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Asian Journal February 14-20, 2014 edition

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VALENTINE'S DAY EDITION: ENDLESS LOVE BY ZENA SULTANA BABAO P1, LOVE AND HATRED BY MSGR FERNANDO GUTIERREZ P8, THROWING AWAY FOOD BY SIMEON G SILVERIO P2, IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUANCE AFTER SPOUSES' SEPARATION BY ATTY DENNIS CHUA P2, PRESIDENTS DAY SALE AT MACYS P3, CAPTI NARRATOR: AN AMAZING APP (AAA) BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P6, CULTURAL CONFLICT BY ANASTASIA DARAVONG IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN ISSUES P6, PROFILE: FILIPINO PARENTS BY BILL LABESTRE P6, NOT JUST ANOTHER SUNDAY BY MILES BEAUCHAMP P6, SAME SEX MARRIAGES CAN APPLY FOR GREENCARD BY ATTY SUSAN V PEREZ P7, PAG-ASA (2) BY VIRGINIA H. FERRER P8, FLWKSY: A PROMISING REVOLUTIONARY APP BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P9, MARIAH ALEDIA FULLMARA: LOCAL EASTLAKE TEEN IS RECIPIENT OF PRESIDENT'S GOLD SERVICE AWARD; MISS TEEN SOUTH COUNTY P11, GMA PINOY TV LINEUP P12, -GMA KAPUSO VILLAGEES SOON TO RISE IN LEYTE P12, 1-VICEGANDA MO KO SA AMERIKA PECHANGA RESORT AND CASINO P13, PORKYS LECHON BARBECUE P 13, COMMUNITY NEWS, PORKY'S LECHON BARBECUE, BOBBY’S COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, NOWAK AESTHETICS,, PECHANGA LUNAR NEW YEAR TABLE GAME PROMOTION P 11, Community News, Asian Journal San Diego, FEBRUARY 14 2014 Digital Edition, , M BEAUTY TIME MACHINE DR TESS MAURICIO, Offices of Chua Tinsay Vega Immigration Law, Dr S.T. Sawa DENTIST dental implants, Atty Rogelio Karagdag Jr U.S. Immigration Law, Atty Susan V Perez U.S. Immigration Law, San Diego News, Philippine News, Arts & Culture, Profiles, Balintataw by Virginia Ferrer, Lower Your Nets by Monsignor Fernando Gutierrez, Light & Shadows by Zena Sultana Babao, At Large by Miles Beauchamp, Take It From My Barber by Benjamin Maynigo, Street Poetry by Michael R Tagudin, Mga Tula ni Romeo Nicolas, Showbiz Watcher by Ogie Cruz, Classified Ads, Atty Gail Dulay Harold Hom Immigration Lawyers, CLASSIFIED AD, Wanted Caregiver, LOWER YOUR NETS BY MSGR Gutierrez, ASIAN JOURNAL SAN DIEGO -FEBRUARY 14-20 2014 EDITION
VALENTINE'S DAY EDITION: ENDLESS LOVE BY ZENA SULTANA BABAO P1, LOVE AND HATRED BY MSGR FERNANDO GUTIERREZ P8, THROWING AWAY FOOD BY SIMEON G SILVERIO P2, IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUANCE AFTER SPOUSES' SEPARATION BY ATTY DENNIS CHUA P2, PRESIDENTS DAY SALE AT MACYS P3, CAPTI NARRATOR: AN AMAZING APP (AAA) BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P6, CULTURAL CONFLICT BY ANASTASIA DARAVONG IN CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AMERICAN ISSUES P6, PROFILE: FILIPINO PARENTS BY BILL LABESTRE P6, NOT JUST ANOTHER SUNDAY BY MILES BEAUCHAMP P6, SAME SEX MARRIAGES CAN APPLY FOR GREENCARD BY ATTY SUSAN V PEREZ P7, PAG-ASA (2) BY VIRGINIA H. FERRER P8, FLWKSY: A PROMISING REVOLUTIONARY APP BY BENJAMIN MAYNIGO P9, MARIAH ALEDIA FULLMARA: LOCAL EASTLAKE TEEN IS RECIPIENT OF PRESIDENT'S GOLD SERVICE AWARD; MISS TEEN SOUTH COUNTY P11, GMA PINOY TV LINEUP P12, -GMA KAPUSO VILLAGEES SOON TO RISE IN LEYTE P12, 1-VICEGANDA MO KO SA AMERIKA PECHANGA RESORT AND CASINO P13, PORKYS LECHON BARBECUE P 13, COMMUNITY NEWS, PORKY'S LECHON BARBECUE, BOBBY’S COMPLETE AUTO REPAIR, NOWAK AESTHETICS,, PECHANGA LUNAR NEW YEAR TABLE GAME PROMOTION P 11, Community News, Asian Journal San Diego, FEBRUARY 14 2014 Digital Edition, , M BEAUTY TIME MACHINE DR TESS MAURICIO, Offices of Chua Tinsay Vega Immigration Law, Dr S.T. Sawa DENTIST dental implants, Atty Rogelio Karagdag Jr U.S. Immigration Law, Atty Susan V Perez U.S. Immigration Law, San Diego News, Philippine News, Arts & Culture, Profiles, Balintataw by Virginia Ferrer, Lower Your Nets by Monsignor Fernando Gutierrez, Light & Shadows by Zena Sultana Babao, At Large by Miles Beauchamp, Take It From My Barber by Benjamin Maynigo, Street Poetry by Michael R Tagudin, Mga Tula ni Romeo Nicolas, Showbiz Watcher by Ogie Cruz, Classified Ads, Atty Gail Dulay Harold Hom Immigration Lawyers, CLASSIFIED AD, Wanted Caregiver, LOWER YOUR NETS BY MSGR Gutierrez, ASIAN JOURNAL SAN DIEGO -FEBRUARY 14-20 2014 EDITION

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Philippines recovers P1.3-B Ferdinand Marcos Swiss accounts
Good News Pilipinas | MANILA, 2/13/2014 -- The Department of Tourism and Google will start driving Street View cars in the Philippines to capture panoramic imagery of the country for the first time. Google is also publishing special 360-degree imagery of four locations within Intramuros so that Filipinos and people around the world can view and experience these historic sites in a new, immer-

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Endless Love

By Zena Sultana Babao
“Speak softly, love and hold me warm against your heart I hear your words, the tender, trembling moments start We’re in a world, our very own Sharing a love that only few have ever known. Wine colored days warmed by the sun Deep velvet nights when we are one Speak softly, love, so no one hears us but the sky, the vows of love we make will live until we die. My life is yours and all because you came into my world So softly love.” – Lyrics by Larry Kusik, Music by Nino Rota, and Performed by Andy Williams

sive way.

Street View is a popular feature of Google Maps that allows people to virtually explore cities on Google Maps (Continued on page 5)

Humor trumps good looks in PH, poll shows
Inquirer.net | MANILA, 2/14/2014 —Sense of humor trumps good looks. Someone who is funny but ugly or unattractive is preferred by nine in 10 adult Filipinos to someone who is good-looking but has no sense of humor, a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Wednesday shows. This was the sentiment shared by majority of the respondents in all areas with those choosing sense of humor over good looks account-

V
ed for 92 percent in Metro Manila, 90 percent in both Balance Luzon and Visayas and 88 percent in Mindanao,
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Tons of garbage from Canada reach PH shores
ABS CBN News | MANILA, 2/10/2014 - The Bureau of Customs (BoC) opened on Monday tons of garbage shipped from Canada and declared as plastic scraps. Customs police opened five container vans included in the shipment, which then emitted a foul stench at the Manila International Container Terminal where the 50 container vans were kept. According to Customs Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Group Ariel Nepomuceno, the shipment was declared as plastic scraps. Nepomuceno explained that shipment of plastic scraps are common and they are being used by companies in the country for recycling as plastic wares. But upon inspection, Customs found out that the shipment contained a mixture of different household garbage that included adult diapers, not just empty plastic containers. "Ang pwede lang kasi yung homogenous plastic scrap materials, meaning yung isang klase lang at di ganito," said Nepomuceno. The shipment was loaded on 50 container vans with

alentine’s Day – it’s a day for celebrating relationships and speaking of ENDLESS LOVE. You speak of love through red roses and chocolates, music and songs, poems and cards. You dine and dance by candlelight or under the starry sky of a moonlit night. You speak of ENDLESS LOVE while gazing at each other’s eyes. However you speak of love – whether you say it softly or shout it out – what counts most is your passion and sincerity. Love speaks volumes, and actions speak more than words. Whatever you say or do together, make them count towards improving the quality of your relationship. When you are with your loved one, ordinary routines that you do and share are pure joy: weekend mornings spent leisurely snuggled up together; going out to your neighborhood restaurant for some seafood or sushi; frolicking on the beach like teen-agers at play; watching a movie, or just watching your favorite shows on TV. Becoming too comfortable in your routines, however, may put a damper on your relationship and a risk of falling into complacency, even boredom. To counteract that, try new activities that will bring back the thrill and excitement that you felt when you first
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El Primero Boutique Bed and Breakfast Hotel is 2013 “Cool California“ Small Business of the Year
by Manny Ramirez

Philstar.com | MANILA, 2/13/2014 - The government has recovered $29 million or P1.3 billion from the Swiss accounts of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family, which was left in a Singapore bank since 2003. The funds, composed of $16.8 million and 4.2 million British pounds, was part of the Marcos fortune stashed in Swiss bank accounts under the name of five foundations, said Andres Bautista, chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), the agency handling the recovery of the Marcos ill-gotten wealth. “With regard to the Swiss accounts, this is the last, unless we are able to gather other accounts,” Bautista told a press briefing yesterday. The money, recovered over the last week, is part of the more than $712 million from Marcos’ secret Swiss accounts now in government hands. Switzerland lauded the development. “We welcome the clarification on the status of the funds contested before the Singaporean courts,” Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber told The STAR. “It further advances the successful restitution by Switzerland and the Philippines of the Marcos accounts confiscated in Switzerland and returned to the Philippines.” Bautista said the PCGG remitted the money to the National Treasury on Feb. 5 and 10.
In December last year, the Singapore appellate court granted ownership of the $29-million Swiss funds to the Philippine National Bank (PNB). The fund had grown from $23 million in 2003 due to earned interest. The government won ownership of the funds after several years of litigation in Singapore courts over claims by victims of human rights violations under Marcos’ rule and private foundations representing the Marcoses. Bautista said while the court ruled that the PNB has legal title to the account, the bank kept the money in its capacity as a trustee for the Republic pursuant to an escrow agreement with the government. Marcoses no longer involved Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was nonchalant when asked to react on the (Continued on page 6)

IT PAYS TO BE COOL and GREEN To be told you are "cool " is nice but for someone to tell you that you will be rewarded for being COOL , well that instead warms your heart. This same thing happened to EL Primero Boutique B & B Hotel in Chula Vista after being notified that it is one of the three chosen as CoolCalifornia " Small Business of the Year" by California (Continued on page 9) Air Resource Board for 2013.

Pie Roque of El Primero Hotel (Photo courtesy of www.magnusonhotel.com)

(www.CoolCalifornia.org ). This is the 4th time that this award is given by the State of California to small businesses that made an effort and commitment to a climate-friendly

environment. With many businesses in the running El Primero and its owners went beyond to what is being asked
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city. Most of their parents are helpless and could not do anything because of abject poverty. If I were those parents, I might be forced to commit a crime to be able to bring food to the table. This is because the sight of my kids, especially young girls who are supposed to stay at home and be protected, begging food in the street is unbearable. Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada refused to stay the execution of a convict who raped his stepdaughter because his crime was committed not out of poverty but because of lust. He would save him if he stole or killed a person to be able to feed his family. Easier to waste food In the United States, it is easier to waste food. Leftover food stored in the refrigerators are often uneaten because some members of the household simply do not eat leftover food. Most of the time, they are placed in the refrigerator only because one feels guilty throwing them away immediately. But since nobody would eat them, they eventually end up in the thrash cans. At least in the Philippines, leftover foods are given to pets. They also end up as “kanin baboy” (food for the hog) gathered by an enterprising neighbor who raises hogs in his backyard. In the U.S., people buy expensive pet food; the leftover food may be fit for humans to eat, but not for their precious dogs or cats. Ask any parents. They will swear that they cannot go on a diet because they always end up eating the leftovers of their children. Then there is this need for older folks or even everyone to reduce weight. But one could not lose weight if he is tempted to eat leftover food to save money. It is indeedironic that while we are bothered by the practice of throwing away food by other people, we have no other recourse but to do the same if we want to stay healthy and live longer. I remember a newspaper cartoon in the defunct Daily Mirror, the leading afternoon daily in Manila in the 1960s. It showed a young daughter of a bakery owner who was saying her prayers as she sat atop a shelve of bread. She asked her baker dad: “Can I skip this line?” The passage in the prayer that she would like to skip says: “Give us our daily bread….” - AJ

February 14-20, 2014

A Monthly Forum hosted by and for the Filipino American Community of San Diego

Our Life & Times
by Simeon G. Silverio Jr.

