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Friday, October 30, 2015

ALDUB: social media phenomenon

It is a surreal and wildly popular show which has smashed global social media records. But few outside the Philippines have even heard of the phenomenon called AlDub. What follows is everything you need to know about lip-synching, being in love with somebody you have never met and how to break records on Twitter.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Angel Locsin will not Play as Darna Anymore

Darna character, a Filipino Comic character which is equivalent to Wonder Woman in America is supposedlybe played by Angel Locsin in the Movie will no longer come true. Angel Locsin who prepare for years to play the character said she was injured and it will be hard for her to perform
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Parul Shah takes 3rd runner-up in Miss Grand International 2015

Philippines representative Parul Shah in Miss Grand International 2015 is third runner-up. She was the winner of Binibing Pilipinas Tourism in 2014 but was able to compete that year. She also won best in National Costume in Miss Grand International 2015. Binibining Pilipinas sent a congratulations messaged to Sha for winning 3rd runner up. The pageant was help in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Sharon Cuneta reconciles with Piolo Pascual

MANILA - All's well that ends well.

 Sharon Cuneta on Thursday night took to Facebook to share her feelings about her reconciliation with Piolo Pascual, whom she had a shaky relationship after the actor broke up with her daughter KC Concepcion.
 "I was in my wheelchair amongst friends and I didn't see him (Pascual) coming," wrote Cuneta.

"He hugged me tight and when I looked at his face, I hugged him back so tight.

" The 49-year-old Cuneta, who has admitted to have said words against Pascual, went on to describe him as someone she had hurt and a "son" that she will continue to love.
Sharon and Piolo

"I know your apology was sincere.

Please know that mine was, too.

I think of your mama and feel very badly about how she must have felt, because she too, is a mother like me," she continued.

 "I am sorry that you and my baby had to end your relationship, and I am sorry for how very publicly I made my emotions known."

"For what it's worth, I was not that kind of person.

Was not, am not, and hopefully never will be.

I believe you know that in your heart," she added.

 Cuneta concluded the note by uploading a photo of her and Pascual -- one wherein the two shared an embrace and another where she gave the actor a kiss on his cheek.

 "Thank you, Lord Jesus for forgiveness, restored friendships, and love.

Most of all, thank you that my Kristina (Concepcion) is fine now and happy. And thank you, dear Piolo, that I can still call you my son no matter what.

God bless you. Love you!"
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

10 reasons why Filipinos should be grateful to President Ferdinand Marcos

I read this article in Inquirer and everything went back to 70's and 80's when the President was Marcos who served as the longest time after declaring martial Law. I can't tell you about 60's because I was born in the year 1969.

As an ordinary citizen of the Philippines I can tell you that in those years I only witness one president and there was no freedom of speech. The ambiance was full of fear and I saw dead bodies everyday in our city hall. Some of them are victims of human right violations. We were sacked twice by soldiers who were miss inform by envious people. This is the reason why I don't like Martial Law because most of the victims are innocent people. Mongering was strictly implemented by Marcos and if you said something against the government, you will be jailed or better yet you will be dead the next day.
Marcos

There’s been too much talk about an apology from the Marcoses. Not enough about gratitude to the late dictator and his allies.
That’s probably why Bongbong Marcos wants Filipinos to forget about what happened to us during his father’s reign.
You can’t really blame him — the focus in media and social media has been on the abuses during Marcos’ 21 years in power.

In fact, there are reasons why we should be grateful to the dictator. Here are some of them:

  1. Marcos taught us to disdain and reject bullies
Ferdinand Marcos was not the first, or the last, president to abuse his power. But, certainly, he set a seemingly unbreakable record. The nightmare of his 21 years in power still haunts us today, a powerful, constant reminder of a chapter in our history that must never be repeated. That’s worth something.

  1. Marcos taught us to disdain leaders who flaunt their wealth.
To be fair, Marcos and Imelda did not invent wealth-flaunting. The elites have been doing that for generations well before he came to power. But the Marcoses certainly took the brazen display of extreme affluence, in the face of extreme poverty, to a new low. I mean how can how one justify owning 3,000 pairs of shoes and bragging about it?

