Garcia-Albano is richest lawmaker in Davao

ALL but one congressman in Davao Region reported an increase in their net worth in 2012, a summary report of Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) 2012 from the House of Representatives showed.

The assets, liabilities and net worth for the year 2012 of Davao del Sur second district Representative-elect Franklin Bautista has not changed compared to his 2011 SALN. Read the rest of this entry

Emano ‘pathetic’ – Moreno

MAYOR-ELECT Oscar Moreno tagged outgoing Mayor Vicente Emano as pathetic in response to the latter’s filing of election protest.

Emano, who lost the mayoralty seat to Governor Moreno, filed to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila on May 24 an election protest questioning Moreno’s sweeping win in the May 13 polls. Read the rest of this entry

Candidates reminded to submit election expenses

LAWYER Wil Arceno, Commission on Elections (Comelec) acting provincial supervisor, said that all candidates in the May 13 elections are required to submit their statements of contributions and expenditures.

Arceno said that the candidates have until June 12 to submit their campaign contributions and expenditures. Read the rest of this entry

Filipino student named a Brisbane ambassador

A STUDENT from The Philippines now studying in Brisbane, Australia has been honored for a second time by the Lord Mayor in his adopted home.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced 28-year-old Adonil Paul Mariano was one of 33 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors for 2013.

“The ambassadors will use social media to tell the world what it’s like to study and live in our city,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane’s 33 passionate new advocates from 29 countries will share their experiences back home as well as participate in media interviews, volunteer at multicultural events, and assist with hosting official visiting delegations. As well as coming to grips with a different language and unfamiliar campuses, they will witness unique Australian sporting events, feed dolphins, visit our world-renowned Gallery of Modern Art, and much more,” he added.

Cr Quirk said Brisbane’s 75,553 international students were attracted by the city’s growing global reputation as an Australasian centre of excellence for science and technology, drawing international collaborations from industry and research institutes worldwide.

“Another bonus for students is that many companies in Brisbane offer internship and graduate programs which embrace cross-cultural skills. Our strong economy, lifestyle and weather are also drawcards,” Cr Quirk said.

Adonil Paul Mariano is from the Town of General Mariano Alvarez in The Philippines but lives in Brisbane while he completes his Diploma of Nursing at South Bank Institute Technology.

“As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane has a high quality of life and education, freedom and security, and tremendous support to international students,” Mariano said.

“I enjoy the efficient transport services and student concession privileges. Almost everything is pretty to the eyes while services are streamlined and accessible making living in Brisbane a breeze. Being a Brisbane International Student Ambassador allows me to use my skills, talents and intellect to help convey to the rest of the world that Brisbane is the destination to be when it comes to obtaining world class education,” he said.

Cr Quirk said the honorary appointments were for one year. In that time, the ambassadors will use a variety of social media and digital tools, including Facebook, Twitter and the recently relaunched Study Brisbane website, to communicate their real life experiences.

“International students contribute so much to Brisbane and not just on an economic level. They help create a cosmopolitan, vibrant city and strengthen our network with cities around the globe, creating lifelong relationships,” he said.

The student ambassador program was established by Brisbane Marketing’s Study Brisbane ( program in 2009 and is open to both domestic and international students in Brisbane. (PR)

Rayver, Gerald revel Cannes experience

KAPAMILYA actors Rayver Cruz and Gerald Anderson chronicled their 66th Cannes Film Festival experience through photographs posted on image-sharing application Instagram. The two returned to Manila on Sunday morning from France, where their movie “On The Job,” participated in the Directors Fortnight, a selection in Cannes held independently by the French Directors Guild. Read more

Julia Barretto stars in ‘Cofradia’

YOUNG actress Julia Barretto will try to make her mark in the entertainment industry as she headlines the upcoming Kapamilya series “Cofradia”. Based on Dominador Ad Castillo’s novel of the same title, “Cofradia” tells the story of a girl who is afraid to fall in love because of her dark complexion, but will eventually transform

The not-so-great ‘Gatsby’

I’M sure never in his wildest dreams did F. Scott Fitzgerald imagine his book “The Great Gatsby” reincarnated as a 3D movie. But Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”, “Romeo+Juliet,” “Australia”) is one director who delights in creating something that pushes the envelope. Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” is definitely more mind-blowing than any of the book’s three