Two Iglesia Ni Cristo members in their musical career


Former security officer Modesto Taran got the chance to advance to the final round of The X Factor Philippines, a television music competition, adapted from the original UK show as part of The X Factor franchise, to find new singing talent in the Philippines. The winner of which gets a 4 million peso recording contract. It is also the first franchise to be adapted in Southeast Asia.
He is a martial arts and swimming instructor, and a public comedian.
Taran worked on CSAI as an Area Operations Manager.

Watch him on 'The X Factor Philippines' every Saturday, after “MMK, and every Sunday, after “Sarah G Live” on ABS-CBN.

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Chadleen Alberth Uy Lacdo-o will be competing soon in "Kanta Pilipinas," a TV 5’s musical reality search which is to be hosted by Lea Salonga. It aims to make the nation sing. Here, Chadleen hopes to be the best "Cinderella". Please join her as she journey to become one of the country’s most admirable musical icons and to make her dream closer to reality. 

She was born in Cebu and has speaking impairment due to her cleft palate.  Her classmates made fun of her when she sings.  She felt the agony of her parents.  She even wanted to stop studying then. 

Chadleen’s exploration to musical and colorful life is in full swing.  Her recent performance in DWDM Pinas FM 95.5’s Fun-bansang Selebrasyon energized the crowd. It was another opportunity for her to shine in spite of the technical problem on stage and she did it soundly in acapella rendering the popular song of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”.

In that amazing anniversary event, she was introduced as the Singing Ambassador of Operation Smile. She mentioned her story that she was born “ngo-ngo” and shared her inspiring and successful operation.

Her singing milestones started when she joined a nationwide singing competition for children and became one of the finalists of ABS-CBN’s Little Big Star in the big division in Cebu. She was a media magnet because of her singing talent, vision and inspiring life story.  She appeared on various TV programs like TFC's TV Patrol with Karen Davila, ABS-CBN’s Rated K with Korina Sanchez, ANC’s Storyline with Patricia Evangelista, Probe Team with Cheche Lazaro, MAG TV Cebu, CTTN Channel “Babae” hosted by Aileen Senoran and Stella Palomo, NET25’s Homepage and GEMNET’s Pananampalataya, Pag-asa at Pag-ibig
 

She already performed in Washington DC in front of the senators, congressmen and ambassadors last Dec. 6,2007; Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles California where she met the Glee Casts and Hollywood stars, sharing the stage with Neon Tress Alt Band;  Washington DC  with Mr. Billy White Acre ,Utah Salt Lake guesting with Mr. David Osmond for Starbiz reality show competition.
She experienced performing live on stage with world’s legendary singer and song writer David Pomeranz in 2009 in his benefit concert tour “In Our Hands”. She made it well in different countries like China, USA, and Vietnam in her tour to promote Operation Smile. In 2010, she got the chance to sing with Charice and a number of international engagements.
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‘The X Factor Philippines’ Top 12 compete in first live show

The country’s biggest musical event of the year “The X Factor Philippines” recently unveiled its 12 finalists who will compete in the much-awaited live shows beginning this Saturday (Aug 4) and face the fifth and most critical judge in the competition— the viewing public.

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Judge-mentor Martin Nievera, together with international singing sensation Arnel Pineda as his chosen guest celebrity judge, picked student Gabriel Anciano, college graduate Jeric Medina, and another student, Kedebon Colim, to represent the Boys (solo male performers 16-25 yrs old).

Freelance singer Allen Sta. Maria, dive guide Jerrianne Templo, and band vocalist KZ Tandingan, on the other hand, will represent the Girls (solo female performers 16-25 yrs old) as chosen by their judge-mentor Charice with the help of her guest celebrity judge and fellow Pinay pride Cheesa, who recently became a finalist in the hit US singing competition “The Voice.”

In the Over 25s category (solo performers 26 yrs old and above), judge-mentor Pilita Corrales, together with guest celebrity judge Rico J. Puno, put through musician Joan Da, freelance singer Mark Mabasa, and former security officer Modesto Taran to advance to the final round.

The Groups (16 yrs old and above) category composed of all-male quartet Daddy’s Home, boyband Take Off, and all girl group Lucky Girls wouldn’t be left behind as they were chosen by their judge-mentor Gary Valenciano with the help of guest celebrity judge and world champion Jed Madela.

The final 12 will battle it out in the live shows starting Saturday (Aug 4) at the PAGCOR Grand Theater in Paranaque where they will sing various movie theme songs.

Their future now lies in the hands of the public who will decide via text vote who among them should stay in the competition and who among them shall leave. The finalist with the lowest number of overnight text votes will be booted off in the show.

Whose ‘x factor’ will shine best and who will be exed out of the competition? Who among the judge-mentors will say goodbye to one of their three chosen finalists by Sunday?

The competition gets tougher in “The X Factor Philippines” first live show this Saturday (Aug 4), after “MMK, and first elimination night this Sunday (Aug 5), after “Sarah G Live” on ABS-CBN. Follow the show’s official Twitter account at @thexfactorphil and tweet your thoughts and reactions using the hashtag #XFactorPH. You can also like its official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/XFactorPhOfficial.
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Thai Movie ‘Friendship’ starring Mario Maurer Airs on ABS-CBN

“Friendship,” the romantic Thai movie starring Mario Maurer, is set to premiere on Philippine television via ABS-CBN on August 5, 2012.
 
 
“Friendship” (Also known as “Friendship You and Me”) is a 2008 Thai Romantic Teen Film starring Asian heartthrob Mario Maurer and popular Thai actress Apinya Sakuljaroensuk (Ploy).

The film is set around 1983 and is about Singha and Mituna’s endless love for each other. The film starts with the present and goes back to the past of their high school days.

The tagalized version of “Friendship” is set to premiere on Philippine television via ABS-CBN on Sunday, August 5, at 10:15 a.m.
 
 
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'One More Try' starring Angelica Panganiban, Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes and Zanjoe Marudo


Four of the country’s most sensual stars Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Zanjoe Marudo, and Dingdong Dantes will make this Christmas season even more hotter as they topbill “One More Try,” Star Cinema’s much-awaited top-caliber dramatic offering in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which will hit theaters nationwide beginning December 25.



Under the direction of award-winning director Ruel S. Bayani, “One More Try” shares a brave plot that tackles about a loving single mother Grace (Angel) who is willing to sacrifice everything to save her ill son.

