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YEAR 10, No.

11 May 2007 Home Paper of the 1999 Canadian Ethnic Journalists’ and Writers’ Club Winner for Best Editorial Toronto, Ontario

Police adopt Reodica inquest jury recommendations (See page 5)

RP VOTES
INSIDE
Ooops & Bloops
PACE, PIDC
festivals?
Gastos na
naman! - 7
Philippine Consul General in Toronto Alejandro Mosquera
reads an official ballot as Orlando Manalo and Ethel Ang
mark the tally board and tally sheet, respectively, during BY THE MANILA MEDIA MONITOR
counting of overseas absentee votes in Toronto. The three REPORTORIAL TEAM
consular officials compose the Special Board of Election
Inspectors deputized for the May 14 polls. MMM Photo It was an honest, orderly and peaceful election
... in Toronto, Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada
and in other countries where the Philippines main- RP’s truer face - 13
tained diplomatic posts.
Thus would attest Philippine Ambassador to Ot-
tawa Jose Brillantes and Philippine Consul Gen-
eral in Toronto Alejandro Mosquera.
But back in the archipelago, the May 14 syn-
chronized local and national polling stood out as
another copycat of past political exercises.
Philippine national dailies on May 15 had head- Muting Boni’s cry - 24
lines screaming with claims of vote-buying and
poll rigging; reports of chaos and confusion; and
worse, a long list of violent acts and death.
Papa
Dawn count in Toronto
Piolo,
For over eight hours on May 14, the Special Board of
Papa-
Election Inspectors (SBEI) applied due diligence and end-
less patience to make sure the valid ballots of 410 Filipi- laos?
no overseas absentee voters in Toronto and environs were -- 34
counted and would matter to Philippine political stability.
(Continued on page 30)

FILIPINO VOTES IN TORONTO


(Courtesy of OAV-SBRCG-Toronto)
Senatorial Candidate
PANGILINAN, Francis 313
LEGARDA, Loren 295
RECTO, Ralph 286
VILLAR, Manuel Jr. 254
AQUINO, Benigno Simeon III 240
ANGARA, Edgardo 225
ARROYO, Joker 223
PIMENTEL, Aquilino 219
MAGSAYSAY, Vicente 193
ROCO, Sonia 185
ESCUDERO, Francis Joseph 183
CAYETANO, Alan Peter 170
LACSON, Panfilo 160
DEFENSOR, Michael 155 Philippine Ambassador Jose Brillantes (left) and deputized poll officers Romy Merjudio,
ZUBIRI, Juan Miguel 141 Consul Rhen Rodriguez, Consul General Joey Angeles, Bing Clemente, Consul Louie Bel-
(Continued on page 31) lo and Al Rosales prepare for the May 14 overseas absentee voting in Ottawa.
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4 MAY 2007

PACE breaks
water with
Making Waves
Festival
ALL SET TO MAKE WAVES. Philippine Arts and Cultural Experience (PACE) president Teresa
Torralba and Harbourfront Centre (HFC) community and education program director Melanie
Fernandez (3rd and 4th from right, respectively) discuss with members of the community
media the attractions that expect to raise Making Waves Festival (MWF) a spectacular arts,
culture and trading event at the HFC from Aug. 17 to 19. Complementing information are also
given by (from left) PACE CFO Gerry Jutsun, HFC artistic associate Sandra Whiting, PACE
Secretary-Treasurer and Hermana Mayor Belle Tumbokon and PACE EVP and MWF enter-
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE PHOTO tainment director Mon Torralba in a press conference at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin
Plaza Hotel on April 22.

on the weekend next, said it tive year, Mabuhay! had


Harbourfront Centre certain on festival dates Harbourfront Centre.
Controversial dates? then had no idea of PIDC’s been staged near June 12,
PIDC turns down cooperation bid But plans to fast-forward
Pistahan’s Toronto counter-
activities.
Also, PIDC then had
when Philippine Indepen-
dence Day is celebrated.
MWF assures tsunami of arts, trades, entertainment part - the MWF - was not yet to announce the conduct
of Mabuhay!, although it
Manila Media Monitor
files showed PIDC publicly
without controversy.
Various reactions it had Toronto-based Philip- claimed to have closed deals announced its 2007 calendar
drawn - this premier staging BY ACE ALVAREZ & pine Independence Day with the MTCC as early as of events during its Jan. 27
of Making Waves Festival Council (PIDC) cried foul last year. annual general meeting at
(MWF) on Aug. 17, 18 and BUTCH GALICIA and tried to have MWF On its seventh consecu- (Continued on page 36)
19 at the Harbourfront Cen-
tre, a modern Ontario lake-
side social, cultural and en-
- in the sea of eyes and ears
of fiesta-loving Filipinos
ment a major back-to-back
long-running community
strapped, if not scrapped,
PACE officials noted.
The issue: MWF’s menu
Smitherman names
tertainment hub in Toronto.
But would this festival,
or any other, really provide
whose only prime and prag-
matic concern is to go out
and enjoy another Canadian
summer festivity in North
America.
A week earlier, on Aug.
was seen as diarrheic to
PIDC’s Mabuhay! Philip-
pines Toronto summer fes-
Dr. Santiago to
the community and their
non-Filipino neighbors a
weekend.
Making Waves
11 and 12, the community
would converge for the 14-
tival at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre (MTCC) Toronto Central
CCAC board
better appreciation of Phil- In a press conference at year old annual Pistahan on Aug. 18.
ippine arts and culture pre- the Westin Prince Hotel on Parade and Festival at the Harbourfront Centre
sented at its so-called best? April 22, Philippine Arts Yerba Buena Gardens in San (HFC) community and en-
Whatever its toll in pro- and Cultural Experience Francisco, California. tertainment director Mela- Health and Long-Term Care
moting mutual community (PACE) president Teresa Pistahan - a tribute to nie Fernandez, in the press Minister George Smitherman
cooperation, if not the seem- Torralba said MWF would Filipinos who made it big in conference, said Aug. 17 to announced on May 7 the ap-
ingly unreachable rhetoric definitely push through. America in the field of arts, 19, 2007 were dates open pointment of Dr. Victoria Santi-
of community unity, only “We are prepared to culture, sports and entertain- for event reservations when ago as a member of the Toronto
time would tell. make MWF a colossal ment - is mounted by the PACE requested for such in Central Community Care Ac-
Thus, the Manila Media community cultural break- Filipino-American Arts Ex- October 2006. cess Centre (CCAC) board of
Monitor has sought to unrav- through,” Torralba stressed. position under Al Perez. PACE, which saw it ide- directors.
el the whys and wherefores Also MWF executive di- From Frisco, the festive al to move Pistahan’s enter- “Victoria Santiago has been
on how this festival made a rector, Torralba said PACE atmosphere will swing, for tainment and trading show- very involved in community ac-
ripple - actual or perceived launched MWF to comple- the first time, to the 10-acre case from Frisco to Toronto tivities,” Smitherman said.
“The passion she has for DR. SANTIAGO
community building is a perfect fit with the Toronto Cen-
tral CCAC’s mandate to provide community-based health
care,” he said.
CCACs coordinate access to nursing, therapy, personal
support and homemaking and other services to people at
home.
They also HEY ALSO ; provide placement in long-term
care homes; and give out vital information to caregivers
about the services and supports available to their friends
and family.
Dr. Santiago, who operates three dental clinics in the
Greater Toronto Area, has been a major donor and support-
er of various projects in the Filipino-Canadian community.
Currently, she is the vice-president of the Silayan Com-
munity Centre and interim chair and board member of the
Filipino Centre Toronto.
“I’m pleased to be appointed to the Toronto Central
CCAC board of directors,” Dr. Santiago said.
“I believe the Toronto Central CCAC is an important
part of the local community, and I look forward to doing
my part to ensure that local residents are getting quality
Philippine Consul General in Toronto Alejandro Mosquera (3rd from right) joins the officers, staff and health care services,” she added.
production crew of Filipinos Making Waves Festival (MWF) during a recent presentation at Cusina. Dr. Santiago, who trained as a dentist in the Philippines,
MWF, a project of Philippine Arts and Cultural Experience, is set to debut at the Harbourfront Centre on has also received a degree in comprehensive restorative
August 17, 18 and 19. Photo: MIGUEL CADUCIO dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. CNW
News
Manila Media Monitor Outfitting police to detain witnesses
Chief Blair said the Use for interviews; and witness-
MAY 2007 5 of Force Review Commit- es to crimes were always
tee recommended the issu- free to leave at any time,
ance of “Police” arm bands and free to choose whether

Police adopt recommendations and raid jacket to Toronto’s


1,300 plainclothes officers.
The outfitting would
or not to give a statement to
any investigating body.
Parents or guardians of

jury made in Reodica slay inquest


cost the service $89,000. youth witnesses under 18
The comittee also said should be informed fast. The
unmarked police vehicles Officer in Charge should
should be equipped with a ensure this, Blair said.
In the next three years Garcia. plug-in red “Police” stop Community reachout
beginning 2008, the To-
BY BUTCH GALICIA “Mukhang nagkakaroon light and additional emer- Blair likewise called on
ronto Police would make na ng clout ang mga Pinoy gency equipment, “wig- the police Community Li-
sure its plainclothes officers sa Toronto (It seems that wag” front headlights and aison Officers to continue
and its usually unmarked the community is building siren package, all worth improving the interaction
vehicles would be readily its clout in Toronto),” Gar- some $350,000. between the police and the
known when responding to cia added. Use of force options city’s diverse communities.
calls, particularly in emer- “That’s good news. It Blair added that proce- “A key element of com-
gencies. won’t bring Jeffrey back, dures on Uniform, Equip- munity mobilization is the
Police Chief William but it will prevent another ment and Appearance Stan- effective and efficient level
Sterling Blair has vowed similar incident,” Flora dards were being revised to of consultation that is un-
to request for $438,350 to Reodica, Jeffrey’s mother, guide policemen on which dertaken between the police
fund the three-year phased was quoted as saying by the use of force options they and all community stake-
equipment outfitting in the Toronto Star. could or should wear or have holders,” Blair said.
force’s 2008 and future op- “If these recommenda- access to when on duty. Liaison officer Mendoza
erating budgets. tions were in place three He stressed that use of said the partnership had
This move was high- BILL BLAIR PHILIP MENDOZA years ago, Jeffrey would force options in any opera- been the focus of his work
lighted in a six-page police the progress of the Reodica (Justice for Jeffrey) J4J, probably still be alive,” tion should always take into for the Philippine, Korean,
appreciation of the jury case noted the significance (Philippine Press Club- Flora said. account the impact on pub- Indonesian, Japanese and
recommendations from the of the jury recommenda- Ontario) PPCO and all or- She told the Star she lic or officer safety, or the Vietnamese communities.
coroner’s inquest into the tions and Blair’s response. ganizations, groups and believed “that if Jeffrey had integrity of the investiga- “Coordination is being
May 2004 shooting and “This a big victory for individuals who supported known they were police, he tion or event. done on all levels towards
death of 17-year old Jeffrey the Filipino community, the justice for Jeffrey cam- would have listened to them Parent notification making the communities
Reodica in Scarborough. (the Community Alliance paign,” said CASJ president and things would’ve been Blair stressed the police safe and secure,” Mendoza
The appreciation is con- for Social Justice) CASJ, and PPCO director Hermie different.” did not have authority for said.
tained as Agenda
Item 21 on pages
89 to 94 of a 174-
page agenda in-
formation Blair
Dr. Arla Rondilla Dentistry Professional Corporation
submitted on April
26 for the perusal,
General Dentistry & Orthodontics
review and sub-
sequent action of
the Toronto Po-
lice Service Board
(TPSB).
Toronto police
community liaison
officer Constable
Philip Mendoza
told the Manila
Media Monitor
the TPSB, “most
of the time, ap-
proves the sub-
missions” of the
police chief.
Mendoza ear-
lier sent the com-
munity media
an advisory on
Blair’s submis-
sion that also in-
cluded the Chief’s
responses to:
► The use
of force options
carried by plain-
clothes officers,
► The notifi-
cation of parents
or guardians when
youth are detained
by police, and
► The work
of Community Li-
aison Officers in
building trust be-
tween the public
and the police.
Mendoza cited
the community for
helping the police First Row (left to right) Tracy, Anna, Dr. Arla Rondilla, Dr. Firind Cox, Jing, Tricia
be more efficient Second Row (left to right) Shacel, Janet, Abbey, Glenda, Twinkle, Doris, Leman
and effective in
the performance
of its services.
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Manila Media Monitor
6 MAY 2007 News hibit of the Philippine Art-
ists Group (PAG) has been
confirmed.
Besides the PAG exhibit
on the first day - May 27, a
CMC honors Mama Ching
Civic leader and com-
munity matriarch Consola-
May 27-June 3: Kalayaan CCC Open House cion Quejas, also known as
fund raising Monte Carlo Mama Ching, has joined the

Welcome, come in!


will be conducted from 2 to long but prestigious list of
9 p.m. Games to be played Asian Canadians who have
are mahjong, poker, bingo made their mark in Toron-
and pusoy. to’s multicultural mosaic.
By Mama Ching Quejas The next day, May 28, is On May 4, the Canadian
It’s all set. Kalayaan the planning and prepara- gram, and this writer who is for a two-hour line dancing Multicultural Council of
Cultural Community Cen- tions for the big event are an ex-officio member of all session from 7:30 to 9:30 Asians in Ontario (CMC)
tre will open its doors to the volunteers Marjorie Mella, committees. p.m. Tuesday night is movie presented Mama Ching
public for eight days from Rowena Sancho, Chiqui- Line dancing co-chair night with a double header, CHING QUEJAS with a Most Outstanding
May 27 to June 3. Kat Pineda-Azimi, Joy Merilyn Macasero is qui- one in English and another Award during the CMC Gala Night, in celebration of Asian
Officers and members Almojuela, Jojo Sebas- etly doing her work too and in Tagalog. Heritage Month, at the Chinese Cultural Centre.
of KCCC have been work- tian, Jegma Dimaculangan, will surely surprise every- Wednesday - May 30 - is Themed “Honoring the Pioneers,” the award cited out-
ing overtime lately, finaliz- Evelyn Laraya, Peachy one with results. martial arts demonstration standing Asian Canadians for their contributions to enhanc-
ing plans for the open house Forbes (who works quietly Flyers, invitations and night from 7 to 8:30 p.m., ing multiculturalism and diversity in Toronto.
that aims to promote aware- in the background), direc- schedule of activities for to encourage young and old Mama Ching said “the award is an honor not only for
ness of its existence in the tors Mayette Balbastro and the open house have been alike to learn the art of self- myself but for my fellow Filipinos as well. It is an inspi-
community. Charity Lim, who is also in released. defense. Those interested to ration for me to go on doing the thing I most love to do
Largely responsible for charge of the souvenir pro- The weeklong art ex- join may register then and – serve my community.”
there. She has served the community for over 30 years, doing
Thursday is rondalla volunteer work in various capacities.
practice night and observers A law graduate of the University of the Philippines,
are welcome to watch the Mama Ching is the president of the Kalayaan Cultural
band play. Instructions are Community Centre. Rose S. Tijam
free and students can use
KCCC-owned instruments.
On Friday, June 1, the
ballroom dancing class will
do an exhibition from 7 to 9
p.m. The public is invited to
watch and learn steps.
Saturday, June 2, is
Community Connections
Day and many activities are
lined up from morning until
evening.
Booths will be rented
out to businesses, organi-
zations or those wanting to
promote trades or services.
There will be food sale,
(Continued on page 36) Mama Ching with KCCC members
Views Manila Media Monitor
MAY 2007 7
Ace Alvarez sub-head, “McGuinty should ***
release all documents about A “Thank You” note sent

