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Before the crash: Secretary Jesse Robredo meets with Cebu ofﬁcials.
2 others missing; his aide survives
By Florante S. Solmerin
ECRETARY Jesse Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government together with two other companions went missing after their Cessna plane crashed on Saturday around 4:30 p.m. off Barangay Ibingay in Masbate City, the National Police said. As of press time, the Robredo’s fate was unknown. Rescuers called off the search for the 54-year-old ofﬁcial, the pilot and a companion.
His aide-de-camp Senior Inspector Jun Abrazado survived after he jumped from the plane, police said quoting Masbate Vice Governor Vince Revil. Robredo was able to talk to his wife Maria Leonora before the Cessna crashed, a family friend Julian Lavadia said in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News Channel. The Cessna plane 172 suffered engine trouble and one of the propellers conked out, Robredo’s wife was quoted by Lavadia as saying. The pilot Jessup Bahinting decided to land on shallow water about 300-400 meters from the Masbate airport runway, Lavadia said. The plane came from Cebu City and Robredo was booked on a Cebu Paciﬁc ﬂight, but he made last minute changes, said Col. Generoso Bolina, spokesman of the Southern Luzon Command. Abrazado, who suffered minor wounds, joined the search-and-rescue party involving the Coast Guard, National Police and Army, Bolina said. Robredo, at one time mayor of Naga City, had a meeting with Cebu provincial officials before the incident, according to police and local officials.
Malacañang insists: Arroyo condition must be verified
By Sara Susanne D. Fabunan and Maricel V. Cruz
MALACAÑANG Palace insisted on Saturday that the supposedly worsening condition of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo be independently veriﬁed before the government allows her to seek medical treatment abroad. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the former leader’s medical condition will have to be veriﬁed independently and the mode of veriﬁcation still has to be discussed. “[But] let us not speculate because they have not ﬁled anything in court. We have not received news of any moves by the camp of the former President to ask for travel authority because there is a holddeparture order against her issued by the Pasay Regional Trial Court” Valte said in a radio interview. Valte said Arroyo still has three pending hold-departure orders issued by the ﬁrst division of the Sandiganbayan which is hearing the plunder charges against her, by the Pasay Court due to electoral sabotage cases; and the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division, which is handling her graft case over the ZTE national broadband network deal.
Where’s Jesse? Search and rescue operation (bottom
photos)) were immediately organized after DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo went missing when the plane he and two companions were riding crashed near the coastline of Bgy. Ibingay in Masbate. Top photo shows his wife, Maria Leonora, in anguish. Photos by Red Cross Masbate, TV grab
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Cambodia names new envoy after Asean gaffe
By Sara D. Fabunan
THE Cambodian government has appointed Foreign Affairs undersecretary Tout Panha as the new ambassador to the Philippines, replacing Hos Serathon, who struck a raw nerve with his remark that the Philippines and Vietnam were playing “dirty politics” on the South China Sea issue. In a letter to a major daily, Sereython accused Manila and Hanoi of stalling last month’s Asean foreign ministers meeting in Phnom Penh by pushing for an “inﬂexible and nonnegotiable” position on territorial disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Next page Ambassador Tout Panha
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More perks eyed for dual citizens
By Maricel V. Cruz
with dual citizenship could be elected, or appointed, or hold elective public ofﬁce without renouncing their foreign citizenship.
IF A lawmaker had his way, Filipinos
Alagad party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta said he had this in mind when he sought to amend the the 2003 law on dual citizenship. His bill noted that the law provides that those who would like to seek appointive or elective public ofﬁce must renounce their foreign citizenship prior to assumption of ofﬁce or upon ﬁling of their certiﬁcates of candidacy. “The conditions set forth in the provisions being sought to be amended are surplusage because once a person ﬁles the certiﬁcate of candidacy, the candidate declares their Filipino citizenship and their support to the constitution of the Republic,” the bill stated. Under the measure, Filipinos with dual citizenships can run during any electoral exercise or be appointed to a government position without giving up their other citizenship. “As such, Filipinos who re-acquire their Filipino citizenship once again enjoy full civil, economic and political rights and be subjected to all liabilities and responsibilities under existing laws of the Republic of the Philippines,” Marcoleta said in the bill’s explanatory note. The bill said that being a holder of dual citizenship will no longer be a hindrance when seeking appointive or elective public positions in the Philippines.
Freeze! Justice Secretary Leila De Lima is frisked upon entering the New Bilibid Prison detention cell during a surprise visit and ﬁnds that another murder convict is missing. DANNY PATA
Iloilo City cathedral among seven heritage sites
SEVERAL landmarks in Iloilo City have been declared as heritage and tourist sites by the House of Representatives. Among these are the Jaro Cathedral, Molo Church, Iloilo City Central Business District, Fort San Pedro, Jaro Plaza, Molo Plaza nd Plaza Libertad. A House bill for this purpose has been approved on third and ﬁnal reading. The measure, according to its author Rep. Jerry Trenas, promotes the national policy aimed at enhancing tourism anchored on the country’s history, culture and natural endowments, and ensuring the protection, preservation and promotion of these sites. “It is necessary to identify the country’s existing attractions which should be classiﬁed as tourist sites. This will allow the Department of Tourism to give particular emphasis to these identiﬁed sites in order to preserve these attractions and to attract more tourists to visit these locations,” Trenas said in his bill. Iloilo City is rich in history, culture and spectacular architecture and is home to several tourist attractions which should be classiﬁed as ofﬁcial tourist sites, Trenas said. For instance, the Jaro Cathedral, which is a magniﬁcent Baroque structure and witness to the baptism of Graciano Lopez Jaena in 1856, is the ﬁrst and only Cathedral built in Panay in 1864. The Molo Church features a unique blend of Gothic and Romanesque architecture and was built in 1831. The national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal passed by Molo Church on his way back to Manila from his exile in Dapitan, the bill said. Iloilo City is also home to buildings dating back to the Spanish and American colonial periods like the Iloilo City Central Business District, with structures that boast a plethora of architectural designs. The bill mandates the Department of Tourism in coordination with the Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Conservation Council, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority and other concerned agencies to prepare the development plan involving the construction, installation and maintenance appropriate facilities and infrastructure to enhance tourism in these areas. Maricel Cruz
Valte made the remarks after House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez appealed for compassion from national leaders after Arroyo’s cardiologist Roberto Anastacio declared that the displaced titanium plates in her cervical spine could adversely affect her heart if she is not treated immediately. In appealing for compassion based on humanitarian considerations, Suarez recalled that the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos during Martial law years allowed President Benigno Aquino III’s father, former senator Ninoy Aquino, to go abroad for a coronary bypass, a surgical procedure which at that time was not easily available in the country. Suarez said Arroyo’s medical condition is a “very serious” matter that the State, especially those prosecuting her, should consider under realistic and humanitarian considerations. “Mrs. Arroyo should be allowed to seek medical treatment abroad and can be compelled to provide ample guarantees to government that she will return to face all the charges ﬁled against her,” Suarez said. Arroyo has been in and out of the hospital over the past two years. She was under hospital arrest for eight months on charges of electoral fraud and was granted bail in July, but she was rushed to emergency last week. Doctors have also discovered a lump on Arroyo’s left ribcage and that her health condition might be more serious than what was earlier reported, Suarez said.
After the story came out, Sereython was summoned by the Foreign Affairs to explain his remark, but the Cambodian envoy did not appear, pleading illness. On July 30, after receiving a note verbale from the DFA, Sereython and his family left for Cambodia. He was sent off at the airport by Cambodian ministry ofﬁcials and was escorted by airport police instead of the usual protocol ofﬁcers. Last week, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong had announced that Sereython had been recalled and would be immediately replaced. Sereython’s term was supposed to end on July 27, 2013. Instead, the new envoy will complete Sereython’s remaining year as Cambodian ambassador to the Philippines, and will end at the close of Cambodia’s chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations. Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Koung explained that the early recall of Sereython and appointment of a new ambassador was normal. “There’s nothing strange about the government or the ministry changing ambassador as it was seen to be necessary,” he said in a statement posted in a state-owned
website Cambodia Herald. “The change of ambassador to the Philippines is a normal thing and there is no change in Cambodia-Philippine relations,” he added. On Wednesday, Department of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario conﬁrmed that a female ambassador was set to replace Sereython. “She’s a lady who is quite high up in the ministry. I think that she holds an assistant Secretary Rank now,” Del Rosario said without adding any more details on her background. Del Rosario had said that Sereython’s recent remark does not affect the Philippine’s 55-year bilateral relations with Cambodia. “I don’t think if affects the bilateral relations at all. I like to think that we are looking at healthy bilateral relations with Cambodia,” Del Rosario said. DFA spokesman Rual Hernandez also explained that it is the prerogative of governments to appoint or to recall ambassadors. “The appointment of a new ambassador as well as the request for facilitation of the agrément attests to the continued commitment to strengthen relations,” he said. Hernandez said a foreign minister recalls its representative because he feels that the envoy could function bet-
ter in other countries, or his or her expertise is necessary in another place, or his or her performance in his or her current posting was not anymore effective. Cambodia is known as a staunch ally of China, which has an ongoing dispute with at least four Asean members—Vietnam,. Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei—on overlapping claims in the West Philippine Sea. The other claimant is Taiwan, a former province of mainland China. Of the four claimants from the ASEAN, the Philippines and Vietnam have recently clashed with China over claims on the the Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands, Macclesﬁeld Bank and the Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal. Beijing claims ownership of at least 90 percent the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), saying that it has sovereign rights to exploit the rich resources in the islands. Manila, however said it owns the territories within its 200-nautical miles economic exclusive zones as provided by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or Unclos. Manila and Hanoi had both lodged several diplomatic protests over the increasing assertion of China over the disputed waters.
