Reclassify Marijuana, as NOT a Dangerous Drug

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Environment, Philippine News, Philippine Politics with tags , , on June 14, 2012 by South Arts Festival

Reclassify Marijuana, as NOT a Dangerous Drug.

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Honorable ANTONIO “BEBOT” VILLAR, JR. Chairman, Dangerous Drugs Board.

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Reclassify Marijuana, as NOT a Dangerous Drug.

Section 93 of REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9165, otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” states that:

“Reclassification, Addition or Removal of Any Drug from the List of Dangerous Drugs. – The Board shall have the power to reclassify, add to or remove from the list of dangerous drugs. Proceedings to reclassify, add, or remove a drug or other substance may be initiated by the PDEA, the DOH, or by petition from any interested party, including the manufacturer of a drug, a medical society or association, a pharmacy association, a public interest group concerned with drug abuse, a national or local government agency, or an individual citizen. When a petition is received by the Board, it shall immediately begin its own investigation of the drug. The PDEA also may begin an investigation of a drug at any time based upon the information received from law enforcement laboratories, national and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies, or other sources of information.”

Based on the above Republic Act, we, the people of the Republic of the Philippines, would like to petition for the reclassification and decriminalization of Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Ruderalis, and derivative products of the said natural plant species. Herein, we will present you with the basic facts and sources of information from which you can then launch a thorough investigation into Cannabis’ many uses such as MEDICINE, PAPER, FUEL, FIBER, FOOD, and HOUSING.

First and foremost, Cannabis cannot be classified under the list of DANGEROUS drugs, as it poses no health threat to its users. The World Health Organization states that Tobacco kills nearly 6,000,000 people a year[1] and Alcohol results in 2,500,000 deaths each year. [2] Cannabis, on the other hand, has NO DIRECT RECORDED DEATHS attributed to it. If anything, the two prior drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol, should be topping your Dangerous Drugs list, as they kill more people per annum than all the dangerous drugs on your list – COMBINED.

Secondly, Cannabis IS MEDICINE, and has been for the past few thousand years. Currently, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide use Cannabis to relieve the symptoms of debilitating diseases. A 2002 review of medical literature by Franjo Grotenhermen states that medical cannabis has established effects in the treatment of nausea, vomiting, premenstrual syndrome, unintentional weight loss, insomnia, and lack of appetite. Other “relatively well-confirmed” effects were in the treatment of “spasticity, painful conditions, especially neurogenic pain, movement disorders, asthma, and glaucoma”.

Preliminary findings indicate that cannabis-based drugs could prove useful in treating inflammatory bowel disease, migraines, fibromyalgia, and related conditions.
Medical cannabis has also been found to relieve certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries by exhibiting antispasmodic and muscle-relaxant properties as well as stimulating appetite.

Other studies state that cannabis or cannabinoids may be useful in treating alcohol abuse, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, collagen-induced arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, bipolar disorder, colorectal cancer, HIV-Associated Sensory Neuropathy depression, dystonia, epilepsy, digestive diseases, gliomas, hepatitis C, Huntington’s disease, leukemia, skin tumors, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Parkinson’s disease, pruritus, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psoriasis, sickle-cell disease, sleep apnea, and anorexia nervosa.

A study done by Craig Reinarman surveyed among why people in California used cannabis and it found many reasons why people had used cannabis. It was used to relieve pain, muscle spasms, headaches, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, depression, cramps, panic attacks, diarrhea, and itching. Others used cannabis to improve sleep, relaxation, appetite, concentration or focus, and energy. Some patients used it to prevent medication side effects, anger, involuntary movements, and seizures, while others used it as a substitute for other prescription medications and alcohol. [3]

Even the United States National Cancer Institute acknowledges Cannabis’ Antitumor, Appetite Stimulation, and Analgesic effects on its webpage. [4]

Aside from this, Harvard University published a study that concluded that the active ingredient in Cannabis cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread. [5]

Also, the American Medical Association cites Cannabis’ patient treatment and healing abilities in their “Report 3 of the Council on Science and Public Health “, and thus called for the rescheduling of the said drug. [6]

More information about Cannabis and how it may be used as a treatment for people with serious medical conditions can be found in this Medical Cannabis brochure:

Click to access cancer_brochure.pdf

Thirdly, one of the biggest positive impacts that the rescheduling of Cannabis would produce is the reintegration of hemp into our society, and more importantly in current times, our economy. Hemp is a plant that is grown for industrial use only; in fact, hemp contains less that 1% THC and causes no “high” when smoked.

From an INDUSTRIAL standpoint, hemp provides many advantages over a great deal of current resources that the Philippines utilizes. The most common use for hemp is in the production of textile based products. Hemp fibers are considerably strong so that makes it ideal for the production of many products like PAPER, FABRIC, and ROPE. Hemp produces a higher yield per acre than cotton and has a growing cycle of only 100 days instead of 160. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you can produce four times as much paper from a hectare of Cannabis than a hectare of trees. Imagine all the forests we could save!

But perhaps the most important attribute of hemp is its ability to produce a substantial amount of CELLULOSE. Cellulose is a compound that, in more recent years, has been converted into a BIOFUEL called cellulostic ethanol. This biofuel can power everything that our fossil fuels currently does and is being produced most commonly in the form of “energy crops;” mostly corn and cotton. Hemp holds an advantage though, because it yields four times the amount of cellulose you can get from a corn stalk, plus it is carbon-negative, meaning it has already captured enough carbon during growth, in a process called carbon sequestration, to make up for the carbon that it releases when burned. In layman’s terms, it is ECO FRIENDLY.

Once rescheduled, Cannabis can also be used as FOOD. Technically a nut, hemp seed typically contains over 30% oil and about 25% protein, with considerable amounts of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Hemp seed oil is over 80% in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), and is an exceptionally rich source of the two essential fatty acids (EFAs) linoleic acid (18:2 omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (18:3 omega-3). The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio (n6/n3) in hemp seed oil is normally between 2:1 and 3:1, which is considered to be optimal for human health. In addition, the biological metabolites of the two EFAs, gamma-linolenic acid (18:3 omega-6; ‘GLA’) and stearidonic acid (18:4 omega-3; ‘SDA’), are also present in hemp seed oil. The two main proteins in hemp seed are edestin and albumin. Both of these high-quality storage proteins are easily digested and contain nutritionally significant amounts of all essential amino acids. In addition, hemp seed has exceptionally high levels of the amino acid arginine. [7]
What does this mean? This means that Cannabis seeds’ amino acid profile is close to “complete” when compared to more common sources of proteins such as meat, milk, eggs and soy. The proportions of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid in one tablespoon (15 ml) per day of hemp oil easily provides human daily requirements for EFAs.

