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Andrew Tan: The New Millionaire on the Block
by Wilson Lee Flores
PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE (STAR)
MANILA, JANUARY 9, 2007 - One of the most inspiring new “rags-to-riches” billionaires of Southeast Asia is Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Group, Inc., the new multi-billion peso holding company for his three major businesses – condominium-developer Megaworld, the world’s biggest brandy producer Emperador Distillers, Inc. and 49 percent shareholdings in the nationwide Philippine franchise of McDonald’s fastfood chain.Megaworld, Empire East Land Holdings, Emperador Distillers,Inc., Pik-nik, The Bar, McDonald's, Manila Banking Corporation, Richmonde Hotel Group
The latest 2007 issue of Forbes magazine lists Tan as the country’s fourth wealthiest billionaire after the Zobel-Ayala clan, Henry Sy of the SM Group and Banco de Oro, and Lucio Tan of Philippine Airlines and Philippine National Bank. Forbes estimated Tan’s personal net worth at $1.1 billion dollars.
It is difficult to believe that authentic “rags-to-riches” sagas built on honest hard work still happen in this modern and complex world. The son of poor immigrants from Fujian province, south China and himself born overseas, Andrew Tan grew up in downtown Manila dreaming of someday owning a store or small business like many of his peers’ families. As a child in Hong Kong, he and his family used to share a tenement apartment with four other families, with only one bathroom and one concrete table for all the tenant families’ cooking stoves. Tan recalls the apartment owner even leased out the corridor to another family.
The young Andrew studied accounting and graduated with honors at the University of the East, often preferring to walk to school instead of riding public jeepneys in order to save money. Engineer Conrado Acedillo, himself a self-made man in the air-conditioning business, recalls that he and the younger Tan used to be employees of taipan Leonardo Ty of Union Hitachi, Ajinomoto and other businesses. He remembers Andrew Tan as one of the most hardworking and conscientious employees of the late Leonardo Ty.
Megaworld and Empire East as biggest condo developers
Both still in their fifties, fellow billionaire and realty developer, Senate president Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr., acknowledges Andrew Tan as the undisputed No. 1 condominium developer in the Philippines, surpassing even the old-rich landed clan of the Zobel-Ayalas.
Starting from a residential condominium in Greenhills, San Juan not so long ago, Megaworld and its sister firm Empire East Holdings, Inc. have become trendsetters in large-scale office, residential and other real estate development projects. Tan made a name for himself by redeveloping a former textile mill complex in Libis, Quezon City into the commercial, office, shopping, entertainment and residential enclave known as Eastwood City today.
After the success of Eastwood City, some of his many other urban renewal mega projects in Metro Manila include the City Place complex in Binondo, Manila; the 25-hectare Newport City complex beside the Villamor Golf Course; and the Manhattan Garden City complex at the Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.
Near the existing Makati financial district and next door to the Fort Bonifacio development of Ayala Land, Inc. and the Jose Yao Campos family’s Greenfields Group, Andrew Tan’s Megaworld is developing the 50-hectare McKinley Hill new township. Megaworld is also a leader in the call centers and BPO businesses in the Philippines.
The world’s No. 1 largest-selling brandy
One of the amazing accomplishments of the self-made businessman is his unexpected success in making his homegrown Emperador Brandy into the world’s largest-selling brandy in terms of total number of bottles sold in 2006. This was revealed in a recent issue of Drinks International, a UK-based publication that covers the world liquor industry. Tan’s firm sold 7.2 million nine-liter cases of brandy last year, and plans to soon expand into Thailand and the vast China market.
For years, Andrew Tan has kept this business operation under the radar from his more established competitors such as Ginebra San Miguel of the San Miguel group and Tanduay Rhum of the Lucio Tan group, both liquor brands which have been in existence since the 19th century and iconic brand names throughout Philippine history.
How did Andrew Tan make Emperador brandy and his newer Generoso brandy top brands, poised to soon even outsell the gin and rum liquors in the vast but highly-competitive Philippine hard drinks market? Alliance Global Group, Inc. president Kingson Sian, a graduate of the University of Chicago, explains that Andrew Tan instructed the advertising firms to undertake a totally innovative campaign which shall focus on the concept of “success.”
Instead of following the other liquor brands with their age-old strategy of producing TV and other ads focusing on sexy women and sexy images, Tan wanted the Emperador brand to connote success and all values associated with it such as hard work, drive, ambition, listening to parents’ advice, professionalism and ambition. It was also Tan’s idea to have people wearing only coats and suits in all TV and other commercials of the Emperador brand.
Unknown to most people, when the 1997 Asian financial crisis hit numerous real estate companies throughout Asia, the efficient, fast-growing yet low-key liquor operations of Emperador brandy helped continuously generate the crucial cash flows which kept the Megaworld and Empire East realty firms afloat. Only with the recent public listing of the stocks of Alliance Global Group, Inc. and its acquisition of Emperador Distillers, Inc., did Tan finally reveal the astounding business success and huge sales of his liquor venture.
Alliance Global Group Inc. said it is targeting consolidated revenues of P25 billion in 2007, which represents a 184 percent jump over the P8.8 billion the same firm posted in 2006. In the first half of 2007, the consolidated revenues of Alliance Global rose 254 percent to P12.4 billion and net income increased to P1.23 billion, or representing a 445 percent increase compared to the previous year.
The position of the Philippines’ No. 1 wealthiest billionaire has been changing in the last three annual listings of Forbes magazine, with tobacco king Lucio Tan once being in first place for years, replaced last year by shopping mall king Henry Sy and now the Zobels gaining the top position this year. Based on this flux in the wealthiest roster and in the fast-changing business landscape of the Philippines, it wouldn’t be surprising if the driven, passionate and visionary self-made taipan Andrew Tan would someday become No. 1, and prove himself the new king of the pack.
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Lucas P. Bersamin: 163rd Justice of the Supreme Court
By James C. Bitanga
Jurist Lucas P. Bersamin recently joined the Supreme Court as its 163rd member after 23 years of serving first as Regional Trial Court judge and later as Court of Appeals justice. Now 59, Justice Bersamin recalls his long journey from the seminary formation house to the highest court of the land.
Born on October 18, 1948 in Bangued, Abra, the young Bersamin grew up in a very religious family. The piety of his mother, an educator in a Catholic institution, grandmother, and grandaunt influenced him to originally dream of becoming a priest. He thus spent his high school years at the St. Joseph Seminary in his hometown. However, he later had a change of heart and enrolled at the secular University of the Philippines where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree in 1968. He later on entered the University of the East Law School motivated by yet another dream – that of topping the Bar examinations.
Ranking 9th overall with an average of 86.3 percent in the 1973 Bar Examinations not only represented the first of a stream of successes in the legal profession, but also was the initial indicia of one of Justice Bersamin strengths: accomplishing great things through hard work.
The new lawyer did not immediately consider a career in the Judiciary. He first spent 12 years in private practice that required him to travel around the country. Ironically, it was all that travelling that made him reassess his career path. He later on applied for a judgeship at a time when vacancies were aplenty. To his good fortune, he was appointed as Quezon City RTC, Branch 96 Judge.
His reputation as a respected adjudicator would skyrocket in 2000. Then RTC Judge Bersamin accomplished a feat unprecedented, yet not surprising for a man of his talents. He was awarded for penning both the Best Decision in Civil Law and Best Decision in Criminal Law in the same year by the Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro Memorabilia Commission. The Foundation for Judicial Excellence also awarded Judge Bersamin with the Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos Award as one of the Outstanding RTC Judges of 2002.
Such recognition did not go unnoticed. On March 10, 2003, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed then Judge Bersamin to the CA.
His judicial philosophy is simple but solid. Justice Bersamin defines himself as a liberal with a slant towards uplifting the poor and impoverished. His sense of independence and open-mindedness stems from the recognition that he is not merely a judge in a vacuum, but also a part of a larger society, living under constantly changing circumstances. The heroes he has emulated thus far are Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro, Justice Isagani Cruz, and Justice Florence Regalado. His contemporary hero is none other than Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, whom he considers “a giant in his time.”
Justice Bersamin cautions aspiring lawyers to recognize that the milieu in which they exist and practice is far different from that found in books. He affirms that idealism while practicing should be intact, and may indeed help in the preservation of the legal profession as an honorable activity and way of life for generations to come. Hence, he espouses the notion that earning a livelihood as a lawyer should only be secondary. With the Lawyer’s Oath as a guide, Justice Bersamin believes that money should not be that important and points out that history has proven that even great lawyers have survived with little income.
Beyond his role in the Judiciary, Justice Bersamin has also been significantly involved in legal education since 1989. He has taught in prominent institutions such as in his alma mater the UE, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Justice Bersamin is also a professional lecturer of the Philippine Judicial Academy and has authored numerous articles and the book Appeal and Review in the Philippines. Justice Bersamin was Bar examiner for Remedial Law during the 2008 Bar examinations.
Justice Bersamin assures the Filipino people that as an Associate Justice of the Court, he will continue to follow his oath and conscience, while exhibiting unquestionable independence. Confident and at the same time humble, Justice Bersamin is determined to fulfill his role in the Court with great dignity, and nothing less.
Justice Bersamin is married to Aurora Bagares Bersamin. They are blessed with three children – Pia Cristina, a lawyer; Luis Isidro, a mechanical engineer; Lucas Riel, Jr., a nurse currently studying medicine; and ward Karissa Dominique, a nursing student.
VICE PRESIDENT NOLI “KABAYAN” DE CASTRO
From rugged barrioboy to most popular political figure.
This remarkable transition is a miracle of fortune, the working of divine providence no less. He is a modern political phenomenon in a country dominated by very few elite families.
During these times when almost everyone takes a beating from life, we need inspiration from someone who has triumphed over life's difficulties and has successfully hurdled many challenges. Take it from this man who simply refused to accept poverty as an obstacle to his dreams...Vice President Noli de Castro.
More popularly known as everyone’s “Kabayan”, Vice President De Castro was born during the post-war period in Pola, Oriental Mindoro.
Kabayan was not fortunate to be born in the company of privilege and conveniences. Quite the opposite, he and his five siblings were raised solely by their mother. But this young Mindoreño had grand dreams, and his hardships were the force that molded his future.
