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Mommy Dionisia Rules

Mommy Dionisia

Mommy Dionisia

Mommy Dionisia, the mother of Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino superboxer, who regained his WBO welterweight title from Timothy Bradley just a few days ago, has become a worldwide sensation online in her own right.

Her over the top praying, gesticulating and gesturing during the recent fight between Pacquiao and Bradley had made Mommy Dionisia an Internet celebrity. Her “ways” have captured the imaginations of netizens, bloggers and newbies on the net. Some even believed or joked that Pacquiao’s success was due to voodoo or hocus pocus from his mother. LOL

Mommy Dionisia, by all accounts, had a very sad and hard life. The family was poverty-stricken. It took Manny’s boxing success to bring the family out of destitution.

From being dearth poor, the Pacquiao family is now one of the richest clans in the Philippines. A real nouveau riche, if there is one!

Mommy Dionisia, for all her worth, is ensuring that she gets her cut of the success and riches her champion son is enjoying. And why not?!!!

Because of her accent and let’s face it, Mommy Dionisia is no oil painting, she has become an object of comedic skits. Mommy Dionisia is an easy target for stand-up comedians. Mommy Dionisia is a goldmine for cheap laughters. Just look how she was disrespected and made to appear like a lowly illiterate by Vice Ganda.

Mommy Dionisia is patronised, laughed at, objectified and had become a caricature.

But in the end, Mommy Dionisia is having the last laugh. As much as she gets laughed at, her ambitions are coming true, she is experiencing some fantastical opportunities that are beyond the majority of Filipino people’s wildest dreams, including mine.

Mommy Dionisia, bless her, is having the time of her life.

Snigger at her at your own peril; laugh at her all you want but Mommy Dionisia will laugh the loudest all the way to the bank!


Janet Napoles Bound To a Posher Cell

Janet Napoles has travelled more in the last few days than most Filipinos. The irony is that she is in jail. Whatever next Boracay? Palawan? Buhol? Baguio? 🙁

Janet Napoles Bound To a Posher Cell

She really has some important people within the Government; that is becoming all too obvious. They can’t do enough for her. There is someone to wipe her nose, one to taste her food for her, one to revolve around her acting like an electric fan to cool her down, one as a human Katol to swipe any ambitious mosquito, one to make her a cup of cha-a like clockwork, all of them want to TeLL her FABLES so that she learns their brand of immoral lessons 😉 All of them have their heads firmly stuck to her backside.  Arise Queen Janet of the Napoles Swine Heard.

Are all these goings-on for her safety or for her manipulation?

Oh yes, Philippine Government, we madlang people know what you are all doing.

We are watching you all squirm.

To Janet

What you have done was so heinous. The monies could be been used for really deserving causes.

Do not cut a deal with the Government. What you need to do is tell the truth because only the truth will do at this time. Tell the truth for the sake of your family. Tell the truth for Jo-Christine’s sake. Has she not suffered enough? Have you not scuppered her chance to shine in the senate and the congress? Must she suffer forever being named as the primera hija  of the woman who allegedly siphoned billions of Pork Barrel in the form of PDAF for  her own personal gain?

Tell the truth for the sake of your sweetly stressed baby girl. Tell the truth that Jeane was a victim as much as the million of Filipino tax-payers. Tell the truth that Jeane shopaholic was all done through ignorance of the truth. As much as you wanted to bring up Jeane in the manner that majority of Filipinos can only dream of, you caused Jeane’s breakdown through your own deliberate fault. You broke your daughter, you cut off the very energy of that which gives her social life support. All you can do now is patch her together with the truth like any loving mother can do.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU ALL FREE. Unallege what is alleged!!! Vindicate yourself. Tell the truth and shame the devil.

As I said tell it as it was not how it should be! Geddit?!!! Do this in remembrance of Jo and Jeane. Two young women who still have a chance for a peaceful and honourable life, that is if you allow to have it.

Man up for your girls, at the end of the day that is really what must be done. Continued lying may  have a grave repercussion.    This is usually what happens,   once everyone who are now kowtowing to your every whim have gotten their way, they’ll be gone faster than you can say HELLO! Where will you be then?



Napoles to Laguna facility

August 30, 2013 10:11 pm

by Ritchie A. Horario Reporter

Court orders her detention at Fort Santo Domingo

Janet Lim-Napoles will be transferred from the Makati City Jail to Fort Santo Domingo in Santa Rosa, Laguna, which authorities said was a more secure facility.

Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 on Friday decided on Fort Santo Domingo for Napoles’ detention quarters on the recommendation of Director Roberto Fajardo, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s chief for the National Capital Region (CIDG-NCR).

Napoles’ lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, had asked the court to detain her client either in Camp Crame or at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

But Fajardo said she will be safer in Fort Santo Domingo since it is also the training center of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF).

Napoles, the central figure in the pork barrel scandal, surrendered to President Aquino 3rdin Malacañang Wednesday night, several hours after the President announced a P10-million bounty for her.

She was wanted on charges of illegal detention along with her brother Reynald Lim.

From the presidential palace, Napoles was driven under heavy escort to Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame where she was fingerprinted, photographed and given a medical check-up.

On Thursday night she was transferred to the Makati jail.

At the hearing to determine where Napoles will be detained on Friday, state lawyers asked Fajardo if Napoles could be brought to the court if she is in Fort Santo Domingo. Fajardo said it would only take from 45 minutes to an hour to bring Napoles to Makati from Santa Rosa.

