A summit meeting at Mt. Apo by fjzhangweiqun


									                                               June 2008                         A summit meeting at Mt. Apo
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                                               Lopez Group pa
 ‘Banayad’ na 1Q 2008
 para sa listed cos ...p.2                     rin sa Meralco
                                               NANATILI ang management ng
                                               Meralco sa kamay ng Lopez Group
                                                                                       M. Lopez, Jesus P. Francisco, Christian
                                                                                       Monsod, Felipe Alfonso at Cesar Virata
                                                                                                                                  Exchange Commission (SEC) na dapat
                                                                                                                                  ay iaalis sa kanya ang katungkulan na
                                               makaraang ihalal ng shareholders ang    na kumakatawan sa Lopez Group; Win-        gumanap bilang secretary ng Meralco
                                               karamihan ng Lopez Group nominees       ston Garcia, Daisy Arce, Bernardino        at ng pulong na iyon. Si Rosete ang as-
                                               sa kanilang pulong noong Mayo 27.       Abes at Jeremy Parulan na kumaka-          sistant corporate secretary ng Meralco.
                                                   Sa 1.11 bilyong issued and out-     tawan sa GSIS at iba pang government       Sapagkat nag-resign bilang corporate
                                               standing shares ng Meralco, 968.38      financial institutions; at former Chief    secretary si former Associate Justice
                                               milyon o 86.87% ang represented sa      Justice Artemio Panganiban at Vicente      Camilo Quiason at gayundin si former
                                               stockholders’ meeting in person or by   Panlilio, na mga independent directors.    Associate Justice Jose Vitug, si Rosete
                                               proxy.                                       Hindi kinilala ni acting corporate    ang naglingkod bilang corporate secre-
                                                   Nahalal sa board of directors ng    secretary Anthony Rosete ang umano’y       tary ng taunang pulong ng stockholders.
                                               Meralco ang mga sumusunod: Manuel       cease and desist order ng Securities and                              Turn to page 6

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                                                                                                                                                                          ABS-CBN News Desk
       LopezLink      June 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               LopezLink June 2008         

   First Gen vision unveiled
                                                                                                                   Jan. 2008-March 2008 Financial Results (unaudited)
                                                                                                                                                         TOTAL REVENUES                               Net income/ (loss)                    OML cited for role in                                                                                                                                                             SkyCable Update
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Digital cable TV in Las Piñas,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            enhanced Euro-RP relations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          % change
   AT their annual stockholders’ meeting, First Gen
   Corporation president Federico R. Lopez (FRL)
                                                          Corporation) geothermal assets likewise present
                                                          acquisition opportunities that will undoubtedly
                                                                                                                                            2007               2008        % change       2007             2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Munti and P’que
   unveiled the vision for the company and the strate-    increase First Gen’s returns from (EDC).”                  ABS-CBN                P4.141 B           P4.257 B     +3            P281 M           P242 M         -14                                                                                                                                                                                       Muntinlupa, Parañaque and Las Piñas residents may
   gic importance of last year’s acquisition of Philip-   Main earners                                                                      P4.183 B           P4.256 B    +2             P731 M*          P60 M*         -92                                                                                                                                                                                       now avail of digital cable TV service that enables them
   pine National Oil Company-Energy Development               Although the 1,500-MW First Gas plants con-                                                                                                  US$16 M*       -52                                                                             THE European Chamber of Commerce of                European partnerships make good business               to enjoy onscreen program guides with “now and next
                                                                                                                     First Gen              US$272 M           US$420 M    +54            US$34 M*
   Company (PNOC-EDC).                                    tinue to be First Gen’s main revenue earners and                                                                                                                                                                                                the Philippines (ECCP) recently honored            sense,” the ECCP said in the citation signed           shows” feature, and lock channels with mature content.
                                                                                                                     FPHC                   P 15.5 B           P 19.9 B    +29            P1.06 B*         P223 M*         -79
       “As the world heads toward a carbon-con-           net income contributors, the 112-MW Pantaban-                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lopez Group chairman Oscar M. Lopez                by ECCP president Hubert D’Aboville and                Other benefits include access to additional subscription
   strained future and unprecedented coal and oil         gan/Masiway hydroelectric plant and EDC’s geo-             Meralco                P48.20 B           P43.64 B    -10            P532 M           P655 M         +23                                                                                                                                                                                       packages like SkyCable Platinum and live sporting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (OML) for his contribution to the devel-           executive vice president Henry Schum-
   prices, renewable energy such as geothermal will       thermal plants are expected to grow in importance          PNOC-EDC               P4.685 B           P4.230 B    -10            P1.256 B         P1.204 B       -4                                                                                                                                                                                        events through SkyCable Season Pass.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          opment of European-Philippine business             acher.
   command a considerable premium over fossil-            in the company’s portfolio.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     relations.                                             Lopez Group companies have entered                     Other digital-ready cities in Metro Manila include
   based alternatives. We see greater control of our          “Quite simply, we are shaping our growth plat-       *Attributable to equity holders of the parent company                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            areas in Makati, Manila, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasay,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The ECCP during its 30th anniversary           into numerous joint venture projects with

                                                                                                                   Banayad na first quarter
   fuel strategy through EDC; fuel that is clean and      form along the lines of having the most distinctive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pasig, Quezon City and San Juan. For details, send an
   capable of enabling us to deliver outstanding value    set of energy assets that are not easy to duplicate,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          celebration cited OML for his active in-           European companies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          volvement in the trade growth between the              Philippine Economic Zone Authority                 SMS to 0917-6310000/0918-8631000, log on to www.
   propositions for our customers. We believe that        deliver great value to consumers, and yet still be en-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    skycable.com or call the 24-hour SkyCable Customer
   with our platform, First Gen is now extremely well-    vironmentally sustainable. Our intent is to produce                                                                                                                                                                                             two sides.                                         (Peza) director general Lilia de Lima was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The expansion of European-Philippine          also cited for expanding the Philippine’s              Service Hotline at 631-0000.
   positioned to become the country’s energy supplier     the competitively priced megawatt-hours needed to        NAGING banayad ang financial performance ng                   magpatuloy ang malambot na kalakarang pang-ne-
   of choice,” he said.                                   fuel our growing economy with the smallest carbon                                                                                                                                                                                               trade in both directions and the increase in       export processing zones which have be-
       Through EDC’s geothermal power assets,
   First Gen controls the largest clean and renewable
                                                          footprint possible. Our choices must also give us
                                                          capabilities that ultimately launch our aspirations
                                                                                                                   mga listed companies na pinamumunuan ng Lopez
                                                                                                                   Group noong first quarter ng 2008. Natatanging
                                                                                                                                                                                 gosyo sa Pilipinas dahil sa mahinang pandaigdigang
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (L-R) OML, Connie R. Lopez and ECCP president Hubert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          European investments in the country are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          partly due to his understanding that Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             come the favorite destination of European
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             companies in the country. (Elaine Garcia-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Miley Cyrus
   source of energy in the country. This has propelled
   the company into being “the largest vertically inte-
                                                          of becoming an international player that will bring
                                                          unique strengths and capabilities to the world
                                                                                                                   umangat ang Meralco, na bagamat bumaba ng 10%
                                                                                                                   ang revenues ay nagawang tumaas ng 23% ang net
                                                                                                                                                                                     “The overall environment will continue to be
                                                                                                                                                                                 challenging with the global economic recession             D’Aboville.                                                   matters and that European technology and           Gatchalian)                                            concert in 3-D
                                                                                                                   income sa P655 milyon.                                        impacting the local economy. At First Holdings, this                                                                                                                                                                               Miley Cyrus, also known

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maria Ressa: ‘Our interest is to get to the truth’
   grated power generation play in the country with       stage,” FRL said.                                            Sinabi ni Elpidio L. Ibañez, pangulo ng First             year will be focused on integrating and normalizing                                                                                                                                                                                as Hannah Montana,
   an unassailable presence in all three geographical         Both the Santa Rita and San Lorenzo gas-fired        Philippine Holdings Corporation, na maaaring                  the major acquisitions we made last year,” sabi niya.                                                                                                                                                                              heats up the small screen
   grids of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.”                 plants have consistently been among the most                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in “Hannah Montana &
       Going forward, First Gen expects to use its        efficient in the country with record levels of reli-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Miley Cyrus: Best of

                                                                                                                   ABS-CBN is RP’s 7th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Excerpted from ABS-CBN’s re-             because of possible retaliation by       guest on ANC, ABS-CBN and                Track record
   expertise in energy asset management to serve mar-     ability and availability that far exceed benchmarks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Both Worlds Concert in
   kets outside the Philippines.                          set by the North American Electricity Reliability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sponse on perceived Lopez con-           ABS-CBN.                                 a news source of abs-cbnnews.                 Again, I point to our track record:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            trol of news agenda                          That’s not what the facts show.      com.                                     let’s look at our coverage of the Ultra      3-D,” airing on June 21,
   Competitive advantage                                  Council (NERC). The net result was that the First
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Many believe the Arroyo gov-         On April 29, ABS-CBN’s online                As for the Lopez family, they        stampede. On that day, our reporters         9 p.m., on Disney Chan-

                                                                                                                   most admired company
       “Even if we’ve become the largest indepen-         Gas “all-in tariffs” to its customer Meralco have
   dent power producer in the country today, held in      been among the most competitive from their mix                                                                                                                                    ernment is out to silence ABS-           news team broke the story of the         know where we stand. My man-             asked us, “How do we handle the              nel (SkyCable Channel
   proper perspective, First Gen remains a big fish in    of power suppliers and this contributed greatly to                                                                                                                                CBN by harassing the Lopez fam-          brewing battle between Meralco’s         date is to create a professional         people angry with ABS-CBN? How               47). The concert will be
   a small pond…First Gen has always had its sight        lowering Meralco’s rates to its customers.                                                                                                                                        ily. President Arroyo’s allies, on       majority stakeholder, the Lopez          news group with world-class              do we deal with those who are griev-         presented in 3-D for-
   set on going overseas. With the purchase of EDC,       Expansion                                                                                                                                                                         the other hand, accuse ABS-CBN           family, and its harshest critic,         standards. yet, in our polarized         ing and blaming ABS-CBN?” I said,            mat, bringing a whole
                                                                                                                   ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. is the seventh most                 ABS-CBN Interactive that sells video-on-demand in
   the company has now formed its own distinctive             This year, First Gen will implement a rehabili-                                                                                                                               of reporting on the new NBN-             GSIS president Winston Garcia.           society, the idea that the Lopezes       “Put them on air.” Treat the story as        new experience to
                                                                                                                   admired company in the Philippines, according to a             monthly and pay-per-view (PPV) subscription pack-
   competitive advantage that will open more doors        tation and modernization program for Pantabangan         survey by The Wall Street Journal Asia.                        ages via the internet.                                    ZTE witness to divert attention              After the first story, Garcia        would not “use” ABS-CBN for              if we aren’t ABS-CBN because we              SkyCable Silver Prepaid
   to us internationally. We are intent on pursuing the   which will not only expand its lifespan but increase         ABS-CBN joins others in the top ten list, including            ABS-CBN was the only media company that               from Meralco. They say they are          said he was convinced of our im-         its vested interests seems hard to       are journalists first.                       subscribers. Just buy a
   geothermal potential in Indonesia. We believe that     megawatt capacity by 18 MW. The first phase of 9         Ayala Land Inc., Jollibee Foods Corp., Ayala Corp.,            made it in both categories.                               afraid to go against the Lopezes         partiality and became a frequent         believe.                                      So how do I manage the interests        15-day or 30-day limited
   First Gen is currently the best positioned company     MW is expected in 2009 and the second phase in           Globe Telecom, San Miguel Corp., Bank of the Philip-               The survey “Asia’s 200” was conducted by                                                                                                                                         of the Lopezes? It’s simple: I don’t         edition SkyCable Silver
   to address Indonesia’s plans of developing its local   2010.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Prepaid-Hannah Montana

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bayan, Philcom interconnect
                                                                                                                   pine Islands, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.,          research firm Colmar Brunton on behalf of the                                                                                                                                        manage them because they are not
   geothermal power,” said FRL.                               FRL disclosed: “In anticipation of Luzon’s           SM Prime Holdings and Banco de Oro Unibank.                    renowned business paper and covered 2,477 ex-                                                                                                                                        the interests of the newsroom. We            card in participating out-
       Since its IPO, First Gen has aimed to double its   growing power demand, we are doing feasibility               In the innovation award category, the conglom-             ecutives and professionals as respondents. (Kane                                                                                                                                     are a newsroom run by journal-               lets from June 1 to 21 and get two pairs of 3-D goggles
   net megawatt (MW) capacity by 2011. But sheer          studies on the expansion of each of the hydro plants

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            local calling in CDO
                                                                                                                   erate grabbed the third spot for TFCnow, a unit of             Choa)                                                                                                                                                                                ists, and our end goal is to hold the        free. Also, make sure your SkyCable Silver Prepaid is
   size alone is not its sole aim. Quality growth under   which will come right after this upgrade. With                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fully loaded so the whole family can enjoy the crisp and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       government and the private sector

                                                                                                                   Benpres unloads 18%
   constrained legal limits is a primary requirement.     hydro’s unique ability to respond instantly to surges                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     clear appearance of the pop sensation.
   And since the acquisition of EDC, First Gen has        in demand during the day, Pantabangan-Masiway is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       accountable for the public good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            n order to do that, we journal-             SkyCable Silver Prepaid is available in selected areas
   been looking for ways to organically growing the       indispensable at meeting the peaking requirements                                                                                                                                 BAyAN and Philippine Global                  “Our subscribers as well as          one of the biggest landline service      ists have to first hold ourselves            in Pasig, Quezon City, Manila Mandaluyong and Pasay.
   company by 280 MW to 310 MW.                           of the Luzon grid.                                                                                                                                                                Communication (Philcom) recently         those of Philcom can now call            providers in the city.                                                                Call the SkyCable Customer Service Hotline for more

                                                                                                                   stake in Medical City
       “There are many potential sites all over the           “This same capability will also prove vital later                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        accountable, making sure we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            implemented the interconnection of       their relatives, friends and busi-            Santos said the technical           protect no vested interests. If we           information. (Karen Zabaljauregui)
   country wherein we can focus on drilling for more      as the market for ancillary services to the grid is                                                                                                                               its facilities in Cagayan de Oro that    ness associates directly without         groups of the two companies are
   reserves and turning this into power, especially       established and Pantabangan once again demon-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                do our jobs well, all Filipinos will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            would allow subscribers of bayan-        having to use a long-distance cir-       now conducting tests to ensure           benefit. If we do our jobs well, we
   in areas where this is badly needed. The PSALM         strates its many unique abilities to service those
   (Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management        needs.” (CPS)                                            Benpres Holdings Corp. has unloaded its 18%-stake in
                                                                                                                   Professional Services Inc., which owns and operates
                                                                                                                                                                                  had reached an agreement on the pricing terms with the
                                                                                                                                                                                  buyer only recently, Benpres officials said. They added
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WIRELESS landline (BWL) and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Philcom’s landline to make local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            calls to each other without using a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cuit,” said Mauro Santos, Bayan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     vice president for regional mar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the integration of both subscribers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              into one interconnected system.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Thirty trunk lines for the inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       will help build a better nation with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       more transparent processes.                NLEX has innovative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  safety features
                                                                                                                   The Medical City hospital in Ortigas, for P600 million.        that the company’s initial investment in the hospital                                                                                                                                ‘Critical’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            long distance number as mandated             Bayan’s BWL service has              connection have already been ins-

                           No ghost deliveries
                                                                                                                       In a statement to the Philippine Stock Exchange            was only P200 million.                                                                                                                                                                    Meralco chairman and CEO
                                                                                                                   (PSE), Benpres president and chief operating officer                The stake was sold to an affiliate of Lombard Asia   by the National Telecommunica-           almost 5,000 subscribers in Ca-          talled and operationalized, a Philcom    Manuel M. Lopez once asked us to
                                                                                                                   (COO) Angel S. Ong said the shareholding was sold as           III, an Asia-focused private equity fund managed by       tions Commission (NTC).                  gayan de Oro, while Philcom is           executive added. (Freyja Santos)         “stop being so critical” because he        A road safety audit conducted at the North Luzon Express-
                                                                                                                   part of the company’s efforts “to dispose of its non-core      Lombard Investments Inc.                                                                                                                                                             said that the Arroyo administration        way (NLEX) showed that Manila North Tollways Corpora-
                                      ates First Gas Corporation and
                                                                             industry. Napocor has the same
                                                                             agreements with its independent
                                                                                                                   assets to pay debts.”
                                                                                                                       The company has been trying to unload its stake
                                                                                                                                                                                       The Lopez Group, through Meralco, still owns a
                                                                                                                                                                                  stake in The Medical City, a P5.1 billion operation and   Full house in Bayan’s ‘High Stakes Night’                                                                                  takes it out on Meralco. If what he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       said was true, I asked, why not come
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tion (MNTC) has adequately addressed safety concerns on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the 84-kilometer tollway.
                                                                                                                   in Professional Services Inc. “for some time now” but          one of the country’s most modern medical institutions.    Breaking free of stuffy, conventional meetings, Bayan treated its Cebu subscribers to a fun night of poker, blackjack
                                          Detractors have alleged that       power producers (IPPs), including                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         out with it publicly? He told me,              The audit conducted by Mott Connell Ltd., an engineer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and baccarat at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Mactan during its first Cebu “High Stakes Night,” proving that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Maria, you just don’t understand.”        ing and management consultancy firm based in Hong Kong,

                                                                                                                   Bayan expands wireless
                                      First Gas made ghost power deliv-      Sual, Ilijan, Pagbilao, Casecnan,                                                                                                                              they don’t play dice with their clients’ enjoyment. “High Stakes Night” is just one of the exciting events that toast
FIRST     Philippine     Holdings     eries to Meralco and charged the       Malaya, San Roque and Mindanao                                                                                                                                 and celebrate Bayan’s                                                                                                           Finally, he said it public-           showed that there were relatively few accidents resulting in
Corporation (FPHC) chairman           distribution utility for the power     Coal.                                                                                                                                                          personal relationship                                                                                                      ly—that he believed the reason             injuries and fatalities at the NLEX compared to similar roads
Oscar M. Lopez (OML) assured          that was not delivered.                    OML explained that take-or-                                                                                                                                with its clients. With the                                                                                                 Meralco was being targeted was             elsewhere in the country.

