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Reflections on Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter) ..

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Msgr. Gutierrez

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Christ Jesus, the King .. p 8

Sabah, Sulu, Sultan, Salonga, Sumulong (Part II) .. p 6
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Philstar.com | MANILA, 3/16/2013 Filipino leaders yesterday joined the Roman Catholic community in welcoming Pope Francis, the first Jesuit and Argentine cardinal elected to the papacy. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. led the House of Representatives in welcoming the pontiff. “We as Filipinos pray

Pinoy leaders welcome Pope Francis, hope for ‘Church of the poor’

American think tank upgrades PHL growth to 6.1% in 2013
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for him and that his charismatic leadership of the Catholic Church leads to the peace and global unity he seeks together with all those of other faiths,” Belmonte said in a statement. “I join our brothers in the Catholic Church as they welcome with joy Pope Francis with renewed hope, and
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community, is a Good News personal chef to Pilipinas | HOLLYHollywood stars, WOOD, 3/15/2013 including Charlie -- A Filipino-AmeriSheen. can chef was named Also referred as the finale winner to as Chef K, Uy of the reality telesaid in an intervision show “The view by the AdTaste” on ABC. vocate.com that Khristianne Uy, she was drawn to one of the strong culinary arts even contenders in the show, emerged as as a child. the winner and took home a But her start wasn’t easy, trophy, a $100,000 cash prize she said. and a 2013 Ford C-Max HyQuoting the interview published brid car. (Continued on page 17) Uy, a member of the LGBT

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Aunor, Garcia win top acting honors The historical facts about Sabah Filipinos must know at Asian Film Awards
Good News Pilipinas | 3/20/2013 -- Two Filipino actors, Nora Aunor and Eddie Garcia, won big at the 7th Asian Film Awards (AFA), held at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong Monday night. Aunor won for best actress for Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s “Thy Womb”—the same role which earlier won her best actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards held in Brisbane, Australia in November. Garcia won for best actor for Jun Robles Lana’s “Bwakaw”—the same role which earlier won him best actor at the Asia Pacific Film Festival held in Macau in December. Garcia also won
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Good News Pilipinas | 3/20/2013 -- US-based think tank Global Source revised upward its growth forecast for the Philippines due to higher government expenses, private Inspired by a True Story .... investments expansion, and election-related spending. A Global Source report said that country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) may expand 6.1 percent this year, higher compared with its previous estimate of only 5 percent. “We hinge our higher-thanconsensus growth forecast on the domestic macro policy environment continuing to be supportive particularly in terms of higher government spending, further expansions in private investments, and election spending aiding consumption growth,” the report stated. " rink the coffee, George, you need it. We'll have supper after The new forecast, however, the novena." is lower against the country’s 6.6 percent economic expan"Thanks, Frank." sion incurred in 2012. “We expect the pace of "And help yourself with the ensaymada (1). They're very tasty. Nang Cencia growth to slow a bit in 2013 owns a couple of bakeries. Sends the Archbishop tons of it, regularly. My choas weak external growth and lesterol's too high. It’s penance not to touch that stuff," the rotund Fr. Francisco a strong local currency weigh Isobal laughed. down exports,” Global Source said. "You're sure the Archbishop won't mind?" George was a bit apprehensive The think tank also pointed about staying, actually seeking refuge, in the residence of the Archbishop of Maa number of things that would nila. drag the country’s growth, "First of all, he's not here. And, you’re sleeping in my quarters, I’m taking the such as the sharper fiscal conguest room. Besides, the Archbishop doesn't know you, George. I told the staff traction in the US and deeper you're a cousin." recession in Europe with (Continued on page 10) China unable to pick up the slack due to internal excesses built up over the years. “Tensions in the Middle East may again flare up reversing the forecast downtrend in oil prices. Internally, payment of a paltry sum A POINT OF AWAREremaining bureaucratic bottleto rent Sabah signifies that necks may again stall governNESS by Preciosa S. true ownership belongs to ment spending keeping a lid Soliven the Sulu Sultanate. In(Part I) on investment ratios and sourstead, he has treated Sulu ing investor moods,” Global The media and MalaSultan Jamalul Kiram cañang have generally Source said. III like a child, “Do as I focused on the negative With these external shocks, tell you. Come home or aspects of the Sabah story. Global Source said the Philipelse...” P-Noy was only 2 pines will again need to rely For more than two weeks, years old when President our local dailies and telemore on domestic sources of Diosdado Macapagal filed growth in the near-term. vision have been reporting are also wondering why the Philippine claim to North President Benigno “P-Noy” “The increasingly upbeat Aquino III’s frustration on the President Aquino, the highest Borneo on June 22, 1962. local mood suggests that refusal of Sulu Sultan Jamalul authority in the Philippines, private players are ready to The better road to peace Kiram III to make his people, does not help negotiate a fair act. Already, major companies settlement between the Sulu Western scientists have who have settled in Lahad active in the Philippine busiSultanate and the Malaysian Datu, their real “homeland,” (Continued on page 14) (Continued on page 17) to return back to Sulu. People government, whose regular

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Law Extends Protection to Battered Spouses
who are in an abusive relationship by informing them that they have a Immigrants who are in an abusive choice – Ask them to Stop the cycle relationship are the most vulnerable of abuse and to stand up for their victims in the immigrant community. rights! Afraid for their immigration status, Atty. Dennis E. Chua is a partner they tolerate and endure the abuses in The Law Firm of Chua Tinsay and perpetrated upon them by their Vega (CTV) - a full service law firm abusive spouses. Under threat of with offices in San Francisco, San removal or deportation by their US Diego, Sacramento and Manila. The citizen or legal permanent resident spouses, they allow themselves to be information presented in this article is for general information only and subjected to constant abuse by their is not, nor intended to be, formal spouses. legal advice nor the formation of an Abuse has many faces. It may attorney-client relationship. Call be in the form of verbal, physical, or e-mail CTV for an in-person or sexual, economic or financial and psychological abuse. Whatever may phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how be the form of the abuse, the objectheir services may be retained at tive of the perpetrator is to gain or (415) 495-8088; (619) 955-6277; maintain control of the victim. In order to protect battered spouses (916)509-7280 Dchua@ctvattys. com. and children, the US Congress has reauthorized the “Violence Against Women Act” to enable battered immigrant spouses and children to free themselves of these abusive relationFollow @asianjournal ships and to report the abuse without on Twitter fear of being deported or removed from this country. Asian Journal San Diego One of the relief given by Congress to battered spouses and children is the eligibility to self-petition. Thus, battered spouses and/or a child of a US citizen or legal permanent on scribd.com/ resident may file his own petition asianjournal without their spouses or parent initiating it. Another relief afforded to battered spouses who have been granted their permanent resident cards but are in conditional status (those whose green cards will expire in two years,) is the ability to file a petition to remove his or her conditional status without the abusive spouse joining in the petition. Just like in a self petition, the battered spouse filing the petition to remove his conditional status must show that he or she has been battered or subject to extreme cruelty and that he or she entered into the marriage in good faith. Despite the passage of these laws to protect battered spouses and children, we still see a lot of victims who are either too afraid to come out and report these abuses or unaware that such laws exist to protect them from their abusive spouses or fiances. It is important that we help our immigrant friends and/or relatives By Dennis E. Chua, Esq.

6,000+ join explosive Change.org petition calling for an end to the ‘no late payment’ policy at the University of the Philippines. More than 1,000 emails were sent to UP administrators through the Change.org system calling for the revocation of the policy.

Thousands of Netizens Celebrate After UP Yields to Huge Online Outcry
“This victory is proof that each and every one of us has the capacity to bring about change.” Some of the most popular comments left by Change.org users include: Kristel was not only a blockmate but she was also a friend, her death should not be in vain, and no other child should go through what she went through. - Alexa Aguilar, Pasay As an alumni, my heart breaks and of all UP students who struggle the many others who have dropped everyday to go to their classes facing out of the UP because of these financial, logistical and emotional calloused, anti-poor rules. - Dino difficulties; for those who continue Nable, Makati City to struggle for quality education UP is a state university who's supfor all; and for all the alumni who posed to cater the brightest students want to see a real ‘university of the of the country regardless of their people’” Alcuin said. financial capacity. This policy is

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totally in contrast with what the university is supposed to be. - Herbert Ortiga, San Pedro As a teacher and a student myself, Education's main goal is to be FOR ALL, not for the privileged some. Rain Chua, Las Pinas Because Education is a right and will save this nation from further damnation. Kristel Tejada's death is definitely a wake up call. - Haidee Pineda, Quezon City Alcuin’s petition on Change.org can be found at: https://www.change.org/ph/ mga-petisyon/administrators-of-upmanila-revoke-the-no-late-paymentand-forced-leave-of-absence-policies

MANILA -- Today thousands of UP alumni, youth groups and concerned citizens all over the country are celebrating a bittersweet victory, after administrators at the University of the Philippines announced the cancellation of the no late payment policy that contributed to the suicide of Kristel Tejada. The move comes after a huge public outcry following Kristel Tejada’s death -- including the 6,000 strong Change.org petition started by UP alumnus and award-winning journalist Alcuin Papa. The petition grew explosively from zero to more than five thousand in less than 48 hours after Kristel Tejada’s death was reported -- making it the fastest growing petition on Change.org in all of the Asia pacific region at the time. Every time a someone signed the petition and left a comment it was automatically emailed to UP administrators. In total more than 1,000 emails were sent to them in the space of 48 hours. Alcuin Papa, who started the petition, said that “the UP administrators clearly couldn’t withstand the amount of scrutiny and pressure generated from the petition, the constant media coverage and the protests at the university.” “We claim this victory in the name

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Health and Wellness
26 Healthy Habits That Really Aren't So Healthy
My Technology World Blogspot | 3/19/2013 -- From magazine headlines to wise words from our mother, we’re constantly bombarded with “tips” to keep our health in check. But before drowning in diet soda and daily showers, reassess some of these behaviors that may be doing more harm than help. Foods and Eating Habits: suggest too much of these zero-cal beverages could do as much damage as the sugary stuff, potentially leading to weight gain and an uncontrollable sweet tooth The solution? Skip the soda completely and opt for a healthier choice. 11. Juice diets. Many of us could use a few more fruits and veggies, but we don’t need to have spinachapple juice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Juice diets may leave out important nutrients and enough calories to stay strong throughout the day. 12. Microwave diet meals. Try making your own meals, without the box and frozen plastic tray. Many frozen meals are packed with sodium, while lacking veggies and enough calories. Short on time? Make a large batch of your favorite meal over the weekend and freeze individual portions to eat throughout the week. Hygiene and Health 13. Hot tubs. They may be super relaxing, but hot tubs are a one-stop shop for bacteria and germs, and may even cause a rash. Gross. 14. Antibacterial soap. It may not be worth scrubbing down with the fancy stuff: Regular soap and water is just as beneficial when it comes to staying squeaky clean. 15. Brushing right after every meal. Just ‘cause dessert was devoured doesn’t mean we should grab the toothbrush and paste. Wait at least 30 minutes after a meal so saliva can neutralize the acid in the mouth and strengthen the enamel on those chompers. 16. Avoiding the sun. While too much sun could cause a nasty burn (or worse!) sidestepping the sun at all costs may lead to a lack of Vitamin D which is essential for proper muscle and bone development. 17. Daily showers. Stop the scrubbing! Hopping in the shower too often may irritate and dry out skin. If you really need to freshen up, spray on some perfume or cologne and save the shower ‘till tomorrow. 18. Catching up on sleep. We’re sorry to break it to you, but it’s pretty tricky to catch up on sleep. So rather than skimping on sleep in order to cash them in later, aim for a solid seven to nine hours a night. 19. Sitting up straight. Yeah, we’re surprised too. Sitting up straight may be bad for the back, so skip the seat and try a standing desk at the office. 20. Cleaning with disinfecting products. There’s some evidence that certain chemicals in disinfecting products could lead to asthma. Simply use a regular cleaning product or detergent without the chemicals instead. Working Out 21. Only doing cardio. Hitting the roads is great and all, but don’t retire the weights for the running shoes. Make sure to strength train to burn fat, lean out, and look badass in the process. 22. Doing a million crunches. The secret to six-pack abs probably isn’t crunch after crunch. To flatten out and tone up the core, try running some intervals, lifting a few weights, and cleaning up that diet instead. 23. Breathing deeply through the chest. Whether running the final lap or heading down the basketball court, avoid deep breathing with the chest. For a most effective breath to help any athlete’s performance, remember to use the diaphragm! 24. Static stretching pre workout. When warming up, static stretching (aka holding positions for a certain length of time) won’t do much in way of preventing soreness . Skip the still motions and do dynamic stretches, like lunges and high knees, instead . 25. Lifting machines. Most lifting machines focus on single joint exercises, which fail to improve muscle imbalance and does not burn
by Daisy Villa, Daisyology.blogspot.com When I was a little girl, I realized early on that I did not fit into the Western standard of beauty. I was an immigrant from the Philippines and definitely not the blonde blue-eye girl, the girl next door or the glamorous siren that so many admire. I remember, when I was in grade school I wanted to be a blonde like one of my classmates. Of course some things have changed over the years but I still know that I am not a stunning beauty. Is beauty really important? What is the definition of beauty? Women who have been hailed as beauties include: Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, and Jennifer Aniston. They are all quite different in their beauty. As for me, the way to become beautiful is to enhance the way I look physically through the magic of make-up, clothing, and hair. Or go through cosmetic surgery which I choose NOT to do. Instead, I need to dig deeper and go beyond artifice. Over the years, I collected great sayings, poems and quotes which inspire me. The touching poem, Time Tested Beauty Tips crosses all levels of beauty and certainly timesless. It is attributed one of the most famous actresses and iconic fashion legends, Audrey Hepburn. We remember her glamor, her fabulous style, her distinctive beauty which she established in movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, and My Fair Lady. When she left to play less glamorous roles, she won more professional recognition. In The Nun's Story, she played a nurse who was also a nun for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. In Wait Until Dark , she played a blind woman defending herself from a man trying to kill her. For this film she won an Academy Award. Ms. Hepburn claimed she wasn't a great actress yet she is one of the few people who has won the Academy Award, Emmy,

The Question of Beauty
Grammy and a Tony Award. In her later years she appeared in fewer films and devoted much of her life to help children through UNICEF. Her war-time struggles inspired her passion for humanitarian work. She worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Asia, South America and Africa. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Audrey Hepburn remains one of the world's most famous actresses and fashion icons of the twentieth century. Her humanitarian work “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anybody. Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!” -Sam Levenson Thank you Sam Levenson for having the insight and sensitivity to write this poem and to Audrey Hepburn to give it world -wide recognition. Finally, is beauty important and does it matter? For better or worse, beauty matters. How important, is a test of our values and ethics. Hopefully, the more we live and embrace the diversity of our world, the more generous and kind our definition becomes.

