WHY THE WEDDING OF BOOTS AND KING MADE US LAUGH AND CRY

This is a wedding review of a particularly peculiar type of wedding. The fact that it was the wedding of possibly the most decent and proper individuals on the face of Earth made it even more peculiar. The guests in full regalia crowded the small chapel at the Archbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong that had almost become an auditorium. With a principal entourage led by Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, Susan Roces and Marichu Maceda, no one would have been surprised had music filled the halls. We half-expected the crowd waiting outside to start tapping their feet and clapping their hands in anticipation. For a brief moment, we thought we were at the Smart Araneta Coliseum anxious for the show to begin. Such was the atmosphere at the wedding of Boots Anson-Roa to lawyer King Rodrigo. Boots is such a well-loved figure with hardly any scandal attached to her name. We say “hardly” because of that tsismis of her and a certain top government official while she and husband Pete Roa were living in the US many years ago. Of course, it died a natural death but while it was making the rounds, we were secretly glad about it. To us, it showed that Boots was after all human and not a saint, at least not yet. From the very moment Boots and King reached the chapel and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle took the microphone, there was nonstop laughter. The Cardinal was such an entertaining speaker, he put everyone at ease. He joked about Boots and King having children, asked them if they were sure about getting married, repeated the question several times. The guests seated outside the chapel could hear the laughter and some of them I knew asked what it was all about. All we could say was that everyone had such a good time. READ MORE...

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Photo taken during the Family Finance & Investing Workshop held on June 14, 2014 in Singapore. Last Saturday my husband and I gave a talk on Family Finance and Investing to OFWs in Singapore. This was arranged by TGFI (The Global Filipino Investors), an online group of over 30,000 members with the common goal of increasing investment awareness among Filipinos all over the world. We were welcomed on Friday night by three proponents of the group, which started in Singapore - Richard, Rex and Nicmark. young men aged 28 to 32 who have been working in the city of Merlion for several years now. We had dinner in a nearby mall close to SMU (Singapore Management University). It was heartwarming to listen to their stories, how they devote a big chunk of their free time helping their fellow OFWs increase their FQ, which they do pro bono. The following day was our talk, which was held at the Anson Centre. Although they told us that Filipinos come on time in Singapore, there were a few who arrived a bit late because of the rain. We started the session a few minutes after 1 pm and it was a lively combination of exercises, lectures, sharing, dancing, Q&A and of course, lots of picture-taking – both selfies and “groupies/groufies?” (a new term I learned). The workshop lasted until early evening and we had dinner and a leisurely walk with the three guys who welcomed us, plus Josie, Queenie, Che and Mannix. In the course of our short weekend stint with our kababayans in Singapore, I experienced the heart of the Filipino OFW up close. I wish to share with you some of my observations: REaD MORE...

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It was exactly what grandfather Eddie Gutierrez promised his latest grandson: a big shebang. The “Gutz-y” clan pulled out all the stops for Zion, son of Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati, with a baptism and first-birthday bash rolled into one. “We really wanted a big party to welcome our son. It turned out to be a triple celebration, in fact,” Richard told the Inquirer. “It was also Father’s Day.” Big production -The christening was officiated by Fr. Baltazar Obico. The splashy event was held at Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club on Sunday with a guest list that reads like a who’s who of Philippine high society. FR. BALTAZAR Obico (right) officiates the christening rites. Gathering the godparents alone could be considered a mammoth production, especially since the lineup expanded with each passing day. “We finally narrowed it down to 25 pairs,” Richard recounted. He noted that the country’s Top 3 networks figured on the list, from TV5 top honcho Manny V. Pangilinan and Kapatid stars Aga Muhlach and Lucy Torres-Gomez, to ABS-CBN talents Susan Roces, Angel Locsin and Gretchen Barretto. Richard said former screen partner Marian Rivera carried the GMA 7 banner (along with “Eat Bulaga” producers Tony Tuviera and Malou Choa-Fagar). “She’s doing a show abroad but Marian told me that whatever happened, she had to be a ninang.” READ MORE, VIEW MORE PHOTOS...


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Why the wedding of Boots to King made us laugh & cry


The simple wedding rites are made lively by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

MANILA, JUNE 23, 2014 (PHILSTAR) LIVE FEED By Bibsy M. Carballo - This is a wedding review of a particularly peculiar type of wedding. The fact that it was the wedding of possibly the most decent and proper individuals on the face of Earth made it even more peculiar.

