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Jullie Yap Daza
Jullie Yap Daza
Medium Rare She is a Filipina journalist, editor-in-chief, columnist, book author, and an award-winning television talk show host for Tell the People and Jullie. She became a popular author because her two books - Etiquette for Mistresses: And What Wives Can Learn From Them and Manners For Moving Up - dealt with the controversial topics of mistresses and social climbing, respectively.

Tea for 30

Photos by JYD Tea for more than 30--30-plus influential Filipinas--who were there to meet, chat, and engage with the envoy from Australia. She greeted them wearing a white shirt with long sleeves embroidered in white, and a skirt woven by a Mindanao tribe. Another Filipiniana touch that she wore with pride was a long gold tambourine necklace, which went nicely with her blond hair. Ambassador Amanda Gorely, not quite one year in the Philippines since she left Canberra and New Zealand, introduced herself and her embassy staff (immigration, trade, politics), and the topic of the day, which was simply to know one another from a personal as well as diplomatic perspective--friends, in other words. In her welcome speech, graciously no more than five minutes long, she paid tribute to woman power without harping …

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Russian interlude

Why did the Russian ambassador skip lunch with journalists at the last minute? Why was he in a rush to be at the Department of Foreign Affairs? Speculation ran high at the dining table. Did Ambassador Igor Khovaev’s urgent business at DFA have anything to do with getting work done for President Duterte to meet President Vladimir Putin in Moscow? When the envoy arrived at 1:30 p.m., he straightaway denied, in diplomatic language, that plans for a Duterte-Putin meeting were in the offing. “I go there (DFA) regularly, that is my work.” Regularly, yes, but not when he has to miss lunch, like today. He demurred, “There must be adequate preparations on both sides for such an important visit” and “we are now making efforts to identify the specific areas and fields” …

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Early rush

MR. and Mrs. M sold their house near UP Balara because their daughter was a victim of traffic torture every day that she went to school at The Fort in Taguig. Now they live in a condo a few short minutes from the school. My eye doctor reset his clinic hours to opening time at 6 a.m. (!) and closing at 4 p.m. His staff and patients, including out-of-towners, welcome the change as one clever way of beating the traffic. Carmen started sending out her Christmas goodies on the first Sunday of October, followed by a senator with her baby anthuriums one week later. The rush toward the longest Christmas has just begun in earnest. As his early Christmas gift, MMDA’s Tim Orbos has closed the window hours on 18 more streets on …

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Exodus

How many Chinese-Filipino businessmen will be flying to Beijing, not because Beijing is there but because President Duterte is? As of Oct. 15, Saturday noon, 417 Chinoys were turning cartwheels to be on the trip that starts today. They have every intention of being seen in China, and seen supporting the two Presidents, Xi Jinping of China and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, as well as participating in business forums and maybe cashing in on a deal or two on the side, but will there be enough plane seats and hotel rooms for all of them? They will not be deterred by the finiteness of flight and lodging arrangements. Let us wish them well. Beijing is a huge city, and being successful entrepreneurs and dedicated merchants, they will find ways (like Tessie …

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The family under attack

Photos by JYD Father and mother administered poison to their children and wrapped their heads in plastic as they seemingly fell asleep. Then the parents killed themselves, with guns or knives, did it matter? The horrific crime happened a few years ago in San Juan, Metro Manila, to a Taiwanese family. The parents left a note for the neighbors requesting them to clean up the mess. Detectives surmised that the father’s failing business—and shame—had driven him to kill his wife, two children, and himself. The story was the talk of the town for weeks in a city used to crime, but not this type of violence directed at one’s own flesh-and-blood, and despite tales told of previously reported incidents of a similar nature happening to anonymous families in some indigent community where poverty …

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Visit marks beginning of ‘new chapter, new progress’ in PH-China relations

The benefits to be felt by both China and the Philippines when President Duterte travels to Beijing later this week will be incalculable in dollars and cents (or pesos and RMB) even as the visit marks the beginning of “a new chapter, new progress” between the two countries, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said Friday. Exuding confidence and a “positive attitude,” the envoy told a hurriedly called press conference in Kamuning, Quezon City, that as “friends, neighbors, and relatives,” both sides may expect the President’s trip to bear fruit in the following areas: Agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, defense, tourism, infrastructure, trade, the war on drugs, and a “plan for peace and stability – no other plans” in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea. At least 12 accords are being finalized for signing. In …

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Bad and better

So bad words work? In his own words coming out of his mouth, President Duterte told an audience of 1,500 guests, many of them big shots and captains of industry, why he uses “bad words”: Because that’s the way to get everyone’s attention. Addressing the Second Philippine Business Congress at Marriott Hotel Thursday night where he worked for his hosts by handing out numerous awards and citations, Digong confessed that it was his undiplomatic language that got the ear of people like US President Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN rapporteur, the European Union and other critics. As usual, and as he told his audience of “rich people,” he was setting aside a prepared speech; what was unusual was a noticeable shift in his choice of words. This …

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Armed and pretty

Yes, armed and pretty, and dangerous, too, don’t mess with them. Have you noticed how charming the new breed of policewomen have become? Yes, including the batch of 800 who listened enraptured to their chief of all chiefs at the Ninth National Biennial Summit on Women in Policing. Including the President’s close-in security who seemed to be his aide-de-camp but  has not been seen escorting him at formal ceremonies during the last few weeks. At the summit, their guest of honor let go a smattering of his favorite bad words and made some wisecracks, to the delight of his charmed audience. He, too, was charmed, so thrilled to the bone by their lovely smiles and giggles that he gave away cash rewards and Glock pistols. The TV cameras panned the audience – …

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Timing

After eight years in the White House, America’s first black President, Barack Obama, will vacate his post in January, 2017. Around the same time, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will step aside for his succcessor. In Europe, cracks are appearing in the EU after Brexit, with murmurs of a looming Frexit and Departugal. All this, while our President, who has made no bones about harboring no love lost for those mentioned above, is just warming his seat, good for another five and a half years in Malacañang. So maybe telling the heads of the US, UN, and EU to back off – a euphemism or homonym? – from criticizing Rodrigo Duterte for his war on drugs was not a slip of the President’s tongue, to put it mildly, but a calculated risk. …

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A Chinese restaurant without bright lights, red tablecloths

Photos by JYD As a food destination, Manila does not blow its own horn and beat its drum for Chinese cuisine, but as food trippers, food lovers, gourmets, and gourmands will tell you, a good Chinese restaurant is always an appetizing choice for when they’re hungry, celebrating an event, or simply in the mood for something other than adobo or steak or ramen. The newest, latest Chinese restaurant to open in Metro Manila is China Blue at the brand-new Conrad Hotel near the Mall of Asia. Like the rest of the building, interiored in minimalist style to maximize its bayside location that commands a sweeping view of Manila Bay and its changing colors—blue, green, gray, or a mix— China Blue prefers to stay away from the very bright lights, red or gold tablecloths, and …

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