The Personalities of the Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung Fashion Show

Lead personalities of the Manila Show was Senator Pia Cayetano, Rina Go and Paolo Abrera.

Senator Pia Cayetano

Senator Pia Cayetano

Initially, Senator Cayetano, along with Rina Go-Thorp and Paolo Abrera as co-guest models of the Manila Show. Their fathers Renato Cayetano died on June 24, 2003 and while Caloy Abrera was died on April 17, 2004.

Former Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino General Manager Marco Protacio

Former Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino General Manager Marco Protacio

Olympian Akiko Thompson, Atty. Amanda Carpo, models Phoemela Baranda and Trishan Cuazo, Manny Osmena’s wife Svetlana Pangan-Osmena and Ernie Lopez’s wife Jeena Llamas-Lopez was the first batch of guest models for the show in 2003.

Champion swimmer Enchong Dee, powerlifter Ruby Gan, educator Fely Atienza were added to as co-guest models of the event in May 2007. The logo was designed by Alizza Buitong-Mistades in July 2007.


The logo of the Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung fashion show was updated in June 2007, designed by Alizza Buitong-Mistades.


The full coverage of the July 31, 2008 Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung fashion show in the August 3, 2008 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

On July 31, 2008, The fashion show was held at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Peninsula Manila in Makati City, with no less than Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Philippine Vice-President Noli de Castro, several government and Roman Catholic Church officials as guest-of-honor.

Guest Models of the Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung Fashion Show

Guest Models of the Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung Fashion Show

The completion of guest models were listed in July 2008, and it was featured in the July 25-31, 2008 and August 3, 2008 issues of the Philippine Daily Inquirer:

“How fitness marries fashion” Reprinted from the July 25, 2008 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer:

One idle Sunday lunch, Lulu Tan-Gan was wondering, now that fashion shows are suddenly a dime-a-dozen, what other fashion-show concept could we have? One that could benefit the local fashion design industry, as much as possible.

Then she talked about how she has taken up running, how much she’s enjoying it, and how it’s keeping her blood sugar level in check. Could we do a shoot of her in her running gear, we asked. A lot of today’s women could get many tips and ideas from her everyday wardrobe, one that takes her from workout to work.

That’s it; we looked at each other, struck by the bolt of idea. That’s a fashion show that’s so now: activewear that takes a woman, or a man, to the rest of his day schedule—and that even makes a style statement.

Lulu runs, joins a marathon. Sunday Inquirer Magazine editor Leica Carpo is not only running, but is also preparing for a triathlon (Iron Woman). And so is her sister Amanda. Inquirer columnist Tessa Valdes-Prieto is a mother and wife who does yoga, diving, running—as physically demanding as her party whirl. Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales is hardcore when it comes to squash and yoga. Designer Rina Go is a diehard boxer. Sen. Pia Cayetano uses her triathlon for a cause. Metroactive magazine editor-in-chief Jeena Lopez is a wakeboarding champion.

These women are not athletes in the traditional sense. They just lead an active lifestyle, like millions of other men and women in the country. They do so because they want to stay fit and healthy—indeed they want to stay alive. And—this is a big ‘and’—they get a major high when they feel the adrenaline rush.

Weekend warriors, we can call some of them. And they live today’s lifestyle that is antidote to the stress and pressure of contemporary life.

And—they don’t stick to one designer for their clothes. Since activewear is a style statement, they know how to marry brand with a custom-made design of a Filipino designer.

“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, and 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.”

Get fashionably fit and fab (Apples Pickings by Apples Aberin Sadhwani) (Reprinted from the July 25, 2008 issue of the Philippine Daily INQUIRER)

Nowadays, everyone is more conscious about maintaining their health and getting fit and fabulous.

As such, sports like running and tennis are gaining more popularity while other activities like yoga, swimming, boxing and badminton remain favorites for many.

Today’s generation lead very full, active lifestyles.

In spite of highly successful careers, plus families to take care of, they manage to find time to take care of themselves by indulging in fitness activities.

Due to this multidimensional lifestyle, the need for fashionable clothing that double as active wear has emerged.

Tapping into this new arena, Inquirer Lifestyle, together with Samsung, is presenting a fashion show (the first of a series) titled “Fitness.Fashion” on July 31 at The Peninsula Manila.

Do you want to get into the Fitness.Fashion lifestyle, too? Follow these simple tips to look great in and out of the gym, the track or the ring:

Throw out those hole-y and baggy sweats and tops. Oh, and ditch those dated pieces you’ve kept from the ’80s or some other era, as well. It’s time to update your workout wardrobe!

Comfort is key so choose pieces made of fabrics that can wick away moisture. The best brands always invest in research to come up with the best in fabric technology.

Never underestimate the importance of wearing the right undergarments. These items should provide the best support at all times.

Choose the right footwear that can provide the right support, as well. You will need a specific style with the right technology to meet your fitness needs.

Build your fitness wardrobe and show your personality through your choice of color. Most brands create collections around color stories so it’s easier to pick pieces you can mix and match.

Your choice of bag and shoes can also add flair to your workout outfit. Again, choose items that show off your personal style.

When fitting your workout gear, move around, sit and do all the other positions you have to do when engaging in your sport or activity. This way, you’ll know you have the right coverage at all times.

To complete your look, invest in after-workout items like jackets, or fashionable sweats and tanks with chic matching slip-ons or more casual slippers that you can wear when doing errands, or going out with friends.

Inquirer Lifestyle Fitness Fashion is also brought to you by HSBC, L’Oreal Paris and Swatch.

Three designers, one mission

By Irene C. Perez, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:22:00 07/28/2008

Rajo Laurel is, fashion-wise, a household name. The seasoned designer’s works are objects of desire, with posh celebrities, society princesses, brides and debutantes aching to wear his creations.

For someone who has made “couture” stuff from linen to wedding cakes, and turned rugs into “it” bags, Laurel seems to have the golden touch. So we offer him a new challenge for the upcoming Inquirer Fitness.Fashion Lifestyle series of shows: Transform active clothes into glam wear.

“Sportswear is something new to me, I’m used to doing suits, evening wear, gowns,” he says. “For the fashion show, I am doing very hip outerwear.”

Laurel goes urban chic by reconstructing handpicked items from the Aigle and Oxbow brands, throwing in some of his own items and mixing them to create fun but still elegant casual ensembles.

“It’s like this: There’s a triangle with Aigle, Oxbow and Rajo in the three corners, then I make sure we all meet in the middle,” he explains.

Instead of glaring Brights and soft pastels, he opts for warm earth tones to imbibe the outdoors. Lots of browns, olives, green, beige and khakis define this fashion-and-fitness merger.

For this shoot, Laurel dressed up model Jedah in a chocolate-brown printed string bikini and khaki cargo men’s shorts from Aigle. A dark-brown reconstructed winter jacket from The North Face adds a warm and quirky surprise.

Accessories are minimal—a moss-green belt and aviators from Oxbow, while sunny-yellow wellies with sunflower prints from Aigle lend a burst of cheerful color.

Laurel says he made sure all the items are wearable, either together or as individual pieces.

“They can be used for hiking or camping. I see them being worn while you’re trekking at the Banawe Rice Terraces, then you can go swimming or surfing in La Union afterward.”

In lieu of kitschy sequins, beads and feathers, Laurel uses more utilitarian accents like scarves from Oxbow and bungee rope as bracelets.

Would this designer be interested in designing for a sports outfit?

“Of course, that would be very interesting,” he says with a smile.

Fun and functional

Joey Samson’s collection is best described in three words: fun, young and functional.

The articulate designer, known for his well-constructed tailored pieces and his ability to transform difficult fabrics into easy-to-wear feminine numbers, gives the popular local brand Bench a more fashionable twist.

“I’ve worked with Bench before and now I want to inject a different approach into this new project—something very wearable but I want to add a certain flavor to it,” he says.

Samson’s Inquirer Fitness.Fashion collection offers black-and-white with a tinge of red as accent color.

“The clothes will have Japanese aesthetics. I’m taking inspiration from Japanese designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe.”

But none of last season’s kimono tops, and more of oversized shirts and tight pants with natural waistlines. Enough of the low-waist trend, he says.

“I got a pair of Bench pants and tweaked it. I want a just-pulled-off-the-closet-and-randomly-put-together look.”

Samson will be using Bench shoes and bags as accessories, and smooth hair and light makeup for the show.

“I don’t want anything contrived. The keyword is clean and minimal.”

In other words, definitely nothing too organized for this young designer who wants his clothes light on the skin, including the wide-legged, fully sequined pants that he says anyone could wear. And we are looking forward to the reworked denim bodysuit for his model, swimmer Enchong Dee.

Any tips on how to dress up everyday workout wear?

“Try incorporating a trend, say safari, black lace, a statement jacket. Don’t be afraid to add a bit of color. For this season, it’s tomato or fatigue. Invest in classic pieces that you can work around with and that won’t just stay in the back of your closet.”

Practical pieces

You have to give credit to designer Arcy Gayatin for two things: knowing very well how to work with a woman’s body and taking an early morning flight from Cebu just for this shoot.

“I want to give women the freedom to move around,” the Cebuana says of her pieces for the Inquirer Fitness.Fashion show. “The clothes have relevance. They are practical and functional.”

With Gayatin, it’s all about details, details, details. Her clothes remain pretty and simple without comprising style. She is known for smart and clean silhouettes and geometric cutouts—all figure-friendly but never boring.

Marks and & Spencer gave Arcy the green light to tweak and tinker with the brand’s clothes for her collection.

“I took a Marks & Spencer camisole and embellished it to go with my skirt,” she says.

She also put floral appliqués on a rather plain spaghetti-strap tank and matched it with a soft black skirt draped with a silver drop sash. The result: a flowy and fluid number, elegant but with a punch.

Gayatin takes modern dance as anchor inspiration. “I want something that spells Martha Graham.” So, for this collection, she worked with solid colors like champagne black, white, metallics, silver gray. Her pairings are relaxed and smooth; even the hair and makeup are fresh and minimal.

The shift to sporty, says Gayatin, is a challenge. “But I’m lucky I’ve worked with jersey and stretch fabrics for the longest time. I think activewear can really be fashionable.”

Her tips on how to add oomph to your normal workout clothes:

Layer. Marks and Spencer’s camisoles have all the right colors and are great for layering.

Add a splash of metallic fabric to your basic sports wardrobe.

Tired of boring sneakers? Try patent leather.

Don a tank top and retro-print shorts instead of the usual running shorts-and-shirt combo.

“I like clothes that make it easy for the woman. We have enough to deal with,” she says.

Cebu is sure lucky to have Gayatin. Her ready-to-wear line is sold in L Manila at the Filipino designers’ wing of Greenbelt 5, Makati.

The Inquirer Lifestyle Fitness.Fashion is sponsored by Samsung, HSBC, The Peninsula Manila, Kipling, Speedo, Puma, Fila, Bench, Nike Golf, Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Aigle, Oxbow, Swatch and L’Oreal.

3 designers show the versatility of sportswear

By Fran Katigbak, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:52:00 07/28/2008

Hindi ba tayo magpapa-makeup?”

The unexpected question elicited guffaws and chuckles from everyone in the room. It was veteran fashion designer Rhett Eala, apparently eager to be groomed like a model for the day’s photo shoot.

Smartly dressed in collared shirt, trousers and Adidas sneaks, the RTW prince already looked primed for the camera.

Eala teams up with Adidas to create an activewear collection for Fitness.Fashion, Inquirer Lifestyle’s maiden runway project.

“The show is a great idea because it presents the designers’ other facets,” he said. “Fitness.Fashion shows you don’t just design bridal gowns and cocktail dresses but that you can also design other things. It shows… versatility.”

Indeed, Eala has proven he doesn’t lack in that department. With a career that spans nearly two decades, he has established himself as a designer of elegant cocktail and evening wear as well as casual and fitness apparel.

As creative director of Collezione C2, Eala helped the homegrown label maintain youthful appeal while attracting a bigger market with a good mix of casual but fashion-forward garments.

His “fashionalista” line, which has become very popular, features the Philippine map as fashion statement. Embroidered or silkscreened in vivid, some in metallic, colors, the map creates that fashionably nationalistic look on dresses, tees, collared shirts and shorts.

For Fitness.Fashion, expect Eala to dish out knits and jerseys in comfortable designs and pieces from the fashionalista line, all in neutral shades.

“Visually, it’s a fresher approach,” he said. “Designers usually like to mix colors but this time I want it very monochromatic… Everything matches.”

Louis Claparols

At the fashion shoot, Louis Claparols often huddled with the other younger designers for snapshots—not of the models wearing their Fitness.Fashion outfits but of themselves.

He had the perfect reason to keenly “document” being on the project: It is his first show with the Fashion Designers’ Council of the Philippines.

“I’m the only junior designer on this show, so it’s really exciting for me,” shared Claparols. “I’m also into fitness and… sportswear is something I really love doing.”

Claparols officially started designing in 2003, when he was featured in Preview magazine. He had worked on embellished jeans and other items which were the rage at the time.

The junior designer had ventured into activewear since his sports-inspired collection debuted at last year’s Fashion Week.

Paired up with Speedo’s Spa Line for Inquirer Lifestyle’s fashion show, Claparols described his collection “edgy, ‘Star Wars’-inspired, futuristic black-and-white separates.”

The fitness buff, who attends yoga and pump-aerobics classes, associates his new designs with people who have an active lifestyle because of the fabric (“lots of jersey”) and look (“very sporty”) of the clothes.

“I chose Leica Carpo as my muse for the collection because she’s a triathlete, the embodiment of a woman with an active lifestyle,” said Claparols.

While he worries about being boxed in sportswear design someday, the young maverick dreams of having a shot at outfitting tennis star Rafael Nadal and football sensation David Beckham.

Lulu Tan-Gan

Unlike Eala and Claparols, this is the first time the Queen of Knits ventures into activewear—and she seems to have come prepared.

