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Teachers gripe, plan strike Set Nov. 29 walkout to demand pay hike amid gov’t sanctions

By Rio N. Araja


LARGE organization of public school teachers on Friday threatened to walk out of schools on Nov. 29 to protest low pay and allowances.

At a news conference in Quezon City, Joselyn Martinez, Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines chairperson, said their group would hold a series of [protest] actions not only in Metro Manila but also in the other regions.

“On Nov. 19, we will go to the Senate to submit the signatures we have gathered to demand a wage increase,” she said. “On Nov. 29, we will have a nationwide sit-down strike, the highest form of strike. Teachers will not teach. They will go out-

side of their schools, while some will [just] stay at the [school] gate or quadrangle to dramatize our sentiments to President Rodrigo Duterte that we are not happy to get an increase of P551 [in 2019],” she added. Next page

Carpio rebuffs Duterte: China owns not SCS

Sandigan sets P150k bail for ex-First Lady

By Rey E. Requejo

By Maricel V. Cruz

CONTRARY to President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim, China is not in possession of the South China Sea, acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Friday. Speaking before a conference of doctors at the Philippine International Convention Center, Carpio said China does not and cannot possess the South China Sea as the President said during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Singapore this week. China is in physical possession of the entire Paracels, seven geologic features in the Spratlys, and Scarborough Shoal. These geologic features, and their territorial seas, constitute less than 8 percent of the total area of the

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THE Sandiganbayan Fifth Division on Friday allowed former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos to post P150,000 bail for her temporary liberty. Marcos said she would have attended her last Nov. 9 promulgation before the anti-graft court despite being sick had she known the schedule. Next page

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UP student tops civil engineering exam Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is helped by her grandson as she arrives at the Sandiganbayan for a hearing on Friday. AFP

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines student Jaydee Niere Lucero topped the Civil Engineering Licensure examination given this month by the Professional Regulation Commission. Story on A3

GMA commits House passage of new budget

By Maricel V. Cruz


‘Lambanog’ poison kills four in Tarlac CAPAS, Tarlac—Four persons died after downing several glasses of ‘lambanog,’ a processed coconut wine popular in Southern Tagalog region, during drinking session at Barangay Aranguren in this town Wednesday evening, police auStory on A3 thorities said.

JUSTICE FOR FARMERS. Farmers belonging to the National Federation of Sugar Workers wear masks and bear signs denouncing the government and the ownership of Hacienda Luisita as they gather at Mendiola Bridge in Manila on Friday. They marked the 14th anniversary of the massacre of seven sugar workers at the sugar plantation in Tarlac, and also called for justice for nine other sugarcane farmers killed in Sagay, Negros Occidental last Oct. 20. Lino Santos

Selection panel shortlists 7 bets for chief justice Lotto winner gives P10m as ’balato’ to town mates A MAN from Eastern Samar, who was one of the two winners of the record P1.18-billion Ultra Lotto jackpot last month, has given out nearly P10 million in cash gifts to his workmates and neighbors—and even a P5,000 “balato” to his new boss, the mayor of Borongan City. Next page

THE Judicial and Bar Council has shortlisted seven candidates for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro when she was appointed chief justice. Court of Appeals justices Japar Dimaampao, Manuel Barrios, Ramon Garcia, Edgardo delos Santos, Apolinario Bruselas, Amy Javier and Rosmari Carandang landed in the shortlist, Justice Secretary and JBC ex-officio member Menardo Guevarra said Friday. The JBC is composed of Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, Guevarra, Senator Richard Gordon, retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Mendoza, Integrated Bar of the Philippines representative Milagros Fernan-Cayosa and retired judge Toribio Ilao Jr. President Rodrigo Duterte, the appointing authority, must choose from the list prepared by the JBC for every vacancy. De Castro left the post of associate justice that she held for more than 10 years when Duterte named her chief justice to replace Maria Lourdes Sereno who was ousted in August. She retired from the high court last month.Rey E. Requejo

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday repeated her assurance that the leadership of the House of Representatives will not allow a reenacted budget. “I do not think [there will be a reenacted budget next year]. I do not think so,” Arroyo told reporters. She made the statement when asked about the possibility of a reenacted budget after the House of Representatives failed during the first week of the resumption of its session to approve the P3.757-trillion national budget on third and final reading. Compostela Valley Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora, the main plenary sponsor of the national budget and a senior vice chairman of the House committee on appropriations, said the House would likely pass House Bill 8169, the national budget, on third and final reading next week. Zamora said the small committee Next page

PH, Japan boost ties in bilateral talks in Singapore By Nat Mariano SINGAPORE—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday exchanged views with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as they promoted an “active co-

operation” in the areas of maintaining peace and infrastructure development in a bilateral meeting. Minutes after the closing ceremony of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit here in Singapore, the

two leaders met at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, where Duterte expressed his eagerness to talk with the Japanese leader. “I’m ready to talk anything about the Philippines and Japan,” Duterte said. Next page

TOUCHDOWN PNG. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Friday to participate in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Week. Presidential Photo





Leni asks PET to junk ballot image petition By Rio N. Araja

Xi visit to model new PH-China ties T

HE coming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Manila is expected to make the relations between China and the Philippines “a new model of international relations,” Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said late Thursday.

While the settlement of the territorial dispute has not yet been discussed, Manila has decided to compartmentalize its engagement with Beijing, one through the Bilateral Consultative Mechanism where the issues on the West Philippine Sea are discussed, and the other on exploring the aspects of cooperation with China. Zhao said China and the Philippines’ ties grew stronger in the past two years, with increasing trade and the continuing flow of investment to Manila from Beijing. In 2017 alone, new investments from China reached $53.84 million representing a year-on-year increase of 67 percent. “China now stands out as the Philip-

VICE President Leni Robredo is asking the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to reject the opposition of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to the use of decrypted ballot images for the revision and recount in his election protest. She said “Marcos was in conflict with himself.” In a comment and an opposition to Marcos’ motion for partial reconsideration, Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s lawyer, said Marcos’ opposition to the Sept. 18 PET resolution must be dumped for lack of merit since it was a mere reiteration of his previous arguments. “Without any evidence to the contrary, the ballots are the best evidence to show the intent of the voters,” Macalintal said. He said Marcos also failed to present any evidence to substantiate his allegations of massive electoral anomalies, fraud and irregularities. He said Marcos was veering away from his previous statement that the ballots were the best evidence in his election protest by alleging that the transmitted results were not authentic and did not faithfully reflect the true voice of the Filipino voters. Despite Marcos’ efforts to undermine the results of the 2016 vice presidential elections by citing some missing ballot sequence numbers in Pili, Camarines Sur, Macalintal said, the losing candidate could not deny the fact that the votes as transmitted were the same as the results reflected in the election returns. “Thus, regardless of his perceived anomalies, all elections documents―official ballots, decrypted ballot images and election returns―confirm the victory of protestee Robredo and the defeat of protestant Marcos,” Macalintal said.

PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Alexander Balutan is confident the agency will hit its P60-billion revenue target this year. In a statement, Balutan noted the growing sales from the expanded Small Town Lottery operations being operated by Authorized STL Agents nationwide. “From January to September 2018, our gross sales already hit almost P50 billion, and that is because of our hardworking employees all over the country. I’m very confident we can have a new record-breaking P60 billion by the end of 2018,” said Balutan, who led the inauguration of the new PCSO Branch Office in Aklan last Nov. 12. The event was also attended by Nonoy Macahilig, representative of Aklan Rep. Carlito Marquez; Remeliza Gabuyo, PCSO Assistant General Manager for Branch Operations Sector; Engineer Federico Damole, Visayas Department Manager; Esel Flores, Sangguniang Panlalawigan member and representative of Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores; and other PCSO officials and employees.

Aklan Branch is the second PCSOowned building in Visayas region located at Capitol Subdivision, Estancia, Kalibo. It will have a daily Individual Medical Assistance Program allocation of P150,000. Before he became PCSO general manager in 2016, Balutan recalled that the agency had only 52 branches. Now it has 66 with the recent opening of three new branches in Surigao, Cavite City, and Maguindanao province. “This new building is a clear manifestation that PCSO will not leave Aklan. Meaning, we are here permanently in Aklan. You can easily reach us. We constructed this building to widen our reach and help more people,” said Balutan. On the daily P150,000 IMAP allocation of Aklan, Balutan assured the people of the province the agency will give the fund all to Aklanon patients. “I just don’t know if we can increase that allocation, but we have the Universal Health Care program, which was started by our President [Rodrigo Duterte],” he added.

Senate Bill 1896 or “UHC for Filipinos Act,” which was passed on third and final reading by the Senate on Oct. 10, seeks to give all Filipino access to health care coverage and services. The landmark bill, approved by 14 senators, seeks to grant every Filipino, even non-contributors to Philippine Health Insurance Corp., access to “quality and affordable health goods and services. To provide funding, it will pool contributions from state-owned gaming companies such as PCSO and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., and other government agencies. “This is a priority bill, by the end of this year, it may become law,” added Balutan. Also by the end of the year, Balutan revealed that PCSO intends to open three more branches in Saranggani province, Agusan, and Guimaras. Balutan shared that his only vision before was to hit P50 billion, but now the agency is targeting P60 billion due to the roll out of STL and strengthening of Lotto nationwide.



tasked to resolve the amendments on the national budget was aiming to finish their work to set the stage for the bill’s final approval. “By the third week of November, we can have the third and final reading approval [of the national budget],”Zamora said. “Unfortunately, we’re still in the thick of the amendments. Due to the volume of the amendments requested and agreed upon during the debates over HB 8169 alone, combined with the different agencies’ concerns, we’re still going through items. We are targeting finishing this week and then the budget will be readied for printing.” House Majority Leader and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. said the congressmen tasked to review the 2019 national budget were now finalizing the contents of the measure. “We would like to convey our assurance to the Senate that the 2019 national budget bill will be transmitted as soon as we are done with our rigorous doublechecking and verification of the thousands of line items in a spending measure that will cost taxpayers almost P3.8 trillion,” Andaya said. “We believe that we all have sufficient time in our legislative calendar to pass the budget and send it to President [Rodrigo] Duterte before the end of the year. “We are reiterating our strong position against a reenacted budget because such will be hard to implement, will constrict spending, and will give wide latitude and discretion to the Executive on what projects to implement. “We are committed to a budget that will be 100 percent compliant with the rules of Congress, with all the laws on budgeting, and with the jurisprudence on appropriations.” The House failed to approve the 2019 budget bill following the discovery of the supposed P52-billion insertions allegedly by the previous House leadership. That prompted Arroyo to realign the billions in funds to specific projects to ensure the “equitable and fair distribution of funds.”

Teachers who do strike may be charged with refusal to perform official duty, gross insubordination, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, and absence without leave, according to Republic Act 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers. Margarita Lucero Galias of TeacherPh. com, an online community of teachers, explained that the penalty for striking is a suspension of six months to one year for the first offense, and dismissal from service on the second offense. “Joining any organization is our right. But let us also keep in mind that any grievance or administrative complaint shall be conducted within acceptable democratic process. Let’s think twice before we involve ourselves in any mass actions or strikes,” Galias said. Education Secretary Leonor Briones did not respond to queries for comment at press time. Public school teachers are expected to receive P551 increase next year, the last of the four-tranche salary hike under former President Benigno Aquino III. Martinez, along with Mabelle Caboboy, Quezon City Public School Teachers Association Inc. president and Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Teachers party-list secre-

tary general, slammed Briones for failure to look after their welfare, saying they are overworked but underpaid. “We act as barangay health workers to list down student-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, nurses, librarians and even canteen vendors,” she complained. ACT-Philippines wanted a P30,000 monthly salary for a teacher 1 position, a P31,000 monthly salary for instructor 1 position, and a P5,000 Personal Economic Relief Allowance from the existing P2,000 non-wage benefit. Valbuena said lawmakers must include in the General Appropriations Act the “special hardship compensation” for public school teachers working in far-flung provinces, such as in the Cordillera Autonomous Region and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindano, “where teachers are forced to ride habal-habal (modified motorcylcles) just to reach remote communities.” To date, there are 880,000 teachers from both public elementary and high schools. The constitutional right of the people to form associations embraces both public and private sectors, pursuant to Article XIII, Section 3 of the 1987 Constitution, Galias explained. However, the right to strike is not extended to government employees under the Civil Service Law (Presidential Decree No. 807). Also, Republic Act 875 allows workers, in-

cluding those from the government-owned and controlled-corporations to organize, but they are prohibited from striking, Galias noted. The Civil Service Commission explains that by reason of the nature of the public employer and the peculiar character of the public service, the right to strike given to unions in private industry does not apply to public employee and civil service employees, including public-school teachers. “Joining the mass action or peaceful assemblies during school hours amount to a strike in every sense of the term, constituting concerted and unauthorized stoppage of, or absence from work which teachers have sworn duty to perform,” Galias said. While it is true that teachers are allowed to seek redress against injustice to the administration, they shall however, avoid jeopardizing the interest and welfare of the learners whose right to learn must be respected, according to the Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers, Article VI section 4. Participation in organization activities are allowed outside school hours or with consent from the school authorities if within school hours (RA 4670 sec. 28b). “If the participation is done during school hours, a return to work order or memorandum may be issued by our school head to remind us of the possible consequence of joining the mass action. This directive must not in any way be disregarded,” Galias said.

tice Manuel Lazaro, Marcos’ lawyer, responded to Lagos in the affirmative when asked about their readiness to settle the P150,000 bail. The P150,000 bail bond is the same amount that Marcos posted in 1991 that was forfeited following her failure to attend the Nov. 9 promulgation of her cases. The 89-year-old Marcos earlier apologized at the Sandiganbayan about her non-appearance last Nov. 9, citing health reasons. She also said her absence during the promulgation did not mean she disrespected the court. Marcos explained that her doctors advised her to avoid “stressful conditions.” Marcos was accompanied by her children, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos,

former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Irene Marcos, as well as grandchildren Borgy and Mike Manotoc, and Luis Araneta, throughout the proceedings Friday. Senator Aquilino Pimentel III said Mrs. Marcos should be given a chance to explain her absence last week when the court promulgated her guilty verdict, saying this happens to thousands of accused. Marcos cited health reasons for her absence, but managed to attend the birthday party of her daughter Imee. Scores of supporters of the late President Ferdinand Marcos trooped to the Sandiganbayan Friday to express their support for Mrs. Marcos and denounce what they called the political persecution of the Marcos family by “terrorist communist organizations.”

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Abe, through his interpreter, expressed his gratitude to Duterte for mentioning his win on the presidential election of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, saying he is looking forward to further enhancing the relations of Japan and the Philippines. “Thank you very much for your kind words about my victory in the most recent LDP presidential election,” the Japanese leader said, noting that working with Duterte is a “great pleasure.” “I look forward to having a productive discussion with you on strengthening Japan-Philippines cooperation in the area of consolidation of peace as well as infrastructure development,” he added. Also during the meeting, the prime minister extended Japan’s deepest condolences on the recent natural calamities that devastated the Philippines. During the sidelines of the Asean sum-

Xi will travel to Manila on Nov. 20 for a state visit, and it will be the first by a Chinese head of state since 2005. “We have every reason to believe that this visit will enormously boost ChinaPhilippines relations in the new era, position our relations as a new model of international relations and further contribute to the building of a community of shared future for mankind,” Zhao

wrote in an article sent to reporters. “Standing at a new and crucial historical juncture, China and the Philippines are bound to build stronger strategic mutual trust, perform deeper economic cooperation and trade, and nurture closer peopleto-people exchanges,” Zhao said. China, the Philippines and several coastal states have conflicting claims in the South China Sea.

PCSO confident of hitting P60-b 2018 revenue goal

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“If I knew about it your honor, I would have been here. Even if I was sick, I would have come here,” said Marcos, who said she learned about the promulgation of her charges from watching the news on TV. The bail is in effect until the Sandiganbayan decides on Mrs. Marcos’ motion for Leave of Court to Avail of Post Conviction Remedies, after she was convicted of seven counts of graft. “We will order her to post bond in the original bond. It’s about P150,000,” said Associate Justice Rafael Lagos, the chairman of the Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division. Former Court of Appeals Associate Jusmit before his dialogue with Abe, Duterte told reporters that he would discuss issues of mutual interest in the region, especially about the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea, trade and commerce and the Korean peninsula. At the 21st ASEAN-Japan Summit on Wednesday, Duterte thanked Japan for extending solidarity and aid due to Typhoon “Ompong” in September. According to the President, other Southeast Asian countries that are vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters must concern themselves with disaster resiliency and response. “Nations, especially those in Southeast Asia, continue to be vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters. This is one area of major concern shared by both ASEAN and Japan,” said Duterte in his speech, citing Japan’s resilience and ability to build back stronger communities. Duterte said Japan continues to make inroads and break new ground for cooperation with the 10-nation regional bloc as it actively engages the ASEAN member-

states, particularly in human resource development and policy developments in public health, labor, social welfare, and media information literacy. “ASEAN-Japan engagements likewise continue to broaden through collaboration in innovation and in helping micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMEs connect to the global value chain,” he said. The President also noted the greater security cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in counter-terrorism and a wider support for a drug-free region. “The Philippines appreciates Japan’s commitment to ASEAN centrality. As active partners for greater peace, security and stability in Southeast Asia, we remain open to discussions on the regional structure, which include the Free and Open IndoPacific Strategy, with a view to enhancing ASEAN centrality,” he added. Apart from Abe, Duterte also had a meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the first day of the 33rd Asean. With PNA

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“I was pleasantly surprised when one day, I was in my office, one of our employees came in and said, ‘Mayor, here’s your P5,000 [share],’” Borongan City Mayor Fe Abunda told dzMM radio on Friday. The jackpot winner, who took home over P470 million after taxes, also sent a check for P4.8 million to the City Treasurer’s Office so each city hall worker could also get P5,000 each. Previously described by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office as a middleaged family man “galing sa masa” (from the masses), the winner was recently regularized as a city hall employee. He famously even needed to borrow money for fare to go to Manila to claim his prize at the PCSO head office in Manila, thus his gesture was not lost on at least 960 of his fellow workers―casual and permanent employees alike―who got a nice bonus on a regular payday.

pines’ top trading partner and import origin. And this August, China even became the top export market of the Philippines,” Zhao said. More than 40 cooperation documents were also signed in the areas of economy, trade, agriculture, fishery, energy, science and technology. On tourism, Zhao noted the “booming exchanges” between the two nations. In the first three quarters of 2018, the Philippines received more than 972,000 Chinese tourists, achieving a 34.9 percent year-on-year increase, Zhao said. He was optimistic the targeted 1.5-million Chinese tourists to the Philippines by the end of 2018 would be reached. PNA

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South China Sea. Factually, China is not in possession of the South China Sea, said Carpio, who has been advocating the Philippines’ territorial jurisdiction over the West Philippine Sea. The country’s top magistrate emphasized that about 25 percent of the South China Sea is composed of high seas, which no state can possess under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea because they “belong to all mankind.” “Under UNCLOS, there is freedom of navigation and overflight in the high seas for all nations,” he said. Carpio reiterated his position that the Philippines has sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zones in the West Philippine Sea, which is part of South China Sea. “If China can possess the South China Sea, then the Philippines cannot exercise its exclusive sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea. Under UNCLOS, there is also freedom of navigation and overflight in the EEZs (exclusive economic zones) for all nations,” the acting chief justice said. “Like all other coastal states in the world, the Philippines under UNCLOS has exclusive sovereign rights to explore and exploit the natural resources in its EEZ in the West Philippine Sea, which is part of the South China Sea,” Carpio said. During the ASEAN summit earlier this week, Duterte was quoted as saying that “China is already in possession [of the South China Sea]. It’s now in their hands.” The President said this as he called on the United States and other countries to just accept this “reality” and avoid creating “friction” that could lead to full-scale military confrontation. Carpio recently said that he would not change his stance on the territorial dispute against China in his bid for the top judicial post. He said he would maintain his position, which is contrary to that of the administration, which has opted not to protest China’s incursions into disputed areas of the South China Sea. He said he would not sacrifice his advocacy in the West Philippine Sea, which he considers more important than being selected as the next chief justice. “The President has the prerogative to appoint whoever he wants and I will respect that. But that will not stop me from continuing my advocacy because for me this is more important than anything else,” he said in an interview. Carpio is one of the five nominees for the top Supreme Court post vacated by the retirement last month of chief justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and is expected to be considered for the position due to the President’s pronouncement that he respects seniority in appointing the chief justice. The other four nominees are Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Estela Perlas - Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr. Earlier, Carpio called on the Duterte administration to file new protest against China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration over the harassment of Filipino fishermen by Chinese Coast Guard in the Scarborough Shoal off Zambales province. “We’re very thankful for [the person’s] generosity,” Emmanuel Balondo, the City Treasurer OIC, told ABS-CBN News, as Borongan’s employees excitedly lined outside his office window. According to Joselito Badiola, the man the jackpot winner entrusted the cash gifts to, another P5 million is coming to all his neighbors in the barangay where he lives, including his fellow tricycle drivers in the TODA (tricycle operators and drivers association) he belonged to and his local church. “Before he got the city hall job, he used to drive tricycles to augment his income,” Badiola said. Mayor Abunda said she spent the P5,000 she got for snacks for his staff. As it turned out, she also knows the winner personally. “This person’s mother was a nanny of my child. When I became mayor, I gave him the opportunity to become a permanent employee [at city hall],” she said. For his own security, the jackpot winner has left his own home in Borongan, the mayor revealed. Jimbo Gulle




Focus efforts on ‘volatile’ La Union, Ping urges PNP SENATOR Panfilo Lacson has urged the Philippine National Police to focus on the political situation in La Union after Vice Mayor Al-Fred Concepcion was killed by unidentified gunmen in Balaoan town Wednesday. One of Concepcion’s aides was also killed, while his daughter Mayor Aleli Concepcion was wounded by gunmen who fired from both sides of the BalaoanLuna Road in La Union. Lacson said La Union seemed to have taken the place of Abra, where he said killings of politicians usually spike during elections. “Parang sunud-sunod na ang nangyari sa La Union. I think the PNP should exert extra effort and focus on the political situation in La Union. Kasi nagkakaroon na ng pattern eh,” [It seems that killings happen consecutively in La Union. I think the PNP should exert extra effort and focus on the political situation in La Union. It seems that a pattern is emerging.] he said in a Senate forum. Lacson said the killing of Concepcion could be proof that gun-for-hire groups cuddled by some politicians are now springing into action as the elections draw near. The senator also warned that allowing impunity to prevail in the latest killing might encourage other politicians to order the killing of their opponents since they might think the crime is not being punished anyway. He also said the issue on politicians using gun-for-hire groups is already an “open secret.” “Kapag malapit na ang eleksyon o simula na ‘yung campaign, pag may namamatay na mga kandidato, wala ka namang ibang unang maisip na motibo kundi pulitika,” Lacson said.

