February 2010 Toronto, Canada
Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino IIICOLORFUL
RP nat’l elections fever on
Welcome to the may 2010 presidential elections!
Sen. Manny Villar BEAUTIFUL PHILIPPINECOLORS: As Culture Philip-pines of Ontario (CPO) per-forms the “Singkil” at theLiving Arts Centre in Mis-sissauga, Ontario on theoccasion, and part, of thedance group’s 25th anniver-sary presentation, Febru-ary 6, 2010, I was remindedof an item included in thequestionnarie that I was re-
quested to ll out aimed at
helping OMNI Televisionartists design the logo for “Front Page Philippines”-- the television media part-ner of Manila Media Monitor.
That specic question asked
about the colors closely as-sociated with the Philippines. I remember having enumerated almost all colors, exhaustingin the process — or choking, if you wish, the space reserved for the answer. See the colorsin the photo? They are as beautiful as the dance number of the CPO, as all the numberswere! The presentation interpreted in dance and music the story of Philippine legend “Mala-kas at Maganda” — the show’s billing title. Front Page Philippines TV is a special event
sponsor of CPO’s “Filipino Day at Canada’s Wonderland” held annually on the rst Saturday
in September.(Photo:Manila Media Monitor; caption: Ace Alvarez)
First Filipino Canadian judgesworn into the Ontario Courtof Justice
ST. CATHARINES, ON-TARIO -- Courtroom number10 at the court house here waspacked January 15 with thebrightest, the smartest and the
Standing proud outside thecourtroom performing his po-lice duties as the assigned copat the door was a Filipino Ca-
nadian Police ofcer from the
Niagara Region. From his fa-cial expression, he could nothide the exuberant joy he felt,later expressing it to the well-wishers outside the courtroom.The day was not only acelebration for the family of
the rst Filipino Canadian ap
-Presidential candidates’ ral-lies and motorcades continuein and around the Philippinesas election fever rises up, to-gether with campaign postersgoing up side by side at everynook and corner and jinglesblared on the airwaves.Sen. Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III -- the son of formerPresident Corazon Aquino andformer Sen. Benigno AquinoJr., the Philippines’ democracyicon, and his main rival, Sen.
Manny Villar, red the open
-ing salvos on February 9 in thetight race to succeed PresidentArroyo, and promised a freshstart and clean government forthe Philippines after nine yearsof tumultuous rule dotted withcoup attempts and corruptionallegations.The Philippines Star has re-ported that Aquino, campaign-ing in Concepcion, Tarlac, tookpotshots at Villar.“We all know our opponenthas the money. And thereare those who say thatthe forces of darknesswill come together,” hesaid in his speech. “Thequestion is, will theforce of light be over-powered?”Aquino – who is run-ning under the LiberalParty banner, had an ear-ly head start in popular-ity; thanks to his familyname. Recent opinionpolls, however, put thetwo major candidates ina statistical dead heat,with analysts suggestingthat Villar’s lavish cam-paign spending has allowedhim to catch up.Villar’s Nacionalista Par-ty, which kicked off the 90-day campaign inCalamba, Laguna,downplayed theattacks by Aquinoand the LiberalParty.Villar, 60, whorose from povertyto make his fortunein real estate beforeentering politicssaid, “I am spend-ing my own mon-ey,”Villar narrowlyavoided censure byhis colleagues inthe Senate for his alleged rolein the rerouting of a highwayso that it passes close to his realestate developments. He saidthe charges are trumped up.Aquino has anchored his
campaign on ghting corrup
-tion and restoring the cred-ibility of the judiciary andCongress, which he said havebeen seriously eroded by Ar-
By Marilou BanateJudge Steve Coroza