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SERVICE WITH A SMILE IS IT NATURE OR NURTURE?

LOOK BEFORE YOU TWEET CYBERCRIME PREVENTION OR A GAG LAW?

BESSIE BADILLA HER DANCE IS OUR DANCE

FVR WOWS SINGAPORE

CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 PINOYGRAPHERS’ BEST PHOTOS OF 2012

GLAMOUR IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS FILIPINAS WIN IN SINGAPORE BEAUTY COMPETITION


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APPY NEW YEAR and thank you to everyone for supporting us. It is truly inspiring to see the determination and persistence that drives us, the Filipinos in the diaspora and our families back home amid the enormous challenges that come our way. It is always great to look forward but also important to reminisce on what transpired last year.

The year 2012 was too much for almost everyone, not only here in Singapore, but around the globe. For BBM, it was a combination of trying moments and humble realization of who we are and what we are. Some significant developments took place but not all are favorable, sometimes less than favorable. Of course, we are humbled for the little steps that we have bravely undertaken in consonance with our mission to highlight Filipino excellence and our vision to create a platform for every OFW. To this end, we have been able to raise the bar a little higher. We are honored for the distinction given to BBM as the first and the only Filipino magazine in Singapore to have been a finalist in the Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) Awards 2012. We know that there are a lot of things to be done in 2013. The first one is to make sure that we can consolidate our resources and highlight our strengths. Secondly, we must tap the right people and mobilize support across the board. It is our intention to promote unity in diversity and create a culture of inclusivity, as we believe that these are pre-conditions to doing and achieving more. Everyone should feel that they belong, should be given an opportunity to realize their potential, and be allowed to contribute to enriching the community. Moving forward and as we prepare for our 2nd Year Anniversary which is scheduled on the 23 February 2013, we see challenges ahead. No matter what the circumstances, we are confident that with you on our side, we will not lose sight of our objectives. More than a tribute to everyone, BBM is your voice and your medium. A platform for every OFW. The road might be bumpy as life is but we shall endeavour to sustain this publication and to be given for FREE, as usual. It is an uphill battle, but we are certain that, as with all good causes, you will continue to be there as you have always been for BBM. We appreciate your continued support and patronage. Maraming salamat po. God bless us all and God bless the Philippines. Mabuhay po tayong lahat!


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DETCH P. NONAN-MERCADO (SINGAPORE) SANKIE SIMBULAN (PHILIPPINES) TALA MARALIT (PHILIPPINES)

Columnists CRISTY VICENTINA (SINGAPORE) ATTY. HAZEL RIGUERA (PHILIPPINES) PAMSY L. TIOSECO (PHILIPPINES) DR. MARIGLO LIWANAG VICENTE (PHILIPPINES)

Contributors JUSTICE FRANCISCO-SCHAFFER (SINGAPORE) SUZETTE ROSALES-CODY (SINGAPORE) CHRISTIE TAN (USA) CASHMER DIRAMPATEN (SINGAPORE) ANNE LUISA VILLARICO (SINGAPORE) DR. MARILYN SURIO (PHILIPPINES) MONICA GUERRA (SINGAPORE) ANNE-MARIE MANANQUIL-BAKKER (SINGAPORE) KRISTA MONICA GARCIA (PHILIPPINES) ATTY. SANIATA LIWLIWA V. GONZALES-ALZATE (PHILIPPINES) MICH CRUZ VILLAR (PHILIPPINES) DR. CLARITA CARLOS (PHILIPPINES)

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enator Loren Legarda hailed the signing into law of the Kasambahay Bill, noting that it is one of the foundations of inclusive growth that the Philippines as a nation aspires for. “Republic Act No. 10361, or An Act Instituting Policies for

the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers was signed into law on January 18. This is a major step in according decent working conditions, fair compensation, and sufficient benefits to our domestic workers,” said Legarda, cosponsor of the measure. The Senator earlier remarked

PIMENTEL SEES 10M OAV VOTERS IN 2016 UNDER AMENDED ABSENTEE VOTING LAW Pimentel expressed confidence that once the Amended OAV Act is enacted, the Commission on Election’s target of having one million OAV registrants would not just be met but be surpassed ten-fold.

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s the titanic ObamaRomney clash draws to a climactic end, the 1.6 million Filipinos in the United States can now say hello to their full participation in the 2016 national elections in their home country the Philippines. This after Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, PDP Laban President, sponsored this week at the Senate plenary the passage of critical and muchawaited amendments to the already outdated Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) Act.

“I am optimistic that ten times a million (or 10 million) OAV votes may be possible in 2016 and beyond with the enactment of Senate Bill 3312,” said Pimentel in his sponsorship speech of the measure. Both versions of Amended OAV Act by the Senate and the House of Representatives have mandated the Comelec to put in place a system that would allow online registration and voting for all of the estimated 13 million overseas Filipinos. “In 2016, when Filipinos come together as one nation to decide on the next administration, one of our biggest legacies to voters

that according to the ILO Report entitled Domestic Workers Across the World, a domestic worker in the Philippines worked 52 hours a week in 2010, the 7th longest work hours among the 39 countries with available data. The report also found that Filipino workers are paid less than half of the

around the world is an OAV law that offers flexibility in terms of new technologies,” said Pimentel. The Amended OAV Act also dropped Section 5d of the original law which had stopped many Filipino immigrants and permanent residents in the US and Canada from voting in past Philippine national elections since the passage of the OAV Act in 2003. The provision that was removed required immigrants and permanent residents to execute an affidavit stating that they shall come back to the Philippines within three years from approval of their registration as Philippine voters. Pimentel characterized the required affidavit “as a serious obstacle to our citizens’ right to vote” and a “Sword of Damocles hovering over the heads” of Filipino immigrants. Pimentel chairs the Senate Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation Committee which approved the bill under Committee Report No. 446 following several public hearings attended by all stakeholders,

In a related move, Legarda, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, spearheaded last August the Senate’s concurrence in the ratification of ILO Convention 189, known as the Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The Philippines was only the second country to ratify the Convention. “It is important that we treat our kasambahays as workers, not servants. This is a clear yardstick for equality in the country, and this heralds better things to come for other marginalized sectors,” Legarda concluded.

including OFWs and Filipino immigrants. He added that the Amended OAV also removes documentary requirements “that keep our citizens at arm’s length from the ballot box, and one that seeks to create a permanent mechanism to promote a more efficient and effective electoral process for Filipinos overseas.” Pimentel said that as the 13 million Filipinos remit around $20 billion each year, it is only proper that they are empowered to help select national leaders from the president to the senators. “In this proposed measure, we have deleted that entire controversial provision to give our Filipino brothers and sisters abroad the right of suffrage without any preconditions,” said Pimentel. “They can keep cooking and eating adobo while abroad, and voting for their national candidates in the Philippines, without having the Commission on Elections and even the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) looking over their shoulders.”