Aside from the above, Cannabis can be used as a material to make HOUSES.
Hempcrete is a mixture of hemp hurds (shives) and lime (possibly including natural hydraulic lime, sand, pozzolans or cement) used as a material for construction and insulation. It is marketed under names like Hemcrete, Canobiote, Canosmose, and Isochanvre. Hempcrete is easier to work than traditional lime mixes and acts as an insulator and moisture regulator. It lacks the brittleness of concrete and consequently does not need expansion joints.

Honorable Villar, Cannabis laws, as they are now, cost tax payers millions of pesos a year. The taxpayers have to pay for every individual that is sent to prison for possession of Cannabis and nothing more. It’s time to face the facts — most Cannabis users are peaceful, well adjusted members of society. Their “crime” is nothing more than possessing and ingesting or smoking dried flowers from a non-toxic plant. The effects of their “crime” are usually nothing more than being hungry, laughing, enjoying chit-chat with friends, and watching TV. This is a VICTIMLESS crime, which should not be punished by the state. A democratic government has no right to tell its citizens — its employers — what they can or cannot ingest, eat, smoke, or drink. And a democratic government has no right to withhold a miracle plant from its citizens. Especially not one that can be used to the advantage of the citizens in creating more jobs, upping tourism, healing the sick, and helping the environment.

If Cannabis is not rescheduled, then we the people must ask for the basis of its illegality. We must be satisfied with facts, statistics, solid reasoning, and casualties. The burden of proof falls on the government’s hands.

1. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/index.html
2. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs349/en/index.html
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_cannabis
4. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4
5. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm
6. http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/csaph/csaph-report3-i09.pdf
7. http://naihc.org/hemp_information/hemp_facts.html
8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp

Philippine Entertainment: Philippine Movies Now Available At Facebook

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2011 by South Arts Festival

Just One Of Many Movies Available On Facebook

The popular mobile Internet messenger company Chikka is launching Chikka Cine via Facebook.

This service which links up social media and cinematic entertainment will provide Filipino Facebook users in North America the privilege to watch mainstream Filipino movies. This means no more missed shows because of location concerns.

With Chikka teaming-up with new company Mav Shack, the movie streaming feature gets a thrilling start with two recent blockbusters, namely, “In Your Eyes” and “Petrang Kabayo” up for screening. Facebook users can avail of this by simply hitting the “Like” button on Mav Shack’s Page.

The new media service offering will be free for the entire month of November. Both movies that respectively star multi-awarded actress Anne Curtis and current sensation Vice Ganda, belong to the talent stable of Viva Films, with which Mav Shack has tied up.

With the movie streaming over the USA and Canada territories, OFWs, Fil-Ams and Fil-Canadians in the region would “feel at home” with Chikka Cine’s entertainment offerings. As a bonus, viewers of the said movies would be instant participants in a raffle. Two winners get round trip tickets to the Philippines, including all-expense paid weekend to island paradise Boracay.

Chikka, which recently produced Chikka Live – a live video streaming service innovation that captivated thousands of viewers worldwide, is now available in multiple formats and browsers on all personal computers and handheld devices.

By developing fresh content that fuses social media, Chikka, as an instant messaging innovator, continuously helps its telco partners adapt to the new digital environment via more utilities for new-generation users.

Mav Shack, on the other hand, is an over-the-top service online that streams content such as movies, radio programs, and concerts over the Internet. Its service is available on desktops via its URL mavshack.com and Facebook page. A new application/widget will soon be ready for subscribers to see the selected movies from Smart Phones supported by Android and iOS, like iPhone and iPad.

While those films are already available, subscribers can expect more Filipino flicks from Viva Films through Chikka Cine and Mav Shack.

San Miguel Beer Consumer Report

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News with tags , on November 1, 2011 by South Arts Festival

I am currently 40 years old, and I have been consuming San Miguel Beer products for over 20 years. I bought my first few cases of SMB Pale Pilsen at my 15th year old birthday party, and have been consistently been drinking beer since then.

At first, I used to drink every weekend on Friday and Saturday nights, and maybe the occasional Sunday afternoon.  When I got into college at age 18, I began drinking San Miguel Beer on a near daily basis. And not just one bottle, but averaging around 8 to 10 bottles per day.

In the 90’s, Student organizations I was involved with in UP Diliman held events which featured San Miguel Beer. There was Upsilon Sigma Phi’s Polo-Singan event which featured smorgasbord of free beer and a Side-A concert at the Manila Polo Club. Then, there was UP JMA’s Heaven’s Door which was the first concert held at the Megatrade Hall. That time, you could see us lugging cases of beer from the grocery up the escalators. And there are still more events I’ve organized and attended, and always with a San Miguel beer in my hand to celebrate.

After college, San Miguel Beer and its by-products like Super Dry, Blue Ice (remember?), Red Horse, Cerveza Negra and San Mig Light have all passed through my palate and have contributed to my not-so-sexy but huggable beer belly. My choice for drinking San Miguel after all these years is based on a simple fact – there was no other beer around. Even with the current advent of imported beers like Coors, Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Heineken, or even with the rise of competition from local beers like Colt45 of Asia Brewery – San Miguel Beer has still remained a favorite. It’s just something that I’m used to and certainly will not be disappointed with. In fact, I consider San Miguel Beer like an old friend.

As an old friend, I have been kind to San Miguel Beer. I have given him so much money over a decade or so.  At a rough average of P500 per week, or P26,000 a year for more than 10 years – well, that’s a lot of money. I’ve never really found the need to ask for anything in return. On its own, San Miguel Beer is fulfilling enough to provide a nice intoxication, a proud beer belly, and memorable moments celebrating with friends, and even in crying with friends.

But now – I do have something to ask from San Miguel.

I would like to ask San Miguel to stop advertising their beer, and instead spend their advertising budget for other worthwhile projects. San Miguel Beer does not need to spend millions upon millions on celebrity endorsements for their Christmas ads. San Miguel Beer does not need to spend useless expense for TVC slots, billboard ads, print ads or merchandising. Well – merchandising maybe.

San Miguel Beer is at the top of the beer food chain in the country, and even if they stopped advertising altogether for one year – they would probably increase their profits due to unnecessary advertising spending. Every day – all over the country – people drink San Miguel Beer (and their co-products). Whether they are sad or celebrating, SMB is on the menu. SMB can be found in almost every major store, grocery, restaurant, bar and sari-sari store. Their sales will never ever suffer because they are the number one demand in their market.

With that being said – I would wish for San Miguel Beer to focus on eliminating poverty by diverting advertising expense into socially responsible programs and projects. They can provide housing programs of their own without the need to tie up with NGOs. I’m not certain what other socially responsible programs San Miguel Beer engages in, but I’m very sure that they give support to charities and foundations, and do their best in actively pursuing their civic duties. However, imagine if the budget was bigger because they would divert advertising funds they don’t need.

