Sunday, August 12, 2007

BIR to file tax evasion raps against Rey “Bom Boom” Bautista? and other "hot"items

BIR to file tax evasion raps against Rey “Bom Boom” Bautista? and other "hot"items



BIR to file tax evasion raps against Rey “Bom Boom” Bautista?

Guess who’s this businessman who soon to be a dad

Proem:

· Food for the soul: The thread asked the candle: Why you dissolve yourself when I burn?” candles said: “You’re in my heart, if you suffer I’m here to shed tears for you.” That’s friendship.

·
Could it be true that two good-looking sons of prominent families here in Tagbilaran City, obviously tipsy, were caught kissing inside a car along CPG Avenue (near Krislyn)? Could they have been, uh, having a game, with one of them standing in, as, ehem, the queen?

·
There are two interactive websites which are now enjoying highest memberships among Boholanos local and abroad. Mike Ligalig’s www.tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com and Mikey Gatal’s www.mikeygatal.com/connect. You can post your views, opinions, and, if you wish to say something a little “bolder,” these websites are for you.

·
Guess who this young and pretty newscaster, who doesn’t seem to know how to establish her own identity and style. We noticed she has been doing a not-so-good job delivering the news with her voice decibels down. She might have been copying the style of a more senior newscaster but she’s not successful. We suggest she sticks to her own style, to let it flow nicely, not at all that intense. After all, she has the talent and got a pretty face (?). Loosen up, girl!

·
Could it be true that a group or delegation from Bohol was not denied or not granted a visa by the US Embassy? Rumors said that there are many Filipino who are going to the US as immigrant would remain either to work or do TNT. The group is supposed to perform in the US. Another group from Panglao was denied last month.

·
True’s breaking news about unpaid telephone bills in the offices of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) drew reactions from readers at the tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com. True is standing by his story. An SP employee who claims as the “subject” (read: the heartless and greedy employee) is heard “threatening” that True doesn’t know who’s the person he is “fighting.” Of course, True knows that when he bumped with this dambuhala he would seriously injure. Another thing, most of the SP offices don’t have internet access. What if they have important email to read? True wants to make it clear: he is not and has never been a Capitol employee. He volunteers for “worthy” projects commissioned by the Sangguniang Kabataan and a firm believer of Abraham Lincoln’s “a government by the people and for the people.”

***

If you’re been following goings-on here in Tagbilaran City, one should know that there’s a persistent rumor that a businessman (clue: Where’s my pasalubong?) got a girl pregnant and soon to be a dad. That is if he will marry the girl. Is it goodbye to the girls he loved before?

According to VRS, the girl is about two or three months pregnant. This businessman has been dating this girl for months. They know each other, VRS added. This businessman a good boyfriend is visiting the girl’s family to establish rapport –as a future son-in-law?

The girl is a nurse by profession, VRS divulged. The girl came from a humble family, yet beautiful and sophisticated.

The couple to be are planning to the tie the knot this October. Is it the main reason that this guy is seldom seen in the operation? Blame it to love, man!

This businessman, who came to Bohol for business, is single and pretty boy. He has what it takes to make it far in the business industry.

Tax evasion for Boom Boom

Excuse me; I don’t have intention to spoil your appetite watching the bout of Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and Daniel Ponce de Leon of Mexico. While, fighting for glory and honor, Boom Boom is no excuse of a controversy (the same news we heard on a local radio) he’s facing now.

Could it be true that boxing idol Rey “Boom Bom” Bautista will face a million tax evasion charges to be filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue with the Court of Tax Appeals?

According to True Very Reliable Source (VRS) the “hot” item came into public when BIR men are “discussing” tax payers.

The same VRS said that the BIR has collected evidences to be presented and is sufficient to prove that the Boom Boom has violated several provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code.

A source from the BIR said that Bautista is required to file a declaration of his estimated income for each taxable year. As an individual earning income within the Philippines, and irrespective of his citizenship, Bautista must file a tax return, a BIR official said.

Baustita will be charged by BIR for failure to pay the proper taxes. Boom Boom must have misdeclared his income for the past years and the BIR intends to collect what the boxer failed to pay.

The BIR has been going after high-profile tax evaders the past years, including movie celebrities like Judy Ann Santos, Regine Velasquez and Richard Gomez.

Addendum: The Fil-Am Banares brothers EJ, 18, and Brandon, 15, sung the sing the Philippine National Anthem before an estimated 40 million viewers at the World Cup of Boxing today, August 12, at the Arco Stadium in Sacramento, California. The invitation was initiated by Tony Aldeguer of Alaboxing Gym in Cebu City. Proteges of the Aldeguer Sisters (Laly and Terry) who run the Aldeguer Sisters Performing Arts in L.A., the Banares brothers have performed in several musicals including The King and I, Oliver, West Side Story and The Best of Broadway. There is a news from US based VRS that the son of Peter and Sarah Dejaresco, Deane Jeffrey, will proudly carry the Philippine flag during the singing of the Philippine anthem. It's an honor, indeed.

A final press conference for the World Cup was held August 10 at 1 p.m. at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, with no less than the legendary Oscar De la Hoya doing the hosting chores for the event. Here's what Oscar and the fighters have to say at today's press conference. Boom Boom said: Good afternoon to all the press in Arco Arena. I would like to give thanks to Golden Boy Promotions for giving me a chance to fight in this championship fight. This is my dream, this is what I want. I will try my best because I know this fight is very tough. This is a war. The Filipino is one of the best in the world!

All true for tagna tagna

Let us look back to True’s tagna tagna for 2007 which was published last year. It was based upon Cresia Sarahina’s predictions and my own observation and info from VRS and other sources. These are the tagna who came true for this quarter. True, indeed!

• A radio news program will fade out. There are, you know! - LPU

• A new lifestyle show will be aired on a local cable channel with new promising local teen stars. There was but it was like meteorites.- LPU

• A writer and host program will jump over the bakod. You know moving to a new “station.” They are my friends in the media Batchoy Alba, Brigette Viernes and Chito Vissara. -LPU

• A young daughter of a prominent family here will get pregnant out of wedlock. She'll come out crying on but the “culprit” will be unmoved and refuse to marry her. Yes, the girl went to Cebu to “hide.”-LPU

• A happily-married businessman will be romantically linked to a young student. But he'll survive the minor issue with himself and his family intact. They are happy together. -LPU

• A popular government employee will quit her job and announce her intention to run in next year's elections – if, and that's the Big If, there would be elections. She’s Maam Kit Oppus. She won as City Councilor last May 14 elections. - LPU

• A wife of a prominent politician will have problems with her philandering husband. Yes, and until now they are still arguing!- LPU

• BJ Alba is moving to another station (in other place, possibly abroad). BJ Alba who’s the news director of dyTR AM/FM moved to dyRD last May. -LPU

• More success on Raymund Roldan's chain of business. However, he should be careful… and to take care (more) of his family. The recent new Save ‘n Earn building in J.S. Torralba. - LPU

• Loy Palapos will get more travel next year (with lots of job offers), but he'll never turn his back on dear Philippines. He is reportedly to travel abroad! - LPU

• Gerry Lugod will find his “real” love after getting “out” of shell. Gerry is free as a bird after “confessing” his own identity. We love you, Gerry!-LPU

• Dennis Du (of Dunkin Donuts) is lucky for business in 2007. But sad to say, there is a possibility to transfer to another place. Dennis is now lucky to find his dreamgirl. –LPU

MyHNU Globe SIM soon to be released

It’s one school, one sim.

