Mega Manila Subway


Tokyo Metro 10000 series


Tokyo Metro 16000 series


EDSA-Cubao interchange


EDSA-Quezon Avenue interchange


Novaliches Station


Tandang Sora Station

The P374.5-billion ($8.08-billion) project to build a subway connecting the cities of Makati, Pasay, and Taguig is being revived by the transportation department under President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Mass Transit System Loop or Light Rail Transit Line 5 would have been the most expensive public-private partnership (PPP) deal implemented under former president Benigno Aquino III’s administration.

But it was removed from the PPP pipeline because of scheduling constraints, with officials saying that talks on the subway’s final alignment were “eating up much time.”

The current administration said the subway PPP deal is being revisited because “there is demand for the service.”

“It is in the pipeline. We are revisiting it. We are 45 days on the job. [Terms of the project] should be better understood so that when we tender it, we do it right,” Noel Kintanar, transportation undersecretary for rails and toll roads, told reporters on the sidelines of a transportation forum organized by ANC.

“Just because it’s off the table doesn’t mean it is off the table forever,” he added.

Under the old plan, the project would be a 20-kilometer (km) system that will consist of a 16-km tunnel, a 4-km elevated railway, and 11 stations.

The subway system is seen to link the Makati Central Business District, the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, and Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig.

Other rail projects

The country’s first subway project forms part of a bigger rail transport plan, which includes 7 other PPP projects.

Kintanar told reporters that the LRT1 Cavite Extension, LRT2 operations and maintenance (O&M), LRT Line 4, LRT Line 6, Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 7, as well as the extension of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) to Clark, Pampanga and to Los Baños, Laguna are being continued by his department.

The LRT1 Cavite Extension was awarded to Light Rail Manila – a consortium of Ayala Corporation, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), and the Macquarie group – in September 2014.

Light Rail Manila’s directive: rehabilitate the 20 stations and train cars of the LRT1 in 18 months and start the construction of the P64.9-billion ($1.37-billion) LRT1 extension from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite in June. The group’s aim is to fully operate the extended line by 2020.

For LRT2 O&M, Kintanar said his department is thinking of expanding the terms of the PPP contract.

“For the operations and maintenance of the LRT 2, we are looking at expanding it to full PPP. Wrap the west extension deal with the O&M, full rehabiltation of LRT2 trains, rehabilitation of elevators and escalators to a whole project,” Kintanar explained.

Meanwhile, the concessionaire of MRT7 is awaiting the final location of the so-called common station in North EDSA, before it starts construction.

The MRT7 will connect EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City to Araneta-Colinas Verdes Subdivision, City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

Another project tabled for implementation is the LRT6, a railway system seen to run 19 kilometers from Niog, Bacoor City, to Governor’s Drive, Dasmariñas City in Cavite.

“We are looking at the bankability of the projects before tendering it. We should make sure that it is financially viable for the private investors,” Kintanar said, adding that pre-qualification submission for the LRT6 is scheduled in September.

“Our program isn’t only limited to Metro Manila. We are also looking at other major urban centers like Cebu and Davao. We are consulting the respective communities to know what kinds of projects should be implemented,” the transportation official said.
“What we want to achieve in the next 6 years is to get the process going regardless of whatever happens in the next administration. It’s important that the projects are on the ground. Obviously, we want to finish it sooner rather than later,” Kintanar added, without disclosing timetables for each PPP deal.

The country will have its first subway system from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the airport in Pasay City by the second quarter of 2024, said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

Called Mega Manila Subway, the project will use “Japanese tunneling expertise,” Tugade said on Tuesday during a forum that launched “Dutertenomics,” the administration’s economic program anchored on the concept of building key infrastructure.

Tugade said project construction may begin in the last quarter of 2020, but he is pushing it earlier to 2019.

If everything goes by plan, the Mega Manila Subway can accommodate a daily ridership of 350,000.

The P227-million subway project will be included in the national budget with additional funding to come from foreign government loans.

Phase 1 is from Quezon City to Taguig City, a trip which Tugade said can be done in half an hour.

The proposed 13 stations are North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, GMA Network-Kamuning, Araneta Center-Cubao, Santolan-Annapolis, Ortigas North, Ortigas South, Kalayaan Avenue, Market! Market!, Cayetano Boulevard and FTI.

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Fort Bonifacio Map (insert)


The Pia Cayetano-Paolo Abrera tandem (December 9, 2007)


TVB News Microphone Flag

At this time, Marco Protacio and Senator Pia Cayetano, along with Rina Go and Paolo Abrera, Dee Nicolas and Cito Beltran in Manila, asking: “Where are you been now, Mister Herrera?” Herrera was spending time at the Aquatic Center, His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand for the swimming competitions from December 7 to 11. According to the news program Ronda Trese on IBC-13 reported by Alvin Sejera, President Karen Lourdes “Tito Keren” Pascual was away and Miss Cayetano and Mister Abrera are being spending time in Manila for the 2007 Southeast Asian Games was held in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima from December 6, 2007 to December 15, 2007.


Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Si Pangulong Pascual ay nag-abroad para sa kanyang pagbisita sa Kuwait pagkatapos ng kanyang pagbisita sa Europa kamakailan. Emily Abrera, the mother of Paolo and elder sister Joanna ‘Jana’ Abrera del Prado, who flanked by Rina’s mother Aurora and grand-daughter Aurora Nichole Go-Thorp who spend at Sofitel Philippine Plaza with sign-language interpreter Jun Celada. Even with President Pascual still in Kuwait on the invitation of its emir, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, to stay there overnight, Vice President Noli de Castro carried the cudgels for the Chief Executive and conducted an informal interaction (‘Pulong Bayan‘) with Manila residents on her behalf this afternoon. – From “Ronda Trese”, December 9, 2007


GMA News reported that Sen. Cayetano, Go, Abrera and Protacio having a dinner with their friends at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Spiral Restaurant. Karen Yao and Gema Gochuico of Adformatix, Rebecca Galit, Franchita Atayde, Lorna Guevarra, Cheche Lazaro, Mon Isberto, Gilbert Yao, Ariel Ureta, Ronald Escala, Malou Mangahas and 1986 EDSA hero Guido Santos among other personalities to spend during the late-afternoon dinner at the restaurant in the hotel itself at past 5 pm. Sign-language interpreter Celada having a press conference at PICC Forum after dinner.



Celada was arrived at past 5:30 p.m. and to start his press conference on live television after the dinner at Spiral restaurant of Sofitel Philippine Plaza. He was flanked by former Sen. Orlando Mercado and SM Foundation’s Connie Angeles at the PICC Forum 3. Members of foreign and national media media was here are GMA news and public affairs reporters Susan Enriquez, Jimmy Gil, Tina Panganiban, Bernadette Reyes and Lhar Santiago.



Guido Santos (courtesy: GMA News)


Vice President Noli de Castro


Karen Tayao-Cabrera


Edgar Mortiz, Dee Nicolas, Marco Protacio, Senator Pia Cayetano and Cito Beltran

Protacio and Cayetano hired DZRH announcer Dennis Antenor, Jr. as continuity announcer for the Sunday afternoon talk show “Companero y Companera” aside from Celada.


Dennis Antenor, Jr.