Public Works goes into overdrive on road repair
MAINTENANCE crew of the Department of Public Works and Highways has been working round the clock to restore roads damaged by monsoon rains. DPWH National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando has dispatched 63 teams or 433 people from nine District Engineering Ofﬁces as Secretary Rogelio L. Singson wants immediate action is taken on damaged pavement of national highways in Metro Manila which has caused the slowing down of vehicular ﬂow. About 14 teams or 90 personnel from North Manila Engineering District are jointly undertaking asphalt patching at Tayuman corner Dagupan, Delpan Bridge and J. Abad Santos Avenue; declogging works at Andalucia corner Laon-Laan, España Blvd from Lerma and Maceda, R-10 Road from Pacheco to C-2 Road, R. Magsaysay Boulevard from Pureza to Magsaysay Bridge III, M. Dela Fuente corner Hernandez; and squaring works at V. Mapa from corner Old Sta Mesa to P. Sanchez. The South Manila Engineering District has deployed seven (7) teams or 42 personnel to do asphalt patching and squaring works at Quirino Avenue from Roxas Boulevard to Nagtahan Bridge and South Superhighway from P. Quirino to Makati Boundary including the use of one rotomilling machine for asphalt road at U.N. Avenue from Guanzon Street to Romualdez Street; and declogging works at Roxas Boulevard from Padre Faura Street to P. Ocampo Street and San Marcelino Street from U.N. Avenue to Paco Park.. In Quezon City, ﬁve teams from Quezon City First Engineering District Ofﬁce are doing asphalt patching at IBP Road from Litex to Sandiganbayan and Commonwealth Avenue fronting Sandiganbayan; and squaring works at Fairview Avenue Pearl Street and Regalado Avenue (North) from Fairview Avenue to Quezon Avenue. The Quezon City Second Engineering District Ofﬁce has deployed 10 teams or 80 personnel to undertake potholes patching at Katipunan Avenue/C-5 Road (Broadcast City-Ortigas Avenue), C.P. Garcia from University Avenue to Katipunan Avenue), Mother Ignacia, Timog Avenue, Elliptical Road, Maginhawa Street, and V. Luna Road. The District Ofﬁce crew also conducts declogging works at Quezon Avenue from Welcome Rotunda to Elliptical Road, Maginhawa Street, and V. Luna Road (corner Anonas Street. The First Metro Manila Engineering District has pooled its 30 personnel into ﬁve (5) teams to do road repair works at EDSA from V.V. Soliven-Guadalupe Bridge, Ortigas Avenue from C-5 Road to Santolan Road and Green Meadows Subdivision; and declogging at Pasig Boulevard from Hillcrest to Rotunda. In the area of Paranaque and Makati City, the Second Metro Mania Engineering District mobilized ﬁve (5) teams composed of 30 personnel to conduct asphalt patching at Ninoy Aquino Avenue from Kabihasnan to La Huerta (northbound) and C-5 Road from km. 17 to Pasig Bridge as well as declogging works at Quirino Avenue from km. 7 to Airport Road. With jurisdiction over national roads in the cities of Las Piñas and Muntinlupa, Second Metro Manila Sub-District Engineering Ofﬁce deployed ﬁve (5) teams with 35 crews to undertake declogging works including repair of manhole cover at Manila South Road-Muntinlupa Road from Sea Oil to Pepsi, Manila South Road-East Service Road from k, 23+300 to near Balbanero Compound, Parañaque-Sucat Road Boundary to PNR Railtrack, Manila South Road-Quirino Avenue from Perpetual Village to DMCI Homes, International Receiver Road from Tropical Avenue to Saging Street, and Zapote-Alabang Road from Jollibee to Admiral Avenue. In the cities of Caloocan and Valenzuela, 50 personnel comprising six (6) teams was assigned by Third Metro Manila Engineering District to undertake squaring and potholes patching works at EDSA from Monumento Circule to Gen. Simon Street, MacArthur Highway from Monumento Circle to Reparo Road south bound in Calookan City and V. Hermosa Street to FTI Road in Valenzuela City; declogging and disposal of spoils at T. Santiago Street to FTI Road; and temporary patching activity on damages at East Service Road from Valenzuela Exit of NLEX to Sapang Bakaw Street. The Malabon-Navotas District Engineering Ofﬁce has deployed six (6) teams with 36 personnel to undertake declogging at R-10 Road from C-3 Road to M. Naval, C-3 Road from North Bay Boulevard to C-3 Bridge, M.H. del Pilar from Kaingin Road to Tejeron, and C-4 Road from Borromeo Street to Dagat-Dagatan to include the cleaning of waterways at Malabon Bridge located at P. Aquino Street and asphalt patching at MacArthur Highway from University to Victoneta Avenue.
DPWH workers at work. SONNY ESPIRITU
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Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Fitr festival
By Sara Susanne D. Fabunan
SUNDAY AUGUST 19, 2012
Eid Mubarak. Two Muslims
pray at the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila, on the last day of Ramadan and eve of Eid ul-Fitr. DANNY PATA
MUSLIMS all over the world marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Saturday, ahead of the Eid ul-Fitr festival, locally known as Hari Raya Puasa, which Islamic religious authorities ofﬁcially celebrate today.
The Muslim faithful are expected to gather at outdoor ﬁelds or mosques after sunrise today to recite congregational prayers before the three-day festivities among family and friends. The Philippines is the only Christian country in the world to have declared Eid ul-Fitr as a regular holiday by virtue of Republic Act No. 9177 which was signed into law in 2002. In Malaysia, Salman Husni Abdollah said ﬁreworks are usually lit to welcome the joyous three-day celebration of Eid ul-Fitr. “Aside from ﬁreworks, we also help our parents prepare for Eid-ul-Fitr,” he said. Another visiting Malaysian, Muhammad Izawan Baharin, who is on his way to his hometown in Balik Kampung in northern Malaysia, said most Malaysians return to their hometowns to reunite with family and friends. “Normally, a big city like Kuala Lumpur will be half empty during Eid ul-Fitr, which we call Hari Raya, because the citizen will return to their hometowns,” Baharin said. Normally, he said, women will be the busiest during that event because they are the ones who will prepare traditional delicacies. During the preparation, both Baharin and Abdollah would usually help their fathers and brothers in cleaning the house while their mothers and sisters will prepare the dishes. “Usually my mom orders me and my other siblings to relocate the furniture, Just to feel something different. Some families may even replace their old furnitures with new ones,” Abdollah said. “We celebrate Hari Raya by opening up our house and we welcome visitors to celebrate with us. This is to promote togetherness,” Baharin added. In Malaysia, Baharin said they celebrate the feast with different races. “During the open house, our Buddhist, Hindu and Christian friends also come to celebrate with us after that we will go out together to other friends’ open houses,” he said. Abdollah on the other hand said that Aside from sumptuous feasts with the family and relatives, some Muslims visit cemeteries to pray for their deceased loved ones. A common Malaysia tradition is the giving away of “duit raya,” or aginaldo in Filipino, where visiting children are given envelopes with three or ﬁve ringgit.
Iftar for interfaith cooperation
AS Muslims celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, Australian Ambassador Bill Tweddell called for increased interfaith cooperation and action in order to bring about lasting peace and to improve the lives of Filipinos, especially in Mindanao. “It is the perfect time to reﬂect and improve on efforts toward sustainable peace and development in Mindanao, especially increasing efforts in interfaith cooperation and action,” Tweddell said during a recent iftar (“breaking of the fast”) dinner which he hosted at his residence. Iftar refers to the meal taken right after sunset when Muslims break their daylong fasts during the month of Ramadan. The iftar reception was attended by representatives from government, civil society, the diplomatic corps, and the academe who are Australia’s partners in peace-building and human development efforts in Mindanao. The guests also included youth beneficiaries of interfaith projects that the embassy is supporting through the Strengthening Grassroots Interfaith Dialogue and Understanding program. “Australia is a strong supporter of interfaith dialogue and cooperation as a means to bridge the differences and divisions between people. Both our Prime Minister and Foreign Minister are committed to supporting interfaith dialogue at a number of levels to build support for tolerance, respect, and pluralism. I want to emphasize that this is not a rhetorical commitment or an academic exercise; it is in many senses an embodiment of our own community norms and national values,” the ambassador said. The Australian Embassy implements a number of programs to encourage Filipinos – whether Muslim, Christian or Indigenous – to play an active role in interfaith activities that promote peacebuilding, cooperation and harmony. At the core of Australia’s development cooperation program for the Philippines are its investments in education, worth over A$85million, focused on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Through a partnership with the Philippine government and the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, access to quality education is provided to remote, rural Muslim communities in Mindanao that have no public schools. In ARMM, more than 500 barangays and villages are without government schools. As of July 2012, Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes in 410 remote communities in ARMM have been opened, using methods based on what has worked to improve graduation rates in Islamic communities from other parts of the world, and adapting these for the Philippines. An ongoing collaboration with UNICEF and the Bangsamoro Development Authority seeks to improve ‘taderriyah,’ or Islamic pre-schools, in the ARMM. The curriculum was developed in partnership with stakeholders to ensure it is culturally appropriate and responsive to Muslim sensibilities. It also ensures children are transitioned to Grade One. Since 2010, the Australian Government Development Cooperation Program has also supported a project, in cooperation with an NGO called Peacetech, to reduce prejudice between young Filipinos of differing religions and backgrounds.
Another murderer escapes; jail bureau gets new chief
ONLY days after convicted killer Rolito Go disappeared from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima learned that another convicted killer had managed to escape detention. This prompted the justice secretary to temporarily assign National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director for Comptrollership Rafael Ragos as assistant director to the Bureau of Corrections after its head Gaudencio Pangilinan took an indeﬁnite leave of absence. De Lima inspected the NBP facilities on Saturday morning and New Bilibic Prison superintendent Richard Schwarzkopf Jr. told her that convicted killer Rommel Laciste escaped from the prison’s maximum security compound on Aug. 15, the day after Go was reported missing. Laciste was convicted of murder by an Isabela provincial court and had been implicated in several criminal cases, including the 2006 killing of Concepcion Lumanglas, an assistant parole and probation ofﬁcer, in Isabela. tional facility. She sent ofﬁcials of the National Bureau of Investigation to the New Bilibid Prison on Friday to interrogate Go, who said he was abducted Tuesday night. De Lima told reporters she received information that contradicted Go’s version of his disappearance from the prison’s minimum security compound. “There is information that he had been gone for two days and one night [before he was reported missing] and was just forced to come up with his abduction story after this was uncovered,” she said. NBI agents would interview people at the prison to ﬁnd out if Go was really there all that time, De Lima said. Go claimed that he and his nephew were kidnapped Tuesday night by four men and denied escaping from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. He said his abductors, who arrived between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., identiﬁed themselves as NBI agents, but he refused to go with them. But he said he and his nurse-nephew Clemence Yu were forced to board Yu’s white Honda Civic, exited through Gate 1 with guards on duty, and were taken to a farm in Tanauan, Batangas. Go is serving a life sentence for shooting dead De La Salle University engineering graduate Eldon Maguan, 25, in his car over a trafﬁc argument in 1991. He said his abductors released him after they realized he would be unable to pay the P1 million they demanded. But De Lima said Go’s story was “not plausible” and it it were proven that Go escaped, this could delay his scheduled release next year, she said.
Negros becoming PH sheep capital
By Macon Ramos-Araneta
NEGROS Occidental’s vision of becoming the country’s sheep capital is coming closer to reality after more than half of the 5,474 ewe that the capitol imported from Australia have become pregnant at a sprawling 159-hectare ranch in the town of Murcia. Veterinarian Satur Dayanan said many ewe are expected to give birth any time this month followed by other ewes in the coming months. “Right now, we are importing a lot of meat and our consumption is expected to increase. We want to be self-sufﬁcient in meat through this program,” said Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. who allocated P82 million for the purchase of the ewes, 296 rams and the construction of structures to house them at the ranch. A ram costs P16,000 while an ewe amounts to P25,000 each, excluding shipping and insurance costs. Maranon said the purchase of the sheep is part of his government’s food sufﬁciency program, and livelihood program for those interested in breeding their own sheep. “This would be of great help to their livelihood. This can augment their income.” said Maranon, adding that a lot of people are interested in breeding sheep in their province. “This is very very promising.” Maranon said they will put up a halal-certiﬁed slaughterhouse where the sheep will be slaughtered and the lamb or mutton can be sold at meat shops that the provincial government is also planning to build to encourage the industry. Aside from meat sales, the sheep’s wool can also be developed into a proﬁt center and Maranon also hopes the new industry will also boost culinary tourism in the province. “We want foreign and local tourists to come to the province and savor our cuisine using the meat of the sheep,” he added. Dayanan said the governor’s plans are doable, particularly now that their ewes are pregnant and they can expect to double their herd over the next few months. “We want the sheep to multiply for the industry to grow bigger and bigger,” said provincial veterinarian Renante Decena, adding that they also imported Napier grass from Florida in the United States to ensure the program’s success. Decena said the governor decided to purchase Dorper and Damara breeds of sheep from Austrlia because they adapt well to a variety of climatic and grazing conditions. Unlike goats which only eat top of grasses, Dorper and Damara consumed all the grasses. “So it is easier to feed them than goats or other breed of sheep,” he said. Decena said at least 2,000 sheep have already been given to the private sector, livestock breeders and local government units. “They may pay in cash or on a loan basis over a period of three years,” but the provincial veterinarian said they continue to monitor the sheep and Ewes and rams. A journalist inspects the Dorper and Damara sheep at the extend technical assistance. Negros Occidental sheep farm in Murcia town.
