Monthly Archives: April 2013

Winners – 2013 Golden Screen Awards

Actor-politician Alfred Vargas and veteran entertainers Eddie Garcia and Gina Alajar won the top accolades in this year’s edition of the Golden Screen Awards. Organized by the Entertainment Press Society, the award-giving body is now on its 10th year.

This year, those who’ve received the said award at least twice the past ten years also received the Gallery of Distinction trophy. Collectively called as the “Dekada” awardees, they are the following: Ara Mina, Judy Ann Santos, Cherry Pie Picache, Eugene Domingo, Maricel Soriano, Iza Calzado, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Dennis Trillo, Tirso Cruz III, Aga Muhlach, Coco Martin, Sid Lucero, director Jeffrey Jeturian, and film producers Atty.Joji Alonso of Quantum Films, Ms.Malou Santos of Star Cinema and Mr. Antonio Tuviera of APT Entertainment. The event was held in Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan City.

The following are the winners in tonight’s awards show. Credits to for this list

  • BEST VISUAL/SPECIAL EFFECTS: Dave Yu of Mothership, “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles”
  • BEST MUSICAL SCORE: Vincent de Jesus, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo”
  • BEST SOUND DESIGN: Antonieto Carlos, “Supremo”
  • BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “Saan Ako Tutungo,” “Migrante”
  • BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Erin John Martir and Adrian Torres, “Supremo”
  • BEST EDITING: Randy Gabriel, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo”
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Carlos Mendoza, “Bwakaw”
  • BEST STORY: Jun Lana, “Bwakaw”
  • BEST SCREENPLAY ADAPTATION: Jerry Gracio, “Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino”
  • BEST DIRECTION: Jun Lana, “Bwakaw”
  • LINO BROCKA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (presented by Maricel Soriano): Mother Lily Monteverde
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (DRAMA): Alfred Vargas, “Supremo” and Eddie Garcia, “Bwakaw” (tie)
  • BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE (DRAMA): Gina Aalajar, “Mater Dolorosa”Please “like” The Filipino Scribe on Facebook!

Enrique Gil as Juan Ponce Enrile on ‘MMK’

“Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK) is continuing this coming Saturday its questionable practice of featuring the life story of political figures who are involved, directly or indirectly, in an upcoming election. The said drama anthology series will feature the life story of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for its April 27 and May 4 episode.

Hunk actor Enrique Gil will play Enrile during his early life in the two-part episode directed by Nuel Crisostomo Naval. In a press release, ABS-CBN noted that this is “Primetime Prince” Enrique Gil’s first starring role in an MMK episode. The April 27 episode will cover Enrile’s life as an abandoned son (he was born Juanito Furagannan) who struggled with extreme poverty and as a guerrilla fighter during World War II.

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Enrique Gil will portray Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile during his younger years in the April 27 edition of “MMK”

Also starring in this episode are Malou de Guzman, Bugoy Cariño, Bernard Palanca, Paco Evangelista, Ya Chang, Helga Krapf, BJ Forbes, Josef Elizalde, Marx Topacio, Efren Reyes Jr., Alicia Alonzo, Bodjie Pascua, Rochelle Barrameda, Ian Galliguez, Simon Ibarra, Joe Gruta, Jong Cuenco, Almira Muhlach, and Jessica Connelly.

Political context

Enrile has been a national political figure since the late 1960s. At age 89, Enrile has held different positions in both the executive and legislative branches of government. Lately however, the Senate President has earned flak for publishing an autobiography that many deemed whitewashes his role during Martial Law. His highly-publicized tiff with Senators Alan Cayetano, Miriam Santiago, and Antonio Trillanes early this year over alleged misuse of Senate funds also put him in a negative light.

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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nevertheless, these developments haven’t stopped Enrile from fielding his son Jack (who currently serves as a congressman from Cagayan) in the May 2013 senatorial race. If surveys are to be believed, the younger Enrile has a chance of making it to the senate, albeit barely.

For this election cycle, MMK has shown the life story of Grace Poe and Alan Cayetano, who are both running under the administration ticket.  Once the campaign period for national candidates kicked in, doing this already became illegal. According to Article 6.7 of Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Elections Act, the portrayal of the life or biography of a candidate in a theater, television station, or any public forum during the campaign period is prohibited.

