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Work and woman don’t mix

“It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness.” E. M. Forster

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By Alex P. Vidal

The engineer who lost his job in a construction company tasked to repaint the Iloilo Capitol after admitting he ordered the vandalism on the building’s dome, will only have himself to blame.
Engr. Jose Maria Cesar Uychocde, representative of contractor V.N. Grande Builders and Supply that bagged the repainting job, reportedly wanted to impress a certain “Adele”, who works in a restaurant in front of the capitol, thus he ordered the painting of “Hello, Adele” graffiti on the capitol dome.
The imposing scribble has nothing to do with the contractor’s job order and can be seen and read by pedestrians and passersby downstairs especially in adjacent buildings.

ANGERED

The vandalism angered Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. who ordered the temporary stoppage of the firm’s P3.2-million contract unless somebody admitted the misdemeanor.
After several finger-pointing and dilly-dallying, Uychocde finally owned up the wrongdoing in front of Defensor last Thursday. He then resigned from the company. As of press time, the governor has ordered the resumption of the repainting works.
It was not immediately known if Uychocde, who is probably in his 60s, was married or not, but the moral of the story is: work and woman (we refuse to use the term “womanizing” because we don’t have any evidence that the engineer pursued Adele lecherously) don’t mix.

ENAMORED

It is none of our business if Uychocde is enamored with Adele (whoever she is) or not, but the story clearly illustrated the risk and consequences a naughty laborer has to endure if he mixes his job with women.
If Uychocde manifested his interest on Adele privately, there would have been no vandalism; no temporary suspension of repainting job, no media ruckus, no scandal, no resignation and embarrassment.
There would have been no fuss if government property was not involved in his attempt to flatter Adele. The “Hello, Adele” has now become a “Goodbye, Adele!”

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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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‘Porno’ theater destroys city’s wholesome image

“I want one place I can go that is not going to be lewd, and I’m not sure there is anything left.” Matt Drudge

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Regent Theater before the World War II.

 

By Alex P. Vidal

Giant malls are now equipped with state-of-the-art digital theaters and 3D cinemas, virtually erasing from the map dilapidated and archaic downtown movie houses in major cities all over the country.
In Iloilo City, the only remaining downtown theater that operates outside three gigantic malls, is located right at the heart of where cultural and religious festivals are held regularly.
Interestingly, Regent Theater (formerly Cine Palace or Palace Theater) is housed in a building on J.M. Basa Street downtown, City Proper with a neo-classical facade, and is believed to be the oldest existing movie house in the Philippines built in 1928.
During the Dinagyang festival held every third week of January in honor of Senor Santo Nino at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, (if the camera is facing from the grandstand side) the most visible and conspicuous edifice aside from the adjacent Cine Eagle building is Regent Theater.

GLORY

But instead of providing additional glory and prestige to the city that has garnered national and international recognition due to its rich heritage, architectural building designs, cultural and religious treasures, Regent Theater has deteriorated into a symbol of shame and scandal for Ilonggos.
The theater, classical in character and it’s detailed facade of Corinthian capitals on fluted columns form the portico, continues to operate normally and provides entertainment to adult patrons.
Films being shown in public, however, don’t have redeeming values and were mostly pornographic by nature–or lewd old Tagalog films containing materials that disturb sensibilities and scandalize women. Ironically, the theater’s pediment is adorned with symmetrically arranged ornamentation of female figures, putti and floral flourishes.

PREDATORS

Dingy and squalid, the place is reportedly being frequented by sexual predators, prostituted women, call boys, and sometimes teenagers who cut classes.
City hall and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) should do something to repair the moral decay wrought by this theater in the populace, restore the building’s old glory and save its tattered reputation. Health authorities must also get involve in order to arrest the possible spread of communicable sex-related diseases.
City officials squabble for pedestrianization of Calle Real, but ignore this alarming moral eyesore right in the front door of the metropolis. Beautification should not be limited only in the facade of the city but in the citizens’ moral fiber, as well. A citizenry with a healthy mind makes a healthy city or nation.
Mystics say super-typhoon “Yolanda” spared Iloilo City because Ilonggos are “deeply religious” and devotees of almost all patron saints in the Roman Catholic church. The “City of Love” is also home to “born again” Christian sects and other Bible-toting religious cults and organizations.

