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Asian Journal June 14, 2013 Edition

Asian Journal June 14, 2013 Edition

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LANCASTER HOTEL THE ATRIUM MANILA OWN A CONDOTEL UNIT ROADSHOW JUNE 21-24 2013, CHAPTER 47 CALIFORNIA THE DARK NIGHTS OF FATHER MADRID BY DR ED GAMBOA MD, SUCCESSFUL CELEBRATION OF 115TH PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DA BY OGIE CRUZ SHOWBIZ WATCHER, SYCUAN FILIPINO INDEPENDENCE DAY JUNE 12 KUH LEDESMA CONCERT JULY 20, PROFILES: SDGE ENERGY ESAP (ENERGY SAVING APPLIANCE PROGRAM) www.sdge.com/filipino, 15 CONCERNS OF FILAMS AS GATHERED FROM THE REVIVED FILIPINO FORUM BY DR OFELIA DIRIGE, IN GOD GOVERNMENT GOOGLE AND GROWN UPS WE TRUST BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO, GENERATION OF TAKERS BY BILL LABESTRE, ALS: COMMITMENT TO A CURE BY MILES BEAUCHAMP, TOMORROW DOES NOT ALWAYS COME BY ZENA SULTANA BABAO, ELLA AYERS: FILIPINA SHINES IN LET ME OUT BY RUDY D LIPORADA, ANG AKING MGA HILING BY VIRGINIA FERRER, STREET POETRY BY MICHAEL R TAGUDIN, PECHANGA RESORT CASINO ANN CURTIS ANNEBISYOSA CONCERT WORLD TOUR JUNE 15-16 2013, PHIL-AM BID, PHL AMBASSADOR THE HONORABLE JOSE L CUISA, GENESIS FINANCIAL CREDIT REPAIR TAWAG NA PO, MEMBERS CHURCH OF GOD INTERNATIONAL, DR CAESAR CANDARI MD Community News, Asian Journal San Diego, JUNE 14-20, 2013 Digital Edition, Offices of Chua Tinsay Vega Immigration Law, Dr S.T. Sawa DENTIST dental implants, FARMERS -Desquitado Insurance Agency, Atty Rogelio Karagdag Jr U.S. Immigration Law, Atty Susan V Perez U.S. Immigration Law, San Diego News, Philippine News, Arts & Culture, Profiles, Balintataw by Virginia Ferrer, Lower Your Nets by Monsignor Fernando Gutierrez, Light & Shadows by Zena Sultana Babao, At Large by Miles Beauchamp, Take It From My Barber by Benjamin Maynigo, Street Poetry by Michael R Tagudin, Dark Nights of Father Madrid by Dr Ed Gamboa MD, God of the Oppressed by Rudy D Liporada, Mga Tula ni Romeo Nicolas, Showbiz Watcher by Ogie Cruz, Classified Ads, Atty Gail Dulay Harold Hom Immigration Lawyers, CLASSIFIED AD, Wanted Caregiver
LANCASTER HOTEL THE ATRIUM MANILA OWN A CONDOTEL UNIT ROADSHOW JUNE 21-24 2013, CHAPTER 47 CALIFORNIA THE DARK NIGHTS OF FATHER MADRID BY DR ED GAMBOA MD, SUCCESSFUL CELEBRATION OF 115TH PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DA BY OGIE CRUZ SHOWBIZ WATCHER, SYCUAN FILIPINO INDEPENDENCE DAY JUNE 12 KUH LEDESMA CONCERT JULY 20, PROFILES: SDGE ENERGY ESAP (ENERGY SAVING APPLIANCE PROGRAM) www.sdge.com/filipino, 15 CONCERNS OF FILAMS AS GATHERED FROM THE REVIVED FILIPINO FORUM BY DR OFELIA DIRIGE, IN GOD GOVERNMENT GOOGLE AND GROWN UPS WE TRUST BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO, GENERATION OF TAKERS BY BILL LABESTRE, ALS: COMMITMENT TO A CURE BY MILES BEAUCHAMP, TOMORROW DOES NOT ALWAYS COME BY ZENA SULTANA BABAO, ELLA AYERS: FILIPINA SHINES IN LET ME OUT BY RUDY D LIPORADA, ANG AKING MGA HILING BY VIRGINIA FERRER, STREET POETRY BY MICHAEL R TAGUDIN, PECHANGA RESORT CASINO ANN CURTIS ANNEBISYOSA CONCERT WORLD TOUR JUNE 15-16 2013, PHIL-AM BID, PHL AMBASSADOR THE HONORABLE JOSE L CUISA, GENESIS FINANCIAL CREDIT REPAIR TAWAG NA PO, MEMBERS CHURCH OF GOD INTERNATIONAL, DR CAESAR CANDARI MD Community News, Asian Journal San Diego, JUNE 14-20, 2013 Digital Edition, Offices of Chua Tinsay Vega Immigration Law, Dr S.T. Sawa DENTIST dental implants, FARMERS -Desquitado Insurance Agency, Atty Rogelio Karagdag Jr U.S. Immigration Law, Atty Susan V Perez U.S. Immigration Law, San Diego News, Philippine News, Arts & Culture, Profiles, Balintataw by Virginia Ferrer, Lower Your Nets by Monsignor Fernando Gutierrez, Light & Shadows by Zena Sultana Babao, At Large by Miles Beauchamp, Take It From My Barber by Benjamin Maynigo, Street Poetry by Michael R Tagudin, Dark Nights of Father Madrid by Dr Ed Gamboa MD, God of the Oppressed by Rudy D Liporada, Mga Tula ni Romeo Nicolas, Showbiz Watcher by Ogie Cruz, Classified Ads, Atty Gail Dulay Harold Hom Immigration Lawyers, CLASSIFIED AD, Wanted Caregiver

