For the many who marvel at business magnate Antonio L. Cabangon Chua’s diverse business empire—one that runs the gamut of insurances, banking, hotels, memorial parks, car dealerships, restaurants, publishing and media—it will be both interesting and equally remarkable to know that his very humble beginnings also saw the man in multiple menial jobs. He was a shoeshine boy, an ice-drop peddler, a newsboy, a pan de sal vendor and a sari-sari storekeeper in his youth before becoming chairman emeritus and founder of one of the country’s most solid homegrown financial companies. But from then until now, focus, faith and sheer hard work have been Cabangon Chua’s tools to success—three very basic principles, which in the words of National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, have taken his life from the “gutter to the stars.” ‘Saga of Success’ Poetically, he writes, “From Barrio Namayan to Wack Wack is a short move within a … [Read more...] about ANTONIO L. CABANGON CHUA: From shoeshine boy to business magnate
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Produced by Rocky Nazareno By Alex Y Vergara Portraits by Pinggot Zulueta Video by Alvin Veri And Samuel Abad These days, if you were to run into Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, you would think they were your ordinary lolo and lola out for a stroll in the mall, or if you saw them in Europe holding hands while walking, you could make the mistake of assuming they were retired executives from the Philippines finally enjoying their pension and their freedom. But Benito and Wilma are not your average grandparents. They are the most formidable heads of the central executive committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines, he—the chair and head of the CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, and she, the CPP secretary general. They have spent so much of their time together on bail in Norway to engage in the very perilous and delicate mission of resuming peace talks between our government and the communists who have become part of what is believed to be one of the … [Read more...] about The most dangerous couple in the Philippines
My family was blessed to have welcomed a Prince to our home. Beloved and respected, he would come simply clothed, sometimes hungry but never fussy with food, dishing out amusing stories from the day-to-day activities of his “reign.” For as long as I can remember, this royalty – Ricardo Cardinal Vidal — would come to say mass at our home in Bulacan or Quezon City on special occasions. He was my first date at the altar when he baptized me shortly after I was born in 1977. Growing up, I always knew he was a very important part of our family. My parents Rufo and Ine Mauricio first met the Cardinal when he was still a young bishop in Malolos, Bulacan. He was introduced to them by a parish priest. Just two years younger than my late dad, soft-spoken and chatty like my mom, the bishop quickly became friends with my parents and eventually regarded each other like family. I would think the Cardinal was especially drawn to my family’s almost Brady Bunch kind of … [Read more...] about The simple ‘Prince’
WE have not seen anything like this before. A combination of forces and a series of events have created so much instability within the nation, and put our people at the mercy of unreason in the hands of our power-driven politicians. In a healthy and normal democratic environment, issues are debated on the basis of moral, legal and rational principles, which define the common good, between the administration and the opposition, among reasonable men and women. In our present setting, the political opposition has been reduced into a daydream, a mere figment of the imagination.National decisions are imposed by an artificial “supermajority,” conceived in and sired by sheer opportunism and patent disregard for what is right and what is wrong. They expect everyone to submit to their weirdest official ideas without opposition or dissent. The politicians vs the people The Constitution has been destabilized. And it continues to be destabilized, not so much by the declared enemies … [Read more...] about The Constitution is dead, are there any mourners?
Let’s open this Conversation with a little mathematical quiz: If Piolo Pascual is 16 years older than Coleen Garcia and eight years younger than Dawn Zulueta, how old do you think is Coleen and how old is Dawn? In Star Cinema’s Love Me Tomorrow, which I should say is an August-October love story (and not a May-December one), Piolo’s character is said to represent men in their 30s, Dawn’s character women in their late 40s and Coleen’s character the millennials. It’s the first time for the three actors to be working together in a movie and also the first time for director Gino Santos (who directed Coleen in Ex With Benefits ) to have worked with Piolo and Dawn. Well, there’s always a “first time” which proves to be too memorable to be forgotten. Piolo Have you in real life been involved in a similar May-December affair that the public maybe doesn’t know? “Don’t wanna call it that, a few years … [Read more...] about Does age really matter?