“From what I know, since she will implicating a lot of government officials the threat is high,” Fajardo said.

He said they inspected of the Santa Rosa facility where former president Joseph Estrada and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari were detained.

Fajardo recommended the facility after Makati Jail Warden Chief Insp. Fermin Enriquez admitted he could not assure the safety of Napoles.

Enriquez said the jail only has 117 security staff, 52 of who belong to an augmentation force from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the PNP.

The jail holds 545 inmates, 104 of them women. It has only 23 female guards, Enriquez said.

Enriquez conceded it was possibility that people out to harm Napoles could pose as visitors to get inside the jail.

Also on Friday, members of Youth Act Now, the broadest anti-pork barrel youth alliance in the country, blew whistles and banged on pots and pans in noise barrages in Metro Manila and various provinces to protest what they said was the “fake surrender” of Napoles and the VIP treatment the government was giving her.

“The Aquino administration is overdoing the theatrics. Mr. President, no one believes your make-believe story about Napoles’ surrender. We are in fact, even more enraged with the fact that one of the country’s top villain is being pampered by top government executives,” Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon said in a statement.

“The youth and the people have again come out today to remind the government that we’re as vigilant as ever, and we’re watching every move the Palace is making,” he said.

The rallies were held in University of the Philippines in Diliman, UP Manila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Taft Avenue, Intramuros, T.M. Kalaw, Morayta and Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.

As the furor over the pork barrel scam continues, the ruling Liberal Party said President Aquino will not help his allies who will be found liable in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam that benefited fake nongovernment organizations.

Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, the LP secretary general, expressed the sentiment a day after the United Nationalist Alliance and the Makabayan bloc in the House warned of selective prosecution after Napoles surrendered to President Aquino.

“The President has said so many times that even if it involves his allies, they will be held accountable. If there’s evidence to the allegations on his allies, he won’t protect them. I am sure of that. Those who are liable will have to face the music. This is about letting justice be done, though the heavens may fall,” Sarmiento said.

A Commission on Audit (COA) report pointed to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, prominent UNA leaders, as having allocated millions from their PDAF to sham NGOs run by Napoles.

The President also drew flak for turning over Napoles to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, considering that it was the National Bureau of Investigation that spearheaded the manhunt for her.

Roxas, the LP’s president-on-leave, narrowly lost the vice presidential race in 2010 to Jejomar Binay.

But Sarmiento said the opposition should stop sowing such intrigues because Roxas was only doing his job as DILG secretary.

The Philippine National Police is under DILG jurisdiction.

Religious personalities have also weighed in on Napoles’ surrender.

Father Robert Reyes, know as the “Running Priest,” urged Napoles “not to cover-up” legislators involved in the pork barrel scam, including allies of the administration.

He said if Napoles turns state witness, she will be walking the fine line between speaking the truth and defending the interest of the administration and the politicians aligned with it.

Sister Mary John Mananzan, co-chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), said Napoles should not become a government witness because “she does not deserve immunity”’

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, warned against efforts of the authorities to divert public attention to Napoles’ case instead of dealing with the need to scrap the pork barrel system.

“The real issue here is not about Napoles but about the pork barrel and the lawmakers who are traitors of the country,” Pabillo said.

With reports from Anthony Vargas, Llanesca T. Panti, Robertzon Ramirez and Neil A. Alcober

Operation Pork Barrel Scam Investigation

We at GlobalGranary.Org are all for the investigation of the Pork Barrel scandal. We are not going to stop talking about it until we are satisfied that something is being done about it. PNoy owes it to the people of the Philippines to make sense of what happened.

The monies involved are just too staggeringly huge to be just swept under the rug. P10B could make a real difference to every single one of the almost 98 Million Filipinos anywhere in the world.

Just a million pesos each to every single Filipino could make a real difference not only to their lives but to the economy of the country as well.

Look at Jeane Lim Napoles, she never had it so good. Once upon a time, she could only dream it but now living the life of Riley at the expense of every single one of the almost 98Million Filipinos. That is not right!!!

Majority of the people of the Philippines need the money more than her. They need the money to feel how a human being should. Food on the table, education, employment, medical and now and again rest & relaxation.

PNoy as the President, you should be the one to initiate change and change can only come if the Pork Barrel Scandal is unravelled and perpetrators are made to answer for all their anomalous doings. Otherwise, everything will just fester, and what you had done good will be encrusted with big bad ugly pus of corruption. It will then degenerate into one big boil and explode to all your faces and sadly to every single Filipino as well.

rigorous and transparent accountability of All public funding (including the so-called) should be made available for all.

Pork scam moves Tagle to tears

Cardinal tells pols: Know life of the poor

By Jocelyn R. Uy

12:15 am | Wednesday, August 14th, 2013


HORRIFIED AND SHOCKED Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is only right that the P10-billion scam should be investigated. “Many other big scandals in the past have been buried and forgotten when a new issue came up.” RICHARD A. REYES


Repent and open your eyes to the poor’s misery.

Calling it an “intricate web” of corruption, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Tuesday urged politicians and others involved in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam to go to the slums and experience what it was like to be poor.

Holding back tears, Tagle called on the culprits to repent, adding that they might have dipped their fingers in the nation’s coffers because they did not know what the poor were going through every day.

Tagle, who usually declined to answer questions about politics since becoming archbishop in 2012, talked emotionally about the pork barrel scam.