  1. Marcos taught us to be suspicious of leaders who acquire wealth.
Presidents who came after Marcos certainly ran into this problem. Yes, Philippine politics is still widely considered as an easy road to easy money, but too much greed is now generally accepted as being dangerous to one’s political career. And we have to give credit to Marcos for this, for making Filipinos extremely suspicious of political leaders who suddenly get rich.

  1. Marcos taught us to disdain those who brazenly cheat in elections.
Now take note: I said “brazenly.” For I know, elections Philippine-style are still dirty and cheating-prone. But still, given our experience with Marcos, there’s a line, especially in national races, that I suspect candidates will not cross for fear of sparking a severe backlash.

  1. Marcos taught us to be wary of leaders who say they want to make the Constitution better (and perhaps do away with that pesky rule about staying in office for only six years).
Funny how, for a people who love dance, we don’t trust politicians who want to do the cha-cha. This could be a problem later one when the country does need to make changes in the basic law of the land. But then again, after what Marcos did, Filipinos are rightfully suspicious of anyone wanting to fool around with laws meant to prevent power-hungry politicians. “One to sawa” dynasty, anyone?

  1. Marcos showed us that there is a big difference between discipline and fear.
“Sa Ikauunlad ng Bayan, Disiplina ang Kailangan.” “For our nation to develop, we need discipline.” That was the regime’s slogan for Marcos’ New Society. It worked for a time, mainly because people knew that, by discipline, the dictator meant, “Shut up and submit, or else.” It got so bad that one U.S. official observed that the Philippines in the ‘70s and ‘80s had turned into a country of “40 million cowards and one SOB.” Well, Filipinos were willing to let that be the case only for so long.

  1. Marcos showed that friendship with powerful world leaders is no guarantee that one could hold on to power indefinitely.
Oh, Marcos and Imelda look so happy and proud in photographs with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. They were friends after all. Reagan even sent his Vice President George H.W. Bush to Manila to praise Marcos’ “adherence to democratic principles.” A few years later, the dictator was gone. The Reagan White House finally realized he was a liability to U.S. interests.

  1. Marcos taught us to be wary of leaders who try to glorify themselves in songs, slogans and gargantuan, if ugly, monuments.
I must confess that I was thrilled when Marcos imposed Martial Law. I was eight years old when it happened, and for a few weeks I didn’t have to go to school and there was nothing but cartoons on TV.
But then, once back in school, my schoolmates and I had to learn these new weird songs about the new order and how everything was great about the regime — and about Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.
Think North Korea!
Nowadays, epal politicians who like having their names and pictures on billboards and public places can expect to be criticized and attacked. We can thank Marcos and Imelda for this. In many ways, the anti-epal mood is rooted in how Filipinos grew so disgusted with the Marcoses.
What can be more epal than having gigantic bust of yourself constructed along a major highway you named after yourself.

  1. Marcos forced Filipinos to be creative –- in fighting back.
  2. Only in the Philippines could yellow confetti become a symbol of protest. And nuns praying the rosary in front of tanks?
You just won’t find such an act of defiance in other places.
But even before the People Power Revolt, during the darkest days of dictatorship, Filipinos were already coming up with creative ways to defy the regime. Students at UP used to launch lightning rallies, in which they marched from one floor to another yelling slogans and waving banners and then quickly folding the banners away and dispersing before the cops showed up.
Even the artists dared try new things. Take my old boss and drinking buddy, the poet Pete Lacaba, who wrote a seemingly harmless, apolitical poem titled “Prometheus Unbound.” When read vertically, the first letter of every line said, “Marcos, Hitler, Diktador, Tuta” – the famous anti-dictatorship slogan, “Marcos, Hitler, Dictator, Puppet.”

  1. Marcos made us laugh.
One thing became clear during the Marcos years: Even during dark times, Filipinos can still maintain a healthy sense of humor.
How can one not laugh at Marcos and Imelda’s antics?
The first time I met Imelda in person was when the UP Collegian staff interviewed her at the Manila Hotel in 1984. The highlight of the meeting was when Imelda explained her theory of cosmic rays from outer space that she said would protect the country.

