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Grace, Faith and Family

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Partido Galing at Puso’s Miting De Avance held at the historic Plaza Miranda, Quiapo Manila last May 7, 2016 was both jubilant and heartwarming. Senator Grace Poe’s extemporaneous 36-minute speech hit all the necessary points in touching the hearts of the masa and thanked her supporters through out the tumultuous campaign period.

Sen. Grace Poe 2nd from right: Cong. Roman Romulo, Cong. Win Gatchalian, Sen. Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista with children pray for an honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe 2nd from right: Cong. Roman Romulo, Cong. Win Gatchalian, Sen. Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista with children pray for an honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Showbiz personalities came in full force among them Superstar Nora Aunor who gave a personal endorsement for Grace. Singers Ogie Alcasid, Aicelle Santos, Angeline Quinto, Eat Bulaga hosts Allan K, Ruby Rodriguez were joined by Carmina Villaroel, Epi Quizon, Giselle Sanchez, Bayang Barrios, Salbakuta, Boobay, Maricris Garcia, Dan Bilano and Daryl Ong. Of course Lovie Poe and Heart Evangelista were also present.

from left: Giselle Sanchez and Nora Aunor; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Giselle Sanchez and Nora Aunor; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace as Toddler w mom Susan Roces; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace as Toddler w mom Susan Roces; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The main themes of the Sen Grace Poe’s speech however are faith and family, both of which are very important for Filipinos. A day before mother’s day she credited Susan Roces for giving her guiding principles: “Ngayon araw ng mga nanay. Nais kong pa salamatan at nais ko rin ihandog sa aking inspirasyon, sa aking lakas at sa taong responsible kung bakit na ririto ako ngayon. Maraming salamat mama! Happy Mother’s Day. At sa lahat ng mga nanay na naririto ngayon pat yourselves on the back. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng mga nanay na naririto rin ngayon. Sapagkat alam ko sa lahat ng pinagdaraan ninyo parating nangingibabaw ang pagmamahal sa inyong mga anak, sa inyong pamilya…Kung nagkamali man inaamin at higit sa lahat pinapakinggan kayo. Ang turo sakin ng aking nanay ay ito: Grace wag mong walain ang iyong sarili.”

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fernando Poe Jr and Grace; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fernando Poe Jr and Grace; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace distinguished herself through her strong faith and uprbringing from the other candidates, “Ako ay pinalaki ni FPJ at ni Susan upang wag kalimutan kung ano ang dapat gawin para sa kapwa. Kung papano makatulong sa mas na ngangailangan. Kung papano maging tunay na Kristyano na hindi kinakalimutan ang na aapi…Pipili lang ba tayo ng isang corrupt? Pipili lang ba tayo ng isang palpak at mabagal na walang pakiramdam? O pipili ba tayo ng isang pumapatay ng walang hustisya? Mga kababayan hindi ako perpekto. Walang taong perpekto sa mundo, pero ako ay may takot sa Diyos at ako ay may takot sa inyo. Na alam ko pag hindi ko ginawa ang aking trabaho ng tama mananagot ako sa inyo at mananagot ako sa nanay ko.”

Senatorial candidate Richard Gordon coined the phrase WOW Philippines as DOT Secretary. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Senatorial candidate Richard Gordon coined the phrase WOW Philippines as DOT Secretary. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Fernando Poe Jr., young Grace Poe and Susan Roces; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Fernando Poe Jr., young Grace Poe and Susan Roces; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

A funny yet touching revelation was when she shared the instances when people asked why she did not look like either parent, the reality of her being adopted dawned upon her. Because of this knowledge she identified herself as among the many disavantged, disenfranchised people, “Minsan sasabihin sakin, ‘Anak ka ba talaga ni FPJ at ni Susan Roces? Bakit ganyan ang itsura mo? Kung anak ka ni FPJ ba’t ang liit mo? Kung anak ka ni Susan Roces bakit di ka sing puti niya?’. Lahat yon sa bata nakakasakit ng damdamin. Pero aking nanay sinabi sakin wag mong pagdudahan ang pagmamahal ko sayo. Kaya alam ko ang damdamin ng isang taong minemenos. Yon ang nagbigay sakin ng lakas. Na pa tunayan ang aking sarili na gawin ang na rarapat ng isang mabuting anak maging mabuting ina, maging mabuting asawa at ngayon maging mabuting tagapaglingkod ninyong lahat.”

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Honesty

Her speech was centered on honesty and not making wild promises that cannot be kept. This is contrasted against Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s guarantee of eradicating criminality within 6 months and the latest a ‘comfortable life’ without providing an economic program, “Ayokong mangako sa inyo at magsinungaling. Marami tayong dapat ayusin sa ating bayan. Pero kung gagawin natin ito sa maka tao na paraan at maka Diyos na paraan. Yon ang pinaka impurtante. Nakakatakot isipin na para ipagpalit ang lahat ng ating pinaniniwalaan ka tulad ng ating kalayaan. Na hindi tayo na tatakot dito at pintasan ang maski na sino. Nakakatakot isipin na may pusibilidad na kung sakasakali man meron magbabanta sating kalayaan, na pag tayo ay masabing mali lang o may tinignan lang tayo na mali, o meron tayong kinilos na hindi ginusto ay pwede tayong ipaligpit. Mga kababayan ang mga nagiging biktima ng ganitong uri ng pamamalakad ay ang mahihirap. Bilang isang nanay ayoko na tatakot dahil hindi ko alam kung ang aking mga anak ay mapag bintangan. Impurtante na maging ligtas tayo at yan ay magagarantiya ko sa inyo.”

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace’s courage has already been seen as the head of the Senate comittee in charge of the Mamasapano incident , “Ang isang babae ako ang inatasan sa kumite ng senado na imbestigahan ang mga pulis na nangyari doon sa SAF. Na alala ba ninyo na nangyari sa Mamasapano? Hindi naging madali yon. Ang inimbestigahan ko ay ang pulis, ang militar, ang mga Amerikano, ang MILF at higit sa lahat ang ating Pangulo. Pero hindi ko tinago sa inyo kung sino ang mga nagkasala.”

Thousands joined the prayer for honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thousands joined the prayer for honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sen. Chiz Escudero; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Chiz Escudero; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Niño Muhlach with son Alfonso; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe drew thousands at the historic Plaza Miranda; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nora Aunor endorsed Sen. Grace Poe with passion. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nora Aunor endorsed Sen. Grace Poe with passion. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ruby Rodriguez & Epi Quizon; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe gave an inspiring 36-minute extemporaneous speech; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Lovi Poe & Heart Evangelista; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fireworks closed the show; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fireworks closed the show; The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Senatorial candidate Susan Ople is a champion of OFWs. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sen. Grace Poe (Center) joined by from right: Samuel Pagdilao, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Cong. Roman Romulo, Cong. Win Gatchalian and Sen. Chiz Escudero with children pray for an honest and peaceful elections. The Partido Galing at Puso Miting De Avance was held at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila last May 7, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Through God’s Grace

Sen. Grace Poe was the guest of honor at the 5th Indie Bravo held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe was the guest of honor at the 5th Indie Bravo held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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By Jude Thaddeus L. Bautista

Grace Poe did not win me over with her name or parentage. In fact I had my doubts with her abilities when she took over MTRCB (Movie Television Review and Classification Board) in 2010. Just because of relations with Fernando Poe Jr and Susan Roces two Pinoy movie icons, it was not an assurance that she would do well. Since most of what I shoot and write about is entertainment related, I feel we in that field had a better or earlier understanding of Grace’s management skills and leadership before everyone else.

