Court stops sale of Smokey Mountain property

smokey mountainThe Manila Regional Trial Court has stopped state-run housing firm Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC) from selling a property that is part of the Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation Project (SMDRP) in Tondo, Manila.
In a six-page order made public Monday, Judge Jansen Rodriguez of the Manila RTC Branch 6 stopped HGC, its agent, and representative of any person acting in its behalf to stop, desist and refrain from conducting the bidding on the said property. The TRO is effective for 20 days.
“Thus, there is an urgent need for the writ to prevent irreparable injury to the petitioners (beneficiaries),” the court said.
The case stemmed from a case filed by the beneficiaries of the pe…

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Magnanakaw ng damit sa sampayan-Nahuli!

magnanakaw ng sinampay-huli!

magnanakaw ng sinampay-huli!
Wow! uso pa pala ang sungkitan ng sampayan! Imagine yung panaghirapan mong labahan, banlawan, pigain at ilagay sa hanger bago isampay sa labas at pagkatapos susungkitin lang ng impaktong magnanakaw? Grabe diba!

A gang member and his companion were arrested for allegedly stealing clothes hanging on a clothesline in Tondo, Manila yesterday.

Police identified the suspects as Joel Cano, 34, a member of the Sputnik Gang, and Letlet Flores, both residents of Balut, Tondo.

Case officer SPO1 Ronaldo delos Arcos said the suspects grabbed two shirts valued at R600 hanging in front of the house of the victim, Anthony Natividad, 33, company driver, on Nava St. about 4 a.m. However, the victim saw the suspects fleeing and shouted for help from patrolling barangay watchmen, leading to their arrest a few meters away from his house.

Source: Tempo

Estudyante taga-Tondo binaril sa mukha


Tangina! ang sakit nun ano? Isipin mo na lang barilin ka sa mukha! Ano naman kaya ang nagpagtripan ng tatlong itlog na bumanat dito kay Jomar? Basa!

A 19-year-old criminology student was shot in the face in Tondo, Manila Friday. Police said the victim, Jomar Pasague, was eating with his friend inside an eatery on Zaragosa St. at 3:30 a.m. when he noticed three men staring at them.

Pasague and his companion left the eatery to avoid trouble but the three suspects chased and cornered them on Tahimik St. One of the suspects shot Pasague in the face. They fled while the victim was taken to the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. Policemen led by Supt. Jackson Tuliao of the Manila Police District Moriones station arrested the suspects who were seen in the barangay Closed Circuit Television chasing the victim in a follow-up operation.

Tuliao identified the suspects as Armando Palma, 18, who was found carrying an improvised shotgun and one live ammunition; Angelo Masicampo, 18, with one pen gun and caliber .38 revolver; and Benjamin Kosino 17, who had a fan knife. The suspects are all residents of Parola Compound, Tondo.

Source: Tempo


Solar Power – ilaw para sa mahihirap

solar power lamp

In the slums of Tondo, Manila, hope flickers in broad daylight for poor communities in the form of solar power technology.

The station, which houses about 400 lamps and serves more than 300 families in the area, was an initiative of nongovernment organization Life Project 4 Youth that started in 2013.

Team manager Cielabel Gaditano, 20, said renting a lamp would cost P5 or P8 depending on the power duration of the battery—some lamps last up to 30 hours, with others even exceeding that mark.

The case of the solar site in Tondo backs the principles of 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient Harish Hande, cofounder of Solar Electric Light Company (Selco). Known for his social enterprise of solar power technology in India, Hande believes it is not impossible for the poor to achieve sustainable energy.

In a conference on solar energy for the poor at Ramon Magsaysay Center on Thursday, Hande, who also toured the Tondo site, said social enterprise would not only give the poor access to electricity but also uplift their quality of living.

“[We should] not look at the poor as beneficiaries but as partners,” Hande said. “It’s not about the market. It’s about being inclusive, including the poor in the process.”

Selco has provided over 200,000 lighting systems to Indian households since its creation in 1995.

Sharing Hande’s sentiments, Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) president Carmencita Abella said social enterprise of solar power would also lead to a “change of mindset” among poor communities.

“The poor can become asset creators,” she said. “Social enterprise will help rural communities engage in economic activities that will encourage them to get out of the clutches of poverty.”