All seems well in Grace’s life, especially with the comfort of her son Botchok (Miguel Vergara) and boyfriend Tristan (Zanjoe) who is supporting her. But when Botchok’s rare blood condition becomes more severe, Grace is left with no other choice but to reconnect with Edward (Dingdong), Botchok’s biological father, an accomplished man married with a more successful power woman Jacqueline (Angelica).

All Gruce asks from Eduard is for him uo help her saveuBotchok, their son. Edward is hesitant at first but Jacq gives him permission. However, such tedious process of curing Botchok starts to taint their happy relationships, for unwanted feelings in the past start to creep in. Until eventually all other options fail except only for one—Edward and Grace need to have another child to permanently cure Botchok and they need to do it the natural way.

In a situation where a life of an innocent child is at stake, can Grace, Edward, Tristan and Jacqueline sacrifice their personal feelings in order to cure Botchok? In this kind of pursuit, who will eventually win–Jacqueline who will go for a kill to save her faltering marriage with Edward or Grace, the devoted mother who will do anything to save her son even if it means compromising her relationship with the man who truly loves her?

Aside from the first team-up of Angel, Angelica, Zanjoe and Dingdong, also featured in “One More Try”: are Carmina Villaroel, Agot Isidro, Edward Mendez, at Ms. Gina Pareño.

Don’t miss the most dramatic film to conclude 2012, “One More Try,” which will be shown on cinemas nationwide starting December 25.

For more information and latest updates about “One More Try,” simply visit www.StarCinema.com.ph, http://facebook.com/StarCinema and http://twitter.com/StarCinema.

SEE: Complete OFFICIAL ENTRIES for Metro Manila Film Festival 2012

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‘Guni-Guni’ starring Empress Schuck and Lovi Poe

Regal Films has released the official movie poster and cinema trailer for their upcoming suspense flick “Guni-Guni.” Check it out!
 
 
“Guni-Guni” stars Empress Schuck and Lovi Poe, under the direction of Tara Illenberger.

Also starring in the movie are Benjamin Alves, James Blanco, Neil Ryan Sese, Julia Clarete, Gerarld Pesigan, Ria Garcia and Ms. Gina Alajar.
Here’s the official plot of the movie:

Thirty years ago, an unborn child was buried in the garden of what is now a boardinghouse in Cubao. It lies beneath the ground, unbeknownst to the tenants who live there. One of the tenants is Mylene (Lovi Poe) who appears like the perfect girl, nice, pretty and at the top of her Medicine class. But nobody knows about her past, not even the man who loves her most, Paolo (Benjamin Alvez). Paolo doesn’t know anything about Mylene’s family, her long, lost sibling or her estranged, nervous wreck of a mother. Nor does he know about the very long scar that runs across Mylene’s body, nor of how incomplete she always feels. And he finds that the more he tries to win back her love, the more she retreats to her secret world that nobody could enter. One day Mylene asked to perform an abortion for fee, she feels conflicted about doing what’ is right and, at the same time, being in dire need of tuition fee. Her decision ultimately leads to a dark outcome and awakens a force that has laid quiet for years in the boardinghouse grounds. Thereafter, she becomes tormented by nightmares of a dark twin, whose presence gets stronger as days pass, as strange things start to happen in the house. When one by one, the boarders die of unexplainable causes, Joanna (Empress Shuck) the resident psychic and Mylene’s best friend struggles to understand the impending danger that she senses and decides to get to the bottom of the mystery; and as it unravels, they find themselves confronted by an angry soul that seeks justice.
Watch the trailer here:
 
 
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Cinemalaya 2012 Winners

The following are the winners of awards handed out on Sunday night during the closing of the 8th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.
 Audience Choice Award
Shorts, Hannah Espia’s “Rueda”
Directors Showcase category, Jun Lana’s “Bwakaw”
New Breed category, Marie Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala”
(Winners also brought home cash prizes—P20,000 for Shorts, P60,000 for Directors Showcase and P40,000 for New Breed)

Special Jury Award
Shorts, Richard Legaspi’s “Mananeya”
Directors Showcase, Raymond Red’s “Kamera Obskura”
New Breed, Loy Arcenas’ “Requime!”
(Winners also brought home cash prizes—P20,000 for Shorts, P60,000 for Directors Showcase and P50,000 for New Breed)
Best Screenplay for Shorts, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo for “Paghihintay sa Bulong”

Directors Showcase category
Best Sound, Ditoy Aguila for Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Kalayaan”
Best Original Music Score, Diwa de Leon for “Kamera Obskura”
Best Editing, Vanessa de Leon for Jose Javier Reyes’ “Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Production Design, Adolfo Alix Jr. for “Kalayaan”
Best Cinematography, Albert Banzon for “Kalayaan”
Best Screenplay, Jose Javier Reyes for “Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Supporting Actor, Art Acuna for Lawrence Fajardo’s “Posas”
Best Supporting Actress, Ensemble of Iza Calzado, Judy Ann Santos, Janice de Belen and Agot Isidro for “Mga Mumunting Lihim”
Best Actor, Eddie Garcia for “Bwakaw”
Best Actress, Ensemble of Iza Calzado, Judy Ann Santos, Janice de Belen and Agot Isidro for “Mga Mumunting Lihim”

New Breed category
Best Sound, Addiss Tabong and Mike Idioma for Vincent Sandoval’s “Aparisyon”
Best Original Music Score, Mikey Amistoso, Diego Mapa, Jazz Nicolas for Marie Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala”
Best Editing, John Wong and Rona delos Reyes for Gino Santos’ “The Animal”
Best Production Design, Benjamin Payumo for Lem Lorca’s “Intoy Siyokoy ng Kalye Marino”
Best Cinematography, Tristan Salas for Mes de Guzman’s “Diablo”
Best Screenplay, Rody Vera for Loy Arcenas’ “Requieme!”
Best Supporting Actor, Joross Gamboa for “Intoy Siyokoy ng Kalye Marino”
Best Supporting Actress, Anita Linda for Emmanuel Palo’s “Santa Nina”
Best Actor, Kristoffer King for Paul Santa Ana’s “Oros”
Best Actress, Ama Quiambao for “Diablo”

NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Awards
Directors Showcase, Jun Lana’s “Bwakaw”
New Breed, Mes de Guzman’s “Diablo”

Best Director
Shorts, Sheron Dayoc for “As He Sleeps”
Directors Showcase, Raymond Red for “Kamera Obskura”
New Breed, Mes de Guzman for “Diablo”

Best Film
Shorts, Jarell Mahimay Serencio’s “Victor”
Directors Showcase, Lawrence Fajardo’s “Posas”
New Breed, Mes de Guzman’s “Diablo”
(Winners also brought home cash prizes—P100,000 for Shorts, P300,000 for Directors Showcase and P200,000 for New Breed)

THE LIST: CINEMALAYA 2012 Finalists


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Piolo Pascual topbills 'Perya' (Benchingko Films)

Piolo Pascual stars in Perya, a short film produced by Bench as part of its 25th anniversary.