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It is ironic that while we are bothered by the practice of throwing away food by other people, we have no other recourse but to do the same if we want to stay healthy and live longer. By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. Publisher & Editor Asian Journal San Diego The Original and First Asian Journal in America

Throwing Away Food

month? Farmers in the U.S. sometimes deliberately destroy their crops like fruits and vegetables because they have abundant harvest. They would rather destroy their produce to tilt the law of supply and demand to their favor. The less supply of crops they have, the higher the price they would command in the market and therefore the greater would be their profit. And to think that there are millions of people all over the world dying of hunger for lack of food to eat! Common practice Even in institutions that are supposed to feed the poor in San Diego, wasting food is also a common practice. I have a friend who works at a shelter in the downtown area. Everyday he brings home leftover food: tons of steaks, pastas, pork roasts and the like. He would rather give them away to neighbors and friends that be thrown away in the trashcans. To us immigrants from the Philippines, this is hard to swallow (no pun intended). This is because we were raised to save the limited food we might have at home. Food is supposed to be a grace from God. “Huwag kang mag-aksaya ng grasya ng Diyos (Do not waste the grace from God),” we were told by our parents. It connotes that if we do so, not only are we going to commit sin and disgrace God; God will give us a hard time in the future by making us poor and have limited food to eat! That’s why we had to finish all the food we have on our plates. Street urchins I cannot forget the sights of street urchins in Manila gobbling food in a newspaper given by restaurant owners in the alleys. Or homeless people looking for food in garbage cans in San Diego, America’s finest city. It is a common sight all over America, the supposed land of milk and honey. Once, during a visit in Manila, I saw a father growling at his children like a dog as he tried to eat the food for himself. They are in front of the Quinta Market, the father was inside a tricycle while his children, dressed in tattered clothes where pestering him to share his food with them. My heart would sunk if I see my daughter, barely in puberty, begging food in the street, a sight quite common in the

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by Atty. Dennis Chua

Immigrant Visa Issuance After Spouses’ Separation
By: Dennis E. Chua, Esq. One way of obtaining an immigrant visa here in the United States is through a petition filed by the US citizen or legal permanent resident spouse. The US citizen or legal permanent resident spouse must file an immigrant petition with the US Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) to start the immigrant visa process. Depending on where the beneficiary spouse is at the time the petition is filed, the beneficiary spouse may either file an adjustment of status application concurrently with the immigrant petition to be filed by the US citizen spouse or opt for consular processing if the beneficiary spouse resides outside the United States. It will usually take several months before the petition is approved by the USCIS or a visa issued to the beneficiary spouse. In the meantime the spouses may have separated or are no longer living together as husband and wife. What then happens to the petition if it has not yet been approved; or if approved, what happens to the visa application? A lot of people think that the pending petition or adjustment of status application will be denied since the spouses are no longer living together. This is not necessarily the case. Current regulations and case decisions are in unison in stating that even though the parties had separated and the marriage was no longer viable, so long as the marriage was bona fide at inception, the immigrant petition or adjustment of status application should not be denied. To illustrate, we revisit one of the cases that we have had the opportunity to handle. In this case, Loreto entered the country using a visitor’s visa. He did not leave the country when his authorized stay expired. He is now what we call a TNT. Unfortunately, he came under the radar of the immigration officials when he was convicted of a crime. In the meantime, he got married to his US citizen girlfriend, Danica while in removal proceedings. Danica filed a petition for Loreto. They were eventually interviewed by the USCIS and after the interview, the USCIS approved the petition. For some reason, it took some time before the immigration court could schedule a hearing date for Loreto. By the time a hearing date was scheduled, Loreto was no longer living together with Danica. The immigration judge is now requesting Loreto to submit proof that the marriage is still viable before he can proceed with his adjustment application in court. Loreto approached our office when his former attorney of record withdrew from the case. Our office was then able to successfully argue before the Immigration Court that Loreto can still proceed with his adjustment application despite the fact that he was no longer living together with Danica. Atty. Dennis E. Chua is a partner in The Law Firm of Chua Tinsay and Vega (CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Manila. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/ or how their services may be retained at (415) 495-8088; (619) 955-6277; (916) 509-7280; Dchua@ctvattys.com

Do you ever wonder what they do to those food not consumed at the buffet table in Las Vegas casinos? They throw them away. No, I am not talking about leftovers but the good, clean, delicious, high quality and expensive food that are untouched, except by the serving spoons at the Casino buffet tables. Imagine those food: the salad, the steaks, the ribs, the pastas, the pizzas, the pork chops, and the enchiladas. All those delicious, luxurious food. By three in the afternoon, the kitchen personnel in the hotels and casinos

throw away tons of leftover food served during lunchtime. Even though they are still clean and eatable. The reason for such a waste? Rather that face lawsuits from people who get sick for eating food served for hours after they are cooked, the establishments would just get rid of them. And these are only in Las Vegas casinos. How about in the casinos in Reno, Atlantic City and other parts of the world? How about the restaurants all over the world? Can you imagine the tons of foods that are being wasted every day, every week and every

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Health and Wellness
Managing Heart Disease Risk At Any Age

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ge is one of the risk factors we have no control over. You see, heart disease doesn’t play favorites. You can be young, energetic, and athletic and still be diagnosed with it.
Regan Judd was all of those things, but that didn’t stop her from needing open heart surgery at 19 years old. “I kept thinking of my grandpa because he had open heart surgery when I was a kid,” she says. “But he was so much older than me that I just couldn’t grasp it.” Certainly adds a whole new perspective to being “a kid at heart,” doesn’t it? Arguably, it’s a much-needed new perspective. One that should serve as a wake-up call for women of all ages to understand the importance of, first knowing they can have risk factors at any age, and then managing those risk factors before they become a problem. So how exactly can you manage your risks and keep heart disease out of your life? We’ll break it down by age. In your 20s Know early the numbers that impact your heart health. This will make it easier to spot a possible change in the future. Your goal should be less than 200 mg of total cholesterol intake daily, and strive for a blood pressure reading of 120/80 mm Hg or less. Check your family history. Ask your family if anyone has had heart disease or any of the risk factors for heart disease. If the answer is yes, your chances for developing heart disease go up. It’s important to learn this information now so you can be aware of your risk. Make a point to talk with your doctor and see what you can do to decrease your risk of developing heart disease. Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke. If you picked up smoking as a teen, it’s time to quit. Even exposure to secondhand smoke poses a serious health hazard. To make matters worse, according to a U.S. Surgeon General report, nonsmokers are up to 30 percent more likely to develop heart disease or lung cancer from secondhand smoke exposure. Drink in moderation. Drinking heavily can cause a spike in your blood pressure, and in some cases cause heart failure and lead to a stroke. Keep in mind that for women, moderate drinking is no more than one drink per day, which is defined as: 1-1/2 fluid ounces (fl oz) of 80-proof spirits (such as bourbon, scotch, vodka, gin, etc.) 1 fl oz of 100-proof spirits 4 fl oz of wine 12 fl oz of beer Choose birth control carefully. Talk to your doctor about your options so you can make a fully informed decision based on the risks and benefits. Oral contraceptives along with other birth control options can cause an increase in your blood pressure. If you can safely

use an alternative method that doesn’t put your health at risk, consider the advantages. Remember that cigarette smoking and oral birth control use can increase the risk of serious cardiovascular disease. In your 30s Tame your stress. Long-term stress causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure that may damage the artery walls. Pick up a few stress management techniques to soothe your mind and body. Try deep breathing exercises and find time each day to do something you enjoy – whatever it takes to knock out stress. ‘Me time’ isn’t optional – it’s a requirement. Juggling a family and career has probably left you with little time to worry about yourself. Life is a balancing act, but your health should always come first. Now is the time to build heart-healthy habits. That means eating healthy, getting lots of physical activity and a full night’s sleep. Studies have shown that if you can avoid the conditions that put you at risk for heart disease until you turn 50, chances are good that you may never develop it. Make your health a priority. Choose birth control carefully. Talk to your doctor about your options so that you can make a fully informed decision based on the risks and benefits. Many types of contraceptives, but especially oral contraceptives, can cause an increase in your blood pressure. If you can safely use an alternative method that doesn’t put your health at risk, consider the advantages. Remember that cigarette smoking and oral birth control use can increase the risk of serious cardiovascular disease. In your 40s Strive for more balance and less stress. Women are naturally caretakers. Ask any mom, spouse, businesswoman or caretaker; chances are, they rarely put their own needs first. But what would happen if you were suddenly too sick to take care of your family or go to work? The bottom line is prevention. You have to make time and invest in your own health — for yourself and the people who depend on you. Try yoga, take up gardening, get a weekly massage or mani-pedi, pick up a new hobby or an old one that love but stopped doing years ago. Whatever it is, do something that can make the stress melt away. Make your wellbeing a priority. By 40, some women have already made physical activity part of their daily life, but if you haven’t, it can seem like a chore. Between family and work, it may be difficult to make time for yourself, but it is critical for your health. Regular physical activity (150 minutes moderate intensity or 75 minutes vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity each week) can improve your blood pressure and HDL “good” cholesterol, reduce your chances of developing diabetes, and strengthen your heart. Get regular checkups. In addition to blood pressure checkups and other heart-health screenings, you should have your blood sugar level tested by the time you’re 45. This first test serves as a baseline for future tests, which you

should have every three years. Here are the tests you should have: Weight and Body Mass Index Waist Circumference Blood Pressure Cholesterol Heart Exam Fasting Blood Glucose In your 50s Monitor changes in your body and keep an open dialogue with your doctor. As women age, we lose some of our body’s natural defenses against heart disease. This can happen because of changes in hormones from menopause, which can affect your cholesterol levels. Also, type 2 diabetes usually develops in women after age 45. So take time to get regular checkups. Play an active role in your healthcare and work with your doctor to see if you have any heart disease risk factors. If you are already at risk, ask your doctor how you can reduce it. Know your numbers. Knowing the numbers that impact your heart is an important step toward healthy living. Here’s a quick overview of the numbers you need to know and your goals. Be sure to talk to your doctor to see how your current numbers measure up. Total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL HDL (good) cholesterol 50 mg/dL or higher LDL (bad) cholesterol less than 100 mg/dL Triglycerides 150 mg/dL Blood pressure less than 120/80 mm Hg Body Mass Index less than 25 kg/m2 Waist circumference less than 35 in. Watch what you eat. If you have extra room in your schedule, take the time to carefully plan healthy meals for you and your family. Choose foods low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Focus on including foods that are nutrient-dense like colorful veggies and fruits, fiberrich, whole-grains, lean meats, skinless chicken and fish rich in omega-3s, and fat-free, 1 percent fat and low-fat dairy. These foods can give your heart the nutrients it needs as well as improve your cholesterol and blood pressure. Get physical. If you haven’t been exercising, now is the time to start. Pick something that you enjoy and start slowly. Chances are, if you enjoy the type of exercise you engage in, the more likely it is that you’ll stick with it. If you’ve been exercising for a while, change up your routine every now and then so you won’t get bored. Your goal is to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes most days, if not all days of the week. In your 60s and beyond Know your risk. The more risk factors you can keep under control, the less likely you are to have a future heart attack. But as you get older, your blood pressure, cholesterol and other heartrelated numbers tend to rise. And unfortunately, studies show that the number of women who have heart attacks increases dramatically, especially after menopause. But the good news is that you have the power to reduce your risk, and if you do have a heart condition, there is plenty you can do to manage it. A great place to start is by taking the Go Red Heart CheckUp. It only takes a few minutes and along with your results, you’ll receive a Personal Action Plan. Think of it as a customized guide to help you achieve your fitness and nutrition goals, and live heart smart. Keep moving. The older we get, the trickier exercise can be. But it’s still very important to make physical activity a top priority in your life. If exercise is new to you, start slow and talk to your doctor for suggestions on the types of exercise or workouts that you can explore. If working out has never been your thing, that’s okay; walking, even short brisk walks for as little as 10 minutes throughout the day, can provide enough physical activity to keep your heart in shape. Your goal should be to get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. Macy’s has been a national sponsor of Go Red For Women since the cause was introduced in 2004. Since then, thanks to their ongoing support through campaigns like the Macy’s Wear Red Sale, Macy’s Thanks for Sharing program, and Macy’s Thank-A-Mom Movement and other social media fundraisers, Macy’s has donated more than $46 million to the fight against heart disease in women.

