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AQUINO ASKED: IS THE RENOVATED NAIA 1 STILL WORLD'S WORST AIRPORT?


Will the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 finally shed its image as the worst airport in the world? 
After visiting the terminal on Wednesday, a smiling President Benigno Aquino III said it definitely looked different.  “This is my first time to go back here (after the renovations),” he said during an ambush interview at the airport. “Pero sa maayos na pagpaplano, ang laking difference. Parang ibang airport itong napasukan ko (But with proper planning, there has been major changes. It seems like I entered a different airport).”   Naia 1 is rated ‘world’s worst airport’ | ‘Worst’ no more? Naia 1 makeover 85% complete  Aquino said that while there are still a lot of improvements to be made, the government remains on schedule. READ MORE...

ALSO: Worst’ no more? Naia 1 makeover 85% complete


Amid the hammering and whirr of tools, the public address system at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 tirelessly issues an appeal: “Please bear with us. We are undergoing renovations to better serve you.”  For Sonia, a frequent flyer since the 1990s, all that work should have been done years ago. Still, the 40-year-old migrant worker is appreciative of the transformation unfolding before her. “It’s much cooler now, less congested and not as dark as before,” she said. “Now everything looks brighter and more welcoming.”  Not many would have agreed with her four years ago, when the 30-year-old terminal made headlines for supposedly being the worst in the world. The ranking was made by a website that offers a guide for travelers when sleeping at airports—and was seen as a validation of what long-suffering passengers had been complaining about. READ MORE...

ALSO: Tagle tells politicians: Renew your ‘covenant’ with the people


RENEW your vow of service with the people.
As the 2016 elections draw near , Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle asked politicians to return to their “covenant” of serving their constituents. “Sa mga lingkod bayan na nandito, na nakipagtipan sa bayan, kayo ay nahalal. Kung kayo ay tinutukso, sa pagtataksil, balikan niyo ang ginawa ni Hesus, bumalik kayo sa pakikipagtipan (To politicians who forged a covenant with the people, you have been elected. If you are being tempted to betray your constituents, return to what Jesus Christ did, and renew your covenant with the people),” Tagle said in a Mass commemorating Holy Thursday at the Manila Cathedral. He also urged them to “stoop low” and “wash the feet” of the people they serve, just what Jesus has done with His disciples. “You descend to greatness, you don’t ascend to greatness. True greatness is seen and found when you stoop down and wash the feet of others, even those who are plotting against you. You go that low in service in life, then you become great,” Tagle added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Tagle urges faithful to do good despite mockery


Filipino devotees pause to pray as they carry wooden crosses while doing the Stations of the Cross at the Philippine Center of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in Quezon City, Philippines. Devotees practice different religious rites during the Holy Week in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. AP/Aaron Favila
MANILA, Philippines — Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle invited the Catholic faithful, especially the youth, not to back down from doing what is right despite derision. "Don't allow yourselves to be affected by those who mock, who laugh at you for doing what is right. Stand firm! Stay faithful! Sooner or later, it will come to pass," Tagle said in his homily for Palm Sunday. "Joy without measure awaits those who remain steadfast in their faith in God," the bishop added. He said Filipino Catholics will find themselves imitating Jesus Christ if they persevere in doing good, but he warned that they may also suffer. "Young people, parents, public servants! Even though it may bring much suffering and hardship, remain faithful to God. Be like San Lorenzo Ruíz de Manila who declared that he who would gladly die a thousand more times for God," he said, referring to the first Filipino saint.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Zambo priests, nuns, lay folks pray for peace at Chrism Mass