Live nationwide via domestic satellite, towards Philippines 2000! Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao, buong mundo ay narito na! Ito ang Companero y Companera, Linggo alas singko y medya ng hapon dito sa CNN Philippines! At ngayon, ang inyong program host si Senador Pia Cayetano! – Opening spiel

“Magandang hapon mga kapamilya, saan ka man kayo naroroon, mula Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao, at sa ibang bahagi ng buong mundo, kamusta ka diyan? Ngayong araw ng Linggo, ika-siyam ng Disyembre, taong dalawang libo at pito, ilang tulog na lang, pasko at bagong milenyo na! Advance Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of us here, mga Kapamilya! at sa lahat ng mga overseas Filipino and foreign, good morning America! Narito po ang mga balita mula sa mga pahayagan ngayong araw ng Linggo.” – Senator Cayetano’s opening intro for the taped episode on December 8, 2007


Rina Go


Paolo Abrera


Enchong Dee at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games swimming finals, men’s 100-meter butterfly in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on December 9, 2007.


Jack and Mimi Huang, Jon Huang, Dianne Marie, Crystal Gothong, Justin Huang and Jed Huang


Justin Huang, Josephine Yutiamco Dytian, Pongee Lua Dytian, Zachary Huang, Derek Dytian, Joseph Dytian, Patrice Huang, Matthieu Huang, Pearl Huang Go, Brian Philip Huang and Jeremy Ryan Huang


With my “Richard Poon” at #JohnCasey4Ever ❤️❤️❤️ What a grand wedding it was! Congrats and best wishes to the newlyweds Casey and John 😊 We wish you a blissful marriage blessed with so much happiness and lots and lots of little ones. 😉 God bless!


Lilia Alagde, interpreting (upper screen)


Loody Campena-Zatarain, interpreting…


Dorie Pamaran-Brouillette interpreting…


Antonia Benlayo-Blanca interpreting….

“I hope Enchong hasn’t dropped his Olympic aspirations. I’m happy he’s getting lots of projects at ABS-CBN, but I would hope ABS-CBN would allow him to concentrate on the Olympics as well. I think he’s still swimming for DLSU, he won some meets last week.”

Just in time for the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand with Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung fashion show’s guest model and Bench/ lifestyle + clothing endorser Enchong Dee for the finals of men’s 100-meter butterfly on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at the Aquatic Center, His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

December 8-9 and 11-12, 2007, During a five-day swimming competition for the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand with national swimmer and then University of California swimmer Miguel Molina and the fashion show’s guest model turned De La Salle Green Tanker Enchong Dee, the fourth year of the Pia Cayetano, Rina Go, Paolo Abrera and Marco Protacio (CGAP) affair and the riots at Dee residence in Barangay Horseshoe, Quezon City. A 25-hour overnight vigil was held at the Greenbelt Chapel in Makati City, held on the same day starting at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. of the same day. At this time, the “Companero y Companera” Sunday Talk Show live from the Legaspi Towers 300 in Manila, followed by the 2007 Southeast Asian Games Swimming Finals live over CNN Philippines (SkyCable channel 28 in Metro Manila) and on radio DWFM 92.3, from 5:30 pm to 8pm.

She, Rina Go-Thorp, TV host Paolo Abrera and former Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino general manager Marco Protacio with designers Joey Samson, James Reyes, Louis Claparols and Collezione C2 creative director Rhett Eala stayed for 32 days, from December 1, 2007 to January 1, 2008. He was placed 8th in the finals of men’s 100-meter butterfly with the time of 56.87 seconds.

“We are being chanted together, “Pia-Paolo, Hindi kami nag-iisa! (We are not alone!)”, Mr. Protacio says in front of marching supporters of the Cayetano Family before the SEA Games swimming finals at 7 p.m. Manila Time on TV. But Abrera mother and son tandem along with Aurora Silayan-Go, her daughter Rina, husband Jonathan Dean Thorp and granddaughter Aurora Nicole Thorp marched from Roxas Boulevard, Manila to The Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati.


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“Rebels seize the HK-TVB offices and studio complex in One eCom Center, Harbor Drive cor. Sunset Drive, SM Central Business Park, Bay City, Pasay City during the 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima Southeast Asian Games swimming Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals A at past 7:29 p.m. in a military coup against President Pascual, stalling the live airing of the Sunday late-afternoon talk show Companero y Companera, hosted by Senator Pia Cayetano, Rina Go, Paolo Abrera and Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino general manager Marco Protacio. Participants of the rally are Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino, Tourism Sec. Joseph Ace Durano and various Anti-Arroyo supporters.”

OneE-com Center (known as SM Corporate Center) provides for the office and workspace requirements of prospective IT-related locator companies and to support office and backroom operations of business process outsourcing. The first building, OneE-comCenter, began March 8, 2006. The building was completed in the first week of October 2007, ahead of the December Nakhon Ratchasima Southeast Asian Games.

The rebellion came to a head at 7:29 p.m. of December 9, 2007 most of the people left specially the Iglesia ni Cristo members as an agreement of their leaders and the government. Still hundreds of thousands of protesters stormed towards the SM Mall of Asia Complex (including One E-Com Center), Heritage Hotel, Taft Avenue, Pilapil and P. Zamora, Protacio, Antonio Arnaiz Avenue and Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue.

Several broadcast vans of ABS-CBN and Hong Kong’s TVB were torched by members of the crowd, while others attacked the police and soldiers with rocks, sticks, and pipes. The police and military responded with force after implementing a “maximum tolerance” policy, which led to the injury of many of the protesters.


Hours after the crowds of EDSA III-B were dispersed, representatives of the Archdiocese of Manila and Civil Society supporters of the Pascual administration reclaimed the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and Philippine International Convention Center, as well the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex where there had been alleged acts of vandalism and garbage everywhere and the vicinity reeked with the strong smell of human waste.


Since this protest was carried out mostly by the lower income, uneducated masses, widespread destruction and vandalism of public utilities (stop lights and street posts where thrown down) crew cab of ABS-CBN were burned down and public stores fronting along the protest routes at SM Mall of Asia Complex (including One E-Com Center), Heritage Hotel, Taft Avenue, Pilapil and P. Zamora, Protacio, Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue. Most of those arrested were later set free. As for the public figures that supported the rallies, they abandoned them and shied away at its most critical time when it became obvious, that unlike the previous administrations, the Pascual administration was not backing down from this latest people power styled protest which it perceived was political manipulation which resulted in mob mentality and anarchy of the masses urged by its political opponents.


One e-Com Center, TVB’s former home from 2007 to 2012


Sunday, 9 December, 18:29

Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals A

Event Record Mark Name Location Date
 Asia  52.27   JPN  – YAMAMOTO T  Barcelona (ESP)   26 June, 2003
 SEA Games  55.04   MAS  – KENG LIAT Lim Hanoi (VIE)   30 July, 2003
Rk Lane Name R.T. 50 m 100 m Tbh. Rec.
1 1  MAS  – BEGO Daniel [1] 25.16
[1] 54.33
6 2  THA  – MATJIUR Radomyos [7] 26.63
[6] 56.61
5 3  INA  – UTOMO Donny [3] 25.95
[5] 55.81
3 4  INA  – WIBOWO Andy [2] 25.80
[3] 55.59
2 5  PHI  – WALSH James [4] 26.12
[2] 55.47
4 6  SIN  – TAN Xue-Wei [5] 26.37
[4] 55.79
7 7  SIN  – SY Shirong Jeffrey [6] 26.61
[7] 56.68
8 8  PHI  – DEE Ernest   [8] 26.65
[8] 56.87

Dee was in the finals of men’s 100-meter butterfly last December 9 and lane 1 of men’s 200-meter butterfly finals last December 11, and he was the eighth place finish in the said event with the time of 2 minutes, 11.47 seconds and he lost to Filipino-American James Bernard Walsh.