Good Nutrition: Defense Against Heart Disease
GoRedforWomen.org -- When you’re juggling family, career, an education and other responsibilities, making your own nutritional needs a priority may seem impossible. This was the case for Myrna Aguilar, a single mother who always put her son’s needs first, even to the neglect of her own health. Each year around her birthday, Myrna saw her doctor for a routine physical where everything “seemed fine,” until one particular visit. “You may want to start doing things differently,” her doctor suggested. With a family history of heart disease looming, these gentle words were all the motivation Myrna needed to make permanent changes. Heart disease claims the lives of more than 400,000 women each year – about one per minute. That’s about the same as the next three most common causes of death combined. The good news is that you have the power to dramatically reduce your risk, and a diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains is your first defense against the onset of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. As you begin setting nutritional goals for yourself and your family, remember that starting with small but consistent changes can make a big difference in the long run. An adult consuming 2,000 calories daily should aim for: Fruits and vegetables: At least 4.5 cups a day Fish (preferably oily fish, like salmon): At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week Fiber-rich whole grains: At least three 1-ounce servings a day Nuts, legumes and seeds: At least 4 servings a week, opting for unsalted varieties whenever possible Other dietary measures: Sodium: Less than 1,500 mg a day Sugar-sweetened beverages: Aim to consume no more than 450 calories a week Processed meats: No more than two servings a week Saturated fat: Should comprise no more than 7 percent of your total calorie (Continued on page 14)

Light & Shadows
by Zena Sultana Babao
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Endless Love
(Continued from page 1) One hallmark of happy couples is the ability to show gratitude to each other. When your spouse or significant other feels appreciated, he or she will be more likely to appreciate you back. So this Valentine’s Day, why not incorporate gratitude by giving a gift that shows some creativity and a high level of appreciation? Write a beautiful poem, or a love letter, or create a special and unique Valentine’s card for your beloved. Some women say that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Men, if you have the inclination to splurge and the $$$ to afford it, why not? As for me, all I really want and need are a profusion of red roses and a good book, and I’m content. Women, men prefer entertainment gadgets and other toys that big men play. Bring out feelings of nostalgia by going back to the site of your first date, or by dancing to your wedding song, or going on trips back to your old favorite haunts. Incorporate your partner’s unique tastes and preferences into your gifts and into your activities. Gestures like that can make a big difference. It will make your relationship even more strong and meaningful. Have you ever tried reading love poems to each other? I haven’t, but it sounds magical. When I was in high school, a poem about an endless love caught my attention and gripped my heart.. While reading it, my mind’s eye saw a gorgeous man on horseback, robes billowing in the wind, riding non-stop from the desert to offer me his undying love. Here’s that poem – the “Bedouin Song” by Bayard Taylor: “From the desert I come to thee On a stallion shod with fire; And the winds are left behind In the speed of my desire.

fell in love with each other.

Under thy window I stand, And the midnight hears my cry: I love thee, I love but thee, With a love that shall not die. Till the sun grow cold, and the stars are old, And the leaves of the Judgment Book Unfold!” Look from thy window and see My passion and my pain, I lie on the sands below, And I faint in thy disdain. Let the night-winds touch thy brow With the heat of my burning sigh, And melt thee to hear the vow Of a love that shall not die. Till the sun grow cold, and the stars are old, And the leaves of the Judgment Book Unfold!” My steps are nightly driven, By the fever in my breast, To hear from the lattice breathed The word that shall give me rest. Open the door of thy heart, And open thy chamber door, And my kisses shall teach thy lips The love that shall fade no more. Till the sun grow cold, and the stars are old, And the leaves of the Judgment Book Unfold!” Have a fabulous Valentine’s Day! zena

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New Study Details The Impact U.S. EPA Awards La Jolla, Calif. Research Institute $800K to Of Public Safety Realignment Study How Chemical Exposures On Local Law Enforcement May Impact Brain Development Agencies
One in three inmates in local detention facilities result from realignment
Due to statewide public safety realignment, 35 percent of all inmates in local detention facilities in San Diego County are offenders with more serious criminal histories who would have previously been housed in state prison – and these realigned offenders (who are generally at a higher risk of recidivism) now make up 15 percent of the local probation case load, according to a new SANDAG study. Under AB 109, which took effect in October 2011, the state began shifting the responsibility for housing and supervising certain offenders to counties. Broadly speaking, three groups of offenders became the responsibility of local counties: 1) individuals released from prison after serving sentences for non-violent, non-serious, or non-high risk sex offenses – called Post-Release Community Supervision Offenders (PRCS); 2) parole violators and PRCS violators who would have otherwise returned to state prison; and 3) individuals prosecuted under 500 plus felony offenses that are now subject to a local prison sentence to be served in county jail, rather than state prison. The SANDAG study, titled “Adult Offenders in Local Custody and Under Community Supervision in San Diego County 2008, 2011, and 2012,” provides an in-depth look at the demographics of this population, the challenges they pose, and the local initiatives launched to address them. “Public safety realignment has put an enormous strain on local law enforcement, in particular the Sheriff’s Department and the County Probation Department,” said Dr. Cynthia Burke, SANDAG director of criminal justice research. “But the good news is local law enforcement is meeting this challenge head-on by devising innovative programs and strategies, such as the Community Transition Center, Mandatory Supervision Court, and Reentry Services Division, to facilitate the reentry of realigned offenders into society.” Due to realignment, the adult inmate population at local Sheriff’s detention facilities reached 113 percent capacity in 2012, up from 102 percent in 2011. Meanwhile, the number of individuals classified as requiring maximum security housing has increased along with the number requiring protective custody or administrative segregation. In 2012, realigned offenders made up 15 percent of those under supervision by the San Diego County Probation Department, up from 4 percent in 2011. More than two-thirds of these realigned offenders are assessed as being at high risk for recidivism compared to only one-third of the traditional probation population. About SANDAG The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.

More than $3 million awarded nationally to brain development researchers
LOS ANGELES- Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced over $3 million in grants to research institutions to better understand how chemicals interact with biological processes and how these interactions may lead to altered brain development. The studies are focused on improving EPA’s ability to predict the potential health effects of chemical exposures. The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. is one of the four grantees to receive $800,000 to conduct research on developmental neurotoxicity. “This research will transform our understanding of how exposure to chemicals during sensitive lifestages affects the development of the brain,” said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “By better predicting whether chemicals have the potential to impact health and human development, these grants will not only advance the science necessary to improve chemical safety but protect the well being and futures of children in this nation.” The Sanford-Burnham Institute has hypothesized that many environmental toxins are likely to affect neural development in the adult brain. Through this grant, the institute will develop and implement a high-throughput screening assay using human embryonic stem cells. The Institute will use the developed assay to screen chemicals from EPA’s ToxCast effort to identify adverse outcome pathways that lead to and predict developmental neurotoxicity. Through this project, the institute hopes to better understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of developmental neurotoxicity and will help to develop the next generation of safer agricultural and industrial chemicals. Other recipients include: North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., The University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., and the University of California in Davis, Calif. These grants focus on developing better adverse outcome pathways (AOPs), which are models that predict the connection between exposures and the chain of events that lead to an unwanted health effect. AOPs combine vast amounts of data from different sources to depict the complex interactions of chemicals with biological processes, and then extend this information to explain an adverse health effect. EPA expects to use the knowledge gained from this research to develop efficient and cost-effective models to better predict if and how ex-

posure to environmental chemicals may lead to developmental neurotoxicity. These awards are advancing the science and technological capability to model and predict how chemicals behave when they come into contact with biological systems. This improved understanding supports the Agency’s mission of protecting human health and the environment and amplifies the impact of its chemical safety research efforts. EPA’s chemical safety research is accelerating the pace of chemical screening, helping to protect vulnerable populations and species, developing solutions for more sustainable chemicals and using computational science to understand the relationship between chemical exposures and health outcomes. For more information about these awards visit: http://epa.gov/ncer/adversepath For more information on EPA’s National Research Program on Chemical Safety, visit: http://www.epa.gov/ research/chemicalscience/

Google street view

(Continued from page 1) through 360-degree photographs taken at street level. With Street View imagery available in over 50 countries, Google has now brought the feature to the Philippines. Starting in the city of Manila, Google will drive colorful Street View cars equipped with special cameras to collect panoramic imagery of the Philippines. From there, the cars will continue to drive across the country, and once Street View imagery is published, people will be able to explore the Philippines on Google Maps from anywhere in the world. For those keen to start virtually touring Manila, Google is publishing special Street View panoramas of four sites at Intramuros: San Agustin Church, Baluarte de San Diego, Plaza San Luis Complex and Fort Santiago. These 360-degree photos were collected using the Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack camera system that is part of the Street View fleet. Google plans to use the Trekker, along with the Street View Trolley, a pushcart camera system, to capture more of the Philippines’ off-road, natural and indoor destinations as part of their efforts to bring more Filipino sites online for the world to see. Google also hopes Street View will provide Filipinos with different ways of exploring favorite and new local spots, as well as with more relevant and useful online map services. “Our partnership with Google to bring Street View to the Philippines will allow us to create a digital experience of our landscapes, which we hope will entice more people around the world to learn about our diverse offerings and visit our country. For us here at home, Street View can also help make the maps of our country even more fun and interesting, as well as enable Filipinos to explore their country more, which in turn can help boost domestic travel and tourism,” Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said. Google goes to great lengths to safeguard privacy on Google Maps while enabling people to explore and learn from Street View imagery. Google has developed highly sophisticated technology that effectively blurs human faces and license plates of vehicles to render them unidentifiable. In addition, Google is very responsive to requests received from users to further blur any images that feature them – to submit a request, people can use the “report a problem” tool available on the bottom right corner of Google Maps. “We are delighted to work with the Department of Tourism of the Philippines to begin driving and capturing Street View imagery of the country. The Philippines is a diverse archipelago, with heritage and beauty to be found within and in between every island. By providing people and businesses alike with more useful map information, Street View can also help celebrate Filipino culture and even create lasting economic impact. We can’t wait to share the new panoramic road imagery of the Philippines on Google Maps when the imagery launches at a later date,” says Ryan Morales, country marketing manager of Google Philippines. Google looks forward to announcing when the images collected for the Philippines are ready to share, and these will be available at maps.google.com.ph.

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The Greatest Love of All
By Fr. Shay Cullen Every year, Valentine's Day comes around and few people know its meaning and how they should celebrate it. They are told by media and commercial interests what it means and usually that is to buy expensive gifts and it plays up the romantic notion and nauseam. But for those people feeling excluded, lonely, abandoned and unloved, it’s not a happy time. To really love another is to put aside gratifying one’s selfish desires and help and care for others in need. The Good Samaritan in the Gospel story is the best example of love that is meaningful and life enhancing. He was an outcast in society but he risked his life to help a victim of violent abuse. His love was to help a stranger like a loving brother or sister and share his wealth for the life of another. So it is time to think about the meaning of life and love. I am sharing this same article again because its meaning never changes. Let’s take a look at Valentine's Day once again. The media and most of society have been absorbed with the romantic emotion of human attraction and their connotations and sexual innuendoes. They are not, in themselves, the essence of a loving relationship. They are the chemistry of human encounter while they are important and to be properly valued, disciplined and hopefully guided by respect. Mostly, they can spin out of control and dominate one’s life and lead to unhappy consequences. Teenage pregnancies frequently end in neglected, battered and abandoned children; so much for red hearts, roses, and brief and frequently meaningless sexual encounters. Human fulfillment and purpose of life is not found in the mere physical exertions of procreation. We need to examine the deeper, more enduring relationships that will give us more fully human experiences like married love, love of family and children, friendship and above all, the commitment to serve others for no reward. The Good Samaritan is the great example of this, the best kind of love of which human kind is capable. Thousands of people have the true love and showed it by helping the victims of Yolanda (Haiyan), the greatest typhoon to hit the Philippines last November 8th 2013. An examination of conscience and a review of our behavior towards others and ourselves is healthy and rewarding. We should ask if we are really caring for others or mostly satisfying ourselves. Too much unhappiness comes from broken homes, abandoned friendships, betrayal, selfishness and an egotistical life. The greatest challenge is to strive towards the greatest love of all, the unselfish life of service that puts the care and needs of others before ourselves. It’s not easy but worth trying. Jesus of Nazareth showed us the way towards the highest form of love by his own life and example. Of all great personalities in history, he stands out above all because of his ideals of love and because he offered it to humankind as a way to save themselves from evil, misery and unhappiness. He showed and taught it by example by loving his friends, the poor, the wretched of the earth, the sick and the hungry and above all, the oppressed that hungered for justice and truth. His love was so genuine and pure that he took his unswerving and uncompromising stand for justice and human rights and he died for them. He showed us the great love of friendship and that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend. That's what he did in the end. He called his disciples and helpers “friends”, not servants. In fact, that love of unselfish service extended not only to his friends and family but to the nation and the world. He showed us that leadership is based on humility and selfsacrifice. He got down on his knees and washed the feet of his band of brothers. Had there been a band of sisters, he would have done it too. A truly caring leader is a servant, not a dominating tyrant ruling by force, threats or anger. The man from Nazareth brought this highest form of love into a very unloving world, one of cruelty and severe condemnation and unforgiving. He personality radiated compassion, concern, care and cure. His friendship was open to all who came calling, who trusted him and had faith in his integrity and honesty. The love he taught was one of self-sacrifice and not self- satisfaction. In his life and friendship, there was no place for superiority or punishment, just giving respect and being open and available to all irrespective of race, color, age, gender, belief or religion, rich or poor. He was there for all who (Continued on page 14) hits, my daughter ran to home and scored. She had a smile on her that lasted for days. And now a birthday party If a hit and a win at softball wasn’t enough, there was also her birthday party. Excuse me, birthday party / sleepover. What is a birthday party / sleepover? Short answer is it’s just one long birthday party that ends up with 10 very tired girls on a sugar high. The full answer is one (very) long birthday party that ends up with 10 very (very, very) tired girls on a sugar high with a frazzled dog, a big brother who had enough of helping (he did a great job but one can only ask so much of someone), and parents who wanted to run away from home. We probably would have run away except we’ve seen enough CSI’s and other shows to know that sooner or later we’d be found and they would drag us, kicking and screaming, to be given back to kids plotting revenge. Who needs that? It was a great birthday party with all the important things such as pizza, an ice cream birthday cake, presents, candy, movies-on-demand, and all the usual stuff. The girls slept in one large pile in the family room. At midnight with the giggles, the dog, the sugar in the tummies, and everything else, they would not go to sleep. Well duh. Finally we did the only thing we could do. Mom went downstairs, sat on a coffee table in the middle of them and played guard dog. That woman is a high school teacher – she could stop a train when she glares at you. It worked and slowly they fell asleep. The aftermath The next morning everyone looked rough to say the least. The girls were dragging, the parents were pale and shaky, the dog refused to get up, and big brother would have slept for three days solid except he had a training exercise to get to. But the idea of chocolate chip pancakes soon had the girls scrambling in the kitchen. Quick, what do you get with girls and pancake batter? Enough smoke to set off the fire alarm. Which it did, twice. When I told the person who called to check on the alarm that it was just girls and pancakes she burst out laughing. The smell of it had me gagging and the dog ran outside. He’s the smart one apparently. But they had fun and that was one weekend my daughter will remember forever. Score one for the positive side of parenting.

