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Love of God and of the World .. p 11

Zena Sultana Babao
Poems are Music for My Soul .. p 8

A Democratic and Republican Physical and Cyber State .. p 6
October 12-18, 2012 October 12-18, 2012

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Gov’t allays fears of Bangsamoro becoming an Islamic state
by Camillle Diola, PhilStar. com | MANILA, Philippines, 10/11/2012 - Members of hacktivist group Anonymous Philippines have been successfully dodging the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) moves to pinpoint their location and have them arrested, a bureau

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agent admitted Monday. Special Investigator Joey Narciso of the NBI Computer Crime Division said that his team has been investigating 20 identified individuals believed to be behind the hacking spree, but the hackers have been countering the bureau’s monitoring
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The Dark Nights of Father Madrid
A Historical Novel by Dr. Ed Gamboa

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2012 (Second Round, General Fiction)

Chapter 12: The Long Loneliness

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Personal gadgets raise risk of cybercrime in workplace, US survey
GMA News, 9/17/2012 -- Bringing your own device at work may not be as safe as before from threats of cybercrime. Cybercriminals just found a new target: Android and iOS gadgets – phones, tablets, laptops – used for work. More and more companies now allow employees to "bring-your-own-device" (BYOD) in the advent of cloud computing, and Android and iOS gadgets. In a recent Osterman Research Survey, between 2007 and 2012, small and medium businesses (SMBs) reported steadily increasing web attacks. Malware, phising, and other types of violation surged by 35 percent while email attacks soared by 12 percent.
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ather George did not sleep well that night. Soaked in cold sweat, he got up about 3 in the morning, changed his tee shirt and peered out of the rectory window for a long time. The salty breeze from the nearby open sea was comforting. It was a moonless night. Utter darkness was soothing. He could not make out the palm trees encircling the old Spanish-style convent but he heard the cicadas chirping, relentlessly. This would have been a good time to light up a cigarette, suck in the nicotine, blow out the smoke slowly. And watch the wisp curl into nothingness.

Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin founded the Catholic Worker Movement in the 1930’s during the Great Depression.

Except, he did not smoke, never did. He walked back into his room and picked up his rosary. He went out of his room again, paced the living room, and tried to pray...
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ABS CBN News | MANILA, Philippines, 9/30/2012 - Another janitor returned a lost wallet at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino Internatonal Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 last MonJun Jun Mendoza day. Jun-Jun Mendoza, a graveyard shift janitor, said he found a black wallet containing Korean won and US dollar bills amounting

Another NAIA janitor returns lost wallet

to P46,999.56 while he was cleaning the Customs arrival area. The wallet was placed on top of the Customs suggestions box. The misplaced item was returned to its owner, Marnelli Jamlang, after Mendoza decided to turn the wallet over

Restrictive Rules On Medical Mission In The Philippines
Donations Of Hospital Equipments To District Hospitals Are Not Achievable
OPINION by Cesar D. Candari, MD FCAP Emeritus | Henderson, Nevada

By Michael Lim Ubac, Philip C. Tubeza, Inquirer. net | MANILA, 10/11/2012 -- The chief government negotiator on Tuesday sought to ease fears that the creation of a new autonomous Muslim homeland in Mindanao could lead to the rise of an Islamic state within the Philippines. Marvic Leonen, head of the government panel negotiating peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said at a briefing for Philippine Daily Inquirer editors and reporters that the creation of Bangsamoro would respect the “separation of Church and State.” President Benigno Aquino on Sunday announced a preliminary agreement between the government and the MILF to end a decades-long Muslim insurgency in Mindanao with the establishment of Bangsamoro, which would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The establishment of Bangsamoro would also mean recognition of the Moro identity, said the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles. Following the announcement of the preliminary agreement on Sunday, she said, a group of Bangsamoro proposed a campaign called “Bangsamoro Ako, Filipino.” “It is a way to promote the Moro identity as part of the Filipino,” Deles said, adding that she had told the group to proceed with the campaign. Bangsamoro identity The framework agreement will be signed in Malacañang on Oct. 15. Once the agreement is signed, Leonen said, the Moros begin to win recognition of their identity as Bangsamoro. Under the agreement, considered Bangsamoro are “those who at the time of conquest and colonization were considered natives or original inhabitants of Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago and its adjacent islands, including
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I wrote in the September 7, 2012 issue of Asian Journal entitled “Medical Mission To the Philippines May Disappear” as a result of the Philippine Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) stringent and unnecessary requirements for Foreign Surgical Medical Mission (FSMM) in the Philippines. The various Medical Alumni and Physician organiza(Continued on page 7) tions in America made a loud outcry and the advocacies for

KIAMBA, Sarangani (December 5, 2008) – People’s Government Mobile Action (PGMA) volunteer Dr. Sarah Bonoan diagnoses a baby patient as her team conducts a medical and surgical mission, backed up by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). (Photo by Ray Daniel/KIAMBA NEWS & INFO CENTER)

FSMM –the Global Coalition for Humanitarian EffortsPhilippines were able get the support of the Commission

for Filipino Overseas (CFO) and the Department of Health (DOH) to pressure the PRC to suspend temporarily two unwanted regulations. Are we, expatriates and ‘Good Samaritans’ will rejoice at the good News that two sections of the regulations have been temporarily suspended by the Philippine Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC)? I am one of those who don’t. Now that the PRC have been pressured by the CFO and the DOH, changed

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Myla Pilao, Trend Micro's director for Core Technology Marketing said in a statement, "Last year alone, more than a billion dollars was stolen from small and midsize bank accounts and data breaches are becoming even more costly. “Many organizations are at risk of being put out of business through direct financial losses or the high cost of direct or indirect data loss,” she added. Trend Micro, an international antivirus, and internet content security software developer, commissioned the study. The study also said that IT security providers must spend time and money cleaning customers' gadgets, taking at least 72 minutes to repair a single unit. But the study also said that the time used for repair could be avoided with better security. SMBs should update more regularly, and invest in solutions that manage threats in the cloud, according to the study. — With Shaira Panela/VS, GMA News

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At a briefing for the Inquirer, Deles said the MNLF would not be left out in the establishment of Bangsamoro. The government and the MILF will give the MNLF seats in the Transition Commission on the creation of the new autonomous region, Deles said. The MILF, Deles added, is willing to work with the MNLF in bringing peace to war-torn Mindanao. SC still supreme The Transition Commission will draft the basic law that would create Bangsamoro. The commission will submit the draft of the basic law to Congress for legislation. Leonen said that while Sharia, or Islamic law, would cover Muslims in Bangsamoro, any law or regulation to be adopted by the region would respect the basic rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the 1987 Constitution.
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Crime and Punishment
By Aurora Vega–Buzon

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f you are not a United States citizen, and you commit a crime or admit to acts constituting a crime, you may be deported, regardless of whether (1) you completed your sentence and/ or you paid the fine; or 2) the crime is merely a misdemeanor; or (3) the crime happened 10 years ago. Deportation is a separate consequence from and in addition to - the criminal penalty imposed and/or already served.
Consider this: Tony steals a loaf of bread from a bakery, and Johnny steals a similar loaf of bread but punches a store clerk in the process. Under criminal laws, Tony’s punishment is lighter than Johnny’s punishment. This is what we call “proportionality” - the severity of a punishment fits the gravity of the crime. However, under immigration laws, this proportionality concept is skewed against a non United States

citizen. If Tony is a United States citizen (USC), and Johnny is a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), the consequences become exponentially harsher for Johnny, who may be deemed deportable for (1) stealing, and (2) hitting a person in the process of stealing. Some crimes will, with certainty, make even a long-term LPR become deportable. Johnny, the LPR, was convicted of a misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor petty theft, and sentenced to probation and community service sentence for 3 years, which he completed. Five years later, he travels outside the United States for a vacation. Upon his return, the California Border Patrol (CBP) at Los Angeles International Airport brought him into a room and served him a Notice to Appear (NTA), placing him in removal (deportation) proceedings, alleging that he is inadmissible based on the commission of the 2 crimes he committed 5 years ago. Pleadings and Records of Conviction. The Immigration Court is permitted to review, in removal proceedings, only a narrow, specified set of documents regarding Johnny’s conviction. This is what is called

SMBs that update their pattern files or signatures only a few times per day risk more malware-related infections, the study noted. Also, these businesses risk a larger chance of infection during the security time gap between when malware is released, and when the protection is distributed across the various units. In the same survey, Android usage gained the largest increase in SMBs, with the number of Google Androids being used increasing by 7.1 percentage points from 2011. Meanwhile, the number of Apple iPhones being used in SMBs increased by 3.1 percentage points. In an average month, about 4.3 percent of endpoints (units) become infected, or a of 52.1-percent annual infection rate. These attacks cost $2,400 per endpoint or $79,200 per year. “record of conviction” and is limited to only the following: the charge/s or complaint or indictment; a signed plea agreement or the transcript from the plea proceedings; jury instructions; and the judgment of conviction. What a non-citizen pleads to is very important. The public defender or defense counsel should ask Johnny if he is a USC or an LPR, and at the very least consult with an immigration attorney regarding possible immigration consequences that might or will result from making a plea of “guilty” or “nolo contendere” (no contest). Johnny should make it known to his defense counsel or public defender that he is an LPR and not a US citizen, and must be fully informed of the consequences of his plea before signing the plea agreement. The consequences of an ill-informed or ill-advised plea and possible removal arising from such plea, are drastic and disastrous, potentially divesting a non-citizen of his LPR status and taking him away from his family and loved ones in the United States. As noted by the U.S.Supreme Court in the landmark case of Padilla v. Kentucky, “deportation is a ‘particularly severe penalty,’ not a mere collateral consequence of the criminal conviction.” In order to avoid the harsh consequences of removal as a result of a plea and criminal conviction, it is best that once criminal charges have been filed, a non-US citizen should - and before making a plea - immediately consult with an immigration practitioner regarding the consequences of making a guilty or no contest plea, and possible removal (deportation) after his criminal case is completed. Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon is a partner in Chua Tinsay & Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation (CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Philippines. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (619) 955-6277; (415) 495-8088; auvega@ctvattys.com

Palawan, and their descendants, whether of mixed or of full blood.”

“To the Philippine government, these are symbolisms, befitting their history. The history of their forebears,” Leonen said. The announcement did not sit well with Nur Misuari, leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) that signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996. Misuari, the first governor of ARMM, said the government’s deal with the MILF was illegal, as there was already the 1996 accord. He said the MNLF could sue the government in the International Court of Justice. And he issued a veiled threat against the government, saying the MNLF was “still alive and kicking.”

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Silliman University to Donate Filipiniana Books to County of San Diego Mira Mesa Library Branch
Join the Silliman University Alumni and Friends @ San Diego in a Special Presentation of Filipiniana Books and Materials to the Mira Mesa Branch Library. Established in 1996, the Philippine Heritage Collection Section in the library has become a reference center for the local library patrons who are interested in learning about the Philippine history and culture. This will be the organization’s fourth presentation to the library of new library materials on Philippine history, music, dictionaries, heroes, geography, travel, myths and legends as well as books for children. The organization has been involved in many community projects. Among them include the San Diego River clean up and Pennies with a Purpose fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. You will also find its members volunteering their time to reading to elementary school children. Laarni Gularek, president of SUAF will present the collection to Jennifer Suder, branch manager of the library. Congressman Bob Filner will be the guest speaker. There will be entertainment as well as refreshments. Admission is free.-- October 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Mira Mesa Library Community Room, 8405 New Salem St., San Diego, CA 92126-2308. Call (858) 538-8165 Silliman University Alumni

Capasenian Association of San Diego County

The officers and members of the Capasenian Association of San Diego County who are natives and former residents of the town of Capas, in Tarlac, the Philippines, held their Annual Fiesta Celebration in honor of their Patron Saint, San Nicolas de Tolentino, at the Miramar Base in Mills Park last September 8, 2012. Photo shows, from left to right: Manolo Moneda; Ely Lopez; Vic Diaz; JR & Zen Villacruz; Myrna Santos; Mert Capil (incoming vice president); Ferdie & Carmel Balagtas with grandson Noah; Nestor Sayuno and wife Flor; Peter & Christel Tran; Nelia Bonus Straw (incoming President); Bong Payumo; Philip Lopez (outgoing president); Cesar Soliman with Caleb; Fred & Gloria Ayson,; Nene Degodermano-Moneda; Rudy & Paz Mortera; and Ray & Adeling Ramirez.

Invite to Discuss How Minority and Ethnic Media Can Compete for Billions of Dollars in Corporate and Government Advertising on October 15th
October 15, 2012 9:30 am – 10:15 am South San Francisco Conference Center 255 South Airport Blvd. South San Francisco, CA 94080 San Bruno, Calif. — The National Asian American Coalition (NAAC) is holding its Ninth Annual Economic Development and Empowerment Conference on October 15th at the South San Francisco Conference Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. More than two dozen major corporate advertisers will be in attendance. Similarly, leadership from major government agencies will be speaking and participating including: the Chairman of the FDIC which oversees 7,300 financial institutions; the Deputy Administrator for the Small Business Administration, which works closely with all the major financial institutions; and the Executive Director of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Faith Bautista, the President and CEO of NAAC said, “We will open our conference with a Minority and Ethnic Media workshop that will discuss how minority media can effectively compete for billions of dollars annually in government, corporate and political contracts. Equally important, we will ensure that the minority media make the contacts that are necessary to achieve future contracts.” “Our nation’s 18 million Asian Americans will prosper most when our media secures the appropriate advertising budgets that enable them The Most Reverend Cirilo Flores, DD, JD, Coadjutor Bishop of to cover and advocate on behalf of San Diego, is flanked by Fr. Manny Ediza, pastor, and parish priests our needs. These relationships will of St. Michael Catholic Church in Paradise Hills during the rededica(Continued on page 16) tion ceremony of St. Michael’s Academy Catholic School on 9/29.

9th Annual Economic Development & Empowerment Conference

St. Michael Academy Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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sistent with the Constitution. There are so many pieces of legislation that are applicable to Sharia and are consistent with the Constitution, like (Continued from page 2) those on personal and family relaLeonen said any attempt to impose tions, inheritance, succession.” Leonen emphasized that Filipino controversial practices—like stonMuslims are “moderates” and do not ing to death for adultery or forcing follow harsh and ultraconservative women to wear burkas—similar interpretations of Sharia. to those in conservative Islamic “I have talked to ustadzes [Islamic countries, could be challenged in the teachers] and [learned that] there are Supreme Court in Manila. “There is separation of Church and many ways that Islam is interpreted. So, the Muslim world is very broad, State … Based on the Constitution but [Muslims] also believe in one of the Republic, it is the Supreme book,” Leonen said. Court [that] will have the final say He also said that the government if a punishment is cruel or unusual, or if [a rule or policy] violates equal would leave it up to the private secprotection under the law, freedom of tor to fund Islamic religious schools, expression, or the nonestablishment or madaris. “There is separation of Church and clause,” Leonen said. State and the state regulates educa“There are rights guaranteed by tion. But [the Department of Educathe Constitution and we would be among the first to object if these are tion] will have to be culturally sensitive on what they will allow [these violated,” he added. schools] to teach,” Leonen said. Leonen said the Office of the Tripoli agreement not treaty President and constitutional bodThe government peace panel apies like the Commission on Audit peared to be avoiding a controversy (COA) would also retain their oversight functions in the running of with Misuari. Deles refrained from commenting Bangsamoro. on Misuari’s charge that the MILF “That was not bargained away … the Supreme Court, COA, the Com- deal is illegal. Leonen, however, disagreed with mission on Elections will have their Misuari’s view that the MNLF deal say,” he said. was “internationally recognized.” “It is not a treaty,” Leonen said. Sharia The MNLF was “not a state” when it negotiated with the government, When asked what role Sharia he said. would play in Bangsamoro, Le“We know they’re alive,” Deles onen replied: “Shariah will govern Muslims … If you’re a Muslim and said, referring to Misuari’s veiled threat. “I am the one talking with you marry another Muslim, you’re them. It is our intention to fix the not under the Civil Code but under Muslim law. That’s already the exist- problems and ensure that [they will be in the new political entity].” ing system.” In a phone interview Wednesday, He went on: “They can expand (the coverage of) Sharia, maybe the Deles said the government panel dowry system, but it should be con- consulted the MNLF through Indo-

Bangsamoro

nesia, the facilitator of the talks with Misuari’s group. “We have sent the message that we intend the process of making the new law inclusive, that they will have representation in the Transition Commission, an intent that we have communicated to the MILF as well,” Deles said. Help from OIC Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), where the MNLF has observer status, had convened MNLF and MILF leaders to “push for unity and coordination.” He did not say, however, when and where the meeting took place. Deles said Misuari and the faction of the MNLF led by Muslimin Sema had long wanted to amend Republic Act No. 9054, the law that fleshed out the peace deal with the MNLF. The government had agreed to amend the law, Deles added. The Aquino administration and the MNLF have been conducting an “implementation review” of the 1996 accord, “but the MILF process has caught up with it,” Deles said. As for the Tripoli Agreement that the MNLF signed with the Marcos administration in 1976, Deles said all of its provisions had already been implemented through the 1996 peace accord. Once the Bangsamoro basic law is passed, the ARMM will be abolished and the new law will supersede the 1996 peace agreement, Deles said. -With a report from Nikko Dizon

Month at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland Sun-Day October 21, 2012 *** A Filipino Group photo will be taken in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle at 5:00pm (17:00) Come represent your Filipino Pride by wearing your Sun & Stars attire, Philippine attire (Please no Mountain Attire! haha) School Club Wear, or even your BARONG? HA! Either way it will be a fun and awesome event!

The First Annual Filipino Day at Disneyland Will Happenthrough Facebook,21 on 10/ Come celebrate Filipino History 3) Promote it
twitter, Instagram, you name it! 4) Follow the twitter page @SunDayDisney Filipino Day Video Montage

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How we can make this a success? 1) Tell your School Club about this event at its next general meeting! 2) Tell your friends and family!

PowerTools app utilizes Green Button Connect technology that allows automatic secure third-party downloads of energy data

SDG&E & Candi Controls Launching ‘Green Button Connect My Data’ Powertools App
impact, ability to choose and track energy saving goals, utility bill payment, current and historic local weather related to energy usage, and social network goal- and successsharing functionality. “Instead of waiting to get a bill at the end of the month, Green Button Connect My Data and the new PowerTools app empower customers to be more in tune with the way they consume energy and find new ways to conserve,” said SDG&E President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Niggli. “This type of innovation would not be possible without smart meters that provide real-time energy information that allows SDG&E customers to save money and conserve energy.” “We’re excited to be working with SDG&E to help customers benefit from smart grid technology,” said Steve Raschke, CEO of Candi Controls. “By bringing energy data and advice to customers’ mobile devices, PowerTools can help people identify and measure actions that result in meaningful cost savings and a healthier environment.” Green Button Connect My Data is an automated, more advanced level of the initial Green Button data download tool, and the next step in the industry-led Green Button initiative. To date, more than 10,000 cus-

5) Invite everyone you know to this event and share it! The bigger the turnout, the more fun it will be! See you at the Group Photo!