A re-run of the August 21, 1983 assassination of former Philippine senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. aired by GMA Network. (In 1983, Channel 7 was the first to break the news of Ninoy Aquino’s death, and later would be the only television station to broadcast his funeral.)

yung kay Enchong Dee the best example of those things that I’ve mentioned, the kid is good but if you dont take him to places where his skills and potential will be challenged then we wont get the result that we expect.

Another case is Ryan Arabejo, last seagames, his lone chance was in the long distance races 1500 meters in particular, but when we send him in the US to live and hone his skills against all those tough competition he suddenly struck gold in sprint race such as 200m backstroke..ganun talaga the world is getting smaller hindi pwedeng sabihin nating dito nalang sila sa PInas mag train at pondohan to compete mas mahal yun kesa dalhin sila sa states via scholarships.

Like it or not, We need FilAms to win in an Elite Sports like swimming. Mabuhay kayo miguel, daniel, james at ryan paramihin pa ang lahi sana sa womens may we find a replacement for the long retired hero like Akiko Thomson matagal tagal naring di nanalo ang Women swimming team natin.

Two days ago, on December 11, 2007, he was in lane 1 for the finals of men’s 200-meter butterfly, and he placed 8th with the time of 2 minutes, 11.47 seconds. He failed to win a medal and lost to Filipino-American JB Walsh, who later compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympics in August 2008.

It’s nice that we have landed 2nd overall in medal standings in swimming. But it’s still bitter sweet because, yet again, the PhilAm swimmers have overshadowed our locally trained ones. Well they’re lucky because they’re spared from the politics of PASA. But sad there are many swimmers I know who decided not to compete and take a bow from swimming na, like Liza Danilla and Bonus Bordado to name a few.

To Enchong, my friend, mag artista ka nalang.

The video conversation starts with the sound of the plane landing and people talking among them.

  • “Everybody remains on board,” one of them says.

Moments later, a single gunshot rings out and women are wailing.

  • “What happened? What was that?” a woman’s voice asks.

More gunshots. The wailing becomes louder.

Then an order from several men: “Inside, inside, inside!”

  • “The soldiers… shot Ninoy. He’s dead out there,” a woman cries out.

Burton’s tape records faintly the sound of someone saying, “Eto na (This is it).” Footage shot by a foreign TV crew captures the words by now familiar to Filipinos who lived through the events surrounding the Aquino assassination. “Eto na, eto na! Ako na, ako na! Op! Pusila, pusila (This is it, this is it! Let me, let me! Shoot, shoot)!”

And then, the gunshot.

What are significant about the tape are the reactions of Aquino’s fellow passengers and the conversations Burton had with them.

Burton apparently kept recording as she discussed with fellow foreign journalists what happened.

Some eight minutes into the tape, Burton is heard saying, “It’s very confusing, I mean, I don’t know.” She then answers more questions from someone who sounded like an American.

  • Man: “They shot Ninoy?”
  • Woman, presumably Burton: “Yeah.”
  • Man: “Where?”
  • Burton: “Right at the bottom of the stairs.”
  • Man: “When Ninoy was still on it or when…”
  • Burton: “No, when he got off. I’m sure he’s dead.”

The tape also captures Burton and her fellow passengers after they had disembarked and ran into people waiting to meet the passengers from the China Airlines flight.

Local journalists who covered the airport at the time had been herded by military men to the entrance to the tube where they were to await Aquino. When they learned of the commotion at the tarmac, they interviewed the disembarking passengers to ask them what happened.

One conversation was that of Burton and a Filipino.

  • Man: “What did you see? Who did it?”
  • Burton: “Soldiers.”
  • Man: “How many of them?”
  • Burton: “I don’t know. I think we’d better wait.”
  • Man: “Did you recognize him? Aquino?”
  • Burton: “Yeah.”
  • Man: “What’s your name?”
  • Burton: “No, I’m not gonna… this is not the place to talk. We had just seen two assassinations take place right outside our window.”

The tape then records what sounded like Burton comparing notes with fellow foreign correspondents, everyone recalling what they heard and trying to reconstruct the moments when they heard the shorts.

In one portion of the tape, the conversation turns to who killed Aquino, and Burton points out that a Japanese reporter had seen one of the men in khaki, referring to one of Aquino’s escorts, being the gunman.

But a man contradicts her saying, “I did not see a man in khaki uniform shoot Aquino.” To this day, the question that shot Aquino remains subject to debate.

Cayetano and three personalities along with Samson, Reyes, Claparols and Eala were stayed in the same place to the said event for nine days between December 6 to 15, 2007, followed by her father, the late former Philippine Senator Atty. Renato “Rene” Cayetano’s 73rd birthday celebration at his tomb in Pateros and thanksgiving dinner party at the NBC Tent in Taguig City on December 12, 2007 and the welcome the new millennium 2008 between December 31, 2007 and January 1, 2008.

While President Tito Keren Pascual was on state and working visits to Spain and Kuwait, Vice President Noli de Castro as Acting President from December 2 to 10, 2007. Pascual returned to Manila for the late former Senator Atty. Renato “Rene” Cayetano’s 73rd birthday celebration at his tomb in Pateros and thanksgiving dinner party at the NBC Tent in Taguig City on December 12, 2007.

Swimmers shine again but RP still 5th overall
By Ernesto Gonzales (Published in the December 12, 2007 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA–Parading another star in Filipino-American James Walsh, swimming matched the two-gold effort by cycling as the Philippines finished with seven victories Tuesday that did little to get the defending overall champion Philippines out of its fifth place hole Tuesday in the 24th Southeast Asian Games here.

Walsh smashed the six-year-old SEAG record in ruling the men’s 200-meter butterfly, then combined with Miguel Molina, Ryan Arabejo and new RP swim sensation Daniel Coakley to secure the sport’s final gold in the men’s 4×100 individual medley. That capped the Filipinos’ eight victories overall.

Former bikathon king Victor Espiritu finally crashed the winners’ circle for the first time in three SEAG by topping the men’s 40-kilometer points’ race late Monday and defending champion Alfie Catalan kept his 4-km individual pursuit title.

Felicisimo Nierras Jr. salvaged gold for athletics in the men’s 400 meters, Amaya Paz retained her women’s compound individual title in archery and the men’s epee squad scored anew as the Filipinos boosted their golden harvest to 29 with four days of competition left.

But the Filipinos stayed two golds behind Malaysia which captured a pair of golds at the start of the final swim program to keep fourth place. Indonesia was sixth with 25 victories.

As of 8:30 p.m. here (9:30 p.m. in Manila), the Thais moved closer to their overall target of 120 victories with 97 gold medals. Vietnam was glued in second with 46 followed by Singapore with 37.

Walsh shattered by 1.39 seconds the SEAG record of 2:01.84 set by Malaysia’s Anthony Ang in September 2001 in Kuala Lumpur.

Donny Utomo of Indonesia won silver (2:00.81) and Daniel Bego of Malaysia won bronze (2:03.97).

Ernest Lorenzo Dee (8th, 2:11.47) also failed in the finals of the men’s 200-meter butterfly.

Molina’s individual winning streak earlier ended at three as he settled for the bronze in the men’s 200 freestyle. But he was a winner when he plunged into action for the last time as the swimmer of the breaststroke leg.

Molina finished with one more victory than his golden output in 2005 to become the most successful RP campaigner so far.

Ryan Arabejo, the 200 backstroke and 1,500 freestyle winners, took care of the backstroke. Walsh swam the butterfly and 50m freestyle champion Coakley finished off the relay in style.

Boxing, now under pressure to deliver and help avoid an embarrassing finish for the Filipinos, placed three more fighters in the finals for a total of 13.