                                                                                                                   landline coverage
stockholders at their annual meet-        “When First Gas charged            pay undertakings are necessary                                                                                                                                 company’s emphasis                                                                                                         because the government wanted                  The audit also indicated that majority of the accidents
ing that there were never any         Meralco for capacity fees for 1,000    because investors cannot finance                                                                                                                               on customer satisfac-                                                                                                      to control ABS-CBN.                        were mainly due to driver error or vehicle fault. It recom-
ghost deliveries between associ-      megawatts during the second half       power plants purely on equity.                                                                                                                                 tion, it’s a sure bet that                                                                                                      When President Arroyo asked           mended preventive or corrective measures for identified
                                      of the year 2000, this was because     Take-or-pay contracts attract proj-                                                                                                                            Bayan’s subscribers can                                                                                                    me why ABS-CBN was “critical,”             potential hazards.
                                      1,000 megawatts was available for      ect financing from banks and other    BAyAN plans to roll out additional base stations that          over the previous year, at P2.06B compared to             look forward to other                                                                                                      I said that we do not consider                 MNTC regularly subjects itself to road safety audits in
  BIZ CALENDAR                        dispatch,” said OML.                   financial institutions.               would further expand coverage of the bayanWIRE-                P1.62B.                                                   exciting events in the                                                                                                     ourselves “critical” of the gov-           line with its policy of taking a proactive approach to ensur-
                                          The capacity was not dis-              Meanwhile, FPHC stock-            LESS landline (BWL) service in Metro Manila                         Internet revenues, which cover Bayan’s DSL busi-     coming months. (Freyja                                                                                                     ernment. We believe we demand              ing transportation safety at the NLEX. It has put in place in-
 Annual                               patched because the transmis-
                                      sion line projects of the National
                                                                             holders unanimously reelected
                                                                             their previous year’s board of
                                                                                                                   within the first half of 2008 and launch the service
                                                                                                                   in other provincial cities within the year.
                                                                                                                                                                                  ness, breached the P1.0 revenue mark, gaining 60%
                                                                                                                                                                                  higher than the previous year of P627 million. Inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Santos)                                                                                                                    accountability because that is our         novative safety features that enhance the safety of motorists
 Stockholders’                        Power Corporation (Napocor)            directors. Reelected to serve in          The growth of the wireless landline business               national leased lines revenues also grew 20%, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       role as journalists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our coverage of the Meralco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  along the expressway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At the first audit in October 2000, Mott Connel recom-
 Meetings                             were delayed for five years.
                                      These transmission lines had
                                                                             2008-2009 are Augusto Almeda-
                                                                             Lopez, Thelmo Cunanan, Jose
                                                                                                                   contributed significantly to Bayan’s sustained busi-
                                                                                                                   ness growth in 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                                  can be attributed to Bayan’s gaining market presence
                                                                                                                                                                                  in the offshoring and outsourcing (O&O) industry.                                                                                                                                    issue is extensive and fair. ANC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       aired, live and in full, the joint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mended the installation of signages at interchanges and pave-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ment marking extensions. MNTC, on its own, added more
                                      been committed to be ready by          de Jesus, Peter Garrucho, Jr.             Total revenue of P5.5 billion was 15% better than               Chief executive consultant Tunde Fafunwa
 June 12: Benpres, Meralco            the time First Gas was ready to        Elpidio Ibanez, Eugenio Lopez         the P4.8B posted during the previous year. Coupled             pointed out that Bayan’s core business delivers stable                                                                                                                               congressional hearing on Meralco.          safety features such as speed stopping lanes (SSL), rumble
 Theater, 8 a.m.                      operate.                               III, Federico R. Lopez, Manuel        with the impact of the stronger peso, Bayan’s net              revenue streams that can be funneled into building the                                                                                                                               Our interest is to get to the Truth        strips and a Brifen wire rope safety fence among others.
 June 19: First Philippine                Under a take-or-pay agree-         M. Lopez, Oscar M. Lopez,             income grew 319% to P2.2B in 2007 over P526 mil-               network infrastructure, expansion of coverage and                                                                                                                                    because we are responsible to the              The latter, considered the latest in barrier systems, can
                                      ment, Meralco had to pay for the       Ernesto Rufino Jr., and all five      lion during the previous year.                                 elevating customer service quality standards.                                                                                                                                        people. Whether we’re reporting            be found at the San Fernando Interchange median area. It
 Infrastructure Inc. (FPII),
                                      available capacity because the non-    independent directors: Cesar              Revenue growth was driven by a 10% gain in                      “We will continue our drive to ensure that qual-                                                                                                                                on the Ultra stampede, the Manila          is a high-tension roadside cable barrier system that absorbs
 details to be announced              dispatch was not the fault of First    Bautista, Oscar Hilado, Artemio       voice services, from P3.37B over P3.1B the previ-              ity of service delivered to customers should be the                                                                                                                                  Peninsula siege, the NBN-ZTE               the impact of an errant vehicle, prevents it from crossing
 ABS-CBN, to be announced             Gas. Take-or-pay contracts are         Panganiban, Vicente Paterno and       ous year, with wireless landline contributing more             focus, beyond revenues and subscriber count,” Fa-                                                                                                                                    scandal or the issue of high elec-         the barrier and redirects it back to normal traffic flow. (Kit
                                      standard in the power generation       Washington Sycip. (CPS)               than 20%. Data and internet business gained 27%                funwa said. (Freyja Santos)                                                                                                                                                          tricity rates, we hold nothing back.       Ventura)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      The International Association                                               Roxanne                                 picture contract with Star   helmed by Joyce Bernal,       surprises na ihahandog         po ang masasabi ko
media through the infamous blog
that excoriated Filipino socialites
                                           Governments, corporations or
                                       any individual can be exposed in
                                                                             happening in real time, and we
                                                                             are rarely able to anticipate where
                                                                                                                     to make corporate or product brand
                                                                                                                     identity understood, respected and
                                                                                                                                                             Online conversations deserve as
                                                                                                                                                             much time—probably more—than
                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Business Communica-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      tors (IABC) International                                                   Guinoo stars                            Cinema, KC Concepcion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          follows up her official
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the movie is slated for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       August 2008 screening.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     namin,” Concepcion was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     quoted as telling Philip-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    naming dalawa.”
and other members of the so-
called elite. In a flash, hundreds
                                       online conversations made by any      they will lead. It’s no longer typi-
                                                                             cal to be able to call your CEO and
                                                                                                                     loved, managing advocacy has be-
                                                                                                                     come a must. It is not enough to be-
                                                                                                                                                             pitching stories for major business
                                                                                                                                                             media or trade magazines.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Conference is the leading
                                                                                                                                                                                                      international forum of its                                                  in ‘Ligaw’                              entry into showbiz with          Concepcion’s debut        pine Entertainment Por-           According to the
                                       one of today’s more than one bil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      kind. At this event, more than                                         “Ligaw” tells the story of Leya              a team-up with fellow        on the silver screen is       tal (Pep) in an interview      agreement between
of people from all over the world      lion Internet users. That’s pretty    tell her that there will be a story     have consistently and responsibly,          Brand, marketing and commu-                                                                                 (Roxanne Guinoo), who is try-                showbiz royalty Richard      already creating a lot of     before the big reveal.         the networks’ movie
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1,400 business communica-
descended on the blog’s com-           impressive for a medium that did      about her in the morning edition        respecting corporate values, devel-     nication professionals are facing a                                                                             ing to put the pieces of her sad,            Gutierrez for her big        buzz, helped along by         “…Sobrang gusto lang           arms, Concepcion will
                                                                                                                                                                                                      tion professionals—decision
ments section to give their two        not exist 15 years ago. Now it’s      of the newspaper, that the media        oping superb products and services,     challenge that requires new sets                                                                                complicated life together. Will
                                                                                                                                                                                                      makers in leading industries                                                                                        movie debut.                 fans’ curiosity about the     namin na meron kam-            do another flick with
cents’ worth on the personalities      one of the most powerful shapers      relations department had the time       hiring and retaining the best talent,   of skills and sensitivities. Reputa-                                                                            she succeed in her desire to put
featured in the blog.                  of public perception.                 to review, and that they added fig-     or being a good corporate citizen.      tions are now built and damaged
                                                                                                                                                                                                      around the world—gather                                                                                                 The young stars start-   pairing of a kapamilya        ing mga tanging handog         Gutierrez, this time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             her life in order, or will she just
    The reality is that Internet           The new online world is here      ures that the reporter initially left   Advocates                               online, and companies have to
                                                                                                                                                                                                      to learn the latest develop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             open more wounds? Guinoo                     ed shooting “For the First   and a kapuso. Gutierrez       na talagang hindi n’yo         under GMA Films.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ments and best practices in                                                                                         Time” (working title) in     is one of the prized male     pa nakikita or hindi pa        The movie, which will
users now number more than one         to stay and has become more and       out.                                        Today, organizations are re-        be able to create mutual trust and                                                                              will be joined by Sid Lucero
                                                                                                                                                                                                      communication and make                                                                                              Manila in late May; the      talents of ABS-CBN’s          nangyayari ever before.”       be directed by Jose
billion and, with a single click,      more significant to building corpo-        Instead, you are more and more     quired to have advocates and sup-       loyalty with communities. (Luis                                                                                 (as Billy) and VJ/singer Marc
can make or break the reputation       rate reputations. It requires a new   likely to be searching the Internet     porters that lead public conversa-      Gallardo)                                connections.                                                                                                        key sequences will report-   rival station, GMA-7.             Asked whether her          Javier Reyes, is GMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Abaya (as Francis). “Ligaw”
of practically anyone. An article      perspective for businesspeople,       for news about your company, or         tions—professional        observers         Excerpted from CW Bulletin.          How Relevant is Your                                                   also stars Ara Mina, Chokoleit,              edly be shot in Athens,          “…Ang daming sur-         leading man was her            Films’ Valentine offer-
from CW Bulletin explains why          and brand and communication           getting an alert where your com-        that monitor and act on multiple        Luis Gallardo is the global direc-       PR Group to Your                       Roxanne Guinoo with leading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Coco Martin, Erich Gonzales                  Greece in June. Described    prise! Grabe, maloloka        personal choice, Con-          ing.                         KC Concepcion
a different perspective and new        professionals. Building brands        pany name is mentioned dozens of        online conversations—in order           tor of marketing and communica-          Company?                               man Sid Lucero
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Jaymee Joaquin, among
skills are needed for communica-       and shaping reputations now           times. And something even more          to deliver the corporate strategy       tion at Deloitte. He has counseled       June 27, 2008, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.        others. ABS-CBN’s newest daytime teleserye, “Ligaw” airs week-
tion professionals in particular
to be able to keep in step with
                                       requires full-time professionals
                                       thinking about and acting on the
                                                                             serious is that that news will be
                                                                             archived online and available for
                                                                                                                     through effective communication
                                                                                                                     and stay ahead of trends. In order
                                                                                                                                                             major global organizations as
                                                                                                                                                             part of their corporate strategies
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Intercon Hotel, Makati City
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fee: P800 (PRSP member)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             days after “Wowowee.” (Lorelie Dionisio)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          DZMM, 101.9 For Life stage ‘Basketbol’ Patrol
this “new online world” and do
their job intelligently and effec-
                                       digital side, and in real time.
                                       From strategy to action in
                                                                             years, just one click away.
                                                                                  you cannot manage reputa-
                                                                                                                     to be ahead, communicators have
                                                                                                                     to become specialists in social
                                                                                                                                                             on brand and communication
                                                                                                                                                             management. He can be contacted
                                                                                                                                                                                                      /P,1000 (nonmember)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      For more info, contact Ruth at         ‘My Girl’ starts taping!                                                     DZMM Radyo Patrol Sais                                                      are among those taking part in      cently played with the DZMM
tively.                                minutes                               tions online without huge doses of      media, just as they did with print      at lgallardo@deloitte.es.                638-0010                               The cast of the “Koreanovela”-                                               Trenta anchors and 101.9 For                                                the goodwill games.                 and 101.9 For Life basketball
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             turned-Pinoy-serye, “My Girl,”                                               Life’s “Bespren” disc jocks go                                                 “The barangay teams are          team, which has won two out
 OUR VERY OWN                                                                                                                                                HR Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             has started taping, and people are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             looking forward to the newest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             teleserye craze! Even the stars—
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          up against the best barangay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          players as the stations stage the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      no patsies. They field their best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      players. Some of them are even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of three games held in Payatas,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mandaluyong and Navotas.

