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Erap draws new
converts to PMP
Enrile wants impeachment
trial to finish by end of May
US legal experts aiding PH on shoal row
SC releases
final ruling
on Luisita
Aquino insists on new voters’ list in ARRM
Diplomat’s
immunity
questioned
Fresh threats of ‘meat holiday’ raised
Hog growers cry
for Biazon’s head
ASIA DOUBLES FINANCIAL SAFETY NET TO $240B
“Heads must also roll in the Bureau of Cus-
toms. Commissioner [Rufino] Biazon does not
know his job,” said Rosendo So, a director of the
Swine Development Council and chairman of the
Abono party-list group.
“We are also making him accountable, not
just the Department of Agriculture, for killing 20
percent of the backyard industry because of the
unabated smuggling and over-importation perpe-
THE Supreme Court on Thurs-
day released for implemen-
tation its final ruling on the
break-up and distribution to
farmers of the nearly 5,000-
hectare sugarcane plantation
owned by the family of Presi-
dent Benigno Aquino III.
“No further pleadings shall
be entertained on this case,”
an official said, quoting the
Court’s resolution.
“The July 5, 2011 decision,
as modified by the November
22, 2011 resolution and further
modified by this resolution, is
declared final and executory,”
the resolution says.
The resolution serves as the
basis for the Agrarian Reform
Department to divide the land
and distribute it to about 6,000
farmers.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino
III on Thursday again appealed
to the Commission on Elections
to reconsider its decision to do
away with a general re-registra-
tion in the five provinces com-
prising the Autonomous Region
in Muslim Mindanao.
“I think I will be coming up
with a statement soon. We will
reiterate that there is a necessity
to ensure that the voters’ list are
actual and correct, especially as
far as ARMM is concerned,” Mr.
Aquino said.
“Don’t forget that the ARMM
has a population of 4 million and
then half will be of voting age, so
that’s 2 million votes right away.
“We think that’s a very im-
portant concern... We understand
that there will be moves by both
chambers of Congress to reiter-
ate the need for reregistration as
far as ARMM is concerned to
have credible elections.”
The poll body has rejected
Malacañang’s proposal of a gen-
eral re-registration in the ARMM,
except in Maguindanao. There are
at least 1.71 million registered vot-
ers in the region based on the 2010
village balloting there.
By Joyce Pangco Pañares
and Maricel Cruz
LEGAL experts from the United
States are helping the Philippines
in its efforts to bring the standoff
with China over the Panatag or
Scarborough Shoal to an interna-
tional court, President Benigno
Aquino III said Thursday.
“We have a very, very strong
case,” the President said.
He said the government was
looking at raising the issue unilat-
erally before the International Tri-
bunal for the Law of the Sea, after
China rejected an invitation to set-
tle the dispute before the court.
The President said there were
“two specific sets of recommenda-
tions” from a group of US lawyers
whom Foreign Affairs Secretary
Albert del Rosario met during his
recent trip to Washington.
Earlier, Foreign Affairs spokes-
man Raul Hernandez said the
country could unilaterally raise
its sovereign claim to the Pana-
tag Shoal, also known as Bajo de
Masinloc, to the international tri-
bunal if Beijing refused to accept
Manila’s invitation for arbitration.
But he said Hernandez doing
so would result in a validation of
Philippine sovereignty, but not in a
ruling on the territorial dispute.
The tribunal is an indepen-
dent judicial body established by
the UN Convention on the Law
of the Sea to adjudicate disputes
arising from the interpretation
and application of maritime laws
and agreements. However, it re-
quires the concurrence of both
GOVERNMENT prosecutors
will look into the diplomatic
immunity of Erick Bairnals
Shcks, a Panamanian national
accused of raping a 19-year-old
Filipina, and seek a possible
waiver so they can prosecute
him, Justice Secretary Leila de
Lima said Thursday.
She said questions had
arisen whether diplomatic im-
munity covered heinous crimes
such as rape and murder, and
whether it applied to all ranks
in embassies and consulates.
By John Concepcion
and Maricel Cruz
SENATE President Juan Ponce
Enrile on Thursday said he
wanted the impeachment trial
of Chief Justice Renato Corona
to be over by the end of May
or before Congress adjourns on
June 7.
He will ask the defense panel
to hasten their presentation of
evidence, Enrile said in an inter-
view after attending the induc-
tion of the new members of the
Partido ng Masang Pilipino at
the Club Filipino in San Juan.
“We need to finish the case
not later than the end of May,”
he said.
Corona’s impeachment trial
on alleged corruption and be-
trayal of the public trust is
scheduled to resume on May 7
when Congress convenes after
the Lenten break.
The defense panel recently
said it would not allow Corona
to take the witness stand despite
calls for him to do so from the
members of the impeachment
court led by Enrile.
Defense lawyer Jose Roy III
said they had decided not to put
their client on the stand to protect
By John Anthony
Concepcion
FORMER senator Juan
Miguel Zubiri and Manila
Vice Mayor Isko Moreno on
Thursday took their oaths
as members of the Partido
ng Masang Pilipino in what
Senate President Juan Ponce
Enrile described as the start
of the election season.
The event took place at
the Club Filipino in Green-
hills, San Juan, with 28 other
members of the Manila City
Council and former solicitor
general Frank Chavez join-
ing the party, which recently
forged an alliance with Vice
President Jejomar Binay’s
PDP-Laban to form the Unit-
ed Nationalist Alliance.
The oath-taking took
place even as former Presi-
dent Joseph Estrada said he
was likely to run for mayor
ASIAN policymakers are doubling the size of their foreign-currency reserve pool
as officials step up efforts to shield the region from global financial shocks.
Finance ministry and central bank officials from Japan, China, South Korea
and 10 Southeast Asian nations agreed to boost the so-called Chiang Mai Initia-
tive Multilateralization agreement to $240 billion, according to a statement after
their meeting in Manila on Thursday.
The Asean+3 countries, as the group is known, will also set up a precautionary
credit line to let members tap the pool to prevent a crisis, and will allow more funds
to be used without being linked to an International Monetary Fund program.
“We strongly believe that our agreement made today on strengthening the
CMIM, including doubling its total size, increasing the IMF de-linked portion,
introducing the crisis prevention function” will help strengthen the regional fi-
nancial safety net, the officials said in their statement.
In other developments:
• Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said integration was vital to effectively
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They control the flow of money in Asia. Finance ministers and central bank governors pose for photographers during a
break in their four-day meeting in Manila. SONNY ESPIRITU
Hiding the truth. People see the posters, but not the sprawling slum and a
garbage-strewn creek being hidden by a makeshift wall from the delegates attend-
ing an international conference of the Asian Development Bank in the city. AP
Early start. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (left) and former President Joseph Estrada (second from
right) raise the hands of Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (second from left) and Juan Miguel Zubiri as the
new members of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino political party. The oath-taking of Moreno and Zubiri
signaled started of the political season, Enrile said. MANNY PALMERO
Swine industry’s demand. Agap party-list Rep. Nicanor Briones
(left) and Rosendo So of the Swine Development Council say heads
must roll at the Bureau of Customs for its failure to stop smuggling
and the over-importation of meat. LINO SANTOS
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By Christine F. Herrera
LAWMAKERS and hog
and poultry growers on
Thursday demanded that
heads must roll next in the
Bureau of Customs after two
Agriculture officials got the
ax for allowing smuggled
meat to flood the market.
trated by a syndicate and corrupt bureau officials
that he admitted existed in his bureau.
“We expect Customs Commissioner Biazon to
relinquish his post if he cannot revamp, cleanse
and remove the corrupt examiners and inspectors
in his bureau.”
Daniel Javellana Jr., chairman of the National
Federation of Hog Farmers Inc., Edwin Chen,
president of the Pork Producers Federation of the
Philippines and Gregorio San Diego, president of
the United Broiler Raisers Association, announced
in a news conference that they would proceed with
the five-day pork and chicken holiday should the
government dilly-dally in carrying out measures to
eradicate smuggling and over-importation.
They said they were giving Biazon a week to
take action.
“Commissioner Biazon should solve the prob-
lem. If he cannot, then let others do the job,” Bayan
Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said.
“This is an acid test for Biazon. If he can’t stop
meat smuggling, then what more other items, both
perishable and not? The next logical question is,
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Republic of the Philippines
Department of Public Works and Highways
Regional Offce No. IV-A
CAVITE DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE
Trece Martires City
Tel. No. (046) 419-0058 / Tel. Fax No. (046) 419-0694
I NVI TATI ON TO BI D
(MST-May 4, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH-Cavite District Engineering
Offce, through the (stated below), invites contractors to bid for the aforementioned
projects:
Contract ID: 12DF0051
Contract Name: Concreting of Farm-to-Market Road of Brgy.
Punta to Santol, Tanza
Contract Location: Tanza, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 9,450,000.00
Contract Duration: 120 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 10,000.00
Contract ID: 12DF0052
Contract Name: Construction of Drainage System and Repair/
Improvement of Manila-Coastal
Road, Brgy. Longos, Bacoor
Contract Location: Bacoor, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 9,700,000.00
Contract Duration: 80 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 10,000.00
Contract ID: 12DF0053
Contract Name: Concreting of Farm-to-Market Road (Bunga-
Bagtas Road), Tanza
Contract Location: Tanza, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 10,000,000.00
Contract Duration: 120 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 10,000.00
Contract ID: 12DF0054
Contract Name: Repair/Rehab. of Imus Multi-Purpose Building in
Imus Plaza, Imus – Phase I
Contract Location: Imus, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 19,400,000.00
Contract Duration: 120 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 10,000.00
Contract ID: 12DF0055
Contract Name: Construction/Widening of Alapan-Carsadang
Bago-Medicion R-1 Extension
Road, including RROW, Sta 02+726 – Sta 03+593,
Imus (Phase II)
Contract Location: Imus, Cavite
Scope of Work:
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 42,213,847.51
Contract Duration: 210 calendar days
Cost of Bidding Documents: PhP 20,000.00
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised
IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected
at the opening of bid.
To Bid for the contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase
bid documents and must meet the following criteria: (a) prior registration with DPWH,
(b) Filipino Citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or
joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract,
(d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10
years, and € Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line
commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/
fail criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examinations of bids, evaluation of
bids and postqualifcation. All interested bidders should present the original copy of
their PCAB License, Two (2) valid ID’s, CRC, Tax Clearance, PhilGEPS Certifcation
to the BAC Secretariat, DPWH-Cavite District Engineering Offce, Trece Martires
City for authentication.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for
registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt
of LOI. The DPWH POCW-Central Offce will only process contractor’s applications
for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certifcate of
Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
BAC Activities Schedule
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents May 2 - 23, 2012 until 9:00 A.M.
2. Pre-Bid Conference May 9, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Prospective
Bidders
May 17, 2012 until 10:00 A.M.
4. Receipt of Bids May 23, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.
5. Opening of Bids May 23, 2012 at 10:30 A.M.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at DPWH-Cavite
District Engineering Offce, Trece Martires City, upon payment of non-refundable
fee of (stated above). Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s from the
DPWH website, if available. Prospective bidders that will download the BD’s from
the DPWH website shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their bids
Documents. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who
have purchased the BD’s. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the amount
and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed
in the BD’s in the BD’S in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC
Chairman. The frst envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which
shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial
component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive
Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.
The DPWH-Cavite District Engineering Offce reserves the right to accept or
reject any bid, to annul the bidding process at any time prior contract award, without
thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder/s.

Approved by:
(Sgd.) TEOFILO A. AYON
BAC Chairman

NOTED:
(Sgd.) OSCAR U. DELA CRUZ
District Engineer
ANNEX “A”
Erap...
of Manila in the 2013 elections.
“It’s likely I’m going to run,”
Estrada said.
“The present condition of the
city needs an overhaul.”
Twenty-eight out of Manila’s
38 councilors declared their sup-
port for Moreno in the meeting
that was also attended by Sena-
tor Jinggoy Estrada, Reps. Toby
Tiangco and Ompong Plaza, and
Joey de Venecia.
Enrile administered the oath
to Zubiri, who said he joined the
PMP because of its “strong and
unconditional” stand on the issues
of national sovereignty, environ-
ment, labor and agriculture.
Estrada, who delivered a short
speech during the event, said
the PMP screened Zubiri and
declared that he passed the stan-
dards of the political party.
He defended the former sena-
tor from alleged involvement in
the 2007 electoral fraud, which
prompted Zubiri to resign last
year and allow Senator Aquilino
“Koko” Pimentel III to serve the
remainder of his term.
In a short speech, Zubiri apol-
ogized to Estrada for his past
attacks on the former President
when he was a member of the
House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, Enrile said UNA
would not be forging any more
alliances with other political par-
ties to keep the coalition small but
powerful. With Gigi Muñoz-Da-
vid and Macon Ramos-Araneta
Hog ...
why does smuggling and dumping
remain unabated?
“Why can’t the new leadership
dismantle the syndicates in Cus-
toms? Biazon has a lot of explain-
ing to do. He should be made ac-
countable.”
House Deputy Minority Leader
and Zambales Rep. Milagros Mag-
saysay agreed that Biazon needed
to act quickly.
“Commissioner Biazon should
address it and stop complain-
ing that it is happening under his
nose,” Magsaysay said.
“He has been there for six
months now, and we expect re-
sults. There should be no more
excuses this time.”
Agham Rep. Angelo Palmones
said half the job of curbing smug-
gling was done when Agriculture
Secretary Proceso Alcala removed
Bureau of Animal Industry Di-
rector Efren Nuestro and when
National Meat Inspection Service
Jane Bacayo resigned.
“Commissioner Biazon should
do the other half of the job to com-
pletely rid the bureau of corrupt
officials conniving with unscrupu-
lous traders,” Palmones said.
“Look, the reference prices of
pork meat had been raised from
80 cents to up to $2.97 a kilo and
for chicken, from 50 cents to up
to $1.23 a kilo. This helps reduce
technical smuggling to at least
50 percent, so Commissioner Bi-
azon must do his share.”
So said he found it ridiculous
that Biazon boasted that the bureau
had been implementing 100 per-
cent inspection of imported meat.
“Commissioner Biazon’s dec-
laration was ridiculous because
the 100 percent inspection was
being done by the Customs and
NMIS personnel after the im-
ported meat had been released
by Customs. The inspection was
being done in the cold storage
[plants] of the consignees outside
of the bureau. This is where the
hanky-panky and under-the-table
deals occur,” So said.
“The government should crack
down on smugglers because the
effect of the dastardly act now
threatens the country’s food secu-
rity and the livelihood of millions
of workers in the poultry and hog
industries and other allied indus-
tries,” said Javellana, also a coun-
cil director.
“Our message is not to penal-
ize consumers but to point out that
backyard raisers are going bank-
rupt due to unabated smuggling,”
So said.
Malacañang on Thursday assured
the public there would be an ample
supply of meat amid the fresh threat
of a five-day meat holiday from lo-
cal hog and chicken raisers.
“There is no shortage right
now,” presidential spokesman Ed-
win Lacierda said.
He said the government was
already moving to address the
concerns on technical smug-
gling that was killing the do-
mestic meat industry.
“We are talking with the hog
raisers,” he said.
“Agriculture Secretary Proceso
Alcala and Customs Commis-
sioner Ruffy Biazon are also map-
ping out ways to address technical
smuggling.”
Agriculture Sector Alliance
of the Philippines party-list Rep.
Nicanor Briones said 90 million
kilos of smuggled pork meat were
entering the country annually, or
about 12 containers daily.
The government has already moved
to replace Nuestro and Bacayo.
Agriculture Assistant Secretary
Dave Catbagan also vowed to start
purging the list of authorized im-
porters following the complaints
from local growers that smuggled
meat was killing their business.
Based on industry data, the hogs
sector loses as much as P3.2 bil-
lion monthly from unfair competi-
tion from imported pork. To date,
the sector has lost P12.8 billion in
foregone revenues from January to
April 2012.
“The sector is beyond hurting,
technical smuggling is killing the
pork industry,” said ProPork chair-
man Edwin Chen.
He said that only a few traders
were benefiting from smuggled
pork that was coming in at a
landed cost of $0.80 per kilogram,
which was way below the compa-
rable price of $2.90 per kilogram
in other countries. With Othel V.
Campos and Maricel Cruz
US...
parties involved in a dispute be-
fore an arbitration process can
begin.
As the Philippines’ ties with
China worsened, Mr. Aquino
said he was still looking for an
ambassador to Beijing.
“I have already interviewed
one and there’s another candi-
date. We are still looking,” he
said.
Earlier, Mr. Aquino said the
next ambassador to China must
be someone who “understands
the nuances of Chinese cul-
ture, how their system works,
and has developed contacts left
and right to be able to reach
the opinion makers and those
whose opinions really matter.”
“We have tensions now and
that is our most important con-
sideration. China is one of the
biggest economic blocks and
we have potential issues that
can become bigger if we don’t
handle it well,” he said.
Businessman Domingo Lee
last month asked Mr. Aquino
to withdraw his nomination as
ambassador-designate to China
after he was bypassed by the
Commission on Appointments
thrice.
Lee said the lack of a sitting
Philippine ambassador to China
had already burdened the Presi-
dent, especially in light of the
recent tensions with Beijing
over the territorial disputes in
the Panatag Shoal.
China claims all of the West
Philippine Sea as a historic
right, even those well within
the country’s 200-nautical-mile
exclusive economic zone recog-
nized by the United Nations.
The Philippines and China
aside, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bru-
nei and Taiwan all claim the
whole or parts of the West Phil-
ippine Sea.
An Aquino ally in the House
of Representatives has demand-
ed that the government give pri-
ority to modernizing the Armed
Forces including its reserves.
Ang Kasangga party-list Rep.
Teodorico Haresco Jr. made the
call, saying the Panatag Shoal
dispute with China and the in-
creasing display of aggression
by North Korea highlighted the
need to review the country’s
foreign and defense policies.
“The current stalemate in the
South China Sea highlights our
defenseless defenses,” Haresco
said.
“We are but pawns in the inter-
national power play among the
global powers, but we must play
their game without jeopardizing
national patrimony,” Haresco, a
Marine reservist, said.
Marikina Rep. Marcelino Te-
odoro, meanwhile, criticized
the United States’ decision to
stay neutral over the conflicting
claims to the Panatag Shoal.
“Our longstanding relation-
ship with the US government
is put to the test in this time of
crisis. We should have known
better,” he said.
China on Thursday said the
United States should avoid
sending the wrong message
over the West Philippine Sea.
The state-run People’s
Daily said the United States
should stop sending warships
or aircraft on frequent recon-
naissance missions close to
China’s coast, lift restrictions
on high-tech exports to China,
recognize China’s full mar-
ket economy status, create a
level playing field for inves-
tors from China, and remove
investment barriers targeted at
China.
“The high-profile ‘return’ of
the United States to the Asia-
Pacific region has caused wide-
spread concerns. The country
has greatly increased its mili-
tary deployment in the region,
especially in the western Pacific
region, stirring up unnecessary
trouble in the region,” the Chi-
nese commentary said.
“Furthermore, it has actually
intervened in the South China
Sea dispute despite repeated
claims that it has no intention of
intervening.”
Asia...
deal with economic risks,
including the continuing
debt crisis in Europe and
the sluggish growth in the
United States.
“Asia needs to invest in
fundamentals that will allow
us to quickly adjust to the
changing times,” he said.
• Economist Jeffrey Sachs,
director of the Earth Institute
at Columbia University, said
Asia must boost and sustain
investment in water, electric-
ity and transportation infra-
structure to attain further eco-
nomic growth.
• Emerging countries in
Asia need to inve st more
than $6 trillion in green
energy and efficient infra-
structure projects by 2030
to ease the impact of global
warming and ensure a more
sustainable growth.
Asian nations, which hold
more than half of the global
reserves, are looking within
themselves to protect the
world’s fastest-growing re-
gion as Europe and the US
struggle to recover from the
worst economic slump since
World War II. The countries
have bolstered coopera-
tion since a regional crisis
almost 15 years ago, when
Thailand’s baht devaluation
set off a plunge in neighbor-
ing currencies and sparked a
financial meltdown.
“It is a very signifi-
cant step and certainly
strengthens the firepower of
Asean+3 in a very signifi-
cant way,” Rajat Nag, man-
aging director general of the
Asian Development Bank,
said in an interview with
Bloomberg News.
“It also has a psychologi-
cal context that the region
is willing to come to the
defense of each other. That
will make the region that
much more able to take care
of itself.”
Japan announced Thursday
it will use foreign-exchange
reserves to buy South Korea
government bonds as it looks
to diversify its assets after
striking a similar agreement
with China in December.
That led to an application to
buy about $10 billion of Chi-
nese bonds in February.
The move comes as the
yen remains close to a high
against the dollar that has
hurt exporters such as Sharp
Corp., while South Korea’s
Samsung Electronics Co. has
benefited from a weaker won.
“Buying foreign bonds is
basically a measure to curb
the yen’s gains,” said Hiroaki
Muto, a senior economist at
Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Man-
agement in Tokyo.
“The weaker won and
stronger yen have affected
the international competi-
tiveness of Japanese compa-
nies, especially in industries
such as electronics, semi-
conductors and automo-
biles.”
Asian officials are mixed
on the outlook for the global
economy. While ADB Pres-
ident Haruhiko Kuroda said
Wednesday that the worst
of Europe’s sovereign debt
woes was probably over,
former China central bank
adviser Yu Yongding said
the situation might worsen.
Spain, Europe’s fifth-larg-
est economy, has become the
focus of policy makers at-
tempting to contain the debt
crisis, and Prime Minister
Mariano Rajoy is struggling
to quell speculation that the
country will need a bailout.
The increased cooperation
between Asian nations may
reduce their reliance on tra-
ditional backstops such as the
International Monetary Fund
as Europe saps resources.
The IMF, which bailed out
South Korea, Indonesia and
Thailand during the 1997-98
Asian financial crisis, esti-
mates that the euro area will
take up about 80 percent of its
total credit in 2014.
The Chiang Mai Initia-
tive took effect in 2010. It
supplements existing inter-
national financial arrange-
ments. Bloomberg, with
Alena Mae S. Flores and
Maria Bernadette Lunas
Aquino...
The Aquino administration earlier offered a
P430-million budget to re-register the voters in
the region to clean uo the list in time for the
2013 elections.
Data from the National Statistics Office showed
that the ARMM population was bloated to 4.1 mil-
lion in 2007, the same year when allegations of elec-
toral fraud in the senatorial polls were made.
That number was reduced to 3.3 million
after a revalidation of the list in 2010. Joyce
Pangco Pañares
Diplomat’s...
“We have to closely coordinate with the De-
partment of Foreign Affairs on the matter of
immunity,” De Lima said.
“We need to check and double check whether
the accused is covered by diplomatic immunity.”
Shcks, a 35-year-old technical officer of
the Panama Maritime Authority, was arrested
by the Makati police on April 24 on a rape
complaint. A trial court ordered his release
after Foreign Affairs granted him diplomatic
immunity.
The Panamanian allegedly invited the
19-year-old Filipina to his house for dinner on
April 23. The girl claimed Shcks raped her af-
ter he made her sniff marijuana smoke, which
left her almost unconscious.
De Lima said Foreign Affairs had primary ju-
risdiction over Shcks, but “the case is something
we are reviewing, and I have ordered the National
Prosecution Service to make the review.”
“The [department] can consider requesting
the Panamanian government to waive immunity
so he could be made answerable for the crime if
proven guilty,” she said. Rey E. Requejo
Enrile ...
him from questioning, to which
both the defense and the pros-
ecution may not object.
Roy said they could easily re-
but the prosecution’s evidence
without the need for Corona’s
testimony.
They intended to call Justice
Secretary Leila de Lima as a
hostile witness when the trial re-
sumes on Monday.
The House was in an uproar on
Thursday over reports that con-
gressional leaders had clamped
down on the disclosure of their
statement of assets, liabilities
and net worth, a key issue in Co-
rona’s impeachment trial.
There were also reports that
information on lawmakers’ at-
tendance was being controlled.
Minority Leader and Quezon
Rep. Danilo Suarez said he was
not aware of any rules barring
public access to copies of the
lawmakers statements of assets
or their attendance records with-
out approval from House Secre-
tary General Marilyn Yap.
Suarez said it would be unrea-
sonable for the House to adopt
such a policy when its members
had nothing to hide.
“The Filipino people, espe-
cially the constituents of con-
gressmen, have the right to
know their SALN and atten-
dance in Congress---who are
really hardworking and dedi-
cated in their work and those
who play truant and are habit-
ual absentees among congress-
men,” Suarez said.
Marikina Rep. Romero Fed-
erico Quimbo, a spokesman
for the prosecution in Corona’s
trial, who has been vocal on the
need for the full disclosure of
the financial records of public
officials, said he doubted if the
policy was an official one.
Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo
Angara, also a spokesman for
the prosecution, echoed Qui-
mbo’s view, saying that the in-
formation would be “released
eventually---though perhaps
not as instantly as the request-
ing parties desire.”
The House prosecution panel
said Thursday it was all set for
the resumption of the impeach-
ment trial on May 7.
SC...
The court had voted 8-6 to
deny the compensation being
sought by Mr. Aquino’s family,
which was P5 billion based on
the 1989 valuation, and instead
awarded payment of only P200
million based on 2006 rates.
The final resolution con-
firmed the high court’s decision
on April 24. Associate Justice
Presbitero Velasco wrote the
resolution.
“Even though the compensa-
tion due to the Hacienda Luisita
will still be preliminarily deter-
mined by DAR [Department
of Agrarian Reform] and LBP
[Land Bank of the Philippines],
the fact that the reckoning point
of ‘taking’ is already fixed at a
certain date should hasten the
proceedings and not further
cause undue hardship on the par-
ties,” the resolution says.
“As regards the issue of in-
terest on just compensation,
we also leave this matter to
the DAR and the LBP, subject
to review by the regional trial
court acting as special agrarian
court,” the resolution says.
The valuation rate used to
determine compensation was
pegged in 1989 because it was
the year when the Cojuangco
family’s Tarlac Development
Corp. lost ownership of the land
to Hacienda Luisita Inc., which
was created to comply with the
government’s Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program.
The high court said the
2006 valuation would make
the farmers pay a steep price
for the land that would have
been given to them decades
ago at a much lower cost.
Rey E. Requejo
MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
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Reyes brothers’ bounty now P1.55m
Power sector doubts
Palace’s sell-off stand
Export Industry Bank
depositors ready raps
By John Concepcion

THE stakeholders in Mindanao’s
power sector are not discounting
the possibility that Malacañang’s
assurance it no longer will
privatize the two hydroelectric
plants on the island is a ploy to
stop dissent as a result of the
power shortage there, an official
said Wednesday.
Sergio Dagooc, president of the
Association of Mindanao Rural
Electric Cooperatives, said En-
ergy Secretary Rene Almendraz
assured his 33-member group that
the privatization of the two hydro-
electric power plants in Mindanao
“is no longer an issue” in a meet-
ing in Manila on April 18.
That was five days after the
first-ever Mindanao Energy
Summit in Davao City, where
President Benigno Aquino III
had said the Agus-Pulangi plants’
privatization would be pursued.
“We welcome the assurance,
but at the same time we are also
vigilant,” Dagooc said.
Mindanao’s power users have
been resisting the government’s
plan to use coal-fired power
plants to serve them because
the electricity coming from
those would be more expensive
than that supplied by the
hydroelectric power plants.
Dagooc said they had met
with Almendraz to discuss the
establishment of a Mindanao
Power Committee that would
manage the hydroelectric plants
after those had been rehabili-
tated. Mindanao Development
Authority chairwoman Lualhati
Antonino was in the meeting,
and Dagooc said she was being
eyed to lead the MPC.
Dagooc made his statement even
as geothermal power producer
Energy Development Corp. said it
could not allocate electricity to the
cooperatives in Mindanao because
its contract with the state-run
National Power Corp.
Mindanao remains short of
electricity and must continue to
endure rolling power blackouts.
On Wednesday the peak demand
there was 1,223 megawatts, but
the power plants there could
only supply a maximum 974
megawatts.
With Alena Mae S. Flores
Ortega’s daughter Michaella
Angeli Ortega said the reward
was increased from the initial
P300,000 due to the pledges
from sympathizers.
“The confluence of our efforts
has made a significant headway
in the past weeks following
the issuance of the warrant of
arrest. Lately, with the help of
many concerned groups and
individuals, we have been able
By Elaine Ramos-Alanguilan

A GROUP of depositors of Export Industry Bank is planning to
criminally charge the bank’s board of directors and management of
alleged large-scale estafa that could have led to its collapse.
“We may have evidence of large-scale estafa or syndicated
estafa,” said the group’s lawyer Ferdinand Topaacio. “The bank’s
losses of P700 million last year may have been due to gross
mismanagement and gross negligence. There may be juggling of
funds and violation of the DOSRI provision of the banking law due
to interlocking directorships.”
Topacio is representing 15 depositors with aggregate long-term
deposits in EIB worth P300 million.
“They have been affected the same as small depositors. We
can only divulge their identities next week when they present
themselves to the media,” said Topacio.
He also said there may be a misrepresentation on the part of the
bank’s directors and management relating to the planned merger
with BDO Unibank Inc.
“There may be misrepresentation on their part in saying that the
BDO merger would push through even to the last minute before
EIB declared a bank holiday. Bank officials repeatedly issued press
releases that BDO would take over the liabilities of the bank that the
bank won’t lose money, deluding depositors to keep their deposits
or even add to their deposits,” said Topacio.
to raise an additional P350,000.
This makes the current total
bounty for the Reyes brothers
at P1.55 million,” Ortega’s
daughter said.
The Reyes brothers were
among those charged for the
murder of Ortega in Puerto
Princesa, Palawan last January
24, 2011. Also indicted for the
Ortega’s murder were former
Palawan provincial administrator
Romeo Seratubias, Arturo
Regalado and Valentin Lecias,
for the killing of hard-hitting
broadcaster.
“Individuals donated amounts
ranging from P10 to P100 each
as a sign of their solidarity with
the campaign for justice. The
communities also promised to try
to donate more if need be,” she
said.
However, last weekend,
Michaela said that at least
two businessman, who were
supposed former supporters of
the ex-Governor Reyes, went to
see their family and donated a
generous amount of P250,000 for
the bounty.