1. Enhanced water. A little faux fruity flavor might seem like a great way to up H2O intake, but flavored water, like Vitamin Water or even Smart Water, can be filled with sugar. Skip the artificially sweetened water and infuse water with actual fruit. 2. Granola and granola bars. Granola is made from whole grains, so it can’t be bad, right? Not so fast. Granola and granola bars are both calorically dense and often contain a ton of sugar. You may as well eat a candy bar… 3. Protein bars. Protein bars don’t fall far from the granola-bar-tree. They are often ultra-high in calories and sugar — not exactly what the body needs after a hard workout. Choose a healthier high-protein snack instead. 4. Vitamins and supplements. Multiple studies have shown that taking vitamins (in pill form) may not have any positive effect on long-term health. Researchers have surveyed the nonexistent (or even potentially harmful) ties of vitamin E and C supplements with heart disease, cancer, and cancer treatment. Plus, most people get all the vitamins they need from their food, and substituting pills for whole foods may mean missing out on the benefits from other compounds found in the natural sources. 5. Light beer. News flash: Lightbeer doesn't necessarily mean less calories. Instead, many simply have a lower alcohol content. And for those interested in getting a buzz on, the calorie difference may be negated by the need to drink more. Sip a healthier beer instead, and split up the six-pack between friends. 6. “Low-fat” foods. Think twice before skipping the fat-filled salmon. While cutting some fat could help weight loss, we may miss out on some big benefits from healthy omega-3 fats, such as boosting brainpower and lowering the risk of heart disease. 7. Skipping meals. Skipping meals probably won’t save us any

Audrey Hepburn
revealed the beauty of her heart and spirit. She is a perfect example of the common belief that people are beautiful inside and outside. Although the poem, Time Tested Beauty Tips is attributed to Audrey Hepburn, it was actually written by Sam Levenson, a Jewish immigrant known as an American humorist, writer, television host and journalist. He wrote this beautiful poem for his grandchild and Audrey Hepburn read it to her children. This poem is so deep and sensitive that it is easier to imagine a glamorous actress and humanitarian like Audrey Hepburn as the author instead of a short and somewhat portly Jewish humorist like Sam Levenson. When your read it loudly or in a whisper, it has a prayerlike quality. Many may be familiar with this poem. I have chosen this poem to define beauty. TIME TESTED BEAUTY TIPS

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as many calories as hitting the squat rack or swinging a kettlebell. 26. Hitting the gym daily. Don’t get us wrong, exercise is important! But spending too much time at the gym leaves little time for muscles — and the mind — to recover. Make sure to get at least one or two days of rest, and dominate those dumbbells the rest of the week. Link: http://mytechnologyworld9. blogspot.in/2013/03/26-healthyhabits-that-really-arent-so.html

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calories in the long haul. Forgoing a meal may result in overeating later on, so choose a healthier lunchtime treat instead . 8. Bottled water. Some bottled water may be filled with bacteria or chemicals when bottled in plastic containers So grab a water filter and purify tap water instead. 9. Passing on dessert. Don't deny your favorite dessert. If really craving that double chocolate brownie, enjoy a few generous bites instead of going for seconds at the dinner buffet line — which could rack up even more calories. 10. Diet soda. Diet Dr. Pepper may not be our friend. Scientists

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Local Prosecutors Using iPads in Trials
Gone are the days of giant poster boards depicting trial evidence that end up clogging courthouse storage rooms.
San Diego County News Center | 3/20/2013 -- The District Attorney's Office is using an iPad application called TrialPad to present evidence in a more dynamic way. Deputy District Attorney David "This is not going to take the place of physical exhibits -- the guns, the knives or the drugs," Grapilon said. "It's for photos, diagrams, text documents or anything you want the jury to see that is written."

Any crowing over loopholes in the rooster ordinance was silenced Tuesday when the County Board of Supervisors voted to tighten the law so exemptions couldn’t be used for illegitimate purposes.
The ordinance was approved in August, 2011 and restricted the number of roosters individuals could have on a property. The idea was to prevent illegal cockfighting or the raising of birds for cockfighting in the unincorporated area. However, an exemption was made for approved 4H or Future Farmers of America (FFA) projects so that legitimate poultry education programs would not be affected. Tuesday’s action was to prevent individuals from getting

County To Tighten Rooster Ordinance

Grapilon, who is helping train other prosecutors on the application, said presenting evidence electronically allows for agility, more detail, higher levels of juror scrutiny and more creativity. The application allows the trial attorney to zoom in, highlight, and draw attention to specific items in an exhibit. "When you can compare diagrams side to side, it really provides for much more powerful exhibits," Grapilon said. "Also, I can respond more quickly to witness statements for rebuttal or cross examination." In response to a San Diego Superior Court rule that says poster boards can no longer be used in trials except for homicide cases because of storage issues, prosecutors began exploring new ways to present important evidence.

Prosecutors in the Chula Vista, Vista and downtown San Diego Hall of Justice branches are already using the new application. The El Cajon and Juvenile branches will start training soon. So far, San Diego is the only DA's Office in the state using the application, but Grapillion said the U.S. Attorney’s Office has shown an interest as well. Using an iPad to show evidence in the courtroom has already received good reviews from jurors in aftertrial interviews, Grapilon said. "Older jurors are impressed they can see an exhibit on a T.V. monitor," he said. "The younger ones are impressed an iPad can be used for more than entertainment."

ing ties to 4H or FFA as a cover for illegal activity,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob. “We need to make it absolutely clear that cockfighting has no place in this region.” The amendment approved Tuesday would require 4H and FFA members who want to own more roosters than the number allowed to file a written project plan with their respective organizations stating why, for how long and the number of male and female chickens involved in the project. Those projects involving 4H would be submitted to the County 4H advisor for approval. The ordinance currently allows one rooster on property that measures a half acre or less and up to 20 roosters on property larger than five acres. Another change involves rooster complaints and would allow an animal control, humane or peace officer to ask for proof the project was approved. It also allows the officers to inspect private property if they have reasonable cause to believe there is a violation of the ordinance. The Board voted 4 – 1, with Supervisor Bill Horn opposing, to approve the changes. The amended ordinance is expected to go into effect May 23.

Thirty days and counting— that is how many days you have left if you want to have your income taxes prepared for free.

Free Tax Preparation Ends April 15

What do you need to do? Be a lowincome family or individual and call 2-1-1 to make an appointment. That’s what Valencia Park resident Elizabeth Contreras did. Contreras and her husband, Juan Gomez, made an appointment at the Jacobs Center, where Home Start, Inc. offers free tax preparation services. “It’s a great program,” said Contreras. Contreras and Gomez both work cleaning houses and have used the free service for the past three years, saving about $300 dollars. “It’s a lot of help for people like us.” Launched in late January, the free

tax preparation service will continue through April 15. About 400 volunteers donate their time to help low-income residents prepare and file their taxes at about 100 locations throughout the region. All income taxes are filed electronically, which means people can get their return in as little as two weeks. Residents can call 2-1-1 to make an appointment at a location near them. The County and its partners, including United Way, the IRS, and AARP, launched the free tax preparation services in 2003. The goal was to help people file their income taxes for free and also claim their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Established in 1975, EITC is the federal government’s largest cash assistance program designed to lift lowincome families and individuals out of poverty. (Continued on page 7)

around the ordinance by using this exemption to keep more roosters on their property than is allowed. “I want to make sure that no one is claim-

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by Dr. Ofelia Dirige

On March 27, 2013, the Friends of KCS will be celebrating Dr. Riz A. Oades 78th birthday (if he were alive today). It will be a dinner event to be held at Kalusugan’s FilAm Wellness Center in National City. Everyone is invited to come and reminisce the days spent with him, his works and at the same time launch the Riz Oades Scholarship Fund that has been in the making for quite some time.

“Beyond The Mask”: An Introduction

Riz Oades has written many monographs, newspaper articles for the Asian Journal and books. But one of his landmark publication was the book, “Beyond the Mask”, that detailed the lives of Filipinos who served in the U.S. Navy beginning in the early 1900’s to the time of publication in 2005. Most of the characters in the book were from San Diego and you will be surprised to find the life stories of your relatives and friends. Dr. Riz Oades was Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University, Departments of History and Asian Pacific Studies. He was also Founder and President of Kalusugan Community Services and Director of the FilAm Wellness Center. He was a well-known community leader, columnist in the Asian Journal, and contributor to various newspapers and magazines. He garnered so many awards and honors in his lifetime. A more detailed biography will be published next week as his birthday falls on March 27, 1935. Purpose for writing the book: He wrote this book in 3-4 months in 2003 to highlight the contributions of Filipinos who pioneered in the US navy since the early 1900s to the present. According to Oades, “it was meant to raise public consciousness and understanding of the US Navy Filipino servicemen’s contribution to the FilAm struggle for justice and equality.” He was aware that no book had ever been written on this subject so he was challenged to meet this

need. It is the first of its kind book— none had been written about the Filipino US navy. This book is an inspiration not only for Filipinos but especially their children and grandchildren. It is also relevant to the experiences of military men, women and their children in mainstream America. Setting: This is a very comprehensive book. The setting took place all over the world wherever the Filipino navy men were stationed: from San Diego and all parts of the US to Subic Bay, Philippines and as far as Korea and Japan. The stories occurred everywhere: in barracks, ships, red light districts, bars, homes, and quiet villages. The book was written within a historical context and spans a century of Philippine-US relations, i.e., from the 1900s to the present. Stories took place during the early recruitment days in the early 1900s to the various international conflicts such as World War II, Vietnam War and Korean War and ends to the present day. Contents: It was a collection of numerous accounts of FilAm navy serviceman and their experiences in the navy. It utilized short interviews and stories to portray the many challenges of the US navy Filipino servicemen. It profiled the life of many FilAms from beginning to end including recruitment and why they entered the navy, training days, the West Pac journeys, family life including their wives and children, romances, retirement, and service to the community. There were stories regarding the discrimination and racism they faced, their careers, struggles, and triumphs from a humble steward to an officer or admiral. It drew from the life of Senior Chief Juan Victor Ruiz (Jay) and his family including Dr. Ceferina Ruiz and children. His life was an example of one who through patience and intelligence rose through the ranks and lived a life that was a role model in community service. It told about his enlistment in the navy, his military days including the

submarine years and learning his trade as electrician, his deployments for West Pac, involvement with wife and children and how they faired in SD. Lastly, his retirement and involvement with FilAm organizations such as Council of Philippine American Organizations (COPAO) and Kalusugan Community Services were highlighted. It also included countless enlisted sailors and the first FilAm admiral, Dr. Eleanor Mariano who was the personal physician of a US President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Examples were: Potenciano Farrel (Tomas Dolopo) whose curiosity about a woman led him to escape from his seminary compound in 1903 and later enlisted in the navy. It included stories of how navy men met Filipina nurses and got married. Did you ever wonder why many navy servicemen were married to nurses? These stories fascinated me. Examples were Paul and Aida Ones and Hermie and Emma Abutin. In 1970, Filipinos were able to change ranks and become officers such as Lt Commander Myles Esmele, Dick Corpus, Gene Medina, and Al Villamora. Reviews of my students in Asian Studies who are “navy brats” about the book: Vic Anton: “My dad is in the navy so I can relate to the navy brat experience. I was caught between the Filipino world, American world, and military world. I’ve gone through the pains of leaving childhood friends and leaving my home for a different one in another country. I know how hard it is to let go and adjust to the new environment. My dad is nearing the end of his naval career, so my life currently has been focused on finding a balance between my Filipino world and my American world. My parents didn’t really encourage me or my brother to speak Tagalog or Ilocano, but they always spoke those dialects at home. I speak little Tagalog and Ilocano and when I do speak, I have an American accent. I feel just by not knowing the dialects, I’m less of a Filipino. I feel my Filipino side slowly dying and slowly giving way to American ideals and practices. I struggle to find a balance between the worlds. I feel there is lack of effort in finding this balance because I see more and more FilipinoAmericans compromising their Filipino side for their American side resulting in “white-washed” pinoys. “Beyond the Mask” helped me gain a better perspective of my dad’s story in the navy because although each story is unique, there are some experiences that span all stories. It helps me appreciate the hardships that my dad went through to provide a better life for our family. It

gives me a sense of pride in the accomplishments of my people and helps me see that I am not alone in my struggles of being Filipino-American”. Melody Lapot: “As I read through the book, I often found myself placing where my parents were during the characters’ time lines. As far as I’m aware in my dad’s military history, he joined the Navy in 1968, retired in 1998. Reading this book had certainly added more to my understanding about the military life, since I was too young to remember at the time. What I liked about this book was it not only gave me a historical insight of Filipino Seamen but an insight into my own history as a military brat. If this book were to be rendered into a movie, I could see in several scenes my dad walking in the background along Magsaysay Drive; and a three-year old version of me, waiting on the pier in Yokosuka, Japan, in my mother’s arms as we waited for my dad’s supply ship to dock. Fast forward twenty years into the future, you’ll see me leaving the Pandiera with two dozen “pandesals” in my arms heading back to my car. It’s mind boggling how closely interconnected we are and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to read this book”. Others: “I have high recommendations for the book by Dr. Oades. Initially, I thought the book was going to last me a week or two to read. To my surprise, it took the whole morning and the rest of the afternoon to finish it. I could not put the book down because I wanted to keep on reading. It had grabbed my attention from the moment I started to read the preface section of the book. I rate it as a “10” or highly recommended and excellent. It has enhanced my awareness and knowledge of the Philippines and has increased my dignity and pride as a Filipino. This pride I will carry with me and will let it shine in everything I do.” “This book made me understand my parents much more than I did before. All the stories of how hard their lives were and why they did what they had to do to get here makes sense to me. They wanted a better life for their children and their families and it doesn’t help when their children (me and my brother) act the way we do just to get things we want. I have much more respect for my parents and I feel grateful to have been born to them.” I urge you to obtain a copy and read the book. We have it available at the Center for $20.00. Call the KCS Center (Continued on page 8)

