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Philippine Star | MANILA, Philippines, 4/12/2012 - The Philippines will assert its sovereignty over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal through diplomatic and peaceful means, President Aquino said yesterday. The President Pres. Noy Aquino said he spoke with Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing on Tuesday. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario summoned her yesterday as the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest. “Nobody will benefit if violence will erupt there,” Aquino said in an ambush interview as he expressed hope that the dispute will be settled peacefully. “What is important is we protect our sovereignty. We could not give that away and we could
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ABS CBN NEWS | MANILA, Philippines – A musical on former first lady Imelda Marcos will debut in New York next year, according to the New York Times. The off-Broadway group Public Theater has included the Marcos musical, “Here Lies Love,” in its new

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By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | MANILA, Philippines - Filipino nurses should not to expect to get jobs in the United States until 2020, an administration lawmaker said yesterday. LPGMA party-list Rep. Arnel Ty said the shortage of nurses in US ended in 2010 and “now they have ample supply of US-educated nurses.” Citing statistics from the US National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Ty said the country has produced close to a million nurses from 2006 to 2011. He said the demand for Filipino and other foreign nurses in the US might start to recover when a generation of American nurses retires eight years from now. He said US hospitals first encountered a shortage of nurses in 1998. The gap has been filled with the increase in the number of American nurses and “a deluge of foreign-educated practitioners.” Ty also cited a New England Journal of Medicine report stating that there is “some chance” US hospitals might step up the hiring of foreign nurses when more Americans obtain medical insurance coverage under an expanded US healthcare law starting 2014. He said that due to the oversupply of nurses in the Philippines, both higher education and professional regulators have been urging high school graduates not to take up nursing. The lawmaker however criticized regulators for their late response to labor market conditions. “They (Philippine nursing officials) should be more aggressive in researching and projecting future labor market conditions, both here and abroad, to help guide young Filipinos as to potential career paths,” he said.
“Regulators are just reacting to what is already happening, such as the apparent glut of nursing graduates. Their late advisories would be more valuable once these are predictive and instructive, rather than merely reactive,” he added. A total of 145,081 Filipino nurses took the US licensure exam or the National Council Licensure Examination from 1995 to 2011. At least 938,552 US nursing graduates also took the NCLEX from 2006 to 2011. Ty has been pushing for legislation that will provide a special local jobs

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SCIS has published a very important proposed change in processing petitions for certain alien relatives called “Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives”. How does this proposed change affect you?
Current Rule. A United States citizen who wants to sponsor his alien spouse, parent or minor child (under 21 years old and unmarried) must first file a petition for an alien relative (I-130). Upon approval, such alien spouse, parent or minor child can file for “adjustment of status” to that of a green card holder, if present in the Unites States; or if abroad, receive an immigrant visa from a United States Embassy. However, there are certain grounds why an alien spouse, parent or child - who is already in the United States - cannot be approved for adjustment of status and be granted a green card, for example: 1) alien entered without inspection or admission (alien illegally crossed over and did not go through border inspection/admission); or or 2) alien entered as a fiancé/e or child of a fiance/e and did not marry the United States citizen who filed the fiancé/e petition; or 3) alien entered as a crewman. Thus, the alien spouse, parent or child must depart the United States to get an immigrant visa at the United States Embassy in his home country, and return to the United States to be admitted as an immigrant. The problem is, once the alien departs the United States, he will be barred from getting an immigrant visa for either 3 or 10 years, if he has been unlawfully present in the United States for more than 6 months, or more than 1 year. Thus, the alien’s required departure for the visa interview, is the very action that triggers the 3/10 year bars. The alien needs to file an Application for Waiver of Inadmissibility (I-601) with the Embassy, and must show “extreme hardship” to a qualifying relative to waive the bar. Waiver processing takes almost a year or longer; and if denied, the alien spouse, parent or child is stuck outside the United States for 3 or 10 years, before reapplying for an immigrant visa. Proposed Rule. USCIS proposes a rule that will allow immediate relatives of United States citizens and certain other aliens, while in the United States – to file for unlawful presence waivers with the USCIS; and if approved, the alien will be granted a “provisional unlawful presence waiver”, which will become effective upon the alien’s departure from the United States and a determination by a United States

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Embassy that the alien is not subject to any other ground of inadmissibility other than unlawful presence and because of the provisional waiver, will be given an immigrant visa. Who Will Benefit. The proposed rule is limited to the “Immediate Relatives” of United States citizens (who must be at least 21 years old), namely: 1) Spouses; 2) Parents; and 3) Unmarried children under 21 years of age. Also included are specific classes of individuals: 4) certain Surviving Spouses and Children of United States citizens; 5) Self petitioners; 6) Aliens entitled to conditional permanent resident status based on marriage to a United States citizen which is less than two years. Conditions for Eligibility. To be eligible for the provisional waiver of inadmissibility, an applicant alien must show: i) he is one of the above classes of aliens; 2) he is the beneficiary of an approved immediate relative petition; 3) he is age 17 or older; 4) he is currently present in the United States but cannot become a permanent resident unless he departs and get an immigrant visa abroad; 5) that upon departure, he will be subject to the 3 year or 10 year unlawful presence bars and will become inadmissible only on that sole ground; 6) he has paid the immigrant visa processing fee with the State Department and has not yet been scheduled for a visa interview at the Embassy; and 7) his United States citizen spouse or parent will suffer “extreme hardship” if the waiver application is not granted. Bear in mind that the provisional waiver rule is just a proposal at this point. Once the rule is final, we still have to wait for USCIS to issue implementing rules and regulations and announce an effective date for accepting applications. Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon is a partner in Chua Tinsay & Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation (CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego and Philippines. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or HYPERLINK “javascript:email_ US()” e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (415) 495-8088; (619) 955-6277; auvega@ctvattys.com

are really conservative. We're talking about Moslems, Christians, Catholics. So I don't think it will happen in the near future," added Lorraine Schuck, the company's chief executive officer. For his part, Carousel Productions president Ramon Mon(Continued from page 1) zon said: "We don't have to be the pioneer in this particular field, of beBut the group, which will ing the first ones to accept [transgenhold this year’s Binibining ders in beauty pageants]. We'll see Pilipinas coronation night on how it happens." Contestants of the Sunday, did not mention if it said pageant had mixed views, with will follow suit. some respecting the organizers’ rules “We respect the decision of the and others open to the new policy. Miss Universe Organization to "I do respect them as individuals change its policy regarding transgen- but I know that they have their own der participation in the pageant. At pageants where they can also excel the moment, however, we are still and show their talents," one of them awaiting the guidelines of this policy said. "I believe in equal rights... If decision from the Miss Universe I were to compete against a transOrganization,” Tessa Mangahas, gender I would see him, or her, as a public relations and corporate comworthy competitor," another added. munications manager of BCPI, said Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up in a statement. Organizers of the Miriam Quiambao, meanwhile, said advocacy-driven Miss Philippineson Twitter that "transgenders should Earth pageant, however, stressed that not be allowed to join the Miss U only “naturally born” women should because it's for real women." After be allowed to join their beauty conbeing initially disqualified, transgentest -- at least for now. Representader contestant Jenna Talackova was tives of Carousel Productions, which allowed to join the Miss Universe run the Miss Philippines-Earth and Canada pageant to be held this Miss Earth pageants, said they have May. Talackova, 23, underwent a to “respect our Catholic and Moslem sex change operation when she was tradition.” "I don't think we're ready 19. -- Report from Mario Dumaual, for that yet," said Peachy VenABS-CBN News eracion, vice president of Carousel Productions. "Especially the Philip**** pines." "We have religions here that Bb. Pilipinas 2012 – Meet the 30

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“Hearts Like Ours” FundRaiser for Autism Program
SAN DIEGO (Monday, April 9, 2012) - In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, the SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film, along with the Autism Society of San Diego, Tender Loving Canines and Sierra Academy, will present the “Hearts Like Ours” Film Festival, a screening of three short films created by SDSU film students. All proceeds of this event will go to Autism Society Summer Camps and to Sierra Academy film and music programs for students with autism. The festival will take place Monday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Don Powell Theater. Tickets can be acquired at the door with a recommended $10 ($5 student) donation by cash or check. Donations can also be made in advance online by credit card at www.sd-autism.org. All three of the films are thesis films from emerging filmmakers who are recent graduates of the Master of Arts Television, Film, and New Media Production program at SDSU. The films range from a heartfelt drama about a lost boy with autism to a documentary about training help dogs, and include a special clip from a film created specifically for the autistic mind. This series of short films are intended to raise awareness about autism; and the festival will highlight the local talent using their craft to promote social awareness of autism. Anthony Pang’s “Autistically Speaking, no. 1” is designed to engage and entertain an audience with autism. Drawing from scientific research on autism and firsthand observations from educators and caretakers, the film explores how an individual with autism interacts with the physical world. Pang’s goal is to eventually develop a model of entertainment specifically for the autistic mind. Directed by Iris Caffin, “Strong Souls, Gentle Spirits” was recently awarded a prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences College Television Award. “Strong Souls, Gentle Spirits” tells the story of eightyear-old Jolena and the road taken by her family to diagnosis autism and to have a service dog placed with the family. The result is an enlightening story of overcoming obstacles and the human-animal bond that develops. Finally, “El Abuelo” is directed by Stephen Crutchfield, written by Stephen Metcalfe (studio writer for “Pretty Woman”, “Mr. Holland’s Opus”), and produced by Patrick Scott. Metcalfe wrote the “El Abuelo” from a personal perspective, as his teenage son is autistic. The short film features Nick, an autistic boy who does not speak; befriended by an elderly migrant worker, the boy finds his voice. A question and answer session with the filmmakers and Autism Society representatives will follow the screenings. A number of local nonprofit organizations will be on hand to share resources and assistance. Source: Autism Society of San Diego, 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. San Diego, California 92123 858715-0678 * info@sd-autism.org * www.sd-autism.org SAN DIEGO – The City of San Diego is recognizing Water Awareness Month throughout May and is inviting San Diegans to learn more about water, “tap” into City resources and participate in a series of fun and educational activities. City Hall will once again be transformed into “Kiddie Hall” on May 1 as school children from throughout San Diego join the Mayor and San Diego City Council to be honored for their creative expressions about water conservation through the City’s annual poster contest and to kick off “Water Awareness Month.” While San Diego’s short-term water supply outlook is good, it is important to remember that San Diego still imports up to 85 percent of its water supply from Northern California and the Colorado River. The conditions that affect these imported water supplies are cyclical and subject to change. Additionally, dry years are more common than wet years in Southern California. In response to these realities, San Diegans are adopting a long-term ethic to “waste no water.” “It wasn’t too long ago that we were dealing with water cutbacks and had to alter our water-use behaviors,” said Mayor Jerry Sanders. “Now that we have ample short-term supplies, the message is to remember the value of water, use it wisely and never waste it,” added Sanders. Informational Resources Spotlighted this month is “Drinking Water Week” from May 6 to 12. Learn more about water sources, purchasing water, treating water, and distributing water. “From Source

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“Take It From My Barber” by Benjamin Maynigo | McLEAN VA, 5/13/2012 --

his past week was unforgettable for me both as a Christian and a Benedictine-educated lawyer.
As a Christian, I was again reminded of the pains, suffering and death that Jesus had to go through for humanity’s Salvation. As a Bedan, I saw two classmates whose lives touched mine in some significant way as we pursued different paths in our respective careers, reminding me of my own mortality. It pained me to know that both of them died in the same week. Former PCGG (Philippine Commission for Good Government) Commissioner Ric Abcede was originally an outstanding Thomasian (UST) prior to joining our Law Class ’72 in San Beda College. He was Chairman of the UST’s Student Council when I was President of San Beda’s. In the College of Law, he was an active writer/editor of the law journal. He joined me in my Crusading Lions’ Party to support the successful presidential campaign of one of my best friends, Toy Cedo in San Beda’s Law Council. While both were spending time inside the campus, (Abcede for the Law Journal) and Cedo for the Law Council), I was busy in the streets of Manila focusing on socio-economic

that I was attending an international JAYCEES conference and confidentially told him that I was not coming back. I told him to help run the office temporarily and also promised that when the time came, I would recommend him to be my replacement. We were forced to live in Sabah, Malaysia for several months until paroled into the United States as political refugees. Unfortunately, I must have written my resignation and my recommendation for my replacement too late because he never got appointed. He was already a PCGG Commisreforms as an active participant of sioner the last time I saw him in his the then Student Revolution. office. I remember discussing with We all took the Bar and became him the use of technologies and lawyers immediately thereafter in soliciting the help of Cyber secuthe year Martial Law was declared. rity experts in recovering ill-gotten After a stint at the International wealth. Labor Organization (ILO), Ric Ric, Former Senator Rene Abcede went back to the Philippines Saguisag and I have a few things in in 1976 looking for a job. I was then common. One, we are proud Bedan climbing the corporate ladder and alums. Two, we all love to dance. was lucky to be hired as Executive Rene prefers to dance and is good Vice President and COO of Magna at it with his regular D.I. (Dance Services Corporation and Director of Instructor). I always show that I Personnel of the entire GUEVENT enjoy and also love dancing with my partner. Ric also did especially when dancing with somebody like Imelda Marcos. When you are seeking a compromise, I guess you have to learn how to “dance with the music”. Toy Cedo was one of my closest friends in San Beda. As undergrads, we had a group called, “ADEBNAS”, (not so creative SANBEDA Group of companies. Magna in reverse). We used to get invited to Services was a sister company of many parties because of our practice DMG (Volkswagen), Toshiba, AVIS of making sure that no girl would and 14 other companies under the ever be a “wall flower”. The “drivumbrella of GUEVENT (Guevara ing force” behind this group was Enterprises). The group was a model Bob Ledesma, now also a lawyer family conglomerate founded by the and only son of San Beda’s late late endearing, compassionate and Dean of the College Law, Feliciano inspiring entrepreneur Domingo M. Jover Ledesma. He was the owner Guevara. and “driver” of the car that carried I hired Ric as my assistant in the us in our escapades for years. Personnel Office, and assigned him We had tremendous memories to help run the Corporate Newsletgetting drunk together, traveling ter. I thought that his background in to places like Concepcion, Tarlac Labor laws would also help me run where another late friend/member the Personnel Department. When I was about to escape from (Continued on page 17) the Philippines, I had to tell him

Opinion
By Cesar D. Candari, MD. FCAP Emeritus

April 13-19, 2012
people in the Philippines, made their take about Filipinos or native Indios in pre-colonial Spanish times. Both are pioneers in looking specifically for how the Indios take slave women and keep them as concubines. ..... in our lingo KABIT. Why were polygamy, concubinage and abortion practiced 300+ years of Spanish rule in the Philippines? By research of Blair and Robertson, Filipinos were converted in the Catholic faith. These observations stated indeed, there were changes in the norms of the pre-colonial natives. During those times, most of the native Indios daily practices and rituals were conceived sinful. The marital practices of the natives mostly belonging to the chief class, of the Philippines prior to their conversion from their pagan beliefs were allowed to have as many concubines as they want as long as they could support these women . These carnal sins - adultery, polygamy and fornication all of which were parts of the traditions were condemned by the Western colonizers based on the Catholic religion. And gradually, the Philippines and its people reinvented its practices and culture as well, in accordance to the preaching of the oppressors. Do we still have in the Philippines, concubinage as norm.? Do we still have Maria Clara (ang dalagang Pilipina) in our country? Many questions now with no real answers. To fast forward, what is happening now with regards to concubine in the country? Most recent , an ex- Philippine ambassador was arrested for keeping a concubine. Similarly a rich man in Manila was charged with “concubinage” for allegedly conducting the affair with his wife's best friend in a familyowned Manila apartment. This man no question and to quote a wife, “my husband is an abuser, a scrooge, an incorrigible philanderer, and worse, a pervert.” And I’d say he has the art of infidelity. Now, back to Chief Justice Corona. Isn’t he an infidel? Is he adulterous- a crime and therefore, a criminal, if indeed he has another woman with two other children? Esposo continud to say, “For Chief Justice Renato C. Corona not to mention his children with EVA as if they do not exist at all, is the highest form of ignominy and immorality that he can commit not only against his legitimate wife and family but against his oath as the highest magistrate of the land.”

Kabit – The Double Life Of CJ R Corona
By CESAR D. CANDARI, MD FCAP EMERITUS HENDERSON, NEVADA We are inundated with the immoral cataclysmic demeanor of CJ Renato Corona under impeachment. While the Senate of the Philippines serving as judges in the impeachment court is going into a six-week recess in observance of Holy Week, we pray something good will happen thereafter. Will Corona be found guilty? I am overly pessimistic. Justice in the Philippines is a farce. I remember Journalist Macasaet stated, “The unfitness of Mr. Corona to lead the Court is not just in the evidence of his guilt. His demeanor disqualifies him from the post.” You can call him a pusillanimous human being not worth to be Chief Justice of the Supreme of the Island-the Republic of the Philippines. A veteran journalist of Manila, William Esposo wrote: “If the Chief Justice Corona is man enough he should admit the fact that he has a long-standing romantic relationship with a gentle lady named EVA with whom the Chief Justice has two (2) illegitimate sons.” The impeachment is a Moro Moro. I have enough of it. Now, I will spend my time to share with the readers the enigmatic qualities maintained by Filipinos; why concubines are accepted, matter- of- fact constant, shrug their shoulders and seemed not really an issue of immorality in our country, the Philippines. A Filipino would likely say, walang bali ‘yan (that is nothing to interest me). This relationship between a man with a legal wife and with another woman- a

kabit - is a relationships not frowned upon by the community. Am I right? I have to say it anyway. It is a formidable nature of a man with a KABITthe concubinage that is customarily, if not, a standard flaunt of Filipinos even in lower class, albeit more common in the high echelon of society- including former Presidents of the Philippines. Police and Jeepney Drivers in the Philippines have their own concubines, and nobody pays any attention. Indeed it is un-catholic obedience of the Bible by the Chief Justice of the land of 2.2 million of Filipinos, 80% of which are Catolicos (catholics). Can you imagine a senator is publicly known as a horny father, fathered 72 children by 16 different women? He has to support everyone, one million pesos a month to these concubines who bore his children. Where do this politico dig up the resources of moolah, is a vital question. They have to be a corrupt official , steal moneys, and become plunderers. Not rare in our country! It is a fact in the landscape of our filthy politics. This is the fealty they have to be. . What makes it so popular practices of Filipino men or even some women in the Philippines? Did Filipinos follow the Islamic practice? In Muslim, “Slave women were required mainly as concubines and menials. A Muslim slaveholder was entitled by law to the sexual enjoyment of his slave women.” In our country, when someone has the Affluence Means Richness, have the spondulicks, they make it sure that a kabit is built-in in their daily lives. It is even accepted by some Filipinos or by the doer as one with prestige and one with identity and fame, bravado, a macho- man, and takes great joy and pride to be called a babaero-womanizer , albeit Casanova is more appealing to them. Having many women is a sign of luxury and power over others who could not. While Don Juan is a legend, the word Casanova originates from the name of the man Gian Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, and is nowadays used to refer to a man who is a woebegone- a womanizer. In the Philippines, he buys a nice expensive car, and consider it as his second home where his legal wife cooks in the kitchen, however , used the Mercedes- (Benz) as a romantic setting where his concubine builds a fire. Blair and Robertson, historians, author of fascinating and marvelous volumes of books - very informative history and culture of

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The Philippines: 8 Signs of Hope for the Country
ope is one of life’s great essentials. A person who sees no future in a company will look for opportunity elsewhere. A man who sees no hope in a country will migrate to another place.
Is there really hope for our country? If we simply remove our blinders, put in place by our prejudices and unhealthy loyalties, we will see that there are indeed signs of hope. Some of these signs are obvious while others are not too visible to the naked eye. But they are there, so real, like the invisible air we breathe. The first of these signs is that the fight against graft and corruption being waged by President Aquino appears to be true. A number of corrupt practices have been stopped, including the “pabaon” practice among the high officials in the military; many questionable government transactions involving billions of pesos are being scrutinized. The long arm of justice seems to be finally catching up with those who, for many years, were beyond its reach. Secondly, there seems to be serious efforts to build a good

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government, as many good leaders have been appointed to important positions. For example, Education Secretary Armin Luistro is on track to wipe out our country’s backlog of 66,000 classrooms nationwide by 2016. This would be a great achievement by itself. The third sign is the earnest move to bring good governance down to the grassroots level. Through the efforts of Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, the 2011 General Appropriations Act now requires the heads of local government units to fully disclose their budget, projects and financial activities to their constituents. The information must be posted on websites, displayed on posters in conspicuous spots within the locality, and published in newspapers of general circulation. In 2011, a great majority of the governors, mayors and barangay chairs complied with the full-disclosure requirement. Those who did not are facing penalties of removal or suspension, on the ground of gross negligence or dereliction of duty. The fourth sign of hope is the healthy confidence in our country’s economy. This year, for the first time in our history, the Philippine Stock Exchange index pierced the 5,000 level, our highest ever. The stock market is a good gauge of inves-

tors’ confidence in our economy for the next 6-12 months. In 2011 the Philippines’ foreign direct investments (FDI) rose to P256.1 billion, the highest since 1996 when the FDI posted P241.1 billion. In January and February of this year, foreign investments were higher than those in the same period in the last five

years. And for the first time in our history, the Philippines has become a creditor-nation among the membercountries of the International Monetary Fund.