“Whoever is involved there, I appeal to you, visit a community of informal settlers … walk there at night and you will see in the sidewalk the families who open these cartons on which they would sleep,” Tagle said in a press conference at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

“Maybe if you could hold their hands, your hearts will also be touched … Sometimes, I think those who thought about doing this were able to do so because the poor were absent in their lives. Maybe they don’t see or refuse to see,” he said.

“But if you still see and still have empathy, maybe you would still be horrified and feel compassion,” he added.

“First of all, who would not be shocked about these reports. While it is still being investigated, (you could see) the magnitude of the money involved,” Tagle said.

“And then every day, you would see the machinations, whether true or not, it seems that it’s a very intricate web that reached this far. Who will not be horrified?” he said.

Big scandals forgotten

“What kind of Filipino who loves his country would not be bothered, especially if he is a follower of Jesus. Your heart would be crushed further. Can someone do that to his fellow man?” Tagle asked.

“Could those behind this stomach this huge damage to the nation? That is why it is only right that this should be investigated … We have heard many other big scandals in the past but these were buried and forgotten when a new issue came up,” he added.

Tagle called on the culprits to repent and let their “good side” shine through.

“I believe that there is goodness in every person so I’m appealing to that part of every person. You can be better than this. And you cannot deny it. There’s a goodness in you which comes from God. Just let it come and you will be free and happy,” he said.

Another archbishop

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles also on Tuesday called on Filipinos to press for a thorough investigation of Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam, in the Senate just like what it did with former Chief Justice Renato Corona and retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia.

Arguelles said Napoles should be called to the Senate and face an exhaustive investigation by lawmakers, which he added should be aired live for transparency and so that “the public can be the judge too.”

“Let all citizens who love this country plead with the senators, if they indeed care for us and for the truth: Please call Janet Napoles to the Senate and [let her] face a thorough investigation like what they did to Angelo Reyes, General Garcia and Chief Justice Corona,” Arguelles said.

Silence in the Senate

The senior prelate was referring to the investigations that the Senate had conducted on the late former Armed Forces chief of staff Angelo Reyes over the supposed corruption and distribution of a million-peso payola to the military brass and the plunder cases against Corona and Garcia.

Arguelles also said he did not trust the investigation being carried out by the National Bureau of Investigation that was why he was appealing to the senators to take action.

“The NBI investigation can be manipulated so it should be up to the Senate to open this plunder case,” he said, describing the grave misuse of the pork barrel, the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) as a “heinous crime” against the Filipino poor.

“Our Filipino poor could have benefited from the PDAF,” he said in a text message to reporters Tuesday.

He also wondered why senators were quiet all of a sudden on the issue. “Do they have something to be afraid of that Napoles might reveal? Why all of a sudden are they all quiet on this P10-billion pork barrel scam?” he said.

San Beda law dean

Fr. Ranhillo Aquino, dean of San Beda law school, proposed Tuesday that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) create an independent legal group that would serve as a watchdog against corruption in government as part of the Church’s advocacy for good governance.

“After a while, this issue [on the pork barrel scam] will slowly end and we don’t want that to happen. Even in the Church, the advocacy against corruption is not sustained so why not the CBCP have a legal luminary study the issue [and] investigate?” Aquino said over Church-run Radio Veritas on Tuesday.

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Cheerful SM Elevator Girl

This woman is the most hardworking person ever. She should be given a pay rise. I hope they appreciate her, because I do. I think she is great. She make elevator riding fun. To anyone who knows her or sees her, please tell her that she has the GlobalGranary Gold Medal award for most disciplined and hard working employee of the decade.

She works for SM (Shoe Mart), Olongapo branch, Philippines.

Well done Miss Cheridel Alejandrino.

The Bold & The Beautiful – Two Sides Of SONA 2013


Chiz & his Heart

Chiz & his Heart

Aquino Sisters and designer

Aquino Sisters and designer


Rep. Anton Lagdameo and wife Dawn Zulueta, who wore a Cary Santiago-designed outfit. (Photo shared on Facebook by Vivian C. Recio)

ep. Anton Lagdameo and wife Dawn Zulueta, who wore a Cary Santiago-designed outfit. (Photo shared on Facebook by Vivian C. Recio)


A pretty woman, Lucy Torres Gomez in the middle, and a man with a saddle/handlebar moustache. LOL

Rep. Sol Aragones, who used to be a TV reporter for ABS-CBN, posed with folks from GMA. (Photo shared via Twitter by GMA News reporter Steve Dailisan)

Rep. Sol Aragones, who used to be a TV reporter for ABS-CBN, posed with folks from GMA. (Photo shared via Twitter by GMA News reporter Steve Dailisan)

Rep. Miro Quimbo and his wife Stella, who wore a Jun Escario creation. (Photo from Rep. Miro Quimbo’s Instagram page)

Rep. Miro Quimbo and his wife Stella, who wore a Jun Escario creation. (Photo from Rep. Miro Quimbo’s Instagram page)

Jinkee Pacquiao

Jinkee Pacquiao

Loren Legarda

Loren Legarda

Abigail Binay

Abigail Binay

Alfred Vargas with wife Yasmine,

Alfred Vargas with wife Yasmine,

Cindy Lotuaco, wife of Senator JV Ejercito,

Cindy Lotuaco, wife of Senator JV Ejercito,

Cynthia Villar

Cynthia Villar

Grace Poe-Llamanzares

Grace Poe-Llamanzares

Nancy Binay

Nancy Binay

Pia Cayetano on her way to Disco

Pia Cayetano on her way to Disco


Sonny & Tootsie Angara

Sonny & Tootsie Angara

Nikki Coseteng in an Indian Sari?  Why?