Using your Smartphone, document your trip to Filipino Day using your video camera and submit your video to FilipinoDayDisney@ gmail.com to be a part of the Filipino Day Montage. Group interactions, dances, character involvement, meet ups, creativity, etc ITS YOUR VIDEO! The video will then be posted up on the internet for sharing all over the world. So please make sure content is friendly or it will not be posted. FOR MORE INFO: http://filipinodaydisney.weebly.com/

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1, 2012 – Today San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Candi Controls announced the rollout of the Green Button Connect My Data” platform with the launch of their first app, PowerTools. The new PowerTools app, enabled by SDG&E and created by Candi Controls, is being demonstrated in Washington, D.C., today and will be available this month for SDG&E customers to view their personalized energy use information and use tools to find new ways to save energy. PowerTools will help SDG&E cusAs flu season shifts into high gear tomers to securely identify ways to this fall, the Norman Park Senior make smarter choices in their energy Center, part of the Chula Vista use habits and decisions, improve Recreation Department, is partnering efficiency and lower costs. Initially with the San Diego County Public available for web browsers and moHealth Department and Scripps bile tablets, the app will soon also Mercy Hospital Chula Vista to offer be available for additional platforms a Flu Shot Clinic for adults. Scripps including mobile phones and thirdMercy Hospital nurses and volunparty platforms such as Facebook. teers will administer flu vaccines Highlights of the app’s features at the Norman Park Senior Center, include: historical usage analysis, 270 F Street, on Friday, October 19, overview of actual use and savings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on a first relative to history, phantom power come, first served basis. There is a load calculation, environmental recommended $2 donation for the service, and a limited supply will be available. Along with a nutritious diet and regular exercise, flu shots are especially recommended for people with chronic illnesses, weakened immune systems or those over age 65. For more information, please call Norman Park at (619) 691-5086.

Flu Shots at Chula Vista Senior Center

tomers have downloaded their energy consumption data with the SDG&E Green Button tool. Through Green Button Connect My Data, customers can now authorize third parties to securely access their energy usage data on an automated and daily basis. The Green Button Download My Data and Green Button Connect My Data tools will soon both be available as part of “Energy Charts” in the SDG&E My Account web portal, which provides customers with detailed information on when they use electricity and how much. The PowerTools app will be available in addition to SDG&E’s apps (http:// www.sdge.com/sdge-mobile-applications) already available for customers, with plans to incorporate it into the existing SDG&E app. SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help our customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

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Eleksiyon 2012
voter registration rate and lowest turnout rate of any ethnic group in America. According the United States Census estimates, barely more than half (52%, or 58,376 out of 110,835) of all eligible Asian The Asian Pacific American Coali- residents in the City of San Diego tion (APAC), a civic group that was are registered voters, compared to prominently involved in the City 59%-74% for all other ethnic groups of San Diego’s 2010 redistricting nationally. The Bureau also found process, has released the following that in November 2008, less than statement: half (47.6%) of registered Asian voters cast ballots on Election Day, As San Diego voters begin receiv- compared to 50%-66% for all other ing their ballots in the mail this ethnic groups nationally.[2] week, APAC is taking this opporFewer than 1 out of 10 San Diego tunity to raise public awareness to County voters are Asian. Out of the urgent need for greater voter 1,478,740 total registered voters, participation from the Asian Pacific there are an estimated 99,742 (6.7%) American community. Our voter Asian voters. Of these voters, 13,259 education initiative, entitled “Your are Chinese; 40,989 are Filipino; Voice, Your Vote,” will encourage all 7,209 are Japanese; 4,596 are KoAsian Pacific Americans to register rean, and 17,362 are Vietnamese.[3] to vote and cast their ballot on ElecThe majority of Asian voters tion Day. in San Diego County live in the City of San Diego. Out of 637,009 A new data analysis by the United total registered voters, there are an States Census Bureau and APAC estimated 58,376 (9.1%) registered finds that San Diego’s Asian comAsian voters. Of these, 9,126 are munity is in last place for voter Chinese; 21,068 are Filipino; 3,355 registration and voter turnout among are Japanese; 2,704 are Korean, and all ethnic groups. This is an alarming 13,050 are Vietnamese. discovery, which jeopardizes the fuThis is an important election that ture of our community. Our particiSan Diego Asian residents, and all pation in the democratic process is San Diegans, need to participate in necessary in order to secure econom- by registering to vote and casting a ic prosperity for our families, and ballot on Election Day. Hundreds the nation. APAC strongly encourof candidates will appear on the ages every San Diegan to register to ballot in San Diego County for vote by October 22nd, and cast their local, state and federal races. Adballots on November 6th. ditionally, more than forty public school board contests will appear FACTS ABOUT SAN DIEGO on the ballot. School board elecASIAN VOTERS tions impact school funding, charter schools, and the quality of education Asians are the fastest growing that children receive. Eleven school community in San Diego, rising bond measures will also appear on 24% in the City of San Diego and the ballot. School bonds affect how 39% in San Diego County over the much residents pay in property taxes past decade. In the City, Asians grew each year. from 164,895 out of 1,223,400 in Bilingual poll workers who can 2000 to 209,146 out of 1,301,617 in speak Chinese, Tagalog or Vietnam2010.[1] In the County, Asians grew ese are needed for the November 6th from 245,297 out of 2,813,833 in election. The need for bilingual poll 2000 to 341,562 out of 3,095,313 in workers is great in neighborhoods 2010. that are critical for Asian political However, Asians have the lowest empowerment in San Diego, such

APAC Launches “Your Vote, Your Voice” Voter Education Initiative to Get Out The Vote on Election Day

APAC: New Research Finds San Diego’s Asian Voters California Proposition 32: Political Contributions Bans political contributions by payroll deduction and contributions from unions Are In “Last Place” For Voter Registration, Turnout and corporation.
as Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos, Pomerado, and Clairemont. Poll workers must be US citizens, and registered to vote in the state of California. Poll workers receive a stipend ranging from $75 – 175, depending on their assignment. To apply to become a poll worker, visit www.sdvote.com or call 858-5655800. Don’t miss the deadline! The last day to register to vote is October 22nd. The election will be held on November 6th. More information on registering to vote can be found online at www.sdvote.com or by calling the Registrar of Voters office, at (858) 565-5800. [1] Source: 2000 & 2010 United States Census. 2 Source: United States Census Bureau. “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008.” July 2012. Table 2. 3 Source: PoliticalData.com. Estimates are made by identifying voters who requested voting material in Tagalog or Vietnamese; matching a voter’s birthplace to an Asian country; cross-referencing voter surnames to a ethnic surname list provided by the Department of Justice. ### [1] Source: 2000 & 2010 United States Census. [2] Source: United States Census Bureau. “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2008.” July 2012. Table 2. [3] Source: PoliticalData.com. Estimates are made by identifying voters who requested voting material in Tagalog or Vietnamese; matching a voter’s birthplace to an Asian country; cross-referencing voter surnames to a ethnic surname list provided by the Department of Justice. MapLight Voters’ Edge CA SUMMARY: Prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Applies same use prohibition to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors. Prohibits union and corporate contributions to candidates and their committees. Prohibits government contractor contributions to elected officers or their committees. What your vote means YES -- A YES vote on this measure means: Unions and corporations could not use money deducted from an employee’s paycheck for political purposes. Unions, corporations, and government contractors would be subject to additional campaign finance restrictions. NO -- A NO vote on this measure means: There would be no change to existing laws regulating the ability of unions and corporations to use money deducted from an employee’s paycheck for political purposes. Unions, corporations, and government contractors would continue to be subject to existing campaign finance laws. Campaign Arguments YES -- Prop. 32 CUTS THE MONEY TIE BETWEEN SPECIAL INTERESTS AND POLITICIANS

to the full extent constitutionally allowed. Bans contributions from corporations AND unions to politicians. Prohibits contributions from government contractors. Stops payroll withholding for politics, making ALL contributions voluntary. NO LOOPHOLES, NO EXEMPTIONS. Vote YES to clean up Sacramento. NO -- Prop. 32 isn’t reform—it exempts business Super PACs and thousands of big businesses from its provisions, at the same time applying restrictions on working people

and their unions. It’s unfair, unbalanced, and won’t take money out of politics. The League of Women Voters urges a No vote! Financial Effect YES -- Increased state implementation and enforcement costs of up to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, potentially offset in part by revenues from fines. NO -- No difference in cost from status quo.-- Link: http://votersedge. org/california/ballot-measures/2012/ november/prop-32

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MAGPAREHISTRO UPANG MAKABOTO!
SIBIKONG PAKIKILAHOK SA PAMAMAGITAN NG PAGBOTO Ang Pagboto ay Magsisimula sa Iyo

MGA KARANIWANG KATANUNGAN NG MGA KOLEHIYO TUNGKOL SA PAGBOTO/MGA ESTUDYANTE NG UNIBERSIDAD
Tanong: Ano ang huling araw ng pagpaparehistro para bumoto sa ika-6 ng Nobyembre 2012 ng pampanguluhang pangkalahatang eleksiyon? Sagot: Lunes, ika-22 ng Oktubre. Ang mga porma na ipinadala sa koreo ay dapat may tatak-pangkoreo sa petsa na iyon. Kung dadalhin niyo ang porma sa aming opisina, dapat matanggap ito bago mag-hating gabi. Tanong: Nasaan ang opisina ng Tagapagrehistro ng mga Botante at gaano ito katagal na bukas sa huling araw? Sagot: Ang opisina ay matatagpuan sa 5201 Ruffin Road, San Diego, 92123 at bukas hanggang hatinggabi ng ika-22 ng Oktubre. Tanong: Sa “parehong araw” ba ng rehistrasyon ang epekto para sa eleksiyon? Sagot: Hindi. Ang lehislasyon ay hindi i-epekto hanggang ang rehistrasyon ng botante ng estado sa database ay nilikha na maaaring ilang taon pa mula ngayon. Tanong: Dumalo ako ng kolehiyo/sa unibersidad ng County ng San Diego ngunit ang mga magulang ko ay nakatira sa labas ng County at itinuring ko na ang kanilang tahanan ang aking maging layunin sa

pagboto. Saan ako dapat magparehistro para bumoto? Maaari ko bang dalhin ang aking balota sa lugar ng botohan ng county ng San Diego?

WALANG BOTO = WALANG BOSES

ANG BOTO MO AY BOSES MO

ay may karapatang bumoto, kaya ang Tagapagrehistro ay lubos na pinakikiusapan ang lahat ng mga botante na pumunta sa kanilang nakatalagang lokasyon.

Sagot: Maaari kang magparehistro upang bumoto gamit ang adres ng iyong mga magulang sa pagbisita sa online sa Opisina ng Tagapagrehistro ng mga Botante ng County kung saan nakatira ang iyong mga magulang. Kung nakumpleto mo na ang apidabit ng iyong rehistrasyon, kailangan mo magbigay ng adres ng iyong mga magulang bilang adres ng iyong tirahan at ang iyong pangkoreong adres ng County ng San Diego. Humingi ng balotang pangkoreo at ang County ng Tagapagrehistro kung saan nakatira ang iyong mga magulang ay ipapadala ang balotang pangkoreo sa iyong adres sa County ng San Diego. TALA: Kailangan mong ibalik ang balotang ito sa County ng iyong tirahan—huwag mong dalhin sa lugar ng botohan ng County ng San Diego. Tanong: Dumalo ako ng kolehiyo/sa unibersidad ng County ng San Diego at ngayon itinuring ko itong tirahan para sa layunin sa pagboto. Saan ako dapat magparehistro para bumoto? Sagot: Maaari kayong magparehistro para bumoto sa inyong adres sa County ng San Diego. Bumisita sa online sa www.sdvote. com at sundin ang mga instruksiyon para sa pagpaparehistro sa pagboto. Tanong: Humiling ako ng balotang pangkoreo. Kailan ito darating? Sagot: Ang mga botanteng nagparehistro hanggang 60 mga araw bago ang eleksiyon (ika-7 ng Setyembre), ay makikita na darating ang kanilang balota sa linggo ng ika-8 ng Oktubre. Ang mga botanteng nagparehistro at humiling ng balotang pangkoreo pagkatapos

ESPESYAL NA PAUNAWA
Ang mga botohan ay bukas mula ika-7 ng umaga hanggang ika-8 ng gabi sa araw na nakalagay sa ipinadalang ihemplong balota. Ang mga tiyak na instruksiyon kung paano ang bumoto, kabilang ang kung paano iboboto ang isang probisyonal na balota, ay makukuha mula sa isang manggagawa sa botohan o sa pamamagitan ng pagbabasa ng impormasyon na ipinakoreo sa iyo ng inyong lokal na opisyal sa mga eleksiyon. Kung ikaw ay isang botanteng bagong rehistro, maaaring hingan ka ng angkop na identipikasyon o ibang dokumentasyon alinsunod sa pederal na batas. Pero tandaan na ang bawat tao ay may karapatang bumoto ng isang probisyonal na balota kahit siya ay hindi nagbigay ng dokumentasyon. Labag sa batas na ipahayag ang sarili na karapat-dapat bumoto maliban kung nakakatugon ka sa lahat ng kinakailangan para makaboto sa ilalim ng pederal na batas at batas ng estado. Labag sa batas na pakialaman ang kagamitan sa pagboto.

mangyaring tawagan ang opisina ng sekretaryo ng estado ng walang-bayad at kompidensiyal na Numero Para sa Proteksiyon ng Botante sa (800)339-2957 o Voter Hotline sa (800)345-VOTE [8683].

O Ang aming Opisina ng Tagapagrehistro ng mga Botante Sa (858) 565-5800

ng petsa ay dapat matanggap ang kanilang balota sa loob ng ilang araw pagkatapos dumating ng aplikasyon. Tanong: Kailan ko dapat isauli ang aking balotang pangkoreo? Sagot: Ang lahat ng mga botante ay pinakikiusapan na bumoto at ibalik ang kanilang mga balotang pangkoreo sa lalong madaling panahon, na hindi lalampas ng ika2 ng Nobyembre, Biyernes bago ang Araw ng Eleksiyon, para sa mga nakatira sa loob ng County ng San Diego. Ang lahat ng mga balotang pangkoreo ay maaaring dalhin sa anumang lugar ng botohan sa County, kasama ng balota na inisyu ng Tagapagrehistro ng County ng San Diego. Ang mga balotang pangkoreo ay maaari din dalhin sa opisina ng Tagapagrehistro sa karaniwang oras at sa pagitan ng ika-8 ng umaga hanggang ika-5 ng hapon Sabado, ika-3 ng Nobyembre.

Tanong: Gusto kong bumoto sa mga presinto. Paano ko mahahanap ang aking lugar ng botohan? Sagot: Ang iyong lugar ng botohan ay nakalista sa likod ng takip ng iyong buklet ng ihemplong balota. Maaari niyo rin makita ito sa pagpunta sa www.sdvote.com at i-klik ito sa lugar ng botohan o sa pamamagitan ng pagtawag sa opisina ng Tagapagrehistro ng mga Botante sa 858-565-5800. Tanong: Gaano ba ka importante na bumoto sa akin nakatalagang lugar ng botohan? Sagot: Ang mga botante na pumunta sa maling presinto ay maaaring bumoto ng probisyonal. Kung nakumpirma na sila ay may karapatang bumoto sa loob ng County ng San Diego pagkatapos ng eleksiyon, ang nabotohang probisyonal na balota ay maibibilang. Subalit, maaari itong hindi naglalaman ng lahat ng labanan sa balota na kung saan ang botante

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Perspectives
Contemporary Asian American Issues
Founder, President & CEO Kalusugan Community Services. www.filamwellness.org

by Dr. Ofelia Dirige

In Memory Of Dr. Riz A. Oades
October 8, 2012, is the third anniversary of the passing away of Dr. Riz A. Oades, Founder, President of Kalusugan Community Services (KCS) and Director of the Filipino American Wellness Center (FWC ). He co-founded KCS in 1992 with Dr. Ofelia Dirige and Paul Ones. It is essentially a pioneering organization that has reached out to the Filipino American community to improve their health and well-being through culturally relevant programs. Since then it has grown to a multi-service agency with program components such as community service, advocacy, research, and training. Dr. Oades is a man of varied talents just like Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero, in which he derived his name. He was also a Professor in History and Asian Studies at San Diego State University, a columnist in the Asian Journal and an active community leader such as being Vice-President of the Council of Philippine American Organizations. He was a recipient of many awards including the Asia Heritage Award in Health and Medicine in 2005 and Community Service Award in 2008. He has written so many articles and books, the foremost of which is ,”Beyond the Mask: Untold Stories of US Navy Filipinos.” This is the only book of its kind that details the life and struggles of Filipinos in the U.S. navy since the early 1900s. This book is a required reading in Dr. Dirige’s class in Asian Studies, “Contemporary Issues in FilAm Communities.” Below is a review by one of her students. If you would like a copy of the book it sells for $20 and can be obtained by calling Dr. Dirige at (619) 656-1983 or visiting the Center at 1419 East 8th St., National City, CA 91950 (Tel: 477-3392). GUEST WRITER: ERNESTO LEGASPI

the Navy has done for Filipinos as a whole. However, in the early 1900s, essentially all Filipinos attempted to join the Navy for the same reasons. Due to hundreds of years of colonization, constant intrusion of foreigners, and corruption from within, the Philippines was struck with poverty and little opportunities for its natives. Even high school and college graduates had little luck with the wrecked economy. Thus, as America made steward positions available to Filipinos, thousands of them saw this as a means of escaping their horrible conditions, becoming a U.S. citizen, and obtaining financial support for both themselves and their families.

in Baguio City and the U.S. Navy at Sangley Point. Essentially, he really didn’t have a true reason to join; for him, it was just “the thing to do if nothing else worked.” Jay saw the military as a way to make something out of his boring life. Young, courageous, and adventurous, Jay had chosen wisely in doing so. Jay was eventually accepted to the U.S. Navy on December 23, 1960. Over two hundred applied, but only thirty-two passed the physical, oral, and written exams. Though initially accepted as a steward, Jay’s path beyond the steward life began right after he passed the Basic Battery Test (BBT). At first, he failed due to poor preparation. However, six years later he easily passed. Next, he then requested to be assigned to a submarine; where he then went on to a submarine school in New London, Connecticut, and graduated with honors. Jay was sent to Norfolk Virginia, to the submarine USS Grampus. He initially served as an Electrician Mate.

A Democratic and Republican Physical and Cyber State
humility, honesty, and honor in governance rather than proceeding with impunity, arrogance, and with ‘Wang Wang” mentality. There is no place for any law that abridges freedom of expression. Any law that threatens any citizen with imprisonment for freely expressing his views under any circumstance is one such law. LIBEL should not be in the Revised Penal Code and should be excluded as a Cybercrime. An educated, well-informed, and enlightened citizenry make a stronger, more creative, and progressive democracy. To this end, the Constitution states, “The right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized. Access to official records, and to documents and papers pertaining to official acts, transaction, decisions, as well as to government research data used as bases for policy development, shall be afforded the citizen, subject to such limitations as may be provided by law.” (Section 7, Article III). This provision, being included in the Bill of Rights, is self-executing. Until a law is passed providing such limitations, a sovereign citizen has a right to unlimited access to information on matters of public concern as specified. The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act as proposed, consolidated, and sponsored by Congressman Erin Tañada should be passed ASAP not only to give more meaning to the above Constitutional provision but also to define the limitations and process for exercising the right. It is too bad that Tañada was not included in the Senatorial slate of Daang Matuwid. He would have been the ideal candidate to explain, defend, and to discuss the benefits of this Constitutional and Statutory mandate in the campaign trail. There is still time to pass it. “For it was all written. So shall it be done.” I understand that there is a plan for Congressman Tañada to be in the Executive Department. That is good news. It is always better to have a Tañada on your side. Ninoy Aquino had nationalist Lorenzo Tañada, Sr. on his side during the Marcos years. Cory Aquino had Wigberto Tañada after People Power. PNoy should sit down with Erin immediately, and announce the appointment thereafter!