John Arcilla gave a riveting song. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

John Arcilla gave a riveting song. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

MTRCB Chairman

But as Chairman we saw that there was a marked improvement in the professionalism of the government agency that was known to be very insensitive to the needs of filmmakers, whether independent or commercial. To be fair there were some facility improvements by the previous Chairman Consoliza Laguardia. But the cleaner reputation of the agency can definitely be attributed to Grace Poe. She saw the importance of supporting indie films “and worked towards providing independent cinema with the necessary institutional support for its continued advancement and viability. The agency granted 70% discounts on its review fees and provided a preferential review schedule to qualified indie film projects. MTRCB likewise extended financial assistance and help generate media exposure for selected independent films.

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez with Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez with Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

A streamlined process, more sensitivity to the needs of affected sectors in the MTRCB was achieved. The current classification of TV shows for example and flashing immediately before airing was studied and implemented under her leadership. As a parent herself, she was concerned with what children would be exposed to on TV. The immediate flash of the classification would help parents decide if it were appropriate for their kids to watch.

Sen Grace Poe shakes the hand of Phil. Film Export Service Office Exec Dir. Jose Miguel Dela Rosa and FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen Grace Poe shakes the hand of Phil. Film Export Service Office Exec Dir. Jose Miguel Dela Rosa and FDCP Exec Dir Teddy Granados. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

She had a great cooperation and partnership with the FDCP (Film Development Council of the Philippines) Chairman Briccio Santos. Whose FCEP (Film Cultural Exchange Program), allowed films from other countries such as France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, PROC and so on to adopt their native film ratings without having to go through the MTRB process.

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Althea Vega, Nerissa Picadizo and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Althea Vega, Nerissa Picadizo and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

This program garnered such goodwill among these countries that many seminal films of ours were restored for free by these countries that benefitted from the FCEP. Manuel Conde’s Genghis Khan (1950) in 2012 was restored by Italian experts. Lino Brocka’s Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975) in 2013 was restored by World Cinema Foundation’s (WCF) Artistic Director Kent Jones, and Pierre Rissient known to be Lino Brocka’s and Philippine Cinema’s most ardent supporter in France.

from left: Emilio Garcia, Sid Lucero and Bing Pimentel. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Emilio Garcia, Sid Lucero and Bing Pimentel. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Many more films from Gerardo De Leon, Brocka and others are in the process of being restored which would cost our government hundreds of thousands of dollars if the services were not donated by these organizations and countries. Our film history and legacy would have very easily been lost. Both the FCEP and National Film Archives are the brainchild of Santos but also garnered a lot of support from Grace Poe. Santos himself has repeatedly credited Poe and praised her leadership as MTRCB Chair.

Cultural Center of the Philippines’ VP & Artistic Director Chris Millado during Gawad Buhay Awards asked the audience to vote for the candidate who would champion the cause of the arts. Without a doubt during her stint at the MTRCB and senate Grace Poe has proven to be that candidate.

Sen. Grace Poe was the guest of honor at the 5th Indie Bravo held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe was the guest of honor at the 5th Indie Bravo held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

 

Senator

After seeing her success as MTRCB Chair it was no longer surprising to see her top the Senatorial elections in 2013. Her resumé as Senator is glowing, “She became the first female Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs. She also chairs the Committee on Public Information and Mass Media and the Sub-Committee on Public Services (on Transport Issues). Senator Poe is also the Vice-Chair of the Committees on Agriculture and Food and Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation.”

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Jewel Maranan and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Jewel Maranan and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

For me her effort at sponsoring the Freedom of Information Act (that did not pass) is a very strong indication of her commitment against governmental abuse and corruption. The law if passed would give media and the public access to government documents that may curb corruption through transactions and budgets etc. Our country desperately needs her as president to gather support for this landmark bill to prevent malversation of funds in the future.

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez with Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez with Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace Poe also distinguished herself during the Senate hearings of the Mamasapanao incident where 44 Special Action Force members were massacred. Her calm but stern demeanor helped in clarifying facts to get to the bottom of the incident. During the hearing we found out that President PNoy himself decided to leave then DILG Secretary Mar Roxas ‘out of the loop’ from the operation. This shows a lack of faith in Roxas who is now his official administration candidate. This is not the first time PNoy has shown dismay in Roxas’ performance. He was forced to replace him with Panfilo Lacson as NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council Chair) in December 2013 after a strong public clamor over perceived mishandling of Yolanda disaster relief efforts.

Sen. Grace Poe was the guest of honor at the 5th Indie Bravo held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe was the guest of honor at the 5th Indie Bravo held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Citizenship

As the presidential elections drew near a number of accusations and issues have been brought up against candidates. The Senate hearings on VP Binay’s alleged corruption, properties and hidden wealth proved damaging. On Grace Poe’s part her own citizenship and residency were brought to question. The Supreme Court however has answered that with finality granting her the right to run as president.

from left: Babyruth Villarama, Jake Cuenca, Jason Paul Laxamana, Althea Vega and Perry Escaño. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Babyruth Villarama, Jake Cuenca, Jason Paul Laxamana, Althea Vega and Perry Escaño. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

In my mind it was a non-issue harped on by the likes of Binay and other candidates during the debates. Who among us Filipinos do not have a relative, a family member, or close friend who has taken citizenship in a foreign land? Why don’t we consider them as traitors? The simple answer is like Grace; they went abroad to seek a better life for their families. They did it as a sacrifice working and sending money to their families here.

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Seige Ledesma and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Seige Ledesma and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Everyone from Fidel Ramos up to PNoy have all praised millions of our OFW as modern day heroes. This actually includes VP Binay who fancies himself as a champion of the OFW. Our economy has long been reliant on OFW remittances with $2.2 billion in January 2016 alone.

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez , Mayor Herbert Bautista and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez , Mayor Herbert Bautista and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

As a one time OFW myself who was not able to send money home, I had a greater appreciation and love for our language, our food, culture and most definitely our kababayan being away from our homeland. This is something we see from our balikbayan all the time. Grace took up Developmental Studies of U.P. (University of the Philippines) but eventually graduated with a Political Science degree in Boston College. These experiences enhance her horizon as a leader giving her a deeper understanding in expressing herself and dealing with other nations.

PDI Ent. Editor Emmie Velarde; The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

PDI Ent. Editor Emmie Velarde; The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Unlike Duterte who has already gotten into hot water antagonizing the Mexican Ambassador and even threatening to cut off ties with U.S. and Australia. The U.S. has raised their military aid to $79 million in a bid to bolster our defense in the face of China’s invasion of our islands. The Australian Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Philippines will be an estimated $81.9 million in 2016. Their economic partnership with the Philippines involves all elements of their trade, investment and aid initiatives working together to promote growth.

You can imagine how devastating cutting off ties with these two countries would be to our economy and our kababayan who already work and live there. That’s just ONE of the dangers of having Digong as our president.

from left: Emilio Garcia, Abe Pagtama and Bing Pimentel. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Emilio Garcia, Abe Pagtama and Bing Pimentel. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe was the guest of honor at the 5th Indie Bravo held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sen. Grace Poe was the guest of honor at the 5th Indie Bravo held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

INC & El Shaddai

The leadership of Iglesia Ni Cristo has flip-flopped on its publicized endorsement of Rodrigo Duterte. They know it is damaging to their religious organization as much as it is a benefit for the candidate. Duterte openly admits he is a murderer and philanderer; this discredits the Iglesia Ni Cristo leadership’s choice. The INC has had its credibility eroded with reports of corruption and dissent from its own ranks the past years. Their support for Duterte will further eat into their credibility not just from among its own followers but also in the eyes of the public in general.

Awardees group shot. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Awardees group shot. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

In the same report from Phil Star, El Shaddai another religious organization that has not ‘officially’ endorsed VP Binay but has shown preference for him in their sample ballot. Binay has been mired with allegations of corruption which has led to his slide in the presidential surveys from 40% to 13% last May 6, 2016 from SWS. These are two large religious groups not ‘officially’ endorsing these two very morally questionable candidates.

