VP showbiz names guest of honor in 6th Puregold ‘Sari-Sari’ Convention Sen.Binay, Villarbig wants incentives to parents, guardians of children with special needs
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THE BIGGEST and most prestigious gathering of entrepreneurs unfolds when the 6th “Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sarisari Store Convention” opens this week from May 18-21, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. “The convention is considered as the biggest small-and-medium-entrepreneur gathering in the country to date with 150,000 members of our Tindahan ni Aling Puring members expected to attend aside from non-members who want to start their own business,” said Puregold Senior Store Manager Kelvin Kuan. Kuan said Vice President Jejomar Binay has been invited guest of honor and speaker during the opening ceremony.
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“Eat Bulaga” hosts Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon and “King of Talk” Boy Abunda are also expected to grace the occasion aside from surprise guests. “Ang event na ito ay para sa ating mga mga miyembro at kababayan na nais magsimula ng maliit na tindahan, kaya nag-imbita kami ng speakers para magsalita sa asenso sessions,” added Kuan, referring to some big names in business who will impart knowledge on how to start and manage well their own business. Kuan said Dr. Francisco Colayco, Chinkee Tan, Francis Kong, Lloyd Luna and Jojo Baldo will tackle different aspects of business that would be helpful to would-be entrepreneurs and those who
want to expand their existing business. Colayco will tackle the topic “Pisobilities Pera Ko Palaguin Ko” while Tan will talk about “Good credit = Good business, Ang mabuting utang ay magandang puhunan”. Kong will expound on the topic “Be the best you can be; Ako at ang Sari-sari store ko – D’Best!”, Luna will speak about “Ang sikreto ng tagumpay SIKAP ang kasagutan” and Baldo will discuss “Bro! Ang sandalan ko sa negosyo”. The event’s mission is to bring out the entrepreneur in every Filipino by encouraging them to engage in small-scale business like the sari-sari store. “Siniksik talaga naming ang aming event para sa mga nais magnegosyo,” said Kuan.
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VP Binay guest of honor in big 6th Puregold ‘Sari-Sari’ Convention VICE President and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Jejomar Binay has been invited guest of honor and speaker during the opening ceremony of the 6th Puregold Sari-Sari ConventionslatedMay18-21,2011 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. Big names in business as well as celebrities and Puregold endorsers in Boy Abunda, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon are also expected to grace the occassion. And as testament of its commitment to help OFWs, Puregold will put up a special booth during the 6th edition of its highly-successful "Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sari-Sari Store Convention" solely allocated for “modern-day heroes” who may wish to put up a sari-sari store or small scale business. The move is part of Puregold’s active partnership with different government agencies to help OFWs start their own small business. The convention, considered as the biggest small- and medium-entrepreneur gathering in the country, carries the theme “SIKAP - Sari-sari Store, Itaguyod Kasama ang Puregold". The event’s mission is to bring out the entrepreneur in every Filipino by encouraging them to engage in small-scale business like the sari-sari store. Expected to join the event are 150,000 active members of Puregold’s Tindahan ni Aling Puring club, composed mainly of small-scale entrepreneurs such as sari-
BRANCHING OUT: A scene just before the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Puregold’s latest branch in Marikina City recently.
OFWs take centerstage in ‘Sari-Sari’ Convention’ VICE PRESIDENT BINAY
sari store owners, canteen and restaurant operators and resellers. Non-members who are interested to put up a business can join the event on May 20 to 21 where they can get expert advice on what kind of small-scale enterprise to put up with the help of Puregold. This years’ convention will be participated in by over 200 Puregold trade partners and will showcase over 350 booths. Aside from this, lectures and seminars for small-scale entrepreneurs will be given by motivational and professional speakers, including Francisco Colayco, Chinkee Tan, Francis Kong, Lloyd Luna and Jojo Baldo. Colayco will tackle the topic "Pisobilities - Pera Ko Palaguin Ko" while Tan will talk about "Good credit = Good business.
AS TESTAMENT of its commitment to help overseas Filpino workers (OFWs), Puregold will put up a special booth during the 6th edition of its highly-successful "Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sari-sari Store Convention" that will be allocated for “modern-day heroes” who want to put up a sari-sari store. OFWs and their families will be taught on how to start the business and have an alternative livelihood during the convention slated from May 18-21 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Vice President Jejomar Binay, also the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers, will be guest of honor and speaker during the opening of the convention where celebrities and Puregold endorsers in Boy Abunda, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon are also expected to grace the occassion. The move is part of Puregold’s active partnership with different government agencies to help OFWs start their own small business. The convention, considered as the biggest small- and medium-entrepreneur gathering in the country, carries the theme “SIKAP - Sari-sari Store, Itaguyod Kasama ang Puregold".
The event’s mission is to bring out the entrepreneur in every Filipino by encouraging them to engage in small-scale business like the sari-sari store. Expected to join the event are 150,000 active members of Puregold’s Tindahan ni Aling Puring club, composed mainly of small-scale entrepreneurs such as sari-sari store owners, canteen and restaurant operators and resellers. Non-members who are interested to put up a business can join the event on May 20 to 21 where they can get expert advice on what kind of small-scale enterprise to put up with the help of Puregold. This years’ convention will be participated in by over 200 Puregold trade partners and will showcase over 350 booths. Aside from this, lectures and seminars for small-scale entrepreneurs will be given by motivational and professional speakers, including Francisco Colayco, Chinkee Tan, Francis Kong, Lloyd Luna and Jojo Baldo. Colayco will tackle the topic "Pisobilities - Pera Ko Palaguin Ko" while Tan will talk about "Good credit = Good business, Ang mabuting utang ay magandang puhunan".
