CELEBS WEIGH IN ON SEX VIDEO SCANDALS 

As one of my fave quotes goes: “Work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt before. Dance like nobody’s watching. And live like it’s heaven on earth.”  If I may add to this quotable quote: “Have sex like everybody’s watching.” That could well be the mantra of several celebrities who got embroiled in sex video scandals recently. EDU MANZANO: “You have no one to blame but yourself.” ARNOLD ALMACEN What celebs (or anybody, for that matter) do in their bedrooms is entirely their business. But there is always a price to pay for the choices we make. When celebs record their sex acts, there’s always the risk of the video being leaked online. Perhaps the thought of being caught makes sex videos all the more exciting. Ahh! The thrill of making love dangerously! Since Pinoys are chismoso (love gossip) by nature, spreading celebs’ sex videos seems as casual as making pasa-load. It’s the lure of forbidden pleasures. Blame it on human nature. How enticing it is to be a voyeur! YASMIEN Kurdi says no one is safe with current technology.
So beware! Practice safe sex and safe sex-video taping! No glove, no love… No cam, no scam! Here are some celebs’ comments on the raging issue:
Edu Manzano --* READ WHAT THE CELEBS SAY...

ALSO: ‘Child Wonder’ Niño Muhlach’s son shines, too 

NIÑO MULACH AND SON ALONZO. Angelo Jose Rocha Muhlach- or Niño Muhlach is Aga Muhlach's cousin.. he's one of the famous child actor duing 70's era. ON A Mediterranean cruise, Alonzo Muhlach danced à la Michael Jackson in front of strangers. Alonzo Muchlach is too cute for words. He is a carbon copy of his dad, Niño Muhlach, during his “Child Wonder” days. No child star could come close to Niño’s achievements when he was at the peak of his career as a kid. Niño’s heir apparent, Alonzo could be Show Town’s next “Little Big Thing.”
Here’s my one-on-one with Niño: How is Alonzo similar and different from you?

Alonzo and I are alike in so many ways. Some kids are precocious in front of their parents, but shy in front of other people. Well, it’s the other way around for us. The more people watching us, the better.
Recently, we went on a Mediterranean cruise. Alonzo went up on stage and danced à la Michael Jackson, while the rest of the ship’s 2,300 passengers cheered him on.Unlike me, he still has a little difficulty speaking in Filipino. We didn’t think he’d join show biz, so we started talking to him in Filipino fairly recently.

Would you consider yourself a stage father? It’s hard not to be one. If looking out for your son’s welfare means you’re a stage father, so be it. When he reaches the awkward stage, what would you advise him? At the peak of my career as a child star, my dad told me that one day, all the fame and fortune would disappear. So when that time comes, you better be prepared. What goes up must come down. I will make sure that he is ready, the way my dad prepared me.
How will you manage his earnings? I will open a trust fund for him, just like my dad did. He can only avail of it when he graduates from college or when he turns 21. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Mother Lily is the Orig Pito-Pito Queen 

PHOTO: MOTHER LILY MONTEVERDE AND DAUGHTER ROSELLE. Guess who perhaps is the happiest person about the success of Cinemalaya, now on its 10th year and proudly attracting more and more audiences (by the hundreds of thousands, hooray!)? More than those behind the annual event (Tony Boy Cojuangco, Cinemalaya Foundation chairman; Nestor Jardin, Cinemalaya Foundation president; Laurice Guillen, Cinemalaya competition chairman; and Chris Millado, Cinemalaya Festival director) yes, it’s Regal Matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde who considers Cinemalaya some kind of “vindication” for her. You see, most of the entries are wrapped in less than 10 days on what may be deemed “shoe-string” budget (usually less than P1M and not more than P2.5M), which was the brilliant concept of Mother Lily years ago when she was producing the so-called pito-pito films (because shooting was done in seven days flat).

