Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jacob Benedicto sends Twitter abuzz

Jacob Benedicto, a contestant in ABS-CBN’s The Voice Philippines, briefly became one of the trending topics on Twitter Sunday night. Benedicto, a 21-year-old communication arts student from De La Salle University may have failed to advance in the competition, but he nevertheless earned the admiration of Pinoy netizens.

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Jacob Benedicto (Photo taken from his Facebook page)

Benedicto sang “The Way You Look Tonight” during his performance. Lea Salonga, one of the judges in the show, told him to be more “seductive” to his audience in singing the song next time. As of posting time, Benedicto can no longer accommodate new friend request in his Facebook page.

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Jacob Benedicto became a top trending topic on Twitter Sunday night

Benedicto expressed his appreciation for his fans through his Twitter page. “Each and every tweet means so much to me. Thank you ALL so much for your kind words. This is not the end!” On a previous post, he said: “Thank you everyone for making my dreams come true tonight. I am blessed.”


Buwan ng Wika 2013

Sa darating na buwan ng Agosto ay muling ipagdiriwang ng bansa ang Buwan ng Wika sa pangunguna ng Komisyon ng Wikang Pambansa (KWF). Ang tema ng pagdiriwang ngayong taon ay “Wika Natin ang Daang Matuwid.”

Ang taunang pagdiriwang na ito ay alinsunod sa Pampanguluhang Proklamasyon 1041 na nilagdaan ng noo’y Pangulong Fidel V. Ramos noong Hulyo 1997. Basahin ang buong teksto ng nasabing proklamasyon sa pahinang ito.

Malaking bahagi ng taunang pagdiriwang na ito ang pagsasagawa ng mga kaugnay na aktibidad sa mga paaralan. Noong Mayo ay inilabas ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon ang Memorandum 89 na patungkol sa Buwan ng Wika 2013 (i-click ang link para ma-download ang dokumento). Ayon dito, layunin ng pagdiriwang ngayong taon ang mga sumusunod:

1. Ganap na maipatupad ang Pampanguluhang Proklamasyon 1041

2. Mahikayat ang iba’t ibang ahensyang pampamahalaan pampribado na makiisa sa mga programang tulad nito na nagpapataas ng kamalayang pangwika at sibiko

3. Maganyak ang mamamayang Filipino na pahalagahan ang wikang Filipino sa pamamagitan ng aktibong pakikilahok sa mga gawain kaugnay ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa



Maliban sa nabanggit na tema, ang pagdiriwang ngayong taon ay nahahati rin sa mga sumusunod na sub-tema upang magsilbing gabay ng mga paaralan sa kanilang isasagawang mga aktibidad:

1. Ang Wika Natin ay Wika ng Katarungan at Kapayapaan

2. Ang Wika Natin ay Laban sa Katiwalian

3. Ang Wika Natin ay Sandata Laban sa Kahirapan

4. Ang Wika Natin ay Wika ng Mabilisan, Inklusibo, at Sustenidong Kaunlaran

5. Ang Wika Natin ay Pangangalaga sa Kaligiran

Nutrition Month Philippines 2013

This July, Philippine public schools will once more mark the annual celebration of Buwan ng Nutrisyon or Nutrition Month. According to the National Nutrition Council (NNC), the theme of the celebration this year is “Gutom at malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan! (Hunger and malnutrition, let’s fight together!)”

The objective of the theme is to “raise awareness on the need for more action” vis-à-vis the government’s efforts to reduce hunger incidence in the country. Eradicating extreme poverty around the world by 2015 is one of the seven millennium development goals set by the United Nations.

Apart from it, this year’s celebration also aims to achieve the following:

a) Increase awareness on hunger issues and actions to mitigate hunger and malnutrition;

b) Encourage stakeholders to contribute in addressing hunger issues; and

c) Advocate for stronger political action to end hunger.

The Department of Education, through Department Memorandum 67, urged all schools to take part in the celebration by “undertaking meaningful activities which will highlight the importance of good health and nutrition.” Check the said memorandum below or by downloading it in this link (Buwan ng Nutrisyon 2013).

This year’s celebration comes a little over a month after survey firm Social Weather Stations revealed in a study that 9.2% of Filipinos or nearly four million families have experienced involuntary hunger in the first quarter of 2013.

