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Remembering FPJ & Manuel Quezon


WILL SOON FLOURISH By Wilson Lee Flores (The Philippine Star) Updated August 21, 2011 12:00 AM

Fernando Poe Jr.: An old ethnic Chinese movie theater owner told me years ago that FPJ was supposedly the only local movie producer before, along with two international film companies, who paid taxes correctly on their box office receipts. This past week we remember the birthdays of several fascinating people, such as the late King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr., who I believe really won the 2004 presidential election; former US President Bill Clinton, who I read has become a vegan in his diet after his heart surgeries; the late Commonwealth-era President and Quezon Citys first Mayor Manuel Luis Quezon; and the energetic Mother Lily Y. Monteverde, being the only independent producer still actively making Philippine movies while most others have stopped due to the rise of TV networks as dominant leaders in local entertainment. It is sad that, like Katipunan founder Andres Bonifacio of the revolution against Spain and his successor General Macario Sakay of the American military occupation era, FPJ was allegedly cheated of the 2004 Hello Garci election with the connivance and collusion of many in the Philippine political, business, middle-class and other elites. Many of those who eventually became bitter political foes of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had knowingly or not assisted her in thwarting the peoples overwhelming mandate for FPJ. I admire GMAs political cunning and salute her good economic management of the Philippines, but Ive always believed that it was FPJ who really won as president in 2004. An old ethnic Chinese movie theater owner told me years ago that FPJ was supposedly the only local movie producer before, along with two international film companies, who paid taxes correctly on their box office receipts. He recounted that FPJ, at the height of the bold movies trend, preferred not yo produce a local movie with his FPJ Productions rather than do bold flicks, and all of his movies had moral lessons as well as the inspiring message that good eventually triumphs over. Manuel L. Quezon: The Commonwealth-era President preferred a government run like hell by Filipinos to one run like heaven by the Americans. I remember at the Regal Films studio of Mother Lily in December 2003, Kris Aquino recounted that during the presidency of Joseph Estrada, the late President Cory Aquino sought out FPJs help to convince his best friend Erap not to bury President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Erap was originally determined to do so. FPJ was personally close to and admired Marcos. He and wife Susan Roces were also wedding godchildren of Marcos, but he quietly went to Erap to convey Corys special request. Suddenly, Erap didnt push through with the burial plans, without any public explanations why. I recall Kris Aquino recounting that after that intercession, whenever FPJ would meet Cory at social events, he wouldnt even go to Cory to remind her of what he had done for her then; thats how exceptionally good a person FPJ was. *** Congratulations to former UP President and now Senator Ed Angara for publishing and co-authoring with Sonia Ner the 207-page coffeetable book Manuel Luis Quezon about the life of the outstanding politician who was also from his hometown of scenic seaside Baler in Aurora province. What made me almost fall off my chair at the recent luncheon book launching at Sofitel Hotel was the beautiful books cover with the title, a picture of the late President Quezon in tuxedo and the very prominent quote from Quezon which not a few consider controversial: I would prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to one run like heaven by the Americans.

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Was Senator Ed Angara being provocative in deciding to highlight that Quezon quote on the cover? Was he, perhaps, criticizing our various political leaders after the American colonizers left and who led the Philippines to lose out economically to our Asian neighbors? Why did he choose that quote, which some claim was prophetic? Describing Quezon as the quintessential Filipino politician a brilliant strategist, Angara said: This statement has been variously interpreted, but Quezon believed simply that, however inadequate a Filipino government might be at the start, it can still be improved. This writer sincerely hopes and prays that our politician and politics will indeed improve!

