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Jack Enrile and the Agriculture Cause

We are an agricultural nation. Before BPO, we get half the revenue from farms and this isn’t a bad thing. While half of the world is starving and importing food from all over, we could actually survive a zombie apocalypse just so because we have vast farming lands that could sustain us.

But, this isn’t the case nowadays. Farms are being converted to be used for commercial purposes and we lack policies and laws to protect and uplift the agricultural sector. It is sad that we have rice institute but we need to import rice to survive. Poverty is rampant, and no matter how high the PSE can get, what matters is if it’s translated to food in the table, seats in classrooms, or good transportation for farms for that matter.

So you see, when I learned Jack Enrile’s programs, I became interested and read more about him. He’s actually one of the few people who talks a lot about his programs and they are good programs. Finally, a candidate worth considering.

I’m going to read more about him, and if you can share more materials regarding him. It will be appreciated.


Lifted from here.

April 17, 2013– Without a shadow of a doubt, every registered voter in the country wants to vote for a candidate that will represent and conduct good government, but the burning question remains of how voters can know if a particular candidate will be capable of accomplishing the task of good government, and thus it is up to a candidate’s past history and record of public service that will serve as an indicator if he/she is a worthy candidate, so, for instance, the opinions of Jack Enrile on good government ought to be backed up by his political history, and thankfully it does. If truth be told, throughout the time he was the congressman of the First District of the Province of Cagayan, a position he faithfully served from the years 1998-2001, 2001-2004, 2004-2007, and finally 2010-2013, Jack has consistently created bills that would integrate more effectively the various levels of government scattered throughout all corners of the country and thereby creating, slowly but surely, a good government, and none of this is more evident than in the popular bill he coauthored and championed: the Food Sovereignty Bill.

Jack’s personal advocacy has always been finding effective solutions to the agricultural problems of the country, for the reason that if these major agricultural problems are solved then one will be able to solve such crippling problems as hunger and poverty. On the other hand, in order to tackle these issues, one first needs to deal with another issue, and that is the integration of the various national government offices (NGOs) to the rest of the country. Apparently, the NGOs throughout the provinces have yet to cooperate with each other effectively, and this had led to a lot of wasted time and frustration. More importantly, the provincial problems that these NGOs are supposed to solve are left as they are, unattended. As a consequence, the Food Sovereignty Bill stresses that, through an annual food requirement plan, the NGOS should cooperate more with each other as well as integrate with government, so that the major problems of the provinces can be solved most effectively. This is what could be practiced from the views of Jack Enrile on good government, where every level of government lends a hand with each other, in order that no time will be wasted in improving the living conditions of the constituents of the entire country. Thus, Jack Enrile on good government is one of the headlines in Jack’s campaign, making him a worthy candidate amongst voters.


Juan Castañer Ponce Enrile, Jr. (born on July 16, 1958), also known as Jack Enrile, is a Filipino government official. He is a Representative of the 1st District of Cagayan in the 15th Congress. He is the only son and namesake of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile of Cagayan and the former Ambassador to the Holy See, Cristina Castañer of Manila. He is married to former Cagayan Province Congresswoman Salvacion “Sally” Santiago. Sally traces her roots to the Santiagos of Angat and Guiguinto, Bulacan.


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Cynthia Villar: Apology accepted?

I wish I am speaking from an unemotional state, but I simply cannot. I know this has been an issue weeks ago, but I restrained myself from commenting on it just because. BUT seeing the bigger picture, I shouldn’t be keeping my mouth shut because it is not only the education of nurses are at stake but the education of the whole country.

Do I take Mrs. Villars’s apology? No. I will only accept this if she executes a good job in public service, especially concerning education. While I know that it is human to err, it’s just against my personal judgment to accept this apology. Why, you may ask? It is because I believe this is rooted in a deeper belief of the senatoriable and being asked by ambush just showed her true belief in education.

And let’s not omit that I have been hurt as a registered nurse. You, Mrs. Villar, are a vile, vile human to have degraded our profession.

Ang inutang na salita, hinding hindi mababawi.

Do you take Mrs. Villar’s apology? Let me know your thoughts.

And before you vote, #KnowYourCandidate.

Lifted from here.

In a senatorial forum on GMA News TV on February 23, 2013, economist Solita Monsod asked Villar to explain why, as chairman of the House committee on high education, she opposed the move to close nursing schools that the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said did not meet minimum requirements to continue operations.
Villar explained that she favored the students who wanted to continue their schooling. CHED, she said, wanted to close the nursing schools because they didn’t have the required tertiary hospitals where the nurses would eventually be trained before they graduate and get their BS Nursing degrees.