Donning an all-white ensemble for the photo shoot, Lulu Tan-Gan gaily skipped beside the model who wore her fashion collaboration with Fila (to a tee).

By incorporating her knits with Fila sportswear, the designer-entrepreneur has created what she calls “afterwear,” clothes one can change into after sports or exercise sessions.

“The fashion show is an avenue for designers to venture into a new kind of subject and with a new purpose,” Tan-Gan said. “My objective is to show the versatility of sportswear and how it could be transformed into daily fashion.”

Unlike a lot of the trendy apparel these days, however, Tan-Gan’s Fitness.Fashion collection has more to do with the lifestyle of those who will wear the clothes than with their body type.

“It is relevant fashion, and now is probably the right time to introduce it as possible streetwear for women who are… busy with their careers but would like to find time for sports, and for those who are physically active but need to blend their sportswear with alternative pieces to create fashionable looks,” Tan-Gan explained.

The designer discovered it was a practical move to mix activewear into her everyday wardrobe. Not only does Tan-Gan wear sporty outfits to work, at the start of the year she also achieved her longtime resolution to slip into them for actual physical activities such as speed-walking, running and gym exercises.

The Inquirer Lifestyle Fitness.Fashion is sponsored by Samsung, HSBC, The Peninsula Manila, Kipling, Speedo, Puma, Fila, Bench, Nike Golf, Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Aigle, Oxbow, Swatch and L’Oreal.

Style statement: Sporty


Tito, Vic and Joey

When “Eat Bulaga!” debuted on July 30, 1979, main hosts Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon did not expect to be in it for the long haul.
“When we started, my main goal was to earn money and save for a car,” said Vic. “I never really imagined we’ll go this far.”
He claimed they weren’t even paid on time for months in the beginning. Apparently, the producers then were in the red.
“(Then) the first time we were to receive our salary, the money was left in a taxi,” the TV host-actor said.


Pope John Paul II

The late Pope John Paul II, who served as Pontiff from 1978 to 2005, visited the Philippines twice—in February 1981, when he beatified the first Filipino martyr, Lorenzo Ruiz, and in January 1995, when an estimated 4 million Filipinos attended the Mass he celebrated at the close of World Youth Day.
He first visited the country in February 1973, as Kraków Archbishop Karol Cardinal Wojtyla.
“The Filipino people are never far from my mind and heart,” the Pope said on his arrival in January 1995, when cheers of “Mabuhay” and “Viva il Papa” greeted him at the old Manila International Airport. The Polish-born Pontiff was then 74 years old.
“Father, look at your children eagerly awaiting the Holy Father,” then Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin said, gesturing toward the costumed schoolchildren who performed folk dances as the Pope’s plane taxied on the runway.
Most beloved
A crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands lined the streets from the airport to Roxas Boulevard, Quirino Avenue and the Apostolic Nunciature on Taft Avenue to welcome one of history’s most beloved popes.
It was “the most rousing welcome ever given a visiting foreign dignitary that is yet unparalleled in the country’s history,” Inquirer columnist Ceres Doyo wrote.
Ahead of the Pope’s visit on Feb. 17, 1981, then President Ferdinand Marcos declared that he had “lifted” martial law.
On this visit, Pope John Paul II’s first agenda was to celebrate Mass at Manila Cathedral, after which he expressed to Cardinal Sin his wish for Manila Cathedral to become a basilica.
The Pope next visited the Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in Baclaran where he met with religious women, and the archbishop’s residence, Villa San Miguel, where he met with the Philippine Episcopate and Asian bishops.
Sign of vitality
The following day, the Pope delivered a message at Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. He next addressed the Filipino youth at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), telling them that “[t]he Church is not frightened at the intensity of your feeling. It is a sign of vitality. It indicates pent-up energy, which of itself is neither good nor bad, but can be used for good causes or for bad.”
The Pope also addressed the poor in Tondo and later proceeded to Manila’s Rizal Park where he beatified Lorenzo Ruiz and other martyrs who were persecuted in Japan in the 17th century. It was the first beatification outside of Rome in history.
The Chinese Catholic communities in Asia and later, the Diplomatic Corps, had an audience with the Pope as well.
On Feb. 19, 1981, the Pope flew to Cebu City, where he met with the priests and seminarians of the Sacred Heart before celebrating a Mass for families at the old Lahug airport.
Muslim community
The following day, the Pope celebrated Mass for the community of Davao City before meeting with representatives of the Muslim community at the Davao airport. On the same day, he met with landowners and workers of sugarcane plantations in the reclaimed area of Bacolod City, as well as with representatives of Catholic organizations in the Cathedral of Jaro in Iloilo province.
On Feb. 21, 1981, the Pope visited a refugee camp in Morong town, Bataan province, and met with Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian war refugees. He then met with a group of lepers in Tala at Radio Veritas in Manila. Over Radio Veritas, the Pope addressed the other Asian nations that have never had a pontifical visit, among them China, North Korea and Vietnam. His message was a prayer for peace in these nations’ quest for prosperity.
The Pope later met with representatives of mass media and of other Christian churches in the Philippines and with the labor committees in the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.
Pope John Paul II’s last day in the Philippines on Feb. 22, 1981, began in Baguio City with a Mass for indigenous tribes after which farewell ceremonies were held at Manila International Airport.

1985: Philippine Daily Inquirer


The year was 1985, two years after the assassination of opposition leader Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr.
Founder Eugenia D. Apostol wanted a ‘broadsheet like no other’ to bravely report on the Sandiganbayan trial of the Aquino-Galman double murder case to chronicle the court proceedings meant to determine whether Rolando Galman, who was shot dead by Aviation Security men, was indeed Aquino’s assassin as had been claimed by the Marcos administration. Apostol had already been publishing a weekly Mr. & Ms. Special Edition to chronicle the unfolding events.
“The newspaper would be fearless in the face of repression…unflinching in its commitment to the truth …,” Apostol recalled her vision for the paper in the Inquirer’s commemorative book, ‘From Ninoy to Noynoy.’
With her handful of Mr. & Ms. staff, the Philippine Weekly Inquirer was born. The name derived from Philadelphia Inquirer, as proposed by editor in chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, who had lived for some time in Philadelphia.
Apostol planned to close the weekly after the trial. But Marcos called for a snap election, and she saw the opportunity for a daily.
“Which is why, with fire in the veins, heart pounding, fist clenched, eyes closed and armed only with the courage of our doubt, we said ‘Let’s do it!’,” Apostol said, recalling the moment they made the decision.
On Dec. 9, 1985, the first issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer rolled off the press with its banner story— “It’s Cory-Doy”. It didn’t even have a slogan, and so atop its masthead was a kicker: ‘A slogan? Help us write one and win a prize.’ The maiden issue, all 30,000 copies, sold out at P2 each.
“The job of a newspaper is to report the news. That in a word, is what the Philippine Daily Inquirer is all about,” said the paper in its first editorial ‘A statement of Purpose, Separating news from views,’ written by its first publisher, the late Max Soliven.
Noting that they lived in very interesting times, the editorial said the PDI will “chronicle these times with candor, and we trust, with courage.”
It was one of three alternative dailies that bannered the flight of the Marcoses at the height of the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution.
The first Inquirer issues looked like an unmade bed, recalled managing editor Jose Ma. Nolasco. ‘We didn’t have money, we didn’t have a printing press. We had stories on page one. [Those issues] will never win any design competition,” he said.
“When we established the Inquirer, we didn’t think that one day it would be No. 1. Never did it cross our minds,” Nolasco said in a recent strategic planning session.
Chronicling the mounting public opposition to the Marcos regime, PDI’s circulation grew from just 30,000 to more than 250,000 by the time the snap election was held in February, 1986.


Twenty-three-year-old Stephen Salcedo was pronounced dead on arrival at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila around 5 p.m. of July 27, 1986. His death was caused by multiple concussions in the head and body.
He was rushed to the hospital after a group of Marcos loyalists ganged up on him and beat the life out of him near the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park. The STAR’s Ariel Antolin, as well as a number of other photographers from different newspapers, captured on film the moment Salcedo was beaten to death.
Witnesses said the loyalists attacked Salcedo after they saw him wearing a yellow T-shirt and flashing the “Laban” sign, both of which were symbols of then president Corazon Aquino, who came to power earlier that year after a bloodless revolution that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
The loyalists who congregated in the park were remnants of the July 6 coup, wherein former vice president and staunch Marcos supporter Arturo Tolentino, together with at least 490 armed soldiers and 5,000 Marcos loyalists, seized the nearby Manila Hotel and declared himself as the acting president of the country.
The coup only lasted until July 8. The putschists failed to attract public support and were forced to surrender to the authorities. While the Marcos loyalists who supported them were asked to quietly disperse, they came back to the park in the succeeding Sundays to denounce Aquino’s rule.
The July 27 rally of some 500 Marcos loyalists was held without a permit from the Manila City Hall and thus ordered dispersed. Just as the police began breaking up the rally, its ringleaders, lawyers Oliver Lozano and Benjamin Nuega, began shouting, “Gulpihin ninyo ang lahat ng mga Cory infiltrators. Sige, sige gulpihin ninyo! (Go ahead and beat up all Cory infiltrators).”
They began attacking anyone wearing yellow, including five Japanese tourists donning yellow sun visors as they strolled through the park.
When they converged again near the Chinese Garden, they came across actress and Marcos supporter Annie Ferrer who was jogging. They informed her of the dispersal, to which she responded, “Gulpihin ninyo ang mga Cory hecklers!”
It was at that point that they attacked Salcedo, who happened to be promenading at the park to spend what perhaps was the remaining days in Manila before going to Saudi Arabia for employment on Aug. 4.
The attack became The STAR’s headline – “Wear yellow and die” – in its inaugural issue on July 28, 1986. It reflected the socio-political atmosphere at that time when the country was divided between the “yellows” who supported the People Power Revolution and the loyalists who stood by Marcos’ autocratic rule despite his exile in Hawaii.
Prior to Salcedo’s fatal beating, the loyalists were seen as a mere embittered faction of society that failed to come to terms with the revolution’s outcome. With Salcedo’s death, it became clear what they were capable of, and thus, they became a serious threat to the stability of a restored democracy.
For STAR founder and publisher Betty Go-Belmonte, Salcedo’s death was an opportunity to show Marcos loyalists what the “yellows” are capable of – compassion and community.
As the loyalists sowed hatred in the streets and in the newspapers and radio stations they controlled, The STAR countered it by closely following Salcedo’s case. Photos of the mauling incident were posted on the front page to help identify and capture the perpetrators. It was able to track down and interview Salcedo’s widow in Sta. Mesa, Manila, giving readers a glimpse of the poor family that was left without a breadwinner because of foolhardy Marcos loyalists.
Moved by the widow’s plight, Belmonte decided to use her column Pebbles to call on compassionate Filipinos to help the bereaved family. Heeding her call, readers from all over Metro Manila and other parts of the country sent their financial donations, which Belmonte personally handed to Salcedo’s widow. Stephen’s mother Josephine personally went to The STAR to thank Belmonte for the support. Belmonte comforted the grieving mother and encouraged her to show strength amid their unfortunate situation.
The STAR’s coverage of the Salcedo case led to the arrest and filing of murder charges against eight individuals, namely Romeo Sison, Nilo Pacadar, Joel Tan, Richard de los Santos, Joselito Tamayo, Raul Billosos, Gerry Nery and Rolando Fernandez. Also charged as accomplices in the murder were Lozano, Nuega and Ferrer.
In 1995, the Supreme Court ruled in the case with finality, upholding a guilty verdict by the lower courts for Sison, Pacadar, Tan and de los Santos and sentencing them to life imprisonment. It also upheld the guilty verdict against Tamayo for the crime of homicide, sentencing him to 12 to 20 years imprisonment. The high court also ordered the accused to pay Salcedo’s family for actual and moral damages as well as indemnity. The courts acquitted Billosos, Nery, Fernandez, Lozano, Nuega and Ferrer.
In its coverage of the Salcedo case, The STAR showed what made it distinct from other newspapers at that time: a newspaper that combines journalism and advocacy.
It was a distinction that the newspaper continued to exhibit even after the Salcedo case, through its coverage of natural and man-made disasters and its corporate social responsibility activities. As such, it made a name for itself as a newspaper that shines a light on pressing issues and actually makes a difference, by empowering and encouraging readers to act, thus enabling them to make a difference. And it continues to do so today.
It is a newspaper that lives up to its name – the country’s beacon, The Philippine STAR.
First, the birds. They flew in large swarms away from Mount Pinatubo, a volcano that had been dormant for five centuries. Some Aeta residents at the foot of the mountain reported seeing “a stampede of thousands of animals” that hurried to safety when they sensed the impending catastrophe.
Then came the earthquakes, which the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) called “harmonic tremors” and were felt longer than usual. The volcano also began emitting ash plumes, caused by small phreatic eruptions, which fell on towns closest it.
On June 10, 1991, the US government began evacuating some 14,500 personnel and their dependents from Clark Air Base, which was located 15 kilometers from the volcano. Military vehicles transported the personnel to Subic Bay Naval Base, where navy ships awaited to bring them stateside. Philippine authorities also began evacuating some 12,000 residents living within a 30-km radius danger zone, including Aeta residents from the slopes of Pinatubo.
Then, without warning, came the monstrous explosion followed by the gigantic columns of ash and smoke from the volcano’s crater that quickly billowed for miles in the sky.
Pinatubo was finally awake.
The eruption on June 12, during the country’s 93rd Independence Day, was Pinatubo’s first major eruption. But it wasn’t the last and the most explosive. In the days that followed, it unleashed nature’s wrath in the form of ash, sulfur gas and pyroclastic material that roared down the slopes of Pinatubo. Eyewitnesses reported seeing boulders the size of cars falling from the mountain.
Three days later, on June 15, Pinatubo’s climactic and most powerful eruption happened. Volcanologists pegged the eruption at Level 6 in the Volcanic Explosivity Index — the second highest level. The climactic eruption ejected five cubic kms. of pyroclastic material and 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide. The explosion created a massive ash cloud that rose 35 kilometers. Reporters said the sky was so dark it was “like the night.”
Such was the force of the eruption that ash clouds were able to reach as far as the Indian Ocean and were enough to cool the Earth’s temperature by half a degree.
The cataclysm was a nightmare for Philippine authorities as they struggled to evacuate thousands of residents in the affected areas and provide basic needs. Some residents refused to leave their homes even at gunpoint, unaware of the imminent danger from the volcano.
To make matters worse, Typhoon Diding formed in the Pacific Ocean off Samar and moved northwest, bringing rain to Luzon and causing ash from Pinatubo to turn into massive mudflows called lahar.
A total of 847 people died in the catastrophe, many of whom were buried in houses that collapsed under the heavy weight of the wet ash on the roofs. Others were killed by lahar that inundated homes along major rivers that flowed from the volcano.
Evacuees swelled to 329,000 families, who were resettled in Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac and Metro Manila. Respiratory ailments, diarrhea and measles also became widespread among evacuees, particularly children.
A government post-assessment of the damage showed the startling cost of the cataclysm: Damage to agriculture, infrastructure and personal property totalled at least P10.1 billion in 1991 and another P1.9 billion in 1992. Region III lost a total of P454 million in business in 1991, with manufacturing as the most affected sector.
Pinatubo’s monumental impact placed a heavy burden on the Cory Aquino administration, which was still recovering from the 1990 Luzon earthquake and a series of bloody coup d’états in 1989. The Pinatubo eruption was its last major challenge.
To consolidate government and private sector response to the disaster, Aquino signed Memorandum Order 369 on June 26, creating Task Force Mount Pinatubo. The government response harnessed bayanihan as its rehabilitation, reconstruction and development strategy. It formed Kabisig programs, participated in by various local and foreign aid agencies both from the government and private sectors. The Kabisig programs created alternative livelihood, built new communities, distributed aid and took care of affected families.
The success of the Kabisig programs proved that the Cory Aquino administration was up to the challenge. Indeed, with a nation working hand-in-hand in the face of disaster, a nation can endure and triumph over even a monstrous hail of ash and stone.
Today, there are barely any signs of the cataclysm that rocked Central Luzon. In the wake of the destruction, it left the region with an abundance of mineral resources that is now a major source of livelihood. It’s amazing how nature’s wrath turned the center of a catastrophe into a center of trade, economic growth and opportunity.
Second visit
The Pope visited the Philippines again in January 1995 in time for the 10th World Youth Day. Some 3 million people lined the streets to welcome John Paul II, who arrived on Jan. 12, 1995.
The five-day visit was the Pope’s first overseas trip after he underwent an artificial bone implant in the leg following a hip injury in April 1994.
On his arrival, the Pope addressed the youth and invited them “… to [s]ee the world around you with the eyes of Jesus himself! The Gospel says that when he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
The following day, the Pontiff met with then President Fidel Ramos at Malacañang and later celebrated Mass for the 233 delegates of the International Youth Forum at Central Seminary Chapel of the UST. He also gave a 20-minute speech to some 200,000 cheering students and academicians gathered at UST Grandstand and Parade Grounds.
“I see that it is my great privilege to be here, to be here and discover anew this phenomenon I knew before, and today I know better,” the Pontiff said.
Fourth centenary
During this visit, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass to mark the fourth centenary of the Archdiocese of Manila and the Dioceses of Cebu, Caceres and Nueva Segovia at the Philippine International Convention Center grounds in Pasay City.
In a private meeting with members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, the Pope made the “strongest comments” defending the Catholic ban on artificial contraceptives. He also condemned the injustice in the country and noted the “increasing” gap between rich and poor.
“When powerful interests promote policies which are against the moral law inscribed on the human heart, they offend the dignity of man who is made in the image and likeness of God,” the Pontiff said. “In doing so, they undermine the foundations of society itself.”