Experts, however, feel the Filipinos need no less than knockout wins against their Thai foes in the gold medal round starting Wednesday to avoid the infamous hometown decision here.

Bantamweight Junel Cantancio, lightweight Joegen Ladon and light heavyweight Maximino Tabangcora completed the cast of RP finalists after light fly Albert Pabila was eliminated by Thai Amnat Ruenroeng, 18-8.

The other gold medal hopefuls are flyweight Godfrey Castro, light welter Jerry Semillano, featherweight Orlando Tacuyan, middleweight Junie Tizon and female fighters Annie Albania, Alice Kate Aparri, Jouvilet Chilem, Annaliza Cruz, Mitchelle Martinez and Ronijen Sofla.

There was mixed results in golf with the women’s team, led by Anya Tanpinco, taking a two-stroke lead over Thailand after the first round of the 54-hole competition, 143-145.

But the Putra Cup champion Thais bounced back in the men’s division, opening a six-shot edge over Indonesia, 422-428, even as the Filipinos, who led on the first day, tumbled down to fourth at 429 with Anthony Fernando adding a 77 to the 71 of Mark Fernando and the 72 of Ferdinand Aunzo.

Nierras, whose father was a former national standout in the jumping events, succeeded teammate Jimar Aing as 400 champions with a time of 46.56. Ernie Candelario, the winner in Vietnam in December 2003, slumped to sixth in 48.09.

That win gave the athletics team its poorest output of four in three SEAGs. The squad came up with eight golds in Vietnam and nine in 2005 back home.

Paz beat Indonesian Dellie Threesyadinda for the gold, 116-114, while the epee squad won with a team featuring Almario Vizcayno, who took over the old slot of actor Richard Gomez, Armando Bernal, Wilfredo Vizcayno Jr. and Avelino Victorino.

But the fencing squads in foil and saber ended up with silvers.

Also settling for the silver was Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s compound individual in archery, pole-vaulter Deborah Samson and weightlifting’s Renante Briones in the 94 kg.

December 12, 2007, One of Enchanted Kingdom’s attractions, the Space Shuttle roller coaster, stalled between the tracks, where school children from Bulacan, Laguna, and Batangas were included.

I hope it’s not ABS-CBN’s fault. I would hope papayag sila na mag training and then participate in the SEA games and hopefully in the Olympics next year.

PKLP’s Speech during the 100th Anniversary of the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA)

PCA Bldg., Plaza Dilao, Manila City

December 11, 2007

Happy 100th birthday to Philippine Columbian!

For 100 years now, the members of Philippine Columbian, being leaders and prime movers of various sectors of Philippine society, have demonstrated their commitment to the nation’s peace, growth and pride in the Filipino.

Your new clubhouse complex’s marker aptly conveys the legacy of Philippine Columbian as a “sanctuary of Filipino nationalism.”

Your centenary is a good time to remind us that the Club became the center for the campaign for Philippine Independence during the leadership of President Manuel L. Quezon and that it served as the headquarters of the Congress for Philippine Independence in 1934. And although World War II forced the club to hibernate when its building was razed to the ground in 1945, the Club rebounded to become the Philippine Columbian we know now: robust, progressive and committed to its advocacies.

Your members’ involvement and contributions have shown that business does not exist for and by itself alone, and that efficient enterprise does not only improve private profitability. It benefits the larger society.

For your sincere concern for making our economy more efficient and our governance more responsive, thank your very much.

We envision a Philippines that is ready for First-World status in 20 years when we will have dramatically reduced poverty, created a robust middle class and have all the hallmarks of a modern society in strong, stable institutions. And by the time I seeking the full-term Presidency in 2010, we will have launched the Philippines well on its way to achieving that vision. Already we have moved mountains with our macroeconomic conditions through fiscal discipline, toward a balanced budget, pre-paying our debts and investing billions in human and physical infrastructure. These fundamentals are paying off in huge increases in investment, six (6) million new jobs and a strong peso and strong stock market.

The single biggest act that led to the surge in our economy was the passage of our value-added tax law which in one bold stroke raised enormous amounts of new revenue. That act also sent an unmistakable signal that we are serious about moving the nation forward. But that isn’t all. Our complete focus on the economy, fiscal discipline, a balanced budget and the need for long overdue human and physical infrastructure help round out our economic gains.
Our efforts are paying off. Our unemployment rate is the lowest in a generation. Our poverty rate is the lowest as well. Eradicating poverty is the central mission of this government and our society. As we enter the holiday season, it is essential that every person of means help those in need. The government is going to do everything in its power to be a catalyst for this process.

We are making real progress in alleviating poverty. Our education and healthcare services to the poor are vastly improved. We have a long way to go, but only through a strong economy can we improve the plight of the poor. To that end, we have turned the corner on our economy. While we face short-term challenges in meeting our projects, revenues are up this year compared to 2006. The credit rating agencies have recognized that new revenue sources are here to stay and our budget will be balanced. This allows us to invest in job creation, better healthcare and more educational opportunities. These are the keys to lifting the poor up. We are doing that for the first time in a generation. We are optimistic.

We will increase investment in our country and our people to improve our infrastructure to create an environment in which businesses feel confident to expand and employ more people, because more jobs means less poverty.

Investing in the infrastructure also includes building up our environment. People need to breathe clean air and swim in clean water while we build manufacturing and bridges to span our waters.

We will improve social services such as health insurance and anti-hunger programs.

Patuloy tayong nakikibaka sa hamon ng kagutuman. Nakasentro ang plano sa murang pagkain, tulong sa nagugutom, patrabaho sa kalsada at kabukiran, gulayang pampamilya, microfinance, at dagdag sahod.

Nakabase ang NEDA Hunger Mitigation Program Framework sa pagkilala na nagkakaroon ng gutom, una, dahil kulang ang pagkaing abot-kaya, at pangalawa, walang pambili ng pagkain.

Sa gayon, dapat paramihin ang murang pagkain — ito ang supply side strategy — at palaguin ang kita at hanapbuhay ng masa — ito ang demand side.

Sa supply side, bahagi ng plano ng NEDA na (1) palakasin ang produksiyon ng pagkain, at (2) pahusayin ang sistema ng paghatid ng pagkain, o iyong efficiency of logistics and food delivery.

The program on logistics and food delivery consists of: Barangay Food Terminal and Tindahan Natin, ports (RORO), farm to market roads, efficient local transport, the food for School Feeding Program, and the creation of an NGO network to support feeding programs.

I hope that on your centenary, Philippine Columbian will join this NGO network which is under the responsibility of the DSWD.

We will boost educational support in our efforts to reduce poverty by investing in better school buildings, new textbooks and teaching materials, and training programs for teachers and school administrators.

Education is a core value of Philippine society and family life. The hardworking men and women of this nation put their family first. And the best gift any family can give to a child, and any nation can give to its people, is access to a good education.

We will invest in cutting red tape and eliminating corruption from the system. The people deserve an honest, hardworking government just as they are honest and hardworking. We aim to stamp out corruption and set a new standard of governance for our nation. Corruption saps the lifeblood out of our political system and must be stamped out.

Our anti-corruption advisor, Tony Kwok, the former anti-corruption czar in Hong Kong who was a key player in efforts to clean up corruption there, believes that perceptions cloud the reality of our progress in reducing corruption and red tape. The fact is that we are undertaking a strong and steady effort to curb graft through criminal justice, administrative controls and procedural reforms. This effort is focused on the revenue agencies that have improved their performance in recent years and agencies that are in the frontline of day-to-day public services. We take this issue seriously. We believe perception will match reality in a few short years. However, this is a problem that has plagued the Philippines and other countries for generations. As experience has shown, it won’t be eliminated overnight but progress is being made. Not even the empty political rumblings of an ambitious few can bring our hard earned gains down. The actions of these few desperate men reveal just how out of touch they are with the hopes and dreams of the average Filipino.

