Execution of justice for Marcos still pending by Angelica Cruz

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Former party-list Representative Neri Colmenares leads petitioners against FM burial

Photo from Inquirer.net

To settle the petitions filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Supreme Court announced to conduct an oral argument on Thursday, August 24.

“The issue has been sparking debates among Filipinos for many years now,” observed Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who stands by President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision of issuing a memorandum allowing the remains of Marcos to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

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 Late President Marcos remains at Batac, Ilocos Norte

Photo from Manila Bulletin

“The main reason of the President for doing such is because Marcos was a war veteran and believes that he deserves it much like the guerillas who fought valiantly for his country,” Lorenzana said.

He also pointed out that Marcos was present during the Death March together with the American and Filipino soldiers.

Furthermore, the criminal rate in the country during his regime was relatively low. Drugs were controlled and regulations enjoining the withdrawal of juveniles and civilians from the streets at night were ordered.

“We cannot deny the fact that the late President also made a lot of contributions for the country,” Lorenzana said. Many infrastructures that were being used up to now such as Folk Arts Theater, National Arts Center, Nayong Pilipino, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Lung Center of the Philippines and San Juanico Bridge were established during his term.

Upon learning this, former party-list Representatives Satur Ocampo and Neri Colmenares along with other individuals filed a petition that seeks to nullify the memorandum issued by Lorenzana ordering the Armed Forced of the Philippines to transfer the corpse of Marcos to the Libingan.

This is in the belief of the petitioners that the late dictator has violated human rights during the martial law implementation.

As stated in their petition, Marcos is not qualified under any law or guideline. According to them, it goes against the constitutional precept that corruption will never be forgotten as it made the load heavier for the Filipinos who were left with billions of debt in the International Bank.

As per the guidelines of the Libingan ng mga Bayani, burials must be construed to entitle only for former presidents whose lives serve as inspiration and worthy of emulation by the generations of Filipinos.

“Now, this appears questionable to other people as how could a nation who fought dictatorship would consider the dictator a hero,” petitioner Ocampo remarked.

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Anonymity

by Angelica Cruz

So Andrea read a long comment in her photo that disheartened her a lot.

How come we became a society that degrades people, uses words that are below the belt, heavy with criticisms and judgements, without even thinking how it could affect a person’s reputation and dignity?

I find truth in this statement, ‘if you don’t have something good to say, better keep your mouth shut.’ This does not apply in conversations only, but even in posting comments online.

Most Internet users nowadays are very much engaged in sharing feedbacks and comments with the other netizens. But little did they know, some words they posted actually appear like a lemon juice sprinkled on their victim’s sore skin. I can hardly imagine now how Andrea Brillantes, the pabebe girls and the rest of Kuya’s housemates dealt with their bashers’ nasty comments. I mean, how in the world this anonymous person will come and try to make you feel bad about your life, right?

While searching for news online, I accidentally clicked the entertainment section and read on this particular hot issue about this child actress and after reading the post, I felt the urge to read the comments and opinions of other readers and there I saw how each person has their own personal takes on that person’s life –a life they were not a part of and a person they never even met. You can saw name calling, harsh criticisms and judgments – all forms of bullying.

I know that being a public figure should sort of prepare you for all these things. But a celebrity is an individual as well, like you and me. They were also hurt when someone is saying mean things against them. They were also sad when people made up lies about them. I’m not speaking for celebrities alone but for all those who have become victims of bullying.

Today, social networking sites have become avenues to promote social awareness, connect with friends and send positive vibes. But sadly, these has also become an avenue to fuel negativity, intentionally inflict pain on someone and say things they want to say, simply because they can hide behind their keyboards and remain anonymous.

Netizens believe that they can play and pretend confident when in fact it teaches them to become a fearful one. They think that the power they have will last longer when in fact it can only last for a while and that person feels crappy again for being mean and rude at the same time.

So I am encouraging everyone to think about it. We, also have been bullies at some point in our lives, even something as simple as commenting on a person’s look saying ‘jologs’, ‘mataba’, ‘pangit’ or judging someone’s personal life decisions, even gossiping about it with our friends is also a form of bullying.

Being mean is NOT cool. It may be fun for a while but it can only last for few minutes. Being mean will only make you inferior and shallow because you focus your energy on futile and temporary joys. So I am challenging everyone to practice sensitivity and kindness whether online or in our daily transactions at school, home or workplace.

We all have been given a choice to voice out and speak something, it is your choice whether to destroy someone or build him up with your words.

Manila X: Where music and fashion collide

by Angelica Cruz

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Rock band Kwjan performs while models strut the runway.
(Photo by Sonny Espiritu)

Filipino festivalgoers witnessed the merging of music and fashion through bold runway shows scored by world-class musical performances at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds.

Welcoming the crowd were catchy beats from DJ Jess Milner. Drilling down the different strands of music were Pop Rock Princess Yeng Constantino and Kiana Valenciano.

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Top DJs (clockwise) Jessica Milner, Tom Taus and Curse & Bless serving some cool beats
(Photo by Sonny Espiritu)

Live musical acts, intensified with the presence of various artists and celebrities, had the crowd dancing and singing the night along. One of the crowd favorites was Gloc 9 whose album Sukli under Star Music was launched recently in ABS-CBN’s variety show ASAP. Also the headliners in the fest were some of the country’s much-anticipated and well-received bands like Kjwan, Up Dharma Down, and The Juans. They cruised through their original hit songs while fashion models stun the audience with their impeccable style.