Though most Filipinos were given the same basic training (i.e. boot camp) as non-Filipinos were, others went on to pursue certain academic America is a land with many goals; while some received no trainopportunities and countless faces. When faced with poverty, inequality, ing at all. As of May 1963, there were 12,840 Filipino sailors on acand hopelessness, many Filipinos tive duty; approximately two-thirds spared no time in their attempts to of them were stewards while the bolt to the U.S. Prior to the end of other one-third had different ratings. WWII, joining the Navy, though extremely competitive for Filipinos, Stewards went to boot camp and served as the quickest and most con- steward school. Though many were venient source of leaving the Philip- competent and over qualified, they were confined to the rank and duties pines for the “American Dream.” to that of a steward. Thus, a minorHowever, many soon realized that ity of Filipinos actually received their “opportunity” was greatly hampered by the color of their skin. advanced or specialized training. Riz A. Oades, author of the book Be- Their steward duties included: yond the Mask, excellently portrays cleaning, cooking, and maintaining the lifestyle of the other seamen/ofthe many untold stories and issues ficers. Some were just glad to be in through his great literary skills, the Navy while others resented their and with the help of his peers and shameful “feminine” duties and lack primary sources of Filipino Navy veterans throughout the late eighteen of advancement. and early/mid nineteen hundreds. JAY RUIZ: Though advancement for Filipinos in the Navy was Beyond the Mask is a compelnear impossible, some were able to ling book that confronts the reader rise above this adversity. A perwith the untold stories of hardship, fect example of this is the story of inequality, opportunity, racism, and Command Senior Chief (CSC) Jay perseverance of numerous Filipino Ruiz. Though Jay completed his Navy veterans. high school education, which was There are countless reasons why not as common at the time, he found Filipinos joined the Navy. While some Filipinos joined other branches college education quite tiresome, boring, and demanding. However, in of the military, the majority chose the fall of 1960, Jay made a decision the Navy primarily due to tradition, the opportunity to travel, familiarity, that would change his life forever. independence, American citizenship, Jay applied for admission to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and a sense of recognition for what nature,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “He is a magnetic and charismatic talent, whose infectious enthusiasm for adventure inspires people to push themselves beyond their limits. These contestants are in for the ride of their lives!” “‘Get Out Alive’ will be raw, tough and unrelenting, but it will also inspire and teach the essentials that one day may just save your life,” said Grylls. “The goal is to empower people with the ultimate in both survival and teamwork, and that brings incredible reward... but first there must be some pain.” “Bear is the most exciting talent in the world of survival adventure today -- there is simply no one like him,” said Chris Grant, CEO of Electus. “To be able to partner with Bear and the rest of his team is a dream come true. I believe that the synergies between our two companies are limitless and we are very excited to make programming with Bear for NBC.” Grylls’ passion for the outdoors was forged during his childhood in the U.K on the Isle of Wight where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa where he broke his back in three places, Grylls went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Today, Grylls is perhaps best known for his international TV series “Man vs. Wild” (known as “Born Survivor” in the U.K.), which has achieved a global audience of over 1.2 billion followers and author of his #1 best-selling book “Mud, Sweat and Tears.” About NBC Entertainment NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network’s primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC’s quality programs and balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards, and ratings success. NBC has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history. NBC’s roster of popular scripted series includes the Emmy Award-winning comedies

At Large...
by Miles Beauchamp, PhD
Miles is Assistant to the Dean and Assistant Professor in the Shirley Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University where he teaches new media and diverse writing courses. He has been with the Asian Journal since the 1990’s.

“Get Out Alive”
NBC green-lights a new adventure reality competition series “Get Out Alive”
NBC has recently given “the green light to “Get Out Alive”, a new, larger-than-life and extreme adventure reality-competition series headlined by world-renowned adventurer Bear Grylls, to be co-produced by Bear Grylls Ventures and Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio, Electus. The move to NBC for “Get Out Alive” marks the first time the international television star will debut on network television. The show will test teams of two beyond their most extreme imaginations in the wild. NBC has ordered eight episodes of the series, with additional creative details to be revealed at a later date. “Get Out Alive” is set to air in primetime in Summer 2013. A magnetic and charismatic talent “To meet Bear is to meet a force of

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“The Philippines is a democratic and republican State. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them. “ (Section1, Article II, Philippine Constitution). As a democratic State, all powers come from the people. Out of practicability, necessity, beneficiality, efficiency and effectiveness, the sovereign people may decide to delegate the powers to a group of people who may exercise them according to In his first attempt, he successcertain terms and conditions. fully passed the Petty Officer Third The terms and conditions are Class exam. Soon enough, Jay was specified in an instrument called gaining much progress; at considConstitution that the sovereign erable speed, and was promoted people ratified. This is akin to what and assigned to Submarine Main we ordinarily call General and/or Propulsion System. Next, Jay Special Powers of Attorney, signed, went on to Electrician Mate “B” notarized, and delivered. School at Great Lakes, Illinois, The functions, duties, and powers and passed with honors; third in of the representatives or Attorneyshis class. Finally, Jay requested the highly competitive Advance Degree in-fact as enumerated in the ConstiCompletion Program (ADCO); thus tution are subject to certain rights and powers that the people reserved reuniting him with school/college once again. He graduated on August for themselves. These include the Bill of Rights, the People’s Initiative 9, 1974 from Southwestern Coland in extreme cases, People Power lege, and quickly advanced through Revolution. the Chief (E-7) and Senior Chief The democratic process that the (E-8) to become a Command Senior people follow to choose their repreChief (CSC). Jay Ruiz is my favorite sentatives is what we call Elections. character in this book because, in And the institution under which the the face of immeasurable adversity representatives exercise their duties and challenges while still living in and functions is called Government. a white world, he never let any of The Philippine Government is those factors stop him from doing not just democratic but republican what he wanted to do and being as well. It is a Government Of the what he wanted to be. People, For the People, and By the People. (Continued on page 16) Certain elective officials are chosen by the people regularly – every 6 years for some, every 3 years for others and for special times for “The Office” and “30 Rock,” as well certain officials. Appointive officials as the critically acclaimed “Parks under the Civil Service System and and Recreation,” “Community” and Constitutional officers serve for new popular comedies “The New fixed terms. Political appointees are Normal,” “Go On,” “Animal Pracusually co-terminus with their polititice,” and “Guys With Kids.” NBC’s cal Bosses. drama slate is highlighted by the Apart from what the sovereign popular new drama “Revolution,” people specified in the Constitution, upcoming series “Chicago Fire,” how do the Governors or public veteran award-winning series “Law servants find out the “will of the & Order: Special Victims Unit” people” or their Bosses’ wishes in and “Parenthood,” along with the between elections? popular recent additions “Smash” There were specific prohibitions and “Grimm.” Unscripted series for for their public servants who were NBC include the vocal competienacting laws: “No law shall be tion hit “The Voice” as well as “The passed abridging the freedom of Biggest Loser,” “The Celebrity Apspeech, of expression, or of the prentice” and the perennial #1 most- press, or the right of the people watched summer series, “America’s peaceably to assemble and petition Got Talent.” the government for redress of grievances.” (Section 4, Article III). Late-night TV With the prohibition, the people would be able to enjoy all the In late-night, NBC regularly deliv- freedoms without fear or fervor to ers #1 broadcast results with “The express their views for or against Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late the acts of their own public serNight with Jimmy Fallon,” “Last vants. These views can be found in Call with Carson Daly” and “Saturthe newspapers, radio, television, day Night Live.” NBC Daytime’s cinema or other forms of media, the “Days of our Lives” consistently latest being texting, electronic comranks among daytime’s top programs munications, the Internet, the social in the valuable women 18-34 catego- media and the like. ry. The five-time, Emmy AwardHearing, reading, feeling and winning NBC.com streams full knowing what is in the hearts and in episodes and provides original conthe minds of the people to determine tent for NBC entertainment shows their will and wishes is a must for online and through apps for mobile effective, efficient, and good govand tablet devices. NBC recently ernance. Curtailing or emasculating launched NBC Kids, a new Saturthis freedom to express the people’s day morning programming block views would be depriving the Bosses designed specifically to address the from assisting the Head of State to developmental needs of preschoolguide the destinies of all Filipinos aged children. Programmed by the and the whole nation. kids’ experts at Sprout, the nation’s Surveys are proven ways to first 24-hour preschool television scientifically determine the pulse of channel, this new three-hour block the public despite their more limited will feature educational series that samples. But obtaining information promote active, healthy lifestyles for from the regular and social media, younger children.” be they supporters or naysayers of the Government should be welcome so that it could be guided with

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“We are also being monitored by these online vandals. They are countering everything we’re doing,” Narciso said in Filipino. Narciso declined to divulge details of the operation against the hacktivists, whom he described as young and are still in college. “These are young people whose [computer] knowledge [is] only emerging. What they did in jest [to hack government sites] has a corresponding violation,” Narciso said in a radio interview, saying that the hacking spree by the group is a violation of the new Cybercrime Prevention Act. Anonymous Philippines attacked the government’s online properties since September 27 as a form of protest against the newly-signed controversial anti-cybercrime law. “They are a loose group of ‘hacktivists’, as they like to refer to themselves. They don’t have a leader [and] they don’t have any objectives. They only met on the Internet and called themselves ‘anonymous’, intending to show they have capability to express their sentiments,” Narciso added. Besides Anonymous Philippines, hackers Private X and Sibusabo
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Immigration 911
by Atty. Susan V. Perez
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Successful Reinstatement of I-130 Petition Under the Obama Law
IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez. My Facebook notification read: “Atty. Susan--another great immigration case you handled for Sonia and Theresa. Thanks so much. They got approved for their greencard application.” Sonia and Theresa are siblings. They came to the United States in 1988 as visitors and were given six months to stay. They never left the United States and had not seen their relatives in the Philippines since. Their father, Papay, was granted U.S. citizenship in 1993 based on his services as a soldier during World War II. In other words, he was a Filipino war veteran. In 1994 Papay filed for I-130 petitions on behalf of Sonia and Theresa who remain single up to this time. In 2008 Papay died of cardiac arrest at the age of 82. At the time, the priority date for F1 category (unmarried son and daughters of U.S. citizens) was not current. In June 2010 or two years after Papay’s death, the priority date of the I-130 petitions of Sonia and Theresa became current. Fortunately, in October 2009, President Obama signed a new law that allows beneficiaries to continue to be eligible for adjustment of status even when their qualifying relative has died. The Obama law does not require the beneficiary to petition for humanitarian reinstatement or revalidation, which is very hard to get prove. To determine eligibility for humanitarian reinstatement, the Government looks at the following factors, set forth in the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM): (1) Disruption of an established family unit; (2) Hardship to U.S. Citizens and lawful permanent residents; (3) A beneficiary who is elderly or in poor health; (4) A beneficiary who has had lengthy residence in the U.S.; (5) A beneficiary who has no home to go to; (6) Undue delay by INS or consular officers in processing the petition and the visa; and (7) a beneficiary who has strong family ties in the U.S. Documenting these factors requires a lot of hard work and I have yet to find an attorney who had successfully obtained humanitarian reinstatement or revalidation. The Government gives its boilerplate decision with nothing on it to indicate real consideration of the factors that the applicant’s lawyer had painstakingly documented and presented. And the Government took more than one year to write this boilerplate decision. The first factor enumerated in FAM is disruption of an established family unit. Let’s take this one case. The beneficiary was the only relative left in the Philippines. She was the oldest of the brood of three and there was sufficient evidence they remain close despite years of physical separation. Yet, the Government response was: “Since they have been separated for more than 10 years the family unit has already been RINA), meanwhile, were also defaced on Sunday by hackers “Ablaze Ever” and “Teamr00t” who left their names on the sites. As of posting time, MARINA’s original web page has been repaired while MTC’s site remained inaccessible. Anonymous Philippines member Prisoner said on his Facebook account that his group is not part of the latest vandalism activities. “[We] honor our word. If we say we are not going to attack, we are not going to attack. We will not destroy our principles and reputation. We are silent now, but expect us,” the hacker. The group launched the hacking spree in protest of the Cybercrime Prevention Act signed by President Aquino last September 12. disrupted…” This is illogical! First, the reason the older sibling was left out and separated from her younger siblings for 10 years is the backlog in family-based immigration. Second, physical separation alone does not disrupt family ties. There was evidence that they she saw her siblings every year and they remain close despite physical separation. The Obama law is an easier alternative to humanitarian reinstatement. Under this law, the petition does not have to be approved. It is sufficient that a petition has been filed by the petitioner or on behalf of the petitioner before his or her death. The following are the eligibility requirements: 1) The beneficiary must be residing in the United States at the time of death of the petitioner and at the time of application for adjustment of status under this new law; and 2) USCIS must adjudicate the application for adjustment of status unless the approval of the adjustment of status would not be in the public interest. The new law applies to: Aliens with pending or approved I-130 petitions as immediate relatives such spouse, parent or child under 21 of a U.S. citizen; Aliens with pending or approved I-130 petitions including their spouses and children under 21 under the following categories: F-1 (single adult son or daughter of U.S. citizen), F-2A (spouse and unmarried child below 21 of a green card holder), F-2B (single adult son or daughter of green card holder), F-3 (married child of a U.S citizen), and F-4 categories (brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen; Derivative beneficiaries, which are the spouse and children under 21, of an alien with a pending or approved I-140 petition. An I-140 petition is one filed by an employer as compared to I-130 which is filed by a family member. This means that the derivative beneficiaries can pursue the application for adjustment of status even if the dead primary beneficiary of the petition is no longer working with the petitioner/ employer. Pending or approved petitions for asylees, refugees, crime victims, and victims of human trafficking. For beneficiaries who do not fall under the immediate relative category, they have to wait for their priority dates to be current before they can apply for adjustment of status. Oftentimes, by the time their priority dates become current, they have been out of status in the United States. For these cases, the alien must have the benefit of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) section 245(i) to be eligible to apply for adjustment of status under the October 2009 law of President Obama. In order to qualify for the 245(i) benefit, the I-130 or I-140 petition must have been filed before April 30, 2001. If the petition was filed between January 14, 1998 and April 30, 2001, the alien must establish that he or she was physically present in the United States on December 21, 2000. A beneficiary of a petition filed before January 14, 1998 does not have to establish physical presence in the United States on December 21, 2000. Sonia and Theresa are beneficiaries of 245(i) because their Papay filed their I-130 petitions in 1994. As such, the fact they were TNT (Tago ng Tago) for a long time and worked without authorization did not render them ineligible for adjustment of status. I had to prove that they have good moral character and positive members of the community. This was not hard for me to document because they are law-abiding and hardworking people. We welcome your feedback. If you have any immigration questions, please feel welcome to email me at susasn@law-usimmigration.com or call 619 819 -8648 to arrange for a telephone consultation.

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purportedly behind hack attacks of the past months are also being monitored by NBI, Narciso said. New hackers jump in on hacking spree Meanwhile, other hackers have joined the hacking spree of Anonymous Philippines, defacing other websites being maintained by the government. A so-called “Turkish Hacker” left a message and an image of the Turkish flag on the website of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday morning. “The Turkish Republic will be happy and prosperous,” the hackers, who left their aliases on the DOTC site, said. It also indicated that the DOTC attack is part of an Ortuk Operation or “Ortuk Operasyon” The word “Ortuk” in Turkish means “common.” As of 9:45 on Monday, DOTC has successfully restored its website. The websites of the Maritime Training Council (MTC) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MA-

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oppressed, what is it, if not the rich and the oppressor itself? And I can stand high in the pulpit each Sunday, well-fed and comfortable, telling the people that “this too shall pass”?..to continue to suffer and take comfort because “God is on our side”... Which God would that be? The church bell rang. It was 5:20. Father George said one last prayer, then struggled out of his pajamas for a quick shower to get ready to celebrate the 6 o’clock morning Mass. In the bathroom, he looked at the mirror – and did not like the troubled face staring back at him. To be continued... The author welcomes comments, corrections, suggestions, etc. from Asian Journal readers. These may be included in the novel’s final version. Please send your remarks to ed.gamboa@yahoo.com. Thanks! Copyright. E. Gamboa

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Chapter 12: The Long Loneliness
Author’s note: August 21, 1983. Exiled Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, the charismatic opposition leader, arrives at the Manila International Airport to a returning hero’s welcome. Escorted by government soldiers, Ninoy is summarily shot to death as he steps on the tarmac… Kumander Gusi watches the TV coverage of the assassination while recovering from wounds sustained during an encounter with commandos of the Philippine Constabulary. Years earlier, Gusi was the newly-ordained and affable Father George Madrid whose social justice work among oppressed farm workers (sacadas) in the parish of Santa Lucia eventually led to his defection to the Communist Party of the Philippines. In short order, the rebel priest had risen to the rank of commander of the dreaded New People’s Army. Injured in a skirmish and on the run from Sulog’s men, Gusi is attended to by rebel physician, Dr. Fred Delima. Critically ill, he reminisces on the series of events which led to his defection. In this chapter, he unwittingly participates in a communist cell meeting.
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Before her conversion, she had been involved in socialist or communist groups in lower Manhattan, advocating for the powerless poor, underpaid workers, the rejects of society. For that she spent time in jail, several times. She eventually found Jesus Christ to be more compelling and authentic than Karl Heinrich Marx. But she always felt that the Church had, over the centuries, lost something precious which Marx rediscovered, something the German philosopher and revolutionary socialist used to discredit the Church. Opium of the people – who could disagree with that? Same thing with the young Thomas Merton, before he was baptized a Catholic at age 23 and before he entered the Trappist Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemane in rural Kentucky in 1941. The Columbia University journalism student had dabbled with communism before he became Father Louis, author of the most famous book written by an American monk. Aside from its inherent atheism, what was there about socialism/ communism that the Church could not live with? If Christ was the salt of the earth and light of the world, could the Church not introduce Christ into communism and transform it? How could the Church sit idly by while the dictator and his corrupt regime ravaged the nation? Compromise was the coward’s lame excuse. O course, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Either you work to solve the problem or you are part of it, whether you think so or not. Dorothy Day realized that there was no compromise with the Gospel message. “Blessed are the poor in spirit” meant poor, period. You lived like the poor if you wanted to help them. Same deal with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Can’t help the poor unless you were one of them. If my conscience tells me that I must stand and suffer with the poor and the oppressed, why do I continue to be friends with the rich and the oppressors? If my Church is not poor nor

Light & Shadows
by Zena Sultana Babao
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Poems are Music for My Soul
By Zena Sultana Babao Poems have magic. Their rhyme and rhythm sharpens my senses. They fill the inner reaches of my mind. Their haunting melody takes me to journey beyond imagination, and translates my emotion into motion. Poems are music for my soul! I love poems. I am always on the lookout for poems to enjoy and learn from. The lessons they teach are invaluable. Here are four beautiful poems I am sharing with you: “A Creed” by Edwin Markham”; “It’s in the Valleys I Grow” by Jane Eggleston; “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” by Frances Bourdillon; and “Miss Me, But Let Me Go” by Edgar Guest. Enjoy! “A Creed” by Edwin Markham There is a destiny that makes us brothers None goes his way alone All that we send into the life of others Come back into our own. I care not what his temples or his creeds One thing holds firm and fast That into his fateful heap of days and deeds The soul of man is cast. “It’s in the Valleys I Grow” by Jane Eggleston Sometimes life seems hard to bear Full of sorrow, trouble and woe, It’s then I have to remember That it’s in the valleys I grow. If I always stayed on the mountain tops And never experienced pain, I would never appreciate God’s love And would be living in vain. I have so much more to learn And my growth is very slow Sometimes I need the mountain tops But it’s in the valleys I grow. I do not always understand Why things happen as they do, But I’m very sure of one thing My Lord will see me through. My little valleys are nothing When I picture Christ on the cross, He went through the valley of death His victory was Satan’s loss. Forgive me Lord for complaining When I’m feeling very low, Just give me a gentle reminder That it’s in the valleys I grow. Continue to strengthen me Lord And use my life each day, To share your love with others And help them find their way. Thank you for the valleys Lord For this one thing I know, The mountain tops are glorious But it’s in the valleys I grow! “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” by Frances Bourdillon The night has a thousand eyes, And the day but one: Yet the light of the bright world dies With the dying sun. The mind has a thousand eyes, And the heart but one; Yet the light of the whole life dies When love is gone. “Miss Me, But Let Me Go” by Edgar Guest When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room Why cry for a soul set free! Miss me a little – but not for long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love that we once shared Miss me, but let me go. For this journey that we all must take And each must go alone It’s all a part of the Master’s plan A step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart Go to the friends we know, And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss me, but let me go.

