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Chinas latest incursion probed


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By Florante S. Solmerin and Sara Susanne D. Fabunan

Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the Gates of HeavenJohn Lubbock

HE government wants to know why a Chinese frigate, which ran aground at Hasahasa Shoal, was in Philippine territorial waters and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has ordered the militarys Western Command to investigate the new Chinese incursion.
We will know why that ship was there, Gazmin said after he ordered Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban, commander of the militarys Western Command to determine if the Chinese frigate needs assistance. Malacanang spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Philippines is dutybound to render assistance to the Chinese warship. Dispute or no dispute, of course we will render assistance if needed, Valte said in a interview aired over government-run dzRB radio station. The Department of Foreign Affairs also said it would have to determine what really happened to the frigate before it makes any comment. We need to nd out what really happened with the Chinese frigate in our territory, said DFA spokesperson
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THE countrys herbal medicine market has grown into a P3billion industry, and the gure is increasing. Take it from the expert, Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, former Health secretary and now an advocate of herbal medicine. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of the world population uses herbal medicines for some aspect of health care. So there is massive public acceptance, Galvez Tan said. In the Philippines alone, Lagundi is
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Koreans Ode to retirement


By Jess Malabanan

ONE of South Koreas large developers of tourismrelated complex is pouring in at least $400 million worth of investments at the Clark Free Port, an ofcial said on Saturday.
Donggwang Clark Corporation, for its initial project, has started building a retirement haven called Clark Ode Country, said Ki-Hyung Kim, Marketing Team Assistant Manager, Overseas Division. Some of the units are ready for occupancy, Kim said. The retirement village will be complemented by a 10-storey commercial center, shopping mall, wellness center and other recreational facilities. The entire complex including residential units will be equipped with centralized gas system, 169 CCTV cameras, free parking slots and a security service that operates 24 hour seven days a week. Leisure projects Known as designer of leisure parks, Donggwang operates the Sorak Sun Valley Country Club, Dong Won Sun Valley, Iljuk Sun Valley, Yeoju Spa all in Korea as well as Yabe Sun Valley and Higo Sun Valley in Japan. Clark Ode County is designed to complement Donggwangs development inside Clark, a state-of- -the-art golf clubhouse in a 304 hectare estate project. Donggwangs new projectClark Sun Valley Country Club will include a 36-hole golf course and driving range, a clubhouse, a water park, spa, gymnasium, eco park, business center, Brent international school, medical clinic and drug store, ve star hotel, casino, a 500unit villa and a shopping arcade. Kim said Donggwang will launch the rst 18 holes of the golf course before the end of this year. Once completed, the Donggwang project will employ at least 2,000 workers, thus boosting economic activities in Central Luzon, said Kim. Last March, Donggwang ofcials and CDC executives led the inauguration of the projects Tower 1 and 2. This was followed by the groundbreaking rites for the construction of a $200-million golf course. Environmental concerns While work is going full blast, efforts are being made to mitigate the projects impact on environment. The Clark Development Corporation said that measures to protect erosion in areas covered by development are also in place. At least 80 percent of slope protections has been completed. Clarks Environment Management Department Manager Juan Miguel B. Fuentes said engineering methodologies have been employed to address environmental concerns. The South Korean rm has so far complied with all the necessary permits required in the construction of its tourism estate. The construction site is on top of a rock formation where it is impossible for trees to grow, Fuentes claried. This was conrmed by EMB Environmental Management Ofcer Elisa Dimaliwat, who said Donggwang has complied with environmental laws and guidelines. Donggwang Clarks project has an Environmental Compliance Certicate (ECC) issued by the EMB-Central Ofce on May 5, 2011. It is also an active participant in the Multipartite Monitoring Team, which has been regularly meeting. Last time the team met was on July 6, Dimaliwat said.
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Last respects. Former senator Freddie Webb (inset) joins other


celebrities, movie fans and kibitzerswho pay their last respects at Dolphys wake at the Heritage Memorial Park. Dolphy, who was born Rodolfo Vera Quizon, died of multiple organ failure on July 10 at the Makati Medical Center. The police and military pledged to secure the interment rites. EY ACASIO

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Raul Hernandez. For now, we have instructed our Embassy in Beijing to inform the Chinese Foreign Ministry that Philippine assets are willing to help the frigate get out of there. At presstime Saturday, officials were still trying to get a visual confirmation of the vessels situation in the shoal which is located only 65 nautical miles west of the island-town of Balabac in Palawan. As of now, we are preparing our assets and I cannot give you an ofcial statement since we dont dont have yet a visual report. The Coast Guard was already proceeding to the area, said Commodore Rustom Pena, commander of the Naval Forces Western Command. The Chinese themselves conrmed the incident on Friday after embassy spokesman Hua Zhang issued a statement to journalists. The embassy identied the warship as a Peoples Liberation Army Navy vessel, or believed to be No.560, a Jianghu-class frigate. Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry decried reports that the Philippines will offer oil exploration contracts in the West Philippine Sea, saying that such an action would violate Chinas interest.
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working. The market is thriving. Lagundi even surpassed the No. 1 cough syrup; the same thing with ampalaya. Lagundi has reached sales of P800 million, now nearing P1 billion; ampalaya, P600 If million; and sambong, P300 million.: It wont reach the present time if it (herbal medicine) was not effective, said Galvez Tan, who had an enviable record of having been involved in community work in far-ung doctorless rural, areas as well as in national and international health planning and programming. He is also an advocate of clinical practices that combine Western medicine and Asian and Filipino traditional medicine. If indeed the herbal business is booming, how come there are only ten rms approved by the Health department for use.? asked Galvez Tan. More acceptable Galvez Tan said that the herbal medicine industry would be more acceptable if government would enable the creation of law, a governing body like an institute, a board or authority to address all concerns on medicinal plants. This will amount to a big leap for the industry which pales in comparison to the P100 billion pharmaceutical industry in the country, he said. I wish that government would utilize our medicinal plants for commercial purposes and make money out of it. There should also be for instance, the National Lagundi Board or the Institute for Sambong or Institute for Ampalaya, said Galvez Tan, author of eight books, including Fruits and Vegetables with Medicinal Properties published in 1983 and Medicinal Fruits & Vegetables published in 1983 and 2008, respectively. He said the government should give additional funding to the Department of Science and Technology for research on medicinal plants, while noting that it takes P20 million to do research work on a particular medicinal plant. He said that the government pays little attention to the billionpeso herbal medicine industry. He lamented that all the other DOH secretaries who came after him and even former Senator Juan Flavier did not even bother to add to the existing number of the herbal medicines approved by the department. When you look at the global market, the industry is really huge, up to $60 billion, but in the Philippines, the industry is still weak, Galvez Tan said. The Philippines has a rich natural resources, and has been documented to cultivate 1,500 medicinal plants in the country, making it a repository of proven and potential medicinal plants and herbs. But compared to other countries, Galvez Tan said the Philippines has yet to fully exploit its natural resources of medicinal plants for business, commercial and scientic purposes. He said that out of 1,500 medicinal plants found in the country, around 240 have been studied, and 10 underwent full-scale studies. To this day, the number of medicinal plants approved by the DOH remained at ten. That a was very long time ago, and we still have 10. It was in 1993 when we launched the 10 Halamang Gamot, said Galvez Tan, who was then a Health undersecretary. He became secretary in 1995. The 10 herbal medicines en-

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dorsed by DOH through its Traditional Health Program are Lagundi (Vitex negundo), anti-cough and anti-asthma; Sambong (Blumea balsamifera), excretion of kidney stones; Ampalaya (Momordica charantia), anti-diabetic; Akalpuko (Cassia alata), anti-fungi; Yerba Buena (Clinopodium douglasii), analgesis; Garlic (Allium sativum), anti-chlolesterol; Tiyaang Gubat (Ehretia microphulla Lam.), anti-diarrhea; Bayabas (Psidium guajava), antiseptic; Niyog-niyogan (Quisqualis indica L.), intestinal parasites and Ulasimang Bato|Pansit-Pansitan (Peperomia pellucid), anti-gout. Galvez Tan said he has listed 10 more plants which can be added to the current number of medicinal plants approved by the DOH, namely banaba, balbas pusa, saluyot, malunggay, coconut oil, siling labuyo leaves, camote leaves, colitis or uray and luyang dilaw. We could do a lot more. Im waiting for the day when the government, a high ofcial, will carry the banner for medicinal plants. We want wealth creation. We want the Philippines to move out of poverty. We have one of the highest poverty rate. We should no longer look for other exotic poverty alleviation. Key players Still, Galvez Tan said he never loses hope that the herbal medicine industry will get the attention of President Simeon Benigno Aquino III, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. These are the key players. Health can also do so much but you need the Agriculture (department), and even the Department of Trade and Industry. The agriculture department, Galvez Tan said, can support the use of herbal medicines, by asking tobacco farmers to switch to planting medicinal plants instead of tobacco, which is harmful to health. He stresses, though, that government ofcials must exercise political will if it wants to fully develop the herbal medicine industry. Galvez Tan commended former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap for endorsing malunggay as both nutritious and medicinal, but he still lamented that the government has not created a body to support and promote its use. He acknowledged that Filipino and multinational pharmaceutical rms engaged in manufacturing and promoting herbal medicines. Galvez Tan, who has a masteral degree in public health with Letter of Excellence at the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgiun in 1984, said multinationals are now venturing into the use of natural medicine. Amid all these developments, Galvez Tan, who also teaches at the UP College of Medicine, said the industry is confronted with the lack of supply of raw materials. Lagundi didnt have a hard time gaining acceptability commercially because there were thousands of hectares planted to lagundi. Ampalaya, a popular vegetable used for Filipino dishes, is not available commercially as a raw material for medicine because the country uses it for food, according to Galvez Tan. Ampalaya is being sourced from China, India and Vietnam, rather than from the Philippines.

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The 96-year-old scout and Scarborough Shoal


By Sara Susanne D. Fabunan
The old man and the shoal.
Retired Capt. Felipe Fernandez and the shoal where he used to sh.

Lawmakers decry defeat of the law


By Maricel V. Cruz

THE purpose of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 has been defeated and the House of Representatives should investigate the electricity rate adjustments four agencies are asking the Energy Regulatory Commission to approve, a congresswoman demanded on Saturday.
The laws objective has obviously been defeated, with the country having the highest residential power rates not only in Asia but also in the whole world at P11 per kilowatt-hour, said Manila Rep. Maria Theresa Bonoan-David. David urged her colleagues to pass her House Resolution 2418 which asks the House Committee on Energy to investigate the impending series of increases in power costs due to the various petitions for electricity rate adjustments led by four agencies with the Energy Regulatory Commission. David said the petitions for electricity rate adjustments were led by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp., National Power Corp., Manila Electric Co. and National Grid Corp. of the Philippines. But David noted that these increases, if granted, will ultimately be passed on to consumers and will be a disincentive to investors and unnecessarily burden the consumers of electric power who are currently faced with high cost of living. The cost of power is a signicant factor in the number and amount of investments that a country is able to attract. These investments help create opportunities that generate the much-needed jobs to spur economic development, she stressed. Bonoan-David also supported the proposal of Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan in seeking a review of the provisions of Epira law whose principal objective was to bring down electricity rates. Ilagan sought the review of the law after Energy Undersecretary Ina Asirit announced on Friday that there will be another increase in power rates in August due to the maintenance shutdown of the Malampaya Natural Gas Field which supplies fuel to three major plants in Luzon. Asirit said that the increase would be less than P1.00/kilowatt per hour, but Meralcos power rates were up by P0.71/kwh in May. The impending increase is another burden to the already suffering Juan dela Cruz, Ilagan said, noting that average power rates charged to Meralco customers more than doubled during the period EPIRA was implemented. In 2000, the average rate was only P4.87/kWh but in 2010, the average rate reached P10.35/kWh. This simply is too much to bear for the average Filipino family, Ilagan said. This is simply highway robbery! At the same time, Palace Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte expressed hope on Saturday that the Energy Regulatory Commission will be reasonable in considering new petitions. We hope in the consideration of the pending application they will be vigilant, that the rates will be reasonable, Valte said in an interview on government radio. She admitted, however, that while the Palace cannot interfere with the independence of the ERC, as provided by the Epira.

