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NOY LEADS APEC HOSTING KICK-OFF EVENT  5 PM TODAY
Albay Province Will Be Venue of 10 of 63 APEC Ministerial Meetings in 2015

NOV 30--DEC1 ---President Aquino will lead tomorrow’s kick-off ceremony for the country’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Makati City, where the logo and theme for the event will be unveiled. The kick-off ceremony at 5 p.m. will be hosted by government’s partners at the Department of Trade and Industry. The ceremony comes ahead of the APEC Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting (ISOM) at the Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City on Dec. 8 and 9 that will signal the start of the summit. The Philippines’ hosting of the APEC summit is expected to boost the country’s international exposure next year, along with the visit of Pope Francis in January. READ FULL REPORT AND UPDATE...

ALSO: Palace slams KMP over violent protest at Aquino residence

NOV 30 --PHOTO: Farmers and indigenous peoples protest outside President Benigno Aquino III’s house in Times St., Quezon City. Photo contributed by Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA).MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has slammed leftist activists who attacked and wounded 12 policemen during a protest action that turned violent near President Aquino’s house in Quezon City Saturday. After initially allowing members of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasants’ Movement of the Philippines) to hold a program on Times Street in Barangay West Triangle, police began dispersing protesters after they began spray-painting a gate nearby. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Catholics prepare for Lord’s coming

NOV 30 ---PHOTO: ADVENT WREATH---The Catholic Church began Sunday the four-week preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ on Christmas with the celebration of the first day of Advent. Masses all over the world will read the Gospel according to Mark where Jesus exhorts His disciples to “Be watchful! Be alert!” for His coming. Beyond the remembrance of the birth of Jesus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says Advent points to the faithful’s renewal of “their ardent desire for his second coming.”  READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: The four ‘rings’ of Advent 

The story is told about a man who saw an old man pulling a rope behind him as he walked. Finding it strange, he walked up to him and said: “Hey, grandpa, why are you pulling the rope? That’s crazy!” The old man looked at him and said: “What’s crazy about that? Would you rather have me push the rope in front of me?” What are the four “rings” of Advent? Just as we have four candles in the Advent wreath, there are also four “rings” of Advent: Preparing, clearing, imploring, and bearing. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Pope condemns barbaric violence ‘Devote resources to fight hunger, poverty rather than weapons to stop Islamic militants’  

NOV 30 --POPE FRANCIS IN TURKEY: THE POPE AND THE PRESIDENT (AFP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) shakes hands with Pope Francis during their joint press conference at Turkey’s Presidential Palace in Ankara on Friday. In Manila, the Philippine government is considering to declare the Pope’s visit in January, 2015 a holidayAnkara, Turkey– Pope Francis said on Friday fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out “barbaric violence” in Syria and Iraq. In a speech to Turkey’s top cleric, Francis said “an extremist and fundamentalist group” had subjected entire communities in Turkey’s southern neighbors to “barbaric violence simply because of their ethnic and religious identity.” READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Advent wreaths blessed today, the First Sunday of Advent

nov 30 ---No one knows exactly how Andres Bonifacio looks like. Apparently, only one picture of the Supremo has survived through the years and it is fuzzy at best. Many who try to honor his memory, be it through some magnificent public monument or painting, rely mainly on imagination. The same goes with actors who have portrayed Ka Andres in films. As we celebrate Bonifacio Day today, Bulletin Entertainment features the actors who’ve portrayed the revolutionary leader: continue reading...

ALSO: Bonifacio day photo, Andres Bonifacio: In The Supremo’s shoes

Nov 30 ---No one knows exactly how Andres Bonifacio looks like. Apparently, only one picture of the Supremo has survived through the years and it is fuzzy at best. Many who try to honor his memory, be it through some magnificent public monument or painting, rely mainly on imagination. The same goes with actors who have portrayed Ka Andres in films. As we celebrate Bonifacio Day today, Bulletin Entertainment features the actors who’ve portrayed the revolutionary leader: CONTINUE READING...


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Noy leads APEC hosting kick-off event

MANILA, DECEMBER 1, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Aurea Calica - President Aquino will lead tomorrow’s kick-off ceremony for the country’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Makati City, where the logo and theme for the event will be unveiled.

The kick-off ceremony at 5 p.m. will be hosted by government’s partners at the Department of Trade and Industry.