It was Wednesday night. Church tradition would tell him to pray the Glorious Mysteries. But the sorrowful segments of Christ’s life seemed more fitting at the moment. Specially, the first one, the agony in the Garden of Olives, when, according to Scripture, Christ was in such agony that he sweated blood. The Savior begged his Father to spare him the horrors of what he envisioned -- scourging at the pillar, crowning with thorns, pubic humiliation, carrying of the cross, brutal crucifixion. George recalled the passage in St. Luke’s Gospel: “He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, then went down on his knees and prayed in these words: “Father, if it is your will, take this cup from me; yet not my

will but yours be done.” An angel then appeared to him from heaven to strengthen him. In his anguish he prayed with all the greater intensity, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground...” George walked over to his desk, switched the lamp on, and looked at Dorothy Day’s autobiography, “The Long Loneliness.” The paperback lay right next to Thomas Merton’s “Seven Storey Mountain” and Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”, his other favorites. He liked Dorothy Day, and always felt that, contrary to the opinion of conservative elements in the Catholic Church, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker’s Movement should have been canonized a while back. She was a genuine saint – bruised and tested. The radical New Yorker had written her compelling book in 1952, decades after she had converted to Catholicism in 1927.

Who was Dorothy Day?

Dorothy Day (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist turned social activist, who with Peter Maurin, founded the Catholic Worker Movement. She became known for her social justice campaigns in defense of the poor, forsaken, hungry and homeless. She espoused nonviolence, and hospitality for the impoverished and downtrodden. The Catholic Worker movement started with the Catholic Worker newspaper, created to stake out a neutral, pacifist position in the increasingly war-torn 1930s. This grew into a “house of hospitality” in the slums of New York City and then a series of farms for the poor to live together communally. The movement quickly spread to other cities in the United States, and to Canada and the United Kingdom; more than 30 independent but affiliated CW communities had been founded by 1941. Well over 100 communities exist today, all over the world. Her autobiography The Long Loneliness was published in 1953. Day’s account of the Catholic Worker movement, Loaves and Fishes, was published in 1963. A popular movie called “Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story” was produced in 1996 about the life and struggles that Day endured. The first full-length documentary about her, “Dorothy Day: Don’t Call Me a Saint,” premiered at Marquette University, where her papers are housed, on November 29, 2005. We have copies of both “Entertaining Angels” and “Don’t Call Me a Saint” that we lend to those interested in knowing more about Dorothy Day. -- Link: http://dorothysplace. org/dorothy Links to more information on Dorothy Day: www.catholicworker. org/dorothyday/ Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra Dorothy’s Place Hospitality Center 30 Soledad Street Salinas CA 93901 Phone (831) 757-3838 Fax (831) 757-2173 Email: info@dorothysplace.org Mailing address: PO Box 2027 Salinas CA 93902-2027 Donate to Dorothy’s Kitchen Why not donate the cost of your next fast food lunch to the homeless and just pack a lunch from home? Your $5 donation makes 25 lunches at Dorothy’s Place. Your special lunch bag gives your friends and co-workers the suggestion that they could do something, too. Need some lunch bags for yourself or your workplace? Call Jill at 831.578.4198 or email karyn. wolfe@dorothysplace.org.

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Southern California Edison Submits Response to Confirmatory Action Letter and Unit 2 Restart Plans to Nuclear Regulatory Commission
ROSEMEAD, Calif. (Oct. 4, 2012) — Southern California Edison (SCE) has submitted its response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Confirmatory Action Letter, along with its restart plan for Unit 2 of its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The response, the restart plan and supporting analyses can be read at www.SONGScommunity.com. The unit cannot be restarted until all plans have been approved by the NRC. “Safety is our top priority, and after conducting more than 170,000 inspections to understand and prevent the problem, and confirming the corrective actions we have taken to solve the problem with the top experts from around the world, we have concluded that Unit 2 at San Onofre can be operated safely and within industry norms,” said Ron Litzinger, president of SCE. “When implemented, this plan will get San Onofre Unit 2 back to providing reliable and clean energy to Southern Californians.” The response and restart plans are being submitted simultaneously to provide the NRC with all the relevant information needed to evaluate the full spectrum of repairs, corrective actions and additional safety measures proposed for restart and safe operations at the plant. Unit 3 will remain offline while the utility continues to study the potential solutions that are unique to that unit. The response to the NRC covers the causes of the tube wear, repairs and corrective actions required for the Unit 2 steam generators, actions to prevent the extensive tube-to-tube wear observed in Unit 3, and inspection and safe operation protocols. SCE determined the tube-to-tube wear in the Unit 3 steam generators was caused by a phenomenon called fluid elastic instability, a combination of high-steam velocity and low-moisture conditions in specific locations of the tube bundles and ineffective tube supports in the same locations. The high-steam velocity and lowmoisture conditions existed in Unit 2 and hence Unit 2 was susceptible to the same vibration-causing environment. However, of the almost 20,000 tubes in Unit 2, all except two are known to have been effectively supported throughout its 21-month operating period. SCE will operate Unit 2 at 70 percent power, which will prevent the vibration-causing environment by decreasing steam velocity and increasing moisture content. The 70 percent power level will result in steam velocities and moisture content consistent with those that the industry has successfully operated under for many years. SCE has chosen a conservative operating period of five months. SCE will shut down Unit 2 after five months for inspection of the steam generator tubes to ensure the continued structural integrity of the tubes, to measure tube wear and to confirm that the solutions are working. The five-month operating period affords an additional safety margin beyond the analysis provided by the independent experts. SCE has plugged six tubes in Unit 2 indicating wear with greater than 35 percent through wall depth and preventively plugged more than 500 other tubes. Steam generators are built with an allowance of extra tubes so that tubes may be taken out of service for a variety of reasons, including wear, and only 2.6 percent of the total tubes in Unit 2 have been plugged. The restart plan covers the above repairs, corrective actions and operating parameters, and also includes additional monitoring, detection and response activities. Three independent experts in steam generators have performed analyses that validate the safety of the restart and operations plans. Proposed additional monitoring, detection and response activities include: • Installation of early warning monitors that can detect extremely small tube leaks faster; • Enhanced sensitivity of vibration monitors; • Additional monitoring and analysis systems; and • Enhanced operator training to respond to extremely small tube leaks. SCE anticipates discussing its Confirmatory Action Letter response with the NRC in a public format. Unit 2 was taken out of service Jan. 9, 2012, for a planned outage. Unit 3 was safely taken offline Jan. 31, 2012, after station operators detected a small leak in a steam generator tube. Unit 3 remains safely shut down for continued inspections, analysis and testing. For updates, please visit www. SONGScommunity.com, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ SCE_SONGS and on www.facebook.com/SCE. The San Onofre plant is jointly owned by SCE (78.21 percent), San Diego Gas & Electric (20 percent) and the city of Riverside (1.79 percent). About Southern California Edison An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

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Lower Your Nets

Love of God and of the World
28th Sun. in Ord. Time Joke of the Week: A stranger entered the church in the middle of the sermon and seated himself in the back pew. After a while he began to fidget. Leaning over to a white-haired man, evidently an old member of the congregation, he whispered, “How long has he been preaching at this church?” “Thirty or forty years, I think.” “I’ll stay then, declared the stranger. “He must be nearly done.” Scriptures: First Reading: Wisdom 7: 7-11. The author, influenced by Platonic philosophy, wrote about two kinds of wisdom: one is within the human realm of experience and power, and the other lies beyond man’s limits and pertains to God alone and falls within the world of mystery. To accept one’s inability to grasp what lies beyond his nature is to submit to God’s plan. It is foolishness on the part of man to explain what is incomprehensible. It is wisdom to accept what is unexplainable - a mystery. Second Reading: Hebrews 4: 12-13. God’s word is powerful and effective for it is “more incisive than any twoedged sword” and exposes also the evil of man’s hearts. For this reason, mankind tries within all its power to ignore God’s word. Mankind can do everything vis-à-vis God’s word - deny it, ridicule it, disregard it - but in the end, his word is going to triumph. To disregard God’s word is tantamount to rejection of eternal life. Gospel: Mark 10: 17-30. Belief in an ideology or following a charismatic figure in the Mediterranean world means detaching oneself from what he importantly cherishes in life: his family, community, and possessions. The trouble with the rich young man in today’s Gospel is not simply his attachment to what he greatly values and his refusal to renounce them, but more importantly because he was greedy. He wanted to benefit from both worlds: to follow Christ without detachment from his cherished ties or to remain attached to his possession while following Christ. Discipleship is a question of either/or, not of both. Either one is detached from those that Oct. 14: prevent him from following Christ or he remains attached to them and does not follow Christ. Reflections: Lee Zook, an associate professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, commenting on the tragic event that shocked the

humility that is best translated into one’s willingness to submit to God’s will. To avoid individual competition for worldly goods that promote not only individualism and vanity, but also disrupt their community life, the Amish rejects the use of labor and time saving technologies, such as electricity, radio, photographs. What the mainstream Americans consider as important, such as competition, self-reliance, individualism, are in direct opposition to the Amish core spiritual values. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey shows that the number of people who say they are not affiliated with any particular faith today (16.1%) is more than double the number who say they were unaffiliated with any particular

conveniences of life so that their faith would remain focused God. I am not downplaying the beneficial contributions of modern technologies to life. But when our hearts are more attracted to worldly goods and less to the One who should count very importantly in life, then we are no different from the rich young man who turns his back on Christ. Quotation of the Week: “If a man believes and knows God, he can no longer ask, ‘What is the meaning of my life?’ But by believing he actually lives the meaning of his life.” Karl Barth.

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Ang Guryon
Isang lumang pulang papel ang sa akin ay inabot ng pinsan kong nagbabasura dito sa aming pook ika niya'y sayang naman may gamit pang idudulot aking ginupit, idinikit sa patpat na napulot. Isang guryon ang nagawa ko't sa hangi'y pinalipad walang nakapigil sa hangad niyang pumaitaas tulad din nitong kanryo paglaya ang hinahangad sampu na rin ng aking pinakamimithing pangarap. Hindi ko binigyan pansin yaring mga panlilibak maanghang na salitang sa akin ay iginawad tulad ng guryon ko tuloy-tuloy na pumaitaas sa ere ng kalawakan buong galak na umusad. Sinikap ko pang lalong pumaimbulog ng husto at madaig silang lahat, mapansin ng mga tao nagsunog ng kilay at nagpakahirap sa trabaho maabot ko lamang ang pangarap na minimithi ko. Tulad ng guryon ko na handang makipagsapalaran sa buhay na masalimuot kailangan ang tapang ang pagsubok ng tadhana minsan'y darating na lamang sa mga sandaling hindi mo siya inaasahan. ©2012 Virginia H. Ferrer. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Retired Filipino Language Teacher at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

Our Lady of Medjugorje

October 02, 2012 Message to Mirjana "Dear children; I am calling you and am coming among you because I need you. I need apostles with a pure heart. I am praying, and you should also pray, that the Holy Spirit may enable and lead you, that He may illuminate you and fill you with love and humility. Pray that He may fill you with grace and mercy. Only then will you understand me, my children. Only then will you understand my pain because of those who have not come to know the love of God. Then you will be able to help me. You will be my light-bearers of God’s love. You will illuminate the way for those who have been given eyes but do not want to see. I desire for all of my children to see my Son. I desire for all of my children to experience His Kingdom. Again I call you and implore you to pray for those whom my Son has called. Thank you."

A Trappist monk Amish community and America several years ago, says that the for the Amish “death at any age, and for any reason, is more accepted as a part of life and nature than it is in the larger culture. There’s a matter-of-factness about death and dying” (USA Today, Oct. 5, 2006). This resilience is attributed to the Amish faith and agrarian lifestyle. A reporter asked an Amish grandparent whose granddaughter was among those killed at the schoolhouse how he could forgive the gunman for what he did to his community. His reply was, “By the grace of God.” In a society that is so much preoccupied with laws, the grandfather’s response sounds strange and unbelievable. A society of laws’ normal response to such a tragedy is not forgiveness, but litigations and protracted lawsuits. The Amish community takes its name from a 17th century Swiss Mennonite spiritual leader, Jacob Amman. The first group of Amish migrated to the United States as early as the 18th century to escape the religious persecution and compulsory military service in their homeland. The Amish community has two important religious teachings: abhorrence toward pride and arrogance, and high regard for religion as children. Among Americans ages 18-29, one-in-four say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion. Today’s Gospel points out the harm that attachment to things or persons other than God could do to one’s faith. By today’s standard, the young man in today’s Marcan passage is financially doing well. He probably owns a condominium in an affluent neighborhood, drives a sports car, and has a high paying job. Though he has the good desire to follow Christ, yet his faith is not strong enough to renounce all those worldly goods. He feels more secured with those things than following Christ. Preference of God’s kingdom or Christian discipleship is the goal of renunciation of material goods. If the desire of the young man to follow Christ is strong and truly vibrant, he could take the bold step and face the uncertain challenges of the future in exchange for renunciation of worldly possessions. The Amish community has shown us that faith in God, if truly lived, can overcome the uncertainties and misfortunes of life, such as death and dying. The Amish community keeps its faith in Christ strong and undeterred by tragedies; their members do not depend on modern

Choosing Words Wisely

Words are very important. When we say to someone: "You are an ugly, useless, despicable person," we might have ruined the possibility for a relationship with that person for life. Words can continue to do harm for many years. It is so important to choose our words wisely. When we are boiling with anger and eager to throw bitter words at our opponents, it is better to remain silent. Words spoken in rage will make reconciliation very hard. Choosing life and not death, blessings and not curses often starts by choosing to remain silent or choosing carefully the words that open the way to healing.
Daily Meditation September 5, 2012, Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, ©1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc.

Prayer for Inner Healing 1
Dear Lord Jesus, please come and heal my wounded and troubled heart. I beg you to heal the torments that are causing anxiety in my life. I beg you, in a particular way, to heal the underlying source of my sinfulness. I beg you to come into my life and heal the psychological harms that struck me in my childhood and from the injuries they have caused throughout my life. Lord Jesus, you know my burdens. I lay them on your Good Shepherd’s Heart. I beseech you—by the merits of the great open wound in your heart—to heal the small wounds that are in mine. Heal my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety. Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my wounded and troubled heart. Heal, O Lord Jesus, all those intimate wounds that are the root cause of my physical illness. I offer you my heart. Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of your Divine Heart. Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones. Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that you are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to your resurrection, your victory over sin and death, and your loving presence among all men. Amen. -- Link: http://www. catholicwarriors.com/pages/warfare_prayers.htm 1. Gabriele Amorth, An Exorcist Tells His Story, pp. 201-202. Reprinted with permission of Ignatius Press, San Francisco, CA.

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Entertainment
Showbiz Watcher
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By Ogie Cruz

Coco Martin Natakot Sa Kanyang Kalusugan!!!
Montes sa Top teleserye ng channel 2 na “Walang Hanggan”, alam nyo ba ginastusan ito ng ilang Milyon para maging bongga ang nasabing eksena.

Marahil napanood nyo na ang wedding scene nina Coco Martin at Julia

Wala na talaga makakatalo sa kainitan ngayon ni Coco Martin na kabaliktaran naman ang nangyayari sa kasikatan ni Piolo Pascual ngayon. Tumanlay ang kay Papa Piolo, pero si Coco still lalong umiinit sa mga manonood, si John Lloyd Cruz ang kalaban niya sa kasikatan sa ngayon bilang premyadong aktor sa ABSCBN. Kaya naman sa sobrang busy ni Coco, halos wala na itong pahinga dahil sa dami ng mga shooting at taping niya.Kaya naman, natakot din ang naturang aktor sa kanyang kalusugan dahil sa isang delikaddong eksena na ginawa niya na may car chase. “Natakot ako kasi car chase ‘yun, tapos bigla ko na lang naramdaman na parang nawalan ng hangin ang utak ko. Tapos almost everyday na wala akong tulog. “ Takot na takot ako after nung eksena kasi naisip ko baka nalagutan na ako ng ugat,” seryosong pag-amin ng aktor. Promise daw niya sa kanyang sarili, matapos lang ang lahat ng commitments, magpapa-check up daw siya

Top: Megaworld International’s Julius Obregon and Katrina Gaffud Benfer presents Allan Yubac with an iPad for achieving P20 million in condominium sales. The promo was sponsored by Katrina Benfer. sales Bottom: FilAm Fest 2012 guests sa Doktor.Mahirap din talaga ang maging sikat,minsan pati kalusugan napapabayaan na. MARILOU DIAZ –ABAYA NAMAYAPA NA !!! Isang batikang director na si Marilou Diaz-Abaya Top: Coco Martin and Julia Montes of “Walang Hanggan”. BotImelda Papin files candidacy namayapa na last Oct 8,2012 sa ganap na 6:40pm (Phil. Time) dahil tom: Atty. A. Erwin Bautista and staff at Amy’s Salon party. for Congress seat sa sakit na kanser sa edad na 57 yrs old. Hindi malilimutan ang mga obra ni Direk Abaya tulad ng Brutal, Karnal,Moral, Jose Rizal at Muro Amin.Sumuko na rin ang director sa paglaban sa sakit na kanser pero ang kanyang mga obra ay kailanman ay hindi malilimutan sa showbiz industry.Ang huli niyang nagawa ay ang “Ikaw Ang Aking Pag-ibig “ na siya rin ang producer. Ayon na rin sa aming huling balita, nakalagak ang kanyang bangkay sa Ateneo De Manila University ,kung
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Trends
Tech IT
from My Barber by Benjamin Maynigo

All of us now belong to the EGeneration. This is more known as the Electronic or Digital Age. The population is generally divided into the Digital Natives and the Digital Immigrants. The former are those born in 1980 and after, while the latter are those born before 1980. The Digital Native has this innate capacity to learn the current or any new digital device. Just expose him or her to the device and he or she would figure out how to use it. The Digital Immigrant takes longer to be acclimated to any digital gadget but would sooner or later learn how it is utilized. My barber added a third group that he calls Digital Tourists. They are people who still feel like strangers to these devices but are slowly learning or “visiting” with their features. In our family reunion last year, there were four (4) generations who attended. I still called it a reunion of the E-Generation. During the Presidential primary campaign of Hillary Clinton, I wrote that she was fighting for the E-Generation. When I endorsed and campaigned for the presidency of Noynoy Aquino, I also identified it as a campaign for the E-Generation. Why E-Generation? This is because I belong to a family that was as concerned as Clinton and Aquino

E-Gen with “E” as in Electoral Reforms

against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The filing of charges also led to the blocking of the latter’s escape flight from the Philippines. It also partially led to the eventual impeachment and ouster of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Third, the Senate Electoral Tribunal finally installed Senator Koko Pimentel as the winner over former Congressman Zubiri. Fourth, in addition to reinforcing the automation of voting, COMELEC Chairman Brilliantes is also recommending that overseas Filipinos can do electronic voting in the future. Fifth, the appointment of the honest and incorruptible former Governor Grace Padaca signals the seriousness of PNoy in instituting electoral reforms. Sixth, COMELEC is now conducting a real purging of Party-List groups. Brilliantes had earlier called a “joke”. Politicians and their relatives have made a mockery of it. The COMELEC just recently disqualified and de-listed several of these PartyList groups. Seventh, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas just announced his determination to disarm and charge politicians or local leaders who have private armies to pave the way for a more

with the following: Education, Economic growth (employment, entrepreneurship, equity expansion), Electronic media or communications, Environment, Empowerment, Enlightenment, Energy Independence, Excellent Health Care, Electoral Reforms and Effective Security Force. In the Philippines, I am very hopeful of the progress of PNoy’s programs relating to Education, Economic Growth, Electronic Media and Energy Independence but I am particularly enthusiastic with the latest moves toward instituting Electoral Reforms. First, PNoy made the right decision in appointing Sixto “Boy” Brilliantes Chairman of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC). A BAR Topnotcher from my Alma Mater, San Beda College of Law, I know him personally as the most brilliant election lawyer in Philippine history. He has the election laws at his fingertips and retains a virtual electronic library of election cases in his memory. Second, COMELEC under Brilliantes pursued electoral fraud cases that include the filing of charges

peaceful and cleaner elections. No more Goons, Guns, Girls and Gold. (4Gs) Eighth, the Philippine Government and MILF has finally agreed on a Framework of Agreement. Hopefully, this would eventually bring a long-lasting peace, justice, development, and prosperity to Mindanao in general, and to the Muslim areas in particular. Correspondingly, this should bring free, clean, and peaceful elections in that part of the Philippines. Democracy is both an end as well as a means. It is both substance and process. While we seek to achieve Political equality, Economic Parity, and Social Equity, we must have all the democratic and peaceful means to achieve them. Our human, political and civil rights must be pursued, preserved and protected if we are to enjoy the substance of democracy. The essence of democracy as a process is ELECTIONS. This is where the people choose their delegates or representatives and empower them in the pursuit of the people’s life, liberty, and happiness.

