Archive for July, 2009

Cory Aquino

María Corazón Cojuangco Aquino or Cory Aquino was born on January 25, 1933. She was the 11th President of the Philippines, serving from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female President of the Philippines and was Asia’s first female President. She is a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, woman’s empowerment, and religious piety.

Cory AquinoA self-proclaimed “plain housewife”, Aquino is the widow of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., a leading figure in the political opposition against the autocratic rule of President Ferdinand Marcos. After her husband was assassinated upon his return from exile in the United States on August 21, 1983, Aquino, who had no prior political experience, became a focal point and unifying force of the opposition against Marcos. She was drafted to run against Marcos in the 1986 snap presidential elections. After Marcos was proclaimed the winner despite widespread reports of electoral fraud, Aquino was installed as President by the peaceful 1986 People Power Revolution.

The relatively peaceful manner by which Aquino assumed the presidency through the EDSA Revolution won her widespread international acclaim as an icon of democracy. She was selected as Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year in 1986. She was also nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize but lost to Elie Wiesel also in 1986. In September 1986, Aquino delivered a speech before a joint session of the United States Congress which was interrupted by applause several times, and which then U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill hailed as “the finest speech I’ve ever heard in my 34 years in Congress.”

The six-year administration of President Aquino saw the enactment of a new Philippine Constitution and several significant legal reforms, including a new agrarian reform law. While her allies maintained a majority in both houses of Congress, she faced considerable opposition from communist insurgency and right-wing soldiers who instituted several coup attempts against her government. Her government also dealt with several major natural disasters that struck the Philippines, as well as a severe power crisis that hampered the Philippine economy. It was also during her administration that the presence of United States military bases in the Philippines came to an end.

On March 24, 2008, the Aquino family announced that the former President had been diagnosed with colon cancer. Aquino underwent chemotherapy, and in public remarks made on May 13, 2008, she announced that blood tests indicate she is responding positively to the medical treatment.

By July 2009, Aquino was reported to be in a very serious condition and confined to a Makati City hospital due to loss of appetite. It was announced that Aquino and her family had decided to cease chemotherapy and other medical interventions. Aquino likewise reportedly received the Catholic sacrament of the anointing of the sick.

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Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy-adventure film based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the sixth film in the Harry Potter film series. It is directed by David Yates, the director of the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. David Heyman and David Barron produced the film, and Steve Kloves, screenwriter of the first four films, returned as screenwriter for this film. Filming began on 24 September 2007, and the film was released in cinemas worldwide on 15 July 2009, one day short of the fourth anniversary of the corresponding novel’s release. Unlike the previous film, the sixth film was not simultaneously released in regular cinemas and IMAX 3-D in all countries, due to a Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen several week commitment. The film will instead be released in IMAX 3D on 29 July.

Nobody

The ‘Nobody’ song was popularized by the Korean girlband, the WonderGirls. and it had went into many versions and renditions.

SONA 2009

The State of the Nation Address (SONA) is an annual event in the Republic of the Philippines, in which the President of the Philippines reports on the status of the nation, normally to the resumption of a joint session of the Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate). This is a duty of the President as stated in Article VII, Section 23 of the 1987 Constitution:

The President shall address the Congress at the opening of its regular session. He may also appear before it at any other time. ”

This 2009, the SONA of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is going to be on July 27, 2009.

2nd Season

Watch out for the 2nd volume of NMagz 🙂

-= Coming very soon =-

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