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Fire razes Fil- Am’s landmark LA mansion
By Nimfa U. Rueda, Philippine Daily Inquirer | LOS ANGELES 1/16/2014 —Glendora resident Marc Pijuan was awakened by a loud pounding on his front door early yesterday morning (Fri-day in Manila). It was a team of police
ofcers warning him that a brushre in
the Angeles National Forest was getting dangerously close to his neighborhood.“I put some clothes on and grabbed my camera, watches and portable hard drive,” Pijuan, a Filipino-American pho-tojournalist, told the Inquirer. “Outside, it felt like a whirlwind of hot air, smoke and embers.”Pijuan was among the more than 2,000 residents who were ordered to
evacuate as hundreds of reghters battled a wildre, called the Colby Fire,
in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Glendora that quickly spread to 1,700 acres. Several homeowners refused to evacuate and opted to stay to protect their homes, authorities said.
Three people were injured, ve homes
destroyed, and 17 other structures were damaged, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.Among those destroyed was the guest-house on the estate of the historic Singer Mansion owned by Filipino-American businessman Jay Parayno.The estate on Kregmont Drive was purchased in 2006 to be used as a Catholic retreat, according to Parayno’s father, Ray, who manages the property. The 14-bedroom, 12-bathroom man-sion was leased to 11 tenants. Built in 1924 by a member of the Singer sewing machine family, the mansion is listed as a Glendora Historic Landmark.
Pijuan, who took photos of reght-
ers trying to save the structure, said he noticed that the religious icons remained untouched amid the smoldering rubble.Pijuan said there were several Filipino-American families in his neigh-
Thursday, Bank of the Philip- pine Islands economist Nicho-las Antonio Mapa noted that Eastern Visayas – the region hardest hit by Typhoon Yolan-da – only accounts for around 2 percent of total GDP.
"As long as NCR [National Capital Region] and CALABARZON [Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces] grow, the economy will grow," he said.Balisacan noted the economy "will remain strong in 2014," saying the improving prospects for the global economy could provide a springboard for a recovery in exports.
But risks from the volatility in nan-
cial markets as the US Federal Reserve continued to unwind its bond purchases, he added.The government targets GDP growth of 6.5 to 7.5 percent this year.Balisacan maintained that the country has "strong fundamentals," with the government does not expect accelera-
tion of ination and sharp depreciation
of peso."We are carefully monitoring the situation," he said of the volatility in fanatical markets.While agreeing that domestic funda-mentals remain healthy, Mapa questions the sustainability of growth."A lot of our growth is still on services and the spike in manufacturing is on chemicals which are not labor-intensive. Hopefully, we continue to grow other sectors of manufacturing in order to make growth inclusive," he said.The Socioeconomic Planning Secre-tary acknowledged that strong growth was still not enough to put a dent on poverty.But the government "continues to implement reforms to attract more investments and create jobs," Balisacan said."Manufacturing is still a relatively small part of the economy. We are trying to get that part grow fast to create more jobs," he noted.In a statement, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said, "A key priority is improving the Philippines' ease of doing business index to ASEAN levels in order to ensure a productive and conducive investment climate." – With Rouchelle Dinglasan/RSJ/VS/BM, GMA NewsInquirer.net | HONG KONG,
1/30/2014 —Conicts, disasters, record-
high temperatures, an economic chill in Asia and more trouble for Justin Bie- ber—the upcoming Year of the Horse is set to be a dramatic one, according to Hong Kong feng shui masters.With the Year of the Snake slither-ing into history, the Chinese fortune-tellers are predicting that the incoming Lunar New Year beginning on Friday is going to be the kind of horse that you shouldn’t stand behind—because it
incorporates the volatile element of re.