I distinctly remember a classic during one of the rallies after Ninoy’s assassination and Marcos’ face often looked swollen as he reportedly battled lupus. The protest poster read: “Mamaga sana ang mukha ng nagpapatay kay Ninoy.” “I hope whoever had Ninoy killed gets a swollen face” (Well, it’s funnier in Tagalog.)

And without Marcos, what would have happened to Willie Nepomuceno, undoubtedly one of the most talented Filipino humorists ever? He was so good with his Marcos impersonation, that during the critical hours of the People Power Revolt, when the dictator appeared on TV to prove he was still in charge, there were those who believed it was a ploy – with the popular comedian in the starring role.

Of course, Willie Nepomuceno’s career faced a crisis when Marcos was kicked out of the country, and later died. But he quickly bounced back, doing other politicos, including former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada.

Fortunately, like the late tyrant, Willie Nepomuceno did not intend to die.
That’s what Marcos once declared: “I do not intend to die.” His family and supporters apparently understood that to mean he does not want to be buried, too. That’s why they’re keeping him in a refrigerated vault.
In a way, Marcos was right. He’s back. His son and his allies want us to forget what his regime did.
Unfortunately for Bongbong Marcos & Co., there are many of us who don’t want to forget and who say: #NeverAgain.

(This is an updated version of a list six years ago, which clearly is worth revisiting. If you also want to express your gratitude to the late dictator, please visit the NeverAgain page on Facebook.)


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Monday, October 19, 2015

Miss World Philippines 2015 is Hillarie Danielle Parungao

Last night I watched Hillarie Danielle Parungao, she is the country's representative to the Miss World pageant to be held on December 19 in Sanya, China. Last year winner Valerie Weigmann crowned her. Philippines has one winner of Miss World courtesy of Miss Megan Young.

Hillarie Danielle Parungao was crowned Miss World Philippines 2015 at the Theater at Solaire on Sunday, October 18.
Hillarie Danielle Parungao

Hillarie, who hails from Nueva Vizcaya, succeeded last year's winner Valerie Weigmann. Hillarie will represent the country in the Miss World pageant in Sanya, China on December 19.
Aside from winning the crown, Hillarie also bagged a number of special awards, including best in swimsuit, best in long gown, best in fashion runway, best in sports challenge, Miss Zen Institute, Miss Technomarine, Miss Solaire, Miss Figlia, and Miss Phoenix.
During the question and answer portion of for the Top 5, Hillarie was asked what her philosophy is in life. She answered that her philosophy “always relies on compassion.” "I believe that compassion can open doors to many challenges in life... I also believe that in compassion, we get to understand other people, and in understanding other people we become a better society," she said.
The coronation night was hosted by Tim Yap, Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwen Ruais, and actress Iya Villania Arellano.

Also crowned were First Princess Marita Cassandra Naidas, Second Princess Mia Allyson Howell, Third Princess ma. Vanessa Wright and Fourth Princess Emma Mary Tiglao.

Miss World 2013 Megan Young judged the pageant this year, together with Chavit Singson, Migz Zubiri, Fernando Carillo, Cris Albert, Celine Matias, Jose Mari Abacan, Kathleen Dy Go, Flint Carl Richardson, and Ma Francesca Tan. 


–Rappler.com
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

10 Richest Actors in the World

Another year, another ranking for our top richest actors in the world. This is not a ranking for highest paid actors but their wealth accumulated. Well most of the rich are from Hollywood but we can't deny that Indian Actors are there. I will not be surprised next time Chinese Actors will be included in the list also.

It’s no secret that actors are well off. The amount of money that actors make is usually public knowledge, and the amount they’re making seems to be getting higher every film. Hollywood is not about to go broke anytime soon, so they’re able to pay big money to their actors/actresses. Those who are curious about which actors currently are worth the most, should look no further. Here is the list for the top ten richest actors in the world.

 1.0 Jerry Seinfeld - $820 Million

 Jerry Seinfeld is one of the world’s most popular comedians and his television show, respectfully named Seinfeld, is regarded as one of the best television shows of all time. Most people don’t know that his full name is actually Jerome Allen Seinfeld. For the most part, the comedian has stepped away from the limelight and hasn’t appeared on television very much. At the end of 2014, Seinfeld was reported to be the world’s richest actor.