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ospitality, Customer Service, or Customer Care - however you may call it in this industry where people and satisfaction are the most important thing - perfection at its best is the call of the game. There are employers who very well know that having a good or bad customer service can make or break the business. That is why some companies will go the extra mile, budget allocation, effort and training just to train their people for customer service. And as a guest or customer, you can very well observe which establishment pays attention to this. We all know that this is where most of Filipinos are very good at, to the point that we are known “world class” as far as hospitality is concerned. What makes us Filipinos known for being very hospitable, accommodating and highly commendable in customer care satisfaction? Is it really innate in us (nature) or is it because of the environment (nurture) that we grew up with? There are 10 possible explanations why Filipinos are known to be such. Go over each point, weigh its plausibility and you be the judge:

1. RELIGIOUS INCLINATION Most of us are guided by our spiritual life and faith in God. That is putting God at the center of our lives. And truly, it follows that if you are prayerful, it reflects in your thoughts and in actions. Your thoughts are just filled with kind and best ideas that you can give to your clients or customers. While your actions will only show good gestures that are genuine and sincere.

2. PERSONALITY Let’s face it, there are some of us who are introverted or extroverted. To be an introvert would mean the propensity to be task-oriented in nature, more than wanting to take the initiative in conversation. This does not totally connote that a person is unfriendly. To be an extrovert, on the other hand, you would have to be more people-oriented, warm, and outgoing. In short, highly sociable. To fit well into the tourism and hospitality industry, it is crucial for employers to identify or detect an applicant’s extroverted characteristics (of course, it has to be genuine and not something that was manipulated), during the screening process. Nevertheless, the introverted ones would be more efficient in matters related to paper or computer work (e.g. use of Galileo, scheduling, organizing job descriptions, documentation, etc)

deal with the situation or problem in a professional way (e.g. without raising your voice, without panicking, without stomping your feet, or frowning). This is especially applicable for customers who ask a ton of questions. 5. “MAKATAO” AND “PAKIKPAGKAPWA-TAO” These both refer to being humanistic in nature and treating others humanely and with respect. You need to able to respect yourself first before you are able to give respect to others and their needs. “Makatao” is being humane; while “pakikipagkapwa-tao” is having and maintaining smooth interpersonal relationships with others. Filipinos, like the OFWs, give mutual assistance or help to other fellow “kababayans” who are in trouble. Despite being perceived to be submissive or inferior at times due to consideration for others’ feelings, Filipinos clamor for justice or fairness.

3. PATIENCE Whether you are doing hotel front desk operations, a waiter, a barista, a saleslady, a caterer or a tourist guide, one quality a client, customer, or a guest will look for is your capacity to be patient enough to attend to what the client really needs and wants until he can finally say, “Oh well, this is it, this is what I want, what I’m really looking for and will buy or get it.”Most times, this is the key element as to whether you’ll “get” the client or not.

6. FILIPINO WAY OF LIFE Filipinos still carry with them the traditions, values and way of life which were passed on since the time of Spanish era, including those we have adopted from our Spanish and American colonizers. These include being helpful, polite and being accommodating to our visitors and guests. We give importance to social graces – a subject integrated into most of our schools’ curriculum from primary to tertiary level.

4. UNDERSTANDING To say that you have understood something means that you have been able to grasp, comprehend, and fully mentally absorb what has said, hence, be able to

7. HAPPINESS Most of us have positive outlook in life. We are a happy people and we a to be happy. Most Filipinos like having someone to talk

Psyche Me Up

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to or chat with – a cathartic effort that lets us express our feelings and eventually makes us feel better. We like sharing with others our “down� and “up� moments. Life seems unbearable and incomplete if we don’t crack jokes, have fun, laugh our hearts out, and find humor in the most complicated things. “Gusto ko, happy ka!� is even one of the slogans used by a politician for campaign which comes close to the heart of Filipinos. It’s because we really like pursuing or running after happiness. 8. SOCIAL AND FAMILY TIES Filipinos have strong family ties. It has always been emphasized to greet and to welcome relatives to our homes, as well as to help each other family member in whatever way we can. We form strong bonds with people, thus this custom is transferred to our work and in the customer service industry. 9. “LAKI SA HIRAP� A common slogan used in politics, although not all of us were born poor or from poor family backgrounds. I doubt if most of us would consider ourselves to come from one, because we do not think about it or dwell on it. “Hirap� can connote the challenges that we face in life. We always strive and

aspire for higher ventures. The majority of us grew up in hard times, especially in our immediate surroundings, which then makes us stronger and makes us persevere for greener pastures. We have learned to value small things that bring us bigger packages and huge surprises. We tend to think that in every small task (e.g. smiling, being polite, greeting others, service, etc) that we do, it might lead us to a brighter future. 10. SELF-PRESENTATION We Filipinos always want appear at our best. The impression that we leave on people is very important for most of us. We are conscious of what we wear, we pay attention to our grooming and we are anxious of how we look. Most of us would labour on how we can create a positive impact on others. However, this requires self-regulation too, so as not to have an inflated sense of self and to not pretend someone we are not. We just have to do things in the right place at the right time with the right people. We are doing things because that’s who we are, and we want to do it not because we feel inferior or being plainly submissive to anyone. Dignity and respect have to be always kept in mind.

