There had been a lot of cheers in social media for two of the winners in LGU contests in Metro Manila. Vico Sotto in Pasig and Isko Moreno in Manila were seen as Davids winning against political Goliaths. Isko defeated no less than a former president, Erap Estrada, for control of Manila. Vico defeated a political dynasty that had been entrenched in Pasig for almost three decades. The surveys showed Isko leading over Erap. Indeed, he was leading over one other former Manila Mayor, Alfredo Lim. It has to be more than youth and good looks to win over these two political heavyweights. I was amused by some observations in social media pushing Vico and Isko as potential presidential candidates, less than 24 hours after they were elected mayors. They have to prove themselves first. Vico, in particular, has so much to prove because he is seen as young and idealistic, inexperienced in the way of our dirty politics. Many people saw him as the anti-politician… the one who will give the … [Read more...] about Score card
Before we head to the polls to vote for our senatorial bets, we want to pose a question to all constituents: do we really know what we want out of the personalities we will elect? What does it really mean to earn a seat in our senate halls? In this series of ANCX essays, some of our distinguished writers reflect on the careers of past and present senators who have made the most impact, and created a significant difference. In the Philippine political arena, the name Magsaysay is blue blood. But unlike other local political families, it represents humility and integrity. While he is political royalty, former Senator Ramon “Jun’’ Magsaysay did not sit on his family’s laurels. Instead he made his own legacy, and took the path less travelled when it was easier to just give in to pressure. Armed with impressive credentials and an untainted reputation, Magsaysay took on Senate investigations that a lesser equipped lawmaker … [Read more...] about The Last Good Senator: Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
A week before we head to the polls to vote for our senatorial bets, do we really know what we want out of the personalities we will elect? What does it really mean to earn a seat in our senate halls? In this series of ANCX essays, some of our distinguished writers reflect on the careers of past and present senators who have made the most impact, and created a significant difference. As with any other work place, the Philippine Senate has had its fill of cussed eccentrics. Voluble anger was the brand of Miriam Defensor Santiago, while Joker Arroyo was the parsimonious loner. Even Manuel Quezon, Senate President from 1916 to 1935, parlayed his fiery persona as integral to his political identity. In the public eye, these quirks proved more defining than the politician’s beliefs—perhaps since much of Philippine politics over the decades has been seemingly free of ideology apart from being for or against whoever is in power. At first, … [Read more...] about The Last Good Senator: Vicente Sotto
While Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the defeat of French forces by the Mexican army on May 5,1862, for some reason, the date has now become synonymous with partying, preferably with lots of alcohol. This year, you can make the celebration extra special by checking out two of the newest bars in Makati: Buccaneers Rum & Cocktails in Poblacion and Mistral Rooftop Bar at Raffles Makati Hotel. Or else, you can bring the party home with our picks for good Mexican tequila and mezcal to enjoy on Cinco de Mayo or any day of the year. Buccaneers Rum & Cocktails Don Pedro corner Kalayaan Streets, Poblacion, Makati City (beside Wild Poppy and Smokeyard), IG: @buccaneers_ph https://sa.kapamilya.com/absnews/abscbnnews/media/ancx/food-n-drink/2019/13/cinco-buccaneers.png Just in case you haven’t heard yet, there’s an ultra-cool pirate ship-themed rum and cocktails bar opening May 3 at 6 pm in Poblacion. This new concept is spearheaded by the folks behind Dr. … [Read more...] about Two new Makati bars to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in this weekend
At the Monday afternoon opening of the Museo de Intramuros, an astounding collection of Philippine religious imagery, carvings and sacred vessels finally saw the light of day after years of being kept hidden from public view. Acquired and put together by the Intramuros Administration founded 40 years ago, as led by its visionary Dr. Jaime C. Laya, the collection represents, according to a book by co-curator of the exhibit Dr. Esperanza Gatbonton, “the first real attempt to collect and preserve within the Philippines an important aspect of the country’s cultural heritage.” Laya, in an interview with ANCX, said the collection was part of a larger plan for Intramuros before the first Aquino administration came into power. The original plan included the creation of Casa Manila, Casa San Luis, and cultural evenings inside the Walled City like the Puerta Real Evenings. "This is only 30 percent of the total collection," said Laya of the pieces on exhibit which was … [Read more...] about This impressive collection of religious imagery finally sees the light of day