The guests in full regalia crowded the small chapel at the Archbishop’s Palace in Mandaluyong that had almost become an auditorium. With a principal entourage led by Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, Susan Roces and Marichu Maceda, no one would have been surprised had music filled the halls. We half-expected the crowd waiting outside to start tapping their feet and clapping their hands in anticipation. For a brief moment, we thought we were at the Smart Araneta Coliseum anxious for the show to begin.

Such was the atmosphere at the wedding of Boots Anson-Roa to lawyer King Rodrigo. Boots is such a well-loved figure with hardly any scandal attached to her name. We say “hardly” because of that tsismis of her and a certain top government official while she and husband Pete Roa were living in the US many years ago. Of course, it died a natural death but while it was making the rounds, we were secretly glad about it. To us, it showed that Boots was after all human and not a saint, at least not yet.

From the very moment Boots and King reached the chapel and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle took the microphone, there was nonstop laughter. The Cardinal was such an entertaining speaker, he put everyone at ease. He joked about Boots and King having children, asked them if they were sure about getting married, repeated the question several times. The guests seated outside the chapel could hear the laughter and some of them I knew asked what it was all about. All we could say was that everyone had such a good time.

While we are not one for dressing formally and attending weddings that very often are a drag, we are happy to report that the King and Boots nuptials was the most enjoyable one we have attended. We have known Boots for quite a while ever since we would visit their home when her late husband Pete was still alive. In fact, we have known Pete longer than Boots ever since his days at the FEU which we used to frequent. After that, we would join in for smoking and mahjong sessions at their home which Boots always frowned upon. We soon gave up the smoking but kept the mahjong habit, but Pete was a more difficult person to convince. So she let him be, even as she would care for him and his many illnesses that never left him for the rest of his life.

Now that Boots and King are married to each other, it appears to us and to all who have met them together that they are meant for each other. It has brought tears to the eyes of those who know them well. In their private discussions of what changes would transpire after the bridal ceremony, they have decided to keep things as they were. King will still keep his office as international lawyer based in Alabang but will go home to Q.C. where Boots lives. Since they are both widowed with King seven years older than Boots, both find no difficulty in adjusting to a new lifestyle. It is also expected of them to continue visiting the crypts of their respective past spouses — Pete for Boots, and Olga as King’s first wife. And we can also expect that from the afterlife, both Pete and Olga will give their blessings.

Indie rules Gawad Urian FUNFARE UPDATE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 20, 2014 - 12:00am


Joel Torre, Best Actor (On The Job), Angeli Bayani, Best Actress (Norte)

If you haven’t noticed, indies have become the favorites of the Gawad Urian. Year in and year out, it’s indie that dominates the winning circle such as this year’s 37th awards (with replays set for tomorrow, June 21, and June 26 (at 7 p.m.), and on June 29 (2 p.m.) on Cinema One.

Joel Torre (On The Job) and Angeli Bayani (Norte, Boundaries of History) led the winners for Best Actor and Best Actress. Norte won Best Movie, Best Screenplay for Lav Diaz (also the director) and Rody Vera, and Best Cinematography for Lauro Rene Manda.

Other winners:

• Best Supporting Actor: Junjun Quintana (A Philippine Story)

• Best Supporting Actress: Angel Aquino (Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita)

• Best Direction: Hannah Espia (Transit)

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• Best Production Design: Adolfo Alix Jr. (Pornography)

• Best Music: Emerson Texon (Sonata)

• Best Editing: Chuck Gutierrez (Riddles of My Homecoming)

• Best Sound: Corrine de San Jose (OTJ)

• Best Documentary: Mom Mameng

• Best Short Film: Missing

The Gawad Urian paid a special tribute to Gerardo “Manong Gerry” de Leon.

Miss Global Phl launched

Formally launched on June 18 at the Seaport Hall of H20 Hotel in Manila Ocean Park, the Miss Global Philippines will search for an outstanding Filipina who embodies the ideals of a tourism ambassadress. It was organized by the Miss Global Philippines Foundation, Inc. under the leadership of businesswoman Pauline Sofia Laping and 2012 Miss Philippines Earth/Miss Earth Air Stephany Stefanowitz, national director/CEO and Chief Operating Officer, respectively.

