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Ramiele Malubay: How Far Will She Go?

January 31st, 2008 No comments
Another Filipino is on the way to Hollywood! Ramiele is a petite (4"11) 20 year old Filipino-American. She auditioned for American Idol in the City of Miami, Florida. Simon voted "no" for her and commented that she sounds more like a "hotel singer" [don't know what that means]. But then she got two "yes"'s and made it through. Let's see if she can be, at least, in the top 20!

In the meantime, Renaldo Lapuz is fast becoming an Internet Celebrity and I just found out that I was right when I said that he was a Filipino. He was formerly a tricycle driver in Sikatuna Village in QC but now has a contract with American Idol (I wonder what is stated in the contract...) Well, Simon was right when he said that he had a "horrible" feeling that his audition song will became a hit!
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Inquirer Southern Luzon More ‘Reming’ survivors in Bicol get new … – Inquirer.net

January 31st, 2008 No comments

Inquirer Southern Luzon More ‘Reming’ survivors in Bicol get new
Inquirer.net, Philippines – 1 hour ago
Fifty more houses will be turned over in Naga City in Camarines Sur, Coronado said. Construction of the 53 houses was funded by Compassion International

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Atilano aims to overcome hurdle – Manila Bulletin

January 31st, 2008 No comments

Atilano aims to overcome hurdle
Manila Bulletin, Philippines – Jan 30, 2008
Atilano dominated her favorite event in her last two appearances in the Palarong Pambansa in 1997 in Naga City and 1998 in Bacolod before joining the

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Atilano aims to overcome hurdle – Manila Bulletin

January 31st, 2008 No comments

Atilano aims to overcome hurdle
Manila Bulletin, Philippines – 1 hour ago
Atilano dominated her favorite event in her last two appearances in the Palarong Pambansa in 1997 in Naga City and 1998 in Bacolod before joining the

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New strategies for Pagibig loan applicants – Philippine Information Agency

January 30th, 2008 No comments

New strategies for Pagibig loan applicants
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines – 45 minutes ago
The first strategy is the Offsite processing where PAG-Ibig personnel goes to places like Talisay City, Naga City, Toledo City and Balamban,

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A Viracnon keeps the peace in Mariveles – Catanduanes Tribune

January 30th, 2008 No comments

A Viracnon keeps the peace in Mariveles
Catanduanes Tribune, Philippines – 7 minutes ago
Though he spent his adolescent years in Naga City, Enrico felt he is in more ways a Viracnon. And he admits enjoying the best times of his life whenever he

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An Angel and a Devil Among Us

January 29th, 2008 No comments

junlisondra posted a photo:

An Angel and a Devil Among Us

Naga Central Terminal
Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

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Locating Apocalypse Now in the Philippine History

January 29th, 2008 No comments
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Undermining Institutions

January 28th, 2008 No comments

Two Saturdays ago, I had to read to my father and explain to him a petition that we had to sign to appeal the ruling of Malacanan on the reconstitution of our “citizenship case”. He is turning 85 years old this July and he now has difficulty hearing. (My father, who was stricken with retinitis pigmentosa, has been blind since I was four years old, 46 years ago. How he has raised us and be what we are now, despite his disability is another story altogether.) The case was filed sometime in 1992 when I parted ways with the Villafuertes and was dismissed by the Bureau of Immigration (BID)sometime in 1995. It was revived when I decided to run again in 2001, with the BID ordering its reconstitution because according to the complainant the records of the case were lost. To make the long story short, we appealed the new BID ruling and the Department of Justice (DOJ) reversed it. Malacanan reversed the DOJ ruling just recently when it was brought to them on appeal. Hence, our petition to the Court of Appeals. While I have accepted this as part of the consequences for being on the other side of the political fence, it pains me to see my father go through all these harrassments. My citizenship case has gone through four Presidents. Sadly, decisions on the matter depended on how close were our opponents to the powers that be.