Freedom fighter releases 2nd book
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson,                                                   Basketbol Patrol tournament                                                 collegiate or varsity players,”         Basketbol Patrol is an an-

                                                                                                                                                              ‘Undaunted’ staging                                                            Enchong Dee, Alex Gonzaga,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Regine Angeles, Nina Jose and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in 12 key Metro Manila baran-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      said Basketbol Patrol team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      manager and DZMM executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nual project started by DZMM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and 101.9 For Life four years

                                                                                                                                                              moved to November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             David Chua—are elated. For                                                      Ted Failon, Vic Lima, Henry                                              producer Dingdong Marco.            ago. It will run until September
                                       MORE than a second book about         to become assistant to company              He relocated to the Philippines                                                                                     them, it is a chance to become closer to one another. Because of             Omaga Diaz, Alex Santos, DJ                                                    Former pro Atoy Co and           in other cities and campuses in
                                       the end of the Marcos dictatorship,   president Eugenio H. Lopez Sr.          to resume his professional career                                                                                       the intense preparation of the cast, they will once again give life to       China Heart and other DZMM                                                  actor Bayani Agbayani, who          Metro Manila and nearby prov-
                                       A Country Not Even His Own            and manager of Meralco opera-           in 1986 and retired in 1996 as se-                                                                                      the story of love and friendship in “My Girl,” soon on ABS-CBN!
                                       by Steve Psinakis recounts the        tions.                                  nior vice president of First Philip-     The staging of “Undaunted, A                                                                                                                                and 101.9 For Life employees Vic Lima and Alex Santos                       are frequent DZMM guests, re-       inces. (K. Choa)
                                                                                                                                                              Musical on the Life of Eugenio                                                 (Katherine Solis)
                                       author’s odyssey from the events          During the martial law years        pine Holdings Corp. (FPHC).
                                                                                                                                                              Lopez Sr.” has been postponed to
                                       that inspired him to champion de-     (1972-1986) while abroad in                 The book takes its title from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pinky Webb joins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘PBB’ mag is
                                                                                                                                                              November 2008. Preparations for
                                       mocracy in the Philippines to the
                                       ensuing US reaction, including his
                                                                             the US, Psinakis helped or-
                                                                             chestrate the successful escape
                                                                                                                     a 1988 citation by then President
                                                                                                                     Cory Aquino to Psinakis in rec-          the musical will resume at a more
                                                                                                                                                              appropriate time. Updates regarding the musical will be announced                                  ‘XXX’                                                                                      Teen Edition Plus update
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  one cool read!
                                       own arrest and trial.                 of his brother-in-law Eugenio           ognition of his steadfast commit-
                                           From Greece with an               Lopez Jr. from political impris-        ment to restore democracy in the         as they develop.                                                                                         Pinky Webb joins Henry Omaga-Diaz
                                       American electrical engineering       onment. While engaging in con-          Philippines, “A Country Not Even             Writer and director George de Jesus III brings to life the story of                                    and Julius Babao in “XXX” as the team
                                       degree, Psinakis found employ-        sultancy and engineering work           His Own.”                                the first-generation Lopez brothers, Eugenio and his younger brother                                        sheds light on illegal activities in dark al-                                                                                                           “PINOy Big Brother Teen Edition
                                                                                                                                                              Fernando, in this original work. Eñing will be portrayed by Lopez de-                                       leys and in high places. Webb also hosts
                                       ment in Meralco in Manila,            in California, he also dedicated            The book will be available                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Plus (PBBTEP)” is one of the most
                                       where he also met his wife-to-be,     his time and resources to sup-          mid-June in leading bookstores           scendant, actor and director Audie Gemora, while First Gen president                                        “Umagang Kay Ganda” and “Radyo
                                                                                                                                                              and chief executive officer Federico “Piki” R. Lopez takes on the role                                      Balita.” Her exclusive report on US Ma-                                                                                                                 talked-about shows on ABS-CBN’s
                                       Presentacion M. Lopez. By the         port the Filipinos’ struggle for        nationwide. For more info, con-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Primetime Bida block, and the maga-
                                       time he left Meralco after his 10-    the restoration of human rights         tact Helen Constantino at 0917-          of Nanding.                                                                                                rine Daniel Smith and the Subic rape case
                                                                                                                                                                  The rest of the cast will be announced within the next few                                            trial promulgation was one of the winning                                                                                                                 zine from ABS-CBN Publishing is
                                       year stint in 1969, he had risen      and democracy.                          8016407.
                                                                                                                                                              weeks.                                                                                                   elements of “Bandila,” which made it to                                                                                                                    expected to become just as big a hit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the nominees for Best Newscast in the In-                                                                                                                       The inclusion of several half-Pi-
 BUSINESS EXCELLENCE corner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ternational Emmy Awards in 2007. “XXX”               Alex, 18        Ejay, 18         Nan, 17        Robi, 18           Nicole, 17      Beauty, 16           noys in this batch is said to be one of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          D-Day set for 6/7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    airs after “TV Patrol Sabado” on ABS-CBN.                                                                                                                     the reasons for this edition’s success.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing a process and in designing a                                       (Kane Choa)

                                       Baldrige Conference: Up close and personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pinky Webb                                                                                                                                                                          Find out what makes these half-Pinoy
By Bheng Relatado-Rubia                                                                                                                                                                             new one.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Baldrige winners received the                                                                                                                                                                                            teens Filipino, and check out the pro-
ON April 22-25, 2008, more than                                                                                                                                                                     Feedback Report which details            ‘Samantha Who?’ on Studio 23                                                                                                                                                         files of the other teen housemates!
800 quality practitioners from the     So much to learn                          We in the group had varied          tion, and there were attempts    the conference, and wish that                 their strengths and weaknesses.          Samantha Newly (Christina Applegate) lost her memory after an                                                                                                                            Relive memorable moments in
business, education, manufactur-           The bulk of the conference        interests so we attended different      made to dig further to uncover   you can replicate them in your                For them, reading the Report is          accident. To rediscover herself, she has to rely on friends and family.                                                                                                              the “PBB” House through “Pinoy Big
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SUMMER may be giving              ian 2nd Big Placer, while         along with Nicole and Val-
ing, small business and health care    was composed of the sessions          sessions. The schedule of con-          the strategies of winning organi-own environment. Unfortunately,               both an enlightening and humbling        Her boyfriend Todd seems to be trustworthy, but will his trust last                                                                                                                  Brother Teen Edition Plus Rewind.” A
                                                                             current sessions was very tight;        zations, including mistakes that leaders’ passion in steering the              moment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          way to the rainy season, but      Nicole’s Mommy Sandy              erie. This time it’s Valerie
sectors participated in the official   on the winners’ best practices.                                                                                                                                                                       when he discovers that Sam cheated on him, is an alcoholic and                                                                                                                       story on the hosts and behind-the-scenes
conference of the Malcolm Bald-        Representatives of the winning        concurrent presentations would          should be avoided. I understood  organization to become excellent                   Asked about the ultimate im-        has a tendency toward questionable behavior? Catch “Samantha                 in the “Pinoy Big Brother         came in third, followed by        who ends up being evicted,
                                                                             last for 30 minutes, plus another       why a Baldrige winner must prac- is one of those you can’t replicate           pact of Baldrige on the organiza-                                                                                     (PBB)” House, things are          Nan’s Mommy My Love in            leaving Beauty and Nicole           photos from the taping of the pilot epi-
rige National Quality Award (MB-       organizations delivered presenta-                                                                                                                                                                     Who?,” the 2008 People’s Choice Awards for Favorite New TV
NQA) in Washington DC, USA.            tions according to the Baldrige       15 minutes for a question-and-                                           overnight.
                                                                                                                     tice their presentation in a smaller                                           tion, the panel cited combinations       Comedy, every Sunday on Studio 23. (K. Choa)                                 just starting to heat up! Isa-    fourth place.                     to represent the girls in the       sode round out this issue’s offerings.
The Baldrige Award showcases           categories: Leadership, Strategic     answer session. Even lunches and        room (where I took a peep) beforeTrends and insights                           of measures, such as customer                                                                                         isa nang nagpaalam sina                Rona’s release. Back         House.                                  The official “PBBTEP” magazine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is one cool read, so if you’re a fan of
the winners’ business tools and
strategies they used in their Bald-
                                       Planning, Customer and Market
                                       Focus, Measurement, Analysis
                                                                             refreshment breaks were com-
                                                                             pressed to have more time for the
                                                                                                                     the start of the conference.
                                                                                                                         If you’re an employee desir-
                                                                                                                                                          During the plenary, leaders of
                                                                                                                                                      the winning organizations were
                                                                                                                                                                                                    satisfaction, employee satisfaction,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    stakeholder satisfaction and net in-     Design help                                                                  Jolas, Josef at Priscilla pero
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kahit malapit na ang Big
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            in the House after a short
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stay in Palawan, the teens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last few eviction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              nights. May eviction pang           the show, pick up a copy of the maga-
rige journey through the Quest for
                                       and Knowledge Management,
                                       Workforce Focus, Process Man-
                                                                                 One couldn’t help but feel the
                                                                                                                     ing change for your company,
                                                                                                                     then you will certainly feel en-
                                                                                                                                                      one in saying that Baldrige is diffi-
                                                                                                                                                      cult, and if one wants an overnight
                                                                                                                                                                                                    come, but found it difficult to single
                                                                                                                                                                                                    out a particular result. A few found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             for couples                                                                  Night sa June 7, mas marami       were confronted with the          magaganap sa May 31, June           zine now! (Sheila Quieta)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lifestyle Network’s “Get It                                                  pa ring housemates ang nasa       sad reality that still another    1 at June 4. Mark your cal-
    The Lopez Group has been           agement, and Business Results.        participants’ hunger for informa-       vious of what you will learn at  success, Baldrige is not the way              the question necessary. According        Together” helps couples in need
                                                                                                                                                      to go. It is a multiyear effort, and          to them, Baldrige as a framework
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          loob ng bahay kesa sa house-      housemate had to go. The          endars and be right in the
sending participants to this confer-                                                                                                                                                                                                         of a room makeover. Designer
ence since 2003. It is probably the                                                                                                                   often, Baldrige implementation is             is comprehensive enough to cover                                                                                      mates na-evict. Exciting!         one-on-one boy vs. girl duel      middle of the action! Which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chayse Dacoda lets the featured                                                  Last Guardian stand-          ended up with Atenean Robi        housemates will say good-
only Filipino group to do so, with                                                                                                                    described as a journey.                       different aspects of the business so     couple take the “Design Taste
20 Lopez Group professionals                                                                                                                              Common among the winners                  it’s much better when organizations                                                                                   ing. Teen housemate Ejay’s        getting a reprieve while          bye? It’s your call!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Test” and comes up with a plan
having attended the event to date.                                                                                                                    was the use of Lean Six Sigma.                can measure a set of inter-related       based on their personal tastes. Designer Chayse Dacoda                       Daddy Erning became               Rona, as evictee no. 5, had           Stay tuned to “PBB
    I attended the Quest with                                                                                                                         At Armament Research, Devel-                  business indicators.                     See Dacoda’s room makeover miracles and masterpieces in “Get It              the “Pinoy Big Brother’s          to pack her bags and go. The      Teen Edition Plus Uber” at
Ramon Pagdagdagan of First Phil-                                                                                                                      opment and Engineering Center                                                          Together” Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. (K. Solis)                                   (PBB)” Guardian Big Win-          contest was rather lopsided,      5:30 p.m., and “PBB Teen
ippine Holdings Corp. (FPHC),                                                                                                                         (Ardec), all senior leaders are                The Business Excellence Office                                                                                       ner after he got 65.16% of        with Robi getting 57.11%          Edition Plus Primetime”
Dan Lachica of First Philec,                                                                                                                          at least a Six Sigma Black Belt,
Rod Franco and Luigi Bautista                                                                                                                         and even the leadership system is
                                                                                                                                                      subjected to the Define, Measure,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     will conduct an Oscars Appli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     cation Development Workshop             French Open live on Balls TV                                                 the text votes during the live
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Guardian Big Night. He won
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of the votes against Rona’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              after “Lobo.” you can also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              watch the housemates on
of Manila North Tollways Corp.                                                                                                                                                                       on June 18-20, 2008. Please             Tennis fans, rejoice! Balls TV presents the exclusive telecast of the
(MNTC), and Noel Bartolome and                                                                                                                        Analyze, Improve and Control                                                           2008 French Open from Roland Garros in Paris, France. The games              P500,000 and a business                Another round. He            Studio 23, 12 noon-2 p.m.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     contact Bheng Relatado-Rubia
Vince Hubert of Bayan. The tim-        First Philec’s Dan Lachica (right) Lopez Group delegates (l-r) Noel Bartolome, Bheng Relatado-Rubia, Mon (DMAIC) technique! In Sharp                          at 449-6005 or 449-6035 for             will be aired live on the following dates: June 1, 5 p.m.; June 2, 7         franchise from Whammy             may have squeaked past, but       and online via TFCNow
ing was very good as Baldrige was      with Curt Reimann, the first       Pagdagdagan, Luigi Bautista and Rod Franco with current MBNQA ex-           Health Care, another winner, the               details.                                p.m.; June 3 and 5, 8 p.m.; June 6, 7 p.m.; and June 7-8, 9 p.m. Balls       Waffles. Alex’s Mommy             Robi once again joins the         Video Stream (abs-cbnnow.
celebrating its 20th anniversary.      MBNQA executive director.          ecutive director Harry Hertz (third from left). Not in photo: Vince Hubert. technique is used both in improv-                                                      TV is available exclusively on SkyCable (Channel 34).                        Minda emerged the Guard-          list of nominees for eviction,    com).
      LopezLink      June 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           LopezLink June 2008            

                                                                                                                                                        Lopez Group pa rin...
OML explains power issue to PGMA                                                                                                                        from page 1
                                                                                                                                                              Nagpakilala si Hubert Guevara, di-
                                                                                                                                                        rector ng Compliance and Enforcement
                                                                                                                                                                                                           sa WESM kapag non-peak hours para mura
                                                                                                                                                                                                           lamang ang presyo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The 2008-2009 board of directors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            CLOCKING in at 14 hours total, this year’s stockholders’ meeting is the “longest in
Excerpted from Lopez Group chair-                                                                           duce more than 47% of our electricity       Division ng SEC, bilang kinatawan ng                   Ayon kay Jesus P. Francisco, pangulo
man Oscar M. Lopez’s open letter to                                                                         needs.                                      SEC na magpapatupad ng nasabing order,             ng Meralco, hindi maitatabi ang kuryenteng
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Philippine corporate history,” veteran observers say. The results of the elections
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo                                                                               Indigenous fue ls are made artifi-      na nag-aatas din sa SEC na i-supervise ang         binibili. Hindi maaaring bumili ng kury-                                                                                                                                                                         were known at 10:40 p.m. on May 27, with the canvassing of votes alone taking
published in major dailies on May 14                                                                        cially more expensive than imported         stockholders’ meeting.                             ente sa WESM ng non-peak hours kapag                                                                                                                                                                             SGV & Co. seven hours.
and 15, 2008.                                                                                               ones because of this tax and royalty              Ayon sa parehong order, pinipigilan si       mura ang presyo upang gamitin sa oras
                                                                                                            burden. Take the case of our country’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Manuel M.                             Christian S.          he is the chairman of the GSIS
                                                                                                                                                        Rosete na kilalanin ang mga kinuwestiyon           na kailangan ito. Ang kuryenteng binibili                                                                                                                                                                                          Lopez, 65                             Monsod, 71            since September 2004 and a di-
THE history of the power industry can                                                                       own natural gas from Camago-                na proxy votes na na-solicit pabor kina Lo-        ng Meralco sa WESM ng peak hours ay
be analyzed in terms of the swinging                                                                        Malampaya. The power plants using                                                                                                                (Clockwise from top):                                                                                                                                                            years old                             years old             rector of Petron Corp. since 2001.
                                                                                                                                                        pez, Alfonso, Francisco, Monsod, Elpidio           kailangan ng mga customers nito sa oras na                                                                                                                                                                                         Director since                        Director since July   He served as member of the board
pendulum, from private power in the                                                                         clean natural gas from our own shores       Ibañez at Francis Giles Puno, na mga kina-         iyon. Kung hindi makakabili ang Meralco           Lopez Building in Ortigas
pre-martial law period to public power                                                                      are made to look more expensive rela-                                                                                                            houses Meralco’s corporate                                                                                                                                                       April 14, 1986,                       6, 1971, consul-      of directors of Union Bank of the
                                                                                                                                                        tawan ng Lopez Group. Gayundin, sinasabi           sa oras na iyon, kukulangin ang supply sa                                                                                                                                                                                          he is the chair-                      tant of Meralco,      Philippines from 2001 to 2005, the
during the martial law years. Today                                                                         tive to power plants burning imported                                                                                                            headquarters; Meralco