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Perya is directed by Topel Lee from the script written by Marci Reyes. It also stars Sue Prado.
Synopsis:
A haunting love story set in a world where the grotesque is the norm, the hideous deemed beautiful. Here, Philippines' hottest heartthrob, Piolo Pascual, is a freak, a captive of a cruel circus. But when he finds love, he finds a glimmer of hope for escape.
Perya, as well as the rest of the Benchingko Films, will have a red carpet premiere tonight, 6 PM, at SM Mall Of Asia CenterStage. The short films can later be watched at http://adf.ly/BLZ9l.

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G Tongi makes comeback on FHM cover

 
Comebacking actress Giselle “G” Tongi returns on the cover of FHM Philippines’ August issue 11 years after she first graced the pages of the popular men’s magazine.
 “It’s already been 11 years since actress G Tongi debuted on the cover of this magazine and in our packed August issue, the wiser, more mature, but still scintillating G shows all of us how to keep things smoking,” the magazine said on its website on Monday.

For the cover photo taken by ace lensman Xander Angeles,Tongi goes for a more glamorous retro pin-up girl look, wearing a bejeweled bra top and diaper shorts.

Robbie Piñera did the actress’ makeup, while Sidney Yap took charge of the styling.

“After a stint in New York, getting married, and popping out two adorable kids, the classic beauty still knows how to work the camera, striking such poses to make every shot a bona fide work of art,” FHM said.

“Decked in the most luxurious of lingerie, swimming in pearls, and amidst the decadent furnishings of the Opus, G channels a timelessness that can only come from the best of the best,” it added.

Tongi’s cover received positive comments from FHM readers.

“Wow. Refreshing 'to kasi bagong cover babe. 4 thumbs up FHM. I have to admit that at first kala ku Toni G ung binabasa ku G Tongi pala,” Jason Ace Holganza Basay commented on the magazine’s Facebook page.

Noting that Tongi’s cover follows that of Kaye Abad two months ago, Basay also said, “Relive the ‘Gimik days.’ Exciting 'to may bago na namang cover. Yipee! FHM really is the best and #1 magazine in the Philippines. Hands down, no doubt.”

“Wow, oldies but goodies,” said Jhake Albinto Regudo.

“Hot pa rin! Walang pagbabago. Nice, G!” wrote Chyl Benavides.

Meanwhile, Racs Salcedo said Tongi looks like Hollywood actress Ashley Judd in the photos.

Tongi’s comeback also drew requests for other actresses to make a similar comeback, including Vanessa del Bianco, Anjanette Abayari and Eula Valdez.

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Joseph Marco covers Men's Health PH July 2012

Joseph Marco is on the cover of Men’s Health Philippines July 2012 issue where he is quoted as saying, “If you feel like you’re no longer improving, do something that will help you get better.”

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Nice going for Joseph. He also had a magazine cover last month courtesy of Garage’s magazine’s June 2012 issue.

He is in the cast of the upcoming ABS-CBN series titled Against All Odds which is topbilled by Judy Ann Santos and Sam Milby. I wonder, though, when Joseph is getting another starring role in a soap like the one he had in Sabel.

Meanwhile, Men’s Health PH July 2012’s features include The Olympian Training Plan, how to have bigger biceps, how to Strip Away Stress, the secret to losing that last 10 pounds and how to stop hair loss, among others.

VOTE:  Joseph Marco for RP's Sexiest Man of 2012

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C-wine: Calamansi Wine of Ilocos


ASAP Calamansi Processing Center at Bitalag Satellite Market where the famous Calamansi Ready-to-drink, Calamansi Concentrate, Calamansi Wine and Calamansi Chocolate are being processed. This is being managed by the ASAP Tagudin Samahan ng Magkakalamansi Development Cooperative with the constant supervision of the Local Government Unit of Tagudin and other concerned agencies.

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The Glee Project 2 – ‘We Found Love’ Music Video

Check out this music video from episode 8 of The Glee Project Season 2 featuring the contenders singing the Rihanna hit “We Found Love.”
 
 The Glee Project 2 contenders are getting hot and heavy for the romanticality assignment: Rihanna’s “We Found Love” music video!

The remaining contestants are Ali Stroker, Aylin Bayramoglu, Blake Jenner, Lily Mae Harrington, Michael Weisman, Shanna Henderson and Abraham Lim.

The Glee Project Season 2 airs in the Philippines via satellite at 4:00pm every Wednesday and a replay at 9:00pm via the cable channel ETC.

Watch the music video here:


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Angelica Panganiban topbills Indie Film ‘Madaling Araw Mahabang Gabi’

Angelica Panganiban topbills the upcoming Dante Nico Garcia movie “Madaling Araw Mahabang Gabi.”
 
 
Aside from Panganiban, “Madaling Araw Mahabang Gabi” also stars Kean Cipriano, Glaiza de Castro, Edgar Allan Guzman, Buboy Garovillo, Tutti Caringal, Karel Marquez, Rocco Nacino, Alchris Galura, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Callum David, Dominic Roco, Lou Veloso and Ms. Cherie Gil.
The film is written and directed by Dante Nico Garcia (“Ploning”) and is slated for release this September.
Here’s the synopsis of the movie:

Panoramanila Pictures presents a movie about the entangled stories of a group of young people who happen to be in a bar in Puerto Princessa, Palawan on the eve of All Souls’ Day. As midnight approaches, we become complicit as each of them takes the challenge of the Pangangaluluwa, a seemingly innocent Palawan tradition of honoring the dead by stealing something from the living. A young guitarist battles with crabs; an Indian guy gets caught in a crossfire; a hot cougar meets her match; Cosplayers battle for road supremacy; a religious woman finds true faith in a strange kiss; and a bartender prepares a drink that results in the most bitter of brews. The movie holds up a mirror to this dark night and bear witness to the inevitable consequences that mark the choices of the young.
Watch the trailer here:
 
 
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Former comedian Sammy Lagmay, bedridden and going blind, appeals for financial help

Former comedian Sammy Lagmay is suffering from complications of diabetes—he has difficulty breathing, he needs a dialysis and he is losing his sight. 

