To look back at 2017, I think I would forgive Donald Trump if he ended 2017 with a good belly laugh and a bit of sniggering.
Let’s face it, Hollywood award ceremonies from January onwards ended up being about Donald Trump, how barely human he was and why he was such an abomination to American mankind and to a lesser extent, the world.
All kinds of insults were thrown at him. Barely anyone in Hollywood, were left standing without a bad and negative word or two against The Donald.
The great Meryl Streep was at it, Whoopi Goldberg was at it (I think she even mentioned about leaving USA for good if The Donald wins the presidency). Ashton Kutcher was at it, even Kerry Washington was at it. The vociferous Ashley Judd also had a say. They all had a say. They ridiculed him, they dehumanised him, etc.
And then come October 2017, the most shocking thing slowly unfolded right in the very middle, the very heart within Hollywood. Their stalwart, most influential man, Harvey Weinstein, the Geppetto of Hollywood was reported as an alleged serial rapist and habitually engaged in sexually harassing young actresses; the growing list included Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Ashley Judd came out and confessed how she was also a victim from the heinous and most disgusting sexual predator that is Harvey Weinstein but she loves him and understand that he was sick and he has to get treatment. Huh?!!!
Anyway, Harvey Weinstein proclivities with young actresses started in the early 90s. Apparently it was an open secret in Hollywood. Casting Couch is alive and well.
And yet no one came out to warn anyone about Weinstein before it blew over in October. It is an open secret but everyone secretly pretending they know nothing, including Ben Affleck and George Clooney. Meryl Streep is practically mute in crucifying Weinstein, compared to the speeches she gave against The Donald. Hollywood certainly look after itself.
There are more than 50 victims who have now come forward.
Hollywood seemed to have turned a new leaf against The Donald. They don’t create as much noise now.
Let’s wait for the coming Oscar later in March. Will they say anything against the Donald or will they castigate Harvey? We shall see. I have never looked forward to the Oscar as much as Oscar 2018, which by the way will be the 90th year anniversary.
Mao Zedong – Founding Father of People’s Republic of China
First Name: Zedong
AKA: Chairman Mao
DoB: 26 December 1893
PoB: Shaoshan, Hunan Province, China
DoD: 9 September 1976
Education: Hunan First Normal University
Occupation: Founding Father of People’s Republic of China
Civil status: Married 4 times with 10 children
Mao Zedong also known as Mao Tse Tung or popularly as Chairman Mao was the founding father of People’s Republic of China.
The ruthless economic exploitation and political oppression of the peasants by the landlord class forced them into numerous uprisings against its rule.
– Mao Tse Tung
War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.
– Mao Tse Tung
As our esteemed Perry Diaz of GlobalBalita.Com said below, the Philippine presidential (& vice presidential) election is now less than a year from happening. And yet voters are still none the wiser who would be running and who should be elected for the highest positions in the land.
No one really has shown exemplary apptitude and total dedication in serving the country and its people with intelligence and savvy during the course of P-Noy’s term(s). We were only made aware of this situation during typhoon Haiyan’s onslaught of Cebu & Tacloban. It was globally reported the ineffectual governmental handling of the search and rescue. It was at this time that the word ‘disaster’ really lived up to its true and full meaning!
The politicking is self-serving, lucklustre, downright ineffectual due to lack of experience or corrupt.
The machination that goes on behind the scene also adds to the confusion of the masses and to the politicians themselves. The unfortunate result of this confusion will bring out the worst in everyone!
To the voters and electors: YOU GET THE GOVERNMENT YOU DESERVE!
With less than a year to the 2016 presidential elections, the presidential musical chairs game has started in earnest. And there are several games going all at once by groups called political parties or “coalitions.”
To start with, these political parties are not ideological parties like what you’d see in the United States and other countries. The Philippines’ political parties are just vehicles — like the country’s unique colorful jeepneys — where politicians can take a ride hoping that it would bring them to their destinations. However, if the jeepney they’re riding in is too slow or is caught in a traffic jam, they can always transfer to another jeepney.
Having said that, let’s take a look at what’s going on with the various presidential musical chairs games. Of course the biggest game is in President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III’s Liberal Party (LP). There are many ambitious participants but only one will be anointed. What would happen to those who would be eliminated? In Philippine politics, there are no gracious losers, only sore losers.
