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Asian Journal December 9-15, 2011 edition

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It’s the most joyful season of all .. p. 9

Miles Beauchamp
A Christmas List for Kids .. p. 6

Fighting Enemies of Economic and Political Democracy .. p. 4
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by Father Shay Cullen, PREDA | Olongapo, 12/9/2011 -- The big question that can be asked about Christmas is… has it failed? Two thousand years after the birth of the boy from Nazareth, who grew up as the son of a village carpenter, turned spiritual revolution, his heart turning message of universal rights, peace and justice has seemingly been rejected, ignored or compromised.
as he asked and tried to change the world? Have we been active and alive, lovingly helping our neighbors like the Good Samaritan? Have we done nothing, helped no one? “Faith without action is dead”, writes St. James in the New Testament. In much of society materialistic paganlike carnivals have replaced the spiritual revolution Jesus preached. Even the word Christmas has been replaced with Seasons Greetings. Keeping Christ out of Christmas is the

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Corona Court damaged badly
To Take A Stand By Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. | BusinessWorld, 12/9/2011 -Sen. Joker Arroyo assailed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for openly defying the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO). He said that GMA’s right to travel was merely incidental when compared to PNoy slams Corona Court at the 1st Nationthe executive branch’s move al Criminal Justice Summit to emasculate and damage the the court’s order. It is so by its own Supreme Court. doing. The Supreme Court under the In the eyes of legal eagles and political leadership of Renato Corona has pundits, Secretary de Lima’s defiance of long been emasculated and damaged the court’s order was wrong. But civil before Secretary De Lima ignored (Continued on page 7)

Arroyo is confined. The suite includes a separate bedroom, living/dining area, a kitchen, and a By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. jacuzzi in the main bathroom. MANILA, Philippines – ForPublisher & Editor mer President and now Pampanga Asian Journal San Diego Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, The Original and First Asian Journal in America under arrest on charges of electoral sabotage, is heavily guarded by Chapter 14 policemen in a hospital room costing P50,000 per day. In the end, Pablo Nolasco followed his conscience, hoping it would The 64-year-old Arroyo is be what the presiconfined at the lone presidential dent would want suite of St. Luke’s Medical Center him to do. The pres(SLMC) in Bonifacio Global City idential instruction in Taguig, which the hospital of “do what you boasts as its “answer” to the most have to do” was “discriminating clients.” vague and confus“Its amenities can be compaing. If he acceded rable to those found in presidento the demands of tial suites of luxury hotels,” the the lawmakers to website stlukesmedicalcenter.com. hire their people, ph read. it would contradict St. Luke’s prides itself as “one the presidential of the world’s best.” Its branch mandate of reformin Bonifacio Global City is three ing the government. times larger than the one in QueIf he did not, the zon City. The Taguig branch has lawmakers might 629 rooms ranging from basic to withdraw their crucial support to the presidential reforms. The reforms fully furnished suites. might not succeed; even worse, the president might be impeached. In The cheapest room costs Fantasy Land, a president could be impeached even if he did not comP1,000 per day or P952 for senior mit any crime or transgression of the provisions of the Constitution. citizens, while the most expensive Meeting the required number of congressional votes for impeachment suite is occupied by Arroyo. was sufficient. It did not matter whether such a vote would be a blatant She and husband Jose Miguel political decision and did not serve the public’s interest. Arroyo have been staying there since last Wednesday after the Pablo denied the requests of the lawmakers. He thought it was the right thing to government barred them from do if he were to reform his office and support the presidential efforts to help elimileaving the country over fears nate public corruption. True to his fears, the lawmakers started making noise. They that they will not return to face would call and threaten him. But he remained steadfast. He waited to hear from charges. the Office of the President messages for reprimands and orders to succumb to the According to the website, the suite has a total area of 157.44 (Continued on page 18) square meters and is located on the 16th floor – or in one of the most “private” or “secluded” sections of the hospital. It has two rooms to separate the patient from her/his gift to her today- her short life story. guests and family members. BY CESAR D CANDARI MD The website said the “large and Will I opine something beyond FCAP Emeritus | Henderson NV airy patient’s room comes with its certain set? I hope not. M’Lady own toilet and bath with hot and is my sunshine. Looking back at In the Ectopic Murmurs’ cold water, a 42-inch plasma TV, the past, Cely is a bright student November issue vol. 22 no. 11 DVD and VHS players.” who graduated as elementary and (Newsletter of the Far Eastern Uni“To accommodate family and guests high school valedictorian in her versity Medical Alumni Foundation without sacrificing privacy, a spahometown in Ago-o, La Union. She in the U.S.) was a rhyme of a sweet cious living and dining area separates earned her BS in Pharmacy degree and loving artistic style- poetic the patient’s room. Another toilet at the University of Santo Tomas idioms and phrases about “My and bath, a safety deposit box, and a in Manila, Philippines, and was Lady”. Stunningly done! I wish to kitchen area complete with a microtrained as a Medical Technologist express my sincere admiration to wave oven, refrigerator, coffeemaker and airpot for quick meals, snacks and at Elyria Memorial Hospital and my good friend Dr. Edgar Borda, Cely, M’Lady refreshments, are included,” it said. Medical Center in Elyria, Ohio. On for his all-loving words -”flawless” “To ensure that communication with a picture perfect specimen of human able lady. Congratulations my friend January 22, 1962, I started business associates remains uninterEd. Marvelous! I am going to do it sagacious ingenuity, ... expressing my internship with two other rupted and hassle-free, the Presidenthose affectionate expose` of what is in a different way. December 6 is my FEU graduates, my classmate Dr. Lady’s birthday. The following is my fitting about his graceful and ami(Continued on page 21) (Continued on page 2)

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day, Arroyo’s private physician Juliet Gopez-Cervantes told reporters that the former chief executive has lost her appetite and is currently being treated for “colitis.” “This is a reaction…Imagine how difficult (it is) for an individual to have a good appetite with all (these) things affecting you,” Cervantes said. According to Cervantes, the portion of Arroyo’s spine which they operated on nearly three months ago “is improving but not enough yet to make us conclude that the parathyroid hormones are working.” Arroyo is suffering from hypoparathyroidism. Asked whether her condition right now is life threatening, Cervantes said: “As a doctor when you say matter of life or death, there is multiorgan involvement and deterioration of vital signs. Objectively speaking, if we are talking about that, she is not in that condition as of now.” “However, we do not know what is in store for her. If this bone that is growing (is) not strong enough, (it can collapse anytime) if the support is removed. Then, that is matter of life or death. Because the cervical spines involved are the ones that protect… the chest in order for you to breathe. If (those will) collapse, how can you breathe?” she said. Cervantes also said it’s okay for Arroyo to travel on plane but there are risks. “We are not sure whether the bone that is growing based on CT-scan is good enough for her to have adequate motion on the neck,” she said. Sympathizers Arroyo was visited by two former secretaries yesterday, Mona Valisno and Esperanza Cabral. In a chance interview with Cabral shortly before 2 p.m., the former health chief told The STAR that they were in the hospital to “commiserate” with their former boss. “We are here to commiserate with her. Anyone who underwent what she experienced must be really depressed. And while we are for accountability, she is also a human being who needs sympathy,” Cabral said. Since, Arroyo’s arrest on Friday evening, the 16th floor has been guarded by at least four policemen from the Southern Police District and the National Capital Region Police Office. The house security team of SLMC was also deployed on the secluded floor, which Arroyo shares with the daughter of former President Joseph Estrada. According to Arroyo’s lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, Jackie Estrada-Lopez has just given birth to a baby boy and is recuperating at the ambassador suite, the second most expensive hospital room, which costs P40,000 based on the hospital’s room rates. Hospital arrest pushed Meanwhile, an official of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) yes-

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terday said they favor placing Arroyo under hospital arrest in consideration of her health condition. PMA-Manila chapter governor Dr. Leo Olarte believes the former president should “stay in the hospital” and that her health is an important factor that should be considered in deciding where she should be detained while awaiting trial on the charge of electoral sabotage. “What she is suffering now is anorexia nervosa. Meaning, she has lost her appetite for food. Her intestine also has an infection. She is currently at the SLMC that has complete medical facility. The rooms there are appropriate and could satisfactorily treat her disease today,” said Olarte at the Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel forum yesterday. Olarte said it does not matter if Arroyo stays in a public or private hospital for as long as they have an adequate facility that could treat her condition. He made the statement in reaction to public clamor that Arroyo be transferred to a medical facility run by the government, just like what happened to Estrada who was detained at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center shortly after his ouster by a military-backed popular uprising. Estrada suffered from arthritic knee problem. Sen. Panfilo Lacson also said Ar(Continued on page 6)