'Tindahan ni Aling Puring' key player in promoting SMSEs
GRAND LAUNCHING Eat Bulaga hosts, including Joey de Leon and Vic Sotto, lead the launching of Puregold “Tindahan ni Aling Puring.” It’s really one good Ka-Asenso take, similar to our very popular sari-sari stores on the block.
THROUGH its "Aling Puring Sari-Sari Store Program", Puregold Price Club is helping Filipinos start or expand their own business. Puregold has crafted “Aling Puring Sari-Sari Store Program” especially for its primary customers, including sari-sari store owners, carinderia owners and bulk buyers/wholesalers. The program is Puregold’s avenue to fulfill its mission to provide products, services and business opportunities to every Filipino family, aside from cultivating a strong sense of loyalty and customer belongingness. The program provides a helpful way to augment family income, especially during these trying times where prices of basic goods are skyrocketing. A member can earn points every time they shop at any Puregold Price Club and Puregold Extra stores (excluding Puregold Jr.). Points earned are equivalent to rebates which can be used as tender in shopping. For additional savings and points, exclusive promos such as Kitang –Kita Packs and Kitang –Kita Case can be availed by members. Other Benefits of the program are Points–Rebate Redemption Program, Free Delivery (with minimum purchase and distance requirement of store), Call–Order– Pick-up Service via call/text/e-mail, Wireless and COD Transactions, Special KaAsenso events, promos and text blast updates. Members are also given bi-annual Ka-Asenso Booklet with exclusive Kalendaryo ni Aling Puring discount coupons. On top of these benefits, Puregold gives free trainings and seminars to further enrich entrepreneurial knowledge and spirit. Puregold also bridges start-up businesses to micro-financing institutions. Owners of Sari-Sari Store, Karinderya, Mini Grocery, Catering, Canteen, Food Stall, and Drug Store and other businesses in line with the above mentioned can avail of the program by submitting a complete application form and a photocopy of Business or Barangay Permit and valid ID, together with one 1x1 or 2x2 picture.
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Big names in business to impart knowledge in 6th Puregold Sari-sari Convention
DR. FRANCISCO COLAYCO
SOME of the biggest names in the business sector will impart their knowledge on how to start a small- and medium-scale business during the 6th Edition of Puregold’s "Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sari-sari Store Convention" from May 18-21, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Dr. Francisco Colayco, a well-known entrepreneur, a venture developer and a financial advisor, leads the list of personalities who will tackle different aspects of business that would be helpful to would-be entrepreneur and those who want to expand their existing business. As chairman of the Colayco Foundation for Education, Inc., Colayco’s advocacy is to educating the general working
class, OFWs and students on how to manage their personal finances. Aside from Colayco, lectures and seminars for small-scale entrepreneurs will be given by motivational and professional speakers Chinkee Tan, Francis Kong, Lloyd Luna and Jojo Baldo. Colayco will tackle the topic "Pisobilities -Pera Ko Palaguin Ko," while Tan will talk about "Good credit = Good business, Ang mabuting utang ay magandang puhunan". Kong will expound on the topic “ Be the best you can be” Ako at ang Sari-sari store ko – D’Best!, Luna will speak about "Ang sikreto ng tagumpay, SIKAP ang kasagutan and Baldo will discuss "Bro! Ang sandalan ko sa negosyo".
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The convention, considered as the biggest small- and medium-entrepreneur gathering in the country, carries the theme, SIKAP - Sari-sari Store, Itaguyod Kasama ang Puregold". Vice President Jejomar Binay has also been invited guest of honor and speaker during the opening of the convention on May 18, 2011. The event’s mission is to bring out the entrepreneur in every Filipino by encouraging them to engage in small-scale business like the sari-sari store. Expected to join the event are 150,000 active members of Puregold’s Tindahan ni Aling Puring club, composed mainly of small-scale entrepreneurs such as sari-sari store owners, canteen and restaurant operators and resellers. Non-members who are interested to put up a business can join the event on May 20 to 21 where they can get expert advice on what kind of small-scale enterprise to put up with the help of Puregold. This years’ convention will be participated in by over 200 Puregold trade partners and will showcase over 350 booths. Attendees are also in for a lot of surprises like free items, sampling, exciting raffle prizes and big discounts on products. Popular celebrities will also grace the occasion headed by Puregold endorsers Boy Abunda, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon.
CORPORATE/SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY VISION
HISTORY IN PHOTOS
PUREGOLD DUTY FREE started in 1994 at Clark Air Field, Pampanga.
PUREGOLD PRICE CLUB first opened its doors in Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City in 1998.
PUREGOLD JR. began operating its community supermarkets at Starmall, Las Piñas City in 2008.
TO BE the Most Customer-Oriented Hypermart offering a One-Stop Shopping convenience and Best Value to our Customers. Sa PUREGOLD, Always Panalo!
Puregold and PCCI officials pose for posterity after sealing their agreement.
