Sen. Tañada is new Bantayog chair

Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation announces the election of Senator Wigberto E. Tañada as the new chairperson of its Board of Trustees, effective September 29, 2016.

Senator Tañada replaces Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, who has been elevated to chair emeritus since August this year.

The 82-year-old former senator, popularly called Ka Bobby, comes to the Foundation with sterling qualifications. He is the son of the late former senator Lorenzo M. Tañada, often tagged as Philippine politics’ “grand old man.”

Ka Bobby often stood arm-in-arm with his father in many protest rallies staged in opposition to the Marcos dictatorship, suffering hosed water or tear-gas dispersal operations.

He served both as senator and congressman in the Philippine Congress. In 1991, he was with the group of senators under the leadership of then Senate President Jovito R. Salonga when the Senate rejected the renewal of the PHL-U.S. treaty on military bases.

Ka Bobby graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University, Manuel L. Quezon University, and Harvard Law School.

He is lead convenor of the Fair Trade Alliance.

He is also the chairman of the Philippine Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, and the Lagawe Rural Bank in Ifugao. He is also the Chairman of Universal Motors Corporation, and is an Independent Director for Republic Cement & Building Materials, Inc., and Republic Cement Mindanao Inc.

Ka Bobby hails from Gumaca, Quezon.

The current members of the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Board of Trustees also include:

Vice-chairperson, Mr. Jose de Jesus; Treasurer, Atty. Felipe L. Gozon; Ms. Mayose Bautista; Ms. Edith T. Burgos; Atty. Manuel Jose Diokno; Mr. Edicio dela Torre; Ms.Ester Isberto; Ms. Myrna Jimenez; Ms. Carolina S. Malay; Mr. Rafael M. Paredes; Ms. Marie J. Plopinio; Dr. Jose Perez III; Dr. Alan T. Ortiz; and Mr. Solomon Y. Yuyitung.Board secretary and concurrently executive director is Ms. Ma. Cristina V. Rodriguez.

For more information please contact (02)434-8343 or 985-1126.

Duterte on “Wanted: President”

Rodrigo Duterte and Mel Tiangco on "Wanted: President"

Dubbed “The Punisher” and Davao’s “Dirty Harry,” Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte does not mince words. He has been known to lace his speeches with expletives, and his controversial statements are often quoted in the headlines.

In “Wanted: President,” the long-time mayor faces veteran anchor Mel Tiangco as she questions him about his alleged human rights’ abuses and the so-called Davao Death Squad. When Tiangco asks Duterte about how he intends to rid the country of drugs, crime and corruption in six months, Duterte replies, “It could be bloody.”

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Mar Roxas on “Wanted: President”

Mel Tiangco interviews Mar Roxas

GMA News and Public Affairs’ election special “Wanted: President” continues to take a closer look at the candidates for presidency this Sunday as former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas accepts the challenge to face the country’s toughest job interview tonight.

Roxas will face Mel Tiangco as the veteran broadcast journalist looks into the real story behind Roxas’ so-called publicity stunts such as directing traffic, driving a tricycle, and carrying sacks of rice. Tiangco also questions Roxas about the government’s slow response to aid the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda and about the anomalies involving the MRT.

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Aldub: Ang simula

Alden Richards at Maine "Yaya Dub" Mendoza (Screengrab mula sa Eat Bulaga Facebook page)

Laging bukambibig ng maraming Pilipino ngayon ang tambalang Aldub na binubuo nina Alden Richards at Maine Mendoza o Yaya Dub. Sila ang naghahatid ng kilig at kasiyahan sa atin tuwing tanghalian.

Kung dati, naiinis tayo sa mga patalastas sa TV, ngayo’y kinasasabikan nating mapanood ang commercial ng Aldub. Araw-araw na nagte-trend sa Twitter ang mga hashtag na may kaugnayan sa paborito nating loveteam, at nakapagtala pa nga nang mahigit sa anim na milyong tweets sa loob ng 24 oras ang hashtag na #ALDUBTheAbduction noong Sabado. Usong-uso ang signature kaway nilang pabebe wave, at nai-LSS tayo sa mga kantang “God Gave Me You” at “Thinking Out Loud.” Sa loob at labas ng bansa, kinababaliwan ng mga Pinoy ang Aldub.

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Bisyong maling-mali

Maling-mali na pagkakitaan ang pang-iinsulto at panlalait sa kapwa-tao, lalo na sa mga wala namang ginawang masama sa iyo. At maling-mali rin na gawing biro ang karahasan laban sa mga kababaihan.

Sa kanyang concert sa Araneta Coliseum noong Mayo 17, ginawang katatawanan ng komedyanteng si Vice Ganda ang timbang ng respetadong mamamahayag na si Jessica Soho. Biro ni Vice, kung naging bold star at magkakaroon daw ng rape scene si Ms Soho, dapat daw ay laging gang rape ang eksena.

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Best man RJ Ledesma’s book signing

GMA News TV’s “Best Men” host RJ Ledesma wears many hats. He just wishes he had just as many heads.

Aside from hosting television shows, weddings and events, organizing the Mercato Centrale group of food markets, editing a men’s magazine and writing a weekly newspaper column — and yes, he was ‘Joey’ in the Royal Tru-Orange that came out in the eighties — RJ is also the author behind four best-selling humor books Lies My Yaya Should Have Told Me (2008), I Do Or I Die (2009), Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me? (2010) and It Only Hurts When I Pee (2011) from Anvil Publishing.

His third book, Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me, was a National Book Award Finalist in the 30th National Book Awards. His books are a collection of his “Pogi from a Parallel Universe” columns in the Philippine Star.

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Jesse Robredo, 54

Sec. Jesse RobredoMataas ang pag-asa ng mga mamamayan noong pumasok si Secretary Jesse M. Robredo sa pulitika dalawang taon pagkatapos ng 1986 People Power Revolution, ayon sa citation para sa kanya sa 2000 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government Service. Nang iwan niya tayo nitong Agosto 18, masasabing mataas din ang pag-asa dahil sa mga repormang sinisikap ipatupad ng pamahalaang kinabibilangan niya.

Nilisan ni Robredo ang trabaho niya sa San Miguel Corporation noong 1986 para pamunuan ang Bicol River Basin Development Program sa Naga. Makalipas ang tatlong taon, sa edad na 29 ay nahalal siyang mayor. Sa 19 taon ng pamumuno, nagdala siya ng pagbabago sa kanyang lungsod at lubhang napamahal sa kanyang mga kababayan.

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Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon, 83

Dolphy (Gov.ph Photo)

Pumanaw kagabi sa edad na 83 si Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr., o mas kilala bilang Dolphy, ang tinaguriang “Comedy King” ng Pilipinas.

Ayon sa Makati Medical Center, namatay si Dolphy dahil sa multiple organ failure dala ng kumplikasyon sa severe pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, at  acute renal failure.

Pinatawa ni Dolphy ang mga Pilipino sa mahigit 200 mga pelikula, at naging bida siya sa mga sikat na sitcom gaya ng “John en Marsha” at “Home Along Da Riles.”

Ipinanganak sa Tondo, Maynila noong Hulyo 25, 1928, pangalawa siya sa sampung magkakapatid. Sinimulan niyang aliwin ang mga manonood bilang isang chorus dancer sa Avenue Theater. Mula sa teatro, pinasok din niya ang radyo sa noong huling bahagi ng 1940s. Continue reading