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Asian Journal March 28, 2014 Edition

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The Anatomy of Healing: Jesus and Fr. F. Suarez .. p 8

Zena Babao
An Unfathomable Destiny .. p 10

Internet Governance: A Leadership Challenge* .. p 6
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AFP: 43 New Peoples Army rebels surrender in Bukidnon
by Danny Petilla, Inquirer. net | PALO, Leyte, 3/21/2014 —Officials of the world’s largest food humanitarian assistance agency expressed alarm on Thursday over the admission last week of this town’s mayor that she authorized the throwing away of food items intended for victims of Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan). “In a time when there are still pockets of food insecurity

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(United Nations jargon for hunger) here, that was absolutely not appropriate,” said a top official of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Eastern Visayas, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the UN mandate of neutrality when they engage in humanitarian relief operations in the aftermath of disasters affecting their host nations.
The official was referring to Mayor Remedios Petilla’s statement last week (Continued on page 10)

Holy Week observance in America is not as solemn as it is in the Philippines
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. Publisher & Editor San Diego Asian Journal The Original and first Asian Journal in America San Diego, California March 27, 2004

Holy Week Memories

Philippine American Celebration Committee Prepares for the Balboa Park 2015 Celebration in San Diego
San Diego, California, March 24, 2014 — In 2015, the City of San Diego will celebrate the centennial of the Panama-California International Exposition and the creation of its premier cultural attraction, Balboa Park. As the organizer of one of the centennial’s major cultural festivals, it is the pleasure of the PhilippineAmerican Celebration Committee to share with the community its efforts to develop a worldclass arts and cultural celebration for the global community.


(First in a series of three articles)

hree weeks from now, we will be celebrating Holy Week. Here in the United States, it is more popularly known as Easter, which, technical refers to the Sunday of Holy Week or Easter Sunday.

The Philippine-American Celebration Committee (PACC) is an unprecedented collaboration of ten organizations serving the Filipino-American (Continued on page 15)

Newer, sleeker, cuter: Provincial tricycles evolving to suit modern times, needs

The week is not considered as “holy” by the general population as even Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was supposed to have been crucified, is observed as a regular working day by many. In the Philippines, it is almost a week-long holiday as people troop to their hometowns as early as Good Wednesday and go back to work the next Monday. Schools in the U.S., however, including some universities consider the week as the time for Sto Domingo Chruch stained glass window Spring Break, hence, students do not go to school at this time and are able to observe Holy Week depending on their religious orientation. Pretty soon, with the debate on the separation of the Church and State, particularly the legality of the use of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, this practice might also be questioned. In the Philippines however, this is far from happening since the mostly Catholic Filipinos observe Holy Week seriously, if not piously. On Fridays of lent, the more pious Filipinos observe the practice of not eating meat and of fasting. Here in the United States, it is seldom observed as even Filipino restaurants, which are mostly owned and patronized by Catholic Filipinos, serve meat dishes, ignoring the much-valued tradition and Church doctrine. I remember one time when I reminded an officemate of mine, who brought a meat dish to work, that it was Good Friday and she’s not supposed to eat meat. “Di bale, nasa Amerika na naman tayo (I don’t care, we are already in the United States),” she replied as though (Continued on page 2)

GMA News | MARAMAG, Bukidnon, 3/25/2014 -- Fortythree members of the New People’s Army voluntarily surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Maramag, Bukidnon last Saturday, a news release from the military said Tuesday. According to the AFP, the 43 are former members of the NPA’s Guerilla Front 6, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee. They turned over high-caliber firearms including M14 rifles, M16 rifles, Garand rifles, .45-caliber pistols and homemade shotguns. The surrender came not long after the arrest of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, top officials of the Communist PartyNew People's Army-National Democratic Front. They were arrested in Barangay Zaragoza in Aloguinsan, Cebu by combined forces of the army and police last Saturday. Wilma Tiamzon is the secretary general of the CPP/NPA while her husband, Benito, is the chairman of the CPP/NPA. Another five NPA rebels surrendered to the AFP on Monday and are currently detained in army headquarters in South Poblacion, Maramag, Bukidnon. — Andrei Medina/ BM, GMA News

by Rie Takumi, GMA News | 3/22/2014 -- Even tricycles have to keep up with the changing times. Though many tricycles in Manila are still the traditional motorcycles with orange

GMA News | MANILA 3/21/2014 -- Small and medium enterprises desiring to prep up for the ASEAN part in the demonstration integration in 2015 are urged which I enjoyed very much. I I was attending a middle to attend the National Symposigned up that evening and beschool open house when my sium Workshop on Empowercame a chartered member of son’s principal, Mr. Merle visited and also one in Cebu ing People & Organizations in Black Mountain Toastmasters Fowler, asked me if I could that I particularly remember the Workplace for Excellent Club. Today Black Mountain attend a meeting at his office because one of its members Results (E-Power). the following Tuesday. It was Toastmasters Club is one of or yellow tin sidecars, their became the International PresOrganized by the UP the most successful clubs in provincial counterparts are al- an organizational meeting as ident. When he visited the Institute for Small-Scale ready taking on newer, sleek- he was trying to start a Toast- the region and is now located national headquarters in Santa Industries (UP ISSI), with the masters club in the area. I had in Poway, California. Whener—and even cuter—looks. Margarita, California, which Small Enterprises Research ever I visit the Philippines I never heard of Toastmasters Some are even more costis just north of San Diego, we and Development Foundation always make it a point to atbefore but I agreed to attend. efficient and environmenttend the local clubs. There are At the meeting there was (Continued on page 14) (Continued on page 8) (Continued on page 7) several in Manila that I have a group of Toastmasters who demonstrated to us how they By Quintin R. Ramil, Jr Chapter 22; Toastmasters, Cur- conduct their meetings. Some sillo and Engaged Encounter of us where invited to take

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March 28-April 3, 2014
(regardless of the extent to which the sentence was ultimately executed); and (3) the offense must have a maximum possible sentence of one year. If Roger cannot avail of this exception, then he can file for a waiver under Section 212(h) of the INA. Editha has 2 hurdles : the fraudulent H-1B petition and overstay of her tourist visa for more than 6 months. A good immigration attorney should first challenge any findings by the United States Embassy that she had a knowing, active and deliberate role in the making of false statements, and in the filing of the bogus H-1B petition. If the Embassy finds fraud, she can file a “fraud waiver” under Section 212 (i) of the INA. Should there be no finding of fraud, Editha is still subject to the 3-year bar due to her overstay and for this, she can file a waiver under INA Section 212 (a)(9)(B)(v). Approval of waivers is based solely on the discretion of the United States Attorney General. Favorable discretion will be exercised if extreme hardship is clearly proven by a totality of factors affecting the parents of Roger and Editha, relating to - health and medical conditions, other physical and emotional conditions, personal considerations, financial situation, gainful employment, education, length of residence in the United States, presence of other family members in the United States, and other factors . A good quality waiver should contain credible declarations and strong supporting evidence explaining how each hardship factor will cause extreme hardship to Roger’s mother and Editha’s father. A good attorney knows it is not enough to submit just a stack of documents to the U.S. Embassy in Manila - to secure a favorable exercise of discretion, it is important to present an exhaustive and well-developed waiver application packet. Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon is a partner in Chua Tinsay & Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation (CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Philippines. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (619) 955-6277; (415) 495-8088; auvega@ctvattys.com

Holy week observance ..
(Continued from page 1) Philippine memories My happy Holy Week memories in the Philippines are further enhanced now that I had observed the celebration of Easter in the U.S. for the past twenty four years. Just like Christmas, Easter Week is celebrated with not much religious meaning in America, compared to the way it is observed in the Philippines. In fact many Americans do not see Holy Week as a chance to reflect on the sacrifices of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross; they view it as an opportunity to take a much-needed vacation and a week of celebration. One time, during a Friday before their Holy Week vacation, my eldest daughter who was a twelve-year-old junior high school student at that time, asked me: ” Dad, next week is Holy Week and we don’t have school. Are we going to Disneyland, out of town, or something?” Like a responsible father, I replied: “Holy Week is supposed to be the observance of Jesus Christ’s death. We should pray and reflect on his sacrifices and observe it in a solemn way. In fact, we should fast and offer sacrifices to manifest our love of Him instead of celebrating.” Shrewdly, my daughter changed her question: “Dad, next week is also our Spring break, and we don’t have school, are we going to Disneyland, out of town, or something?” Treating it as a joke, I played along: “Well, if you put it that way, I think we should go out of town and then go to Disneyland!” Looking back, I realized I should have been more serious and should have impressed on her the true meaning of Holy Week. Many materialistic merchants, in fact, do not offer any help as they commercialize the death of Jesus Christ the same way they commercialize his birth during the Christmas season. Instead of encouraging people to be solemn and reflect on the death of Christ, the merchants devised ways of making money out of it. Instead of calling it as the Holy Week, they preferred to emphasize the term “Easter”. Instead of making Jesus Christ as the focal point of observance, they made Easter Bunny as the symbol of celebration. An insult It we really think about it, inventing the myth of the Easter Bunny as the Easter symbol is a direct insult to Jesus Christ, the same way that Santa Claus has become more identifiable with Christmas than Jesus Christ whose birthday we are supposed to be celebrating. That’s why I always think that whenever parents have the picture of their kids taken with a giant Easter Bunny at shopping malls, they merely encourage their children to believe in wrong and commercialized values. The kids grow up believing more on the bunny that learning lessons from the death of our Lord. The Easter egg hunt is also a false belief that merely distorts the values of kids; why don’t parents just take their children to church instead and explain to them the different meanings of the Stations of the Cross? (To be continued)

Inadmissibility : Waivers and Relief
By: Aurora Vega-Buzon In 1992, Roger was petitioned as a married child by his mother, a United States citizen. His visa is now available and his mother is about to pay for the visa fees and affidavit of support fee for Robert, his wife and 3 minor children. However, in 2003, when Robert came as a tourist, he attempted to file a divorce in Nevada 2 weeks after his arrival. In the divorce petition, he claimed he was a resident of Nevada for the last 3 months. The Court found out that he lied in the court papers filed and after investigation, he was charged and convicted for perjury and was sentenced to 3 months in county jail although he was released after only 30 days in jail. In 1999, Editha came as a tourist “Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for Memorial and Windingwalk Parks. Both of these parks are great assets to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.” “Heart Your Park” is part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” spring campaign that will come to life at Macy’s stores and on www.macys.com with an infusion of garden-inspired merchandise, special promotions and events. For more information on “Secret Garden,” visit www. macys.com/secretgarden. For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit www.macys. com/parks. Chula Vista currently has more than 50 community and neighborhood parks as well as nine recreation centers. More information about Chula Vista’s parks can be found at www.chulavistaca.gov. and within 3 months, paid a manpower agency in Los Angeles who matched her with a company in LA‚Äôs garment district willing to file an H-1B working visa petition for her. The H-1B petition was denied for being bogus and fraudulent as there was no real job or position available for her in the company. Editha stayed on for another 7 months but eventually went home in 2000. Her father immediately filed a petition for her as a single child of a permanent resident. Now, her visa is also available. Due to past criminal and immigration violations, Roger and Editha may be inadmissible (meaning they are barred from getting their immigrant visas) ‚Äì Roger, for his prior perjury conviction (which is a crime involving moral turpitude); and Editha, for overstaying her tourist visa for over 6 months and, possibly for fraud (the bogus H-1B). Nevertheless, they may be entitled to waivers of inadmissibility and/or statutory exceptions under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and other federal laws. Waivers of inadmissibility are available if we can prove extreme hardship to qualifying relatives in the United States - that means Roger and Editha must submit evidence to prove that Roger‚Äôs U.S. citizen mother and Editha‚Äôs permanent resident father will suffer extreme hardship if visas are not granted to Roger and/or Editha. For Roger, his 2003 perjury conviction in Nevada may be eligible under the ‚Äúpetty offense exception‚Äù under Section 212 (a)(2)(A)(ii) of the INA. The said exception provides that the bar to admission of an alien convicted for a crime of moral turpitude shall not apply if the alien (i) has committed only one crime involving moral turpitude; (2) must not have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment in excess of six months

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CHULA VISTA, 3/6/2014 -- Memorial Park, located in the heart of downtown Chula Vista, and Windingwalk Park in the Otay Ranch area, have both been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s Chula Vista Center, 555 Broadway, and Macy’s in Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Road, can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting the local park nearest to that particular Macy’s. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total. Memorial and Windingwalk Parks are two of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated in the advancement of community parks, recreation, and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between. “We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said Agnes Bernardo, Chula Vista’s Parks Operations Manager.