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Guest Writer: Anastasia Daravong (Reprinted in FULL from last week) Being a multiracial individual, it has always been quite difficult to identify myself in one specific group racially and sometimes ethnically. According to Dr. Kevin Nadal in his book, “Filipino American Psychology”, we often confuse the meaning of race versus ethnicity. Race is the classification of humans based on a combination of physical characteristics including skin color, facial form, eye shape or texture. Thus, we say that a person is White, Black, Brown or Yellow. Ethnicity, on the other hand, is membership in a particular national or cultural group and observance of that group’s customs, beliefs and languages that are often transmitted across generations. So we say, “I am Filipino American, African American, Mexican American, or Chinese American.” My dad is Scottish/Irish, my mom is Filipina and my husband is Laotian. Although I feel I lean more to my Filipino heritage, I sometimes find myself asking the question, “Do I belong to a specific group?” Racially I would identify myself as white. Ethnically, well that is a different story. Ethnically, I have almost all my life identified myself as Filipino American (FilAm). I came to this conclusion in my late teenage years, when I went the Philippines to have my debut. All my life I knew I was Filipino, I spoke the language, ate the food and followed the customs, but I didn’t really announced to myself that I was ethnically FilAm until that vacation. On that very vacation, I met so many different family members, that I lost count of, but the relationships I built over that vacation helped me realize my ethnic identity. Prior to going on this vacation, I had a hard time identifying myself as FilAm, because I always felt out of place. Out of all my siblings I look the most “White,” I don’t look like my mom, my aunts or even my grandma. I had always felt out of place. My feeling of being out of place sort of went along with the saying “Red Headed Step Child.” Mind you, my father was a red head, so it’s not completely out of context. But I struggled with my ethnic identity because I didn’t physically look like what I thought a real Filipino should look like. I have always been heavier set, bigger breasted and fair skinned, compared to my Filipino family members who were smaller set, and darker skinned. I remember at 16, I dyed my light brown hair black, most of my family thought I wanted to be gothic, but little did they know I just wanted to blend in better with my family. At that point in my life I thought black hair would help me feel more connected to my Filipino heritage, but after the fact it didn’t really help the feeling of isolation. On that vacation, I spent days with my family whose lives were much simpler than mine, and during those days I was treated just like one of them. I washed my clothes outside in a bucket with a tide bar. I hung my clothes on a clothes line and waited days for them to dry, the humidity was overbearing. The day to day tasks really helped me understand that being Filipino really didn’t mean looking the part, but feeling the part. When I went through the every day tasks of going to the local farmers market to buy the food for the day, or preparing dinner to even just washing clothes, I had realized the interactions that I had made me feel more Filipino than I have ever felt. The family in the Philippines didn’t just see me as that “White” girl, but as Ana their cousin, niece, or their granddaughter. Stages of FilAm Racial and Ethnic Development Dr.Nadal also wrote a chapter entitled, “ Filipino American Racial and Ethnic Identity Development” in his book “Filipino American Psychology” in which he described six stages of development. The six stages are: a) Ethnic awareness; b) Assimilation to Dominant Culture; c) Social-Political Awakening; d) Pan(Continued on page 7)

In the 1990s when we introduced the eBook technology in the Philippines, we touted it not only as a regular reader of electronic books or documents but also as a reader with a voice. This is because the Franklin Reader and the Mobipocket Reader, which were embedded in our eBookMan device, had a text to speech app that went with it. The same readers are now incorporated in the Kindle – successor of the eBookMan. We used to cite a study showing that when you read the text of a book for the first time, the comprehension was about 20%. When you listen to the reading of a book, the comprehension was 30%. And when you read and listen at the same time, the comprehension was 50%. This was quickly accepted by students and professionals such as lawyers, doctors, professors who usually did a lot of reading and many others including actors.

CAPTI NARRATOR: An Amazing App (AAA)

At Large...
by Miles Beauchamp, PhD
Miles is Assistant to the Dean and Assistant Professor in the Shirley Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University where he teaches new media and diverse writing courses. He has been with the Asian Journal since the 1990’s. And that’s how it was with us. GF donated a few old things to daughter to get her started to see if she really wanted to go forward. Daughter did. And that meant a trip to the sporting goods store. Ah, the sporting goods store. A place of dreams, vigor or the wish for vigor, dynamic youth, and a cash register that sucks every wallet dry the minute you enter the store. Practice And then there was practice. Her team holds practice twice weekly which means girls and coaches practicing and parents watching (texting), taking photos (looking at YouTube videos), yelling encouragement (talking on the phone) and generally being supportive (collecting money for uniforms, deciding on where to hold parties, and who is bringing snacks to the game). Practices are interesting. You get to see how good the coaches are and how bad some of the parents are. Not bad in a criminal sense, just bad in a sense that they won’t quit giving instructions to their kid while the coach is trying to do what coaches do. Knock it of mom and dad (and you know who you are). During the practices I noticed that the girls were slowly coalescing in to team. Oh, not a good one yet, but one that had potential. You have to love that word. Potential gives you so much hope while still allowing for a less-than-stellar present. Yep, our girls had potential – lots of potential. And we parents were going to do everything we could to help that along including deciding on snack rotation. We’re nothing if not involved. Finally, a game The “Big Day” arrived. Game day was bright and sunny and the girls had confidence. The game started fairly evenly but soon one of our girls scored a run and we never looked back. Yeah, yeah, yeah the other team had a score or two, but honestly, who cares? The main thing is we won. Sorry, that’s not the main thing. The main, main thing is dear daughter stepped up to the plate, took her stance and nailed a ball straight down the field. Two girls scored from her hit and after a few more girls had

Not just another Saturday
A hit, a win, and a birthday
Last Saturday was a day essentially built around my daughter. She had a softball game in the morning and then a birthday sleepover party that afternoon / night / next morning. A sleepover birthday party? With 10 little girls? Sigh, yes. But more on that later. First, the softball game. My daughter has been a soccer player from the moment she started playing sports. She liked soccer, her brother played soccer before he moved on to lacrosse, and it seemed ordained. And for a few years it was. But then her brother got a new girlfriend (interesting how girlfriends change the dynamics of so many things isn’t it?) and the girlfriend (from now on known as GF) plays softball. GF plays on a team in Orange County, likes it and is good at it. And so now daughter wants to try it. Trying out new sports is a good thing; kids can find a favorite, see what they’re best at, and at that age, why not? The only downside is new equipment. Lots of new equipment, and as you know, sports equipment is not cheap. But you’re the parent so you look in your little child’s eyes, grit your teeth, smile, and hand over the credit card.

At the International CES 2014, I learned about a similar but more sophisticated technology, more advanced with more uses and possessing greater features. Named CAPTI Narrator, it was launched in Las Vegas by Charmtech Labs, LLC which is headed by its President and CEO Dr. Yevgen Borodin. I arranged a meeting with and a demonstration by Dr. Borodin at the Venetian Hotel. A very learned man who impressed me as a man with a social mission, Dr. Borodin showed me the different features of CAPTI. First, he claims that CAPTI is liberating. You can convert the texts of any webpage with an article, blogpost, or a book to speech. His demo proved it. Second, he says CAPTI is focused. You can listen only to the main content in webpages, skipping ads, menus, and other clutter. His demo showed it. Third, he argues that CAPTI is intelligent. The app will reassemble the articles that are spread across multiple pages. Amazingly, he showed me how it was done. Fourth, it is mobile. The app allows you to listen on the plane, on the road, in the gym, on a walk, even when you are offline. To me, this was obvious. Fifth, he considers it personalized. This is because you can choose from many high quality English voices and set your preferred speech rate. Sixth, the app is organized. You can use the playlist to organize your content, save it for later or listen to it right away. Seventh, CAPTI is accessible. It works seamlessly with VoiceOver screen reader. Lastly, the app is a good tool for Social Media. You can share content with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, via Email or SMS. Indeed, Dr. Borodin demonstrated to me an amazing and “magical” technology that could be very useful to most if not all people in all walks of life. All that is needed was for me to download it and test it myself. My exposure to the eBookMan/Kindle eBook reader technology would help guide my assessment. I downloaded CAPTI from the Apple Store for FREE. When I asked Dr. Borodin how he would make money he frankly admitted to me that his com-

pany gets a share from the sales of the “voices” that are sold. There is a default voice that goes with the app so it is really not necessary to buy a “voice”. But since I want a natural voice with an American English accent, I bought both female and male voices. Clicking on CAPTI on my iPhone, I accessed my favorite webpages with articles (mostly news, views, and comments) and clicked the play symbol. It read to me the articles with the natural voice of my choice. Sometimes, I also read the texts but mostly, I just listened. I also noticed that it only reads the main content in the webpages. Gladly, the ads, menus and other clutter were skipped. I also created a playlist that organized contents that I saved for listening later or even right away. In my trip to New York where I attended the LegalTech 2014 conference, CAPTI allowed to me to access and listen to the contents that I earlier saved in my playlist. The browser in the app allowed me to access social media like Facebook, Twitter, Email, SMS, and Google +. Again, I had the option to listen, read, or both. I did all for testing. It is amazing! CAPTI is aptly described as an “Application Enabling Consumers to Listen to Anything They want to Read” and “Free the World from the Clutches of the Screen.” I absolutely agree. In this age of the Cloud, Dropbox, Clipboard, and the Google Drive, CAPTI could retrieve any content that is stored and read it to you as you lie in bed, in the hammock, or at the beach. I see several practical uses of CAPTI. It was conveniently useful when I used it at the gym. It could make it easier for people to multitask while listening to content on a walk, while cooking, eating, watching kids, during the commute, on the plane, or while relaxing. CAPTI is also useful for students to keep up with their reading materials while exercising or commuting. The strain on one’s eyes is reduced. As we touted in the 1990s, comprehension skills are improved – even for English language learners. Even people with cognitive disabilities would be able to look at the screen and listen repetitively and gain greater comprehension. This is true for people with low vision as well. The benefits for blind people are obvious. I highly recommend the use of CAPTI. The innovations and the social benefits of CAPTI have been recognized by federal research agencies like the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the Department of Education (NIDRR) and the National Eye Institute at the National Institute of Health. Download it! It is FREE

PHL recovers
(Continued from page 1) PCGG report. He said his family has not been involved for a long time now in any court proceedings regarding the ill-gotten wealth. “We no longer appear in any of those proceedings since the parties involved are the human rights claimants and the Philippine government,” he said. $683 million recovered The PCGG had recovered a total of $683 million from the Swiss accounts of the Marcoses. Of the amount, P10 billion was allotted for the compensation of the human rights victims. Bautista said last month the government was targeting at least P50 billion or $1.1 billion more. “There is still a lot of work that can be done in respect to pursuing ill-gotten wealth. We should not allow the taking of ill-gotten wealth to go unpunished,” he said. In 1997, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court ordered the secret Marcos accounts transferred from the Swiss bank to the Philippine government, subject to certain conditions. The first condition was met in July 2003, when the Supreme Court (SC) declared the Marcos Swiss funds ill gotten. The SC ruled that the Marcoses’ wealth in excess of their total legal income of around $304,000 from 1965 to 1986 was presumed to be ill-gotten. The second condition was met when (Continued on page 7)

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by Atty. Susan V. Perez
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Same Sex Marriages Can Apply for Green Cards
IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez. On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court unequivocally affirmed that there is no legitimate reason for the federal government to discriminate against married couples on account of their sexual orientation. This historic decision means that our immigration system must stop treating gay and lesbian families different from other families. President applauded the decision. He directed federal departments to ensure that the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented swiftly and smoothly. To that end, the President directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse. Within a week of the Supreme Court decision, Secretary Napolitano issued a statement directing USCIS to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an oppositesex spouse effective immediately. The same-sex marriage guidance confirms that applications can be filed now and that there is no need to wait for further regulations, forms or guidance. As of today, USCIS has approved I-130s and adjustment of status applications. Q1. I am a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident in a same-sex marriage to a foreign national. Can I now sponsor my spouse for a family-based immigrant visa? A1. It depends on where the marriage was celebrated. As a general rule, the validity of the marriage is determined by the law of the state or country where the marriage was celebrated. If that state or country recognizes same-sex marriage, then that marriage is valid and can be the basis of an I-130 petition. Therefore, if the marriage was celebrated in the Philippines, that marriage is void because Philippines does not recognize same-sex marriage. Since the marriage is void, the U.S. citizen cannot sponsor his or her spouse based on that marriage. Q2. In relation to Q1above, what would be the best solution for the couple so the foreign national can get a greencard. A2. In the example above, the couple should not get married in the Philippines. The U.S. citizen should file a fiancé(e) visa petition with the intention of getting married and living in the state where same-sex marriage is recognized such as California and New York. Q3. Assuming the foreign national in the example above has children, will they be given the same immigration benefits as the children of a heterosexual marriage? A3. I believe so. As a practical matter, the Supreme Court’s ruling will make many federal benefits available immediately to same-sex couples in the states where same-sex marriage is legal. One of these benefits is immigration. Q4: My spouse and I were married in a U.S. state that recognizes same-sex marriage, but we live in a state that does not. Can I file an immigrant visa petition for my spouse? A4: Yes, you can file the petition. In evaluating the petition, as a general matter, USCIS looks to the law of the place where the marriage took place when determining whether it is valid for immigration law purposes. That general rule is subject to some limited exceptions under which federal immigration agencies historically have considered the law of the state of residence in addition to the law of the state of celebration of the marriage. Whether those exceptions apply may depend on individual, fact-specific circumstances. If necessary, we may provide further guidance on this question going forward. We welcome your feedback. If you have any immigration questions, please feel welcome to email me at susan@ law-usimmigration.com or call 619 819 -8648 to arrange for a telephone consultation.