At that time, recalled Mother Lily during the birthday dinner she hosted for Ethel Ramos last Friday (Aug. 1) at her new events place (on Valencia St. where her Mother’s School used to be), “People were scolding me, but that was my way of conducting business.” Mother Lily’s harshest critics overlooked the fact that what matters is not how long it takes a director to finish shooting a movie (the late Lino Brocka shot his classic Insiang, starring Hilda Koronel, in one week around Smokey Mountain, on a limited budget) but how good the finished product is. * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Vhong Navarro's beating: Deniece Cornejo joining Gigi Reyes, Janet Napoles in Taguig jail

Deniece Cornejo (photo) is set to be moved to the Camp Bagong Diwa police jail in Taguig City where Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes and Janet Lim-Napoles are detained on plunder charges in connection with the pork barrel scam. The Taguig Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a commitment order for her transfer to the city jail. In her decision dated June 16 but released only on Monday, Taguig RTC Branch 271 Presiding Judge Paz Esperanza Cortes denied Cornejo’s petition for her continued detention at the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) detention cell at Camp Crame. Chief Inspector Elizabeth Jasmin, spokesperson for the CIDG, said they have received a copy of the commitment order. “The CIDG will coordinate with the court on the update of the case. We will abide by the court order,” Jasmin said. The court junked similar motions filed by businessman Cedric Lee and Simeon Palma Raz Jr., paving the way for their transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa. A copy of the court’s decision was obtained by Tony Calvento, columnist of Pilipino Star Ngayon. Cornejo, Lee and Raz are detained on serious illegal detention charge in connection with the beating of actor and television host Vhong Navarro. Alma Mallonga, lawyer for Navarro, said the commitment order was suspended after the accused filed their respective motions for reconsideration. *READ MORE...

ALSO: What we can learn from the SONA ‘fashion show’ 

PHOTO: SONA red carpet: Actress Heart Evangelista in a Joey Samson skeletal gown SONA attendees aren’t the only ones who are guilty of living in a bubble. Who should be declared as the SONA Fashion People’s Choice?” a major news channel posted on Facebook, encouraging readers to vote through “Likes.” Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d be aware that people have been cringing in response to the misplaced hype. I don’t know anyone who takes the State of the Nation Address at face value. Many of us put more trust in our own eyes and ears to know what’s actually going on, and have learned to dismiss political PR with automatic ease. But apparently, all it takes is a parade of designer ternos and celebrities to provoke sentiments that have gone passive. In this case, it’s the rolled-out red carpet and traditional media outlets still not catching on that this wasn’t meant to be a fashion show. It awakens the last strand in our gut that won’t let us forget what purpose the occasion should — at least ideally — serve.

Obviously, the issue here isn’t glamour or aesthetics, but appropriateness. We know well enough not to upstage a bride on her wedding day, but on a solemn event meant to address a nation and its battered people, it is expected that attendees run away with the show. Aside from the deliberate attempt to put on appearances, whether in dress or progress reports, it also calls attention to the stark disconnect between people in this country. I’m sure most SONA attendees don’t mean to be insensitive, and are even convinced that they are complying with what’s appropriate. But that just drives home the point that the ruling class and its constituents might as well be living in different dimensions — worlds that can’t be set aside even on the one day when we, at least in theory, come together to check on our country. In itself, there’s nothing wrong with living differently from those around you. We all do, in varying ways and degrees. But it becomes a problem when people can’t see past their social classes and whatever culture and upbringing they grew up with. And when we’re unaware of the plethora of contexts and experiences that exist, and where our fellow Filipinos might be coming from. The SONA red carpet is but a gross highlight of how we live most of our lives disconnected from the bigger picture, and are mostly unaware that we do. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Patay, sanggol nasa ‘pork’ list ni Jinggoy

