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NOT YET RETIRING MANNY SAYS: IT'S NO LONGER ABOUT MONEY BUT HONOR FOR COUNTRY
["Without God, there will be no Manny Pacquiao. Without the Filipino people, there will be no Manny Pacquiao" -Pacquiao]


JUNE 28 ---PACQUIAO EMBEDDED WITH HIS THOUSANDS OF FANS: A PORTRAIT OF THEIR LOVE ---A copy of this image of Manny Pacquiao formed from a collage of 2,000 pictures of his fans was presented to the boxing champion during his visit to the Inquirer on Wednesday. “It’s not about the money,” boxing champ Manny “Pacman”  Pacquiao said, explaining why, at 36 and with his family financially secure for life, he continues to fight in the ring instead of hanging up his gloves. “I just want to bring honor and pride to (our) country,” he said. With the same soft-spoken demeanor and heartfelt humility, the eight-division world champion and Sarangani representative disarmed Inquirer officials and employees during a thanksgiving dinner hosted by the paper early this week to honor him. In response, Pacquiao recounted how he survived a life of hardship, marked by sleeping on cardboard boxes on an empty stomach and a purse of P50 for his first boxing bout. Then with a grin, he stopped short of revealing his earnings of late, which easily run into millions of dollars including fees from product endorsements. READ MORE...

ALSO K-TO-12 PROTEST: ‘A huge step backward’ in science, tech devt - Manila Science Hi Sch
["By diluting/weakening the school’s special science curriculum by deleting from its list of subjects many which form part of it (which has been admitted by the school’s teachers themselves, who described it as ‘anemic’), the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum in effect has denied to students the education that they are entitled to.]


JUNE 27 --The opposition against the K to 12 program continues to mount, as another group of parents and teachers has filed a petition for temporary restraining order at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 23.
Parents and teachers from the Manila Science High School, the first science high school in the Philippines said the K to 12 program, the flagship program of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s administration, has diluted the school’s special science curriculum. “It has discarded a number of its math and science subjects, thus denying the students the education they are entitled to as gifted and talented learners,” the petition read. Isaac Ali Tapar, president of the Manila Science High School Teachers Association (MSHSTA) said their petition has three points, “First is to let the students take the college entrance test, second is for the restoration of the special science curriculum, and third is to junk another two years of senior high school.” The Manila Science’s petition is the sixth petition against the K to 12 program. READ MORE...


ALSO Both Sangyaw & Kasadyaan: Fiesta in Tacloban City unites Leyte leaders


JUNE 28 --Street parade in Tacloban City marks the week-long fiesta celebrations that will culminate on June 30. WILMARK AMAZONA
TACLOBAN CITY—Tacloban folk had another reason to celebrate during the city fiesta this year after Leyte province’s leading first families united for the Kasadyaan festival on Saturday. “Today is a time for celebration. We are all happy that we are united. Hopefully, this festival will bring progress and unity to everyone,” said Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, scion of the family that organized the first tourism-oriented city fiesta in the 1980s. That festival, called Sangyaw Festival, was organized by Leyte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos in the 1980s, but it was replaced by the Pintados-Kasadyawan after the 1986. For years, the original Sangyaw was replaced by the Kasadyawan, organized by the Petilla family, until 2007 when the congressman’s cousin, incumbent Mayor Alfred Romualdez, chose to restore the Sangyaw. But this year, both families agreed to use the fiesta to spur unity rather than division. “This festival will show how we can bounce back and bring inspiration not only in words but also in action,” Congressman Romualdez said. “We are here to be with you, all the joys and sorrows, we are all victims of typhoon Yolanda.” READ MORE...

ALSO: U.P. top graduate on things students aren't prepared for


JUNE 28 ---UP Diliman's top honors grads (see names below) UP Diliman/Released
"There are many things that school has not prepared us for." 
Tiffany Grace Uy, the University of the Philippines Diliman fresh graduate known for her record-breaking feat of getting the highest average grade in the university's recent history, encouraged her fellow graduates to be aware of and contribute to solutions to the "rough" state of the country. "The problems our country faces are real and extensive. And several generations of ambitious individuals have gone before us and yet the problems still persist," she said in an address delivered before graduates on Friday. Among these problems are poverty, unemployment, deep inequities between access to public resources, lack of proper healthcare and a highly volatile political situation. RELATED: Education chief to UP grads: Be a hero to our country "Despite all the high marks, achievements, and accomplishments under our belt, we come to the stark realization that there are many things that school has not prepared us for," she said. Uy said intelligence and courage grounded by love for country and people "can make the crafting of the sustainable and stable future for our nation, not just possible but rather inevitable." She said human potential is limitless and is capable of crafting "complex institutional systems" and "ground-breaking technological innovations."  