 2.0 Shah Rukh Khan - $600 Million

 Other wise known as “The King of Bollywood” this star is one of the richest movie stars in the world. He has starred in over 75 Hindi films and countless other international titles. He’s considered one of the richest men on earth, but he is very generous with his money. His philanthropist efforts have been a huge help to organisations like UNESCO.

 3.0 Tom Cruise - $480 Million
Tom Cruise

 It’s no surprise that this action star has made the list. He’s a very popular actor and is a very successful film producer. Some of his lifestyle choices may be questionable to the public’s eye, but it’s no doubt that the man knows how to act. He’s most popular films include Top Gun, Few Good Men, and the Mission Impossible franchise.

 4.0 Johnny Depp - $450 Million

 This eccentric actor has been intriguing audiences for years now. His most popular role to date is his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of The Caribbean series. The franchise is one of the most successful in history, thanks to Depp’s performance. He is also the owner of the production company Infinitum Nihil.

 5.0 Tom Hanks - $390 Million

 Tom Hanks is a man of many hats. He’s been an actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Over his many years of being in the industry, he has won countless accolades for his roles in films like Cast Away, Catch Me If You Can, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Da Vinci Code, You’ve Got Mail and so many other films.

 6.0 Keanu Reeves - $350 Million

 This Canadian actor hit it big time with the film The Matrix. His career prior to that was primarily comedy films, so moviegoers were shocked to see the actor appear in such an action-heavy film. Since then, Reeves has become a pretty credible action star. 

7.0 Sylvester Stallone - $275 Million

 From popular films like Rocky and Rambo, Sylvester Stallone is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable action stars. In recent years, he’s revitalized his acting career by revisiting his old franchises, but the popular star also spends a lot of time behind the camera.

 8.0 Leonardo Di Caprio - $215 Million

 Leonardo DiCaprio is one of Hollywood’s most popular actors and for good reason. The actor fully commits himself to his roles and always gives a great performance. His breakthrough role was in the highest grossing film of all time, Titanic.

 9.0 Will Smith - $215 Million

 This iconic Hollywood actor has become a household name everywhere. His humble beginnings in the television series Fresh Prince of Bel-Air all the way to his newest film Suicide Squad, the actor has created quite a career for himself.

 10.0 Salman Khan - $200 Million

 This 48-year-old actor is one of Bollywood’s hottest stars. He is one of the most iconic Bollywood actors and has a huge following in his home country.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton became millionaire because of Wall Street





Wall Street has made Hillary Clinton a millionaire.

As Clinton tries to talk tough about how she will stand up to America's biggest banks, her Democratic rivals are likely to remind voters just how cozy she's been with Wall Street.
Clinton made $3.15 million in 2013 alone from speaking to firms like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and UBS, according to the list her campaign released of her speaking fees.
Hillary Clinton
"Her closeness with big banks on Wall Street is sincere, it's heart-felt, long-established and well known," former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has said on the campaign trail.
While Clinton has given paid speeches to many groups, Wall Street banks and investment houses made up a third of her speech income.
She even made more money speaking to UBS and Goldman Sachs than her husband Bill did. Goldman Sachs in New York paid Bill $200,000 for a speech in June 2013 and Hillary $225,000 for a speech in October of that year.
Clinton's Wall Street ties likely to be debate issue
"If the other candidates want to make this an issue, they've got plenty of material," says Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Sabato predicts O'Malley or Jim Webb are more likely to go negative on Clinton in the CNN debate Tuesday, but even Bernie Sanders may be able to take a sideswipe when it comes to Wall Street.
Sanders has been outspoken that the big banks are still "too big to fail" and should be broken up.
Clinton's anti-Wall Street policies stop far short of that, with proposals to tax short-term trading and impose a "risk fee" on big banks with assets over $50 billion.
Wall Street's reaction to her plan to regulation big banks was mostly a sigh of relief.
"We continue to believe Clinton would be one of the better candidates for financial firms," one analyst wrote.
Wall Street has been a top supporter of Clinton's career
As a former senator from New York, it is not surprising that Hillary Clinton would have a close connection to the financial world. But Wall Street continues to be a big contributor to her political career.
In her 2008 run for president, JPMorgan (JPM)Goldman Sachs (GS)Citigroup (C)and Morgan Stanley (MS)employees were among her top campaign contributors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Tabulating campaign contributions for her entire senate political career shows that four of the top five her contributors are Wall Street banks (Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley).
In contrast, Sander's career campaign contribution list is almost entirely made up of union groups.
Republicans likely to have even more Wall Street ties
Clinton has tried to re-cast herself in this campaign. She shunned Manhattan for her campaign headquarters, opting to locate in hip Brooklyn.
She also did not list out where her speaking fees came from on her 2014 tax return, although she made about the same overall for speeches -- around $10 million -- as she did in 2013.
Still, her ties to big banks could be a problem in the Democratic primary, making it more difficult for her to appeal to the far left of her party. But if she becomes the Democratic candidate, her banking connections probably won't be as big of a deal on Election Day.
"The GOP candidate is likely to have even more time with, and donations from, Wall Street," says Sabato.

