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'TRAVEL BLOGGER' MAR ROXAS ON 'THANK YOU' DRIVING TOUR


JUNE 3 -Former presidential aspirant Mar Roxas enjoys the scenery as he goes on a “thank you” tour. PHOTO FROM ROXAS’ TWITTER ACCOUNT
- We’ve seen him as a lawmaker, a Cabinet secretary and very recently, a presidential wannabe. But Mar Roxas as a travel blogger?
The defeated presidential candidate seems to be enjoying his life out of politics as he embarks on a “thank you” tour. And accounts of his activities, the food he eats, and the people he meets in each of his stop go to his travel blog on Facebook and Twitter. Known for his fondness for driving, the former Interior Secretary went on a road trip in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, and his hometown Capiz with his speech writer Yol Jamendang and his friends. In one of his blog posts, Roxas said he went on a tour to thank his supporters who trusted him. He said he was also “exploring options as a travel blogger.”  “Why am I doing this? Well, first of all, gusto ko talaga magpasalamat sa lahat ng nagtiwala sa akin. Secondly, I’m exploring options as a travel blogger, haha. Nu’ng kampanya, siksik at mabilisan ang schedule namin. Ngayon nae-enjoy ko na ang mga tanawin,” Roxas wrote. (Why am I doing this? Well, first of all, I want to thank those who trusted me. Secondly, I’m exploring my options as a travel blogger. Ha, ha. If my schedule was packed during the campaign, now I get to just enjoy the sceneries.) While in Oriental Mindoro, he visited Governor Alfonso Umali Jr., who is also the treasurer of the Liberal Party, and posted a photo of them together with the caption: “P.S. Nu’ng kampanya ‘di kami makainom ni Gov Umali. Ngayon puwede na ang beer (During the campaign, Gov. Umali and I couldn’t drink. Now we can have beer)!”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino, Roxas lead LP in singing blues away


JUNE 3 -LAST FULL SHOW President Aquino, administration presidential candidate Mar Roxas, Budget Secretary Butch Abad and other Cabinet members perform a medley of songs from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s with singer-composer Noel Cabangon during a thanksgiving party on Wednesday night for Liberal Party supporters at Balay in Cubao, Quezon City. LEO M. SABANGAN II
He could have sung and danced all night. Letting his hair—or what’s left of it—down, a peppy President Aquino turned the thanksgiving gathering of the Liberal Party (LP) on Wednesday night into his own concert-cum-videoke session.
Mr. Aquino, also the chair of the decimated ruling party, stole the spotlight from his close friend, defeated LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas, who threw the street party-themed event for his supporters at the parking lot of the LP headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City.Despite losing the election, Roxas looked happy. Finishing second after figuring poorly in the polls seemed good enough. An LED screen beamed Roxas’ image beside the words “MARaming salamat! To all who fought the good fight!” Victory party, too But it was a victory party, too, as LP vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo emerged victorious, though by a slim margin and amid unproven allegations of electoral fraud. “Eat and drink, enjoy the party,” Roxas told everyone as he went around. READ MORE...

ALSO: COMMENTARY -Yellow oligarchy sings ‘Bayan Ko’ in key of ‘F’


MAY 27 -I find it absurd that the swan song of Mar Roxas and his supporters, as they conceded defeat in the recent presidential election, was “Bayan Ko.” I am not quite sure if they have internalized the anti-imperialist content of this soulful kundiman originally written in Spanish titled “Nuestra Patria” by Pampango General José Alejandrino and popularized in the 1950s by the Visayan Rubén Tagalog who interpreted it with his velvet voice. Let me cite the second stanza: "Y es por eso el anglo-sajón, Con vil traición la subyuga, Patria mía en prisión, Sacudete del traidor..Direct to the point, it accused the emerging American empire of treachery and robbing us of that precious word “independencia.” At that time when this was composed in the 1900s for the patriotic zarzuela “Walang Sugat,” America’s soldier blue, fresh from the genocidal war against the Cree, Cherokee and Seminole, was slaughtering noncombatant Filipinos. READ MORE...

