M. Albert Rile
It will not be a surprise if Ms. Ruby Tuason will be declared a state witness to the 10 billion-peso pork barrel scam by the Department of Justice/DOJ considering that she has confessed everything she knows about those erring senators primarily Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile whom Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago lovingly calls "Sexy" and "Tanda," respectively in one of her privilege speeches in the Senate recently. Unlike Janet Lim Napoles, Tuason’s conscience could not allow herself to remain silent and not tell the Filipino people what she knew and has experienced in the past. Good for her!
Who’s the Victim Vhong or Deniece? The case Navarro vs. Cornejo has been played up in national and local newspapers and on TV for weeks now since the incident took place in Taguig, Rizal in the evening of January 22, 2014. Vhong Navarro was about to have dinner in a restaurant near the condo where Deniece Cornejo was staying when he received a text message inviting him to visit his new found friend. As a consequence, he took his order out and headed for Forbeswood Condo.
At the time when Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella is enjoying his popularity to the fullest, his case on the pork barrel scam surfaced again! While his City Administrator Rolando Villamor who is also a part of his legal team is optimistic that the Segovia Case may save his Boss, a popular Columnist is pessimistic about the Sandigan Bayan’s stand. Let the TRUTH prevail!
There seems to be some inconsistency in our Social Security System (SSS) nowadays. It is hard to understand WHY they are raising the monthly contribution of their members while they gave thousands of bonuses to their employees. Are we obligated to pay for their bonuses? I am with Rep. Neri Colmenares in his objection to the increased contribution. At this point, those who have already started contributing for 2014 should be credited for future payments and let the monthly contribution stay as is.
Inasmuch as January 28, 2014 falls on a Tuesday, then the birthday of 11-year old Jenny Bargamento was celebrated last Sunday, January 26 in the home of her favorite Tito Albert C. Rile. This was a joint celebration with the birthday of NDB’s Albert C. Rile’s father, the late Ricardo Rile. Among the guests present were Boy and his lovely wife Manon Cuadra, friends Jobart, John Mark, Daniela and Diane and Socorro Rile Trayfalgar, her half brother Rafael Rile, Jr. and his wife Ninay who came later with Lablab Rile, daughter of Rex, nephew of ACR. The party started promptly at 3:00PM when Boy and Manon, Daniela and Diane came with their gifts for the celebrant who was in her favorite orange dress, a gift from her Tito Albert who also ordered the birthday cake from Goldilocks.
Birthday Celebrant Jenny Bargamento in her favorite brand new orange dress, a gift from her Tito Albert Rile.*
My father and my close friends who expressed concern over my future had always advised me to go for the 3B’s in my search for a partner for life: Beauty, Brains and Breeding. However, I would go for a lady’s charms, at least, an average IQ and definitely Good Breeding.
I remember when I was in high school, my father matched me with the oldest and very pretty daughter of his best friends and her name is Rhodora, after her beautiful mother who was a lawyer just like her husband. Unfortunately, I was too young to think of getting married much less of courting a girl as I was contemplating of a robed- and- gowned career then which my father was discouraging me from. That was precisely the reason why he was trying to match me with that girl. However, after finishing high school, Tatay advised me to finish college as most Filipino priests who had no college degree were assigned either at the kitchen or as janitors in the congregation where they belonged. That was before the Filipinisation of schools and colleges took place which both my late uncles Fr. Hilario A. Lim, SJ and Senator RoseIler Lim fought for- and which Filipino priests and nuns are thoroughly enjoying NOW!
Mayor Monico Puentevella is trying to finally get the Sidewalk Downtown and the Central Market organized - sounds like Erap! Hopefully, those in debt will pay the City and increase revenues for Bacolod which should be used for the improvement of the City of Smiles.
More importantly, the sidewalk would be freed from vendors and enable the people of Bacolod to walk freely when they go shopping downtown.
The University of the Philippines will be implementing the change in academic calendar effective this year meaning, enrollment will take place in August instead of June to accommodate its students who intend to pursue further studies abroad. This is true from the elementary through high school, college and post graduate levels. The change sounds good as this would also benefit students from other countries who plan to transfer and study here in the Philippines.
Let’s face it! In the States, both students and teachers have the luxury of heated classrooms in Winter and an air-conditioned atmosphere in Summer. Unfortunately, this is NOT True in our country where only a few institutions of higher learning can provide such services for their students and mentors. It gets cold here in December but now, the coldest month is in January - most likely due to climate change brought about by global warming! While it is true that sweaters and jackets are good enough to make one feel comfortable, in Summer, the heat becomes unbearable that people are restless which eventually affects the learning process. It is undoubtedly uncomfortable teaching and virtually impossible to assimilate knowledge when the temperatures rise to unbelievable proportions!
The sermon of Mons. Eduardo Gomboc at Our Lady of Compassion Parish in Gardenville, Tangub, Bacolod City on the Big Problem that beset St. Joseph when he found out that Mama Mary was with child was very inspiring. It must have been extremely difficult for him to learn that his supposed virgin bride was pregnant with a child not his. The monsignor could relate to the predicament as he mentioned that he too, has his big problem when he got paralyzed after a stroke. However, in St. Joseph’s case, the Angel revealed in a dream that the child that the Blessed Virgin was carrying was the Son of God and that he should be named Emmanuel, the Messiah. It sure was a relief! With Mons.
Gomboc, prayers and patience would definitely be a great help plus the competent hands of his Cardiologist who would do wonders on him by the grace of God.
As planned, Bel Air Homeowners held their Christmas Party and Despedida for Leo Sibala in the backyard of NDB’s Albert C. Rile on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Were they blessed with good weather and the absence of the roving brown out which they experienced for days in the past weeks- Praise the Lord! For the first time, a part of Carter St. was blocked since there were many guests who came for the first time in history.
Speaking of guests, Capt. Johnny Legaspina came with his pretty wife Connie, only son Sergie and lovely daughter Nina while Natnat, Jr. and his fiancée Christine Ruiz were with their parents Pare Natnat Sr. and Mare Luz Tamayo. Also in this exclusive group were Dr. Piring Vergoles, her daughter-in-law Connie and granddaughter Bel who is one of Bel Air’s "Prettiest Dancing Little Girls" along with Jenny and Janelle Bargamento and Sheena May Tamayo. Their surprise dance number was a hit! Neneng Kashiwagi was with her only son Ryosuki who had to leave early to review for their exams but her sister Remia and niece Jessa were with her and the group ‘till midnight drinking, chatting, singing, eating, etc. Neneng belted out "Heartache" with her melodious voice which definitely was a delight to her audience.
Soiree organizers in front of the Christmas tree. Front row seated on the floor (from left): Bel Vergoles, Jenny Bargamento, Sheena May Tamayo and Janelle Bargamento; (2nd row seated same order) Tata and Raquel Perez, Ailyn and Leo Sibala, Natnat Tamayo, Sr., Albert Rile, Luz Tamayo and Catalina Talde.*