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    About the celebration

    The Sixth Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness and Fashion with Samsung Festival wasthe 2013 occurrence of Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness and Fashion with Samsung

    Festival, a lifestyle event held from June 30, 2013 to November 24, 2013 focused on

    multiple sectors. The flagship runway project of Samsung, Philippine Daily InquirerLifestyle, together with HSBC and the Peninsula Manila.

    Exactly eight years, seven months and thirty-one days ago, on Saturday, January 1,

    2000 at twelve midnight, the Philippines and the rest of the whole world celebrate

    the New Year 2000 and the first decade of the third millennium and twenty-first

    centuries. It's twenty-two years after the first EDSA People-Power Revolution and

    the downfall of former President Ferdinand Marcos on February 25, 1986 and seven

    years after the second revolution on January 20, 2001, 25 years after Ninoy Aquino

    was assassinated on August 21, 1983 and 36 years after Martial Law was declared

    by former president Ferdinand E. Marcos on September 21, 1972.

    The Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung, the flagship runwayproject of Samsung and the Philippine Daily Inquirer Lifestyle. The fashion show is

    in cooperation with the Makati Business Club (MBC), the National Commission for

    the Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Philippine Amusement and Gaming

    Corporation (PAGCor), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine

    Olympic Committee (POC).

    Fashion becomes less a spectator sport when sport itself becomes the fashion.

    Last Thursday, July 31, 2008, Inquirer Lifestyle staged the rousing, filled-to-the-bleachers (despite the heavy rains and flooding) curtain-raiser to its Lifestyle Series ofevents with Fitness.Fashion, a catwalk team-up between some of the countrys top

    designers and best-selling activewear brands, at the Rigodon Ballroom of the PeninsulaManila in Makati City.

    Co-presented with Samsung, it drew guests who cut across the fields of fashion,

    business and commerce, arts, media and entertainment. With the support of HSBC

    and Peninsula, the show had 12 sought-after designers melding their creations with

    the latest brand collections: Kipling with Vic Barba; Fila with Lulu Tan-Gan; Nike

    Golf with Anthony Nocom; Speedo with Louis Claparols; Adidas with Patrice Ramos-

    Diaz and Rhett Eala; Marks & Spencer with Arcy Gayatin; Aigle and Oxbow with Rajo

    Laurel; Bench with Joey Samson; and Puma with Ivarluski Aseron and Randy Ortiz.

    (Read the fashion report in this Friday s Lifestyle Fashion and B eauty.)"Fitness.Fashion" also scored a coup with the runway debut of fitness enthusiastand sports advocate Sen. Pia Cayetano. Other guest models were Akiko Thompson,

    Amanda Carpo, Rina Go, Paolo Abrera, Phoemela Baranda, Svetlana Osmea, Jeena

    Lopez, Enchong Dee, Ruby Gan, Fely Atienza, Trishan Cuazo, catwalk queens

    Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez and Apples Aberin-Sadhwani, and Inquirer's own Tessa

    Prieto-Valdes and Leica Carpo.

    Plus our newest additions in the Manila leg of the Inquirer Lifestyle Series:

    Fitness.Fashion with Samsung fashion show for its 5th anniversary as a fashion

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    show in July 2013 are: Magnificent 7 ofRandy OrtizRichard Gomez, Lucy Torres,

    Ogie Alcasid, John Estrada, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Dingdong Dantes, beauty queens

    Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup, and actors Rayver Cruz and Daniel Matsunaga,

    volley star Gretchen Ho, Robi Domingo and TechnoMarines newest ambassadors

    Bianca Gonzalez, Kiefer Ravena, VJ Alvin Alfonso, Phil Younghusband and Heart

    Evangelista.

    The show was supported by L'Oreal Philippines, Swatch and Technomarine.

    Gold sponsors are Air21, Sun Life Financial, Globe Telecom, PLDT, Smart

    Communications, Sun Cellular, Meralco, Maynilad Water, Intel and Microsoft

    Philippines.

    Official mall partners are SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, Ayala Malls, Araneta

    Center, Star Malls and Trinoma Mall.

    Our official media partners are ABS-CBN, PTV-4, ABC-5, GMA-7, RPN-9, QTV-11, IBC-

    13, Studio 23, Net 25, ANC: The ABS-CBN News Channel, ETC: Entertainment

    Central, GNN: Global News Network, Lifestyle Network, Living Asia Channel,Philippine Daily INQUIRER, INQUIRER Libre, INQUIRER Bandera, Balikbayan

    Magazine, Asian Journal, GFC, Panay News, DZRH 666, DZRB Radyo ng Bayan 738,

    DZIQ Radyo INQUIRER 990, INQUIRER.net, XFM 92.3, RJ 100.3 FM and Focus Media.