ALSO: In dad’s jail cell, Aquino recalls sad, happy times


JUNE 19 -REVISITING THE PAST President Aquino visits the room of his father, Ninoy Aquino, who was detained in Building No. 2 of Legazpi Compound in Fort Bonifacio, Makati, from 1973 to 1980. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU 
President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday made a private visit to the old detention cell of his father, martyred opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., at Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio in what seemed to be a continuation of the outgoing Commander in Chief’s sentimental wrap-up of his six-year term at noon of June 30. Last week, the President was at the detention cell of his father and fellow inmate, the late human rights lawyer Jose “Pepe” Diokno, at Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija, where he also shot the video for his “Never Forget/Never Again” Independence Day speech that was a reminder of the abuses of martial law and how the Filipino people fought to regain their freedoms that the dictator Ferdinand Marcos curtailed. And even earlier, two weeks after the May 9 elections, he recalled in an exclusive Inquirer interview how his father sang his favorite song, “Impossible Dream (The Quest),” while in detention at Fort Bonifacio. It was the most popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha,” but for Ninoy Aquino, it was his hymn, his inspiration to rise up against martial law along with many other Filipinos. READ: ‘Impossible Dream’ makes President Aquino pensive at De Lima’s party But more than taking on a nostalgic journey down memory lane, President Aquino may very well be preparing himself for the continuing battle to preserve the country’s hard-won democracy. READ MORE...


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‘Travel blogger’ Mar Roxas on ‘thank you’ tour


Former presidential aspirant Mar Roxas enjoys the scenery as he goes on a “thank you” tour. PHOTO FROM ROXAS’ TWITTER ACCOUNT

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, JUNE 20, 2016 (INQUIRER) INQUIRER.net By: Julliane Love de Jesus, June 17th, 2016 03:32 PM - We’ve seen him as a lawmaker, a Cabinet secretary and very recently, a presidential wannabe.

But Mar Roxas as a travel blogger?

The defeated presidential candidate seems to be enjoying his life out of politics as he embarks on a “thank you” tour. And accounts of his activities, the food he eats, and the people he meets in each of his stop go to his travel blog on Facebook and Twitter.

Known for his fondness for driving, the former Interior Secretary went on a road trip in the provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, and his hometown Capiz with his speech writer Yol Jamendang and his friends.

In one of his blog posts, Roxas said he went on a tour to thank his supporters who trusted him. He said he was also “exploring options as a travel blogger.”

“Why am I doing this? Well, first of all, gusto ko talaga magpasalamat sa lahat ng nagtiwala sa akin. Secondly, I’m exploring options as a travel blogger, haha. Nu’ng kampanya, siksik at mabilisan ang schedule namin. Ngayon nae-enjoy ko na ang mga tanawin,” Roxas wrote.

(Why am I doing this? Well, first of all, I want to thank those who trusted me. Secondly, I’m exploring my options as a travel blogger. Ha, ha. If my schedule was packed during the campaign, now I get to just enjoy the sceneries.)

While in Oriental Mindoro, he visited Governor Alfonso Umali Jr., who is also the treasurer of the Liberal Party, and posted a photo of them together with the caption: “P.S. Nu’ng kampanya ‘di kami makainom ni Gov Umali. Ngayon puwede na ang beer (During the campaign, Gov. Umali and I couldn’t drink. Now we can have beer)!”

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Roxas gave travel tips and notes like knowing when to use offline maps in areas where there are no mobile signals, shorter routes from Roxas to Oriental Mindoro, and the benefits of using makeshift “papag” cellphone charger.


SCREENGRAB FROM ROXAS’ TWITTER ACCOUNT

He also bragged about his simple “achievements” of successfully pairing his GoPro camera with his phone, making a photo collage and using the #nofilter hashtag.


SCREENGRAB FROM ROXAS’ TWITTER ACCOUNT

The 59-year-old investment banker-turned-politician often cracked “corny” jokes in his blogs and videos, which many of his supporters called the trademark “Tito Mar jokes.”

In his latest blog article, he thanked all those who were tweeting and commenting on his posts and even posted a drawing by a fan.

“Let’s not forget though that this is for you. I’m doing this trip, taking these photos, shaking your hands, hearing your stories, goofing around… so that I can show you how grateful I am for your support. Subaybayan niyo po ang aking pagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat ({Please follow my ‘thank you’ tour),” Roxas said.

