A ‘politician’ she’s not


SOCIALITE and ex-beauty queen was dumbfounded at being introduced as a “politician” during the launch of an art exhibit in UP Manila. She nonetheless recovered fast enough to dwell on her experiences working at the National Museum and with the office of the late Senator Edgardo Angara for whom she called for a moment of silence.

She said Angara had always been a patron of the arts who had authored, among many other landmark laws, the National Cultural Heritage Act. Angara, by the way, served as president of UP. Still regal despite her beauty queen days being decades behind her already, the socialite may also balk at being called a socialite, but her married name shrieks affluence. Who is she?   — JhD


YOUNG model-cum-actor considers the Bonifacio Global City his stomping ground and the upscale Rebel bar his haunt. He has yet to land big roles in the movies yet what little fame he has seems to have already gotten into his head.

“Mapagpaimbabao!” sneers one of two young women who had the misfortune of sharing his table. Clue: He has a sister who is also in showbiz and who tried her luck at the Binibining Pilipinas.

In stark contrast is this humble model of a fastfood chain and mouthwash who, upon losing some weight at the prodding of a classmate at the Bamboo Organ parish school, is now looking for a breakout in showbiz.

He goes with the initials R.H. and no he’s not a writer at CNC. — JhD


AMID the optimism over the Build Build Build for the economic opportunities it would bring, the ambitious infrastructure program is raising fear among local cement manufacturers at the same time. Unable to meet increasing demand for cement in building roads, railways, airports and other facilities, the manufacturers are now worried over the influx of imported cement that would impact their income.

After much lobbying, the Department of Trade and Industry is looking into throwing safety nets. DTI officials are now studying if temporary safeguards can be given to the cement producers so they can delay the onslaught of foreign competitors or buy time to formulate strategies and contingencies to deal with cement exporters.

Safeguard means tariff on imported cement, which would make it more expensive than locally-produced cement and therefore a lesser choice of buyers. However, it would be imposed only for a limited period of time. After the lapse of the safeguard period, local cement producers will have to compete with imported cement.

The question now is would DTI find grounds to put the safeguards in place in favor of the beleaguered local cement manufacturers? Or would it just let imported cement flow in and leave the local cement manufacturers to compete against imported cement?  — TN


THIS university’s varsity program has been hit by defections. Its administrators are puzzled why their prized recruits have been jumping ship these past two seasons. They couldn’t understand why this is happening when they were finally able to get moneyed patrons to support their program, just like the rival teams from elite educational institutions.

Adding insult to injury was the sudden transfer of their two Fil-foreign players to a nearby school. The owners should look no further, because the root of their problem is internal. Those in the know point to the team’s head coach as the cause of it all.

Issues raised include favoritism when it comes to playing time; delayed or non-release of allowances; and forcing the student-athletes to sign up with the sports management company of the coach’s family.

Ironically, the mixed-blood ballers have moved to a squad which this coach used to mentor before his exit under controversial circumstances. Now he is supposedly committing the same shenanigans in his current assignment. As the saying goes, a zebra can never change its stripes.