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Global financial markets up
about the US economy and reassuring words from German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the euro were enough to push most global financial markets higher by the start of US trading Friday.
European stocks rose during trading Friday. Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 0.31 percent to 5,852 while Germany’s DAX was 0.6 percent higher at 7,040 and France’s CAC-40 was up 0.23 percent at 3,488. In the Netherlands, the AEX index rose 0.6 percent to hit 335. While visiting Canada, Merkel repeated her commitment to doing whatever is needed to preserve the euro. In addition, German July producer prices came in lower at 0.4 percent versus expectations of 0.9 percent year on year—potentially giving ammunition to those who argue the European Central Bank could further ease monetary policy if it wishes. Wall Street traded slightly up after a strong session Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial was 0.15 points higher at 13,245, while the S&P 500 rose 0.02 percent to 1,415. The US government reported Thursday that building permits jumped to their highest level since August 2008,
AMSTERDAM —Mildly positive news
a hint of stronger construction in the coming months. Analysts are watching closely to see whether the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index conﬁrms other recent positive data, including better-than-expected retail sales and increasing nonfarm payrolls. Stephen Lewis, Chief Economist at Monument Securities, said the US data are not likely to be decisive, and a period of relative quiet on ﬁnancial markets seems destined to come to an end with Friday’s session. “The chances are ... equity markets will soon feel compelled to refocus on issues relating to the euro zone,” he said. The 17 countries that use the euro have been struggling for the past three years to cope with huge debts and recession. Spain and Italy, the two big trouble spots, are threatened with a ﬁnancial collapse that could tear the 13-year-old currency union
apart and rock the global economy. The immediate ﬂashpoint may be Greece, which is hoping for more lenient terms on its most recent bailout package. Rabobank ﬁxed income analyst Richard McGuire noted that Greece is facing a bond repayment on Aug. 20, and that a ruling by Germany’s constitutional court on the legality of one of Europe’s bailout funds and national elections in the Netherlands are both coming on Sept. 12. He said the possible outcomes of these events are beginning to creep into investors’ calculations. Stocks in Asia registered broad gains. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.8 percent to close at 9,162.50—its highest ﬁnish in more than three months, as the government forecast the country will soon emerge from its 15-year battle with deﬂation. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.8 percent to 20,116.07 and
Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.9 percent to 4,370.10. Analysts were skeptical about Tokyo’s optimism. “I think the main thing coming out of the macro side is that It looks like the US economy is growing, albeit slowly,” said Lorraine Tan, director at Standard & Poor’s equity research in Singapore. South Korea’s Kospi fell by 0.6 percent to 1,946.54. Mainland Chinese shares were mixed. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.1 percent to 2,114.89. The Shenzhen Composite Index lost 0.3 percent to 876.93. Crude oil futures were down 8 cents to $95.68 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, following a strong rise Thursday. In currencies, the euro fell to $1.2320 from $1.2362 late Thursday in New York. AP
New Syria envoy says all conflicts can be solved
UNITED NATIONS—After two decades as a diplomatic troubleshooter in hotspots from Afghanistan to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi ﬁrmly believes that every conﬂict can be solved. That conviction will be put to the test in his new job as the joint United Nations-Arab League special envoy charged with trying to succeed where his former boss Koﬁ Annan failed—bringing an end to the 18-month conﬂict in Syria. “I think his biggest challenge is convincing the international community to intervene and end this—whatever it takes, because nonintervention has a much higher cost than intervention,” Nadim Shehadi, a Middle East expert at London’s Chatham House think tank, said in a telephone interview Friday. “Leaving this to go on is going to create more sectarianism, more extremism and more spillover to the region, and the Assad regime is capable of anything to stay in power.” Brahimi brings a unique background and a wealth of experience to a task that many leaders and pundits have written off as impossible. He was a freedom ﬁghter in his native Algeria, drifted into diplomacy after his country’s independence from France in 1962, became undersecretary-general of the Arab League from 1984-1991, and returned to Algeria as foreign minister from 1991-1993. AP
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Presidential salute. In this photo released by Ecuador’s Presidency, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, center, waves before ﬂying by plane
to the Ecuadorean city of Loja at the airport in Quito, Ecuador. Ecuador would grant asylum to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange two months after he took refuge in its London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct. AP
Obama campaign makes China, Japan tax offer to Romney team clash again on
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s campaign sought to intensify pressure on Mitt Romney to show how much he pays in taxes, offering the Republican challenger a deal Friday: If he releases ﬁve years of tax returns, Obama’s team won’t criticize him for not releasing any more. The Romney team swiftly rejected the offer. The Obama campaign has made Romney’s taxes a focus of its attack strategy as economic issues — and the growing gap in the U.S. between the rich and poor — dominate a tight race toward the November election. Releasing several years of tax returns has become a standard in recent presidential elections, but Romney, a multimillionaire former CEO, has said his critics would distort the tax information and use it against him. “It is clear that President Obama wants nothing more than to talk about Gov. Romney’s tax returns instead of the issues that matter to voters,” said Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades. Campaign manager Jim Messina made the offer to Rhoades in a letter Friday. Messina said he is taking the step because Romney “apparently fears the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide.” Led by Obama, the Democrats are also going after Romney for seeking to protect tax cuts for the wealthy, with hopes of luring pivotal support from middleclass voters. Romney released his 2010 taxes and plans to release his 2011 returns. Messina said he wants Romney to provide three more years of returns. Obama’s campaign has questioned whether there are years when Romney paid no taxes. Romney said Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade. AP
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Republic of the Philippines
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Sta. Mesa, Manila
INVITATION TO BID
1. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines through the Student Trust Fund intends to apply the sum of Php 44,363,304.52 being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the Repair/Rehabilitation of PUP Main Academic Building, Mabini Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines now invites bids for the Repair/Rehabilitation of PUP Main Academic Building, Mabini Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila. Completion of the Works required is 240 calendar days. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a single contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly in Section II, Instruction to Bidders. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. 4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from the PUP BAC Secretariat Office and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below starting August 18, 2012 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders at PUP BAC Secretariat Office, Mabini Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Php 44,000.00. The Polytechnic University of the Philippines through the Bids and Awards Committee will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on August 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the PUP Main Building Mateo Conference Room, Mabini Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila which shall be open to all interested parties. Bids must be delivered on or before September 5, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at PUP BAC Secretariat Office, Mabini Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.1 of the Bidding Documents. Bids will be opened in the presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address above. Late bids shall not be accepted. 8. For further information, please refer to: Engr. Antonio Y. Velasco Head, BAC Secretariat Telephone Number 716-78-32 to 45 loc. 397 The Polytechnic University of the Philippines reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
CHINA has lodged “solemn representations” with Japan, urging it to “immediately stop actions that undermine China’s territorial sovereignty,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Qin Gang said. Qin’s comments, made in a statement today on the ministry’s website, follow Japan’s deportation of 14 Chinese nationals arrested for visiting an island in the East China Sea claimed by both countries. “China reiterates that any unilateral action the Japanese side takes on the Diaoyu Islands is illegal, invalid, and cannot change the fact that the islands are Chinese territory,” Qin said. Japan released all 14 members of the group yesterday following their arrest for planting a Chinese ﬂag on one of the islands known as Senkaku in Japanese. A plane carrying seven of the activists landed in Hong Kong yesterday at around 7:50 p.m. local time, the ofﬁcial Xinhua News Agency reported. Bloomberg
No Olympic violation on Phelps ad, says agent
MICHAEL Phelps didn’t violate Olympic rules when photos of the swimmer modeling for a Louis Vuitton advertising campaign were released prematurely, his agent Peter Carlisle said. One photo showing Phelps lounging in a bathtub with a Louis Vuitton bag on the ﬂoor was leaked during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The International Olympic Committee has a rule that bans athletes from promoting non-ofﬁcial sponsors during the games. Punishment for violations can include stripping an Olympian of medals. “Rule 40 applies to athletes who permit use of name during Games; it doesn’t apply to unauthorized uses (which, unfortunately, are common),” Carlisle said on his Twitter account. The ad campaign, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, was ofﬁcially released two days ago. Besides the bathtub scene, Phelps is also shown in a three- piece suit sitting on a sofa with former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who held the record for the most medals until the swimmer surpassed it in London. Phelps won four golds and two silvers in London, retiring with 22 medals. Bloomberg
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Michael Phelps in action: Controversial ad
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ARE WE THERE YET?
THE national discussion on the reproductive health bill has made a turn for the worse with the recent verbal diarrhea of Senator Vicente Sotto III. Not only has the discussion turned deeply personal, it has also become an exercise in intellectual dishonesty. I resisted the urge to pick points with Sotto’s lugubrious turn at the Senate last week when he delivered his turno en contra speech against the RH bill. I thought that the senator’s tears had to be respected even if every cell in my body was protesting the fact that a senator in this country seemed to think that his personal loss took precedence over those of others and that his personal circumstances were valid arguments for an issue of national significance and which had grave impact on the lives of millions of women. The whole performance smacked of arrogance but he was entitled to make the speech and we must respect the process even if we do so grudgingly. As it turns out, Sotto was guilty of plagiarism as well. The accusation that Sotto copied parts of his speech from a blog and evidence supporting the allegation has since then become viral in the Internet. On the front page of this paper last Friday, Sotto snapped at those who accused him of plagiarizing parts of his turno en contra speech against the RH bill. Sotto’s protestations smacked of the same moral righteousness that has characterized his stance towards the RH bill. “They just want to destroy me… What’s important for them was to merely destroy me and besmirch me,” he huffed. “Excuse me, they’re wrong! I mentioned my source,” he intoned with barely disguised haughtiness. He displayed the same level of conceit in an interview with ANC. “Bakit ko naman iko-quote ang blogger? Blogger lang iyon. Ang kino-quote ko si Natasha CampbellMcbride.” One wishes Sotto takes to heart the admonition “when one is in deep trouble, shut up.” As a blogger, I take offense at the way Sotto reduced the status of bloggers. As it turns out, the accusation of plagiarism had enough bases. Parts of Sotto’s speech were lifted from an article written by blogger Sarah Pope. “My blog was quoted, not Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride. I put her
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As a blogger, I take offense at the way Sotto reduced the status of bloggers.
work in my words and you copied my words,” Pope wrote in response to a half-hearted apology written by Sotto’s chief of staff lawyer Hector Villacorta in the comments section of Pope’s blog. Villacorta was trying to do damage control in the face of a mounting backlash against what is generally perceived as an act of intellectual dishonesty. Villacorta tried to take responsibility and appealed to Pope not to crucify Sotto for the “trespass” that he said was done by his staff. But apparently everyone in this country knows about command responsibility except Sotto and his staff. Sotto’s posturing is actually typical of many of those opposing the RH bill. Sotto insists that the charges of plagiarism are meant to deflect focus from “explosive” points he supposedly made. First of all, the evidence is clear and his chief of staff has admitted and apologized so the allegations of plagiarism are valid. It has also become clear that what Sotto passed off as authoritative data were actually not even taken directly from source but lazily filched from secondary sources. Moreover, anyone can see that aside from the revelation about the death of his son, which he now fully ascribes to his wife’s use of contraception, Sotto did not present any new argument against the RH bill. And even that revelation about the death of his son supports the need for the RH Bill—if his wife had access to correct and accurate information, which is guaranteed by the bill, they could have made the right choice. I have said this before and I am going to say it again because it bears repeating over and over again. There is nothing—absolutely nothing—about the issues around the RH bill that has not been dissected, discussed, debated upon lengthily and extensively. This measure has been in the discussion board for more than a decade. Everything that needs to be discussed has already been discussed. There is nothing more than can be said that has not already been said in many different ways. We are all trundling out the same worn-out arguments, the same tired perspectives. Any further discussion leads us nowhere but towards more animosity and enmity. The discussions can only become more and more personal. The gambits can only turn dirtier and dirtier. The only course of action that is left is to vote on the bill. Just submit it for voting and let’s all get it done already.