RMAF communications director Tina Virina also highlighted the importance of a finance mechanism by establishing an “enterprise for the poor and by the poor,” adding rural communities should not settle with dole outs.

“Let’s not get into donation, let’s go into development,” echoed Erel Narida, CEO of One Renewable Energy.

“It’s (solar power enterprise) one of the best investments that they’ll ever make,” added Jaime Ayala, chair of Solar Energy Foundation.

Barangay 105 & Happyland in Tondo protest illegal coal dust

Isang barangay sa tondo ang nagreklamo tungkol sa alikabok ng uling(?) Basahin ang ulat galing sa Bulatlat!


MANILA – Tondo residents want a coal dust warehouse evicted from their community, saying that it had affected people’s health and homes.

Urban poor residents of Happyland and Barangay 105 held a protest, today, June 11, calling for the closure and eviction of the storage facility of Rock Energy Corporation, which, they said, had kept illegal stockpiles of coal dust in their community since 2014.

The coal dust is being imported by La Farge, a transnational corporation.

The village government had given the company an order to pull out the coal dust stockpile within two weeks, ending today. Rock Energy Corp was reportedly granted permits by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. However, local officials said it was operating without a business permit.

Rock Energy Corporation had just started to pull out the coal dust and was asking for 45 more days to get all of the stocks out.

Gabriela Women’s Partylist Rep. Emmie de Jesus, who joined the protesters, said the presence of the facility has even worsened the suffering of the impoverished communities of Tondo.

“Rock Energy’s website boasts that the facility was designed to comply with safety and environmental standards in handling the coal stockpile and other materials. But people who make a living selling cooked food and making shrimp paste complain that their customers stopped buying their wares because of the coal dust,” said De Jesus.

“The pile of coal dust in that facility was mountain-like and, as much as Rock Energy tries to flatten it, it’s not possible because of the huge quantities,” said Ram Carlo Bautista, spokesperson of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Manila.

Bautista also added that 25,000 residents of Barangay 105 alone were affected by the dust, especially those who live near the wall of the facility. When it rains, black residue settles on the houses and when it is hot, coal dust particles are blown by the wind, and are inhaled by the residents.

Bautista said residents blame the coal dust to health problems like asthma, cough, fever and skin rashes. He said they will conduct a fact-finding to find out the extent of the effect on people’s health,” Bautista said.

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Barbie Forteza, ayaw ng magarbong debut party

EIGHTEEN years old na si Barbie Forteza sa July 31, pero wala siyang balak na magkaroon ng debut party.’ ‘ Mas gusto raw niyang maging casual lamang sa araw na iyon.

Barbie Forteza

“Nag-request na “ko sa parents ko na gusto ko with my friends lamang, lalo na ang mga kasama ko sa long-running afternoon prime drama series naming The Half-Sisters,’? kuwento ni Barbie.’ “Overnight party, kainan lang, walang hard drinks, kuwentuhan, kasama sina Thea (Tolentino), Andre (Paras), Derrick (Monasterio), Buboy (Villar), Winwyn (Marquez) saka sina Tita Jean (Garcia), Tita Eula (Valdez), Tito Jomari (Yllana), Tito Ryan (Eigenmann), Tito Mel (Martinez).’ Sila po kasi ang halos araw-araw na kasama ko sa taping kaya dapat sila rin ang kasama ko sa birthday ko.’?

May wish ba si Barbie sa kanyang 18th’ birthday?

“Siguro po more sa pagpapasalamat.’ This week kasi, isiniselebreyt namin ang first anniversary ng The Half-Sisters na magtatapos sa isang grand fans day sa June 20, at 4:00 PM sa activity area ng Market, Market in Taguig City, na darating po ang buong cast members, bilang pasasalamat naming lahat sa mga sumusubaybay sa aming soap.

“Pasasalamat ko rin po sa Gawad Urian na nominated ako as Best Supporting Actress for my indie film na Marquina.’ Napatili po talaga ako nang sabihan nilang nominated ako, nag-isip ako agad kung totoo ba iyon. Ganoon ba kahusay ang pagkaganap ko roon bilang young Mylene Dizon, eh, napakahusay pong artista ni Ate Mylene.’ Kaya excited po ako na kinuha ako ng BG Productions to play the lead role sa indie film na Mga Isda sa Tuyong Lupa (Outcasts) at iri-research ko talaga ang totoong buhay ng mga Badjao, ang role na gagampanan ko.’?