What sets Miss Global Philippines apart from other beauty pageants is that it welcomes both single and single moms. According to Stephany, this move is in line with the regulation of the US-based Miss Global Organization, the group that stages the international Miss Global pageant.

Miss Global Philippines is open to Filipino single women and “single moms who have never been married,” 18 to 27 years old and at least 5’6” tall. She should also have collegiate level of education, possess exceptional beauty, wit and charm, and is willing to travel.

The inaugural pageant of Miss Global Philippines is slated on Aug. 24, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City. It will be aired nationwide on Aug. 31, Sunday, 10 p.m. on GMA News TV. The winner will be the country’s official representative to the Miss Global pageant on Dec. 19, while cruising on board the Crown Princess which will sail from Los Angeles to Mexico.

Those interested may proceed to the Miss Global Philippines Secretariat office at Unit 4E Symphony Tower, Sgt. Esguerra St. corner Timog Avenue, Quezon City.— Celso de Guzman Caparas

Want to see New Zealand?

Experience New Zealand Fair goes on from today, June 20, to June 22 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City. The fair offers mallgoers a taste of the finest New Zealand food and beverages as well as the best travel deals to New Zealand. Check out booth #3 for discounted air tickets and tour packages to New Zealand.

Pusong OFW (The Heart of an OFW) RAISING CHILDREN WITH HIGH FQ By Rose Fres Fausto (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 18, 2014 - 12:00am


Photos taken during the Family Finance & Investing Workshop held on June 14, 2014 in Singapore

Last Saturday my husband and I gave a talk on Family Finance and Investing to OFWs in Singapore. This was arranged by TGFI (The Global Filipino Investors), an online group of over 30,000 members with the common goal of increasing investment awareness among Filipinos all over the world.

We were welcomed on Friday night by three proponents of the group, which started in Singapore - Richard, Rex and Nicmark. young men aged 28 to 32 who have been working in the city of Merlion for several years now. We had dinner in a nearby mall close to SMU (Singapore Management University). It was heartwarming to listen to their stories, how they devote a big chunk of their free time helping their fellow OFWs increase their FQ, which they do pro bono.

The following day was our talk, which was held at the Anson Centre. Although they told us that Filipinos come on time in Singapore, there were a few who arrived a bit late because of the rain. We started the session a few minutes after 1 pm and it was a lively combination of exercises, lectures, sharing, dancing, Q&A and of course, lots of picture-taking – both selfies and “groupies/groufies?” (a new term I learned).

The workshop lasted until early evening and we had dinner and a leisurely walk with the three guys who welcomed us, plus Josie, Queenie, Che and Mannix.

In the course of our short weekend stint with our kababayans in Singapore, I experienced the heart of the Filipino OFW up close. I wish to share with you some of my observations:

1. In the Filipino financial set-up, No Pinoy is an island. – Whether you’re single or married, with kids or without, only child or one among a dozen, there are people who are relying on you financially. And this is why coming up with a saving and investing plan necessarily involves other family members; and in some cases, a mini barangay.

2. There is no formal conversation that assigns financial obligation to family members. One just slides into the role of the provider because he is perceived to be the most capable. There are no deadlines, no clear-cut terms and conditions attached to the support.

3. Parents seem to relax a bit early when a child starts earning dollars. Even parents who are only in their 50s somehow slow down or totally stop trying to earn a living when the dollars start coming in.

4. It’s difficult to share financial knowledge to older members of the family because it may be misconstrued as being too proud just because they’re the ones providing for the family. However, the provider’s opinion is now greatly valued.

5. The problem of spouses drifting apart is a threat to OFWs. The physical separation, if not handled properly, makes the couple drift apart emotionally and even financially.

6. The role of family provider oftentimes delays the OFW’s marriage plans.

7. OFWs long to come back home to retire in their own country someday.

8. It can be very lonely working abroad missing your family and friends and being subjected to discrimination sometimes.

9. Having like-minded Filipino friends in your host country is very important to keep your sanity.

10. They still opt to be happy. There was a Singapore hate blog that came out recently against Filipinos, but what I’d like to quote is Nathan Allen who wrote in defense of the Pinoys, “I hope my Filipino friends won't take this miserable Singapore hate-blog too personally. To understand what is going on in Singapore, perhaps we need some perspective. Did you know that workers in Singapore are ranked as the most unhappy in the world? Do you know what bothers unhappy people more than anything? Happy people.”