This part of Villar’s response became controversial: “Actually, hindi naman kailangan ng nurse na matapos ang BSN (BS Nursing). Kasi itong mga nurses, gusto lang nilang maging room nurse, o sa Amerika o sa other countries, ay mag-aalaga lang sila. Hindi naman kailangan na ganoon sila kagaling. (Nurses don’t actually need to finish BS Nursing. These nurses only want to become a room nurse or caregivers in America or in other countries. They don’t need to be that good.),” Villar said in response.

Cynthia Villar apologized on March 4, 2013 to Filipino nurses who were hurt by her recent statement on the nursing profession.
“Taos-puso po akong humihingi ng paumanhin sa lahat ng mga nurse at kani-kanilang pamilya na labis na nasaktan sa aking kasagutan sa tanong na ibinato sa akin sa isang programa sa TV (I sincerely apologize to all the nurses and their families who were hurt by my response to the question I was asked on TV),” she posted on her Twitter account @cynthia_villar


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JV Ejercito: Finding Time to Connect

UPDATE: I’ve been reading up on JV and he’s actually anti-RH, so that disappoints right? But he’s actually PRO but he has to be anti for his father, the former disgraced president. I just don’t think we need a senator who doesn’t have the gall to have his own stand in things.


It’s good to hear every now and then that our politicians exert effort to connect with us. These days, social media really plays a good part on connecting people, in this case – the government to its constituents. Let’s find out how senatoriable JV Ejercito finds time to connect with the people.


The senatorial candidate is a lawmaker is a netizen.

With a KLOUT score of 73 and a consistent top position in social media rankings, UNA Senatorial Candidate and San Juan Representative JV Ejercito Estrada is as net savvy as they come. And to set the record straight, he personally handles his social media accounts, with support from his staff.

“Many people doubt if I really do the posting on Facebook and Twitter. I do it myself because I like being hands-on. Also, after a day’s hard work, it’s therapeutic to share what you’ve done to the online community,” said Ejercito Estrada.

This personal touch is probably why he has been able to engage a good number of his followers and friends over the past few months. The KLOUT score is an indicator of his influence and not just his popularity online. Beyond the number of friends and followers on various social networks, which continue to post striking growth, the KLOUT score manifests the level of influence that he has attained since becoming a “netizen” in 2010.

Despite his hectic schedule which includes provincial trips and business meetings, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada says he never fails to check and regularly update his social media accounts through his Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad Mini: “It’s been my habit to check replies and posts as soon as I wake up, during my free time, when I’m traveling, and just before I go to sleep.”

Ejercito Estrada is considered one of the most active netizen-politicans in the Philippines today. He loves to connect with his 24,962 followers on Twitter. The young lawmaker does the same with his Facebook account, where he posts his daily activities to update 5,159 friends on his personal account, and 99,058 followers on his Fan Page.

“I think Twitter and Facebook are currently the fastest and most convenient ways to get in touch with the youth and Filipinos all in other parts of the world. Best of all, they are free,” he said.

On the role of social media in his campaign for the 2013 elections, Ejercito Estrada said he intends to share his legislative agenda to 30 million active Facebook users and 9.5 million active Twitter users in the Philippines.

“Since I filed my certificate of candidacy, I have received a lot of input from the online community — encouraging words, offers of support, and even questions on my advocacies and my competency — all of which contribute to honing our campaign to be responsive to the needs and expectations of our electorate,” added JV.

While some netizens use social networking sites as a venue to rant against politicians, he believes that the government must not be given the power to regulate the online activity of Filipinos. The young lawmaker noted that the Cybercrime Law contains provisions which practically permits the state to suppress freedom of speech and persecute its political foes.

As a youth advocate, he said being an active netizen enables him to be up to date with the latest trends and other developments concerning young people.

“Youth development is one of my advocacies as a public servant. So being able to interact with students on a daily basis through Twitter and Facebook allows me to identify their needs and help them,” the solon said.


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Looking back my experience with the past election, which is my frst voting experience, I really don’t like the way I undergone through. So I swore to my soul that I shall never vote again. Anyway, I’ve turned politically apathetic then, and I barely cared anymore.

But times change, and so are decisions.

I’m still not decided to vote this May. But it doesn’t mean I can’t do something to help my country. I’ve been advocating through this blog that we should be responsible citizens, and for me this is one way, for me so far, to help.

I decided to run an information campaign, if possible, for all candidates for office. I don’t know yet if I can complete it, but let it be known that I am not ENDORSING any candidates. My purpose for this project is to inform and not to endorse. And I hope through this I can help everyone in deciding who to put in office.

And who knows, this may even convince me to vote? Join me as we get to know them!


Wear Pinoy!


