Catholic Church has billions invested in BPI, Philex, San Miguel

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila, for example, owns more than 300 million shares of BPI and is the bank’s 4th largest owner. How much are these shares worth? As of May 2011, this is valued at more than P17 billion. Yes, that’s seventeen billion pesos, with a B. Aside from banking, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila, together with its subsidiary hospitals and companies, is also invested in mining and construction

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I’m curious to know where this money is being spent. Where are the financial statements?

What gall to imagine they are the Catholic Church. What spleen to imagine they represent the bishopric at all. What bile to call on the faithful to defend their faith.

Not least by trashing the memory of all the priests and nuns, the bishops and lay workers, who marched with the poor, fists raised in solidarity and voices sounded like trumpets at the walls of tyranny, reminding the faithful they had a faith, and their faith made them strong, and their faith made them free.

~ Conrado de Quiros in “There’s The Rub” – July 18, 2011

Congrats Azkals!

The Philippines is through to the second round of World Cup qualifiers after the Azkals leveled Sri Lanka in a 5 -1 (aggregate) win on Sunday. Huzzah!

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Quick thoughts on the movie:

  • Sam and Carly have zero chemistry
  • Why is Megatron wearing a cape?
  • Sam’s mom is made of win
  • For a G rated movie, I can’t believe the level of violence here.
  • The last hour made me think of ‘Falling Skies: The Prequel
  • Which on further thought would have been more awesome
  • What Michael Bay movie would be complete without a slow mo “emotive” camera pan sequence.

Dark of the Moon is probably the best of the Transformers films, action-wise, but still suffers from a lack of a coherent plot.