Thursday, September 27, 2012


(Secretary Neric Acosta with Balitaan sa Aloha Host, Lolly Acosta)

Balitaan sa Aloha , hosted by veteran newshen, Lolly Acosta, is a breakfast news forum held every Wednesday at the Aloha Hotel that tackles significant and timely issues of national importance. For close to two years now, Balitaan sa Aloha has been a favorite resource of media people for sizzling news and a preferred venue of national and corporate entities to present their programs, respond to burning issues and , in some instances, clarify certain controversies. 
(Lolly Acosta, receiving an award from the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation for her 
staunch advocacy against human trafficking.)

Among the most recent guests that we had were former Senators Nene Pimentel and, Arch.Oscar Cruz; Secretaries Armin Luistro, Neric Acosta, ; Ambassadors Ric Endaya , Roy Seneres and Representatives Luz Ylagan, Walden Bello, Erin Tanada, Maxi Rodriguez and Mitos Magsaysay, Whistle blower Sandra Cam , Government (POEA-OWWA-DOLE-BiD, BoC, CAAP, MIAA) and LGU officials have also been frequent guests in our weekly forum. The proximity of our venue to the media offices (Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Daily Tribune, Malaya, Manila Times, Journal Group of Publications) and the press corps offices (Airport, Senate, DoJ,/NBI, Western/Manila, DOLE/OWWA, Department of Finance, Department of Tourism, Dept of Health, Bureau of Customs, and Bureau of Immigration) attracts a lot of media people to attend.

 Recent topics discussed during the Balitaan sa Aloha were the RH Bill, plastic ban, plagiarism, smuggling, climate change, arts/culture, jueteng, PCSO scandal, Oil depot relocation, human trafficking , restoration of Category 1 from Category 2 and the dengue problem that has gone from bad to worse. As issues on Cyber Crime Law, Freedom of Information bill and other hot topics.  We are planning to allot one Wednesday to allow government officials , lawmakers and resources persons to address their concerns.  Regular attendees of our Balitaan sa Aloha Forum are from the following media entities: Philippine Daily Inquirer; Philippine Star; Manila Bulletin; Manila Times; Manila Standard Today; Journal Group of Publications; Malaya; Business Mirror; ABS-CBN; GMA-7; ANC; RPN-9; Solar News; GNN; UNTV; Net 25; DZMM;  DZBB; DZRH; DZRJ; DWIZ; DZXL; DZAR; and, 702-DZAS.

 With this, the media mileage generated from the Balitaan sa Aloha were impressive.

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