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Self fulfilling prophesy of doom


DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) Updated August 24, 2011 12:00 AM Even before last weeks stock market meltdown, you cannot avoid the news and views about how the worlds economy is going to tank and this time, the emerging markets will be along for the ride. Because in todays society social and mass media are all over our lives, prophets of doom enjoy prime time attention. And as the markets really did seem to collapse not quite in slow motion over a week, the cacophony of voices announcing a more serious impending doom seem to have increased. Whats eerie about it is that it is most likely going to be true as we have been convinced about its inevitability. Still, there are economists who point out that while some numbers are weak, some are pointing in the right direction enough to be promising. There is at least some glimmer of hope that a double dip isnt going to be a slum dunk as some analysts say. But you sure have to be a pretty optimistic kind of person to think it will get better soon rather than worse. I want to believe in that glimmer of hope but being in the communications business, I think we are choking all hope somehow. People are already talking themselves into a recession. In simple terms, all that talk of doom will prove to be self fulfilling. It is really very simple. Experts tell us the world economies are sitting in a pile of st and we are soon about to see all that st explode in our midst. Of course any sane person will take cover and he does this by delaying plans to buy cars, appliances, a vacation and other discretionary spending. Imagine the economic contraction when more than a few million households simultaneously make the same decision to limit spending to the basics of food and shelter. Thats how recessions are made. Governments use traditional formulas to jump start modern day recessions through increased government spending and so-called quantitative easing. But it isnt as if there isnt enough liquidity in the system. The problem is more of a crisis of confidence in the future caused by among other things, large government debts and yes, all the talk about how capitalism is about to implode. So, what do people do? They save for that dreadful but apparently certain hard times ahead. What do companies do? They downsize and sit on their cash pile, afraid to make the usual investments that create jobs. Companies are afraid they will just pile up inventories as their markets would rather hoard cash than spend. Reverse multiplier effect takes hold as markets contract, jobs are shed and the recession comes home to roost. That explains the P1.4 trillion cash hoard in special deposit accounts parked in the safety of a Bangko Sentral vault, waiting for better times to invest. There is more about the psychology of people in such crisis situations that we have to worry about. Gillian Tett of the Financial Times recently wrote about what she calls the unmasking of our inner reptiles in times of crisis. In simple terms, this is about every man looking out for himself.

I recall reading that Ms. Tett had been an anthropologist before she became one of FTs more incisive financial writers. She now explains that periods of acute stress offer intriguing examples of how our brains or cognitive maps work, giving a subtle twist to the age-old concepts of human fear and greed or rational self interest, as the economic profession would argue.

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She cites research by Andrew Lo, a finance professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Initially trained as an economist, Prof Lo has tried to knit together the work of psychologists, neuroscientists, biologists and economists. Here is how Ms. Tett describes Prof Los work: He is fascinated by the idea that the evolution of the human species has left our brains with three parts. He identifies those as a central reptilian core, which was the first to evolve, functions most rapidly and controls reflexive behavior; a mammalian layer, that controls social desires and emotions; and then the outer, hominid layer, which developed last and controls rational, sophisticated thought. Well, you guessed it. In normal times, our hominid brain prevails. The mammalian and reptilian instincts emerge strongly in crisis situations. Ms. Tett points out this has an important implication for finance: while rational economic theories can explain markets when our hominid brains are predominant, they are inadequate when our mammalian or reptilian brains predominate. In other words, Ms. Tett explains, the efficient market hypothesis works only when we are hominid but not when we turn emotional. This is not really a malfunction because Prof Lo says it is part of the adaptive techniques that have allowed humans to learn from their mistakes. Hence, the stock market may fall precipitously because of widespread fear of something unknown or unexplainable sentiment even if the numbers do not justify it. Ms. Tett goes on to cite Peter Atwater a financial consultant who is convinced of the importance of looking at horizon preferences: In times of calm, people plan for the long term, deal with strangers and reflect on the world as a whole. At times of stress though, time, social and geographical horizons collapse Mr. Atwater believes the present slow burn sense of insecurity is fostering a wider, longer-term shift towards narrow horizons and this is influencing how finance and politics evolves. I like most Ms. Tetts conclusion: calling a banker a rodent or a snake may no longer be just a term of abuse. Right now, it may be a form of analysis too. And that, my friends, is why a double dip may be closer to our lives than we say we want it to be.