Mga patay at mga sanggol ang ilan lamang sa mga nakatala bilang mga benepisyaryo ng mga proyekto ni Senador Jinggoy Estrada na pinondohan ng pork barrel ng naturang mambabatas. Ito ang sinabi ni Atty. Vic Escalante, graft investigating at prose­cuting officer ng tanggapan ng Ombudsman sa isinagawang bail hearing ng Sandiganbayan kahapon kaugnay ng kasong plunder at graft ni Estrada na may kinalaman sa multi-bilyong pork barrel scam. Ayon pa kay Escalante, wala ni isa mang local officials at benepisyaryo ng mga pro­binsiya ang nagbenepisyo sa mga proyekto ni Estrada mula sa kanyang Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) na kilalang pork barrel. “All the beneficiaries denied receiving the kits funded by the PDAF of Estrada. Some of them disclosed that their relatives or spouses who were also included in the list were already dead, a father of one of the listed beneficiaries said his son is only one year old and seven months,” pahayag ni Escalante sa graft court. Sinabi ni Escalante na ang kanyang paha­yag ay resulta ng isinagawa nilang field interview at pagberepika sa mga sina­sabing benepisyaryo ng proyekto ni Estrada mula June hanggang July 2013 sa mga lugar ng Umingan, Pangasinan; Mabitac, Laguna; Agusan del Norte; Surigao del Sur; Carascal; San Agustin; Prosperidad; San Luis; Esperanza at Zam­boanga. Anya, ang mga nakausap dito na ang ilan ay mga local officials at agriculturists ay nag­sabing hindi nakinabang sa PDAF ni Estrada. Sinabi anya ng mga ito na hindi naipatupad sa kanilang lugar ang proyekto ni Estrada, hindi­ rin sila lumagda sa acknowl­edgment receipt at delivery report para rito. Dapat sana’y nakapagpatupad ng livelihood program sa nabanggit na mga lugar si Estrada kaakibat ang pamamahagi ng manicure at pedicure kits at pamimigay ng mga gamit pangsaka. Kahapon ay dumalo si Estrada sa Sandigan­bayan suot ang green polo barong. Dumalo rin sa pagdinig ang ina nitong si Dra. Loi Ejercito at kapatid na si Jude. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT FROM PILIPINO STAR NGAYON.


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Celebs weigh in on sex video scandals

PAOLO BLURRED

MANILA, AUGUST 4, 2014
(INQUIRER) 
By Dolly Anne Carvajal As one of my fave quotes goes: “Work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt before. Dance like nobody’s watching. And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

If I may add to this quotable quote: “Have sex like everybody’s watching.” That could well be the mantra of several celebrities who got embroiled in sex video scandals recently.

So beware! Practice safe sex and safe sex-video taping! No glove, no love… No cam, no scam!

Here are some celebs’ comments on the raging issue:


EDU MANZANO:
“You have no one to blame but yourself.”

* Edu Manzano says, What’s the point of taking a video? It will only haunt you in the future. Imagine the effect on your family and friends. Consider the repercussions on your career. You have no one to blame but yourself. It applies not only to celebs, but to anybody for that matter. Your judgment thereafter will always be questioned.

ARNOLD ALMACEN
What celebs (or anybody, for that matter) do in their bedrooms is entirely their business. But there is always a price to pay for the choices we make. When celebs record their sex acts, there’s always the risk of the video being leaked online.
Perhaps the thought of being caught makes sex videos all the more exciting. Ahh! The thrill of making love dangerously!
Since Pinoys are chismoso (love gossip) by nature, spreading celebs’ sex videos seems as casual as making pasa-load.
It’s the lure of forbidden pleasures. Blame it on human nature. How enticing it is to be a voyeur!


YASMIEN Kurdi says no one is safe with current technology.

I don’t blame celebs who are in a relationship who choose to shoot their own intimate videos. But they must be prepared for the consequences. With the advances in technology these days, no one is safe, even in their own homes. I guess it would be wiser to refrain from taking such videos.

Noel Cabangon
I don’t mind celebs having sex videos and finding pleasure in it, as long as they keep it private and protect it from going viral. They also have to be ready for the consequences once it is leaked. It’s really safer not to shoot sex videos in the first place.


JED MADELA: “A major invasion of privacy.”

Celebs should be careful because people will be always curious to watch these videos—especially those that involve public figures. So if you can’t guarantee its secrecy, you might as well not record it. For me, spreading these videos is a major invasion of privacy. Out of respect for the people in the video, we should not take part in spreading it.