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Health and Wellness
Want a better work-life balance? Exercise, study finds
ScienceDaily.com | 1/9/2014 -- "Individuals who exercised regularly were more confident they could handle the interaction of their work and home life and were less likely to be stressed at work," said Russell Clayton, assistant professor of management at Saint Leo University and lead author on the paper. Conflict between work and home can be categorized in two ways. Work interference with family describes typical job-based pressures that can lead to interference (either time or psychologically) of family time. Family interference with work is when personal issues find a way into the workday and compete with "work time." Researchers wanted to find if exercise helped both. Previous studies have shown that exercise helps to reduce stress. A previous study examined Tai Chi exercise programs over 12 weeks. Another study looked at high-intensity aerobic exercise. Both showed reductions of self-reported stress. What researchers didn't know is if the reduction of stress actually helped empower individuals to feel they had better work-life balance. "The idea sounds counterintuitive. How is it that adding something else to our work day helps to alleviate stress and empower us to deal with workfamily issues? We think exercise is a way to psychologically detach from work -- you're not there physically and you're not thinking about it either -- and, furthermore, it can help usfeel good about ourselves." Researchers examined responses of 476 working adults to survey questions. Respondents were asked on a four-point scale (1 never -- 4 always) questions about exercise behavior. For example, "I exercise more than three days a week." Respondents were then asked a number of questions on a 7-point scale (strongly disagree -- strongly agree) about their confidence in handling work-family conflicts. "Our findings suggest that employers can help employees with work-life balance by encouraging them to exercise." These findings are forthcoming in Human Resource Management. Researchers were from Saint Leo University, Saint Louis University, University of Houston -- Victoria and Illinois State University. The above story is based on materials provided by Dick Jones Communications. The original article was written by Russell Clayton. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length. Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/ releases/2014/01/140109101742.htm

17 Top Foods For a Spring Detox
Refreshing News | 3/17/2014 -- When winter ends our bodies are ready for a cleanse. Luckily, spring arrives! Spring brings mineral-rich vegetables helpful for detoxing. Nature does know best! Here are seventeen of my favorite foods that you can easily include in your spring cleansing menu. Helpful foods for a spring cleanse are usually… Easy to digest Alkaline High water content High fiber content Nourish cleansing systems or organs Full of antioxidants Full of anti-inflammatories 1. Lemons are the detox fruit, containing lots of vitamin C which helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that’s easily flushed away. Your liver is your largest cleansing organ, and it loves lemons! They are the most alkaline forming food. Main ingredient of Master Cleanse (Lemonade Diet). 2. Spinach is rich in Anti-Cancer and Anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Good source omega 3 fatty acids. Alkalizes the body. 3. Radishes: The sulfurous mustard oil in radishes stimulates the circulation system as well as the liver and kidneys to help with a detox. Great for the skin because of high sulfur, silicon and vitamin C content. A good source of fibre. 4. Pineapple helps cleanse and tone the pores in your lungs, which directly affect the elasticity of your lung sacs. Contains the enzyme bromelin, which helps expel intestinal worms from your lung pores. The bromelain is great for digestion. 5. Artichokes are wonderful food for the liver and the gallbladder. They help detox harmful chemicals. Lowers high blood pressure. 6. Nettles are a super detox food that strengthens the liver, adrenal glands and kidneys. Rich in minerals Can ease seasonal allergy symptoms The stinging parts are destroyed during cooking. 7. Green tea helps flush toxins out of the system with antioxidant catechins, which increase liver function. Is full of polyphenols which produce extra heat in the body and burn calories so you can lose weight. 8. Green Peas can be digested easily and eliminated efficiently. Provide useful vegan protein to substitute for heavier proteins. Rich in anti-oxidents including flavinoids, carotenoids, phenolic acids and polyphenols 9. Fresh coriander leaves have been clinically proven to remove mercury. This healing herb: Lowers blood sugar. Lowers bad cholesterol. Improves eye health. 10. Celery has anti-cancer compounds. Active phthalides relax artery walls to reduce blood pressure. Is a negative calorie food. The high fiber assists colon cleansing and weight loss. proven to protect liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other toxins. Are a good source of easy to digest protein. 11. Sesame seeds are full of amino acids called methionine and tryptophan, which helps the liver and kidneys to function and detox effectively. 12. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that increases anti-inflammatory enzymes in the liver. Turmeric powder has powerful antiinflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Improves Phase II liver detoxification. Reduced Phase II detoxification is associated with environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia and CFS. Helps detoxify the blood. High content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins. Helps keep blood pressure low because of its high potassium content by opening up blood vessels. 13. Cabbage activates detoxifying enzymes in the liver. 14. Dandelions are a powerful food to detox the liver. Coming soon to a lawn or a garden near you! Dandelion roots and leaves feed the liver and help assist cleansing. Stimulates the digestive juices, helping the digestion of fats. Contains 48 substances that support your body to detox naturally. Dandelion greens are best in the spring before they get too bitter in the summer. Reduces mucous. High amounts of pectin which is good for cleansing. Contains inulin which promotes the growth and activity of friendly bacteria in the intestines making it difficult for unfriendly bacteria to grow. Food highest in glutathione, an impor(Continued on page 15)

When In-Home Care May Not be Enough
power of attorney or living will? If not, an elder law attorney can help create these documents. To find an elder law attorney in your community, visit the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. What resources (personal resources, long term care insurance, etc.) are available to pay for care? Where does your loved one bank? Who manages investments? Who is your loved one’s physician? What medications does your loved one take? Where does your loved one keep important paperwork and documents, such as a living will, durable power of attorney, and Social Security and Medicare cards? Where does your loved one wish to live? What care expectations does your loved one have? You can also take the opportunity to learn more about your loved one’s life story. You can document memories in a journal, video or audio recording. Collect recipes, photos, letters, poems— anything that reflects your loved one’s life and personality. Heartfelt efforts can help personalize the discussions and put care decisions in the proper context— creating life’s next chapter. If the time comes when care needs require a move away from home, Care Conversations can help you take the next step. Visit CareConversations.org to learn more. Link: http://careconversations.org/ Planning_Preparing/Enough_In-Home_ Care.aspx

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The Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego, INC. (PNASD) will celebrate its’ 40th Year (Ruby) Anniversary on Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 6:0010:00pm at Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, 1775 E. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 with our annual Scholarship and Excellence Awards and Induction of New Officers. Since its founding in 1974, PNASD has recognized nurses who not only excel in what they do but have significantly contributed to the local, national and international communities through their clinical expertise, scholarly activities, public service, and health advocacy. Our members are integrated into the healthcare community and community-at-large as nurses, board members of private and public non-profit organizations, military service members, educators and health providers. We offer annual scholarship to deserving students in undergraduate and graduate programs of nursing

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If your current care solution isn’t meeting your loved one’s needs, or is becoming too difficult for you, it’s time to explore different options. Oftentimes, different relationships or circumstances require a different approach. Below, we offer tips on discussing care concerns with your spouse or with a loved one. Discussing care concerns with your spouse As a caregiving spouse or partner, you understand your loved one's needs and wants better than anyone. You want to keep your spouse at home, but sometimes you have the frightening thought, “What if I can’t continue to do this?” These feelings are only natural and signal the need to discuss the future. While you and your spouse may both prefer in-home care, you may not be able to provide the level of care needed. Addressing these care needs early on will give you both peace of mind and the freedom to fully enjoy time together. If appropriate, discuss your concerns with your spouse. It’s good to talk about the what-ifs, especially the toughest one: “What if care needs require a move to a facility?” As difficult as these Care Conversations™ may be, sharing what weighs on your heart will lessen feelings of loneliness or despair. You and your spouse may want to keep your thoughts private or share them with your support group—friends, family members or care professionals. While it may be uncomfortable to talk about personal changes, discussing growing needs will ensure you both stay open to various care options and solutions. Your Area Agency on Aging, a source for programs, services and information specifically designed to help older adults and their families, can help you locate support groups in your community. To find an Area Agency on Aging, visit Eldercare Locator. Discussing care concerns with your loved ones Care Conversations aren’t just for people of a certain age. They’re for all of us—whether we’re in our 20s, 50s or 80s. Care Conversations give you more control over the future and better peace of mind.

If you’re unsure about how to bring up concerns, or what to say once you do, there are many resources to help you. The Complete ElderCare Planner, by Joy Loverde, helps caregivers anticipate and prepare for later-year events. Five Wishes helps you and your loved ones address important Care Conversations in times of serious illness. Approaching the discussion as if you’re concerned about your own care needs, or those of a person close to you, may make things easier. For example, you might say, “I’m thinking about my future care needs. Could I get your opinion on a few things?” You could also bring up a person with changing needs and say, “What do you think about what’s happening?” or “What would you want done differently?” If you’re using the Five Wishes workbook, you can ask your loved one to complete it together with you. Depending upon the circumstances, your conversation may take five minutes, or it may take five weeks. Discussing care needs with your loved one is a process that is most successful when allowed to unfold. The goal is to share information, understand preferences and discuss various care options. During your discussions, try to capture specific information, such as: Does your loved one have a durable

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Four Filipino American & API Candidates of San Diego County: Primary Elections, June 3rd, 2014
10 years, single and born in San Diego, California, USA. He attended San Diego City College. Mr. Villar - Paguio is an Entrepreneur (Small Business Owner, Manufacturing; Family Owned Business); an Educator (High School Teacher), Co-founder Non-Profit and Commissioner. First run as a CV Council candidate which encompasses the vast neighboring areas of the communities of the City of Chula Vista including Eastlake, Otay Ranch, Rolling Hills, San Miguel Ranch, etc. San Diego City Council, District 4 CANDIDATE: Anthony "Tony" Villafranca (D) is 51 years old, a resident for over 30 years, single and born in Virginia, USA. He attended the San Diego County Sheriff Academy at Southwestern Community College and received a certificate including being Post Certified. He currently attends Cuyamaca College for a paralegal course. Mr. Villafranca is a Realtor. He ran several times for National City Council, and this will be his second run for San Diego City Council, District 4. District 4 in the City of San Diego encompasses Alta Vista, Broadway Heights, Chollas View, Emerald Hills, Encanto, Greater Skyline Hills, Jamacha, Lincoln Park, Lomita Village, North Bay Terraces, Oak Park, O'Farrell, Paradise Hills (North and South Bay Terraces), Redwood Village, Rolando Park, South Bay Terraces, Valencia Park and Webster. San Diego City Council, District 6 CANDIDATE: Chris Cate (R) is 31 years old, single, resident for over 5 Years but a County resident of San Diego for 31 years. He was born in Chula Vista in the County of San Diego, USA. Mr. Cate has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego. He currently is a Businessman and Non-Profit Executive. First run as a candidate. San Diego City Council, District 6 CANDIDATE: Carol Kim (D), (AKA): Carol Kim - Eng is 38 years old, married to Chinese American Lawrence Eng with two young children, resident for 7 Years and prior to 7 years ago, she is originally from New York and Los Angeles County. Ms. Kim Eng was born in Los Angeles, California, USA. She has a Bachelor Degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master Degree in Education (No response from candidate regarding school info). According to

