Bayan Ko premieres March 10 on GMA News TV

Rocco Nacino

Is the Philippines ready for a drama that tackles issues such as corruption, bureaucracy, malnutrition, illegal logging, and political dynasties?

We find out this March, when GMA News TV launches its first original series and most ambitious project to date — Bayan Ko.

Inspired by the life of Jesse Robredo as well as the social realist films of director Lino Brocka, Bayan Ko tells the story of newly elected Mayor Joseph Santiago — who sets out to make a difference in the fictional town of Lagros.

The idealistic mayor, played by Rocco Nacino, faces roadblocks at every turn. He discovers a bunch of wayward employees have turned the municipal hall into a boarding house and, worse, have been making under the table deals at every turn. He must learn to lead lazy and uncooperative municipal employees and change the mindset of a mendicant populace.

But his efforts to fight corruption — both petty and large scale — are blocked by a political dynasty led by Governor Antonio Rubio and Congressman Anton Rubio, played by father-and-son tandem Pen and Ping Medina.

Indie film princess Mercedes Cabral the powerful contractor, LJ Reyes the mayor’s chief of staff, while Betong Sumaya and Love Anover take on roles as slacker municipal employees.

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Ang pagbibitiw ng Santo Papa

Pope Benedict XVINasa newsroom ako nang makita ng isang kasamahan ko ang balita tungkol sa pagbibitiw ni Pope Benedict XVI o Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger bilang pinuno ng Simbahang Katoliko. Gaya ng marami, nagulat ako at ‘di agad nakapaniwala.

Naging sunud-sunod na ang pagbabalita nito ng iba’t ibang major international news organizations. Maya-maya pa, nabasa ko sa website ng Vatican Radio ang buong pahayag ng Santo Papa.

Ang kanyang katandaan at humihinang pangangatawan ang nagtulak kay Pope Benedict XVI para magbitiw.

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'Noynoying' at 'Wag Kang Mang-Go-Gloria'

Noynoying. (Larawan mula sa Anakbayan)

Dahil sa bagong pausong salitang “noynoying,” naalala ko ang album na “Wag Kang Mang-Go-Gloria.”

Kapwa anyo ng protesta laban sa mga pangulo ng bansa ang dalawang ito at ipinakilala sa magkaibang panahon ng dalawang magkakumpetensyang samahang aktibista. Pero sa tingin ko, mas angkop ang pausong “Wag Kang Mang-Go-Gloria.”

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Paalam, Perry

Perry Calara
Perry Calara has succumbed to cancer. A great light has just gone out in the universe.

Nagulat ako nang mabasa ko ‘yan sa Twitter ni Rep. Teddy Casiño ngayong gabi. Wala na pala si Perry — isang makabayang manunulat at aktibista mula sa Kabikulan.

Bagama’t hindi kami nagkakilala ni Perry nang personal, isa siya sa mga nakasalamuha’t nakasama ko sa matagal-tagal ko na ring paglalakbay sa cyberspace. Ang kanyang Kaiba News and Features ay naging katropa ng aking Tinig.com. Inilathala namin sa Tinig ang mga isinulat nila sa Kaiba. Isang artikulo tungkol sa Bikolanong bayaning si Simeon Ola ang pinagtulungang sulatin nina Perry at ng kaibigan at ka-Tinig kong si Alex Remollino, na pumanaw rin noong isang taon. Mababasa pa rin sa Tinig.com ang iba pang akda ni Perry.

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