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Jun Robles Lana and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, Jun Robles Lana and Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Contrast this to Sister Mary John Mananzan who has actually defied the Catholic Church’s order NOT to endorse any particular presidential candidate. Mananzan is a long time activist who has openly endorsed Senator Grace Poe. Mananzan is proud and confident of her endorsement without flip-flopping or having to ‘hide’ it in double speak or sample ballots. The simple reason: Grace Poe is the moral choice. Sister Mary John calls on Filipinos to help her because she is not a superwoman. We shouldn’t just vote for her but help enlighten our kababyan to make the right choice.

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez with Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: PDI Pres. & CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez with Senator Grace Poe. The 5th Indie Bravo was held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

Grace (in Christian belief) is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Poe sounds like ‘Po’ in Filipino, which is added to sentences in order to show respect.

In the face of a madman who wants to install a revolutionary government, a VP faced with allegations of corruption, an inept but influential trapo, our nation can only choose the right leader through God’s Grace.

Sen. Grace Poe was the guest of honor at the 5th Indie Bravo held at the PDI office, Dec. 11, 2014. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Irma Adlawan, TP Win Big in Gawad Buhay

Irma Adlawan (center) won Female Lead performance in a Play for BUHAY NA APOY with her from left: Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba) & Kyrie Samodio (Topaz). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY - the TANGHALANG PILIPINO production ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Irma Adlawan (center) won Female Lead performance in a Play for BUHAY NA APOY with her from left: Karen Gaerlan (Aurora Alba) & Kyrie Samodio (Topaz). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY – the TANGHALANG PILIPINO production ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Star of stage and screen Irma Adlawan won her first Gawad Buhay, the annual Philstage Awards for the Performing arts – April 28, 2016. She was honored as Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play for Tanghalang Pilipino’s MGA BUHAY NA APOY. The Kanakan Balintagos (aka Auraeus Solito) drama in which she played the matriarch of a troubled family rediscovering its mystical indigenous roots.

Audie Gemora – Male Lead Perf. In a Musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Audie Gemora – Male Lead Perf. In a Musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Veteran actor Audie Gemora was adjudged the Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical. It was for his turn as the flamboyant drag queen Albin in 9 Works Theatrical’s production of the classic Broadway musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.

Delphine Buencamino (center) Female Lead Perf in a Musical winner with her  from left: Carol Bello (Dionisia) & Marco Viaña (Pule). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delphine Buencamino (center) Female Lead Perf in a Musical winner with her
from left: Carol Bello (Dionisia) & Marco Viaña (Pule). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tanghalang Pilipino’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA, a musical production about the life and legacy of Apolinario Mabini, was the most honored production with 12 awards. Among them: Outstanding Original Libretto by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson and music by Jed Balsamo. Their leads Delphine Buencamino and Antonio Ferrer, Set designer Toym Imao, costumes by James Reyes and choreography by Denisa Reyes also earned nods among others.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES & MABINING MANDIRIGMA shares the stage for the opening. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES & MABINING MANDIRIGMA shares the stage for the opening. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The 8th Gawad Buhay, the annual Philstage Awards for the performing arts was held at Onstage Greenbelt. The venue is home to Repertory Philippines one of Philstage’s founding members.

Hosts Topper Fabregas and Kakai Bautista in costume from THE HORSE AND HIS BOY by Trumpets. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Hosts Topper Fabregas and Kakai Bautista in costume from THE HORSE AND HIS BOY by Trumpets. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad and Janine Arisola performs excerpt from Peter Pan (Ballet Philippines) choreography by Edna Vida Froilan. PETER PAN won Outstanding Classical Dance and Outstanding Production for Children. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Victor Maguad and Janine Arisola performs excerpt from Peter Pan (Ballet Philippines) choreography by Edna Vida Froilan. PETER PAN won Outstanding Classical Dance and Outstanding Production for Children. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

In dance Ballet Philippines PETER PAN led the pack with 5 awards: Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production by Edna Vida Froilan and Outstanding Classical Dance Production. Ballet Mania’s BLOOM a highlight of the BM2.0 was adjudged Outstanding Modern Dance Production. Ballet Manila dancer Gerardo Francisco won the rare distinction of two awards in one evening: Outstanding Male Lead Perfromance in Modern Dance (ANG MAHIWAGANG BIYULIN in ANG TATLONG KWENTO NI LOLOA BASYANG and Outstanding Male Featured Performer in Classical Dance for ROMEO AND JULIET.

Bart Guingona praises his cast in NORMAL HEART after winning 3 nods: Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Stage Direction and Existing Material for a Play. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bart Guingona praises his cast in NORMAL HEART after winning 3 nods: Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Stage Direction and Existing Material for a Play. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Natatanging Gawad Buhay for Lifestime achievement was given this year to two legends of Philippine performing arts, actress Celia Diaz Laurel and former Ballet Philippines Artistic Director Alice Reyes.

Philstage members from left: RWM Artistic Dir. Michael Williams, 9WT Exec Prod. Santi Santillan, PETA Artistic Dir. Maribel Legarda, PBT Pres. Sylvia Lichauco De Leon, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Repertory Phil Artistic Dir. Joy Virata, EGG Theater founding member Alvin Trono, Ballet Manila Artistic Dir Lisa Macuja Elizalde and BP Artistic DIr. Paul Alexander Morales. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Philstage members from left: RWM Artistic Dir. Michael Williams, 9WT Exec Prod. Santi Santillan, PETA Artistic Dir. Maribel Legarda, PBT Pres. Sylvia Lichauco De Leon, RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Repertory Phil Artistic Dir. Joy Virata, EGG Theater founding member Alvin Trono, Ballet Manila Artistic Dir Lisa Macuja Elizalde and BP Artistic DIr. Paul Alexander Morales. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Kanakan Balintagos – Outstanding Original Script for MGA BUHAY NA APOY, BP Artistic Dir. Paul Alexander Morales, Leonie Calo Solito and talented BP Alum Carissa Adea. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Kanakan Balintagos – Outstanding Original Script for MGA BUHAY NA APOY, BP Artistic Dir. Paul Alexander Morales, Leonie Calo Solito and talented BP Alum Carissa Adea. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

List of Awards

Outstanding Original Script

KanakanBalintagos, “Mga Buhay na Apoy” (TP)

Outstanding Original Libretto

NicanorTiongson, “Mabining Mandirigma (TP)

Dr. Nick Tiongson – Outstanding Original Libretto for MABINING MANDIRIGMA. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dr. Nick Tiongson – Outstanding Original Libretto for MABINING MANDIRIGMA. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Translation or Adaptation

Rody Vera, “Arbol de Fuego” (PETA)

Outstanding Musical Direction

Joed Balsamo, “Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Joed Balsamo earned 2 awards: Outstanding Original Musical Composition and Outstanding Musical Direction both for MABINING MANDIRIGMA. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Joed Balsamo earned 2 awards: Outstanding Original Musical Composition and Outstanding Musical Direction both for MABINING MANDIRIGMA. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Original Musical Composition

Joed Balsamo, “Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Outstanding Choreography for a Dance Production

Edna Vida-Froilan, “Peter Pan” (BP)

MABINING MANDIRIGMA won a total of 12 awards. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

MABINING MANDIRIGMA won a total of 12 awards. TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Choreography for a Play or Musical

Denisa Reyes, “Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Outstanding Costume Design

James Reyes, “Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Outstanding Costume Designer James Reyes won for MABINING MANDIRIGMA but was also nominated for his work in JUEGO DE PELIGRO. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Costume Designer James Reyes won for MABINING MANDIRIGMA but was also nominated for his work in JUEGO DE PELIGRO. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

John Battalla - Outstanding Lighting Designer - 33 VARIAITONS. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