But apart from San Miguel, all companies and products with a monopoly of sorts should also end all their ad campaigns. Smart and Globe need not spend on advertising because every day their product is used. They don’t need celebrity endorsements that cost millions, and they don’t need billboard ads or print ads. Because of their technology, they can directly send promotion packages and special offers direct to their customers. Text text lang iyan.

Anyway – cheers to San Miguel Beer. I just bought a case of Pale Pilsen in cans to fill my ref. And as an avid consumer for over 20 years. Please consider my humble advice.

Thank you.

Philippine News: New Vizconde Massacre Witness Surfaces After 20 Years

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News with tags , , , , on December 29, 2010 by South Arts Festival
Senate Elections Nuisance Candidate Mel Chavez

Senate Elections Nuisance Candidate Mel Chavez

According to news reports by ABS-CBN, a new witness has surfaced for the Vizconde Massacre. A certain Melchor Gongora Chavez, who claims to be the national president of the Association of Commentators of the Philippines, has a new witness that can provide evidence to prove that Hubert Webb’s passport is fake, and that a certain “Edmond A” was the one who was allegedly asked to produce the fake passport for Hubert Webb.

Chavez has also acceded that the video clip of Hubert Webb frolicking in the snow in the United States was merely shot behind the Philippine International Convention Center, and the snow that fills the background is merely staged snow.

As much as I would want justice for Lauro Vizconde, father and patriarch of his slain family, I cannot believe that after all these years – only now will a witness emerge to shed light on this case. Why only now after so many years? Why only now after the Supreme Court has given its decision and cannot be reversed? Why only now when Hubert Webb cannot be tried again for the same crime?

If these witnesses and investigators were already wary that the Supreme Court could’ve overturned the ruling, then all these evidences against Hubert Webb should’ve been presented way beforehand to assure the victory of the prosecution. But they only come out of the woodwork now way past the Cinderella curfew. Sadly, it is not a good performance for the prosecution, who is now cramming the 20-year deadline on the Vizconde case.

What ever happened to star witness Jessica Alfaro? Isn’t there anything better that she can add in her testimony? Isn’t there a way for her to clear her name and petition that what she indeed did say under oath during the trial was the total truth? Where is she now? Why hasn’t she come forward and declare that justice has been blinded because her testimony was truth?

Now – this supposed national president of the Association of Commentators of the Philippines Melchor Chavez is stirring up a storm, and doing so in desperation without any real credibility. How can such a witness be believed? And why would the so-called witness appear through the hands of Melchor Chavez and not the investigators, or the Supreme Court itself? Well, maybe Melchor Chavez is just hoping for his 15 seconds of fame. Well, you got it. At the expense of making a mockery on justice for Lauro Vizconde, and instead of looking for the real perpetrators behind the massacre. Will the real slim shady from the prosecutor’s office please take a stand and do your proper legal job, and advise Melchor Chavez et al on how he can go about this, instead of tooting around his whistle around the media just to make headlines.

Besides, what the hell is the Association of Commentators of the Philippines? A search on Yahoo reveals that the only time they’ve ever come out is in the ABS-CBN article related to this. They don’t have a website or any prior mention? Are they even a real association? Is Sev Sarmenta and Quinito Henson members? What kind of commentators are they comprised of? Are they sports commentators, or are they just side-line comment-ers (as opposed to commentators) who comment on anything worth commenting for the sake of their two cents worth or their 15 second of fame. Maybe as a blogger, I can become a commentator too. But maybe next time – let’s wait until Melchor “the national ass president” Chavez sits down.

According to Wikipedia – Melchor Chavez was a Filipino radio and print journalist who tried to run for Philippine Senate several times. In 1992, the Supreme Court disqualified him for running for senator. In 1998, Comelec did not recognize his certificate of candidacy. In 2001, he ran under KBL and garnered a measley 2% of the total votes. In 2004, Comelec allowed him to run again, but petitions by Francisco Chavez (who also petitioned against him, thus leading to his disqualification  in 1992)  were favored by the Comelec. Melchor Chavez was then deemed as a nuisance candidate.

Now, Melchor Chavez is just being a nuisance.

Philippine News: Supreme Court To Decide On Hubert Webb Case

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine News on November 20, 2010 by South Arts Festival
Free Hubert Webb

Free Hubert Webb

Hubert Webb was in the Paranaque City Jail since August 1995 when he was arrested as an alleged prime suspect on the Vizconde Massacre. After his conviction for murder five years later, he has since been in jail at the Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. It has now been 15 years that Hubert Webb has been in jail.

I personally got to visit Hubert Webb during the first day of his arraignment hearing, and maybe only visited him one other time in the Paranaque City Jail throughout those 15 years. Before all this happened, we were good friends from the same neighborhood of BF Homes, Paranaque. We played basketball on afternoons at the Phase 3 basketball court and even hung out afterwards for a beer or two or more along with other friends.

As much as I would like to personally vouch for the innocence of Hubert Webb, it is sad that the wheels of justice in the Philippines have not turned favorably for him.

The Perspective on Court of Appeals regarding the case against Hubert Webb eventually led to a Division of Five vote during the motion for reconsideration, and the justices voted 3-2 AGAINST the motion of Hubert Webb. Justices Rodrigo Cosico, Regalado Maambong and Normandie Pizarro were the voting majority who denied the motion for reconsideration.  Meanwhile, Justices Renato Dacudao and Lucenito Tagle voted in favor for Hubert Webb.

On the part of the majority vote by Cosico, Maambong and Pizarro – their primary reason for denying the motion rests largely on the evidence of government star witness Jessica Alfaro, a former drug addict, who pointed out Hubert Webb as the prime murder suspect in her testimony during the trial. That’s all they really had to go by.

Meanwhile, the reasons given by Dacudao and Tagle are such that:

According to Justice Dacudao, based on the highlights of the dissenting opinion in the motion for reconsideration, the case is clear and simple – Hubert Webb could not have committed the crime because he was not even at the scene of the crime, nor was he even in the country at that time. Dacudao also points out the valuable testimony of former presidential legal counsel Atty. Antonio Tirol Carpio, (who is now a member of the Supreme Court), who attested to a phone conversation with former Senator Freddie Webb on June 29, 1991 (some 12 hours before the crime was committed), who at that time was in Anaheim, California, along with his son.

Moreover, Justice Dacudao also puts a bad light on the testimony of Jessica Alfaro, which he suggests was filled with improbabilities and contradictions.

Justice Tagle‘s dissenting opinion talked clearly about the evidence presented by the defense as to Hubert Webb’s alibi, and these evidences included: (1) the departure and arrival stamp of Hubert Webb on his passport; (2) the US Immigration stamp on his passport; (3) and the testimony and certification of the US Immigration regarding the validity of the travel documents of Hubert Webb.