Right now, the LP has only Mar Roxas vying for the party’s presidential nomination, the process of which is for P-Noy to “anoint” who the nominee will be. But Roxas, whom P-Noy had appointed as Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to give him more “public exposure,” lacks the popular support for a presidential run. Recent surveys show him running behind three or four other potential contenders. With an anemic showing that doesn’t seem to improve his chances of winning, P-Noy was hesitant to throw his support behind Roxas, who had given way to P-Noy in the 2010 presidential election and settled to be P-Noy’s running mate.
However, Roxas lost the vice presidency to Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, who, in the final weeks of the 2010 elections, overtook Roxas in the vice presidential derby. As it turned out, a hitherto secret organization known as “Noy-Bi” was credited for Binay’s surge in the campaign. It’s interesting to note that “Noy-Bi” was not a LP-sanctioned campaign organization. However, it was organized by relatives, friends, and allies who believed that Binay was a true Aquino supporter whose link to the Aquino family goes back to the People Power days of the late president Cory Aquino.
What the LP sanctioned was the “Noy-Mar” campaign committee, which consisted mainly of LP old hands and stalwarts. And this was supposedly the organization that pushed hard to get Roxas elected. But the resources the Noy-Bi had were far too much than what the Noy-Mar organization had. With a campaign chest brimming with contributions from the Aquino and Cojuangco families and their rich allies, Roxas lost to Binay.
In the upcoming 2016 elections, we’d probably see Binay pitted against Roxas again, but this time their contest would move up to the presidential level. However, that would only happen if P-Noy would stick to his promise to support Roxas’ presidential run in 2016. But the problem is Roxas has a ghost of a chance of beating Binay.
The sudden rise of neophyte Sen. Grace Poe in recent SWS and Pulse of Asia surveys was a game changer. No longer is Binay seen as the unbeatable presidential candidate, the surge in Poe’s polls numbers has toppled Binay from his lofty pedestal, which he had distinctly occupied ever since he won the vice-presidency in 2010.
Seeing Poe’s presidential potential, P-Noy invited her and Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero to Malacanang to talk about a “united ticket” that would include Roxas since Grace and Chiz aren’t LP members but Independents. But their bond was so tight that Grace has made it known that if she decided to run for president next year, she’d want Chiz to be her running mate. Chiz said that he’d support Grace in any decision she makes.
What P-Noy has in mind is to have Roxas team up with either Grace or Chiz as his running mate, which means that one of them would be sacrificed for the good of the LP coalition. The problem with this arrangement is what would be the role of the person who is sacrificed? But before we answer that question, we should first ask if Grace or Chiz were willing to run for vice president under an LP “united ticket”?
Although Grace hadn’t decided yet whether she’s going to run for president or not, she had taken herself out of the vice-presidential race next year, saying that if she’s going to run for a higher office, it might as well be the presidency.
In the case of Chiz, who has been high on the surveys for vice president, it’s not known if he was willing to be somebody’s running mate other than Grace. Needless to say, he has to make his decision whether to run for president, which is unlikely, or vice president. He could run as Binay’s running mate since the two have good relationship in the past. In 2010, Chiz was one of the leaders of the “Noy-Bi” group, a fact that could dampen any attempt to pair him up as Roxas’ running mate.
If Chiz accepts an offer to team up with Binay, they might have the right chemistry to run a good campaign. With Binay having all money to spend in the campaign and Chiz tapping the Filipino taipans’bottomless money pits, they could be a formidable team. However, with Binay’s corruption and plunder cases hanging over his head and the strong resentment against China right now, a Binay-Chiz tandem might not be the way to go. But Chiz has the flexibility to team up with anybody because he, like Grace, is an Independent. In the case of Binay, nobody is willing to run as his running mate. Has the stigma of corruption finally found its mark on Binay?
A fashionable woman is always in love—with herself.
– La Rochefoucauld.
A televised State of the Nation Address by the President of the Philippines is held annually. SONA is used by the President to address the many concerns of the people as well as a way for the PNoy to make promises which are meant to be broken, time and again. SONA is politicking to the max!