SUBPLOTS

Sabah, Sulu, Sultan, Salonga, Sumulong (Part II)

There are some subplots to our Sabah Saga. One is the role of the Jumat family and their own story. Two are the stories of the other famous escapees who used the same route. Three is the significant participation of famous U.S., Malaysian, and International personalities and institutions that figured. Fourth is the Jabidah Massacre itself. Each one could be subject to separate and longer articles or even books. PLUGGING SOME HOLES Gerry Jumat is the head of the Muslim family who escaped with us. Gerry baptized our first child, Tanya as a Catholic. How did that happen? Fr. Gerry was one of the only two known Muslims who became Catholic priests at the time. He was raised and educated by the Oblates in Cotabato who ran the Notre Dame University. He became a very close assistant to Bishop Nepomuceno of the Cotabato Diocese. Boots Ayson of Pampanga is a niece of the Bishop. She became famous for working with Manglapus in the Ora Bantay case that toppled the Crisologo dynasty. The Bishop was a close friend of Tita Maring Feria who was the central figure in the planning, communications, and financing of all the escapes that started with my Mother-in-law Pacita Manglapus and brothers-in-law, Raulito, Bobby, and Francis. Tita Maring, the Bishop, Fr. Gerry, and Boots worked together in the execution of the first escape. Fr. Gerry and Boots, who was disguised as a Nun, became very close and fell in love. Gerry got out of priesthood and married Boots. Lara and Wally were born before our own escape. Why were the Malaysian authorities looking for Benjamin Maynigo at the Tawau, Sabah port? This is because Home Affairs Minister Ghazali Shafie had instructed them to look for me. He was earlier called by Senate President Ong Yok Lin to help us upon the request of some important people in Washington, D.C. The former was the Malaysian Ambassador to the United States during the Kennedy Administration. Why did we have to stay in Sabah for more than 4 months? In fact, our daughter already started speaking Malaysian, and I read 50 + novels and self-studied stenography. The main reason was the Ford-Kissinger Administration, which was sympathetic to the Marcos regime, rejected our application for political asylum. We had to wait for Peanut Farmer Jimmy Carter to become President and be a beneficiary of his Human Rights policy. Why were we under the care of the Red Crescent? Our Christian Democratic friends in Europe got us certified as political refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR). We were not unlike the Vietnamese “boat people”. We were paroled into the United States under UNHCR auspices. Another interesting note – I was not only disguised as a barter trader, I was also disguised as a Special Assistant to the Malaysian Prime Minister. To apply for political asylum, we had to do it at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. At the time, to travel to K.L. from Sabah, you needed some papers and a Visa. I had none, so the Home Affairs agents arranged my disguise. SALONGA vs. SUMULONG at the SENATE I find the debate between the two

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intellectual giants very interesting. Here was a battle between two Bar Topnotchers who earned graduate degrees in International Law from Ivy League law schools: Salonga from Yale and Sumulong from Harvard. Both supported the proprietary rights of the Sultanate and its heirs but they differ in so far as their sovereignty rights are concerned. Salonga contended that the Sultanate retained its sovereignty rights because they never lost it until its transfer to the Republic of Philippines. The latter did file the claim. In UN International bodies only States have the legal personality to file, appear, try, and have cases adjudicated. Sumulong, on the other hand, believed that it was too late to fight for sovereignty rights – that the Philippines should instead concentrate on working with the neighbors including the new Federation in the fight against the growing threat of Communism in the region and to give the inhabitants of Sabah freedom. Indeed, documents support the contention that the Sultan of Sulu never transferred title or ownership of Sabah to any entity. Evidence only supports a continuing “lease”, payment of which is made up to this day. Besides, there is jurisprudence adjudicated in the 21st Century by the International Court of Justice rejecting Malaysia’s claim of inheriting sovereignty by virtue of a “chain of title” that stretches from the Sultan of Sulu to Spain to the United States to Britain to Malaysia. (Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan Case). This could be the reason why Malaysia refuses to be a party to any litigation before the International Court of Justice. It could LOSE! And as Salonga contended, the Philippines could WIN. On the other hand, there is also the contention that by virtue of the “effectivites”, Malaysia could claim sovereignty based on activities evidencing an actual, continued exercise of authority over the islands. Furthermore, as a result of decolonization, SELFDETERMINATION had become the controlling doctrine – that Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them. Records in the United Nations would show that a Report made by a UN-sanctioned Commission determined that the desire of the inhabitants in Sabah was to join Malaysia. This could be the reason why the Philippine Government has not been pursuing the Sabah claim more aggressively. It could LOSE! And as Sumulong believed, Malaysia could WIN. In our research, we found out that some British officials who were sympathetic to the Philippine cause had actually warned the Philippines about Britain’s plan to grant independence to Malaysia. In fact, it suggested that Filipinos, more particularly Ilocanos, should start going to Sabah via Mindanao so that when the time comes that the inhabitants in Sabah are surveyed as to what they desire – staying with Malaysia or be under the Philippines, they would answer the latter. In my last conversation with my classmate Mayor Rod Duterte of Davao City, he had high praises for the hard working, loyal and courageous Ilocanos in Mindanao. Bishop Nepomuceno had a similar impression. I am just wondering if the Ilocanos decided to stay in Mindanao instead of proceeding to Sabah as suggested by our British friends. SUGGESTED SOLUTION NOT to withdraw the Sabah Sovereignty Rights Claim; and Pursue the Proprietary Rights Claim of the Heirs more aggressively. Subject to the following considerations: a. A unified Sultanate. All the heirs must be identified and declared. There has to be a JUDICIAL determination as to who are the real heirs. Right now there are too many competing heirs. If DNA tests have to be administered as ordered by the court, let it be. Anybody who claims to be an heir should register, show proof, get tested, and, once identified as a legitimate heir, must agree to be one of the claimants. b. All judicially recognized heirs must elect their representatives to work with the Philippine Government. c. Proprietary rights accrue to the heirs. There is no doubt that the Malaysians would recognize those rights. They are paying only $5000 annually because that is the payment term. They (Continued on page 8)

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If Jose Cruz was not legally married to Marie’s mother and, therefore, an illegitimate child, can Jerry still petition for Marie. The answer Most of you probably know that is “NO”. The rules are different if Congress is discussing immigraeither sibling is illegitimate. If one tion reform, but what you probably or both of the siblings is (are) the don’t know is key senators are illegitimate child(ren) of a common developing plans the would make it father, the petitioner must show harder for relatives of U.S. citizens that they are the natural children to immigrate to this country, while easing the path for more high-skilled of the father. This means that the foreign workers. The senators agree petitioner and beneficiary must be related by blood. A good example that a limited number of people would be: Alex and Donna are should be allowed into the country each year; the question is who those married. They have a son, Sonny. Before Alex immigrated to the U.S. people would be. If I were to make and met Donna, he had a live-in an educated guess, siblings of U.S. partner, Suzette. Alex and Suzette citizens would be the first category had a daughter, Angel. Sonny can to be eliminated. So if you have a sibling, married or single, who is in- petition for Suzette provided it can be established that Alex had a bona terested in immigrating to the U.S., fide parent-child relationship with you should file that petition as soon Angel while she was unmarried and as possible. under twenty-one years of age. Such Only a U.S. citizen who is 21 years of age or older may file a peti- a relationship will be deemed to exist or have existed where the father tion for a brother or sister. It must demonstrates or has demonstrated be established that the petitioner an active concern for the child’s supand beneficiary are or once chilport, instruction, and general weldren of a common parent. A blood fare. There should be evidence that relationship between the petitioner the father and child actually lived and beneficiary is not required. To together or that the father held out as illustrate by example, Jane Brown being his won, that he provided for married Jose Cruz. At the time of some or all of the child’s needs, or the marriage, Jane Brown had a that in general that father’s behavior 19-year-old son, Jerry, while Jose evidence a genuine concern for the Cruz had a 16-year-old daughter, Marie and a 21-year-old son, Arnold. child. Documentary evidence to establish a bona fide parent/child reJerry was the legitimate child of Jane’s prior marriage, and Marie and lationship may include: money order Arnold were the legitimate children receipts showing financial support, of Jose’s prior marriage. Both prior correspondence between the father and child, pictures of father with marriages have been legally dissolved. Jerry is a U.S. citizen while child, school records, and notarized affidavits of friends and neighbors. Marie and Arnold are neither U.S. Pictures of father with child from citizens nor Legal Permanent Residents. Jerry is not considered a step- the child’s infant years thru adult years are very persuasive evidence son of Jose because Jerry was over for establishing a bona fide parent/ 18 years old when his mother and Jose got married. Arnold is not also child relationship. Affidavits, school records, and money orders can be a stepson of Jane because he was manufactured while pictures cannot. over 18 years old when his father If the common parent was the and Jane got married. Marie is a mother, the relationship between the stepdaughter of Jane because Marie was under 18 years old when her fa- siblings is not illegitimate. As such, ther and Jane got married. Jerry and the petitioner need not establish that there was bona fide parent/child Marie are children of Jane Brown relationship. For example, Nora was and are therefore siblings through 18 years old when she gave birth to Jane only, but not through Jose. Cora. She was born out of wedlock. Jerry is not Jose’s son and Arnold When Nora was 25 years old, she is not Jane’s son. Therefore, Jerry immigrated to the United States and and Arnold are not siblings because married John Smith. They had a they do not have a common parent. Jerry may file a petition for his sister daughter, Dora. Once Dora turns 21, Marie once he turns 21 even if Jerry she can petition for her half-sister, Cora. Dora needs to submit her and Marie are not related by blood. Their common parent is Jane. Jerry birth certificate and Cora’s. Dora does not need to establish that a may not file a petition for Arnold. bona fide parent/child existed beBut Marie may petition for Arnold tween her mother and Cora. once she immigrates to the U.S. and later becomes a U.S. citizen. We welcome your feedback. If you What documents does Jerry need to have any immigration questions, establish the sibling relationship? please feel welcome to email me at Jerry would need his birth certificate, marriage certificate of Jane and susan@law-usimmigration.com or Jose, Marie’s birth certificate, decree call 619 819 -8648 to arrange for a telephone consultation. of dissolution of prior marriages of Jane and Jose. IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez. the country. He also said Filipinos should elicit the enthusiasm of the Holy Father, who criticized the dictatorship in Latin America in the 1980s. ‘Choice of the Holy Spirit’ The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines also said they are one with the Roman Catholic community in welcoming the new pontiff. Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra said that the election of Cardinal Bergoglio as the new pope is the “choice of the Holy Spirit.” “Pope Francis is a gift from heaven... he is the choice of the Holy Spirit,” Navarra said. Asked if the Pope will embody the church as the church of the poor, Navarra said, “Let’s pray for it.” St. Francis and Pope Francis For his part, Jaro Auxiliary Bishop Gerry Alminaza said that the Pope’s choice of papal name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi is “very significant for our time.” “St. Francis, who came from a very rich family, renounced his wealth,” Alminaza said. Pope Francis, known for his simplicity, does not have his own car and takes the bus to work. “It is very significant and a welcome change,” Alminaza added. “I think he will underline the need for the Church to renew its mission to be a Church of the poor.” Franciscan friars yesterday said they felt honored that the new pontiff chose the papal name Francis. “We also need a Church today that is humble, simple and close to the little ones [whom] St. Francis, the Poverello (the little poor man) is known for,” said Fr. 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(Continued from page 6) are not paying the just compensation because there has not been a transfer of title through sale or eminent domain (expropriation). d. The amount and manner of payment is negotiable. Malaysia had earlier indicated that it is willing to pay the heirs. e. The price or value may differ depending on whether it is paid in Cash, Installment, other manner of payment or a combination of all. f. Of course, Malaysia would probably want the Philippines to give up the sovereignty rights claim that the heirs had already given up anyway. There are other negotiating angles available that could benefit the Philippines, the heirs and even the Malaysians. Aside from Cash, can a major Reclamation Project in Sulu to be owned by the Sultanate but funded from the sales proceeds and developed with foreign grants and investments be made? Aside from Cash, can some public lands in Mindanao be allocated to the Sultanate paid for partly by the sales proceeds and to be developed either as farmlands or for business development projects in joint ventures with foreign investors? The heirs may choose to invest part of the compensation or sales proceeds in these ventures. Can the Sultan of Brunei as Chair of the ASEAN and the donor who gifted Sabah to the Sultan of Sulu participate in coming out with a final deal? After all, Brunei’s gift was in appreciation for Sulu’s help in time of Brunei’s need. Sulu failed to enjoy the gift over the years. Perhaps, with Brunei’s help, this time the heirs would. The Sultan of Brunei may also want to invest either in the major Reclamation project or other business and development projects involving the Sulu Sultanate. Accessory follows the Principal. The Philippine Government may want joint exploration of the natural resources of Sabah as part of the deal. The Philippine Government should be able to take care of itself. What it wants should be a free flow of goods and people along the seas between Muslim Mindanao and Sabah as Abdul Julkanain and other barter traders had done for hundreds of years. It does not want WAR!