The Liberal Party’s standard-bearer lost to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who garnered over 16 million votes against his 9,978,175 votes.IDL/rga


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Aquino, Roxas lead LP in singing blues away By: Marlon Ramos, Pocholo Concepcion @inquirerdotnet
Inquirer Lifestyle, Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:10 AM June 3rd, 2016


LAST FULL SHOW President Aquino, administration presidential candidate Mar Roxas, Budget Secretary Butch Abad and other Cabinet members perform a medley of songs from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s with singer-composer Noel Cabangon during a thanksgiving party on Wednesday night for Liberal Party supporters at Balay in Cubao, Quezon City. LEO M. SABANGAN II

He could have sung and danced all night.

Letting his hair—or what’s left of it—down, a peppy President Aquino turned the thanksgiving gathering of the Liberal Party (LP) on Wednesday night into his own concert-cum-videoke session.

Mr. Aquino, also the chair of the decimated ruling party, stole the spotlight from his close friend, defeated LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas, who threw the street party-themed event for his supporters at the parking lot of the LP headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City.

Despite losing the election, Roxas looked happy. Finishing second after figuring poorly in the polls seemed good enough.

An LED screen beamed Roxas’ image beside the words “MARaming salamat! To all who fought the good fight!”

Victory party, too

But it was a victory party, too, as LP vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo emerged victorious, though by a slim margin and amid unproven allegations of electoral fraud.

“Eat and drink, enjoy the party,” Roxas told everyone as he went around.

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The food trucks around the venue offered not-so-ordinary grub. One of them was Sweet Ecstasy, the burger joint on Katipunan Avenue near the Ateneo campus in Quezon City where Roxas went after conceding defeat in the presidential election.

Even the beers were special. One of several local craft brands, Joe’s Brew, had an exquisite taste.

Music started at nightfall, performed live onstage by two alternating bands, J-Project and Highway 54.

P-Noy’s lighter side


LAST SONG?!

Belting out upbeat disco music of the 1960s and ’70s and jigging to the new wave hits of the ’80s, Mr. Aquino flashed the rarely seen lighter side of the 15th President of the Philippines during the four-hour gathering.

“Do you want to dance or do you want to cry?” the President told the adoring crowd of about 3,000. “Don’t blame us if it rains suddenly.”

As if telling the audience that he was also into the music of the millennials, he said he wanted to sing Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”

The President, in a yellow short-sleeved shirt like Roxas, was all smiles when he arrived at about 7 p.m. under the usual heavy security.

He wanted to eat some Mongolian barbecue, but was mobbed by people who wanted to take selfies with him.

The next moment, the President and Roxas were jamming on stage with outgoing members of the Cabinet.

“Do you like the band’s performance? Do you want to hear somebody who sings better? Who do you want to sing next?” Roxas asked the crowd.

Popular demand

When the people started chanting “P-Noy! P-Noy!” Roxas told the President, “Sir, this popular demand.”

“I heard you. So come here Mel Sarmiento and sing for us,” the President said as he handed the microphone to Interior Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, the LP’s secretary general. “It’s Mar who should sing because he’s our candidate.”

“This is not an audition for our next career,” Roxas quipped.

Mr. Aquino seemed hesitant at first to hold the microphone as Roxas asked him what he wanted to sing, pointing instead to Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman.

But as it turned out, the outgoing President was what videoke enthusiasts call “alumnus of AIM” (Ayaw Ibigay ang Mic), referring to someone who hog the microphone.

Amid the cheering from the crowd, Mr. Aquino opened the “first set” with Bee Gees’ hit “To Love Somebody,” which he sang with Roxas, Soliman and Sarmiento.

Another round

Roxas later invited on stage Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad and Public Works Rogelio “Babes” Singson, who danced with Mindanao Development Authority Chair Luwalhati Antonino as Roxas and Abad belted out VST and Co.’s “Sumayaw, Sumunod.”

After four songs, Mr. Aquino left the stage, but came back moments later for another round of singing. He was joined by his favorite folk-song artist, Noel Cabangon.

“We dedicate this to Tita Judy Roxas,” the President said, referring to Roxas’ mother. “She has been our inspiration.”

Besides being good at singing, Mr. Aquino also showed that he had a good sense of humor, as he joked around with Abad who, he said, used to sport long hair like a rock star.

“But he lost it because of too much (headbanging),” the President said.

“Look who’s talking,” Abad responded, drawing laughter from the crowd.

The budget secretary obviously enjoyed the night, as he swayed to the dance music on stage holding a bottle of beer.