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wedding. It might interest you to know that many great marriages have sprung from quick engagements, so don’t let it bother you. There are two ways a spouse can be petitioned to be an immigrant. One is by consular processing, if the spouse is abroad. The second one is by adjustment of status, or the Form I-485, if the spouse is already in the United States. In your case, since you are already in the United States, you are eligible to adjust your status from a non-immigrant to an immigrant. You do not have to go back to the Philippines, but you may do so at your option. You need not worry about the lack of joint documents. The USCIS is very reasonable. It understands that since you are just newly-married, you are still in the process of building your life as a couple. Besides, you still do not have a social security number which most banks and other companies require to open a joint account. In your situation, pictures will help a lot to convince the USCIS that your marriage is valid. It will also help if you bring with you written statements from your in-laws, own relatives, friends and neighbors stating their belief that your marriage is genuine. And if you are already pregnant by the time of the interview, you can bring the pregnancy test results with you. During the interview, the interviewing officer will ask you to submit your documents and make notes on your file. Most officers will put a note in your file that your marriage is “bona-fide” or valid. That will be helpful in the future when another officer reviews your file for your Form I-751 petition and citizenship application. The other thing that you have to know is that you will be getting a conditional green card. This is because you have been married for less than two years (as of the date of the interview). The only condition of your green card is that it will be good for only two years. You will have to go back to the USCIS within the ninety day period prior to the second anniversary of your conditional green card. You will file what is called the Form I-751 to make your green card permanent. Do not forget to file the Form I-751 before the two-year deadline. By that time, the USCIS expects you to already have ample documents to prove that you have been continuously living together as husband and wife. You are expected to have the lease agreement or deed to your house, the utility bills, more pictures, and joint bank, insurance and other accounts. So it is important that you make a file of your joint documents in preparation for the Form I-751. We advise you to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to help you prepare for your adjustment of status application. Although the interview is generally pleasant particularly for those in good-faith marriages, it is always advisable that you submit a well-prepared petition and have your attorney prepare and accompany you to the interview. Good luck! Atty. Karagdag

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Dear Atty. Karagdag, My husband and I have gone through a whirlwind romance. I came to know him through the internet only late last year. Through the marvels of modern communications, we were able to develop and sustain our friendship. In January of this year, I came over to visit my brother in New York, but made a stop-over in LAX so I could see my cousins. My husband was there to meet me and never left me until I accepted his marriage proposal. We got married last month. My I-94 is due to expire next month. I am confused because I have been getting different advices from people. Some say that I should go back to the Philippines and let my husband peti-

tion me through the U.S. embassy. Others tell me that I can process my petition without leaving the United States. My other concern is that my husband and I do not have any joint accounts. We are renting a small room in a house which we share with others. We do not have any joint bank account. The only things that we have are pictures from our dates and wedding. We are also scared because a relative warned us that immigration might suspect us of marriage fraud because of our quick engagement. We both do not want me to go back to the Philippines, at least not at this time when we are just starting our life together. Finally, somebody told us that even if I get a green card, it will only be conditional. Please advise us on what to do. Dianne Dear Dianne, First of all, congratulations on your

Fighting Enemies of Economic and Political Democracy
“Justice delayed, justice denied.” The Supreme Court issued a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) on the travel ban on former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (PGMA) and husband WITHOUT DELAY. The COMELEC filed electoral sabotage charges against the former President WITHOUT DELAY. The RTC Judge issued a warrant to arrest PGMA (the accused) WITHOUT DELAY. My barber asks, “Is justice served?” PGMA’s spokeswoman who has a name with a HORN attached does not think justice was served. In fact, she went as far as criticizing the school that produced Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brilliantes and the immigration lawyer who stopped the PGMA entourage at the airport. The school referred to is SAN BEDA COLLEGE, my Alma Mater, which was described by the U.S. Embassy in Manila during our time as the Harvard of the Philippines. “Justice for Aquino, Justice for All” (JAJA) was the cry of the people and gathered en masse to demand it when Ninoy Aquino (father of PNoy) was assassinated. When Marcos cheated Cory in the Presidential elections, it generated the People Power Revolution. “Justice for Arroyo, Justice for All” is also the cry of HORN and other PGMA drumbeaters. But I do not see people marching to the beat of HORN’s drums. On the contrary I see Blue Legal Eagles flying high clearing the clouds for economic and political democracy supported on the ground by Green Archers and legal tigers as brave as, and with the heart, of Red Lions. Electoral sabotage or fraud is “corruption of democracy”. It consists of stealing the people’s dignity and their inherent right to choose their agents/representatives as principals of the government. It is using the resources of the government to grab power. In Presidential and national elections, it has the effect of “coup d’état”. It would be a betrayal of public trust. It substantially reduces the people’s confidence in democracy and, hence, less inclined to accept election results. I understand that while the current charges refer to electoral sabotage in the 2007 elections, there will be more cases filed based on the 2004 elections, which cheated Fernando Poe, Jr. out of the Presidency and illegally seated PGMA as President for another six years. The “Hello Garci” tapes which prompted the majority of PGMA’s Cabinet to resign, and Cory to join the demand for PGMA’s resignation will be revisited. This is one battle that PNoy and his administration have to win if the Philippines were to prosper as a democratic nation. PNoy’s father Ninoy died for it. His mother, Cory and People Power won it back for the future generation. Now PNoy has to preserve it, protect it, and go after those who tried to destroy it. He must prevent new enemies from killing it. A few days ago I attended a World Bank forum on “Ill-Gotten Money and the Economy”. The panel discussed the effects of corruption activities on the economy of certain countries. I got interested when I received the email invitation because of its relevance to PNoy’s “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” slogan. According to the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC), the Philippines with a corruption grade of 8.06 is the 4th most corrupt country in Southeast Asia. Only Vietnam (8.07), Cambodia (9.10) and Indonesia (9.27) are more corrupt. Worldwide, the Philippines is ranked 139th among 180 countries compared to Singapore which ranked 4th as being least corrupt. The negative impact of corruption on the economy is tremendous. According to a study, about 20% of the total national budget or close to P300 billion pesos is lost to corruption yearly. That’s a lot of money that could be used to reduce poverty, create jobs, or finance the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program that would guarantee higher income and greater dignity to farmers who still compose the majority of the masses. During the Presidential elections, when asked why PNoy did not author or sponsor that many laws when he was a Senator or Congressman, paraphrasing his answer he said, “There are enough laws in the Philippines. What we need is effective and efficient enforcement and execution of these laws. That I will do as President.” This is the same answer that then Presidential candidate Raul S. Manglapus gave when asked why he had very few Senatorial and Congressional candidates to help him pass laws. Indeed, there are many existing Philippine Anti-Corruption Laws that PNoy and his team could enforce to fight corruption. I can name at least 8 of them: Republic Act 6770 (The Ombudsman Act of 1989); (2) Title Seven (7), Crimes Committed by Public Officers, Revised Penal Code; (3) Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act); (4) Republic Act 1379 (Forfeiture Law); (5) Republic Act 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees; (6) Republic Act 7080 (Plunder Act); (7) Presidential Decree 46 (Unlawful receipt of gifts by government personnel); and (8) Presidential decree 749. It gives Immunity to bribers if they testify against recipient public officials, etc.). Of course, a corrupt free Judiciary led by the Supreme Court is a necessary condition to eventually dispense justice for the benefit of the governed. When she was President, Arroyo appointed a total of 22 Supreme Court Justices. Of these, 14 were appointed after the controversial elections of 2004. A substantial majority of them remain in control of the magistrate. Two of the current Justices I personally know. PGMA appointed one (Justice Jose Mendoza) and PNoy the other (Justice Bienvenido Reyes). Both opposed the issuance of a TRO against the travel ban on PGMA. Both are as brave as, and with the heart of, a San Beda Red Lion. As another friend Bedan Bar topnotcher Senator Rene Saguisag said, “In San Beda, we work and pray.” There is HOPE. Just pray and work with HUMILITY, HONESTY AND HONOR! Seated in front from extreme left: Author, Benjamin Maynigo and wife Tina Manglapus Maynigo with PNOY, DFA Secretary del Rosario, Ambassador Cuisia and other leaders of the Filipino community in Washington, D.C.

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Is it safe? Check! Is the toy age-appropriate? It's essential to adhere to the age guidelines indicated on toy packaging—because even a toy for a 3-year-old could have parts too small for a 2-year-old to handle properly. Are there any small, loose parts that your child can swallow? If you're not sure, consider the toilet paper tube test—anything that can pass through the tube is too small to be given to a child under 3 years old. Marbles, coins and balls are common culprits. Also, make sure that any buttons, eyes and noses are tightly secured. Could any part of the toy be bitten off and swallowed? Little kids love to chew their toys, so avoid any toys that have small pieces that can be easily gnawed off. Does the toy have a string, ribbon, straps or cord longer than 7 inches? For young children, avoid these toys or remove the strings to prevent strangulation. Is your toy non-toxic? Check to make sure the toy has a nontoxic, durable finish and check art supplies for the ACMI (Art and Creative Material Institute, Inc.) seal—this means its non-toxic. Could any part cut small hands or fingers? Look for points, edges or breakable parts that could be sharp and avoid those toys for kids under eight. If you're considering a ride-on, is it sturdy and stable, and does the recipient have all the proper safety equipment (helmet, kneepads, etc.) required to use it? Does the toy include magnets? Building sets, action figures, puzzles or dolls containing small, powerful magnets can be fatal is swallowed by children. Could the toy be a fire hazard? Fabric toys should be labeled as flame retardant or flame resistant. And electrical toys with batteries or electric plugs pose a burn hazard so they should be avoided for kids under eight. If you're considering a ride-on, is it sturdy and stable? And, does the recipient have all the proper safety equipment (helmet, kneepads, etc.) required to use it? Does the toy include any throwing or shooting projectiles? It's best to avoid these toys because they can cause injuries, especially to the eyes. Could the toy contain questionable chemicals? Phthalates have been banned in children's toys and children's care articles since February 2009 and stricter standards are in place for lead and other potentially toxic chemicals, too. But if you want to know about any trace amounts of these types of chemicals, look up levels for specific toys on HealthyStuff.org. Has the product been recalled? In 2008 toys were the largest category of recalled children's products. Always double check product recalls online at the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission before you wrap, especially if you purchased a toy months before the holiday.

