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Asian Journal January 31, 2014 Edition

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REP PAGDILAO RAISES THE BAR ON A SHARED VISION FOR SERVICE AS A ROTARIAN AND A CONGRESSMAN BY GENEVIEVE TAGUDIN SILVERIO P1, FATHER AND SON USN RETIRED: THE LIFE STORIES OF QUINTIN RAMIL, SR AND JR BY QUINT RAMIL JR P1, HAPPY YOU/LUCKY YOU BY MSGR FERNANDO GUTIERREZ P8, SOCIALRADAR: REVOLUTION AT THE PLANET OF THE APPS BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P6, FILIPINO AMERICAN DANCING IN SAN DIEGO BY ROBERT PESEBRE IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN ISSUES P4, DEBIR OT CREDIT BY BILL LABESTRE P6, SHOPPING BY MILES BEAUCHAMP P6, FILIPINO WON APPEAL FROM DENIAL OR HIS WORK VISA BY ATTY SUSAN V PEREZ P7, HINDI MO BA NARINIG BY VIRGINIA H. FERRER P8, IGNORANCE OF THE LAW EXCUSES NO ONE BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P7, SERENDIPITY: A DREAM, A RETREAT AND ROTARY BY ERNIE DELFIN P 10, THE ICE BREAKER BY ZENA SULTANA BABAO P11, COMMUNITY NEWS, MACYS CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE HORSE 2014 P3, MCDONALD CHICKEN MCNUGGETS OLYMPICS ENJOY ANG LAHAT SA VICTORY NA TO P 12, LUNAR NEW YEAR 2014 AT BARONA JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 7 2014 P13, PORKY'S LECHON BARBECUE, BOBBY’S COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, NOWAK AESTHETICS,, PECHANGA LUNAR NEW YEAR TABLE GAME PROMOTION P 16, Community News, Asian Journal San Diego, JANUARY 24 2014 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, RFP ON CALL APPRAISAL AND GENERAL RIGHT OF WAY MANAGEMENT SERVICES P15, CLASSIFIED AD, Wanted Caregiver, LOWER YOUR NETS BY MSGR Gutierrez, ASIAN JOURNAL SAN DIEGO JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 6 2014 EDITION
REP PAGDILAO RAISES THE BAR ON A SHARED VISION FOR SERVICE AS A ROTARIAN AND A CONGRESSMAN BY GENEVIEVE TAGUDIN SILVERIO P1, FATHER AND SON USN RETIRED: THE LIFE STORIES OF QUINTIN RAMIL, SR AND JR BY QUINT RAMIL JR P1, HAPPY YOU/LUCKY YOU BY MSGR FERNANDO GUTIERREZ P8, SOCIALRADAR: REVOLUTION AT THE PLANET OF THE APPS BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P6, FILIPINO AMERICAN DANCING IN SAN DIEGO BY ROBERT PESEBRE IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN ISSUES P4, DEBIR OT CREDIT BY BILL LABESTRE P6, SHOPPING BY MILES BEAUCHAMP P6, FILIPINO WON APPEAL FROM DENIAL OR HIS WORK VISA BY ATTY SUSAN V PEREZ P7, HINDI MO BA NARINIG BY VIRGINIA H. FERRER P8, IGNORANCE OF THE LAW EXCUSES NO ONE BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P7, SERENDIPITY: A DREAM, A RETREAT AND ROTARY BY ERNIE DELFIN P 10, THE ICE BREAKER BY ZENA SULTANA BABAO P11, COMMUNITY NEWS, MACYS CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE HORSE 2014 P3, MCDONALD CHICKEN MCNUGGETS OLYMPICS ENJOY ANG LAHAT SA VICTORY NA TO P 12, LUNAR NEW YEAR 2014 AT BARONA JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 7 2014 P13, PORKY'S LECHON BARBECUE, BOBBY’S COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, NOWAK AESTHETICS,, PECHANGA LUNAR NEW YEAR TABLE GAME PROMOTION P 16, Community News, Asian Journal San Diego, JANUARY 24 2014 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, RFP ON CALL APPRAISAL AND GENERAL RIGHT OF WAY MANAGEMENT SERVICES P15, CLASSIFIED AD, Wanted Caregiver, LOWER YOUR NETS BY MSGR Gutierrez, ASIAN JOURNAL SAN DIEGO JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 6 2014 EDITION

