Important note to all The Filipino Scribe subscribers

If you received a notification about this post through email, then you are one of the subscribers of The Filipino Scribe (TFS). Before anything else, I’d like to thank each of you for being regular readers of this blog.

As I have said time and again, this blog has gone a long way from its simple beginnings back in 2011. After three years and 552 articles, TFS has now received over 2.6 million page views. As the sole administrator of this blog, I can’t help but be proud of that achievement.

In those three years, TFS has been hosted in Since WordPress takes care of everything, from backing up of blog entries to page security, I was able to focus my (limited!) time on writing.

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The Filipino Scribe’s interface as seen mobile (credits to my student Miguel Maravilla)


However, this set-up is like me just renting an apartment instead of having my own house. Although has been a magnificent host, I felt it’s high time for TFS to be self-hosted.

This will give me more flexibility to tweak this site as I please, particularly its overall appearance. This will also allow me to earn more from this endeavor. As I noted in a post last January, I have earned very little through WordAds.

I am leaning toward tapping BlueHost as my new blog host, with as the new platform. If the entire migration process go smoothly, you shall see the upgraded version of TFS by April 21 at the latest.

For now, I am asking all WordPress subscribers of TFS to re-subscribe by entering your email address in the space provided in the right side of this web page (below “Subscribe to this blog!”). You can see it just above my Twitter widget.

As one song says, “This is not goodbye, this is starting over.” See you all very soon. 😉

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Mar Roxas, nagmura dahil sa limang libong piso?

Did he do “it” again?

As Filipinos were preparing for the Lenten holidays, television news anchor Arnold Clavio made an explosive revelation in his column for the tabloid Abante.

Clavio wrote in his article published last April 16 that Interior Secretary Mar Roxas made a scene inside the elite Wack Wack Golf and Country Club during a visit early this month.

Citing an internal incident report, Clavio narrated that Roxas became very upset upon being informed by a registration staff that he has to pay an additional P5,100 for having a companion in the golf course fairway. The companion was identified as Rey Pagunsan, said to be a professional golfer.

Roxas insisted that he should not be paying for Pagunsan’s presence since he will only be “teaching him.” When the staff explained to the secretary that it is what the rules stipulate, Roxas shot back: “T____ ina! Walang presi-presidente sa akin!” He is said to be referring to Philip Ella Juico, the club president.

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From Mr. Palengke to Mr. Palengkero?

T____ ina! Walang bawal-­bawal sa akin!!!” Roxas further reiterated. His wife Korina Sanchez came over to him upon noticing the commotion but it is not clear if she tried to pacify her husband. In fact, Roxas went on to berate another golf course employee who was tasked to check his payment receipt.

Juico for his part told Philippine Star that his group will be investigating the matter after the Holy Week.

Refusing to pay P5,000 may seem to be a trivial matter for a scion of an aristocratic family like Roxas, but the bigger issue here is his refusal to abide by the rules. If the incident report cited by Clavio in his column is accurate, it is clear that Roxas thinks he can just disregard rules based on his own whim.

This episode involving Roxas is similar to that incident last November involving Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and his sister, Senator Nancy Binay. To restate it briefly, the Binays were barred by three security guards from leaving the exclusive Dasmarinas Village through the Banyan road exit close to midnight of November 30.

The guards said they were merely following the rules agreed upon by the village homeowners. To make matters worse, the three guards were taken into custody by personnel from the Makati police department.  The Binay camp unsurprisingly denied that the guards were placed under arrest.

It can be recalled that Roxas was widely ridiculed in 2008 when he was caught cursing in public during a protest rally at that time. Is it natural for Mr. Palengke to blurt out expletives during inappropriate occasions?

Postscript: Curiously, Juico is the husband of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chair Margarita Juico. The couple has longstanding ties to the Aquino family, dating back to the administration of the late former President Corazon Aquino. In recent years, the Juico couple has been identified with the Samar faction of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration.

The group first gained attention in 2010 when they pushed for the vice presidential bid of then-Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay over Roxas, Aquino’s running-mate.

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Arrest warrant issued vs Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee

A branch of Taguig Metropolitan Trial Court has issued an arrest warrant against freelance model Deniece Cornejo, businessman Cedric Lee Monday afternoon.