Cimatu orders closure of two erring mining companies By Rio N. Araja AFTER a “well-studied review,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered the permanent closure of two mining companies for non-compliance with environmental laws and denial of the mineral production sharing agreements. In a Nov. 12 decision, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources chief disclosed the highlights of the report of the technical review team tapped by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council, citing Claver Mineral Development Corp., Oriental Synergy and Ore Asia as “most problematic for majority of the aspects reviewed.” He affirmed the cancellation of the MPSAs of Claver Mineral Development Council and Oriental Synergy Mining Corp., and denied the MPSA application of Ore Asia Mining and Development Corp. He directed the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau to implement the recommendations of the MICC. The MICC report also recommended the conduct of a case study on the economic analysis of Benguet Corp.; Oriental Vision Mining Philippine Corp.; Hinatuan Mining Corp.; Zambales’ Benguet Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc. and Zambales Diversified Mineral, and Strongbuilt Mining Development Corp.


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a photo prior to their bilateral meeting at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on Nov. 15, 2018. Presidential Photo

‘Rice Tariffication bill gives farmers a fighting chance’ By Macon Ramos-Araneta

ILIPINO farmers will have a fighting chance against farmers from neighboring ASEAN countries as cheaper rice will start flooding the market, according to Senator Cynthia Villar, principal author of the Rice Tariffication Bill, which was approved on third and final reading.


“I will not agree to liberalize the importation (of rice) without any help because they (farmers) will be the losers,” Villar said. “Talo tayo ng Vietnam at Thailand in terms of competitiveness. So we have to help our farmers to be competitive as soon as possible,” added Villar, who chairs the Senate agriculture and food committee. “That’s why we need additional funds and programs to help our farmers mechanize and ultimately lower the cost of producing palay,” she said. The Senate on Wednesday passed on third reading the bill which provides support to farmers projected to be adversely affected by the lifting of

the quantitative restriction on the importation of rice. With a vote of 14 affirmative, 0 negative and 0 abstention, senators approved Senate Bill 1998 or the bill which amends Republic Act 8178 or the Agricultural Tariffication Act and replaces the quantitative import restriction on rice with tariffs. Villar said “a package of support programs is incorporated in the bill to make sure that Filipino farmers will be competitive with farmers from neighboring countries.” According to Villar, the bill creates the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund or Rice Fund consisting of an annual appropriation of P10 billion for

the next six years following the approval of this act. The Rice Fund will be allocated to riceproducing areas and will be earmarked as follows: 50 percent shall be released to and implemented by the Philippine Center for PostHarvest Development and Mechanization as grant in aid to eligible farmers’ associations, registered rice cooperatives and local government units in the form of rice farm equipment, such as tillers, tractors, seeders, threshers, rice planters, harvesters, irrigation pumps, small solar irrigation, reapers, driers, millers, and the like, for purposes of improving farm mechanization; 30 percent shall be released to and implemented by the Philippine Rice Research Institute and shall be used for the development, propagation and promotion of inbred rice seeds to rice farmers and the organization of rice farmers into seed growers associations and/or cooperatives engaged in seed production and trade; 10 percent shall be made available in the form of credit facility with minimal interest rates and with minimum collateral requirements to rice farmers and cooperatives, to be managed equally by the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines;

Ubial denies criminal raps filed by Garin over ‘vaccine’ By Rey E. Requejo FORMER Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial on Friday asked the Department of Justice to dismiss the criminal charges filed against her by her predecessor, former Secretary Janette Garin, in connection with the deaths of schoolchildren inoculated with the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. In her counter-affidavit, Ubial appealed to the DOJ’s panel of prosecutors led by Assistant State Prosecutor Claire Eufracia Pagayanan to dismiss outright Garin’s charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against her for lack of basis. Ubial branded as “false and unfounded” the allegation made by Garin that she should be held criminally liable because it was her who decided to shift the dengue immunization program

from being school-based to communitybased which contributed to alleged reported deaths among immunized children. According to Ubial, Garin “merely surmises that the implementation of the Community-Based Dengue Immunization Program ‘may have’ contributed to ‘alleged reported deaths’.” She said the complaint “does not allege, much less prove through any piece of evidence, the factual circumstances surrounding said alleged deaths. To repeat, probable cause demands more than bare suspicion and must rest on competent relevant evidence.” “Thus, even assuming that the alleged reported deaths occurred, the Complaint-Affidavit should nevertheless be dismissed outright

because it fails to establish the said deaths were caused by Dengvaxia administered during the CommunityBased Dengue Immunization Program,” she added. Ubial also debunked the claim of Garin that the community-based implementation of the dengue immunization program was contrary to the World Health Organization recommendations that immunization programs should be school-based. “The WHO, in several publications, has never stated that the dengue immunization programs should only be implemented through a schoolbased method. In fact, the WHO SAGE (Strategic Advisory Group of Experts) has stated that dengue vaccines ‘may be administered either through health facilities or through school-based programs,” she said.

UP student tops civil engineering exam

SEED CONGRESS. Senator Cynthia A. Villar and daughter Camille Villar lead the delegates of the 25th ASEAN Seed Congress to a tour at the ‘vegetable and flower gardens’ at the Villar SIPAG Farm School in Bacoor, Cavite. Eighty foreign delegates from 49 countries saw the ‘quality products—the flowers in bloom and the healthy vegetables as results of using quality seeds. Below, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to usher the‘Field Day’ opening shows led by Senator Villar, along with (from left), Henk Hermans, East-West Seed general manager; Camille Villar; Dra. Mary Ann Sayoc, EastWest Seed Public Affairs lead convenor and Michelle Devaerrewaere, East-West Seed VP. East West Seed is one of the top seed companies in the world which has been helping the senator in her advocacy in pushing for reforms to spur agricultural growth and alleviate the plight of farmers. Lino Santos

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines student Jaydee Niere Lucero topped the Civil Engineering Licensure examination given this month by the Professional Regulation Commission. Lucero garnered a percentage rating of 97.20 to lead the top 18 graduates who made it to the top successful examinees. The PRC announced that 6,262 out of 13,887 passed the examinations. After UP’s Lucero, Bicol UniversityLegazpi graduate Norejun de Guzman Osial placed second while Camarines Sur Polytechnic College-Nabua graduate John Rey Moreno Pacturanan placed third. Churchelle Mendez Ballon (UP Los Baños) made it to fourth place while tied in fifth place are Jan Lawrence Torres Alberto (Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University) and Michael Angelo Ador Magbitang (Rizal Technological University). The others in the Top 10 list are Sherwin Yusay Alipio (Carlo A. Hilado Memorial

State College-Talisay), Kevin Miscala Melendres (University of San Carlos), Raul Ligaya Mendoza Jr. (UP-Diliman), Xavier Sorilla Altamera (Western Institute of Technology), Jayvee Rodriguez Marjes (UP Diliman), Kenmark Jewel Vinoya Biag (University of Pangasinan). Also making it to the list are Ma. Patricia Leriezz Johnston Corpuz (UPDiliman), Jinno Edison Conti enriquez (UST), John Ivan Manticajon Gapud (University of San Carlos), Wilson Kristoffer Dimaano Ricarte (UST), Jared Bihag Jumalon (University of Cebu), and John Brix Calanoc Pronuncial (Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila). UP- Los Baños, meanwhile, is listed as the top-performing school in the November 2018 licensure examination, followed by Carlos A. Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay, UP Diliman, Bohol Island State University-Tagbilaran, University of Pangasinan, and University of Santo Tomas.

Police nab 5 Chinese accused of gang rape POLICE arrested five Chinese nationals accused of gang raping a fellow Chinese inside a hotel in Ayala-Alabang in Muntinlupa City last Nov. 13 The suspects were identified as Wu Zhixiong, 24; Sun Yunpeng, 23; Hung Lin, 19; Zhang Le, 24, and Jiao Hang, 29, all call center agents and residing at Hop Inn Hotel, Madrigal Business Park II, Ayala-Alabang. Son Jenny Tecson said the suspects were arrested based on the complaint filed by a 25-year-old female Chinese national who claimed that the gang rape happened around 12:30 pm at Room 319 of Hop Inn Hotel. “Investigation showed that the victim was forcibly taken by four suspects from her room and brought to unit 319 Hop Inn Hotel. Then and there above-named suspects conspiring with each other sexually molested the victim against her will and consent,” said Tecson, citing an initial report submitted by the Muntinlupa City police. Tecson said a concerned citizen nearby heard the victim yelling for help and immediately called police assistance which resulted in the suspects’ arrest. She added that three other suspects who were also involved in the crime remain at large and now the subjects of manhunt. Joel E. Zurbano

3 Georgian nationals with fake visas held IMMIGRATION authorities held three Georgian nationals who tried to enter the country through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport using bogus Canadian visas in their passports. BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said Georgians were immediately apprehended upon their arrival at the NAIA aboard an Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi. Medina said the foreigners plan to use Manila as a transit point prior to leaving for Canada. “The Georgians initially presented themselves as humanitarian workers on a business vacation sponsored by an international non-government organization. Our officers found out that these aliens planned to stay in Manila for two days, then fly to Qatar and Azerbaijan, before sneaking into Canada,” said Medina. He said the incident was an attempt to use the Philippines as a jump-off point to illegally enter Canada. Vito Barcelo and Joel Zurbano

Lambanog poison kills four in Tarlac CAPAS, Tarlac—Four persons died after downing several glasses of ‘lambanog,’ a processed coconut wine popular in Southern Tagalog region, during drinking session at Barangay Aranguren in this town Wednesday evening, police authorities said. Supt. Noriel Rombaoa, chief of Capas police, identified the fatalities as father and son Edelito, 69 and Edgardo, 44, cousins Jommel Sicat and another one, all residents at Purok 5 in said village. Rombaoa said the victims and four others were invited to a drinking spree at rhe residence of Edgardo early afternoon Wednesday and they parted ways past 3 pm. The following day (Thursday, Nov. 15), both Edgardo and Edelito complained of extreme headache and dizziness thay prompted family members to rush them to Tarlac Provincial Hospital in Tarlac City where both expired moments later. Jess Malabanan




Climate justice in Katowice countable for causing climate-related loss and damage. In the years to come, this need for accountability, which includes both assistance and reparations to vulnerable countries and peoples, will supplant mitigation and adaptation as the major issue for negotiation by CLIMATE change is upon us. And it governments wrestling with increasing will get worse. The recent report issued climate change. The Paris Agreement illustrates the by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the feasibility and emergence of climate justice as the implications of limiting the increase principal issue governments and stakeof global temperature to more than 1.5 holders must address in the future. In degrees Celsius of pre-industrial lev- its preamble, the concept of climate els says as much. With Brazil possibly justice is acknowledged for the first joining the United States in rejecting time in an international agreement. the global consensus on climate action Likewise, in the same preamble, the manifested in the Paris Agreement, related concept of human rights is enshrined as a guiding principle in the things could get worse. In the 1990s, as I have written be- implementation of obligations. In the fore, the first decade of climate action, operative provisions, climate justice is the emphasis was on the mitigation of the spirit behind the provisions on adgreenhouse gas emissions from devel- aptation, support (finance, technology oped countries in the hope that their transfer, and capacity building), and in leadership would be enough to address particular on the establishment of an international loss the challenge. But and damage the rich countries mechanism. Of failed us. Meancourse, one hopes while, emissions the Agreement from the bigger I hope we continue would have been developing counstronger on comtries increased to achieve progress and pliance measures, rapidly and ex- make decisions that will including having ponentially while bring us nearer to a just punitive provicountries, espesions, but this is cially the most world. just too radical an vulnerable, began idea at this point. experiencing the It must be emearly impacts of phasized that anth ropogenic climate change. Understandably, the climate justice is not just a North-vs.second decade of climate action (2001- South issue. It is between and within 2010) saw the emergence of adaptation countries, and includes corporations as a priority equal or even more impor- and their impact on peoples. It is also tant for developing countries. Obtain- about racial, ethnic, gender, and other ing support for adaptation efforts be- forms of discrimination that make some communities more vulnerable came imperative for these nations. Today, mitigation and adaptation re- than others. Finally, climate justice is main at the top of the climate agenda, an intergenerational challenge. From a climate justice perspective, but increasingly climate justice is being asserted by countries and stake- the Paris Agreement is not perfect. It holders. Traditional, more familiar is not the panacea to solve all the isconcepts such as “common but differ- sues intertwined with climate change. entiated responsibility” and “equity” But it is the best, the most, we can get are being reframed as a matter of jus- now. Thankfully, the Paris Agreement tice, where countries and corporations is not the least common denominator. from both North and South are held acTurn to A5

Adelle Chua, Editor



A laughable plot twist

HE Philippine National Police and the Department of the Interior and Local Government want to twist the plot of a popular primetime television series so that it reflects a positive view of cops. PNP Director-General Oscar Albayalde reportedly sent a letter to the people behind “Ang Probinsyano,” which airs on ABSCBN, requesting a meeting with its writers. Meanwhile, the chief of the DILG, Eduardo Año, says the portrayal of cops as involved in crime affects the morale of policemen and influences the public. It is unfair, he says, because many police officers lay their lives on the line for their job of protecting civilians. The DILG has administrative supervision over the PNP. “We don’t want the show

stopped; we just want it to change its plot,” he said in an interview with Rappler. These words would be laughable if the two officials weren’t too serious. First, the show never purported to be anything else than a work of fiction. It has never claimed to reflect any specific event or person in the real-life police force. Second, to meddle with this will not help this administration in fending off accusations of a creeping dictatorship and suppression of basic freedoms. Third, it assumes that those who are watching the show are stupid. Of course there have been instances when screen personalities have influenced people’s perception of actors themselves. This has been responsible for the political success of those whose only qualification is their stature on popular culture. Actors who play heroic or charismatic roles have been known to launch careers in

public service. But it is not as if news of irregular or outright criminal behavior of the police is something new to the people, before they have seen even an episode of “Ang Probinsyano.” Does the PNP not have no less than a transformation program, an acknowledgment that some things are in desperate need for change? Have we not heard of crimes committed by those who are supposed to make us feel safe in the first place—killings of drug suspects, for instance, or sex-for-freedom schemes? We do not intend to discount the virtues of the truly honest and honorable cops. But it is ridiculous to insist that they be portrayed in any particular way for entertainment purposes. All this just makes us wonder why the PNP and DILG heads seem to have a lot of time in their hands that they have the luxury of ruminating on the impact of telenovelas on their image.

Emilio Aguinaldo Day the battlefield. He won actual battles that led to the declaration of Philippine independence on June 12, 1898. He fought two wars against world powers—first against Spain in the revolutions of 1896 and 1898, then against the Americans during the PhilippineAmerican war. Aguinaldo’s battlecry Part 1 was INDEPENDENCE. I also agree that rekindling the FiliPRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has released Proclamation 621 declaring pino spirit through the lessons of hisMarch 22, 2019 as Emilio Aguinaldo tory is crucial especially at this point Day in commemoration of the 150th when generations of Filipinos that no birth anniversary of the country’s first longer know our country’s glorious president General Emilio Aguinaldo. history of valor. Filipinos fall prey The proclamation also designates the to historical revisionism and I do not National Historical Commission of only refer to the period of Martial Law the Philippines as the lead agency in and the Marcos dictatorship but also the implementation of activities rel- our quest for independence during the years of the revolution. evant to the celebration. So-called modern historians and Proclamation 621 says, students of his“WHER EAS, tory twist and as the first Presibend what truly dent of the Rehappened by failpublic, Aguinaldo He is a victim of ing to rely on symbolized the primary and secdesire of the na- misrepresentation and ondary sources tion to be selfmisanalysis of historical (those who lived reliant, independthrough the revoent, and free from events. lution, and those oppression, and who talked with WHEREAS, those who expethe State recogrienced the revonizes the necessity to rekindle the Filipino spirit lution), and by supplanting the conthrough the lessons of history and en- text of historical events with modern courages every citizen to emulate and analysis. We judge our heroes based on our political ideals NOW, not what honor our forefathers;” I often find myself criticizing ac- our heroes knew THEN. We fail to appreciate that our tions and pronouncements of President Duterte on many issues but I revolutionists were mostly young. must say that I agree with this particu- They operated in the 19th century when modern political concepts were lar proclamation. Indeed, Aguinaldo symbolized, and yet at their birthing stage. Aguinaldo declared Philippine still does, the desire of the Filipinos himself for independence and freedom from independence when he was 28, and oppression. Prior to being the first became President at 29 years old. Yet, president, Aguinaldo was the revolu- the Philippines was the first Asian tionary leader, who despite the acute country to declare independence lack of arms and ammunitions, fought from foreign colonizer. Turn to A5 and led thousands of revolutionists in


Curse of an oligarch in Iloilo City by virtue of a franchise from Congress. Because their business is a monopoly and a rich cash cow, the Cachos controlled regulatory oversight of their business by securing political connecRICH families have always lorded tions with whoever was in City Hall or over the country’s regional economy, in the National Government’s regulaas those with vast landholdings and businesses in the provinces dominate the local economy, usually with their huge agri-industrial businesses migrating to public services. PECO has remained Such is the case for the Cacho family of Iloilo, the majority owner of the untouchable. controversial utility firm Panay Electric Co. (PECO), which for 95 years monopolized electricity distribution

tory arm. This appears to be a reason why the Cachos and PECO remain untouchable, even with making bad corporate decisions like making an uninsured deposit of P819 million in Export and Industry Bank (EIB), a bank that was declared insolvent and closed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in April 2012. The chances the uninsured deposit could still be recovered by PECO are very slim, according to auditors, because the closed bank’s assets are not even enough to pay off its primary insured creditors. PECO was put up in 1923 by prominent Iloilo businessmen who acquired Turn to A5

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Opinion China’s win-win approach to diplomacy BACKBENCHER ROD P. KAPUNAN REEXAMINING China’s approach to diplomacy, one could see that it has been successful compared to that of the US. This is now apparent because today the world is observing the potential conflict between the US and China, with each seeking to gain the support of other countries to its side. It is important that we take a comparative analysis of the fundamental differences in the approaches of the two countries, particularly when China applied the win-win approach to gain wider leverage and recognition. Others reject it, contending that diplomacy alone will never work. Conventional wisdom by most political analysts say China’s diplomatic thrust is residual to its economic success. They say diplomacy goes hand in hand with economic success. This view has become the template of most countries. The same political observers would however not go beyond to say that underneath the economic and diplomatic success of the US, after it emerged victorious in the Second World War, was the pattern of forcible alliance to strengthen the containment policy against China. The US has to rely heavily on its seemingly invincible military might to ensure the success of giving lip service to its practice of sugar-coated diplomacy. In contrast, today, students of international relations see US dealings with other countries as symptomatic of its increasing uneasiness that it is about to be economically and even militarily eclipsed by China. Nonetheless, one must understand the US approach has long been defined by the US Secretary of State during the Cold War when he said, “the State Department exists to protect the interest of the US.” In another occasion, Secretary John Foster Dulles said, “the US has no permanent enemies, it has only permanent interest.” Taking the two statements together means that through the years, we failed to peel off our concept of diplomacy to allow us to segregate the chaff from the grain. For that, we have failed to measure America’s friendship such that we have been living up to our role as protector of US interest in this country. It was the US that put a price tag to diplomacy just to reach out as many allies to counterbalance Chinese and Russian influence. The exposition of