One obvious loophole to this is the fact that MMK can still show the life story of a candidate’s close relative. This is not exactly unprecedented:

2004 – Rene Cayetano life story (His daughter Pia is running for Senator)



2010 – Ninoy and Cory Aquino story (Their son Benigno III is running for President)

Did Enrile ask the people behind MMK to feature his life story, or is it the other way around? Did Manong Johnny actually write a letter for Charo Santos? Either way, where’s the delicadeza?



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Benjamin Alves vs Daniel Padilla – Journalism gone wrong?

Fans of Kapamilya star Daniel Padilla are up in arms over alleged nasty comments made against their idol by Kapuso actor Benjamin Alves. Alves is in hot water after describing Padilla’s song “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” as a track “he’d like to skip” in a brief question and answer piece written by Vincent Anthon Garcia.

It appeared in Gulf News, an English-language newspaper published from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Keep in mind that it is not stated how Garcia was able to get in touch with Alves. This is how the supposed exchange went:

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Actor Benjamin Alves of GMA 7 allegedly made disparaging comments against Daniel Padilla’s hit song.

Song on repeat mode:

One Way or Another by One Direction. Great song. Love playing it over and over again.

Song that makes you cry:


Song that makes you move:

Gentleman by Psy. Not as great as Gangnam Style, but still makes me move.

At karaoke, you would sing:

Payphone by Maroon 5. All for fun, why not?

Track that you would want to skip:

“Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” by Daniel Padilla. Try listening to it, or any song of his, and you will know why.

Alves and his manager Jonas Gaffud were quick to do damage-control. “I was never interviewed for this Dubai tabloid magazine. Surprised just as much as you guys. Sorry to all who read this bogus interview,” Alves said via Twitter.

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Alves has denied making negative remarks against Padilla’s song via Twitter.

His manager Jonas Gaffud also reiterated this fact, saying that “someone used his image and name.” He added: “And (to) whoever made up that article, where’s responsible journalism? Benjamin won’t answer like that. He is a very intelligent and decent man.”

How do we make sense of all these? Garcia, the original writer of the article, should step forward to either stand by or disown his story. If he has proof (an email correspondence or a recorded conversation) that Alves indeed made those comments, he must come out with it. If he engaged in fiction writing, then he should quit journalism pronto.

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‘Kurot Principle’ of Financial Management

The following essay came from Vic and Avelynn Garcia’s book “Kontento Ka Na Ba Sa KaPERAhan Mo?” and was first posted by Larry Collin in his Facebook page. This provides an excellent take on the financial mismanagement that haunts most Filipinos. Published by Unleash International Bookstore, the book is available in National Bookstore, Powerbooks, Fullybooked, OMF, and other leading bookstores nationwide. Contact 0922-UNLEASH (8653274) or 664-0892, 632-0148 local 8002-8003 for details. You can also click this link to order online.

Ano ‘yung Kurot Principle? Ay, ang ganda nitong Kurot Principle na ito. To better understand this, I will tell you a story of a person na balak bumili ng cellphone worth P1,000. Nagkataong mayroon siyang P100,000 na savings. Puwede ba siyang bumili ng cellphone? Puwede, kasi yung P1,000, kurot lang ‘yon sa kanyang savings.

May pangalawang taong balak bumili ng cellphone. Ang bibilhin niya ay worth P1,000 din. Mayroon siyang savings sa bangko na P1,000. Bumili siya ng cellphone. Anong tawag dun? Dakot na ‘yun! Dinakot lahat ang pera niya!

May pangatlong tao, balak bumili ng cellphone, pero walang savings. P1,000 lang naman ‘yung bibilhin niya. Bumili siya. Anong tawag ‘dun? Utang na ‘yun!

Ang tanong: ano’ng prinsipyo ang ginagamit mo sa buhay mo? Kurot, dakot, o utang?

Magtataka pa ba tayo kung bakit tayo naghihirap o baon sa utang? Ang gagaling nating dumakot! Ang gagaling nating umutang! Gusto mong yumaman? Starting today, matutong kumurot. Kapag may bibilhin, dapat kinukurot lang! Nagkakaintindihan ba tayo? Kapag ginawa mo ito, pangako, yayaman ka.