The arrest warrant was issued in connection to the grave coercion case that actor-comedian Vhong Navarro filed against Cornejo, Lee, and six others last January.

The arrest warrant comes four days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a resolution stating that there is probable cause for the filing of grave coercion and serious illegal detention against Lee and Cornejo as well as their companions Ferdinand Guerrero, Bernice Lee, Simeon Raz, Jose Paolo Calma, and Jed Fernandez.

Lee reportedly booked a Cebu Pacific flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates over the weekend but eventually canceled it. Guerrero, for his part, was stopped by immigration officials from leaving  for Hong Kong Monday morning.

It was later explained that technically, Lee and his fellow accused can still leave the country since there’s no arrest warrant against them yet although DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima warned the group that they can be held liable for obstruction of justice.

UPDATE: According to a report by ABS-CBNPresiding Judge Bernard Pineda Bernal of the Taguig MTC has set the bail at P12,000 for Lee and his cohorts. 

The serious illegal detention case meanwhile is being heard separately at Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 271. It is a non-bailable offense, but no arrest warrant has been issued so far.

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Dionisia Pacquiao’s ‘dirty finger’ becomes Internet sensation

Oops, she did it again.

While Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao was busy hammering American boxer Timothy Bradley during their April 13 rematch (Saturday evening in Las Vegas, Nevada), someone else caught the attention of local and international journalists alike – his mother Dionisia Pacquiao.

Sometime during the third round of her son’s bout, the flamboyant 64-year-old was seen on television moving wildly from her ringside seat. She wore a white Filipiniana dress for the fight.

She appeared to be shouting words against her son’s opponent while clutching a rosary and a prayer booklet. At what point, she also seemed to show a dirty finger (although that may be unintentional).

Facebook user Mond Villafria uploaded a 16-second clip of the elder Pacquiao’s antics:

Some observers joked that Mrs. Pacquiao may have cast a “voodoo hex” against her son’s rival.

Manny Pacquiao ended the night on a victorious note, snatching the WBO welterweight title from Bradley via a convincing unanimous decision – 118-110, 116-112, and 116-112.

Curiously, the mother of the returning champion approached Bradley shortly after ring announcer Michael Buffer declared the judges’ decision. What she told her son’s vanquished opponent remains not known.

But clearly, his mom made her presence felt, with the venerable American newspaper USA Today dubbing her the “star of the night.” Also, new Internet memes featuring this image has become viral.

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Did Dionesia Pacquiao flash a dirty finger against Timothy Bradley? LOL

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Sam Concepcion is Chef’s Noodle Philippines’ latest endorser

Actor and singer Sam Concepcion will be the new endorser of Korean restaurant Chef’s Noodle Philippines. He was officially introduced to selected bloggers and members of the media during an event last April 10 at their Robinsons Magnolia branch.

“The restaurant has been known for its delectable dishes and high culinary quality. Who would not want to be associated with that,” Concepcion said, adding that it’s an honor for him to be a Chef’s Noodle endorser like television host Grace Lee as well as Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup.

Concepcion added: “I especially love Chef’s Noodle because you get to enjoy a delicious meal at an affordable price. It’s a cool combination of a fast food meal and a fine dining setting,” he added.

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Sam Concepcion during his launch as the latest endorser of Chef’s Noodle Philippines (photo by MJ Cereneo)

Scoring an endorsement deal with Chef’s Noodle Philippines is the latest addition to Concepcion’s recent career successes. His songs “Mahal na Mahal” and “Dati” became big hits. He’s also one of the lead stars in the new ABS-CBN fantasy series “Mirabella.”

Concepcion will also be one of the featured acts in “Arise,” the 30th anniversary concert of music icon Gary Valenciano tonight. In an interview with Buzz ng Bayan, Valenciano said he sees Concepcion as his “heir apparent.” He also described him as “one of the most underrated singers” in the country today.

The actor-singer thanked his fans for their unwavering support since his days as a contestant in Little Big Star back in 2006. “They helped me grow all through these years. Thanks to all the Samsters!”

Speaking to The Filipino Scribe (TFS), Nancy Go, Chef’s Noodle’s operations manager, said their company decided to tap Concepcion because of his appeal to the youth. “We thought this brand needs a young face and someone who can help us with our target market,” she said.