PACE, PIDC fests in a day? year-end funds at Ministry of


Citizenship.”
Monday, April 23, by MWF’s Te-
resa Torralba to the media who

Gastos na naman!
THERE’S NO TRUTH that attended the group’s press confer-
McGuinty and his government ence in part read “that MWF is all
wrote John Tory and his PCs about - Making News, Making
Award winning product brand- for two days.” Anyway, I say, “Sir Pempe, saying that they felt aggrieved FRIENDS, and Making Business
ing guru, Jeff Rustia, spoke be- We now send this message to practice la’ng ‘yan for your future and their reputation tarnished for our kababayans - both locally
fore members of the Philippine Sheila: Tenny, Butch and I wish in the political arena. Don’t tell with the news item. and internationally. Maybe, next
Chamber of Commerce-Toronto you the very best. May you win me that every time you figure in *** time, with your help, we will make
(PCCT) at the Delta Toronto East the 2007 Speaking Marathon. Two a news item, you will be shout- THERE’S NO TRUTH THAT this ‘Filipinos Making TSUNAMI
Hotel on Kennedy Road, Wednes- days, we believe, is record break- ing the news item tarnished your Manila Media Monitor is in the Festival’!”
day, May 9. ing. Whew! 48 hours, non-stop? reputation.” process of coming out with a I say, “Okay bayan, ihanda
Before the event, I got an e-mail *** *** headline that will read: “ALVA- ang inyong mga wallets, we have
invitation from PCCT’s Rose Ami Re Manila Media Monitor’s Meanwhile, a day earlier REZ, GALICIA CALL ON THE another fundraising to do!”
informing members of the event. lead story last month, “Diverted before Pempe sent me the mes- CONSUL GENERAL TO RE- Projected Manila Media Mon-
The invitation stated that Jeff re- Leyte Mudslide Funds?”, Leyte sage, a news item came out at PORT ON THE LEYTE MUD- itor headline a year later will defi-
cently spoke in … (am not sure if Association of Ontario President various media outlets where SLIDE FUNDRAISING HIS OF- nitely read: “Diverted Tsunami
it was in Riyadh, or Dubai) where and PIDC Adviser Pempe Saave- “Progressive Conservative MPP FICE ENDORSED”. Funds?”
people paid US$300 to hear him dra wrote to me on April 19, say- and Deputy Leader Elizabeth *** ***
speak, adding, don’t miss this op- ing, “Despite my positive outlook Witmer (Kitchener-Waterloo) At the press conference of Butch recently sent an e-mail
portunity to hear Jeff for only $10. in life, I felt aggrieved and my pressed the McGuinty Liberals the “Making Waves Festival message to Philippine Airlines’
Oh boy! Are you okay, Jeff? I reputation tarnished. If not for you for answers about a shadowy (MWF)” (slated in Toronto VP for Public Relations Rollie
hope nothing is wrong. and Gie, I would have explored slush fund operated by the Min- August 17, 18 & 19) at Westin Estabillo, then informed me on
*** other options.” ister of Citizenship and Immi- Prince Hotel in North York, the matter with a note stating,
An advance notice for the Ano? Pempe, please look at gration.” Ontario, April 22, Toronto Po- “Sana naman, ma-appreciate
Global Investigative Journalism the guys in photo below. Iyan The following day, April 20, lice Community Liaison Officer ni Rollie ang good old days na-
Conference in Toronto stated ba ang mga mukha ng ta-tarnish the Progressive Conservatives Philip Mendoza was present. min together. Anyway, that was
that Filipino award-winning ng reputation of anybody? Mga came out with a news item at THERE’S NO TRUTH only three years ago, so I guess
journalist Sheila Coronel will be mukhang anghel, ‘di ba? various media outlets. THAT the other camp - the he would remember the times
among the speakers. Headline “PIDC Mabuhay Philippines we ate, drank and did not sleep
Balita Publisher Tess Cu- read: “TORY Toronto Summer Festival” together.”
sipag contacted Sheila and in- CALLS FOR (slated this year in Toronto for I responded, “Mabuti na
quired what time she will be AUDITOR, August 17, 18 & 19) was saying, la’ng, you did not ‘sleep to-
speaking at the conference. C O M M I T- “E, ano? Lagi namang present gether’, otherwise, scandalous
Tess shared with Philippine TEE TO sa amin si Pempe Saavedra, a.” ‘yon, sir. But only in the Philip-
Press Club-Ontario President INVESTI- I say, the MWF has a Police pines. Sa ibang parts ng North
Tenny Soriano, Manila Media GATE SUS- Officer. The “PIDC Mabuhay Amerika, meron nang ‘same sex
Monitor Editor Butch Galicia PICIOUS … Fest”, on the other hand, has marriage’.”
and myself Sheila’s reply with a MCGUINTY a Police Adviser. Pempe serves ***
note, saying, “This is the reply S L U S H in the Toronto Police Service After the PPC-O’s last Break-
of Sheila. She will be speaking FUND”, with Board of Advisers. (Continued on page 16)
8 Views She was four years old.
Manila Media Monitor
MAY 2007

Recently, I saw graphics artist


James Bade, son of my old friend,
Manny Bade, who informed me
that his dad had a heart attack
sometime ago, and that it was
Marketers need to massive.
A fighter that he was, Manny

understand social media on the phone later told me that


he was so lucky that he lives in
Canada, hence, appropriate medi-
cal attention saved his life; and
Here’s one item that market- stand that investment returns from function properly. The story also that, this being his second life, he
ers must always bear in mind in their promotional and advertis- appeared in other publications, wanted to do more for the greater
the execution of their promotional ing placements require more than among others, Balita and Taliba. good of people around him.
and advertising campaigns: Mar- one placement. Often, marketers The story was likewise fea- But while Manny was not only
keters should live in a “know con- would say, I have placed an ad on tured on television, through Front lucky, but very lucky, Crincess
trol” world. this and that, and I never got any Page Philippines airing 11:30 Czhanala was not as she lived in a
This was the message of Mitch sale from the same. a.m. Sundays, and 12 noon Thurs- society with health support mech-
Joel, President of Twist Image in Joel pointed out that market- days on OMNI 2, CJMT Toronto anism.
Montreal, during the Canadian ers have to build trust with their (Cable 14 in Toronto). From the web, I came across
Marketers Convention in Ottawa consumers and it takes time; that In spite of the plea for help a site where it was mentioned that
on Monday, May 14. it could not be done in one cam- though, Crincess Czhanala’s par- first gentleman, Mike Arroyo, do-
Joel said “We need to under- paign. ents, Christopher Tan and Ann Ma- nated P100,000 for Czhanala’s op-
stand control.” He stressed mar- He added that the most impor- cawile, were not able to raise the eration. Had the government lead-
keters should “control their mes- tant part of understanding social necessary amount of US$120,000 ers only tapped resources - which
sage, … control their products and media is “trust economies”, mean- for the operation. I am sure they could do - from the
control the channels that they send ing marketers have to build trust All the stories appearing in Philippine Charity Sweepstakes
it through.” with their consumers. the media outlets above cited the Office, three-year old Crincess
The Montreal-based executive *** three-year old’s attending physi- Czhanala’s life could have been
said, in turn, that the consumer Sometime last year, Manila cians, namely Drs. Germana Gre- spared.
controls whether or not they like Media Monitor came out with a gorio and Vanessa De Villa of the ***
this message or whether or not front page item about the need of Philippine General Hospital, say- Annually, the months of June,
they are going to spread it to other Caloocan City-based three-year ing that if the operation could not July and August are heavily laden
people and help marketers build old Crincess Czhanala Macawile be performed , there was a possi- with festivals, among these, the
their business. for funds to fly their daughter to bility that the child would die. Filipinos’ PIDC Mabuhay Philip-
I mention this, because, most Hong Kong for a much needed On May 3, the child’s uncle, pines” and Making Waves Festival
often than not, product and/or surgery. Crincess was born with George Macawile, based in To- (MWF)”. Like the MWF, another
service marketers often expect what is called medically as “neo- ronto, sent an e-mail to us at this festival that begins to sprout this
too much from their placements natal hepatitis”, where her liver publication, among other media summer is “Luminato”, dubbed
in any media. They do not under- was swollen, hence, could not outlets, that the child passed away. as Toronto’s Festival of Arts and
Creativity.
Even at its maiden event,
“Luminato” is already assured of
staging for the next four years.
Conceived last year, “Luminato”
has so far raised $10 million.

Elections and the


Hhhmmm … what a difference a
big name board of directors make,

Philippine rain
and working (as opposed to deco-
rative) committee members!
***
Going the rounds of Toronto
The much anticipated rains have been plastered, hung and Sadly too, no candidate in re- on my way to and from various
have started to bless the Philip- tacked in every conceivable area cent or remote memory has ever places where I have to be per-
pines, just in time to lower the that human eyes can see. been known to voluntarily remove sonally present, I would drop by
mercury by a precious degree or If one wishes to see how tooth- his garbage and graffiti. some Filipino-run eateries and
two. less national laws are and how in- The Pinoy politico is much grab a quick bite. One thing no-
The rains, like Philippine elec- efficient the election commission too chauvinist to even muster the ticeable about the servings I get
tions, are integral to our cycle of is at enforcing election laws, one scruples and politeness to clean up from many of these places is that
life. only has to look out the window. his mess. the serving from a “combo” order
The afternoon showers are In every square kilometer, one He cares not that the very pa- is some sort of an observance of
welcome because they bring with can instantly spot an infraction. per he used to catapult him to an the Lenten season’s fasting for
them the promise of more verdant No one honors common poster elective seat will be the same pa- me. Comparatively to date with
vegetation. areas; no candidate obeys that no- per that will clog the drains and the places I’ve been to, Golden
Peeking from an aircraft, one buntings law; trees and electric bring the flashfloods in the mon- Valley’s Food Outlets Inc. still
sees a pale mocha color shrouding poles are punctured mercilessly to soon months. has the generous servings of its
the country, as though the coun- accommodate streamers and bills He will be too busy weaving combo deals.
tryside hills constitute a sorry ver- In fact, there is so much print- magic to recover the astronomical No wonder, many Filipinos
sion of Shangrila. ed advertisement of all sizes, legal costs of his election. still prefer eat-ins and take-outs
The refreshing rains should fi- or not, that when summed up, the Even when the sun shies away from Chinese eateries.
nally do the trick. cost would probably be enough to during the rainy season, he will be ***
Greener, more robust grass send half the country’s children making political hay. A news item forwarded to us
will soon replace the sullen land- through grade school. His personal coffers are empty from Manila states “Foreign ob-
scape. It is papier mache season be- and must be refilled so that when servers say polls in South marred
The summer soak ups also au- cause layers of posters are pasted the next elections come, he can by violations, worse than Afghan-
gur well for the awful physical state on walls till they are so thick and be more visible and his name and istan.”
that the midterm elections have hard that it would take hours to face will adorn every nook of his This is one story (if at all a
rendered the entire country in. peel them off. district. news story) that could be written
The picture isn’t pretty and God sends the rains precisely And as the poor Pinoy is con- even before the election day itself
foreign observers of the polls to aid the poor fellows whose task fronted with broken electoral in the Philippines?
couldn’t hold their tongues in is to restore the walls to their for- promises, the politico, like the ***
remarking at how a presumably mer glory. summer rain, soon sheds its re- One widow in her late 60s,
serious affair has morphed into The rains also drench the ads freshing image and rears an ugly who is close to me, said, “My re-
a carnival of ridiculous propor- to make disintegration faster. head. lationship with my husband had
tions. Alas, as soon as the rains let The once coveted rainfall of not been really good.”
We cannot begin to calculate up, the next generation of posters May and June inevitably becomes This declaration now after she
how many trees had to be felled make their way to the streets to re- the bane and nuisance of later and her husband brought to this
to produce the tons of paper that place the battered ones. months. (Continued on page 27)
Views
Manila Media Monitor
MAY 2007
9

The Vimy Spin


Letters & Voices You may hate me for what I’m
going to say, but say it I must.
And we have that war to thank ini, Kurosawa and Bresson. And
for the vengeful misery inflicted home grown theatre was offering
Last month, we were treated to upon a defeated Germany that led us Canadian actors in local pro-
Reactions to ‘Diverted ...’ a massive outpouring of emotion to the rise of Hitler and the great- ductions of even, at times, works
I was in a meeting last night at Casa Manila and my attention as we commemorated the 90th an- est threat to democracy that ever by Canadian playwrights.
was called to your newspaper which has the above-captioned head- niversary of the Canadian victory existed. And my first 20 years in Can-
ing with a picture of Ricky and me in the inside continuation of the at Vimy Ridge. To me, putting the Great War ada were crowned with a visit to
article. While there was nothing wrong upon reading the whole ar- The commemoration and the spin on Canada and Canadian Expo ’67 one of the great defining
ticle (actually, I thought it was insightful, fair, truthful and well-bal- restoration of the Vimy monument identity smacks of a growing em- moments in the shaping of mod-
anced), I was sort of disappointed with the heading. Because, there were just: the Canadian men who phasis to militarize the minds of ern Canada.
are some people who actually only glance at the paper and flipped fought and succeeded where oth- our young people, once again glo- The rest is history.
over the pages. I don’t know if you will agree with me, but some- ers failed were true heroes. rifying a war that was nothing but This year we salute a veritable
body who looks at the heading and saw the pictures inside may have However, I strenuously object a Great Mistake. explosion of opportunities for lov-
a different perception of the story. Putting up our pictures actually to the mythology that many, from We grieve for the youngsters ers of music, theatre, film, dance,
make it worse. And I hope it does not happen to us again. Pempe politicians to military historians to whose coffins so frequently fly in the visual arts and spectacle to en-
Saavedra, josesaavedrajr@yahoo.com media, are trying to create out of from Afghanistan. joy a city that makes me, at least,
(Thank you for the observation. But rest assured that readers the Vimy battle. Let’s make sure we grieve for proud I don’t have to go to New
of Manila Media Monitor read through the paper’s pages and are It was a defining moment in them for the right reasons and not York to enjoy events of the kind
intelligent enough to discern good journalism from social trash Canadian military history but in for some jingoistic idea that being we salute here.
and imagery. Editors) no way can it be seen as the defin- warriors suits them better than be- Please don’t bug me with that
***** ing moment in the making of our ing peacekeepers. tired old cliché “now we’re a
I would like to congratulate you on your April 2007 banner sto- nation. *** world class city.”
ry. “Diverted Leyte Mudslide Funds?” is a classic example of how Vanity, pride Sixty years ago, I described When it comes to what I’m
your publication offers a valuable simplistic update on an ongoing Back in 1917, Canada was this city as a “cultural wasteland”. going to tell you, we’re a “Toronto
issue that readers are quiet about; when news reporting can stimulate still a British colony; there was no But I stayed. And how glad I am! class city.”
readers’ brains, affecting everybody in the community to arrive and such thing as a Canadian citizen Within ten years, we had the ***
make corrective decisions on what is, was and will be. Now, every- until 30 years later when the Citi- Stratford Festival, less than two This year’s Reel World Film
body has to re-think the status quo. Romano Gaudencio, Toronto, zenship Act was introduced. hours drive away and the begin- Festival established by interna-
Ontario Canadians, like all the com- nings of an opera company, both tionally-known Canadian actress
(Thank you for the plaudits. You have made our work harder, batants, fought and died in a war of which would resonate interna- Tonya Lee Williams saw a growth
as we can no longer sleep on the job. And if there is something that should never have begun and tionally. to a total to 87 productions, plus
you and the community should know and understand, we vow to would not have, had it not been for Foreign films were gradually panels and workshops.
responsibly get it to you. Editors) the vanity and pride of monarchs, breaking through the subtitle stig- Fate conspired to prevent me
***** politicians and generals. ma and we were welcoming Fell- (Continued on page 18)
Congratulations sa “Diverted...” story. Bilib naman ako sa ta-
pang ng story. Wala pa bang reaction sina (Jose “Pempe”) Saavedra
at (Ricky) Cuenca? Nabasa mo ba yung open letter ni Pempe kay
Tenny (Soriano)? Baka kayo naman ni Ace ang makatanggap next
ng ganoong klaseng letter. Hermie Garcia, Editor, Philippine Re-
porter

Learning from
(Thank you for the kudos. We surely welcome reactions to the
story. On another note, we believed that letter was privileged com-
munication between the writer and Mr. Soriano. While we are
tempted to publish that letter you implied was furnished your good
self and has become an “open letter,” we are temporarily holding bad decisions
on to it to eliminate any misimpression and misinterpretation. But
rest assured media will live up to its responsibilities to the commu- Jenna sent me her story last But he couldn’t get enough. Everyone around her breathed
nity, no matter what. The Editors) month but I couldn’t bring myself Tovi would show up at her a sigh of relief. But Santos was

Seniors’ benefits to talk about it then.


