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);
FIELD- Sucat Paranaque (beside SM Sucat); LIGHT - along Boni
Edsa; SUN - Welcome Rotonda in E. Rodriguez Manila; BLUE -
Katipunan , QC;My Place- Mother Ignacia, QC (near ABS-CBN;GRASS - North Edsa QC ( beside SM City); PRINCETON - New
Manila, QC; MEZZA- Sta Mesa (near SM Centerpoint); HAMILO-
Batangas City (by the beach)
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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 specically
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 conrmed,
City Councilman Carl DeMaiowas unable to attend due to a
last minute conict 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 benecial 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 ofcials 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 ofcials 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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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 electried 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
conrmed 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-
“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
benets of a signicant 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 ofcial 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