July 3 2013 Pasig City Day Holiday

Working in Ortigas? Then, this is good news for you.

Pasig City will mark its 440th foundation anniversary next Tuesday, July 2. The day has been declared a special non-working holiday by President Benigno Aquino III through Proclamation 607. Read the full text of the proclamation here.

Official seal of Pasig City

Official seal of Pasig City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A similar announcement was made last year. According to the city government’s official website, Pasig was declared as the Visitacion Parish in July 2, 1573. The page claims that Visitacion is the first Marian Parish in the Philippines and perhaps in the entire Asia.

According to pay rules set by the Department of Labor and Employment, employees who choose not to work on special non-working holidays will not get any compensation unless there is “a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked.”

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Benjo Benaldo suicide attempt

Outgoing Cagayan de Oro Rep. Benjo Benaldo attempted to commit suicide inside his office in the House of Representatives (HOR) Thursday night. According to a GMA News report, Benaldo was seen “drenched in blood with a gunshot wound” at the HOR’s South Lobby.

Benaldo was alone in his office room when the incident happened. Marcelo Castro of the House Media Bureau said Benaldo was brought to New Era Hospital along Commonwealth Avenue. Benaldo is the controversial husband of Brazilian model Daiana Menezes. The couple  has been the subject of intense media scrutiny lately after Menezes hinted via Instagram that she is a victim of domestic violence.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, who personally saw Benaldo’s condition, speculated that his depression may have been triggered by his failed reelection bid last month.

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Outgoing Cagayan de Oro Rep. Benjo Benaldo and wife Daiana Menezes (Credits: Benaldo’s Facebook page)

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Escudero’s political star fades

Senator Francis Escudero’s once bright political star seems to have faded significantly in the aftermath of the 2013 senatorial elections. Once considered a close contender to fellow administration candidate Loren Legarda for the number one spot, Escudero ultimately finished fourth in the race.

Bad publicity caused by his falling out with former president Joseph Estrada and his spat against the parents of his girlfriend Heart Evangelista obviously hurt his candidacy. Iglesia ni Cristo’s decision not to endorse him also added insult to the injury.

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Senator Francis Escudero



Having endorsed Escudero in 2007, one can’t help but wonder why he was junked by the influential religious group this time around. One former high ranking politician who’d been endorsed by the INC before told The Filipino Scribe that Escudero’s vote to convict former Chief Justice Renato Corona may have been a factor.

Escudero tried to gloss over the INC snub, saying in a statement that he remains highly respectful of INC despite not getting their nod. Nevertheless, for INC to refuse to endorse a sure winner like him illustrates the difficulties he might face if he runs in 2016.

Is there a chance for him to be tapped as a vice presidential candidate? Escudero endorsed then-Makati Mayor Binay and not then-Senator Mar Roxas two weeks before the 2010 vice presidential elections. Roxas’ circle, particularly his wife, is not likely to forget that easily.

Can he instead be Binay’s running-mate? It depends on Binay’s biggest political benefactor: Joseph Estrada. Many believe that Estrada wants Binay to tap his son Jinggoy as a political payback. Had Estrada not tapped Binay as his running-mate, he probably would never be a major player in national politics. Given all these realities, it can be said that Escudero’s political future looks in danger. Quo vadis, Chiz?

June 24 2013 Manila holiday

The City of Manila will be marking its 442nd Foundation Day this June 24, Monday. The day, more popularly known as Araw ng Maynila, is a special non-working holiday in the Philippine capital city by virtue of Proclamation 604. President Benigno Aquino III signed the declaration last June 13. Read the full text of Proclamation 604 here.

Manila local elections, 2010

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As noted in a post last year, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the first Spanish governor-general of the Philippines, proclaimed Manila as the capital city of the country in June 24, 1571, calling it a “distinguished and ever loyal city.” Quezon City, situated north of Manila, briefly became the nation’s capital city from 1948 to 1972.

June 24 is also the feast day of Saint John the Baptist, the patron saint of San Juan City. During the annual Wattah Wattah festival, residents of San Juan douse water not only to their neighbors but to just about anyone. Stay dry!

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