpasalamat ako sa kanila. Kaya valuable yung mga bigay nila sa akin. Ang mga letters tinatago ko lahat at dadalhin ko yun hanggang sa pagtanda ko na minsan sa buhay ko ay may mga humahanga din sa akin at iniidolo ako.”

I bet you didn’t know that Tintin is almost famous in the country. She is mobbed by fans wherever she goes. “I don’t know but I have noticed it lalo na sa mga places na may nag-papapicture sa akin at nag-papaautograph. Minsan nagtiyangge ako gaya ng ginagawa ko dati di ko naman alam na dudumugin nila ako at nagkapasa ako. Kinamayan ko sila, nag- shakehand hinila ako at sa liit ko namang ito nako po ay talagang nagkapasa ang kamay ko. But it’s ok natutuwa ako sa kanila.”

For years, Tintin has elicited laughter and admiration from fans, friends and even foes. She isn’t stopping just yet. “Simply lang po ang dream ko na mag-mark ang name ko sa mga tao na maalala nila ako bilang si Tintin na kakaiba at nakakatuwa.”

Tintin’s last visit to Bohol was in May 2010 and she missed her family and siblings. “Ahermm  Namimiss ko rin ang daming kalandian ko sa Bohol at alam niyo yan guys kong sino kayo if lalabas na tong article na to! Ha! Ha! Ha!”

Despite her success, Tintin remains a simple Boholana at heart. She may have already achieved milestones in her career, but she prefers to remain humble. She proves that when it comes to pursuing dreams or just fulfilling your passions, limits do not exist. The possibilities are endless for those who have the right attitude.”

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

List of slain journalists in the Philippines (1986-2011)

Credit:  http://www.facebook.com/notes/mabuhay-newspaper-bulacan/list-of-slain-journalists-in-the-philippines-1986-2011/309179649111972

Pete Mabazza

Manila Bulletin

April 24, 1986, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

Wilfredo Vicoy


April 25, 1986, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

Virgilio Pacala

Manila Hotline

March 24, 1987, San Pablo, Laguna

Dionisio Perpetuo Joaquin

Olongapo News

April 12, Olongapo City, Zambales

Narciso Balani


August 27, 1987, Davao City

Rogie Zagado


August 27, 1987, Davao City

Leo Palo


August 27, 1987, Davao City

Cesar Maglalang


August 27, 1987, Davao City

Martin Castor

Pilipino Ngayon

August 28, 1987, Manila

Ramon Noblejas


October 4, 1987

Tacloban, Leyte

Leo Enriquez III

Kyodo News Service, Washington Times, People’s Journal

October 10, 1978, Cebu City

Noel Miranda

Mindanao Scanner

March 29, 1988, Tagum Cuty Davao Del Norte

Ruben R. Manrique

Luzon Tribute

August 12, 1988, Balanga City, Bataan

Josef Aldeguer Nava

Visayan Life Today, DYRP

October 30, 1988, Iloilo City

Severino Arcones

DYFM Bombo Radyo

October 17, 1989, Iloilo City

Eddie Telan


December 1, 1989, Quezon City

Enrique Lingan

The Luzon Times/ The Midway Star

February 4, 1990, Lucena City, Quezon

Joseph “Joe” Kreuger

Mindoro Weekly Reporter

February 6, 1990, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro

Reynaldo Catindig Sr.

Northern Sierra Madre Express

May 15, 1990, Timauini, Isabela

Jean Ladringan

Southern Star

July 8, 1990, General Santos City

Nesino Paulin Toling

Panguil Bay Monitor

April 14, 1991, Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental

Danilo Vergara

Philippine Post

July 1, 1992, in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte

Vergara, publisher of the weekly Philippine Post and secretary of the Mindanao Press Club and the Iligan Press Club, was shot at close range by three unidentified assailants as he left a printing plant on Quezon Avenue in Iligan City. A security guard who witnessed the attack and attempted to intervene was also killed. Editor of the Post until he became publisher in 1989, Vergara was known to write hard-hitting columns on graft and corruption.

Rev. Greg Hapalla


September 21, 1992, in Zamboanga City

Hapalla, a radio commentator and preacher, was shot to death by three gunmen while broadcasting from DXAS Station in Zamboanga City. A radio technician and a visitor were also killed.

Ladjid Jade Ladja

Prensa Zamboanga

July 3, 1992, in Zamboanga City

Ladja, a correspondent for the weekly Prensa Zamboanga, was shot dead in Zamboanga City while attending a friend’s birthday party. Ladja had covered the Mindanao secessionist movement, but the motive for the killing remains unknown.

Gloria Martin


December 30, 1992, in Isabela, Basilan

Martin, a local radio journalist with station DXXX in Basilan, was shot and killed by unidentified assailants. The motive remains unknown.

Romeo Lagaspi

Voice of Zambales

January 11, 1993, in Zambales

Lagaspi, publisher of Voice of Zambales, was last seen by his family on January 11, 1993. He had been charged with criminal libel for a column he wrote on police corruption and had filed a countersuit, which was still pending when he disappeared. Police showed Lagaspi’s family photographs of a charred corpse, which they suggested was that of the journalist.

Rosauro Lao

Cotabato News

November 22, 1993, in Cotabato City

Rosauro Lao and Ding Sade, both of Cotabato News, were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in front of their boarding house in Cotabato City. Police did not establish a motive. According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, police said that Lao was killed by a shot in the head, and that Sade died from wounds to the body and left arm.

Ding Sade

Cotabato News

November 22, 1993, in Cotabato City

Rosauro Lao and Ding Sade, both of Cotabato News, were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in front of their boarding house in Cotabato City.

Alberto Berbon

DZMM Radio

December 15, 1996, in Manila

Berbon, senior editor for the radio station DZMM, which is owned by the Philippines’ largest broadcast network, ABS-CBN, was fatally shot outside his home in a Manila suburb. His wife was also injured in the attack.

Ferdinand Reyes

Press Freedom

February 13, 1996, in Dipolog City

Reyes, editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper Press Freedom, was fatally shot while at his desk in his office in Dipolog, some 400 miles (640 kilometers) south of Manila. He had received death threats in the past for his frequent writings about official corruption and human rights abuses and his criticism of government policies.