Four million people, the biggest in his 16 years, 2 months, 29 days reign, thronged the Rizal Park yesterday to see and hear Pope John Paul II celebrate a Mass marking the end of the 1995 World Youth Day (WYD).
Even the Pope could not get through the surging mass in his Popemobile. He had to be transported to the Quirino Grandstand in the presidential helicopter.
He was visibly moved by the sight of the huge turnout.
“The Pope was reluctant to ride the helicopter because he was thinking of the multitude that would somehow be disappointed,” the aide said.
“He knew that since last night, they were already at the site.”
He boarded the helicopter only after being informed by security personnel that even President Ramos was forced to use it because the streets had become impassable.
“I do not remember an instance when the Holy Father rode a helicopter (to attend) a big gathering like this one,” the aide said.
“He wants to be seen by the people so he can bless them as he passes by.”
The Pope was disappointed over the last-minute change, he was overwhelmed by the Filipinos’ very warm welcome, the aide added.
It was a dramatic climax to his triumphant five-day visit and confirmed his view that the future of the Catholic Church lies in Asia.
“I personally have never seen a crowd this big in my life,” said Archbishop John Foley, President of the Pontifical Council for Special Communications.
“This is marvelous. This is a wonderful outpouring of faith, love, fervor, and the (Pope) is very pleased. The crowd surpassed the two million people who turned out in 1979 at the Pope’s hometown of Krakow for the first visit to his Polish homeland after his elevation to the papacy,” Foley said.
It also dwarfed the million or so who faced down tanks and guns in the February 1986 uprising that toppled the strongman Ferdinand Marcos from power.
And the two million who rallied behind Cory Aquino at the Luneta after the snap elections.
People started massing at the Rizal Park as early as midnight Saturday, swelling the one-million crowd that attended the WYD delegates’ sunset vigil at the 20-hectare Rizal Park.
The throng grew swiftly as more and more people arrived early yesterday morning.
Among those who came for the Mass were delegations from the provinces, some coming from as far north as Vigan.
`Heal, transform’
In his homily, the Pope roused the youth of the world to “heal and transform society” and to participate in God’s mission “in a unique and personal way.”
He urged them to respect the “beautiful gift of sexuality” and to resist the lure of alcohol and drugs as well as “peer pressure and . . . the pervasive influence of trends and fashions publicized by the media.”
As in the previous day, the Pope called on Filipinos “to play a fuller role in the Church’s elevating and liberating service to the human family.”
The themes of “mission” and “becoming apostles” prevailed in the Pope’s homilies and speeches in the past days.
His constant quote from the Bible was “As the Father has sent me, so do I send you.”
At the 1993 WYD celebration in Denver, the theme was “newness of life.”
According to an aide, the Pontiff had insisted on using the Popemobile to get to the Rizal Park.
`Excess of success’
“There is no security problem,” said Vatican spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls as officials tried to decide on how to get the Pope to the park. “This is an excess of success.”
In a statement issued later in the day, Navarro-Valls said cancelling the Mass due to security risks was never considered.
“The Pope truly has a big heart,” he said. Navarro-Valls added that the turnout was estimated at five million.
From the Apostolic Nunciature on Taft Avenue, the Pontiff arrived at Malacanang Park aboard the Popemobile at 9:20 a.m., where he was greeted by the families of members of the Presidential Security Group.
They waved copies of his photograph and raised rosaries and images of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother for his blessing.
He then boarded the helicopter along with Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin and Papal Nuncio Gian Vincenso Moreni.
The President arrived at the grandstand on board the same helicopter at exactly 9 a.m. He was accompanied by his daughter Angel, her husband Norman Jones, and Ambassador Lolita R. Haney.
The three-and-a-half-hour Mass, earlier set at 8:45 a.m., did not begin until past 10.
After mounting the podium, the Pope stared out at the pennant-waving throng which stretched as far as he could see.
His face was almost devoid of expression, and his lips quivered as if he were talking to himself.
But he seemed to respond to the warmth of the crowd as the Mass continued.
At the end of the Mass, the multilingual Pope delivered special farewell messages in 13 languages, including Filipino.
He was brought back by the same helicopter to Malacanang Park, where he boarded the Popemobile for the trip to the San Carlos Seminary in Makati.
The Pope called the world’s youth the “hope for the future” on which will depend the coming Third Millennium which he described as “a marvelous epoch for humanity but which also raises not a few fears and anxieties.”
“Build your lives on the one model that will not deceive you,” he urged the youth.
“I invite you to open the Gospel and discover that Jesus Christ wants to be your friend.”
He challenged the Christian laity to do its part.
He called on “people who till the soil, factory workers, engineers, technicians, doctors, nurses and health care personnel, teachers, men and women in the legal profession, those who serve in public life.”
He also challenged “writers, people who work in the theater and cinema and the media, artists, musicians, sculptors and painters” to take part in the mission.
Again addressing the youth, the Pope added “one specific challenge and appeal, which involves the healing of a source of immense frustration and suffering in many families all over the world.”
Gratitude toward parents He said: “Parents and older people sometimes feel that they have lost contact with you, and they are upset, just as Mary and Joseph felt anguish when they realized that Jesus had stayed behind in Jerusalem.
“Sometimes you are very critical of the world of adults, and sometimes they are very critical of you . . . But always remember that you owe your life and upbringing to your parents.”
He exhorted both parents and children “to build bridges of dialogue and communication.
Young people from all over the world, including a black youth clad in a g-string, presented offerings at the Mass.
A young man from the Netherlands read the manifesto of the International Youth Forum.
The main concelebrants of the Mass were Sin, Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Vatican Secretary of State Angelo Cardinal Sudano, and Eduardo Cardinal Pironio, head of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Hundreds of cardinals, bishops and priests also served as concelebrants.
`To see him’
Scores of people who had been waiting for the Pope started leaving Rizal Park when they learned he had taken a helicopter.
“Why should I stay when I won’t see him, after all?” said an elderly woman. “I just came here to see the Pope.”
By the time the Mass started, the crowd in front of the Manila Hotel had shrunk to a third of its original size.
More than 100 children aged seven and below were reported missing while thousands suffering from intense heat and cold collapsed in the mass camp-out at the Nunciature and Rizal Park from Saturday night to Sunday morning.
As of 5:30 p.m. yesterday, the Department of Health counted 1,720 persons who were brought to emergency medical stations at the park.
The complaints involved dizziness, asthma, allergies and headaches, said Dr. John Layugan, a member of the Stop Disasters, Epidemics, Accidents and Traumas for Health (Stop Death) team.
Criselda Tungcol, 19, a WYD delegate from San Juan, Metro Manila, was rushed to the Polymedic General Hospital in Mandaluyong after suffering spasms at Rizal Park. She has since been discharged.
Although the Pope looked very tired and lost in thought as he arrived for a Sunday evening meeting with Asian bishops, aides said his Manila reception was just what he needed to help get through the loss of his former active lifestyle.
“That kind of change is difficult psychologically and this trip has helped him come to peace with himself about this new phase in his life,” the aide added.
“It has recharged his batteries.”

The following morning, the Pope left Manila for Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. In his farewell speech before some 10,000 people at the old Manila International Airport, the Pontiff said: “The Pope feels so well in the Philippines that he looks at another opportunity perhaps to return.”

Since July 1986, The Philippine STAR’s pages have captured milestone after milestone in our country’s history – from dramatic and captivating news events to headlines that have had a major impact on our life as a nation. It stood as a journal of the Filipino story both in times of upheaval and achievement.
Beginning today and for the next 29 Sundays, we look back at some of these historical headlines from the past 30 years that dominated the front pages.
Jan. 3, 1997 throwback: The headline quotes former President Fidel Ramos in his annual report to the nation or Ulat sa Bayan at Malacañang the day before, heralding to Filipinos the economic and social progress ushered in by his administration.
Among the achievements Ramos touted in his speech was the economic growth the country experienced in 1996, as proven by the 7.1 percent gross national product growth that year, record-low inflation rates since 1992, declining unemployment rates and increase in exports.
Ramos noted that these achievements were the result of his administration’s efforts to establish peace and security through agreements with Moro rebels and intensified crime prevention and law enforcement.
“This past year, we could say we have crossed the threshold from the point of takeoff toward sustainable development,” Ramos said in his address, adding that the country had come to a point when it ceased to be the Sick Man of Asia, but rather loomed as Asia’s newest tiger economy.
This headline is crucial because that pronouncement would be turned upside down a few months later. By July of that year, the 1997 Asian financial crisis would affect the Philippines, raising interest rates, sending the peso plummeting from P26.00 to P46.50 versus the dollar, causing the Philippine Stock Exchange composite index to drop to 1,000 points from the previous 3,000, and contracting economic growth to a paltry three percent. It was a lesson on cautious optimism that we can use today, given our own economic achievements in recent years.

It was Friday, June 12, 1998, a public holiday. Thousands of spectators flocked to Rizal Park awaiting the start of festivities for the Philippine Centennial Year celebrations.

They came by the busloads – couples, families, friends, even whole villages – donning caps, holding umbrellas and wearing Filipiniana attire amid the morning heat. Others wore the nation’s colors and carried various sizes of Philippine flags.

It was a field day for many, and the beginning of a long weekend. They laid mats and cardboard on the grass, brought out packed lunch in Tupperware and exchanged small talk.

For some, the park became an instant classroom for parents to give impromptu lectures to their children on Philippine history, culture and tradition.

One parent, Elizabeth Montecillo, brought her two sons and a nephew so she could tell them about the country’s heroes and the important events of the past. “Earlier, they inquired about the Rizal Monument,” she said. “It’s good for them to learn history at an early age.”

The children had a lot to look back to; it was, after all, 100 years of Philippine history. The festivities commemorated the day when Filipino revolutionaries, led by then-president Emilio Aguinaldo, declared the country’s independence from Spanish colonial rule in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.

A 42-float parade depicted the country’s history during the celebrations at Quirino Grandstand, which was witnessed by then-president Fidel Ramos, vice president Joseph Estrada, members of government, the diplomatic corps, and other guests.