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Available at Amazon.com (In the last chapter, the Igorots mourn the murder of Chief Sam-ang) Natong straightened the pews in the chapel with the cross of the rosary around his neck tapping on his bare chest whenever he stood up from stooping. He had just swept the wooden planked floors. While most of the villagers went to the chief’s burial, Natong had remained in the village, preparing the chapel for the requiem mass in honor of the pangat. While most still clang to their traditional beliefs, many of the villagers also believed in the Christian God. Just to make sure, a mass for Sam-ang should also be done to insure that the pangat go to heaven, if there is such a heaven. Natong was also glad that Lumayang agreed to the mass. He does not know if it is because she still believes because she used to believe or because it should be proper for the Sam-ang because he believes in Father Carlo. What Natong knows is even if Lumayang appears not to like Father Carlo in many ways and on principles, she actually has feelings for him. Natong sees this in the way she stares at the priest. She really showed her liking him especially when he lied to that soldier from the big bird from the sky. She may not have also agreed to the solutions suggested by the priest like talking to the mayors up to the presidente but Natong knows that she knows that the priest was just trying to help sincerely. Natong also knows that Father Carlo, even if he is a priest and talks about silibasi, has a liking for Lumayang. He had caught the priest so many times

the scourging of our Lord, Jesus’ final words on the cross, His death, and His burial in a borrowed grave. But the story did not end there! The Messiah rose from the dead – conquering death! When He rose from the dead, He rose in power as the true King. In His victory over death, He established His credentials as King and His power and authority over evil. His resurrection showed that He is the Supreme Ruler of time and eternity, heaven and earth, men The Pharisees during Jesus’ time, and angels. and others in the religious establishThere was no mistaking who Jesus ment opposed Him, but Jesus contin- claimed to be. He said he was the ued to teach concerning the KingOne the nation of Israel understood dom of Heaven. Jesus spoke with to be the one true God. By Jesus His disciples about His imminent making claim to the name “I AM” death and resurrection, and revealed He was saying that He was the His true identity to his disciples. God whom the Hebrews knew as Near the end of his ministry, Jesus YHWH. This name was considered entered Jerusalem in a triumphant so holy that a devout Jew would not procession. pronounce it. At Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Because Jesus claimed He was Jerusalem, people hailed him and God, the Jews considered His claim shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he a blasphemy, which was punishable who comes in the name of the Lord! by death. Blessed is the coming kingdom of For centuries the Jews waited for a our father David. Hosanna in the leader promised by the prophets – a highest!” leader who would rescue them from But fickle was the crowd – then their Roman oppressors and estabas now. Indeed it’s difficult to go lish a new kingdom. As their king, against the flow even when the He would rule their kingdom with crowd is wrong. Mass opposition is peace and justice. But Jesus did not too strong to ignore. And soon the come to reign over people’s land but opposition to the Messiah reached to rule in people’s lives. His kingits savage peak and Jesus knew that dom would be much greater than His death was near. So He taught David’s, because it would never end. His disciples about the future – what Jesus’ teachings were about His they could expect before His return, kingdom that has no end, the kingand how to live until then. dom that everyone is invited to enter During Jesus’ final days on earth, by faith. Jesus taught us how to events came fast: the Last Supper, prepare for life in His Kingdom by His prayer in the Garden of Gethliving properly right now. semane, the betrayal of Judas, the Those who believe in Jesus can flight of the disciples, Peter’s denial, hope for a resurrection like His. the trials before Caiaphas and Pilate, Our role is to tell His story to all the earth so that everyone may share in His victory.

glancing at Lumayang’s breasts which she seemed to be really flaunting for him. The priest is also like a rooster panning his plumes whenever he speaks or does something whenever Lumayang is around. And when the priest said that he was leaving the parish, Lumayang became teary eyed. Natong was not sure if it was for her grief for the pangat but he was almost sure that she expressed sadness that Father Carlo was going back to the city. The priest also expressed sadness, mostly glancing at Lumayang, when he said that the requiem mass for the pangat would also be his last mass in the village. Natong went to the back of the chapel, checking that the pews were really aligned. He glanced back at the altar. Everything appears alright except… …the sanctuary light is off. It cannot be off. It should forever be lit. It signifies that Christ is forever present in the chapel. It should not be off. Natong hurried to the altar with the cross of the rosary swinging on his chest. He grabbed a matchbox from behind the altar and checked the wick. After straightening the wick, he relit the lamp. When the sanctuary glowed back to life, Natong sighed and started to backtrack from the altar. As he turned to cross the aisle, he heard pounding footsteps from outside of the chapel. Shortly, armed men in maong denim jackets and pants barged into the place of worship with their combat boots pounding on the planks. “We are NPAs,” one of the men said, accosting Natong. Natong could not see the man’s eyes which were covered with sunglasses. “Where is Father Carlo?” the man said in a gruff voice. “We heard that he is back here.” “Adi…adi…lo maawatan,” Natong said, clutching the cross on his chest. The man’s lips twisted into a brutish smile. He called one of the other men. “Tell him what we want. Tell him we will kill him if he does not tell the truth.” In halting Igorot, the man said, “We are looking for that priest, Carlo. We know he is back from the city. He must be punished for he ordered the killing of the pangat. He told the goberno soldiers to pretend like NPAs and shoot him because the pangat was ready to join us in the fight against the dam. “Where is he?” “I don’t know,” Natong said. “I have not seen him. He must still be in the city.” The butt of the gun that barreled on Natong’s chest disengaged the cross from the beads of the rosary. After more questioning and denials, barreling on his chest, head; and pummeling from combat boots, Natong succumbed from life. Natong’s last thought was with the sanctuary lamp that remained to glow bright.

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Facts About San Diego Asian Voters
Asians are the fastest growing community in San Diego, rising 24% in the City of San Diego and 39% in San Diego County over the past decade. In the City, Asians grew from 164,895 out of 1,223,400 in 2000 to 209,146 out of 1,301,617 in 2010.[1] In the County, Asians grew from 245,297 out of 2,813,833 in 2000 to 341,562 out of 3,095,313 in 2010. However, Asians have the lowest 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 residents in the City of San Diego are registered voters, compared to 59%-74% for all other ethnic groups nationally. The Bureau also found that in November 2008, less than half (47.6%) of registered Asian voters cast ballots on Election Day, compared to 50%-66% for all other ethnic groups nationally.[2] Fewer than 1 out of 10 San Diego County voters are Asian. Out of 1,478,740 total registered voters, there are an estimated 99,742 (6.7%) Asian voters. Of these voters, 13,259 are Chinese; 40,989 are Filipino; 7,209 are Japanese; 4,596 are Korean, and 17,362 are Vietnamese.[3] The majority of Asian voters in San Diego County live in the City of San Diego. Out of 637,009 total registered voters, there are an estimated 58,376 (9.1%) registered Asian voters. Of these, 9,126 are Chinese; 21,068 are Filipino; 3,355 are Japanese; 2,704 are Korean, and 13,050 are Vietnamese.
[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

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SAN DIEGO – The Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), a prominent Asian civic group in San Diego, announced today it will begin

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for March 26th. Their efforts are part residents on Election Day. The GOTV initiative, themed of a new APAC “Get Out The Vote” MAIL (GOTV) campaign to increase early (Continued on page 14) voting and voter turnout of Asian

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Lord" (Is 2:5). This is the first thing that God said to Abraham: Walk in my presence and live blamelessly. Journeying: our life is a journey, and when we stop moving, things go wrong. Always journeying, in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, seeking to live with the blamelessness that God asked of Abraham in his promise. Building. Building the Church. We speak of stones: stones are solid; but living stones, stones anointed by the Holy Spirit. Building the Church, the Bride of Christ, on the cornerstone that is the Lord himself. This is another kind of movement in our lives: building. Thirdly, professing. We can walk as much as we want, we can build many things, but if we do not profess Jesus Christ, things go wrong. We may become a charitable NGO, but not the Church, the Bride of the Lord. When we are not walking, we stop moving. When we are not building on the stones, what happens? The same thing that happens to children on the beach when they build sandcastles: everything is swept away, there is no solidity. When we do not profess Jesus Christ, the saying of Léon Bloy comes to mind: "Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil." When we do not profess Jesus Christ, we profess the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness. Journeying, building, professing. But things are not so straightforward, because in journeying, building, professing, there can sometimes be jolts, movements that are not properly part of the journey: movements that pull us back. This Gospel continues with a situation of a particular kind. The same Peter who professed Jesus Christ, now says to him: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. I will follow you, but let us not speak of the Cross. That has nothing to do with it. I will follow you on other terms,

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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. In this chapter, the rebel commander, after undergoing surgery in a hospital, is tracked down by government agents. He narrowly escapes, takes refuge in a nearby carinderia and then is rescued by an old friend who hides him in the Archbishop’s residence. sir" she looked at George, wiping tears with the back of her hand. "I (Continued from page 1) am very angry and upset," as if she needed to explain herself. After he left the hospital, George "Did you hear?" she asked, turning made a few phone calls. He learned the radio volume up. "The soldiers that Dr. Delima and three companimmediately killed the gunman. To ions had been intercepted on their cover their tracks." she explained. way to the hospital and were de"They are very good at cover-up, tained. Following the assassination, you know. Linoloko pa tayo (they the military had stepped up arrests think we are stupid)." of known dissidents and, of course, She started clearing the table. "Just insurgents. He could not proceed because we are poor and illiterate, to the airport or the pier -- multiple sir, we are not stupid!" she said emunits were on the lookout for him. phatically, angrily, almost dropping He called the Archbishop's Palace the plates and utensils. in Manila and asked for Fr. FrancisJust then, her 12-yr-old son co Isobal. They had been classmates sauntered in from school. He gave in the seminary. After ordination, George a quick look then pressed his Fr. Francisco had gone on to Rome, forehead on his mother's hand, as in earned a degree in Canon Law at the the old tradition. Gregorian University, and returned "Did you pass the test," she asked to the Philippines, hoping to land a the boy. faculty position. However, he was "Yes, Nay (mother), " he beamed, lent to the Archdiocese of Manila to fishing out a neatly folded test paper help out the principal canonist who from his backpack. was diagnosed with terminal liver "Okay, you earn your Pepsi and cancer. After the canonist passed double-body (3), " she proclaimed as away, the Archbishop asked Fr. Iso- if he had just won the lottery. bal to remain in the job and he had "You have a wonderful son," been on loan to the Archdiocese of George commented. Manila since then. "Yes, sir, mabait talagang batang Fr. Francisco was totally surprised ’yan (he‘s very good boy)....and one but happy to get a call from Fr. day he is going to be a doctor, right, George. He was up to speed not Roberto?" she gave him a knowing only in canon law but in national glance . "As you can see, we live and local affairs. He knew about the very close to the hospital" she told national manhunt for George. He George as if to explain her son's even knew how much the bounty on choice of a future career. his head was, dead or alive. "But maybe a priest, Nay," the "How soon can you get here, young Roberto protested weakly, George?" sticking his neck out. "I can't afford a taxi, Frank. I'll "A priest?" she feigned mockery. take the bus. Will probably take me "You will not have a wife, dodong, two hours." and I will not have grandchildren. "Listen, I have a meeting in fifteen Better a doctor, son. Lots of money. minutes, " he said. "Why don't you Then I can close this carinderia and stay put. I'll pick you up as soon as relax, like Dona Karay" she was getI'm done with the meeting. It will be ting a bit ecstatic, picturing the kind a white Corolla." of future awaiting her and Roberto. George found a nearby carinde"Do you want more fish?' she ria (2) and lingered on a plate of asked George, opening a pan. steamed white rice and dried danggit George hesitated. He was hungry, (fish). The owner/chef/waitress/ but "I don't have enough money" he asked if he wanted a Coke or Pepsi, said. but he could not splurge. After a few "Oh, no, no, no....don't worry, I minutes, realizing that her customer have enough fish, " she said, serving was truly strapped for cash, she ofhim another plate. "Libre ito. (this fered him a glass of coconut juice, is free)," she smiled at her hungry compliments of the house. customer. "You're not from around here, di After he had finished his second ba?" she asked the stranger. helping, she gave him a banana, no "Bisaya ko (I'm from the Visayas), charge. " George replied politely. George thanked her for her kind"Sige, kain (go ahead, eat) while ness. And wished Roberto good luck I listen to the news," she wiped her on his future career -- as a doctor or greased hands on her apron and (giving him a wink) a priest. Then, placed a bottle of soy sauce next to he opened his bag. Pulling out his him. “You’re Bisaya so I’ll give you one and only rosary, he gave it to the toyo (soy sauce) for your fish. Kam- boy. ing mga tagalog, gusto naming patis George walked with crutches a (we, Tagalogs, prefer fish sauce),” couple of blocks and waited another she said, proud of her knowledge of hour, studying every possible suspiand sensitivity to regional prefercious character in sight, before the ences. “If you were eating lechon white Corolla came into view. He (roasted pig), I would give you suka was relieved to see Frank behind the (vinegar) with salt or garlic, not wheel. Mang Tomas (liver sauce), “ she -------------added, with a conspiratorial smile. 1) Ensaymada - buttered roll She switched on a small transistor sprinkled with sugar. radio. "Susmariahosep, did you hear 2) Carinderia - cheap, makeshift what happened?" restaurants, serving comfort food. "About what?" he asked, innoCarinderias abound because of less cently. restrictive government and public "Did you not hear? Si Ninoy, health regulations. Chefs/entreDiyos ko!" she exclaimed. "Binaril preneurs can essentially arrange a nila...mga walang hiya! (they shot couple of tables and chairs next to a him, those shameless bastards)." house, serve food, and be in busiIn between sobs, she carried on, ness. murmuring, as if George were not 3) Double-body - a sugared cookie there. "Those bastards, as if they sandwich. did not have enough money! They #### already robbed the country...what To be continued... else do they want?...Ninoy was only The author welcomes comments, trying to help us. Why did they have corrections, suggestions, etc. from to kill him?" Asian Journal readers. These may She leaned closer to the radio and be included in the novel's final verlistened some more. "Mga putang sion. Please send your remarks to ina!" she suddenly cursed loudly, ed.gamboa@yahoo.com. scaring the sickly mutt who was Copyright. E. Gamboa napping by her feet. "Forgive me,