IT CAN happen to anybody. Last week, CNN anchor and Time editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria himself was on the headlines for plagiarizing the work of Jill Lepore, whose essay on gun control appeared in the New Yorker on April 22. Zakaria’s own Time column for its August 20 issue has a paragraph that hews closely to Lepore’s words about constitutional law scholar Adam Wrinkler on the regulation of ﬁrearms in the United States. Zakaria soon acknowledged his misdeed. “I made a terrible mistake. It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologize unreservedly to her (Lepore), my editors at time, and to my readers.” Time and CNN suspended him for a month, conducted an investigation, and then this week decided to reinstate Zakaria—his CNN program will air again on Aug. 26 while his Time column will resume Sept. 7—because his journalistic lapse appeared to be an isolated incident. Here at home, Senator Vicente Sotto III has created a stir after delivering speeches he thought would undermine popular support for the reproductive health bill, which seeks nothing more than to inform Filipinos of their options on how to plan their families. Sotto, a former comedian, tearfully narrated how he lost an infant son 37 years ago because his wife had used contraceptives. In his simple mind, what happened to his family is enough reason to generalize that all contraceptives are harmful to one’s health. We thought that Sotto’s logical acrobatics were his most grave offenses, but they were not something to be taken seriously even as we acknowledged his pain at his loss. He had always been hysterically against the RH bill and he trivialized the plight of poor women dying from pregnancyrelated complications that could have been prevented if they had been more informed. Did he not demand to see death certiﬁcates of the 11 women dying every day? Now however we know that Sotto had more tricks on his sleeve when he rose to make that speech. The Internet may have made his staff’s job of crafting speeches easier—“research”, after all, can these days come with the click of a button. Unfortunately for them, the Internet also makes it easier to track down intellectual cheats— those who copy the work of others, do not make the proper attributions and thus pass off the work as theirs. Sotto’s speech has been found to contain excerpts from the words of Sarah Pope, a blogger who calls herself The Healthy Home Economist. Further digging reveals that Pope was not the only one the senator stole from. Journalistblogger Raissa Robles reports that her readers found at least four other blogs and one brieﬁng paper that Sotto used without attribution. How Sotto would react to these fresh accusations is not yet known, although they may be gleaned from his previous pronouncements about bloggers. He has also denied copying Pope’s interpretation of the opinion of one Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The senator’s chief of staff says the contrary, admitting that they indeed used Pope’s words and asserting that he was entitled to use it because everything in the Internet was in the public domain. Woe to bloggers, indeed. Perhaps Sotto only vehemently desires to take down the RH bill—he did so at all costs. In doing so, he has managed to take down only himself and has revealed to us what he is truly made of.
‘A Song of Ice and Fire’
RAY LAMPANO, JR.
called “The Wall” north of Winterfell. The Wall is a 300-mile wide and 700-foot tall structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the Lands of Always Winter populated by the living dead or wights, giants, and free folk or wildlings. Criminals, common folk, lords petty or otherwise from the four corners of the Seven Kingdoms make up the order. Any crimes, grave or otherwise, are forgiven once a man joins the order or “takes the black.” Once in the order, all their ties to their families and property are severed. Crows are sworn to celibacy as they are sworn to take no sides in the realm’s political vicissitudes. It is known, however, in Westeros that “words are wind,” which makes matters more interesting. Ned’s tenure at King’s Landing gives him a ﬁrsthand experience of the saying “The King shits, and the Hand wipes.” He visits the king’s numerous bastards and discovers the incestuous truth behind Robert’s children with Cersei that may well be the cause of Lord Arryn’s death. Ned and Catelyn, who secretly goes to King’s Landing on after an assassination attempt on the bed-ridden Bran, are led to believe by Petyr Baelish that the Imp perpetrated everything. Catelyn arrests Tyrion at an inn where they meet during the former’s return to Winterfell and the latter’s return from a trip to the Wall. Tyrion’s arrest, trial, and release after exoneration in a trial by combat trigger a series of events that rouses the House Lannister under his father Lord Tywin to call its banners and rescue the Imp. Not that there is any great love for Tyrion in Lord Tywin’s act of war. More than anything, it is the insult to Lannister honor brought about by Catelyn in her arrest of Tyrion that must be repaid in kind. During Tyrion’s visit to the wall, when a piqued Jon asks the voluble dwarf, “What the hell do you know about being a bastard?” He replies, “All dwarfs are bastards in their father’s eyes.” Meanwhile, King Robert lays dying after being gored by a boar in hunting mishap made possible by strong wine supplied by Queen Cersei’s cousin Lancel. Ned’s stubborn refusal to move against Cersei—whom he has advised to vacate King’s Landing with her children before he disclosed their incestuous provenance to king —proved to be his undoing. In the power struggle that ensues the moment Robert dies, Ned is outflanked and betrayed by Petyr Baelish and the City Watch that he ostensibly bribed, while those whom he has taken for allies like Renly Baratheon vanished along with his host. Ned is soon after incarcerated, and beheaded on orders of Robert’s heir Joffrey, in spite of a forced public confession of conspiracy against the throne on the promise that he will be spared to join the Night Watch. Ned’s unceremonious demise leaves House Stark in disarray. His daughter Sansa, bethrothed to Joffrey, is taken hostage at King’s Landing and Arya with Robert’s bastard Gendry spirited away to the Night’s Watch to join Jon. The remnants of House Stark in the North led by Ned’s eldest Robb calls his father’s banner or liege lords who proclaim the boy “King in the North”—as do other houses with other so-called “kings,” such as Stannis, Renly, and Balon Greyjoy—to declare war upon the pretender King Joffrey in King’s Landing and lay claim upon their respective dominions. In another continent across the seas from Westeros, the Mad King’s daughter Danaerys, one of the two remaining Targaryens—the other is Aegon, son of the late Prince Rhaegar—after her brother Viserys dies, has hatched three dragons from petriﬁed dragon eggs, after taking them with her into a funeral pyre meant for her recently deceased horselord husband Khal Drogo and emerging unscathed for the most part with the killer ﬁrebreathers. That is just the ﬁrst book. Concluded next week
Continued from Sunday IN YET another incident, Joffrey’s hand is bitten by Arya’s direwolf Nymeria when he bullies a butcher boy. The tension heightens and the stage is set for high drama just as ﬂorid as Beijing Opera, if less in shrillness. Ned has no sooner moved to King’s Landing with his two daughters than his bastard, Jon, joins his brother Benjen in the Night’s Watch. The Night’s Watch is the Seven Kingdoms’ men in black or “crows”—a military order based at massive fortification
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My warmest greetings to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, as you hold the 4th Philippine International Motor Show. Cars have gone a long way since their beginnings in the 19th century, and their transformation from slow, simple machines into today’s complex engineering marvels is a testament to how far we have gone in the ﬁeld of science and technology. Events like this serve as a perfect venue to showcase the continuing evolution of humanity’s ability to innovate and adapt to the times. Indeed, your activity plays an important role in keeping pace with the latest advances in energy-efﬁcient and alternative fuel technologies that can signiﬁcantly change the face of transformation. May this be another successful round of the Philippine International Motor Show, generating broader interest among our people that will result in another productive year of the Philippine automotive manufacturing industry. We in government maintain our keen support for your sector, as you carry out initiatives that will make you even more dynamic participants in the economy and our efforts to rebuild our nation. Let us be steadfast in our drive towards lasting equitable progress, fueled by the daylight principles of passion, integrity, and excellence. I wish you success and a fruitful year ahead. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III President Republic of the Philippines I would like to extend my warmest regards and congratulations to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. as you hold your 4th CAMPI International Motor Show. The Philippine International Motor Show once again brings together the movers and shakers in the automotive industry. I believe this event will only give another excellent opportunity for the industry stakeholders to learn from each other and showcase their offerings. CAMPI has always been an active partner of the Philippine government in serving the best interests of the Filipino people. It is my hope that you remain supportive of the government’s programs towards economic growth through the development of a viable and sustainable local automotive industry. Congratulations once again and I wish for your continued success. Mabuhay kayong lahat! JEJOMAR C. BINAY Vice President Republic of the Philippines The fourth Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) can potentially invigorate economic activity and can draw more investments as the best automotive brands converge in an important annual event that showcases innovation, efﬁciency, and class. As Philippine market opens to automobile companies all over the world, we look forward to harnessing productive relationships with investors and retailers as they supply the country’s demand for different types of automobile, be they for industrial, commercial, business use or even for those who simply want to feed their luxurious taste for cars. The House of Representatives is committed to providing meaningful legislation supportive of liberally guided free trade that coherent with the national government’s economic agenda. This is also an opportunity for Filipino innovators and businessmen to establish knowledge and technology transfer consortium with foreign automobile companies so we can also grow our local industries into becoming globally competitive. I commend the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) for organizing this friendly exhibition of the best and ﬁnest vehicles from all over the world. May we have fruitful endeavors like this in the years to come. Mabuhay tayong lahat! FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. Speaker of the House of Representatives Congratulations to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturer of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) for bringing together the best and the biggest automotive brands in one international car show, the 4th CAMPI Philippine International Motor Show at the World Trade Center Manila. The Department of Tourism sends its sincerest gratitude for your enthusiasm and support to the country’s new tourism campaign. We hope that this international exhibition will invite more tourists to the country, as we position the Philippines as one of the preferred destinations for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions). May this exhibition rev up the fun for both participants and visitors through a grand showcase of automobiles, new concept cars, high-impact presentations and exhibits, environmental friendly vehicles among many others. We enjoin the organizers of the 4th CAMPI MOTOR SHOW to continue drawing deeper appreciation for the country’s many exciting products and destinations. To our guests, we hope that you ﬁnd the best deals and have the opportunity to experience why it’s more fun in the Philippines! Mabuhay! RAMON R. JIMENEZ, JR. Secretary Department of Tourism The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) marks another milestone with the staging of the 4th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) at the World Trade Center on August 16-19, 2012. We see this as a more opportune time to hold an international motor show given the global attention on the Philippines as an emerging tiger economy. Beyond providing customers with global quality, environment-friendly and state-of-the-art vehicles, the 4th PIMS also serves as a showcase of the best of the Philippine motor vehicle development industry – which is a signiﬁcant generator of investments, employment, livelihood opportunities, exports and government revenues, while promoting upstream and downstream linkages, technology transfer, manpower skills development, environmental protection and safety, and the deepening of the structure of local engineering industries. As local manufacturing of vehicles continues, it evolves and transforms at accelerating speed, with the government’s strong support, the Philippine automotive industry can enhance its competitiveness to continue to manifest its ﬂexibility and adaptability in responding to the many emerging global challenges it faces. Since we started mounting the PIMS in 2007, we have drawn nearly 200,000 motoring enthusiasts and visitors. In just a few more years, CAMPI believes that the PIMS will also become one of the Philippines’ top tourist draws. It is CAMPI’s dream to bring the PIMS to the league of world-class auto shows. We have chosen “DRIVE THE FUN” as this year’s theme, in support of the Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign. Together at the 4th PIMS, we invite you to DRIVE THE FUN! ATTY. ROMMEL GUTIERREZ President Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc.
