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The Philippines is Still Waiting for TPS Designation
people were actually nailed to a cross as fulllment 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 sacrice of the penitents vowed that their wounds were miracu-
lously healed as soon as they swam in
On Good Fridays, many Filipinos observed the custom of “Visita Iglesia,” the practice of visiting as many churches as possible to reect 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 reect on the last moments of Jesus Christ and his sacrice 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 sacrice 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.
Law Ofces of Chua Tinsay & Vega
by Atty. Lilli A. Baculi
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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 benet, 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 Ofcial (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 benet 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 benet.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 ofces 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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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