In a resolution issued last
March, the DOJ indicted the
Reyes brothers and their co-
accused for the crime of murder
and concluded that Ortega’s
radio commentaries on alleged
irregularities in the auction and
awarding of mining concessions
in Palawan as well as alleged
misuse of public funds coming
from Malampaya gas project
were the motives for the
conspiracy.
The DOJ also considered the
additional evidence submitted
by the Ortega family, such as the
mobile phone communications
between Rodolfo “Bumar”
Edrad, the one who was hired to
execute the plan, and the former
Palawan governor, as well as the
recording of radio commentaries
of the victim against Reyes.
“After reinvestigation and
a careful evaluation of the
records in this case, including
all evidence adduced by both
parties, the undersigned panel
of investigating prosecutors
finds the evidence offered
by complainant relevant in
appreciating other pieces of
evidence previously submitted by
the parties during the preliminary
investigation of this case, and
sufficient to modify the initial
findings of the previous panel,”
the resolution stated.
Reyes is one of the high-profile
fugitives who continue to evade
capture, along with former Army
general Jovito Palparan Jr. and
Dinagat Islands Rep. Ruben Ecleo.
Justice Secretary Leila de
Lima expressed frustration
when prominent people become
fugitives.
“For as long as they remain
fugitives, especially in the case
of Palparan and Reyes, they
could not be arraigned yet. So
how can the cases move if they
aren’t arraigned yet?” she said.
By Rey E. Requejo
THE bounty for any information
leading to the arrest of former
Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and
his brother Coron Mayor Mario
Reyes, principal accused in the
killing of radio broadcaster and
environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega,
has reached P1.55 million.
Court upholds people’s
will in 2 election cases
THE Supreme Court has nullified
the decision of the Commission
on Elections (Comelec) and
affirmed instead the proclamation
of Meynardo Sabili as mayor
of Lipa City and Rommel
Apolinario Jalosjos as governor
of Zamboanga Sibugay.
In two separate court decisions,
the SC resolved to grant the
separate petitions filed by
Sabili and Jalosjos who both
questioned the Comelec’s rulings
disqualifying them as candidates.
The Sabili decision was written
by Associate Justice Ma. Lourdes
P. Sereno, while Associate Justice
Roberto A. Abad wrote the
Jalosjos decision.
“We grant the petition not only
because petitioner sufficiency
established his compliance with
the one-year residence.... We also
recognize that ‘above and beyond
all, the determination of the true
will of the electorate should be
paramount. It is their voice, not
ours or of anyone else, that must
prevail,’” the SC said.
The disqualification case
against Jalosjos was filed by
Dan Erasmo Sr., who claimed
that Jalosjos failed to comply
with the one-year residence
requirement and made material
misrepresentations in his CoC.
“Jalosjos won and was
proclaimed winner in the
2010 gubernatorial race for
Zamboanga Sibugay. The court
will respect the decision of the
people of that province and
resolve all doubts regarding
his qualification in his favour
to breathe life to their manifest
will,” it added. Rey E. Requejo
Opinion Adelle Chua, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
mst.lettertotheeditor@gmail.com MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
A4
TWO recent statistics highlight the
urgent need to pass a reproductive
health bill, a task Congress has failed
to accomplish since the measure was
certified as a “priority” in 2010.
So it was no surprise when the UN
Population Fund ranked the Philippines
number one in Southeast Asia for its
pregnancy rate of 53 for every 1,000
women aged 15 to 19.
Bagong Henerasyon party-list
Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, the vice
chairwoman of the House Committee
on the Welfare of Children, attributed
the rise in teenage pregnancies
to ignorance, poverty and lack of
information on birth control.
“Teenagers don’t know that they can
get pregnant or get someone pregnant
by having sex. It may sound funny
and pathetic, but this is really true,
especially in the depressed areas,” she
said.
The reproductive health bill
would provide basic sex education
to all who want it—but powerful
forces have conspired to keep
ignorant Filipinos in the dark about
their own bodies.
The other disturbing statistic comes
from the Health Department, which
reported that in March, 313 Filipinos
tested positive for the Human
Immunodeficiency Virus, which can
lead to AIDS. The figure was 82
percent higher than last year’s, and
the highest recorded on a monthly
basis since 1984.
The non-government Council
for Population, Health and Welfare
noted that the spread of HIV could be
stalled if there was a national policy
on reproductive health that can help
educate and inform the public about the
danger of AIDS.
The group said the lack of awareness
and information about the disease made
it more likely that AIDS would continue
to spread through sexual contact.
At the moment, about 6,000 people
have HIV-AIDS, but this number could
double to triple as the spread of the
disease remains hidden, the Health
Department warns.
Again, the reproductive health
bill would have helped by making
lifesaving information about safe sex
available to the public.
Against this backdrop,
congressional leaders have
studiously avoided putting the bill
to a vote, even though it has been
thoroughly debated for more than a
year. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte
Jr., in particular, has failed to live up
to his commitment to put the bill to
a vote, while acting with unseemly
haste on the impeachment of the
chief justice of the Supreme Court.
In the recent past, President Benigno
Aquino III has been criticized for
noynoying—a reference to his
perceived penchant for delaying action
even on the most urgent matters. We
have little doubt that the reproductive
health bill would have moved more
quickly through the legislative mill if the
President had invested more political
capital to do so, but the lawmakers
who have stalled the bill bear the same
measure of responsibility for the lack
of progress. Sadly, this noynoying by
Congress carries a real cost in human
lives.
Noynoying congressmen
Poverty
POVERTY was very much on the
minds of everyone this week. Some
talked about it, others raided the trash
to do something about it and there
were those who merely put up walls
to hide it from view or who virtually
commanded that the poor eat rubber to
stave off their hunger pangs.
More than half of Filipinos told a
recent poll they suffer from poverty,
even as a CNN report told the world
our dirty (literally) secret about
people eating
“garbage chicken.”
Meanwhile, visiting
delegates to an
Asian Development
Bank shindig in
Manila discussed
the problem of
being poor as agents
of the Aquino
administration—
the one that swore
to eliminate both
corruption AND
poverty—walled
off squatter shanties so ADB’s visitors
wouldn’t see them eating chicken
scraps recycled from garbage cans.
President Noynoy Aquino—who,
it’s safe to say, never experienced
either poverty or hunger—was in the
impoverished province of Catanduanes
to inspect a government facility. In his
unique way, he did his part to uplift the
poor by handing locals yellow rubber
“baller” bracelets.
It was not immediately known if
the people who received Aquino’s
gifts attempted to cook the politically-
loaded but nutrition-free accessories.
It’s uncertain if the Social Weather
Stations polling firm would find out if
the Catanduanes folk found the ballers
more satisfying than “pagpag” afritada,
assuming twice-cooked ChickenJoy
reaches that far.
Back in Manila, a self-important
palace official with no discernible
job description took to the podium
to defend the harebrained attempt
by metropolitan authorities to hide
the hovels of the pagpag-eaters with
iron sheets. Everyone, this incredibly
vain and vacuous official said, tries
to look good when visitors come
—including, it must be assumed,
people who have nothing to eat who
would probably tell SWS that they
don’t care how they look, as long as
they have food, jobs and a future to
look forward to.
This same brain-dead official
also tried to justify spending
millions for advertising spots on
CNN declaring how everything
was more fun in the Philippines;
yes, the same network that was
telling the whole world that people
here eat chicken salvaged from
the trash. This worthless piece of
bureaucratic garbage should be
boiled alive in his suit, seasoned
and fed to the people behind the
Potemkin walls; that should be
more fun to watch than his smug,
slimy and lying mug on television.
But the walls put up on Aquino’s
orders to hide his abject failure
to eradicate poverty upon his
election, as he promised, are just
more propaganda, made tactile and
(thankfully) mute. Even Imelda
Marcos, whom Aquino was aping
when he decided to hide the poor
in the time of Google Earth, never
promised an end to poverty.
The poor, the Good Book says,
will always be with us. Thank God the
same cannot be said for Aquino.
* * *
C u s t o m s
Co mmi s s i o n e r
Rozzano Biazon
recently disclosed
that the government
loses around P60
billion annually
due to technical
smuggling. Then,
the very next day,
he boasted that the
government can
address smuggling
of tobacco products
in support of the sin
tax bill now pending in Congress.
So Biazon expects to do better
than countries like Malaysia and
the United States, where smuggled
cigarettes continue to be sold and
consumed after taxes on them were
increased. And Biazon wants to call
the International Monetary Fund and
the World Bank liars for pointing
out that radical tax hikes on tobacco
products would worsen smuggling
and make counterfeit cigarettes
proliferate.
Biazon cannot even make good on
his promise to reshuffle top Customs
officials. Good luck on that Senate bid,
Mister Commissioner.
If the pending sin tax bill in the
House of Representatives principally
authored by Cavite Rep. Joseph
Emilio Abaya is passed and a unitary
tax system is slapped on all kinds of
cigarettes, taxes on low-priced brands
will increase by more than 1,000
percent. Small manufacturers would be
wiped out and smugglers would bring
in smuggled and counterfeit brands.
Countries like Indonesia and
Vietnam have actually lowered taxes
on cigarettes to stop smuggling. In this
country, with its notoriously porous
coastline and even more notorious
smuggling rings, we can only hold on
to Biazon’s promises.
Biazon talks about an ongoing
automation project of the bureau that
would reduce “human intervention”
and curb the activities of the smugglers
“who fake documents like the import
permit and make up names of
consignees and importers.” But he
cannot say when this system will go
online or even promise that it will
work for certain.
For all we know, Biazon truly
means well. But perhaps we can be
forgiven if we don’t hold our breath
and wait for him to deliver.
EDITORIAL
Health denies services
PHARMACEUTICAL giant Unilab
recently ran an ad campaign promoting
its market leading cough product
Solmux by hitting its herbal competitor
and broadly hinting that its rival cough
product is contaminated with bacteria.
We expected the Bureau of Food and
Drugs to react to the Unilab ad campaign
and its serious allegations, which in
effect accused BFAD of being negligent
and remiss of its duties and obligations.
The obvious question raised by the
Solmux ad is why BFAD is allowing the
sale of bacteria-contaminated medicine.
If the allegations are not true, then
BFAD should have taken the initiative to
stop Unilab from running the ad.
Why was there, to use the cliché,
deafening silence from BFAD? Is
BFAD afraid of Unilab? BFAD officials
should realize that there could be other
conjectures that could be raised from
their silence.
***
A government agency which fails
to spend its allocated budget does not
deserve praise. In fact, the opposite is
true. That agency should be censured and
asked to explain why it is holding back
spending money which should be spent
for the benefit of the public it is supposed
to serve.
The astute senator from Batangas,
Ralph Recto, summed up what’s wrong
with a government agency accumulating
funds. He said money a government
agency does not spend translates to
services denied.
Recto’s observation about a
government agency denying critical
services to the public even if it is awash
with funds apparently applies to the
Department of Health which has so
much funds to provide health care for the
poor. Sadly, the agency has not utilized
these funds.
No less than the Commission on Audit
has made observations that inferred that
the DOH has been inefficient in using its
funds for its pro-poor projects. Because
of the failure of DOH to utilize grants
and loans for foreign-assisted projects
from 2007 to 2010, the government had
to pay P79 million in penalties.
The penalties are imposed by
countries and international agencies
providing funds for FAPs on recipient
governments who fail to spend the funds
for its intended projects.
According to COA, among the
programs which are supposed to benefit
from foreign funding are a health reform
program to increase utilization of health
services by the poor and increase their
financial protection from the cost of
health care; a program to assist DOH
in increasing the use of affordable
and financially sustainable health
services; a project to improve the poor’s
accessibility to quality and equitable
health services; and a women’s health
and safe motherhood project intended to
bring reproductive health care to indigent
women.
All these programs are related to
the Universal Health Care program of
the Aquino administration which seeks
the “provision to every Filipino of the
highest possible quality of health care
that is accessible, efficient, equitably
distributed, adequately funded, fairly
financed, and appropriately used by an
informed and empowered public”.
The DOH has fallen short of achieving
these objectives and attaining the health-
related Millennium Development Goals.
If you listen to Health Secretary
Enrique Ona, you might believe
that the shortcomings of the DOH
are due to lack of funding. Hence,
implementation of an excise tax reform
and imposition of additional taxes for
tobacco and alcohol, the so-called “sin
products,” are critical.
In a recent hearing of the House ways
and means committee, Ona said that
the additional revenues from increased
excise taxes from “sin products” will
be spent for Universal Health Care also
referred to as Kalusugang Pangkalahatan
programs and projects.
But now it appears that Ona is not
exactly being truthful in the light of
the COA findings that DOH “has a
low absorptive capacity as far as the
implementation of FAPs, which resulted
in the non-attainment of intended
objectives.”
The COA audit findings noted that
DOH has several projects funded by
grants or loans that were delayed,
unimplemented and that intended funds
for projects were underutilized.
During the tax hearings in the House
of Representatives, Ona kept on harping
on the need of his department for
additional funds saying that the money
to be raised from sin taxes which will
be given to DOH “will be used not only
for payment of (Philhealth insurance)
premium for poor families, but also
payment of our facilities”.
Perhaps before Congress grants
the request of Ona for extra funds, it
should first look at the way the DOH
is handling the money it already
has and whether these funds which
are already available are being fully
utilized to implement the Kalusugang
Pangkalahatang program.
The poor
will always be
with us. Thank
God the same
cannot be said for
Aquino.
JOJO
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PEOPLE are asking why
Transportation and Communication
Secretary Mar Roxas has not been
mentioned in any of the Liberal Party
listing of senatorial candidates. Is
Mar running for the Senate in 2013
or not?
If Mar is not running for the
Senate, will he run for the presidency
in 2016? He claims he is not, at least
for now.
But if Mar is not running for the
Senate, and as he claims, also not
for the presidency in 2016, who will
then be the Liberal Party’s candidate
for 2016?
Note that the Liberal Party
has included
Senator Francis
Escudero in its
list of senatorial
hopefuls for
next year.
Will it be Chiz
then, who
will challenge
Vice President
Jejomar Binay
in 2016??
This seems
i m p r o b a b l e
since Chiz
c a m p a i g n e d
for a “Noybi”
team (P-Noy
and Binay) in
2010. I don’t think Chiz is crazy
enough to face Binay headlong in
2016, knowing how popular the
Vice President has become. The
senatorial candidates of the United
Nationalist Alliance have a big
chance of winning just because
Binay will be campaigning for
them. Surveys show that Binay
has become the top endorser of
candidates.
But back to the 2016 presidential
elections. Whom will the President
field as his candidate when he steps
down?
They say politics is the art of
the possible. So let us wait and see.
Anything is possible!
***
This Monday, the impeachment
trial of Supreme Court Chief
Justice Renato Corona will resume.
Filipinos will again be glued to their
television sets for the most popular
telenovela of all.
The defense team will rebut the
charges of the House prosecutors
that Corona committed culpable
violation of the Constitution and
betrayal of public trust by not
disclosing all his assets in his
Statements of Assets, Liabilities
and Net Worth.
If the omissions are shown as
unintentional, the SALN can be
corrected.
But say for instance P1 million
is not disclosed, then that could be
an issue. Note that the Constitution
requires all public employees to
submit their statements under
oath. Deliberately withholding
information on one’s assets and
liabilities is another serious matter
altogether.
I think this is crucial. This is
precisely the reason that I have been
giving unsolicited advice to the chief
justice that he must testify. There is
simply no substitute for somebody
who comes forward to clear his
name. Besides, did not Corona say
that he would explain his side at the
proper time?
Well, now is the proper time!
The defense team and Corona
himself must realize this.
We now know that the statements
of the Corona-haters and the lapdogs
of Malacañang are only meant to
condition the public’s—even the
senator-judges’ —mind that Corona
is guilty.
Now the Ombudsman plans to
investigate Corona on the alleged
$10-million unexplained wealth. It
seems that the President is really
getting back at Corona for the
Hacienda Luisita decision. The
timing is also suspect, coming a few
days before the impeachment trial
resumes.
But the
i mp e a c h me n t
court has said
that ill-gotten
wealth issues
will not be
included in
the trial since
it was never
alleged. It is
basic that you
cannot prove
something that
is not alleged.
Nevertheless,
what the Aquino
admi ni st rat i on
and its lapdogs
are doing is trying the chief
justice by publicity, outside of the
impeachment court.
And then, let us remember that the
senator-judges are also politicians.
Malacañang knows this very well.
Even Corona realizes this, that is
why he has chosen to go public as
well and respond to the charges
made by the Palace.
The impeachment trial of the chief
justice is quasi-judicial and quasi-
political. Conviction or acquittal
depends not only on the kind of
evidence brought against him during
the hearings, but on external factors
as well.
The biggest factor is the fixation
of President Aquino to see Corona
convicted. This is evident in the
President’s words and actions. He
has even said that the only outcome
acceptable was a conviction.
An acquittal would be a big blow
to the presidency, a repudiation of
his leadership.
This could even be the turning
point for Mr. Aquino.
***
So what is the purpose of the
Ombudsman’s investigation? Why
does Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-
Morales insist that such a case is
within her jurisdiction?
Simple. The administration
is preparing to file another
impeachment case against Corona
in the event he gets acquitted by the
Senate impeachment court.
Corona should bear in mind that
President Aquino has many lapdogs
in Congress willing to do his
bidding. Mr. Aquino will not stop
until he obtains the desired outcome
of all this.
The chief justice should prepare
for the worst!
Preparing
for the worst
It’s all about morality
I WAS at the Supreme Court before
Holy Week and was horrified to see
huge “campaign” banners proclaiming
SC personnel’s support for Corona. It
looked like campaign headquarters,
not a nation’s Supreme Court. These
are people who are supposed to take no
sides, to be completely dispassionate
and make no judgments outside what
the court decides. It may be that it’s
not only Corona who doesn’t have the
moral character for the position, but the
whole court. Is it why there are close to
8,000 pending cases in that court? Is it
why cases in the courts under its control
can linger longer than the sentence
that would be imposed IF people
incarcerated in jails awaiting trial are
found guilty? Is it why the alleged (I
must say that according to the lawyers)
murderers of 57 people can be in a court
for two years and four months with no
progress on the trial at all? Yet a former
president, a friend of the court, can get
an inconsequential, in comparison, a
temporary restraining order issued in
hours.
It seems Corona was right on one
thing, this is not an attack against
him, as a person, but the Judiciary as a
whole. Given this disgraceful exhibition
on the front of the Supreme Court of the
Republic of the Philippines, the court
as a whole should indeed be under
investigation. This is partisan politics of
the worst kind. If Corona is found guilty
simple logic says they should go too. Or
don’t court employers do Logic 101, let
alone courses on morality, decency and
polite social behavior?
When a man can accept an
appointment with glaringly obvious
political motives from a leader who
will no longer be there, and nine of 15
Supreme Court justices can agree it’s
OK, then the moral fabric of Philippine
society is indeed in tatters.
It’s time for a complete shakeup
of the Philippine court system in its
entirety, not just removal of one man.
Let’s hope this is the catalyst for that.
The Dalai Lama said “there is no
religion higher than truth”. Corona and
his lawyers might want to reflect on
this. They should be wanting to expose
the truth, not hide through obfuscation
as has been their want to date. The Dalai
Lama added, “what really is important
to me is your behavior in front of your
peers, family, work, community, and in
front of the world”. And Corona might
want to add “in front of his god”. Does
he have the clear conscience God will
expect?
The acceptance of a midnight
appointment was behavior unbecoming
of a Chief Justice of a nation. For that
reason alone, he is unsuitable. An
honorable man would have politely
declined and left it to the incoming
leader to make the choice. He failed
to meet the high moral standards
demanded of a Chief Justice. If he
were an honorable man, as he claims,
he would save the nation from all this
divisiveness and dissension, and resign.
That he doesn’t is another reason he’s
unsuitable.
The nine 9 justices who declared the
midnight appointment as constitutional
should also be impeached. Better yet,
they should resign in shame. They have
brought shame to this society dismissing
morality so cavalierly, so loosely. They
should have spent the Lenten break
reflecting on what Christ taught about
the absolute importance of morality in
society.
I’ve read an argument that public
opinion doesn’t matter, and that the
senators should ignore it in their
judgment of Corona. But it does
matter, the people must have faith and
confidence in their court system, and
particularly in the Supreme Court. More
particularly in the head of that court. If
the people no longer trust him he cannot
function and he brings the whole court
into question. Whatever the Senate
decides he can no longer lead the court.
Corona must resign for the stability
of the Judiciary. The very fact that he
already hasn’t given all the controversy
is itself reason he’s unsuited for the
position. His ambition (evident in his
acceptance of a midnight appointment)
overrides his conduct as a gentleman. He
may be as innocent as hell (a carefully
chosen word) but no legal chicanery
to claim him so will be accepted. This
is a reality his lawyers might want to
ponder.
Speaking of legal chicanery, how
can the defense claim that it will prove
Corona’s wealth was not ill-gotten (a
newspaper report) when it was the
defense that blocked investigation
into the source of his wealth at the
beginning of the trial because it “wasn’t
in the articles of impeachment”. It
wasn’t because its existence wasn’t
known at the time the articles were
prepared. Once uncovered, of course
the source should be investigated as
it’s very, very relevant to his honesty,
or otherwise. His dollar accounts must
be opened. But It doesn’t matter how
much is in them, they weren’t listed
at all in his SALN. That alone makes
him guilty.
The President seems hell-bent in
reforming the judicial system. I support
that, as well as his single-minded focus
on Corona as a start of this reform.
Someone has to do it.
This is not a legal case. It is a test of
the moral fiber of the nation.
MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
PETTER
WALLACE
LIKE IT IS
China’s population crash may upend US policy
By Ramesh Ponnuru
IT ISN’T quite true that demography
is destiny. But if Nicholas Eberstadt is
right, our destiny is going to be shaped
by demography in ways we may not
expect.
Eberstadt studies demographics for
the American Enterprise Institute, and
makes projections in full awareness that
the field has gotten the future wrong
before. In the 20th century, the global
population increased almost fourfold, to
6.1 billion from 1.6 billion.
“Nothing like this magnitude or
tempo of population change had ever
previously been witnessed in the history
of our species,” he has written.
It was reasonable to fear, as many
people did during that period, that the
result would be mass famines. Instead,
the world saw rising prosperity.
Today’s most important population
trend is falling birthrates. The world’s
total fertility rate—the number of
children the average woman will bear
over her lifetime—has dropped to 2.6
today from 4.9 in 1960. Half of the
people in the world live in countries
where the fertility rate is below what
demographers reckon is the replacement
level of 2.1, and are thus in shrinking
societies.
A few predictions
In the US, we are accustomed to
thinking about how this trend affects
the welfare state: Longer lives and
fewer children make it harder to finance
retirement programs. But the rest of the
developed world is aging faster, and
it’s worth thinking about how that will
change America’s global position, as
well.
As Eberstadt points out, we can
make predictions about the next 20
years with reasonable accuracy. The
US’s traditional allies in western
Europe and Japan will have less weight
in the world. Already the median age in
western Europe is higher than that of the
US’s oldest state: Florida. That median
age is rising 1.5 days every week. Japan
had only 40 percent as many births in
2007 as it had in 1947.
These countries will have smaller
workforces, lower savings rates and
higher government debt as a result of
their aging. They will probably lose
dynamism, as well.
All these effects will, in turn, almost
certainly make these countries even
less willing than they already are to
spend money on their armed forces.
Americans who want Europe to bear
more of the free world’s military burden
—or even provide for its own defense—
are probably going to be disappointed.
So will those who expect Europe to take
on humanitarian missions. It won’t even
be able to maintain its current weight in
future debates about the values of peace
and democracy.
But one country that worries
American military strategists will
also face serious demographic
challenges. China’s rise over the last
generation has been stunning, but
straight-line projections of its future
power and influence ignore that its
birthrate is 30 percent below the
replacement rate.
The Census Bureau predicts that
China’s population will peak in 2026,
just 14 years from now. Its labor force
will shrink, and its over-65 population
will more than double over the next 20
years, from 115 million to 240 million.
It will age very rapidly. Only Japan has
aged faster—and Japan had the great
advantage of growing rich before it grew
old. By 2030, China will have a slightly
higher proportion of the population that
is elderly than western Europe does
today—and western Europe, recall, has
a higher median age than Florida.
China’s challenges
China, notoriously, has another
demographic challenge. The normal sex
ratio at birth is about 103 to 105 boys for
every 100 girls. In China, as a result of
the one-child policy and sex- selective
abortion, that ratio has been 120 boys for
every 100 girls. From 2000 to 2030, the
percentage of men in their late 30s who
have never been married is projected
to quintuple. Eberstadt doesn’t believe
that having an “army of unmarriageable
young men” will improve the country’s
economy or social cohesion.
He thinks demographic change will
pose two problems specific to China.
Its society has relied heavily on trust
relationships within extended-family
networks. In a country where fewer
and fewer people will have uncles,
those networks will rapidly atrophy.
The government, meanwhile, relies for
its legitimacy on a level of economic
performance that demographic trends
imperil.
All in all, Eberstadt concludes, “we
might want to have some additional
new friends and allies in the world.”
America’s growing ties to India, a nation
he describes as “aging moderately,”
strike him as promising. But he warns
that it has not made the most of its
population: “India has an appalling
education deficit.”
Foreign-policy thinkers can often
lose sight of demographic trends,
Eberstadt says, because from a policy
makers’ view “they tend to look really
glacial. If it’s not happening in the next
48 to 72 hours, it’s not in the inbox.” But
“population change gradually and very
unforgivingly alters the realm of the
possible.” Bloomberg
By Molly Olney-Zide
IN THE 1945 edition of Remington
Rand’s “How to Be a Super-Secretary,”
the stunning Betty Grable poses on
the front cover dressed as an “ideal”
secretary would.
The tips the publication included
on how to dress and act “lady-like” at
work might make professional women
of today shudder. Preceded with the
caveat that these hints are ones “your
boss will never tell you,” secretaries
are encouraged to be beautiful in looks
and actions, hide personal matters, and
pass credit for originating good ideas
to the boss.
Smoking in the office, wearing
bobby socks, being emotional and
being “smart but not smart enough
to hide it” rank among some of the
biggest pet peeves of the surveyed
bosses.
Although pamphlets like these
seem now degrading, in their day
they provided an important—and
often empowering—tool for women
as they worked their own way up the
professional food chain.
Remington Rand, a New York
typewriter manufacturer, used its
publications to appeal to women
because they were the primary users
of their products. In fact, a persuasive
typewriter advertisement is slipped
seamlessly into the pages of “How to
Be a Super-Secretary.”
With female secretaries holding
such an important role in the success
of its business, the company would
never have intended condescension
or offense toward them; even if
women weren’t typically bosses
at the time, they were still a very
powerful ally for the company. By
creating pamphlets to help female
secretaries improve their work
ethic and, in turn, the boss-
secretary relationship, Remington
Rand simply hoped to increase its
sales.
A similar balance is apparent in an
earlier Remington Rand publication,
“Rem Rand Notes: For Young Women
Who Aspire to Greater Business
Responsibilities,” which clearly aimed
to advance the relatively new idea of
women in the workplace.
Its issues were filled with
advertisements encouraging women to
buy professional wear and typewriters,
but also to enroll in correspondence
courses at the American Institute of
Filing to hone their skills. They also
promoted Remington Rand products
(such as the Sit-Wel chair) claiming a
comfortable secretary could produce
“better work.”
Although there are many
suggestions on etiquette (such
as dressing appropriately and
keeping makeup fresh), “Rem
Rand Notes” principally is
filled with articles (many
written by women) discussing
topics such as the importance
of typing speed, whether
shorthand will become
obsolete and office-filing tips.
Nowhere in the pages will
you find a suggestion that
such skills represent a cap
for a young woman’s “greater
business responsibilities.”
These publications may
strike a sensitive nerve in
professionals today. But we
shouldn’t underestimate the
role they played in advancing
the acceptance of women in
the workplace.
Bloomberg
An oddly empowering publication
President
Aquino will not
stop until Corona
is convicted and
yanked out of
office.
News
ManilaStandardToday
mst.daydesk@gmail.com MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
A6
IN BRIEF
Pasay poll protest junked
QC govt to move 3,400 squatters
“All told, the Protestant
[Connie Dy] was not able to
prove the merit or legitimacy
of her election protest from
her pinpointed pilot clustered
precincts,” the poll body’s
Second Division, led by
Commissioner Lucenito N.
Tagle, said in a 13-peage order,
dated April 20, 2012.
The Comelec said the
recount they conducted showed
that there were no irregularities
in the counting and canvassing
of the votes in the contested 74
clustered precincts and Dy failed
to prove that the precinct count
optical scan (PCOS) machines
used in counting the votes were
defective.
Acting on the election protest
filed by Dy, the Comelec created
seven recount committees to hold
a recount of the votes from the
74 clustered precincts identified
by Dy, but the results of the
recount only resulted in a gain of
nine votes for Dy while Calixto’s
votes remained the same.
Calixto defeated Dy in the
May 2010 elections with a total
of 59,087 votes against his
opponent’s 56,576 votes.
The Comelec said that even
in the best scenarios for Dy, it
would still be mathematically
impossible for Dy to overcome
Calixto’s lead. “Hence, there
is no cogent reason for the
Commission to proceed with
the recount of the rest of
her protested precincts,” the
Comelec added.
Mayor Calixto expressed
his thanks to the Comelec for
upholding the will of Pasay’s
voters.
“There was never any doubt
among the people of Pasay that
the truth triumphs in the end.
Thus, I thank the Lord and the
people of Pasay for always
supporting me from day one,”
the mayor said.
The Comelec decision was
the second political victory
for Calixto in less than month.
Last month, the Ombudsman
dismissed the graft charges
filed against him for allegedly
anomalous garbage contracts.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-
Morales similarly dismissed the
charges for lack of merit.
Among other grounds, the
Ombudsman case was dismissed
for failure of the complainant to
challenge or refute the claim
of respondents former Mayor
Peewee Trinidad and Calixto
that it was Connie Dy who
threatened spouses Generoso
and Antonia Cuneta with a
reopening of their criminal case
for malversation if they will not
testify against their fellow public
officials. Thus, the Ombudsman
doubted the credibility of the
would-be whistleblowers.