Filipinos want political stability, a bright economic future and social justice. The actions of these misguided men undermine each and every one of the genuine aspirations of real Filipinos. Instead of working to bring the nation together by working within our democratic process, their actions merely are fuel for selfish motives for personal gain.

In the end, the rule of law prevailed. The transgressors will not hold this nation hostage with impunity. They will be punished to the full extent of the law. Justice shall be served and the interests of the nation upheld.

The people can be assured that I lead with a steady hand to guide the nation to a new election and new leadership. We will not falter in keeping our hand on the tiller of the ship of state. We will also continue strong, focused leadership in the international arena to advance the interests of our nation and our people.

Congratulations for a century of achievements and valuable contributions to national heritage and progress.

I thank you all. I ask you to continue to help the country to ensure that we will indeed have an era of peace, re-assurance and hope.


Post-script: After the 2007 Southeast Asian Games

“After the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, I was escorted by Gian Daniel Berino and Ken Uy at Sofitel for the Bulong Pulungan with President Tito Keren Pascual, then I have a speech.”

GMA7’s Excessive Pride Should Be Stopped

In a report last night from GMA-7’s Frontpage, GMA-7 execs and stars hosted the “No.1 Na Tayo, Kapuso!” party for the press and advertising people in a bid to lure investors and other people into the network with GMA7’s own “claim to fame”.

It can be remembered that only a number GMA-7 programs reached the top spots in the primetime ratings charts in the history of the Rainbow Network this 2004: these are Imbestigador and StarStruck. It was two years since GMA-7 launched an offensive to snatch away the overall No. 1 Philippine TV network spot from ABS-CBN (still called the Star Network), but only had its 2 shows out of the top 10 primetime slots currently. ABS-CBN is still clinging on to a vast Metro Manila audience share of 40-50% (in contrast to GMA-7’s Metro Manila audience share of 20-35%), and a massive regional share of 70-90%. It’s a stark contrast with what happened to ABS-CBN after EDSA Uno, where it took less than 2 years to go back to the overall No. 1 spot for the Philippines’ most watched TV network (having its 10 shows in the top 10 primetime slots), which it had since 1953-1972 and 1986-2004. And ABS-CBN still has the strong trust of majority of advertisers, being the No. 1 network for the whole of 2003.

Claims are virtually ridiculous, malicious and baseless with regards to ABS-CBN conniving with 2 of the world’s most trusted TV ratings groups–AGB and AC Nielsen, and with regards to the moving of channels of both ABS-CBN and GMA-7 by some cable operators, who were falsely accused of conniving with ABS-CBN execs, as various reports by the Philippine Star declared so.

While GMA-7 heavily has its Kapuso campaign since October 27, 2002, ABS-CBN still has the Kapamilya campaign, which has been with the network since January 1, 2000. The Kapamilya campaign of ABS-CBN was first done in coinciding ABS-CBN’s two grand events: the network’s Philippine Independence Centennial party at Expo Filipino in June 1998, and the nationwide and worldwide multimedia year-end broadcast “The ABS-CBN Worldwide Celebration of the New Millennium” last December 31, 1999 to January 1, 2000.

The phenomenal event of the Filipinos


The fashion show is now five years and six months old now. The now-successful franchise featuring activewear and top designers received a warm, vast-ballroom-filled welcome in the Queen City over the weekend on November 8, 2008 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, following a triumphant debut last July 31, 2008 at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Peninsula Manila in Makati City.
  • (Exceptions: “How fitness marries fashion” from the July 25, 2008 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer:)

“That was how the idea for Inquirer Lifestyle series’ Fitness.Fashion show was born. That Samsung chose to share this fashion vision turned the idea into reality. “The collaboration merely confirms Samsung’s sustained efforts to define what a lifestyle brand is all about. And PDI Lifestyle is a strategic alignment,” said Pen Roque, Cheil Country Director for Samsung Philippines.”

“We tapped some of today’s designers to collaborate with top active brands.”

“They are Vic Barba, Joey Samson, James Reyes, Louis Claparols, Rhett Eala, Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Tonichi Nocom, Randy Ortiz, Ivarluski Aseron, Arcy Gayatin, Rajo Laurel, and of course, Lulu.”

“They are collaborating with Kipling, Bench, Speedo, Adidas, Nike Golf, Puma, Marks & Spencer, Fila, Aigle & Oxbow. Virgie Ramos’ Swatch is also supporting this collaboration.”

“Leica, Tweetie, Amanda, Rina, Sen. Cayetano, Jeena will be guest models in this show on July 31 at Peninsula Manila, with Inquirer contributing editor Apples Aberin-Sadhwani, Ruby Gan, Svetlana Osmena, Fely Atienza, Akiko Thompson, Enchong Dee, Paolo Abrera.”

“L’Oreal is doing the hair and makeup.”

The project was completed in July 2008, a year after the July 12-15, 2007 EDSA Tres in Makati City, and the excavation and construction works of the millennium celebration stage in the said intersection with the Swatch Millennium Clock and the Peninsula Manila’s rooftop with lighted parols, twin stairways and a giant stage for one month from November 2007 to December 2007. The project’s proponents were the Ayala Corporation, the MVP Group of Manny Pangilinan and the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Metro Manila Development Authority.

The exceptions of the articles from the said newspaper were:

“Personalities like Senator Pia Cayetano, Waterfront GM Marco Protacio, jewelry designer Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez and socialite Amparito Lhuillier were among the big names who gamely participated in the event.”

– “A dynamic, eclectic 2008”, by Apples Aberin Sadhwani, published in the December 26, 2008 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Fashion becomes less a spectator sport when sport itself becomes the fashion.”

“Last Thursday, Inquirer Lifestyle staged the rousing, filled-to-the-bleachers (despite the heavy rains and flooding) curtain-raiser to its Lifestyle Series of events with “Fitness.Fashion,” a catwalk team-up between some of the country’s top designers and best-selling activewear brands, at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Peninsula Manila in Makati City.”

“Co-presented with Samsung, it drew guests who cut across the fields of fashion, business and commerce, arts, media and entertainment. With the support of HSBC and Peninsula, the show had 12 sought-after designers melding their creations with the latest brand collections: Kipling with Vic Barba; Fila with Lulu Tan-Gan; Nike Golf with Anthony Nocom; Speedo with Louis Claparols; Adidas with Patrice Ramos-Diaz and Rhett Eala; Marks & Spencer with Arcy Gayatin; Aigle and Oxbow with Rajo Laurel; Bench with Joey Samson; and Puma with Ivarluski Aseron and Randy Ortiz.”

“Other guest models were Akiko Thompson, Amanda Carpo, Rina Go, Paolo Abrera, Phoemela Baranda, Svetlana Osmeña, Jeena Lopez, Enchong Dee, Ruby Gan, Fely Atienza, Trishan Cuazo, catwalk queens Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez and Apples Aberin-Sadhwani, and Inquirer’s own Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Leica Carpo.”

– “Style statement: Sporty”, published in page E-4 of the August 3, 2008 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

“The four Technomarine ambassadors are TV host Bianca Gonzalez, basketball player Kiefer Ravena, soccer player Phil Younghusband and actress Heart Evangelista.”