Tetchie Agbayani
It was a private memento that somehow went public. It was an unfortunate incident that could have been avoided.

Kim Atienza
The Bible gives such practical and modern advice. From Luke 8:17, “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”


RONNIE Quizon says the person who spread the video should be punished. ARNOLD ALMACEN
It’s a high-tech diary. John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded their daily activities on film and on tape, including bathroom and bedroom activities. So what’s wrong with that? What a person does “after 6” is his own business. Think about that the next time you sit on the toilet. It’s the sleaze bag who uploaded the video on the Net who should be arrested and punished.


TOMMY Abuel says sex video makers need help.

I think there’s something the matter with people who take videos of their sexual activities. I think they need psychiatric help.

Bo Cerrudo
We cannot judge celebs who shoot their own sex videos. It’s a “live-and-let-live” situation. It’s like taking a selfie in the most daring way. But the people who leak these videos must look into their hearts and ask themselves what satisfaction they derive from ruining people’s lives.

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TETCHIE Agbayani:
“It could’ve been avoided.”

‘Child Wonder’ Niño Muhlach’s son shines, too By Dolly Anne Carvajal | Philippine Daily InquirerAugust 4, 2014 | 12:10 am


NIÑO MULACH AND SON ALONZO
Angelo Jose Rocha Muhlach- or Niño Muhlach is Aga Muhlach's cousin.. he's one of the famous child actor duing 70's era.


ON A Mediterranean cruise, Alonzo Muhlach danced à la Michael Jackson in front of strangers.

Alonzo Muchlach is too cute for words. He is a carbon copy of his dad, Niño Muhlach, during his “Child Wonder” days.

No child star could come close to Niño’s achievements when he was at the peak of his career as a kid. Niño’s heir apparent, Alonzo could be Show Town’s next “Little Big Thing.”

Here’s my one-on-one with Niño:

How is Alonzo similar and different from you?

Alonzo and I are alike in so many ways. Some kids are precocious in front of their parents, but shy in front of other people. Well, it’s the other way around for us. The more people watching us, the better.
Recently, we went on a Mediterranean cruise. Alonzo went up on stage and danced à la Michael Jackson, while the rest of the ship’s 2,300 passengers cheered him on.
Unlike me, he still has a little difficulty speaking in Filipino. We didn’t think he’d join show biz, so we started talking to him in Filipino fairly recently.

Would you consider yourself a stage father?

It’s hard not to be one. If looking out for your son’s welfare means you’re a stage father, so be it.
When he reaches the awkward stage, what would you advise him?
At the peak of my career as a child star, my dad told me that one day, all the fame and fortune would disappear. So when that time comes, you better be prepared. What goes up must come down. I will make sure that he is ready, the way my dad prepared me.

How will you manage his earnings?

I will open a trust fund for him, just like my dad did. He can only avail of it when he graduates from college or when he turns 21.

* What’s your advice to parents who want their kids to join show biz (to escape poverty)?

I have encountered many child actors who are literally being pinched by their parents to make them cry. Yes, stardom can be the fastest way to make money, but make sure that your kid enjoys performing. Don’t force them if they’re not interested.

Rock and Rocco


HUSTISYA cast: Artista ng Bayan Nora Aunor is flanked by Jeric Gonzalez and Rocco Nacino, immediately behind them from left is Direk Joel Lamangan and Ricky Lee. Cinemalaya X running from August 1-10, 2014 in CCP will have satellite venues: Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma and Fairview Terraces. Photo by Jude Bautista.

We, at the Cinema Evaluation Board, gave “Hustisya” a grade of B.

Lead star Nora Aunor outdoes herself as a strong-willed woman who fights for her soul in the belly of the city.

Rosanna Roces’ brilliant portrayal of a ruthless crime boss proves that she’s still very much in the game.

Ate Guy and Osang are like yin and yang onscreen. They make quite a formidable tandem in the survival of the shrewdest.

