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Asian Journal April 11, 2014 Edition

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5,500 Phl, US troops joining Balikatan next month
One day while at the Claims Ofce, our personnel ofcer was checking through my service records and when he saw my battery tests results, told me that I can qualify to be a member of MENSA. I never heard of it before until he told me that it is an elite organization founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society of bright people, the only qualication for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinc-tions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other’s company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.Curiosity got the better of me so I went to a local club in Claremont armed with my credentials. I met the host and he was very hospitable as he showed me around. I was so im- pressed with his yard that I took the lib-erty of checking out his backyard. There
were many fruit trees but the one that
stood out was the one I was admiring when he arrived and began telling me about his macadamia nut tree. I know what a macadamia nut is but I have Filipino skater Michael Martinez  bagged the gold medal in the senior’s division of the Triglav Trophy interna-tional gure skating competition Sunday in Jesenice, Slovenia.The 17-year-old Martinez beat out six other participants in the nal round –  posting 195.13 points and nishing rst in both the short program and the free skate.“I Thank God for this blessing- anoth-er gold medal in senior event,” Martinez  posted on his Facebook account.“It was actually difcult for all of us  because the 30 minutes practice sessions were scheduled a day before, and no more practices during the competition days. I’m very happy [I] made it to rst  place.”Filipino-American Samantha Cabiles, on the other hand, wounded up in sixth  place with 100.04 points in the junior ladies division, which was ruled by Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbayeva.Japan’s Keiji Tanaka and Ryuju Hino nished in second and third place, respectively with189.83 and 183.06
Great Britain’s Philip Harris came in fourth with 174.32 points while Korea’s June Hyoung Lee rounded out the top ve with 173.16 points.Austria’s Mario-Rafael Ionian came in sixth with 158.94 points followed by  Norway’s Sondre Oddvoll Boe, who tal-lied 146.27 points. -
 From Good News  Pilipinas
April 11-17, 2014
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In MemoriamMsgr. GutierrezDestinations
Four CL Areas as ASEAN  Heritage Park - p 16 The Life, Love and  Dreams of Emilio  Ruidera - p 13
Torn Between Two  Lovers - p 8
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Charice sings theme song in
new Sony animated lm
Martinez bags gure skating
gold in Slovenia’s Triglav Trophy
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 Holy Week Memories
Father and Son, USN Retired
The Life Stories of Quintin Ramil, Sr. & Jr.
 By Quintin R. Ramil, Jr 
Chapter 24Macadamia Nut Story
Penitensia, Senaculo, Siete Palabras and other Filipino traditions
“These days Jesus Christ’s sacrice is vividly depicted in Mel Gibson’s blockbuster lm, ‘The Passion of Jesus Christ’. Many are moved by Christ’s sufferings including Filipino Catholics who have been fully aware of them since childhood.”
Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.
 Publisher & Editor 
The San Diego Asian Journal 
The Original and First Asian Journal In America
San Diego, CaliforniaApril 10, 2004 Third in a series of three articles
On Good Fridays, some Filipinos all over the Philippines would fulll their religious vows by physically punishing or hurting themselves as a penance for
 Moriones Festival depicting the passion of Jesus Christ 
their sins. Others would do so in grati-tude to God for fullling their wishes; like the time when they vowed to God that if He would heal their sick child, they would undertake such a sacrice on Good Fridays, The Good Friday sacrice or “Pen-itensiya (penitents)” was done in various ways. Many would walk half-naked in the street as they struck their backs with small branches of trees for hours till  blood would cover their body.When I was in the province of Marin-duque for a Holy Week vacation with a friend. I witnessed some people cutting the skin at the back of the penitents with a razor blade so that blood could easily ooze out when the back is struck with a whip. Others would carry a wooden cross for miles in the heat of the sun. In an ironic way, some people avoided much suffering by putting wheels at the end of their wooden cross. The most notorious Good Friday spectacles were staged in towns of San Fernando, Pampanga and Angono, Rizal where
By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star)
MANILA, Philippines - Amid the territorial row over the West Philippine Sea, the Balikatan exercises between the Philippines and the United States will start on May 5.Lt. Annaleah Cazcarro, public affairs ofcer for the exercise, said around 3,000 Filipino soldiers and 2,500 US
military personnel would join the drills
to be held in various sites nationwide.“Balikatan is a long-standing military activity between the US and Philip- pine militaries. This year’s Balikatan strengthens the relationship between the two countries. They learn from us and we learn from them,” she told reporters
Cazcarro said the exercises have noth-ing to do with the dispute over the West Philippine Sea. “Balikatan has been  planned before. They have no relation-ship,” she said.Balikatan 2014, the 30th iteration of the bilateral exercise, will be held until May 16 and will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response.A maritime surveillance equipment demonstration will be conducted at the  Naval Education and Training Com-mand in San Antonio, Zambales.Drills will also be held at Fort Mag-saysay in Nueva Ecija, Clark Air Base in Pampanga, Marine Base Ternate in Cavite and Crow Valley in Tarlac.Participating troops will also hold humanitarian assistance and disaster re-sponse staff exercises in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.Cazcarro said development projects would also be conducted in Legazpi City and in Tacloban City.
