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Volume 18 • No. 10 • May 16 - 31, 2022 Publication Mailing Account #41721512

Mariel Rodriguez

8 4 VP Leni Robredo

8 Andrea Brillantes

A salute to Filipino women Meet the Pinays Trailblazers 2022

Pinays Manitoba announces this year’s Pinays Trailblazer awardees. These amazing Filipino women are being celebrated for their invaluable contributions to their respective fields, and their outstanding accomplishments that have made a positive difference to the Filipino community as well as to the mainstream community in Manitoba. They will be honoured during the Pinays Manitoba’s Recognition Luncheon on May 28, 2022, at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM). See PINAYS p4

Police Cst. Maria Buduhan

Virginia “Jean” Guiang-Santoro

Dean Mariciel Nuyda

Dr. Crystal Paculan

Gina Trinidad

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Presumptive president of the Philippines

As of press time, over 98 per cent of election results have been counted according to the COMELEC transparency server. Candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has captured a huge majority of the votes, an overwhelming lead more than double that of his major opponent, Vice President Leni Robredo. Days after the May 9 elections, Marcos Jr. has also been recognized by foreign governments like the US, China, and Japan as the “president-elect.” On June 30, 2022, incumbent Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s term will end while the six-year term of the new president of the Philippines will begin. It is now without doubt that the presumptive Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will be proclaimed as the 17th president of the Philippines. Marcos Jr, widely known in the Philippines as Bongbong, is the second child and only son of former dictator, President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., and former First Lady, Imelda Romualdez Marcos. Marcos Jr. campaigned on the platform of “unity” and promised to be the “President of all Filipinos,” vowing to create See MARCOS p5

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.


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Vice President Leni Robredo’s message to supporters On Tuesday morning (May 10, 2022), Vice President Leni Robredo addressed her supporters, assuring them that their efforts are not wasted, as her rival Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. kept a huge lead in the presidential race. Below is a transcription of Robredo’s message to her supporters. — Una sa lahat, hayaan niyo akong magpasalamat – sa lahat ng bumoto, sa lahat ng nangumbinsi sa kanilang kapamilya, kaibigan, kakilala, kahit na mga ‘di kakilala sa iba’t-ibang paraan. Sa mga nagtaya ng karera at pangalan sa pagbabahagi ng ating mensahe. Sa milyun-milyong nagtipon sa rally, nag-house-to-house, nagpaskil ng mga tarps, nag-post sa social media, nagsulat, gumawa ng mga video at patalastas, sa mga medic, sa mga kusang naglinis sa ating mga rally, nagpinta at tumugtog at nagpahiram ng boses para mapakita ang lakas ng taumbayang nakatikim ng pag-asa. Hindi kayang sukatin ng numero ang lalim ng pagmamahal ninyo. Maraming-maraming salamat sa inyo. Alam kong hindi madaling tanggapin sa inyo ang mga numayroong lumalabas sa quick count. Hindi lang panghihinayang, kundi malinaw na pagkadismaya ang nararamdaman ng ating

PINAYS... From page 1 The Pinays Trailblazers 2022, in alphabetical order: • Police Constable Maria Buduhan is a 2022 Pinays Trailblazer because of her advocacy for victims of crime, violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. She is also being honoured for trailblazing the representation of Filipino women in the very rarely travelled career path of law enforcement. She has partnered with organizations that help survivors in their healing journey from these types of crimes. Maria is an inspirational Filipino woman who has faced life’s adversities head on, used it as fuel to empower change, and redirect the course of her life by becoming a police officer with the Winnipeg Police Service. • Dean Mariciel Nuyda is a 2022 Pinays Trailblazer because she is the first Filipino woman immigrant to become a Dean at the School for Continuing

hanay. Mulat din ako. Ang pagkadismayang ito, maaring lalong kumulo lalo pa dahil may naulat na irregularities sa halalang ito. Hanggang ngayon, mayroon pang mga taong hindi nabibilang ang boto. Mayroon sa inyong buong araw nang nasa presinto at nananatili doon hanggang ngayon, hinihintay na maipasok ang balota sa mga makina. Kaisa ninyo ako sa paniniwala na kailangan isalamin ng halalan ang buo at wastong tinig ng taumbayan. Mahalagang maging mas matibay ang tiwala ng tao sa proseso ng ating demokrasya. Gagawin natin ang lahat para maabot ang layuning ito. Gayunpaman, sinasabi ko sa inyo, alam kong mahal natin ang bansa. Pero hindi ito puwedeng maging ugat pa ng pagkakawatakwatak ng pagmamahal na ito. Bagaman may hindi pa nabibilang, bagaman may mga tanong pa sa eleksyon na ito na kailangan matuldukan, palinaw na ng palinaw ang tinig ng taongbayan. Sa ngalan ng Pilipinas na alam kong mahal na mahal ninyo, kailangan nating pakinggan ang tinig na ito dahil sa huli, iisa lang ang bayang pinagsasaluhan natin. Sa ngayon, balikan ang lahat ng pinagdaanan natin nitong nakaraang buwan. Napakaraming sandali kung saan pinuno ng hiwaga ang mga puso natin. Noon pa man, alam natin kung gaano

kahirap ang labang kahaharapin natin. Nagsimula tayo sa halos wala. Pero unti-unti, dumating ang nagaambagan. Dumami nang dumami ang nagbabayanihan. Dinapuan kayo ng inspirasyon at lumikha ng sining. Dahil sa pagbubukas-palad ninyo, palaging naguumapaw ang pagkain at tubig sa mga pagtitipon natin. Alam kong napakaraming pagkakataong napagod kayo. Pero lagi, nairaos ninyo ang susunod na hakbang. Ginawa ko ang lahat ng makakaya. Nilampasan ninyo ito nang mas higit pa. Walang dadaig sa kapayapaang dala ng katotohanang ito. Maging