A GRIZZLED Philippine Scout, who has been through three wars, urged the Philippines and China to exercise more civility in asserting national sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal where he used to sh in his youth. Let us be civilized, said 96-year-old Felipe Fernandez, a native of San Nicolas, Pangasinan who was a captain in the Philippine Scouts during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. We should discuss our differences within the parametes of common decency. Arguing our differences will result in one being a loser and another a winner. That will only create animosity toward one another and maybe result in war. War is destructive. I have been in three of them and believe me, they are dreadful, Fernandez said. Fernandez appeared to be amused when told of the diplomatic impasse between Manila and Beijing over Scarborough Shoal, also called Bajo de Masinloc, and he shared his experiences when he used to go shing as a teenager. During those years, business depression was severe and most of the students in the Pangasinan Academic and Vocational schools supplemented their nances by shing, he said. We would go where the school of sh were, from the shores of La Union to the shores of Zambales. On once occassion, Fernandez recalled he would go to Bajo de Masinloc when he was 17 years old with an old man, named Dado Sison, and other shermen from January to March. Bajo de Masinloc is a triangle-shaped chain of reefs and rocks or very small islands 55 kilometers in circumference with a total area of 150 square kilometers between the Maccleseld Bank and Luzon Island in the West Philippine Sea. It forms In 1932, 1933 and 1934, the shoal was just a group of tiny islets and at high tide they appeared just like a pile of dirt, the largest of them have a surface of just about 100 square meters, he said. It is very dangerous to cruise through the shoal at high tide because the boats might get snagged by the coral reef. One will see more islets during low tide. At low tide the alamang schools seek deeper waters so we go to the shoals to sh for balbalaki (snapper) where there are plenty of them feeding on plankton, he added. Bajo de Masinloc is about 123 miles or 198 kilometer west of Subic Bay; the nearest landmass is Palauig, Zambales. We used to sh in Zambales during those seasons when Lingayen Gulf waters are rough, Fernandez said, recalling how they would sail to the shoal on boats, called taksay. During those times, there were no Chinese shermen in the area. But he insisted that civility was still the key to the ongoing dispute over Bajo de Masinloc: When colonization was mode of life, territorial grabbing may be all right. But today, when people are more civilized, people should live amicably by considering the inalienable rights of others, said the old scout.

Locals helping Chinese poachers, ofcials say


LOCAL residents of Palawan are helping Chinese poachers capture endangered sea turtles in the remote southern town of Balabac, according to police and navy ofcials. Marine Major Ferdinand Atos said on Scaturday their informants said that local residents helped Chinese poachers set up a 200-meter net in waters off Balabac Island in southern Palawan that caught 15 sea turtles. The authorities were able to set free 14 of the turtles, but one of them was already dead when a joint team from the navy and the environment department arrived on Friday, he said. He said informants had told them that Chinese shermen used their contacts to enter the area frequently and would bring their catch to Hasa Hasa Shoal, where a Chinese frigate run aground on Friday. Earlier, a special team of the Philippine National Police foiled an attempt to smuggle giant sea turtles that were about to be shipped to China. Supt. Rico Payungga, head of the PNP Maritime-Special Boat Unit, said they conscated an estimated 50 marine turtles, most of them reportedly weighing between 50 to 70 kilos each, in Bahayan Island, a remote community which is part of Barangay Sebaring in Balabac. The unit had earlier seized 17 turtles on Ameril Island in June and the police claim several local traders were implicated in the illegal activity. All seven species of sea turtles are considered either endangered or critically endangered. Globally, the Kemps ridley, hawksbill, and leatherback sea turtles are listed as critically endangered, the loggerhead and green is endangered and the Olive Ridley is vulnerable. A major threat to sea turtles is blackmarket trade in eggs and meat. This is a problem throughout the world, but especially a concern in China, the Philippines, India, Indonesia and the coastal nations of Latin America. The Philippines has had several initiatives dealing with the issue of sea turtle conservation. In 2007, Batangas declared the catching and eating of turtle eggs illegal. However, the law seems to have had little effect as eggs are still in demand in Batangan markets. In September 2007, several Chinese poachers were apprehended off the Turtle Islands in the countrys southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi. The poachers had collected more than a hundred sea turtles, along with 10,000 sea turtle eggs.

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Coast Guard to buy new equipment


By Joel E. Zurbano
THE government will purchase new boats, jet skis and other equipment to improve the search and rescue performance of the Coast Guard in areas prone to maritime incidents after the Department of Transportation and Communication allocated P521 million budget for the equipment. Coast Guard chief information ofcer Lt. Cdr. Armand Balilo said the Coast Guard is set to buy 300 aluminum V-shaped hull boats, 81 rigid-hull inatable boats, 50 rubber boats and six jet skis among others. The other equipment are 862 units of VHF handheld marine type radios; 862 operators life vests with survival kits; 2,586 common life vests; 431 megaphones and 1,724 units of ares. The agency is planning to distribute the V-shaped hull boats to Southern Tagalog district (47 units), Bicol (40), National Capital Region (28), Palawan (28), Western Visayas (25); South Eastern Mindanao (21), Northern Mindanao (20), South Western Mindanao (20), Central Visayas (19), Northern Eastern Luzon (18), Western Luzon (18) and Eastern Visayas (16). The district ofces of Palawan and Southern Tagalog will receive the most number of rigid-hull inatable boats while North Eastern Luzon would get eight units, South Western Mindanao (8), NCR (8), Bicol (8), Western Visayas (6), Northern Mindanao (6), Central Visayas (5), South Eastern Mindanao (5), Eastern Visayas (5) and four to Western Luzon district ofce. The 50 rubber boats will be distributed to districts and ofces in NCR and Central Luzon, Bicol, Mindanao and Visayas while the six jet skis will be given to NCR, Central Luzon, Palawan, Southern Tagalog, and Western and Central Visayas. Balilo said the agency considered the disaster response, frequency of maritime incidents and the areas of tourist attractions in deciding how the boats would be distributed and divided among the districts and ofces. He explained that the agency has been frequently called to perform its duty not only at sea, but also on land when there had been erratic weather patterns and increased incidents of ooding, both brought by climate change. Balilo said the new equipment would be useful since there is an increase of maritime disasters brought about by climate change such as oods. Provinces in the southern part of the country, that were hardly affected by typhoons before, are now being hit by heavy ooding. The equipment would also be helpful in the performance of its functions such as maritime environment protection. It could be utilized in intensifying the patrol around the archipelago. Balilo said they hoped that the new boats and equipment would be purchased and turned over to them before the end of the year. The government is putting premium on a law enforcement agency such as the Coast Guard, realizing the archipelagic conguration of the country, said Balilo.

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Chinese economy slows down


OIL rose to near $87 a barrel Friday even
as economic growth in China, the worlds second-largest crude consumer, slowed in the second quarter to a three-year low. The decline was in line with expectations.
settle at $86.08 on Thursday in New York. In London, Brent crude for August delivery was up 90 cents at $101.97 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for August delivery was up 83 cents at $86.91 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Crude rose 27 cents to China said its gross domestic product expanded 7.6 percent in the April to June period from a year earlier, the lowest since 2009. China also reported that retail sales and factory output growth slowed in June. Given that the GDP number is controlled by the state, we are more worried about the data for power demand in China which in June is at versus last year and comes after very weak numbers as well for April and May, said analyst Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix in Switzerland. Crude has fallen from $106 in May amid signs of slowing economic growth in the U.S., Europe and China. Some analysts expect global policymakers to continue to ease monetary policy and boost scal spending, which should spur economic growth and oil demand. The likelihood of some stimulus measures keep the upside risk of the oil market tilted higher through months end and possibly beyond, energy trader and consultant Ritterbusch and Associates said in a report. Fresh U.S. sanctions against Iran aimed at stiing its nuclear program also helped support oil prices. The new sanctions announced Thursday were aimed at companies and people afliated with Irans defense ministry. Previous sanctions were meant to curtail its ability to export oil. Earlier this year, European reneries stopped buying Iranian oil, and Irans banks were blocked from doing business with much of the world. The U.S. and other Western nations say Iran is building a nuclear weapon, which Iran denies. Its leaders have threatened to block a key shipping channel out of the Persian Gulf if the sanctions continue, a move that could slow down or even halt shipments of about 20 percent of global oil supply. AP

AS OIL NEARS $87 A BARREL

Department of Public Works and Highways


OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ENGINEER
Cebu 6th District Engineering Office
A.C. Cortes Avenue, Mandaue City, Cebu Tel. No. 5-2020-44

Republic of the Philippines

INVITATION TO BID
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Cebu 6th District Engineering Office, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned projects: Item No. 1 a. Contract ID b. Contract Name c. Contract Location d Scope of Work : 12HN0027 : Cluster VI A.) Construction of 1-cl at Cogon ES, Cordova, Cebu B) Construction of 2-cl at Pilipog ES, Cordova, Cebu : Cordova, Cebu : A) Excavation & Backfilling incl. Septic Tank, Concrete Works incl. Corridor, Ramp, C.R. w/ Plain Cement Finish, Installation of Roof Framing, Roofing, Ridge Roll & Flashing incl. C.R., Installation of Doors & Windows, Const. of built-in toilet and Perimeter Walling B) Excavation & Backfilling incl. Septic Tank, Concrete Works incl. C.R. w/ Plain Cement Finish, Installation of Roof Framing, Roofing, Ridge Roll & Flashing incl. C.R., Installation of Doors & Windows, Const. of built-in toilet and Perimeter Walling : Php2, 069, 943.42 : 90 Calendar Days : 12HN0028 : Asphalt Overlay/Repair & Rehabilitation of CNHWR, Consolacion Section, Consolacion K0013+115 K0013+250 : Consolacion, Cebu : Asphalt Overlaying with pavement marking : Php1, 550, 075.86 : 3 Calendar Days : 12HN0029 : Construction of Barangay Health Center, Opao, Mandaue City : Mandaue City, Cebu : Excavation & Backfilling incl. Septic Tank, Concrete and Masonry Works, Installation of pre-painted Rib Type Corr. Roofing, Steel Fascia Frame w/ Board, Fabrication of Gutter Flashing, Ridge Roll & Downspout, Installation of Doors & Windows, Floor Tiles, Ceiling incl. Eaves, Electrical & Plumbing Works w/ fixtures painting & Const. of Septic Tank : Php1, 931, 671.87 : 90 Calendar Days : : : : 12HN0030 Construction of Multi-purpose Building at Cordova, Cebu Cordova, Cebu Excavation & Backfilling, Concrete Works: Footings, Wall Footings (incl. hor. & vert. bars for walling), Columns, Beams, Slab incl. Plain Cement Finish and Flooring, Masonry Works, Perimeter Walling & Partition & Installation/Fabrication of Doors & Windows

e. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) f. Contract Duration Item No. 2 a. Contract ID b. Contract Name c. Contract Location d. Scope of Work e. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) f. Contract Duration Item No. 3 a. Contract ID b. Contract Name c. Contract Location d. Scope of Work

e. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) f. Contract Duration Item No. 4 a. Contract ID b. Contract Name c. Contract Location d. Scope of Work

Top of the world. An aerial view of the London 2012 Olympics summer games Aquatic centre, bottom, and the Water Polo pool in the Olympic Park. The games begin July 27 in London. AP

Legion revamps girls school program


Annex A Negros Oriental 3rd District Engineering Office CITYThe troubled Legion of its founder was Siaton, Negros Oriental

e. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) f. Contract Duration Item No. 5 a. Contract ID b. Contract Name c. d. e. f.