The 2014 San Diego County candidates are finally in full swing with the demographics of Filipino American & Spanish descent communities uprising in the population of San Diego County. The dream of more Filipino American or API candidates possibly serving as a public official is finally in gear in the San Diego communities. Four Filipino American hopefuls & several Asian Pacific Islanders in San Diego County are running in their respective areas. The candidates are Shirley Horton, second generation, mestiza Japanese American and Caucasian-European descent for California State Board of Equalization (BOE). Jason Villar Paguio, second generation, Filipino American (Orion, Bataan & Olongapo, Philippines) and Spanish descent for Chula Vista City Council, Seat No. 1. Anthony "Tony" Villafranca, second generation, Filipino American (Batangas, Philippines & Bacolod, Negroes Occidental) and Spanish descent for San Diego City Council, District 4. The other four Asian Pacific Islander (API) candidates in the City of San Diego will run for San Diego City Council, District 6: Chris Cate, second generation, Filipino American (Cavite, Philippines) and Spanish descent; Carol Kim - Eng, second generation, Korean American; De Le, second generation, Vietnamese American; and Normita "Mitz" Sumulong Lee, first generation, Filipina American (Quezon, Philippines) and Spanish descent. The following brief information guidelines are noted on the 7 candidates in San Diego County: California State Board of Equalization (BOE) CANDIDATE: Shirley Horton (R) is 61 years old, a resident for over 40 years, single and born in Japan. She has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from San Diego State University. Ms. Horton is currently a nonprofit community organizer, property management and served as a former public official as Chula Vista Mayor and California State Assembly. First run as a BOE candidate which encompasses the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego. Chula Vista City Council, Seat No. 1 CANDIDATE: Jason Villar Paguio (R) is 28 years old, a resident for over

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the records at the voter registrar, she is an Educator. First run as a candidate. San Diego City Council, District 6 CANDIDATE: De Le (R) is 33 years old, married, resident for 21 years and born in Vietnam. He has a Bachelor Degree in Criminology from California State University, San Marcos and a Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, San Diego Community College. Mr. Le is a Security Manager/U.S. Army Veteran. First run as a candidate.

& San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria (D); mestiza Filipina American and Mexican American, Southwestern Community College Board Trustee Terri Valladolid (D). The former public officials: Filipina American (Cavite, Philippines) and former Sweetwater Board Member Arlene "Arlie" Natalie Ricasa - Bagaporo (D); Filipina American and former Sweetwater School Board Member Lita David; Filipino American and former Poway

San Diego City Council, District 6 CANDIDATE: Mitz Lee (I), (AKA): Normita "Mitz" Sumulong Lee is 58 years old, married to Caucasian American Jeff Lee with two adult children, resident for over 30 years and born in the Philippines. She has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration & Economics (University of the City of Manila) from the Philippines. Master Degree in Business Administration & Financial Management (University of the City of Manila) from the Philippines. Master Degree in Business Administration & Finance and Financial Management Services from National University, USA. Ms. Sumulong - Lee is noted on the Voter Registrar as to no info on occupation. She is a candidate

who ran twice for San Diego School Board Member and won one election in the General Election. She applied for the first run for San Diego City Council before redistricting but withdrawed her candidacy. This is the official first run as a candidate for the new redistricting of District 6. San Diego City Council, District 6 encompasses areas of the communities of Clairemont, Convoy, Kearny Mesa, Miramar, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sorrento Mesa and Sorrento Valley. At this point and time, the current API officials in the County of San Diego are Japanese American, Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka (D); mestizo 1/4 Filipino American, European and Spanish descent, former Interim San Diego Mayor

School Board Member Dr. Adelito Gale; Chinese American and former San Diego City Councilmember, Tom Hom (R); mestiza Japanese American and former Chula Vista Mayor and former California State Assemblymember Shirley Horton (R); Mestizo American Latino and Filipino descent and former Otay Water Board Member Tony Inocentes; Filipina American and former San Diego School Board Member Normita "Mitz" Sumulong - Lee (I); Filipina American and former San Diego Superior Court of California Judge Lillian Y. Lim; Filipino American (Bicol, Philippines) and former National City Councilmember Fred Soto (R); Filipino American and former (Continued on page 7)

The City of Chula Vista will be redistricting the City into four council districts and a new redistricting commission will be formed to draw those new boundary lines. (As you may know from SCAPAL’s educational programs on redistricting which began in 2009, it is extremely important that our API community be represented on redistricting commissions.) If you are a resident of Chula Vista, 18 years old and older, and a registered voter, you may apply to become a commissioner on Chula Vista’s Districting Commission. The application form is now available online at www.chulavitaca.gov/ City_Services/Administrative_Service. A sample copy of the application is attached. The application, your resume, and a letter of reference must be submitted to the City Clerk of the City of Chula Vista on or before 5:00 P.M. APRIL 17, 2014. For more details on the Districting Commission, the application process, and serving on the new commission, please contact the Chula Vista City Clerk at 619.691.5041. Please circulate this information to other APIs who live in Chula Vista. Palma Hooper President SOUTHWEST CENTER FOR ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LAW info@scapal.org phooper@qhlawyers.com Attachment

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Life can be real

Sometimes it’s hard to change our old habits. There’s always an enormous amount of resistance even for a good change. Once we’re embedded in our comfort zones, changing our lifestyle is really tough. For most of us, life is normally a routine from birth to death. So, what have you done to make life exciting along the way? Have you done things that you really wanted to do? Have you been to places that you wanted to visit or is everything on hold for now? When are you going to enjoy life? Do you still believe in fate and luck or you just have to wait until you’re too old to do whatever you dreamed in life? In my opinion, Life is what you make IT. Success in life is how you define it. Why are you so concerned about what other people may say? Do you think accumulation of wealth and material things means great success? Do you want to be successful and happy or just wealthy but miserable? We just have to be honest with ourselves. Life is too short and more stress in your life can make it shorter. Most of the time, it’s you who created your stressful situations. Why not re-evaluate your life and re-define your goal. Consult your immediate family and talk to your spouse and children. Two or more heads are better than one. Life maybe simpler than what you think it should be. Growing up poor should be considered a blessing and not a hated past. At least you can appreciate any improvement that you did in your lifetime. Learn to enjoy and appreciate what you have now and stop looking over your

neighbor’s fence. Envy can create stress and build up a huge pile of unnecessary debt. Do you have to prove anything to other people or does it make you feel very important to possess something that cost a lot of money but not really needed? We can reassess ourselves, our health, current assets and liabilities. We can always improve ourselves and be happy without spending a lot of money. Believe in yourself and your capabilities. Every person is unique and you don’t have to compare yourself to anybody. Beauty is in your heart and Success is in your head. Don’t just live, work and retire quietly in one corner. You don’t have to be rich to become somebody important. You can make a difference in your community. Trying to help others maybe the key to your happiness but, don’t forget that you can only do so much. Take good care of your health and be realistic. Always think positive and believe in the “Golden Rule”, it works. If you are in your 60’s and still employed most likely your kids are done with college and your old home is close to be paid for. Is it better to keep your old house or sell and use the equity to buy a new and a more expensive one? Most likely you’ll pay no capital gain tax, but do you really need a new house? All your kids will leave the nest soon or already gone. It’s you and your spouse. If you keep the old house and pay it off soon, all you have to worry then is the property tax. Now, you can retire early and enjoy the rest of your life. A new house is really nice but a high monthly mortgage bill is not.

Celebrating local healthy Asian and Pacific Islander Cuisine
Increasing access to healthy dining options in San Diego through small food industry businesses
Guest Writer: Mary Grace Sadile A panel of local Asian and Pacific Islander (API) restaurants will present their best practices and lessons learned as they shift their businesses to healthier dining options through a press conference scheduled on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 10 am – 12 noon at the Administrative Office of Operation Samahan (1428 Highland Avenue, National City, CA 91950). Guest speakers, Heidi Sarmiento, MS, MPH (fitness and nutrition expert) and Happy Araneta, PhD (University of California San Diego (UCSD) Associate Professor and recipient of the 2014 American Diabetes Association’s Dr. Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award) will provide information on the importance of nutrition, as well as discuss the issues of overweight and obesity and diabetes in API populations. Participating restaurants, from the City of San Diego, El Cajon, National City, Spring Valley, Mira Mesa, and Chula Vista, are members of the STRIVE (Strategies to Research and Implement the Vision of Health Equity) San Diego network, a collaboration of API community-based organizations committed to addressing health disparities within and among API communities in San Diego. STRIVE San Diego focuses on risk factors, like nutrition and weight management, by connecting with local small business API restaurants to offer healthier food choices and nutrition labeling. Members of the APICHN network include Kalusugan Community Services, Lao American Coalition, Pacific American Academy, Samoan Athletes, Che”lu, Victoria House CorporaCases of water, soda and/or beer Nope, there’s more Beyond those things, a good number of garages have: Skis Skateboards Barbecue equipment Hibachis More tools More paint Something flammable Dusty boxes of tax, income and expense records Boxes of other papers too important to throw away but forgotten about years ago anyway New(er) beach umbrella Old(er) beach umbrella Sand toys Equipment from basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, soccer, golf, bowling, or any other sport someone at sometime in the family indulged in And even more And finally, I imagine that at least a few garages have: A partially dismantled car A partially dismantled off road vehicle A partially dismantled boat A jet ski or two or three (any one of which may also be dismantled) A hang glider An old trophy or two from childhood Items tossed out when you redecorated but liked too much to throw away (even though you admitted that it might just be time to let the disco ball go) Now for my big mess My suppository – sorry, I meant repository - of the rarely used, often unneeded, and generally forgotten items include: Some of the above plus Dog leashes Old fish aquarium Old fish aquarium equipment including heater, pump, gravel, plastic plants, stones, miniature skin diver to aerate the tank, and more – so much more Old plastic kid’s pool Toys for the old plastic kid’s pool Equipment for the new plastic kids pool Twenty feet of floor to ceiling shelving to hold even more stuff such as the 30 year old reel-to-reel tape recorder someone gave me that needs to be repaired so when I get it repaired I can use to listen to old tapes of me when I was on radio (on the very remote chance I still even have the things) Boxes of old (as opposed to at least somewhat newer) books although I tion, City Heights Youth and Family Outreach, Thai American Association of SD, ACCESS Inc, and academic institutions such as SDSU Graduate School of Public Health, and UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. With rates of overweight, obesity, and diabetes increasing and becoming urgent public health concerns, STRIVES San Diego and its thirteen participating restaurants are finding innovative ways to increase access to healthier dining options. Filipino restaurants include: Filipino Food and Bakery, Jochi’s Resto Grill, Kababayan Bakery, Lisa’s Filipino Cuisine, and Manila Sunset; while Asia Café, Sang Dao, Dell’s Cakes, Finest Thai, Thai Time Bistro, Pho Ha Noi, Saigon Bistro and Grill, and Pacific American Academy Catering Service represent Lao, Thai, Vietnamese and Pacific Islander cuisine. STRIVE San Diego community action leaders work with the restaurant owners and chefs to modify the dishes to be lower in fat, cholesterol, salt and sugar and abundant in vegetables, fruits and whole grains while maintaining the integrity and flavor of the dish. Filipino dishes that have been modified to be healthier are: Filipino Food & Bakery’s Mongo Guisado, Manila Sunset’s Fresh Lumpia, Kababayan Bakery’s Filipino Chop Suey, Lisa’s Filipino Cuisine’s Stir Fried Green Beans with Tofu, Grilled Chicken Adobo and Jochi’s Pinakbet. Modified Laotian dishes include Sang Dao’s Lao Larb Chicken and Asia Café’s Lao Crispy Rice Salad; Thai are Thai Time Bistro’s Glass Noodle Stir Fry with Shrimp and Finest Thai’s Lemon Grass BBQ Chicken; Vietnamese are Pho HA Hanoi’s Pho Tai and Saigon Bistro and Grills’s Thang Long Grilled Fish; Chamorro’s delicious Pineapple Papaya Cobbler; Hawaiian private chef, Andrea Bugawisan’s Sugar (Continued on page 10) have tossed some of those away. After all, why keep a history book that stops before the entire western hemisphere was discovered? Three tons of dust Finally in most garages there might, might, be room for a car or two. But have you noticed how often people let a car that cost them tens of thousands of dollars set out in the sun and rain while they put the stuff worth a whole lot less inside? It doesn’t make sense of course, but hey, we’re people – we don’t have to make sense. Stop looking and start cleaning Back to the point of all this: I’ve been thinking about cleaning the garage but you can’t just rush into it. Certain steps and methods are required: The means to a clean See a need (1-2 months) Recognize the need (2-3 weeks) Accept that the need must be satisfied (10 days) Begin planning stages (1 month) Start plans (1 month) Arrange necessary tools and or equipment - including but not limited to garbage bags (1 week) Get motivated (2-3 days) Get motivated (2-3 days) Really get motivated (4 days) Start work (uh oh, rain - see Weather Channel) Start work (whoops soccer game check schedule) Start work So you can see that should I start immediately, there’s no way to finish before the first of next year – even using best case scenario numbers (and we know that never happens). So like I said, I’m going to putter (it’s a thing dads do) just as soon as I head to the garage and find a soda and/or beer. It’s not too early to start is it? Another point: cleaning a garage would need to be done by somebody who originally was at rest. Now you've got to wonder who at rest and in their right mind would actually get up to clean the garage? Therefore, cleaning the garage willfully and wholeheartedly would seem to fall under the category of an ‘unbalanced force’. So cleaning the garage is for unbalanced people. Done. Guilt gone. Sigh. All is right with the world. Glad I could help.