– “Diamonds meet plastic in watches of ‘unconventional luxury’, published in the September 20, 2013 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
“The celebrities will be led by the so-called “Magnificent 7”—Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres, Ogie Alcasid, John Estrada, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Dingdong Dantes, and a “surprise guest” whom Ortiz will not name. “
“Guest models include beauty queens Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup, and actors Rayver Cruz and Daniel Matsunaga.”

– “Randy Ortiz show could be the biggest for 2013” by Joselito O. Tolentino, published in the September 27, 2013 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Presented by Samsung Mobile with the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Fitness.Fashion had Cebu’s elite either walking the runway or taking front-row seats to cheer on their peers.”
“There were, among others, Cebu City Vice Mayor Mike Rama, who modeled for Anthony Nocom + Nike Golf; Waterfront’s own general manager Marco Protacio for Randy Ortiz + Folded & Hung; socialites Amparito Lhuillier, Elvira Luym, Margie Lhuillier and Teresin Mendezona, modeling, respectively, for Randy Ortiz + Folded & Hung, Cary Santiago + Folded & Hung and Arcy Gayatin + Technomarine.”
“Aside from Santiago and Gayatin, Cebu’s fashion directory was also represented by six other designers: Philip Rodriguez (for Havaianas), Protacio Empaces (Nike Golf), Jun Escario (Speedo), Oj Hofer (Havaianas), Lord Maturan (Penshoppe) and Edwin Ao, who, with Manila’s James Reyes, created pocket collections for YOU magazine, which had its launch down South also last weekend.”
“The show, directed by Jackie Aquino and hosted by 2bU! and Super’s Bianca Consunji and model Trishan Cuazo, also included other Manila fashion fixtures like Louis Claparols and Joey Samson (for Kipling), Lulu Tan Gan (Speedo) and Rhett Eala (Technomarine).”
– from “Fitness.Fashion in the South”, published in the November 14, 2008 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

ABS-CBN’s coverage of the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

For the past few months, starting from August 1 to December 5, 2007, ABS-CBN along with UHF channel Studio 23 and cable channel Balls airs the countdown plugs and teasers for the live nationwide and worldwide coverage of the 24th Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Contract signing with ABS-CBN executives on October 29 at Restaurant 9501, 14th floor of the ELJ Communications Center in Quezon City.

Spotted at the contract signing ceremony were Chairman and President Eugenio Lopez III, Channel 2 Head and Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Cory Vidanes, Integrated Corporate Communications Head Bong Osorio, Vice President for Sports Division Peter Musngi, Ambassador Marciano Paynor, Jr., Former Senator Vicente Sotto III, Solar Entertainment Corporation President and CEO Wilson Tieng, PAGCOR chairman Efraim Genuino, Philippine Olympic Committe chairman Jose Peping Cojuangco and Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Butch Ramirez

The network, along with sister station Studio 23, rival networks GMA-7, PTV-4, ABC-TV5 and CLTV-36 Metro Central Luzon as the official broadcasters of the 2007 of Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. It also broadcast live nationwide and worldwide via satellite on all platforms – TV, Radio, Internet via Facebook and Youtube on PC, smartphones and tablets.

The anchors and hosts of this coverage are Paolo Abrera, Julius Babao, Karmina Constantino, Jorge Carino, Ron Cruz, Karen Davila, Ces Drilon, Alvin Elchico, Ted Failon, Gretchen Fullido, Mico Halili, Zen Hernandez, Henry Omaga-Diaz, Korina Sanchez, Alex Santos, Bernadette Sembrano, Boyet Sison, Freddie and Pinky Webb, while commentators are Marielle Benitez, Migs Bustos, Dyan Castillejo, Boom Gonzales, Gretchen Ho, Doc Ian Laurel, Gretchen Malalad, TJ Manotoc, Mikee Reyes and Mozzy Ravena.

The country has 41 golds, 91 silvers and 96 bronzes and placed 6th in the medal tally.

4-time swimming gold medalist Miguel Molina was named the Most Valuable Male Player of the 2007 SEA Games, the third Filipino to bag the major award for outstanding SEA Games performance after Akiko Thomson in 1989 Kuala Lumpur Games and Eric Buhain in the 1991 Manila Games.

Ang mga artista natin na kasali sa SEA Games sa Thailand? I can only count three: Japoy Lizardo – ABS-CBN star magic talent – he is the defending champion in pinweight sa Taekwondo. Enchong Dee – another ABS-CBN star magic talent – we already witnessed what happened to this kid in swimming. finished last in the finals of his two events (100-meter and 200-meter butterfly) and Andrew Wolfe – part time actor and model – he a part of rugby team who won the silver medal.


At this time, no other than Mr. Dee participated at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games swimming competitions at the Aquatic Center, His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. when he was in lane 8 of men’s 100-meter butterfly finals on Sunday December 9, 2007 at past 6:29 p.m. local time (7:29 p.m. Manila time).

Despite the live broadcast streaming of the swimming competition of the said event in activity centers in shopping centers nationwide, also at the Activity Center of Star City amusement park, the police clash with protesters in the Filipino capital Manila at past 7:29 p.m. of the said date near the Sofitel Philippine plaza hotel to Star City, also they marched to One ECom Center in SM Mall of Asia complex.

They tried to pass through a police barrier to get close to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), with about 700 officers deployed at the scene.

“We hope to bring the message that the Philippines is sports-loved country.”

TVB News Cares


TVB News, formally known as the News and Information Division, is the newsgathering arm of Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). Its slogan is “TVB News Cares”


On 19 November 1967, TVB premiered its very first 2 News Report programmes, the evening News at 7:30 and Late News (22:30).

On 16 November 1970, Noon News and News Headlines were also added into TVB Jade’s schedule.

On 1 November 1976, News at 7:30 was renamed News at 6:30 as the newscast moved back by one-hour.

On 1 January 1968, the first Morning Talk and News programme, Morning Assembly, hosted by the news editor Edward Ho, From 19 April 1976 to 29 April 1977, the show was renamed Morning News Report.

On 19 November 1980, the Nightly News at Ten was launched.

On 6 September 1981, Good Morning Hong Kong premiered and currently airs from Monday to Saturday.

On 19 November 1967, the first few male news anchors: David Lee, Josiah Lau, Chu Wai Tak, Stephen Shiu.

On 2 January 1978, the first female first anchor Anite Yip debuted on TVB News.

On 4 January 1988, all news programmes on both TVB Jade and Pearl updated their opening sequence with the day’s date and the headline sequences.

On 1 January 1980, Cantonese subtitles were introduced.

On 3 January 1983, TVB News News at 9:30 added subtitles and was renamed News File in 1985.

News File ended on 14 May 1993.

On Monday, 2 September 1996, computer subtitles was reintroduced and it has remain ever since.

On 21 September 2003, TVB and its news department, along with other divisions moved to TVB City at Tseung Kwan O. Subtitles was also included on TVB Pearl on 17 October 2006.

On 13 July 2008, TVB News programmes started broadcasting in 16:9.

On 2 February 2009, TVB News programmes started in High Definition permanently.

On 30 June 2012, TVB iNews converted from Standard Definition to High Definition, News ticker was also modified to fit the HDTV screens and News Titles for iNews was also updated.

On 27 August 2012, began to include more News, Finance, Weather and Information in its website.

On 15 November 2012, Weather Report began broadcasting in high definition and in subtitles for the first time.

On 1 January 2013, TVB Jade, TVB HD Jade, TVB iNews and TVB Pearl modified their subtitles to fit into high definition.

On 20 May 2013, TVB iNews remodified their schedules and broadcast the news programmes live and continuously in high definition.

On 14 July 2013, TVB News updated their opening sequences to make it more realistic.