I wish to congratulate Holy Name University (HNU) of going further in the field of quality education (and of better service to the studentry). HNU has entered into a partnership with Globe Telecommunications to produce a personalized prepaid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card that would provide new services to HNU students, such as access to an emergency/crisis hotline, paying tuition and making inquiries about grades, all through the cell phone.

The service which is first-of-its-kind in the province will be launched this month.

The SIM, called MyHNU Prepaid SIM Card, has all the features of a regular 64K prepaid SIM card. The SIM is exclusive for Holy Name University powered by Globe.

Another feature of MyHNU SIM is the electronic way of sending and receiving money, buying prepaid cell phone load, paying bills and other money-related transactions via text message.

Students can pay their tuition through GCash instead of lining up at the treasurer’s office; they just send a text message. This is faster, more affordable and secure. It’s hassle-free.

Student can also inquire about their grade through the SIM card via a special menu for this purpose.

To avail of the MyHNU SIM card, students will have to buy the SIM, fill out a pre-registration form and present an identification card (ID) number.

The SIM will cost Php 99, while text and calls within the network will be at a cheaper rate at 75 centavos per text and 10 centavos per second for calls. However, the same rates apply for text and calls to other networks.

Globe will have a two-week-long launching of the product from August 20 -31. Stalls, where the product will be sold, will be put up in the different colleges in the university.

Globe Telecom is still looking into the possibility of adding more features and downloadables to the SIM.

MYHNU SIM is very timely as the University will be celebrating her 60th year of providing quality education to the Boholano people.

A great force is coming to the Holynamian community!

Feedback

From Rigo C. Mijos, Sr., a Data Integrity Specialist of Mizuno USA, Inc.:

Perfect! Yes, I'm an avid fan of yours, you know that. I am following your column on the local newspaper. I've even wrote a comment on your latest writings on bohol.ph " Bol-anon flavor and other tales" have you seen that? Lastly, I would appreciate if you feature Hinagdanan Cave in Bingag, Dauis which was taken out on the list of destination in Bohol.

It's so sad, but you can't blame them. If you have visited the place lately, you will notice that the beauty is no longer there. The place is so commercialized that even souvenir stores is almost eating the mouth of the cave. I don't know why the town of Dauis allowed this to happen even in the first place, the surroundings of the cave are owed by private individuals. They should have put a park on top of the cave and set certain distance from the cave those people that who wanted to do businesses around the place. It's not too late yet if the local government is serious about Tourism.

I've been in Florida and I saw how they managed their beaches and other tourism spots. I just hope one day some of our leaders will be serious in doing their jobs where they are elected for. Thanks, Leo and hopefully, you will meet some of my brothers in Panglao town fiesta, Aug 28.

Thanks and best regards.

Marimar, awwh!

The 1994 telenovela, Marimar, starring Thalia (the Queen of Soap Operas) stormed the whole world (televised first in 1996 on RPN 9). The premiere showing of this Philippine version of Marimar will be tomorrow, August 13. Will this version be as big as the original one made by Thalia? Time will tell.


Meanwhile, let us sing the theme song of Marimar sung by Ms. Regine Velasquez:

Marimar

Marimar, ako po si Marimar
Lumaki sa tabingdagat
Sa lolo’t lola namulat
Hindi natinag sa pangaral
Busog sa pagmamahal

Marimar, ako po si Marimar
Simple man at mahirap
Meron ding mga pangarap
Hangad sa pagdarasal
Tunay na pagmamahal

Marimar, Marimar
‘Pag tumibok ang puso
Pag-ibig ay asahan mo
Marimar, Marimar
‘Pag tumibok ang puso
Dakilang pagsuyo

Marimar!

***

You can email me at leoudtohan@yahoo.com. Or you can send SMS at 09212446791. Or read online at www.bohol.ph

BIR to file tax evasion raps against Rey “Bom Boom” Bautista? and other "hot"items

BIR to file tax evasion raps against Rey “Bom Boom” Bautista? and other "hot"items



BIR to file tax evasion raps against Rey “Bom Boom” Bautista?

Guess who’s this businessman who soon to be a dad

Proem:

· Food for the soul: The thread asked the candle: Why you dissolve yourself when I burn?” candles said: “You’re in my heart, if you suffer I’m here to shed tears for you.” That’s friendship.

· Could it be true that two good-looking sons of prominent families here in Tagbilaran City, obviously tipsy, were caught kissing inside a car along CPG Avenue (near Krislyn)? Could they have been, uh, having a game, with one of them standing in, as, ehem, the queen?

· There are two interactive websites which are now enjoying highest memberships among Boholanos local and abroad. Mike Ligalig’s www.tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com and Mikey Gatal’s www.mikeygatal.com/connect. You can post your views, opinions, and, if you wish to say something a little “bolder,” these websites are for you.

· Guess who this young and pretty newscaster, who doesn’t seem to know how to establish her own identity and style. We noticed she has been doing a not-so-good job delivering the news with her voice decibels down. She might have been copying the style of a more senior newscaster but she’s not successful. We suggest she sticks to her own style, to let it flow nicely, not at all that intense. After all, she has the talent and got a pretty face (?). Loosen up, girl!

· Could it be true that a group or delegation from Bohol was not denied or not granted a visa by the US Embassy? Rumors said that there are many Filipino who are going to the US as immigrant would remain either to work or do TNT. The group is supposed to perform in the US. Another group from Panglao was denied last month.

· True’s breaking news about unpaid telephone bills in the offices of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) drew reactions from readers at the tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com. True is standing by his story. An SP employee who claims as the “subject” (read: the heartless and greedy employee) is heard “threatening” that True doesn’t know who’s the person he is “fighting.” Of course, True knows that when he bumped with this dambuhala he would seriously injure. Another thing, most of the SP offices don’t have internet access. What if they have important email to read? True wants to make it clear: he is not and has never been a Capitol employee. He volunteers for “worthy” projects commissioned by the Sangguniang Kabataan and a firm believer of Abraham Lincoln’s “a government by the people and for the people.”