: Php2, 916, 998.23 : 90 Calendar Days

: 12HN0031 : Repair and Rehabilitation of Barangay Road, Opao, Mandaue City Contract Location : Mandaue City, Cebu Scope of Work : PCCP w/ Roadway Excavation and Subgrade Preparation Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php999, 671.10 Contract Duration : 60 Calendar Days : 12HN0032 : Repair/ Rehabilitation/Improvement of Mandaue Mactan Bridge Road, Lapu Lapu City K0010+000 K0010+300 with exceptions Contract Location : Lapu Lapu City Scope of Work : Asphalt Overlaying w/ Pavement Marking Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php3, 107, 796.43 Contract Duration : 16 Calendar Days : 12HN0033 : Repair/ Rehabilitation of DPWH Cebu VI District Engineering Office Building, A.C. Cortes Avenue Brgy. Road, Tipolo, Mandaue City Contract Location : Mandaue City Scope of Work : Concrete Works: Footings, Columns, Wall Footings, Roof Beams and Flooring, Fabrication and Installation of Roofing. Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) : Php1, 000, 000.00 Contract Duration : 75 Calendar Days

Item No. 6 a. Contract ID b. Contract Name c. d. e. f.

Item No. 7 a. Contract ID b. Contract Name c. d. e. f.

VATICAN a pedophile and drug addict Christ religious order says it is revamping a who fathered three children. The Legion sufspecialized high school program for teenage BID subsequent credibility problems follow- chastity and obedience and working in LegionINVITATION TO fered INVITATION TO BID girls after dozens of alumni denounced psy- ing its recent admission that its most famous run schools and youth programs. The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH, Negros fathered chological abuses they say they endured that priest hadOriental 3rd a child and Bids current LeIn (BAC) of the DPWH - Butuan City Velasio The the & Awards Committee a letter to papal envoy CardinalDistrict District Engineering Office, Siaton, .Negros Oriental, resultedInfrastructure Program invites contractors to throughthesuperior covered it up Engineering Office, Butuan City through the PDAP FY-2012 invites contractors in eating disorders, stress-induced for Proposed FY 2013 gion aforementioned for years. De Paolis, and on a new blog, www.49weeks. DPWH bid to bid for the aforementioned project(s): ailments and depression. The Legion saga represents one of the blogspot.com, dozens of former students project(s): 1. Contract ID: The Legions lay branch, Regnum Christi, greatest scandals of the 20th century Catholic 12ND0043 the anorexia, stress-induced midescribed Contract Name: Drainage along Butuan City-Malaybalay Road, 1. Contract ID.: 12HL0014 posted a statement on its website Thursday out- Church since its of founder, the Rev. Mar- (Montilla Boulevard & Diegoback problems, clinilate graines, gastritis and Silang Section), Butuan Contract Name: Construction/Widening/Upgrading/Rehabilitation lining the changes after The Associated Port, Siaton RORO Porthad been held up as a living saint City cally diagnosed depression and suicidal Access Road to RORO Press cial Maciel, Contract Location: Contract Location: Siaton, written to the reported that 77 alumni hadNegros Oriental Vati- by his followers and a model of Description:by Butuan City that some still struggle with even thoughts Brief holiness FHN Scope of Works: Concrete Paving canApprovedfor the program in the (ABC):Mexico Pope John Paul II because of Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 24,138,705.96 calling Budget for the Contract U.S., Php48,999,366.31 his ability to re- years after leaving. Contract Duration: andContract Duration: One hundred fifty (150) Calendar cruit men and money to the priesthood, even Two Hundred Ten (210) Calendar days on the spiriSpain to be closed because of the harm Days They blamed these problems The BAC will conduct the tual, emotional and psychological abuse they done BAC will conduct 1990s and early 2000s. accordance with theVatican knew for decades he had procurement process in accordance with the Revised IRR to them in the the procurement process in though the Revised The of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at Girls in the program now have more contact shall be automatically say they suffered while students at the ImIRR of R.A 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC sexually abused his seminarians. the opening of bid. rejected at the opening of exposure to the realiwith their families, morebid. Pope Benedict XVI took over the Mexico- maculate Conception Academy, for 20 years To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent Rhode ties of the world, morea contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), and appointed an envoy totheir Authorized Representative to the Office of the Island, freedom from rigorous based order in 2010 headquartered in Wakeeld, (LOI), purchase To bid for this contract, bid documents through BAC work schedules and, for the rst time, assis- reform the Legion and Regnum Christi. But the office and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior TWG/Secretariat of this but recently transferred to Oxford, Michipurchased bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH, (b) They described an environment where registration with into college, the citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, tance in getting DPWH, (b) Filipino statement said. reform hasnt progressed smoothly, with defec- or jointFilipino citizenwith75% Filipino-owned partnership, gan. venture, (c) or PCAB license applicable to the corporation, cooperative, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to Many ofand cost of this contract, (d) completionago, similar contract disillusioned members and criticism counselors slightly older than costing at least these changes began some time of a tions from costing at type and cost of this contract, (d) completion of a similar contract they insisted the type least 50% of more recent. but some areABC within a period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting remain 50% of ABC within a periodthey years, and (e) most minute of rulesCapacity that some superiors resistant to change. of 10 follow the Net Financial Contracting governat least equal will use nondiscretionary in Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10%program, called theto 10% of ABC. The BACthey walked, talked,pass/fail criteria ate, The problems in the program are the latest The high school precan- ing how prayed and the eligibility check, preliminary examination of bids. of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility blow to the troubled, cult-like Legion, which didacy, is a specialized religious high school telling them they would be violating Gods check and preliminary examination of bids. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration, was discredited in 2009 when it revealed that for girls who are consideringthe DPWHRegnumCentral Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOIs. will if they erred. AP to joining POCW

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS OFFICE DISTRICT ENGINEER

Republic of the Philippines

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

Republic of the Philippines

Caraga Region XIII Office of the District Engineer Christis consecrated branch, Office Butuan City District Engineeringwhere women live like nuns making promises of poverty, Butuan City

Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations. To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, and (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment for at least 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids. Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Office before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH-POCW Central Office will only process contractors applications for registration, with complete requirements, and issue the Contractors Registration Certificate (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below: 1. Issuance of Bidding Documents 2. Pre-bid Conference 3. Receipt of LOIs from Prospective Bidders 4. Receipt of Bids 5. Opening of Bids : : : : : July 6, 2012 July 24, 2012 July 12, 2012 at 1:00pm July 20, 2012 at 3:00pm July 24 , 2012 at 9:00am 11:00am July 24, 2012 at 1:00pm

Clinton talks business with Myanmar president


1. Issuance of Bidding Documents 2. Pre-Bid Conference July 10, 2012 to July 31 , 2012 until 9:30 AM 2:00 PM, July 19, 2012

Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration to the DPWH Central Procurement Office (CPO) before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The DPWH Central Procurement Office (CPO) will only process contractors applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certificate of Registration (CRC).Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.

The DPWH POCW Central Office will only process contractors applications for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractors Certificate of Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:

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The significant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:

Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accompanied forms as specified in the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include the eligibility requirements. The second envelope shall contain the financial component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the evaluation and the post qualification. LOI Form and Bidding Document Fees are shown below: ABC of Project Php1,000,000.00 and below Php1,000,000.01-Php5,000,000.00 Php5,000,000.01-Php20,000,000.00 Php20,000,000.01-Php50,000,000.00 Php50,000,000.01-Php100,000,000.00 LOI Form Fee None None None None None Bidding Document Fee Php1,000.00 Php5,000.00 Php10,000.00 Php20,000.00 Php30,000.00

The Department of Public Works and Highways Cebu 6th District Engineering Office reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring any liability the affected bidders. Approved by: (Sgd.) MYRNA A. DELA SERNA BAC Chairman NOTED:
(MST-July 8 & 15, 2012)

(Sgd.) SANTIAGO T. SUICO, JR. OIC, District Engineer

SIEM REAP, CambodiaSecretary of State Hillary Rodham Clin3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Until 2:00 P.M. on July 26, 2012 ton Prospective Bidders declared Myanmar open to American investment Friday, introducing of Bids 4. Receipt the reformist president to leadersAM., July 31, of the U.S.s Deadline: 10:00 of some 2012 biggest corporations and still prodding him31, 2012 more to expand 5. Opening of Bids 10:30 AM., July to do democracy in hishard copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) at Negros Oriental long-reclusive country. The BAC will issue Following the Obama Siaton, Negros Oriental upon payment of of 3rd District Engineering Office,administrations recent loosening a non-refundable fee Myanmar, Clinton Prospective bidders may Sein sanctions against of Php20,000.00 per set.met President Thein also download the BDs from the DPWH website, if available. Prospective for an hour in the BDs from the DPWH of Siem Reap,the said bidders that will download the Cambodian city website shall pay praising him fees on for before the pro-democracy bids Documents. The Pre-Bid Conferencecould or several submission of their reforms while suggesting more shall be be done. still open only to interested parties who have purchased the BDs. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated Clinton and Thein Sein IRR. in Section 27.2 of the Revised shared a warm greeting in a hotel courtyard, their national ags and tropical foliage behind them. The two Prospective bidders shall submit their engaged than when they in seemed much(2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman.met first more personally duly accomplished forms as specifiedlast the BDs in two The year, when Clinton became the component of the bid, which shall in halfrst U.S. secretary of state include envelope shall contain the technical a copy of to visit Myanmar. The city hosts the the financial component a-centurythe CRC. The second envelope shall contain famous centuries-old of the bid. calculated temples ofContract will be awardedandthe Lowest of regional glory. Bid Angkor, recalling an to post-qualification. Responsive as determined in the bid evaluation earlier age I brought a very prestigious business delegation to see you. I rd The DPWH, Negros hear from you Engineering Office reserves the right wanted them all toOriental 3 District tonight about your plans for the to accept or reject any or all bid, to annul the bidding process anytime before future, Clinton told Thein Sein, and she alsoaffected bidder/s. family. Contract award, without incurring any liability to the asked after his They then met the largest delegation of American businesses to Southeast Asia, including Coca Cola, Ford Motor Co.,, General Approved by: Electric, General Motors, Goldman Sachs and Google. (Sgd.) in U.S.-Myanmar Clinton called this week a milestone VIRGINIA C. CATIPAY relaBAC Chairman tions as the Obama administration lifted restrictions on U.S. investments in the country. She said U.S. ofcials were taking 70 compaNoted by: ny representatives to Myanmar this weekend to speak with ofcials and explore opportunities. (Sgd.) ARAMIS E. TORREFRANCA Were excitedDistrict Engineer ahead and were very supportive of by what lies (MST-July 15, President 2012) Seins economic and political reforms, she said. AP Thein