Practical Soulfood For Successful People By: Bo Sanchez


My Core Belief: We Dont Have A Clue How Great We Already Are And How Great We Can Become. Surprise! Ive changed my website. No more photos. No more colors. No more distractions. Ive stripped it bare and decided to focus on the meat of the matter: Article after article after article, I want this to be your ultimate source for practical soulfood for successful people on the internet universe. This simple yet massive website is filled to the brim, overflowing the best down-to-earth, inspirational articles you can ever find. Some of you may be saying, Bo, this website isnt for me. Im not successful. Well, whats your measuring stick of success? To me, any human being who is striving to grow is already successful. Are you striving to grow? If your answer is YES, then welcome to YOUR website. Through my articles, I want to change your measuring stick of success to a more accurate one. I want to give you a measuring stick that will encompass the deepest, most profound things that make us human beings. (Thats why its Soulfood.) One more thing about success: Its also pervasive. It cant be isolated to one area. For example, a person who is successful in his job but whose family is disintegrating isnt successful at all. So through this website, I want you to experience success in all areas of your life. My dear friend, I prophesy to you Spiritually, youll grow closer to God. Financially, youll grow towards freedom and abundance and generosity. Physically, youll grow healthier and happier. Emotionally, youll grow more peaceful and joyful. Relationally, youll grow in love. Thats my dream for you. More than a dream, this is my prayer for you.

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Choosing makeup should be simple and fun


BY: LUCY TORRES Dear Lucy, I am overwhelmed with all the makeup choices available. If I look for pink lipstick, there are at least a dozen shades. When I look for blush I am asked if my preference is cream or powder. What powder to use? Is concealer a must? What feature must I highlight? They say it cant be all at once. Ive walked in stores in search of new makeup and instead of the whole thing being fun I usually end up just walking away with nothing because I just get so confused. Where do I start? I know the basics, but I have stuck to the same makeup steps for over eight years! I am in a rut and I do not know how to break free. Mayenne

Dear Mayenne, The facts: Makeup is supposed to be fun. It does not have to be complicated. That you have a choice is great. Do not let that overwhelm you. That is far better than the opposite, no matter how you look at it. The solution to your makeup woes: ask. Just ask. Dont be afraid/ashamed/too intimidated to ask. Those ladies at the makeup counters are not ignorant of what they are selling. They know the products, they interact with a lot of different customers, they can guide you until you are able to make your own choices. You know you are in a rut, you must break free! Update and learn new tricks. Bobbi Brown once said that makeup is supposed to be simple and fun, it is not rocket science! No one could have said it better. She also always says that makeup is supposed to make you look like your best self, not like someone else. So I am asking you to go to a Bobbi Brown counter ASAP because even if there are dozens of other equally wonderful brands, I got wind of the fact that Bobbi Brown has actually made things even simpler than it already is from her end. Every Bobbi Brown counter now has what they call Makeup Lessons, little bursts of inspired teaching and transfer of skills that will allow every woman to be her own makeup artist. These lessons are complimentary and quick and simplified. You walk away from the counter with products that you will actually use because you have been shown, and taught, how they can make you look like your most gorgeous self. How is that for great service? It is true, in a sea of choices it is sometimes easier to just pick at random or not pick any at all because of confusion. But this set-up will prove beneficial to you. Customers can choose to have a five-minute lesson or a full-length tutorial, taught one on one. You can even leave with a personalized face chart on how to recreate the look in your own home. As Bobbi Brown has said: Every one of my makeup artists has been hand-picked and trained to teach women how to be their own best makeup artists. Come visit one of my counters and learn my best tips and tricks. She has many different kinds of Makeup Lessons namely: Instant Pretty, Secret to Perfect Skin, Smoky Eyes, Problem/Solution, Everything Brows, Teenage Beauty, Bridal Beauty, and Special Occasion Beauty. Have a fun time, Mayenne! Lucy Every Bobbi Brown counter now has makeup lessons, which are complimentary, quick and simplified. ***

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Poisoning the well By: Rina Jimenez-David