Once everyone was prepped up, hip online retailer Zalora filled the runway with bold tribal prints and romantic night out pieces, pumped up by performances from up and coming band The Juans and singer-songwriter duo Thyro and Yumi. This was followed by stylist John Paul Dizon’s sleek-themed show, with ensembles worn by his models and celebrity clients and friends.

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Jake Ejercito (left) walks for fashion designer John Paul Dizon (right)
(Photo by Sonny Espiritu)

The energy was brought back up by stylist duo Rain Dagala and Em Millan through youthful, editorial, street looks in their sportswear-dominated show. It was complemented by powerful, collaborative performances from Gloc 9 and DJ Badkiss.

With Bang Pineda’s flair for menswear, the stylist/designer went forward with a show presenting a legion of men imbibing the grunge spirit. Completing the vibe was a high-dosage rock performance from Kjwan led by vocalist Marc Abaya. DJs Marc Marasigan and duo Curse & Bless spun in between shows to keep everyone on their toes. To end the festival with a bang, DJs Tom Taus and Ace Ramos spun their best beats, making the crowd dance the night away.

Directed by Paolo Valenciano, this revolutionary merging of music and fashion came from the aspiration of Founder and Creative Director, stylist John Lozano to give every Filipino access to fashion and styling, and ultimately help realize and embrace individuality through the merging of runway shows and musical performances.

Sponsored by make-up label BYS, and powered by Zalora and TaskUs Philippines, the fastest growing startup firm in the country, Manila X is the first of its kind in the Philippines — and proudly local event where music and fashion collide.

Spectacle and Substance by Angelica Cruz

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Comedian Ryan Yllana wins a re-election as councilor in Parañaque

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Being a public figure takes an extraordinary display of prowess and appealing character. And in order to secure this kind of superiority or elite status, one must afford to give satisfaction to the general public. For an actor-turned-politician like re-elected Councilor Ryan Yllana, this is something readily taken advantage of.

In 2005, Ryan became active in the entertainment industry. Aside from doing hosting, he also starred in movies under GMA films. But during the 2010 elections, Ryan surprised the public when he announced that he’s running for councilor in Parañaque’s 2nd District.

“It was like a call to public service. And since this is something shared among the family, I decided to run as politician as well,” shared Ryan.

Despite the more operational and complex challenges now accounted to him, the La Salle alumnus decided not to leave showbiz industry. In fact, he was able to make movies with GMA during his first two terms as councilor.

“I don’t see any outright conflict of interest in being a celebrity politician”, Ryan said. “It comes with proper setting of priorities. I’m not that active in my career as celebrity since I engaged in politics because public service is still at the top of my priorities,” he explained.

Ryan, as far as his office is concerned, is very open to people who seek financial assistance. As a matter of fact, there was a woman who came to his office asking for P20 because she had no money left to go back to her family. And there also came another who asked if Ryan could actually sponsor her for her outing with friends.

While a councilor giving financial support may not sound new to us, it must be clear that their job is beyond those entertaining and accommodating people. The seats they have are dedicated to a higher level of service.

Politicians may be known as bearers of bad tidings. So, for another celebrity to engage in politics, we may argue that reputation matters, but not so much as when translated into action. Perhaps it’s not only prestige but unblemished record that helped Ryan secured a second term. And if he plays his cards right, and not get marred by any controversy, he might as well find his place running for a higher post in the next elections to come.

Alex Diaz makes #YouThinkYouCan

by Angelica Cruz

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Something sweet is a sure way to bring excitement. This is how the inventive upgrade of Cadbury managed to give that new confection encounter.

The added new twist on the classic chocolate was a creative rendition that is aimed at creating a favorable change in the consumers’ behavior. And in the new leg of the campaign, budding teen star Alex Diaz and known beauty enthusiast and fashion blogger Arisse De Santos were introduced as Cadbury 5Star’s new ambassadors.

“Recently, I have been thanking God because right after I accepted the proposal, I’ve been offered many projects. So I really consider this as the bench mark in the progress of my career,” Alex said.

To elevate the fun during the media launch at Glorietta Activity Center, challenges were given to the event’s guests. Carrying the official hashtag, #YouThinkYouCan, ambassadors Alex and Arisse, along with Patrick Sugui, Axel Torres, Markki Stroem, Ryan Sy, and Richard Juan, dared themselves to walk in a mini chocolate pool while dancing to the beat of the hit song “Running Man.”

Indeed, Alex has already made a name in the entertainment industry. Aside from his regular exposure on We Love OPM, where Alex, Markki and Ryan were branded as Team Hotspot, a single under Star Music called “Must Be Going Crazy” is also keeping the one-time radio DJ busy.

But even if there’s a lot of agenda in his mind, Alex still manages to enjoy life just as how Cadbury 5Star is promoting.

“You just actually have to be yourself and never let anybody hinder your colors. Always shine as bright as you can and be a single color that you are no matter what the color is and never let anybody stop you. That is how you will be able to think you can,” Alex shared.