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Yes, this is the headline of the Philippine Daily Inquirer Today
Since the advent of my bumming in our school library and in my parents’ office library, I have been always fascinated with covers and front pages of various local and international broadsheets and magazines. In fact, it is my daily habit before starting a day’s work to browse and to look at various front pages and covers whether it be in print or in digital format. I consider it as an exceptional art and as a part of history as well. (See my blog’s archive for some of my articles written in the past regarding that matter).
One of my favorite websites is that of the Philippine Daily Inquirer which has been my favorite broadsheet since those bumming days in the library. But it is no secret here in my blog that I have a love-hate relationship with that broadsheet. Though I have repeatedly praised some of their creative front pages (like the false cover and the bloodied cover for the Philippine Independence Day celebration), I have also criticized (if not make fun of) some of them. to name a few, there was the juxtaposition failure, their tabloid-esque layout, and the headline that’s more appropriate in the entertainment section.
Earlier this morning, I woke up to the sad news about the Boston marathon bombing. While reading articles from foreign news outfits (like the Associated Press, Hufftington Post, and The Atlantic), I decided to pay a visit on some of our local news websites to double-check the facts and figures and at the same time, to check their banner stories for today. Lo and behold! It’s our favorite Presidential sister headlining today’s issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
I have nothing against Kris Aquino being the top tax payer. I have nothing against Kris Aquino being Kris Aquino. In fact, just like Lourd De Veyra who has repeatedly wrote about her on his This is a Crazy Planets column on Spot.PH, I have also repeatedly wrote (satirical piece and praise) about her (with this being my all-time favorite). What moved my palm into my face was the fact that she conquered the front page and that she and her multi-million tax is today’s banner story for the respected broadsheet.
But of course, I have nothing against the story showcasing this country’s top taxpayers. As what every students in College learned in their taxation class, taxes are the blood that supports and gives life to a country. We need taxes. We need efficient tax collection. We need to penalize those who do not declare their taxes correctly and those who do not pay them. But unfortunately, with our favorite Presidential sister being this country’s top taxpayer, we also need to know that fact. Or do we really need to? Have we had enough of her life and her stories? Is it necessary for the Philippine Daily Inquirer to shove her story in our faces?
But maybe, just maybe, it was a slow news day yesterday and the biggest story (at least, based on their discretion), is Kris Aquino’s. I have seen this story being repeatedly tweeted yesterday but I did not expect it to land into the Inquirer's banner story. Well, with their history of previous facepalm-inducing front pages, I was not completely surprised.
Enough of my disappointment. I miss doing this in my blog so let me do this once again - dissecting and giving the items on the front page a bit of scrutiny, sarcasm, and humor. Here we go:
- NKKLK! - According to the news, Kris Aquino, with her three television shows and tons of product endorsements, paid almost 50 million pesos in taxes in 2011. Aside from me, who among you thinks that you can earn that amount until your retirement? Why not? Explain using the BIR form no. 1700.
- "Daang Maalog" - Yesterday, President Aquino rode the locally-developed monorail at UP Diliman for a test run. He described the ride as “bumpy” and the tracks “wavy”. And according to the resident trolls, er, readers (who leave their comments via Disqus) of the the Inquirer's website, that ride perfectly describes this administration's “Daang Matuwid”. Boom!
- Beauty. And brains. - I failed to catch last Sunday’s Binibining Pilipinas Gold (because I was busy watching the Jose and Wally concert on the other channel). But do you know what’s more gold? Twitterverse. And the tweets, comments, and reactions on the pageant, the hosts, and the contestants. Twitterverse was so awesome the pageant itself became so boring. Anyway, congratulations to the winners and to the aspiring beauty queens who are planning to join next year’s pageant, please don’t forget to bring Mongol pencil no. 2.
- Practice what you Preach. - Pope Francis told Priests to practice what they preach. This news item has a special place in my heart. It is not a secret here in my blog that I almost became a Priest. But I was too awesome, er, badass so they have to send me out of the Seminary. (How badass? Let’s just say that I wrote this controversial piece entitled “Of Sacerdos and Politicos: A Comparison Between Priests and Politicians”. Read on!)