At a young age, he worked to support his education and supplement the family income. "I diligently took the rounds in our barrio, gathering pig's fodder from our neighbors for my pig pet, which I would raise, in order to be sold later for a hefty sum," exclaimed Kabayan.
In Pola, life was so simple. This loving son learned to be contented with the little provisions from his mother. Inay Nene taught him early on not to aspire for luxury and to always keep in mind that happiness comes from having bare essentials in life, a loving family, food on the table, roof over their heads, and the faculty to dream.
Multi-awarded TV broadcaster, seasoned radioman, farmer, environmentalist, philanthropist, nationalist, politician. Kabayan has spent a good 27 of his 54 years as a media practitioner.
But Kabayan was a self-taught broadcaster. As a young Mindoreno, he spent most of his leisure time, under his favorite mango tree, and with mother nature as his audience, he would imitate his favorite radioman Johnny de Leon -- the booming baritone, the adlibs and the snide remarks on various political issues.
Kabayan got the brains. He was an overachiever in school, always inquisitive and hungry for knowledge. He finished his elementary education from Pola Central School and his high school from Pola Catholic High School. His mother’s business acumen inspired Kabayan to earn for himself a university diploma in Commerce, major in Banking and Finance from the University of the East. In 1976, he accompanied his Kuya to an audition for a slot as field reporter in a radio station. Instead, it was Kabayan’s voice which prevailed over the long queue of applicants. Since then, his life revolved around media and current affairs
ABS-CBN'S Peter Musngi honored with 2011 CEO Excel Award
(The Golden Voice behind ABS-CBN)
by ABS-CBN Corp. Comm.
ABS-CBN Manila Radio Division head Peter Musngi raised the banner of the Kapamilya network as the lone media executive winning at the 2011 CEO Excel Awards or Communication Excellence in Organizations Awards held last June 7.
Musngi was hailed for his strategic leadership and effective use of communication in steering DZMM's key projects ranging from a vigilant election coverage to an innovative mobile shower van to help Ondoy victims.
The head of Mega Manila’s number one AM radio station DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, the country’s leading cable TV news channel DZMM TeleRadyo, and the award-winning FM station Tambayan 101.9 joined ten other celebrated business leaders who were honored by the International Association of Business Communicators Philippines for championing “the use of excellent communication as business strategy.”
The veteran broadcaster, who’s also the “golden voice” behind the announcements over ABS-CBN’s multimedia platforms, said his secret in leadership is “creating and communicating your vision in a crystal clear fashion.”
“I guess it all starts with speaking clearly and continuously encouraging and empowering one’s team to finish the race and realize one’s vision. The leader’s role is crucial but it’s teamwork that really counts in the end,” he said.
Under Musngi’s watch, DZMM continued to flourish in delivering the first in news and public service. He was cited for DZMM’s outstanding 2010 election coverage “Ang Bayan Naman!” which focused on raising the people’s issues and encouraging citizen journalism.
He used communication effectively in leading projects such as “Kapamilya, Shower Na,” the annual fun run “Takbo Para sa Kalikasan,” and “DZMM World Caravan,” a roving concert that brings Philippine news and entertainment to foreign-based Kapamilya.
“Kapamilya, Shower Na,” which has won both Philippine Quill and Anvil Awards, is a mobile shower that brought relief to victims of Typhoon Ondoy in evacuation centers. This project is the “mother” of DZMM’s newest public service offering, the clinic-on-wheels and classroom-on-wheels project DZMM TLC (Teaching Learning Caring).
“Takbo Para sa Kalikasan,” meanwhile, raised awareness and funds for various environmental causes for already 11 years, including saving the La Mesa Watershed and cleaning the Pasig River. It also registered an impressive 5,000 turnout of runners in the 2010 race alone. In 2011, DZMM gave the proceeds of the fun run to 25 incoming Grade 1 students, thus renaming the event, “Takbo Para sa Karunungan.”
Musngi’s win came at a good time as DZMM is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with “DZMM SilveRadyo.” Apart from him, IABC has previously conferred the CEO Excel award to ABS-CBN president and COO Charo Santos-Concio and ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez in 2010.
Recognitions from award-giving bodies such as the KBP Golden Dove, UP Gandingan, Rotary Club of Manila, and Gawad Tanglaw, and high TV and radio ratings of DZMM also add to Musngi’s accomplishments as leader.
The other Awardees for 2011 are: Roberto Aboitiz, President of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.; Atty. Pilar Nenuca P. Almira, Hospital Director of Manila Doctors Hospital; Vicente Castillo, President and CEO of Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corporation; Emmanuel Y. Go, President of AGC Flat Glass Philippines; Rizalina Mantaring, President and CEO of Sunlife Financial Philippines; Ruel T. Maranan, Group Director for Corporate Resources of Manila Water Company Inc.; Eric Recto, President of Petron Corporation; Leonardo Riingen, President and CEO of Informatics Holdings Philippines; Gov. Jose Ma. Salceda of Albay Province; and James Velasquez, President and Country General Manager of IBM Philippines, Inc.
Receiving the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award is University of the Philippines Centennial President Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman for her untiring and milestone steering of the country’s national university as an educator and CEO who led communication efforts here and abroad amongst varied stakeholders and ideologies to effect pioneering programs.
Alfredo S. Lim
"Man of Action"
Public Service Record:
Re-elected Mayor 2010 - present with the highest majority in the history of Manila
- Mayor 2007 - 2010
- Senator 2004 - 2007
- Department of Interior Local Government Secretary (DILG) 1998 - 2000
- Re-elected Mayor of Manila, 1995
- Mayor of Manila, 1992
- Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Dec. 22, 1989
- Retired Police Major General, December 21, 1989
- Doctorate on Criminology - Philippine College of Criminology (1996)
- Doctorate on Public Administration, Honoris Cause, PLM 1996
- Doctorate on Public Administration, Honoris Cause, FEU 1995
- National Defense College of the Philippines - Master In National Security Administration (1981) graduated with Honors
- University of the East - Bachelor of Laws (1963)
- University of the East - Bachelor of Business Administration (1951)
- Far Eastern University - High School (1948)
- P. Gomez Elementary School (1943)
Police Service Trainings / Seminars Attended:
- November 1991 - 60th Interpool Gen. Assembly Meeting, Montevido Uruguay
- Feb 24 - Mar 1, 1991 - 59th Asian Regional Conference of Interpool Canberra, Australia
- Sept 27 - Oct 3, 1990 - 59th Interpool Gen. Assembly Meeting, Ottawa Canada
- Nov 27 - Dec 1, 1989 - Interpool Conference Lyon, France
- Oct 4 - 13, 1986 - Interpool Conference Belgrade, Yugoslavia
- October 1984 - Aseana Pool Malaysia
- June 12 - 24, 1983 - Hostage Negotiation Seminar (FBI National Academy Quantico, Virginia, USA)
- December 1 - 7, 1980 - Field Study on Political Economic and Military Problem of Japan Sponsored by NDCP Tokyo, Japan & Study on the Treatment of Criminal Offenders Sponsored by the United Nations, Hongkong.
A. Annual Active Duty Training as Reserve Officer/AFP
B. Supervisor Management
C. Crowd Control and Physical Security
D. Special Security Officer Course
Civil / Police Service Eligibilities:
Member, Philippine Bar (RA 1080)
Police Sergeant (Promotional)
Supervisor 1st Grade
Police Lieutenant Colonel
Manolo Lopez new Chairman of Benpres
By JAMES A. LOYOLA
Manuel M. Lopez has taken over as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Benpres from his elder brother Oscar M. Lopez, in line with the leadership succession process within the Lopez Group.
Lopez is concurrent chairman of Manila Electric Company.
Lopez’s assumption of office as chairman and CEO comes at a time when the company is pursuing the completion of its financial restructuring and is preparing to tackle new challenges in response to the development needs of the nation.
Benpres Holdings Corporation, soon to be renamed Lopez Holdings Corporation, will continue to seek the restructuring of its remaining debt of P2.9 billion before it can pursue expansion efforts as a holding company.
However, newly installed Benpres President Salvador Tirona said after the firm’s annual stockholders’ meeting that subsidiaries ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and First Philippine Holdings Corporation will continue to pursue their growth programs.
Based on the strong performance of ABS-CBN and First Holdings in the first quarter, Tirona said Benpres believes its prospects for the rest of the year remain bright.
He added that the current priorities of Benpres are to clean up its remaining debt and repair its balance sheet, given the expected positive outcome for 2010, so that it can be in a position to declare dividends by 2011.
Tirona noted that, the remaining debt, while manageable, must be formally restructured. Benpres’ debt has come down from $560 million in 2002 when it declared a debt standstill to the current $65 million.
While it is a work in progress, he said the basic template offered to creditors is that Benpres either buys back the debt at a discount when cash is available, or creditors can agree to a 12.5 year bullet repayment. The new administration is expected to attract new investments in basic service sectors in support of economic development. “I expect a new, energized Benpres that will continue to be relevant to the investment community, and to the country as a whole,” said Lopez.
Lopez is giving up his role as Meralco CEO on June 30 to become more active in the private family corporation Lopez Inc. and in Benpres, the Lopez Group flagship for investments in nation building.
At the organizational meeting that followed the Benpres’s annual stockholders’ meeting on June 10, the board bestowed upon Oscar M. Lopez, company chairman and CEO since 1999, the title of chairman emeritus.
During the meeting, Benpres chief finance officer (CFO) Salvador G. Tirona was elected to the Benpres board and subsequently appointed as president and chief operating officer, replacing Angel S. Ong who retired after 16 years of service. Also appointed at the Benpres board organizational meeting were ABS-CBN chairman and CEO Eugenio Lopez III as vice chairman and FPHC chairman and CEO Federico R. Lopez as treasurer.