SUNDAY AUGUST 19, 2012
Manila Standard TODAY
CAMPI motor show
thousands of motoring enthusiasts who are expected to ﬂock to the World Trade Center Metro Manila today for the much-awaited 4th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS).
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EXPECT a fun-ﬁlled family day for
Have fun learning from PIMS exhibitors and the CAMPI Technical Committee which will mount various seminars, workshops and demonstrations. Watch the video show and attend the session on car detailing by Meguiar’s Philippines. There will also be high-impact exhibit presentations by the participating brands – always a must-see in every PIMS. • Automotive Designers’ Row This is a photo exhibit of the biography of automotive designers of the participating brands to showcase the geniuses behind some of the iconic and successful designs in the auto industry.
Promising “more fun the fourth time around,” the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI), the country’s premier organization of vehicle manufacturers and assemblers, is again treating the motoring public with dazzling exhibitions of concept or prototype vehicles and the latest advancements in automotive technology. This year’s theme, “Drive the Fun,” is in support of the Tourism Department’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign and embodies CAMPI’s aspiration for the PIMS to become a tourism destination as one of the top motoring events in the region. Optimism among the 13 CAMPI members and afﬁliates is riding high on the back of the auto industry’s strong performance in sales in the past months. “This is a clear sign that the industry is on the road to recovery and in achieving its targets in the industry road map,” said Lawyer Rommel Gutierrez, CAMPI president and Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation vice president. Driving more fun at the PIMS are the following exciting event features: • Shell Fun Rally and Golf Cart Challenge This is a fun rally that features participating auto brands to be driven to various points of interest within Metro Manila: the PIMS venue; the World Trade Center in Pasay City; Thunderbird Resorts; and back on the venue for the awarding ceremony. After the rally, participants will also take part in a “Golf Cart Challenge” that involves a surprise obstacle course that is sure to make the audience cheer with laughter. • Test Drives Every PIMS will not be complete without a test drive area. The show provides car shoppers with a unique opportunity to test drive new makes and models from all participating brands under one roof. • Special Auto Financing Promo As a platinum sponsor of the PIMS, BDO Unibank, the country’s largest bank, will provide a special auto ﬁnancing package with low
interest rates and easy payment terms for PIMS visitors. • Seminars, workshops and demonstrations
• Automobilia and Heritage Display This is an exhibit of various auto and art collectibles, including a die cast display by the Die Cast Collectors of the Philippines. Next page
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List of 4 PIMS Exhibitors and Sponsors
Asian Carmakers Corporation CATS Motors, Inc. Columbian Autocar Corporation Columbian Manufacturing Corporation Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. Isuzu Philippines Corporation Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation Nissan Motor Philippines, Incorporated Suzuki Philippines, Inc. Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Universal Motors Corporation Radio High 105.9 RJ 100.3 SM Cinema SM Tickets Snack Time Stoplight TV Sunshine Television Top Gear Philippines Topgear.com.ph Tsikot.com Turbo Zone UNTV
From A6 • Car Club Meets Every PIMS, members of various CAMPI-afﬁliated car clubs gather for their grand eyeball meets and other club activities. This is the best time to get to know the car clubs and join their fun-ﬁlled activities. • Automotive Services PIMS ticket holders can avail of special discounts for services such as car wash by Autobot Paint and Bodyworks and car tinting by Winterpine. and the young at heart. • Fun Party Bus Rides Visitors going to the PIMS venue at the World Trade Center Metro Manila can take the fun party bus rides, courtesy of Starbright Bodykits. This free shuttle bus service is stationed at the Bluewave Commercial Complex on Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Manila.
• Fun Food Trucks Curbside eats have never been tastier or more fun to • Drive the Fun Photo Ramp try. The PIMS will have a Drive the Fun al fresco area PIMS visitors can pose as winners in a car rally at the where visitors can taste of the food catered by Chefs’ ‘Drive the Fun Photo Ramp,’ a real-life auto ramp used in Quarters Group of Foodservice Companies and buy car rallies complete with arch and livery. Drive a vehicle them from a food truck provided by Atoy Customs. to the ramp for a chance to get that fun souvenir shot! Experience a unique and festive approach to trade show outdoor dining. • Drive the Fun Kiddie Treasure Hunt Open to kids ages 6 to 12 years old, this fun activity • 2012 CAMPI Motor Show Media Awards involves an automotive trivia game that will challenge All members of the mainstream and social media the future car enthusiasts. Exciting prizes await the also get a chance to win trophies and cash prizes participants. for “Best Motor Show Coverage” or any of the 12 categories at the 2012 CAMPI Motor Show Media • Fun Bounce Inﬂatable Awards by covering the event and spreading the fun A special entertainment activity for toddlers, children, with the motoring public.
AFFILIATE CAMPI MEMBERS
Dreamco Automobiles Company, Inc. Lexus Manila, Inc.
701 Search Inc. Aeromed Ambulance Auto88 Corporation Autobot Paint and Bodyworks Banco de Oro Black and Decker Asia Paciﬁc Pte. Ltd. Blue Dynamics, Inc. Caloocan Standard, Inc. Centro Manufacturing Creativesparx, Inc. Diecast Car Collectors of the Philippines Directlink Car Insurance Elektro Werk, Inc. Eurostandard Motors Philippines, Inc. Geckram, Inc. Genasia Tecnika Halden Galway International Corporation JMG Massage Chair Liftruk International Trading Malayan Insurance Co., Inc. Megaworld Corporation Meguiars Philippines Opsindo Philippines, Inc. Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation Pinic International Corporation PPC Asia Corporation Primal Enterprises Corporation Starbright Bodykits Thunderbird Resorts - Rizal TSI Marketing Corporation Winterpine Marketing Wuerth Philippines, Inc. Yokohama Tires Sales Phils., Inc.
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ARTS & LIFE
(Celebrities and their diets)
By Joba Botana
What areyou on?
WE admire local and foreign celebrities not only for their talent and skills but also for their looks. More than their beautiful faces, celebrities are to be credited with keeping their bodies trim and toned despite their busy schedules.
Angelina Jolie Jennifer Aniston Many of us secretly wish to have their bodies but following a diet isn’t easy.That’s why before starting on any diet, it is always best to consult your dietitician and nutritionist and a physician. Of course, exercise is important but choosing the diet that works best for you plays a big role. Let’s ﬁnd out from the following celebrities what diet method they practice and why it works for them. For Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Angelina Jolie reportedly went in the NutriFit program, which advocates the eating of salmon, vegetables and healthy proteins for a calorie intake of about 1,500 daily. Jennifer Aniston adheres to the Atkins diet, which advocates the consumption of high-protein food instead of unhealthy carbs. Some of the main elements that should be present in the diet are soya products, fish, eggs and lean meat to provide your body with energy. Catherine Zeta-Jones is reportedly on this diet method also. For a time, Hollywood star Demi Moore was into the prune diet. According to the actress, prunes have a calorie burning effect that ﬂattens her belly. Fruits are also rich in antioxidants, which give her a spotless complexion. It was also reported that Moore tried out the blood-type diet, a scheme that primarily relies on the person’s blood type (A, B, AB, or O) which was developed by naturopathic doctor Peter D’Adamo. According to D’Adamo, the individual’s blood type determines which food groups are healthy for him and are not. Cameron Diaz is reportedly on this diet. Some local celebrities who are followers are Carmina Villaroel and Judy Ann Santos. Award-winning actress and philanthropist Angelina Jolie’s diet secret is to consume at least ﬁve meals per day instead of the traditional three. The key is to avoid hunger pangs by keeping blood sugar at level. To do this, you eat moderately. Rachel Bilson’s secret to having a slender yet curvy silhouette is eating granola bar snacks. She has at least one bar in her bag in order to make sure she can control her cravings. To control overeating, she pampers herself with healthy treats such as yogurt or an apple. Another Hollywood actress who maintains her sexy ﬁgure by swapping high-calorie smoothies for frozen healthy treats is Reese Witherspoon. Kourtney Kardashian and Miley Cyrus do the “portion control” to lose a few pounds by consuming a healthy meal every after two hours. In the local scene, Asia’s Songbird, Regine VelasquezAlcasid is into the South Beach Diet. According to her, her weight during pregnancy was 165 lbs. She’s targeting 125 lbs in time for her anniversary concert in November. Actress-politician Lucy TorresGomez uses the Master Cleanse diet, which involves drinking six to 12 glasses of spicy lemonade for at least 10 days, to lose weight. TV host Kris Aquino does the Juju cleanse, a detox program wherein she has to drink juices made from fruits and vegetables for three straight days. Former beauty queen Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach, Charo Santos-Concio and Angeline Quinto, on the other hand, are into the General Motors diet. It’s a seven-day weight loss program (originally developed for employees and dependents of automotive company General Motors). The seven-day diet focuses on consuming more fruits (except bananas) and vegetables with controlled amounts of straches in order to lose weight. Celebrity stylist Liz Uy says she’s into the NUIU diet, which is derived after the popular South Beach diet. It involves calorie-counted meals to allow the followers of this diet to lose weight without fasting or giving up their favorite treats or “normal” food. The backlash is that it may not be ideal for those who want to lose weight fast and it can be quiet expensive. If you ﬁnd the best method for you, better stick to it. And don’t forget to exercise.
