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By SoL Vanzi: THE NEW MAN IN OUR LIVES
[#RealTalk: President Duterte is sexy]


JUNE 26 -JUNE 26 - Duterte shares some light moments with his friends and guests at Hotel Elena in Davao City. (Photo by Keith Bacongco)  The sexiest Filipino man alive today may not be, as the song goes, “the man some girls think of as handsome.” At five feet six inches, he’s not tall either. His face is not finely chiseled. His features bear no hint of foreign blood. “Pinoy na Pinoy ang dating,” is how best to describe his looks. He walks with a casual gait, almost nonchalantly taking his time. At meetings, his informality extends to all his moves, to the extent of putting his sock-less, moccasin-covered feet up on the office table while gently rocking his chair back and forth. Anger and disapproval he shows through sharp looks and firm-set jaws. His eyes sparkle with amusement or happiness. There are times when he seems to be angry but his real feelings are betrayed by his mischievous smiling eyes. Those unfamiliar with the man wrongly conclude that his mind is often elsewhere other than on the serious matters being discussed, until he wraps up the conversation with a detailed summary of the situation and recommendations for subsequent actions. Expensive brands do not appeal to him. His first consideration is comfort. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Sol Vanzi - Duterte’s women
His critics think he is sexist; but with a mother like Soledad, a daughter like Sara, and partners like Elizabeth and Honeylet, the President elect would be anything but,


JUNE 26 -President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with daughter Veronica (MB PHOTO/Kevin Dela Cruz)
Women with extra-ordinary strength and capabilities stand out in President Duterte’s immediate family, beginning with the matriarch, Agusan del Norte native Soledad Roa Duterte, a much-awarded educator and philanthropist.  Finishing elementary and high school in her hometown, she pursued her college education at the Philippine Normal School in Manila and worked with the Bureau of Public Schools as a teacher when she met and married lawyer Vicente Duterte of Cebu, who moved the family to Davao and later became its governor. She retired only to devote her life to support her husband, learned the social and economic problems of the people, especially the out-of-school youth, women, children, and the disabled. She continued her advocacies even after the death of her husband in 1968. Soledad Duterte got involved in programs for Aetas, Bagobos, and Badjaos. She believed that to solve unemployment problems, jobless men and women should be taught livelihood projects. In recognition of Mrs. Duterte’s achievements, she received numerous awards, citations, plaques of recognition locally, nationally and even internationally, including one from the American Geographical Institute-International Book of Honor in 1981 for her distinguished service in the field of social work. Partners For Life The public is by now familiar with Duterte’s two families: the first, with first wife Elizabeth Zimmerman who bore him three children: Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo, Davao City Mayor Sara, and Sebastian. His partner of 20 years, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, has given him a daughter, 11-year-old Veronica. Last year, Duterte cancelled his schedules in Manila and rushed home for the operation of Zimmerman, who has Stage 3 cancer. Duterte arrived midnight in Davao City and rushed to Zimmerman’s side. Upon arrival, he made sure his former wife was ready for the operation. READ MORE...

ALSO: Feasting on a meatless Monday
[What giving up meat can do for the world, and for you]


JUNE 23 -NO MEAT MONDAY From left: Molten chocolate, coffee ice cream and caramel popcorn; Quorn chicken fillet with colorful greens; and Quorn meatballs on pasta
Grossly overweight and embarrassed by my pimple-studded face, I dreaded the thought of attending our high school junior-senior prom at the end of the school year. I was desperate; I had to be thin and pimple free for the ball. It was 1959 and the only free reliable research materials were books and magazines borrowed from the USIS Thomas Jefferson Library in Manila. All the articles advised to go easy on sugar, fried food, and meats; they recommended fruits, vegetables, and fish, in addition to exercise. Following the diet was easy; our family ate seafood and vegetables six days a week and preferred to grill rather than fry. Dessert was always fresh fruit; ice cream and cake were special items for birthdays and holidays. I just had to learn to moderate my food intake and eat as little rice as possible. The regimen worked! My skin cleared up and by prom time I was able to slip into a dress with a shapely bodice atop a full skirt. From that day on, I stuck to a healthy regimen. In the beginning, it was mainly for a clear skin and small waistline. Today, at 72, it is for a longer life for myself and our planet.
Climate Change Yup, man’s increasing consumption of meat is hurting Mother Earth. Livestock production is the second biggest contributor of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, second only to energy production. Meat production alone emits more greenhouse gases than all forms of global transportation or industrial processes. READ MORE...


