Matteo Guidicelli, Tyson Sy, Mark Bumgarner and Enzo Pastor: the next generation of road warriors

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“In 2007, Petron launched the new Petron XCS Complete Combustion System, the first gasoline powered by premium organic combustion enhancers that gives your engine cleaner burn and unrelenting power. Petron XCS fueled the next generation of road warriors represented by car racers Matteo Guidicelli, Tyson Sy, and Mark Bumgarner.”

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A group of military soldiers stormed the Peninsula Manila hotel in Makati to seek the ouster of then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

On the morning of November 29, 2007, a group of soldiers led by Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Captain Nicanor Faeldon and Capt. Gary Alejano, along with 30 others, walked out of their hearing for the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny at the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) and went to the hotel.

The group stayed at the hotel, where, through the media, they expressed their sentiments against the Arroyo administration.

Due to the incident, the Philippine National Police (PNP) put Metro Manila under a red alert status. The guests in the hotel were also asked to vacate their rooms.

The group was given until 3 p.m. to surrender. By 4 p.m., some gunshots were heard inside the hotel as authorities entered the hotel. Tear gas was also used against those inside the Peninsula Manila.

Military trucks and tanks also arrived at the hotel by 5 p.m., as police officers started arresting the mutineers. Some members of the media were also arrested along with the soldiers.

After the arrests, then Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro justified the media arrests, saying the arresting officers did not know that they were journalists.

A curfew from 12 midnight to 5 a.m. was also implemented all over Metro Manila, Central Luzon and CALABARZON from November 29 to 30.

The police also launched a manhunt for soldiers who escaped the hotel, including Faeldon.

The Peninsula Manila became fully operational by December 3.

The three kart racers with the late race car driver Enzo Pastor are being flanked by Sen. Pia Cayetano, Rina Go, Paolo Abrera and Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino general manager Marco Protacio in Manila during the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand over the weekend of December 8 to 9, 2007.

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Edgar Mortiz, Dee Nicholas, Marco Protacio, Sen. Pia Cayetano and Cito Beltran.

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Ginggay Joven-dela Merced

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Jackie Aquino, Marco Protacio, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, Randy Ortiz, Henri Calayag

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Joey Samson, Lulu Tan-Gan and Dennis Lustico

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Guido Santos

Excerptions:

Kwento ito ng isang bata na nilista na ang mga nais anyayahan at ang mga nais niyang ipahanda sa kanyang nalalapit na ika-sampung taong kaarawan—“coke, ice cream, hotdog, spaghetti…” Ngunit sa kanyang paggising dalawang araw bago ang kanyang kaarawan, wala ang kanyang mga magulang. Tinanong niya ang kanilang kasambahay kung nasaan ang mga ito at kailangan pang ihanda ang mga imbitasyon. Sabi ng kasambahay, tumungo sa EDSA dahil nagsimula na ang himagsikan. Dahil sa pagod ng kanyang mga magulang pag-uwi ng mga ito mula sa mga exciting na nangyari sa EDSA, hindi na niya nabanggit pa ang party. Nalungkot si Guido.

Nawalan pa ng pasok ng February 24 kaya hindi na niya maiimbita ang kanyang mga kaklase. Nagkaroon ng pag-asa si Guido nang mabalitaan na si Marcos ay umalis na. Makakapagparty na siya bukas. Ngunit mali pala ang balita. Hindi pa uuwi ang nanay at tatay niya. Naging miserable si Guido. Ngunit, kinabukasan, ipinangako ni tatay kay Guido, “bibigyan kita ng pinakamalaking kaarawan sa buong mundo.” Dinala siya ng kanyang mga magulang sa EDSA at namigay siya ng pagkain sa mga tao doon at binili pa siya ng birthday cake ng kanyang hinipan sa gitna ng People Power. Aakalaing kathang isip ang kwentong ito ngunit batay pala ito sa totoong kwento ni Guido Santos, ang larawan ng kanyang birthday celebration na pinakamalaki sa mundo ay nasama pa sa sikat na aklat na “People Power: The Philippine Revolution of 1986, An Eyewitness History.”

Besides Protacio, Sen. Cayetano, Beltran is A Dangerous Life cast members: Gary Busey, Rebecca Gilling, James Handy, Roy Alvarez, Guy Stone, Alexander Cortez, Jaime Fabregas and Dina Bonnevie. Busey and Gilling would spend in the Philippines for ten days.

besides next to kart racer Guidicelli, Sy, Bumgarmer and race car driver Pastor is Cebu basketball player and businessman Jeremy Ryan Huang, who was joined by CGA&P (Sen. Cayetano, Go, Abrera and Protacio) in Manila, on December 9, 2007 at Spiral Restaurant of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City.

Radio announcer Dennis Antenor, Jr. (formerly known as Dennis Guisado of YES! FM 101.1) was at the DZRH studio, while dozens of amusement-park goers outside of Star City – Amusement Park and PICC participating in the “Occupy” protests, as well the Anti-government protesters clash with police at Roxas Boulevard during the 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima Southeast Asian Games swimming Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals A at past 7:29 p.m. of December 9, 2007.