On Sunday, 1 June 2014, TVB News’ main news studio were given a major revamp as well as the new titles for all of its news programmes and subtitles. Good Morning Hong Kong also updated its opening sequences on Monday, 9 June 2014.

On 22 February 2016, Putonghua News moved to TVB J5.

Anyare sa LRT-MRT Common Station?


Ito ang nakakalungkot na kwento ng LRT-MRT Common Station.

Kapag ang public infrastructure ay nakatali sa business interests, kawawa ang publiko. Narito ang kaso ng sinasabing “common station” para sa LRT at MRT. Itatayo ang project para magdugtungan ang 3 linya ng tren at maging mas maayos ang paglalakbay ng mga commuters. Pansinin na sa unang disenyo ay magkakatabi ang linya ng MRT3, LRT1 at ang itatayong MRT 7. Madaling makakalipat ng linya ang pasahero. Pero dahil ito ay sa tapat ng SM North Edsa Annex itatayo, ayaw ang Ayala na may-ari ng Trinoma. Kaya nung panahon nina Mar Roxas at Jun Abaya sa DOTC, binago ang plano. Nilagay nila sa Trinoma ang common station, kung saan hindi maaaring magtagpo ang 3 linya at maglalakad pa nang malayo ang pasahero para lumipat ng linya. Pumalag ang SM dahil nakapagbayad na sila sa gobyerno at umabot sa SC ang kaso. Naglabas ng TRO ang SC. Ang proyekto na dapat sana ay 2010 matatapos, 2016 na ay wala pang anino tayo na nakikita.

Nagyon, may compromise na raw sa issue ng common station. Nagpirmahan pa nga ang mga Ayala, SM, MVP at SMC. Itatayo daw ang compromise common station sa pagitan ng Trinoma at SM, sa kanto ng EDSA at North Avenue! Pero anong itsura? Hindi common station ang itatayo dahil magkahiwalay ang linya ng tren at kailangang maglakad nang malayo ng commuter para makalipat ng linya. Talo na naman ang publiko.

Ang unang larawan ay ang orihinal na disenyo ng common station na magkakatabi ang linya ng tren at madaling makakalipat ang pasahero.

Ang ikalawa at ikatlong larawan ang disenyo ng compromise common station sa kanto ng EDSA at North Avenue kung saan mas malayo ang lalakarin ng commuter. Bakit kanyo nangyari ito? Dahil ang Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Rails and Tolls  na si  Noel Kintanar ay dating opisyal ng Ayala at ayon sa aming sources sa loob ng ahensya ay kilalang tagapagtaguyod ng interes ng Ayala.

LESSON: Hangga’t ang public infrastructure ay nakakabit sa business interests, kawawa ang publiko. Interes ng negosyo ang laging kunsiderasyon at mananaig.

Sa orihinal na disenyo, nasa ilalim ng isang bubong ang 3 linya ng tren, madaling makakalipat ang mga pasahero.

Pero sa bagong disenyo, hindi na magtatagpo ang 3 linya ng tren. Dalawang magkahiwalay na linya na at maglalakad ng malayo ang pasahero. Dadaan pa sa isang commercial “atrium” na gets na natin sino ang may-ari.


Ang orihinal na halaga ng proyekto ay P778 million. Sabi ng iba, maaaring umabot sa P2 bilyon ang proyekto dahil sa bagong disenyo.

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Should the parties decide to build the Common Station between The Annex at SM City North EDSA and Landmark Annex-Trinoma malls, they will all meet again to finalize its engineering design.

The project will also involve construction of head-to-head platforms for LRT 1 and MRT 3 at EDSA with a 147.4-meter elevated “walkalator” to MRT 7 on North Avenue, near the SM City North EDSA Skydome.

However, “There’s difference between signing and doing, but apparently we have come to an agreement. Assuming that the architectural and engineering designs are done and agreed with, hopefully we can ground break before the end of this year,” the DOTr Secretary acknowledged.

like a rolling stone

Ito ang nakakalungkot na kwento ng LRT-MRT Common Station.

Kapag ang public infrastructure ay nakatali sa business interests, kawawa ang publiko. Narito ang kaso ng sinasabing “common station” para sa LRT at MRT. Itatayo ang project para magdugtungan ang 3 linya ng tren at maging mas maayos ang paglalakbay ng mga commuters. Pansinin na sa unang disenyo ay magkakatabi ang linya ng MRT3, LRT1 at ang itatayong MRT 7. Madaling makakalipat ng linya ang pasahero. Pero dahil ito ay sa tapat ng SM North Edsa Annex itatayo, ayaw ang Ayala na may-ari ng Trinoma. Kaya nung panahon nina Mar Roxas at Jun Abaya sa DOTC, binago ang plano. Nilagay nila sa Trinoma ang common station, kung saan hindi maaaring magtagpo ang 3 linya at maglalakad pa nang malayo ang pasahero para lumipat ng linya. Pumalag ang SM dahil nakapagbayad na sila sa gobyerno at umabot sa SC ang kaso…

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24th Southeast Asian Games on GMA

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GMA’s live coverage of the 2007 South-East Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand from December 6 to 15

NAKHON RATCHASIMA–There was grating regret among GMA television crewmen when they learned a few minutes late that mountain bike’s Jovy Barba had landed RP’s first gold in the 24th Southeast Asian Games.

This was midmorning of Dec. 6, the Games opening day.

GMA production head Edgar Reyes squinted and shook his head, trying to ward off frustration.

No assigned GMA cameraman at the finish line, no video feed of the event from the site of the downhill bike race either.

There was a mini disaster brewing.

The government coverage team could not afford to let one golden moment slip for excited viewers back home.

Not to worry. The GMA team, with logistics man Manny de Asis promptly dashing out of sight, would pull strings at the International Broadcast Center.

By mid-afternoon, GMA had a video of the opening gold for Team Philippines, courtesy of friends from Thai television.

Barba’s golden feat, a buena mano, was played up to anchor a subsequent 11-gold RP medal harvest on the third day of the Southeast Asian Games in this charming, quiet, tree-lined capital three hours by car from Bangkok.

For the record, Gozon reported, GMA has not allowed a single RP gold medal slip.

He said the commercial broadcast television and radio coverage team here, which got a rah-rah visit from GMA Network, Inc. Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon on the eve of the opening, has faithfully recorded and reported all vital details of the Philippine participation.

GMA came here with a medium-size crew, backed by six broadcasters, in pursuit of the coverage theme “A Time for Heroes.”

It was mostly a toast to Filipino victors but, at the same time, it could not be helped that losers, including a few Filipino villains, also surface on the television screen.

OK, this is a little exaggerated, but among the unseen, unsung heroes here are some 30 staffers, the core of the GMA work crew, flown over for the Games.

You bet that’s a huge group, twice the size of a basketball team.

But it could be oversized if it’s only basketball, boxing and billiards the TV crew has had to cope with. Filipino athletes have participated in a total of 43 events here.
“By a plain count, we are directly involved in the coverage of 30 events here, excluding those in Pattaya and Bangkok,” explained GMA delegation head Bobby Arias.

Indeed, the challenge could be daunting, awesome as crossing the ocean when all you have is a frail boat for a short ride down the river.

The good news is that, with a day left in the 24th Southeast Asian Games Friday, the intrepid GMA team has reached shore commendably.

It’s not very easy, bared chief producer Chit Gatan, but the secret is multi-tasking.
For example, technical expert Louie Lamata, on a regular 8 a.m. to midnight shift, takes care of not two or three, but a total of 12 studio monitors.

One cameraman provides technical support, does editing and, at the same time, run assorted errands.

They have an unsavory name for this type of coverage: guerilla operation.