MORALITY

Dyed-in-the-wool preachers and doyens of morality build small “churches” and organize fellowship prayers in the metropolis because they find the Ilonggos “pure” and “spiritually inclined.”
“Earthquakes and super-typhoons avoid Iloilo City because we are near heaven,” volunteered Alberto Lopez (not the former congressman of Iloilo’s second district), a self-proclaimed messiah, who preaches the Bible but cavorts with his neighbor’s wife.
Let’s help cleanse the Augean Stables and eliminate from our system remnants of indecent shows and lurid films in burlesk screens. Let’s speak, write, think good and be wholesome. Let’s think God.

 

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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SMC should include Iloilo, other airports in alternative project

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” Albert Einstein

By Alex P. Vidal

The $10-billion proposed alternative international airport project being dangled by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) to the government should not be limited to serving Metro Manila alone. There are many airports of international standards outside Metro Manila and are better equipped and ready for whatever expansion or development programs in the future.
Although Manila is the seat of national government, massive economic activities and developments have also been felt in various regions outside Luzon these past years; and modern airports in Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, among other major cities in the Visayas and Mindanao, are among the busiest. Imperial Manila should not devour the entire cake.
When investors and tourists fly to other cities in Visayas and Mindanao, they will realize there is more than meets the eye when it comes to tourism and investment opportunities normally advertised in the internet and other media to be happening only in Metro Manila areas. Industrialization and economic growth should be a national phenomenon.

REGIONS

If airports in other regions are developed and upgraded, more economic zones will germinate nationwide. Economic zones help small scale businesses and exporters in the countryside. The playing field is leveled. And this is the essence of globalization.
Tiny cities in neighboring Asian countries have become economic tigers because both the government and private sector spread the sunshine nationwide in terms of public works and infrastructure development. Airports in these bustling cities have become sophisticated and upgraded to international standards, thus attracting tourists and investors from America, Australia, Africa and Europe.
If the capital city improves by leaps and bounds, the rest of the cities all over the country should also improve by leaps and bounds. Everybody happy. The wonders of this egalitarian-type approach in nationwide expansion and development have been experienced in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia.

REPORT

In a recent report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, SMC was set to submit to President Aquino in April this year its own proposal for a $10-billion alternative international airport serving Metro Manila “even as the government separately pursues a similar project, likely at a former US naval base in Sangley Point, Cavite.”
The report mentioned SMC president Ramon S. Ang confirming reports that the airport project would cover around 800 hectares and would be located at an unspecified area in Metro Manila.
“SMC, a diversified conglomerate and owner of a minority stake in flag carrier Philippine Airlines, has long sought to build its own air gateway but uncertainty over the government’s stance on the matter prompted it to shelve the plan last year,” said the PDI report.

CHALLENGES

The proposal still faces other challenges, the report further said, given the current administration’s bias against unsolicited projects.
“Moreover, the Department of Transportation and Communications is looking at its own international airport project, to either operate alongside or as a replacement to the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country’s busiest air gateway,” it added.
“The three terminals at Naia handled about 32 million passengers last year, above its intended capacity of 30 million. Nevertheless, Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya said Tuesday that they were open to considering SMC’s proposal, once it is submitted.”

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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We solicit newspaper ads; are we also unethical?

“Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” Thomas Jefferson

 

By Alex P. Vidal

Even if we were not good in marketing, we have been soliciting newspaper advertisements since we began writing for a community newspaper in late 80’s.
The job of employees in editorial department is different from the job of those in the newspaper’s marketing department, but we were required by the publisher to solicit advertisements especially during special issues like anniversary and Christmas.
Advertisements are the life-blood of any newspaper. Without them, publishers are hard-pressed to sustain a regular payroll, much less defray the expenses for production or printing costs. For special issues like anniversary, even editors, lay-out artists and delivery boys are dispatched to look for money. Everyone must chip in; everyone must eat and bring foods on the table.
Newspapers outside Metro Manila don’t pay well because they don’t really earn much revenue. Community journalists are among the lowest paid professionals in the Philippines. This was the response I made to the consul in the US Embassy who asked if I have much money after he found out that aside from being a newspaperman, I also dabbled in professional boxing as ring official where I was paid in dollars. “Community-based journalists live below the poverty level,” I told the consul. “I don’t even have money in the bank.”