Studies for Booth University College (BoothUC). Her advocacy for education and continuous learning has steered her towards community capacity building by developing programs and making them accessible to immigrants and marginalized communities. These programs help open opportunities that positively impact the community. • Virginia (Jean) GuiangSantoro is a 2022 Pinays Trailblazer because she is the first and only Filipino woman to be given the well-deserved honour of the Order of Manitoba (2004). She is also a recipient of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award 2020. Jean is a well-known outstanding Filipino community leader in Winnipeg and her impressive contributions and selfless volunteerism have made positive impacts on the lives of Filipinos in Manitoba. • Dr. Crystal Paculan is a 2022 Pinays Trailblazer because she is the first Filipino woman to be licensed as a Chiropractor in Manitoba. In 2011 she

broke the glass ceiling in this male dominated field, blazing the trail for Filipino women chiropractors. Her advocacy is to help people gain optimum health through chiropractic and to empower people towards optimal health and whole-body function. • Gina Trinidad is a 2022 Pinays Trailblazer because she is the first Filipino woman visible minority at the senior executive level in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority where she currently holds the position of Chief Health Operations Officer for Continuing Care & Community Health Services. As a Registered Nurse, Gina leads multidisciplinary teams and her leadership has been instrumental in managing multiple transformational initiatives occurring in the health system, both at the regional and provincial levels. Founded in 2016, Pinays Manitoba Inc. is a nonprofit, registered community organization dedicated to the

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panatag sa inyong ambag. May nasimulan tayong hindi kailanman nasaksihan sa buong kasaysayan ng bansa. Isang kampanyang pinamunuan ng taongbayan. Isang kilusang nabuo hindi lang para baklasin ang luma at bulok na sistema. Kundi para magpanday ng totoo at positibong pagbabago. Isinariwa ninyo ang demokrasya hindi lang sa pagboto, kundi sa pagmamahal sa kapuwa Pilipino. Napakalaking tagumpay nito at maituturing lang na bigo ang kampanya natin kung hahayaan nating malusaw ang nabuo nating samahan. Kaya sinasabi ko sa inyo, walang nasayang. Hindi tayo nabigo. Pinakamahalaga, hindi pa tayo tapos. Nagsisimula pa lang tayo. May landas na nagbukas at hindi ito nagsasara kasabay ng mga presinto. May kilusang isinilang at hindi ito papanaw sa pagpagtatapos ng bilangan. Ang namulat, hindi na muli mapipikit. Hindi natin kailanman hahayaang makatulog muli ang pag-asang magising. Wala akong planong abandonahin ang mga bagay na habambuhay ko na pinaglalaban. Tuloy ang trabaho ko para iangat ang buhay ng mga nasa laylayan. Tinatawag ko kayo na samahan ako dito at sa iba pang mga laban. Kakailanganin ng bansa ang inyong patuloy na pakikilahok, hindi lang ukol sa anumang

kahihinatnan ng bilangan at halalang ito, kundi sa pagsusulong ng katarungan, ng karapatan, ng dignidad ng Pilipino sa mga susunod na panahon. Tandaan natin, nangyayari ang halalan kada tatlong taon. Sa pagitan nito, asahan ninyo na marami tayong kakailanganing ipaglaban, kaya huwag kayo bibitaw. Panatilihing aktibo ang mga komunidad. Patuloy na tumindig. Igiit ang katotohanan. Matagal binuo ang mga istruktura ng kasinungalingan. May panahon at pagkakataon tayong labanan at baklasin ito. Lalong palawakin ang pusong nabuksan na. Damhin ang dinadaanan ng kapuwa natin. Makipasan ng mga dalahin nila. Ituloy ang laban para iangat ang buhay ng lahat. Patuloy tayo magmahal. Maaring hindi ngayon, hindi bukas o sa makalawa, o sa susunod na taon, pero may liwanag pa ring nag-aabang basta’t dapat tayong magsikap na abutin ito. Wala nang mas lilinaw pang patunay sa naabot natin sa kampanyang ito. Nasa kamay ng karaniwang Pilipino ang tunay na kapangyarihan. Kayo ang totoong namumuno, sumusunod lang ako. Huwag mapagod. Bukas at magpakailanman, magkakasama ang lahat ng Pilipino. Maraming, maraming salamat. Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino. Source: The Manila Times

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Immigration backlogs and humanitarian support The blaring headlines on the TV broadcasts remind us that backlogs do not disappear with wishful thinking or prayers. They require a purposeful plan, adequate resources, and time. Yes, the stories are correct in the sense that things will get worse before they improve. What is the current backlog of applications in processing cues? Immigration Canada’s overall backlog stands at more than two million people across all processing streams. Temporary and permanent residence submissions have increased but Citizenship applications have decreased from 453,000 in March 2022 to 400,000 in April. There is a glimmer of hope through all the negative reporting. Even as the country starts recovering from COVID, opening our borders and welcoming newcomers, the backlog has continued to grow. In July 2021 the backlog stood at 1,447,474 and increased to 1,813,144 people by December 2021, to 1,844,424 in March 2022 and finally 2,031,589 in April 2022. At the same time, Canada has been moving to speed up the processing of Ukrainians displaced by war. The prime minister and several ministers travelled this

MARCOS... From page 1 more jobs, lower prices and more investment in agriculture and infrastructure. Through Victor Rodriguez, his chief of staff and spokesperson, Marcos Jr. declares: “To the world: Judge me not by my ancestors, but by my actions.” Marcos Jr.’s landslide victory will return the power to the Marcos family, 36 years after they fled the country in disgrace. The bloodless People Power revolution in 1986 toppled the 21-year Marcos regime that was characterized by human rights violations, cronyism, and grave corruption. Upon their return to the Philippines in 1991, his family’s popularity was buoyed up by a consistent social media campaign that portrayed the martial law years as “golden.” Through this very well calculated PR strategy to rebrand the family’s past, the plan appeared to have worked.

week to Ukraine to see firsthand the ravages of the Russian invasion as well as appreciate the contributions of Canadian aide, humanitarian, and military. The opening of the embassy in Kiev is an indication of the country’s active support and attention to the challenge. Some question the actions of the government and forget Canada’s long history of welcoming the most vulnerable, but the country should be able to address the crisis and at the same time process applications in a timely fashion. Can they accomplish both at the same time? In the first case there needs to be an acknowledgement that the response to the Russian invasion has had a major impact on the world, the world economy, and the reduction of the backlog. One has only to look at the backlog numbers which were growing slightly from 1,813,144 persons in December 2021 to 1,815,628 in February 2022. The numbers jumped almost 30,000 in the next month and then over 150,000 the following month. We can try and do both but admit that things are challenging and not easily overcome. It is one thing to say we are energy self-sufficient and then experience the sharp price increased at the pumps. The true cost of Putin’s invasion of the free Marcos Jr.’s supporters claim that the accusations, although proven in court, are not justified and not to be believed. Vice President Leni Robredo, while not mentioning the word “concede” in her public message after the May 9 elections, asked her supporters, “Whatever the results will be, let us accept it because this will bring out a bigger strength that could unite us.” Meanwhile, the other candidates like Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Mayor Isko Moreno, and Senator Ping Lacson have conceded. Meanwhile, there are those who have expressed their concern about how a Marcos Jr. presidency will play out in the next six years. Will his administration promote economic growth, respect basic human rights, and press freedom? Marcos Jr.’s devoted followers are still celebrating the triumph, but the other side remains apprehensive.

