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Asian Journal, San Diego's award-winning Filipino American weekly. Asian Journal July 18, 2008 digital print edition.
Asian Journal, San Diego's award-winning Filipino American weekly. Asian Journal July 18, 2008 digital print edition.

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 By Rainier Allan Ronda Philstar, July 12, 2008
Almost eight years after the disappearance and murder of publicist Salvador “Bubby”
Dacer, his daughter nallytestied in court about how hewarned them weeks before he
died that any attempt on hislife should be laid at the door-step of then police general and
now Sen. Panlo Lacson.
Sabina Dacer-Reyes told
The STAR in an interviewyesterday that she testied
 before Manila Regional TrialCourt Branch 18 presidingJudge Myra Garcia-Fernandezthat in a Sunday brunch of thefamily in her father’s house
in Parañaque City, he had toldthem to hold Lacson respon
-sible if something bad hap-
 pened to him.
Dacer daughter tags Lacson in murder
CALLING IT A DAY: Children frolic in the rain at a Quezon City suburb recently. Photo by ERNIE PEÑAREDONDO
Although he
was this big-time
 businessman, hehad the softest
heart! Like, re
-ally soft! When Ileft the family and
went to Africa,
Daddy and thefamily visited me
twice in Africa.
Both times, my
dad was in tears — and so was I!
But not just tearsfalling; I mean,
like, sobbing
tears: intense,
emotional stuff.See page 2.
Eugenio Lopez, Jr.: My TV Dad
 Eugenio Lopez, Jr.
 A large forklift lifts a dead whale shark that was found logged on the bow of a foreign vessel that was docked at the Cebu In-ternational Port. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin.
Built over the San Juanico strait, the San Juanico Bridge
which is 2.16 kilometer long still holds the record as thelongest bridge in the Philippines. The bridge connectsTacloban City on the Leyte side and the town of Sta. Rita inthe Samar side. It crosses the San Juanico strait, reportedlythe world’s narrowest since it is only two kilometers wideat its most narrow point. See page 19.
Leyte, a showcase ofrich history and culture
 Fishing time in Bantayan, Cebu. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin.
Beautiful Philippines
 By Delon Porcalla PhilStar 
As part of internal reform programs, the House of Rep-resentatives under the lead-
ership of Speaker Prospero Nograles will soon launch awebsite where the public cancheck on how the annual P70-million pork barrel funds are being spent.
 Nograles, in a statementsaid, “This is one of the proj-
ects that are now in the pipe
line. This particular websitewill contain the details of 
every congressman’s country-
wide development fund (pork  barrel) and provide a tracking
mechanism on the status of 
their CDF-funded projects.”“The pork barrel to some ishighly misunderstood. Only afew people know that this has
 been providing scholarships, building classrooms, post-harvest facilities, bridges,
highways, irrigation facilities,
hospitals, barangay nursery
schools and botika ng baran
gay,” he said.
Public can sooncheck how lawmak-ers spend ‘pork’
(Continued on page 18)
Bill Gatesdonates P23 Mto ‘Frank’ victims
 By Evelyn Macairan Philstar, July 10, 2008
The foundation of Micro-soft chairman Bill Gates hasreportedly pledged to donate
an estimated P23 million to
the families affected by ty-
 phoon “Frank.”
(Continued on page 19)
According to CBCPNews,the ofcial news service pro
-vider of the Catholic Bishops’
Conference of the Philippines
(Continued on page 21)
of the Ameri-can Idol
(AI) talentsearch will
 be pleasantlysurprised
to know
that DavidArchuleta,the runner uplast season,
was once
 beaten by
 American Idol runner-up oncebeaten by Filipino Americansinger from San Diego
Mark Mejia
a Filipino singer in another US-TV talent search.He’s none other than Mark Mejia and the showwas Star Search (hosted by Arsenio Hall) whichshould be familiar to Filipinos because that’s whereour very own Josephine “Banig” Roberto won thegrand prize, the rst Filipino ever to achieve thatfeat, in 1988. See page 13.
The tomatodistributor andthe balut vendor
“The Filipino emigrants here in San Diego are
uent in English. This is because English is themedium of instruction in the schools in the Phil
ippines. We have been under the United Statesfor fty years, that’s why we speak English likeAmericans except for our accent. When Filipinos
apply for a job here, they get easily employed as
clerks and ofce workers in both the governmentofces and private sector. “ See page 5.