GRAY

There is a gray area in the journalists’ code of ethics when members of the editorial board — editors, staff writers and reporters — are seen soliciting ads in private companies, offices of politicians and government establishments. The dual tasks will definitely compromise the journalist’s job to write objectively. There will always be conflict of interests. A journalist’s credibility will be put to acid test.
But this has become a traditional and long-accepted practice among provincial-based journalists. Otherwise we starve. Publishers–and even some network owners–are forced to treat journalism heavily from the commercial point of view in order to survive. Many newspapers have closed shop because they could not sustain the spiraling printing costs and other related expenses. It’s not a walk in the park for publishers to maintain a daily newspaper in areas with limited advertisers. When business in certain city or province is good, it doesn’t guarantee that business in newspaper is also good. Many business establishments don’t place advertisements in the newspapers–except if they are under fire for labor violations, among other infractions. They put advertisements only to cushion the impact of negative publicity. In other words, they are not there for keeps.

ATTENTION

This brought to our attention the case of Manila broadcasters Erwin Tulfo and Carmelo del Prado Magdurulang who are recently in the headlines after their names were implicated in the “pork barrel” controversy after receiving payments from the National Agribusiness Corp. (Nabcor), an agency under the Department of Agriculture that was used as conduit for the release of Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) money that went into ghost projects.
Tulfo claimed the transaction with Nabcor was legitimate as it was a payment for a radio blocktime advertisement. Nabcor issued him a check in the amount of P245,535 drawn from the agency’s account at United Coconut Planters’ Bank (UCPB), Tektite Branch PSE Center, Ortigas, Pasig City on March 10, 2009.
Magdurulang known as Melo del Prado, who hosts a radio show in GMA7’s DZBB, got three checks issued dated April 27, May 14, and July 6 totaling P245,535.
“Is it ethical for a journalist to also solicit ads?”asked Manila-based columnist Ellen Tordesillas who hails from Antique.

CONCERNED

Tordesillas wrote in her blog: “I’m more concerned about the ethical aspect of the what it seems has become a standard media practice: journalists doubling as advertising solicitors. Erwin said there’s even one broadcast practice called AOB (Air on Board) , where anchors read the press release of advertisers for a fee. He said he does not do that.
“It is a fact that advertisements are the lifeblood of media. But the advertising department is separate from the editorial department.
“Independence is a basic journalism value. For journalists to be credible and effective in their role of society’s watchdog, they have to be independent and that includes from the influence of the publication or network’s advertisers. A journalist reports something he discovered that would be of interest to and benefit the people and not because someone paid him to do it or it’s a requirement from advertisers.”

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Did Narcom commit a mea culpa in Concepcion, Iloilo ‘coca’ plant?

“Cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money.”

ROBIN WILLIAMS

By Alex P. Vidal

Twenty five years ago, the regional Narcotics Command (Narcom) headed by Capt. Eduardo Bianzon uprooted and burned what they believed to be some 1,000 coca plants in Agho island, located off the coasts of Concepcion, Iloilo and allegedly broke open the mini-laboratory reportedly owned by Australian couple Tom and Terry Kurt.
Bianzon described the mini-laboratory as “a complete factory for cocaine” after the raid on August 25, 1988.
According to a report by then Daily Times editor Manuel P. Mejorada, the Kurt couple “have been gone for almost two years now. Perhaps they were alarmed when the operations of the monkey farm in San Rafael, Iloilo owned by Jack Vacek was busted and packed their things for other destinations.”
Mejorada was one of the only two Iloilo journalists allowed by the Narcom (now Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency) to board one of the choppers that flew to Agho island from the Iloilo airport in Mandurriao district on August 19, 1988. The other one was Bombo Radyo’s Rodel Fullon Agado, who is now Iloilo City councilor.

RETREAT

Mejorada described the island as “one of those tropical hideaways which provide an ideal retreat for the busy city dweller. Wedged between two bigger islands, Agho is a tiny dot from the air, surrounded by blue, pristine waters. The place is perfect for a weekend of swimming, snorkeling, sailing and other water sports.”
To recap the event that transpired in Agho island, this was how Mejorada narrated the story in the August 20, 1988 issue of the Daily Times: “That–the picture of sea-loving tourists here to enjoy the country’s scenic spots–appears to be the cover conceived by the couple Tom and Terry Kurt when they first came to the island way back in 1981.
“The Kurts told the local folk they were looking for a place where they could commune with nature, to be far away from the hectic life in the cities.
“Thus, nobody suspected that the couple were up to something when they began building a cottage on a hill which offered a vantage point over the entire area. They hired local laborer and paid well. Leonard Villaris, 55, told the Daily Times that he worked on the island for three months. ‘I helped Kurt build his cottage,’ he said.