and sovereign country of Ukraine is only beginning to be felt. The impact of immigration activities related to the war in Ukraine did not affect all immigrant classes in the same way. It is noteworthy that only increases were experienced in some areas. The backlog of economic applications increased slightly from 230,767 in March compared with 236,443 in April; family class with 103,112 in March compared with 107,094 in April; humanitarian and compassionate 27,218 in March compared with 27,692 in April; and protected persons from 157,552 in March to 158,402 in April. There has been a reduction in the Express Entry backlog in April with 45,000 compared with around 52,000 in March 2022. This reduction corresponds with Immigration Minister Sean Fraser’s announcement that normal processing would return by July of this year. The Canadian Experience Class backlog numbers decreased from 10, 338 in March to 8,363 in April; the Federal Skilled Worker Program decreased from 41,336 in March to 36,281 in April; and the

Federal Skilled Trades from 589 in March to 537 in April. There is some evidence that the department’s efforts to reduce the backlog are working but we need to be aware that the backlog made worse by the COVID pandemic has been impacted by Canada’s Ukrainian response. There is a lot to do and only a limited number of resources, in manpower and money to address things. There are some who would have Canada close its ears to the cries for help. Shut your eyes to the atrocities and they will go away. No, they do not go away, and history has taught us the weaknesses of a policy of appeasement. Let the aggressor take Ukraine and the Baltic countries and Poland are not far behind. and then what? The world is a global marketplace and war, pestilence, and famine in one area can and will affect us all. The problem is widespread, and it affects us all. The tradition of our country is to address the humanitarian crisis and work at reducing the backlog simultaneously. As a country we have a responsibility to do both. The majority of Canadians remain supportive of immigration. It

works to improve the lives of those in need as well as improving the economic situation at home. There are two idiomatic expressions to cover our challenge. We can do two things at the same time or walk and chew gum and when the going gets tough, the tough get going. One final word on the county’s approach is that beyond hard work and patience, we have prayer. The presence of the prime minister in the war zone and reopening the Canadian embassy does not appear to be political posturing but a show of support for the brave people of Ukraine. They are being asked to stand and die, while we are challenged to be patient with processing times. There is a difference! Michael Scott is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC, R525678) who has 30 years of experience with Immigration Canada and the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. He currently works as a licensed consultant with Immigration Connexion International Ltd. Contact him at 204-691-1166 or 204-227-0292. E-mail: mscott.ici@gmail.com.


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No longer silent Jayden Cadag was awarded the 2021 ANAK Liwayway Scholarship for Leadership Excellence based on high school GPA, a group interview, and an essay in response to the question, “How do racial biases in the Filipino community manifest in your daily life and in what ways are you complicit?” The following was the essay submission. The Igorot people of the Philippines and the Indigenous people of Canada share many similarities. They both survived European colonization, both groups protected many of their traditions and culture, they are both discriminated against in their own country, were seen as savages by past generations, and their history is not well covered in both countries’ education systems. My parents are Igorot and I learned early on that

our people were historically differentiated from the majority of Filipinos because of our strong and successful resistance to Spanish colonization. There is an obvious cultural divide between Igorots and the rest of the Philippines, which often leads to racial biases within the Filipino community. I asked my cousin, who immigrated to Canada in 2014, what her experiences were like growing up as an Igorot in the Philippines. This is what she shared. “There are many misconceptions and stereotypes about Igorot people. Some Filipinos think that we are dark and short, have curly hair, are poor, uneducated, and a primitive species of humans. When you introduce yourself in school, people are shocked when they

say you are an Igorot because you don’t look like what they imagine in their head. People think we still practice headhunting, and they are scared of us. Many think they are superior to Igorots; this is why we tend to be quieter and show fewer emotions. When we get high grades, they are surprised, so we don’t like to show off. People are uneducated about our culture because it is not taught well in schools. That is why they create and spread many insulting and hurtful assumptions.” It was shocking to learn these racial biases still exist within the Filipino community. Angelica McLeod shares her experience living on Shoal Lake 40. She would often feel ashamed to be Indigenous, especially when seeing people living on the streets and battling addictions. “So, when I came to the city here and I noticed that I always wished that I was born nonIndigenous so that I could have clean drinking water and I could have all these things that we don’t

Jayden Cadag have back home” (Ward). This is something as an Igorot I can relate to; we are often perceived as uncivilized and get stares when we are in our native costumes. This leads to some Igorots being reluctant to share with others about their culture or wishing they weren’t Igorot. I was complicit by not educating others about my culture and staying quiet. The article, “Home is at the Heart of the Indigenous Prison Crisis,” exposes how years of intergenerational trauma and complex disadvantages have led to the Indigenous prison crisis today (Beardy). As an Igorot, this saddens me because what if this happened to us in the Philippines? What if the Spanish successfully colonized us and tried to erase our culture just like the English and French did to Indigenous people in Canada? I truly sympathize and understand the complex issues facing Indigenous communities today. In the last article, “Black Lives Matter Toronto Calls for Police Defunding, Protesters Charged” (CBC News), protestors were arrested for defacing statues of racist figures in Canadian history. Supporters questioned why the police cared so much about these key architects in the creation of residential schools and not about the black and Indigenous lives being lost today. This exemplifies how Canadian history is still being taught from the mainstream, Eurocentric point of view, with much change still needed. In both countries, the history and culture of Igorots