I would love to share with you few of the best hospitality quotes that could make you serve with more smiles on your face- CHEERS! : “Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even though you wish they were� - Proverb Quotes “A host in himself.� - Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington Quotes Source: said of Lord John Russell “Hospitality should have no other nature than love.� - Henrietta Mears Quotes “There is no hospitality like understanding.� - Vanna Bonta Quotes If we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will. - Unknown People expect good service but few are willing to give it. - Robert Gayle To my customer. I may not have the answer, but )LLlNDIT I may not have the time, but I’ll make it. - Unknown “There are millions of Filipinos in the hospitality industry now working around the world, and I am proud to be one. Most of the International Companies prefer to hire Filipinos as we HAVETHENATURALmAIROFBEING hospitable. Hospitality is a common denominator in the Filipino character and this is what distinguishes us from the rest. Aside from being highly QUALIlED TRUSTWORTHY POLITE and hardworking, we warmly welcome guests with the phrase “feel at home� to make them comfortably at ease, a form of hospitality that comes truly from the heart.� - Cheryl Ty, Marina Bay Sands Singapore


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Article by: Atty. Hazel E. Rebadulla Riguera, Managing ng Partner, Riguera and Riguera Law Office Offic icee

LOOK BEFORE YOU TWEET

CYBERCRIME PREVENTION OR A GAG LAW?

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When President Aquino signed into law R.A. No. 10175 also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, he did not expect the firestorm of protest that would be generated by the passage of the law. At first blush, one would expect that a law whose avowed purpose is to

combat cybercrime would gain praise and support from the people. However, a closer reading of the law would reveal that certain provisions thereof impact on the hallowed constitutional rights of freedom of expression and freedom of information. More alarmingly, certain provisions of the law would impact on the sacred right of

the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against governmental intrusion. Constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas has noted that while in many countries, libel has been decriminalized, the Philippines has taken a step back by imposing a heavier penalty on online libel. The law penalizes libel committed through the internet with a penalty one degree higher than that provided for in the Revised Penal Code. The risks of double jeopardy, that is, a person being prosecuted twice for the same penalty, are greatly increased by the sweeping phraseology of Section 6 which provides that: “A prosecution under this Act shall be without prejudice to any liability for violation of any provision of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, or special laws.� Overzealous prosecutors and judges may seize upon this provision to prosecute and convict an accused both


under the Revised Penal Code and the Cybercrime Law. The most feared and invasive provision of the law is the “takedown” provision of Section 19 which says: “[w]hen a computer data is prima facie found to be in violation of the provisions of this Act, the DOJ [Department of Justice] shall issue an order to restrict or block access to such computer data.” Fr. Bernas has called this a search and seizure provision without the protection of judicial oversight. In effect, it is the executive through the DOJ which has the discretion to determine if a computer data should have its access restricted or blocked. The devastating effect of such restriction or blockage, especially on commercial websites may be imagined. The web has been a forum and at times a weapon for netizens to bring to the attention of the public and graft-busters corruption and wrongdoing in government. With the Damocles sword of a takedown, a heavier penalty, and double jeopardy being dangled by the law, it is expected that online criticism and commentary on government affairs will be severely dampened. Whether this is something which is desirable for good governance is arguable. Maybe we all should revisit what Voltaire said: “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”


BAGONG BAYANI SUPPORTS THE 2ND GLOBAL SUMMIT OF FILIPINOS IN THE DIASPORA The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) announced that it will be holding the 2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on February 25-27, 2013. 2DBQDS@QX(LDKC@, -HBNK@R "%."G@HQODQRNM ODQRNM@KKXL@CDSGDNEjBH@K@MMNTMBDLDMS in front of a select group of news editors and reporters recently. f%NKKNVHMFSGDRTBBDRRETKjQRSRTLLHSHM2DOSDLADQHM,@MHK@ VDDWODBSSGD%DAQT@QX 2013 event to be even bigger; with leaders of the various global Philippine associations in attendance,� said Sec. Nicolas. “Preparations are underway as we speak.� For the second summit, the CFO has adopted the theme ‘Two Years Thereafter: The Best of the Philippine Diaspora’ in line with its charge to track the progress of the different groups’ CH@RONQ@ OQNIDBSR RHMBD SGD jQRS RTLLHS @MC HM order to identify areas of synergies to enhance these groups’ contributions to Philippine development. A diaspora refers to the movement or migration of people away from their countries of origin, heritage or interest, while maintaining links with their homeland.

Convenors and some of the sponsors for the upcoming 2nd Global Summit pose for a souvenir photograph at a press launch held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on November 14. Seated from left are Commission on Filipinos Overseas Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas and Undersecretary Mary Grace Ampil-Tirona. With them, standing from left to right, are Tricia Reyes and Anne de la Cruz from The Medical City, Timmy Jayme and Gil Chua from DDB Group Philippines, Abby Bauca from SMART Communications, Inc., Ver Cuizon from the Global Council, and Jonathan Huertas from SMART Communications, Inc.

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Arts & Culture

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ight from the first cry as the five all-male cast enter from the audience, The Romance of Magno Rubio was oozing with Filipinoness. This non-niche production that played for 7 nights at DBS Arts Centre, 30Nov-7Dec 2012 captured the hearts and soul of Singapore. “Its very specificity puts human faces on issues that should resonate in any country built on the backs of immigrants and foreign workers as topics facing migrant workers in 1930’s California still ring familiar

today” writes Mayo Martin of TODAY. Lonnie Carter’s OBIE awardwinning play, The Romance of Magno Rubio was an “emotive A-class performance that stirred a sense of pride in being Filipino”. A Singaporean, never been to the Philippines claims “the theme is deep in the human storytelling, I love the mixture of wit, humor, song and tragedy”. A resounding BRAVO to Entablado Theater Company’s landmark debut in Singapore.