AUGUST 19, 2012
Fighting the silent killer
OBESITY kills at least 2.8 million people worldwide annually according to the World Health Organization. In the Philippines, the number of overweight Filipinos is expected to increase by 24 percent and 44 percent for men and women, respectively in 2015. “The problem of overweight and obesity is always multifactorial,” says endocrinologist and obesity expert Dr. Kristine Denise Corvera. “These include biological tendencies such as low birth weight, hormonal and metabolic problems and one’s genes. On the other hand, one’s inherent predisposition is inﬂuenced by the environment and is aggravated by lifestyle and socio-cultural factors,” Corvera says environments without parks, sidewalks or places for physical recreation and exercise, unfavorable work schedules, lack of sleep, exposure and easy access to fast food worsen the increase in overweight and obesity cases. “Using food to reward myself and cheer me up when I feel down has caused me to gain a lot of weight,” says entrepreneur Richele Hilario “With my excess pounds, I found it hard to breathe and I got tired easily. My blood pressure and cholesterol also skyrocketed. I even had to spend two days in the hospital due to liver pain and severe migraine.” Like Richele, Jeffrey Tan also loved to eat. He admits that he always ate like it was a feast. Making matters worse was Jeffrey’s sedentary lifestyle and he found the thought of going to the gym very unappealing. “Everything I did, even the simplest task like picking things up from the ﬂoor or tying my shoe two of the stars who have lost weight on the Cohen diet. Within four months, Richele’s weight was down from 200 lbs. to just 120 lbs. while Jeffrey lost a whopping 120 lbs in just eight months. Needless to say, both are thrilled with the results. “Now, I’m off the high blood and cholesterol blocker pills,” enthuses Richele while Jeffrey says, “I feel light, agile, everything feels easy to do. I even do 120 push ups each morning to complement my daily morning exercise.” Jeffrey credits having the right mindset to his dramatic weight-loss. “To make it happen, you have to be committed 100 percent,” says Jeffrey. For Richele, “the option to live a healthy life is in front of us, it’s only a matter of choosing to live and taking the right path to wellness. Start now and you’ll never regret it.” “There is no easy way to lose weight. One needs to do the hard work in order to enjoy results. With the right mindset and determination, everyone can make a difference in turning their health and their lives around,” says Corvera. For information, visit the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre Philippines at Suite 1006, 10th Floor Medical Plaza Makati Building, Amorsolo cor. de la Rosa Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati City. You may also log on to www.cohenlifestyle. com.ph, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-5237, 502-1090, 887-0195, 819-6422 or (0917) 892-6436. Dinna Chan Vasquez
Richele Hilario lost 80 lbs. in four months after enrolling in the Cohen Program
lace took a lot of effort,” says Jeffrey. Richele and Jeffrey have tried almost everything to lose weight. “I have tried practically everything—slimming coffees, pills, high-protein diets, but none of them worked. It made me ill-tempered, gave me headaches and caused my blood pressure to rise,” says Richele. Jeffrey’s aversion to the gym also left him with little or no options. Richele and Jeffrey then enrolled in the Cohen Program. The Cohen Program is a doctor-prescribed diet plan based on an individual’s blood work where the prescribed foods are recommended in certain combinations and quantities. Judy Ann Santos and Bea Alonzo are only
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Dream boys in Dream
ARTS & LIFE
SUNDAY AUGUST 19, 2012
MOVE over, Azkals, Jake Cuenca, RaMarvin Kiefer fael Rossell, Paolo Bediones, Marvin Kiefer, Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide and Andrew Wolff are ready to make their goals.
The ﬁrst-ever Clear Dream Match will feature some of the best United Football League (UFL) players, members of the Philippine National team, college athletes and footballplaying celebrities. Fans got to vote who would play and after six weeks of voting, the allstar pool of 60 players comes down to the Top 40, each one to be drafted by captains James and Phil Younghusband into their respective Dream teams. On Aug. 11, the Clear Dream Match beneﬁciary Tuloy Sa Don Bosco Foundation in Alabang, hosted the Clear Dream Clinic and Draft. Conducted by the Younghusband brothers, together with Nate Burkey and Jonah Romero of Kaya FC; Roxy Dorlas, Park Minho, Byeong Jeong and Davide Cortina of the Loyola Meralco Sparks; top university players Mikko Mabanag of Ateneo and Patrick Deyto of La Salle and celebrities Slick Rick and Tony Toni, more than 100 kids from the Tuloy Foundation, the Younghusband Football Academy (TYFA) and adoring football fans were treated to an exciting morning of football and fun. The morning clinic consisted of various stations highlighting different football skills, capped off by scrimmages at the end. “Having a clinic for the children of Tuloy and the fans who have supported us is a pleasure for us,” says Phil Younghusband. James and Phil Younghusband have always stated that promoting football throughout the nation was one of the main reasons they moved to the Philippines in 2010. “Phil and I have had the privilege of making a living out of playing the sport we love, we just want to show that other kids with a passion for football can do the same,” says James. Team Phil’s roster includes Saba Gamaroudi (Kaya FC), Park Minho (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Yves Ashime (Pachanga FC), Roxy Dorlas (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Armand Del Rosario (Kaya FC), Eric Tai, Fabio Ide (Team Socceroo), Rafael Rosell, Paolo Bediones, Daniel Matsunaga (Team Socceroo), Tony Toni, Yannick Tuason, Freddy Gonzales (Pachanga), Davide Cortina (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Byeong Jeong Yeol (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Ojay Clarino (Stallions FC), Dexter Versario (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Janrick Soriano (Pachanga
James and Phil Younghusband with April Lo, John Imperial, Clear brand manager; Fr. Rocky Evangelista, founder of the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation; and Carlos Corrales, Clear assistant brand manager.
FC), Alvin Ocampo (Green Archers) and Wilson Munoz (Stallions FC). Team James include Anton Del Rosario (Kaya FC), Nate Burkey (Kaya FC), Pat Bocobo (Green Archers), Jonah Romero (Kaya FC), Patrick Deyto (Green Archers), Rudy Del Rosario, Eric Dagroh (Kaya FC), Andrew Wolff, Marvin Kiefer, Jolo Durian, Jake Cuenca (Team Socceroo), Slick Rick, Mikko Mabanag (Ateneo), Patrick Ozaeta (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Raymark Fernandez (Diliman FC), Ronald Ong (Pachanga), Andrew Santiago (Diliman FC), Nico Bolzico (Kaya FC), Steven Silva (Team Socceroo) and Ref Cuaresma (Loyola Meralco Sparks). Both brothers had the privilege of having one wildcard pick each. Phil made a strategic selection with fellow
Loyola Meralco Sparks team member Anto Gonzales, while James selected Wally Javier. James and Phil established TYFA in January 2010. Both have UEFA coaching credentials with Phil having a level 2 UEFA coaching badge and James having a level 1 UEFA coaching badge. James and Phil also announced their assistant coaches with James selecting Vince
‘Ganito Kami Noon’ at Ayala Museum
MUSEUM visitors can revisit the pre-war and postwar years in the 20th century when the country was the idyllic past of the country with the exhibition Ganito Kami undergoing urbanization and indusNoon: Amorsolo Portraits of the trialization as a modern nation. The Filipino, which opened Aug. 9 at formal and lyrical portraits evoke the Ayala Museum Third Floor nostalgia for tradition, and for one’s Galleries. hometown or early years. Fernando Amorsolo, the ﬁrst Ganito Kami Noon: Amorsolo National Artist in Painting, set the Portraits of the Filipino is ongoing tone for early to mid-twentieth until Nov. 25. century Philippine art with his porThe exhibition is part of the Ayala traits, landscapes and genre paintMuseum’s Pioneers of Philippine Art: ings. The Filipino represented in Luna, Amorsolo and Zobel exhibihis works, whether actual persons tion series, and is a sequel of the sumor ideal types, embodied the values, mer exhibition, Postura: Portraits by tastes, and interests of the time, Amorsolo. characterized by grace, respectabil- ‘Sunday Morning Gowing To Town’ For information, visit www.ayof nationhood and identity in the deity, and hard work. alamuseum.org, email museum_inAmorsolo’s prodigious body of cades when the artist was most popu- email@example.com, or call 757work reinforced an imagined sense lar among other artists and the public: 7117 to 21.
Amorsolo portraits say
Santos, Loyola Meralco Sparks coach and Fr. John Cordero, and Phil going for UFL president Randy Roxas. The game, set for Aug. 25 at the University of Makati football ﬁeld, is for the beneﬁt of the Tuloy Sa Don Bosco Foundation—the organization known for sending a football team to the Homeless World Cup. Clear is committed to donate P500,000 worth of products to the Tuloy sa Don Bosco. Tuloy houses 500 street kids and the need for products like shampoo, soap and the like are must have items for the everyday use of the kids. Clear brand manager John Imperial says the brand will continue working with Tuloy even after the dream game is over. Tickets to the Clear Dream Match are free, simply go to the Facebook site www.facebook.com/ clear. Dinna Chan Vasquez
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AUGUST 19, 2012
Governor L-Ray Villafuerte creates a big splash as he holds on to the skier’s rope while navigating the waters of the CWC lake on a wakeboard.
By Reuel Vidal
COME SOUTH, CAM SUR
A MAN glides across the water atop a wakeboard pulled along
by a skier’s rope attached to an electrically driven cable suspended 30 feet from the ground. Traveling at 40 kilometers per hour the board churns the calm surface of the man-made lake creating a wake over 10 feet high. The man then turns straight into a platform, elevates 20 feet into the air then lands gracefully on the surface creating a huge splash.
board friendly weather all year round. There was no winter and enthusiasts can wakeboard even during the rainy season. The governor insists that attracting tourists was not that simple. He said that you could not just build a facility and expect people to come. There are other wakeboard parks in the Philippines that did not enjoy the same success. He said the secret was in the marketing. He invited the top riders in the world to come to the Philippines to enjoy the water sports complex as well as the hospitality of the province. After experiencing the total package of a worldclass facility and the friendly people of the province the bloggers, Facebook users, websites and other visitors labelled CWC the best wakeboard park in the world. Then tourists started coming. According to Villafuerte it is interesting to note that the CWC became more popular outside the Philippines attracting more foreign visitors than local tourists. Last October, Camarines Sur hosted the 22nd staging of the prestigious Philippine Advertising Congress when it beat Baguio and Cebu for the honor. The governor said the province gained the opportunity because of its unique value propositions. Governor Villafuerte said he listed down all the things that the aspirants had and did not have. He said he could not compete against Cebu because the provThe man continues on to the rest of the course, passing a crowd of onlookers on the shore. He smiles and waves to audience, which include photographers, as he passes by. Governor L-Ray Villafuerte, the face of Camarines Sur, is holding court in his favorite arena the CamSur Watersports Complex the best wakeboard park in the world. Villafuerte, following in the footsteps of his father, was elected governor of the province of Camarines Sur in 2004. Under his leadership CamSur has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2010 Camarines Sur had the highest growth in palay production and tourist arrivals. That was the year when arrivals reached an incredible 1.9 million. It was such a noteworthy feat that even President Benigno Aquino was so impressed that he mentioned it in his speech. The governor is used to running successful ventures even before he joined government. He started his own company with just P50,000 capital and grew it into a P500 million enterprise employing over 3,000 people. When he became governor he tried to think of a way to make his province an attractive tourism destination. He traveled to the States and to Europe and discovered wakeboarding. He decided that a wakeboard facility could be built in his province. It’s a sport that involves primarily the youth and yet could still be enjoyed by older people. Plus the province had the added advantage of wakeince had just built a P500-million convention center which could accommodate 5,000 people. Instead the governor offered an outdoor experience in CamSur where there is a feeling of being in a resort. He said he beat Cebu and Baguio in terms of accessibility and cost. He said the Ad Congress organizers realized that holding the event in CamSur was cost efﬁcient. Because he did not have a 5,000 seat convention center he built two big tents which could accommodate 3,000 and 5,000 people thus effectively negating Cebu’s only advantage. Holding the Ad Congress there further validated that the CWC is world-class and was instrumental in making the province the number one tourist destination in the country. But the explosive growth of Camarines Sur is not just limited to the water sports complex and the ﬁne beaches. The province has its animation studio which provides qualiﬁed students free training plus allowance. CamSur is also home to Sutherland, one of the top 10 call centers in the country. They have produced 3,000 English proﬁciency graduates. CamSur even has its own IT park which provides employment opportunities to hundreds of CamSur residents. Then there is the governor’s El Verde project planted 12 million trees. It qualiﬁed to the Guinness Book of World Record when it broke the record for the most number of trees planted at the same time. Last February, 2011, 64,906 trees were planted at Siruma. This is part of the governor’s vision and dream to make CamSur a greener and healthier place to live in. From being one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines when he took ofﬁce as governor CamSur has leaped to become the 10th richest province in the country. From an unknown destination the province became number one in tourist arrivals. Under Villafuerte’s leadership the province of CamSur has literally left other provinces in its wake.
