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.
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!
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.*
While it is true that Bel Air Bacolod Homeowners have expressed their sympathy for the victims of the recent ruthless super typhoon "Yolanda", they too have to move on just like everybody else. As a consequence, they will rejoice with the whole world over the coming of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by holding their traditional Christmas Party on Sunday, December 16 at 6PM in the home of NDB’s Albert Rile where the meeting took place lately. As decided, there will be a 500-peso contribution per family for the lechon and each one will bring his/her favorite dish for potluck. There will be exchange gifts and a lot of surprises in store for those in attendance.
Bel Air Socialites present at the meeting were Leo and Ailyn Sibala, Luz Tamayo, Raquel Perez, Catalina Talde, Marylou Merida, Capt. Johnny Legaspina and Connie Vergoles representing her Mommy Dr. Piring Vergoles. So far, the different food contributions indicated were as follows: Lechon Manok, spaghetti, Brazo de Mercedes, sotanghon, etc. Mrs. Talde will take care of the drinks.
Bel Air’s Socialites discussing their annual Christmas Party for 2013. Clockwise: Connie Vergoles, Raquel Peres, Ailyn Sibala, Catalina Talde (partly hidden), Marylou Merida, Luz Tamayo, NDB’s ACR, Capt. Johnny Legaspina and Leo Sibala.*
The fact that we in Bacolod were spared from that dreadful 7.2 magnitude earthquake (despite the tremors that we felt) and more recently from super typhoon "Yolanda," we have so much to be thankful for. We could only sympathize with and pray for our fellow countrymen in Bohol and Cebu, Samar and Leyte for what they had been through. It will take time but sooner or later they will be back to normal again. I’m sure they will.
Here in the Philippines, the biggest holiday celebration in November is the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls on the 1st and 2nd of November. In the Sates however, the most highly celebrated holiday aside from Christmas falls on the last Thursday of November which is Thanksgiving Day.
The devastating earthquake that recently hit mainly Bohol and Cebu has caused hundreds of lives and billions of property damages. It seems to be sending us a message- Keep the FAITH. We are quite fortunate that Bacolod was somehow spared, thank God!
Just when MonicoPuentevella was feeling elated that the Masskara celebration was a tremendous success, the Ombudsman’s case against him surfaced. It’s a pity that some local columnists are feasting on this issue. His lawyers have filed a motion for consideration however so, let’s hope he pulls through. If not, Vice Mayor Gasataya should be able enough to take over. Good Luck!
Former Pulupandan Mayor Magsie Pena was in the news again with the illegal possession of firearms. His lawyers claim that the firearms taken from Pena’s ancestral home in Ubay were license. There is a possibility that he will be exonerated then, "All is well that ends well."
Janelle Bargamento (standing between Sheila May Tamayo and sister Jenny) about to blow the 9 candles on her birthday cake. From Left: NDB's Albert C. Rile (standing), Tamayo grandaughter and daughter-in-law; Seated are Mesdames Luz Tamayo, Esperanza C. Ramirez, Elisa C. Unson, Pilar C. Mendiola, Manon Cuadra and her hubby Boy (Not the Drug Lord) Cuadra.
It took almost 50 years for me to go back to Sydney supposedly on a sentimental journey but my colleagues whom I worked with at LifeSavers (candy with a hole) are either retired or they are gone! Actually, most of them were older than I.
After a seven and a half hour-flight from Manila, PAL’s Boeing 777-300 finally landed at the Land Down Under. I took a shuttle bus from Kingsford International Airport to the hotel at Kings Cross. Australia is 3 hours ahead of the Philippines hence, we left@9:40PM Wednesday and reached Sydney @8AM the following morning. After brunch, I went around Kings Cross which is said to be "where the action is" but it was broad daylight so, I could only see old folks reading or chatting in the Park and a couple sun bathing. At night, there were men and women (probably pimps) trying to pull people off the streets to watch burlesque shows. I got that invitation but I turned it down!