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In effect, we miss the real lessons of our history. Moreover, we pit our heroes against each other, which leads to disrespect. Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo is a victim of misrepresentation and misanalysis of historical events, and his role in such events. A perfect example is how the General was portrayed in the films Heneral Luna and Goyo by Jerrold Tarog. Both films are largely FICTION supposedly based on historical facts but many of those who saw these took Tarog’s works as historical documentaries. The makers of the film obviously wanted to destroy Aguinaldo, not educate viewers about our history. By doing this, Tarog and company mislead Filipinos and contribute to the skewed understanding of important historical events. Another example is the article, “With new declaration, questionable hero Emilio Aguinaldo now has a day” by Catalina Ricci Madarang of Interaksyon. The title already reveals the writer’s bias. Calling Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo a questionable hero right off the bat tells the readers that the article is really about discrediting the General. Madarang used three important historical events to paint Aguinaldo as a villain—General Antonio Luna’s death (the writer even thanked Tarog’s film for surfacing Aguinaldo’s supposed “role” here), Andres Bonifacio’s execution, and the Tejeros Convention. The piece is full of loopholes, inaccuracies, and historical misrepresentation. First, let us tackle the controversial Tejeros Convention. Madarang wrote, “Aguinaldo manipulated the conven-

our foreign policy through diplomacy has become costly because it focuses mainly in securing one’s interest. Instead of us broadening our relations with other countries, we focus on what they could exact and only then will they proceed to bargain away things of lesser value. For instance, nobody understood why China relented to a 60-40 agreement with us when normally by the principle of sovereignty equality between two negotiating states would have prevented us from signing that. Even if the agreement was favorable to us, nobody dared examine what made it possible. The US, in its diplomatic dealings, has always maintained the position of strength to supplement its economic, military, and political influence to intimidate other countries. But that is not diplomacy in its true sense because the parameter on what the parties should bargain does not exist. Coun-

After all, we live on one planet.

tries on the defensive could only recall the orthodox concepts of state equality and sovereignty. Negotiation is at the outset doomed, or if it succeeds, it is one of a lopsided contract. On other hand, China’ approach to diplomacy is to treat the negotiations with a frame of mind of seeking to achieve a win-win agreement. That means the agreement should not only be acceptable, but more importantly would also benefit the other party. It is the benefit than what it could bargain that clinches the contract. On that basis, parties explore wide range of possibility to make the negotiation a success. The win-win approach of China is classic because it provides more areas to bargain and alternatives on what the other can offer. This is definitely not in accord to the philosophy of differentiating black from what is white that in the end to give way is to negatively treat the negotiations as a betrayal. Such is wrong for somehow each has something to offer if one would have to go outside in the measurement of value and material benefits. It is similar to the concept of exchange in economics. One would realize that what he obtained is more than a win-win victory, but is only theoretically limited by the preconceived notion of equality. Without it, seldom could any negotiation tion and elections of the Katipunan at the Tejeros Estate in Cavite.” This is very wrong in many respects. It should be understood that Andres Bonifacio went to Cavite after he lost battles in Manila and nearby areas, and he was already running from the forces of Spain. He was invited to Cavite by the leaders of the Magdiwang group led by the Alvarezes, Gregoria’s (Bonifacio’s wife) relatives. At this point, Emilio Aguinaldo and his men from Magdalo already won several battles. Aguinaldo has become quite popular because of these victories. The Magdalo and Magdiwang were the two revolutionary groups in Cavite. When Bonifacio arrived in Cavite, he immediately aligned himself with the Magdiwang. Perhaps this was because the leader of the group was his wife’s uncle. There are several accounts of how Bonifacio conducted himself in Cavite and how he favored Magdiwang over Magdalo. It should also be mentioned that while many of the revolutionary leaders in Cavite were members of the Katipunan, a big number of those fighting against Spain were not. They were revolutionaries but were not Katipuneros. The Tejeros Convention was an attempt to establish a revolutionary government that would supplant the Katipunan owing to the fact that many revolutionary forces were not Katipuneros. To explain this further, let me quote a fellow history enthusiast and member of the groups Tunay na Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas (TUKLAS), Inc. Virgilio Leynes (Basilio Ibabawan on Facebook) who wrote Interaksyon about the erroneous Madarang piece: “In this article, Aguinaldo is made to appear a sinister, scheming politician who allegedly cheated Bonifacio

start. The win-win formula is another variation of the concept of “soft power” enunciated by American professor David Nye, Jr. Professor Nye defines “soft power” as “when a country may obtain the outcomes it wants in world politics because other countries—admiring its values, emulating its example, aspiring to its level of prosperity and openness—want to follow it.” The intimidating diplomacy of US President Trump is already seeing the aftermath of increased mistrust in the US leadership. In fact, the win-win formula now being pursued by China’s President Xi Jinping has reached is its highest form of diplomatic refinement of the original “soft power” conceived by Professor Nye. To him, the world revolves around politics, and there is more truism to his thesis. It is different from the US position of strength in negotiating, having in mind the idea of subjugating the other to force it to cave in as though what they will sign is an unconditional surrender. The US failed to bring North Korea and Iran to the negotiating table because it wants to impose an all-win formula, forgetting that these states are not negotiating under the terms of unconditional surrender. Philippine-China relations amplify clearly the win-win approach which the two countries have adopted. China’s ambassador Zhao Jianhua listed three important items he categorized as the pillars in Philippine Chinese relations. First, it strengthened to a high-level the exchanges that deepened strategic mutual trust. Second, it unleashed great potential for cooperation that is now reaping fruitful results. This has resulted in China becoming the country’s leading trading partner, reaching a total of $50 billion, and the added investment from China of $53.84 million or an increase of 67 percent. Third is the rapid increase in tourism coming from China. During the first three quarters in 2018, the Philippines has received more than 972,00 Chinese tourists achieving a 34.0 percent increased on a year-to-year basis. On the whole, what we see is an expansion in our diplomatic thrust not essentially focused on trade, but more on primordial concern to eliminate the mistrust that continues to linger. Exploring what we could share would surely be reciprocated by China. It is one of coming to terms to what President Xi has eloquently proposed, which is to put up a new framework in international relations of building for mankind a “community of shared future.” After all, we live on one planet. and had him killed. The truth is the Tejeros elections was a brainchild and project of Bonifacio. He and the Magdiwang of Alvarez clan, a relative of Bonifacio’s wife, initiated the convention and ran it. Bonifacio acted as Chairman and Artemio Ricarte, another Magdiwang, Secretary, who distributed the ballots. There were only eight delegates from the Magdalo because they, including Aguinaldo, were manning the trenches, in the face of the impending attack by the Spaniards in Pasong Santol, Salitran, in the town of Dasmarinas, Cavite. The fact is, it was Bonifacio who was politicking, because instead of going to the battlefield and helping in the defense of the town, he was manning a convention and the election. The other facts that are simply overlooked are as follows: Bonifacio’s null and void declaration was invalidated by the delegates through Santiago Rillo (from Batangas), who took over the chairmanship and confirmed all acts of the convention, including the election of the officers. Failing in this, Bonifacio claimed there was cheating and demanded that all elected officials vacate their positions, which the Magdalos refused to accept. Also failing in this, he launched a coup d’état but it was nipped in the bud by Aguinaldo.” The Tejeros Convention was organized, dominated, and managed by the Magdiwang. It was also held in one of their bailiwicks—Tejeros. How could General Aguinaldo manipulate it when he only had a handful of men there and he, himself was absent and manning the battlefield? More next week. @bethangsioco on Twitter Elizabeth Angsioco on Facebook.



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a new legislative franchise to distribute and sell electricity in Iloilo City. The gentlemen who put up PECO, however, sold the business four years to the matriarch of the Cacho clan, Dona Candelaria Soriano Cacho. Lola Candi, as she was known, gave management of the utility firm to her son Mariano, a civil engineer. Management has remained in the hands of the Cachos since then. Like any monopoly, PECO has been known for a bad record of service to its customers, namely the residents of Iloilo City. This bad record, it seems, has been consistent because of its monopolistic nature. No competition except for government oversight, which can be managed by politicians that supervise the oversight function like those in City Hall and in Congress, tend to give business owners a God-like complex, more so in a city far away from the seat of the National Government. In such cases, it’s the customer that suffers as services become sloppy. If you don’t like the service, you complain, and if there is no action or the action takes a long time and cost you more suffering, you have no option because the service, in this case electricity for the household or the business, is something you cannot just give up because of disgust. PECO is one such monopoly, and it appears the Cachos are a prime example of the bad things that oligarchy represents for Filipino consumers. Look at its litany of sins that made electricity service in Iloilo a token. First, it did not have enough capital expenditure to modernize its distribution facilities that resulted in undersized and crowded feeders, leaning poles, disorganized service drops, unsafe clearances of lines and substations from vegetation, unsafe clearances of lines from structures, leaking substations and transformers. Its distribution charges appear to be low because it has not submitted any CAPEX program to the Energy Regulatory Commission to modernize its facilities. PECO has also chosen to continuously declare dividends to its stockholders despite complaints of overbilling and bad service from Iloilo residents. First Philippine Holdings disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange that PECO declared dividends amounting to P41 million in 2015, P43 million in 2016 and P51 million for its 30 percent shareholdings in the Iloilo utility firm. In a display of vanity usually displayed by oligarchs that run monopolies, PECO chose to build a new P65-million head office building with a private elevator and accommodations for its senior executives instead of investing in the improvement of its distribution facilities. Now, PECO faces a big quandary as its control of electricity distribution in Iloilo is certain to end with its losing its bid to secure a new 25-year legislative franchise from Congress to replace its current franchise that expires on January 18, 2019. Congress is always blamed for perpetuating oligarchs’ control over the local economy to the detriment of the voting public. In denying PECO a new franchise, Congress has redeemed itself for the hapless citizens of Iloilo City.

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Certainly, it is progressive in its inclusion of human rights and climate justice among its principles. While legally binding targets could have been better, a bottom-up, country-level differentiated approach is the best we can do for now. In any case, the monitoring and reporting obligations under the Paris Agreement provide openings for reviewing compliance. The Paris Agreement Articles on the support mechanisms—finance, technology transfer, and capacity building—are positive provisions. But, being products of the usual compromises on these issues, they are incomplete. Their modalities and the institutions that will make these provisions come alive must be negotiated in the next two years. Those negotiations will be tough. Thankfully, negotiating groups like the CVF, the Less Developed Countries (LDCs), and the Like Minded Group of countries, by themselves or working with the Group of 77 and China, have continued to insist on greater ambition regarding climate finance, using as an argument the imperatives of climate justice. Another Article that emphasizes climate justice with regard to developing countries is that on loss and damage. Since the Warsaw COP in 2013, the Philippines has been one of the nations pushing hard for putting into place this mechanism to compensate loss of lives and damage to property and infrastructure resulting from climate change. The

*** All roads lead to Conspiracy. After three decades, Buklod is back —all three of them. In the 1980s, when rallies literally filled the streets, a group of Filipino musicians which included Noel Cabangon, Rom Dongeto of Sinaglahi and Rene Boncocan of Lingkod Sining, banded together to form Buklod, which stands for Bukluran ng mga Musikero para sa Bayan. Collectively, they formed the forefront of a united cultural workers heavily committed in pursuing a truly democratic society. However, the EDSA people’s uprising in 1986, many people, including the musicians who were previously involved in Buklod, became complacent, falling into a trap of false notion of an achieved victory. But not with those truly committed to the advancement of the people’s struggle for a truly democratic and prosperous Philippines. It was then the trio of Cabangon, Dongeto and Boncocan decided to pursue the advancement of people’s music they have since advocated and took on Buklod as their band name. They released their first album, “Bukid at Buhay” in 1987, a collection of songs they had written. Heavy on the acoustics, the album, which also featured the late Susan Fernandez-Magno, centered on the lives, struggles ad aspirations of the Filipino peasants. After the release of their first album, Boncocan left the group to pursue other interests. In 1991, Buklod, then consisting of the duo of Cabangon and Dongeto, released their second album, “Tatsulok,” a human rights-themed collection, the angst against human rights abuses effectively epitomized by the power licks and thunderous beats from guest musicians. The carrier single, incidentally, the name of the album, was later re-released by pop rock band, Bamboo. In 1995, Buklod again released another album, “Kandungan sa Kalikasan,” dedicated to the environment. The album spawned the iconic hit, “Kanlungan,” an environmental love song which was also adopted by a leading fastfood chain in one of its advertisement. Except for the airing of Tatsulok, the Bamboo-version on radio, and the television commercial of the fastfood chain featuring the song, Kanlungan, there was nothing more heard of Buklod again as the band took a 22-year break. As Cabangon continues to chase his music career, Dongeto and Boncocan had to pursue paths veering away from the music scene, the former ending up as executive director of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population Development, and the latter, a successful art director in a prestigious advertising agency. Until 2017, when the trio of Cabangon, Dongeto and Boncocan regrouped and was spotted performing again in mass rallies. With the political scenario hardly changing when they were first introduced to the harsh social realities, their penchant for writing and performing politically-themed songs were revitalized, as if receiving a booster shot in the arm. Thus, three decades after they first stepped and performed in a the stage of a political event, Buklod will now release another album amid calls for change in their songs remain as relevant as ever. Catch them tonight at Conspiracy Garden Café at 9:00 p.m. Warsaw meeting was traumatic for the Philippine delegation because the COP opened right after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the country. But this disaster provided an opening to successfully push for the creation of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage. This is not yet the liability regime some have been advocating but its institutionalization through its inclusion as an Article separate from adaptation in the Paris Agreement is important. It opens the way for developing methodologies to assess and put value on loss and damage arising from climate change as well as developing the mechanisms to make the system work. The remaining task is to put flesh on the loss-and-damage mechanism so it becomes a foundational pillar of a compensation and liability regime. On the first week of December, governments will again be meeting, once again in Poland, this time in Katowice. The last time we met in this Eastern European country was November 2013, in its capital city Warsaw, right after Yolanda/Haiyan devastated the Central Visayas. Our delegation, working with other developing country delegations and led by the passionate and excellent negotiator Yeb Saño, succeeded in working for the establishment of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage. In Paris, in 2015, we were able to institutionalize the mechanism in the Paris Agreement. My hope is that in Katowice, we will continue to make progress and make decisions that will bring us nearer to a just world. Facebook: tonylavs Twitter: tonylavs





Du30 okays Filipino Sign Language Law P

GENERAL GUIDELINES: 1. Disposal of GSIS Investment Properties – Retail Units (IP-RUs) is through a competitive public bidding process. Acceptance of Purchase Offer shall start on the scheduled bidding date and time. 2. Dropping of bid envelopes inside the designated bid box will be on the date of auction from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Opening of Bids will immediately follow. 3. Disposal of GSIS IP-RUs is on “As-Is Where-Is” basis. Interested bidders are enjoined to personally inspect the GSIS IP-RUs for sale. “As-Is Where-Is” is defined as the present physical condition of the retail unit that GSIS is selling and the buyer is buying, “with all attendant faults, if any,” whether or not immediately apparent and without any express or implied warranty. The buyer takes this condition at his or her own risk, without recourse against the GSIS as to their condition. This includes knowledge by the buyer of the presence of occupants in the retailunit being purchased. 4. Strictly, “One bidder, One specific property” only, which means that a bidder cannot submit two (2) or more bids for one property. A bidder may submit one bid each to as many properties as he wants to buy, as long as, he posts a bidder’s deposit for each property in an amount provided below. The bidder must present valid government IDs upon registration on the date of public bidding. 5. Purchase offer may either be in Cash or through External Financing Institution. 6. A downloadable bid form shall be properly accomplished with the following data: a. b. c. d. e.

Name and complete address of the bidder Exact address of property you are interested to bid Transfer Certificate of Title No. Amount of bid (in numbers and in words) 10 % Bidder’s Deposit equivalent to 10% of the total amount of bid offer f. Signature of the bidder/representative 7. Bid proposal shall be written in words and in figures and shall not be lower than the Minimum Bid Price of the property published in the newspaper or posted in the GSIS website. Should there be a difference in the amount in words and in figures, the amount in words shall prevail. 8. Bidders’ deposit equivalent to at least 10% of the Bid Offer shall be in the form of MANAGER’S CHECK payable to the Government Service Insurance System 9. The following shall be inserted on the sealed bid envelope: a. the properly accomplished downloadable bid form b. Manager’s Check payable to Government Service Insurance c. System representing deposit equivalent to at least 10% of the Bid Offer d. the Special Power of Attorney (SPA), if the bidder is an authorized representative e. pre-conditional approval from PBCOM, if applicable f. proofs of occupancy (see No. 12.c.1 and c.2) 10. The following information shall be clearly written outside the sealed bid envelope (mailing envelope) (Address of Property you want to bid) Block No. ______ Lot. No. ______ Phase No.____ Name of Subdivision Address of Subdivision TCT NO. _______ Mode: __________ Cash __________ thru External Financing Institution Name of Bidder: Mailing Address: 11. Interested bidders planning to purchase the GSIS property through External Financing Institution (EFI) shall first secure certification from accredited banks

stating that he/she is qualified to avail of a loan from External Financing Institution and insert inside the bid envelope. 12. The existing tenant or occupant or his duly authorized representative through a valid Special Power of Attorney (SPA) has the right to match the offer of the declared highest bidder, provided: a. he/she is present during the bidding b. participated in actual bidding c. presently occupying the property subject of bidding supported by the following proofs of occupancy: c.1

Barangay certificate that he/she is occupying or residing in the subject property

c.2. Any valid government identification document with his/her address similar to the address of the property he/.she is bidding. 13.If the occupant will exercise his/her right to match the offer of the declared highest bidder, he/she need not secure another bank pre-qualification corresponding to the matched offer. Instead, he/she shall pay the equity in cash as stated in Notice of Approval of Sale (NOAS). The equity shall be computed as the difference between the Letter of Guarantee from the bank and the offered bid amount. 14.The declared highest/winning bidder shall submit within the day of the actual bidding, the following documents: (a) duly accomplished Personal Profile/Company Profile/Corporate Profile, whichever is applicable (downloadable); (b) photocopies of two valid IDs (one should be a government-issued ID); (c) Articles of Incorporation/Partnership, By-Laws and current General Information Sheet, for corporation/ partnership, if applicable; (d) Registration Certificate from SEC for corporation/ partnership, DTI for sole proprietorship and CDA for cooperatives, or any proof of such registration, if applicable; (e) current Mayor’s permit issued by the city or municipality where the principal place of business of the winning bidder is located, if applicable. 15.A Notice of Approval of Sale (NOAS) shall be issued to the highest/winning bidder on the day of bidding. 16.In case the bid is in CASH, the 90% balance of the bid amount shall be paid either in cash or manager’s check within thirty (30) calendar days from receipt of NOAS, without privilege of extension. 17.In case the bid is thru EFI, the equity shall be paid in cash within thirty (30) calendar days from receipt of Letter of Guarantee (LOG) by the GSIS. The equity is the amount corresponding to the difference between the LOG and the Offered Bid Amount. 18.Upon issuance of the NOAS to the highest/winning bidder, the Bidder’s Deposit of the other non-winning bidder/s shall be returned immediately. 19.Non-compliance with the terms and conditions stated in the NOAS shall result in the forfeiture of the bidder’s deposit. 20.In case the highest/winning bidder fails to comply with the requirements within the specified time, the GSIS shall write the second highest bidder to confirm if he/she is still interested to acquire the property. If still interested, GSIS will require him/her to pay the non-refundable deposit equivalent to ten percent (10%) of his/her previously submitted bid amount and will be issued NOAS. 21.GSIS reserves the right to waive any formality or to reject any or all bids received. The list of properties available for sale may be updated without prior notice. 22.For inquiries, you may call Real Property Accounts Management Department at telephone nos. 479-3536 or 976-4619.

(MS-NOV. 17,18 & 19, 2018)


RESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law Republic Act No. 11106, or The Filipino Sign Language Act.

The law, signed on October 30, declares the Filipino Sign Language as the national language of the Filipino deaf and the official sign language of government in all transactions involving the deaf. It mandates its use in schools, broadcast media and work places. La Union 2nd District Rep. Sandra Eriguel, the chairperson of the Committee on Social Services which recommended the approval of the House version, said R.A. 11106 aimed to “uphold the rights of the deaf by promoting their participation in social activities through the use of Filipino Sign Language in schools, the broadcast media, the courts and offices and in all public transactions”. “It supports the vision taken with the Early Years Act [R.A. 10410] and the Enhanced Basic Education Act (R.A. 10533) which have already recognized Filipino Sign Language in the education of deaf learners from early childhood up to the secondary level,” she added. Meanwhile, Duterte also signed a law regulating the practice of criminology profession in the Philippines. Duterte approved Republic Act No. 11131, or the Philippine Criminology Profession Act of 2018.

The new law aims to govern the examination, registration and licensure of criminologists; supervise, control and regulate the practice of criminology; and develop professional competence of criminologists. It said the state recognizes the importance of criminology profession in national security, public safety, peace and order, and in nation building and development. “Hence, it shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded criminologists whose standards of professional practice and service shall be excellent, qualitative, world-class and globally competitive through sacred, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations, coupled with programs and activities that would promote professional growth and development,” according to the law. Duterte also signed a law providing for the regulation and supervision of payment systems in the country. Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11127, or ‘The National Payment Systems Act’ on October 30. According to the new law, payment system is defined as the set of payment instruments, processes, procedures and participants that ensure the transfer of funds. With PNA

Vibrant Oceans Initiative backs Oceana PH drives THE Philippines has been selected anew by Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of the priority countries for its Vibrant Oceans Phase II—making an investment of USD $86 million, it said in a press statement. The fund is to be shared with Australia, the Bahamas, Chile, Fiji, French Polynesia, Indonesia Tanzania, Peru and the United States. These countries were chosen because they are home to priority coral geographies, are top fishing nations, and/or are countries where fish is a major food source. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative works with world-class partners to ensure ocean ecosystems survive and thrive despite the growing threat of climate change. Launched in 2014 with an initial commitment of $53 million in three countries—Brazil, Chile, and the Philippines—Vibrant Oceans partners with coastal communities, nonprofit organizations, local and national governments, policy makers, and academic groups to advance evidence-based conservation practices and implement datadriven fisheries management policies around the world.