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Sam Concepcion with Ms Nancy Go, Chef’s Noodle Philippines operations manager (photo by MJ Cereneo)

Go likewise commended Concepcion’s versatility as an entertainer. ”No one in this generation can sing, dance, and act as well as he does!”

Chef’s Noodle offers a wide array of Korean cuisine which includes Starking Fire Sushi, Bibimbap, Japchae, Haemul Seafood Pajun (Korean pancake with shrimp and squid, spring onions, and bell pepper), Leek Shrimp Twigim, Chicken Kas (breaded chicken fillet with white creamy sauce), and Spicy Dukbokki.

Visit Chef’s Noodle Philippines’ official Facebook page on this link.

BJ Albert is Nikki Gil’s new boyfriend

TV host and actress Nikki Gil finally has a new boyfriend, almost a year after her high-profile breakup with fellow entertainer Billy Crawford. In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine last December, Gil hinted that the former international celebrity cheated on her.

A reliable source confirmed to The Filipino Scribe (TFS) that the new man in the singer’s life is indeed young entrepreneur BJ Albert. The source, who is identified with the Alberts, requested that her identity be withheld because she is not authorized to speak on the subject.

As indicated in his Facebook page, Albert is a psychology graduate from the Ateneo de Manila University (batch 2007). He finished high school from De La Salle Zobel in 2003.

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BJ Albert is Nikki Gil’s new boyfriend (photo taken from his Facebook page)

The two had been the subject of speculations since Gil admitted last February that she is dating again. At that time, Gil merely described Albert as a “29-year-old guy with an adult job.” She also pointed out that she and her suitor have a lot of mutual friends.

BJ Albert is the son of Cris and Butch Albert, the couple managing FILA Philippines. The tandem marked their 20th wedding anniversary early this year (read this article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer).

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BJ Albert with his mom Cris (second from left)

The younger Albert co-owns 2nd’s (read as “seconds”), a high-end restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Visit the restaurant’s website here.

(Postscript: The source added that BJ is the nephew of singer Joey Albert.)

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Ilang lugar sa NCR at Cavite, mawawalan ng tubig sa Semana Senta

Maraming bahagi ng Metro Manila at lalawigan ng Cavite ang mawawalan ng suplay ng tubig mula Abril 16 hangang 18. Ito ay ayon sa Maynilad Water Services.

Sa isang anunsyo sa website nito, sinabi ng Maynilad na ang pansamantalang pagtigil sa suplay ng tubig sa mga nabanggit na araw ay dahil sa gagawing “interceptor drainage box culvert” ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sa Blumentritt, Maynila.

Ito ay isasagawa upang masolusyunan ang parating pagbaha sa nasabing lungsod. Paliwanag ng Maynilad, ang proyektong ito ay tatama sa kanilang water pipe na nasa eskinita ng Juan Luna at Hermosa.

We must re-align our pipe prior to the implementation of the said DPWH project,” pahayag ng Maynilad. Dagdag pa nito: We will need 72 hours to expose, dewater, re-align and energize our pipe because it is a seven-foot-tall primary line.”

Hinikayat ng Maynilad ang mga residenteng maaapektuhan na huwag kalimutang mag-ipon ng tubig na maaaring magamit sa loob ng tatlong araw. Maaaring tumawag ang mga kustomer ng Maynilad sa 1626 para sa anumang reklamo o katanungan.

Kabilang sa pansamantalang mawawalan ng serbisyo ng Maynilad ang mga sumusunod na lugar:

Caloocan: mula April 16, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay 8, 12, 14, 21-51

Malabon: April 16, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Longos

Maynila: April 16, noon hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay 1–186, 198–202, 202–A, 203–222, 227–233, 275

Maynila: April 17, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay 649, 650, 654–660–A, 661, 663, 664, 666–727, 729–762, 821–857, 860–862, 864–868, 960

Navotas: April 16, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay Bangculasi, North Bay Boulevard North (including Navotas Fishport Complex),North Bay Boulevard South, at San Rafael Village

Makati: April 17, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay Bangkal, Palanan, Pio del Pilar, San Isidro

