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Asian Journal March 30 - April 5, 2012 edition

Asian Journal March 30 - April 5, 2012 edition

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 Luis Gonzales, Luksang  Parangal .. p.20
The Paradox of theCross .. p. 11
Philippine economy entering ‘sweet spot’
Give Your F.A.C.E a Voice
by Elaine Valdez
EU backs Phl in South China Sea
ABS CBN News | MA- NILA, Philippine, 3/23/2012 – Foreign tourist arrivalsin the country hit a recordmonthly highin January, breaching the400,000 mark 
for the rst
The Departmentof Tourism an-nounced in a state-ment that the Phil-ippines recorded411,064 visitor arrivals in January,17.5% higher than the 349,713visitors during the same month lastyear. “We are happy to set a newall-time high for the industry,” saidDOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr.“We expect that these numbers willcontinue tosteadily in-crease with theintroduction of our new brandcampaign thisyear and theconvergenceinitiatives andefforts that theDOT has beenundertakingwith other government agencies and
Balik Tanaw
Msgr. GutierrezBen Maynigo
 A Queen in TroubleCannot Save The Crown(Corona) .. p. 9
March 30 - April 5, 2012
Elections 2012 and the Filipino American Vote
“Survivor” USA shoots inCamarines Sur
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March 30 - April 5, 2012
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The SM condo locations are as follows:
 SEA Residences- Macapagal Ave (near Mall of Asia; JAZZ  
- Bel-Air Makati (with 2-level SM hypermart at the grd floor);
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January tourist arrivals at record high
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta: Undefeated FilipinoBoxer Triumphs in America
On March 24, 2012, the Filipino American Community Empowerment (F.A.C.E.) hosted a historic
mayoral debate specically
aimed to address the Filipinocommunity and their needs asAmericans, as San Diegansand as Filipinos. Presidentsand leaders from active and prominent Fil-Am organiza-tions throughout San Diego joined and over one hundred
fty members of the community
ranging from students to seniorswere in attendance. Attendeeseagerly awaited to hear whatthe Mayoral candidates planswere for San Diego. Of the four 
attendees invited and conrmed,
City Councilman Carl DeMaiowas unable to attend due to a
last minute conict in schedule.
Like most Mayoral debates,the jabs and banter were thrown back and forth amongst the three candidates. The community not onlyreceived information but a little bit of amusing entertainment.
The event was benecial for both the candidates and the audience
 because both experienced a hopeful glimmer of what the future of SanDiego could be for the Filipino-American community especially when
they get engaged and hold elected public ofcials who serve them ac-
Where Do We Go from Here?
In 2012, FACE is going to use research, data and community dia-
logue to voice out to elected ofcials the needs of the Fil-Am Commu-
nity. More importantly, through a series of engaging and informativeevents, the young board members of F.A.C.E. hope to reach out to thethousands of American-Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in San Diego
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 Mercito Gesta
By Zena SultanaBabao
SAN DIEGO, CA- Undefeated Filipinosouthpaw Mercito “NoMercy” Gesta, 24, the cur-rent WBO Youth Light-weight Champion, holdsan enviable record of 24wins, 12 knockouts, 0defeats and 1 draw. He isranked #2 at 135 poundsand # 27 at 140 pounds bythe World Boxing Organi-zation (WBO).Of Mercito’s 24 wins, 13 of them were here in America and11 in the Philippines.He won the Junior Light-weight title in 2010 in Florida inthe North American Boxing Or-ganization’s championship boutagainst Oscar Meza of Mexico. Last Novem- ber 11, Mercito foughtand defeated RicardoDominguez, Mexico’sLightweight Champion,in a non-championship bout held at MandalayBay Resort & Casino inLas Vegas, Nevada.
At a recent bout at the HardRock Hotel in SanDiego’s Gaslamp
ter, Mercito electried the crowd
as he stomped across the ring in
ABS CBN News | MANILA,Philippines -- (UPDATE) TheU.S. version of the hit real-ity TV show“Survivor”is now beingshot in Cara-moan Islandsin CamarinesSur. This was
conrmed by a
member of thelocal production team working onthe popular CBS series, as well as businesses in Caramoan, whereit has become an “open secret.”According to the source, manyof the Filipinos who worked onthe Philip- pine shootof the Hol-
lywood lm,
“The BourneLegacy,” arealso workingon the Ameri-can version of “Survivor.”“Actually may‘Survivor’ doon. It’s a really big production but I cannot (give
‘Big part of population nearing working age’ 
By: Michelle V. Remo, PhilippineDaily Inquirer | MANILA, 3/23/2012-- Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas onWednesday wooed foreign investors todo business in the Philippines, claimingthat the country was to enter a sweetspot where enterprises could reap“demographic dividends” resultingfrom the rising proportion of young,consumption-driven workforce.In a speech during an investmentforum Wednesday, the BSP chief saidthe Philippines was set to follow thelead of neighbors like Malaysia andThailand in experiencing the economic
 benets of a signicant proportion of 
working individuals who fuel con-sumption to the advantage of busi-nesses.Consumption is a key driver of economic growth for the Philippines, but Tetangco said the contributions of consumption would be even more pro-nounced in the next few years as moreyoung and educated Filipinos enter theworkforce.“The ‘demographic window’ is that period in an economy’s history where a prominent portion of the population isof working age. These people have the purchasing power that can drive con-sumption, encourage investments, andthus accelerate growth of the econo-my,” Tetangco said before membersof the business community, including
representatives from foreign rms.
“We [the Philippines] will havereached that window by 2015,” thecentral bank governor stressed in hisspeech delivered during the forum,which was held in Makati City andorganized by Euromoney, an interna-tional business publication.
Citing ofcial statistics, Tetangco
said the current average age of Filipi-
nos was 22.2 years, indicating a signi-
cant portion of the country’s populationwith the capacity to improve householdincomes and increase the economy’soverall productivity over the next fewyears.
By Pia Lee Brago (ThePhilippine Star) | MANILA,3/29/2012- TheEuropeanUnion (EU)on Tues-day said itcontinuesto supporta peacefulresolutionto the dis- puted SouthChina Sea.China, Philippines, Ma-laysia, Brunei, Vietnam andTaiwan all claim territory inthe South China Sea.At the Nuclear Securitysummit in Seoul on Tuesday,European Commission Presi-dent José Manuel Barroseoand European Council Presi-dent Van Rompuy assuredPhilip- pine VicePresidentJejomar Binaythat they back a peacefulresolutionto thedisputedislands,citing theUnited Nations Convention onthe law of the Sea (UNCLOS)as major basis.
The leaders discussed recentdevelopments in Southeast Asiaregion, including the South China
 Phl Vice Pres Binay (far right, 2nd row)at Nuclear Summit 2012 in Seoul, Korea
 Members of the F.A.C.E. Executive Board with Mayoral Debate Mod-erators
. Left to Right: Marlon Saria, Elaine Valdez, Julius Alejandro, Alyssa DeGuzman, Melissa Mecija (10News), Jen Lebron Kuhney (U-T San Diego), Arthur Teodosio, Jr., Jay Mendoza Montenegro, and Norliza Rodriguez
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Macy’s credit card is available subject to credit approval; new account savings valid the day your account is opened and the next day; excludes services,selected licensed departments, gift cards, restaurants, gourmet food & wine. The new account savings are limited to a total of $100; application must qualify for immediate approval to receive extra savings; employees not eligible.
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