Governor Villafuerte prepares to ﬁre off the starting gun of another event held in the world-class sports facility CamSur Watersports Complex.
Villafuerte welcomes the author and other media practitioners during the holding of another international sporting event presented by Alaska Milk.
Biggest attraction of province is CWC
GOVERNOR L-Ray Villafuerte has turned the province of Camarines Sur into the country’s top sports tourism destination primarily because of its hospitable people, pristine beaches and the world’s best wakeboarding facility the Camsur Watersports Complex. The facility hosts international sports events year round. The ﬁrst three stagings of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines were held here. One of the biggest races held there was the CamSur Marathon which served as qualiﬁer for the Boston Marathon. For the ﬁrst time ever Filipino runners had the chance to qualify to the mother of all marathons without having to race abroad. Camarines Sur held the title of having the most tourist arrivals in the Philippines in one year largely because of the CamSur Watersports Complex, arguably the best wakeboarding facility in the world. The wakeboarding facility was created by the governor to be a haven of extreme sports enthusiasts. These included BMX trail riders, skateboarders, 4x4 racing and motocross enthusiasts. The facility is a unique watersports park designed for wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing. From beginner riders to the professional wakeboarders and skiers from all over the world, CWC offers a six-point cable ski system, coupled with restaurants, sand bars, spas, pro shops and grandstands for guests. Riders can also enjoy their favorite water sports at night with the park equipped with spotlights that allow it to operate in the evening. Wakeboarding at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) has become a popular watersports activity in the Bicol Region. It is the ﬁrst world-class watersports complex in the Philippines and in Asia. CWC brings cable skiing to a whole new level attracting watersports enthusiasts from all over the world with its top of the line facilities and relaxing environment. This six-hectare complex draws guests, riders and spectators by the thousands. Because of weather conditions, cable skiing in the park can be done skiing, snow boarding and surﬁng techniques. Instead of using skis, the rider rides a single board with stationary non-release bindings for each foot, standing sideways. Wakeboarding is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. It is popular globally and has become a lifestyle for others. There can be variations to the ride. But in all cases the rider hangs onto a tow-rope. There is kneeboarding which can be learned faster. There is water skiing where the rider is pulled along by a rope attached to a powerboat. You can enjoy these thrills in the CamSur Watersports complex. Accommodations are within walking distance from the two man-made lakes of the complex and are readily available for anyone that wishes to visit the cablepark for a weekend or week-long getaway. The Ecovillage, the Governor’s Mansion, Cabanas, and the luxury villas and suites, also located within the Provincial Capitol Complex, are all a stone’s throw away from the cablepark and may be booked for very reasonable prices. The rooms are spacious and equipped with cable-ready 29inch television sets, air-conditioning, and hot/cold showers. Restaurants, guest lounges, swimming pools and Wi-Fi capability are also available for guests to enjoy. Camarines Sur is a virtual tourists’ paradise which offers many sights including dazzling stretches of white sand beaches, turquoise waters teeming with marine life, coral reefs and sanctuaries, majestic mountains, dense forests, unique ﬂora and fauna, waterfalls, caves, underground rivers and unspoiled lakes. But its biggest attraction for both local and especially foreign tourists remains the manmade CamSur Watersports Complex which is arguably best wakeboarding facility in the world. Caption: The CamSur Watersports Complex has complete amenities including this convention center which is a must for big, international sporting events such as the recent CamSur International Marathon.
Among the top-of-the-line amenities of the CamSur Watersports Complex is its air-conditioned Convention Center which can house over a thousand guests in one sitting, which is indispensable when hosting big sporting events.
all year round. The province of Camarines Sur, situated in southeastern part of Luzon in the Philippines hosts the complex which is located within the Provincial Capitol Complex in Cadlan, Pili. Cable skiing is simply waterskiing where the skier is pulled by an overhead cable suspend-
ed 8-12 meters above water surface by speciﬁcally designed pylons. The cables run counter clockwise around the lake. It is powered by a variable speed electric motor which can maintain speeds of up to 65 kilometers per hour. Wakeboarding was created from a combination of water
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SUNDAY AUGUST 19, 2012
Oscar Lopez, the mountaineer
By Alena Mae S. Flores
“GLOBAL warming has changed our climate
and weather patterns in ways that we haven’t even begun to fully comprehend. So the message is, be afraid.”
The warning did not come from an activist or doomsayer. In fact, they were the words of an industry bigwig—no less than the patriarch of the inﬂuential Lopez business clan. Oscar Lopez, 82, delivered this insightful speech at the University of the Philippines on April 22 this year, three months before monsoon rain-induced ﬂoods swept Luzon anew on Aug. 6 to 8 and eclipsed the volume of water unleashed by tropical storm Ondoy in September 2009. “Assure yourselves that the threat that I have described to you is very real and very immediate. Then take action and arm and protect yourselves, for this environment that we have so gravely abused has begun striking back at us in horriﬁc ways that we could never have imagined,” Lopez said. “For in abusing our environment, we have made ourselves vulnerable to the undesirable effects of that abuse,” he said. Lopez, the chairman emeritus of the Lopez Group of Companies, is now pensive in his talks. While he stepped down as chairman of First Philippine Holdings Corp. in May 2010, he remains physically active and prefers communing with nature.
highest peaks in the Philippines such as Mount Pulag, Mount Apo and Mount Kanlaon. Last year, he trekked Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. Thanks to those climbs that exposed him to man’s excessive exploits of nature, Lopez brought his passion for the environment in the Lopez empire. Lopez was born on April 19, 1930. His ﬁrst mountain trek was during the war, when his family ﬂed to the mountains to escape the ﬁghting between US and Japanese forces in Baguio. Lopez brieﬂy studied at Ateneo High School before transferring to the Bellarmine School in San Francisco, California. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University. In Manila, he served as the publisher of the family-owned Manila Chronicle in the 1960s. He stayed in Manila to take care of family businesses and investments during the Martial rule. In 1999, he assumed leadership of the Lopez Group after brother Geny passed away. He served as chairman and chief executive of the First Philippine Holdings until 2010. He is married to Connie Ruﬁno, with whom he has eight children. The Forbes magazine said Lopez had a net worth of $245 million as of June 2012. On Aug. 2 this year, the Lopez Group In his retirement speech at the First held a tribute for Oscar and his love of He found a great hobby and sports in mountain trekking. He climbed the Philippine Holdings annual stockholders’ nature at the Rockwell Tent in Makati City. Three books were launched during the event: “Rafﬂesia of the Philippines,” “Generations” and “Philippine Native Trees 101.” “Rafﬂesia of the Philippines,” which is an Energy Development Corp. publication, stands out as the ﬁrst book to present the latest taxonomic information on the 10 Philippine species of Rafﬂesia, the largest single ﬂower in the world. A Rafﬂesia ﬂower can measure up to 100 centimeters in diameter and weigh up to 10 kilograms. Rafﬂesia is emblematic of a number of crucial biodiversity ideas and issues, which EDC is leading to advocate and address. “Generations,” which First Gen is publishing, features the beauty and majesty of the mountains, natural rivers, streams, volcanoes, as well as the ﬂora and fauna living in various power plant sites of First Gen across the country. “The Philippine Native Trees” is a guidebook replete with photos and In 2007, Oscar Lopez (center) and four family members climbed Mount Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon. descriptions of native Philippine trees collated by the Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment and Sustainable Economy with Hortica Foundation Inc. The book, which is supported by EDC, aims to educate Filipinos about native trees and the beneﬁts we get from them. As tribute to his lifelong environmental advocacies, the Lopez companies also Meanwhile, Jon is a Marketing EterniTea uses brown sugar for its tea organized a series of programs and graduate of the Far Eastern University and milk tea concoctions. activities related to the environment, along Beaus Jester and Michelle says the while Jester is a Communications major with disaster preparedness. tea shop’s best sellers, apart from the from De La Salle University. These four people pooled funds, milk teas, are the “rock salt and cheese” coughing up at least P1 million, to get tea coolers. The programs included the Sweetness level is also controlled the business started. establishment by First Philippine Thirty-three-year-old Jon says it based on the preference of the drinker. Holdings of the Oscar M. Lopez Center was not the ﬁrst time for him and her Sweetness ranges from none, little, half, for Climate Change Adaptation and steady for 10 years, Ann, to venture into less to full sugar. Disaster Risk Management with a P150business together. million start-up funding. “We had our ﬁrst business, 10 years First Philippine Holdings also signed ago, serving steaks to students and a memorandum of understanding with Michelle Tan and Jester Sia the academic community in the busy Ateneo de Manila University, De La U-Belt area,” says Jon. By Othel V. Campos Salle University and the University of the The couple also have a booming Philippines for the conduct of collaborative THEIR common love for tea led four advertising business, drafting and placing research with the OML Center. newspaper ads and creating billboards yuppies to pursue a shared dream which “Our hope is that the OML Center’s eventually evolved into a business and ﬂyers. efforts will help in the ﬁght to protect Michelle says EterniTea, despite venture—a tea joint in one of the busiest having recently opened in early June, and build up the natural resilience we parts of Makati. Filipinos have to such disasters,” said Sisters Mary Ann and Michelle Tan already has a following among the Federico Lopez, the chairman and chief with beaus Jon Barnachea and Jester Sia yuppies in the area, foreign nationals decided to put up EterniTea in a cozy living in nearby condos and even executive of First Philippine Holdings. nook at the ground ﬂoor of the Makati the youth—from as young as grade Federico acknowledged his father’s Executive Tower III along Sen. Gil Puyat schoolers to high school students. environmental advocacies, which he “We’re sticking close to the Ave. described as “a lifelong love affair… The idea, says Ann, was borne out of philosophy of offering the best product with trees, biodiversity and nature.” an inner urge to continuously enjoy and at moderate cost. All our supplies are “Even today, I vividly remember An array of sinkers and toppings are at the same time share the savory and sourced from Taiwan. We create our how my siblings and I grew up always concoctions from scratch using ﬁve also available to provide bite and variety healthy beneﬁts of drinking tea. surrounded by trees, animals and the “We’re a big fan of milk tea. Even base teas that we brew into ﬂavored hot to tea drinks. outdoors. Our house in Wack Wack For now, the tea shop offers two during our vacations abroad we still look and cold drinks,” she says. always housed my Dad’s latest passion, EterniTea brews assam, jasmine, basic food chomps but plans to expand for the best tea in town. In fact, we kind whether it was anthuriums, cattleyas, of modeled our tea business to Happy Ceylon, earl grey and roasted oolong tea. the food lineup by offering pastries and vandas, dwarf golden coconut trees, The tea joint also offers 20 variations of breads that goes well with tea. Lemon of Chris Tiu,” she says. bonsais, papaya trees, etc. He and my Soon enough, the owners are thinking hot and cold milk tea and 16 ﬂavors of With Chinese for a father and an Mom were always growing something of branching out to the malls. Jon says Ilocano mother, Ann and Michelle were fruity, cold tea drinks. or another,” said the younger Lopez. “We noticed that the clientele base the Ayala Malls in Makati offers a good reared helping out in their own family of tea shops have also evolved with site for their second shop. business. The shop features hip and pop songs, Both were schooled at the Philippine youngsters being big fans of different Federico recalled his father’s deep Academy of Sakya and later went to tea drinks. Because of that, we also mostly K-Pop, on its audio-visual wall. desire to see the revival of Philippine separate schools in college—31-year-old serve ﬂavored yakult and yakult tea It is also Wiﬁ-connected. forests. “Once, while we were ﬂying “We go by our mantra “Live, Laugh, Ann at the Holy Spirit College in Mendiola drinks,” said Ann. on a small plane from Cagayan de Oro The shop has 11 yakult tea and Love,” says Jon. for a business management degree and to Davao, I even heard him [Oscar EterniTea has a page on Facebook Michelle, who is just 24 years old, at the ﬂavored yakult on the menu, speciﬁcally Lopez] remark that he wished he could for young clients. Brewed coffee and and also on Twitter. It will come up with De La Salle University for a degree in drop seeds from the air to reforest the yoghurt drinks are also on the menu. its own Web site soon. information and communications. depressingly barren landscape we ﬂew
meeting on May 31, 2010, Lopez said no business can be successful in the long run unless it protects and nurtures the environment in which it operates. “Some of the things that have given me the greatest pleasure over the years are things we have done, to the extent that we could afford them, to contribute to the welfare of the environment and of the society that we serve. It warms my heart that these initiatives are today being continued in our companies, in ways bigger and better than I could ever have imagined,” Lopez said. Lopez said it is First Philippine Holdings’ responsibility, not only to provide cheap and reliable power needed by the country, but to do it in a way that will not further damage the environment. “This view is reﬂected in the choice of projects that we have undertaken and the technologies we are investing in. It is reﬂected in the deliberate choice we have taken to restrict ourselves only to the cleanest fuels and it is reﬂected in the decision we have made to actively explore renewable energy sources. Geothermal power, hydro, solar power, wind power—these are the spaces that we intend to exploit,” he said. Today, Lopez serves as chairman emeritus and chief strategic ofﬁcer of First Philippine Holdings. He is also the chairman emeritus of First Gen Corp., Lopez Holdings Corp., and Energy Development Corp. At the same time, he is chairman of First Philippine Industrial Park and First Sumiden Circuits Inc.