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The new man in our lives
#RealTalk: President Duterte is sexy


Duterte shares some light moments with his friends and guests at Hotel Elena in Davao City. (Photo by Keith Bacongco)

MANILA, JUNE 27, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Sol Vanzi June 26, 2016 (updated) - The sexiest Filipino man alive today may not be, as the song goes, “the man some girls think of as handsome.” At five feet six inches, he’s not tall either.

His face is not finely chiseled. His features bear no hint of foreign blood. “Pinoy na Pinoy ang dating,” is how best to describe his looks. He walks with a casual gait, almost nonchalantly taking his time.

At meetings, his informality extends to all his moves, to the extent of putting his sock-less, moccasin-covered feet up on the office table while gently rocking his chair back and forth.

Anger and disapproval he shows through sharp looks and firm-set jaws. His eyes sparkle with amusement or happiness.

There are times when he seems to be angry but his real feelings are betrayed by his mischievous smiling eyes.

Those unfamiliar with the man wrongly conclude that his mind is often elsewhere other than on the serious matters being discussed, until he wraps up the conversation with a detailed summary of the situation and recommendations for subsequent actions.

Expensive brands do not appeal to him. His first consideration is comfort.

READ MORE...

He tests the cloth to determine if it will be kind to his skin.

He loves simple food prepared from scratch, like his mother’s chicken soup using fattened hens she herself butchered and dressed.

He does not mind being called a mama’s boy; his own home was never far from his mom’s.

His gruff manners and speech awaken the mother inside every woman. “He makes me want to cuddle and protect him,” said a girl young enough to be his daughter. Yet he exudes a strength of spirit as well as a will that invites trust in his words and promises.

He has already shown one of his strongest attributes: “May isang salita.”

He’s been criticized for what others interpret as degrading behavior toward women, but there have been no complaints from the very women he supposedly maltreated.

Instead, the number of women mobbing him at public events has increased.

Yes, our new President is sexy and he knows it.

His lucky partner Honeylet knows it, too, and it is a tribute to Digong that she has devoted her life to being there for him.

Tonight, many women will go to bed dreaming, thinking about this new man in our lives. Yes, he’s taken. But I can dream, can’t I?


MANILA BULLETIN

Duterte’s women
His critics think he is sexist; but with a mother like Soledad, a daughter like Sara, and partners like Elizabeth and Honeylet, the President elect would be anything but by Sol Vanzi June 26, 2016 (updated) Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share3


President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with daughter Veronica (MB PHOTO/Kevin Dela Cruz)

Women with extra-ordinary strength and capabilities stand out in President Duterte’s immediate family, beginning with the matriarch, Agusan del Norte native Soledad Roa Duterte, a much-awarded educator and philanthropist.

Finishing elementary and high school in her hometown, she pursued her college education at the Philippine Normal School in Manila and worked with the Bureau of Public Schools as a teacher when she met and married lawyer Vicente Duterte of Cebu, who moved the family to Davao and later became its governor.

She retired only to devote her life to support her husband, learned the social and economic problems of the people, especially the out-of-school youth, women, children, and the disabled. She continued her advocacies even after the death of her husband in 1968.


Throwback: Mom said Duterte 'has the making of a leader' | ABS-CBN News

Soledad Duterte got involved in programs for Aetas, Bagobos, and Badjaos. She believed that to solve unemployment problems, jobless men and women should be taught livelihood projects.

In recognition of Mrs. Duterte’s achievements, she received numerous awards, citations, plaques of recognition locally, nationally and even internationally, including one from the American Geographical Institute-International Book of Honor in 1981 for her distinguished service in the field of social work.

Partners For Life


Duterte and ex-wife: The ties that bind PHOTO FROM RAPPLER.COM

The public is by now familiar with Duterte’s two families: the first, with first wife Elizabeth Zimmerman who bore him three children: Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo, Davao City Mayor Sara, and Sebastian. His partner of 20 years, Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, has given him a daughter, 11-year-old Veronica.

Last year, Duterte cancelled his schedules in Manila and rushed home for the operation of Zimmerman, who has Stage 3 cancer.

Duterte arrived midnight in Davao City and rushed to Zimmerman’s side. Upon arrival, he made sure his former wife was ready for the operation.

READ MORE...

Zimmerman was the first person to learn firsthand from her ex-husband of his decision to run for president of the Philippines. He rushed to her hospital bed and showed her the certificates he and Sara had filed.

