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COVERING NINOY, AUGUST 21, 1983


NATIONAL HERO NINOY AQUINO: From Manila Bulletin by Sol Vanzi----
In July of 1983, when the foreign news community in Manila learned that Ninoy Aquino was coming home the following month, we all adjusted our calendars, cancelling leaves and days off. Every member of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) knew that once Ninoy returned, there would be speeches, rallies, and other activities that need to be written about as the charismatic former senator was recognized by the international press as the leader of the political opposition. FOCAP members at the time were very keen competitors, keeping secrets from even their closest friends. For the Ninoy homecoming, details such as the date, route and airline schedules were treated like precious military secrets. My husband Vic and I had an edge over other journalists due to personal connections with Aquino and his family. Vic’s brother Max was collaborating with Fred Poole and Ninoy on a book on the Philippines. I introduced my ABC News boss Ken Kashiwahara to Ninoy’s sister Lupita in 1978 when an incarcerated Ninoy ran while behind bars as delegate to the Interim Batasang Pambansa. Ninoy became my close friend after many interviews for magazines and television from the time he was Tarlac governor in the mid 1960s. Thus, while local media was rife with speculations and misinformation about Senator Aquino’s plans, our household was kept updated on his plans. Weeks before his return, ABC News, UPITN and UPI had mapped out extremely detailed plans about covering his arrival at the Manila International Airport. ABC News Hong Kong Bureau Chief Jim Laurie and an ENG (Electronic News Gathering) crew was to be with Ninoy on the plane from Taipei. I was to field several local crews at the airport and in the streets, paying special attention to the Aquino family, opposition leader Doy Laurel, and the welcoming crowd. All footage from ABC News cameras were to be duplicated at the airport and carried back to Hong Kong by Jim Laurie. The dubs were to stay in Manila to be packaged into a news report for “Good Morning America” by an editor who has been set up with complete editing equipment at a Veranda Suite of the Manila Hotel. CONTINUE READING...

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  Until very recently, Filipinos knew only two kinds of bean curd cake: tokwa (firm) and tofu (soft), both sold unbranded and unpacked in public markets under unsanitary conditions. Anyone who craved Japanese silk tofu or flavored taho had them handcarried from Japan or Hong Kong. Not anymore. Silk tofu and other soybean products are now manufactured in the Philippines under laboratory conditions, sold chilled and vacuum-packed at consumer-friendly prices. Miracle Soybean Food International has lifted tokwa and taho from make-do kitchen factories to hygienic facilities, producing quality products that rival more expensive imported brands. Versatile and convenient, these protein-packed soy products wowed all of us foodies at a sit-down lunch featuring tofu as the main ingredient of all seven courses, from appetizer to dessert. Award-winning chef Jessie Sincioco proved that tofu products of varying textures and densities can produce five-star meals that require almost no cooking and very little effort. READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORT HERE:

Covering Ninoy, August 21, 1983 by Sol Vanzi


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A PHNO photo of Sol Jose Vanzi circa Dec 1997 --Sol is a co-founder of the PHNO website which launched in 1997. She was at that time married to the late American journalist Vic Vanzi, former UPI deputy news editor for Asia and first Manila Bureau Chief of CNN. Vic Vanzi succumbed to cancer and Sol remained in their Malate, Manila home with her adopted grandson Kyle now a post-grad student in Psychology. Earlier on, Sol went in semi-retirement to look after their growing five adopted children (from her late brother's family) and later caring for her ailing husband, Vic. Today, Sol is again regularly writing for the Manila Daily Bulletin. She has many stories to tell as a reporter that started when she was
feature writer for the Joaquin Chino Roces' Saturday Mirror Magazine in 1963 when she was still a student of journalism. After getting wounded while covering the local elections in Ilocos Sur, she left print journalism for television, joining pioneer broadcast journalist Marita Manuel at Channel 5, moving to ABS-CBN later. She covered Malacanang as ABS-CBN Presidential reporter, while at the same time writing and producing a daily TV newscast. The Proclamation of Martial Law in 1972 found her working at Malacanang as Broadcast Censor, a job she left to become Information Officer for the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and spokesman for CCP President, business mogul Fred Elizalde. Ted Koppel and Ken Kashiwahara finally convinced her in 1975 to cover the Philippines for ABC NEWS. She headed the Manila Bureau until 1986, when her independent TV production outfit STRINGER, INC. was representing 17 international TV News organizations covering the presidential snap elections. Her company provided cameras, crew, reporters, coordinated coverages and satellite transmissions around the world for the Ninoy assassination, the Agrava Commission hearings, 1986 Snap Election campaign, the EDSA uprising, and the numerous coups that followed. Notes provided by PHNO webmaster.