4HESLOWMOTIONlGHTINGSCENEUSING Arnis, a popular Philippine martial arts form, was a crowd favorite

Magno Rubio cast with audience

A relaxed pose with Ambassador Minda Cruz and Pamela Wildheart after the Magno Rubio cast serenaded with )KAW

Backgroumd: Cast standing in one line: Magno Rubio reminded the cynical in us to remain hopeful and with every roadblocks we just have to keep going.

Article by: Justice Francisco-Schaffer

BESSIE BADILLA (L-R) Lynn West, Cathy Klein Wallace, Rachelle Tiongson Duggan, the author Justice Francisco-Schaffer and Ms Bessie Badilla

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’ve always been proud to be a Filipino and that pride continuously grows every time I see, hear or read about my fellowmen’s successes. Whether for themselves or for the country, the fact that they are Filipinos already makes the mark. Last August, I watched a documentary titled “Dance of My Life” about Ms Bessie Badilla. Honestly, I had no idea who she was until that night. I didn’t even realize that I’ve seen her in the sitcoms I used to

watch when I was a young girl. However, through the film and the descriptions of her family & friends, “I met her.” She’s a beauty queen who became a model for top Filipino designers, was the mannequin of the House of Balenciaga in Paris during the 1980’s and an actress, too. A loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, believer in God and who, at almost 50, became the FIRST Filipino Carnival Queen in Brazil. She shared the ‘never before seen’ behind the scenes (no pun intended) preparation of Carnival in Brazil. She learned Portuguese to show them that though she wasn’t Brazilian, she is as dedicated as them. She spoke, danced and practiced hard like them. We also saw the costumes she had to wear; from the light bikinis to the 30 kilogram

kimonos. She said the headdress was so heavy that she used it to keep her balance on the platform which was several, dizzying meters up!

glad to have seen the film with my daughter because it was inspiring and it showed that no matter what trials come along in life, it is HOW one lives in it that will make the difference.

I asked her how it was to be a nonBrazilian who was double the age of the usual chosen queens of the samba schools because jealousy would surely arise. She smiled and said, “Oh yes, they didn’t like it. They were mad at me but I didn’t say anything and just continued to show them that I love Carnival as much as they do. In the end, when I became Carnival Queen, their views changed---“Tanggap na nila ako.” Ms Bessie Badilla tried to see things positively as often as she can and it worked. Her sense of humor and bubbly personality were her strongest points. I’m

Ms Bessie Badilla and Alyanna Francisco Schaffer


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Entertainment

Written by: Bryan Aquino

A RELIEF FROM NOSTALGIA... THANK YOU STARHUB!

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lam namin na miss na miss ninyo na ang Pilipinas kaya kami na ang magdadala sa Singapore...’ (‘We all know that you miss so much our beloved country the Philippines so we we’re bringing it here in Singapore just for you!’), I can vividly remember this being said by the Filipino popular actress Kim Chiu at the beginning of the Filipino variety show ASAP held last Oct 14... And they really did! I didn’t feel I was overseas then as the huge Max Pavillion was filled with a lot of Filipinos based in Singapore with all smiles and cheering for their ‘idols’. Although overseas, many Filipinos are still up to date with the who’s who in Philippine showbusiness. Thanks to Starhub for bringing TFC (The Filipino Channel) just at our fingertips. The show started with some ‘house rules’ for the audience to ensure the smooth execution of the program. Something interesting was the mass dancing rehearsal of the very popular song Gangnam style. The enthusiam of the Filipinos was just so contagious that it was more of an exception if someone couldn’t dance and follow the music. Every number was shown ‘live’, no repeat recording of the show, a make-or-break performance for each entertainment number. And yet each song and dance number was shown almost flawlessly. Undoubtedly Filipino—a world-class talent. The show was also intimate as they encouraged live participation from the audience from singing to dancing. It was such a pleasant site and the smiles and happiness in everyone’s faces are priceless. It was a 3-hour continuous showcase of powerful voices and graceful moves by really beautiful faces—a complete package! Not a single boring moment... Filipinos left the show venue with much nostalgia but contented after being up front and personal with their Kapamilya (Filipino term for family members)... I left the show with my Pinoy friends with one thing in mind—it was a great relief from our nostalgia... and we wish there can be more...


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People

SINGAPORE-BASED FILIPINO COMEDIAN DEBUTS AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE

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ast 18 July 2012, veteran American stand-up comedian Butch Bradley flew in to give Singapore a taste of his own stand-up comedy routines at the Old Parliament House (aka “The Arts House”). Butch Bradley, originally from New Jersey and now based out of LA, is a regular comic at the “Late Late Show” on Comedy Central and has appeared on numerous other shows like “Just For Laughs” and “Whose Line is it?” Opening the show were two homegrown Singapore-based stand-up comics, Mr. Orion Pérez Dumdum and Mr. Rishi Budhrani. Theater-goers in Singapore would have found the second stand-up comic a familiar face as Rishi, a local S’porean stage actor, has starred in numerous local theater productions, including the recent “Romeo and Juliet.”

The biggest surprise was the opening act Orion who wowed the audience with his ultra-funny accents, impersonations, and humorous takes on Singlish and managed to keep many in the audience wondering where he’s originally from until the close of his act where he announced that he comes from the Philippines. Fluent in both Tagalog and Cebuano aside from English, the half-Cebuano, half-Tagalog Filipino IT Professional, Constitutional Reform advocate and “closet comedian” also speaks many other languages including Spanish, French, Mandarin, and others, eventually learning to make use of his linguistic abilities in mimicking accents for his stand-up comedy routines. Both our very own fellow OFW and Filipino comic Orion and local Singaporean comic Rishi regularly perform at Comedy Masala, a stand-up comedy show at the Home Club (Riverwalk, between Boat Quay & Clarke Quay in S’pore) held on Tuesdays at 9pm.

leaders and Members of Parliament were played. The charity event aimed to raise $250,000 but raised more which will help 9 beneficiaries that support people with special needs, youths at risk, the aged and sick.