11. There is growing awareness and drive to be in control of their finances. Some of the OFWs are already second generation OFWs. They have seen their parents work hard abroad and come home empty-handed because they sent everything home; or use up all their savings shortly after coming home. They do not want to end up in this position. In fact, most of the OFWs I talked to have set timetable for their overseas stint.

The heart of an OFW is kind and caring and almost selfless. And this is why it’s important for them to be properly guided. We do not want these kind-hearted people to be left with an empty bag; we want to see them retire comfortably and enjoy the fruits of their hard and oftentimes lonely labor abroad. Neither do we want them to continue the vicious cycle of dependency counting on their children financially during their old age; we want to see them happy, productive and financially independent Pinoys enjoying the last years of their lives.

To set the wheels towards financial independence in motion, here are some things that our OFWs may want to consider:

1. Have a conversation with your family and set clear terms and conditions of your financial support. This may not be a very Pinoy thing to do but it may be done with kindness and clear explanations why you need to set parameters – e.g. a.) who are entitled to the support that you send. Sometimes parents tend to equalize wealth distribution among children and may siphon off funds intended for them to children who they perceive to be lacking; b.) deadline for your support especially to younger siblings who sometimes overstay in school. If they can, they should be encouraged to earn on the side to help fund their allowance; c.) fund usage – you don’t want your siblings to be using your hard-earned dollars irresponsibly buying the latest gadgets in town; etc.

2. Understand your relationship with money and align what you do with and for money with your core values so that you don’t get lost in the way. Share this with your family members so that you are all in the same boat as you go on with your financial journey.

3. Remember to remain humble even as you firm up your position in the above steps.

4. To married OFWs who are apart, revisit your arrangement. Do you really need to be away from each other? Are there sacrifices that may be worth making just so you can raise your family together?

5. Do your best in your existing jobs in your host countries. Exhaust all means to further enhance your skills. Bear in mind that your years of stay should not only give you financial gains but also gains in training and worthwhile work experience. Look out for scholarships or other forms of training that you can get from your employer.

6. Almost all OFWs dream of coming home to retire or start a business in the Philippines. However, when I asked them what businesses they’d want to get into, they’re usually something unrelated to what they already know. This is something big and I’d like everyone to remember this: Get into a business that you understand. It should be something that has to do with your core competence. Never make the mistake of getting into something just because the profit margins are high. Yes, there are businesses that provide high profit margins, but this will only be true if you have the competence to do it. That’s why it’s important to seriously do no. 5 so that when you come home, you have something great to offer. We all have our unique set of gifts, passion and extraordinary abilities. My paraphrase of a Frederich Beuchner quote is a worthwhile guide in discerning God’s will as well as your next career move: God’s will for you is the intersection of your greatest passion and the world’s greatest need. This is your sweet spot, where you are almost effortlessly good at and what people really need from you. And because you’re passionate in doing it, you attract people and the money follows.

7. Continue networking with fellow Filipinos or even other nationalities about how to prepare for your retirement. Activities with like-minded individuals provide encouragement and speed up learning curves. Study together what investment vehicles are best for you.

8. Stay happy. This is the Filipino charm and weapon. Use it to your advantage.

Again to the OFWs all over the world, Mabuhay kayong lahat at maraming salamat sa inyong sakripisyo!

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Thank you very much to TGFI for arranging this workshop. Thank you to all the participants especially to those who shared their experiences. I wish your dreams come true. Drop me a note on how the workshop affected you and your progress in fulfilling your dreams.

(Rose Fres Fausto is the author of bestselling book Raising Pinoy Boys (download free book sample) and The Retelling of The Richest Man in Babylon (a story and activity book for kids from 1 to 92). Click this link to watch book trailer.

To read her other articles go to www.RaisingPinoyBoys.com or PhilStar.com Author Archive. Send your questions and comments via email to maryrose_fausto@yahoo.com or text to 0917-5395770.)

This article is also published in RaisingPinoyBoys.com.

Attribution: Photos from Richard Macalintal, Rex Holgado and Nicmark Villanueva put together by the author to help deliver the message.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Triple celebration for Baby Zion By Bayani San Diego Jr. Philippine Daily Inquirer June 18, 2014 | 1:03 am


PROUD grandfather Eddie Gutierrez really wanted a big bash for his youngest “apo.”

