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and there was a slight drizzle outside.
"May bagyo dito (There is a typhoon here)," she commented.Typhoon? I muttered to myself incredulously. In the Philippines, it is not a typhoon but just a drizzle passing through.In the Philippines, typhoons, the equatorial equivalent of hurricanes, are so strong that every year they cause
massive oods both in the city and the
countryside, oftentimes sweeping away homes and drowning people. Occa-
sionally, city streets would be ooded
knee-deep that vehicles, especially the passenger jeepneys, would not be able to pass through several areas. Com-muters would be forced to walk many kilometers to their home. Classes and work are suspended more often than not.
In the fties, when television broadcast
was not yet common, we would wait to hear the strong siren coming from a San Miguel Ice Plant across the Pasig River to know the intensity of the oncoming typhoon. The siren could be heard many kilometers away.Later on, the typhoons would be clas-
sied from signal number one to signal
number three. Signal number three would mean automatic suspension of classes. In Southern California, suspen-sion of classes due to rain is unheard of.I remember when I went to class as a
rst grader in 1954 during a typhoon.
Because only few pupils were in atten-dance, the regular lesson was suspended and our teacher asked us to draw one hundred apples instead as we await our time to be dismissed during recess pe-riod. I got excited because those were a lot of apples to draw. But I realized then that I was not that bright when I con-sumed several sheets of paper drawing the one hundred apples. The girl seated beside me used only one sheet of paper because she drew the apples smaller.
Sixty-mile-per-hour winds would be common in the Philippines. Rains would last for days, with trees swaying and falling on the streets while galvanized
iron sheets that make many houses' roof-tops would ap incessantly until they
become loose and are blown away.In the countryside, the onset of rain would force people to put bamboo braces around their nipa hut homes as reinforcement against the expected strong winds.One of my most memorable experi-ences as a city kid was when I hap- pened to be visiting with relatives in the province one rainy day. I was invited to join a group of boys my age to gather
sh, crabs and frogs in the rice elds.
Under heavy rain, we would insert our hand inside the holes along the embank-
ment that surrounded the rice elds, and
more often than not, we would catch our prey. Sometimes, we would pull out a small snake which we would frantically discard. For every opportunity, danger lurked.Sometimes, the typhoon would last for days causing a citywide brownout. We would get stuck inside our house unable to go to school or work. Because nobody could go to the marketplace, we would open our stashes of canned foods like salmon, corned beef and sardines.Another common dish during the rainy season in the Philippines are mongo beans which are easily stored for such emergency situations. Without electricity, we could not watch televi-sion and would while away our time playing dominos, scrabble, monopoly or mahjong . But there were other unusual lessons to be learned when school was
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Rain, rain go away!
By: Dennis E. Chua, Esq.
The minor children of beneciaries
petitioned by their US citizen parents, siblings or employers may be able to
immigrate with the principal bene-
ciaries once the priority dates of their immigrant petitions become current. However in a lot of situations, these
principal beneciaries are not ready to
bring their minor children with them to the United States all at the same time. The minor children are thus left behind
till the principal beneciaries are able to
adjust and establish a life for themselves in the United States. A common mistake being made by
these principal beneciaries when they
are ready to bring their minor children to the United States is that new and separate immigrant petitions are being
led by these principal beneciaries for
their minor children. This has resulted in unnecessary expenses and consider-able delays in bringing the children to the United States due to long processing times and visa availabilities. Worse, some of them may have to wait longer because they would have aged out by the time the priority dates becomes current.
Instead of ling new and separate
petitions for these minor children,
a request for derivative beneciary
registration should have been done
with the appropriate consular ofce
or National Visa Center. This would
have saved the principal beneciaries
unnecessary expenses by doing away
with the immigrant petition ling fees.
