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Asian Journal July 11, 2008 print edition. Visit us at www.asianjournalusa.com or email asianjournal@aol.com
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 By Des Ferriols PhilStar. 07/09/08
The peso continued toweaken against the dollar yes-terday, closing near the 46 to$1 level at 45.870 as buyinginterest in the peso was under-mined by concerns about highoil prices and the global creditcrisis.The peso opened at 45.65to $1, higher than its previousclose of 45.72 to the dollar.But the level was not sus-tained throughout the day andthe currency ended up yield-ing more ground to close at itslowest level since Sept. 8 lastyear. Yesterday’s close was 15centavos lower than Monday’sclose of 45.720 to $1.“The bullish sentiment (onthe dollar versus the peso) isstill intact, it seems a test of 
the 46 level is just around the cor-
Peso continues slide, nears 46-to-$1
 Adaza nabbedfor plotting coup
 By Cecille Suerte Felipe PhilStar, 0703/08
Police have taken intocustody lawyer Homobono
Adaza and ve former policeand military ofcers for alleg
-edly planning to stage another coup d’etat against PresidentArroyo.Sources told The STAR that Adaza, along with former  police Superintendent RafaelCardeño and four former 
military ofcers, would be presented
Dreams fromour fathers
 By Wilson Lee Flores PhilStar, 07/05/08
Sometimes the poorest manleaves his children the richest inheritance. — Ruth E. Renkel 
(Continued on page 19)(Continued on page 23)
Honor thy father and thymother: that thy days may belong upon the land which theLord thy God giveth thee. — Ten Commandments, Exodus20: 12
(Continued on page 6)
Snapshot of Philippine Life
“Trisikad” driver counts his earnings while waiting for his turn to pick up passengers. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin.
Ilocos Treasures... And Empanadas!
A recent tripto Ilocos
rumors Ihad heardof deliciousfood, warm-hearted,hospitable people, andmajestictourist at-tractions.
See page 2
 A church in Vigan Newly crowned WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao em-braces his daughter Princess at the Ninoy Aquino International Air- port recently while sons Jimwell and Emmanuel Jr. look on. Photo by RUDY SANTOS 
 By Joaquin HensonSunday, July 6, 2008
In a masterful displayof ring superiority, MannyPacquiao stamped his class asthe world’s best pound-for-
 pound ghter as he annexed
the WBC Lightweight crownvia a convincing ninth-roundknockout over David Diazat the Mandalay Bay EventsCenter in Las Vegas lastweekend.The feat earned for theFilipino icon the distinction
of being the rst and only
Asian to win four world titlesin different divisions. He had previously captured the WBCFlyweight, IBF Super 
Pacquiao makeshistory in Vegas
(Continued on page 9)
 Baywalk Sunset in Cebu City. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin.
Beautiful Philippines
 By Ricky Lo Philstar, 0706/08
Yes, it’s true: Judy AnnSantos and Ryan Agoncilloare engaged but they haven’treally set a date yet for their wedding (even if showbiz-watchers are speculating thatit would be on Nov. 5 thisyear).“When Juday told meabout it,” Judy Ann’s momCarol told Startalk yesterday,“I was a bit shocked even if Iwas expecting it already. Af-ter all, she’s already of age.But I still wished that theywaited for some time to re-ally get to know each other.”Europe for shows, but theyagain left, this time for Pariswhere Juday will grace thescreening of Ploning whichshe herself produced andstars in and which is one of 
the 40-plus Filipino lms in
the Paris International FilmFestival which is honoring
Filipino lms this year.
“All I reminded Ryanwas not to hurt Juday,”added Mommy Carol half- jokingly. “Otherwise, lagotsiya sa akin.”Asked if it’s okay with
her if Juday’s father, from
Juday, 30, and Ryan, 29,came back home last week after almost one month in
 Ryan Agoncillo and Judy AnnSantos
Juday & Ryan engagedbut no wedding date set
(Continued on page 13)
It’s nice to nd
out that thereason we arecalled “Fili- pinos” wasnot greed or religion, butsomething lessimpressive:one man’scowardice.
See page 3
Gossip from a colonial grapevine
Carmen Guerrero Nakpil
 First Mass in Limasawa
Chocolate Hills of Bohol look delicious, butthey’re actually the jewel of the Philippines
Bohol is now another popu-lar tourist destination with its
rst class beaches and resorts.