***

If you’re been following goings-on here in Tagbilaran City, one should know that there’s a persistent rumor that a businessman (clue: Where’s my pasalubong?) got a girl pregnant and soon to be a dad. That is if he will marry the girl. Is it goodbye to the girls he loved before?

According to VRS, the girl is about two or three months pregnant. This businessman has been dating this girl for months. They know each other, VRS added. This businessman a good boyfriend is visiting the girl’s family to establish rapport –as a future son-in-law?

The girl is a nurse by profession, VRS divulged. The girl came from a humble family, yet beautiful and sophisticated.

The couple to be are planning to the tie the knot this October. Is it the main reason that this guy is seldom seen in the operation? Blame it to love, man!

This businessman, who came to Bohol for business, is single and pretty boy. He has what it takes to make it far in the business industry.

Tax evasion for Boom Boom

Excuse me; I don’t have intention to spoil your appetite watching the bout of Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and Daniel Ponce de Leon of Mexico. While, fighting for glory and honor, Boom Boom is no excuse of a controversy (the same news we heard on a local radio) he’s facing now.

Could it be true that boxing idol Rey “Boom Bom” Bautista will face a million tax evasion charges to be filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue with the Court of Tax Appeals?

According to True Very Reliable Source (VRS) the “hot” item came into public when BIR men are “discussing” tax payers.

The same VRS said that the BIR has collected evidences to be presented and is sufficient to prove that the Boom Boom has violated several provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code.

A source from the BIR said that Bautista is required to file a declaration of his estimated income for each taxable year. As an individual earning income within the Philippines, and irrespective of his citizenship, Bautista must file a tax return, a BIR official said.

Baustita will be charged by BIR for failure to pay the proper taxes. Boom Boom must have misdeclared his income for the past years and the BIR intends to collect what the boxer failed to pay.

The BIR has been going after high-profile tax evaders the past years, including movie celebrities like Judy Ann Santos, Regine Velasquez and Richard Gomez.

Addendum: The Fil-Am Banares brothers EJ, 18, and Brandon, 15, sung the sing the Philippine National Anthem before an estimated 40 million viewers at the World Cup of Boxing today, August 12, at the Arco Stadium in Sacramento, California. The invitation was initiated by Tony Aldeguer of Alaboxing Gym in Cebu City. Proteges of the Aldeguer Sisters (Laly and Terry) who run the Aldeguer Sisters Performing Arts in L.A., the Banares brothers have performed in several musicals including The King and I, Oliver, West Side Story and The Best of Broadway. There is a news from US based VRS that the son of Peter and Sarah Dejaresco, Deane Jeffrey, will proudly carry the Philippine flag during the singing of the Philippine anthem. It's an honor, indeed.

A final press conference for the World Cup was held August 10 at 1 p.m. at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, with no less than the legendary Oscar De la Hoya doing the hosting chores for the event. Here's what Oscar and the fighters have to say at today's press conference. Boom Boom said: Good afternoon to all the press in Arco Arena. I would like to give thanks to Golden Boy Promotions for giving me a chance to fight in this championship fight. This is my dream, this is what I want. I will try my best because I know this fight is very tough. This is a war. The Filipino is one of the best in the world!

All true for tagna tagna

Let us look back to True’s tagna tagna for 2007 which was published last year. It was based upon Cresia Sarahina’s predictions and my own observation and info from VRS and other sources. These are the tagna who came true for this quarter. True, indeed!

• A radio news program will fade out. There are, you know! - LPU

• A new lifestyle show will be aired on a local cable channel with new promising local teen stars. There was but it was like meteorites.- LPU

• A writer and host program will jump over the bakod. You know moving to a new “station.” They are my friends in the media Batchoy Alba, Brigette Viernes and Chito Vissara. -LPU

• A young daughter of a prominent family here will get pregnant out of wedlock. She'll come out crying on but the “culprit” will be unmoved and refuse to marry her. Yes, the girl went to Cebu to “hide.”-LPU

• A happily-married businessman will be romantically linked to a young student. But he'll survive the minor issue with himself and his family intact. They are happy together. -LPU

• A popular government employee will quit her job and announce her intention to run in next year's elections – if, and that's the Big If, there would be elections. She’s Maam Kit Oppus. She won as City Councilor last May 14 elections. - LPU

• A wife of a prominent politician will have problems with her philandering husband. Yes, and until now they are still arguing!- LPU

• BJ Alba is moving to another station (in other place, possibly abroad). BJ Alba who’s the news director of dyTR AM/FM moved to dyRD last May. -LPU

• More success on Raymund Roldan's chain of business. However, he should be careful… and to take care (more) of his family. The recent new Save ‘n Earn building in J.S. Torralba. - LPU

• Loy Palapos will get more travel next year (with lots of job offers), but he'll never turn his back on dear Philippines. He is reportedly to travel abroad! - LPU

• Gerry Lugod will find his “real” love after getting “out” of shell. Gerry is free as a bird after “confessing” his own identity. We love you, Gerry!-LPU

• Dennis Du (of Dunkin Donuts) is lucky for business in 2007. But sad to say, there is a possibility to transfer to another place. Dennis is now lucky to find his dreamgirl. –LPU

MyHNU Globe SIM soon to be released

It’s one school, one sim.

I wish to congratulate Holy Name University (HNU) of going further in the field of quality education (and of better service to the studentry). HNU has entered into a partnership with Globe Telecommunications to produce a personalized prepaid Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card that would provide new services to HNU students, such as access to an emergency/crisis hotline, paying tuition and making inquiries about grades, all through the cell phone.

The service which is first-of-its-kind in the province will be launched this month.

The SIM, called MyHNU Prepaid SIM Card, has all the features of a regular 64K prepaid SIM card. The SIM is exclusive for Holy Name University powered by Globe.

Another feature of MyHNU SIM is the electronic way of sending and receiving money, buying prepaid cell phone load, paying bills and other money-related transactions via text message.

Students can pay their tuition through GCash instead of lining up at the treasurer’s office; they just send a text message. This is faster, more affordable and secure. It’s hassle-free.

Student can also inquire about their grade through the SIM card via a special menu for this purpose.

To avail of the MyHNU SIM card, students will have to buy the SIM, fill out a pre-registration form and present an identification card (ID) number.

The SIM will cost Php 99, while text and calls within the network will be at a cheaper rate at 75 centavos per text and 10 centavos per second for calls. However, the same rates apply for text and calls to other networks.

Globe will have a two-week-long launching of the product from August 20 -31. Stalls, where the product will be sold, will be put up in the different colleges in the university.

Globe Telecom is still looking into the possibility of adding more features and downloadables to the SIM.