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ast year, on the evening of August 25, I attended the first executive football charity fund-raiser, “Football with a Heart” (FWAH) in one of the country’s oldest social club, the Singapore Recreation Club (SRC) located at the Padang; where, during the day, friendly football games between 28 corporate teams followed by the much-awaited match between corporate

Organized by The Football Association of Singapore (FAS), Singapore Pools Private Limited, Singapore Recreation Club (SRC), and Singapore Sports Council (SSC) and graced by the President of the Republic of Singapore, HE Tony Tan Yeng Kam, the event was in no doubt, a success. I’m beaming with pride as I write about this because our very own, Ms Amy Bondi, an extremely talented Filipino singer, Tina Turner impersonator and good friend was asked to sing and perform in this momentous

event in front of the President of Singapore. Quite nerve-wracking given the high ranking attendees, but Amy, if she did feel it showed no sign of it at all as she began singing from her heart. Her on-stage presence and energy made the crowd loosen-up and danced to the famous tunes of Tina Turner; not to mention rocking the VIP table as she sang “Addicted to Love” wherein a short duet with one of the VIP’s transpired. I have to say, very impressive. That is a truly once in a lifetime opportunity and for a Filipino to be invited to do so is once again proof that our talents and skills are acknowledged. I was fortunate to have witnessed such an event together with Bagong Bayani’s managing director and publisher, Mary Jane Salomon and Rachelle Tiongson Duggan.


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Article by: Krista Monica B. Garcia

Lovely ladies got the chance to live their dreams at the recent Elite/Mrs. Singapore 2012 beauty pageant

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he Elite/Mrs. Singapore Pageant series was a success â&#x20AC;&#x201C; women of all ages and nations participated in the Main and Elite category. It was a night of sparkling makeup, gorgeous gowns, and breathtaking talent. Beautiful faces and minds showcased on the stage. But in the end, two Filipinas stole the spotlight and bagged major awards: Jonabelle Bangue-Ng was crowned Mrs. Universal Beauty 2012 and Jane GarciaChua was crowned Elite Events Universal Beauty 2012.

of two kids â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one is already in his middle 20s. She is a beauty consultant by trade, who also attends to her household and her Singaporean husband, a Chief Pilot at Tiger Airways. In short, she is one busy body. But as the winner of Elite/Mrs Singapore Beauty 2012, she also proves that she has one fabulous body as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really just wanted to try it out,â&#x20AC;? , Jane about joining the pageant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At first, my husband and children were against it. They said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t join, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already a winner!â&#x20AC;? But Jane wanted to see it for herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I prepared for the competition by practicing my walk and my answers,â&#x20AC;? Jane revealed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I work in the beauty industry, so it is essential to walk the talk.â&#x20AC;? Jane knows that winning a crown is not just glitter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is a symbol of her expertise, a sign that if she can make herself an award-winning beauty, she can do it to others , too. Becoming Jane was definitely not a piece of cake, but her energy and earnestness are inspiring. She is the perfect picture of discipline, and proof that success can look really good.

JOIE DE VIVRE: JONABEL Jonabel arrived for our interview wearing a pink sweater and sneakers, sporting a bright patent leather bag, and a disarming smile. Upfront youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d know that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a charmer, and that she is not afraid to speak her mind. Upon sitting down with her, we realized that she is a woman of firm ideals, who is optimistic and steadfast because of her faith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At a young age, I learned that you have to have faith that there is a Creator,â&#x20AC;? she opines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps a lot in anything I do, especially

BECOMING JANE CHUA It is hard to believe that Jane is pushing 51. Her slim body denies it. Her long, healthy hair disproves it. When we first met her, we pegged her to be in her late 30s or 40s. But she is not shy to disclose her real age. After all, she is fit, lean, and fab, and is the proud mother

â&#x20AC;&#x153;You feed your soul. It is the fuel in which we run, in which we get the energy to serve others. If you are empty inside, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to VHUYH%XWLI\RXDUHRYHUĆ&#x192;RZLQJ\RX can give and serve your loved ones.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mrs. Jonabelle Bangue-Ng, Mrs. Universal Beauty Singapore 2012

Jonabel is a striking beauty: creamy skin, bright eyes, and pink, well-manicured hands. She is a girly-girl through and through. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This makeup, these tools â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they help enhance what you have, they really are not necessary. But these are the fun things that women can play with. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun!â&#x20AC;?, she says. But at the end of the day, she insists that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what inside that matters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget yourself. You feed your soul. It is the fuel in which we run, in which we get the energy to serve others. If you are empty inside, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to serve. But if you are overflowing, you can give and serve your loved ones.â&#x20AC;? Such wise words from a woman who definitely knows how to enjoy life to its fullest. The Philippines is a land of beauty pageants, and we are no stranger to individuals who consider it as a veritable and successful career path. Our media is chock-full of it. But here in Singapore, the society is only slowly warming up to the idea that beauty should be celebrated and validated. It is a proud moment that Filipina women are at the helm of this movement, proving that beauty is, indeed, a serious business.

People

GLAMOUR IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS

for important decisions, when you reach crossroads, and so on.â&#x20AC;?


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A SALUTE TO COOPERATION

  

Isang Pagpupugay : A Salute To Cooperation

th 17 ofNovember2012 Saturday,12noon–3pm

PBSS11thAnniversary &ChristmasCelebration JadeRoomRestaurant,HotelRoyal

Organized by: Philippine Bayanihan Society (Singapore) In cooperation with Philippine Embassy in Singapore

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hilippine Bayanihan Society (Singapore)’s 11th Anniversary is a tribute to active volunteer Filipino Organizations in Singapore, who gave their all-out support to Bayanihan Centre for the whole year. It was held 17th of November 2012 at Hotel Royal. Bayanihan Centre, a skillstraining center, is a dream made possible through the collaboration of the Singapore and Philippine

governments through the stewardship of PBSS Board of Directors. With the execution of its Centre Manager, Ms. Ann Alejo, the centre opened its gates and served as a drop-off point for inkind donations for calamity victims in the Philippines . It has also become the venue for the Philippine Embassy’s monthly Filipino Community Meeting. The Bayanihan Centre beautification project which include painting the Centre and renovating rooms is the realisation of

the PBSS dream to entice all the Filipinos in Singapore to come in one roof. Filipino organizations Triskelion Singapore Council, PMMA Sg, PAMET Sg, and FOWS were given recognition this day. It is an accomplishment to be able to lift the Filipino spirit of volunteerism; we could never have done all these without you. Truly keeping the Bayanihan spirit alive!