Danny Hernandez

People’s Journal Tonight

June 3, 1997, in Manila

Hernandez, news editor of a popular tabloid daily, People’s Journal Tonight, for which he wrote a column called “Sunday Punch,” was fatally shot in a taxi after leaving the Journal office just before dawn. It was later learned the taxi had been stolen hours earlier and was apparently waiting for him, police said. Colleagues said Hernandez had told them he had been receiving death threats from members of drug rings. He specialized in exposing drug syndicates and police corruption.

Regalado Mabazza

Polaris Cable Network

December 17, 1997, Cauayan, Isabela

Rey Bancayrin

Radio DXLL

March 29, 1998, in Zamboanga City

Bancayrin, a well-known broadcaster for Radio DXLL in the southern region of Mindanao, was shot to death while on the air. Two unidentified gunmen entered the broadcast booth while he was talking to a listener and shot him three times at point-blank range.

Nelson Catipay

DXMY Radio

April 16, 1998, in Cotabato City

Catipay, a correspondent for radio station DXMY in Cotabato City in Mindanao, was shot nine times by two unidentified men riding with Catipay in a minivan traveling to the town of Sultan Kuarat, according to police reports.

Dominador Bentulan


October 30, 1998, General Santos City

Bienvenido Dasal

DXKR Radyo Agong

January 21, 1999, Koronadal City, South Cotabato

Frank Palma

DWYB-Bombo Radyo

April 25, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

Vincent Rodriguez

DZMM Radio

May 23, 2000, in Sasmuan, Pampanga

Rodriguez, a correspondent in Pampanga Province for the Manila radio station DZMM, was killed on assignment near the town of Sasmuan when guerrillas ambushed the boat convoy in which he was traveling.

Olimpio Jalapit Jr.

DXPR Radio

November 17, 2000, in Pagadian City

Jalapit, host of local radio station DXPR’s top-rated morning program, “Lampornas,” was killed in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur Province, as he was leaving a parent-teacher association meeting.

Roland Ureta

Radio DYKR

January 3, 2001, in Aklan Province

Radio journalist Ureta was gunned down on the night of January 3 when two motorcycle-riding men waylaid him en route from Kalibo, the capital of Aklan Province, to the town of Lezo.

Mohammad Yusoph

Radio DXID

February 23, 2001, in Pagadian City

Yusoph, a commentator for the radio station DXID in Pagadian City, was shot in the back of the head by two men on a motorcycle while he was riding in a three-wheel pedicab. He died on the spot.

Joy Mortel

Mindoro Guardian

May 31, 2001, in Occidental Mindoro

Mortel, a reporter for the Mindoro Guardian, was killed in her home in Barangay Talabanhan, Occidental Mindoro Province, according to local press reports. Two unidentified armed men reportedly shot Mortel after a heated argument. She died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Candelario Cayona

Radio DXLL

May 30, 2001, in Zamboanga City

At about 6 a.m. on May 30, three unidentified men ambushed Cayona, a radio commentator for the local station DXLL, as he left home on his motorcycle to host a morning broadcast. Cayona died on the spot from four gunshot wounds, including two to the face. The assailants, all identified as young males, fled the scene.

Edgar Damalerio

Zamboanga Scribe and DXKP Radio

May 13, 2002, in Pagadian City, Philippines

Damalerio, managing editor of the weekly newspaper Zamboanga Scribe and a commentator on DXKP radio station in Pagadian City on the southern island of Mindanao, was shot and killed at about 8:00 p.m.

A gunman shot Damalerio, 32, while he was driving home in his jeep from a press conference in Pagadian City. He was killed by a single bullet wound to his left torso.

Rhode Sonny Esguerra Alcantara

“Quo Vadis San Pablo” and Kokus

August 22, 2002, in San Pablo, Philippines

Alcantara, a newspaper publisher and cable TV commentator, was shot dead in the city of San Pablo, south of the capital, Manila.

John Belen Villanueva, Jr.


April 28, 2003, Camalig, Albay

Apolinario “Polly” Pobeda

DWTI Radio

May 17, 2003, in Lucena City, Quezon, Philippines

At about 6:00 a.m., two unidentified gunmen stopped radio host Pobeda as he rode his motorcycle to work in Lucena City, Quezon Province, and shot him repeatedly, according to Philippine press reports. Pobeda suffered seven gunshot wounds, including one to his head. He was brought to a hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Bonifacio Gregorio

Dyaryo Banat

July 8, 2003, in La Paz, Tarlac, Philippines

Gregorio, a reporter and columnist for the weekly Dyaryo Banat, in La Paz, a town in the central Tarlac Province, was talking to a colleague on a cell phone in front of his house when an unidentified gunman shot him in the head three times at close range. According to news reports, the gunman was likely a professional killer who fled the scene on foot. Gregorio was rushed to La Paz District Hospital before being transferred to Ramos General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Noel Villarante

DZJV Radio and Laguna Score

August 19, 2003, in Santa Cruz, Laguna Province, Philippines

Villarante, of DZJV Radio and the local newspaper Laguna Score, was shot and killed by a gunman outside his house in Santa Cruz City in central Laguna Province. After being shot once, Villarante ran inside his home. While his relatives helped him outside again to get to a hospital, the gunman shot Villarante twice in the head, killing him instantly.

Rico Ramirez

DXSF Radio

August 20, 2003, in Agusan del Sur, Philippines

Police found the body of Ramirez, a commentator for DXSF Radio, on the side of the road in San Francisco, a town in the southern province of Agusan del Sur. Authorities did not announce the murder until September 2 but offered no explanation for the two-week delay.

Juan “Jun” Pala

DXGO Radio

September 6, 2003, in Davao City, Philippines

Unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle shot Pala, a commentator on DXGO radio, while he was walking home with a bodyguard and a friend in Davao City. The journalist, who suffered nine gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead on arrival at the San Pedro Hospital, according to the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

(CMFR). His companions sustained minor injuries.

Rowell Endrinal

DZRC, Metro News

February 11, 2004, in Legazpi City

Two unidentified assailants shot Endrinal, a commentator on radio station DZRC in Legazpi City, Albay Province, while he was leaving his house for the radio station at 6:20 a.m. The local police chief, Jaime Lazar, told journalists that the assailants shot Endrinal in the foot and then continued shooting him in the head and body as he fell.