Puregold Price Club, PCCI join forces to help MSMEs RESPONDING to President Aquino's call to strengthen micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country, Puregold Price Club has joined forces with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) to provide more opportunities to those who want to start their own business. Puregold, the country’s biggest and fastest growing supermarket chain, and PCCI have formed Philippine Business Center Matrix Program, an MSME Marketing and Finance Network which is a facility that will link MSMEs with markets and financial resources. The agreement was sealed during the 36th Philippine Business Conference and Expo, the biggest annual gathering of businessmen from all parts of the country organized by PCCI. The Matrix seeks to promote the development of MSMEs by providing access to markets and financial resources through the help of participating partners, called “Big Brothers”. Puregold, as “Big Brother”, have agreed to impart Purchase Orders which MSMEs may use to acquire credit from partner banks subject to usual bank requirement on load availment.
VALUES Sense of Belonging - Feeling that one has an essential role to play as part of the PUREGOLD family
Customer Service - Providing products and services that meet the demands and expectations of customers
Dynamism - Open, adaptive and responsive to the changing environment Commitment - Dedicated and conscientious focus on work Integrity and Loyalty - Honor, credibility, honesty, dignity, "palabra de honor", "walking the talk"
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MRT, LRT fare hike deferred anew THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has postponed the planned fare hike at the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT). "Given the rising cost of fuel and other basic goods, now is not the right time to implement the fare hike," said DOTC Undersecretary Dante Velasco. The fare hike for the LRT and MRT was supposed to take effect last March, but it was repeatedly deferred due to protest actions from students and militant groups. Running from North Avenue to EDSAPasay aft, the MRT currently has a maximum fare of P15. LRT 1 currently has a maximum fare of P20, from its south end station in Baclaran, Parañaque City to its north end station in Balintawak, Quezon City. LRT 2, on the other hand, has a maximum fare of P15, from its east end station in Santolan, Pasig City to its westend station in C.M. Recto Avenue in Manila.
ON ALERT -- Security personnel inspect passengers' baggage at a Light Rail Transit (LRT) station in Manila. Authorities are on full alert to secure all vital installations, economic key points, transport terminals and airports in the country for possible retaliatory terror attacks in the wake of the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a U.S.-led operation in Pakistan. The Light Rail Transit Administration(LRTA) ,for its part, said that security measures are already in place even before the death of the terrorist behind the 9/11 attacks in the United States that killed thousands of people.
No Cabinet revamp -- P-Noy PRESIDENT Aquino has expressed full confidence in his Cabinet as he made it clear that he is not considering any revamp within the officials in the Executive department. “I am empowered to reorganize the Executive branch to a large degree at any given time. Tinatanong ako kung may Cabinet revamp, kung sino ang papalitan ko, sabi ko, I’m happy with the Cabinet… so why should there be a revamp?” the Chief Executive said. The President cited the dedicated performance of his Cabinet exerting extra efforts to ensure the delivery of basic needs to the Filipino people. The President recognized the hard work, sincerity and commitment of the Cabinet in pursuing the social contract of the Aquino administration anchored on transparency and accountability in public service. He noted that despite the minimal pay, the Cabinet members have been focused on their duties, producing results in their respective functions.
Sen. Bongbong on ARMM polls: Committee needs proper basis
THE Senate Committee on Local Government will hold another public hearing in Marawi City next week before submitting its committee report on the Malacanang-backed proposal to postpone the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) polls originally scheduled for August this year to 2013. Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, committee chairman, emphasized that there is a need to conduct further hearings as to provide the bases for any
conclusions in the eventual committee report. Marcos emphasized that It is his intention to issue the committee report as soon as possible and had hoped to have done it sometime next week. The senator expressed confidence that after that hearing in Marawi his committee will have the proper bases for a complete committee report which he will bring to the floor soon after the hearing.
Gov’t winner in MRT, LRT privatization THE government will not be at the losing end of a deal privatizing the right to run the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT). While admitting the government will cough up P15 billion to pay for the services of the private sector, Transportation Secretary jose de Jesus said the amount is what it will actually spend if it were the one operating the mass rail systems. DeJesus explained that the government will only bid out the 4- to 5-year operation of MRT-LRT, and will still own the assets. The service contract is in preparation for the formal auction of the rail lines, he added. “This is just an interim [arrangement]. We will [still] bid out the entire integrated concession of MRT and LRT. The winning bidder will do the expansions.” The contract, in the meantime, will not preclude the government from adding coaches or expanding the systems, de Jesus said. “That’s part of our capital expenditure until its full privatization.”