Mr. Manuel M. Lopez served as the Chief Executive Officer of Manila Electric Company since July 1, 2001 and as its non-executive chairman since May 2010. Mr. Lopez has been Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Benpres Holdings Corp. since June 2010. He served as the President of Meralco from 1986 to June 2001. Mr. Lopez was an Executive Vice President of Benpres Corporation from 1973 to 1986 and of AFISCO Insurance Corp. from 1975 to 1982. Mr. Lopez serves as the Chairman of Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corp., Corporate Information Solutions, Inc., and Rockwell Land Corp. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Philippine Commercial Capital, Inc. from March 1986 to January 2006. He serves as a Vice Chairman of Benpres Holdings Corporation. He serves as Vice Chairman at First Philippine Holdings Corp. He has been a Director of ABS-CBN Holdings Corp. since July 29, 2010 and ABS-CBN Corporation (also known as ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.) since July 28, 2010. He serves as a Director of Sky Vision Corp., First Private Power Corp., First Philippine infrastructure Development Corp.(FPIDC) and e-Meralco Ventures, Inc. He has been a Director of First Philippine Holdings Corp. (FPHC) since 1992. He serves as a Director of Benpres Holdings Corp.(Lopez Holdings Corporation). He served as the Chairman of Manila Electric Co. from July 1, 2001 to May 2010. He has been a Director of Manila Electric Co. since April 14, 1986. He serves as a Member of advisory board of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. He has been a Director of MNTC, bayan Tel, Lopez, Inc., Bauang Private Power Corporation, MNTC. and of charitable foundations and organizations, in particular Meralco Millennium Foundation Inc. (MMFI) and Meralco Management and Leadership Development Center Foundation Inc. (MMLDCFI). He served as a Director of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. from 1970 to June 2005. Mr. Lopez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of the East and pursued advanced studies in financial and management development program from the Harvard Business School.
PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome
By UE News
UE Alumni Grand Homecoming 2011, A Masquerade Ball, Unmask the Night, Saturday, October 1, 6 p.m., UE Manila Dalupan Lobby and Quadrangle, C.M. Recto Ave., Manila From left: UE Marketing Dept. Executive Director Jesus T. Tanchanco Sr., 65th UE Foundation Anniversary Steering Committee Chairman, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim (Jubilarian, batches BBA,1951 & LL.B,1961), UE Alumni Association Inc. (UEAAI) President Renato Chan, Philippine National Police Director General Nicanor Bartolome (Most Outstanding Jubilarian Awardee, batch 1976), UEAAI Homecoming 2011 Executive Committee Chairman Norberto Victa Rayupa and Homecoming 2011 Jubilarians.
PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome replaced the Retired General Raul Bacalzo who is also a UE College of Law Alumnus.
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ROBERT JAWORSKI Sr. the PBA’s Living Legend
Robert Jaworski Sr. the PBA’s Living Legend Robert Salazar Jaworski is also know in many aliases such Jawo, Bobby Jaworski, Sonny Jaworski, and Robert Jaworski, Sr. he is a superstar PBA basketball player and later on become a Coach. He is served as a previous senator of the Philippines.
He is called “The Living Legend” and known as “Big J” in his early playing career. Jaworski is the only the playing coach in PBA under Ginebra San Miguel team. He was also awarded as one of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players of all time.
He is born in March 8, 1946 in Baguio City, Philippines with a Filipino mother and a Polish father. He was first noticed in basketball profession when he played for the University of the East’s Red Warriors. He managed to pull the school to a UAAP championship in the 1966 – 1967 championships. In lieu to basketball abilities he was then labeled as the “Big Hands” by Willie Hernandez, sportscaster because of his gigantic palm that made him easy to grip the ball in one hand.
In 1970, he got his first MVP award during the Presidential Cup. Mr. Boni Escoda mentioned Jaworski as the MICAA (1971-1974) best Filipino player by getting the highest Player’s All-around Value of 35.7.
In 1975, he was part of the original Toyota team. He is one of the main players in Toyotas 9 championship game and was recognized as the “Most Valuable Player” in 1978 with the averaged of 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds per game. However, he is also the first player to got 1000 offensive and 2000 defensive rebounds.
In the end of 1983 season their team was sold to “Basic Holding Inc.,” the company the holds “Asia Brewery”. Jawarski did not like the idea because they felt bypass in their time just like they are sold per kilo. Later on, Carlos “Honeyboy” Palanca III the PBA President decided to take Jaworski to Gilbey’s Gin which later called as Ginebra San Miguel. Together with Arnaiz, they make Ginebra San Miguel the most popular team in the decade.
In 1986 season, Jaworski took over as playing coach of Ginebra San Miguel. It was this year he got the first championship in the “Open Conference” with the imports Michael Hackett and Billy Ray Bates.
In 1998, Jaworski announces his intention in running to Philippine Senate and won in the election following the footsteps of Ambrosio Padilla and Freddie Webb. After he was proclaimed as Senator, Jaworski quits as being coach and turnover it to Quirino “Rino” Salazar, his assistant and was being absent to basketball scenes.
In 2007, Jaworski was about to return to the basketball fight as coach of Air21 Express or Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals for the 2007 PBA Fiesta Conference however refused the offer because of the rumors were spread before he had signed the contract.
Years back, top CEO could only afford ‘espasol’ for lunch
By Stephanie Dychiu
Philippine Daily Inquirer
(Carlos Ejercito was the third Unilab President and CEO from UE, the first one being the Former Ambassador to the Holy See Howard Dee. He was also one of the 4 Founders of Unilab, he was also the creator of the Unilab Creed; The second one was Delfin B. Samson.)
The Philippines may have scored zero on the medal tally in Beijing, but there is one Olympic title it can claim for itself?guardian of the bellies of the world?s greatest athletes.
If no untimely bout with diarrhea thwarted a sportsman?s dream of victory at the 2008 Olympics, it was thanks to an oral vaccine for cholera made by a Filipino pharma. Carlos ?Do? Ejercito, president and CEO of United Laboratories (Unilab), gives the inside scoop: ?In the last Olympics, China had a marathon runner whom they thought would win the gold medal. But he got diarrhea. Natalo. So, this time, all of China?s athletes took this vaccine so they don?t get diarrhea or cholera. And because you cannot have a cholera epidemic during the Olympics, all the food handlers in all the restaurants of Beijing had to take the vaccine. We supplied it.?
This Olympic caper is but the latest in the storied history of Unilab, a company that has been around for so long and has grown so large, most people forget it is a homegrown business that began as a corner drugstore in Binondo just after World War II.
From Binondo to Beijing
The late founder Jose Y. Campos first tried making his own products in the 1950?s with the vitamin Tiki-Tiki. It was called ?United American Tiki-Tiki? to ride on people?s postwar craving for all things American. Today, even without the ?United American? tag, Tiki-Tiki remains one of the strongest vitamin brands in the Philippines.
If Campos was the driver of the shift from retailing to manufacturing, Do Ejercito is the force behind Unilab?s expansion to complex prescription drugs and overseas markets?a move that quintupled the company?s business in the last ten years. Ejercito is one of the 50 Filipino CEOs featured in the book ?Extraordinary: Stories for Aspiring Leaders? published by the Management Association of the Philippines.
He recounts the circumstances that led him to change the path Unilab was on. ?Until about ten years ago, if you looked at the product portfolio of Unilab, we were very strong in over-the-counter drugs, but we were not very strong in prescription drugs.?
When Ejercito became President of the company in 1998, he had to contract with foreign companies so Unilab would have products to sell. ?It was so difficult. Para kang nakikiusap lagi. We needed to expand our capability in R&D (research and development), so we could produce our own prescription products.?
When an executive from a multinational pharma told him they did not consider Unilab a serious competitor, Ejercito decided it was time to make the move. ?Our total business then was only P6 billion. This year, we are breaking P30 billion.?
Unilab has also established profitable operations in other Southeast Asian countries, China, and India. It has become, as Ejercito puts it, a multinational in its own right. ?There is no other pharma company in the world in a free market where one company has 20 percent market share, and we have it here,? he says of Unilab?s standing in the Philippines.
Unilab?s rise from corner drugstore to major Asian player is extraordinary, and Ejercito?s personal success story is no less exceptional.
The 63-year-old CEO was born to very poor parents in Cavite, the sixth of 13 children. None of his five older siblings finished college. ?I was four years old when I was in grade one,? recalls Ejercito. ?I was so tiny, very skinny. Gutom lagi eh. By 10 years old, I was in high school, then at fourteen, I started college at the University of the East.
?Our house was a small shanty in front of Cavite High School. I had to earn my allowance for the day. I would go to the market, buy recados for pancit, for halo-halo, then cook it. I?d open my tindahan, and then students would come. I would get about 90 centavos. Seventy centavos would go to pamasahe. I?d have 20 centavos left for a bottle of Coke and espasol. That was my lunch, my dinner?espasol. That?s why now, when my wife brings home espasol, I don?t want to see espasol!? Ejercito laughs.
By age 18, Ejercito graduated cum laude with a degree in accounting. His first job was junior auditor at a small firm. ?I earned P2 per day for half a day?s work. I lasted two weeks. I was making more money in my small tindahan in the province.?
He then joined the accounting department of Procter & Gamble. ?I was there for about one-and-a-half years, then I decided accounting wasn?t really the work I liked. By then, IBM was opening. I joined as a systems engineer.?
After five years, he decided to move again. ?I was becoming very technical. I was the industry specialist for banking, connecting these branches to the head office computer. Sabi ko, being a specialist is the longest route to the top. So, I moved to Citibank. It was my account eh. Kinuha naman ako,? he laughs. ?I stayed thirteen years.?
Ejercito rose all the way to country operations head of Citibank in the Philippines. After that, there was nowhere else to go except a foreign assignment. He was offered various positions in Hong Kong, Japan, London and New York, but his children?s flat refusal to move kept him in the country. He joined Unilab instead.
Ten years and many successes later, he still daydreams about future healthcare projects. ?I want to put up a manufacturing plant to produce our oncology, or cancer products. ?Yung mga chemotherapy. Right now, we are importing that as finished product, and we?re having difficulty with sourcing. I also want to get into vaccines. Most countries would want to have their own vaccines, for security. Even countries like Vietnam have their own vaccine plants.?
The biotech field is one area Unilab has its eyes on. ?The future of pharmaceuticals is in biotech, not chemical,? says Ejercito.