Cardinal Tagle washes devotees' feet on Maundy Thursday:  Manila Archbishop Luis Cardinal Tagle celebrates Holy Thursday with the ritual of washing feet at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica on April 2, 2015. The Cardinal washed the feet of 12 people during the Mass of the Lord's Last Supper, one of a series of traditional Roman Catholic Holy Week events leading to Easter Sunday. Danny Pata
Meanwhile in Zamboanga, priests, nuns and lay ministers in the Zamboanga Archdiocese prayed for peace and rain over Mindanao as they attended a Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday. The Chrism Mass held at Zamboanga City was a time for the renewal of religious vows, according to GMA News' Flash Report. During the Mass, the participants prayed for peace in Mindanao, the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and rain over areas experiencing a dry spell. In Cagayan de Oro City, more than 100 priests on Tuesday took part in a Chrism Mass at the Saint Augustine Cathedral, GMA Northern Mindanao's Francis Damit reported. "Ang Crisma, ginagamit sa pagbibinyag, pagkumpirma, at para sa mga masakitin. Ang Crisma ay naging simbolo sa presensiya sa Panginoon sa ating araw-araw na gawain," said Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma. READ MORE...

ALSO: President hopes for ‘quiet time,’ says he will pray for his critics


City as he led the inspection of major sea, land, and air terminals yesterday to see if preparations for the huge volume of passengers during the Holy Week break were adequate. (Richard V. Viñas) 
President Aquino said yesterday he hopes to have some “quiet time” for reflection and prayer this Lent, including a prayer for his critics. On the eve of the Holy Week exodus, the President embarked on an inspection tour of major transportation hubs starting with the Batangas Port Passenger Terminal in Batangas City. He was due to visit next the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 3 and 1 in Pasay City and JAM bus terminal in Quezon City. He said his spiritual adviser and others in the religious community advised him to have a quiet time. So far, he said in an interview, he had not had a quiet time. The headlines yesterday morning, he said, did not allow one to have quiet moments. “Pero at the end of the day, siguro pagmumuni-munihan ko ‘yung ‘di ba some quarters have this intense hate that they have continously exhibited. Siguro I’ll concentrate on praying for them [But at the end of the day, maybe I will reflect on some quarters that have this intense hate that they have continuously exhibited. Maybe I’ll concentrate on praying for them),” he added. During his visit to Batangas, the President expressed satisfaction with the security preparations at the busy port. “The passengers were all smiling. Nobody approached me with any complaint, so sana for the rest of the day ganun,” the President added. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO: PNoy orders govt agencies to be ready for Chedeng


Maysak approaches PAR Maysak approaches PAR. A PAGASA weather forecaster shows a satellite image of Super Typhoon Maysak as it approaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as of 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 1. It will be named Chedeng after it crosses the boundary, and will affect the Philippines come Easter weekend. GMA News
(Updated 6:55 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday directed government agencies to be ready for Typhoon Maysak, which will be locally codenamed "Chedeng" when it enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility late Wednesday or early Thursday.
At a press briefing at the Batangas port, Aquino said "every department is expected to be prepared" for the approaching weather disturbance. The President particularly said that he expects the Department of Social Welfare and Development to preposition goods in preparation for the typhoon. He added that the Department of Transportation and Communications, through the Philippine Coast Guard, to already warn sea vessels about the approaching cyclone. The Department of Public Works and Highways must deploy equipment to clear roads after the typhoon, Aquino added. READ ON.....


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Aquino asked: Is renovated Naia 1 still world’s worst airport?

MANILA, APRIL 6, 2015 (PHILSTAR) Kristine Angeli Sabillo @KSabilloINQ IApril 1st, 2015 - Will the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 finally shed its image as the worst airport in the world?

After visiting the terminal on Wednesday, a smiling President Benigno Aquino III said it definitely looked different.

“This is my first time to go back here (after the renovations),” he said during an ambush interview at the airport. “Pero sa maayos na pagpaplano, ang laking difference. Parang ibang airport itong napasukan ko (But with proper planning, there has been major changes. It seems like I entered a different airport).”

READ: LOOK: ‘World’s worst airport’ Naia 1 gets facelift | Naia 1 is rated ‘world’s worst airport’

Aquino said that while there are still a lot of improvements to be made, the government remains on schedule.