“With both the Comelec and
Ombudsman cases dismissed,
we can now focus our energies
in improving the lives of the
people and delivering fast and
efficient public service to all our
constituents. We were elected
not to engage in politicking but
to serve,” he said.
The Comelec also dismissed
Dy’s claim that there were
identifying marks on the ballots
and ruled that no convincing
evidence was presented to
substantiate her claim.
The poll body similarly
dismissed her allegation that the
ballots were defective because
they were not signed by the
chairman of the board of election
inspectors.
By Ferdinand Fabella
THE Commission on Elections
dismissed for lack of merit the election
protest filed by defeated mayoral
candidate and former congresswoman
Consuelo “Connie” Dy against Pasay
City Mayor Antonino “Tony” Calixto.
Valenzuela housing. Vice President Jejomar Binay (center) and Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin
Gatchalian (left) lead the ceremonial ribbon cutting during the inauguration of P150-million
housing project at Disiplina Village in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City that was initiated by
the city government. Assisting the Vice President is San Miguel Brewery Inc. president Robert
Wang. JUN DAVID
By Jonathan Fernandez
THE Quezon City Government is set to re-
locate to safer grounds nearly 3,400 infor-
mal settlers living along the banks of the
city’s creeks and rivers to ensure that they
remain safe, particularly during the rainy
season when the swelling of the waterways
may lead to loss of life or property.
At the same time, the Quezon City Po-
lice District held a series of dialogues with
leaders of the informal settlers to discuss
the relocation and avoid any violent clash
between residents and members of the de-
molition teams.
QCPD director Chief Supt. Mario dela
Vega said the city government will relocate
people living along banks of the San Juan
River, Lagarian Creek, Ermitanyo Creek,
Road 5 Creek, Araneta Creek, Creekside,
Dario Cree, Diliman Creek, Calamiong
Creek, SSS Tullahan Creek and Tumana
Riverside.
The are people living along the water-
ways in Barangay West Kamias, Ninoy
Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, NIA
Road Postal Site, and Kaliraya-Roxas
Bridge area will also be moved to social-
ized housing in Quezon City’s Barangay
Payatas and Barangay Kaligayahan and in
Rodriguez, Rizal.
Dela Vega said they have so far con-
ducted two dialogues with leaders of Ba-
rangay Central Neighborhood Association
to thresh out problems and give attention to
any issue or concern raised by the informal
settlers.
Dialogues with informal settlers in Sitio
San Roque in Barangay Pag-asa and BIR
Road are also ongoing, he said.
Officials of the National Housing Au-
thority and the Quezon City Urban Poor
Affairs Office are part the dialogues.
“The police are in the demolition to
maintain peace and order and not to break
it. We condemn any harsh actions during
demolition of illegal strutures. That is why
as much as possible, we need to employ and
exhaust all other peaceful means to settle
any problem especially in the implementa-
tion of court orders on demolition by the
sheriff,” said dela Vega.
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Region IV - A
CAVITE SUB-DISTRICT ENGINEERING OFFICE
Tagaytay City
Tel. No. (046) 413-1347; Telefax # (046) 413-2936
I NVI TATI ON TO BI D
(MST-May 4, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the DPWH Cavite Sub-District
Engineering Offce, through RA-Fund 101-General Fund/FY2011 RA10147 Continuing
Appropriations, SARO # G-12-00271 dtd. March 26,2012 invites contractors to bid
for the following projects:
1. Contract I.D. 12DG0041
Contract Name : Construction of Various Multi-Purpose Buildings at Silang,
Cavite Package 021-2012
Contract Location : Cavite
Major Category : Buildings/Industrial Plant - Low Rise
of Work
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 8,992,997.79
Contract Duration: 90 calendar days
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised
IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected
at the opening of bids.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase
bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with the
DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative,
or joint venture, (c) with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract,
(d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10
years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line
commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/
fail criteria in the Eligibility Check, Preliminary Examination of Bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration
to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for the receipt of LOI. The
DPWH-POCW-Central Offce will only process contractors’ application for registration
with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certifcate of Registration (CRC).
Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
1. Receipt of LOI’s from Prospective Bidders : May 2 – May 17, 2012
2. Issuance of Bidding Documents to registered : May 2 – May 22, 2012
Contractors
3. Pre-Bid Conference : May 10, 2012 at 10:00AM
4. Receipt of Bids : Deadline: May 22, 2012
Until 10:00A.M.
5. Opening of Bids : May 22, 2012 @ 2:00PM
Prospective bidders may download the LOI Forms from DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph. The BAC will issue hard copies of LOI forms at DPWH, Cavite
Sub-District Engineering Offce, Tagaytay City.
The BAC will issue hard copy of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at the DPWH ,Cavite
Sub-District Engineering Offce, Akle St., cor. Mahogany Avenue, Brgy. Kaybagal South,
Tagaytay City, upon payment of non-refundable fee of P 10,000.00 for the proposal
booklet. Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s from the DPWH website and
shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their Bid Documents.
The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties. Only who
have purchased the BD’s are enjoined to attend the said Pre-Bid Conference and
may ask questions pertaining the project, so that they shall be properly informed of
some important matters regarding the above projects.. Bid must be accompanied by
a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the
Revised IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in
the Bidding Documents (BD’s) in two (2) separate sealed bid envelope to the BAC
Chairman. The frst envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which
shall include a copy of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial
component of the bid. Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive
Bid as determined in the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation. The technical and
fnancial components of the bid should be book bound and each sheet properly
paginated (ex: Page 1 of 200).
The DPWH, Cavite Sub-District Engineering Offce, Tagaytay City reserves the
right to 1) reject bids, 2) declare a failure of bidding, and 3) not to award the contract
without incurring any liability if the funds /allotments for said program/project/activity
have been withheld or reduced through no fault of its own.
Approved by :

(Sgd.) PRESCILA R. RAMOS
BAC Chairman
NOTED:
(Sgd.) CARLITO C. JOSE
District Engineer
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Offce of the District Engineer
Capiz 2
nd
Engineering Ditrict
Dumalag, Capiz
I NVI TATI ON TO BI D
(MST-Apr. 27 & May 4, 2012)
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Capiz 2
nd
Engineering
District, Dumalag, Capiz, invites contractors to bid for the hereunder
project(s)
1) a. Contract ID : 12GP0005
b. Contract Name : Construction of Sigma Bride along National
Road
c. Contract Location : Iloilo-Capiz Road (New Route), Poblacion,
Sigma
d. Scope of Work : Construction
e. Approved Bugdet for the Contract: Php 37,830,000.00
f. Contract Duration : Two Hundred Eighty (280) Calendar Days
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with
the Revised IRR of R.A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall
be automatically reject at the opening of bid.
To bid for the contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent
(LOI) to purchased bid documents and must meet the following major
criteria: (a) prior registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75%
Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative, or joint venture, (c)
with PCAB license applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (d)
completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a
period of 10 years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least
equal to ABC, or credit line commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC.
The BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check
and preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for
registration to the DPWH-POCW Central Offce before the deadline for
the receipt of LOI. The DPWH POCW-Central Offce will only process
contractors' applications for registration with complete requirements and
issue the Contractor's Certifcate of Registration (CRC).
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are
shown below:
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents May 14 – 24, 2012
2. Pre-Bid Conference May 17, 2012 @ 10:00 A.M.
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from
Prospective Bidders
May 17, 2012 at 2:00 P.M.
4. Receipt of Bids May 24, 2012
5. Opening of Bids May 24, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents at DPWH,
Capiz 2
nd
Engineering District,Dumalag, Capiz, upon payment of a non-
refundable fee of Php20,000.00 to prospective bidders. The Pre-Bid
Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased
the Bid Documents. Bids must accompanied by a bid security, in the
amount and acceptable form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised
IRR.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as
specifed in the Bid Documents in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes
to the BAC Chairman. The frst envelope shall contain the technical
component of the bid, which shall include a copy of the CRC. The second
envelope shall contain the fnancial component of the bid. Contract will be
awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in the
bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.
The Capiz 2
nd
Engineering District Dumalag, Capiz reserves the right
to accept or reject any bid to annul thebidding process at any time prior
to contact award,without thereby incurring any liability to the affected
bidder/s
Approved by:

(Sgd.) MARIANITO M. LOZADA
Enginner III
BAC Chairman

NOTED:
(Sgd.) ELY O. TUNGALA
OIC District Enginner
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
Ilocos Norte 2
nd
District Engineering Offce
San Pablo, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
INVITATION TO BID
The Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Ilocos Norte 2
nd
District
Engineering Offce, San Pablo, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte through the R.A. FUND
101-General Fund, invite contractors to bid for the aforementioned project:
1. Contract ID: 2012-AB-0036
Contract Name: Urgent Repair/Rehabilitation works on the Completed
Structures of the Laoag River Basin
Flood Control & Sabo project
Contract Location: Madongan River (Right Bank)
Scope of Work: Flood Control
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 39,729,697.54
Contract Duration: 144 calendar days
2. Contract ID: 2012-AB-0037 – (Package 1)
Contract Name: Urgent Repair/Rehabilitation works on the Completed
Structures of the Laoag River Basin Flood Control &
Sabo Project and Priority Works for the
Laoag River Basin Flood Control and Sabo Project
Contract Location: Madongan River (Left Bank) & Papa River Package 1
Scope of Work: Flood Control
Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC): Php 32,513,782.13
Contract Duration: 130 calendar days
The BAC will conduct the procurement process in accordance with the Revised
IRR of R. A. 9184. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected
at the opening of bid.
To bid for this contract, a contractor must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), purchase
bid documents and must meet the following major criteria: (a) prior registration with
DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned partnership, corporation, cooperative,
or joint venture, (c) with PCAB License applicable to the type and cost of this contract,
(d) completion of a similar contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10
years, and (e) Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line
commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC. The BAC will use non-discretionary “pass/
fail” criteria in the eligibility check and preliminary examination of bids.
Unregistered contractors, however, shall submit their applications for registration
to the DPWH Central Procurement Offce (CPO) before the deadline for the receipt of
LOI. The DPWH Central Procurement Offce will only process contractors’ applications
for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certifcate of
Registration (CRC). Registration Forms may be downloaded at the DPWH website
www.dpwh.gov.ph.
The signifcant time and deadlines of procurement activities are shown below:
Activities Schedule
1. Issuance of Bidding Documents From : May 4 -24 , 2012 until 2:00 P.M.
2. Pre-Bid Conference May 11, 2012 at 9:00 A.M.
3. Deadline of Receipt of LOI from Prospective
Bidders
On or before 2:00 P.M. on May 18, 2012
4. Receipt of Bids Deadline: May 24, 2012 until 2:00 P.M.
5. Opening of Bids May 24, 2012 at 2:00 P.M.
The BAC will issue hard copies of Bidding Documents (BD’s) at Department of
Public Works and Highways, Ilocos Norte 2
nd
District Engineering Offce, San Pablo,
San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte, upon presentation of two (2) valid ID’s and payment of
a non-refundable fee of Twenty Thousand Pesos (P20,000.00) for each project.
Prospective bidders may also download the BD’s from the DPWH website, if
available. Prospective bidders that will download the BD’s from the DPWH website
shall pay the said fees on or before the submission of their Bid Documents. The
Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to interested parties who have purchased
the BD’s. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable
form, as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR. Mailed intents shall not be
entertained.
Prospective bidders shall submit their duly accomplished forms as specifed in
the BD’s in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes to the BAC Chairman. The frst
envelope shall contain the technical component of the bid, which shall include a copy
of the CRC. The second envelope shall contain the fnancial component of the bid.
Contract will be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid as determined in
the bid evaluation and post-qualifcation.
The Department of Public Works and Highway , Ilocos Norte 2
nd
District
Engineering Offce reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding
process at any time prior contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the
affected bidder/s.
Approved by:

(Sgd.) JIMMY P. TUGAS, SR.
BAC Chairman
NOTED:
(Sgd.) ERNESTO C. FARAON
OIC-District Engineer
(MST-May 4, 2012)
Health workers lodge
raps vs GMA, 18 others
FORMER President and now Pampanga
Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and 18
others have been charged before the
Department of Justice for allegedly
violating the human rights of the Morong
43 health workers who were arrested in
February 2010.
Eight members of the “Morong 43”
asked the DOJ to recommend the crimi-
nal indictment of Arroyo, former armed
forces Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado;
former Army chief Gen. Delfin Bangit
and several others for alleged torture,
robbery and violating their rights.
The complainants – doctors Merry
Mia Clamor and Alexis Montes, reg-
istered nurse Gary Liberal, registered
midwife Ma. Teresa Quinawayan, and
community health workers Mercy Cas-
tro, Reynaldo Macabenta, Jane Balleta,
and Samson Castillo – claimed they
were tortured and suffered other abuses
while they were detained at Camp Cap-
inpin in Tanay, Rizal.
Soldiers and policemen arrested the
Morong 43 on Feb. 6, 2010 while they
were attending a community training
program and accused them of being
members of the communist New Peo-
ple’s Army.
Lawyer Edre Olalia, counsel of the
complainants, noted that the case against
Ms. Arroyo was the first criminal charge
filed against a former Philippine presi-
dent for human rights violations.
Rey Requejo
Mike Arroyo takes early
flight to Tokyo via HK
FORMER First Gentleman Jose Miguel
Arroyo took an early flight to Japan with
a transit stop at Hong Kong, a few hours
before a Quezon City court allowed
his son, Party-list Rep. Juan Miguel
“Mikey” Arroyo to travel to the United
Statesa from May 3 to June 21.
The elder Arroyo took the 6 a.m. Ca-
thay Pacific flight to Hong Kong where
he took a connecting flight to Tokyo.
Arroyo, who has been indicted for
corruption, was allowed by the Sandi-
ganbayan anti-graft court to travel to Ja-
pan from May 3 to 6 purportedly to meet
investors who might be able to help the
country’s power problem.
Meanwhile, QC Regional Trial
Court Judge Marie Christine Jacob of
Branch 100 granted the younger Ar-
royo’s motion to leave for California
for a vacation with his children
Eric Apolonio and Rio Araja
IT SOUNDS a longshot, but Filipino boxing
sensation Manny Pacquiao is still dreaming
of becoming an Olympian.
This was bared by Amateur Boxing Association
of the Philippines Executive Director Ed Picson,
who recently went to Baguio City to ask for
Pacquiao’s opinion about the qualification of
boxer Charly Suarez as a wild card entry to the
London Games.
“I was surprised when he told me his desire
to compete in the Olympics. Sabi nya, ‘yun ang
gusto ko makalaban sa Olympics.’ It actually
can be done if he competes in AIBA’s semi-
pro tournament called the APB or AIBA Pro
Boxing,” said Picson.
Technically, Pacquiao is disqualified to
compete in Olympic boxing for being a
professional fighter.
But the latest tournament of boxing’s world
governing body AIBA opens an opportunity for
professional boxers, who want to represent their
country in the Olympics.
“A specific rule states that boxers with 15 pro
fights or less can still join their national amateur
squad. But thereis alsoarulestatingthat AIBAcan
invite boxers whom they believe can benefit the
WorldSeriesofBoxingandAPB,”saidPicson.
The next WSB and APB tournaments will
happen next year, which means if Pacquiao is
that determined, he will have to wait for the
2016 Olympics.
By 2016, Pacquiao will be 38 years old which
for many is too old for a boxer.
A lot of people have gone awry in analyzing
Pacquiao’s chances in almost every fight as a
professional fighter.
Will this be an exception?
PACMAN’S CALLING. There are those who
criticize Pacquiao now that he is deeply
involved in Bible preaching.
A few but scathing text messages and phone
calls thru the daily morning Sports Radio show
“Sports Chat” castigate Pacquiao whom they
believe is not doing what he is supposedly
preaching.
“How come he tells people to love one
another when in fact he himself is inflicting
physical harm to his opponents?” said one
caller from Quezon City.
Told about the reactions, Pacquiao just
shrugged it off but also said his popularity has
its somewhat religious purpose.
“This is God’s way of making me reach out
to as many people around the world. God
gave me this blessing of being a well-known
champion. After all, this is just a sport. This is
God’s will,” said Pacquiao during a break in his
Baguio City training camp.
DINAMITA’S WISH. Mexican Juan Manuel
“Dinamita” Marquez is not interested in
fighting Mexican-American Brandon Rios in a
supposed eliminator as next Manny Pacquiao
opponent.
Marquez told Mexican media he is more
interested in fighting up- and-coming Filipino
boxer Mercito Gesta.
According to Marquez, fighting Gesta makes
sense in his aim of getting a fourth bout with
Pacquiao before the end of the year.
Gesta, like Pacquiao, is also a southpaw
fighter and is known for his ring generalship.
“I will not gain anything in fighting Rios.
I need to fight someone who is similar to
Pacquiao’s style,” said Marquez.
Marquez is eyeing a tune-up bout this July and
a possible November battle with Pacquiao.
TRULY “LLAMADOS.” They have gained a twice-
to-beat edge in Wednesday night’s conquest but
former Most Valuable Player James Yap sees no
need to be complacent now that their opponent
is in a must-win situation.
Yap’s B-MEG escaped with an 82-66 win over
Talk ‘N Text in Game 5, a victory that puts the
Llamados a win away from bagging the PBA
Commissioner’s Cup.
Witha3-2edge, Yapbelievesthat withhisGame
5 performance, all the defensive efforts of the
TropangTexterswill befocusedonhimcomeGame
6set tonight at theAranetaColiseum.
“Kelangan ko lang talaga maghanda.
Kung pagod na kami, pahinga lang bukas.
Championship na ‘to kaya dapat lang buhos na
lahat,” said Yap.
In his best game of the series thus far James
scored 30 points, grabbed nine rebounds and
sank all his three point attempts to run away
with the Best Player of the game honors.
LEGENDS PLAY. The Legends vs. Cabiao’s Best
will highlight the celebration of tomorrow’s
fiesta in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.
The exhibition game will feature iconic
basketball figures like Kenneth Duremdes, Ato
Agustin, Bonel Balingit, Vince Hizon, Marlou
Aquino, Bong Hawkins, Bobby Jose, Gerry
Esplana and Gerard Francisco.
Major support will be provided by DZBB
broadcaster Fernan Gulapa, Mr. and Mrs.
Rene and Chat Belano, Stony Angel Wipes, Bill
Burger-a burger and sing-along joint in Quezon
City. Also lending support is Atty. Pete of the
“Linsangan-Abogado ng Marino.”
MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
A7 Sports Riera U. Mallari, Editor
ManilaStandardToday
sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
UE will meet the Adamson Alumni
team in a championship match
tomorrow.
After peppering the Indonesians
right from the bottom of the first inning
with four runs that started with a hit
by Marlyn Francisco sending Jennifer
Singh to home plate, UE had its batters
exploding again with three more runs
in the fifth inning to finish the game in
regulation.
The Adamson Alumni team,
meanwhile, formalized its seat
in the finals with a 3-0 shutout
UE faces Adamson for crown
UNIVERSITY of the East completed a
sweep of the elimination round in the 2012
Cebuana Lhuillier Summer Grand Slam
National Softball Open in Clark Field,
Pampanga with an abbreviated, five-inning 7-0
shutout win over the visiting Papua Province
team for its fifth straight victory.
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
IN BRIEF
Cavite joins AKCUPI
THE list of affiliated members of
the Asian Kennel Club Union of the
Philippines Inc. has been bolstered anew
with the entry of the Southern Canine
Kennel Club of Cavite Inc., one of the
biggest and best professionally run dog
organizations in the country established
late last year.
Headed by Edmunson S. Ipac, the club
was organized to promote responsible
pet ownership, brotherhood, cooperation,
social responsibility and encourage
the recreation, exhibition and training
of registered dogs. One of the club’s
initial activities is the staging of the
“PAWShion Show 2012” on Saturday at
the Silang Town Plaza (Patio Medina),
Silang, Cavite at 3 p.m. to be held in
cooperation with CAVDOG. Part of the
proceeds from the show will benefit the
Strike Animal Welfare Society.
AKCUPI will set up a booth for dog
owners, who wish to register their pets
or transfer their dogs’ pedigree. Freebies
will be provided by Vitality, Ampro
Buddies Chow, Merial, Pet Express, and
Doggies Choice. For more info, please
contact Edu (0917-8686581), Rabi (0920-
2328271), Aubrey (0915-4544546), Jovin
(0906-2011945) or visit fb southern canine
club of cavite inc., admin@akcupi.com.
DENNIS PRINCIPE
SPORTS CHAT
Pacman the Olympian?
Cage great Flores dies
NAPOLEON Flores, a member of
the Philippine Team that won third
place in the second World Basketball
Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
in 1954, succumbed to lung cancer
Monday at the age of 80.
The team was composed of Caloy
Loyzaga, Larry Mumar, Florentino
Bautista, Pons Saldaña, Mariano Tolentino,
Antonio Genato, Francisco Rabat, Rafael
Barredo, Ramon Manulat, Bayani Amador,
Napoleon Flores and Ben Francisco.
Flores was born on Nov. 6, 1931, in
Catmon, Cebu City and was survived by
children Jobert, Annette and Lulu and
his grandchildren. His wife, Antonietta
Untalan Flores died in 2002.
Interment will be on Sunday at the
Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina.
win over Rizal Technological
University, scoring its first run
in the second inning by Rizza
Bernardino courtesy of an RBI by
Karen Aribal.
But it was only at the top of the
sixth inning, with the score at 1-0 and
after a tongue-lashing from coach
Ana Santiago, when the Alumni team
buckled down to work. They scored
two runs by Emma Dehita and Elma
Parohinog, while pitcher Vicky Rose
Belleza retired the Indonesian batters
in the last two innings to seal the
victory.
Collegiate champion Adamson
University will meet the Papua
Province team for third place, with
the Indonesians parading the Blu
Girls’ duo of Esmeralda Tayag and
Dione Macasu in their line-up.
The men’s division of the
tournament, also sponsored by
Cebuana Pera Padala, Just Jewels,
Cebuana Lhuillier Bank, Cebuana
Lhuillier Insurance Solutions,
Phiten, Le Soleil de Boracay,
TJ Hotdogs, Purefoods Chicken
Nuggets, Hungry Juan, Smokey’s
Sausages, DOT Region 3, and
hosted by the Clark Development
Corporation, is all muddled up with
five teams fighting for the top slots,
where the first and second placed
teams automatically meet for the
championship tomorrow.
Clark Speedway hosts 3 motorcycle tourneys on Sunday
CLARK plays host to another
exciting motorcycle racing
extravaganza as three major
events—the 2012 Bridgestone
Philippine Superbikes Cham-
pionships, the 2012 Philippine
Scooter Racing Champion-
ships and the 2012 Philippine
Underbone King Champion-
ships—stage their second legs
this Sunday at the Clark Inter-
national Speedway.
Raniel Resuello, Arlan de
la Cruz and Masato Fernando,
tagged as the new breed of
young superstar riders, will be
gunning for their second con-
secutive triumphs to gain solo
leadership in their respective
events.
The 20-year-old Resuello
seeks his second win over Antho-
ny Roman and Marvin Mangu-
labnan aboard his top-of-the-line
Kawasaki Superbike in the 2012
Bridgestone Philippine Super-
bikes Championships sanctioned
by Superbikes Racing Associa-
tion, with Bridgestone as the of-
ficial Superbikes tires.
Dela Cruz and Masato also
aim to secure the top spots in
the 2012 Philippine Scooter
Racing Championships and
the 2012 Philippine Under-
bone King Championships,
respectively, which are both
sanctioned by the Underbone
and Scooters Racing Asso-
ciation and supported by FDR,
the official tires.
Dela Cruz eyes a repeat over
Miko Erich Montano and Ivan
Santiago in the premier 180cc
PSR, while Fernando looks
forward to another dominating
victory in the 150cc Underbone
Open against Nino Fabian and
reigning Underbone King An-
thony Roman.
New classes at Coach E
YOUNG basketball enthusiasts willing to take their game to new
heights will get a chance to experience playing in a varsity level
as Coach E Basketball School opens its Varsity-Level Training
beginning May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Valle Verde 2 in Pasig City.
The Monday, Wednesday, Friday sessions will kick off the
academy’s busy schedule this month, even as Modules 1 and 2 will
be offered in selected venues as well.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes will begin in Xavier
School, Valle Verde 2, San Beda College-Alabang and Ayala
Alabang Village (San Jose Court) from May 9 to 25.
Classes in Xavier School and San Beda-Alabang will start from 10
a.m. to 12 noon, while activities in Valle Verde 2 and Ayala Alabang
Village will begin from 2 to 4 p.m.
Module 2 will also be offered in Ateneo, The Zone in Makati and
Club Sixfifty in Libis, Quezon City beginning May 10.
Classes in Ateneo will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
from 2 to 4 p.m., while regular activities in The Zone and Clubsixfifty
will be every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Participants will have a chance to experience excellence in Coach
E Basketball, which is now celebrating its eighth year. The school is
boasts of its low coach-student ratio.
Parents can call Coach-E Basketball School at tel. nos. 668-4347
and 631-1195 or mobile no. 0908-8846947. You can also e-mail us
at info@coach-e.com. To know more about Coach-E Basketball
School, you can also visit our website at www.coach-e.com or follow
us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/coachebasketballschool) and
Twitter (www.twitter.com/coachebball).
3-leg badminton slated
Jr. NBA. The Top 6 Players from the Puerto Princesa Regional Selection Camp embarked on
an NBA Green activity in Barangay Sta. Monica in Puerto Princesa City the day after their
selection as part of the NBA Cares program of the 2012 Jr. NBA Philippines presented by
Alaska. The boys were led by Tony Reyes, Puerto Princesa Director of Sports and local Jr. NBA
Coach Ronnie Lacsamana (left) and joined by other NBA Asia officials (not in photo).
THE MVP Sports Foundation-Philippine Badminton Ranking System
kicks off its second season with a three-leg circuit featuring the cream of the
country’s crop and rising stars on May 19 to
23, with Cebu City hosting the first stage at the
Metro Sports Center in Barangay Lahug.
Toby Gadi, Joper Escueta, Malvinne
Alcala, Bianca Carlos, Gelita Castilo and
top junior Markie Alcala, who dominated
the four-stage inaugural staging of the
circuit last year, are again expected to lead
the title chase in various divisions in this
year’s event sponsored by Goal Pilipinas.
But a host of others, including those
from the countryside, have prepared hard
for the upcoming circuit and are raring to prove their worth in a
bid to gain ranking points.
Registration is ongoing with deadline set on May 7 at 5 p.m.,
according to PBaRS tournament director Nelson Asuncion. On-
line listup can also be made on pbars.com.
The Philippine Badminton Association, headed by Vice
President Jejomar Binay, chairman and sports patron Manny V.
Pangilinan, and sec-gen Rep. Albee Benitez put up the PBaRS
circuit last year in an effort to further raise the level of play in the
country and come up with a truly national ranking system.
The circuit, backed by Gatorade, Krav Maga Phils., Sincere
Construction and Development Corp., Vineza Industrial Sales, Victor
PCome Industrial Sales, TV5 and Badminton Extreme Magazine, is also
designed to discover fresh talents who could be tapped, developed and
trained to become members of the national pool.
In fact, the PBA has recently enlisted noted Indonesian coach Rexy
Mainaky, winner of the doubles gold in the World Championships in
1995 and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, to handle the national squad as
the country pursues its bid to score a breakthrough on the world stage.
Meanwhile, the posting of official entries at PBaRS and Match
Control websites will be on May 10 while the draw will be held at
the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig on May 14.
THEstage is all set for the second Jaime
Cardinal Sin Memorial Golf Classic, which
fires off today at the Wack Wack Golf and
Country Club.
Organized by the SERVIAM Catholic
Charismatic Community Foundation, the
18-hole event commemorates the late Jaime
Cardinal Sin for the many contributions he
made to local society by uplifting the lives
and morale of the less fortunate. The event
will raise funds to support SERVIAM’s
programs.
In the event supported by gold sponsors
Gallery Big, Philex Mining Corp., Art Verite,
Paseo Art Gallery, and hole sponsor Francisco
Café, Nestle Philippines, Metrobank
Foundation, Phinma Foundation and GBR
Foundation, Rev Fr. Antonio Pascual
(SERVIAM Spiritual Director), Drs. Jimmy
and Cecil Tomas (SERVIAM Community
Servants), and renowned artist Ramon Orlina
will lead the awarding ceremony. At stake, is
a specially designed glass trophy by Orlina,
which will go to the champion.
For inquiries, interested parties may
contact the organizers, headed by Layann
Orlina and Sheila Baylon (0927-2809305)
at 722-2989 or by email at serviam.
community@gmail.com
Cardinal Sin
golfest today
Alcala
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
(MST-May 4, 11 & 18, 2012)
NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF LICENSE TO OPERATE
OF THE BIBLE LEAGUE
Notce is hereby given that on 22 March 2012 the Board of Directors of
THE BIBLE LEAGUE , a foreign non-stock non-proft corporaton based in Crete,
Illinois, USA, and duly licensed to operate in the Philippines since March 1991,
resolved and approved to withdraw its license to carry out its operatons in the
Philippines efectve the approval by the Securites and Exchange Commission of
its Petton for Withdrawal thereof.
All persons, corporatons, patnerships, associatons, having an interest or
claims of whatever nature and amount shall notfy the undersigned resident
agent of said foreign corporaton not later than thirty (30) days from the last
date of publicaton of this Notce of Withdrawal of License to Operate which shall
be published for three consecutve weeks in a newspaper of general circulaton.
Issued this 30
th
day of April 2012.
(Sgd.) ROSALINDA C.MOLDEZ
Resident Agent
Address: No. 9 Col. Salgado St.