On the Justice For Hubert Webb Facebook page, the page administrators concede:

Despite all the strong documentary evidence to prove otherwise, Hubert Webb still languishes in jail due to the supposed “eyewitness” whose credibility is in question. The semen sample from the victim which can be used for DNA testing is conspicuously lost. Something has to be done with this travesty of justice.

We condemn the criminals who raped and murdered the Vizcondes but putting the jail innocent people for the crime they did not commit is not justice at all.

Please understand that we have given everything required to prove that hubert was in the U.S. when the crime occured.You name it, we gave it.

1. record of departure including ticket, ticket receipt,(with accompanying testimony from raja tours owner Bibay Nolasco), airline manifest (with accompanying testimony from a northwest airline official), passport with departure stamp from the Bureau of Immigration

2. record of entry which includes an F.B.I. report, a note verbal issued by the U.S. government signed by Secretary of State Madeline Albright stating that Hubert Webb was in the U.S. testified to by no less than both foriegn secretary Domingo Siazon and Consul General Leo Herrera Lim

3. records of his stay which includes: Videos – one in Disneyland (testified to by a complete stranger who saw Freddie Webb and decided to video him), one at Lake Tahoe and another at a cousins wedding wedding ceremony Records of employment in the form of several encashed checks in his name Hubert Jeffrrey Webb before and after the crime California Drivers License aquired during his stay, certified by the Department of Motor Vehicles California Dozens of eyewitness accounts all of which were excecuted by upstanding members of society all of which have much to lose had they perjured themselves in court, the most prominent of all being Entertainer Gary Valenciano. Supreme court justice Antonio Carpio also testified that he knew that Hubert was in the U.S, based on his conversations with my father who was in the U.S. right before the time of the incident.

4. records of his departure which includes again the certification from the U.S. stating his date of departure, airline manifest testified to by an authority from the Philippine Airlines, Passport showing entry into the Philippines We have givem everything humanly possible to prove he was in the United States four months before and fifteen months after the massacre occured. He only has one record of ever going to the U.S.A and it was only during the period we claim he was there.

Pease take note that: NOT A SINGLE PIECE OF EVIDENCE WE PRESENTED WAS EVER REFUTED OR PROVEN TO BE FALSE BY THE PROSECTION. THEY COULD HAVE EASILY ASKED THE UNITED STATES IF THE DOCUMENTS WE PRESENTED WERE FAKE BUT THEY DIDN’T. WHY? BECAUSE THEY KNEW OUR DOCUMENTS WERE REAL.THEY COULD HAVE EASILY CAUGHT HUBERT IF THEY ALLOWED DNA TESTING FROM THE BEGINNING BUT THEY OBJECTED TO IT. WHY? BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT IT WASN’T HUBERT’S SPERM BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT HE WAS IN THE UNITED STATES.

We have waited fifteen long years for some people to start believing. Due to a judge and prosecution without any concience, my brother has suffered much for a crime he very clearly did not do. All we pray is that he be set free so that he can pick up the pieces start to live what he has left of his life. Let truth prevail.

On November 23, 2010 – the Supreme Court will finally give their decision on this case. It is my hope as a friend of Hubert Webb, and as a believer in justice and truth, that he will be set free. I encourage everyone to pray that justice and truth be served.

You can see videos relating to this and other documents at the Justice For Hubert Webb Facebook page.

Philippine Events: Olive Magazine Launched At Ayala Museum

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2010 by South Arts Festival

I arrived late at the recent Olive magazine launch held at the Ayala Museum lobby just this week. I immediately greeted Bella Luce Publications big boss Nick Tuason, and gave my heartfelt congratulations for another magazine under his belt. So far, Bella Luce Publications has Wedding Belle, Digital Photographer, Lonely Planet Philippines, iCreate, Junior and now Olive!

Olive Magazine Now In The Philippines

Olive Magazine Now In The Philippines

Olive is a monthly magazine published in the UK by BBC Worldwide, and Bella Luce Publications have been able to get the license to open up a local version of Olive here in the Philippines.  Here in the Philippines, the magazine’s editor-in-chief is none other than Stephanie Zubiri, who earned her star in the culinary scene with the very reputable The Modern Epicurian Kitchen – an institution which is part cooking school-slash-catering business that promotes the fine art of living, and the process and results that are part of that palatable journey. Definitely, Olive is blessed to have someone like Stephanie Zubiri, who exudes a good energy and has a fresh perspective on the culinary scene in the Philippines and abroad.

While I didn’t get to congratulate Stephanie Zubiri personally that night (she was too busy being hounded by everyone else), I managed to pass along the message through her brother and old friend Senator Miguel Zubiri, who was with his beautiful wife Audrey. My congratulations also to the ever efficient people of Bella Luce Publications like Marta Luque-Araneta, Pilar Tuason and Madie Pfiffner-Dinglasan.

It was a fun night overall – and it was great to see friends like Audrey Carpio, Joanna DeOcampo, Jackie Verano, Jay Pou, Cay Rodriguez-Araneta, Fiona Lucas-Araneta, Pip Zorgani, RJ Ledesma and his wife Vanessa, and Ines Cabarrus, who will be having a second run of the annual Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards soon.

My only concern – I feel like I should be the one to say it – is that the open bar wasn’t running as optimal as I would’ve expected, considering that it was the launch of a culinary magazine. You just simply can’t serve warm beer over ice on a wine glass, nor can you serve wine on a margarita glass. The lack of glassware to match the cocktails was befuddling. I would’ve thought that the launch of a top culinary magazine would’ve hired a caterer equal to the task of serving Manila’s glitzy set. The caterer should’ve known to have chilled the beer earlier, and prepare the right glassware for the occassion. I mean – if it were the launch of an un-culinary magazine, then this faux pas could’ve been forgiven. I just had to say – not to bitch – but to raise constructive criticism for the caterer, or maybe just to the poor schmuck responsible for hiring them.

But then again, that’s just the open bar – and I’m sure that slight glitch won’t take away anything from the greatness of the magazine, which will certainly continue to have an impact on the Manila food and restaurant scene. There will be great articles in Olive, ranging from exciting recipes, restaurant reviews and so much more, and it comes at a great time in Philippine lifestyle history when our range of tastes and foods has started to expand.

Once upon a time, you would mention a handful of good restaurants when you mention Japanese cuisine or Chinese cuisine. Now – there are too many to mention because of the growth of the restaurant and food service industry throughout the country. The launching of Olive will certainly be a critical portal which will open many eyes to the wonders of the food scene in the Philippines as well as share articles from the mother publication of BBC Worldwide.

Needless to say – you should go find a copy of Olive soon.