For love of nature
Sisters and beaus establish tea joint
over in Mindanao.” “Agribusiness was a natural extension of Dad’s passion for nature and the environment. We thought for a while then that this was our emerging core business at FPH,” he added. The Lopez family’s love for the environment and nature would be integrated into the energy arm of First Philippine Holdings. Thus, when First Philippine Holdings set up First Gen Corp. as the conglomerate’s power generation arm, environmental activities were incorporated into First Gen’s plans and programs, including the fuel for the power plants and steps to protect the host community’s environment. First Gen is now known as one of the country’s biggest power generation companies with an installed capacity of 2,763 megawatts but also the Philippines’ leading producer of clean and renewable energy. It has a combined capacity of 1,129.4 megawatts in its integrated geothermal power projects in Bicol; Leyte and Negros Oriental in the Visayas; and North Cotabato in Mindanao. Federico described his father’s love for nature as infectious. “It has become our own mission to inspire current and future generations of leaders at our companies and the communities we touch and to feel the same passion he has —and now we have—for nature and the environment.,” he said.
One of the Lopez Group’s most ambitious environmental projects to date is Binhi, which was launched in December 2008. Oscar spearheaded Binhi as the ﬁrst nationwide reforestation program to address the problem of vanishing premium native tree species. EDC, which implements the project, aims to reforest 10,000 hectares over a 10-year period. From 2009 to 2011, Binhi planted 2,396,700 trees in 3,141 hectares. First Gas also implements its own environmental projects that include a mangrove rehabilitation project on a 9.9-hectare area within its power plant compound in Batangas City. The mangrove area has since become home to 79 bird species as well as a destination site for migratory birds. In Batangas, First Gen assumes the role of direct project implementer of Project Center of Center, an integrated program to save the fragile marine ecosystem of the Verde Island Passage. Located off the coastal waters of Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon, the Verde Island Passage hosts one of the highest concentrations of marine species among the world’s oceans.
Oscar Lopez, in his UP graduation speech, said everyone should be involved in protecting the environment. “When you see that things around you are not quite right, you cannot remain a bystander. These causes that we take on over the course of our race of life are what we call our advocacies,” he said. “It is our responsibility, each and every one of us, to protect our environment from further harm.”
Revival of forests
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SUNDAY AUGUST 19, 2012
Manila Standard TODAY
microﬁnancing institutions such as local NGOs, rural banks and credit cooperatives have grown to reach 3 million borrowers across the country. In 2010, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported that the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), ranked the Philippine regulatory environment for microﬁnance as the best among 54 countries around the world. In its study, “Global Microscope Business Environment”, EIU cited the BSP’s regulations that expand the range of microﬁnance products that banks can offer to their clients as the main reason for the upward ranking of the country. According to BSP, the citation afﬁrms that the institution’s regulatory approach and initiatives in microﬁnance and ﬁnancial inclusion are making an impact, and are truly beneﬁting the microﬁnance market. The study provides a basis for benchmarking the business conditions for privately provided microﬁnance in countries around the world.
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While there are those who enjoy regular salaries or wagepaying jobs, there are also those who make their living through self-employment in the formal and informal sector. As their livelihood, they start up businesses whether it is of micro, small or medium enterprise. To increase their productivity and reduce their vulnerabilities to external shocks, they necessitate access to quality, affordable ﬁnancial services that can help them escape poverty and grow their businesses. Without access to the formal ﬁnancial system, they have developed a variety of informal ﬁnancial relationships with moneylenders, saving clubs, rotating savings and credit associations, and mutual insurance societies. While these are readily available, most informal ﬁnancial services have serious limitations in terms of cost, risk, and convenience. Formal ﬁnancial institutions may not offer ﬁnancial products that are appropriate to the needs of micro, small or medium enterprises but in recognition of the economic impact of these segments in productivity, economic recovery and generation of employment, the country’s ﬁnancial system have sought ways to provide ﬁnancial solutions. One of the radical ways of changing lives is microﬁnance.
BSP releases new policies
The Monetary Board of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) approved the latest microﬁnance loan called “Microﬁnance Plus” which micro businesses could avail to further expand their operations. BSP released Circular no. 744 signed by BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. which states that Microﬁnance Plus is now included in the list of microﬁnace loan categories. Under this provision, a borrower can apply a loan of maximum of P300,000. The borrowers that will qualify will have a track record of at least two microﬁnance loan cycles in the P50,000.00 to 150,000 range depending on the success of the business, its increasing credit demand, and capacity to pay. BSP also encourages banks to allot more funds to microﬁnance ﬁrms especially those that are located in the rural areas speciﬁcally in the agriculture and agrarian reform sector.
Microﬁnance is the provision of ﬁnancial services such as loans, savings, insurance, and training to people under the poverty line. Microﬁnance is considered as one of the great success stories in the developing world in the last 30 years and is widely recognized as a just and sustainable solution in alleviating global poverty. According to the Grameen Foundation, a nonproﬁt organization in Washington, DC established to assist microﬁnance practitioners, “The microﬁnance industry’s presence in the Philippines has been characterized by innovation, dynamism and continued growth.” The foundation reported that
In connection, BSP released Circular No. 748 which covers the new set of rules on the Micro-Agri Loans. The new policy stressed the use of microfinance innovations to effectively deliver other types of financial services including credit for small farming activities. These new rules allow banks to improve the design of their micro-agri loan products to integrate them to the cycles of various kinds of crops. However, BSP reminded that the banks should have a proper risk management system on approving products. The new rules emphasized the importance of banks having the ﬁnancial, managerial and technical capacity to offer micro-agri loans by complying with cost-effective requirements. There are 202 microﬁnance institutions operating in the country as of the moment.
DBP promotes growth thru microﬁnance
THE Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has stepped up its efforts to promote the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises through its participation to the Credit Surety Fund (CSF) program of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. DBP was the ﬁrst ﬁnancial institution to support the CSF program as a contributor to the fund, trustee bank, and lender to the participating cooperatives and its qualiﬁed MSME members. Launched in 2008, the CSF is a credit enhancement scheme that allows-member cooperatives and its member-MSMEs to borrow from banks through a joint letter of surety coverage issued by the CSF oversight committee in lieu of hard collateral. In December 2009, DBP institutionalized its CSF Credit Facility to give credit assistance to CSF member-cooperatives and individual MSMEs who belong to members of CSF member-cooperatives. DBP president and chief executive Francisco Del Rosario Jr. said that as of June 2012, the bank has approved contributions to 29 credit surety funds established in various parts of the country. DBP is supporting 344 cooperatives and non-government organizations through its contributions to the 25 credit surety funds. He added that DBP has approved P42.05-million in contributions to the credit surety funds, and has released P24.7-million to date. “DBP has released P93.18-million in loans to MSMEs under the CSF Credit Facility, with loan approvals amounting to P152.48-million,” Del Rosario added. The bank also has P61.756-million in loans in the pipeline for 13 borrowers under the said facility. SEED Program The CSF Credit Facility is one of the numerous initiatives integrated under DBP’s umbrella program for MSMES -- the Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Enhancement Development (SEED) program. This program aims to improve the access of MSMEs to DBP’s credit facilities and fast-track the credit application process. Through the program, DBP brings SMEs to the mainstream of banking by implementing alternative ways
for securing MSME loans and maximizing its lending reach. Credit programs under the SEED include the Organic Agriculture program, High Value Crops Financing program, Cleaner Public Transportation program, Venture Capital program and the One Town, One Product credit program. Agricultural Microﬁnance DBP has also opened its Agricultural Credit Policy Council-DBP Cooperative Agricultural Lending Program Facility (CALP) that funds stable cooperative banks and cooperatives extending
agricultural microﬁnance loans to small farmers and ﬁsherfolk. With an initial funding allocation of P200-million, the CALP will support the production of crops, livestock, poultry and fisheries. It will also fund on-farm or off-farm activities of agricultural households using the household cash flow lending approach. On its 65th year, DBP commits itself to continue promoting the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises through sustainable and high-impact programs that will help create employment and income opportunities for the enterprising Filipino.
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