Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Edgardo J. Angara: In the Grand Manner Book Launch at Kamuning Bakery

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Senator Ed Angara urges next President “to unify the nation”, push political & economic reforms.

“I hope the next President of the Philippines shall prioritize unifying the nation, then pursue comprehensive political and economic reforms for our national development,“ former Senate President and former University of the Philippines (U.P.) President Edgardo Angarasaid during the April 5 book launching of his biography entitled “Edgardo J. Angara: In the Grand Manner” and authored by 16-time Palanca literary awardee Prof. Jose “Butch” Y. Dalisay, Jr. The launching and book-signing was held at at the Pandesal Forum of 77-year-old Kamuning Bakery Cafe in No. 43 Judge Jimenez St. corner K-1st Street, Kamuning, Quezon City.

After the tertulia-inspired Pandesal Forum was attended by media, intellectuals and various leaders, including SGV Group’s 95-year-old founder Washington SyCip, National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario (penname “Rio Alma”), ANC host Atty. Teddyboy Locsin, “Philippine Star” columnist Federico Pascual, “Philippine Daily Inquirer” columnist Amando Doronilla and others.

An old customer and neighbor of Kamuning Bakery Cafe was Senator Angara’s late cousin, the famous theater artist Zenaida Angara Amador. Many of the original settlers in Quezon City’s first community---Barangay Kamuning---were from the Baler hometown of the late Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon; Baler is also hometown of the Angara family. The biography’s author Prof, Butch Dalisay and his art restorer wife Beng Dalisay are also customers of Kamuning Bakery Cafe.

Senator Edgardo J. Angara – an educator, lawyer, banker, farmer, patron of the arts – is the longest serving senator in the post-EDSA Senate. He has been elected to four consecutive terms of six years each. Angara authored landmark laws on agriculture, education, health, arts and culture, science and technology, good governance, financial reforms and social welfare.

Among the many good laws pushed by Angara include: Free High School Act, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA), the National Health Insurance Act (Philhealth), Senior Citizens Act, the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), the Renewable Energy Act and the Procurement Reform Act, the National Museum, the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Natatanging Manlilikha Award which bestows honor on the Filipino folk and traditional artists, the National Book Publishing Industry Development Act, the National Cultural Heritage Law, the Credit Information System Act, Personal Equity And Retirement Account (PERA), Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) charter, Pag-Ibig Fund Charter, Pre-Need Code and Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act (FRIA).

The “Pandesal Forum” of 77-year-old artisanal and pugon-style Kamuning Bakery Cafe of Quezon City hopes to help elevate the quality of public discourse in the Philippines on current affairs, politics and other topics, also focusing on economic, gut or “pandesal” issues. It also advocates genuine reforms and new ideas.

The non-partisan, liberal, pro-people and informal Pandesal Forum was started on September 15, 2015 by writer Wilson Lee Flores as convenor and moderator. It welcomes all speakers, not just limited to political leaders. It is inspired by the centuries-old tradition of the “tertulia”---the informal and learned salon discussions of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America; it is also inspired by ancient China’s “li lun” or intellectual discourses.

Why Pandesal Forum? The pandesal is the historic and unique national bread of the Philippines, it is bread eaten by the masses, middle-class and by all. The pandesal is a basic necessity of the people, like rice. The humble pandesal bread represents the people’s simple wish for liberation from hunger. Hot freshly pugon-baked pandesal also represents happiness.

History of Kamuning Bakery Cafe with intellectuals, artists & reform stalwarts: Kamuning Bakery was founded in 1939 as Quezon City’s first bakery by Atty. Leticia “Letty” Bonifacio Javier and her husband Lt. Marcelo Javier (who died fighting the Japanese invaders of World War II in the Battle of Manila). It was acquired and revived in December 2013 by writer, history buff and realty entrepreneur Wilson Lee Flores, he restored the old cafe on March 20, 2015. Kamuning Bakery Cafe continues its artisanal and pugon or wood-fired brick oven baking.

Among its many colorful clients include pre-war media tycoon Don Alejandro Roces who facilitated sale of gov’t. land in 1939 at 15 centavos per square meter, his son the newspaper publisher & activist Joaquin “Chino” Roces, press freedom stalwart U.P. Dean Armando Malay, the late President Cory C. Aquino, national artists like Nick Joaquin and Levi Celerio, many showbiz celebrities, to a public school student who used to walk here to buy pugon-baked breads and is now the first female Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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