Philippine Music: Comprehending The Idiocy Of A Platinum Album

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine Entertainment, Philippine Music on October 13, 2010 by South Arts Festival
Jovit Baldivino: Platinum Album Awardee

Jovit Baldivino: Platinum Album Awardee

Just recently, I read about how Pilipinas Got Talent winner Jovit Baldivino received a platinum status for his debut album entitled Faithfully. According to ABS-CBN news, because of Baldivino’s recent success in reaching platinum, ABS-CBN will now host a major concert featuring Jovit Baldivino at the Aliw Theater on November 13.

Performing with Jovit Baldivino are the likes of Yeng Constantino, Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, Kim Chiu and Sam Milby as special guests.

OK – so what does a platinum album really mean in the Philippines? In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) declares an album reaches gold status when it has sold more than 500,000 copies. It reaches platinum status when the album has sold more than 1,000,000 copies. That’s in the United States.

Here in the Philippines, the equivalent body of the US RIAA is the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). Now, the PARI has its own set of rules. The PARI awards a gold status to an album if it has sold 10,000 copies, and it awards platinum status if the album has sold 20,000 copies.

20,000 copies for a platinum album? That’s a far cry from the global standard of 1 million. Those 20,000 copies can be easily bought out by the recording company. In the case of Jovit Baldivino, it is plausible that the 20,000 copies were paid for and bought by ABS-CBN, and  were probably given for free during Wowowee or whatever noon time variety show they have. Of course, I merely allege.

ABS-CBN news does well to self-promote their own talent. After all, it is ABS-CBN who manages Jovit Baldivino as a talent, gave him his recording deal, and will be in charge of promoting his career further. They play his songs from the album regularly on their own radio stations (both AM and FM), and have him guest and sing on their TV shows, both for cable and the local nationwide broadcast.  As an added bonus , ABS-CBN has already cast Baldivino on different TV shows of the network to promote his versatile talent.  Then, there will be the articles to follow on ABS-CBN owned publications, websites and partner sites. We even haven’t tackled the other non-ABS-CBN media outlets who will also jump on this promotion from magazines to newspapers, and other internet and social media, like Yahoo, where I chanced upon it.

Clearly, there is some kind of bias in this kind of self-promotion that any average Filipino doesn’t see off the bat. You find the talent, hone  it and flex your muscles of self-promotion, covering it up with pretty ribbons and shiny gift wrapping. You throw around some money – and maybe even buy 20,000 copies of an album – and present the success to an estimated 90,000,000 Filipinos all over the country, plus some more from all over the world. What a promotional machinery! What a media giant!

However…

The truth of the matter is – the platinum status of Jovit Baldivino’s album (and of other ABS-CBN or Star Recording artists like Nina, Kris Aquino, Charice Pempengco, Sam Milby, Toni Gonzaga among others) are not platinum as the world knows it to be. And yet,  you can read about it on the Internet, at Yahoo, and it will give the false impression to the rest of the world that his album has made the same sales as big artists in the US who hit 1 million in record sales. Or maybe I just think it does.

I believe that whenever a Filipino artist hits platinum, there should be an asterisk that says he sold 20,000 copies only, so as not to mislead others to think that they follow the American trend of 1 million copies. That’s just my opinion. I think the colonial mental state when it comes to music is somehow US-shaped, and this could be a misleading thing. Or maybe it’s just me who doesn’t get it.

Of course, this platinum status varies in each country. In places like Peru, the platinum threshold is only at 6,000 albums sold. But that’s probably because only Peruvians can understand Peruvian songs and singers.

Anyway – I’m not out to rain on the parade on the success of artists like Jovit Baldivino. I’m not crab mentality-ing. In fact, it’s great that he’s hit the big leagues and is making something with his talent. At least I know he’s got talent. There are some artists who can’t even sing for shit. Did anyone say Willie Revillame, or did I hear Kris Aquino?

I guess what I’m really irked about is how networks like ABS-CBN put all sorts of spin on the issue, manipulating it from its inception to its perch in the glitzy havens of showbusiness. They throw around  their monopolizing media powers to deceive their audience into believing that they bring out greatness with whatever they bake in their oven – even if  just because the minority of 20,000 platinum-building Filipinos (of an estimated total of 90 million plus citizens) paid for it.

Maybe there’s just something wrong with the rules of PARI to think that sales of 20,000 albums are good for a platinum status, even if, in reality, it doesn’t even make up 1 percent of the total population. And yet, there are the media powers who make it sound BIG, albeit their selfish interests.

I might be  wrong, but there is something idiotic about it. And I think it might be that they’re the idiots, or maybe I am.

Note: I don’t work for GMA (the network or the former President).

Did Mayor Lim Order The Attack?

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine News with tags , on August 30, 2010 by South Arts Festival

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim was camped out at Emerald Restaurant along with other chiefs and officials of the Philippine National Police, where they set up their headquarters to monitor the hostage situation.

"Tirahin Na Natin Iyan!"

They chose the Emerald restaurant because of the two 20″ televisions, where they could watch the broadcast from both ABS-CBN and GMA. But primarily because the Pata Tim there is one of the best in the country.

Once the SWAT team on the scene of the hostage was in position, their was a call on the radio saying, “Sir, we are in position, what do we do now?”

According to reports, Mayor Alfredo Lim said, “Tirahin na natin iyan.” Within seconds the attacked commenced and the bloodbath happened. However, there was a misunderstanding on the order as Alfredo Lim meant, “Tirahin na natin iyan” referred to “Tirahin na natin yung buchi.”

How To Handle A Hostage Situation In The Philippines

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News with tags , on August 30, 2010 by South Arts Festival

Manny Pacquiao: Chief Hostage Negotiator

Send Manny Pacquiao to be the chief negotiator.

Manny Pacquiao can afford any ransom made by any hostage.

When Manny Pacquiao steps into the bus, the hostage-taker will be so star-struck it will give enough ample time for the sniper to fire at least three times (should he miss the first two.)

If Manny Pacquiao gets close enough to the hostage-taker, his left hook will knock out the hostage-taker.

Why NoyNoy Didn’t Pick Up The Phone

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News with tags , , , on August 30, 2010 by South Arts Festival

Donald Tsang, President and Chief Executive of the Government of Hong Kong tried several times to reach Philippine President Noynoy Aquino, but apparently couldn’t get through.

The real story was that Noynoy saw his cellphone ringing, but what registered on his cellphone was “Private Number”, so he dismissed it.

Undaunted, Donald Tsang then tried to get hold of Presidential sister Kris Aquino, and was actually able to talk to Kris Aquino.

Kris Aquino even promised, “Of course, Mr. Tsang, we will help you with the hostage crisis and I will inform my brother Noynoy. In fact, we’re airing all the action right now in our network, and I will personally be interviewing the hostages IF they survive. Mr. Tsang, I will also send you some pancit malabon, which is ten times much better than Hong Kong fried noodles.”