Internet Governance: A Leadership Challenge*
A few days ago, the Obama administration announced its plan to give up control over online domain names and addresses by 2015 when its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) expires. The latter has been in charge of managing Internet addresses since 1998. The plan is to transfer this function to a group of “multi-stakeholders”. This is the same idea advanced by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which was convened under the auspices of the United Nations. WSIS defines “multi-stakeholders” as “governments, the private sector, civil society, and the technical and academic community to nominate representatives from within their respective stakeholder communities to be selected by the UN.” The participation of governments means the participation of national sovereign powers of any type – dictatorship or authoritarian, monarchy, democratic, and non-democratic. They may include North Korea, Iran, China, Russia, and other countries. The involvement of the United Nations would have been desirable by virtue of the fact that the countries participating are signatories to International Treaties, Covenants, Executive Agreements, and the like. The problem is, some of these countries disregard International Law that covers these treaties. In fact, two (China and Russia) even have veto powers in the UN Security Council. The United States prides itself not only as a land of the free and a shining example of democracy and republicanism but also as promoter and protector of the democratic ideals worldwide. The role of the United States in creating the Internet and overseeing its tremendous growth and successful development cannot be ignored. By providing the necessary resources and effective oversight, it became a worldwide network benefitting billions of inhabitants. The Internet is where all users regardless of race, nationality, economic class, gender, age, and/or color could exercise freedom of expression. It is also where freedom of association is respected. The Internet, being more accessible, available, and affordable to the masses, data, information, knowledge, and education have been easily accessible to them as well. This is true in democratic governments as opposed to repressive regimes that restrict access to information and communications. Of course, the right to privacy and data protection are also respected in the cyberworld. So are consumer rights. New entrepreneurs have found easy ways of locating markets via online. Even a freer exercise of religion through online preaching and propagation of their faith has been shown. So, in the exercise of its oversight functions, and in investing on a new world structure, the United States did not do badly. “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” The idea of turning over ICANN’s functions to a “multi-stakeholder” would some day be desirable if all governments or their front organizations have learned to respect human rights and not to restrict access to information and communications. In fact, it would be great for all stakeholders if all governments would guarantee access to the Internet and adopt general principles to ensure that network use respects universal human rights. Former President Bill Clinton who objects to the Obama plan had this to say, “I understand in theory why we would like to have a multi-stakeholder process. I favor that. I just know that a lot of these so-called multi-stakeholders are really governments that want to gag people and restrict access to the Internet.” He also said, “A lot of people who have been trying to take this authority from the U.S. for the sole purpose of cracking down on Internet freedom and limiting it and having governments protect their backsides instead of empowering the people.” The former President makes sense. The Internet or the Cyberworld is the newest world order. The United States government gave birth to it, nurtured it, and oversaw its growth and development. It is a world predicted by its founders by creating its architecture and net infrastructure to become a dominant creature. It is a world where the cloud is the limit. It is democracy on display for the entire world to see. Either by design or by default, the United States is the undisputed leader. It is one where the United States could promote and protect democratic ideals together with its freedom-loving allies. We are not even talking about its role on Cybercrime Prevention and Cybersecurity. On the other hand, giving it up would just be helping the enemies of democracy. It would allow the repressive governments to influence, if not control, content of the Internet. Those who regard certain contents as a threat to their holds to power could easily apply censorship. They could also stall technological innovation as these hostile governments dictate what can and cannot be done with the net. The Internet has been managed by the United States for the benefit of the whole world. I do not see any good reason to abandon whatever role the country still has. President Obama’s move is not an assertion of leadership. It is giving it up! *About the Author An International and Cyber Lawyer with an LL.B and LL.M; An Educator with an M.A. in Human Resource Development; An IT Chief Executive Officer with M.B.A. background; Community and Trade Association Leader; Lecturer/Speaker/Writer; Political Strategist; Technology Pioneer.

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Workin’ in the garage
It’s a garage! They’re not supposed to be clean
How clean is your garage? That’s assuming you have a garage, of course. If you’re lucky – or smart – you might not have one and in that case you can simply read this and make fun of your family and friends who do have one of the hated things. Here’s another question: how clean is a garage supposed to be? Sure, we see photos of spotless, near-empty garages in Architectural Digest but just how close to reality is that for most of us? The average garage for the average family (whatever your definition of average may be) probably has at least some of these items: Gardening tools Old paint (a few cans still good but most dried up long ago) Rope Snow toys left over from a weekend in the snow 12 years ago Tools (how many depend on how handy the user pictures him or herself); many get unused Rags Jumper cables (you never know) Oil A few old car parts A bicycle or two

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4th Annual San Diego “Steps 4 Health” Fair
The UCSD American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is partnering with the San Diego Disability Help Center to bring our community the 4th annual San Diego Steps 4 Health Fair and we would like your help in publicizing the event! We are a nonprofit, national, student-run, premedical organization committed to representing the physicians-in-training and helping and improving local communities, while the Disability Help Center is a collection of volunteers and disability specialists that have helped thousands of disabled individuals nationwide to receive their benefits. The San Diego Steps 4 Health Fair is a free event that is open to the public. Its purpose is to educate the lowerincome families in the San Diego areas about health-related issues and practices and provide free non-invasive medical services. It features an array of health organizations, fun activities, and food and entertainment for community members of all ages! For the past three years we have hosted our health fair at the Larsen Field in San Ysidro and Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park and this year we would like reach out to a different community in City Heights in order to improve the general well-being and education by providing free non-invasive medical services and resources for families. This year, we are hoping to create an even bigger and better event and we hope that you help us to make it a possibility! Here are the details: ? Name: San Diego Steps 4 Health Presents: Family Fun Day & Health Fair ? Location: Rosa Parks Field at City Heights ? Address: 4380 Landis Street, San Diego, CA 92105 ? Date: Saturday, April 26th ? Website: steps4healthsd. webs.com ? Set up: 8:00am-10:00am, Health Fair: 10:00am-2:00pm, Break down: 2:00pm-3:00pm Please reply back if you are interested. You can reach me either by my cell, which is (925)3005532, or by e-mail at kemtolentino@ gmail.com. Thank you for your time! Best, Karen Tolentino

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Huge Win For Solar Homes
A surge in solar growth is expected after today’s announcement
SAN DIEGO (March 27, 2014) – The California Public Utilities Commission made a final decision today that has solar homeowners celebrating. The Commission unanimously voted to protect California’s solar customers’ net energy metering contracts for 20 years. Net energy metering allows the meter to spin backwards, giving customers full credit for electricity produced by solar panels that is not used in the building. The highly anticipated decision is a part of Assembly Bill 327 (AB327). This is considered a huge victory for solar power customers and property owners looking to go solar in the near future. California’s current solar power generators will be granted 20 years of “grandfathering” protections from the time they go solar. Property owners who go solar in the future have an opportunity to also have these same protections if they go solar before the AB327 statutory cap is met or before July 1, 2017, whichever is first. “There will be an unprecedented surge of demand for solar power after today’s hearing, so it’s impossible to predict when the cap will be hit," said Daniel Sullivan, president and founder of Sullivan Solar Power, “It is clearly in the best interest for property owners to go solar now, locking in 20 years of protections.” The average payback period for a cash purchase of a residential or commercial solar power system is four to six years. With the new rules, these solar producers will have 15 years of free electricity. “Even after the 20 year transition period, there will be benefits in those out years for customers who put in solar,” said Commissioner Mike Florio, “I think people who {installed solar}, doing a calculation of return on investment, will see their expectations realized.” When Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 327 into law last October, he included a letter stating that he expected the Commission to ensure that customers who took service under net energy metering are protected under those rules for the expected life of their solar power systems. Commission Florio stated that one of the Commission’s goals was to preserve a vibrant solar market and today’s decision definitely leaves a bright future for California’s solar industry.
him down occasionally, Ariaga said his trike is only for his family's use. "Dati binabiyahe ko, pero bawat barangay kasi may kulay. 'Di na siya pwedeng ibiyahe kasi iba na ang kulay," Ariaga explained. Profitable and convenient Having a similarly-sloped front glass window for its passenger's side are the sleek sidecars from Abella Transport Manufacturing Industries. The Bumblebee, a 4-seater trike by Abella Transport Manufacturing Industries. Photo from Abella Transport Manufacturing Industries Facebook page. Elmer Vicente Abelia of Arevalo, Iloilo City, an aviation electronics technician, fabricated the designs to help trikes "catch up" with the constantly changing designs of automobiles and houses. "I came to a point of designing a sidecar for tricycle to match with motorcycles, not only for the comfort of the passengers but also how to make it more profitable and convenient on the part of the owner and driver as their means of livelihood,” Abelia told the PIA.

About Sullivan Solar Power Sullivan Solar Power is a turnkey solar system provider that delivers solar electric projects from concept to completion. The company has installed over 18,500,000 watts of solar power ranging from small-scale residential to large-scale commercial and municipal systems. Sullivan Solar Power is headquartered in San Diego, CA and owned and operated by Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan Solar Power has a longstanding A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau, with no complaints filed since the business began. The firm has been named one of the fastest growing energy companies in the nation by Inc. Magazine for three consecutive years and services all of Southern California. Regardless of project size and scope, Sullivan is committed to delivering the best products and the most qualified professionals to its customers. Visit http:// www.sullivansolarpower.com for more information.

