May 24, 2018, 1:10 pm
Facebook iconTwitter iconYouTube iconGoogle+ icon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07022 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04971 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03427 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46553 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02521 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03403 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03824 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.6174 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0318 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00722 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.47954 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02536 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13117 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07028 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30067 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19226 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 382.79159 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0382 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02445 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01907 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.17151 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12202 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.9522 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.70612 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.78834 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41644 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.3891 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12076 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94646 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21398 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25367 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34149 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52008 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01621 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03927 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01423 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01423 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08859 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89503 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.06501 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14027 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.93289 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15004 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45428 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11999 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.19751 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.1499 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 271.08987 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06827 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30228 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.63862 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 804.0153 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99809 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.38145 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0135 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.12293 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91587 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30863 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 77.2065 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.91109 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.20841 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.57725 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00577 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01568 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.29369 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 159.08222 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.77629 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0153 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.55793 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24207 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05829 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01187 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02595 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18017 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31807 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.99293 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.85086 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.83174 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15455 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76864 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65679 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29771 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.64149 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37878 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07606 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24208 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.88337 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59598 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15388 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08185 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02752 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00735 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0627 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06117 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20841 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06955 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 107.60994 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06959 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07495 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.17737 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.18375 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0717 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15039 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26023 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34331 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16581 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02562 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01424 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42459 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.13958 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.7457 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 397.36138 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1673 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.84665 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24215 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61434 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04906 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04426 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08746 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12714 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57119 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.51816 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49847 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.12811 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01912 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59981 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 152.58126 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1501.96941 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 435.35373 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08088 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0494 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.62849 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05163 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.62849 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92218 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.7782 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24216 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.22562 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.91969 Zimbabwe dollar

Malaya on the eve of EDSA

BY CARLOS HIDALGO
 
REMINISCING about Malaya, there’s only Hemingway’s last line in “A Moveable Feast,” which is about his life as a struggling writer in Paris, to encapsulate my experience in the newspaper: It was a time when “we were very poor and very happy.”

I came in sometime in 1985. Tony Nieva’s (RIP) weekly magazine where I had worked had folded, leaving me drifting from one rickety job to another. It was the height of the backlash of the Ninoy Aquino assassination against the Marcos regime, a year before the EDSA revolution, one year after the Agrava Commission released its damning report, the year when the Sandiganbayan exonerated General Ver and the military from the crime, and the year when Marcos announced the holding of a snap presidential election in 1986.

It was a tumultuous year in the life of the nation. As for me, I was just happy to land a job, thanks to Noel Albano, a university classmate and frat brod who was an editor at the paper.

Malaya, of course, was the opposition newspaper. My suspicion then was that most of my colleagues were somehow members of the underground movement using the newspaper as a front to hasten Marcos’s downfall. I’m not sure why I had that impression. It’s probably because our office on West Avenue in Quezon City, with its labyrinthine passageways, looked like a UG house, as one visitor once remarked.

There was Jun Lopez who anyway you looked at him left you with no doubt that he was an NPA operative being hunted by the authorities. There’s Joey Salgado who I first met in one of the catacombs of the Press Club working for a leftist labor newspaper called Bagwis.

Anyway, there were also former members of the Marcos press: Yvonne Chua, Joy de los Reyes (RIP) and Des Carlos of Daily Express, Chuchay Fernandez, Joel Paredes, Noel Albano, Tony Modena (RIP) and Ef Campos of Times Journal, etc.

But I never felt I was a member of the alternative press. On the beat, I always thought of myself as a legitimate journo who was only after earning my day’s keep: getting stories to call in to Irma Isip, the editorial assistant at the time, if I was lucky enough to get hold of a phone, and be able to connect to Malaya’s single land line.

Of course, my news sources knew I was from the opposition press. But at that time when the Marcos regime was no longer as impregnable as before, and the Marcos press had lost much of its legitimacy, even government officials knew they had to get their message across through the opposition press.
 
NOT BEHOLDEN TO ANYONE

In a way, that made my task easy. When the opposition made an allegation/accusation, I just had to make sure I get the other side. Sometimes, it’s hard because in order to cover, say, a minister or a labor leader, you had to be close to him, and that meant riding with him in his car or on his plane or accepting a free lunch or dinner.

The most important thing was that you didn’t become beholden to anyone, and that your sources knew you weren’t.

I was then living in Intramuros, and I was covering education and Comelec. The education ministry was then at the Palacio del Gobernador and Comelec was that decrepit post-war building next to it. And so after phoning in my stories, I would proceed to the Press Club, which was also in Intramuros, to unwind.

I didn’t have to leave Intramuros to conduct my affairs. And yet I always made it a point to bear the long commute through the afternoon traffic to touch base and be with my colleagues.

After work, we retired to a tiny sari-sari store in front of the office, where salagubangs from a mango tree would drop on our heads as we drank iced-cold beer and talked about how the day unfolded.
 
WATERING HOLES

Then Malaya transferred to Timog Avenue, in a building called CC Castro, and our hangout was a Japanese restaurant in front of the office called Inakaya. That was where we discovered our singing talent.

One morning, our sports writer Abac Cordero, after taking a shower at home, was singing, “The Things We Did Last Summer.” His dad was dumbfounded. “My child, how come you know that song? That was when I was just 13!”

We had many other watering holes, of course.  One Valentine’s Day, I remember, we went to Harbourview by Manila Bay. It was a candle-lit kind of place, and it being the day of hearts, the customers were mostly lovers who were holding hands and whispering sweet nothings to each other.

But we were so boisterous, as we always were. There was Alex Baluyut, Doc Billones, Joy Taller, Romy Tangbawan, Noel Bartolome -- the whole gang.

Cheers, but I happened to clink my glass a bit more forceful than usual, and Joy Taller, not to be outdone, swung her mug even harder, and broke it. It was such a mess, but the waiters were tolerant -- probably because we were such a big group.

Someone started throwing the coasters like ninjas would with their star knives. Joy Taller was pissed -- and so drunk -- and failing to find any more coaster, threw her mug. Luckily, we were all able to dodge it.

Meanwhile, Alex, heeding the call of nature, stood up and staggered his way to the edge of what looked like a pier -- the restaurant was ship-themed, you see -- opened the zipper of his pants, and while sweethearts around us were pledging their undying love for each other, accompanied the romantic music in the air with the steady splashing sound of his pissing.

It’s amazing, really.  At daytime, we took on the serious task of chronicling some of the most momentous chapters of our nation’s history, and at night, we behaved like kids enjoying each other’s company.

Mr. Hidalgo has been in Hong Kong since 1998, working as copy editor for several English-language newspapers and websites. He first posted this article on his Facebook page.
Rating: 
No votes yet

Column of the Day

Summer ‘Kampf’

Bernard Karganilla's picture
By BERNARD KARGANILLA | May 24,2018
‘Prepare for peace, learn a new skill, prepare for war, enjoy a new hobby: join a summer camp. Life is a struggle (Kampf).’

Opinion of the Day

Passive smoking is more deadly

Philip S. Chua's picture
By PHILIP S. CHUA | May 24, 2018
‘Parents, especially pregnant mothers, should not smoke, but if they have to, they should do it outside the home, and away from people.’