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Asian Journal December 27, 2013 Edition

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NEW YEAR'S EVE IN PARIS, WITH THE THREE KINGS A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION BY MSGR GUTIERREZ P10, WHY CHANGE/ BY BILL LABESTRE P8, THE BEGINNING BY ZENA BABAO P6, TOP 10 POSTS FOR THIS COLUMN BY BEN MAYNIGO P6, NS P11, NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS BY MILES BEAUCHAMP P6, ANG BUHAY NGA NAMAN (PART 2) BY VIRGINIA FERRER P10,UNDOCUMENTED FILIPINOS MAY BE GIVEN WORK PERMITS BY ATTY CAESAR CUTARAN P2, CES ROBOTICS 2014 TECH ZONE TO FEATURE CUTTING EDGE ROBOTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P 8, SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE EVENTS AND EXPERIENCES IN 2013 THAT MADE AN IMPACT IN THE WORLD AND IN MY OWN LIFE BY ERNIE DELFIN P5, COMMUNITY NEWS, MACYS AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE ONE DAY SALE P3, WELLS FARGO EXPRESS SEND SERVICE TO THE PHILIPPINES - WELLS FARGO HONORS THE RESILIENCY AND SPIRIT OF THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY NGAYONG PASKO P13, PORKY'S LECHON BARBECUE, BOBBY’S COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, NOWAK AESTHETICS, Community News, Asian Journal San Diego, DECEMBER 20 2013 Digital Edition, , M BEAUTY TIME MACHINE DR TESS MAURICIO, Offices of Chua Tinsay Vega Immigration Law, Dr S.T. Sawa DENTIST dental implants, 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, Mga Tula ni Romeo Nicolas, Showbiz Watcher by Ogie Cruz, Classified Ads, Atty Gail Dulay Harold Hom Immigration Lawyers, CLASSIFIED AD, Wanted Caregiver, LOWER YOUR NETS BY MSGR Gutierrez
NEW YEAR'S EVE IN PARIS, WITH THE THREE KINGS A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION BY MSGR GUTIERREZ P10, WHY CHANGE/ BY BILL LABESTRE P8, THE BEGINNING BY ZENA BABAO P6, TOP 10 POSTS FOR THIS COLUMN BY BEN MAYNIGO P6, NS P11, NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS BY MILES BEAUCHAMP P6, ANG BUHAY NGA NAMAN (PART 2) BY VIRGINIA FERRER P10,UNDOCUMENTED FILIPINOS MAY BE GIVEN WORK PERMITS BY ATTY CAESAR CUTARAN P2, CES ROBOTICS 2014 TECH ZONE TO FEATURE CUTTING EDGE ROBOTS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P 8, SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE EVENTS AND EXPERIENCES IN 2013 THAT MADE AN IMPACT IN THE WORLD AND IN MY OWN LIFE BY ERNIE DELFIN P5, COMMUNITY NEWS, MACYS AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE ONE DAY SALE P3, WELLS FARGO EXPRESS SEND SERVICE TO THE PHILIPPINES - WELLS FARGO HONORS THE RESILIENCY AND SPIRIT OF THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY NGAYONG PASKO P13, PORKY'S LECHON BARBECUE, BOBBY’S COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, NOWAK AESTHETICS, Community News, Asian Journal San Diego, DECEMBER 20 2013 Digital Edition, , M BEAUTY TIME MACHINE DR TESS MAURICIO, Offices of Chua Tinsay Vega Immigration Law, Dr S.T. Sawa DENTIST dental implants, 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, Mga Tula ni Romeo Nicolas, Showbiz Watcher by Ogie Cruz, Classified Ads, Atty Gail Dulay Harold Hom Immigration Lawyers, CLASSIFIED AD, Wanted Caregiver, LOWER YOUR NETS BY MSGR Gutierrez

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Philippines to rely more on foreign borrowings
Smartphone app to give earthquake warning
New Year’s Eve in Paris
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.