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Asked if he thinks it is still the worst airport in the world, the President simply said it is up to media to promote it.

“Of course we are imperfect beings, we can always strive for perfection,” he said.

READ: Aquino inspects terminals, newly renovated Naia 1 amid Holy Week exodus

Nevertheless, he said the repairs and retrofitting will help a lot in making sure that tourists will have “more fun in the Philippines.”

Aquino visited Naia Terminal 1 and 3 as part of his annual inspection of passenger terminals during Holy Week.

Naia I has long been dubbed the worst airport in the world because of its poor facilities. IDL


INQUIRER

Worst’ no more? Naia 1 makeover 85% complete Jeannette I. Andrade @inquirerdotnet  Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:32 AM | Friday, March 27th, 2015


P1.3-BILLION DIFFERENCE The Manila International Airport Authority has released these pictures to show the transformation of Naia Terminal 1 after renovations started in January last year. Upper photo shows the departure concourse while those below are of the departure lobby.

Amid the hammering and whirr of tools, the public address system at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1 tirelessly issues an appeal: “Please bear with us. We are undergoing renovations to better serve you.”

For Sonia, a frequent flyer since the 1990s, all that work should have been done years ago. Still, the 40-year-old migrant worker is appreciative of the transformation unfolding before her.

“It’s much cooler now, less congested and not as dark as before,” she said. “Now everything looks brighter and more welcoming.”

Not many would have agreed with her four years ago, when the 30-year-old terminal made headlines for supposedly being the worst in the world. The ranking was made by a website that offers a guide for travelers when sleeping at airports—and was seen as a validation of what long-suffering passengers had been complaining about.

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The same site also noted how a portion of the terminal’s ceiling collapsed in 2011, raising more serious questions over its structural integrity.

But 14 months after the launch of a P1.3-billion makeover for Naia 1, officials believe that enough has been done to erase its woeful image.

In an interview on Thursday, Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado said the rehabilitation work, which started in January last year, is now 85-percent complete and should be finished by May.

Honrado insisted that the massive rehab project was not triggered by the airport being adjudged the worst in 2011. “The structure investigation started in 2010,’’ he said.

As to the online “survey’’ that purportedly served as the basis for Naia’s pitiful ranking, he said: “People keep on referring to it (but) we do not even know who made that survey or how many were surveyed. Nobody knows.”

“We did not react (by renovating) because of that survey. The repairs done in the toilets started even before that report came out,” he said.

Naia 1 manager Dante Basanta said the completed works so far involved structural retrofitting, aesthetic improvements, upgrades in electrical, plumbing, mechanical (weighing and feeding conveyors, etc.) and fire protection systems, and the construction of lounges for hotel bookings and transport services.

The interior was refurbishedwith the installation of new lighting fixtures, flooring and ceiling, and an upgraded air-conditioning system, he said.

Passenger areas or sections generally accessible to the public may be completed by the end of the month, in time for the Holy Week break. “Overall, the present rehabilitation will definitely improve the travel experience of the riding public,” Basanta said.


INQUIRER

Tagle tells politicians: Renew your ‘covenant’ with the people Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 9:43 PM | Thursday, April 2nd, 2015


RENEW your vow of service with the people.

As the 2016 elections draw near , Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle asked politicians to return to their “covenant” of serving their constituents.

“Sa mga lingkod bayan na nandito, na nakipagtipan sa bayan, kayo ay nahalal. Kung kayo ay tinutukso, sa pagtataksil, balikan niyo ang ginawa ni Hesus, bumalik kayo sa pakikipagtipan (To politicians who forged a covenant with the people, you have been elected. If you are being tempted to betray your constituents, return to what Jesus Christ did, and renew your covenant with the people),” Tagle said in a Mass commemorating Holy Thursday at the Manila Cathedral.

He also urged them to “stoop low” and “wash the feet” of the people they serve, just what Jesus has done with His disciples.