He says, “Talagang di ko kayang mag-isa na. Kung maglalakad ako, talagang matitisod ako. So I’m considering myself na medyo bulag na rin kasi talagang hindi ko na nakikita, e.”

“Sa ngayon po, hindi talaga maganda ang kalagayan niya dahil inuubo siya ngayon. Kagabi hindi siya makatulog sa sobrang ubo niya kaya sobrang hirap siya ngayon, hirap huminga. Hinihingal daw siya," Mylene, his sisters, said.


Sammy appeals to public, “Ako’y nananawagan sa inyo na sana’y makahingi po ng konting tulong sa inyo. Talagang hirap na hirap na. Kung may makatulong, salamat. Yung mga kasamahan ko sa trabaho, sana makatulong kayo.”

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Queen Elizabeth and James Bond parachute into the Olympic Opening Ceremony


The Queen of England made her film debut in style, getting escorted to the Olympics by James Bond and parachuting into Olympic Stadium from a helicopter in a short film shown at Friday night's Opening Ceremony.



Movie magic was responsible for the death-defying jump -- both Bond actor Daniel Craig and the 86-year-old monarch were portrayed by stunt doubles for the live shot, of course. But that was indeed Queen Elizabeth sitting in her quarters, welcoming James Bond and accepting his invitation to the Olympics in Danny Boyle's three-minute film.
It was believed to be the Queen's first ever appearance in a movie. Boyle and his crew were given unprecedented access to her quarters for the one-day shoot in April.
Nitpickers will point out that the film showed Bond and the Queen leaving in daylight and arriving at nightfall. And you'll notice that the Queen never was shown in the helicopter, only in Buckingham Palace with her corgis in tow. But, come on. The Queen parachuted out of a helicopter! They could have left in a Mini Cooper and arrived in a rickshaw and it wouldn't have mattered.

Bond wasn't the only character of film and literature to make an appearance at the Opening Ceremony. Mary Poppins, Lord Voldemort and Mr. Bean were all featured prominently in Danny Boyle's abstract salute to England.

When you've ridden to the Opening Ceremony in a helicopter with James Bond, watching 500 athletes march into a stadium just can't compare.

Queen Elizabeth, who appeared in an amusing short film with actor Daniel Craig during the kickoff to the London Games, wasn't too impressed with Team Great Britain on Friday night. As 80,000 fans roared at the arrival of the nation's athletes into Olympic Stadium, the Queen was shown on television intently picking her nails, seemingly oblivious to the pandemonium around her.

Earlier in the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth and James Bond were shown taking a helicopter away from Buckingham Palace. Director Danny Boyle filmed the scene in March and the Queen was excellent in her brief role. I'd go so far as to say that she was a better Queen Elizabeth than Helen Mirren. The segment culminated with a live shot of two stuntpeople dressed as the Queen and Bond parachuting out of the helicopter into Olympic Stadium.


All that adrenaline must have taken its toll on the 86-year-old monarch. Displaying her usual stoicism, the Queen couldn't have been less interested in the Great Britain delegation marching in last during the parade of nations. The pool television feed cut to her for three seconds as the team walked on and she was picking her nails for the entirety.




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Things you should never tell others

Have you ever wondered why you land up in trouble simply because you have shared the truth or simple facts with others?
  Do you often feel like the innocent fool who does not know when to keep his mouth shut, and when to share his thoughts? Yes? Then, read on to know what you should keep ONLY to yourself.

1. Your Sexual Desires

The first and foremost on the list is tales of your libido. Talking mindlessly about your sexual desires, craving to feel a feminine body or habits of masturbation can easily turn your friends off. Worse still, do not even discuss these matters with your family members. Refrain from discussing such matters and if the situation gets too troublesome to handle on your own, then either take a close friend into confidence, or seek the aid of a professional.

2. Financial Situation

Whether it is rock-bottom for you or the pinnacle of your professional and financial status, keep the figures that you earn to yourself. While it is imperative that your parents and partner need to be aware of the numbers here, revealing them to the whole wide world will not be such a good idea. This could lead to various reactions – anger, jealousy, pity, or even hatred.

3. Personal Issues at Work

In the professional sphere, it is ethical not to start sharing your marital woes or filial spats with colleagues. Not only does it show poorly on you as an employee, it also creates the opportunity for your growth within the organisation to suffer. Telling your peers about what you and your wife argued about in the morning, or the colour of the sari your mother intends to gift your wife are not considered serious and professional topics of conversation.

4. Half-Formed Aspirations

If you have recently stumbled upon a great business idea, or had your ‘Eureka’ moment with respect to your ambition in life, the best thing would be to further and finalise this concept. It may certainly help to bounce off such ideas with people who genuinely care about you or who you are close to, but it would be advisable to share your thoughts only once they have taken some sort of shape.

5. Negative Feelings

If you nurture repulsion towards your landlady, or detest her dog, or if you abhor the neighbour who sends you vicious glances each morning as you step out of home, you are troubled by negative feelings of great intensity towards others. If you vent these, you will end up hurting nobody but your own self. So, the best thing is to keep these strong emotions within you, and gradually stop letting them affect your daily routine.

While we live in a day and age where mobile phones and social networking sites allow us the flexibility to share our most mundane thoughts as well as the most intimate ones, practicing refrain is also a good idea, at times. Let the above list help you know when to practice this.




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PBB ex-housemate Yves Flores: 'Hindi ako flirt'

Aminado ang former Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition  4 housemate na si Yves Flores na ang pangarap niya talaga ay makapasok sa showbiz. “Mula pagkabata pangarap ko nang pumasok sa industriyang ito. Isa rin ‘yon sa mga dahilan kung bakit ako pumasok sa PBB,” pag-amin ng Pampangueno heartthrob. “Then kung bibigyan ako ng chance ng ABS-CBN, syempre pag binigyan ka ng opportunity, agad-agad kunin mo na. Once lang darating ‘yan, di ba? Baka umalis pa, wala na.” Sinabi rin niya na gusto rin niyang matulad sa former housemate niyang si Kit Thompson na nag-aartista na rin ngayon. “Pare-pareho lang kami ng mga pangarap sa buhay, pareho-pareho kami ng mga kagustuhan,” paliwanag niya. Nang tanungin kung magkakaroon siya ng proyekto, ang malamang sagot ng binata, “Abangan lang po ninyo.