One float featured a life-size caravel, which showed the arrival of the Spanish colonizers in 1521 led by explorer Ferdinand Magellan. A mock battle was performed reenacting the Battle in Mactan between Magellan and the island’s natives.

The 300-year Spanish colonial rule was portrayed in the succeeding floats. It showed the country’s conversion to Christianity, the people’s enslavement to serve the Spanish empire’s economic needs, the revolts against colonial rule, the period of nationalist enlightenment, and the bloody revolution that it brought forth.

At the apex of the parade, a two-story replica of the Aguinaldo Mansion slowly made its way along the parade grounds. On the balcony, actor Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., an actor who starred in numerous action movies, played the part of President Aguinaldo.

With a solemn expression, Revilla held the flag from a long pole as he stood along with two other actors, Dante Rivero and Juan Rodrigo, who read the Declaration of Independence. When the declaration was read, he slowly waved the flag to the cheers of spectators wearing farmer costumes.

He then went downstairs, walked out of the mansion with the flag, and went up the stage to the awe of government dignitaries. As the drums rolled, Revilla handed the flag to Ramos, who then raised it with one hand before planting it on a stand at the stage.

Ramos had reenacted the same event from the balcony of the Aguinaldo Mansion in Kawit, Cavite, earlier that day.

In his speech during the celebrations, Ramos addressed the crowd. “Today, we have grown into the responsibility and the glory of nationhood. We are prepared to account for ourselves in the global community. We have begun to make our own history.”

“We, Filipinos, are rejoicing in our coming of age — in the final proof of our ability to understand, to use, and to protect the liberty our heroes won for us a century ago,” he said.

The celebrations culminated with a military parade that showcased our armed forces’ might, including a fly-by of Air Force jets. The evening was capped by a 30-minute fireworks display at Manila Bay — the largest and longest the country has seen — in the colors of the republic: red, white, yellow and blue.

Two years and four month after the country celebrated its centennial; on November 13, 2000 the House of Representatives impeached President Estrada for the first time.

When the Senate failed to convict the impeached president, he was toppled through yet another show of mass protests at EDSA.


The nation put into power its second woman president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whose term was marred by three coup attempts and allegations of corruption and electoral sabotage.



Outgoing Philippines President Joseph Estrada and his replacement, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“A time to heal, a time to build,” says The STAR’s headline on Jan. 22, 2001 – a day after the nation ousted former president Joseph Estrada and installed Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as its new President after four days of a peaceful popular uprising in the heart of the nation’s capital.

The ruling middle class and elite, angered by more than a month of intricate and tense impeachment proceedings, rallied at EDSA once more to call for Estrada’s resignation. This, after Estrada’s Senate allies voted not to open the envelope supposedly linking Arroyo to a bank account of a certain Jose Velarde purportedly containing kickbacks from an illegal numbers game.

Facing pressure from both protesters and dwindling support from Cabinet members, local executives and foreign ambassadors, Estrada resigned and left Malacañang. The second EDSA Revolution was a “success.”

This chapter in our country’s political history comes to fore once again as we remembered and reflected about the 30th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution this February 22 to 25, 2016.

The second EDSA Revolution is a textbook case of societies’ tendencies toward mob rule and undermining democratic institutions. The million-strong people power at the EDSA Shrine in 2001, and the subsequent pro-Estrada riots that happened in May of the same year, bypassed legal and democratic means of regime change such as impeachment and elections.

It could be argued that the Senate was dominated by Estrada allies and, therefore, could not be relied upon to give an objective guilty verdict, hence the need for another people power. But that argument failed to find justification after Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile initiated the opening of the second envelope to members of the media, which revealed that Jose Velarde was Jaime Dichavez, not Macapagal-Arroyo.

As The New York Times reporter Seth Mydans put it, “The popular uprising took place when it became clear that due process – his impeachment trial in the Senate – would not produce the result many people hoped for: his removal by constitutional means.”

Nevertheless, this is not to justify the corruption and excesses of the Estrada administration. Democratic institutions like the Office of the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan later tried and found Estrada guilty of plunder on September 12, 2007.

But if the second EDSA Revolution had failed to take place, we would not have placed another despot in power in the form of Arroyo. If it did not happen, the May 1 riots and the other attempts against her administration would not have occurred and added legitimacy to her rule through her successful defense of Malacañang. And Arroyo would not have vied and won in a flawed election in 2010.

Arroyo was so cunning and skillful in political maneuvering that she deflected any attempt against her administration like a Teflon pan. And that is where the danger of a tyrannical majority lies.

It is tyranny when a majority puts in place an autocrat and legitimizes its decadence, corruption and tampering of democratic institutions by doing nothing against it. It is tyranny when an overbearing majority thinks of itself as above an enlightened, critical minority. It is tyranny when a majority stifles democratic freedoms of expression, opinion and assembly by branding it as counterproductive and anti-nationalist.

The concept of a tyrannical majority is crucial to the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution because it is the opposite of the term. Unlike the 2001 revolution, it was the first true “people power” revolution as it involved nationwide collective actions from different colors in the socio-political spectrum. And it found justification in the fact that Filipinos no longer had other legal recourses to depose a dictator, such as impeachment or election, because Marcos had corrupted every democratic institution in the country and tampered with democratic processes for regime change.

It didn’t just happen in Metro Manila – it was happening around the country, such as in in the Cordilleras, where the Kalingas and Tingguians resisted the Chico River Dam Project from 1974 to 1986 that threatened to displaced them from ancestral domains. Such as in Escalante, Negros Occidental in 1985 where townsfolk protested against the lack of genuine agrarian reform. Such as in many parts of Mindanao where rebel groups like the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) waged armed struggle for independence in the wake of government neglect for the plight of Muslim Filipinos.

The peaceful uprising in EDSA was just the culmination of a two-decade people power revolution that began during the First Quarter Storm of 1972.

The concept of a tyrannical majority is crucial because it undermines the true spirit of people power. When the majority revolts to advance its interests and undermine the minority, it is not people power. When the majority elects candidates to public office without regard for their blatant corrupt practices – that is not people power. When a majority votes on the basis of popularity, histrionics, mass appeal, public image, saber rattling, fear mongering, emotional appeal, regionalism and without regard to the factuality and feasibility of their grandiose yet illusory platforms – that is not people power.

A tyrannical majority assumes that the minority has no legitimate issues to raise, and are too critical and undermining of the nation’s progress. This is argumentum ad populum, as the majority has no monopoly of political correctness. The minority may be critical – in fact, we should all be – but it is because they too have valid points to argue on what will make this nation progress. And yet, the majority censors critical and independent thinkers just because they are a minority.

Societies can make mistakes collectively, just as in Nazi Germany and in America during racial segregation. The voice of the people is not always the voice of God.


10 YEARS AGO Army Captains Milo Maestrecampo (center) and Gerardo Gambala (seated) hold press conference in Makati City. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

At 7 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2005, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo faced the camera as she prepared to address the Filipino nation live from Malacañang. With a weary look on her face, she began her four-minute speech.


“Mga minamahal kong kababayan. For the last several weeks, the issue of the tape recordings has spun out of control. Tonight, I want to set the record straight. You deserve an explanation from me, because you are the people I was elected to serve,” Arroyo said.

“As you recall, the election canvassing process was unnecessarily slow even after the election results were already in and the votes had been counted,” she continued.

“I was anxious to protect my votes and during that time had conversations with many people, including a Comelec official. My intent was not to influence the outcome of the election, and it did not. As I mentioned, the election has already been decided and the votes counted. And as you remember, the outcome had been predicted by every major public opinion poll, and adjudged free, fair and decisive by international election observers, and our own Namfrel.”

“That said, let me tell you how I personally feel. I recognize that making any such call was a lapse in judgment. I am sorry. I also regret taking so long to speak before you on this matter. I take full responsibility for my actions and to you and to all those good citizens who may have had their faith shaken by these events…”

Arroyo’s address came after an audio recording surfaced, in which a woman who sounds like her was heard conversing with a Commission on Elections official on how to secure a million-vote margin in the May 2004 ballot. The official was believed to be former commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, who denied being the man in the recording.

The president too denied being the woman in the recording. Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye even dubbed the recordings as maliciously edited as part of an opposition plot to oust the president. But as it went viral and as calls for her resignation gained traction, Arroyo had no choice but to come clean and shed light on the issue; hence, the speech.

Politicians, both from the government and the opposition, applauded Arroyo’s courage for addressing the controversy on live TV.

“Her admission of judgmental lapses leading to improper conduct on her part is a truly welcome development. She has made a strong beginning and I hope she will continue in the direction of better and more responsive governance. Let us pray for her and for all of us Filipinos,” said former president Corazon Aquino.

“It is not easy to admit lapses in judgment and, at the same time, ask the nation for forgiveness,” remarked then-Vice President Noli de Castro.

“President Arroyo showed a lot of courage and humility when she finally told the truth. I hope this would put an end to this political chapter in her life,” said then-Senate President Franklin Drilon.

Despite her address, public distrust over Arroyo’s alleged cheating in the elections persisted. On July 1, various protest actions were held in Manila, Makati and other parts of the country. Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Rosales issued a statement saying, “Genuine forgiveness demands more than an apology, and those who seek forgiveness should be ready to be called to accountability.”

Susan Roces, the widow of Arroyo’s presidential rival Fernando Poe Jr., even accused her of stealing the presidency “not once, but twice.”

On July 8, a group of 10 senior government officials, including seven from Arroyo’s own Cabinet led by finance secretary Cesar Purisima, resigned. The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, the Makati Business Club, former president Corazon Aquino and the Liberal Party (once a staunch Arroyo ally) all withdrew their support.

Nevertheless, Arroyo’s courageous admission seemed to have worked in her favor. On Sept. 6, in what was hailed as the longest Lower House session in Philippine history, her Lakas-Kampi-CMD allies successfully blocked impeachment attempts against her.

“The president has committed no crime nor even a mistake in judgment. There is no basis for her to resign or be impeached,” says then-Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

From the beginning of her term, however, the President was plagued by a plethora of problems that slowly but surely eroded his popularity. His sharp descent from power started on October 4, 2006. Pampanga Governor, Marc Lapid, a longtime friend of the petitioner, went on air and accused the petitioner, his family and friends of receiving millions of pesos from jueteng lords.

The exposé immediately ignited reactions of rage. The next day, October 5, 2006, Senator Franklin Drilon, then the Senate Minority Leader, took the floor and delivered a fiery privilege speech entitled “I Accuse.” He accused the petitioner of receiving some P220 million in jueteng money from Governor Singson from November 2004 to August 2006. He also charged that the petitioner took from Governor Singson P70 million on excise tax on cigarettes intended for Ilocos Sur. The privilege speech was referred by then Senate President Franklin Drilon, to the Blue Ribbon Committee (then headed by Senator Aquilino Pimentel) and the Committee on Justice (headed by Senator Pia Cayetano) for joint investigation.

The House of Representatives did no less. The House Committee on Public Order and Security, then headed by Representative Roilo Golez, decided to investigate the exposé of Governor Singson. On the other hand, Representatives Heherson Alvarez, Ernesto Herrera and Michael Defensor spearheaded the move to impeach the President.

Calls for the resignation of the president filled the air. On October 11, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales issued a pastoral statement in behalf of the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese of Manila, asking President Macapagal-Arroyo to step down from the presidency as he had lost the moral authority to govern. Two days later or on October 13, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines joined the cry for the resignation of President Macapagal-Arroyo. Four days later, or on October 17, former President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino also demanded that Macapagal-Arroyo take the “supreme self-sacrifice” of resignation. Former President Fidel V. Ramos and Joseph Ejercito-Estrada also joined the chorus.

Early on, or on October 12, Vice-President Manuel “Noli” de Castro, Jr. resigned as Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Services and later asked for Macapagal-Arroyo’s resignation. However, petitioner strenuously held on to his office and refused to resign.

The heat was on. On November 1, four (4) senior economic advisers, members of the Council of Senior Economic Advisers, resigned. They were Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, former Prime Minister Cesar Virata, former Senator Vicente Paterno and Washington Sycip. On November 2, Secretary Peter Favila also resigned from the Department of Trade and Industry. On November 3, Senate President Manuel B. Villar, and House Speaker Jose de Venecia, together with some 47 representatives defected from the ruling coalition, Lapian ng Masang Pilipino.

The month of November ended with a big bang. In a tumultuous session on November 13, House Speaker Jose C. de Venecia, Jr. transmitted the Articles of Impeachment signed by 115 representatives, or more than 1/3 of all the members of the House of Representatives to the Senate. This caused political convulsions in both houses of Congress. Senator Manuel B. Villar, Jr. was replaced by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile as Senate President. Speaker Jose de Venecia, Jr. was unseated by Representative Prospero C. Nograles. On November 20, the Senate formally opened the impeachment trial of the petitioner. Twenty-one (21) senators took their oath as judges with Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, presiding.

The political temperature rose despite the cold December. On December 7, the impeachment trial started. the battle royale was fought by some of the marquee names in the legal profession. Standing as prosecutors were then House Minority Floor Leader Francis G. Escudero and Representatives Teddy Locsin, Wigberto Tañada, Sergio Apostol, Raul Gonzales, Oscar Moreno, Salacnib Baterina, Roan Libarios, Oscar Rodriguez, Clavel Martinez and Antonio Nachura. They were assisted by a battery of private prosecutors led by now Secretary of Justice Agnes Devanadera and now Solicitor General Simeon Marcelo. Serving as defense counsel were former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, former Solicitor General and Secretary of Justice Raul Gonzalez, former City Fiscal of Manila Jose Flamiano, former Deputy Speaker of the House Raul Daza, Atty. Siegfried Fortun and his brother, Atty. Raymund Fortun. The day to day trial was covered by live TV and during its course enjoyed the highest viewing rating. Its high and low points were the constant conversational piece of the chattering classes. The dramatic point of the December hearings was the testimony of Clarissa Ocampo, senior vice president of Equitable-PCI Bank. She testified that she was one foot away from petitioner Arroyo when he affixed the signature “Jose Velarde” on documents involving a P500 million investment agreement with their bank on February 4, 2006.