Cultural Conflict
(Continued from page 6) ethnic consciousness; e) Ethnocentric consciousness; and e) Introspection. These stages are based on how FilAms view themselves in relation to others such as other FilAms, Asian Americans, other persons of color and Whites. The stages described my Kevin Nadal are not sequential nor linear; a person can be in a certain stage for a while and then transition to a completely different stage. ** The identity development status I identify myself with currently is “Introspection”, the last stage of identity development. This stage is when the individual appreciates oneself as a FilAm and also accepts other races such as Asian Americans, Whites and Blacks. I feel like I have finally accepted myself as a Filipino American and respect all other types of culture. My husband is Lao, and when we were dating in high school, I found it really difficult to adjust to his family culture. We would have discussions on how things are done within our own cultures, but as we got older I found that we can blend each others culture with minimal conflicts. Both my husband and I had to go through the process of becoming native, to fully understand each other’s culture. Throughout my adolescent development I found myself going through many of the six stages described by Dr. Kevin Nadal. Around 5th grade, I went through a “Social-political Awakening.” Social-political awakening is when an individual becomes actively aware of the social/cultural differences between one’s culture and the dominant group (White). This can triggered by a racist comment that makes one realize they are different from the mainstream population. This happened when I moved from a multicultural society here in San Diego to a small town in Michigan whose population was predominantly white. Although I knew I was half white, I became aware that I was different and found it difficult to assimilate to the white society, because it didn’t reflect my values at home. In my opinion out of the six status of identity development, the most mentally healthy would be “Introspection.” To have peace, and understand yourself and respect others culturally, this is most beneficial. I feel that If I wasn’t in this stage right now as a young adult, my marriage would face many difficulties. My husband’s culture is quite different from my own, so raising a child would be very difficult if we didn’t respect and embrace each other’s culture. My husband and I have a 5 year old little

girl, and we raise her with a mixture of American culture, Filipino culture and Laotian culture. Regardless, I accept other cultures around me and am willing to learn about the different cultures around me, which seems to be quite healthy and fun! To have a full understanding of introspection you must pass through some of the other stages. “Assimilation to dominant culture” without acknowledging one’s native culture seems to be the most mentally unstable and would cause harm if stuck in this stage. When individuals are basing all their beliefs and cultural values on dominant culture, it might not be the best for that individual. For example, if a boy thinks that all Filipino males are gangsters, that dominant view can have a negative impact on how that boy feels about himself and how he views others in and out of that culture. To have a clear understanding about yourself, I think going through the different stages at different times in your life will help you reach “Introspection.” The stages have given me a reference to my own life situations, which has been really helpful. I know there has to be more people like me who are either going through or went through the same things I did when I was trying to find out who I am culturally. I only wish I could hand them these stages in hopes to help them as it helped me. _____ **Reference: Nadal L. Kevin. 2009. Filipino American Psychology. AuthorHouse: Bloomington, Indiana.

PHL recovers
(Continued from page 6) President Aquino signed the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013. Under the measure, at least P10 billion from the alleged Marcos wealth will be used to pay the victims. Bautista said the P10 billion remitted by the agency to the National Treasury was more than enough to pay the victims of human rights violation committed during the Marcos regime. Since its creation in 1986, the PCGG has recovered P166 billion or over $4 billion of the estimated $10-billion illgotten wealth of the Marcoses and their cronies. The PCGG was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 1 signed by former President Cory Aquino, which mandates that all recovered Marcos assets should be used to fund agrarian reform programs. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989 without admitting any wrongdoing during his presidency. Over 200 cases filed Bautista said the government had filed more than 200 civil cases for the recovery and forfeiture of ill-gotten assets, including real estate amounting to about P30-40 billion, or $667-$890 million, from the Marcos family, their cronies and associates. It is also seeking more than 150 paintings of “prominent masters and artists” collected by the Marcos family that went missing after the Marcoses were forced to flee from the presidential palace during the February 1986 people power uprising. Bautista declined to comment on whether he believes Marcos’ widow Imelda and their three children are still living off their hidden wealth. Imelda is a member of the House of Representatives. Her eldest child, Imee, is governor of their northern home province of Ilocos Norte, while her son, Ferdinand Jr., is a senator. Her other daughter, Irene, has kept away from politics. – With Marvin Sy, AP

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Love and Hatred

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Paul Strand, CBN.com | PLANO, Texas, 2/13/2014 -- A dramatic conversation led Sam and Vicki Ingrassia to a new way of praying that's re-energized their marriage. This Valentine's Day when the world is emphasizing romance, they're asking couples to see if they can't improve their spiritual relationship. Sam told CBN News if husbands will take his advice, it will increase their passion for both God and their wife. 'You Have Failed Me' In his quick-to-read book, Just Say the Word Sam talks about when he and

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Balintataw
by Virginia H. Ferrer
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by Msgr. Fernando Gutierrez Joke of the week: A young girl came home from a date looking sad. She told her mother, “Charles proposed to me a few minutes ago.” “Then why are you so sad?” her mother asked. “Because he also mentioned he was an atheist. Mom, he doesn’t believe there’s hell!” Her mother replied, “Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we’ll show him how wrong he is.” Scripture: First Reading: Sirach15:1621: David A. deSilva writes: “Yeshua Ben Sira, a scribe living and teaching in Jerusalem, brought the wisdom tradition of Israel squarely in line with the core value of Torah observance. Unlike Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes, from which he learned much and which he also rebutted on certain points, Ben Sira places the pursuit of piety and obedience to the ancestral Jewish law at the center of the pursuit of Wisdom—and this at a time when tensions concerning assimilation to the dominant culture of Hellenism were mounting and about to reach a fevered pitch in the crisis of 175-164 B.C.E.” Ben Sira was a conservative voice in the first decades of the second century B.C.E. He called on his pupils to seek their fortune, their honor, and their good name through diligent observance of the demands of the God of Israel first and foremost. The path to Wisdom, and to a successful and secure life, was first of all the way of Torah, supplemented by the worldly wisdom of

many various cultures. Second Reading: 1Corinthians 2:6-10: The church in Corinth was a large one, as we learn from Acts 18:10. It had within it some very disturbing elements that introduce ways and habits and even doctrines of a sort which were common enough in the Corinthian world, but which were absolutely contrary to the nature and spirit of the Christian community. Partly perhaps it was due to the ignorance of the Corinthian Christians, who had inquired from the Apostle Paul certain questions. Still Paul not only answered their questions but also called their attention in most vigorous language about their grievous errors both in behavior and doctrine. This he did not in annoyance or anger or sarcasm, but, “out of much affliction and anguish of heart...” Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37: The Jewish teachers had taught that nothing except actual murder was forbidden by the sixth commandment. Therefore they missed its spiritual meaning. Christ showed the full meaning of this commandment; according to which we must be judged hereafter, and therefore ought to be ruled now. Jesus exposes the essence of the scribes’ heresy. To them, the law was really only a matter of external performance, never a question of the heart. Jesus brings the law back to the matters of the heart. Reflections: The explanation which our Lord has given us of the sixth commandment, shows, that we are not to confine the import of the commandments to the mere letter, but to regard

them as extending to the words of our lips, and the dispositions of our hearts. Nor must we imagine that they are intended solely to prohibit sin: they must be understood as inculcating all those virtues which are opposed to the sin forbidden. This is evident from the connection in which the text stands with the preceding context. Our blessed Lord had declared, that a wrathful word was in fact a species and degree of murder. To call someone “Raca” expressed contempt for their intelligence and contempt for their character. “Raca,” is a scornful word, and comes from pride: “Thou fool,” is a spiteful word, and comes from hatred. The idea behind Raca is “nitwit, blockhead, numbskull, bonehead, brainless idiot.” We should emphasize that Jesus is not saying that anger is as bad as murder. It’s ridiculous to think that someone who shouts at another person in anger has sinned as badly as someone who murders another person in anger does. Jesus is emphasizing that the law condemns both, without saying that the law says they are the same things. Either one broke the heart of the law against murder, even if it did not commit murder. We should not think that our service towards the Lord justifies bad relationships with others. Jesus uses the occasion to inculcate the necessity of exercising in every respect a spirit of love, so as, not only to entertain no anger in one’s own heart against others, but so as not to leave room for the exercise of it in the hearts of others towards us. Quotation of the week: I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. Mother Teresa.

Vicki hit a real rough patch in their 39year marriage. Vicki had been praying her way through a couple of family crises and felt she wasn't getting much spiritual support from Sam. As the Plano, Texas-based couple were talking it out, Vicki said something that hit Sam like a blow. Sam quoted her blunt remark: "You know what, Sam, part of what I'm really struggling with is this: I've just come to the realization that you have failed me." Vicki said she felt led of the Lord to say what she did. "I knew that it was probably the Holy Spirit doing it. That day I just really had a compulsion to use the word 'failed' with my husband," she said. "Those four words -- it was like an incoming rocket to my heart: 'you have failed me,'" Sam recalled. Vicki said that rocket "spoke his language differently than ever before. And he was basically arrested at that moment." Spiritual Lone Ranger The huge trials they had just been through involved two of their three adult daughters, but Vicki and Sam rarely prayed together about them. Vicki had felt like a spiritual lone ranger. "She was just basically saying, 'I can't do this anymore like this. I'm getting tired and worn out: ministry, family, all these issues,'" Sam said of his wife. "And then she said, 'Furthermore, besides the girls, you know what, Sam? I need to connect more with you spiritually.'" Sam heard Vicki loud and clear and vowed to correct the problem. "I raised two hands, saying 'guilty!' Tearfully, guilty," Sam recalled. "But then it's like I raised one hand and said, 'Vicki, I vow -- I promise -we're going to pray together,'" he said. Prayers on the Bullseye And at that moment, Sam said God gave him a revelation. "The Holy Spirit just spoke to me in

Pag-asa (2)
'Di dapat mabahala sa laki ng patak ng ulan na tila yapak ng kapre sa bubong ninyo Damian mahihimbing ka rin kaagad sa ilang saglit lamang dahil may pag-asang lupa sa bukid ay 'di na tigang. Batid kong namamalikmata ka sa iyong nakikita ang makulay na bahaghari sadyang nakakamangha at tulad nga ng mga naririnig mo na Angela ang kayamanan sa dulo, ang malaki mong pag-asa. Napakasarap haplusin ang balahibo ni Muning ibayong ligaya ang sa iyo'y siya nitong dating pag-asa ang hatid kung bagsak na bagsak 'tong damdamin nitong alagang hayop na siyang lagi mong kapiling. Sina Lucy at Ditas mga bago kong kaibigan nagbigay sa aking buhay ng mga bagong pananaw mga payong kapatid na dulot ay bagong ang buhay sila ang mga pag-asa sa tulad kong namamanglaw. Natatandaan mo ba noon ng ikaw ay nagduda sa mga balitang hatid sa iyo nitong si Laura pinakinggan mo pa rin bagamat alinlangan ka na dahil may pag-asa ka pa na magbabago rin siya. ©2014 Virginia H. Ferrer. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Retired Filipino Language Teacher who once taught at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista. a very specific way," Sam remembered. "The revelation was, God gave me a path. And the path was simply this. He said, 'Pray with her using My Word as your guide.'" Sam then took the message to Vicki. "And that's what we began to do," he said. As Sam laid this out to her, Vicki said she was excited. "When he started laying those tracks, and said, 'This is what we're going to do, and how we're going to do it,' I felt, 'Well, this is really different,'" Vicki recalled. "'This might really take.'" They've done this about three years. They read a few scriptures most every day to guide their prayers together. Sam and Vicki said it's tremendously improved their spiritual life and brought God right into the center of their communication. "I feel like we're praying on the target, the bullseye, the moving targets of life," Sam said. "The Spirit of God is showing us what to pray. Now the prayers are (Continued on page 14)