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Cover Story

Article by: Pamsy Tioseco

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ecoming the First Head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Studies Centre is just another feather in the cap of our compatriot and renowned statesman, Rodolfo C. Severino, Jr. His long and respected career as a diplomat saw him walking the halls of power in Washington and Beijing and ultimately reached the pinnacle with his appointment as the ASEAN Secretary-General from 1998 to 2002. He holds the distinction of being only the second Filipino to assume the top post of this regional block of ten member countries since it was founded in 1967.

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The centre which he now heads is part of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore, a leading think tank dedicated to the study of socio-political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia.

By all accounts, this most recent appointment seems to be a natural career progression for Severino who took the helm at the ASEAN when its member countries were still reeling from the Asian Financial Crisis. His main tasks now remain as challenging and daunting as ever and involve maintaining a working relationship with institutions, foundations, universities, international and regional organizations that have similar regional interests and objectives. Ambassador Severino has authored four books that share an insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insights on the ASEAN and its future: Southeast Asia in Search of an ASEAN Community (2006), ASEAN (Southeast Asia Background Series) (2008), The ASEAN Regional Forum (2009) and Where in the World is the Philippines? (2010). He holds a post-graduate degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

and thereafter served as Third, Second and First Secretary in the Philippine embassy in Washington DC from 1967 to 1974. Severino was actively involved in the normalization of relations between the Philippines and China and was appointed Charge dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Affairs of the Philippine Embassy in Beijing from 1976 to 1978. For another seven years, Severino became the Philippine Consul General in Houston, Texas till he was assigned as Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1986 to 1988. From 1989 to 1992, he was the Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Malaysia. Later, he was tasked as the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs for Policy, overseeing all ASEAN related matters. When asked by Bagong Bayani about the role of Singapore in the ASEAN, Severino cited


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the country’s unparalleled role as a major trading hub. “Singapore is dynamically contributing to its partners in the ASEAN region in terms of trade.” “A myriad of goods from the different ASEAN countries go through Singapore because of its excellent and efficient facilities and strategic location. In fact, a big bulk of Indonesian crude oil is processed here in Singapore.” Indeed, the Oil and Gas industry in the country is currently enjoying a positive

outlook. Data from the International Enterprise Singapore indicate resurgence in the crude oil refinery sector and in the production of a variety of oil products. During the past three years alone, oil exports from the country have increased from S$78 billion in 2009 to S$137 billion in 2011. As regards the relationship of China with ASEAN, Severino said China has been a friendly trading partner. External trade statistics in fact show that China is the second biggest destination of ASEAN exports. It is also the region’s biggest source

of imports. His advice to Filipinos living and working in Singapore is, “Know the rules, follow the rules, if they want to stay out of trouble.” According to our Bagong Bayani, it was his father, whom he proudly characterized as a man of integrity, who trained him by his very actions as an example. “He was a diplomat too, who never approached any politician for favors nor stole money.”

His advise to Filipinos, “Know the rules, follow the rules, if they want to stay out of trouble.”


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BAGONG BAYANI MAGAZINE EARNED RECOGNITION AND NAMED FINALIST BY THE MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE

Accolade

Photos by: MPAS Secretariat


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Mr. Andrew Smart, Former Executive Director of MPAS, Ms. MaryJane Salomon, Publisher of Bagong Bayani Magazine, Mr. Raymond Wong, President of MPAS, Her Excellency Minda Cruz, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore, Mr. Alex Cano, Vice President of MPAS and Mr. Vicente Cabe, Labor Attache of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.


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MPAS revealed its selection of Bagong Bayani magazine’s entry at the start of the second quarter. Only on its second year of circulation in Singapore, Bagong Bayani magazine joins the roster of distinguished publications also named as finalists in the Feature Article of the Year category, namely Expat Living, Discovery Channel, Asian Geographic and SPH Magazines. The MPAS Awards Night was held at the ballroom of Raffles Hotel. “We are delighted with this distinction from MPAS. The choice of subject for a cover story is a tough job for any publication. More so for a maiden issue, because it provides an overview of the magazine’s vision and goals, creates an impression on the reading public on what to expect from the magazine and, most importantly, gives an insight to the values of the persons making up the magazine’s editorial board” says Bagong Bayani magazine publisher MaryJane Salomon. “The intent of the maiden issue of Bagong Bayani magazine is to start with baring the struggles and successes of the often-praised-but-not sufficientlycelebrated work and life of Filipino domestic helpers. This magazine seeks to commend them and honor in the best way it knows how, by putting them on the cover. And we at Bagong Bayani magazine are truly honored for the opportunity to do so through our publication,” Ms. Salomon added. Bagong Bayani Magazine has been nominated to the Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) Awards with a total of six entries in the categories of New Magazine of the Year, Best Cover Photo, and Best Feature Article, making it the first and the only Filipino magazine in Singapore among other publications, to be officially recognized by an award giving body for its excellence and efforts in magazine publishing. Bagong Bayani Magazine is published and printed in Singapore and is distributed for free. It is also available electronically through www.iambagongbayani.com. The Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore (MPAS) represents the leading business-to-business, specialist business-to-consumers and custom and digital publishers in Singapore, with 45 publisher members who produce more than 300 publications in total.

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agong Bayani Magazine’s article for its maiden issue “Marcelina Abalos Angeles, Filipina Domestic Helper in Singapore, Modern-Day Hero” has been named a finalist for Feature Article of the Year by the Magazine Publishers Association of Singapore.