The Chocolate Hills in Car-men is one of the Philippinesnatural wonders and this year,it is in the top ten candidatesfor nature’s world wonder. Itis Bohol’s most famous touristattraction.
See page 20
 Henry Sy, Sr. of SM Group
July 11 - 17, 2008
Genny Silverio
F. Sionil Jose
 Letter fromTokyo part 2
 Sumpa ni Yasmien,‘vegetarian ako’ 
 Living withnature
Page 2July 11 - 17, 2008 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com
 By Catherine Jones Philstar, 06/29/08
A recent trip to Ilocos con-
rmed rumors I had heard of delicious food, warm-hearted,hospitable people, and majestictourist attractions. I usually don’ttravel on my husband’s ofcialtrips (he’s the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy), but I could not pass on this one – even if it meant holding fast tohis whirlwind itinerary. I wantedto see the ancient sights of theIlocos region and to experiencethe renowned empanadas of Vigan.After landing in Laoag, Pauland I had a brief comfort stop at
IlocosTreasures... And Empanadas!
our hotel, Fort Ilocandia Re
sort. Within minutes of walk 
ing through the lobby, I knewI was in Marcos country. TheVersailles-esque fountains and patina lawn statues coupledwith a paparazzi-photo gal
lery – including images of theMarcoses saddled beside FidelCastro, Moamar Kadha, RonaldReagan, Margot Fontaine, andassorted royalty – screamedImelda. In fact, the red brick majestic villa was built to houseguests at Irene Marcos’s wed
ding in 1983. The hotel was later converted into a highly prot
able gambling mecca, catering toKorean and Taiwanese tourists.For the moment, the gamblinghas dissipated, but lucky for us,the luxurious suites remain.Lunch was hosted by LaoagCity Mayor Michael Fariñasand his charming wife Chevylle,along with other politicos fromthe Fariñas clan. A quick glanceat the buffet hinted good thingsin store from the fabulous Ilocosfood repertoire. The stewed mildgreen peppers stole the show,though the grilled longganisamade from “good pork from lo
cal pigs” infused with garlic, Ilo
cano vinegar, and secret spiceswere a close second. I mustadmit too, that I took seconds of the bagnet, a yin-yang delicacyof crisp yet succulent pork.From the mayor’s ofce, myhusband and I parted ways. Hemet with Ferdinand Marcos’snephew, Governor Michael Mar 
cos Keon, and presented a CrimeScene Investigation Kit to theLaoag police force.I took a cultural tour thatincluded two diametricallyopposed attractions. First, theMuseo Gameng Ilocos Norte,a newly-build cultural museumconverted from an old tabacal
era warehouse of the Spanishera. It contains a varied collec
tion of archeological relics andartifacts from around the regionand offers a glimpse of simple provincial Ilocano life. Sec
ond, Malacañang of the North,showcasing the spoils of the rich.Built in 1976, this once-glamor 
ous dwelling iswhere former President Mar 
cos sailed andwater-skied onLake Paoay,and playedgolf on a private 18-holegolf course.The home (a60th birthday present to the president fromhis wife) wasintended as aretirement resi
dence; how
ever, historytook its course,and the museum opened to the public in 1986. Apparently, thetattered furnishings are original,as are the tarnished golf trophiesfrom John Hay Recreation Cen
ter (1978), which sit behind theformer president’s old desk.Paul and I reunited at the St.Williams Cathedral, famous for its remarkable Italian Renais
sance design and sinking BellTower close by. To end the day,we paid our respects to BishopSergio Lasam Utleg, who arrivedin Laoag from Baguio in 2000,then after a deafening drum rollintroduction,Paul addressed
listeners on
dzVR BomboRadyo. Wedined atEagle’s NestRestaurantwith four American war 
dens and their wives, resi
dent ex-patswho act as anextension of the AmericanCitizen Ser 
vices Ofce inManila.The fol
lowing morning, Paoay Church(St. Augustine Church) was therst stop on our program. ThisUNESCO World Heritage Site, built in 17th century Gothic-Baroque-Oriental style, wasconstructed from coral stonesand bricks sealed with hard limemortar. Its 24 immense buttress
es, anking both sides, render it virtually indestructible. The bell tower, a viewpoint duringthe Spanish Revolution and theJapanese occupation of WWII, isworth a climb for the panoramicview.At Batac’s Mariano MarcosMemorial State University andAmerican Studies ResourceCenter, Dr. Miriam Pascua, theuniversity’s impressive presi
dent, led a forum on “RP-US Re
lations.” In the Q&A session thatfollowed, U.S. visas and nursing boards were – not surprisingly – hot topics of discussion, but thestudents also showed a refresh
ing enthusiasm and commitmentto their futures.After driving for an hour alongtobacco-and-corn-eld-linedroads, we nally reached thearchitectural legacy of the Span