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                                                                                                                                                        sa naturang order na kilalanin ang proxy           pangagailangan at magkaka-brownout.                                                                                                                                                                                                man and CEO                           chairman of the       Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE)
that pendulum is swinging back once                                                                         coal.                                       shares para sa GSIS (Government Services               Noong unang tatlong buwan ng 2008,            utility economics division
more in favor of private power, espe-                                                                           By our own DOE’s reckoning, we                                                                                                               head Ivanna dela Peña                                                                                                                                                            of      Meralco                       screening com-        from 2005 to 2006, chairman of
                                                                                                                                                        Insurance System) na napawalang-bisa na            sampung porsiyento ng power supply na                                                                                                                                                                           since July 1, 2001, chairman of        mittee for Gawad Haydee yorac           the Social Security Commis-
cially after the passage of the Electric                                                                    have potentially 10 more Camago-            dahil sa kakulangan ng sapat na authority          kailangan ng Meralco ang binili sa WESM.          and president Jesus P.
Power Industry Reform Act of 2001,                                                                          Malampaya and another 10,000 MW                                                                                                                  Francisco; Meralco board                                                                                                                                      Rockwell Land Corp. since 1995         Award; on the board of trustees of      sion from 2001 to 2004 and also
                                                                                                                                                        ng beneficial owners.                              Batay sa Electric Power Industry Reform

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better known as the Epira law.                                                                              of geothermal potential out there. But,                                                                                                          member Chistian Monsod;                                                                                                                                       and of Soluziona Philippines           Miriam College, Ramon Magsaysay         served as secretary of labor from
                                                                                                                                                              Ang order ay dahil umano sa com-             Act (Epira), lahat ng DUs ay dapat bumili                                                                                                                                                                       since 2007. He is a director of        Award Foundation and ABS-CBN            1962 to 1964. He holds a bachelor
    If there was a “Golden Age” for        Lopez Group chairma Oscar M. Lopez                               if present policies continue, our power     plaint na inihain ng GSIS sa SEC laban sa          ng di kukulang sa sampung porsiyento ng           First Gen CEO Federico R.
Meralco and private power, it was dur-                                                                      industry will be discouraged to build                                                                                                            Lopez explains the power                                                                                                                                      First Philippine Holdings Corp.        Bayan; and consultant of Banco          of laws degree from UST.
                                                                                                                                                        pag-validate ng Meralco proxies.                   kanilang energy requirements sa WESM.                                                                                                                                                                           (FPHC) and First Private Power         Filipino since 1996. He earned his      Daisy P. Arce, 61 years old
ing the decade of the 1960s.               trade and balance payment deficits of                            more power plants that burn either                Gayunman, sinabi ni Rosete na walang         Ang Meralco pa lamang ang tumutupad sa            rate issue on ANC; Stock-
    In 1961, Meralco had a total           the country.                                                     natural gas or geothermal steam, and                                                                                                             holders lining up outside                                                                                                                                     Corp. (FPPC) since 1992; and di-       bachelor of laws degree from UP         Director of Philippine Telegraph
                                                                                                                                                        bisa ang order na dala ni Guevara dahil wala       probisyong ito ng batas.                                                                                                                                                                                        rector of Benpres Holdings Corp.       and MA in economics from the Uni-       and Telephone Corporation. She is
generating capacity of about 300,000           In 1971, action taken by the Organi-                         it will be less likely that much of the     itong docket number, walang petsa, walang              Pangalawa, pigilan daw ang Meralco na         the Meralco Theater.
kilowatts (kW); by 1972, its generat-      zation of Petroleum Exporting Countries                          untapped reserves of natural gas and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (Benpres) and Bauang Private           versity of Pennsylvania in 1963. He     also corporate secretary of Export
                                                                                                                                                        official seal ng SEC, pirmado lamang ng            singilin ang system loss sa mga customers.        mga bayad sa serbisyo ng ibang taga-in-         charges ng 67 sa 129 DUs and electric co-      turer ng electric transformers. Kalahati ng                    Power Corp. (BPPC) since 1993.         also earned his doctor of laws and      & Industry Bank (EIB) and other
ing capacity had increased fivefold        (OPEC) resulted in several dramatic                              geothermal steam will be brought to         iisang commissioner na si Jesus Martinez,              Mayroong dalawang uri ng system               dustriya ng kuryente tulad ng power gen-        operatives. Samakatwid, 52% o higit sa ka-     negosyo nila ay hindi sa Meralco, at nag-e-
to 1,500,000 kW, all in the form of        increases in the international prices of                         market much sooner.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He is a holder of a bachelor of sci-   doctor of humanities, honoris causa,    EIB companies since 2006. She is
                                                                                                                                                        na-issue ng walang naganap na pulong ng            loss—ang technical loss at ang non-techni-        erators at ng Transco, na siyang may-ari        lahati ng DUs at co-ops ang mas mahal ang      export pa sila sa ibang bansa.                                 ence degree in business adminis-       from Ateneo de Manila University        the external counsel and secretary
oil-fired thermal plants. Meralco was      petroleum products. From a level of                                  This treatment is sad and ironic        SEC at walang nalalamang complaint sa              cal loss or pilferage.                            ng mga kable or wires na nagdadala ng           singil sa kanilang serbisyo kaysa Meralco.         Ang Meralco naman ay may ibang
putting up one plant every 18 months       $1.68/barrel in the 1960s, Meralco paid                          because in neighboring countries                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tration and attended the Program       in 1995 and 1993, respectively. He      to the Market Integrity Board of the
                                                                                                                                                        Compliance and Enforcement Division ng                 Ang technical loss ang nawawalang             kuryente mula sa power plants papunta sa        Nasa gitna lamang ang Meralco sa halaga        suppliers bukod sa Philec at ang kanilang                      for Management Development at          was a 1975 Ten Outstanding young        PSE since April 2002. She holds a
to keep up with the tremendous de-         $4.68/barrel in 1973, $11.50/barrel in                           like Thailand and Malaysia, natural         SEC, walang ibinigay na pagkakataon sa             energy or init kapag dumaraan ang kuryente        distribution facilities ng Meralco.             ng distribution charges.                       requirements ay dumadaan sa electronic
mand for power in its franchise area.      1976 and $34/barrel in 1981.                                     gas used domestically is even subsi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the Harvard Business School.           Men (TOyM) awardee.                     bachelor of laws degree from the
                                                                                                                                                        Meralco upang tumugon, at dapat ay inihain         sa mga linya at transformer ng Meralco.                Kung magkakaroon ng diskwento ang               Sa ilalim ng Epira, itinakda ang prin-    bidding. Minsan ay nananalo sa bidding                                            Felipe B.                            Cesar E.A. Virata,     Ateneo de Manila University. She
Kilowatt-hour (kWh) sales went from            These factors—exchange rate,                                 dized.                                      sa regional trial court imbes na sa SEC.           Ito ay natural na nangyayari sa pagdaloy at       Transco, automatic na maipapasa ito sa          sipyo ng “cost of service” bilang basehan      ang Philec at minsan ay hindi. Kung foreign
1,700 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in 1961         inflation and fuel prices—sounded the                                Another major reason is that the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alfonso, 71                          71 years old           was a partner at Quasha Ancheta
                                                                                                                                                              Bukod dito, ang kapangyarihan daw            pagbabago mula sa mataas na 230,000 volts         mga customer.                                   ng distribution rate. Kasama ang National      company ang manalo sa bidding, kailan-                                            years old                            Director since         Peña & Nolasco Law Offices and
to 5,100 GWh in 1972, or an annual         death knell of the old era of private                            selling price of Camago-Malam-              ni Martinez bilang officer-in-charge ng            hanggang sa 220 volts na gamit natin sa                Mayroon na ring diskwento ang mga          Capital Region (NCR) sa franchise area ng      gang magbayad ng cash ang Meralco sa
compounded growth rate of 10.6%.           entrepreneurial power. The pendulum                              paya gas is indexed to crude oil prices.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Director since                       May 28, 2002,          now has her own practice.
                                                                                                                                                        SEC ay ibinibigay “on a day to day basis”          bahay. Ang kuryenteng mula sa power gen-          gumagamit ng di hihigit sa 100 kWh              Meralco, kung saan mataas ang minimum          pamamagitan ng Letter of Credit, di tulad                                         April 28, 1992,                      he is the vice         Jeremy Z. Parulan, 50 years old
    By 1972, Meralco’s customer            would now swing in the direction of                              When we signed with Shell and Occi-         at wala siyang kapangyarihan na mag-issue          erators (halimbawa ang National Power Cor-        (kilowatt-hours) kada buwan. Ito ang tina-      wage at mataas din ang kalidad ng kabu-        ng Philec na nakakapagbigay ng mas malu-
base had grown to 612,454 from just        public power. Government would now                               dental Petroleum back in 1998, crude                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              he has been the                      chairman        and    A member of the board of GSIS-
                                                                                                                                                        ng order “on his own,” habang nasa ibang           poration o Napocor) at transmission company       tawag na lifeline rates o lifeline subsidies    hayan kumpara sa ibang bahagi ng bansa.        wag na payment terms. Walang espesyal na                                          vice chairman                        director of Rizal      allied Philippines First Insurance
368,925 in 1961. And today Meralco’s       begin to assume the leading role in ma-                          oil prices were only at US$15/barrel;       bansa si SEC chair Fe Barin, nasa ospital si       na pinagkukunan ng Meralco ay sadyang             at mayroong higit 1.9 milyong residential       Kung mataas man ang cost of service nito,      pabor na ibinibigay ang Meralco sa Philec.
customers number more than four mil-       jor infrastructural investments such as                          today the oil price has gone up to more                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of      Meralco                      Commercial             Co. Inc. and the PNCC; and a
                                                                                                                                                        Commissioner Jenny Cueto at out of town            kinakailangang mataas ang boltahe sapagkat        customers ng Meralco ang nakikinabang sa        nababawi rin ito ng customers sa kalidad       Bagkus, Philec ang premyadong transformer                      since July 1, 2001. He is also the     Banking Corp. (RCBC) since              partner at Parulan Soncuya and
lion. Such a massive drive to expand       in power, steel and transportation, etc.                         than eight times. yet I do not think that   naman si Commissioner Raul Palabrica.              malayo ang nilalakbay ng kuryente sa trans-       mababang presyo na ito.                         ng serbisyo na tinatanggap nila.               manufacturer ngayon sa bansa na nagsu-sup-
capacity had never been witnessed in           Hand in hand with the economic                               the costs of producing Malampaya                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               vice chairman of the Asian Insti-      October 1995, chairman and              Sese Law Offices, he was admit-
                                                                                                                                                              Nagpahayag ng pagkadismaya si                mission lines. Maihahantulad ang technical             Para naman sa mga kumpanya sa eco-              Mula pa noong Hunyo 2003, napako          ply sa ibang DUs at electric cooperatives.                     tute of Management (AIM) board         director of RCBC Forex Brokers          ted to the Philippine bar in 1984.
Meralco’s service area before.             crisis came the political crisis. On Sept.                       have increased by anywhere close to         GSIS president Winston Garcia at sinabi na         loss sa init na nagmumula sa mga paggamit         nomic zones ng Philippine Economic Zone         na sa kasalukuyang halaga ang distribution         Mayroong insurance sa Bahamas ang
    Average cost of fuel oil during the    21, 1972, President Ferdinand Marcos                             the same multiples.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of trustees since September 1999.      Corp. since March 1999, Pacific,                           Artemio V.
                                                                                                                                                        illegal ang pulong at ginawa laban sa isang        ng electrical appliances. Ang TV, radio o         Authority (Peza), mayroong Ecozone Rate         rates ng Meralco dahil walang inaprubahan      Meralco na dapat ay dito na lamang kinuha                      He is a member of the board of         and vice chairman and director of                          Panganiban,
1960’s was $1.68/barrel, which trans-      declared martial law. Meralco was                                    This is an area where the President     “lawful order” ng SEC. Dahil dito, magha-          computer ay naglalabas din ng init na hindi       Program na dulot ng pagkakasundo ng             na increase ang ERC sa buong panahong          sa Pilipinas.
lated to an average cost for all Meralco   placed under the control of the 51st                             can exert her influence to have the gas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        directors of BPPC since Septem-        Bankard Inc. since May 2001. He                            71 years old
                                                                                                                                                        hain siya ng kaso sa Regional Trial Court          naman ninanais ngunit hindi ito maiiwasan.        Meralco at Napocor. Ipinapasa ng Meralco        ito. Nilinaw ng Meralco sa isang advertise-        Dahil sa “captive insurance” na kinuha                     ber 2000 and Benpres since April       graduated from UP in 1952 with                             Chief    Justice
customers of 5.8 centavos/kWh dur-         Engineering Brigade of the Philippine                            sellers reduce their price of natural gas   upang ipawalang-bisa ang results ng huling             Ang non-technical loss o pilferage ay ang     ang diskwento mula sa power generator sa        ment na hindi ang distribution rates ang       ng Meralco mula sa pag-aari nitong Repub-
ing this 10-year period—very cheap         Army, in accordance with Marcos’s                                in order to benefit the electricity con-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1997, FPPC since November              bachelor of science degrees in                             from 2005 to
                                                                                                                                                        pulong ng mga stockholders ng Meralco.             kuryenteng ninanakaw ng mga ayaw magbay-          mga industrial customers sa ecozones.           mahal at kailangan ng diskwento kundi ang      lic Surety, makakatipid ito ng P30 milyon                      1997, and of other Meralco com-        mechanical engineering and busi-                           2006 and As-
power indeed. What was all the more        Letter of Instruction No. 2 ordering                             sumers in this country. Alternatively,            Nanindigan ang Meralco na ang pu-            ad ng kanilang sariling konsumo sa kuryente.           Pang-apat, palawigin pa daw ng Meral-      generation at transmission charges na kino-    kada taon sa insurance premiums. Para sa
impressive was that all this growth        the Secretary of National Defense to                             government can impose a windfall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               panies since November 2002. He         ness administration, cum laude.                            sociate Justice
                                                                                                                                                        long ay ayon sa batas.                             Hindi tumitigil ang Meralco, kasama ang mga       co ang lifeline program nito hanggang sa        kolekta nito para sa mga power generation      isang kumpanyang hindi pa nagkakaroon ng                       received a bachelor of laws de-        He completed his masters in busi-                          of the Supreme
was financed without relying on            take over management and control of                              profit tax and use the proceeds to sub-           “We would like to assure the general         operatiba ng pulisya, sa paghabol at pagde-       mga gumagamit ng 150 kWh kada buwan.            companies at para sa Transco.                  rate increase mula Hunyo 2003, malaking
government guarantees, but solely on       all public utilities.                                            sidize low-income consumers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   gree from the Ateneo de Manila         ness administration at the Univer-      Court from 1995 to 2005, he is
                                                                                                                                                        public that the stockholders’ meeting was          manda sa mga magnanakaw ng kuryente.                   Hindi naman isinasara ng Meralco ang       At iba pa…                                     katipiran sa operating expenses ang P30 mi-                    University and a master’s degree       sity of Pennsylvania in 1953.           also a columnist of the Philippine
Meralco’s superior credit standing in          The rest is current history.                                     For the first quarter of 2008, of       done in accordance with law and with the               Noong 2007, 9.65% ang systems loss ng         pinto sa posibilidad na magkaroon ng karag-          Bukod sa mga petisyon ng DTI sa           lyon. Ang “captive insurance” model ay le-
both domestic and international bond           Why are Philippine power rates so                            First Gas’ selling price of P4.15/kWh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in business administration from                          Winston F.            Daily Inquirer, and acts as ad-
                                                                                                                                                        consent and approval of the majority of our        Meralco. Ito ang pinakamababa sa huling 21        dagang diskwento sa ilalim ng lifeline rates.   ERC, meron pang ibang naglabasang isyu         hitimong pamamaraan ng risk management.                        New york University.                                     Garcia, 49            viser, consultant or independent
markets.                                   high vis-à-vis our Asian neighbors?                              to Meralco, fully P2.93/kWh or 70%          stockholders,” pahayag ni Elpi Cuna, Meralco       taon. At 6% dito ay technical loss, o ang hindi   Subalit kailangan linawin ng DTI kung sino      ukol sa Meralco.                               Ang Petron Corporation at ang San Miguel
    The government and equipment           From having one of the lowest power                              is the cost of gas, and approximately                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Jesus P.                              years old             director of several business, civic,
                                                                                                                                                        vice president for corporate communication.        maiiwasan na systems loss na nangyayari sa        ang magbabayad o sasagot sa diskwento. Sa            Ipinapasa raw ng Meralco ang kuryen-      Corporation ay parehong gumagamit ng                                              Francisco, 64                         Director     since    nongovernment and religious
suppliers of four major industrial         rates in the world in the late ‘60s, to-                         P1.61/kWh of that goes to govern-           Mga isyu ukol sa Meralco: Ito ang totoo            pagpapababa ng voltage ng kuryente. 3.65%         kasalukuyan, lahat ng commercial at industri-   teng gamit nito sa mga customers.              captive insurance katulad ng Meralco.
countries—the US, Germany, Japan           day the country finds itself struggling                          ment in the form of royalties. On top                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             years old                             February        26,   groups. He graduated in Associ-
                                                                                                                                                            Sa kanyang pahayag sa Energy Summit            lamang ang kuryenteng ninakaw.                    al customers at mga residential customers na         Lahat ng negosyo ay nagpapasa ng              Hindi yata matatapos ang sala-salansan                                        Director, pres-                       2008, he is the       ate in Arts with highest honors
and Belgium—came to accept Meral-          with one of the highest power rates in                           of all that, the consumer still pays        noong Pebrero 2008, inatasan ng Pangu-                 Lahat ng DU sa industriya ng kuryente         gumagamit ng higit 100 kWh ang nagbabayad       gastos sa kanilang gamit na kuryente, tu-      na isyung ibabato sa Meralco. Bawat sagot,
co’s Mortgage Trust Indenture (MTI)        the region, if not the world. What hap-                          P0.80/kWh in the form of a 12% VAT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ident and chief                       president, general    from the Far Eastern University
                                                                                                                                                        long Arroyo ang Department of Trade and            ay sumisingil ng systems loss sa kanilang         ng karagdagan para makakuha ng lifeline rate    big, telepono, internet at iba pang serbisyo   may bagong pahayag o katanungan. Ang                                              operating office                      manager and vice      (FEU) in 1956 and was the most
and bonds as sole collateral for equip-    pened? There are numerous reasons,                               for power. If you add up the royal-         Industry (DTI) na maghain ng mga petisyon          mga customer. Sa Pilipinas, hindi lamang          ang mga mahihirap na customers.                 sa mga customers nila. Ang tawag dito ay       mahalaga, makialam at magpaliwanag.
ment loans. In 1961, system losses         but let me zero in on a few of the most                          ties and 12% VAT, you will get an                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 since July 1,       chairman of the board of trustees       outstanding student in 1960. He
                                                                                                                                                        sa Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)              Meralco ang merong system loss. Mayroong               Kung lalakihan ang coverage ng life-       operating expenses at lehitimong bahagi ng         Ang mataas ng presyo ng kuryente ay                                           2001, and direc-    of the GSIS. He also sits on the        placed sixth in the 1960 bar exams
amounted to 12.56% but in 1971 this        important.                                                       amount of P2.40/kWh which may               upang mapababa ang singil sa kuryente.             140 na DU na pinahihintulutan ng batas na         line subsidy, kailangan ipakita ng DTI          gastusin sa paglilingkod sa mga consum-        hindi kasalanan ng Meralco. Aprubado ng
was reduced to 7.95%.                          Firstly, our country’s drive to                              be passed on as a welcome reduc-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tor and chairman of other Meral-       board of San Miguel Corp., Philip-      with a grade of 89.55%. He is also
                                                                                                                                                            Gayunpaman, hindi malinaw kung paano           magkaroon ng system loss charges. Halim-          ang pag-aaral na nagsasabing reasonable,        ers. Halimbawa na ang mga mall, natural        ERC ang lahat ng sinisingil ng Meralco at                      co companies. Francisco has also       pine National Construction Corp.        an independent director of GMA
    On the other hand, let us look at      develop indigenous and alternative                               tion in the electricity bills of con-       mapapababa ang kuryente ng mga nasabing            bawa, nito ay ang Cagayan Electric Cooper-        katanggap-tanggap at makatarungan ang           na kasama sa operating expenses nila ang       ang mga kontrata nito sa power suppliers
the record of public power at this time.   sources of power from the 1970s until                            sumers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        been director and president of         (PNCC), and Philippine Health           Network Inc. and of FPHC.
                                                                                                                                                        petisyon. Bukod dito, nagmistulang pinag-iini-     ative, Visayan Electric Company (Veco) sa         karagdagang sisingilin sa mga commercial        bayad para sa kuryente at natural din na       ay napatunayang mabuti at reasonable.                          Clark Electric Distribution Corp.      Insurance Corp. Garcia holds a          Vicente L. Panlilio, 62 years old
National Power Corp. (NPC) was es-         the present paled immensely in com-                                  But under present circumstances,        tan ng pamahalaan ang Meralco, ang pinaka-         Cebu, Central Negros Electric Cooperative         at industrial customers at ibang residential    sisingilin nila ito sa mga customers mula sa       At higit sa lahat, mapapagkatiwalaan
tablished in 1937, and it was mandated     parison to our Asian neighbors. It’s a                           even if we use more indigenous fuels                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (CEDC) since November 2001,            bachelor of laws degree from San        Director of San Fernando Electric
                                                                                                                                                        malaking distribution utility (DU) sa bansa na     sa Bacolod, Panay Electric Company (Peco)         customers, upang mapondohan ang gani-           dagdag na presyo sa kanilang mga paninda.      at propesyunal ang ating mga kapamilyang                       president of Haribon Foundation        Beda College, an associate in arts      Light and Power Co. Inc. since
to develop the country’s hydropower        major obstacle that holds us back from                           in our power generation mix today, that     may higit apat na milyong customers.               sa Iloilo, Davao Light and Power (DaLight)        tong uri ng paniningil.                              Ang mga telephone companies din           mangagagawa sa Meralco. Maipagmamal-
resources.                                 competing effectively with neighbor-                             reality doesn’t lead to lower electricity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      since February 2006, director          degree from Southwestern Univer-        2003 and a trustee of TSPI Devel-
                                                                                                                                                        Hiling sa ERC                                      at Agusan Electric Cooperative sa Butuan.              Pang-lima, hiniling ng DTI sa ERC          ay natural na sisingilin ang kanilang tele-    aki natin na tapat sila sa kanilang tungkulin                  of FPPC since December 1992,           sity, and a bachelor of philosophy      opment Corp. since 2004. He was
    During the 1961-72 period, of          ing Asian countries for manufacturing                            prices and is not likely to spur more           Isa-isahin natin ang mga petisyon ng               Pangatlo, dapat daw ay bigyan ng dis-         na ipagaya sa Meralco ang rates ng Veco,        phone at internet expenses sa kanilang         at naglilingkod sila sa mga customers nila
the eight major power projects pro-        jobs.                                                            development of indigenous energy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and Rockwell Land Corp. since                            degree from the       a director of Equitable PCIBank
                                                                                                                                                        DTI:                                               kwento ang mga mahihirap na consumers             Cebeco (Cebu Electric Cooperative) at Da-       mga subscribers. Kahit ang fishball vendor     sa abot ng kanilang kakayahan.                                 August 1995. He earned his                               University of Sto.    from July 2005 to February 2006
grammed for completion in Luzon                It’s good to keep in mind that the                           until these structural disincentives are        Una, huwag daw bumili ang Meralco ng           at gayundin ang mga power-intensive in-           Light. Ayon sa pahayag ni Pangulong Ar-         ay isasama sa pagpresyo ng produkto niya       Panghuli
with a total capacity of 728 megawatts     price of electricity is ruled predomi-                           corrected.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     master’s degree in business                              Tomas (UST).          and of the Philippine National
                                                                                                                                                        power supply mula sa WESM (Wholesale               dustries sa ibinabayad sa Transco (National       royo noong Energy Summit, ang Meralco           ang LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) na               Kung meron kayong masumpungan na                           management from the AIM in                               Bernardino R.         Bank from January 2001 to May
(MW), only two projects with a com-        nantly by the cost of fuels used for                                 Over time, we must reduce our           Electricity Spot Market) kapag peak hours          Transmission Corporation) at sa Meralco.          ang may pinakamahal na distribution rate        pang-sindi sa kanyang kalan.                   nagnanakaw ng kuryente, itawag sa Kuryente
bined capacity of 287 MW were com-         power generation.                                                reliance on imported fuels if we want                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1971. In 1982, he completed the                          Abes, 77 years        2005. He holds an economics
                                                                                                                                                        dahil mahal ang presyo ng ganoong oras.                Tulad ng paulit-ulit na ipinapaliwanag        sa 140 DUs sa buong bansa.                           Bumibili daw ng transformers ang          Watch hotline number 632-8989 o mag-email                      International Senior Manager’s                           old                   degree from UP and completed
pleted by NPC.                                 Even today, though our indigenous                            to gain a competitive edge on power         Sa halip, dapat daw ay bumili ang Meralco          ng Meralco, taga-kolekta lamang ito ng                 Subalit itong impormasyon ay mali.         Meralco mula sa sister company nito na         sa stoptheft@meralco.com.ph. Strictly confi-
    It was quite obvious that had          fuels in the mix seem to have im-                                costs with respect to our Asean neigh-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Program of the Harvard Busi-                             Director since        the Advanced Bank Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ayon mismo sa records ng ERC, higit na          Philec (Philippine Electric Corporation).      dential ang mga reports kaya huwag matakot.                                                                                                   Program at the AIM.
                                                                                                                                                        Milestones in Meralco history
Meralco depended on NPC as the             proved to almost 70%, we still haven’t                           bors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ness School.                                             May 29, 2007,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             mataas kaysa sa Meralco ang distribution        Ang Philec ay isang world-class manufac-       I-report mo na! (Carla Paras-Sison)
main source of its power supply,           narrowed the gap in our electricity                                  The country’s efforts will go a
Meralco would have invariably suf-
fered prolonged periods of brown-
                                           prices vis-à-vis our neighbors and our
                                           indigenous fuels in fact appear costly.
                                                                                                            long way if government paid closer
                                                                                                            attention to removing the taxes and          1961                                            1973                                          1976                                       1978                                      1985                                      1986                                                       1987-1991                                        2008
outs. In fact, the Meralco franchise       Why?                                                             royalties that gravely penalize Filipino     June 30, 1961: Meralco Securities               November 29,1973: Eugenio Lopez               MSC is renamed First Philippine            February 6, 1978: MFI acquires            MFI defaults on payments worth            The Presidential Commission on                             August 1990: Under Republic Act No.              FPHC finalizes the purchase of the
area did suffer from rotating brownouts        This brings me to my second                                  consumers in using their own indige-         Corp. (MSC) is formed to purchase               Sr. is forced to sell Benpres’s 27%           Holdings Corp. (FPHC). MFI ac-             98% of Meralco shares owned by            P416M, equivalent to 32% of               Good Government (PCGG) is tasked                           876, arbitration proceedings start be-           9% stake of Union Fenosa and 6.6%
during the years 1956-59 as a result of    point. It’s a sad fact that despite the                          nous fuels. Much of these comes from         Meralco from General Public                     stake in MSC to the Meralco Founda-           quires an additional 17% of FPHC           MSC on installment basis. P872M           Meralco or 13.9M shares of stock.         to track down the hidden wealth of                         tween MFI and Benpres, with 10.6M                of Meralco Pension Fund in Meralco.
the delays in the completion of the        rhetoric heaped on encouraging the                               Marcos-era Presidential Decrees that         Utilities (GPU). Meralco is sold at             tion Inc. (MFI).                              from individual shareholders.              sale price with P204M down pay-                                                     former President Ferdinand Marcos                          of FPHC shares and 4.7M of Meralco                  FPHC becomes majority share-
Ambuklao and Binga hydro plants.           use of indigenous fuels, we continue                             no longer fit the times and although         $66.286 million.                                   Lopez receives a P10,000 down                                                         ment.                                                                               and his cronies, and sequesters MFI.                       shares partially rescinded to Benpres.           holder of Meralco with a 33.4%
    This “Golden Age” of Meralco           to impose heavy taxes and royalties on                           they provide revenues for government,                                                        payment on a P150M sale, balance                                                            P668M balance to be paid in 23                                                      The Lopez family regains control                        September 1991: The Supreme Court                stake in the company. (From “The
and private power ended by the early       indigenous fuels, like natural gas and                           they serve to make already expensive                                                         “payable when able.”                                                                     semiannual installments between                                                     of Meralco.                                                affirms the return of the 13.9M un-              Meralco Ownership Story: Unlock-
1970s, as a consequence of the serious     geothermal steam, which together pro-                            power even more so.                                                                                                                                                                   1980 and 1991.                                                                                                                                 paid Meralco shares to FPHC due to               ing the Truth,” pp. 5-6, published by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 MFI’s payment default.                           Meralco Corporate Communication)
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KCFI’s TEAM-Mindanao                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ongoings @Lopez Museum
assessment: ETV works!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tracing the evolution                                          The exhibit features pieces from the collection       The “Hudhud” of the Ifugaos and the “Daran-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           which have undergone or are slated to undergo         gen” of the Maranaos have been recognized by the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ‘from pigment to                                           conservation. These are works by Felix Resur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           reccion Hidalgo, Juan Luna, Pacita Abad, Nena
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Organization (Unesco) as Masterpieces of Oral and
By Doris Nuval                                                                                                    87 TV sets to add to those given                                                                                                                                              venerated object’                                          Saguil, Juvenal Sanso and Claudio Bravo. Also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           included is contemporary artist Jonathan Olazo’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2001 and 2005,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 respectively. Our baroque churches, Tubbataha
                                                                                                                  to them to facilitate more class-                                                                                                                                             THE Lopez Memorial Museum showcases its                    installation work taking off from the work of his     Reef Marine Park, the Rice Terraces of the Cor-
RESEARCHERS have con-                                                                                             room viewing.                                                                                                                                                                 heritage of and unique expertise in conservation,                                                                dilleras, Vigan in Ilocos Sur and Puerto Princesa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           father Romulo Olazo, who is known for his “Di-
firmed a link between the                                                                                             Outstanding among the proj-                                                                                                                                               collection and acquisition in the exhibit “The                                                                   Subterranean Rover National Park are considered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           aphanous Series” which he began to develop in
improved performance of Min-                                                                                      ect sites was Zamboanga Sibugay                                                                                                                                               Sum of Its Parts.”                                                                                               world heritage sites. The recognition has brought
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the late 1960s through printmaking.
danao schoolchildren in the Na-                                                                                   which outperformed the others in                                                                                                                                                  The essential role of museums in preserving                Through the exhibit, the viewer will be made      in funds for their preservation and promotion.
tional Achievement Test (NAT)                                                                                     terms of increasing achievement                                                                                                                                               and promoting cultural heritage involves con-              aware of how various agents in the art world—from         However, the same attention has not been given
and exposure to educational                                                                                       scores of their students in all sub-    A woman waits for relief amidst the ruins of her home.                                                                                servation. As these are done mostly behind the             the artist, the institutions and the audience them-   to other valuable places and practices. “Efface” aims
television (ETV).                                                                                                 ject areas and their school com-