MYHNU SIM is very timely as the University will be celebrating her 60th year of providing quality education to the Boholano people.

A great force is coming to the Holynamian community!

Feedback

From Rigo C. Mijos, Sr., a Data Integrity Specialist of Mizuno USA, Inc.:

Perfect! Yes, I'm an avid fan of yours, you know that. I am following your column on the local newspaper. I've even wrote a comment on your latest writings on bohol.ph " Bol-anon flavor and other tales" have you seen that? Lastly, I would appreciate if you feature Hinagdanan Cave in Bingag, Dauis which was taken out on the list of destination in Bohol.

It's so sad, but you can't blame them. If you have visited the place lately, you will notice that the beauty is no longer there. The place is so commercialized that even souvenir stores is almost eating the mouth of the cave. I don't know why the town of Dauis allowed this to happen even in the first place, the surroundings of the cave are owed by private individuals. They should have put a park on top of the cave and set certain distance from the cave those people that who wanted to do businesses around the place. It's not too late yet if the local government is serious about Tourism.

I've been in Florida and I saw how they managed their beaches and other tourism spots. I just hope one day some of our leaders will be serious in doing their jobs where they are elected for. Thanks, Leo and hopefully, you will meet some of my brothers in Panglao town fiesta, Aug 28.

Thanks and best regards.

Marimar, awwh!

The 1994 telenovela, Marimar, starring Thalia (the Queen of Soap Operas) stormed the whole world (televised first in 1996 on RPN 9). The premiere showing of this Philippine version of Marimar will be tomorrow, August 13. Will this version be as big as the original one made by Thalia? Time will tell.

Meanwhile, let us sing the theme song of Marimar sung by Ms. Regine Velasquez:

Marimar

Marimar, ako po si Marimar
Lumaki sa tabingdagat
Sa lolo’t lola namulat
Hindi natinag sa pangaral
Busog sa pagmamahal

Marimar, ako po si Marimar
Simple man at mahirap
Meron ding mga pangarap
Hangad sa pagdarasal
Tunay na pagmamahal

Marimar, Marimar
‘Pag tumibok ang puso
Pag-ibig ay asahan mo
Marimar, Marimar
‘Pag tumibok ang puso
Dakilang pagsuyo

Marimar!

***

You can email me at leoudtohan@yahoo.com. Or you can send SMS at 09212446791. Or read online at www.bohol.ph

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Mutya Buena to visit Bohol and other juicy items

Mutya Buena to visit Bohol

SP offices have their phones disconnected because of unpaid telephone bills; The 1-Million Irrigation Honorarium scandal

Proem:

· Food for the soul: Make cool lie… make cool lie ang buhay… (ang buhay)…make cool lie ang buhay…sa sinabawang gulay! So popular, isn’t it?

· Holy Name University (HNU) will celebrate 60 years of providing quality Christian education to the Boholano people. As the university turns Diamond this year, different activities are expected to add fanfare and enliven the Holynamian community. Expect a new “power” this month as HNU is “growing stronger” with a new “force.” May the force be with you!

· Feliz compleaƱos to Ms. Eden Descallar, Globe Telecom-Bohol officer-in-charge, August 1. Ms. Eden’s friendster says: By force of nature, many people seem to look at me as a complex individual but in reality, I’m really not. I’m as simple as a drop of rain in a pond or a ray of sunlight touching a flower. I go through a lot of pressures everyday but I always think of all the greatest things in my life, that’s why I survive. Call me a survivor but I am as simple as u can get. I’m a raw individual, and not like others perceived me to be. Well I guess there’s more to me than meets the eye enjoys.

· I got a long distance call from Ms. Rosemarie Marapao- Brruening, the president of a Filipino organization in Germany last night. Ms. Rosemarie is the “brain” behind the first and biggest gathering of Boholanos in Europe on October 31, 2007 in Bonn, Germany to unite Boholanos in Europe. I will talk more about her and the gathering on True next Sunday.

· Could it be true that most of the offices at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan have their phones disconnected because of unpaid telephone bills? According to True Very Reliable Source (VRS), the employees could not send (important) fax messages or can make long distance calls not that their phones are ‘damage’ but because they have not yet paid their bills. Other offices have no fax machines available (though like SK their request was long overdue). The only office so far which can send fax messages is the office of a new board member. According to VRS, this office would not allow other offices to use their phone to send fax messages because a regular who’s assigned to the office (who is a “dambuhala” by all adjectives) has a personality problem. Many SP employees don’t like her personality (read: maltreatment). Last Friday, a kawawang nilalang was her “prey” when an important (official) letter was needed in Manila. Since, there was no fax machine available, this kawawang nilalang was advised by other offices to ask the new board member’s office to use their fax machine. This dambuhala made alibis that their office could receive incoming messages only. SP offices have a budget allocated for communication. Taking it for granted that their office has been cut-off to make long distance call; this dambuhala should not be greedy of “sharing” the government’s facilities. In the first place, she is not the one paying the bills. Sending a one–page one fax message will cost P 20-30. Is it too much? If only this person knows what “humanitarian reason” is.

· Could it be true that two media personalities (who have secret affairs) have their “relationship” over? According to VRS, the two agreed to go “separate ways.” Is it really goodbye? Or love will find a way? Abangan!

· Live well. Laugh often. Love much. Remember these lines? Of course, you can read these “medical bulletin” when you’re inside The Buzzz, the sister cozy resto of the Bohol Bee Farm, located at the Island City Mall (ICM). While you’re enjoying “tasting” with all your heart the organic foods they serve, you will feel at home with their friendly staff- Esmer Jabajab, Mercy Golosino, Rey Dano, Kardo Gamolo, Tibor Campejos, Annalie Pablo, Vangie Jabajab and Ruby Dano. Bohol Bee Farm and The Buzzz are owned by the only Bohol’s Bee Queen Vicky Wallace who captured the world through her organic farming. Listening to Vicky is listening to a guru who’s full of wisdom. After The Buzzz don’t forget to watch the latest movies at the Screenville. ICM”s Screenville is the first modern cinema outside Manila. You don’t have regrets while you’re watching your favorite movie.

· I got a text message from Dr. Albert Fernandez of Butuan City informing that his daughter Christine, an ABS-CBN talent and singer has just recently passed the board exam for doctor of optometry. Christine is the regular mainstay host of Sabado na Gyud..Game Ka na Ba on ABS-CBN Cebu. Christine started joining singing contest when she was young and was given the chance to join and included in the top 15 in 2005 Star in a Million. The Fernandez family owns the Fernandez chain of optical clinic.

· From Marcus Agar, Miss World Organization Press head: The Miss World 2007 will take place in Sanya, China during the month of November - the Final is on December 1st. The Miss World 2006 was held in Europe. Hi world!