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC Pilgrimages
Tour: Rome & The Shrines of Italy Locations: Pope Francis (Rome) * Eucharistic Miracle (Lanciano) * Holy House (Loreto) * St. Francis (Assisi) * Siena * Orvieto Date: June 11 - 19, 2014 Tour: Guadalupe & Mexico City Locations: Guadalupe * Mexico City * Coyoacan * Tlaxcala * Ocotlan * Puebla Date: December 8 - 13, 2014 Tour: Lourdes, Paris, Nevers & Lisieux Locations: St. Bernedette (Lourdes) * Paris * St. Bernedette (Nevers) * St. Terese the Little Flower (Lisieux) Date: March 16 - 23, 2015 Tour: The Holy Land: Walk Where Jesus Walked! Locations: Tel Aviv * Caesarea * Nazareth * Cana * Tiberias * Sea of Galilee * Jordan River * Mt. Tabor * Jerusalem * Gethsemane * Ein Karem * Bethlehem * Qumran * Jericho * Dead Sea * Mt. of Olives * Mt. Zion * Holy Sepulchre Date: May 8 - 17, 2015 Tour: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany & Switzerland Locations: Our Lady of All Nations (Amsterdam) * Echt * Maastricht * Shrine of Our Lady of Beauraing (Beauraing) * Our Lady of Banneux (Banneux) * Gent * Bruges * Brussels * Aachen * Our Lady of Kevelaer (Kevelaer) * Cologone * Trier * Strasbourg * Lucerne * Our Lady of Einsiedeln (Einseideln) * Interlaken * Berne * Geneva Date: June 17 - 28, 2015 Contact 206 TOURS at 800-206-TOUR (8687) or email yaritza@206tours.com Visit www.pilgrimages.com/frcalloway for more information
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a convert to Catholicism, is a member of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Before his conversion to Catholicism, he was a high school dropout who had been kicked out of a foreign country, institutionalized twice, and thrown into jail multiple times. After his radical conversion, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology, from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, M.Div and S.T.B. degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C., and a S.T.L. in Mariology from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, OH. In addition to Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest, he has written No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy, a bestseller that recounts his dramatic conversion story (Marian Press – 2010). He is also the author of the book Purest of All Lilies: The Virgin Mary in the Spirituality of St. Faustina (Marian Press – 2008). Further, he has written many academic articles and is the editor of two books: The Immaculate Conception in the Life of the Church (Marian Press – 2004) and The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body (Marian Press – 2005) Father Calloway is a Vicar Provincial for the Mother Mercy Province and the Vocation Director for the Marians. Fr. Donald Calloway’s first prayer to Mary: “Mary, I love you so much and I am so in love with Jesus. I am so grateful for what you have given me. You are the Mother of God. You know Jesus. He is God, and you are His mother. And I believe that of all people you know Him best. Please cover me with your maternal mantle, for I am not the most brilliant man and could be easily deceived into believing or even making up my own Jesus. I want to know the real Jesus, the one whom so many people have turned away from.”

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from My Barber by Benjamin Maynigo

FLEKSY: A Promising Revolutionary App

My job used to bring me to Asia quite often but I never landed in the Philippines for political reasons. The People Power Revolution changed all that as I started visiting the country renewing old networks and introducing new technologies. Landing deals representing companies from the U.S.A, Canada, Europe, and Asia in the Philippines as well as representing the interests of the Philippine Government in Washington, D.C. required more presence for me in the Philippines. Traveling and communicating more, cellular calling and texting became the major mode of communication. Since texting was the cheaper way, most of the people who have cellphones do it. Some were so skillful they could text either using the right hand or the left hand. I even witnessed some who could do both at the same time. I guess if you do it quite often, you are bound to perfect it. It was in the Philippines where l Iearned the art of texting. It was also there that I got to learn and

use predictive texting. When I closed my office in the Philippines and settled back in the U.S. for health reasons, I stopped using texting as my primary method of communicating because here, cellular calling was the cheaper way. In fact, it was unlimited. Lately, my carrier changed its program to unlimited voice and text. So, texting is again open to unlimited use requiring the usual skill and dexterity. While attending the International CES, texting and emailing became the method of communicating with PR agents who invited me to meet and interview the inventors, CEOs or Product Managers of new products and technologies that were being launched. One product or technology that caught my attention was an app called FLEKSY Keyboard. Invited to meet the founding developers of the app, I arranged for a meeting and a demonstration at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. The app is supposed to be the most advanced version of predictive texting that is

available today. Ioannis Verdellis is the founder of Syntellia, creator of FLEKSY Keyboard. He says that the app was originally tested with blind users but he knew that it could also be helpful for most people who have been frustrated with autocorrect. It has a feature that speaks words that you type. Due to fumbling fingers, many of us have been guilty of typing inaccurately. FLEKSY changes all that. According to Syntellia, “FLEKSY is a state of the art text input system so powerful that you can type without even looking at the screen.” This is actually true. This was demonstrated to me in Las Vegas. But of course, it would take some getting used to. I love my iPhone 5s and my iPAD. Their touch screen features have been amazingly good at so many tasks that I have relied on them more than my landline phones, pocket cameras, and printed maps. But partly because of my big fingers, I usually have problems with my keyboard in the small handheld device. But FLEKSY’s keyboard is changing the environment. Based on my experience as I tested it, the keyboard really fixes your grievous typing errors. It even speaks back the word to you so you know what it thinks you typed. There are gestures that you must learn to make it easier and faster to use. You swipe right to make a space. You swipe left to delete a word. With FLEKSY, you can virtually throw accuracy out the window pretty much entirely. Typing with it is a very effective way. Of course, knowing how to spell is required for FLEKSY to be able to figure out what you really meant. Good spellers would be good FLEKSY users. Some experts and technology magazine reps who attended the International CES called FLEKSY “a revolutionary technology – a keyboard experience like no other.” One expert said, “the app is a gamechanger” while another stated with amazement, “it felt like it was reading your mind.” FLEKSY makes happy typing! Download and try it! It is FREE!

Special glasses help surgeons 'see' cancer
ScienceDaily.com | 2/10/2014 -- Hightech glasses developed at the School of Medicine help breast surgeon Julie Margenthaler, MD, visualize cancer cells in a patient Feb. 10. Inset: Still image from a video of the lymph node removal, as seen by Margenthaler as she wore the eyewear. A florescent marker injected into the patient and special lighting made cancer cells glow blue when viewed with the technology. The lighter the shade of blue, the more concentrated the cancer cells are. The wearable technology, so new it's yet unnamed, was used during surgery for the first time today at Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Cancer cells are notoriously difficult to see, even under high-powered magnification. The glasses are designed to make it easier for surgeons to distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells, helping to ensure that no stray tumor cells are left behind during surgery. "We're in the early stages of this technology, and more development and testing will be done, but we're certainly encouraged by the potential benefits to patients," said breast surgeon Julie Margenthaler, MD, an associate professor of surgery at Washington University, who performed today's operation. "Imagine what it would mean if these glasses eliminated the need for follow-up surgery and the associated pain, inconvenience and anxiety." Current standard of care requires surgeons to remove the tumor and some neighboring tissue that may or may not include cancer cells. The samples are sent to a pathology lab and viewed under a microscope. If cancer cells are found in neighboring tissue, a second surgery often is recommended to remove additional tissue that also is checked for the presence of cancer. The glasses could reduce the need for additional surgical procedures and subsequent stress on patients, as well as time and expense. Margenthaler said about 20 to 25 percent of breast cancer patients who have lumps removed require a second surgery because current technology doesn't adequately show the extent of the disease during the first operation. "Our hope is that this new technology will reduce or ideally eliminate the need for a second surgery," she said. The technology, developed by a team led by Samuel Achilefu, PhD, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Washington University, incorporates custom video technology, a head-mounted display and a targeted molecular agent that attaches to cancer cells, making them glow when viewed with the glasses. In a study published in the Journal of Biomedical Optics, researchers noted that tumors as small as 1 mm in diameter (the thickness of about 10 sheets of paper) could be detected. Ryan Fields, MD, a Washington Basel Convention is an international treaty that was designed to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between nations, and specifically to prevent transfer of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries. Appropriate criminal charges are now being prepared by the Bureau of Customs and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against the shipper and its consignee identified as Chronic Plastics with registered address at Number 6 T. Santiago Street, Barangay Canumay, Valenzuela City. Counterfeit goods Several kilometers away from the Manila International Container Port, Customs personnel also inspected a warehouse filled with counterfeit articles worth P70 million. The articles were stashed in a warehouse in Quirino Avenue, Barangay Tambo, Paranaque, imported from University assistant professor of surgery and Siteman surgeon, plans to wear the glasses later this month when he operates to remove a melanoma from a patient. He said he welcomes the new technology, which theoretically could be used to visualize any type of cancer. "A limitation of surgery is that it's not always clear to the naked eye the distinction between normal tissue and cancerous tissue," Fields said. "With the glasses developed by Dr. Achilefu, we can better identify the tissue that must be removed." In pilot studies conducted on lab mice, the researchers utilized indocyanine green, a commonly used contrast agent approved by the Food and Drug Administration. When the agent is injected into the tumor, the cancerous cells glow when viewed with the glasses and a special light. Achilefu, who also is co-leader of the Oncologic Imaging Program at Siteman Cancer Center and professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, is seeking FDA approval for a different molecular agent he's helping to develop for use with the glasses. This agent specifically targets and stays longer in cancer cells. "This technology has great potential for patients and health-care professionals," Achilefu said. "Our goal is to make sure no cancer is left behind." Dr. Achilefu has worked with Wash(Continued on page 15) China. The articles included counterfeit clothing, textiles, shoes, shampoo, candies, engine spare parts, chemicals and a thousand bags of rice. The discovery of the articles was a result of a joint operation of combined operatives from the Bureau of Customs, Intellectual Property Office, and the National Bureau of Investigation, in response to complaints of brand owners for violation of intellectual property rights. The inter-agency operation is targeted at unscrupulous traders who smuggle fake goods for sale in various retail establishments nationwide. This is the second cache of seized fake goods following the seizure last week of over P550-M worth of counterfeit items at 3 warehouse buildings in Pasay and Manila. The goods will be subjected to inventory before confiscation and eventual transfer to warehouses of Customs and IPO.

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a weight of 891.200.6 kilograms amounting to US$222,800.15 or more than P10 million.

Customs said the shipment will not be allowed to enter the country because it violates the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990. The shipping firm, Chronic Incorporated, with address at 95 Regency Crescent, Whitby, Ontario, Canada LIN 7K8, will be obliged by the Customs to ship back the container vans at the port of origin, at the shipper's expense. Nepomuceno explained that the Basel Convention, to which the Philippines is a signatory, prohibits trafficking of waste.

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HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose Philippine Star, July 6, 2009

The Filipino Parents

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by Bill Labestre

arenthood is one thing that we never have to go to school for. As immigrants, we tend to emulate our parents but, our own children may not be like us.
They grow up in a very different environment and economic situation. Most of our children that were born here in the U.S.A. have no clue of what hard life is. Maybe when they were old enough to understand we should have brought them to the native land to see poverty. Most of them can’t even speak our own native dialects. It’s good they can speak English but, we should have taught them the second language Tagalog at young age. It doesn’t hurt our children being multi-lingual. As parents, we may become overprotective of our children. Sometimes it hurts to let go but, we have to let them become independent. They can never be our babies forever and we just have to learn trusting them. They may never understand our feelings as parents until they become parents themselves. When a kid goes to college and has to live away from home for the first time, most parents will normally worry. It may take some time to feel comfortable. Most daughters want to attend school far away from home and sons tend to stay close to Moms. Filipino parents want their kids to have better education and if they can afford it, will not burden their kids with student loans or even part-time work. Well, some of our kids will be staying at home for a little longer if not forever. They have not figured out what to do with their lives yet. They may attend a local community college and take a few subjects at a time. Some may

work part time but their parents will still pay for everything. Many years later, they are still going from one community college to another. Maybe these kids are still living in Fantasyland hoping to get their PhD while having an easy life. Hopefully, they will grow up one day. For all these “Late Bloomers”, your parents are getting tired of waiting for you to bloom. When having teenagers, parents worry their kids will become pregnant or will get somebody’s kid pregnant. Being mostly Catholics, it can only mean one thing, babies with young parents. Family lives will be altered forever and future plans may change. Some parents are just too busy working they may not even notice daughter’s pregnancy until she went to labor. If the children go past the scary stage safely, most will become responsible adults. Eventually, they get married but some will postpone the dates of having children. They looked forward to build careers and financial stability first. A few may never have kids at all so they can enjoy their lifestyle without added responsibilities. This time it’s us parents who may get tired of waiting for our future grandchildren. Maybe we should disinherit them for being so selfish. Try to ask Filipino parents and you’ll find out that the majority are working so hard for the sake of their children. Their dream for the future is no longer for themselves but, for their Fil-Am children who may sometimes turn out to be very ungrateful.