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The last two articles in this column was on the issue of Ethnic Identity. Please read the last two issues to get a general background on this topic of Cultural Identity. Dr. Kevin Nadal identified a “Filipino American Identity Development Model” that is different from other Asian American groups in his book. It has six stages that are independent from each other and individuals may fluctuate between the stages. The six stages are: 1) Ethnic Awareness, 2) Assimilation to a Dominant Culture, 3) Social Political Awakening, 4) Panethnic Asian American Consciousness, 5) Ethnocentric Realization, and 6) Introspection. 1)Ethnic Awareness occurs in early childhood in which the individual understands she or he is Filipino based upon the people one is exposed to, languages one hears, food and music. 2)Assimilation to a dominant culture occurs when a Filipino American (FilAm) realizes she or he is different from the dominant cultural norms due to meeting with school and neighborhood friends or watching televisions shows where FilAms are not represented. The individual may attempt to assimilate into the dominant culture and reject being Filipino. 3) Social Political Awakening is when the individual becomes actively aware of the racial and cultural differences from the dominant group triggered by something negative (being discriminated) or positive (learning about one’s history in class). 4) Panethnic Asian American Consciousness is a stage in which the FilAm adopts an Asian American (AA) identity. The individual may associate with other AAs and feel a sense of community with them due to similar experiences. 5) Ethnocentric Realization is a stage in which the FilAm may reject an AA identity and may be accepting of a Filipino ethnic identity. This can be triggered by an ethnic slur by an AA or learning of the marginalized experience of FilAms in the AA community. 6) Introspection is a stage in which the FilAm has learned to accept one’s role as an AA, while still maintaining a sense of identity. MICHAEL BAUTISTA I was born in the United States on March 28th, 1989. My parents, both Filipino, moved to the U.S. from the Philippines for better career opportunities. They also moved so their children would have a chance for a better education. Living and growing up in the United States by Filipino parents has definitely been an interesting experience. I say interesting because while I am being raised by Filipino parents, new to the country of the United States, I am also surrounded by an American culture. It was also interesting to be the only Filipino kid in class, having grown up in Southeast San Diego where the main demographics are predominantly Mexican and Black.

If someone were to ask me what race and what ethnicity I belong to, I would need to pause and think about that question for a moment. I was born and raised in the United States; however, my parents are both native of the Philippines. According to Dr. Nadal, author of “Filipino American Psychology”, race is defined as the classification of humans based on a combination of various physical characteristics including skin color, facial form, and eye shape or hair texture. Having heard the definition of race, I would say that my race is Filipino. I have many, if not all, the physical characteristics of a typical

group and observance of that group’s customs, beliefs and languages that are often transmitted across generations. Based on this definition, I would say that I am both associated with the ethnicities of Filipino and American. I associate with having a Filipino ethnicity because I speak Filipino, and observe the customs and beliefs of the country. I speak Filipino, a language that has been transmitted across generations. I plan on teaching my future children how to speak Filipino as my parents and Lolo did when I was younger. Being able to speak Filipino definitely makes me feel close to my roots and it’s always cool being able to communicate with other native Filipinos. I like seeing the look on their face when they find out that I am a U.S. born Filipino that’s able to speak the native language. I’m thankful that my parents and Lolo wanted to teach me the language. The customs and beliefs that I engage in the Filipino community include being Catholic, celebrating Filipino holidays as well as adhering to the importance of family values. I also see myself as having an American ethnicity. I celebrate American holidays (Fourth of July, Halloween & Thanksgiving), speak the American language of English as well as believe in American ideals such as the “Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness,” a phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. For these reasons, I associate myself with having ethnicities as a Filipino as well as American. Thus, I am Filipino-American. Of the six statuses of identity development, the status that I identify with most would be Introspection. This is the last developmental stage in which a FilAm has accepted one’s

role as Asian American (AA) while maintaining a strong sense of ethnic identity. With this specific identity development, there is a positive attitude to oneself and other people of color, other AAs, as well as whites. I associate with this specific status because I truly have accepted being an AA in the American society and also have a strong sense of ethnic identity. I know what makes me a Filipino and I am definitely proud of who I am and where I have come from. I also have a positive attitude towards myself/others of color, other AAs as well as whites. In the past, I have identified with the first status which is ethnic awareness. Ethnic awareness occurs in early childhood in which an individual understands that he/ she is Filipino. It is based on the people one is exposed to, language and events one hears. This status has positives towards one self, whites and a neutral one to AAs and other minority groups. Like the definition says, I have felt this way when I was younger. At a young age, I knew I was different in that I was one Filipino amongst other Mexican and African American kids. I understood that my parents and I were able to speak another language different to those of the other children of my school. It was definitely a cool experience being the only Filipino kid in class because of the uniqueness it gave me. Of the six status identity developments, the one that I feel to be most mentally healthy would be Introspection. I believe that Introspection would be the healthiest status because while Filipinos are able to take the role on being an AA, they are also able to maintain a sense of ethnic identity. It’s healthy being able to know one’s specific role and also being able to know who they are. Also, with Introspection, there are positive attitudes towards oneself/other people of color, other AAs as well as Whites. As far as the least mentally healthy status, I would choose ethnocentric realization. This is when a FilAm may reject AA identity and maybe Santa! Whoops, almost forgot. Also bring world peace. And an end to hunger. And sickness. Thank you Santa!

accepting of Filipino ethnocentric identity. This could be triggered by an ethnic slur of an AA. I would say ethnocentric realization is the least mentally healthy because of the idea this status holds. They may think that they are the only race, being Filipino, that matters and that they may hold themselves on a higher pedestal compared to other races. I do not think that is right, no matter what race one is. Ethnocentric realization has a positive attitude towards oneself and other FilAms, either a neutral or negative attitude towards AAs and a negative attitude towards Whites. The reason I could see someone being this specific status is if their upbringing was so harsh that they were often made fun of by other ethnic groups, thus disliking other ethnic groups and embracing their own, exclusively. Negativity leads to more negativity, which is unfortunate. The world is full of many great nationalities; everyone should embrace everyone’s uniqueness and live in peace and equality. Reflecting back on my life and how I was basically the only Filipino in my early schooling, I can say that it was an interesting experience. I don’t think I was truly exposed to other Filipinos my own age, except for cousins, until I was in college. It was an exciting and new experience. I can now say that I understand my role as an Asian American but still know my roots and have my ethnic identity intact. I love being Filipino but I also love being able to experience the other great ethnicities I am surrounded by. About the Author Michael Bautista is a senior student majoring in Public Administration: City Planning at San Diego State University. He is a student of Dr. Ofelia Dirige in Asian Studies 460, “Contemporary Issues in Filipino American Communities.”

Michael Bautista Filipino including my brown skin, short nose, brown hair as well as the eye shape that many Filipinos would have, being somewhat slanted. For race, I am sure I could also qualify as “Pacific Islander” or “Asian” but I feel more connected, as well as sounding more concise, in saying that my race is Filipino. So, if someone were to ask me what my race was, I would say “Filipino.” As for my ethnicity, this is a bit of an interesting question as well. The definition of ethnicity is membership in a particular national or cultural _____ gift cards _____ computer games _____ toys _____ Smart Phone _____ bicycle _____ scooter _____ Amazon credit card _____ plenty of “other” Okay, okay. Please also bring something for my parents and brother (s) and/or sister (s). Bring them whatever they want. Now, back to where I was. Oh, yeah, my list. Please bring me: _____ DVDs _____ music downloads _____ video games _____membership to a skateboard park _____ a skateboard _____ Treasury bills (this will make Nana happy ‘cause she keeps talking about college and all) _____ Nintendo Wii --------Xbox 360 ____Sony PlayStation 3 ____Nintendo 3DS ____games for the above systems. Actually, just a really big gift card so I can get the games myself; Santa, you wouldn’t understand ____a really, really, really big monitor to play all those games on (and extra game controllers) ____iPad ____electric guitar ____keyboard

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A Christmas List for Kids
Hey kids, here’s a way to help Santa get you everything you want for Christmas
Well, it’s that time and so here it is again, my Christmas gift column. I always like to do this column as a public service for busy parents. This is, naturally, the time when many of you girls and boys around the planet (or solar system for all I know) make lists to give to Santa Claus. But with all that writing, texting, and emailing I began to wonder if there might be a way to simplify it. And there is; I have designed a list that you can use to make sure Santa gets you everything you desire. Feel free to clip it and use it to your heart’s content. Or, just take a photo of it and upload it to your parent’s Facebook page. Dear Santa, here is what I want for Christmas: _____ cash