Her story struck a chord in me
employer’s home during the day.
At first Jenna made him leave. But
still in the picture. He promised
to marry her. He promised to get
Nakatulong po ng malaki ang Manila Media Monitor’s series on and I needed some time to come she was in love. She made a deci- work. He promised to leave his
Seniors’ Benefits sa aking mga magulang. Lagi po nilang sinusubay- to terms with it. sion. Tovi got to stay. wife.
bayan ang mga pagbabago sa programa. Grace Chiu, Mississauga It could have been my story At first an hour, then two, At 23, Jenna became pregnant.
and I thought it could have been then the whole day. Her employer How? Simple. Jenna made a deci-
MMM website kudos a path many of us might have
taken.
found out and fired her. What did
she expect?
sion. Santos didn’t want to wear
protection and Jenna couldn’t af-
Just a short note to let you know that I recently had a chance to
look at your website and it looks compelling! Kudos to you and the Jenna’s story was about bad At 21, she was desperate. She ford to buy it. It was inevitable.
team that supports your mandate! Jo Ann Baguioro, Advertising luck and bad decisions. needed another job validation. In six months, her employer
Consultant, Interactive Media, jbaguioro@durhamregion.com Jenna had been in Canada for The best she could do was to be a let her go. But it got worse. She
nearly four years. She arrived here part-time live-out nanny. moved from job to job, managed
Congratulations on a work permit and got a job as
a live-in nanny in downtown To-
Better than nothing. It paid for
part of her expenses but the rest
to complete her two years and was
eligible to apply for her perma-
Great issues. Bow na bow kami. Loads of best wishes to Manila ronto. was paid through a growing de- nent status.
Media Monitor. - Ma. Teresa Torralba, Toronto Her future seemed clear, she pendency on friends and family. But she didn’t. She was too
needed to complete her two years Then Jenna met Santos. Where busy. Time slipped and her win-
I am impressed not only with Manila Media Monitor’s layout and would then get her papers and Tovi had a job, Santos did not. dow passed.
but how it gives importance to people, to include me. Kaya nga kayo then eventually her citizenship. Where Tovi was single and avail- At 23, Jenna was about to give
ang una sa akin! - Larry Torres, Toronto At 20, Jenna was on her way able. Santos was not. And Jenna birth. She lost her OHIP and her
to a better life. made another decision. chance to stay in Canada. The past
May kabuluhan, hindi la’ng puro sayawan. Ms. From Aklan, We all needed friends. And we A year passed and Jenna still three-and-a-half years had gone to
Bathurst St., North York, Ontario. all needed someone to love and had no full-time job. The few waste.
love us back. friends left her and her family At times, we find ourselves in
Maganda ang Manila Media Monitor. Hindi puro retrato ng mga Jenna was no different. Dur- became resentful of her growing a moment which seems sweet and
sayawan. - Nida Tillner, Toronto, Ontario ing her time off, she went out, she dependency on them. Jenna had good. And in those moments, we
dated and enjoyed her life. moved in to her aunt’s house. have no patience for the logical or
We all did it. But some of us At 22, she no longer could see the clear headed decision.
LETTERS, COMMENTS, REACTIONS were lucky. We met the right per- clearly the path her future should In those moments, we make
may be sent to mediamonitor@rogers. son. take. She was desperate. decisions. And it’s hard to under-
Jenna was unlucky. She met Then finally, one day, her luck stand the effects of those decisions
com. All communications will be edited. Tovi. Tovi was all about love. She turned and she landed a full-time in a month, a year, a decade into
was his light, her every dream. job. (Continued on page 18)
Manila Media Monitor
10 MAY 2007 Views ganda.” On May 4, 1970, defense
lawyers Juan Quijano and Joker
Arroyo were lured away from
Manila Overseas Press Club by
fake phone calls. Military agents
cojones (they have balls). The
Yuyitungs proved that Manila and
Taipei combined could not snuff
out press freedom... It was one
time I was proud to be a newspa-

Omerta By Butch DG. Galicia


bundled Quintin and Rizal into a
car that drove to Lipa Air Base.
“Night of May 4, and into the
perman.”
Canberra Times publisher Ro-
han Rivett, who represented IPI,
dawn of May 5, Rizal’s pregnant noted: “a military tribunal dealt

‘De cojones’
wife, Veronica, stood knocking with charges of alleged offenses
at the gate of Immigration Com- committed by civilians in other
missioner Edmundo Reyes’ home. countries.” And Senator Jovito
She had clothes and medicines for Salonga confirmed that it was a
the CCN editor and wanted to bid kangaroo trial. A person can be
him goodbye.” The door remained held criminally liable only under
shuttered. the law of the place where the
What the heck! rorism spurred new security mea- track nonetheless an escalating Dawn of May 5, the two were crime was allegedly committed.
I’d gladly walk into any jail sures, notes the World Association gory trend from legal violence to deported secretly to Taipei on an Joker Arroyo and Juan Quijano,
for violating a copyright law rath- of Newspapers (WAN), and some hired gunmen. A “culture of im- Air Force C-47. After a four-hour Salonga noted, defended the two
er than walk freely with the feel- are implemented with scant con- punity” prevails. So masterminds “trial” on August 14, 1972, the pro bono and even spent their own
ing that I’ve wasted a good piece cern for individual liberties, “no- are rarely caught and many trig- Taiwan Garrison Command sen- funds to ensure the two journalists
of written work, unable to share it tably, freedom of the press.” germen go scot-free. tenced Quintin to two years; Rizal would be protected.
with peers and friends because of Journalists here get almost In 1999, WAN’s body count got three years. Due to worldwide Filipino newsmen who de-
some lousy stupid rule legislated daily reminders of this threat. The was 26. The year after, Interna- protests, they were shoved in a nounced the kidnapping and farci-
for commercial purposes. failed assassination attempt on tional Press Institute reported 32. “reformatory school.” cal trial included: Teodoro Locsin
On second thought, why will (Philippine Daily) Inquirer corre- And the Freedom Fund for Fili- In his Manila Chronicle eye- Sr. and Jr., Napoleon Rama, Qui-
Juan Mercado and the Press Foun- spondent Delfin Mallari followed pino Journalists reported in 2006 witness account of “How the jano de Manila, Max Soliven, Al-
dation of Asia send me behind the killing of Carmelo Palacios of that 57 were salvaged in work- Yuyitungs were Tried,” columnist fredo Roces, Amando Doronila,
bars, after training and giving me a government’s Radyo ng Bayan. related assaults, i.e. attacks by Alejandro Roces wrote: It was Luis Beltran, Narciso Pimental Jr.
certificate to be a trainor of Asean Would Mallari have been Vic- queridas, bill collectors, etc. don’t “a combination of Franz Kafka, - as well as the Economist, Times
working journalists in a course - tim No. 57 under headcounts that qualify. Koestler’s Darkness at Noon and and others.
co-sponsored with Friedrich Ebert started after the dictatorship’s col- This week’s obit on the death Alice in Wonderland... The Yuyi- Canada and the US offered
Stiftung - in UP-Los Baños from lapse? Was Marlene Esperat in- of former Chinese Commercial tungs admitted they published As- sanctuary for journalists the Phil-
July 24 to Aug. 9, 1990? correctly tagged as 54th victim? If News editor Rizal Yuyitung (Obit, sociated Press and United Press ippines treated like dirt. And both
*** so, was Mohamad Yusuf of Islam- page 18) in Toronto could help set International reports, not in Taipei saw the dictator flee people-power
So, with special thanks to Phil- ic Broadcasting Victim No. 36, or this issue in context. With his pub- - but in the Philippines, where this fury. Quintin died in the US. And
ippine Press Club-Ontario mem- was it Ferdinand Reyes of Dipo- lisher-brother Quintin, Rizal was is a normal everyday procedure. Rizal’s family will scatter his ash-
ber and former Chinese Commer- log’s Press Freedom Weekly? targeted in May 1970 for Marcos’ This admission was interpreted as es in the Pacific Ocean “to flow
cial News man Wesley Chua, here Political fronts, meanwhile, attempt to bring the press to heel. a confession” of spreading com- and touch all the places he called
is a full reprint of Juan Mercado’s muddle this macabre treadmill fur- Is that too far back for most of munist propaganda. home - China, Philippines and
Press Alzheimer’s (Cebu Daily ther. On flimsy headcounts, they today’s journalists who’re mainly “The Yuyitungs were found Canada.”
News, Cebu City, Philippines, tack shrill political statements to martial law’s “baby boomers”? To guilty of publishing western news Press Freedom Week is appro-
April 24, 2007): nail President Gloria Macapagal avoid institutional Alzheimer’s, agency reports... Both assumed priate time to reread Rizal’s “Ac-
We mark World Press Free- Arroyo for every scalp. here’s a brief summary: full responsibility for whatever knowledgement,” published with
dom Day next week (first week Journalist groups stress accu- President Marcos sought to Chinese Commercial News pub- the book, The Case of the Yuyi-
of May). For 2007, the theme is racy and reject being boxed into deport Rizal and Quintin for lished. There is only one de- tung Brothers. It offers pointers
“Press Under Surveillance.” Ter- term of office time spans. They “spreading communist propa- scription for these two men: de (Continued on page 16)
Manila Media Monitor
MAY 2007 News 11
Nat’l Seniors
Council formed
Keeping seniors at ease The federal government
has formed the National Se-
niors Council, as it alloted
some $14 million for 775 New

SAFETY: HOME ADAPTATIONS


Horizons for Seniors Program
projects across Canada.
The seniors council would
advise government on issues of
Most seniors wish to continue mounting brackets. national importance to seniors
to live in their own homes for as
PART 1 Entrances and help ensure that policies,
long as possible. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The Manila MEDIA MONITOR has compiled ► Add a ramp to bypass exist- programs, and services meet
But many homes are not de- literature on Seniors’ Safety, hoping its publication in a series will ing steps. the evolving needs of seniors.
signed to meet their changing keep the paper’s valued senior readers well-informed, safe and sound ► Install light fixtures or Earlier, the government:
needs as they age. wherever they are.) floodlights to illuminate entranc- ► Provided tax relief for
This Canada Safety Council es, steps and walkways. seniors by allowing pension in-
checklist identifies adaptations ► Provide electrical outlets tures near the mirror or medicine ► Add a grab bar or handle come splitting; raising the age
that can help prevent accidents for small appliances in more con- cabinet. near steps or doorway. credit from $4,066 to $5,066;
and enhance independence. venient locations. ► Install non-slip flooring ► Install a delayed-action and increasing the maximum
Kitchen ► Install a smoke alarm out- throughout the bathroom. door closer. amount of eligible pension
► Install lever-type faucets, side, but close to, the kitchen. ► Install lever-type faucets ► Install lever-type door han- income that could be claimed
or a faucet with a single lever to ► Install a fire extinguisher or a faucet with a single lever to dles. to $2000 from $1,000, putting
control flow and temperature. near the kitchen exit. control flow. ► Install easily accessible almost $900 million back in
► Install pull-out shelves un- Bathroom ► Adjust the hot-water heater light switches or sensors to con- the hands of seniors over the
der counter to enable you to work ► Install shelves beside basin or install a device that will prevent trol outside lights. next two years and removing
from a seated position. for storage. the water from reaching too high a Stairs and Hallways 85,000 pensioners from the
► Lower existing cupboards. ► Install a grab bar within temperature. ► Improve lighting in stairs. tax rolls;
► Install “D” type handles on easy reach. ► Install a hand-held shower ► Install two-way light switch- ► Increased the Guaran-
cupboards or drawers. ► Install additional light fix- on adjustable rod or high-low es at top and bottom of stairs. teed Income Supplement max-
► Install or repair existing imum benefit;
StatsCan crime survey: Seniors safer rails or install new rails.
► Extend handrails beyond
► Proposed laws to make
it easier for seniors to apply for
Perceived by some as a more cent for those under 65. victimized by a family member the top and bottom of steps. and receive the Supplement;
vulnerable group in society, se- The data were compiled from (nearly five in 10 victims) than ► Install “swing clear hinges” ► Increased the Refund-
niors were actually three times victim reports in 2004 and police non-seniors (four in 10), with the on doors to widen doorways. able Medical Expense Supple-
less likely than those under 65 data from 2005. police-reported data showing most ► Install handrails along cor- ment tax credit by more than
to be victims of crime, Statistics For crimes such as assault, sex- perpetrators were adult children of ridor walls. 30 per cent to $1000;
Canada (StatsCan) said. ual assault or robbery, the seniors the victims (35 percent) or current Bedroom ► Expanded the Compas-
An online CBC news story said were four times less likely to re- or previous spouses (31 percent). ► Use a night light to provide sionate Care Benefit, making
the recently-released StatsCan port being victims than those aged Perceptions that seniors tend- a lighted path from the bedroom more Canadians eligible; and
survey found 10 percent of people 55 to 64, and nearly 20 times less ed to be more frail were undercut to the bathroom. ► Introduced a targeted
aged 65 or over had been victims likely than those aged 15 to 24. by the finding that over two-thirds ► Free the path from the bed- initiative for older workers.
of crime, compared with 31 per- Seniors were more likely to be (Continued on page 17) (Continued on page 17)
Feature
ied at MSU). Christian surrender. self, to detach myself from
Manila Media Monitor The fourth and last time Last February, when worldly desires and also an
MAY 2007 I saw Ricardo was last year his condition worsened, he
12 when he and wife Joy were managed to email his class-
opportunity to strengthen
my faith and love for God.
having lunch with friends mates from his Notre Dame Every time I’m reminded of
For Ricardo, in memoriam on Yonge St. His head was and MSU-IIT days to de- the opportunity I have been
shaven then. scribe his disposition. given, I feel so grateful to

Making a difference in Little did I realize he


was already very ill at the
time and was undergoing
The letter was read dur-
ing the viewing by a child-
hood friend. Optimistic to
God. You see, I can die a
thousand and one ways, and
most often death can come

our corner of the world chemotherapy.


Perhaps it was with fore-
boding that I tried to locate
the end, Ricardo wrote:
“You see, my batch-
mates, my time here is com-
to us when we least expect
it. But in my case, although
I know I’m dying, I am able
By RICARDO J.S. CALUEN Ricardo’s business card in ing to an end. But my faith to prepare for it. See how
the months following that dictates that it is not the lucky I am?”
In a community of I never had the pleasure welcome dinner for new ar- chance meeting, the urge to medical doctors who dictate This was patently Ri-
300,000 Filipinos in the of having him in my History rivals Jun and Rose Daniel reconnect gnawing. when that would be but God cardo - to see the light at the
Greater Toronto Area, the or Political Science class. (who were introduced to Word of Ricardo’s pass- alone. I’m also thankful that end of the tunnel.
passing of Ricardo Ortuoste An ace student from Ricardo by Nancy Reyno, ing therefore came as a I have this disease, which It almost bordered on
went hardly noticed. After since the elementary grades, who turned out to be his shock. gives me time to prepare stoicism, as when he was
all, Cado, as he was fondly his presence in my class wife Joy’s dorm mate in Yet, Ricardo was pre- for the final hour and an op- in between jobs and he had
called, was not the presi- would have made discus- Manila; Jun himself stud- pared to meet his end with portunity to humble my- (Continued on page 18)
dent of a regional grouping, sion a lot livelier with his
nor an “active member of incisive analysis of things.
the community” with a pro-
pensity for photo-ops.
Typical of newcomers
to Toronto, Ricardo and I Ricardo “Cado” Ortuoste
His viewing was held in
a small chapel in suburbia,
got connected via a network
of friends, as if validating
Feb. 1, 1965 - April 26, 2007
the mourners an intimate the idea of the six degrees Cado arrived in Toronto on June 7, 1997. I and our son Kyle
collection of only the dear- of separation. joined him three months later. In between the laughter and the
est friends and a handful of The invitation to his son youthful countenance he wanted us, his friends and his peers to
family members. Kiefer’s christening party remember him by, he worked hard to give me and his sons Kyle
Yet, as the heartfelt eu- was actually our first time to and Kiefer, who was born in Toronto, the best of what life had
logies were delivered, it was formally meet, yet we chat- to offer. He worked with Sprint Canada, AT&T Canada, Group
clear that Ricardo did leave ted like long lost friends. Telecom and Telus Corp. Cado with sons Kyle and Kiefer
an indelible imprint in the Truth be told, we never But he was diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer in March, 2005. After two chemotherapies and five
hearts of those whose lives exchanged a word on cam- radiations, he breathed his last at the Markham Stouffville Hospital and bade us farewell.
he touched in his short life. pus, except for the perfunc- Cado had passion for life, his mission was to help newcomers and he loved the Raptors basketball team. We will
Scion of an old and re- tory nod of respect a student truly miss his singing, jokes and smiling face. Joy Vestal-Ortuoste
spected family in Cotabato gives to a professor.
City, Ricardo belonged to This initial encounter Cado -- a native of Cotabato City in the Philippines -- was laid to rest at the Christ the King Cemetery on
the fifth batch of students was followed by two invi- April 30, after a funeral Mass at the St. Patrick’s Church and April 29 viewing at the Dixon-Garland Funeral
that graduated from the tations to the new house of Home, all in Markham.
Electronics Communica- the Ortuostes in Markham: He is survived by wife Joy Vestal-Ortuoste and sons Kyle and Kiefer; mother Perla Ortuoste; grandmother
tions Engineering program a New Year’s eve dinner/ Mary Lumibao-Corpuz; siblings Reynaldo, Katherine O. Deveza and Kristine O. Atienza; stepmother-in-law Helen
in the Mindanao State sleepover where our com- Lee-Vestal; sister-in-law Jiji Vestal-Hanson; stepsister-in-law Jonah Mei Vestal; brothers-in-law Jose Vestal, Jr., and
University-Iligan, where I mon friend Paul Bingil was Jonathan Vestal.
taught. the only other guest, and a
T he day after the mudslide on the island of Leyte in
the Philippines was reported in the United States, I received
a worried phone call from a colleague here at the Univer-
sity of Georgia. Tim had seen footage of the tragedy on the
Feature Manila Media Monitor
MAY 2007 13
evening news. Though unsure where in the Philippines it