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Miss Tourism International Rizzini Alexis Gomez is Dead

Miss Tourism International Rizzini Alexis Gomez died because of lung cancer. She is 25 years old.


Former beauty queen Rizzini Alexis Gomez passed away on Tuesday at the age of 25 due to lung cancer.
 
She is the daughter of former Alaska guard and University of Cebu coach Roehl Gomez, who confirmed the news to friends in the basketball community.
 
The younger Gomez was named Miss Tourism during the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 grand coronation night before winning the Miss Tourism International title that year.

Later, she served as muse for Alaska for the PBA's opening ceremonies in 2013. Shortly afterwards, she was diagnosed with cancer.
 
Through former Roehl's former teammate Jojo Lastimosa, PBA stars came together last week for a benefit game in part to help out with her medical bills. 
 
Lastimosa's wife Butchik told GMA News Online that Rizzini was brought to the intensive care unit on Monday. They received sad news of her demise in the morning.
 
Rizzini's ordeal came as a surprise to those close to her family.
 
"Parang aggressive yung cancer ni Rizzi, it spread fast," said Butchik, who added that the beauty queen had just turned 25 last August. 
 
In 2012, Rizzini was featured on Saksi after her victory in the international pageant.
 
- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/540539/lifestyle/former-miss-tourism-international-succumbs-to-cancer-at-25#sthash.otLhAZKQ.dpuf
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Miriam will run for President in 2016

Miriam ran for president in 1992 and lost to Fidel Ramos with narrow margin.

But many believed that Ramos cheated her because she was unbeatable that year and number one in many survey.

She won in voting but lost in counting as most of the voters said.

It only cost a one night electric power black out and her leading score was surpassed by Ramos votes.

During that time lots of character assassination were thrown at her like she was branded as lunatic.

Mud slinging is very popular during election plus vote buying.

Ramos was endorsed by the mother of current president Pnoy Aquino.

 Will she win this time?

Will destiny favor her as she should have won in 1992?

Only time will tell.

As for me she is the most qualified to run for president compared to Binay who is surrounded by many bad accusation like plunder and etc.

Grace Poe who is un-experience and only banking to the famous name of her adopted father the late Fernando Poe Jr.

 Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said she will run for president in the 2016 elections. 

Asked by reporters if she will file her certificate of candidacy for the presidency this week, Santiago answered a simple “yes.”

 She added that her running mate is someone who has already declared his or her candidacy.

 Santiago said the Philippines will be a “much better country” if she will become president in the “near future.”

 “If I become president some time in the very near future, this country will be much better than it was before.

Today, this country suffers from the malaise of plunder.

Plunder is when you look at a person and the person looks at you and you feel like eating each other up.

It’s like cancer,” said Santiago, who is currently on medical leave at the Senate for battling Stage 4 lung cancer.

 “The one thing bad about cancer is it tends to eat up its neighbor,” she added.

Santiago said she will try “to make this country better” through her faith and with the help of fellow Filipinos.

