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Daily Archives: July 29, 2012

Class suspensions – July 30, 2012

July 31 2012 – no classes?: No class suspensions have been announced for today, July 31, 2012.

(As of 11 AM:) The following cities and universities are now confirmed to have suspended classes:

    • San Juan (Kinder to High School, Private and Public Schools)
    • Quezon City (Kinder to High School, Private and Public Schools)
    • Navotas (Kinder to High School, Private and Public Schools)
    • Manila (Pre-school to High School)
    • Pasay (Kinder to High School, Private and Public Schools)
    • Malabon (Malabon Elementary School and Malabon High School)
    • Mandaluyong (Kinder to High School, Private and Public Schools)
    • Pasig (All Levels)
    • Makati (All Levels)
    • Marikina (Pre-school to High School)
    • Muntinlupa (All levels)
    • Taguig (Preperatory to High School, Public and Private)
    • Valenzuela City (Kinder to High School, Private and Public Schools)
    • Parañaque (All Levels)
    • Caloocan City
    • Las Piñas City
    • Pateros (morning classes)

    Monday classes in the following areas outside Metro Manila were also suspended:

    • Laguna (all levels)
    • Nueva Ecija (all levels)
    • Malolos City, Bulacan (preschool to high school)
    • Bulacan, Bulacan
    • Marilao, Bulacan (preschool to elementary)
    • Obando, Bulacan (all levels)
    • Meycauayan, Bulacan
    • Antipolo City, Rizal (all levels)
    • Montalban, Rizal
    • Angono, Rizal
    • Teresa, Rizal
    • Morong, Rizal
    • Montalban, Rizal (all levels)
    • Tanay, Rizal
    • Cainta, Rizal (all levels)
    • Taytay, Rizal
    • Rodriguez, Rizal (all levels)
    • Dasmariñas, Cavite (Pre-school to High School, Private and Public Schools)
    • Hagonoy, Bulacan
    • Laurel, Batangas
    • Ibaan, Batangas
    • Bacoor, Cavite
    • Baliwag, Bulacan
    • Bacoor City, Cavite (Pre-school to Elementary)
    • Carmona, Cavite
    • Magallanes, Cavite (all levels)
    • Kawit, Cavite
    • Naic, Cavite (all levels)
    • Rosario, Cavite (Pre-school to High School)
    • Talisay, Batangas (preschool to elementary)
    • Tuy, Batangas (all levels)
    • Ternate, Cavite
    • Alitagtag, Batangas
    • Plaridel, Bulacan
    • Paombong, Bulacan
    • Balayan, Taal, Lian, San Pascual, and Balete, Batangas (preschool to high school)
    • Sasmuan, Pampanga
    • Balagtas, Bulacan
    • Batangas City
    • Imus, Cavite
    • Agoncillo, Batangas
    • Calaca, Batangas
    • Lipa City, Batangas
    • Cuenca, Batangas
    • Maragondon, Cavite
    • Noveleta, Cavite
    • Mataas Na Kahoy, Batangas
    • Bocaue, Bulacan
    • Tanza, Cavite

    Meanwhile, the following tertiary institutions have suspended classes:

    • University of Santo Tomas (all levels)
    • Colegio de San Juan de Letran (all levels)
    • Far Eastern University (all levels)
    • University of Asia and the Pacific (work also suspended)
    • Taguig City University
    • Polytechnic University of the Philippines campuses in Metro Manila (work also suspended)
    • St Paul University, Quezon City
    • Philippine School of Business Administration, Manila
    • Technological Institute of the Philippines
    • De La Salle University Taft, Makati, Ortigas, and Dasmariñas campuses
    • National University
    • City College of Manila
    • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
    • DLSU-College of Saint Benilde (work also suspended)
    • University of the East Manila and Caloocan campuses
    • Centro Escolar University (all campuses)
    • San Sebastian College – Recoletos
    • Our Lady of Fatima University
    • University of the Philippines Manila
    • St Scholastica’s College Manila
    • Arellano University (all campuses)
    • Lyceum of the Philippines, Manila and Cavite campuses
    • Rizal Technological University
    • Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology
    • STI College (Recto, Novaliches)
    • University of the Philippines Diliman (8am to 1pm; classes resume 1pm)
    • University of the Philippines Los Baños
    • University of Perpetual Help in Las Piñas, Molino, and Calamba
    • St Mary’s College (work also suspended)
    • San Beda College (Manila, Rizal campuses)
    • Miriam College
    • FTI College Marikina
    • Arellano University
    • Asia Paciic College
    • New Era University

PS: This blog post will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.

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Noynoy Aquino vs Noli de Castro – Ex VP’s daughter reacts

President Benigno Aquino III slammed (or scolded, as ABS-CBN put it) former Vice President (VP) and current TV Patrol news anchor during the said program’s 25th anniversary party last Friday night. Aquino, who did not mention De Castro by name during his tirade, recounted instances when the former VP made negative commentaries against certain government initiatives during the newscast. The full text of Aquino’s remarks is now posted in the government website.

Echoing his predecessor’s frequent attacks on the media, Aquino said: “Ang pagkiling sa negatibismo ay mag-aatras lamang sa dapat sana’y pag-usad na ng ating bayan at mga kapwa Pilipino” (Leaning on negativism will only push back the impending progress of our nation).

Aquino then sought to rationalize his actuations that night before closing his speech: “Muli, at ako po’y pagpasensyahan ninyo kung masyadong prangka (na) nagsalita ngayong gabi. Maganda na ho siguro ‘yung totoo ang sabihin para magkaunawan tayo nang maliwanang” (Please pardon my excessive frankness tonight. I believe it’s better for us to tell the truth for us to understand each other better).”

De Castro did not make any public comments about Aquino’s pointed remarks against him, but his daughter Kat reacted via Facebook. The TV host wrote: “Kapag inimbita ka sa tahanan ng isang tao, huwag mong titirahin.” Paraphrasing a famous quote by former US president Harry Truman, the younger De Castro later added: “If you can’t take the heat, get out! I will always be my father’s daughter.”

Kat De Castro reacts to Noynoy Aquino’s criticism of his dad Noli (click image to enlarge)

Here are some observations of this writer:

1. Aquino is fond of using formal occasions to bash people he does not like in their presence (remember Renato Corona?). What’s more troubling is that the nature of these events makes it impossible for the individuals he is attacking to react. There is nothing wrong with being frank, but this should be done at the right time and place. Mr. Aquino, have you left no sense of decency?

2. Nevertheless, this brouhaha once again brings into the surface two questions regarding TV Patrol. First, is it ethical for ABS-CBN to let De Castro resume his anchoring duties in the program just four months after his term as vice president ended? Second, is it right for “Kabayan” to make side comments during the newscast itself? The short answer to these questions – NO.

NOTE: Shortly before stepping down from the vice presidency in June 2010, De Castro revealed that he was offered a position in the Aquino cabinet. He declined the offer, and no one from the Aquino camp denied De Castro’s claim.

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