Gloria Estenzo Ramos, vicepresident of Oceana Philippines, said: “We are extremely elated of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative expansion in the Philippines and 9 other countries. “The continuing support of Bloomberg Philanthropies in our campaigns to stop overfishing and protect marine habitats is testament to the dedication and commitment of Oceana and our partners including Rare, our VOI partner in the Philippines, in our quest to restore the health, richness, and abundance of the Philippine seas and improve the quality of life of our artisanal fisherfolk and their families.” In the Philippines, Oceana photographed huge boats and nets where they weren’t supposed to be in the Tañon Strait. A national media campaign led to government crackdown and investment in sea-borne patrol boats. Oceana helped in institutionalizing the designation of special prosecutors who, with the Park Superintendent, filed legal cases against offenders while Rare organized mayors around the Tañon Strait who together convinced the national and local government units to fund enforcement in their municipalities.

Iloilo City residents told: Do not fear Peco’s threats By Alena Mae S. Flores ILOILO City residents should not fear Panay Electric Co.’s threats to shut down operations that could bring about a city-wide power blackout when its franchise expires on Jan. 19 next year, a city official said. “We should not be afraid because of Peco’s peddling of blackout because government agencies have assured the people of Iloilo City that there will be no power blackout,” Iloilo City Councilor Joshua Alim said. Alim, who staunchly opposed the renewal of Peco’s franchise, said the local power distributor was simply blackmailing Congress and Malacanang by threatening to black out the city. Peco’s legal counsel Inocencio Ferrer earlier said Iloilo residents should blame the House and the Senate if the city suffered brownouts when Peco stops operating

when its franchise expires. Ferrer was also quoted as saying in local interviews that Peco would not sell its assets to its rival More Electric and Power Corp. and would explore all legal means to prevent expropriation of its distribution lines and systems by the new franchise grantee. Alim said that Peco did not get its application for a new franchise approved by the House and the Senate because of its long record of bad service and abuse of its status as a monopoly. Another Iloilo city official cited Peco for its alleged arrogance and lack of concern for the welfare of Iloilo residents. “This kind of abuse and arrogance is no longer acceptable with Congress and the Senate approving the franchise for a new distribution utility company— MORE Power,” said Councilor Plaridel Nava during a hearing in Congress last month.

Sports PSC inspires teachers to coach TAGUM CITY—Some teachers with zero coaching background were inspired to coach after the five-day pilot test of the Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Sports Institute Grassroots Coaching Certification Program wrapped up here at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex yesterday. Jerlyn Mae Joy Jabonillo, 32, a Mapeh teacher at San Roque Elementary School, Department of Education (Deped) Panabo City Division, said in the vernacular: “This is really a challenge for me. I am excited to go back and work with my husband who is the one coaching our track and field athletes.” She said that the experience was fun including the written exams. Jabonillo also said that the lecture on Sports Psychology by Dr. Karen Trinidad was really an eye opener for her. “The athletes are the coaches’ priority, their welfare and their wellbeing,” she said. Maria Emmelyn Alinas, 39, of Mabunao Elementary School in Panabo City, also thanked organizers of the coaching program. “This is my first time, I have no background in swimming. But I learned the fundamentals of the sport. We were taught the competitive skills in swimming. I look forward to start coaching,” Alinas said, adding that the she also learned from the lectures that motivation is vital for all athletes. PSC consultant Prof. Henry Daut, meanwhile, said the pilot test here was participated mostly by beginner coaches. The next testing stage will be held in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley targeting coaches who have reached the regional meet followed by another one in Davao City and Digos City with Palaro coaches as participants.






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OS ANGELES—The Houston Rockets humbled the twotime defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors 107-86 on Thursday in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals. The Rockets took full advantage of the absence of Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury. They posted their sixth victory in eight games after a 1-5 start and climbed to .500 at 7-7 in the still young season. Draymond Green returned for the Warriors after serving a one-game suspension meted out by Golden State after his confrontation with teammate Kevin Durant. The Rockets coped with their own upheaval as shortly before the game general manager Daryl Morey confirmed they parting ways with 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who had played in just 10 games since arriving

as a free agent prior to the season. Whether Curry’s absence or continuing tension between teammates played a role, the Warriors endured a horrendous shooting night, connecting on 42.1 percent of their shots from the field and just 22.2 percent from threepoint range. Not a single Warriors starter made a three-pointer—a first since March of 2013. The Rockets, up 47-41 at halftime, pulled away relentlessly—putting the game out of reach with a 21-2 scoring run to open the fourth quarter. “We’re banged up a little physically and we’re banged up spiri-

tually—there’s no getting around that,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We’ve got to fill up our cup, get our spirit back, get our energy back, and we’re going to. It’s a long season.” Green, Durant and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 0-for-9 from beyond the arc while neither Andre Iguodala nor Damian Jones attempted a three-pointer. Durant led the Warriors with 20 points and Thompson added 10—not enough as Iguodala and Jones combined for 10. Green came away with zero points, but Kerr liked what he saw from him. “Draymond may not have had his best night tonight, but I liked his approach,” Kerr said. “He was genuine out there. He was competing. “Now the rest of the team we’ve got to all lift our spirits up and get back on the saddle.” James Harden led Houston with 27

points. James Ennis added 10 while Chris Paul and Clint Capela chipped in 10 apiece, Paul adding five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocked shots. “I just thought our guys right from the start were locked in defensively,” said Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni. “They did a great job. “You don’t beat these guys like this unless everybody plays well.” Nuggets dominate In Denver, the Nuggets halted a fourgame skid in decisive style, routing the Atlanta Hawks 138-93. Juancho Hernangomez scored a season-high 25 points and Paul Millsap and Gary Harris scored 18 each as seven Denver players scored in double figures. It was a welcome return to form for a Nuggets team that was off to its best start in four decades before hitting the skids with four straight defeats. AFP

Angels seek to firm up bid vs Lady Eagles

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets talks with referee Jonathan Sterling after being called for a foul during the second quarter Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Anthony and the Rockets parted ways. AFP

Games today (Cagayan de Oro) 4 p.m. – Creamline vs BanKo-Perlas (Filoil Flying V Center) 4 p.m. – Adamson-Akari vs Tacloban 6 p.m. – Ateneo-Motolite vs PetroGazz

PETROGAZZ tries to drive a wedge between the Angels and their pursuers for the fourth and last semifinal berth as they tangle with the Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles today (Saturday) in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan. A victory in their 6 p.m. encounter will assure the Angels, toting a 6-5 card, of at least a playoff for the last Final Four seat. It could also virtually clinched PetroGazz the coveted slot with ousted Adamson-Akari as its next opponent tomorrow (Sunday) in a busy weekend outing for the Angels. Joint fifth-running Pocari-Air Force and Tacloban are hoping PetroGazz won’t go over seven wins in a bid to force a playoff for the last semis seat but the Angels are hell-bent on winning at least two of their last three matches to avoid going through a playoff. PetroGazz dropped a five-set decision to Ateneo-Motolite in their first round clash last Oct. 6 with the Angels bracing for another tight duel with the Lady Eagles, who continued to surprise the field with their solid plays on their way to a semis-clinching, front-running 10-3 card. The Katipunan-based squad, however, is expected to come in full force and play to its true potential in an attempt to firm up their hold of the No. 1 spot and sustain its top form to the Final Four.

UAAP cheerdance competition fires up school spirit on S+A CAN lightning strike twice for the Adamson University Pep Squad? The 2017 cheerdance champion is on a hunt for back-toback titles when the fires of school spirit blazes anew at the 2018 UAAP Cheerdance Competition this Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. ABS-CBN Sports anchor Nikko Ramos and “Upfront” host Janeena Chan will be hosting the country’s most-anticipated cheerdance contest, which will air LIVE on S+A and S+A HD at 2 p.m., with livestreaming on Angelique Manto will also be there to interview the squads after their routines. The Falcons’ Pep Squad banked on a near-flawless execution of their routine in the 2017 edition to beat out multiple cheerdance champion squads from NU, FEU, and a

comebacking UP. Joining them for a podium finish were the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe and the UE Pep Squad, who finished second and third respectively. Rounding out the field are the De La Salle Animo Squad and the Ateneo de Manila Blue Babble Battalion. Up for grabs this year are special awards like the “Yamaha Toss Winner” for the client’s choice Best Toss in the competition and “UAAP Group Stunts Champion” for the squad with the best group stunt performance. The second-runner up of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition will get P20,000 and medals from the UAAP, and P20,000 from Yamaha; the first-runner up will get P30,000 and medals from the UAAP, and P25,000; and the champion will get P50,000 along with medals from the UAAP, and P30,000 from Yamaha.

The squads’ performances will be scored based on the quality and difficulty of their dance, tumbling, stunts, pyramids, tosses, stunts, and number of errors by an esteemed panel of judges led by head judge Paula Nunag, the National Director of the National Cheerleading Championship and National Dance Championship. She is joined by ICU Accredited Dance Coach and Dance Judge Rina Ni Tu-Chia, Douglas Nierras Powerdance founder Douglas Nierras, of HOTLEGS Dance Company artistic director Nancy Crowe, Whiplash Dance Company Choreographer and Senior Member Wilson Ong, National Cheerleading Championship Coach Bianca Valencia, ICU Accredited Cheer Judge Celine Tanjuatco, ICU Accredited Cheer Judge and Coach Lim Chin Hau, and ICU Accredited Cheer Judge Terumi Uekusa, National Cheerleading Championship Coach Elaine Lapuz Tan.

Valenzuela advances to MLO finals


: REGISTRATION OF SECURITIES : Initial Public Offering ALLIED CARE EXPERTS (ACE) MEDICAL : CENTER - ILOILO INC. : (Registrant) : x------------------------------------------------------ x NOTICE

Games Sat., Nov. 17 (Niagara Industrial Equip-

Notice is hereby given that on 30 October 2018, a sworm Registration Statement (“RS”) has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on behalf of ALLIED CARE EXPERTS (ACE) MEDICAL CENTER - ILOILO INC. (the “COMPANY”) for the registration of Two Hundred Forty Thousand (240,000) common shares with par value of one thousand (PhP1,000.00) per share broken down as follows:

ment Corporation Gym) 5PM - Isang Pateros vs Solid San Juan 7PM - Caloocan Supremos All-Star vs Manila All-Stars

VALENZUELA rode on the trio of John Tayongtong, Dan Natividad and Josiah Esplana to subdue Quezon City, 111-102, and advance to North Division finals in the Metro League Open basketball championship at the San Andres gym in Manila. Tayongtong played a solid all-around game for Workhorses, finishing with 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting, and five rebounds and four assists in the tournament organized by the Metro Manila Development Authority and supported by the Philippine Basketball Association. Natividad had 22 points six rebounds and six assists and Esplana had 17 points for Valenzuela, which outscored Quezon City, 32-21, in the third period to turn the game around. The coach Gerry Esplana-mentored Workhorses led 84-67 entering the final period and kept the Junior Capitals at bay the rest of the way. John Carl Melegrito finished with a game-high 33 points and six rebounds, while Jefferson Comia had 29 points and eight rebounds for the Junior Capitals. Valenzuela, however, will have to wait for its North Division championship opponent. Caloocan surprised top seed Manila, 91-76, behind the combined efforts of McArthur Enriquez, Nico Principe, Aevin Coquia to forge a sudden death match for the finals berth. Enriquez had 21 points, Principe added 19 points and seven assists and Coquia contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Supremos of coach Rensy Bajar.

Primary Offering (To be offered and sold by way of Initial Public Offering)

36,000 common shares

Issued and Outstanding Founder’s Shares (Not included in the Offer) Issued and Outstanding Common Shares (Not included in the Offer)

Equivalent to 3,600 blocks or 10 shares per block at an offer price ranging from Php250,000 up to Php400,000 per block

pf Php1,000.00 600 With par value per share pf Php1,000.00 203,400 With par value per share 240,000 common shares


According to the documents presented, the following persons are the directors and executive officers of the Company:

Tour de France green jersey winner Robbie McEwen (second from left) and Wilfred Uytengsu (center) are shown with celebrities Isabelle Ortega (far left), Piolo Pascual and Sun Life Marketing Manager Jaymee Pizarro to promote Sun Life Cycle PH. Paul Gelario

Star-studded Sun Life Cycle PH today By Paul David Gelario SUN Life Cycle PH formally opens a non-competitive fun ride designed for family bonding and wellness activity today (Saturday) at the Seda Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, in Taguig. The fun ride offers three categories, namely Long Ride (40K), Short Ride (20K), and Kid’s Ride, which traverses four cities, namely Taguig, Makati Manila, and Pasay. The fun ride’s aim is to enjoy cycling, promote health, and road safety awareness. “The vision for this event is to get out, and enjoy riding a bicycle. We want to promote health, we want to promote the awareness to road safety,” Founder Sunrise Events, Wilfred Uytengsu said. Participants will have a unique opportunity to cycle with three-time Tour De France green jersey winner Robbie McEwen. Celebrities will also participate in the fun ride,

such as Piolo Pascual, Matteo Guidicelli, Jake Cuenca, Enchong Dee, Inigo Pascual, Yong Muhajil, Janus del Prado, Sarah Carlos, Tommy Esguerra and Kisses Devalin. The race will start with the three-lap Long Ride starting at the BGC Kalayaan Flyover to Gil Puyat Ave. all the way to the turn around point before Taft Ave. then back again in BGC. The Short Ride will be two laps, making a turnaround on Ayala Ave. and back to BGC. The Kids’ ride will be a 30-minute solo ride available for 6 to 15 years old. The event will be attended by a total of 1,100 participants--700 participants in the Long Ride and 400 in the Short. “Go out and be in the moment. Just go out there and have fun,” Uytengsu said. Gun start for the Long Ride is scheduled at 6 a.m., followed by the Short Ride at 6:20 a.m. and Kid’s Ride at 8:30 a.m.






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Director Director/ Corporate Secretary/ VP for Nursing Service Director/ Asst. Coporate Secretary


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Director/ Asst. Treasurer Director Director/ VP for Ancillary Director/ VP for Marketing Director Independent Director Independent Director Independent Director VP for Finace


The Registration Statement, its attachments and any amendments therein (collectively referred to as “RS”) are open for inspection by interested parties during business hours. Copies thereof, photostatic or otherwise, shall be furnished to every party upon request at such reasonable fees as the Commission may prescribe. Said RS and its updated version may be downloaded from the company’s website: (SGD) VICENTE GRACIANO P. FELIZMENIO, JR. Director

(MS-NOV. 17, 2018)

Riera U. Mallari, Editor; Reuel Vidal, Assistant Editor;




Cocolife, Sta. Lucia seek elusive 1st win Games Today (Caloocan Sports Complex) 2 p.m. -- Smart vs Generika-Ayala 4 p.m. -- Cignal vs Petron 6 p.m. -- Cocolife vs Sta. Lucia

In this file handout photo taken by Rizin Fighting Federation, US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) poses with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa during a press conference in Tokyo to announce their fight. An unprecedented match-up between boxing superstar Mayweather Jr. and a Japanese kickboxer half his age is back on, according to the Japanese promoter behind the fight, announced on Nov. 16. AFP

Djokovic, Federer back new ATP Cup team event LONDON—Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have backed a new men’s team competition just a day after the Serbian raised concerns over the timing of the event, which will take place shortly after the revamped Davis Cup. The ATP Cup, announced by the ATP and Tennis Australia on Thursday during the ATP Finals in London, will be played from 2020 across three Australian cities over 10 days in the lead-up to the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, which starts in January. It will offer $15 million (13.25 million euros) in prize money and up to 750 ATP Rankings points to the winners. “I like that it’s owned by ATP, by the players, and that we have ranking points, and it’s going to be the best way to kickstart the season,” said world number one Djokovic. “More than 90 percent of the time we’re playing as individuals and we don’t have too many team events.” Federer was upbeat about the new event and said the Davis Cup would not suffer. “Clearly if the World Team Cup is going to be held, players will want to play that first week of the year, so you would think it’s going to be exciting,” the Swiss said after reaching the last four of the ATP Finals in London. “The Davis Cup has incredibly rich history. You would think the players are going to play that. From that standpoint, I think there’s not that much change, per se, or more tournaments on the calendar. It just happens that there’s more team events, which I think the players are happy about.” The comments from Djokovic, who is president of the ATP player council, were in sharp contrast to views he voiced the previous day, when he said having two similar team tournaments so close together would not be sustainable, also expressing concerns over the length of the tennis season. “I think in the next two years we’ll have both events happening in a very similar format if not the same, six weeks apart,” he said. AFP

Promoter: Floyd’s bout with Nasukawa back on T

OKYO—An unprecedented match-up between boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr and a Japanese kickboxer half his age is back on, according to the Japanese promoter behind the fight. The bout between Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa, first announced earlier this month, was abruptly scrapped by the American boxer shortly after he revealed his plans to take on the kickboxer. But on Friday, the CEO of mixed martial arts promotor RIZIN said the fight planned for New Year’s Eve was back on. “Misunderstanding with Floyd Mayweather has been resolved,” Nobuyuki Sakakibara tweeted on his account. “He will face off against Tenshin Nasukawa on December 31, New Year’s Eve.”

“I will talk about the details at a press conference when I return to Japan,” he added, alongside a picture of himself, Mayweather, and a third man. The tweet comes after Mayweather told the US website TMZ Sports on Wednesday in California that the fight would go ahead. “We’re going to make it happen,” he reportedly told the site. “It’s a no-brainer.” When the fight was first announced, it was unclear what rules would govern the match-up between the retired welterweight boxer and Nasukawa, an unbeaten kickboxer. But Mayweather told TMZ Sport the

face-off would involve “no kicking.” “Rules? It’s going to be a little boxing exhibition,” he said. “I’m moving around with the guy for nine minutes, and of course it’s going be the highest paid exhibition ever,” he added. The unbeaten 41-year-old, who won world titles in five different weight divisions, made headlines earlier this month when he announced on his Instagram page that he was coming out of retirement for the fight. “I want to give the people what they want -- blood, sweat and tears,” he told a news conference in Tokyo afterwards. But just two days later he posted a lengthy statement on his social media accounts saying he had been “blindsided” by organisers of the bout and had “never agreed” to the fight. AFP

Alaska aching to get job done, eyes finals

By Jeric Lopez

ALASKA is aching to get the job done and earn a finals’ ticket as it looks to close out Meralco in their best-of-five semifinal showdown in the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup. The Aces can make the finals should they finish off the Bolts in their Game 4 clash at 6:30 p.m. today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. After dropping the series opener, Alaska bounced back strongly to find itself in a good position to make the finals, having two chances to earn a berth. Still, Aces coach Alex Compton does not want to look too far ahead. He believes that his team’s ‘live-for-themoment’ approach will be the key. “We’re one game away from the finals, but we can’t look too far ahead,” said Compton. “ For us, the approach is taking care of what’s in front of us. It’s one possession at a time and that will help us reach our goal.” The Aces clawed hard to gain back-toback victories in Games 2 and 3 to get this chance to crack the finals. In a thrilling Game 3 last Thursday night, Mike Harris had the final laugh as he towed Alaska to a gut-wrenching 104102 squeaker over Meralco. Harris hit one clutch basket after an-

Azkals’ coach Goran: More changes coming By Peter Atencio

Vic Manuel will again be one of the Alaska Aces’ main men when they try to close out the Meralco Bolts today.

other on his way to a monster game of 31 points and 24 rebounds to make sure Alaska will have the series lead through three games. The Aces and Bolts put up a classic Game 3 tussle wherein neither team gave

ground until Harris was able to pull Alaska through in the dying seconds. Meanwhile, Magnolia will once again attempt to gain the first finals berth as it is fighting Barangay Ginebra in Game 4 of their own semis duel, as of this writing.

Sweep catapults Lady Bulldogs to finals

The NU Lady Bulldogs are shown after their fifth straight 14-0 elims’ sweep.

STRUGGLING Cocolife and Sta. Lucia hunt for the elusive first victory when they collide in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference today at the Caloocan Sports Complex. Action starts at 6 p.m. with both the Asset Managers and Lady Realtors itching to barge into the win column of this prestigious women’s club tourney bankrolled by Isuzu, Senoh, Sogo, Asics, Mikasa, Mueller, UCPB Gen and Bizooku with Genius Sports as technical provider. Meanwhile, Petron seeks to keep its hot streak going when it faces resurgent Cignal at 4 p.m., while Generika-Ayala tackles Smart in the 2 p.m. opener of this league that also has ESPN5, Aksyon TV and Hyper HD as broadcast partners. Petron remains on top of the standings after blazing to a 4-0 start, while erstwhile leader Foton fell to second spot following a straight-set loss to F2 Logistics late Thursday, 1525, 13-25, 13-25. But all eyes will be on the main game. After a super slow start, the Asset Managers had the golden opportunity to finally pluck their first win when they dragged the Giga Hitters to a deciding f ifth set in their previous game last Thursday. But luck was simply not on their side. Gretchel Soltones caught fire and dug deep from her well of experience to dominate in the crucial stretch of the fifth, prompting the Asset Managers to absorb a 25-16, 18-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11 heart-breaker. Filipino-American recruit Kalei Mau was the lone bright spot as she finished with 25 points laced with 15 digs and 27 excellent receptions for the Asset Managers, who remain winless in four starts. “We are such a young team and we are very patient with our development,” said Cocolife coach Moro Branislav, who handles a team that is composed mainly of college players who are getting their first taste of tough competition. “But winning a game or two will be very good as far as their morale and confidence are concerned.” But posting their first victory will not be a cakewalk. Sta. Lucia, a team hobbled by injuries, is also treating this game as a perfect way to gain momentum and start its winning run. Although their previous game against Generika-Ayala resulted to another three-set disaster, head coach George Pascua is not running out of patience, knowing that they are doing their best to avoid a complete shutout.