Naturally, with NBN-4 crew up on its toes 24 hours a day, practically everything involving the RP participation, like defeat and frustration, gets its deserved footage.

For example, there was also focus on the villains who tried to conceal their perennial ineptitude with an unwarranted walkout in boxing, thereby displaying the ugly side of the Filipino here.

Yes, it’s not defined among its role, but when it showed the glaring inferiority of the RP women boxers against their Thai rivals, NBN-4 has, in a big way, also helped discourage mediocrity in Philippine sports.

Please send in more heroic, dedicated Filipino sports officials.


Inauguration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

On the line in the cases at bar is the office of the President. Petitioner Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo alleges that he is the President on leave while respondent Karen Lourdes Pascual claims he is the President. The warring personalities are important enough but more transcendental are the constitutional issues embedded on the parties’ dispute.  While the significant issues are many, the jugular issue involves the relationship between the ruler and the ruled in a democracy, Philippine style.

First, we take a view of the panorama of events that precipitated the crisis in the office of the President.

In the May 10, 2004 elections, petitioner Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was elected President while Sen. Noli de Castro was elected Vice-President.  Some (10) million Filipinos voted for the petitioner believing he would rescue them from life’s adversity.  Both Macapagal-Arroyo and de Castro were to serve a six-year term commencing on June 30, 2004.


The inauguration formally ended the Presidential transition of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo that began when Arroyo won the 2004 Philippine presidential election. Her inauguration took place in Cebu marking it the first inauguration to be held outside of Luzon. Cebu became the place of inaugural as a gesture of gratitude for Arroyo garnering the highest number of votes.

Inaugural events

Pre-inaugural speech

The President arrived at exactly 7:45 a.m. She came dressed in an Inno Sotto-recycled green, silk chiffon gown with a brooch emphasizing its elegant, flowing lines. Her only other jewelry were her earrings.

The inauguration took place at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila and Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu City as revealed by President Joseph Estrada on his final State of the Nation Address on July 28, 2003.

Among those who braved the gusty winds and intermittent drizzles were former president Fidel V. Ramos, Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr., House Speaker Jose De Venecia and wife Gina, Senate President Franklin Drilon, members of the Cabinet, Metro Manila mayors led by Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, members of the Senate led by newly-elected senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, Jamby Madrigal, Ralph Recto, members of the House of Representatives and foreign dignitaries who were all seated at the center stage of the grandstand.

Vice President Noli de Castro arrived a few minutes ahead of the President who came in at exactly 7:45 a.m. She was accompanied by her husband, First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, son Dato and his wife, Cacai.

A 21-gun salute from the Philippine Marines greeted the President’s arrival. She was given the traditional military honors before trooping the line with Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Narciso Abaya.

At the stage, the President was welcomed by the four members of the cabinet which included Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman, Defense Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jose Lina and Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Bayani Fernando.

The national anthem was sang by singer Sarah Geronimo. It was followed by an ecumenical prayer given by the religious leaders from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, El Shaddai, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches and the Iglesia Ni Cristo, and Islam.

Then Executive Secretary Alberto Romulo introduced Arroyo and gave her speech that lasted for 20 minutes.

Singers Jolina Magdangal and Mark Bautista along with the Ateneo Chamber Singers rendered the inaugural theme song entitled “Tayo Na” while young performer Dindi Larena narrated her own version of the song “Para sa Inang Bayan,” a special composition of Jessie Lucas.

The President left the Quirino Grandstand shortly before 9 a.m. to fly to Cebu City, where she took her oath of office along with De Castro at the Cebu Provincial Capital. The oath was administered by Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr.

Oath of office

Clad in an aquamarine terno the President arrived at the Capitol at 11:45 a.m., 10 minutes after the arrival of Vice President Noli de Castro. She was given arrival honors, including a 21-gun salute by soldiers in green uniforms adorned with yellow stripes, and white pants.

After trooping the line, the President stood on stage and waved to the Cebuano crowd which gave her a little more than a million vote lead over closest rival Fernando Poe, Jr. in the May 10 elections.

Actress Nora Aunor, who supported Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo, sang the National Anthem. An ecumenical prayer followed.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, swore in Vice President Noli de Castro at 11:50 a.m. and Macapagal-Arroyo at 12 noon. A 21-gun salute honored the President as she signed her oath of office.

After the inauguration of the new President, Estrada chose to leave the Cebu Provincial Capital by riding in a Jeepney which he and Macapagal-Arroyo had ridden in on the way to the ceremonies, to make the point that he was once again an ordinary citizen, when he board a plane back to Manila from Villamor Airbase in Pasay City and moved to his new home at Manga Avenue, Barangay 581, Santa Mesa, Manila.

His supporters greeted his declaration with a roar of approval, and repeated chants of Estrada’s nickname: “Erap!”

Estrada said he was ending his long political career by serving the people of Manila.

Born in the city’s Tondo district, he had been mayor of San Juan del Monte, senator and vice president.

After Estrada retired to private life following the end of his term he remained active in the Philippine political scene, constantly voicing opposition and dissent to government actions and policies, which he deemed as threats to the liberal traditions and democratic foundations of the country.

Post-inaugural events

The president proceed to the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu for a vin d’honneur. Then, she proceeded to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral for a mass presided by Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.

“President Estrada goes back to being Citizen Erap”


former president Joseph Estrada

Former president Joseph Estrada yesterday noon went back as a private citizen and returned to their family residence at Manga Avenue, Barangay 581, Santa Mesa, Manila.

Two hours before he relinquished his presidency to his “anointed” successor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Mr. Estrada was a picture of a relieved President who wanted the turnover ceremonies to be done over with a quickly as possible.

Mr. Estrada and Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo had a 40-minute closed-door talks yesterday at the Palace Music Room as they await the time to go to the Cebu Provincial Capitol, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City for the inauguration program supposed to start at exactly 11 a.m.

But after nothing the heavy drizzle yesterday morning which threaten to dampen the inaugural rites, Mr. Estrada asked Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo if they could go to the Capitol ahead earlier for fear that people will get soaked and rained even the inaugural affair could start.

The Palace Press Corps who were awaiting for the two to come out gave Mr. Estrada a parting group singing “Paalam Na” to which the outgoing President gave his distinct wry smile.

“Maybe, I will miss the people here, all the people who worked with me in the Guest House,” Mr. Estrada told the Palace newsmen, adding, “I’ll miss you.”

Asked what she is looking forward to now that he is out of the Palace, Mr. Estrada replied: “To my freedom.”

The 67-year-old former movie actor and fashion and ramp model has moved their family home in Manga Avenue where he will stay with his mother Dona Mary and son Jinggoy and Jude.

As a former President, Mr. Estrada will receive a monthly pension of P3,500 which is doubly lower than the new monthly pension he has earlier approved former Presidents of the country.

Mr. Estrada had her last military parade honors, capped with a 21-gun salute when he and Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo arrived for the inauguration rites.

The weather improved and the whole inaugural rites went on smoothly as the sun shones throughout the ceremonies.

“That’s the Erap weather,” a solid Erap loyalist commented.

But the crowd not let go off with the outgoing President as they kept chanting “Erap! Erap!”

The surprise of all when Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo buzzed at his cheeks after she was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide.

“It (kiss) had prior approval by Mr. Estrada,” Cabinet Secretary Ignacio Bunye said.

When the inaugural program ended, Mr. Estrada and Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo had their last handshake to symbolize the smooth transfer of power from one President to another.

Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo escorted Mr. Estrada down to the stage to her awating jeepney that took him to Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base. After the plane was laned in Manila he rided the jeepney from Villamor Air Base to Manga Street, Sampaloc, Manila.