Nikki Coseteng in an Indian Sari? Why?

Maita & E R Ejercito

Maita & E R Ejercito


SONA Ternos and Barongs

I thought perhaps the ‘Freeloader’  blog is really getting hot and it seems fit that we should have a bit of a breather, a respite if you like! 😉

 Mind you, here in Global Granary, we appreciate all your comments; after all we are trying to be a granary of ideas, topics, news, views, etc.

It is good that it is stimulating much interest!

Some of the comments received especially from those who, in their kindest possible way, tried to bring in a reasonable defence for Jeanne Lim Napoles’ cluelessness about the whole malarkey are equally appreciated.

 Our Blog item was to highlight an allegation and the fundamental wider issue which asks what happens to all the potentially life changing (Pork Barrel) funding doled out, can it be rigorously accounted for and shown to be spent on what it was was meant for ?

Why is there such mass mis-appropriation of money with these annual pork barrrel fests?!!!

Anyway as I’ve said let us pause for a moment.  Let us all have some time to catch our thoughts and rejoice with what PNoy’s 2013 SONA has to offer to all of us.

Ooops that is another controversial topic in itself, so let us focus on the beautiful Ternos and Barongs worn by the famous and who would like to be famous and powerful.

Let’s talk clothes!

I thought the Aquino girls were beautifully turned out.  I was slightly disappointed with what Kris was wearing though.  Even with my fertile imagination I can’t see it as in any way a Filipiniana gown; nevertheless she was gorgeous as always, in Morticia-Adams- in- red-sort-of-way, if a bit out of place among her sisters, who were in varying shades of the family’s adopted colour of yellow.

What about the new senator, Nancy Binay, she scrubbed up well 😉  I like her very eye-catching terno, it brings out her very morena skin.  Good inspiration to us Filipinas who have been blessed with darker skin. (I say throw away those skin-whitening stuff.  Embrace your inner morena.  You are lovely as you are.  White women pay a fortune, sometimes even dicing with their health, to have the same colour as our skin.)

Grace Poe’s gown was lovely and simple.  I like the embellishment of gold flowers across her upper body and sleeve.

Heart Evangelista was drop-dead gorgeous in her well fitting terno.  She looks like a modern Filipina who is modest but not averse to having fun.  Lovely jabby, chocolate squeezy or should that be chiz squeezy? 😉

Jinkee Pacquiao’s terno is beautiful but rather too dark.  It was too heavy, it sort of engulfed her a bit.   If it had been in the palest of blue, she would have had a real winner.

Alfred and  Yasmine Vargas came as Ken and Barbie.  Sweet!

Dawn Zulueta got it to a T.  She looks like a Filipina goddess. Jose Rizal’s Maria Clara would have looked like Dawn, I think.

Sorry but I thought Loren Legarda did not put much thought to what she wore.  Her skirt looked like a last minute job.  Something, she picked up from the back of her car, her dog blanket perhaps?!!! Miao ;).  She just then tied a belt or pinned it  to keep it secure, SONA was not an event to have a wardrobe malfunction. LOL

Let see how some other Filipinos marked the SONA day.


Despite having little or no money and a quality of existence the below carry on and show the rest of us resilience of life!

No heirs, airs or graces- what you see is what you get!

No titles or captions needed as the photos speak for themselves
















Pilipinas Vs Filipinas

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
– Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet

Conversely a corrupt country by any other name would still be as corrupt!!!

Corruption and its sister poverty are the things that should be the focus of everyone’s attention. Changing name of our country is a non-starter, anyone who says and wants to do so is away with the fairies and should be considered for a good doze of electric shock! LOL

Changing a letter to the name of our country would not miraculously make everything better!!! HELLO!!!

Come on just thinking on my feet now, we Filipinos are not a natural effing “F” pronouncers. It took me ages to discipline myself to say the F instead of substituting it with the p.

We do not need a change of name. It is an expensive exercise; the money should be spent on a better and a really urgent cause!!!

What we need is a mass self-confidence build up. What should the Wikang PILIPINO be concentrating on is to teach Filipinos to use po, opo, bossing, and other words to show humility to their nearest and dearest ONLY. Whilst there is a need to be respectful to our elders and employers, it does not mean that we have to be downtrodden individuals. Anyway respect should be earned not granted willy nilly!!!

It grates with me when I hear Filipina maids here in London referring to their boss as sir, madam, amo ko, etc. We are equal with everyone, we get paid because we provide a service and therefore we do not have to be a doormat as well.

So there Wikang Pilipino council, wakey wakey and stop living in a bubble full of your utots (farts) which seem to have polluted your empty heads! Do not continue with your disservice to your country. Rise up and smell the sampaguita and start over to promote good Pilipino ways and whilst you’re at it, build self-esteem as well!!!


End of ‘Philippines?’ A call to use only Filipinas for the country

By , GMA NewsJuly 2, 2013 4:48pm

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What’s in a name, especially if you only change a letter?Plenty it seems, if it’s a country’s name. Then history, politics, national angst about identity, and the cost of changing a nation’s seals and currency all end up in a stew of controversy.Many Filipinos reacted strongly, albeit belatedly, after the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) issued a resolution last April to use “Filipinas” instead of “Pilipinas,” saying the new term recognizes the country’s history and development as a nation.