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President Aquino: Respect our rights, territory
June 14-20, 2013
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Ofelia Dirige
15 Concerns of FilAms asGathered from the Revived Filipino Forum.. p 6 
(Continued on page 19)
 After Community Outcry, Wifeof Soldier Will Not Be Deported
(Continued on page 17)
Emotional Farewell for Filipino Sailors asBRP Ramon Alcaraz Finally Heads Home
Palace: No politics in ban ofTaiwanese products
Phil Am BID welcomes Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia
Tomorrow Does Not  Always Come .. p 16 
(Continued on page 8)
The Dark Nights of Father Madrid
 Inspired by a True Story ....
 
Chapter 47. California 
 A Historical Novel by Dr. Ed Gamboa
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 Life without my father .. p 11
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any, many years later…
It was a long day, but I was nally done. Extracting the stone-packed gall- bladder from a 96-year old retired radiologist was no cakewalk. Dr. J. Howard Nolanhad a pacemaker and two coronary stents. He also had an aortic aneurysm removed inthe past so his abdomen was a cobweb of adhesions. In any case, I was glad the laparo-scopic cholecystectomy went well and my physician-patient was recuperating nicelyin the postoperative suite. His family, particularly the son who had neglected his father through his connement in the nursing home, was extremely anxious. He peppered mewith questions which were merely masked excuses for his failings as a son. Throughyears of clinical practice, physicians learn the quirks and quarks of human nature. For instance, heightened levels of concern among family members are generally in inverse proportion to their true affection for the patient.I called my ofce and checked with Adrianna who takes care of the vicissitudes thathamper the clinic. She said everything else could wait till the morning except for one call-- from Father Edward, my parish priest. It was a personal call, not urgent. But the priestdid ask if I could perhaps give him a call after I got out of the OR. He gave Adrianna his private cell phone.Inquirer.net/New AmericaMedia | SAN FRANCISCO,6/12/2013 -- U.S. Immigrationand Customs Enforcement(ICE) cancelled the deporta-tion order for Karla Gaerlan,an undocumented immigrantfrom the Philippines, follow-ing hundreds of emails and phone calls from communitymembers and a protest thismorning.Supporters of the youngFilipino mother protestedWednesday in front of theImmigration and CustomsEnforcement ofces.Karla Gaerlan, an undocu-mented 28-year-old Filipinoimmigrant and the wife of an
 Protesters gather in front of Immigra-
tion ofces in San Francisco to support 
Gaerlan. Photo by Rene Ciria-Cruz.
Embassy of the Philip- pines | CHARLESTON, SouthCarolina, 6/11/2013 —Whileall of them look forward to re-turning home to their familiesin the Philippines, the ofcersand personnel of the BRPRamon Alcaraz said they willalso miss their kababayanswho made life easy for themduring their more than one-year stay in the United States.
