Archive for May, 2012

Siem Reap means “Siam Defeated” and was so named by the reigning King in the olden times to commemorate their victory over Siam (now Thailand). This is the center of spiritual background of the Khmer Empire, now profiling its cultural hub and thus becoming the tourist capital of Cambodia with its hundreds of temples. Angkor Wat which literally means “Temple City” is the more widely known among the hundreds of temples that can be found in Siem Reap because it is the largest Hindu temple in the world. It was built in early12th century and the most preserved among the temples. It is magnificent with its towering structure that can be seen from afar, surrounded by a wide moat, and constructed on a wide plain. (more…)

by Armando B. Chavez (US Correspondent)

SAN FRANCISCO — They came, about 150 of them, most in bright yellow T-shirts emblazoned with a map of the Philippines and the disputed specks of land known as the Scarborough Shoals. At the back were the words “Never Shall Invaders Trample Our Sacred Shoals,” a take on the English lyrics of the Philippine national anthem. They waved large and small Philippine flags and carried placards denouncing Chinese incursion into Philippine territorial waters and claims of ownership over the oil- and mineral-rich Scarborough Shoals. They shouted, “What do we want? China get out!” and “Who owns Scarborough Shoals? The Philippines!” (more…)

May 5, 2012

Father Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ
President, Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Dear Fr. Villarin,

I write to you wearing two hats — first, in my capacity as incumbent President of Ateneo Alumni Australia and secondly, as Editor and Publisher of Philippine Sentinel and Philippine Tribune.

I want you to know that I am deeply shocked about a report on an on-going hazing happening at the Ateneo Law School under your very nose.

This was learned from very reliable sources whose son is a neophyte. He arrived home black and blue from bruises sustained during initiation rites currently being conducted by the Aquila Legis fraternity. He was crying, limping and couldn’t walk properly. It was further reported that the hazing will last for at least another week from today.

Unless immediate action is taken, a repeat of the Lenny Villa case which happened some 20 years ago might recur. This should not be allowed to happen. It is appalling to know that Ateneo appears to tolerate the presence of lawless brutes who seem to enjoy inflicting pain and bodily harm on helpless neophytes under the guise of initiation. I call the perpetrators cowards who should immediately be expelled from an institution that is supposedly the bastion of the Philippine legal system.

I happen to be a proud Golden Jubilarian and I plan to attend our homecoming on December this year. I am also a member of the Order of Blue Eagles (OBE). Depending on your response, I might still change my mind about joining the celebrations and/or withdraw my membership from the OBE.

Incidentally, this letter is being written without the knowledge and against the wishes of the victim whose identity I cannot disclose at this time. It is being circulated around the world through various Ateneo Alumni email groups of which I am a member.

I look forward to your immediate action on this matter.


Dino Crescini
GS’57, HS’62, Coll’66

Although the MPC managers prefer to call it PACC (Philippine Australian Cultural Center, I prefer to call the place MPC (Multi-Purpose Center) because that was the original plan when the idea was conceived some 23 years ago.

Organised by veteran journalist Jaime Kelly Pimentel, who surprisingly did not participate in the discussions, some members of the Filipino Press had an eyeball-to-eyeball contact with Mansueto Villon, Luz Tiqui, Ed Yunon, Larry Muldong, and Minerva Santos, all known directors of PACF (Philippine Australian Community Foundation). PACF Treasurer Dads Morales was not present and we have yet to verify unconfirmed reports that he has resigned.

In his usual melodramatic style, the 73-year-old PACF chairman Manny Villon made the opening remarks. He cited the humble beginnings of the project at MPC Rooty Hill until they made the unilateral decision to sell the old property and buy the 5.5 acre lot in Schofields. (more…)

A bookstore in Canada has “sold out” of a controversial marriage guide that advises Muslim men on how to beat their wives.

The 160-page book, published by Idara Impex in New Delhi, India, is written by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, who’s described in the book’s foreword as a “prolific writer on almost every topic of Islamic learning.” (more…)