Kapihan sa Manila Hotel, the acclaimed mother of all local media fora, will be relaunched on Oct. 26, 2015—same time (9 to 11 a.m.) and venue—with Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal as guests.
The Kapihan is being relaunched by the Association of Philippine Journalists (also known as Samahang Plaridel), in cooperation with Manila Hotel, after the recent demise of its long-time host/producer, former Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Neal H. Cruz.
Moderator of the Oct. 26 Kapihan will be Jullie Yap Daza (Manila Bulletin columnist and Samahang Plaridel vice chairperson) with Ariel Ayala (Catholic Mass Media) as co-host.
The revived Kapihan will allow Chairman Bautista to discuss Comelec’s role in next year’s national elections.
“We hope our guests at the Kapihan will set the tone for a more cerebral rather than theatrical election campaign,” said Samahang Plaridel president Rolando G. Estabillo.
Invited Kapihan guests have traditionally used the forum to expound their positions on various issues.