CARETAKER SHARES FOND MEMORIES OF PGMA'S  ILIGAN ANCESTRAL HOME

ILIGAN CITY
, September 27, 2005
(OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY) Internal House Affairs Office (IHAO) Director Gloria Villaraza has only fond memories of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s ancestral home located at Timoga, Barangay Buru-un here.

The President’s ancestral home in this northern Mindanao city was formally declared and dedicated as a heritage site by the National Historical Institute on Monday, September 26, 2005. The Chief Executive witnessed the event.

Having served as caretaker of said house since the term of President Diosdado Macapagal, Villaraza said her fondest memories of the Macapagal-Macaraeg household were of the times she and President Arroyo, then a little girl, would swim in the river just at the back of the house or when they would play home-making or "bahay-bahayan."

"When we were younger, we would take a fallen banana tree trunk and ride it down the river at the back of our house until the river would meet the sea," Villaraza recalls.

"Other times, we would play house by pretending to be one family. We would pretend that the grass leaves we gathered were vegetables and pretend to cook them in one of our clay pots. Then, when the "vegetables" were cooked, we’d pretend to eat them," Villaraza said with a wide easy smile painted across her face.

She also recalled that in her private time, the President as a young girl, would settle down and read anything she could get her hands on – mostly books and magazines.

"When the President had nothing to do then, she would sit down and read. She would read books or magazines or anything she could get her hands on," she recalled.

Villaraza said she is proud of the rare opportunity to have served two Presidents who occupied the same house. "Its really an honor," she stressed.

Aside from the house, which according to the National Historical Institute, "exemplifies the architectural prominence of the 1950s," there is a bronze statue of the late President Diosdado Macapagal pushing a younger Gloria on a swing that catches one’s attention.

According to Villaraza, the bronze statue representation was a replica of an actual swing the family owned during their younger years.

She said the statue shows just how much of a daddy’s girl President Arroyo was and how much of a doting father the late President Diodado Macapagal had been.

No takeover!’ — Bunye Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon 09/27/2005

[PHOTO AT LEFT - WHAT MARTIAL LAW? The military’s top brass, in a visit to The STAR last night, assured the public that there are no plans to impose martial law in any form. Seated from left: Army chief Lt. Gen. Hermogenes Esperon, Navy chief Vice Adm, Ernesto de Leon, AFP chief Gen. Generoso Senga, Air Force acting commander Maj. Gen. Christie Datu and AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Jose Angel Honrado. Standing from left: Navy spokesman Capt. Geronimo Malabanan, AFP Public Information Office chief Lt. Col. Buenaventura Pascual, executive assistant to the Army chief Col. Daniel Lucero, Army PIO chief Maj. Bartolome Bacarro and Air Force PIO deputy chief Maj. Augusto de la Peña. Photo by FERNAN NEBRES]

Mariing itinanggi ng Malacañang na mayroong plano ang pamahalaang Arroyo na kontrolin ang pangangasiwa ng mga pribadong kompanya ng langis, kuryente at mahahalagang public utilities sa sandaling lumalala ang suliranin sa presyo ng krudo.

Ayon kay Press Secretary at Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye, wala siyang personal na impormasyon hinggil sa planong pagtake-over gaya ng inihayag ni Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales.

"Wala akong impormasyon sa bagay na iyan. Ang aking direct information ay iyong bagong patakaran na pinaiiral at ito ay ang calibrated response. Yong mga report ang kino-quote at si Sec. Gonzales. Siguro, si Sec. Gonzales ang dapat magpaliwanag niyan," wika pa ni Sec. Bunye.

Iginiit pa ni Bunye, sa kanyang pagkakaalam ay walang pinirmahan si Pangulong Arroyo na ganitong kautusan.

Gayunman, sinabi ni Bunye, na mayroong karapatan ang pamahalaan na gumawa ng hakbang na nararapat para sa kapakanan ng sambayanan kahit walang emergency rule.

Samantala, ipinaubaya ng Palasyo sa Department of Justice kung nararapat sampahan ng kaso ang Hyatt 10 kaugnay sa ipinalabas nitong mga impormasyon tungkol sa gobyerno.

Ito ang tugon ni Bunye sa ulat na pinag-aaralan umano ng DOJ kung puwedeng sampahan ng kaso ang miyembro ng Hyatt 10. (Lilia Tolentino)


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