 Publisher & Editor,  San Diego Asian Journal  San Diego, California January 2007 
(Continued on page 2)
December 27, 2013 - January 2, 2014
 
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(Continued on page 2)
Zena BabaoMsgr GutierrezBen Maynigo
Top 10 Posts .. p 6 
(Continued on page 7)(Continued on page 2)
With the 3 Kings, a New Year’s  Resolution .. p 10
(Continued on page 2)
 Aquino gets ‘very good’ grade in 2013 – SWSReal estate bubble seen to threaten Asia in ’14
(Continued on page 9)
The Beginning  .. p 6 
Father and Son, USN Retired: The Life Stories of Quintin Ramil, Sr. & Jr.
(Continued on page 6)
By Quintin R. Ramil, Jr
Chapter 15:  Mario’s Story (Part 2)
Tacloban native wins Karate gold in SEA Games
I
t was thirty minutes to midnight, New Year’s Eve 2006. I was laying in bed beside my wife, enjoying the comfort and security provided by her warm body, her head resting on my arm. We were staring at the attic window above us, looking directly
We looked out of the window, and saw right in front of Notre Dame Cathedral people  screaming and cheering in celebration of the coming of the New Year.
at the sky, gazing at the moon. It is hard to imag-ine that it was the same moon I saw from my  birthplace in the Philip- pines, the same moon I looked at from my resi-dence in San Diego, Cali-fornia. Now it was staring  back at me as I lay in bed in the comfort of our hotel room in the Latin Quarter section of Paris, France. The hotel faced the Plaza of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral where Quasi-modo, the Hunchback of  Notre Dame, carried his  beloved Esmeralda up to the belfry.Earlier that day, we  planned to spend New Year’s Eve at the Champs While they were having lunch, she asked my father if there was a way someone could drive her back to San Francisco. My father then called my younger brother, Alohalindo, who was just discharged from the Ma-rine Corps. He was going through managers training with Lucky Supermarkets. My dad asked him if he could drive Filipina back to San Francisco. The ride was
about forty ve minutes long.
I am sure they started talk-ing, because two weeks later, they got married. My dad was never prouder as now he had two daughters-in-law who were former queens of his home town. Mario graduated from law school and was preparing for the California Bar Exam. I know he asked me for help and I remember sending him some money for his bar review. While waiting for the results, he was invited by one of his classmates, Peter Labra-dor from Hawaii, who invited him to come along and they would challenge the Hawaii Bar. Meanwhile, Antonio Ram-il, whom I knew by name only as the editor in chief of the U.P. College of Law and was a bar topnotcher in the Philip- pines, was also challenging the Hawaii Bar. When he was checking in he was asked by the proctor which Ramil he was. That is when he discov-ered that there was another Ramil also taking the test. Tony and his wife, Luz, recently visited us in San Di-ego and we consider ourselves cousins. Luz is related to my  boyhood friend, Federico Ramirez, Jr. Tony and I were trying to trace our ancestors who hailed from Bacarra but
could not nd a connection
as my grandfather was born in Paniqui. It was my grand-father’s grandfather who was  born in Bacarra. We found out that there was a time when many families migrated to Carinio, Paniqui, Tarlac when the sugar mills opened. Anyway, it did not take very long for the results and all three of them passed. Peter and Mario were offered jobs at the Justice Department. They both were hired as Deputy Attorney General as  prosecutors for the State. Tony opened a private  practice in Maui. Mario asked Judy to now join him in Hawaii. Judy goes job hunting and found a posi-tion at the typing pool in the  palace. The Governor asked
the typing pool ofce for a
temporary secretary. It seems that his personal secretary had to leave suddenly because of family emergency. Judy was sent to be the temporary secretary to the Governor of Hawaii. A few months later, the governor asked Judy to be his permanent secretary and she and Mario became very close to Governor George Ariyoshi and his family. There was a need to appoint a new Insurance Commis-sioner and for whatever
reason the Governor’s rst choice was not conrmed
 by Doris C. Dumlao, Inquirer.net | MANILA, 12.25.2013 -- Although investment professionals in
the Asia-Pacic are optimis-
tic about global prospects in 2014, most are increasingly concerned about asset bubble risks in the region’s property markets, according to a survey  by the CFA Institute.Based on the 2014 global market sentiment survey conducted by CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute, an international association of investment professionals, 56 percent of them expected the global economy to expand this coming year. It repre-
sented a signicant shift in
sentiment from that of last year when only 32 percent of respondents held such view.About 68 percent of re-
spondents in the Asia-Pacic
are worried about asset bubble risks in their respective mar-kets, with 52 percent seeing it coming from the real estate sector. In the Americas, only 49 percent saw such a threat emerging.Good News Pilipinas | MANILA, 12/18/2013 -- The Philippines’ karatedo bet, Ramon Antonio Franco, who hails from typhoon-ravaged Tacloban, bagged the gold medal after beating Muham-mad Fidaly of Brunei in the
nal of the men’s individual
kumite 55-kg category.Born and raised in Ta-cloban, Franco fell in love with karatedo as a teenager and worked his way into the national team.