Nelson Nadura

Radio DYME

December 2, 2003, in Masbate City

Nadura, a commentator for Radio DYME in the Philippine’s central Masbate City, was shot dead at about 8:30 a.m. by two unidentified gunmen. The attack occurred while Nadura was on his motorcycle leaving the radio station after his daily broadcast, according to press reports and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, a Manila-based press freedom organization. He died immediately from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Six empty shells and a slug were found on the scene. The suspects fled on foot.

Fernando Consignado

Radio Veritas

August 12, 2004, in Nagcarlan

Consignado, a correspondent with the Manila-based Radio Veritas, was found dead in his home in the town of Nagcarlan, 47 miles (75 kilometers) south of the capital, Manila, according to local news reports. The journalist died of a single gunshot to the head, according to police investigators.

Elpidio Binoya

Radyo Natin

June 17, 2004, in General Santos

Binoya, a radio commentator and local station manager with Radyo Natin, was gunned down outside the port city General Santos, on the southern island of Mindanao, according to local news reports. Binoya was known for his pointed political commentaries.

Rogelio “Roger” Mariano

Radyo Natin-Aksyon Radyo

July 31, 2004, in Laoag City

Mariano, a commentator for Radyo Natin-Aksyon Radyo, was fatally shot by unidentified gunmen in Laoag City, the capital of Ilocos Norte Province, according to news reports.

Arnnel Manalo

Bulgar and DZRH Radio

August 5, 2004, in Bauan

Gunmen ambushed and killed Manalo, 42, a correspondent for the Manila tabloid Bulgar and radio station DZRH, in the morning, shortly after he dropped off his children at school, according to international news reports and local journalists.

Romeo (or Romy) Binungcal

Remate and Bulgar

September 29, 2004, in Bataan Province

Binungcal, a correspondent for two national Manila-based tabloids, Remate and Bulgar, was killed while riding home on his motorcycle in Bataan Province, in the central Luzon Region.

Eldy Sablas (aka Eldy Gabinales)


October 19, 2004, in Tandag , Surigao Del Sur

An unidentified assailant shot Sablas three times from behind at about 10 a.m. as the radio commentator rode a three-wheeled motorcycle away from a supermarket in Surigao del Sur Province on the southern island of Mindanao.

Gene Boyd Lumawag


November 12, 2004, in Jolo, Sulu

An unidentified gunman shot photographer Lumawag, of the MindaNews news service, in the head, killing him instantly in Jolo, the capital of the southern Sulu Province.

Herson Hinolan

Bombo Radiyo

November 13, 2004, in Kalibo, Aklan

Hinolan, station manager and commentator from Bombo Radiyo in Kalibo in the central Aklan Province, was shot in the abdomen and arms in the restroom of a local store, police told local reporters.

Marlene Garcia-Esperat

Midland News and DXKR

March 24, 2005, in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat

A gunman walked into columnist Marlene Garcia-Esperat’s house in the city of Tacurong, and shot her in front of her family. Garcia-Esperat died at the scene from a single bullet wound to her head, police told reporters. The gunman and his accomplice escaped from the scene on a motorcycle.

Allan Dizon

The Freeman, Banat

November 27, 2004, in Cebu City

Dizon, a photographer for the English-language newspaper The Freeman and a correspondent for the local tabloid Banat, was shot and killed in Cebu City.

Stephen Omaois

Guru Press

November 27, 2004, in Tabuk, Kalinga

Omaois’ body was found in a garbage bin on the outskirts of Tabuk in remote Kalinga Province. Police believe Omaois, 24, was bludgeoned to death, according to international news reports.

Arnulfo Villanueva

Asian Star Express Balita

February 28, 2005, in Naic, Cavite

Villanueva, 43, a columnist for the community newspaper, was found shot on a road in the town of Naic, just south of Manila. A local village official found his body, according to the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).

Ricardo “Ding” Uy


November 18, 2005, in Sorsogon City

Radio announcer Uy, known for his leftist political activities, was killed by a gunman outside his home in Sorsogon City, Sorsogon province, 230 miles (375 kilometers) southeast of Manila.

Robert Ramos


November 20, 2005, in Cabuyao, Laguna

Ramos, 39, a reporter for the weekly tabloid, was shot twice in the head outside a market in Cabuyao, Laguna province, 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of the capital, Manila. Ramos was waiting for a ride home from work when two motorcycle-riding assailants shot him, according to police reports cited in the local media.

George Benaojan

DYBB and Bantay Balita

December 1, 2005, in Cebu

An unidentified gunman killed radio and newspaper journalist Benaojan in the central city of Cebu before fleeing in a taxi. Benaojan, 27, died at a local hospital shortly afterward, according to international news reports.

Klein Cantoneros


May 4, 2005, in Dipolog City

Cantoneros, a “block-time” radio broadcaster known for hard-hitting commentary, died after being shot as many as seven times by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Dipolog City on the southern island of Mindanao.

Philip Agustin

Starline Times Recorder

May 10, 2005, in Paltic, Aurora

Agustin, editor and publisher of the local weekly Starline Times Recorder, was killed by a single shot to the back of the head, according to local news reports.

Rolando “Dodong” Morales


July 3, 2005, in Polomolok,

The radio commentator was ambushed and shot at least 15 times by a gang of motorcycle-riding assailants while driving home on the southern island of Mindanao. Morales, who died at the scene, had just finished hosting his weekly program on radio DXMD in General Santos City.

Rolly Cañete

January 20, 2006, in Pagadian City, Philippines

Unidentified gunmen killed radio broadcaster and political publicist Cañete on a busy street in the southern city of Pagadian. International news reports said the attackers fled on a motorcycle.

Orlando Tapios Mendoza

Tarlkac Profile/ Tarlac Patrol

April 4, 2006, in Tarlac, Philippines

Mendoza, a part-time newspaper editor and columnist, was shot several times by unidentified men as he was returning home in Tarlac, 65 miles (110 kilometers) north of Manila. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to local media reports.