Coincidentally, hindi lang pagiging artista ang pagkakapareho nina Kit at Yves dahil pareho rin silang na-link sa kanilang housemate na Myrtle Sarrosa, ang itinanghal na PBB Teen Big Winner.  Pinaninindigan ni Yves na hindi pa rin nagbabago ang feelings niya kay Myrtle. Naging kontrobersyal si Yves sa loob ng bahay dahil sa pagkaka-involve niya sa dalawang babae at the same time, kay Myrtle at sa best friend-turned-girlfriend niya sa labas ng bahay. Kaya naman nagkaroon siya ng reputasyon na pagiging playboy.

Sa isang exclusive interview sa kanya ay tinanong ng Push.com.ph kung isa ba siyang flirt. “Hindi ako flirt, parang madali lang akong (ma-attach) lalo na pag in love na ako. Nakakalimutan ko everything. Parang pag na-in love ako parang ‘yun na.” Dagdag pa ng binata,  ang nangyari raw sa PBB house na pagkaka-involve niya sa dalawang babae ay isang isolated case.

Sa ngayon, sinabi niya na nananatili silang friends ni Myrtle. Vocal naman si Myrtle sa pagsasabing sa ngayon ay friendship muna ang kaya niyang i-offer kay Yves. Nirerespeto naman umano ni Yves ang desisyon ni Myrtle.

Kung nagkaroon man daw ng hindi magandang impresyon sa kanya ang mga tao dahil sa nangyari sa PBB house, plano umano ni Yves na patunayan na kaya niyang magbago for the better. “Try ko ang best ko na mabago ang tingin ng tao sa akin.  Learn from mistakes. Paano ka matututo kung di ka magkakamali? Sinisigurado ko na sa pagkakamaling ito, darating ang araw na maibabalik ‘yung (magandang) tingin ng tao sa akin.” 
 
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The Next Chief Justice: JBC Live Public Interview Day 4

1. SEC Chair TERESITA HERBOSA

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
-Master of Comparative Law, University of Michigan Law School, 1980
- Admitted to the Bar, 1978
-Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines, Cum Laude 

PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
Professorial Lecturer on Remedial Law, UP College of Law
Senior Partner, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Office (ACCRA)
Commissioner, Committee on Bar Discipline, IBP
On accepting CJ nomination: I feel like I have all the qualifications

On her other experiences: I took part in a UNICEF-funded project on training policemen in handling child-sensitive cases.

On her goals: Give everyone access to courts, no delay, all cases decided on basis of merits

On restorative justice: There should be an opportunity for everyone to rehabilitate & give back to society

On solving unequal distribution of judges:  As pointed out by other nominees, we lack judges. Give judges in far-flung areas higher hazard pay. Deploy judges seeking promotion.On reforms:  We should have more special courts to deal with special cases. Law schools should have courses that train students into becoming judges. Judges themselves should be able to train other judges. There should be emphasis on little-known fields of law. Some judges are not adept in handling estate cases; judges should also be computer-literate.

On having outsider CJ:
These are unusual times and these would probably call for unusual solutions.

Herbosa says her great-grandmother was the sister of Jose Rizal

On plans if she does not become CJ: Herbosa says if she does not become CJ, she would like to apply for a position as associate justice

On preparations as a nominee: Herbosa says she's been prepared to be CJ since she was nominated, she would like to be a part of the SC, would have applied before.

On Lady Justice:
Lady Justice represents the underprivileged, including women, children. The Lady Justice is not soft-hearted, not weak. She's supposed to represent the underprivileged

On judicial restraint:
Constitution is adequately worded & intent of framers should be considered if it is unclear. I am for judicial restraint.

Herbosa says that when she took office, SEC lobbied for budget to complete computerization project.

Herbosa says she is for SC taking an active role in shaping economic policy.

On corruption: The reason there is a perception of corruption is some lawyers overpromise and underdeliver. Corruption is counterproductive. We should also upload online the memoranda of the parties aside from the decisions. Being more transparent and making available the filings of the parties so they can compare the decisions, if that decision was truly based on merits.

On how a woman CJ will manage the court: I don't think it would be much different from a man, my vision for the court is that everything should be based on the merits. The court should implement more reforms in reducing delays and decongesting dockets. To me, it is the independence that is very important, giving everyone their fair shake.

On her character: I believe I have a strong personality. It just takes a lot of consensus building and persuasive skills on my part. And giving credit where credit is due. In SEC, even when I was newest appointee, I think that there was no problem.

On not having a partner: I am used to being alone.

On why she deserves the position: It is just a matter of self-confidence. After years of private practice and gov't service, I never imagined I will have the opportunity to apply for this position. I could see that all my co-nominees also have the qualifications. Even if you say that you are a graduate of law, it is probably through constant reading of decisions that you will really get a feel of it. I have done that for 33 years. My independent thinking, I am willing to assert what I think should be done. As to relationships with other people, people skills are very important. A CJ should be able to discuss matters calmly and arrive at a decision.

Rizal's traits Herbosa says she has: No sense of entitlement, being thrifty.

On her beliefs: You can't let personal beliefs interfere in deciding matters especially in evaluating facts of the case, evidence

On Corporate social responsibility:
Herbosa says it's time to have a law that encourages CSR but says CSR need not be mandated

Herbosa is in favor of divorce. 

2. RONALDO B. ZAMORA 

-Age: 67
-former Executive Secretary (1998-2001)
-former Congressman, San Juan  (1987-2010)
-Landmark laws: Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law, the establishment of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the law creating the ARMM; and the creation of Mandaluyong as a highly urbanized city
-1972 TOYM Awardee for Law/Public Office
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
- Bar Topnatcher 1970 (grade: 87.3%)
- Bachelor of Laws, UP, 1969, Magna Cum Laude
- AB Political Science, UP, 1965, Magna Cum Laude
- the youngest ever Editor-in-Chief, The Philippine Collegian

PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
-Majority Leader/Minority Leader, House of Representatives, during 6 terms in the lower House
-Assemblyman representing the National Capital Region, 1978
  
On the state of the court: [Citing surveys] Ang ating hukunan ay inaanay. Inaanay ng lagayan, inaanay ng suhulan.