I was also impressed with Rocco Nacino, who portrays a crooked lawyer. The pretty boy has evolved into a pretty good actor.

Here’s my tete-à-tete with Rocco:

What did you learn from working with Ate Guy?

I learned not to be scared of difficult scenes…To acknowledge that you’re nervous when you’re working with a veteran, but to get rid of the jitters when it’s time to shoot the scene. Despite her superstar status, she remains humble. That’s something all celebs should follow. In the film, your character made an analogy about a frog and a mosquito. In order to survive, the frog has to blend with its surroundings so it can eat the mosquito.

Are you more of a frog or a mosquito?

I’d rather be a mosquito and be more aggressive in life.

Is Lovi Poe wife material?

I haven’t thought about it yet. But she is definitely girlfriend material. She’s very caring and thoughtful. I can’t ask for more. It’s unavoidable that we sometimes talk about marriage, but we are taking things slowly because we both have many other priorities. But when it’s time, it will happen.

Loving and laughing

Catch Jeremiah with Jose and Wally in “Love and Laughter,” tomorrow night, at 9, at Zirkoh along Tomas Morato. (For tickets, call 0926-6136540.)

Mother Lily is the Orig Pito-Pito Queen FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 6, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Regal Matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde and daughter Roselle photographed from the entrance of #36 Valencia and (below) from the back of the venue

Guess who perhaps is the happiest person about the success of Cinemalaya, now on its 10th year and proudly attracting more and more audiences (by the hundreds of thousands, hooray!)?

More than those behind the annual event (Tony Boy Cojuangco, Cinemalaya Foundation chairman; Nestor Jardin, Cinemalaya Foundation president; Laurice Guillen, Cinemalaya competition chairman; and Chris Millado, Cinemalaya Festival director) yes, it’s Regal Matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde who considers Cinemalaya some kind of “vindication” for her.

You see, most of the entries are wrapped in less than 10 days on what may be deemed “shoe-string” budget (usually less than P1M and not more than P2.5M), which was the brilliant concept of Mother Lily years ago when she was producing the so-called pito-pito films (because shooting was done in seven days flat).

At that time, recalled Mother Lily during the birthday dinner she hosted for Ethel Ramos last Friday (Aug. 1) at her new events place (on Valencia St. where her Mother’s School used to be), “People were scolding me, but that was my way of conducting business.”

Mother Lily’s harshest critics overlooked the fact that what matters is not how long it takes a director to finish shooting a movie (the late Lino Brocka shot his classic Insiang, starring Hilda Koronel, in one week around Smokey Mountain, on a limited budget) but how good the finished product is.

* Mother Lily’s pito-pito system (which benefitted a few aspiring filmmakers) produced two of today’s excellent directors, Jeffrey Jeturian (whose pito-pito debut was the critically-acclaimed Sana Pagibig Na) and Lav Diaz (with Ang Kriminal ng Bo. Concepcion) who is reaping raves and awards in international filmfests. The late veteran director Mario O’Hara also joined the pito-pito bandwagon with Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata.

“That’s why I’m very happy that Cinemalaya is very successful,” said Mother Lily. “It has been showing quality films and discovering new talents — actors, writers and directors. I salute those behind the annual festival. One of these days, I will do pito-pito movies again. Matipid na mabilis pa gawin.”

Incidentally, #36 Valencia (that’s the name of the place which Ronald Constantino described as “Hall of Mirrors” because there are mirrors everywhere you look), yet to be formally inaugurated, has been serving as “trial” venue for Regal presscons and special events (such as Ethel’s party).

It’s a cozy venue for birthdays, debuts, wedding receptions and some such affairs. (For inquiries, call Reby at +63917-5778842.)

Deniece joining Gigi, Janet By Mike Frialde (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 6, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Deniece Cornejo (photo) is set to be moved to the Camp Bagong Diwa police jail in Taguig City where Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes and Janet Lim-Napoles are detained on plunder charges in connection with the pork barrel scam.

The Taguig Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a commitment order for her transfer to the city jail.

