January 14 to 20

January 14 to 20 issue
Stories & Videos: Philip Pestaño, The Bourne Legacy, Ted Failon, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and more
Videos: Fatima Soriano; Noel Cabangon's DzMM station ID; Mark Alain Echem's Sa Piling Ko; The Jackal; The Silence of The Lambs; Jesus Christ Sings I Will Survive
Artists of the Week:
OPM English: Gerald Santos
OPM Tagalog: Nina
Beyond OPM: Three O' Clock

Murdered Witness To Navy Smuggling

It's public knowlege that the young Navy Ensign Philip Pestaño was murdered in 1995 because he exposed the Philippine Navy's drug smuggling. It's only now that proof has surfaced, thanks to the new ruling of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. Pestaño's officers have been ordered investigated. The military officers who had declared it as suicide should be indicted for the cover-up too

Bourne In the Philippines

January 11, 2012 is the first filming day of The Bourne Legacy in Leveriza in Pasay in the Philippines.

I read The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum years ago. If I remember correctly, this was when Jason's arch enemy Carlos The Jackal drowned in an amusement park.

Carlos The Jackal is a real person, Ilich Sanchez Ramirez, a Venezuela-born international assassin in the 1970s. He was a central figure in Claire Sterling's groundbreaking investigative book Network of Terror.

Claire Sterling is the inspiration for the character of Clarice Starling in Thomas Harris' novel The Silence of the Lambs. Clarice was played by Jodie Foster in Jonathan Demme's film version, with Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter.

Carlos also inspired ex-CIA Frederick Forsyth's novel The Day of The Jackal, which was made into a movie in the 70s. Bruce Willis played the role in the 90s remake, with Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier

Something That Really Works

Richard Bandler, co-founder of the breakthrough behavior transformation technique Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with John Grinder, once had to deal with an asylum patient who claims he's Jesus Christ.

"Are you Jesus?" he asked.

"Yes, my son," the patient replied benevolently.

"I'll be back in a minute," said Richard.

The patient was confused at the unexpected response.

Richard came back with a tape measurement and took note of the patient's height and arm length. Then he left.

The man who calls himself Christ began to feel nervous.

Richard returned with two long narrow boards, a hammer and a bag of nails. Then he started to build a cross by pounding the two boards together with some large evil-looking spikes.

"What are you doing?" asked the increasingly apprehensive patient.

"Are you Jesus?"

"Yes, my son."

"Then you know why I'm here."


Huggybear's Favorite Broadcast Journalist

Ted Failon always say a prayer of thanksgiving at his weekday morning radio show Failon Ngayon Sa DzMM. That's really heartwarming.

It's cool that spirituality and creativity permeates the hard-nosed political commentary program, spiced with comedy stingers, sound bytes from famous people and birthday greetings with songs like Born To Be Wild playing.

The closing theme is a gospel song by Noel Cabangon - who also sang the newest station ID.

Ted starts the week with a phone-patch prayer from Fatima Soriano, the teenage inspirational singer whose infectious joy for living, despite her blindness, inspires us all.

On January 9, 2012, the Feast of the Black Nazarene and 3 days after the Feast of the Three Kings, he greeted Fatima with:

"Happy Six Kings!"

There's Gaspar, Melchor and Baltazar. Apparently there are 3 more.

One went to China, his name is Chowking. One went to the Philippines: Tapa King. The sixth, who came to America, is Burger King

Huggybear’s LSS

What's on my mind is Sa Piling Ko by Mark Alain Echem

Artists of the Week:

OPM English: Gerald Santos

OPM Tagalog: Nina

Beyond OPM: Three O' Clock


Huggybear would like the following sites for the photos:

Ted Failon: Chuvaness http://chuvaness.livejournal.com/585645.html

Jesus: Duomonezza http://www.duomonnezza.com/articolo.php?id=223

Nina Nina Soul Sireigns http://ninasoulsireigns.blogspot.com/2005/03/nina-live-album-launch-at-podium-photos.html

Pestaño: Mindanao Examiner http://zamboangajournal.blogspot.com/2009/01/remembering-heroism-of-philip-pestao.html

Bourne: Popular Manila http://popularmanila.blogspot.com/