Philippine Daily Inquirer 8:58 pm | Thursday, August 25th, 2011 When you run out of arguments to bolster your position, you resort to what, in Logic class, is called poisoning the well. It means throwing mud at your opponents, flinging suspicion and innuendo at them without offering to provide proof or evidence to prove these true, all with the intent to derail the discussion and impede any progress toward a consensus. Poisoning the well is what Sen. Vicente Sotto III resorted to a few days ago when, on the second day of the Senate plenary debates on the RH bill, he sought to unmask, in the words of a report in this paper, the sponsors and foreign supporters of local lobbyists pushing for the passage of the measure. In particular, Sotto targeted the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) mainly because of its ties to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). He even traces the roots of the IPPF to Margaret Sanger, a pioneer (and heroine, in the eyes of some) in the reproductive health movement who battled (and went to jail) for the right of women to use contraception and receive information they needed to make informed decisions about their reproductive lives. Sotto even sought to create a bogeyman in the figure of Sanger who, as part of her advocacies, wrote about her belief in eugenics, or the use of social interventions in weeding out the infirm or genetically disabled from the rest of society. Sanger, who died in the 1960s, was most active in the early part of the century. And while eugenics brings up images of Nazi purification experiments, it doesnt mean that Sangers ideas or advocacies have necessarily been adopted by organizations that were created in her wake, including the FPOP. *** I talked with Roberto Ador, executive director of the FPOP, about Sottos allegations. Their organization, said Ador, wants to follow the example of the two lady senators who are leading the sponsorship of the RH bill in the Senate, referring to committee chair Sen. Pia Cayetano and bill sponsor Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. When I asked what he meant, Ador said they simply want to be civil even in the face of Sottos innuendos. Still, FPOP is issuing a statement in due course. What I know of FPOP, though, is that it is the oldest voluntary reproductive health NGO in the country, serving communities for 42 years now by providing reproductive health services through 28 clinics around the country, and 25 chapters. In fact, the FPOP is even older than the Population Commission, which was set up during the martial law period. The basic decision-making body of the FPOP is its General Assembly, with more than a thousand community volunteers, and about 300 of what Ador calls policy volunteers, whom he describes as professionals like doctors, nurses, lawyers and academics who assist us in our advocacies. The present chairperson and president of FPOP is Betty Lou Tabanda, a councilor of Baguio City and a long-time friend of mine. She has long been recognized for her commitment to womens rights and reproductive health. *** Clinics under FPOP auspices provide a wide range of services, from counseling on family planning, adolescent health, STIs and HIV/AIDS; referrals to other clinics or hospitals for services beyond the clinics capability; provision of pills and injectables, and for a few, even the insertion of IUDs and the performance of tubal ligation or vasectomies. For these services, the clinics either charge nothing at all or accept token contributions from clients. To fund their many activities, said Ador, they depend on funding from the IPPF, grants from local and multilateral agencies and from voluntary contributions. We are a proud member of the IPPF, declared Ador, in the face of innuendos that since IPPF members provide abortion services, then the FPOP does, too. Ever since our founding, the FPOP has provided reproductive health services for the Filipino people, said Ador. We have done that consistently through the years, and not once have any of our clinic staff or volunteers done time in jail. This means that we have not and do not provide abortion services which remain illegal in the Philippines. But abortion is legal in other countries, and where it is legal, IPPF member-organizations provide safe abortions. Indeed, in the United States, the Planned Parenthood Federation is coming under attack, with federal and state legislators seeking to cut any government funding from their clinics. *** Ador adds that FPOP has been a member of the steering committee of the Reproductive Health Action Network (RHAN), an alliance of NGOs, academe, and even faith-based organizations that have been at the forefront of civil society efforts to advocate and work for the passage of the RH bill. Its no mystery who the members of RHAN are, and its statements, mobilizations, policy papers and gatherings are open to the public. Its only the malicious, I would guess, who see a conspiracy where none exists, and then proceed to peddle their wild conjectures in the guise of parliamentary debate. Perhaps Sotto would like to broaden his allegations to include a probe into the foreign funding that organizations with links to the Catholic Church and conservative religious groups here have been receiving to

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conduct their own seminars and campaigns. He might as well look into the involvement of right-wing groups in the formulation of local anti-RH initiatives. Or he might ask himself if his staunch opposition to the RH bill is not a thinly disguised attack on women, a refusal to respect womens human rights and grant them protection from oppression and violence. I wonder what the late starlet Pepsi Paloma would have to say about this.