"We cannot even fully understand the mystery, complexity, and awesomeness of the human life. I believe that there is limitless potential in each and every brilliant mind seated before me. Your minds, when inspired by imaginations unbound by glass ceilings." THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: New madrasah delights Maguindanao villagers observing Ramadan


JUNE 28 ---Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu (2nd from left), Major Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan and village leaders officiate a symbolic turn over to villagers of a new madrasah in Barangay Kulasi, Gen. S.K. Pendatun town. Philstar/John Unson
Villagers in Barangay Kulasi in Gen. S.K. Pendatun town see as providential the turnover to them on a Friday of a newly-built madrasah, just before their second jumu'ah prayer since the June 18 start of Ramadan.
The jumu'ah prayer is the mandatory Islamic Friday congregational worship rite in mosques. The newly-established Madrasah Tarbiya Al-Islamiya, an Islamic school, in Barangay Kulasi was turned over to barangay folks last Friday by Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu and Major Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division. The school was built by soldiers from 6th ID's component units—the 33rd Infantry Battalion and the 601st Brigade—using grants from the office of Mangudadatu. "The barangay people are sure this school will provide their children a thick layer of protection from indoctrination by extremists," Pangilinan said, citing feedback from community elders. READ MORE...

ALSO 70 YEARS AGO: Russians in Samar; story of Pres Elpidio Quirino’s utter compassion
[Seventy years later, the people of Guiuan and the Russians met again after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) flattened the town in November 2013. This time the Russians stood to give a hand]


JUNE 28 ---FORMER PRES. ELPIDIO QUIRINO: Old people in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, often speak about the time when there were “White Russians” on Tubabao Island off the town on Leyte Gulf. Those days, they tell the children of Guiuan, were the Tiempo Ruso—the Time of the Russians. But, according to Bernard Kerblat, country representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), little did most people in Guiuan know that it was a story of “great compassion,” how the Filipinos, then led by President Elpidio Quirino, gave shelter to Russians fleeing persecution in their homeland. Kerblat was speaking at a commemorative lecture organized by the UNHCR and the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation at the National Museum in Manila on Thursday, ahead of World Refugee Day on Friday. Drawing students, teachers, and scholars, it was part of the Quirino Foundation’s lecture series to honor the Philippines’ sixth President and his administration during the yearlong celebration of his 125th birthday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Electric vehicles (E-jeeps) may replace jeepneys, tricycles


JUNE 28 ---Electric Jeepneys (eJeepneys), are the first public transport of its kind in Southeast Asia, launched 1 July 2008 in a historic drive along Ayala Avenue in Makati. The eJeepney runs on pure electricity supplied by rechargeable automotive batteries thus it does not consume either gasoline or diesel to operate. It therefore has no noise, no fumes, no harmful emissions. It can be charged overnight for about eight hours on an ordinary wall outlet, much like charging a cellphone and run the next day for a minimum of 65 kms. INFO FROM Ejeepney website>>> http://www.ejeepney.com.ph/ 
The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has called on various transport groups and on government to seriously take a look at electric vehicles as possible, viable replacements for old, dilapidated and polluting jeepneys and tricycles. EVAP President Rommel Juan said that currently, there are about 350,000 old jeepneys with an average age of 20 years that are spread all over the archipelago. “Add to this 3.5 million tricycles, with some of them still using the smoke-belching two-stroke motors that have been banned by the Clean Air Act,” Juan noted in a statement. He believes that the future of the Philippine mass transport system is here and it is electric. READ MORE...


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Pacquiao: It’s no longer about the money but honor for country


PACQUIAO EMBEDDED WITH HIS THOUSANDS OF FANS: A PORTRAIT OF THEIR LOVE ---A copy of this image of Manny Pacquiao formed from a collage of 2,000 pictures of his fans was presented to the boxing champion during his visit to the Inquirer on Wednesday.

MANILA, JUNE 29, 2015 (INQUIRER) By: Roy Luarca @RoyLuarcaINQ June 28th, 2015 - “It’s not about the money,” boxing champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao said, explaining why, at 36 and with his family financially secure for life, he continues to fight in the ring instead of hanging up his gloves.

“I just want to bring honor and pride to (our) country,” he said.

With the same soft-spoken demeanor and heartfelt humility, the eight-division world champion and Sarangani representative disarmed Inquirer officials and employees during a thanksgiving dinner hosted by the paper early this week to honor him.

In response, Pacquiao recounted how he survived a life of hardship, marked by sleeping on cardboard boxes on an empty stomach and a purse of P50 for his first boxing bout.

