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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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By: Dennis E. Chua, Esq.
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
conict, 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 difcult, 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-Pacic 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-Pacic.
“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 reects 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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