John Battalla – Outstanding Lighting Designer – 33 VARIAITONS. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Lighting Design

John Batalla, “33 Variations” (RTT)

Outstanding Sound Design

TJ Ramos, “Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

from left: Toym Imao - Outstanding Set Design and TJ Ramos – Outstanding Sound Design both for MABINING MANDIRIGMA by Tanghalang Pilipino. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Toym Imao – Outstanding Set Design and TJ Ramos – Outstanding Sound Design both for MABINING MANDIRIGMA by Tanghalang Pilipino. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Set Design

Toym Imao, “Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Play

Irma Adlawan, “Mga Buhay na Apoy” (TP)

Irma Adlawan won Female Lead performance in a Play for BUHAY NA APOY beside her is Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata). The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production ran at at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Irma Adlawan won Female Lead performance in a Play for BUHAY NA APOY beside her is Lhorvie Nuevo (Diwata). The TANGHALANG PILIPINO production ran at at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Play

Jef Flores, “This Is Our Youth” (RTT)

Outstanding Female Featured Performance in a Play

Roselyn Perez, “The Normal Heart” (RTT)

Cris Villonco (Lavinia Arguelles) Outstanding Female Featured Performance in a Musical; BITUING WALANG NINGNING ran at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cris Villonco (Lavinia Arguelles) Outstanding Female Featured Performance in a Musical; BITUING WALANG NINGNING ran at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Female Featured Performance in a Musical

CrisVillonco, “Bituing Walang Ningning, The Musical” (Full House)

Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Play

Teroy Guzman, “33 Variations” (RTT)

Delphine Buencamino (center) Female Lead Perf in a Musical winner with her  from left: Carol Bello (Dionisia) & Marco Viaña (Pule). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delphine Buencamino (center) Female Lead Perf in a Musical winner with her
from left: Carol Bello (Dionisia) & Marco Viaña (Pule). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Female Lead Performance in a Musical

Delphine Buencamino, “Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Musical

Audie Gemora, “La Cage aux Folles” (9WT)

Audie Gemora – Male Lead Perf. In a Musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES - The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016.

Audie Gemora – Male Lead Perf. In a Musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016.

Arman Ferrer (Male Feat Perf. In a Musical) as Aguinaldo carries his friend and adviser Mabini played by Delphine Buencamino (Female Lead Perf in a Musical). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Arman Ferrer (Male Feat Perf. In a Musical) as Aguinaldo carries his friend and adviser Mabini played by Delphine Buencamino (Female Lead Perf in a Musical). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Musical

Antonio Ferrer, “Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Outstanding Female Lead Performance in Modern Dance

Rita Winder, “Sarong Banggi” (BP)

Joan Sia and Romeo Peralta performs excerpt from Bloom (Ballet Manila) choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. BLOOM earned Outstanding Modern Dance Production. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Joan Sia and Romeo Peralta performs excerpt from Bloom (Ballet Manila) choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. BLOOM earned Outstanding Modern Dance Production. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Male Lead Performance in Modern Dance

Gerardo Francisco, “Ang Mahiwagang Biyulin” /from “Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang” (BM)

Outstanding Female Featured Performance in Modern Dance

Monica Gana, “Sarong Banggi” (BP)

Ballet Manila Artistic Director Lisa Macuja Elizalde and Missy Macuja Elizalde. Lisa received BM’s 5 awards: Outstanding Modern Prod-BLOOM, Pia Dames-Female Feat. Perf. In Classical Dance, Gerardo Francisco - Male Lead Perf Modern Dance, Male Feat Perf. In Classical Dance, Outstanding Ensemble Perf for Modern Dance- BLOOM. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ballet Manila Artistic Director Lisa Macuja Elizalde and Missy Macuja Elizalde. Lisa received BM’s 5 awards: Outstanding Modern Prod-BLOOM, Pia Dames-Female Feat. Perf. In Classical Dance, Gerardo Francisco – Male Lead Perf Modern Dance, Male Feat Perf. In Classical Dance, Outstanding Ensemble Perf for Modern Dance- BLOOM. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Male Featured Performance in Modern Dance

Earl John Arisola, “Sarong Banggi” (BP)

Outstanding Female Lead Performance in Classical Dance

Lobreza Pimentel, “Don Quixote” (PBT)

from left: Victor Maguad and Janine Arisola PETER PAN (Ballet Philippines), Romeo Peralta and Joan Sia BLOOM (Ballet Manila), Regina Magbitang and Ian Ocampo DANCING IN ONE VOICE - JUST GIVE ME A REASON (Philippine Ballet Theater). The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Victor Maguad and Janine Arisola PETER PAN (Ballet Philippines), Romeo Peralta and Joan Sia BLOOM (Ballet Manila), Regina Magbitang and Ian Ocampo DANCING IN ONE VOICE – JUST GIVE ME A REASON (Philippine Ballet Theater). The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Male Lead Performance in Classical Dance

Victor Maguad, “Peter Pan” (BP)

Outstanding Female Featured Performance in Classical Dance

Pia Dames, “Romeo and Juliet” (BM)

BP Artistic Dir Paul Alexander Morales accepts Outstanding Classical Dance Production and Outstanding Choreography for PETER PAN by Ballet Phil. Behind him are back up dancers Jerald Napoles and Pepe Herrera. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

BP Artistic Dir Paul Alexander Morales accepts Outstanding Classical Dance Production and Outstanding Choreography for PETER PAN by Ballet Phil. Behind him are back up dancers Jerald Napoles and Pepe Herrera. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Male Featured Performance in Classical Dance

Gerardo Francisco, “Romeo and Juliet” (BM)

Outstanding Modern Dance Production

“Bloom” /from “BM 2.0” (BM)

Regina Magbitang and Ian Ocampo Dancing in One Voice - Just Give me a Reason choreography by Ronilo Jaynario (Philippine Ballet Theater). The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Regina Magbitang and Ian Ocampo Dancing in One Voice – Just Give me a Reason choreography by Ronilo Jaynario (Philippine Ballet Theater). The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Classical Dance Production

“Peter Pan” (BP)

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Play

Bart Guingona, “The Normal Heart” (AAI/TNT)

CCP VP and Artistic Director Chris Millado credits the MABINING MANDIRIGMA cast for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical plus eleven other awards. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

CCP VP and Artistic Director Chris Millado credits the MABINING MANDIRIGMA cast for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical plus eleven other awards. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical

Chris Millado, “Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Play

“The Normal Heart” (AAI/TNT)

Delphine Buencamino (center) Female Lead Perf in a Musical winner with her  from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino)& & JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delphine Buencamino (center) Female Lead Perf in a Musical winner with her
from left: Jonathan Tadioan (Felipe Buencamino)& & JV Ibesate (Pedro Paterno). TP’s MABINING MANDIRIGMA ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino , CCP. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical

“Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Modern Dance

“Bloom” /from “BM 2.0” (BM)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES –Outstanding Prod of Existing Material. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES –Outstanding Prod of Existing Material. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Ensemble Performance for Classical Dance

“Peter Pan” (BP)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Musical

“La Cage aux Folles” (9WT)

Cherie Gil kisses director Loy Arcenas after winning Outstanding Play—Original or Translation/Adaptation ARBOL DE FUEGO (Peta). The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cherie Gil kisses director Loy Arcenas after winning Outstanding Play—Original or Translation/Adaptation ARBOL DE FUEGO (Peta). The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Play—Original or Translation/Adaptation

“Arbol de Fuego” (Peta)

Outstanding Musical—Original or Translation/Adaptation

“Mabining Mandirigma” (TP)

Presenters from left: Caisa Borromeo, John Herrera and Giannina Ocampo. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Presenters from left: Caisa Borromeo, John Herrera and Giannina Ocampo. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Outstanding Production for Children
“Peter Pan” (BP)

Outstanding Production of Existing Material for a Play

“The Normal Heart” (AAI/TNT)

9 Works Theatrical Executive Producer Santi Santamaria- LA CAGE AUX FOLLES –Outstanding Prod of Existing Material. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

9 Works Theatrical Executive Producer Santi Santamaria- LA CAGE AUX FOLLES –Outstanding Prod of Existing Material. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Natatanging Gawad Buhay for Lifetime Achievement

Celia Diaz-Laurel
Alice Reyes

Presenters from left: Jerald Napoles, Kim Molina and Pepe Herrera of RAK F AEGIS. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Presenters from left: Jerald Napoles, Kim Molina and Pepe Herrera of RAK F AEGIS. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Repertory Philippines’ Joy Virata and RWM Artistic Dir. Menchu Lauchengco Yulo. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Presenters from left: Caisa Borromeo and Giannina Ocampo. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Outstanding Costume Designer James Reyes won for MABINING MANDIRIGMA but was also nominated for his work in JUEGO DE PELIGRO. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016.