Then with a grin, he stopped short of revealing his earnings of late, which easily run into millions of dollars including fees from product endorsements.

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Unexpected loss

On the Forbes list, Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are the highest paid athletes of 2015.

READ: Mayweather still world’s highest-paid athlete; Pacquiao 2nd on list Also: Mayweather, Pacquiao are highest paid athletes

Clad in denim pants, a checkered black and white polo shirt and sporting a gleaming Rolex watch, Pacquiao also dwelt on his unexpected loss to Mayweather in their Battle for Greatness match on May 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Speaking half-seriously, the Pacman said he committed a mistake in training for the encounter dubbed Fight of the Century.

“I trained for boxing, but forgot about marathon,” he said, referring to Mayweather’s fight strategy that had him running around through the 12-round encounter instead of engaging Pacquiao in a slugfest.

It didn’t help any that the Filipino boxer had sustained a tear on his right rotator cup in the fourth round, hampering his ability to deliver effective punches from then on.

Pacquiao eventually underwent arthroscopic surgery in Los Angeles on May 6, although full recovery and rehabilitation would likely put him out of the ring for the rest of the year.

He was no longer wearing a sling on his right arm when he came over for the Inquirer dinner, however, and was doubly thankful for that and for the country’s support in his quest to bring international honor to the Filipino.

As if in prayer, Pacquiao fervently intoned: “Without God, there will be no Manny Pacquiao. “Without the (Filipino) people, there will be no Manny Pacquiao. “Without you guys (in the media), there will be no Manny Pacquiao.”

The boxer made special mention of the Inquirer for sending a five-man coverage team to the United States, headed by its news editor (Jun Engracia), the first time a Philippine newspaper did so.

In his 15-minute speech, Pacquiao expressed his thanks to the Inquirer, led by board chair Marixi Prieto, its president Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, chief operating officer Rene Reinoso, and Interactive president Paolo Prieto.

Photo collage

His fans, too, became part of the program when Pacquiao was presented a framed photo of himself, which was actually a collage of some 2,000 pictures of Inquirer readers.

The boxing champ later obliged requests for selfies and autographs from his Inquirer fans, including those from the Editorial group led by editor in chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc and managing editor Joey Nolasco.

Even the company’s security guards and utility staff had their moment with the celebrity boxer.

Finally, at 9:48 p.m., Pacquiao headed to his black Cadillac Escalade that was escorted by a backup van and two motorcycle cops.

Before boarding, however, he stopped, said thanks once more, and shook hands with those who covered him in his Hollywood training.

He probably didn’t know it, but the Inquirer was as grateful—and so was every Filipino— that he continues to unite the nation every time he fights.

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‘Unbowed’ Pacquiao proud of showing during match, uniting Filipinos By: Yuji Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net 10:50 AM May 13th, 2015


Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao answers questions from the media during a news conference upon arrival Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. AP

Hours after his return to the Philippines, boxing icon Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday said that he remains unbowed despite his loss to American Floyd Mayweather Jr.

READ: Pacquiao arrives in Manila

During the breakfast reception at Dusit Thani hotel ahead of his motorcade, Pacquiao said he is proud of what he was able to show the entire world and for being able to unite the Filipinos once again.

“Hindi ako nakayuko,” Pacquiao said. “Nakataas ang noo ko dahil ipinakita ko ang tapang ng isang Pilpino.”

(My head isn’t bowed down. My head is held high because I showed the world the courage and strength of a Filipino.)

READ: In Pacquiao country ‘whole world knows he won’

Echoing his earlier statement the United States, Pacquiao said that he won the fight—contrary to the judges’ unanimous decision favoring Mayweather—after watching the tapes and scoring the match himself.

“Tinatanggap ko kung ano ang hatol ng mga judges; kailangan kong tanggapin dahil kasama sa sports ‘yan. Ni-review ko paulit-ulit ang tape, kahit saang anggulo lamang pa rin ako ng two points, 7-5 (rounds won) ang score ko,” Pacquiao said.

(I accept the decision of the judges. I have to accept it because it’s part of sports. But after repeatedly reviewing the tape, I should have been up by two points, 7-5.)

READ: Pacquiao: I thought I won the fight

Pacquiao also said he wanted to give the viewers an action-packed match that they deserved, but Mayweather’s style as the problem.

“I should have practiced track and field,” he joked.

READ: Heartbroken Filipinos turn to humor to ease pain

Pacquiao returned to Manila shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday after a tumultuous 10-day swing which saw him lose to Mayweather, face lawsuits from disgruntled fans, and have a surgery to repair his injured shoulder.