Ponciano Grande


December 7, 2006, in Cabantuan City, Nueva Ecija

Two unidentified gunmen killed Grande, 53, a former newspaper columnist and occasional co-host of a radio variety show, at his farm in Cabantuan City, central Luzon. The assailants shot Grande five times and chased his wife, Annie Luwag-Grande, but did not harm her, according to the online news site INQ7 and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

Andres Acosta


December 20, 2006, in Batac

An unidentified attacker stabbed commentator Acosta in the town of Batac, 240 miles (390 kilometers) north of Manila. Stabbed in the head and body, Acosta collapsed on his motorcycle while trying to get to a hospital.

Fernando Batul


May 22, 2006, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Batul, 37, a radio commentator with DZRH and DYPR radio, was shot six times by motorcycle-riding gunmen while he was driving to work in the provincial town of Puerto Princesa on the island of Palawan.

George Vigo

Union of Catholic Asian News

June 19, 2006, Kidapawan, Cotabao

Maricel Vigo


June 19, 2006, in Kidapawan, Cotabao

Two unidentified gunmen shot radio journalists George and Maricel Vigo near their home on the southern island of Mindanao. The married couple were walking home from a public market when they were shot at around 5:15 p.m. by men on a motorcycle. They died on the way to the hospital.

Armando Pace


July 18, 2006, in Digos City, Davao Del Sur

Pace, 51, an outspoken block-time commentator on Radyo Ukay DXDS, was shot in the head and chest by two motorcycle-riding assailants while traveling home from work on a busy street in Digos City on the island of Mindanao. He died shortly after arriving at a local hospital.

Hernani Pastolero

Lightning Courier Weekly

February 20, 2007, in Sultan Kudarat

Pastolero, 64, editor-in-chief of the community newspaper Lightning Courier Weekly, was shot in front of his home in Sultan Kudarat township, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

Ferdinand Lintuan

DXGO and Sun Star

December 24, 2007, in Davao City

Lintuan, 51, the father of four children, was shot by two motorcycle-riding assailants as he was driving in downtown Davao City, according to local media reports and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, a press freedom advocacy group. Lintuan had just left DXGO, an AM station owned by the Manila Broadcasting Company, with two colleagues who were uninjured in the attack.

Benefredo Acabal

The Filipino Newsmen

April 7, 2008, in Pasig City,

Acabal, 34, was shot several times at close range by an unidentified gunman in Pasig City in the Manila metropolitan area, according to local and international news reports. The gunman fled the scene on a motorcycle, those reports said. Acabal died from his wounds on the way to the hospital.

Marcos Mataro


April 27, 2008, San Simon, Pampanga

Fausto “Bert” Sison


June 30, 2008, Sariaya, Quezon

Arecio Padrigao


November 17, 2008, in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental

A motorcycle-riding gunman shot radio commentator Padrigao outside Bukidnon State University in Misamis Oriental province on the southern island of Mindanao, according to international news reports.

Leo Mila

Radyo Natin

December 2, 2008, in San Roque

Radio commentator Mila was shot outside Radyo Natin studios in the town of San Roque, Northern Samar province, according to local press freedom groups and international news reports.

Martin Roxas


August 7, 2008, in Roxas City

Two men shot Roxas in the back as he drove his motorcycle from DYVR in Roxas City, on the country’s central Panay Island, where he worked as a program director and had just concluded his midday show, according to news reports. Police said Roxas died at a local hospital from a gunshot wound to his spine, the reports said.

Dennis Cuesta


August 9, 2008, in General Santos City

Two gunmen traveling by motorcycle fired several shots at Cuesta, a program director and anchor for DXMD, an affiliate of the Radio Mindanao Network, on a public street in General Santos City on August 4, according to news reports citing police.

Badrodin Abbas


January 22, 2009, in Cotabato City

Abbas was shot in the head by two motorcycle-riding assailants while he was driving a minivan in Cotabato City, according to local news reports. The journalist was a “block-time” commentator, leasing airtime and soliciting his own sponsors, the reports said. He died of a head wound, Police Chief Willie Dangane told reporters.

Ernie Rollin

DXSY Radio

February 23, 2009, in Oroquieta City,Misamis Occidental

Two men shot Rollin at around 5:30 a.m. at a gas station in Oroquieta City in the Philippine province of Misamis Occidental, according to a statement issued by the

Jojo Trajano


June 3, 2009, in Taytay Rizal

Reporter Trajano was killed in crossfire during a police raid of an alleged organized crime den near Manila, according to local and international news reports.

Crispin Perez

DWDO Radio

June 9, 2009, in San Jose City, Occidental Mindoro

An unidentified attacker stabbed and fatally shot Perez in San Jose, province of Mindoro Occidental, according to local and international news reports.

Badrodin Abbas


January 22, 2009, in Cotabato City , Philippines

Abbas was shot in the head by two motorcycle-riding assailants while he was driving a minivan in Cotabato City, according to local news reports. The journalist was a “block-time” commentator, leasing airtime and soliciting his own sponsors, the reports said. He died of a head wound, Police Chief Willie Dangane told reporters.

Godofredo Linao

Radyo Natin-Bislig

July 27, 2009, Barobo, Surigao Del Sur

Philippine broadcaster Godofredo Linao Jr., 49, was shot in Barabo township, Surigao del Sur province, about 545 miles (875 kilometers) from the capital, Manila, according to local press freedom groups and news reports.

Ampatuan massacre

Andres Teodoro

Central Mindanao Inquirer

Henry Araneta, DZRH

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Mark Gilbert Arriola, UNTV

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Rubello Bataluna, Gold Star Daily

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Arturo Betia, Periodico Ini

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Romeo Jimmy Cabillo, Midland Review

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Marites Cablitas, News Focus and DXDX

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Hannibal Cachuela, Punto News

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Jepon Cadagdagon, Saksi News

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

John Caniban, Periodico Ini

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Lea Dalmacio, Socsargen News

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Noel Decina, Periodico Ini

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Gina Dela Cruz, Saksi News

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Jhoy Duhay, Gold Star Daily

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Jolito Evardo, UNTV

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Santos Gatchalian, DXGO

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Bienvenido Legarte Jr., Prontiera News

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Lindo Lupogan, Mindanao Daily Gazette

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Ernesto Maravilla, Bombo Radyo