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PHL economy grows 6.5% in Q4 despite calamities
PHL Rep. Pagdilao raises the bar on a shared vision of service as a Rotarian and a Congressman
Global Filipino
(Continued on page 2)
January 31-February 6, 2014
 
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January 31-February 6, 2014
(Continued on page 4)
Ben Maynigo
Msgr Gutierrez
Zena Babao
The Ice Breaker  .. p 10
(Continued on page 14)(Continued on page 10)
 Happy You/Lucky You .. p 8
(Continued on page 15)
Foreign, local experts tackle  Yolanda rehab plan
Father and Son, USN Retired: The Life Stories of Quintin Ramil, Sr. and Jr.
 SocialRadar: Revo-lution at the Planet of the Apps .. p
(Continued on page 7)
 Assassins sent to silence arrest-ed foreign drug traders – de Lima
PMA warns of worsening shortage of doctors
 
Couples for Christ members from San Diego and other parts of the West Coast gathered in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, January 25 for the Walk for Life Rally to call for an end to abortion in the country. (Photo provided by Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu.)
Walk for Life West Coast
GMA News | MANILA, 1/24/2014 -- Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said the Bu-reau of Immigration has been told to be on alert for hired assassins who are supposedly trying to enter the country to silence Canadian nationals arrested in raids earlier this month."If they try to enter through the usual ports of entry in the country, malamang hindi sila makakalusot. Mahaharang sila," she said on Friday.The Justice chief admit-ted, though, that the assassins could try to enter the country illegally. "Kung mag-back-door sila, mahihirapan tayo." NBI Director Virgilio Mendez said counterparts in By Mike Friald,Philstar.com | MANILA, 1/25/2014 - Some 200 scientists, engineers and experts from academe met last Wednesday to dis-cuss science-based rebuilding strategies on the rehabilitation  programs being undertaken in areas that Super Typhoon Yolanda had devastated.Hosting the forum at the Asian Institute of Manage-ment (AIM) in Makati were
the ofce of the Presidential
Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) and the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Manage-ment Foundation Inc. (OML Center).Breje van Wesenbeeck, an expert advisor on nature-
 based ood risk mitigation, discussed nature-based ood
defenses.Joseph D’Cruz, Asia-Pacif-ic Environment advisor of the United Nations Development
by Quint Ramil, Jr.
Chapter 17:
Lucky Year
 
