The Holy month of Ramadan officially ended Monday evening with the appearance of the new moon. Apparently, Malacañang miscalculated and erred in the declaration of a holiday. So while Muslims rejoice in celebrating Eid’l Fitr today, Christians will rejoice over another non-working day tomorrow.
Ramadan Ends II
Instead of Tuesday, Malacañang declared Wednesday a holiday in celebration of Eid’l Fitr. When it comes to declaring holidays, palace officials never run out of surprises. So watch out! We might just celebrate Christmas on November 1!
The POC Elections
Art Macapagal is seeking to replace Jose “Peping” Cojuangco as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee. Art who? He’s the half-brother of President Arroyo. Or to be more precise, the president is his half sister.
Chinese Milk Scare and Chocolates
Mars, maker of M&M and Snickers chocolates, insists that its products are all safe. It has also denied rumors that M&M actually stands for Milk & Melamine.
Tax on Text
House Speaker Prospero Nograles wants to revive the proposed tax on text messaging to generate funds for, listen to this: “education and health care.” Education and health care. Wow, he must be following the US presidential campaign religiously.
Ces Drilon Returns
After completing her three-month suspension for disobeying her superiors, newsreader Ces Drilon will return tomorrow, October 1 as anchor of ABS-CBN’s “Bandila.” Nope she was not alllowed to resign. Why would the network let go of someone they bailed out from the Abu Sayyaf for millions of hard-earned pesos?
Bb. Pilipinas-Wold Resigns
Controversial Bb. Pilipinas-World titlist Janina San Miguel has reportedly resigned citing as reason her grandfather’s recent death. She will no longer compete in the Miss World pageant in December. Asked if the death of her lolo is putting pressure on her right now, Janina replied, “Yes, the death of her lolo is putting pressure on her right now! It’s a tough dead.”
Pinoy Films Win
Three Filipino films won in the recently concluded Bangkok International Film Festival: Francis Xavier Pasion’s “Jay,” Brillante Mendoza’s “Serbis,” and John Torres’ “When I Was A Child Outside.” In the Philippines, they are referred to as Indie… Indie pinapanood, Indie kumikita.
MVP and Basketball
PLDT president Manny V. Pangilinan is celebrating two victories in two weeks: The Ateneo Blue Eagles’ UAAP championship, and the San Beda Red Lions’ NCAA win. He’s a proud alumnus of both schools. In a few days, San Beda’s top playmaker John Paul Escobal (in photo) is reportedly joining Pangilinan’s Talk ‘N Txt team in the PBA. Sought for a confirmation, Pangilinan said, “Yes he is! And that’s win No. 3 for me.”