“The Filipino Community inCharleston made sure the men andwomen of the Alcaraz were providedwith a home away from home whilewe were here in South Carolina. Andfor that we will forever be indebted
The Philippine AmericanBusiness Improvement &Development, a communityorganization that aims to con-nect commerce, culture andthe community, held a PrivateDinner Reception and RoundTable Discussion with theHonorable Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.,Philippine Ambassador to
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 by Louis Bacani, Philstar.com |MANILA, 6/12/2013 - PresidentBenigno Aquino III led the 115thIndependence Day celebrations onWednesday with an apparent call toother nations to respect Philippinesovereignty amid the ongoing ter-ritorial dispute with some countries.Aquino said the Philippines is onlydefending its freedom and sover-eignty as a nation while asserting itsrights over the land and waters thatrightfully belongs to it.“Wala naman tayong ibang pakaykundi pangalagaan ang tunay nasa atin. Hindi natin tinatapakanang karapatan ng iba. Hindi natininaangkin o sinasaklaw ang terito-ryong malinaw na nasa bakod ngiba,” Aquino said in his speech at theLiwasang Bonifacio in Manila.“Wala tayong ibang hinihingikundi ang igalang ang ating terito-ryo, karapatan,at pagkatao tulad ng paggalang natin sa teritoryo, kara- patan, at pagkatao ng ibang lahi,” headded.The Philippines is currently in aterritorial dispute with China andsome Southeast Asian neighborsover some parts of the West Philip- pine Sea.The government has led an inter-national protest against China, whichhas sent ships intruding Philippine-owned islands.Earlier this year, the country wasalso involved in a diplomatic rowwith Malaysia when the followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III wentto Sabah to assert their territorialclaim on the disputed land.The Philippines was also re-cently involved in a diplomatic rowwith Taiwan after the PhilippineCoast Guard shot dead a suspectedTaiwanese sherman in waters off Batanes.The Philippines had insisted thatthe incident happened in its territory but Taiwan claimed it happened inthe overlapping exclusive economiczones of both nations.But while the country is demand-ing respect for its rights and terri-tory, Aquino said the Filipino peoplewon’t resort to aggressive means.“Habang iginigiit natin ang atingmga karapatan, kailangan din natingipakita ang tunay na karapatan ngmga Pilipino. Wala sa lahi natin ang pagiging agresibo, pero hindi rintayo titiklop sa anumang hamon,”the President said.He continued: “Wala tayong mi-namaliit. Wala tayong inaapi. Walasa kasaysayan natin ang manakit ogumawa ng anumang hakbang paramagtanim ng sama ng loob angibang bansa sa atin.”The Chief Executive also stressedthe need to sit down for a peace-ful dialogue to maintain stability
By Aurea Calica, ThePhilippine Star | MANILA,Philippines, 6/11/2013 - ThePhilippine government is notgetting evenwith Taiwanwith the Foodand DrugAdministra-tion (FDA)’s ban on 15Taiwanesefood productsfound to be contaminated withmaleic acid, Malacañang saidyesterday.
“It has nothing to do with politics.It has nothing to do with the presentsituation that we’re in with Taiwan,” presidential spokesman EdwinLacierda said, referring to the sanc-tions imposed by Taiwan against thePhilippines following the shootingof a suspectedTaiwanese poach-er by a Filipinocoast guard.“According toacting Director General KennethHartigan-Go of the FDA, thefood productsfound to havemaleic acid were independentlytested and reported last week by theAgri-food and Veterinary Authority
 
Page 2June 14-20, 2013 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com
(Continued on page 7)
(Continued from page 1)
 After Outcry
Legal Buzz 
 Law Offices of Chua Tinsay & Vega
www.ctvattys.com
by Atty. Lilli A. Baculi
 Read Atty. Baculi’s previous articles by visiting our 
website at www.asianjournalusa.com
By: Lilli Baculi, Esq.
 
H
omer, a noncitizenforeign national, ismarried to Lydia, aUnited States citizen, and by virtue of this marriagewas accorded a lawful con-ditional permanent residentstatus. However, not even afull year into the marriage thenewlyweds nd themselvesextremely unhappy with eachother and are ghting inces-santly. Lydia les for divorceand the marriage is termi-nated. A few months after thedivorce was nalized, Homer marries for the second time toBarbara, who is also a UnitedStates citizen. Homer nowseeks to adjust his status tothat of a lawful permanentresident based on his currentmarriage to Barbara. How-ever, his application to adjuststatus was rejected becausehis status as a conditional permanent resident based onhis rst marriage has not beenterminated.