and Indigenous peoples are not thoroughly covered. No statues are commemorating Indigenous or Igorot people in either country. By comparing the similar experiences between Igorots and Indigenous people in Canada, racial biases in both the Filipino community and Canada are being brought to light. For years I was complicit by the fact that I stayed silent when I heard Filipinos spread misconceptions about Igorot people because I felt scared to speak up. But now, I have grown into an individual who is proud of my culture and proud to be an Igorot. I will continue to educate others on my Igorot culture and share what I have learned about the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Sources • Beardy, Ryan. “Family matters: Home is at the heart of the Indigenous prison crisis.” The Globe and Mail, 30 Oct. 2020, https://www.theglobeandmail. com/opinion/article-familymatters-home-is-at-the-heart-ofthe-indigenous-prison-crisis. • CBC News. “Black Lives Matter Toronto calls for police defunding, protesters charged.” CBC Radio-Canada, 19 Jul. 2020, https://www.cbc.ca/player/ play/1765588035817. • Ward, Dennis. “‘Spirits of our ancestor’: Shoal Lake 40 is rectifying a century of hardships.” APTN National News, 24 Nov. 2020, https:// www.aptnnews.ca/facetoface/ spirits-of-our-ancestor-shoallake-40-is-rectifying-a-centuryof-hardships. Jayden Paul Cadag graduated from Windsor Park Collegiate and entered into first year of studies at the University of Manitoba. Visit www.anak. ca to learn more about the 2022 ANAK Liwayway Scholarship, as well as other ANAK programs, opportunities, and ways you can get involved or support our youth.


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Toni Gonzaga – Panalong panalo! Andrea Brillantes – Tinawag na bobo ang mga bumoto kay BBM Kakie Pangilinan – Napakamaldita, negang nega ang dating! Sharon Cuneta – Umiral na naman daw ang pagiging plastikada Robin Padilla – Number one sa pagka-Senador Mariel Rodriguez – Sobra ang sakripisyong pinagdaanan Nora Aunor – Wala nang mahihiling pa Ang Probinsiyano –Dalawang buwan na lang, magwawakas na Ang mundo ng politika at showbiz May nakakuwentuhan kaming tagasuporta ng UNITeam. Halos lahat ng rally ng kampo ay nasamahan nito. Sobrang saludo ang aming kausap kay Toni Gonzaga. Napakatalino raw ng aktressinger-TV host, dahil kung ano ang script na ibinibigay ng mga namamahala sa rally ay titingnan lang niya, isisigaw na nang walang binabasa. “She’s very articulate, yes, pero kapag nalaman mo na wala siyang binabasang kahit ano sa mga sinasabi niya onstage, e, lalo kang hahanga sa kaniya! “She’s very retentive, grabe ang memory ni Toni, bibihirang artista ang ganoon sa kaniya! Tuloy, maiisip mo si VP Leni Robredo na lahat ng sinasabi, e, binabasa lang niya. “Kapag ganoon kasi, e, naisasantabi ang puso, mata at bibig lang ang gumagana, nawawala ang sincerity,” sabi ng aming kausap. Napapanood namin ang mga talumpati ni VP Leni. Napansin din namin iyon. Nawawala ang eye-to-eye contact, kumakawala ang sinseridad, dahil ang pokus ng kandidato ay sa kaniyang

binabasa. Maging noong isang gabi nang magbigay ito ng pormal na pahayag tungkol sa kasalukuyang bilangan ay may binabasa na namang script si VP Leni. Maganda pa naman ang daloy ng kaniyang pahayag, kumakagat dapat iyon sa puso, pero dahil binabasa lang nito ang mga salita ay nawawalan ng pagiging tapat at mapuso. Magiging iba na si Toni Gonzaga kumpara sa iba. Sa puso nagmumula ang kaniyang mga sinasabi, wala siyang binabasa, maligaw man siya ay alam niya kung saan siya babalik. Ang mga pangungusap kasing binabasa ay may kakambal na disgrasya. Kapag may mga nalampasang salita ang nagbabasa ay wala na, ligaw na ligaw na, dahil hindi nga galing sa puso at sa bibig lang. Bukod sa wala nang binabasa si Toni Gonzaga ay buhay na buhay pa siya sa entablado, para siyang binayaran nang milyun-milyon sa bawat pag-akyat, kumakanta pa siya na parang wala nang bukas. Panalung-panalo si Toni Gonzaga! *** See CRISTY p9

Toni Gonzaga

Andrea Brillantes

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CRISTY... From page 8 Nakuha ni Andrea Brillantes ang atensiyon ng buong bayan noong nakaraang halalan. Pero sa kanegahan. Sa paglantad ng mga numero kung sinu-sinong politiko ang nanalo at natalo ay hindi pa rin nabahag ang buntot ng babaeng ito. Kung gaano siya kaingay noong kampanyahan ay nadoble pa ang kaniyang pagiging maangas, tinawag niyang bobo ang mga kumampi kay BBM, nasaan daw ang utak ng grupo? Marunong namang magbasa at magbilang si Andrea, nagbibilang nga siya ng karelasyon, pero kung bakit hindi niya maintindihan na super-kilometriko na ang layo ng kalamangan ng ayaw niyang politiko sa minanok niyang kandidato. Balita nami’y may mga nagpapayo naman sa dalaga na manahimik na dahil nagdesisyon See CRISTY p11

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New shows on GMA Pinoy TV this May! This May, Kapuso Primetime King and Queen Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera are set to make their much-awaited TV comeback with “Jose & Maria’s Bonggang Villa.” Starting May 15, the Kapuso abroad will finally get to watch the Kapuso royal couple in this weekly sitcom about the most

hospitable couple of a garden bed and breakfast business. This Month, sharing good vibes is the romance-comedy “False Positive” bannered by Xian Lim and Glaiza de Castro. The series showcases a neglected wife who wishes in front of a magical See GMA p11


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GMA... From page 10 fountain for her husband to be pregnant. Also airing this May is “Apoy sa Langit,” a compelling series that showcases an unusual story of betrayal and family affairs. The drama is headlined by Maricel Laxa, who continues to return to the small screen coming from her stellar performance in Mano Po Legacy. She is also joined by Zoren Legaspi, Mikee Quintos, with showbiz newcomer Leanne Valentin who is set to play a challenging role. Kapuso actress Kylie Padilla is making her TV comeback with the original series “Bolera” premiering on May 30. She breathes life to a billiards prodigy who aims to prove herself worthy of the male-dominated sport and her struggles along the way. Joining her are Rayver Cruz and Jak Roberto. “In The Name of The Mother” (May 15) is about a mother of three kids, played by Snooky