In her decision dated June 16 but released only on Monday, Taguig RTC Branch 271 Presiding Judge Paz Esperanza Cortes denied Cornejo’s petition for her continued detention at the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) detention cell at Camp Crame.

Chief Inspector Elizabeth Jasmin, spokesperson for the CIDG, said they have received a copy of the commitment order.

“The CIDG will coordinate with the court on the update of the case. We will abide by the court order,” Jasmin said.

The court junked similar motions filed by businessman Cedric Lee and Simeon Palma Raz Jr., paving the way for their transfer to Camp Bagong Diwa.

A copy of the court’s decision was obtained by Tony Calvento, columnist of Pilipino Star Ngayon.

Cornejo, Lee and Raz are detained on serious illegal detention charge in connection with the beating of actor and television host Vhong Navarro.

Alma Mallonga, lawyer for Navarro, said the commitment order was suspended after the accused filed their respective motions for reconsideration.

* Lee and Raz have been detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The NBI arrested Lee and Raz on April 26. Cornejo turned herself in to the CIDG on May 5.

“The NBI or CIDG has no jurisdiction over accused undergoing trial,” the court said.

“Their continued detention at the NBI and CIDG would be against the law,” it added.

In their motions, Lee and Raz argued that Navarro’s celebrity status makes them vulnerable to inmates in a regular jail.

They added that their lives would be in danger if they are not allowed to stay at the NBI jail.

The judge said she personally inspected the detention facilities at Camp Bagong Diwa and interviewed the wardens and inmates.

“The inmates have no hatred in mind against the accused,” the court said.

“The female detainees are actually excited to count Deniece as among the contestants for their beauty contest in October,” it added.

Sandigan denies Gigi petition


JANET NAPOLES; GIGI REYES

Meanwhile, Reyes will remain at the crowded female dormitory at Camp Bagong Diwa.

The Sandiganbayan yesterday denied with finality her petition to be transferred to the PNP Custodial Center at Camp Crame.

The anti-graft court junked Reyes’ motion for reconsideration for lack of merit.

Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and Associate Justices Samuel Martires and Alex Quiroz, who inspected the prison facility last week, said Reyes’ detention at Camp Bagong Diwa is in accordance with the law.

“Her confinement thereat does not impinge on the equal protection clause,” the ruling said.

Reyes, former chief of staff and co-accused of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile in the plunder and graft charges filed by the Office of the Ombudsman, suffered an anxiety attack when she was transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa from the holding cell of the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City on June 10. –With Michael Punongbayan, Cecille Suerte Felipe

What we can learn from the SONA ‘fashion show’ By Cate de Leon (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 6, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


SONA red carpet: Actress Heart Evangelista in a Joey Samson skeletal gown SONA attendees aren’t the only ones who are guilty of living in a bubble.

Who should be declared as the SONA Fashion People’s Choice?” a major news channel posted on Facebook, encouraging readers to vote through “Likes.” Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d be aware that people have been cringing in response to the misplaced hype.

I don’t know anyone who takes the State of the Nation Address at face value. Many of us put more trust in our own eyes and ears to know what’s actually going on, and have learned to dismiss political PR with automatic ease. But apparently, all it takes is a parade of designer ternos and celebrities to provoke sentiments that have gone passive. In this case, it’s the rolled-out red carpet and traditional media outlets still not catching on that this wasn’t meant to be a fashion show. It awakens the last strand in our gut that won’t let us forget what purpose the occasion should — at least ideally — serve.

Obviously, the issue here isn’t glamour or aesthetics, but appropriateness. We know well enough not to upstage a bride on her wedding day, but on a solemn event meant to address a nation and its battered people, it is expected that attendees run away with the show. Aside from the deliberate attempt to put on appearances, whether in dress or progress reports, it also calls attention to the stark disconnect between people in this country.

I’m sure most SONA attendees don’t mean to be insensitive, and are even convinced that they are complying with what’s appropriate. But that just drives home the point that the ruling class and its constituents might as well be living in different dimensions — worlds that can’t be set aside even on the one day when we, at least in theory, come together to check on our country.