A Truer Face of the Philippines


had occurred, he was concerned that my wife Pam’s fam-
ily had been caught up in the event. I thanked him for his
concern and responded that I was confident Pam’s family
wasn’t involved. Pam grew up in Los Baños, Laguna and
her home is not very close to hills or mountains that would By BOB R.C. KEMERAIT
threaten mudslides. Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia
Over the next week my assurance to Tim was repeated
to many others who were concerned for Pam. I was grateful
that they cared enough about her family to ask for clarifica- cal technicians, or young Filipina brides. (In truth, these
tion. On long solitary drives across Georgia that week, I are but a part of the diverse group of Filipino immigrants,
had plenty of time to think about this latest tragedy in the often highly educated and motivated, who come to the US
Philippines and to ponder its implications. seeking better lives and opportunity.)
My first realizations were that good news from the Phil- 5. The bars of Olongapo, Angeles City, and Ermita are
ippines is rarely reported in the United States and that most the norm and typical of the country. (In fact, much of this
Americans know very little about the archipelago nation. has changed in all three locations.)
Our countries have shared a very close history over the 6. The only history Americans may know of the Philip-
past 100 years; the Philippines was a protectorate of the pines are related to the Bataan Death March and “I shall
United States for nearly 50 years after the conclusion of the return”.
Spanish-American War. American soldiers fought and died 7. Danger from the Abu Sayyaf and the fate of the Burn-
alongside Filipino troops in the battles against the Japanese hams await the tourist at every turn.
in World War II. Strategic American air and naval bases 8. The Philippines “caved-in” to the demands of terror-
were maintained in the Philippines until the early 1990’s. ists and pulled their troops from Iraq when a Filipino was
Still, the typical American is woefully uninformed about kidnapped. (Most Americans do not realize how vulnerable
the Philippines. vast numbers of Filipino overseas workers across the Mid-
More importantly, the little that is known paints a pic- dle East are to abuse and terrorist attacks. The government
ture of this country that is, at best, skewed, and at worst in the Philippines can do little to protect them.)
perpetuates regrettable stereotypes of the culture and citi- Although each of the above points does have some ba-
zens. The printed and network news that reaches the Amer- sis in fact, they do not accurately represent this island na-
ican public largely shapes our view of the world. If I were tion with a rich and very diverse cultural heritage and a
to take guess at the most common perceptions Americans people for who warm hospitality and lasting friendships are
have of the Philippines, they would be as follows, not nec- a way of life. I believe that creating an image and reality
essarily in any particular order: of the Philippines based upon the perceptions above would
1. The Philippines is a nation of continual natural disas- be the same as defining the United States as a land of gang
ters, such as mudslides, volcanoes, and super-typhoons. violence, drug abuse, obesity, and lack of regard or consid-
2. The Philippines is largely a nation of man-made di- eration for anything that is not “American”.
sasters and trouble such as sinking ferries, deforestation, Because my wife is from the Philippines, I have had
poverty ( e.g. the human nightmare that is Smokey Moun- the opportunity to be immersed in Filipino culture here at
tain), and political unrest and turmoil. home and on visits to her home in Los Baños. As I was
3. The fact Americans are most likely to know about thinking about the stereotypes of the Philippines that are
the Philippines would involve 3,000 pairs of shoes from prevalent in the US, I also thought about my own percep-
Malacañang Palace. tions of the Philippines and Filipino culture. When I recall
4. All Filipinos who come to the US are nurses, medi- (Continued on page 15)
A BREAK WITH MAESTRO ERIC KUNZEL Who? What? Manila Media Monitor
14 MAY 2007

Gov’t urges traveling permanent


residents to check, renew cards
OTTAWA - In to Canada.
July 2007, five-year Without a valid
Canadian perma- PR card, a person
nent resident (PR) will be disallowed
cards will begin to board, and will
expiring. The cards need to make al-
are a vital docu- ternative travel ar-
ment for Canadian rangements at his/
permanent residents her own expense
who travel interna- and inconvenience.
tionally, as these are Permanent resi-
needed to be pre- dents who have
sented to re-enter obtained Canadian
Canada. citizenship no lon-
The government ger need a PR card.
advises Canadian The PR card
permanent residents was introduced on
Filipino members of the Mississauga Choral Society Mila Magno, Livvy Ca- to check the expiry June 28, 2002, for
macho and Elsie Arao take a break from rehearsals to pose with Maestro date on their card if new immigrants
Eric Kunzel of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Kunzel is in town to conduct they plan to travel outside ley says. “Permanent resi- to Canada with the imple-
the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a concert of the Magical Music of Dis- Canada after July 1, and to dents should check the ex- mentation of the Immigra-
ney with the Mississauga Choral Society at Roy Thomson Hall on May 15 at apply for a new card before piry date on their cards and tion and Refugee Protection
8:00 p.m. and May 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Kunzel has led the Cincin- it is too late. apply for a new one well be- Act.
nati Pops Orchestra to fame in the tradition of Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Citizenship and Immi- fore they travel,” she adds. The cards are valid for a
Pops Orchestra. He continues to attract large crowds of avid pop aficiona- gration Minister Diane Fin- The PR card confirms five-year period. In excep-
dos wherever he conducts. Toronto has been a regular destination of Mae- ley notes the government the holder’s status in Cana- tional circumstances, some
stro Kunzel for many years with the MCS (under the direction of Chrys Bent- has a web, media and poster da and must be shown be- cards expire after one year.
ley) providing the choral component of the performances. Elsie, Livvy, and campaign to this effect. fore boarding commercial The PR card also in-
Mila also sing with the Pamana Vocal Ensemble and the St. Francis Xavier “We’re encouraging transportation (plane, train, creases Canada’s border se-
Church Choir, where Mila is pianist/accompanist. people to plan ahead,” Fin- boat or bus) when returning curity. PR
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MAY 2007 Who? What? 15

Canadian multiculturalism in danger


Has multiculturalism become “The policy of Multicultural- program. The Right Honourable Ste- to encourage participation in com-
just an aspect of Canadian politi- ism was originally advocated by “If you read the news release phen Harper, Prime Minister munity and civic life.
cal semantics, a magnet to attract key members of the Ukrainian- from Colleen Beaumier, Liberal of Canada, Harper.S@parl. In an Arpil 13 press release,
the votes of a growing number of Canadian community, introduced MP for Brampton West, you will gc.ca with copies to Mr. Jason the Conservatives claimed to have
immigrants from diverse origins as official policy by Prime Min- want to know, as I do, why gov- Kenney, Secretary of State for budgeted only $17 million for
who have made Canada their per- ister Trudeau in 1971, included ernment funding to Multicultural- Multiculturalism and Canadian Multiculturalism in 2006-2007,
manent residence? in the Canadian Constitution and ism has been slashed in half. Identity, House of Commons, which is half of what was spent in
By the way the government Charter of Rights and further- “Can it be that the Prime Min- Ottawa, Ontario, Kenney.J@ 2005-2006. In the next two years,
disregards it, multiculturalism more became The Canadian Mul- ister has a hidden agenda regard- parl.gc.ca; Mr. Sterling Lynch, the Conservatives confirmed they
might as well be on its death ticulturalism Act of 1988, passed ing Canadian Multiculturalism? Office of Colleen Beaumioer; again planned to spend only $17
throes, a meaningless word with- unanimously by all parties. Can it be that a serious decline in MP Beaumier.C@parl.gc.ca; million per year and, according to
out any potential gain for the mil- “When the present govern- funding to Multicuturalism pres- and Ben Viccari, canscene@ Canadian Heritage’s own docu-
lions of Canadians it referred to. ment gained power, it was first an- ages an attempt to dismantle the ogers.com. ments, none of this money was
Ben Viccari, president of the nounced that Jason Kenney, par- policy that so many Canadians Meanwhile, Liberal Critic fopr budgeted for programs to promote
Canadian Ethnic Media Asso- liamentary secretary to the prime cherish and, indeed, we, as mem- Multiculturalism Colleen Beaumi- inter-cultural understanding.
ciation (CEMA) circulated this e- minister would be responsible for bers of CEMA do by belonging to er said “numbers don’t lie.” “I guess spending half the
mail on April 21 to fellow CEMA Multiculturalism, then the respon- an organization that ‘supports the “All the spin in the world money spent in 2005-2006 seems
members, including the Manila sibility was switched to Bev Oda, principles of Multiculturalism and won’t change the fact that the like a lot for Mr. Harper who,
Media Monitor’s Ace Alvarez, minister of Canadian heritage, and Canadian citizenship and the right Conservative Government has when leader of the Alliance Party,
Gie Alvarez and Butch Galicia: some months ago was returned of free expresson without ethno- slashed funding to Canada’s Mul- indicated that he doesn’t think
“A serious situation is arising to Kenney who has been named centirc bias’?” ticulturalism program by half.” Canada’s Multiculturalism policy
that affects all of us concerned Secretary of State for Multicul- “If you are concerned with the In 2005-2006, roughly $34 and program should receive any
with Canadian Multicultural- turalism and Canadian Identity, present government’s apparent million was spent on the Canada’s funding at all,” said Ms. Beaumi-
ism and I am writing to ask you apparently without Cabinet rep- downgrading of Multiculturalism Multiculturalism Program. Of this, er. “Its about time this Conserva-
to make your voice and that of resentation. The Department of would you please as a member of $16 million went to programs to tive Government be honest about
your readers, viewers of listeners Canadian Heritage continues to an ethnocultural community e- promote intercultural understand- its plans to abolish Canada’s Mul-
heard.” administer the Multiculturalism mail your protest to: ing and $18 million to programs ticulturalism program.”

A truer face of the Philippines


(From page 13)
memories and thoughts about all things “Pi- 14. I think of San Miguel Beer, fighting In fact, the problems facing the Philip- ture.
noy” I envision the following: cocks, and Jollibee Burgers. pines are so severe that one must wonder if Without question, Americans visiting
1. When I think of the Philippines, I see 15. I think of ice cream with strange the country can ever truly overcome them. the Philippines would be warmly welcomed
large extended families that live happily to- colors and exotic flavors like ube (purple However, it is my experience that the and enjoy a destination of great exotic ap-
gether in small places. I think of large fami- yam), cheese, and macapuno (young coco- richness of the culture, the warmth of the peal.
lies that remain not only physically close, nut). people, and the sheer beauty of the land Such a venture would soon show that
but emotionally close as well. 16. I think of exuberant children every- and sea overshadow these problems in my true face of the Philippines is not the mud
2. I think of lush tropical growth, radi- where. memory. and destruction on Leyte, but in the spirit
ant flowers, and bountiful fruits of every My thoughts of the Philippines rarely I wish that more people in the United of those who mourn the loss and those who
color, shape, and size. overlap with common perceptions from States could visit the Philippines and share worked tirelessly to free the victims.
3. I think of Filipino overseas workers those whose knowledge of the archipelago in a culture and people that have enchanted
who sacrifice comfort and endure loneli- is limited to what appears on television or is and embraced me. (As sent to the Manila Media Mon-
ness and abuse to work abroad e.g. in the printed in the newspaper. Better understanding of each culture itor by Tenny Soriano from an e-mail
Middle East, Singapore, and Hong Kong to Sure, as in any country, there are serious could ensure close relations and coopera- of former Consul General in Toronto
provide income for a family at home. problems in the Philippines. tion between two proud nations for the fu- Susan Castrence)
4. I think of the smell of fried garlic,
fried fish, and fried daing (dried fish) waft-
ing from the neighbor’s kitchen. (Both be-
cause of the close proximity of the homes
and because of the hospitality where one is
welcomed and expected in the neighbor’s
home.)
5. I think of barkadas (a group of very
close friends), potluck dinners, and lots of
merienda (mid-afternoon snacks).
6. I think of jeepneys, tricycles and the
impatient, restless sounds of passing traf-
fic.
7. I think of brightly colored bandanas
pressed tightly to the noses and mouths of
pedestrians.
8. I think of the solitary cry of “Taho!!”
(bean curd) coming from out on the street
early in the morning. Esto lo pienso buscar
y comer!
9. I think of warm smiles, courtesy,
cheerful bantering,and “Hey, Joe!” as I
walk through Los Baños.
10. I think of wet markets full of fresh
pork, chicken, and fish, and vegetable stalls
brimming with vegetables, mangoes, pine-
apples, and other tropical fruits.
11. I think of boys walking with an
arm over their buddies’ shoulders and girls
walking hand-in-hand.
12. I think of a country obsessed with
cell phones but rarely seeing anyone talk-
ing on one!
13. I think of heat and humidity and
rain.
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Ooops & Bloops ... Omerta ... weakest link in the Philip-
pine press,” Rizal wrote.
the journalists fought back
ferociously. And the intensi-
overthrow tyrannical rule.”
***
(From page 7) (From page 10) “During our sham trial, ty of the international press The Manila Media Mon-
fast Forum at Casa Manila tin ang mga may hitsura for tomorrow’s inevitable Commissioner Edmundo responses forced Marcos itor joins journalists world-
in York Mills, Toronto, Fili- sa litrato. Nyek!!!!” brawls with those hostile to Reyes shamelessly admit- to retreat. Led by Joaquin wide in doffing hats to Rizal
pino Bulletin Editor Ricky My response to the press freedom. ted that his ‘task’ was to “Chino” Roces, the press Yuyitung, as he joins the
Caluen and the PPC-O’s music-loving Manila Me- “Marcos decided to pressure the press to submit proved that brute force realm of Eternal Truth and
first lady, Myrna Soriano, dia Monitor editor was, test the waters with actions to whims and wishes of the might suppress the pen for Infinite Freedom under the
were to tell me something, “H’wag mo nang pag-inte- against Quintin and my- man in power... a time... but will, in the end, rule of the Divine Author.
but requested, “P’wera resan ang mga nasa photo self, believing we were the “Instead of being cowed, coalesce people power to He wrote 30 in big, bold
‘Ooops and Bloops’, ha?” ni Jess Carlos. Ipakikilala letters for all. who cherish
I proceeded to listen ko sa iyo si Cecil. P’re, ang reminding them of their “Thakns so much. things and … I will need the freedom of speech and
closely, and in fact heard galing kumanta. yearly dues. Your friend.” to glance at you, Mon (Da- of the press, to behold and
completely, what the two “Si Cecil ang tunay na One reply I got states: “I I replied, “Okay, I will.” tol), Butch & Jojo Tadu- keep close to their hearts.
were to say. ‘NYEK!’, dahil ‘pag hindi am in Bolivia, South Amer- *** ran for confidence.” Let the celebration of
What did they say? I’m siya kumakanta, Cesar ica, in my vacation, sorry After sending our I wrote back, “You World Press Freedom Week
sorry to disappoint you, but ang pangalan niya.” about. RSVP to Teresa Torralba may glance at us (as you on the first week of May be
there was nothing there for *** “I will be there in April for the “MWF Press con- say for your confidence), in the honor of Rizal Yuyi-
this column. On behalf of one or- and I will get renovate my ference cited above, she but what you can be as- tung - Filipino, Chinese,
*** ganization, I recently sent membership card, I hope wrote, “ … this is my first sured of is that we will be Canadian, global citizen.
Our good friend Jess out a reminder to members yours understone, ever experience on these staring at you being the ***
Carlos -the PR guy, and star of the press con (so, ‘De cojones.’ No, it’s
possessor of many titles just the same, don’t lose not that popular rallying cry
from various great orga- your confidence).” of the good old Cursillo era.
nizations (Sorry Jess, we *** The way Mercado used it, it
can’t put all your titles Producer Ed de Guzman looks like it has something
this time. Space is limited, shares with me business to do with the Kansunsilyo.
aside from the fact that information on the prog- ***
I told you the last time I ress of his group, happily ‘De cojones.’ Sounds
saw you, that next time, if saying that aside from his like that loud curse - no,
we publish all your titles group’s radio program, his it’s ‘pendejo!’ - I overhear
to the various offices you group has come out with a from loud newsmen embed-
hold, we’ll bill you for the newspaper, and in June will ded nightly at the bar of the
space), sent Manila Media come up with a television Philippine National Press
Monitor a photo release program. Club in Intramuros during
(look right, that’s Jess in Asking him their airing the club’s golden (read as
the muddle) absent the station, he said, “Ah, pare good, old, then) years.
caption. ko,we’re not releasing yet ***
Editor Butch e-mailed that information.” ‘De cojones.’ I know
me saying, “Sayang, hin- Ka-boom! He welcomed Courier publisher Ramon
di nilagay ni Jess kung me … and shut me out right Datol has something in
sino-sino ang nasa litrato. These are the volunteers at the Intercede office who helped clients prepare after the loving welcome.” mind. Ask him. butchgali-
Sana, nakilala na rin na- their income tax for free. Nicely done, my friend. cia@yahoo.com
Manila Media Monitor
MAY 2007 17

StatsCan crime ...