Filipino biz leaders 4th most upbeat in the world
upbeat about their prospects and the economy in the next 12 months. The figure was the fourth highest next to Peru (90%), Brazil (86%) and United Arab Emirates (84%). Following the Philippines were Georgia (78%), India (74%), Chile (68%), Germany (64%), Mexico (62%) and Turkey (60%). In the US and China, 46% and 23%, respectively, were optimistic. Filipino business leaders cited mostly the improvement in regulations and reduction in red tape for their positive sentiment in the first quarter, with only 22% of respondents saying it was still a hindrance, compared to 32% in the previous quarter. "There is good news in that the outlook of many businesses has improved over the past three months. But global growth prospects remain delicately balanced. The comparison with this time last year shows how difficult the last 12 months have been, and how much further we have to go," said Ed Nusbaum, CEO of Grant Thornton International, in a statement. The survey showed developing economies are more optimistic, with the ASEAN average rising from 0% to 27%. "Signs of improvement in mature economies are clearly having a knock-on effect in emerging markets... For me, the key takeaway from these results is that both emerging and mature markets seem to be pulling in the same direction, which can only bode well for the global recovery," Nusbaum said.

Musical on Imelda
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Written by musicians David Byrne of the band Talking Heads and club DJ and recording artist Fatboy Slim, “Here Lies Love” will run from April 2 to May 5, 2013. It will be directed by Alex Timbers, who won a Tony nomination for the musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” last year. The music of “Here Lies Love” was earlier released as a concept album in 2010, which featured artists such as Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos and Natalie Merchant. Byrne has also performed some of

ABS CBN News | MANILA, Philippines - Filipino business leaders are the fourth "most (Continued on page 18) optimistic" among their counterparts in the world Byrne said he is interested in finding as government efforts out what drives powerful persons to cut red tape and what makes them tick. have borne fruit, “I thought to myself, wouldn’t making it easier for investors to it be great if—as this piece would do business in the country. The latest be principally composed of clubby Grant Thornton International Busidance music—one could experiness Report for the first quarter of ence it in a club setting? Could one 2012 showed that business optimism bring a ‘story’ and a kind of theater in the Philippines was high, beating to the disco? Was that possible? If even the world's biggest econoso, wouldn’t that be amazing!” he mies, the United States and China. wrote. The survey results revealed that Many of the lyrics on “Here Lies 82% of Filipino respondents were Love” were adapted directly from actual quotes from the musical’s her troubled childhood through her whirlwind courtship with Ferdinand Marcos and her gradual assumption of political power …By the last few songs, however, everything falls apart: following years of martial law and the assassination of Marcos' rival, Benigno Ninoy Aquino (who had briefly dated Imelda in their youth), the Philippines are on the verge of collapse; in the end, US Marines airlift Imelda and Ferdinand into exile.” Byrne also told Time he deliberately did not see “Evita,” the musical about former Argentina first lady Eva Peron, whose life story resembles that of Mrs. Marcos. “I do know that they're both rags-toriches, or rags-to-figurehead-of-acountry, stories. But beyond that I don't know what the similarities are,” Byrne told Time.

the songs in his concerts. “But this will be the first fully staged production,” the New York Times said in its report. In the album’s introduction,

principal charcaters. In its review of the album, Time magazine said: “The story arc follows Imelda from

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signing (Global Filipino Cuisine: Healthy Recipes) and in the planning of the Golf Tournament. Pastor Glen Lubao- is an enthusiastic and faithful volunteer who is also Pastor of the newly-formed by Dr. Ofelia Dirige church, Rejoice Fellowship of San Founder, President & CEO Kalusugan Diego, which regularly meets at the Community Services. www.filamwellness.org FilAm Wellness Center. He and his wife, Mary Ann, volunteers at many of KCS events, manning the Center on Thursday mornings, and most especially praying and helping with the spiritual needs of KCS members. They also do outreach to the families and neighbors around FWC. Their volunteerism through their church activities and with KCS events demtural Festival (FilAmFest)” where Guest Writer: onstrate their commitment to public many young people are involved. Paul Valen service. They are assets to our organization Dr. Noel Malvar- is a graduate of and we always welcome them. Volunteering is a vital and the University of the East, Ramon In January 2012, KCS startunique component to the overall Magsaysay Medical Center in the ed formalizing its Volunteer program health of the nonprofit sector. NonPhilippines. He has been active in by recruiting new volunteers, giving profits depend upon the generosity medical outreach programs with the them orientation, and assigning them of volunteers to fulfill their misLion’s club in the Philippines. He to duties that fit their skills or abilisions. During these tough economic has assisted in KCS’s book signties. Fifteen new volunteers showed times, many nonprofits have fewer ing event, golf tournament, giving up during the orientation. This year resources and rely on volunteers transportation to those without cars, more than ever. Many organizations National Volunteer Week (NVW) and opening of the FWC weekly. like Kalusugan Community Services falls on April 15-21, 2012. The purHe will help take blood pressures (KCS) are supported almost entirely pose of the NVW is to recognize the and conduct training of Community contributions of volunteers and let through the generosity of volunHealth Workers in our upcoming them know how much their efforts teers. The work of volunteers helps “Hypertension Project.” are appreciated. In addition to recogto bridge the gaps in services and Genlie Santo Domingo- is our nizing the work of volunteers, NVW is essential to maintaining healthy cook extraordinaire. His culinary is an opportunity to encourage others communities. talents have been utilized in the According to Melissa Pregill, our to become more engaged in their preparation of food for a number consultant, “Volunteers are unrecog- communities. Through volunteerism, of our events. Attend one of the individuals can become agents of nized assets. They have an obvious upcoming KCS events and you may strong personal interest in the work, social change and demonstrate their have the chance to enjoy some of his collective power and foster positive they don’t ask to be paid, often they culinary creations. His brother, Leo transformation in the community. become the most committed board Santo Domingo, who is interested in In honor of NVW, we are members, and in large measure they writing grants also volunteered but giving recognition pins to the new become significant future financial Photo 1 - ; Photo 2- Oscar Baterina # 1, Mary Grace Flores # 3, due to his work schedule was not donors. So let’s build a program that volunteers and will be treating them to dinner at Home Town Buffet on Mary Ann Lubao #5; Photo 3- Pastor Lubao # 1, Leo Sto. Domingo- able to come to meetings. identifies their interests and experPrevious Volunteers: April 19, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 PM. #2, Genlie Sto Domingo #3 tise, gives them consistent, respectPete Cortez- is a long time volunable work, develops, recognizes and Volunteers and their families are teer who started with the Healthy invited. We are recognizing the folrewards them, and suitably honors Eating Campaign in 2008-2009 and lowing new and previous volunteers with her church group (Rejoice their service. ” LET US TREAT Thus, he volunteered to write news has volunteered with us again to who have stayed and consistently THEM AS GOLD!! articles for KCS in the Filipino Press help with the Riz A. Oades MemoFellowship) and is also a member demonstrated their commitment to KCS had many volunteers and Philippines and Asian Report of KAMP. She has assisted in the rial Charity Golf. He is our transcommunity service. since its inception in 1995 up to that has been published. He is also book signing event at Villa Manila portation guy who is willing to pick New Volunteers: the present. They worked in our assisting Dr. Dirige in tracking down up people to bring them to meetings and the Sponsorship/Grant writing MaryGrace Flores- is a Psycholprojects such as the “Siglang Buhay: Request for Proposals (RFPs) to get and also food from the different resworkshop. ogy major at Southwestern College Food, Fitness and Cancer Preveninformation so we can write grants. Ed Fontanilla- is currently a taurants in National City. He is one tion”, “Healthy Eating Active Living (SWC) with a minor in Political Michael Lapid- is a coordinator for of the most faithful volunteer who youth basketball coach in Rancho Science. She is currently Senator at Campaign”, Kuya Ate Mentorship FilAmFest for several years and has Bernardo and is interested in health large in the SWC Associated Student education, grant writing, media writ- volunteered for a few months to help also serves gladly with no expectaProgram (KAMP) and especially tion of return. He is a delightful the “Filipino American Arts and Cul- Organization. She is very active with KCS events such as the book ing, and mental health workshops.

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National Volunteer Week: Honoring Our Volunteers

person to be on the team. Veronica Papa- is a former volunteer and advocate of the Healthy Eating Campaign from 2007-2009. She has a degree from St. Theresa’s College and MBA from Ateneo. She worked for the Philippine government before she moved to San Diego where she joined her family members. She was secretary of the San Diego FilAm Chamber of Commerce and is currently writing a book about his grandfather and WWII in Zamboanga, Mindanao from 1898-1947. She is heading a project to donate textbooks to send to school children in Zamboanga. If you have any books to donate, please bring them to the Center. Currently, she helps sell books published by KCS and others at amazon. com and other Filipino companies (FlipReads). Fe R. Rivero- Secretary, SD Cosmopolitan Lion’s Club; VicePresident of Subic Bay ComplexFilAm Association of SD; Treasurer of SBTFASA, Tooma Park; and former KCS Healthy Eating Advocate. Currently, a board member and volunteer of KCS. She is a BSBA graduate in Accounting in the Philippines. She assists in several KCSD events. Joe Son- was a former volunteer for the “Siglang Buhay Project: Food, Fitness and Cancer Prevention,” representing Ceboley, a Cebuano organization. He then went to the Philippines and did some projects in his hometown in Cebu. He is now back in the States and also has a column with the Asian Journal. Joe volunteered to open the Center on Wednesdays while Paul Ones is in the Philippines to take care of business. Paul Valen- is currently the Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant Secretary of KCS Board of Directors. He has been a board member and volunteer with KCS since 2007. He is one of the coordinators of KAMP, a youth education program that explores Filipino American history and culture. He is also an organizer with Anakbayan SD- an organization working for the rights and welfare of
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by Miles Beauchamp, PhD
Miles is Assistant to the Dean and Assistant Professor in the Shirley Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University where he teaches new media and diverse writing courses. He has been with the Asian Journal since the 1990’s.

based on the National Team results from the recent 2011 ISA World Surfing Games in Panama. Each National Team was to include their country’s best four men and two women shortboarders, who competed for Team and Individual Gold Medals and the honor of representing their nations. The Hainan Classic Following the completion of the ISA China Cup, the festival continued with the Hainan Classic, which has a total prize purse of $95,000 USD. This historic competition was the first ASP event ever in China that counted towards the ASP Men’s World Ranking. For this event, Glenn Hall won the 2012 Hainan classic. “This is not just the first ISA event and the top eight surfing nations in the world competing in an international surfing event in China,” stated ISA President Fernando Aguerre, who has been leading the ISA’s initiative into China for the past 18 months. “This is a demonstration of the growth of surfing across the world. China, the most populated country on the planet with 1.3 billion people, wants their youth to surf and eventually compete with the world’s top surfers. This event will mark a ‘before and after’ in the history of

leading board riding company. As the Festival will be broadcast live on the internet in China and throughout the world, we are looking forward to the youth of China embracing our sport and enjoying all the lifestyle attributes associated with it.” With a coastline of 9,000 miles, a lot of unexplored surfing breaks, strong support from the highest levels of Government for surfing, the opportunity is ripe for the ISA to help China become a surfing powerhouse in the future.

It’s all about surfing

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The ISA and China host groundbreaking surfing festival

he International Surfing Association announced the Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival presented by Quiksilver that took place in Wanning, Hainan Island, China.

For a few days China became the international surfing capital with the world’s top surfers competing on their National Teams in the ISA China Cup followed by a second surfing competition, the Hainan Classic, an ASP Men’s 4-Star contest. It was the first time ever in the history of the country that surfing events of this magnitude took place. The opening event in the Festival was invitation-only featuring the top eight surfing nations in the world

surfline.com). Collins is generally considered the world’s foremost surf forecaster. He conducted a historical analysis of the surf along the east coast of Hainan and, after visiting the Island in March, he reported that Riyue Bay held the best opportunity for world class waves. Collins remarked, “Hainan Island in China produces consistent fun surf during the winter, and especially during the month of January according to our research of swell patterns over the last 15 years. I am very impressed with the local setup of various good quality surf breaks around the Riyue Bay area that enjoy prevailing offshore winds and clean conditions during the best

Quiksilver Chairman and CEO, Bob McKnight commented from his Huntington Beach, California headquarters, “We see China as potentially one of the biggest action sports markets in the world, and as such is a key region of our company’s growth strategy. Through this International Surfing Festival produced by the ISA, Quiksilver hopes to further expand our brand’s awareness and build on its image and reputation as the world’s

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create financial hardship to her husband and children. I was able to get a work authorization for Victoria et me tell you a success while the case was pending and she found a well-paying job. While her story in a case, which husband is working, his salary is not I had the privilege to enough to pay for household expenses and to support their children who work on. Her case was rejected by a supposedly “super remain in the home country. We submitted articles about the home lawyer” because her case was country’s economic condition and hopeless. Last week, I had a how difficult it would be for Victoria to find a job in her home country surprise visit from her. She showed me her green card and considering her education, age and health issues. Victoria is suffering a letter from USCIS welcom- from serious illnesses, which would ing her to America. This is be aggravated if she were sent home. She has a health insurance through the most difficult case I’ve her employer while it would cost her ever worked on since I bea fortune to pay for medical care in came an immigration attorney. her home country. I put my heart and soul into The Attorney General has discretion to grant applications for adjustthe case, and WE WON! ment of status. A successful case requires not only good arguments Victoria is a native and citizen of but also credible, well organized and Mexico. In 2001 she came to the presented evidence. I did an extenUnited States illegally and worked sive research and wrote compelling without authorization. She also legal arguments. But these would committed an act, which under our have been useless if I did not have immigration law is serious enough to disqualify her to apply for a legal credible evidence to back them up. Victoria worked as caregiver most of permanent resident status. Ten the years she has been in the United years later, Victoria married a U.S. citizen who filed for her immigration States. She touched the lives of so many people she cared for and their petition. When Victoria applied for families. They described her as peradjustment of status, her application was denied for immigration law son of great integrity, good-hearted, one of the best caregiver they ever violations. met, etc. USCIS is not a tin man. On appeal I painted a picture of Their adjudicators are humans and Victoria as a model citizen, which are touched by great stories like is true. We were able to get 103 Victoria’s. One lesson learned signatures on a petition to stop her from Victoria’s case: be good to the deportation. We were able to get affidavits and letters from Victoria’s people you meet because you never know when you will need them. I previous employers attesting to her believe that the strength of Victoria’s honesty and integrity. Victoria’s case came from the outpouring of U.S. citizen husband is a qualifying support from the people she worked relative for I-601 waiver. I submitfor and with. Disclaimer: some facts ted a psychological evaluation of and details have been changed to Victoria’s husband, which provided protect the privacy and confidentialthe diagnoses and described how ity of the persons involved. Victoria’s threat of deportation had We welcome your feedback. If you affected him mentally and emotionhave any immigration questions, ally. We also submitted documents please feel welcome to email me at how Victoria’s deportation would IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez

susan@law-usimmigration.com or call 619 819 -8648 to arrange for a telephone consultation. Manila, 1960. She is a member of the Philippine Nurses Association and a retired nurse from Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista. She is a volunteer nurse at KCS taking blood pressure and giving health information to seniors at the three places with Doreen. She is also CoCoordinator of the Health Resource Ministry at Mater Dei Catholic Church Parish in Chula Vista. Conclusion: Thanks again to the volunteers. KCS is again recruiting volunteers starting July 2012 for a period of 6 months till December. If interested, please call Paul Valen at (858)525-2378 or Dr. Dirige at (619) 477-3392 or send email to HYPERLINK “mailto:paul_valen@ yahoo.com” paul_valen@yahoo.com or HYPERLINK “mailto:odirige@ msn.com” odirige@msn.com or visit our Website at HYPERLINK “http://www.filamwellness.org” www.filamwellness.org to fill out the volunteer form. Orientation will begin in June at the FilAm Wellness
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Filipinos worldwide and supporter of the Domestic Workers Issues. Previous volunteers who are in the Philippines on medical mission or errands. Lydia Duro, RN- She is from San Fernando City, La Union and lives in Rancho Penasquitos. A retired nurse from Pomerado Hospital, active member of Cosmopolitan Lions Club, Paradise Valley Medical Mission and active volunteer of KCS. Alice Legaspi- RN- A registered ICU Care Nurse from Imus, Cavite and now a resident of Bonta, CA. She is a member of the Cosmopolitan Lion’s Club, Paradise Valley International Medical Mission to the Philippines and an active KCS volunteer. Paul & Aida Ones- Three times President of COPAO and was Co-Founder of KCS during one of those years and active member of UPM-FACC, San Diego Scripps