1. Issuance of Bidding Documents From George Braunstein, LOS ANGELESThe July 12, 2012 to July 31, 2012 an at2. Pre-Bid Conference July has 2:00 P.M. 36-year-old son of Sylvester torney who19, 2012 @represented 3. Receipt was found dead July 25, 2012 @ years, said Sage Stallone of LOI from Prospective Fri- Deadline:Stallone for 15 12:00 Noon day,Bidders leaving the actor grief- a housekeeper found his body 4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: July 31, 2012 Friday afternoon. @ 2:00 P.M. and Friends stricken, his publicist said. 5. Opening of Bids July 31, 2012 @ 2:15 P.M. acquaintances had Authorities were The BAC will at DPWH-Butuan City investigating issue copies of Bidding Documents (BDs) become concerned Sage District Engineering Office, Butuan City, upon payment of a non-refundable fee as because they hadnt Stallones death, but Listed below. heard from Staldetails wereProject ABC not imBid Documents lone in the mediately available. and below P 1,000,000.00 P 1,000.00/project past day, Braunstein Sylvester P 1M up to P 5M Stalabove P 5,000.00/project said. Sage Moonblood lone is devastated andto P 20M above P 5M up P 10,000.00/project Stallone was grief-strickenP 20M up to P 50M over above P 20,000.00/project the oldest of Sylvester Stalthe sudden loss of his Prospective bidders may also download the BDs from the DPWH website, if available. lones children the son, publicist Mi- will download the BDs from the DPWH website shall payand Prospective Bidders that said Bega or before co-starred with his chellefees on said in athe submission of bid Documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased the BDs. Bids must father in as stated in statement. His com- security, in the amount and acceptable form,two films. be accompanied by a bid Sage Stallone Section27.2 thoughts He was the first of passion and of the Revised IRR. two sons Stallone had as specified in are with Sages mother, Sasha. their duly accomplished forms with first wife Prospective bidders shall submit the BDs in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The first Los Angeles police said they Sasha Czack. envelope shall contain the technical component bid, which Sagefinancial components of a actmade his bid. were dispatched to envelope shall contain of the Stalloneshall includethecopy of the CRC. The second investigate the a Contract at abe awarded to the Lowest ing debutResponsive Bid (LCRB)V death will home on Mulhol- Calculated in 1990s Rocky as determine in the bid evaluation land Terrace around 2:15and post qualification. appeared with his fap.m. and also but could not conrmDistrict Engineeringin 1996s Daylight. the The DPWH - Butuan City the per- ther Office, Butuan City reserves right identity reject any details. the bidding in 1996, Sage Stallone annul Alsoaffected bidder/s. sonsto accept or or offer bid, to any liability to theprocess at any time prior contract award, without thereby incurring Coroners ofcials also said and veteran lm editor Bob Muthey were in the initial investi- rawski co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, a company dedicated gative stages. Approved by: Sage was a very talented and to preserving and promoting the (Sgd.) LEOPOLDO A. LOMONSOD wonderful young man, his loss B-movies and exploitation lms Engineer III BAC-Chairman of the 1970s and 80s. AP will be felt forever, Bega said.
(MST-July 15, 2012)

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Fragrant smoke
POP GOES THE WORLD
MY LATE father, Valentino Araneta Ortuoste, a broadcaster for most of his career, was also a yoga devotee in the 1970s, during the hippie age here and abroad. He had many interesting stories about that time, even claiming that he helped the first Krishna devotees set up in Manila, having met their founder guru (an American man) at the airport. He helped find an apartment for the group. One thing he could not forget was how the guru insisted on glass or ceramic things for drinking and eating, never plastic, which he said were unclean. Or couldnt be cleaned properly. Or something like that. That meeting heralded the start of my fathers interest in Eastern religions and rituals. He would sit cross-legged with eyes closed, at night, in the dark, in the living room, with only an incense stick burning, as my sister and I tiptoed hush hush around him, wondering if he had fallen asleep sitting up. Later he said he was meditating. We wondered if that was another word for napping uncomfortably sitting up in places other than the bedroom. He continued his vegetarianism (begun when he was an adolescent and a Seventh-Day Adventist) and avoided over-processed food no white sugar, so brown sugar and honey were his preferred sweeteners; brown rice instead of white; wheat bread instead of Tasty; cottage cheese instead of cheddar from the supermarket. He took us with him to eat at the now-defunct Gandharva restaurant in Manila, which smelled more of incense than food. It was a self-service cafeteria where one took trays to a counter, piled them with curries and rotis, and took them to eat at tables besides walls hand-painted from ceiling to floor with colorful murals of Krishna and Arjuna and Radha. We always wondered why Krishnas skin was a striking deep blue.

EDITORIAL

JENNY ORTUOSTE

Sometimes peace does not come easy.

He burned incense nearly every night that he was home during the yoga years. So when I saw incense sticks and an incense case at Scent for Senses in Megamall some time ago, I made sure to take them home. The incense box is studded with inlaid brass stars and has a carved fretwork lid and sides, which allows the scent of incense placed inside to waft gently into the room, even when the incense is unburned. Inside the box are a groove to catch falling ash, and metal disks for incense cones. Tiny holes at the sides of the box holding the incense stick while burning. I selected incense sticks with care. Rose incense smells of the flower; clove and myrrh remind me of the scents my father used to burn, the names of which we did not know. I do remember he also had sampaguita and sandalwood sticks. In Hinduism, as in other religions that use incense in their rituals, the burning of incense is used during worship as a vehicle for prayer to reach the gods, while the fragrance reminds worshippers of the positive attributes of the deities that they must imitate. One of my fathers yoga friends gave me a Hindu name Shanti Devi. Many years later, I learned that this is the name of the Hindu goddess of peace. I have been trying to live up to it ever since; not always succeeding, but getting better at it. Sometimes peace doesnt come easy. Sometimes you have to work at it by examining your life and consciously making decisions to eliminate causes of stress, and finding whatever you enjoy that puts you in a more relaxed state of mind. Let it all flow from there. These nights, as the scent of roses wafts up from my incense box, I remember my father, who is at peace. And I am grateful I have reached a point where I have that in my own life as well, where serenity and calm are as fragrances to my nostrils. As they say at the end of the UpanishadsOm shanti shanti shanti. Peace peace peace.

Back to the fold


THE Catholic Church in the Philippines is embarking on a new mission: Winning back Catholics who have become lukewarm in their faith, renounced it altogether, or joined other religious groups. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says it would be using new methods for transmitting the Good News more effectively to its ock. The New Evangelization program is in line with the celebration of the 500th year of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. The church also intends to reach outr more to the poor and awakenor re-awakenthe Christian life of the youth. In a pastoral letter released on Monday, CBCP president and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said that secularism, in some parts of the world, has become some sort of a dominant religion. This has thus been responsible for the confusion, moral relativism, doubt and agnosticism among the Catholic faithful. Indeed while it is often said that the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country with an estimated 81 percent of Filipinos adhering to the Roman Catholic faith, there are no gures to show the disparate hues of these Filipinos Catholicism. It is not uncommon for some to list their religious afliation with the one they were born to. Practice, however, is another story. It is good that the local Catholic hierarchy hints at acknowledging its role in this exodus. It is possible that we failed somewhere in the sense that people are transferring to another sector because they are not happy, Palma told a group of reporters. But the hint seems inadequate and smacks of disconnect to the sentiments of the churchs members, or those who used to be so. That church leaders failed somewhere is not only possibleit is highly likely. After all, many Catholics report their disillusionment with their Church leaders words and actions as partly responsible for their being Catholics on paper, their conversion to other groups or the erosion of their faith altogether. The details of the more effective methods that the Church would use in drawing back straying Catholics to its fold are not yet clear. We hope, though, that the program would not include a more forceful, intrusive and didactic manner of preaching right from wrong or a heightened discourse about who will go to heaven or to hell. These will most certainly only backre. Instead, the millions of Catholics in the Philippines are waiting for leadership by example from their religious leaders. The hierarchy must shun arrogance, hypocrisy and bigotry. They must punish the errant among them instead of covering up their mistakes. More importantly, they must guide the ock on how to think in light of its teachings, not tell them what to think or else. Catholics do not harbor the illusion that their leaders are infallible. They expect them to get off the high ground, be human among them and to be humblebecause of and despite their own failings.

Drawn to Dolphy
ARE WE THERE YET?
THERE were only a few dry eyes Wednesday night when Zsa Zsa Padilla delivered her tribute to her longtime partner, the comedy king, at the necrological rites organized and broadcast live by ABS-CBN. Although Padilla is a seasoned singer, I dont think she sang any better than she did last Wednesday. If you missed it, the tribute is one of the most heavily watched videos on the Internet today. That was definitely one dramatic turn no one could have scripted or directed any better; irrefutable proof that real life is most often more cinematic or more dramatic than even the grandest soap opera or movie. The truth is infinitely more potent than the most convoluted brainchild of even the most gifted scriptwriter. Real life is more

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theatrical than we think. So emotionally powerful was Padillas tribute that it may have finally and completely erased whatever doubt may have continued to linger in some peoples minds about the depth and authenticity of the bond between her and Dolphy. I honestly think their relationship was no one elses business but theirs; but then again, we do have this penchant for intruding into the lives of our celebrities. The point I am trying to make, however, is that were truly a schmaltzy buncheven the most cynical among us turns putty when confronted with genuine, heartfelt emotions. I was amazed to hear people publicly expressing that they have finally been able to achieve closure on their more-than-20-year-old resentment towards Dolphy and Padilla for eloping in the early nineties, leaving behind a lugubrious Alma Moreno disconsolately singing Dont Let Me Be The Last To Know. A friend of mine (yes, a woman) even publicly declared

in a social networking site that she has finally forgiven Padilla for stealing Dolphy from another woman and for leaving behind her own husband and child to be with the comedy king. Apparently, the sentiment was not isolated; there were people in this country that really allowed the resentment to fester for so many years, go figure. I was fresh out of college when the getaway happened and I remember not being able to make sense of the public outrage that ensued. Now I know why. This was how intimately connected Dolphy was to the Filipino people that many allowed the twists and turns in his personal life to affect them profoundly and at a deeply personal level. Dolphy was not just any ordinary actor. Onscreen, he was the personification of the everyday Filipino man. People empathized with him. He was John Puruntong and Kevin Cosmecharacters that embodied the spirit and aspiration of most everyone, which was why the characters lived on television

for many, many years and then got remembered long after the TV shows folded up. While most people remember Dolphy for the many roles he played in the movies and on television, what is probably making more impact today are the various testimonials about the real person behind the great actor and genius comedian. Were now finally getting to know Rodolfo Vera Quizonthe father, brother, godfather, friend, husband, citizen. Were beginning to separate the myth from the truth, the imagined from the real. We now know that Dolphy, the person, was completely the opposite of the public persona. We are told that the real Dolphy was shy, introverted, and serious. That he was deeply religious, introspective, and yes, devoted. There are many anecdotes now being told about the manstories about his generosity, his simple tastes, and his seemingly innate and natural gift of attracting women. People talk about how more women

were naturally drawn to Dolphy than those who were drawn towards the better-looking matinee idols of his time. Apparently there is truth to the claim that a sense of humor is more potent as a lucky charm than physical characteristics. It is quite unfortunate that we often get to know a person better when he has passed on. It is tragic that we often get to show our gratitude for people only when they are no longer able to appreciate it. But it doesnt have to be the norm, really. There is no law that prohibits people from publicly professing appreciation or gratitude for people while they are still alive to enjoy it. Imagine how much more meaningful the current outpouring of affection and recognition could have been if all these were made when Dolphy was still alive. It may be too late for Dolphy but not yet for the many other great artists who deserve to know just how grateful and appreciative we all are of their influence in our lives.