It was exactly what grandfather Eddie Gutierrez promised his latest grandson: a big shebang.

The “Gutz-y” clan pulled out all the stops for Zion, son of Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati, with a baptism and first-birthday bash rolled into one.

“We really wanted a big party to welcome our son. It turned out to be a triple celebration, in fact,” Richard told the Inquirer. “It was also Father’s Day.”

Big production

The christening was officiated by Fr. Baltazar Obico. The splashy event was held at Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club on Sunday with a guest list that reads like a who’s who of Philippine high society.


FR. BALTAZAR Obico (right) officiates the christening rites.

Gathering the godparents alone could be considered a mammoth production, especially since the lineup expanded with each passing day.

“We finally narrowed it down to 25 pairs,” Richard recounted. He noted that the country’s Top 3 networks figured on the list, from TV5 top honcho Manny V. Pangilinan and Kapatid stars Aga Muhlach and Lucy Torres-Gomez, to ABS-CBN talents Susan Roces, Angel Locsin and Gretchen Barretto.

Richard said former screen partner Marian Rivera carried the GMA 7 banner (along with “Eat Bulaga” producers Tony Tuviera and Malou Choa-Fagar). “She’s doing a show abroad but Marian told me that whatever happened, she had to be a ninang.”


VILMA Santos (center) joins son Luis Manzano and his girlfriend Angel Locsin for a snapshot.

A past girlfriend almost made the list. “We wanted to invite Anne (Curtis) but she was out of town, too.”

The political world was represented by heavyweights, from Vice President Jejomar Binay to Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, from Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

Roselle Monteverde of Regal Films is another ninang; Viva big boss Vic del Rosario, another ninong.

Richard said he had a simple criterion in choosing the godparents. “They are the people I look up to, people who made the most impact on our society [in my lifetime]. Some are movers and shakers from my generation as well.”


VICE PRESIDENT Jejomar Binay and Susan Roces are godparents as well.

Sunday was Richard’s first Father’s Day as a dad in the open. Last year, he marked the occasion in secret. “Only relatives greeted me.’”

Richard and Sarah kept Zion, who was born April 29, 2013, in Switzerland, away from the public eye the whole first year of his life. Now, they are making up for lost time, appearing with the baby on all media platforms—TV, newspapers, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“It’s a great feeling,” he said of his much-ballyhooed coming out as a dad on the reality show “It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez” on E! Channel. “Last year was a tough time. I became a dad and couldn’t share my joy with anyone outside the family,” he said.


RICHARD Gutierrez, Zion, Sarah Lahbati and her mom Esther in front of the festive jungle storybook-themed birthday cake. INQSnap this page for more photos and a video!



ZION (carried by uncle Rocky Gutierrez) seems to enjoy the antics of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (right).

Now, the usually reticent Richard becomes a virtual chatterbox when talk turns to Zion. “His first word was ‘Dada … Daddy.’ That makes me happy,” he enthused.

Oversharing?

Although observers have pointed out that Zion is certainly a Sarah look-alike, Richard begged to differ: “I’m waiting for them to notice that he really looks like me.”

This early, he noted, his little son has imbibed his love of speed: “He enjoys car rides and loves looking at my motorbikes.”


RUFFA Gutierrez with special friend Jourdan Mouyal

Richard insisted that he enjoyed changing diapers and burping the baby, “even if I get only four hours of sleep at night.”

At one point during this chat, Richard, who is currently promoting his latest GMA Films movie, “Overtime,” quipped, “I think I am oversharing.”

Which could mean that he had to save choice sound bites for the

E! show.

He said footage of Zion’s christening would definitely be included in the reality show’s second season.

Zion has altered the course of this self-confessed adrenaline junkie’s life, to be sure. “I always hear people say that your life will change once you become a father. It came naturally to me; I didn’t exert extra effort. I spend so much more time at home now; my friends think I’m in hiding. I love hanging out with my family. Life has more meaning now.”

(bayanisandiegojr@gmail.com)


CHARLENE Gonzales (left) and husband Aga Muhlach (third from right), and their kids, Andres (second from right) and Atasha (right), are welcomed by Sarah, Richard and Zion. Photos by Leo M. Sabangan II


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