CPUC: Net Energy Metering Overview

California Public Utilities Commission | SACRAMENTO, 4/23/2014 -Customers who install small solar, wind, biogas, and fuel cell generation facilities (1 MW or less) to serve all or a portion of onsite electricity needs are eligible for the state's net metering program. NEM allows a customer-generator to receive a financial credit for power generated by their onsite system and fed back to the utility. The credit is used to offset the customer's electricity bill. NEM is an important element of the policy framework supporting direct customer investment in grid-tied distributed renewable energy generation, including customer-sited solar PV systems. The vast majority of solar PV customer-generators choose to be on a NEM tariff, with over 120,000 residential and non-residential accounts enrolled in California's NEM program. NEM allows the customer to size their generation to meet their annual load instead of the peak demand. This allows for a slightly smaller system to meet the load than would otherwise be required because of seasonal variation in both the demand for electricity and the solar (Continued on page 14)
His innovative designs lead to winning the 2013 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) in Western Visayas for the Industrial Design category. His designs previously placed second in RICE 2011 under the LIKHA category. GMA News Online tried to reach Abella for an interview, but received no response as of posting time. Both locals and foreigners are taking interest in Abella's designs, and orders for units are filling up the comments section of their Facebook page. The power of electricity Adding to these is the electric tricycle project of Dave Dewbre, CEO of Digital Web Group Inc. and current resident of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Dave Dewbre and a model of his Electric Tricycle Taxi R&D. Photo from his website, DancingWithNetworks.com. Using electronically-powered motorcycles and the aerodynamic design of France's pedal taxis, the trikes were made to improve upon an earlier design presented to Dewbre by then-mayor Edward Hagedorn in 2009. Charlie Boorman, an English TV presenter and motorbike enthusiast, even dropped by to test-drive the bikes for a TV show. The trikes, named ET3, were also featured in the May 2013 edition of C! Magazine, an automotive-focused magazine. GMA News Online also reached out to Dewbre for comment, but a response is still pending as of posting time. — VC, GMA News

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This pink Hello Kitty tricycle from Roxas City, Capiz was not a product of an accident or a childish want. Normer Ariaga, the owner of the trike, told GMA News Online through a phone call that the shape and color of the trike were joint decisions made by him and his wife while the sidecar was in the shop. "Napag-isipan namin ng asawa ko na gawing Hello Kitty na lang para maiba," said Ariaga, who painted the vehicle himself. The Hello Kitty trike set him back around P27,000, but the cost was forgivable for a project he loved. While passengers try to flag

friendly than those that ply Metro Manila's side streets.

Four Fil-Ams
(Continued from page 5) appointed National City Councilmember Fidelis Ungab (R); and mestiza Filipina and Mexican American, former National City Councilmember Rosalie Toledo Zarate.

As for the 7 candidates, if elected, they will serve as a public servant for the vast diverse community. In turn, they will make decisions to improve the quality of life that they represent and live in and other surrounding areas too. The respective seats the candidates are running for will be on June 3rd, 2014 on Tuesday for the Primary Election. If a candidate has 50% + 1 vote, they will be the newly elected public official except for the Chula Vista City Council seat. However, if no one receives 50% + 1 vote, the Top 2 contenders will run for the General Election on November 7, 2014. PHOTO'S FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: 4 Filipino American & API Candidates (Mestiza Japanese American, Vietnamese American and Korean American) vying for their respective seat for the 2014 Primary Election on June 3rd, Tuesday from communities in San Diego County: Shirley Horton, California State Board of Equalization; Jason Villar Paguio, Chula Vista City Council, Seat 1; Anthony "Tony" Villafranca, San Diego City Council, District 4; Chris Cate, San Diego City Council, District 6; Carol Kim - Eng, San Diego City Council, District 6; De Le, San Diego City Council, District 6; Normita "Mitz" Sumulong Lee, San Diego City Council, District 6. ###

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Lower Your Nets by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez

4th Sun. of Lent: March 30, 2014

The Anatomy of Healing: Jesus and Fr. F. Suarez
Joke of the week: There is this medical doctor who is very ethical, especially when he is examining a female patient. He always insists on having a third party present. One busy afternoon he motioned to a woman sitting in his reception room and then signaled the man sitting next to her to come also. Since the woman complained of a pain in her stomach, the doctor demanded that she disrobe. The man looked on with considerable interest. Finishing his examination, the doctor prescribed some medicine, and the woman rushed from the room. “Your wife is a nervous person, isn’t she?” observed the doctor. “My wife?” echoed the man. “Never saw her before. I was wondering why you wanted me to come in here with her.” Scripture: First Reading: 1 Samuel 16: 1b, 6-7. 10-13a. The anointing of David as Israel’s king is a reminder that “not as man sees does God see.” Physical insight and spiritual insight, though interrelated, differ from each other. Samuel is swayed by Eliab’s appearance. He did that with Saul who had been chosen on the basis of his physical qualities. David’s spiritual qualities are not visible to human eyes. Rarely would it happen that spiritual insight is a reflection of the physical condition. The opposite is true: the spiritual insight is often manifested in physical condition. Second Reading: Ephesians 5: 8-14. This passage is chosen on the merits of its catechetical contents: contrasting children of light against the children of darkness, the past and the present. The Letter conveys a mood of festive celebration as though the fight between evil and good is over. This is not true. The contrast between sin and holiness should not lead the holy that they are completely sinless. Gospel: John 9: 1-41. As the Gospel last Sunday presented the journey of faith of the Samaritan in stages, today’s Gospel relates how the man born blind who first recognized “the man called Jesus,” later would acclaim him as somebody “from God, a prophet, the Son of Man, the Lord.” Reflections: Fr. Fernando Suarez, a Filipino priest who is based in Canada and belongs to the religious order of the Companions of the Cross, preached a mission at Mary Star of the Sea, San Pedro, on February 2008. I learned about his gift of healing from my sister, Fellie G. Barlahan, who had seen him healing people at Mass on several occasions as reported at TFC. My sister learned about that Fr. Suarez was going to that parish through my niece, Ellie G. Mariano, who lives in Carson. I called Fr. Albert Avenido, the parochial vicar in the parish and my former student at The Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Bulacan, and inquired whether it was possible to concelebrate with Fr. Suarez and for him to pray over me. The Mass that started at 6:30 p.m. and lasted for one and half hours was presided by Fr. Suarez with 9 priests concelebrating with him. The church, that has a maximum capacity of 1,220, was fully packed. The overflow of people who did not make it to the church had to view the Mass and healing that followed after it on a closed circuit TV at the school auditorium. The approximate attendance in both sites is 2,500. Today’s Gospel illustrates what I had seen and experienced at the healing Mass: God’s marvelous and awesome power of healing through Fr. Suarez who emphasizes that he is not the healer, but only God’s gifted instrument to touch people’s lives and lead them to a personal encounter with Christ. I had witnessed and heard how so many people were healed of their physical problems, such as broken knees and shoulders, blindness, total or partial loss of hearing, and lameness. Praise God! Physical healing, whether of illness, disease, emotional dysfunctions, such as bitterness and anger, is not an end in itself. Physical healing is a tool for spiritual healing, to lead us to the Divine Healer, Jesus Christ, to personally encounter him, and profess a deep and honest change of heart or conversion. Even if physical cure is not obtained, God gives us the needed grace to endure pain and suffering that come with illness. Spiritual healing does occur gradually and transcends physical healing that does not happen instantly. In the case of the man born blind, his recognition of the man Christ led him to see spiritually with his own physical eyes the “Lord, Son of Man.” This coming to a strong or firmer faith has its trials and obstacles. The Pharisees and Scribes, out of envy, doubted the healed man’s testimony. Even his own parents out of human respect and for fear of being expelled from the synagogue did not want

60 seconds with God... For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever you're doing and take this opportunity! Let's see if Satan can stop this. THE(SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS... At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to the death penalty. At the time crucifixion was the "worst" death. Only the worst criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus. Unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion, Jesus was to be nailed to the cross by His hands and feet. Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.nail driven into Jesus hands medical type drawing of the details of having a nail driven through your hand. The nails were driven into His wrists. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There's a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe. Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain,so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage. Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds. From common images, we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side... But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrists, the feet overlapped and an even larger nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture.

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He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His side. All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed). Jesus had to endure this experience, so that we can have free access to God. So that our sins could be "washed" away. All of them, with no exception! JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR US! He died for us! It is easy to pass jokes and false witness statements by e-mail, but when it comes to God, sometimes we feel ashamed to forward to others because we are worried of what they may think about us. 60 seconds with God... For the next 60 seconds, set aside what you're doing and take this opportunity! Let's see if Satan can stop this. All you have to do is: 1. Simply pray for the person who sent this message to you. 2. Then, send this message to 10 people... More if you wish. 3. 10 people will pray for you and you will make that many people pray to God for other people. 4. Take a moment to appreciate the power of God in your life, for doing what pleases Him. If you are not ashamed to do this, please, follow Jesus' instructions. He said (Matthew 10:32 & 33): "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before My Father in heaven; but whosoever denies Me before others, I also will deny before My Father in heaven." If you believe, send this message... But send it only if you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Yes, I love God. He is my source of life and my Savior. He keeps me alive day and night. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." -- Philippians 4:13.

by Virginia H. Ferrer
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Nais Ko Sana
Nais ko ay maglakbay hanggang sa kabila ng mundo ano-ano nga kaya ang mga matutuklasan ko huwag lang sana nakakatakot na tulad ng multo halika na kaibigan at samahan mo na ako. Nais ko ay marinig ang mga awit ng diwata sabi nila kasi malalamig daw ang mga nota hahanap-hanapin daw ito na tulad ng gayuma baka mabaliw lang ako, siguro ay huwag na. Nais kong maabot ang mapuputing pumpon ng ulap na wala silang tigil sa masipag na paglalakad minamasdan niya tayo kahit saan ka mapadpad tumigil ka naman at gusto sana kitang mayakap. Nais ko sanang masalo ang kahit isang bituin kung sakali't siya ay babagsak ng matulin mabilis na mabilis ko namang siya'y sasaluhin sa altar ilalagay kasama nang aking dalangin. Nais ko'y maging masaya ang bawa't isa sa atin sa lahat ng oras at lugar na walang pipiliin kasalanan n'ya kahapon ngayo'y huwag nang isipin mga ngiti sa 'ting mga labi ang dapat mapansin. ©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.

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to profess that their son was healed. After one’s physical healing happened, that person senses a lasting peace, because he experiences in a deeper way the presence of Christ who has always been with us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Faith that comes with spiritual healing recognizes Christ’s lasting presence in our midst, especially through the Eucharist. This conversion or newly found renewed faith attests to the truth that Christ never abandons us; we are the ones who fail to recognize his

abiding presence in our midst. Quotation of the week: The healing acts of Jesus were themselves the message that he had come to set men free. Francis MacNutt.