We at altMNL don’t believe in boring fashion statements. Most importantly, we don’t believe that you need to look outside Manila to get the latest in fashion. Here are 10 all-Pinoy brands which can up your ante.

Strut pieces from these brands and let’s show the world how Pinoy fashion is forward!

Read more after the jump!

And this is maybe my proudest article for altMNL so far. Featuring some of my favorite Pinoy brands… It really puts a smile in my face doing this article for them and the whole Pinoy fashion and design industry.

Always remember: wear your own,




And this will be hard to choke out not going… I’d want to discuss here why but maybe later. Still not in the mood hihi. Anyway.

Listen to three of today’s movers in social media and Philippine society. Maria Ressa, Yves Gonzales, and my very own former boss and friend Ros Juan will be speaking about their work in social good! It really pains me not being able to go…

So to know more about this, head on over a http://www.gamechangers.infinite.ly or contact Arriane Serafico @arriane_… and book that date, Jan. 26, already. Highly recommended!!

Tap out pain!

Oct 19, 2012, 12:43 PM

The country’s first augmented reality game of its kind – Ibufluid Medicol Advance’s Tap Out Pain. Tap Out Pain is the latest installment in Medicol’s Advance Rewards Program (check out Medicol.ph), which makes winning super super easy. Simple social actions like tweeting or rating photos immediately enable you to win cool lifestyle prizes like an iPad, Samsung S2 and various GCs.

Sep 25, 2012, 5:45 PM

I really like the cute character designs and how they represent each pain! Uh, not pertaining to that pain… NO EMO ALLOWED HAHA!

Sep 25, 2012, 5:44 PM

The skulldriver is my ultimate enemy outside of this app. I’d have emotions while killing this mofo. Hahaha talk about getting real about it!

Sep 25, 2012, 5:43 PM

This one’s my favorite, really showed you what a cramp is!

Sep 25, 2012, 5:43 PM

Unfortunately, it’s only available on Android. I wish they made one for iOS, though. You can download the app on Google Play here.

Oct 19, 2012, 12:43 PM

How to start? Players just have to initially purchase specially marked MEDICOL ADVANCE 5’s Pack at Mercury Drugstore and Watsons Pharmacy. Then they simply register at Medicol.ph, enter the scratch code found on the Ibufluid MEDICOL ADVANCE 5’s pack, scan the special TAPOUT PAIN barcode to unleash one of the Pain Monsters, and it’s game on!


Got to watch TIKTIK: THE ASWANG CHRONICLES last Monday, and I am proud to share with all of you that it is the very first Filipino film produced in a green screen entirely. The movie which ran in a budget of roughly 80 million pesos, is a good showcase of Filipino talent and that the Philippine cinema need not be behind the big Hollywood companies who does digital cinema. One thing I like about it is the character design which really is an evidence if painstaking plannimg and revision until they have come up with an impeccable roster (lol, pun. You’ll find out why if you’ll watch) of digitally made CGI characters.

One setback though is that I find the story a little undeveloped, but not entirely. The plot is good and very Filipino I just wished it could have been more… developed. The pacing is a little awkward at times though, but I thik this one is a trend among digital films here in the Philippines.

It’s a long way to go, but hey, it’s a good thimg we can expect more beautiful Filipino digital films made in the future. Kudos to Direk Erik Matti and his team, and thanks Origin 8 Media for inviting me :)

Catch Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles in theaters near you!

Jessica Sanchez is a #GlobalBenchsetter

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Got a chance to meet American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez last September, thanks to Bench who got the young Filipina onboard as one of its Global Benchsetters along with pop singer Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, and K-pop sensation Super Junior’s Siwon and Dong Hae.

It was stunnimg to see Jessica, especially a lot of Filipinos were big fans of her during while she was competing for the AI title. Add to that, that she is really so young and already making waves im the industry. It’s just a wow to meet her!

Celebrations means…

ALCOHOL! Well, for the sober lots of food. But for us, izz beer!

I am not the biggest beer drinker there is (I know, sucha wuss) but thanks to friends who seem to have a knack for victimizing me for beer bong, I finally acquired the taste for it. My favorite beer would be the apple-flavored one and strong ice variants…

And so, as San Miguel Corporation launched their newest marketing slash corporate social responsibility program (a month ago, actually, oops this is part of the backlog list on steroids) it advocates to promote tourism through featuring local, major and minor, fiestas around the country! Get ready as SMB will be there from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao!

Along with this, they launch a new website too which tells more about this program, and has advanced features when you register. You get to access the BEER LOCATOR, which pretty does what it’s named (#sabaw) and the ITINERARY PLANNER which helps you plan a trip to wherever in the 7,107 islands of the Philippines!

For more information, you may log on to (and do register, too!) at http://smb7107celebrations.com.ph/