NINOY AQUINO, NATIONAL HERO ASSASSINATED 22 YEARS AGO. Photo from globaleducationmagazine.com

MANILA, AUGUST 24, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Vanzi - (MDB Editor's Note: Thirty-two years ago today, on August 21, 1983, a hero was born when a gunman shot and killed Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino as he stepped out of a plane from Taipei, his connecting flight to Manila from a long flight from Boston. The rest is now a well-known page in Philippine history. Many stories about that fateful day have been told. This time, we are sharing the story of how the media prepared for that homecoming coverage as told by Sol Vanzi, then the Manila Bureau Manager of ABC News and United Press International TV News (UPITN). Thirty-two years later, it is still a story worth telling. It was the day of the beginning of “the turbulence that would prevail over the country for three years and a half, until Ninoy’s widow ousts the man she held responsible for her husband’s violent death.” – Editor)

In July of 1983, when the foreign news community in Manila learned that Ninoy Aquino was coming home the following month, we all adjusted our calendars, cancelling leaves and days off.

Every member of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) knew that once Ninoy returned, there would be speeches, rallies, and other activities that need to be written about as the charismatic former senator was recognized by the international press as the leader of the political opposition.

FOCAP members at the time were very keen competitors, keeping secrets from even their closest friends. For the Ninoy homecoming, details such as the date, route and airline schedules were treated like precious military secrets.

My husband Vic and I had an edge over other journalists due to personal connections with Aquino and his family.

Vic’s brother Max was collaborating with Fred Poole and Ninoy on a book on the Philippines.

I introduced my ABC News boss Ken Kashiwahara to Ninoy’s sister Lupita in 1978 when an incarcerated Ninoy ran while behind bars as delegate to the Interim Batasang Pambansa.


Aquino and sister Lupita in the U.S. (Photo courtesy of Ken and Lupita Kashiwahara)

Ninoy became my close friend after many interviews for magazines and television from the time he was Tarlac governor in the mid 1960s.

Thus, while local media was rife with speculations and misinformation about Senator Aquino’s plans, our household was kept updated on his plans.

Weeks before his return, ABC News, UPITN and UPI had mapped out extremely detailed plans about covering his arrival at the Manila International Airport.


Ken Kashiwahara and Ninoy Aquino having breakfast in Taipei before heading to Manila, 1983

ABC News Hong Kong Bureau Chief Jim Laurie and an ENG (Electronic News Gathering) crew was to be with Ninoy on the plane from Taipei.

I was to field several local crews at the airport and in the streets, paying special attention to the Aquino family, opposition leader Doy Laurel, and the welcoming crowd.

All footage from ABC News cameras were to be duplicated at the airport and carried back to Hong Kong by Jim Laurie.

The dubs were to stay in Manila to be packaged into a news report for “Good Morning America” by an editor who has been set up with complete editing equipment at a Veranda Suite of the Manila Hotel.

CONTINUE READING...

Arriving at the MIA early, we shot scenes of crowds in yellow and white T-shirts printed with Ninoy’s face.

Small yellow ribbons were tied to small trees lining the road leading to the airport. Ninoy’s brother Butz was leading a brass band on the airport driveway. The atmosphere was festive.

Inside the airport, journalists were herded into the VIP Lounge with members of the Aquino family and leaders of the opposition. Lupita was there with her mother Dona Aurora, who was praying the rosary.

THE ARRIVAL

Hearing the arrival of the China Airlines flight, I grabbed cameraman Baggy Perdon and soundman Romy Cruz to leave the VIP Lounge and meet the plane.

The airport guards would not let us into the arrival area. We tried other entrances and exits; they were all tightly guarded.


A young Ken Kashiwara, ABC TV newser. He was traveling with Ninoy not as a journalist but as his brother-in-law, the only family member to accompany him. Today, Ken Kashiwahara is a retired ABC Television News correspondent.

Minutes later, I saw Ken Kashiwara, hair tousled and eyes watery, inside the customs clearance area. I knocked on the glass divider and pointed at the exit.

As Ken Kashiwahara was slowly making his way to the door, I ran back to the VIP Lounge to get Lupita, telling her that Ken was coming out and that he looked worried.

When they met and hugged, Ken whispered into her ear, making her step back and freeze. She turned to me, sobbing into my shoulder. There was an CBS camera recording the scene.

We walked to the VIP Lounge, where Doña Aurora cried when she saw the expression on the faces of Lupita and Ken. We shot the scene.