?The products you see now are all chemical-based. Biotechnology works on the cellular level, on the tissue, the DNA. We?ve ventured into that. We set up a plant in China and it?s a profitable business. We produce two products. One of them is the human growth hormone, which is used for children of short stature.?
The other product is the oral vaccine for cholera used by athletes and food handlers in the Beijing Olympics.
After more than 40 years managing various companies, Ejercito cites three reasons for failure in leadership in the book ?Extraordinary: Stories for Aspiring Leaders??1) developing a superstar complex; 2) not being able to gain people?s buy-in for a decision, then using rank to ram it down; and 3) not knowing how to manage down.
?The companies that stay very long, that live very long, are those that are aligned with society,? he remarks. ?Their very existence is in the interest of society. We are here to stay for a very, very long time. By aligning ourselves with the needs of society, we hope society will appreciate us, and that will improve the chances that our company will survive for many generations.
Mr. Carlos C. Ejercito served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at United Laboratories, Inc. Mr. Ejercito served as Vice President and Senior Country Operations Officer of Citibank, President of Greenfield Development Corporation, Finance Unit Manager of Procter and Gamble Philippines and Systems Engineer of IBM Philippines. Mr. Ejercito serves as Chairman of the Board of Northern Access Mining Corporation. He served as the Chairman of United Coconut Planters Bank. He serves as Vice Chairman of United Laboratories Inc. He has been Director of Active Alliance Inc., since November 23, 2011. He serves as Director of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. He served as a Director of Darya-Varia Laboratoria tbk PT until June 4, 2009. He is a Member of National Executive Committee of Bishops Businessmen Conference on Human Development. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He is cum laude graduate of Bachelor of Business Administration of University of the East and attended the Harvard Business School's Management Development Program.
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Former QC police chief is new NBI director
By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - Former police director Magtanggol Gatdula has been named the new chief of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. announced the change at a dinner party with Malacañang Press Corps Thursday night.
Gatdula will take over from NBI director Nestor Mantaring.
Gatdula retired from the police force June 3 after being head of the Directorate for Information, Communications, and Technology Management of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Prior to this, he was Quezon City police chief from 2006 to 2009.
He served for 37 years in the military and police after he graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in 1976 with PNP Director-General Jesus Verzosa.
He entered military and police service with the Philippine Constabulary, and later joined the police force as it was separated from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Gatdula is a lawyer. He passed the bar examinations in 1984 after studying law at the University of the East. He also finished a masters degree in Public Administration and a doctorate in Peace and Security Administration.
He also graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He took other law enforcement courses in the United States, Australia, Thailand, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and Singapore.
He was a deputy chief of the defunct Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force led by then police officer and now Senator Panfilo Lacson.
His association with Lacson, a known Arroyo critic, was perceived by others to be the reason why his promotion from Senior Superintendent to Chief Superintendent took more than 10 years.
Atty. Gilberto Duavit Sr. to speak at UE grad rites
A former director and former chairman of the Republic Broadcasting System (now GMA Network, Inc.)
Atty. Gilberto M. Duavit Sr., a former congressman of the First District of Rizal, will be one of the speakers at the commencement rites of the University of the East (UE) on April 28.
The rites will be held at the Plenary Hall, Philippine International Convention Center, CCP Complex, Pasay City at 2:00 p.m.
Atty. Duavit, a UE 60th Diamond Jubilee Most Outstanding Alumni awardee and an active member of the Tau Lambda Kappa, will address an approximate 688 graduation candidates from the
UE Graduate School;
UE Colleges of Law and Dentistry, and
UE Caloocan’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering and Fine Arts.
UE College of Law Dean Amado D. Valdez will introduce Atty. Duavit to the graduating class.
Also a guest of honor and commencement speaker is business executive Rene E. Cristobal, also UE 60th Diamond Jubilee Most Outstanding Alumni awardee.
Cristobal will speak before an estimated 1,021 candidates for graduation from the UE Manila campus’ Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business Administration, Computer Studies and System, Education and Engineering.
Cristobal will be introduced by Dean Veronica N. Elizalde of the College of Business Administration-UE Manila.
Cristobal is scheduled to deliver his speech at 9:00 a.m. and Duavit at 2:00 p.m. on April 28.
Pillar behind GMA's success
Atty. Duavit, a former director and former chairman of the Republic Broadcasting System (now GMA Network, Inc.), is one of the pillars behind the success of the GMA Network.
Atty. Duavit obtained AB, 1954 and LLB, 1958, from the UE.
An outstanding public servant, he was cited in the 9th, 10th and 11th Congresses as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Members of the House of Representatives, representing the 1st District of Rizal Province.
He was twice awarded the Presidential Merit Awards and chosen Most Outstanding Government Employee in his early years as a civil servant.
He helped draft the 1973 Constitution as a delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention.
Atty. Duavit was a mambabatas, representing Southern Tagalog Region in the Batasan Pambansa in 1978 to 1984.
He has served as President of the University of Rizal System-Development Foundation, Inc. since 2004.
Meanwhile, Cristobal is known as a socio-civic leader who plays different roles in the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP):
governor and vice president, specialist on overseas employment and sustainable development, and
chairman of the corporate social responsibility committee.
A POEA-DOLE Hall of Fame awardee, Cristobal is co-Founder of the Association for Professionalism in Overseas Employment, Inc.
Cristobal is a 1955 UE graduate of BBA Economics, Cum Laude. He is also President and CEO of the DCL Group of Companies that engages in international trade and deploys Filipino professionals and technical personnel mostly to European and American principals, contractors and ship owners.
Vicente R. Ayllón: Paragon of a Patriarch behind Insular Life
By Alfred A. Yuson (The Philippine Star)
Vicente Ayllón, Insular Life chairman and CEO: He has devoted 54 of his 78 years to this distinguished institution.
At 78, Vicente “Ting” R. Ayllón still presides as chairman of the board of The Insular Life Assurance Company, which celebrates its 99th anniversary this month. Longevity works in parallel great directions of purpose.
Not too many corporations in the country can lay claim to being on the cusp of a century. It has certainly helped that Ayllón, who joined the company when he was but 24 years old and Insular Life still had its building on Escolta, has devoted 54 years of his life to this distinguished institution.
His first job was as a junior clerk, higher only than being a messenger. He thus learned the ropes the hard way, rising to become a senior clerk, then a supervisor. Hitting his stride while handling group insurance, in charge of attractive large companies such as Shell, Caltex, and Pilippine Manufacturing Company or PMC, he was rewarded with a promotion to assistant manager.
When the company opened an office in Barcelona, he was asked to go along with two other Spanish-speaking executives. After all, he had studied under the Spanish Dominicans at Letran, and spoke Spanish with his mother at home.
In 1977, he became Insular Life president. Ten years later, Insular Life mutualized under the presidency of the man who is credited for having created the Greenbelt in Makati, opened up Buendia Avenue, sold the last properties on Legaspi Village, and put up Salcedo Village. It became a mutual company, no longer part of the Ayala Group. Since then, it has continued to grow from strength to strength.
Now Ting fondly looks back and says, “While the Insular Life of today is very much different from the Insular Life that I joined more than 50 years ago, it has kept the timeless values that guided our forefathers in the company. We encapsulated these into what we call our four core values: commitment to excellence, integrity in work, respect for the individual, and upliftment of the Filipino.”
This captain of industry who has steered the company through good and bad weather well into the 21st century adds that Insular has learned many valuable lessons in the course of its corporate life.
“We of the current generation of employees owe a lot to those who came before us, who handed from one generation of employees and agents to another the values of integrity, prudence, word of honor and hard work. We try to maintain a quality of life for our people within the work area and in their respective family lives, even as we impose high standards for ourselves and the company.
“We are far from perfect, but through all the challenges, we are able to rise and move forward, because we keep our focus fixed on whatever is good and fair for our policyholders and the public. Prudent and fundamentally sound investment policies, firm underwriting guidelines, and strong actuarial basis have always been the foundation of Insular Life’s management practice. And all these translate to a strong and stable financial position with assets amounting to P60 billion, and net income of P2.1 billion in 2008.”
Despite being one of the few Filipino corporations to knock on the doors of a century-mark milestone, while remaining to be the largest and most trusted Filipino life insurance company in the country, Insular has generally refrained from advertising itself in mass media. Ayllón explains:
“In the Philippines, life insurance continues to be a product that is not bought; it must be sold. And to sell life insurance, you need professionally licensed life insurance agents to assess your financial needs and provide you with the best sound advice based on your needs. Thus, the agency system is still the biggest channel by which our products are sold. Advertising in mass media does not drive our sales, and so we would rather channel our resources toward activities that will increase the capacity of our sales agents to sell more policies, and that would be in the areas of training, motivational drives and sales support. We still maintain a certain level of presence in mass media, in order to be top of mind among the public, especially among the younger generation of Filipinos.
“I believe the good reputation that we continue to enjoy is very much hard-earned. Our agents and employees are constantly aware of their responsibility of keeping the trust and confidence of our policyholders at an all-time high because insurance is first and foremost a business based on trust.”
Insular’s development couldn’t help but be intertwined with the nation’s history in the last century. As a partner for progress, its contributions to the insurance industry and to the country’s welfare are well known. Funds that are pooled from policyholders’ premiums have been lent out to credit-worthy enterprises, or invested in giant industries in the fields of oil, water, highways, telecommunications, power generation, container services, shipbuilding and property development, in both the public and private sectors.
Ayllón adds: “We also have substantial investments in government securities that fund the construction of roads, schools, other infrastructure projects, and so on. We have been contributing to the generation of long-term domestic capital because for almost 100 years, we have encouraged millions of individuals to keep their money saved well into the future. Thus, if you buy a life insurance for yourself, you are also helping strengthen the economic future of the Philippines. For almost a century we have participated in the mainstream of Philippine economic history and we intend to continue to do this in a more meaningful way, to help improve the quality of life of Filipinos.”
The company’s support of arts and culture has also been one of its distinguishing features. It keeps one of the most extensive collections of Fernando Amorsolo paintings. The Napoleon Abueva sculptural bas relief that used to greet passers-by along the corner of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas remains an art landmark despite its transfer to the corporate headquarters in Alabang. Insular also helped sustain theater company Repertory Philippines during its formative years. All of these initiatives have been a sterling aspect of the company’s history.