"I Will Send You Pancit Malabon!"

After Kris Aquino got off the phone with Donald Tsang, she then called her brother Noynoy Aquino.

Noynoy Aquino took a look at his cellphone, and saw that it was Kris Aquino who was calling. His immediate response was, “Ano na naman drama nitong Kris na ito,” and threw his phone away.

“Pacquiao Is A Bitch.” – Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , on July 23, 2010 by South Arts Festival
"Pacquiao is a bitch." - Floyd Mayweather Sr.

"Pacquiao is a bitch." - Floyd Mayweather Sr.

In a recent interview with On The Ropes Boxing Radio, Floyd Mayweather Sr. had this to say about our very own Manny Pacquiao if he ever had to face him face to face:

I’d tell him he’s a fagg*t. You know what I’d tell him. Go stick your head up under your dress. That’s what I would tell him. I’m being real with you. I’d tell him he ain’t nothing but a sissy and a little girl. They got, as a matter of fact I’ve seen a thing in one of these books. Hold on just a second. Hey Lloyd! Where’s that book at about all of those athletes? That book about all of the athletes? You know the one, it had Pacquiao in there and Kobe in there? Well you know what, I’ll tell you just like the book says it. Hold on one second here. Here it is right here, here’s the book. It has nothing to do with no sissy. Just hold on just a second. I got something right here. I’m trying to find something right here. This is exactly what I would tell him. It’s in this book here. It’s “The Twenty Biggest Bitches in the Sport”. That’s what it says, “The Twenty Biggest Bitches in the Sport”. Guess who’s right here? Manny Pacquiao. It says “Biggest Bitches in the Sport” and that’s what he is – a bitch.”

Floyd Mayweather Sr. – here’s something on behalf of the Filipino people:

“Puke ng ina mo ka!”

$2 Million Guaranteed at Asia Poker Tour Philippines Main Event

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine Events, Philippines Sports with tags , , , on June 1, 2010 by South Arts Festival

2010 Asian Poker Tour in August 2010

The Asian Poker Tour (APT) will have its 2010 Main Event at the Resorts World Manila, Philippines, from August 23 to August 29, 2010. The buy-in for the Main Event is $2,500 + $200,  and the prize pool is a whopping $2 Million guaranteed, so far the biggest pot ever to hit the Philippine shores.

I’ll hope to get in the money.

Philippine Sports: Manny Pacquiao Gets Fighter Of The Decade Award

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , on May 27, 2010 by South Arts Festival

Manny Pacquiao Is BWAA Fighter of The Decade

Manny Pacquiao Is BWAA Fighter of The Decade

The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) will be awarding Manny Pacquiao as Fighter of the Year and Fighter of The Decade in an awards ceremony to be held on June 4 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, New York.

This award will be the third Fighter of the Year title from the BWAA for Manny Pacquiao, and will tie him with Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield. Certainly, those are some pretty big names in the history of boxing, and Manny Pacquiao is certainly in good company among the best in the sport.

But for now, Manny Pacquiao isn’t going to be busy in the ring. Apart from his TV sitcom called Show Me Da Manny, Manny Pacquiao will be busy as Congressman of Sarangani. One of his first tasks before sitting in the Philippine House of Representatives is to take a two-month course on Public Administration and Governance at the prestigious University of the Philippines Diliman. According to reports, Manny Pacquiao will be looking to learn about how congress runs and eventually what it will take for him to act as Sarangani’s representative.

On a personal note – I wasn’t really for Manny Pacquiao as congressman, but I’m really glad that he’s making great efforts in ‘training’ for his position as Congressman even to the extent of taking up a two-month course. It might not be much, but at least it’s a good way for him to improve himself in tackling the responsibilities in the Philippine House of Congress.

As far as boxing is concerned – yes, the Fighter of The Decade is well worth it. But more than that – I sincerely hope that we can watch the Fight of the Century with Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather.

Philippine News: Is The Philippines Ready For Noynoy Aquino?

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine News, Philippine Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by South Arts Festival

Noynoy For President = Goodbye Kris Aquino

Noynoy Aquino is the 15th President of the Philippines. Well, depends from which point of history you start counting.

Lots of color in the recent May 2010 national elections, and as much as there was a lot of juicy tidbits to blog about, I sorta decided to keep the Philippines Funwall free from the mudslinging. Besides, I think I wouldn’t have many nice things to say. And if you can’t say anything nice, then better not say anything at all.

So Noynoy Aquino won by a pretty huge margin, and I guess everyone including me was surprised to even find former President Joseph Erap Estrada make it to second in the list, considering he wasn’t as noisy during the campaign period as other hopefuls like Manny Villar or Gilbert Teodoro.

If I had the chance to vote, I would’ve cast my vote for Dick Gordon, who I believe has a very respectful and dignified political record, and has the brins and political will to create positive change for the country as seen in how he brought Olongapo up from the ground after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. However, my name was missing in my precinct since I failed to re-register with the COMELEC. I didn’t even know I had to, considering my name wasn’t on the online list. Oh well – too late to complain, and too bad. Pretty surprising though that Eddie Villanueva actually led over Dick Gordon in the race, where he placed 6th. Sad. And I thought a tried and tested politician would’ve had a better placing than someone like Eddie Villanueva, who hasn’t ever held a political office. But what do we know about voters minds.  After all, Erap came out in second even after every survey showed him not even a consideration for the running.

Well, so Noynoy Aquino is there. His mother President Corazon Aquino was a former President, and certainly if his father Ninoy Aquino wasn’t assassinated, then he would’ve probably made a valiant run for the top post in the executive branch. Some say Noynoy doesn’t have the same political savvy as his father, or maybe even the big heart of his mother, and many say he isn’t even a great leader, except maybe his claim-to-fame of having such popular parents. But, that’s what everyone says when its not their candidate that wins.

In the meantime, two Aquino presidents says something about the makings of a political dynasty, or if you didn’t think they had one, well now you know they have one. There is indeed much to look forward to, and there are a lot of critics waiting to pounce on Noynoy when he falters.

Me – I’m more excited on the prospect that Kris Aquino has promised to leave the country lest she be a distraction and thorn on her brother’s reign as President due to her controversial and much celebrated personal life flaunted in showbiz. Do we really have to hear about every time Kris cries, or her husband James Yap has an alleged third party affair? And for sure, as the sister to the President, she’s just sure to get more media coverage, and well – let’s just hope she holds her end of her promise. If there’s anything certainly good about the Noynoy Aquino presidency – the exit of Kris Aquino is a good start.