Greater access
Meanwhile, talks on a proposed deal granting American troops greater access to military bases in the country resume
The 8th round of talks on enhanced defense cooperation will be held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City for two days. The negotiations will resume as the government prepares for the April 27 visit of US President Barack Obama.It will be the rst meeting of the two  panels since the Philippines led a written argument to the United Nations arbitral tribunal hearing its case against China for the latter’s excessive territo-rial claims.The Philippines and the US have agreed to strengthen their defense ties amid China’s aggressive acts in the West Philippine Sea.Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino, chairman of the Philippine  panel, said they are looking forward to “productive discussions” with their US counterparts.He stressed the “vital importance” of increasing capabilities to respond to natural and man-made calamities.“Calamities such as Typhoon Yolanda as well as the ongoing search for the Malaysia Airlines plane underscore that friendly armed forces are in a unique and crucial position to provide timely responses in these events,” Batino said Filipino international singer Charice is the featured artist in Sony Pictures animated lm “The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale.” original soundtrack.The franchise’s latest sequel, which was recently released on DVD and Blu Ray, features her rendition of the theme song “Right Where I Belong.”“They wanted me to sing the song. So, everything was okay, and then I came out. Nagulantang ang lahat,” the 21-year-old said.However, the lm ofcials decided to keep her part of the project.Charice expressed,”’Yun, na-touch ako. Kasi siyempre kinabahan ako, especially this is animation, para sa kids ito.”She also admitted to being moved by the reception she got from foreign media upon her arrival in the US a few days ago. “Kasi for them talagang I’m an art-ist. ’Di kailangang i-point na ‘Oh, she’s gay’ or whatever.”Charice was one of the headliners in the recent benet concert for typhoon “Yolanda” survivors in New York, along with “AI” alums Jessica Sanchez and Jennifer Hudson.In August, she is set to headline a mu-sic festival that includes Aaron Carter, Belinda Carlisle and Mary Lambert among other performers.Charice is also embarking on her rst solo world concert tour amid plans of recording two separate albums; one for release in the Philippines, the other in the US.“A lot of people are telling me that I’m still young but I’m not getting any younger. Now, masaya ako,” Charice said, adding that she’d rather not distract herself with “personal issues or anu-mang issues sa ibang tao.”She quipped, “I just want to work hard, work for my future.” -
 From Good  News Pilipinas
By TJ BurgonioPhilippine Daily Inquirer
MT. SAMAT, Bataan—President Aquino on Wednesday hailed Marine soldiers for protecting the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea as he
led military rites to pay tribute to the
Filipino war veterans.Speaking at the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), marked in honor of World War II veterans, the President ac-knowledged the Marines for their “dedi-cation” in safeguarding the Ayungin Shoal, which is claimed by China.“Day and night, on board the stranded BRP Sierra Madre, their dedication was
 Ayungin Shoal defenders hailed
anchored on keeping watch over and safeguarding our territory. This is why, together with our veterans, soldiers like them are among those we honor today. The Filipino nation salutes all of you,” he said, drawing applause.Aquino reminded Filipinos about the “gravity of sacrice” by the Marines— their world revolving around the sea for ve months, with “almost no communi-cation” with their families.“There were even times when the sup- plies and food they needed were blocked from reaching them,” he said, referring to the March 29 incident when a Chinese Coast Guard ship tried to block a resup-
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Penitensia, Senaculo, Siete Palabras and other Filipino traditions
The Philippines is Still Waiting for TPS Designation
 people were actually nailed to a cross as fulllment of their religious vows!