· True’s story on movies/films done in Bohol received feedback from readers. One reader (who asked anonymity) said that Larry Jao produced the movie Puri (not Lagablab sa Maribojoc) starring the sexy vixen Stella Strada and Dennis Roldan and not Dennis Trillo). Another feedback is from Alturas Group of Companies (AGC) publicist Ariel Fullido (who saw the filming) who told True that the movie thriller Dark Tide (1993) starring Richard Tyson was done in Bohol.

Directed by Luca Bercovici, the story was about Andi, the wife of Tim, who is collecting venom from poisonous eels on a tropical island. She comes to visit him, and having missed him for some time, has torrid sex with him at every occasion. This attracts the attention of Dak, who was raised in a chauvinistic culture and is very attracted to Andi. Tim becomes obsessed with gathering the venom, so Andi decides to go on a motorcycle ride with Dak to an underground cave, where he seduces her. However, Andi refuses to let Dak have his way with her again, and this leads him to trick Tim into poisoning himself. While Tim is sick in bed, Dak rapes Andi. However, Andi refuses to give up on her husband and decides to go diving for the eels herself. She is forced to hire Dak to drive her boat, who repeatedly rapes her when they are out to sea. One day he becomes very arrogant and kidnaps a young teenage island girl for his younger brother to rape. In self-defense, the girl kills Dak’s brother and takes refuge with Andi and Tim, who has now recovered. Dak and his crew go after the girl, and in a fight with Andi and Tim, are subsequently all killed.

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Mutya Buena of the famous Sugababes is plannibg to visit Bohol this year.

I wrote about Mutya (Rosa Isabel Mutya Buena in real life) for Philippine Star (Ricky Lo’s Funfare) in 2005. Mutya is half-Boholana whose father, Roberto, hails from Sikatuna Street, Tagbilaran City.

Picture taken from the Internet

Mutya is pure dinuguan and peanut kisses as she dances the tinikling and sings Dahil Sa ‘Yo and the Visayan song Matud Nila.

Her British twang doesn’t keep her from loving the adobo her father cooks for the family and celebrating Filipino Independence Day every June 12, the Philippine Star reported.

Nor does Mutya’s western upbringing prevent her from taking her Visayan grandmother’s hand, touching it lightly with her forehead and saying, “Mano Po!”

Unlike some people she grew up with, Mutya doesn’t call her elders by their first names. In fact, she addresses her relatives in Tagbilaran, Bohol as tito and tita.

Mention Itik-itik and she reacts, “Oh, the one where you move like a duck? Oh yes!” Pandanggo sa Ilaw is where “you move with candlelights.” And tinikling is something Mutya learned as a little girl.

That sense of rhythm that makes you want to get up on your feet and dance is encoded in her DNA. Dad is a guitarist who taught her Filipino songs as a girl while Mom loves music just as much.

“I went to a Filipino school,” Mutya explains. “And I know all the Filipino dances, like the one where you rotate candlelights in your hand (read: Pandanggo sa Ilaw), move like a duck (Itik Itik) and act like you’re planting rice.”

Like fellow half-Pinoy artist Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas, Mutya is proud of her roots.

She tells anyone who cares to listen when she’s on stage that she’s half-Pinoy.

After leaving the Sugababes in December 2005, Buena began working on material for a solo career. Her Myspace.com page appeared on 25 April and has been used to chat with fans, friends and colleagues. It also features demo tracks, which were rumored to be on her upcoming album, such as “Love Story”, “2 the Limit”, “Wonderful”, “Darkside”, “Suffer for Love”, “Sunshine” and “Addiction”, however only ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Suffer For Love’ made it onto the album.

Whilst solo, Buena has collaborated with numerous artists including Tah Mac, MC Viper, George Michael and Groove Armada.

Now that she’s on solo flight with a debut album titled Real Girl to show for it, Mutya has a bigger audience she can share her Pinay heart with.

And she’s succeeding, so far. The first single, the album’s title track Real Girl, entered the UK Singles chart at No. 11 in downloads alone climbing to No. 2 after its CD release.

The song samples Lenny Kravitz’s It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over.

The track closest to Mutya’s heart, however, is Suffer For Love, because she herself wrote it.

Real Girl marks another first for Mutya. It’s the first time she is using her family name — Buena, in an album. This is the same family name her two-year-old daughter (by boyfriend Jay), Tahlia-Maya is using.

Turning solo, says Mutya, has brought with it many wonderful changes.

“It’s allowing me to do my own thing,” she explains.

On top of this list of plus points is the chance to spend more time with her daughter and be the best mother she can be to her.

When it comes to Tahlia-Maya (On March 23, 2005, Mutya gave birth to 5lb 10oz Tahlia-Maya Buena, her first child with boyfriend Jay, which was rumored to be one of the reasons she left the Sugababes) Mutya is like a typical mom who can’t stop talking about her little girl.

“Tahlia means morning dew. I found that name in the Internet and I think it’s Hebrew,” she relates. Since her bundle of joy was born at 3 a.m. , Mutya thought the name was just perfect for her firstborn. Maya, on the other hand, was the name of Mutya’s late sister.

The doting mom plans to travel more often to the Philippines and bring Tahlia-Maya as often as possible to the land of her ancestors. This way, her daughter will imbibe Filipino values of respect for elders, love for family and others.

For starters, Mutya says she, her siblings and Tahlia-Maya will take a vacation in Bohol towards the end of the year.

“We’re so excited,” Mutya gushes.

Yes, England may have its gleaming skyscrapers, latest gizmos and other things new and high-tech. But Mutya Buena — with her love for adobo, tinikling and fiestas — remains proudly Filipino, right down to the core.

The Buena family currently lives in Kingsbury, North West London. Mutya was raised by her Irish mother and Filipino father. She attended Kingsbury High School. Her name “Mutya” means “muse” or “beautiful gem. Mutya has five brothers (Bayani, Charlie, Chris, Danny and Roberto) and two younger sisters, Ligaya and Dalisay; another sister, Maya, died in 2002, and the song “Maya” on the album Three is dedicated to her. Mutya other sibling are still in studying in Bohol and live in a relative’s house in Mansasa.

The 1-Million Irrigation Honorarium scandal

Just before deadline last night, True got this intriguing and explosive “news” from True Very Reliable Source (VRS).

The transpo “scandal” of Bohol’s top officials was “spilled” by this Irrigation boss.

Could it be true that the seven members of the Bids and Award Committee (BAC) are getting richer? According to the implementing rules and issuances, each member is entitled for an honorarium of P2, 500.00 each per project regardless of the cost of the project.

The Irrigation boss allegedly used 1 million pesos as honorarium for the BAC which is far beyond the allowed amount for the honorarium. P1 million divided by 7 is P142, 857.14.