FREE

“Fishermen from neighboring islands were also free to cast their nets in the waters surrounding the island. Restituto Ciriaco, 34, recalls that he supplied the couple with a daily supply of shrimps and fish. ‘They were kind to me,’ he said. ‘In fact, Mrs. Kurt even volunteered to teach the women in the nearby islands special skills like embroidery.’
“Things started to change, however, just when Kurt finished the construction of a small building and landed laboratory equipment in 1981. He had already installed a generator to provide electricity for the cottage and the other buildings. Soon a ‘no trespassing’ sign was put up. Doberman guard dogs suddenly turned up at the island to discourage unwanted visitors from straying into the area. To enforce this warning, an armed guard kept a sharp eye for intruders on a 24-hour basis. Visitors had to ring a bell at the dock area and wait for the ‘household’ to allow them into the island.
“‘I became suspicious at once,’ Barangay Captain Magno Bordan said. ‘The hospitable Kurts suddenly declared the island off-limits for no apparent reason.’ Bordan said that even fishermen who tried to fish in the waters near the island were shooed away. ‘Nobody really knew what was going on in the island from that time on,’ Bordan said.
“Unknown to the native islanders, Kurt had found that the soil conditions on the island was ideal for growing the coca plant. He brought in coca seedlings and planted these on a hilly portion of the island just below the cottage. To camouflage the coca plants, he inter-planted them with a local plant which is very similar in appearance.

WORK

“‘Absolutely nobody from the neighboring islands were allowed to work there anymore,’ Bordan said. ‘The laborers came all the way from Cebu.’ Apparently, Kurt didn’t want the local residents to poke their nose around and stumble into his illicit operations. By keeping them out, he was assured that nobody was going to disturb him for a while.
“That continued for the next five years. The people from the neighboring islands were kept in the dark as to what was going on during all that time. It was only last week when agents from the Narcotics Command stormed the island armed with a search warrant, that they came to know about the tale of the intrigue and mystery that filled the island’s recent history.
“‘It’s amazing how they were able to escape notice this long,’ Bianzon said, who credits the vigilance of local officials like Concepcion mayor Betsie Salcedo, Governor Simplicio Grino and the provincial commander, Lt. Col. Jesus Almaden Jr. for the successful operation. Bianzon found evidence that the Agho plantation is linked to the San Rafael monkey farm; the guard on the island is the same person who worked as security man for Vacek when his farm was raided two years ago.”

‘NO CONFIRMATION’

A week after the raid, however, Mayor Salcedo belied the claims of the Narcom. The Philippine News Agency (PNA) quoted Salcedo as saying that “there was no official confirmation of reports that the wild plants discovered in Agho island are really coca plants.”
The plants uprooted and burned by Bianzon and his men were the “opathalo” plants which are used as firewood by island residents.
Salcedo’s view was shared by then US Consul Franklin Huddle Jr. who said that there was really no laboratory test on the wild plants taken from the small island to confirm if it is really the coca plants, reported the PNA.
Huddle reportedly based his observation “on media reports” about the discovery. Bianzon earlier reported that the raid on Agho island was conducted after a laboratory test made on samples taken from the place positively confirmed that these were wild coca plants.

FARM

A similar raid conducted on another farm in San Rafael a few days after the Agho island discovery also resulted in the seizure of several coca plants which Australian and U.S. drug agents confirmed to be the “real” thing, according to Bianzon.
The PNA said Salcedo herself was present when Brig. Gen. Pantaleon Dumlao and other military officials visited the island to destroy the wild coca plants uprooted there.
The PNA reported that “Bianzon was not immediately available to comment on these contradictory observations aired by Mayor Salcedo and the American diplomat.”

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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In my heart Jack Rennie is still alive

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”  ALBERT PIKE

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JACK RENNIE AND ALEX P. VIDAL IN SURABAYA, INDONESIA 1996

 

By Alex P. Vidal

The man who gave me a break to officiate as judge and referee in world boxing championship fights died on March 14, 2013. It’s the first death anniversary of Jack Rennie, who passed away in a Melbourne nursing home at 82.
I officiated world title fights under Rennie’s supervision when he was supervisor for Asia Pacific Rim and later vice president of the World Boxing Federation (WBF) mostly in the 90s.
Although he was known to a lot of boxing personalities and impresarios in the Philippines, I can say without hesitation that I was one of Rennie’s most favorite Filipino ring officials even if I was not one of the best in my country.
“He may not be one of the best but he is someone who I can trust most,” Rennie told then American WBF president Ron Scalf, who joined Rennie at ringside when I officiated the 12-round world super-bantamweight championship fight between Thailand’s Samson Elite Gym or Dutchboygym versus Mexico’s Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia in Chonburi on February 17, 1996.
I can’t forget Rennie’s words to Scalf until today. He was saying many good things about me to Scalf, other promoters and fellow ring officials. After dinner, he and Scalf summoned me inside their hotel room while we were in Bangkok prior to the Dutchboygym vs. Garcia fisticuffs.