“So we will try to make this country better simply by trusting in the Lord, trusting in yourself—trusting that you yourself may lead in God’s great heaven where we know He loves,” the senator added.

 Santiago made the statement during the meet-and-greet and book signing event for “Stupid is Forevermore,” the sequel to her best-selling collection of witty pick-up lines, jokes and anecdotes “Stupid is Forever.”

 In a Facebook post last week, Santiago hinted through a quote graphics that she may vie for the presidency in next year’s polls:“I am not going to be coy.

Society leaders have have urged me to seek the presidency. I can rise to the occasion.”

 She also uploaded in her Facebook account a video clip of her speech during her 1992 presidential run, where she lost to former president Fidel V. Ramos in a hotly contested race.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Rodrigo Duterte will not run for president

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Rodrigo Duterte says he will not run for president in the 2016 elections. Ending weeks of speculation, he announced this during a press conference in Davao City on Monday afternoon, October 12.

This is the second press conference he has called to confirm he is not seeking the presidency.
It comes weeks after telling supporters that he would do "soul-searching" in order to come up with a final decision on his 2016 plans.

 He also expressed his desire to bow out of public life – but only if his daughter Sara will agree to run for mayor of Davao City again.
Duterte

“The country does not need me. I find no need for it (the presidency),” Duterte said tersely inside a jampacked room at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.

 People came to the press conference – called only Monday morning – expecting him to actually announce his presidential bid.

“I am sorry to disappoint those who spent much and worked hard and long in support of me as I went around the country espousing the benefits and advantages of federalism,” the teary-eyed Davao City Mayor began reading his statement.

 Two prepared statements According to former North Cotabato Governor Manny Piñol, Duterte was given two prepared statements.

The one that he didn't read, still in Piñol's hand would have been an 11-page acceptance speech had he decided to run. (READ:Rodrigo Duterte: 'I am in a quandary').

 Duterte said instead of seeking a national position, he would end his political career as a public servant of his hometown.

"Time and again, those who believed in me and in the cause that I advocated and continue to advocate, advised me to go for the country’s presidency because that is the destiny that awaits me.

But I believe that my destiny is to end years and years of public life in the service of Davao City and every Dabawenyo.

" Duterte said the political plans of his daughter, Sara, would determine his as well.

If Sara decides not to run for Davao City mayor, he might run for the post again.

 "Thus, if Inday Sara agrees to run for Mayor, I will retire at the end of my term in 2016.

If she does not, the option to be Mayor again is on the table," he said.

 He said he will fade into the night and find “comfort in the thought that this is indeed a beautiful day to end a wild dream.

'You owe them nothing' Piñol believed that the thought of Sara not running for mayor of Davao City weighed on Duterte’s decision.

Sara made herself scarce from the public and did not answer calls and text messages from her father.

She was the one most strongly opposed to her Duterte's presidential bid.

 Piñol said Duterte was already set to run for president last week, as many of the president’s advisers said in private.

 But the absence of trusted friend and longtime adviser Leoncio Evasco, mayor of Maribojoc town in Bohol, was already an ominous sign Duterte was going to disappoint the local media.

Evasco left for Bohol Monday morning before the press conference.

Before reading his statement, Duterte urged the local press to listen intently to what he was going to say and added that the letter sent to him by Sara had bearing on his decision.

Sara, he said, did not want him to run for president.

“You owe them nothing,” he quoted the last paragraph of Sara's letter to him.

 The maverick city mayor said he had been very "local" and had repeatedly declined any appointive post in national government.

He had refused offers from at least 3 presidents in the past for him to run for senator.

“There was no ambition for me to aspire for the presidency….

I guess it is fate that wills our long journey together should end this way,” Duterte said in his statement that stunned many local members of the press who were expecting he will run as many were expecting him to announce.
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Presidential, VP, senatorial aspirants List on day 1 of COC filing

The first day of filing for national election welcomes lots of aspirants both well known individuals and nuisance individuals who wants to run for higher office. Many of the application papers will end up in the bin as the comelec will filter nuisance and and serious candidates in the coming months.

Vice President Binay is one of them after attending a morning mass in one of the churches in Manila. He was accompanied by his children like Senator Nancy Binay and Jun Jun Binay who was suspended as Mayor of Makati.