(From page 11)
(68 percent) of violent crimes produced no
physical injury, a figure comparable to the
general population.
Theft of personal property among se-
niors was less than half the rate found
among those 55 to 64, and nearly eight
times lower than for those 15 to 24.
For crimes such as break and enter,
property theft, vehicle theft or vandalism,
seniors were nearly three times less likely
to experience them than the others.
Seniors also reported a growing sense
of satisfaction with their personal safety
from crime, with 92 percent feeling satis-
fied, compared with 89 percent in 1999.
Although the younger population was
found to be relatively less safe than seniors,
94 percent of that group reported satisfac-
tion with their safety.
The study noted victimization surveys
relied on the ability of respondents to re-
port accurately, and that the incomplete
responses of the most vulnerable seniors,
who might be more isolated or cognitively
impaired, could cause an underestimate of
crimes suffered.
On the other hand, victimization surveys
generally produced higher rates of reported
crime than police data.

Safety: Home ...


(From page 11)
room to the bathroom from obstacles.
► Relocate bedroom to main floor level.
► If your area does not have 9-1-1 ser-
vice, keep a list of important contacts near the
telephone (police, fire, etc.) in large print.
► Keep a flashlight nearby for emergen-
cies.
► Install a personal response system
that would allow you to call for help if you
needed it.
Basement and Laundry Area
► Provide shelves or storage near ap-
pliances so that washing supplies can be
conveniently located.
► Consider a basement telephone to
save climbing steps.
Closets and Storage Areas
► Install bi-folding or accordion doors.
► Add or lower shelves.
► Install lights in closets.
► Add or lower rods.
Hiring a Contractor
Before you start hiring a contractor,
write a detailed description of the work you
would like done and get zoning approval (if
required).
Also:
► Check with friends and neighbors for
contracting recommendations.
► Check with local building materials
suppliers or hardware stores.
► Consult with the local home build-
ers’ association.
► Check with the Better Business Bu-
reau for complaints against any firm you
are considering hiring.
► Ask for a reference (past custom-
ers).
► Get at least three bids to be sure you
are paying a fair price.
Remember that the lowest bid is not al-
ways the best.
A very low bid may mean the contrac-
tor doesn’t know enough about the work to
estimate it properly.
Further, make sure you have a written
contract that fully describes the work you
want to have done, the price to be paid for
doing it, and the start and completion dates
of the project.
Unwritten assurances are not binding.
Don’t sign the contract unless you agree
that it contains everything that you have
been promised.
Silayan
seniors’
Manila Media Monitor
18 MAY 2007 Who? What? FCT activity schedule
Here is a schedule of activities at the Filipino

program Centre Toronto furnished by Dir. Aida D’ Orazio


May 19 & 20: Victoria FCT Outreach School Pro-

until Dec.
Day Invitational Basketball gram seminar with the
Tournament; Opening at Toronto Catholic District
9 a.m., Winston Churchill School Board re: Under-
Silayan Community School standing the Education Sys-
Centre’s Reaching Out, May 26 at 11 a.m.: tem in Ontario for Filipino
Moving Forward Project Graduation ceremonies of parents of elementary and
for seniors would run up to Filipino language classes high school students
December. attendees and closing rites June 9 - 10 at 12 nn to
Funded by Human Re- of Homework Club 10 p.m.: PISTAHAN SA
sources and Development May 27 at 2 - 4 p.m.: TORONTO, Nathan Philips
Canada (HRDC), the se- Health Seminar on Hyper- Square, featuring Filipino
niors’ program is focused tension. Guest lecturer: Dr. Singing Idol Championships
on nutrition, recreation, Nenette De Villa (Toronto vs. Montreal)
health and wellness, medi- ORGANIZED. Camarines Norte natives in Toronto organize themselves into
May 27 at 4 - 5 p.m.: Every Tuesday, 7 - 9
cal communication and re- the Camarines Norte Association of Canada (Ontario). JT
Information Session re: RN p.m.: Line-dancing class,
ferral services.
Silayan president Willie CNAC-O to ratify by-laws Ancop, CFC Registration with College
of Nurses of Ontario spon-
$5 per session
Every Tuesday, 2 - 4
Nabus has called on seniors Members of the newly- Los Reyes, Shirley Rosales,
to avail themselves of the formed Camarines Norte Jocelyn San Juan, Ramon set bloodlet sored by the Filipino Nurses
Association of Ontario and
p.m.: Free Peer Nutrition
Program, in cooperation
program. Association Canada-Ontario San Juan, Salvador San Ancop International the FCT with Toronto Public Health,
Meanwhile, Nabus also (CNAC-O) are set to meet Juan, Jr., Virgie San Juan, and Couples for Christ May 27 at 4 - 5 p.m.: for parents, nannies and
called on women and care- on May 27 to elect their first Kambz Silvio, Mel Silvio, (CFC) urge the commu- Living Will and Last Will others who take care of
givers’ to attend Silayan’s set of officers and directors Shey Silvio, Pedro Tejada, nity to donate blood in a and Testament workshop children from six months to
second computer literacy, and ratify the group’s Con- Vinzons Epis Wong, Lydia donor clinic at the Trans- June 2 at 2 - 4 p.m.: six years old. PR
resume assistance and em- stitution and By-Laws. Madrona-Yanto, and Rom- figuration of Our Lord
ployment workshop on May
27. The first workshop was
CNAC-O aims to be a
vehicle for family-focused
endeavors through commu-
mel Yanto.
They are Toronto resi-
dents either born, affiliated
Parish in Etobicoke on
June 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ancop and CFC are
Lopez-Kamil
conducted on May 13.
In other developments,
Silayan also celebrated its’
nity-based initiatives.
CNAC-O hopes to de-
by birth or marriage, or
lived in any of the 12 towns
Partners for Life with Ca-
nadian Blood Services,
Nuptials
36th founding year under velop and deliver projects -- Basud , Capalonga, Daet organizing regular clinics Angelito Lopez Jr.
the theme “Barong at Saya,” and programs to benefit , Jose Panganiban , Labo, that have helped save the and Aya Kamil tied
wherein Silayan volunteers comprovincianos. Mercedes, Paracale, San lives of over 500 people. the know in civil
were recognized. The charter members in- Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente, Partners for Life al- rites on May 7. The
Capping the celebration clude Tony San Juan, Jojo Santa Elena, Talisay and lows groups to commit to reception, tendered
was a dinner-dance at the Taduran, Suzy Llanera, Lar- Vinzons -- of Camarines saving lives by donating by Angelito Lopez
main hall of the Saint Luke ry Bercasio, Elizabeth Cruz, Norte. blood as a team. Sr. and Benilda Lo-
United Church in down- Priscillano Ostonal, Jr., Lida The group will intro- The need for blood pez, followed at
town Toronto. Espanol-Muguerza, Willie duce itself by participating is ongoing, and patients the Imperial Buffet.
On-going Silayan activ- Nabus, Minda Alban, John- at the Philippine Indepen- treated for cancer, in sur- Wedding sponsors
ities included counselling, ny Araneta, Ruel Barnedo, dence Day Council-spon- gery, and trauma depend included Chi and
newcomers orientation and Carlito Cruz, Sonia De La sored pot-luck celebration on a stable supply of Frank Benitez; Es-
volunteer service training in Cruz, Salvador Gumabao, at the Earl Bales Park on blood year round. PR trella Javier and Eric
office and field work. PR Sylvia Leaver, Rowena De June 16. PR Gayas. MP

TURNING 65 The Vimy Spin ... Learning ...


Lucita Palon (From page 9) (From page 9)
celebrates her from seeing all but Shooting siasm by Arun Bahali who our future.
65th birth an- for Change in which I had divides his time between And sometimes those
niversary in the some direct involvement, Bollywood and England moments last longer than
company of family but from screeners, I have where he works on a BBC they should.
members (fore- had access to Bolly Double show. It would be easy for us
ground) Andrew, and A Winter Tale. Since Bolly Double takes as to sit back and judge. It’s
Marcus, (middle the former may be released its starting point the mak- tempting.
row) Vince, Adam, later this month, here’s my ing of a Bollywood film in Looking at it on hind-
David, Marilou, take on it. Canada with all the usual sight, it’s clear that Jenna
Marciano, Maybel- Bolly Double trimmings. was rushing towards a bad
line, (back) Liezel, The impact of South A temperamental super- ending.
Christian, Jesse Asians - Canada’s fast- star (Koel Purie) imported Many of us have made
and Chantal. est growing ethnocultural from India hasn’t shown bad decisions in our life.
group - is becoming signifi- up for the shooting In fact, Sometimes, we had no
Making a difference ... was a haven of sorts for
many of them until they
cant.
Two glossy women’s
she’s been kidnapped by
gangsters.
choice; other times, we
didn’t know better.
(From page 12) could go on their own. magazines - in English - A timid, would-be ac- When I was her age, I’d
a family and mortgage to as when he volunteered to The pastor of St. Pat- have appeal far beyond the tress who, when she doffs like to think I would have
worry about. head a campus organization rick’s Church best summed communities they speak to. her glasses is a look-alike made better decisions.
In truth, it was the that gave him maximum up what Ricardo had ac- The vogue or South for the star is forced into But I can’t be certain.
people around Ricardo that exposure ... to the co-eds! complished in this life. The Asian food is reflected in the production with some Jenna was brave to share her
were lucky to have been (Classmates may still be good Father recalled that in the growth of restaurants. amusing complications. story. She didn’t have to.
considered his friends. wondering whether it was his own youth he dreamt of And we’re told a large How the star’s rescue is I don’t know how Jen-
During the brief but fate or scientific calcula- making a difference in the number of non-South Asians achieved and the absurd sit- na’s story will end. She is
emotion-laden eulogy at tion that made Ricardo win world. Later, he realized he watch Bollywood programs uations arising from a plot bright, determined and has
the viewing, misty-eyed the hand of wife Joy Vestal, could do only so much. on television. that sounds convoluted but learned a bitter lesson. I am
childhood pals and Toronto a popular campus beauty- Father was right about The April celebrity really isn’t make for some certain that she can turn her
friends took turns in recall- and-brains.) Ricardo - that the monu- wedding of two Indian su- good comedy. life around.
ing how Ricardo made a Ricardo’s generosity ment he created of his perstars has wide coverage As in the real Bolly-
difference in their lives. was unqualified. Many of earthly existence is carved in mainstream media. wood, coincidences play a frequent appearances on
Gifted with a keen those who came to condole in the hearts of those dear to Premiered at the recent big part. OMNI TV Commentary.
understanding of the sci- with the family were com- him: his family, friends, and Reel World Film Festival Bolly Double, a Cana- Some of his commentar-
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DAVAO CITY - The number of over- This made Canada the 17th top destina-
seas Filipino workers (OFWs) deployed in tion of OFWs among over 180 host coun-
the US and Canada has doubled last year tries worldwide.
compared to previous years. DOLE attributed the growth of deploy-
In a statement, the Bureau of Labor ment in Canada and the U.S. on the coun-
and Employment Statistics (BLES) of the try’s internationally acknowledged global
Department of Labor and Employment migration management system where
(DOLE) reported that deployment of OFWs skilled OFWs are properly contracted and
in the US grew by 7,278 in 2006, reaching deployed for overseas jobs.
11,406, compared to 2005 with only 4,128. The system, recognized by the United
BLES added the documented OFW de- Nations, has averted and prevented illegal
ployment to Canada grew by 2,784 from entry of foreign workers detrimental to both
only 3,629, reaching 6,413, in the same the host and home countries of migrants,
period. DOLE said. PNA
Philippine History
Spanish colonial rule was and more slavery. Reason
Manila Media Monitor rife with social discontent, tells us not to fritter away
24 MAY 2007 when the bourgeoisie would
rather stay silent and coop-
time for the promised
prosperity that will never
erate with oppressors, when come. Reason teaches us
MAY 10, 1897: THE EXECUTION OF ANDRES BONIFACIO revolutionary politicians to rely on ourselves and
grabbed and stayed in pow- not to depend on others