After graduating from Ra-dioman “B” school I received orders to another school which was the prestigious Instructor School. This is one school I really enjoyed go-ing to. Going there gave me
the condence of standing in
front of large audiences and making presentations or shar-ing knowledge with the class.
Soon I became a full-edged
 Navy Instructor and was assigned to Radioman “A” School at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, California. We would be in the area for a long time so we purchased
by Genevieve Tagudin-Silverio
I
f Rotary District Governor Elect Samuel P. Pag-dilao, Jr. of Quezon City is any indication of the future leader-ship of the country, then as Filipinos we have much to look forward to as we continue to hope for the best for the Philip- pines.
His career is a feat in public service: First as the Chief of Police of the PNP in Metro Manila in the late 90s, and now as a party list Congress-man in the Philippine House of Representatives. Pagdilao stands tall against the politi-cal landscape as the representative of the Anti-Crime and Terrorism/Community Involvement and Service (ACT-CIS)  party in Congress. The party name makes one pause. After all, it presents the credentials of a former police chief who
knows the streets rst-hand. And not just any chief for that matter. He was named as one of the ten outstanding police-
men by the civic group Jaycees during a nation-wide search for the best cops when he was chief of police.It would probably have been enough for someone else to be happy with the award and call it a career. But the future held more promise for Pagdilao than trophies and accolades. It was a call from the Rotary Club that raised the bar shortly after the honor. As he recalled, his speech was about the importance of community involvement to foster peace and order. Pagdilao had plenty of time to think about accepting the invitation to be the guest speaker of a local chapter of Rotary International. After all as the Police Chief of the PNP for Metro Manila, he had his hands busy. But it was an open invitation to engage with people and advocate his program for the neighborhoods of Metro Manila. Furthermore, it’s not everyday that the police chief comes down to talk about keeping the neighborhoods safe. Ev-
 PHL Representative Samuel P. Pagdilao, Jr and his wife, Chay at Gold-ilocks National City
 by Sheila Crisostomo, Philstar.com | MANILA, 1/31/2014 - Doctors are in short supply.The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) said yes-terday the shortage is expect-ed to reach 930,000 when the country’s population reaches 100 million this year.In an interview, PMA  president Leo Olarte said the “internationally-suggested” ratio is one doctor per 100  population.The Philippines must therefore have one million doctors, given the population of 100 million.Olarte said the Philippines has only 70,000 “active” PMA members to serve some 100 million Filipinos.“The growth in our popula-tion should be complemented  by the increase in the number of doctors,” he said. “Our  population is expected to rise so the problem on the short-age of doctors will surely worsen.”The Commission on Popu-lation expects a population of 100 million by the third or last quarter of 2014.
Olarte said of some 130,000 licensed doctors, only 70,000 are still practicing.“Over the past 10 years, there were around 10,000 doctors who shifted to
 by Siegfried Alegado, GMA News | MANILA, 1/30/2014 -- Despite enduring a series of natural calamities in the later part of 2013, the economy managed to grow at a decent pace in the fourth quarter, with the full-year number also beating the gov-ernment's target. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Thursday reported that the gross do-mestic product (GDP) grew  by 6.5 percent in October to December, compared with the revised 6.9 percent in the third quarter.The latest GDP number  placed the full-year 2013 output growing by 7.2 percent  – still above government's growth goal of 6 to 7 percent and the fastest since 7.7 per-cent was recorded in 2009. The Philippine economy grew by 6.8 percent in 2012.The main drivers in the fourth quarter were services and manufacturing, National Statistician Carmelita Ericta
told reporters at a brieng.
As expected, killer Ty- phoon Yolanda, the strongest to hit land on record, curbed growth in the fourth quarter. The super typhoon barreled through Central Philippines on Nov. 8, cutting a wide swath of destruction and kill-ing at least 6,200 people.Growth "could have been higher" at around 7 to 7.3  percent if not for the typhoon, Socioeconomic Planning Sec-retary Arsenio Balisacan said
at the same brieng.
Still, there is a general sense of satisfaction from the government."Overall, the fourth quar-ter and full-year growth has surpassed the expectations of  both the public and private sectors," noted Balisacan, who is also National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General.Manufacturing grew by 12.3 percent in the fourth quarter, while services ex- panded by 6.5 percent in the  period, PSA data showed. Agriculture coughed up 1.1  percent. In a telephone interview
 
Page 2January 31-February 6, 2014 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com
(Continued on page 9)
PHL economy
(Continued from page 1)(Continued on page 6)
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
ofcers warning him that a brushre 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 reghters  battled a wildre, 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 reght-
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 ination 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 —Conicts, 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,
conicts, explosions and arguments,”
celebrity feng shui master Alion Yeo told Agence France-Presse (AFP).Feng shui—literally meaning “wind-
water”—is inuential in many parts of
Asia, where people adjust their lives and
even renovate ofces and homes based
on its edicts to maximize their luck and wealth.
Yeo said that conict in the new year could be dened by anything from
diplomatic tension to armed engage-
ment, particularly in the rst, fourth and
seventh lunar months—February, May and August.
Japan-China conflict
“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.
Economic prognosis
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 difculties 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
inuence 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 inuence 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
manger.”
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
 
Page 3 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.comJanuary 31-February 6, 2014
HERE’S TO A LUCKY PROSPEROUSAND VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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