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Rey Merisco, Periodico Ini

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Reynaldo Momay, Midland Review

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Marife “Neneng” Montaño, Saksi News and DXCI

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Rosell Morales, News Focus

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Victor Nuñez, UNTV

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Ronnie Perante, Gold Star Daily

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Joel Parcon, Prontiera News

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Fernando Razon, Periodico Ini

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Alejandro Reblando, Manila Bulletin

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Napoleon Salaysay, Mindanao Gazette

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

Ian Subang, Socsargen Today

November 23, 2009, in Ampatuan, Philippines

In the deadliest event for the press ever recorded by CPJ, 30 Philippine journalists and two media support workers were ambushed and brutally slain on November 23 as they traveled in Maguindanao province with a convoy of people who intended to file gubernatorial candidacy papers for a local politician. In all, 57 people were killed in a shocking display of barbarism apparently motivated by political clan rivalries. Most of the bodies were dumped in a mass hillside grave in the town of Ampatuan.

Ismael Pasigna

B-96 FM

December 24, 2009, in Labason, Zamboanga Del Norte

A gunman on a motorcycle shot Pasigna at around 6.30 a.m. in the town of Labason, Zamboanga del Norte province, Mindanao, according to local news reports.

Desidario Camangyan

Sunrise FM

June 14, 2010, in Manay, Philippines

Camangyan was shot from behind at close range while hosting an amateur singing contest, according to local and international news reports. He died at the scene from a single shot to the head in front of an audience that included his wife and 6-year-old son, news reports said. Police said the gunman escaped on foot.

Jovelito Agustin


June 16, 2010, Laoag City Ilocos Norte

Nestor Bedolido

Mt. Apo Currrent/Kastigador

June 19, 2010, Digos City, Davao Del Sur

Miguel Belen


July 31, 2010, in Nabua, Camarines Sur

Belen, a part-time radio commentator, died in a local hospital after being shot seven times by two motorcycle-riding assailants on the evening of July 9, according to news reports.

Gerardo Ortega


January 24, 2011, in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines

A gunman shot radio talk show host Ortega in the back of the head as the journalist was shopping in a Puerto Princesa City clothing store shortly after his morning broadcast, according to local and international news reports.

Maria Len Flores Sumera


March 24, 2011, in Malabon City

An unidentified gunman fired on Somera, who hosted a public service program on DZME radio, before fleeing the scene in a Jeep, according to The Associated Press. There were two assailants, according to local news reports. Somera, a 44-year-old mother of three, died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head on the way to a local hospital.

Romeo Olea


June 13, 2011, in Iriga City, Camarines Sur

Olea, a radio commentator, was killed after being shot twice in the back while riding his motorcycle on his way to work, according to local and international media reports that quoted police sources.

Niel Jimena


August 22, 2011, in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental

Two gunmen shot Jimena, 42, five times while he was on a motorcycle near his home in the Negros Island town of E.B. Magalona, according to local and international news reports. He died before arriving at a local hospital, news reports said.

Roy Quijada Gallego


October 14, 2011, Lianga Surigao Del Sur.

Alfredo “Dodong Velarde

Brigada News

November 11, 2011, General Santos City.

Source: cpj.org, cmfr-phil.org, nujp.org

Funny video of Supreme Court Spokesman Jose Midas Marquez

During a press conference, Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Jose Midas Marquez accidentally fell one of the microphone as he giving statements to the press which captured by DZMM camera.

After the microphone fell, Atty. Jose Midas Marquez accidentally flaunts his feminine side as his reaction to the incident. Anyway, Atty. Marquez is happily married with 2 kids.

The funny video was posted on November 22 in YouTube by PHILMEDIACOM which is currently hitting online.

Watch it here:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nonito Jr. and Rachel Donaire spend holiday in Bohol and other tidbits

Scene: November 23, 2011 is the International Day to End Impunity as the nation remembers the 2nd anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre which claimed 58 victims on November 23, 2009 -- 32 of them were journalists. After two years, justice is nowhere in sight, “the wheels of justice, which have always ground slow, appear to have stalled to an almost dead stop and, worse, remain in danger of being reversed,” the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said in a press statement.  As we wait for action, we grieve for the martyred journalists who believed the Constitutional protection of their rights was enough. Bared requests readers not to forget...

Scene: The 3rd induction and turn-over ceremony of the Junior Chamber International (JCI)-Boholana Kisses is on Dec. 8, 2011, 6:30 p.m. at the Metro Centre Hotel.  JCI Member Arizza Nancy Jule “Tukay” Tirol is the incoming president. She is one of the youngest presidents in JCI Philippines at the age of 21. With this year’s JCI Boholana Kisses theme “Work as One, Succeed as One!” Pres. Tukay continues to pursue their projects with the province of Bohol and their organizational projects.

Arizza Nancy Jule “Tukay” Tirol, JCI-Boholana Kisses incoming president
Scene: A group of beauty watchers is strongly pushing for the delisting of a beauty queen who was “caught in the act” by a housewife-beauty queen. “Last week, the beauty queen resigned from the office after a complaint was filed against her. The beauty queen’s “fairy godmothers” are also planning to leave Bohol after they were implicated on the incident as tipsters causing internal turmoil. The beauty pageant committee is brink of being disbanded,” said VRS.  
Scene:  Netizens were abuzz moments after Atty. Ferdinand Topacio said he is willing to cut off one of his balls if his clients, the Arroyos, do not return to the Philippines after their planned trip abroad to seek medical treatment. "I'm willing to do the worst. Ipatatanggal ko itlog ko 'pag di bumalik ang mga Arroyo," he said. The hashtag #itlognitopacio became the top trending local topic on microblogging site Twitter. Netizens poked fun at Topacio's "offer" on Twitter saying “Atty. Topacio didn't say kung sinong gusto n'yang tumanggal sa isang itlog n'ya. I'm not sure if Sec. De Lima's willing to do that.”
If you haven’t noticed, Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire, Jr. and wife, Rachel had a surprise visit to Bohol last week, days after their church wedding held on Nov. 11, 2011 or 11-11-11 (said to be a lucky date).

