MANILA, FEBRUARY 11, 2012 (MANILA TIMES) Written by : SAMMY MARTIN REPORTER (PHOTO - President Benigno Aquino 3rd and government officials cross a makeshift bridge—built over the concrete one that collapsed at the height of Monday’s 6.9-magnitude earthquake—during an inspection of quake-affected areas in Negros Oriental province’s La Libertad town on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO )

LOWER your expectations that affairs of the heart of President Benigno Aquino 3rd will finally prosper this time even if he has a supposedly new love interest, known psychic Danny Atienza said on Wednesday.

Atienza’s prediction coincided with the 52nd birthday of President Aquino, who marked the milestone with survivors of a recent devastating earthquake.

According to the psychic, the young and pretty Grace Lee, who is in the spotlight for reportedly having caught the eye of the country’s bachelor President, should not hope too much for wedding bells to ring for her and her supposed suitor.

“Hindi ko pa po nakikita na magkakaroon na tayo ng bagong First Lady. Mananatili lamang na sweet sila sa isat-isa pero hindi ito pupunta sa kasalan [I still do not see that we will finally have a new First Lady. Mr. Aquino and Miss Lee will just remain sweet with each other but that will not end up in marriage],” Atienza told the Ciudad Fernandina media forum at Club Filipino in San Juan City (Metro Manila).

Lee, a native of South Korea who has lived in the Philippines since she was 10 years old after her parents decided to stay here for good, recently admitted that she was dating the President.

Mr. Aquino first met Lee in June last year at the Korea Electric Power Corp. in Cebu where she was a host of a program marking the inauguration of a company plant there.

Atienza said that he could not pinpoint the reason why the President and Lee tying the knot was not possible this year.

He seemed to have delivered on an earlier prediction that a major earthquake would rattle the country in January based, he said, on moaning by people who apparently had been buried alive.

A 6.9-magnitued quake shook the archipelago on Monday, hitting the hardest Negros island in the Visayas region.

In making his fearless forecast that a trip to the altar will not happen for Mr. Aquino and Lee, Atienza contradicted an earlier prediction by feng shui expert Joseph Chau Kam Shin.

“He [the President] will have a love life if he is willing to get married . . . The First Lady is coming out,” Shin was quoted as saying.

Mr. Aquino’s past dates included celebrity stylist Liz Uy and stockbroker Len Lopez.

He has also been linked to Mayor Karen Villanueva of Bais City (Negros Oriental province), actress Iza Calzado and Sabrina Chua of Singapore-based Channel News Asia.

The President’s former girlfriend, Councilor Shalani Soledad of Valenzuela City (Metro Manila), also recently got married to Rep. Roman Romulo of Pasig City also in (Metro Manila).

Mr. Aquino flew to Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental, from Manila then transferred shortly to a waiting helicopter that brought him to Guihulngan City in the province, where 13 people died in landslides and 29 others went missing during the earthquake.

The President handed Mayor Ernesto Reyes of Guihulngan a P3.3-million check for emergency livelihood program.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said that the total damage to agriculture caused by the quake was P120.67 million, broken down as follows: rice, P37.1 million; corn, P19.2 million; fisheries, P4.07 million; and irrigation, P60.3 million.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (Region 7) has provided 2,000 family packs, 2,000 bottles of mineral water, boxes of canned goods, tents, mats, blankets and mosquito nets to Negros Oriental, Malacañang said also on Wednesday.

Mr. Aquino met with Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong of the First District of Negros Oriental concerning four cities and municipalities in the district badly hit by the earthquake, including Guihulngan City and the towns of La Libertad, Tayasan and Jimalalud.

The lawmaker had arranged for delivery of 400 bags of rice to residents there.

The President reassured Guihulngan folk that there will be jobs in work programs for them and that engineers are on their way to Dumaguete to help in rescue of possible survivors and rehabilitation of damaged roads and bridges.

He ordered personnel from the Department of Science and Technology to brief the residents on seismic movements.

Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental, during Mr. Aquino’s visit, appealed for more help, saying that they needed more bottled water and packed foods.

Degamo thanked the President for spending his birthday with the people of Negros and wished him good health.

In Manila, a group of women also on Wednesday trooped to Mendiola Bridge in Manila to celebrate Mr. Aquino’s birthday—not with a party, but a protest action.

[PHOTO FROM NEGROS BULLETIN -President Benigno Aquino III hands over a check worth P5,700,000 to Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo as financial assistance to the towns and cities adversely affected by Monday’s earthquake.(John Dx Lapid photo)]

The group, which was composed of mothers, threw cakes at a picture of the President to express their anger with the government.

Lana Linaban, the secretary-general of the women’s group Gabriela, said that their move aimed to show that government was doing nothing to help the poor in coping with rising prices of basic commodities and oil products.

“On [Mr. Aquino’s ] birthday, women have no gift but protest for the President. We want to compel him to heed the demands of the suffering people, not the interest of oil companies, big businesses and landlords,” Linaban added.

“We want him to talk more about substantial economic and political agenda for the people, not his usual [brownie point] rhetoric and [making-cute] antics about his love life like that of an immature teenager,” Linaban said, apparently referring to the reported Aquino-Lee romance.

After their short program in Mendiola, the women proceeded to Carriedo Street in Manila’s Santa Cruz district to gather signatures for their petition against the Oil Deregulation Law, the Expanded Value-Added Tax, Electric Power Industry Reform Act, and the other laws that they said were behind the high prices of oil products and consequently of goods and services.

The Manila Police District earlier deployed at least 70 policemen as well as the District Public Safety Battalion to secure Malacanang from protesters.


Your daily dose from Grace Lee (The Philippine Star) Updated February 05, 2012 12:00 AMComments (0)

[PHOTO - Grace takes the blogging plunge. ‘Except that this is more than just self-indulgent writing,’ the Kapuso host says.

MANILA, Philippines - Grace Lee has proudly launched her new website

In her cyber domain, the TV news anchor/radio jock/entertainment columnist shares her musings on cooking, travel, entertainment, pop culture and other peculiar thought-provoking pleasantries guaranteed to make you drool with delight.

With its uncluttered layout, eye-catching photos and light prose, makes for easy reading for cyber netizens. Informative with a smattering of philosophical musings and tongue-in-cheek humor, the website reflects its editorial team’s spunk and panache.

Throwing in their share of wit and verve are Grace’s fellow writers Anj Pe, who dabbles in fitness and health, and Cyrian Aguho, who tackles current affairs and entertainment.

“It’s an idea that’s been brewing since late last year,” Grace explains. “Friends have always been bugging me about starting my own blog, and I figured, ‘Why the heck not?’ Except that this is more than just self-indulgent writing.”

“I also thought that it would be cool to have a neat online portal where we can help small startup businesses advertise for free,” she elaborates.

“Having been exposed to all these new media, I just find it cool to be able to share my passions and interests to the world,” adds the regular segment anchor for GMA 7’s Balitanghali and 24 Oras Weekend Edition.

Thankfully, the online portal seems to meld into the alluring Fil-Korean’s other media-related pursuits, including her regular entertainment column for Manila Bulletin, her stint as a radio jock for Magic 89.9, as well as her being a sought-after events host for business and lifestyle events, and even state affairs.


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