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May presages the end of the dry season and ushers in the greening of the land. Its first rain was supposed to be curative so we frolicked in it. The fallow fields start sprouting those weeds which, to others, were just weeds but, to us, they were a delicious addition to our vegetable stew. The Santacruzan starts mid-afternoon with athletic games. One is the barrio version of rugby: a young coconut is embedded with coins of varying denomination, coated with pig fat then tossed to a crowd of waiting boys who wrestle with one another to grab the coconut and run away with it. There was also the tall bamboo pole, greased again with pig fat, a packet of coins at the top. The trick is how to climb that slippery pole and get the prize. Then the Santacruzan procession passes around the village. If it was the grand finale, the procession went around the town’s main streets in the early evening, gracing it — our prettiest girls and their boy escorts, the perceived personages from the Bible, all under arches of flowers, the brass band playing the rosary hymn at the end. At the conclusion of the procession in the plaza or village square was the rangga — a wide square bamboo frame with goodies hanging from it. Two men lowered it to the crowd which attempted to grab the goodies hanging from the frame. They raised it quickly. All too often, someone strong and agile would be able to hold on to the frame and the crowd would then rip everything from it. The other week, I visited the old hometown for the vesperas the day

ormer Supreme Court Justice Isagani A. Cruz recalled the other day a charming account of the Santacruzan celebration right here in Manila. The season is long past but just the same it evoked so much nostalgia, I’ll now resuscitate my own giddy memories. For us, in the Ilokano region of eastern Pangasinan, the Santacruzan was one bright time of the year when we had games like the rang-ga or pabitin as the Tagalogs call it, and so many more.

before the fiesta honoring St. Anthony of Padua. The Cultural Center’s Tanghalang Pilipino led by Dennis Marasigan, was contacted by Elmer P. Ulanday, marketing manager of the new SM Mall there, to stage the play, Pragres. This was utterly new. In the past, during fiestas, I watched the comedia, the folk dramatization of the Christian and Moro wars, performed by farmers and their children. There was no magnificent theater. The stage was mounted in the churchyard; rough planks of wood rooted with spilt coconut palm leaves. Two white blankets sewn together formed the backdrop behind which the actors waited for their cues. In front of the stage, slightly below it, was a small pit shrouded with another white blanket. Here, the prompter recited the lines that the actors declaimed as loudly as they could for there was no sound system then. The prompter was a farmer, too; since I always stood close to the stage, I often heard his scathing remarks when the actors flubbed their lines. A four-piece brass band played the jaunty tunes for the fighting sequences and stylized sword fights, the spangled costumes of the actors, their fancy headdresses a wondrous sight for a boy who had yet to see TV and those choreographed Samurai sword fights. The performance lasted the whole day. When they broke up for lunch at the landlord’s house, they pranced around the town with me trailing them. As with all comedias, they ended happily with the Moro princess and the Christian prince getting married. Then there was the zarzuela which was staged in the evening in the plaza. This time, the actors and actresses were in their Sunday best and they had no prompter to scold them if they missed their lines. I loved the singing, the verbose declamations, those weepy encounters when the audience cried, too. The zarzuelas were in our own language and were not as long as the comedia. And the extemporaneous poetry contests — all in Ilokano; though I did not understand everything, I appreciated the high-flown language, the emotive gestures. That early, I wanted to be a poet too or at the very least, the prompter in the comedia. Young men in those days wooed the girls with song — the harana or serenade. A group, one of them with a guitar, would proceed in the evening to serenade a girl. Believe it — in pre-war Manila, this was also done.

A remembrance of things lost

Sometimes the girl who was being serenaded would open her window and listen. Sometimes, the serenaders would even be asked to come up the house where they were offered snacks. The serenade would wake up the neighbors, kerosene lamps would be brought out to identify the singers. One night during the Occupation we were accosted by a Japanese patrol, their guns pointed at us, their flashlights on our faces. Somehow, they understood what we were up to and they followed us to the house of the girl whom we seneraded. To please them, we rendered a military song they taught us — me yo to o-kaino sora ke te, without understanding a word. After that frightening incident, we thought it best to stop the harana lest we be mistaken for guerrillas. These customs and celebrations have all but disappeared; so, too, some of those rural rituals with which we honor the dead. One of the memorable events that took place during the wake, for instance, was devoted to the telling of riddles. It was what I was most interested in, for these riddles were often so puzzling, they were also exciting. One old example: Hell bellow and hell above, but heaven in the middle. Answer: Bibingka. And finally, the dongao with which the Ilokanos bid farewell to the deceased. In China, of course, this is an ancient tradition where mourners are even paid to do their thing. Not so among us Ilokanos. Usually, the dongao is performed by a female relative or a close friend of the deceased. The mourner, her face shrouded with her black veil, approaches the coffin then starts wailing in a stylized manner during which she cites the virtues of the deceased, what he or she had done for her, for others, the reasons why he or she would always dwell in the memories of the living. The performance is filled with pathos and soon the listeners also weep. The dongao lasts no more than five minutes and when it is over, the mourner lifts her veil and more often than not, she is clear-eyed: no tears blemish her cheeks. We also had Garden Day wherein we exhibited our harvest — the biggest squash or singkamas. We had folk dance competition between the schools in our district. I was watching on TV the other evening those Cebu prisoners, massed in their orange uniforms, doing their imitation of a Michael Jackson routine. Simi-

lar dance extravaganzas are now staged annually, the Sinulog, also in Cebu, the Maskara in Bacolod, the Penagbenga in Baguio. Almost every major town now has a similar group effort during their fiestas — all exhibit the imaginative costuming flair of the native as well as his capacity to innovate Bollywood-like dance routines. Such group efforts were never shown before, not in the last three decades. Obviously, they take inspiration from the spectacles at the Olympic Games openings, the Mardi Gras in Rio de Janeiro. Such massive displays of social precision — you will find them in the May Day celebrations in the pre-Gorbachev days in Moscow’s Red Square or earlier, in those massive Nazi rallies in Nuremberg, and if you want to go farther back in history, in the circuses that the Caesars gave to the Roman populace. Did such displays of a people marching as one make them strong? Were the circuses able to bridge the cracks in the empire as the barbarians battered the gates of Rome? Maybe not, but while they lasted, they exalted the spirit — and this is what Filipinos badly need today. This is what even a solitary achiever like Manny Pacquiao can do. Hopefully, then, such cooperative activity will promote the community spirit, diminish the Indio’s vaulting ego, teach him cooperation, teamwork, harmonizing industry — all those ingredients that make for modernization, progress, etc. In the next generation, perhaps? Abangan! As the old song goes, mountains crumble and rivers run dry. Change is inevitable but remember always that birth is a miracle, and death is destiny. If the old values must go, they need to be replaced by something equally precious. In the old days, for instance, a rich and distant uncle was impoverished when he ran for alcalde of our town because he sold his land to pay for his campaign, to feed the electorate. He eventually won, but at what cost! He certainly did not recoup his loss; it was the honor that he craved. Today, our candidates for public office seek not honor but loot. Today, too, the common provincial joys are silly TV programs, promotional gimmicks, and yet sillier movies. Like Justice Isagani A. Cruz, it is not just nostalgia that turns us back to the yesteryears of our youth, but the anxiety and the dread that what we have lost may not be replaced by anything of value.

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Punch Drunk Love: Cutie and the Boxer

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by Brian Hu, Artistic Director, Pacific Arts Movement (www.pac-arts.org) This Valentines Day, I present to you Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two New Yorkers in love — with their art, with the bottle, and possibly with each other. Or so it’s been in some combination for the past 40 years, during which husband Ushio, now 80, became a darling of the abstract art scene and drank away his few earnings while Noriko, now 59, and son Alex nurtured a torment that’s fodder for interesting paintings of their own. It also makes for Zachary Heinzerling’s fantastic documentary Cutie and the Boxer, currently nominated for best feature doc at the Oscars, and now available streaming online. The film invites us into the Shinoharas’ home, cramped with mementos of some glory years and mounds of artwork left unsold. It’s not unlike the homes of many married seniors harboring memories of success and trying to forget others. They also have a studio in which the still-active Ushio puts on punching gloves packed with sponges dripping with paint, and then goes to town on a wall-sized canvas. His punches, emblazoned with color, translate aggression into art — or is the other way around? Meanwhile, Noriko puts out jabs of her own, an ink illustrated comic about a 19-year-old artist from Japan named Cutie, who meets a 41-year-old raging bohemian named Bullie, whom she ends up marrying — and enduring. And no doubt there’s love there. It’s how you want to define love that matters. Noriko’s definition is the best: “Love is a roar!!!!,” she says. Ushio thinks he knows what that means, but only Noriko knows. It’s a private

meaning the wife creates for herself. Sometimes love is so intimate one can’t even explain it to a lover. So she draws (Continued on page 14)

Figure skater Michael Christian Martinez is the lone representative of the Philippines in the Winter Olympics, but the 17-year-old from Muntinlupa has managed to grab a piece of the spotlight. Martinez marched with the Philippine flag during the event’s opening rites early Saturday morning and did not go unnoticed during the international

broadcast. The commentators called Martinez “a highly-talented figure skater” during the coverage of the lavish ceremonies. He was also the subject of a profile by Nicholas McCarvel of NBCOlympics. com, the website of the event’s American broadcast partner. The profile detailed Martinez’ journey

to the Olympics from “an air-conditioned shopping mall in humid Manila at the age of nine.” “For three years he skated once a week at the mall rink, taking lessons and building the foundation for the skills that would one day help take him to the Olympics,” the profile read. The feature ended with Martinez

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talking about Filipino pride as he makes history as the first figure skater from the country to compete in the Olympics. “I feel proud because there are a lot of people that say that because we’re a tropical country, we can’t do this or we can’t do that,” Martinez said. “But what I say to them is them is that I’ll be the first one to skate in the Olympics. I’m proud of that.”

15-year old Mariah Grace Aledia Fulinara placed 2nd runner up in the Miss America Organization Pageant for Outstanding Teen on January 26th at Eastlake High School. Mariah also recently received the President's Gold Service Award (www.presidentialserviceawards.gov ). Currently, Mariah also is the title holder for Miss Jr. TEEN South County San Diego and Ambassador for the Eastlake and South Bay communities 2013-2014.

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Sex, texts, gifts and passionate kisses: Pinoys and Pinays’ ideas of romance
The report also presented a sharp drop in handwritten letters: only two percent of modern young men use pen and paper to communicate their feelings to their sweethearts, while only six percent of married men wrote to their wives. Meanwhile other top answers for modern courtship for young men included calling their intendeds via cellphone— higher than introducing them to their parents and siblings, and introducing them to friends. Similarly, younger women reported that their suitors called them on the phone while they were being courted. Young women also said they were given chocolates and were treated to meals, as well as introduced to siblings. In contrast, older, married women and men were first introduced to parents and other important family members when they were being courted. Courtship then was also ripe with flowers as gifts, and the traditional movie dates.

Entertainment

Whoever the object of your affection is, this study might validate your methods of showing love—or it might convince you to make a few changes in your plans for Friday. Happy Valentine's Day! — Patricia Denise Chiu/BM, GMA News

GMA News | Lifestyle, 2/11/2014 --Roses are red, violets are blue.. poetry is hard, can't I just text you? Your idea of what is and is not romantic largely depends on whether you are male or female, and married or single, a new study finds. According to the recent Nielsen study on "the state of romance in the Philippines," when asked the question "Why is romance important?" the top answer among women is that it "makes me feel loved," while for men it is important because "she will know I love her." The study was conducted in Metro Manila among all socioeconomic classes, with four categories of 100 respondents each: Females aged 18 to 25, unmarried but in a heterosexual relationship for already 6 months at least Males aged 18 to 25, unmarried but in a heterosexual relationship for already 6 months at least Females aged 26 and above, married for more than 5 years Males aged 26 and above, married for more than 5 years "What is romance?" the survey asked 400 respondents. Here are their answers.

Differing responses According to the study, the most romantic gesture for a single woman is when the man holds her hand. For married women, it's when he kisses her passionately. On the other hand, for men—both married and unmarried—the passionate kiss is the clincher. In all four groups, the most common expression of romance is through gifts, such as flowers or surprises. For married respondents, the next two common expressions of romance are the same: commitment and spending time together. Single men also rated physical touch (including sex) in their top three expressions of romance. And according to the survey, only single men tend to get what they want— gifts. Single women want commitment but get gifts, while both married men and women want emotional acts (like showing sweetness) but instead also get gifts. Another telling difference: what female acts bring out the romantic side of males? Single men and single women say it's when the woman hugs the man unexpectedly. Married men and married women say that it's when she cooks him his favorite meal.

How romantic are Pinoys? Asked to rate themselves romance-wise on a scale of 1 to 10, nearly a third or 32 percent of single men gave themselves a 10. Only 18 percent rated themselves 7 or below. On the other hand, only 15 percent of single women gave single Pinoy men a 10. More single women rated single Pinoy men an 8 (32 percent) and even a 5 (19 percent) on the romance scale. Married men fared much better, with 34 percent of married women rating them a 10. Perhaps as a result of this, married people also gave higher scores when it came to rating their level of satisfaction with the amount of romance in their lives: 47 percent of both married women and married men rated their satisfaction level at 10, as opposed to 33 percent for both single men and single women. One of the biggest hindrances to men performing a romantic gesture more often? The fear that their friends would make fun of them, or that it would make them look uncool. Love in the modern world Text messaging has also become an integral part of courtship for many young Filipinos, the report found: 55 percent of coupled but unmarried women got to know their partners through texting, compared to the 44 percent of married women who met and got to know their husbands at work.