- Smart Communications is the number one corporate taxpayer. I guess Globe Telecom, as usual, is having a problem with their network at the BIR Office.
It has been ages since I last wrote a decent blog entry. My work as a high school teacher - and the real world - drove me away from my love of writing and sharing my thoughts and a part of my crazy imagination here in my blog.
But I guess, I have had enough rest. It’s time to resurrect this blog and once again, share stories and opinion with the rest of the Tumblrverse and the interwebz. I hope I am still welcomed here in the blogging community.
Brace yourselves, it’s gonna be a fun ride.
Yes, this is the Front Page of the Inquirer Today
Let me get straight to the point. Today’s issue of The Philippine Daily Inquirer features a whooping photo of the posterior of Jennifer Lopez taken during her Manila concert. Alongside with it is the news article about Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s disappointment over the said concert.
First, I was surprised to know that Senator Miriam Santiago watched the concert alongside with other politicians and Showbiz personalities. Second, I was surprised to see the story of the concert landing on the front page. I expected it to be at the entertainment section. And third, with the photo of that well-chiseled posterior gracing the front page of the Inquirer, the broadsheet, in my opinion, has been transformed into a tabloid for a day.
It has been a part of my daily routine to check the news every morning - from the websites of the news agencies of different TV networks to the different websites of broadsheets and web-based news agencies (like Rappler.com). I have also been fascinated by the different front pages and covers of newspapers, tabloids, broadsheets,and magazines. As a matter of fact, I have repeatedly blogged about some of the most memorable front pages showcasing historical and important events over the past 3 years of this blog’s existence.
But what I saw on the Inquirer earlier this morning came to me as a surprise. The posterior of a Hollywood A-Lister gracing the country’s, ehem, number one broadsheet in the country (based on its readership), wow. Personally, I don’t think putting up JLo’s precious possession is a good move for a respected broadsheet. The Inquirer is my personal favorite among the country’s top broadsheets and I felt a little disgust, if not disrespect, on this move.
This is not an issue of me being a killjoy conservative. Who doesn’t love well-chiseled ass anyway? But, in my opinion, there’s a special place in the broadsheet to enthrone that photo. and the front page is definitely not that place.
This is not the first incident that I find the front page of the Inquirer amusing, if not entertaining. Back in May 7, 2012, the Inquirer featured the Mon Tulfo-Raymart Santiago brawl as their banner story. and back in January 7, 2012 an error in juxtaposition almost put the Department of Tourism’s It’s More Fun in the Philippines into an epic failure (as seen on the newspaper, at least).
Well, as cliche as it may sound, the ‘damage’ has already been made. Let’s just admire Jennifer Lopez’s 27-Million-Dollar buttocks and hope that one day, we bumped into Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the concert of another foreign artist. How about Sting’s concert this December? Or Coldplay? Or GreenDay? Or at the Pulp Summer Slam? Impossible? Nah. Who would have thought that she would watch JLo’s concert as part of her ‘immersion’ so, who knows?
22 Years Ago Today: 1990 Luzon Earthquake
This is not my story to tell.I was barely a year old when this tragedy struck. The only story I had (as told by my parents) about a national calamity when I was a baby was a year later, during the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption. Supposedly, I repeatedly told them the lines ‘Tot ako mawnteyn tubot’ (“Takot ako sa Mountain Pinatubo” or “I’m afraid of Mt. Pinatubo”). And based on the age of my usual readers/followers and most of the Filipino Tumblr users, I think only a few could tell his/her story of the 1990 Luzon earthquake.
But I do have an a posteriori experience of the tragedy. During the glorious age of educational shows on Philippine TV, we had this program Bayani. It was a show on ABS-CBN that features the lives of our national heroes during the Spanish, American, and Japanese colonization periods. But during the later years of the program, they also featured contemporary and ordinary heroes such as Macliing Dulag (a tribal chieftain in Cordillera who led a protest during the Marcos regime), Sajid Bulig (a hero of the Bocaue. Bulacan pagoda tragedy of 1993), and Roselle Ambubuyog (the visually-impaired Filipina who became a Summa Cum Laude at the Ateneo De Manila University).
