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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Presidents of the Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte
To commemorate the inauguration of the 16th President of the Philippines, Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte, I'm going to post here the line of succession to the Philippine Presidency from 1898.

Of course, there are some people who would like to argue and want to include Gat Andres Bonifacio, Macario Sakay and General Miguel Malvar to the list of Filipino presidents. That would make the list even more interesting and as a revisionist myself, I would love to. Except that, none of them shouldn't be in the list simply because they were not elected nor they were under a constitution. Personally, for me, the First Republic falls when Emilio Aguinaldo was captured in Palanan, Isabela. Andres Bonifacio and Macario Sakay only wants a "Tagalog Republic" and that means Ilocanos, Pampangos, Bicolanos, Cebuanos, and Maranaos were excluded. Plus, if we include the Presidents of the Tagalog Republics to the list, then we might as well include the President of the "Negros Republic" during the War of Independence. Lets make it more complicated, since at the time of the founding of Katipunan, the authority was the Spanish Colonial Government and if we recognized Bonifacio as President parallel with the Spanish Governor-General then we might as well include the president or whatever the NPA's appointing in their own "parallel government" in the Philippines.

Revising history is all right but revising it too much is not right. Next thing we know, Jose Rizal becomes the first President of the Philippines because La Liga Filipina inspired Bonifacio's Katipunan. Excluding them from the list of Presidents does not diminish their role in our history. Rizal and Bonifacio will always be among the founding fathers in our first attempts of nation building and they are certainly much greater heroes than anyone before and after them but to be a president, they must be elected. Heck, if I am going to revised the list of Presidents, Aguinaldo and Jose P. Laurel will not be in my list since the Filipino people did not democratically elect them and I don't believe in bullshits that we should have a "Filipino George Washington" but just as I said before, such extent of revision is just too much.

Anyway, here is the “Unofficial List of Philippine Presidents” (as of June 30, 2016, 12:00PM):

President Emilio Aguinaldo
Tagalog Republic (1896-1906)
  • Andres Bonifacio (August 1896-March 1897) not recognized
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (March 1897-November 1897) unofficial
  • Macario Sakay (May 1902-July 1906) not recognized

Biak-na-Bato Republic (1897)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (November 1897-December 1897)

First Dictatorial Government (1898)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (May 1898-June 1898) unofficial

Philippine Revolutionary Government (1898-1899)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (June 1898-January 1899) unofficial

Negros Republic [American Protectorate] (1898-1899)
  • Aniceto Lacson (November 1898-July 1899) not recognized
  • Demetrio Larena (November 1898) not recognized

Republic of Zamboanga [Revolutionary and later American Protectorate] (1898-1899)
  • Vicente Alvarez (May 1899-November 1899) not recognized
  • Isidoro Midel (November 1899-March 1901) not recognized
  • Mariano Arquiza (March 1901-March 1903) not recognized
  • Isidoro Midel (March 1903) not recognized

First Philippine Republic [Malolos Republic] (1899-1901)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (January 1899-April 1901)
  • Miguel Malvar (April 1901-April 1902) not recognized
President Manuel L. Quezon

American Commonwealth of the Philippines (1935-1946)

  • Manuel L. Quezon (November 1935-August 1944) re-elected in November 1941, term extended due to war, died in office
  • Jose Abad Santos (March 1942-May 1942) appointed by Quezon as ‘acting president’, unofficial
  • Sergio Osmeña (August 1944 -May 1946)
  • Manuel A. Roxas (May 1946-July 1946)

President Ramon Magsaysay
Second Philippine Republic [Japanese-sponsored] (1942-1945)
  • Jose P. Laurel (October 1943-August 1945) unofficial but recognized

Third Philippine Republic (1946-1972)
  • Manuel A. Roxas (July 1946-April 1948) died in office
  • Elpidio Quirino (April 1948-December 1953) also elected in November 1949
  • Ramon Magsaysay (December 1953-March 1957) died in office
  • Carlos P. Garcia (March 1957-December 1961) also elected in November 1957
  • Diosdado Macapagal (December 1961-December 1965)
  • Ferdinand E. Marcos (December 1965-September 1972) re-elected in November 1969

Martial Law [Second Dictatorial Government] (1972-1981)
  • Ferdinand E. Marcos (September 1972-June 1981) although martial law was lifted on January 1981

Fourth Republic of the Philippines [Second Dictatorial Government] (1981-1986)
  • Ferdinand E. Marcos (June 1981-February 1986) ousted by People Power I
  • Corazon C. Aquino (February 1986-March 1986)
President Fidel V. Ramos

Philippine Revolutionary Government (1986-1987)

  • Corazon C. Aquino (March 1986-February 1987)