West kamias, Quezon City
(MST-Apr. 20, 27 & May 4, 2012)
Notice is hereby given that RHODORATAWAGON, HONEY
LYNN TAWAGON, EMIL ANTON TAWAGON, married to
Kristine Anne F. Tawagon, ANA BIANCA TAWAGON and
REX EVAN TAWAGON, all of legal ages, Filipinos, and
residents of Blk 1 Lot 3 Sarmiento Homes, Abangan Norte,
Marilao, Bulacan, are the surviving legal heirs of the late
ELEUTERIO ANGELES TAWAGON, executed an Extra
Judicial Settlement of Estate with Waiver of Rights over
three parcels of land covered by TCT Nos. T-191308 (M),
T-342202 (M), T-342203 (M), with all the buildings and
improvements found therein, all situated at Sarmiento
Homes, Abangan Norte, Marilao, Bulacan, with each parcel
of land containing an area of 120 square meters or a total
of 360 square meters, as well as real properties covered by
Tax Declaration No. 135-02-0020-004-011 (land, 110 square
meters) and Tax Declaration No. 135-02-0020-004-011-
1001 (building, 51.50 square meters), both situated in Naga
City; That spouse-heir, RHODORA TAWAGON, agreed to
waive her share/right in favor of her co-heirs, her legitimate
children in equal shares as to all the properties mentioned
except TCT Nos. T-191308 (M); That children-heirs, HONEY
LYNN TAWAGON, EMIL ANTON TAWAGON, ANABIANCA
TAWAGON and REX EVAN TAWAGON agreed to waive their
shares/rights in favor of their mother RHODORATAWAGON
as to the FAMILY HOME under TCT TCT Nos. T-191308; as
per Doc. No. 451, Page No. 25, Book XXV, Series of 2012,
before Notary Public Atty. Jose S. Orduña.
EXTRA J UDI CI AL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF
ELEUTERI O ANGELES TAWAGON WI TH WAI VER OF RI GHTS
(MST-Apr. 20, 27 & May 4, 2012)
Notice is hereby given that ELMAURIE GARCIA,
ELGINERO GARCIA and ELGEROME GARCIA, all of
legal ages, Filipinos, and residents of 85-1 P. Tuazon
St., Cubao, Quezon City are the surviving legal heirs of
the late GERARDO GARCIA, executed an Extra Judicial
Settlement of Estate with Waiver of Rights over a parcel
of land covered by TCT No. N-292074, containing an area
of 72 square meters, situated in Cubao, Quezon City; That
spouse-heir ELMAURIE GARCIA agreed to waive her
share/right in favor of her co-heirs, her legitimate children
ELGINERO GARCIA and ELGEROME GARCIA as to
such property; That children-heirs ELGINERO GARCIA
and ELGEROME GARCIA agree to equally divide such
property between them; as per Doc. No. 29, Page No. 7,
Book II, Series of 2011.
EXTRA J UDI CI AL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF
GERARDO GARCI A WI TH WAI VER OF RI GHTS
Sports
Manila Standard TODAY
Should his team play the way
that it did the last time out, B-MEG
coach Tim Cone is very positive
that the Llamados can win the
2012 Philippine Basketball
Association Commissioner’s
Cup championship in Game 6
of the best-of-seven title series
at 6:45 p.m. today at the Smart
Araneta Coliseum
“I hope we have another great
effort for Game 6. It’s up to us
now. It’s really about our effort
and will at this point,’’said Cone,
who is on the brink of winning
his 14th overall championship
as coach and first as B-MEG
mentor.
The Llamados, who hold
a 3-2 series lead against
Talk ‘Text, can wrap things
up today and win their first
championship since taking the
Philippine Cup in 2010.
They can also, at least for the
moment, halt Talk ‘N Text’s
dominance the last two seasons.
Cone, however, also admitted
that finishing off a stellar team
like Talk ‘N Text is quite hard
to do and the pressure is clearly
on his squad to wrap things up.
“The pressure is always on the
team with three
wins to close the
series out. It’s now
on us to finish a
great team like
TNT. There’s a lot
of pressure here.
We still need to win one more.
It’s still anybody’s series at this
point,’’said Cone.
In Game 5 Wednesday night,
B-MEG turned in a masterful
performance as it routed Talk ‘N
Text, 82-66, behind tremendous
efforts from its top two gunners
in James Yap and Best Import
Denzel Bowles.
Yap fired a conference-
high 30 points, while Bowles
was not far behind with 28
markers as the two were clearly
unstoppable in that contest.
“It took a tremendous effort
by us; we gave it our absolute
all. I hope we have another one
like that in us. I hope James (
Yap ) and Denzel (Bowles) will
have the same
effort for Game
6,’’ said Cone.
Yap is aware
that the Tropang
Texters will
definitely adjust
their defense on him and will
do everything to prevent him
from having another great
offensive display.
“Alam naman natin ang
Talk ‘N Text hindi bibitaw
iyan. I’m sure pag-aaralan
talaga ‘yung mga ginagawa
ko sa game so dapat mag-
ready ako du’n. Patayan na
itong series na ito, bigay na
lahat talaga,’’ said Yap.
Reyes knows it’s all about
his players right now.
MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
A8
NBA RESULTS
Riera U. Mallari, Editor sports@manilastandardtoday.com sports_mstandard@yahoo.com
By Jeric Lopez

WILL the balloons fall off the roof or will they stay there
a little longer?
MEMPHIS, Tennessee—O.J. Mayo
scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth
quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies
bounced back to beat the Los Angeles
Clippers 105-98 on Wednesday night.
The Grizzlies blew a 27-point
lead in losing Game 1 on Sunday
night and letting the Clippers
grab home-court advantage in
the best-of-seven, first-round
Western Conference series.
They got back to their physical
style and evened the series.
Rudy Gay also scored 21 points
as Memphis showed off its depth
with six players reaching double
figures. Mike Conley had 19, Zach
Randolph 15, Marreese Speights
11 and Tony Allen 10.
All-Star guard Chris Paul led
the Clippers with 29 points. Blake
Griffin had 22, and Mo Williams
and Nick Young 11 apiece.
The Grizzlies had the lead going
into the fourth quarter for a second
straight game. This time, the
Clippers got no closer than four.
Game 3 is Saturday in Los
Angeles.
SPURS 114, JAZZ 83
SAN ANTONIO—Tony Parker
scored 18 points and San Antonio
handed Utah its second-worst
playoff loss, routing the Jazz to
take a 2-0 series lead.
NBA Coach of the Year Gregg
Popovich practically put the
Spurs on autopilot after a 20-0
run in the second quarter that
stunned the Jazz, who had vowed
to play better after the Spurs
easily won Game 1. But this loss
was even more humiliating.
The Jazz never quite greeted
Parker with the hard fouls the All-Star
was supposed to have coming, and
the Utah frontcourt of Al Jefferson
and Paul Millsap wasn’t any more
imposing on offense. Jefferson scored
10 points, and Millsap had nine.
The only bigger embarrassment
for the Jazz in the playoffs was a
42-point loss to Michael Jordan and
the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA
Finals. It was the most lopsided
postseason win for the Spurs since
beating Denver by 28 in 2005. San
Antonio’s playoff record is a 40-point
victory over Denver in 1983.
Tim Duncan finished with 12
points and 13 rebounds for the
Spurs, and Kawhi Leonard had
17 points. AP
Grizzlies bounce back; Spurs win
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THE Lady Pirates of Lyceum of the
Philippines University, led by spitfire Frances
Mae Cabinbin, continued their winning ways
in the women’s division of the Sandugo-
Collegiate Development League, posting their
fifth straight win, this time over University of
the Philippines-Diliman, 68-45.
A game behind are the surprising Lady
Blazers of the College of St. Benilde,
who beat San Beda College-Alabang, 66-
34, for their fourth win against no loss.
Earlier, CSB also beat Far Eastern University
69-55 to emerge as a serious title contender, with
National University as the dark horse. University
of Santo Tomas rebounded from a surprise loss
to UP-Diliman, 54-58, with a 79-16 massacre of
Miriam University’s high school squad, only its
second win against four losses.
National University occupies third place
with a 2-1 record, while UP-Diliman kept
its title hopes alive with that victory over
Miriam College, its third win against three
losses. FEU only has one win in three starts.
In the men’s division of the tournament,
backed by the Philippine Sports
Commission, Gatorade, Primovit Multi-
vitamins, and Phiten, NU posted back-to-
back wins, beating STI 59-54 and walloping
San Beda College-Alabang, 114-37, for a
share of the lead with Informatics at 3-0.
Enderun picked up its second win
against two losses with a 60-54 victory
over SBC-A, which absorbed its fifth loss
against a solitary win.
CSB and STI are at 2-1, while Trinity
University of Asia and Enderun are tied
with similar 2-2 win-loss records.
Games set today at the SBC-A gym
pit host team SBC-A against Miriam
University, followed by CSB versus NU,
both in the women’s division. The last
two games will see NU playing SBC-A
and CSB meeting TUA.
On Saturday, NU plays FEU in the
women’s division, followed by two men’s
division games—STI versus Informatics
and CSB against Enderun at the Treston
gym in Taguig.
Lady Pirates, Benilde cagebelles show way
HARD-HITTING southpaw Andy Ganigan,
a Hawaiian of Filipino descent who won the
World Athletic Association lightweight title with
a spectacular second-round knockout of Sean
O’ Grady on Oct. 31, 1981 after dropping the
Irishman three times
in the round, had a tragic ending.
Ganigan, who was 59 and was enshrined in the
Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, passed away two
years after suffering permanent brain damage
following an unprovoked assault by a drunken
man in Honolulu. Family members were at his
bedside when the end came.
The assailant, identified as 21-year-old, 6-foot-
tall, 290-pound Matthew Kupa, who beat up the
5’6”, 160-pound Ganigan, pleaded no contest to
a first-degree assault charge and was sentenced
18 months in prison and and five years probation
five weeks ago.
The Star Advertiser in Honolulu, quoting
Ganigan’s niece Michelle Shuw, said: “Since the
assault, his body couldn’t fight off diseases. He
never recovered.” Ronnie Nathanielsz
Tragic end for
Andy Ganigan
By Peter Atencio

THERE are not many
talented tall players, who
can dominate inside the paint
in the National Basketball
Association these days.
Players who can “demand”
the ball inside, just like
Shaquille O’Neal and Patrick
Ewing, are hard to come by.
Retired Chicago Bulls center
Luc Longley, who is visiting
the country as part of the Jr.
NBA program, said this in
a recent interview with the
Manila Standard.
The 7’2” Longley, who
spoke of his thoughts during
a talk with selected scribes
at the Dusit Thani Hotel in
Makati, said he has yet to
see a tall player, who “can
demand the ball down low
and go to work.”
Longley, who is presently
married to Australian TV’s
Junior Master Chef judge Ana
Gare and has a family of four
with her, describes the recent
generation of tall players in the
league as better athletes, but
not post players.
“They’re athletic, they
are better in transition. They
are better leapers and they
are long. But, there’s not a
lot of post up players and
those who are playing certain
roles,” observed Longley,
who has retired from playing
professional ball over the 12
years.
Among the big players in the
league he likes is 6’11” power
forward/center Tim Duncan
of the San Antonio Spurs who
averages 22.6 points and 12.4
rebounds per game.
Among the top five centers
in the NBA these days include
Orlando Magic’s Dwight
Howard, New York Knicks
Amar’e Stoudamire, Utah
Jazz’s Al Jefferson, Los
Angeles Lakers’ Andrew
Bynum and Atlanta Hawks’ Al
Holford.
He later recalled that his stint
with the Chicago Bulls was a
defining moment in his life.
Longley:
NBA lacks
post-up
players
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
BAGUIO CITY—Pound-for-pound
king Manny Pacquiao concluded his
two-week Baguio City training camp
and pronounced himself 50 to 60
percent ready.
Pacquiao defends his World
Boxing Organization welterweight
title against undefeated light
welterweight world champion
Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand
in Las Vegas on June 9.
The Filipino champ went a total of
six rounds Thursday against Russian
sparring partners Ruslan Provodnikov
(21-1, 14 KOs) and Rustan Nugayev
(22-6-1, 12KOs), ending four days
and a total of 20 rounds of sparring.
The Fighter of the Decade looked
impressive against Provodnikov in
the first round, nailing him with solid
combinations and stinging uppercuts
before he eased up in the next three
rounds.
Asked by the Manila Standard
about trainer Freddie Roach’s concern
that the fire in him is missing and his
increasingly compassionate attitude
toward his opponents was showing,
Pacquiao responded by saying “The
fire will return at the right time.”
Roach said that the real hard work
will begin at his Wild Card Gym in
Los Angeles on Monday.
He further agreed with Pacquiao’s
claim that he was only about 50-60
percent ready, but pointed out that it
was only their fourth day of sparring.
Roach also noted that Pacquiao “is
looking good in spots here and there.
We need to get a little more fire.”
The celebrated trainer believes that
when Pacquiao resumes sparring in
Los Angeles, where he has two more
sparring partners waiting for him,
things will change.
“The sparring partners are both
tough, mean kids. They are not going
to touch gloves with him and they
are going to force Manny to fight,”
said Roach, who set aside concerns
about the fire within. “He always
performs for me and I’m sure the fire
will come and he’ll be okay. But if
it’s a little bit more, I’ll be happy.
Bradley will force him to fight. If
he (Bradley) hurts him, maybe he’ll
open up.”
Pacquiao will motor down to Manila
in a convoy later today and will resume
training at the MP Towers Gym Friday
and Saturday before departing for Los
Angeles.
Pacquiao 50 to 60 percent fit after camp
NATIONAL University recovered from a shaky start and
repulsed a fighting Southwestern University side, 20-25, 25-21,
25-17, 25-17, to remain in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth in the
ninth Shakey’s V-League Presented by Smart heats up at The
Arena in San Juan City yesterday.
Din-din Santiago fired away 31 hits, including 25 kills, as
she spearheaded the Lady Bulldogs’ fightback in the last three
frames to pull off the one-hour, 41-minute victory and snap their
back-to-back setbacks.
More importantly, the win put NU back on track for a crack at
a quarters slot in Group A while dealing SWU its second straight
loss in the season-opening conference of the league sponsored
by Shakey’s Pizza.
“They were a bit overconfident, but settled down after
dropping the opening set,” said NU coach Francis Vicente,
whose wards committed 34 faults, in Filipino. “I told them to
be ready for a big SWU comeback since it also dropped its
first game.”
Maricar Nepomuceno, Rizza Mandapat and Myla Pablo
backed Santiago with a combined 31-hit effort while Ivy Perez
kept the team’s offense going with 30 excellent sets.
Lady Bulldogs stay alive
Llamados shoot
for clincher today
TALK ‘N Text’s Ranidel de Ocampo (right) loses his balance driving to the
basket against the pesky defense of B-MEG’s Joe Devance in Game 5 of
the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The
Llamados won, 82-66, to zero in on the crown. LINO SANTOS
Pacquiao
Game Today
(Finals Game 6 –
Smart Araneta Coliseum)
6:45 p.m. • B-MEG
vs. Talk ‘N Text
GRIZZLIES 105, CLIPPERS 98
SPURS 114, JAZZ 83
PACERS 97, MAGIC 74
Business
Manila Standard TODAY
MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
B1
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Ray S. Eñano, Editor extrastory2000@gmail.com
Roderick T. dela Cruz, Assistant Editor
IN BRIEF
PSE COMPOSITE INDEX
Closing May 3, 2012
5,300.41
71.57
OIL
PRICES
TODAY
P780-P895.00
LPG/11-kg tank
P54.55-P61.02
Unleaded Gasoline
P46.10-P49.90
Diesel
P52.34-P57.85
Kerosene
P38.50-P39.20
Auto LPG
FOREI GN EXCHANGE RATE
Currency Unit US Dollar Peso
United States Dollar 1.000000 42.1660
Japan Yen 0.012481 0.5263
UK Pound 1.620300 68.3216
Hong Kong Dollar 0.128906 5.4355
Switzerland Franc 1.095410 46.1891
Canada Dollar 1.013993 42.7560
Singapore Dollar 0.807037 34.0295
Australia Dollar 1.028807 43.3807
Bahrain Dinar 2.652590 111.8491
Saudi Arabia Rial 0.266652 11.2436
Brunei Dollar 0.803794 33.8928
Indonesia Rupiah 0.000109 0.0046
Thailand Baht 0.032394 1.3659
UAE Dirham 0.272264 11.4803
Euro Euro 1.315900 55.4862
Korea Won 0.000886 0.0374
China Yuan 0.158554 6.6856
India Rupee 0.018879 0.7961
Malaysia Ringgit 0.330349 13.9295
NewZealand Dollar 0.808800 34.1039
Taiwan Dollar 0.034235 1.4436
Source: PDS Bridge
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Thursday, May 3, 2012
PESO-DOLLAR RATE
40
42
44
46
48
P42.170
CLOSE
Closing May 3, 2012
5200
4460
3720
2980
2240
1500
1200
VOLUME 784.950M
HIGH P42.165 LOW P42.245 AVERAGE P42.209
Market extends
rally, tops 5,300
ICTSI unit buys out
Indonesian company
Asia urged to invest
$6t in green projects
Republic of the Philippines
ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City
IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION FOR
APPROVAL OF THE TRANSLATION INTO
DISTRIBUTION RATES OF DIFFERENT
CUSTOMER CLASSES FOR THE THIRD (3
RD
)
REGULATORY YEAR OF THE ERC-APPROVED
ANNUAL REVENUE REQUIREMENT FOR LA
UNION ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC. (LUECO)
UNDER THE PERFORMANCE BASED
REGULATION (PBR) FOR THE REGULATORY
PERIOD 2011-2014
ERC CASE NO. 2012-048 RC
LA UNION ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC.
(LUECO),
Applicant.
x - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - x
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:
Notice is hereby given that On March 29, 2012, La Union Electric Company, Ìnc. (LUECO) fled an application
for approval of the translation into distribution rates of different customer classes for the Third (3
rd
) Regulatory Year
of the ERC-Approved Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) under the Performance Based Regulation (PBR) for the
Regulatory Period 2011-2014.
Ìn the said application, LUECO alleged, among others, that:
1. Under the Commission's Resolution No. 54, Series of 2006 or the "Rules for Setting Distribution Wheeling
Rates (RDWR) for Privately Owned Distribution Utilities Entering Performance Based Regulation¨, the
PBR-entrant distribution utility will be given an ARR which will be used to derive the Maximum Average
Price (MAP). Said MAP shall then be allocated by the distribution utility in setting the rate schedule for its
distribution, supply and metering charges for each customer class or segment;
2. Ìt was among the entrants at the third (3
rd
) entry point to the PBR Rate Setting Methodology adopted by the
Commission pursuant to Section 43 (f) of Republic Act No. 9136, otherwise known as the "Electric Power
Ìndustry Reform Act of 2001¨. As such, on June 19, 2009, it fled an application for approval of its ARR and
Performance Ìncentive Scheme (PÌS) for the Second (2
nd
) Regulatory Period covering the period July 01,
2010 to June 30, 2014;
3. The Commission issued the Final Determination for the applicant as contained in its Decision dated March
8, 2010;
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rd
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Building Block
2012
(PhP Million, Nominal)
Return on Capital 70.05
OPEX 102.33
Regulatory Depreciation 24.21
Corporate Ìncome Tax 0.00
Other Taxes .84
Subtotal 197.43
GSL Allowance .99
Resulting ARR Before Regulatory Intervention 198.42
Regulatory Intervention 0.00
TOTAL 198.42
b. The Maximum Average Map (MAP
2013
) that will apply to it at the start of the Third Regulatory Year as
computed based on the Price Control Formula of the RDWR without the Side Constraints is PhP1.5438/
kWh with an X factor of -0.1080;
c. The change in Weighted Ìndex for the Third Regulatory Year of the Second Regulatory Period (CWÌ) as
calculated in accordance with Section 4.5 of the RDWR is PhP0.0502/kWh;
d. The Performance Ìncentive Factor (S) for the Third Regulatory Year as calculated in accordance with
Section 4.18.2 of the RDWR is PhP0.0039/kWh; and

e. The Correction Factor (K) for the Third Regulatory Year as calculated in accordance with Section 4.3.2
of the RDWR is PhP0.0648/kWh.
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ĂƉƉƌŽǀĞĚ MAÞ ŝŶƚŽ Ă ĚŝƐƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶ ƌĂƚĞ ƐƚƌƵĐƚƵƌĞ͕ ŝƚ ĂƉƉůŝĞƐ ĨŽƌ ƚŚĞ ĂƉƉƌŽǀĂů ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ƚƌĂŶƐůĂƟŽŶ ŝŶƚŽ ĚŝƐƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶ ƌĂƚĞƐ
ŽĨ ĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚ ĐƵƐƚŽŵĞƌ ĐůĂƐƐĞƐ ŽĨ ŝƚƐ ĂƉƉƌŽǀĞĚ MAÞ ĨŽƌ ƚŚĞ 1ŚŝƌĚ ;ϯ
rd
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nd
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DISTRIBUTION SUPPLY METERING
CUSTOMER TYPE PhP/kW PhP/kWh PhP/Cust/
Mo.
PhP/kWh PhP/Cust/
Mo.
PhP/kWh PhP/kWh
Residential - 1.2055 - 0.2204 5.0000 0.2311 1.6973
Commercial X1 - 1.2313 - 0.1392 - 0.3428 1.7134
Cosmmercial X2 - 1.1411 327.62 - 845.17 - 1.2862
Hospital - 0.8428 188.28 - 485.70 - 0.8598
General Power 451.05 0.5868 340.91 - 1,649.47 - 1.5763
Street lights - 1.1338 231.81 - - - 1.1895
TOTAL 1.5438
The conversion was effected in accordance with the Uniform Filing Requirements (UFR), the relevant
sections of the RDWR, as amended, and the methodology described in Article V of the Distribution
Services and Open Access Rules (DSOAR). Ìt used in its calculations the information contained in the
Final Determination dated March 8, 2010;
5. The Side Constraint Calculation for the Second Regulatory Period which was approved by the Commission
is CWÌ
t
+ SC
t
. The value of SC

is 13.80% while CWÌ has been calculated to be 5.02%. Thus, SC
2013
is
18.82%.
((FCR
k,t
/FQ
k,t
)-S
t
) - ((CR
k,t-1
/AQ
k,t-1
)-S
t-1
) <= (CWI
t
+ SC
t
)
(CR
k,t-1
/AQ
k,t-1
)-S
t-1
<= 5.02% + 13.80%
<= 18.82%
6. Ìt has verifed that the resulting MAP
2013
and the converted distribution rates from the said MAP
2013
are
within the Side Constraints Rule in all of the customer classes as follows:
Customer Class (FCR
k,t
/FQ
k,t
)-S
t
(CR
k,t-1
/AQ
k,t-1
)-S
t-1
% Increase
Residential 1.6935 1.4779 14.59% Within Side Constraints
Commercial 1 1.7095 1.4919 14.58% Within Side Constraints
Commercial 2 1.2823 1.1176 14.74% Within Side Constraints
Hospital 0.8559 0.7440 15.04% Within Side Constraints
Ìndustrial 1.5724 1.3718 14.62% Within Side Constraints
Street light 1.1856 1.0329 14.79% Within Side Constraints
Total 1.5399 1.3585 13.35% Within Side Constraints
7. The approval of the instant application will allow the fulfllment of its obligations under the PBR and avoid
irreparable losses, which will ultimately result in the deterioration of its services, to the damage, and
prejudice of the public, in general, and its consumers, in particular; and
8. Ìt prays that the instant application be approved by the Commission authorizing it to adopt its proposed
distribution-related rate structure and rate schedules.
The Commission has set the instant application for jurisdictional hearing, expository presentation, pre-trial
conference and evidentiary hearings on May 31, 2012 (Thursday) at nine o’clock in the morning (9:00 A.M.) at
the Municipal Council, Session Hall, San Juan, La Union.
All persons who have an interest in the subject matter of the proceeding may become a party by fling, at
least fve (5) days prior to the initial hearing and subject to the requirements in the ERC's Rules of Practice and
Procedure, a verifed petition with the Commission giving the docket number and title of the proceeding and stating:
(1) the petitioner's name and address; (2) the nature of petitioner's interest in the subject matter of the proceeding,
and the way and manner in which such interest is affected by the issues involved in the proceeding; and (3) a
statement of the relief desired.
All other persons who may want their views known to the Commission with respect to the subject matter of the
proceeding may fle their opposition to the application or comment thereon at any stage of the proceeding before
the applicant concludes the presentation of its evidence. No particular form of opposition or comment is required,
but the document, letter or writing should contain the name and address of such person and a concise statement of
the opposition or comment and the grounds relied upon.
All such persons who may wish to have a copy of the application may request the applicant, prior to the date of
the initial hearing, that they be furnished with a copy of the application. The applicant is hereby directed to furnish all
those making a request with copies of the application and its attachments, subject to reimbursement of reasonable
photocopying costs. Likewise, any such person may examine the application and other pertinent records fled with
the Commission during the usual offce hours.
WITNESS, the Honorable Chairperson, ZENAIDA G. CRUZ-DUCUT, and the Honorable Commissioners,
MARIA TERESA A.R. CASTAÑEDA, JOSE C. REYES, ALFREDO J. NON and GLORIA VICTORIA C. YAP-
TARUC, Energy Regulatory Commission, this 16
th
day of April, 2012 at Pasig City.
ATTY. FRANCIS SATURNINO C. JUAN
Executive Director ÌÌÌ
(MST-May 4 & 11, 2012)
THE benchmark index of the Philippine Stock
Exchange topped 5,300 points for the first time
on Thursday, as share prices advanced for the
third straight session, amid expectations of
faster economic growth this year.
The Philippine Stock Exchange
index, the 30-company benchmark,
rose 71 points, or 1.4 percent, to close
at 5,300.41. It topped the previous
day’s record closing of 5,228.84.
The index has gained 21.2 percent
since the start of the year.
The heavier index representing
all shares also jumped 37 points,
or 1.1 percent, to 3,505, as gainers
outnumbered losers, 83 to 79, with
42 issues unchanged. Some P9
billion worth of stocks were traded
Thursday.
Philex Petroleum Corp., which has
a stake in the Sampaguita gas field in
Recto Bank, climbed 28.6 percent to
P27, leading all gainers. Its parent
firm, Philex Mining Corp. was also
up 3.2 percent to P25.55.
Bloomberry Resorts Corp.
added 4.33 percent to P9.40 after it
announced plan to raise P8.8 billion
from the sale of shares.
Ayala Corp., which owns the
country’s largest developer, advanced
4.4 percent to P462.60, closing at a
record. The company’s first-quarter
results will be “good,” chairman
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala said.
JG Summit Holdings Inc., owner
of Cebu Air, gained 3.8 percent to
close at a record P35.50. Cebu Air
is on track to meet its 2012 target
on passengers, JG Summit president
Lance Gokongwei said. JG Summit
will also take a look at airport
projects, he said.
Nickel miner Oriental Peninsula
Resources Group Inc. sank 7.7
percent to P7.29, the biggest drop
since Sept. 26. NiHAO Mineral
Resources International Inc. lost 4.7
percent to P11.76 and Marcventures
Holdings Inc. slipped 2.1 percent to
P3.65. Nickel futures fell 2.4 percent
to $17,285 a metric ton in London
Wednesday, the lowest close since
March 29.
IP E-Game Ventures Inc., which
develops online games, dropped 11.25
percent to 7.1 centavos, a record low.
The company said Level Up! Inc.
paid $1.5 million for its online game
publishing assets. IP E-Game will
also receive 4.76 million of Level Up!
shares and a stake in the company’s
unit, Playweb Games Inc.
Meanwhile, Asian stock markets
were mostly lower Thursday after
disappointing jobs figures from the
US and Europe dimmed confidence
in an economic recovery.
Investor nerves were tested by a
report that showed US businesses
adding far fewer jobs in April than
they did in March. The private survey
by payroll processor ADP said US
businesses added 119,000 jobs in
April, down from 201,000 in March.
The Economic Policy Institute
calculates that the United States
would have to create 350,000 jobs a
month for three years to return to pre-
recession employment levels. The
US government releases its monthly
figures, which include the public
sector, on Friday. The government
and ADP reports can vary sharply.
With Bloomberg, AP
By Jenniffer B. Austria
INTERNATIONAL Container
Terminal Services Inc. said
Thursday its Singapore unit is
taking over PT Karwell Indonesia
Tbk, PT, an inactive garments
company listed in Indonesia.
ICTSI said in a disclosure to
the stock exchange that ICTSI
Far East Pte. Ltd. was buying
shares equivalent to an 80-
percent interest in PT Karwell
and set to make a tender offer to
minority shareholders.
ICTSI said it would transform
PT Karwell into a company
engaged in the development,
construction and operations of
terminals.
“The purpose of the
acquisition and purchase of
additional shares is to save and
preserve the going concerns
of KARW that requires... total
restructuring of KARW” from
garment and textile,” ICTSI said.
It said the restructuring would
enable PT Karwell to build and
terminals and maritime logistics
infrastructure and “generate
satisfactory returns to all its
Gokongwei: CEB on track
CEBU Air Inc., operator of the country’s
biggest budget carrier, said Thursday it is on
track of carrying 14 million passengers this
year on the back of a double-digit growth in
the aviation industry and the healthy tourism
sector.
Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Air president and
chief executive, told reporters with the tourism
industry posting record high last year, “we’re
certainly well on our way.”
Data from the Tourism Department showed
arrivals from abroad reached 361,925 in
February, up from 318,912 year-on-year, led
by the influx of Korean and Chinese tourists.
This followed the record-breaking 411,064
arrivals reported in January, up 17.5 percent
from a year ago.
Gokongwei said the government must look
into opening or building other gateways in
Clark, Cebu, Davao, Kalibo and Iloilo that
could support direct flights to help decongest
the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
runway.
“Clearly, there is a need to develop new
gateways as well. Tourism is our priority,”
Gokongwei said. Lailany P. Gomez
Alliance Global bullish
CONGLOMERATE Alliance Global Group
Inc. of tycoon Andrew Tan expects four real
estate companies to post a combined P55
billion in reservation sales in 2012, up 49
percent from P37 billion in 2011.
Alliance Global’s four real estate firms are
Megaworld Corp., Empire East Land Holdings
Inc., Suntrust Properties Inc. and Global-Estate
Resorts Inc. Each caters to niche markets
ranging from the luxury, middle-income and
affordable home sectors to the vacation homes
segment.
Alliance Global said in a disclosure to the
stock exchange it was confident about the
property sector after its units posted a record
P16.4 billion in reservation sales in the first
quarter of 2012, up 52 percent on year.
“Megaworld’s strong performance for the
first quarter of this year can be attributed to
superior product offerings that address on
a large scale the Filipinos’ need for quality,
affordable homes in the very best locations,”
said Megaworld senior vice president for
marketing Noli Hernandez.
Jenniffer B. Austria
By Alena Mae S. Flores
and Bernadette Lunas
EMERGING countries in Asia
need to invest more than $6
trillion in green energy and
efficient infrastructure projects
by 2030 to mitigate the impact
of global warming and ensure a
more sustainable growth.