I remember one Bayani episode when they featured the story of the miners of Benguet who became a rescuer at the collapsed Hyatt Terraces Hotel. It was a memorable experience for me since it showed the resilience and heroism of those miners who did that noble and courageous act voluntarily. The story even became more dramatic when they were asked to stop their rescuing mission because they were accused of plundering what was left at the hotel. Their hard work paid off when they managed to pull out a survivor days after being trapped from the rubble.
If there’s one thing I can be proud of, that would be the spirit of bayanihan among us, Filipinos. Though we may be criticized as a nation who only become united during the time of tragedy, that is some trait that can’t be easily removed from us. But do we really have to wait for a tragedy just to knock some wisdom in our heads?
A few days ago, I was browsing a published journal about the frequency of earthquakes in the whole world. It includes an X-ray-esque map that shows what countries experience more earthquakes. And being an archipelago lying at the Pacific Ring of Fire, I wasn’t surprised to see a bright, white line that stretches across the whole country. It is said that this year (or the next years to come) is the time in the earthquake cycle when the big one is expected to strike. But are we prepared? Are the foundations of our buildings intact? Have we inspected the weak spots in our infrastructures? Are the people residing near the fault lines advised to relocate? do we have a concrete, emergency plan just in case the big one strike? As cliche as it may sound, it is better to be prepared than sorry.
For those who are old enough to remember: Where were you during the 1990 Luzon earthquake?
Source: I saw this photo on my Twitter timeline. This was the front page of The Philippine Star on the 17th of July 1990, a day after the tragedy.
The Different Faces of ‘Guilt’
Yesterday, we made history. In a 20-3 vote by the Senator-Judges to convict Chief Justice Renato Corona, he became the first highest magistrate of the land to be impeached. And with that, he was stripped off of all his benefits as a public official and is perpetually banned from taking public office in the future.
Some said that Chief Justice Renato Corona’s fate was sealed since the first day of the impeachment trial. The voting of the Senators yesterday - together with their colorful explanations and early electioneering - was anticlimactic. And some said that when Chief Justice Renato Corona staged his dramatic ‘walkout’ at the Senate, he left a bad impression among the Senators and thus,sealing his fate.
Different opinion, different view points. But behind all of these, one thing is certain - a man’s life and that of his family are changed forever.
I have always been an enthusiast of newspapers’ and magazines’ front page and cover. Since the advent of my bumming in our school library and in my parents’ office library, I have been always fascinated with covers and front pages of various local and international broadsheets and magazines. In fact, it is my daily habit before starting a day’s work to browse and to look at various front pages and covers whether it be in print or in digital format. I consider it as an exceptional art and as a part of history as well.
And in lieu of yesterday’s historical event, here are today’s front pages of some of our country’s major broadsheets.
Enjoy these little pieces of history!
The Philippine Daily Inquirer has been repeatedly criticized on social media, particularly on Twitter, for being pro-Noynoy Aquino. There were some instances in the past when their headlines, photos and their captions were those that would pull down the enemies of the Aquino administration.
Take for example yesterday’s issue. There were two banner stories but the story that would favor for the conviction of Chief Justice Corona has a bigger font size. And in today’s issue in what appears to be a minimalist one, the lay-out artist and the editor (or whoever made that one) chose the biggest possible font size to flaunt the ‘guilt’ of the Chief Justice.
Are these purely coincidental or a virtual subliminal message? I will leave the judgment to you. But it seems that the Inquirer is not the sole broadsheet who used a bigger font size. Because if you look closely, the Manila Standard also used a big one.
I hope this is the beginning of a new era for our country. Padayon Pilipinas!
Awkward. Something is wrong with this photo. Something is not right with the layout of the front page of this broadsheet. And it’s pretty obvious.
Above the headline Why you should go to the Philippines, is the issue’s top news - an Editor from General Santos City was killed. And to make things worse, a photo of a drug raid in a posh village is spread above.