Solemn Good Friday
People were supposed to observe solemnity on Good Fridays. Television stations and movie theaters only showed religious programs or movies. Some were closed the entire day. Hence, on Good Fridays, people never got tired of watching such religious classics like “The Ten Commandments,” “Ben Hur,” “Marcelino Pan Y Vino,” “Sta. Rita de Casia,” “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” “The Bible,” and others. Old folks discouraged the young from undergoing long trips or travel on Good Fridays lest they would meet an accident. We young kids were told not to climb trees for we
would fall from it.
We were also discouraged from swim-ming in the river because according to the barrio folks, the river was full of  blood of Jesus Christ. People who par-ticipated in the sacrice of the penitents vowed that their wounds were miracu-
lously healed as soon as they swam in
the river.
Visita Iglesia
On Good Fridays, many Filipinos observed the custom of “Visita Iglesia,” the practice of visiting as many churches as possible to reect on the death of Jesus Christ. In accordance with the teachings in the Bible, people were not allowed to eat meat on Good Fridays. One of my aunts in the province used to  buy a sack of fresh oysters in the nearby Hagonoy town of Bulacan as part of the Good Friday lunch feast of our clan, which we ate under a star apple tree outside the house, picnic style.As early as ten o’clock in the morn-ing on Good Fridays, we would start listening to the “Siete Palabras (Seven Words)” on the radio. It is a narration of the last moments of Jesus Christ, high-lighted by the seven last words before he died. Every one of us knew this story  by heart, but we listened to it on Good Fridays to reect on the last moments of Jesus Christ and his sacrice for us. By three o’clock in the afternoon, the exact hour of his death, Jesus Christ would utter his last words: “Ama ko, naganap na ang lahat (My father, everything is done!)!”These days Jesus Christ’s sacrice is vividly depicted in Mel Gibson’s  blockbuster lm, “The Passion of Jesus Christ”. Many are moved by Christ’s sufferings including Filipino Catholics who have been fully aware of them since childhood.
God is dead
 From this time to the rest of the
afternoon, it usually got to be boring for us kids for we were prevented from  playing and having fun “because God is dead!” From the time Christ died up to his rebirth on Easter Sunday, his images in all churches would be covered with a violet veil. In the evening of Good Friday, we would watch the “Senaculo,”
the passion play of the life of Jesus Christ performed by town people in the
town plaza.Holy Week would end joyously on Easter Sunday when Christ would come to life again. In the early morning of that day, the ritual of “salubong” would  be held. The image of the Virgin Mary, with a black veil covering her face and head, would be taken out of the church, followed by a procession of women with lighted candles. The image of Jesus Christ depicting his rebirth would also  be taken out followed by a procession of men. It would take the route opposite that of the Virgin Mary. At a designated  place in one part of the town, the two would meet, and an angel or a dove would remove the veil of the Virgin Mary to signify the end of her mourning and the two images would go back to the Church together. A little girl sitting on a chair suspended from an arch usu-ally played the “angel”. If a dove was used, it was tied to a long stick used to scoop the veil of the Virgin Mary.Easter Sunday, my mother always insisted, was Christmas day, because Christ was born again. It is called “Pasko ng Pagkabuhay (Christmas Rebirth). That meant all of our family members should be at our parents’ home in Quezon City to share the Sunday lunch. We do not get any Christmas gifts though, probably because gift giving once a year maybe more than enough for my dearly beloved mother. -
On November 21, 2013, the Filipino Temporary Protected Status Act of 2013 (H.R. 3602) was introduced in the House of Representatives. The Philip- pines formally requested the United States government to designate the country under “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS) on December 16, 2013, and on January 9, 2014 the bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Immi-gration and Border Security. On March 26, 2014, members of Congress pleaded with the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to approve the des-ignation of the Philippines under TPS. A temporary protected status (TPS) designation would provide temporary immigration relief to people from coun-tries devastated by natural disasters, like Typhoon Yolanda, which swept through the Philippines and caused at least 6,000 deaths and billions of Pesos in damages for the Philippines in late November 2013.