Pag-aralan nating muli ang mga pinakamayayaman sa Pilipinas, ang Chinoy. Again, bakit sila mayayaman? Ang gagaling nilang… kumurot! Tayo ang gagaling nating… dumakot! Sasampolan kita…

Pinoy vs. Chinoy Businessman

May dalawang negosyanteng nagsimula ng kanilang negosyo, isang Pinoy at isang Chinoy. Ang capital nila pareho ay P100,000.

Sa unang buwan, si Pinoy, kumita ng P10,000. Ano ang iniisip bilhin? Cellphone. Si Chinoy, kumita rin ng P10,000. Ano ang gagawin niya? Idadagdag niya sa puhunan.

So magkano na ngayon ang puhunan ni Chinoy? P110,000! Si Pinoy, P100,000 pa rin, pero may bago siyang cellphone. Ang ganda!

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“Kontento Ka Na Ba Sa KaPERAhan Mo?” by Vic and Avelynn Garcia (Photo credits: Larry Collin via Facebook)

Ituloy natin. After a few months, maganda ang takbo ng negosyo. Si Pinoy kumita ng P50,000. Ang Pilipinong may P50,000, ano ang balak bilhin? Bibili siya ng home theater, DVD, at LCD TV! Si Chinoy, kumita rin ng P50,000. Anong gagawin niya? Idadagdag uli sa puhunan niya. Magkano na ang puhunan niya? P160,000 na!

A few months later pa, ang Pinoy kumita ng P150,000! Ang Pilipinong mayroong P150,000, ano ang balak bilhin? Second-hand na kotse o pang-downpayment sa bagong kotse. Ang Chinoy, may P150,000. Ano’ng gagawin niya? Idadagdag sa puhunan! Magkano na ang puhunan niya? P310,000!

Buwan-buwan, si Pinoy kumikita. Dagdag siya ng dagdag ng gamit. Magkano ang puhunan niya? P100,000! Si Chinoy, buwan-buwan kumikita. Ano ang ginagawa niya? Dagdag ng dagdag sa puhunan niya. One day, Chinoy was able to save P1 million! So ginawa niya, he approached one supplier and said, “Supplier, kung bibili ako sa‘yo ng worth P1 million, bibigyan mo ba ako ng discount?” Hulaan mo kung ano ang sasabihin ng supplier. “Of course, ang dami mong bibilhin, kaya bibigyan kita ng additional 5% discount!”

Ngunit naisip ni Chinoy, “Hindi naman yata maganda na sa akin lahat ang 5%. Ang gagawin ko, bibigyan ko ang customers ko ng 3% discount at sa akin na lang ‘yung 2%.” Ibig sabihin, bababa ang presyo ng kanyang mga ibinebentang produkto.

It just so happened na magkatabi ang tindahan ni Chinoy at ni Pinoy. Pareho sila ng mga produktong ibinebenta. Given the situation, kanino kayo bibili? Kay Chinoy, because it’s cheaper. Ano ang mangyayari sa negosyo ni Pinoy? Malulugi na. Kasi mas mahal ang kaniyang produkto. Ano ang gagawin niya? Ibebenta niya ‘yung kotseng nabili niya ng P150,000. Sino ang bibili? Siyempre, ang maraming pera, si Chinoy. Tatawaran pa ni Chinoy ang kotse ng P80,000. Dahil gipit na si Pinoy, kahit palugi ay ibebenta na rin niya. Si Chinoy ngayon ay nagkaroon ng kotse na murang-mura lang!

After a few months, mauubos din ang P80,000 ni Pinoy. Ano ang susunod na gagawin ni Pinoy? Ang home entertainment niya ay ibebenta na rin. Magkano? P20,000 na lang. Sino ang bibili? Si Chinoy. Darating ang araw na pati ang cellphone ni Pinoy ay ibebenta na niya. Magkano niya ibebenta? P2,000 na lang! Isang araw, magsasara na ang negosyo ni Pinoy. Ano ang gagawin niya? Malamang, magtatrabaho na lang siya kay Chinoy. Ito ang kuwento ng bansang Pilipinas!