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Day 1 of the symposium-workshop will focus on the implementation of AFTA 2015, its impact on the Philippine SMEs, the expected intensification of competition within the region, and the overall problems and prospects of the integration for the country’s economy. Day 2 will feature learning activities, notably “how-to’s” for successfully meeting challenges and ensuring competitiveness of local SMEs in the regional market. Group workshops will guide entrepreneurs and managers in identifying and formulating action plans to strengthen their organizations and improve the quality of their products and processes in order to be more competitive. Among the speakers are Mr. Joseph Defeo of the Juran Institute, Inc., Dr. Cielito Habito, Director Jerry Clavesil-

(SERDEF) and the Quality Partners Company, Ltd. (QPCL), the forum will be held on April 10-11 at the ISSI building, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

las of the DTI Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Industry Development, President Alfredo Yao of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ms. Cirila Botor of the Philippine Metrology, Standards, Testing and Quality (PhilMSTQ), Director Nestor Raneses of UP ISSI, Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the ILO Country Office Manila, Dr. Miflora Gatchalian of QPCL), and Director Virgilio Fulgencio of the Bureau of Competitiveness. Testimonials will be given by CEOs of companies who have made the journey towards workplace and quality improvement. Those interested may contact UP ISSI (Tel) 9206923, SERDEF (365 5348), or QCPL (9416170, 4926844) or register online at www.entrepreneurship.org.

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New Smart-Phone “Appcessory” Plastic shopping bags make a Allows Moms to Hear Unborn fine diesel fuel ScienceDaily.com | 2/14/2014 -- The Child’s Heartbeat conversion produces significantly more
energy than it requires and results in transportation fuels -- diesel, for example -- that can be blended with existing ultra-low-sulfur diesels and biodiesels. Other products, such as natural gas, naphtha (a solvent), gasoline, waxes and lubricating oils such as engine oil and hydraulic oil also can be obtained from shopping bags. A report of the new study appears in the journal Fuel Processing Technology. There are other advantages to the approach, which involves heating the bags in an oxygen-free chamber, a process called pyrolysis, said Brajendra Kumar Sharma, a senior research scientist at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center who led the research. The ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois. "You can get only 50 to 55 percent fuel from the distillation of petroleum crude oil," Sharma said. "But since this plastic is made from petroleum in the first place, we can recover almost 80 percent fuel from it through distillation." Americans throw away about 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year, according to the Worldwatch Institute. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that only about 13 percent are recycled. The rest of the bags end up in landfills or escape to the wild, blowing across the landscape and entering waterways. Plastic bags make up a sizeable portion of the plastic debris in giant ocean garbage patches that are killing wildlife and littering beaches. Plastic bags "have been detected as far north and south as the poles," the researchers wrote. "Over a period of time, this material starts breaking into tiny pieces, and is ingested along with plankton by aquatic animals," Sharma said. Fish, birds, ocean mammals and other creatures have been found with a lot of plastic particles in their guts. Whole shopping bags also threaten wildlife, Sharma said. "Turtles, for example, think that the plastic grocery bags are jellyfish and they try to eat them," he said. Other creatures become entangled in the bags. Previous studies have used pyrolysis to convert plastic bags into crude oil. Sharma's team took the research further,

Tech IT
from My Barber by Benjamin Maynigo

Electric Thinking Cap
I got this from a usual source on the latest science and technology products, KURTZWEIL NEWSLETTER. I thought that our readers would be interested in finding out about it. Electric ‘thinking cap’ can help you learn faster, better Robert Reinhart applies the electrical stimulus to subject Laura McClenahan. After 20 minutes the headband is removed and the EEG cap will capture readings of her brain as she executes the learning task. (Credit: John Russell / Vanderbilt University) In a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt psychologists show that it is possible to learn through the application of a mild electrical current to the brain, and that this effect can be enhanced or depressed depending on the direction of the current. The medial-frontal cortex is believed to be the part of the brain responsible for the instinctive “Oops!” response we have when we make a mistake. Previous studies have shown that a voltage spike originates from this area of the brain milliseconds after a person makes a mistake.

by Randy O'Bannon, Ph.D. | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 3/20/14 9:55 AM Pro-lifers have told people without fail that “abortion stops a beating heart,” but perhaps no technology made that clearer than the fetal heartbeat stethoscope, allowing mothers and dads to hear the “whoosh-whoosh” of their unborn child’s pumping circulatory system. That is, until maybe now. For years, the fetal heartbeat stethoscope was a specialized piece of medical equipment largely used within the confines of a pregnant woman’s ObGyn. As a mom shared the experience with other members of her family, her friends, or her co-workers of the wonder of the “whoosh,” her accounts were largely second hand. ultrasound4d12 Now, though, thanks to a new smartphone “appcessory” featured in the March 6, 2014 issue of Laptop Magazine, a woman can hook a microphone and amplifier up to her iPhone, hold the microphone next to her belly, and listen to her baby’s heartbeat whenever and wherever she wants. And she can share that amazing experience with anyone she wants! The new Bellabeat Tracking System sells for $129 and can be used by phones with either an iOS or an Android operating system. The BabyWatch companion app not only enables the mother to hear the heartbeat, but also allows her to see a colorful, moving display of her baby’s vital signs. There’s no pocket ultrasound yet,

but the Bellabeat tracking system also delivers information on the child’s weekly development and offers the mom a chance to log each kick. A calendar helps a mom track her prenatal appointments and reminds her to take her folic acid supplements. (Tips about singing and talking to the baby are also included.) smartphone As noted one of the features is the ability to connect and share this data via social media. As meaningful as this might be to the expectant mother and father, this new phone app has the chance to influence public perceptions of the unborn child even more widely. This will make it harder than ever to dismiss the unborn child as just a “clump of tissue.” The device has been licensed by the FDA, but no one is suggesting that this app take the place of regular visits to a woman’s obstetrician. Women will need to learn how to distinguish the baby’s heartbeat from the rush of their own blood flow. However there is little doubt that this will prove a fascinating and attractive accessory to many young mothers of the smart-phone generation. More than that, though, it may end up being another valuable pro-life educational tool making the broader public more aware than ever before of the humanity of the unborn child. LifeNews.com Note: Randall O’Bannon, Ph.D., is the director of education and research for the National Right to Life Committee. This column originally appeared at NRL News Today.

however, by fractionating the crude oil into different petroleum products and testing the diesel fractions to see if they complied with national standards for ultra-low-sulfur diesel and biodiesel fuels. "A mixture of two distillate fractions, providing an equivalent of U.S. diesel #2, met all of the specifications" required of other diesel fuels in use today -- after addition of an antioxidant, Sharma said. "This diesel mixture had an equivalent energy content, a higher cetane number (a measure of the combustion quality of diesel requiring compression ignition) and better lubricity than ultra-low-sulfur diesel," he said. The researchers were able to blend up to 30 percent of their plastic-derived diesel into regular diesel, "and found no compatibility problems with biodiesel," Sharma said. "It's perfect," he said. "We can just use it as a drop-in fuel in the ultra-lowsulfur diesel without the need for any changes." Brajendra K. Sharma, Bryan R. (Continued on page 15)

Robert Reinhart, a Ph.D. candidate, and Geoffrey Woodman, assistant professor of psychology, wanted to test the idea that this activity influences learning because it allows the brain to learn from our mistakes. Reinhart and Woodman set out to test several hypotheses, including: It is possible to control the brain’s electrophysiological response to mistakes. Its effect could be intentionally regulated up or down depending on the direction of an electrical current applied to it. This bidirectionality had been observed before in animal studies, but not in humans. Additionally, the researchers set out to see how long the effect lasted and whether the results could be generalized to other tasks. Stimulating the brain

Using an elastic headband that secured two electrodes conducted by saline-soaked sponges to the cheek and the crown of the head, the researchers applied 20 minutes of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to each subject. In tDCS, a very mild direct current (flows only in one direction, instead of alternating between directions) travels from the anodal electrode, through the skin, muscle, bones and brain, and out through the corresponding cathodal electrode to complete the circuit. “It’s one of the safest ways to noninvasively stimulate the brain,” Reinhart said. The current is so gentle (1.5 mA) that subjects reported only a few seconds of tingling or itching (on the scalp at the stimulation site) at the beginning of each stimulation session. In each of three sessions, subjects were randomly given either an anodal (current traveling from the electrode on the crown of the head to the one on the cheek), cathodal (current traveling from cheek to crown) or a sham condition that replicated the physical tingling sensation under the electrodes without affecting the brain. The subjects

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by Zena Sultana Babao
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WASHINGTON, DC (March 24, 2014) – Today, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA51) issued the following statement after supporting H.R. 3771, the bipartisan Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, of which he is an original cosponsor. This legislation would incentivize American assistance to the Philippines’ relief efforts by allowing donations made before March 1, 2014 to be deducted on 2013 taxes. “As the Philippines continues to rebuild in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, it is clear that our work to help this community is not over,” said Rep. Vargas. “I am proud to have cosponsored the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act as it will encourage Americans to continue aiding efforts to restore the devastated areas and care for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.” Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County and California’s entire US/Mexico border. Vargas is currently serving his first term in Congress. He represented the 40th California State Senate District from 2010-2012, the 79th California State Assembly District from 2000 – 2006 and served on the San Diego City Council from 1993 – 2000.

Rep. Vargas Pushes “A Fierce Green Fire” Screening at UN Food execs from page 1) For Philippines Chula Vista Public Library April 5 (Continued that she authorized local officials to dump “at least four sacks of rice and Charitable Giving two sacks of used clothing” after they spoiled and rotted in the municipal hall’s Assistance Act storage center. The items were found at the San Jose garbage site, 6 kilometers

An Unfathomable Destiny
By Zena Sultana Babao Three thousand years ago, King David considered the apparent insignificance of human beings when compared to the vastness of the night sky. As a shepherd, David had spent many nights outdoors gazing at the star-studded expanse overhead. His thoughts are recorded in Psalm 8:3-5: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? You made him lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” David wondered why, considering the magnificent and vast universe, God is so concerned with human beings and their future. He realized that, within the larger scope of the vast heavens, we can appear to be insignificant. Yet he perceived that, in the plan of the great Creator God, no part of God’s physical creations even begins to compare with His purpose for human beings. Understanding that only God can reveal His purpose for creating us, David continued his reflection on the destiny of man: “For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen – even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:5-8) David was reflecting on the dominion God gave mankind at creation, to rule over all the earth. He realized that God has granted people the capacity to manage a significant part of His creation – our planet and its wonders. But he knew that much more was to come. David’s words in Psalm 8 explain the more that was to come. Indeed, as David gazed at the celestial grandeur overhead, he may well have recalled God’s amazing proclamation given through Moses that “the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven … the Lord God has given to all the people under the whole heaven as heritage. (Deuteronomy 4:19) This is astounding to contemplate! These verses reveal that man was created to share dominion with God over the entire created universe. Yet this is only one aspect of an even greater reality. In all of God’s physical creation, He made only mankind in the image and likeness of Himself. He gave only mankind dominion or rule over the creation. Mankind is unique within the creation of God. And God has planned for us an unfathomable destiny! The apostle Paul said of God’s marvelous plan, “This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but not it has been revealed to his own holy people.” (Colossians 1:26) Throughout the ages the overwhelming majority of people have failed to grasp the amazing future God has in store for those who develop a proper relationship with Him. As the apostle Paul put it: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) The Scriptures tell us that our destiny can exceed everything we could imagine in our wildest dreams! A prophetic passage gives us our first clue to our fantastic future. Speaking of the resurrection of the dead, it tells us that a time is coming when “many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” It adds: “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” (Daniel 12:2-3) This is just a hint of the amazing future God has planned for us – to live forever, shining in glory like the stars! The Scripture reveals that our only hope for eternal life is being resurrected from the dead in a transformed body just as Jesus was. The Bible also makes it clear that being resurrected to immortality comes only through the gracious mercy of God: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) God has ordained everyone to share Jesus to the world, not only in what we say but in what we do. When we believe in Christ, we are changed from the inside out. Our entire life becomes a testimony of what He has done. Each day holds opportunities to influence people around us, knowing that our daily actions and words are declaring Christ to the world. An unfathomable destiny in God’s Kingdom is the gift He has in store for those who turn from the way of sin and obey God from the heart.