The ceremony comes ahead of the APEC Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting (ISOM) at the Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City on Dec. 8 and 9 that will signal the start of the summit.

The Philippines’ hosting of the APEC summit is expected to boost the country’s international exposure next year, along with the visit of Pope Francis in January.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said ISOM would serve as the venue to set the agenda and priorities of the 21 APEC member-economies.

“There are notable speakers who will be coming to discuss how the economies can move forward on the topics that are to be discussed in ISOM,” she said over dzRB.

As regards the government’s overall preparation for the hosting of APEC, Valte said the administration is threshing out small details of the preparations and maintained that they are ready to spearhead the ISOM meeting in Albay.

“The preparations look good and are all set,” Valte said, noting that local government partners led by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda are also on deck.

Participants are expected to arrive next Saturday or Sunday in Legazpi City.

Among the government agencies working for the successful APEC hosting are the Philippine Information Agency of Region 5 and the Department of Tourism.

The country’s hosting of APEC next year is its second after 19 years. The Philippines last hosted APEC in 1996 during the administration of President Fidel Ramos.

“So everyone is really working together to make the start of the hosting a success,” Valte said.

EARLIER NEWS FROM LEGASPI CITY

Albay Province Will Be Venue of 10 of 63 APEC Ministerial Meetings in 2015 Posted by Editor's Choice on June 3, 2013 at 8:25 am [with 326 views] Updated on June 3, 2013 at 8:27 am Filed In: Albay

The province of Albay will be the venue of at least 10 out of the 63 ministerial meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit that will be hosted by the Philippines in 2015, according to Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda.

The announcement was made during the donning of rank on Salceda as a reserved officer of the Philippine Air Force held Friday afternoon at the Tactical Operations Group 5 at the Legazpi Airport compound here.

During the occasion, the Albay governor, now also called Lt. Col. Jose Ma. Clemente Sarte Salceda, PAFR, rallied the officers and men of PAF, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and Philippine National Police to assist in the maintenance of peace and security during the various high-level meetings of the APEC summit.

“The top-level meetings of the APEC that Albay will host would not only be 10, as the National Organizing Council (NOC) is still evaluating the qualifications of the bidders in the hosting of the various meetings,” Salceda said.

The NOC is headed by Foreign Undersecretary Laura del Rosario, who said they are choosing from among several sites including Metro Manila, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, Tagaytay and Albay.

The APEC Summit, said to be the biggest and most high profile annual meeting of world leaders in October or November, would include world leaders as US President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Xi Jinping.

It will be hosted by President Benigno S. Aquino III before his term ends in June 2016.

The criteria for the selection of the venues include facilities and infrastructure, security and public safety, power and water conditions, and availability of medical services.

The decision on the final APEC hosting venues will be made within this month of June.

Albay is the only province that entered a bid on Tuesday last week. (From reports of PNA-Bicol)

ALSO FROM BICOL PROVINCE:

MANILA, Nov. 30, 2014 — The Philippine government is in the midst of preparations for the hosting of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

On Monday, the kick-off ceremnoy will be held in Makati City with President Benigno S. Aquino III leading the event.

It will be hosted by the government’s partners at the Department of Trade and Industry which will be held at 5 p.m.

The unveiling of the Philippines’ hosting logo for APEC 2015 is one of the highlight of the event.

On December 8 and 9, the government will host the Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting (ISOM) in Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City.

ISOM will serve as the venue for agenda setting of priorities of the 21 APEC member economies for the country’s hosting of the summit next year.

Participants are expected to arrive next Saturday or Sunday in Legazpi City.

The country’s hosting of APEC next year is its second after 19 years. The Philippines last hosted APEC in 1996 in Subic, during the administration of president Fidel V. Ramos.


FROM THE INQUIRER

Palace slams KMP over violent protest at Aquino residence Christian V. Esguerra
@inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 5:46 PM | Sunday, November 30th, 2014


Farmers and indigenous peoples protest outside President Benigno Aquino III’s house in Times St., Quezon City. Photo contributed by Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA).

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has slammed leftist activists who attacked and wounded 12 policemen during a protest action that turned violent near President Aquino’s house in Quezon City Saturday.

After initially allowing members of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasants’ Movement of the Philippines) to hold a program on Times Street in Barangay West Triangle, police began dispersing protesters after they began spray-painting a gate nearby.