(CNSNews.com) 3/16/2013 -When he said Mass for the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel on Thursday, newly elected Pope Francis I warned these princes of the church against professing what he called “the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.” “Anyone who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil,” Francis said, quoting Leon Bloy, a French writer who died in 1917, and who converted from agnosticism to Catholicism. “When we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord, we are worldly: we may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord,” the pope told the cardinals. Here is the complete text of the pope’s Thursday sermon in the Sistine Chapel: In these three readings, I see a common element: that of movement. In the first reading, it is the movement of a journey; in the second reading, the movement of building the Church; in the third, in the Gospel, the movement involved in professing the faith. Journeying, building, professing. Journeying. "O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the

but without the Cross. When we journey without the Cross, when we build without the Cross, when we profess Christ without the Cross, we are not disciples of the Lord, we are worldly: we may be bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but not disciples of the Lord. My wish is that all of us, after these days of grace, will have the courage, yes, the courage, to walk in the presence of the Lord, with the Lord’s Cross; to build the Church on the Lord’s blood which was poured out on the Cross; and to profess the one glory: Christ crucified. And in this way, the Church will go forward. My prayer for all of us is that the Holy Spirit, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother, will grant us this grace: to walk, to build, to profess Jesus Christ crucified. Amen. Link: http://cnsnews.com/news/ article/pope-francis-warns-againstdemonic-worldliness

FTC: Reverse Mortgages
FTC.com | If you’re 62 or older – and looking for money to finance a home improvement, pay off your current mortgage, supplement your retirement income, or pay for healthcare expenses – you may be considering a reverse mortgage. It’s a product that allows you to convert part of the equity in your home into cash without having to sell your home or pay additional monthly bills. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, wants you to understand how reverse mortgages work, the types of reverse mortgages available, and how to get the best deal. In a “regular” mortgage, you make monthly payments to the lender. In a “reverse” mortgage, you receive money from the lender, and generally don’t have to pay it back for as long as you live in your home. The loan is repaid when you die, sell your home, or when your home is no longer your primary residence. The proceeds of a reverse mortgage generally are tax-free, and many reverse mortgages have no income restrictions. Types of Reverse Mortgages There are three types of reverse mortgages: • single-purpose reverse mortgages, offered by some state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations • federally-insured reverse mortgages, known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs) and backed by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) • proprietary reverse mortgages, private loans that are backed by the companies that develop them Single-purpose reverse mortgages are the least expensive option. They are not available everywhere and can be used for only one purpose, which is specified by the government or nonprofit lender. For example, the lender might say the loan may be used only to pay for home repairs, improvements, or property taxes. Most homeowners with low or moderate income can qualify for these loans. HECMs and proprietary reverse mortgages may be more expensive than traditional home loans, and the upfront costs can be high. That’s important to consider, especially if you plan to stay in your home for just a short time or borrow a small amount. HECM loans are widely available, have no income or medical requirements, and can be used for any purpose. Before applying for a HECM, you must meet with a counselor from an independent government-approved housing counseling agency. Some lenders offering proprietary reverse mortgages also require counseling. The counselor is required to explain the loan’s costs and financial implications, and possible alternatives to a HECM, like government and nonprofit programs or a single-purpose or proprietary reverse mortgage. The counselor also should be able to help you compare the costs of different types of reverse mortgages and tell you how different payment options, fees, and other costs affect the total cost of the loan over time. You can visit HUD for a list of counselors or call the agency at 1-800-569-4287. Most counseling agencies charge around $125 for their services. The fee can be paid from the loan proceeds, but you cannot be turned away if you can’t afford the fee. How much you can borrow with a HECM or proprietary reverse mortgage (Continued on page 17)

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Spiritual Life
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Lower Your Nets by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez
6th Sun. of Lent

Reflections on Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter)
Note: The sections, “Joke of the week, Scriptural readings, and Quotation of the week” are intentionally omitted because of the length of this article. The last part of the triduum will be due on Easter Sunday. Number three represents many things: times are divided into past, present and future; the US government has three branches: executive, legislative and judicial; human ability is divided into thought, word and deed. All that are complete are on number three. The Blessed Trinity has divine completeness. The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday continuing through Good Friday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Threeness: The number three or its compounds occurs hundreds of times in the Bible. Most of these display a conventional use such as to mark quantity whether in enumerating persons, things, or activities. (The Use of Three in The Bible, Richard D. Patterson). Persons: Noah had three sons (Gen 6:10) and Job had three daughters (Job 1:2; cf. 42:13) Things: The Ark of the Covenant contained three sacred objects “The gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant” (Heb. 9:4). Activities: Israelite men were required to appear before the Lord three times in a year: “Three times a year all your men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles” (Deut. 16:16). Number Three of Jesus: Jesus was visited by three kings; was lost for three days; started his ministry at age thirty-three; was tempted three times; he chose twelve apostles, a higher vibration of three; raised from death: widow’s son, Jairus’ daughter and Lazarus; had three selective apostles at Transfiguration; he prayed three times and pleaded with his Father to take the cup away from him at Gethsemane; Judas Iscariot betrayed him for thirty pieces of silver; Peter denied him three times; he was crucified at the third hour; it was for three hours (from the 6th to the 9th) that darkness covered the earth; it was at the end of those hours, when, “about the ninth hour,” he cried, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46); he was in the tomb for three days. The Triduum: The three most solemn moments in Christendom are treated in three ways: Beginning, Middle, and End. 1. Three faces of the Eucharist (Holy Thursday). a. Beginning: broken. Toward the end of Leonard Bernstein’s musical play, Mass, there was a priest dressed in liturgical vestments who held in his hands a glass chalice. A human pyramid lifted him up high into the air. All of a sudden the pyramid collapsed, the priest fell to the ground. The glass chalice was broken into several pieces. As the priest, now dressed casually in jeans and T-shirt, walked away he heard a group of children singing, “Laude, laude, laude” (Praise, praise, praise). The priest paused for a moment, looked intently at the broken glass chalice and uttered, “I never realized that broken glass could shine so brightly.” Does a broken glass really shine brightly? Is there any positive element in brokenness? Is brokenness beautiful? Can we draw something positive out of brokenness? The Holy Eucharist is offered to us not only as a meal, but also as a sacrifice, as broken bread and shed blood. What does it mean to have the Body of the Lord broken and his Blood shed for us? To nourish our physical hunger, bread goes through different stages of brokenness. The grains of wheat thrown to the ground died, later on, brought forth another life when the blades of new wheat start to emerge. The grains are broken again when harvested, grounded into flour and kneaded into bread. Finally the finished product is broken, shared and eaten. The same process happens with wine. The vine is pruned and grapes are harvested. Grapes are crushed and broken under wine press. The juice goes through fermentation and aging. Wine is “broken” when it is poured for drinking. Every aspect of brokenness has signs of life and death. With a group of pilgrims in 2007, I visited Checkpoint Charlie. Stories and legends abound about the successful, unsuccessful, tragic and daring escapes of people from East Berlin who wanted to be united with their families, friends and communities in West Berlin. Their broken lives and stories are immortalized by JFK’s speech on June 26, 1963, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a citizen of Berlin). The broken lives of both West and East Berliners who were separated for years

by the Berlin Wall attested to the truth, if brokenness is transformed it becomes a source of healing and wholeness. I also had the opportunity to go to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland. What struck me most upon seeing the pictures of the prisoners at Auschwitz were the signs of brokenness in their face. There was the brokenness of fears, doubts, and death. The million innocent lives lost at Auschwitz and other concentration camps are glaring “manifesto” of man’s inhumanity to man. The Holocaust victims’ shed blood and broken lives are not in vain. Their sacrifice or death brings forth a better world. People of the free world have learned a lesson: never again would they allow a madman to terrorize and kill innocent people. The lives too of countless saints to whom so many churches and shrines are dedicated attest to the life-giving grace of God that transforms one’s brokenness to shine brightly. The saintly examples of John Paul II, St. Faustina and St. Maximilian Kolbe attest to this truth. b. Middle: offering. St. Maximiliam took the place of a Jew, Seargent Franciszek Gajowniczek, who was chosen to be executed. Franciszek died on March 13, 1995, at Brzeg in Poland, at age 95, 53 years after Kolbe’s sacrifice. Franciszek said “The immensity of it: I, the condemned, am to live and someone else willingly and voluntarily offers his life for me - a stranger. Is this some dream?” A survivor, Jozef Stemler later told this: “In the midst of a brutalization of thought, feeling and words such as had never before been known, man indeed became a ravening wolf in his relations with other men. And into this state of affairs came the heroic selfsacrifice of Father Kolbe.” Another survivor Jerzy Bielecki said that Father Kolbe’s death was “a shock filled with hope, bringing new life and strength ... It was like a powerful shaft of light in the darkness of the camp.” “The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the catacombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are victories on the battle-field if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?” (St. Maximilian Kolbe) Jesus Christ too offered himself in our place. “Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven.” (The Nicene Creed) He came down and suffered brokenness to make us whole again. At Mass we are to continue offering ourselves by praying, “Lord God, we ask you to receive us and be pleased with the sacrifice we offer you with humble and contrite hearts.” Fr. Ron Rolheiser said, “The Eucharist also holds up, in sacrifice, all that is being crushed, broken, and baked by violence. The wine, fittingly, is also blood. At the Eucharist, we hold up both, the world’s health and its achievements along with its depressions and failures, and ask God to be with us in both.” c. End: consumed and configured. St. Augustine used to say to communicants, “Be what you see, and receive what you are.” (Estote quod videtis, et accipite quod estis.) At Mass, we just

Our Lady of Medjugorje
March 18, 2013 Message to Mirjana "Dear children! I call you to, with complete trust and joy, bless the name of the Lord and, day by day, to give Him thanks from the heart for His great love. My Son, through that love which He showed by the Cross, gave you the possibility to be forgiven for everything; so that you do not have to be ashamed or to hide, and out of fear not to open the door of your heart to my Son. To the contrary, my children, reconcile with the Heavenly Father so that you may be able to come to love yourselves as my Son loves you. When you come to love yourselves, you will also love others; in them you will see my Son and recognize the greatness of His love. Live in faith! Through me, my Son is preparing you for the works which He desires to do through you – works through which He desires to be glorified. Give Him thanks. Especially thank Him for the shepherds - for your intercessors in the reconcilliation with the Heavenly Father. I am thanking you, my children. Thank you." Source: Medjugorje.org
don’t receive the Body and Blood of the Lord, We are meant to be transformed by them. We become what we receive. Through the bread and wine, “products of the earth and work of human hands,” (offertory prayer) we offer ourselves as part of and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ We then are sent into the world as Jesus Christ’s configuration, Eucharistic “sacrament,” and presence. Good Friday: three faces of Gethsemane A garden is typified in literature with various meanings. The America Heritage® Dictionary defines a garden as “a plot of land used for the cultivation of flowers, vegetables, herbs, or fruit, laid out with flowers, trees, and ornamental shrubs and used for recreation or display; it is a yard or lawn, a fertile, well-cultivated region, and an open-air establishment where refreshments are served.” In reference to the Garden of Paradise, it is always considered as a safe haven. A garden is a place for lovers, for peace and quiet as opposed to the forest that symbolizes darkness Royalties live in palaces and castles, but those grandiose residences fit for nobles have no match with the Garden of Eden. God made it with all kinds of trees, pleasing to the eye and good for food. This garden had a river flowing through it. There was gold, onyx, and aromatic as well as resin. It was very pleasing to cultivate and God was pleased with it. Unfortunately, the Garden of Gethsemane for Jesus became a place of