“This becomes an
opportunity [for green
growth]...an opportunity to
make some transformational
changes,” Bindu Lohani,
Asian Development Bank
vice president for knowledge
management and sustainable
development, said in a forum at
the 45th ADB annual meeting.
Lohani said that instead
of building traditional
infrastructure such as roads,
investments should be used to
construct more efficient mass
transit systems and adopt green
technologies in buildings.
Lohani said emerging Asia
will have to take action to address
climate change and promote a
low carbon economy because
of the region’s “vulnerabilities”,
including its increasing energy
consumption.
“Asia is vulnerable to the
impact of climate change
and will more likely suffer
disproportionally,” he said.
The ADB and the ADB
Institute’s study on Climate Change
and Green Asia echoed Lohani’s
statement and underscored the
urgency to take immediate action,
because Asia’s current patterns
of economic growth has become
unsustainable.
“The problem is urgent—
infrastructure built now and in
the next five years risks locking
in a long-term future of high
emissions, if it is built along the
high carbon lines of the past,”
the study said.
“The low-carbon development
agenda needs to expand beyond
energy to cover all sectors,”
ADB Institute dean Masahiro
Kawai said.
shareholders and other related
stakeholders.”
ICTSI Far East is acquiring
312.55 million shares
equivalent to a 53.23-percent
stake owned by PT Karya
Estetikamulia in PT Karwell
for 74 rupiah apiece. It is
also buying another 157.172
million shares, or equivalent to
26.77 percent owned by several
parties from the public shares,
for 75 to 77 rupiah a share.
TRADI NG SUMMARY
SHARES VALUE
FINANCIAL 12,831,094 1,048,553,211.314
INDUSTRIAL 389,203,255 2,652,978,045.99
HOLDING FIRMS 173,864,033 2,472,248,812.37
PROPERTY 264,004,673 912,484,481.85
SERVICES 170,739,854 902,400,799.15
MINING & OIL 2,076,497,901 1,108,541,602.118
GRAND TOTAL 3,087,140,810 9,097,206,952.794
FINANCIAL 1,311.64 (up) 8.83
INDUSTRIAL 7,945.05 (up) 37.84
HOLDING FIRMS 4,648.91 (up) 115.17
PROPERTY 1,956.91 (up) 20.85
SERVICES 1,722.21 (up) 14.84
MINING & OIL 26,984.44 (up) 13.41
PSEI 5,300.41 (up) 71.57
All Shares Index 3,505.62 (up) 37.32
Gainers: 83; Losers: 79; Unchanged: 42; Total: 204
Foreign investments
in stocks jump 253%
Business
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MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
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High Low STOCKS Close High Low Close Change Volume Trade/Buying
MST BUSINESS DAILY STOCKS REVIEW
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FINANCIAL
70.00 46.00 Banco de Oro Unibank Inc. 66.50 67.00 66.45 66.60 0.15 3,237,460 (48,450,826.00)
76.80 50.00 Bank of PI 74.95 75.00 74.75 74.95 0.00 658,130 (11,935,124.50)
1.82 0.69 Bankard, Inc. 0.77 0.75 0.74 0.74 (3.90) 513,000
512.00 370.00 China Bank 518.00 524.00 516.00 521.00 0.58 30,050 (6,025,465.00)
23.90 12.50 COL Financial 23.00 23.20 22.55 23.10 0.43 675,000 236,900.00
22.00 7.56 Filipino Fund Inc. 11.70 11.40 11.00 11.00 (5.98) 14,900 115,140
80.00 40.00 First Metro Inv. 64.40 68.05 68.05 68.05 5.67 500
29.00 3.00 Maybank ATR KE 26.50 27.25 26.60 27.25 2.83 156,900
93.50 60.00 Metrobank 91.55 92.30 91.65 92.25 0.76 2,435,110 47,002,184.00
3.06 1.30 Natl Reinsurance Corp. 2.10 2.10 2.07 2.07 (1.43) 557,000
16.85 41.00 Phil. National Bank 75.45 76.20 75.50 76.05 0.80 906,440 20,216,985.00
539.00 204.80 PSE Inc. 376.00 375.00 372.00 372.00 (1.06) 47,280 1,318,570.00
44.40 25.45 RCBC `A’ 44.95 45.00 44.20 44.40 (1.22) 476,400.00 548,020.00
151.50 77.00 Security Bank 149.00 155.00 147.30 155.00 4.03 2,424,100 300,638,684.00
140.00 58.00 Union Bank 107.00 107.80 106.50 106.50 (0.47) 134,770 345,649.00
2.06 1.43 Vantage Equities 1.86 1.90 1.86 1.86 0.00 147,000
INDUSTRIAL
35.50 26.50 Aboitiz Power Corp. 34.30 35.00 34.30 34.80 1.46 1,560,600 33,975,305.00
13.58 7.32 Agrinurture Inc. 12.20 12.30 12.18 12.30 0.82 1,044,600 (3,699,404.00)
23.50 11.98 Alaska Milk Corp. 23.65 23.65 23.65 23.65 0.00 142,700 (2,365,000.00)
1.86 0.97 Alliance Tuna Intl Inc. 1.53 1.55 1.52 1.52 (0.65) 893,000 (496,000.00)
54.90 26.00 Alphaland Corp. 30.00 30.00 30.00 30.00 0.00 2,300 (48,000.00)
1.65 1.08 Alsons Cons. 1.43 1.42 1.40 1.40 (2.10) 1,059,000 28,400.00
Asiabest Group 48.00 49.80 46.50 47.50 (1.04) 407,100
138.00 45.00 Bogo Medellin 61.30 62.05 62.00 62.00 1.14 200
102.80 3.02 Bloomberry 9.01 9.75 8.99 9.40 4.33 188,560,900 (349,066,511.00)
3.07 2.30 Chemrez Technologies Inc. 2.70 2.71 2.68 2.68 (0.74) 296,000 276,060.00
8.33 7.41 Cirtek Holdings (Chips) 8.10 8.14 8.08 8.14 0.49 22,000
7.06 4.83 Energy Devt. Corp. (EDC) 5.92 6.01 5.93 5.99 1.18 11,643,300 (19,646,722.00)
6.28 2.80 EEI 6.26 6.45 6.15 6.40 2.24 1,469,300 3,950,307.00
3.80 1.00 Euro-Med Lab. 1.81 1.89 1.80 1.89 4.42 12,000
25.00 5.80 Federal Chemicals 16.30 16.96 13.30 13.80 (15.34) 292,400 (8,536.00)
15.58 12.50 First Gen Corp. 14.18 14.40 14.18 14.18 0.00 2,838,400 (2,889,040.00)
67.20 51.50 First Holdings ‘A’ 65.00 65.15 64.45 64.95 (0.08) 210,030 3,660,207.50
31.50 22.50 Ginebra San Miguel Inc. 22.50 22.50 22.40 22.50 0.00 36,500 (393,750.00)
0.10 0.0095 Greenergy 0.0170 0.0170 0.0160 0.0170 0.00 107,500,000
13.50 7.80 Holcim Philippines Inc. 12.04 12.30 11.90 12.30 2.16 1,659,300 4,773,136.00
9.00 4.71 Integ. Micro-Electronics 4.80 4.75 4.70 4.70 (2.08) 61,000 (288,150.00)
2.35 0.95 Ionics Inc 1.590 1.580 1.540 1.580 (0.63) 32,000
120.00 80.00 Jollibee Foods Corp. 111.00 113.00 112.00 112.90 1.71 369,020 (18,327,611.00)
8.40 1.04 LMG Chemicals 3.28 3.28 3.00 3.07 (6.40) 10,796,000 400.00
1.55 0.99 Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. 1.44 1.50 1.39 1.50 4.17 25,000
3.20 1.05 Manchester Intl. “A” 1.94 2.15 1.92 2.14 10.31 121,000
24.70 17.94 Manila Water Co. Inc. 25.00 25.05 24.95 25.00 0.00 6,682,200 1,900,845.00
6.95 0.75 Mariwasa MFG. Inc. 3.47 3.60 3.48 3.50 0.86 5,000
15.30 8.12 Megawide 17.00 17.30 16.10 16.70 (1.76) 2,178,900 65,450.00
295.00 215.00 Mla. Elect. Co `A’ 262.00 262.80 256.60 261.00 (0.38) 179,070 8,667,226.00
3.00 1.96 Pepsi-Cola Products Phil. 2.84 2.89 2.84 2.89 1.76 10,836,000 17,006,930.00
17.40 9.70 Petron Corporation 10.76 10.82 10.76 10.80 0.37 2,469,000 (9,555,420.00)
14.00 10.30 Phinma Corporation 12.00 12.00 12.00 12.00 0.00 1,500 (18,000.00)
15.24 9.01 Phoenix Petroleum Phils. 9.28 9.45 9.15 9.45 1.83 1,152,000 2,037,047.00
9.50 5.25 Republic Cement `A’ 9.20 9.18 9.14 9.14 (0.65) 200
2.55 1.01 RFM Corporation 2.84 2.86 2.72 2.73 (3.87) 6,710,000 13,989,620.00
6.50 2.90 Salcon Power Corp. 3.90 3.80 3.80 3.80 (2.56) 5,000
33.00 27.70 San Miguel Brewery Inc. 29.95 29.95 29.20 29.95 0.00 10,300
132.60 105.70 San Miguel Corp `A’ 112.20 112.50 112.10 112.10 (0.09) 380,360 3,890,994.00
1.90 1.25 Seacem 1.77 1.79 1.76 1.77 0.00 7,701,000 764,490.00
2.50 1.85 Splash Corporation 1.94 1.90 1.90 1.90 (2.06) 15,000
0.250 0.112 Swift Foods, Inc. 0.134 0.136 0.134 0.135 0.75 1,040,000
5.46 2.92 Tanduay Holdings 3.83 3.81 3.80 3.80 (0.78) 221,000
3.62 1.99 TKC Steel Corp. 2.39 2.39 2.37 2.37 (0.84) 29,000 (7,170.00)
1.41 0.90 Trans-Asia Oil 1.25 1.26 1.24 1.25 0.00 9,680,000
68.00 36.20 Universal Robina 67.00 67.00 65.35 67.00 0.00 2,208,310 45,479,869.00
1.12 0.285 Vitarich Corp. 0.570 0.630 0.570 0.630 10.53 5,749,000 19,890.00
18.00 2.55 Vivant Corp. 12.30 10.50 10.50 10.50 (14.63) 400
1.22 0.68 Vulcan Ind’l. 1.05 1.06 1.04 1.04 (0.95) 780,000 741,550.00
HOLDING FIRMS
1.18 0.65 Abacus Cons. `A’ 0.75 0.75 0.73 0.75 0.00 1,818,000 (29,250.00)
59.90 35.50 Aboitiz Equity 51.20 53.60 52.00 53.00 3.52 1,436,510 53,632,637.00
0.019 0.014 Alcorn Gold Res. 0.0160 0.0170 0.0160 0.0170 6.25 5,200,000
13.48 8.00 Alliance Global Inc. 13.00 13.50 13.00 13.40 3.08 43,370,500 193,821,006.00
2.97 1.67 Anglo Holdings A 2.12 2.14 2.12 2.14 0.94 359,000
4.60 3.00 Anscor `A’ 5.00 4.94 4.90 4.91 (1.80) 581,100 9,880.00
6.98 0.260 Asia Amalgamated A 4.80 4.84 4.83 4.84 0.83 30,000
3.15 1.49 ATN Holdings A 1.83 1.79 1.67 1.79 (2.19) 135,000
437.00 272.00 Ayala Corp `A’ 443.00 464.00 440.00 462.60 4.42 477,950 148,182,390.00
59.45 30.50 DMCI Holdings 62.00 62.80 62.00 62.40 0.65 2,436,650 (31,181,787.00)
4.19 1.03 F&J Prince ‘A’ 2.61 2.79 2.70 2.70 3.45 37,000
5.25 3.30 Filinvest Dev. Corp. 5.01 5.00 4.89 4.98 (0.60) 475,000 (1,000.00)
0.98 0.10 Forum Pacific 0.260 0.260 0.260 0.260 0.00 20,000 5,200.00
GT Capital 510.00 510.00 494.60 500.50 (1.86) 1,317,560 22,928,283.00
5.22 2.90 House of Inv. 4.80 4.85 4.70 4.82 0.42 150,000 42,840.00
34.80 19.00 JG Summit Holdings 34.20 35.80 34.80 35.50 3.80 4,910,700 120,478,620.00
4.19 2.27 Jolliville Holdings 2.30 2.40 2.40 2.40 4.35 5,000
6.95 4.00 Lopez Holdings Corp. 5.80 5.85 5.75 5.85 0.86 1,184,000 4,790,315.00
1.54 0.61 Lodestar Invt. Holdg.Corp. 1.26 1.26 1.22 1.25 (0.79) 3,409,000 (171,820.00)
3.82 1.500 Marcventures Hldgs., Inc. 3.730 3.780 3.630 3.650 (2.14) 3,259,000 287,340.00
4.45 2.56 Metro Pacific Inv. Corp. 4.52 4.63 4.53 4.55 0.66 73,731,000 (30,223,140.00)
6.24 2.10 Minerales Industrias Corp. 5.00 5.22 4.84 5.11 2.20 507,800
0.0770 0.054 Pacifica `A’ 0.0590 0.0600 0.0580 0.0580 (1.69) 4,900,000
2.20 1.42 Prime Media Hldg 1.510 1.510 1.510 1.510 0.00 50,000
0.82 0.44 Prime Orion 0.510 0.510 0.510 0.510 0.00 200,000
0.490 0.285 Sinophil Corp. 0.355 0.360 0.355 0.360 1.41 700,000
699.00 450.00 SM Investments Inc. 700.00 710.00 701.00 710.00 1.43 279,970 87,266,005.00
1.78 1.00 Solid Group Inc. 1.30 1.62 1.30 1.53 17.69 6,350,000 198,350.00
1.57 1.14 South China Res. Inc. 1.30 1.35 1.30 1.30 0.00 125,000
0.420 0.099 Unioil Res. & Hldgs 0.2550 0.2550 0.2500 0.2550 0.00 6,040,000 10,000.00
0.620 0.056 Wellex Industries 0.4000 0.4050 0.3750 0.3800 (5.00) 9,200,000 23,250.00
1.370 0.178 Zeus Holdings 0.620 0.620 0.600 0.610 (1.61) 1,100,000 30,500.00
P R O P E R T Y
39.00 11.00 Anchor Land Holdings Inc. 38.00 43.00 43.00 43.00 13.16 400
2.82 1.70 A. Brown Co., Inc. 2.70 2.80 2.65 2.75 1.85 107,000
0.75 0.31 Araneta Prop `A’ 0.800 0.810 0.780 0.800 0.00 423,000
0.218 0.150 Arthaland Corp. 0.186 0.186 0.186 0.186 0.00 3,860,000
22.40 13.36 Ayala Land `B’ 21.35 22.10 21.45 21.90 2.58 7,744,700 10,687,930.00
6.12 3.08 Belle Corp. `A’ 4.90 4.96 4.90 4.95 1.02 8,657,000 23,249,820.00
9.00 2.26 Cebu Holdings 8.15 8.30 7.90 8.10 (0.61) 11,668,400 1,996,999.00
5.60 2.00 Cebu Prop. `A’ 5.30 5.20 4.90 5.20 (1.89) 75,700
5.20 2.20 Cebu Prop. `B’ 5.20 5.20 5.10 5.20 0.00 25,000
5.66 0.26 Century Property 1.68 1.69 1.66 1.67 (0.60) 2,809,000
2.85 1.20 City & Land Dev. 2.55 2.58 2.35 2.47 (3.14) 80,000
1.65 1.07 Cityland Dev. `A’ 1.26 1.30 1.24 1.24 (1.59) 162,000 73,160.00
0.127 0.060 Crown Equities Inc. 0.083 0.083 0.082 0.083 0.00 20,840,000
1.16 0.67 Cyber Bay Corp. 0.89 0.89 0.88 0.89 0.00 82,000
0.90 0.54 Empire East Land 0.800 0.820 0.800 0.800 0.00 21,656,000 3,512,500.00
3.80 2.90 Eton Properties 3.50 3.35 3.34 3.35 (4.29) 36,000
0.310 0.10 Ever Gotesco 0.185 0.190 0.181 0.190 2.70 350,000
3.06 1.76 Global-Estate 1.96 2.03 1.97 2.02 3.06 15,204,000 7,963,230.00
1.35 0.98 Filinvest Land,Inc. 1.42 1.42 1.38 1.39 (2.11) 46,196,000 1,299,190.00
3.80 1.21 Highlands Prime 1.87 1.86 1.85 1.85 (1.07) 52,000
2.14 0.65 Interport `A’ 1.30 1.30 1.25 1.25 (3.85) 324,000 12,600.00
2.48 1.51 Megaworld Corp. 2.15 2.15 2.11 2.14 (0.47) 54,496,000 (8,755,980.00)
0.80 0.215 MRC Allied Ind. 0.2030 0.2040 0.2000 0.2030 0.00 11,620,000 67,590.00
0.990 0.072 Phil. Estates Corp. 0.7400 0.7500 0.7000 0.7000 (5.41) 20,601,000 387,780.00
0.71 0.41 Phil. Realty `A’ 0.550 0.520 0.520 0.520 (5.45) 20,000
4.77 1.80 Polar Property Holdings 3.36 3.51 3.35 3.50 4.17 513,000 35,000.00
3.34 2.08 Primex Corp. 3.01 2.40 2.40 2.40 (20.27) 4,000
18.86 10.00 Robinson’s Land `B’ 17.60 17.74 17.38 17.64 0.23 1,258,000 13,502,078.00
2.70 1.74 Shang Properties Inc. 2.60 2.60 2.60 2.60 0.00 2,555,000
9.47 6.50 SM Development `A’ 7.01 7.13 7.03 7.09 1.14 2,389,000 4,653,526.00
18.20 10.90 SM Prime Holdings 16.72 16.98 16.74 16.74 0.12 13,600,100 (72,605,110.00)
1.14 0.64 Sta. Lucia Land Inc. 0.77 0.76 0.75 0.75 (2.60) 100,000
0.80 0.45 Suntrust Home Dev. Inc. 0.580 0.580 0.570 0.570 (1.72) 122,000
4.30 2.60 Vista Land & Lifescapes 4.340 4.390 4.250 4.310 (0.69) 6,851,000 (6,426,830.00)
S E R V I C E S
2GO Group’ 1.93 1.95 1.93 1.93 0.00 79,000
43.00 28.60 ABS-CBN 41.50 41.50 39.20 40.00 (3.61) 11,300
14.76 1.60 Acesite Hotel 10.88 10.88 10.00 10.60 (2.57) 22,100
0.80 0.45 APC Group, Inc. 0.700 0.700 0.680 0.690 (1.43) 716,000
9.30 7.30 Asian Terminals Inc. 9.05 9.15 9.10 9.15 1.10 39,400
0.5300 0.0660 Boulevard Holdings 0.1760 0.1780 0.1750 0.1770 0.57 40,090,000 96,800.00
98.15 62.50 Cebu Air Inc. (5J) 70.20 70.60 70.35 70.45 0.36 393,820 12,707,674.50
9.70 5.40 DFNN Inc. 7.29 7.30 7.18 7.30 0.14 166,100 (81.00)
5.90 1.45 Easy Call “Common” 3.60 3.42 3.10 3.42 (5.00) 27,000
1750.00 765.00 FEUI 915.00 915.00 915.00 915.00 0.00 240
1172.00 11.70 Globalports 31.90 32.00 31.90 31.95 0.16 4,500 (19,195.00)
1270.00 825.00 Globe Telecom 1102.00 1112.00 1102.00 1111.00 0.82 66,860 (7,328,105.00)
10.34 6.18 GMA Network Inc. 9.89 10.30 9.89 10.06 1.72 2,405,600
69.00 43.40 I.C.T.S.I. 68.30 70.00 68.20 70.00 2.49 1,378,560 27,467,841.00
18.40 5.00 Imperial Res. `A’ 9.60 11.20 9.00 11.00 14.58 27,700
6.00 4.00 IPeople Inc. `A’ 6.50 6.50 6.10 6.11 (6.00) 29,900
4.29 2.20 IP Converge 3.10 3.18 3.06 3.07 (0.97) 171,000
34.50 0.123 IP E-Game Ventures Inc. 0.080 0.084 0.068 0.071 (11.25) 105,790,000 (476,770.00)
3.87 1.16 IPVG Corp. 1.13 1.16 1.13 1.14 0.88 1,588,000 (611,100.00)
5.1900 2.900 ISM Communications 3.1600 3.1500 3.0800 3.0800 (2.53) 6,000
3.79 1.58 JTH Davies Holdings Inc. 2.45 2.50 2.48 2.50 2.04 73,000
11.68 5.90 Leisure & Resorts 7.12 7.25 7.09 7.10 (0.28) 2,298,800
2.35 0.92 Lorenzo Shipping 1.78 1.77 1.77 1.77 (0.56) 24,000
3.96 2.70 Macroasia Corp. 3.08 3.01 3.00 3.00 (2.60) 350,000 (600,530.00)
3.00 1.00 Manila Jockey 1.48 1.50 1.50 1.50 1.35 50,000
9.60 6.50 Metro Pacific Tollways 7.60 7.88 7.88 7.88 3.68 100
21.00 17.20 Pacific Online Sys. Corp. 21.65 22.00 21.10 21.65 0.00 16,000
8.58 4.50 PAL Holdings Inc. 7.67 7.70 7.56 7.58 (1.17) 101,400 65,790.00
3.32 1.05 Paxys Inc. 2.86 2.87 2.78 2.78 (2.80) 1,537,000 (1,530,570.00)
10.00 4.60 Phil. Racing Club 9.00 9.02 9.02 9.02 0.22 6,000
60.00 17.02 Phil. Seven Corp. 44.00 44.00 44.00 44.00 0.00 1,300 57,200.00
17.18 14.50 Philweb.Com Inc. 17.40 17.78 17.40 17.60 1.15 579,900 1,307,110.00
6.90 3.80 PLDT Comm & Energy 4.09 4.09 4.09 4.09 0.00 1,200
2886.00 2096.00 PLDT Common 2552.00 2572.00 2548.00 2572.00 0.78 169,860 23,247,230.00
0.48 0.23 PremiereHorizon 0.365 0.375 0.365 0.365 0.00 2,860,000
23.75 10.68 Puregold 24.95 25.35 24.70 25.00 0.20 4,507,400 13,862,865.00
3.30 2.40 Transpacific Broadcast 2.80 2.80 2.70 2.70 (3.57) 16,000
0.79 0.26 Waterfront Phils. 0.530 0.530 0.520 0.530 0.00 127,000
MINING & OIL
0.0083 0.0036 Abra Mining 0.0054 0.0055 0.0054 0.0054 0.00 49,000,000
6.20 3.01 Apex `A’ 5.32 5.52 5.20 5.50 3.38 1,151,000
6.22 3.00 Apex `B’ 5.40 5.52 5.25 5.50 1.85 283,300 62,120.00
25.20 14.50 Atlas Cons. `A’ 19.22 19.22 19.14 19.18 (0.21) 2,936,900 6,552,890.00
31.00 20.00 Atok-Big Wedge `A’ 28.00 30.00 26.00 30.00 7.14 13,100
0.380 0.148 Basic Energy Corp. 0.285 0.290 0.280 0.290 1.75 11,030,000
30.35 15.00 Benguet Corp `A’ 25.20 25.50 25.25 25.50 1.19 7,500
34.00 14.50 Benguet Corp `B’ 25.00 26.00 24.30 25.90 3.60 14,600 (127,060.00)
2.51 1.62 Century Peak Metals Hldgs 1.77 1.74 1.72 1.74 (1.69) 273,000
50.85 4.35 Dizon 59.60 59.90 56.80 56.90 (4.53) 1,192,500 8,603,083.50
1.21 0.50 Geograce Res. Phil. Inc. 0.90 0.92 0.89 0.89 (1.11) 12,258,000 4,450.00
1.82 0.5900 Lepanto `A’ 1.420 1.430 1.410 1.420 0.00 15,238,000
2.070 0.6700 Lepanto `B’ 1.560 1.550 1.520 1.530 (1.92) 7,110,000 4,702,120.00
0.085 0.035 Manila Mining `A’ 0.0740 0.0740 0.0720 0.0740 0.00 188,000,000
0.087 0.035 Manila Mining `B’ 0.0740 0.0740 0.0730 0.0730 (1.35) 61,080,000 73,000.00
34.80 15.04 Nickelasia 34.90 35.40 34.85 34.85 (0.14) 497,800 10,362,915.00
12.76 2.08 Nihao Mineral Resources 12.34 12.40 11.76 11.76 (4.70) 9,517,300 (4,163,656.00)
1.100 0.008 Omico 0.7800 0.7700 0.7600 0.7700 (1.28) 312,000
8.40 2.12 Oriental Peninsula Res. 7.900 7.950 7.290 7.290 (7.72) 19,065,800 2,252,434.00
0.032 0.012 Oriental Pet. `A’ 0.0230 0.0230 0.0210 0.0230 0.00 656,600,000
0.033 0.013 Oriental Pet. `B’ 0.0250 0.0230 0.0220 0.0220 (12.00) 284,200,000 (5,546,000.00)
7.14 5.10 Petroenergy Res. Corp. 6.50 6.50 6.49 6.50 0.00 39,100 58,500.00
28.95 17.08 Philex `A’ 24.75 26.10 24.80 25.55 3.23 11,507,000 6,885,045.00
14.18 3.00 PhilexPetroleum 21.00 27.00 22.00 27.00 28.57 8,760,600 12,919,795.00
0.058 0.013 Philodrill Corp. `A’ 0.058 0.059 0.057 0.059 1.72 666,280,000 (7,106,660.00)
252.00 161.10 Semirara Corp. 254.80 256.00 254.80 255.00 0.08 257,410 (35,653,224.00)
0.029 0.013 United Paragon 0.0210 0.0210 0.0200 0.0210 0.00 69,800,000
PREFERRED
570.00 520.00 Ayala Corp. Pref `A’ 560.00 547.00 545.00 545.00 (2.68) 4,000 21,800.00
109.80 100.50 First Phil. Hldgs.-Pref. 105.20 105.50 105.10 105.10 (0.10) 10,460
11.02 6.00 GMA Holdings Inc. 9.88 10.24 9.90 10.10 2.23 3,337,400 (1,306,040.00)
116.70 106.20 PCOR-Preferred 115.10 115.80 115.10 115.80 0.61 1,150
80.00 74.50 SMC Preferred 1 76.25 76.25 76.20 76.25 0.00 3,120
1050.00 990.00 SMPFC Preferred 1036.00 1040.00 1030.00 1040.00 0.39 1,400
6.00 0.87 Swift Pref 1.20 1.20 1.20 1.20 0.00 55,000
WARRANTS & BONDS
1.35 0.62 Megaworld Corp. Warrants 1.18 1.16 1.15 1.15 (2.54) 500,000 143,750.00
Ms. Herrera’s column
will resume next week.
MAYA BALTAZAR
HERRERA
INTEGRATIONS
Ever to MMDA: Follow the law
FOR an agency that’s supposed to enforce the
law, the Metro Manila Development Authority
sure seems to be giving the opposite impression to
embattled outdoor advertising company Ever Corp.
Early this year, Pasay City Judge Divina Gracia
Lopez Pelino issued
a writ of preliminary
injunction ordering
the MMDA to stop
the dismantling of
billboards owned
by Ever—an order
MMDA Chairman
Francis Tolentino
branded as illegal,
even adding that he is
considering the filing of
administrative charges
against the judge.
An MMDA official
purportedly said they will continue the campaign
against the billboards, much to the chagrin of
Ever’s general manager Freddie Atlantico who
explained that they are “not asking for special
favors from the MMDA—just that it follow the
law.” Atlantico said they have been compliant
with the additional rules and regulations
covering signs and billboards introduced by
the Public Works and Highways Department
in 2007 in the aftermath of Typhoon Milenyo.
The advertising company had petitioned Judge
Pelino for legal protection for its more than 100
billboard structures. In issuing the injunction,
the Pasay City judge found Ever to have been
legally compliant in the conduct of its advertising
business, noting that it possessed the requisite
permits as stipulated in the ARR. An official of
the Outdoor Media Advocacy Group lamented
that the industry has been repeatedly accused by
the MMDA of non-compliance with the law, and
that for some reason billboard structures are still
dismantled despite documents proving they have
complied with the ARR. Worse, the MMDA now
wants to go after a judge who recognizes the fact
that outdoor industry players follow the law, the
official pointed out.
The problem, OMAG stated, is that the “MMDA
believes it can independently promulgate its own
rules and regulations. The Supreme Court has, time
and again, declared that the MMDA does not have
legislative, let alone police power”—a statement
that people who have been at odds with the MMDA
chair would agree with. In the past, Tolentino has had
a few highly publicized “differences” with people,
among them film producer Lily Monteverde and
Makati barangay tanod Raymond Palma.
Can people bank on the system?
A lot of schools have raised tuition fees and with
the school year about to open a month or so from
now, depositors of the moribund Export Import
Bank are at their wits’ end trying to figure out how
to recover their hard-earned savings. While the
Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. has promised
to refund the deposits, it would still take some
time for verification and other procedures before
depositors could recover their savings. That is,
if the amount involved is P10,000, in which case
account holders can expect their money back by the
end of this month.
Despite assurances from the Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas that the banking system is stable, many
couldn’t help but think otherwise considering the
highly disgraceful instances of bank failures—
among them the Legacy group of Celso Angeles
(whose demise due to cancer has been unkindly
ascribed to “karma” by still-bitter victims). It may
be “just one of those things that happen” in the
words of BSP Deputy Gov. Nestor Espenilla—but
the seemingly dismissive statement did not sit well
with those whose lives have been put on hold on
account of the bank failure. Can’t really blame some
depositors who are reportedly contemplating acts of
violence just to vent their frustration, since it would
seem that BSP has not been very impressive when
it comes to the exercise of its regulatory functions.
Too bad also that the buyout by SM tycoon Henry
Sy’s Banco de Oro fell through.