Lions Club, Knights of Columbus Council No. 13688, and COPAO. He was named “Mayor of San Diego’s FilAm Community” because of his popularity in so many associations. He has been in and out of the country and has been transitioning for the past 12 years to help others in the Philippines, especially in Indang, Cavite where he came from originally. He and his wife Aida, a registered nurse, are active volunteers of KCS. They are active volunteers manning the Center weekly. Nurses conducting blood pressures at several senior places: Doreen Felicitas, RN- Graduated from St. Catherine’s College of Nursing in 1971 and worked as a registered nurse at Scripps Hospital in Chula Vista for 25 years. She currently volunteers at KCS taking blood pressure of seniors at Tooma Park, Granger Apartments, and Summercrest. She is also an active member at Corpus Christi Church in Bonita, California. Leony Pamintuan, BSN, RNGraduated from the University of Santo Tomas College of Nursing in

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Palm Origami
by Michael L. Tan, Philippine Daily Inquirer | 4/16/2011 -- ON Palm Sunday, there will be brisk sales of the palaspas (palm frond) in church yards. The original intention here was to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, with crowds throwing their cloaks, as well as palm tree branches, on the road to honor Jesus. Folk Catholicism has modified this, with many Filipinos buying the palaspas to tack on doors and windows to ward off harm –from burglars to evil spirits. I buy the palaspas more out of a fascination with woven folk crafts. We often think of woven crafts as baskets and mats and forget that the palaspas is woven too. Not only that, it turns out that there are many more crafts woven out of palm besides the palaspas. The summer months mean trips to Antipolo and buying suman, rice cakes wrapped with palm leaves. As a child, I used to think of these as mummified suman. Today, I marvel not so much at the wrapping around the suman than at the way they tie four suman together and consider that as one “tali” (literally, one tie). Four tali (or 16 suman in all) is how most sellers package the stuff at P100 each. Beyond the palaspas and suman mummies, there’s a whole world out there of palm art, and we can thank Elmer Nocheseda, an economist turned self-taught anthropologist and cultural historian, for compiling the knowledge and skills in a book published in 2009 by Ateneo de Manila University Press: “Palaspas: An Appreciation of Palm Leaf Art in the Philippines.” Elmer writes in the book about how, at age 4, his father had taken two green coconut leaflets and fashioned them into a ball. That was where his fascination with palm art began, growing through the years as he discovered how palm leaves were being used throughout the Philippines as food wrapping and carriers or containers (in Pateros, they have a way of using the palm leaves to pack salted eggs with tomatoes!), toys, décor and of course religious objects. The most common palaspas is called an arko because the base has several arches. But another kind of palaspas is called the pinuso, still with several arches toward the base but folded in a heart shape. The binanig has the base looking more like a mat and the kinurus is, as the name suggests, in the form of a cross. Then there is the palapa, which has several French braids, looking deceptively simple. When Elmer studied in Japan, he couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Japanese origami (literally paper-folding) and Filipino palm-weaving. And while there were numerous books on origami, he could not find a single one on Filipino weaving. Thus began his painstaking documentation of different palm crafts throughout the Philippines, as well as a few from Indonesia, where the palm leaves are used for wedding decorations and for food offerings in religious ceremonies. The entire book is filled with photographs, the first part being an overview of the many cultural uses of palm leaves. Palm leaves, it turns are endless, with some hints that more can be done when you look at the kinaban, beautiful boxes using palm leaves that have been dyed different colors.

Pinoy heroes in videogames
By BJ David, GMA News, 3/3/2012 -- Given that most blockbuster videogames are made in the US, Japan, and Europe, it’s no surprise that the most famous videogame characters aren’t Filipino. Certainly, characters whose nationalities represent major players in world events —American, Japanese, Russian, Mexican, African, Chinese, German, French, etc— populate most games. But this doesn’t mean that the brown and proud are non-existent in the hallowed annals of videogame mythos. Fortunately, there are a few titles that recognized people from our “Lupang Hinirang” —not withstanding our real-life boxing hero, Manny Pacquiao. And, no, these characters are not just incidental; these Pinoys played very vital roles and added some Filipino flair to their respective games: Jose Astrada/Estrada Jose is arguably the first Filipino character to ever appear in a major videogame title. He was introduced Jose is a 35-year-old Philippine Navy sniper who was convicted for insubordination. He refused to take up arms after he mistakenly killed his wife, and has then disobeyed any combat orders from his superiors. The player may recruit Jose to his party after following a series of events. His role in the party as a sniper enables the player access to one shot kills with his rifle once he reaches higher levels. Jose’s surname in the English version is “Astrada”. But it was later found out that this was a mistranslation, as the Japanese version used “Estrada” in its manuals. bur universe, Talim was born in the Village of the Wind Diety (referred to as “present-day Philippines”). Her name in itself is very Filipino, as it is the Tagalog word for “sharp edge”. Tagalog words are also present in the names of her moves, such as “Tuhod slicer”, “Tagga sa kamay”, and “Sunggab throw”. She fights using “The Wind Dance” style, which is described as her village’s version of escrima, and uses dual tonfa blades as her weapons. She has been present in the all of the Soul series games since her first appearance. The latest installment, Soul Calibur V, was released for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on Febru-

Palaspas. (Inquirer Photo) out, are used for many rituals by different groups in the Philippines, from healing to supplications for bountiful harvests. Elmer writes that the palm leaves are so closely tied to animistic “pagan” rituals that some Protestant ministers are unwilling to use the word “palaspas” to refer to Christian rituals. But as Elmer shows in the book, the palm leaves are now an integral part of folk Catholicism. It isn’t just the palaspas for Palm Sunday; in Infanta, Quezon, men wear palm skirts as part of their good Friday penitential rites! The second part of the book teaches you to fold the palm leaves into all kinds of objects from all over the Philippines, with photographs taking you step by step. The Boy Scouts should get the book because you learn to do all kinds of knots with the palm leaves. Several slip knots, for example, gives you the lahilahipan, which can be used as headbands or bracelets. The crafts are truly origami: you get snakes, and shrimps, and fish, and chickens, and even, on a naughty note, goat balls. The possibilities

Elmer has many stories of how he learned of new palm origami. In one instance, he missed the bus and ended up talking with someone who taught him to make a pinagbutasan, and learned too of a legend associated with the craft. Elmer says that digital technologies have opened new horizons for him. He can document more crafts now with a quick succession of photographs. The Internet has meant meeting people who have their share of stories, and crafts too. Those interested in contacting Elmer can write him at nochesedaelmer@ gmail.com. • Link: http://lifestyle.inquirer. net/298/palm-origami

Pham Luis The role of the Philippines in Front Mission 3 is so relevant that one major Filipino character was not enough. Pham is another Pinoy character in the game, who was encountered shortly after meeting Jose. Pham was born to a wealthy family and lived a relatively comfortable life. But her idealism has led her to join the Philippines Liberation Front (PLF), a separatist group that seeks the country’s cessation from the Oceania Cooperative Union (OCU), at the young age of 17. She is also a playable character that may be recruited to the player’s party after recruiting Jose in Taal. Her brash attitude matches her melee specialization. She’s definitely more comfortable going in-your-face; very useful against units that use rockets. Talim Talim is probably the most popular Filipino video game character to date. She first appeared in Namco Bandai’s popular 3D fighting game Soul Calibur II in 2002. In the Soul Cali-

ary 2012. Santos Def Jam: Fight For NY is a hiphop-themed fighting game that was set in a gritty urban gangland. Among the many characters, which features some famous rappers like Ice-T, Busta Rhymes, and Warren G., is a Filipino kickboxer named Santos. According to Santos’s profile, he’s an immigrant who got banned from the professional kickboxing circuit when he almost killed a “soft” American in a match. Since then, he’s been fighting the underground circuit. Though Santos’s in-game fighting style is Muay Thai, he is undeniably Filipino. Aside from the obvious
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in Front Mission 3, a tactical mecha RPG released in 1999 by Squaresoft (now known as Square Enix). The story of Front Mission 3 is set in Southeast Asia in the year 2112, where some of its events transpired in the Batangas area, more specifically Taal —housing the formidable mobile sea-fortress “Dagat Ahas”.

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Filipino looks and a Philippine Flag on his trunks, his Blazin’ Move is called “Filipino Pride.” How’s that for representing? Def Jam: Fight For NY was released for the Playstation 2, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube in 2004. Nicole-458 The popular fighting series, Dead or Alive, surprised its fans when a character resembling Halo’s Masterchief was shown fighting against the series’ trademark buxom ladies in its marketing material before the release

Philippines Medical Tourism Market Growing Unprecedentedly
Philippines’ medical tourism market is anticipated to reach US$ 491 Million by 2013, growing on back of modern technology and improved healthcare infrastructure, says RNCOS latest report.

Phil - Am Law 101
by Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr.
Member, State Bar of California & Integrated Bar of the Philippines

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of Dead or Alive 4 (DoA4) in 2005. Unfortunately for the Halo fans, it was not the iconic John-117 who was under the Mjolnir IV armor, but rather a new Spartan who was sent adrift to the DoA4 world via a cosmic anomaly. That Spartan is Petty Officer Second Class Nicole-458.

It’s very hard to tell if she has any Filipino features underneath that imposing Spartan armor; we couldn’t even tell that she was a woman, so we can only trust her in-game profile. In the Halo universe, she was born in New Legaspi, Katagalugan, Mars. Apparently, Mars has become a settlement for most of Filipinos in the 26th century. She also loves to watch anime and specifies Halo-halo as her favorite dessert. Nicole was created as a crossover character for DoA4 so she never appeared in any of the Halo games, but she still exists in Halo’s universe. The appearance of these five videogame Pinoys happened within a span of 13 years. A simple mathematical calculation reveals that a Filipino

character appears in a videogame around every two years or so. This may seem like a small number but that’s not really a reason to say that Filipinos can’t appear more often in these games over the next few years. As the population of Filipino gamers grow, the reputation of the Philippines in gaming grows with it. So let’s just keep playing and let ourselves be known, be existent, in the gaming world. Maybe then, we can see more of our countrymen appear as characters in these games. Will we ever see a Pinoy videogame character headline a worldwide hit game? We can only hope and play. — TJD, GMA News

Noida, UP -- (SBWIRE) -04/10/2012 -- In Asia, Philippines has been emerging as an important medical tourism destination by leveraging factors, such as modern technology and world-class physicians. The Philippines’ government envisions the country as the “new hub of wellness and medical care” as it is the home to some best hospitals and standalone specialty clinics in the region. According to a new research report by RNCOS, the nation is planning to introduce special medical visas for foreigners, with a view to grabbing a sizeable share in Asia's booming health tourism industry. It is anticipated that on back of such initiatives and developments, Philippines’ medical tourism market will expand at a CAGR of over 25% during 2010-2013. The research report, “Asian Medical Tourism Analysis (2008-2012)”, says that the Asian medical tourism industry has been growing at a rapid pace for the last few years, and has become a key attraction for the foreign medical tourists. The industry has gained grounds due to the rising healthcare costs in the developed world, long waiting time, and in some cases, the unavailability of quality healthcare (as in the Middle East). It is estimated that the market will grow at double-digit rate in near future. Besides, six countries-- Thailand, Singapore, India, Malaysia, South Korea, and the Philippines are expected to be the most potential medical tourism destinations in Asia in the coming years. The study provides comprehensive research and unbiased analysis of the industry’s current performance and future outlook of the key Asian medical tourism markets. It acknowledges the fact that the six Asian markets covered in the report - Thailand, Singapore, India, Malaysia, South Korea, and the Philippines - have vast differences in terms of cost, infrastructure, human resources, patient perceptions, competencies, and level of government support. Each destination has been thoroughly studied in the report that provides valuable information to clients who are looking to venture into these markets, and helps them devise sound strategies. For FREE SAMPLE of this report visit: http://www.rncos.com/Report/ IM105.htm

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Phil-Am Law 101 by Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr., Member, State Bar of California & Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Valuable Properties Lost For Not Paying Measly Taxes

any Filipinos who migrate to the United States leave behind real properties in the Philippines. Because they are absentee landowners, and perhaps because of they are too focused on struggling to make both ends meet in their new environment, some of the new immigrants ignore fulfilling their obligations as landowners which include, among others, paying the real estate taxes to the land. After a few years, the local government steps in, tries to collect taxes, and if they are not paid, the taxpayer is declared delinquent and the land is sold in public auction.
Now, the law requires that the landowner should be notified of the auction sale so he can pay the taxes and stop the sale. However, in certain instances, the absentee landowner is not notified, either because the address he gives in the tax declaration is an old one, the notice is sent to the wrong address, or the property is sold and the buyer fails to register her name and address in the property records. In one particular case decided by the Philippine Supreme Court, the landowner migrated to the United States in 1970. She owned a residential house in Quezon City which was being rented out to a family. She was able to pay the taxes but only until 1977. The real estate taxes from 1978 to 1983 amounting to 3,000 pesos were not paid. In 1984, the Quezon City treasurer sold the property in public auction. The landowner did not know about the auction sale because she was not notified, although her address remained the same, which is the property itself, and although the tenants were still in the property and could have received the notice for her. The Supreme Court invalidated the auction sale. But what happens if the registered landowner sells the property to another person who then neglects to register the tax declaration in her

name? Then, perhaps because she has exhausted all her money in purchasing the property, the new owner also neglects to pay the real estate taxes. After a few years, the city treasurer sells the property in public auction. Can the erstwhile new owner protest and argue that she was not notified? Under this new fact pattern, the buyer cannot successfully argue her case. This is the ruling of the Philippine Supreme Court in a string of cases. The buyer’s cause of action is predicated on the absence of notice to her as the new landowner. However, what the law requires is for the city treasurer to send the notice directly to the taxpayer -- the registered owner of the property -- in order to protect the latter’s interests. As to who is the taxpayer entitled to notice, it is the declared or registered owner as appearing in the tax rolls or property tax record cards of the municipality or city where the property is located. For purposes of the collection of real property taxes, the registered owner of the property is considered the taxpayer. Hence, only the registered owner is entitled to a notice of tax delinquency and other proceedings relative to the tax sale. The buyer failed to show she is the declared owner as indicated in the tax rolls and tax records of the city assessor. Usually, the delinquent properties are being sold at way, way below their market value. This is because the purpose of the auction sale is to satisfy the real estate taxes due plus penalties. The sale will not be invalidated just because the winning bid is very low. After all, the owner has one year to redeem the property, so if the winning bid is low, then it will be easier for her to redeem. Atty. Rogelio Karagdag , Jr. is licensed to practice law in both California and the Philippines. He practices immigration law in San Diego and has continuously been a trial and appellate attorney in the Philippines since 1989. He travels between San Diego and Manila. His office address is located at 10717 Camino Ruiz, Suite 131, San Diego, CA 92126. He also has an office in the Philippines at 1240 Apacible Street, Paco, Manila, Philippines 1007, with telephone numbers (632)522-1199 and (632)526-0326. Please call (858)348-7475/(858)536-4292 or email him at rkaragdag@attyimmigration.com. He speaks Tagalog fluently. Articles written in this column are not legal advice but are hypotheticals intended as general, non-specific legal information. Readers must seek legal consultation before taking any legal steps.

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Fil Am Authors Night And Book Signing at LA Times Festival Of Books
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA .... To celebrate the printed and spoken words and to launch ten new works by Filipino American authors, Philippine Expressions Bookshop will host its annual event called Filipino American Authors Night in order to present new authors and new works to the community. Traditionally, Authors Night is held on the eve of the LA Times Festival of Books when authors gather in Los Angeles for the Festival. This year, Authors Night will be held on Friday, April 20 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the Community Hall of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center which is located at 1145 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Please visit http:// www.apalc.org/ for the map site. The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is requested. Email or call (310) 514-9139. Parking is available for a fee at a parking structure next door. Featured authors at this year’s Authors Night include Ofelia V. Dirige, Aurora S. Cudal, Cecilia Gaerlan, Theodore S. Gonzalves, Greceila Jota, Paulino Lim, Jr., Carina Monica Montoya, Donna Miscolta, Ruben Nepales, Quirico S. Samonte, and a guest author, Susan Vance. They will talk, read from their books, and sign them. For more details, including photos of authors and their books, visit http:// philippineexpressionsbookshop. wordpress.com/category/events/ authors-night-events/ Every year, the small literary community within the big Filipino American community of Southern CA awaits the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Philippine Expressions Bookshop has participated in the Festival since 1997. The Bookshop started with just a couple of Fil Am authors and this year, a total of fifteen authors will be booksigning at their Booth. The authors come from different parts of the US - Ann Arbor in Michigan, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Tucson in Arizona, Washington DC. And one is coming all the way from Australia! Filipino writers in the diaspora are blooming, especially where the soil is hospitable! Owner, Linda Nietes is “glad to be part of the cultural scene of the City of Los Angeles all these years. And we are happy to fulfill our Bookshop’s vision to provide a home for Philippine writings in North America. In 1972, when martial law was declared in the Philippines, we provided a home for Philippine writings when we opened Casalinda Bookshop in San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park, Makati.” Casalinda Bookshop was closed in 1984 when Nietes decided to migrate to the US. She settled in Westwood Village close to UCLA and reopened her business as Philippine Expressions Bookshop. And forty years later, of which 28 years were on American soil, the mail order bookshop which specializes in Filipiniana is still going strong. She further added, “we continue to seek the support of the community as we present new programs that make a difference in the cultural life of Filipinos in the diaspora. Please support Filipino American authors as they try to find their place in the literary map of mainstream America! Inspire our authors with your presence and have a book autographed for your private library when you visit us at the Festival. Do come and bring your family and friends.” The booth of Philippine Expressions Bookshop is Booth # 024, T1 Section, Trousdale Parkway, along Exposition Boulevard at USC Campus, Los Angeles. For details on the Festival, visit: http:// events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/ For maps and direction of USC Campus, visit http://visit.usc.edu/ For more info, including photos of authors and their books, visit “Literally Yours,” the bookshop’s blog: http://philippineexpressionsbookshop.wordpress.com/category/ events/authors-night-events/ The Booksigning Schedule which indicates the authors names, their books and time is as follows: Saturday, April 21, 2012. 11:00am – 12:00noon. Ofelia V. Dirige and Aurora S. Cudal, co-authors, Global Filipino Cuisine: Healthy Recipes. 12:00 noon – 1:00pm. Greceila Jota, The Deliverer: A Novel; Paulino Lim, Jr., Death of the English Zen Professor: A Novel; Quirico S. Samonte, Panagani (Harvest Time): A Short Story written in English; and Theodore S. Gonzalves, whose books include Stage Presence: Conversations with Filipino American Performing Artists, The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino American Diaspora, Filipinos in Hawai’i (part of the Images of America Series and co-authored with Roderick N. Labrador), Carlos Villa and the Integrity of Spaces: Essays on Villa’s Art and Life. 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Donna Miscolta, When the De la Cruz Family Danced: A Novel; Greceila Jota; Paulino Lim, Jr. and Theodore S. Gonzalves. 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Cecilia Gaerlan, In Her Mother’s Image: A Novel on WWII in the Philippines; Jay Wertz, The Pacific. Volume 1. Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal. War Stories: WWII Firsthand; Donna Miscolta and Quirico S. Samonte. 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Carina Monica Montoya (aka Carina Forsythe), Filipinos in Hollywood (part of the Images of America Series ), Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown (part of the Images of America Series), Let’s Cook Adobo: a juvenile cookbook; guest author , Susan Vance, Tropic Born War Torn: Untold Tales of WWII in the Philippines; Cecilia Gaerlan and Jay Wertz. 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Albert J. Mortiz, Discover the Philippines Cookbook; Jay Wertz ; Susan Vance and Carina Monica Montoya. Sunday, April 22. 2012. 12:00 noon – 1:00pm. Ludy Astraquillo Ongkeko, Forty Years of Writing in America; Myrna Mulhern, Abadeha, The Philippine Cinderella ; and Jay Wertz. 1:00pm – 2:00pm. Greceila Jota; Donna Miscolta; Quirico S. Samonte and Ludy Astraquillo Ongkeko. 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Ruben Nepales, My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood; Greceila Jota; Donna Miscolta and Ruben Nepales. 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Quirico S. Samonte ; Jay Wertz; Myrna Mulhern and Ruben Nepales. If you will be unable to attend Authors Night or the Festival, the Bookshop accepts orders for autographed copies of the titles mentioned above. Just email: orders@ philippineexpressionsbookshop.com. Both events are part of the ongoing program sponsored by the Rancho Palos Verdes-based mail order bookshop to reach out to the Filipino American community. PO Box 2401, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274. www.philippineexpressionsbookshop.com. The Bookshop also has a Volunteers Program that allows members of the community of all ages to know Fil Am authors on a personal basis by volunteering during special events such as these two. For additional information, call (310) 310-514-9139 or email linda@ philippineexpressionsbookshop.com