Businessman unjustly charged with kidnapping seeking SC help A PROMINENT businessman of Paranaque yesterday said he has no other recourse but to seek the help of the Supreme Court to have the kidnapping cases filed against him dismissed saying the accusation was just fabricated by his very own son who allegedly wants to fully take over his business and properties. This transpired after Pablito Arnaiz’s motion to quash and motion for bail were both denied yesterday (May 4, 2011) by Las Pinas City Regional Trial Court Branch 199 Judge Joselito Vibandor despite the testimony of one of his accuser employees showed he has merely been coerced by his youngest son Marlon to sign the complaint and that the accusation against his father was merely fabricated and untrue. “I believe that I will be given a fair shake by the higher courts,” said Arnaiz, who is currently detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) despite being "invited only" to shed light on the kidnapping charges hurled against him. Some of the options that Arnaiz is considering is to appeal before the Court of Appeals the dismissal of the motion for bail
and motion to quash or to ask the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) to free him from detention. The case stemmed from the accusation filed by Arnaiz’s two employees, whom his son allegedly coerced to make the false accusation against him. Whereabouts of the said employees are now unverifiable. Recently, the Las Pinas Prosecutors Office approved the filing of kidnapping charges without bail against Arnaiz. On the same day that the case was filed, the court immediately issued a warrant for his immediate arrest. Arnaiz is well-known in the general services business as his company serves as caretaker of foreclosed properties for big banks. Arnaiz said his son successfully took over his businesses and bank accounts through illegal means. Arnaiz said that he tried to fight off his son by filing 14 different cases against him before the Paranaque Regional Trial Court. But three of the judges where the cases were raffled off inhibited, leading to the dismissal of the charges.
Plan for informal settlers being developed -- Aquino AN ambitious plan to address the Philippines’ perennial problem of informal settlers is being developed and may soon be implemented, President Benigno C. Aquino III announced. President Aquino said the plan will allot government land to an initial 560,000 families (a third of the more than 1.4-
million informal settlers in the whole country) determined to be “squatting” in Metro Manila. He said a unique “opportunity” had presented itself after an inventory led by the Departments of Agriculture and Environment and Natural Resources had discovered that 1.5-million hectares of
government land were readily available. “We can give each of those 560,000 families two hectares of land provided they cultivate, develop and earn from the land they will live on,” the President said. “If they fail to stick to these conditions, the land will be taken from them,” he added.
Villar eyes tax incentive for parents SENATOR Manny Villar has filed Senate Bill 2624 seeking to reduce the tax being paid by parents and guardians of children with special needs. “This bill seeks to ease the financial burden on families who have children with special needs. Parents and legal guardians will be allowed a tax deduction to help deal with the expensive therapy, education and treatment of the child,” Villar said. Villar noted that children with disabilities have personal challenges far in ex-
cess of those considered regular and healthy children. Parents need to pay for specialized services such as occupational, physical and speech therapies to improve the quality of life of their children. A child with a disability is understood to be a child who is intellectually disabled, has hearing impairments (including deafness), speech or language impairments, visual impairments, serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairment, autism and traumatic brain injury.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Of P-Noy’s rating, murder, fuel subsidy and Willie R. THE Aquino administration's approval rating has suffered another blow, falling by 18 percentage points from November 2010 to March 2011, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The Aquino administration's net satisfaction ratings (% satisfied minus % dissatisfied) fell from +64 in November 2010 to +46 in March 2011, the SWS said. The SWS, however, said the the +46 rating in March 2011 is still "good." The SWS survey was conducted from March 4 to 7, 2011 using face-toface interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It has a margin of error of 3% for national percentages. With this, a critic of President Benigno Aquino III said the Aquino administration's "daang matuwid" has been unmasked as lacking in substance and performance. To effectively disseminate good information to the public, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda has proposed a "good news website". Meanwhile, authorities have been put on alert following the killing of Osama bin Laden, while hailing his death as a triumph over terrorism. “The death of Osama bin Laden marks a signal defeat for the forces of extremism and terrorism,” Aquino said in a statement. The US military action that led to the death of the Al-Qaeda leader at his safehouse in Pakistan also brought justice to more than a dozen Filipinos who were among those slain in the September 11, 2001 attacks, Aquino said. Meanwhile, days after the resignation of Merceditas Gutierrez as Ombudsman, Malacañang is keeping its cards close to its chest after several names were floated as possible choices for the next Ombudsman. A former Chief Justice, two Liberal Party members and a Supreme Court magistrate who swore in President Benigno Aquino III are just some of the names being floated to replace Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez after she submitted her resignation last week, 10 days before her Senate impeachment trial. Among the names being floated as Gutierrez's replacement are Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno, human rights lawyer Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno, former senator Wigberto "Bobby" Tañada and former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rene Villa. The showbiz industry also got a piece of the limelight after the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has slapped a onemonth suspension on primetime game show "Willing Willie" due to alleged child abuse. Complaints have been filed against the show's host, Willie Revillame, and several others after an episode last March featured a six-year-old boy being made to gyrate like a macho dancer in exchange for a cash prize. The MTRCB decision came out Tuesday and was posted on the board's website. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) was also in the news after its chairman, Sixto Brillantes Jr., was hospitalized due to fatigue. Last week, the government, through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), has started distributing gasoline subsidy worth around P150 million to around one million tricycle operators in the Luzon.