Outstanding Costume Designer James Reyes won for MABINING MANDIRIGMA but was also nominated for his work in JUEGO DE PELIGRO. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016.

Shamaine Buencamino received the award for Delphine Buencamino who won Female Lead Performer In a Musical for MABINING MANDIRIGMA. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Shamaine Buencamino received the award for Delphine Buencamino who won Female Lead Performer In a Musical for MABINING MANDIRIGMA. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: James Reyes - Outstanding Costume design and writer Ibarra Mateo. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Irma Adlawan (won Female Lead performance in a Play for BUHAY NA APOY) with her are Kyrie Samodio (Topaz) & Malou Crisologo (Selmah). Kanakan Balintagos’ MGA BUHAY NA APOY – the TANGHALANG PILIPINO production ran at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Photo by Jude Bautista

Award show director Jenny Jamora and Audie Gemora- The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Bart Guingona hugs his cast in NORMAL HEART winning 3 nods: Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Stage Direction and Existing Material for a Play. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

Bart Guingona hugs his cast in NORMAL HEART winning 3 nods: Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Stage Direction and Existing Material for a Play. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kanakan Balintagos – Outstanding Original Script for MGA BUHAY NA APOY with Lhorvie Nuevo in the role of Diwata. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Kanakan Balintagos – Outstanding Original Script for MGA BUHAY NA APOY with Lhorvie Nuevo in the role of Diwata. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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LA CAGE AUX FOLLES –Outstanding Prod of Existing Material. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES –Outstanding Prod of Existing Material. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016.

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9 Works Theatrical Executive Producer Santi Santamaria hugs Michael De Mesa as Audie Gemora looks on LA CAGE AUX FOLLES –Outstanding Prod of Existing Material. The 8th Philstage Gawad Buhay was held at Onstage Greenbelt last April 28, 2016. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Reyna ng Aliwan 2016

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition.  It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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from left: Tanduay Marketing Mgr Francis Maclang gives #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival Best in Swimsuit and MBC VP for Operations & Director Juan Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: Tanduay Marketing Mgr Francis Maclang gives #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival Best in Swimsuit and MBC VP for Operations & Director Juan Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 (Pageant)

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

1st Runner-up

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-Panagbenga Festival

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL is awarded Miss Photogenic from left: Hotel Jen GM Edward Kollmer, MBC Pres. Ruperto Nicdao Jr. and MBC VP for Sales Promos & Events Santi Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL is awarded Miss Photogenic from left: Hotel Jen GM Edward Kollmer, MBC Pres. Ruperto Nicdao Jr. and MBC VP for Sales Promos & Events Santi Elizalde. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

2nd Runners-up

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-Manaragat Festival

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-Pintados De Passi Festival

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-Anilag Festival

from left: #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

From left: Miss Friendship #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga -Pintados De Passi Festival, Miss Unique Smile #5 Andrea Fe Gomez -Panagbenga Festival and Miss Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit & Best in Evening Gown #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

From left: Miss Friendship #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga -Pintados De Passi Festival, Miss Unique Smile #5 Andrea Fe Gomez -Panagbenga Festival and Miss Photogenic, Best in Swimsuit & Best in Evening Gown #13 Cynthia Thomalla -Sinulog Festival. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Special Awards

Friendship Award

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-Pintados De Passi Festival

 

Miss Photogenic

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

Miss Unique Smile

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-Panagbenga Festival

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Best in Swimsuit

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

Best in Evening Gown

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

 

Best in Festival Costume

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-Sinulog Festival

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL, #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL, #16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL, #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

REYNA NG ALIWAN LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

#1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL

#2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL

#6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL

#11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL

#13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL

#14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL

#15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL

#15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Rhum Dark - Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Rhum Dark – Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

#1 Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province Represented by Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon garnered 5th Place (P100,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#1 Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province Represented by Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon garnered 5th Place (P100,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

STREET DANCE LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

#1 Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province

Represented by Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon

 

#2 Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao

Represented by Dr. Bernabe G. Dela Fuente Senior National High School

 

#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City

Represented by Pinsao National High School

 

#4 Sagayan Festival of Datu Piang, Maguindanao

Represented by Datu Piang Performing Arts Guild

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Anilag Festival of Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Represented by Sikhayan Dancers

 

#6 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival

Represented by Tribu Salognon

 

#7 Boling boling Festival of Catanauan, Quezon

 

#8 Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan City

Represented by Tribu Katbalugan

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Light - Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay Light – Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Damak Float- gathers pre-wedding gifts a tradition still practiced by affluent families and relatives of the Sultanates of Maguindanaon, Buayan and Kabuntalan. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Damak Float- gathers pre-wedding gifts a tradition still practiced by affluent families and relatives of the Sultanates of Maguindanaon, Buayan and Kabuntalan. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

FLOAT LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

#1 Guinakit sa Mindanao

 

#2 Damak of Cotabato City

 

#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival

 

#4 Sagayan Festival

 

#5 Dayang dayang Festival Float of Pasay City

from left: #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL, #2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL and #3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#6 Dalaksagaw Float of Tondo, Manila

 

#7 Antipolo Maytime Sumakah Festival Float of Antipolo City

 

#8 Istorya at Kabuhayan of Catanauan Quezon

 

#9 Sinulog Float of Cebu City

 

#10 Kanggulangena

 

#11 Bukabuk A R’enan of Mother Kabuntalan

Bukabuk A Renan of Mother Kabuntalan – is a celebration of a wedding between Malay-Chinese-Maguindanaoan Royalty. The Bukabuk A’Renan is celebrated to this day every tiger full moon of the year and during the grand reunion of the Kabuntalan Sultanate. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Bukabuk A Renan of Mother Kabuntalan – is a celebration of a wedding between Malay-Chinese-Maguindanaoan Royalty. The Bukabuk A’Renan is celebrated to this day every tiger full moon of the year and during the grand reunion of the Kabuntalan Sultanate. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aegis from left: Juliet, Ken and Mercy Sunot performed at the awarding ceremonies. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Aegis from left: Juliet, Ken and Mercy Sunot performed at the awarding ceremonies. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

Tanduay is one of the oldest brands in the Philippines. Tanduay Distillers Inc. traces its history to as early as 1854 and still operates in Quiapo, the heart of Manila to this day. No wonder that it takes part in the city’s colorful Grand Festival of Champions: ALIWAN. Photo By Jude Bautista