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Opinion

Article by: MaryJane Salomon

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FVR WOWS SINGAPORE

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idel Valdez Ramos or FVR as he is fondly referred to by almost every Filipino, did not fail to amuse those who attended the merienda cena hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Singapore at the Philippine Ambassadorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residence, on the occasion of his recent visit to this small citystate last 05 October 2012. He talked with ease and confidence as he tackled a wide range of critical foreign policy and national interest issues. His discussion covered almost every significant topic dating back to the time when he was still active in the public service, including his time at the military. He also made an effort to discuss hot-button issues such as the West Philippine Sea and charter change.

He took everyone by surprise when he brought out tobacco and golf balls which he intends to market and promote the Philippines. Interestingly, the golf ball has 3 names on it: caring, sharing and daring. He also discussed how things have dramatically changed on the economic front with the slowdown of the US and some European economies and the resurgence of the Philippine economy which now has the distinction of being a creditor nation after being a debtor for many years. He said the Philippines is now in a position to extend assistance to other countries, even its former colonizers. He also emphasized to everyone that Filipinos should take advantage of our history. He said that the country possesses a natural strategic location and

is the only Christian country in Asia. Filipinos are comfortable with almost everybody. This is our greatest strength, he says -- â&#x20AC;&#x153;to work with anyone and everyoneâ&#x20AC;?. Filipinos will always remember that during his term, the Philippines was dubbed as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;next economic tiger of Asiaâ&#x20AC;? due to political stability and rapid economic growth. Those were very good memories worth sharing with the next generation.

But all good things must come to an end. After interrupting his anecdotes and antics by countless claps and laughs, everyone at the event was smiling and laughing as it was truly a feel-good, informal meeting with the 12th President of the Republic of the Philippines. As what Consul General Alan Deniega highlighted with deference in his welcome address, FVR is indeed â&#x20AC;&#x153;a living historyâ&#x20AC;?.

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In Focus

Photos by: Rainier Clamor, Mar Foley and Arnold Apostol

HOME MAGNIFICAT (People’s Choice Award)

FILIPINO CAROLLERS WIN IN SINGAPORE &+5,670$6&$52/6 &203(7,7,21

F WOMEN OF CHRISTMAS LOVE (Best in Christmas Costume Award)

ilipino carollers emerged as winners in Singapore’s multiracial first-ever Christmas carolling competition “Christmas Music Festival 2012: Give Love On Christmas”. Staged at the historic The Arts House last December 23, 2012, this competition consisted of Filipinos living and working in Singapore, Singaporeans and other nationalities. A total of six groups reached the semi-finals. MYXVOX - a group composed of Filipino professionals working here in Singapore - won the First Prize. They beat the competition with their

upbeat and funky Christmas song arrangements. Second place went to MUSIX, a local church choir group composed of six Singaporean ladies of Singapore Indian, Singapore Eurasian and Singapore Chinese origin. Filipino church choir group - CANTATA MUSICA - bagged the Third Prize. Accomplished individuals from the music industry and music academe chose the winners, led by well-known and respected musical director and vocal coach Ms. Babes Conde, celebrated classical pianist from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of the National

ONE HEART, ONE VOICE (Most Promising Group Award)

Ms. Suzette Cody, Ms. Yvette Atienza, Ms. Cristy Vicentina, Ms. MaryJane Salomon, Ms. Amy Bondi and Ms. Justice Schaffer

CANTATA MUSICA and L-R: Ms. MaryJane Salomon, Mr. Ivan Cong, Ms. Myla Myles and Mr. Royston Minjoot and Ms. Suzette Cody

MUSIX with Ms. MaryJane Salomon, Mr. Ivan Choong, Mr. Royston Minjoot and Ms. Suzette Cody

MYXVOX with Ms. MaryJane Salomon


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Grand Finals Winner: MYXVOX, Second Prize Winner: MUSIX and Third Prize Winner: CANTATA MUSICA (L-R) Ms. Amy Bondi, Ms. Yvette Atienza, Ms. Cristina Vicentina, Ms. Bridget Tan of HOME, Ms. Pamela Wildheart, Ms. Ms. Jonabel Ng, Mr. Manuel Cabrera, Mr. Matthew Quek, Ms. MaryJane Salomon, Mr. Albert Tiu, Ms. Beverly Tan, Ms. Jane Chua and Ms. Myla Myles

University of Singapore - Mr. Albert Tiu, popular local vocal director who created the very first singing/ cooking show at the Esplanade - Ms. Irene Jansen, popular local singer Mr. Matthew Quek, founder of the NAFA Guitar Ensemble and classical guitarist - Mr. Manuel Cabrera and popular folk singer - Ms. Amy Bondi. Joining the roster of distinguished panel of judges are performing artistes Myla Mien Lee, Stage actor/singer Ivan Choong, veteran pianist Mr. Royston

Minjoot and veteran jazz and Latin jazz singer, Ms. Yvette Atienza. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was inspired to organize this event, together with our partners and sponsors, not just to give a venue for talented individuals to showcase their singing abilities but to also demonstrate that despite the different ways by which we celebrate Christmas, there is one thing that is common to all of us, that is our love and appreciation for music and Christmas carols.

Mr. Manuel Cabrera, Ms. Jane Chua, Ms. Jonabel Ng, Ms. MaryJane Salomon, Mrs. Perlita Tiro, Mr. Matthew Quek, Ms. Yvette Atienza, Mr. Albert Tiu and Ms. Myla Myles

and Indonesian domestic workers, for Best in Costume Award and People's Choice Award, respectively. The Most Promising Group award went to a group of Singaporean Chinese and Singaporean Eurasian teenagers who called themselves, ONE HEART, ONE VOICE. The festival gave away a total of 6,000 SGD as prize money. The festival was produced and organized by Salomon and Associates

And perhaps that is what we should all strive for - to find and highlight our commonalities and harness that to give love to others not just during Christmas but throughout the year. We hope that we can continue to hold this event every year", MJ Salomon, Producer of Christmas Music Festival 2012, said. Special awards went to WOMEN OF CHRISTMAS LOVE and HOME MAGNIFICAT, composed of Filipino