____piano (electric) ____new laptop computer ____Diva Diamonds ____iPod Nano ____Vudu ____snowboard ____iPong Table Tennis _____video camera _____scuba gear _____boat (to go with the scuba gear) _____concert tickets _____a Kindle _____a Kindle _____a Kindle _____a Kindle Oh, did I mention that I wanted a new scooter? Well, it should be one of the electric Razor scooters, don’t give me one of those things I have to actually push. I’m surprised I have to tell you this Santa. Really. And as far as the computer games go, don’t bring me any dorky, childish ones or an old version. I want cool games, the kind that cool people play on cool computers. Cool. Oh, and the computer that’s on the list? Power, Santa, it has to be fast and powerful. Don’t be stingy (I say that with deepest love and respect for everything you do, of course). Gotta keep up that cool image ‘cause I’m cool. Love ya,

royo should be accorded all humanitarian considerations, given her current state of health. He reiterated his statement over the weekend that Arroyo should be allowed to be under hospital arrest Sincerely yours, because of her poor health. “If she’s sick she should be under Insert name here hospital arrest. If she’s well she should stay in prison,” Lacson said. Well kids, I sure hope that helps Lacson, who came out with various get Santa’s attention and you get exposés against the former president what you want this Christmas. If when she was still in power, also disit doesn’t, don’t blame me. Just agreed with calls by some of Arroyo’s remember you could have been a critics for the police to release her bit better, you know. After all, you mugshots to the public. did pick a few fights, you did tattle According to Lacson, that would on someone, and you did spit on the serve no other purpose than to humilisidewalk. How do I know all this? ate the former president. Been there, done that. Well, some “Let us give her some dignity. We of it. all know that her mugshots have been And one other thing, have you tried to be less selfish? I mean really taken and she has been fingerprinted, that should be enough,” Lacson said. tried? Don’t lie to me now! That’s – With Evelyn Macairan, Marvin Sy what I thought. Well try. And a good way to start would be to begin planning what to leave out for Santa Follow @asianjournal to eat when he visits your house. on Twitter. We’ll talk some more, for now just Facebook at get to bed and don’t bother your www.facebook.com/ brother or sister. I mean it. Santa’s asianjournal or watching. asianjournal.sandiego

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resentatives. Gutierrez also claimed that the two impeachment complaints against her violated the constitutional provision that allowed only one case a year. But instead of stopping the proceedings on the second impeachment complaint and allowing the first one filed to be heard, the Corona Court issued an indefinite order for a serious status quo ante on both complaints. The order shielded Gutierrez from any adverse move against her for five months, which in turn prevented any graft charges against Arroyo from prospering until last week. The Corona Court has flip-flopped five times on the constitutionality of the laws making 16 municipalities cities. And just recently, on a mere letter from lawyer Estelito Mendoza, it recalled its decision, reached with finality with no further pleadings to be entertained, ordering the reinstatement of 1,400 Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight attendants. The flight attendants pointed out that the high tribunal had said three times that “PAL’s retrenchment was illegal.” The issuance of the TRO against De Lima’s hold departure order seems to have been issued with undue and
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ABS-CBN continued to dominate nationwide primetime TV ratings in November with its strong line-up of shows with an average national audience share of 42%, or 11 points higher than GMA’s 31%, based on recent data from Kantar Media. The Kapamilya network ruled the primetime block (6PM to 12MN) in Metro Manila with a national average audience share of 36% vs GMA’s 34%; Balance Luzon (areas in Luzon outside Mega Manila) with 44% vs 31%; the Visayas with 60% vs 19%; and Mindanao with 61% vs. GMA's 15%. Nine out of the Top 10 regular airing programs for November were from ABS-CBN and the only GMA show that made it was the blocktimer "Eat...Bulaga." “100 Days to Heaven” reigned supreme until its grand finale with its average national TV rating of 35%, while the new ‘Christmas-serye,’ “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig” placed second with an average national TV rating of 31%. Newly launched “Toda Max” topbilled by Robin Padilla, Vhong Navarro, and Pokwang managed to be the number one sitcom in the land with an average national TV rating of 23%. ABS-CBN also continued to dominate weekend TV ratings with “Maalaala Mo Kaya” leading the pack with an average national TV rating of 30%. “TV Patrol” remained as the most-watched TV newscast with an average national TV rating of 28%, beating rival 24 Oras again, which only got 21%. Other Kapamilya shows in the Top 10 are “Budoy” (29%), “My Binondo Girl” (25%), “Rated K” (23%), “Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition” (23%), and “Wansapanataym” (21%). Aside from television, ABS-CBN ruled the airwaves with its AM and FM stations beating their GMA rival stations.

Facebook Settles Privacy Issues With FTC
Will try to do business only with ISPs who can protect the privacy of covered information they get from social media site
By John Eggerton -- Reprinted from Broadcasting & Cable, 11/29/2011 1:28:50 PM Facebook has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by not living up to privacy assurances it gave its users. The settlement includes the promise that Facebook will try to do business only with ISPs who can protect the privacy of covered information they get from Facebook. That is according to the FTC, which said the social networking site had agreed, going forward, to give consumers "clear and prominent" notice when information is shared and would get express consent -so-called opt-in -- of any sharing beyond established privacy settings. "Facebook is obligated to keep the promises about privacy that it makes to its hundreds of millions of users," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. "Facebook's innovation does not have to come at the expense of consumer privacy. The FTC action will ensure it will not." The complaint had alleged that Facebook had made public some information users may have designated as private, had misrepresented how much access third-party apps had to to users info, had said it had a "verified Apps" program to insure the security of apps, but didn't, promised not to share personal information with advertisers, then did so, and more. The settlement prevents Facebook from making any further deceptive claims, requires it to get approval before it changes the way it shares data, and requires third-party audits of its privacy practices for the

Asian American Republican Coaltion Hosts Candidate Meet & Greet

Based on Nielsen Mega Manila Radio Audience Measurement’s data for October, DZMM is still the number one AM radio station in Mega Manila with an all-day audience share of 47%, which left behind GMA’s AM station, DZBB. Kapamilya FM station, Tambayan 101.9 also wins over its Kapuso counterpart with an all-day audience share of 22% vs Brgy LS FM’s 17%. ABS-CBN registered a net income of P2.1 billion in the third quarter of 2011, while GMA Network reported only a P1.58 billion net income in the same period. Kantar Media has 22 TV networks, ad agencies, and pan-regional networks subscribing to its ratings services. Among its current subscribers are ABS-CBN, NBN, Sky Cable, J. Romero and Associates, Adformatix, Starcom, OMD, PhD, Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC, Maxus, Universal McCann, and Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation. They also include pan-regional networks likes CSM Media Inc., Fox International Channels, Star HK, Discovery, AXN, HBO, MTV, and Sony Pictures Television International. ABS-CBN shifted to Kantar Media/TNS after filing a case vs. AGB Nielsen Media Research for failing to comply with its request to investigate alleged cheating and data tampering in TV ratings. The case is still pending in court. (Kane Errol Choa, ABS-CBN Corporate Affairs

& PR Director, Phils) AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SHARES FOR PRIMETIME IN NOVEMBER ABS-CBN GMA National Primetime 42% 31% Metro Manila Primetime 36% 34% Balance Luzon Primetime 44% 31% Visayas Primetime 60% 19% Mindanao Primetime 61% 15% Source: Kantar Media ALL-DAY AUDIENCE SHARE FOR MEGA MANILA IN OCTOBER DZMM DZBB 47% 30% TAMBAYAN BRGY. LS FM 22% 17% Source: Nielsen Mega Manila Radio Audience Measurement

In support of the Republican candidates, the Asian American Republican Coalition (AARC) hosted a candidates' dinner and meet & greet last Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Jasmine Seafood Restaurant. Left to right: Julio DeGuzman, Chairman, AARC; Dr. Wayne Iverson, running for the 52nd Congressional District; Sherry Hodges, running for State Assembly District 76; LCDR Chris Phan, JAGC-USN; John Boruff, running for U.S. Senate; Zena Sultana Babao, Asian Journal columnist; David Berry, running for Superior Court Judge seat 24; Farrah Doughlas, running for State Assembly District 76; Scott Sherman, running for San Diego City Council District 7; John Stahl, running for the 52nd Congressional District; and Ralph Denney, running for the State Assembly District 78. Not in the picture but attended: Carl DeMaio, running for San Diego City Mayor. next 20 years. It also requires it to institute a comprehensive privacy program, including requiring that it take reasonable steps to make sure it "uses" ISPs "capable of appropriately protecting the privacy of covered information they receive from Respondent and requiring service providers, by contract, to implement and maintain appropriate privacy protections for such covered information." Facebook is specifically barred from making misrepresentations about the privacy or security of users' personal information, and its required to: - Obtain consumers' affirmative express consent before enacting changes that override their privacy preferences; - Prevent anyone from accessing a user's material no more than 30 days after the user has deleted his or her account; - Establish and maintain a comprehensive privacy program designed to address privacy risks associated with the development and management of new and existing products and services, and to protect the privacy and confidentiality of consumers' information; and - Within 180 days, and every two years after that for the next 20 years, to obtain independent, thirdparty audits certifying that it has a privacy program in place that meets or exceeds the requirements of the FTC order, and to ensure that the privacy of consumers' information is protected. The FTC action comes in response to complaints by the Electronic Privacy Information Center and a consumer group coalition. Facebook waives any challenge of the settlement, which does not represent a finding that it violated any laws.