LIST

“Alex, can you list down all the names of referees in your country and rank them according to their ability and experience? Please don’t forget to include your name,” sighed Rennie.
I listed 14 names. I placed Carlos “Sonny” Padilla, Jr., father of actress Zsa Zsa, at No. 1 and my friend Bruce McTavish, at No. 2. I listed my name at No. 14. Rennie showed the list to Scalf. They looked at each other without saying any word and asked me to go back to my room.
The following morning while on our way to Chonburi, Scalf gave me a WBF wrist watch. “Alex, not all WBF referees can have this watch,” Scalf whispered. “Take this as a souvenir.” More assignments abroad followed suit.
In 2004 when Rennie retired, newly-installed president Mick Croucher arrived in Manila to hand over my appointment papers as Philippine supervisor. Croucher said I was endorsed by Rennie. Also present in a meeting at the Manila Pavilion Hotel on August 1, 2004 were Chinese promoter Cao Kun, Australia/China advisor Yuickor Yick, and Filipino promoter Gabriel (Bebot) Elorde, Jr.

OWNER

Croucher, 66, said he was now “100 percent owner” of the WBF which was duly registered at the Consumer Affairs in Victoria, Australia with business number B1722046D pursuant to Business Name Act 1962 on November 7, 2003.
It was Croucher who informed me of Rennie’s death last year. Australian National Boxing Federation (ANBF) president John McDougall, 82, said Rennie “was known throughout the boxing world as a man whose word was his bond.”
McDougall said, “Jack trained the great Lionel Rose to the world bantamweight title and had Lionel defend against high ranked opposition so different to many of the titleholders today. He secured a world title fight for Lionel for the junior lightweight world title and was like a second father to Lionel.”
Rennie trained many other Australian boxers including Paul Ferrari, Jimmy Thunder, Atila Fogas, Graham Brook and many others, according to mcDougall. “He took Graham to the Commonwealth title and Paul to world bantamweight title shot against one of the all-time greats, Carlos Zarate and Paul pushed him close,” he added.
McDougall further said: “Jack in his early days always felt that Boxers deserved better conditions than were on offer out here and was instrumental in forming the ANBF. It was he who paid his own fares and expenses to go to an OBF conference and was successfull in having that body, then the only one in SE Asia admit the ANBF to membership and had the name changed to OPBF to include Australia, NZ and other Pacific Countries.

DELEGATION

“The following year he led, as president of the ANBF, a delegation to the OPBF and WBC Conventions to Seoul, South Korea where we cemented our place in the OPBF and with it the WBC. This opened the door for our boxers and also our ring officials. At the same conference we met with the Commonwealth Championships Committee and were able to reach an agreement to make some alterations to our office bearers and we would be admitted to full membership and with the right to vote, which we never previously enjoyed. This required Jack, the President and Len Swettenham, the secretary to step down and pass office to members, who were not trainers, and to the credit of both of these fine men they gladly stepped aside to allow Australia to be recognized and admitted to full membership.”
“Boxing in Australia today and the success of many boxers such as Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding and many others is the direct legacy of the work initiated by Jack Rennie. Jack’s devotion and work for his sport saw him granted the Order of Australia and Life membership to the ANBF and the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame.”
“He later was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He also received many Victorian Trainer of the year awards. Jack spent many years working as Vice President of the original WBF and at one time had TV bouts for that organisation on air almost every week somewhere in SE Asia. I had the honour of being a close friend of Jack and his family and we traveled overseas together on numerous occasions.
It was an eye opener to see the respect and fondness for him expressed wherever in the world we went. In later years we took our wives with us on some of these trips and for many years we stayed at each other’s homes whenever we visited the other’s State.”