“Sinabihan na rin ako ng GMA-7 na may susunod na kaming project na pagtatambalan muli namin ni Andre Paras, ang romantic-comedy na Dunk In Love.’ Nakakatuwa, kasi hindi pa nga tapos ang The Half Sisters, may naghihintay na sa aming susunod na gagawin.’?

Biniro tuloy si Barbie kung hindi ba nagiging “sila na’? ni Andre dahil more than a year nang halos araw-araw silang magkasama sa taping.

“Wala po namang ganoon dahil mga bata pa naman kami.’ ‘ Pero si Andre po, napakabait, hindi siya hard to please, hindi niya ipinipilit ang sarili sa barkada, nandoon lang siya, very supportive, lalo na sa akin sa mga eksena.’ Pareho kaming focused sa aming work. At ang nakatutuwa pa kay Andre,’ kasabay pa ng work ang studies niya.’?
Source: Balita galing sa BALITA

Walang trabaho ginoo Binaril

Isang walang trabahong lalaki ang binaril kahapon sa Tondo, Manila.  Elvin daw ang pangalan na chikka ay dahil sa ka live-in nya na medyo may konting ekplikasyon ang kailangan.
Pero dahil hindi naman tayo lubos na mahilig sa tsimis eh di kayo na lang ang humusga.  Marami naman dyan hobby na ang mag judge ng tao. LOL!

Basahin ang ulat galing sa Tempo

A jobless man was killed in Tondo, Manila, police said yesterday.

Elvin Gutierrez, 32, of Carlos P. Garcia St., Tondo, was walking at around 6:55 a.m. Sunday on Camachile St. when the suspect, Gilbert “Yvet Mata” Matias, 34, appeared and shot him victim twice.

Matias fled and Gutierrez was taken to the hospital where he died at around 11:25 a.m. Monday. SPO2 Richard Escarlan of Manila Police District Homicide Section said that the killing “is most likely related to the illegal drug trade and illicit affairs of the victim with the suspect’s live-in partner.”

Source: Tempo – Unemployed Shot

‘Where I am King’ Film Review

where i am king film review

where i am king film reviewHere’s a film review about a movie made in the settings of Tondo, Manila. A typical riches-to-rag story which I really want to see!  Here’s a snapshot of the review and please read the entire review by following the link below.

After a making a few investments gone wrong, self-made tycoon Ricardo (Robert Arevalo) finds himself at risk of plummeting from his pedestal back down to the poverty he came from. He decides to step down on his own accord before that can happen, selling all his properties save for his apartment complex in Tondo, the Manila slum he grew up in.

Worried that his privileged grandkids won’t be able to stomach the real world once he’s gone, Ricardo urges them to come tough it out with him in Tondo so that they can “grow balls,” as he puts it. What follows is a series of ridiculous encounters, from sticky bathroom situations to questionable street food practices, that show Ricardo just how much can change when you leave your kingdom unchecked.

“Where I Am King” is a both a family comedy and riches-to-rags story, lighthearted and moralizing all at once.

The film is the comeback for veteran Filipino director Carlos Siguion-Reyna after a 14-year absence from the industry. Like the plot, the movie itself was also a family affair, with Siguion-Reyna’s wife Bibeth Orteza as screenwriter, son Rafael Siguion-Reyna playing Ricardo’s grandson Ricky, and niece Cris Villonco playing Ricardo’s granddaughter Anna.

As an amusing production filled with Philippine showbiz royalty, the 2014 film stood to be a local favorite when it first debuted. It has since made the international rounds, showing at festivals like Toronto’s TIFF and now at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).

“Where I Am King” is an odd gem among the SIFF foreign comedy offerings that’s worth watching, even if for the sole purpose of entertainment. Filled with slapstick humor, outlandish plot twists, and at times offensive jokes all typical of Filipino comedy, it’s not a movie for those seeking a highbrow viewing experience. However, for everybody else, “Where I Am King” will prove to be a satisfying story that never tries too hard yet still manages to tug at the heartstrings.

As grandkids Anna and Ricky spend time getting to know their new neighbors in the slum, they learn how resilient people can really be and start to see that resilience in themselves, just as grandpa planned.

