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READ: LEA SALONGA's OPINION ABOUT MARCOSES CREATE BUZZ ONLINE


MAY 17 -Broadway superstar Lea Salonga found herself in the middle of a hot debate on Twitter over the Marcoses and Martial Law. Netizen Shanice Garcia (@shanicegarcia), a graphic designer, shared on Twitter Lea’s Facebook conversation with Hendri Go, wherein the latter asked the singer her stand on the Marcoses. Lea replied saying that the Marcos family have been good to her and her family. She also explained that former First Lady Imelda Marcos was instrumental for many Filipino artists to get a good education abroad. READ TWEET COMMENTS...

ALSO: How to enjoy a perfect cup of tea, from Mr. Twining himself


AUGUST 11 -Stephen H.B. Twining, a 10th generation scion of the famous tea family-PHOTOS BY AYA TANTIANGCO
Here are some interesting tidbits about Twinings, the tea brand: it is 310 years old, having been established in 1706 in London by Thomas Twining. In 1787, its logo was created—the same logo it uses today, making it the commercial logo that has been in continuous use the longest. It holds a Royal Warrant—that is, is supplies tea to the British royal family. And famous Brit Stephen Fry has been a spokesperson for the brand. Stephen H.B. Twining, a 10th generation scion of the famous tea family, has been involved with tea since he was eight. Years and years later, he continues to take pride in the family's tea empire and he delights in consuming their products, deriving pleasure from about nine cups of tea a day—depending on the mood. His day usually starts with an English Breakfast, a staple for...well, the English. In an interview with the press in Manila on August 10, Twining shared that despite the variety of tea the company produces (600 in all), English Breakfast and Earl Grey continue to be the top sellers in England. READ MORE...

ALSO: In Duterte's hometown, catcalling is illegal


JUNE 2, 2016 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte drew flak this week after giving a reporter a wolf-whistle during his press conference on Tuesday in Davao City. Curiously, his hometown has taken the lead in working against catcalling in public, a punishable offense under "The Women Development Code of Davao City" or City Ordinance No. 5004. Duterte created the working group to draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Code in 1997. The 44-page IRR was approved by his successor Benjamin de Guzman the following year. Under the Code, sexual harassment is defined as "a form of misconduct involving an act or a series of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, made directly, indirectly or impliedly." Among the forms of sexual harassment listed under Section 8 of the Code is "making offensive hand or body gestures at someone." The law also defines as harassment "cursing, whistling or calling a woman in public with words having dirty connotations or implications which tend to ridicule, humiliate or embarrass the woman such as puta, boring, peste, etc." Under Republic Act 9262 or the "Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004," sexual harassment is considered sexual violence. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte defends catcall - That is a freedom of expression


JUNE 3 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday defended his catcall at a female reporter during a press conference earlier this week amid criticism over the incident. In a press briefing on Thursday evening, Duterte said he didn't find his action to be a violation of the landmark Women Development Code of Davao City, which he signed. He whistled at the reporter asking the question and replied: “You do not have any business stopping me. That is a freedom of expression.” Duterte said unless he threatens a woman, he shouldn't be stopped from expressing. “That is binastos, if you go overboard and you start to harass a woman... I said if you cajole with a woman,” he said. “As a matter of fact, when I first saw you...” Duterte told a female reporter who asked the question before whistling anew. “You cannot stop anybody from whistling. But I would say, who gave you the right to presume I was whistling because I saw you?” he said. READ MORE...


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READ: Lea Salonga's opinion about the Marcoses create buzz online

MANILA, AUGUST 15, 2016 (GMA NEWS)  May 17, 2016 By AEDRIANNE ACAR - Broadway superstar Lea Salonga found herself in the middle of a hot debate on Twitter over the Marcoses and Martial Law.

Netizen Shanice Garcia (@shanicegarcia), a graphic designer, shared on Twitter Lea’s Facebook conversation with Hendri Go, wherein the latter asked the singer her stand on the Marcoses.