On people and the law: I'd like to see more people getting involved in the law as part of their daily life.We cannot do it in a foreign language. Give the poor more in law because they have less in life. The reward for massive reforms is justice for all. Some believe justice can be bought and favors only the rich and powerful

On budget: The judiciary does not have enough funds; this year it has less than 1% of the national budget. If we are able to double the budget in 2-3 years, there will be tremendous improvements in the dispensation of justice in PH. We need some more money and a better presentation of what we need.

On technology:  Zamora brings out iPad to illustrate point that court must embrace technology.

On his independence: I don't owe anybody a political obligation, a personal favor

On being an outsider: Yes, I'm an outsider; I've never been in the judiciary. But I can enter it with certain useful skills from the other 2 branches of gov't

On being 67:
Because of his age, Zamora says he may not have enough time to change SC, but that he can bring skills and experience into the job.

On being a politician: Being a politician is a qualification; it gives you a better sense of how to supply solutions.

On SC problems: The problem is not just with the judges, the problem is also how we react to court decisions.

On jueteng: Tingin ko ang jueteng ay tanggap ng ordinaryong tao.

On justice in PH: Let us take a look at the system of dispensing justice in this country. Let us do good.

On digitization: We should show the judiciary's capital requirements; I'm surprised we're not computerized like law offices

On cases vs. Marcos: Zamora wants all cases involving Marcoses resolved. No case should drag on for 30 years.

3. Justice LOURDES SERENO

-Age: 52
-SC Associate Justice
-President Aquino's first appointee to the Supreme Court
-Appointed to the SC at the age of 50
-Seen to be 1 of the longest-serving justices who will retire in 2030 after a 20-yr. term
-Active in law practice for 23 years
 
PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
-Executive Director, Asian Institute of Management, 2009
-Director for Int'l Legal Studies, U.P., 1996 to 1999
-U.P. law professor for 20 years
-Professor, Phil. Judicial Academy, the Hague Academy of Int'l Law, Univ. of Western Australia & Murdoch Univ.
-Legal counsel in various gov't agencies 1994 to 2008
-Drafted the legal framework for 1st paperless trading of securities in PH for Bureau of Treasury

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
-Placed 14th in the 1984 Bar Exams
-Law, U.P., Valedictorian & Cum laude, 1984
-Economics, Ateneo de Manila University
 



Sereno says warm reception of people towards her appoinment as justice made her accept CJ nomination.

On her contributions: Nakita ko na ang aking kontribusyon sa dispensation of justice, nakakaabot sa mga tao.

On her vision for the judiciary: Willing ako to undertake whatever sacrifices necessary to make (my vision for judiciary) alive. Ayaw ko ng personalistic na panunungkulan. Gusto ko community-shared vision. I won't get burned out bec. past 52 years of her life have been fruitful, exciting.

On where she gets her passion: Lahat ng meron tayo galing sa Diyos. Pinanganak po ako na ganito talaga, ganado sa buhay.

Oh faith: Faith in God must be strong. The moment you first accept a bribe (or) render an unjust decision, tuloy-tuloy na yan.

On her guiding philosophy as a law professor: Napakaganda po ng batas.

On teaching: Kung may ibinibigay na original idea ang estudyante, pumapalakpak ang aking puso. I am a mentor.

On reforms: Action program for judicial reform must be updated. Reforms can't be dependent on personalities of justices. It must be an institutional commitment.

On being a woman: Lady justices have strong intuition, can take in so much work and burdens. I can lead fellow justices even if she often gives dissenting opinions.

On being a role model: Kailangang mamuhay ako sa isang pamamaraan na nakikita ng mga tao na hindi ako magiging corrupt. I must never put myself in a position in which I cannot judge rightly. Nais kong malaman ng mga Pilipino na ang kinakain nila, kinakain ko rin. Hindi nila masasabi na, 'masyado kang nasa taas.' Kailangang nakikita na ang quality ng aking trabaho ay napakataas. Ang bawat linya ng aking trabaho galing sa puso, isip.

Sereno says if it no longer hurts for her to see injustice, then she's no longer fulfilling her oath and not fit to stay.

On Hacienda Luisita case: Uniform ang jurisprudence natin. May formula ang just compensation. Sinabi ko, kailangan idistribute immediately, we followed a formula.. Bigla na lang po lumabas yung P10B (na just compensation amount) sa media. Wala sa (SC) records at all kung magkano yung babayaran. Pinaliwanag ko yun in my 3rd opinion. Walang katotohanan na nais kong pahirapan yung mga magsasaka.

On outsiders vs. insiders: Kung outsider ang ilalagay natin, parang nag-appoint ng civilian na mag-head ng giyera imbis na general.

Sereno proposes body of experts which would identify possible conflicts in decisions.

Hermosisima: If the law not in accordance w/ ur conscience will u abide by it?
Sereno: I'd think it would be very rare for that to happen

On policy choices: It is not our role to make policy choices. We can't replace community values with our own.

On justice:
Justice, in order to be justice, must be rendered in a credible manner. Judge rendering it must be credible. When we try to render justice, we try to render the work of God which is also justice.

"Kaya ba maging Chief Justice?":
Wala naman pong hidwaan. Ano bang ihe-heal? Hindi nai-imagine ng insider na kaya naming maglabas ng strongly worded dissent at magtawanan kapag lunch na. 

4. PRESBITERO VELASCO

- Age: 63
- SC Associate Justice
- Named Supreme Court Administrator in 2001
- Appointed Justice of the Court of Appeals in 1998
- Served as DOJ undersecretary from 1995 to 1998
- Worked in private law practice for 20 years

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
-Placed 6th in the 1971 Bar Exams
-Ranked 8th among graduates of U.P. College of Law class of 1971
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, U.P.
-Studied high school at U.P. Preparatory School
-Graduated first honor in J. Sumulong Elementary School
 



On SC's budget: SC needs a bigger budget for construction of courtrooms, buying equipment

On Financial support from LGUs: They should be placed in a judicial trust fund. The independence of our judges who receive allowances from LGUs may be somewhat compromised.