“Yes,” Ting allows, “we continue to give our share in helping educate people and develop the love for arts and culture. We have commissioned several Filipino artists to create works of art that now adorn our ground floor lobby at our headquarters in Alabang, Muntinlupa. We have the marble sculpture of Malakas at Maganda by Impy Pilapil, the Higaonon and Itneg Maidens made of brass by Jose Mendoza, and a stylized version of a bird in flight made of aluminum and glass, also created by Mendoza.
“Our latest foray is our support for the Filfest Foundation, Inc. Filfest or Friends of Insular Life was formed by a group of ladies residing in the south to create a program of performances that elevates entertainment to an appreciation of classical music and dance. All performances are staged at our 524-seater theater in Alabang. We are also able to expose the residents in the south of Metro Manila to international artists whom we invite to perform in our theater.”
Filfest just ended its second year this November with the show “Harana” staged by the Philippine Opera Company. Through a venue grant and a subsidy of the production, Insular is able to provide opportunities for Filipinos to showcase their talents in music and the performing arts.
Ting Ayllon also continues to believe in “being one of the boys” within the company. He still makes it a point to share in a convivial breakfast with employees once a month, and looks forward to leading everyone into a spiritual retreat in January when he turns 79.
“You know,” he says with a broad smile, “I look forward to the monthly birthday breakfast because this is my way of staying young! Levity aside, this is a practice that I do on a regular basis because it is the best way for me to know the pulse of our people. For his part, Mayo Ongsingco, our president and COO, also hosts quarterly birthday cocktails for supervisors and senior personnel for the same reason.
“The spiritual retreats are opportunities for our executives to remain grounded on the most important things in life, to put everything in their proper perspective. In the daily grind of corporate life, sometimes we become so engrossed with our work and making our targets that we neglect our health, our family life, our values. Aside from bringing us back to our center, our spiritual retreats build teamwork and strengthen our commitment to our corporate mission and core values. So, this is an exercise that we try to do on a regular basis.”
The commercial potential of Insular’s prime site in Makati’s financial district continues to spawn speculations about possible plans for further maximization. Ayllón also takes time to speak on this matter:
“At present, our office building along Ayala Avenue is more than 100% occupied since we have tenants even in the building’s basement, rooftop and staircase landings. Definitely, the location of our property in Makati is a very prime one and demand for office space in such an address is very high. The commercial potential of this site is really something that we plan to optimize. As such, to further provide us with greater developmental freedom, we have already purchased the parking lot, along Valero, behind our building. Given the combined size of these properties, we have the capability to build the tallest and largest building in the country in the future. However, we are taking things in stride considering the lingering depressed economy and the decline in locators of foreign-owned businesses.”
Having led Insular Life for 30 years, where does he envision the management team to take the hallowed company from here on, and what can the public expect from it in the future?
“We shall take advantage of our 99 years of financial knowledge and insurance experience to better understand the needs of Filipinos in various life stages. We shall continue to be a pioneer and a local champion in the Philippine life insurance industry by offering innovative products and services that aim to uplift the lives of the Filipino people. As such, the public can expect from us more value-adding financial products and services that provide protection, savings potential and investment earnings. We shall aim to provide greater convenience to our policyholders by continuing to expand our payment facilities and market reach.
“Insular Life continues to evolve with the times, keeping itself relevant to the present generation. I don’t think any company can thrive for almost a century without constantly reinventing itself. Our life insurance products today address the emerging preferences of the market — short premium paying period, earlier endowment pay-outs, insurance protection with hospitalization benefits, educational benefits that grow every year, to name a few.”
Insular Life will also continue to invest in young people. For this purpose, it established the Insular Life Educational Foundation, which offers scholarship grants to the best and the brightest students from the top 1,000 public and private schools who would consider pursuing a degree in BS Education or a teaching career.
Ting asserts, “We feel that to have a progressive country, we need young people who are well-educated. And the best way to educate people is to have the best teachers.”
It may well be said that being at the helm of a 99-year-old financial institution that continues to be a significant partner in building our nation — from the micro level in terms of helping individuals and families become financially protected against uncertainties in life through the benefits of life insurance, to the macro level by way of investing in various industries that keep the Philippine economy humming — Vicente R. Ayllón has been both a doer and a teacher, thus a paragon of a patriarch whose example demands emulation.
Elena S. Lim
Chairman Emeritus of Solid Group, Inc.
UE FRASI Trustee, Sony, Kia, Tiger Prawns, Commercial Bank, Laguna Industrial Park, MyPhone
ElenaMs. Elena S. Lim serves as Chairman Emeritus and Director of Solid Group Inc. She has held this post since May 2001. Prior to that, she was President/ Chief Executive Officer from 1996 to May 2001 and is a Director since 1996. She is also Chairman of the Board of Laguna International Industrial Park, Inc. and Starworld Corporation. She was formerly the President of Solid Corporation, Solid Distributors, Inc., AA Export and Import Corporation, AA Marine Development Corporation, Columbian Autocars Corporation, Solid Electronics Corporation, Solid Video Corporation, AA Electronics Corporation, Solid Manila Corporation and Kita Corporation.
PEOPLE By Joanne Rae M. Ramirez (The Philippine Star)
“Character is Destiny.”
I don’t know if that’s a Chinese proverb, but on Chinese New Year’s Day, let me share with you the story of an incredible woman whose character has made her scale mountains — literally and figuratively — in order to reach the top.
The daughter of poor but hardworking shoemakers (Evelyn and Diego Sen), Elena Sen Lim was born in Tacloban, Leyte 80 years ago and today is credited with some of the most successful joint ventures with Japanese and Korean conglomerates (like Sony and Samsung) the Philippines has ever seen. From a home with no indoor plumbing (she and a sister used to fetch water, contained in 10-gallon pails, from a source half a kilometer from their house in Tacloban when she was all of 4-feet-6-in.-tall), Elena and her family now live in a grand home in one of Makati’s posh villages. The road from Gran Capitan street in Tacloban to the Lim’s Makati home was a long and arduous one, and Elena deserves the soft cushion she lays her head on every night.
In her book, “I Am What I Am (Politically Incorrect),” launched recently at the Makati Shangri-La with over 600 of the country’s movers and shakers in attendance, Elena shows, in easy-to-read stories about pivotal moments in her life, why character is the template of our destiny. Elena’s stories show us why she was destined for success. How being given a solid education by a kind priest (later to become Archbishop Julio Cardinal Rosales), how being Imelda Romualdez’s classmate once upon a time, how being a child waitress serving noodles to American GIs (from whom she learned her English), among other circumstances — shaped her character and seized her future. The right-hand pages of Elena’s 342-page book bear an icon — the original iron shoe anvil from the Tacloban shoe repair shop of the Sens, where Elena’s character was also cast.
“To this day,” she writes in one of the first chapters of her book entitled “How do I begin,” “the behavioral simplicity of my childhood community n Tacloban, which was a nondescript town in Leyte some eight decades ago, still dictates the way I make choices and decisions. It was all about friendship, love, concern for one another, oneness, a touch of youthful wild abandon, surviving deprivation together, living through the frightful uncertainties of a world war, moving on and trusting God.”
In another part of the book, she confides, “If I made quite a few checkered choices that are too many to enumerate in this book, it was probably because I never seemed to doubt that I could make the best of whatever I would take on, regardless of the odds. I was so sure that if my family and I could grow up in deprivation in peace and in war in Tacloban, I would make it anywhere.”
She immediately explains why she lives her life according to what she believes in, even if by doing so, she is being, “politically incorrect.”
She shocked the highest echelons of government, the powerful Keidanren (Japan’s most powerful business group), and fellow Filipino businessmen when in 1986, in a speech that was supposed to attract Japanese investment to the Philippines, she instead told the Keidanren what “critical reforms” were needed to create a more mutually beneficial relationship between the Philippines and Japan. Elena was the only female chosen to address the visiting Keidanren delegation.
Elena claims that the conference staff “would instantly shred copies of my speech.” But she also claims that something good came out of it. Since she pointed out how hard it was to line up for a Japanese visa, including lining up for hours under the sun and the rain, physical improvements (such as awnings) were later installed in the Japanese embassy’s consular section.
Elena was hardly daunted by anything, and when you gave her a “No,” it seemed like you were giving her a green light to try harder. She enumerates many, many instances when she was flatly turned down by people, but she simply never gave up.
There are no defined chapters in the book, just a collection of stories that are frank, straightforward, humorous, awesome even. One of my favorite stories is that of her scaling a stone mountain in Hong Kong on a dare (“I thought you used to climb mountains in Leyte as a little girl.”) and an HK $1,000 bet by her kumare. Elena took the dare and climbed the stone mountain and midway was asked by the frightened kumare to come down. But Elena proceeded (in life, sometimes the only way out is up) only to receive a shocker when she reached the top — her kumare said the bet was off!
She describes the book as “akin to a diary whose pages were scattered by the wind and quickly gathered helter-skelter.” In fact, you can just “cut” through the book, and begin on any page and you will still end up with a clear picture of Elena.
The trail-blazing businesswoman admits that, “despite resolute efforts at self-censorship, some stories would, at the very least, surely pop blood vessels of some high and mighty whom I, in good faith, could not help but sideswipe along the way.”
“I am not wired for safety,” she declares. As to whom she sideswipes along the way, you just have to read the book.
But there are many people she hangs a garland of words on, like her late widowed mother, Padre Juling (who would later become Julio Cardinal Rosales), Sony’s Dr. Yoshida, even the late former President Cory Aquino. She recalls that to support the crusade to awaken the people to the injustice of Ninoy Aquino’s death, she lent them a video projector for their nationwide sorties. This way, the masses in the provinces could watch footage of Ninoy and his assassination.
“After the nationwide tour, I was so surprised when Cory offered to pay me for use of the projector. I declined of course. I asked her to consider it part of our modest support to help inform the people on a very important national issue. However, she was insistent and I finally had to accept payment.”
“I was deeply impressed by her act. Some politicians assume that the use if rented services and equipment are freebies.”