    What Went Before the event in 2008

    THE tape recording starts with the sound of the plane landing and people talking

    among themselves.

    Everybody remains on board, one of them says.

    Moments later, a single gunshot rings out and women are wailing.

    What happened? What was that? a womans voice asks.

    More gunshots. The wailing becomes louder.

    Then an order from several men: Inside, inside, inside!

    The soldiers shot Ninoy. Hes dead out there, a woman cries out.

    These are the voices Time Magazine correspondent Sandra Burton captured on

    her microcassette recorder on the afternoon of Aug. 21, 1983, right after China

    Airlines Flight 811 carrying former Sen. Benigno Ninoy Aquino Jr. landed at the

    then Manila International Airport.

    Burton and several foreign correspondents had accompanied Aquino on the

    final leg of his journey home from three years of exile in the United States.

    When the plane landed, three soldiers boarded and escorted Aquino out.

    Seconds later, he was dead.

    For the past 20 years, Burtons recording has been in the Sandiganbayans

    custody, forming part of the evidence20,000 pages of documents, hundreds of

    photographs, video and audio recordingsthe court had collected in the

    course of the trial against the military men involved in Aquinos assassination.

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    For the first time, the Sandiganbayan has made the recording available for

    broadcast. A portion of it will be heard on the ABS-CBN documentary Agosto

    Beinte Uno: Ang Pagpatay kay Ninoy Aquino commemorating the slain

    senators 30th death anniversary.

    The sounds on Burtons tape capture the atmosphere in the plane in the finalseconds before Aquino disembarks, the moment he is shot, and the passengers

    reactions when they realized that the person they had just shared a flight with

    was now dead on the tarmac.

    Burton, then in her 40s, was called to testify and became one of close to 200

    witnesses who appeared before the Agrava Fact-Finding Board that

    investigated the assassination. She turned her tape over to prosecutors.

    After an inquiry that lasted a year, the Agrava Board recommended the filing of

    murder charges against several military men before the Sandiganbayan under

    then Justice Manuel Pamaran.

    In December 1985, the Pamaran court acquitted all respondents.In 1986, concerned citizens petitioned the Supreme Court to reopen the case,

    slamming the Pamaran trial as a sham.

    The proof they presented to the Supreme Court: the statement made by former

    Deputy Tanodbayan Manuel Herrera, chief of the prosecution panel in the

    Aquino case, that ousted president Ferdinand Marcos had influenced the

    Tanodbayan (now the Ombudsman) and the Sandiganbayan into acquitting all

    respondents, including Marcos trusted ally and friend, Armed Forces Chief of

    Staff Gen. Fabian C. Ver.

    Magmoro-moro na lang kayo (You just put up a show), Herrera quoted Marcos

    saying in a two-hour meeting with justices and prosecutors in Malacanang whenthe case started.

    Marcos parting words, according to Herrera, were: Thank you for your

    cooperation. I know how to reciprocate.

    Herrera said the trial was scripted, right from the start when the case was

    assigned in a make-believe raffle done in the absence of the media to the

    installation of TV monitors beaming the trial directly to Malacanang, and the

    suppression of vital evidence.

    When Aquinos widow Corazon (Cory) became president, the Supreme Court

    ordered a retrial. The case became a landmark in Philippine jurisprudence on

    exemptions to the rule on double jeopardy.The case was sent back to the Sandiganbayan. The highest official charged in

    the case was Brig. Gen. Luther Custodio, head of the Aviation Security

    Command, the unit of the AFP that maintained security at the airport.

    Ver, one of the respondents in the original case, had fled the country after the

    EDSA People Power revolt toppled the Marcos government. He lived in exile in

    Thailand.

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    Also charged but later acquitted was Gen. Jesus Singson, deputy chief of the

    Civil Aeronautics Board in 1983.

    Singsons lawyer and son-in-law Mario Bautista remembers the trial and in

    particular the day the Sandiganbayan listened to Burtons tape.

    The court decided to listen to it in the sound studio of former actor Jose MariGonzales in San Juan. The studio was packed with the usual courtroom crowd

    court personnel, prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses.

    I remember they decided to dim the lights so that those listening could focus on

    the tape, said Bautista, who is also ABS-CBN legal counsel. And shortly before

    the tape was played, the room fell silent. And I found myself standing in a corner

    right beside this big speaker.

    Burtons tape records faintly the sound of someone saying, Eto na (This is it).

    Footage shot by a foreign TV crew captures the words by now familiar to Filipinos

    who lived through the events surrounding the Aquino assassination. Eto na, eto

    na! Ako na, ako na! Op! Pusila, pusila (This is it, this is it! Let me, let me! Shoot,

    shoot)!