It is his rst time to win a
gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games after winning the bronze in the 2009 Games and the silver in 2011.But in the 27th edition of the biennial tournament
in Myanmar, Franco nally
landed the coveted gold after  beating bets from Indonesia and Vietnam, and then Fidaly
in the nals.“I rst fought Indonesia,
and it was going to be ter-rible if I failed,” he said. “So I (told) myself that I can do it. And then there was Vietnam, this powerhouse, Indonesia and Vietnam. Sabi ko, kaya koi to. My body felt relaxed and I felt like lightning, that’s why I made it to the Finals.”
Franco used counter-punches and counter-kicks to fend off his aggressive opponent, and fell to the mat in thanks
 by Zinnia B. de la Pena, Philstar.com | MANILA, 12/26/2013 - The National Government plans to borrow more from overseas investors next year to take advantage of cheap loans to fund massive reconstruction and rehabilita-tion efforts for the storm-rav-aged Eastern Visayas. National Treasurer Rosalia De Leon said the government is raising the foreign compo-nent of its borrowing program for 2014 to 15 percent from 13 percent.Government borrowings are estimated to hit P730  billion next year, 2.1 per-cent higher than the original  proposal of P715.04 billion. The amount, however, is still lower than this year’s P735  billion.It remains uncertain wheth-er the country would pursue its planned $1- billion global  bond issue next year. The
 bond oat, however, is still
an option for the government which aims to limit the coun-
try’s decit to two percent of
the total economic output.The Aquino Administra-tion sourced nearly all of its funding needs this year from the local debt market to help contain the peso’s rise against the US dollar Last year, the Philippines raised $1.5 billion from the sale of notes in the US currency.Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said earlier the coun-try would borrow $2.2 billion from foreign lenders next year, some of which would be
in the form of ofcial devel-
opment assistance (ODA) loans which have very low interest rates.The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have each offered $500 mil-lion worth of loans to the Philippines to aid the reha- bilitation of the communities damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda. An initial P40.9 bil-lion has been earmarked by the government for the mas-sive reconstruction effort.
Government ofcials are condent the country would
sustain its positive trajectory moving forward given rising Inquirer.net | RIO DE JANEIRO, 11/29/2013 — A smartphone app designed to give early warning of earth-quakes could be ready as early as next year, according to scientists at the World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro.Researchers from the Uni-versity of California showed off the project this week at a conference on how to use technology to ward off natural disasters.The app is based on tech-nology used in an early warn-ing system prepared by a team under Professor Richard Al-len, director of the UC Berke-ley Seismological Laboratory.California has already embraced the concept of an early warning network, with Governor Jerry Brown signing a bill in September mandating the creation of a system.The smartphone app is capable of providing an alert  between a few seconds and one minute before a tremor hits, depending on where an individual using it is in rela-Rappler.com | MANILA, 12/28/2013 – Filipinos gave President Benigno Aquino III a "very good" grade of 55  points for his performance this year, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey pub-lished by the BusinessWorld showed.His ratings for 2013 are even slightly higher than his 53 points in 2011 and 2012. They were highest in 2010,
his rst year in ofce, when
he got 62 points.Government's slow re-sponse to typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) did not pull down Aquino's ratings in the last quarter survey of SWS. He re-corded "good" ratings of 48% in SWS 4th quarter survey conducted December 11-16.
Aquino started the year with 64 points
in the rst quarter survey. But this
dropped to 59% in the second quarter, 49% in the 3rd quarter and 48% in the 4th quarter. The average for 2013 is 55%.The year 2013 started full gear with
the campaign for the senatorial elections.