Elena narrates in her book that she was with The STAR’s founders — the late Betty Go-Belmonte and Max Soliven — during the EDSA Revolution, whose 25th anniversary we are celebrating soon. In her recollections, she says the three of them gained entry to Camp Crame not because of Max’s press ID but because she had told the soldiers at the gate that they were “bringing food to General Ramos.”
Mr. Soliven used to tell me he and his family took refuge in the Lims’ home a week before EDSA because he had received reports that he was not safe in his Greenhills house. Elena confirms this, saying Soliven and his wife Precious stayed with them beyond the EDSA Revolution.
From building businesses, speaking her mind and giving a safe haven to an endangered journalist, Elena Lim has helped shape history.
“All I have are experiences to narrate in my own fashion that I pray some of this book’s chance readers may be challenged to improve on. If the reader can at least laugh with me over my naivete, then we will have shared a precious gift that is priceless, especially in difficult times. And if some aspiring entrepreneurs will be inspired by my experiences to do me one better, it will excite me no end.”
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Ambassador Antonio Cabangon Chua
Founder, Chairman Emeritus and President of Fortune Life Group of Companies,
Citystate Savings Bank, Fortune Insurance Group and Eternal Plans, Group, Aliw Broadcasting Corp., Isuzu Gencars Phils, Citystate Properties
Sin’s hometown adopts Ambassador Cabangon ChuaOwner and Operator of the Philippine Graphic Weekly and its sister publication Mirror Weekly, and radio stations DWIZ and DYQZ based in Metro Manila and six other sister stations all over the country. Ambassador Cabangon Chua is involved in print and broadcast media. Ambassador Cabangon Chua is a full colonel in the reserve force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and an honorary member of the PMA Class '56. Ambassador Cabangon Chua serves as Chairman of the companies under the ALC Group, Fortune Insurance Group and the Eternal Plans Group. He is the founder of Citystate Savings Bank Inc., and serves as its Chairman Emeritus. Ambassador Cabangon Chua served as Director of Citystate Savings Bank Inc., from 1997 to November 2007. He graduated from the University of the East in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL/Manila Times
NEW WASHINGTON, Aklan – Ambassador Antonio Cabangon Chua will be officially declared an adopted son of this town for his move to construct the 13.5-feet bronze statue of the late Jaime Cardinal L. Sin today.
Vice Mayor Jean Velarde said Chua remains an approachable and down-to-earth business leader and a true friend of the Catholic Church.
Chua is a close friend of the late Roman Catholic prince who was a key figure in the 1986 and 2001 people power revolts.
August 31 is a special non-working holiday in Aklan.
Former Kalibo mayor Johnny Dayang said Chua showed his great love for Aklan for his unconquerable spirit in bestowing a larger-than-life symbol of Cardinal Sin’s greatness and holiness in the hometown of the influential Roman Catholic leader.
Dayang also confirmed the presence of Senate President Manuel Villar, Jr, Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, House Speaker Jose de Venecia, Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral, University of Sto. Tomas Rector Fr. Ernesto Orceo, Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza, Antipolo Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes, Labor Secretary Arturo Brion, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Presidential Management Staff head Cerge Remonde.
Chua graduated from Sta. Ana Elementary School in 1950 and completed his secondary education from the University of the East (UE) in 1953.
He earned a degree in Business Administration from UE in 1956. He cross-enrolled at Feati University for his Engineering, and at the Guzman Institute of Technology, where he graduated as an Automotive and Diesel Mechanic.
He gave birth to an expanding business conglomerate - the Philippine Graphic Publishing Inc., Aliw Broadcasting Corporation, Fortune Insurance Group of Companies, Citystate Savings Bank, Citystate Group of Companies, Eternal Group of Companies, Isuzu Gencars Inc., Citystate Properties and Management Corporation and ALC Industrial and Development Corporation.
Persida V. Rueda-Acosta: Public Attorneys Office (PAO) Chief
Senior Fellow, Nippon Foundation Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship [API],
Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar, US International Visitor, 2002,
Member, International Legal Aid Group [ILAG], International Association of Bloodstain
Pattern Analysts [IABPA], International Corrections and Prisons Association [ICPA],
Integrated Bar of the Philippines [IBP], Philippine Bar Association [PBA].
Professor, Ateneo de Manila University Law School, Rockwell, Makati City
Recipient of 60 Most Outstanding UE Alumni Award , 2006,
Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science [General], 1982
Chief Persida V. Rueda-Acosta, 4th Placer in the 1989 Bar Examinations, is the Chief Public Attorney of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), an agency that is mandated to give free legal assistance to indigent clients. She was appointed in February 2001 by H.E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Since then, she has become a herald of hope to the poor and the oppressed who are searching for justice.
Chief Acosta’s dedication as a public servant has continuously endeared her to the masses. Nonetheless, this admirable trait had already earned her the highest Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award in Outstanding Public Service from the Civil Service Commission in September 2004. Thus, she was promoted to a rank that is equivalent to a Department Secretary, as provided under Section 5 of Executive Order No. 508, entitled, “Instituting the Lingkod Bayan Award as the Presidential Award for Outstanding Public Service”, dated March 2, 1992, issued by the late former President, H. E. Corazon C. Aquino.
In January 2004, her zealous efforts in the case of death convicts Roberto Lara and Roderick Licayan coupled by her burning conviction to revere life in spite of threats to her very own led to the freeing of Lara and Licayan from the throes of death by lethal injection. This single thread of event proved to be a solid chain that served as a vital link to the staying of the executions of hundreds of death row convicts, granting of executive clemency to 70-year-old and above inmates, and the abrogation of death penalty in the Philippines on June 24, 2006.
She places the PAO on the map of international recognition as she personally handles cases with national and global significance that are entrusted to this office, which include the cases of the victims of the M/V Princess of the Stars (Sulpicio Lines, Inc.) tragedy; the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Communist Party of the Philippines/National Democratic Front/New People’s Army (CPP-NDF-NPA) in connection with the peace talks of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) with these groups; “Angelica,” 13-year-old rape victim and deportee from Sabah, Malaysia; in the cases of former President Joseph Estrada when she was appointed by the Sandiganbayan as his counsel de oficio; the rebellion cases of this former president’s 149 supporters in connection with the May 1, 2001 Malacañang seige; and the cases of the 13 surviving military personnel who were convicted for the murders of the late Sen. Benigno Aquino, Jr. and Rolando Galman. (The said convicts had already been released by virtue of the executive clemency granted to them by H.E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.)
As the nationwide head of the PAO she has been hailed by the Philippine media for being “indefatigable and incorruptible.” For her admirable personal and professional attributes, commendable work ethic and dedication to the cause of the indigent clients of the PAO she has been honored and conferred the following recognitions: Discovery of the Year Award (Category: Poetry) given by the Aliw Awards Foundation Incorporated; Ulirang Ina Award for Law and Judiciary from the National Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Foundation, Inc. Ulirang Ina Awards Committee; Up Close and Personal with Marissa del Mar 1st Impact Awards (Awardee for Good Governance-Executive) given by Millicent Productions; Award of Recognition given by ABS-CBN’s public service program, “Exklusibong Explosibong Expose (XXX)”; Outstanding Public Servant of the Year (2008) Award jointly given by the United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) and Tinig ng Marino Maritime Newspaper;Huwarang Pilipino Hall of Fame jointly given by the Huwarang Pilipino Foundation, Inc., DZRB, Philippine Broadcasting Service, and NBN Channel 4; Gawad Sagisag Quezon jointly given by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Bulacan Chapter, and the Quezon City Academy; Special Award for Community Service for the Year 2008 given by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption; Making A Difference for Women Awardgiven by the Soroptimist International-Bataan;Huwarang Pilipino Grand Achievement Award 2007 givenby DZRB-Radyo ng Bayan and Huwarang Pilipino Foundation, Inc.;Gusi Peace Prize 2007 for working for people's amelioration, to find peaceful solutions to advocate social justice and humanitarian law in the Philippines, from the Gusi Peace Prize Foundation;60 Most Outstanding Alumni Award from theUE Alumni Association;Huwaran Kang Pinoy Award from the radio program, “Batuigas: Kasangga ng Batas,” DZXL RMN Manila; Kayamanan ng Bansa (Living Treasure) Award from the Feminist Movement in the Philippines; Huwarang Pilipino Award for Government Service from DZRB-Radyo ng Bayan, PBS, and Huwarang Pilipino Foundation, Inc.;Certificate of Recognitionfor epitomizing the value of excellence and the spirit of volunteerism as an International Visitor in effecting meaningful change in the field of law and government service in her capacity as Chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), from the International Visitor Program-Philippines Alumni Foundation Inc.;National Maagap Award for Public Servicefrom the Organized Response for the Advancement of Society (ORAS), Inc.;Most Outstanding Alumna Award from the UE Law Alumni Association, Inc.;Outstanding Citizens of Quezon City Awardin recognition of her outstanding contribution in the field of Humanitarian and Community Service; Woman of Distinction Award from the Soroptimist International of Ortigas and Environs. Awarded for being at the forefront of Free Legal Aid and Access to the Courts, Justice and Human Rights, and honored for her significant role in helping bring about a just and humane society;Commendationfor her active participation and untiring support to the public service program of “Ugnayan ng Anghel ng Masa”;Plaque of Recognitionfor her continued support and unwavering service to the public, from the public service program “Isumbong Mo Kay Tulfo,” Huwarang Pilipino Award from the Huwarang Pilipino Foundation in cooperation with Huwarang Pilipino, DZRB, Radyo ng Bayan, PBS;Plaque of Appreciationas Resource Speaker on “Child’s Rights”; Award of Recognition from the IBP of the Philippines, Manila (J.B.L. Reyes) Chapter in acknowledgment and recognition of her outstanding achievements as member of the Bar that merited her appointment as Chief Public Attorney that brought honors to the ranks of IBP Chapter I – Manila; Plaque of Appreciationfrom the Integrated Legal Assistance Organization (ILAO) Foundation, Inc. in appreciation of her support and cooperation in the launching of the Integrated Legal Assistance Organization and for having pledged her willingness and readiness to be of assistance to the goals and aspiration of ILAO in its endeavor to assist the less fortunate countrymen to have more in law and in its related fields; Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Senior Fellowship awarded by the API- Nippon Foundation; Plaque of Appreciationas Resource Speaker in the “Orientation on Sexual Harassment”; Plaque of Recognitionas an Outstanding Law Professor in Government Service from the U.E. College of Law; Certificate of Appreciationfrom the University of the East College of Law in recognition of her outstanding performance as Chief, Public Attorney’s Office; Plaque of Recognitionfrom the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group; Certificate of Appreciationfrom the Program AKSYON NGAYON of DZMM Radyo Patrol Sais Trenta (ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation), December 26, 2001; and the U.E. Law Alumni Award for BAR Topnotchers as its first recipient.
