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Asian Journal August 15, 2008 digital print edition. Visit www.asianjournalusa.com or email asianjournal@aol.com
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Beautiful Philippines
 Local ofcials lead the clearing of a road in Pias, San Fernando, La Union, where several trees were uprooted by strong winds and heavy rain brought by tropical storm ‘Helen.’ Classes were sus
 pended yesterday in several areas in Metro Manila due to ooding. Photo by VIC ALHAMBRA JR.
ZAMBOANGA CITY – A third Abu Sayyaf terroristinvolved in the kidnapping of ABS-CBN anchor Ces Drilonand her three companions has been captured in Sulu.Munhamer Sattari aliasBrain Damage, a follower of slain Abu Sayyaf commander Mujib Susukan, is now in thecustody of the 3rd MarineBrigade in Camp TeodolfoBautista in Busbus, Jolo.
An ofcial source, who
asked not to be named as heis not allowed to give a publicstatement, said Sattari wascaptured by Marines led byLt. Col. Ariel Caculitan at Ba-rangay Kandang, Maimbungat about 5:35 p.m. Tuesday.The Marines did not issuea statement on the captureof Sattari, who has a stand-ing warrant of arrest for four counts of frustrated murder.
Third Ces abductor nabbed
 Las Palmas in Palawan. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin Riot police, militant group and typhoon Seniang. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin
Snaphot of Philippine Life
Oldest veteran Emil de Ocampo, 101 years old, retired in the ser 
vice in 1955, seated in his wheelchair anked by James Vincent, son-in-law (kneeling) and fellow veteran Master Cheif Tony Javier (standing at left), Joe Son, AJ writer and Cheif Boatswain Mate Julian Ortiz, USCG retired (standing at back).
 By Joe Son
an Diego- August is always memorable to ac-tive duty and retired Coast Guard personnel.Reminiscing some centuries back, the CoastGuard was established sometime in August in the early1700’s, primarily to police and safeguard harbors andcoastlines of continental United States of America.Since its existence for more than 200 years and the re-cent infamous 911, the Coast Guard is getting stronger,tougher and dedicated to perform its duties includingLife Saving Service and regulator of law-enforcement inmaritime laws in addition to its original task.
See storyon page 21.
 An affair to Remember
(Continued on page 21)
Recently, I wrote an articleentitled “The Pinoy and hisCarabao English.” In the ar-ticle, I noted that the policemenin Makati, Philippines, are nowrequired to take a refresher courseon the English language since theyencounter a lot of international tour-ists, businessmen and diplomats inthat premier city in Metro Manila.
See story page 9
Speaking good English
“I suppose the King’s English have been changed, if not corrupted, indifferent ways through the course of history. When we read books withdifferent settings or time periods, the English spoken are sometimesdifferent, depending on the setting or period of the story.”
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.Publisher & Editor San Diego Asian JournalLeaders of a southern tribalcommunity took custodyyesterday of a man who con-fessed he killed an endangeredPhilippine eagle four monthsafter it was released back intothe wild following treatmentfor a gunshot wound.Brian Bala-on, a 22-year-old vegetable farmer, wasseen carrying an air gun ata vegetable farm where theeagle was shot, said FelixMirasol, a warden at MountKitanglad Natural Park insouthern Mindanao.
 FUNFARE  By Ricardo F. Lo Philstar 
With whatever “little” differences between them properlyironed out, Kris Aquinoand James Yap cele- brated their third (civil)wedding anniversarylast July 10 simply andquietly, never mind if their romantic outdoor 
 Kris Aquino and husband James Yap
Bakasyon grande for Kris & James
dinner was ruined by Typhoon Frank.“It was a ‘surprise’ from James,” Kris told Funfare dur-ing an exclusive interview the other day at the Florabel
(Continued on page 24)
 By Scott & ThereseGarceau PhilStar 
With its retro-modern décor (aged photos of theresto’s inspiration,Larry J. Cruz’smother), you knowyou’re in for home-cooked Filipinogoodness at FelyJ’s Kitchen.
Top 10 internationalrestaurants in the Philippines
(Continued on page 19)
Eagle killer just wanted bird soup
(Continued on page 22)
August 15 - 21, 2008
Msgr. Gutierrez
Riz A. Oades
Who says that the Filipinohas no sense of humor?