Muting the Cry of Balintawak


er by eliminating threats to for our living. Reason
their interests. tells us to be united, that
In an essay “What the we may have the strength
Filipinos Should Know,” to combat the evils in our
Bonifacio - a poor lad from country.”)
On May 8, 1897 in Tondo who never complet- Alas! These might be
Maragondon, Cavite, a ed high school but versed the same reasons why Boni-
hastily-formed military himself well in politics, facio - who spearheaded
court loyal to revolution- economics, the social sci- the Philippine revolution
ary Philippine President ences, Les Miserables and against Spanish rule - had
Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo the French Revolution, Karl to be killed.
sentenced Katipunan leader Marx, etc. - wrote in Taga- He was a threat to the
Andres Bonifacio and his log: then prevailing order of life,
brother and aide Procopio “Itinuturo ng katuwi- in all its evil forms.
to death, on the grounds of ran, na wala tayong iba Another noted Filipino
trying to overthrow the just- pang maaantay kundi historian Ambeth Ocampo
constituted government. lalo’t lalong kaalipinan. wrote: “Anyone who knows
It was claimed that Agu- Itinuturo ng katuwiran, Philippine history will un-
inaldo changed the sentence ANDRES lalo’t lalong kaalipustaan derstand why Bonifacio is
from death to exile. at lalo’t lalong kaalipinan. remembered on his birth-
But his generals argued Itinuturo ng katuwiran, day, Nov. 30, rather than
that Bonifacio’s death was na huwag nating sayangin the date of his death, May
imperative to protect the ang panahon sa pag-asa sa 10, 1897. Unlike Rizal who
best interests of the revolu- ipinangakong kaginhawa- was executed by the enemy,
tion. Alive, Bonifacio would han na hindi darating at and other heroes who died
only threaten and divide the PROCOPIO hindi mangyayari. Itinutu- in battle, Bonifacio was ex-
revolutionary forces. ro ng katuwiran ang tayo’y ecuted by fellow Filipinos.”
Thus, on the early morn- Filipino artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s mural on the Filipino struggle for umasa sa ating at huwag Repeating history
ing of Monday, May 10, liberty, with Katipunan head Andres Bonifacio as the central figure, beckons antayin sa iba ang ating Manila Times’ Rome
1897, Gen. Lazaro Makapa- at the Bulwagang Katipunan of the Manila City Hall. Much of the mural’s kabuhayan. Itinuturo na Jorge wrote: “Secret cabals
gal and four soldiers - on power springs from the image of Bonifacio who personifies the revolution- katuwiran ang tayo’y mag- with mystical beliefs dat-
orders of courtmartial presi- ary spirit. Inset are portraits of Andres and Procopio, both executed on May kaisang-loob, magkaisang ing to the dark ages work
dent Gen. Mariano Noriel 10, 1897 at Mt. Nagpatong on a hill called Tala in Maragondon, Cavite. isip at akala at nang tayo’y to overthrow government -
- took Andres and Procopio magkaisa na maihanap ng this isn’t a fictional plot of
from the Maragondon jail. an order from Gen. Noriel the soldiers dug a shallow Thus noted historian Dr. lunas ang naghaharing Dan Brown, author of the
Makapagal had been hand- to execute Andres and Pro- grave for the two men and Isagani R. Medina in his kasamaan sa ating Bay- bestseller Da Vinci Code.
ed a sealed letter, with strict copio. Makapagal speedily covered the bodies with book Heroes of the Philip- an.” This is our history, and hun-
orders to read it after reach- carried out the command with twigs and weeds. pine Revolution. (“Reason tells us that dred years ago many of our
ing Mt. Nagpatong in the and the Bonifacio brothers Then they hurriedly left 110 years ago we cannot expect anything heroes such as Andres Bon-
Maragondon mountains. were shot. Using bayonets to escape Spanish troops That was 110 years ago, but more sufferings, more ifacio were members of a
The sealed letter was and bolos (long knives), combing the mountain. when the Philippines under treachery, more insults, (Continued on page 25)
Manila Media Monitor
MAY 2007 25
Philippine History
Muting the Cry of Balintawak ...
22, 1896, the Katipune-
ros under Andres Bonifacio
(From page 24) proceeded to Pugadlawin.
clandestine fraternity outlawed The next day, in the yard
by church and state.” of Juan Ramos, the son of
“Political elite bar election Melchora Aquino who was
of laborer; new government later called the “Mother of
reeks of nepotism, regionalism the Katipunan,” Bonifacio
and elitism - these aren’t the asked his men whether they
headlines for today’s govern- were prepared to fight to the nation to take up
ment. Our divisive and corrupt bitter end. Despite the ob- arms!”
politics claimed Andres Boni- jection of his brother-in-law The men obedi-
facio as its first victim a long Teodoro Plata, all agreed to ently tore up their
time ago. fight to the last. cedulas, shouting
“Rebel leader orders the “That being the case,” “Long live the
execution of former comrade Bonifacio said, “bring out Philippines!”
after a dubious court hearing; your cedulas (Spanish tax This event
his wife’s rapist goes unpun- receipt that signified bond- marked the so-
ished - we aren’t talking about age) and tear them to pieces called “Cry of
the murderous split in the to symbolize our determi- Balintawak,” which actually happened in Pugadlawin.
Communist Party of the Philip-
pines. The execution of Andres
Bonifacio set the precedent to
our fratricidal revolutions.
“We today are cast from
yesterday’s moulds. As noted
in the book History of the Bur-
gis, the heroes of 1898 are the
archetypes of the modern Fili-
pino: Jose Rizal for the burgis
(westernized middleclass),
Emilio Aguinaldo for the po-
litico (traditional politician), and Andres Bonifacio for the tibak (hard-line activist).
“Brave, idealistic and oblivious to the politics of compromise, Bonifacio was a fire-
brand disposed by his own revolution, a leader who hardly ever won a battle and a dreamer
who never saw his nation free.
Remembering his death, “... it is hard staring his ghost in the eye. Any nationalist
would feel a part of him has let Bonifacio down.
“His life and death remind us Filipinos of our shame and feebleness as much as our
courage and nobility. His tragic fate echoes our nation’s plight. The chapter of Andres
Bonifacio, a chronicle of betrayal and hubris, stains any glossy retelling of our nation-
hood’s story. But we are destined to repeat history until we learn from it.”
The Cry of Balintawak
And history has opened its annals to Filipinos once more: In the afternoon of August
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DAVAO CITY - The Canadian Interna- nents of the government’s strategy for peace
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put in P40 million more to Phase 1 of the said.
Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF). Canada initially contributed P30 million
Canadian Ambassador to Manila Pe- during the MTF launch in Cotabato City in
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Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process The first phase covered capacity build-
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Sutherland said Canada’s aid responsed ed areas in the wake of the peace process.
to Philippine government calls for contin- The second phase intended to support
ued support to peace and development ef- full-scale reconstruction programs once a
forts in Mindanao while peace talks with peace agreement has been signed.
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) The MTF has been providing resources
were on-going. for capacity-building of the Bangsamoro
“Mindanao is a major focus for CIDA’s Development Agency (BDA), the MILF’s
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Flowers of May
(Flores de Mayo)
In May all over the Philip- Constantine the Great, facing a
pines, processions literally fill battle against Roman Emperor
streets to honor the Virgin Mary. Maxentius in 312 A.D. turned
This is the Santa Cruz de Mayo. despairingly to the new Christian
Also known as the Santacru- God for help. Constantine cast his
zan, the novena procession com- eyes heavenwards and saw in the
memorates the mythical finding night sky a glowing sign of the
of the Holy Cross by St. Helena, cross with the words ‘In hoc sig-
mother of Constantine the Great. nia vincit’ meaning ‘By this sign
Legends say that 300 years thou shalt conquer.’ He adopted
after the death of Christ, then 75- the Cross as his battle insignia
year old St. Helena went to Mt. with the words and went to van-
Calvary. After diggings, three quish the Roman army and en-
crosses were unearthed at the site tered Rome a victor, pledging his
of the Crucifixion. She tested each faith in Christianity.
one by making a sick servant lie The Santacruzan differs from REINA ELENA AND HER CONSORT IN CONTEMPORARY SANTACRUZAN
on all three. The cross where the most other religious processions clappers herald the procession led clad boys, bodies blackened with the days when one can enjoy the
servant recovered was identified in that it does not parade images of by the bearded Methuselah, bent soot, representing the Negritos dazzling splendor of the flowers
as Christ’s. patron saints. Instead, biblical and with age, riding a cart where he or the Filipino pagans and finally of May and the smell of burning
St. Helena’s feast day falls on historical characters are represent- toasts grains of sand in a pan over Reina Mora in a Muslim costume native candles.
Aug. 8 but the anniversary of the ed by people dressed in appropri- a fire, to remind everyone that all representing Muslim Philippines. But the Santacruzan contin-
finding of the Cross is on May 3 ate costumes. A nine-day prayer- that glitters will end up as dust. Today, the Santacruzan cross- ues to play an important role in
and in the Philippines, the celebra- novena in honor of the Holy Cross Behind him walks the Banderada, es between a beauty pageant and the spiritual and religious life of
tion took the form of the Mexican precedes the Santacruzan. a lady in red carrying a miniature a religious procession, with the Filipinos. It remains to be a com-
Santa Cruz de Mayo. On the ninth night, the proces- Philippine flag, symbolizing the village’s most beautiful woman munity show in the spirit of baya-
Another legend puts it that sion is long and colorful. Bamboo Christian army. Next follow half- being chosen as Reina Elena. nihan (community cooperation).
Gone are the days when peo- And this May, for whatever
Sarah is free,
Provincial Roundup
ple, candle in hand, crowded the reason, people line up the streets
streets to pay homage to a Catho- in procession, invoking that which
back home lic myth and throw sampaguitas
at the passing beauties. Gone are
is holy and searching for the true
Christian spirit.
Taclobanon priest in Canada
TACLOBAN CITY - Former city resident Leo Ayaso Llames, 41,
was ordained into priesthood on May 13 in Canada. Llames joined
deacons Guiseppe Scollo, Jorge Lopez, Zachary Romanowsky, Jorge
New Cebu Church rules give
Aviles, Kelly Boyden, and Ivan Camilleri who were also blessed into
the priesthood in sacred rites at the Archdiocese of Toronto. Llames
entered the St. Augustine Seminary and Redemptoris Mater in Toronto,
wedding planners headaches
Canada in 1999. Before he left for Canada, Llames worked as an ar-
CEBU CITY – The new maids and should be above the
chitect. He was active with the neo-cathecuminate at the Our Lady of
guidelines on wedding cer- knee and without slits.
Lourdes Parish here and worked as an architect. Leo is the third child
emonies issued by the Archdio- Gown designs were also
of Jose Llames, former regional director of the Department of Agrarian
cese of Cebu might hamper the to be screened prior to the cer-
Reform, and Idona Ayaso. PNA
growth of a flourishing wedding emony.

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GMA opens Convergys in Cebu planning industry in Cebu.
Industry pioneer and wed-
Rodriguez said he agreed
with the church regulations be-
brace. Maraming salamat po. CEBU CITY - ding stylist Teresing Mendezo- cause some people have been
Thus was decribed the meet- President Gloria Ma- na said the “too many do’s and “overdoing” wedding ceremo-
ing between President Gloria capagal-Arroyo leads don’ts” in the nuptial guidelines nies.
Macapagal-Arroyo and Filipino the unveiling of the would affect the income of wed- Minnie Yuvienco, another
migrant worker Sarah Dematera marker of Convergy’s ding planners, as these lessen FCC member, said the parents
in Malacañang on May 10. second call center in the services they could offer of the couples and the couples
Dematera, who returned to Cebu on May 9. With clients. themselves should be responsi-
Manila from Saudi Arabia on May her are Cebu Governor The new guidelines, which ble enough to regulate the wed-
9, thanked the President for mak- Gwen Garcia, Conver- took effect on Easter Sunday, ding.
ing possible her freedom from ex- gy’s Vice President and would apply only to weddings But she did not find any need
ecution and 15 years of imprison- Country Manager Ma- celebrated in the parishes and for officiating priests to screen
ment in Saudi Arabia. rife Zamora and EVP other institutions under the the wedding dresses.
The President negotiated De- for Global Customer Archdiocese of Cebu. ”There should be no need for
matera’s release with the Saudi Care Operations Clint Besides the venue, the rules screening as long as the wedding
Arabian King during her visit to Streit. OPS-NIB also covered wedding outfits and dresses are decent and won’t
the oil-rich kingdom last year. the ceremony, among others. show any cleavage. I don’t even
Now 35, the Antipolo native Dry spell aids SC farmers However, local fashion de- think that showing shoulders is
was accused of murdering her signers have accepted the guide- indecent,” she said.
KORONADAL CITY - The unusual dry period being experienced lines, saying these challenged Couples were also not al-
lady employer in 1992. Sarah said
in South Cotabato has unexpectedly turned out to be more of an op- them to be more creative. lowed to compose their own
in her defense that she had been
portunity than a loss for the province’s agricultural sector. Provincial ”You can always be creative vows or reword the vows pro-
maltreated when she started work-
Agriculturist Reynaldo Legaste said the low rainfall level caused by a about it,” said Philip Rodriguez, vided for the Rite of Marriage,
ing there at the age of 20.
weak El Niño phenomenon and the regular summer season in the past a member of the Fashion Coun- as approved by the archdiocese.
“Welcome back, Sarah. Kali-
several months practically helped improve the fruiting of durian, ram- cil of Cebu (FCC). Secular and popular music
mutan mo na ang lahat. Ang im-
butan, mango and other fruit crops. There were losses, however, on rice Arcy Gayatin, another FCC were discouraged from being
portante ay makapagsimula kang
muli dito sa ating bayan,” Arroyo and corn crops but these were negligible. PNA member, said it should still de- played during the liturgy and
told Sarah after their embrace.
To help her get back on her
Rice for Abra school kids pend on the couple.
”If the bride wants to show
within the church building.
But Mendezona said the
feet, the President awarded Sarah BANGUED, Abra - This landlocked province had the biggest rice skin, then she can always take Church should also consider the
a scholarship grant in cooperation allocation in the government’s Food-for-School Program (FSP) imple- off a shawl in a reception,” she couples to be wed, especially
with the AMA Education System, mented in the Cordillera region. Abra had the most number of malnour- said. the bride.
entitling her to enroll in any four- ished children in the Philippines, National Nutrition Council statistics Under the guidelines, dress- ”A girl gets married only
year college course at any of the showed. Reports said 856,785 kilos of rice were handed out to children es should be designed in a way once in a lifetime. This is her
AMA schools with a full waiver in 215 public elementary schools and 265 day care centers in 24 Abra that these cover the shoulders only day, give it to her,” she
on all fees. OPS towns. PNA and the back of the bride and her said. PNA
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RP VOTES ... and poll clerk Ethel Ang Twenty six of the invalid tallied certificates of can- dia and South Korea, Neth- peaceful,” but admitted the
(From page 1) appreciated the ballots and ballots came in by mail on vass (CoC) from diplomatic erlands, Japan, Nepal, India, police recorded at least 191
“We started at 5:34 a.m. made their tallies, in the the morning of May 14 To- posts in Switzerland, Fiji/ Thailand and Bahrain. election-related violent in-
(May 14 Toronto time or company of SBRCG chair ronto time, too late for the Cook Islands/New Zealand, Scheduled for canvass- cidents that left 114 people,
5:34 p.m. May 14 Manila Vice Consul Edna Mae- polls conducted overseas Australia, Vietnam, Bel- ing on May 18 are CoCs to include poll bets, dead
time), as soon as the Spe- Lazaro and members Armi from April 14 to May 14, all gium, Romania/Bulgaria, from Malaysia, Bangladeh, and 132 others wounded
cial Ballot Reception and Santos and Emma Man- in Manila time. Indonesia, Mexico, Costa, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Libya, before and during the May
Custody Group (SBRCG) rique, other consular staff, SBRCG member Santos Guatemala, Panama, El Mali, Algeria, Chad, Malta, 14 voting.
turned over the official bal- guests and kibitzers. told the Manila Media Mon- Salvador, Iran, China, Mon- Mauritania, and Tunisia. In Abra, on the eve of
lots it received at the close In a subsequent report to itor that 3,008 registered as golia, France, Monaco, Por- The CoCs carried the poll day, two policemen,
of the polls at 3 a.m. (3 p.m. Comelec commissioner Flo- overseas absentee voters for tugal, Taiwan, Hong Kong, votes from ballots of about two school teachers and a
Manila time),” SBEI chair rentino Tuason Jr., SBRCG the May 14 polls. Macau, Turkey, Cyprus, Ye- 20,000 overseas absentee poll volunteer were wound-
and Philippine Consul Gen- chair and vice consul Laz- The SBRCG received men, Spain, and Morocco. voters, who ranked Loren ed in an ambush in Sitio
eral in Toronto Alejandro aro said the SBEI appreci- the last valid ballot at about The day before, NBC Legarda as numerically Tamurong, Barangay Pulot.
Mosquera said. ated 410 valid ballots. 2 a.m., the votes cast by canvassed CoCs from Aus- ahead in the senatorial race. They were with ballot boxes
From dawn to late after- Lazaro noted the num- consul general Mosquera. tria, Slovenia, the Czech Repeat poll refrain and poll documents. The in-
noon, Commission on Elec- ber of actual voters reached Overseas absentee votes Republic, Poland, Hungary, In Manila, police dep- cident occurred in the same
tions (Comelec) deputized 450, but 34 of the ballots In Manila, the National Palau, Laos, Papua New uty director Gen. Avelino town a few days after an-
SBEI members Mosquera, were invalid and six others Board of Canvassers (NBC) Guinea with Solomon Is- Razon Jr. said the national other ambuscade that killed
secretary Orlando Manalo were spoiled. on May 17 has received and lands and Kiribati, Cambo- polling “was generally (Continued on page 31)
Manila Media Monitor MAY 2007 31 FILIPINO VOTES IN TORONTO
(From page 1)
SOTTO, Vicente III 133
OSMEÑA, John Henry 132
COSETENG, Anna Dominique 130
HONASAN, Gregorio 120
TRILLANES, Antonio IV 89
MONTANO, Cesar 85
SINGSON, Luis 76
PICHAY, Prospero Jr. 68
ORETA, Teresa 67
GOMEZ, Richard 59
PAREDES, Zosimo Jesus II 47
BAUTISTA,Martin 35
CHAVEZ, Melchor 27
SISON, Adrian 27
CAYETANO, Joselito 26
WOOD, Victor 24
ESTRELLA, Antonio 20
KIRAM, Jamalul 17
ENCISO, Ruben 16
Special Ballot Reception and Custody Group (SBRCG) chair Vice Consul Edna Mae Lazaro, members LOZANO, Oliver 16
Armi Santos and Emma Manrique and consular staff Concepcion Gonzales witness the counting of CANTAL, Felix 14
OAV votes at the Toronto Consul General’s Office. Manila Media Monitor Photo ORPILLA, Eduardo 7

RP VOTES ... (From page 30)


six supporters of Lagayan In Pagalungan, ballot boxes at 3 a.m. on May 15. The
Mayor Cecille Luna. The were snatched from poll suspects swooped down on
attackers escaped. Comelec officers. Missing and mis- the polling center, poured
had placed Abra under its printed ballots marred polls gasoline on the ballot boxes
control due to its history of in Pantar and Isabela. and ignited a fire using their
election violence, further Comelec also declared M16 rifle. The school serv-
aggravated by the killing poll failure in Barira, Ma- ing as polling precinct and
of Rep. Luis Bersamin last guindanao and in Masiu, ballot boxes with poll para-
year wherein the main sus- Sultan Dumalundong, Lum- phernalia were burned. The
pect was a top Abra politi- ba Bayabao, Kapatagan, regional police said the five
cian. Binidayan, Kapai, Bayang, might have links with a re-
In Masbate, two sup- Butig, Tuburan and Lum- electionist mayor.
porters of Pio Cupos town batan towns, all in Lanao Gunmen tried to cut
mayoralty bet Eleuterio del Sur, where teachers as- electric power by shoot-
Castillo were killed at about signed poll duties refused to ing at and exploding the
6 a.m., election day. An go serve in hostile areas. transformers of the Penin-
hour after the twin gun- In Maitum, Sarangani, sula Electric Cooperative at
slay, a brother of incumbent gunmen on the eve of May about 4:10 a.m. in Morong,
Milagros town mayor Bing 14 killed councilor Edwin Bataan, but did not suc-
Abapo was shot and killed. Ramos who was seeking ceed to mar the elections as
In Basilan, Comelec has reelection. Ramos, 41, was the four-hour power outage
declared the failure of elec- entertaining guests when was fixed and generators
tions in Akbar and Sumisip shot. The gunmen fled. The were placed on emergency
towns, following violence, incident happened a day standby.
said to be triggered by bitter after reports broke out that The Parish Pastoral
Reg. # 4533253

political rivalry, that killed Maitum Mayor Felix Re- Council for Responsible
one person and wounded ganit would be arrested for Voting in Manila reported
six others. In Akbar, mayor- allegedly masterminding 33 cases of poll fraud and
alty bet Hajarun Jamiri lived the killing of his predeces- irregularities, 15 of which 919 Ellesmere Road
through a hail of bullets sor, George Yabes, who was dealt with vote buying, mis- Suite 107, Scarborough
when gunmen fired at his shot dead in December. Re- information, electioneering, Ontario M1P 2W7
party while he was casting ganit denied involvement. presence of flying voters
his vote in Barangay Semut In Escalante City, Ne- and disenfranchisement of
around 7:30 a.m. One of gros Occidental, a vocal voters. The council reported
Jamiri’s followers died af- political supporter was si- the exclusion of hundreds
ter giving the former body lenced early May 14, shot of names of registered vot-
cover. Three others were and killed as he was about ers in poll precinct lists in
wounded. The gunmen es- to enter his house in Baran- the cities of Pasig, Pasay
caped. In Sumisip, terrorists gay Libertad early morning and Antipolo. Irregular poll
burned down an elementary of May 14. The night be- practices were also noted in
school in Barangay Bakung fore, six persons, to include the cities of Makati, Caloo-
at about 2 a.m. Later, gun- the son of a mayoral bet, can, Paranaque and Mala-
men staged an ambush that emerged unscathed after bon.
saw the kin of a congres- their vehicle was peppered Comelec chairman
sional candidate and two with bullets in an ambush Benjamin Abalos said the
others wounded. Basilan- in Sitio Tiguisan, Barangay agency had been receiving MANILA - TORONTO - USA - EUROPE
based Marines also reported Montilla. hundreds of complaint calls OR ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
gunbattles between political San Miguel town may- from voters regarding de-
groups in the villages of Ba- oralty bet Renato Herrera, lays and other voting issues
sak, Buli-Buli and Bubuan 61, was abducted on the eve as early as 6 a.m.
Island on election day. of election day by six armed The May 14 polls
Two homemade bombs men who also robbed him opened at 7 a.m. and closed
successively exploded at of P6-million worth of jew- at 3 p.m. More than 17,000
the Dalican Pilot Elementa- elry and cash. Herrera was positions, including at least
ry School to be used as poll- on his way home when his 30 seats for party-list repre-
ing precinct at about 6 a.m. van was stopped in Malim- sentatives, were on the line.
shortly before election pro- pangpang, San Ildefonso, In Iloilo, Jaro Archbish-
ceedings began in Dalican, Bulacan. Police patrolling op Angel Lagdameo, presi-
“Super baba
Sharif Kabunsuan. No one nearby Barangay Sto. Cris- dent of the Catholic Bishops and halaga ...
was hurt. Police said these
meant to scare away voters
to found Herrera lying on
the ground, unconscious.
Conference of the Philip-
pines, said: “No matter how
Super below
but to no avail. In Taysan, Batangas, imperfect or violated (the fare talaga.”
Comelec postponed five persons said to be po- election process) may be,
polling in Pagalungan, licemen killed a teacher- democracy is not dead in “Handang Maglingkod Sa Ating Kababayan”
Maguindanao; Pantar, La- election supervisor and a this country.” with Leilani
nao del Norte and Isabela,
Basilan as early as 10 a.m.
poll watcher and wounded
several others in an attack
Medina and the Philip-
pines News Agency
Tel (416) 751-9588 Fax (416) 751-9133
Manila Media Monitor
32 MAY 2007 Money PESO STRENGTHENS VS $
The Philippine peso further strength-
ened against the US dollar, largely influ-

