Archive for the ‘Malaya’ Category

Standing by up in the air

As our flight from Iloilo (Philippine Airlines 934) was starting its descent to the Ninoy Aquino International Airprt, the pilot announced that we were number 12 in the queue for landing and that our arrival would be delayed by 30 minutes. Reason: traffic congestion. This kind of delay due to traffic congestion at NAIA has […]

April 17, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Tourism, Travel  2 Comments

Wishing they were April Fools Day jokes

We wish these three reports were April Fools Day jokes: One, Spinbusters saying goodbye. In its April 1 entry titled “Silly blog concedes writes 30”, the media watchdog wrote, “There’s no going around it, beating around the bush, and running in circles. With bitterness, sadness, and deep regret, we have decided to shut down The […]

April 4, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Media, Philippine National Police  18 Comments

Holy Week in prison for Enrile, Estrada, Revilla?

Now that the Ombudsman has approved the resolution to file plunder charges against those involved in the malversation of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, it looks like Senators Juan Ponce-Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla would be observing their Holy Week in jail. It is reported that Revilla and his family are in Holy Land […]

April 1, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya  26 Comments

Is the Philippines ready for China’s retaliation?

No ifs and buts about it: the Philippines and China are no longer friends. That’s a decision that the Philippines made when it hauled China to the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal over the latter’s all -South -China -Sea-encompassing 9-dash line map. As former ambassador to the United Nations Lauro Baja said, “When we filed a […]

March 30, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  50 Comments

Discover Antique this summer

Looking for places to visit this summer? Try the not-so-trodden paths. Try the perfumed island of Nogas in Antique. Located in the northern most part of Antique, Nogas Island is 24 hectares of deep and lush forest. If you want to explore it, better get a guide familiar with the island. It’s easy to lose […]

March 29, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Malaya, Travel  2 Comments

Gym safety

One goes to the gym to become fit and healthy and it’s distressing if one ends up in a hospital like actor-singer Lance Raymundo. The unfortunate incident with Raymundo last week should be a reminder to gym goers to always be careful. In Cecile Van Straten’s blog, Lance related what happened Wednesday last week: “There […]

March 25, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Malaya  2 Comments

Is it ethical for a journalist to also solicit ads?

Hopefully, this latest controversy involving broadcasters in a government corruption case would result in reforms in the media industry. A Philippine Daily Inquirer report said three broadcast journalists received payments from National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor), an agency under the Department of Agriculture that was used as conduit for the release of Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) […]

March 23, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption, Malaya, Media  17 Comments

Hindi Indie

Listening to MTRCB Chair Eugenio “Toto” Villareal narrate his inspection of moviehouses in Sta. Cruz, Manila, was fun and enlightening. I learned other meanings of “Indie.” I have always equated “Indie” films with art films, the kind of movies that are produced by dedicated, passionate film makers like Brillante Mendoza and Aureus Solito. The kind […]

March 20, 2014  Tags:   Posted in: Arts and Culture, Malaya  4 Comments

BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin shoal:Test for MDT

The rising tension at the Ayungin shoal, just 21 nautical miles from Mischief Reef where China has built fortifications, could be a test on the usefulness of the 1951 PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty In its statement issued last Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said: “The BRP Sierra Madre, a commissioned Philippine Naval Vessel, was […]

March 18, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  80 Comments

St Scholastica’s Hildegarde awards

I learned something new last Saturday when I went to St. Scholastica’s College to receive the award together with my colleague, Luz Rimban, for VERA Files. St. Scholastica cited VERA Files’s stories about victims of Yolanda typhoon being vulnerable to human traffickers. We thank St Scho for recognizing our contribution to the fight against human […]

March 10, 2014   Posted in: Communication, Malaya, Media  2 Comments