Nonito Jr, also known as Jun-Jun, called Tessie Labunog-Sumampong (owner of Loboc Riverwatch Floating Restaurant, +638537-9460/+639173060010) to prepare sumptuous meal for the group (mostly Americans) who were amazed of the beauty of the Loboc River cruise.

“Jun-Jun and Rachel are very sweet. She is blooming!” said VRS.
 Jun-Jun with Tessie Labunog-Sumampong….

…and  dancing the kuradang with the Loboc folks
While in Bohol Jun-Jun and her entourage savored the island’s famous tourist attractions like a visit to a tarsier sanctuary, the Loboc River cruise and a trek to see the world-famous Chocolate Hills.

Jun-Jun was mobbed by fans upon arrival at the Loboc River. Same thing happened anywhere he went.

“He was very good in singing while at the floating restaurant. He danced well while joining the local entertainers at the Loboc River bank,” added VRS.

The group also tried the zipline, the newest attraction of Loboc town before going to Talibon.

The couple visited Bohol in 2009 after Jun-Jun won the fight against Raul Martinez. It was also a “sentimental journey” because Jun-Jun went emotional when he visited the old house in Talibon where he was born.

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Forever Living is back!

Forever Living is back! Bohol welcomed Asia’s number one Forever Living Diamond Manager Edmund Ramos on Nov. 7 at Informatics Computer Institute Conference Room. 

Forever Living Products website says: Forever Living Products are the World's leading grower and processor of Aloe Vera. Why we chose aloe vera? “The amazing qualities of this plant have been known and used for centuries.  Produced from the inner gel of the aloe vera leaf, cold processed and stabilized directly - not freeze dried and reconstituted. This ensures that none of the aloe goodness is lost.
In the range you will find excellent natural health and beauty products including moisturizers, lotions, toners - all containing natural Aloe Vera. In addition we have drinks in various flavors, and a wide range of minerals, vitamins, and other supplements.

“Everyone who wants to be healthy knows that the closer we stay to nature, the better we feel. That is why Forever Living’s mission is to give you the purest health and beauty nature products,” says Shem Quezon who is business builder.

To become a FLP distributor or business builder, you can contact Shem Quezon - +63910-970-1285 and Alvin Acuzar - +62917-304-2900)

If Bohol is a fruit…
Ariel Llanos
Meeting people of different nationalities and culture is challenging and exciting as well. Ask Ariel Llanos, the “walking encyclopedia” and the charming front desk officer at the Metro Centre Hotel, who met different nationalities and have taught him a lifetime’s worth of lessons.

“For one,” Ariel begins, “my work has taught me all about adaptability. I had no idea how much it would broaden my horizons and open up my mind.”

Ariel has learned to control his temper when some guests got mad or vehemently complaint on anything.

But he knows he can’t complain or else. 

“I stay focus and poise,” he relates.

Ariel has noticed the increasing number of tourists who are visiting Bohol. Most of them are locals, Koreans, Japanese and Americans.

“If Bohol is a fruit, it is mango. The sweetness of the Boholano hospitality is really superb!” says Ariel.

“If Bohol is a delicacy, it is Star Peanuts. One you have taste it, you always want it,” adds Ariel.

Bohol, Ariel explains, has blessed with wonderful places and people.

According to Ariel, the 5 Must-Visit Places in Bohol are Chocolate Hills, Danao (for extreme adventure),  Panglao (Panglao Island Nature Resort),  Tagbilaran City (Metro Centre Hotel) and  Loboc. The 5 important places to dine are Wok Express, Gerry’s Grill, Asiatika, SunBurst and Payag.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Real-life No Other Woman scene and other tidbits


Scene: For the third time, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will battle it out as welterweights when they meet at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 12 (Nov. 13  in the Philippines, live this Sunday morning on GMA 7). Geresonic (along Ma. Clara Street) and Diccion Electronics (along CPG Avenue fronting the Bohol Cultural Center) will have free showings.  If you want to witness the fight on a wide screen, go to Island City Mall Screenville Cinema (for P300) and BQ Mall Cinema (for P300).

Scene:  This eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year of the third millennium, the “hot number" at Philippine Charity Sweepstakes' numbers game betting stations was the combination 11-11-11.  It was the birthday of UB’s network/systems administrator Art Magno (Nov. 11). Other November birthday celebrators are Tsino Lim (Nov. 10), provincial board member Freda Olavides-Tirol (Nov. 8), Tagbilaran City Vice Mayor Nuevas Tirol-Montes (Nov. 7), Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso (Nov. 6) and Tagbilaran Science High School principal John Ariel Lagura (Nov. 6).

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Seen: Fashion icon EJ Relampagos has proven his exemplary talent when he was awarded as Best Dressed of the Night during the Queen of Cebu 2011, a pageant for the alternatives, organized by Clothes for Life Foundation of Cebu headed by Cary Santiago.” EJ was chosen from among Cebu’s elite and who’s who that attended the pageant last Nov. 5 at the Waterfront Hotel,” shared Bohol’s seasoned host Raul Gatal.

Seen: Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, the mother of Miss Denmark Maya Celeste Padillo Olesen, one of the four Filipinas competing in Miss World 2011 (won by Miss Venezuela Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares and Miss Philippines Gwendoline Ruais was 1st runner-up), commented on The Bohol Chronicle website: “Venezuela is Miss World. Miss Philippines is second. Miss Puerto Rico is third. But Maya has won the hearts of many Filipinos and Danes and it is like winning a grand prize.” On her Facebook account, Olesen posted: “Maya was actually born at the Cebu Community Hospital, the UCCP-owned hospital at Jones Avenue and she spent three years in her life commuting from Hingotanan to Cebu where my husband and I had our work, related to church life in the ecumenical Visayas jurisdiction of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. At the pageant in London yesterday Maya got the 32nd place out of the 122 candidates. Thanks for giving a space on the participation of Maya during this World event. We are very happy, however, that our Philippine candidate was chosen to be the first runner up. IN a way, the Philippine beauty is revealed and admired throughout the world.”

It's been a month since the movie “No Other Woman” premiered in theaters nationwide and I still can't get over this movie. The movie (starring Anne Curtis as Kara Zalderiaga, Cristine Reyes as Charmaine Escaler and Derek Ramsay as Ram Escaler) which raked in millions at the box office revolves on a man’s journey on becoming a successful working husband whose perfect marriage becomes complicated when he commits into an adulterous affair that changes his life.