More importantly, it allows the principal
beneciaries to be reunited with their
minor children for a much shorter period of time. In most situations, derivative minor children can get their immigrant visas in about four to six months from the time the request for derivative ben-
eciary registration is led with the US
Embassy.To illustrate this situation, we take the case of Maribel. Maribel was petitioned by her US citizen mother. At the time the petition became current, Maribel was still single but she had three minor children ages 18, 15, 12. Maribel then decided to immigrate to the United States by herself as she would like to
look for work rst so that she could sup-
port her children and get a place of her own once her children follow her to the United States. A year and a half later, Maribel is ready to bring her children over to the United States. She can now
le a Request for Derivative Beneciary
Registration with the US Embassy in Manila so that her children could get their immigrant visas.
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 information 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
Minor Children May Be Able to Immigrate Faster as Derivative
out.One time, when my grandfather, who was an expert gambler, visited during such weather, we caught him cheating as we played mahjong. He would just shrug his shoulder and simply explain that he did so to teach us a lesson on how to play the game well. One of the most damaging typhoons that hit the
Philippines occurred in the late fties.
There were hundreds of hastily built shanties along a river in Caloocan City
that was swept by oods drowning
hundreds of people. Dead bodies where found scattered in the area afterwards. I remember visiting a funeral parlor with dozens of caskets, with dead bodies in them. Two were distant relatives of ours.
In the downtown area of the Quiapo district in Manila, some parts of the
sidewalks would be ooded. Enterpris-
ing men would put a plank of wood
across the ooded portion for people to
walk on and avoid getting wet, for a fee of ten cents each, of course.One has to be careful wading in the
ood. There are many open manholes
beneath the murky water, causing some to fall in and fracture their legs. The steel covers of these manholes are easily stolen and sold as scrap iron.After living in the United States for years, I often miss the days and eve-nings in the Philippines when we could hear the heavy pelting of rains on our rooftops as well as the lashing sound of strong winds swaying the trees and hit-ting our closed windows. Tucked in our blankets, it was exciting to sleep under such conditions, sensing some imminent danger in the cold air around.I got the chance to relive the same ex- perience when I visited the Philippines six years ago. I stayed in a small hotel near our house in Quezon City since our house was full of other family members visiting from abroad. I was awakened at about two in the morning by the strong winds and heavy rains outside as a very strong typhoon hit the city. Contrary to what I expected, however, I felt hot and humid inside the room. Maybe it was because I was no longer used to the weather in the country of my birth after living for years in the U.S. Another reason was the drastic change of the weather conditions worldwide since the Mount Pinatubo eruption, making the temperature a lot higher compared to the time of my youth. With no air conditioning because of the brown out, I could not sleep and enjoy the moment I was often dreaming about while in the States. Instead I went downstairs to chat with the front desk clerks and security guards. Finally, I decided to go back to my room, open the windows to let the cool air in with the spray of rain and strong winds. I just let the room get wet, preferring to pay for the damages my act would cost (since the mighty dollar goes a long way in Philippines) rather than miss the chance of enjoying the experi-ence I had been longing for.The poem "rain, rain, go away, come again, another day," is perhaps one of the few poems my mother taught me that I would not be able to teach my children and my future grandchildren as they grow up here in the United States. Over here in Southern California where only a few inches of rains fall say about 20 days a year, rains are welcomed and even encouraged like manna falling from heaven! – AJ
(Postcript: This article was written in 2008. In 2013, the strongest typhoon in history, Yolanda, hit Central Philip- pines, killing thousands of people. In San Diego where I live, continuous rain poured last week.)
By Michael Josh Villanueva, Rappler.com | MANILA, 3/7/2014 — Google Philippines is looking for a new country manager following the departure of Narciso Reyes last January.
Reyes was named Google’s rst coun-
try manager for the Philippines when it launched in January 2013. He joined Google in 2012 as Philippine Head of Sales. In a statement sent to Rappler,
Google Philippines conrmed the news
saying Reyes "decided to leave Google to pursue other opportunities."On February 27, a job listing for “Country Manager, Philippines” was
posted on Google's job site. The sales
and account management position includes managing Philippine opera-tions and overseeing the development and execution of the overall Philippine strategy.Malaysia Country Head Sajith Si-vanandan steps in temporarily. Google says, "The Philippine team will continue to focus on empowering Filipino users and businesses of all sizes." — Rappler.com
Google Philippines looking for new country manager