Perhaps most of us are busy yesterday discussing and spreading the new slogan of the Department of Tourism that the news of another slain journalist has been overshadowed, if not, neglected into consciousness.
Christopher Guarin, an Editor of the daily tabloid Tatak was killed Thursday night by two unidentified man in a motorcycle.
Guarin was the 10th Journalist to be killed under the Aquino Administration and the 150th since the restoration of democracy in the 1986 People Power Revolution.
And we must never forget the horrible event that happened on the 23rd of November 2009 where 58 people were killed in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, 34 of whom were journalists.
I do not blame the Editors and lay-out artists for this awkward layout. The stories in the front page are the day’s top stories. They have to put it there.
But my point is, if we really are serious on marketing our country as a more fun country to visit, then we must live to it. How do we expect foreign tourists to visit our country, who promises more fun, if we cannot resolve, or if possible, prevent these kind of incidents? How do we expect our country to be more fun if our story tellers are killed and justice for them and their family are not served?
I don’t want to see the day where our country is seen not as a fun place to visit but a country with a funny reputation - in a negative way.
Let us make it’s more fun in the Philippines not just a mere Tourism campaign, but a reality. Stop shooting the story tellers. End impunity now. Serve justice to the victims and their family.
Viva Filipinas! Vaya con Dios! Padayon!
Read more here:
- Editor killed in General City (Victim gets out of the car to spare wife, child)
- General Santos City journalist killed for personal reasons, says police
Hysterical, Historical Day
Yesterday was not just any ordinary Friday. Well personally, aside from the fact that it was my beloved Nanay's birthday, I have been waiting for the Supreme Court's decision and whether Gloria Arroyo would (be allowed to) leave the country or not.
But it turned out to be a series of unfortunate events - for our former President.
It started in the morning when the COMELEC en banc filed Electoral Sabotage charges against Arroyo. I knew then that Gloria Arroyo’s days of freedom are numbered.
But with the Supreme Court’s decision denying the motion for reconsideration seeking to lift the TRO on Arroyo’s hold departure order, I thought that it’s over. She can (and would) leave the country.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been glued on Twitter and on news websites all day, waiting for the developments of the Arroyo Saga. But it turned out to be faster than expected.
All of a sudden, the case was filed at the Pasay RTC and the warrant of arrest was immediately released. Next thing we knew, Gloria Arroyo is being arrested. And with that arrest warrant from the RTC, which is independent from the Supreme Court, her wish to go abroad, even with Supreme Court’s approval, went down to the drain.
In less than twenty-four (24) hours, a case was filed, a warrant of arrest was release, and a former President, arrested.
That was fast.
Of course, the critics of the Aquino administration and the defenders of Gloria Arroyo said that the case was railroaded, even calling it a “moro-moro”.
But in my opinion, what transpired in the past days up to the climax yesterday was a damn if you do, damn if you don’t situation for the Aquino Administration. If they didn’t file a case against Gloria, critics would say that the government is slow on doing their jobs. And if they filed a case against Arroyo, as what happened yesterday, they would say that it was railroaded and it did not undergo a due process.
We (or most of us) have all been seeking answers and justice from the numerous controversies of the previous administration. And yesterday’s event proved that justice is working in our country.
It’s just sad to know that most of our Kababayans who are equally seeking for justice are left with a slow and painful turn of the wheels of justice.
Is Gloria Arroyo guilty of the crime? Let’s just leave that to the courts. And let’s hope that truth and justice will prevail.
I have been always fascinated with front pages and covers of broadsheets, magazines, tabloids, and other publications. I consider it as an exceptional art and as a part of history as well.
I am posting this front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer in commemoration of yesterday’s hysterical and historical series of events. And because we may not be able to see Gloria Arroyo’s mugshot. As of writing, Attorney Ferdinand Topacio requested the media not to release Gloria Arroyo’s mugshot because she is, er, a woman.
Gloria Arroyo is now under arrest. Let the truth come out and justice, served. Viva Filipinas! Padayon!
- Gloria Arroyo now under arrest - Sa wakas!