When he noticed that they were off-tune in singing Mike Francis’ “Let Me In,” the President told the band: “Let’s stop this. The composer might tell us, ‘What are you doing to my song?’”

Abad then told Mr. Aquino that it was nearing curfew.

“Don’t worry. There’s no (imposition of) curfew yet,” the President replied, eliciting another burst of laughter from the audience.

The reference was to the 2 a.m. curfew on drinking that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he would impose nationally once he assumed office.

‘Impossible Dream’

When he returned on stage for the third time, Mr. Aquino did his version of “The Impossible Dream,” a popular song from the Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha” and the favorite song of his late father, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

“It’s my father’s signature song,” he said.

Before leaving, the President led the crowd in singing “Bayan Ko,” a patriotic song from the 1898 zarzuela “Walang Sugat” by Severino Reyes that became popular during the fight against the martial rule of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Not a few in the audience cried as they flashed the “Laban” sign while singing with the President.


INQUIRER COMMENTARY

Yellow oligarchy sings ‘Bayan Ko’ in key of ‘F’ SHARES: 435 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:16 AM May 27th, 2016

I find it absurd that the swan song of Mar Roxas and his supporters, as they conceded defeat in the recent presidential election, was “Bayan Ko.”

I am not quite sure if they have internalized the anti-imperialist content of this soulful kundiman originally written in Spanish titled “Nuestra Patria” by Pampango General José Alejandrino and popularized in the 1950s by the Visayan Rubén Tagalog who interpreted it with his velvet voice. Let me cite the second stanza:

Y es por eso el anglo-sajón

Con vil traición la subyuga

Patria mía en prisión

Sacudete del traidor

Direct to the point, it accused the emerging American empire of treachery and robbing us of that precious word “independencia.”

At that time when this was composed in the 1900s for the patriotic zarzuela “Walang Sugat,” America’s soldier blue, fresh from the genocidal war against the Cree, Cherokee and Seminole, was slaughtering noncombatant Filipinos.

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In many town plazas and villages—from San Jose, Batangas to Igbaras, Iloilo—nipa huts and bahay-na-bato were torched.

Hordes of white invaders, hungry for booty, did not spare the arrabales of Manila, namely, Ermita, Malate, Paco, Pandacan, Santa Ana, Sampaloc, Binondo and Tondo. This tragic chapter of our history remains a buried memory.

Under the administration of President Aquino, the quintessential cacique and a bootlicker of the Colossus of the North, American troops have widened their arena of combat in strategic points of the archipelago.

Imagine Nora Aunor multiplied by the thousands as she grieves for a brother who was mistaken for a wild boar. Under Mr. Aquino, the claws of the hydraulic shovel of the mining corporations, covetous of our precious metals, have dug deep in the bosom of Mindanao’s ancestral lands.

The yellow oligarchy sang “Bayan Ko” in the key of F. F as in Falsetto? F as in Farce? All of the above!

—ALEX UMALI, alexumali2010@yahoo.com


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In dad’s jail cell, Aquino recalls sad, happy times By: Nikko Dizon @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:17 AM June 19th, 2016


REVISITING THE PAST President Aquino visits the room of his father, Ninoy Aquino, who was detained in Building No. 2 of Legazpi Compound in Fort Bonifacio, Makati, from 1973 to 1980. MALACAÑANG PHOTO BUREAU

President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday made a private visit to the old detention cell of his father, martyred opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., at Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio in what seemed to be a continuation of the outgoing Commander in Chief’s sentimental wrap-up of his six-year term at noon of June 30.

Last week, the President was at the detention cell of his father and fellow inmate, the late human rights lawyer Jose “Pepe” Diokno, at Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija, where he also shot the video for his “Never Forget/Never Again” Independence Day speech that was a reminder of the abuses of martial law and how the Filipino people fought to regain their freedoms that the dictator Ferdinand Marcos curtailed.

And even earlier, two weeks after the May 9 elections, he recalled in an exclusive Inquirer interview how his father sang his favorite song, “Impossible Dream (The Quest),” while in detention at Fort Bonifacio.

It was the most popular song from the 1965 Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha,” but for Ninoy Aquino, it was his hymn, his inspiration to rise up against martial law along with many other Filipinos.