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Puregold ‘Sari-Sari’ annual meet pure gold to SMEs IT’S a good thing that once a year, Pinoys wishing to start their own business to eke out a living or those who want to expand their livelihood are given the chance to make their plans a reality through the Puregold Aling Puring Sari-Sari Convention this week. So it is only fitting enough that people from all walks of life and the working media to support the 6th edition of the event from May 18-21 at the E D I T O R I A L slated World Trade Center in Pasay City especially now that the country is experiencing hard times due to high prices and poor economic conditions. The convention, which carries the theme ”SIKAP - Sari-sari Store, Itaguyod Kasama ang Puregold,” is considered as the biggest small-and-medium-entrepreneur gathering in the country with 150,000 members of “Tindahan ni Aling Puring members expected to attend aside from non-members who want to start their own business. Puregold has started the event to bring out the entrepreneur in every Filipino by encouraging them to engage in small-scale business like the sari-sari store or mini-grocery. Also, this is Puregold’s way to heed the call of the Aquino administration to the private sector to help enhance the smalland medium-scale entrepreneurs, by giving them the chance to earn extra money through the “Tindahan ni Aling Puring” Club. For four days, active members of Puregold’s Tindahan ni Aling Puring club, composed mainly of small-scale entrepreneurs such as sari-sari store owners, canteen and restaurant operators and resellers, can participate in the event. But Puregold has opened its doors to non-members who are interested to put up a business can also join the event on May 20 to 21 where they can get expert advice on what kind of smallscale enterprise to put up with the help of Puregold. Puregold also gives overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) the opportunity to start their own business during the convention by putting up a special booth especially for our “modern-day heroes” who want to put up a sari-sari store or mini-grocery. As part of its active partnership with different government agencies to help OFWs start their own small business, migrant workers and their families will be taught on how to start their own business and have an alternative livelihood. Dr. Francisco Colayco, a well-known entrepreneur, a venture developer and a financial advisor, leads the list of personalities who will tackle different aspects of business that would be helpful to would-be entrepreneur and those who want to expand their existing business. As chairman of the Colayco Foundation for Education, Inc., Colayco’s advocacy is to educating the general working class, OFWs and students on how to manage their personal finances. Aside from Colayco, lectures and seminars for small-scale entrepreneurs will be given by motivational and professional speakers Chinkee Tan, Francis Kong, Lloyd Luna and Jojo Baldo. Colayco will tackle the topic “Pisobilities - Pera Ko Palaguin Ko” while Tan will talk about “Good credit = Good business, Ang mabuting utang ay magandang puhunan”. Kong will expound on the topic “Be the best you can be; Ako at ang Sari-sari store ko – D’Best!”, Luna will speak about “Ang sikreto ng tagumpay SIKAP ang kasagutan” and Baldo will discuss “Bro! Ang sandalan ko sa negosyo”. Vice President Jejomar Binay, also the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), has been invited guest of honor and speaker during the opening ceremony “Eat Bulaga” hosts Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon and the “King of Talk” Boy Abunda are also expected to grace the occasion. This years’ convention will be participated in by over 200 Puregold trade partners and will showcase over 350 booths. Attendees are also in for a lot of surprises like free items, sampling, exciting raffle prizes and big discounts on products. The Metro Express is published weekly by SANZIBAR INC. with office address at Unit 2410 Cityland 10 Tower 1 Condominium, H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City with tel. no. 470-3762. For press and photo releases as well as adverttising inquiries, text or call Advertising Manager Eugene Labadan tru mobiles 0908-9874708 and 09175437729 or Hotlines Globe 09155517486 and Smart 0919-5794784. Email: email@example.com.
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MATUTO NA TAYO! Despite the screaming sign, people still choose to gamble with their life rather than the safe side.
‘We can only hope’ ARMED Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Oban, Jr. is optimistic that China would abide on the existing code of conduct that govern the claimant countries on the Spratlys to avoid the use of force in settling conflicts or differences. China has announced that it will deploy an additional 36 ships in the South China Sea within a five-year period. Beijing actions will only ‘militarize’ the area. Other claimant countries who have a military capacity to increase its forces in the contested area will definitely follow suit, like Vietnam, reportedly has acquired a submarine from Russia. What about the Philippines? We can only hope that China will behave as a good neighbor. -ooo-
Voice of the News I like to believe that Beijing is sending a signal to all stakeholder because the announcement was made after the conclusion of the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta where the regional bloc, which the Philippines is a member – agreed to work hard in achieving ‘one community
by 2015.’ As a bloc, ASEAN will play a major role in the ASIA Pacific Region where China’s interest and influence dominates. Responding to a question on China’s naval build-up, Oban said: “I think...they will be true to their word in abiding by the code of parties in the South China Sea.” What if a similar incident like the Reed Bank incident happened again? Well, Manila will send again a Note Verbale to Beijing. With the military limited resources and capability Oban said the Philippine Navy, including the Philippine Coast Guard as instructed by President Aquino will continue to protect the country’s territorial integrity. Read full article on www.metroexpressnews.yolasite.com
Yardstick for next Ombudsman, SC justices LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death…” (Romans 8:1-2, the Holy Bible). -oooSANDIGAN STANDS UP TO PUBLIC PRESSURE: Balls, and lots of it, is how I view the Sandiganbayan decision approving the plea bargain deal between the Ombudsman and former AFP comptroller Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia. This is so because the court’s justices who penned and signed the decision showed there are still those among us who can stand up to the pressures of public opinion and even outright Malacanang intervention. Congratulations, Sandiganbayan, for standing your ground, at the very least. -oooYARDSTICK FOR THE NEXT OMBUDSMAN AND SC JUSTICES:Many names are now being floated around as