On a more positive note, the Union Bank of the
Philippines’ net income for the first quarter beat
expectations, increasing more than fourfold to
P2.8 billion on account of surging trade incomes
as the bank took advantage of volatility in mixed
income markets. Strong lending in the consumer
market also caused the bank’s loan-deposit-ratio
to increase to 60.5 percent compared to 45 percent
for the same period last year. Analysts say the first-
quarter profits alone already accounted for some 44
percent of the bank’s estimated full-year profit of
P6.5 billion. This is definitely one bank that looks
stable.
Happy Hour nibbler: Spanish fiesta
The Instituto Cervantes keeps the love for Spain
burning by collaborating with educational and other
institutions to promote the Spanish language in
the country. Aside from the usual classroom-style
method, IC has also been innovative over the years,
embarking on a number of programs to rekindle
interest on Spanish
and Latin-American
culture among Filipinos
particularly the young.
This May, IC is offering
a veritable fiesta of
intriguing “Cine Negro”
or stylish crime movies
with crisp story lines and
“first rate, hard-boiled
dialogue” with English
subtitles. Filipinos can
enjoy these “peliculas”
for free (admission is
on a first-come, first-
served basis) every Saturday at the Salon de Actos,
starting tomorrow with “El Secreto de sus Ojos”
(The Secret in their Eyes), about a retired agent
whose attempt to write a novel unravels secrets
surrounding a rape and murder case whose effects
continue to haunt even decades after.
###
For comments, reactions, photos, stories
and related concerns, readers may e-mail to
happyhourtoday2012@yahoo.com.
FOREIGN investments in local stocks
soared 253 percent year-on-year in the
first four months, on upbeat prospects of
listed companies and optimism over the
domestic economy.
Philippine Stock Exchange
president and chief executive
Hans Sicat said in a presentation
before members of the Institute of
Corporate Directors net foreign
transactions at the local bourse
amounted to $851.4 million as
of May 2, up from just $241.4
million recorded in the same
period last year.
Sicat said the average daily
trading value and total market
capitalization also increased
year-on-year, as a result of robust
trading activity in the stock
market.
Average daily turnover climbed
to $177 million (P7.5 billion) in
the first four months of the year
from $118 million (P5.1 billion)
a year ago.
Total market capitalization of
listed companies also increased
21.4 percent to $240.5 billion as
of May 2, from $198 billion as of
end-December 2011.
“The market is rewarding us
for the all reforms that we have
implemented,” Sicat said.
Sicat said he hoped trading
volume would continue to increase
as the exchange implements more
positive measures and products
for the investors.
He said the PSE planned to
launch online trading platform to
enable stockbrokers to provide
online trading transaction to their
clients.
The exchange also plans to
introduce new products such as
the Personal Equity Retirement
Account, Securities Borrowing
and Lending and Exchange
Traded Fund.
Meanwhile, the PSE pursues
plans to put in place a separate
board for companies embracing
superior corporate governance.
Sicat said the company was in
talks with 20 listed companies to
be part of the special corporate
governance board previously
called Maharlika Board.
The Maharlika Board
was originally scheduled
for launching last year. The
launching, however, was
deferred to pave the way for
the review and fine-tuning of its
framework.
Sicat said the PSE was
still conducting one-on-one
consultations with the companies
that would potentially join the
roster. Jenniffer B. Austria
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
REGION VII, CEBU CITY
INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID
May 3, 2012
(MST-May 4, 2012)
The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Offce 7 (DPWH Regional
Offce 7), through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors registered
with and classifed by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) to apply
for eligibility and if found eligible, to bid for the contract to wit:
Contract I.D.: 12H00028
Contract Name: Concreting of Balilihan-Hanopol-Batuan Road
Contract Location: K0023+( -263) to K0024+863
Approved Budget for the Contract: Php 39,072,924.96
Contract Duration: 240 Calendar Days
Bid Documents: Php 20,000.00
Contract I.D.: 12H00029
Contract Name: Concreting of Jet. TNR-Cortes-Balilihan-Macaas Road
Contract Location: K0009+(-130) to K0009+434, Cortes, Bohol
Approved Budget for the Contract: Php 7,750,004.97
Contract Duration: 120 Calendar Days
Bid Documents: Php 10,000.00
Contract I.D.: 12H00030
Contract Name: Concreting of Jet. TNR-Cortes-Balilihan-Macaas Road
Contract Location: K0045+095 to K0046+045
Approved Budget for the Contract: Php 21,020,125.04
Contract Duration: 150 Calendar Days
Bid Documents: Php 20,000.00
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance
with R.A. 9184 known as “Government Procurement Reform Act”, and its Revised
Implementing Rules and Regulations. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall
be automatically rejected at bid opening.
To be eligible to bid for this contract, a Contractor must submit a Letter of Intent
(LOI) together with their Class “ A” Documents and must meet the following major
criteria: (a). prior registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-
owned partnership/corporation, cooperative, or joint venture with PCAB License
applicable to the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar project/
contract costing at least 50% of ABC within a period of 10years, (d) Net Financial
Contracting Capacity at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment from a reputable
universal and commercial banks for at least 10% of ABC. (e) Letter of Authority for
the representative /Liason Offcer (As refected in the CRC) to submit LOI and Bids,
Have key personnel and equipment owned and or leased listed in the Eligibility Forms
available for the prosecution of the project.
Letter of lntent (LOl’s) sent thru mail or fax will not be accepted. The DPWH - BAC will
use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the eligibility check, preliminary examination
of bids, evaluation of bids and post qualifcation. Unregistered contractors, however,
may submit their applications for registration, to DPWH-POCW , Central Offce before
the deadline for the receipt of LOIs. The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will process
only, the contractor’s applications for registration with complete requirements and
issue the Contractor's Certifcate of Registration (CRC) before processing their LOIs.
The DPWH Central BAC-TWO will process only those with complete registration
requirements. All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid
security,Perfom1ance Security, Pre Bidding conference(s) , Evaluation of Bids, Post
Qualifcation and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of
RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR).
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities arc shown be below.
Contract IO’s 12H00028, 12H00029& 12HOOO30
Issuance of Biddinq Documents From: May 7, 2012-May 29, 2012
Pre Bid Conference May 16, 2012-2:00 P.M.
Deadline of Lor’s from Prospective bidders Deadline: May 18, 2012 until 3:00 P.M.
Receipt of Bids May 29, 2012 1:00 P.M.
Opening of Bids May 29, 2012 1:30 P.M.
Prospective bidders may download the Registration and LOI Forms from the DPWI-I
websitewww.dpwh.gov.ph. Prospective bidders shall submit their accomplished LOIs
and obtain the results of the eligibility check at the same address.
Prospective bidders may also download the Bidding Documents (BDs), if available,
from the DPWH web site. Bidders that will download the BD’S from the DPWII
Website shall pay the said fees as stated aboved on or before the submission of
their bid documents. Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and
acceptable form as stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
The BAC will also issue hard copies of the (BDs) at the same address -upon payment
of a nonrefundable fee as stated above. Interested Bidders may obtain further
information and inspect the bidding Documents at the same address .. Bids will be
opened in the presence of the bidders ‘representatives who choose to attend and
late bids shall not be accepted. The DPWH Regional Offce 7 reserves the right to
accept or reject any bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract
award. without incurring any liability to the affected bidders and no responsibility
whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the
preparation of their bids.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) Atty. AYAON S. MANGGIS
BAC Chairman
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
REGION VII, CEBU CITY
INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID
May 3, 2012
(MST-May 4, 2012)
The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Ofhce 7 (DPWH Regional
Ofhce 7), through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors registered
with and classifed by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) to apply
for eligibility and if found eligible, to bid for the contract to wit:
Contract 1.0.: 12H00031
Contract Name: Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of Luyang-Poo-Lazi Road, Siquijor
Contract Location: a) K0009+640 to K0010+000; b) KOOlO+000 to K0012+480
c) K0013+290 to K0014+81O; d) K0015+000 to K0015+170
e) K0015+370 to K0015+419
Approved Budget for the Contract: Php 48,287,570.00
Contract Duration: 240 Calendar Days
Bid Documents: Php 20,000.00
Contract 1.0.: 12H00032
Contract Name: Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of Luyang-Poo-Lazi Road, Siquijor
Contract Location: a) K0022+046 to K0022+838; b) K0023+462 to K0023+543
c) K0024+201 to K0025+958
Approved Budget for the Contract: Php 21,387,896.10
Contract Duration: 180 Calendar Days
Bid Documents: Php 20,000.00
Contract 1.0.: 12H00033
Contract Name: Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of Siquijor Circumferential Road,
Siquijor
Contract Location: a) K0028+400 to K0031+500; b) K0034+126 to K0035+026
Approved Budget for the Contract: Php 21,387,896.10
Contract Duration: 180 Calendar Days
Bid Documents: Php 20,000
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance
with R.A. 9184 known as “Government Procurement Reform Act”, and its Revised
Implementing Rules and Regulations. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be
automatically rejected at bid opening.
To be eligible to bid for this contract, a Contractor must submit a Letter of Intent
(LOI) together with their Class “ A” Documents and must meet the following major
criteria: (a). prior registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned
partnership/corporation, cooperative, or joint venture with PCAB License applicable to
the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar project/contract costing at
least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity
at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment from a reputable universal and
commercial banks for at least 10% of ABC. (e) Letter of’ Authority for the representative
/Liason Offcer (As refected in the CRC) to submit LOI and Bids, Have key personnel
and equipment owned and or leas in listed in the Eligibility Forms available for the
prosecution of the project.
Letter of Intent (LOl’s) sent thru mail or fax will not be accepted. The DPWH - BAC will
use non-discretionary pass/ fail criteria in the eligibility check, preliminary examination
of bids, evaluation of bids and post qualifcation. Unregistered contractors, however,
may submit their applications for registration, to DPWH-POCW, Central Offce before
the deadline for the receipt of LOIs.
The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will process only, the contractor’s applications
for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certifcate of
Registration (CRC) before processing their LOls. The DPWH Central BAC-TWO will
process only those with complete registration requirements.AII particulars relative to
Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid security, Performance Security, Pre Bidding
conference(s), Evaluation of Bids, Post Qualifcation and Award of Contract shall be
governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and
Regulation (IRR).
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown be below.
Contract 10’5 12H00031, 12H00032 & 12HOOO33
Issuance of Biddinq Documents From: May 2,1 2012-June 5 2012
Pre Bid Conference May 25, 2012-2:00 P.M.
Deadline of Lor’s from Prospective bidders Deadline: May 31, 2012 until 3:00 P.M.
Receipt of Bids June 5, 2012 1:00 P.M.
Opening of Bids June 5, 2012-1:30 P.M.
Prospective bidders may download the Registration and LOI Forms from the DPWH
website www.dpwh.gov.ph. Prospective bidders shall submit their accomplished LOls
and obtain the results of the eligibility check at the same address.
Prospective bidders may also download the Bidding Documents (BDs), if available, from
the DPWH web site. Bidders that will download the BD’S from the DPWH Website shall
pay the said fees as stated aboved on or before the submission of their bid documents.
Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form as
stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
The BAC will also issue hard copies of the (BDs) at the same address -upon payment of
a nonrefundable fee as stated above. Interested Bidders may obtain further information
and inspect the bidding Documents at the same address .. Bids will be opened in the
presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend and late bids shall not
be accepted. The DPWH Regional Offce 7 reserves the right to accept or reject any
bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring
any liability to the affected bidders and no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or
indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of their bids.
Approved by:
(Sgd.) Atty. AYAON S. MANGGIS
BAC Chairman
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS
OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
REGION VII, CEBU CITY
INVITATION TO APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND TO BID
May 3, 2012
(MST-May 4, 2012)
The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Ofhce 7 (DPWH
Regional Ofhce 7), through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors
registered with and classifed by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB)
to apply for eligibility and if found eligible, to bid for the contract to wit:
Contract I.D.: 12H00034
Contract Name: Rehabilitation of M. Logarta Street
Contract Location: a) K0006+606 to K0007+020, Mandaue City
Approved Budget for the Contract: Php 13,045,278.79
Contract Duration: 180 Calendar Days
Bid Documents: Php 20,000.00
Contract I.D.: 12H00035
Contract Name: Rehabilitation of A.C. Cortes Avenue
Contract Location: a) K0008+173.95 to K00009+318.66, Mandaue City
Approved Budget for the Contract: Php 29,5578,205.45
Contract Duration: 180 Calendar Days
Bid Documents: Php 20,000.00
Contract I.D.: 12H00036
Contract Name: Rehabilitation of Cebu North Hagnaya Wharf Road
Contract Location: a) K0004+288 to K0007+321
Approved Budget for the Contract: Php 37,793,647.56
Contract Duration: 210 Calendar Days
Bid Documents: Php 20,000
Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance
with R.A. 9184 known as “Government Procurement Reform Act”, and its Revised
Implementing Rules and Regulations. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be
automatically rejected at bid opening.
To be eligible to bid for this contract, a Contractor must submit a Letter of Intent
(LOI) together with their Class “ A” Documents and must meet the following major
criteria: (a). prior registration with the DPWH, (b) Filipino citizen or 75% Filipino-owned
partnership/corporation, cooperative, or joint venture with PCAB License applicable to
the type and cost of this contract, (c) completion of a similar project/contract costing at
least 50% of ABC within a period of 10 years, (d) Net Financial Contracting Capacity
at least equal to ABC, or credit line commitment from a reputable universal and
commercial banks for at least 10% of ABC. (e) Letter of’ Authority for the representative
/Liason Offcer (As refected in the CRC) to submit LOI and Bids, Have key personnel
and equipment owned and or leas in listed in the Eligibility Forms available for the
prosecution of the project.
Letter of Intent (LOl’s) sent thru mail or fax will not be accepted. The DPWH - BAC will
use non-discretionary pass/ fail criteria in the eligibility check, preliminary examination
of bids, evaluation of bids and post qualifcation. Unregistered contractors, however,
may submit their applications for registration, to DPWH-POCW, Central Offce before
the deadline for the receipt of LOIs.
The DPWH-POCW Central Offce will process only, the contractor’s applications
for registration with complete requirements and issue the Contractor’s Certifcate of
Registration (CRC) before processing their LOls. The DPWH Central BAC-TWO will
process only those with complete registration requirements.AII particulars relative to
Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid security, Performance Security, Pre Bidding
conference(s), Evaluation of Bids, Post Qualifcation and Award of Contract shall be
governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and
Regulation (IRR).
The signifcant times and deadlines of procurement activities are shown be below.
Contract ID's 12H00034, 12H00035 & 12HOOO36
Issuance of Biddinq Documents From: June 5, 2012-June 28, 2012
Pre Bid Conference June 15, 2012-2:00 P.M.
Deadline of LOI’s from Prospective bidders Deadline: June 25, 2012 until 3:00 P.M.
Receipt of Bids June 28, 2012 1:00 P.M.
Opening of Bids June 25, 2012-1:30 P.M.
Prospective bidders may download the Registration and LOI Forms from the DPWH
website www.dpwh.gov.ph. Prospective bidders shall submit their accomplished LOls
and obtain the results of the eligibility check at the same address.
Prospective bidders may also download the Bidding Documents (BDs), if available, from
the DPWH web site. Bidders that will download the BD’S from the DPWH Website shall
pay the said fees as stated aboved on or before the submission of their bid documents.
Bids must be accompanied by a bid security, in the amount and acceptable form as
stated in Section 27.2 of the Revised IRR.
The BAC will also issue hard copies of the (BDs) at the same address -upon payment of
a nonrefundable fee as stated above. Interested Bidders may obtain further information
and inspect the bidding Documents at the same address .. Bids will be opened in the
presence of the bidders’ representatives who choose to attend and late bids shall not
be accepted. The DPWH Regional Offce 7 reserves the right to accept or reject any
bid and to annul the bidding process anytime before Contract award, without incurring
any liability to the affected bidders and no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or
indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of their bids.
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EDC starts drilling
in Chile, Peru areas
GT buys all shares of Federal Land
DTI reduces tariffs
on testliner boards
NBI at Robinsons Luisita. The 10
th
NBI Clearance Center has opened at
Robinsons Luisita in Tarlac to cater Capas, Bamban and Concepcion and Tarlac
City. The center is part of Robinsons Malls Lingkod Pinoy Center, a one-stop
facility that houses various government agencies, including Government Service
Insurance System, Pag-IBIG Fund, Philhealth and Department of Foreign Affairs.
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony are (from left) assistant NBI director for Central
Luzon Jose Justo Yap, officer-in-charge of NBI Taft Dario Sabilano, Robinsons Group
property manager Cathy Alejandro, NBI Tarlac chief clearance section head Rolando
Carlos and NBI Tarlac district head Jhonard Malvar.
By Julito G. Rada
THE Trade Department approved a reduction in the
safeguard duties of imported testliner boards, a raw
material used in the production of corrugated boxes
for packaging consumer products.
The department lowered the import protective tariffs
from P1,342 per metric ton in April to P1,274.90 on
June 12, 2012, and to P1,211.15 from June 13, 2012
to June 14, 2013.
The department said the safeguard measure,
initially imposed last year, aimed to help the domestic
industry adjust to import competition.
The safeguard measure is subject to an annual
review for possible further liberalization.
Testliner boards refer to the basic material—usually
made of recycled or waste paper—used in producing
corrugated boxes for the packaging of consumer
products. The safeguard measures benefit the end-
users of testliner boards, including consumers, since
they are assured of better and wider range of products
at competitive prices.
Trade said the protective tariff on testliner boards
imposed in July 2011 would be imposed for three
years and be liberalized annually on the second and
third years of the implementation period.
The Safeguards Act and the World Trade Organization
allow the higher tariff in cases of import surge of “like”
or “directly competitive” import products affecting or
threatening the domestic industry.
By Jenniffer B. Austria
GT CAPITAL Holdings Inc., the newly
listed holding firm of tycoon George Ty,
has acquired more shares in property firm
Federal Land Inc. worth P2.7 billion to
make it a wholly-owned subsidiary.
GT Capital said in a disclosure
to the stock exchange it had
purchased another 20 million
common shares in Federal Land.
This increased its stake in the
property firm to 100 percent from
80 percent.
The company used the proceeds
from the recently concluded
initial public offering to finance
the acquisition of additional
shares in Federal Land.
GT Capital, the first company
to conduct IPO this year, raised
P21.5 billion in proceeds from
the listing of 47.4 million shares
including overallotment shares.
GT Capital also purchased
additional 22.52 million shares,
which is equivalent to 4.6-percent
stake in energy arm Global Business
Power Corp. on Wednesday.
The transaction, valued at P890
million, increased GT Capital stake
in the Visayan power producer to
39 percent from 34.4 percent.
GT Capital also has investments
in Metropolitan Bank and Trust
Co., Toyota Motor Philippines
Inc. and Philippine AXA Life
Insurance Corp.
The group has expressed
interest in bidding for the
privatization of the Bohol airport
and government power projects in
Visayas and Mindanao, including
the 600-megawatt geothermal
Unified Leyte power project.
GT Capital president Carmelo
Maria Bautista earlier reported
that all five operating units
of the company showed very
encouraging results in the first
quarter of the year.
Federal Land reported
reservation sales of P3.8 billion
in the first quarter, up 113 percent
from the same period last year
while Toyota Motor Philippines
Corp., sold 12,645 units during
the same period for a 38.8-percent
market share.
By Alena Mae S. Flores
ENERGY Development Corp. is
set to start exploration activities
in Chile and Peru after signing
a shareholders’ agreement with
Hot Rock Ltd. of Australia.
Energy Development
said in a disclosure to the
Philippine Stock Exchange
the company and Hot Rock
agreed to put up companies
for each of the Longavi
geothermal concession in
Chile and the Chocopata and
Quellaapacheta geothermal
projects in Peru.
It said the agreement “allowed
the joint venture to commence
exploration activities at each of
the foregoing sites.”
Energy Development will own
70 percent of the outstanding
capital stock of each of the
project companies, with Hot
Rock holding 30 percent.
Energy Development and
Hot Rock signed a joint venture
agreement on Feb. 2 to develop
the Calerias and Longavi projects
in Chile, and the Quellaapacheta
and Chocopata fileds in Peru.
Energy Development obtained a
70-percent interest in each of the
projects.
“We now look forward to
starting exploration work in
what we view as attractive
geothermal concessions in
both Chile and Peru,” Energy
Development chairman and
chief executive Federico Lopez
said earlier.
He said the overseas projects
would showcase the company’s
geothermnal expertise. Hot Rock
earlier acquired 23 geothermal
tenements across Chile, Peru
and Australia. The company has
been among the first to identify
and obtain some of the most
attractive concession areas in
Latin America.
Energy Development seeks to
accelerate the development of
the projects and offer a clean,
reliable and indigenous source of
energy to Chile and Peru.
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Motoring
Manila Standard TODAY
Ramon L. Tomeldan, Editor mst.daydesk@gmail.com
THE BMW Car Club of the
Philippines, the officially rec-
ognized BMW car club by
the International Council of
BMW Clubs & BMW AG
proudly presents the Ninth
year staging of Bimmerfest!
Dubbed as the ultimate BMW
experience; the event promis-
es to be thrilling and exciting
with an all-BMW Automobile
car show and special EB that
will be held tomorrow May 5,
2012 at the Ninth Avenue Ac-
tivity Center of Bonifacio High
Street, Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig from 1 P.M. onwards.
All automobile aficionados are
invited to the event.
Cars on display will range
from the rich Heritage to the
Modern era models from the
Munich carmaker; and then
span to include the Special
models. The fine selection of
BMW automobiles the club
members and friends will
show comes in the form of the
classic E30 to the modern V8
M-cars.
Bimmerfest 2012 is
brought to you by the BMW
Car Club of the Philippines
and its sponsors Caltex, BBS
Wheels, Nitto Tires, Kellener
Sports, H&R Springs, Bilstein
Shock Absorbers, SONAX,
PIAA bulbs, Blaupunkt Audio,
Standard Insurance and Auto
Performance Philippines.
Event partners are Boni-
facio High Street - Bonifacio
Global City, Taguig City Gov-
ernment, Eurovision, Race
Chip, ARC Automotive, Agu-
ila Glass, Union Bank, V-Kool
tints, San Miguel Beverages,
Lifeline Ambulance Rescue
Inc., Doppler Audio, IWATA,
GC Autozentrum Technik,
Ayala Land Premier, Motevo
– Navigation and Beyond, Ya-
kima, Krispy Kreme and Ha-
waiian Coffee Company.
FOILACAR Manila, the com-
pany which revolutionized
paint protection now offers
new car buyers with an option
to change the look of your car
or SUV in a flash. Dubbed as
Art-a-Car by Foilacar, this op-
tion empowers the owner to
choose from a variety of car
graphics done in-house by a
team of automotive design-
ers. It is guaranteed to trans-
form your garden variety car
or SUV into a rolling piece
of art on wheels. “We have
car graphic designs for every
make or model of Mitsubishi,
Hyundai, Nissan, Ford, Kia,
Suzuki and Toyota for a frac-
tion of how much it cost to
repaint a car,” states Lester
Codog, President of Foilacar
Manila. Shown in photo is a
Suzuki Swift in cool Foilacar
graphics.
Codog also adds that their
custom car graphics can also
compliment Foilacar’s Clarita,
the innovative paint protec-
tion technology. Guaranteed
to preserve your car against
the elements of weathering,
scratches and paint chipping,
Clarita, like Art-a-Car, is pur-
posely designed to preserve
and protect your paint. It will
make you feel good and look
good.
For more information,
you can visit any of Foilacar’s
branches in Karport at the
Fort Bonifacio Global City,
at the La Fuerza Compound
along Don Chino Roces or in
Quezon City at 21 Col. B Ser-
rano ave. Bagong , near Camp
Crame. Clarita is also avail-
able in AutoHub dealers.
Isuzu’s
reliable mover
First to draw the line in the
sand was Isuzu Philippines Cor-
poration (IPC), whose best sell-
ing Crosswind series got some
aesthetic and interior upgrades.
As a company which carved itself
a reputation for going a step fur-
ther in launching a new model,
Isuzu went on a ride and drive
trip to Palawan for the media to
test drive the latest Crosswind
XS. This latest variant boasts of
a much bigger cargo space to ac-
commodate more baggage and
luggage space. “With close to
80,000 units sold since its intro-
duction in 1997, the Crosswind
has proven itself as a reliable and
dependable partner,” states Ryoji
Yamazaki, President of IPC.
Mazda’s
“Kodo” concept
Mazda then introduced us
to its Kodo Soul of motion de-
sign language which they say is
a fusion of a refined driving ex-
perience and outstanding fuel
economy. The latest version of
the Mazda 3 and the all new
CX-5 Crossover was launched in
a weeklong event dubbed as the
Mazda Revolution. According to
Janinna Mendoza, Marketing Di-
rector of Mazda Philippines, the
new CX-5 boasts of a new engine,
transmission, body and chassis.
The redesigned Mazda 3 on the
other hand has similar design
cues from its sporty sibling, the
Mazda MX-5 sports car. Like the
first generation model, the new
Mazda 3 comes in four door or
five door configurations with two
power plants, a behaved 1600cc
model and a more aggressive 2.0
liter version which puts out 145
bhp and 182 Newton meters of
torque. “We are confident that
Mazda will be a popular choice
for those looking for a high-quali-
ty compact sedan,” adds Mendo-
za. The new Mazda 3 retails for
P999,000 for the 1600cc V sedan
and P1.299 for the sportier 2.0
liter R sedan.
Suzuki
goes big time
Known as a company which
builds dependable, fuel efficient,
and fast small cars (think of Pikes
Peak dominator Monster Tajima
driving his Suzuki Escudo), Su-
zuki took a giant step forward
and launched the Kizashi sports
sedan. This move marks Suzuki’s
first foray into the highly com-
petitive executive sedan market.
The Kizashi is powered by a 2.4
liter engine, matted to a CVT
transmission with a six-speed
manual mode. “Suzuki remains
true to its pledge of providing
Sportier Swift!
UNIVERSAL Glass Co., Inc.
and its trademark, Aguila Auto
Glass—the most recognized
name in the Philippine glass
industry, celebrated its sixth
decade of service excellence
and commitment to providing
quality products to Filipinos.
To commemorate their an-
niversary, officers and person-
nel of Aguila Auto Glass plant-
ed 250 Narra tree seedlings in
a one-hectare area inside La
Mesa Eco Park. “We will pro-
tect a hectare of forest for three
years to remind us that all our
hard work will be in vain, if our
children will not have a healthy
world to live in.
Today is indeed special as
we celebrate our together-
ness and plant seeds for our
future…together, one UGCI
family for each other and our
fellow Filipinos,” said Pia Bor-
romeo, marketing manager of
Aguila Auto Glass.
As a way of giving back to
society, UGCI is actively in-
volved is several Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR)
activities.The company is a
proud supporter of GawadKa-
linga communities, which it
has been providing with hun-
dreds of windows since 2008.
Aguila Auto Glass is also an
active participant in the quest
of the Philippine Eagle Foun-
dation (PEF) to protect the
vanishing Philippine Eagle.
Since 2009, Aguila Auto Glass
has partnered with PEF in
promoting the survival of the
Philippine Eagle, the biodi-
versity it represents, and the
sustainable use of our forest
resources for future genera-
tions to enjoy.
On February 18, 1952,
Aguila Auto Glass Co., Inc.
first opened its doors for busi-
ness, marking the beginning
of a fine tradition in glass mak-
ing that is still being followed
by the company’s 132 employ-
ees in over 20 branches across
Luzon located in Muntinlupa,
Makati, Manila, Marikina,
Parañaque, Pasig, Quezon
City, Valenzuela, Angeles, La
Union, Baguio, Cabanatuan,
Dagupan, Lipa, Naga, San
Fernando and Cavite. Today,
Aguila Auto Glass Co. car-
ries the most extensive range
of glass-related items such as
windshields, backglass, door-
glass, tempered glass, safety
laminated glass, multi-layered
glass sealants, acrylic plastic,
rubber, channels and mirrors
for various automotive re-
placement applications.
THE HOT WHEELS
OF SUMMER
Text and photos by Dino Ray V. Directo, III
AS FILIPINOS dust off their goggles and swimwear in time for the sum-
mer season, motoring hacks had their work cut out for them as the domestic
car industry rolled off their newest variants for 2012. As the industry experi-
enced a much needed boost with the strong showing of the car industry last
quarter, local players have thrown the bait to the consumers in the hope of
capturing a more profitable slice of the pie in the coming months.
small cars for a big future as the
Kizashi model proves to be the
right fit for drivers who want
to remain stylish with their
medium-sized sedans. “Indeed,
great things have come, not
only for Suzuki but for our loyal
customers as well. We are roll-
ing out the Kizashi with high
confidence that not only will it
complete our line-up, but most
importantly, Kizashi will usher
in a heightened appreciation
for Suzuki automobiles’’ states
Suzuki Philippines President
Satoshi Uchida. Suzuki’s execu-
tive sedan retails for P1,288,000
and is available in three color
hues.
Honda returns
with a bang
Riding on the sales success
of its new City and Jazz mod-
els, Honda Cars Philippines Inc
(HCPI) sent a strong message
to the local car industry that it is
back in contention with the re-
cent launch of its all-new CRV.
This fourth generation model is
smaller, yet packed with more
technology and style. “Most of
the changes are found inside the
cabin. Although this latest ver-
sion is compact, both cargo and
cabin space increased consid-
erably providing more comfort
to both driver and passengers,”
explains Tatsuya Natsume,
President and GM of HCPI.
The top tier CRV EX (4WD) is
equipped with a powerful 2.4 li-
ter engine and comes equipped
with the i-MID or intelligent
multi-information display sys-
tem. This feature provides a va-
riety of information about the
CRV through its 5-inch LCD
in-dash monitor. The CRV EX
retails for P1,655,000 million,
while the 2.0 liter LX model is
tagged at P1,425,000 million.
Toyota’s standard
of Luxury
Last to take off the wraps of
their latest offering for the local
market is industry stalwart Toy-
ota Motors Philippines (TMP)
with the all new Camry. Toyota’s
flagship variant is longer and
taller but sportier-looking, and
more fuel efficient iteration of
its highly successful executive
limousine. The 2012 Camry is
reportedly based on an “emo-
tional and rational” approach to
the model; we see it as a case of
continual improvement.