As of posting time, Pacquiao’s homecoming motorcade from Makati to Manila has begun. IDL


MANILA TIMES

‘A huge step backward’ in science, tech devt June 27, 2015 10:20 pm by ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL


The opposition against the K to 12 program continues to mount, as another group of parents and teachers has filed a petition for temporary restraining order at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 23.

Parents and teachers from the Manila Science High School, the first science high school in the Philippines said the K to 12 program, the flagship program of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s administration, has diluted the school’s special science curriculum.

“It has discarded a number of its math and science subjects, thus denying the students the education they are entitled to as gifted and talented learners,” the petition read.

Isaac Ali Tapar, president of the Manila Science High School Teachers Association (MSHSTA) said their petition has three points,

“First is to let the students take the college entrance test,

▪  Second is for the restoration of the special science curriculum,

▪  Third is to junk another two years of senior high school.”

The Manila Science’s petition is the sixth petition against the K to 12 program.
Restoration of special science curriculum

Tapar said that while the thrust of the K to 12 program is for the enhancement of the basic education, it does not apply to science schools like Manila Science.

He said that when they studied the curriculum, there are subjects that were removed from the first four years of high school, to be taught later in senior high school (SHS).

“Manila Science High School is really intended for heavier and advanced subjects than the regular school. If we would follow the Department of Education’s decongested curriculum, Manila Science will no longer be different from other schools,” Tapar told Bulatlat.com.

According to the petition, the special science curriculum has been in place since 1963, which is more advanced than the curriculum of the science and technology-oriented high schools.

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For school year 2012-2013, the Grade 7 students were still taught the special science curriculum. However, in school year 2013-2014, the petition said, a number of subjects which used to form part of the school’s special science curriculum were discarded, up to the present school year, 2015-2016.

The parents did not take it sitting down, said Tapar. They have conducted several dialogues from the school principal to the School Division Superintendent up to the DepEd Central Office. The parents also joined the June 1 rally protesting the K to 12 program.

“We really thanked the parents for standing up for their children’s future,” said Tapar who also said that it is the parents who initiated the filing of petition in the SC.

The subjects that were removed from the curriculum were:
Grade 8: Biology, Theoretic Research, Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics), Geometry and Intermediate Algebra;
Grade 9: General Chemistry, Biotechnology & Research, Physics and Advanced Algebra;
Grade 10, Introductory College Physics, Analytic Geometry and Introductory Calculus as well as Advanced Chemistry and Research.

These subjects, said Tapar, used to be taught in Manila Science High School’s old curriculum. While some subjects such as Pre-Calculus, Basic Calculus, General Biology, General Physics and General Chemistry, were just transferred to senior high school.

“By diluting/weakening the school’s special science curriculum by deleting from its list of subjects many which form part of it (which has been admitted by the school’s teachers themselves, who described it as ‘anemic’), the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum in effect has denied to students the education that they are entitled to. It has denied to them the education commensurate with their abilities and the opportunity and encouragement to develop their special talents,” the petition read.

K to 12 ready?

While the high court has yet to decide on the petitions against K to 12, the senior high school is due to be implemented in less than a year.

“DepEd’s claim that they are K to 12 ready is really questionable.

Here, in Manila Science there are still no teachers hired for senior high school and there are no facilities for it,” Tapar said.

“We are mere employees; we will follow what the law says even if we oppose it,” he said.

Now that the issue has been elevated to the high court. “The SC’s role is very crucial because this is the children and the youth’s future that is at stake here,” said Tapar.

The petition said K to 12’s additional two years is already part of Manila Science’s four year special curriculum, and it is “a most unnecessary superfluity” to students.

“These students are ready for college; there is no need for additional two years,” Tapar told Bulatlat.com.

The petitioners called the DepEd’s decision to implement the K to 12 program as a “huge step backward” in the development of science and technology, “putting to great waste the special talents and capabilities of petitioner students, who could very well become the mathematicians, scientists and engineers which the country greatly needs for its development and progress.”

The petition also said the new curriculum “defeats” the constitutional mandate for the state to give priority to science and technology education to push national development.
Bulatlat.com


MANILA STANDARD

Tacloban City Fiesta unites Leyte leaders By Ronald Reyes | Jun. 28, 2015 at 12:01am


Both Sangyaw and Kasadyaan: Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez
and other Leyte officials hand out fiesta packs to Leyte folk who came
to Tacloban City to celebrate the Kasadyaan festival which has united the
Leyte first families. VER NOVENO


TACLOBAN CITY—Tacloban folk had another reason to celebrate during the city fiesta this year after Leyte province’s leading first families united for the Kasadyaan festival on Saturday.

“Today is a time for celebration. We are all happy that we are united. Hopefully, this festival will bring progress and unity to everyone,” said Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, scion of the family that organized the first tourism-oriented city fiesta in the 1980s.

