The Blog and Tour Schedule of Carlos Celdran. A man who is trying to change the way you look at Manila - one step at a time. Telephone: (02)4844945 Text/Cell:(0920)9092021 or Email: celdrantours@hotmail.com

Sunday, January 31, 2010

YOU WANT YOUR GTV? HERE IT IS...



I have always preferred rock over rap. Check out RIVERMAYA's new video for Presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro. Way to go, Rivermaya. Go Gibo. I'm totally looking forward to GT's new website. Apparently, it comes out tomorrow. February 1.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

A LETTER FROM BETH... READ IT...


PRO-REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH (RH) CANDIDATES FOR THE 2010 ELECTIONS
By:
Elizabeth Angsioco
National Chairperson
Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines (DSWP)

Due to numerous requests, this listing is done to inform interested voters about candidates’ observable favorable positioning on the reproductive health (RH) issue. The listing is largely based on the years of advocacy for the passage of the RH Bill and specifically: the political mapping in the House of Representatives (HOR) done by advocates principally by the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD), observations and direct dealings with candidates and/or people closely working with them, track record of candidates on the issue and lastly, their public pronouncements.

This listing is by no means intended to be exhaustive particularly for the HOR where party list groups are not included. Also, only considered are incumbents whose position have been obvious or stated whether in Congress records, articulation and/or actions. Only a few local candidates who have strong RH track record are included primarily because of lack of information about other candidates.

This list is NOT intended to convince voters to only vote on the basis of candidates’ RH position but rather, to encourage people to significantly consider pro-RH candidates in choosing their bets. Lastly, the list should be taken within the context of a political/electoral environment perceived to be influenced by the Catholic Church hierarchy, and thus, some candidates’ positions may still change before the elections.

Position
Names
District
Remarks

President
Aquino, Noynoy
Prior to becoming a presidential candidate, he had no articulated position. NOT a signatory to the Senate Committee Report on RH BUT mistakenly said that he was. Initially, was openly clashing against the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on the issue. Keen on providing RH information BUT at best, wary about providing budget for services Recent pronouncements on RH are vague.

Estrada, Joseph
Pro-family planning but unclear on other important RH-related matters

Gordon, Richard
Known as pro-RH but has not CLEARLY articulated his detailed position on key RH matters such as: budget, family planning, RH education

Perlas, Nicanor
Articulated support for RH BUT no concrete position on critical RH matters.

Teodoro, Gilbert
Initially a strong RH supporter and openly clashed against the CBCP. Wife, Rep. Nikki Prieto among co-authors of RH Bill in this Congress. Reported to have backed out from RH but recent pronouncements while softer and vaguer than before are still pro-RH. Nikki Prieto HAS NOT officially withdrawn her RH co-authorship of the Bill.

Vice-President
Legarda, Loren
Senate RH Bill only moved significantly when she took over as Chair of Comm. On Health. She organized Sub-Comm on RH headed by RH author Sen. Biazon. She signed Comm. Report. NO direct articulation of RH support. Authored a dangerous bill – SB No. 2324 that provides MANDATORY PREGNANCY TESTING for women undergoing cosmetic procedure. This Bill is deemed by women’s groups as violative of women’s right to privacy.

Roxas, Mar
Those who know him say he is pro-RH but so far, has not articulated any clear position.

Yasay Perfecto
His wife has been visible in a few RH-related affairs and has said that Yasay is also pro-RH. However, the candidate has yet to issue a position in public forums.

For Senator
Acosta, Neric
Has been consistently and strongly pro-RH through his 3 terms as Representative. Principally authored RH Bills in House of Representatives (HOR)

Biazon, Ruffy
RH Bill co-author. Has been publicly vocal about his position.

Cayetano, Pia
Chaired the Senate Comm. On Health and was the first to make the RH Bill move by calling for Committee Hearings. Has issued pro-RH statements in public forums and media.

Estrada, Jinggoy
Principally authored RH-related bill in Senate. Signed the Senate Comm. On Health RH Report

Hontiveros, Risa
RH Bill co-author. Has been visible in pro-RH activities & issued statements on her position.

Marcos, Bongbong
RH Bill co-author. Known to the RH advocates as pro-RH but is not known to have issued any public statement

Maza, Liza
RH Bill co-author. Has been visible in pro-RH activities & issued statements on her position

Santiago, Miriam
Principally authored RH-related bill in Senate. Signed the Comm. On Health Report. Issued strong pro-RH statements in media interviews. Responsible for the progressive framework provisions of the Senate version of the Magna Carta of women (MCW)

House of Representatives and that of Local Candidates are listed in the comments box below. Could not all fit in this box kase..