San Diego Expands into International Markets with Launch of New Nonstop Flight
San Diego is in full flight to develop the region as a leading international travel destination with CEO of the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Key international markets like Japan, the U.K. from Japan, who spent an average of $3,900 per person, per trip, and stayed an average of eight nights. Tokyo’s Narita Airport is a major hub to regions throughout Asia, including China and Korea where the U.S. has seen the fastest, most substantial growth in international travelers – both up 232% and 200%, respectively, in 2011. With the new JAL flight, San Diego is expected to see a marked increase in visitors from Japan and other Asia-Pacific countries. Launched in June 2011, BA’s daily nonstop flight between London’s Heathrow Airport and San Diego services the region’s #1 market for overseas visitors. The U.K. is San Diego’s leading overseas market with 108,000 visitors per year, according to 2010 statistics. With an 86% load factor in summer 2011, the BA flight quickly proved to be more successful than originally forecasted and opened a major gateway to Europe, providing easy flight connections with other key European markets including Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia. In July 2012, Volaris Airlines began new daily nonstop flights from Guadalajara and Mexico City to San Diego. In 2011, an estimated 316,000 overnight visitors came to San Diego from Mexico. “San Diego is a world-class international destination, and we are poised to increase our global reach and market share as well as our popularity overseas with these important new gateways into Asia, Europe and Mexico,” stated Terzi. “We are extremely enthusiastic about these new flights and look forward to welcoming all of our international visitors to our region,” Terzi added. -- San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau

San Diego International Airport the launch of Japan Airlines’ (JAL) new direct flight starting December 2012 between Tokyo and San Diego. This exciting new international service complements the recent addition of British Airways’ (BA) daily nonstop flight between London and San Diego and Volaris Airlines’ new daily nonstop flights from Guadalajara and Mexico City to San Diego, which began summer 2011. “Over the past years, our bureau has worked closely in partnership with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the World Trade Center San Diego to expand the international service into our destination,” stated Joe Terzi, President & and Mexico represent an incredible opportunity for the continued growth of our region’s tourism industry, and these new flights allow San Diego to become a stronger player in global tourism and business travel,” Terzi added. JAL is slated to begin with four flights per week starting in December 2012, then increase to daily flights beginning in March 2013. The new service will be JAL’s firstever nonstop flight between San Diego and Asia, and the new service will also be the first Dreamliner (Boeing 787-8) to service Southern California. Japan is San Diego’s #2 market for overseas visitors. In 2010, San Diego welcomed 74,000 visitors

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April 15: 2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday

They also Believe Who See and Touch
Joke of the Week: Steve’s business had gone bankrupt that he decides to pray and ask God’s help. “God, please help me. I’ve lost my business. I am a good Christian. Please give me a break. Help me win the lotto.” Night comes and Steve did not win the lotto. Steve goes back to church and prays, “God, please give me a break. Help me win the lotto and I will donate half of my winnings to charity.” Lotto night arrives and still Steve did not win. “Please give me a break. I’ll lose my house, my family and my possessions.” Suddenly, God speaks, “Steve, give me also a break. Go and buy a ticket.” Scriptures: First Reading: Acts 4: 32-35. Moved by their love for Christ or the Christian agape, the early Christians shared among themselves their goods and possessions. This form of “communism” is different, because it was not motivated by economics. All goods were held in common so that no one should go without anything. The early Christians’ faith in the resurrection of the Lord became visibly present in their charity or love for all. Second Reading: 1 John 5: 1-6. There was a Gnostic teaching during this period that claims Jesus was only a man on whom the Son of God descended at his baptism, and departed from him before his crucifixion. Therefore, it was only the man Christ who died on the cross, not Jesus Christ who is true God and true Man as the Church teaches. Against this Gnostic teaching, the Johannine author affirms that Jesus Christ came “through water” (baptism) and “blood” (crucifixion), and “not by water alone.” Jesus Christ cannot be reduced to a disembodied spirit. Since the Incarnation, Jesus’ human and divine natures that are united in one Person (Greek, hypostasis one person,) are inseparable. Gospel: John 20: 19-31. St. John’s Gospel begins with the theme of creation and now it ends with the same theme. As it was in the beginning, there was chaos and darkness. God came to the rescue. In the Book of Genesis, “a mighty wind swept over the waters.” Through God there was no more darkness and chaos, but harmony and light. In John’s Gospel, “on the evening of the first day of the week,” the disciples were in hiding behind locked doors. Jesus was put to death, the frightened disciples were wondering if they were next. Again, God came to the rescue. Jesus came, breathed on the disciples the Holy Spirit (the mighty wind), and gave them his peace. Reflections: We may see ourselves in the apostle Thomas, we who want to be in control of things all the times, who doubt unless we probe and verify those things that we cannot see, hear, touch or smell. In a society that is so engrossed with decoding all the mysteries and secrets under heaven and on earth, the attitude of Thomas is not strange at all. Yet one thing that distinguishes our society from what had happened to Thomas is that the apostle kept

Sige Mangarap Ka
Marami akong mga pangarap na gusto kong gawin mayroong mababaw at mayroon din namang malalim sabi nga nila libre lamang ito't walang pipigil kaya naman ako,sige, heto't hindi tumitigil. Sina tatay at nanay marami silang tinitiis ng ang pangarap para sa ati'y kanilang mahagip hindi dapat ikahiya ang anumang ninanais dapat itong ipagsigawan nang marinig ng langit. Nararapat lamang na tayo ay mangarap ng tunay sabihin natin kung ano ang ating inaasam-asam bigyan ng inspirasyon mga taong nahihinaan ng mundo natin ay mabago tungo sa kaunlaran.

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an open heart and mind to the truth. Yes, Thomas’ demand for tangible proof may sound stubborn and unbelieving. Yet the apostle, holding out and not going along with the group, was humble, honest, and stayed on

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with the community. The community in turn did not excommunicate him, but openly welcomed his dissent. It was Thomas’ openness to the truth and the community’s support that sustained and led him to utter the most profound profession of Christ’s true nature: “Lord and God.” Only if the doubters and skeptics will keep an open mind and heart, only if the Christian community will welcome them with charity in spite of their dissenting views and opinions, only then Christ’s presence will become visible and his peace will reign in our midst. The sensorimotor and perceptual capacity of a person’s exchanges with his environment reveals matured cognitive development. When either one of them is impaired, the person’s ability to function normally, physically and cognitively is greatly hampered. University of Southern California researchers found out that when a person looks at an object, his brain not only processes what the object looks like, but remembers what it feels like to touch it as well. Thomas said that unless I “put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Thomas saw, touched and believed. Faith does not only involve feeling, will and emotions, but also cognition. Thomas needed for cognitive growth of his faith to touch and see the nail marks. It’s ironic that the only manmade scars, signs of man’s ingratitude to God, in the hands of Jesus became the means for Thomas to profess Christ’s divinity. Pope Benedict V1 on Sept. 27, 2006 said “that the apostle Thomas is important for us for at least three reasons: first, because it comforts us in our insecurities; secondly, because doubt can lead to an enlightened outcome beyond all uncertainty, and finally, because the words spoken by Jesus remind us of the true meaning of mature faith, encouraging us to persevere, despite the difficulties, in our walk of devotion to Him, the demand to ‘see’ and ‘touch’ the wounds of the risen Lord was satisfied by Jesus.” It is noteworthy to mention that in Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Return of the Prodigal Son, he depicted the half-blind father looking intensely and touching “elegantly and gently’ the son’s right shoulder with the “refined, soft and very tender loving right hand” (symbolizing the mother’s hand) that caresses, comforts, and consoles. The left hand, a symbol of the father’s hand, is completely different. This hand does not only touch the left shoulder but strongly hold and grasp it. In both instances the father

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and returning son needed both the sense of touching and seeing. The elder son however have his hands tucked inside his robe and with head bowed down in rebellious defiance and contemptuous repugnance does not look at both father and son. In all cases, the prodigal, the father and apostle Thomas, even if they needed to touch and see, yet they never closed off themselves completely from the possibility of repentance, mercy and love. THIS SUNDAY IS THE FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY. The Romans taught only of four cardinal virtues: wisdom, justice, temperance, and courage, they never included mercy and pity! The Greeks were of the same frame of mind and signified that mercy is weakness not strength. In fact it was Aristotle who wrote that pity was an inadequate and useless emotion. The Israelites believed that the lid of the Ark of the Covenant is the “mercy seat” (Hebrew, kapporet, a covering) of God. (Exodus 25:22) The Sacred Ark had the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments and was with the Israelites wherever they went. It was reposed in the Holy of Holies, in the Tabernacle and later in Solomon’s Temple, where it was understood God symbolically dwelt. The Israelites consider it is from that mercy seat where God judges mankind and also it is a place of propitiation.

JOHN PAUL 11 DECREED THAT THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER BE OBSERVED AS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY because accordingly the Church greatly needs such a feast as this to awaken among the faithful an “aggiornemento” ( bringing up to date) of the great Octave of Easter (Latin, octo, eight) and its great gifts, such as God’s mercy.” What is then the connection of mercy with the Easter season? The readings today, especially the Gospel, are apropos with mercy. Jesus is the complete manifestation in flesh of God’s mercy. Jesus came to alleviate human and eternal suffering mainly caused by sin. The message of mercy is that God loves us, no matter how grievous are our sins. Out of his love and mercy, Jesus forgave Thomas. Easter is that moment in time when God shows us loving mercy. Quotation of the Week: “If we are silent about the joy that comes from knowing Jesus, the very stones will cry out! For we are an Easter people and ‘Alleluia’ is our song. Rejoice because Jesus has come into the world. Rejoice because Jesus has died upon the cross! Rejoice because He rose again from the dead! Rejoice because Jesus has come to set us free! Rejoice because He is the master of our life!” Pope John Paul ІІ.

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Entertainment
Showbiz Watcher
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Patungkol kay Annabelle Rama: “It’s Hard To Go Down To Her Level” -Amalia FuentesBy Ogie Cruz Last week issue ng Asian Journal, isiniwalat natin sa ating column ang patutsadahan via twitter ng dalawang pinakamataray sa showbiz , sina Amalia Fuentes at Annabelle Rama.Sabi nga nila magsasalita sila sa Tv after holy week para buweltahan ang bawat isa. Im sure inantayan ito ng sambayanang Pilipino pati ang mga pinoy dito sa San Diego, kung sino ang mas mabangis magsalita sa dalawa. Hindi pa rin lumabas si Amalia, nagsalita lang ito nang interbyuhin ni Korina Sanchez sa kanyang radio program sa DZMM.Mukhang hindi pa handa ang dating Movie Queen para bweltahan ang issue sa kanila ng nanay ni Rufa Guttierez, dahil sa masasakit na pinagdadaanan sa ngayon , kailangan muna raw niyang magpalakas. “Im on a holy week retreat because as you know, I just buried my husband Tuesday, and then Wednesday I came up here to find peace …..to find courage,”. “Wala pa ako sa emotional, my emotions. I’m not ready to deal with her on her level.You know, yung salitang maiintindihan niya at ang kanyang followers,”. “It’s hard to go down to her level. But I will, I can do it.I’ve been there before,” mga kalmadong salita ni Amalia Fuentes. Pwes,abangan na lang natin ang bwelta ni Annabelle sa mga salitang ito dahil alam namin hindi

Rosemarie Gil and Eddie Mesa na Cheesa ay isinilang sa Honolulu Hawaii kasalukuyan sa Los Angeles nakatira ang mag-anak. Nag-audition na siya minsan sa ‘American Idol’ pero sa audition pa lang hindi na siya nakapasa kaya, sa season 2 ng ‘The Voice’ siya pinalad. Kamakailan lang napanood namin siya sa isang battle round with Angie Johnson pero mas pinili siya ni Cee Lo Green para manalo.So, dalawa na ang susuportahan natin sa mga singing search sina Jessica Sanchez at Cheesa Laureta. TOP SHOWBIZ PERSONALITIES TAXPAYERS FOR 2010 !!!Narito ang list ng mga showbiz personalities ng Burea of Internal Revenue na nagbabayad sa kanila ng tax. 1.Kris Aquino , na may income na 101 Million at nagbayad ng 32,3 million sa Bir. 2. Willie Revillame na kumita ng 82 Million at nagbayad ng tax ng 26.5M. 3. Michael V.- na may annual income na 65.5 Million at nagbayad ng tax ng 20.9 M. 4. Sharon Cuneta, kumita ng last year ng 52 Million at nagbayad ng tax ng 16.6M. 5. Piolo Pascual, na kumita ng 40.8 Million at nagbayad ng 13 Million sa BIR. 6. Marian Rivera, kumita ng 37.2 Million at nagbayad ng 11.8 Million. 7. John Lloyd Cruz na kumita last year ng 34.2 Million at nagbayad ng

Amalia Fuentes patatalo ang mommy ni Richard Guttierez,anytime raw naka-ready ito. CHEESA LAURETA, BAGONG SUMISIKAT NA PINAY SA THE VOICE !!! Kung mayroon Jessica Sanchez ang ‘ American Idol’ na pinay na magaling kumanta, ang ‘The Voice-Season 2’ mayroon din tayong aabangan si Cheesa Laureta at takenote nasa top 16 na siya ngayon. Singing search din ang ‘The Voice’, at nakita na rin namin ang ating pinay na pambato rito.Galing din ang boses ni Cheesa, very powerful din tulad ni Jessica. 100% pinoy ito, dahil ang mga magulang niya ay parehong Filipino. Ang nanay niya galing sa Cebu at ang tatay naman niya ay isang manileno, samantalang si 21 yrs old

ing at ang sabi niya basta maganda ang role kagaya nung last movie niyang nagawa na ‘Karugtong ng isang Awit’ na isang Sharon Cuneta movie.Maganda pa rin ang boses ni MAHIGPIT DAW ANG FOX Mr Eddie Mesa, wala pa rin kupas. CHANNEL REKLAMO NG Samantalang si Rosemarie Gil ISANG TAGA ABS CBN !!! Sa tuwang tuwa ng malaman niya na isa Tv Patrol, naibulaslas ni Noli De kaming showbiz reporter. Castro ang kanyang dismaya dahil Tinanong pa nga kami ni Ms. hindi man lang maipalabas nila ang video ni Jessica Sanchez sa kanilang Rosemarie kung anu na ang bagong chika sa showbiz,nabigla nga siya programa dahil bawal daw ayon sa balita namin sa Asian Journal last sa ‘American Idol’, I mean yung week.Kaya pala hindi na masyadong mga winning moment ng naturang singer. Buti pa raw yung ‘The Voice’ aktibo si Rosemarie sa Tv o movie abala na pala siya sa mga Christian naipakita nila ang video ni Cheesa Fellowship tulad ng dati niyang Laureta kung paano nito pinamalas ang galing nito sa pag-awit samanta- asawa. Basta maraming salamat sa paglang si Jessica never nilang naipakita welcome sa amin nina Pastor Larry ito.Napakahigpit naman ng Fox Macasero,Pastor Mike Ebbah, Pastor channel, bakit kaya? romy Somera,Pastor Louie Ignacio at Pastor Jon Mejica.Ang dami pala FACE TO FACE WITH EDDIE MESA & ROSEMARIE GIL !!! Last silang pinoy na miembro sa kanilgood Friday nakita namin sina Eddie ang fellowship, at least nag-Friday Mesa at Rosemarie Gil sa fellowhip service kami sa kanila church. of Evangelical Filipino-american Asian Journal San Diego Ministers dahil na-invite kami ni Pastor Jon Mejica ng ‘Harbor of Life Ministries’ dyan sa 7th street sa National City. Natuwa kami ng makita namin ang on scribd.com/ dating mag-asawa na sina Eddie at asianjournal Rosemarie, at siempre ang fellowhip na kung saan guest speaker nga si Mr. Mesa. Follow @asianjournal Tinananong nga namin si Eddie, on Twitter kung babalik pa siya sa movie maklistahan dahil hanggang ngayon may problema pa si Pambansang kamao sa BIR.