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Spiritual Life
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by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez

Lower Your Nets

God’s Word Incarnate, as the invisible God revelation in human flesh. Reflections: The season of Advent is one of joyful waiting. It is a time when the coming of the much-awaited One is fast approaching. One more Sunday, and it will be Christmas! This third Sunday of Advent is traditionally known as “Gaudete” (Latin for Rejoice) Sunday. To truly rejoice we must possess a transformed heart and go through a sincere conversion. The prophet’s dream in the First Reading is about a world that is transformed from injustice and evil to justice and goodness. This will come to pass through a people who have a heart for love and peace. St. Paul advised the Thessalonians to rejoice in the Spirit and not to quench his power so that he can empower the community and renew the face of the earth. Without this change of heart, there is no joy, justice, and peace, because there are not enough men of good will to effect this transformation that the One who is coming again has already initiated. The Jewish authorities were disappointed when John the Baptist told them that he is not their expected Messiah. His voice carried so much weight, because he did not only know who the Messiah is, but he also did not pretend what he is not. Instead, he was just a voice crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” “I am not the Messiah.” Let us follow the example of the Baptist. Let us accept who we are: broken, and in need of wholeness; captive by our own fears and failures, and in need of liberation; blind, and in need of seeing the light of truth about ourselves, others and God.

Third Sunday of Advent

It’s the most joyful season of all!
Joke of the Week: As he was saying his pre-Christmas night prayers Johnny’s voice suddenly rose to a high, loud pitch as he fairly screamed the words: “Dear God, I would like a bicycle, a BB-gun, an electric train, if that is not asking too much.” His little brother, kneeling beside him, asked, “What’s the idea of hollering so loud? God is not deaf.” “I know God is not hard of hearing,” muttered Johnny, “but Grandma is.” Scriptures: First Reading: Isaiah 61: 1-2, 10-11. The prophet Isaiah sees himself as realizing the mission of the Servant that was mentioned earlier in Isaiah 42 and 49. The Jewish exiles in Babylon are the prisoners. God promises the exiles a return to their homeland. The time of favor is the sabbatical year, a period of glad tidings to the poor and healing to the brokenhearted, a time when debts are cancelled and captives are set free. The prophet sees the whole Jewish nation as the mediator between God and the Gentiles. The whole world is the beneficiary of an everlasting peace and justice. Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24. St. Paul exhorts the Christian Thessalonians to grow in holiness. The God of peace can lead them to it, for he is the One who maintains their entire being: spirit, soul, and body. God is trustworthy and will keep his promise until the Messiah’s second coming. Gospel: John 1: 6-8; 19-28. This gospel passage summarizes St. John’s theology: Jesus Christ, the utmost revelation of God, the Incarnate Word is God’s interpreter. To this revelation St. John the Baptist gives his testimony. Various people,

The Baptist was not announcing the coming of a political Messiah with great power, but One who will clothe the poor and the humble with the garments of salvation and adorn his people with the jewels of grace. They will exult with joy in the Lord. John preached a message of conversion, a change of heart, and a cessation to injustice and hypocrisy. He encouraged his hearers to turn away from their selfishness and selfaggrandizement, and make a room in their hearts for the Lord’s coming. The Baptist’s message is still valid in our days and age. Let us empty ourselves of the obstacles that hinder the Lord’s coming into our lives Advent, and indeed Christian life, is a joyful event. But it seems strange that with so much encouragement from the Scriptures “to rejoice in the Lord”, we Christians don’t look like a joyful people who don’t find joy in our religion. We surround ourselves with so much guilt and fear, and look at a “vindictive” God who is ready to punish us at a given mistake or sin. Notwithstanding the harsh words John the Baptist hurled against the unrepentant people of his time, yet he preached the good news: that through Jesus God is our Immanuel, Jesus is our God-with-us, God-in-us, God-for-us at all times. That is the good news, good enough for all to be glad and rejoice. Did you know that St. Boniface who brought Christianity to Germany started the first Christmas tree? He found out that the pagans were getting ready to sacrifice to their gods, under a giant oak tree, the eldest son of the chieftain Gundhar. To prove that these gods were powerless, Boniface felled the tree with the stroke of an ax. Pointing to a nearby evergreen, he said, “This little tree, a young child of the forest… is the wood of peace, for your houses are built of fir. Let this be called the tree of the Christ-child; gather about it, not in the wild woods, but in your homes.” Quotation of the Week: “Religion might be defined as the power which makes us joyful about the things that matter. Fashionable frivolity might be defined as the power which makes us sad about the things which do not matter.” G. K. Chesterton

by Virginia H. Ferrer
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Pagsaluhan Natin (1)
Halina’t makisali ka sa matunog na tawanan dahil ang dulot nito’y mas doble pang kaligayahan at ang tagumpay natin dapat ay ating pagsaluhan dahil sa ang mga pangarap ay ating nalampasan. Kapag ang suliranin ko ay suliranin mo na rin anumang pakiramdam ay tila gumagaang dalhin at kapag nangyaring sabay tumulo ang luha natin matapos ang ulan, bahaghari, tayo’y sisilipin. Mga inaabot nating pilit na mga pangarap wariin mo at tila nagkakatotoo ang lahat maging mga lihim nating tiniklop ng maingat sa ating mga puso kaydali nilang nababakas.

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such as the Levites, Pharisees, John the Baptist and his disciples, were privileged to grasp who and what Jesus is. Unfortunately, not all of these people would acknowledge him as

Nurturing the Eternal Life Within Us
Sunday December 4, 2011 The knowledge that Jesus came to dress our mortal bodies with immortality must help us develop an inner desire to be born to a new eternal life with him and encourage us to find ways to prepare for it. It is important to nurture constantly the life of the Spirit of Jesus - which is the eternal life - that is already in us. Baptism gave us this life, the Eucharist maintains it, and our many spiritual practices - such as prayer, meditation, spiritual reading, and spiritual guidance - can help us to deepen and solidify it. The sacramental life and life with the Word of God gradually make us ready to let go of our mortal bodies and receive the mantle of immortality. Thus death is not the enemy who puts an end to everything but the friend who takes us by the hand and leads us into the Kingdom of eternal love. Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, ©1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Psalms from The Psalms, A New Translation ©1963 The Grail (England) published by Collins.

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for worldwide commerce. (Yes! Many foreigners have noted that the Filipino population has Asia’s highest rates of inventors and international beauty queens.) Two Filipina beauties, Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran, were chosen as Miss Universe in 1969 and 1973, respectively. Pure- or part-Filipino celebrities in American showbiz include Von Flores, Tia Carrere, Paolo Montalban, Lea Salonga, Ernie Reyes Jr., Nia Peeples, Julio Iglesias Jr., Lou Diamond Phillips, Phoebe Cates and Rob Schneider. The first Filipino act to land a top hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in the 1960s was the group Rocky Fellers of * Manila. * Sugar Pie deSanto (father was from the Philippines), The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (according to the October 1984 article “Prince in Exile” by Scott Isler in the magazine Musician), Jaya, Foxy Brown and Enrique Iglesias followed. Pure Filipinos who made success in minor charts were Jocelyn Enriquez aka Oriental Madonna, Buffy, Pinay and (Ella May) Saison. Latina-American pop star Christina Aguilera lost to Filipina vocalist Josephine Roberto aka Banig during the International Star Search years ago. In a mid-1999 MTV chat, she said that competing against someone of Banig’s age was “not fair.” Besides gracing fashion magazine covers, this international supermodel from Manila had walked the runways since the 1970s for all the major designers, like Calvin Klein, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Donna Karan, Gianni Versace and Yves Saint Laurent - Anna Bayle. Who is the personal physician of United States Pres. Bill Clinton? Eleanor “Connie” Concepcion Mariano, a Filipina doctor who was the youngest captain in the US Navy. The first Filipino-American in US Congress was Virginia Rep. Robert Cortez-Scott, a Harvard alumnus. Distinguished British traveler-writer A. Henry Savage Landor, thrilled Upon seeing a Bicol landmark in 1903, wrote: “Mayon is the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen, the world-renowned Fujiyama (Mt. Fuji) of Japan sinking into perfect insignificance by comparison.” Mayon has the world’s most perfect cone. Filipinos had their first taste of Mexican chili and corn during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade

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(1564-1815). In return, Mexico’s people had their initial taste of tamarind, Manila mango and a Filipino banana called racatan or lakatan. Founded in 1595 by Spaniards, the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, Philippines is older than Harvard and is the oldest university in Asia. University of Santo Tomas in Manila, established in 1611, is Asia’s Second oldest. Who’s the Filipina senator popular for her colorful jargon, delivered in a mile-a-minute speed and in a weird Harvard-meets-Ilonggo accent? Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. The first female president of the Philippines sworn into office in 1986 was Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. Her maiden name is Chinese. In a March 31, 1997 article, The New York Times reported that the CIA manipulated Philippine elections: “(CIA operative Col. Edward Lansdale) essentially ran the successful presidential campaign of Defense Minister Ramon Magsaysay in the Philippines in 1953.” Who was the first Asian and/or Filipino to snatch America’s Pulitzer