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Monday, January 25, 2010

CARLOS RECOMMENDS!


ART AND ANTONIO...
Come join me on a new tour this February 20, 2010. It will be a mix of architectural and artistic interests in Malate and Pasay City capped with a gourmet lunch set in a heritage house. Concentrating on the works of National artist Pablo Antonio, we will visit some of his residential works (an apartment building and two houses) and visit art galleries in Pasay City. A perfectly civilized way to discover some of downtown Manila's hidden cultural gems.

8:00 Depart from San Antonio Church, Forbes Park

South Syquia Apartments, Malate.
Orchid Garden Suites, Vito Cruz St., Malate
Albert Avellana Art Gallery, Harrison Street, Pasay City
Galeria Duemila Art Gallery, Loring Street, Pasay City
My Mothers Garden (Pablo Antonio residence), Zamora St. Pasay City (above)

2:00 Return to San Antonio Church, Forbes Park

Php 1,250.00
per person includes snack and full lunch, museum ticket fees, and transportation.

To reserve, text 920 9092021 or email celdrantours@hotmail.com
Only reservations texted to these contact details will be valid.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

PAULA NOCON GUESTS AGAIN...


MANIFESTO FOR POSITIVE CAMPAIGNING

We, the supporters, volunteers and friends of former Defense Secretary Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro, vow to uphold the principles of POSITIVE CAMPAIGNING this election season. These principles shall unite us and guide us through this adventure that has brought us all together, inspire us throughout this journey, and lead us to victory.

We recognize, we believe, we affirm:

- that we have chosen our CANDIDATE because he represents what is best and excellent in all of us, because he champions our greatness rather than our mediocrity, because he is a visionary of means and not just a dreamer of ends, because we recognize the potential in him just as we recognize the potential in ourselves;

- that our VOTE is sacred. We do not take our vote for granted, for we are aware that millions around the world do not enjoy the privilege of electing their own leaders, and therefore do not have a say in mapping out their own destiny. Our vote ennobles us, reminds us that we can choose, we can decide and we can exercise our freedom to evolve our democracy to greater heights, as we give our full support to leaders who can serve the highest ideals of democracy;

- that this is a CAMPAIGN that does not stop with our candidate, nor does it end on Election Day. It is a deeper movement, a paradigm shift, that calls for the raising of awareness of every Filipino, the enlightenment of our entire race, so that we may pull ourselves out of a culture seeped in negativity and divisiveness, and enjoy the benefits of higher consciousness;

- that we align with POSITIVITY rather than negativity. We focus on our country's innate wealth, rather than endemic poverty; we choose to be balanced, rather than extreme; we see opportunities in every problem; we are constructive and not destructive; we would rather defend than attack; we do not manipulate or persuade, but we educate; we do not struggle, but we strive; we see the long view rather than the immediate. We choose our words carefully, because through thought, act, deed and speech we convey our compassion, our sincerity and our tolerance, and our capacity to heal our wounded nation;

- that we are in this endeavor because we love our COUNTRY, and we are eager to find our true place in the world. Our sense of country is not limited to just our islands, but to the Filipinos found in every corner of the globe, for the influence of the Filipino is actually planetary. Our sense of "what is Filipino" goes beyond region, dialect and citizenship, and deeper into what we can do for our country, more than what it can do for us, what we can do for the world, than what the world can do for us;

- that the ENVIRONMENT is the most pressing underlying factor behind the exigency of our present cause; that we are the Green Team; that we support Life and never exploit Life; that we shall always consider the preservation of our natural resources, the cleanliness of our surroundings, and the love of Nature in every exercise of our campaign, for it is our positive mindset which is needed to save our planet from irreversible destruction;

- that GOD, or a Higher Power, inspires us in all these things; that the victory of a President is not just prescribed by the number of votes garnered or the efficiency of his campaign, but by the guiding hand of destiny and invisible forces we cannot fully explain; and so we fully align ourselves with this Power, which is embodied in Truth, in Justice, and in Peace, because this is what prevails, and we shall, absolutely, prevail.

SO HELP US GOD

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

CARLOS RECOMMENDS!

The National Museum exposes the truth about the Filipino-American War.
John Silva will tell you all about it.
Click on the image for details...

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CARLOS RECOMMENDS!