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Cheesa Laureta 10.9 Million. 8. Claudine Barretto, kumita ng 33.4 Million at nagbayad ng tax ng 10.6 Million. Kung napupuna nyo, grabe ang kinita ng ating mga movie stars sa Philippines, hindi na kailangan magChristian Fellowship. Pastor Larry Macasero,Pastor Mike Ebbah, abroad pa para kumita ng malaking pera.Wala rin si Manny Pacquiao sa Pastor romy Somera,Pastor Louie Ignacio at Pastor Jon Mejica

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Trends
Tech IT
from My Barber by Benjamin Maynigo

Science and Technology News
TRENDS From the Kurzweil Newsletter

IT in GOVERNMENT, Part 2
Tech IT From My Barber IT in GOVERNMENT (Part II) FOSE 2012 really impressed me this year not only because of the new technologies exhibited and discussed Thomas Houlihan of AgilQuest but more so because of the active also talked about making Telework participation of “Women Leaders in and Hoteling succeed. He introduced Technology.” strategies and tools for implementing telework and hoteling programs The group of impressive women across entire organization at a rapid. techies that opened the last day of the conference as Keynote Address As soon as I get clearance to write were: Judith Marks, President and and publish about the presentations Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of made at FOSE 2012, I will correSiemens Government Technolospondingly share some of them in gies; Linda Brooks-Rix, President subsequent columns. and Co-CEO of Avue Technologies; Dawn Mayerrriecks, Assistant **************************** Director of National Intelligence for WHICH WAY NEXT? Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities at the Office of the Director of I have been invited to participate National Intelligence; Lisa Schloss- in a live Webcast from Singularer, Deputy Associate Administrator, ity University. The topic is “Which Office of E-Government and InforWay Next?” and the featured Guest mation Technology at the Office of Speaker is Peter Diamandis, CoManagement and Budget; Susan Founder & Chairman of Singularity Swart, Chief Information Officer at University. the Department of State. Being one of the first buyers of Their talks focused on how the his Best-Selling book, Abundance latest advances in technology that has the following sub-title, “The create “security challenges, comFuture is Better Than You Think”, I moditization of IT Data Centers, am expected to express my reactions centralization of existing services to his presentation. and the implementation of cloud and virtualization services.” Diamandis will present the case that the world is getting better at an Another topic that interested the accelerating rate through the conattendees was Teleworking noting vergence of four powerful forces: the important federal initiative (Tele- the exponential advancement of work Enhancement Act). Judith technology, DIY (Do it Yourself) Marks stated her organization’s com- innovators, Techno-philanthropists, mitment by implementing a variety and the Rising Billion, which, acting of solutions for employees, reducing together, will create abundance in real estate by 25%. the areas of clean water, nutritious food, affordable housing, personalThe presenter for “The Dark Side ized education, top-tier global health of Facebook” was as impressive. care, and ubiquitous energy – helpAnother impressive woman, Alix ing to solve humanity’s biggest Levine is the owner of WEBehavior challenges. LLC and the director of research for Cronus Global, both securityUP with the OPTIMISTS and the consulting firms. She specializes in POSITIVISTS! DOWN with the the study of homegrown extremism PESSIMISTS and NEGATIVISTS! and online mobilization. This sounds like RESURRECAlix has written on a variety of TION, RENEWAL and REBIRTH in terror-related issues, including the an EASTER Message to me! ideologies, activities and tactics of domestic and international terrorist movements, and in particular their online activity. ROOM FOR RENT She mentioned a few online indicators related to the dark side of Facebook and the Social Media. Among them are: Post pictures of themselves with weapons; Threaten a celebrity; Obtain access to the most elite hardline forums; Disseminate terrorist propaganda; Create their own propaganda; and Post publicly about one’s desire to be part of the movement.

Quantum computer built inside a diamond
Quantum computer in diamond (credit: USC) The first multi-qubit computer with protection against decoherence (noise that prevents the computer

electron spin rotation to protect the qubits from noise from the environment — the scientists said. ADDED: It also operated at room temperature. Quantum gate operation in the presence of decoherence (credit: T. van der Sar et al./Nature) The team was able to demonstrate that their diamond-encased system does indeed operate in a quantum fashion by seeing how closely it matched “Grover’s algorithm”

Scientists unlock key to cancer cell death mystery
of HT1080p21–9 and EJp21 cells stained with MitoTracker Red CMXRos for mitochondria (red) and p21 expression (green) (credit: Masgras I., et al./Journal of Biological Chemistry) An international team of sci-

p53, a protein that is mostly responsible for cell death but is inactivated in most cancers. “This shows that certain types of cancer, sarcomas for instance, but maybe also others, should respond well to drugs that increase the levels of p21, even if they don’t have an active p53,” said Macip. “The side effects of these therapies should be minimal, since our experiments

from functioning properly) has been developed by an international team of scientists. The team’s diamond quantum computer system featured two quantum bits (“qubits”). The team used the impurities in flaws in the diamond — the spin of a nitrogen nucleus as the first qubit and the spin of an electron from another flaw as the second qubit. Electrons are smaller than nuclei and perform computations much more quickly, but also fall victim more quickly to “decoherence.” A qubit based on a nucleus, which is large, is much more stable but slower. Solid-state multi-qubit computing systems have already been developed, but this was the first to incorporate decoherence protection — using microwave pulses to continually switch the direction of the

for quantum computing (find the correct choice in X/2 tries – if X is the number of total choices you have to search through). So, with four choices total, you’ll find the correct one after two tries on average. The quantum computer picked the correct choice on the first try about 95 percent of the time – enough to demonstrate that it operates in a quantum fashion. The multinational team included USC, Delft University of Technology, Iowa State University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ref.: T. van der Sar, et al. Decoherence-protected quantum gates for a hybrid solid-state spin register.Nature, 2012; 484 (7392): 82 DOI: 10.1038/nature10900 ADDED: Quantum calculations rendered insensitive for disruptions

Job Trends

Tight US market for nurses seen until 2020
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino nurses may have difficulty entering the US labor market until 2020, according to party-list Rep. Arnel Ty. "Right now, they have ample supply of US-educated nurses," said Ty, the representative in Congress of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers' Association (LPG-MA). In a statement, Ty cited statistics from America's National Council of State Boards of Nursing which show that the US produced close to a million nurses from 2006 to 2011. Ty said

entists led by the University of Leicester has discovered that cells from sarcomas (a form of cancer) tend to die in response to a protein called p21, and that this effect is determined by the sensitivity of the cancer-cell mitochondria to oxidants. The p21 protein usually forces normal and cancer cells to stop dividing but it was recently shown that in some cases it can also kill cancer cells. According to researcher Salvador Macip, from the University of Leicester Department of Biochemistry, “If we could harness this ‘killing power’ that p21 has, we could think of designing new therapies aimed at increasing its levels in tumours. This is what motivated us to look into it.” The research also showed that p21 can kill cells even in the absence of

show that normal cells would arrest but not die in response to p21. “There are already drugs available that selectively increase p21. Our results provide a rationale for testing them in certain types of cancers, which could be identified using the experiments we describe.” The research team comprised scientists from the universities of Leicester and Cardiff in the UK, University of South Carolina in the U.S., and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Ref.: Masgras I., et al., Reactive oxygen species and mitochondrial sensitivity to oxidative stress determine induction of cancer cell death by p21, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 287, Issue 13, 9845-9854, 2012; [DOI:10.1074/jbc. M111.250357]

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the US demand for Filipino and other foreign nurses may start to recover in 8 years when thousands of US-based nurses would have retired. The US first encountered a shortage of nurses in 1998. This created a surge in number of Filipino nursing graduates hoping to get a career in the US. However, the gap has since been filled by the large increase in the number of American nurses, plus a deluge of foreign-educated practitioners. Due to the huge oversupply of nurses in the Philippines, both the Commission on Higher Education and the Professional Regulation Commission have been urging high school graduates to shun nursing. Late response Ty blamed regulators for their late response to labor market conditions. "They should be more aggressive in researching and projecting future labor market conditions, both here and abroad, to help guide young Filipinos as to potential career paths," he said. "Regulators are just reacting to what is already happening, such as the apparent glut of nursing graduates. Their late advisories would be more valuable once these are predictive and instructive, rather than merely reactive," Ty said. From 1995 to 2011, Ty said a total of 145,081 Filipino nurses sought to practice their profession in America by taking for the first time (excluding repeaters) the US licensure exam, or NCLEX. However, Ty said that "from 2006 to 2011 alone, a total of 938,552 US nursing graduates also took the NCLEX for the first time." Special jobs plan Ty said he has been pushing for a new law that "would establish a special local jobs plan for idle Filipino nurses, now estimated at more than 300,000." He has filed House Bill 4582, which seeks an expanded version of the Nurses Assigned in Rural Service or NARS, "the short-lived Philippine government project that enlisted nurses to improve healthcare in poverty-stricken towns." Ty's said the Special Program for the Employment of Nurses in Urban and Rural Services (NURSE) "would mobilize a total of 10,000 practitioners every year."

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Health and Wellness
Top 10 Sleep Myths
Myth 1: Sleep is a time when your body and brain shut down for rest and relaxation. No evidence shows that any major organ (including the brain) or regulatory system in the body shuts down during sleep. Some physiological processes actually become more active while you sleep. For example, secretion of certain hormones is boosted, and activity of the pathways in the brain needed for learning and memory is heightened. Myth 2: Getting just 1 hour less sleep per night than needed will not have any effect on your daytime functioning. This lack of sleep may not make you noticeably sleepy during the of the impaired performance that results from not getting enough sleep at night. Naps can actually help you learn how to do certain tasks quicker. But avoid taking naps later than 3 p.m., as late naps can interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night. Also, limit your naps to no longer than 1 hour because longer naps will make it harder to wake up and get back in the swing of things. If you take frequent naps during the day, you may have a sleep disorder that should be treated. Myth 8: Snoring is a normal part of sleep. Snoring during sleep is common, particularly as a person gets older. Evidence is growing that snoring

35 Questions to Ask Your Aging Parents
AARP -- Their answers will give you a clearer picture of how your parents are faring and will help you assess their needs. Their Home Is your home still appropriate for you now that you’re getting older? Can you manage the stairs, or would you do better on one level? Does your home have any safety hazards? Could simple modifications to your home make it more convenient? Should you think about living somewhere else? Their Activities Do you need help with household chores, such as cleaning, fixing meals or taking care of the yard? Does poor eyesight interfere with your daily activities? Can you always hear the telephone or a knock at the door? Their Mobility Is driving difficult for you? Do you have reliable transportation for shopping, medical visits, religious services and visits with family and friends? Their Health What health problems do you have? Are your prescriptions current? Have you been to your doctor lately? What has your doctor told you about your health? Has your doctor or pharmacist reviewed all of your medications for side effects and potentially dangerous interactions? Are you having any problems taking your medications? Could you use help remembering what pills to take and when? Can you pay for your medicines? Their Health Care What kind of health insurance do you have, and do you have Medicare, Medicaid or a Medigap supplement policy? Has your insurance plan paid your health care bills? Do you have long-term care insurance or life insurance? Have you paid your insurance premiums? Would you like help with filling out forms, such as insurance claims? Have you been told that insurance won’t cover medical tests or procedures that your doctor has ordered? Do you have any questions about Medicare or Medicaid? Their Finances What are your current and likely future bills? Can you pay for what you need?

Do you need help getting government or pension benefits? Do you need help with financial planning to make your money last? Are your Social Security and pension checks deposited directly in the bank? Is all of your financial information in one place? Have you considered a reverse mortgage, which would provide extra income from the equity in your home? Have you considered that you might need money down the road to help pay for assistance with everyday activities? Do you have any bills you can't pay? Do you have an estate plan and a will, as well as a living will and health care proxy? Note: Finances can be a sensitive topic; you may want to be less direct with your questions.

Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer
NewsMax Health, 4/9/2012 -- For the devout, there never has been any question — prayer has the power to heal. Now, more and more medical research from leading hospitals and universities across the United States has shown conclusively that a belief in God really is good for you, and can make you healthier, happier, and induce you to live longer to boot. “Studies have shown prayer can prevent people from getting sick, and when they do get sick, prayer can help them get better faster,” Duke University’s Dr. Harold G. Koenig tells Newsmax. An exhaustive analysis of more than 1,500 reputable medical studies “indicates people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health,” Koenig says. “And out of 125 studies that looked at the link between health and regular worship, 85 showed regular churchgoers live longer. Dr. Koenig, director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, and the author of several auof insomnia are depression, anxiety disorders, and asthma, arthritis, or other medical conditions with symptoms that become more troublesome at night. Some people who have chronic insomnia also appear to be more revved up than normal, so it is harder for them to fall asleep. Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. NIH Publication No. 06-5271 Link: http://www.nhlbi.nih. gov/health/public/sleep/yg_slp. htm#myths thoritative books on faith and healing, says a striking study published in the Southern Medical Journal last year demonstrated that prayer has a remarkable effect on patients with hearing and visual deficiencies. After prayer sessions, “They showed significant improvements based on audio and visual tests,” Koenig says. What’s more, he says, “The benefits of devout religious practice, particularly involvement in a faith community and religious commitment, are that people cope better. In general, they cope with stress better, they experience greater well-being because they have more hope, they're more optimistic, they experience less depression, less anxiety, and they commit suicide less often.” He adds, “They have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and probably better cardiovascular functioning.” The proof of the power of prayer is overwhelming, says researcher and writer Tom Knox, a one-time atheist who became a regular worshipper after doing in-depth study of the medical benefits of faith. “What I discovered astonished me. Over the past 30 years a growing, and largely unnoticed, body of scientific work shows religious belief is medically, socially, and psychologically beneficial.” Study after study backs up the benefits of having faith, especially in prolonging life. In 2006, population researchers at the University of Texas discovered that the more often you go to church, the longer you live. “Religious attendance is associated with adult mortality in a graded fashion,” says Knox. “There is a seven-year difference in life expectancy between those who never attend church and those who attend weekly.” The American Journal of Public Health studied nearly 2,000 older Californians for five years and found that those who attended religious services were 36 percent less likely to die during that period than those who didn’t. A study of nearly 4,000 older adults for the U.S. Journal of Gerontology revealed that atheists had a significantly increased chance of dying over a six-year period than the faithful. Crucially, religious people lived longer than atheists even if they didn’t go regularly to a place of worship. Prayer intercession also has been shown to have a positive impact across a wide range of diseases and disorders. The American Society of Hypertension established in 2006 that churchgoers have lower blood pressure than non-believers. Scientists have also revealed believers recover from breast cancer quicker than nonbelievers, have better outcomes from coronary disease and rheumatoid arthritis, and are less likely to have children with meningitis. A massive 12-month study from a Kansas City hospital showed patients admitted with heart trouble did
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day. But even slightly less sleep can affect your ability to think properly and respond quickly, and it can compromise your cardiovascular health and energy balance as well as the ability to fight infections, particularly if lack of sleep continues. If you consistently do not get enough sleep, eventually a sleep debt builds up that will make you excessively tired during the day. Myth 3: Your body adjusts quickly to different sleep schedules. Your biological clock makes you most alert during the daytime and most drowsy at night. Thus, even if you work the night shift, you will naturally feel sleepy when nighttime comes. Most people can reset their biological clock, but only by appropriately timed cues—and even then, by 1–2 hours per day at best. Consequently, it can take more than a week to adjust to a dramatically altered sleep/wake cycle, such as you encounter when traveling across several time zones or switching from working the day shift to the night shift. Myth 4: People need less sleep as they get older. Older people don't need less sleep, but they often get less sleep or find their sleep less refreshing. That's because as people age, they spend less time in the deep, restful stages of sleep and are more easily awakened. Older people are also more likely to have insomnia or other medical conditions that disrupt their sleep. Myth 5: Extra sleep at night can cure you of problems with excessive daytime fatigue. Not only is the quantity of sleep important but also the quality of sleep. Some people sleep 8 or 9 hours a night but don't feel well rested when they wake up because the quality of their sleep is poor. A number of sleep disorders and other medical conditions affect the quality of sleep. Sleeping more won't alleviate the daytime sleepiness these disorders or conditions cause. However, many of these disorders or conditions can be treated effectively with changes in behavior or with medical therapies. Myth 6: You can make up for lost sleep during the week by sleeping more on the weekends. Although this sleeping pattern will help relieve part of a sleep debt, it will not completely make up for the lack of sleep. This pattern also will not make up for impaired performance during the week because of not sleeping enough. Furthermore, sleeping later on the weekends can affect your biological clock so that it is much harder to go to sleep at the right time on Sunday nights and get up early on Monday mornings. Myth 7: Naps are a waste of time. Although naps do not substitute for a good night's sleep, they can be restorative and help counter some

on a regular basis can make you sleepy during the day and more susceptible to diabetes and heart disease. In addition, some studies link frequent snoring to problem behavior and poorer school achievement in children. Loud, frequent snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that should be treated. (See "Is Snoring a Problem?") Myth 9: Children who don't get enough sleep at night will show signs of sleepiness during the day. Unlike adults, children who don't get enough sleep at night typically become more active than normal during the day. They also show difficulty paying attention and behaving properly. Consequently, they may be misdiagnosed as having attentiondeficit hyperactivity. Myth 10: The main cause of insomnia is worry. Although worry or stress can cause a short bout of insomnia, a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep at night can be caused by a number of other factors. Certain medications and sleep disorders can keep you up at night. Other common causes

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calm among the parties involved and live up to the principles espoused in the Code of Conduct. The countries concerned committed themselves to ensuring peace and stability in the region and the incident certainly does not illustrate the countries’ commitment to peace and security,” Legarda said in a statement. “The Philippines has clear rights over the area and we have submitted the dispute for resolution through the multilateral arena. We need to draw China into that process where the rule of international law will be observed and honored by parties concerned,” she added. – Aurea Calica, Pia Lee-Brago, Delon Porcalla, Marvin Sy