In itself, there’s nothing wrong with living differently from those around you. We all do, in varying ways and degrees. But it becomes a problem when people can’t see past their social classes and whatever culture and upbringing they grew up with. And when we’re unaware of the plethora of contexts and experiences that exist, and where our fellow Filipinos might be coming from. The SONA red carpet is but a gross highlight of how we live most of our lives disconnected from the bigger picture, and are mostly unaware that we do.

* You don’t need a lot of money and an immaculately structured Joey Samson terno to be cut off. The middle class, whose criticisms are loudest on social media, have their own limited spheres of understanding. We can start with how happy we are to pay for cheap labor like driving, delivery, and mani-pedis, but when the pittance these people make exempts them from taxes, we rise to use this as a weapon against them. How we like to equate poverty with laziness, when your laundry woman, driver, and construction worker clearly break their backs more than you do, for more hours and for less pay. How we would then say that the solution would be for them to study hard and work their way up so they don’t end up being farmers — ludicrously forgetting that food production is one of the most integral parts of society.

How we’re so blinded by our CEO aspirations that we don’t recognize the importance of the most basic things and give due respect and priority to the people who enable us to get out of bed and get to our “more important” jobs. And that’s just one aspect of it. I could also cite how looking down on people who rally and demonstrate is a luxury afforded to those who have the connections, the lawyers, and Internet access to make their voices heard. It’s easy to be “civilized” when you’re included and have the standing to be listened to.

A broadsheet article isn’t long enough to go into all the ways Philippine society is like a head that doesn’t know its body at all. When I think about it this way, I’m suddenly not so mad at the people on the SONA red carpet. Suddenly, it’s merely representative of our own transgressions and all the things we assume to be appropriate, without stopping to look beyond the borders of our day-to-day lives.

It’s easy to criticize what is blatantly insensitive on our TV screens and social media feeds, especially when it has gone viral. It is good to do so. We are after all responsible for keeping each other in check. But I imagine change would be a lot more effective if we spent more time looking into the aspects we haven’t bothered to understand. The attendees of SONA live and act in a bubble. That much is clear. But what about you? What bubbles do you live in?

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Who should be declared as the SONA Fashion People’s Choice?” a major news channel posted on Facebook, encouraging readers to vote through “Likes.” Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d be aware that people have been cringing in response to the misplaced hype.

I don’t know anyone who takes the State of the Nation Address at face value. Many of us put more trust in our own eyes and ears to know what’s actually going on, and have learned to dismiss political PR with automatic ease. But apparently, all it takes is a parade of designer ternos and celebrities to provoke sentiments that have gone passive. In this case, it’s the rolled-out red carpet and traditional media outlets still not catching on that this wasn’t meant to be a fashion show. It awakens the last strand in our gut that won’t let us forget what purpose the occasion should — at least ideally — serve.

Obviously, the issue here isn’t glamour or aesthetics, but appropriateness. We know well enough not to upstage a bride on her wedding day, but on a solemn event meant to address a nation and its battered people, it is expected that attendees run away with the show.

Aside from the deliberate attempt to put on appearances, whether in dress or progress reports, it also calls attention to the stark disconnect between people in this country. I’m sure most SONA attendees don’t mean to be insensitive, and are even convinced that they are complying with what’s appropriate. But that just drives home the point that the ruling class and its constituents might as well be living in different dimensions — worlds that can’t be set aside even on the one day when we, at least in theory, come together to check on our country.

In itself, there’s nothing wrong with living differently from those around you. We all do, in varying ways and degrees. But it becomes a problem when people can’t see past their social classes and whatever culture and upbringing they grew up with. And when we’re unaware of the plethora of contexts and experiences that exist, and where our fellow Filipinos might be coming from. The SONA red carpet is but a gross highlight of how we live most of our lives disconnected from the bigger picture, and are mostly unaware that we do.