This is illegal according to VRS. VRS just “wondered” if the Commission on Audit (COA) personnel who made their audit a month had found this “irregularity.”

Another VRS informed that the Irrigation boss is frequently claiming travel to Manila but in truth this boss is just in Cebu.

I smell something fishy, VRS said, especially that this boss is “fighting” two Bohol’s top officials

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You can email me at leoudtohan@yahoo.com. Or send SMS at 09212446791. Read online at www.bohol.ph.


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Memorable films/movies done in Bohol

Memorable films/movies done in Bohol

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EstelB1 la Estrada (also Stella Strada) and Dennis Roldan in the skinflick Puri. Famous landmarks in Bohol- Maribojoc Punta cruz watchtower, Chocolate Hills and Alona Beach in Panglao

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Caingget Beach in Tagbilaran City is famous not only for koja (a delicacy) but for picture taking like this with Celianne Janica Pesquira, 4 wearing the Korean traditional dress hanbuk. The TV drama Winter Sonata depicts nostalgia for a platonic love which seems to be missing in m0dern life. A large billboard is placed in the area for film location shooting.




Memorable films/movies done in Bohol

Proem:

· Food for the soul: Some people no matter how old they get never lose their beauty…they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.

· Important announcement from Adam Gulle (SK office) and Ate Vi (Bohol Employment and Placement Office or Bepo office): Relative to the scheduled concert of Luke Mejares on July 21, 2007 at the Holy Name gymnasium. The organizers would like to inform you that the beneficiary concert (also the launching of Luke’s new album Pangako) will be postponed to August 31, 2007, same time, same venue.

· Could it be true that an anchorman of a government-paid program is making business out of the radio program he’s handling? According to True Very Reliable Source (VRS) because there is no specific topic assigned by his office for public discussion, he has the luxury to choose any topic on air. VRS further said that he’s abusing because he’s airing other concerns of NGOs which are in consonance with the government’s programs and therefore do not need additional monetary consideration. He’s receiving money from left and right.

· Could it be true that a Philosophy teacher (from a university) is making use to the fullest his influence as a teacher? According to VRS, this teacher is insulting and discouraging his students. Instead of being there to guide the students and encourage them to pursue research for knowledge for education, this teacher instead is judging the students and advising them to shift to other courses seem they don’t deserve to finish the course they are currently enrolling. “Kamo mga bulok mo! Mga walay hinungdan” the way he’s insulting his students.

· True’s “blind item” last Sunday about a Capitol employee who is a subject of a text message scandal drew additional names of capitol employees who are reporting to the office who are under the influence of alcohol. I doubt if this “concern citizen” who asked for anonymity is telling the truth. The best department to know this is the HR.

· Could it be true that there is a plan for mass lay-off at the Capitol? According to an SMS received by True, the Capitol coffers is running dry already, opting for a mass lay off. Government coffers running dry, huh? We should check that with Ma’am Primitiva Ontong, the Queen of Fiscal Matters, the authority on this matter.

The SMS message describes a big lapse of the provincial government, if ever it is true. Resorting to mass lay-off is just equivalent to saying that there had been a time that the Capitol was hiring insignificant personnel, for what could be the reason to easily rid of them this time when they were performing significant functions in the past.

But, we know that all the personnel at the Capitol are performing significant functions. Now, the Capitol should justify this by keeping them in their posts. The mass lay-off, therefore, is a mismaneuver.

There should be an investigation where the fiscal management went wrong, to the extent that the Capitol cannot afford to keep its personnel. If the fiscal management is alright, then the provincial government might just be posing to impress that it is capable of coming up with savings at the end of the year, just in case the President would rule to distribute it to government employees as amelioration fund.

Or, is it just a design to rid of “non-affiliates?”

Public funds is for the public. Why save it for nothing? Giving salaries to people is not wasting money. After all, the human resource department knows that more people means more output. It’s just a matter of placing people in the right place.

Anyway, it’s just a text message. We’ll wait in the coming days. We just hope that our Queen of Fiscal Matters, the ever hard-working (and beautiful) fairy godmother of the kawawang empleyado ng Kapitolyo.

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Last week, I was in Punta Cruz, Maribojoc with my aunt Sharia. Aunt Sharia told me while pointing to the watch tower “’That’s the tower appeared in the movie “Lagablab.’” So, when Aunt Sharia mentioned that the particular tower was used in the movie Lagablab, I determined to rent the 1964 Lagablab, but I am hopeless to grab a copy until now.

(As of this writing, I’ve been treated to the spectacle of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix shattering the record for movie goers in Bohol.)

I’m not a movie buff, but I like to watch the movie for curiosity. How does the watch tower look like in the movie? And, how the Bohol scenery (famous locations are beaches in Panglao, man-made forest, Maribojoc watch tower and the Bohol’s landmark, the Chocolate Hills) contributes to the beauty of the film?

There are no records available in Bohol about films/movies. I call it “silent film archive.” Further research leads into “depression” when you learned that there are no photographs or video clips of the movies where our Boholanos had extra roles or cameo appearances. Henri Cartier Bresson had said, “Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” So, old movies are.

I might say, as of now, only few are interested to watch vintage movies though others, might say, there’s no need -yet I still have to believe that “when a movie gets old, it becomes classic” in some ways.

Most young people today don’t have the patience to sit through any film that doesn’t explain everything in the first 10 minutes. You can have your hypothesis that many people aren’t just movie illiterate. They know almost nothing about the past.

I’ve been told many times by movie critics and writers that movies have always been a reflection of our society, and now the majority of them appear so superficial.

Old movies helps us reminisce what it was like when we saw this or that movie when it first came out !! Today seeing those vintage cars, hair, dress styles, etc. are like being in that era again.

In the United States, the Department of Communications at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg is offering a course called “Film Appreciation.” I’m not sure if the schools in Bohol have film appreciation of “wholesome” films.

Today’s kids are more technologically savvy than their seniors: Some are, but in my experience many never look at the Internet or DVD extras on a film and have no clue as to how movies are made.

It is peculiar to say that today’s generations only a handful of real movie buffs. The rest are “movie fans,” a different type of animal altogether. They think the latest blockbusters are great films, they want to know why movie critics are so mean and they equate quality with financial success.

People should see the difference between quality and popularity. Often the film they are most surprised by is the foreign film - they go into watching it with great apprehension but afterward the sentiment often is that the film was very good and different and that they’ll seek out more in the future.

In other parts of Asia, like Korea, they are very proud of their place which is the site of some location shootings. Hallyu (the Korean wave) is the name of the phenomenon of Korean popular culture that is spreading across the world. In particlar, Korean dramas and films have earned worldwide recognition for their artistic value.