In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language In 1762 by British invaders, not Americans. by Zena Sultana Babao What is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the Read Zena Babao’s previous articles by visiting our website at USA and UK? The Philippines. www.asianjournalusa.com The USA bough t the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam from Spain in 1898. The Filipino-American Independence War from 1898 to 1902 ensued, Killing 4,234 Americans and how By Zena Sultana Babao creation, limited by time and space many Filipinos? 16,000 were killed in and susceptible to age, sickness, and action And 200,000 died from famine “In the beginning was the Word, death. But love propelled Him, and and pestilence. (The Philippines lost and the Word was with God, and the so He came to rescue and save those and was Colonized until 1946.) Word was God. He was with God who were lost and give them the gift Los Angeles, California was coin the beginning. Through him all of eternity. founded in 1781 by a Filipino named things were made; without him nothHe is the Word. He is Jesus Christ! Antonio Miranda Rodriguez, along ing was made that has been made.” John the Baptist, in the New with 43 Latinos from Mexico sent by – John 1:1-3 (NIV) Testament, makes it clear to us that the Spanish government. HE SPOKE and galaxies whirled Jesus is not just a man but the Son of What antibiotic did Filipino doctor into place, stars burned the heavens, God. John the Baptist was a unique Abelardo Aguilar co-discover? and planets began orbiting their individual, even during that time. Hint: Brand is Ilosone, named after suns – words of awesome, unlimited, He wore odd clothes and ate strange Iloilo. Erythromycin. unleashed power. He spoke again food and preached an unusual mesThe one-chip video camera was and the waters and land were filled sage to the Judeans who went in to first made by Marc Loinaz, a Filipino with plants and creatures, running, the wastelands to see him. But John Inventor from New Jersey. swimming, growing and multiplydid not aim at uniqueness for his own The first ever international Granding – words of animating, breathing, sake; instead, he aimed at obedience. master from Asia was Eugenio Torre pulsing life. He knew he had a specific role to Who won at the Chess Olympiad in Again He spoke and man play in the world – announcing the Nice, France in 1974. and woman were formed, thinkcoming of the Savior – and he put all This son of two Filipino physicians ing, speaking and loving – words of his energies into this task. scored over 700 on the verbal personal and creative glory. Eternal, This wild-looking man had no Portion of the Standardized infinite, unlimited – He was, is, and power or position in the Jewish Achievement Test (SAT) before age always will be the Maker and Lord political system, but he spoke with 13 - Kiwi of all that exists. almost irresistible authority. People Danao Camara of Punahou School, “The Word became flesh and made were moved by his words because Hawaii... Edward Sanchez, a Mensa his dwelling among us. We have he spoke the truth, challenging them member, bagged the Grand prize in seen his glory, the glory of the One to turn from their sins and baptizing the first Philippine Search for and Only, who came from the Father, them as a symbol of their repentance. Product Excellence in Information full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14 They responded by the hundreds. Technology. (NIV) But even as people crowded to him, Who was the Filipino-American He came in the flesh to a speck he pointed beyond himself, never dancer who scored a perfect 1600 on in this universe called Earth. The forgetting that his main role was to the mighty Creator became a part of His announce the coming of Christ. SAT? Joyce Monteverde of CaliThe words of truth that moved fornia. many to repentance goaded others Who invented the fluorescent lamp? to resistance and resentment. John Thomas Edison discovered the eleceven challenged King Herod to admit tric light and the fluorescent Lighting his sin. Herodias, the woman that was thought up by Nikola Tesla. But Herod had married illegally, decided the fluorescent lamp we use today to get rid of this desert preacher. was invented by Agapito Flores (a Although she was able to have him Cebu man named Benigno Flores of killed, she was not able to stop his Bantayan Island, according to the message. Philippine Daily Inquirer), a Filipino scientist. Americans helped then-Philippine (Continued on page 16) leader Ramon Magsaysay to develop it

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Annual NBC San Diego Bay Parade of 7/39 Toys for Tots Toy Drive Lights 2011
Sunday December 11 & 18 @ 5:30 p.m. Be a part of the 40th anniversary of the spectacular San Diego Bay Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay. This year's theme is "Our 40th Anniversary, Back to the Future." More than 80 vessels will be decked out in their most festive holiday light displays and decorations for spectators to see around the bay. Limited bleacher seating will be available at the back of Broadway Pier (or you may bring your own chairs). Fireworks begin at 5:30 p.m. The parade begins immediately following the fireworks. The parade takes approximately one hour to one and one-half hours to pass any given point along the parade route. The approximate arrival times of the parade at various locations are: Shelter Island (start of parade): 5:30 p.m. Harbor Island: 6:00 p.m. The Embarcadero: 6:30 p.m. Seaport Village: 7:00 p.m. Ferry Landing on Coronado: 7:30 p.m. Cost: FREE December 9 & 10 7:00 am - 6:00 pm You can bring cheer to needy families by making this a special holiday season for many children. Simply stay in your car and drop-off new, unwrapped toys to a US Marine at Broadway Circle. The gifts you give will bring joy and happiness to many little faces. New this year: bring your toy donation and receive a coupon for $2 off your admission to the Fantasy on Ice Skating rink located next to the toy drive. Hosted By NBC 7/39: United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program NBC Studio Drop-off: 225 Broadway Circle near 3rd Avenue / Horton Plaza Info: (619) 578-0457 www.nbcsandiego.com

Holiday Wine & Food + Pet Festival
December 9 & 10 Fri: 12:30 pm 7:30 pm; Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm This festival is the largest holiday celebration for pets and children in the southwest. Over 35 plus juried exhibitors will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, and much more. You can also sample and purchase a wide range of food items including toffee, tea, chocolates. Santa Claus makes an early appearance at the festival and is available each day for kids of all ages. American Apple Pie eating contest, Holiday Pet Tricks and Costumes, Holiday Food, Live Music, and Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Friday night. Seaport Marina Village Embarcadero Park - North 500 Kettner Blvd. (at Harbor Dr) San Diego, CA 92101 Info: The Kids of America (619) 865-5904 www.thekidsofamerica. org

A Christmas Tabernacle
December 16 thru 18 6:00 pm 10:00 pm The true meaning and spirit of Christmas comes alive at this event that displays a nativity scene and celebrates all the joys of Christmas. Visit Santa's Village with decorated Christmas Trees, a reinder, and a snow hill. You can shop, dine, play snow games, and have the best time of your life! Admission: $12 - $18 (1-Day Ticket) ~ $24 - $36 (3-Day Ticket). Liberty Station - NTC Park & Ingram Plaza Cushing Rd between Dewey & Roosevelt Info: A Christmas Tabernacle, LLC (619) 754-9508 www.achristmastabernacle.com

36th Annual Port of San Diego Hmong New Year Big Bay Balloon Celebration Parade
December 17 thru 19 10:00 am 5:00 pm The Hmong New Year is celebrated with a cultural event where household spirits are renewed, ancestral spirits honored, and blessings are given for a new year. A free event that showcases the Hmong culture and features music, dance, a sports tournament, vendors & merchants, and cultural foods. Kearny Mesa Recreation Center 3170 Armstrong St Info: Lao Hmong Family Association of San Diego (858) 414-6017 www.lhfasd.org

Las Posadas
December 10 & 11 2:00 pm 5:00+ Based on the biblical journey of Mary & Joseph through the town of Bethlehem, this event has been part of Old Town San Diego's celebration of Christmas for many years. There will be carolers and children’s choirs in the park with the live theatrical procession starting promptly at 4:00 pm. A piñata party for all the children follows at 5:00 pm. Sponsored by the Park Merchants Association. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Info: (619) 220-5422 Source: SanDiegoBizMart.com

Jungle Bells San Diego Zoo 4th Annual Gaslamp December 9 thru 31 (except 24th) Jungle Bells Hours: 4:00 pm - 8:00 Quarter Holiday Pet pm Parade
Jungle Bells celebration, when the San Diego Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. You’ll find a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, bell ringers filling the air with music, and lighted animal figures dotting the grounds. Dr. Zoolittle has an interactive "Night before Christmas" show, and you can visit Santa's Workshop. Free with zoo admission. San Diego Zoo - Balboa Park 2920 Zoo Drive - San Diego CA 92101 Info: (619) 231-1515 www.sandiegozoo.org December 11 Parade: 3:00 pm Pet Expo 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm A pet parade where pets and people can dress up in costume and march in a parade through the Gaslamp Quarter with the hope to win a prize. The event isn't just for dogs; any pet will do. A fun parade to watch or participate in. This event includes a Pet Expo & Pet Talent Show. Parade Route: Starts from the Hilton Hotel parking lot at 5th & L Street. Gaslamp Quarter - Hilton Hotel Parking Lot 4th Avenue & K Street Info: Gaslamp Quarter Association (619) 233-5227 www.gaslamp.org