Chief Acosta’s achievements in public service, free legal aid, prison reforms and other human rights endeavors have also been acknowledged abroad, hence the invitations to her as a resource person. She has delivered speeches and presentations that imparted her knowledge and experiences in her fields of expertise in international conferences regarding Free Legal Aid, Justice and Human Rights in foreign countries.
This devoted and multi-awarded public servant who hails from Cabcaben, Mariveles, Bataan, has an impressive academic background. She was a consistent valedictorian from elementary to high school. In college, she was a consistent dean’s lister at the University of the East (UE), where she graduated with a BS General course, cum laude. When she took up her law studies at the Ateneo de Manila University and UE, she was a Dr. Antonio del Castillo Memorial Scholar and President Dalupan Scholar, respectively.
In spite of the demands of her work as the nationwide head of 1,407 public attorneys and 966 support staff housed in 294 district offices and 17 regional offices, she finds time to teach and mold future officers of the court, inspiring them to tread the road less traveled, which is to defend the rights of the poor and the marginalized sectors in the Philippines. Chief Acosta performs this noble endeavor as a professor to law students at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Andrew L. Tan - BSBA 1974
Lucas P. Bersamin - LLB 1973
Noli L. De Castro - BSC 1971
Alfredo S. Lim - BSBA 1951, LLB 1963
Elena S. Lim - LLB 1962
Manuel M. Lopez - BBA 1967
Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta - Bachelor of Science 1982, LLB 1987
Robert S. Jaworski - BBA 1967
Antonio Cabangon Chua - Former Ambassador to Laos
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Charito Solis, the Empress of Drama
By GYPSY BALDOVINO
(Most Famous as the Ina Magenta of the "Ok Ka Fairy Ko Sitcom)
Even now, 11 years after her demise in 1998, Charito Solis is still remembered as a great actress.
Forget Brando and Streep’s “method acting,” Solis had her distinctive brand of mercurial drama that offset the more subtle style of performing.
And it’s quite effective, for it earned her 12 acting awards and 13 nominations, in a brilliant career that spanned for 43 years.
“Nagsimula s’ya sa showbiz at namatay, bida,” is how Yolly Tiongco, Charito’s younger sister, describes her career. “It’s an honor to be her sister,” she adds.
Yolly couldn’t be more correct because Charito did not only bring pride to her family; she made the whole nation appear superior as well.
In 1967, she made the country proud as the first Filipina to win as Best Actress in the Asian Film Festival for the movie “Dahil Sa Isang Bulaklak.”
The same movie became her passport to attend the prestigious Oscar awards the following year, making her the first Filipina actress to do so. Considering that Hollywood was ahead of the Philippines in filmmaking by exactly two decades and a half, the Oscar invite was a feat indeed.
And those weren’t the only “firsts,” she had notched. After her fifth win at the FAMAS in 1984 as Best Actress for “Don’t Cry for Me, Mama” (1983), she became its first inductee into the Hall of Fame. Her four other FAMAS wins as Best Actress came from “Igorota,” “Kundiman ng Lahi”(1959); “Emily” (1960) and “Angustia” (1963).
The Metro Manila Film Festival also listed her as its first Best Actress winner for “Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi” in 1975.
So, just how Charito came to be one of the finest actresses of all time?
Our search for answers led us to the heart of Poblacion in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, where Yolly, the last of the Solis’ lives. Yolly Tiongco is the wife of Emil Tiongco of the fabulous Tiongco Brothers. Charito’s only brother was the late Tristan and the eldest was Carmen, who died two years ago.
Yolly says that her sister was discovered for the movies by their uncle, film director Felicing Constantino who introduced Charito, then a 19-year-old U.E. (University of the East) student to LVN Pictures’ matriarch Doña Narcisa de Leon.
“Nagse-search sila noon ng new face para sa role ng ‘Niña Bonita,’ wala silang makita. Eh ayaw na ayaw naman ni Charito noon at ayaw din naman ng mama ko. Pero siguro may nakita si Doña Sisang sa kanya na extra special, kasi pagkakita sa kanya, sabi agad: Ito gusto ko!”
Yolly describes Charito’s first shooting day as a “nightmare.” “Inabot ng 16 takes. Una, yung katigasan ng ulo n’ya. The scene required her to dive into the swimming pool. Ewan ko ba kung bakit, dahil marunong naman siyang lumangoy. Pero ayaw n’ya. Kasi daw baka mauntog ang ulo n’ya sa pool.
“The shoot was packed-up. Nagsumbong sila kay Doña Sisang, who, surprisingly sided with Charito. She said: ‘Bakit n’yo pipilitin ang bata? Eh, pa’no kung madisgrasya ‘yan?”
The producer, however, cautioned her on the realities of showbiz. According to Yolly, Doña Sisang said: Hija, hindi kita mapapangakuan na sa susunod mong movie ay ikaw ang starring role.’ But the feisty Charito was unperturbed. “Ay, hindi na ho. Ito na lang ho, ayoko na ho,” she allegedly replied.
In 1955, the Filipino moviegoers came to know Rosario Violeta Hernandez Solis a.k.a. Charito Solis in “Niña Bonita,” an adaptation of Frank Capra’s “It Happened One Night.” She shared the top billing with Jaime de la Rosa.
At the same time, the industry insiders knew that a willful artist just came to tinsel-town.
During her prime, Charito’s histrionics on and off the set were legends. She was even compared to Italy’s Anna Magnani, an Oscar laureate for her lusty portrayal of a Sicilian widow in “The Rose Tattoo” (1955).
Their semblance was also more than just physical because like Anna, Charito also grew up stricken by poverty.
“Our father died and our mother was sick of diabetes,” reveals Yolly.
Their dad, Maximo Solis was a newspaper reporter, while their mother, Milagros was a pharmacist in their aunt’s drugstore.
“To survive, we were adopted by our relatives,” she furthers.
“Early in life, we were separated from each other. Four or three years old lang kami noon. We were reunited only after nine years, when our eldest, Carmen had already a job. Siya bale ang tumayong nanay at tatay namin. Si Charito, naranasan n’ya ang magtinda ng sampaguita.”
The early challenges must have taught Charito to be strong.
Yolly agrees. “Kaya naging palaban si Charito. Parang tomboy yan eh. Tapos, lagi n’yang inaaway yung mga lalaki kasi ligawin s’ya. ‘Pag nakakita siya ng sulat sa libro, aawayin na n’ya yung naglagay no’n. Saka, ang mga laro n’ya, yung aakyat sa puno.”
Charito commanded decorum on the movie set because she was the epitome of professionalism. And during dramatic shoots, unnecessary noise wasn’t allowed because Charito, the actress was expected to deliver no less than a bravura performance.
There were also talks that if she deemed wise, she’d come to the location with her acting trophies, just to remind her co-stars, big and small, that they’re dealing with a competent actress and their whims won’t be tolerated.
Yolly smiles. “Naku, naranasan ‘yan ni Vilma (Santos). Hindi lang siya, pati nga si Nora (Aunor) eh.” “Pero trait talaga ng Solis yun. My mother was very strict. Talagang lagi kaming on-time.”
Her performance in 1967's Dahil sa Isang Bulaklak, directed by Cirio H. Santiago, won her Best Actress award at the 1967 Asian Film Festival. She again starred for Santiago the following year in Igorota, where she became the first Filipina actress to bare her breasts on film. Her role in Igorota won her the 1968 FAMAS Best Actress Award , one of 5 she would win during her career. Her other four FAMAS Best Actress wins came in 1959 for Kundiman ng Lahi; in 1960 for Emily; in 1963 for Angustia; and in 1983 for Don't Cry for Me, Mama. After her fifth win, in 1984, she became the first actress to be inducted into the FAMAS Hall of Fame. Solis likewise won the Gawad Urian Best Actress award in 1979 for Ina, Kapatid, Anak, and for Best Supporting Actress for in 1981 and 1982 for Kisapmata and Karnal.
In the first-ever Metro Manila Film Festival held in 1975, Solis won the Best Actress Award for Araw Araw, Gabi Gabi.
Christopher De Leon
One of the Greatest Filipino Actors of All-time, Multiple FAMAS Best Actor Awardee
There’s no other actor like Boyet de Leon. Almost every male newcomer would dream of following his footsteps—and why not? For less than 50 years in the business, he already starred in more than 120 films, produced 1 great movie, and bagged countless awards from several giving bodies.
Christopher Strauss de Leon was born on October 17, 1956, in Manila. For Boyet to be part of the film industry was actually not a surprise at all. His father, Gil de Leon, was a famous actor and director, while her mother, Lilia Dizon, was an LVN Pictures contract star. Her two sisters, namely, Pinky de Leon and Melissa de Leon, also acted in movies and televisions.
Christopher started out in minor roles for films such as Kapag Puso’y Sinugatan, Huwag Mo Kaming Isumpa, Kahit Ang Mundo’y Magunaw, and Paano Na Sa Mundo ni Janet. However, it was his movie with critically acclaimed director Lino Brocka, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, that he captured the attention and praise of both the showbiz industry and the moviegoers. He played the role of Junior, who need to tackle several growing-up issues, as well as the friendship he developed with the community’s fool and leper. He later bagged the Best Actor Award in FAMAS for his portrayal in 1974.
He later acted together with other popular actors and actresses, as well as excellent directors, for nearly 30 years. Some of his other famous movies include Banaue, Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw, Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos, Ganito Kami Noon Paano Kayo Ngayon, Masarap Masakit ang Umibig, Lagi Na Lang Ba Akong Babae, Ang Alamat ni Julian Makabayan, Taga sa Panahon, Aguila, Relasyon, Broken Marriage, My Other Woman, Maging Akin Ka Lamang, Imortal, and Madrasta.
