What’s in a name?

At long last, President Benigno III has made up his mind. He has appointed Grace Poe  Llamanzares whom he hardly know to replace Ma. Conzaliza La Guardia as chairperson of Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

Before she was appointed, very few people really knew Mrs. Llamanzares’ background and qualifications, except that she was the daughter of two famous movie personalities: the late Fernando Poe Jr., Da King, and Jesusa Sonora Poe, popularly known as Susan Roces.

She graduated from Boston College in Massachusetts, USA with Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1991, and she earned her Bachelor of Art degree in Development Studies from the University of the Philippines in 1988.

She finished her high school from Assumption College-San Lorenzo, Makati in 1986.

Her job experiences include: vice president and treasurer of FPJ Production and Film Archives. Inc, from 2005 to present. Here, she supervises day-to-day company operations, reviews and recommends business transactions to the board members.

She is also in charge of overseeing preservations, restorations and promotion of all 200 + FPJ produced and co-produced films, and facilitates sponsorship of several charitable causes advocated by her late father.

When interviewed by the press right after Malacanang announced her appointment, she said the MTRCB under her “would aspire to be respected rather than to be feared.”

The Llamansares lived in the United States for a few years but came back to the Philippines in 2004 to help campaign for PFJ in the presidential elections. When Da King died in December of the same year the family decided to stay for good and keep company widow Susan Roces.

Grace withdrew from the senatorial race in the last May polls even before campaigning started. The reason is that on advice of Susan and her other relatives she has to prove herself first before running for a government post.

In an interview with Philippines Star she was quoted to have said that she doesn’t know President Aquino personally. She met PNoy only once during the baptism of Sen. Chiz Escudero twins three years ago. “I looked at him and he responded with a slight gesture,” she said.

She also said that the surname Poe can get her only so far. “From there on, I have to rely on my capabilities,” she said. In a way, she was right. As David Slawson once said: “Name are an important key to what a society values. Anthropologists recognize naming as one of the chief methods for imposing order on perception”.


We pity the opposition in the situation they are in now.

If they did not let the House approve in second reading or period of debate and amendments at dawn last Saturday the Aquino administration’s P1.645 trillion national budget for 1011 and controversial P21 billion conditional cash transfer (CCT) they look bad to the people.

On the other hand, if they stand their ground to slash the proposed appropriation act and reduce the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) CCT fund, it would be an exercise in futility because of their lack of needed votes to do so. It is the reality of Philippine politics which is the second oldest profession that whoever gets elected President gets the majority votes in the House of Representatives through turncoatism.

It has been said that this year’s national budget is pro-poor and reflects President’s Aquino’s commitment to lead the country to the right path of governance.


There are striking similarities between Shalani  Soledad and Venus Raj whom we both admire as persons of extra-ordinary beauty and incredible inner strength.

Raj rose to international fame when she was crowned a runner-up during the recent Miss Universe Beauty Pageant held in Las Vegas, USA, while Shalani became popular, and well loved by the people on account of being the girlfriend ( or was it ex-girlfriend) of the second bachelor President of the Republic, Benigno Aquino III. ( First bachelor President was the late Elpedio Quirino, a widower.

• Both were fathered by Indian  partners with Filipino women.
• Both were abandoned children: Venus by her father and Shalani by both mother and
• While Venus was left under the care of her mother and step-father, Shalani has grown up with the loving-kindness of her grandparents.
• Both wish to be reunited with their missing parents whom they entertain no ill-feelings even temporarily
• Both are raw models for Philippines youth. Cornelio de Guzman


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