                                                                                                                                                           TMC employees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                scenes, few museum audiences understand the                selves—participate in transforming a work from        to identify these places and practices and encourage
    In an outcome assessment                                                                                      munities’ support for the project.                                                                                                                                            work involved.                                             pigment to venerated object.                          their awareness, preservation and promotion.
study on the Television Educa-                                                                                    In fact, they organized the first                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photos of architectural landmarks such as the
tion for the Advancement of                                                                                       Knowledge Channel family day                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Paco train station, Crystal Arcade and Divisoria,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Library exhibit
                                                                                                                                                           need your help
Muslim Mindanao (TEAM-Min-                                                                                        last March, with a grand parade,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               drawn-up plans by architects such as Juan Arellano,
danao) project, the University of                                                                                 KCh Quiz Bee Challenge, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           faces the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and texts illustrating heritage conservation are among
the Philippines (UP) Statistical                                                                                  poster making and essay writing                                                                                     ‘Sum of Its Parts’ poster                                                                                                                                                  the images and texts presented in the exhibit.
Center Research Foundation Inc.                                                                                   contests on “Soaring High with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           heritage our tangible and intangible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (above); At the exhibit                                                                                                                                                        Both exhibits are curated by the husband-and-
found a “significant relation-                                                                                    Knowledge Channel”—a first in            TyPHOON Cosme, which hit Northern Luzon in May, affected                   opening, from left, curators
                                       Teachers from Sulu make a pledge of commitment to use the Knowledge                                                 more than a million people (182,930 families) in La Union,                                                                                                                                                                                            wife team of Chitz and Eileen Ramirez and will run
ship between the presence of           Channel and maximize its benefits for their students.                      KCFI history.                                                                                                       Eileen Ramirez and Chitz                                                                                             Local recognition of                                  until September 2008. The Lopez Memorial Museum
the Knowledge Channel (KCh)                                                                                           As a fitting end to the proj-        Pangasinan, Benguet and Zambales. “The number of damaged                   Ramirez, Lopez
                                                                                                                                                           houses accounted for 80% of total houses in Sta. Cruz,” Zam-                                                                                                                                    heritage is as important as international recog-      is located at the ground floor of Benpres Building,
and in the improvement of NAT          public elementary schools in the      flect on their performance in math   ect, TEAM-Mindanao member                                                                                           Museum director Cedie                                                                                                nition. But questions of heritage, change and         Exchange Road, Pasig. Museum days and hours
scores from 2005 to 2007.”             conflict-ridden South.                and science, “where classroom        schools developed two-year plans         bales Governor Amor Delloso was quoted as saying.                          Lopez Vargas, Pat Olazo,
                                                                                                                                                               Tollways Management Corporation (TMC) employees based                                                                                                                                       adaptation in relation to contending claims of        are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except Sunday
    TEAM-Mindanao             was      Increased NAT scores                  discussions and lessons learned      which aim to sustain the ETV                                                                                        and artists Romulo Olazo
                                                                                                                                                           in Sta. Cruz, Zambales were among those displaced by the ty-                                                                                                                                    stakeholders have made the choice and naming          and holidays. Entrance fee is P60 for elementary
implemented in the Autonomous              The students’ NAT scores          are now ‘standardized’ because       project without further funding                                                                                     and Jonathan Olazo.
                                                                                                                                                           phoon, the fourth one to hit the country this year.                                                                                                                                             of heritage challenging. The Lopez Memorial           students, P80 for high school and college students,
Region in Muslim Mindanao              and its science subcomponent          of the presence of KCh.”             from either USAID or KCFI.                                                                                                                                                                                                               Museum Library “Efface” looks at this discourse       and P100 for adults. For more information call
(ARMM), Region 9 and Region            were reported to have increased           A focus group discussion         Among the plans’ highlights are              TMC employees, led by Volunteer Employees of North Toll-
                                                                                                                                                           ways (Vent), is organizing an effort to gather donations for the                                                                                                                                on built heritage as well as intangible culture.      631-2417 or email pezseum@skyinet.net.
12 from 2005 to 2007. By the time      by an average of about 3 per-         (FGD) also showed that the           the organization of the “Associa-
the program ended in early 2008,       centage points yearly compared        principals, teachers and students                                             victims. Some of the priority needs are canned goods and rice,
                                                                                                                  tion of KCh Schools,” maintain-
Knowledge Channel Foundation           to schools without KCh.               perceived the presence of KCh        ing and sustaining support for the       clothes, blankets and sleeping mats, construction materials to
                                                                                                                                                           rebuild damaged homes, and cash.
Inc. (KCFI), USAID and other               The researchers stressed that     “as providing opportunities in       ETV infrastructure, and raising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               100th birth anniversary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Simpleng tips para
partners were able to provide KCh      the students’ heightened interest     learning for the students in the     funds to increase the number of              To donate, please call TMC Community Relations at 580-8914