Because of his versatility and his superb acting prowess, he was also labeled as the Drama King. Nevertheless, his talent wasn’t just contained in front of the screen. He also tried his hand in directing and came up with Halimaw sa Banga, Huwag Mong Salingin ang Sugat Ko, and Bugso, a TV special. He also produced an independent movie entitled Nasaan Na Si Francis.
His personal life, though, is also a reflection of the characters he played. Growing up in Tondo, he would normally spend his time together with his friends, who influenced him on sex, drugs, and other vices. As a matter of fact, there was a point in his life when he wasn’t selling at all to directors and producers because of his drug addiction. Fortunately, with the help of his current wife, Sandy Andolong, and the Oasis of Love Community, where he is now an active member, he became a renewed Christian.
He also married Nora Aunor , the Superstar of the Philippines. They had one biological child named Ian de Leon and three other adopted children, namely, Lotlot, Matet, Kiko, and Kenneth. Lotlot and Matet soon became actresses in their own right.
Christopher owns a big farm in Batangas, where he ran for vice-mayor but lost. He is also a U.S. citizen because of his maternal grandfather. He also was once a student in Fine Arts in University of the East. He also acted in television series; the most recent was Maging Sino Ka Manwhere he played the antagonist Don Fidel Madrigal.
LIFE STORY OF DEO MACALMA
*AS PUBLISHED IN THE MANILA TIMES
Manila Broadcasting Co. - Dzrh Assistant VP and Assistant Station Manager
Deo Macalma: The rise of a ‘bubuwit’
BY JOEL M. SY EGCO ASSIGNMENTS EDITOR
HE was a typical working student who took odd jobs as a lowly paid janitor in a textile mill and later as a roomboy in a middling motel, among others. But his ambition, fueled by perseverance, hard work and a burning passion for writing, steered Elpidio “Deo” Macalma’s rise as one of the broadcast industry’s most respected icons.
Now Manila Broadcasting Co.-dzRH assistant vice president and assistant station manager, Macalma is best known for his satirical commentaries and his 19-year-old Espesyal na Balita, a segment that features blind items sent in by moles whom he aptly calls bubuwit (mouse). The term is his radio adaptation of the comic character, Ikabod Bubuwit, created and popularized by Nonoy Marcelo in the 1980s.
“From shame to fame” is how Macalma typifies his rise to media stardom. It was not at all a walk in the park but a long crawl from the bottom to the top of his career ladder.
“Nahihiya ako noon na sabihing ang trabaho ko eh janitor [I was ashamed then to say that I was a janitor],” recalled Macalma, who went to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and attended class from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. He cleaned up toilet mess for three years to earn a living and support his studies.
In the mid-1970s, Macalma was taking up Business Administration at the University of the East when he thought of applying for a janitorial job at the Jewish-run United Textile Mills to make ends meet. He says that his first job was the hardest and dirtiest, literally.
“It was hard to clean toilets in a factory than, say, in a motel or a hotel. Every morning, I prayed sana hindi barado ang kubeta [that the toilets were not clogged]. That was when I developed inferiority complex,” Macalma said.
The “dirty job” eventually took its toll on him and one day he just decided to quit. From the toilets, Macalma’s zest for success landed him on the corridors of the defunct Vinta Lodge (now Victoria Court) where he worked as a roomboy. For him, the new job provided a reprieve from the ordeal of having to endure the foul smell of factory chemicals and human wastes. Plus, his new career in the motel business offered higher wages and handsome tips from patrons.
“I had an ambition. When I was a janitor, I usually sat down on my boss’ table and pretended that I was manager. My co-janitors just laughed at the thought. As a roomboy, I believed I had a greater chance to succeed. The job was quite rewarding especially because of the tips. That was the time when I decided to quit school,” Macalma said.
Though he fancied journalism in his early days in school where he actually joined several writing contests, he claimed that he was “influenced” by a friend and former classmate into taking up journalism at the Lyceum. But the young room boy’s job at Vinta Lodge was on a rotation basis, meaning he had little time for college unless he opted for promotion.
“Aside from my friend who influenced me to shift courses and transfer to Lyceum, the bell captain in the motel was also a working student.
He encouraged me to apply for a regular position so I can go to school. I did and from there I was promoted to telephone operator, then cashier. My last job in the motel was bookkeeper,” Macalma said.
Armed with a journalism diploma, he began his search in 1980 for “greener pasture” and found an opening in what would become his home network for three decades—Radio dzRH.
Upon graduation, the young Macalma took on the job of newswriter, a position he held for years until he became newswriter/reporter and was assigned to cover events. He rose to become the network’s managing editor and assistant news director. It did not take long until he assumed the post of news director and, after that, assistant vice president and assistant station manager since 1991.
“Ever since I entered media, I have been with dzRH. I never entertained the thought of transferring to another station because I am already at home here. Sometimes I do write columns for some newspapers but that’s the all I do for them,” he explained.
As a cub reporter, Macalma remembered idolizing Rey Langit, Rod Navarro, Ric Radam, Joe Taruc, Noli de Castro and Rafeal “Paeng” Yabut. He studied their styles and later created his own. He also recalled a public relations man, Jose Ayllon, who advised him to establish his own niche in the industry and to avoid ending up as a copycat. This piece of unsolicited advice led to the birth of Macalma’s highly popular Espesyal na Balita.
“I used to be ashamed of my job as janitor. Slowly, my job as a room boy widened my perspectives because it was then when I got elbow-to-elbow with many friends and people in high society. There were politicians, actors and many others. However, I remained shy somehow,” the veteran newman quipped.
“Pag nagsasalita ako sa radyo, parang ang yabang-yabang ko pero sa totoo lang mahiyain ako [When I talk on radio, I think I sound arrogant but in reality I am shy],” he said.
Macalma got his biggest break in May 1991 when his boss and fellow broadcaster Rey Langit decided to join another network. He said that he was also offered a higher paying job by the rival station but his loyalty to dzRH prevailed.
“Radio Veritas was pirating broadcasters, announcers and reporters from its rivals. Rey Langit took the offer. The dzRH management talked to me but I really had no plan of leaving the station because I thought dzRH was more stable. Most of Rey’s programs were given to me including the Eveready newscasts and Espesyal na Balita, which at the time was featuring trivias. I wrote scripts for Rey but when I finally took over the program and with a little creativity, I changed the format and transformed it to become a segment for blind items,” said the soft-spoken news anchor.
“Illicit affairs of politicians, government officials and celebrities are my favorite subjects and they continue to tickle the audience up until
today,” Macalma added.
Initially, his bubuwits (informants) were former workmates—motel and
hotel room boys, waiters and security staff whom he came to know especially when he was president of a hotel labor union.
“They were my sources. My past job helped me gather blind items that I air. Then Espesyal na Balita dominated the airwaves and was even declared the No. 1 program. Modesty aside, it is the first to feature blind items on radio, then others followed,” Macalma said.
Not long after, his sources were no longer confined to motel and hotel personnel.
“Maniniwala ka ba na mga senador, congressman at Cabinet officials na ang aking mga naging bubuwit [Would you believe that senators, congressmen and Cabinet officials have become my informants]?” Macalma revealed.
Death threats, libel
As a journalist, Macalma admitted that he is not immune to harassment and threats. His most frightening moment came in the mid-1990s when men with dubious characters began gathering information about him from his neighbors.
“I was subjected to surveillance by these people. I was really afraid because they followed me everywhere and they were asking for information like what time I usually arrive home and where my children were studying. Eventually, I sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation. It is better to be charged with libel than be killed.”
Macalma covered upheavals in the 1980s, including the historic EDSA People Power Revolution and the seven coup attempts against then President Corazon “Cory” Aquino. He also remembered when Cory called the newsroom to seek public support for the mutiny in Camp Aguinaldo against Ferdinand Marcos.
“During the 1989 coup, our mobile patrol unit was fired upon by rebel snipers. That time, there were no clear guidelines as to how reporters should report troop movements. Little did we know that airing their positions and movements would enrage the rebels. I was with Eloi Aquino when we were shot at. She was taken to the hospital. In another occasion, a sniper shot at our patrol unit, hitting a civilian on the leg,” he said.
P-H-D spells success
The small and reticent bubuwit that was Macalma has grown to become one of the country’s biggest and most eloquent media personalities. He said that he owes his success largely to his PHD principle—patience, hard work and determination. Despite the odds, Macalma persevered and proved to the world that by sheer true grit and value for education, virtually nothing would be unattainable.
“The secret formula is PHD. If you failed to set your goal, you’re heading nowhere. Your first goal should be to finish school. With a little luck and faith above, one’s goals will be achieved. I never dreamt of becoming this big because I only wished for a stable job. But because of hard work, I was given a break,” he said.
Despite the hardships and challenges he faced along the way, according to Macalma, he is fully satisfied with his career. His passion for writing has been completely realized, his expectations in the industry even surpassed by becoming who he is today.
“If asked to choose a career again, I would still go for this one. This is what I wanted,” he said.
No to politics
Prodded by some friends and provincemates, Macalma said he toyed with the idea of entering politics but later rejected it because his experiences in the media had shown him how similar politics is to the toilets he used to clean as a factory janitor.
“Here, for you to become a successful politician, you somehow need to be corrupt. Besides, a politician’s life is always under threat. It’s kill or be killed,” he explained, saying that he despises political corruption and violence.
Macalma encourages future journalists to adopt his PHD principle to succeed. A struggling and virtually unknown reporter, he said, necessarily starts from the bottom. A rookie media person, according to him, is normally the so-called lowest mammal in the world of journalism.
“Start from the bottom and be patient. Persevere. At the end of the day, your talents and skills will not go unnoticed. You will be discovered and be given due break.”
Except for the well-regarded name, today’s Deo Macalma is no different from the Deo Macalma of yesteryear. Aside from his PHD principle, the well-liked network executive and broadcast journalist embraces the virtue of humility, saying that his success offers no excuse for him to forget or deny his humble past.
“Pusong janitor pa rin ako [I am a janitor at heart],” he added.