iards, the town of Vigan. Thecolonial homes and calesas took me back in time. Vice Mayor Francisco Ranches and Governor Deogracias Savallano greeted usat the Vigan Culture and TradeCenter, and honored us with afestive luncheon with city coun
cilors and the provincial board.Remarks at the event focusedon Vigan’s future as a touristdestination, with plans underwayto preserve history, while simul
taneously accommodating thegrowing number of tourists.Vigan Cathedral, rst built byJuan de Salcedo in 1574, show
cased a magnicent collectionof silver panels. The carved Fudogs atop pilasters are a testa
ment to the city’s strong Chineseinuence. And, speaking of Chinese heritage, we proceededto the famous Pagburnayan fac
tory (Ruby Jar Factory), wheremaster potter Mr. Go was busy atwork. As his nimble hands trans
formed a dense slab of brownclay into a perfect pot, Go ex
 plained how he trains teachers inan effort to preserve this ancientcraft. He still makes between120 and 150 pots per day, whichare used to store water, vinegar, bagoong, and rice wine.An excursion to ElpidioQuirino’s Syquia House, with atour by his charismatic grandson,Eddie Quirino, was most no
table. This beautifully-preservedancestral home of Doña AliciaSyquia-Quirino, wife of the ninth president of the Philippines, isa must-see to understand the es
sence of Spanish colonial life.The Camangaan HandloomWeaving Center was my formalintroduction to abel, a beauti
ful hand-woven fabric, that wasonce an export of the galleontrade. We watched a troupe of  bare-footed women toil behindtheir looms to create yards of cotton fabrics, which are madeinto artful shawls, placemats,table runners, and other things.I had no idea what to expect atthe Hidden Gardens in BarangayBulala. The name intrigued me, but the owner’s story fascinatedme even more. Francis Flores, a bouncy man in his mid-forties,greeted us at the gate and led usdown his enchanted garden path.When we strolled past a hun
dred-year-old bamboo cluster hesaid, “Stop...listen to the soundof the bamboo when the wind blows.” The whistle-like, creak 
(Continued on page 6)
Page 3 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.comJuly 11 - 17, 2008
 ROSES & THORNS  By Alejandro R. Roces Philstar, 07/01/08
(First of two parts)
“Before the beginning had begun; before mountains be-came mountains; Basques were Basques.”
 — Traditional BasqueSayingWe are a nation of culture andlanguages; having over 1 00different dialects with accom- panying differences in customsand social mores. Within MetroManila alone, we can see in places such as Greenhills Mall
The Basques’contributions tothe Philippines
in Ortigas different religions(Muslim and Christian) livingside by side. Much like the waveof nouvelle cuisine, we are a fu-sion nation.There is a social and ethnicgroup in the Philippines that feware aware of: the Basques. Wehave long seen them as Kastilas,failing to differentiate betweenBasques and Spanish. But letthere be nomistake, theBasques aretheir own people, withtheir ownlanguage (Eu-skera), their own archi-tecture, their own mythsand culture.The BasqueCountryoperates as anAutonomousRegion northof Spain,complete withits own gov-ernment.From the
very rst
Spanish voy-age to thePhilippinesled by Magel-lan they werehere. JuanSebastian El-
cano, the rst
to circum-navigate theworld, was a Basque from the province of Guipuzcoa. Most of the crews in that expedition wereBasque; as was the case withsubsequent voyages. In 1565,the Urdaneta-Legazpi expedi-tion arrived; both of whom wereBasque. A good number of our Governor-generals were Basque,including Luis Lardizabal whoset up the province of NuevaVizcaya (named in honor of theBasque province, Biscay) andSimon Anda de Salazar, whowas called by noted Philippinehistorian Eulogio Rodriguez asone of the best governor-generalsin our history. Today, many of the largest and most successfulcompanies are Filipino-Basqueowned or were founded by
Basques. From Elcano rst com
-ing to the Philippines to the timewhen Urdaneta and Legazpi setinto motion the evangelizationand development of the country,we may have been a Spanishterritory but we were a Basquenation.It is readily apparent from place names to family namesthe effect the Basques had onthe country. Basques from theBasque Country created thePhilippines, but what many donot know is that a Basque familyfrom the Philippines helped cre-ate the modern Basque state. Weare sure everyone has noticed thecelebration of the 5th Centenaryof Friar Andres de Urdanetawhich is going on this year. ThePhilippine celebration was actu-ally initiated through the effortsof Antonio M. de Ynchaustiand organized together with the National Commission on Cultureand the Arts, the AugustinianProvince of Sto. Niño de Cebu,Instituto Cervantes, Universityof San Carlos and San AgustinMuseum.