CRISTY... From page 9 na ang publiko pero sadya nga sigurong matigas ang ulo ng babaeng ito. Sabi ng isang hindi nagkakagusto sa mga pasaring ni Andrea, “Saan ba humuhugot ng tapang at kabastusan si Andrea? Sana, kung gaano kakapal ang kilay niya, e, ganoon din kakapal ang pang-unawa niya! “At sana, kung gaano siya kakapal maglagay ng mascara, e, ganoon naman kanipis ang kaangasan niya!” sabi nito. Walang alam sa kilatis ng politika si Andrea Brillantes, binabasa nga lang niya ang mga isinisigaw niya sa entablado ng Kakampink, pero kung makaasta siya ay para bang napakalawak na ng kaalaman niya sa mundong pinasok niya. Pero kailangan din nating alalahanin na mamamayan ng Pilipinas si Andrea, may karapatan siyang maging malaya sa pagpili ng napupusuan niyang kandidato, hindi siya dayuhan sa bansang ito. *** Kung ang masasakit na salita ay literal na sumusugat sa katawan, siguradong wala nang bakanteng makinis na bahagi ng katawan ngayon ang panganay na anak nina Senador Kiko Pangilinan at Sharon Cuneta, punumpuno na ng galos at sugat ang buong katawan ni Kakie Pangilinan. Matapang na post ni Kakie, “I am not going to have my president be named Ferdinand Marcos ever!” Nagpahayag din ang dalaga na ang resulta ng eleksiyon ngayon ay matagal nang nabili. Natural lang na nag-umalsa ang mga tagasuporta ni BBM na milya-milya na ang kalamangan ng boto ngayon kay VP Leni, umuwi sa personalan ang mga birada, busog na busog sa kanegahan si Kakie. Punumpuno rin ang You Tube ngayon ng mga vlogs na umaatake kay Kakie, ang sabi ng isang nagsalita, “Itong si Kakie, kapos

Serna, who was abused and abandoned by her husband but learns how to move on as a grade school teacher who puts up her own business and succeeds as an empowered woman. “Mindanao” (May 22), topbilled by Judy Ann Santos, is the story of a Muslim woman taking care of her cancer-stricken daughter in a temporary home while her husband, a combat medic, is on an operation in Maguindanao. And lastly, catch the movie “Mommy Issues” (May 29), led

by Kapuso comedian Pokwang, about a rocky relationship between a high-strung woman and her demanding mother, which was further troubled by close quarters and new romances. Filipinos abroad continue to grow #StrongerTogether with GMA’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV this Mother’s Month. Visit www.gmapinoytv.com/ subscribe or follow GMA Pinoy TV’s social media accounts for more details.

na nga sa ganda, e, nagmamaldita pa! Kung ang ate nga niyang si KC na pagkaganda-ganda, e, walang sinasabing anumang nega, siya pa ba ang aarte ng ganyan!” Litanya naman ng isa pa, “Puwes, kung ayaw niyang maging Ferdinand Marcos uli ang presidente ng Pilipinas, e, lumayas siya! Panindigan niya ang mga kuda niya! Alis, alis!” Isang kababayan naman natin ang nagpaalala kay Kakie na pag-aralan at saliksikin niya ang nakaraan. Magdahan-dahan daw sa pagsasalita ang anak nina Kiko at Sharon dahil siguradong sosoplakin siya ng katotohanan. “Ang lolo niyang si Ka Ambo, ilampung taon na naging mayor ng Pasay City. Ama ng ina niya si Ka Ambo! Napakalaki ng ginanansiya ng pamilya Cuneta noong rehimeng Marcos, puwede ba? “Research-research muna sa nakaraan bago kumuda para hindi mapahiya! Hindi ba iyon ikinukuwento sa kaniya ng nanay niya?” madiing sabi ng ating kababayan. Huwag na lang sana silang pinagkukumpara ni KC Concepcion. Isa lang ang kanilang ina pero magkaiba ang kanilang ama. Aminado naman si Sharon na napakaguwapo ng ama ni KC kumpara sa tatay ni Kakie. *** Bago bumaba ang kurtina sa pinakahuling rally ng grupo ng Kakampink ay nagparamdam na ng pagpapakumbaba si Sharon Cuneta sa mga taong sadya man o hindi ay maaaring nasaktan niya ngayong eleksiyon. Hindi naman siya humingi ng patawad kina BBM at Mayor Sara, pero ang kaniyang pananalita ay may kakambal na panghihingi ng pang-unawa, sana raw ay maging magkakaibigan pa rin sila pagkatapos ng halalan. Ang ramdam naming tumusok sa kaniyang emosyon ay nang maghatid na siya ng mensahe para kina Senate President Tito

Sotto at Tita Helen Gamboa na itinuturing niyang pangalawang magulang. Pasasalamat ang kaniyang mensahe kay SP Tito Sotto na direktang nakalaban sa posisyon ng kaniyang asawang si Senador Kiko Pangilinan. Sana raw ay hindi iyon maging dahilan ng pagkawasak ng kanilang mga pamilya. Sa kaniyang Mama Helen ay bumagsak na ang luha ng Megastar, siya kasi ang itinuturing na panganay na anak nina SP Tito at Tita Helen, kaya nga lang ay naipit siya sa mga nag-uumpugang bato. Maayos ang kaniyang mensahe, pakiramdam nami’y mula naman sa puso, pero negatibo ang naging dating ng kaniyang ginawa para sa mas nakararami nating kababayan. Sa social media ay pinagpistahan si Sharon, umiral na naman daw ang pagiging plastikada niya, hindi na raw niya makukuha sa pagdadrama ang mga kababayan natin. Binalikan pa ng mga hindi sumang-ayon kay Sharon ang mga lintanyang binitiwan niya sa mga nakaraang kampanya ng Kakampink. Matatapang ang kaniyang mga litanya, nang-uusig, nanghuhusga. Si Sharon Cuneta lang ang tanging nakakaalam kung ang mga binitiwan ba niyang salita sa huling gabi ng kampanya ay mula sa kaniyang puso o dumaan lang sa butas ng kaniyang ilong. *** Maraming pinatunayan ang eleksiyon 2022. At ang damidaming pinabulaanan ang katatapos lang na halalan na napakatagal na nating pinaniniwalaan. Kapag wala raw salapi at makinarya ang polotiko ay hindi mananalo. Pero nag-number one si Robin Padilla sa pagka-senador. Awang-awa si Mariel Rodriguez sa kaniyang asawa na palaging “inaampon” nina Senador Jinggoy Estrada at Secretary Mark Villar sa kanilang mga