Veteran broadcast-journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas is arguably one of the most visible female news personalities in the industry with a prodigious career of almost 30 years — inspiring women who start from the bottom and work towards their dreams as far as they can imagine. And yet very little is known about her personal life outside what is seen and heard of her on her top-rating platforms. Korina did not celebrate her milestone last year as she turned the big 5-0. So this year, 50 friends and loved ones come together, exclusively, and for the first time, to spill the beans on the Korina they know off-camera. 1. Nanay Fe Mazo, 40 years kasambahay of Sanchez Family Hindi ako pinapabayaan lalo sa pangangailangan ko ngayon. Pang habang buhay yung mga gamot ko. Nagsilbi ako sa pamilya Sanchez ng buong buhay ko, mahigit 40 years ako sa kanila. Parang pamilya ang trato nila sa akin. Ang tawag nila sa akin “Nanay.” 2. Dr. Vivian Sarabia, … [Read more...] about Korina: Golden Girl
MANILA, Philippines — Whether you are stying on the coach or looking for something to kill time on your way to a travel destination, here are some movies and shows to keep you company this coming long weekend and beyond. Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), in collaboration with TLC, presents yet another showcase of the many exciting adventures one can have in Hong Kong in a new season of "A Taste of Hong Kong" premiering this August, on TLC, which features Philippines very own fashion and travel blogger Kryz Uy, where she experienced a mix of rustic and modern oriental glamour in Asia's World City. Singer-actress and "A Taste of Hong Kong" host Josie Ho, invited well-followed travelers from around the region to spend ‘a-day-in-her-life’ on an insider tour of the city, one of whom is Kryz Uy, a Cebu-based travel and lifestyle blogger who travels around the world to meet new people and gain new experiences. In their episode, Josie and Kryz are also joined by Daphne … [Read more...] about Long weekend movies, shows to watch
Those who make up Generation Z – generally defined as those born after 1995 – are coming of age after the Great Recession and the September 11, 2001 attacks. They do not remember a US president before Barack Obama, or life without the iPhone. Everything has always been one tap away. At approximately 60 million, Generation Z Americans outnumber millennials by nearly 1 million. Compared with their predecessors, members of Gen Z are true digital natives, with 92% having a digital footprint on social media and the web. But that doesn’t mean they overshare. Teens are more likely to curate their profiles than their parents, who just put everything up. They’re also highly entrepreneurial (72% of teens say they want to start a business someday) and are working and driving less than past generations. Nearly half of Gen Z is also not white, making it the most ethnically diverse generation in history. And while many American adults identify as being … [Read more...] about We asked 10 American teens about Trump, the American Dream, ‘Finstas,’ and their fears for the future
Netflix will be releasing 80 new original films in 2018, so it’s worthwhile to take stock of all that the service currently offers. With the recent release of its critically acclaimed historical drama “Mudbound,” Netflix has its strongest shot yet at Oscar consideration. Netflix has also released a number of quality movies that not many people have heard of, including the Stephen King adaptations “1922” and “Gerald’s Game.” But then the company has had its share of critical flops as well, like the majority of its Adam Sandler films. To find out which Netflix original films are worth watching, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to rank each release by its composite critical reception. We excluded documentaries and any film that didn’t have enough reviews to receive a designation of “Rotten” or “Fresh.” We used audience scores to break ties. Here are 42 of … [Read more...] about All 42 of Netflix’s notable original movies, ranked from worst to best
This month marks the 27th anniversary of the series premiere of “Seinfeld” on NBC, and to this day, its influence on the worlds of television and comedy remains unsurpassed. The “show about nothing” was notorious for featuring up-and-coming actors in cameo roles over the course of its nine seasons, and a number of actors who played bit parts on the show eventually went on to become major stars in their own right. Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) both saw their stars rise in the years following their notable appearances on “Seinfeld,” and many more now-famous actors benefitted from their brief moments in the spotlight on one of the most successful sitcoms in TV history. Check out some of the most famous “Seinfeld” cameo roles below: 1. Bryan Cranston Appeared on: “The Mom and Pop Store” (Season 6, Episode 8); four other episodes Role on … [Read more...] about 25 actors who appeared on ‘Seinfeld’ and went on to become huge stars