Lea replied saying that the Marcos family have been good to her and her family. She also explained that former First Lady Imelda Marcos was instrumental for many Filipino artists to get a good education abroad.

Meanwhile, Twitter user Eugenie Huibonhoa (‏@eugenienicole ), commented on Garcia's post.

The OPM legend responded to @eugenienicole tweet to further explain her side.

Lea agreed with @eugenienicole that victims of Martial Law should not be ignored.

Moreover, the talented singer clarified that she doesn't doubt the truth about the horrors of Martial Law.

Lea also takes pride in performing in Malacañang for whoever is the sitting president.


How to enjoy a perfect cup of tea, from Mr. Twining himself Published August 11, 2016 7:40pm By AYA TANTIANGCO, GMA News


Stephen H.B. Twining, a 10th generation scion of the famous tea family-PHOTOS BY AYA TANTIANGCO

Here are some interesting tidbits about Twinings, the tea brand: it is 310 years old, having been established in 1706 in London by Thomas Twining. In 1787, its logo was created—the same logo it uses today, making it the commercial logo that has been in continuous use the longest.

It holds a Royal Warrant—that is, is supplies tea to the British royal family. And famous Brit Stephen Fry has been a spokesperson for the brand.

Stephen H.B. Twining, a 10th generation scion of the famous tea family, has been involved with tea since he was eight. Years and years later, he continues to take pride in the family's tea empire and he delights in consuming their products, deriving pleasure from about nine cups of tea a day—depending on the mood.

His day usually starts with an English Breakfast, a staple for...well, the English.

In an interview with the press in Manila on August 10, Twining shared that despite the variety of tea the company produces (600 in all), English Breakfast and Earl Grey continue to be the top sellers in England.

READ MORE...

"[Filipinos] are more open-minded to new flavors and new tastes," Twining said. "I would always describe the British as being, when it comes to drinking, very conservative when it comes to their tea."

Blueberries in tea, Twining added, is a little harder to pour for the English market.

However harder to sell to the folks at home, berries in tea is exactly what the Twinings brand has launched here. Curious palates are invited to try the Enchanting Forest Fruits Black Tea, one of four new Twinings blends in the market.

Of course, Twinings also has something for the conservative drinkers: Golden Tipped English Breakfast Tea, one of four new blends available in Twinings partner hotels and restaurants.

Twining says that there's little elitism when it comes to tea and debating over which is best or insisting on your favorite is needless.

"Recommending tea is very hard, it is such a personal drink," he said. If he had to, though, his strong suggestion would be to avoid adjunct sweeteners. "I would beg people not to put sugar."

"For instance, the Green Tea with ginger and mango has a natural sweetness to it," Twining explained, "But if you put a spoonful of sugar to it, sugar is such a dominant flavor that it's the first thing and the only thing that your palate picks up on and you miss out because it hides the flavor of the tea. You end up drinking hot sweet water."

The first step to the perfect cup of tea, it seems, is to find one that has a flavor you truly enjoy. There's floral, fruity, creamy, minty, and so on and so forth. Take your pick.

In addition to their existing line, Twinings launched eight additional Large Leaf blends. Four new blends are now available in select supermarkets and specialty stories: Enchanting Forest Fruits Black Tea, London Strand Earl Grey Tea, Exotic Mango and Ginger Green Tea, and Golden Caramel Rooibos.

Four signature blends are on offer in their partner hotels and restaurants: Golden Tipped English Breakfast Tea, Rose Garden Black Tea, Pure Sencha Green Tea, and Budding Meadow Camomile (chamomile spelled the British way, of course!) Tea.

After selection comes preparation and it would be wise to read the label and check for the recommended brewing time. Some teas take two minutes, while others take twice as long.

Infusion starts with the color being released, followed the next minute by the aroma and flavor. The last minute or two allows the anti-oxidants and natural benefits to be released, too.

Here are some guidelines to making the perfect cup of tea.