“We are strongly condemning [the incident],” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said over government radio.

“What the [protesters] did in terms of vandalism and inflicting injuries on members of the PNP [Philippine National Police] clearly exceeded the maximum limits of freedom of expression and the government will not allow that to happen again.”

Asked if the government would tighten security at the President’s house on Times Street, Coloma said police would continue their “policy or maximum tolerance.”

“[But the government] would implement the law,” he said.

Quoting the PNP, he said two policemen suffered fractures on their thighs while another one was wounded in the eye.

“[The protesters] not only caused violence but actual physical injuries against our law enforcers who were only there to implement the law,” he said.

Police were set to file a criminal complaint against Antonio Flores, 65, the KMP secretary general who was arrested following the protest.

KMP chairman Rafael Mariano earlier described the incident as “a testament to the escalating human rights violations under the Aquino regime.”

“Just and concrete issues of the people are met with violence and rights abuses. We denounce this kind of fascist treatment. This is the height of state sponsored terror under Aquino,” he said in a statement.


FROM THE INQUIRER

Catholics prepare for Lord’s coming Cenon B. Bibe Jr @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 7:07 AM | Sunday, November 30th, 2014


Advent wreath. JIMMY HILARIO

The Catholic Church began Sunday the four-week preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ on Christmas with the celebration of the first day of Advent.

Masses all over the world will read the Gospel according to Mark where Jesus exhorts His disciples to “Be watchful! Be alert!” for His coming.

Beyond the remembrance of the birth of Jesus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says Advent points to the faithful’s renewal of “their ardent desire for his second coming.”

As in Lent, Catholics are urged to fast, reflect, repent, give alms, and do good deeds to prepare for accepting Jesus.

In his “Faith Exposed” message on Youtube, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said this year’s Advent celebration in the Philippines is “also part of our preparation for the Pope’s apostolic visit … in 2015.”

Speaking on preparation during Advent, Tagle cited a message of Pope Francis earlier this year.

The Pontiff, Tagle noted, said that this intermediary time was being given to us to “keep the lamp of faith, hope and charity burning” and to “keep our hearts open to goodness, beauty and truth.”

The Cardinal said the Pope was telling us that “It’s a time to live according to God.”


EARLIER  FROM THE INQUIRER -POSTED DECEMBER 8, 2012

The four ‘rings’ of Advent Fr. Jerry M. Orbos SVD @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:23 PM | Saturday, December 8th, 2012

The story is told about a man who saw an old man pulling a rope behind him as he walked. Finding it strange, he walked up to him and said: “Hey, grandpa, why are you pulling the rope? That’s crazy!” The old man looked at him and said: “What’s crazy about that? Would you rather have me push the rope in front of me?”

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In today’s Gospel (Lk. 3, 1-6), we hear of John the Baptist who proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins echoing Isaiah’s message: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.” As we walk on in life, are there things, persons, issues that block the road ahead of us in our journey to God’s heart?

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Advent is the time for cleaning up, and clearing up. It is that painful but liberating time to let go of excess baggage that we do not need for the journey. It is the time for getting rid of things, habits, mind sets, situations, and even persons that harm us, and destroy us. Let go… let God!

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God’s call is concrete, addressed to a specific person, living in a particular date and time, with a special mission. Thus, John the Baptist was called in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, to preach repentance in the whole region of Jordan. During our own day and time, God, too, is calling us to do our mission for Him. Let us listen and obey the call. Let us not belittle, and not forget, our mission. John’s life mission and life message were clear. What is your mission? What is your message? What are you saying by your very life?

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What are the four “rings” of Advent? Just as we have four candles in the Advent wreath, there are also four “rings” of Advent: Preparing, clearing, imploring, and bearing.

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Advent is the time for PREPARING. May our hearts, like the manger, be cleansed of whatever thorns, thumbtacks, or toxic chemicals that prevent us from welcoming the Baby Jesus. Confession is the best cleansing preparation for Christmas. In a humble and contrite heart, that is where Christmas happens.

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Advent is the time for CLEARING. It is the time for us to reach out to each other in peace and reconciliation. In humility, let us break down the walls of hatred and indifference and be real brothers and sisters again. A lot of issues cannot be solved in arguments and discussions or in legal battles and litigations. When we allow grace to operate, that’s when doors and hearts are really opened.