That festival, called Sangyaw Festival, was organized by Leyte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos in the 1980s, but it was replaced by the Pintados-Kasadyawan after the 1986.

For years, the original Sangyaw was replaced by the Kasadyawan, organized by the Petilla family, until 2007 when the congressman’s cousin, incumbent Mayor Alfred Romualdez, chose to restore the Sangyaw.

But this year, both families agreed to use the fiesta to spur unity rather than division.

“This festival will show how we can bounce back and bring inspiration not only in words but also in action,” Congressman Romualdez said. “We are here to be with you, all the joys and sorrows, we are all victims of typhoon Yolanda.”

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Street parade in Tacloban City marks the week-long fiesta celebrations that will culminate on June 30. WILMARK AMAZONA

The people cheered Romualdez’s words and Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominic Petilla responded: “This event is not only for fiesta celebration but also to show our culture of strength and resilience as people. This is what we will celebrate.”

We have survived, and our recovery is also going faster. It is now time to thank and pray to God that we are given this time,” the governor added, before a gathering of some 50,000 people at the Leyte Sports Complex.

Gov. Petilla welcomed Rep. Romualdez on stage where he was also greeted by Palo, Leyte Mayor Remedios Matin Petilla and Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla.

On Saturday, at least 12 contingents from different towns in Leyte and Samar joined the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals on its grand parade in Tacloban City. On Monday evening, June 29, Tacloban city government will hold its Sangyaw Festival’s “Parade of Lights” with its colorful LED creations.

The two events mark the start of recovery in the city and the province after it was devastated by Yolanda in November 2013.


PHILSTAR

UP top graduate on things students aren't prepared for (philstar.com) | Updated June 28, 2015 - 6:30pm 0 2 googleplus0 0


UP Diliman's top honors (1st row seated, left to right) Vincent M. Oville, Jose Lorenzo M. Ferrer, Martin Daniel C. Qui, Ernest Nathan L. Nogales, Miguel Niccolo V. Rallonza, Genesis Ijay R. Leal, Bryan Casper B. Chan, Kenneth Anthony R. Roquid, Janssen M. Kotah, Sir Albertti G. Flores, Emir-Deogene V. Mendoza and Dominic S. Albao. (2nd row standing, left to right) Ardea M. Licuanan, Ma. Patricia R. Nabong, Riana Sandra G. Chua, Janelle Rodine S. Carrillo, Samantha Marie C. Sundiam, Christy Eunice G. Reyes, Ma. Patricia R. Riego De Dios, Faye B. Zipagan, Maria Carla E. Buenaflor, Liezel U. Tamon, Meg L. Reganon, Marielle Antoinette H. Zosa, Finness A. Calacal, Camille Patricia Y. Calma and Tiffany Grace C. Uy. (Not in photo) Gabriela Victoria A. Timbancaya and Steven Michael L. Resma. UP Diliman/Released

MANILA, Philippines — "There are many things that school has not prepared us for."

Tiffany Grace Uy, the University of the Philippines Diliman fresh graduate known for her record-breaking feat of getting the highest average grade in the university's recent history, encouraged her fellow graduates to be aware of and contribute to solutions to the "rough" state of the country.

"The problems our country faces are real and extensive. And several generations of ambitious individuals have gone before us and yet the problems still persist," she said in an address delivered before graduates on Friday.

Among these problems are poverty, unemployment, deep inequities between access to public resources, lack of proper healthcare and a highly volatile political situation.

RELATED: Education chief to UP grads: Be a hero to our country

"Despite all the high marks, achievements, and accomplishments under our belt, we come to the stark realization that there are many things that school has not prepared us for," she said.

Uy said intelligence and courage grounded by love for country and people "can make the crafting of the sustainable and stable future for our nation, not just possible but rather inevitable."

She said human potential is limitless and is capable of crafting "complex institutional systems" and "ground-breaking technological innovations."

"We cannot even fully understand the mystery, complexity, and awesomeness of the human life. I believe that there is limitless potential in each and every brilliant mind seated before me. Your minds, when inspired by imaginations unbound by glass ceilings."


PHILSTAR

New madrasah delights Maguindanao villagers observing Ramadan By John Unson (philstar.com) | Updated June 28, 2015 - 5:23pm 0 3 googleplus0 0


Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu (2nd from left), Major Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan and village leaders officiate a symbolic turn over to villagers of a new madrasah in Barangay Kulasi, Gen. S.K. Pendatun town. Philstar.com/John Unson

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — Villagers in Barangay Kulasi in Gen. S.K. Pendatun town see as providential the turnover to them on a Friday of a newly-built madrasah, just before their second jumu'ah prayer since the June 18 start of Ramadan.