 Balut vendor 
(Continued on page 17)
 By Rudy A. Fernandez Philstar, June 19, 2008
 National hero Dr. JoseRizal, whose 146th birth
anniversary is celebrated
today,was an agricultur 
-ist among many other ac-
complishments. He held
a Bachelor of Agriculturedegree from Ateneo Mu-nicipal before enrollingat the Central University
 Rizal Park 
Little known facts onRizal as an agriculturist
Snapshot of Philippine Life
July 18 - 24, 2008
Msgr. Gutierrez
Domini Torrevillas
Two heart warming stories
 Dolphy gusto paring kumayod 
Fragile, but  strong 
Page 2July 18 - 24, 2008 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com
 FROM THE HEART  By Gina Lopez  Philstar, June 15, 2008
One of the blessings of mylife is to be part of a family Iam truly proud of, to be part of a family tradition of courage,integrity and sincere nationalism.The person closest to me thatembodies this most deeply is myfather (Geny Lopez).I remember sitting at the breakfast table when I must have been around nine or 10, and heshowed me the newspaper — “See,” he said proudly, “We arenumber one!” And he added with pride that he was bringing inSuperman, Batman, and all theseshows from the US. And soonwe would be having color TV!He was also very proud of AnEvening With Pilita, and evenas a child I remember watchingDolphy and Panchito. ABS-CBNwas his life, his passion. Heloved this world of creating, of making things happen. He loved being at the top of his game. Ican remember one of my grand-father’s assistants sitting besideme and telling me, “Your dad, helearned from the bottom — andhe learned quickly — and hereally knows how to handle thestars!” Even up to now, Dolphyremembers him fondly, as do thegroup of ABS-CBN executiveswho worked with him.Geny Lopez was a man of  principles. Being decent to thehousehelp was very important tohim. I remember him scoldingme for borrowing money fromthe helpers. I remember thoseChristmas gatherings where hegot a big kick out of giving awaymoney... very much like my lolo.The memory left such an im- print on me that, on Christmas, Iwould stage my own gatheringsand invite the family and rela-tives of the helpers to come over  — and we would play games.I’d give out P25 to participants,P100 to winners, P500 to thegrand winner of the variousgames. Nowhere near the scaleof my dad, of course — becauseI had nowhere near that kindof money. But it doesn’t takemuch to make people happy; justthe fact of playing games andgetting money as a prize makes
 By Jejomar C. Binay UP Pre- paratory School, AB Political Science, Bachelor of Laws Philstar, April 13, 2008
My early years at UP (Prep,AB and Law) were marked by
 personal nancial difculties.
I was orphaned early and brought up by an uncle. Therewere times when I had to walk to school just so I could savemy meager baon. And then therewere times when I would just buy rice for lunch, and rely ongetting a bit of ulam here and alittle bit of ulam there from someof my classmates and friends.And even then, I would rotatethem, so that I wouldn’t be ask-ing from the same people everyday. That experience taught methe value of sharing, which Ikeep up to this present.I also remember my gradua-tion day, when I lacked not onlya new shirt and a new pair of  pants, but I literally had no shoesto wear. Fortunately, an aunt of mine gave me enough money to buy a pair at the last minute, and
UP lessons thathave servedme well
I had to rush to the shoe storeto make it in time for the gradu-ation ceremonies. But sadly, Iwas all alone during graduation — no family members or friends(other than my classmates) inattendance — which heightened
in my mind the signicance
of acquiring a good education,without attention to the frills andaccompanying ceremonies.During college, I was basicallyinto two activities outside of studying; fraternity and campus politics. I would always be inthe forefront of the frat wars de-spite my diminutive frame, andI think that made people respectme more.Thosefratactivities(mayroonrin namanother thanthe fratwars) in-culcatedin me theimpor-tance of cama-raderieand of standing by your friendsand frat brodsthroughthick andthin.As for campus politics, I ran asa member of the student counciland won. I was the only candi-date from Diliman that spent thewhole day campaigning in UPLos Banos — to the surprise of the students there. The result?I was supported by the andthat turned out to be more thanenough to ensure my victory.Sipag sa kampanya, which I practice to this day.