Balintataw
by Virginia H. Ferrer
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Ikaw Lamang
Sasabihin ko sa 'yo ng tunay na tunay ng walang pasakalye at walang palaman iisa at simpleng katotohanan lamang na wala akong ibang mahal kundi ikaw Bale wala sa akin ang anumang yaman kahit pa ng ginto kung saan man nahukay wala nang hihigit pa kahit anong bagay ikaw lamang sinta ang nais ko sa buhay Ikaw lang ang hangin na aking nilalanghap sa aking katawan siyang nagpapalakas sa aking isipan siyang nagpapatalas sa aking abang buhay ikaw ang s'yang lunas Sa mga gabing ako nga ay nag-iisa kahit walang sakit ako'y laging balisa itong isipan ko'y kung saan pumupunta lalo na kung ikaw ay 'di ko nakikita Sa buhay kong ito ikaw lamang ang lunas kahit anupaman sa kan'la na lang lahat at kung mayroon pa mang sa akin ay dapat tanging ikaw lamang ang s'yang makakasapat. ©2013 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. contradiction: death, slavery, darkness, loneliness, sorrow, blood, sweat, betrayal, rejection, greed, but also of life, freedom, light, companionship, joy, comfort, and resignation. Probably, because it was there that the Iscariot deceived Jesus, so the phrase, lead/take down the garden path, came to mean to be misled. Yet, as we shall see, it is also a garden where there is a divine presence and angelic assistance. This shows that one’s brokenness could become a path to a renewed strength and resolve. Beginning: loneliness. At the Gethsemane Jesus told his apostles, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (New Living Translation, ©2007) Jesus’ dread of his impending death, the most feared human emotion, was too extreme and agonizing that Jesus started sweating blood (hematidrosis). He showed his true humanity in the face of abandonment and betrayal of his closest friends. “What the gospel writers focus on is not the scourging, the whips, the ropes, the nails, the physical pain, none of that. They emphasize rather that, in all of this, Jesus is alone, misunderstood, lonely, isolated, without support, unanimity-minus-one. What’s emphasized is his suffering as a lover; the agony of a heart that’s ultra-sensitive, gentle, loving, understanding, warm, inviting, hungry to embrace everyone but which instead finds itself misunderstood, alone, isolated, hated, brutalized, facing murder,” wrote Ron Rolheiser. If we find ourselves lonely and deserted by loved ones, we have to remember that Jesus had been there and done that. b. Middle: God’s will. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:4) “Obedience” is not to be confused with “submission,” a virtue in Mohammedanism (meaning, “submission”). Also, obedience is not to be confused with obeying, a word that lacks the consonant “D”, which means consenting to willfully act, according to Edenics. “Obedience” from Latin obedire (ob “to” + audire “listen, hear) is sub(Continued on page 17)

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Two Most Outstanding Scholars and Educators in Filipino Language & Literature featured in AWIT AT TALINGHAGA
FilAm Wellness Center of the Kalusugan Community Services to host event on Monday, 3/25/2013, 6 p.m
The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of San Diego (UPAA-SD) sponsors the Awit at Talinghaga, an evening of Filipino poetry and songs with Dr. Ruth E. Mabanglo, on March 25, 2013, at 6:00 o’clock in the evening at the FilAm Wellness Center of the Kalusugan Community Services located at 1419 East 8th Street, National City, CA 91950. Preceding the poetry reading is a Q&A session on Why Do We Need to Preserve the Filipino Language in America (or Outside the Philippines) to be conducted by Dr. Teresita V. Ramos, Professor Emeritus in the Filipino and Philippine Literature Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The event is open to the public. Donation of at least $10 is solicited from each attendee to raise funds for the association’s Adopt a School project. For more information about the event, please contact Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu at (858) 335-5024 or Dina B. Elorin at (619) 470-6024. One of the Leading Filipino Female Poets of our time, Dr. Ruth Elynia S. Mabanglo, is a professor and coordinator of Filipino and Philippine Literature Program of the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and a strong advocate of the spread of the Filipino language around the world. She is the 2012 Presidential Awardee for Filipino individuals and Organizations Oversees, in the Pamana ng Pilipino category which is awarded to individuals who exemplify the talent and industry of the Filipino, and brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession. Dr. Mabanglo’s curriculum vita is a long list of awards and published poems and writings. Amongst her several awards and honors, is being the first woman recipient of the prestigious Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Fame for the distinction of winning five first prizes in the annual literary contest, the Makata ng Taon Poet of the Year by the Commission on Filipino Language Outstanding Tagalog Language Educator, Philippine Studies Group, Association for Asian Studies and the 2003 Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from UP Alumni Association in America. She is the Founder and the Director of the “Advanced Filipino Abroad Program” for college students in USA and the “Consortium for the Advancement of Filipino (CAF).” Indeed, the audience of the March 25th evening of poetry and Filipino language discussion, will be in for a great treat, mainly because the event offers a unique opportunity to listen to Dr. Mabanglo recite her poems, mostly written from first person point of view, and to be able to participate in the Q&A session with Dr. Ramos regarding the preservation of the Filipino language in America or outside the Philippines. The event is intended to raise funds for the UPAA-SD’s Adopt a School project that is going to benefit the Stewart Granger Junior High School in National City, whose principal is Ms. Mary Rose Peralta, a U.P. alumna. The school is one of the top 17 urban middle schools in the nation, with an API score of 831, and a model school for California. The Awit at Talinghaga is the first of a number of slated fund-raising projects of the newly inducted set of officers of the U.P. Alumni Association of San Diego. The 2013 2014 Board of Officers is composed of Rita Buencamino Andrews, President; Rufino Pie Roque, Vice President; Edith Navarro Donaldson, Secretary; Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu, Treasurer; Ador Colmenar, Auditor;

The Babao Arnis Demo Team presented Arnis de Mano, Eskrima and Kali, collectively known as FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) at the Philippine Faire 2013, sponsored by COPAO, held Saturday, March 16, at the Robert EggerSr. South Bay Recreation Center . FMA is a part of the Filipino culture. The 2013 Babao Arnis Demo Team is composed of the following:Seated L-R: Babao Arnis Co-owners Zena Sultana Babao and Grandmaster Narrie Babao. And standing, L-R: Darrell Yamane, Anthony Brown, Domingo Agnas Jr., Rudy Delos Reyes,Don Dizon, George Alfonso, Narrison Babao, Chris Montano, Roland Medina, Mike Gomez, Allen Dela Rosa, Jack Babao, Mark Whennen and 9-year-old Kai Whennen.
Dina Barros Ellorin, P.R.O., Cristina Torres Colmenar, Business Manager and Zenaida Estoque Ply, Immediate Past President. They were inducted on February 24, 2013 by founder, Dr. Juanita Francisco Caccam, who president of the association since it was founded are Dr. Caccam, Edith Collado Galvan, Conrad B. Bautista, Susan Delos Santos, Dina B. Ellorin, Estella Mercado Garcia, Cristina T. Colmenar, Dr. Aurora Soriano Cudal, Dr. Juanita ducted a number of fund-raisers for their projects, such as concerts, 50s dance and publishing a directory. Their projects include scholarship awards for deserving U.P. students and children of member alumni, a donation to the U.P. Library Circle, book drive for the U.P. Mindanao and Adopt a U.P. Dorm project. They have sponsored the concerts of the U.P. Concert Chorus a number of times, as well as the U.P. Staff Chorale and the concert pianist and U.P. alumna, Dr. Charise Baldoria. In 2005, they hosted the 13th Biennial General Assembly, Convention and Reunion of U.P. Alumni Association in America (UPAAA), held at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. The 17th Biennial General Assembly, Convention and Reunion will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 30 to September 1, 2013. For more information about the reunion, go to their website - http:// www.upaainamerica.org.

for her poem Gahasa, and two National Book Awards for Poetry for her poem collections Mga Liham ni Pinay and Mesa Para sa Isa. A distinguished U.P. alumna, Dr. Teresita V. Ramos, was invited as well, to share her knowledge and contribution for the Filipino curriculum and language preservation. She is a recipient of several awards that include the 2012 Paz Marquez Benitez Writers Union of the Philippines, the 2009 Outstanding Award in Academic Leadership, University of the Philippines, the 2008 Presidential Award for Filipinos abroad Pamana ng Pilipino category, the 2005

organized the U.P. alumni in San Diego to form the association in 1981. Alumni in San Diego who have been

Santos Nacu, Florfina Boodgie Santiago Arce and Zenaida Ply. Over the years, UPAA-SD has con-

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speech. are all “Made in America” but for 1704 — The Philippines and what their simplicity, great design, quality, and most importantly, very competi- is known today as Borneo used to constitute a single historical, cultural, tive pricing. economic unit. Authoritative Western scientists have traced the land bridges that connected these two places. The inhabitants of the Philippines and Borneo come from the same racial stock, they have the same color, or used to have similar customs and traditions. North Borneo, formerly known as Sabah, was originally ruled by the Sultan of Brunei in 1704. In gratitude for help extended to him by the Sultan of Sulu in suppressing a revolt, the Sultan of Brunei ceded North Borneo to the Sulu Sultan. HERE, OUR CLAIM BEGINS. Over the years, the various European countries, including Britain, Spain and the Netherlands acknowledged the Sultan of Sulu as the sovereign ruler of North Borneo. They entered into various treaty arrangements with him. Baron de Overbeck and the natural boundaries of Sabah territory “In 1878, a keen Austrian adventurer, by the name of Baron de Overbeck, having known that the Sultan of Sulu was facing a life-and-death struggle with the Spanish forces in the Sulu Archipelago, went to Sulu, took advantage of the situation and persuaded the Sultan of Sulu to lease to him, in consideration of a yearly rental of Malayan $5,000 (roughly equivalent to a meager US$1,600), the territory now in question. The contract of lease — and I call it so on the basis of British documents and records that cannot be disputed here or abroad — contains a technical description of the territory in terms of natural boundaries, thus: “...all the territories and lands being tributary to us on the mainland of the island of Borneo commencing from Pandassan River on the northwest coast and extending along the whole east coast as far as the Sibuco River in the South and comprising among others the States of Peitan, Sugut, Bangaya, Labuk, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Muniang and all the other territories and states to the southward therefore bordering on Darvel Bay and as far as the Sibuco River with all the islands within 3 marine leagues of the coast.” ( International Law stipulates that territories may be indicated by natural boundaries.) The British North Borneo Company and 1946 Philippine independence Overbeck later sold out all his rights under the contract to Alfred Dent, an English merchant, who established a provisional association and later a company, known as the British North Borneo Co., which assumed all the rights and obligations under the 1878 contract. This company was awarded a Royal Charter in 1881. A protest against the grant of the charter was lodged by the Spanish and the Dutch Governments and in reply, the British Government clarified its position and stated in unmistakable language that “sovereignty remains with the Sultan of Sulu” and that the company was merely an administering authority. In 1946, the British North Borneo Co. transferred all its rights and obligations to the British Crown. The Crown, on July 10, 1946, just six days after Philippine independence, asserted full sovereign rights over North Borneo. Shortly thereafter former American Governor General Harrison, then Special Adviser to the Philippine Government on Foreign Affairs denounced the cession order as a unilateral act of violation of legal rights. In 1950, Congressman Macapagal, along with Congressmen Arsenio Lacson and Arturo Tolentino, sponsored a resolution urging the formal institution of the claim to North Borneo. Prolonged studies were in the meanwhile undertaken, and in 1962 the House of Representatives, in rare unanimity, passed a resolution urging the President of the Philippines to recover North Borneo consistent with international law and procedure. Acting on this unanimous resolution and having acquired all the rights and interests of the Sultanate of Sulu, the Republic of the Philippines, through the President, filed the claim to North Borneo. Other basis of the proposition On the basis of authoritative British and Spanish documents, The British North Borneo Co. being a private trading concern to whom Dent transferred his rights, did not and could not acquire dominion and sovereignty over North Borneo; as those indicated in the basic contract, that of a lessee and a mere delegate. In accordance with established precedents in International Law, the assertion of sovereign rights by the British Crown in 1946 is in complete disregard of the contract of 1878. Our commitments under the United Nations Charter, the Bandung Conference Declaration and the 1960 decolonization resolution of the General Assembly are matters of record and there is no quarrel about them. The British Crown never considered North Borneo as British territory, nor the North Borneans as British subjects. In relation to Chapter 14 of the United Nations Charter, “the heirs of the Sultan” could not possibly litigate before the International Court of Justice for the simple reason that they have no international legal personality. They do not constitute a State, as that term is understood in law. Chapter 2, Article 34, paragraph 1 of the Statute clearly provides: “Only States may be parties in cases before the Court.” What has the Philippines to gain? In 1963, Malaysia was still unsure of its hold on the sentiment of the people of Sabah before the Federation of Malaysia was made official signifying her independence as a colony of Britain. Kuala Lumpur continued to court the population with economic programs designated to secure their allegiance, US$7.3 million (Ringgit 22M) for 12 states to finance land settlement schemes in the East Tawau to Sandakan. The distribution of free land, equally divided from ten to fifteen hectares, with housing and free seedling per family will enable each settler to earn P750 monthly from oil palm. These 400 families resettled near Sandakan to develop 7,000 acres of oil palm to become members of the planned Federation of Malaysia. (Continued on page 14)

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The historical facts
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confirmed that in ancient times North Borneo and the Philippines, connected by land-bridge have been considered as one country.

