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August 9-15, 2013
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Maceda Law Entitles Buyers to Refunds ... p 8
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Economy to grow at ‘breakneck’ pace
Fil-Am cello player sharesstage with Celine Dion
Just Some Thoughts .. p 6
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What is Faith? .. p 10
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New York Times picks PHL in its “Places to Go in 2013”
PHL thanks US Senate for passingresolution on West PHL Sea disputes
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Ray Kelley LA Philharmonic Cello: Hollywood toSingapore and soon in the Philippines
RAPPLER.COM | MA- NILA, 7/21/2013 -- SelectSM Supermalls, the chainof shopping malls operated by SM Prime Holdings Inc.(SMPHI), will be hosting 49automated weather stations(AWS) as part of efforts to promote disaster risk reduc-tion, monitor weather condi-tions and study the weather and climate.The AWS is an auto-mated version of a traditionalweather station that measuresthe amount of rainfall, atmo-spheric pressure, humidity,temperature, wind direction,wind speed and UV radiation.This is part of the projectthat aims to install 11,000units throughout the country,started by Weather PhilippinesGood News Pilipinas |MANILA, 7/20/2013 -- ThePhilippines has made it againinto the top picks list of another major global publica-tion.The New York Times placed the country at number 17 on its list of ‚“Places to Goin 2013” ahead of Bangkok,Paris and Casablanca.
Surﬁng and beach desti-nation goes luxe
Idyllic white sand beaches,secluded, little-known surf towns and pristine reefs areamong the natural draws of this country made up of over 7,000 tropical islands, The New York Times said.“Now in addition to themore upscale choices crop- ping up in former backpack-ing enclaves like Boracay,there is a new generation of luxury hotels opening even
further aeld,” it added.
The paper noted the newDedon Island resort on Siar-gao, adding that it was “closeto one of the world’s best surf breaks, Cloud 9, (of whichfamous American surfer KellySlater is a fan), and has anoutdoor cinema along withspa and paddle board classes.”“And the private islandresort of El Nido Pangula-sian opens this month in theUnesco biosphere of Palawan,right by some of the world‚most pristine diving spots,” itadded.The New York Times saidthat while the Philippines has been subject to travel adviso-ries in the past “they mostlyfocus on Mindanao in thesouth.”
“For extra security, outt-
ters like Asian expert RemoteLands organize private trans-fers and local guides,” the paper said.
By Ruel M. Borgonia
RAY KELLEY has workedas a professional cellist for over 50 years. At age 18, heworked in Hollywood [hishome town] for one seasonas a cello player in a CountryWestern band on The SpadeCooley Show, broadcast onKTLA-TV. This was the 1stof many professional engage-ments.In 1956, Ray began hisclassical music career playingone season in the Utah Sym- phony, then six years in theDallas Symphony. He moved back to Los Angeles at age25 when he joined the LosAngeles Philharmonic. During
the next ve years, he trav-
eled extensively with the L.A.Philharmonic, experiencing anexciting 8-week tour around-the-world in 1967, playing inmost of the great venues andconcert halls of the world.In 1968, after 12 years inclassical music, he left thePhilharmonic to work as afull-time, free-lance cellist on
records, lms, commercials
and live television shows. Hecontinues to work in the L.A.GMA News | WASHING-TON, DC, 8/1/2013 -- ThePhilippine government onFriday thanked the UnitedStates Senate for its resolu-
tion reafrming US support
for the peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the WestPhilippine Sea.Philippine Ambassador toWashington Jose Cuisia Jr.also welcomed the US Sen-ate’s support for the Philip- pines’ action to seek inter-national arbitration over thematter.“We thank Chairman Rob-ert Menendez of the SenateForeign Relations Committeefor his leadership. While theUS has no direct stake in thedispute, it is important for theUS that freedom of naviga-tion, unimpeded lawful com-merce, and the observance of international laws are guaran-teed,” Cuisia said in a state-ment posted on the PhilippineBy Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN | LAS VEGAS,7/20/2013 – Raymond Sicam,a Filipino-American cello player gets to share the stagewith legendary singer, CelineDion and gets to share a fewminutes of the spotlight with asuperstar.“It was kind of a child-hood dream. I loved her music when I was a kid andwhen she had her other show,A New Day, I was in highschool then and I really wasinterested on how to be amusician in the show,” Sicamsaid.
“But they didn’t have string players then. So now, with the showit was an opportunity for me to audi-tion. It was amazing that I got the job,” he added.
Sicam started playing cello at the age of 10. Now 28 years old, Raymond is the onlyFilipino-American working and perform-ing with the Grammy-award winner and
A giant globe adorns the SM Mall of Asia in Manila
by Michelle V Remo,Inquirer.net | MANILA,7/10/2013 -- The gap betweenthe country’s rich and poor iswidening, with high-earning
individuals enjoying signi-
cantly faster growth in incomescompared with people fromthe middle- and low-incomeclasses.This is according to datafrom the National StatisticalCoordination Board (NSCB),which showed details of thecountry’s national income ac-
counts that support the perception that the benets of the robustly growing Philippine
economy were enjoyed more by the rich than the poor. NSCB Secretary General Jose Ramon Albert said in one of the NSCB’s latest pa- pers that people from the high-income class, which account for between 15.1 and 15.9 percent of the country’s population, enjoyed a 10.4-percent annual growth in income in2011.In comparison, incomes of people in the middle-income segment grew by only 4.3 percent, and incomes of those in the low-income group by 8.2 percent.With the incomes of the rich growing faster, income inequality is expanding as aconsequence.
“We nd that those from the high-income class have incomes rising much faster than
those in the middle- and low-income class,” Albert said in the paper, which used datacovering 2010 and 2011.“While such an examination of income is rather simplistic, it points to issues aboutincome inequality, and the need for government and society to address these disparities,and ensure a path toward inclusive growth,” he added.
10x poverty line
The paper dened high-income individuals as those who belong to households that
earn more than 10 times the poverty line. The NSCB placed the poverty line for a family
of ve at P7,821 a month as of the rst semester of 2012.Middle-income individuals are dened as those belonging to households earning from
Rich-poor divide in PH widening