Now entering its second year of production, the 2012 Nissan LEAF(TM) is again leading the drive into the “no gas, no tailpipe” zero-emission era. Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that seats five adults comfortably and has a range of 100 miles (U.S. LA4 cycle) on one full charge to satisfy real-world consumer requirements. Nissan LEAF was named “2011 World Car of the Year,” edging out the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the top spot. The award is just one of a string of accolades for the vehicle, which was also named “2011 European Car of the Year.” Enhancements for the 2012 model year include the addition of a standard battery heater, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, heated outside mirrors and rear HVAC duct on all models. Also, a Quick Charge Port is now standard on the LEAF SL. The Nissan LEAF is powered by a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Unlike internal-combustion engine-equipped vehicles, LEAF’s powertrain has no tailpipe and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases while being driven. The Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a DC fast charger. Charging at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take approximately seven hours. The advanced lithium-ion battery pack carries an industry-competitive warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles. The Nissan LEAF’s distinctive exterior styling is characterized by sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting LED headlights with a blue internal reflective appearance. The headlights split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, reducing wind noise and drag. The headlights consume about 50 percent of the electricity of conventional halogen headlights. The exterior also utilizes a standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser and aerodynamically shaped LED taillights. The charging port is hidden under a small door located in the front of the vehicle. The 5-door hatchback design also features chrome door handles, aerodynamic outside mirrors and a large greenhouse to provide a bright interior environment. Attractive 5-spoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with P205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia tires are standard. Five exterior colors are available for 2012: Glacier Pearl, Blue Ocean, Brilliant Silver, Super Black and Cayenne Red. Nissan LEAF drivers are able to use web-enabled mobile phones to turn on air conditioning and set charging functions remotely, even when the vehicle is powered down. An on-board remote-controlled timer can also be programmed to start the charging event. Nissan LEAF has earned a 5-star overall vehicle rating for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). It is the first fully electric vehicle to earn this highest distinction from the program.

With gas prices soaring, owning a Nissan LEAF EV is making good sense

Free Mobile App Gives Users Immediate Access to Who's Funding Presidential Candidate and Affiliated Super PAC Campaigns

MapLight, the Political Money Tracker, Launches Politicash 2012 App for the Presidential Election
into the presidential race, Politicash 2012 makes it easier than ever to track the biggest donors and hold our candidates accountable, all from the palm of your hand," said Daniel G. Newman, MapLight's co-founder and president. The app's features include: Head to head comparison of total contributions to Obama and Romney, including a fundraising breakdown by super PAC versus campaign committee Graphs tracking money raised and spent by each candidate over time The top 5 contributors overall Biggest contributors of the latest week of available records from the FEC A "Shake" feature, showing a random sample of company, individual, and PAC contributors to each candidate Download Politicash 2012 today for iOS and Android. Politicash 2012 launches in partnership with the Brennan Center for Justice, the Campaign Legal Center,

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Sept. 25, 2012–MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics, announces the launch of its new mobile app, Politicash 2012. The app, freely available for iOS and Android, tracks money flowing into the presidential race, making it easier than ever to know exactly who's funding the candidates, including the shadowy money going into the campaigns of their affiliated super PACs. An auto-tweet feature alerts candidates that users are keeping tabs on their fundraising. Politicash 2012 is updated regularly with the most recent data from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). "With millions of dollars flowing

Healthy Children e-Magazine
HealthyChildren.org, the official American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Web site for parents, launched the inaugural issue of Healthy Children e-magazine this month. The premier issue focuses on key back-to-school issues such as immunizations, school physicals, and the importance of breakfast. In addition to providing parents with reliable, pediatrician-backed guidance, the e-magazine provides readers with an interactive experience that includes multimedia content, engaging “quick tip” pop-ups as well as links to helpful resources. This inaugural issue of HealthyChildren e-magazine was made possible through an independent grant from Merck. The free e-magazine is mobile-optimized and can be accessed via the HealthyChildren app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. The HealthyChildren app includes select, on-the-go articles from HealthyChildren.org as well as several of the site’s unique features such as Find a Pediatrician and Ask the Pediatrician, and will soon include a variety of apps for parents, beginning with ADHD Tracker and Car Seat Checker. Automatic updates to the app will keep parents informed of future e-magazine issues, new features, or newly developed apps. To access the e-magazine, download the HealthyChildren app on the iTunes and Google Play stores.

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Fatima: Apparition of 13 October 1917 and the Miracle of the Sun Remembered
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in the same manner as St. Joseph had must deny. People must amend their EWTN.com -- During the night of done. This apparition also vanished, lives and ask pardon for their sins. 12-13 October it had rained throughand I saw Our Lady once more, this They must not offend our Lord any out, soaking the ground and the piltime resembling Our Lady of Carmel. more, for He is already too much grims who make their way to Fátima [Only Lucia would see the later, preoffended! from all directions by the thousands. saging her entrance into Carmel some By foot, by cart and even by car they years later.] “And is that all you have to ask?” came, entering the bowl of the Cova This would be the last of the apparifrom the Fátima-Leiria road, which tions of Fátima for Jacinta and FranThere is nothing more. today still passes in front of the large cisco. However, for Lucia Our Lady square of the Basilica. From there would return a seventh time, in 1920, As the Lady of the Rosary rises they made their way down the gently as she had promised slope to the place the previous May. where a trestle had At that time Lucia been erected over would be praying the little holm oak in the Cova before of the apparitions. leaving Fátima for Today on the site a girls boarding is the modern glass school. The Lady and steel Capelwould come to urge hina (little chapel), her to dedicate herenclosing the first self wholly to God. chapel built there As the children and the statue of Our viewed the various Lady of the Rosary apparitions of Jesus, of Fátima where the Mary and Joseph holm oak had stood. the crowd witAs for the chilnessed a different dren, they made prodigy, the now their way to the 92nd Anniversary of Fatima apparition in Portugal (2009) famous miracle of Cova amid the the sun. Among the adulation and skeptitoward the east she turns the palms of witnesses there were the following: cism which had followed them since her hands toward the dark sky. While May. When they arrived they found O Seculo (a pro-government, antithe rain had stopped, dark clouds concritics who questioned their veracity tinued to obscure the sun, which sud- clerical, Lisbon paper): and the punctuality of the Lady, who had promised to arrive at noon. It was denly bursts through them and is seen From the road, where the vehicles to be a soft spinning disk of silver. well passed noon by the official time were parked and where hundreds of of the country. However, when the people who had not dared to brave the “Look at the sun!” sun arrived at its zenith the Lady apmud were congregated, one could see peared as she had said she would. From this point two distinct appari- the immense multitude turn toward the sun, which appeared free from tions were seen, that of the phenom“What do you want of me?” enon of the sun seen by the 70,000 or clouds and in its zenith. It looked like a plaque of dull silver, and it was so spectators and that beheld by the I want a chapel built here in my possible to look at it without the least children alone. Lucia describes the honor. I want you to continue saying discomfort. It might have been an latter in her memoirs. the Rosary every day. The war will After our Lady had disappeared into eclipse which was taking place. But end soon, and the soldiers will return at that moment a great shout went the immense distance of the firmato their homes. up, and one could hear the spectators ment, we beheld St. Joseph with the nearest at hand shouting: “A miracle! Child Jesus and Our Lady robed in “Yes. Yes.” A miracle! white with a blue mantle, beside the Before the astonished eyes of the sun. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus “Will you tell me your name?” crowd, whose aspect was biblical seemed to bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the Cross with their as they stood bareheaded, eagerly I am the Lady of the Rosary. hands. When, a little later, this appari- searching the sky, the sun trembled, tion disappeared, I saw Our Lord and made sudden incredible movements “I have many petitions from many Our lady; it seemed to me to that it people. Will you grant them? “ was Our Lady of Sorrows (Dolors). (Continued on page 14) Our Lord appeared to bless the world Some I shall grant, and others I

Fil-Am, 13 lifeguards fired for ‘Gangnam’ video
ABS CBN News | CALIFORNIA, 9/26/2012 - Fourteen El Monte swimming pool employees who were fired over a YouTube video are getting support from the community. The city of El Monte fired 13 lifeguards and their manager for posting a YouTube video using city property. “It was just something hilarious and honestly, spur of the moment. We had no intentions, oh we're going to make a video. It was just something that happened. We were laughing at the video and we decided let's try to do our own spoof,” said Michael Roa, one of the fired lifeguards. Roa, a Filipino Mexican American lifeguard, appeared and edited the video spoof of the dance hit "Gangnam Style." The 14 employees were fired by the City of El Monte for violating work rules by using city property for the video. The video, which features the lifeguards dancing to "Gangnam Style," had 3,000 views in its first few days. But after the controversial termination, the video went viral getting over a million views. Support for the fired lifeguards is also growing. A Facebook page in support of the lifeguards dubbed awards over the course of seven years here and I was fired without any warning or other form of reprimanding,” he said. With the El Monte 14 fighting for their jobs, viewing areas were set up for the community members who came to the council meeting to show support for the controversial YouTube stars. However, some community members also spoke in favor of the city officials who fired the life guards, saying that they should have followed the rules. The city council sat throughout the meeting which lasted hours listening to the public's comments saying that the city will open an independent investigation to look into the matter. Meanwhile, celebrities such as Korean musician Psy and Ryan Seacrest have shown support for the group.

The El Monte 14, also received over 14,000 likes. A petition asking for the group's reinstatement has collected over 12,000 signatures. Many supporters believe the El Monte 14 was fired unjustly without a review process. With the attention the case has received, Roa said he now regrets that this video, which he edited, has drawn so much attention. “Had I known my actions would threaten other people's jobs, I never would have made the video. I'm one of the employees that's been given

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Health and Wellness
8 Health Benefits and Drawbacks of Coffee
Coffee is the cattle prod of beverages. The very aroma is enough to coax most people out of bed in the morning, and millions of Americans rely on java’s jolt to ramp up their energy and propel them through the workday. Collectively, we drink an astounding 350 million cups of coffee a day in this country. Coffee presents a conundrum for the body, however. On one hand, the brew brims with free-radical-fighting antioxidants, which helps explain its protective, anti-inflammatory effect against everything from type 2 diabetes to heart disease. Caffeine itself, which is a nervous-system stimulant, leads to sharper focus and enhanced concentration, and it can brighten a bad mood. “For some individuals, caffeine is something of a miracle drug,” says Daniel Evatt, PhD, a researcher in the department of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. “These individuals report several benefits with minimal negative effects. However, other caffeine users can develop a bad relationship with it, consisting of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and other problems, such as sleep difficulties and anxiety.” That’s the catch. Coffee came by the nickname “jitter juice” honestly. Ingest too much caffeine and a pleasant buzz can nosedive into restlessness, nervousness, insomnia and even muscle twitching. The effect is so reliable, says Laura Juliano, PhD, a caffeine researcher at American University in Washington, D.C., that researchers who study anxiety use caffeinated coffee to incite feelings of anxiousness in study participants. But not everyone responds the same. A small cup of coffee leaves some people feeling twitchy while others can down a pot without batting an eye. Body weight, age, gender and even genetics may factor radicals better than antioxidants. “Coffee delivers a whole host of antioxidants that essentially prevent you from rusting from the inside out,” says James O’Keefe, MD, a cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. For people with high cholesterol, however, there is a caveat. Coffee Antioxidant Elixir Coffee is the single greatest source contains two oily substances — cafestol and kahweol — that can raise of antioxidants in the American blood levels of low-density lipoprodiet. Ounce-for-ounce, other foods, such as blueberries, pecans and even tein (LDL, the “bad” cholesterol). The oils are released when beans are cinnamon, pack more antioxidants than coffee, but they aren’t nearly as brewed, and they easily pass through the metal filters used in French press popular. On average, coffee drinkers down and stovetop espresso pots. Paper filters, on the other hand, which are 3.4 cups a day, gleaning 40 percent used in drip coffee machines, trap of their daily antioxidants from the brew. (In comparison, fruits and veg- the substances before they hit the etables account for just 23 percent.) cup, virtually eliminating any risk of an uptick in cholesterol. The number is high partly because people drink so much coffee, but it’s Buffer Your Brain also because the beverage is brimThe caffeine in coffee could also ming with polyphenols, a type of ansafeguard your noggin. Consider tioxidant found in many vegetables coffee’s impact on depression — a and berries. scourge that affects millions of Polyphenols confer some serious Americans. Data from the Nurses’ health benefits. In particular, they Health Study shows that rates of destroy free radicals, which are depression lower in lockstep with rogue molecules that create inflamthe amount of coffee consumed. mation. Unchecked inflammation Compared with those who drank no underlies many chronic illnesses, more than one cup of coffee a week, such as heart disease and type 2 women who drank four or more diabetes. daily cups experienced depression The more antioxidants in the diet, 20 percent less often. the less inflammation in the body, Since drinkers of decaf suffered says John Hibbs, ND, a senior clinifrom the blues just as often as people cian at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash. “A cell that can control who didn’t drink coffee at all, sciintracellular inflammatory processes entists suspect caffeine is the blues buster. is going to survive better under the Exactly how the substance fights duress of daily living.” (For people depression is not well understood, who prefer “unleaded” java, the but it is known that when it enters good news is that decaf coffee has the brain, caffeine changes levels just as many antioxidants as the of chemical messengers such as “leaded” version.) serotonin and dopamine, which are linked to feelings of joy and enthuDeter Diabetes siasm, says Michel Lucas, PhD, RD, New data reveals that one of cofa research fellow at Harvard School fee’s unexpected benefits may be of Public Health. “Caffeine increases helping to prevent type 2 diabetes, your energy levels and feelings of a disease predicted to affect one in three Americans by 2050, according wellness, two things that can have an impact on depression.” to estimates from the Centers for Studies also show a 30 percent reDisease Control and Prevention. duced risk of developing Parkinson’s Rob van Dam, PhD, a nutritiondisease among coffee drinkers, for ist at the Harvard School of Public Health, led one of the largest research projects to date — a metaanalysis of nine cohort studies with nearly 200,000 participants — and found that subjects who drank six or more cups of coffee a day lowered their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 35 percent. Granted, that’s a lot of coffee, potentially enough to trigger negative side effects in some. But those who drank between four and six cups daily still had a 28 percent risk reduction, and other studies have shown a significant benefit with just one cup a day. “The important point is that when all the evidence is weighed, the benefit isn’t restricted to those who drink the most,” van Dam says. It’s worth noting that caffeine is not the magic ingredient here, since decaf drinkers enjoy the same diabetes-thwarting benefit. At this point, the mechanism of that benefit isn’t clear. Some think a substance in coffee called chlorogenic acid slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream. Others hypothesize that it’s the beverage’s antioxidants that help regulate the body’s sensitivity to insulin. “It’s all a bit speculative at this point,” says van Dam. Keep in mind, too, that studies showing health benefits for type 2 diabetes and beyond are based on coffee that’s black or with only a little milk or sugar — a far cry from the frothy, milky, super-sweet concoctions sold in many cafés today. “People may not realize that having a beverage like that could lead to weight gain,” says van Dam, “which could in turn increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, and that’s a major concern.” in to how the body metabolizes caffeine, says Evatt. Which is why coffee’s vice-and-virtue story is comparable with red wine and chocolate — satisfying substances that are healthy and that attract enthusiasts, but require sensible consumption. Rustproof Your Heart Like wine, coffee confers heart benefits. When researchers looked at more than 27,000 women in the Iowa Women’s Health Study, they found that coffee drinkers (one to three cups a day) lowered their risk of heart disease by 24 percent compared with their non-coffee-drinking peers. Women who drank four to five cups a day were 33 percent less likely to die from any inflammatory disease. Again, the beneficial ingredient is most likely the antioxidants. The foundation of heart disease is inflammation of the blood vessels, which is instigated and propagated by free radicals. And nothing combats free similar reasons. That’s because Parkinson’s is caused by the loss of brain cells that make dopamine, a chemical instrumental in movement and fine motor control.