Philippine Music: Jon Schmidt Live in Manila!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Music with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2010 by South Arts Festival

Jon Schmidt Live in Manila

Jon Schmidt Live in Manila

Popular American pianist Jon Schmidt makes his first trip to Manila on February 27, 2010 to strut his stuff on the keyboards with his “New Age Classical” piano artistry. His work is often described as New Age music with pop elements of hook and melody. He is also noted for his treatment of harmony, counterpoint, and rhythm.

Jon will perform with fellow American Cellist Steven Sharp Nelson who has successful collaborations with Jon, Paul Cardall, Peter Breinholt amongst others. Steven has “Best Cellist” awards, nominations for “Best Studio Musician” by the FCMA.

Bringing youthful enthusiasm to this concert will be 14 year old Musical Theater prodigy Julia Abueva. Julia has performed in concerts and musicals in Singapore and the Philippines since she was 5 years old, sharing the spotlight with world class talents Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, Deborah Gibson, among others. She was also handpicked by Oprah Winfrey as one of the ”World’s Most Talented Kids” and sang at the 2009 APEC summit for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders. Julia is also the youngest consultant of Encore!, the Musical Theater School of Pocketful of Kids.

The Concert starts at 7pm on February 27, 2010. Tickets are available at P1,500 & P2,000. for ticket inquiries and sales, you can call 634-7888, 634-2888, 0939-495-4173. Via email: encoreinterarts@gmail.com, pocketfulofkids@yahoo.com. Details are also on our website: www.encoreinterarts.com

This concert is the first production of Encore!, the Musical Theater School of Pocketful of Kids with the following beneficiaries: Green Agenda Philippines and A Child’s Dream Foundation.

Our concert partners are:

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Astroplus, Odyssey Music & Video,Odysseylive.net, Guerlain, Bvlgari, Plains & Prints, Monsterdekals, Rogue Magazine and World Bangers Haute Dog.

International Star Julia Abueva is the Youngest Consultant for Musical Theater program

Posted in All About The Philippines with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2010 by South Arts Festival
Philippine Child Prodigy Singer Julia Abueva

Philippine Child Prodigy Singer Julia Abueva

Shuttling between countries for 13-year old ingénue Julia Abueva (Children’s Letters to God, The Fantasticks) is a normal commute for Pocketful of Kids’ young creative consultant for their ENCORE! musical theater program.

“Young students must perform in shows that are fun for kids – musicals like ANNIE, OLIVER, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and DISNEY shows,” says Julia.

“Pocketful of Kids’ ENCORE! musical theatre program is basically targeting kids who want to hone their talents. Some people have negative thoughts about performing; therefore some kids don’t get to develop their talent. But we at ENCORE! encourage them. Kids are often iffy when it comes to acting or singing because kids our age are inclined to tease them or even say nasty things. But it’s actually a cool thing, and a lot of opportunities can come in.”

“It doesn’t really matter how young you are, you can still live out your dream,” she adds.

Julia Abueva has performed in concerts and musicals in Singapore and the Philippines ever since she was 5 years old, sharing the stage with world-class talents Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, Deborah Gibson, among others. She was even recently handpicked by Oprah Winfrey as one of the “World’s Most Talented Kids.”  She manages to juggle schoolwork with her performing commitments including her recent performance at the 2009 APEC where she performed for U.S. President Barack Obama, and other world leaders.

Mentoring the ENCORE! musical theatre program is international stage actress Jenny Jamora whom Julia had the pleasure of working with in some of her past shows. “She’s a brilliant performer. I learned a lot about performing by just watching her,” lauds Julia.

ENCORE!, the performing arts school, has it’s own mini theater at Pocketful Of Kids’ 250 square meter toy store in the Ortigas Center. Board members, instructors & consultants range from experienced theater personalities like multi awarded director, TV & stage personality Leo Rialp and international theater artist Jake Macapagal.

Those who want to develop their talents and live their dreams of performing on stage can do so at ENCORE! It has a wide range of classes including Musical Theatre, Voice, and Props Production.

ENCORE! students will be showcased in a concert on February 27, 2009 at the Sunset Pavilion of Hotel Sofitel, Manila.  Julia Abueva will be performing with them together with acclaimed international musicians Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson.

For more information about the ENCORE! musical theatre program or for tickets to the concert, call Pocketful of Kids at 634-2888 and 634-7888; or visit them at Unit A, 15th Floor, Strata 2000 building on F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center. Visit www.encoreinterarts.com and find out more about ENCORE!

Philippine Sports: Manny Pacquiao To KO Joshua Clottey

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2010 by South Arts Festival

WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines will be putting his title on the line against former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey of Ghana.

Initially, there was a great hype over the supposed Mayweather vs Pacquiao Fight of The Century, but the deals between both camps regarding the drug testing procedures were not been abel to come to an agreement. As it is – the camp of Floyd “Chicken” Mayweather Jr. wants Manny Pacquiao to undergo random blood testing, suggesting that Manny Pacquiao was using performance-enhancing drugs.

Personally – the bottomline is that if Floyd Mayweather Jr.believes he has the boxing skills to get in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, then he has no excuse to come up with all sorts of farcical drug-testing complaints. Instead, Floyd Mayweather Jr. comes out a chicken, afraid to step in the ring with Manny Pacquiao. And what’s more – his ass and the stupid asses from the Golden Boy promotions camp are being sued for defamation, over their insistence that Manny Pacquiao had been taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey

Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey

In any case, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has moved on and has booked a championship fight for Manny Pacquiao with former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey. The WBO Welterweight title fight between Pacquiao vs Clottey will be held at the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas, on March 13, 2010.

Joshua Clottey has a prety decent record of 35 wins and 3 losses with 20 wins by KO. Some of his distinguished victories, include wins over Diego Corrales and Zab Judah. His last fight, however, was a split-decision loss to Miguel Cotto, whom Pacquiao defeated via TKO.

Joshua Clottey has never been KOed, but he has been put on the canvas when he fought Miguel Cotto. Many say that Joshua Clottey has a tough chin and some firepower, but it has yet to be determined if he will have the prowess to match with the speed of Manny Pacquiao, and if he can actually survive 12 rounds.

In any case, some experts believe that the Pacquiao vs Clottey fight will reach the distance, but I think it’ll be a pretty quick match. Manny Pacquiao will catch Joshua Clottey with a solid one, and Joshua Clottey will be expending his energy trying to recover. Before you know it – Joshua Clottey will be out cold on the center of the ring, and Manny Pacquiao will move on to a successful title defence.

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COMELEC Releases Official List of Candidates for President and Vice President

Posted in All About The Philippines on December 15, 2009 by South Arts Festival

Initially, there were 99 aspirants who filed their certificates of candidacy for the position of President of the Philippines. However, after much deliberation, the COMELEC has only allowed 8 candidates to run for President.