December 28 Parade: 10:00 am America's Largest Balloon Parade! Massive inflatables, numbering more than any other parade in the nation, colorful floats, unique drill teams, and marching bands, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, and…the Wienermobile!!! Parade Route: Begins at the County Admin Bldg parking lot, down North Harbor Drive and follows the waterfront, ending at West Harbor Dr. Parade Map - PDF The parade is televised nationally. Parade festivities will begin in the television area with the finals of the 15th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals and the Bumble Bee Foods 5K. Don't miss the RACING WIENER DOGS!!! just before the start of the parade. 15th Annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals Final: the fastest eight dogs from the semifinals held December 17 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in September will run in this chamToys for Joy seeks to impact pionship race. It will also be shown the lives of area children through December 19 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm during the nationally televised Port providing a toy and food for their The marching bands from each of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Pafamily combined in an event that of the competing schools in the rade. ministers in both a practical and Poinsettia Bowl will parade in the Bumble Bee Foods 5K Run/Walk: spiritual way. Over the past 14 years, Gaslamp Quarter, beginning at Start time: 9:45 am Awards: 11:00 Toys for Joy has served over 25,000 opposite locations and meeting mid- am children and their families. Toys for way on their route at Market Street Nationally televised 5K run/walk Joy is an annual event, founded by where they play their kick-off event preceding the Big Bay Miles McPherson, music together (Battle Balloon Parade. Nearly 1,000 conthe Senior Pastor of of the Bands) and then testants will hit the bayside streets the Rock Church. continue onward, each of downtown San Diego. Runners All donations to their own separate will follow the one-mile parade are tax deductdestinations. route starting at the corner of Harbor ible and directly Gaslamp Quarter Dr and Ash St, then continue along benefit the children Downtown San Diego Harbor Drive, finishing near Tuna & their families Band I Route: E St > Harbor Park. Post-race party near here in San Diego. 5th Ave > K St Tuna Harbor Park. PLEASE DOBand II Route: L After the parade, activity will conNATE! St > 5th Ave > E St tinue on Broadway Pier with games, Abraham Lincoln MAP (same as 2010) entertainment at the annual Family High School - City Gaslamp Quarter Festival, sponsored by Amtrak. Heights, 4777 ImAssociation Downtown San Diego perial Avenue - San Info: (619) 233County Administration Building Diego CA 92113 5227 parking lot - 1600 Pacific Hwy Info: Rock Church San Diego www.gaslamp.org Presented by San Diego County (619) 501-4567 Credit Union Info: (619) 283-5808 www.therocksandiego.org www.holidaybowl.com

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Showbiz Watcher
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SHOWBIZ WATCHER By Ogie Cruz | SAN DIEGO, 12/9/2011 --

Ms. Earth-USA, Nilait Ang Pilipinas !!!


Nicole Kelley, Ms. Earth USA Naging laman ng usap-usapan sa Pilipinas ang panlalait na ginawa diumano ng ni Ms. Earth-USA na si Nicole Kelley ng sabihin niya sa kanyang facebook account, ang kanyang naging karanasan sa naturang bansa.Eto ang lumabas sa mga social networks specifically sa Facebook. “I hardly made it to Manila and we already attended attended a ridiculous TV show. So Annoying !!!These people want to touch you and be with you all the time !!! I can’t understand a word they say.I cant wait to go back home. The country is so dirty and noisy. I’m scared to eat !!!What a mess. On a lighter note I don’t see any real competition. Will keep you updated my loves,” sa facebook account ni Ms.Nicole Kelley. Siempre hindi ito pinalampas ng ating mga kababayan,lalo na sa mga mahiDr. Joyce Medina hilig sa facebook.Tinira naman siya na sour graping dahil hindi man lang siya napansin o nanalo sa Ms Earth Beauty Contest, at hindi raw ito matanggap ng Ms. USA.Kaya raw nag-post ito ng ganito sa kanyang facebook account. Agad naman nag-upload ito ng isang video sa Youtube para sabihin na nahack ang kanyang facebook account,

Piolo (left) with friend Mark Bautista; KC, his ex on right at itinanggi na siya ang may gawa ng RIN TUNGKOL SA BREAK-UP NINA ganong statement na isang panlalait sa PIOLO PASCUAL AT KC CONCEPPilipinas. CION!!! Isa sa mga iniintriga ngayon sa “I arrived here yesterday, safety, so thank you for a very warm welcome and hiwalayang Piolo at KC , kesyo si Mark Bautista raw ang third party o dahilan ng I’m very appreciative of that. I wanted hiwalayan ng dalawa.”Alam mo ayoko to address something that was earlier, which was brought to my attention. I’m na magbigay ng comment,pabayaan na lang natin sila sa problema nila. very disappointed about what was writPersonal issue nila ‘yun.Ganito talaga sa ten as me, but it was’nt me.I was out showbiz,embrace mo na lang ang mga at the community center to work ealier ganitong bagay,”sabi pa ni Mark. when it was posted, but I want to make Anu naman ang masasabi niya na it clear that is never okay to cyber-bully patuloy na dinadawit ang pangalan niya, anyone,” pahayag ni Ms. Nicole Kelley. “Wala akong masasabi,alam naman nila Hindi namin alam kung totoong nahack ang kanyang facebook account, ba- kung anu ang ginagawa nila,”maikling sagot pa ni Mark. hala na kayong humusga.Basta , naging Samantala, marami ang nagtataka at usap-usapan ang naturang hitad tinalo pa niya ang mga nanalo sa Ms. Earth Beauty Pagent.Sabi nga ni Tita Sward(Continued on page 21) ing,” KSP si Ms. USA, ignore her”

San Diego A-Team’s Christmas Party Celebration last Dec.2,2011 at Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course.

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

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ered as her “little sister” in high school? What was Susan Roces’ first lead role in the movies? What kind of business Pepito Rodriguez is involved with these days? How was Ramil Rodriguez discovered? Who was the movie star brother of Gloria Romero? What prestigious award Rosa Rosal got for her public service endeavors? Why was Caridad Sanchez considered not a typical movie star? Who was the ambassador husband of Gloria Sevilla? In what Manila public market did Luz Valdez sold wares before she was discovered? What was the connection of Norma Vales with top Hollywood entertainer Mitzi Gaynor? Who was the famous comedienne and next-door neighbor of Nova Villa who introduced her to the movies? Who was the top Sampaguita Pictures actor and the drinking buddy of Zeny Zabala’s father who was instrumental to her movie career? What title did Marita Zobel win that earned her the lead role opposite Lou Salvador, Jr. in the movie “Bad Boy”?

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an opening under the house. He kept waiting even when ling. When his father came ng duckling. His dad took a e inserted a long stick inside ling but no quacking. Finally, eaten your duckling.” Borobot hapter 2 – Childhood Tales

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bathed. Her hair was still damp d through the air. She hardly nohile he pretended to be concensneak peak at her, feasting his d fourteen-year-old, she was not nt Scent of Bath Soap And All

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If there is a person that can aptly be called “the son of a bitch”, which in Pilipino, is synonymous to the phrase, “the son of a whore” (“anak ng puta”), it would be Tikboy. Tikboy was one of Eric’s playmates on Platerias Street where Eric lived with his family on the second floor of his father’s printing business in Manila in 1957. Tikboy’s mother, Purita, worked as a prostitute in a brothel across the street from Eric’s house. – from Chapter 6 - Just Like Any Mother
“Complicated Affairs” By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. The colorful and incredible story of a Filipino American’s complicated affairs.

How did you know Richard?” she asked. Danny was fast to the draw. “I produced his shows there,” he lied. He could see Menchie, the movie star, was impressed. “And I can also produce your show,” he continued the charade. She was pleased. “Do you think people will pay just to watch me? “Why, are we going to charge them?” he asked instead. Menchie was aghast, but realized he was joking. She hit him on the shoulder. He

From where he sat, he could tell Juanita had just bathed. Her hair was still damp and the fragrant scent of her cheap bath soap wafted through the air. She hardly noticed him as she was minding her own business. While he pretended to be concentrating on his reading, he would occasionally take a sneak peak at her, feasting his eyes on all of her seductive beauty. For a hot-

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


top sprinter in college? Who is the other movie star brother of Robert Campos? Who was the Manila couturier that was instrumental in making Charlie Davao a movie star? Who was the top actor Myrna Delgado had an affair with that produced a love child? Who was the legendary actor who gave Dolphy his first break in the movies? What is the relationship of Linda Estella to Judge Jose Vera, the famous founder of the Sampaguita Pictures? Who was the famous Sampaguita Pictures movie star Bella Flores had a rift that led to a hair-pulling incident? How did Amalia Fuentes get her last name? What military outfit Eddie Garcia used to belong with? What prize did Shirley Gorospe win as “Miss Philippines USA”? What other talent does Liberty Ilagan have? Who is the legendary movie director who gave Anita Linda her screen name? What was the first screen name of Mona Lisa? What was the profession of Liza Lorena before she became a movie star? What was the first job of German Moreno at the once famous Clover Theater? What comic strip characters did Oscar Obligacion portray in the movies? Who was the famous Hollywood movie star Paraluman was always compared with? Why was Barbara Perez asked by a famous couturier to tone down her attire? How much was Delia Razon paid for her first dance number in a movie? Who was the top government official Boots Anson Roa consid-

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galawa Kina-kausap din, itong sarili niya “But” bawa’t sabihin, ay sinasagot pa! May isang realto, sobrang “success” nito Daming bahay na nga, ang nabili kamo Daming nagtatanong, kung ano’ng sekreto Nung ibunyag niya, ‘yon pala’y ganito Ang suwerte ko aniya, anak kong dalaga Na sa gabi’t araw, hilig ay kumanta Itong kapitbahay, pag narinig na siya Sa presyong kay mura, baha’y binebenta Isang piano player, itong nagkukuwento ‘Yung kumpare raw niya, sobrang religioso Pag nadinig daw siyang, tumugtog ng piano “Oh my God,” patawad, sinasambit nito Isang tenor naman, ngayo’y nagku*** *** ***