DEFENDING five-time champion National University overpowered Far Eastern University, 68-44, to jump straight to the finals for the fifth straight season via another double-round elimination sweep Friday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre. “I’m just happy na na-accomplish namin muli ‘yung 14-0. We’re just waiting for the championship kung sino man, but still ‘yung job namin is not yet done. We hope na we get the championship, that’s the most important thing this season,” said coach Pat Aquino after his Lady

Schedule today (Mall of Asia Arena) 2 p.m. – Cheerdance Competition

Bulldogs made it to the title round for the second straight year. Reigning MVP Jack Danielle Animam had 19 points, 18 boards, two steals and two assists while Congo’s Rhena Itesi chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds as NU extended its fiveyear winning run to 78 games. Adamson University secured a spot in the step-ladder semifinals and a playoff for the twice-to-beat bonus in the process following an 80-65 beating of Ateneo.

University of Santo Tomas lost a 10-point third quarter lead, but regrouped late in the game to nip De La Salle, 68-65, extend its season and tie its victims at 8-6. With their ninth win in 14 contests, the Lady Falcons will play the Lady Tamaraws in a playoff for the No. 2 ranking in the semis on Wednesday. On the same day, the Tigresses and the Lady Archers meet again in a do-ordie playoff for the last semifinals slot. Mariz Cacho scored 20 points, while Nathalie Prado also had 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Adamson University, which finished the elims with back-to-back wins.

MORE changes are expected to take place in the coming games of the Philippine Azkals national men’s football team. Azkals’ coach Sven Goran Eriksson said this after they got past Singapore, 1-0, in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup group stage on Tuesday night at the Panaad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City. The 70-year-old Swedish coach bared that more surprises are in store for the team once they figure out their starting lineup change against Timor Leste on Saturday. For now, Eriksson and and the rest of the Azkals’ staff are evaluating the players and the fitness level of the team. “My expectations from my time here is to play the ball a little bit better than today. There were a lot of long balls out there,” said Eriksson. The Azkals played without key players the last time around. They missed Luke Woodland, who was rushed to the hospital after a hard tackle, and Alvaro Silva was unavailable for the game. The Azkals are now in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, looking to climb to the top of the table with a win over Timor Leste in their 8 p.m. encounter. “I have much more knowledge today than I had one week ago. I’ve been working to see them play today,” added Eriksson. The last time the Azkals won over the Lions was in 2012 during a FIFA international friendly in Cebu.


DoE order identifies sources of RE Fund THE Department of Energy issued the guidelines for the operationalization of the Renewable Energy Trust Fund that will be used for the research, development and promotion of renewable energy sources. The RE fund, according to Department Order 2018-10-0018, will be obtained from the emission fees collected from power generating companies under the Philippine Clean Air Act, 1.5 percent of the net annual income of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, 1.5 percent of the net annual income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and 1.5 percent of the net annual dividends remitted to the national treasury by Philippine National Oil Co. and its units. Other sources of the fund include grants, contributions, donations which will tax deductible, 1.5 percent of the proceeds of the share of the government collected from the department and use of indigenous non-RE sources, any revenue generated from the utilization of the RETF and proceeds from the fines and penalties imposed under Republic Act No. 9513. Alena Mae S. Flores

Alliance Select posts net income of $3.3m PUBLICLY listed international seafood company Alliance Select International Inc. reported a net income after tax of US$3.3 million in the first nine months of 2018, almost six times higher than a year ago and just $30,000 short of beating the company’s record full-year profit. Sales in the nine-month period increased more than 39 percent to US$74 million, while net income margin increased 3.6 percentage points to 4.5 percent. The third quarter results contributed positively as the company recorded net sales of US$26 million and net income of US$1 million. “I am very pleased with the results,” said Alliance Select president and chief executive officers Raymond K.H. See. “We are continuing to see the fruits of our collective hard work and the solid strategy implemented by our team. We would really like to achieve a steady and sustained growth for the company and our shareholders.” Alliance Select is a homegrown international seafood company operating in General Santos City, Philippines, and has subsidiaries in Indonesia, New Zealand and the US.

Business ING Bank: New interest rate hike to benefit peso T By Julito G. Rada

HE peso is seen to benefit from the latest move of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to raise the policy interest rates by 25 basis points to 4.75 percent to further contain higher inflation rate, ING Bank Manila said Friday.

ING Bank senior economist Nicholas Mapa said in a report the rate hike was expected to anchor inflation expectations and stave off any potential secondround effects. “... In the near term, the peso will benefit from the recent action while structural flows ahead of the holiday period may also provide an added boost,” Mapa said. “Over the medium-term, however, projected current account deficits will

likely exert a mild depreciation pressure until a clear reversal is seen on the external front,” Mapa said. The peso posted its weakest level this year at 54.325 per dollar on Sept. 26, a 12-year low. It breached the 53 level on June 13 at 53.23 at the close on investors’ anticipation that the Fed would increase further the interest rates in the coming months. The peso closed at 52.80 on Thursday, the day the Monetary Board raised by 25 bps the policy rate, stronger than 53.09 per dollar a day ago. Mapa also said with the fifth rate hike this year, the Bangko Sentral moved “proactively,” with yet another round of rate hikes despite the much lower inflation forecast for 2019. “... But with higher rates already showing signs of sapping economic growth momentum, the Philippines will need to continue to rely heavily on government spending to shore up slowing consumption and investment,” Mapa said. The economy, according to some economists, grew “decent” 6.1 percent in the third quarter, slower than

7.2 percent a year ago and 6.2 percent a quarter ago, amid the decline in agricultural output and slowdown in household spending triggered by higher inflation. Inflation in October remained at a nineyear high of 6.7 percent, the same rate posted a month ago but significantly faster than the 3.1 percent a year ago, driven mainly by increases in the prices of fuel and transport and the impact of recent typhoon Ompong in northern Luzon. This brought inflation rate in the first 10 months of the year to 5.13 percent, well beyond the 2 to 4 percent target range set earlier by the government. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr., however, said the October inflation data supported the view that inflation pressures were finally moderating. Earlier, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the Duterte administration was doing its best to tame inflation with an array of measures in place to streamline imports of agricultural goods and speed up the delivery of food items to the retail market in order to check rising commodity prices.

PBB increases profit by 39% to P610.2m PHILIPPINE Business Bank, the financial arm of the Yao Group of Companies, posted a net income of P610.2 million in the first nine months of 2018, up 39 percent from P440.3 million a year ago, driven by the sustained strength in core businesses. The bank said in a disclosure to the stock exchange Thursday interest income expanded 40 percent to P3.9 billion from ₱2.8 billion in 2017. Pre-tax pre-provision profit grew to ₱1.0 billion from ₱762.3 million, a 35.3-percent increase year-on-year. Core income for the nine-month period also grew 66 percent to P1.1 billion from P648 million in the same period last year. Bank president and chief executive Roland Avante said PBB’s profitability continued to strengthen. “The 38.6-percent growth in net profit year-on-year underscores the bank’s transformation from a treasury-focused institution to a full-service thrift bank. Our core income, at ₱1.1 billion, is also higher by 66 percent versus the same period last year,” Avante said.

Australia readies case vs India over sugar subsidies SYDNEY, Australia―Australia announced on Friday it was taking legal action against India at the WTO over sugar subsidies it said caused a “significant downturn” in world prices and hurt domestic producers. India, the world’s second-largest sugar producer, has been giving help to its cane growers, who reported record production last season. “We will support the right of our sugar industry to compete on equal terms and will utilize wellestablished global trading rules to defend the interests of our farmers,” Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said in a statement. Birmingham said Australia―the world’s third largest exporter of sugar―had raised its concerns at senior levels of India’s government and was “disappointed our concerns haven’t been addressed.” “Whilst we support efforts by countries to develop their agricultural industries, these efforts need to be consistent with their WTO obligations and applied in a manner that doesn’t distort global trade.” The government was set to enter formal discussions with India and other World Trade Organization members at an agriculture meeting in late November. Other major producers including Brazil―the biggest producer― Thailand and Australia, have also blamed India for contributing to a glut in the market that has forced prices down. Sugar futures in New York have plunged 17 percent this year, according to Bloomberg News. AFP

TAIWAN PITCH. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau gathers several local travel agencies and Taiwan tour operators at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel for a business-to-business matchup. The event aims to facilitate bilateral cooperation in creating travel and tourism opportunities for more Filipinos to consider Taiwan as one of their preferred travel destinations. At the event are (from left) Kenneth Sun, Good Time Travel general manager; Paul So, Philippine Travel Agencies Association secretary general; professor YuChin Huan from the National Taichung University of Education; Shi-Pi Chou, Taiwan Tourism Bureau KL Office director; Lee Chi Tien, chairman of the Taiwan Amusement Park Association and the Hot Spring Tourism Association Taiwan; Jacky Chen, general manager of China Airlines Philippines office; and Judy Lin, president, Eagle Tour Service.

DTI sees exports slightly increasing in third quarter of 2018 By Othel V. Campos THE Department of Trade and Industry Trade expects exports to rise 0.3 percent in the third quarter of 2018, a turnaround after the 1.3-percent decline in the second quarter and 5.5-percent drop in the first quarter of the year. Exports in the third quarter may largely be driven by the positive growth in the country’s exports of manufactured goods, led by electronics, to the United States, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. “The country’s merchandise export performance has been improving on a quarterly basis since the start of 2018. Its growth turned positive in the third quarter after registering negative growth in the first two quarters of the

year,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. Merchandise exports rose in July by 0.3 percent and 3.4 percent in August. The combined growth in July and August may have cushioned the decline in September as a result of weak global manufacturing activity amid escalating trade tensions between US and China. “The Philippine government has long-term plans and roadmap to help expand the country’s manufacturing and production base, and promote the diversification of merchandise exports. Through these policy initiatives and programs, merchandise exports will grow further and in turn will narrow the trade-in-goods deficit,” said Lopez. He cited the need to expand the

country’s manufacturing base to meet the growing domestic demand from the consumption goods and intermediate goods. “In the short-term, we are trying to address supply chain issues and maximizing whatever limited budget given to promote our exportable in foreign markets through trade fairs and expos like the recently held China International Import Exposition that contribute to increasing our export sales abroad,” he added. Manufacturing posted a 7.6-percent growth in the past eight years. “Building a strong manufacturing base will help us in our import substitution capability, at the same time produce products that are exportoriented,” Lopez said.

HERO TURNS 30. Hero Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization assisting the children of fallen Filipino soldiers, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a thanksgiving dinner for valued partners on October 29, 2018 at The Peninsula Manila. Shown are members of the Hero Board of Trustees, Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and special guests led by (from left) Aniceto Bisnar Jr., Hero trustee; Lt. Col. Antonio Dulnuan Jr., general manager, AFP-EBSO; Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Hero chairman; Major Gen. Eric Gloria, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel; Vice Admiral Gaudencio Collado Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff, AFP; Evelyn Forbes, Hero trustee; US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim,; Ret. Gen. Renato de Villa AFP, Hero vice chairman; Ces Drilon, Hero trustee; Bernard Vincent Dy, Hero president; Maj. Gen Nathaniel Casem, AFP Naval Inspector General; and Miguel Belmonte ,Hero trustee.

Ray S. Eñano, Editor Roderick T. dela Cruz, Assistant Editor SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018


BPI to sell P25-b bonds, cites strong demand

BANK of the Philippine Islands, the third-largest lender in terms of assets, will issue half of its P50-billion bond and commercial paper program due to the expected strong demand from investors. The bank said in a disclosure to the stock exchange Friday its board in a meeting on Oct. 17, 2018 approved an initial peso bond issuance of up to P15 billion. The board later on increased the amount because of the strong demand from investors. “Noting strong investor demand from the book-building, the board of directors increased the approved maximum size of the initial issuance to P25 billion on Nov. 15, 2018,” the bank said. BPI on Sept. 19 said it was putting up a peso bond and commercial paper program to raise P50 billion for general corporate purposes. The bond program follows BPI’s successful $600-million debut issuance of five-year senior unsecured fixed rate notes in August under a $2-billion medium-term note program. The notes fetched a coupon of 4.25 percent. The issuance marked the first in the bank’s 167-year history and the largest-ever debut issuance for a bank in the Philippines. The issuance was part of the bank’s initiatives to maximize flexibility in accessing offshore funding. The offering came after the successful fixedincome investor calls and roadshow meetings in Hong Kong and Singapore on Aug. 24 and 27, 2018. BPI president Cezar Consing said the capital-raising initiative allowed the bank to diversify its sources of liquidity, lengthen the maturity profile of borrowings and manage the growth of its balance sheet more efficiently. On Thursday, global debt watcher Moody’s Investors Service affirmed the investment grade or “Baa2” local and foreign currency deposit and foreign currency senior unsecured debt ratings of BPI. Julito G. Rada

Ayala energy unit may bid for IPP contracts By Alena Mae S. Flores AC ENERGY Inc., a unit of Ayala Corp., may join the planned privatization of the government’s remaining independent power producer contracts scheduled next year. “We’ll probably look at it, we’ll have to look at it. It’s not core to strategy. But we will look at it at a minimum,” AC Energy president Eric Francia said. Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. is hiring consultants to determine the privatization options of the independent power producer contracts with an approved budget of P22.66 million. The IPPA process gives successful bidders a chance to join the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market on a minimal capital outlay. It provides the administrators an opportunity to trade in the WESM without the expense of building a new plant. “PSALM is now in the process of formulating and evaluating viable options for the privatization of its remaining IPP contracts, namely CBK, Casecnan and Mindanao Coal Plants. These are the ones that have not yet been privatized,” PSALM president Irene Joy Besido Garcia said. “Accordingly, the objective of the consulting services is to assist PSALM in achieving the best structure for privatization of these IPP contracts through the conduct of a comprehensive study to determine viable privatization options, terms and conditions for such privatization, as well as the corporate structures,” she said. PSALM has not yet privatized the IPP contracts of the 797.92-megawatt Caliraya-Botocan-Kalayaan hydro power plants, 200-MW Mindanaocoal fired power plant and the 150 MW-Casecnan hydro station.




Market rallies; BDO, BPI advance T HE stock market rallied Friday, with banks again leading gainers after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas raised interest rates by another 25 basis points to curb inflationary pressures.

The Philippine Stock Exchange Index jumped 130.75 points, or 1.9 percent, to 7,083.34 on a value turnover of P9.9 billion. Investors have welcomed the interest rate hike and government’s resolve to address rising prices. The rate increase also provides banks with potential higher interest margins. Bangko Sentral Deputy Governor Almasara Cyd Tuano-Amador said the

upside risks to inflation outlook remained amid the measures implemented by the government to make sure consumer prices were in check. Bank of the Philippine Islands, the third-biggest lender in terms of assets, advanced 5.2 percent P88.90, while BDO Unibank, the largest bank, climbed 5.1 percent to P124. GT Capital Holdings Inc. of tycoon George Ty surged 12.1 percent to P807, while Alliance Global Group Inc. of Andrew Tan rose 4.1 percent to P10.70. The rest of Asian markets swung throughout Friday as investors weighed China-US trade speculation, while the pound struggled to stage a strong recovery from the previous day’s Brexitfuelled bruising. Hong Kong edged down 0.1 percent in the afternoon while Shanghai closed 0.4 percent up. Tokyo was off 0.6 percent. Sydney eased 0.1 percent,

Singapore added 0.9 percent and Seoul rose 0.2 percent. Jakarta and Mumbai were also up but Taipei and Wellington slipped. As a volatile week drew to a close, some stability emerged in the oil sector with earlier sharp losses tailing off, providing relief to regional energy firms. Hopes that the world’s top two economies are making efforts to resolve their painful tariffs standoff provided support to global markets, though conflicting reports were keeping any optimism in check. On Thursday it was reported that China had handed the US a number of trade concessions as part of a move to smooth relations ahead of a G20 summit where Donald Trump is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Financial Times also said the two sides were stepping up efforts and that US Trade Representative Robert

Lighthizer had told business leaders the next round of tariffs would be put on hold. While Lighthizer’s office denied that, observers said the news still provided some hope. “Maybe if we can get progress in trade relations, that could be a boost,” Jason Browne, chief investment strategist at FundX Investment Group, told Bloomberg News. However, he added that “the benefits are likely to get offset from expectations of continued (interest rate) hikes from the Fed.” And Stephen Innes, head of AsiaPacific trade at OANDA, said it appeared the two sides were “looking to kick the can down the road until February to resolve some significant differences.” But he warned “the fear here is that this long and winding road to compromise could be dotted with numerous pratfalls.” With AFP











58.05 85.25 2.35 118 1.53 28 15.66 10.38 3.86 1.39 835 0.475 69.55 0.8 11.08 39 183 105.2 73 27.95 139.2 65.85

59.5 89.3 2.35 124 1.55 28 15.66 10.8 3.96 1.45 835 0.48 70.9 0.8 11.1 40.7 184.8 105.2 73 28.1 146.1 65.9

58.05 85.25 2.33 118 1.48 27.7 15.2 10.38 3.75 1.38 835 0.455 69.55 0.8 11.08 39 175 105.2 71.5 27.9 139.2 65.85

FINANCIALS 59.5 35,020 88.9 5,045,250 2.35 10,000 124 2,907,720 1.55 60,000 27.7 225,900 15.2 3,300 10.66 169,800 3.96 106,000 1.45 254,000 835 50 0.475 550,000 70.3 9,522,400 0.8 4,000 11.1 2,300 40 38,200 184 2,490 105.2 30 71.5 1,650 28.1 118,900 140 1,792,230 65.9 1,820

2,081,912 442,561,958.50 23,460 356,521,832 90,050 6,281,415 51,492 1,801,458 405,500 354,750 41,750 257,400 668,731,561.50 3,200 25,516 1,525,875 443,031 3,156 118,816 3,332,950 253,211,923 119,854.50

2,044,459 167,640,651 89,692,829 -246,775 -142,808 4,550 6,637,106 -964,075 221,993 -799,125 -155,718,340 -30,295.50


31.7 17 1.04 1.23 0.223 1.96 13.4 171.8 36.85 16 35 1.47 7 10.92 15.2 8.88 6.99 16.94 63.9 23.5 1.64 6.21 8.45 1.5 284.8 4.7 3.3 8.62 25.5 10.6 17.3 381.6 6 1.46 4.07 8.13 4.5 8.3 0.93 10.58 49.95 5.12 4.65 3 1.3 10.04 84 5.25 0.121 0.87 129 2.33 1.39 1.5

31.7 17.5 1.08 1.25 0.227 2.01 14.1 171.8 37 16 35.2 1.47 7 11 15.4 8.9 6.99 17.68 64.85 24 1.64 6.21 8.9 1.5 284.8 4.7 3.33 9.8 25.85 10.86 18.3 388 6 1.52 4.07 8.23 4.64 8.5 0.93 11.06 50 5.45 4.66 3 1.3 10.04 84 5.3 0.121 0.89 133.5 2.33 1.44 1.54

31.4 17 1.02 1.23 0.223 1.96 13.4 171.8 36.5 16 34.95 1.39 7 10.74 15 8.84 6.9 16.9 63.9 22.8 1.6 6.21 8.4 1.46 280 4.65 3.3 8.62 25.5 10.5 17.02 376.6 6 1.45 4.04 7.8 4.42 8.3 0.91 10.56 48.5 5.12 4.6 3 1.22 9.99 83.35 5.2 0.121 0.85 128 2.33 1.37 1.47

INDUSTRIAL 31.65 2,650,500 17.36 866,900 1.07 8,766,000 1.25 124,000 0.226 1,960,000 1.99 5,310,000 14 760,100 171.8 50 36.9 82,400 16 1,000 35.2 7,700 1.39 73,000 7 1,900 10.8 1,354,100 15.4 319,400 8.84 19,900 6.92 280,500 17.38 5,267,300 64.35 227,680 22.8 68,100 1.62 7,404,000 6.21 100 8.66 7,919,200 1.48 171,000 282 514,500 4.65 13,000 3.33 6,000 9.8 1,200 25.7 435,700 10.5 59,800 17.6 7,455,800 376.6 306,890 6 2,400 1.49 226,000 4.05 94,000 7.84 2,839,400 4.55 81,000 8.5 3,400 0.93 433,000 11.06 176,800 48.5 1,346,400 5.2 8,300 4.66 3,000 3 1,000 1.24 190,000 10 62,800 83.95 5,421,070 5.27 1,849,100 0.121 20,000 0.88 6,000 131 782,860 2.33 50,000 1.43 4,207,000 1.48 4,790,000

83,778,205 15,017,466 9,243,480 152,600 439,450 10,578,960 10,597,088 8,590 3,034,580 16,000 270,490 102,200 13,300 14,704,492 4,907,716 176,600 1,938,231 91,555,682 14,651,098 1,576,760 11,982,960 621 68,213,846(37 250,880 145,383,724 60,550 19,830 10,580 11,193,050 634,592 131,513,416 117,669,404 14,400 335,170 382,110 22,510,337 364,430 28,420 394,690 1,937,874 65,900,925 44,027 13,910 3,000 237,750 628,066 454,371,950 9,677,510 2,420 5,190 102,528,191 116,500 5,972,480 7,177,250