The jumu'ah prayer is the mandatory Islamic Friday congregational worship rite in mosques.

The newly-established Madrasah Tarbiya Al-Islamiya, an Islamic school, in Barangay Kulasi was turned over to barangay folks last Friday by Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu and Major Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division.

The school was built by soldiers from 6th ID's component units—the 33rd Infantry Battalion and the 601st Brigade—using grants from the office of Mangudadatu.

"The barangay people are sure this school will provide their children a thick layer of protection from indoctrination by extremists," Pangilinan said, citing feedback from community elders.

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Pangilinan said villagers were elated with the turnover rite's having been held on a Friday, the day they go to mosques to perform obligatory noontime prayers.

"And the June 26 jumu'ah prayer was something not ordinary because it's Ramadan," Pangilinan said.

Muslims abstain from food and drinks at daytime during the Ramadan, which last for one lunar cycle, about 28 to 29 days, both as a religious obligation and as atonement for wrongdoings. They focus on acts of piety during the period.

The involvement of soldiers in the construction of the madrasah corrected many bad notions about the military among villagers, according to community elder Mamison Akoy.

"We had always thought that soldiers are enemies of the Moro people. When they stayed in our barangay to build this school, we eventually learned that just like us, they want peace too and that they detest armed conflicts," Akoy said.

Mangudadatu, in a brief huddle with Kulasi residents at the sideline of the Madrasah turn over program, again offered graduating high school students in the area to avail of his administration's Maguindanao Program for Educational Assistance and Community Empowerment (MagPEACE).

The MagPEACE now bankrolls the schooling of more than 5,000 college scholars from far-flung areas in Maguindanao's 36 towns.

"The easiest way to address religious extremism and build unity among the Muslim, Christian and lumad communities in Maguindanao is to provide children access to schools," Mangudadatu said.

Friday's school turnover event was capped off with the dispersal of hundreds of Peking duck pairs for breeding purposes to farmers in Barangay Kulasi by the provincial government's chief budget officer Lynette Estandarte and her subordinates.


INQUIRER

Russians in Samar, story of Pres Elpidio Quirino’s utter compassion SHARES: 295 VIEW COMMENTS By: Niña P. Calleja @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:22 AM June 28th, 2015


'GIVEME YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE’ ‘White Russians’ disembark on Tubabao Island from their rusty ship after a journey that took them from Bolshevik Russia toMaoist China and finally to the Philippines, the only country willing to shelter them in 1948. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Old people in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, often speak about the time when there were “White Russians” on Tubabao Island off the town on Leyte Gulf.

Those days, they tell the children of Guiuan, were the Tiempo Ruso—the Time of the Russians.

But, according to Bernard Kerblat, country representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), little did most people in Guiuan know that it was a story of “great compassion,” how the Filipinos, then led by President Elpidio Quirino, gave shelter to Russians fleeing persecution in their homeland.

Kerblat was speaking at a commemorative lecture organized by the UNHCR and the President Elpidio Quirino Foundation at the National Museum in Manila on Thursday, ahead of World Refugee Day on Friday.

Drawing students, teachers, and scholars, it was part of the Quirino Foundation’s lecture series to honor the Philippines’ sixth President and his administration during the yearlong celebration of his 125th birthday.

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Elpidio Quirino (1890–1956) was the second president of the Independent Republic of the Philippines. He was elected to the Philippine Congress in 1919. He was part of the independence mission to Washington that freed the Philippines from American control in 1934. He then served as vice president under Manuel Roxas. (grandfather of today's DILG Chief Mar Roxas (or Manuel Roxas II) Quirino became president upon Roxas' death in 1948. For six years, Quirino oversaw postwar reconstruction, but his administration suffered from corruption. After the war, Elpidio Quirino became the leader of the majority Liberal Party and president pro tempore of the Senate. In April 1946 Manuel Roxas was elected president, with Quirino as vice president. When President Roxas unexpectedly died in April 1948, Quirino became president.  However, Quirino soon faced impeachment, instituted by members of the rival Nationalist Party. Charges ranged from nepotism to misappropriation of funds, but after several months, he was exonerated of all charges. Quirino appointed Defense Secretary Ramon Magsaysay to suppress the communist insurrection. Defense Secretary Ramon Magsaysay angrily resigned over Quirino’s alleged corruption and joined the opposition Nationalist Party. He would go on to defeat Quirino in the general election. Elpidio Quirino retired to private life and died of a heart attack in February 29, 1956.FROM BIOGRAPHY.COM

6,000 Russian refugees

Kerblat said the Philippines was barely two years old as a new republic and still recovering from the ravages of World War II, but Quirino did not hesitate to take in 6,000 refugees from China who were called “White Russians.”