Don’t look now but that movie reminds us of a real-life situation just happened recently. The “scandal” is highly-sensitive, so don’t expect any tell-tale clues to the identities of the “who’s who” involved. Just pay close attention to the Freudian slip between the lines, okay?

Suspecting that her hubby was philandering, a housewife-beauty queen herself (who’s a daughter of a prominent family in Bohol) tried everything to uncover the truth. Acting like a detective, the wife learned that her husband brought the girl (who is a beauty queen) in their apartment. The housewife-beauty queen herself slipped unnoticed into the apartment and, true enough, she caught him in bed with the beauty queen. “Caught in the act! The discovery resulted to a karambula, but surprisingly, the husband sided the other woman!” shared Bared’s VRS known as the high-profile AC.  

 “The couple broke up immediately after that. The hubby went to the “empire land” leaving his business. The beauty queen successfully destroyed the couple. What a home wrecker!” lamented AC.

The incident stirred the pageant committee where she came from. Also, the handler of the beauty queen keeps mum about the issue. “They have prevented anyone from talking about the incident anymore and bury the same into the whirlpool of oblivion,” said the lawyer-friend of the beauty queen.

“Hayaan muna natin siguro yung bata mapag-isa, makapag-reflect, makapagmuni-muni, makamove-on. Wala ng nanay, may sakit ang ama. Some of her friends betrayed her, iniwan na  siya ng boyfriend niya. Sobrang daming pinapasan na problema. Siguro, I will advise her to move to other place. Yung lugar na walang nakakilala sa  kanya. Bohol will never be a good place for her to thrive anymore,” added the lawyer-friend of the beauty queen.

The lawyer-friend of the beauty queen gave the scenario: “If cases will be filed, then it will be talked about. If parties will just be silent on it, learn lessons and move on, then the issue will eventually be forgotten. Besides it will remain a rumor until a court of law or a competent tribunal like the fiscal’s office makes factual findings that it really happened. It could be a slight misunderstanding among parties involved.”

Bared asked the handler of the beauty queen to know their side of the story and the handler’s text message read: “Sorry for the late reply. As far as I’m concerned my comment towards those allegations and issues would be “no comment”. She and the rest of my colleagues are happy, blessed and well in the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

A popular beauty-watcher who learned of the “scandal” commented: “When this news explodes, the title of the Miss (name of the beauty pageant) would forever be stained by the scandal and its prestige further diminished.”

Right now, the wife is in healing process. “The incident is very painful for her because never in her wildest dream that her hubby would do such thing. She may plan to file annulment or may forgive and forget and accept him back,” said AC.

It can be noted that in the 90s, a wife made “sulong” with the beauty queen who was “romantically” linked to her lawyer husband. That scandal was selling like pancakes that the issue died after a year.

“If you’re into Freudian slip don’t do “it” inside your home. Find another place. Ayaw jud pasakop, if masakpan ka, deny lang jud. If nakit-an mo nag-ukob na, deny to death nga wala moy gibuhat,” said another beauty watcher.

“Disappear! Plain and simple: If you can’t stand the heat, don’t go near the fire,” added by another wellness and personality guru.

The who si beauty queen?

Clue: She was the first girl to win for her town one of the province’s most prestigious beauty titles.

Clue 2:  She won over the taller and lovelier candidates because of her depth, sincerity and substance of her answers.

Clue 3: She likes to dance under the sun!

The who si hubby?

Clue: Picture! Picture!

(Sssh! Quiet now or else…. )

By the way, another thing that I like about “No Other Woman” is the intense, witty and sometimes sarcastic quotable quotes, dialogues and movie lines like:

“We’re just two consenting adults having fun, there’s no emotional attachment.” - Kara Zalderiaga

“Anong gagawin niyo if the only man that you love is unfortunately married?”- Kara Zalderiaga

“Paano mo naman malalaman na masarap pala pag di mo titikman? Kahit alam mong bawal, labanan mo cos’ eventually your body will just get used to it.”  -Kara Zalderiaga

“There’s no other woman better than I am!”- Kara Zalderiaga

“Mababaliw siguro ako kung malaman kong may babae siya.  Baka mapatay ko yung kabit, silang dalawa actually.”- Charmaine Escaler

“Having fun? Ngayon yes fun!  Pero paano pag iniwan ka na niya? Paano pag pinili na niya ang asawa niya?  Paano pag na skandalao na ang pamilya mo?  Fun pa rin ba!” – Ricci Chan

“Ganyan talaga ang makating Dikya, Nagmamarka!” - Carmi Martin

STI holds 2nd Voice of the Youth National Oratorical Contest

Do Filipino values still exist especially among the youth today?

With the theme “Rediscovering Filipino Values: I See. I Act. I Advocate.” 10 student orators from the different public and private schools in Bohol made a stand in the STI’s 2nd Voice of the Youth National Oratorical Competition as they took the challenge of reliving Filipino values.

According to Arturo Carballo, STI-Tagbilaran president, this year's contestants were crème dela crème of their schools. No wonder the board of judges (Dr. Fely Lagonoy, John Maraguinot and yours truly) had a hard time picking the winners.

The oratorical contest is a learning opportunity for high school students as it encourages them to write and deliver original orations that will inspire belief or reinforce conviction.  This competition is a joint venture among STI and its network of schools, the STI Foundation, National Youth Commission (NYC), and the Department of Education (DepEd).

Jenny Galanida of Mansasa National High School was declared champion who delivered her piece ‘Rebirth of Filipino Values.”  Galanida was accompanied by her coach Crystal Hyacinth Sumatra. Beverly Ann Villanueva of Valencia National Technical Vocational High School was second placer and Mariz Pague of Baclayon National High School was declared third placer.

Other participants were Dimple Reo M. Cuajao (Saint Teresa Academy, Loon), Gladys Loremia Quiao (St. Anthony’s Academy), Rhea Mae de Leon Antigua (Holy Trinity Academy), Ladie Lyn Fuderanan (Manga National High School), Kimberly Joy Taghap (Sandingan National High School), April Chin Lim (San Roque High School); and Beau Marie Tinio (Tagbilaran City Science High School).