#14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Manila Bulletin, Cruising, BALITA are media sponsors for ALIWAN 2016. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL, #10 Lou Dominique Piczon-MANARAGAT FESTIVAL and #11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Angelica Gabriel-DAYANG DAYANG FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#1 Rechelyn Dionico- BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao Represented by Dr. Bernabe G. Dela Fuente Senior National High School. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#2 Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao Represented by Dr. Bernabe G. Dela Fuente Senior National High School. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL and #15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

from left: #14 Deverlyn Fial Salcedo-DALAKSAGAW FESTIVAL and #15 Christel Marie Layson-PARAW REGATTA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#7 Jhoanne Tañada-DINAGYANG FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City Represented by Pinsao National High School won Best Folkloric Performance (P10,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City Represented by Pinsao National High School won Best Folkloric Performance (P10,000). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#6 Coralin Resureccion-NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#3 Jeanebeth Sedavia- KALIVUNGAN FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#11 Reasal Ann Halagna-ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#5 Anilag Festival of Sta. Rosa, Laguna Represented by Sikhayan Dancers. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Anilag Festival of Sta. Rosa, Laguna Represented by Sikhayan Dancers. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#4 Renelyn Deguit-BUGLASAN FETIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#9 Dyan Shane Mag-Abo-SUMAKA FESTIVAL; ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#12 May Anne Reyes-CANDLE FESTIVAL. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Swimsuit. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#5 Andrea Fe Gomez-PANAGBENGA FESTIVAL is 1st Runner-up and Miss Unique Smile. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#16 Darlene Joy Tabuga-PINTADOS DE PASSI FESTIVAL earned the Friendship Award and is also 2nd Runner Up. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

#8 Airish Mae Yamamoto-ANILAG FESTIVAL (2nd Runner Up). ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

Reyna ng Aliwan 2016 winner #13 Cynthia Thomalla-SINULOG FESTIVAL also earned Best in Festival Costume. ALIWAN held last April 14-16, 2016, is the Grand Festival of Champions showing the best of Philippine Fiestas from around the country. There are three main activities: Reyna Ng Aliwan Pageant, Street Dance and Float Competition. It culminates in a grand parade from Quirino Grandstand going through Roxas Blvd to the Aliw Theater grounds in CCP. Photo By Jude Bautista

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Cayetano’s McCarthyism

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano illustration by Jude Bautista

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano illustration by Jude Bautista

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Just a few hours after Manny Pacquiao’s glorious win over Tim Bradley, another explosive fight broke out in the second Vice Presidential Debates held at the UST Gymnasium- April 10, 2016. The first VP debate for this election was organized by GONEGOSYO, the second is a co-production between COMELEC-PiliPINAS and CNN Phil. The gloves were off as Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano lashed out scathing verbal attacks on all his rivals but most particularly against Sen. Bong Bong Marcos.

Cong. Leni Robredo is mobbed by fans during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Cong. Leni Robredo is mobbed by fans during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

The irony of it all is that the free, open, debates will most likely be lost in a platform of repression under Cayetano’s running mate Rodrigo Duterte. How can they allow open criticism much less a political debate under their program of state sponsored murder?

Freedom of the press, freedom of expression even online and fb will most likely be suppressed if Cayetano and Duterte are voted in the highest office. A strong indication is what happened with student Stephen Villena during Duterte’s campaign. Villena was cyber bullied and received death threats for being pesky and impolite in asking Duterte about his education platform during an open forum.

fan takes selfie w Sen. Bong bong Marcos during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

fan takes selfie w Sen. Bong bong Marcos during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

The SWS survey immediately before the 2nd Vice Presidential debates from the period of March 30-April 2, 2016 published in BusinessWorld. Showed Duterte taking the lead, which should sound alarm bells for anyone literate to campaign against him. Cayetano on the other hand has been lagging way behind in 4th place. While Sen. Bong Bong Marcos has taken the lead from Senator Chiz Escudero, 26% and 21% respectively. Leni Robredo is in 3rd place at 19% and Cayetano at 4th with 13%. The debate venue, UST in their own survey had BOTH Sen. Miriam Santiago and Sen. Bongbong Marcos leading all candidates.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano illustration by Jude Bautista

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano illustration by Jude Bautista

Paving The Way

Cayetano must have felt extremely desperate that he had to do something radical during the debates to change things. That is to malign the other candidates, often going below the belt. IF one looks at his career this is one strategy that he has employed for the long term. He was involved with the Senate investigation on the ZTE Deal and Fertilizer scam. He has gained recent prominence for the Senate inquiry on VP Binay’s alleged kickbacks on the New Makati Parking Building 11 and Makati Science High School, and the Joint Venture agreement with Boy Scouts.

Sen. Gringo Honasan; the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

Sen. Gringo Honasan; the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

To a certain extent he has gained an appreciation from the public for helping expose these anomalies in government. IF he did not run for vice president or campaign for his running mate there wouldn’t have been any doubts to his motivation for the inquiries. But because of the sequence of events he’s perceived as ‘paving the way’ for Duterte by destroying the reputation of the leading rival candidate for the presidency in Binay. It was Cayetano heralding Duterte’s Presidential candidacy while Digong remained coy for almost a year.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano illustration by Jude Bautista

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano illustration by Jude Bautista

McCarthyism

While Duterte’s rise to fame has strong parallelisms (even in ideology) with Adolf Hitler, Cayetano has a similarity with U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Senator McCarthy was known for an era of repression and paranoia of Soviet agents infiltrating and controlling the U.S. in the 1950s. The recent film TRUMBO starring Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame is a story of how Hollywood screenwriters overcame the persecution of Senator McCarthy. The term McCarthyism has gone on to mean: “Today, it is used more generally in reference to demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents”.

from left: Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Rep. Leni Robredo and Sen. Bong bong Marcos; the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

from left: Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Rep. Leni Robredo and Sen. Bong bong Marcos; the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

During the debate in UST, Cayetano continued his tirade castigating other senators for their absence during the inquiries. From the absence impugning their corruption and collusion with the accused. He increased his level of attacks often randomly blurting out actual names without being able to substantiate them. It worried moderators Pia Hontiveros and Pinky Webb that they warned him against mentioning the names of people who were not present to defend themselves. While the two did an OK job, Mitzi Borromeo should have been one of the moderators being the face of CNN Phil for some time now.

Rep. Leni Robredo during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Rep. Leni Robredo during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

During the McCarthy era in the 1950s anyone and everyone can be accused of being a Communist often losing their jobs and even suffered imprisonment. A great number of these accusations were later proven to be false. There is so much more at stake than just the election. Duterte-Cayetano as a modern day version of Hitler and McCarthy is a surefire recipe for the death of democracy in the Philippines.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano illustration by Jude Bautista

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano illustration by Jude Bautista

Self-Righteous

Cayetano started the debates by quoting biblical scripture, which made him seem even more self-righteous. He may have done so to sound God-fearing as his running mate received a wave of criticism after cussing no less than Pope Francis during his visit here. Alan can’t seem to change his tune even when he’s quoting scripture. His ceaseless attacks on other candidates have made him a vortex of negativity. He doesn’t come across as being likable enough for voters, not even for vice president and the surveys reflect that.

from left: Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano & Sen. Bong Bong Marcos; the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

from left: Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano & Sen. Bong Bong Marcos; the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

During the topic of human rights he did not relent bringing up the Martial Law victims of Bong Bong’s late father from decades past. Bong bong bit his tongue and did not mention Duterte’s more current human rights abuses of extra judicial killings collated by Amnesty International and even our own Department of Justice.

Sen. Chiz Escudero during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Sen. Chiz Escudero during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Senator Chiz Escudero in his closing statement gave a very sincere and a very Filipino response to the hypocrisy of Cayetano: “Hindi ko po ugali apakan ang ibang tao para umangat. At lalong di ko ugali buhatin ang sarili kong bangko.” (Roughly translated to: It’s not in in my nature to disparage people’s reputations in order to raise myself up in the eyes of others). There was an audible gasp of embarrassment from the crowd who knew that he was referring to Cayetano. Chiz successfully made use of a famous and meaningful Filipino saying that cut through the heart of the issue.