 Early European explorers By Carmen Guerrero Nakpil  Philstar, June 29, 2008
It’s nice to nd out that the
reason we are called “Filipinos”was not greed or religion, butsomething less impressive: oneman’s cowardice. Self-respect-
Gossip from acolonial grapevine
 A Lapu Lapu monument in the Philippines
ing nations in our region haveappropriately ethnic names likeThai, Malays or Indonesians.But we have been tarred with asobriquet — “Filipinos” — thatmakes strangers think we must be a rock band from Costa Rica.The name of the culprit wasRuy Lopez de Villalobos. (Hiscrime is still recorded on thesignposts that bear his name ona street in Quiapo.) He was a
government ofcial who, like
our modern mediocrities, triedto make up for his failures bycurrying favor with the offspringof his principals. (Think of congressmen and Rep. MikeyArroyo).Villalobos took off from Navidad, Mexico in November 
1542, with ofcial instructions
to colonize, Christianize and setup trade with the Western Islands
in the Pacic. His was a mis
-sion unaccomplished. He did seesome islands on the navigationalcharts that looked familiar. Butwait a minute: Wasn’t that whereMagallanes was slaughtered bytreacherous native savages twodecades earlier? He turned tailand took it upon himself to givethe islands that someone else(Magellan) had found, and stillsomeone else (Legaspi) wouldlater conquer the name “Filipi-nas” in honor of the SpanishCrown Prince.Don Felipe became Philip II,who inherited from his father,King Carlos(or Charles),an empire “onwhich the sunnever set.” (Itwas the Span-iards, not theEnglish, whocoined that du- bious, vainglo-rious phrase.)It includedHapsburgGermany, theFrench Comte,Milan, Naples,Sicily, Spainwith its colo-nies in North, Central and SouthAmerica, and our archipelago inthe China Sea.
Our country was rst named
“St. Lazarus” by Magellan, andrenamed later “Nueva Castilla” by Legaspi, but Villalobos’s cra-ven choice, “Filipinas,” stuck inthe minds of the Spanish court.What was Don Felipe, Philip II,our namesake, like?In this youth, he was describedas, “slender, elegant and good-looking.” After all, he was thegrandson of the smashinglyhandsome Philip I, a.k.a. Felipeel Hermoso, who was so gor-geous that when he died sudden-ly at age 28, his besotted queen,Juana, went out of her mind andwas forever afterwards called“Juana La Loca.” Historians liketo say that she refused to havehis cadaver taken from her bed-side and kept him there unburied“for years.” (But surely the courtmust have embalmed him whileshe slept?)A side story to this royal insan-ity is that when Magellan bap-tized Humabon’s wife in Cebuin 1521, he gave the “Queen of Cebu” the name of “Juana” inhonor of the unfortunate grand-mother of Philip II, Juana LaLoca, a.k.a. in English history asJoanna the Mad. Fortunately, theCebuanos did not know that littledetail of their brief alliance withMagellan, or they would have planned the massacre earlier.Another gossipy vignette aboutMagellan’s tragic end in Mactan
at the hands of our ferocious rst
hero, Lapu-Lapu, is that neither that original, decisive, armed re- jection of foreign rule by a nativeFilipino nor, for that matter, theuntimely demise of the greatestEuropean explorer on our shoresin the Battle of Mactan, wouldhave happened if not for a quitecommon problem among in-lawsor people related by marriage or 
afnity who cannot stand each
other.The historical background of 
(Continued on page 26)
 Basque people hold parade in Spain

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