Can Homer terminate his conditionalstatus based on his marriage to Lydia,and subsequently adjust his status basedon his current marriage to Barbara?According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA): In the case of an alien with permanent resident statuson a conditional basis under subsection(a), if the Attorney General determines, before the second anniversary of thealien’s obtaining the status of lawfuladmission for permanent residence, that(A) the qualifying marriage … (ii) has been judicially annulled or terminated,other than through the death of a spouse;… the Attorney General shall so notifythe parties involved and, subject to para-graph (2), shall terminate the permanentresident status of the alien involved asof the date of the determination.Moreover, the Board of ImmigrationAppeals has highlighted the authorityof the Citizenship and Immigration Ser-vices of the Department of HomelandSecurity to afrmatively terminate theconditional resident status of a nonciti-zen foreign national according to theINA. Termination of an alien’s condi-tional resident status can occur in threeways. First, under section 216(b)(1) of the INA, they may terminate the alien’sconditional resident status before the2-year conditional period expires, wherethe Service determines that the qualify-ing marriage was judicially annulled or terminated. Second, the Service mayterminate the conditional resident statusfor failure to timely le a joint petitionto remove the conditions on permanentresident status. Finally, the Service mayterminate the noncitizen’s conditionalresident status upon determining that theinformation provided in the joint peti-tion to remove conditions is untrue.In Matter of Stockwell, the Boardfound that the Service properly terminat-ed respondent’s conditional permanentresident status because the qualifyingmarriage had been legally terminated.Similarly, in Matter of Lemhammad,the respondent married a United Statescitizen and obtained a conditional resi-dent status under Section 216 of the Act.Sometime thereafter, the respondent andhis wife divorced, and the Service ter-minated his conditional resident statusunder section 216(b)(1)(A)(ii) of theAct, based on his divorce.The Board also held that an alienholding a conditional permanent resi-dent status is prohibited from adjust-ing his status under 245(a) of the Act, pursuant to Section 245(d) of the Act.However, Section 245(d) of the Act doesnot prohibit an alien, whose conditional permanent resident status has been ter-minated, from adjusting his status under Section 245(a). There, respondent’sconditional resident status was termi-nated by the Service upon his divorcefrom his US citizen spouse. Respondentthereafter sought to adjust his status based on his (second) marriage to a UScitizen spouse, whose visa petition ledon his behalf was approved. The Boardfound that section 245(d) does not bar the respondent from adjusting his status pursuant to section 245(a) of the Act, based on his second marriage to a UScitizen spouse.Thus, Homer should be able to adjusthis status to that of a lawful permanentresident based on his second marriageas long as his conditional resident status based on his rst marriage is terminated.Marriage and divorce are very per-sonal in nature and in themselves arehard enough decisions to make, andnavigating through the immigrationlaws on top of it makes it more difcultand frustrating. It is important to beinformed and know your options. An ex- perienced immigration rm or attorneywill be able to help you understand whatimmigration terms mean specic to theregulations, what steps might be takenfor your particular case, and the optionsavailable to you under the evolving im-migration laws.
 Atty. Lilli A. Baculi is an associate
attorney with Chua Tinsay & Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation (CTV) -
a full service law rm with ofces in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and 
 Philippines. The information presented 
in this article is for general informa-
tion only and is not, nor intended to be,
 formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or 
e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone
consultation to discuss your particular  situation and/or how their services may
be retained at (619) 955-6277; (415)
495-8088; lbaculi@ctvattys.com
Divorce, Re-Marriage and theImmigration and Nationality Act
 by Jake Maxwell Watts, Quartzqz.com | 6/30/2013 -- The Philippineeconomy grew by 7.8% in the rst threemonths of 2013, surpassing every singleanalyst estimate and putting it just aboveChina as one of Asia’s fastest grow-ing economies. The torrid growth, the best in nearly three years, is especiallyimpressive given that exports declined6.2% as electronics shipments collapsed.So how is it growing so fast?1) InfrastructureThe Philippines, like Thailand, is pursuing a massive infrastructure spend-ing program worth around $10 billion.It covers a wide range of investments,from power plants and bridges to roadsand schools. Although not all the moneyhas been spent, the program has alreadycreated upwards of 400,000 jobs andhelped win an investment grading fromrating agencies, opening up the countryto more international money.2) Domestic DemandIf foreigners aren’t going to buy your goods, you better hope the locals are.Domestic demand in the Philippineshas been very strong, driven by privateinvestment and consumer growth in away that China must envy. Manufactur-ing growth is up by 9.7% due to demandfor food, appliances, communicationand transport, and construction wasup a whopping 32.5% in the rst threemonths of the year. Services expanded7%.“Initially, this was led by infrastruc-ture spending from the government,” the National Economic and Developmentchief Artemio Balisacan told the Philip- pine Star. “By the second half of 2012, private construction started to rebound.”3) Remittance PaymentsUnderpinning domestic demand is araft of remittance payments that maketheir way to the Philippines each year from its vast diaspora—over $5 billionin the rst quarter of 2013. The cashtransfers have long helped the Philip- pines pay off foreign debt and boostdomestic consumption.Can it continue?Good news lasts only so long, andanalysts have pointed to several risks.Exports may continue to fall as Chinaslows and Europe stagnates. Remit-tance payments, although large, are attheir lowest in nearly four years, and thePhilippine stock market tumbled almost4% on Thursday, in line with the Nikkei,despite the strong economic growthgures. Manila is sticking with a 6-7%growth target for the whole of 2013.“There’s a disconnect between theeconomy and the valuation of themarket,” a Manila-based trader toldBloomberg. “While overseas investorssay they like our economic funda-
How did the Philippines trump China to becomethe fastest growing economy in Asia?