Sen. Bong bong Marcos during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Sen. Bong bong Marcos during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Bong Bong’s Uppercut

After nearly two hours of Cayetano’s accusations Senator Bong bong Marcos was able to slip in a sneaky uppercut that changed the atmosphere of the debate. Bong bong quoted Duterte as saying, “Sinabi ni Mayor Digong ika niya kapag di na lutas ang krimen 3-6 months ibibigay na raw niya ang pagkapangulo kay Bong Bong. Yon ang sinabi niya. Na kita niya ang aking kakayahan ko sa peace and order.” (Duterte himself said if the 6-month deadline for peace and order promise was not kept I would cede the Presidency to Bong Bong) The statement is a huge slap in the face of Cayetano who is his official running mate.

Sen. Bong bong Marcos interviewed by TV news crews during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Sen. Bong bong Marcos interviewed by TV news crews during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Cayetano quickly retorted, “Sinabi ni Mayor Digong yon ka harap ang Ilocano Mayors he was being playful. Pero ang sinabi po niya pag di mo iboto si Allan ako wag na. Pero di ko po tinatanggap yan. Siya kelangan natin. Ako po kahit di niyo ko boto, 100% Duterte. Si Bong bong pagka nasa Cavite, Bong bong Binay, pag nasa Ilocos Binay o kaya Binay Marcos. Kapag nasa Mindanao Duterte Bong bong, yan po ang klase ng pamumulitika niya. Isasaksak niya para siya maging presidente. Wag niyo nako iboto alaga na lang ako ni Mayor Duterte.

The VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

The VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

Cayetano downplayed the statement claiming that Duterte was merely pandering to the Ilocano Mayors (Bong Bong’s Provincemates). Cayetano added that he was willing to sacrifice himself to help Duterte win. Bong bong jabbed back, “Kasalanan ko ba kung yung Presidente mo may gusto sakin?” Whether or not Duterte was lying it’s hard to ignore a public statement of your running mate disowning you and his lack of confidence in your abilities.

Senator Sonny Trillanes poses with fans during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Senator Sonny Trillanes poses with fans during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Unclear Platform

Cayetano has taken the cue from his running mate not to be specific in programs or platforms. The problem is that they mostly have unclear solutions, if not overly simplistic generic ones to the most complex problems, whether its foreign policy, traffic or corruption. Cayetano & Duterte use Leadership and Political Will. Both of them misuse Leadership with that of instilling fear and intimidation, not just to criminals but to the whole populace. In their streamers DDS is acronym for the Digong Duterte Supporters in Manila. It is also the same acronym for the dreaded Davao Death Squad said to carry out his program of state sponsored murders. The DDS is indeed here in Manila as the streamer proudly proclaims.

Sen. Gringo Honasan portrait; the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

Sen. Gringo Honasan portrait; the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

In this debate, Cayetano added another key word: FEDERALISM as another catchall solve everything solution to the Mindanao conflict etc. The problem is many doubt if Digong himself understands the concept of Federalism or is able to explain fully how he will be able to implement it. For that question we go back to the previous key words of Leadership and Political Will interchangeable with instilling fear and intimidation and the loss of basic human rights.

Sen. Sonny Trillanes during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Sen. Sonny Trillanes during the Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Sen. Sonny Trillanes called him out on it, “Davao City sinasabi mo e bakit Taguig di na ayos? It is not fair to the people. Yung Davao city 4th siya e sa highest na pinaka maraming krimen sa ating bansa. So kung di na tapos ni Mayor Duterte ng more than 20 years yung krimen sa kanyang bakuran. Di natin pinag-uusapan yung murder kung di rape and other index crimes. Pano niya na sabi 6 months? Wag tayo magbolahan dito. Di po totoo na walang krimen sa Davao. Its not fair maraming sumasakay, maraming na lilinlang na mga kababayan natin. Doon sumasakay, baka umasa sila. Pagka umasa sila binigay yung boto nila tapos pag dating doon tapos sasabihin niya e di ko pala na sabi aatras nako. Paki sabi sa president niyo magsalita siya pano niya gagawin yon?”

Congresswoman Leni Robredo’s portrait from the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

Congresswoman Leni Robredo’s portrait from the VP PiliPINAS CNNphil debate was held at the UST Gymnasium last April 10, 2016. Photo from http://cnnphilippines.com/

Leni’s Sincerity

In stark contrast viewers surveyed after the debate responded that it was Cong. Leni Robredo who distinguished herself from the pack. Her words ring especially true as a humble post grad student, lawyer who has actually worked with farmers in their city of Naga. She’s personally aware of the problems of millions of Filipinos because she experiences them.

Cong. Leni Robredo poses w supporters who came all the way from Naga. The Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables  was held at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Cong. Leni Robredo poses w supporters who came all the way from Naga. The Go Negosyo Talks: Meet the Vice Presidentiables was held at the Manila Polo Club last March 14, 2016. Photo by Jude Thaddeus Bautista

Unlike Cayetano she went into a lot of specifics in ANTI POVERTY programs and even improving the RAPID BUS TRANSIT and PNR railway as possible solutions to traffic. More than that is the emotional connection or puso; heart, famously used by GILAS PILIPINAS, “Sinasabi ko sa sarili ko excited nako manalo. Hindi para sa sarili ko. Pero para sa ating mga kababayan na umaasa. Na merong mamumuno sa kanila na hinding hindi sila papabayaan. Nung una pa po akong tumatakbo halos wala po saking nakakakilala. Sa lahat po yata sa amin pang huli ako. Ngayon po hindi na ganoon ang kwento. Malapit na abot kamay na ang tagumpay. Isa po akong ina hindi ko kayo pababayaan ang aking mga anak. Hindi ko papabayaan ang bayan. Naniniwala po ako sa dulo ng lahat na parati yung tama ang mananaig. Sa amin pong anim may the best woman win!”

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Batman vs Superman and Wonder Woman

from left: Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) & Henry Cavill (Superman). Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

from left: Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) & Henry Cavill (Superman). Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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Jude Bautista

Callan Mulvey (Anatoli Knyazev) entered the Lexcorp truck containing the largest chunk of Kryptonite on earth. 2 large SUVs with armed men follow behind them. Out of nowhere the Batmobile chases them down. Men with machine guns shoot from the SUVs. It didn’t take long for the Ben Affleck (the Bat) to dispose of them. The truck makes a sharp turn the Batmobile has no choice and crashes into a brick wall. Instead of stopping, the wall crumbles into a million pieces: the souped up Bat mobile goes through the bricks not missing a beat. In one more turn it will catch up. Suddenly the bat mobile crashes into something in the mist that completely stops it then bounces a few feet off. The smoke clears, its Superman.

Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice | official teaser (2016) Ben Affleck Henry Cavill

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: THE DAWN OF JUSTICE is easily one of the biggest movies of the year just like STAR WARS FORCE AWAKENS was for 2015. The battle seems like a no brainer; how can anyone have an exciting fight with Superman (Henry Cavill)? He’s as invincible as characters come, the difference here is that Batman has the brains to beat him. Watching what gadget he’s going to use in what way that uses Kryptonite to defeat Superman is what makes moviegoers excited. There will definitely be an advanced and heavy Bat armor to help fight Superman.

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The Bat has a few tricks up his gauntlet to beat Superman. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Watching this epic battle on cinemas is an absolute must. The visuals will literally blow audiences away along with intelligent surround sound. Director Zack Snyder has brought the hyper realistic, slomo, stylized action sequences of 300 to the Superman franchise. He amplifies it up even more in Dawn of Justice.

Trailer w Bat Jet – thermal imaging

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The Bat Jet also has drone capabilities. Batman relinquishes control of the craft to Alfred (Jeremy Irons) who is tucked away in the Wayne Manor. Alfred has screens, joystick and weapons all controlled remotely. In some ways, Batman’s action sequences are even more riveting for the simple reason he’s not so invincible. He relies on his martial arts skills, heat sensors of the vehicles, bat suit and so on to defeat the bad guys.