Rizalito David who initiate the anti-Poe movement for disqualification is also present. Gringo Honasan and Panfilo Lacson are also seen filing their respective candidacy papers. Gringo Honasan will be Binay's Vice President partner while Lacson is running for Senator. 

  1. Former representative and Tesda chief Augusto Syjuco Jr., 72-years-old and an economist from Iloilo City

  1. Usaffe founder Ely Pamatong, 72-years-old and a lawyer from Davao City

  1. Ephraim Defino, 58-years-old, a businessman from Quezon City fielded by Mindanao Federal Party

  1. David Alimorong from Antipolo City

  1. Ralph Masloff, 61-year-old businessman from Lapu-lapu City

  1. Vice President Jejomar Binay, 72-years-old

  1. Former Presidential Commission on Good Governance chief Camilo Sabio, 79-years-old from Quezon City

  1. Freddiesher Llamas, 34-years-old from Zambales

  1. Danilo Lihaylihay, 54-year-old revenue enforcer

  1. Retired Navy commander Adolfo Inductivo, 60-years-old

  1. Sel Hope Kang, 37-years-old from Iloilo

  1. Ferdinand Jose Pijao, 100-years-old from Antipolo

  1. Ramon Concepcion, 64-years-old

  1. Ferdinand Fortes, 32-years-old who dubbed himself as an “ordinary man” from Rizal

  1. Eric Negapatan, 59-year-old missionary from Bacolod City

  1. Gerald Arega, 39-year-old Lumad Sultan from Bicol

  1. Leonardo Bula, 44-year-old welder from Cavite

  1. Alejandro Ignacio, 76-year-old taxi driver

  1. Arsenio Dimaya, 67-years-old from Laguna

  1. Arturo Reyes, 64-years-old

  1. Rizalito David

  1. Esmeraldo Reyes

For vice president:
  1. SenatorGregorio Honasan II, 67-years-old
  2. \
  1. Myrna Mamon, 58-years-old from Muntinlupa City

  1. Albert Alba under Kapatiran Party

For senator: 

  1. Former senator and rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson, 67-years-old

  1. Angel Redoble, a 41-year IT and Cybersecurity consultant

  1. Ricky Bacolod, 43-year-old entrepreneur from Tondo, Manila

  1. Daniel Magtira, 55-years-old from Tondo, Manila

  1. Victorino Inte, 62-year-old farmer from Bohol

  1. Elmar Santarin, 51-year-old election officer from Caloocan City

  1. Rafael Labindao, 43-year-old laborer from Aklan

  1. Jose Kwe, 67-year-old civil engineer from Navotas City

  1. Armando Cortez, 47-year-old armored van driver from Manila

  1. Bayan Muna party-list representative Neri Colmenares, 55-years-old

  1. Ramon Osaro, 57-year-old government employee from Cavite

  1. Moro National Liberation Front (Mnlf) spokesperson John Petalcorin, 42-years-old

  1. Eduardo Dela Pena, 52-year-old IT technician from Manila

  1. Melchor Chavez

  1. Roberto Marin, an engineer and inventor

  1. Alexander Bautista, 75-years-old from Quezon City

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Former Senator Joker Arroyo is dead

“For the younger generation, who may not be aware of Senator Joker’s contribution to nation building, they should know that he fought for the restoration of democracy in the Philippines, he fought in the courts and in the streets for the restoration of our civil and political rights which we enjoy today,” Senator Angara said.

“Farewell to one of the best and finest trial lawyers that we have ever met,” Angara added.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator and namesake Ferdinand Marcos Jr., expressed shock when told of Arroyo’s death.

“He did what?” the senator asked in an interview in Quezon City.

“Oh no. Is that true? That’s terrible news, oh that’s terrible,” he added.

But in another statement also issued later, Marcos said he was “deeply saddened by the tragic news of Joker Arroyo’s passing.”
Joker Arroyo

These are what the colleagues said about him but many people said that he started good but finished bad as he connived with Binay who has lots of plunder and corruption issues. 

He also sided with Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo though he is not blood related and GMA at the same time has many plunder and corruption issues too. 