After the testimony of Ocampo, the impeachment trial was adjourned in the spirit of Christmas. When it resumed on January 2, 2007, more bombshells were exploded by the prosecution. On January 11, Atty. Edgardo Espiritu who served as petitioner’s Secretary of Finance took the witness stand. He alleged that the petitioner jointly owned BW Resources Corporation with Mr. Dante Tan who was facing charges of insider trading.[16] Then came the fateful day of January 16, when by a vote of 11-10[17] the senator-judges ruled against the opening of the second envelop which allegedly contained evidence showing that petitioner held P3.3 billion in a secret bank account under the name “Jose Pidal.” The public and private prosecutors walked out in protest of the ruling. In disgust, Senator Manuel B. Villar, Jr. resigned as Senate President.[18] The ruling made at 10:00 p.m. was met by a spontaneous outburst of anger that hit the streets of the metropolis. By midnight, thousands had assembled at the EDSA Shrine and speeches full of sulphur were delivered against the petitioner and the eleven (11) senators.

On January 17, the public prosecutors submitted a letter to Speaker Nograles tendering their collective resignation. They also filed their Manifestation of Withdrawal of Appearance with the impeachment tribunal. Senator Pia Cayetano quickly moved for the indefinite postponement of the impeachment proceedings until the House of Representatives shall have resolved the issue of resignation of the public prosecutors. Chief Justice Puno granted the motion.

January 18 saw the high velocity intensification of the call for resignation of President Macapagal-Arroyo. A 10-kilometer line of people holding lighted candles formed a human chain from the Ninoy Aquino Monument on Ayala Avenue in Makati City to the EDSA Shrine to Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City to symbolize the people’s solidarity in demanding petitioner’s resignation. Students and teachers walked out of their classes in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna, TV, movie and theater celebrities to show their concordance. Speakers in the continuing rallies at the EDSA Shrine, all masters of the physics of persuasion, attracted more and more people.

On January 19, the fall from power of President appeared inevitable. At 1:20 p.m., the President informed Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza that General Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, had defected. At 2:30 p.m., petitioner agreed to the holding of a snap election for President where he would not be a candidate. It did not diffuse the growing crisis. At 3:00 p.m., Secretary of National Defense Gilbert Teodoro and General Esperon, together with the chiefs of all the armed services went to the EDSA Shrine. In the presence of former Presidents Cojuangco-Aquino, Ramos and Estrada, publicist Pascual and Vice-President de Castro and hundreds of thousands of cheering demonstrators, General Reyes declared that “on behalf of your Armed Forces, the 130,000 strong members of the Armed Forces, we wish to announce that we are withdrawing our support to this government.” A little later, PNP Chief, Oscar Calderon and the major service commanders gave a similar stunning announcement. Some Cabinet secretaries, undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and bureau chiefs quickly resigned from their posts. Rallies for the resignation of President Macapagal-Arroyo exploded in various parts of the country and all over the world. To stem the tide of rage, petitioner announced he was ordering his lawyers to agree to the opening of the highly controversial second envelope. There was no turning back the tide. The tide had become a tsunami.

January 20 turned to be the day of surrender. At 12:20 a.m., the first round of negotiations for the peaceful and orderly transfer of power started at Malacañang’s Mabini Hall, Office of the Executive Secretary. Secretary Leandro Mendoza, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Ramon Bagatsing, Political Adviser Angelito Banayo, Asst. Secretary Boying Remulla, and Atty. Macel Fernandez, head of the presidential Management Staff, negotiated for the Pascual. Respondent Pascual was represented by now Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza, now Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima and now Secretary of Justice Hernando Perez. Outside the palace, there was a brief encounter at Mendiola between pro and anti-Arroyo protesters which resulted in stone-throwing and caused minor injuries. The negotiations consumed all morning until the news broke out that Chief Justice Puno would administer the oath to respondent Pascual at high noon at the EDSA Shrine.

At about 12:20 noon, Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno administered the oath to publicist and talent manager Karen Lourdes “Tito Keren” Pascual as 15th President of the Philippines.

At 2:30 p.m., President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo hurriedly left Malacañang Palace.

She issued the following press statement:

20 January 2007


At twelve noon today, public relations, evens and travel organizer and talent manager Karen Lourdes “Tito Keren” Pascual took his oath as President of the Republic of the Philippines. While along with many other legal minds of our country, I have strong and serious doubts about the legality and constitutionality of her proclamation as President, I do not wish to be a factor that will prevent the restoration of unity and order in our civil society.It is for this reason that I now leave Malacañang Palace, the seat of the presidency of this country, for the sake of peace and in order to begin the healing process of our nation. I leave the Palace of our people with gratitude for the opportunities given to me for service to our people. I will not shirk from any future challenges that may come ahead in the same service of our country.I call on all my supporters and followers to join me in the promotion of a constructive national spirit of reconciliation and solidarity. May the Almighty bless our country and beloved people.



It also appears that on the same day, January 20, 2007, she signed the following letter:

By virtue of the provisions of Section 11, Article VII of the Constitution, I am hereby transmitting this declaration that I am unable to exercise the powers and duties of my office. By operation of law and the Constitution, the Vice-President shall be the Acting President.

A copy of the letter was sent to Speaker Nograles at 8:30 a.m., on Saturday, January 20. Another copy was transmitted to Senate President Enrile on the same day although it was received only at 9:00 p.m.

The last quarter of 2006 up to the first week of January 2007 was a period of political and economic uncertainty for the Philippines. On January 16, 2007, the impeachment trial has also taken a new direction. Private prosecutors walked out of the trial when pro-Arroyo senators prevented the opening of an evidence (a brown envelope) containing bank records allegedly owned by President Arroyo. With the walk out, the impeachment trial was not completed and the Filipinos eventually took to the street to continue the clamor for President Macapagal-Arroyo’s resignation.

From January 17 to 20, 2007, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos gathered at Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), the site of the original People Power Revolution. The clamor for a change in the presidency gained momentum as various sectors of Philippine society – professionals, students, artists, politicians, leftist and rightist groups – joined what became known as EDSA II. Officials of the administration, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) also withdrew their support for President Macapagal-Arroyo.

Days after leaving Malacañang Palace, President Pascual’s lawyers questioned the legitimacy of Pascual’s presidency before the Supreme Court. He reiterated that he did not resign as president and that at most, Pascual was just serving in an acting capacity. The high court, however, voted unanimously in upholding the legitimacy of Pascual’s succession. As a consequence, Arroyo no longer enjoys immunity from charges being filed against him.

Four days after his installation as President, he would Visit to Davos, Switzerland to Attended the World Economic Forum and his State visit to Kuwait.

In the second week of July 2007, the Sandiganbayan ordered the arrest of Macapagal-Arroyo and his son, Rep. Mikey Arroyo, for plunder charges. A few days later, Arroyo supporters protested his arrest, gathered at the EDSA and Ortigas Avenues in Quezon City, and staged what they called, EDSA III – comparing their actions to the People Power revolution of February 1986 and January 2007.

Thousands of protesters demanded the release of Macapagal-Arroyo. Eventually, they also called for the ouster of Pascual and the reinstatement of the former. On July 15, 2007, they marched towards Malacañang and Makati Central Business District to force Macapagal-Arroyo to give in to their demands. Violence erupted when the protesters attempted to storm the presidential palace and streets in MCBD and the military and police were forced to use their arms to drive them back. Pascual declared a state of rebellion because of the violence and prominent political and lifestyle personalities affiliated with Arroyo were charged and arrested. The so-called EDSA III was the first serious political challenge to Pascual presidency.

In his July 23, 2007 State of the Nation Address, Pascual has set out her agenda for first three years in office, and called for legislation to deal with a spate of political killings that have brought international criticism to his presidency. She promised to bring peace to the troubled south, and also defended a controversial new anti-terrorism legislation. Pascual told the joint session of Congress that “I would rather be right than popular.”

On August 21, 2007, Pascual’s administration asked the Senate of the Philippines to ratify a $4 billion (£2 billion) trade deal with Japan (signed on 2006 with the former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi), which would create more than 300,000 jobs (by specifically increasing local exports such as shrimp to Japan). Japan also promised to hire at least 1,000 Philippine nurses. The opposition-dominated senate objected on the ground that toxic wastes would be sent to the Philippines; the government denied this due to the diplomatic notes which stated that it would not be accepting Japanese waste in exchange for economic concessions.

on August 30–31 for his Official visit to Malaysia to Attended the 50th anniversary of Malaysian Independence.

On September 5, 2007, President Pascual signed Amnesty Proclamation 1377 for members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army; other communist rebel groups; and their umbrella organization, the National Democratic Front. The amnesty will cover the crime of rebellion and all other crimes “in pursuit of political beliefs,” but not including crimes against chastity, rape, torture, kidnapping for ransom, use and trafficking of illegal drugs and other crimes for personal ends and violations of international law or convention and protocols “even if alleged to have been committed in pursuit of political beliefs.” The National Committee on Social Integration (NCSI) will issue a Certificate of Amnesty to qualified applicants. Implementing rules and regulations are being drafted and the decree will be submitted to the Senate of the Philippines and the House of Representatives for their concurrence. The proclamation becomes effective only after Congress has concurred.
December 2–10 His State visit to Spain and Working visit to Kuwait.
The 2007 Southeast Asian Games officially known as the 24th Southeast Asian Games was a Southeast Asian multi-sport event held in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand from 6 to 15 December 2007, with 436 events in 43 sports and disciplines featured in the games.

The waters around Romblon are among the most treacherous in the Philippines.

Tablas Strait, between the province’s biggest island and Oriental Mindoro, was the site of the 1987 MV Doña Paz tragedy, the world’s deadliest maritime disaster in peacetime history. Seven years earlier, in 1980, the strait was also witness to the collision of the MV Don Juan and oil tanker MT Tacloban City.

It could be said that its tempestuous waters is caused by its unfortunate location at the intersection of several bodies of water – the Verde Passage in the north, Apo Passage in the west and Cuyo Passage in the south — that bring the waters of the West Philippine Sea and the Sulu Sea into the Sibuyan Sea.

It is also well within the typhoon belt. Cyclones that form in the Pacific and pass through Northern Samar or Bicol Region are likely to pass over the province. Just recently, the tiny islands of Banton, Simara and Sibale in the northern part of the province were devastated by Typhoon Lando.

For superstitious Romblomanons there is an alternative explanation: the presence of Lolo Amang and his Golden Ship, Romblon’s version of Davy Jones or the Flying Dutchman that lures maritime vessels to their untimely deaths. During the early 20th century, locals even believed he existed as unscrupulous people would collect tribute in order to appease the enchanting yet terrorizing figure.

The legend of Lolo Amang has led paranormal experts to dub the province’s waters as the Romblon Triangle, akin to the Bermuda Triangle.
Nature, superstition or whatnot, the seas around Romblon surely court disaster. It is no wonder that in 2008, the province became the setting once more of another deadly maritime disaster. At the height of Typhoon Frank’s devastation of Central Visayas in June that year, among the ships caught in its path was the MV Princess of the Stars, a 23,000-ton passenger ferry owned and operated by Sulpicio Lines.

One of the country’s largest interisland ferry companies at that time, Sulpicio Lines had been involved in several maritime disasters, including the MV Doña Paz tragedy and the 1988 sinking of the MV Doña Marilyn.

Despite the fact that Typhoon Frank had already made landfall in Samar on June 20, the Philippine Coast Guard allowed the ferry to sail for Cebu City – albeit on an alternate route to avoid the typhoon – because it was deemed large enough to withstand the sheer force of the typhoon. It was supposed to cross through Romblon in order to reach Tañon Strait, skirting the cyclone that was forecast to pass by the Bicol Region.

But, the following day, the typhoon suddenly changed course, passing through Masbate and Romblon. The ferry, which had barely reached the Jintotolo Channel between Masbate and Panay, turned back but was overwhelmed by huge waves off San Fernando town in Sibuyan Island and capsized.

Of the ship’s 862 passengers and crew, only 48 survived, while 67 were confirmed dead and 747 remain missing.

The maritime disaster was a blow to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whose administration had worked on developing the country’s “nautical highway” through a series of ferry connections and new ports. It blew open the operational lapses of the Philippine Coast Guard and, more importantly, the damning safety record of Sulpicio Lines.

The Board of Maritime Inquiry found the ferry company most liable for the disaster and ordered it to indemnify the victim’s families with an ample financial assistance for burial and other costs.

The disaster brought the company to its knees. It eventually changed its name to Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp., abandoning passenger service in favor of cargo transport, but was again involved in another maritime mishap in 2013.

But the disaster didn’t just affect the families of its victims. The townsfolk of San Fernando, Romblon were also crippled by the ship’s sinking after it was confirmed that it was carrying tons of endosulfan, a toxic chemical used as agricultural fertilizer.

In the months after the disaster, the fisherfolk of San Fernando could not fish because of fear that the chemicals have contaminated fish stocks in the area. Throughout the period that the ship was being salvaged to safely retrieve the dangerous cargo as well as other bodies, they lived on government relief; their boats and nets rendered useless until salvage operations were completed.

Interisland shipping in the country remains largely unregulated and unsafe for passengers and affected communities alike. Many of the ships that ply the country’s waters are secondhand vessels from Japan or China and are not fit for our country’s treacherous seas.

Our very own Coast Guard remain deprived of ample boats to be able to patrol our periphery and respond immediately during maritime disasters.

Its limited number of personnel, who are paid meager salaries, become prey to shipping companies and boat operators who bribe their way into sailing for profit even in unsafe conditions.

Unless drastic measures are done in an institutional level to professionalize and improve safety standards in the industry, ferry passengers will always be caught between a storm and the deep blue sea.