    And then, the gunshot.

    What is significant about the tape are the reactions of Aquinos fellow

    passengers and the conversations Burton had with them.

    Burton apparently kept recording as she discussed with fellow foreign journalists

    what happened.

    Some eight minutes into the tape, Burton is heard saying, Its very confusing, I

    mean, I dont know. She then answers more questions from someone who

    sounded like an American.

    Man: They shot Ninoy?

    Woman, presumably Burton: Yeah.

    Man: Where?

    Burton: Right at the bottom of the stairs.

    Man: When Ninoy was still on it or when

    Burton: No, when he got off. Im sure hes dead.

    The tape also captures Burton and her fellow passengers after they had

    disembarked and ran into people waiting to meet the passengers from the

    China Airlines flight.

    Local journalists who covered the airport at the time had been herded by

    military men to the entrance to the tube where they were to await Aquino.

    When they learned of the commotion at the tarmac, they interviewed the

    disembarking passengers to ask them what happened.

    One conversation was that of Burton and a Filipino.

    Man: What did you see? Who did it?

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    Burton: Soldiers.

    Man: How many of them?

    Burton: I dont know. I think wed better wait.

    Man: Did you recognize him? Aquino?

    Burton: Yeah.

    Man: Whats your name?

    Burton: No, Im not gonna this is not the place to talk. We had just seen two

    assassinations take place right outside our window.

    The tape then records what sounded like Burton comparing notes with fellow

    foreign correspondents, everyone recalling what they heard and trying to

    reconstruct the moments when they heard the shorts.In one portion of the tape, the conversation turns to who killed Aquino, and

    Burton points out that a Japanese reporter had seen one of the men in khaki,

    referring to one of Aquinos escorts, being the gunman.

    But a man contradicts her saying, I did not see a man in khaki uniform shoot

    Aquino. To this day, the question that shot Aquino remains subject to debate.

    The Sandiganbayan had declared C1C Rogelio Moreno, a constable and one

    of those who fetched Aquino from the China Airline plane, as the gunman.

    It was Moreno who shot Aquino, the court said, based on the bullets downward

    trajectoryentering just below the left ear and exiting through his chin. Moreno

    was behind and to the left of Aquino as they were descending the stairs.

    Moreno and 15 others were convicted and served time. The soldiers have

    maintained innocence and insisted that the assassin was Rolando Galman, who

    managed to penetrate the tight security cordon and waited for Aquino under

    the stairs. Galman was in turn riddled with bullets.

    It is the same story pushed by Marcos as early as the evening of Aug. 21, 1983.

    Marcos said Galman was a communist hitman.

    A number of those who were involved in the case have passed away. Custodio

    died of cancer in prison in 1991. Avsecom soldier Cordova Estelo was stabbed to

    death in 2005.

    Sgt. Pablo Martinez was released for humanitarian reasons when he turned 70 in

    2007. The rest of the soldiers were granted clemency by then President Gloria

    Macapagal Arroyo and released in 2009.

    Sandra Burton died in 2004 at the age of 62.

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    On December 9 and 11, 2007, Senator Cayetano, along with Go-Thorp, Abrera and

    Protacio at the home in Muntinlupa along with Bench fashion designer Joey Samson,

    for an affair in time for the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima,

    Thailand. Inquirer Lifestyle Series: Fitness.Fashion with Samsung fashion shows

    guest model Enchong Dee in the finals of mens 100-meter butterfly and he was

    placed eighth in the finals with the time of 56.87 seconds. Two days ago, on

    December 11, he was in lane 1 in the finals of mens 200-meter butterfly finals in the

    swimming events of the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima,

    Thailand. He placed eighth with the time of 2 minutes, 11.47 seconds and lost to

    Filipino-American sensation James Walsh in the finals of mens 200-meter butterfly.

    Cayetano and three personalities along with Samson were stayed due to the said

    event for fifteen days between December 6 and 15 of that year, a 30-day

    transitioning to welcome the new millennium 2008 between December 31, 2007

    and January 1, 2008.

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    Guest of Honor (July 31, 2008 Fashion Show):

    Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

    Philippine Vice-President Noli L. de Castro

    House Speaker Prospero C. Nograles

    Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile

    Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato C. Puno

    Former Philippine President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino

    Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos Former Philippine President Joseph Ejercito-Estrada

    Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal B. Rosales

    Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim

    Makati City Mayor Jejomar C. Binay

    Quezon City Mayor Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr.

    Philippine Tourism Secretary Alberto A. Lim

    Philippine Association of National Advertisers President Charmaine Canillas

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