Making an omelet
SECOND WIND By Barbara C. Gonzalez (The Philippine Star) Updated August 20, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (0) How do I make an omelet? First I open my refrigerator and bring out the eggs, either how many I have leftover or how many I think I need if I am making an omelet for guests. All depends on the circumstances. Then I open the vegetable drawer and take out the overripe tomatoes, the wilting leeks, whatever other green, yellow and red stuff I might have that are on the verge of death. Chop them and set them aside. Now I search for the leftover cheese queso de bola, a little Manchego that gets harder by the day, ordinary cheddar then grate and set aside. Then I rummage through the fridge searching for leftovers, some tomato-based, others soy-based, others forgotten-based and I take them out, mix them up and set them aside. All of these will become part of my omelet. Now I take my whisk and beat the eggs until they are light yellow and fluffy. I take my non-stick frying pan and melt enough butter in it. Salted butter. I always love salted butter. Then I pour in half of the eggs, all the chopped vegetables, all the grated cheese, all the leftovers. Then I pour over the other half of the eggs. Depending on my mood I may add other spices but no more salt because the butter has it, the leftovers too and theres enough cheese. While that omelet is cooking I take another non-stick frying pan and melt a small amount of salted butter on it. When it looks like its the right time, meaning the egg at the bottom of the first frying pan is cooked, I cover it with the new pan and very quickly, with conviction, turn the two pans over transferring the omelet from the old pan to the new one. Sometimes it will work, other times it wont but whether or not the omelet comes out looking perfect it is still going to taste delicious and I know it will never be repeated because I never have the same leftovers twice. That is the way I make an omelet and that is also the way a democracy works. The eggs are the decent intelligent people who are educated, well-read, who think and form opinions that are well considered. The rest of the folk well, there you are. They are opinionated like the overripe tomatoes and other vegetables. Some, while witless, are quite sharp with their use of language they represent the cheese that I grate. Then there are others who have still other diverse shades of opinion represented in the omelet by my mixed-up little leftovers. They all come out at times maybe when we are hungry for news or excitement because life is generally unexciting until there is a crisis. This happened recently at the CCP regarding their controversial art show, which, in my opinion should not have closed early. The solution was simple. Media had carried the story so people already knew beforehand if they would like it or not. If you knew you would not like it, then you know you shouldnt go. Like if you know you do not like what I write, then dont read me. Thats better than going or reading then assaulting and demonstrating and using foul language. But no matter what one says, there are always crazies who will assault and demonstrate and use foul language. Or a Senate that will call for a hearing. Its inevitable. That is whats supposed to happen in a democracy.

So to be able to adjust to the madness of things I sometimes think its like an omelet full of ingredients that may be acceptable to some people, not acceptable to others, but exist side-by-side without anybody demanding the removal of one or the other. This system of forcing people not to understand necessarily but to tolerate manners of thinking or interpretation that do not agree with theirs is a way for democracy to teach character to people, to force them (we cannot change a democracy unless we revolt and it looks like as a country we are too lazy to do that) to accept that the notion of liberty is to allow the freedom of expression of everyone. One person wants to express his or her rage at me accusing me of being an ilustrada, which he or she hates, I let him. I text back. Then dont read me, I say.

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I think the lesson we have to learn in a democracy is patience. I will say from my own experience it is hard to be patient sometimes. But I know its a lesson I must continue to learn better because others are entitled to their opinions and there are about as many opinions as there are people in this world. What is the tolerant palliative to patience or the lack of it? The ability to laugh. I often laugh alone because I live alone so I dont have to worry about offending others with my laughter. But I laugh when I feel people are being silly or stupid or extraordinarily inane. I laugh and remind myself they are only parts of the omelet, little insignificant bursts of flavor that would be meaningless unless bound together by the eggs. Thats what a democracy is. It is a delicious omelet. As inconvenient as it sometimes feels, we might as well eat it and enjoy it.