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both wired and tired,” he says. Over time, the adrenal glands may not make enough cortisol to maintain a baseline of energy, a condition referred to as adrenal fatigue. “You Caffeine Overload are pushing on an organ that doesn’t Regardless of the benefits, of course, you can drink too much of a have the reserves to respond to the stimulant anymore,” Haas says. good thing. Caffeine, like nicotine Decaf seems like an obvious way and amphetamines, can be highly to deal with jitters, but the safety of addictive. Regularly drinking 100 the standard decaffeination process milligrams (the amount in 6 ounces worries some health-conscious of drip coffee) is enough to create a physical dependence. “It acts on the consumers. To strip the caffeine motivational brain mechanisms that from the bean, most coffee compamake you want to use more, regard- nies use chemical solvents, such as less of how it makes you feel,” says methylene chloride or ethyl acetate. The solvents are rinsed away at the Evatt. If you’ve ever overindulged in caf- end of the process, but if you are feine, you know that it can make you concerned about chemical residue, look for companies selling coffee feel pretty crummy. That’s because decaffeinated via the Swiss Water excess caffeine goads the adrenal Process, which uses water instead of glands into releasing stress horchemicals. (For more on decaf, see mones, like adrenaline and cortisol, “Pass the Decaf,” below.) that can put the brain and body into The best way to avoid long-term a panic-like state. complications is to experiment with That’s not just unpleasant, it’s how you can enjoy caffeine without unhealthy. “The more caffeine overdoing it. People metabolize you have onboard, the more often caffeine differently, notes Hibbs. you trigger the body’s emergency “Constitutionally, we are all differresponse system,” says Jacob ent,” he says, “and certain people Teitelbaum, MD, a board-certified are more susceptible to the negative internist and author of Beat Sugar effects than others.” Addiction Now! (Fairwinds Press, So, if you’re not a fan of the brew, 2010). “And, if I keep setting off the don’t feel compelled to join the cofsiren every 10 minutes, I’m going to fee club. Although their exact comburn out.” pounds vary, green and black teas Caffeine’s artificial energy boost also have high levels of antioxidants. can also distance people from their If you really enjoy your java, natural energy rhythms, says Elson though, don’t fret. In tandem with Haas, MD, founder and director of the Preventive Medical Center Marin healthy sources of energy, such as nutritious food, regular exercise and in San Rafael, Calif., and coauthor restful sleep, you can enjoy that cafof The Detox Diet, Third Edition (Ten Speed Press, 2012). Caffeine’s feine boost. “Feed your body, use your body, false-energy effect can encourage rest your body and do things you people to overdo, and dissuade them (Continued on page 22) from taking recovery breaks when they should. “Pretty soon you’re

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The most common form of ever, prior to the 21st century, these drink 6 bottles or milks, 36 carrots, 9 abuse and discrimination was verbal. opportunities were limited by racism apples, 10 grams of meat and many Often times, Filipinos were called and inequality. Oades adequately demore which you need everyday but monkeys, small brown men, stupid, Now, let’s check the cliché: An fines the title (Beyond the Mask) by Vitamins mean prolonging you cannot really eat in one sitting incompetent, useless, etc., by not accumulating many different stories your Life – Every minute of it. apple a day, keeps the doctor the --- you just pop in a pill with all only their superiors, but fellow seaaway. and experiences of numerous Filithose nutrients concentrated into men as well. Beyond verbal abuse, The virtue of this cliché is that an pino Navy veterans. He attempts to As the Bamboos Sway by Rudy D. it was publicly made difficult for apple contains vitamins that are vital it, and viola, you are completely prove that, though judged solely by Liporada nourished for the day. And it is also Filipinos to advance (in the Navy) to the functioning of your organs their appearance, his fellow Filipinos and they were responsible for all of that sustain your life. The weakness cheaper because you do not have to were very competent, intelligent, When you ask what makes a car buy all those food that you could not the crews “dirty work.” A very small and capable of doing many things. of this cliché is you need more than run, the usual expected answer is: eat anyway. And you do not have to handful of Filipinos were responone apple (you probably need nine) If one were to simply look past their Gas of course! However, even if churn them to come out with juices sible for cleaning, cooking, and color, they would realize just how your gas tank is full but your engine to really keep the doctor away. to drink because they have already washing dishes for the entire crew. If you eat nine apples, however, beautiful Filipinos, like any other is devoid of oil, your cylinders will Furthermore, the irony of Zack’s sto- race, could be. you would be too full to eat the other been processed for you. crack. And the other mechanical Now, this may sound simplistic. ry is that he received hostility from nutrients for your carbohydrates, parts of your car must also be fully Well, truly it is. Why eat nine apples both Americans and Filipinos. Zack *** lubricated so there will be no rickety protein, and fat needs which are the and you deprive yourself of other studied off base in a college in New basic rudiments of your diet. That sounds like the rickety sounds of food because you are already full Jersey. His immediate superior (also is because, aside from ingesting the Ernesto Legazpi is a junior your joints when you wake up in when you can pop a pill of concenFilipino) did not like the fact that he student at San Diego State Univernutrients derived from the apple, the morning when you are as old as trated not only apples but added was stuck at the rank of Chief Stew- sity majoring in Accounting. He you also take in its water and fibers I. And if you are young, the sounds grapes, carrots and other fruits and ard while Zack was going to school. is a student of Dr. Dirige in Asian which are not really needed. you will hear sooner if you do not Thus, he was unreasonably difficult For curiosity’s sake, I went on tour vegetables at a very economical way. Studies 460,”Contemporary Issues pay heed to what I am about to say. on him; hoping that Zack would fail in Filipino American CommuniMy point? in his college subjects. While some ties.” *** I did not use to believe in vitamins. Filipinos were willing to help one CORRECTION I used to believe that I should not another, others banded with their This is a correction to Dr. Dirige’s counteract the natural capability of own groups, some kept to themarticle last week entitled, “Asian Pa- my body to defend and strengthen selves; while others were simply cific Americans Support the Afford- itself through the natural way – jealous of succeeding Filipinos. able Care Act (ACT).” The article meaning eating the proper way and was a policy statement or platform the proper foods. But then, as I grew FRANK MENDOZA: The military by the Health Care Reform Comup, I did not really know the relative family life provides many benefits mittee to inform the public of their meaning of what is proper. So many and opportunities to help promote a support for the non-controversial experts or pseudo experts have come well American functioning family. provisions of the law especially the my way to explain the proper way. 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An Asian Journal San Diego series of essays penned by various contributors about the tales of the undocumented in America
him, which was the trend. Although Lino didn’t finish college, he was able to get a job as a clerk in their barangay, where his uncle was the chairman. This was where he got his credentials, aside from the college diploma he purchased in C.M. Recto Avenue, a street where shops faked similar documents. He also produced documents of a house, lot and car ownership. He recalled that in the Philippines, after work, he would go out to join his peers in that poor neighborhood, singing, drinking and flirting with his neighbor, Carmen. He was goodlooking in his youth and she was attracted to him. They married and had two daughters. Ronnie In the U.S., Lino stayed with his friend, Ronnie, who was working in a coffee shop in Virginia. Ronnie introduced him to the manager who hired him, provided he could present an SS number. Lino’s landlord Mang Sergio, 65, a retired DMV employee, offered his number, as long as the tax refund would go to him. It was a good deal. Lino’s yearly refund was $1150, for he had numerous dependents. His performance was not good though. He always made mistakes and could not communicate effectively. So instead of working at the front counter, he was just assigned in the kitchen as a baker, in addition to cleaning the whole facility and parking lot. There he had a chance to smoke whenever he threw out the garbage or cleaned the parking lot. Twice, the store owner saw Lino smoking, who responded it was his break period. He became extra careful because the owner could get rid of him anytime, and he would go home with nothing. He was granted six months of stay in the US, so after five months, he went home to the Philippines with

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money him, with interest of course, for he ran a lending company.

Till Debt Do Us Part
By Rhonda Guzman Based on a true story An Asian Journal original material Lino was a timid man, kind, considerate and hard-working. Smoking cigarettes and drinking beer were his vices, but he never got drunk with even a case of beer, only tipsy. He was gifted and could play the guitar like a virtuoso. He could accompany anyone with any melody. He never tired of strumming his guitar for fun. Lino went to the US in 1998. Unable to support his family, he followed the footsteps of his kumpare who had ventured in America and quickly found a job. During that time, admission of foreign visitors was easy. Tourism was being promoted, and securing a US visa was not that difficult. All one needed was patience in waiting outside the United States’ Embassy on Roxas Blvd, as the line would be a 2km stretch. Waiting to interview the following day, he joined a group of applicants who stayed overnight at the gate of the embassy. He couldn’t afford to pay someone to line up for

Back in America, he was rehired because his experience in the same workplace was an advantage; training was not necessary. That time,

plenty of money. Feeling rich and successful, he spent his hard-earned money in treating his friends and relatives. His wife, a teacher, also bragged to her fellow educators and other school staff of his success. It was a quick two months when Lino and his wife realized they did not have enough for their daughters’ higher education. With just a hundred dollars on his pocket, he decided to borrow again from his uncle to return to the States. His uncle was more than willing to lend frustration of many but for my wife and myself, it is really aggravating. While I understand the purpose of duties etc., when donations are being made to and accepted by official agencies of the government, why is there no process for eliminating or at least reducing the duties that have to be paid. We all acknowledge that the threat of these shipments being diverted for commercial purposes exists, Manila ’s approach is essentially to eliminate the donation rather than focus on preventing misuse. La Vigne, the american lawyer continued to say:“… I believe that the Philippine’s greatest resource is the Filipinos working and living overseas. These overseas Filipinos desperately want to give back to their country. These wonderful people in combination with just everyday Americans willingly give of their talent, time and treasure to provide a chance at a full and productive life for those in the Philippines who suffer without medical care and whose families live without hope. It feels that, rather than encouraging missions and donations which are so desperately needed, the Government in Manila is actively thwarting such efforts. It may not be the intent but it is clearly the result of the plethora of rules that impede our efforts and is

he made sure to send all his money to his wife, who promised that once they had enough, she and their children could relocate. But six months’ paycheck was insufficient even for a down payment of real estate. Lino decided to extend his stay in the US until he could fund the college education of her daughters. His visa expired, so he chose to become an illegal alien. With a working Social Security number, he persuaded one of his friends, Solomon, to recommend most notably evident in the failure to consider or consult with missioners before such rules are made.” Philippine columnist Jose Ma. Montelibano have these suggestions. He said: “Abroad, Filipinos in developed countries often have access to used but fully operational medical equipment. Many of these Filipinos are doctors or medical professionals who have good relationships with hospitals and clinics that are willing to donate these equipment. Maybe the DOH and the management of all these ill-equipped hospitals can consolidate a wish list and coordinate with Filipinos abroad to solicit the necessary supply for free. The Department of Finance and the Bureau of Customs can then facilitate the entry without duties and taxes to be paid by either the donors abroad or the beneficiary hospitals. These amounts can be inputted in government books as non-cash budgets for the DOH.” I have a humanitarian project of “Adopt A Hospital” in my town Pandan, Antique. There are 30,000 populations, 70% poor of the poorest. We have a dilapidated District Hospital I wanted to help. The Philippine government is building a

him to work at the big parking lot at a major train station terminal. It was an easy job, as he would just drive in a scooter, checking to see if the cars were safely parked, with no carnapérs, He worked the night shift, 9pm to 5am, then worked at the coffee shop from 6am to 1pm. His sleeping hours would be from 4 pm to 8pm. That would be Monday to Wednesday. During time off he would be washing and food shopping, not to mention singing, playing his guitar, smoking and drinking. As years went by, he grew accustomed to the graveyard shift. To keep awake, he became a chain smoker. Due to the hectic schedule he often skipped meals. He was glad he was working in a coffee shop, where he would drink strong coffee to sustain his energy. In five years he was able to provide his children with a high school, then college education. One graduated with a nursing degree; , his other daughter got her commerce degree. He was happy but half fulfilled, for he could not afford yet a house and lot for his family. He always communicated with his wife and daughters through emails. His alliance with his co-drinkers at work grew closer. They would celebrate twice a week, thereby forming a strong tie between them. But he was still determined to go home. His wife received low cost government housing in San Jose, Bulacan. He kept sending electronic appliances, home theater equipment, televisions, and other miscellaneous items he bought on Ebay. Sometimes he would dream of walking around his small but cute garden, where his

wife would watch him play his guitar. He dreamt of watching television at the living room with the children listening. He would finally be sleeping with the warm embrace from his wife to make up for the time lost during those twelve years. More money

ments still include a notarized declaration of guarantee by missioners and the host organization assuming full responsibility for the outcome of the mission, i.e., foreign doctor missionaries are to be responsible for any post-operative follow–up, shoulder the financial cost of post-op complications. At the end of the day, missionaries shall be inundated with the burden of paper work and time to spend in a project like mediBy Cesar D. Candari, MD. cal mission. Again, very restrictive FCAP Emeritus and unfair PRC Guidelines for foreign medical missionaries to the Philippines. Missions to India, Vietnam, Kenya, Peru, and other third world countries do not need horrendous paper work or fees. My group has been to Kenya, Vietnam, India and all we present are simply our CV, US License, and specialty. The DOH Secretary Dr. Enrique Ona was in Phoenix Arizona re(Continued from page 1) cently. He was quoted to say: “that the Philippines is lagging behind was made. However, I have from other Asian countries in terms the hunch that the remaining of hospital facilities for every 10,000 several regulations of 2009 population,” which according to the shall be more strictly implestandard set by the World Health mented! I hope not. I read Organization (WHO), “there should with interest that the principal be 20 to 27 hospital beds for every 10,000 population.” reason that the PRC revised The Philippines, he said, has but the regulations is basically “8 hospital beds for every 10,000 what Consul General Leo Filipinos as compared to China Herrera Lim stated: “It seems, (30), Vietnam (28) and Thailand among other things, the main (22). Other countries like Indonesia explanation why the Philiphave 6, Nigeria, 5, Afghanistan, 4 and Bangladesh, 4. The United pine Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) guidelines States has 31 hospital beds for every were issued is to preserve the 10,000 Americans.” Jay LaVigne, an American lawyer medical practice and to lessen and Director of Mending Faces, the loss of income of local together with his Filipina wife have physicians.” been active in Medical Missions to The stringent requirements include the Philippines as well as efforts a stiff increase of the renewal fee for to provide donated materials to temporary medical license to scorch- hospitals in the poorer regions of the ing $300 per volunteer Filipino country. He stated: American doctor and required to buy “We often feel that it is Manila ’s local malpractice insurance of P500, desire to build a bureaucratic wall 000 worth of coverage during medi- around the country so high, that no cal mission. As of this writing, it has medical missions will ever come to been suspended. Dr. Juan Montero the country again. For most of us, of Virginia said “To me this is R.I.P. mission preparation, fund raising, reto our enviable, proud tradition of cruiting medical personnel, working giving back to our less fortunate fel- with Philippine local governments low countrymen” while Dr. Zorayda to secure invitations, organizing Lee-Llacer of Maryland said, “When licensing documents, dealing with the requirement becomes too difthe PRC, customs is a year long task, ficult, less physicians will volunteer amounting to an almost 2nd full time their time to join medical missions.” job. Every extra step, every rule and I said this before and I am going to every extra dollar threatens our orgasay it again. We feel we are unwant- nizations which we have so lovingly ed…subjected to superfluous admin- built over the years (often decades) istrative, civil, criminal & malpracso we get pretty grumpy when a tice liabilities. We do not wish to be bureaucrat in Manila says here is a subjected to unscrupulous/frivolous bunch of extra forms, fees and folmedical lawsuits in our humanitarian derol that you have to endure before medical services. you can go to the remotest regions It now appears that the implemen- of our country and treat those who, tation of the regulations for medical without the mission, will never have /dental missionaries and material a chance to lead a normal life.” donations to District hospital are to The barriers to donating medical be followed to a tee. What I have equipment and supplies to those learned today is that the requiremost in need is a source of huge

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His wife asked for more money for travel to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore so that her passport would be marked with international entries to other countries. This would be an advantage when applying for a US visa because it would reflect her being financially capable. Carmen enjoyed pampering Lino. She had been sweet-talking to Lino that she wanted to go to the States too. Lino worked for twelve straight years. Whenever he got extremely homesick and planned to go home, Carmen would discourage his idea and present house projects like renovating the kitchen, building an extension for the living room, and putting up a lanai. These were reasons to keep Lino at work. One time, the overall head of the company of the franchised coffee shop, Mr. David, was making rounds to monitor the store’s performance. He noticed Lino, already assigned at the counter, slowly serving the customers. Since speed was a factor in excellent customer service, this was a problem. Mr. David thought that Lino was sick. Lino denied the allegation but could not prove otherwise. His right shoulder was drooping, and he could hardly stand straight. Mr. David sent him home to rest until he could display high energy. His friends, too busy attending to barrier for those humanitarian equiptheir own needs, suddenly noticed ments. Sad to say, my hospital equipments Lino seemed sick. His landlord accompanied him to a doctor, who saw donation in a 40-footer container is still on hold at the warehouse in Cal- a big lump on his back beneath his right shoulder. Several examinations ifornia. I am not assured of a FREE TAX of DUTY FREE. It is estimated were performed. The findings were that he had lung cancer, stage four. my Foundation- the PAF, will pay He always wore a loose shirt, which the Value Added Tax (VAT) of 12 was it was unnoticed. He alienated % (this is a Law) and would cost our Foundation (Donor) $39,000.00 himself from his group so that they didn’t see he was losing weight. for the hospital equipments that I Actually, he had been experiencing am sending to our under-equipped agonizing pain but did not tell anyDistrict Hospital. I really hope Dr. one. Mr. David, mindful of Lino’s Ona DoH Secretary; have a clear rapid change in personality, sullen view of what is the current probeyes, and pale lips, did not take Lino lem of medical missionaries to the Philippines, especially the shipment back for fear the company might be liable for his medical requirements. of hospital equipments donated to His colleagues, by now aware of District Hospitals. The Philippine his dreadful condition, urged him to government is building a barrier go back home so his family would for those humanitarian equipments. take care of him. He called his wife It is reminiscent of the “BERLIN WALL”. Remember President Ronal and told her of his aching back, too afraid to mention his ailment. His Reagan said, TEAR DOWN THAT wife said it was just a simple musWALL! It was torn down. cular spasm and that was no cause Mr. President (PNoy) , PLEASE for worries. Inadvertently, she said TEAR DOWN THAT BUREAUCRATIC ‘WALL’ . Our heart bleeds she needed more money because for those poor people in our country. the mortgage payment was overdue. Lino decided to stay. His friends couldn’t believe Carmen, so they gathered and discussed what was
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One day, however, the duckling went inside an opening under the house. Borobot waited for it to come out but it did not. He kept waiting even when it got dark, but there was no sign of the duckling. When his father came home that evening, he told him about his missing duckling. His dad took a flashlight and pointed it toward the opening. He inserted a long stick inside and tried to stir it. They could hear some squealing but no quacking. Finally, his dad told him the bad news: “The rats have eaten your duckling.” Borobot cried and cried for a very long time. – from Chapter 2 – Childhood Tales If there is a person that can aptly be called “the son of a bitch”, which in Pilipino, is synonymous to the phrase, “the son of a whore” (“anak ng puta”), it would be Tikboy. Tikboy was one of Eric’s playmates on Platerias Street where Eric lived with his family on the second floor of his father’s printing business in Manila in 1957. Tikboy’s mother, Purita, worked as a prostitute in a brothel across the street from Eric’s house. – from Chapter 6 - Just Like Any Mother

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From where he sat, he could tell Juanita had just bathed. Her hair was still damp and the fragrant scent of her cheap bath soap wafted through the air. She hardly noticed him as she was minding her own business. While he pretended to be concentrating on his reading, he would occasionally take a sneak peak at her, feasting his eyes on all of her seductive beauty. For a hot-blooded fourteen-year-old, she was not just an object of curiosity. – from Chapter 9 – Fragrant Scent of Bath Soap And All By the time they reached Platerias Street, everything was quiet. There was hardly a soul in sight; it was ten minutes past midnight. Narding frantically ran inside the brothel in search of Clarita, but he was told the Chinese took her just ten minutes before. He ran outside towards P. Paterno Street. Finding no speeding taxi, he ran back towards Carriedo Street, turned right towards Rizal Avenue, hoping the taxi holding Clarita had broken down. Finally, a loud, agonizing cry was heard all over in that quiet neighborhood of Quiapo. – from Chapter 11 – True Love Everyone was looking up at the top of an electric post, where sparks of light shone bright against the dark of the night. When the firemen trained the spotlight to the top of the post, they saw a body of a man lying on a wood across the post. It was Fred, the drunkard pimp. Without anybody noticing, he woke from deep slumber and this time, successfully climbed the top of the post. He was electrocuted while celebrating his feat. – from Chapter 15 – A Day In The Life Of The People Of Platerias Street

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“You must join the U.S. Navy so we can live abroad,” Isabel often told her boyfriend Lando as they walked in the park, weaving dreams for their future together. He would just shrug his shoulders in response. – from Chapter 1 – Her U.S. Navy Dreamboat

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The clash of two cultures, Filipino and Mexican, had taken its toll. He grew weary of the enchiladas, tacos, burritos and other Mexican dishes she prepared repeatedly. He longed for the Filipino dishes from his native land that he would always eat as a child. Teresa would not let him cook his favorite adobo and tuyo (dried fish) due to their stinking up the house. When he brought her to the Philippines, Teresa refused to stay and sleep in their house in the barrio. “It is hot and there are lizards on the ceiling,” she complained. – from Chapter 3 - Trophy Wife “Let me make this clear with you again,” Ditas once told Romy when he accosted her while tipsy from drinking with friends nearby. “I will never marry you even if you are the last man on earth.” The friends laughed hard and Romy retreated in shame. The next day he left town and she didn’t hear from him until she received a letter from the United States Naval Base in San Diego from her jilted suitor, now a member of the U.S. Navy. – from Chapter 5 - The Last Man On Earth

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Seeing the Philippines for the first time after many years would give any former resident a “culture shock.” The roads, which looked to be wider before, appeared narrow. The buildings and the streets, which were dilapidated and dirty before, looked more dilapidated and dirty now. – Chapter 2 – Balikbayan Culture Shock All of a sudden, the small kids from before were now grown up. Their faces had changed, yet somehow looked familiar. Some of his relatives who lived in a compound beside them had already died. Gone forever during a span of just ten years were his maternal grandmother, three uncles, two aunties and two cousins. – Chapter 3 – Like A Video Tape Experience Their vehicle moved towards the man and again they asked: “Boss, alam mo ba ang bahay ni Maning Bakla (Boss, do you know the residence of Maning, the homosexual?)?” The man looked serious and glumly said: “Yes, I am Maning, what do you want?” They were embarrassed as they were sure that Maning did not appreciate the unsavory nickname. – Chapter 6 – Maning Bakla And the Duty Free Shops In Manila There was a full moon above, and they could see its reflections on the water as the waves slapped on the sand. They could feel the cool breeze kiss their face, the warm water wet their feet. On that cold December evening in Maryland Beach Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines, they wanted to freeze time and enjoy every moment of their stay – Chapter 10 – Nasugbu Market Place And The IUD BBQ Manila Mayor Antonio Villegas proved to be an innovative mayor; for example, he introduced the free elementary and high school education in the city, the first of its kind in the country. He was also a poet in the vernacular; at every opportunity, he would recite or talk in the form of a poem he himself composed. In answer to his critics, he once said: “Marami ang nagtatanong kung bakit ako tumutula, bakit, ang tula ba ay masama (Many are asking why I am reciting a poem, why, is a poem bad)?” Chapter 17 – When “Gatpuno” Villegas warmed his “Salumpuwit” at Maharnilad Their playmates from the barrio were cautious and made a sign of the cross when passing ant hills, which they would call “nuno sa punso”. They would reverently say, “Makikiraan, po (Please allow us to pass!)!” Chapter 31 - Nuno Sa Punso And Other Weird Provincial Experiences The boys, usually five at a time, would line up and march without their pants towards the rice fields at the back of the house. They would pass by a guava tree, pull out several leaves and wash them in the artesian well. Once in the field, the quack doctor would hammer a stake into the ground made of a branch of a guava tree with the other end bent towards the boy. – Chapter 34 - Circumcision: Why Do Some Boys Walk Bow-Legged During Summertime In The Province?