“You descend to greatness, you don’t ascend to greatness. True greatness is seen and found when you stoop down and wash the feet of others, even those who are plotting against you. You go that low in service in life, then you become great,” Tagle added.

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He also urged the Filipino faithful to emulate the teachings of Christ and to be grateful despite the various issues being faced by the nation.

“Sa panahon natin ngayon, ang daming pagdududa. Ang daming nawawalan ng pag-asa. Ang daming pagod na pagod na. Ang daming sinasabi nga nilang cynical, wala nang ibig paniwalaan, wala nang ibig pang pagtiwalaan. Sa eukaristiya, tunghayan natin si Hesus, kung paano niya binago ang ating kondisyon sa buhay para patuloy tayong umasa. Magpasalamat tayo,” he said.

On Holy Thursday, churches all over the country teemed with Filipinos observing the annual Lenten practice of “Visita Iglesia,” a tradition where Catholics visit seven churches or more to pray and seek confession.


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Tagle urges faithful to do good despite mockery (philstar.com) | Updated April 2, 2015 - 6:04pm 1 14 googleplus0 0


Filipino devotees pause to pray as they carry wooden crosses while doing the Stations of the Cross at the Philippine Center of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in Quezon City, Philippines. Devotees practice different religious rites during the Holy Week in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle invited the Catholic faithful, especially the youth, not to back down from doing what is right despite derision.

"Don't allow yourselves to be affected by those who mock, who laugh at you for doing what is right. Stand firm! Stay faithful! Sooner or later, it will come to pass," Tagle said in his homily for Palm Sunday.

"Joy without measure awaits those who remain steadfast in their faith in God," the bishop added.

He said Filipino Catholics will find themselves imitating Jesus Christ if they persevere in doing good, but he warned that they may also suffer.

"Young people, parents, public servants! Even though it may bring much suffering and hardship, remain faithful to God. Be like San Lorenzo Ruíz de Manila who declared that he who would gladly die a thousand more times for God," he said, referring to the first Filipino saint.


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Zambo priests, nuns, lay people pray for peace at Chrism Mass April 2, 2015 7:29pm


Cardinal Tagle washes devotees' feet on Maundy Thursday:  Manila Archbishop Luis Cardinal Tagle celebrates Holy Thursday with the ritual of washing feet at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica on April 2, 2015. The Cardinal washed the feet of 12 people during the Mass of the Lord's Last Supper, one of a series of traditional Roman Catholic Holy Week events leading to Easter Sunday. Danny Pata

Meanwhile in Zamboanga, priests, nuns and lay ministers in the Zamboanga Archdiocese prayed for peace and rain over Mindanao as they attended a Chrism Mass on Maundy Thursday.

The Chrism Mass held at Zamboanga City was a time for the renewal of religious vows, according to GMA News' Flash Report.

During the Mass, the participants prayed for peace in Mindanao, the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and rain over areas experiencing a dry spell.

Ccagayan de Oro

In Cagayan de Oro City, more than 100 priests on Tuesday took part in a Chrism Mass at the Saint Augustine Cathedral, GMA Northern Mindanao's Francis Damit reported.

"Ang Crisma, ginagamit sa pagbibinyag, pagkumpirma, at para sa mga masakitin. Ang Crisma ay naging simbolo sa presensiya sa Panginoon sa ating araw-araw na gawain," said Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma.

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While the Chrism Mass usually takes place Maundy Thursday, this Mass allowed the participants to be with their local parishes during Holy Week.

The Chrism Mass was also a chance for the priests in the archdiocese to show their unity. The archdiocese covers Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Camiguin.

Participants at the Mass also renewed their priestly vows.

"Mga pagsubok at karanasan sa mataas na panahon ay nagbibigay ng kasiglahan at katatagan sa pagpapatuloy kahit sa mga pagsubok sa buhay bilang isang pari," said Fr. Bebot Pacaña, a priest for 20 years and presently serving as parochial vicar of Jasaan in Misamis Oriental.

In Manila, a Chrism Mass was scheduled at the Manila Cathedral on Thursday after the 6:30 a.m. morning prayer.