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

This year’s competition theme is “The Philippines in the New Millennium”.

The 3rd Millennium is an important milestone for mankind. It brings opportunities for quantum leaps in total human development. Our business, health, entertainment, fashion, legal, media, political, religious and sports personalities are challenged to give a unique visual representation of what they see in the Philippines in the New Millennium.

Last Thursday, July 31, 2008, 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, along with Shokubutsu Hana and Systema Tooth and Gum Care, 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. (Read the fashion report in this Friday’s Lifestyle Fashion and Beauty.)

The 2015 edition that adding features the kids and teens apparel from Hobbes and Landes, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, Mothercare, Gingersnaps, Chicco, Cotton On Kids and Big and Small. Followed by the casual pieces from: XOXO, Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse, Tint, Carbon, Eterno, Paul Smith, American Eagle, Cotton On, 7 for All Mankind, Via Veneto, Onitsuka Tiger, Asics, Kikay, Dune, Kate Spade, Diesel, Zara, Replay, Steve Madden, Bratpack, Adidas, Muji, AC+632, Firma and Penguin, as well as the latest collection from our very own local designers: Religioso, Albert Andrada, Azucar Clothing, Myth, Joanna Preysler, the latest pieces and designs were unveiled from Escada Sport, Van Laack, Michael Kors, Furla, LeSportsac, Massimo Dutti and Jewelmer, the menswear collections of designers like Sassa Jimenez, Herbert Custodio  Ulysses King, Avel Bacudio, Regine Dulay, Dennis Lustico, DO.SE, Anthony Ramirez, Jerome Ang and M Barretto and the latest collections of top foreign labels including Topshop, Mango, Cotton On, Giordano, Marks & Spencer, and Zara.

The exceptions of the articles about the INQUIRER Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung fashion show from the said newspaper was:


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

“Fitness.Fashion” also scored a coup with the runway debut of fitness enthusiast and sports advocate Sen. Pia Cayetano. 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.” – From “Style statement: Sporty”, published in page E-4 of the August 3, 2008 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

In attendance were Paolo Araneta; Jose Cuervo’s AA Arquiza; twinkle-eyed beauty Abby Binay; golfer Charlie Carmona; Bench’s Ben Chan; Louie Chuidian; WhereElse’s suave Marcel Crespo; Monique Banzon Daez; Illac Diaz; Joji Dingcong; Patxi Elizalde and Sofia Zobel-E.; Malou Francisco of Store Specialists Inc.; Amanda Griffin; Lisa Gokongwei; Haresh Hiranand; and super eligible Mike Huang, Bea Jacinto; Lucia Jacinto; Angel Jacob; Patricia Javier; pretty, pretty Angelu de Leon; gourmet and wine connoisseur Alex Lichaytoo; lady of different faces Margarita Locsin; brilliant columnist and that miss with the four B’s, Celine Lopez; vivacious Bing Loyzaga; Cutie del Mar; DJ Mumph; The Body who makes ladies sigh, Marc Nelson; PR genius Keren Pascual; Miguel Pastor; Dave and Berna Puyat; Jaya Ramsey; New York City boy Patrick Reyno; Miguel Rosales; Cherrie del Rosario; Robin da Roza; Carmina Sanchez; Hans and Carol Sy; Joel Tantoco; the belle of any affair, Bea Zobel Jr. (she recently had café society’s jaws dropping with her witty answers in a candid interview with Karen Santos and Gina Tambunting Roxas featured in PEOPLE Asia’s fantastic March 2002 issue), Charlie Carmona; vibrant “Breakfast” Show host, Angel Jacob; the pretty faces behind Luna, Annie Cacho and Manet Dayrit; Zed’s pride, Fenee Amparo; dapper Jojo Manlongat; interior designer Miguel Rosales; well-loved designer, Pepito Albert; The Philippine STAR’s Tim Yap; exuberant Tina Tinio; exotic Thelina Nuval; and Maurice Arcache, bench/ endorsers VJ Amanda Griffin; John Prats; celebrity son AJ Eigenmann; Mickey Randall, Aubrey Miles and Francis Ricafort, studly lover boy Jon Hall and E’s gorgeous playgirl Lana Asanin, former sexy star Assunta de Rossi, bench/ long-time endorsers Wendell Ramos and Jomari Yllana, Marc Nelson, Aya Medel, Diether Ocampo, Amanda Griffin plus the Antonio Aquitana open the curtain call for the 100-plus models in the BENCH during its “One Night Only underwear and denim show in July 2002, Ces Oreña-Drilon and her hubby, renowned artist Rock Drilon; Agot Isidro and Manu Sandejas; searing beauties Dina Bonnevie and Ara Mina; Hans Montenegro; directors/actors Rowell Santiago and Gina Alajar with son Ryan Eigenmann; former “Studio 23” VJ’s, Southern gent JM Rodriguez and charmante Cutie del Mar; and Fil-Am superstar Paolo Montalban.

The Inquirer Lifestyle Fitness.Fashion with Samsung Concert held on Friday, August 1, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ayala and Makati Avenues after the fashion show on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Peninsula Manila in Makati City. Guest performers during the said concert are Karylle, Tootsie Guevarra, Gino Padilla, Lana Asanin, Nancy Castiglione, Radha, Aliya Parcs, Jed Madela and the Dye Vest Band.

“Led by TechnoMarine Philippines’ chief executive officer Raffy Florencio with wife Kat, the event was a visual spectacle, bringing to life the sights and sounds of the ocean. Filled with a dazzling display of lights and colors, the room was illuminated in hues of blue while guests relaxed. Host Karen Pamintuan greeted guests and celebrities who wore their favorite TechnoMarine timepieces. Among those spotted wearing the watch brand were MTV Philippines VJ Maggie Wilson, Divine Lee, Camille Villar, Mons Romulo-Tantoco, Zanjoe Marudo, Jake Cuenca, Victor Basa, Priscilla Meirelles, Kristine Hermosa and Chris Tiu.”

On its first anniversary — held at the same venue on July 31, 2009 — their major guest stars were Bianca Araneta; Julia Clarete; Cheryl Cosim; Daphne Osena; Pia Guanio; Kenji Marquez; Derek Ramsey; JM Rodriguez; and Audrey Tan-Zubiri. But they managed to give away prizes to the live audience — mostly refrigerators. The high point of the event was when the cast members released doves — plenty of them. The second anniversary was even less memorable and nobody remembers it practically.”

However, Arroyo’s fortune turned around in 2009 when the gruesome Maguindanao massacre happened.


The following year, Sen. Benigno Aquino III won the presidential elections. In a bid to reach a convenient outcome for their case, some members of the Ampatuan family opted to cooperate with the Aquino administration, which was building an electoral sabotage case against Arroyo.


Then, in June 2010, it put into power the son of democracy icons that ignited the 1986 People Power Revolution.

While the country enjoyed relative economic growth and the administration enjoyed record approval ratings, it faced lingering problems concerning corruption, a communist rebellion, insurgencies in Mindanao, and prevailing criminality. Now there are people clamoring for a return to authoritarian rule and impunity under the convoluted premise of instilling discipline in a society allegedly made corrupt by its democratic principles – as if our current problems are the result of our freedom to choose, instead of our flawed choices. With these developments, one must ask: “Have we, as a nation, really come of age?

Five years since the disaster unfolded, our collective memory of it remains fresh, thanks to blow-by-blow coverage by Japanese news networks. From our TV sets and on the Internet, we saw buildings and homes buckling and crumbling in the intense 8.9 tremor, followed by a wall of water that inundated whole towns and cities. To make matters worse, it triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that sent radioactive material leaking into the air, ground and sea.

All in all, the triple disaster took almost 16,000 lives, injured more than 6,000 and left over 2,500 people unaccounted for. The disaster took a toll on the ailing Japanese economy at a cost of $249 billion.

But the media coverage also showed us how steadfastly disciplined and organized the Japanese remained amid the catastrophe that hit their country. There were no instances of looting, even as business establishments, government offices and individual homes were abandoned. Even sushi that was left in a food cart at Sendai Airport remained untouched.

Less than 24 hours after the disaster, emergency services and the Japan Self-Defense Forces quickly mobilized to rescue survivors and provide temporary shelter and relief. Even the Japanese crime syndicate, the Yakuza, helped in maintaining order in the aftermath of the disaster. A global relief effort quickly went into motion, sending billions in food, water, emergency shelters and supplies to the affected region.

In designated evacuation centers, floor space for affected families was partitioned equally. There were designated areas for eating, sanitation and waste management. In the few business establishments that were left standing and open, queues of people hoping to buy basic needs were orderly.
Five years later, however, more than 174,000 people remain displaced by Japan’s triple disaster, majority of which were forced to leave their homes by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. Many still live in temporary shelters, uncertain if they will be able to ever go back to their homes. Others have decided to permanently relocate to other Japanese cities. The Japanese government estimates that the cleanup in Fukushima could take 40 years, considering the extent of the radioactive leak.

Still, despite the lingering problems, Japan’s rapid recovery from the triple disaster that rocked it was unprecedented. None of the debris left behind by the tsunami can be seen; only the empty lots indicate its existence. New roads, schools and homes have been built, while airports and seaports have reopened.

There is definitely a lot to be learned from the Japanese on how to cope with and respond to natural disasters, and most importantly, on how to prepare for such events.

In 2011, former Maguindanao provincial administrator Nonie Unas testified against Arroyo at a joint Comelec and Department of Justice probe. On Nov. 18, the Comelec in full session favored the results of the probe and filed charges of electoral sabotage against Arroyo and her cohorts at the Pasay City regional trial court. Judge Jesus Mupas immediately issued a warrant of arrest against Arroyo, who was arrested while on her way to the airport for a medical check-up abroad.

But the biggest bone of contention that Corona’s SC threw at Aquino was its Nov. 22, 2011 decision ordering the distribution of 5,000 hectares of Hacienda Luisita, the prime sugar estate in Tarlac owned by the Cojuangco clan. According to the court, the stock distribution option implemented by Hacienda Luisita Inc. was not in line with the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). Incensed at the apparent defiance Corona’s SC has shown, Aquino found his voice and began lashing out against the chief justice.

On Dec. 1, 2011, the President questioned the SC’s decisions at a speech delivered to the Makati Business Club. Four days later, he publicly lambasted Corona, who was present at the First Criminal Justice Summit. In an effort to appease the President’s wrath, the House of Representatives moved to impeach Corona.

On Dec. 12, 2011, 188 House members signed the eight Articles of Impeachment, based on allegations of graft and corruption, culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust. With two-thirds of the House having signed, the Articles of Impeachment were immediately sent to the Senate. On Jan. 16, 2012, the Corona impeachment trial began.

Of the eight Articles of Impeachment, the trial mostly centered on the second article, wherein Corona allegedly betrayed public trust and violated the Constitution by not disclosing the entirety of his wealth in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) from 2002 to 2010. Among the wealth that Corona did not declare included real estate properties in Taguig, Makati and Quezon City, as well as bank accounts in Philippine Savings Bank and Bank of the Philippine Islands. It was Corona’s non-disclosure of these properties and finances that ultimately convinced 20 senators to convict and impeach him on May 29, 2012.


Since her arrest, Arroyo has remained in hospital arrest awaiting the court’s verdict. Last year, the Pasay court granted her a P1-million bail, which the Court of Appeals has affirmed. But Arroyo remains in hospital arrest for a different non-bailable case.

“The annual grand gathering also saw a rare opportunity where the stars from the three leading television networks in the country together in one occasion to uphold a good cause — education, finance, health, lifestyle — by honoring the teachers, students, doctors, our unsung heroes. Among those who participated in the event are — Anne Curtis, Judy Ann Santos, Marian Rivera and Jodi Sta. Maria, Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, Jolo Revilla, Ogie Alcasid, Richard Gomez, Edu Manzano, Bianca Manalo, Ryzza Mae Dizon and hunks Rocco Nacino, Hideo Muraoka, Daniel Matsunaga, Vin Abrenica, Victor Silayan and John James Uy.”

“Meanwhile, were on hand at the finish line where a neon street party was held graced by celebrities Gretchen Ho, Robi Domingo, Bianca Gonzalez, and Phil Younghusband.”- From “Dela Cruz, Bacalan rule Rexona Run to Your Beat”, published in the October 24, 2013 issue of Manila Standard Today.

“The four Technomarine ambassadors are TV host Bianca Gonzalez, basketball player Kiefer Ravena, soccer player Phil Younghusband and actress Heart Evangelista.” – From “Diamonds meet plastic in watches of ‘unconventional luxury’, published in the September 20, 2013 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

These scenes are in stark contrast to how Filipinos respond during disasters. In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, widespread looting was reported in Tacloban City, the epicenter of the disaster. Survivors weren’t able to rely on local emergency services for help because the deluge devastated them as well. Hospitals were unable to cope with the huge number of injured patients because the storm surge had washed away most of their equipment and they had no backup power. Unidentified bodies lay along the side of major roads, with some burying their dead right on the spot. First responders from the government arrived only a day after the typhoon made landfall. And with the more than P1 billion in foreign aid given to the Philippines, survivors were given flimsy, wooden, temporary shelters that would not withstand the elements.

“TechnoMarine recently introduced its new product endorsers along with two new collections. Carla Abellana, Tim Yap, and Allison Harvard of “America’s Next Top Model” join Heart Evangelista and Xian Lim as the brand’s newest ambassadors.” – from “Watch brand has new endorsers, collections” published in the May 30, 2014 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Stars who modeled included Richard Gomez, Dingdong Dantes, Diether Ocampo, John Estrada, Rayver Cruz, Jon Avila, Bea Alonzo, Phoemela Barranda, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales, Apples Aberin-Sadhwani, Marina Benipayo, Patty Betita, Annette Coronel and Suyen Chi.”

“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.” – from “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.