He also voted Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona not guilty. 

He was with Miriam Santiago and Bobong Marcos, the son of the former president marcos.


"I value greatly my time spent with him in the Senate. Considering where we came from, we often found ourselves in agreement over political questions. I think because of this, I dare say that we eventually became friends. My prayers and thoughts are with his family as they suffer through this great loss,” he said.

All I can say that there is no permanent enemy and friend in politics. Hello?

Arroyo was a three-term congressman of the 1st District of Makati from 1992 to 1998 before he became senator from 2001 to 2013.

“While in Congress, he remained an independent throughout his term, he never traveled abroad on government money and was known to have a perfect attendance record for nine years from the time he was elected up to the end of his term, according to his biography posted at the official website of the Senate.

“As lead prosecutor during the impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada, he was remarkable,” it further said.

A human rights lawyer and freedom fighter, Arroyo was among those who questioned before the Supreme Court the ratification of the Marcos-dictated 1973 Constitution; Amendment 6 that empowered President Marcos to exercise law making powers alongside the Batasang Pambansa; the power of military tribunals to try civilians.

He also helped defend political detainees like Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Eugenio Lopez Jr., Serge Osmeña III, Jose Ma. Sison, Jovito Salonga, Nene Pimentel, Eva Kalaw, Renato Tañada, Eduardo Olaguer and many others.

“As a freedom fighter, Senator Arroyo has had his share of physical and mental tortures having been incarcerated in a military stockade, gassed, injured and hospitalized during protest rallies,” according to his biography posted at the official website of the Senate.
During the snap elections in 1986, Arroyo served as counsel of then-presidential candidate Corazon Aquino.

After EDSA I, the late senator held various post in government first as executive secretary in the Aquino cabinet from 1986 to 1992, then as chair of the Philippine National Bank and as executive director for the Philippines in the Asian Development Bank from 1986 to 1990.

I just could not understand why some of the best and good politicians became bad at later years like Saguisag and others. They tainted their names by siding the thieves in our country. Maybe because they have Alzheimer's disease. Or they are really bad pretending to be good at the start and showed their true colors later on?

No matter how many good things you have contributed, once you made a mistakes you are branded as bad. Or maybe we are the one who are wrong and they are right. Time will tell.

He live up to his name "Joker".

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Saudi Arabia top Middle East richest list

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE jointly account for over 45 percent of the UHNW (ultra high net worth) population in the Middle East, a new Wealth-X study has found.

 The wealth-intelligence organization defines UHNW individuals as those with $30 million and above in net assets.

 Saudi Arabia has the largest UHNW population (1,495 ultra wealthy individuals) and UHNW wealth ($320 billion) in the region, followed by the UAE, said the report.

 In the UAE, there are 1,275 such individuals, worth a combined $255 billion, representing 20 percent of the total ultra wealthy population in the Middle East.

 The UAE is ranked 22nd in Wealth-X’s global ranking of UHNW population by country, behind Saudi Arabia (17) but ahead of Kuwait (32). Nearly 1,000 ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals
are based in UAE capital Abu Dhabi (450 individuals) and Dubai (495).

 The report said that Saudi Arabia’s more dispersed economic growth has resulted in a split of its UHNW population across a few of its key hubs.

 All of these main hubs have experienced faster growth in UHNW population than their respective country’s average.

 This concentration exemplifies how vital infrastructure is facilitating the growth of both fortunes and opportunities.

 “As such, clusters continue to dominate, and we expect these cities’ existing pull of international resources to become stronger,” said the report.

 Saudi Arabia and the UAE jointly account for over 45 percent of the region’s UHNW population, and both of these countries experienced fast growth in UHNW population and wealth.

 The only country in the region to experience an overall decline in its UHNW population and wealth this year was Kuwait, due to the slow GDP growth and a declining equity market in the country.

 In Saudi Arabia or UAE, the UHNW populations control more than half their respective countries’ total wealth.

 The study also reveals that 57 percent of the UAE’s UHNW population amassed their fortune through entrepreneurship.

Only 8 percent fully inherited their fortune; and 35 percent partially inherited and grew their wealth.
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