Meanwhile, Ricardo is in for a rude awakening as he learns that the Tondo of today is much wilder than the one he grew up in. It’s an opportunity to grow for all three of them that highlights the importance of remembering your roots, an especially sentimental message for Filipino audiences around the world.

Filipinos and others alike can look forward to the largely positive and comedic portrayal of Tondo, a notoriously impoverished neighborhood that’s depicted in a gloomy way more often than not. By presenting the locals as multidimensional rather than merely depressing, the movie offers a slice of life that gives the story its charming character.

Source: The Daily of University of Washington

Dennis at Jennylyn, magtatambal sa teleserye

MATUTUPAD na ang matagal nang request ng fans nina Dennis Trillo at Jennylyn Mercado na muli silang pagtambalin ng GMA-7, dahil ang dating magkasintahan ang bida sa bago at siguradong magiging kontrobersiya na serye ng Kapuso Network, ang My Faithful Husband.


Maayos na ang relasyon ng dalawa at nababalitang nagkabalikan na kahit pareho silang iwas-pusoy kapag tinatanong. Nagkakasama pa sila sa workout at sa training ng triathlon, kaya walang dahilan para hindi sila pumayag na magsama sa isang teleserye.

Madalas din silang nakikitang magkasama, gaya nang manood sila kamakailan ng UFC Fight dito sa bansa. Nakita rin silang nagwo-workout, at kasama pa si Tom Rodriguez, pero hindi na-post ang picture nilang tatlo sa Instagram (IG), kaya hindi masyadong umingay. ‘ Tila iniiwasan nina Dennis at Jennylyn na makuhanan sila ng picture na magkasama.

May request lang uli ang DenJen fans nila. Sana raw ay hindi si Jennylyn ang gumanap sa asawa ni Dennis na manloloko sa karakter ng aktor, dahil gusto nilang sa ending ng teleserye ay ang dalawa ang magkatuluyan.

Anyway, mabuti at hindi agad sisimulan ang taping ng’ My Faithful Husband,’ dahil parehong busy sina Dennis at Jennylyn sa iba’t ibang proyekto. May dalawang pelikula pang tinatapos ang aktor at may isang sisimulan sa Viva Films.

Si Jennylyn naman ay bibiyahe papuntang New York para sa shooting ng pelikulang’ Pre-Nup’ ng Regal Entertainment. Katambal niya si Sam Milby sa nasabing movie.

Siguro naman, by July or August ay puwede na silang mag-taping ng’ My Faithful Husband.

Kailan kaya namin makakausap sina Dennis at Jennylyn o kahit isa lang sa kanila para matanong kung totoo ang tsikang nakita silang magkasama sa Hong Kong kamakailan?
Source: Balita galing sa BALITA

LTO promises to crack down on drivers license counterfeiters along Recto Avenue

Patigasan ng mukha ang labanan sa Recto Avenue ng mga driver’s license counterfeiters.
Basahin ang ulat mula sa GMA Network
The Land Transportation Office is set to make its move against counterfeiters of driver’s licenses who ply their services on Manila’s Recto Avenue.

In a report on GMA’s “24 Oras” on Friday, LTO spokesman Jason Salvador said he was surprised that the counterfeiters are still operating there even after multiple raids.

“This is very alarming. What we will do is we will immediately inform our law enforcement director so that he can coordinate with law enforcement agencies like [National Bureau of Investigation] and [Criminal Investigation and Detection Group]. We need to put a stop to this because a lot of people will be misled,” Salvador said.

Salvador said this after he was shown video footage by GMA News’ Emil Sumangil showing an undercover agent successfully buying a fake license in Recto for P450.

In the report, seasoned LTO enforcers were able to distinguish between authentic and fake licenses.

They said that faked licenses are categorized as class A, B and C and had generally lighter colors. There was also no embossed design behind the card on the fake licenses.

The LTO is also checking on a license service in Iloilo that can be availed for P1500 via Facebook.

“We are investigating this. Malaman natin na may mga empleyadong involved dito hindi tayo mag aatubiling parusahan sila,” Salvador said.

The LTO admits that the increase in fake license services was probably caused by the slow process of releasing driver’s licenses. It has blamed a problem with the supply of plastic material for the licenses for the delay.

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