Apart from Russia, the refugees actually came from various ethnicities and nationalities—Armenians, Estonians, Germans, Austrians, Turkish, Tatars, Romanians, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Czechs, Yugoslavians, Polish, Latvians and Hungarians.

After the Russian Revolution that toppled the czarist regime, opponents of the communist Soviet Union fled to neighboring China and settled in Beijing, Tianjin, Harbin and Shanghai.

“They went to China to rebuild their lives but all of a sudden these people began to fear for their lives,” Kerblat said.

In 1947, when the victory of the Communist Party’s Red Army was becoming imminent in China, the White Russians feared persecution and the possibility that they would be forced to go back to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, where returning refugees were either sent to labor camps or killed.

The Russians and the other Europeans sought help from other countries through the International Refugee Organization, sending letters to countries, including the United States, pleading to be taken in.

Only PH took them in

“But the only country [that] raised its hand and said, ‘Come over,’ was the Philippines,” Kerblat said.

Aboard rusty ships, the refugees arrived on Tubabao Island and stayed there while waiting to be resettled in another country.

Kerblat noted that there were few sources of information about the settlement of the White Russians on Tubabao.

“I realized over my last five years in this country that very few people, including high-level decision-makers, were aware of it,” he said.

Kerblat said the 25-year-old daughter of former Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales Kwan, Kinna, took the time to do research about Tiempo Ruso, traveling to California and Sydney to interview the refugees and their descendants.

Kwan, in an interview after the lecture, said she started to look into that part of the town’s history while she was studying humanities at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

“We used to hear elders of Guiuan mentioning Tiempo Ruso. I always asked, ‘What was that?’ My mother was also telling me about her ballet teacher learning ballet from the Russians on Tubabao,” Kwan said.

Kwan said the literature about the Tubabao Refugee Camp was so scant that she had to look for other sources.

She said that in one of her interviews with former refugees, an old woman recounted to her how she was touched by President Quirino’s acts of mercy and kindness.

On Oct. 28, 1949, Quirino visited the refugee camp to check the Russians’ living conditions.

He noticed the barbed-wire fence around the camp and ordered it to be taken down, saying the refugees were not security threats.

Kwan said the old woman, who was there, felt the refugees were genuinely accepted regardless of their race and beliefs.

Returning kindness, 70 years later

Seventy years later, the people of Guiuan and the Russians met again after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) flattened the town in November 2013.

This time, the people of Guiuan were the ones needing help and the Russians, on seeing the devastation on television, remembered the time when the Philippines volunteered to take them in. They stood up to lend a hand.

Kwan said the former refugees and their families passed the hat around to raise money and donations for the typhoon victims in Samar.

“It was touching and we were grateful,” Kwan said.

Ruby Quirino Gonzalez, granddaughter of President Quirino, said the foundation had been helping Kwan with her research and would possibly publish a book about the White Russians on Tubabao.

“We cannot appreciate and evaluate our past without knowing it,” Gonzalez said.
“[President Quirino] was a global citizen even before it became a fashion. He believed we could not be an isolated republic and merely an island nation,” she said.

Besides the White Russians, Kerblat spoke about eight other waves of refugees who were welcomed to the Philippines in the 1920s and 1930s.

He said the White Russians were not the first to reach the Philippines. At the height of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1923, 826 Russians sailed to the Philippines.

Then followed 1,500 Jews from Europe who fled certain death at the hands of the Nazis in 1933.

“They decided to take matters into their hands and sailed to Genoa, Italy, and made couple of passages to come to Manila,” Kerblat said.

Some 200 Spaniards also sought asylum in the Philippines at the height of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

During the early part of World War II, the Philippines also accepted refugees of various nationalities coming from China, Kerblat said.

Immigration act

In 1940, he said, President Manuel Quezon issued a decree allowing the refugees into the Philippines.

That was the Philippine Immigration Act, which allowed the country “for humanitarian reasons, and when not opposed to the public interest,” to admit foreigners seeking refuge from religious, political or racial persecution in their own countries.

The Philippine Immigration Act preceded the landmark international conventions relating to the status of refugees and the status of stateless people, adopted in 1951 and 1954, respectively.

Waves of refugees came to the Philippines after that, including thousands of Vietnamese boat people fleeing the communist regime in their country from the late 1970s to the 1980s.

The Philippines also built an asylum camp in Palawan for the Vietnamese boat people.

Kerblat said that from the history of the Philippines’ humanitarian deeds, it was no wonder that it was the first country to announce to the world in May that it would not turn away the Rohingya, Muslims fleeing persecution in Burma (Myanmar).