Canadian mining firm invests enced by sustained inflows as overseas


Filipino workers (OFWs) sent more remit-
tances in anticipation of school opening in

P9.37M in Eastern Samar June, the PNA reported.


Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)
Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. also attrib-
By Lilybeth G. Ison uted the stronger peso to the Philippines’
MANILA - The Department pore, the United States and Ger- intended to explore nickel laterite robust balance of payment position, which
of Environment and Natural Re- many. deposits in the areas concerned. as of last March was at P1.41 billion. TETANGCO
sources (DENR) has approved It specializes in developing He said the firm would build As of April 6, BSP-registered foreign
portfolio investment inflow was at US$3.771 billion while outflow
the exploration permit of the technologies for extraction, sepa- its own supply of electricity for
was at US$2.805 billion, for a net inflow of US$966.66 million.
Chemical Vapour Metal Refining ration, refining and forming met- use during its operation, and a
Meanwhile, BSP has received deposits from government agen-
(CVMR) Resources (Philippines) als based on its proprietary vapor deep-sea facility for ship loading
cies and BSP-registered trust deposit after the three new measures
Inc. to conduct two-year mineral metallurgy processes. and unloading purposes.
introduced to mop up excess liquidity took effect on May 10.
exploration activities in Samar is- Kamram Khozan, CVMR Khozan expected that a nickel
lands. chief executive officer, said the laterite resource base would even-
DENR Secretary Angelo
Reyes said CVMR has complied
firm is mandated to acquire, ex-
plore, develop nickle/cobalt later-
tually be delineated, which would
be sufficiently large to support
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ability. firm has a total of 28 government- Given a chance to expand US$ Cdn$
Covered by the exploration approved exploration permits cov- exploration to 30,000 hectares, May 11 47.28551 42.46352
permit was a 3,757.014-hectare ering some 89,828 hectares. CVMR could produce some May 10 47.20167 42.62575
contiguous area in the towns of An exploration permit is an 60,000 to 100,000 tons of nickel. May 08 47.35732 42.86227
Balangiga, Giporlos and Quipon- initial mode of entry in mineral Khozan said the project would May 07 47.37652 42.97369
dan, all in Eastern Samar. exploration allowing a qualified provide direct employment to at May 04 47.54944 42.95536
Reyes said the area has been person to undertake mineral re- least 1,500 persons and hundreds May 03 47.71849 43.10415
ascertained as outside of DENR sources exploration in areas open more of support personnel, and May 02 47.48400 42.82587
forest projects and the protected to mining. would also contribute to a robust May 01 47.49328 42.82741
Samar Island Natural Park. Khozan said the P9.37-million economic activity in the area. April 30 47.48016 42.90061
CVMR is a multinational cor- Eastern Samar project involved “The project will also contrib- April 27 47.52248 42.60703
poration based in Toronto, Canada geological mapping, auger sam- ute to the advancement of the Phil- April 26 47.44911 42.35552
with subsidiaries in China, Singa- pling and geochemical surveys ippines’ dynamic mining industry April 25 47.54999 42.66199
by establishing a world class fully April 24 47.72494 42.49889
integrated processing and refining April 23 47.49438 42.30111
BUSINESS BUZZ operation in the country,” he said.
Khozan assured that their ex-
April 20
April 19
47.59516
47.60226
42.39099
42.17613
ploration would be environment- April 18 47.69218 42.24832
MBMI Palawan nickel project a go friendly as the company uses state- April 17 47.91999 42.42663
The Philippine subsidiary of Vancouver-based MBMI Resources of-the-art technologies. PNA April 16 47.92591 42.37219
Inc. has been granted all requisite mining, and environmental permits
to commence development and mining on the Alpha nickel property in
Narra, Palawan, Philippines. Substantial progress has been made toward
completing all infrastructure required to develop this project, including
UP economist gets American U award
processing, stockpiling area, the office complex, assay laboratory fa- Filipino academician Hazel Jean
cilities and shipping facilities. Shipments of nickel should commence Lim-Malapit receives the Simon
prior to the end of the second quarter of 2007. MBMI focuses on the Naidel Certificate of Recognition
exploration and development of mineral properties in the Philippines for Outstanding Work in Eco-
and Canada. nomic Theory from Prof. John
Willoughby, chairman of Wash-
Ivanhoe Mines vows $4.45M infusion ington’s American University’s
Ivanhoe Philippines Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vancouver- Department of Economics on
based Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., has entered into a joint venture with Omico May 2. Malapit, selected for the
Corp. of the Philippines. The partnership, to which Ivanhoe will commit award for consistently topping
US$5.45 million, will explore for gold in Omico’s Macawiwili property the comprehensive examina-
in northern Philippines. tions on Economic Theory, will
be completing her Ph.D. Doctor-
TFCko makes way into Canada ate in Economics. She earned
ABS-CBN Global, the North American-based subsidiary of ABS- her MA in economics from the
CBN Broadcasting, has launched TFCko, a service platform using Inter- University of the Philippines-
net Protocol Television, to deliver the high-quality streaming of shows Diliman in 2001, under scholar-
from ABS-CBN and The Filipino Channel 24-7 to Filipino homes in ships from the Sanwa Bank and the Bank of Tokyo. A former World Bank consultant, Hazel
Canada. Subscribers could access over 10,000 hours of Filipino TV pro- had internship at the United Nations Headquarters in 2002. She is a member of the Manage-
gramming, a press release said. ment Collective of Action for Economics Reform, a non-government organization.
Manila Media Monitor
MAY 2007 Money 33

PCCT trade mission closes $12.5M in Manila, Cebu SME deals


An 11-man trade mission to Dela Cruz said most of the briefings with officials of the De- Food Outlet, said: “Attending the
the Philippines from March 11 to deals were in small and medium partment of Trade and Industry National Trade Fair provided me
17 has generated $12.5 million in enterprises (SME). and the Bureau of Exports and with new and exciting marketing
business closings, without letting The deals “will be potentially Trade Promotions and pre-ar- opportunities that I could not have
up on notching future multi-mil- higher, pending finalization of de- ranged individual business meet- developed on my own.”
lion dollar deals . tails on some of the agreements ings and site visits in Manila. “I gained wider exposure and
The Philippine Chamber of reached,” she said. Dela Cruz said mission mem- established key contacts in my tar-
Commerce-Toronto (PCCT) un- The mission, which spent time bers also graced the opening of get market. This will enable me
der president Rafael Nebres facil- in the Philippine capital of Manila the PCCT Gawad Kalinga (GK) to make informed decisions upon
itated the mission, the chamber’s and the premier southern city of Village in Sucat, Parañaque, high- which I can build my expansion
second in two years. Cebu, was also able to expand its lighting their visit with the hand- and marketing plans,” Sia added.
PCCT immediate past presi- network of business references in ing of keys to the housing project For her part, Evelyn Pagka-
dent and trade and industries’ various trading areas. beneficiaries. linawan, president of 3d+e Mar-
initiatives committee chair Cora Of note was the mission’s at- In Cebu, Dela Cruz, represent- keting, said: “I believe strongly
dela Cruz reported that at least 12 tendance to the National Trade CORA DELA CRUZ ing PCCT, inked a Memorandum in the effort placed on business
memoranda of agreement and un- Fair at the SM Mega Mall in of Understanding (MOU) with the matching.”
derstanding were signed by mis- Mandaluyong City, where SME under the theme One-Town One- Cebu Chamber of Commerce and “This contributed greatly to
sion delegates with their Philip- exhibitors from the country’s 16 Product Program. Industry, represented by its presi- the success of the trade mission
pine counterparts. regions displayed their products Earlier, mission members had dent Francis Monera. for me and it was very important
Signing witnesses were Robert I made sure I submitted my com-
Lee, Honorary Consul Designate pany profile ahead of time, so that
More Canadians file taxes thru e-means of Canada; Jose Ng of the Phil-
ippine-Canada Business Council
a proper business match can be
made,” Pagkalinawan said.
OTTAWA - Some 8.3 mil- a reason to improve its state-of- direct deposit. and Henry Sia, PCCT vice presi- Dela Cruz said the Philippine
lion people have filed their 2006 the-art suite of electronic services In addition to filing a return dent. Consulate General in Toronto,
income tax returns as of April 1, and provide a wider range of elec- over the Internet using NET- “The MOU set out ways to en- Philippine Embassy in Ottawa,
according to the Canada Rev- tronic filing options. FILE, Canadians could file over hance bilateral economic relations Philippine Trade and Investment
enue Agency (CRA). Of some 25.8 million Canadi- the telephone using TELEFILE, by providing a forum for business Center in Chicago, Philippine De-
Of the returns, 62.4 percent ans who file an income tax return, or they could file using EFILE professionals of Canada and of the partment of Tourism-New York,
were filed electronically, a little more and more have discovered through the services of a profes- cities and Province of Cebu,” dela Department of Trade and Industry,
bit more than the 61.2 percent a that electronic filing was the fast- sional tax preparer. Cruz said. Bureau of Exports and Trade Pro-
year ago. est and easiest way to prepare and To file their income tax Following the signing, par- motion, Bureau of Investments in
The CRA said there has been file returns. return using NETFILE, in- ticipants met with Cebu chamber Manila and Cebu, Cebu Chamber
greater interest and enthusiasm There were fewer errors and dividuals would need to use members for meetings and site of Commerce, Canadian Embas-
among Canadians in the use of individuals got their tax refunds in CRA-certified software or Web visits sy, Philippine-Canada Business
electronic taxpaying services, eight business days, or less, with applications. CRA News Sia, president of Asian Cana- Council provided excellent pro-
dian Trading and Golden Valley grams for the mission members.
34 Manila Media Monitor MAY 2007
Foster Child to premier in
Pinoy
Cannes Directors Fortnight
SHOW Brillante Mendoza’s Insiang (1976) and Bona

BIZ
Foster Child will soon be (1979); Mike de Leon’s
written in the pages of Phil- Kisapmata (1981) and
ippine filmdom’s illustrious Batch 81 (1982); and Mario
history as the sixth Filipino O’Hara’s Babae sa Break-
film to grace the Cannes water (2004).

Ruffa, Yilmaz part ways Film Festival prestigious


Directors Fortnight.
On May 17, Foster Child
will have its world premier
Brocka’s Jaguar and
Kapit sa Patalim were in
competition while Orapro-
nobis was in the official se-
Ruffa Gutierrez and her be done in accordance with in Cannes, where the inter- lection, also in Cannes.
Turkish husband Yilmaz applicable laws in the most national filmfest will reel Orapronobis could have
Bektas have parted ways. cordial, amicable and pri- off from May 17 to 27. been the festival’s closing
In a joint statement re- vate way possible for the Foster Child, produced film, except that it dealt on
leased to the press on May benefit of all concerned. by Seiko’s Robbie Tan, stars CHERRY PIE PICACHE salvaging during the era of
8, the couple said: “Ruffa and Yilmaz will Cherry Pie Picache, Eugene former Philippine president
“It is with much regret remain committed parents Domingo, Jiro Manio and shown in Rome, Binenale Corazon Aquino.
that Ruffa Gutierrez and and continue to be friends Dan Alvaro. and Hawaii, and Manoro, The Philippines got a
Yilmaz Bektas announce as they live their separate Seiko has prepared the winner for the best film, big haul in Cannes in May
their mutual decision to end lives. flick’s print with French CinemAvvenire in Torino 2005. Four Filipino films
their four years of marriage. “They ask for everyone’s subtitles. last year, Foster Child is were shown in Cannes Cin-
“Earnest and sincere ef- understanding and consider- Expected to attend the one of the few Filipino ema of the World section.
forts at saving their marriage ation in respecting the fami- premier are producer Tan, movies to make it to world The four were Olivia
have failed. ly’s privacy during this most director Mendoza and lead film festivals. Lamazan’s Milan, Chito
“It is to the best inter- difficult time.” actress Picache. Filipino films that Roño’s Dekada ‘80, Mar-
est of Ruffa and Yilmaz, RUFFA and LORIN Ruffa and Yilmaz were After Masahista that have been shown at the ilou Diaz Abaya’s Bagong
their children and respective married on March 25, 2003. won awards at Locarno and Cannes Directors Fortnight Buwan and Cesar Monta-
families that such a decision “All issues and formali- They have two children, Brisbane, Kaleldo that was included Lino Brocka’s no’s Panaghoy sa Suba.

Papa Piolo’s career diving?


to severe marital ties had to ties concerning the dissolu- Lorin, three years old, and
be made. tion of the marriage shall Venice, two.

Poster It must be the biggest


contemporary entertain-
Girl ment treat of all: that Piolo
Pascual-Judy Ann Santos
team-up. Movie and televi-
sion critics still talk about
how Papa Piolo and Juday
smashed box offices and hit
high boob tube ratings.
But that may as well be
a thing of the past. Without
Juday, who can stand on her
own, Piolo’s magic seems
to be waning fast.
Piolo’s handlers, film
and television producers
and those who still believe
in his bankable image and
PIOLO & ANGELICA PANGANIBAN
appeal have tried a lot to get
Papa back to Cloud 9; but to
little or no avail at all.
Piolo and Angelica
Panganiban? Bea Alonzo?
Lately, Claudine Barreto
and Jodi Sta. Maria? These,
however, are not working.
Further, Piolo’s recent
scripts look like copycats of
his previous dialogues and
scenes with Juday, trying
to capture the subliminal
consciousness of fans who,
sadly, are still not ready to
let go of the down-to-earth
nearly-perfect Piolo-Juday
reel partnership. PIOLO & BEA ALONZO

‘Sexbomb’ Jopay back to HS


Former Sexbomb Girls mainstay Jopay Pagu-
ia has been making the right decisions lately, to
boost a rising entertainment career and rekindle
brighter plans for her future.
While maintaining her regular television
sitcom appearances, Jopay has opted to get aca-
demically equipped and finish her high school.
Jopay said she would return to school this
June. She would find time for her studies, con-
sidering the bulk of showbiz work she has to at-
tend to.