Leaving the airport for the Manila Hotel with my crew, we chanced upon an Avsecom (Aviation Security Command) van loaded with men in uniform, long arms drawn.

We shot the van and followed it to a military building inside the airport compound, where we parked for an hour before driving off to cross the runway toward the Air Force Headquarters. We could not follow.

Later, we learned it could have been carrying Ninoy’s body, which took a very long time before reaching the military hospital where his body was eventually autopsied.

The next days and nights were a long scene playing in slow motion.


Ninoy's body was taken to the family home at Times Street in Quezon City, Philippines. With his mother Aurora.(Photo courtesy of Ken and Lupita Kashiwahara)

Cory flew in with the Aquino children. Millions lined up to pay their respects to Ninoy, lying there all bloody in the living room of his simple home on Times Street.

We walked with his coffin to Sto. Domingo Church.

We watched from a Manila Hotel window as his funeral cortege passed, lit by flashes of lightning.

That stormy sky was but a preview of the turbulence that would prevail over the country for three years and a half, until Ninoy’s widow ousts the man she held responsible for her husband’s violent death.


Miracles of tofu by Sol Vanzi August 20, 2015 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share9

The many different ways one can eat tofu, from starters to dessert.


SMOOTH AS SILK Salad and sisig canapé

Until very recently, Filipinos knew only two kinds of bean curd cake: tokwa (firm) and tofu (soft), both sold unbranded and unpacked in public markets under unsanitary conditions.

Anyone who craved Japanese silk tofu or flavored taho had them handcarried from Japan or Hong Kong.

Not anymore. Silk tofu and other soybean products are now manufactured in the Philippines under laboratory conditions, sold chilled and vacuum-packed at consumer-friendly prices.

Miracle Soybean Food International has lifted tokwa and taho from make-do kitchen factories to hygienic facilities, producing quality products that rival more expensive imported brands.

Versatile and convenient, these protein-packed soy products wowed all of us foodies at a sit-down lunch featuring tofu as the main ingredient of all seven courses, from appetizer to dessert.


Chef Jessie

Award-winning chef Jessie Sincioco proved that tofu products of varying textures and densities can produce five-star meals that require almost no cooking and very little effort.

READ MORE...

(Images by Noel B. Pabalate)


SMOOTH AS SILK Salad and sisig canapé

Sisig and Tacos


Sisig canapés

Our starter canapés were crisp rounds of French bread spread with tofu sisig straight out of a Miracle Tofu Meal pack. All the chef did was open the pack and spoon the contents atop the bread rounds.

Salad came next: a colorful mélange of leaves and micro greens, accented by crisp deep-fried, taco-like tofu chips and drenched with creamy silk tofu ranch dressing.

Soup and Sorbet


Seafood tofu miso soup

The smoky aroma of miso soup blended well with salmon, mussels, and prawns, whose textures contrasted with tender wakame seaweeds and cubes of Miracle silk tofu.

To clear the palate, Chef Jessie made melon sorbet, a granita made by crushing and blending frozen flavored Miracle Soymilk straight out of the bottle.

Granita from pure, flavored Miracle Soymilk is easy because it is thicker and contains more beans than other brands.

Pasta and Steak


Steak with béarnaise sauce

For main courses, Chef Jessie prepared both steak and pasta using Miracle Tofu. Chinese tofu steak had blocks of tofu breaded with Japanese Panko crumbs and fried in ghee (clarified butter) for flavor. Thick béarnaise sauce added flavor.


Fofu pasta Bolognese

The pasta bolognese was made by coarsely grating firm tofu, draining it for 15 minutes and cooking it in a toaster oven just until heated through. Drained for a second time, the pasta is then covered with a layer of bolognese sauce, made with a combination of ground beef and chopped tofu, and ending with a shower of grated cheese (parmesan, or mozzarella, or both). The result resembled a very light and airy lasagna.

Ready-Made Mousse


Chocolate taho mousse

Another lunch hit was the chocolate mousse in champagne glasses, topped with tiny tapioca (sago) caviar and chocolate syrup. Like the granita, the mousse did not require any cooking; Miracle Chocolate Taho was poured into champagne glasses, chilled, and served.

Corporate Conscience

Company president Renato Reyes beamed with pride at the mention of his firm’s high-protein feeding program which has, for several years, improved the physical health and wellbeing of selected malnourished children from public schools in Pasig, Pateros, and Taguig.

A recent evaluation showed that with improved health came a marked improvement in children’s academic performances. Miracles never end.



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