“The Philippines has a unique role in Southeast Asia, serving as a barometer for major international events,” Kerblat said.


MANILA TIMES

Electric vehicles (E-jeeps) may replace jeepneys, tricycles June 28, 2015 9:31 pm by James Konstantin Galvez


Electric Jeepneys (eJeepneys), are the first public transport of its kind in Southeast Asia, launched 1 July 2008 in a historic drive along Ayala Avenue in Makati. The eJeepney runs on pure electricity supplied by rechargeable automotive batteries thus it does not consume either gasoline or diesel to operate. It therefore has no noise, no fumes, no harmful emissions. It can be charged overnight for about eight hours on an ordinary wall outlet, much like charging a cellphone and run the next day for a minimum of 65 kms. INFO FROM http://www.ejeepney.com.ph/

The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) has called on various transport groups and on government to seriously take a look at electric vehicles as possible, viable replacements for old, dilapidated and polluting jeepneys and tricycles.

EVAP President Rommel Juan said that currently, there are about 350,000 old jeepneys with an average age of 20 years that are spread all over the archipelago.

“Add to this 3.5 million tricycles, with some of them still using the smoke-belching two-stroke motors that have been banned by the Clean Air Act,” Juan noted in a statement.

He believes that the future of the Philippine mass transport system is here and it is electric.

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“Electric vehicles are cleaner, more efficient, perfect for Philippine road conditions and are good for the economy. They are expected to spur the local auto industry with the development of local EV assembly and manufacturing,” he said.

“So again, we call on all the transport groups and on government, both local and national, to look into EVs as possibly the most viable replacements for our ailing public transport vehicles,” Juan added.

EVAP issued the statement in time for the 7th Annual Clean Air Forum, where regulators and stakeholders will attempt to quantify the economic benefits of the 16-year-old local clean air law.

From June 30 to July 1, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will lead the yearly review on the progress of Republic Act 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act.

This year’s theme is “Toward Identifying the Economic Benefits of Clean Air: A Call to Action.”

The forum will be held at the Bulwagang Romeo Edu of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Quezon City.


PIONEER: PhUV (Philippine Utility Vehicle) Incorporated is the umbrella organization of companies & institutions which pioneered the electric vehicle industry in the Philippines. It is the business arm of the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (MVPMAP) and supplied the numerous electric jeepneys (eJeepneys) now plying the Makati Green Route (MGR) in its Salcedo and Legazpi Village loops.

The highlight of the two-day forum is a presentation by Dr. Serafin Talisayon of “Proposed Framework on Economic Benefits of Air Pollution Regulation,” which will show the methodology for valuation of impacts on the economy from exposure to air pollutants and for quantifying the benefits of air pollution regulation in terms of their contribution to the country’s economy.

The forum also aims to look for ways on how the clean air sector can help create opportunities for new jobs and draw interest from the private sector to invest in cleaner technologies.

Meanwhile, Juan said the EV industry is now ready to cater to the local public transport market. Its members now have the technology and facilities to supply the local public transport sector with cleaner and more modern versions of the jeepneys and tricycles known as the EJeepneys and the ETrikes.

EJeepneys have been running in Makati City since 2008 under its Makati Green Route project and now also ply Filinvest City in Alabang, Ateneo, La Salle, Meralco compound.

ETrikes, on the other hand, are now running in many areas around the country such as in Bacoor in Cavite, Boracay, Quezon City, Mandaluyong City and just recently, inside the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, under what is called as the E-kot Project.

Bodie Pulido, EVAP executive director, urges people and companies interested in joining the push for Public Transport Modernization to coordinate with the group, saying funding is now a major impediment.
 


Don Bosco student creates E-jeepney from scrap Uploaded on 5:03PM May 6 0 3 0 29 Rodette Astoriano, one of the five students from Don Bosco Technical College Mandaluyong who created an E-jeepney made from junk shop materials, pose in front of his invention in Don Bosco on Wednesday, May 6. Katrina Son PHOTO COURTESY OF GMA NEWS NETWORK

He said they are ready to link interested investors and EVAP members to promote the use of EVs in the Philippines, believing that “this is possibly one of the better ways to modernize our public transport system.”

“We have found out that it is cheaper for operators to use electric vehicles than regular internal combustion engine vehicles because of the lower power cost and less maintenance,” Pulido added.

“Many foreign players are now in the country because they have identified the Philippines as possibly the best place to develop the EV industry and maybe make it the EV manufacturing hub in the region,” he said.

Pulido added that companies from Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Turkey, Australia and the United States have been coordinating with EVAP to establish possible joint ventures with EVAP members and set up local operations.


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