 Discriminationand Faith
 Body Talk with Lea Salonga
Page 2 August 15 - 21, 2008 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com
 BUSINESS MATTERS (Beyond the bottom line) By Francis J. Kong  Philstar 
Two new female employeeswere conversing one day.First girl: I lost my job becauseof illness and fatigue.Second girl: That’s too bad.First girl: Yeah, my boss gotsick and tired of me.The second girl pressed on:Why, what happened?First girl: I was just a little latecoming back from lunch.Second girl: “And what didyour boss say?”First girl: “He said, youare so amazing; you’ve beenwith us two weeks and alreadyyou’re a month behind in your work.”Talk about lunch breaks.There was once a time inour work life when we had theluxury of sitting down, relax-ing and eating a hearty mealduring lunch hour. This part of our life is now history. Long before the advent of email, SMS,Blackberry and being “On Line”24/7, our lunch breaks today arelaced with tasks, things-to-do,things-I-should-do-while-doing-lunch and this is why we are sostressed.Technology has made us wantto inject more tasks into the samehours available. And we tendto think that all of these tasksare important. Just consider thisword “Priorities.” How can “pri-ority” be in the plural form? Butthat’s just the way life is today.I have a not-too-good way of doing lunch.The Ilocana at one timecalled my attention and said,“Sweetheart, you may wantto chew your food before youswallow….. you have just setan Olympic record for speed
Do notbreak yourlunch break 
eating!”This is not a good thing.
Although I can nish a meal in3 minutes at some times I tend
to forget that others cannot. Andthis is why as a leader I need to be sensitive about this and notcause indigestion especially tothe people who work for me andwho work with me.Here are 5ways for younot to break your lunch break:Make sure you makethe best of your lunch hour. Byconsidering the following ideas:
Get a good breakfast.
• You start the day by starting
healthy and you go through theday by staying healthy. Time
and time again I hear tness
and nutrition experts saying that breakfast is the key to control-ling hunger by lunch time. Thereare people who tell me they skip breakfast. I don’t really know if that is a good idea. But I makesure I have a good breakfast, stayaway from sweets, drink lots of liquids not just coffee and take
a lot of ber that helps keep me
from overeating. Now this is justme. I do not pretend to be anexpert but I can go for the wholemorning without having to take amorning snacks as long as I havea good breakfast. This gives methe energy to do what I do andmakes me a lot more productive.
Get away from your desk.
• If you bring your lunch to
work, do not take your lunch to a place where you will be spend-ing the rest of your hours of theday. Use your lunch break as anopportunity to remove yourself from your workspace. Get somefresh air. Stay away from thedragons. These are the peoplewho huff and puff their cigaretteduring lunch time. Eat outside,talk to a friend, read a good book, listen to your favoritemusic through your MP3 player or something but here’s thekey: Just step away! This wayyou will feel re-energized onceit’s time to slide back into your chair.Get your workouts from your errands.
• Some bosses need to get work 
done ASAP. And they need youto do errands. So make themost out of this by walking!This helps digestion and thiswould greatly revitalize youmentally and reduce stressthroughout the day.
Get the right company.
• Find colleagues who are
healthy and health conscious.You know the old cliché: Birdsof the same feather, they all eatlittle together…” J
• As you build friendships and
encourage health consciousness,you are actually adding valueto building good relationships
which benets not only yourself 
 but your organization as well.But this is the one importantthing I need to remember. As aleader I should refrain from mak-ing my people break their lunch break. Not only is this a “not-very-nice-thing-to-do,” it’s just
reective of poor leadership.
(Francis Kong will be the leadtrainer for the Dr. John Max-well’s “Developing the Leader Within You” leadership programthis July 31 and August 1 atEDSA Shangri-La Hotel. For further inquiries contact InspireLeadership Consultancy Inc.632-8129125)
Salted eggsget new color
 By Charlie Lagasca Philstar 
SAN MATEO, Isabela - Moveover red salted eggs.In this southwestern farmingtown, salted eggs colored peachare making brisk sales. They arenot too salty but have “oily” eggyolk, which consumers of maalatna itlog look for.Locals attribute the peachcolor to the natural ingredientslike atsuete used in coloring thesalted eggs.Production of the unique saltedeggs started a few years agowhen the municipal governmentled by Mayor Roberto Agcaoililaunched a duck dispersal pro-gram as alternative livelihoodfor residents of the town’s 33 barangays.As production of the peach-colored salted eggs increased,Agcaoili’s doctor-wife Crispina, president of the town’s IsabelaGreen Ladies Organization, saidthey decided to put up a liveli-hood arm for the farmers’ wives,the Pag-asa Bayanihan Associa-tion.From around 2,000 saltedeggs a year ago, production hasgrown to more than 5,000 daily,and still increasing, making thecommunity-based venture to beSan Mateo’s contribution to the“one-town, one-product” pro-gram of the Department of Tradeand Industry.San Mateo is also known for itsmungbean production, garner-ing for the town a Galing Pook award.