Twining discourages two things when brewing: Reusing the bag and "jiggling", or repeatedly dipping the bag into the hot water before leaving it alone.

Leave it alone and maybe do the jiggling after the two or four minutes is up to stir the tea. The last step is to enjoy. Add a bit of milk if you prefer, but again, hold the sugar! — BM, GMA News


In Duterte's hometown, catcalling is illegal Published June 2, 2016 6:58pm By VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte drew flak this week after giving a reporter a wolf-whistle during his press conference on Tuesday in Davao City.

Curiously, his hometown has taken the lead in working against catcalling in public, a punishable offense under "The Women Development Code of Davao City" or City Ordinance No. 5004.

Duterte created the working group to draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Code in 1997. The 44-page IRR was approved by his successor Benjamin de Guzman the following year.

Under the Code, sexual harassment is defined as "a form of misconduct involving an act or a series of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, made directly, indirectly or impliedly."

Among the forms of sexual harassment listed under Section 8 of the Code is "making offensive hand or body gestures at someone."

The law also defines as harassment "cursing, whistling or calling a woman in public with words having dirty connotations or implications which tend to ridicule, humiliate or embarrass the woman such as puta, boring, peste, etc."

Under Republic Act 9262 or the "Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004," sexual harassment is considered sexual violence.

READ MORE...

The local government of Davao City pledges support for women survivors of sexual violence. The Women's Code of the city mandates an immediate conduct of an investigation within 24 hours after the incident. The Code also provides for counseling and medical services for the offended party.

"Women victims-survivors of all forms of violence shall be registered in a community-based psychological program that shall assist the women in holistically re-building and empowering themselves," the Code states.

"All investigations/hearing involving rape cases and other forms of violence against women conducted in the police stations, prosecutor's office and the trial courts shall recognize, the survivor's social support group as expressly allowed or requested by the offended party," it adds.

Duterte made the wolf-whistle toward GMA News anchor and reporter Mariz Umali.

Umali recounted: "I just told him na 'Sir, I'm here' in the middle of my question para hindi ko na siya hayaan pang maghanap kung nasaan yung boses na nanggagaling. Doon na niya sinagot na parang napapansin daw ako tapos sumipol na and then later on kumanta."

When asked about the incident on "News To Go" on Thursday, Umali said she was committed to being professional.

"It may have been improper from a president-elect but, of course, we will continue to do our job and we are not expecting any apology from him personally," she said. —JST, GMA News


Duterte defends catcall: That is a freedom of expression Published June 3, 2016 12:31am By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday defended his catcall at a female reporter during a press conference earlier this week amid criticism over the incident.

In a press briefing on Thursday evening, Duterte said he didn't find his action to be a violation of the landmark Women Development Code of Davao City, which he signed.

He whistled at the reporter asking the question and replied: “You do not have any business stopping me. That is a freedom of expression.”

Duterte said unless he threatens a woman, he shouldn't be stopped from expressing.

“That is binastos, if you go overboard and you start to harass a woman... I said if you cajole with a woman,” he said.

“As a matter of fact, when I first saw you...” Duterte told a female reporter who asked the question before whistling anew.

“You cannot stop anybody from whistling. But I would say, who gave you the right to presume I was whistling because I saw you?” he said.

READ MORE...

Duterte drew flak after whistling during a question by GMA News reporter Mariz Umali during Tuesday evening's news conference. Umali said she felt it was improper, but added that she did not expect an apology from the incoming president.

Duterte said that he was not harassing Umali when he catcalled her.

“I was exasperated by the question. Whistling is not a sexual thing,” he said.

Umali had asked Duterte about how he will deal with non-performing Cabinet members. Noticing the Duterte can’t find her as she was seated at the back row, she said: “Sir, I am here.”

“Talagang nagpapansin ka talaga sa akin ah,” he said with a smile before whistling.

As she continued to ask for an answer, Duterte broke into a song. Umali then repeated her question until Duterte gave her an answer. —JST, GMA News


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