4,521,365 -1,177,248 14,990 318,260 -3,189,140 9,984,974 -108,980 559,400 -151,438 -1,623,974 1,885,360 667,029.50 2,285,650 ,315,081.0004) 40,371,888 2,586.00 9,753,510 -106,004 -29,368,738 72,193,266 -301,400 -12,208,623 -14,994,395 -10,400 -4,600 66,570,129 19,566,456 93,200 171,210 77,410


0.445 46.5 10.42 6.26 22.5 1.48 1.47 898 1,489 7.07 12.7 730 45.6 0.52 3.8 15.98 0.53 4.55 0.034 1.16 2.42 169.2 890 1.34 540 0.21 0.194

0.48 46.95 10.72 6.26 23.25 1.48 1.49 915 1,507 7.07 12.88 815 46 0.52 3.8 16.02 0.53 4.57 0.034 1.16 2.44 170 908 1.34 697 0.219 0.194

0.445 45.1 10.3 6.2 21.5 1.4 1.43 898 1,489 7 12.66 730 44.5 0.5 3.74 15.84 0.51 4.49 0.033 1.16 2.4 168.5 878 1.28 496 0.209 0.194

HOLDING FIRMS 0.475 23,810,000 46.3 2,005,200 10.7 11,630,400 6.2 47,500 22 32,800 1.47 20,667,000 1.47 5,644,000 905 405,360 1,507 65 7.03 1,470,400 12.7 3,544,200 807 315,380 45 2,528,000 0.51 8,000 3.75 2,097,000 16 1,844,300 0.52 1,746,000 4.5 41,512,000 0.033 4,100,000 1.16 79,000 2.44 699,000 168.5 203,630 890 405,010 1.28 89,000 570 8,310 0.213 2,130,000 0.194 10,000

11,106,250 92,896,345 124,134,826 295,190 721,025 29,929,700 8,263,310 367,103,355 97,165 10,348,910 45,326,182 250,702,265 114,717,505 4,120 7,873,740 29,467,800 920,980 187,103,200 138,400 91,640 1,696,270 34,434,507 361,282,490 114,280 5,012,505 453,810 1,940

3,526,600 24,667,560 -79,042,926 93,000 1,382,320 -32,949,090 -7,535 5,867,746 33,845,020 99,216,825 -23,189,705 -5,432,570 16,997,382 -100,564,000 2,475,857 18,837,055 -112,000 23,100 -


7.19 0.76 1.8 0.52 39 2.19 3.79 0.415 0.78 0.84 0.21 0.325 7.55 17.3 1.43 0.99 2.35 4.51 0.345 0.45 0.37 3.6 20 1.94

7.3 0.78 1.8 0.54 39.7 2.3 3.8 0.415 0.85 0.88 0.22 0.34 7.65 18.1 1.47 1.01 2.48 4.65 0.36 0.45 0.37 3.6 20.75 1.94

7.18 0.75 1.78 0.52 39 2.18 3.7 0.4 0.78 0.84 0.206 0.325 7.55 17.2 1.43 0.99 2.35 4.35 0.34 0.44 0.36 3.58 19.9 1.91

1,327,856 1,698,130 3,580 385,030 638,610,775 874,550 7,861,290 1,082,550 331,000 744,610 1,692,940 107,300 1,189,615 22,925,220 12,575,730 2,432,990 40,129,160 64,212,770 11,370,250 514,000 29,200 2,764,630 29,709,205 80,940

-1,800 -25,517,885 -405,950 3,193,420 -16,600 6,320 -6,080 17,022,052 5,694,540 -237,580 16,441,140 638,150.00 -305,200 6,938,835 54,140








3.15 31.9 1.14 4.02 0.71 5.2

3.15 32.65 1.14 4.18 0.71 5.2

3.15 31.75 1.14 4.02 0.71 5.16

3.15 32.65 1.14 4.15 0.71 5.2

1,000 33,679,700 5,000 233,000 1,000 1,890,000

3,150 1,087,232,225 5,700 967,090 710 9,812,973

-303,580,280 -166,000 276,845


10 19.8 0.365 0.037 1.58 7.64 63 7.8 7.75 7.51 5.4 1,897 5.22 319 3.45 1.87 92.3 7.2 0.091 7.75 3.44 14.38 2.69 0.69 14.52 0.39 5.66 7.14 1.95 1.12 16.46 3.01 10.26 7.99 110 3.07 1,190 0.65 0.315 41.9 75.45 6.82 2.68 0.6 0.335 5.14 0.465 12.36

10.38 19.9 0.365 0.039 1.7 7.79 65.75 7.8 7.75 7.65 5.4 1,929 5.27 320 3.54 1.87 94 7.2 0.098 8 3.46 14.4 2.88 0.7 14.64 0.39 5.66 7.15 2.05 1.22 16.46 3.3 10.86 8.35 110 3.29 1,225 0.68 0.325 42.4 77 6.82 2.74 0.61 0.365 5.14 0.48 12.64

9.58 19.7 0.35 0.037 1.58 7.3 63 7.8 7.5 7.51 5.1 1,893 5.22 319 3.21 1.87 92.3 7.15 0.091 7.53 3.27 13.84 2.58 0.68 14.14 0.36 5.35 7.13 1.93 1.11 16.44 3 10.24 7.99 107.5 3.07 1,165 0.64 0.305 41.9 75.45 6.79 2.65 0.58 0.335 5.12 0.46 11.84

SERVICES 9.65 19.86 0.36 0.039 1.67 7.33 65.25 7.8 7.64 7.65 5.29 1,925 5.27 320 3.29 1.87 94 7.15 0.097 7.81 3.45 14.36 2.78 0.7 14.38 0.36 5.5 7.13 1.98 1.21 16.44 3.1 10.24 8 109.5 3.14 1,165 0.64 0.32 42 77 6.79 2.72 0.58 0.36 5.14 0.47 12.36

95,400 24,500 1,040,000 1,300,000 1,965,000 15,210,100 879,360 24,500 3,996,600 379,600 184,900 81,425 53,000 3,040 4,138,000 1,000 1,464,760 12,000 5,110,000 47,364,900 14,000 3,500 740,000 140,000 2,124,500 250,000 25,100 2,211,200 428,000 70,000 1,300 8,304,000 26,000 17,500 1,380 679,000 108,705 4,009,000 730,000 1,199,100 551,470 12,400 1,976,000 2,501,000 58,760,000 268,000 1,190,000 8,031,300

924,230 485,768 372,900 50,100 3,255,960 114,466,956 56,997,916.50 191,100 30,520,866 2,868,210 960,734 156,467,055 278,067 972,760 13,847,450 1,870 136,303,912 85,939 472,370 367,397,600 47,160 49,478 2,030,550 96,990 30,409,078 91,200 134,659 15,772,041 849,130 83,510 21,380 26,303,460 267,214 142,799 151,115 2,149,860 129,507,880 2,613,740 231,700 50,363,150 42,188,346.50 84,316 5,344,710 1,481,530 20,868,900 1,375,539 560,550 98,955,414

-55,060.00 14,940 -62,180,832 27,244,329 394,400 26,525 34,329,525 155,450 16,965,326 -47,500 -7,818,247 -420 -9,800 -5,262,190 -7,568,722 43,740 923,920 33,000 13,342,290 -196,020 -33,178,595 -29,642,594 29,876 1,378,220 -372,500 1,642,550 -25,700 22,401,468


0.0021 1.75 2.35 13.62 1.95 6.91 1.71 0.196 0.097 0.097 1.12 2.37 1.01 0.52 0.91 0.012 0.013 0.011 4.11 2.85 18 25.85 0.0059

0.0021 1.81 2.35 15.9 1.95 7.03 1.74 0.205 0.102 0.109 1.12 2.37 1.01 0.52 0.92 0.013 0.013 0.012 4.19 2.9 18.26 26.25 0.0059

0.0021 1.75 2.35 12.6 1.91 6.91 1.7 0.196 0.097 0.097 1.12 2.29 0.99 0.52 0.87 0.012 0.012 0.011 4.08 2.75 17.98 24.85 0.0059

MINING & OIL 0.0021 6,000,000 1.8 4,855,000 2.35 1,000 15.78 40,600 1.92 85,000 7.01 315,700 1.74 569,000 0.205 410,000 0.1 2,490,000 0.109 40,000 1.12 15,000 2.3 4,184,000 1.01 3,000 0.52 6,000 0.9 835,000 0.013 10,300,000 0.012 50,300,000 0.011 6,300,000 4.08 297,000 2.76 3,210,000 18.06 2,596,300 26 2,802,400 0.0059 5,000,000

12,600 8,629,040 2,350 600,404 163,450 2,212,953 980,490 83,770 247,770 4,050 16,800 9,662,200 3,010 3,120 750,860 124,400 653,600 72,300 1,231,540 8,958,930 46,924,704 72,562,960 29,500

3,868,260 48,750 -42,960 -4,061,480 165,220 -585,000 -4,397,200 3,608,794 -10,415,945 -


465 487 95.5 97 5.25 915 1.03 101 1,001 102 109.5 75.7 71.35 75 73 73.5

465 487 95.5 97 5.25 915 1.03 101 1,001 102 109.5 75.7 73 75 73.8 73.5

465 487 95.45 97 5.25 915 1.03 101 1,001 102 108.8 75.3 71.35 74.8 72.4 73.5

PREFERRED 465 10 487 20 95.45 10,000 97 1,900 5.25 9,600 915 4,090 1.03 70,000 101 50 1,001 50 102 1,000 108.8 40 75.3 2,280 73 2,000 74.8 1,040 73.8 7,500 73.5 1,060

4,650 9,740 954,525 184,300 50,400 3,742,350 72,100 5,050 50,050 102,000 4,366 171,728 144,350 77,796 550,246 77,910






WARRANTS 1.72 236,000




4.1 1.19

4.41 1.22

4.1 1.16

4.29 1.2

5,840,070 1,617,670

-105,400 -59,000







42,586 60,084 29,870



PROPERTY 7.3 0.77 1.78 0.54 39.35 2.23 3.8 0.415 0.85 0.88 0.22 0.34 7.6 18.1 1.47 0.99 2.44 4.35 0.35 0.44 0.36 3.6 20.4 1.93

183,600 2,201,000 2,000 729,000 16,213,200 390,000 2,083,000 2,660,000 424,000 886,000 7,950,000 320,000 156,700 1,281,700 8,632,000 2,430,000 16,569,000 14,140,000 32,390,000 1,160,000 80,000 769,000 1,452,500 42,000




10.7 10.1 1.03


10.7 10.2 1.03
















10.7 10.1 1.03


1,362,000 1,361,000

EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS 106.5 6,290 10.7 10.2 1.03


3,980 5,920 29,000

VALUE 1,661.84 (up) 52.65 2,009,462,557.87 FINANCIAL INDUSTRIAL 10,672.85 (up) 103.13 1,454,860,340.95 HOLDING FIRMS 6,914.29 (up) 104.69 1,726,449,305.57 PROPERTY 3,426.47 (up) 60.49 1,381.18 (up) 8.30 3,100,979,893.42 SERVICES MINING & OIL 8,948.12 (down) 37.43 1,458,663,572.665 PSEI 7,083.34 (up) 130.75 153,951,477.574 All Shares Index 4,310.52 (up) 55.65 9,912,516,498.44 Gainers: 115; Losers: 65; Unchanged: 47; Total: 227

ATI posted net income of P2.2 b in nine months By Darwin G. Amojelar ASIAN Terminals Inc. said net income rose by double-digits in the first nine months of the year, driven by record cargo volumes handled by its international gateway ports in Manila and Batangas. ATI reported the nine-month income reached P2.20 billion, up 24 percent from P1.77 billion year-on-year. Revenues hit P8.85 billion, up 14.6 percent from P7.72 billion during the same period in 2017 due to higher international containerized cargoes handled by Manila South Harbor and Batangas Container Terminal. Higher volume of domestic containers, international RoRo and interisland passengers were also handled by Batangas Port over the same period. In support of Metro Manila and nearby market environs, Manila South Harbor facilitated the delivery of over 860,000 teus (twenty-foot equivalent units) of foreign boxed shipment, representing a 4-percent growth from a year ago This is the highest throughput for MSH over the nine-month stretch, highlighted by record-breaking volume of over 100,000 teus in May, June, July and September. In Southern Luzon, Batangas Container Terminal further stepped up its role as trade facilitator in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), offering competitive market connectivity to major shippers in the region and helping decongest Manila’s roads. BCT handled over 173,000 teus from January to September, higher by more than 18 percent from a year ago. BCT over the weekend broke through the 200,000-teu volume mark, setting a new operations milestone. It meant reducing over 100,000 truck trips along Metro Manila roads, with more consignees routing cargoes via BCT, Calabarzon’s preferred gateway port. “Despite handling growing volumes, ATI’s international container ports are performing well at optimum production and utilization levels headed into the final stretch, the peak season for shipments,” ATI executive vice president William Khoury said.

PayMaya kicks off mobile transactions in Valenzuela City PAYMAYA Philippines Inc. on Friday launched its QR-based mobile payment technology in Marulas, Valenzuela City, the first “DigiPalengke of the North.” The initiatives, made possible in partnership with Primetech Solutions Inc., New Marulas Public Market and the city government of Valenzuela, were launched in time for the city’s 395th Foundation Day. Residents will soon be empowered with the Valenzuela Ako Card ID or VCard ID powered by PayMaya that will serve as an identification and payment card in one which they can use for cashless transactions whether instore or online. At the same time, PayMaya is equipping at least 200 vendors in the New Marulas Public Market with QR payments acceptance, allowing Valenzuela residents to pay for their day-to-day needs purchased from the market using only the PayMaya app installed on their phones. This is a first-of-its-kind ‘DigiPalengke’ initiative in Northern Metro Manila where an entire public market is equipped to accept mobile cashless payments. “This is truly a groundbreaking initiative that will help foster the economic growth of Valenzuela as it charts a path toward being a true ‘digital city.’ Cashless payments are secure, convenient and transparent, which makes delivery of government services much more efficient through the PayMayapowered VCard ID,” Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said. “We congratulate the city of Valenzuela for leading the charge in the launch of their very own VCard ID and the 1st ‘DigiPalengke’ of the North–a true digital financial inclusion initiative that will bring the benefits of cashless payments like PayMaya to the people who need it the most,” Paolo Azzola, chief operating officer and managing director at PayMaya Philippines, said. Darwin G. Amojelar


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SKYWALK IN MACAU. This picture taken on November 15, 2018, shows a woman taking part in a skywalk posing for a photo as she leans off the edge of the Macau Tower in Macau. AFP

Khmer Rouge leaders are guilty of genocide P HNOM PENH―Two top leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime were found guilty of genocide on Friday, in a landmark ruling almost 40 years after the fall of a brutal regime that presided over the deaths of a quarter of the population.

The Khmer Rouge’s former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, and “Brother Number 2” Nuon Chea, 92, are the two most senior living members of the ultra-Maoist group that seized control of Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. The reign of terror led by “Brother Number 1” Pol Pot left some two million Cambodians dead from overwork, starvation and mass executions, but Friday’s ruling was the first to acknowledge a genocide. The defendants were previously handed life sentences in 2014 over the violent and forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975. But the judgment at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) also found Nuon Chea guilty of genocide against the ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslim minority group, among a litany of other crimes. “The chamber finds that Nuon Chea exercised ultimate decision-making power with Pol Pot and... therefore finds Nuon Chea is responsible as a superior for all

the crimes,” presiding judge Nil Nonn said. “This includes the crime of genocide by killing members of Cham ethnic and religious group.” Khieu Samphan was also found guilty of genocide against ethnic Vietnamese, though not against the Cham, he added. Both parties were sentenced to “life in prison”, merging the two sentences into a single term, Nil Nonn said. Hundreds of people, including dozens of Cham Muslims and Buddhist monks, were bussed to the tribunal located in the outskirts of Phnom Penh to attend the hearing. The events covered by the verdict span the four years of the Pol Pot regime and include extensive crimes against humanity. “The verdict is essentially the Nuremberg judgment for the ECCC and thus carries very significant weight for Cambodia, international criminal justice, and the annals of history,” said David Scheffer, who served as the UN secretary general’s special expert on the Khmer Rouge trials from 2012 until last month. The revolutionaries who tried to recreate Buddhistmajority Cambodia in line with their vision of an agrarian Marxist utopia attempted to abolish class and religious distinctions by force. The verdict read out by Nil Nonn presented a society where minorities were targeted and killed, Buddhist monks forcibly defrocked and groups of people executed, while men and women were coerced into marriages and forced to have sex to produce children for the regime. AFP


Number of California fire missing tops 600 PARADISE―The number of people listed as missing in one of California’s deadliest wildfires has skyrocketed past 600, authorities said Thursday, as the remains of seven additional victims were found by rescuers. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the number of missing had more than doubled during the day to 631 as investigators went back and checked the emergency calls made when the fire broke out a week ago. “I want you to understand that the chaos we were dealing with was extraordinary” when the fire started, he told journalists, in explaining the staggering new number. The seven additional victims brings to 63 the number of people who have died in the so-called Camp Fire in northern California. At least three other people have died in southern California in another blaze dubbed the Woolsey Fire. President Donald Trump is set to visit California on Saturday to meet with victims of the wildfires believed to be the worst in the state’s history. AFP

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annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 15, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP

WikiLeaks founder Assange charged in US, group claims WA S H I N G TO N ― Wi k i L e a k s founder Julian Assange has been charged in the United States, the organization said, in a development that could have implications for Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election. Prosecutors inadvertently disclosed the existence of a sealed indictment in a court filing in an unrelated case, WikiLeaks said Thursday. The exact nature of the charges against Assange was not immediately known. “SCOOP: US Department of Justice ‘accidentally’ reveals existence of sealed charges (or a draft for them) against WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange in apparent cut-andpaste error in an unrelated case also at the Eastern District of Virginia,”

Wikileaks wrote on Twitter. The still-unsealed charges against Assange were revealed by Assistant US Attorney Kellen Dwyer as he made a filing in the unrelated case and urged a judge to keep that filing sealed. Dwyer wrote: “Due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged,” according to The Washington Post. The charges would “need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested,” Dwyer wrote. Federal prosecutors have been investigating Assange over WikiLeaks’ 2010 publication of a trove of US diplomatic cables that proved an acute embarrassment to Washington. AFP

prince. Abdulkadir Selvi, pro-government columnist in the Hurriyet daily, said key findings in the Saudi prosecutor’s statement did not overlap with the evidence in the hands of Turkey including two voice recordings. He claimed that the first seven-minute voice recording proves that Khashoggi was strangled but the second tape recorded shortly before the journalist stepped into the consulate clearly shows the murder was planned in advance. The second tape proves the 15-member “killer team” seated inside the consulate before Khashoggi’s arrival was discussing how to carry out the murder, he said. Turkey has also evidence that the team made international calls after the murder, he added. Saudi prosecutors on Thursday announced indictments against 11 people and said a total of 21 individuals were in custody in connection with the killing. It said execution would be recommended for five of them who “are charged with ordering and committing the crime.” AFP


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Jet crash victim’s family sues Boeing JAKARTA―The family of an Indonesian man killed in a Lion Air jet crash is suing Boeing, alleging that the accident may have been caused by a problem with the flight-control system in its newest 737 plane. The father of Rio Nanda Pratama filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the US state of Illinois, where the plane manufacturer is headquartered, over the death of the young doctor who was to have married his high-school sweetheart this week. Pratama’s fiance Intan Syari, 26, has made headlines after she posed alone for photos in a wedding gown that she was to have worn at the couple’s nuptials in Indonesia. Syari said her husband-to-be had asked in jest that she carry on with the photo shoot if he did not return from what turned out to be a fatal trip. The 26-year-old man was among the 189 people killed when the Boeing 737MAX plunged into the Java Sea on October 29, less than 20 minutes after leaving Jakarta on a routine flight to Pangkal Pinang city. There were no survivors. The 737-MAX in question had only begun service for budget carrier Lion Air in August. AFP

ISTANBUL―Turkey has more evidence contradicting the Saudi version of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including a second audio recording, a Turkish newspaper reported on Friday. The second voice recording―said to be 15 minutes―clearly reveals that the murder of the Washington Post columnist had been premeditated, the Hurriyet newspaper said. That would contradict the statement of the Saudi prosecutor who said on Thursday that five Saudi officials faced the death penalty on charges of killing Khashoggi but exonerated the country’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of involvement in the murder. Khashoggi, 59, a critic of the crown prince, was killed and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkey has said the murder was carried out by a team of Saudis who traveled to Istanbul for that purpose. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the order came from “the highest levels” of the Riyadh government, but stopped short of pointing the finger of blame at the crown

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9. I received my primary and secondary education from the following public schools or private educational institutions duly recognized by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), where Philippine history, government and civics are taught and prescribed as part of the school curriculum and where enrollment is not limited to any race or nationality:

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Place of Dates of Highest Grade School Study Completed S A I N T B R I D G E T BATANGAS 0 6 / 1 9 9 4 - 6th GRADE COLLEGE 2000 S A I N T B R I D G E T BATANGAS 0 6 / 2 0 0 0 - 4th YEAR HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE 2004 DELA SALLE UNIV. MANILA 2004-2008 BS in BUSS MNGT. 10. I am able to read, write and speak Filipino and/or any of the following dialects of the Philippines: TAGALOG. 11. I have enrolled my minor children of school age in the following public schools or private educational institutions duly recognized by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), where Philipine History, government and civics are taught and prescribed as part of the school curriculum and where enrollment is not limited to any race or nationality:

Name of Child

Name and Place of School

Date of Enrollment




12. I shall never be a public charge. I am of good moral character. I believe in the principles underlying the Philippine Constitution. I have conducted myself in a proper and irreproachable manner during the entire period of my residence in the Philippines in my relations with the constituted government as well as with the community in which I am living. I mingled socially with Filipinos and have evinced a sincere desire to learn and embrace the customs, traditions and ideals of the Filipino people. I have all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications under Republic Act No. 9139. I am not opposed to organized government or affiliated with any association or group of persons who uphold and teach doctrines opposing all organized governments. I am not defending or teaching the necessity or propriety of

13. It is my true and honest intention to become a citizen of the Philippines and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, and, particularly, to UNITED KINGDOM of which at this time I am a citizen or subject. I will reside continuously in the Philippines from the date of the filing of this petition up to the time of my admission to Philippine citizenship. 14. My character witnesses are DHARIL MAMARIL and AGUSTIN GERALDEZ both Filipino citizens, of legal age, and residing at 2016 21st FORTUNE VILLAGE 5, PARAPA, VALENZUELA and 245 MADRIGAL STREET, AYALA ALABANG respectively, who have executed sworn statements attached hereto in support of my instant petition, together with: (a) brief biographical data about themselves; (b) detailed statements on the dates they first came to know me, the circumstances of our initial acquaintance and the reasons and extent of our continuing familiarity; and (c) the number of times they have acted as character witnesses in other petitions for naturalization. 15. Attached hereto as annexes and made part of this petition are the duplicate originals or certified photocopies of the following documents (please check the appropriate box): [ / ] a. Petitioner's birth certificate [ / ] b. Petitioner's alien certificate of registration (ACR) [ / ] c. Petitioner's native-born certificate of residence (NBCR) [ / ] d. Petitioner's marriage certificate, if married [ x ] e. Death certificate of his/her spouse, if widowed [ ] f. Court decree annulling his/her marriage or granting legal separation, if such was the fact [ x ] g. Birth certificates of petitioner's minor children [ x ] h. ACRs of petitioner's minor children [ x] i. NBCRs of petitioner's minor children [ / ] j. Affidavits of financial capacity by the petitioner, duly supported by bank certifications, passbooks, stock certificates, or proof of ownership of other properties [ / ] k. Affidavits of at least two (2) credible witnesses who must be Filipino citizens of good reputation in petitioner's place of residence [ / ] l. Medical certificate from a government hospital stating that petitioner is not suffering from mental alienation or a user of prohibited drugs or otherwise a drug dependent and that he/she is not afflicted with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), or any incurable contagious disease. [ / ] m. School diploma and transcript of records of the petitioner from the school/s he or she attended in the Philippines [ x ] n. Certifications stating that petitioner's minor children are enrolled in public schools or private educational institutions duly recognized by the DECS, where Philippine history, government and civics are taught and prescribed as part of the school curriculum and where enrollment is not limited to any race or nationality [ / ] o. Petitioner's income tax returns for the past three years [ ] p. Petitioner's receipts of payment of income tax for the past three years 16. Other documents submitted by the petitioner in support of his/her petition: MARRIAGE CONTRACT - SINGAPORE, CERTIFICATE OF EMPLOYMENT SINGAPORE, NOTICE OF TAX ASSESSMENT (LATEST 2017 TO 2016) PRAYER WHEREFORE, it is respectfully prayed that petitioner be conferred Philippine citizenship pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No, 9139. Dated at Makati City, Metro Manila, this 25th day of SEPTEMBER, 2018.

ARCHIE RALPHY TAN Name and Signature of Petitioner Address: 307 M.A. REYES STREET, SAN JUAN CITY, MANILA 1500 Telephone Number: +639174362118/+65 85333500

Right Thumbmark of Petitioner

Petitioner's signature and right thumbmark

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES) CITY/MUNICIPALITY OF MANILA) S.S. I, ARCHIE RALPHY TAN of legal age and a resident of 307 M.A. REYES ST., SAN JUAN CITY, M.M. 1500 after being duly sworn, depose and say that I am the petitioner herein, that I have read the foregoing petition and know the foregoing petition and known the contents thereof, and that the same is true of my own knowledge.

ARCHIE RALPHY TAN Name and Signature of Petitioner SUBCRIBED AND SWORN to before me at _____ this ____ day of _________ 2018.

(MS-NOV. 10, 17 & 24, 2018)


Joel D. Lacsamana, Editor







ESIGNING a small space that would be both functional and liveable, can be tough. There is no easy way around it. One can browse through magazines and the net for design ideas for small condos, and you will still find yourself lost. The objective is to look into the entirety of the home, find areas one can improve on, and areas where one can add creative solutions to space problems when designing a small space. Here are some smart design ideas for small spaces like apartments and condominiums.

KEEP IT LIGHT To make a small apartment’s space appear larger than it is, avoid using dark hues in the choice of wall colors. One can use a focal wall for a use of color but remember to keep the rest of the space light and open with crisp, white furniture and white built-in units. This will allow the eyes to float around the room, and make it seem bigger than it is. ADD MIRRORS One of the best (and easiest) design ideas for a small condo. Add a full-body mirror to visually expand the room. A mirror not only adds dimension to space but allows light to be reflected around the room, and lighting it up. It makes the small bedroom appear larger. One can use mirrors mounted on a wall to open up the room, or add it in a corner of the room, and make the space bigger. CHOOSE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE Choose versatile furniture that do double duty: a convertible sofa with extra storage, a dining table that doubles as a desk, a coffee table with extra storage space, or a wall unit that conceals a bed. The possibilities are endless. CLEAR STORAGE AREAS Any space can be enhanced with additional storage solutions. Look for dead spaces in the apartment, and use these by adding a shelving unit. Try adding shelves below the stairs, or the angled order, to take advantage of the awkward, extra space. One can turn it into an area to showcase a travel collection, or use it to have stylish storage for

children’s toys. Small canvas bins are great for keeping toys stored away, and out of sight. Well-worked window treatments Make a small living room appear more spacious by adding a floor-to-ceiling window treatment. A living room with high extra-high ceiling, but with a small floor plan, can become bigger than it seems. This simple addition will help draw eyes up the wall for a much larger feel of the space. HOME OFFICE, OR STUDY NOOK Don’t let any extra space go unused when dealing with a small room. Turn a nook between two small closets into a simple and efficient workstation, or study area for the kids. Adding shelves above the desk provides extra space to store books. With the desk built into the wall, it will take up little space in the room. BATHROOM STORAGE Take a advantage of a narrow wall by adding shelves into it. This is an excellent way to store bathroom essentials. Invest in attractive canisters to hold cotton swabs, cotton balls, and other bathroom essentials, and place unsightly toiletries under the vanity to add style and cleanliness in your bathroom. Small wicker baskets are good storage, and can also be placed on the shelves to hide products you don’t want to be out in the open. USING FURNITURE While there is limited research on the perceived spatial dimensions of fur-

around large pieces of furniture rather than through space. The best types of furniture to use in small spaces are simple open-framed chairs and tables, furniture with light frames, steel or timber, and open backs. MULTIPURPOSE SPACE A multipurpose space is unavoidable in a small home. One can use a guest room as an office, and create a worksta-

tion that can be used when there are no guests staying over. One can also make use of empty walls to add additional storage to store kitchen, or work-related items. There are a lot of smart design ideas for a small condo. One simply has to be creative while keeping in mind the ultimate objective of creating and making space, instead of taking it up.

niture and its effect, studies do show that the more furniture one puts into a space, the smaller it appears. And most of us know the less “stuff” we have in our apartments the bigger they seem. Fitted living room furniture with built-in side tables that hug the wall is better than having large single units and isolated tables. TVs and sound systems incorporated into storage are more space-efficient than stand-alone units. Big furniture, like settees and coffee tables, ornate bedheads and oversized loose chairs, also overcrowds space. It’s not comfortable to have to walk

FETED IN LONDON. Ortigas & Company recently garnered multiple awards from the Stevie International Business Awards in London, England for its marketing campaigns. The firm claimed three Silver Stevie Awards: Marketing Campaign of the Year-Retail and Brand Experience of the Year-Consumer for Estancia Vast Imaginarium, and Marketing Campaign of the Year-Real Estate for the Ortigas East Christmas Street Light Musical Tunnel. It also bagged a Bronze Stevie Award for Rebranding/Brand Renovation of the Year for Ortigas East. The Vast Imaginarium was Ortigas & Company’s Christmas feature for Estancia last year, inspired by renowned artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms. The Christmas Street Light Musical Tunnel was launched last year as the first of its kind in the Philippines, and marked the rebranding of Frontera Verde into what is now Ortigas East. At the awards were (from left to right): Ortigas & Company marketing manager Monique Castaneda; Stevie Awards president Michael Gallagher; and Ortigas & Company marketing officer Sheila Perez. RALLYING THE TROOPS. NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI), recently held a motivational talk to help its sellers sustain, and further strengthen the company’s performance in the industry. Chinkee Tan, a well-known personality in the sales business, presided over the one-hour session during NorthPine Land’s second quarter sales awards event held in Muntinlupa City. The talk entitled “Benta, benta ‘pag may time” gave tips on how to be a more efficient sales professional. Tan discussed the power of change, and ways to break out of negative habits and mindset that go hand in hand with the challenges in a competitive selling field. The limelight of the first six months of the company was the grand launch of Montana Strands, its newest property in San Fernando City, Pampanga. The awards night is the first time NLI combined a special talk for its sales networks. Shown in photo are : Chinkee Tan (center) with NLI executives (left to right) Benigno A. Tatunay, CFO; Amytis S. Banaag, AVP for HRODA; Aileen B. Morales, AVP for sales operations; Ferdinand M. Macabanti, general manager; Wilhelmina E. Fernando, VP for corporate services; Paul D. Lamagna, AVP for the technical management group.

MAGELLAN, LAPU-LAPU REDUX. Urban township developer Megaworld is building its fourth residential development in the 30-hectare Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. The 20-storey La Victoria Global Residences will offer 181 units ranging from studio of up to 40 square meters; one-bedroom units of up to 53 square meters; two-bedroom units of up to 80 square meters; and three-bedroom units of up to 118 square meters. Featuring an architecture inspired by Spanish edifices, the tower will reflect the historical significance of Galleon Victoria, the ship that brought Ferdinand Magellan to Cebu Island in 1521, who was eventually defeated by the forces of Filipino warriors led by Lapu-Lapu. Total sales for this fourth residential project in the township are expected to reach P1.5-billion. In late 2011, the company launched its first residential development, 8 Newtown Boulevard, which eventually won as best luxury condo development in Cebu in the 2016 Philippines Property Awards, and the outstanding residential highrise development in the 2016 Real Estate and Property Awards by FIABCIPhilippines. The Mactan Newtown is Megaworld’s first and only township that has its own beachfront. It is currently home to almost 10,000 BPO and office workers. It is also home to the company’s first school in Visayas and Mindanao, the Newtown School of Excellence.


Bernadette Lunas, Issue Editor @manilastandardlife @MStandardLIFE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018



‘Virtually’ play outside By Mae Gianina C. Pascual

KAT WALK VR, an Omni Directional Treadmill, allows players to walk, run, crouch, and jump in any single or multiplayer shooting, RPG, and horror games.

OWADAYS, we tend to stay indoors; bingewatching TV series and playing computer games at the confines of our home.” This is an observation of Vijay Aidasani, co-founder of the newest virtual reality theme park in Pasig.

to socialize, try new things, and ex- Virtual PH is located on the 5th floor plore the wonders of virtual reality,” of Ayala Malls Feliz, Marcos Highway he said. (Marikina-Infanta Highway), Brgy. Dela Paz, Pasig City.


VR Karts

In October, Aidasani and his wife Anchesca, opened Virtual PH at Ayala Malls Feliz. The futuristic game park offers a diverse selection of state-of-the-art VR equipment and robust collection of games.

VR Motor Racing

Star Twin Seat simulators

Photos by Mae Gianina C. Pascual

newest virtual reality theme park in Pasig City, offers a diverse selection of state-of-the-art VR equipment and robust collection of games.

“With virtual reality becoming the fastest-growing entertainment and leisure activity in the industry lately, Virtual PH aims to deliver diverse VR experiences to people of all ages. Gaming enthusiast or not, one will surely find a mind-blowing VR experience they can enjoy,” said Aidasani. Imagine a roller coaster ride fighting a humongous monster spider that’s hell-bent on attacking you, or flying in cosmic space with your friends to solve a mystery before you could go back to Earth. Or you can be

the main character in “Alice in Wonderland,” solving puzzles with Cheshire Cat— all happening in a single room with only computers, headsets, and VR gear. “Our vision is to provide an advance, immersive, social, and mind-blowing experience to our patrons by offering a fun and safe environment where people can just simply enjoy,” said Aidasani. Virtual PH offers KAT WALK VR, an Omni Directional Treadmill that allows players to run and truly be in the game. With its complete set of VR equipment—from its sturdy rig to the speciallydesigned waist and feet sensor—the KAT WALK VR allows players to walk, run, crouch, and jump in any game and play a wide array of single or multiplayer shooting, RPG, and horror games without leaving their spot. “The KAT WALK takes your conventional arcade game and completely changes the way you’ve ever played it with others. This is the embodiment of where technology meets reality,” enthused Aidasani. Virtual PH has also leveled up one of today’s most tried and tested group activities in the metro with their themed VR escape rooms. Modern VR technology transforms a room into a unique, boundless, immersive environment. Powered by top-of-the-line HTC Vive VR headsets and GeForce GTX 1070 TI graphic cards, each escape room delivers an extraordinary sensory experience leaving players on the edge of their seat. Anchesca, co-founder and head of marketing shared, “Virtual reality is helping us modernize how we play traditional games. Here at Virtual PH, we want to incorporate thrill and fun-filled excitement while providing a new and innovative team-building experience.” In addition, Virtual PH offers three themed VR escape rooms that can accommodate three to six players per game, namely “Mind Horror” for the mystery and horror fanatics, “Cosmos” for the futuristic adventurers, and “Crazy Clockwork: Alice in Wonderland Stories” for kids and kids at heart. Aside from the KAT WALK and the VR escape rooms, Virtual PH’s other immersive VR experiences include VR Karts, VR Motor Racing, Eagle Flight, and Star Twin Seat simulators. Aidasani is proud to offer something new and immersive to people. “With Virtual PH, we’re bringing people out of their houses again

Glitter Critters

spread fun at a mall CUTE and colorful characters are visiting SM City North Edsa this holiday season. The Quezon City mall celebrates a Glitter Critter Christmas as a treat to kids. Leading the festivities are the mall’s Glitter Critter characters from the Planet Hapitu, who are on a mission, led by Cap, to find the happiest place in the universe—which, obviously, they found at SM North. Cap is joined by Boom, Chum, Lox, Oola, Lala, Puchik, Ching, Twinkle, Mick, Baloo, and Baba. Upon their arrival, the Glitter Critters have transformed The Block and Skygarden into a happy play park in glittering lights where they play around and enjoy the holiday season. At the Skygarden, mall-goers can find Glitter Critter play park installations: the KIDS Mountain, the Space Shuttle Sleigh, which Baloo and Baba pilot to deliver gifts and Christmas magic; and the Fun Christmas Roller Coaster Ride, which kids can share with their new-found friends. Some of the guests who were seen having fun during the launch were BrazilianJapanese model Vanessa Matsunaga-Sunga, Camille Prats-Yambao and VJ Yambao with their son Nathan and daughter Nala, Dimples Romana and son Alonso, Aubrey Miles and Troy Montero with son Hunter, Princess Velasco with son Kobe, and child star Xia Vigor. The Glitter Critter gang will return on Nov. 17 and 24, and on Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at The Block and Skygarden for

The Glitter Critter characters, led by Cap, invite children to play with them at the KIDS Mountain. meet and greet sessions. During the meet and greet, guests will meet Oola and Lala, parent and kid critter who love to dress up and design; Boom, the DJ of the critter planet who loves music; Chum, the always hungry critter who thinks of food all the time; and Lox, the mischievous critter who stalks Cap, sneaking into the ship to join the expedition. Further, kids will be spellbound with A Magical Science Show by Nutty Scientist on Nov. 30 and Dec. 16; and get a chance to share their wishes as they Meet and Greet Santa on Dec. 2, 9, 23, 24, and 25, at The Block Atrium. Aside from programs and activities for kids, live performances by the NU Chorale, Ben & Ben, Keiko Necessario, Leanne & Naara, and December Avenue are scheduled on Dec. 7. Finally, northern skies will light up during the Grand Fireworks Display on Dec. 15, 22, and 29.

Camile Prats-Yambao and VJ Yambao with their son Nathan and daughter Nala are present during the arrival of Glitter Critters from Planet Hapitu.






‘super mega’ anniversary surprise T

HERE are things that remain fun even six decades later.

From left: Chupa Chups brand manager Denise Opulencia, PVM marketing and trade marketing director, and managing director Gerard Orriols

Chupa Chups, an iconic confectionery brand enjoyed in over 150 countries, has recently celebrated its birthday the #ForeverFun way. As an homage to the roots of the brand, a 1950s themed party was organized in Bonifacio High Street on Nov. 9. The entire party was fun, from its neon decorations to entertaining games to good food. But the biggest surprise of the night was the announcement of the newest Chupa Chups Super Mega Lolly, made available for the first time in Southeast Asia. The Super Mega Lolly is the brand’s biggest product offering to date. It’s a giant lollipop that contains 40 assorted-flavored, regular-size lollipops.


Confectionery brand Chupa Chups introduces its biggest product offering to date, the Super Mega Lolly, a giant lollipop that contains 40 regular-size lollipops.

“In line with the brand’s 60th birthday, we wanted to do something really big. So, to kick off the new global positioning of Forever Fun in the Philippines, the Chupa Chups Super Mega Lolly is definitely perfect for the job,” said brand manager Denise Opulencia. Chupa Chups Super Mega Lolly is exclusively available on Shopee at an introductory price of P550. “For the launch of Super Mega Lolly, we decided to partner with Shopee because we share the same vision of constantly innovating and being where our consumers are. In today’s modern world, there’s no other way but to go digital,” said Perfetti Van Melle trade marketing manager and digital lead Eugen Soriano.

Shopee PH head of business intelligence Martin Yu

Chupa Chups has celebrated its 60th anniversary in a 'Forever Fun' way.

5 fun shows to watch with the family

Creating global opportunities for hospitality professionals TWO institutions work together to provide global opportunities for hospitality professionals and students. Established in 1953, American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute has been the premier source of quality hospitality education, training, and professional certification that serve the needs of hospitality schools and industries worldwide. To be AHLEI certified means that a hospitality student or practitioner has earned the ultimate distinction of professional excellence in the hospi-

tality industry. AHLEI certifies and validates competencies in conjunction with academia and industry experts for more than 20 positions in the hospitality industry through its official program provider, Asia World Hospitality. Treston International College is the first Global Academic Partner of AHLEI. In 2014, AHLEI signed a license agreement with Treston International College to offer AHLEI’s hospitality management courses and certificates.

The school offers AHLEI’s 12-course Hospitality Management Diploma, as well as individual AHLEI certificates to students and professionals. Treston is one of the first schools in the Philippines to specialize in Tourism and Hospitality Management; it pioneered the Degree Program in Culinary Management.

The holiday season offers us more time to spend with the family. There are several activities the whole gang can do at home: decorate the tree, take a family photo (costumes optional, but recommended), or cook meals together. Another fun thing to do at home is to watch season-appropriate shows or movies right before exchanging gifts or having dinner. Leading Internet entertainment service, Netflix is several steps ahead of us, as it offers a good mix of fun family titles which mom, dad, ate, kuya, bunso, and even our furry family members will enjoy. Prince of Peoria (now streaming) When an easy-going 13-year-old prince goes incognito as a US exchange student, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a fastidious overachiever.

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The Christmas Chronicles (streams on Nov. 22) Gear up for a high-flying holiday adventure as two siblings team up with a version of Santa Claus that no one has ever seen before. This new Christmas classic comes from the makers of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Home Alone.

Dogs (now streaming) A documentary series featuring six intimate stories that explore the abiding emotional bonds that form between dogs and their caregivers, no matter the circumstances. Super Monsters and the Wish Star (streams on Dec. 7) It’s the Night Before Christmas and wishes are coming true. First for Lobo, whose favorite cousin, Vida, arrives for a surprise visit. Then for Glorb, who wishes he could be everywhere at the same time. Nailed It! Holiday (streams on Dec. 7) Hosted by Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres, this holiday-themed competition sees home bakers with a terrible track record take a shot at recreating edible holiday masterpieces for $10,000 cash prize.

In collaboration with US Embassy Commercial Service and AHLEI, Treston International College was awarded by US Embassy commercial service attache Yuri Arthur, executive vice president Sheryl Genuino-See, AHLEI-Asia World Hospitality executive director Machi Borja, Master Trainer Eng Leong Tan, and chief financial officer Aureo Endaya with the internationally recognized Certified Guest Service Property plaque.

Keep time with music SPOTIFY has launched a new app for Apple Watch, giving users of the smartwatch the ability to seamlessly access and control their favorite music and podcasts without missing a beat. With the new app, users can hit play, pause, rewind, and skip

from their Apple Watch without having to wrangle their phone out of its running case. Running into a friend as you head into the grocery store? Tap pause to grab a cart and a chat. The app also allows users to easily connect their

speakers or devices via Spotify Connect to effortlessly DJ from their smartwatch. The new integration with Apple Watch makes accessing recently played songs simple, even if the phone’s in their pocket.