mentals, they nd valuations to bestretched.” The Philippine stock marketis one of Asia’s best performing bourses,up 41% in the last year, but traders areclearly worried about whether thereis an asset bubble in the making. ThePhilippines has strengths China doesn’t, but building roads and pushing up the budget decit is not enough when itcomes to a long-term strategy.
active duty U.S. Army sol-dier, was facing deportationon Sunday, June 16, Father’sDay.
Friends, community supportersand her husband, Specialist ThadSchmierer, appealed to ICE to stopher expulsion. Lawyers from SanFrancisco-based Asian Law Caucusare representing Gaerlan.
“I can’t imagine leaving my family,”said a tearful Gaerlan. “Please Mr. Presi-dent, you’re a father too. Please don’t put me on a plane.”Schmierer, a Specialist in the U.S.Army stationed in Northern California,is due to leave for training in a week.He and Karla have a nine-month-oldchild, Christopher. The family lives inStockton. “I’m away a lot and I’m afraidto come home and my family won’t bethere,” he told the press.
The result of S-Comm
Gaerlan’s predicament began after Christopher was born, when she beganstruggling with severe post-partum de- pression. During a serious argument be-tween her and Schmierer, she scratchedhim. Both said the scratches were light,
 
Page 3 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.comJune 14-20, 2013
 Business
“Okay dayta ar-aramiden yo,” (What you are doing is okey), said Presi-
dent Fidel Ramos (sitted) to Felino “Jun” Quinto (right), branch manager of the Pinoy Powered Solar Max and Renewable Energy Consultant Rodel Urmatan (center). President Ramos was the guest speaker of the recently held  Mabuhay Festival at Kimball Park National City last June 8, 2013 in cel-ebration of Philippine Independence. Solar Max had a booth at the Festival  promoting Solar Panels as an alternative source of more affordable energy for the Filipino American community. Earlier in the week, June 3, the Pinoy Powered Unit of Solar Max also paid a courtesy call to the Honorable Consul General Ma. Helen De La Vega who also approved of the Unit’s plan to evolvea template plan in California that could also apply in the Philippine setting.“Because our economy needs it,” said the Consul General. Rdlphoto0613.