Legal Buzz 
 Law Ofces of Chua Tinsay & Vega
by Atty. Lilli A. Baculi
 Read Atty. Baculi’s previous articles by visiting our website at www.asianjournalusa.com
A TPS designation for the Philip- pines under H.R. 3602 would provide 18-month temporary protected status for a national of the Philippines who: has  been continuously physically present in the United States since November 8, 2013, is admissible as an immigrant and not ineligible for temporary protected status, and registers for temporary  protected status in a manner that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall
To be clear: the United States has not yet granted TPS for the Philippines. Meanwhile, Filipino nationals affected  by typhoon Haiyan may be eligible for certain immigration relief measures that are available now. When requested, the following options may be available to  people affected by natural catastrophes and other extreme situations:Extensions & Changes of StatusUSCIS recognizes that when affected  by a disaster an individual may, through no fault of his/her own, fall out of status. When applying for an extension or change in status due to a disaster, USCIS may consider an individual’s request if s/he shows how it is directly connected to the disaster.Fee Waiver 
If you are unable to pay the fee for
a USCIS service or benet, you may request that your fee be waived for certain forms by ling a Request for Fee Waiver.Employment AuthorizationAs an academic student, you may need to work off-campus if a disaster has affected your ability to support yourself. The disaster may occur in the United States and prevent you from working on-campus or the disaster may occur overseas and affect your eco-nomic support. If you can demonstrate that you are from an affected country or region and you have been recom-mended for such employment by the Designated School Ofcial (DSO), you may be eligible to receive employment authorization.Document ReplacementIf you have lost your USCIS-issued documents through no fault of your own, you may show your need for replacing the documents, such as replac-ing a Green Card; form I-94; or Employ-ment Authorization Document.Abandonment or Failure to Respond to a Request for EvidenceIf you have not appeared for an inter-view or submitted evidence, you may show how the disrupting event affected your connection to USCIS and your ability to appear or submit documents as required.Expedited ProcessingIf you need USCIS to consider your request for a service or benet more quickly, you may make that request when ling or after you le.As previously stated, no law or Policy
Memorandum has yet been passed
granting Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines. Individuals should be wary of notarios and such who are not licensed to practice law, who will “help” to le for a TPS application or any other application. It is important to consult with an experienced, competent, and licensed immigration attorney to explore your immigration options and possible legal risks before applying for any im-migration benet.Atty. Lilli A. Baculi is an associate at-torney with Chua Tinsay & Vega, A Pro-fessional Legal Corporation (CTV) - a full service law rm with ofces in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Philippines. The information presented in this article is for general informa-tion 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 (619) 955-6277; (415) 495-8088; (916) 509-7280; lbaculi@ctvattys.com.
Pinoy kids win 16 medals in Romania Math competition
Elementary and high school students from the Philippines bagged 16 medals and awards at a recently held math com- petition in Romania.Filipino students won three gold medals, three silver medals, one bronze
medal and an honorable mention in the
individual contest of the 17th Clock Tower School International Mathemat-ics Contest held from March 20 to 23 in Valcea, Romania.In the Blitz round, the Filipinos won three second places, two third places and three honorable mentions, according to Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG) president Dr. Simon Chua.“We are very proud that all our eight Filipino contestants won in the competi-tion,” Chua said in a statement released
The Philippines’ gold medalists in the contest include Dion Stephan Ong of Ateneo de Manila University Grade School, William Joshua King of Betha-ny Christian School and Jinger Chong of St. Jude Catholic School.Silver medalists, on the other hand, include Gen Mark Tanno of Southville International School and Colleges, Eion  Nikolai Chua of MGC New Life Chris-tian Academy and Stefan Marcus Ong of
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