National Artist and KWF president Virgilio Almario, a leading advocate of the change, has urged the country to also lose the name “Philippines,” a vestige of American colonialism. Others, however, point out that even “Filipinas” is rooted in Spanish colonialism, and when searched on Google yields dating sites for foreign men looking for brown-skinned wives.

According to the KWF resolution, new organizations should use “Filipinas” instead of “Pilipinas” in their names.

The change is not required for previously existing institutions, especially those formed before the letter “F” was included in the Filipino alphabet.

The idea of changing “Pilipinas” to “Filipinas” began much earlier. A 1992 article by Almario – a signatory to the resolution – argued that the existence of three names for the country is a symptom of national confusion.

Will “Pilipinas” and “the Philippines” be discarded in favor of “Filipinas” only? Illustration b Analyn Perez

First was “Filipinas,” given when the country became a Spanish colony in the 16th century, – “Islas Filipinas,” or “the islands of Philip,” after Philip II, king of Spain.

Second was “Philippines” (and “Philippine Islands”), given when the country became an American colony in 1898.

Third was “Pilipinas,” the Tagalog version of “Filipinas,” and was based on the original letters of the old alphabet.

For ‘Filipinas’

Almario’s article, entitled “Patayin ang Pilipinas” and published in the now defunct broadsheet Diyaryo Filipino, said that “Philippines” should be the first to go. “Tatak ito ng patuloy na pag-iral sa ating utak ng pananakop ng Amerikano. Hindi nila ito nagawa sa Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Chile, at ibang dating kolonya ng Espanya. Bukod pa, may mga bansang nakapagpipilit ng kanilang sariling pangalan sa UNO sa kabila ng lningles na tawag sa kanila,” Almario said.

He argued that “Filipinas” was the original term: It was the name given to the country by Capt. Ruy Lopez de Villalobos who led the Spanish expedition in 1543, and used by Legazpi in 1565.

This was also the name by which the country was recognized for three centuries, and the name used when the nation proclaimed its independence in 1898.

“Higit nating maiintindihan ang ating kasaysayan mula sa watak-watak na pula tungo sa isang pinag-isang kapuluan sa pamamagitan ng pangalang ‘Filipinas,'” he said.

Almario also noted that “Filipino” is used to refer to the country’s language, as the modern alphabet includes the letter F. “Sagisag ng diwa ng modernisasyon at pagiging pambansa ng wika ang pagbabago ng unang titik mula sa ‘P’ tungo sa ‘F.’ Kaya’t sagisag din ng patuloy nating pagdadalawang-isip at pagbabantulot palaganapin nang puspusan ang ‘Filipino’ ang patuloy pa nating paggamit sa ‘Pilipinas,'” he said.

Replacing “Pilipinas” with “Filipinas” will also make it easier to teach the correct spelling of terms, he said, while admitting that the change will be costly, and not easy.

“Medyo makaaasiwa ring bigkasin ang magiging inisyals ng ‘University of Filipinas.’ Kaya’t dapat maging sistematiko’t unti-unti ang pagbabago,” Almario said.

Richard Gappi, editor of Angono Rizal News Online, welcomed the resolution, saying the letter “F” is endemic to Filipino culture.

“Sa una lang yan masagwa tingnan pero kapag nasanay na tayo, parang bagong tsinelas yan na magagamay, malambot sa dila, at magiging komportable tayo,” he said, adding that the proposal to use “Filipinas” does not signify a preference for Spain.

“Higit sa lahat, kinakatawan ng ‘F’ ang mapangyakap, pangkalahatan at kontra-Imperyalismong Maynila/Tagalog na pagdidikta sa nagpapanibago, modernisado, at yumayabong na wika natin. Ang pagpatay sa ‘Pilipinas’ ay pagbuhay sa wikang Filipino,” Gappi wrote.


On the other hand, Danny Arao, who teaches journalism at the University of the Philippines, said he preferred “Pilipinas” and “Pilipino,” despite the terms’ bearing the country’s colonial past. “Pero kumpara sa terminong Filipinas, masasabing inangkin natin ang dayuhang bansag noon sa pamamagitan ng mas komportable nating pagbigkas ng P. Sa madaling salita, ang Filipinas ay naging Pilipinas dahil gusto nating magkaroon ng sariling identidad na bagama’t kapansin-pansin ang kolonyal na nakaraan ay may malawak pa ring pagtanggap sa kasalukuyan,” he wrote.

Lazaroans, if not for Lapu Lapu

Over the years, other proposals have been made to change the country’s name, as the US-based commentator Rodel Rodis wrote in 2008.

Rodis pointed out that before Villalobos gave the islands the collective name “Filipinas” in 1543, Ferdinand Magellan named them the “Archipelago de San Lazaro” in 1521. “We would have been called Lazaroans, if Magellan had survived the Battle of Mactan against Lapu Lapu on April 27, 1521,” Rodis wrote in an essay in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Instead, the country’s people are called Filipinos, after King Felipe II, who Rodis noted was a mass murderer who burned his opponents at the stake.

Like KWF, Rodis was for changing the Philippines’ name, but not in favor of Filipinas. Likewise, Andres Bonifacio refused to use the term, instead referring to Filipinos as Tagalog and to the Philippines as Katagalugan.

“Others objected on the grounds that Pilipinas sounded too much like Alipinas (land of slaves). Some have proposed Kapatiran (brotherhood) or Katipunan. Others have suggested Luzviminda, a reference to the country’s three major group of islands,” Rodis wrote.