Fifth Republic of the Philippines [People Power Republic] (1987-present)
  • Corazon C. Aquino (February 1987-June 1992)
  • Fidel V. Ramos (June 1992-June 1998)
  • Joseph Ejercito Estrada (June 1998-January 2001) ousted by People Power II
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (January 2001-June 2010) also elected in May 2004
  • Benigno S. Aquino III (June 2010-June 2016)
  • Rodrigo R. Duterte (June 2016-present)






Philippine Presidents by Constitution:

Constitution of Biak-na-Bato (1897)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (1897)

Malolos Constitution (1899)
  • Emilio Aguinaldo (1899-1901)

President Carlos P. Garcia
Commonwealth Constitution (1935)
  • Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944)
  • Sergio Osmeña (1944 -1946)
  • Manuel Roxas (1946-1948)
  • Elpidio Quirino (1948-1953)
  • Ramon Magsaysay (1953-1957)
  • Carlos P. Garcia (1957-1961)
  • Diosdado Macapagal (1961-1965)
  • Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1972)

Philippine Constitution (1943)
  • Jose P. Laurel (1943-1945)

Philippine Constitution (1973)
  • Ferdinand Marcos (1973-1986)
  • Corazon Aquino (1986)

Provisional "Freedom" Constitution (1986)
  • Corazon Aquino (1986-1987)

Philippine Constitution (1987)
  • Corazon Aquino (1987-1992)
  • Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998)
  • Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1998-2001)
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010)
  • Benigno S. Aquino III (2010-2016)
  • Rodrigo R. Duterte (2016-present)

That’s the list of Philippine Presidents. Here is the “Official List of Philippine Presidents” (as of June 30, 2016, 12:00PM) without all the complication and technical stuffs from the above lists.
  1. Emilio Aguinaldo (1899-1901) [Magdalo]
  2. Manuel L. Quezon (1935-1944) [Nacionalista]
  3. Jose P. Laurel (1943-1945) [KALIBAPI]
  4. Sergio Osmeña (1944 -1946) [Nacionalista]
  5. Manuel Roxas (1946-1948) [Liberal]
  6. Elpidio Quirino (1948-1953) [Liberal]
  7. Ramon Magsaysay (1953-1957) [Nacionalista]
  8. Carlos P. Garcia (1957-1961) [Nacionalista]
  9. Diosdado Macapagal (1961-1965) [Liberal]
  10. Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986) [Nacionalista/KBL]
  11. Corazon Aquino (1986-1992) [UNIDO]
  12. Fidel V. Ramos (1992-1998) [Lakas-CMD]
  13. Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1998-2001) [PMP]
  14. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010) [Lakas-CMD]
  15. Benigno S. Aquino III (2010-2016) [Liberal]
  16. Rodrigo R. Duterte (2016-present) [PDP-Laban]

As for the best presidents we never had, I could name a few people: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Carlos P. Romulo, Jose Diokno, Ninoy Aquino, Jovito Salonga, Raul Roco, Richard Gordon and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

#Brexit and the Hypocrisy of the Left

Ironic how the leftists/liberals, who professed to fight against income inequality and corporatism, protest the ‪#‎Brexit‬ in favor of bankers, big corporations and globalism. Then used "immigration" and the "race card" as excuses to cover their hypocrisy. Democratic processes such as referendum are only acceptable to them if it fits their agenda. Bunch of double standard hypocrites!






Note: I don't own any of these photos. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wolf Lake TV Series (2001-2002)

Before Vampire Diaries, True Blood and whatever . . . there was Wolf Lake. It's a 9-episode series that was cancelled before they could finish the season. Some people might like it while others don't. I don't really care.

Seattle police detective John Kanin (Lou Diamond Phillips) finds his world turned upside down when his girlfriend Ruby (Mia Kirshner) mysteriously disappears one night after leaving his apartment. After months of searching, an anonymous tip leads Kanin back to Ruby's hometown Wolf Lake, a place where the residents are hiding a dark secret...

Episodes:

1. Meat the Parents
2. The Changing
3. Soup to Nuts
4. Tastes Like Chicken
5. Excitable Boy
6. Four Feet Under
7. Leader of the Pack
8. Legend of Lost Lenore
9. Unaired Pilot
10.If These Wolves Could Talk

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gilas Pilipinas 3.0: The Road to Rio (2016 Olympic Games)

This is basically following the progress of the third generation of Gilas Pilipinas National Team Program (just like the original Road to London and Road to Spain articles). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. The new coach is the American-New Zealander Tab Baldwin who previously coached multiple national teams including the New Zealand Tall Blacks who finished 4th in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

Anyway, some idiots in the Philippine media and public forums insist in calling the new batch that will play in the upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament as Gilas 4.0 but that is just bullshit and lack of common sense. We Filipinos just love to label everything. No wonder the country is... nevermind. Both 2015 and 2016 teams composed of the same core of players and national pool, under the same coach, and most importantly, got the same goal (that is to qualify to the 2016 Olympic Games). Gilas 1.0 was basically the Toroman era aiming for the 2012 London Olympic Games and likewise, the Gilas 2.0 was basically the Reyes era aiming for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. This time around is the Balwin era aiming for the 2016 Olympic Games... simple as that.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.