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Olympians are
By Red A. Dumuk

lLORDS
of the rings
in the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in London, a sports wag quipped.
But they dont give away championship ring in the Olympics, you say. The wag retorts with a wry smile, The ring represents the medal output zilchof the puny eleven-strong squad bearing the Philippine tri colors. Never mind the optimism of Mikee Romero, Ph.D., who has yet to complete his rst year at the helm of the Philippine National Shooting Association, about the odds on skeet shooter Brian Rosario. Romero enthused, He has a good chance of landing a medal. He is shooting at world-class level. Its been a long time since a (Filipino) shooter has reached this level. Judge for yourself whether or not the facts and gures chalked up by Rosario, himself exuding confidence, warrant such unguarded optimism. Rosario, 29, earned a ticket to London through the Tripartite Commission Invitation Place, commonly referred to as wild card. Currently ranked no. 76 in the world, he saw action over the past two years in six World Cups where he never reached the nals. He scored his personal best, 120 points (out of possible 125), good only for 58th place, in Belgrade last year but he plunged to the nadir of his performance in--of all placesLondon this year with 112 but in a higher rung at 56th. His best placing, 19th, was recorded in Beijing last year with 116. Rosarios duplicating his personal best of 120 very recently may have triggered his and Romeros buoyancy. Against the backdrop of the 2008 Beijing Olympic results, they may have a case. The nalists culled from a eld of 41 skeet shooters tallied individual scores of 121, 120, 120, 120, 119 and 118. There were six others with 118. The catch is: all, except the eventual winner, were perfect. They blasted all their respective 25 birds in the nals. One more chance Only Hidilyn Diaz, Marestella Torres and Mark Javier are returning after their struggle in the Beijing Olympics. Diaz, a wild entry the rst time around, earned her place in the team on the strength of
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Twenty ve-year-old Daniel Caluag, son of Bulacan-born Filipino migrant workers to the US, is the only Asian to barge into the BMX event of Olympic cycling.

her no. 9 ranking in the world among the 58kg weightlifters. Torress berth is ensured by Philippine Amateur Track & Field Associations exercising its right to eld two athletes (one male and one female)without them meeting the standard. Javier hopped into the last bus destined for the Games in the once-upona-time center of a great empire. Either of the two ladies or both of them could pull off surprises and snatch podium nishes. And the possibility is not remote as they are within striking distance. Torres leapt 6.62 meters to win the gold medal in the 3rd leg of the Asian Athletics Grand Prix last May 15. She bested long jumpers from 13 countries. Torres, 31, had a forgettable rst stint in the Olympics she could not hit her stride and could only manage 6.17 meters in her last attempt to land in 34th position. Three years after her so-so act, Torres established a new Philippine and SEA Games record in Palembang, Indonesia with a 6.71-meter jump. This mark could have been good for the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics. Twenty-one year old Diaz, gaining an individual qualifying slot this time, wants to erase from the memory her lackluster performance in her Olympic debut four years ago when she placed 11th among 12 competitors. She totaled only 192 kilograms, 34 kg away from the bronze medal and another 18 kg from the gold. In the IWF World Championship in Paris November of last year, Diaz lifted 214 kg to take 7th position. Her aggregate improved by 22 kg in three years time. Diaz continued to get more powerful and in May this year, she toted a total of 217 kg good for fourth place in the Asian Weightlifting Championship ruled by the bronze medalist in the worlds. Her lifts were 16 kg and 3kg short of the bronze medal, respectively. Come Games time, Diaz is seen to snatch 100 kg and clean & jerk 125 kg for an aggregate of 225 kg or six kilograms weightier than her personal best of 219 kg she established in last Mays POC-PSC National Games in Dumaguete City. A 225kg total may just sufce for the

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Swimmers Jessie Khing Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi, both 18, will be going to the Olympics based on their rankings in the points table of the FINA, world swimming governing body. FINA has trimmed the roster of qualied swimmers to the Olympics down to 900 worldwide from the 976 in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Lacuna, now the fastest male Filipino swimmer after breaking the Miguel Molinas Philippine record in the 200-meter freestyle, will swim the same event. Alkhaldi will show her wares in the 100 meters freestyle. Both of them are 2010 Youth Olympic Games veterans. Lacuna and Alkhaldi will be hard pressed to hurdle the preliminaries. In the Beijing Olympics, all the swimmers fell by the wayside after the rst round. Rene Herrera is the other athlete tapped by PATAFA. He is the undisputed 3000-meter steeplechase king in the SEA Games. His reign started in 2003. But looking at his winning time of 8:52.23 in the 2011 SEA Games, pundits dont give him a Chinamans chance to advance to the next round. The slowest qualifier for the second phase in Beijing clocked 8:23.66 or 28 seconds better than his fastest time in ve SEA Games. Most probable medal winner Picture a Filipino athlete being awarded in David Beckhams birthplace a medal by one of the Lords of the Rings, i.e. an International Olympic Committee member (excuse me J.R. R. Tolkien but my apologies are offered to Andrew Jennings). He would be most likely victorious in the ring. His name-- Mark Anthony Barriga--rings a bell, indeed. Barriga qualied not through the back door, so to speak. His sterling showing in the last boxing qualiers ushers him to

Light yweight boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, who is only 18 years old, has the best chance of winning a medal in the London Olympics.

bronze medal in the lightweight (58kg) division. In Beijing Olympics the bronze medalists output was 226kg. Javier, 30, clinched fifth position in the competition for countries not having Olympic qualifiers yet staged in conjunction with the Archery World Cup latter half of June to join the Team Philippines anew. In the World Cup proper, Javier ended up in 42nd place. In the previous Games, Javier tied for 52nd place among 64 hopefuls. Seeded No. 36, he bowed out in the first round, losing to Chinese Taipeis Kuo Cheng-Wei (No. 29), 102-106. Two mixed blood and four greenhorns Filipino-American BMX rider Daniel Caluag earned enough ranking points in three tough qualifying tournamentsthe most recent and the clincher, the UCI BMX World Championships in Birmingham, United Kingdomto merit a spot in the Team Philippines. T h e 25-year-old Caluag, son of

Bulacan-born Filipino migrant workers is the only Asian to barge into the BMX event of Olympic cycling. At the culmination of the world championship, he ranked no. 24 in the Olympic eld of 32 qualiers. 175 riders from all over the world vied for honors. His coach believes Caluag is medal capable. Now that school is nished, distractions are minimal and he has ample time to prepare with only one focus. Backing him up is a high-performance team: for mental preparation- a former BMX champion who is a psychologist; for physical- a proven BMX trainer who is also a BMX champion and a champion coach; and administrative concerns- his wife, a BMX champion herself (shades of Manny Paquiao?). Four years ago, Caluag, 25, a fourtime top BMX rider i n the

Jasmine Alkhaldi

US, failed to qualify for the US Team. In the time trials to determine the top lone cyclist to join the two outright qualiers for the Beijing Olympics, he was six places outside. Surprise package in the outt is judoka Tomohiko Hoshina, whose mother is Filipina. He was a silver medalist for the Philippines in the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand. Hoshina did not qualify outright for London, but through one of judos 20 continental allocations. He mustered the needed points by campaigning in the World Championship, World Grand Prix, and World Cup in Judo as well as the Asian Championships. Hoshina who is in the top 20 in Asia in his division will compete in the 100 kg class. Rachel Ann Cabral securing seventh rank in the competition for countries who did not have Olympic qualiers yet is her ticket to London. She had to outclass, in the process, compatriot Edwina de los Reyes in a playoff round. Prior to the last qualiers, Cabral, 27, settled for 37th place in the World Cup in Ogden, Utah. Cabrals biggest claim to fame was her wresting the gold medal in the 2003 Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam. She competed in the compound discipline in the last years SEA Games.

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the 2012 London Olympics boxing arena. Only 18 years old, Barriga successfully defended recently his light flyweight title in the Sydney Jackson Memorial Tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where the Philippines was the only nonCentral Asian country invited to slug it out with the usual suspects. In the epic battle of London-bound -48kg boxers, Barriga squeezed past Russias David Ayrapetyan, 10-9. Ayrapetyan, 29, has been the European champion two years running and 2011 World Boxing Championships silver medalist. The Philippine Sportswriters Associations hailed earlier this year ABAP president Ricky Vargas as the Sports Executive of the Year. Going great guns-- this newbie NSA head, a grandson of the first IOC member in the PhilippinesDon Jorge Vargas. Vargas, succeeded Manuel Quezon as president of the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation (then the National

Olympic Committee of the Philippines) when Quezon ascended to the Presidency of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. He served as IOC member from 1936 until his death in 1980 at age 90. IOC president Jacques Rogge stressed, To develop world class athletes, we have to develop world class administrators. 2012 Olympics and beyond If more recent history were to repeat itself, the Philippines would clinch its 10th medal during the 2020 Olympics (the host city will be known next year) yet after completing ve rings. Looking back, after featherweight Anthony Villanueva captured the first silver medal in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Team Philippines fell into deep slumber. Five Olympic Games came to pass before the country was roused and found itself again in the medal table. But thats being too pessimistic. The optimists believe the medal drought would end in London this year. They are banking on a nugget of history when the country was most prolic in the Olympics. In 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, the last Games staged before the two successive Olympiads (an Olympiad is a period of four years, not the Games themselves) were uncelebrated with the Games, the country sent only eight athletes. Three members of the most compact Philippine contingent (save in 1924- one and 28- four athletes) came back with bronze medalsswimmer Teolo Yldefonso, high jumper Toribio and bantamweight boxer Jose Luis Villanueva, father of Anthony. Yldefonso repeated his third-place performance in the 200-meter breaststroke to emerge as the rst and only Filipino Olympic double medalist while Toribio bettered his fourth-place finish in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. Only 19, Villanueva beat American Joseph Lang in the battle for third place (only one bronze was awarded then). The middle-grounders are giving the Philippine Sports Road Map 2012-16 a chance. At the core of this drive is the focus on seven Olympic sportsarchery, athletics, boxing, swimming, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestlingand three non-Olympic sports where the Philippines is a world powerbilliards, bowling and wushu. Never mind if the annual budget for Philippine Sports cannot even buy full three minutes of TV commercials during the live coverage of the Super Bowl, the ultimate sports and entertainment event. Never mind if there are 45 lesser sports waiting to grab a share of the pie. President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino has given his blessing to the above radical paradigm shift. In green lighting the Philippine Sports Road Map, President Aquino was not as bold when he made the announcement in the opening of the 2012 Palarong Pambansa as then President Fidel V. Ramos with regard to the countrys Olympic medal prospects. When he launched the Philippine National Games in 1994, former President Ramos bared that things were in place for the Philippines to win its rst ever Olympic gold medal in 1996. Boxer Onyok Velasco nearly proved former President Ramoss declaration prophetic. In the bout for the gold medal, Velasco succumbed on points to Bulgarian Daniel Bozhinov. We want them to stand atop the podium with medals around their necks, bringing glory to our nation and lling the hearts with pride, said President Aquino in a speech read by Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras at the sendoff party for the Team Philippines last June 25. This is one instance where the President of the Philippines, notwithstanding the power at his disposal, cannot have the nal say. (Red Dumuk is a former National Course Director of Olympic Solidaritys Itinerant School for Sports Leaders and had stints in Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and defunct Department of Youth and Sports Development.)

Other Southeast Asia nations fare just as badly in Olympics


THE Philippines traditionally does meet success in the Olympics. But its not the only nation in Southeast Asia to struggle in that arena. Despite a population about 600 million strong, which boasts of a massive fanbase for sports and surging Tiger economies, Southeast Asian nations are uniformly unsuccessful in the Olympics. Consider the past 2008 Beijing Olympics. The 11 Asean nations collectively grabbed 12 medals. Compare that with Kazakhstan (a country with a population less than the island of Luzon) which won 13 medals. The Philippines is not alone in its Olympic struggle. The countryas well as the other nations in the regionis still hobbled with widespread poverty, has inadequate sports facilities but mainly it is because they focus on non-Olympic sports. There are some bright spots: the Philippines, famous for its professional world boxing champions, will again rely on yet another boxer to earn Olympic glory; Malaysia and Indonesia boasts of world ranked badminton players; and Thailand has its powerful weightlifters. But the 11 nations who contest the regional sports competition Southeast Asian (SEA) Games have no realistic medal prospects in the centerpiece track and eld events nor in the medalrich swimming competition. The reasons are surprisingly familiar. News reports detail massive graft and corruption during the construction of projects at last years SEA Games in Indonesia. Sound familiar? There is lack of top-level coaching because of patronage and again corruption in the selection process. But the biggest roadblock is the lack of focus on Olympic sports. In the Philippines all the young men gravitate towards basketball leaving only a small percentage in the other sports. The biggest, healthiest and fittest athletes all want to be basketball players. Do you see any tall Filipino track and eld athletes or boxers? Nope. Theyre all playing basketball. The situation is the same in other Asean countries. Indonesian gold medallists were awarded $22,000 for success at the SEA Games. There are no comparable incentives for qualifying to the Olympics which is actually the bigger achievement. Rather than improving their standard in Olympic sports Asean countries would rather win in the SEA Games which lead to introduction of esoteric events like n swimming and a focus on traditional sports like sepak takraw and pencak silat deflecting resources and attention from Olympic events. Despite the Philippines economic growth the country remains desperately poor in large areas. There is prevalent poor healthcare. Poor diet for the masses. There is not such a large pool of potential athletes to draw from. And except for Singapore and Brunei the situation is largely the same in other nations in Southeast Asia. In terms of winning medals in the London Olympics, the Philippines, as well as the other Asean nations, will probably again fare badly. But that is not totally unexpected as government, the public and the entire nation focuses its resources elsewhere. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. Reuel Vidal