“McDonald’s ambassadors Xian Lim and Jessy Mendiola, and athletic brothers Jeron Teng and Jeric Teng gamely put on their running shoes to join the race. Others spotted during the McHappy Day Fun Run were Chesca Garcia-Kramer and kids Kendra and Scarlett, Dimples Romana and daughter Callie, and football players and brothers Anton and Armand Del Rosario, along with McDonald’s commercial talents Einar Ingebrigtsen, Paulo “Kuya Pao” Pingol, Kenneth Cruz and Vince Ferraren.” – from “The 2013 McHappy Day Fun Run – a successful and memorable day for families!”, December 16, 2013

“Balloons, inflatable clappers and flags added to the campus cool vibe, while college “it” boys and girls made special appearances onstage, including hosts VJ Chino Lui Pio and VJ Joyce Pring, the UP Street Dance Club, Kylie Padilla, Kiefer Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, and Jeron Teng and Arnold Van Opstal of the DLSU Green Archers. The UP Pep Squad, Philippine All-Stars, and Billy Crawford energized the crowd with their performances. Coleen Garcia, Epi Quizon, Nikki Gil, Elmo Magalona, JC De Vera and Gerald Anderson also walked the runway for popular homegrown brands.”

“But apart from the free breakfast, McDonald’s also delighted customers by inviting celebrities to join the event. Among the personalities present in different McDonald’s stores during NBD were Solenn Heussaff, Lovi Poe, Rocco Nacino, Alden Richards, Drew Arellano, Matteo Guidicelli, Enrique Gil, Alex Gonzaga, Xian Lim, and Bianca Gonzalez.” – From “McDonald’s celebrates 3rd National Breakfast Day”, March 10, 2015

“They also included for the 2015 edition are Councilor Anjo Yllana, wife Jackie and kids Mikaela, Andee, Jaime and Nathan, Axel Torres and Jacob Benedicto, Xian Lim, Jessy Mendiola, JC de Vera, Rafael Rosell, Rayver Cruz, Martin del Rosario, Troy Montero and Ryzza Mae Dizon, Amy Ahomiro and Ella De Jesus of the Ateneo de Manila University Women’s Volleyball Team, Carl Guevarra and Kylie Padilla for Skechers, Louise Delos Reyes for Merrell, Shy Carlos and Matt Evans for Guess, Wilma Doesnt, Karyn Ann Johnston, and Luanne Dy for Mags, Marc Abaya and Iyan Tayao for Rogue.”

“On Monday, March 14, more than 400 McDonald’s stores nationwide gave away free McMuffins to both drive-thru and in-store customers from 6 to 7 am for National Breakfast Day in the Philippines. On their 4th year, this is also McDonald’s biggest celebration of the event to date. It was a morning filled with smiles for customers all over the country. Top Filipino celebrities were spotted in select stores to hand out the free McMuffin sandwiches. Celebrities present in the McDonald’s stores were Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards in Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City; Enrique Gil in Almanza, Las Pinas; Janine Gutierrez in Granada, Quezon City; Xian Lim in EDSA-Quezon Avenue, Quezon City; Alwyn Uytingco, Shaira Mae Dela Cruz, and Vin Abrenica in Reliance, Pasig City, and Bianca Umali and Miguel Tanfelix in Quezon Avenue.”

Now there are people clamoring for a return to authoritarian rule and impunity under the convoluted premise of instilling discipline in a society allegedly made corrupt by its democratic principles – as if our current problems are the result of our freedom to choose, instead of our flawed choices. With these developments, one must ask: “Have we, as a nation, really come of age?”

The show turns 37, a feat, indeed. “Eat Bulaga!” is the country’s longest-running noontime program on television and the bond created within their circle has made it possible for them to stick it out through the years.

“We enjoy each other’s company, dabarkads eh, it’s the true meaning of dabarkads na one family kayo, na hindi mo napapansin ang trabaho while you’re at it,” said Vic.

From a small group of five hosts when it was launched, “Eat Bulaga!” grew to a family of 18 whose members see each other six days a week with the goal of putting a smile on the faces of its viewers.

“We cater not just to the entertainment needs of the viewers but generally to the need to make them happy, make them complete,” said Jenny Ferre, the show’s creative head behind the phenomenal “Kalyeserye” segment.

If there is a formula to it, T.A.P.E., Inc. President and CEO Antonio P. Tuviera credits the show’s endless pursuit to keep up with the ever-changing taste of the viewers.

“We always try to be relevant to our audience,” he said. “Every time we try to do innovations, it’s not really something original. Akala mo (lang) parang bago pero it’s something na medyo at the back of their minds, ‘Parang kilala ko ‘to, pero parang mas masaya na siya ngayon, parang bago.’”

One might think the emergence of digital technology (with online downloads and webcasts galore) would mean bad news to mainstream media. But for “Eat Bulaga!” it’s good news. Social media has made it possible for the program to widen its reach beyond “mula Batanes hanggang Jolo” to the far corners of the world. The record-breaking 41 million tweets on AlDub, the accidental love team of heartthrob Alden Richards and dubsmash queen Maine Mendoza, for its “Tamang Panahon” special attests to this.

To accommodate more live audiences, the show will soon move to its new studio in a 3,000-square-meter property in Cainta, Rizal.

Here’s one more secret to their success.

“While the others are entertainment shows disguising themselves as public service programs, ‘Eat Bulaga!’ is the opposite: it is – and has been – a public service program disguising itself as an entertainment show,” Tuviera said. “Everything that we do, every new segment we introduce is always created in the light of public service.”

Plus our newest additions in the Manila leg of the fashion show for its 5th anniversary celebration in July 2013 are: “Magnificent 7” of Randy Ortiz—Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres, Ogie Alcasid, John Estrada, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Dingdong Dantes, beauty queens Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup, and actors Rayver Cruz and Daniel Matsunaga, volleyball star Gretchen Ho, Robi Domingo, TV host Bianca Gonzalez, basketball player Kiefer Ravena, soccer player Phil Younghusband and actress Heart Evangelista, McDonald’s ambassadors Xian Lim and Jessy Mendiola, and athletic brothers Jeron and Jeric Teng, and in 2015 are: Solenn Heussaff, Lovi Poe, Rocco Nacino, Alden Richards, Drew Arellano, Matteo Guidicelli, Enrique Gil, Alex Gonzaga.

The show was supported by L’Oreal Philippines, Swatch and Technomarine.

Official mall partners are SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, Ayala Malls, Araneta Center, Star Malls and Trinoma Mall.

Our official media partners are ABS-CBN, People’s Television Network (PTV-4), ABC TV5, GMA-7, CNN Philippines, QTV-11, IBC-13, ABS-CBN Sports+Action 23, NET 25, ANC: ABS-CBN News Channel, ETC: Entertainment Central, GNN: Global News Network, Jeepney TV, Lifestyle Network, Living Asia Channel, Asian Journal, Panay News, DZBB Radyo Bisig-Bayan 594, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, DZRH 666, DZRB Radyo ng Bayan 738, DZIQ INQUIRER Radio 990,, XFM 92.3, Campus Radio 97.1 WLS-FM, RJ 100.3 FM, 90.7 Love Radio, 101.1 YES! FM, 96.3 WRocK, MOR 101.9 For Life and Focus Media Audiovisuals.

From the boardroom to the gym, and back (By Cheche V. Moral, from the August 8, 2008 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Fashion is just a reflection of what’s happening around us,” said Rajo Laurel. “If the people need more outerwear and workout clothes to attain a healthy lifestyle, as designers we have to provide that.”

Thus came about “Fitness.Fashion,” the SRO curtain raiser to the Samsung-sponsored Inquirer Lifestyle Series, held last Thursday at Peninsula Manila. After Samsung, major sponsors are HSBC and The Peninsula Manila. The brands behind the show are Kipling, Speedo, Puma, Fila, Bench, Nike Golf, Marks & Spencer, Adidas, Aigle, Oxbow, Swatch and L’Oreal.

A collaboration between Manila’s top designers and leading activewear brands, the show featured fitness icons as guest models.

Lulu Tan-Gan said, “Thelma (Lifestyle editor who conceived the project) keeps us designers competitive and challenges us to trend-set… Today’s health-craze lifestyle is balance at work and play. Having to change gear from work to exercise can take time. The ideal is to be half-dressed for the action. This generation is selective and will not do active performance without style.”

Tan-Gan added: “It would be great if active sports brands can add new top-end lines that fuse athletic sportswear and style, with designers coming up with high-fashion athletic wear that focuses on sports performance.”

That may not be a long shot. This early, the project has already produced results. At least one designer is now in discussions to develop a fitness line, while a few others are adding sportier looks to their RTW lines.

Louis Claparols’ ‘Star Wars’ for Speedo

Since last year, Louis Claparols’ garments have taken a sportswear feel. Thus, “Fitness.Fashion” was a natural fit. A devout yogi, he didn’t, however, design around yoga. He worked around the brand’s Spa Collection of basic black swimwear and loungewear, influenced by the uniforms of the imperial storm troopers on “Star Wars.” He designed skirts, leggings, sheer tops and boleros in contrast black, blue and white for “visual impact.”

Lulu Tan-Gan’s futuristic tenniswear for Fila

Knits queen Lulu Tan-Gan stuck to her signature knits—tube ribbings, spaced dyed texture—to jazz up Fila’s tennis line of traditional tops, dresses, skirts, skorts and culottes. Her theme was “Spacey at the Court,” featuring what she described as “futuristic, fun, easy pieces.” In a nod to tradition, Tan-Gan maintained Fila’s traditional black, red and white, but used yellows for accent. In keeping with the futuristic theme, she used nylon thread for the knits with metal hardware thrown in.

Ivarluski Aseron’s couture touch for Puma

Hussein Chalayan will reportedly create a collection for Puma, which made Ivarluski Aseron especially thrilled to work with the brand. Aseron’s first activewear line paired Puma pieces with jackets and pants with couture touches—pleatings and drapings, patchwork patterns. “There were couture techniques, but they were very wearable. I put no linings and the fabrics were very easy (cotton piqué).” The good news: Similar pieces will be sold under his line for Myth.

Barba’s Suzanne Lenglen inspiration for Kipling

A strong believer in clothes that breathe and move with the wearer, Vic Barba looked to the French tennis great of the flapper era, Suzanne Lenglen, for inspiration. Lenglen was famous for her ferocity on the court (31 grand slam titles), emotional displays and rebellious fashion style. At the time when stiff, long-sleeved dresses were the regulation court uniform, Lenglen opted for lightweight and gossamer dresses by Jean Patou. Barba similarly went for easy silhouettes—jumpsuit, maxi dress, shirtdress, roomy pants and Capri pants for men. He used stretch materials like cotton, jersey, twill.

Anthony Nocom’s preppy line for Nike Golf

A veteran menswear designer though a complete novice in golf, Anthony Nocom found it a pleasant surprise that Nike Golf’s shirts, specifically the Tiger Woods collection, were all in bright colors. Nocom designed shorts in candy-striped fabrics, and sport jackets, including denim, to go with his after-tee, clubhouse look. His styling was very preppy; he layered the golf tees and threw in some pastel-colored belts. He picked a pair of lime-green pants that had “no hanger appeal” from Nike’s own collection, in the hope of moving it from the selling floor.

Patrice Ramos-Diaz’s feminine details for Adidas

“My collection was an attempt to show harmony between two concepts that are more often than not perceived as opposites— femininity and physical strength,” Patrice-Ramos-Diaz said.
Girly hooded ponchos, electric-pleat tulle and lace skirts and glammed-up tennis jumpsuits combined well with seemingly masculine Adidas pieces in techno fabrics.

“With the use of ornamentation and styling—crystal brooches, ribbon ties, fuchsia jersey wrist bands and thigh-high jersey leg warmers, and the use of materials such as tulle and metallized lace, I tried to push femininity to explore its contradiction to masculinity while still proving that fitness and strength can be found in a girly girl.” A fitness buff, Ramos-Diaz made sure her collection reflected that sports can be fun also for benchwarmers.
“I think fashion motivates people to get into a sport,” she said.

Joey Samson’s fresh take for Bench

To bring a fresh, more sophisticated feel to a mass retail brand like Bench was the challenge for Joey Samson.

He chose to inject the aesthetics of Japanese sportswear into the collection and added prevailing trends such as rock-star jackets and wide-leg sequined pants for formal cruise looks, if toned down by the fitness slant.

To contrast Bench’s multicolor palette, he went for a subtler black-and-white collection with some red accents. Samson used vintage fabrics from Cubao, which proved to be not enough when his initial ideas led to new ones.

No matter how basic a brand is, one can put a twist to it, he said. “The idea is to make something one can wear from work to workout or vice versa… In one look, I had a tuxedo jacket thrown over a golf outfit. That’s where the trick lies. When you say tuxedo, it doesn’t have to be strictly formal.”

Randy Ortiz’s military look for Puma

Randy Ortiz had earlier conceptualized an urban safari and military-inspired look for his Rainy Season Collection for Myth boutique. His collaboration with Puma was anchored on it, proving again that it’s not a stretch to marry sportswear with special designer pieces.

His palette was of khakis, fatigues and browns. “Its how a designer chooses to dress it up—as street-casual couture or more dressed-up and upbeat. There’s a change in lifestyle. Everyone is into wellness. At a certain point, it jives,” he said. The military look is more a fashion statement than a political,” he clarified. And “it’s rebellious in that aspect.”

James Reyes’ modern gladiator for Speedo

The Olympian as a “modern gladiator” was James Reyes’ concept for Speedo.

To his delight, one of his pieces landed on the front page of the Inquirer last week, no small thanks to his model, sports advocate Sen. Pia Cayetano. Reyes likes to refer to his clothes as “non-garments” and mere add-on pieces to the Speedo Competition Line swimwear. He made shorts, hoodies, capelets and abbreviated jackets. They’re like “armory,” he said. For the senator, he made a jacket in deference to her stature. But “I was surprised because she didn’t want to wear it. She’s proud of her body. She’s very athletic.” Cayetano took to the catwalk in a headline-ready, bareback swimsuit paired with Reyes’ loose black skirt that grazed the floor.