The following have been officially considered eligibile to run for the position of President of the Philippines:

Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (Liberal Party), Olongapo City councilor JC de los Reyes (Ang Kapatiran), former President Joseph Estrada (UNO-PMP), Sen. Richard Gordon (Bagumbayan), Sen. Jamby Madrigal (independent), former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), Bro. Eddie Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas) and Sen. Manny Villar (Nacionalista Party).

Senator Jamny Madrigal Is The Only Woman Among the Presidentiables

Senator Jamny Madrigal Is The Only Woman Among the Presidentiables

The COMELEC has also trimmed down the vice-presidential aspirants to also eight, and these are:

Sen. Mar Roxas (Liberal Party), Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay (UNO-PMP), former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando (Bagumbayan), Sen. Loren Legarda (Nacionalista Party), Edu Manzano (Lakas-Kampi-CMD), broadcaster Jay Sonza (KBL), former Securities and Exchange Commission chief Perfecto Yasay (Bangon Pilipinas) and Dominador Chipeco Jr. (Ang Kapatiran).

The COMELEC has also allowed 58 candidates for the position of senator from more than the 100 who filed their candidacy for the position. That list will come out shortly.

So – there you go – out of that official list will emerge our nation’s next President and Vice President.

God save the Philippines!

Manny Pacquiao Will KO Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by South Arts Festival

The Philippines is gearing up for its national elections on May 2010 with several notable politicians vying for the Philippine Presidency, and slots in the Philippine Senate, Philippine Congress and other local government posts.

Even boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has already field his candidacy to vie for a Congressional seat in his hometown district in Mindanao, and many were expecting that Manny Pacquiao‘s next bout was going to be in the political arena.

However, that’s all been sidetracked for the moment as Manny Pacquiao has just signed the fight contract to go up against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. on March 13, 2010.

Manny Pacquiao recently won the WBO Welterweight belt from Miguel Angel Cotto via a 12th round TKO, and made history by being the first and only boxer so far to win 7 titles in 7 weight classes. Indeed, the feats of Manny Pacquiao inside the boxing ring have earned him the reputation of being the best pound-for-pound boxer in the history of the sport.

Manny Pacquiao Will KO Floyd Mayweather Jr

Manny Pacquiao Will KO Floyd Mayweather Jr

That reputation was also held by Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was also coined as being the best pound-for-pound boxer, and his recent demolition over Juan Manuel Marquez clearly showcases his capacity to be among the top fighters in the sport of boxing.

Of course, it wouldn’t take long for boxing fans to want to see a showdown between Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr., two of the best pound-for-pound boxers. And after a month or so of taunting and negotiations between the two camps, the deal has finally been sealed. Well, at least in the camp of Manny Pacquiao.

Freddie Roach, the trainer of Manny Pacquiao, has already confirmed that Manny Pacquiao has signed the fight contract, and the rest of the world excitingly waits for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to back up all his talk and sign his name on the dotted line.

Meanwhile, boxing promoters are already expecting the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events in the history of boxing, and will certainly put sales through the roof, to earn both fighters a very, very heavy purse. Not only that, many experts anticipate that the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight will last more than just one bout, and will look to exasperate itself to a three-fight trilogy.

However, my opinion is that if Manny Pacquiao wins, he’ll just hang up his gloves, enjoy the fruits of his wins, and concentrate on his campaign for Congress, and if he wins that, then that’s where he’ll be busy for the rest of his life. Well, at least, while he’s still in Congress. Perhaps, this fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., will be the culminating event to a colorful and illustrious career.

Besides, it might be the same if Floy Mayweather Jr. wins. If Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Manny Pacquiao, then the whole world can expect a mouthful of arrogance from Floyd Mayweather Jr., and certainly he would love to keep his undefeated record in tact, and will just retire to enjoy his fat paycheck.

One thing’s for sure, all of this will be settled in the ring on March 13.

My prediction for that fight – Manny Pacquiao will KO Floyd Mayweather Jr., and shut up that loud mouth once and for all.

The 2010 Presidential Election Circus: The True Practice of Democracy

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News, Philippine Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2009 by South Arts Festival

I love the Philippines. I love the fact that there are several well-meaning people who are motivated to serve the nation. Just take a look at all those who want to become President and lead the Filipino people. Wow, there are so many of them. Really – it’s so touching that so many of them are willing to dedicate so much time, effort and money to become President of the Philippines. Anyway, without further adieu – here is the official list of those who filed for their candidacy for the position of Philippine President, and their respective Vice Presidential partners and senatorial candidates (as applicable).

Potential President of the Philippines and Emperor of the World

Potential President of the Philippines and Emperor of the World

Noynoy Aquino (President) and Mar Roxas (Vice President) are the candidates of the Liberal Party. Their slate for the 12 senators include Ralph Recto, Sonia Roco, Teofisto Guingona III, Ruffy Biazon, Ana Theresa Baraquel, Alexander Lacson, Nereus Acosta, Danilo Lim, Dr. Martin Bautista, Yasmin Busran-Lao, Franklin Drilon and Serge Osmena.

Joseph “Erap” Estrada (President) and Jejomar Binay (Vice President) for the Partido ng Masang Pilipino – UNO. Their senatorial bets include Jinggoy Estrada, Jun Lozada Jr., JV Bautista, Rodolfo Plaza, Jose de Venecia III, and Juan Ponce Enrile.

Gilbert Teodoro (President) and Edu Manzano (Vice President) for the Lakas-Kampi CMD. Their candidates for the senate include Bong Revilla, Lito Lapid, Rey Langit, Ramon Juico, Silvestre Bello III, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Raul Lambino.

Manny Villar (President) and Loren Legarda (Vice President) of the Nacionalista Party. Their official candidates for the senate include Adel Tamano, Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana, Susan Ople, Ramon Mitra III, Pia Cayetano, Ariel Querubin, Bongbong Marcos Jr., Lisa Maza, Satur Ocampo and Gilbert Remulla.

Dick Gordon (President) and Bayani Fernando (Vice President) of the Bagumbayan Party. They have no senatorial bets because they believe they can work with anybody and everybody.

Jamby Madrigal (President) will run as an independent without a running mate, and also without a senatorial slate.

Brother Eddie Villanueva (President) and Perfecto Yasay (Vice President) of Bangon Pilipinas. Their senatorial bets include Ramoncito Ocampo, Kata Inocencio, Zafrullah Alonto, Israel Virgines and Alex Tinsay.

Manny Lopez (President) will run as an independent, and claims he is better than US President Barack Obama.

Rigoberto Madera Jr. (President) will run as an independent and if elected will move on to become the next US President, the next UN Secretary General and Emperor of the World.

Only in the Philippines do we see such awesome democracy practiced, and where everyone can qualify to become President of the Philippines as long as they fulfill the requirements for their Certificate of Candidacy (COC).

This is the circus, and this is  democrazy!