Showing posts from February, 2013

Greenpeace renews call to end illegal fishing

Greenpeace renewed its demand to governments around the world to end illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. The call for stricter enforcement and the elimination of loopholes in fishing regulations came this week as Interpol convened its first ever meeting to address the illegal fishing crisis in Lyon, France.

As back up to its call, Greenpeace released the detailed documentation of illegal fishing activities encountered during two ship expeditions in the Pacific and Indian Oceans in late 2012 highlighting the need for urgent action. The evidence included documentation of illegal activities last November by Indonesian-, Philippine-, and Cambodian-flagged fishing vessels in the Pacific. It also included details of Greenpeace encounters with fishing vessels from Japan, Taiwan and Sri Lanka engaged in illegal or suspicious fishing activities in the Indian Ocean. All vessels were taking advantage of poor at-sea enforcement and loopholes in the law.

As overfishing decimates fish sto…

Pinoy talent is world-class: Ilongga actress

Everywhere a Filipino artist goes, he or she receives admiration, according to theatre actress and Ilongga, Shiela Valderrama, who plays the role of Anna in Resorts World Manila’s play “The King and I”.
Shiela started her theatre career at the age of 13 with Repertoire Philippines. One of her earliest stints was with Disney. “I was able to tour Asia because of my work and it’s an amazing feeling for me ... doing it for Filipinos. Di tayo matatalo. When we work abroad, Filipinos are always honoured,” she told the Iloilo media during a press conference held at Al Dente Restaurant. She came with actor Bo Cerrudo who plays the role of King Mongkuk, RWM’s Asst. Director for Membership Services and Operations Teddy Pojol and Chief Integrated Marketing Officer Martin Paz. “The King and I, the fifth masterpiece of the celebrated tandem of Rodgers and Hammerstein, is the story of a widowed English school teacher who travels to Siam to serve as tutor to the many children of the King. Anna’s task of…

Ilonggo is Hotdog Band vocalist

Do you know that the famous Hotdog Band, which prides itself of hits like Annie Batumbakal, Bongga Ka Day and Panaginip, has an Ilonggo vocalist? He’s no less than Paul Clark.
Paul narrated that he loves singing even when he was still in elementary grade, but it was the lack of finances that hindered him from joining school activities. When he reached college, he became active in singing again. He joined singing competitions, became a part of the Sta. Teresita Parish Choir, was a cast of Jesus Christ Superstar musical and sang in weddings and even in funerals. He made mention of the late George Canicula, Bimbo Muyuela and Benny Castillon of the University of San Agustin as his mentors as well as Jun Cortel of JPC Productions as the one who opened opportunities for him. “It was from JPC that I developed my confidence on stage,” he said. After a year with JPC, he decided to go to Manila to look for a job, with a plan to put singing aside.
“But God does not want me to stop entertaining people. …

Strength and courage are borne of faith

While waiting for our hatha yoga session to start at the Science of Identity Foundation, I read a book entitled “Multo” which explains what happens to a person’s soul after he dies.
Since my late husband committed suicide to avoid legal problems, the portion in the booklet about it interested me.

It said that if a person dies after deliberately hurting himself like suicide or even accidental like drug overdose, his soul will have difficulty ascending to heaven. Meanwhile, in a Catholic booklet on souls, a nun narrated that heaven is so beautiful that souls in purgatory look forward to the time when they’re totally cleansed of their sins. For those who committed suicide, it would be more difficult for them, so they appeal for prayers to help them attain paradise.
That’s why we have Gregorian masses for this purpose.
Suicide cases are all over the news and we hear several reactions like: “Kagaga sa iya, para lang sa lalaki mahikog gid sia?” and “Poor man, he was not able to endure the pain …

Ilonggo teleserye soon?

Will there be an Ilonggo teleserye soon?
That would be in three to five years, if the plan of GMA Network pushes through in tapping Ilonggo talents to be the next Coco Martin, Kathryn Bernardo, Dawn Zulueta, Janice de Belen and more.
This was revealed by JB Bautista-Pacleb, senior program manager of GMA Network's Regional Television during her visit to Iloilo along with other regional TV executives. The network is indeed gradually giving the regional areas some attention.
"Fiesta, for one will be translated in the local dialect," Pacleb said, referring to the network’s travel magazine aired in all its channels nationwide.
"We also plan to use the dialects for movie sub-titles. Pinag-aaralan pa kung sa Cebu, Iloilo or Mindanao," she added. CAPABLE
With more training from GMA Network, Ilonggo actors will surely rival Manila thespians.
Some of these actors were discovered in Ilonggo movies like Gugma sa Panahon sang Bakunawa by Peter Solis Nery (Eman Abatayo), Beadworks b…

Gary V bikes to work daily

“My attitude now is to bike to work, rain or shine,” said singer and ASAP mainstay Gary Valenciano during his visit to Iloilo City recently.
“I would travel on my mountain bike from my house in Antipolo going to ABS-CBN. Then, from ABS-CBN to Pagcor. I do that and I really love it. And it feels so good when I get to the end point,” he said.
Some people have recognized him while on the road, he said. “They said, ‘Uy si Gary Valenciano ba ‘yan? I have my helmet, glasses and bandana on,” he added.
His friends who were worried about his safety said,  “Hoy mag-ingat ka sa bilis nga mga kotse,” Gary narrated. “Sabi ko, sa Manila hindi nga gumagalaw ang traffic eh. I even arrive at ABS-CBN before my car. I wait at the security area until my car comes,” he said laughing.
“I bike fast because I take the sidewalk. I don’t take the road all the time. My car just follows me,” he explained.
“That’s why I feel bad that I had to leave kaagad. I wanted to go to Guimaras Island sana. Guimaras is being tran…