Nasa Spiral Restaurant ng Sofitel Philippine Plaza kasama ang media na mag-spend overnight bago ang 2007 SEA Games swimming competitions sa Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

While at the CCP Complex, CUltural Center of the Phils. chairman Emily Abrera, over DZRH Manila and Radyo Natin FM, “I am assure that Paolo and wife Suzi and Sophie Abrera Del Prado was at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila earlier afternoon.”

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

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While Guidicelli, Sy, Bumgarmer, Pastor and Huang in Manila with CGA&P, is no less than Enchong Dee, who participated at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games swimming competitions in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. He was in lane 8 of men’s 100-meter butterfly finals on the same day.

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Results

Sunday, 9 December, 18:29

Men’s 100m Butterfly Finals A

Event Record Mark Name Location Date
 Asia  52.27   JPN  – YAMAMOTO T  Barcelona (ESP)   26 June, 2003
 SEA Games  55.04   MAS  – KENG LIAT Lim Hanoi (VIE)   30 July, 2003
Rk Lane Name R.T. 50 m 100 m Tbh. Rec.
Ind.
1 1  MAS  – BEGO Daniel [1] 25.16
25.16
[1] 54.33
29.17
GR
6 2  THA  – MATJIUR Radomyos [7] 26.63
26.63
[6] 56.61
29.98
2.28  
5 3  INA  – UTOMO Donny [3] 25.95
25.95
[5] 55.81
29.86
1.48  
3 4  INA  – WIBOWO Andy [2] 25.80
25.80
[3] 55.59
29.79
1.26  
2 5  PHI  – WALSH James [4] 26.12
26.12
[2] 55.47
29.35
1.14  
4 6  SIN  – TAN Xue-Wei [5] 26.37
26.37
[4] 55.79
29.42
1.46  
7 7  SIN  – SY Shirong Jeffrey [6] 26.61
26.61
[7] 56.68
30.07
2.35  
8 8  PHI  – DEE Ernest   [8] 26.65
26.65
[8] 56.87
30.22
2.54  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Enchong, my friend, mag artista ka nalang.

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

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

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

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

More gunshots. The wailing becomes louder.

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

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

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

And then, the gunshot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

One conversation was that of Burton and a Filipino.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 11 December , 18:20
Men’s 200m Butterfly Finals A
Event Record Mark Name Location Date
 Asia  1:54.91   Japan JPN  – YAMAMOTO T   Athens (GRE)   17 August, 2004
 SEA Games  2:01.84   Malaysia MAS  – ANG Anthony   Kuala Lumpur (MAS)   13 September, 2001
Rk Lane Name R.T. 50 m 100 m 150 m 200 m Tbh. Rec.
Ind.
1 4 Philippines PHI  – WALSH James [5] 28.25
28.25
[2] 58.28
30.03
[2] 1:29.29
31.01
[1] 2:00.45
31.16
GR
2 7 Indonesia INA  – UTOMO Donny [1] 27.03
27.03
[1] 57.36
30.33
[1] 1:28.67
31.31
[2] 2:00.81
32.14
0.36
3 6 Malaysia MAS  – BEGO Daniel [4] 28.20
28.20
[3] 59.65
31.45
[4] 1:32.00
32.35
[3] 2:03.97
31.97
3.52
4 2 Singapore SIN  – NG Tze Kang [2] 28.04
28.04
[4] 1:00.10
32.06
[3] 1:31.93
31.83
[4] 2:04.68
32.75
4.23
5 5 Singapore SIN  – LIM Chen Siang Nigel [7] 28.99
28.99
[6] 1:00.63
31.64
[5] 1:33.17
32.54
[5] 2:06.34
33.17
5.89
6 3 Thailand THA  – LOSANGWAL Kunniti [3] 28.15
28.15
[5] 1:00.20
32.05
[6] 1:33.20
33.00
[6] 2:06.71
33.51
6.26
7 8 Malaysia MAS  – LIM Kevin [6] 28.79
28.79
[7] 1:01.46
32.67
[8] 1:35.92
34.46
[7] 2:10.02
34.10
9.57
8 1 Philippines PHI  – DEE Ernest [8] 29.30
29.30
[8] 1:01.84
32.54
[7] 1:35.66
33.82
[8] 2:11.47
35.81
11.02

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PCA Bldg., Plaza Dilao, Manila City

December 11, 2007

Happy 100th birthday to Philippine Columbian!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mabuhay!

Post-script: After the 2007 Southeast Asian Games

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

GMA7’s Excessive Pride Should Be Stopped

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

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

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

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

The pillars of GMA News and Public Affairs – Pia Arcangel, Arnold Clavio, Mike Enriquez, Angelique Lazo, Vicky Morales, Connie Sison, Jessica Soho and Mel Tiangco will anchor the special sports marathon coverage for the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand – “A Time for Heroes”. This coverage will run on all platforms (TV, Radio, Mobile, Internet and YouTube) from December 6 to 15, 2007 on GMA-7 and Q channel 11.