kampanya sa malalayong probinsiya. Stratehiya sa kampanya. Kung ano raw ang pinakamahinang parte ng buhay ng isang kumakandidato ay iyon ang kailangang puntiryahin ng kaniyang katunggali. Pero nanalo nang milya-milya si dating Senador Bongbong Marcos sa halalan. Mahigit pa sa kalahati ng kaniyang boto ang kalamangan niya kay VP Leni Robredo. Sablay ang campaign strategy ng mga Kakampink. Sukat ba namang mula umaga hanggang hatinggabi ay sigaw sila nang sigaw nang magnanakaw, ano ang nangyari sa kanilang mga paninira, naumay ang bayan! Kapag marami raw artista sa kampanya ay siguradong panalung-panalo na ang kandidato. Makukuha na raw nito ang mas malaking boto ng bayan. Parang musical variety show ang gabi-gabing kampanya ng Kakampink dahil sa sangkatutak

na artista at singers na nandoon. Totoo namang tinatao ang kanilang kampanya, dinadayo ang kanilang mga rally, pero naipanalo ba ng mga sikat na singers at artista sina VP Leni at Kiko Pangilinan? Maraming aspetong pinasinungalingan ang nakaraang eleksiyon. Boses pa rin ng bayan ang naghahari. Kung sino ang pinusuan ng mga botante ay iyon pa rin ang nagtatagumpay. At kailangang tanggapin natin king sinu-sino ang mapapalad na nagsipagwagi. Hanggang sa galit at panghihinayang na lang ang magagawa ng mga talunan. Isang higanteng payong lang ang ating sinusukuban. Ang presidente ni Pedro at ni Marya ay pangulo rin natin. Lahat tayo’y Pilipino na kailangang rumespeto sa kung sino ang nagwagi sa ayaw at sa gusto natin. *** Nasa Spain ngayon si Mariel See CRISTY p12


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Decorating fixes for common feng shui problems There are few homes with perfect feng shui. Fortunately, rather than hanging a windchime or adding flutes to a beam, simple decorative changes can be made that will look and feel more natural. These decorative elements can help remedy difficulties such as poison arrows that come from a front door and back door alignment or odd windows and slanted walls. Here are important feng shui decorating fixes that you can use in your home that will look good and help your home’s feng shui. 1. Portiere curtains. Once a staple of the Victorian era, portiere curtains are curtains that can be drawn to close off a room or to create or delineate one area of the house from another. They’ve recently returned to decorating circles and are helpful for adding privacy in a house that feels too open. In feng shui, these are especially helpful when your front door and back door are in line with one another. Or maybe you have a window that you can see out of when you open your front door. By hanging a portiere curtain, you can stop the view and stop the rush of energy going out of your house and that can result in money going out of the house constantly and feeling drained and tired. This is a better way to stop energy from rushing through the house than hanging a crystal ball from the ceiling which can look odd, whereas the portiere curtain looks stylish. 2. Decorative screens. This is another way to stop rushing energy from the front door that lines up with a back door or window. Screens can be added to help create a corner in an open concept house. They can also be used to block a view, such as a view of the dining room from the front door. This can lead to an excess of bills and a low accumulation of assets. Screens are a wonderful fix

CRISTY... From page 11 Rodriguez at ang mga anak nina Robin Padilla. Isinasama rin ni Mariel sa biyahe ang kaniyang lolo at lola na nagpalaki sa kaniya. Dapat lang namang regaluhan ni Mariel ng masarap na pahinga ang kaniyang katawan, ilang buwan siyang nagsakripisyo sa kandidatura ni Robin, grabe ang pinagdaanan ni Mariel. Dakilang misis nga ang tawag namin kay Mariel dahil wala siyang kapaguran. Para siyang makina noong panahon ng kampanya ni Binoe, ginagawa niyang araw ang gabi, maiayos

for a number of situations. Decorative screens can also be placed behind a bed that is up against a window. This helps to create a false wall and gives support to the occupants of the bedroom. 3. Mirrors. A beautiful mirror is always an asset in a home. But mirrors can solve two common feng shui problems. The first is a wayward column. If you have a column in an open area of your home or office, it can become an obstacle or a sore thumb. Adding mirrors to all four sides can make the column disappear visually. Mirrors are also helpful for a missing corner. If you have an L-shaped home, you can add a mirror to a wall where that corner would have been and, thus, create the illusion of space that extends from the mirror. Mirrors also double beautiful views and are an excellent feng shui device for enhancing the best energy, or sheng chi, that comes from beautiful views or scenes in your home. 4. Vines. While vines on houses are not considered to be good feng shui, if you have a round pole that’s awkwardly placed in your home or business, wrapping a vine around the pole makes it disappear into nature. Vines can be used both indoors and outdoors, such as on those odd poles that show up in basements. 5. Canopy beds. Canopies whether attached to the bed or on the wall or ceiling offer wonderful feng shui. They are protective of the couple in the bed, and they are excellent focal points for the bedroom. But they’re also great fixes for beams on the ceiling, slanted ceilings, or coffered or tray ceilings. These ceilings can create poison arrows that aim at your body while sleeping. Slanted ceilings add pressure

to those who sleep under them, so creating a flat ceiling with a canopy curtain can help to relieve that pressure. The idea is to create a flat overhead surface to create a protective cover or to stop poison arrows from ceiling features. 6. Artwork with a view. Some homes have a wall that you see as soon as you enter. This can starve the house of energy by pushing energy back out the door. Over time, this can create a house that is starved for energy (i.e., health, money, opportunity). By adding art that offers a view of the distance and appears to view inwards, you can help to draw chi into the house by adding a view that goes further than the wall. This helps to bring energy to the house because energy flows where the eye goes. 7. Lighting. Lighting is one of the best forms of feng shui. It helps to lift and brighten and that’s always good feng shui because that’s yang energy. Lighting can help brighten dark corners, lift energy, and your gaze upward the way a chandelier makes you look up. A beautiful chandelier with crystals is an excellent remedy for a stairway that is too close to the front door to slow energy (and money) from running out the door too quickly. Crystal lighting is also excellent for calming energy in a kitchen when the stove and sink are opposite one another, which can cause arguments and disharmony in the household. 8. Curtains. Curtains are a wonderful way to fix many feng shui flaws. One common feng shui problem is when the command position in a bedroom is covered by a window where the bed should go. Because beds should be placed in the command position, but never against the window, it can mean that the bed will be placed in a less than optimal position for feeling in command and supported during sleep, a vital feng shui tenet. Adding a wall of curtains behind the bed can make the window disappear and provide