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Philippine STAR columnist Amy Pamintuan quotes the website of the “Royal Hashemite Sultan of Sulu (and North Borneo / Sabah),” Malaysia should either increase its rent for Sabah or return the land to the sultanate. “They’re not talking peanuts. The amount listed is $1,500 or P77,445.36 as current annual rental for 73,711 square kilometers of land rich in natural resources. Considering that Sabah contributes $30 billion annually to Malaysian GDP, according to the sultanate, the rent should be 10 to 12 percent of the amount, or $3-3.6 billion a year. “Another proposed option is a joint administration of Sabah by the sultanate and Kuala Lumpur, with all earnings to be split: 50 percent will go to Sulu for development projects such as roads, hospitals, schools and public safety facilities, while Sabah and Kuala Lumpur will get 25 percent each.” Mr. President, isn’t this a worthy basis of negotiation that would uplift the status of our Muslim brothers and triple the development of Mindanao? Sir, lets choose the BETTER ROAD TO PEACE, than mere talk and signing of treaties? Sen. Salonga recounts the background of the Sabah claim The following year — 1963 — after President Macapagal filed the Sabah claim, Sen. Lorenzo Sumulong’s privilege speech denounced the Philippine claim but Sen. Jovito Salonga delivered a point by point rebuttal to Sumulong’s

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Dahil Sa Temporary Protection Order ni Kris: “Lumalabas Na Rapist Ako….”-James YapNi Ogie Cruz Isa sa pinakamainit na balita ngayon sa Pilipinas ay ang kahilingan ni Kris Aquino ay isang Temporary Protection Order para hindi makalapit si James Yap sa kanya at sa kanilang anak na si Bimby sa layo ng hanggang 100meters. Samantala,halos maiyak si James Yap dahil sa protection act na isinampa ng dating asawa.Ang sabi pa nga niya “Lumalabas na rapist ako….”.Nagtataka si James at kung bakit parang sinisiraan siya ni Kris sa bata, at kung anu-anu ang itinuturo para malayo ang damdamin ng bata sa ama. Ang kwento ni James,ayaw raw magpahalik ang bata kaya sinabihan niya eto na si Kris ang kanyang hahalikan .Hinawakan niya ang braso ni Kris na akmang hahalikan ito,kaso nagsalita si Kris na “Sinasaktan mo ako” doon pumagitna si Bimby at niyakap ang ina habang tinataboy ang ama ng kamay ng anak.

ang anak. Abangan na lang natin ang paglabas sa Tv ni Kris Aquino, tungkol sa version ng dating asawa at kung sino ang nagsasabi ng totoo sa kanila.Siguro naman,alam na natin kung umaarte lang si Kristeta o nagsasabi ng totoo. Abangan !!! NORA AUNOR TINANGHAL NA BEST ACTRESS SA 7TH ASIAN FILM AWARDS !!!Tinanghal pala si Nora Aunor bilang best actress sa nakaraang 7th Asian Film Awards na ginanap sa Hongkong Convention Center & Exhibition last March 18 dahil sa pagganap niya sa “Thy Womb”, si Eddie Garcia naman ang Best Actor sa movie na “Bwakaw” at siya rin ang People Choice Best Actor. Siempre tuwang tuwa na naman ang mga Noranians dahil sa pagkapanalo ng Superstar.Kulay dilaw na Maria Clarainspired gown ang suot ni Ate Guy nang tanggapin niya ang kanyang trophy.Takenote isiniwalat ng Superstar na nakarubber shoes siya habang naka-gown dahil namamaga pa rin ang kanyang paa kaya ayaw niyang mag-heels. Nag-english pa ang superstar sa kanyang acceptance speech “First of All, forgive me for wearing rubber shoes.My right foot is swollen and I can hardly walk….(saka siya nagtagalog sa pasasalamat),”litanya ni Ate Guy. Congratulations sa iba pang winners

na hindi na namin nabanggit,balita namin si Ate Guy rin ang winner bilang Best Actress sa Gawad Pasado (Dati kaming kaanib sa grupong ito) sa same movie rin na “Thy Womb”. NAKIKIRAMAY KAMI SA PAMILYA NI KRISTEL TEJADA …Balitangbalita rin sa Pilipinas ang pagpapakamatay ng 16yrs old 1st yr. Behavioral Science Student ng University of the Philippines na si Kristel Tejada.Ang nakakalungkot nagpakamatay ito dahil wala siyang pambayad sa kanyang tuition fee sa U.P. na kailangan niyang mag-leave of absence sa kalagitnaan ng semester dahil hindi siya pinayagan ng management ng school na pumasok pa dahil sa utang niya sa nasabing unibersidad na hindi lalagpas ng 10,000 pesos. Kapos sa pera ang magulang niya,hindi mabayaran ang tuition fee ng anak kaya wala silang magawa kundi mag-leave of absence si Kristel kaso nagpakamatay pala ito at natagpuan nila ang bangkay ng anak nila sa bahay. Honor student pa naman ito noong nasa high school,at sana magiging tagpagtaguyod sa kahirapan na dinadanas ng pamilya sa kasalukuyan,para magkaroon ng masaganang buhay sa kinabukasan.Kaso,wala na si Kristel at tanging naiwanan niya ay maging laman siya lahat ng balita sa Tv,Radio, at maging sa mga Social Network sa internet. Wala na kaming sisihin sa

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Nandun din Vice President ng America 1 west coast na si Ms. Angie Contreras ng Megaworld International. Next Sunday,March 24 may event ulit sila sa Savory Buffet this time mga buyers na ng condominiums ang kasama nila.Sayang kasabay pa naman ito ng concert ni Aiza Seguerra sa Los Angeles na invited din ako.

Hindi pa tapos court battle, eto na ang kahilingan ni Ms. Aquino sa ngayon,protection act ,Republic act 9262 known as Anti violence Against Women and Their Children Act 2004. Dahil na rin sa reklamo ni Kris na puwersahang sexual na paratang sa dati niyang asawa. Ayaw na ng Queen of All Medias na malapitan pa siya ni James Yap kahit saan at saan mang pagkakataon.Ang puwersahang sexual na nangyari lang Dec.3 na kung saan pumasok si James sa kanyang kwarto, at mismo ang kanilang anak na si Bimby ang nakasaksi ng pangyayari. Kaya raw ngayon, ayaw na raw ni Bimbi na Makita ang kanyang Papa James,kesyo galit daw ang bata ayon sa abogado ni Ms. Aquino.

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Street Poetry
by Michael R. Tagudin
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“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anybody. Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!” -Sam Levenson Link: www.daisyology.blogspot. com

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there you go again your mind running like crazy it needs to be controlled... like some wild thang of some sort got to be tamed...domesticated... but it really isn't... till after your eight hour gig something like after 2:30 p.m. or some time later... calm the mind... relax... cool ice cold coronas waiting... so now...what's up? what's bothering you? that's right! i knew it! ti's gotta to be POLLY! the parrot on the perch... POLLY the parrot alias PROC! Menancingly secured with all her weaponry! perch high up on some atoll on the high seas! west of us... right there where the sun sets! really...how could good intentions gone wrong circa 1950's when we were once the baddest... the baddest on this global hood two dudes with super star status... and prima donna complex met somebody wants to sign a blank pay check... pay to the order of WORLD WAR III ! some one did drop the ball! let's be nice...civilize... give these guys a chance... maybe some how they would see... things the way we see... SURE! after decades...decades of free reign... free reign on our markets they become STRONG! ready to challenge us...ANY WHERE!...ANY TIME! global strategic issues at stake! really it bothers me good intentions gone bad! POLLY the parrot menancingly perched west of us... on the high seas secured with all her weaponry super power status gone wild...UNPLUGGED! NO CONTAINMENT ALLOWED!
Michael R. Tagudin June 20th 2012 Los Angeles, CA
©2013 Michael R. Tagudin. All rights reserved. About the Author: Michael R. Tagudin Educated as an engineer in the Philippines, the City of Los Angeles employee hopes his legacy of poems will provoke a dialogue about the human condition. He is donating the proceeds from the book “Crushed Violets” to the “Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)”, a non-profit that provides public awareness and advocacy efforts against human trafficking in the City of Angels. To learn more, visit www.castla.org. To help, call the CAST 24 hour hotline 888.KEY.2.FRE(EDOM) or 888.539.2373. Contact asianjournal3@aol.com for more information about ordering the book “Crushed Violets.”

Problema Sa Buhay
Maaaring kadalasan ito mandin ay hinagap, Kung paano ang paraang sa problema’y makaiwas. Maiwasang isaloob o pasanin bawat oras, O ‘di kaya’y hayaan lang, isantabi para bukas. Marami ang katanungan, pagdating na sa problema, Ito ba ay sa sarili o ginawang madawit ka? Dapat mo lang pagukulan ay sarili bilang isa, At ‘di ibang may problemang sa sarili’y idagdag pa. Unang-unang pagisipan, habang tayo’y nabubuhay, Problema ay walang habas dumarating, dumaratal. ‘Lalang tayong matalino, masigla na tayo’y buhay, Nahahanda sa pagsubok, sa problemang sati’y laan. Kapag lahat ng problema, patuloy mong sinalunga, Ay para kang lumalangoy sa dagat nang walang hangga. Kapag utak ay puno na at sadya na ‘di mo kaya, Wawakasan itong buhay, sa Maykapal may sala ka. Ang problemang sadyang atin, galing na rin sa itaas, Na alam ding makakaya’t ang sumuko ay ‘di dapat. Matibay na pananggalang, pananalig na may basbas, Upang tayo ay gabayan, patnubayang makaalpas. Sa tulong din ng Maykapal, liwanag ay naghihintay, Na tayo ay makangiti na ‘di laging nalulumbay. Matalinong pagiisip na sa ati’y ibinigay, Gamitin na wastong-wasto, upang tayo’y magtagumpay. Ang problemang hindi atin, dumamay lang ay sapat na, Iba itong ating isip at iba rin ang kanila. Huwag mo sanang sasaluhin ng dahil sa naawa ka, Hindi ito ang solusyon, ang solusyon din ay sila. Bilang isang halimbawa ang pagtulong sayong kapwa, Kung ito ay obligasyon, pagisipang maunawa. Sa patuloy na pagtulong, problema ba’y humuhupa? O, nagpapatuloy rin na parating nakadapa. Kaya aking masasabi, tayo ay mapalad naman, Sa problema’y nabubuhay, tumatalas ang isipan. Lagi lamang tatandaang problema ay habang buhay, Magtatapos lamang ito kapag tayo ay namatay. Itanim rin sa isipan ang lahat ng nagaganap, Pawang galing sa Maykapal upang tayo ay subukan. Nasa atin ang solusyon, nasa atin ang paraan, At di dapat susukuan, kumapit lang at magdasal. Dito na rin masusubok ang tiwala natin sa Diyos,
Gaano ang ating tibay o kung tayo ay marupok. Hindi tayo hahayaan, malaki man o karampot, Manalig lang sa kay Ama, sa mahal nating Diyos. Tula ni: Romeo Nicolas Bocaue, Bulacan 02/15/2013

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Ducks in Heaven
Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven. When they get there, St. Peter says, 'We only have one rule here in heaven: Don't step on the ducks!' So they enter heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It is almost impossible not to step on a duck, and although they try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally steps on one. Along comes St. Peter with the ugliest man she ever saw. St. Peter chains them together and says, 'Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to spend eternity chained to this ugly man!' The next day, The second woman steps accidentally on a duck and along comes St. Peter, who doesn't miss a thing. With him is another extremely ugly man. He chains them together with the same admonishment as for the first woman. The third woman has observed all this and, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, is very, VERY careful where she steps. She manages to go months without stepping on any ducks, but one day St. Peter comes up to her with the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on ..... Very tall, long eyelashes, muscular. St. Peter chains them together without saying a word. The happy woman says, 'I wonder what I did to deserve beingchained to you for all of eternity?' The guy says,'I don't know about you, but I stepped on a Duck.'