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Kakampi Mo Ang Batas the possible next Ombudsman and next Supreme Court justices, and, believe you me, all of them are competent and qualified and deserve to be appointed. But, in these perilous times, the Office of the President should measure the qualifications of all these candidates just against one standard---the yardstick with which the
Pharaoh of Egypt used in appointing Joseph the Dreamer as the second leader of that nation, who will be in charge of efforts to fight the seven-year famine that God will strike the country with. “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” the Pharaoh asked his officials when they were told, by Joseph the Dreamer himself, that to fight the severe famine that was coming to Egypt the Pharaoh must look for a discerning and wise man to take charge of the country (see Genesis 41:1-57, the Bible). Indeed, only the man who has the spirit of God can be a good Ombudsman and good Supreme Court justices, because they will know God’s dictum to “maintain justice in the courts” (Amos 5:15), and Christ’s admonition for leaders to be servants of the people (Mark 10:43-44), as well as the supreme penalty of destruction if God’s Word is not obeyed by those in power. Read full article on www.metroexpressnews.yolasite.com
Forget the past, let’s move on! THE Aquino government should take the cue from the survey conducted by StratPOLLS Inc., where seven out of 10 Filipinos expressed support for burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. According to StratPOLLs, 71.6 percent favored Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani while 28.4 percent answered in negative. The survey had 250 respondents. Approval for a hero's burial for Marcos was high in Las Piñas with 78 percent and Parañaque with 76 percent. On the other hand, opposition was high in Manila with 38 percent and Quezon City with 32 percent. With this, President Aquino should set aside personal animosity and give Marcos the honor he deserves by letting the former leader be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Dapat nang isantabi ang alaala ng nakaraan upang makasulong na ang bansa tungo sa kaunlaran. -ooo-
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Better Late Than Never Aside from this, more than 200 members of the House of Representatives signed a resolution urging President Aquino to allow Marcos' burial at the heroes’ cemetery. In March this year, 219 members of the House of Representatives who signed House Bill 1135, a House resolution pushing for the burial of Marcos at the heroes’ cemetery. The bill’s author, Rep. Salvador Escudero III, reasoned that being a be-
medalled World War 2 veteran and a former president, Marcos deserved to be granted the final honor by being buried as a hero. Escudero believes that by allowing Marcos the final rite of burial could reflect that the Filipinos had already healed from its dark past. -oooRecently, President Aquino has given Vice President Jejomar Binay the power to decide whether to allow Marcos’ burial at the said cemetery. Emphasizing that all sectors must be consulted, Binay recently opened a text hotline and email address where the public can air their sentiment on the issue. Binay has also started consulting several political parties and non-governmental organizations on the matter. At the end of the day, I believe that like many others, Binay will recommend to P-Noy that Marcos be given the burial deserving of a former leader and war hero.
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SM builds malls in Tianjin, China and Cebu TWO new Shoe Mart (SM) malls, one of which is in Tianjin, China, are set to rise in two years boosting the retail giant's presence not just in the country but in the region. "A bigger and bolder SM Prime has since emerged, ready to take on the vast opportunities that will come from a robust and still growing Asian economy. Examples of this new momentum we are experiencing are the projects we are undertaking in Cebu City and in Tianjin, China,” Hans T. Sy, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) president said. SM Prime is building in the industrial city of Tianjin its biggest mall to date with a floor area of 530,000 square meters (sqm.) SM Tianjin will showcase the latest and the best in mall design and build quality. The mall will feature three ovalshaped arch buildings and its overall shape will look like a blossoming flower. For full story, log on to www.metroexpressnews.yolasite.com
Calaca plant expansion to start this year MANGO INDUSTRY -- A worker shows newly harvested mangos at a farm in Tarlac City, Tarlac province, north of Manila.
Alvarez directs audit of 2010 import entries THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) said around P600 million was lost to the government in 2010 due to erroneous granting of preferential tariff. Thus, Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez ordered the agency’s Post-Entry Audit Group to verify reports that tens of thousands of import shipments were given preferential tariff last year. He initially ordered the review of shipments from China, Korea and Vietnam,
Pinoy smartphone users to increase by 98% in 2015 FILIPINOS' continuing fascination with useful applications in smartphones will result in bigger demand for mobile units, capable of carrying platforms such as android and the more famous Apple, an official of a local telecom giant said. "This presents an opportunity for us to produce more enriching and relevant experiences for our subscribers when they use their mobile phones," Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu said during the Mobile Marketing Conference organized by the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Philippines. He said that the pervasiveness of mobile phones in the country continues to grow, with penetration rate likely to reach 98 percent by 2015, according to research agency Ovum. A smartphone is a mobile phone that offers more advanced computing ability and connectivity than a contemporary feature phone. For full story, log on to www.metroexpressnews.yolasite.com
P2B for improved water supply in Metro LARGEST local water concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. said it poured P2 billion during the first quarter of the year to secure 24-hour supply and improved water pressure in the metropolis. “We are extremely proud of what we have achieved so far. If given the opportunity, we would like to share our expertise and resources so that the 16 million Filipinos who still do not have access to clean water will finally have the supply they need,” said Maynilad President and chief executive officer Ricky Vargas. These improvements are attributed to Maynilad’s continuous investment in its concession area through the replacement of old pipes, laying of primary distribution lines in unserved areas, development of new water sources, and construction of reservoirs to maximize efficiency in distributing water in its concession area. Maynilad, owned and managed by DMCI-MPIC Water Co. Inc., a joint venture between Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and DMCI Holdings Inc., said from 32 percent in 2007, Maynilad customers who have 24-hour water supply now stands at 79 percent.