You don’t need a lot of money and an immaculately structured Joey Samson terno to be cut off. The middle class, whose criticisms are loudest on social media, have their own limited spheres of understanding. We can start with how happy we are to pay for cheap labor like driving, delivery, and mani-pedis, but when the pittance these people make exempts them from taxes, we rise to use this as a weapon against them.

How we like to equate poverty with laziness, when your laundry woman, driver, and construction worker clearly break their backs more than you do, for more hours and for less pay. How we would then say that the solution would be for them to study hard and work their way up so they don’t end up being farmers — ludicrously forgetting that food production is one of the most integral parts of society. How we’re so blinded by our CEO aspirations that we don’t recognize the importance of the most basic things and give due respect and priority to the people who enable us to get out of bed and get to our “more important” jobs. And that’s just one aspect of it.

I could also cite how looking down on people who rally and demonstrate is a luxury afforded to those who have the connections, the lawyers, and Internet access to make their voices heard. It’s easy to be “civilized” when you’re included and have the standing to be listened to.

A broadsheet article isn’t long enough to go into all the ways Philippine society is like a head that doesn’t know its body at all. When I think about it this way, I’m suddenly not so mad at the people on the SONA red carpet. Suddenly, it’s merely representative of our own transgressions and all the things we assume to be appropriate, without stopping to look beyond the borders of our day-to-day lives.

It’s easy to criticize what is blatantly insensitive on our TV screens and social media feeds, especially when it has gone viral. It is good to do so. We are after all responsible for keeping each other in check. But I imagine change would be a lot more effective if we spent more time looking into the aspects we haven’t bothered to understand.

The attendees of SONA live and act in a bubble. That much is clear. But what about you? What bubbles do you live in?

Patay, sanggol nasa ‘pork’ list ni Jinggoy Ni Angie Dela Cruz (Pilipino Star Ngayon) | Updated August 6, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Mga patay at mga sanggol ang ilan lamang sa mga nakatala bilang mga benepisyaryo ng mga proyekto ni Senador Jinggoy Estrada na pinondohan ng pork barrel ng naturang mambabatas.

Ito ang sinabi ni Atty. Vic Escalante, graft investigating at prose­cuting officer ng tanggapan ng Ombudsman sa isinagawang bail hearing ng Sandiganbayan kahapon kaugnay ng kasong plunder at graft ni Estrada na may kinalaman sa multi-bilyong pork barrel scam.

Ayon pa kay Escalante, wala ni isa mang local officials at benepisyaryo ng mga pro­binsiya ang nagbenepisyo sa mga proyekto ni Estrada mula sa kanyang Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) na kilalang pork barrel.

“All the beneficiaries denied receiving the kits funded by the PDAF of Estrada. Some of them disclosed that their relatives or spouses who were also included in the list were already dead, a father of one of the listed beneficiaries said his son is only one year old and seven months,” pahayag ni Escalante sa graft court.

Sinabi ni Escalante na ang kanyang paha­yag ay resulta ng isinagawa nilang field interview at pagberepika sa mga sina­sabing benepisyaryo ng proyekto ni Estrada mula June hanggang July 2013 sa mga lugar ng Umingan, Pangasinan; Mabitac, Laguna; Agusan del Norte; Surigao del Sur; Carascal; San Agustin; Prosperidad; San Luis; Esperanza at Zam­boanga.

Anya, ang mga nakausap dito na ang ilan ay mga local officials at agriculturists ay nag­sabing hindi nakinabang sa PDAF ni Estrada.

Sinabi anya ng mga ito na hindi naipatupad sa kanilang lugar ang proyekto ni Estrada, hindi­ rin sila lumagda sa acknowl­edgment receipt at delivery report para rito.

Dapat sana’y nakapagpatupad ng livelihood program sa nabanggit na mga lugar si Estrada kaakibat ang pamamahagi ng manicure at pedicure kits at pamimigay ng mga gamit pangsaka.

Kahapon ay dumalo si Estrada sa Sandigan­bayan suot ang green polo barong. Dumalo rin sa pagdinig ang ina nitong si Dra. Loi Ejercito at kapatid na si Jude.


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