Marcos and Maharlika 

In 1978, dictator Ferdinand Marcos supported Sen. Eddie Ilarde’s bill which sought to change the country’s name to Maharlika.

Ilarde argued that Maharlika is the country’s ancient heritage, meaning “nobly created.” It was, perhaps uncoincidentally, also the name of Marcos’ guerrilla unit which he claimed fought the Japanese invaders, though this was later exposed as a hoax, Queenie Palafox wrote in “Filipinos to be called ‘Rizalines.'” 

The proposal was not adopted, like other suggested name changes. Palafox mentioned Solimania (after Raja Soliman), Luzvimin (from the three major islands Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao), and Perlas ng Silangan (from Rizal’s “Perlas del mar del oriente”).

Ricarte’s Rizalines

In 1913, Gen. Artemio Ricarte drafted the Rizal Constitution, an act against American colonization. “When the forces of Aguinaldo were defeated by the Americans, Ricarte was among the revolutionary leaders who refused to take the oath of allegiance to the US government. In contrast with other revolutionists, Ricarte dreamed of freeing the Philippines from foreign invaders,” Palafox wrote.

Under the Rizal Constitution, the country would be called “Rizaline Islands” and its citizens “Rizalines,” after national hero Jose Rizal.

“Jose Rizal aficionados strongly favor the name Rizalinas for they believe that Jose Rizal is the pride of the Filipino race and epitome of Filipino nationalism,” Palafox wrote, adding that Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a leader who was instrumental in the Latin America’s revolution against Spain.

According to historian Celedonio O. Resurreccion’s paper “Why We Should Change the Name Philippines,” changing the colonial name is a world tradition: Nueva España was changed to Mexico, Formosa to Taiwan, Malaya to Malaysia, Dutch East Indies to Indonesia, Ceylon to Sri Lanka, and many others, Palafox wrote.

The debate is far from over, although the matter has not been raised with President Aquino, according to his spokesperson Abigail Valte in a radio interview.

“It makes for a very interesting discussion… Busy po ang Pangulo doon sa ibang mga priorities. But we’ll raise that whenever it’s possible,” Valte said on Sunday.

PNoy may yet become leader of a people called Finoys. – BM/HS/ELR, GMA News

The Seat Filler

Confessions of a BAFTAs seat filler

By  | Movie Editor’s Blog – 8 hours ago

No self respecting award ceremony would want you to think it wasn’t the biggest, most exclusive gig in town  – so it has to look like a sold out star-fest to the adoring TV audiences at home. But it’s all just smoke and mirrors… and seat fillers.

Our inside man Ed (circled) with Brad Pitt (Credit: BBC)

The practice of seat filling is the endearing elephant in the corner of awards shows. Everyone knows it goes on, you’re just not supposed to notice.

Say a star wins an award, presents part of the show or even pops to the toilet; they leave behind them an empty seat and a chink in the armour of celebrity. That’s where the humble seat filler comes in.

Teams of well dressed volunteers wait in the wings to temporarily fill any empty spots, so that when the camera turns round, you get a sea of smiling faces, not a spattering of lonely luvvies.

“You have to be pretty quick,” says Ed Toll, seat filler for the BAFTAs 2012, “And if the seat’s in the middle of the row, get ready to climb over some celebs.”
Ed behind Tilda Swinton at last year’s BAFTAs (Credit: BBC)
Ed Toll is the founder of London-based graphic design agency ‘OneFiftyNine’, but for one night only in February 2012 he became a seat filler for the 65th British Academy Film Awards.

“There were about 20 seat fillers for the evening,” says Ed. “Ten wait in the wings along both sides of the auditorium – it’s your classic pincer movement!”

Ed landed the gig through a friend in the production company, but there are specialised seat filler agencies out there that a quick web search will bring up. As expected though, the waiting list to sit with the stars can be pretty long.

If you do get selected, be prepared for a night of well-dressed running around. Men are expected to wear dinner suits, and for the ladies it’s black evening wear.

“The window of opportunity for seat changes is tight,” says Ed, “between the main presentations whilst they run the VT and introduce the award – you’ve got about three minutes. It’s not good to be caught scrambling into your seat when the lights come up and the camera pans back to the audience.”

It’s a staging operation of staggering efficiency, and all in the name of good PR.

“There are team leaders and support people running each group of seat fillers – they know exactly where everyone is sitting; from the presenters of the awards to the potential recipients. As soon as the winner is announced they direct you to their seat.”

“It’s like a military operation,” says Ed. “Very impressive.”
Spiting distance… Behind Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (Credit: BBC)
But let’s be honest, the real reason anyone wants to be a seat filler is to sneak in with the Hollywood set and get caught on camera doing it. And why not? Who wouldn’t if they could?

“You do get pretty close,” says Ed. “Seats that I filled included [the one] behind Tilda Swinton, and one behind Brad Pitt that belonged to Jon Hamm from ‘Mad Men’, who was then presenting an award.”

“The stars were always courteous and friendly when you turned up out of nowhere to take their seat, and even grateful when you returned it to them. Still, their partners and friends looked a little confused when some stranger randomly sat themselves down amongst them.”
Ed caught with Rising Star Award winner Adam Deacon (Credit: BBC)
It all seems very bizarre, but Ed says they all took it in good humour. It can’t always go to plan though? Coordinating human-sized pieces in a game of on-air celebrity chess, something is bound to go wrong.

“To be honest it all went very smoothly, says Ed, “but there was some confusion with an unscheduled seat abandonment.”