Ever supportive of all his decisions, Zimmerman willed herself to be on her feet as soon as possible, summoning all her strength to go out and campaign between treatment sessions.

Elizabeth Zimmerman and Rodrigo Duterte are showing the world that 27 years of marriage, three children, and a lifetime of ups and downs are ties that bind a family together even after being legally unbound.

God’s Will


DIGONG'S 'LITTLE HEAVEN' Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte and partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Duterte now shares a home with Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña, who is 24 years younger. Their only child, Veronica, was officially publicly acknowledged during the presidential campaign.

Although Duterte has announced that his official First Lady will be his daughter Sara, Honeylet will be keeping house for the President, wherever he decides to stay.

She had a full life as a nurse in the US when she met the Davao mayor and decided to return to the Philippines and start a family with him despite all odds against living a normal life.

A successful entrepreneur, Honeylet nevertheless prioritizes her duties as wife of a busy public official who keeps odd hours.

She shows her strength and independence when she says that she’s not seeking any official role or function, “I will just keep doing what I’ve always done for him: prepare his clothes, look after his health.”

And marriage? “In God’s time.”


MANILA BULLETIN (TIMPLA'T TIKIM)

Feasting on a meatless Monday
[What giving up meat can do for the world, and for you]
by Sol Vanzi June 23, 2016 -


NO MEAT MONDAY From left: Molten chocolate, coffee ice cream and caramel popcorn; Quorn chicken fillet with colorful greens; and Quorn meatballs on pasta

Grossly overweight and embarrassed by my pimple-studded face, I dreaded the thought of attending our high school junior-senior prom at the end of the school year. I was desperate; I had to be thin and pimple free for the ball.

It was 1959 and the only free reliable research materials were books and magazines borrowed from the USIS Thomas Jefferson Library in Manila. All the articles advised to go easy on sugar, fried food, and meats; they recommended fruits, vegetables, and fish, in addition to exercise.


MEATLESS MONDAY From left: Quorn nuggets hors d'oeuvres; Crisp Quorn cups and sausages; Gina Lopez leads Meatless Monday supporters

Following the diet was easy; our family ate seafood and vegetables six days a week and preferred to grill rather than fry. Dessert was always fresh fruit; ice cream and cake were special items for birthdays and holidays. I just had to learn to moderate my food intake and eat as little rice as possible.

The regimen worked! My skin cleared up and by prom time I was able to slip into a dress with a shapely bodice atop a full skirt. From that day on, I stuck to a healthy regimen. In the beginning, it was mainly for a clear skin and small waistline. Today, at 72, it is for a longer life for myself and our planet.

Climate Change

Yup, man’s increasing consumption of meat is hurting Mother Earth. Livestock production is the second biggest contributor of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, second only to energy production. Meat production alone emits more greenhouse gases than all forms of global transportation or industrial processes.

READ MORE...

According to studies, about 18 percent of harmful greenhouse gases actually come from producing the beef, poultry, and pork that we all eat. In contrast, the emissions of transportation stand at 14 percent and fossil fuel retrieval at 12 percent.

Most farm emissions come in the form of methane and nitrous oxide—from cattle belching, fertilizer use, manure management, and sometimes, disposal of crop residues. As global demand for meat rises with population increase, meat production has become a major driver of climate change.

Kindred Spirits

After its successful, noteworthy debut in the United Kingdom last 2015, World Meat Free Day came to the Philippines last June 13. I felt like a 1960s hippie all over again, observing Meatless Monday with dozens of kind souls of various persuasions from all parts of the world.

To be part of the movement, anyone who wants to pitch in and save the planet can do so very simply, by foregoing meat for just one meal every now and then. Imagine, each person who foregoes one meat-based meal can save the equivalent daily water usage of nine people and have a carbon saving equivalent to boiling a kettle 388 times.

Meat-Free Excitement

Our meat-free lunch was anything but boring. Beautiful appetizers were passed around which were so good many were tempted to skip the main courses. Quorn, a popular meat alternative, was used as crunchy base for hors d’oeuvres topped with mushrooms, cheese, smoked salmon, and ground Quorn sausages.

The main meal started with colorful greens alongside Quorn chicken fillet, followed by pasta with Quorn meatballs in white truffle sauce, ending with molten chocolate, coffee ice cream,and caramel popcorn.

Supporting World Meat Free Day in the Philippines were Bantay Kalikasan, Climate Reality Project Philippines, Luntiang Lunes, Slow Food Philippines, Nurturers of the Earth, and Miriam College.


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