Ms. Babes Conde with Special Guest, Mrs. Perlita Tiro

Mr. Matthew Quek

Mr. Albert Tiu

Mr. Manuel Cabrera

in collaboration with Moneygram International as the major sponsor, and The Arts House as its venue partner. Verve Music and Dance School and Myla Myles Entertainment provided additional support. The event was hosted by Ms. Suzette Cody and Ms. Pamela Wildheart Pilapil The eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other sponsors included Philippine National Bank and Humanitarian Organization and

Migration Economics (HOME), O Sole Mio, Buono and The Sailors Italian Restaurant, IREMIT, Iloilo Unisex Salon Trading, Filinvest, Inasal, Manila Stylist House, Kite, Gloryderm Cosmetic and Facial Salon, Hortaliza Trading, Philippine Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Atty. Loida Nicolas Lewis. The media partner was Bagong Bayani (Modern-Day (ERO  -AGAZINE &OR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT please visit: www.christmasmusicfestival.org


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MONEYGRAM BACK-TOSCHOOL CAMPAIGN ISULONG ANG EDUKASYON NG KABATAAN October 13, 2012

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oneyGram selected World Vision to receive a $100,000 donation in support of education in countries with the greatest identified need.

MoneyGram employees in Kenya, Romania, and the Philippines will personally distribute school supplies to students in need. Children in additional countries where World Vision works

will also benefit from this donation, including children dren in Albania, Ghana, Haiti, ti, Laos, Rwanda and Vietnam. The Philippines received USD 30,000 30 000 of the grant which will be used to help provide school supplies to children in flood ravaged areas specifically in Malabon City

SYMBOLIC TURNOVER. L-R Ms. Minnie Portales, World Vision Marketing Director, Mr. Alex Lim, MoneyGram Country Manager, Mr. Jun Godornes, World Vision Associate Director, and Chris Cabiles, World Vision Corporate Steward


Event Title:

MoneyGram Back-to-School Campaign, Isulong ang edukasyon ng kabataan

Event Sponsors:

MoneyGram and World Vision

Recipients:

3,300 Elementary to High school students from 8 public schools in the Malabon Area

Gifts:

School bags, notebooks, pencils, ballpens and crayons

Event date:

October 13, 2012, 8am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm

Event Venue:

Malabon Ampitheater

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M Lhuillier Volunteers

BDO Volunteers

Kwartagram Volunteers

The happy kids posing with Robin and thanking MoneyGram for this early Christmas present.


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Pinoygraphers@SG started its humble beginnings as a group composed of hobbyists and a few experienced photographers in April 23, 2007. They were friends who enjoyed capturing moments with their digital camera as a past time. From 15 members, the group has grown exponentially to more than 10 times its original size, garnering awards and accolades along the way, after only 2 years. As one of Bagong Bayani’s staunch supporters and partners, we proudly feature their best photographs that touched us most in 2012. Some of the photographers speak about their images, and their words provide some of the captions here.

Benjamin Sheares Bridge. “Benjamin Sheares Bridge has one of the longest spans in Singapore at 1.8kms. Named in honor of the late second president of the country, Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares, the bridge is a training ground for aspiring urban landscape photographers and is one of Singapore’s most spectacular and most photographed landmarks.” (by Chris Regudo)

Boracay Splendour. “Boracay’s most famous and featured beaches are known throughout the world. This ultra wide angle photograph of the northern part of White Beach gives a unique perspective of an almost endless stretch of white powdery soft sands, as well as the sun and the surf.” (by Arnold Apostol)

Green Bottle. “Still life photography is a highly demanding art. Expecting the artist to convey a high level of light mastery and composition. In this photograph, THESUBJECTmOATSYET at the same time, is encapsulated within other objects.” (by Bhong Odal)


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Leeds Castle. “Leeds Castle of Kent in England has been around since 1119 and has been transformed over the centuries. What remains of the castle is mostly from the 19th century but it endures in grand splendour.” (by Emman Patricio)

Autumn Hues. “This image looked to me like it came straight out of a postcard. For someone who has lived all her life seeing only trees with green leaves, the pink, orange, yellow, and green leaves that I saw that day made me realise what a colourful world we live in.” (by Cashmer Dirampaten)

Way Over the Horizon. “Taken at Turi Beach, Indonesia, it was a gloomy afternoon, and the light lent a moody ambience for this monochrome photograph. The title speaks of how I see this bridge as a chance to reach the other side, beyond the horizon.” (by Nestor Planas)


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Leyte Mornings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A common sight close to the shore in Sogod "AYOF3OUTHERN,EYTE NETlSHING is the main livelihood here. The menfolk carry on with their tasks unaware of the natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unspoiled beauty around them. I have taken this at a different perspective to show the beautiful landscape in the early mornings.â&#x20AC;? (by Ronald Tagra)

Swan Lake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lantern Festival held in Singapore in September transformed the entire Chinese Garden landscape into a fairy land. Decorated with gigantic and colourful lanterns featuring different characters from both Chinese and Western fairy tales.â&#x20AC;? (by Joan dela Torre)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manongâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early morning clouds cover Sabang Beach in Baler, !URORA4HEWAVESOFTHEBEACHAREBESTFORBEGINNERSANDlRSTTIME surfers who visit this growing tourist destination all year round. Some locals (like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manongâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; vernacular for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;uncleâ&#x20AC;?) make a living BYSELLINGWOODTOBEMADEINTOHAND CRAFTEDSOUVENIRSv (by Joan dela Torre)

An Orange Haven.3CIENTIlC.AME$ANAUSCHRYSIPPUSh!FTER ALONGCHASEWITHTHISmIGHTYINSECT )ENDEDUPWITHANORANGE BACKGROUNDWHICHISACTUALLYAPILEOFREDDISH ORANGESOILDUG UPINANOPENlELDTARGETEDFORCONSTRUCTION4HEBUTTERmY landed on this last remaining plant and seemed to be pleading for me to save it.â&#x20AC;? (by Nestor Planas)

Angkor Wat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A shooting tip for the largest Hindu temple complex and the largest religious monument in the world: Find your spot early and wait until sunset to get this golden temple effect. This photo was taken at around 6pm from the west side of the temple.â&#x20AC;? (by Van Calingasan)



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