My TV Dad
them happy. But the lesson of taking care of the household hasremained with me.Although he was this big-time businessman, he had the softestheart! Like, really soft! WhenI left the family and went toAfrica, Daddy and the familyvisited me twice in Africa. Bothtimes, my dad was in tears — and so was I! But not just tearsfalling; I mean, like, sobbingtears: intense, emotional stuff.He was a stickler for excel-lence. We older kids bore the brunt of it.Especially Gabby and myself  — he wanted high grades fromus. I remember failing Filipinoin one grading period — and thetiming of that was really bad, because it came at the time of the junior-senior prom. I had a date,and I really wanted to go. Andhe refused because of the failinggrade. So I cried and cried andcried... and yes, in the end I gotmy way and ended up going. Itwas very hard for him to dealwith the girls. My mother amus-ingly told me that when theywere in San Francisco for politi-cal asylum, whenever my sistersBerta and Marisa wanted any-thing he would isolate himself and close the door because oncethey got a hold of him, therewas no way he would be able torefuse.When he died, people I’d never met began appearing, talkingabout what he had done for them, causing my mom to re-mark, “Wow, I didn’t know I wasmarried to a great man pala.”Daddy was so busy. But hewas so physically affectionate — very carinoso — so we alwaysfelt so loved. As a child I remem- ber my yaya putting powder onour faces, because Daddy lovedto kiss us. And even though hetraveled a lot, there were al-ways the family times that wetreasured, particularly the timeswhen we would go out on theyacht. He loved the sea. Hetaught me how to water ski — inManila Bay! I can’t even imag-ine getting in there now!He was an eternal optimist.Ernie, my younger brother (whonow heads ABS-CBN Publish-ing), told me that, in San Fran-cisco, Dad would be reading thenewspaper, then he would putit down and remark, “Gina iscoming back!” (Mind you I had been away from the family for 15 years, and for much of thattime had not communicated as per organizational policy.)Up to the end he believed Iwould come back — and I did.He always felt there was a waythat things would work out. Evenwhen he left the country — and put up a food company — hisheart was with the Philippines.Once, a psychic told me, “Your father is a Filipino soul.” Hecame back, invested in telecom-munications, in water, in roads;he really wanted to help buildthe country. He wanted to con-nect people, he wanted us to beworld-class, so he put up cable,he put up ABS Global. He kepton dreaming and envisioning a brighter future.And I can still feel him — inmy brother, in me. I feel hisspirit in my family. I actually felthim and lolo when I went to theMeralco stockholders’ meeting.The Meralco song was playingand there was a sentiment of pas-sion welling up for the company — for service. That’s what thefamily is all about. I could getsidelined giving my piece onMeralco — of how we had thelowest power rates in Asia beforemartial law — but then this pieceis really about my father andwhat he stood for.He loved this country — deep-ly. And he loved his family. Hewas very close to his brothers, particularly Tito Oskie, whowould take the brunt for hismisdeeds. He was very much anolder brother to Uncle Manoloand Tita Presy. He was close tohis father — but he had a special
afnity for his mother, my Lola
 Nitang. He loved teasing her andhugging her. Even his separationfrom my mom was so decent.He took good care of her. WhenMom fell in love with Dick Tay-lor, Mom, Dick, Dad and Susan(Reyes) would actually double-date in San Francisco. (I haveto hand it to my parents: thatwas refreshingly enlightened,to me.) It’s amusing. Mom saidwhen she told Dad she wantedto marry Dick, Dad offered to dothe despedida de soltera. Now,that should be one for the record books. And I can see that decen-cy in the way my brothers handletheir relationships.One interesting tidbit aboutDaddy is about how clean andorderly he was. I can remember going to his dressing room — and seeing him clean his shoes!He was rich, but he didn’t havetoo much — he had just enoughclothes and the hangers would all be facing the same way. All thecolors would be together. Evenwhen he cleaned his ears, hewould cut off one end, and leavethe other end since it was stillclean. My mother would remark that Daddy had the cleanest feet!That they were even smoother than his face!When he took on something,any project, he took to it with a passion. My mother was alwaysthe starter — from diving, to ten-nis, to meditation. Daddy and therest of the family would follow.But when Daddy took it on, hestuck to it with a military disci- pline. He would religiously wakeup at 4 a.m. to meditate withoutfail every day! Then he wouldgo to Mass. He even put up ameditation room at the BenpresBuilding. So now ABS-CBNhas a meditation room; Gabbymeditates there. And ABS-CBNexecutives can better recognizethe value of inner growth. Yes,Dad left his mark.My father has left his mark on each and every one of hischildren. His biggest fan is Dick Taylor, Mom’s present husband;Dick regards him as the epitomeof a businessman with integrity.He has left his mark on the busi-nesses he started. He has left alegacy of love of country anddynamic professionalism. Hewas a businessman, but he hadan all-Filipino heart, through andthrough. Perhaps my only regretis that he didn’t teach me Ilong-go. I totally love the sweetnessand musicality of the language.But he left me the Ilonggo heart:I am forever grateful and proudto be his daughter. His spiritlives on.