On why he changed his mind & accepted nomination: I had difficulty deciding whether to accept CJ nomination or not. I initially thought Carpio should be appointed since he's the most senior associate justice. But, I realized I have a wealth of experience behind me.

On a "cooling period":
No need for that. There was understandable sadness when CJ was removed. But to me, we have a duty under constitution. We have cases in our dockets. We have to forget what happened and move on. That is our duty in the constitution. We should decide cases expeditiously. We have to continue doing our job as prescribed by the constitution.

On rule of law & economic growth: We must show foreign investors that court decisions are predictable, uniform, consistent.

On lawyers these days:
A lot of litigants in this country can be considered 'pauper litigants.' There's a big need for legal aid lawyers.We must create more public attorneys. Many places have no public attorneys that can represent clients.

Velasco says IBP chapters have to create legal aid committees with volunteer lawyers, a community legal service where new lawyers will be mandated to serve a community for free for 1 year.

Velasco agrees it's President's constitutional duty to appoint CJ fr JBC list, agrees Pres. has prerogative to decide who'll be CJ.

Velasco agrees with JBC chair Peralta that gov't officials performing their duties under environmental laws should be protected

Velasco discusses strategic legal action against public participation (SLAAPP) suit.

Velasco: Napakaganda po ng Writ of Kalikasan. We are trying to encourage litigation for the environment
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The Next Chief Justice: JBC Live Public Interview Day 3

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1. Dean AMADO D. VALDEZ

MOST RECENT DISTINCTION/S:
- Dean, University of the East College of Law
- President, Philippine Association of Law Schools
- Anchor, Magpayo Nga Kayo (DZMM)
- Columnist, People's Tonight

PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
- OIC, Office of the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Affairs (2004)
- Executive Director, Visiting Forces Agreement (2003)
- Government corporate counsel (2001-2002)
- member, MWSS Board of Trustees (2001-2002)

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
- graduated from UE College of law
- Master's degree in business economics, University of Asia and the Pacific
- Special studies in international business law, National University of Singapore, Asian Institute of Management


 

On reforms he wants: Valdez calls for establishment of 'integrity councils' and proposes mandatory legal aid service for judiciary members. The focus of the judiciary must be to partner with other gov't services.

On eyeing CJ post: Valdez denies eyeing CJ post when he appeared as analyst in #CJontrial coverage.

On nominees who are outsiders and insiders: "I don't consider myself an outsider. A lawyer is never an outsider of the legal system."

On Hacienda Luisita: It's not a question of distribution but of productivity. Will farmers be more productive owning lands?

On progress: Valdez believes strong law enforcement is key to economic growth

On aspiring lawyers: "Passing the Bar is tough work, a bragging right, but it is not a sad commentary to the legal system of PH. Every student who finishes law school can be a productive asset of the community whether he/she passes the Bar or not."

On being a role model:
We have to equip judges, inspire them, show leadership by example, underscore meaning of accountability.

On court fees: I think it is unconstitutional. I don't know why SC imposed that

On concept of justice: It's a question of right or wrong, always the high moral ground. Decisions must pass the moral test. You can't be a judicial activist on one hand and exercise judicial restraint on the other. You have to follow the mean.

Valdez says he'll stop working in media if appointed CJ

On what a UE lawyer is: Steeped in ethics. To us, the college of law is a finishing school.

On practicing law: "My inclination is not to allow foreigners to practice law in PH."

On court fees:
"High court fees affect access to justice, which should be given more premium. That is the essence of our democratic system."

Acting JBC chair Peralta to Valdez: Court fees ang nagpopondo sa Judiciary Development Fund; part of the fees also for employees.
Valdez says he is only calling for review of court fees to make justice more accessible to public.

Peralta grills Valdez on his proposal to give ranking to MTC, RTC judges. Valdez to Peralta: What's your counter-proposal?

Valdez apologizes if he offended some sensibilities. Peralta says, "para sa bayan, walang personalan."

2. SC Justice ANTONIO CARPIO

MOST RECENT DISTINCTION/S:
-Supreme Court Justice for 10 years now
-Appointed to the Supreme Court on Oct. 26, 2001
-Chairman, Senate Electoral Tribunal

PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
-Apponted Chief Pres'l Legal Counsel in 1992
-Member of the U.P. Board of Regents (1993-1998)
- Director of the Philippine Bar Association (1989-1990)
- Director of the U.P. Law Alumni Association (1984-1989)
- President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Pasay-Makati Chapter (1985-1986)
-Co-founded the Carpio Villaraza Cruz (CVC) and Associates law offices 1980

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
-Placed 6th in the 1975 Bar Exams
-Valedictorian and Cum laude, UP College of Law, 1975
-Economics, Ateneo de Manila University, 1970





On insider vs. outsider nominees, seniority issue:  We have to follow the constitution, president has prerogative to choose from list submitted by JBC. There has been a tradition that CJ will be chosen from senior justices of SC.

On impeachment trial: Carpio denies scheming with Aquino to oust Corona, "I did not take Corona impeachment as an affront to judiciary."

Carpio to Tupas: You would know I'm not part of scheming because I never talked to you. (Laughter)

On efficiency of SC: The number one problem are the clogged dockets. We have instituted mediation and judicial dispute resolution. In pre-trial, we can still increase the resolution of cases. With more training of mediators and judges, we can be more efficient. We have also experimented with trial procedures where in lieu of direct testimony, you have affidavits. Through the simplified rules, we minimized motions to postpone and other dilatory tactics. It is time we expand it to all civil cases.    

On his voting records: I vow my independence, if I wanted to be CJ, then I wouldve voted for ChaCha

On Charter Change: I opposed Cha-Cha of FVR, constitution shouldn't be amended for one person - it should be enduring. Be assured I respect constitution.

Tupas:
Kung kayo si CJ Corona, ano ginawa nyo?
Carpio: If you're subject to impeachment, proceed in a dignified way.

Tupas: If you were Corona would you have resigned?
Carpio: If I misdeclared my SALN that way, I would've resigned.

On mediation fees: We have to train mediators and spend for that. We have mediation units in 80% of courts. All mediation fees paid by litigants go to funds for training of mediators.

On computer literacy of applicants: Computer literacy, like using word processor, is really important. Let us train judges to use word processors, it is essential. We have created a digital library that contains all laws of Ph, rules and regulations that are on file, etc. Let us train everyone how to use a computer.