a solid-looking backdrop for the bed. In some homes, the bedroom may have two windows in a corner on only one side of the bed. This feels out of balance visually and that can impact a couple or whoever sleeps in the bedroom from feeling comfortable in bed, resting properly, and just not feeling in harmony with life. Adding another curtain on the side of the wall without a window can create a “faux” window that will help balance the visual look and feel of the bedroom. 9. Round shapes. One of the less common shapes in a home is round. Many homes are full of furnishings that are square or rectangular. Over time, this can create a stuck or stagnant feeling in your

home. You may feel like the room feels too heavy. By adding round shapes such as a round occasional table or a barrel-shaped chair, you can create more movement and add a lighter feeling that will lift the feeling of heaviness and help propel change in your home and life. Kathryn Weber has over 20+ years of feng shui study, practice and professional consultation. Her witty, no-nonsense style appeals to audiences, making her a popular speaker and radio show guest. She is often called on by media to explain feng shui in down-to-earth terms, and has been featured in Seventeen, First for Women, Faces, Conceive, Martial Arts Professional, and Natural Health magazines, and on websites around the world.

lang ang mga pangangailangan ng kaniyang mister. Iyon ang matatawag nating tunay na pagmamahal. Isandaang porsiyento ang kaniyang paniniwala sa mga ipinaglalaban ni Robin, wala siyang duda, kaya dalawa silang humarap sa laban. At sino nga ba ang mag-aakala na masusulat pala sa kasaysayan ng pulitika ang pangalan ng kaniyang asawa sa pangunguna bilang senador. Puro panlalait ang tinanggap ni Robin nang una itong magdeklara ng kaniyang kandidatura, ano raw naman ang magagawa ng isang artista LANG sa Senado, ano raw ang maipagmamalaki ng

isang Robin Padilla sa mundo ng pulitika? Pero kinabog silang lahat ng sikat na action star. Wala itong makinarya, kapos sa puhunan sa kampanya, nakikisabay lang ito sa motorcade ng kaniyang mga kapuwa artista. Iyak nang iyak si Mariel kapag inaalala niya ang mga sakripisyong pinagdaanan nila ni Robin. Sobra ang kaniyang pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga tumulong sa kanila sa kampanya. Pinasinungalingan ni Robin Padilla na pera-pera lang ang pulitika. Wala itong ipinamahaging pera kahit kanino, walang-walang ibibigay ang aktor, pero ano ang

naging resulta ng botohan? Pinagkatiwalaan ng ating mga kababayan si Robin Padilla, pinahalagahan ng publiko ang kaniyang panaginip ng Federalismo, panalung-panalo si Binoe! Maligayang bati, Senador Robinhood Cariño Padilla, mabuhay ka! *** Napakaligaya ng Superstar noong nakaraang selebrasyon ng Mother’s Day. Wala na siyang mahihiling pa dahil sinadya siya para batiin ng kaniyang mga anak na sina Ian, Matet, Kiko at Kenneth. Natural, ang hahanapin na

naman ng marami ay kung sino ang wala. Ganoon naman talaga. Hindi na hinahanap pa ang nandoon naman. Wala si Lotlot. Naku, pinakaalibughang anak na naman ni Nora Aunor si Balot, ito na naman ang pinuputakti sa social media, wala raw itong utang na loob. Kunsabagay ay ano pa nga ba naman kasi ang terminong gagamitin para sa isang anakanakan na pagkatapos mahalin, alagaan, pag-aralin at kung anuano pang pabor ay wala man lang pagpapahalaga sa taong kumupkop sa kaniya. See CRISTY p14


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ACC Events Spring Chess Tournament, April 9

The chess tournament participants

Winners: Marlon Jodar Arias, Champion; Joshua Allen Gerona, 2nd Place; Gilbert Perez / Marcus Valentino, 3rd Place; Top Youth Players: Den Edraim Yabut / Marco Dizon

Champion: Marlon Jodar Arias (2nd from left)

OUR HEALTH Lifestyle changes may help lower risk of gout attacks Dear Mayo Clinic: Are there natural ways to prevent gout attacks or at least lessen the severity? I do not want to take medication if it’s not necessary. Answer: If you have been diagnosed with gout, you can make lifestyle changes that may help lower the risk of future gout attacks. Gout is a form of arthritis that happens when sharp particles, called urate crystals, build up in a joint, causing severe pain, tenderness and swelling. One joint commonly affected by gout is located at the base of the big toe. Urate crystals form when high levels of uric acid are present in the blood. Your body produces uric acid when it breaks down purines – substances found naturally in the body, as well as in certain foods. Uric acid usually dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine. But sometimes your body either produces too much uric acid or your kidneys flush out too little uric acid. When this happens, gout often results. One of the most helpful ways to prevent gout attacks is to maintain a healthy body weight. Research has shown that excess weight is a major risk factor

for developing gout. If you are overweight, losing weight can lower uric acid levels in your body and significantly reduce your risk of gout attacks. Regarding the type of diet you should follow, the traditional thinking was that reducing the amount of foods that contain purines could substantially decrease the risk of gout flares. However, managing a low-purine diet can be quite cumbersome, and the success of such a diet in lowering blood uric acid levels is actually quite low. Even if you strictly follow a low-purine diet, the decrease in your blood uric acid level is rarely enough to cure gout. Instead, a lower-calorie diet – one that replaces refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour, others) with more complex carbohydrates, limits meat, and increases vegetables and fruit – often can be much more effective at reducing blood uric acid levels than a low-purine diet. Specifically, to lower your risk of gout, eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk products. Get your protein mainly from low-fat dairy products because they may protect against gout. Limit the meat, fish and poultry you eat to no more than four to six ounces

a day. Drink eight to 16 cups, or about two to four litres, of fluid daily, with at least half of that being water. In addition, avoid foods and beverages that have been shown to increase the risk of gout attacks, including those that are rich in fructose, such as fruit-flavored drinks, non-diet soda and many processed foods. Drinking alcohol, especially beer, is also a significant risk factor for gout. Studies have suggested that drinking two or more beers a day can double the risk of a gout attack. So, limit the amount of alcohol you drink, or avoid it completely. Although you mention a preference not to take medication, if you have other health problems, some medications taken for those conditions may also be useful in preventing gout. For example, some blood pressure medications have been shown to lower uric acid levels, and a variety of medications used to treat high cholesterol also have a beneficial effect on blood uric acid levels. If you have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol and are managing them with medication, talk to your doctor about using a drug that could help prevent gout, as well. Finally, if lifestyle changes