“A time for heroes”

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“A Time for Heroes” titlecard

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Arnold Clavio and Jessica Soho during World Youth Day in 1995 and Pope Francis’ visit in 2015.

Arcangel, Clavio, Enriquez, Lazo, Morales, Sison, Soho and Tiangco was at the GMA Broadway Centrum Westside Studios in Quezon City along with Patricia Bermudez-Hizon, Christine Jacob-Sandejas and Chino Trinidad in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand for the live special TV coverage, Dyan Castillejo, Boom Gonzales, TJ Manotoc and Mozzy Ravena of ABS-CBN News, Rico Hizon of BBC World, Christine Ong of Channel NewsAsia and Marga Ortigas of Al Jazeera are reporting live from same city for the last nine days, from December 6 to 15 of the same year.

Aside from swimmer Dee, journalists Bermudez-Hizon, Jacob-Sandejas, Trinidad, Castillejo, Gonzales, R. Hizon, Manotoc, Ong, Ortigas, and Crisologo-Ravena, MILO commercial models, actor and students Kyle Arrieta who photographed during the Football competitions at 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium, Eugene Herrera who photographed during the Southeast Asian Games swimming competitions at the Aquatic Center, His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium and Prince Carlos, a student from De La Salle Santiago Zobel School in Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Princess Gaiser, a student of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila photographed during the Indoor Volleyball tournaments was held at the Gymnasium 2, His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Stadium (5 December 2007), Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and Kiefer Ravena, a student of Ateneo de Manila High School who photographed during the basketball tournaments was held at Keelapirom Stadium, Suranaree University of Technology at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

“Ronda Trese”

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Mula sa Ronda Trese kasama si Ida Bernasconi at Joee Guilas, Disyembre 9, 2007:

Reporter: Roland Cayetano

Katatapos pa lang ang oras ng hapunan sa PICC Forum, nakapanood ng live and interrupted coverage ng 2007 Southeast Asian Games sa Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand. Si Former Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See & Malta Howard Dee, ay isang kamag-anak ng aktor na si Enchong, kasama sina reporters Melo del Prado at Henry Omaga Diaz sa Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila kaninang alas siyete ng gabi ng Linggo. Si Jeremy Ryan Huang, ay nakasama sina Marco Protacio ng Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino para makapanood ng swimming competitions. Mister Dee was in lane 8 of men’s 100-meter butterfly finals at past 7:29 p.m. Manila Time. Para kay PLDT Chairman Manny Pangilinan, si Mister Dee ay pagiging WONDER BOY ng Philippine Swimming.

Soundbyte: “Mister Dee has ejected to meet with me, ahead of 2007 Nakhon Ratchasima Sea Games, I have chance of my opportunity  to see Miguel Molina in Thailand.”

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PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan

But, after the swimming competitions, Chairman MVP in his press conference: “We assure that Mister Molina and Dee are returning back to Manila after the 24th Thailand Sea Games closing ceremonies just in time for the 29th birthday celebration of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao on Sunday.”

Arrieta, Herrera, Carlos, Gaiser and K. Ravena, who are having passports in time for the regional sporting event held in the same country.

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Kyle Arrieta

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Eugene Herrera

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Prince Carlos

Post-script

A Few months after the 2007 Southeast Asian Games was held in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima from December 6 to December 15, 2007, 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.

Herrera, Carlos, Guidicelli, Sy, Bumgarmer and Pastor, along with CGA&P, because when Typhoon Frank that hit Luzon and Visayas on June 17 to 27, 2008 causing severe damage and resulted in at least 1,371 deaths and leaving 87 people missing, a month ahead of the Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung Fashion Show on July 31, 2008 at the Rigodon Ballroom of the Peninsula Manila in Makati City.

Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor was a popular Filipino racing champion who had unfinished dreams after a tragic act of violence in the Philippines, Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Enzo started his racing career at the age of 17, in 1999. He’s participated in touring cars, Formula BMW, Formula 3, and most recently, NASCAR’s Euro Series and the Asian V8 Championship. In fact, he and his brother were the first two Filipino drivers to ever compete on NASCAR’s European circuit. His performance earned him an invitation to come compete in their American K&N division, but he never got the chance.

Enzo was also the first Filipino to ever get behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar, doing so in a 2011 test. Among his many achievements include the 2002 Asian Formula Renault title, a national Touring Car championship, and the 2010 Philippine Sportswriter Association Annual Award for Motorsports. Earlier this year, Pastor won the inaugural Asian V8 championship race.

He was en-route to Clark International Speedway to store his late model cars when two motorcycle riders pulled up to the vehicle and gunned him down. He was 32. It’s a tragic loss for Philippine motorsport, losing one of their strongest advocates. Enzo is survived by his wife Dalia and children, Damien and Xander.

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