“We weren’t sure exactly where the seat was or whose it was,” he continues, “but it was coming towards the end of the VT window. I ducked down and sprinted down the aisle past bewildered stars and cameramen only to find there was no sign of the mystery seat. I looked back up the aisle for some direction and then my heart started to beat really fast: I saw so many faces I recognised staring back at me, and none of them knew who I was or what I was doing.

“The VT stopped and people began to applaud. I had two options: leap into Daniel Radcliffe’s lap (who was right next to me), or drop to the floor and belly crawl back up the aisle. I went for the second. I did somehow manage to sneak out of a side exit without the cameras seeing me, but that moment still haunts my dreams. I’m convinced it was all still a false alarm.”

It didn’t put Ed off though: “Of course I’d do it again,” he says. “In fact I’m there again this year.”

The 66th British Academy Film Awards is on BBC1, 10 February 2013. Keep an eye out for Ed.

Friendly Filipinos

Planting Rice – Photo by PH Morton

I just come back from a deliriously happy holiday from the land of my birth – The Philippines.

 Honestly, before we went I was full of worries for my English husband.  I have heard of the news of kidnappings, snatching and other things that could go wrong during a Philippine holiday, so much so that we spent a fortune on travel insurance.

Friendly Filipinos

 Anyway when we got there, I was pleasantly surprised, everyone was friendly and checking out of the airport was one of the easiest.  The only thing that mar the airport experience was the over helpfulness of the airport staff who you knew would expect a gargantuan (Filipino money) tip.  They wanted $40 dollars (in their dreams!!!); $20 apparently to go to the security police and $20 for helping push the trolleys a mere 10 metres to the arrival area.  In not so many words, I told them to f**k off.

From then on, we had the most wonderful experience.  People were friendly and happy.

Funny though, from  the taxi-drivers, kalesa drivers (?), tricycle boys, jeepney drivers would  advise us  to be on the look-out at all  times as snatchers are aplenty during the Christmas and New Year’s period.  Everyone was warning us.  In the end, I thought that they were actually doing the country a disservice.  Probably people with criminal intents were not really that many, as we were led to believe.

My husband who was into photography was warned umpteenth times to be wary of snatchers and not to brandish his expensive camera, but he was just happy photographing anything static, anything that was there: animals, plants, minerals.  The people would often stop in their tracks and smile & pose.  They were so accommodating.  But Peter, my hubby, preferred to capture a more natural everyday goings-on as opposed to a posed one.  Even the farmers busy on their back-breaking rice-planting in the middle of the rain, stopped and posed with their fingers showing the ubiquitous V sign. 🙂  I wonder where the V sign originated from?!!!  You see them everywhere, especially with Southeast Asian tourists.

We really enjoyed the holiday and the people, they were full of warmth and avid curiosity!  Very charming.

We are already planning another holiday to the motherland in three years time.  Meanwhile, we are going to be posting more photos and stories of our Philippine adventure in here.

How to Eat Betel Nut the ILOCANO Way in the Philippines!

Whilst walking through Quiapo we came upon an Igorot (native of Kalinga-Apayao) looking woman selling Betel nuts, tobacco leaves etc.

Amongst her wares, she also had tobacco leaves, green leaves called Gawid, Apog (lime ash) and chewing tobacco.(Photo by Peter)

Gawid Leaves and Betel Nuts (Photo by Peter)

These catapulted us immediately to our far-away childhood when my Daddy would let us have a tiny piece of betel nut to chew whilst listening to a horror radio program by Ben David called Gabi Ng Lagim (Night of Horror) just before bed time.

Thinking about it now, My father probably believed in betel nut’s mild tranquillising property that would send four active children well into the land of nod.

Anyway the “proper” way to eat betel nut as told us by the elders of our barrio was to wrap a piece of the nut in a green leaf called gawid, also enclosed with the tiny parcel was a small piece of tobacco. The whole ensemble was shaken liberally with apog (lime/carbon/ash).  Never tasted this offering but seen people chewing it this way and their mouth would turn red.  Whilst chewing, they would spit often making their vicinity stomach churning blood-red and eventually their teeth would turn more black than red.  The apog is what makes the red colouring.

Inside of the betel nut

Inside of the betel nut

Peter bravely chewing on a betel nut

Peter bravely chewing on a betel nut..not a mouse! (Photo by Jean)

Peter the virgin betel nut chewer

Peter the virgin betel nut chewer! (Photo by Jean)

Servants: A life below stairs

This is so interesting. A different life and almost a different world.

By Lucy WallisBBC News

Scenes from Downton Abbey (Carnival films/ITV), Servants (BBC), Upstairs, Downstairs (BBC), Gosford Park (Getty Images)

Servants: A life below stairs

From Upstairs, Downstairs to Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, TV dramas and films have made us care about the characters below stairs. Domestic service was Britain’s biggest employer a century ago, but how have things changed over the years?

“It is a form of marriage to a point as you are devoted to that family,” says 78-year-old Rick Fink.

Fink has more than 55 years of experience managing estates and working as a butler. He started off in the Royal Navy in 1953, and one of the first guests he served as a young steward was Prince Phillip.

“I was petrified, but this was the Queen’s husband. He just came aboard and he was tanned with blonde hair and looked fabulous and I had to ask him what he wanted to drink.”

Now Fink runs the Butler-Valet School, training butlers for service in stately homes and private residencies. Some aspects of the role are timeless and governed by an unspoken etiquette and code of conduct.