 
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d’Elysee, the center of New Year’s Eve celebration in the famed European capital. But after a day of walking, cruis-ing along the coast of the Seine River that cuts across the city, and hopping from one station of the Metro to another, we excused ourselves from the celebration. We let the youth, my two daughters and son-in-law, witness the event for us. We were content sleeping the night away, mo-mentous as it might be. It was one of the few times when I could feel old age creeping up on me. I no longer have the stamina nor the interest to seek such a “wild” adventure, especially in the cold streets of Europe.
 
Same situation
 We were in the same situation a year ago when we greeted the New Year 2006 in Vienna, Austria. After a day of walking, checking out the boutiques and museums as well as the rock band presentations on makeshift stages at some intersections of the old city, we walked back to our hotel early in the evening to sleep the night away, while our three daughters savored the experience until early in the morning.Logic may have prompted us to muster enough energy to stay awake and enjoy the once- in-a-lifetime experience. After all, how many times would one be able to experience  New Year’s Eve in Vienna, or in Paris? But the weather was cold, my body was tired and the warm bed was inviting. As long as I am with my wife during that momentous event, I told myself, I would be happy and content.Greeting the New Year in Malaga, Spain four years earlier was much easier. The weather was warm, and our tour group went together to the Plaza Mayor where the townfolk had gathered for the celebration. As tourists, we were the only non-Spaniards in the area. In our company were visitors com-ing from the United States, Canada, Australia and even South Africa. We stood out like a sore thumb, especially when my daughters donned the colorful wigs they bought in a
Madrid Christmas ea market a few days
earlier. Some of our tour members even wore clown hats. As the Spanish tradition would declare, we had to eat 12 grapes at the strike of midnight and make our wishes. For our convenience, entrepreneurs had marketed 12 canned grapes for the occasion, and our tour organizers handed one to each of us for that  purpose. 
Different
 Our New Year’s Eve celebration in Las Vegas in 1998 was different. Hotels took ad-vantage of the occasion to charge exorbitant  prices for the rooms, but the product they offered was not worth the cost. There was nothing to do but walk back and forth along the Strip during the cold night. A few min-utes before midnight, my family and I found ourselves trapped in a small passageway  beside the famed New York, New York Ho-tel. We were surrounded in a tight crowd of  people. The policemen would not allow us to  jump over a rail into the street and I thought that all that was needed was a commotion for a stampede to happen, crushing us to death.With this in mind, I put my daughters over the rail into the street one by one, despite the  protestation of the police. I dared them to ar-rest me, as I really felt that it was a matter of life and death. Others followed suit, perhaps realizing the same danger they were in and as the clock struck midnight, we were all over the streets greeting the New Year with the cold wind blowing on our faces.The next day, I decided that there was not much fun awaiting us in Las Vegas. My deci-sion to spend New Year there was a mistake. To save our vacation, I looked at the map and looked for a place where there would be no snow and cold weather to contend with. I found Lake Havasu, to which we proceeded and enjoyed the remaining days of our holiday vacation. 
Dead
In our hometown of San Diego, California,  New Year’s Eve celebrations are dead, unless one spends it in a bar or some private parties. All we do is watch Dick Clark dropped the Ball in Times Square, hug each other and eat our midnight repast.In the Philippines, it is different. Despite
the annual banning of recrackers, the tradi-
tion continues, making every street look like a war zone, with continued explosion of py-rotechnic devices both in the air and on the ground, and smoke billowing all over. The next day, the newspapers would publish the
 photos of people whose ngers, if not hands, were maimed by recrackers as they were
 being treated in the local hospitals. The same tragedies happen year after year. Filipinos never learn their lessons. But I must admit, I was all for it, because it was fun. 