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One evening, when Romy and his friends were drinking in the house, Ditas showed Andy the photo of Isabel. “Check her out, Andy,” she told him. “She’s looking for a boyfriend here in America.” “No way,” Andy replied. “I know what she’s up to. She will just marry and leave me once she gets her green card.” “But she’s very pretty,” Romy told his friend. “With your looks, you can never have a wife as beautiful as her.” – from Chapter 8 – Pretty Girl’s Photo “Is this your first time riding an airplane?” her seatmate, a woman in her fifties, asked Isabel. “How did you know?” “Because you’re holding your bag tightly and you look scared. And also, that huge envelope in plastic bag contains the x-ray film carried by first time immigrants.” Isabel sheepishly smiled. – from Chapter 12 – Land of Milk and Honey

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“Complicated Affairs” By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. The colorful and incredible story of a Filipino American’s complicated affairs. Excerpts from the book: How did you know Richard?” she asked. Danny was fast to the draw. “I produced his shows there,” he lied. He could see Menchie, the movie star, was impressed. “And I can also produce your show,” he continued the charade. She was pleased. “Do you think people will pay just to watch me? “Why, are we going to charge them?” he asked instead. Menchie was aghast, but realized he was joking. She hit him on the shoulder. He knew the ice was broken. – Chapter 2 : Movie Star “So how are you doing?” Danny was pleased to hear from Juanita. “I am okay, how about you?” “So-so,” he replied. “I’ve missed you,” his playboy persona took over again. “Really?” she asked. “I have something to tell you.” “What? “ Danny was rejuvenated. He had not dated for a while and was eager to do so. He saw an opportunity with Juanita. “I just gave birth to a baby girl.” “Congratulations,” Danny said. “Are you sexy again?” He was hoping to renew their relationship but was unsure about it since she was with her husband. Juanita did not answer his question; instead, she said, “And it’s yours.” – Chapter 3 :Another Child “This is Mindy,” Diaz introduced a pretty twenty-five year old girl to him when he arrived at the dock. “She’s Digna’s sister.” Mindy shyly extended her right hand which Danny shook. He noticed that Digna was teasing her sister, as though there was a pre-arranged plan between Diaz and the two girls unbeknownst to him. Later on, during the course of the fishing trip, he discovered the plan: Digna wanted Danny to hook up with her sister. “Marry my sister,” Digna told him as they ate lunch aboard the boat in the middle of the bay. “So she can migrate to America.” She knew Danny was a divorced American citizen. – Chapter 5: Gone Fishin’ Danny called up his friend Pepito and asked for ideas on how to best help Kate. Pepito was the brother of his comedian friend, Elvis, one of the top entertainers in the Philippines at that time. “Jackpot ka, pare (You’ve got a jackpot, friend),” Pepito told Danny. “She is a gold mine.” “What do you mean?” “We can set her up with rich Chinese men playing at the casinos and charge them at least 50,000 pesos to spend the night with her. I am sure many of them would be willing to spend that much just to be with a beautiful white girl like Kate. We will get our commission afterwards.” – Chapter 8 : Leading Lady After Danny gave him her name, the clerk spent a few minutes in the computer. “That’s it,” the clerk said afterwards. “She has pension due her, and you are entitled to it!” Danny was surprised. He didn’t expect this bounty. “How much do you think you will get?” the clerk asked him. Danny was hesitant to give him an amount. He was happy to get $100 a month. That would go a long way especially if one was living in the Philippines. “One hundred dollars,” he answered. “That’s way too low, make it higher.” “Three hundred?” “Way too low.” “Five hundred?” “Still very low.” “How much?” he finally asked. “Try fourteen hundred dollars.” He could not believe what he heard. – Chapter 9 : Windfall

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Seeing the Philippines for the first time after many years would give any former resident a “culture shock.” The roads, which looked to be wider before, appeared narrow. The buildings and the streets, which were dilapidated and dirty before, looked more dilapidated and dirty now. – Chapter 2 – Balikbayan Culture Shock

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by Rudy Liporada Noel’s car beams flooded the narrow uphill road carpeted with pine needles. The scent of pine trees seeped into the car as the distant lights from the city flickered through the curtain of trees that zipped as the Volkswagen roared up the Almontes’ carport. He had just brought Lina home and had bid goodbye to her mother. “Of course,” Lina’s mother said. “You must be with your family to greet the New Year.” “Say Happy New Year to Tatay Pelo for me,” Noel said. “Yes, we will,” Lina said. “He should be home soon.” Home. Yes, it is tradition. Everyone in a family must be home together during the New Year. This would insure that they would be together the whole coming year even only in spirit if ever they are apart. Noel does not believe in this tradition anymore, however. He was not even home for Christmas. What for? These traditions are only enjoyed by those who can really afford them. What is the use of these traditions, these being together when you cannot enjoy them because you have nothing to celebrate them with? Truly, the growing harshness of life has led many families to be not together on many occasions anymore because celebrating them meant expenses they could not afford. Start with bus or jeep fares. They have more than doubled in the last two years. Then the food expense increase followed. Good, if wages had increased proportionally to the price hikes. They have not. It is cheaper to stay put during these traditions and not celebrate them at all. Besides, being in the struggle means swimming against the tide of many norms, norms that are meant to further enslave the masses, to further enrich those already in power. Take the norm of praying, praying the rosary, or going to mass. They are meant for the people to rely on a supernatural being to solve their problems, meant to shade problems as caused by a divine plan to test one’s faith. Instead of wasting time praying or attending a whole hour of mass, why don’t people spend time really seeking the roots of poverty, identifying who the real culprits are, and finding revolution as the only answer? And take the norm of spending during traditions. This is meant for everyone to squeeze out their earnings so those who run the businesses could make profit. And for those who have nothing to spend? Sorry for them, they could not fulfill the traditions. Yet, Noel is coming home for the New Year but not really for the tradition. How long had he not been home? How long had he not taken a proper bath? How long had he not eaten their maid’s cooking? How long had he not been sleeping on his comfortable bed? Besides, he had also run out of funds. He would need money to sustain himself and help his aktibista friends in their aktibista HQ. Rosa opened the door. “Happy New Year, mommy,” Noel said, kissing Rosa on the cheek. “Thank goodness. I was worried that you won’t be home again, anak,” she said. Her green silk dress, sprinkled with tiny black dots symbolizing more wealth to be ushered in the by New Year, swished as she waggled her heftiness into the receiving room with Noel following her. “Come, come. Your Uncle George came up to have New Year noche-buena with us.” Dr. Ben Altamonte and Captain George Altamonte sat on a sofa in the well lit receiving room. Flames danced at the fireplace. Uncle George is a multi-awarded veteran who was with the late President Ramon Magsaysay in quashing the Hukbalahap rebels in Central Luzon. “Well, well, talking about the komunista,” Ben said. “Hush!” Rosa said. “Not now, Ben. It’s New Year.” “Why? Will he change with it?” Ben said. “Just stop it,” Rosa said. Motioning to Noel, she said, “Noel say hello to your uncle.” George stood. His sweater stretched over the bulge of his belly. He sported a military hair cut. Although he was against the tradition, Noel approached and held his uncle’s hand. He bowed and placed the back of George’s hand on his forehead which touched the Philippine Military Academy graduate ring on his finger. “Mano po, uncle,” Noel said.

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“God bless you,” George said. After more pleasantries, Noel asked, “So, what brings you up here in Baguio, uncle?” Ben batted in, “To stop communists like you.” “Tsk. Stop it,” said Rosa. The rattling of firecrackers in the distance had died down. It is past midnight. It is time for the Noche Buena. Although more traditionally done after the midnight mass on Christmas, many Filipinos also partake in the midnight Noche Buena feast during New Year. This is believed to usher in good meals throughout the whole year. A whole lechon smothered the center of the table of the Altamontes. Pansit, adobo, queso-de-bola, and other delicacies surrounded it. “This is really a lot,” said George, sitting himself. He reached for rice and smothered it with pork adobo. “There will be many visitors later this morning,” said Rosa. We will just heat up the left overs.” “Well, I’m sure there will be a lot of that too,” George said. “Are you not being wasteful?” “Well, there are those friends of Noel who will surely appreciate…,” Rosa was cut off. “Yes, those beggar komunistas will eat anything thrown at them,” Ben said, biting into a chicken leg. “Tsk! Ben. Stop it. We’re eating,” Rosa said. “Well, it’s true. Is it not, Noel?” Ben said. Noel just heaved a sigh as he reach for a cut of the lechon. “So, Noel. Isn’t it?” Ben said. “Why don’t you answer?” “Because he is not being impolite,” Rosa said. “That is why.” “Anyway, while we are on the subject,” said George, “We have captured Communist Party documents stating clearly that the Kabataang Makabayan is just their patriotic youth front.” “Did you hear that, Noel?” Ben said. Noel heaved another sigh. “I would advise, you, Noel,” George said, “to get out of it before you really get into trouble, before you get the family into trouble.” Noel dabbed sauce on his pork. “Hoy! Noel, your uncle is talking to you,” Ben said. “Answer. Don’t be impolite.” Noel looked up straight at George. “Uncle, did you want me out of the KM because it could hurt your military career?” Rosa looked aghast. “Noel! Don’t answer your uncle that way.” “Why, mom?” said Noel. “If I do not answer, I am impolite. If I answer, I am still impolite?” “You answer but not that way,” Ben said. His grip on his spoon tightened. “How should I answer dad? And how could I explain anything to you, to any of you? I cannot say anything because even if I am right, I am impolite when my viewpoints differ from yours. And being impolite makes everything I say wrong. Why must you be always right just because you are older and I am just your son?” “Diyos ko! Anak,” Rosa said clasping her hands together. “What have the komunistas done to you? Have you really turned into one?” “Is that supposed to be evil, mom?” Noel said. “Careful, Noel,” Ben said. “That is your mother you are talking to.” “Of course,” Rosa said. “Is it evil to stand for the right of the poor, to fight for the souls that

I think of nothing I listen to the silence When awareness is freed from thoughts That is our liberation a momentary sanctuary in our place in this universe So much like the face of the sun Unveiled by the passing of the moon Brilliance radiating from shredded shadows.. .. The shadows of our thoughts

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God has forsaken?” “Santa Maria! You are now even questioning God?” Rosa said. “Why not? He seems to shower only blessings to a few and cast everyone else into poverty.” “Stop it, Noel,” Ben said, standing up and pointing his spoon at Noel. “But it is fate, anak,” Rosa said. “Perhaps, it is fate, too, that they turn to a new God, a God who would redeem them from exploitation, a God of the oppressed.” It was swift.

Noel had a glimpse of his father hurling a silvery thing at him. He felt a thud on his forehead. He heard a crack about his left eye. He felt himself falling down as he jolted backwards. Then everything turned black. When Noel came to, warm blankets covered him on his comfortable bed. (Next chapter – Lina’s father dies and there is a violent demonstration of students)

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IT industry and drove cars for the Dallas Auto Auction to pay the bills. My Associate’s degree in Computer Science wasn’t getting me a lot of offers, and I was bored and unchallenged. So in my spare time, I designed a play-by-mail game (yes, that’s US Mail) called Quest for Galactic Domination. I had a huge piece of cardboard covered with hex paper that mapped the Galaxy, San Diego from New York. I finally got the relationship thing right and married the beautiful Renee and now have three amazing children any parent would be proud to call their own. I developed a taste for wine and got the crazy idea to plant a vineyard and make my own. It is harvest season now and we will soon be stomping grapes. All during this time, ideas for

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Food for Thought
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by Scott Quiggle How often do you play games online? If you’re like most players, you turn-on, log-on, and fire away. You’re concerned with playing the game, the intricacies of it, and the outcome. But those games always have a human face or faces behind it. There are always human stories connected to the games. This is one of those stories, that of Scott Quiggle, and just part of what it took to get “from there to here.” In 1984 I was a junior at Corning – Painted Post West High School in upstate New York. I begged my parents for an Apple IIe, the latest and greatest computer on the market and after singing the praises of having a home computer and how it would help me with school, they delivered. Though it was used for writing and printing papers on the cheapest printer ever made, the Gorilla Banana (I kid you not), 95% of the time spent on the machine was playing games. It is with great nostalgia that I can easily recite the titles I burned up so many hours on: Lode Runner, Swashbuckler, Aztec, Wizardry, Ultima and more. But there were two early games, both in genres I loved, that were just not as good as I wanted them to be: Tuesday Morning Quarterback and Star Trek. Both were text based games written in integer basic, and both had the source code readily available. So I begged my parents to buy me the book Basic Apple Basic because it would help me learn computer programming, and they delivered again. The end result was a modified football game that had the real player names and “bonuses” to exceptional players like Dan Marino, Joe Montana, and Walter Peyton. It now played whole seasons on an NFL rules generated schedule, accumulated statistics, and allowed you to play playoff games all the way through the Superbowl. My version of Star Trek now accumulated victory points that allowed you to “level up” your ship and buy bonuses to speed, range, accuracy, damage, shields and hull strength. The higher up you leveled, the more difficult your opponents became. I also put in (G)orn, (T)holian and (R)omulans to fight in addition to the(K)lingons. Quest For Galactic Domination In 1988 I took a break from college and tried a move from Oswego New York to Arlington Texas. While I was there I looked for a job in the

a short story, which sadly was later lost to a virus, and a set of rules that I posted on the gaming forums of Compuserve to recruit players. Though the “Texas Experiment” ultimately failed and I moved back to New York and went back to college, the game went with me. I wrote an application in the new fangled language “Turbo Pascal for Windows” to enter player orders that arrived via mail (and sometimes by this new thing called email), and automatically generate player turn reports, which I could then modify for creative content. I also added the starmap and ship tracking so I didn’t have to lug around the giant cardboard anymore. My interest waned with my collegiate workload, involvement in competition Tae Kwon Do, and other not-so-productive extracurricular activities and the game died a natural death in 1992. Cool Queue Studios I spent the following eighteen years as a professional developing and managing in the software development life cycle. This included two valuable experiences, one of five years at an educational game company and another almost six years working for a DoD contractor in military simulation gaming. Life occurred too with a move to

better games were rattling around in my skull. The desire to make them was omnipresent. Finally, in 2010, I decided that the time was right to plumb the contacts I’d made over the years, invoke the industry knowledge I’d accumulated, and put my late-night free time into making the game company dream a reality. I recruited Bob and Phil, a pair of smart, hard working, experienced technical pros as “project partners”, because you always need help from your friends, and incorporated Cool Queue Studios. Kickstarting Galactic Domination The great idea for a “stellar” game was to reach back to a genre I have loved for most of my lifetime and pull it forward to the browser-based era of social gaming, AKA Facebook, Google+, and others. After a good deal of market research, it was easy to see that the design I had in mind for our galactic scale game readily exceeded anything on the market in that sector. We are now in the fall of 2012, and have worked for two years in our “free” time, producing a thorough design document, a set of tools for randomized galaxy creation and population, core server communication and database technology, an incomplete set of ugly but working

game pages, and an agile project plan that will guide us to get it all done. The needs of the game and the needs of the company are painfully obvious. To push this game out to the market, it needs a visual web design overhaul, the full-time attention of our core developers, and several very talented science fiction loving graphic artists. There are a lot of ships and aliens to draw! In a poor economy adverse to high risk venture capital investing, how do you do this without a budget? In June, the answer fell in my lap while reading about the successful “crowd funding” of Double Fine Productions game Adventure. We are very excited to share our game, our development process and progress, and our experiences with the public. We are filming the Kickstarter video with an award winning producer/director now. We are re-imagineering our website to be more appealing to the public eye. We are coming to you with a set of cool rewards in hope that you will help us make this dream an awesome reality. Check out www.coolqueue.com for regular announcements and updates, where you can also join our message boards and interact with us. Most importantly, watch for Galactic Domination on www.Kickstarter.com , our project that should go live in mid-October.

Chief Tecumseh's words of wisdom: So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.