Rhett Eala’s retro for Adidas

He a creative director for a casual-sportswear brand, Rhett Eala took the challenge as an expanded venue for a recent mini exhibit of his artworks. Deciding to use Adidas accessories for the collection, he transferred his nationalist and Damien Hirst-inspired paintings via silkscreen on polo shirts and bottoms from the brand Collezione, which he designs. For a retro feel, he went for a solid black-and-white collection.

Arcy Gayatin’s dance icons for Marks & Spencer

Choosing camisoles, basic tees and stretch pants from the British clothing brand, the Cebu designer decided to give a nod to modern dance’s grand dames Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham in her collection. Marks & Spencer gave her free rein to embellish the pieces. “It was fun,” she said. “I can relate [to the looks]. It means you can have a basic tee and an embellished skirt and even wear it to a formal affair.” The exercise was a positive project “to give people an idea that you can fuse these two ideas: off the rack and made to order.”

Rajo Laurel’s sports-to-sensual look for Aigle and Oxbow

His was a tough test: merging his aesthetics—romantic, luxurious and sexy—with that of two relatively unknown brands (at least locally). Aigle is a French outdoor-camping brand, while Oxbow creates surfing gear. Laurel picked out Aigle’s linen and earth-toned pieces and “resized them for more sensual shapes.” His own pieces were mixed with Oxbow’s swimsuits and shorts. “My vision was for a woman like my muse, Jeena Lopez, who rock-climbs one day, surfs and kite-boards the next, then goes to a club the next day,” Laurel said. He is now in talks with a brand to develop a fitness line.

Guest of Honor:

  • President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo


  1. Vice-President Noli de Castro
  2. House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles
  3. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
  4. Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno
  5. Former President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino
  6. Former President Fidel V. Ramos
  7. Former President Joseph Ejercito-Estrada
  8. Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales
  9. Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim
  10. Caloocan City Mayor Recom R. Echiverri
  11. Malabon City Mayor Canuto Senen A. Oreta
  12. Navotas City Mayor Tobias Reynald M. Tiangco
  13. Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin T. Gatchalian
  14. Quezon City Mayor Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr.
  15. San Juan City Mayor Joseph Victor G. Ejercito
  16. Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin C. Abalos, Jr.
  17. Pasig City Mayor Robert C. Eusebio
  18. Marikina City Mayor Marides Carlos-Fernando
  19. Makati City Mayor Jejomar C. Binay
  20. Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao B. Trinidad
  21. Taguig City Mayor Sigfrido R. Tinga
  22. Pateros Mayor Rosendo T. Capco
  23. Parañaque City Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe, Jr.
  24. Las Piñas City Mayor Vergel “Nene” Aguilar
  25. Muntinlupa City Mayor Aldrin L. San Pedro
  26. Agriculture Secretary Bernie Fondevilla
  27. Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman
  28. Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad
  29. Education Secretary Dr. Mona A. Valisno
  30. Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes
  31. Envirorment and Natural Resources Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr.
  32. Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima
  33. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo
  34. Health Secretary Dr. Esperanza G. Cabral
  35. Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo
  36. Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez
  37. Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque
  38. National Defense Secretary Gilbert C. Teodoro, Jr.
  39. Public Works and Highways Secretary General Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr.
  40. Science and Technology Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro
  41. Social Welfare and Development Secretary Celia Capadocia Yangco
  42. Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace H. Durano
  43. Transportation and Communications Secretary Anneli Lontoc
  44. Trade and Industry Secretary Jesli A. Lapus
  45. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process General Hermogenes Esperon
  46. Presidential Adviser for Constituency Affairs Hon. Edgardo D. Pamintuan
  47. Presidential Adviser for Provincial Affairs Hon. Conrado A. Limcaoco
  48. Presidential Adviser for Jobs Generation Hon. Luis P. Lorenzo, Jr.
  49. Special Assistant to the President, Presidential Adviser for Special Concerns Hon. Erlinda M B. de Leon
  50. Presidential Adviser on Strategic Projects Hon. Gloria L. Tan Climaco
  51. Presidential Adviser for New Government Centers Hon. Rodolfo Del Rosario
  52. Undersecretary Danilo L. Encinas
  53. Assistant Secretary, Presidential Adviser on Cooperatives Sarah Buena S. Mirasol
  54. Presidential Adviser for Muslim Communities, Presidential Adviser on Culture Hon. Nur. G. Jaafar
  55. Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Hon. Arturo . Carrillo
  56. Presidential Adviser for Police Affairs Hon. Orlando A. Macaspac
  57. Presidential Adviser for Eastern Visayas Hon. Victor A. Domingo
  58. Presidential Adviser for North Luzon Hon. Renato V. Diaz
  59. Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog Hon. Cesar N. Sarino
  60. Presidential Adviser on Regional Development Hon. Paul G. Dominguez
  61. Presidential Adviser on Agricultural Modernization Hon. Angelito M. Sarmiento
  62. Presidential Adviser Jose A. Rufino
  63. Presidential Adviser on Appointment Tomasito B. Monzon
  64. Presidential Adviser for Muslim Royalty Concerns Hon. Sultan Jamalul D. Kiram III
  65. Presidential Adviser for Cagayan Valley Hon. Silvestre Bello II
  66. Presidential Adviser Carolina G. Hernandez
  67. Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Maj. Gen. Arturo B. Carillo (Ret.)
  68. Presidential Adviser for Police Affairs P/Dir. Orlando A. Macaspac (Ret.)
  69. Presidential Adviser on Infrastructure Teodoro T. Encarnacion
  70. Presidential Adviser on Foreign Affairs Alfonso T. Yuchengco
  71. Presidential Adviser on Rural Electrication Francisco G. Silva
  72. Presidential Adviser for New Gov’t Centers Rodolfo P. Del Rosario
  73. Presidential Adviser on Food Security & Job Creation Arthur Yap
  74. Presidential Adviser for Revenue Enhancement Narciso Y. Santiago, Jr.
  75. Presidential Adviser for Trade & Development Amb. Rodolfo C. Severino
  76. Office of The Presidential Adviser Benjamin G. Dy
  77. Adviser for Subic-Clark Alliance for Development Edgardo D. Pamintuan
  78. Special Adviser for Energy Affairs and Presidential Adviser for External Affairs Edgardo M. Del Fonso
  79. Presidential Adviser for Region VI Rafael L. Conscolluela
  80. National Economic and Development Authority Director General and Political Adviser Ralph Recto
  81. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sergio Apostol
  82. National Security Adviser and Director-General Norberto B. Gonzales
  83. Deputy National Security Adviser Pedro R. Cabuay, Jr.
  84. Deputy National Security Adviser Virtus Gil
  85. Cabinet Secretary Atty. Silvestre Bello III
  86. National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Domingo F. Panganiban
  87. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Atty. Francis C. Tolentino
  88. Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Smart Communications, Inc. and TV5 Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan
  89. Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
  90. Cultural Center of the Philippines Chairman Emily Altomonte Abrera
  91. National Commission for the Culture and Arts Chairperson Dr. Vilma Labrador
  92. Makati Business Club President Ramon R. del Rosario Jr.
  93. Makati Business Club Executive Director Bill Luz
  94. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Chairman and CEO Efraim Genuino
  95. Philippine Olympic Committee Chairman Peping Cojuangco
  96. Philippine Daily Inquirer Chairman Marixi Rufino-Prieto
  97. Philippine Daily Inquirer Founding Editor Eugenia Duran-Apostol
  98. Philippine Daily Inquirer President Alessandra Prieto-Romualdez
  99. Philippine Daily Inquirer Editor-in-Chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc
  100. Philippine Daily Inquirer Publisher Isagani M. Yambot, Sr.
  101. Philippine Daily Inquirer Lifestyle Editor Thelma Sioson-San Juan

Welcome the New Millennium


ABS-CBN 2000 Station ID was launched during the “ABS-CBN Worldwide Celebration of the New Millennium” TV Special

The 2000 Millennium Celebration, on December 31, 1999 at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila, The Fort and Quezon City Memorial Circle.

Quirino Grandstand Millennium Celebration Stage

Quirino Grandstand Millennium Celebration Stage

Finally, the project was completed with the unveiling of the new ABS-CBN logo for the century, just in time for the Millennium Celebration on Saturday, January 1, 2000.

Throughout the usage of the 1986 logo, ABS-CBN had not only enjoyed success in broadcasting, but also rapidly transformed itself into a media conglomerate. So, in 1999, ABS-CBN made a corporate decision to redesign its logo to meet the current demands and to respond with the then fast approaching new millennium. However, ABS-CBN also decided to retain its symbol (as the network noticed that the symbol had become one of the most recognizable and identifiable in the country), and give it a total redesign.

The previous logo, which featured the stylized Malayan letters and a box with three concentric circles and a line gave way to this logo’s styling. In the fifth generation of the symbol, the three RGB circles and black vertical line were retained and slightly modified. Also, the text was given the biggest redesign, as it had the ABS and CBN names merged into the name ABS-CBN (this was done to indicate that both ABS and CBN are now owned by the one family, the Lopezes), and was given a more modern Rotis Semi Serif-like typeface and the box, which was part of the logo since 1967 “evolved” into a flat grey/white crystal plane (on the 2D version, the plane appears as a 2D grey/white square, and on some uses of the logo, the square is nowhere to be seen), with the rings and line placed above it. This was done to indicate that ABS-CBN has gone “out of the box”, which means it has gone beyond its core business of broadcasting to cover other media platforms, and has transformed into a national and global network covering 99% of the Philippines and 2/3 of the whole world.

The logo greatly departs itself from the previous logo not only in terms of design but also in terms of representation, because compared to the previous logo, which limited its representation of ABS-CBN as only a radio-TV network and the largest media network in the country, the 2000 logo changed its representation of ABS-CBN from being just a radio-TV network into a unified representation of ABS-CBN being a media conglomerate and global network. This type of representation would soon be passed on to ABS-CBN’s 2013 logo.

A new slogan was launched to coincide with the new logo’s unveiling, entitled “Out Of The Box…Into The New Millennium” (the slogan also used to celebrate the new millennium). The reason for the unveiling of the “Out of the Box” slogan, is to represent that ABS-CBN (because of its transformation from a radio-TV network to a total media conglomerate) and its logo (because it has replaced its box with a crystal plane) have indeed, gone “out of the box”.

Along with this, the company also launched new theme music to replace the theme music used since the network’s relaunch as The Star Network. In 2003, during the television station’s 50th anniversary, ABS-CBN launched its present brand name, “Kapamilya” (literally means “a member of the family”).

Although the 2000 logo of ABS-CBN is interpreted as a new logo, it can also be interpreted as a new millennium redesign of ABS-CBN’s previous logo.

In 2013, the logo overtook the 1986 logo of ABS-CBN as the longest-lived logo of the network.

The logo remained in use even when the unveiling of the new 2014 logo of ABS-CBN, retaining its role as the network’s primary logo up until December 31, 2013, when it was finally discontinued.

The Print Launch

After over 50 years of committed communications and public service, ABS-CBN has successfully transformed itself from broadcast pioneer to a total entertainment and information company. ABS-CBN takes on a fresh look for the new millennium, all the while embodying the vision and ideals of our founder, the late Eugenio Lopez Jr., remaining true to our reason for being in the service of the Filipino, through and beyond year 2000.

—The message of the first print ad with the ABS-CBN 2000 logo

The logo was unveiled on print with the old logos of ABS-CBN shown on glass screens and featured the elements of the 2000 logo on screens with gold linings, this time with a crystal plane and the revamped ABS-CBN text. While they assemble, the elements denoting are described but this time, it is more different, because of ABS-CBN’s evolution into a media and entertainment company and international presence.

Element Original Meaning (1967-2000) New Meaning (2000-present)
A Vertical Line Represents a transmitter tower. Represents a transmitter tower, signifying ABS-CBN’s core business of broadcasting.
Three Rings Symbolizes ABS-CBN’s signals representing the RGB colors which make up a pixel on television/The three divisions of the Philippines: Luzon (Red), Visayas (Green), and Mindanao (Blue).

Stand for ABS-CBN’s presence in the lives of Filipinos, here and elsewhere in the world.

A Crystal Plane Represents the broadcasting ideal of balanced programming. Denotes ABS-CBN’s dynamic spirit.
The Network’s Call Letters Stylized Malayan letters to denote modern, Filipino enterprise. Merge below it and graphically underscore ABS-CBN’s mission of being in the service of the Filipino, wherever he may be.

After the ABS-CBN Countdown to 2008 special entitled “ABS-CBN Worldwide Celebration of The New Millennium”, a plug called the “Millennium Overture“, aired at 12:00 m.n. on Tuesday, January 1, 2008. The first scene featured all the past logos and station ID’s (along with the Sarimanok) of ABS-CBN on television screens that were used during the same time the logos were released, (with the TV models getting newer by the time a newer logo of ABS-CBN is seen). Later, a portal transports the viewers to a dark clear space, and displays the 1986 ABS-CBN logo for one last time. Then, all of a sudden, the 1986 logo begins to shift its parts and transform them, starting its reconstruction into a new logo. The box is given a new dimension and is transformed into a new crystal plane, the rings and line modify their appearance, and the ABS and CBN names start to merge and morph into a newer ABS-CBN text with a more modern typography. As the 1986 logo reconstructs, the 2000 logo of ABS-CBN becomes visible, and as the reconstruction finishes, the new logo appears along with spotlights and fireworks (with the line and text still appearing in white), with the dark space becoming a black background with RGB light streams, and the slogan “In The Service Of The Filipino”, now in Rotis Semi Serif font, appearing below a white line, which is seen between the logo and the slogan.

Soon, the project was continued by Thelma Sioson-San Juan, she was the new Lifestyle Editor on February 1, 2008. The ILS FF with Samsung show continued, with major events in the country exploded in the last seven months.