SONA 2014 – State of the Nation: Fashion & Passion
SONA 2014 is currently being held in Manila, Philippines. The politicians are prancing like peacocks. However their otherhaves are far from looking like drab peahens. The ladies are in their elements dressed in rainbows of colours. SONA, is the time to make a fashion statement, the red carpet of ther Batasan is trod on by designer clads ladies, who have more money than good taste!!! 😉
Kris AquinoThe first fashionista we have seen is Kris Aquino, PNoy’s very own youngest sister. She is a beautiful lady but this gown is too over-powering for her body type. If this design has been created in the lighter material of jusi, it would have been a little better. With that blacken emblishment, it reminds me of Dicken’s Miss Havisham, the forever spinster pining for a lost lover! I really think it is such a terrible dress for a beautiful lady! The hair-style doesn’t go well with the dress either!
Abby Binay’s outfit is lovely. A child accessory is redundant. The geometric design on her grey terno is enough.
Assunta de Rossi
Assunta is a lovely girl with a lovely figure. Pity her dress looks ill-fitting. Just too much materials which added bulk to her body. Instead of highlighting her fine figure, it engulfed her.
Nancy Binay’s outfit is more than a fashion statement. It tells a story! Alibaba and the forty thieves! Well done, Nancy, very tongue in cheek!The outfit said what is really going on.Hahaha
Mommy Dionisia’s gown is so busy. She looks like a kitschy cover for a toilet roll. The top half of her gown looks like it has been spluttered on by chewed pistachio nuts.But on the whole, she looks very pretty. Well done, Mommy D.
Now Imelda. Terno and Imelda always go together. The former First Lady has perfected the art of wearing terno.Elegance is the woman!
Heart & Chiz
Lucy & Richard Gomex
Lucy is drop-dead gorgeous with a fine figure. Put a sack on her and it would turn out as high fashion!
Kitchie looks lovely in her terno. Pity she did not do more to her hair. An up-do would have been fab considering that the top half of her gown is crying for a classic bun.
I love the gown, she looks pretty with her hair curling lushly over one shoulder.
Very pretty. Usually I am not a fan of very dark or in-your-face ternos but this gown by Maria Paz passes muster. Suit her morena complexion.
This duo of loveliness is made up of Mercedes Alvares, Negros Occidental Rep and Sharon Garin, AAMBIS-OWA Rep.
I love that lace shrug but I think, the shocking pink/fuchsia gown under it is too dark. If it had been just a hint of pink of apple green, it would have work better. As it is, it looks heavy! Very pretty girl!
Risa Hontiveros looks like a very elegant woman but what she is wearing is rather androgynous. A Barong Tagalog over a black gown doesn’t really work.
Janet looks pretty in her pink with that black embellishment that gives her a semblance of waistline! Lovely hair-do too.
Yasmin’s gown is a lovely colour but I am not sure about the neckline. I supposed I am a fan of the classic style where a bit of neck and shoulders show! I love the hairstyle as well.Gorgeous couple.
These politicians are appropriately dresses in all shades of peach, perhaps to remind everyone of their mission to impeach PNoy! Nice!
Kim looks really elegant . I like the neckline and her hair looks lovely draping gently in her shoulder. I love the colour and the lenght with just a slight train at the back. Really nice.
Beautiful woman. Love her outfit. It is gorgeous; hides her pregnancy. Love the hair and make-up.
Em Aglipay’s dress is beautifully fitted. Her hair and make-up are flawless.
Tootsie Angara‘s Igorot inspired outfit is beautiful and suited (no pun) her well. She is really beautifully turned out. We love her!
Heart Evangelista’s dress is rather special. It is a work of art. But having said that, the dress is rather too revealing. It showed more than what Heart might have wanted to divulge. It showed the tell-tale sign of the edges of her silicon implants from her alleged breast augmentation.Her make-up and hair- style are top-notch.
Grace Poe is befitting her name. Her outfit has serenity and grace about it. Beautiful!
Loren Legarda’s attire is a vast improvement from last year. I looks like an Ifugao inspired and yet there is something decidedly Mindanaoish about it too. The huge capiz shell sets off the whole look.
Lani Cayetano looks beautiful in her lavander Filipiniana outfit. Lovely make-up and hair as well.