On online case management system: Eventually, it will be a uniform system and there will be no problems on compatibility (of browser, type of media, etc).

On transparency in the age of internet: We still retain our confidentiality up to the time we make a decision. Once we make one, we post it on line. The drafts and discussions we circulate, however, should be confidential.

Carpio says JBC must develop pool of lawyers to verify submitted bank waivers.

On judges being late in hearings: The office of court administrator has to be tasked to monitor their performance. That would be the role of the forthcoming case management system, it will show the actual work, so judges cannot give excuses that they have so much cases. At a glance, you can see the aging of a judge, incidence he decided on that case, etc.

On being a Sigma Rho member: I voted for the dismissal of a member of fraternity at the Court of Appeals.

On SC's "old-boys club":  The decisions of the court will show that we are not a club. We have heated discussions, we have strongly worded dissents vs. each other, I don't see how we can be an old-boys club. During decisions, we fight very hard for our position. If we look friendly, it is because we have no choice. Your ally today in the case could be your enemy tomorrow. You have to be civil to each other. There are no permanent enemies, friends in court.

On budget: Judiciary's budget in terms of percentage in national budget has decreased.

On #CJonTrial "damaging" the judiciary: I am not prepared to go to that extent. The impeachment was directed at a particular justice. But, I don't deny that it has brought out problems about the judiciary, and we have to address them. Corona trial brought judiciary's problems to the fore.

Q: Did #CJontrial affect cordial relationship of judiciary to other gov't branches?
Carpio: I don't think so.

On the "face of the Carpio court": I would like the court to make the judiciary fair, honest, efficient. That would address issue of clogged dockets, corruption, fairness.

On bar exam: I am in favor of the five-strike rule. After five tries, maybe you should try something else. I say that because we have clerks of court who are not even law graduates. I think after 5 tries, work on something else and use legal learning. Not everyone can practice law, but they need not waste that learning.

On things he would not do: I will not misdeclare my SALN.

On what makes the law beautiful: I find the law in SC the best law that I can find. Here, you apply the law in its purest form.

Carpio plans to teach in UP College of Law or Ateneo de Davao after retirement.

3. SC Justice TERESITA LEONARDO-DE CASTRO

MOST RECENT DISTINCTION/S:
- SC Associate Justice since Dec. 3, 2007
- Worked towards easing the load of Sandiganbayan's docket
- Pushed for the establishment of the computerized case management system in Sandiganbayan
- Received Pres'l Medal of Merit by then Pres. Ramos in 1998 for serving as gov't panel's legal adviser  

PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
- Sandiganbayan's Presiding Justice, 2004
- Sandiganbayan Associate Justice, 1997
- Asst. Chief State Counsel, 1997
- SC legal & judicial assistant and technical staff from 1975 to 1978

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
- Bachelor of Law, U.P., 1971, graduated at the top 4 of her class
-Bachelor of Arts cum laude, U.P, 1968



 

On clogged dockets: Docket congestion is the most serious problem of the judiciary.

On loyalty:
Public officials come & go, but institutions remain. We must be loyal to institutions.

On the job:  The judiciary is not for the weak of heart. I am ready for work if appointed to CJ post.

On speeding up cases:
In our meetings we discuss how to improve the administration of justice, the decongestion of prisons. More measures needed to speed up cases. Our judicial system is contributing to the delays in resolving cases.

4. Atty. CESAR L. VILLANUEVA

MOST RECENT DISTINCTION/S:
- Vied for an SC Justice post in 2008 and 2010
- Chairman, Commercial Law Department & member, Academic Council & Consultants' Group, Philippine Judicial Academy
- Certified Public Accountant
- Specializes in Philippine Commercial Law
- Head, Governance Commissions for GOCCs (GCG)
- member, Technical Panel for Legal Education of the Commission of Higher Education
- Fellow, Australian Institute on Company Directors (AICD)
- Fellow, Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD-Makati)

PREVIOUS POSITIONS:
- Dean, Ateneo Law School
- Legal Consultant, People's Television Network (1992-1999)
- Legal Consultant, Export Processing Zone Authority (1985-86)

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
- Master of Laws, Harvard Law School, 1989
- 2nd in Philippine Bar Examinations, November 1981
- 6th in CPA Board Examinations, May 1982
- LL. B., valedictorian, cum laude (Ateneo de Manila Law School)
- B.S.C. in Accounting, magna cum laude, Holy Angel University, 1977





On SC reforms: The SC's education & training arm should be empowered.

On legal education:
I think by requiring MCLE providers a program to let students get better, upgraded courses, it would be more relevant. MCLE is the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education program for members of the IBP

On outsider nominees: Getting an outsider may be what the SC needs right now. I don't consider myself as an outsider.

On continuous learning: For judges seeking promotion, they should undergo training.

On his specialization: It's not true that by trying to become one of the leading minds of commercial law, one is ignorant of other fields.

On fraternities: I belong to one. One of the greatest challenges is whether I could live beyond frats and associations. If you're a frat brod, it doesn't necessarily become an advantage. Instead of trying to outlaw them, live with them. If there's great idea beyond frats, solution is to give [students] better choices [in extra-curricular activities]

On the role of the courts: It should be that only when there is a clear showing of abuse of discretion do the courts come in.

On corruption in the justice system: Corruption in the judiciary is so bad that there is a clear call for it (to be addressed). There has to be zero tolerance

Oh his top priorities if appointed CJ:
Unite SC, formulate a strategy roadmap and unclog dockets.

On Bar eams: NO to reducing of Bar subjects. They have undergone so much study. Legal ethics should be spread throughout. I think SC should stick to 5 attempts for Bar exam. [If you don't pass Bar exam after 5 tries] you'd be doing society a favor if you go to other fields where you'd shine.

On SC's budget: SC deserves a budget higher than the 1% it is getting.

On human rights: When it comes to fundamental rights, human rights, the SC must ensure that there is no derogation to people's rights.

On economic policies: SC must take a passive role (it's part of role of) executive and legislative departments.

On the role of the SC:
SC should take primary role of a Constitutional court. The SC shouldn't overburden itself with so many cases.

On judicial philosophy: An SC that serves primarily the needs of its country

On employees: It would help the judiciary if those who will join the ranks would be the best and brightest

On Sharia law (Islamic law): There is an important consideration given to make sure Sharia system develops. 

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