Naalala mo pa ba noong araw, mas mayayaman ang mga Pinoy kaysa sa mga Chinese. Bakit nagbago? Ano ba ang problema natin? Dakot kasi tayo ng dakot! Sila, kurot lang ng kurot!

Mayroon kaming naging participant before na nagsabi, “Sir, hindi naman totoo ‘yan! I know a Chinoy, he drives a BMW. That’s a P5 million car! Kurot ba ‘yun?” Malamang kurot ‘yun! Noong binili niya ‘yun, mayroon na siyang P100 million na savings! So kurot lang ‘yun! Nandiyan ka pa ba?

Isang Kahig, Isang Tuka

Saan ka makakakita ng mga taong isang kahig, isang tuka? Saan? Sa squatters area? Magtigil ka! Gusto mo’ng makakita ng mga taong isang kahig, isang-tuka? Sa Ortigas, sa Makati, may makikita ka.

What do I mean? Kapag hindi ka sumuweldo ng isang buwan, mabubuhay ba ang pamilya mo? Kung wala kang credit card, kung mawalan ka ng trabaho ngayon, ilang araw ang aabutin para mabuhay ng matino ang pamilya mo? Kapag nawalan ka ng suweldo, patay ka!

Ang mga Chinoy, kahit hindi muna kumita o magnegosyo, mabubuhay ng maganda. Bakit po? Kasi many years ago, kumahig sila ng kumahig at tumuka lang konti. Kaya marami sa kanila ngayon, tuka na lang ng tuka. Maraming Pinoy, kapag hindi tayo kumahig, wala tayong tutukain.

Ito ang masakit–sometimes, kahit matanda na tayo, kahig pa rin tayo ng kahig. Gaano karaming Pilipino ang 60 years old na ay trabaho pa rin ng trabaho? Puwede ba, simula ngayon, kumahig ka nang kumahig at iwasan munang tumuka. I-deprive ang sarili ng kaunti.

Ang pinakamasakit sa lahat ay ito–one day, you want to work, but you cannot work. You are already old. Why? Nagpakasasa ka kasi noong bata ka pa. Inubos mo na lahat ng lakas at kalusugan mo sa bisyo.

Tanong: Masama ba’ng bumili ng mahal? Sagot: Hindi! Basta kinukurot lang! Kapag nakakita ka ng kasamahan mong naka-Nike shoes, huwag mong husgahan kaagad iyong tao! Malay mo, kinurot lang niya iyon. At the end of the day, what is happening to other people is not important. What’s more important is what is happening to you.

Jaypee Santos vs Janine Tugonon and Danny O’Donoghue

Celebrities, from Britney Spears to Ruffa Gutierrez, have at one point or another expressed their desire for privacy. Privacy can be understood in simple scenarios like being able to buy something in a mall without throngs of people asking to have a picture with you, or being able to deal with your personal issues away from the prying eyes of the public. That is understandable, of course.

Even as a public figure, there are aspects of your life that other people have no business knowing. Nevertheless, it has been a long-accepted fact that losing one’s privacy is one of the curses that comes with being a celebrity. But, what about instances when these celebrities willingly wash their dirty linen in public?

In an appearance on Kris Aquino’s morning talk show Kris TV, Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon revealed that she and her boyfriend Jaypee Santos (who, for pity’s sake, is with her throughout the program) have already ended their relationship. While cooking tinola, Tugonon admitted to Aquino that her relationship with her erstwhile lover took a turn for the worse when she met Danny O’Donoghue, frontman of the Irish rock band The Script.

To cut the long story short, it seems that Tugonon willingly split with Santos to free herself for a potential relationship with O’Donoghue. This is human nature. You want to let go of what you have to get something better. Go to or Buy and Sell to know what I mean. Unfortunately for Tugonon, her new apple of the eye has a solid track record for flirting with just about any girl around, as MTV UK reports. So much for loyalty, eh?