In Lingayen-Dagupan, the Chrism Mass was held at the Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral in Dagupan City.

The Chrism Mass is held to bless the Oil of Catechumens, Oil of the Sick, and Oil of Chrism.

Oil of Catechumens is used for baptism to strengthen the one being baptized to turn away from evil. The oil of Chrism is linked with the santification of individuals while the Oil of the Sick is used to anoint those who are ill.

A Chrism Mass is one of two Masses allowed on Maundy Thursday, according to the site Catholic Culture. The other is the Mass of the Lord's Supper. — Joel Locsin/BM, GMA News


MANILA BULLETIN

President hopes for ‘quiet time,’ says he will pray for his critics
by Genalyn Kabiling April 2, 2015


SAFETY CHECK – President Aquino alights from one of the buses at a terminal in Quezon City as he led the inspection of major sea, land, and air terminals yesterday to see if preparations for the huge volume of passengers during the Holy Week break were adequate. (Richard V. Viñas)

President Aquino said yesterday he hopes to have some “quiet time” for reflection and prayer this Lent, including a prayer for his critics.

On the eve of the Holy Week exodus, the President embarked on an inspection tour of major transportation hubs starting with the Batangas Port Passenger Terminal in Batangas City. He was due to visit next the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 3 and 1 in Pasay City and JAM bus terminal in Quezon City.

He said his spiritual adviser and others in the religious community advised him to have a quiet time. So far, he said in an interview, he had not had a quiet time. The headlines yesterday morning, he said, did not allow one to have quiet moments.

“Pero at the end of the day, siguro pagmumuni-munihan ko ‘yung ‘di ba some quarters have this intense hate that they have continously exhibited. Siguro I’ll concentrate on praying for them [But at the end of the day, maybe I will reflect on some quarters that have this intense hate that they have continuously exhibited. Maybe I’ll concentrate on praying for them),” he added.

During his visit to Batangas, the President expressed satisfaction with the security preparations at the busy port.

“The passengers were all smiling. Nobody approached me with any complaint, so sana for the rest of the day ganun,” the President added.


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PNoy orders govt agencies to be ready for Chedeng By ANDREO CALONZO, GMA News April 1, 2015 11:54am


Maysak approaches PAR Maysak approaches PAR. A PAGASA weather forecaster shows a satellite image of Super Typhoon Maysak as it approaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as of 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 1. It will be named Chedeng after it crosses the boundary, and will affect the Philippines come Easter weekend. GMA News

(Updated 6:55 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday directed government agencies to be ready for Typhoon Maysak, which will be locally codenamed "Chedeng" when it enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility late Wednesday or early Thursday.

At a press briefing at the Batangas port, Aquino said "every department is expected to be prepared" for the approaching weather disturbance.

The President particularly said that he expects the Department of Social Welfare and Development to preposition goods in preparation for the typhoon.

He added that the Department of Transportation and Communications, through the Philippine Coast Guard, to already warn sea vessels about the approaching cyclone.

The Department of Public Works and Highways must deploy equipment to clear roads after the typhoon, Aquino added.

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The President further expressed confidence that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), under the leadership of Usec. Alexander Pama, can handle the approaching typhoon.

“Hindi na kailangang sabihin kung ano ang kailangan niyang gawin. I'm sure he (Pama) already has the answers to my questions that I am still formulating,” Aquino said.

He added that he will monitor the cyclone in his residence in Bahay Pangarap throughout the Holy Week break, through updates from Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo.

“Ang sabi ko sa kanya (Montejo), ‘Please keep me posted especially as developments happen especially if they worsen’,” Aquino said.

On Wednesday afternoon, state weather bureau PAGASA said that it is set to raise storm warning signals over Bicol and other regions of eastern Luzon on Thursday in anticipation of tropical cyclone Maysak's arrival this Easter weekend. —Joel Locsin and Andreo Calonzo/KG, GMA News


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