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Wonder Woman & Great Expectations

The action however isn’t confined to these two characters’ or their epic battle scene. There is also the introduction of Wonder Woman played by Gal Gadot. The most memorable Wonder Woman of my youth was Lynda Carter who played the role in the 70s but was aired here in Philippine TV during the 80s. Carter’s blue eyes, perfect cheekbones, voluptuous figure became the ‘iconic’ image of Wonder Woman. So much so that she was included in FIFTY WHO MADE DC GREAT, a special commemorative issue. This is what filmmaker Zack Snyder, cast Gadot, Henry Cavill even Ben Affleck are competing with.

Lynda Carter was the iconic face of Wonder Woman for millions of fans. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Lynda Carter was the iconic face of Wonder Woman for millions of fans. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

There are these iconic films, faces and actors that the current cast has to be compared against. Christopher Reeve, who has already passed away, is still considered by a lot of fans, as the immortal face of Kal El. Ben Affleck will inevitably be compared to Michael Keaton and even more recent Christian Bale as Batman. Heath Ledger won an Oscar posthumously as the Joker in 2009. But before that it was Jack Nicholson who made his stamp on the role in 1989.

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from left: Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) & Tao Okamoto (Mercy Graves). Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

It’s very easy to lambast BATMAN VS SUPERMAN because the expectations and standards have been raised enormously high. The film HAS TO gain critical acclaim and rake in a billion dollars to be considered a ‘success’. Perhaps fortunately for MARVEL, all they have to do is earn money and their job is done.

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Gal Gadot

The casting of Gal Gadot however, lives up to those high expectations and in some respects even exceeds it. Lynda Carter was Miss World America; Gadot was Miss Israel and competed in the Miss Universe Pageant in 2004. She certainly has the looks as an endorser of GUCCI and JAGUAR. While she may not be as voluptuous as Carter, she more than makes up for it as a ‘stronger’, combat ready and current version of Wonder Woman.

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from left: Henry Cavill (Superman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and
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At age 18, immediately after her Miss Universe stint she was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces for 2 years and even became a combat instructor. She got her big film break in FAST & THE FURIOUS and was able to give her role Giselle Yashar an independent and strong image. She was also in FAST FIVE and FAST & FURIOUS 6. For Dawn of Justice, Gadot trained in kung fu, jiu jitsu and kickboxing.

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Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) w near indestructible shield. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Gadot really needed the training especially for another super villain in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN. The emphasis of Wonder Woman’s shield (and sword) makes her especially convincing in these epic battles. It also makes her more aesthetically pleasing and realistic, as the action sequences are particularly intense. Without revealing too much, the epic battle between Batman & Superman is actually just one of many between superheroes that fans can watch out for. In terms of slam-bang fight scenes this film is a home run.

Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves; Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves; Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Tao Okamoto

Japanese supermodel Tao Okamoto is another anticipated casting choice. Her role as Mercy Graves is Lex Luthor’s assistant but appeared originally in the Superman Animated series in 1996. She did not have as much screen time as her lead role Mariko in THE WOLVERINE. The Moviebit reported that Mercy Graves role is “the second DC Comics character created specifically for Warner Bros. animated shows to make the jump to the big screen, alongside Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.”

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Tao Okamoto w Hugh Jackman in THE WOLVERINE. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Get ready for JUSTICE LEAGUE in 2017 from left: Jason Momoa (Aquaman), To be determined- Green Lantern, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg). Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Get ready for JUSTICE LEAGUE in 2017 from left: Jason Momoa (Aquaman), To be determined- Green Lantern, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg). Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Justice League

Around the same time we were watching Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, we were also mesmerized by another show as kids in the early 80s. The Saturday Fun Machine in RPN9 had several animated series but the highlight was SUPERFRIENDS. This is significant because it was one of the popular cartoons that featured the quartet of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. As the series progressed they added more heroes and villains.

SUPERFRIENDS – Opening Theme Songs (1973-1985) HQ

JUSTICE LEAGUE, which had similar group of heroes, predated the animated series as a comic book. But SUPERFRIENDS was the cartoon on TV, which popularized them as a team to a lot of fans and viewers around the world. I think that’s why DAWN OF JUSTICE resonates with me personally or with some fans from my generation.

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Finally we can see Batman, Superman… and Wonder Woman come to life in this modern explosive blockbuster. We also see the introduction of Aqua Man played by Jason Momoa, which I think is another kick ass casting choice also recently played CONAN THE BARBARIAN and Khal Drogo in GAME OF THRONES. There’s the intro on THE FLASH (Ezra Miller) and CYBORG (Ray Fisher). The long wait is finally over and soon the full-length film WONDER WOMAN will be released in 2017 along with JUSTICE LEAGUE. AQUAMAN has also been announced for 2018.

Jason Momoa is AQUAMAN set to be released in 2018. Aquaman had an exciting intro in this film. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Jason Momoa is AQUAMAN set to be released in 2018. Aquaman had an exciting intro in this film. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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Actor Jeff Flores is a Justice League & Superman fan. Egg Theater’s PILLOWMAN is showing from April 8-24, 2016 at the Pineapple Lab-Palma St. Poblacion, Makati City. Photo by Jude Bautista

Actor Jeff Flores is a Justice League & Superman fan. Egg Theater’s PILLOWMAN is showing from April 8-24, 2016 at the Pineapple Lab-Palma St. Poblacion, Makati City. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Batmobile gets even more powerful in Dawn of Justice. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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Amy Adams is the hard nosed journalist Lois Lane. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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left: Director Zack Snyder & Henry Cavill (Clark Kent). Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila. Photo from official fb page: https://www.facebook.com/batmanvsuperman/photos

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman will have her own film and will also be in JUSTICE LEAGUE PART ONE to be released in 2017. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman will have her own film and will also be in JUSTICE LEAGUE PART ONE to be released in 2017. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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Gal Gadot models new Snapchat lens. Become #WonderWoman in the app now. Follow Gal on Snapchat: @GalGadot. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Gal Gadot models new Snapchat lens. Become #WonderWoman in the app now. Follow Gal on Snapchat: @GalGadot. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Mars Callo (seated) showed off her BATMAN VS SUPERMAN t-shirt during the PILLOWMAN preview. Egg Theater’s PILLOWMAN is showing from April 8-24, 2016 at the Pineapple Lab-Palma St. Poblacion, Makati City. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mars Callo (seated) showed off her BATMAN VS SUPERMAN t-shirt during the PILLOWMAN preview. Egg Theater’s PILLOWMAN is showing from April 8-24, 2016 at the Pineapple Lab-Palma St. Poblacion, Makati City. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Wonder Woman is ageless because of she was granted divinity by the Olympian Gods. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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Jesse Eisenberg added a Mark Zuckerberg twist to his Lex Luthor. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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from right: DC Fan – actor Jeff Flores, Gabs Santos, Bea Garcia, Red Nuestro & Martha Comia. Egg Theater’s PILLOWMAN is showing from April 8-24, 2016 at the Pineapple Lab-Palma St. Poblacion, Makati City. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Gal Gadot (Diana Prince); Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila. Photo from official fb page: https://www.facebook.com/batmanvsuperman/photos

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The Bat has a few tricks up his gauntlet to beat Superman. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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Jason Momoa is AQUAMAN set to be released in 2018. Aquaman had an exciting intro in this film. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

Jason Momoa is AQUAMAN set to be released in 2018. Aquaman had an exciting intro in this film. Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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from left: Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) & Henry Cavill (Superman). Catch BATMAN VS SUPERMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE in Eastwood City Mall, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Shang Cineplex- Shang Rila Plaza Mall and Newport Cinemas- Resort’s World Manila.

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