OFWs spur real estate outside MM STRONG inflow from overseas Filipino worker remittances continue to boost the real estate sector, as more developers expand development projects outside Metro Manila. "The majority of our OFWs hail from the provinces and there is strong preference for house and lot in their hometown or province of origin where they intend to live with their families. As the runaway leader in horizontal housing, we intend to further cement our hold in this market with the country-wide expansion,” Vista Land Chief Executive Officer Benjamarie Therese N. Serrano said. “The upward trend in the level of OFW remittances bodes well for our expansion drive,” she added. Government figures said OFW remittances grew by 6.9 percent for the first two months of the year and reached US $ 18.8 billion in 2010 for 2011.
after noting results of investigations that even products included in the Sensitive List of those three countries were granted reduced tariff classification. He said there are two categories of products that can be granted preferential tariff under the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement, the ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement. The first category are products listed under the Normal Track or Inclusion List of a Party which are automatically granted preferential tariff while the second are those listed under the Sensitive List are granted preferential tariff only when the exporting Party has reduced their Most Favored Nation rate to 10 percent or less in the case of Korea and China and 20 percent or less in Vietnam. For full story, log on to www.metroexpressnews.yolasite.com
SEM-CALACA Power Corp., a unit of DMCI Holdings Inc. of the Consunji Group, will start the expansion of the 600megawatt Calaca-coal fired power plant this year, a company official said. Sem-Calaca director Nestor Davidas said the target is to expand the plant's capacity by another 600 MW but the first phase would be to construct two units of 150 MW circulating fluidized bed power plant. "The 2 X 150 MW CFB coal power plant is the first phase of the total 4 x 150 MW. We hope to break ground within the year," Davidas said. Sem-Calaca, a company established by Semirara Mining Corp., a DMCI subsidiary, operates the Calaca coal facility. For full story, log on to www.metroexpressnews.yolasite.com
ARMM launches P1.5 billion telecoms project REMOTE areas within the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will soon be linked globally following the launching today of the P1.5 billion telecommunications project that aims to set-up some 2,000 community e-centers around the region. Initiated by EA Trilink Corporation, the project is the single biggest investment registered in the history of theARMM Board of Investments, according toAtty. Ishak Mastura, chair ofARMM BOI. "This is a clear indication of confidence and a strong message that ARRM is very much open for business," Mastura said during the project launch at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. The e-centers will serve as public facilities where people can have one-stop access to different ICT services like web resources, e-mail, and voice calls. Such access to information technology in the far-flung areas of Mindanao will provide its people with the opportunity to learn much about the benefits of ICT, enhance communication linkages and obtain wealth of information resources, among others. ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Adiong has expressed confidence that with this huge investment, "the time is ripe to business in ARMM." "We take pride in this project and in our continuing efforts
to bring progress in the Autonomous Region," he added. Meanwhile, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), which has been partnering with ARMM on a number of major peace and development initiatives has lauded the launching of the telecoms project. “In spite of infrastructure support challenges, internet use has been growing rapidly especially among the young people of Mindanao,” said MinDA chair Luwalhati Antonino in her message at the project launch. Antonino stressed that Mindanao endeavors to seize the opportunities to make use of such technology not just to bring about increased trade and economic activities, but bridge greater understanding, facilitate interaction, foster unity and cooperation. She added that ICT programs are part of the laid out strategies in the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework, specifically the target for all LGUs in Mindanao to have computerized systems and operations, and for all the SMEs to utilize ICT for their business and marketing strategies. “MinDA is determined to pursue the strategies identified under the Mindanao 2020. No less than President Aquino has recognized the value of this framework in moving forward the necessary actions that will bring about peace and progress in this part of the country.”
Customs foils smuggling of black corals worth P20M SOME P20 million worth of black corals, a protected species that cannot be legally harvested, were seized today on orders of Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez. The contraband, concealed in two twenty-footer container vans at the Eva Macapagal Domestic Terminal, were misdeclared by a certain Exequiel Navarro as “rubber”. The illegal shipment, disclosed Alvarez, came from Cotabato in Mindanao, a province well-known for the wealth, beauty and diversity of its marine resources. Customs Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Horacio P. Suansing said a
joint inspection conducted by customs personnel and experts from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) revealed that the shipment contained “sea fans”, a species of hard, stony corals belonging to the order “Antipatharia” or black coral. There is a global prohibition for the collection and harvesting of black coral as it is listed in the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Speciesof Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as threatened and endangered. The illegal trade in black corals, said Alvarez, ”is being fueled by the demand of the multi-billion dollar marine ornamental industry for exotic decorative spe-
cies and the increasing popularity of coral-accented jewelries and fashion accessories.” According to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), coral reefs are the most life-producing of all ecosystems on earth, harboring 25% of all marine species that include fish and invertebrates. They deliver ecosystem services to fisheries, food security, employment, tourism, pharmaceutical research and coastline protection. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that the economic cost over a 25 year period of destroying one kilometer of coral reef is somewhere between $137,000 and $1,200,000.
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No wedding bells yet for Valerie ACTRESS Valerie Concepcion denied rumors that she is planning to settle down with cager Dondon Hontiveros. "Wala pa. Hindi pa namin napag-uusapan," Valerie said. Valerie is included in the cast of "100 Days to Heaven", which is topbilled by child star Xyriel Manabat. According to her, she's overwhelmed to bag another acting project and work with the entertainment industry's best actors like Joel Torre and Coney Reyes. "Ang saya ko lang kasi diba nagkaroon nanaman ako ng drama project on TV kaya sobrang blessed din yung feeling." Valerie also clarified that her boyfriend does not limit her on her sexier role in a project with ABS-CBN's rival network TV5.