European Sampler
 That late December of 2006, we were on a European Sampler Tour offered by Globus that took us to London in England, Cologne and Heidelberg in Germany, Amsterdam in Holland, Lucerne in Switzerland and Paris, in France. The nine-day tour was ended on the thirtieth of December, a day shy of New Year’s Eve. Therefore, we extended our stay for two more days thinking we might not get another chance to spend New Year’s Eve in Paris. It would entail additional expenses, es- pecially because of the premium hotel costs in Paris during New Year’s Eve. But for me, it was all worth it.My problem was booking hotel rooms for us during those times. The hotel where our tour group stayed was fully booked the day after we were supposed to check out. There was no way our travel agent or tour company could accommodate us in that same hotel af-ter the thirtieth. I had to look for other hotel rooms myself before our tour started while we were still in United States, because my
travel agent could not nd any. Looking at
the Hotel.com website, I found one. I booked it right away without even checking it out,
afraid that we might not nd any especially since we already booked our return ight on the rst of January.
I was worried because when we booked our extended stay in Austria a year ago also
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Phl to rely
Tacloban
(Continued from page 1)(Continued on page 7)
Real Estate
(Continued from page 1)
Law Ofces of Chua Tinsay & Vega
www.ctvattys.com
by Atty. Dennis Chua
Legal Buzz 
Read Atty. Dennis Chua’s previous articles by visiting our website at www.asianjournalusa.com
Our Life and Times
 Read Sim Silverio’s previous articles by visiting our website at www.asianjournalusa.com
by Simeon G. Silverio Jr.
(Continued from page 1)
New Year’s Eve in Paris
By: Dennis E. Chua, Esq.
T
he Philippine Gov-ernment has recently requested that the US government provide tempo-rary protected status (TPS) to its nationals who are currently living in the United States and now out of status.
TPS is a type of immigration status  provided to nationals of a certain country who are currently in the United States and severely affected by armed
conict, an environmental disaster, or
epidemic. TPS gives nationals of the designated country protection from  being deported, and the ability to work legally in the United States. The recent devastation from Typhoon Yolanda has  prompted the Philippine Government to make this request with several sectors  pushing for the country’s designation. Once the US Government designates TPS to the Philippines, its nationals may obtain a work permit by applying for TPS. To apply for TPS, the applicant must: File during the open initial registration or re-registration period, or meet the
requirements for late initial ling dur-
ing any extension of the country’s TPS designation;Have been continuously physically  present (CPP) in the United States since the effective date of the most recent designation date of your country; and Have been continuously residing (CR) in the United States since the date speci-
ed for your country.
 Not have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors commit-ted in the United States; Not found inadmissible as an immi-grant under applicable grounds in INA section 212(a), including non-waivable criminal and security-related grounds; and  Not subject to any of the mandatory  bars to asylum. These include, but are not limited to, participating in the perse-cution of another individual or engaging in or inciting terrorist activity.However, TPS designation does not lead to a green card. It is only a temporary grant for a stay of removal and for work authorization and which may be subject to extensions by the US government. The issuance of a work authorization card will enable the TPS designee to apply for a driver’s license and a social security card. With the recent request made by the Philippine Government for TPS designation, the US Government may now formally act on whether or not to grant TPS designa-tion to undocumented Filipino nationals.
 Atty. Dennis E. Chua is a partner in The Law Firm of Chua Tinsay and Vega
(CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Manila. The infor-
mation 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 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; (916) 509-7280; Dchua@ctvattys.com
Undocumented Filipinos May Be Given Work Permits
when he won the gold.It was a special victory for Franco, who was in Iran for a two-month train-ing stint when Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged his hometown of Tacloban.He had no contact with his family  back at home, and it was only later that he learned that his family had survived Yolanda. Their home, however, was
 badly damaged by the oods.“It was difcult, kasi family ‘yan. I
decided to control myself, my feelings, and then after the training, I used Face- book and then contacted my friends and
did something para ma-contact ‘yung
family ko,” Franco said.Franco said he dedicates his victory to all his kababayans in Samar and Leyte.Also, respondents see little change in the level of integrity in the global capital
markets, although Asia-Pacic respon-
dents are more optimistic about this than their counterparts in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.The annual survey measured the opinion of 6,561 CFA charterholders and members globally, more than 1,000
of whom are in the Asia-Pacic.
“The number of our members who expect the global economy to expand has nearly doubled in the last two years. However this is no time for those in
nance to become complacent,” said
John Rogers of CFA Institute. “The
survey reects that investor trust has
 been eroded. We must embrace ethical  behavior at all levels.”
tax collections and a much-
improved scal position.
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