READ: ‘Impossible Dream’ makes President Aquino pensive at De Lima’s party

But more than taking on a nostalgic journey down memory lane, President Aquino may very well be preparing himself for the continuing battle to preserve the country’s hard-won democracy.

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The President admitted that he always finds himself absorbed in the song whenever he hears “The Impossible Dream.”

‘Full of gusto’

“It’s the image of my father singing inside his cell in Fort Bonifacio,” Mr. Aquino said. “I don’t know if I had a thin ear but I thought he was singing it correctly. Then my sister said he was singing off tune … But up to this day, I think he sang it well.”

The President said his father sang the song “full of gusto.”

“You can relish the lyrics … ‘Beat the unbeatable foe.’ My father was alone in his cell. He shared his thoughts by writing them … Then we will mimeograph and pass them on wondering how many will be able to read it? ‘Face the Nation’ (a defunct TV show) was the only time he faced the public (while incarcerated). How do people not forget him? All the powers of the state were used against him,” Mr. Aquino said.

“‘Reach the unreachable star’… With everything that had happened and he is singing it full of conviction. It was inspiring,” the President said.

But while his detained father sang the song, Mr. Aquino, now 56, said he also asked himself: “Is this our life from the foreseeable future? When will it change?”

The only son of democracy icons Ninoy and Cory Aquino might still not have the answer to that, even 33 years after his father’s assassination at the Manila International Airport (Mia) and 30 years after the bloodless Edsa People Power Revolution that ousted the Marcoses and catapulted his mother to the presidency.

Just as President Aquino is about to step down from office, the son and namesake of the dictator, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., is finding himself getting special treatment from incoming President, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

READ: Bongbong thanks Duterte for favoring father’s burial at Libingan/Marcos hints at Cabinet post after 1-year ban

Duterte, who won the presidential elections with a commanding 16 million votes, is also unequivocal in his promise to impose a curfew on the nation, kill tens of thousands of suspected criminals outside the justice system, and restore the death penalty, saying that he wants public executions by hanging until the heads are severed.

Duterte, 71, had also slammed the country’s long-standing allies like the United Nations, United States and Australia for supposedly meddling in Philippine politics.

Wearing his trademark yellow shirt with black accent, President Aquino stayed for about 15 minutes inside his father’s 4×5-meter room inside Building No. 2 at the Legazpi Compound, which now houses the Army’s Intelligence Support Group.

It was here where Ninoy was incarcerated from Aug. 27, 1973 until 1980, when he was allowed by Marcos to seek medical treatment in the United States where the Aquino family lived in self-exile for three years.

Happy, sad moments

Malacañang said the President “recalled the happy and sad moments” that they shared as a family while visiting his father in detention.

Official photographs showed the cell having a cot, a table and chairs, shelves lined with books, and even a makeshift kitchen, among others. On two walls were enlarged black-and-white photographs of Ninoy taken while he was inside the room.

Another Palace picture showed Mr. Aquino pulling away the curtains and looking out the window, revealing how the iron bars became a reminder that despite a seemingly harmless room, his father was in prison.

Vintage photographs

Defense Chief Voltaire Gazmin, who was Ninoy’s former jailguard, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Army chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año and other military officials accompanied the President.

Mr. Aquino also took a look at some of their family’s black-and-white photographs at the Army camp.

One showed the President’s mother, a young and smiling Cory seated beside her husband who had youngest daughter Kris on his lap, while the older children gathered around the table that was placed in what looked like a gymnasium.

Outside the detention cell, Mr. Aquino tried to remember where his father used to jog but a swimming pool had already been constructed in the area.

At Fort Magsaysay on Friday, the President spent three hours at the Aquino-Diokno Shrine.

On Independence Day, in an address to the nation that he made at the traditional reception for the diplomatic corps in Malacañang, Mr. Aquino asked everyone to watch the video with the “eyes and mind” of a 13-year-old—his age when martial law was declared and his father had given him the arduous task of taking care of his mother Cory and his four sisters.

As powerful as it was poignant, the video revisited the hardships that his father and Diokno underwent in the hands of the dictator Marcos.

It also showed a photo of Ninoy lying bloodied and dead at the airport’s tarmac.

The video ended with clips showing a jubilant Filipino nation at the Edsa People Power Revolution.

Malacañang officials said the video and the message to preserve democracy were entirely President Aquino’s idea. TVJ


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