A tour to Korea will be wonderful chance to visit filming locations and experience diverse aspects of Korean culture. Large billboards and other important info-campaign materials are can be found in the areas that films and TV series have their shooting locations. For picture taking and information, right? And take note, they are proud of it.

As a tourism hub in Asia, Korean tour organizations offer Film Location Tour to those who are interested to experience the hallyu. And how about Bohol? Why not include film location tour in Bohol? Why not put billboards and other signs that “a film of _____ was shoot here in 19__?” Unless, if we are proud of.

Watching “silent movies,” you soon find that you must keep all of your focus on the screen. You can find it impossible to even eat popcorn.

Meanwhile, let us refresh our minds of the films/movies and TV series done in Bohol.

Lagablab sa Maribojoc (1964). This action movie was filmed in Maribojoc and Loon town. Writer Reigh Monreal’s sister Wenifreda “Uray Wennie” Monreal-Arriesgado, a widow, teacher at Cebu State College of Science and Technology in Daan Bantayan, Cebu Campus, who is now 75 years old, was an elementary pupil when she was chosen to appear in this movie. The producer Larry Jao (who had his own productions— the Sooo ckat) was from Catagbacan, Loon. Jao is related to the Uys here even to Joan Kristine Uy, the 2003 Miss Bohol International 1st RU representing Loon. Joan got three special wards and Ms. Cebu 2007. She’s now a nurse and Qatar Airlines stewardess. Oscar Roncal won the Best Supporting Actor for 1965 FAMAS Award; Charito Solis won the 1964 FAMAS Best Actress and Maggie de la Riva, Best Supporting Actress.

Esteban (1973). This action movie was directed by Celso Ad. Castillo starring Fernando Poe Jr and Alona Alegre (the famous Alona Beach was named after her). According to observers, Alona was so daring when the movie was shot on Alona beach.

Aguila (1979). Directed (and screenplay) by Eddie Romero, this movie had location shooting in Tagbilaran City. The movie was about flashbacks encompass the history of the Philippines as well as the life story of the elderly Daniel Aguila (Fernando Poe, Jr.) in this three-and-a-half-hour drama. The Aguila family gathers to celebrate Daniel’s 88th birthday, but the old man is nowhere to be seen — he has been missing for a decade. Suspecting that his father is in Mindanao, one of his sons (Christopher de Leon) takes off for that region in a determined search. Along the way, his memories of the nation and his father’s life tell the story of eighty tumultuous years of personal and historical development. Written by Eleanor Mannikka, 1981-Best Director Eddie Romero (FAMAS), Best Screenplay Eddie Romero and Best Picture. Christopher de Leon was nominated for Best Actor. Daria Ramirez won the Gawad Urian Awards in 1981- Best Supporting Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangalawang Aktres).

Puri (1984). This drama was topbilled by Estella Estrada II (also Stella Strada) and Dennis Roldan. It’s one of those sexy flicks in the tradition of films of Pepsi, Paloma and Sarsi Emmanuel. The movie producers had some Boholanos who were extras in the movie like the teachers from the then Bohol National High School. The movie was sexy and there was nudity. When I asked those who “contributed” to the movie how dare it was, the reply was “Nude man gani sila Stella and Dennis Trillo sa Badiang Spring.”

Loveboat (1980s) starring Eddie Gutierrez as Rocky, Susan Roces, Ramon Christopher, Lotlot De Leon as Malo, Ruffa Gutierrez and Dennis da Silva.

Tigershark (1987) Directed by Emmett Alston and written by Ivan Rogers and Mike Stone. This foreign filmed was done in Bohol. Mike Stone is considered one of the early legends of American Karate along with Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Joe Lewis and Skipper Mullins.

Jack and Jill sa Amerika (1988) a comedy movie starring Sharon Cuneta as Jack, Herbert Bautista as Jill, Tonton Gutierrez and Panchito. It was directed by Leroy Salvador.

Muro-ami (1999). Directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya the story was about Fredo (Cesar Montano), a fisherman who has endured more than his share of hardship in life; his wife and child both perished in a boating accident, and today Fredo approaches each trip to the sea with the angry determination of a man out for revenge. Fredo commands a crew of young people from poor families as he takes his rattletrap ship into the ocean in search of fish that live along the reefs, snaring catch with an illegal netting system. Not all of Fredo’s youthful sailors are willing to put up with his abusive arrogance, however, and even his father Dado (Pen Medina) and close friend Botong (Jhong Hilario) have grown weary of Fredo’s tirades. Fredo’s body is beginning to betray him as well, and as he and his crew damage the sea’s reef beds in search of fish, no one is certain how much longer he will be able to continue. It has 20 wins & 16 nominations. Our own Boholano actress Rebecca Lusterio (Kalbo) won as best child actress.

Panaghoy sa Suba (The Call of the River) (2004). It is an epic story set during the American Occupation (1942) and the Japanese Occupation (1945), shot amidst the virgin splendor of the island province of Bohol mostly along and around the Loboc River which plays a significant role in the story. It is a mixture of action, drama, romance, and history. The film is Cesar Montano’s directorial debut with an almost entirely Visayan cast, and perhaps the biggest film ever to be shot in its entirety in the Visayas. The film, intended for both national and international exhibition, boldly used Visayan Cebuano as the main language. It had 16 wins and 11 nominations in FAMAS, and Star Awards including a foreign nomination. This Visayan movie depicts the scenery of Bohol. Rebecca Lusterio won the Best Supporting Actress award.

Close to You (2006). The romantic movie starring John Lloyd Cruz as Manuel, Bea Alonzo as Marian and Sam Milby as Lance. Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina Writers: John Paul Abellera (story) Mel Mendoza-Del Rosario (story)

TV series

Panday (2005) starring Jericho Rosales as Tristan/Panday, Heart Evangelista as Eden Roxas and Victor Neri as Lizardo. It was directed by Retchie del Carmen and Toto Natividad.

Panday according to the staff (who have a dose of bahalina, a local fermented wine in Caingget Beach in Tagbilaran City) is projected to be a part of every Filipino’s primetime viewing habits.

After the shooting, Jerico and Heart fell in love to each other in their 10-day shooting in Bohol. After all, Bohol is a temptation island.

Maalaala Mo Kaya hosted by Charo Santos filmed the love story of Panglao councilor Ondo and Nila Montero with Boholano extras.

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You can email me at leoudtohan@yahoo.com. Or send SMS at +639212446791. Or read online at www.bohol.ph.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Bol-anon flavor and other tales

Bol-anon flavor and other tales

Bohol to hold Cook Fest on July 19-20;Capitol employees warn to be careful thru text

Proem:

· Food for the soul: Believe while others doubt, work while others wish, save while others waste. Persevere while others quit. And stay while others walk away. This inspirational message is from Tagbilaran City Vice Mayor Toto Veloso.