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Advent is the time for IMPLORING. Prayer is the key to a meaningful Advent and Christmas season. It is in these quiet, hidden moments with the Lord in grateful prayer that we know and feel “what’s it all about.” Wishing you peace, serenity and prayerful moments amidst the rush and buzz of this time of the year.

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Advent is the time for BEARING. All our personal preparing, clearing, and imploring will amount to nothing if they do not lead us to become better and more loving persons. The grace of God must bear fruit in concrete expressions of love, especially to the less fortunate among us. Christmas is not so much about being cozy and nice, or being spiritually high, as about becoming instruments of God’s concrete love wherever we are.

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Typhoon “Pablo” left behind thousands of our people homeless, sick, and hungry. Let us help them concretely. Just as around us, the poor and the needy continue to beg and ask, not only at Christmas but all year round.

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Architect Jun Palafox reminded me that Dec. 9 is World Anti-Corruption Day. Corruption is one area where we still need a lot of healing as a people and as a nation. Hundreds died last week due to floods and mudflow. Why? It is easy to blame it on nature, but the fact is that some selfish individual, family, or company or government official made a lot of money because of illegal logging and mining, leaving countless poor people in pain and suffering.

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For those who are so bent on passing the Reproductive Health bill for whatever reason (money? politics? convenience? pragmatism?): May you not regret the day when your children and grandchildren will be drowning in a society that is flooded with immorality and promiscuity. Let us not open the floodgates that would destroy our precious “Fs” as a Filipino nation—freedom, faith, and family.

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Dec. 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Unborn. Let the children live. Let us not interfere with life. Please don’t be too fast and loose when it comes to life. Let man be man, let God be God. Our Lady of Guadalupe, we beg for peace, and we place our country under the mantle of your protection. Amen!

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Bantay Matanda invites you to a lay forum on “Healthy Aging” on Dec. 15 at the Janssen Hall of Christ the King Seminary, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For inquiries, call 3732262/9982548/09174167849.

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A moment with the Lord:

Lord, help me in my preparing, clearing, imploring, and bearing operations for you this Advent. Amen.


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Pope condemns barbaric violence ‘Devote resources to fight hunger, poverty rather than weapons to stop Islamic militants’ November 30, 2014 Share this:


POPE FRANCIS IN TURKEY: THE POPE AND THE PRESIDENT (AFP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) shakes hands with Pope Francis during their joint press conference at Turkey’s Presidential Palace in Ankara on Friday. In Manila, the Philippine government is considering to declare the Pope’s visit in January, 2015 a holiday

Ankara, Turkey– Pope Francis said on Friday fighting hunger and poverty, rather than military intervention alone, were key to stopping Islamist militants carrying out “barbaric violence” in Syria and Iraq.

In a speech to Turkey’s top cleric, Francis said “an extremist and fundamentalist group” had subjected entire communities in Turkey’s southern neighbors to “barbaric violence simply because of their ethnic and religious identity.”

Islamic State insurgents have persecuted Shi’ite Muslims, Christians, and others who do not share their ultra-radical brand of Sunni Islam as they carved a self-declared caliphate out of swathes of Syria and Iraq.

In Manila, the Philippine government is considering to declare the Pope’s visit in January, 2015 a holiday “As religious leaders, we are obliged to denounce all violations against human dignity and human rights,” Francis told Mehmet Gormez, Turkey’s top cleric and other religious officials gathered at the government-run Religious Affairs Directorate. “As such, any violence which seeks religious justification warrants the strongest condemnation because the omnipotent is the God of life and peace.”

The Vatican has voiced particular concern about the expulsion of Christians from communities that have had a Christian presence for 2,000 years and has demanded that they be allowed to return home in safety once the conflict settles.

After meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the pope said it was lawful to stop an unjust aggressor but urged a concerted commitment to devote resources “not to weaponry, but to the other noble battles worthy of man – the fight against hunger and sickness.”

The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics called for inter-religious dialogue to end of all forms of fundamentalism and terrorism, and stressed the importance of freedom of religion and of expression.

“It is essential that all citizens – Muslim, Jewish, and Christian – both in the provision and practice of the law, enjoy the same rights and respect the same duties,” he said.