Almost at the same time, I received another complaint filed with the Comelec to remove me as City Mayor because of my citizenship. The timing is suspect. Commissioners Borra and Tuason, signatories of the Comelec en banc resolution affirming my Filipino citizenship and qualification to be  elected, are retiring next month. Commissioners Ferrer and Brawner, who formed part of the division which disqualified me last year, will still be around. (We moved that Commissioners Ferrer and Brawner inhibit themselves from my case. Commissioner Brawner did. Commissioner Ferrer did not. We obtained and presented a PAGC certification that Commissioner Ferrer, prior to his appointment to the Comelec, was lawyering for the Villafuertes.) The way things are now, its anything goes. I can not imagine how one Comelec division can reverse a Comelec en banc decision. But in my case, it happened. Although, later on, they decided to throw out the case because of a technicality. And maybe because of the public outcry generated by the unjust ruling. The fate of my citizenship case lies again on who will be appointed as replacements of the retiring Commissioners.

There seems to be a hidden hand in all of these. A case was filed with the Comelec six months after I already have taken office and a month before some Commissioners are retiring. The haste by which the DOJ ruling was reversed by Malacanang to pave the way for another deportation case makes me wonder all the more. The cards seem to be falling into place for another kill. While I am quite concerned as to how all of these will turn out, I believe my case pales in importance if we look at the bigger picture. The local allies of the administration, while they may have successfully harassed their opponents, have contributed to the erosion of the people’s trust and confidence on the national leadership and our institutions. I am sure mine is not an isolated case.

The recent surveys, whether, it is Pulse Asia or SWS, shows that the credibility of the government is close to its lowest ebb. People seem to have lost their trust on government institutions. Its stewards have failed us. Partisanship has been the call in most cases. The bureaucracy has been overly politicized. Retiring CSC Chairman Karina David, in fact, complained that that it has worsened during her watch. The light at the end of the tunnel might be “two and one half light years away still”. Let us just hope they do not amend the charter!

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Osme̱a supports LCP protest РInquirer.net

January 28th, 2008 No comments

Osmeña supports LCP protest
Inquirer.net, Philippines – Jan 28, 2008
Naga City Mayor Valdemar Chiong appealed to the LCP to give the new cities a chance to grow. He also denied that Naga did not meet the requirements mandated

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To hike IRA, mayors seek amendment to local gov’t code – Inquirer.net

January 28th, 2008 No comments

To hike IRA, mayors seek amendment to local gov’t code
Inquirer.net, Philippines – 1 hour ago
Mayors Madelaine Gazmen of Iriga City and Jesse Robredo of Naga City said the Local Government Code should be amended to raise the cities’ share in the IRA

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Goodbye Kepco, hello Global – Inquirer.net

January 28th, 2008 No comments

Goodbye Kepco, hello Global
Inquirer.net, Philippines – Jan 28, 2008
Every time I pass by the Salcon complex in Naga City, I always see what seems to be mounds of black soil where the Korean Electric Co.

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Toledo, Naga plants to give 100-MW power reserves – Inquirer.net

January 28th, 2008 No comments

Toledo, Naga plants to give 100-MW power reserves
Inquirer.net, Philippines – Jan 28, 2008
(Kepco) in Naga City will offset the projected growth of power consumption not only in Cebu but also in the entire CNP grid. The CNP grid gets most of its

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Toledo, Naga plants to give 100-MW power reserves – Inquirer.net

January 28th, 2008 No comments

Toledo, Naga plants to give 100-MW power reserves
Inquirer.net, Philippines – 1 hour ago
(Kepco) in Naga City will offset the projected growth of power consumption not only in Cebu but also in the entire CNP grid. The CNP grid gets most of its

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Toledo, Naga plants to give 100-MW power reserves – Inquirer.net

January 28th, 2008 No comments

Toledo, Naga plants to give 100-MW power reserves
Inquirer.net, Philippines – 1 hour ago
(Kepco) in Naga City will offset the projected growth of power consumption not only in Cebu but also in the entire CNP grid. The CNP grid gets most of its

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