Chief Tecumseh’s Words of Wisdom

grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home. -- Chief Tecumseh 1768-1813 Shawnee Nation

Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and

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Houston, TX, September 19, 2012 - All too many of us create an outer persona or “ego self” in order to cope with the fear and anxiety of day to day life. This false identity normalizes these intense emotions, stops us from feeling anything at all, and drives us toward artificial goals of financial status and success. No one understands this better than Gregory Nicholas Malouf, a successful businessman and entrepreneur who became a workaholic at 19, earning triple figures each week, and throwing lavish parties and traveling around the world. He thought he was living the ‘perfect life’ until at age 50, his world collapsed and he realized he was living a lie. Malouf suffered from anxiety and obsessive control disorder; two of the many addictions that had ruled his life because he had not been able to confront the truth of his past. When he wrote Silent: The Power of Silence (Morgan James Publishing) and founded Epsilon Healing Academy, he did so for those who believe what he needed to believe - YOU can release yourself from overwhelming and consuming

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life burdens, and YOU can access that which you truly desire and live the life you deserve. Many of us never realize our full potential or feel joy and satisfaction because we let apprehension and outside pressures take over our lives. While we don’t want to live this way, we don’t know how to change it. Silent takes readers on an inward journey to find the all-loving place and connection to all that is—the silent connection to Self. Here you will reclaim your inherent power, change your reality, clear your vision, and open the floodgates of abundance. Silent is the pathway to overcoming our past and provides the tools for discovering our true self so we may break old cycles and move from a life of stress, anger, anxiety, regret, financial woes, grief and feelings of unhappiness to hope, peacefulness, possibility, love, and living a life of joy and contentment. While our circumstances may be dif(Continued on page 22)

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The passing of a new Philippine anti-cyber crime law this September 2012 (RA 10175) is a step in the right direction but since the anti-trafficking, anti-child abusive Read previous articles by visiting our website at www.asianimages laws have not been properly journalusa.com implemented, this may go the same way and the scourge will continue. The bitter truth is that the legislators have manipulated the wording and content of the laws to make vital provisions non-effective. For ramdaman mo kapag di ka masaya, Pedro: Ano ulam nyo? example, the rapist that abuses a ikaw ay maLONG QUOTE! Juan: Blanced green leafy veggie trafficked child will only get com“THE EGG” - Eto yung feeling with Caviar and crushed sweet tomamunity service as a penalty for the mo kapag nalamangan ka, na “THE to in sparkling salted seafood. first offense and for the second, a EGG” ka! Pedro: Wow! And sarap naman fine. (www,preda.org). They turned nun. Ano yun? the making of the law into joke. “THE PLACE” - Eto naman Juan: Talbos ng kamote at bagoong Now a Municipal Mayor charged na may pinisang kamatis. Kayo, ano yung sinuntok ka, pero di ka naman with trafficking had the case easily masyadong natamaan, kumbaga ulam nyo? dismissed. “THEPLACE” lang! Pedro: Fish fillet de el nino. He is now charged with child By Fr. Shay Cullen Juan: Wow! Sosyal, ano yun? sexual abuse and justice has stag“LOVING A NAME” - Eto naman Pedro: TUYO! nated. Charges before prosecutors Dublin, Ireland. The most heiyung bilang na mas mataas sa “LAV- nous crime one can think of is the *** can take up to six months or a year ING LIMA”. abduction, trafficking, sale, rape and to be resolved; court cases can drag *** EKSENA SA JEEP NA PUNUAN. on for as long as two to three years, sexual abuse of little children. It’s Kung sapatos na masarap ay some even to five years. The chila horrific reality that I meet every “delishoes”, ang sapatos na masama week but it has to be strongly and Girl: Bayad .. dren are abused by the system and ay “malishoes” at ang sapatos na na- robustly countered and exposed. Driver: Ilan ‘tong 100? those mandated to give justice and Girl: 1, Kuya. Estudyante, nurs- kakabigla ay “shoesmaryosep”, ano The victims have to be helped pro- protect them. naman ang sapatos na dumadaan? ing sa Ateneo, kakasakay lang. In Ireland, firm political will, actected and given therapy and a new Boy: (Nayabangan, nagbayad ng start. The abusers must be brought to tion by the Irish anti-trafficking poEh di ... “eShoes me”, eShoes me 500) Manong, bayad. justice. After the child trafficker and lice unit, and the campaign by child po! Driver: (Galit) Ilan ‘tong 500? rapist, the next enemy and abuser is protection charities have greatly Boy: 1 lang, seaman, kakarating reduced the number of children the person who fails to report and *** lang. trafficked. The report reveals that as help the child. Sinundo ni Juan ang kuya nyang si Sira ulo: (Tumawa, inabot ang many as 1,085 children disappeared We must support the good and Kulas sa N.Y. airport. 1000) Manong, bayad. in 2001 but by 2010 it was reduced dedicated officials that do help and Driver: (Galit na galit) Peste! Ilan to 97 that year. Yet no one knows fight for the rights of the child. Juan: Namumutla ka, kuya! Hindi Government and civil society must ‘tong 1000? what happened to those children. ka ba pinakain sa eroplano? Sira ulo: Lahat kami! Isama ang The Irish government’s decicreate an environment where the Kulas: Alok nga sila ng alok. Pero reporting of child trafficking and nurse at seaman, keep the change. sion to end the practice of housing nagtulog-tulogan ako, wala kasi Galing mental, kakalabas lang. unaccompanied migrant children in abuse is a moral, brave, and couraakong pambayad eh! *** hostels from where many children geous thing to do. “LONG QUOTE” - Eto yung naradisappeared and likely trafficked Covering up and staying silent for sexual exploitation helped save should be denounced and penalized hundreds of children. as approval of the crime against the his children showed consideration. Much has yet to be done as the child. Trafficking of children for He soon went to the Lung Center trafficking has been found outside exploitation and abuse is a terrible because he was screaming for pain. the capital, Dublin. In Wexford, SliHe began to accuse the wife of being crime that affects all countries, developed and underdeveloped, and go and Kilkenny, children have been unfaithful, as she showed impatrafficked according to the report. tience on his needs. He stayed in the we have to act to combat it wherMore can be done in Ireland. The ever it is reported and discovered. hospital for two weeks. Because his Irish government has yet to ratify Silence about such crimes amounts (Continued from page 17) cancer was terminal, no amount of the UN Convention on the Rights of to consent. chemotherapy and medicine could good for Lino. He only had false the Child to be protected from child Most people would prefer not to hopes and was disconnected with the cure it. He requested to be sent prostitution, child pornography and hear, read or know about it. Some home; that same night, Lino passed uncaring wife. sale of children. church authorities, politicians and away. Migrant children are particularity even police have covered up these Could not work vulnerable everywhere and among crimes and must be held accountSad News the thousands of Filipinos in Ireland, able. When we read a report of As days passed, Lino could not this ought to be a concern for them. success and action to prevent and The friends in the States expected afford to work even at the parking They have to be sure that youthreduce trafficking and abuse of the sad news. They wondered why job. He grew thinner, and the more children, it’s important to highlight it ful relatives brought into Ireland or Carmen was so indifferent. Little by weight he lost, the more the hump anywhere else are protected. Any in public. little, bits of information surfaced. became obvious. The doctor desuspected case of child abuse or The recent report “Safe Care for Carmen spent a lot of Lino’s money clared it malignant after the biopsy, trafficking in any country can be Trafficked Children in Ireland: Debut Lino had no health insurance and to have her nose fixed, eyebrow tat- veloping a Protective Environment” confidentially reported to any Irish toos, skin whitening, ballroom danccould not afford to be hospitalized. in Ireland reveals that not only have child protection agency or to www. He didn’t want to call his wife again ing, new clothes and makeup. She preda.org. In the Philippines, the migrant children been trafficked in had an American boyfriend whom and feel her rejection, so it was his Preda Foundation’s reporting hotline she met on an online dating service. large numbers in the recent past but friends who told the wife that Lino is +63 917 532 4453 . Preventive also Irish born children are being In less than a year, Carmen was in was sick and must go back home. abducted and trafficked for exploita- action to protect children from abuse The wife had no choice but resented the States. He called Lino’s friend is essential to save children. Report tion, more likely for sexual abuse Solomon and asked if she and her his returning. Lino was broke. He abuse today. shaycullen@preda.org today. American fiancee could spend a didn’t work for three weeks, so his The Safe Care for Trafficked Trafficking is the sex slavery of night in their place, as the two would friends contributed for his fare. Children in Ireland: Developing a our generation,it found in almost be having a long drive to the guy’s Lino was crying. He did not want residence and needed somewhere to every country. It is made possible by Protective Environment. report is to go back home unwanted. Suda sex -mafia, demand by pedophiles, available at this link. denly, he was looking back where he stay. The friends were shocked to http://www.childrensrights.ie/ corrupt officials promoting sex tourhear that, unable to believe Carwent wrong. He knew he didn’t do sites/default/files/submissions_reism, and allowing child porn and a men had the audacity to ask for free anything wrong. He was away for ports/files/SafeCareForTraffickeduncaring public. twelve years, sacrificing for his fam- shelter. They were all furious, and ChildrenInIrelandReport.pdf Solomon slammed the phone on her. ily’s financial betterment. He was a A very insensible Carmen left the gon para sa Megaworld International victim of repugnance from his wife. children with massive debts for this para sa mga agents ng Megaworld. He preferred to stay, but his friends Isang promo naman ang napanalubluntly told him that they all shared white guy. Where is the promise to Lino: Til nan ni Allan Yubac na ibinigay sa concerns and nobody could attend to kanya ang isang Ipad , isang promo him. They bought Lino a plane ticket death do us part? – AJ (Continued from page 13) (Attention readers: If you have ni Katrina Gaffud Benfer kung sino for the Philippines and packed up ang makakabenta ng 20 million worth his things while Lino quietly weeped stories of undocumented aliens in saan naging isang siyang Professor sa ng condominium.Sariling promo ito America, please e-mail them to in one corner. When they took him nasabing Universidad. ni Ms. Katrina para lalong ganahan at the airport, they were all weeping us at asianjournal@aol.com for Nakikiramay po kami sa pamilya publication in this section. Please raw ang kanyang mga agents sa pagas well. Lino felt lost. Though his inform us if you do not want to have niya at showbiz industry dahil sa pag- bebenta ng properties ng Megaworld friends pitied him, they hated his your name published. 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Patawad
Ang hingi ko ay patawad sa sala kong pagpapanggap, Na kuhanin ang tiwala sa tapatang paguusap. Nabuo ang iyong loob sa akalang ako’y ganap, Magalang at maginoo, kaibigang matatawag. Paglipas ng mga araw unti-unting nagbabago, Lumabis ang ‘yong tiwala’t may lungkot ang sinaysay mo. Awang-awa ako noon at damdam rin ng puso ko, Hindi kita matulungan, tunay naging duwag ako. Ninais mo ang magaral, ngunit kayo ay mahirap, Natapos mo ay “high school” lang at nais mo’y maging ‘sang “nurse”. Sya ring nagiging dahilang nauudlot ang ating “chat”, Dahil kapos ka ng “budget” at lagi kang inaalat. Sabi mo pa isang araw kay bait kong umunawa, Na sana ang iyong ama ay tulad kong pinagpala. Hindi sana mabibinbin, pangarap at panukala, Na sumulong, magtagumpay na ‘di laging maralita. Kung iyo lang malalaman ang tunay at aking pakay, Tiyak kong ika’y magbabago na ako ay kamuhian. Kaya saking pagiisip, tanggap ko ang katunayan, Na hindi ko magagawang kunin ang ‘yong kahinaan. Kaya ako’y nagpaalam, ayaw kong magkasala pa, Na ituloy yaong balak na bunga ay ‘di maganda. Akong ito’y nagpaalam, patawad ang aking nasa, Hindi ko na itutuloy, mapalapit, angkinin ka. Sapat na ang naganap na, isalin ang ating buhay, Sa isang tulang mapupulot, hindi ginto ngunit aral. Kung tutulong sa ‘sang kapwa, dapat ito’y sadyang bukal, Walang samang pinaplano, kapalit na hinihintay. Kathang tula ni: Romeo Nicolas Bocaue, Bulacan 8/31/2012

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Unorthodox Matchmaker's Story Sharon sees Becomes a Bestselling Book on nothing wrong Barnes and Noble with cyberglobe, get on international media crime law Hellen Chen, relationship expert interviews, lecturing and teaching and matchmaker extraordinaire,
launched her book ‘The Matchmaker of the Century’ on Barnes and Noble on Oct 3rd. Rising above over 100,000 books in the same categories, the book marriage education to young people, working professionals, top CEOs etc. She has also started a national "I-am-here-for-you' movement.

The Importance of Family Routines
HealthyChildren.org ceptible to misbehavior, risk-taking, and anxiety. For this age group, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child come home to a parent, other adult, or a responsible adolescent. Evenings Dinner should be an important time for your family. As often as possible, all family members should eat together at the dinner table, without the distraction of television or radio. During dinner the family can share the day’s activities and participate in enjoyable conversation. Everyone should be encouraged to take part, and negative comments and criticism should be discouraged. Bedtime On school nights, children need a regular time to go to sleep. Lights can go out at different times for different children in the family, depending on how much sleep each youngster needs. Nighttime rituals can help ease a youngster to sleep. These rituals can include storytelling, reading aloud, conversation, and songs. Try to avoid exciting play and activities before bedtime. Weekends Weekends are good times for family togetherness. You might go shopping as a family, visit museums and zoos, do chores that everyone participates in, go on hikes or bike rides, or attend religious services. On weekends children in the middle years can usually be allowed a later bedtime than during the week. Keep in mind that, although family time is essential, it is equally important for parents to set aside some time just for themselves. -- Link: http://www.healthychildren.org Last Updated 7/30/2012 Source Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics) The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

reached number one bestseller status in the following six categories: #1 Best Seller in Marriage books #1 Best Seller in Self-Help #1 Best Seller in Relationships #1 Best Seller in Love and Romance #1 Best Seller in Self-Improvement #1 Best Seller in Parenting and Family In the daily news where stories of divorces and family break-ups have become normal, the Matchmaker of the Century brings fresh new look on marriage in the modern world and debunk myths about marriages. It shares real-life stories of how men and women made it in their relationships despite struggles and hardships. Hellen Chen is the unorthodox matchmaker who has taken the road less travelled in her matchmaking. Unlike ordinary matchmakers who usually bring together men and women who are looking forward to get married, Chen brought together numerous men and women who had lost faith in relationships, resistive about love and who had basically given up on the possibility of experiencing a good marriage life. 'Love does not stop after the wedding." smiled Chen, "But you must know how to manage it - no different than knowing how to drive a car well, and become good at driving so that there is less chance of accidents." To accomplish her wish to educate more people on marriage, Chen logged tens of thousands of miles every year, flying around the

The purpose of the movement is to increase marital awareness and education in America and in all parts of the world. “In America, we have top-notched academic education and advanced technology in all fields. We have achieved top competitive positions in the world in many industries. But we also rank at the top in divorce rates in comparison with other countries. Why are less and less people in America succeeding in their marriages?” said Chen. Chen explained that contrary to popular beliefs, education standards, how much one has in his bank account, overbearing mother-in-laws etc are not the reasons behind failing marriages. The Matchmaker of the Century book addresses the wide-spread problems that many couples have in their marriages and tackles the important subject: how to make marriages last despite all odds to fail in the modern world. Those who would like to learn about how to create a stable family foundation and enjoy a long lasting marriage can visit the site: www. MatchmakerOfTheCentury.com

Why are family routines so important to children? Every family needs routines. They help to organize life and keep it MANILA, Philippines -- Actressfrom becoming too chaotic. Children singer Sharon Cuneta, who has been do best when routines are regular, a target of online criticisms, sees predictable, and consistent. nothing wrong with the controversial One of a family’s greatest challenges is to establish comfortable, effective routines, which should achieve a happy compromise between the disorder and confusion that can occur without them and the rigidity and boredom that can come with too much structure and regimentation, where children are given no choice and little flexibility. As a parent, review the routines in your household to ensure that they accomplish what you want. Republic Act (RA) No. 10175 or the Weekday Mornings Cybercrime Prevention Act . To make the household function In her official Twitter account, well in the morning, everyone needs Cuneta explained that while she sup- to know what has to be done to get ports freedom of speech, she does ready for the day. Try the following: not favor anonymous criticism. Put as many things in order as pos“Madaming nasasaktan kasi sible the night before. nagtatago sa ibang identity ang iba Keep wake-up routines cheerful and at tumatapang. Wala nang privacy positive. ang mga tao. Pag may free speech, Be sure your child eats breakfast, dapat may responsibility. Eh ang iba even if she is not hungry in the parang ‘di na tayo human beings, morning, have her get some food in wala nang delicadeza. Dapat lang her system to start the day. ma-punish ang mga naninirang puri. Finally, round out each morning by Pag sinira mo ang pangalan ng isang saying goodbye to your youngster. A taong wala naman masamang ginasimple hug and a wave as she heads gawa, para mo na siyang pinatay,” out the front door or slides out of the Cuneta said when asked by one of car are extremely important. They her followers about her stand on the will give her a positive feeling with new law. which to begin the day’s activities. She added: “I’m all for the punish- After School ment of cybercrime. Some people During middle childhood, children have just gone too far.” need adult supervision. While some “Cybercrime law? If you’re a deparents have their children return cent person to begin with, WHAT’S each afternoon to an empty home, THERE TO FEAR? Ano ‘yon, ang these “latchkey” kids are more suspumiyok, guilty? @ciara_anna,” she told. It was Cuneta’s uncle Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III who proposed the online libel provision into the Cybercrime law.

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HealthyChildren.org -- The first two years of your child’s life are especially important in the growth and development of her brain. During this time, children need positive interaction with other children and adults. This is especially true at younger ages, when learning to talk and play with others is so important. Until more research is done about the effects of screen time on very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourages television viewing for children ages two years old or younger, and encourages interactive play. For older children, the Academy advises no more than one to two hours per day of educational, nonviolent programs, which should be supervised by parents or other responsible adults in the home. Link: http://www.healthychildren.org Source Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics)

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outside all cosmic laws---the sun “danced” according to the typical expression of the people. Standing at the step of an omnibus was an old man. With his face turned to the sun, he recited the Credo in a loud voice. I asked who he was and was told Senhor Joao da Cunha Vasconcelos. I saw him afterwards going up to those around him who still had their hats on, and vehemently imploring them to uncover before such an extraordinary demonstration of the existence of God. Identical scenes were repeated elsewhere, and in one place a woman cried out: “How terrible! There are even men who do not uncover before such a stupendous miracle!” People then began to ask each other what they had seen. The great majority admitted to having seen the trembling and the dancing of the sun; others affirmed that they saw the face of the Blessed Virgin; others, again, swore that the sun whirled on itself like a giant Catherine wheel and that it lowered itself to the earth as if to burn it in its rays. Some said they saw it change colors successively.... O Dia (another Lisbon daily, edition of 17 October 1917): “At one o’clock in the afternoon, midday by the sun, the rain stopped. The sky, pearly grey in colour, illuminated the vast arid landscape with a strange light. The sun had a transparent gauzy veil so that the eyes could easily be fixed upon it. The grey mother-of-pearl tone turned into a sheet of silver which broke up as the clouds were torn apart and the silver sun, enveloped in the same gauzy grey light, was seen to whirl and turn in the circle of broken clouds. A cry went up from every mouth and people fell on their knees on the muddy ground.... The light turned a beautiful blue, as if it had come through the stainedglass windows of a cathedral, and spread itself over the people who knelt with outstretched hands. The blue faded slowly, and then the light seemed to pass through yellow glass. Yellow stains fell against white handkerchiefs, against the dark skirts of the women. They were repeated on the trees, on the stones and on the serra. People wept and prayed with uncovered heads, in the presence of a miracle they had awaited. The seconds seemed like hours, so vivid were they. Fr. Ignacio Lorenco (Alburitel, 11 miles away): I was only nine years old at this time, and I went to the local village school. At about midday we were surprised by the shouts and cries of some men and women who were passing in the street in front of the school. The teacher, a good, pious woman, though nervous and impressionable, was the first to run into the road, with the children after her. Outside, the people were shouting and weeping and pointing to the sun, ignoring the agitated questions of the schoolmistress. It was the great Miracle, which one could see quite distinctly from the top of the hill where my village was situated---the Miracle of the sun, accompanied by all its extraordinary phenomena. I feel incapable of describing what I saw and felt. I looked fixedly at the sun, which seemed pale and did not hurt the eyes. Looking like a ball of snow revolving on itself, it suddenly seemed to come down in a zigzag, menacing the earth. Terrified, I ran and hid myself among the people, who were weeping and expecting the end of the world at any moment. Near us was an unbeliever who had spent the morning mocking at the simpletons who had gone off to Fátima just to see an ordinary girl. He now seemed to be paralyzed, his eyes fixed on the sun. Afterwards he trembled from head to foot and lifting up his arms fell on his knees in the mud, crying out to our Lady. Meanwhile the people continued to cry out and to weep, asking God to pardon their sins. We all ran to the two chapels in the village, which were soon filled to overflowing. During those long moments of the solar prodigy, objects around us turned all the colors of the rainbow. We saw ourselves blue, yellow, red, etc. All these strange phenomena increased the fears of the people. After about ten minutes the sun, now dull and pallid, returned to its place. When the people realized that the danger was over, there was an explosion of joy, and everyone joined in thanksgiving and praise to our Lady. -- Source: http://www.ewtn.com/fatima/apparitions/October.htm

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