UNCLE JACK

“My own family regarded him as Uncle Jack and were quite upset when I broke the news of his passing to them. Jack was devout Catholic and his generosity to his Church and indeed to many, many people was legendary. Jack’s only vice that I ever knew him to have was a liking for food, which he enjoyed almost to the last.
One had to almost fight him to pick up a restaurant bill such was his generous spirit. Jack’s health declined in recent years and even walking became impossible but when we would visit he was again the ever smiling great guy that we knew.’
“I know that he will be missed by his wife, Nita and his sons and family. So to will he be missed by so many others who have benefited from just knowing him. I regarded Jack as a very close and special mate and I believe that he returned this to me. I shall miss him as will we all . However let us all offer up a prayer for Jack if that is your belief and certainly Boxing in Australia will keep him it’s heart forever. RIP old mate.”

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Pinoy US airline employee Chito Ilonggo’s work ethic

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Chito Ilonggo (right) and Alex P. Vidal in Chicago, Illinois

By Alex P. Vidal

We won’t be surprised if US-based Ilonggo folk singer Luisito “Chito Ilonggo” Villaruel Macatual Jr. will be awarded with a brand new 2014 Ford vehicle by his employer, the United Airlines, for being a “committed” employee.
Chito Ilonggo is among the few United Airlines employees with perfect attendance and who report for work on time, thus making him a shoo-in for a vehicle raffle contest aside from certificate of recognition for being a model employee.
Chito Ilonggo’s work ethic is something that will inspire other Filipinos working abroad.
“Regardless of weather condition, I woke up early in the morning, prepare my own foods and drive to my workplace at dawn. I see to it that I’m always ahead of time,” said Chito Ilonggo, Customer Service Rep. ground steward in the United Airlines at the O’hare International Airport in Chicago.

MASTERPIECE

Now based in Niles, Illinois (an hour drive away from Chicago), Chito Ilonggo is formerly a folk singer and recording artist in Iloilo City, Philippines. His masterpiece, “Dugo Sang Isa Ka Ilonggo (Blood of an Ilonggo)” recorded in 1992 before he left to work as OFW in Libya, was a hit even among Pinoy diaspora in Europe, Asia and America.
When the United Airlines retrenched employees during the financial crisis in the United States in 2008, Chito Ilonggo survived.
“I consider it as a blessing,” he remarked. “It was a massive retrenchment and some of the casualties were fellow Fil-Ams who had been employed in the airlines ahead of me.”
During spare time, Chito Ilonggo dabbles in his favorite past time: singing and recording. He plays the electric guitar while son Aybil, also a musician, plays the drums in the basement of their house where they maintain a band station cum music lounge equipped with state-of-the-art sounds instruments. Wife Jocelyn Soltis-Macatual, a nurse, and Yvette, Aybil’s girlfriend, act as regular audience.

PRIORITY

Chito Ilonggo considers his family as “my top priority. Buday (Jocelyn) and Aybil are my best friends,” he said. “They are the true sources of my inspiration in life.”
According to Luke Punzenberger of the United Hemispheres Magazine, dependable employees at United Airlines who never miss a day of work can earn a certificate as well, with one big difference: “This certificate is the title to a new Ford vehicle.”
“In school, devoted students who never miss a day of class may be recognized with a certificate of achievement,” Punzenberger explained.
He said since 1996, United Airlines have awarded new cars to nearly 200 employees for their stellar workplace attendance.
“Through United’s Perfect Attendance program, nearly all full- and part-time employees who show up for work on time every day during a set six-month period may enter their names in a drawing for a new Ford Escape, Explorer, Focus or Mustang,” he disclosed.
Last year, the magazine revealed, 11 drawing winners each received the keys to a new Ford from Jeff Smisek, United chairman, president and CEO.

GIFT

Why such a generous gift? Because perfect attendance is tough! “Coming to work on time day after day is no easy task,” the article quoted Donna Towle, vice president for employee relations at United.
“But that’s the level of dedication it takes to deliver a reliable, flyer-friendly experience for our customers. Fortunately, we have some of the best employees in the business, and this program is one way we recognize their commitment.”
“This month, several new 2014 Fords are on display at United hubs across the country. But don’t get too attached to those sleek curves and that new car smell. These perfect-looking Fords are waiting for a few lucky United employees with perfect attendance,” the article added.
Chito Ilonggo visited his roots in Iloilo City on invitation of Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog in January 2013 as guest in the Dinagyang Festival where he held a concert together with local artist and friend, PG “Boyet” Zoluaga.

 

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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