Victorian servants – who’s who

The owners of a large Victorian house and their servants, circa 1885.
  • The butler – in charge of the house, coachmen and footmen. He looked after the family and the wine cellar
  • The housekeeper – responsible for the housemaids and carried the keys to the china and linen cupboards
  • The ladies maid – the mistress of the house’s personal attendant, helping her to dress and do her hair
  • The valet – the master’s manservant, attending to his requests and preparing his clothes and shaving tools
  • The cook – ran the kitchen and larder, overseeing the kitchen, dairy and scullery maids
  • The governess– educated and cared for the children with the head and under nurse
  • The hallboy – worked 16-hour days, lighting all the lamps and candles and polishing the staff boots before they woke up
  • The tweeny – in-between stairs maid earned £13 a year, worked seven days a week from 5am-10pm and looked after slop duty.

“[A butler] needs to be reliable, discreet, trustworthy, and your life revolves around your employer,” says Fink.

“I would never sit in the drawing room or have dinner at their dining room table. I keep myself the other side of the baize door.”

There is a great deal of nostalgia surrounding the traditional notion of domestic service, with the scandals above and below stairs in ITV’s Downton Abbey proving a ratings success. But life for a domestic worker has evolved.

With the help of labour-saving devices, a household can now be run by fewer people. Employers can contact staff on a mobile phone rather than have to ring a bell or track them down in the grounds of the estate.

The inventory is itemised on a computer so there is no need to count the silverware and the dishwasher takes on the burden of washing up. Although not the Waterford Crystal.

According to the Office for National Statistics from the 2012 Labour Force Survey, about 65,000 people are employed as domestic workers by households in the UK.

This includes domestic personnel “such as maids, cooks, waiters, valets, butlers, laundresses, gardeners, gatekeepers, stable-lads, chauffeurs, caretakers, governesses, babysitters, tutors, secretaries”, to name just a few.

It excludes the provision of services such as cooking, gardening etc by independent service providers (companies or individuals).

The figure includes those who may work for more than one household and may live in or away from their employer. Fink is surprised at just how many job adverts he sees these days for “live-out” domestic workers.


The situation was very different in 1901 when the vast majority of the 1.5 million people employed as domestic servants in Britain would have lived with their employer to attend to their every whim, whatever the time of day.

Many aristocrats could afford a large team of live-in servants at their country estate, and there was a distinct social hierarchy in the servants’ quarters.

According to Dr Lucy Delap, director of studies in history at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, servant status was reinforced at mealtimes.

“There would be a strict order of coming in to eat and strict rules about where different ranks of servants sit, and you might also have rules such as no speaking unless you were addressed by one of the senior servants,” says Delap.

“The senior servants had a great deal of power, so the butler for example in some households would put down his knife and fork, and everyone else had to fit in whether you had finished or not. So servants had to learn to be fast eaters.”

Victorian servants - graphic taken from Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs

According to Delap, the cook and her kitchen staff were able to eat in the kitchen where the other servants always suspected they were getting better food.

Uniform was another way of maintaining rank. Servants dressed a little more individually in the 18th Century. The black dress, white apron and white cap worn by maids in the 19th Century was a Victorian creation, a way of disguising personal identities.

Housemaid in 1900
The names of housemaids were often changed to match their station in life

Servants in a country estate would have been given specific tasks that matched their station, unlike today, where Fink says he has seen some instances of multi-tasking and the expectation that a butler may also, for instance, be asked to do the cooking as well.

In the Victorian era it was not just the aristocracy who employed servants, new wealth had trickled into the cities and led to a burgeoning middle class. Employing a servant was a sign of respectability, but for the lower middle class, where money was tighter, they could only afford one servant – the maid of all work.

According to the Victorian author Mrs Beeton, in The Book of Household Management, the maid of all work was to be pitied.

“The general servant or maid of all work is perhaps the only one of her class deserving of commiseration. Her life is a solitary one and in some places her work is never done.”

This relentless drudgery played a part in dwindling servant numbers and there were new opportunities in factories and shops where workers received something unheard of in domestic service – evenings and weekend offs.

“If we look at the 1891 and 1911 census we see a really interesting fact emerging. In 1891, the number of indoor domestic servants is 1.38 million, which is a pretty high number,” says Dr Pamela Cox, senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex.

A Victorian family and their two maids pose on the doorstep of their house, 1875
Middle class families could afford fewer servants

“If we jump to 1911 it has gone down to 1.27m. The population is expanding, the middle class is expanding therefore the demand for service is expanding, but the supply of servants is shrinking.”

Employing young people from the Victorian workhouses was thought to be one way of resolving the servant crisis. Poor and destitute orphans were “rescued” from a life in the gutter, educated and sent to work as servants.

“They were legally employed but this was child labour,” says Cox.

The numbers of servants continued to dwindle in the 20th Century, particularly for the middle classes, and World War I and II had a profound effect.

A scene from Downton Abbey - Carnival films/ITV
The intrigues at Downton Abbey have attracted worldwide interest

With the men sent off to fight, women dominated traditional male working roles in munitions factories, making aeroplanes and uniforms. After World War II, many women did not return to their domestic service roles.

Gradually the “modern home” of the middle classes was updated with new equipment to accommodate the shortage of servants – the introduction of flushing toilets, washing machines and microwave ovens.

The 21st Century domestic workers now tend to be self-employed entrepreneurs, running their own ironing businesses from home or their own cleaning service franchise.

The master/servant relationship has become less defined. Whatever would Mrs Beeton make of that?

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