William and Kate adopt baby penguin THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have adopted an endangered baby penguin called Acorn, Chester Zoo has … Prince William and his new wife Catherine have adopted an endangered baby penguin called Acorn, a British zoo revealed on Friday. But Acorn will not be not be moving in with the royal newlyweds any time soon, Chester Zoo He will instead remain at the zoo in north-west England with 49 other Humbolt penguins. "Hopefully the happy couple will come and see little Acorn playing in his pool very soon," said a spokesman for the zoo, which gave the penguin to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a wedding present. "It'sarealhonourtobeabletoboastPrince William and Kate as penguin adopters."
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Luis wants to work with dad Edu AFTER working with his mom, Vilma Santos-Recto, TV host-actor Luis Manzano expressed his desire to work with his father. Manzano said he has been longing to do a good project with his dad, actor-TV host-politician Edu Manzano. "Wala pa pong napag-uusapan, pero kahit TV show nga lang, masaya na ako," he said. In May 2009, Manzano top billed Star Cinema's drama film "In My Life" with Santos-Recto. The blockbuster film about sexuality also starred bankable actor John Lloyd Cruz. Meanwhile, Manzano laughed off intrigues that he has fallen in love with "LOL's" co-host and cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao.
WORLD’S LARGEST WEDDING CAKE The largest wedding cake weighed in at 6.818 tons (15,032lb), and having been created by chefs at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino (Connecticut, USA), was displayed at their New England bridal showcase on 8 February 2004. That's about 600 times the weight of an average wedding cake!
Thai Food Festival at Mandarin Oriental -- May 2 to 15 at Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Held with the support of Thai International Airways, this is Paseo Uno's fourth Thai foodfest and the third collaboration with the Thailand luxury resort hotel. Veteran‘s Bank Annual Stockholder‘s Meeting -- May 20, 2011 at SMX Convention Center. UP College of Medicine 102nd Commencement Exercises & PGH Internship Closing Ceremonies-- May 22, 2011 at SMX Convention Center. 3 Ring Motor Show -- May 26, 2011 - May 29, 2011 Time:10am - 9pm Venue: SMX Convention Center. This event incorporates the 20th Trans Sport Show, the 4th MSCC Councours d Elegance, and the 1st Philippine Nostalgic Motor Show. For information about this event, please visit www.tradeshow.com.ph. KENNY G IN CONCERT -- May 23, 2011 8:00pm, PICC Plenary Hall KENNY LOGGINS IN CONCERT -- May 22, 2011 8:00PM, SMX Convention Center MAROON 5 LIVE IN MANILA 2011 -- May 23, 2011 8:00PM Monday. SMX Convention Center BEAULDER (Bouldering Competition) -- May 28-29, 2011, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
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ROBIN Padilla's daughter, Kylie, will star in the upcoming Kapuso series "Blusang Itim". Kylie will portray the role of Jessa, which was first portrayed by actress Snooky Serna. In the remake of the 1986 series, Kylie will star opposite Carl Guevarra and Frank Magallona. Kylie admitted that she is nervous, especially that this is her first starring role. "May kaba siyempre ng konti kasi mas malaki na yung responsibilidad pag ikaw na yung bida," she said. Now that she is paired with two of the best leading men of the Kapuso channel, Kylie doesn't see any reason for close friend and rumored boyfriend Aljur Abrenica to get jealous of them. "Bakit naman siya magseselos, we are
just friends and understanding naman si Aljur eh," she said, but confirmed that sometimes the "Machete" actor visits her on the set of the new fantaserye.
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4 fighters next in line for Pacquiao FLOYD Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley Jr. and Zab Judah. Four in all. Manny Pacquiao could be facing any of those four prized fighters in his next fight this November, according to Top Rank president Bob Arum. Of the four, Marquez has the strongest chance of facing the eight-divi-
sion world champion but making deal could be tricky, because Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank's bitter rival, has the right to match any offer for until February to Marquez, whose promotional deal with Golden Boy recently expired. The first fight between Pacquiao and Marquez ended in a controversial
draw while Pacquiao managed to come out with a split decision win in their rematch. Internet reports have it that Marquez has already agreed to fight Pacquiao but some representatives fromGolden Boy Promotions denied the rumors,saying the Mexican fighter still belongs to them.
SOLID PUNCH -- Manny Pacquiao hits Sugar Shane Mosley with a solid right to the face during their WBO welterweight title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision.
Meanwhile, for the nth time, Dionisia Pacquiao, or "Mommy D" to the millions of Manny Pacquiao fans, has pleaded his son to stop fighting. But Manny would have to defy his mother once again as Top Rank has already arranged his next fight for November this year. In a radio interview from General San-
tos City after his son defeated Sugar Shane Mosley via unanimous decision, Mommy D said Manny's best "Mother's Day" gift for her is his retirement from boxing. “Ang hinihingi ko sa Panginoon sana walang mangyari diyan sa ring. Sana ibigay niya sa kaarawan ko ang panalo ng anak ko,” said Mommy D.
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