Former President Fidel Ramos givesthumbs up to SolarMax Technology
Good News Pilipinas | MANILA,4/22/2013 -- As Japan, many countriesin Europe and now China wrestle withshrinking labor pools, a host of emerg-ing nations are grappling with a different problem: how to reel in the benets of a quickly growing population and avoidhaving too many people chasing too few jobs.Swelling populations helped buoyindustrializing economies in the US andEurope in centuries past. They trans-formed South Korea, Taiwan and Chinain the 1980s and 1990s. Economistscall the phenomenon the demographicdividend, and it happens when droves of young people enter the workforce andchoose to have fewer children or delay parenthood, leading to a sharp increasein spending and a faster-growingeconomy.But a young population isn’t enoughon its own to underwrite a generation of growth, as the Philippines is learning.When Asia’s industrial powers em- barked on their economic transformationin the 1970s and 1980s, the Philippineswas left behind. Under dictator Ferdi-nand Marcos, corruption surged, as didgrisly insurgencies involving Maoistguerrillas and Islamist separatists. ManyFilipinos left. Today more than 10 mil-lion of the country’s 100 million peoplework abroad, sending home more than$20 billion a year, providing a lifelinefor their families left behind, accordingto government and central-bank gures.Other countries also have struggled tocapitalize on their growing populations.Many Latin American countries enjoyeda demographic prole similar to EastAsia’s booming economies in the 1980s, but chaotic politics and poor economic planning limited how much they ben-eted from it.Today, Africa’s leaders face a similar test. The United Nations projects thecontinent’s population will double to two billion people by 2050, while around40% of the population of both sub-Saha-ran and North Africa is under the age of 15 today. The UN projects the world’s population will expand to 9.3 billion in2050 from about seven billion now, withmost growth coming from developing
Wall Street Journal says Philippines has people and policies for growth
nations.Some African nations are makingheadway in harnessing the economic potential of a youthful population. InRwanda, where genocide claimed thelives of some 800,000 people in the1990s, the government has boosted tour-ism and services, delivering economicgrowth rates above 8% for the pastve years. President Paul Kagame hasencouraged the use of contraceptives,which has contributed to average fertil-ity rates dropping from 6.1 births per woman in 2005 to 4.6 in 2010, accordingto the World Bank.Without an effort to boost productivityand create jobs, the demographic divi-dend can easily become a demographictime bomb.The Philippines is trying to avoid thatfate. This former American colony hasone of the highest population-growthrates in Asia, expanding by 1.7% a year,compared with 0.5% in China–and oneof the region’s highest unemploymentrates, too, at around 7%. To help thecountry’s economy absorb a wave of jobseekers, President Benigno Aquino IIIhas made corruption his primary target,guring that cleaner government is the basic building block for business con-dence and job creation.Tougher oversight has helped reducewasteful government spending. And theeconomy is gaining momentum, expand-ing 6.6% last year.Among other things, the Philippineshas overtaken India to become theworld’s largest provider of voice-basedoutsourcing services. Banks such asHSBC, Wells Fargo and Citibank haveset up back ofces in the islands. Tosustain the momentum, the govern-ment is paying to train 100,000 peoplea year in call-center “nishing schools.”There they learn to handle customersand perfect their American accents.Recruiters are now heading out to ndagents in places such as Davao, wherevigilantes used to parade the severedheads of Communist guerrillas throughthe streets.“I don’t think we’ve seen this levelof collaboration and support before,”says Benedict Hernandez, head of theBusiness Processing Association of thePhilippines. “The government used to be a model of inexibility, but that’s allchanged in the past year or two.”In another break from the past, Mr.Aquino is going against the wishes of theRoman Catholic Church by promotingwider use of contraceptives. That couldreduce the number of children eachworking-age citizen supports–and helpfree up the spending power of the newgeneration now entering the workforce.Problems remain. Poor infrastructuremeans the Philippines struggles to draw
Asking prices continue to increasesteadily nationwide in May, rising in 98of the largest 100 metros, according toTrulia’s Price Monitor. Nationally, pricesare up 9.5 percent year-over-year. Season-
 Asking Prices Up In Least-Affordable Housing Markets
ally adjusted, prices increased 4 percentquarter-over-quarter and 1.1 percentmonth-over-month.Eight out of the 10 least affordable mar-kets, with seven in California, are all show-
 Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Jr.
ing double digit increases in asking prices,making home affordability even tougher for would-be buyers. Orange County,Oakland, and San Jose all had priceincreases of more than 20 percent, makingthese already expensive markets even lessaffordable. Prices are up 16.3 percent, onaverage, in these 10 least affordable hous-ing markets. --
California Association of  Realtors Newsline, 6/12/2013
in the kind of manufacturing invest-ment that economists such as the AsianDevelopment Bank’s Rajat Nag say isrequired for a lasting transformation inthe islands. A Communist insurgencyalso continues despite a peace deal withthe largest Muslim secessionist group.Yet the country is beginning to winover skeptics. In late March, Fitch Rat-ings upgraded the Philippines’s creditrating to investment grade for the rsttime. Others are warming, too. DavidBonderman, founder of private-equitygroup TPG Capital, told an investmentconference in Hong Kong late last year that “the Philippines, for the very rsttime in my adult life, is thought to bea place we can do business withoutcounting our ngers afterwards.”
(Storycourtesy of Asian Wall Street Journal’s James Hookway)

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