THE LOPEZ OF BALAYAN FOUNDATION in partnership with Fundacion Santiago Brings you the 3rd of their Saturday Lecture Series. Greetings. We are inviting you to attend the War & Dissent 3rd Lecture: 'THE PHILIPPINE WARS OF INDEPENDENCE" by Mr. Ambeth Ocampo, on January 23, 2010, Saturday, 3pm to 4pm. 4/F Tambunting Hall, The National Museum of the Filipino People. Luneta Park. Info: Fundacion Santiago. Filipinas Heritage Library. Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City(T) 892-1801 loc. 12(F) 840-5135(e) charissegunay@yahoo.com



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Friday, January 15, 2010

CARLOS RECOMMENDS!

THE CULTURAL CENTER OF PHILIPPINE COOL...
Have you been to the Cultural Center of the Philippines lately? If you haven't, I would pop on by just to check out their great new Gift Shop. Open since late last year, the new CCP gift shop is eons away from the concept of what you think, well, the gift shop of a government run national theater would be. Full of cool stuff like T-shirts, sculptures, bags, puppets, housewares, books on National artists, and CDs on Philippine music, the CCP Gift Shop also has a really cool cafe where you can order a hot cup of Barako or Civet poo (yup, the RARE civet poo) coffee along with your ChocNut candies. It's now the starting point of all my Imelda tours. Props to OJ and Don Salubayba for bringing the place back to life.


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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

TODAY'S GIBROADCAST...



Philippine Presidential Candidate Gilbert Teodoro talks to www.blogger.com at The Peninsula Manila Hotel, January 12, 2010.
Thank you Manila Pen for the fantastic service, strong wifi, and yummy cookies.
Well worth every penny and beyond.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

PAULA MAKES A POINT...


Let's start with 'WHAT IS A VOTE?'

A vote is a decision. It is first and foremost a privilege to exercise one's right to choose. And let it be said that since a democratic election is won by capturing the majority number of votes, it is, in essence, a RATIONAL DECISION.

We can vote for many different things. Yes or no. This party or that party. This person or that person. Voting is supposed to be all about rationality.

In this case, we are voting for a PERSON. We are voting for a PERSON who is POTENTIALLY PRESIDENTIAL.

When voting for a presidential person you are voting for the POTENTIAL of that person to lead an entire country. We don't know yet if that person will be the greatest president ever or the worst, or if he/she will be a mediocre one. So a vote in a way is a gamble. You're placing your bet on somebody.

Presidential candidates are job applicants. They are vying for the highest, most powerful and also the most complicated job in the land. As presidentiables present themselves, they are opening themselves up to our judgment, our instincts, and our REASON. They are asking us, "Who do you think is potentially the most presidential among us?"

That is the essence of a presidential election. NOT who is the most popular, who is the most powerful, but who is the most presidential. It is a matter of fulfilling human potential.

To be presidential is to have the inherent, innate talents and capabilities to preside over governing 90 million people. To be presidential is to have statesmanship, courage, vision, and a deep, unerring sense of justice. To be presidential is possess leadership qualities that not just your countrymen, but people from all over the world, can look up to.

According to our constitution nearly anybody can be a PRESIDENTIABLE. But not everybody is truly PRESIDENTIAL.

And it GOES BOTH WAYS. If you look for certain qualities in a president, then YOU, as a voter, must have the QUALITIES OF A GOOD VOTER. You vote using your mind, your heart, and your love for your country. You vote upholding the sacred principles of democracy. You vote with reason and with passion. You vote because you want to take things to the next level, as every change of government should. And a good voter is one who CAN RECOGNIZE TRUE POTENTIAL IN OTHERS BECAUSE HE HAS SEEN THE TRUE POTENTIAL IN HIMSELF.

As a citizen of a democratic country YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO FULFILL YOUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL, just as you have the privilege of helping others fulfill THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL. And yes, that includes the President. We are all in this together!

Take a step back and immerse yourself in the essence of a democracy and the sanctity of the vote. Quiet the noise and wipe away the mudslinging that mar most political campaigns. Think. Reflect. Ponder. Research. Ask questions. And hold in your mind the highest vision you can possibly have for your country, your president, and yourself.

And then... choose wisely.

- Paula Nocon

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CARLOS RECOMMENDS!


PORTFOLIO PILIPINO
Just signed up at www.portfoliomnl.com. It's an excellent resume networking site. And proudly Philippine made. I highly recommend Filipino artists/designers/adfolk/actors sign up as well. It's a great way to keep your resume and rates online. Easier to send to clients too.

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