The Camry is 20mm lon-
ger and 20mm taller than the
outgoing model, but it looks
better-proportioned and more
interesting to look at. The
styling is similar to that seen
in the lower-end Lexus
sedans, one of
which shares
the Camry’s
p l a t f o r m.
The head-
lamps and
grille remain
nondescript,
but the front
bumper has
angular sides
and lower flares, a la Audi.
The taillights and rear styling
remind you of an Audi and a
BMW, which actually lends
a touch of sophistication. It
looks particularly good in the
“attitude black” paint, which
shimmers to a dark blue shade
when viewed in strong light.
The 3.5 Q gets dual exhausts
which reminds those who
want to challenge the Camry
to a sprint to just back off.
Powering this executive beast
is a potent 2.5-liter inline four
with dual VVTi. Engine output
goes up to 176bhp and 231Nm.
The higher end model the VQ
version, has a more powerful
3.5-liter V6 that pumps out
274bhp and 346Nm. The 2.5G
goes for P1,451,000; the 2.5V is
at P1,681,000; and the 3.5Q is
at P2,082,000.
Aguila Auto Glass
celebrates its 60
th
year
BMW Club stages
Bimmerfest
More spacious Crosswind
Honda is back in the game
Toyota redefines power and comfort
A more sexier Mazda 3
Suzuki plays in the big leagues
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Handecrafted and
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beauty to everyone’s
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A tribute to Filipino
mothers has never
been well expressed
in this new book of
Clarence Manicad.
ROBINSONS Malls
salute all Moms with
special treats on Mother’s
Day, May 13. Up for
grabs are pampering
services and free
makeover demos.
Mothers can avail of
free nail spa, hand spa,
eyebrow threading, hair
styling, foot massage, and
a make over at the activity
center of participating
Robinsons Malls. Moms,
too, can attend a cooking
demo featuring culinary
experts from Mama Sita,
an exercise/fitness demo,
and a Mom and Child
Fashion Show featuring
the latest trends from
Robinsons Department
Store.
Registration booth of
participating Robinsons
Malls will be open from
10am to 5pm.
Aside from these
treats, the first 50 moms
who will present their
Robinsons Privilege Card
will receive giveaways.
For mom and her
family, a photo booth for
souvenir, and a freedom
wall for messages to mom
will also be available.
Robinsons Participat-
ing Malls are: Robinsons
Place Manila, Robinsons
Metro East, Forum Rob-
insons, Robinsons Otis,
Robinsons Nova Mar-
ket, Robinsons Starmills
Pampanga, Robinsons
Place Angeles, Robin-
sons Place Imus, Robin-
sons Place Dasmarinas,
Robinsons Sta. Rosa
Market, Robinsons Place
Lipa, Robinsons Place
Cainta, Robinsons Town
Mall Los Banos, Robin-
sons Luisita, and Robin-
sons Galleria.
For the exact schedule
of the events in each
participating mall and
for more information,
please visit http://www.
robi nsonsmal l s. com/ ;
also see posters and
print ads at participating
Robinsons Malls.
Services and events
vary based on each
participating mall.
Robinsons
Malls pays
tribute
to Mom
BY NOW, every foodie in town must be familiar with the incredible
rags-to-riches story of Larry Cortez and Chef Mauro Arjona—
co-founders of the Chefs’ Quarter group.
Steak and fish
Seared Chilean sea bass with pasta pomodoro and asparagus
Steak tagalog
Grilled assorted seafood salad
Words and images by Diana A. Uy
A slice of value-for-money
STEAK
Cortez and Arjona’s business
partnership is only four years old, their
friendship spanning more than two
decades. But the duo’s rise to fame and
fortune has been repeatedly told time and
again by television documentaries and
various newspaper articles that they are
almost close to household names: Cortez
and Arjona were rank and file employees
of famous chef Billy King. They worked
their way up (Cortez starting as a waiter
and chef Mau as kitchen help), beginning
their lessons of the trade at Truffles in
Greenbelt, moving on to Le Souffle and
The Manor before becoming owners/
majority stakeholders of the various
restaurants under Chefs’ Quarter.
Cortez and Arjona’s partnership
spawned Chefs’ Quarter, Beurre Blanc,
Larry and Mau, Kuse, Uncle Cheffy’s, and
Old Vine Grille to form the Chefs’ Quarter
Group.
If the reviews were to be believed, chef
Mau’s creations have gained considerable
notoriety that is tantamount to quality,
innovative and more than satisfying.
We only need to visit one Chefs’
Quarter restaurant to prove that and more.
Old Vine Grille, for instance, has
been filling the tummies of the trendy
and corporate market in Eastwood since
February 2009. The response was quite
remarkable that a second branch was
immediately opened November of the
same year at the Venice Piazza, McKinley
Hill.
So what’s their secret? It is Old Vine
Grille’s concept of marrying affordable
with fine dining food, highlighting every
red meat lover’s all-time favorite steak.
“It’s value-for-money dining,” says
chef Mau. “You get excellent ambiance,
efficient service, and great steaks at a very
affordable price.”
No doubt that here in the Metro
you will have to pay good money for
a decent steak meal. The going rate
for one steak dish among reputable
steakhouses today averages more than
a thousand pesos depending on the
type of beef, the cut and the weight.
Sometimes the name and location of
the restaurant matter too.
But Old Vine Grille can fix you up a
nice steak meal starting from P400 to
P600. With that kind of price range, diners
will be happy to note that they don’t just
get a steak but an extra viand too—from
fish steaks to buttered escargots and
grilled prawns placed alongside the star of
the menu. Yes, some like to call that kind
of food presentation as “surf ‘n’ turf.” And
oh, you also get an extra helping of fresh
greens on the side.
The bestsellers are steak and escargot
(US top blade steak seasoned with Cajun
spice topped with escargot bourguignon au
jus with potatoes), steak and fish (US beef
clod with pan-grilled garupa fish filet) and
steak and prawns (US beef tenderloin and
tiger prawns in mushroom sauce), steak
and mushroom (grilled US top blade with
sautéed mushrooms au jus served with
wedged potatoes), and steak Tagalog (US
top blade with traditional Filipino “bistek”
sauce). This last one is definitely a must-
try.
Chef Mau explains that the last thing
they want to do is to rob diners of their
hard-earned cash just to experience
mouth-watering steaks. So being the
innovative and creative chef that he is,
Chef Mau loads Old Vine Grille’s kitchen
with US top blade steaks or steaks cut
from the shoulders (“chuck” in butcher
lingo) of the cattle to prepare and serve
his customers with. Less expensive than
the revered tenderloin or the filet mignon,
for example, top blades deliver that nice
tender, juicy flavor that steak-lovers long
for in their plate of beef slab.
Once ignored, says chef Mau, top blade
steaks are growing popular among chefs
and restaurant owners today, realizing
that the beef part can hold its own when it
comes to credibility of flavor and quality
once cooked.
Cortez follows up by saying that they
are able to lower the price of the food
because they go straight to food suppliers,
getting rid of “middlemen”. The partners
source ingredients locally except for the
beef.
Those who are not into meat or
watching their diet can have their fill with
other highly recommended choices like
the salmon carpaccio, grilled tiger prawns
with thermidor sauce, stir-fried seafood
paella, and pan-seared Chilean sea bass to
name a few.
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ANSWER
TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE
ANSWER TOMORROW
chaeological discovery
62 Santa __ winds
63 On e wh o o f t e n
doesn’t pick up?
64 Some chickens
65 Craving
66 Show closers, perhaps
67 Balmoral attraction
Down
1 Start of a tots’ song
2 1922 physics Nobelist
3 “__, old chap!”
4 Taj Mahal topper
5 Developmental stage
6 Prescott-to-Tempe dir.
7 Smith attendee
8 Round up
9 Hissy fit
10 Went underground
11 Attraction near U.S.
395
12 Go with the flow
13 Jenga and jacks
18 Remote letters
22 Broom alternative
24 Prefix with -pod
25 Pair
26 Challenge
27 Clarinet cousin
Across
1 Stands
7 Load in a basket
11 Label
14 Busts
15 Potent introduction?
16 Nabokov novel
17 Source of mints, at
times
19 Wi t h “ o n ” a n d
LOS ANGELES
TIMES
CROSSWORD
59-Across, a hint to the
t heme hi dden i n t hr ee
places in this puzzle
20 7-Across destination,
eventually
21 New York City’s __ River
22 Chowderhead
23 They often accompany
stretches
25 “I Loves You, Porgy”
and others
26 House on TV, e.g.
30 Poker star Hansen
31 River from the Canta-
brian Mountains
32 I nvasi on l eader s of
the ’60s
39 It prohibits illegal search
and seizure
41 The recent past
42 Huit + trois
43 __-Aztecan languages
44 Buyer, in legal usage
46 Love
49 Roundup need
52 Zoom
53 Sub
54 Once and again
59 See 19-Across
60 Subject of a 1922 ar-
28 French vineyards
29 Agony
30 Blues and others
33 It’s cut and dried
34 Morph ending
35 Emmy-winning Arthur
36 Provided temporarily
37 Auto designer Ferrari
38 Prank ending
40 Head of QuŽbec
45 Lepi dopterous op-
ponent of Godzilla
46 Orderly grouping
47 “Tell It to My Heart”
singer Taylor
48 Expanse with crests
49 Reveal
50 Most Syrians
51 Cain was the first
53 Dance with flowing
gestures
55 Distance
56 “__ a man with seven
wives”
57 Forearm exercise
58 Start of Massachusett-
sÕs motto
60 Medicine amt.
61 “Ori gi nal , cri spy or
grilled?” co.
MAY 4, 2012
Gianna Maniego, Editor
Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor
ManilaStandardToday
It is with your mother that
you first learn concepts such
as respect, truth, and love –and
I can’t help but passionately
agree. Especially when he said
this particular line in the lullaby
he himself composed for his
mother: “What you are to me is
someone that I can never be…”
After hearing Manicad de-
scribe his relationship with his
mother, I instantly remembered a
story my mother never fails to tell
me whenever we’d find ourselves
in a disagreement.
She said that she had the most
difficult time giving birth to me
compared to my other three siblings.
She’d tell me about her agonizing
experience in full detail –about the
fact that she labored for the longest
hours before giving birth to me, and
it took me the longest time to come
out of her womb as well.
She’d tell me about how from
the very beginning it seemed like
I had the highest level of endur-
ance, given the fact that when
she was trying to push me out of
her womb the umbilical cord was
wrapped around my neck, and
my feet came out first instead of
my head. To add to that she even
had to go through an operation
DETOX is the process
of ridding yourself
of har mf ul t oxi ns
through diet and ther-
apies for the mind,
body and spirit. It is
a completely natural
process, practiced by
different cultures for
thousands of years.
And considering the
stresses and strains we all put
ourselves under these days,
regular detoxing is the best way
to cleanse. A proper detox pro-
gram increases the efficiency of
the digestive system to stimulate
other parts of the body for the
purpose of cleansing and elimi-
nation. It also works to improve
underlying health, making one
less prone to sicknesses and
promoting and sustaining good
health and clean living.
And perfect for the purpose
of detox, NOW Easy Cleanse is
a digestive cleansing program
for morning and evening use that
was developed to naturally sup-
port the body's own detoxification
mechanisms, making it easier to
eliminate toxins from the body.
By supporting liver and intestinal
function, this unique combination
of herbal extracts and nutrients
serve as a natural way to help
eliminate unwanted compounds
and encourage a healthy, func-
tional digestive system.
Signs that the body may
need detox support include
low energy levels and fatigue,
poor skin complexion, men-
tal cloudiness or frustration,
increased lack of motivation,
digestive irregularity and dis-
comfort, body odor, bad breath,
poor state of mind, irritability,
and brittle hair, skin and nails.
The Easy Cleanse A. M.
or morning Detox Formula
Returning
AS THE author of the newly launched book
“Oyayi Kay Inay” or "Lullaby for Mom,"
Clarence Manicad describes a mother like
a home. It is with your mother that you first
learn from, it is under her watchful eye that
you grow while you learn things such as
crying and laughing.
after giving birth to me because
she developed an ovarian cyst. A
tough time that was.
From the very start she knew
we would never have it easy,
but needless to say I guess we
both know that we’d always pull
through no matter what. Because
here I am today, writing this article
while watching my mother cook
dinner for the family.
Indeed, when a woman be-
comes a mother there is no going
back. The only choice you have
is to be the best mother you can
be because once you neglect that
responsibility a life other than your
own will be at stake.
When you become a moth-
er, you inevitably find enough
strength to strengthen not only
your own spirit but by those of
your children. You find compas-
sion when you never had it, and
you find love to give even when
you have never experienced it.
Your basic human instinct to
survive shifts to your readiness to
lay your life down for your child
when a time comes that it is what
you have to do –and you do this
with no second thoughts.
Given all this, I think that I
can never be half the mother my
own mother has become to me. I
think that no other woman could
have ever been the mother that
I deserved to have, and I think
that’s just how it’s supposed to
be and I’m glad. Because though
the intention of loving may be the
same, the voices and the actions
are always different for every
child who has a story to tell about
their own mothers –and that’s
what makes each story worth
listening to.
Manicad’s book is about these
voices and the actions that spoke
louder than the written words. A
collection of poignant stories, this
book will not only tell you about
the different tales of the unique
brand of nurturing that only moth-
ers know, but it will also show
you a variety of journeys that took
place here in our motherland.
It may have taken him six
months of traveling the Philip-
pines interviewing 100 doctors
and approximately two years
to finish writing the book, but
for Manicad, the whole writing
journey became a process of
emotional indulgence and even-
tually, emotional empowerment.
Because basically, that’s
what a mother’s love does and
that is what you’ll be able to find
in this book. A mother’s love
gives you the power to indulge
in your passions, and empowers
you along the way. “Oyayi Kay
Inay” is a book that will make
you want to indulge in the op-
portunity to tell your mother
you love her, and will empower
you to show it to her too.
In writing this book, Clar-
ence was able to show and tell
his mother of his love for her.
How about you? What can
you do to show love for your
mother today?
Chapter 5 Sa piling ni Nanay 2
By Ed Biado
MANILA is a great place for
foodies. The city is a pot-
pourri of international flavors
and local favorites. It’s also
quite open to novel ideas
and exotic fare. If there’s
a hidden joint that’s good,
trust that news about it will
spread like wildfire. You can
also expect entrepreneurial
minds to attempt to replicate
that success by copying the
idea. Suddenly, a new food
trend is born—from French
macaroons to red velvet cup-
cakes, from pearl shakes to
wheatgrass juices, from ice-
blended coffee to Taiwanese
milk tea, from minimalist
halo-halo to fried ice cream.
Now, and the timing
couldn’t be more appropri-
ate because of the rising tem-
perature,
t he r e ’s
m o -
chi i ce
c r e a m.
If this is
the first
t i m e
y o u ’ r e
hearing about it, a brief de-
scription: mochi ice cream
is a Japanese frozen confec-
tion consisting of ice cream
covered with soft sticky rice
and dusted with cornstarch.
Traditional Japanese flavors
like matcha (green tea) and
red bean (azuki) are com-
mon varieties, but practically
every basic ice cream flavor
is available.
Here in the Philippines,
there are a handful of mochi
ice cream brands. The one
that’s said to have brought
the concept to our local
mainstream consciousness
is Mochiko, which captivated
the visitors of Midnight Mer-
cato, leading to an effective
word-of-mouth marketing
campaign. Their permanent
store at The Collective in
Makati is quite obscure but
is strategically located to
cater to the niche crowd of
the area. At P70 a pop (and
P400 for a box of six), it’s
a refreshing new, albeit not
cheap, way to beat the sum-
mer heat. (Try their avocado
and cookie dough flavors!)
A slightly more affordable
option comes from Mochi
Creme, with stands located
at SM malls. Some flavors
are worth P60 while others
are P65. There’s also Mo-
chi Poochi, which can be
found at Glorietta, Alabang
Town Center and Greenhills
on various days. And of
course, there are a few more
brands scattered throughout
the metro.
Since mochi ice cream
is relatively new to the lo-
cal market, many people
are not familiar with how
to consume it. They end up
complaining that it’s too
hard, which makes the expe-
rience a lot less enjoyable.
So a tip for mochi ice cream
noobs: wait until it’s a little
bit thawed out so it has the
right amount of softness and
chewiness to sink your teeth
into.
A different
ice cream
experience
ZEST Air had a successful inaugural flight of its
Manila-Quanzhou, Jinjiang route recently. An impor-
tant seaport located in Fujian province, Quanzhou is
one of the most famous historical and cultural cities
in China. The city is considered China’s marine door
to exotic cultures since ancient times. Visiting the
largest rock statue of revered philosopher Laozi as
well as museums, monasteries, mosques, temples,
ancient buildings and watching an opera are just
some of the recommended things to do for tourists.
Zest Air’s visionary president and chief executive
officer, ambassador Alfredo Yao said this is Zest
Air’s first international direct flight from the Ninoy
Aquino International Airport (Terminal 3). For flight
bookings and inquiries, contact (632) 855-3333 or
visit www.zestair.com.ph. “Like” the airline’s official
fan page at www.facebook.com/ ZestAir for the latest
updates and promos.
Zest Air launches first direct
international flight from Manila
Resort-style accessories
at Kultura Filipino
THE living is easy with Kultura Filipino’s new selection
of resort style home accessories. Carefully handcrafted and
fashioned from organic materials, these are inspired by the
breathtaking beauty, laid back luxury, and calm charm of
living by the sea.
Woven textures in earth-tone palettes celebrate all that is
natural: abaca napkin rings, pandan placemats, and décor
with rope motifs. Gifts from the seas also abound: decorative
shell pieces, hot pads and coasters with sigay shell rims, and
capiz accents.
Kultura Filipino stores are located at SM Makati, SM Me-
gamall, the SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu and at selected
SM Department Stores.
Clean living in modern times
Pitcher and
glass set in
laminated
burlap on a
square pandan
placemat with
sigay edging.
The Coastal Table: Cone tiger shell napkin
rings, a round capiz plate with wicker rim
and a rectangular pandan placemat with
sigay shells.
contains a unique blend of
specialized herbs, nutrients,
and green foods that support
gastrointestinal health. This
innovative formula works
around the clock to assist the
body in a natural detoxifica-
tion and elimination of toxins,
thereby supporting optimal
digestive system function.
The Easy Cleanse P.M. or
evening Cleansing Formula
works while one is asleep to
support natural elimination of
toxins that have accumulated
throughout the day. It contains
gentle fibers that naturally bind
to undesirable metabolic by-
products, cholesterol, and fat,
and facilitate their elimination
from the body. So by the time
one goes to bed, the detox sup-
porting ingredients will have
prepared the body to flush
away unwanted compounds.
And combined with a bal-
anced diet, proper exercise, the
right amount of sleep and plen-
ty of fluids, the Easy Cleanse
Program will definitely be the
perfect antidote to clean living
in modern times.
Sold in more than 60 coun-
tries and now in the Philip-
pines, NOW Foods products
are currently available in Wat-
son’s stores nationwide. For
more information, please visit
www. nowfoods. com, www.
facebook.com/nowfoodsph or
email info@nsi-phil.com.
THE Bellevue Manila, the luxuri-
ous five-star hotel south of Metro
Manila, has been appointed the
official residence of the Chelsea
Football Club Soccer School
Philippines—a partnership be-
tween the famed English premier
league football club and The Youn-
ghusband Football Academy. The
special summer camp is ongoing
at the Football Field of Evia, the
master-planned city-within-a-city
project of Vista Land, along Daang
Reyna, Las Piñas. Leading the
coaching staff are Philippine Team
Azkals stars and TYFA directors,
brothers Phil and James Younghus-
band (who both played for Chelsea
FC) and Chelsea FC Soccer School
Hong Kong football program de-
velopment manager Dave Stewart.
The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts
corporate director of communica-
tions and marketing Ryan Chan ad-
mires the Younghusbands in their
effort to provide opportunities for
young Filipino athletes to experi-
ence world-class training. As the
official hotel, The Bellevue Manila
will provide five-star accommoda-
tion to the coaches including Ian
Woodruf, Neil Bath and Adrian
New. The Bellevue Manila is lo-
cated at the North Bridgeway, Fil-
invest Corporate City in Alabang,
Muntinlupa City. For inquiries and
reservations, call 771-8181 or visit
www.thebellevue.com.
The Bellevue
Manila to host
Chelsea Football
Club coaches
By Bettina Zaragoza Bernabe
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OYAYI KAY INAY:
MILA C. ESPINA
AH CEBU!
Zontians Tess Chan, Stella Bernabe, Lucille Colina, Anita Cabinan, Pauleen Deduque, Sonny and Mila,
Kiwanian Hernan Streegan, Fina Tanchan and Flor Streegan
My brother, Larrie Silva and Dr.
Amparito Lhuillier
GOLDEN DAYS
REMEMBER the song, Golden Days,
sung by Mario Lanza in “Student
Prince”? For Sonny and me, our 50th
wedding anniversary was a celebra-
tion of life. My second home, the
University of San Jose – Recoletos,
prepared almost everything as we
gathered relatives, kins, co-teachers, and selected friends who have
been with us through thick and thin since the time we settled in Cebu
in 1964. We had mass and renewal of marriage at St. Ezekiel Chapel
(our patron saint) in USJ-R Basak Campus. I thank Fathers Buhay,
Macmac, and Coja who concelebrated mass with Fr. Ernesto Javier,
SJ.; Abet Maximo, and IMC, the Campus Ministry; Nellie Dosado,
the Campus Ministry, Mary Sy, Brenda Saliendra and Lyn; my
former co-teachers Gwendolyn, Annie, Mayet, Margie ; co-deans
Lucy Bonilla, Ester Navarro, and the H.S. CAT-I UNIT.
Consul John
Domingo,
Raul del Mar,
Ambassador
Frank Bene-
dicto, Caloy
Co and Sonny
Espina
Mitch Uy, Aida Uy , Sonny and the
author
The We Care family: Peter Dy, Helen Benedicto, Sonny and Mila, Chit
Uy; Lito Roden,Boni Sia, Consul Eking Benedicto, Ben Yapjoco, Ramon
Sebastian, Nestor and Juliet Chua, Lydia Sia, Sally Dy, Zenaida Yapjoco
and Baby Roden
The golden
couple, Sonny
and Mila Espina
with Fr. Edwin
Macmac, OAR,
Fr. Ernesto
Javier, SJ., main
celebrant, Fr.
Raul Buhay,
OAR and Fr.
Hernando Coja,
OAR
Dr. Amparito
Lhuillier
with Dame
Mary Sy
YES, you heard that right! The
Philippines Department of Tour-
ism (PDOT) in London has gone
down!…to the Underground!
This momentous occasion was
celebrated by the PDOT with
a FUN bus ride around central
London on the first day of May.
The double decker bus sported
the new designs of the Philippines
tourist board with a huge “It’s
More Fun In The Philipines” writ-
ten on it. The London cab with the
same livery was also present for
the photo shoot with the Philip-
pine Ambassador Enrique A.
Manalo and the PDOT London
led by Chit Afuang.
The bus was filled with guests
from the travel trade, media,
officers of the Embassy of the
Philippines, PDOT team and La-
hing Kayumanggi (Brown Race)
Dance Company wearing beauti-
ful Filipiñana gowns and Filipino
Barong who also provided the
entertainment on the go. PDOT
staff also conducted fun games,
gave away lots of prizes and
serenaded everyone during the
thirty-five minute joyride. The
Philippines double decker bus
went around Piccadilly Circus,
Trafalgar Square, the Strand,
Tottenham Court Road, Oxford
Circus, Regent Street and then
back to Piccadilly. “Everyone
had a blast during the bus ride as
we asked people to sing, wave
their fun flags and participate in
the games while we give away
prizes,” exclaimed Ms. Afuang of
PDOT London. Onlookers were
delighted to watch the hullabaloo
and laughter happening in the bus
as it went around the full streets
of Central London. The whole
entourage led by PDOT staff also
went down at Oxford Circus to
give away bracelets and other
treats to shoppers who were very
happy to receive such surprises!
Reymund Enteria and Steven
Cheung, two Filipinos Olympic
Torch bearers also joined the fun
bus ride with other guests.
The event ended at the Embassy
of the Philippines in Piccadilly with
Ambassador Enrique Manalo of the Philippine Embassy, the Department
of Tourism London along with travel trade partners, media representatives
and Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company pose during the ‘soft launch’ of
the new tourism brand campaign 'It’s More Fun in the Philippines' with
outdoor adverts on London Buses, Taxis and the London Underground.
The Philippines is getting down…down the Underground!
The UK is a very important
market for the Philippines as it
ranks 1st in Europe in number
of tourist arrivals to our country,
and 10th overall. It is a growing
and expanding market, with over
100,000 British tourists travel-
ling to the Philippines in 2011
alone—an all-time high.
Now, the PDOT has set its
eyes on higher goals, therefore
will be more aggressive with
its marketing and promotional
campaigns. Previously, we have
seen the Philippine eagle land
on the panels of the London
buses while the London Cabs
transported many to the beau-
tiful beaches, underwater and
mountains of the Philippines.
Now, we will see the different
smiling and welcoming people
of this beautiful country grace
the cover of the buses and taxis.
Meanwhile, the Philippine ver-
sion of the Underground River
in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, a
title holder as one of the new 7
wonders of nature award, adorns
the London Underground; re-
minding people that being in the
“underground” can be so much
fun…in the Philippines!
“I was impressed with the
energy of the Filipinos during
the short motorcade,” expressed
Simon Beck of Orbital Commu-
nications. Iain Webb of Fulham
Football Club seconded as saying,
“the most ‘fun’ time I ever had on
board a London bus!”
This advertising hype in the
UK is a synchronized effort with
PDOT Manila as they launch
a worldwide advertising cam-
paign with CNN International
that broke on 30 April. The UK
publicity with the London cabs
will stay to capture the millions
of visitors attending the Queen’s
Jubilee and the London 2012
Olympics.
PDOT London office is in charge
of promoting the Philippines to the
UK market as well as 15 other coun-
tries in North and South Europe
including the Baltic region, Israel
and Turkey.
a short video presentation and flow-
ing cocktails. Ambassador Manalo
welcomed everyone before another
batch of fun and surprises unfolded.
“This is just a sample of what you
will experience when you visit our
country. A culture of FUN, beauty
and excitement await every visitor.
With 7,107 islands, guests are sure
to find islands that will suit their
adventure. And with more than 90
million hosts, you are definitely
going to have more fun in the Philip-
pines,” said Ambassador Manalo.
THE French Baker
greets the summer sea-
son with its fruit shakes
and their version of the
all-time soda fountain
favorite, the banana
split. On a hot summer
day, when you don’t
feel like having a hot
beverage these cool
drinks are wonderfully
refreshing. Healthy
fruit shakes provide
good sources of vita-
min C, antioxidants,
calcium and fiber. They are also designed to refresh
and reinvigorate. The shakes are available in the fol-
lowing flavors: mango, strawberry and chocolate.
The French Baker version of the all time favorite
banana split , an ice cream-based dessert, is the clas-
sic way to cool off on a hot summer day. In its classic
form, it is served on a long dish called a boat. A banana
is cut in half lengthwise (hence the split) and laid in the
dish. There are many variations, but the banana split is
made with scoops of
vanilla, chocolate and
strawberry ice cream
served with a split ba-
nana. Pineapple top-
ping is spooned over
the vanilla ice cream,
chocolate syrup over
the chocolate, and
strawberry topping
over the strawberry.
It is garnished with
crushed nuts, whipped
cream, and maraschino
cherries.The French
Baker banana split is served on a chalice and made up
of chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate sauce
,strawberry ice cream topped with strawberry syrup plus
whipped cream and brownies and an almond tile cookie.
Make a toast to summer with fruit shakes or with
the banana split! They go best with the delectable
choices of The French Baker ranging from crepes to
a variety of sandwiches to choose from. All outlets
also offer free Wi-Fi.
It’s summer at The French Baker
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MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
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TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE
ANSWER TOMORROW
chaeological discovery
62 Santa __ winds
63 On e wh o o f t e n
doesn’t pick up?
64 Some chickens
65 Craving
66 Show closers, perhaps
67 Balmoral attraction
Down
1 Start of a tots’ song
2 1922 physics Nobelist
3 “__, old chap!”
4 Taj Mahal topper
5 Developmental stage
6 Prescott-to-Tempe dir.
7 Smith attendee
8 Round up
9 Hissy fit
10 Went underground
11 Attraction near U.S.
395
12 Go with the flow
13 Jenga and jacks
18 Remote letters
22 Broom alternative
24 Prefix with -pod
25 Pair
26 Challenge
27 Clarinet cousin
Across
1 Stands
7 Load in a basket
11 Label
14 Busts
15 Potent introduction?
16 Nabokov novel
17 Source of mints, at
times
19 Wi t h “ o n ” a n d
LOS ANGELES
TIMES
CROSSWORD
59-Across, a hint to the
t heme hi dden i n t hr ee
places in this puzzle
20 7-Across destination,
eventually
21 New York City’s __ River
22 Chowderhead
23 They often accompany
stretches
25 “I Loves You, Porgy”
and others
26 House on TV, e.g.
30 Poker star Hansen
31 River from the Canta-
brian Mountains
32 I nvasi on l eader s of
the ’60s
39 It prohibits illegal search
and seizure
41 The recent past
42 Huit + trois
43 __-Aztecan languages
44 Buyer, in legal usage
46 Love
49 Roundup need
52 Zoom
53 Sub
54 Once and again
59 See 19-Across
60 Subject of a 1922 ar-
28 French vineyards
29 Agony
30 Blues and others
33 It’s cut and dried
34 Morph ending
35 Emmy-winning Arthur
36 Provided temporarily
37 Auto designer Ferrari
38 Prank ending
40 Head of QuŽbec
45 Lepi dopterous op-
ponent of Godzilla
46 Orderly grouping
47 “Tell It to My Heart”
singer Taylor
48 Expanse with crests
49 Reveal
50 Most Syrians
51 Cain was the first
53 Dance with flowing
gestures
55 Distance
56 “__ a man with seven
wives”
57 Forearm exercise
58 Start of Massachusett-
sÕs motto
60 Medicine amt.
61 “Ori gi nal , cri spy or
grilled?” co.