Gout in big toe of afflicted left foot, compared to healthy right foot aren’t enough to control gout, very effective medications are available. If you decide to try medication, talk to your doctor

about which one is right for you. – Tim Bongartz, M.D., Rheumatology. Courtesy Mayo Clinic News Network


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Ni Bro. Gerry Gamurot

PAHALANG 1. Pinararaan 9. Kulang-kulang 10. Bungad 11. Sikuhin 14. Kinawawa 15. Kulang sa taas 16. Sabi 17. Lamang 19. Babatay 22. Insektong may sungay 24. Kawil 26. Patitibayin 27. Sakit sa balat 28. Sana 29. Pang-ukol 31. Komersyo PABABA 1. Burak 2. Hudyat sa taguan 3. Marka 4. Aliw 5. Lawa 6. Pansin 7. Hulapi

8. Gamit sa paglalaba 12. Hintayin 13. Pangalagaan 17. Reserba 18. Atraso 20. Prosisyon 21. Uling 22. Walang buhok 23. Panukala 25. Panghalip 29. Sigaw ng karatista

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CRISTY... From page 12 Kitang-kita ang kaligayahan sa mga mata ni Nora Aunor. Pagkatapos nang mahabahabang panahon ng hindi nila pagkakaunawaan ng kaniyang mga anak ay heto, muli na silang nagsasama-sama, wala nang pader sa pagitan nila. Hindi tayo nakapamimili ng anak. Kung paanong hindi rin naman nakapamimili ng magulang ang mga supling. Sabihin na lang natin na sinuwerte si Nora kina Matet, Kiko at Kenneth nang ituring niyang mga anak ang tatlo. Walang kuwestiyon kay Ian, mula sa sinapupunan ng Superstar ang aktor, kumpara sa apat nitong kinikilalang kapatid na mula sa puso ng kanilang ina. Tama ang ginagawa ng magkakapatid. Napakaigsi lang ng buhay. Habang kaya pang namnamin ni Nora ang kanilang pagmamahal ay kailangang ipatikim na nila. Habang nand’yan pa ang Superstar ay ipaamoy na nila ang mababangong bulaklak, yakapin na nila nang ubod-higpit, dahil kapag dumating ang panahon na wala na ang kanilang ina ay saka sila susurutin ng kanilang kunsensiya. Hindi kayang pantayan nang kahit magkano ang pagmamahal at malasakit na ipinalasap ni Nora Aunor sa kaniyang mga anak. Walang sasapat na halaga. Walang-wala. *** Dalawang buwan na lang daw ang buhay ng seryeng Ang Probinsiyano na pinagbibidahan ni Coco Martin. Ngayon na raw ang pinakahuling lock-in taping ng palabas. Napakatagal ng itinakbo

ng serye, nakuha nito ang pinakamataas na rating na pinapangarap ng lahat ng artista, pero dumarating talaga ang panahon ng pagkaumay ng manonood. Parang ulam ang tema ng palabas na palaging iyon ang ihinahain sa publiko, hindi sinasalitan ng iba, kaya pinagsawaan na rin nang magtagal. Sa kasaysayan ng telebisyon ay mapapasama sa listahan ang Ang Probinsiyano. Niyakap ito ng manonood. Hinihintay ng ating mga kababayan ang pagdating ng gabi para matutukan ang pakikipagbalan ni Cardo Dalisay sa masasamang elemento. Idagdag din natin na maraming natulungan si Coco Martin, binigyan niya ng pagkakataong kumita ang mga artistang nakagarahe na ang talento, nagkaroon sila ng kabuhayan. Pero mula nang mawalan ng prangkisa ang ABS-CBN ay kumalog ang sitwasyon ng serye. Sa ibang istasyon na iyon napanood, hanggang sa kargahin na rin ng TV5, nakakapanibago ang paglilipat ng bahay ng serye para sa kaniyang mga tagasuporta. Panahon na rin para ipahinga ang isang palabas na numinipis na ang daloy ng kuwento. Huwag na nilang hintayin pang wala nang mailabas ang creative juices ng programa. Habang may katas pa ay kailangan nang ipagpahinga. Walang dapat ipag-aalala si Coco Martin. Siguradong mayroon nang nakahandang proyekto ang ABS-CBN para sa kaniya, itinuturing siyang gintong artista ng network, hindi siya maaaring magpahinga. *** Ang mundo ng showbiz at ng politika ay eksaktong magkatulad ngayon. May isang mukha na

MAY 16 - 31, 2022 nakangiti at ang isa naman ay malungkot. Sa panahon ng pandemya na ang akala natin ay hindi gaanong magpapakalunod sa politika ang mga artista ay saka naman sila naglabasan at parang mga palakang naulanan na nagkani-kaniya na ng mamanuking politiko. Parang nahati lang sa dalawang partido ang kanilang sigaw. Sa Kakampink at sa Berde at Pulahan. Nagkaroon ng mga parinigan, ng mga patagilid na kantiyaw, may mga magkakaibigang pinaghiwalay ng kulay na kanilang isinusulong. Dumating na ang araw ng paghuhukom. Nagsalita na ang sambayanan. Magbago man ang mga numero sa pagitan ng BBMSara at VP Leni Robredo-Kiko Pangilinan ay kitang-kita na ang malinaw na larawan. Literal na pinakain ng alikabok ng Uni-Team ang Kakampink. Kalahati ang kalamangan nina BBM-Sara sa kanilang mga katunggali. Napakasaklap na katotohanan iyon para sa mga pambato ng tropa lalo na para sa kanilang mga tagasuportang artista. Madiing reaksiyon ng kaibigan naming propesor, “Masyado kasing nilait ng mga Kakampink si BBM! Wala ka nang maririnig sa kanila kundi magnanakaw, magnanakaw, magnanakaw! Ayun tuloy, sila ang ninakawan ng inaasahan nilang boto ng mga nabuwisit na kababayan natin! “Mali ang taktika ng kampanya nila! Nasa Pilipinas sila! Sa bansang ito, habang dinidikdik mo ang isang tao, habang nilalaitlait mo, e, kinaaawaan! Wrong strategy, ibitin nila sa puno ang kung sinumang nagpasimuno sa kampanya nila!” inis na inis na komento ni prop. –CSF


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