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GMA Kapuso Villages soon to rise in Leyte
Rebuilding the lives of the many displaced residents in Leyte due to typhoon Yolanda begins as GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) starts construction on two Kapuso Villages in Tacloban and Palo. The groundbreaking ceremonies of the Kapuso Villages, one in the city of Tacloban and the other in the municipality of Palo, were held last January 21. In partnership with the local government units and the National Housing Authority (NHA), GMAKF’s Kapuso Villages will serve as resettlement areas for the residents of Tacloban and Palo who were displaced by Yolanda last year. GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco led the groundbreaking ceremonies together with NHA represented by its Regional Project Manager Engr. Rizalde. Joining them were staff and officers of the local government units – in Tacloban, Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez, barangay chairpersons Hon. Alden Villarmino of Barangay Sto. Nino, and Hon. Emilita Montalban of Barangay 88; and in Palo, Mayor Remedios L. Petilla and Leyte Vice Governor Hon. Carlo Loreto – as well as the beneficiaries of the project. Driven by its mission to uplift the lives of underprivileged Filipinos all over the Philippines, GMAKF’s housing project aims to provide indigent victims of Yolanda with sustainable permanent shelter that could withstand future calamities. "The donations entrusted to us by the many compassionate and concerned citizens from all over the world will materialize into a wonderful new beginning for the families here in Leyte," shares Tiangco. Former residents of Barangay San Jose in Tacloban will be given priority for the 400 houses that will be built in the Kapuso Village in the area. Furthermore, GMAKF hopes to foster learning among the youth with the construction of 20 new classrooms within the village. The construction site stands on a 3.5hectare plot of land donated by the city government of Tacloban. Meanwhile, the relocation site in Sitio Caloogan, Palo will have 200 houses and 10 classrooms which will be allocated to former residents of Barangay San Joaquin, Barangay Baras and Barangay Guindaponan. The site is situated on approximately 2.5 hectares of forest land. For details on how to contribute to the GMA Kapuso Foundation’s projects, you may visit their website, www. gmanetwork.com/kapusofoundation. Meanwhile, for details and information on your favorite Kapuso artists, visit the GMA International website www. gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV. (30)

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Ten Ways to Love
1. LISTEN without interrupting. (Proverbs 18) 2.SPEAK without accusing. (James 1:19) 3. GIVE without sparing. (Proverbs 21:26) 4. PRAY without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9) 5. ANSWER without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1) 6. SHARE without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15) 7. ENJOY without complaint. (Philippians 2:14) 8. TRUST without wavering. (Corintians 13:7) 9. FORGIVE without punishing. (Colossians 3:13) 10. PROMISE without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12) "A Simple Way to Increase Your Passion for God and Your Wife." Vicki said the whole process has given her tremendous peace, and she knows for certain her husband is really in the game with her for the prayer burden for their family and ministry. "We really are one with this. It isn't me carrying the burden and him kind of abdicating the burden, but we're joining together as one," Vicki said. Sam added, "I tell you, it became a game-changer." Go to justsaytheword.net for Sam's book and more information:

Meaning of Dreams
A woman was taking a nap on Valentine’s Day afternoon. After she awoke, she told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a gorgeous and expensive diamond necklace for Valentine’s Day! What do you think it means?” “You’ll know tonight,” he said. That evening, her husband came home with a small package for her. Thrilled, she opened it and found a book titled “The Meaning of Dreams.” -- Submitted by Michael J., West Simsbury, Conn. **** A Cub Scout found a frog that said, “Kiss me and I will become a beautiful princess.” The boy studied the frog, then put it in his pocket. “Hey,” the frog croaked, “how come you didn’t kiss me?” “I’d rather have a talking frog than a princess any day!” -- Submitted by Brad S., San Antonio, Tex. *** Craig: Why do melons have to get married in churches? Joe: Why? Craig: Because they cantaloupe! -- Submitted by August R., Bridgeville, Pa. *** Justin: What did the boy candy say to the girl candy? John: I haven’t a clue. Justin: “It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re mint for each other.” -- Submitted by Justin R., Hampton Falls, N.H. *** Tobin: What happened to your leg? Matt: I went to a seafood dance on Valentine’s Day. Tobin: And? Matt: I pulled a mussel! -- Submitted by Matt K., Omaha, Neb. Source:Boys Life.org http://boyslife.org/features/27414/7funny-valentines-day-jokes/

We are starting this year with 'Family' as our theme and offer you this New Year collection. We are happy to make available a new book, 'Can You Text Me Directions' by a lay apostle, Bonnie Young. This book is published by Gabriel Press, USA. This book shares stories of young lay apostles all over the world who are finding their way back to God through the graces attached to these messages and this Rescue Mission. Description of Can You Text Me Directions: "If Jesus were physically here on earth today, instead of asking Him to show us the way, we might be asking Him to text us directions. His words in 2013 are every bit as relevant and alive as they were 2,000 years ago. There is no need to ever feel lost, confused or lonely again. Can You Text Me Directions? Is a book of honest, candid testimonies written by young lay apostles from all over the world. Each story reflects the questions and challenges faced by young people today... and the answers they found in the messages from Jesus through Anne, a lay apostle. Surprising answers have ignited their hearts and opened their eyes to newfound freedom and joy through virtues. Discover how fulfilling it can be to live a life side by side with Christ. No matter which path you choose. He's always on standby ready to reveal the clarity you've been searching for!" These real life stories are impressive examples of extraordinary grace working in young peoples lives through this apostolate. Also included is a copy of Volume Six: Heaven Speaks to Families and a free copy of our newest 'Heaven Speaks about Addictions' CD. Both of these offer such great wisdom and hope for our families today. This new CD is produced by a team of professional and multi-talented Hollywood lay apostles. Read by professional voice actors and dubbed with wonderful background music, this CD can be listened to over and over again at home or in the car.

Holiness is your target. If a soul is holy, I can flow great graces through that soul into the world. Do not think about your own goals, little apostle, without checking them against My goals. In this time I require many apostles who strive to be humble. This is the opposite of what the world encourages. Do you see? Study this concept and you will see that great smallness is necessary in the Kingdom of God. Souls in heaven do not tear each other down, but build each other up. My saints in heaven seek ways to affirm the struggling souls on earth. They do not consider how to best put themselves forward, but rather how to best lift a soul toward holiness. You must be the same. I entreat you to listen to your Saviour. Strive for smallness in your service to the Kingdom. Be content to allow Me to have the glory. I will gaze into your soul and see the longing for holiness and I will make you holy, but I can only do this if you allow Me. My beloved ones, you will see in My life an example of constant patience with others. I was gentle on earth and I am still gentle. Because I am gentle, I am patient with you. You must be patient with others. You must be gentle with others. You must be forgiving of others, trusting My ability to work in the soul who allows Me freedom. If a soul is willing, I will help them. I have told you this. Trust My words and pray for each other, particularly those with whom you are called to walk during this time of transition. Dearest friends of heaven, believe Me when I tell you that all will be well. Your concern at this time should be to advance in holiness and you will only advance if you remain small. Be at peace in everything because My grace is more powerful than any bitter plans of the enemy. I am asking you to concentrate on your own movement to Me. For each apostle who gives Me their pride, I give the world My majesty, the majesty of Jesus Christ, your Returning King. ---www.directionforourtimes.com. Facebook.com/directionforourtimes

earest apostle, I urge you to be little in your soul. Only in spiritual humility will you see the true state of your soul and so understand the work necessary for you to become holy.

Spiritual intimacy
(Continued from page 8) as fresh as the flow of the Word of God itself." Tragic Answers Sam is in a ministry that involves him preparing and helping Americans go on short-term missions trips overseas. This leads him to interacting with hundreds of Christian leaders. He began telling them his story and asking them if they felt they were praying enough with their wife. All felt they were falling short. "The answers are tragic," he said. "They're like 'never, rarely, occasionally, hardly ever, when needed, not enough.'" Sam said he's helped lead many of these men to new levels of spiritual intimacy with God and their wife in both his book Just Say the Word and on the website justsaytheword.net. He revealed that the same men who confessed they rarely prayed with their wife also admitted she'd most likely be overjoyed to hear her husband dedicate himself to regular prayer with her. "'She'd say, 'Hallelujah.' She'd say, 'When do we start? She'd start crying'" are some of the answers Sam said men have shared with him. 'Show Me the Tracks' At the website justsaytheword.net, an amusing two-minute cartoon Sam narrated sums this up. "We know that our wife desires this spiritual intimacy," the video says. "Men often need a path to follow: Show me the tracks. That's the purpose of 'Just Say the Word.' It's a journey of intentional spiritual intimacy in marriage. With marriage under attack and families falling apart, it's time to wake up and Just Say the Word." Sam recommends couples anxious to enjoy this spiritual intimacy should head to the New Testament. "If you take this 30-day plan: pray with your wife through the Book of Philippians, I'm telling you you're going to catch a model; you're going to catch the tracks," Sam promised. Increased Passion Sam and Vicki said their prayer time together has improved both their relationship and their romance. It's the reason Sam subtitled his book,

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The Hour of Great Mercy
At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320). -- Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. Amen.

CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY
Using the rosary beads, recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one I Believe in God. On the Our Father beads say this prayer, which was given by Our Lord to St. Faustina (1905-1938). Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. On the Hail Mary beads say: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. In conclusion say three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Greatest Love
(Continued from page 6) wanted to know him and be his friend and join his mission to change the world. Genuine love of the poor, integrity and honesty and doing what is just and true is what is lacking in our political, economic, moral and religious leaders. That is why there is so much corruption and evil, poverty and injustice. Many may present themselves as being religious when in fact they don’t follow the example of Jesus of Nazareth. They may perform rituals and rites but do not have the commitment to bring about community transformation and make this a happier and more just world. His ideal of love is not impossible for ordinary people to imitate. Hundreds of thousands of good people do live similar heroic lives and many have died for just causes serving the people as he did. Valentine’s day ought to celebrate more than romantic nonsense but genuine friendship and commitment to a just cause. [shaycullen@preda.org]

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Holy Spirit, You who made me see everything and showed me the way to reach my ideals, You, who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and You who are in all instances of my life with me, I want to thank You for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from You no matter how great the material desire may be. I want to be with You and my beloved ones in Your perpetual glory. Thank You for favors granted. Amen. Mention your request while making the request, please promise to publish the prayer or circulate the favor. This prayer should be said for 3 consecutive days and after the 3rd day, expect your prayer to be answered. From: David Family

Prayer to St. Jude
O Holy St Jude! Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor for all who invoke you, special patron in time of need; to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart, and humbly beg you, to whom God has given such great power, to come to my assistance; help me now in my urgent need and grant my earnest petition. I will never forget thy graces and favors you obtain for me and I will do my utmost to spread devotion to you.Amen. St. Jude, pray for us and all who honor thee and invoke thy aid. (Say 3 Our Father's, 3 Hail Mary’s, and 3 Glory Be’s after this.) From: David Family

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(Continued from page 11) it. She names it. It inspires her to step out of her famous husband’s shadow. It makes her competitive and combative. It makes her sharper, more alive. She loves that she can share gallery space with her husband and even steal some of his glory. But the pleasure she gets from the attention is one where their mutual jealousy serves as a sort of marital life force that keeps them excited about getting up together in the morning. Thus Heinzerling’s documentary ends in the only possible way: with Noriko and Ushio prepped up with paint and ready to punch the living bejeezus out of each other, all in extreme slow motion. Actually, Noriko does most of the punching. She’s fearless. She loves using her husband’s art against him. She loves the splatter of color and her husband’s aging body taking a pummeling. She loves him, after all. After one spirited debate late in the film, Ushio even tells him so. He looks genuinely moved and betrays a cute little smile. And she looks at him, as if to test his reaction, watching her most affectionate jab of all leave her rugged, ex-drunkard husband too stunned to say a word.

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By locale, 91 percent in overall rural areas and 89 percent in overall urban areas chose sense of humor, SWS said. The survey, conducted on Dec. 11 to 16, 2013, asked 1,550 adults nationwide the question: Which of these two statements will you choose: a man/woman who is ugly/unattractive but can make you laugh or has sense of humor, or man/woman who is good-looking but has no sense of humor? When grouped by class, the survey found that there was a stronger preference for sense of humor among classes D and E. Ninety percent among class D and 91 percent among class E chose sense of humor over good looks. These figures were higher than the 79 percent who chose sense of humor among class ABC. Conversely, the proportion of those who chose someone good-looking but has no sense of humor was higher among class ABC at 20 percent compared to classes D and E, both at 9 percent, SWS said. The survey also found that women (94 percent) preferred sense of humor compared to men (86 percent). Among men, 13 percent chose good looks over sense of humor versus the 6 percent among women. While the preference for sense of humor was dominant in both sexes and classes, more men in the upper classes chose good looks than their counterparts in the lower classes. Thirty-five percent of men among class preferred good looks to sense of humor, compared to the 12 percent and 93 percent of men among class D and class E, respectively. Sense of humor was preferred by 90 percent and 87 percent of men in class E and class D, respectively while a lower 65 percent of men in class ABC chose sense of humor. SWS also found that there was stronger preference for sense of humor among those with less formal education. Ninety-two percent among those who have at most some elementary education and 94 percent among elementary

graduates chose sense of humor, slightly higher than the 89 percent among high school graduates and the 81 percent among college graduates. On the other hand, 18 percent among college graduates preferred good looks, higher than the 10 percent among high school students, the 7 percent among those with at most some elementary education and the 6 percent among elementary graduates. Stronger preference for good looks among those with more formal education was more pronounced among men. It was 28 percent among college graduates compared to the 15 percent among high school graduates and 8 percent among both elementary graduates and with at most some elementary education. Among women, preference for sense of humor was consistently high across education levels, ranging from 89 percent to 96 percent. Preference for sense of humor was dominant across civil status but singles were almost twice as likely to prefer good looks over those who were in a committed relationship, with 14 percent among singles and 8 percent for both with partners and those who were married choosing good looks, SWS said. Single men had the highest preference for good looks at 18 percent, compared to married men at 12 percent and men with partners at 10 percent. Among women, preference for sense of humor hardly varied by civil status.

It was 95 percent among those who married, 93 percent among those with partners and 89 percent among singles. The noncommissioned survey had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.5 percentage points for national percentages, plus-or-minus 4 percentage points for Visayas and plus-or-minus 6 percentage points for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon and Mindanao.

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