DELICATE MISSION

Francis faces a delicate mission in Turkey, a majority Muslim but constitutionally secular state, in strengthening ties with religious leaders while condemning violence against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

His three-day visit to the Muslim nation comes at a sensitive moment for Turkey, as it struggles to cope with 1.6 million refugees fleeing the IS advance in Syria and weighs how to respond to US calls to get more engaged with the international coalition fighting the extremists.

Turkey has accused the IS of casting a shadow over Islam and has said Muslim countries have a duty to stand up against its radical views. But Turkey is still negotiating with the United States over helping the coalition, pressing for a safe haven and a no-fly zone along the Syrian border with Turkey and demanding the coalition go after Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

STATE OF REBELLION

Turkey has long been accused of turning a blind eye to IS fighters entering Syria from its territory in the hope that it would hasten Assad’s downfall – charges it denies.

“Those who veer away from the message of Islam – which is a call for peace – and spread violence and savagery are in a state of rebellion against Allah no matter what they call themselves,” Gormez told the Pope in stressing Turkey’s opposition to the fundamentalists.

Turkey’s own Christian population has dwindled over the past century, with decades of violence, economic and political pressure forcing most Christians to leave after World War One and the emergence of the post-Ottoman Turkish state.

Minority groups in Turkey fear Erdogan’s roots in Islamist politics and his distrust of the West mean the country is moving in an ever less tolerant direction.

ISLAMOPHOBIA

For his part, Erdogan called for measures to prevent “escalating racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia in the West,” adding “the racist perception which associates Islam with terrorism deeply hurts billions of Muslims around the world.”

Francis travels to Istanbul on Saturday to meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, as part of an effort to forge closer ties between the ancient western and eastern wings of Christianity.

Bartholomew’s seat remains in Istanbul, a vestige of the Byzantine Empire, even as his flock in Turkey has dwindled to less than 3,000 among a population of 75 million Muslims.

MOVING ON TO ISTANBUL

In stark contrast to the close contact with crowds that have been such a feature of Pope Francis’s past trips, the streets of Ankara appeared deserted of well-wishers as his motorcade whizzed through.

The 77-year-old Argentine, who looked tired during parts of his crammed Ankara programme, on Saturday moves on to Istanbul for two days to visit key sites of the city’s Byzantine and Ottoman heritage as well as meeting the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.

Closely-watched will be the Pope’s visit in Istanbul Saturday to the Hagia Sophia, the great Byzantine church that was turned into a mosque after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and now serves as a museum.

His every gesture will be scrutinized later in the day when he visits the Sultan Ahmet mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, one of the greatest masterpieces of Ottoman architecture.

When his predecessor Benedict XVI visited the mosque in 2006, he assumed the Muslim attitude of prayer and turned towards Mecca in what many saw as a stunning gesture of reconciliation.

In his talks with Bartholomew I – the “first among equals” of the world’s estimated 300 million Orthodox believers – the Pope will seek to narrow the schism between the two Churches that dates back to 1054.

The trip appears far less controversial than the last by a pontiff to Turkey – by Benedict XVI in 2006 – which was overshadowed by remarks he had previously made deemed to be anti-Islamic.

Papal visits to Turkey are still a rarity – Francis is the fourth pope to visit the country after Benedict in 2006, John Paul II in 1979, and Paul VI in 1967. (With a report from AFP)


FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Advent wreaths blessed today, the First Sunday of Advent by Christina I. Hermoso November 30, 2014 Share this:

Christendom observes today the First Sunday of Advent as the joyous celebration of Christ’s Nativity nears.

In all Catholic churches nationwide, priests in purple vestments — the color of penitence and fasting, as well as of royalty, will bless Advent wreaths adorned with four candles — three purple and a pink candle — arranged in a circle of evergreen to symbolize eternal life. The four candles represent the four Sundays before Christmas. The purple candles symbolize anticipation and hope while the pink candle symbolizes joy.

In recent years, an additional white candle, which symbolizes Christ, and which is usually lit on Christmas Day, was added to Advent wreaths.

After the reading of a short devotional, one of the three purple candles will be lighted to herald the joyous season of waiting for Christ’s birth as well as to signify that “Jesus is the light of the world.” As the Advent season begins, Church officials encourage the faithful to hold prayer vigils before the Blessed Sacrament, attend Advent retreats and reflections, do penance and almsgiving way ahead of getting busy with parties and gift-giving as well as in preparation for the apostolic visit of Pope Francis in January.

