Running barefoot on Roxas Boulevard
Norman Aceron Garcia ran 16 kilometres barefoot for a charity event. Photo courtesty of World Vision Philippines
Pilipino Express columnist Norman Aceron Garcia ran 16 kilometres barefoot along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City on February 5. It was his participation in the Run and Raise 2017 charity event.
With the slogan, “I run barefoot so they don’t have to,” Norman raised P182,000 ($4,700 CAD) from 134 donors for his chosen charity, World Vision Philippines. He placed 21st in overall ranking after his 90-minute run and he did while carrying sampaguita flowers, bags of chicharon snacks, and a basket of balut eggs – to represent children engaged in child labour.
“Although I ran barefoot alone, I certainly didn’t race alone. Behind the scenes, the majority of the preparations were done by Jun Godornes, Jan Therese Queyquep, and the rest of World Vision Team that I met that morning. I actually did the simplest thing; I put one barefoot forward, and repeated. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in them!” said Norman.
Pacquiao against anti-discrimination bill
Boxing champ blames murder victim
Senator Manny Pacquiao
Philippines’ Senator Manny Pacquiao cited the Bible and accused a 2014 murder victim of fraud while arguing against an anti-sexual harassment bill during a senate session on Monday, February 13.
Senator Risa Hontiveros was defending Senate Bill No. 1271 or the Anti-Discrimination Act, which seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE), when Pacquiao argued that cross-dressing can be used to “commit fraud.” He cited the case of Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipino woman, who was killed in 2014 by U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton. Pacquiao alleged that the court had downgraded the case against Pemberton from murder to homicide because Laude did not tell Pemberton she was physically a male.