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Ultimate chess ambassador


ONE sports hero who has touched the lives of so many people in various ways in different countries was the ultimate chess ambassador, Florencio Campomanes, the cool and unappable president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) for more than a decade. Campo, as he was affectionately addressed in the elite circle of chess, was loathed by the Western World for his radical rulings but admired by the Third World, Asia in particular, for opening up the Game of Kings and popularizing it beyond their wildest dreams. Railed as a gutless power broker, Campomanes drew the ire of his enemies when he stopped the epic battle between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov in the World Chess Championship in 1985 in Moscow for failing to produce a winner in 48 matches after ve long months of hostilities. The abandonment was viewed in the Western World as a ploy to save the tiring Karpov, the Soviet Unions fair-haired champion, against the invigorated Kasparov, the brash and intrepid Russian maverick. But Campomanes cited players fatigue to justify his decision. The camp of Kasparov, who later on led a breakaway group of super grandmasters to form the short-lived Professional Chess Association (PCA), charged that Campomanes was actually acting for his Soviet patrons who had feared an imminent defeat by Karpov. Early in his stint as deputy president of FIDE, he was already immersed in the most bizarre chess controversy, the 1978 World Chess Championship in Baguio City between Karpov and Soviet defector, Viktor Korchnoi. Playing under a Swiss ag, Korchnoi complained that he was being stared at by a member of Karpovs delegation, a parapsychologist supposedly with hypnotic powers. In return, Karpov objected to Korchnois wearing of sunglasses which he claimed deected light on his eyes. At one point in the championship, which had languished in 21, bloodless draws, both players stopped shaking hands and draws were offered through the arbiter. The enmity was boiling hot as the days glided away, but Campomanes concocted his own great escape like a fox evading the traps. There were so many sides on the burning issues, and so many characters, swinging in and out of the sleepy matches. But after all the lies and subterfuges, Campomanes emerged unscathed. Four years later, he was elected FIDE president, the only Filipino to claim that exalted post. As a young Fulbright scholar in New York in 1948, Campomanes frequented the Marshall Chess Club in downtown Manhattan. He soon became a chess convert and upon his return to Manila, he co-founded the Philippine Chess Federation (PCF) and afliated with FIDE in 1956. He was a national master during his middle life and on two occasions became the national champion of the country. He represented the Philippines in ve Chess Olympiads. Florencio Campomanes was one of a kind. Some said that his meteoric rise as president, chairman and lifetime honorary president of FIDE, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, was his greatest talent, all achieved through his persuasive powers over negotiating tables. He traveled with ease and grace New York, Moscow, Munich, Leipzig, Tel Aviv, Havana, Buenos Aires, La Valleta, Thessanoliki, Dubai, Novi Sad, Washington DC, ad nauseam through all the levels of society and thrived at being at center stage. I joined him once in a trip to Bucharest for the World Junior Championships in 1990 when the young Russian sensation, Vassily Ivanchuk, was the toast of the world. Campomanes was gracious and charming, easily the most respected man in the hierarchy of world chess leaders assembled. At the prime of his power, Campomanes bequeathed the leadership of FIDE to his Russian friend, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in 1995. But his love for the game endured, as he criss-crossed the continents to be at ringside of every Chess Olympiad and other major tournaments. A horrendous car accident in 2007 in Turkey temporarily disabled him from continuing his ambassadorial duty. But even on his hospital bed, Campomanes was in his element, opening with a Kings Indian Attack or essaying the Queens Gambit Declined against a visiting dignitary. Two years ago, Florencio Campomanes, the man with a brilliant mind and consummate skills, was stalemated by that deadly scourge called cancer. The end of the road for the uncrowned king of the games came after 83 moves of a classic, colorful action in the world of chess.

Onyok Velascos
new role
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IF YOU think youve heard the last of

Olympic silver medalist Mansueto Onyok Velasco, well, think again.


Ako lang ang nag-design ng gym, kung saan ito, pati na yung mga gamit. Ako rin ang gumawa ng programa nila, Onyok said. Thorp, who is married to a charming Pinay named Ginny with whom he has

two kids, said Onyoks presence was a big plus. Former Olympic silver medalist Onyok Velasco has settled in nicely in his role Yes, he comes here twice a week. as trainer to both aspiring boxers as well as workout enthusiasts who turn to Hes done great. He makes time to teach boxing to keep t. the trainors and gives tips to the clients here, said Thorp, who has made the mixed martial arts, jiu-jitsu and ising junior karter, said that in a span physical conditioning. of eight months, the gym has accepted Philippines his home the past 25 years. The trainers include former WBF 400 members. Thorp said joining Team Aside from Onyok, the gym has added several trainers in boxing, contender Jules Tagalog, former mixed Insider is very affordable. martial arts champion Rodel Kid Orais, With only P1,000, you can be a former WBC challenger Robert Rubil- lifetime member of Team Insider. The lar, boxers Leonardo Jandayan bi fRo- monthly fee is P2,000, but you may opt man Canto and Ricky Dulary, RP Paner to train here for as low as P250 per sesand muay thai practitioner Adamson sion, Thorp said. Torbiso. With the low fees and with excellent The latest addition to Team Insider trainers around, the gym attracts 40 to roster of trainers is Mama Luz McClin- 50 people a day. The clients range from ton, a graduate of reality show Pinoy the hardcore enthusiasts to ordinary Big Brother. McClinton, who is married folk who simply want to keep their to an American, teaches bodybuilding, bodies t and conditioned. gure, tness, sports conditioning and The British expatriate said they built how to lose weight. She joined the team the gym to help promising athletes three months ago. achieve their full potential. He said OnMcClinton, who won a body g- yok is the focal point of their services in ure competition in the US last year, the gym and their logo is an artwork of is slated to join the Philippine Asia- Onyok in training gear. Pacic International Figure BodyMaganda ang samahan namin dito. building Championship in Cebu City Mababait sila at Masaya ang samahan in September, with Team Insider as namin dito, said Onyok, who is dead serious about his new role as gym partTwo gym enthusiasts who have turned to boxing, square off under the watchful her main sponsor. Thorp, whose son Brian is a prom- ner and trainer. eyes of Team Insider Boxing Gym trainer.

Perhaps the last time you saw Velasco was in a television sitcom, delivering one-liners in a thick Visayan accent with fellow comedians. People say he was a natural, but with a nickname like Onyok, its probably written in the cards that he was destined to tickle our funny bones. Sixteen years ago, though, Onyok wasnt delivering one-liners. He was trading lethal punches against the best of rest of the world. And because the 2012 Olympics is just days away, it is but proper to remember that in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, USA, Onyok gave a medal-starved country a silver in boxing. Siyempre masarap ding alalahanin yung nakaraan. At least, nakatatak na sa atin yun, says Velasco, a native of Bago City, Negros Occidental. Onyok actually has come full circle. Almost three years ago, he crossed paths with Swedish national Christer Bigander and his British partner Jonathan Thorp while watching Manny Pacquiao demolish Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas. That meeting led to other meetings, and before Onyok knew it, he was being offered to come aboard as an industrial partner with Bigander and Thorp, who were then tinkering with the idea of constructing a boxing gym in Makati. Eight months ago, that idea was realized. Thorp and Bigander poured in the money, and Onyok provided the expertise. He designed the boxing gym, drew up a training program for the clients, and comes in twice a week to supervise the trainors and trains those who want to be trained by an Olympian. The gym is called Team Insider Boxing Gym. It sits atop the Howzat Sports Bar, which Thorp also owns, along Kalayaan Avenue (near Burgos St.) in Makati. Wala akong pera na inilabas diyan.

Trainer Luzviminda McClinton tries the lat pulldown. McClinton still competes and is preparing for the Philippine AsiaPacic International Figure Bodybuilding Championship in Cebu City.

Lee leads PBA Rookie of the Year race


THE top pick of the past Philippine likely choice to win the award. covering the PBA will ultimately decide Basketball Association Rookie Draft Voting among the players, the PBA, who will win the post-season awards. was Jayvee Casio the Powerade Tigers. the TV network and the sports media And this bodes well for the Lee who is But the man who will probably win the accolade as this years top rookie is second overall pick Paul Lee of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The Elasto Painters combo guard leads all PBA newbies in what has shaped up to be a four-way race for the Rookie of the Year award. The four include Lee, Casio, Marcio Lassiter of the Petron Blaze Boosters and Dylan Ababou of the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. Lee is leading the way with an average 25.8 Statistical Points. He also benets from his team the Elasto Painters being in strong position for a nals berth in the season-ending Governors Cup tournament. Casio is in second with 24.1 SPs but he faces long odds after the Tigers bowed out of contention early. Lassiter is in third with 21.4 SPs, but he is out with an injury and not expected to return anytime soon. With Ginebra still in the hunt for a nals berth in the nal PBA conference Ababou has a chance to accumulate more SPs and remains a threat to Lees Rookie of the Year bid. But with only 17.9 SPs to his name Ababou is a distant fourth in Paul Lee is following in the footsteps of another former University of the East the statistical race making him a very un- Warrior James Yap who has enjoyed immense success in the PBA. highly regarded by his peers, the public and especially by his coach Yeng Guiao. His energy and tenacity keep rubbing off on his teammates. He also backs his words up with deeds, that is why he is considered one of this teams true leaders, said Guiao of his rookie oor general. Lees success in the PBA may be reminiscent of another former University of the East Warrior James Yap who was also selected second overall in his PBA rookie class of 2004-2005. Top overall pick Rich Alvarez eventually won the Rookie of the Year award that season but Yap has enjoyed better overall success in the league. While Alvarez remains at best a PBA journeyman itting from one team to another Yap has metamorphosed into one of the leagues most unstoppable scorers. Yap helped Purefoods win 2005-2006 Philippine Cup championship and earned the Most Valuable Player award of that season. He again led Purefoods to the 2009-2010 Philippine Cup title to win his second MVP award. It may be too early to tell if Lee indeed eventually achieves the distinctions, honors and awards of Yap. But this early things are looking up for Lee because everything points in that direction. Reuel Vidal

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isfy my craving for these grilled chicken intestines on a skewer. You may dip it in a sweet, sour or spicy sauce. I always prefer vinegar with lots of garlic to go with it. It is popularly referred to as IUD because it looks similar to an intra-uterine device. Kwek-kwek (also Toknanay) are hard-boiled chicken or quail eggs dipped in orange batter and

Filipinos, like most Asians, love street food.


cattlesh. It is deep fried and served with a sweet, sour or spicy sauce. Some refer to this as tusok-tusok because you can literally pierce and pick it with a barbecue stick or fork while it is being deep-fried. Balut is hard-boiled fertilized chicked or duck egg with nearly-developed embryo inside the shell. This is, so far, the most popular high-protein aphrodisiac or snack. Although I have yet to try this, a lot of people I know love balut or penoy (hard-boiled weeks-old fertilized egg minus the embryo). Some even have ways of eating it like they sprinkle it rst with a dash of salt before sipping the broth. At the bottom part of the egg is a hardened white lump of egg thats edible but tough. I have a friend who eats balut, at least once a week but prefers to do so in the dark so as not to see the egg yolk and chick or duckling. They say balut is best eaten when piping hot. Day-old chicks are literally day-old chicks deep fried to crisp and served with sauce or vinegar. This is something I have yet to try so far but according to friends, the soft but crispy chick is delicious and easy to eat since the bones are very soft.