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Valenzuela’s new city hall build-ing, built at the cost of P36 million,was designed to “discourage corrupt practices,” Mayor Sher-win Gatchalian said.The building, located atthe new city governmentcomplex along MacArthur Highway, is now opento serve the public. It
houses the mayor’s ofce,city legal ofce, publicinformation ofce, spe
cial projects ofce, city
environment and natural
resources ofce and other key executive ofces.
The old city hall that housed the
mayor’s ofce will be renovated to
accommodate the city courts and the
city prosecutor’s ofce.
“This is not mere facelift for 
the city. These new edices are
more than just buildings. They aretransformations from the old way
of governance, and reect fast and
 Valenzuela’s new cityhall ‘discourages graft’
efcient service to our constituents
who deserve nothing less,” Gatch-alian said.The building features sitting areaswhere people can wait in comfortwhile their transactions are pro-cessed.The building has no enclosed
cubicles, and all ofces are visible
from the outside through wide glasswindows. The building’s designis also environment-friendly and
energy-efcient since it maximizes
natural lighting. – Jerry Botial
Page 3 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at http://www.asianjournalusa.com August 15 - 21, 2008
By Igan D’bayan Philstar 
There is something crushingabout city life. Our daily toil,
trafc that gives us a spectacular 
 preview of Armageddon, and
the plagues of heat, ash oods,
occasional coup attempts, pigs insuits in government, and a spateof metro handsome posters inshocking pink. Heck, we all needa drink. Good thing there are bars (with either live bands and piped-in music), themed pubs,and areas with rows upon rowsof restaurant-bars that give our city its character. Our beloved-and-equally-hated Metro Manilacould go toe-to-toe with Bang-kok’s Patpong or Barcelona’sLas Ramblas, and emerge victo-rious like the Pacman.The good thing about drinkingis that it’s democratic: it’s for the people and of the people. So-cialites drink. Stevedores drink.You drink. I drink. The goddesswho hums a Guns N’ Roses songand must jet off to a land far, far away drinks. Her gargoyle of anadmirer drinks, while dreamingof outdoing Balthus in his next painting. Say cheers to all that.I put together this list of top bars in the metropolis with thehelp and suggestion of other STAR writers — who also drink (moderately, of course). TanyaLara likes vodka and bars thatfeature folk-rock musicians likeMy Bro’s Mustache and Hob- bit House. She and her husbandRomel could also be spotted inAnthology in Malate, listeningto the DJ bring out dusty songs
from the forgotten cofns of 
the ’80s — stuff by Erasure,
10 brightlights inbeer city
Psychedelic Furs, Seona Danc-
ing featuring a pre-Ofce Ricky
Gervais, and Bananarama. TheSupreme beings gravitate towardEmbassy. Therese Garceau onceheld a smell-a-vision screeningof Perfume in Lyle Sacris’ Mog-wai in Cubao X. (Maybe oneday Scott Garceau will stage thedrinking game during a screen-ing of Whitnail & I, matchingevery emptying of jiggers by thecharacters played by Richard E.Grant and Paul McGann. Give
us the nest wines available to
humanity — we want themhere and we want themnow.) Kathy Moranlikes apple martinis.Krip Yuson likessingle-malt Scotchwhisky. JuaniyoArcellana hashad epiphaniesdrinking Paleat the bar inPenguin. Ionce hungout withLourd deVeyra,Bert Su-lat Jr.,RickyTorre,AllanHernan-dez and JoelTolledo at GoldenGagamba in QC where wewere cajoled into buying drinksfor women as old as Methuselahwhile the other male customerseyed us menacingly, clutching
their bags most likely lled with
hammers and saws — a routinestraight out of Hunter S. Thomp-son. I had a memorably sham- bolic time. Really. As the greatgonzo once sad, “Some maynever live but the crazy never die.”There is a Golden Gagambaout there for everyone.
Penguin, near the RemediosCircle in Malate, is easily the best bar in this blessed nation.First good thing about it is theart. Artists mount exhibits here,with Santiago Bose curatingfrom the great beyond. On vieware paintings by NunelucioAlvarado, literary wall-pieces by Cesare Syjuco, sculpturesand photo collages by artistswe don’t know but ought to.Of course, there is the music.Some of my best recollectionsabout my favorite bands hap- pened in Penguin.Lourd and Radio-ac-tive Sagocov-eredAnakbayan’sJeepneyRock. Uponmy request,Johhny Alegrewith Colbydela Calzadaand Mar Dizondid a reading of Pat Metheny’sBright SizeLife — whichwas pure bril-liance. It is a joy to watchJohnny withhis scowls andgrimaces andgreat guitar-work.Lirio Salvador andElemento with their Sandata pieces did onehallucinogenic jam end-ing with Bob Dylan’s ItAin’t Me Babe. And gui-tarist Noli Aurillo playedSteely Dan’s Any Major Dude. All the melodies andharmonies created by piano,guitars, bass and probably an-gular banjoes were recreated by Noli with one Takamine acous-tic, plucking and strumming hisway into the pantheon of guitar 
gods, his spidery ngers across
the fretboard. Aw, aw, aw. Getthese things at Penguin: cheap beer, sausages with just the rightspice, a view of engaging andagitating art, and Original Pili- pino Music played with edginessand shambolic brilliance.For information, call PenguinCafé at 521-2088.