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Proud Tagalog lived to the full
to some 78,529 students in 153         in going to school is likely to re-   rural communities to catch up        TV sets for the students.                or 580-8900 loc. 8805 and look for Sonny Alba or Donnah Gianan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sa mga ibig magtipid
                                                                             with those in Metro Manila.”

                       updates                                                                                    Safe air quality standards
                                                                             Furthermore, decreases in absen-
                                                                             teeism and an increase in enrol-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ACCORDING to her son,                                                  her brood,” OML narrated
                                                                             ment was noted in some TEAM-                                                                                                                            By Norman Sison                            isda, kailangan pang mag-gisa                                                  Lopez Group chairman                                                   at the necrological service
                                                                             Mindanao schools because of the                                                                                                                                                                    o maglaga ng gulay para ma-

                                                                                                                  maintained at NLEX
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Oscar M. Lopez (OML),                                                  for PML who passed away
       for hit by Typhoon victims
 Helpthe worsttyphoon Cosme were the provinces of Zam-                       technology-based intervention.
                                                                                 The improvement of students’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     PAANO mapapagkasya ang
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     budget para sa pag-aaral ng mga
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kumpleto ang hain. Sa pagluluto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ng iisang beses, matitipid ang         dali namang kalakhan ng mga
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Doña Pacita Moreno Lopez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (PML), born on June 4,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on November 26, 1996.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           A very active woman,
                                                                             scores and grades and the way                                                                                                                           bata? Pataas nang pataas ang tu-           paggamit ng LPG (liquefied             bata ang kanilang mga damit,            1908, “was very proud of                                               PML enjoyed the company
 bales, Pangasinan, Benguet and La Union. Sagip Kapamilya is accepting
                                                                             they perform in class is clearly     THE levels of air pollutants at        bon monoxide levels averaged           drainage systems as indicated        ition at miscellaneous fees. Pati          petroleum gas), na ubod na ng          medyas at sapatos. Hindi prak-
 donations in cash and in kind on behalf of the victims. Please send dona-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     her lineage, which was ba-                                             of friends, playing mah
                                                                             the most important outcome of        the North Luzon Expressway             12.2 parts per million (ppm),          by an increase in the number of      air-conditioning ng eskwelahan             mahal ngayon (higit P600 ang           tikal na bumili ng mga mama-
 tions to Banco de Oro account no. 5630020111 in the name of ABS-CBN                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sically Tagalog stock from                                             jong with one group and
 Fondation Inc. (AFI). Routing code is BNORPHMM; fax deposit slips           KCh-provided schools, the study      (NLEX) are within the permis-          also well within the limit of 30       culverts with flowing water.         ay nakalista nang hiwalay sa as-           11 kilograms na tangke).               haling swimsuits o swimming
                                                                                                                  sible limits set by the Depart-        ppm.                                       Ecosyscorp, a private con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pritil, Tondo with a dash                                              pangginge with another
 to 411-0848. In-kind donations may be dropped off at 13 Examiner St.        said. But more than that, “KCh                                                                                                                          sessment. Hindi pa kasama doon         •   Matuto kung paano magtago ng           trunks at rubber shoes gayong
                                                                                                                  ment of Environment and                    Lead content in the air over       sulting firm, was commissioned                                                                                                                                 of Spanish blood on the                                                group. She belonged to two
 West Triangle, Quezon City. For inquiries or other concerns, please call    is molding better citizens,” with                                                                                                                       ang mga libro, school supplies,            pagkain. Alamin ang expiration         isa o dalawang taon lang na-
                                                                             FGD participants saying that the     Natural Resources (DENR), an           NLEX also indicated that there         by the Manila North Tollways                                                                                                                                   Moreno side and a strong                                               dancing clubs, had weekly
 Sagip Kapamilya at 411-4995 or email sagip@abs-cbn.com.                                                                                                                                                                             uniporme at sapatos.                       ng lahat ng de-lata sa cabinet at      man gagamitin. Kung bibili
                                                                             channel “has fostered community      environmental management and           are no harmful effects on human        Corp. (MNTC) to conduct the                                                                                                                                    infusion of Chinese blood                                              calisthenics with neigh-
                       before it runs out!
 Save water Philippines will not have enough water to sup-                   unity and interaction towards        monitoring report showed.              beings. However, a high level of       company’s         Environmental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Para huwag magipit sa gani-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tong panahon, ang pag-budget
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ng cold cuts sa freezer. Iwasan na
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mapanisan at hindi na mapapaki-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ng high quality na kagamitan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       halimbawa’y school bag, sigu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from her mother’s De San-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tos family.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bors, went to the casinos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      with friends and close rela-
 By the year 2025, the                                                       self-improvement.”                       The report by Ecosyscorp           total suspended particulates was       Management and Monitoring            ng mga gastusin sa bahay ay                nabangan ang panis na pagkain.         raduhing magagamit pa ito ng
 port its major cities. Due to lack of investment in sanitation, surface     Soaring high with KCh                Inc. stated that emissions of sul-     noted, particularly in congested       Plan (EMMP) as part of its                                                                                             mga apat na taon upang masu-                PML’s close friends,                                               tives, dabbled in painting,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     gawin buong taon. Hingin ang               Tandaang higit na tumatagal ang
 and groundwater sources are continuously being polluted. How do                 It was reported that some        fur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide       stations due to exhaust emis-          Environment, Safety and Health       kooperasyon ng buong mag-anak                                                     lit ang gastos.                         who called her Nitang, were                                            and extensively traveled to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mga tuyo at tinapang karne o
 we save this precious life source? Sagip Tubig offers these tips:           TEAM-Mindanao             schools    registered values within the           sions. The environmental report        Management (ESH) program.                                                                                                                                      often surprised to find out                                            touch base with friends and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     upang makatipid at mapagkasya              isda kesa sariwang bili.             • Hangga’t maaari, iwasan ang
 • Recycle. Water used for bathing can still be used to flush the toilet;    raised funds on their own to buy     standards allowed by law. Car-         also cited improvements in the         (Kit Ventura)                        ang anumang kinikita mo mula sa        •   Pag may espesyal na okasyon,           paggamit ng credit card kung            that she was really a Taga- Portrait of Pacita M. Lopez, 1968 by       shop for bargains. Keep-
   rinse water used to wash the dishes can double as floor cleaners.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   hindi kayang bayaran ang                log by birth and upbringing Claudio Bravo (charcoal and pastel         ing her charity work very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     iyong trabaho at mga samu’t saring         manatili sa bahay imbes na
 • Use water saving products. For example, ultra-low-flush toilets                                                                                                                                   CSR CALENDAR                                                                                                                                              because she spoke fluent on paper) before conservation. The            private, PML maintained

                                                                             Kids spend ‘fun-tastic’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     sideline tulad ng pagbebenta ng            lumabas. Maaaring manood               buong halaga sa due date.
   can help save as much as half the normal amount of water used.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ilonggo. Because of her portrait is on display in Lopez Museum a free clinic for indigent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Avon at Fullerlife products, tocino,                                              Napakalaki ng 3.5% na interes
 • Report and fix leaks. Repair leaky faucets by replacing the “washer”                                                                                                                         Business Response                    longganisa, alahas at iba pa.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ng DVD o mag-karaoke.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kung lalabas pa kasi’y lalo            na sinisingil ng mga credit card        facility for languages, she as part of the exhibit ‘Sum of Its Parts.’ children and adults in their
   of compression faucets. Check for leaks in the toilet tank by adding                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        spoke Spanish, English,                                                neighborhood in Parañaque
   food color; color will appear in 30 minutes if there is a leak. Report                                                                                                                       to Social Issues:                         Pag-isipan ang mga tips na            kang mapapagastos sa pag-              at talung-talo ka sa finance