ASIANS love street food and Filipinos are no exceptions to that. Although some countries have their own versions of street food, many foreign tourists consider eating our fare an adventure of sorts.

In Metro Manila, street food vendors are not only found on the sidewalks. They are also in schools, commercial establishments, MRT stations and food courts inside the malls. Here are some of the more popular street food fare: Isaw/IUD is one of my favorites. I would sometimes go to the nearest MRT station just to sat-

deep-fried. The quail egg version is called Tokneneng and the balut version is Hepalog. Why it is called that, I dont want to know. Calamares, like other street food, has a more rened version. Back in college, we would sometimes spend our breaks at one of those calamares carts outside the university and I prefer those than the gourmet version of this

chewy treat thats been deep fried in batter. Betamax is curdled chicken or pork blood cubed and grilled and served with sweet-sour or spicy sauce. Helmet is chicken head marinated and grilled to perfection. Adidas is not a popular brand of shoes but chicken feet marinated and grilled or cooked adobostyle. Adidas is not only a streetfood snack but also a popular pulutan or even a viand paired with rice. Kikiam and/or shballs are made from squid and/or sh meat, often from pollock or

Know-your-Meat Caravan goes to Boracay


MONTEREY recently staged its Know Your Meat Caravan at the beach front of 357 Boracay Resort as part of the Monterey Meatshop Grand Opening there. The caravan, which supports the Chilled is Fresh...Chilled is Safe campaign of the Agriculture Departments National Meat Inspection Service, is part of Montereys mission to help educate Filipinos on proper meat selection. It is not safe to buy meat at the wet markets in the afternoon because the shelf life of newly slaughtered meat is only eight hours. Meat thats slaughtered in the morning is a breeding ground for bacteria by the afternoon if not chilled. Chilling prevents growth of bacteria, says the NMIS. The caravan, which is a mobile school of sorts on what good meat is, opened with a much applauded mini-musical. And whats a caravan without an entourage? The Know Your Meat caravan brings with it chefs, butchers, veterinarians, nutritionists, heads of local government units, even nail and body therapists, rafe draws and light snacks. Experts discuss the importance of keeping meat cold, how to properly thaw meat, storage, meat cuts and the differences between the wet market and a Monterey Meatshop. Our Know Your Meat Advocacy would like to ensure that no mother, father, househelp, cook or anyone is deprived of knowing how to choose and serve meat right. As todays market leader, Montereys responsibility is to make everyone aware of issues concerning not only the taste of the food they eat but the role it plays when we speak of food safety, says Rita Imelda Tatish Palabyab, San Miguel Foods Inc. president. The much awaited Monterey Meatshop nally opened in Boracay in grand fashion. A motorcade with a drum and bugle corp kicked off the grand opening. Alvin Patrimonio, team manager of B-Meg Llamados, waved at the crowd that lined the streets. Abigail Yap, Boracays rst lady, did the honors of cutting the ribbon with Palabyab, Boracay Vice Mayor Ceciron Cawal-

From left: Renzo Aguas, Jolo Antonio, Regina Alegre, Joanna Velarde, John Mangun, Ana Rosal, Baltie Araneta

Vice Mayor Ceciron Cawaling, Boracay rst lady Abigail Yap, Tatish Palabyab and sales manager Jong Jimenez with Albert Rosal

Monterey Meat Cutting Ceremony with Albert Rosal and SMFI president Tatish Palabyab

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ing and Albert Rosal, president of the multi-awarded 357 Boracay and owner of Boracay Monterey Meatshop. Filipinos love meat. Most of our favorite dishes like sinigang and bistek Tagalog contain pork or beef. Montereys mission is to provide the best meat products that meet the highest quality and standards. And these meat products are now available in Boracay, Palabyab said in her welcome address. And our very own world class Boracay deserves nothing but the best meat in a rst class meatshop, Rosal added. The highlight of the grand opening is the unique one-of-a-kind meat cutting ritual where the rst meat cut by Rosal and Palabyab reveals a huge letter M symbolizing Monterey, meticulously embossed inside the meat. Boracay Monterey Meatshop is located at Ground Floor, Boracay Isle Building, Sitio Ambulong, Station 3, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island. Dinna Chan Vasquez

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year and beyond, all-in-one (AiO) PCs will help prop an ailing market for overall desktop PC systems.
Shipments of AiO PCs are forecast to reach 16.4 million units this year, up a robust 20 percent from 13.7 million units last year, according to research rm IHS iSuppli. In comparison, worldwide growth of traditional desktop PC shipments in 2012 will amount to a dismal 0.2 percent rising from approximately 132.0 million units to 132.3 million units. The healthy pace of growth for AiO PCs will continue in the years to come. By 2016, shipments will hit an estimated 24.8 million units, equivalent to a veyear compound annual growth rate of nearly 13 percent. The fast-growing AiO space may, in fact, save the overall desktop segment already battered by competing consumer devices, like smartphones, media tablets and even mobile PCs such as laptops and ultrabooks from going into further decline, IHS iSuppli said. Unlike traditional desktop PCs that comprise a separate monitor, system base unit and power cable, all-in-one PCs utilize a different form factor one that integrates the display and base unit into a common chassis, with the power cable permanently attached to the entire mechanism. AiO examples on the market today include the iMac range of products from Apple, the TouchSmart series from HP, as well as the All-in-One desktops from Lenovo. The AiO PC is especially appealing to consumers that have been waiting for a desktop-monitor combo that not only combines the strengths of a traditional desktop system but also offers a few

WITH their shipments projected to surge this

All-in-One PCs to outpace desktop PCs

more extras typical of the new versatile devices, such as a exible form factor, a large screen size and touchscreen optical technology, said Craig Stice of IHS. For instance, AiO PCs no longer need to be bound to a computer desk but can t into a variety of environments including on a wall, from where the devices can be hung bringing about new user experiences in the process. Some models like Lenovos IdeaCentre A Series also offer a TV tuner option that allows the PC to function as both a

personal computer and a television. Often AiO PCs also come with larger screen sizes, with 22-inch screens being the average. Many larger systems offer highdenition (HD) specications, including HDMI inputs and outputs, options for 3-D, and high-end sound systems. Most AiO systems also employ optical technology with sensors within raised bezel edges that will track touch in a typically two-touch or point-andtouch screen. A more tablet-like experience with

multitouch or swipe capabilities could likewise be possible when Microsoft launches its new Windows 8 operating system later this year. Pricing for AiO systems is now comparable to standard desktops anywhere from less than P25,000 for a modestly packed system with a 20-inch screen, up to nearly P100,000 for a fully loaded high-end system. Still, AIO systems have their drawbacks. They cannot be customized with additional or upgraded hardware

as easily because of the more enclosed environment and space constraints within the system, and the all-in-one form factor that makes them unique also makes the machines hard to repair. As a result, their product life cycle is shorter than that of the traditional desktop PC, and the total cost of ownership may also come out higher, according to IHS. Apple was No. 1 last year in AiO shipments, with 28 percent share of the market, followed by Lenovo, Dell, HP, and Sony.

Free Ivy League education online


WORLD-CLASS education is just a click away, and the best part, its free! Thanks to technology and to groups who initiated this revolution on education, a global community of online learners continues to swell. Most of us are familiar with McIntyres or Boks if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. I suppose we dont need to be educated on it either gures are too familiar, if not outright dizzying. A year of tertiary education in a decent university costs between P20,000 to P200,000 depending on school and course. But thats just tuition fees alone, exclusive of many other expenses including miscellaneous fees, lab fees, book expenses, daily allowances, projects etc. Fortunately, online learning renders the above saying as untrue (the rst part, at least), as more and more online platforms offer free educational materials, and recently, worldclass education. Millions of people everywhere, or virtually anyone who desires and has the motivation to learn a particular course, now has access to quality lecture materials from top professors and universities abroad, at no additional cost to an internet connection. Online students learn at their own pace, can test their knowledge and mastery of the subject, and reinforce concepts via interactive exercises. Are you online? If yes, signing up is easy. Just visit the following sites and choose from a list of available courses in various disciplines. Coursera hosts free web-based courses from top universities including Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. It also hosts courses from Stanford, University of California, Berkeley and University of Michigan since its establishment in 2011. Courses in business, medicine, social studies, history, literature, mathematics and computer science, etc. include video lectures with interactive quizzes, assignments and collaborative online forums. They usually run from 4-12 weeks. and able to demonstrate their knowledge of instances, accidents waiting to happen. the course material. Register at edX website Even so, they could be avoided easily. Keep to get updates on their course offering. in mind that electronic gadgets and water or liquids dont go together, so observe steps to www.udacity.com stay away from these risky scenarios. Udacity believes university-level Avoid using your gadget outdoors when education can be both high quality and low theres rain or drizzle. Moisture could easily cost. Using the economics of the internet, get into your phones keypad or the sensitive Udacity connected some of the greatest areas of your camera. Same case when you teachers to hundreds of thousands of students are on a beach, or on an inter-island trip. everywhere. Its initial free online course While it feels great to sip something while at Stanford University on articial intelligence working on your laptop, you dont want to attracted more than 58,000 students around reverse the mood by accidentally spilling the globe a class nearly four times the size your drinks on your keyboard. of Stanfords entire student body. An ounce of protection can save you a pound in unplanned purchase of a new gadget. Use www.khanacademy.org specialized waterproof containers or pouches. A host to an extensive educational video Be careful, be creative. There are inexpensive library, the Khan Academy provides free world- containers, such as zip lock bags, that could class education for anyone anywhere. Students protect your device from the elements. can use its video library, interactive challenges, But what if it happens? Immediately get and assessments from any computer with access your device out of the water or liquid and to the web. Coaches, parents and teachers can remove the battery. Never ever attempt to also utilize the sites tools to closely monitor operate your gadget, even to check if it is student progress, to obtain real-time student class reports, and to get better intelligence for still working. Chances are, your device will be fried (short out the circuit) if you do, and doing targeted interventions. your problems, compounded. Quickly dry your damp or soaked Keeping your gadgets dry electronics by gently wiping off the water. (and working) Rainy days are denitely here, and Dont shake or excessively move your device thousands of workers and students who to avoid liquid through it. Use a vacuum commute daily face a higher risk of getting cleaner if possible, and never a blow dryer. their gadgets wet; and their valuable Leave your device with a desiccant (crystallike stones when you buy a new pair of resources, washed down the drain. shoes or electronics) for While outdoor activities such as running at least 24 hours. and other sports continue to be popular, it If your device fails is increasingly common to see sports buffs use their electronic gadgets a phone, a to work, you need to GPS, a music player, a camera even; while have it checked by indulging in their favorite hobbies. Worse, authorized repair these devices are placed alongside liquid shops. Note that bottles and soaked towels. warranty on your Need we mention the device may be void, cup of coffee, or though. the glass of drink Christian Cardiente immediately beside your powered on laptop? Such are usual

MST Techbytes
2 new Sony Xperia phone models in PH
Sony Philippines rolled out on July 12, two new models of its Xperia phone line the Xperia neo L and Xperia ion. The two new Xperia models, which will become available this month, carry the Mobile Bravia Engine for high denition images, X-Loud for crisper sounds, and Exmor R for exceptional photos even in dark environments like bars and restaurants. The handsets are also equipped with features like Facebook Inside and Track ID that allows a user to record and identify the title of a song. Newsbytes.ph

Cisco rolls out Linksys cloud-enabled Wi-Fi routers


Cisco recently introduced in the country its new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers (EA4500, EA3500, and EA2700) that run on Cisco Connect Cloud, a software platform that allows consumers to connect and control and interact with their connected devices, including personal entertainment and home appliances. The new routers are ideal for active online homes, handling everything from streaming HD video and multiplayer gaming to downloading large les, adding storage or printers and connecting multiple devices. After creating a password protected Cisco Connect Cloud account, consumers can have access to multiple home networks from their mobile, tablet app, or Web browser and give guests Internet access, set parental controls or add new devices to their network. Cisco also announced the availability of its Cisco Connect Cloud mobile app which provides access to Cisco Connect Cloud on a smartphone or tablet, while at home or on the go. One breakthrough feature with Cisco Connect Cloud is SimpleTap. SimpleTap lets consumers connect devices to their Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with as little as one tap of a button or with a quick swipe or scan of a device or tag.