· From writer Reigh Monreal: Luke’s mom’s middle initial should be P, for Porticos not S. His biological ma is Grace Porticos, sis of Elvira. Both Mejares and Porticos are from Loon.

· From John Torralba (and also circulated through text by Lester Lovino): Are you a Boholano? If you are... then check this out! Do watch Luke Mejares’ concert on July 21 with Tata Villaruel at the HNU main gym. The beneficiaries of the concert are the tornado victims of Loon. Tickets are at P50 (general admission), P100, P200, and P300. Please patronize our fellow Boholano artist and at the same time tabangan nato ang mga biktima sa Loon.

· Honest tricycle driver Iluminado “Nong Lumi” Bok is still counting his blessings when he returned the US$1,700 (not US$17,000 as reported earlier). Nong Lumi received a commendation from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan last Monday for his heroic deeds.

· As True reported a few issues ago, there is a Boholano who regularly appears on TV and in a movie. He’s Luther Olorvida from Tagbilaran City. Luther, 28, appears on ABS-CBN shows like Aalog-alog, Maging Sino Ka Man and John and Shirley; GMA 7’s Bubble Gang and Bitoy Funniest Home Videos. He had a role in the movie You Got Me starring Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga.

· The Potter mania boils over at the Island City Mall, Bohol’s most modern cinema. Watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as the movie opens and the books wrap up. See why Harry has the charm. The star, Daniel Radcliffe has joined the search ranks of bare-chested idols albeit from his moonlighting gig.

· Feliz compleaƱos to Bohol Sunday Post! The paper turned 21 last July 13...and still counting... the same felicitations to Carmelita “Babie” Monton, the Bohol Sunday Post account manager, who celebrating her birthday today.

· Could it be true that a high ranking official in the Capitol is now “out of fashion” and “less inspired” when this person is no longer the love interest of a high ranking official, too? According to True Very Reliable Source (VRS), at least they are not terminated; when this high ranking official was still the “apple of the eyes,” this person displayed a happy face and was into fashion. Now, that the high ranking official no longer shows interest for this high ranking official, this person is out of dress code. Murag gani og wakwak, according to VRS.

· Could it be true that a Capitol employee (who transferred to another office after a “rift” was reported with him and his female boss) is now the subject of a text message circulating at the Capitol? According to a Capitol employee who received a text message from a Globe/Talk and Text number, the text message warns his colleagues to be careful with this guy whose modus operandi is to befriend you… and when he gets your trust, he will steal your cellphones and other expensive belongings. Cuidao!

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It’s the kind of festival that should have been put up long ago. Better late than never.

I’m referring to the Cookfest as part of the Bohol Sandugo Festival. Sandugo 2007 makes a bold attempt to scour the discriminating taste of the Boholano with the search for the newest food preparation that could through the pages of cookbooks, a press release says.

I remind you that I’m not a food expert (though I’m dreaming that I was a chef in the palace in my past life), I just love to eat. Wherever am I in the world, I love to taste different cuisines with my mouth, eyes and heart.















Jang Geum of the Jewel in the Palace was a cook inside the King's Palace in Korea

Hinalang nga manok (spicy chicken) or nilubihang kagang (a kind of crab) would soon find its equal in the distinct palate of the Boholano.

The Cookfest which is on July 19- Cookfest for the Professional category at the Island City Mall Activity Center and on July 20- Cookfest for the Novice at the BQ Mall Activity Center will feature Boholano cooks inventing, reinventing, enhancing and garnishing locals food on the Gourmet Category. There is also an exhibit of foods by creative chefs of both foreign and local origin who have made Bohol their home and who are willing to experiment on indigenous food and convert in one which may be identify truly Boholanos.

The idea is to generate recipes for a main course, salad, dessert and maybe a Boholano breakfast which can be carried in the menus of local restaurants and hotels.

Why Cookfest and why not Food Festival? The difference is the processing and the final product. Or maybe, the presentation of the festival. Cookfest is not as big as a food festival.

Bicol has Bicol express and Cebu has lechon and bakasi. Our Muslim brothers in Mindanao particularly Zamboanga City has satti. We have pansit malabon (has oysters and squid, since Malabon is a fishing center) and pansit marilao is sprinkled with rice crisps, because the town is within the Luzon rice bowl.

And how about Bohol? Enough of calamay, alope, peanut kisses, puto maya, broa, kinatloan (other provinces have their own version of our delicacies) — tourist would ask for foods, those distinctly Boholano. Many visitors were asking me in the past about the Boholano cuisine and sad to say, oh sad, I could not give them an exact answer.

So, the Cookfest must be the answer to identify the Boholano cuisine. Boholanos might have developed diverse kinds of cuisine. But is there a Boholano food culture? We have much in common with other provinces if we talk about foods.

Food festivals are now held anywhere in the world. But the most popular country to hold a food festival is Korea. It is inspired buy the success of the Korean drama Daejanggeum, or Jewel in the Palace, the popularity of Korean foods are rising in Asia. The rising popularity is also attributable to the Korean wave, Hallyo—Korean movies now sweeping Asia.

A visit to Korea would not be complete without the food festival. My visit to Korea in winter had afforded me the opportunity to participate in a food festival. Speaking of cuisine, in Korea everyone can experience dining fit for a king. You can discover the elegance of Korean royal cuisine which was enjoyed by kings in the past.

In Korea, the Food Festival is a tourism come-on. Thousands of tourists will visit Korea whenever a food festival is held in any part of South Korea. Tourists are given the chance to taste and prepare Korean cuisines.

I’ve read an article by Dorren Fernandez about the Food of the Philippines: Authentic Recipes from the Pearl of the Orient. It says: All, of course, came to be indigenized—Filipinized by the ingredients and by local tastes.

What really is Philippine food, then? Indigenous food from land and sea, field and forest. Also and of course: dishes and culinary procedures from China, Spain, Mexico, and the United States, and more recently from further abroad.

What makes them Philippine? The history and society that introduced and adapted them; the people who turned them to their tastes and accepted them into their homes and restaurants, and especially the harmonizing culture that combined them into contemporary Filipino fare.

Nowadays, people perceive food as substance to fill up their belly for a much needed energy boost. In this fast–paced, work–driven society, sine folks have no time to enjoy or savour their food. In fact, people on the run would just grab something from a convenience store and gulf the food without tasting it.

Still, there are those who crave for “lutong bahay”... food cooked with passion the way our grandma and mothers did.

Boholanos want new things, new ideas. So, the Bol-anon Cookfest is created, thus a new concept… modern Bol-anon foods which the “timpla” is Binol-anon.

From this Cookfest, Bohol can identify and develop its own unique cuisines.

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