Pasay: April 16, noon hanggang April 17, 5 p.m.; April 18, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Barangay 75 (Zone 10), 76 (Zone 10), 77 (Zone 10), 78 (Zone 10) at 79 (Zone 10) sa San Rafael
– Barangay 144, 146, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 
176, 177, 188, at 189 sa Malibay
– Barangay 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 152, 187, at 190 sa Don Carlos Revilla St. at 151 at 155 sa Edang
– 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 184, 185, at 186 sa Maricaban
– 183 sa Villamor
– 191 sa Electrical Road
– 192, 193 at 194 sa Pildera I and Pildera II
– 195, 196, 197, at 198 sa Baltao
– 199 at 200 sa Rivera Village
– 201 sa Kalayaan

Pasay: April 17, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– 1–9, 15–23, 33–37, 41–74, 75 (nasa paligid ng F.B. Harrison St., Ignacio St., Park Ave., at EDSA)

80–143, 144 (nasa paligid ng Tripa de Gallina, A. Bonifacio St., Capt. M. Reyes St., at EDSA)

Las Piñas City: April 16, 11 a.m. hanggang April 17, 4 p.m.; April 18 ng tanghali hanggang April 19, 4 p.m.
– Daniel Fajardo, Elias Aldana, Ilaya, Manuyo Uno, at Manuyo Dos

Las Piñas City: April 16, 11 a.m. hanggang April 18, 7 p.m.
– Almanza Uno, Almanza Dos, CAA-B.F. International Village, Manuyo Dos, Pamplona Uno, Pamplona Dos, Pamplona Tres, 
Pulang Lupa Uno, Talon 1–5, at Zapote

Muntinlupa City: April 16, 11 a.m. hanggang April 18, 7 p.m.
– Alabang, Ayala Alabang, Bayanan, Cupang, Putatan, Poblacion, Sucat, at Tunasan

Muntinlupa City: April 16, ng tanghali hanggang April 17, 5 p.m.; April 18, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Sucat (along East Service Road)

Parañaque City: April 16, ng tanghali hanggangApril 17, 5 p.m.; April 18, 1 p.m. hanggang April 19, 2 p.m.
– Baclaran, Don Galo, La Huerta, Merville, Moonwalk, San Martin de Porres, Sto. Niño, San Dionisio, Sun Valley, Tambo, at Vitalez

Parañaque City: April 16, ng tanghali hanggang April 17, hatinggabi.; April 18, tanghali hanggang April 19, 7 p.m.
– BF (whole of BF Parañaque and Las Piñas), Don Bosco, Marcelo Green, San Antonio, San Isidro


Cavite City: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 9 p.m.
– Brgys. 1–84

Noveleta: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 6 p.m.
– Magdiwang, San Antonio I–II, San Jose I–II

Noveleta: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 9 p.m.
– Poblacion, Salcedo I–II, San Juan I–II, San Rafael I–IV, Sta. Rosa I–II

Bacoor: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 2 p.m.
– Alima, Aniban I–V, Banalo, Campo Santo, Daang Bukid, Digman, Dulong Bayan, Habay I–II, Kaingin, Ligas I–II, Mabolo I–III, Maliksi I–III, Mambog V, Niog I–III, Panapaan I–VIII (P. F. Espiritu), Real I–II, Salinas, Sineguelasan, Tabing Dagat, Talaba I–VII, Zapote I–V

Bacoor: April 17, 1 p.m. hanggang April 18, 2 p.m.
– Bayanan, Molino I–IV, VI , Mambog I–V, San Nicolas I–III, Ligas III

Kawit: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 6 p.m.
– Alima, Aniban I–V, Banalo, Campo Santo, Daang Bukid, Digman, Dulong Bayan, Habay I–II, Kaingin, Ligas I–II, Mabolo I–III, Maliksi I–III, Mambog V, Niog I–III, Panapaan I–VIII (P. F. Espiritu), Real I–II, Salinas, Sineguelasan, Tabing Dagat, Talaba I–VII, Zapote I–V

Imus: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 2 p.m.
– Palico I–IV, Poblacion 1A–C, Poblacion IIA–B, Poblacion IIIA–B, Poblacion IVA–D, Tanzang Luma I-III

Imus: April 16 ng tanghali hanggang April 18, 6 p.m.
– Anabu IA–IG, Anabu IIA–IIF, Bayan Luma II, IV, VII–IX, Bucandala II, Buhay na Tubig, Malagasang IA–B, Medicion IIC, Tanzang Luma IV–VI, Toclong 1A–CC.

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