Contestants were made to pass their oratorical pieces prior the event day which were also submitted to the board of judges. The oratorical competition was judged based on these criteria: Content-40%, Delivery-40% and Interview-20%.

Each winner in the divisional competition received a medal, certificate and trophy for the student, coach, and school respectively. Galanida, the champion in the divisional competition, shall move on to the cluster level of the competition this January 2012.

The Voice of the Youth Oratorical competition in the division level was organized by the faculty members of STI College Tagbilaran spearheaded by the dean of academics Alberto Arbasto with Ma. Ligaya Torralba, Maria Cristine Margate, JayRalph Valleser, Mary Jill Baugbog and Jerry Dorupan.

Jenny Galanida has challenged her fellow Filipinos:  “My fellowmen, never say never. We have all the chance to change. To rediscover the different Filipino values which were taken for granted. Try to look at the past, adopt and apply the values. Do not allow influences to ruin our traditions and cultures as a true Filipino. Let us join our hands to rebirth it. With open hand, let’s be united and well-determined to possess it, treasure it and most of all care for it!”

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Interview with a ‘Vampire’


Scene: The new Miss World 2011 will be chosen at the London Earls Court Arena in London on Nov. 6 (to be aired live by GMA 7 on Nov. 7 starting at 9 a.m.) and beauty-watchers from Philippines are hoping that another one of their kind will bring home the crown for the first time. No Filipino woman has captured the title in the pageant’s 60-year history. The highest placement for the Philippines was Evangeline Pascual’s first runner-up finish in 1973.

Seen: Miss Denmark Maya Celeste Padillo Olesen, one of the four Filipinas competing in Miss World 2011, is a Boholana by blood.

Scene: The Loboc Children's Choir received 3rd prize in the Children's Choir Category of the Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain.

Is Melchor “Meljun” Daniel Jr., a real vampire?

“I’m a real person who has a serious fascination with vampires.”

Does he consider himself a gorgeous bloodsucking gentleman?

“Bloodsucking? No. Gorgeous gentleman? Maybe…Ha Ha Ha Ha!”

Is he easily attracted to women? (In Dracula, it unravels the secret of Dracula’s attacks on young women, who themselves become vampires.)

“I’m not easily attracted to women. I can very well separate my vampire side from my real side. Vampirism to me is just literature. Vampires, by nature, are extremely monogamous. They fall in love with only one.
The others are just meal.”

Those are the questions Meljun has to “grapple” with everytime he faces the people, such as weeks ago when Bared sat down with him while judging for the City Division Schools Press Conference, his fangs, yes, have caught the attention of many people, are not inspired by the vampire flicks (Twilight, New Moon, etc.) which are the current rage in Hollywood.

Did you know that Meljun, one of the gorgeous and super cool teachers in Bohol tried cigarette smoking when he was in college and he, voluntarily stopped smoking?

“It didn’t make me feel macho or anything. It gave me respiratory problems instead,” he confessed.

He ended loving vampires and reading Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

“I’ve always been a fan of vampires, most especially LESTAT, a character created by Anne Rice.”

Years later, he developed fangs, a long, pointed teeth used for biting and tearing flesh. Thanks to his dentist for the ‘fashion statement’ —he looks like a real vampire— the one and only in Bohol.

“It’s something that’s never been done before at least in Bohol,” said Meljun.

Like actor Robert Pattinson, Meljun has also revived interest in vampires for sure because he’s gorgeous-looking that nobody will ever refuse to be bitten — take note, not eaten — by him. In the photos he sent to Bared, Meljun does it with such flourish that biting into the neck of a woman seems as easy and as yummy as licking a cone of ice-cream.

Find out more about Meljun’s “vampire” side in the following interview:

Do you know Dracula? “Of course! I think everybody does. But I know Dracula more than the average person.”

What did your wife say seeing you having fangs? “I would never do anything without letting my wife know first. She’s totally behind me on this.”

How about your students? “My students find it fascinating. They are very attentive in class.”

Do you have a temper? “I do, so does everybody. I think.”

What makes you angry? “Tardiness makes me angry. The attitude that people have towards time is just insane. I hate it when people are late.”

How do you unwind? “I stay at home and play with my kids while we listen to the music of the Beatles. I sometimes play Red Alert and CS.”

How do you divide your time between family and work? “I don’t bring work at home. So when I’m not at work, I am at home with my family.”

When did you have your last executive check-up? “I’ve never had executive check up. I went to see a doctor a couple of times before I left for France last April.”

Vulnerable part of your body? “ Armpit. I can’t stand being tickled.”

Part of a woman’s body that you look at first? “Uhhmm, the neck? Ha Ha Ha Ha! Seriously, I look at the eyes, then the face.”

How much sleep do you get per night? “I get an average of 5 to 6 hours every night.”

Favorite sleep wear? “Sleeveless shirt and a pair of boxers.”

When you were single, did you bring girls home? “I did a couple of times, but only because I wanted the family to know who I was seeing.”

Do you drink? “Lately, I have become an extremely moderate drinker.”

What’s the last thing that you do before you go to sleep? “I pray, and then
I think of my favorite things.”

What do you like most about yourself? “I like my facial hair. Ha Ha Ha Ha!. It’s not very common among us Filipinos to have beard and mustache.”

What do you usually pray for? “I pray for good health for my family and myself and long, fulfilling life.”

Any favorite saint? “None in particular. I like Mama Mary best of all.”

First thing that you do when you wake up? “I do 10 to 20 reps of dive-bomber push-ups, or 40 to 50 push-ups.”

What was the last movie that you saw? “I saw “The other woman” with my wife. I thought it was good.”

What’s your outlook in life? Are you a worrier or an optimist? “I don’t worry much about tomorrow. I take each day as it comes. One day at a time so to speak.”

Do you and your wife take a shower together? “Only when we are in a hurry.”

How do you cope with stress? “I don’t allow myself to get into stressful situations. I don’t get stressed.”

Who’s your model, somebody you look up to? “I look up to all great fathers and great husbands out there.”

Name three Boholana women that you consider sexy. “My wife, Rich Asuncion and others… Ha Ha Ha Ha!.”

When did you lose your innocence (to a younger woman or older woman)? “I’d rather not comment on this.”

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