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EPSON unveils rst dry photo lab


Leveraging its experience as the worlds top large format photo printer maker, Epson has launched its rst inkjet-based dry photo lab: the Epson SureLab SL-D3000. The dry lab promises superior quality, low cost per print, improved exibility and simpler maintenance thru an ultra reliable print head, a newly developed UltraChrome D6 ink set, and a sophisticated Look Up Table (LUT). Epson is synonymous with the highest quality in professional photo printing, said Epson Philippines sales head Jino Alvarez. We are most excited and pleased to offer our rst digital photo dry lab to produce prints of the high quality expected from us; bringing added value to [our clients] customers, Alvarez said in a statement. The labs new features work together to deliver high-quality print production on glossy, matte, and luster media up to 12 inches (30.5cm) wide for producing professional photographs, greetings cards, invitations, yers, panoramic landscapes, and promotional leaets. Epson says the SL-D3000 is ergonomically-designed, environment-friendly, power-efcient and easy to use. Epson Philippines will roll out the new dry lab in its extensive network of more than 200 dealers, with over 800 shops nationwide. Christian Cardiente

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently launched edX, a transformational new partnership in online education. Free online versions of Harvard MIT courses featuring video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories, and student paced learning will be offered through edX. Unlike Coursera, edX will give out certicates of mastery for those motivated

MIT and Harvard at www.edxonline.org

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Guinigundos take on property boom


BANGKO Sentral Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo offers insights on the latest phenomenon sweeping Metro Manila, the property boom. Guinigundo, in trying to make sense of all the construction activities happening simultaneously in town, assures the growth of the real estate sector is at a healthy pace, but cautions against the risks of widening vacancy rates. He says reports from Colliers International Research point to increasing capital and rental values, driven by demand for ofce space from the offshoring and outsourcing industry and expatriate demand for luxury three-bedroom units amid limited supply, particularly in the Makati central business district. On the other hand, the supply of high-rise residential condominium units has continued to surge across Metro Manila, but most of these are in the middle-income segment and are broadly located outside the major business districts, he says. Guinigundo says that based on the number of licenses to sell issued by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board and the estimated demand for housing units for the period 2007-2010, the number of new supply of housing units are still not enough to satisfy the estimated housing demand in the country.

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BSP official is also a
TRADERS, economists and bankers vigilantly listen to Diwa Guinigundo whenever he talks about ination, economic growth, peso-dollar movement or interest rate.
As the deputy governor of the Bangko Sentrals monetary stability sector, he is the man in charge of assessing the steadiness of the economy and recommending policies that affect the ow of money. Decisions at his level affect consumer prices and the pace of economic growth. Outside the halls of Bangko Sentral, a group of Christians listen to Guinigundo not as a monetary ofcial but as the head preacher of FullnessofChrist International Ministries in Mandaluyong City. I preach once a month, says Guinigundo. I preach on the last Sunday of the month. Basically, my family spend the whole Sunday at church. In the nancial sector, both the stock and currency markets value his words like signals for buying or selling. Investors seek his comments on whether the market will continue to grow or ination will remain low.

A feat for the Philippines

No asset price bubbles


However, the rise in vacancy rates in certain market segments in the real estate sector necessitates close monitoring, he warns. The Bangko Sentral ofcial in charge of monetary stability sector says that despite the recent rise in capital and rental values for ofce and luxury residential segments in Makati, there appears to be no clear signs of an asset price bubble as the general upward shift in property sector indicators remained driven by fundamental factors such as the continued expansion of the O&O industry which fuels demand for ofce space and residential units. He notes that the capital and rental values of ofce space and residential units in Makati CBD remain below the peak levels reached in 2008. Meanwhile, the price-to-rent ratios for both the ofce and luxury residential segments have fallen below trend of late as rental values have grown faster than capital values, he adds. We note that there has been no dramatic increase in the prices of both ofce spaces and luxury residential units. However, rental values for the ofce segment went up due to continued strong demand from the O&O industry amid limited ofce space, particularly in the Makati CBD, he says. Similarly, the upward trend of rental values for the luxury residential segment was due to limited availability of luxury threebedroom units, he adds.

The careful handling of the economy by Bangko Sentrals top ofcials led by Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. and Guinigundo over the past decade has helped transform the Philippines into a net capital lender, with foreign exchange reserves of nearly $77 billion now exceeding the foreign debt of just $62 billion, a feat so precious yet often taken for granted. On Sundays, Guinigundo, 58, carries words far more lasting than his. He preaches the Word of God. Guinigundo and his wife, the former April Eve Guerrero, together with their two sons, spend their Sundays at the Mandaluyong church. I hold the Sunday school while my elder son plays the keyboard and my younger son plays the guitar, drum and saxophone as part of the worship service, he says. Guinigundo says his willingness to spread the word of God made him decide to be a preacher as early as 1986. His wife April, whom he married in London, is also a preacher. Guinigundo is the youngest of nine children of a family of lawyers in Bulacan. He says he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, Seran Guinigundo, a noted writer, lawyer and former provincial board member of Bulacan. A prolic writer himself, Guinigundo actually served as the editor-in-chief of the Philippine Collegian, the ofcial publication of the University of the Philippines in 1974 to 1975 under the Martial Law. It was during this time he and other college editors fell victim to the excesses of the Marcos administration. I also wanted to be a lawyer because my father is a lawyer. In fact, when I was invited to be one of the speakers in a forum, they asked me

about the people who inuenced me the most, I cited my father and I said to them before John Maxwell, my father is already there, he says. Guinigundo says his father had encouraged him to run for public ofce, so he could help other people. He says when he graduated cum laude at the University of the Philippines School of Economics, he was ready to enroll in the University of the Philippines College of Law, but the London School of Economics offered him a masters degree that he could not refuse. Guinigundo began his career as a senior manpower development ofcer at the Labor Departments National Manpower and Youth Council before he transferred to the Central Banks research department as an economist looking at prices, external debt, balance of payments and quantitative analysis.

He was appointed director of the Bangko Sentrals Department of Economic Research in 1994 and was promoted managing director in 2000. Bangko Sentral started to lay the groundwork for the shift of monetary policy framework from monetary aggregates to direct ination targeting during this period. Guinigundo worked his way to become the assistant governor in charge of monetary policy, before being appointed the deputy governor in July 2005, a title that he still holds to this day. Guinigundo says he makes sure that his two sons follow the Word of God. His elder son, a graduate of the Ateneo Law School, is about to take his bar examination. The younger one is also taking up law at the same school.

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Among his dreams, he says: First, I want to see my two sons pass the bar exam with really ying colors. Guinigundo says there are a lot of things that he wants to see and achieve not just for himself and his family but also for the church and the Philippines. I want to see the church grow. I want to have one country that has an excellent educational system for the younga nation which is concerned about preserving the arts and culture, he says. I want to see the Philippines as a country where politicians are really concerned about the common good of its people, Guinigundo says. Anna Leah G. Estrada

Living in a skyscraper
CHARLENE Castillo, the marketing manager of Picar Development Inc., loves living in a high-rise condominium building. The view, she says, is awesome while the location gives her easy access to the modern amenities in the city. I personally live in a condominium and I love it. I bought a unit because I believe that living in the city has its advantages. Of course, we have different opinion on living in the city and living in a house, she says. Other urbanites, however, are not as enthused about taking the elevator as a part of their daily routine. One fear in peoples mind is the threat of earthquake on tall structures such as residential condominium. Tallest condominium Castillo admits that when she began marketing Stratford Residences, touted to be the tallest residential building under construction on Kalayaan Ave. in Bel-Air, Makati, some people asked if such structure is safe for residents in an earthquake-prone country such as the Philippines. Yes it is safe, says Castillo. From the studies that they made, on a magnitude 9 in the Richter scale, it could withstand that much earthquake. Picar, the real estate arm of AMA Group of Companies, is building the 74-story, 312-meter Stratford Residences on the former site of International School where other skyscrapers such as the Gramercy Residences and Knightsbridge Residences of Century Properties Corp. are also rising. Castillo says the design for Stratford Residences passed the earthquake and wind design tests administered by Y2+Associates Inc., a leading structural design rm in the Philippines and the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. Structurally sound It is very structurally sound, because we were accredited by the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand through Sy2 + Associates Inc. which is headed by Wilson Sy, she says. The landmark building was designed by Rchitects Inc., headed by Jose Pedro Recio. Picar also tapped the services of IM Martinez Consulting Engineers led by Isagani Martinez as the mechanical, sanitary and re protection consultant. Picar also appointed R.A. Mojica & Partners as electrical engineering consultant and Jose Aliling & Associates as construction management consultant. The tallest building will feature a unique folded facade that captures natural and articial light. Once completed, the building will be a city landmark that would rival the skyline of Dubai, New York and Hong Kong. Castillo says the building was designed in such a way that it would sway in case of strong tremors. It is a tall building. On the 40th oor would be the outrigger oor. Other high-rise buildings have that as well, especially when they are higher, she says. She explains: The outrigger oor is the one that holds down and makes sure that the oors are attached to the ground, even though they are high up. It is structured and engineered properly so that in case of an earthquake, it sways with the whole building, she says. Better and bigger Asked why Stratford Residences wants the distinction of being the tallest residential building, she says Picar, as a new player in the property development, wants to strive for better and bigger. For Ambassador Amable Aguiluz, who is also the chairman of Picar, he wants better and bigger with what we have. With this agship, he wants to make the statement that he can do this, she says. Kalayaan skyscrapers Stratford Residences will be a part of a three-tower residential complex called Picar Place, targeting middle to upper-income families. It will also house a 350-room Movenpick hotel. Aside from local residents, the project seeks foreign buyers. Castillo says Picar will hold international roadshows and marketing activities in the Middle East, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. Unit prices at Stratford Residences start from P3.2 million for studio units to as high as P20 million for threebedroom units. Stratford Residences will transform Kalayaan as the new skyscraper hub in Makati. Stratford and Gramercy Residences will easily eclipse the height of PBCom Tower on Ayala Ave. H20 Ventures is also building the 40-story WorldHotel and Residences Makati on the same area. RTD

Macroprudential measures
Guinigundo says Bangko Sentral has existing macroprudential regulations in the Philippines to protect the industry, such as the statutory limit of 20 percent on the share of real estate loans to banks total loan portfolio, maximum loan-to-value ratios for real estate collaterals, and statutory loan limits to single entities or large borrowers. These measures, he says, have helped make the economy less prone to asset price escalations. The enforcement of the rent control law also helped limit the undue increase in real estate prices while the law on real estate investment trust has helped temper the boom in real estate activity. He says banks remain compliant with the real estate loan exposure limit. In spite of the continued strong growth of real estate loans, the combined universal, commercial, and thrift banks exposure to real estate loans reached only 15.2 percent of their total loan portfolio as of end-March 2012, he says.

Contribution of real estate


The BSP recognizes that the real estate sector is a key contributor to the economy, with the sector accounting for about 10.7 percent of the countrys real GDP in 2011. The sector, likewise, plays an important role in the economy with its forward and backward linkages with other sectors, particularly with the housing and construction sectors, says Guinigundo. For this reason, the BSP continues to pay close attention to developments in the real estate sector, including price trends as well as the growth of credit to the sector, since the overall activity of the sector has broader implications for the banking system and the economy as a whole, he adds. RTD

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