- Timeline: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s arrest - the sequence of events of the dramatic and tension-filled day that led to Gloria Arroyo’s arrest.
- Rushed - Professor Winnie Monsod’s take on yesterday’s events.
- Fingerprints, mugshot of Arroyo to be taken today (PNP) - I wonder how her mugshot would look like with her Minerva vest on.
'False' Cover for Freedom
In celebration of the 113th Independence Day of the Philippines, the Republic is bringing back Juan’s obsession with front pages and covers of broadsheets, tabloids, and magazines. And here’s what caught my attention on the Church’s patio after attending the 6:00 AM Mass.
At first, I thought that some prankster did this to the paper’s front page. But when I checked the other copies, I found out that this was not made by some bored individuals. This was The Philippine Inquirer's statement for press freedom in lieu with the 113th independence day.
They further explained this catchy way of expressing their advocacy when I opened the broadsheet and saw the real front page.
Freedom doesn’t come cheap. We have paid the price and we must continue to uphold it. Never stop daring. Never stop learning. Never stop trying. Never stop inquiring.
What you see is what you get, which is not much, in a heavily censored Page 1 of Inquirer issue. Thank God for the freedom we now enjoy. We have paid the price with the blood of heroes and our daily strivings to defend it.
Most of us who care knew that Philippines was once regarded as the most dangerous place for journalists.
Kudos Philippine Daily Inquirer for your catchy way of showing your advocacy! Long live the freedom! Mabuhay ang mga mamahayag na Pilipino!
And as for other things:
- Today is the 113th Independence Day. Let us thank our heroes and forefathers who fought for the freedom that we are enjoying today. (Special mention to my wasak na wasak idols Juan Luna and Graciano Lopez-Jaena. Tagay sa langit mga pare!)
- Cultural Scholars say that GMA-7’s 'Amaya' is inaccurate and misleading. Perhaps they want to follow the footsteps of Korean Networks who gave us Jumong and Jewel in the Palace. But please GMA Network, do not bastardize what was left on our glorious heritage. So what’s your next serye?
- Please be careful taxpayers. There’s this seemingly new money-making scam that is allegedly backed by the BIR. (Read more here)
- Oh Spratlys! I can smell war on the Western Philippine Sea. Let us all be vigilant and continue praying for peace.
- We are celebratinf independence day but I believe that we are not really that free. Press people are killed and information are kept hidden. Support the Freedom of Information Act! Pass the Freedom of Information Bill. NOW!
On a personal note:
- Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, Patron Saint of missing things. It is also the fiesta in our Parish and Baranggay. Box office na naman ang Supermarket at Palengke dito sa eLBi.
- There is a proposed road-widening of Lopez Avenue here in Los Baños. But it will affect, obviously, numerous (big and small) establishments, schools, and our Church. This is allegedly proposed to give way for the new mall owned by… (Juan, this page was censored. You have no freedom to say that. -Editor)
- My class resumes this afternoon. It’s time to meet my new batch of students. Rakenrol.
Kalayaan sa ating lahat. Mabuhay ang Republika ng Pilipinas! Padayon!
OVER AND OUT. The Inquirer banner on the first day of freedom leads the heady cocktail of stories on Page 1 that reflects the tumult and triumph of a people unshackling their chains and the urgency of rebuilding a nation. There was this, too, the need to pause and offer a prayer of thanks.
In today’s age, the newspaper plays a vital role in history. It chronicles the events and gives us some of the most memorable image of any occasion that shapes the course of history.
In today’s issue, the Philippine Daily Inquirer republishes its iconic “It’s all over. Marcos Flees” frontpage.
They say that one of the most important aftermath of the 1986 EDSA People Power was the restoration of democracy and press freedom.
And the triumphant return of Voltes V on television.
May the spirit of the 1986 EDSA continue to live in our hearts. Hopefully. Fingers crossed. Prayers raised.
Maraming salamat sa mga nakibaka sa EDSA para sa kalayaang tinatamasa natin ngayon. Good morning everyone! Maligayang ika-25 anibersaryo ng tunay na rebolusyon sa EDSA!
Viva Filipinas! Padayon!
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