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Mga Tulang Tagalog by Romeo Nicolas
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Mga Tula ng Bayan
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Pagmasdan Nyo Kababayan
(Spratly Islands II)
Naku, naku at heto na, itong barko ni “Uncle Sam” Kasapi raw sa “exercise”, China Sea po ang syang daan. Ang totoo’y magmamatyag, ang sitwasyon, pagmamasdan, Ano nga ang nangyayari sa isla ng KAGULUHAN. Sa totoo’t siyang tunay, mayroon ngang NAAAMOY, Kalapit na munting bansa ganon din ang tinutukoy. Dudutdutin yaong yaman hanggang GULO ay umusbong, At ang bansang China naman, abot langit ang pagtutol. Kapag ito’y nagpatuloy sa usaping ‘di maganda, Relasyon ng mga bansa, MABIBITAK, pornada pa. TUSONG MATSING magwawagi kung hayaang YAPAKAN NA, Nitong bansang mayrong lakas, yaong BANSA na SISIW PA. Kaya heto, dumarating ang bigating kaalyado, Na nangakong MAGTATAGOL sating bansang PILIPINO. Alam naman nating tunay, na sa ayaw mo at gusto, Tayo pa ring PILIPINO ang syang mahal ni KANUTO. Si UNCLE SAM ang syang dapat mamagitan sa usapan, Ngunit ito’y ‘di gagawin, “standby” lang, mamatyagan. Batid din ng AMERIKA, yaong tama at paraan, Na makamit ng tiwasay ang usaping walang AWAY. Kaya tayo’y HUMINAHON, aayos din itong gulo, Na ‘di dapat umabot pa, PUTUK doon, PUTUK dito. Mapayapang paguusap, malamigang mga ulo, Aabot ding UNAWAAN, ang syang wakas nito’t dulo. Hirit ni: Romeo Nicolas 6/12/2011

not depend on anyone but ourselves,” Aquino said. “We also talked with the authorities – the Armed Forces and the Philippine Coast Guard – to comply with the rules of engagement to ensure that no violence would erupt,” the President said. Del Rosario said he raised five main talking points with the Chinese ambassador and asserted the sovereignty of the Philippines over Panatag Shoal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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“I made it clear that the Scarborough Shoal is an integral part of the Philippines, that it is in fact 124 nautical miles from Zambales and it is well within the 200 nautical miles of the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf,” Del Rosario said in a joint press conference with Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Alexander Pama and Philippine Coast Commandant Admiral Edmund Tan. Del Rosario said he also told Ma that the Chinese fishermen found in the shoal engaged in illegal fishing and harvesting of endangered marine species. He said he also told the Chinese ambassador that the Philippine Navy was in the area to enforce Philippine laws and “they followed established rules of engagement including strict observance of human rights.” “I mentioned that if the Philippines is challenged we are prepared to secure our sovereignty, “ Del Rosario said. Del Rosario said the Chinese ambassador, for her part, insisted their sovereignty over Panatag Shoal. “So in a sense we had reached an impasse in terms of our positions and so there is a real challenge for us in terms of our agreement to keep on talking today and we resolve to seek a diplomatic solution to the issue.” “The President is very clear that he wants a diplomatic solution to be in place,” he said. Del Rosario said a representative of the Philippine embassy in Beijing was also summoned over the incident. “Our sources said we would also be receiving a note verbale from them,” he said. Gov’t should protect its territory - Ping Sen. Panfilo Lacson said yesterday the government should protect its territory especially if a foreign entity is found engaged in illegal activities. Lacson noted that the Chinese fishing vessels were found to contain corals poached from Philippine waters. “Whatever happens to the discussions between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese ambassador, at the end of the day, we have to enforce our laws,” said Lacson, chairman of the Senate committee on national defense and security. “And if they encroached our territorial waters and were found to have contraband items, it should be confiscated and the crew and officials of the vessel should be held accountable,” he added. He said the Chinese fishermen should prove that the corals were not taken from Philippine waters. Lacson added that it was clear that the Chinese vessels were in Philippine waters because a Philippine Navy vessel was patrolling the area. Lacson admitted that the incident, though only a minor law enforcement matter, could become a bigger diplomatic issue if not properly addressed. “I think this will be resolved in a diplomatic way. Otherwise, we’ll be drawn in a war with China and it could draw in the other more powerful countries and could blow up into an international conflict. So the best option is to resolve it in a diplomatic manner,” Lacson said. Senate committee on foreign relations chairperson Loren Legarda, for her part, said the Scarborough Shoal incident “undermines peace and security in the region.” “The situation calls for greater

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smartphones) that run on Android, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS; and on Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet. Free reader program Buyers need to download (one time only) a free reader program/app compatible to the operating system in their computer or device: Bluefire for Apple iOS, Aldiko for Android, and Adobe Digital Editions for Windows and Mac OS. Flipreads e-books can’t be read on Blackberry phones, Apple’s iBooks app and Amazon’s Kindle app.

“However, Amazon’s new Kindle Fire handheld reader runs the Android operating system, so you will be able to download and install the Aldiko app and read Flipreads e-books on it,” said De Luna. Flipreads’ system uses Adobe Content Server and this allows each buyer to authorize a maximum of six devices to store copies of every Flipreads e-book purchased. “While international e-bookstores offer some Filipino-authored ebooks, there are usually additional costs of up to $2 per book,” says De Luna. “Also, most online bookstores accept only credit cards.” Flipreads allows payments using CashSense, where users pay cash at 7-Eleven and MLhuillier branches. The site will eventually allow payments using Globe GCash and Smart Money. Next: magazines Flipreads also plans to offer magazines. It plans to work with schools and colleges in making e-books available for students. Filipino publishers, authors and other content providers can use Flipreads as a secure distribution platform. “Publishers can sell their e-books through Flipreads.com instead of putting up their own online bookstores. Authors can independently publish their e-books through the site,” De Luna said. “Flipreads also hopes to be a venue for publishers and authors to bring previously out-of-print titles back into circulation. Since everything is online, these titles will also be available to an international market.” Flipreads also provides services for Filipino authors and publishers seeking to distribute e-books internationally through Amazon and Apple iBookstore. “We can set up your account on Apple and Amazon, file for US tax treaty exemptions, and convert your book or content to the needed formats (which can include designing the layout) accepted by these online e-bookstores,” said De Luna. UST Publishing House, UP Press and Milflores Publishing have already started working with Flipreads for their titles published on Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble. (Story courtesy of Walter Ang of Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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UP law students shine in Int’l moot court in Washington DC
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pumpman for an oil tanker, and Neil B. Nucup, son of a housekeeper in Rome, were part of the team which made it to the semifinals of the 2012 Jessup International Law Moot Court Championship in Washington D.C.
U.P. was the only team from Asia and the Third World that made it to the semis, finishing as one of the top four schools after competing with 137 teams from 80 countries, culled from an original field of over 600 law schools. U.P. lost to Moscow State University, which eventually clinched the championship after defeating Columbia University. To represent the country, U.P. had to win the national competitions first, beating the Ateneo de Manila University, which had consistently won since 2006. It was the first time in six years that Team Philippines had a good showing, making the event extra sweet for the families of the two oralists. The remittances of an estimated 10 million OFWs—Filipinos who work and migrate overseas and send money to support their families in the Philippines— help sustain the Philippine economy. Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas indicate OFW remittance in 2011 breached the $20-billion dollar level, up from $18.76 billion in 2010. The bulk of the remittances are from sea-based OFWs like Ocampo’s father Danilo. Participating in the competition is the icing on the cake for Ocampo and Nucup, who are set to graduate and take the bar exams this year. They share the experience of many Filipino families whose parents leave their children at an early age to search for higher paying jobs abroad. Growing up in the streets of Paco in Manila, which he characterized as noisy and always fraught with tension, Ocampo said he had always

to see them only once a week. He is the third of four siblings and the only boy, practically raised by the two older sisters. He still commutes periodically to Pampanga, where relatives take pride in his achievement. Nucup graduated with a degree in B.S. Biology at U.P. in 2005. His family supported his then unconventional decision to enter the U.P. College of Law, with some relatives even offering to help pay his way, which he says, he respectfully declined. Like many children of OFW parents, Nucup grew up recording voice messages on cassette tapes and sending them to his mother. Nowadays, his mother prefers to communicate through mobile phone calls rather than using the computer application Skype or via Facebook, which he said she apparently disdains because it ties her to the computer. Nucup speaks with pride about the mother who brought him, his three sisters and his father to Rome to visit her a few years ago. Aside from preparing for the competition, the team also helped raise funds to augment the university funding for their trip. During the national finals, it became an open secret that the U.P. team was the only school that did not stay in the accredited hotel and competition venue due to lack of funds. Help poured in, however, after the team won. “But that’s the UP way,” according to team coach and law professor Harry Roque. “Not all our students are financially privileged, there is extra work and struggle involved, which makes the victory more meaningful.” (VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. VERA is Latin for true.)

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Mauro Lacsamana was from, to my town Rosales, and Dagupan City, Pangasinan where another friend/ member Tony Mendoza lived and of course, Baguio City. Toy was a great student debater. He was the Captain of the champion debating team that beat Ateneo, UP, de la Salle and Siliman University. He was adjudged the Best Debater in all of them. He was also a great practicing lawyer. He must be that good if somebody like Former National Security Adviser Almonte hired him to handle some delicate cases. Ask Former PDIC Chairman and DBP Chairman Lanny Nañagas who also asked Toy to represent him. During the first Persian Gulf War, many Filipino workers were displaced and were forced to be sent home. A cause of action was in order to go after some frozen Iraqi Funds to compensate the workers. A topnotch American lawyer friend in Washington, D.C. asked me for a partner in the Philippines to help pursue the cases. Without hesitation, I recommended Toy Cedo and then proceeded to arrange for them to meet in Manila. That’s how I looked at him as a lawyer. When I formed a couple of companies including one that brought Frank Sinatra to Manila, he was readily the Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In our class was someone who was No.3 in the Bar Examinations. When he needed help in a litigation involving some relatives and town mates, guess whom he chose to hire? ATTORNEY TOY CEDO, the lawyers’ lawyer! We had other experiences together in many other ways even as professionals. In the early years of Martial Law, Gabby Lopez (Eugenio Lopez III), now Chairman of ABS-CBN, and I organized a group to learn KARATE skills. Invited to join us were Toy Cedo, Bob Ledesma, Lanny Nañagas and Daniel Olea. It was held at the Lopez residence in Forbes Park, Makati. We got a couple of instructors who were involved with Bob, Toy and me earlier in the Bushido Kai Club at the Knights of Columbus. This was before my escape via kumpit (pump boat) traveling through the Southern route successfully evading the chasing pirates and ending in Sabah, Malaysia. After the People Power Revolution I used to go home to the Philippines on a regular basis. In one of my visits, I was invited to attend a spiritual retreat run by Fr. Resty and a group led by the late Congressman Vic Sumulong and my friend and town mate Bernie Estrella Arellano, daughter of the late Agrarian Reform Secretary Conrado Estrella. Attending the retreat with me were Toy Cedo, Bob Ledesma, the beautiful actress-singer Pinky de Leon, and a few others. I remember that during the mass and at the “peace be with you“ part, instead of shaking hands as you utter the words, you have the option to kiss the person (of opposite sex) beside you. In subsequent masses during the entire retreat, Toy, Bob and I were secretly competing to be beside beautiful Pinky to say, “Kiss be with you.” :) :) I know Toy had a religious life. His was a lingering illness so he had all the chances to be even closer to God. I am absolutely sure that he is there now in heaven helping the gatekeepers fending off the challenges of Satan and the like. I will surely miss Toy and in many ways Ric too. My condolences and prayers go to Toy’s wife, Bee, their only son and the family of Ric!

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(Poem No. 18) In my sleep In the deepest of dreams I seek your presence Your absence is felt And yet nothing really matters I dream on and on Of senseless panorama Of friends lost, remembered, found But you’re not there And it really does not matter You ‘re not there in my dreams In my life Save the Date! You are Invited to Join Michael R. Tagudin on May 12, the Saturday before Mother’s Day, for the Book Signing of “Crushed Violets” during the 3rd Asian Cultural Festival at Liberty Station, San Diego CA. Visit Michael from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. at the Asian Journal booth. The San Diego coordinator of California Against Slavery (CASE) will also be taking signatures for the petition to put the CASE Act, a crucial anti-trafficking initiative, in the November ballot.
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Stanley Villavicencio: His Personal Encounter with Jesus Christ of the Divine Mercy
5th in a series from the booklet of the same name
Q: Other denominations comment that the Catholic prayers are repetitious. What do you think about this? A: One time, I gave my testimony to a big company. The problem there was, the employee have different religion . We first prayed the Rosary for Mama Mary. then we prayed the chaplet of the Divine Mercy and then the input. the testimony and then question and answer. During the question and answer. those who belong to other religion stood up and aid. “Brother Stanley, why is your prayer repetitious? I n’t your rosary repetitious, your chaplet repetitious? And then, they faced the people and said . . . “Didn’t you hear their prayer ? All repetitious! It was as if they were trying to excite the people. With this, my blood began to boil and so I asked them. “Is there anything in this world that i not repetitious? Do you not eat everyday? Do you not move your bowel everyday? Do you not drink: everyday? Do you not urinate everyday? Do you not sleep everyday? Do you not wake up everyday? Everything in this world is repetitious. Only one is not repeated. We only die once, unless He sends us back for a purpose but everything is repetitious. Isn’t your breath repetitious? Do you like me to cut it? They could not answer. Truth is everything in this world is repetitious. The sun comes back, the night comes back, the rain comes back, the typhoon comes back , everything in this world comes back so if someone will ask you why our prayer are repetitious. you answer it this way. Isn ‘t your breath repetitious? You like me to cut it? There is also somebody from another religion who stood up and aid “Brother Stanley, .. why are catholics shameless? You Catholics, you commit sin and then after sinning, you go to the priest to confess. After you confess, you sin again, then you go back again to the priest to confess . Are you not ashamed? Your faces are calloused and you are really shameless. So I told him, “Brother , you are okay because you are not a Catholic, but we Catholic ... we have a sacrament and included in these sacraments is confession s0 every time we commit sin, we go back to the priest to confess. But you have no sacrament so you do not have a problem. Then he said. “No , it is better for you not to confess because just the same you will sin again so it is better for you not to go to confession . I got irritated so I told him. “Brother, if that i your principle , this is what you should do. If you move your bowel, don t wash because just the same, you will again move your bowel. Why do you have to wash? Let us now see who has a fouler smell. Q: Is salvation only for Catholics? How about other religions? Can they be saved? A: Truth is, salvation is a free gift from God. So it means we cannot buy salvation. And if God will be followed, He likes to bring everybody to heaven . If His will is followed. He likes everybody to enter heaven. However , it is the people who are avoiding heaven. Because people have so loved the world, and because of this love for the world. he ends up committing sin, continue to commit sin , enjoy committing sin , and even justifies his sin. So this means , people are the one who avoid heaven. Truth is, religion cannot save us. Religion cannot save us. Religion will not save us. Religion will only guide us to salvation . What will save us is not religion but it is we who can save ourselves. Meaning , salvation is not in religion. I cannot believe that only catholics can be saved , because there are so many catholics who are also bad. So religion cannot save us. Salvations depend on how we are able to fulfill God’ will. However among the many religions we have now, it i only the Roman Catholic Church that believes in indulgence , because the other religion they don ‘t believe in indulgence . In fact the Roman Catholic Church has offered two kind of indulgences. One , we call plenary indulgence the other we call

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partial indulgence. Jesus explained to me the real meaning of a plenary indulgence. Jesus said , “A plenary indulgence is the total erasures of all the punishment for the sins that are already forgiven.” Because the truth i when we confess to a priest, our sins are forgiven but the punishment remains. That is why, when we die , we cannot just go straight to heaven . We have to pass through purgatory to pay for the punishment of our sins. And after paying for the punishment. that is the time we can enter heaven. But if a person receives a plenary indulgence, whatever happens to him, he will just go straight to heaven because plenary means total or complete. The best example for the plenary indulgence so you can easily understand it is the Feast of the Divine Mercy. The grace that we will receive on the Feast of the Divine Mercy is what our church calls plenary indulgence. For example, today is the Feast of the Divine Mercy , then we are in state of grace; we went to mass and we received Communion. Actually in the book of Sister Faustina, we have to confess, hear mass and receive communion on the day of the Feast of the Divine Mercy. But then Cardinal Vidal said that it is impossible for all the people to confess at the same time on this day because we have very few priests, so he said that if we have a mortal sin, we have to go to confession. But if we do not have a mortal sin. we can go to mass. If we only have venial sin, we can go to mass then offer our venial sins during the mass , especially during the consecration and it will be erased . So when you receive Holy Communion, you are already in the state of grace . For example, today, Feast of Divine Mercy ,and you went to mass, received Holy Communion, it means you have received the plenary indulgence. Meaning, if you received the plenary indulgence, all the punishment for your in from childhood up to today will all be erased. Whatever happens to you, you will go straight to heaven . You will not pass through purgatory because plenary means total or complete. Another example, for example, today is Feast of Divine Mercy and you received the plenary indulgence, you are still alive the next day , and you sinned again, whatever happens to you, your payment will be very little. So Feast of the Divine Mercy is an extraordinary grace . This is an example of a plenary indulgence. Partial indulgence means partial. For a better understanding, we will make an example. Partial indulgence is anything good you do like masses, novenas , rosaries, chaplets, corporal works of mercy, spiritual works of mercy. Let us take the soul of Pedro for example . His soul is in purgatory to pay for the punishments for his sins. For example, the soul of Pedro will have to stay in purgatory for 50 years. Because you love Pedro, so you always offer masses for him, novenas for his soul, rosaries , chaplets , corporal works of mercy and spiritual works of mercy and all that you do are all offered for Pedro. His 50 years will be reduced to 10 years or 5 years but this will depend on our Lord. If you continue offering masses and novenas for his soul, the years will be reduced until it is erased. Then the soul of Pedro can now enter heaven . If Pedro enters heaven, he will not do anything except to pray for you because you are responsible why he entered heaven. In gratitude, he will not do anything but pray for you ... meaning, you are still alive you already have a prayer warrior in heaven. And that is the difference between our religion and the other religions. Although salvation is for everybody, although salvation is for everybody, but the other religion, they have to pass through the long way. They have to pass through a long way because they don’t believe in indulgence. If you will observe on All Soul’s Day, only the Catholics go to the cemetery. In other religions, if you are dead, you are dead . But we catholics are different. Even if our loved ones have been dead for a long time, their memory is still fresh in our hearts and minds so we always offer masses for them, we always pray for them, we always visit them in the cemetery. In other religions, if you are dead, you are dead . Period. So this is like a shopping mall. If you bought plenty, you will pay more and so you will go to the ordinary lanes . But if you bought only little, it means you will pay less so you can go to the express lane . And that express lane represents the Roman Catholic Church. Meaning our religion is the fastest way to heaven. Meaning our religion is the shortest way to heaven. So you have to be proud to be a Catholic! You should be proud to be a Catholic.

The Philippines: 8 Signs of Hope
Aparis of California have great ideas on how to connect the second-gener(Continued from page 5) ation Filipino-American youth in the Fifth, entrepreneurship is on the United States to our motherland. rise. Many Filipinos today talk about The eighth sign of hope is that the financial literacy and opportunities Filipino spirit is on the rise. For me, for investment and entrepreneurship. this is one of the most important Joey Concepcion’s GONegosyo signs. Not only is there hope in the Caravan is doing a tremendous job hearts of many of our people, there of promoting start-up enterprises is also a tangible desire to succeed, nationwide. Gawad Kalinga’s new to excel, to shine. The spirit of greatphase of wealth creation and social ness among our people, which has artistry works to create livelihood long been stifled, is being awakened. opportunities and small businesses We see this in many areas—Filipifor its villages nationwide. Agrinos who try to break Guinness world culture Secretary Proceso Alcala’s records, who climb the highest peaks program of developing more small of our planet, who try to excel in agri-entrepreneurships in livestock, their fields. Our people are hungry vegetables, fruits, rice and corn is for greatness. The many unknown also increasing the number of wealth potentials of the Filipino are being creators all over the country. unleashed. The sixth sign of hope is that We should build on the gains we citizen leadership is spreading. It have made. But there is one thing is good citizenship when private history wants to remind us. Lee citizens take the initiative and do Kuan Yew was not able to bring what they can to help solve probprogress and prosperity to Singapore lems in their communities, and in the during his first six years of goverprocess help in the task of nationnance. That is also true for Mahathir building. In essence, it is leadership in Malaysia, for Park Chung Hee by ordinary people, by ordinary in South Korea, and for Nelson heroes like Tony Meloto, Efren Mandela in South Africa. It took at Peñaflorida, Josette Biyo, Harvey least 20 years for Lee Kuan Yew, Keh, Reese Fernandez, Jay Jaboneta, at least 15 years for Mahathir, and and Anna Oposa. The list is getting also 15 years for Park Chung Hee, longer every day. before the reforms they started bore Seventh, more overseas Filipinos fruit and changed their countries’ want to help our country. More of destinies forever. them are reclaiming their Philippine With God’s grace, technology, the citizenship. Tony Olaes, Boy Abay, support of more hope-builders—yes, Rose Cabrera, Dale Asis, Ruby our country needs more ambassadors Veridiano and Eileen Aparis are of hope—we can leapfrog our way among the young ones I know. Tony to progress and prosperity. Olaes, one of the privileged FilipinoAlex Lacson is the author of “12 Americans I have met, is spending Little Things Every Filipino Can Do a lot of his own funds to help our To Help Our Country.” His e-mail people. Rose Cabrera is building in address is alacsonph@yahoo.com -Intramuros a RestoShop that would Good News Pilipinas promote the beauty of our country. Dale Asis formed a Bayanihan Foundation in Chicago and channels Follow @asianjournal support to the Philippines. Ruby on Twitter Veridiano of New York and Eileen

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At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320). -- Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. Amen.

CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY
Using the rosary beads, recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one I Believe in God. On the Our Father beads say this prayer, which was given by Our Lord to St. Faustina (1905-1938). Eternal Father, I o er You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. On the Hail Mary beads say: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. In conclusion say three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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numbers of troops have depected to the opposition. Jordan: In response to protests, King Abdullah II sacked the government and asked a former army general to form a new Cabinet. In June, the King announced a fund for job creation and health insurance in rural areas. Saudi Arabia: Heading off unrest, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud has announced social and economic reforms totalling at least $100 million. Bahrain: The monarchy invited Saudi and Emirates troops to help in a brutal crackdown on protesters, effectively squashing the opposition movement. Many protesters remain in custody. Yemen: The standoff continues between the opposition movement and President Ali Abdullah Saleh, despite his absence as he recovers from wounds incurred by a June 3 bomb attack. Joe C.Son bigdadsd619@yahoo.com San Diego, CA

Official population tally: 92.34-M Filipinos in 2010
SLOWER GROWTH? Total population of Philippines in 2010 was 92.34 million, according to census agency. This translates to an average 1.9% annual growth in 20002010, slower than the 2.43% annual pace in 1990-2000.
by Reynaldo Santos, Jr., Rappler.com | MANILA, Philippines, 4/08/2012 - The results of the 2010 census is finally out. And the official population tally is: 92.34 million. The National Statistics Office (NSO) has revealed that the official population of the Philippines as of May 2010 has reached 92,337,852. This tally accounts for all Filipinos residing in the Philippines from May to June 2010, as well as 2,739 Filipinos in embassies, consulates, and missions abroad. Here are the general highlights of the 2010 population count: The 2010 population is higher by 3.77 million compared to the 88.57 million population in 2007, the year when the census last took place. Previously, the NSO forecasted that the 2010 population would reach 94.01 million. NSO claims that the population increased at the rate of about 1.90% annually from 2000 to 2010. The population in 2010 was 76.51 million. Surprisingly, the pace of population growth in the previous decade is lower than the 2.34% rate of population increase recorded from 1990 to 2000. “This means that there were two persons added per year for every 100 persons in the population,” the agency said. ‘Millionaire’ areas About onethird of the 2010 population (or 37.47%) came from 3 regions alone: Region 4A (CALABARZON) 12.61 million National Capital Region (NCR) 11.86 million Region 3 (Central Luzon) - 10.14 million The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) registered the lowest population among all regions, with 1.62 million. Among the provinces, Cavite registered the largest population, with 3.09 million--the only province that surpassed the 3 million mark. Provinces that has more than 2 million population are: Bulacan - 2.92 million Pangasinan - 2.78 million Laguna - 2.67 million Cebu (excluding Cebu City, LapuLapu City, and Mandaue City) - 2.62 million Rizal - 2.48 million Negros Occidental (excluding Bacolod City) - 2.40 million Pampanga - (excluding Angeles City) 2.01 million Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal comprise CALABARZON, the most populous region, along with Batangas and Quezon. Meanwhile, among the 33 highly urbanized cities, 4 surpassed the one million mark: Quezon City - 2.76 million City of Manila - 1.65 million Caloocan City - 1.49 million Davao City - 1.45 million The 3 most populous cities are among the 16 cities of NCR. Davao City is in Mindanao. About 82,000 fieldworkers were deployed during the 2010 nationwide census, which began May 17 and lasted for 23 days. Majority of those fieldworkers were public school teachers. The census was originally set to begin on May 1, but the automated elections of the same year has forced NSO to delay it to May 17. The census results were made official after president Benigno Aquino III signed Proclamation No. 362 on March 30, Friday.

Prayer to St. Jude
O Holy St Jude! Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor for all who invoke you, special patron in time of need; to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart, and humbly beg you, to whom God has given such great power, to come to my assistance; help me now in my urgent need and grant my earnest petition. I will never forget thy graces and favors you obtain for me and I will do my utmost to spread devotion to you.Amen. St. Jude, pray for us and all who honor thee and invoke thy aid. (Say 3 Our Father's, 3 Hail Mary’s, and 3 Glory Be’s after this.) From: David Family

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, You who made me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideals, You, who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and You who are in all instances of my life with me, I want to thank You for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with You and my beloved ones in Your perpetual glory. Thank You for favors granted. Amen. Mention your request while making the request, please promise to publish the prayer or circulate the favor. This prayer should be said for 3 consecutive days and after the 3rd day, expect your prayer to be answered. From: David Family

The Domino Effect: Saddam’s downfall seen as prime mover of Middle East drastic change
After the UN, and the US and its allies crushed the military might of Saddam Hussein, once a strongman from Iraq, Middle East despots and revolutionaries played a big role in the chain of clandestine crisis from Morocco to Yemen. Some disputes may start from religious or sectarian violence, tribal or clan rivalry, and simply political takeover for supremacy under the guise of neodemocracy, felt in an abnormal economy and worldwide high gas prices. Morocco: Sometime in March last year, King Mohammed VI announced constitutional reforms in response to protests. Voters approved the changes in a national referendum, parliamentary elections are seen to be the best solution. and electoral laws have yet to materialize. Tunisia: It was the first Arab country to depose its authoritarian leader, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. An interim government has scheduled an immediate election to an assembly that will rewrite the constitution. Libya: After months of fighting with help from NATO airpower, Libyan rebels finally pushed into Tripoli sometime in August. Muammar Gaddafi’s whereabouts were unknown until he was finally killed by revolutionaries. Egypt: Under military control since Hosni Mubarak’s resignation on February. Egypt has witnessed continued protests against stalled reforms, as well flashes of violence. Mubarak is being tried and parliamnetary elections followed.

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One day, however, the duckling went inside an opening under the house. Borobot waited for it to come out but it did not. He kept waiting even when it got dark, but there was no sign of the duckling. When his father came home that evening, he told him about his missing duckling. His dad took a flashlight and pointed it toward the opening. He inserted a long stick inside and tried to stir it. They could hear some squealing but no quacking. Finally, his dad told him the bad news: “The rats have eaten your duckling.” Borobot cried and cried for a very long time. – from Chapter 2 – Childhood Tales If there is a person that can aptly be called “the son of a bitch”, which in Pilipino, is synonymous to the phrase, “the son of a whore” (“anak ng puta”), it would be Tikboy. Tikboy was one of Eric’s playmates on Platerias Street where Eric lived with his family on the second floor of his father’s printing business in Manila in 1957. Tikboy’s mother, Purita, worked as a prostitute in a brothel across the street from Eric’s house. – from Chapter 6 - Just Like Any Mother

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From where he sat, he could tell Juanita had just bathed. Her hair was still damp and the fragrant scent of her cheap bath soap wafted through the air. She hardly noticed him as she was minding her own business. While he pretended to be concentrating on his reading, he would occasionally take a sneak peak at her, feasting his eyes on all of her seductive beauty. For a hot-blooded fourteen-year-old, she was not just an object of curiosity. – from Chapter 9 – Fragrant Scent of Bath Soap And All By the time they reached Platerias Street, everything was quiet. There was hardly a soul in sight; it was ten minutes past midnight. Narding frantically ran inside the brothel in search of Clarita, but he was told the Chinese took her just ten minutes before. He ran outside towards P. Paterno Street. Finding no speeding taxi, he ran back towards Carriedo Street, turned right towards Rizal Avenue, hoping the taxi holding Clarita had broken down. Finally, a loud, agonizing cry was heard all over in that quiet neighborhood of Quiapo. – from Chapter 11 – True Love Everyone was looking up at the top of an electric post, where sparks of light shone bright against the dark of the night. When the firemen trained the spotlight to the top of the post, they saw a body of a man lying on a wood across the post. It was Fred, the drunkard pimp. Without anybody noticing, he woke from deep slumber and this time, successfully climbed the top of the post. He was electrocuted while celebrating his feat. – from Chapter 15 – A Day In The Life Of The People Of Platerias Street

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Excerpts from the book “You must join the U.S. Navy so we can live abroad,” Isabel often told her boyfriend Lando as they walked in the park, weaving dreams for their future together. He would just shrug his “the son of a whore” (“anak ng puta”), shoulders in response. – from Chapter it would be Tikboy. Tikboy was one 1 – Her U.S. Navy Dreamboat of Eric’s playmates on Platerias Street where Eric lived with his family on the second floor of his father’s printing business in Manila in 1957. SIMEON G. SILVERIO, JR. Tikboy’s mother, Purita, worked as a prostitute in a brothel across the street from Eric’s house. – from Chapter 6 - Just Like Any Mother

Seeing the Philippines for the first time after many years would give any former resident a “culture shock.” The roads, which looked to be wider before, appeared narrow. The buildings and the streets, which were dilapidated and dirty before, looked more dilapidated and dirty now. – Chapter 2 – Balikbayan Culture Shock All of a sudden, the small kids from before were now grown up. Their faces had changed, yet somehow looked familiar. Some of his relatives who lived in a compound beside them had already died. Gone forever during a span of just ten years were his maternal grandmother, three uncles, two aunties and two cousins. – Chapter 3 – Like A Video Tape Experience Their vehicle moved towards the man and again they asked: “Boss, alam mo ba ang bahay ni Maning Bakla (Boss, do you know the residence of Maning, the homosexual?)?” The man looked serious and glumly said: “Yes, I am Maning, what do you want?” They were embarrassed as they were sure that Maning did not appreciate the unsavory nickname. – Chapter 6 – Maning Bakla And the Duty Free Shops In Manila There was a full moon above, and they could see its reflections on the water as the waves slapped on the sand. They could feel the cool breeze kiss their face, the warm water wet their feet. On that cold December evening in Maryland Beach Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines, they wanted to freeze time and enjoy every moment of their stay – Chapter 10 – Nasugbu Market Place And The IUD BBQ Manila Mayor Antonio Villegas proved to be an innovative mayor; for example, he introduced the free elementary and high school education in the city, the first of its kind in the country. He was also a poet in the vernacular; at every opportunity, he would recite or talk in the form of a poem he himself composed. In answer to his critics, he once said: “Marami ang nagtatanong kung bakit ako tumutula, bakit, ang tula ba ay masama (Many are asking why I am reciting a poem, why, is a poem bad)?” Chapter 17 – When “Gatpuno” Villegas warmed his “Salumpuwit” at Maharnilad Their playmates from the barrio were cautious and made a sign of the cross when passing ant hills, which they would call “nuno sa punso”. They would reverently say, “Makikiraan, po (Please allow us to pass!)!” Chapter 31 - Nuno Sa Punso And Other Weird Provincial Experiences The boys, usually five at a time, would line up and march without their pants towards the rice fields at the back of the house. They would pass by a guava tree, pull out several leaves and wash them in the artesian well. Once in the field, the quack doctor would hammer a stake into the ground made of a branch of a guava tree with the other end bent towards the boy. – Chapter 34 - Circumcision: Why Do Some Boys Walk Bow-Legged During Summertime In The Province?

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“Complicated Affairs” By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. The colorful and incredible story of a Filipino American’s complicated affairs. Excerpts from the book: How did you know Richard?” she asked. Danny was fast to the draw. “I produced his shows there,” he lied. He could see Menchie, the movie star, was impressed. “And I can also produce your show,” he continued the charade. She was pleased. “Do you think people will pay just to watch me? “Why, are we going to charge them?” he asked instead. Menchie was aghast, but realized he was joking. She hit him on the shoulder. He knew the ice was broken. – Chapter 2 : Movie Star “So how are you doing?” Danny was pleased to hear from Juanita. “I am okay, how about you?” “So-so,” he replied. “I’ve missed you,” his playboy persona took over again. “Really?” she asked. “I have something to tell you.” “What? “ Danny was rejuvenated. He had not dated for a while and was eager to do so. He saw an opportunity with Juanita. “I just gave birth to a baby girl.” “Congratulations,” Danny said. “Are you sexy again?” He was hoping to renew their relationship but was unsure about it since she was with her husband. Juanita did not answer his question; instead, she said, “And it’s yours.” – Chapter 3 :Another Child “This is Mindy,” Diaz introduced a pretty twenty-five year old girl to him when he arrived at the dock. “She’s Digna’s sister.” Mindy shyly extended her right hand which Danny shook. He noticed that Digna was teasing her sister, as though there was a pre-arranged plan between Diaz and the two girls unbeknownst to him. Later on, during the course of the fishing trip, he discovered the plan: Digna wanted Danny to hook up with her sister. “Marry my sister,” Digna told him as they ate lunch aboard the boat in the middle of the bay. “So she can migrate to America.” She knew Danny was a divorced American citizen. – Chapter 5: Gone Fishin’ Danny called up his friend Pepito and asked for ideas on how to best help Kate. Pepito was the brother of his comedian friend, Elvis, one of the top entertainers in the Philippines at that time. “Jackpot ka, pare (You’ve got a jackpot, friend),” Pepito told Danny. “She is a gold mine.” “What do you mean?” “We can set her up with rich Chinese men playing at the casinos and charge them at least 50,000 pesos to spend the night with her. I am sure many of them would be willing to spend that much just to be with a beautiful white girl like Kate. We will get our commission afterwards.” – Chapter 8 : Leading Lady After Danny gave him her name, the clerk spent a few minutes in the computer. “That’s it,” the clerk said afterwards. “She has pension due her, and you are entitled to it!” Danny was surprised. He didn’t expect this bounty. “How much do you think you will get?” the clerk asked him. Danny was hesitant to give him an amount. He was happy to get $100 a month. That would go a long way especially if one was living in the Philippines. “One hundred dollars,” he answered. “That’s way too low, make it higher.” “Three hundred?” “Way too low.” “Five hundred?” “Still very low.” “How much?” he finally asked. “Try fourteen hundred dollars.” He could not believe what he heard. – Chapter 9 : Windfall

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by Jonathan Benson (NaturalNews), 4/10/2012 -- Modern, urban life is a minefield of toxic chemicals and health-sapping pollutants that can cause serious, long-term health damage if not carefully avoided or at least properly and regularly mitigated. But surviving the modern world requires a lot more than just avoiding toxic chemicals, as proper nutrition, essential skills, and self-sustaining living systems will all play a crucial role in surviving whatever may come our way in the very near future. Should any of the currently-looming political and economic threats eventually lead to social upheaval, the everyday systems of living that most of us take for granted could become jeopardized, or even come to a complete halt. If the electricity grid in your local area suddenly failed, for instance, would you have an adequate backup plan for obtaining and storing food? Or if the local water utility shut down, would you have an alternate source for obtaining clean drinking water? To assist our readers in being able to provide affirmative answers to these and other questions, we have put together a concise list of seven tips that will help you become better prepared to survive the modern world in the event of catastrophic, lifealtering changes. Plant a backyard garden It has been said that the entire world is a mere three days away from total starvation, as many people have no idea how to raise their own food, and rely solely on grocery stores and restaurants for their food. In the event of a major disaster, grocery store shelves and restaurants would most certainly run out of food very quickly, leaving many people in a state of hopeless panic. This is why planting a backyard garden or getting a greenhouse is crucial to you and your family’s longterm survival. Learning about how to grow a variety of foods in varying weather and climate conditions will be worth far more than fiat currency in the event of a crisis, and it could end up saving your life. 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Learning to recognize the warning signs of these risks will allow trusted adults to intervene and lessen potential negative impacts. By acting as a resource, parents and guardians can help make the Internet a safer place for their families. As a parent or guardian, you should stay well-informed about current issues to understand what your children are experiencing on and off the Internet. If they are social networking, instant messaging, using webcams, or blogging, help them use these tools safely by learning how to use them yourself. Children whose parents and guardians regularly talk to them about personal safety are more likely to exhibit responsible behavior on their own.[1] NetSmartz invites you to learn about the issues surrounding your children’s online lives. Then use the discussion starters to help you begin a dialogue about safety with your children. [1] Cox Communications Inc. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® and John Walsh. Teen Internet Safety Survey, Wave II. Atlanta: Cox Communications Inc., 2007.