Tugonon is a douche. She ditched her boyfriend to be able to flirt with The Scripts vocalist! On another note, that’s better than cheating on him. Whatever the ending of this episode, Tugonon has certainly not earned any ganda points. Now, isn’t it ironic that Tugonon will do all of these with the prodding of Aquino, who herself is guilty of sharing too much information about her life to us? Okay, back to work …


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Inquirer falls for fake Aquino Time magazine cover

The editors of Philippine Daily Inquirer were apparently duped into using a satirized version of a Time magazine cover in its front page today.  The broadsheet used a  satirical photo originally posted in the Facebook group “Showbiz Government” for its front page story about the inclusion of President Benigno Aquino III in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential persons in the world list. See it here:

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Philippine Daily Inquirer mistakenly uses a parodied Time cover for its front page (Credits:

This year, Time Magazine released seven cover versions for this special issue. Although included in this year’s Time 100, the United States-based magazine did not use Aquino as a cover image. Instead, one of those featured is 23-year old Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence (see below). She last year gained critical acclaim for her leading role in the movie Hunger Games. Note that President Aquino’s name can be seen on the lower right side of this particular cover.

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Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence on the latest cover of Time magazine. See President Aquino’s name on the lower right side.(credits:

Some  quick thoughts:

The photo from the Showbiz Government FB page actually contains clues that it’s just a parody. First, The Time Magazine logo is printed in white, not yellow (yellow, as we know, is a color forever associated with the Aquinos). Then, the image of Aquino used is a ridiculous one (although Newsweek did do that to then-Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann back in 2011). And lastly, why exactly will Time magazine use Aquino’s image in the cover for this issue? Is he more influential than say, Barack Obama?

This episode will surely be discussed in journalism and mass communication classes in the months and years ahead. What happened to the good editors there at Inquirer? Can’t they pay a quick visit to just to verify this cover?

INQUIRER REACTS VIA TWITTER: “Kudos to eagle-eyed tweeps who called our attention to the fake Time Mag cover. It was an oversight on our part. Thanks for the feedback!” (See their original tweet here.)

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Noynoy Aquino in Time 100 most influential list – AND SO?

United States-based Time Magazine released today their annual list of the 100 most influential persons in the world, and included this year is Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. Other world leaders recognized this year includes United States President Barack Obama, Argentinian-born Pope Francis, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. See the complete list here.

In his write-up, Time news director Howard Chua-Eoan said Aquino “quickly began making his own name” after winning the presidency in 2010 mainly by relying on his parents’ legacy. The author described the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. as the “Philippines’ most famous political martyr” and former President Corazon Aquino as the country’s “most beloved President” (so much superlatives, eh?).

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President Benigno Aquino III is included in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world (Credits:

“The sputtering economy stabilized and became hot,” the writer added. Chua-Eoan credited Aquino’s courage in pushing through the contentious reproductive health law even if the Philippines is a “fervently Catholic nation.” The magazine also noted that Aquino “became the face of the regional confrontation with Beijing over its claim to virtually all of the South China Sea,” a stance with still unknown consequences. For his courage, the writer says that Aquino should have the nickname “Ballsy.”

Given the extremely positive tone of this brief piece, it won’t be surprising if some Aquino allies (or probably he himself) will trumpet this as a seal of approval for the three-year old administration. Nevertheless, things must be put in perspective. First, being included in the Time 100 isn’t really an honor. How can that be when even the way the magazine uses the term “influence” is subject to debate? Read this article from Wikipedia for more on this.

It is also worth noting that Time Magazine has consistently glorified the late President, starting in 1986 when they named her “Woman of the Year.” In 2006, they named her as one of Asia’s sixty heroes, together with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Indian hero Mahatma Gandhi.

Shortly after she died in 2009, they published a lengthy tribute hailing her as “The Saint of Democracy.” And in 2011, they listed Aquino as one of the 25 most important women of the century, alongside famed French scientist Marie Curie, civil rights icon Rosa Parks, and then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was listed in Time Magazine’s “people who mattered” list for 2005 (Credits:

Side note: Each year on the same issue where Time Magazine reveals its person of the year, they also publish a list of “people who mattered” (aka a list of runner-ups). Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was included in that list back in 2005, the year the “Hello Garci” scandal broke out. For whatever reason, Time Magazine now omits her name from their website. and the Philippine Star both reported on it. (PS – I have a copy of that! LOL)

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