“With this being the Year of the Wood Horse, and with wood being very com- bustible, there will be a lot of scandals,
conicts, explosions and arguments,”
celebrity feng shui master Alion Yeo told Agence France-Presse (AFP).Feng shui—literally meaning “wind-
water”—is inuential in many parts of
Asia, where people adjust their lives and
even renovate ofces and homes based
on its edicts to maximize their luck and wealth.
Yeo said that conict in the new year could be dened by anything from
diplomatic tension to armed engage-
ment, particularly in the rst, fourth and
seventh lunar months—February, May and August.
“The most likely thing that could lead to a physical war would be the Diaoyu Islands,” Yeo said, referring to acute tensions between Japan and China over the Japanese-controlled islets that Tokyo calls the Senkaku islands.The previous Year of the Wood Horse in 1954 was marked by nuclear bomb tests by the United States and the former Soviet Union, and the battle of Dien Bien Phu, which led to the defeat of French forces in Vietnam.Chinese fortune-telling such as feng shui is based on ancient philosophy and the belief that events are dictated by the
varying balances in the ve elements
that make up the universe: metal, wood,
water, re and earth.
The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and through Chinese folklore ascribes 12 animals, one for each year in the rotating cycle. The horse is in the seventh position.
Feng shui master Chow Hon-ming predicted that while the United States and Europe would enjoy economic recovery, nations such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Pakistan would feel a negative impact.“The western economy will see obvi-ous improvement but eastern nations
will face difculties and their economies
may even take backward steps,” he said.According to Chow, it will be a tricky year for US President Barack Obama, who was born in the Year of the Ox in 1961.“He may make gaffes, he may face obstacles when it comes to cutting through political red tape,” Chow said.Record-high temperatures and natural disasters will be prominent due to the
inuence of the re element, according
to soothsayers.“There will be a higher chance of vol-canic eruption and earthquakes because the earth element will be irritated by the
abundance of re,” fortune-teller Cheng
Chi-hang told AFP, adding that Japan, Indonesia and China will be particularly prone.Bad year for Bieber?A person’s fortune is calculated by using the exact time and date of his birth, with the relationship of each of the elements.Troubled Canadian pop star Justin Bieber will be on a streak of negativity this year, Yeo said. “There will be times where he will not be able to control himself.”Bieber, 19, was charged with driving
under the inuence after police caught
him drag-racing in Miami Beach last week—allegedly after drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.
“His re element, if he goes all the
way, could lead to health risks,” Yeo said.Celebrities born in the Year of the Horse include boxer Manny Pacquiao, actress Halle Berry, German Chancel-lor Angela Merkel and the late former South African President Nelson Man-dela—whose 1990 release from prison also occurred in a “horse” year.Tens of thousands of worshippers will be offering sticks of incense on the eve
of the rst day of the Lunar New Year to
pray for good luck and fortune at Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin Temple.The former British colony is also a popular horse-racing destination, hosting the Chinese New Year Raceday on Feb. 2, with total payouts of up to HK$68 million ($8.76 million).The city will celebrate the new year
with a 23-minute-long reworks display
on Saturday, which organizers say will display the word “win” in capital letters twice.In mainland China, tourism operators are also seeking to capitalize, particu-larly in Dan Xia Shan, a mountainous tourist attraction in the southern prov-
ince of Guangdong, which includes ve hills known as “ve horses return to the
Bumpy year for Asia in Year of the Horse
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan 27, 2014 (CNA/EWTN News)– This past Saturday the tenth annual Walk for Life West Coast drew people from across the nation and of all age groups, particularly young adults and college students, to a prayerful witness to the value of life.“We drove up yesterday, an eight hour drive, and we’re here to support the movement to end abortion, and to join with other Christians, and other people of faith – and people not of faith – because abortion is not a Christian topic
… to ght alongside them, and to pray
for an end to abortion,” Simon Esshaki, 22, told CNA Jan. 25 while preparing to begin the Walk.Esshaki, a seminarian of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, had traveled on a bus from San Diego
Walk for Life West Coast draws witness across generations