Anne Curtis
“Bagama’t may edad na ako para mag-aral
sa high school, gagawin ko ito, alang-alang sa
kinabukasan,” she said.
Jopay should be in 4th year high, but she
wanted to restart in 1st year. “Nakalimutan ko na
yata ang napag-aralan ko nuon,” she said.
Manila Media Monitor MAY 2007 35
NOTABLE FILIPINOS in
Arts & Entertainment

Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel


SAN CARLOS CITY,
Pangasinan - A Filipina
from this city is making
waves as a songwriter,
singer and head of a famous
country rock band under her
name - the Anna Fermin’s
Trigger Gospel - in Chica-
go, USA. In fact, the band
bearing the name of the San
Carlos lass was described
by Greg Kof, a columnist
of the Chicago Tribune,
as “one of Chicago’s most
treasured voices.”
Fermin was only a year
old when her parents Re-
nato and Nida Peralta-Fer-
min immigrated to the U.S. Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel
Her family settled in
America’s dairy land at But she admits that it was taken on its own distinctive
Kenosha, Wisconsin. this early exposure to his style. The band, incidental-
Although she studied father’s songs that instilled ly, was named after an old
classical piano and violin in her a love for music. Western novel.
and performed in choirs Having taught herself Formed in 1997, “Anna
throughout her childhood how to play the guitar, us- Fermin’s Trigger Gospel”
and adolescence, it was not ing a borrowed classical has garnered the attention
after her graduation from guitar from her “tita” (aunt), and respect of critics and
the Art Institute of Chicago Fermin started attending lo- music fans alike, hooking
in 1993 that she wrote her cal open mikes. There, she audiences with their eclec-
first song. impressed other musicians, tic songs and rousing live
She set aside her profes- including her long-time shows.
sion as a graphic designer drummer Paul Bivans, who, Their latest release as
and embarked on a career among others, encouraged of October 31, 2006 were
closest to her heart - singing her to form her first band “Where My Heart Be-
and songwriting. “Anaboy”. gins”, “Further Along”,
Fermin names Patsy That was the beginning “Softly”, “Romance, “That
Cline, Nancy Wilson and of what has emerged today Kind of Love”, “I Know
Nina Simone - among many as “Anna Fermin’s Trigger You”, “Heaven in My New
of the music world’s big Gospel”. The other mem- Shoes”, and “Yellow Rose
names - who have influ- bers of the band include of Texas”.
enced her music and sing- Scott Ligon on electric gui- Rob Thomas of the
ing style. tar and keyboards, Bivans Capital Times and of Wis-
But she admits father, on drums, and Michael consn State Journal, wrote:
Renato, must have had the Krayniak on bass. They “This Chicago country-rock
strongest influence on her. become the perfect comple- band evokes the emotions
She recalls how her ment to Fermin’s stunning and honesty of classic coun-
father, a self-proclaimed voice. try while keeping its sounds
Filipino Elvis, used to em- With her band’s diverse fresh and original. And Fer-
barrass her as he sang songs influences and varied expe- min’s voice is just phenom-
on his karaoke at parties. riences, Fermin’s music has enal”. PNA Features

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KCCC Open House: Welcome, come in!
(From page 6)
Arts & Entertainment
art sale, silent auction and Pacific” at the Living Arts 36 Manila Media Monitor MAY 2007
white elephant sale. Centre in 2000 when he was
Also at 10 a.m. until 2 a KCCC boardmember.
p.m., a free power talk on
Self- Empowerment will
be given by Greg Forbes.
Then came “Music of
the Masters,” shown twice
before in different formats.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Chiqui-Kat Pineda Azimi
will follow with an inspira-
Solon has helped the
community by sharing his
10 am – 6 pm
tional sharing. musical and KCCC is one

The Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre


From 3 to 6 p.m., a of the beneficiaries.
painting competition for Solon has taught piano
children and the youth will and theory at the Royal Con-
be conducted. Winners will servatory of Music since
receive prizes and winning
drawings will be included in SOLON REYES
1971. As adjudicator of mu-
sic festivals and as Senior
5225 Orbitor Drive, Suite 3
the 2008 KCCC calendar.
a fund-raising concert and
Examiner, he has traveled Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Y8
A discoral/disco sa Bay- extensively across Canada,
an will be held at the grand dinner-dance featuring pia- evaluating examinees in all (905) 602-0923
hall at 7 p.m.. nist-composer Solon Reyes performance levels.
Culminating activities with guest tenor Leander He took music studies
on June 3rd start at 1 p.m. Mendoza. Dinner will be at in the University of Santo
The renovated area will be
blest by Father Sol Paranas,
Pastor of the Sts. Peter and
7 p.m., concert at 8:30 p.m.
Noted pianist
Solon’s repertoire will
Tomas as a full scholar and
protégé of Marietta Baja.
He also graduated with a
Art Show by The Philippine Artist Group
Paul Parish in Mississauga. consist of favorite classical Bachelor of Science degree
A ribbon-cutting cere-
mony and a program show-
casing the activities offered
music selections.
The concert is Solon’s
third performance for the
from the University of the
Philippines.
In Canada, he studied
Free Admission Empowerment Sessions
in the centre will follow. benefit of KCCC. with Reginald Godden at
Highlight of the week-
long open house is “Music
of the Masters - Favorites,”
The first one was ex-
cerpts of his musical drama
composition “Across the
the Royal Conservatory of
Music where he obtained
his ARCT in Performance.
Business Promo Painting Contest
PACE breaks water with Making Waves ...
(From page 4)
the Golden Valley Banquet time would reduce expected division in the community
Silent Auction Disco ng Bayan
Hall.
A calendar of events
HFC has released for its
big attendance in any one
festival, “thereby affecting
their financial viability” and
as there will still be two
competing Festivals with
same theme and format on
Raffle Prizes Bake Sale
World Routes 2007 free-ad- would be bad for exhibitors, the same dates.”
mission summer multicul- sponsors and the public. Only Mabuhay!
tural events included: Can- “What is worse is that The PIDC letter said:
ada Day: Generations (June our community is the big- “The only solution, there- Receive 1 Free Raffle Ticket
29-July 2), Beats, Breaks & gest loser,” Enverga’s e-mail fore, is for only one Philip-
Culture (July 6-8), World quoting the letter said. pine Festival to be held on With this Coupon
Rhythms (July 13-15), Dim Cooperation bid rejected the weekend of August 18
Sum Chinese Festival (July In the PACE press con- and 19, 2007. And we are 1 per person $2.00 Value
20-22), Global Hip Hop: 4 ference, officials said HFC respectfully requesting that
Elements,(July 27-29), Is- put forward proposals try- Harbourfront Centre defer
land Soul (Aug. 3-6), Hot & ing to work out cooperation its plans for a Philippine for Filipinos, not only in chairman - has agreed to
Spicy Food Festival (Aug. between PACE and PIDC Festival to next year, which Toronto but around the guest host MWF in tandem
10-12), Filipinos Making to maximize the benefits of we will help coordinate if world” was PACE’s “prime with other invited media
Waves (Aug. 17-19), Taiwan MWF and Mabuhay!. you wish or to another date philosophy and mandate” personalities.
Ilha Formosa (Aug. 24-26), PIDC rejected the pro- that will not materially con- in carrying out MWF’s She said MWF would
and Ukranian Zabava (Aug. posals that included joint flict with our Festival.” premier. feature Filipino entertainers
31-Sept. 3). marketing, advertising and “We believe that we Datol’s press release and artistic talents from
World Routes is a se- promotion strategies; bus have the priority and moral quoted Torralba as saying the Philippines, the United
ries of cultural festivals shuttles to and fro festival grounds on the matter be- people would be “very States and Canada.
that happens only once ev- sites; and talks on current cause we have been holding pleased to see who’s coming In a slide presentation,
EDU MANZANO
ery two years. Invited are and future collaboration. the Festival every year for to the Festival.” Torralba outlined the
groups that can put together In the same e-mail quot- the past seven years,” the Ramon Datol said MWF “is Torralba said Edu central events and related
world-class arts activities to ing part of PIDC’s letter to letter also stated. a go!” Manzano - actor, The activities making up
celebrate diversity and fos- HFC, it was written: “We Tsunami of a show In a press release, Datol Weakest Link Philippine the festival that would
ter appreciation among dif- believe that your proposals Meanwhile, PACE said “making news, making edition game show host illustrate the harmonious
ferent communities in the do not address the issue of media relations pointman friends, making business and Optical Media Board mix of contemporary and
Greater Toronto Area. traditional Filipino arts and

LUMINATO
“It is our pride to be From June 1 to 10, a unique and culture.
recognized and our high stunning festival of arts and creativity MWF’s Toronto debut
honor to be invited to be titled Luminato will take to the streets would focus on eight central
part of the World Routes events, namely the Outdoor
of Toronto, with its continuity into future
2007 programming,” said Showcase (Palabas), Indoor
years guaranteed.
Torralba. Concerts (Handog ng Lahi),
Simul losers
Luminato is expected to rank with Marketplace (Pamilihan),
However, the direct col- other Canadian artistic attractions like Drama stage (Tanghalan),
lision in festival dates was the Stratford Festival, the Toronto Inter- Fluvial Regatta and
just the “tip of the iceberg.” natioal Film Festival, the Canadian Op- Boardwalk Parade (Karakol
The bone of mutual era Company and the National Ballet. at Parada sa Tabing Dagat),
contention was what Mabu- It aspires to bring to the GTA a pres- Silver Screen (Pinilakang
hay! and MWF (PIDC and tigious showcase of international artis- Tabing), Images (Larawan
PACE) stood to lose -- di- tic merit (right photo) of the following ng Sining), and Dialogue:
vided attendance resulting ethnicities: South African, Asian, Polish, Community Symposium
in reduced revenues -- if the German, Turkish, Armenian, Italian, (Pulong Bayan).
two festivals went on simul- Portuguese, Spanish/Latin/Mexican, Torralba said MWF would
taneously. East Indian and Caribbean. “draw the eyes and ears of
PIDC president Tobias Many of the events, which will give mainstream Canadians and
Enverga Jr., in an undated further validity to Canada’s multicultural members of Canada’s diverse
letter to HFC part of which identity, are free to the public; others at communities to appreciate
was e-mailed to the Manila a reasonable performance cost. their multi-talented and
Media Monitor on April 28, Visit www.luminato.com for more in- equally culturally-diverse
inferred that having Mabu- formation. Beth Sulman neighbors with roots from
hay! and MWF at the same the Philippines.”
Miss Philippines and Miss Junior Philippines winners
Arts & Entertainment
MAY 2007 Manila Media Monitor 37

PIDC’S crowning glory:


Miss Philippines & Miss Jr. Philippines
The Philippine Indepen- 500 people witnessed this Tourism Cheryl Chan.
dence Day Council (PIDC) crowning glory. Also crowned were Miss
has once more proven its Proclaimed Miss Phil- Junior Philippines 2007,
Little Miss commitment in showcasing
Filipino culture and heritage
ippines 2007 and Best in
Terno was Alyssa Ashley
Miss Popularity and Best
in Talent Khriscelle Nano-
Philippines- by bringing together the
youth to participate in com-
Zamora.
Her entourage consisted
la; 1st Runner-Up Ceara
Khoramshahi; Miss Tour-
PIDC ‘07 munity events, particularly
the PIDC’s Miss Philip-
of 1st Runner-Up, Miss
Charity, Miss Popularity
ism and Best in Evening
Gown Alexa Bella; Miss
(Left photo) Little Miss pines and Miss Junior Phil- and Best in Talent Khristine Tourism and Miss Char-
Philippines-PIDC ‘07 ippines 2007 pageant at the Mai Atienza; Miss Tourism ity Jaqueline Munoz; and
Jasmine Camille Gool- Metropol Banquet Hall & and Best in Terno Diane Miss Tourism Kristine Lou
jar (center), Mia Mahi- Theatre on May 6. Watson; Miss Tourism and Gargaritano.
nay (left) and Camille PIDC’s Suzy Llanera, Best in Evening Gown Ap- Miss Philippines win-
Montes, 1st and 2nd in a press release, said over ple Joy dela Cruz; and Miss ners would be Ambassadors
runners-up respective- of Goodwill to all PIDC ac-
ly, get cash and scholar- tivities, highlighted by the
ships and will represent Mabuhay! Festival.
PIDC in its events, in- In the same night, PIDC
cluding Mabuhay Festi- proclaimed Toven Bella,
val’s SantaCruzan at the Kirsten Isabelle Binaday,
Metro Convention Cen- Ayden Buenaventura, Ni-
tre, Aug. 18. Gooljar and cole Cairnduff, Rod-Ann
entourage (photo be- Francisco, Cassandra Good-
low) were crowned dur- goll, Fatima Tayag and Trin-
ing the pageant night, ity Santiago as its Little Am-
managed by a commit- bassadors of Goodwill.
tee chaired by Rosemer The five-year old below
Enverga, at the Korean infants were also named this
Cultural Centre on April year’s PIDC Philippine Star
28. PIDC PHOTO Babies.

MEDIA SPONSORS

MEDIA SPONSOR
Lampitoc’s Faces, Phases and Places art show on
view at RP Toronto Consulate hall until May 29
The Philippine Consul- she lives in. It is a theme universal in the concrete re- This convergence of
ate General in Toronto con- that she wishes to document ality of our city today.” artists was known as the
tinues to play host to Filipi- in art to celebrate Canada’s Lampitoc completed her original “Saturday Group”
no-Canadian artist Rocille multiculturalism.” course in Fashion Design that made the impact in the
Lampitoc whose art show “Rocille Lampitoc is at the Sheridan College in Philippine art scene.
Faces, Phases and Places is one of the new generation 1985 and earlier spent a Her background mix of
on exhibit at the consulate’s of world artists who call year of fashion studies at art and fashion influented
reception hall until May 25. Toronto home” and “much Long Beach City College in Lampitoc’s art show theme
Lampitoc’s one-woman of her work brings to mind 1981. of Faces, Phases and Places
show opened on May 4. far away lands washed with She also did an illustra- and her collection has been
Art writer Frank Bushe suncolor - a legacy, perhaps, tion class at Ontario College used to display and give
describes Lampitoc’s Faces, of her Philippine heritage. of Art and Life Drawing at honor to newcomers.
Phases and Places art col- But for all of their exotic el- Central Technical School in Scarborough’s City
lection as a “tribute to Can- ements, Rocille’s paintings 2006. Council and the City of
ada’s multiculturalism. “ are very much of the here Before she left the Phil- Scarborough Recreation,
Bushe says Lampitoc’s and now. They capture and ippines in 1972, she had Parks and Culture Depart-
work “celebrates the multi- express the multi-hued tex- been “life drawing” with ment sponsored her first
faces, multi-culture and ture of life as she encounters the likes of Ocampo, Roces, solo show in 1997. To date,
multi-phases of life in Cana- it daily. She sees the global Joya and others along with she has launched and par-
da, in retrospect of the world in the local; she reveals the her father Rod Lampitoc. ticipated in 22 shows. PR LAMPITOC’S SINGKIL

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MAY 2007 38

Newmarket’s Magnificat mounts


‘One Heart, One Mind’ on June 9
The Magnificat Char- leaders Joe and Annie Lapid the Easter season.
ismatic Community in say the event is a a labor of Annie Lapid adds: “We
Newmarket will mount the love and the community has are proud of the Oratory the
major musical production, put much time and effort way it is now, but we would
One Heart, One Mind at the preparing for the concert. like to ensure that we con-
Imperial Oil Auditorium of Concert aims include tinue to meet the growing
the Ontario Science Centre reaching out to Filipinos and needs of devotees who come
on June 9 at 7:30 p.m. non-Filipinos with a spring to the Oratory by improving
The four-part variety extravaganza of music and the current structure.”
show will showcase the tal- entertainment, and to help The variety special fea-
ents of the Magnificat Choir raise funds to improve and tures classics, Broadway
and the Magnificat Youth. expand the Oratory of Je- and pop music, an expo-
Artists from the Filipino sus, King of Mercy, which sition of Filipino culture,
community include Lilac was built in 2003 in the and inspirational songs. A
Caña and Mark Balleste- compound of the Regina fellowship follows the pro-
ros, two long-time audience Mundi Retreat Centre. gram. PR
favorites who have made The Oratory of Jesus is
their name as outstanding fast becoming an attraction Ever written a
concert performers and re- to groups and individuals
cording artists. who come to the sprawling Pinoy haiku?
Ami Hernaez, hailed as grounds of Regina Mundi
an up-and-coming singing to pray the special prayers Show it, join in.
star, is expected to enthrall to the Divine Mercy and
a growing fan base. celebrate the annual Feast Hay! Haiku, naku!
Magnificat presiding of the Divine Mercy during Gubat ay kinakalbo!
Patay! ‘Nangkupu!

The Philippine Consul-


ate General in Toronto and
the Embassy of Japan in
the Philippines is inviting
Filipinos poets and writers
to participate in the 2007
Haiku Contest themed Pi-
noy Haiku, Mga Taludtud
Alay kay Inang Kalikasan
(Stanzas Offered to Mother
Nature).
Haiku is a form of po-
etry that developed in Japan
about 400 years ago. It is a
short verse of 17 syllables,
divided into units of five,
seven and five syllables.
The deadline for sub-
mission of entries is on June
BACK-TO-BACK. Canadian Idol finalist Mikey 29. Entry forms and more
Bustos and special guest American Idol finalist details may be download-
Jasmine Trias headline The Inspiration Concert at ed at www.ph.emb-japan.
the Chinese Cultural Centre on June 15. PR go.jp. Leilani Medina

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