From the Latin word “adventus,” which means coming or arrival, Advent marks the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year. Observed on the Sunday following the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King, Advent is historically known as “little Lent” as it is also a time of repentance, prayer, fasting, and confession.


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Bonifacio Day


November 30, 2014 Share this: Bonifacio Day – Actor Robin Padilla shows up in a Katipunero outfit as he joins hundreds of activists in commemorating the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio during a rally at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila yesterday. (Ali Vicoy) Actor Robin Padilla shows up in a Katipunero outfit as he joins hundreds of activists in commemorating the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio during a rally at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila on November 30, 2014. (Ali Vicoy)

Andres Bonifacio-- In The Supremo’s shoes by Michael Joe T. Delizo November 30, 2014 Share this:

No one knows exactly how Andres Bonifacio looks like. Apparently, only one picture of the Supremo has survived through the years and it is fuzzy at best. Many who try to honor his memory, be it through some magnificent public monument or painting, rely mainly on imagination. The same goes with actors who have portrayed Ka Andres in films.

As we celebrate Bonifacio Day today, Bulletin Entertainment features the actors who’ve portrayed the revolutionary leader:

EDDIE DEL MAR

This late Kapampangan superstar is actually recognized as the Rizal of local silver screen, having played the National Hero onscreen twice: In Sa Dating Kandungan (1959) and Buhay at Pag-ibig ni Dr. Jose Rizal (1956), the latter earning him a FAMAS Best Actor award.

He also played one of Rizal’s most enduring heroes, Crisostomo Ibarra, in the screen adaptation of Noli Me Tangere (1961) and Sisa (1951). Moreover, he was named a Knight of Rizal by Calamba, Laguna.

Seemingly buoyed by the success, Eddie tried to spread his wings by taking on the title role in Teoderico Santos’ Andres Bonifacio (Ang Supremo) in 1964. He starred opposite Lolita Rodriguez. It proved to be his last memorable performance before fading into obscurity in the decades that followed.

His last stab at glory came in 1986 via an appearance in the drama Tinik sa Dibdib.

GARDO VERSOZA

The beefcake actor who first gained notice via the erotic-thriller Machete portrayed Bonifacio in Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s José Rizal in 1998.

While the movie earned critical acclaim, Gardo’s performance was simply ignored by most, except popular lawyer-movie reviewer Francis “Oggs” Cruz, that is.

In his blog, Cruz did not exactly give the actor a glowing review. He wrote: “Gardo Verzosa’s Andres Bonifacio is an unconvincing romantic wreck, written as a cardboard cutout of blind idolatry.”

ALFRED VARGAS

The hunky actor-turned-politician played Bonifacio twice via Supremo (2012) and Ang Paglilitis Ni Andres Bonifacio (2010).

Alfred, who considers Bonifacio his idol, earned rave reviews for his efforts. In an analysis of Supremo that appeared online, Alfred’s performance was described as having “a real sense of passion.”

The Quezon City solon has since been pushing for the recognition of Bonifacio as National Hero.

CESAR MONTANO

Cesar earned fame for his numerous action flicks. He earned respect as actor when he took on the role of Rizal, which earned him several acting awards, including a FAMAS trophy.

In 2012, he tried to gave life to the Supremo by the ER Ejercito-starrer El Presidente, for which he won the MMFF Best Supporting Actor plum. However, some people had questioned the portrayal of Bonifacio as hot-headed man.

SID LUCERO

Sid is the latest actor in our list to play Bonifacio. He did so via the TV series Katipunan.

In our interview, he admitted to initially having laughed off the offer, pointing out how he hardly looks the part. He also had problems with some of his Tagalog lines.

Despite his dilemma, Sid eventually earned accolades for his portrayal.

ROBIN PADILLA

Unlike the rest in this list, Robin’s turn as the Supremo is yet to be seen. The action star is hard at work on Boniacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, a movie that he hopes would change how the public, particularly the youth, regard the hero.

Will Robin’s performance find its mark? We’ll have to wait for this year’s MMFF to see. (MORE PHNO NEWS IN SHOWBIZ (SB) SECTION


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