                                                                             day at Meralco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ito:                                       kain, pamasahe at bukod pa             charges kung buwan-buwan                Visayan and Tagalog fluently.                     for many years before martial law.
   significant water losses to property owners or local authorities.                                                                                                                            Getting It Done                                                                                                                                                    OML credits his mother for saving his Abiding love
 Jonathan’s story away from home to seek help from                                                                                                                                              Asian Forum on Corporate
                                                                                                                                                                                                Social Responsibility on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Turuan ang mga kasambahay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        na patayin ang ilaw, bentilador,    •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ang pang-entertainment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Turuan ang mga anak sa kole-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ka magbabayad dahil merong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       natitirang balanse. Kung hindi          and his brother’s life during the last phase of       Her grandchildren, among them Lopez
 Jonathan (not his real name) ran                                                                                                                                                                                                       TV at kung anumang de-kury-             hiyo na maghanap, bumili               rin lang kailangan, maghintay           World War II when Barrio Irisan, where they Museum executive director Cedie Vargas,
 Bantay Bata. He needed protection from his alcoholic father, who                                                                                                                               Nov. 20-21, 2008 at Grand                                                                                                                                      temporarily stayed, was bombed by returning recall that she was always part of their lives.
                                                                             MERALCO recently treated 82 children from              said Christopher yap, head of Meralco’s Corpo-                                                      enteng gamit sa kani-kanilang           at gumamit ng second-hand              na lamang ng bonus bago
 abused him physically. Despite his problem, Jonathan persevered in                                                                                                                             Copthorne Waterfront Hotel,                                                                                                                                    American forces.                                  They would be pulled out to have lunch or
                                                                             Martha’s Vineyard Learning Center in Mandaluy-         rate Social Responsibility Office (CSRO).                                                           kwarto tuwing lalabas o kung            textbooks. Wala namang ha-             pagbigyan ang luho ni misis o
 his studies, knowing that it was his chance for a better life. Now an                                                                                                                          Singapore
                                                                             ong to a day of fun and games, carnival rides and           Each day of the outreach activity was sponsored                                                wala rin lang gumagamit.                los workbooks ang college              mister. Dapat ay disiplinahin           Mother’s hunch                                    dinner with her at least once a week. They
 incoming college freshman, Jonathan is looking forward to a brighter                                                                                                                           Early bird rates (until Sept. 19):
                                                                             puppet shows at its compound in Ortigas as part of     by different divisions of Meralco. Shared Services,                                                 Depende sa laki ng wattage ng           students kaya paulit-ulit na           ng mga magulang ang kanilang                “When the shells started falling near our would also accompany her dancing. She
 future for himself and his family. There are 154 children like Jona-                                                                                                                           $495 (1 pax); $440 (2-3 pax);
                                                                             “Fun-tastic” Friendship Fair: Pambatang Regalo         including Subsidiaries, acted as hosts for Martha’s                                                 iyong mga ilaw at appliances,           magagamit ang                          sarili para matuto rin ng tamang        hut, Geny (the late Eugenio Lopez, Jr.) and even had the energy to attend the wedding of
 than in need of educational support. Call Bantay Bata 163 and take                                                                                                                             $395 (4 or more)
                                                                             ng Meralco.                                            Vineyard. They were composed of employees from                                                      ang simpleng hakbang na ito             karamihan ng                                 values ang mga anak.              I ran out of the hut and started going down a grandson Federico R. Lopez, now First Gen
 part in building a better future for our children.                                                                                                                                             The AFCSR is Asia’s foremost
                                                                                 Aside from Martha’s Vineyard, 140 children         the Corporate Information Office, the legal, finance                                                ay makabawas ng ilang daan              kanilang                                          Kung gagawin ang             hill where some others in our group had gone. chief executive officer, the day before she had
 Get your fill of ‘Busog-Lusog’                                              from “Iskul ni Bobby” in Pasig and the Depart-         and human resources departments, joined by Soluzio-
                                                                                                                                                                                                conference and expo on CSR.
                                                                                                                                                                                                AFCSR 2008 will have a pow-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mula sa iyong electric bill sa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        loob ng isang taon.                 •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mga libro.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mga ito buong taon, sig-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                uradong mararamdaman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               But my mother grabbed and pulled us to go in a check up for her congested chest. Two days
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the opposite direction for no apparent reason after the wedding, she passed away at the age
 AFI, in cooperation with the National Nutrition                             ment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)          na, E-Meralco Ventures, Bayad Center and Finserve.          erhouse set of speakers and
 Council, launched “Busog Lusog: Ang Gabay                                   in Taytay also joined the fun.                              “It was a meaningful experience for the employees                                           • Dalasan ang pagluluto ng mga             ng     mu-                                      mo ang pag-ibis ng gas-        except that that was her hunch. After the shell- of 88 years and six months.
                                                                                                                                                                                                delegates. It is shaping up to be
 sa Wastong Nutrisyon” which airs at 7:45 a.m.                                   Meralco president Manuel M. Lopez (MML)            to interact with and bring cheer to the children. It also                                           ulam na masabaw. Mapapagh-              murahing                                       tusin at mapapagkasya           ing was over, we found out that a big shell had       Indeed, PML lived to the fullest, returning
                                                                                                                                                                                                the biggest and best yet with the
 every Saturday over ABS-CBN. Hosted by                                      chose the activity’s beneficiaries, including          allowed them to get involved in the activities which                                                alo sa masabaw na ulam ang              sapatos at                                    mo na ang sweldo mo.             landed at the bottom of the hill where Geny to her Creator peacefully in her sleep—know-
                                                                                                                                                                                                theme “Business Response to
 Christine Bersola-Babao and Ruben Gonzaga,                                  Martha’s Vineyard whose president is his wife          MML believes is the most relevant way to celebrate                                                  karne or isda at ang gulay upang        damit para                                    Mababayaran mo rin ang           and I were headed, instantly killing my uncle, ing she had “the abiding love and respect of all
                                                                                                                                                                                                Social Issues: Getting it Done.”
 the show aims to educate the viewing public on                              Maritess Lopez.                                        the foundation of our company,” yap said.                                                           matustusan ang nutritional              sa    mga                                    iyong mga pagkakautang            Nicolas Lizares, and seriously wounding his (her) children, grandchildren, and great grand-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Register at asianforumcsr.com/
 living a healthier life through proper nutrition                                “MML really has a soft spot for children. It’s          Meralco celebrated its 105th anniversary in                                                    requirements ng mga anak.               sanggol at                                 at makakaipon ka pa para sa         son, Joseling…This one, we really owe to our children, as well as the myriad of relatives and
 education.                                                                  a priority for him to spread cheer to the kids,”       March.                                                                                              Kung magpi-prito ng karne o             musmos. Ma-                               iyong kinabukasan!                   mother and her uncanny instinct for protecting friends left behind.”
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A summit meeting at Mt. Apo                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sudoku
                                                                                                                                                                                               Gear up!                                                                                                       	 	 last month, our chairman Oscar M. Lopez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dear Rosie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maglaro tayo ng Sudoku, ang bagong libangan ng bayan!        (OML) hied off to Davao to take a break from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ayusin lamang ang mga numero simula 1 hanggang 9             Meralco boardroom tussle. There, he held a sum-
By Rafael M. Alunan III                                                                                                                                                                                                                           para ang bawat numero ay minsan lang magagamit sa            mit of his own, bucking less-than-ideal weather
                                               (L-R)                                                                                                                      (L-R) Mt.            GEARING up for your first peak? Here’s             bawat row, column at kahon.
                                               Raffy                                                                                                                      Everest Team                                                                                                                         conditions, and conquered Mt. Apo, the country’s
THE Meralco boardroom tussle was start-                                                                                                                                                        a list of some basic personal and group
                                               Alunan,                                                                                                                    members with                                                                                                                         highest peak. Congratulations, sir!                                                   is also available at the following stations: Petron Express Center-Marilao,
ing to get heated but Lopez Group chair-                                                                                                                                                       equipment you’ll need.
                                               Dr. Art                                                                                                                    Raffy Alunan,                                                                                                                             Meralco has been in the spotlight because of                                     Petron Express Center- Balagtas, Shell NLEX-Balagtas and Caltex Mega
man Oscar M. Lopez (OML) was in high                                                                                                                                                           Personal equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the proxy fight with state insurance company GSIS.                                    Station-San Fernando.
spirits. In early May, he had conquered Mt.    de Guia,                                                                                                                   Angela L.            Trek shoes. For men, check out heavy-duty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The brouhaha started when GSIS president Winston                                                                            ooOoo
Apo, the country’s highest peak. That’s        Elpidio                                                                                                                    Guingona,                         high-cut The North Face (TNF)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Garcia questioned the “lack of transparency in the                                    I’d like to subscribe to Foodie magazine but it’s not included in their
why when he said he is in no mood to meet      Ibañez                                                                                                                     OML, Jake                           trek shoes; for women, there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               management of Meralco” and demanded that the                                          subscription form yet. Help!—Gigi
with Government Service Insurance Sys-         and son                                                                                                                    Lopez and Rina                        are lighter low-cut Colum-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               company open its books. Garcia, who came under                                            Sunshine Laserna of ABS-CBN Publishing replies: “Since Foodie is a
tem (GSIS) president Winston Garcia over       Diego.                                                                                                                     Lopez-Bautista.                          bia or TNF models. How-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               fire several years ago for purchasing a multimil-                                     new title, we needed to have the special rate approved by our finance depart-
Meralco, we joked that perhaps he should                                                                                                                                                                             ever, if there are porters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               lion-dollar painting using GSIS funds and has yet to make a public report of the      ment. The subscription rate for Lopez Group employees has been approved
just say that he is ready to have a “summit                                                                                                                                                                            to carry your stuff, opt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               status of GSIS funds invested in foreign equity markets hit by subprime woes,         and we have already updated the subscription lineup.”
meeting,” not in some fancy boardroom                                                          Resort and a victory dinner. And Day 5 is      For all of us who helped one way or an-                                    for lighter, low-cut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               has minced no words in pushing for a government takeover of the utility, using                                              ooOoo
but a real summit meeting at the top of Mt.                                                    the return trip to Manila via Davao.           other, it was mission accomplished.                                          shoes. Be sure to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               as springboard GSIS’s four board seats and 33% ownership of Meralco. As if            During the Sunday Rockwell bazaar a few weeks ago, I walked around to
Kanlaon—and only after they both scale                                                             When we got to Davao, we decided to        At the summit                                                                 buy one size big-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               on cue, the undying high-power-rates boogeyman was resurrected.                       check other stalls out and stumbled onto these all-natural cleaning products
the heights on foot. No helicopters, please!                                                   advance the climb by one day to take ad-            When we got to the summit, the              ger than your normal running-shoe size.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OML responded through an open letter to Pres. Arroyo on May 14 (see              which weren’t expensive! And better for the environment and health of
     Indeed, when OML invites you to                                                           vantage of the weather. After a quick lunch,   heavens poured. We decided to leave as           Backpack. A 40 liter-50 liter internal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               p. 7) where he presented solutions to the problem of high power rates; for            kids! Bought a couple of bottles. My maid loved the smell so I googled to see
a summit meeting these days, he really                                                         around 160 climbers, including porters and     soon as we gulped down some chow.                frame backpack should be enough for two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               example, using more indigenous fuels in the power generation mix and cor-             where I could buy more. The link above is the seller’s sister’s blog appar-
means meeting at the summit of some tall                                                       security personnel, set off for the nursery    Fears that the trail would be washed out         nights if you’re not assigned to carry food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               recting “structural disincentives.”                                                   ently and all the info is in there (http://heart-2-heart-online.com/2007/11/05/
mountain somewhere. He conquered Mt.                                                           at approximately 2 p.m. from Site G at the     were well founded. It was disappointing          and cooking items. The size of the pack de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Things heated up during the annual stockholders’ meeting at the Meralco          messy-bessy/). Is the Rockwell bazaar a regular thing like in Salcedo Village?
Pulag, Luzon’s highest peak, early last                                                        southeastern corner of the facility. We got    because a night at the summit would              pends on the length
                                               Rina Lopez-Bautista (3rd from left) with                                                                                                                                                                                                                        headquarters on May 27 in what is already touted as the longest stockhold-            Please publish the calendar of the next Sunday Rockwell bazaar.—Chiqui
year. He just turned 78 in April, but his                                                      to the site 4.5 hours later with our head-     have been memorable.                             of your torso
                                               the Filipina Mt. Everest summiteers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ers’ meeting in Philippine history. Lopez Group nominees won 5-4, with two                Malou Pineda of Rockwell Power Plant Mall says Krie Lopez is the
appetite for climbing mountains is just                                                        lamps on welcomed by a slight drizzle.              The trek down was very tricky; life         between the top
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               independents rounding out the 11-person board. However, the next day, SEC             brains behind the Messy Bessy products. As for future Sunday Souks, please
starting to…peak. So, he insisted he had to    to the trek to the first of several Mt. Ever-   Seeing forever                                 threatening, in fact. Parts of the trail and     of your hipbone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ordered Meralco officials to explain why they defied a last-minute cease and          watch for announcements. you may also call Power Plant Mall at 898-1702
scale Mt. Apo and wouldn’t take no for an      est base camps at 17,000 ft. from the               The night was nice and cool at around      stairways were washed away by the tor-           and the protrud-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               desist order to “to exclude management-solicited proxies” in the vote.                for information.
answer from his anxious subordinates who       jump-off point at 11,000 ft.                    7 degrees Centigrade. Woolen sweaters,         rential rain. I am sure that prayers flew fast   ing bone just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As we go to press, it was reported that Meralco was asked to file its                                                  ooOoo
had to make the preparations quickly.               May 2-4, 2008 was chosen for the           caps, socks and gloves were the fashion of     and thick for our safe return. Thank God,        below       the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               response by noon of May 30, to be followed by a hearing at the SEC at 2               Glad to know that two of my favorite journalists, Marites D. Vitug and
Recon climb                                    climb and the preparations moved into high      the night, apart from thermal underwear.       the ropes and harnesses held, keeping us         back of your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very Easy                                               p.m. on the same day. We’re keeping an eye on this issue and will provide             Glenda Gloria, have joined ABS-CBN. Looking forward to the improved
     But they made it clear to the boss        gear. The Mt. Everest Team was alerted;         What I like about the outdoors is that on      steady for the most time and our inevitable      neck. Also,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               more updates next month.                                                              Online and ANC. More power!—Tina S.
from the start that it was doubtful they       Philippine National Oil Company–Energy          a clear night you can see forever. The sky     slips from the thick mud at a minimum.           buy large clear                                        Easy                                                         In other news: Following its impressive 2007 financial performance,                  We’re excited about having them onboard too! Watch for more of our
could do it soon. We were worried about        Development Corp. (PNOC-EDC) began              was pulsating with life—stars and planets           OML’s true grit and composure, despite      plastic bags to                                        Medium                                                  ABS-CBN makes a comeback in The Asian Wall Street Journal’s list of most              newest kapamilya in an upcoming issue of LopezLink.
the steepness, the weather, the distance,      chiseling the earth to cut a stairway to the    that you hardly see in the city.               the challenges posed by the weather and by       use as double
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hard                                                    admired companies in the Philippines, ranking seventh overall. The Kapami-                                                  ooOoo
the thin air—whether the Lopez Group           top; ABS-CBN’s Abner Mercado and his                That was May 1. But by May 2, the          age, demonstrate his leadership qualities        liners in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               lya network was the only media company deemed deserving of inclusion                      Please feature the Meralco issue especially with regard to the ques-
chairman should and could do it at 78          camera crew were contacted to join OML’s        weather turned ugly and our second night       and winning ways. It is leadership by ex-        side your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in the list by the 2,477 executives and professionals surveyed by research            tion of high power rates. I paid my bill last week and it reached almost
with an eye disability that impaired depth     historic climb; and coordination with the       at the nursery (we should have been at         ample to face adversity and to conquer it.       back-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               firm Colmar Brunton; the company also copped an Innovation Award for its              P1,000—and to think I have only lights, a fan, ref, TV and PC, which I
perception and affected balance.               local government units commenced.               the summit had it not rained for hours)        But it is also about well-being; the knowl-      pack to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               internet TV services on TFCnow. Kudos!                                                hardly use simultaneously, anyway. Am I in for more bad news?—Lizzie
     When Rico de Manzana and I did a          Go-ahead                                        was wet and very cold. The absence of          edge that one acquires from experience           water-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Congratulations also to those who auditioned for “Undaunted” in April                The Meralco issue is covered comprehensively in this edition of LopezLink.
recon climb last September, Pastor Ema-             A final meeting with OML on April 28       sun had cooled the earth and the night         that the impossible is not really so; and the    proof it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and May. Our newest singers/actors will get several extra weeks of practice           We hope our features answer your question about your electric bill as well.
ta of Mt. Everest fame told us that this       assessed the weather reports. After much        had turned much colder.                        self-confidence that that knowledge instills     Headlamp. Try a Petzl Tikka XP or a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               before the curtain rises on this special presentation, so expect a smashing,                                                ooOoo
would be no “walk in the park.” Climb-         consideration and consultation with Art             One thing that favored us during the       to face other unknowns.                          Tikka Plus. It must be strapped to your                 Answer to May puzzle                                    rip-roaring show, everyone, this fourth quarter! The third Lopez Group bas-           Kudos to SkyCable’s Balls TV! I am happy to see that they are airing triath-
ing Mt. Apo would be three times harder        Valdez, the Mt. Everest Team’s expedition       climb and at the bivouac areas were the        At the top of the world                          head (instead of a handheld flashlight) so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ketball tournament happening in June also promises to be the most exciting            lons. It was my first time to see current men’s No. 1 Javier Gomez at work.
than Mt. Pulag and unbelievably similar        leader, and Dr. Ted Esguerra, the expedi-       Everest team’s stories about their experi-          What lies ahead after being the oldest      your hands are free.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Solution, tips and computer program available at www.        ever, with a couple of first-time participants and improved rules and innova-         Wow! Chased down a pack after T2, the likes of Andrew Johns and Brad
                                               tion doctor, the go-ahead was obtained.         ences, observations on climate change and      man to climb Mt. Pulag, Luzon’s highest          Sleeping pad and bag. Check out Therm-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sudoku.com                                                   tions. Will the Meralco team still be able to hold on to its crown?                   Kahlefeldt who were already flying on the run. But Gomez is in a different
   sports & wellness                                The climb would be in various phases:      never-ending banter. It kept our minds away    peak, and Mt. Apo, Mindanao’s and the            a-Rest Prolite 3 sleep pads, which cost about
                                                                                                                                                                                               P5,000. Don’t buy the bulky ones. The pad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Finally, parents on the lookout for special treats for the kiddies this school   league. He ran the fastest 10k in a triathlon I have ever seen. Unbelievable.
   calendar                                    Day 1 is departure from Manila to Davao
                                               and Kidapawan; Day 2 is jump-off point at
                                                                                               from the trek’s rigors and our aching bones.
                                                                                                   Because of the good weather on May
                                                                                                                                              country’s highest peak? In OML’s words,
                                                                                                                                              Mt. Kanlaon is next. OML’s resume would          may serve as a lining for your backpack.                       REDISCOVER THE NORTH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               year may take a tip or two from this month’s Power Plant Mall Finds section.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lessons are so much more interesting with the perfect school stuff. So, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Do you have the sked of the Tour de France this July? –Ricardo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         According to Karen Zabaljauregui of SkyCable, Balls TV’s (SkyCable
 Walk the Talk                                 7 a.m. from Site G perched at 5,000 ft. to      3, we decided to climb to the summit           then show that he has climbed the tallest        Bring a small sleeping bag on high-altitude
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               your midyear bonus in hand, head on over to Power Plant before everyone               Channel 34) has prepared a tentative schedule for Tour de France 2008.
 June 14 @ EL Center,                          the nursery/ reforestation site at 8,000 ft.    early the next morning. We took off at         peaks in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.            climbs like Mt. Pulag or Mt. Apo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               beats you to all the good buys!                                                       Catch the daily highlights on July 13-14, 18, 20, 22, 26-27 at 8 p.m.; and the
 Antipolo City                                 and overnight; Day 3 would be from the          7:30 a.m. It was foggy, but the thick fog           After that, who can tell? Perhaps           Trek clothes and towel. Try polyester
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ooOoo                                           10 stages on July 5-6, 13-14, 18, 20, 22-23, 26-27 at 8:30 p.m. Do keep an
 Open to all Lopez                             nursery to the summit (officially at 10, 311    broke momentarily, giving us a view of         Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo? Whatever it is,          base layers for trekking under the hot sun,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I live in Bulacan and am an Easy Tag subscriber for two years now. I                  eye on Balls TV for the updated schedule. Happy viewing!
 Group employees and their families.           ft.); Day 4 would be the return trip to Site    Lake Venado. We reached the top at ap-         OML is a proven goal-setter and achiever         a fleece sweater for the summit and during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               was wondering if there’s a way for me to use the Easy Tag in SLEX and                                                       ooOoo
 All participants must register. Warm-         G at around 7 a.m. Post-climb activities in-    proximately 11:45 a.m.                         many times over. He’s at the top of his          sleeping, and maybe an outer shell for when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               other tollways because my family always goes on road trips in the south.              If you have questions, comments, opinions, suggestions and reactions
 up from 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Wear              cluded a dip at the Lake Agco Hot Springs           For OML it was a dream come true.          world—and it can’t get better than that.         it rains. Columbia and TNF have many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Thanks.—G. V.                                                                         about anything and everything about the Lopez Group, please send
 comfortable attire and bring extra                                                                                                                                                            models for these last two. Some climbers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Easy Tag is currently for use in the NLEX only, but negotiations are         them to Dear Rosie through fax no. 633-3520 or to DearRosie@ben-