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Food for Thought
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Mga Kuwento Matimbang Ang Dugo Kaysa Tubig!
akaapat pang araw si Dencio sa Ospital, kaya’t hustong isang Linggo siya doon na labis niyang kinainipan. Sabik na siyang makauwi nguni’t sa pag-uwi ay hindi rin siya sa kanilang tahanan tutuloy kundi sa kaniyang biyenan. Ayaw pumayag ni Meyor Valentin na hindi sa kanila ito mamalagi pansamantala hanggang sa tuluyan niyang paggaling. Kaya pala ay may inihandang pagtitipon para sa kanya bilang pasasalamat.
Sa unang pagkakataon ay makatutuntong siya sa bahay ng biyenan na magaan ang loob pagka’t siya ay tuluyan nang tanggap nito, gayun din ang kanyang biyenang babae na si Josefa na alam niyang malaon nang nagpatawad sa kanya danga’t inililihim nito sa asawa. Talagang ang puso ng ina ay mas malambot kaysa sa puso ng ama. Kumpleto sila, pati ang bayaw niyang si Carmelo na isang abogado na sa Lungsod ng Davao naninirahan ay umuwi kasama ang maybahay at dalawang anak para dumalo sa pagtitipon. Naroon din ang kanyang ama’t inang sina Hugo at Selya. Sakay ng L-300, mag-iikasampu na ng umaga nila sinapit ang malaking bahay nina Meyor. May kaluwangan ang solar na napalilibutan ng mga halamang namumulaklak. Mga tatlumpung metro ang layo ng kabahayan mula sa malapad na trangkahan na pwedeng magsalubong ang dalawang sasakyan. Maingay ang mga taong dinatnan, nakatuon sa kanya lahat ang mga nagaabang sa kaniyang pagdating. Ah! Kay sarap ng pakiramdam, nakapanliliit, naisaloob ni Dencio. Sa buong buhay niya ay ngayon lamang niya naranasan ang ganito na parang isang artistang sinasalubong ng mga tagahanga. Masaya siyang sinalubong ni Charing na naunang umuwi sa kanya. Nakangiti ang kanyang Mama Josefa gayon din si Meyor Velintin na siya pang umalalay sa kanya patungo sa sementadong hagdan ng balkonahe na sa magkabilang gabay ay naghilerang nangakasandal ang mga tao. ‘Di na niya nakuhang sinuhin ang mga ito pagka’t ang hanap ng kanyang mga mata ay ang dalawang anak na sina Delfin at Daniel. Palinga-linga nguni’t ang mga ito ay di mamataan. Pagka salta nila sa balkonahe patungo sa sala ay natanaw niya si Delfin na dagling lumapit sa kanya at nagmano samantalang si Daniel naman ay hawak ang mikropono at biglang nagsalita, “Mabuhay ang ating bagong bayani! Ang buong Kanyugan ay nagbubunyi sa iyong pagdating! Lahat ay nagagalak pagka’t iniligtas mo ang buhay ng Lolo,” bahagyang sininok pagkatapos makapagsalita si Daniel. Parang may muwang na kung umasta. Nag-iisip si Dencio kung nauunawaan ng anak niya ang katotohanan. Itinatanong niya sa sarili kung sapat na ang isip nito at abot na ng kamungan ang hindi pangkaraniwang pangyayari tulad ng sinapit niya. Napapamangha siya sa nakikita niyang katalinuhan ng anak. Naihambing niya tuloy ito kay Delfin na tahimik nguni’t napakagalang. Masunurin si Delfin sa mga ipinag-uutos sa kanya na di kinakakitaan ng ano mang pagdadabog o pagsuway. Maalalahanin at hindi gaanong magaslaw. Nakikipagharutan man sa kapatid o kanino mang bata ay hindi marunong mapikon. May kapuralan nga lamang subali’t hindi ito nangangahulugang bobo. Kailangan lamang siguro ay ang masugid na pagsubaybay para makaagapay. Samantala, matapos makapagsalita si Daniel ay nagitla si Josefa sa tinuran ng apo. Namula ang mga pisngi pagka’t di niya akalaing ganoon ang sasabihin ng apo. Sana ay walang makapansin sa sinabi nitong Kanyugan. Masakit sa tainga. Ang dapat sana ay naturuan muna niya ito ng wastong salita na dapat bigkasin. Di naman niya kasi alam na

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Ageing and Loving It!
As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend... I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love... I will. I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old. I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things. Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect. I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. [or lost some of it] As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore... I’ve even earned the right to be wrong. So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, But while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it). MAY OUR FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART!

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Two Irish Women In A Bar
Two women were sitting next to each other at a bar. After a while, one looks at the other and says, ‘I can’t help but think, from listening to you, that you’re from Ireland.’ The other woman responds proudly, ‘Yes, I sure am!’ The first one says, ‘So am I! And where about in Ireland are ya from?’ The other woman answers, ‘I’m from Dublin, I am.’ The first one responds, ‘So, am I ! And what street did you live on in Dublin?’ The other woman says, ‘A lovely little area. It was in the west end. I lived on Warbury Street in the old central part of town.’ T The first one says, ‘faith and begorrah it’s a small world. So did I! So did I! And what school did ya go to?’ The other woman answers, ‘Well now, I went to Holy Heart of Mary, of course.’ The first one gets really excited and says, ‘And so did I! Tell me, what year did you graduate?’ The other woman answers, ‘Well, now, let’s see. I graduated in 1964.’ The first woman exclaims, ‘The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same pub tonight! Can you believe it? I graduated from Holy Heart of Mary in 1964 me self!’ About this time, Michael walks into the bar, sits down, and orders a beer. Brian, the bartender, walks over to Michael shaking his head and mutters, ‘It’s going to be a long night tonight.’ Michael asks, ‘Why do you say that, Brian?’ Brian answers, ‘The Murphy twins are drunk again!”

si Daniel ay aaktong parang anawnser at may mayk pa. Naisip na lang niya na inosente pa itong si Daniel, hindi pa alam ang angkop na salitang dapat sabihin. Sa kaingayan at kasabikan ng marami, marahil ay walang nakapuna nito. Ikinagalak niya ang natuklasang ito sa apo. Sa murang edad ay hindi nangingilag sa tao at bibo. Nabuo sa isip niya na himukin ang mag-anak ni Charing na sa kanila na muna manahan at marami siyang magandang balak kina Charing, Dencio at dalawang apo. Bilang dating guro at prinsipal ay alam niyang masusubaybayan niya ang dalawang apo. Labis niyang ikatutuwa kapag pumayag ang kanyang anak at manugang sa plano niya bagama’t kailangang isangguni muna niya ito kay Valentin. Noon din ay hinagilap niya si Valentin at namataan niyang nakikipaghuntahan sa mga bisita. Lumapit si Josefa sa asawa at kinalabit sa kabila na ang kanyang balak sabihin ay hindi dapat sa oras na iyon. “Baka lang malimutan ko, may nais akong isangguni sa iyo mamaya. Mahalagang-mahalaga. Tungkol ito sa mag-anak ni Charing. Ipaalala mo sa akin baka malimutan ko.” Ang wika ni Josefa sa asawa. “Oo, haharapin ko lang ang grupo nina Pareng Hugo. Kasama niya ang karamihan sa mga Kapitan ng Barangay dito sa atin, pagkakataon ko na para makausap sila nang masinsinan. Bayaan mo’t di ko malilimutan.” Sagot ni Meyor Valentin sa asawa at bumalik sa inagwatan sadali na pulutong para pakinggang ang nais sabihin ng kabiyak na ang kalabit sa kanya ng asawa ay inakalang may kahulugan pero napakaaga pa at tila wala sa tiyempo kung ano man iyon. Isip lang pala niya ang nagkamalisya sa kalabit na iyon ng asawa. Marami ang mga panauhin subali’t hindi mauubusan ng pagkain, saganangsagana. Ang mga Barangay Chairman at mga kagawad nito ay nagsidalo. Marami sa kanila ay may mga bitbit na manok, litsong baboy, gulay at prutas. Kanya-kanyang handog at siyempre pa ang iba ay may dalang alak, sigarirlyo at softdrinks. Ganito sa Sto. Cristo may pagkaka-isa. Kanya-kanyang pulutong ang mga nagkukuwentuhan. Matanda sa matanda, dalaga’t binata at kanya-kanya ring tema ng pinag-uusapan. Ang mga matatanda ay tungkol sa pulitika samantalang ang mga kabataan ay hindi magkamayaw, hagikgikan nang hagikgikan, biruan at tuksuhan. Parang piesta ng isang baryo ang nagaganap. Ang mag-asawang Dencio at Charing ay naglilibut-libot. Iniisa-isa ang bawa’t umpukan. Si Dencio na bahagya pang nakakaramdam ng pananakit ng tinamong sugat ay marahang naglalakad, alalay ni Charing. Hinaharap at nagpapasalamat sa mga panauhin. Pakiramdam niya tuloy sa sarili ay isa siyang kandidato na kailangang istimahin ang lahat ng naroroon. Pero tutol pa rin ang kanyang kalooban. Ayaw niyang pumasok sa maruming pulitika subali’t nananalaytay na rin sa kanyang dugo ang dugo ng pulitiko. Ang kanyang ama na isang Barangay Chairman at napasapi pa siya sa angkan ng tunay na pulitiko. Naisaloob niya na hangga’t maaari ay iiwasan niya itong pagpasok sa larangan ng pulitika. Nais niya ay payak na pamumuhay. Napadako sila ni Charing sa kumpol ng mga matatanda, mga pulitiko at natural lamang na ang marinig nila ay tungkol sa kandidatuhan. Naroon ang magbalae, si Meyor Valentin at Kapitan Hugo. Malalakas ang mga boses na nag-uusap, nagpapalitan ng mga kurukuro ang bawa’t isa. Lahat ay mga pulitiko, mga konsehal ng bayan, kapitan ng barangay at kagawad at ibang kandidatong katiket ng kanyang biyenan na naghahangad na maging Bokal ng Lalawigan. Dinig na dinig ni Dencio ang malakas na tinig ng amang si Hugo. “Pareng Valentin, Gobernador na ang dapat na tawag sa iyo at hindi na Meyor,” na abot hanggang tainga ang pagkakangisi. Hawak ang isang baso na nangangalahati pa ang laman at paligwak-ligwak ang laman dahil malaibay na ito. Sabay akbay sa balae. “Hindi pa hinog pare ang bunga, baka mapakla pa.” patalinghagang sagot ni Valentin. May sumabat na walang kagatul-

gatol, “Tama nga si Kapitan Hugo, Gobernador na ang dapat itawag sa inyo pagka’t maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw na kayo na ang tatanghaling bagong gobernador dahil wala na ang inyong kalaban, mabubulok na silang mag-ama sa piitan.” Muling nangusap si Kapitan Hugo na bahagyang pagaralgal. Balae, sa nangyari kay Dencio ay hindi ko mapatatawad ang kaibigan kong si Agaton. Oo nga at magkaibigan kami ay buhay naman ng anak ko ang namiligro. Napaka mali ako ng sinamahan. Dapat ay sa iyo ako sumama. Ngayon ay sa iyong sa iyo na ako kahit na magkapitpitan ng itlog. Hagikgikan ang mga nakarinig sa sinabi ni Kapitang Hugo. Kumislap ang paningin ni Valentin, may naisip siya. Ngayong kakampi na niya si Hugo ay gagawan niya ng paraan na si Hugo ang maging presidente ng mga kapitan sa Sto. Cristo para mapabilang din ang balae sa Konseho Munisipal. “Sa mga kapitan na naririto ngayon, ipinaaalam ko na magka-isa tayo na si Kapitan Hugo ang gawin nating pangulo ng inyong asosasyon ng mga kapitan sa susunod na termino,” malakas na sambit ni Velentin. Halos sabay-sabay na tumugon ang mga kapitang naroroon, kasabay ang pagtango. “Makaasa po kayo sa aming suporta.” “Pareng Hugo, huwag kang tatanggi,” baling ni Valentin sa balae. “Kahangahanga ka at nagawa mo ngayong talikuran ang iyong kaibigang matalik ,” dugtong ni Valentin. “May kasabihan tayo pare na matimbang ang dugo kaysa tubig.” Wika ni Hugo. Hindi ko ipagpapalit ang buhay ng anak ko na manugang mo ngayon sa isang kaibigang hindi marunong magmalasakit sa kanyang kaibigan. Iyan ang nakita ko kay Agaton. Hindi niya pinahalagahan ang aming pagkakaibigan. Ikaw na alam niya na balae ko ay pag-iisipan niya ng hindi mabuti at ang malungkot pa nito’y nabingit sa kamatayan ang ating si Dencio. Tama na ang pagkakaibigan namin hanggang doon,” pangangatwiran ni Kapitan Hugo. Wakas Ika-28 ng Marso, 2012

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Under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, the City of San Diego invites citizens to participate in the preparation of the FY 2013 Annual Action Plan (AAP). The AAP is the yearly update to the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and consists of the activities to be funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of San Diego’s Draft FY 2013 AAP is available for a 30-day public review from April 10 through May 9, 2012. The purpose of the review is to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the planned expenditures of approximately $23 million in federal entitlement funds. The draft document will be available in the reference section of all City of San Diego libraries and at the CDBG Program office located at 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1400, San Diego, CA 92101. The plan will also be available for review on the City’s CDBG Program website (www.sandiego.gov/cdbg/general/) and the Housing Commission’s website (www.sdhc.org.). NOTICE IS ALSO HEREBY GIVEN that the public hearing to present the Draft FY 2013 AAP at a Public Safety & Neighborhood Services (PS&NS) Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm in the City Council Chambers, 202 C Street, 12th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101. A schedule of community meetings in which the draft AAP will be presented is listed on the City’s CDBG Program website. Public comment may be provided at the community meetings and public hearing. In addition, comments can be submitted in writing during the 30-day public review to the CDBG Program office in person/mail (1200 Third Ave, Ste 1400, San Diego, CA 92101), or by e-mail (CDBG@sandiego.gov) through May 9, 2012. All information and updates regarding this process will be posted on the City’s CDBG website (http://www.sandiego.gov/cdbg/general/). To order information in an alternative format, or to arrange for a sign language or oral interpreter for the PS&NS Committee meeting, please call the City Clerk’s office at least five (5) working days prior to the meeting at (619) 533-4000 (voice) or (619) 236-7012 (TDD/TTY).

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better when somebody was praying for them. Amazingly, the patients were not told people were praying for them. Volunteers from a local church were given the first name of a patient on a piece of paper and asked to pray for that person. Those patients had fewer complications than those who weren’t prayed for. Researchers said they did not have a scientific explanation for the outcome. Research at San Francisco General Hospital looked at the effect of prayer on 393 cardiac patients. Half were prayed for by strangers who had only the patients’ names. Those patients had fewer complications, fewer cases of pneumonia, and needed less drug treatment. They also got better quicker and left the hospital earlier. Two studies at the University of To:Bobbi Jones California of San Diego Medical San Francisco City Center showed prayer could be a From: positive benefit for AIDS victims, GEN SILVERIO for spent too. Patients not prayed six times as long in hospital as those Herewith prayers of who receivedis proof— and got your times as many illnesses. three classified ad for publication in the Asian An arthritis treatment center in Journal. Please proofread Florida used prayer sessions to try it an fax ack th to helpdpatientsbsufferingepain. A correction if any or call study says they showed “significant overallyour approval. The up to one us for improvement” for year later. ad is tentatively scheduled toIn a published in the92,000 people be study of nearly in Maryland, people who attended AJ-CA_03.30.2012 of church once or more a week had 50 issue percent fewer deathsiffrom coronary the Asian Journal we artery disease, 56 percent fewer receive your approval on deathsAt $4 emphysema, 74 percent time. from per line fewer deathslines, it costs and 53 from cirrhosis, 4.5x4x10 percent fewer suicides. Concluded Knox: “Atheists can 1,080 $______.00 to be paid sneer at faith all they like, but they upon your receipt of the can’t assume science is on their invoice and tear sheet. side.”

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This generation – with its power and its technology, its opulence and immorality, its lawlessness and its pride – is now going the way of the Titanic. Unless we change our course! Unless we adhere to the moral and natural laws of our God! There is a Supreme Being that governs us all. But sad to say, we do not listen. We turn deaf ears to the

signs of impending doom – and like the Titanic – we rush headlong into disaster! Look around you. It is happening now! Seeing that all things will come to pass, and they will, the questions we should ask ourselves are these: Are we going to heed the warning signals and adjust our course? Are we going to listen to the voice of reason and do the right thing? Or are we going to let our arrogance and unbelief sink us into oblivion? - zsb

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Milestones
Tim Pavino, Seattle’s Home Grown Talent, Releases 1st OPM “Pag Pwede Na Ang Puso Mo” by Romy Protacio, PhD there to share his talent during special
This year’s birthday party of Timmy Pavino may not be a grand celebration but it was surely an event that was filled with love and sharing. The Seattleites

Timmy at 22

Timmy with aunt, composer Cecile Azarcon-Innocentes
surely missed Timmy when he left us in November 2011 to venture into the world of the music industry in the Philippines. Filipinos in Seattle have grown fond of Timmy as he had always been

events. Last March 24, 2012, we were able to feel again the presence of Timmy through the wonders of modern technology. While enjoying the merienda cena prepared by his mom, Vallie Pavino, we heard the phone ringing. It was Timmy calling through Skype! The wide TV screen made us feel that he was among us during the party. Timmy shared with us what he has been doing in Manila. He sang our favorite love songs. His grandmother, Mama Rosie, did a duet with Timmy. Seattle’s Home Grown Talent Timmy Pavino, who has earned the title, “Pop Balladeer” here in Seattle, revives the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) by releasing his 1st OPM Single, “PAG PWEDE NA ANG PUSO MO”. The song was composed by Soc Villanueva, with music arranged by Arnold Buena. Filipino artist, Noel Mendez, provided accompaniment on the guitar and it was recorded & mixed by Marlon Silva at Studio Z. The 300 Limited Edition Singles are now available in Seattle only, but can be purchased digitally from the newly established online music distributor OPM2GO http:// www.opm2go.com/song/details/6124, a

Timmy has been contracted to endorse a newly launched skin product called DERMGEN, owned and operated by Ms. Daisy Lim. He will be featured on one of their advertising billboards which will soon be installed along EDSA. Timmy is now completing his 1st OPM Album to be launched sometime in May. His 1st OPM Single “PAG PWEDE NA ANG PUSO MO” is one of the featured songs in this all-original

album. Other featured composers aside from Soc Villanueva, the over-all producer of the album, are Arnel de Pano, Jungee Marcelo, Jonathan Manalo and Timmy Pavino himself. To know more about Timmy, check him out at Facebook (<http://www.facebook.com/TimmyPavinoMusic), Twitter (<http://www.twitter.com/TimmyPavino) or YouTube (<http://www. youtube.com/user/TimmyPavino).

To get your copy of the Limited Edition 1st OPM Single of Timmy Pavino, email him at pavison.events@gmail.com or call (206) 498-0572 Watch for the release of Timmy Pavino’s 1st OPM CD ALBUM....soon at your favorite music outlets! Congratulations to our very own local grown artist, Timmy Pavino! All your Seattle supporters are here cheering for you!

company owned by the multi-awarded singer-composer Ogie Alcasid. Timmy’s online celebration of his 22nd birthday last March 24 was held at the Slush N Hush Coffee Shop on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. It was well attended by Timmy’s family, friends and many supporters in Seattle. After his ‘Thank You’ concert last October 2011 in Renton, WA, Timmy moved to Manila to answer the call of his YouTube fans and pursue his music career. His YouTube male version of Angeline Quinto’s top rated song “Patuloy Ang Pangarap”, created a buzz on YouTube and other social media. It was a step towards the right direction of launching his singing career in the Philippines. Timmy spent a few months in Manila performing in various events & TV shows such as GMA 7’s “Walang Tulugan” and ABS-CBN’s “ASAP Rocks” where he was featured in a duet with Angeline Quinto. He also appeared in the 2011 FAMAS Awards Night, Dancing with the Champions at the Music Museum, Kuh Ledesma’s Valentine Concert at Hacienda Isabella, the Gospel Jam in Quezon City & recently at Martin Nievera’s album launching at Venice Piazza. Other guest appearances included various corporate events of companies like the Vista Land, Insular Life and the Rotary Club, and invitations from different community and business organizations in Metro Manila. Aside from his musical performances,

Album cover of Timmy’s 1st OPM CD

Timmy checks out lechon given by grandma Rosie

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