(Continued from page 6) Free Haupia Cake and Pacific American Academy’s Healthy Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Combo Plates. Media representatives, government officials, community leaders, other restaurant owners, and the public are encouraged to come to attend this press conference that details the accomplishments of STRIVE San Diego. Information on health and nutrition, experiences of participating restaurants and staff will be provided as well as food samples from the participating restaurants will be available for tasting. STRIVE San Diego, a project of Operation Samahan, Inc. was one of fifteen community-based organizations chosen nationwide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Community Health to carry out a high-impact, populationwide project. Funded through Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), the national initiative aims to eliminate racial and ethnic gaps in health, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. “I would like this project to have more funds to help more restaurants do more nutrition analysis… I know a lot of people want to [eat healthy] more but sometimes it’s hard for them to make

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Kitchell’s powerful documentary, “A Fierce Green Fire: the Battle for a Living Planet,” detailing five decades of the environmental movement, will be featured at the Chula Vista Public Library’s Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Isabel Allende and Van Jones, the film has won acclaim at dozens of festivals around the world. Kitchell’s new release is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years, from conservation to climate change. The film screening will be part of the City of Chula Vista’s Earth Day/ Earth Month celebrations, and is free to the public. The showing at the Chula Vista Library is the only one scheduled in San Diego County this year. “The library is pleased to host a screening of this award-winning documentary,” says Principal Librarian Stephanie Loney. “It both celebrates Earth Month and encourages Chula Vista residents to discover the SDG&E Energy Lounges at the library with a wide variety of books and tools to help decisions on what to eat” said Gayle Sayyadeth, the owner of Finest Thai restaurant. About Operation Samahan, Inc. Operation Samahan has served San Diego County since 1973 and aims to promote better health and living conditions for all persons in the community, especially among indigent, low-income, uninsured, and underserved individuals and families. Operation Samahan provides high-quality, affordable, and culturally accessible medical and dental care, health promotion, and social services. For more information contact: Myleen Abuan or Grace Dadios at (619) 4774451 x1019 or via Email: gdadios@ operationsamahan.org Mary Grace Sadile, MPH, is a consultant for Strive San Diego conducting assessments and evaluation, marketing, and publishing articles and newsletters

all of us make our homes and businesses more energy efficient.” “A Fierce Green Fire” chronicles the largest movement of the past five decades, connecting all of the major parts of environmentalism. The film focuses on activism – people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future, and succeeding against all odds. It unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character. The stories include the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon, the Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals, the Greenpeace campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals, the fight to save the Amazon rainforest, and the 25-year effort to address the volatile issue of climate change. Vivid archival film footage and insightful interviews shed light on the movement. The film offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change, bringing industrial society into sustainable balance with nature. For further information, call the Chula Vista Public Library at (619) 691-5069, or visit the website at www.chulavistalibrary.com or the film’s site: www. afiercegreenfire.com/. for the project. She currently works for the SD Department of Health and Human Services. Kalusugan Community Services (KCS) is hosting a Filipino forum with a “Coffee Chat with Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber” on March 29, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12 noon at KCS’s Filipino American Wellness Center located at 1419 East 8th Street, National City, CA 91950. Dr. Weber will be giving an update of what is happening in Sacramento and will be listening to the concerns of the community regarding public issues. This is open to the public, so please bring your family, friends and neighbors. A light snack will be served. RSVP to LaShea Collins at LaSheacollins@asm.ca.gov by March 26 or for more information and RSVP, call Dr. Ofelia Dirige at (619) 477-3392 or email odirige@msn.com. Many thanks.

north of here. “It was a minimal thing compared to the volume that we received.” Petilla had said, even as she called “malicious” reports by her political opponents to the press that truckloads of relief items composed of rice, canned goods and biscuits were disposed of. Political detractors Her admission, however, did not stop her critics and political detractors from making hay out of the recent controversy. The reports have prompted several members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to call for an investigation amid a public outcry for greater transparency in the distribution of relief items. Asked if she would support a citizen participatory audit (CPA), Petilla said: “Why, can’t the COA (Commission on Audit) do its job anymore?” The CPA is actually an undertaking of the COA under its present chair, Grace Pulido-Tan. Petilla has served in various capacities as Leyte governor, House member and mayor for the past 19 years. Her son, Carlos Jericho, is secretary of the Department of Energy. Eye of the storm The controversial 75-year-old matriarch of the Petilla-Loreto political dynasty found herself in the eye of another storm when she admitted that she authorized the disposal of the relief items after it was found “unfit for human consumption,” by the municipal health officer, Dr. Ofelia Soliva. Last week, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman revealed that Petilla might have had a role in the relief items ending up in the dump. Petilla accused the Romualdez clan, her family’s political rivals, of sowing intrigue and confusion in a time of disaster. “There is never a right thing that I could do. They are always attacking me. I thought we all learned our lessons from Yolanda,” she said. The Inquirer tried to contact Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez on Thursday for comment, but the calls were never returned. Another UN official said the mayor could be guilty of negligence for allowing the relief items to spoil in her care. Failure of custody “What is obvious is that there was a failure of custody somewhere,” the official of the Rome-based WFP said. “Our job is to ensure that we use adequately the limited resources that we have to ensure that assistance is provided to the most vulnerable, with the right quantity at the earliest possible time,” he said. The official said the sacks of rice thrown at the San Jose dump could have been part of the WFP inventory, pointing out that his agency bought all the local rice stocks of the Department of Social Welfare and Development on Nov. 9, a day after Yolanda struck, to “ensure an early mega-response to a mega-disaster.” “People are starving and they are throwing, wasting resources,” said Joselita Mutia-Poticano, spokeswoman of the COA regional office in Candahug village here. The state audit agency has been tasked with auditing donated relief items. Early morning But residents of Barangay (village) San Jose said they saw the municipal truck dumping rotten relief items at least three times since Nov. 8. These were done early morning when they were still asleep, they said. “Most of the time, I am here at the garbage site, and I can assure you, the truck had been dumping relief items here,” said Marlo Nacario, a 19-year-old scavenger. Nacario even showed to the Inquirer half a sack of biscuits that he recovered from the five-hectare dump. “It’s not rotten. I eat it all the time,” he said.

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GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF), in collaboration with the city government of Iligan, completed the second phase of its Kapuso Village in Purok Tubaran, Barangay Mandulog, Iligan City as it turned over 60 composite type row houses to displaced victims of typhoon Sendong (international name: tropical storm Washi). The turnover ceremony for phase II was conducted last February 21 and led by GMAKF Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Mel C. Tiangco, along with Barangay Mandu-

GMA Kapuso Foundation turns over 60 houses to Sendong victims in Iligan
log Punong Barangay Abungal P. Cauntongan, Al Haj, and Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Regencia. Beneficiaries of the project were also present to witness the ceremony. Chosen by the Kapuso Village Housing Committee composed of representatives from GMAKF, the City Social Welfare and Development, Housing and Resettlement office, City Mayor’s Office, and barangay council, the beneficiaries are primarily those whose houses were completely destroyed by the typhoon. The turnover marks the completion of


GMA Kapuso Foundation EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco hands over the certificates of award to the beneficiaries of the second phase of GMAKF’s Kapuso Village housing project in Iligan City.

the 180-unit housing project in the city. Phase I of the project, composed of 120 units in Purok 17, Barangay Mandulog was turned over last April 2013. Each unit is typically designed with a fiber-cement board ceiling, a paved front deck, toilet and bath, a paved laundry area, and provisions for bedroom, living, dining and kitchen facilities. The units were also supplied with home appliances donated by Hanabishi. A community tree-planting was also held on the same day, with staff and volunteers from GMAKF, Phase 1 and Phase 2 beneficiaries, and members of the barangay council planting 350 seedlings along the riverbank near the resettlement area. GMAKF has had numerous rehabilitation projects in the city to address the devastation left by typhoon Sendong. Among these are the construction of a 10-classroom school building in Mandulog Elementary School, and the drilling and installation of a deepwell water facility in Sitio Cabaro, and a Jet-matic handpump in Purok 6, both in Barangay Upper Hinaplanon. Another 2-classroom structure was also erected in the Deus Caritas Village Phase II in Barangay Upper Tominobo, Iligan City. For details on GMA Kapuso Foundation programs, projects and donation (Continued on page 10)

“America’s Got Talent” 2013 Winner Kenichi Ebina Performing Live At Pechanga This April

Pechanga Resort & Casino is proud to announce Kenichi Ebina, “America’s Got Talent” Season 8 winner, will perform a major production show this April for the first time ever since appearing on television. Fans will feel Kenichi Ebina’s pulsating energy from his dance during two special “Kenichi Ebina Dance-ish Entertainment” performances on April 12 and 13 in the Pechanga Theater. Due to the great and overwhelming response, seats are limited so buy now while supply last! Tickets are on sale at $30, $45, $60 and $80. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Pechanga Box Office between 12:00p.m. and 8:00p.m., via telephone at (877) 7112946 or online at www.Pechanga.com/ Entertainment. Kenichi Ebina started his dance career when he formed a dance group “BiTriP,” with other Japanese dancers, in 2001. BiTriP won first place and became the Grand Champion of “Amateur Night” In 2007, Kenichi won seven awards in the dance competition of “Showtime At The Apollo” and became the two-time grand champion in Apollo theater history. It was not until seven years later that Kenichi was able to gain a national fan base by trying out for “America’s Got Talent.” After performing two dance routines during the finals, he was announced the winner of the eighth season on September 18, 2013. As the winner of “America’s Got Talent”, Kenichi has been very active. He

has performed at many events and on TV shows internationally, taught dance in the United States, China, Korea, Japan and more, and directed and choreographed routines for theater companies. Currently, Kenichi is appearing on the U.S. television show “Angelina Ballerina,” on PBS Kids Sprout as featured dance performer. Don’t miss out on these mesmerizing performances as Kenichi showcases his unique dance show that will definitely get the crowd cheering and applauding. Experience it ALL, Experience it LIVE at Pechanga Resort & Casino. About Pechanga Resort & Casino Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experience anywhere in the country. Rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga

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The Missionaries of the Poor Santo Nino Charity Clinic in Cebu is nearing completion. Scheduled to open on Easter Sunday (4/20), the clinic is the only one of its kind in the region which will soon serve the poor in Cebu and in outlying areas. Your tax deductible monetary donation of any amount is needed to meet the $50,000 USD required to complete the clinic in the next 60 days (Feb 15-Apr 15, 2014). Please help fund the final phase of the project. Cebu is host to many of the refugees affected by the 7.0 Bohol quake and the thousands of survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan; two catastrophes that wreaked havoc and death in the Visayas Region last year. The clinic is a joint project of St Joe’s Buddies led by Drs. Ed and Lucy Gamboa and the Missionaries of the Poor. Here’s how to donate from the USA: 1. Make check payable to: MISSIONARIES OF THE POOR, INC 2. In memo field of the check, write: Santo Nino Charity Clinic - Cebu PHL 3. Mail to: Santo Nino Charity Clinic - Cebu PHL c/o MOP – USA P O Box 29893 Atlanta, GA 30359
The Missionaries of the Poor Santo Nino Charity Clinic (top) under construction. Supplies delivered by MedShare arrives onsite (below).