MAY 4, 2012
Gianna Maniego, Editor
Dinna Chan Vasquez, Assistant Editor
ManilaStandardToday
It is with your mother that
you first learn concepts such
as respect, truth, and love –and
I can’t help but passionately
agree. Especially when he said
this particular line in the lullaby
he himself composed for his
mother: “What you are to me is
someone that I can never be…”
After hearing Manicad de-
scribe his relationship with his
mother, I instantly remembered a
story my mother never fails to tell
me whenever we’d find ourselves
in a disagreement.
She said that she had the most
difficult time giving birth to me
compared to my other three siblings.
She’d tell me about her agonizing
experience in full detail –about the
fact that she labored for the longest
hours before giving birth to me, and
it took me the longest time to come
out of her womb as well.
She’d tell me about how from
the very beginning it seemed like
I had the highest level of endur-
ance, given the fact that when
she was trying to push me out of
her womb the umbilical cord was
wrapped around my neck, and
my feet came out first instead of
my head. To add to that she even
had to go through an operation
DETOX is the process
of ridding yourself
of har mf ul t oxi ns
through diet and ther-
apies for the mind,
body and spirit. It is
a completely natural
process, practiced by
different cultures for
thousands of years.
And considering the
stresses and strains we all put
ourselves under these days,
regular detoxing is the best way
to cleanse. A proper detox pro-
gram increases the efficiency of
the digestive system to stimulate
other parts of the body for the
purpose of cleansing and elimi-
nation. It also works to improve
underlying health, making one
less prone to sicknesses and
promoting and sustaining good
health and clean living.
And perfect for the purpose
of detox, NOW Easy Cleanse is
a digestive cleansing program
for morning and evening use that
was developed to naturally sup-
port the body's own detoxification
mechanisms, making it easier to
eliminate toxins from the body.
By supporting liver and intestinal
function, this unique combination
of herbal extracts and nutrients
serve as a natural way to help
eliminate unwanted compounds
and encourage a healthy, func-
tional digestive system.
Signs that the body may
need detox support include
low energy levels and fatigue,
poor skin complexion, men-
tal cloudiness or frustration,
increased lack of motivation,
digestive irregularity and dis-
comfort, body odor, bad breath,
poor state of mind, irritability,
and brittle hair, skin and nails.
The Easy Cleanse A. M.
or morning Detox Formula
Returning
AS THE author of the newly launched book
“Oyayi Kay Inay” or "Lullaby for Mom,"
Clarence Manicad describes a mother like
a home. It is with your mother that you first
learn from, it is under her watchful eye that
you grow while you learn things such as
crying and laughing.
after giving birth to me because
she developed an ovarian cyst. A
tough time that was.
From the very start she knew
we would never have it easy,
but needless to say I guess we
both know that we’d always pull
through no matter what. Because
here I am today, writing this article
while watching my mother cook
dinner for the family.
Indeed, when a woman be-
comes a mother there is no going
back. The only choice you have
is to be the best mother you can
be because once you neglect that
responsibility a life other than your
own will be at stake.
When you become a moth-
er, you inevitably find enough
strength to strengthen not only
your own spirit but by those of
your children. You find compas-
sion when you never had it, and
you find love to give even when
you have never experienced it.
Your basic human instinct to
survive shifts to your readiness to
lay your life down for your child
when a time comes that it is what
you have to do –and you do this
with no second thoughts.
Given all this, I think that I
can never be half the mother my
own mother has become to me. I
think that no other woman could
have ever been the mother that
I deserved to have, and I think
that’s just how it’s supposed to
be and I’m glad. Because though
the intention of loving may be the
same, the voices and the actions
are always different for every
child who has a story to tell about
their own mothers –and that’s
what makes each story worth
listening to.
Manicad’s book is about these
voices and the actions that spoke
louder than the written words. A
collection of poignant stories, this
book will not only tell you about
the different tales of the unique
brand of nurturing that only moth-
ers know, but it will also show
you a variety of journeys that took
place here in our motherland.
It may have taken him six
months of traveling the Philip-
pines interviewing 100 doctors
and approximately two years
to finish writing the book, but
for Manicad, the whole writing
journey became a process of
emotional indulgence and even-
tually, emotional empowerment.
Because basically, that’s
what a mother’s love does and
that is what you’ll be able to find
in this book. A mother’s love
gives you the power to indulge
in your passions, and empowers
you along the way. “Oyayi Kay
Inay” is a book that will make
you want to indulge in the op-
portunity to tell your mother
you love her, and will empower
you to show it to her too.
In writing this book, Clar-
ence was able to show and tell
his mother of his love for her.
How about you? What can
you do to show love for your
mother today?
Chapter 5 Sa piling ni Nanay 2
By Ed Biado
MANILA is a great place for
foodies. The city is a pot-
pourri of international flavors
and local favorites. It’s also
quite open to novel ideas
and exotic fare. If there’s
a hidden joint that’s good,
trust that news about it will
spread like wildfire. You can
also expect entrepreneurial
minds to attempt to replicate
that success by copying the
idea. Suddenly, a new food
trend is born—from French
macaroons to red velvet cup-
cakes, from pearl shakes to
wheatgrass juices, from ice-
blended coffee to Taiwanese
milk tea, from minimalist
halo-halo to fried ice cream.
Now, and the timing
couldn’t be more appropri-
ate because of the rising tem-
perature,
t he r e ’s
m o -
chi i ce
c r e a m.
If this is
the first
t i m e
y o u ’ r e
hearing about it, a brief de-
scription: mochi ice cream
is a Japanese frozen confec-
tion consisting of ice cream
covered with soft sticky rice
and dusted with cornstarch.
Traditional Japanese flavors
like matcha (green tea) and
red bean (azuki) are com-
mon varieties, but practically
every basic ice cream flavor
is available.
Here in the Philippines,
there are a handful of mochi
ice cream brands. The one
that’s said to have brought
the concept to our local
mainstream consciousness
is Mochiko, which captivated
the visitors of Midnight Mer-
cato, leading to an effective
word-of-mouth marketing
campaign. Their permanent
store at The Collective in
Makati is quite obscure but
is strategically located to
cater to the niche crowd of
the area. At P70 a pop (and
P400 for a box of six), it’s
a refreshing new, albeit not
cheap, way to beat the sum-
mer heat. (Try their avocado
and cookie dough flavors!)
A slightly more affordable
option comes from Mochi
Creme, with stands located
at SM malls. Some flavors
are worth P60 while others
are P65. There’s also Mo-
chi Poochi, which can be
found at Glorietta, Alabang
Town Center and Greenhills
on various days. And of
course, there are a few more
brands scattered throughout
the metro.
Since mochi ice cream
is relatively new to the lo-
cal market, many people
are not familiar with how
to consume it. They end up
complaining that it’s too
hard, which makes the expe-
rience a lot less enjoyable.
So a tip for mochi ice cream
noobs: wait until it’s a little
bit thawed out so it has the
right amount of softness and
chewiness to sink your teeth
into.
A different
ice cream
experience
ZEST Air had a successful inaugural flight of its
Manila-Quanzhou, Jinjiang route recently. An impor-
tant seaport located in Fujian province, Quanzhou is
one of the most famous historical and cultural cities
in China. The city is considered China’s marine door
to exotic cultures since ancient times. Visiting the
largest rock statue of revered philosopher Laozi as
well as museums, monasteries, mosques, temples,
ancient buildings and watching an opera are just
some of the recommended things to do for tourists.
Zest Air’s visionary president and chief executive
officer, ambassador Alfredo Yao said this is Zest
Air’s first international direct flight from the Ninoy
Aquino International Airport (Terminal 3). For flight
bookings and inquiries, contact (632) 855-3333 or
visit www.zestair.com.ph. “Like” the airline’s official
fan page at www.facebook.com/ ZestAir for the latest
updates and promos.
Zest Air launches first direct
international flight from Manila
Resort-style accessories
at Kultura Filipino
THE living is easy with Kultura Filipino’s new selection
of resort style home accessories. Carefully handcrafted and
fashioned from organic materials, these are inspired by the
breathtaking beauty, laid back luxury, and calm charm of
living by the sea.
Woven textures in earth-tone palettes celebrate all that is
natural: abaca napkin rings, pandan placemats, and décor
with rope motifs. Gifts from the seas also abound: decorative
shell pieces, hot pads and coasters with sigay shell rims, and
capiz accents.
Kultura Filipino stores are located at SM Makati, SM Me-
gamall, the SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu and at selected
SM Department Stores.
Clean living in modern times
Pitcher and
glass set in
laminated
burlap on a
square pandan
placemat with
sigay edging.
The Coastal Table: Cone tiger shell napkin
rings, a round capiz plate with wicker rim
and a rectangular pandan placemat with
sigay shells.
contains a unique blend of
specialized herbs, nutrients,
and green foods that support
gastrointestinal health. This
innovative formula works
around the clock to assist the
body in a natural detoxifica-
tion and elimination of toxins,
thereby supporting optimal
digestive system function.
The Easy Cleanse P.M. or
evening Cleansing Formula
works while one is asleep to
support natural elimination of
toxins that have accumulated
throughout the day. It contains
gentle fibers that naturally bind
to undesirable metabolic by-
products, cholesterol, and fat,
and facilitate their elimination
from the body. So by the time
one goes to bed, the detox sup-
porting ingredients will have
prepared the body to flush
away unwanted compounds.
And combined with a bal-
anced diet, proper exercise, the
right amount of sleep and plen-
ty of fluids, the Easy Cleanse
Program will definitely be the
perfect antidote to clean living
in modern times.
Sold in more than 60 coun-
tries and now in the Philip-
pines, NOW Foods products
are currently available in Wat-
son’s stores nationwide. For
more information, please visit
www. nowfoods. com, www.
facebook.com/nowfoodsph or
email info@nsi-phil.com.
THE Bellevue Manila, the luxuri-
ous five-star hotel south of Metro
Manila, has been appointed the
official residence of the Chelsea
Football Club Soccer School
Philippines—a partnership be-
tween the famed English premier
league football club and The Youn-
ghusband Football Academy. The
special summer camp is ongoing
at the Football Field of Evia, the
master-planned city-within-a-city
project of Vista Land, along Daang
Reyna, Las Piñas. Leading the
coaching staff are Philippine Team
Azkals stars and TYFA directors,
brothers Phil and James Younghus-
band (who both played for Chelsea
FC) and Chelsea FC Soccer School
Hong Kong football program de-
velopment manager Dave Stewart.
The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts
corporate director of communica-
tions and marketing Ryan Chan ad-
mires the Younghusbands in their
effort to provide opportunities for
young Filipino athletes to experi-
ence world-class training. As the
official hotel, The Bellevue Manila
will provide five-star accommoda-
tion to the coaches including Ian
Woodruf, Neil Bath and Adrian
New. The Bellevue Manila is lo-
cated at the North Bridgeway, Fil-
invest Corporate City in Alabang,
Muntinlupa City. For inquiries and
reservations, call 771-8181 or visit
www.thebellevue.com.
The Bellevue
Manila to host
Chelsea Football
Club coaches
By Bettina Zaragoza Bernabe
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OYAYI KAY INAY:
MILA C. ESPINA
AH CEBU!
Zontians Tess Chan, Stella Bernabe, Lucille Colina, Anita Cabinan, Pauleen Deduque, Sonny and Mila,
Kiwanian Hernan Streegan, Fina Tanchan and Flor Streegan
My brother, Larrie Silva and Dr.
Amparito Lhuillier
GOLDEN DAYS
REMEMBER the song, Golden Days,
sung by Mario Lanza in “Student
Prince”? For Sonny and me, our 50th
wedding anniversary was a celebra-
tion of life. My second home, the
University of San Jose – Recoletos,
prepared almost everything as we
gathered relatives, kins, co-teachers, and selected friends who have
been with us through thick and thin since the time we settled in Cebu
in 1964. We had mass and renewal of marriage at St. Ezekiel Chapel
(our patron saint) in USJ-R Basak Campus. I thank Fathers Buhay,
Macmac, and Coja who concelebrated mass with Fr. Ernesto Javier,
SJ.; Abet Maximo, and IMC, the Campus Ministry; Nellie Dosado,
the Campus Ministry, Mary Sy, Brenda Saliendra and Lyn; my
former co-teachers Gwendolyn, Annie, Mayet, Margie ; co-deans
Lucy Bonilla, Ester Navarro, and the H.S. CAT-I UNIT.
Consul John
Domingo,
Raul del Mar,
Ambassador
Frank Bene-
dicto, Caloy
Co and Sonny
Espina
Mitch Uy, Aida Uy , Sonny and the
author
The We Care family: Peter Dy, Helen Benedicto, Sonny and Mila, Chit
Uy; Lito Roden,Boni Sia, Consul Eking Benedicto, Ben Yapjoco, Ramon
Sebastian, Nestor and Juliet Chua, Lydia Sia, Sally Dy, Zenaida Yapjoco
and Baby Roden
The golden
couple, Sonny
and Mila Espina
with Fr. Edwin
Macmac, OAR,
Fr. Ernesto
Javier, SJ., main
celebrant, Fr.
Raul Buhay,
OAR and Fr.
Hernando Coja,
OAR
Dr. Amparito
Lhuillier
with Dame
Mary Sy
YES, you heard that right! The
Philippines Department of Tour-
ism (PDOT) in London has gone
down!…to the Underground!
This momentous occasion was
celebrated by the PDOT with
a FUN bus ride around central
London on the first day of May.
The double decker bus sported
the new designs of the Philippines
tourist board with a huge “It’s
More Fun In The Philipines” writ-
ten on it. The London cab with the
same livery was also present for
the photo shoot with the Philip-
pine Ambassador Enrique A.
Manalo and the PDOT London
led by Chit Afuang.
The bus was filled with guests
from the travel trade, media,
officers of the Embassy of the
Philippines, PDOT team and La-
hing Kayumanggi (Brown Race)
Dance Company wearing beauti-
ful Filipiñana gowns and Filipino
Barong who also provided the
entertainment on the go. PDOT
staff also conducted fun games,
gave away lots of prizes and
serenaded everyone during the
thirty-five minute joyride. The
Philippines double decker bus
went around Piccadilly Circus,
Trafalgar Square, the Strand,
Tottenham Court Road, Oxford
Circus, Regent Street and then
back to Piccadilly. “Everyone
had a blast during the bus ride as
we asked people to sing, wave
their fun flags and participate in
the games while we give away
prizes,” exclaimed Ms. Afuang of
PDOT London. Onlookers were
delighted to watch the hullabaloo
and laughter happening in the bus
as it went around the full streets
of Central London. The whole
entourage led by PDOT staff also
went down at Oxford Circus to
give away bracelets and other
treats to shoppers who were very
happy to receive such surprises!
Reymund Enteria and Steven
Cheung, two Filipinos Olympic
Torch bearers also joined the fun
bus ride with other guests.
The event ended at the Embassy
of the Philippines in Piccadilly with
Ambassador Enrique Manalo of the Philippine Embassy, the Department
of Tourism London along with travel trade partners, media representatives
and Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company pose during the ‘soft launch’ of
the new tourism brand campaign 'It’s More Fun in the Philippines' with
outdoor adverts on London Buses, Taxis and the London Underground.
The Philippines is getting down…down the Underground!
The UK is a very important
market for the Philippines as it
ranks 1st in Europe in number
of tourist arrivals to our country,
and 10th overall. It is a growing
and expanding market, with over
100,000 British tourists travel-
ling to the Philippines in 2011
alone—an all-time high.
Now, the PDOT has set its
eyes on higher goals, therefore
will be more aggressive with
its marketing and promotional
campaigns. Previously, we have
seen the Philippine eagle land
on the panels of the London
buses while the London Cabs
transported many to the beau-
tiful beaches, underwater and
mountains of the Philippines.
Now, we will see the different
smiling and welcoming people
of this beautiful country grace
the cover of the buses and taxis.
Meanwhile, the Philippine ver-
sion of the Underground River
in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, a
title holder as one of the new 7
wonders of nature award, adorns
the London Underground; re-
minding people that being in the
“underground” can be so much
fun…in the Philippines!
“I was impressed with the
energy of the Filipinos during
the short motorcade,” expressed
Simon Beck of Orbital Commu-
nications. Iain Webb of Fulham
Football Club seconded as saying,
“the most ‘fun’ time I ever had on
board a London bus!”
This advertising hype in the
UK is a synchronized effort with
PDOT Manila as they launch
a worldwide advertising cam-
paign with CNN International
that broke on 30 April. The UK
publicity with the London cabs
will stay to capture the millions
of visitors attending the Queen’s
Jubilee and the London 2012
Olympics.
PDOT London office is in charge
of promoting the Philippines to the
UK market as well as 15 other coun-
tries in North and South Europe
including the Baltic region, Israel
and Turkey.
a short video presentation and flow-
ing cocktails. Ambassador Manalo
welcomed everyone before another
batch of fun and surprises unfolded.
“This is just a sample of what you
will experience when you visit our
country. A culture of FUN, beauty
and excitement await every visitor.
With 7,107 islands, guests are sure
to find islands that will suit their
adventure. And with more than 90
million hosts, you are definitely
going to have more fun in the Philip-
pines,” said Ambassador Manalo.
THE French Baker
greets the summer sea-
son with its fruit shakes
and their version of the
all-time soda fountain
favorite, the banana
split. On a hot summer
day, when you don’t
feel like having a hot
beverage these cool
drinks are wonderfully
refreshing. Healthy
fruit shakes provide
good sources of vita-
min C, antioxidants,
calcium and fiber. They are also designed to refresh
and reinvigorate. The shakes are available in the fol-
lowing flavors: mango, strawberry and chocolate.
The French Baker version of the all time favorite
banana split , an ice cream-based dessert, is the clas-
sic way to cool off on a hot summer day. In its classic
form, it is served on a long dish called a boat. A banana
is cut in half lengthwise (hence the split) and laid in the
dish. There are many variations, but the banana split is
made with scoops of
vanilla, chocolate and
strawberry ice cream
served with a split ba-
nana. Pineapple top-
ping is spooned over
the vanilla ice cream,
chocolate syrup over
the chocolate, and
strawberry topping
over the strawberry.
It is garnished with
crushed nuts, whipped
cream, and maraschino
cherries.The French
Baker banana split is served on a chalice and made up
of chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate sauce
,strawberry ice cream topped with strawberry syrup plus
whipped cream and brownies and an almond tile cookie.
Make a toast to summer with fruit shakes or with
the banana split! They go best with the delectable
choices of The French Baker ranging from crepes to
a variety of sandwiches to choose from. All outlets
also offer free Wi-Fi.
It’s summer at The French Baker
CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
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MAY 4, 2012 FRIDAY
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Isah V. Red, Editor standard.showbiz@gmail.com
showbitz
Manila Standard TODAY
The 22-year-old licensed
pharmacist never earned any
special award at the first phase
of the competition, but in the
end redeemed herself by finally
winning the highly coveted
Miss Universe-Philippines
crown. Tugonon, a native of
Balanga, Bataan, defeated 29
other hopefuls which include
half-German Nicole Schmitz,
23, a senior law student at
the Macquarie University in
Sydney, crowned Binibining
Pi l i pi nas - I nt er nat i onal ;
Katrina Jayne Dimaranan,
an 18 year old who completed
her secondary education at
the American High School in
California, named Binibining
Pilipinas-Tourism; first runner-
up Elaine Kay Moll, 20,
business administration junior
at the National University;
and second runner-up Annalie
Forbes, 19, information
technology freshman at STI
Cubao.
Schmitz was adjudged Best
in National Costume and Best
in Swimsuit, while Dimaranan
brought home the Miss Talent
award for her singing prowess.
Leftovers in the semifinal round
were Sherlyn Gonzales, Liezl
Alcantara, Angelee Claudette
delos Reyes (Best in Evening
Gown), Gina Joy Howell,
Karen Juanita Gallman (Miss
Photogenic), 2010 thank-you-
girl Patricia Lae Ejercitado
and last year’s second runner-
up Mary Jean Lastimosa
(Miss Avon and Miss Philippine
Airlines). Recipients of other
special awards like Chloe
Zanardi (Miss Friendship),
Roxanne Tadique (Reader’s
Choice) and Giselle Angelica
Munoz (Reader’s Choice) all
failed to make the cut.
Hits and misses
Stella Marquez de Araneta
should reprimand her ruthless
PR employees who took charge
in giving access to the members
of media that night. A handful
of legitimate journalists and
photographers were unjustly
placed at the lower box area of
the Big Dome, when in fact many
hao siaos and mere bloggers
were comfortably seated in the
Patron area of the Coliseum.
Worse, only those who were
given media IDs with yellow
and red stickers could attend
the “secret” post-coronation
press conference (read:
discrimination). Rival pageant
organizer Lorraine Schuck is
far more accommodating and
will never do something like
that.
The show started at exactly
8 p.m. and only lasted for three
hours including the commercial
gaps. The candidates’ opening
dance number was fast-paced,
upbeat and long enough for
the viewers’ attention span.
But the segment where the
girls introduced themselves
should have been pre-taped,
their voices weren’t audible
anymore due to the cheering
crowds. The traditional singing
of the decades-old Binibining
Pilipinas theme song during the
opening number was abolished
this time, thank God!
Spectators at the venue were
amazed at how the design of the
Another
recycled
beauty
By Giovanni Paolo J. Yazon
Images by Teddy Pelaez
AFTER finishing as so-bad
first runner-up last year—
beating everyone else except
eventual titleholders Isabella
Manjon, Dianne Elaine Necio
and Shamcey Supsup—
success smelled sweeter the
second time around for Janine
Mari Tugonon during the
conclusion of Binibining
Pilipinas beauty pageant held
at the Big Dome last Sunday.
…are talking about
Marian Rivera
The word generous is an understatement when we talk about
how GMA Network shower this actress with projects. As its prized
possession the network gives Marian all the possible exposure she
can have though she doesn’t always deliver. She is now prepping
up for a new sitcom called Tweet for my Sweet.
Derek Ramsay
The No Other Woman star is an exclusive talent of TV5 in
terms of television projects. Meanwhile his contract still allows
him to make movies with Star Cinema (his former mother studio’s
production arm). So who said he made a wrong decision?
Sabrina
Her latest album, I Love Acoustic 4, is making waves not just
in the Philippine (where it already achieved double platinum
status) but also in Southeast Asia where her albums are having
legitimate numbers of following. We bet none of Asap and Party
Pilipinas singers has done the same feat. Beat that!
…are not talking about
Rufa Mae Quinto
If our memory serves us right, two years ago, this sexy
comedienne told us that she’s ready to tie the knot. She even
gave the initials of the groom. And now she is vocal about her
relationship with Boy2 Quizon. What had happened to Mr. M?
Is he really just an imaginary lover?
My Kontrabida Girl
Aljur Abrenica and Rhian Ramos’s first big screen team-
up surprised not just the stars but the film outfit that produced the
romantic comedy movie. Who would have thought that the flick
that top-billed by GMA 7 brightest stars will be a certified flop?
Vice Ganda
Most of his fans say that there’s a demolition job plotted against
their idol. But the truth is, nobody dares to hate or come up with an
orchestrated plan to put the comedian/host down. His action does it
for himself, only monsters like don’t see it that way.
A smart set. (From left) Second runner-up Annalie Forbes, Binibining Pilipinas-International
Nicole Schmitz, Miss Universe-Philippines Janine Mari Tugonon, Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism
Katrina Jayne Dimaranan and first runner-up Elaine Kay Moll
Janine Tugonon shows her winning form during the swimsuit competition.
EXPERIENCE the future of high-definition
cable viewing and high-speed broadband Internet
with its 1
st
ever Sky Zone mall blitz on May 5-6
and 19-20 at the Ground Floor, South Court, of
Power Plant Mall at Rockwell, Makati City.
SkyCable and Skybroadband partner with
ESPN HD, home of premier international
sporting events for this grand showcase of
HD viewing and internet technology. Open
to all tech savvy and curious individuals
alike, Sky Zone provides an opportunity for
interested individuals to have a first-hand
experience of the life-like images and sound
in all 17 SkyCable HD channels and of the
unmatched high-speed internet connection
of Skybroadband.
In Sky Zone, get a glimpse of exactly
how you can get more detail, more action
from SkyCable HD’s up to 85 percent price
off on HD Box installation. Experience the
difference between Standard Definition and
High Definition cable TV viewing. Find out
what to expect from ESPN HD’s booth in
terms of exciting sports programs.
Alongside this, get to experience the
high-speed Internet connection provided
by Skybroadband with packages of up to
112Mbps. See how easy it is to subscribe via
its “Bigtime Choices” promo that boasts of
irresistible perks—free Digibox installation
for non-Sky subscribers or free upgrade
to SkyCable HD coupled with free threee
month’s viewing of ESPN HD and free
SkyCable Season Pass for the upcoming
“Pacquiao-Bradley” fight in June.
With these exciting service offerings from
SkyCable and Skybroadband, only one’s
imagination can limit the possibilities in digital
cable TV viewing and web surfing.
To know more about SkyZone, log on
to www.mysky.com.ph. Call Sky’s 24-hour
customer service hotline 381-0000 or at
(0917) 631-000 and (0918) 863-1000, and
sign up for a 15-day free trial of SkyCable
HD and Skybroadband.
Sky partners with ESPN HD to launch 1
st
Sky Zone
TODAY’s consumers want to have
the power over anything that they
consume. They know what they want
and how they want it. On top of this,
they want things to be worth every
peso they pay them for.
With this in mind, Sky has
embraced customization in their cable
TV services. “We take our cue from
our subscribers. We study what they
want and we give it them. Plus we
give them enough flexibility so that
they can customize our services based
on their budget and preference,”
shared Ray Montinola, Sky’s Chief
Operating Officer.
For cable services, Sky has
introduced SkyCable Select which
gives subscribers the option to enhance
their channel line-up by adding
channels via SkyCable Select for as
low as P20 per channel per month.
SkyCable Select is the first and only
service that gives subscribers the
power to tailor-fit their cable TV line
up, around their viewing preference
and budget.
Montinola added further,
“Subscribers nowadays are very
selective. For cable services for instance,
they no longer ask if the provider’s
signal is clear because for them, it should
already be a given. That is why we in
Sky try our best to give them something
beyond clear signal.”
And beyond clear signal is what
SkyCable offers with SkyCable HD.
SkyCable offers
an unparalleled HD TV viewing with
the benefits of real digital cable with no
signal disruptions and no hidden charges.
With SkyCable HD, subscribers get
unbelievably clear and sharper pictures,
incredible panoramic widescreen, and
more. And with SkyCable iRecord,
one can pause, record, and play back a
live TV program, the only such service
in the country.
For Internet services,
Skybroadband has recently introduced
a 5Mbps broadband plan for only
P999 per month, combining the twin
customer priorities of high speed at
an affordable price. The 5Mbps plan
is is three to five times faster than the
usual plans offered by other internet
service providers.
With a download speed of up to
5Mbps and a usage allowance of
15 GB per month, subscribers can
either have unlimited access to social
networking sites, or download up to
3,750 songs or up to 25 movies, or
access 125 hours of video streaming,
or engage in 586 hours of talk time
using Internet telephony.
Skybroadband also offers
the fastest unlimited residential
broadband speeds in the market, at
up-to 200 Mbps.
Sky’s reputation of bringing
quality services at reasonable prices
has been unparalleled throughout
the years. In the coming years,
the company strives to bring more
innovations and provide the latest and
the best technology to better serve its
customers.
Beyond clear signal
stage was changed for three times,
and the lighting was similar to
the most recent production of the
Miss Universe pageant held in
Brazil. The awarding rites were
systematic: corporate sponsors
and past titleholders could
only put the sashes and hand
the bouquets of flowers to the
recipients of special awards after
all the names were announced.
But the viewers’ attention became
divided during the swimsuit
competition. Aside from the
delegates strutting their stuff on
stage, there’s also the gorgeous
Australian disc jockey and model
named David Callum, who
played the music and almost took
the crowd under his control to
keep everybody dancing at the
Big Dome all night long.
No more pick-an-envelope-
inside-that-jar thing for
semifinalists in the interview
portion. The computer did the
random selection of a judge’s
name that would be flashed
on the widescreen. Binibining
Pilipinas executives gave the
production staff the green light
to reshoot some segments as
there were girls who messed
up their chances. Alcantara did
not understand Societe General
Private Banking CEO Olivier
Gougeon’s question about
her definition of “happiness.”
Spectators laughed at her when
she said things like, “it’s more
happiness in the Philippines.”
Forbes was heckled big time when
she accidentally said the word
“ano” while giving her insights
to Spanish Ambassador Jorge
Domecq about the disadvantages
of social media. She had a mental
block, became speechless and
was on the verge of crying until
the bell rang. Those scenes were
not shown on TV to avoid a repeat
of what happened to Janina San
Miguel four years ago.
To further connect with the
viewers, the hosts spoke both in
English and Tagalog. Venus Raj
and Iza Calzado were effective
hosts and even entertained the
crowd with jokes and songs during
commercial breaks. But Xian Lim
was a revelation! The Kapamilya
station’s newest heartthrob showed a
lot of potential as a pageant presenter.
Sad to say, Georgina Wilson is better
seen than heard, she also looked very
stiff on stage. Megan Young should
have taken her place.
Brains and beauty
“Many women nowadays forego
a happy family life for a successful
career. How do you feel about this?”
was the question asked to Tugonon
by newspaper publisher Jose Manuel
Romualdez. And the answer that
sealed her fate was: “Well, I believe
that women have the right to choose
between what they want, but for
me, you’ll have to go for what God
has called you to do, whatever it is,
between the two. You must do what’s
your purpose in this world. Just have a
child-like faith and a mature obedience
and everything will go smooth.”
Our next envoy to the Miss
Universe pageant graduated cum
laude at the University of Santo
Tomas and top-ranked the Pharmacy
Board Examination in June 2010 with
a score of 82.05 percent. Her string of
beauty titles includes Miss Pharmacy
2009 and Ideal Thomasian Personality
(Miss UST) 2010.
“I’m very happy. I am thankful
to the Lord… if you only know
what I’ve been through… joining
[Binibining Pilipinas] was really a
brief decision. We talked about this
[within our family]. I even backed
out before I pushed through. [But] I
am really thankful, I realized that if
God was the one who planned, then
that’s it.”
The best of luck to Janine Mari
Tugonon, may she continue the country’s
winning streak in the Miss Universe
pageant come December—and prove to
everybody that Mrs. Araneta was right
in choosing her over the others.
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