These new features will be rolling out over the coming week. Apple Watch users simply need to download the latest version of Spotify.




Love at its most bittersweet

According to Stan Lee, one of the keys for superhero stories is to make the character relatable, hence he created flawed heroes.


Ubiquity of superheroes in pop culture


HE face of superhero culture may be gone with the passing of Marvel legend Stan Lee, but there is no risk of his work fading into the pop culture background. Instead, the indelible characters he created such as Spider-Man, The Hulk or the X-Men are essentially modern mythological heroes, whose place on the big screen is immutable. “Graphically and culturally, these characters have influenced fashion, street art, pop art, design, television and cinema: their importance is significant,” said Jean-Jacques Launier, the founder of the Art Ludique museum in Paris. The museum—dedicated to the “art of entertainment,” according to its website— staged an exhibit on Marvel superheroes in 2014 and then a similar one for DC Comics last year. Superheroes first entered the wider public consciousness in 1938 with the arrival of Superman in Action Comics #1. The following year, he was joined by the Caped Crusader, Batman. The genre lost popularity in the postwar period but rebounded in the late 1950s and early 1960s—notably thanks

to Lee, who created The Fantastic Four in 1961 for Marvel Comics. In quick succession, The Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, the X-Men and Black Panther followed. Today, those characters have become ubiquitous in pop culture—regulars on the world’s movie screens, stars of video games, the most-wanted toys on children’s Christmas lists. After a series of animated specials and early films, superheroes returned to the silver screen with a vengeance in the 2000s. In 2008, Marvel launched its linked Cinematic Universe with Iron Man. The following year, the company was acquired by Disney. Twenty films have come out in a decade, with three more already scheduled for release. DC Comics, which belongs to Warner Bros, is now expanding its own cinematic Justice League universe— starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Today, it seems like hardly a month


through Psyllium Fiber in Fibermaxx. As an added tip, he also informed the audience to be more discerning when it comes to the food they take, noting that some so-called “healthy foods” can actually make one fat; while others too common to consider important may actually contribute in developing a “buff” physique. One of the most awaited segments was that of Cosmo Skin’s Megan Young. The beautiful and elegant beauty shared to the audience her own personal beauty and fitness routines; while at the same time encouraging them to be proactive in taking care of their skin. She encouraged the audience to start early in addressing skin-ageing, noting that one is never too young to take collagen supplements like Cosmo Skin Marine Collagen to minimize the early signs and onset of skin ageing. She also touted

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Enzo Pineda talked about how regular exercise workouts can further be improved by supplementing one’s diet with pre, intra and post-workout supplements. He singled out, the different Euphoriamaxx variants of BFC Laboratories (L-Arginine, Creatine, BCAA and Glutamine) as essential in providing extra energy, in developing muscles and in promoting muscle recovery. He likewise stressed the importance of weight management in transforming one’s physique through naturally-sourced fat-busters (L-Carnitine and Green Tea Extract) in Cosmo Body Dietary Supplement; and the elimination of toxins through the ingestion of additional fiber

CROSSWORD PUZZLE Saturday, November 17, 2018

ACROSS 1 Hoops nickname 5 Racing shell 10 Mother lodes 14 Something remarkable 15 Charmer 16 Cod kin 17 Earthen jar 18 Prince Valiant’s wife 19 Steady 20 Employee lists 22 Of the highest quality 24 Spigot 25 Designer label 26 Fossil resins 29 Save from a landfill 33 Bumps on a frog 34 Busy places 36 Kind of storm, in sci-fi 37 MacGraw of the movies 38 Get on a horse 39 Unsuccessful venture 40 — Bernardino 41 Gambling stake 42 Thin pancake 44 School subject 47 — up (got ready) 48 — ex machina

49 Destiny 50 Saffron dish 53 Baton wielders 58 Highest point 59 Burro alternative 61 Garage job 62 Hum 63 Clinker 64 Charles Lamb 65 Tennis court dividers 66 Decade parts 67 Antlered ruminant DOWN 1 Piggy’s dinner 2 Storytelling dance 3 Band together 4 Foursome 5 Overprices 6 Winnow 7 Sporty vehicles 8 Found a perch 9 Greenest 10 Short-story pen name 11 Utter deliriously 12 Barely makes do 13 Dispatched 21 Trireme movers 23 Gold Medal org. 25 Hum 26 Covered with

water 27 Singapore’s language 28 Carry along 30 Fruity drink 31 Jeweler’s lens 32 All through 34 Regions 35 — of bounds 38 By hand 42 Corp. biggies 43 Clanked 45 Time wasters 46 Electric swimmer 47 Gathers bit by

bit 50 Cat’s-paw 51 Throb 52 Give forth 53 Doll’s cry 54 Love, to Luis 55 Govern 56 NYC theater award 57 Char 60 Grant foe

goes by without a hero’s name on the multiplex marquee. “Superheroes are a sure thing in terms of Hollywood blockbusters,” says Jessica Assayag,, who runs programming at Comic Con Paris, the French edition of the mega pop culture festival based in San Diego. “The world of superheroes has allowed major studios to keep planning ever more ambitious films that audiences love.” When Lee first created his emblematic heroes, “the Cold War was raging, and fear of nuclear bombs along with it. Spider-Man gets bitten by a radioactive spider, The Hulk is exposed to gamma rays, the X-Men are called the ‘children of the atom’,” explains Launier. Avengers: Infinity War,, which came out earlier this year, is currently ranked number four on the all-time worldwide box office champions’ list. One of its main themes? Overpopulation. Black Panther,, the most successful movie ever with a primarily non-white cast, looked at issues of heritage and nationality, noted Launier. AFP

the virtues of Glutathione, informing the audience that it is actually more than just a master antioxidant, as it has numerous benefits beyond that of lightening skin. Megan also proved generous in giving the public numerous “skintellectual solutions” related to skincare. The event also served as the soft launch of sorts of BFC Laboratories’ newest dietary supplements, BFC Lab Acai Berry and Ketovit—a ketogenic-inspired dietary supplement. *** Satire on fascism celebrates Philippine-Czech Friendship Month The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Manila in cooperation with Intramuros Administration presents a Dramatis Personae production of the iconic Czech playwright Karel Capek’s parody on fascism, The White Plague, on Nov.

“WHAT is love? Is there really such a thing? Is love selfish, just a need to be fulfilled? Or is it someone that fulfills your needs...” These lines from a commercial from an FM radio fills my head after watching Joel Ruiz’s Kung Paano Siya Nawala, a slow burning kind of love story that hits you bulls eye, like an arrow that pierces your chest and targets your achy breaky heart. It’s a modern tale that centers on the characters of JM de Guzman (Lio) suffers from face blindness (I didn’t know there is such a condition), which prevents him from recognizing faces. He might order coffee from you, make out with you, even have a one night stand, but when tomorrow comes, he does not remember who you are. His reality is faced head on by Rhian Ramos’ Shana, the one woman he might be falling in love with, or not. Face blindness is an affliction that is rarely highlighted in our Pinoy films. Amnesia is so lame already that is why this condition of Lio seems fresh, unchartered territory. Well, do not expect scenes with a doctor or medical bulletins explaining why JM’s character has it. What is interesting is the film show how he copes with it—by being brooding, almost some kind of a loner, with eyes filled with melancholia, longing for that special bond, a more intimate connection with another human being, not his usual wham bam, thank you miss nocturnal conquests. With the arrival of Shana in his life, Lio must do his darnest best to remember Shana, h e r looks,

27, 28, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. with 4 p.m. matinees on Nov.29 and 30 at the Casa Blanca, Cabildo St., Intramuros. Reimagined as The Plague with adaptation and direction by Lito Casaje, choreography by Joey Alvarado, lights design by Nick Tulayan, and costumes by Lito Perez, this contemporary theatre piece features Jonathan Montes, Cholo Ledesma, Ranzhel Aganan, Raymond de Leon, Lito Casaje, Shane Magdayao, Marielle Guevarra, Maika Razon, Denise Blanco Elison, Erika Cammayo, Alvin John Vito, Greg Quindala, and Manu Respall, a.k.a., Mr. Speaks. Set in a parallel universe where anything is virtually possible, The Plague is about man’s relentless albeit impossible quest for utopia. A wily, ambitious and self-absorbed physician, a nuclear missile manufacturer,

laughter, scent even, her peculiarities like the manner she knots the ends of her hair, the ALWIN insouciance and that IGNACIO lethal combination of one day she’s happy, confident, on the top of the world, and the next she’s vulnerable, afraid of judgment and being left with nothing but memories of people she encountered in her dizzying life. The unraveling of opposites who are truly, deeply, madly attracted to each other and eventually falling in love, this is what you will witness in this contemporary romantic drama. From their initial meetings and when they finally connect, one gets to understand why these two lost souls are meant to be, and yes, the romance is not superficial, the love is potent and for real. Another noteworthy ingredient of this film, it feels like Lio, Shana, Lio’s family are like people you know, they are neighbors who have become family. Most of the times, the scenes that flash on the screen seem so familiar, you might have been there, you might have done that, you are so drawn to the lives and situations of the characters because there is no over the top melodrama, no moments that feels fake. Everything about Lio and Shana seems authentic—when they converse, when they argue, when they kiss and make love, when they make promises, when they look at each other, when they reveal little things about themselves. It is not laced with sugar and spice and all that is nice. The biggest draw of the film of course is the performance of JM and Rhian. I have never seen them so handsomely and beautifully captured on screen. As a couple who have their own strengths and weaknesses. Their portrayal answers the question of what love is, that true love is selfless, honest to the point it hurts but you love the person anyway, his or her imperfection makes him or her, perfect. As Lio and Shana, you root for them, you want to hug them, and you want them to become your friends forever. You want them to have their happily ever after. Kung Paano Siya Nawala shows to everyone, that love is not a need to be fulfilled. It gives a truthful depiction of the lovers and not just the love and romance. Love is indeed more than kisses; it is not a prince who sweeps us off our feet. It is not even a damsel waiting to be saved. It is two people committed to make it work despite of the many differences and grey areas that lovers possess. The hopeless romantics will definitely have a field day with this motion picture and the most cynical, they might have a change of heart and open themselves to the possibilities of romance, with all its trapping and the possibility of pain. Well, we all know all relationships have the capacity to hurt us anyway. Kung Paano Siya Nawala emphasizes the fact that in life, how we make a person is what remains with them. Memories do fade. But the heart always remembers.


and a war freak dictator conspire to wreak a global war amid the contagion of a yellow plague unstoppably annihilating people. A well-intentioned doctor discovers the cure and is about to perform his good deed but setting a condition: that in order for one to be healed, one must make a sincere effort or at least express intention to stop the outbreak of war. This first-come-first served free admission political satire is also supported by Barbara’s Intramuros, De La Salle University Literature Department, DLSU Culture and Arts Office, Camp Suki, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. *** More stories of these kinds at www. Follow me on Facebook (@ isahvr), Twitter (@isahvred and Instagran (@isahvred. ΙŘ


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Cora Waddell’s recipe for love

From left: Red Gatus, Ariella Arida, Megan Young and Nino Bautista

Fit celebs support ‘Transformation – Beauty + Fitness’ HEALTH enthusiasts, members of the press, social media influencers and those simply wishing to switch to a more healthy, beautiful and fit lifestyle; attended the culminating event for “Transformations— Beauty + Fitness,” the annual health and beauty campaign spearheaded by BFC Laboratories and Watsons Stores. The campaign seeks to help everyone achieve their health and beauty goals through a sensible program of regular exercise, diet and most importantly, supplementation. This is the second year BFC Laboratories partnered with Watsons for the “Transformation—Beauty + Fitness” event launched in September at SM Makati. It was followed by a series of activations that saw BFC Beauty Booths going through the whole archipelago in a series of activations at select Watsons stores nationwide. The campaign ended in a “Big Event” at SM Megamall’s Activity Center last Nov. 4. Present to support the campaign were BFC stalwarts including, social media influencer, host, model and BFC Lab Athlete, Jason “Coach Untoy” Villanueva; model, GMA Talent, and Euphoriamaxx Best Bodies 2018, David Licauco; Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2012, host and actress, Ariella Arida; actor, sports enthusiast, and Euphoriamaxx Best Bodies 2018, Enzo Pineda; and Miss World 2015, actress and GMA Primetime Queen, Megan Young, all of whom presented their own personal experiences on how they incorporated health, fitness and beauty into their own busy lives and professional careers, to help in their own physical transformations. To help the audience get into the mood


for an afternoon of health, beauty and fitness, Coach Untoy, led the audience in a series of stretching and light exercises that was warmly received by the event’s audience. Along with BFC Director and Founder Nino Bautista, Coach Untoy also enlightened the audience on the how’s and why’s of the Ketogenic Diet and the importance of supplementation when following it. Citing the importance of fitness in achieving one’s own transformation, David Licauco stressed the need for extra energy and strengthening immunity when one is focused on improving one’s health and weight. He noted that some foods that we take may actually help slow down metabolism; while others are notable for boosting immunity. He also stressed the importance of supplementation through regularly ingesting vitamin C through Cosmo Cee; and by taking dietary supplements and superfoods like BFC Acai Berry. The event’s theme of combining supplements with organically sourced and “green” ingredients continued in the delightful talk of Ariella Arrida. The beauty queen introduced the event’s guest to a grocery list of foodstuffs that help in lightening skin and which also address the skin condition, melasma. Acknowledging that she—like most people present in the event—was hard-pressed at times to source natural alternatives that will give her skin the glow of health that people admire; Ariella stressed the convenience of taking naturally-sourced Grape Seed Extract or GSE to help her correct dark spots and lighten her skin through Cosmo Skin GSE Dark Spots Corrector. Continued on C3


KZ, APL de Ap in ‘Coke Studio’ finale IF THERE’S one thing we Pinoys love, it’s a good underdog story. And it’s even better when that underdog goes way beyond our shores to fly the Pinoy pride flag. Then, when we know that they choose to return to the Philippines and spread the love, then it’s the modern day edition of the fairy tale, with a particularly Pinoy twist. For the finale of Coke Studio Season Two, artists who have conquered the international arena come together for a surprise collaboration that captures the soulful and complex journey of each and every Filipino proving their worth to the world. KZ first came to national prominence when she won a major reality show on one of the country’s top free television networks. She joined the contest so that her family could help out in the building of their parish church. She became a part of ABS CBN’s Sunday variety show ASAP and also sang theme songs for Star Cinema movies. But KZ went way beyond her comfort zone when she joined a singing contest in Beijing where she trended on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, aka Weibo. “Even if the schedule would allow me to be home only for one day, I would go. I just couldn’t be away from home too long. Home is where I can just really be myself and I needed to feel that so I could be my best at the competition,” the petite singer said. On the other hand, Apl de Ap, born Allan Pineda Lindo, was actually legally blind as a child and this condition qualified him for an operation in America, sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck foundation. When he got to California and settled there, he then befriended a neighbor, William James, who then became more famous as rapper and songwriter Apl then went on to worldwide phenomenal success. They won Grammy’s and sold -out stadiums and arenas all over the world. But Apl always made it a point to remember his roots. “I try to follow in the footsteps of those who came before me. The Pearl S. Buck foundation helped me and so I want to do the same. If I come back to help my countrymen, it’s because I love my country and want to see us be competitive among the best in the world,” the international star shared. In this light, he has set up the Apl de Ap foundation, which concentrates on empowering Filipino youth especially in the fields of arts and technology. On a personal note, he says, for him coming home can be summed up in three words.

“Family. Food. Festive.” When it was time for KZ and Apl to collaborate, it is reasonable to imagine that the younger KZ would be intimidated. “I had followed Season 1, and did want to be included but when it was time to meet Apl and also start recording, I was a bit quiet. He was always asking me, ‘how do you feel about it?’ or ‘how would you change it?’ And my first thought would always be, ‘Who am I to do that? What gives me the right to tell you anything?,” KZ said. “But after a while, I would give my inputs and suggestions, and I think I was able to add my own flavor to it. He allowed me to see that my complexity can be my strength. And so our song reflects the story of the Filipino who has to go away, how they manage their fears,” she added. In turn, Apl said of their song, “It’s the story of every Filipino. It’s about trials and tribulations. It’s about having to seek a better life.” When he is traveling, Apl loves it when he lands at an airport with a lot of Filipinos who love to call out to him, “Kabayan.” He revealed, “They know that I know what they’re going through. I did what they’re doing.” KZ also gets a rush when she does shows for the Filipino communities abroad. “When they come to our shows, it’s a way for them to get to feel they’re at home, even if they’re still far from home,” KZ mused. For both KZ and Apl, music is also their home, and through music they can bring that feeling of home to all who share in their art. Taste the sounds of Pinoy music as KZ Tandingan and Apl De Ap collaborate for Coke Studio Season 2. Catch them tomorrow Nov. at 11:15 a.m. before ASAP on ABS-CBN or on CokeStudioPH

Pop stars Apl de Ap and KZ Tandingan collaborate for the season finale of 'Coke Studio.'


ORMER Pinoy Big Brother housemate Cora Waddell believes in the general notion that a relationship, “opposite attracts.”

The former model turned actress, who recently tied the knot, firmly believes that two opposite people can still make a relationship work. She says lovers stick together because of “mutual love and respect,” which is nothing but common to any couple out there. At the press launch for the movie, Recipe For Love, an offering from Regal Entertainment showing on Nov. 21, Cora dished out what she thinks is the true formula to a strong relationship based on her own personal experience. “My parents are total opposites. My husband is also my opposite,” she revealed. “Syempre, we also have things in common, but I think being very, very different can be inspiring for other people, not just looking for love, but it’s inspiring for yourself. Kasi, you’ll never stop learning,” she added. She explained that when two people in a relationship are different, they can learn a lot from each other. “Being with someone totally different from yourself can show you a different perspective na hindi mo talaga makukuha kung pareho kayo ng ugali.” The actress also answered when asked what she thinks is the recipe for love. “Unang-una, masasabi ko, don’t be hungry. Stay well fed,” she said followed with a hearty laugh. “Because pag gutom ka, mas mahirap talaga, kahit anong away yan kung gutom ka, it will get worse if you’re hungry. Don’t tackle your problems on an empty stomach.” She added, “Syempre, patience and unconditional love. Yun lang talaga ang importante: kahit ano man ang mangyari, you guys are a team and you’ll stay together, you eat together, you sleep together, you and you’re in this together.” Coraleen became a household name when she became a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother Lucky 7 in 2016. She eventually entered showbiz and appeared in ABS-CBN shows. Cora finally gets her big movie break by being one of the lead stars of Recipe For Love, where she stars opposite multi-awarded actor Christian Bables. Asked how she feels about finally getting a starring role, she beamed, “Sobrang exciting, syempre naman, na mabigyan ka ng


chance na ipakita kung kaya mo. And maswerte ako na yung leading man ko ay si Christian. He’s very experienced and serious in his craft, kaya ako yung swerte doon. So he helped me a lot,” she said. Recipe For Love tells the story of Calix (Christian), the chef of an upscale Filipino restaurant, who crosses path with Val ( C o r a ) , a food blogger a n d a s p i r i n g magazine editor. W h i l e Calix and Val start off on the wrong foot, they eventually hit it off a n d

Cora Waddell with 'Recipe for Love' co-star Christian Bables

romance starts to brew. Eventually, just like the dishes that they cook and review, Calix and Val discover the different tastes of being in a relationship, such as its bitterness and sweetness. Being entirely opposites, will their relationship still have a happy ending? Directed under the helm of the talented director Jose Javier Reyes, Recipe for Love explores how rich and colorful love is between two people. One minute it allows you to experience cloud nine and then it brings you to the pit of sorrow the next minute.

Pia Wurtzbach opens up her closet DO YOU want to own a piece of Pia Wurtzbach? The former Miss Universe, a Century City resident and Century Properties brand ambassador will open her closet and sell her pre-loved items on Nov. 24 at the second edition of Citizens by Century. The event is Century City’s very own community fair, which opens today and tomorrow and then on Nov. 24 to 25 at the Milano Piazza in front of The Milano Residences, from 3:00 p.m. until 12 midnight. Pia joins residents who will not only be patrons but also tenants of the fair as they are encouraged to put their own products and pre-loved items for sale. Aside from the eclectic mix of gourmet food booths and specialty shops, residents and guests of Century City can look forward to fun-filled activities such as slime making and face painting for kids and a cocktail mixology workshop for adults. Live music from emerging

acts such as Ivy & Aly, Extrapolation Quartet, Miss Ramonne, Gaia and Andrei, Joy Velasco, and Peter Caimbon are sure to keep everyone entertained during the two-weekend event. And since Christmas is just around the corner, Citizens by Century will also feature a DIY Christmas cookie booth, parol making workshop, and Christmas carols as a preview to the merriest time of the year. A speed painting contest dubbed Ready. Sip. Gogh with partner establishment Sip and Gogh will be held on Nov. 25 – easily one of the most anticipated events of the community fair. For more information, follow Citizens by Century @citizensbycentury on Instagram and Century Properties’ official Facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/CenturyPropertiesOfficial/.

Manila Standard - 2018 November 17 - Saturday  

The digital edition of Manila Standard: A nationally circulated newspaper published daily in the Philippines since February 1987.

Manila Standard - 2018 November 17 - Saturday  

The digital edition of Manila Standard: A nationally circulated newspaper published daily in the Philippines since February 1987.