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Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine, they laid down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see." Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars." "What does that tell you?" Watson pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies, and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?" Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. "It tells me that someone has stolen our tent."
a talk to the new classes on a particular talk or subject. In one of my talks I tell the story of my brother, Mario. I was selected to be a Rector and I became the class Rector of Class number 62. Being the Rector is like being recognized and given a kind of responsibility that is unique in every way. You are the leader and every new member looks up to you the same way I looked up to our Rector when I went through. I know that I gained many perspectives during that week-end and also touched many lives, especially the ones that I personally recruited into the movement. I would like to mention two individuals because I am particularly close to these two. They are Don Lacerna and Vic Bocaya. I also tried to improve the ways we train our rollistas. It was suggested by one of our leaders, Mr. Carlos Balmaceda, that we form a Toastmasters Club within the movement. This we did and we were joined by a new cursillista, Mr. Pat Ambrosio. The three of us founded the Fil-Am Toastmasters Club No. 9493 in June of 1993 and I was elected charter President. Our initial members were all cursillistas and we helped them become better speakers and presenters or better rollistas. Before long we accepted non-cursillistas and our club became one the clubs in the area with the most members. About ten years ago at our church at Good Shepherd in Mira Mesa, I heard a couple make a plea during mass. They were from the Engaged Encounter Community of our diocese. They needed new members and I agreed for them to come to our house so Tessie and I could learn more about their apostolate. I neglected to tell Tessie so she was surprised when this couple knocked at our door. Needless to say we agreed to be a part of their community. We attended several workshops and soon we passed the test and we were declared senior couple presenters. We hold a retreat for a newly engaged couple which is a requirement of our diocese before a couple can get married in a Catholic Church. We wrote our own talks which is basically the story of our life. We shared with the couples our ups and downs and how we handled our own problems. My particular talk regarding our own marriage is like the one I heard from the Pastor who presided at my nephew’ wedding. We attended the wedding of Jason and Rachelle Omania, my sister’s son, and during the wedding

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ceremony I was so touched by the advice given by the pastor. He said that the secret of a successful marriage is his Five C’s. They are: be a Companion, Cooperate, Commit to your vows, Communicate always and be a Comedian. This is how I start my talk on marriage because most of them want to know our secret for being married for almost fifty years. I asked the guys what criteria they used in buying their engagement ring. Then I reminded them of the five C’s of a diamond. They are: Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat and Cost. Then I tell them the five C’s of a successful marriage. We were the only Filipino Senior couple in our community where our average class is either 25 couples in St. Charles or 50 couples at the Mission in Oceanside. Twenty five per cent of our class is Filipino couples and so we became a role model for them. We were involved in this ministry for more than thirteen years and attended several conventions all over the country. A turkey and a garden In 2008 we began building a fenced-in vegetable garden at the Ramil Family retreat place in Lotus, California. This property was bought by our family several years ago. It is a four bedroom, two bath house on eleven acres of mostly oak trees and has a creek and an old wooden shack near it. This same creek also runs through the next town of Coloma where gold was discovered in 1849. That is why we have the tools necessary for panning gold. This particular summer we wanted to get rid of the shack and get the place ready for the coming wedding of Ram and Analise. It would be the first time for Lotus to be used as a venue for a wedding and reception. Louie was our fearless leader as we gathered around the shack. Using a backhoe, Louie dug a hole the size of a car which we used a fire pit. We started tearing down the walls, carefully sorting out the usable lumber and burning any that was not. The good lumber we used to make vegetable plots in our new garden. I brought several kinds of seeds, mostly Filipino vegetables from San Diego and planted it to start the seedlings. Soon I discovered that something was scratching and eating my seedlings. I was alone in the garden when I spotted a single turkey entering through the back where the fence was not yet completely installed. I got hold of my pellet rifle and knew that I had to hit it around the head otherwise the pellet would just bounce off its thick feathers. I took a good aim and slowly squeezed the trigger. At age 70 I shot my first wild turkey. I dressed it and in no time we had it roasting in the oven. Another wild animal that frequents our place are wild deer. Sometimes they spend the night under the house. We leave them alone as they stay away from our vegetables. - AJ (To be continued); (To order a copy of this book, call 619.746.3416)

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"I Wish You Enough"
Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter's departure had been announced. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said: "I love you and I wish you enough." The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom." They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I sat. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?" "Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever good-bye?" "I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is the next trip back will be for my funeral," she said. When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, "I wish you enough." May I ask what that means?" She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. "When we said 'I wish you enough' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them". Then turning toward me, she shared the following, reciting it from memory, "I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye." She then began to cry and walked away. They say it takes a minute to find a special person. An hour to appreciate them. A day to love them. And an entire life to forget them. Please Share this with your friends. It has the potential to inspire a lot of people. Be Blessed Of Divine Light.

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Toastmasters is the kind of club that helps people like us who speak another language, speak better English. It also taught me how to write and deliver a speech the proper way. I learned that writing a speech is like writing a letter. One must have an introduction, a body and an ending or conclusion. In the introduction is where you acknowledge the person that introduced you and also where you tell your audience what you are going to tell them. This is also where you should have an attention getter where you want the audience to listen to you. You can start with a clean joke, an interesting anecdote or a thought provoking question. You must then use a connecting phrase to go into your subject which should have at least three main topics or thoughts. In the summary is where you tell your audience what you just told them and then always end your speech with a bang. A good example is when President Kennedy ended his speech with the famous, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Cursillo movement In September of 1988 I also joined the Cursillo movement of San Diego. I know that my being a cursillista changed my outlook on life for the better. The three days that we spent at La Quinta de Guadalupe in Imperial Beach will forever be a part of my life. There are really no words to describe how I felt during that particular week-end. I know I really tried my best and did all that was expected of me. There were 38 of us and our class number was also Number 38. All of us were able to convince our wives and they too became cursillistas. Class Number 39 also had 39 members. One asked why one too many and the answer is maybe someone in our class had two wives. I became very active and I accepted many leadership roles in the movement. I also became a rollista, who is someone who gives

were there with my members and we met Mr. Johnny Uy in person. That was one moment in my life where I was so proud to be a Filipino.

Direction for Our Times
Whispers from the Cross September 18, 2008
Today I looked out again into the world where many had fallen away. I saw the lights from the apostles and as I watched, more and more lights began to be apparent. I thought to myself, “This must be the renewal.” One of the effects of this was that it became more and more difficult for fallen-aways to deny their condition. Each time they faced an apostle who authentically possessed Christ, in other words, one who was not part of the ring of defiance, they were compelled to notice the reality of their own condition. Being in the presence of those who possessed this light had the effect of forcing them to look in the mirror, so to speak. Another effect of these increased numbers of apostles in the world was to give greater courage to those serving. In some areas, as I watched, one light shone brightly, then, suddenly, around that person many, many lights began to be seen. I saw this again and again in different places. Truly, it makes me think that the Spirit is doing marvelous and miraculous things in this time. -- Anne in Direction for Our Times www.directionforouttimes.com


“The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death (754).” -- Words of Jesus in the Diary of St. Faustina

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.

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were unable to tell the difference between the three conditions. The learning task After 20 minutes of stimulation, subjects were given a learning task that involved figuring out by trial and error which buttons on a game controller corresponded to specific colors displayed on a monitor. The task was made more complicated by occasionally displaying a signal for the subject not to respond—sort of like a reverse “Simon Says.” For even more difficulty, they had less than a second to respond correctly, providing many opportunities to make errors—and, therefore, many opportunities for the medial-frontal cortex to fire. The researchers measured the EEG (electrical brain activity) of each participant. This allowed them to watch as the brain changed at the very moment participants were making mistakes, and most importantly, allowed them to determine how these brain activities changed under the influence of electrical stimulation.

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Stimulating or inhibiting learning When anodal current was applied, the EEG brain-activity spike was almost twice as large on average and was significantly higher in a majority of the individuals tested (about 75 percent of all subjects across four experiments). This was reflected in their behavior; they made fewer errors and learned from their mistakes more quickly than they did after the sham stimulus. When cathodal current was applied, the researchers observed the opposite result: The spike was significantly smaller, and the subjects made more errors and took longer to learn the task. “So when we up-regulate that process, we can make you more cautious, less error-prone, more adaptable to new or changing situations—which is pretty extraordinary,” Reinhart said. The effect was not noticeable to the subjects — their error rates only varied about 4 percent either way, and the behavioral adjustments adjusted by a matter of only 20 milliseconds — but they were plain to see on the EEG. “This success rate is far better than that observed in studies of pharmaceuticals or other types of psychological therapy,” said Woodman. The researchers found that the effects of a

20-minute stimulation did transfer to other tasks and lasted about five hours. The implications of the findings extend beyond the potential to improve learning. The process may also have clinical benefits in the treatment of conditions like schizophrenia and ADHD, which are associated with performance-monitoring deficits, the researchers suggest.

Notice of Fiscal Year 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and 2015 Annual Action Plan Under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, the City of San Diego (City) invites any interested parties to participate in the preparation of the FY 2015-FY 2019 Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) and Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Action Plan (AAP). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires local jurisdictions to prepare a Con Plan in order to receive federal entitlement program funds. The Five-Year Consolidated Plan must address the City’s goals and objectives for four federal entitlement programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. The AAP is the yearly update to the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and identifies the projects and programs proposed to be funded through CDBG, ESG, HOME, and HOPWA Programs for a specific fiscal year. The Con Plan and the AAP are subject to review and approval by HUD. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of San Diego’s Draft FY 2015 – FY 2019 Con Plan and FY 2015 AAP will be available for a 30-day public review period on April 1, 2014. The purpose of the review period is to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the planned FY 2015 expenditures of approximately $18 million in federal entitlement funds for HUD eligible Capital Improvement Projects, Admin and Planning, Community Services Programs and Community Economic Development Projects; as well as the anticipated expenditures for the FY 2015 – FY 2019 time period. The draft Con Plan and AAP will be available at select City libraries and community centers and at the HUD Programs Administration Office located at 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1400, San Diego, CA 92101. A listing of these sites will be available at www.sandiego.gov/cdbg. The plans will also be available for review on the City’s HUD Program Administration website (www.sandiego.gov/cdbg) and the San Diego Housing Commission’s website (www.sdhc.org). The plans will be discussed during a public meeting of the Consolidated Plan Advisory Board (CPAB) on April 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM. The CPAB meeting will be held at the San Diego Civic Concourse, North Terrace Room, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101. In addition, the plans are tentatively scheduled for consideration by the San Diego City Council during a public hearing on April 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm (time uncertain) at City Hall, 202 C Street, 12th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101. Please direct any inquiries or comments regarding the Con Plan or the AAP in writing to: ConPlanComments@ sandiego.gov or via mail to: HUD Programs Administration, ATTN: Con Plan Comments, 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1400, San Diego, CA 92101. The comment period will be closed on April 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm. To request information in an alternative format or to request translation assistance, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (619) 533-4000 (voice) or (619) 236-7012 (TDD/TTY) at least five (5) working days prior to the meetings noticed above.

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(Continued from page 1) community and the greater San Diego region. Its cross-sector partnership delivers a diverse mix of programs, services, and events focused on traditional and contemporary Philippine performing arts; history and education; health and wellness care; economic, social, and political empowerment; civic and leadership initiatives; youth mentorship; professional development and personal growth; and stateside disaster relief efforts for the Philippines. PACC is co-chaired by Patrick Ambrosio of DOD FED Globe, Anamaria L. Cabato of PASACAT, J.R. Melchor of FilAmFest, and Rom Sarno of House of the Philippines. The Balboa Park 2015 Centennial is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for San Diego to showcase its unique position within the Philippine diaspora and the critical role Filipinos have played in the successful development of the region over the last century. PACC is excited to welcome people locally and abroad in the bayanihan spirit with the best in Philippine and Filipino-American arts, culture, and entertainment that honors our past, celebrates our present, and looks ahead to our future. PACC looks forward to connecting with the community in the months ahead to share more about its efforts and the unique opportunities for collaboration and exchange that the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial and the Philippine-American Celebration offers.

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