Archive for June, 2014

Gullible me

“There’s a sucker born every minute” exhibition promoter David Hannum once said. I’m included in that perpetually increasing list of suckers. Past midnight last Wednesday,June 25, 1:27 a.m. I got this text message from +639752279723: GlobeAlert: You’re the one lucky selected postpaid plan that has given 40% discount on your billing. To avail your 40%discount […]

June 28, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya  One Comment

New UNICEF Rep is a Balikbayan

For Lotta Sylwander, her assignment to the Philippines as UNICEF Representative, is actually a homecoming. Sylwander, from Sweden, was a backpack tourist way back in the 70’s and 80’s. She met and married (they are now divorced) someone from the Rojas family of Cavite. They have two children. Sylwander arrived in Manila last April and […]

June 24, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Disasters, Education, Health  3 Comments

Did Aquino use his power judiciously in deleting Nora Aunor from National Artists list?

President Aquino and his minions should not wave the legal banner about the Chief Executive’s power not to uphold the recommendation of the National Commission on Culture and Arts and the Cultural Center in conferring the National Artist awards to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts. The issue […]

June 22, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment, Malaya  37 Comments

Del Rosario fights media battle while China controls battlefield

Statements coming from Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario betray helplessness over the situation in the South China Sea. The Philippines is losing the battle that he led the country to wage against China. Yesterday Del Rosario said that the Philippines will ask the United Nations Arbitral Court to hasten the resolution of the 2013 suit […]

June 19, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  17 Comments

Protecting El Nido’s coral reefs

When God blessed the earth, he must have been standing near and facing Palawan because the province is so rich in natural resources and possesses spectacular sceneries – on the ground, underground, on the water, underwater. In the northern part of Palawan is El Nido, a municipality of almost 40,000 in an area covering 92,326 […]

June 18, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Environment, Malaya  4 Comments

China’s New Calculations in the South China Sea

This article appeared in East-West Center, Asia Pacific Bulletin http://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/china%E2%80%99s-new-calculations-in-the-south-china-sea By Yun Sun In recent months, China’s unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea (SCS) have driven regional tensions to a new high. China’s well-calculated moves are motivated by multiple internal and external factors. These include boosting President Xi Jinping’s prestige and […]

June 13, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  5 Comments

How many more media deaths to move the government?

The death of Mindoro broadcast journalist Nilo Baculio Sr. should bear not only on the conscience of the Court of Appeals judge who dismissed his petition for protection as “unsubstantiated” but also on this government especially President Aquino by being cavalier about media killings in the country. Last Monday, June 9, 2014, the 67-year old […]

June 12, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Justice, Malaya, Media  2 Comments

Feel good French movies

Featured in this year’s French Film Festival, a much-awaited annual event by movie enthusiasts, are “feel good” movies, according to French Ambassador Gilles Garachon. “Lots of love stories, romantic comedies,” he said adding that “We need that.” So true. With all the horror stories we are getting from newspapers and television, we need a good […]

June 11, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Entertainment, Malaya  No Comments

Feel bad TV reality show

Chairman Eugenio “Toto” Villareal of The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board is not happy with what ABS-CBN in their Pinoy Big Brother reality show did to the two female housemates. He will meet with “PBB:All In” executives today about its June 4 and 5 episodes wherein Big Brother or “Kuya “ challenged housemate […]

June 11, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Entertainment, Human Rights, Malaya  One Comment

The empowering effect of yoga

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files Photos and Video by Mario Ignacio IV and Mario I. Espinosa The amazing thing about yoga is that you are empowering yourself without being conscious that that is what you are doing. Yoga instructor Jasper Colina, who just opened OM Yoga Studio in Parañaque (he also teaches yoga at […]

June 8, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Health, Vera Files  5 Comments