                                               Lopez Group basketball tourney tips off!
 t-shirts, towel, walking shoes and                                                                                                                                                            bring only two sets of clothes—trek clothes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               under way for SLEX and other tollway systems. For your info, the Easy Tag             pres-holdings.com. Maraming salamat!
 water/refreshments. For more info,                                                                                                                                                            and camp clothes. The first they pull on
 contact Louie Martin at 631-6394.                                                                                                                                                             at the start of the day and hang overnight

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Easy Trip it!
                                               By Hermes T. Miranda                            games will be held at the Meralco Gym          employees are updated on the standing of         to dry. yucky, but it saves weight. If you

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Come along to
 Fontana Sprint Triathlon
                                                                                               from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays             their favorite teams.                            choose trek shorts over pants, use leggings,

 (800m swim-30km bike-5km run)
 June 15, @Fontana Park, Clark Field,          THIRTEEN teams, including two from              and Thursdays.                                     Other improvements include limiting          black preferably, to protect your legs from
 Pampanga                                      first-timers First Gen-Energy Develop-              This year’s joust promises to be           teams to 15 members each, composed of 12         thorns and sharp blades of grass.                          Whiskered tern in
 Registration fee is P500. Contact Japs        ment Corp. (EDC), and Asian Eye In-             more exciting, thanks to innovations           regular members and three reserves; employ-      Hydration. Get a bladder that you can                  Candaba Swamp (top);
 Viray for registration/accommodation          stitute (AEI), will take part in the Lopez      put in place by Louie Martin of FPIDC,         ing an announcer for all games; and closer       install inside your pack—Camelbak and                       St. Peter’s Shrine                                                                                                                                        EASy Trip is the new tag for use
 at (0918) 235-7374 and Thumbie Remi-          Lifelong Wellness 2008 basketball tour-         Macky de Lima of First Balfour, Hermes         coordination between the Wellness team and       Platypus are just two of the brands avail-                 (right); Paskuhan                                                                                                                                          in the NLEX which motorists
 gio for race details at (0916) 385-8322.      nament, which starts at the Meralco Gym         Miranda of Benpres Holdings and other          HR for sanctions on erring players.              able—and with a hose dangling outside that                    lantern (below)
                                               on June 5, 2008.                                                                                                                                you can sip from while trekking.                                                                                                                                                                                      will soon be able to use in all ex-
 AAV Independence Day                                                                          coordinators of participating teams, and           The teams were split into two divi-
                                                    There will be a short opening              Chiqui Paterno of tournament manager           sions, A and B, with Division A as the           Camp footwear and trek pole. These                                                                                                                                                                                    pressways—that’s NLEX, Sky-
                                               ceremony at 5 p.m., followed by two             MPG. According to Martin, the Wellness         stronger of the two. Each division will          should be sturdy and light.                                                               pilots serving in the Pacific.        Philippines in a religious voy-                                                       way, South Luzon Expressway
 (Sprint and mini sprint)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paskuhan Village
 June 15 @La Salle Zobel, Ayala                games. Lots will be drawn to deter-             team may post the stats and schedules          have a champion team and individual              Camp utensils. you’ll need a Tupperware                                                   Almost the size of Singapore,         age.                                        San Fernando, Pampanga                    (SLEX), Coastal Road and
 Alabang                                       mine which teams will play on opening           at lopezwellness.com and gameface.ph/          winners, including Most Valuable Player,         food canister, plastic utensils, a cup for                                                the CSEZ occupies more than           Mt. Arayat National Park                        Paskuhan Village has all the          the Southern Tagalog Arterial
 Registration fee of P1,250 applies un-        day and on the following day, Friday            mcbl.ph (check correct site) websites so       Best Defender and Mythical Five.                 coffee and/or soup. There are also some                                                   28,000 hectares. It is extremely      Arayat, Pampanga                                                                      Road (Star) Tollway. Wow!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           elements of traditional Filipino
 til June 14. Onsite registrants will be       (at Club 650 in Libis). All succeeding                                                                                                          PVC alternatives and expensive titanium                                                                                                                                                                                   Easy Trip is available
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         accessible, being only about an           The 3,564-feet high mountain            heritage under one roof, aiming
 charged P1,750. Contract TRAP at 710-
                                                Who will grab the crown?                       Jrs, snrs clash in                                                                              models at ROX.
                                                                                                                                                                                               Trowel. A small one plastic will do, for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         hour’s smooth drive from Manila       at Barrio Bano, Arayat features a           to depict Philippines Christmas           at the introductory price of
 8259 or visit www.triathlon.org.ph.
 Yoga 101: Fundamental Asanas                        Division A           Division B           summer chess games                                                                              digging catholes.                                                                         via the North Luzon Expressway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               natural park complete with swim-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ming pools, recreational halls and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           all year round. It is a major trade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and tourism center not only in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     P1,008—from the original price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of P1,680—until July 30, 2008, and will be pre-
 June 10 12, 17, 19, 24, 28                     1    ABS-CBN (Red)        AEI (Yellow)         The Meralco Chess Club recently held its                                                        Group equipment
                                                2    Bayan                First Balfour        Juniors and Seniors Summer Games at the                                                         Tent. Hoop tents are lighter while dome- or            FOR those bound for Clark—to           Here are some attractions you     picnic huts. Experience the cool            region but also throughout the            loaded with P500.
 @120 Perea St., Makati City
 A series of six classes that explores               (Red/White)          (White)              Basement Canteen of the Lopez Building.                                                         tadpole-style tents are a bit heavier but are          join a triathlon, perhaps?—there   can check out when in Clark and       breeze and natural spring water             country.                                      The tags are available at the following gas
 breathing and the alignment of basic
                                                3    Meralco (Orange)     First Gen (Green)    JC Andan (left photo) of Ateneo de Manila                                                       freestanding. Make sure it’s a three-season            are so many things you and your    neighboring towns:                    that falls from the mountains. The              Accommodation in Clark                stations along the NLEX from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.:
                                                4    Soluziona            First Holdings       University, one of the five winners in the                                                      backpacking tent with aluminum poles and               family can do to bond or unwind    St. Peter’s Shrine                    park is only two kilometers away            is never a problem. Stay at the           Petron Express Center-Marilao, Petron Express
 yoga postures. Senior teacher Hoze                  (Navy Blue)          (Black)
 Arando will highlight a specific type                                                         “MeralcOlympics Pawns, Bishops and                                                              a full-coverage rain fly.                              afterwards, from skydiving, off-   Apalit, Pampanga                      from the town proper of Arayat.             Holiday Inn Clark, the Mimosa,            Center-Balagtas, Shell NLEX-Balagtas and Caltex
                                                5    Tollways Man-        Philec (Blue)
 of pose (“asana”) in every class and                                                          Rooks” exhibition games, topped the juniors-grade school group. Earl Cabugao,                   Stove and aluminum cook set. MSR brand                 road driving or even an aerial         The shrine serves as the          Candaba Swamp                               Montevista or Fontana Villas for          Mega Station-San Fernando. Top-up is through
                                                     agement Corp.
 discuss its benefits. Fee is P500/class              (TMC) (White)                            another MeralcOlympics winner, finished first runner-up while Jonelisa Miguel was               stoves that use liquid white gas (lighter flu-         tour of Mt. Pinatubo.              permanent residence of the life-      Candaba, Pampanga                           premium service for very reason-          any Bancnet ATM or credit cards or over the coun-
 or P2,700 for all six classes. Familiarity     6    First Gen-EDC        Manila North         second runner-up. Jaron Dellota, also of Ateneo, dominated the juniors-high school              id) are a good bet, though some brands use                 The Clark Special Economic     size ivory image of St. Peter,            A bird sanctuary and a haven            able rates. Also recommended
                                                                                               group. MeralcOlympics winners Iggy Vergara and Petricia Gonzales were first and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ter in any of the aforementioned gas stations.
 with the sun salutations is required. For           (Green)              Tollways Corp.                                                                                                       compressed air (butane) canisters as fuel.             Zone (CSEZ) was known for          reverently called “Apung Iru”         for bird watchers, thousands of             are Blue Bianco Suites, Marlim
                                                                          (MNTC) (Blue)        second runners-up, respectively. Meanwhile, Rolly Sol Cruz of Retail-Customer Pro-                   For more gear tips, go to www.back-                                                                                                                                                                                  For more info, call 631-2345 or visit www.
 inquiries, text 0917 522 yOGA (9642)                                                                                                                                                                                                                 decades as the Clark US Air        by the townspeople. The image         wild ducks migrate here during              Mansion, Oasis Hotel or Clarkton
                                                7                         Sky Cable            cess ruled the seniors group. Tied for first runner-up were Ronnie Dellota, Johnson             packer.com.                                                                                                                                                                                                           easytrip.ph.
 or email info@yogamanila.com.                                            (Sky Blue)                                                                                                                                                                  Force Base, home to American       was brought from Spain to the         winter in China.                            Hotel.
                                                                                               Maclang and Romy Aguilar. (Rolly Sol Cruz)
 1      LopezLink              June 2008

What’s new
from ABS-CBN Publishing this June
                                                                                         By Sheila Quieta

                 ‘Metro’       Cover girl Toni Gonzaga
                               talks about how she has set
                 highlights    herself apart in showbiz.
                               Plus, profiles on Karen
                 Pinoy design Pamintuan,and more!Valdes,
                                           Bea Alonzo, the star
                                          of “Maging Sino Ka
                                          Man: Ang Pagbabalik”
                                          who graces Metro’s
                                                                                  Kris gets personal in ‘K’
                                                                                  Kris Aquino opens the pages of her diary and recalls the day
                                          June cover, describes                   when she received the phone call saying that their mother had
                                         her alter ego Jackie                     cancer. But there’s plenty to celebrate in the newest issue of
                                         Madrigal as “more                        “K,” which contains photos of Baby James’s first birthday
                                         independent.” Offscreen,                 party. Cuties Enchong Dee, Puma de Borja, Carlo Guevara,
                                         the circumstances are                    Donnie Geisler and Marvin Raymundo also talk about why they
                                        similar for the actress who               love their moms. Lastly, “K” offers a behind-the-scenes look at
                                        has learned to deal with                  “Deal or No Deal—Around the World,” when Kris shared the
life’s ups and downs alone—             she makes decisions on                    stage with US host Howie Mandel.
her own, including living a life that fans can look up to. Also in
this issue: Pinoy fashion by the young Designers Guild, Cebu’s
brightest talents and the country’s most celebrated designers;                    Toni, Kim and more in ‘StarStudio’
post-summer makeup, and how two women changed their life                          StarStudio Magazine cover girl Toni Gonzaga shares the story
with one decision.                                                                of how she made her showbiz dreams come true. Also, get an
                                                                                  exclusive look at Kim Chiu’s debut and see Gerald Anderson’s
                                                                                  gift to the debutante! Celebrate Gay Pride month with John
Back-to-school fun with ‘Chalk’                                                   Lapus and Aiza Seguerra, who share their stories about coming       Get the newest issues of your favorite magazines at leading
The end of summer is the perfect excuse to go back-to-school                      to terms with who they are. And don’t miss the feature on the       bookstores and magazine stands nationwide. Exclusive to
shopping! Put together the perfect wardrobe on a budget. Find                     entertainment news team of “TV Patrol”—Mario Dumaual,               Lopez Group employees within Metro Manila, use your office
out where you can buy notebooks, pencil cases and other items                     Phoemela Barranda, Ginger Conejero and Marie Lozano. We             address and get a full year subscription discount up to 50% off
that will keep you in step with the trends. Meet future campus                    also bring you photos of your favorite celebrities at work and      cover price. For inquiries, call ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. at
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ROCKWELL POWER PLANT FINDS                                                       IT’s time to get the kids back to school!                                                    kids are known to break even Guinness

                                                                                 And in case you still haven’t shopped for                                                    world records, aside from their parents’

Are you                                                                          school stuff, we have some suggestions
                                                                                 that you might want to check out at
                                                                                 Rockwell Center’s Power Plant Mall.
                                                                                 The write stuff
                                                                                                                                                                              For the little ones
                                                                                                                                                                                    For the little tykes, including those
                                                                                                                                                                              who are going to have their single most
                                                                                       you can get notebooks and pens                                                         memorable or terrifying day of their
                                                                                 anywhere, of course, but if you want really                                                  lives—school day 1—stroll to the other
                                                                                 good-quality stuff, Office Warehouse at                                                      end of Power Plant and you’ll find Spin, a
                                                                                 the food court (Level P1) is one place to                                                    shop for boys.

for school?                                                  By Norman Sison
                                                                                 go. Who says the shop is all office stuff?
                                                                                 They carry the imported Mead brand (no,
                                                                                 not made in China), among others. Mead
                                                                                 has 11x8.5” notebook refills (P193.50),
                                                                                                                               Nalgene water bottles (P790-P890), The
                                                                                                                               North Face
                                                                                                                                                                                    They have very affordable socks
                                                                                                                                                                              (P199), sneakers (P595, depending on
                                                                                                                                                                              size) and polo shirts (P535), among other
                                                                                                                                                                              kiddie wear. For Good Samaritans who
                                                                                 8.5x11” notepads (P172), pocket               spend on school stuff year in and out.         want to help women battling breast cancer,
                                                                                 notebooks (P102), plastic notebook file       Drop by The North Face. No, the shop           Spin also offers boys’ shirts made by
                                                                                   folders (P120), spiral notebooks (P120      isn’t on Mount Everest (Level R2).             breast cancer support group I Can Serve.
                                                                                     for size 11x8.5” and P275 for size              you’d be interested in their all-        A quarter of the proceeds from the sale
                                                                                       9.5x6”).                                weather backpacks (P2,190) and their           of the shirts will go to the foundation’s
                                                                                            Office Warehouse also carries      waist bags (P1,090). Also, check out their     benefit.
                                                                                         the German-made Schneider pen         one-liter Nalgene water bottles (P790-
                                                                                          brand. They have permanent           P890). They’re made of super break-
                                                                                          markers (P30), sign pens (P49.50-    resistant polycarbonate plastic. This is one
Red sneakers                                                                             P155) and retractable pens (P49-      plastic bottle an environmentalist would              Socks
(P595), Spin                                                                         P125).                                    probably allow to be utilized. If their         (P199) and
                                                                                  For the road                                 stuff can withstand the rough outdoors of        polo shirts
                                                                                       When it comes to bags, you’d want       camping, then they can survive the rigors      (P535), Spin
 Editorial Advisory Board              Boo Chanco / Danny Gozo                   them to last—unless it’s your delight to      of your kid’s handling. But then again,
 Executive Editor                      Rosan Cruz
 Contributing Editors
 Carla Paras-Sison (Benpres)           Marlene Ochoa (MNTC)
 Maite Bueno (Meralco)                 John Rojo (Bayan)
 Estela de la Paz (First Gen)          Juno Chuidian (SkyCable)
 Kane Choa (ABS-CBN)                   Sheila Quieta (ABS-CBN Publishing)
 Nicole Carlos (FPHC)                  Vienn Tionglico (Rockwell)
 Rafael Alunan III (Wellness)          Vanessa Suquila (LGFI)
 Circulation                           Lucy Torres (Tel. 449-2468)
 Editorial and Layout                  Mousetrap Publishing

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                                                                                Backpacks (P2,190) and waist bags (P1,090),
                                                                                                           The North Face

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