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(Continued from page 11) missively acting, especially against one’s will. “Obedience carries with it overtones of listening and evaluating, whereas the word ‘obey’ disregards assessment and becomes ‘do what you are told,’ ” wrote Eric Hodgens. When Martin Luther King was overcome with agonizing turmoil and was about to give up his struggle for civil rights, he said, “In this state of exhaustion, when my courage had all but gone, I decided to take my problem to God. With my head in my hands, I bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud. The words I spoke to God that midnight are still vivid in my memory: ‘I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. I have nothing left. I’ve come to the point where I can’t face it alone.’ At that moment I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced him before.” After praying and listening to his Father, our Lord Jesus manifested complete compliance to his God’s will. He evaluated the pros and cons of that obedience and knew it entailed severe trials, abandonment, betrayal, tortures, and finally death. In almost servile compliance, he freely surrendered “to your will, not mine.” Fear of height has to be overcome before we can fly and jump. End: comforting presence of the angels. Trevor Herriot wrote: “Only after we have let the desert do its full work in us will angels finally come and minister to us.” Desert is a place of barrenness, a place where Satan rules bringing sadness instead of joy, death instead of life. Jesus, after fasting for forty days, was ministered to by an angel. After Satan’s temptation not to obey God’s will at the “desert” of Gethsemane, the angel ministered to him again. Desert is a place where our soul literally stands naked between good and evil, life and death, because unless we divest ourselves of any that is not divine we cannot be cleansed and strengthened. Looking beyond the barrenness, darkness, and coldness of winter, like the desert, Barbara Hobbs wrote, “Dear God of all Seasons, you have gifted me with my weakness, emptiness-with winter moments, days, months in my life. I am so blind! I missed the lesson of the bare tree. I need to be stripped so that your Spirit can work within. I saw only weakness, only barrenness, only loss. I failed to see the strength in those uplifted branches, in that tiny seed. I failed to see your love in those around me, those who bear their winters patiently, and those whose lives touch mine and who offer a glimpse of you. Forgive me, Lord. Amen.” At the end of a Latin Mass a priest or deacon says, “Ite Missa est.” It has been thought that a word is omitted: “Ite, missa est finite”; “missa” for “missio.” So Ite missa est should be translated, “Go it is the dismissal.” It should rightly be interpreted as “It (the Mass) is finished you are sent on a mission.” That is precisely what the goal of the divine presence at Gethsemane is: to go on a mission, “not to reason why, but to do and die”. (The Charge of the Light Brigade, 1854 narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.) After the angel’s ministry, the Lord Jesus told his apostles, “Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

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Fil-Am Chef
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people’s choice favorite actor for the same film.

Among Aunor’s fellow nominees in the best actress category were South Korea’s Cho Min-soo (“Pieta”), Afghanistan’s Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone”), Taiwan’s Gwei LunMei (“GF*BF*”) and China’s Hao Lei (“Mystery”). People’s choice favorite actress went to Min-soo of South Korea. Also nominated for best actor with Garcia are Taiwan’s Joseph Chang (“GF*BF*”), Hong Kong’s Tony Leung Ka-fai (“Cold War”), China’s Liu Ye (“The Last Supper”) and South Korea’s (“Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time”). Last year, two Filipinos brought home trophies from the AFA: Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino won best supporting actress for Loy Arcenas’ “Niño,” while Eugene Domingo won people’s choice favorite actress for Marlon Rivera’s “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank.” In 2009, Gina Pareño won best supporting actress for Mendoza’s “Serbis” at the AFA. This year’s jury was headed by Cantopop singer-actor Andy Lau, who was voted last year’s people’s choice favorite actor for “A Simple Life.” The people’s choice favorite actor and actress categories were decided by an online poll among Netizens. Apart from Garcia and Aunor, Domingo also attended the AFA as a presenter. Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, who starred in the Oscar-winning film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” was honored with the “Excellence in Asian Cinema” award. (Story courtesy of By Bayani San Diego Jr of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

online by advocate.com, Chef K said “Well, it wasn’t easy. I am Filipino and my dad is a police captain in the Philippines. You see, there aren’t any chefs in the Philippines. So when I told my dad I was going to be a chef, he was like “What do you mean? You’re going to be stuck in front of a stove?” So when I was progressing toward that, it was really hard because it didn’t seem like there were a lot of options for me”. Aside from Uy, the other chefs on the final four were Gregg Drusinksy, Diane DiMeo and Sarah Schiear.

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(Continued from page 14) The successful carry through of the Philippine claim laid then on the shoulder of then President Ferdinand Marcos, to secure what was initiated by his predecessor President Diosdado Macapagal. Unless Marcos succeeds, the Philippines would have written off a territory the size of Ireland, twice that of Switzerland, measuring 29,388 sq. miles, more than half of the Malay Peninsula’s 50,950 sq. miles. Sabah was then the most scarcely populated section with only 5.48 percent against the 85.65 percent population of Malaysia. (Part II - Max V. Soliven’s on-thespot news coverage of Sabah and Corregidor dispute) (For feedbacks and comments email to precious.soliven@yahoo.com)

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day came to a close: 1 Corinthians 2 New International Version (NIV) 2¬†And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.[a] 2¬†For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3¬†I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4¬†My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5¬†so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit 6¬†We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7¬†No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8¬†None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9¬†However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, †what no ear has heard,‚ and what no human mind has conceived‚ ¬†the things God has prepared for those who love him,”10¬†these are the things God has

March 22-28, 2013

In Perspective
by Genevieve Tagudin Silverio
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Memories of Lents Past
The Divine Mercy Evangelization Movement Last Saturday March 16, 2013 over 50 parishioners from as far as the City of Yucaipa in the San Bernandino Mountains and Divine Mercy devotees from the parishes of the South Bay came together for a Lenten Recollection at St Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad. The topic was a very Catholic one: Contemplating the Passion of Christ.  The story is underscored in the triumon stories of miraculous interventions, healing and conversions. Bro. Angel’s nosebleeds, like the ailments that struck the speakers during the Malibu conference, disappeared as mysteriously as they had come shortly after the email. When Sis. Estrelle asked if the prayers were being offered because they were getting the signs of trouble reminiscent of the Malibu retreat, we understood what she was talking about. Without a doubt, the novena prayers she asked for were prayed more fervently. And the prayers were answered. God is

St Scho ‘72 classmates Dr Annie Lou Armada-Chickey, MD, Susan Beltran-Rastegar, Genevieve Tagudin-Silverio, and Leilani Andres-Kelly at El Cholo Restaurant
revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11¬†For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12¬†What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13¬†This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[c] 14¬†The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15¬†The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16¬†for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord‚ so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. - †† -* Notes about shrine by Zarina Cruz, ** Diary of St. Faustina: Divine Mercy in My Soul

Bro. Angel talks about the Divine Mercy devotion while Sis. Estrelle reads her notes
phant rays that radiate from the image of the Divine Mercy, the riveting portrait of the Risen Lord that one seals with the prayer, “Jesus, I trust in you”.  To prepare for the recollection, the speakers, husband and wife evangelists Estrelle and Angel Mijares of Glendale, asked for friends and volunteers to pray for the success of the recollection. The two are the founders of the Divine Mercy Evangelization Movement outreach ministry and are certified by the Stockbridge-based Marians of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) the order of priests that promote the devotion in the United States  It was then that Sis. Estrelle explained by email that her husband was experiencing a series of health setbacks that required trips to the emergency room, which was unusual for its timing and its suddenness. She asked, “Are the novena prayers requested for the success of the recollection being said?” The nosebleeds were profuse and came on suddenly. To add to the mystery, the doctors had no explanation for the malady.  The incident brought back memories. Four years ago during a Leadership formation retreat in Malibu, Sis. Estrelle was the one who ended up in the emergency ward with an ailment that was rather unexpected, a swollen leg that required a trip to the emergency room. It struck out of the blue. It wasn’t the only emergency the retreat masters had to worry about because each one of them it seemed was on the verge of or in the middle of a health emergency.  By the second day of the retreat, one of the speakers Fr Michalenko had mysteriously lost his voice. It was only by a stroke of luck, perhaps foresight is a better word in this case, that the group was able to carry on. The venerable retreat master had brought along his old, vintage, battle-scarred, cassette player and back-up tapes (yes, tapes) of his talks.  Another speaker who was a professor came down with the flu and was out for the count. The only one left standing Fr Michael Gaitley was suffering as well from terrible headaches but carried on.  Somehow, he had managed to stay the course and stop the retreat program from being derailed and deleted by the hand of an unseen enemy.  The participants who came to Malibu several years ago came from all over to the United States and the the world. One delegation led by Fr. Mar came from Manila. Another led by Paquita Adaza came from Mindanao. Sis. Paquita and her lay prayer group is behind the Divine Mercy Hills Shrine in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, which is now the most visited pilgrimage site in the Philippines for Holy Week. There were also participants from other countries in South America. Therefore, any interruption to the program would have had a ripple effect that would have extended beyond the conference.  There was no doubt in my mind that we were being shown the face of the enemy we have lost sight of in this day and age. We were being taught how humility of the heart expressed in prayer conquers and how we are to treat prayer as the weapon of choice while grasping its importance as the first, not the last, resort.   And if prayer is the weapon why not pray the Divine Mercy chaplet as taught by Our Lord to a humble nun? For the Lord said: “Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask is compatible with My will” (1731). “Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls that say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet” (848). Testimonies from ordinary people and total strangers show how the Divine Mercy promises are being fulfilled based good! The Lenten Recollection led by the Angel and Estrelle Mijares in Carlsbad was indeed powerful. As a Christian, one cannot arrive at the promise of the Resurrection and the glory of Easter without walking the road to Calvary. That is like skipping to the last page of a novel or reading the abridged version of salvation without the pain and sacrifice. Sis. Estrelle and Bro. Angel indeed took  the slow and sober path as they led the participants on a Lenten journey many other groups would rather skip by fast forwarding to the joy of Easter.  Here on the way of the cross one encounters the unfathomable mystery of love and forgiveness poured out. This is about the bottom line. It is what each one of us is worth, sins and all, in the eyes of the Lord. The Lord calls to all by assuring us the greater the sinner the more he has a right to His Mercy. “Let the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy (1146).” ** Our joy comes at a cost. This was the price that was paid to take us there. Knowing the cost we are given a choice. The choice is do we accept His mercy and begin again, or do we reject it by falling back on our old lifstyle, thinking and comfort zone?  As Bro. Angel light-heartedly quipped, “Heaven is having a SALE but we have to act now while it is still a Time Of Mercy.” After it the Lord will come as a just judge. And as the Lord said, whoever refsuses to come to his door of mercy will surely not escape his door of justice.  The presentation was enlightening. Bro. Angel used research from the various scientific disciplines to discuss the wounds of the body of Christ from a physiological standpoint. The information served to match the knowledge we have today. The surprise is that science instead of discounting the veracity of the Passion has instead provided the proof.  The spirit of the Lord was very much evident in Sis. Estrelle and Bro. Angel Mijares that day. Sis. Estrelle even composed a series of inspiring meditations on the wounds of the Lord for each decade of the Divine Mercy chaplet. I hope she will share  it with others someday.  A Divine Mercy Shrine to Rise in Encinitas A  shrine to the Divine Mercy will rise in Encinitas , the very first in Southern California, thanks to the efforts of the Divine Mercy Hills Foundation of Southern California, a non-profit group of lay people led by a group of parishioners of St Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad. The group is responsible for sponsoring the Lenten Recollection Retreat last March 16, 2013 led by speakers Angel and Estrelle Mijares of La Habra, CA. During the recollection, Zarina Cruz provided a quick overview of the progress made so far from purchasing a hillside lot of 3.25 acres to the raising of a cross that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The shrine is an inspiration from above according to Sis. Zarina who recounted how she heard an interior prompting from the Lord asking for the construction of a shrine while praying at the Divine Mercy Shrine in St. John Parish up north in El Cerrito,CA. on May 12, 2012.* She did not say a word to anybody, according to Sis. Zarina, not even to family or friends, contemplating on how or where this is to come about, wanting to pray over it and get confirmation somehow that this is HIS desire and will.  Trusting in Jesus for this mission, she submitted to herself to the Divine Will and Plan, not knowing where and how to start. But believing in her heart that with

GOD ALL things are possible, she said “YES!” to HIM with joy and peace in her soul.* And surely she got one confirmation, and another one and another one....* Three days after returning from the trip during which she spent time praying for discernment, she was approached by Mr. John Oertle, a fellow parishioner who anxiously invited her to come with him for he wanted to show a vacant lot in Encinitas that he made an offer to purchase, intended for a Divine Mercy shrine! He too was inspired!  It has been his dream to build a shrine for the Divine Mercy all along!* Both moved according to the Spirit without knowing they were acting as one in the Lord. And when the Lord moves, HE moves with such great power, love and awe.* The sale was closed on June 15, 2012, unbeknown to Mr. John O,  to be the Feast of the Sacred Heart,  Love from the heart of Jesus is the flower, Mercy is the Fruit.* The group of parishioners devoted to the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion has moved forward on the strength of their faith and has raised a 20-ft a cross on top of the hill to mark the spot. They will be giving updates as developments occur. They are all in a mission of fund raising for this project to cover the cost of construction and development.  They are open to donations of 3T’s: time, talent, and treasure, for any or all of the abhove. And all according to God’s Will, God’s Plan, and God’s Design, this Divine Mercy Shrine shall rise to draw souls to HIS Fount of Mercy.* Here is the thank you note from Sis. Zarina to all the volunteers: May the Joy, peace, Love and Mercy of Christ be with you all and that your generous contributions of time, talent and treasure¬†be rewarded a hundredfold.¬† Thank you for all the kind support and and help you continuously give to our Divine Mercy Ministry.¬† Thank you for responding to Jesus’ call for your service, trust and faith.¬† The Lenten recollection was great and touched many hearts and souls who were present and took the time to be with the Lord and share in His passion.¬†¬† May HE continue to bless you with HIS Divine Presence, Divine Providence for all your needs, and for HIS Divine¬†Intervention in times of trials, tribulations, temptations and attacks from the enemy.¬† Let us all stand firm in our faith, trust, hope and love---all in the name if Jesus.¬†¬† Thes are but little steps to know, Him, Love Him and serve HIM.¬† March on forward humble servants and soldiers of Christ. God Bless,¬† Zarina Cruz¬† The Lord calls us to serve. In closing, I would like to share a passage from 1 Corinthians 2 that I came upon as the

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