Light that fre
Fiamma on Jupiter 
St. is guratively a
hotspot. Come mid-night, the restaurant- bar is crawling withcelebrities (KC Con-cepcion and RichardGutierrez, to name afew) who go to the bar in Bel-Air for signature drinks suchas the blue kamikazeshaker and shooters; bestselling thin-crust pizzas such as Sam- bal Olek & Prawns,as well as pepperoni& garlic; and good,good music.Paolo Trillo, one of the own-ers, says, “‘Fiamma’ is Italian for 
ame. When we opened the bar 
in October 2005, we envisioneda place where things are happen-ing — a hotspot.”Dig the wine tower in themiddle of the bar. Trillo calls itthe heart of the place. The area beside the island-bar is whereguests congregate. Later in theevening it is transformed into a
dance oor. You could just imag
-ine the parties they have here.On some nights there are celeb-rity bartenders; on other nights,Fiamma serves 400 Jell-O shots
in assorted avors. During
“Eighties Night,” some guestseven come in dressed in Eightiesattire, ready to groove to NewOrder’s Blue Monday, or TheBangles’ Manic Monday.“On ‘Flashback Mondays,’ oneof our best nights, we play ’80sand ’90s music mixed with funk and alternative rock. On ‘After-work Wednesdays,’ we play retrodance music. ‘Fresh Fridays’ isour busiest night. It’s smoothR&B-hip-hop night. On Satur-day nights, we play house music,which becomes more progressivelater in the evening. We call it‘Sinful Saturdays.’”Paolo’s brother, Carlo, sumsup what Fiamma is all about:“Fiamma is a place for everyone.We take pride in getting to knowour customers and keeping themhappy. Not just playing musicfor them or serving them drinks,it’s about creating relationships,learning about them. This is Fi-amma’s way of life — everyoneis family.”Paolo concludes, “The chal-lenge is in always reinventingyourself and making sure thatour loyal clientele is happywith the service. That’s the onlyreason why they’ll keep coming back.”Fiamma is at 32 Jupiter St.,Bel-Air Village, Makati. For information, call 897-1352 or 897-1253.
Mayric’s along España, justacross University of SantoTomas, is the stuff of legends.When it was still a dingy pubin the ’90s, it featured the best bands in the country — TheJerks, Pu3ska, Rizal Under-ground, Datu’s Tribe, AnnoDomini, and Yano, amongothers. My classmates and Iwould sometimes ditch class,eat at nearby Shakey’s then goto Mayric’s and listen to musicallectures by Dong Abay, Papa-dom and Chickoy Pura. I think I learned more from Chickoyabout the state of this nation thanall my political science profes-sors put together. These days itneeds a resurgence of sorts (after that renovation job), but its leg-end remains untainted. Rebirth
is near, as the ofcial website
 promises with bands such asKamikazee and Queso slated to play.Mayric’s is at 1320Macaraeg Bldg.,España, Manila. For information, call 740-2960.
Also as legendary is70s Bistro in Anonas,Quezon City. I onceinterviewed NoelCabangon at the pubafter being regaled byhis music and mus-ings upon the lives of everyday folks likeyou and me. LolitaCarbon and Asin also perform here. Lolita, by the way, deserves a bronze monument for her songs.That voice, that voice. Well atleast she has a dish named after her at the bistro: Lolitacarbonara.(Customers can also try Picha niParokya or Tilapia Molotov.) 70sBistro sometimes pulls an aceup its sleeve by holding tributesto The Beatles (featuring a bandwith Ely Buendia in it) and Pink Floyd. My friend told me theguys from Razorback performedThe Great Gig in the Sky withMishka Addams. Now that is onestratospheric gig.70s Bistro is at 46 AnonasSt., Project 2 Quezon City. For information, SMS 0921-6402491or call 434-3597.
My Bro’s Mustache in ScoutTuazon in QC is younger thanPenguin and Mayric’s, but themusic is as old as the hills andhigh times are forever. The brainchild of Boy and Gigi Vin-zon, the folk-bar has become theresidence of rock stars (WallyGonzales and Friends are regu-lars; Joey “Pepe” Smith popsin from time to time) and greatfolk musicians (Labuyo’s MonEspia and Koko Marbella play
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