National Head Coach: Tab Baldwin (USA/New Zealand)
Assistant Coaches: Jong Uichico, Norman Black (USA), Josh Reyes, Patrick Gregorio, Jimmy Alapag
Team Consultants: Tim Cone (USA) (unofficial), Chot Reyes (unofficial)
Team Captain: Dondon Hontiveros (2015), Jayson Castro (2016)
National Pool: Andray Blatche, Jordan Clarkson (withdrawn), Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Gabe Norwood, Terrence Bill Romeo, June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Jean Marc Pingris, Jeffrei Chan, Paul Lee, Lewis Alfred Tenorio, Troy Rosario, Greg Slaughter (injured), Ryan Jay Reyes, Matthew Allen Ganuelas (injured), Japeth Aguilar, Ranidel de Ocampo, Ian Sangalang, Moala Tautuaa, JC Intal, Sonny Thoss, Dondon Hontiveros (retired), Pauliasi Taulava (retired), Jimmy Alapag (retired), Aldrech Ramos, Gary David, Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Kelly Williams.

The Road to Rio (Schedule):
2015 South East Asia Basketball Association [SEABA] (Singapore), champions [Gilas cadets]
2015 Southeast Asian Games (Singapore), champions [Gilas cadets]
2015 Toyota Four Nations Cup (Tallinn, Estonia), 4th place
2015 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), 2nd place (silver)
2015 MVP Invitational Cup* (Manila, Philippines), 1st place (gold)
2015 FIBA Asia Championship (Changsha, China), 2nd place (silver)
2016 SEABA Cup (Bangkok, Thailand), 1st place (gold) [Gilas cadets]
2016 Tune-Up (June 7): Philippines 81 - 70 Iran (Quezon City, Philippines) 
2016 European Tour Tune-Up (June 21): Turkey 103 - 68 Philippines (Istanbul, Turkey)
2016 Four Nations Imperial Basketball City Tournament (Bologna, Italy), third place
2016 Tune Up (July 1): Philippines 76 - 84 Turkey (Pasay City, Philippines)

2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Manila, Philippines), TBD
2016 FIBA Asia Challenge (Iran), TBD
2016 William Jones Cup (Taipei, Taiwan), TBD
2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janiero, Brazil), TBD
[*] vs. Pro-Clubs
[Bolded] vs. National Teams

[*] vs. Pro-Clubs
[Bolded] vs. National Teams

Individual Honors:
  • Jayson Castro: 2015 William Jones Cup Mythical Five Award, 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Mythical Five Award
  • Matthew Ganuelas: Eighth in the Top 10 Alley-Oop Dunks of the 2015 FIBA Continental Championships
  • Andray Blatche: Tenth in the Top 10 Assists of the 2015 FIBA Continental Championships

 For more infos and healthy (intelligent... no crabbing) discussions of Philippine Basketball visit the Interbasket Forum (Philippines Section).

See Also:

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This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.
- See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gilas-pilipinas-20-road-to-spain.html#sthash.VdiJRvcw.dpuf
This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.
- See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gilas-pilipinas-20-road-to-spain.html#sthash.VdiJRvcw.dpuf
This is basically following the progress of the second generation of Smart Gilas Pilipinas (just like the original's Road to London article). Unlike the original Gilas, the new team was mainly composed of professional players and some of them have already had international experience in the past. Anyway, national team head coach Vincent "Chot" Reyes wisely used younger players from the college and PBA D-League level to play in minor tournaments.

I have a lot to say about the team but if you are a fan of the Philippine national team and international basketball then there is no need for me to talk about it here.
- See more at: http://theunknowngazette.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/gilas-pilipinas-20-road-to-spain.html#sthash.VdiJRvcw.dpuf

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: America's Dream Team: The Quest for Olympic Gold

 I read this when I was still in high school . . .  I stumbled upon it while browsing the local library for some other reason I can't remember.

Anyway, this book is basically the story of the greatest and most dominant basketball team ever assembled, the Original Dream Team. Everything you want to know, you already know, you didn't know about the team is in this book.

The team was composed of some of the greatest players ever to play in the NBA including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Almost every single one of them is either in the NBA 50 Greatest Players list or inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Heck, even the team itself was also inducted in the Hall of Fame back in 2010.

Definitely recommended to all basketball fans and collectors out there! #RIPChuckDaly

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