The author, right, with his former classmates
Page 3 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.comJuly 18 - 24, 2008
 ROSES & THORNS  By Alejandro R. Roces Philstar, July 3, 2008(Second of two parts)
Last Tuesday, my columntalked about the Basques and
the signicant contributionsthey have made to the world ingeneral, and to the Philippines in particular. The Basques were re
sponsible for discovering one of the most important trade routesin the world. They were also
the ones who set into motion
the evangelization and develop
ment of our country. Today, I’ll be discussing about the role oneBasque family from the Philip
 pines has played in establishingthe Basque state that the worldknows today.
The Ynchausti name is an old
one in the Philippines; they wereone of the rst major manufac
turers and businessmen whoseactivities laid the foundation for a budding Philippine economy.Many of us remember YCO(Ynchausti and Company) Paintsand Floorwax. In one of thoseinteresting tidbits, the seal onTanduay rum is actually the coatof arms of the Ynchausti family;as this was one of the companiesthey founded in the 19th century.
The Basques’contribution tothe Philippines
Some of the other companiesthat they owned or foundedwere: Bank of the Philippine Is
lands, La Carlota Sugar Central,Pilar Sugar Central, YnchaustiSteamship Co., Ynchausti PaintFactory, Ynchausti Rope Factory,Rizal Cement and a ship chan
dlery. At the turn of the 19th cen
tury, they were thelargest Philippineconglomerate andshipping rm andvery likely the rstPhilippine multina
tional; with ofcesin San Francisco,
Shanghai, Hong
Kong and Manila.In 1933 theydivested some of their holdings,including vast sugar 
and abaca estateswhich they gave to
the farmers and the church. Thisact of generosity earned ManuelM. de Ynchausti the knight
hood of St. Gregory in a privateaudience with Pope Pius XI. In1936, while visiting the BasqueCountry, the Spanish Civil War  broke out and one of the targetsof General Franco in the BasqueCountry was the Ynchausti fam
ily. The only thing that savedthe family was the interventionof the American government inthe form of a warship that sailedto the port of San Sebastian andwhisked them to safety. Fromthat moment on, Manuel M. deYnchausti (the patriarch of thefamily and father of Antonio M.de Ynchausti) began to use hisvast personal connections to aidthe Basque refugees and govern
ment in exile. At various pointsthroughout the late 1930s, 1940sand 1950s, the Ynchausti familywas personally funding relief anddiplomatic projects in France,Latin America, and later in NewYork, pulling together organiza
tions around the world to supportthe Basques. In the 1940s, theydonated a pro
fessorial chair to ColumbiaUniversity for Basque Pres
ident-in-exileJose Antonio deAguirre. Evenafter the pass
ing of Manuel
de Ynchausti
in 1961, thefamily remainedinvolved. After Franco died, the Basque Countrywas able to organize a govern
ment, Jokin de Ynchausti (son of Manuel de Ynchausti and brother of Antonio M. de Ynchausti) became the rst Filipino to holda foreign government post whenhe was named Secretary of For 
eign Affairs.It cannot be denied that thisone family contributed to the preservation of the BasqueCountry. We hope that theBasque government recognizesthe positive impact a Philippinefamily had on them. Even today,the Ynchausti family remainsdedicated to the Basque Coun
try and the Philippines helpingto forge academic cooperativeagreements between Philippineand Basque universities, promot
ing research into Basque historyin the Philippines (including the publication of the book Basquesin the Philippines), and promot
ing cultural ties through ac
tivities such as the Urdaneta 500celebrations.An undeniable truth is theimpact the Basques from theBasque Country have had on thePhilippines and that Filipino-
Basques have had on the Basque
Country. The Basques and theFilipinos have a shared history, ashared heritage; we believe it isimperative that there must be acommon future.
 AT 3 A.M. By James B. Reuter  Philstar, July 5, 2008
Part of the great charm of 
a woman is the amazing way
in which her mind runs. Thisis portrayed beautifully in theBroadway play: “My Fair Lady”.Professor Higgins sings:“Never let a woman in your life. . .She will ask you for advice.. . .Your reply will be concise.. . .She will listen very nicelyThen go out and do preciselyWhat she wants!’He says this of the poor ower girl that he has takeninto his house. But later hesings: “I’ve grown accustomedto her face!” He discovers thenthat he has not only taken her 
into his home, but also into his
My mother was driving aguest around, showing her thetown. Her guest was sitting inthe back seat of the car. Whenthey came to a crossroad, shewas talking to the guest, over her shoulder. She did not see thatcars were speeding toward her,from both sides.By the grace of God, no onewas killed, but she wound up ina eld, with the nose of the fam
ily car pressed against a fence.She said: “I can’t understandthis! Yesterday, at this very time,I came through this intersectionand there wasn’t a single car!”My Dad, who had been a truck driver and then a cop, could notget over this. He said: “My God!She came through this intersec
tion yesterday, at this time, andthere wasn’t a car! So today sheshot through it, without lookingeither way!”I guess that is one of the thingsthat make marriage interesting. No man can really understanda woman. Living with her is an
My Fair Lady and theLabyrinthine ways
One day my mother was usingkerosene to clean something. Shehad some left over, and wantedto save it. So she put the kero
sene in an empty vanilla bottle,
without changing the label on the
 bottle!When my sister Dorothy was
 baking a cake, she went into the
 pantry, found the vanilla, and poured it generously into her cake batter. . . . The cake, whenit was baked, looked beautiful.But it tasted like kerosene. All of us in the family shuddered whenwe tasted it.But Dot had a boyfriend, whowas head over heels in love withher. To the horror of our family,Dot served him her kerosenecake. We watched, fascinated,while he ate it, saying: “Mmm!Good”. Then Dot offered him asecond piece. I couldn’t stand it.I said, “Dot! Don’t! You’ll killhim!”But Dot did not even feel bad!For her, it was a test of his love.
My sister Rita, for a long time,was thinking of entering the con
vent. But there was a boy, callingon her, who was devoted to her.Once, when I was home on a
visit, we went to talk to a nun
who had taught both of us ingrade school. At the door of theSisters’ Convent, we asked for her. The nun, who answered thedoor, tinkled a little bell ‑ Iguess each nun had a specialnumber of tinkles, because our old teacher came down the stairs,smiling, and hugged Rita, verywarmly.The visit was so friendly, so joyful, that I was thinking: “Thisis it! Now Rita will enter theconvent!” But when we were onour way home, Rita said: “Thatdoes it! I’m never going to be anun!. . . . No one is ever going totinkle a little bell for me!”But that evening her special boy drove up in front of our house and honked his horn.Rita ran right down the stairs,and climbed into his car!. . .The labyrinthine ways of awoman’s mind!
“My Fair Lady” has Profes
sor Higgins singing another song: “Why Can’t a Woman be More Like a Man?”. . . .
Men come to a decision labo-
riously, wading through all thereasons and arguments. For a
man to be convinced, the case
must be idiot proof.
But women come to a deci-
sion in a single leap, hurdling allthe reasons and arguments. For instance, if a man is unfaithful,his wife knows it. All women are psychic. She might have no evi
dence. Not a shred. If she were put on the witness stand, shewould have absolutely no proof.
But — amazingly — she comes
to the right conclusion! One wifesaid to me: “I can tell by the wayhe kisses me.”If a man with a mistress pre
-tends to be a loyal husband, he
is not fooling his wife. The onlyone he is fooling is himself.
Women are closer to Godthan most men. They pray moreintensely; they feel things moredeeply, and they see the truthmuch more swiftly than men.It is not instinct. It is the gift of God to women.

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