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Allergy Relief: Purchasing and regularly consuming local honey serves as a sort of "vaccination" against allergy issues. It won't make them fully go away, of course, but doing so can lessen the impact. Because the pollen content in commercial, not-so-local varieties will be different than its closer counterparts, using it to quell allergies proves largely fruitless. Create Job Opportunities: Supporting local businesses gives them the financial resources needed to expand their operations, which means more jobs become available to those who need them. For areas particularly stricken with unemployment, forgoing the typical chains when shopping makes for an excellent way to stimulate the community and keep the neighborhood as buoyant as possible. You Know Exactly Where Your Food Comes From: Forging relationships with local farmers especially benefits those hoping to stick with an organic, genetically unmodified and/or cruelty-free diet, though it doesn't hurt the ones who don't care, either. Buying directly from the source at farmer's markets and co-ops means getting to know what sort of techniques they use to grow crops and raise animals. This makes it far, far easier for consumers with specific gustatory concerns to patronize businesses lining up with their ethics. Keep Nearby Farms in Business: Sprawling corporate farms, by and large, give roughly 18 cents per dollar back to the growers. Considering the massive overhead required in operating an agribusiness, this grants the ones doing most of the backbreaking work very little financial wiggle room. Buying directly from the farmers — or paying a visit to the local sections slowly popping up in grocery stores — ensures they receive ample compensation for their efforts. And have enough to keep their operations running as smoothly as possible, too. Fresher Food: According to Local Harvest, the produce found in national grocery chains was likely picked four to seven days prior to its stint in the refrigerators or on the shelves. Shipping costs, sometimes involving over a thousand miles' worth of driving, compromise freshness. Because nearby agriculturalists need less time to drive from farm to market, consumers can snap up foods right at their most nutritious peak. Better Nutrition: Sticking with local merchants means noshing on more seasonal fruits and vegetables rather than slogging through the same dietary regimen month after month. This challenges consumers to eat a much wider variety of produce and absorb far more nutrients than they may otherwise receive. The added freshness only boosts this lifestyle's health factor. Lessened Environmental Impact: Because of the reduced shipping costs, buying local means promoting a greener planet. Even global warming skeptics can admit that cutting back on the fuel needed to fly or drive foods and other products across the country — if not internationally — helps preserve the valuable nonrenewable energy resource. Those that do believe in it will be happy to know that their efforts to support local businesses greatly reduce their carbon footprint. Reduced Chances of Slave Labor: The majority of local businesses, thanks to labor laws, do not involve the exploitation of foreign workers crammed into squalid conditions. It unfortunately still happens here, of course, but proximity breeds familiarity. Thanks to services like Yelp and Angie's List, consumers have a much easier time gauging whether or not to trust a local merchant. Be forewarned, however, that legitimate mom-and-pop shops with ethical hiring and operational practices may still carry individual items such as teas and coffees hailing from not-always-fairtrade sources. Variety: Pretty much every city and suburb in America sports a veritable ambush of familiar national chains — McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Olive Garden, Best Buy, Burger King, Target, P.F. Chang's and plenty more. Putting money towards local businesses provides consumers with a more bountiful variety catering to different tastes. After all, not everybody enjoys the taste of fast food or the prices at massive electronics stores. With a better selection at their disposal, buyers can better find products and services that meet their own unique set of needs and wants. Lessened Disease Risk: Not every local farm takes the organic route, but those that do lessen their patron's risk of chowing down on harsh chemicals. Smaller farms — even those electing to use pesticides — make it far easier to manage unfortunate outbreaks of e. coli and other dangerous diseases. When agricultural products are not being shipped around the country or overseas, governments and healthcare institutions have a far easier time tracing and containing the physiological effects of contamination. You Can Score Some Great Recipes: When picking up an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable at a farmer's market, take the time to talk with the producer about what to do with it. Chances are he or she knows

of some wonderful ways to really bring out the unique flavors and textures. They may not always offer explicit recipes, but any farmer worth patronizing will be able to rattle off a few tasty suggestions. This makes for an excellent way to discover new dishes, ingredients and techniques. Anyone interested in canning or making preserves would do well to seek their counsel, too. Support the Local Economy: Even beyond creating jobs, buying local stimulates

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Has Christmas Failed?

there it is again blast from the past in the beginning of time before everything was then and therefore to begin i wanted to see the flash... the flash of the beginning in my rage i sought the vision of the downfall of the fallen cast from the heavens hurling down with mega kilotons of force towards us ... on earth... in the begining of times... such as you residing in plastic heavens right there at the mall me feeling the anger wanting you to fall down from the third through the second though the final... final stop in the basement like hell to be buried cemented and celebrated in celebration of your down fall together with your cohorts and wanna be heroes but i... i have a change of heart... seeing you falling..falling...towards the end i fall first before you.... breaking the impact some what heroic gesture of a futile stand... me absorbing the full force of your fall crushing me to bits and pieces upon impact bones upon bones flesh upon flesh once more to stand still the empasse of the games the games has its end declaring myself your total idiot... your total fool... once more... once more... we are united united in our stillness... stillness... frozen in the eons... eons of time!

©2011 Michael R. Tagudin. All rights reserved. About the Author: Michael R. Tagudin Educated as an engineer in the Philippines, the City of Los Angeles employee hopes his legacy of poems will provoke a dialogue about the human condition. He is donating the proceeds from the book “Crushed Violets” to the “Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)”, a non-profit that provides public awareness and advocacy efforts against human trafficking in the City of Angels. To learn more, visit www.castla.org. To help, call the CAST 24 hour hotline 888.KEY.2.FRE(EDOM) or 888.539.2373. Contact asianjournal3@aol.com for more information about ordering the book “Crushed Violets.”

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norm. For many it is no longer a celebration of the birth of the greatest person the world has ever known but a hedonistic holiday, a time to party, eat to excess, get drunk and indulge in selfish pursuits. This is a challenge for all followers who believe that justice and truth is more important than lies and exploitation; that love of neighbor is greater and more noble than hatred and oppression, that working for freedom for the innocent and to reduce hunger and disease is a great Christian virtue. Christmas is the time when we renew our belief in these spiritual values and turn them into action by helping others without looking for a reward. The child from Nazareth grew to be a prodigy of inspiration and wisdom. From his earliest years he saw in the temple the contradictions of established religion and its hypocritical compromises with the cruel despotic secular world. Many years later he returned there as a prophet and teacher and chased away the money changers who had commercialized the house of God. He challenged the religious authorities to end abuse, to be compassionate to the poor, do justice and end oppression. They killed him for that. Christmas is more than twinkling lights, (Continued from page 10) rites and ritual hymns and Halleluiahs. Without a commitment to lasting values John had already announced the coming of Jesus, and his mission was the Christmas celebration is no more than money making, jingle bells and a peacock done. At Jesus’ baptism, John the in a pear tree. Baptist declared Him the Messiah. Christmas is the celebration of the John said, “Look! There is the Lamb values that Jesus lived and died for. It’s of God who takes away the sins of the time for us to renew our commitment the world! He is the one I was talkto live them daily. To be one with Christ ing about when I said, ‘Soon a man is to oppose violence, war, fear, child and far greater than I is coming, who women abuse, exploitation. It is plantexisted long before me!’ I didn’t ing and nurturing peace, unselfish love, know he was the one, but I am here baptizing with water in order to point kindness, justice and the dignity of the person. Many have done just that and have him out to the nation of Israel.” achieved remarkable results in the past Then John told about seeing the fifty years. Holy Spirit in the form of a dove These sublime Christian values, moral descending from heaven and resting and spiritual, coming from the teaching upon Jesus. “I didn’t know he was the one,” John said again, “but at the and practice of Jesus of Nazareth have seeped into society. In developed countries same time God sent me to baptize greater recognition of the rights of poor, he told me, ‘When you see the the hungry, sick, unemployed and homeHoly Spirit descending and resting less people is evident through welfare upon someone – he is the one you and social services. Despite ongoing roll are looking for. He is the one who backs and austerity, it’s better than 100 baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw it happen to this man, and therefore I years ago. There is much to be positive, optimistic and joyful about. testify that he is the Son of God.” While much, much more has yet to be In every chapter of John – Jesus, achieved especially in the developing the Son of God, is revealed. John world, women’s and children rights and underscores Jesus’ true identity through the titles He is given – Word, dignity are now highly recognized and protected. The conventions on human Only Begotten Son, Lamb of God, Son of God, true Bread, Life, Resur- rights especially the rights of the child, women, workers and many more are big rection and Vine. And the formula is “I Am.” When steps forward in our time and we have to Jesus used this phrase, he affirms His continue working for their implementation preexistence and eternal deity. Jesus around the world. Unthinkable in the past we can now says, “I am the Bread of Life”; “I witness the International Criminal Court am the Light of the World”; I am the Gate”; “I am the Good Shepherd”; “I bringing tyrants and mass murderers to justice and convicting them for their am the resurrection and the life”; “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”; crimes against humanity. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was and “I am the true Vine.” arrested recently and flown to The Hague John records eight specific signs to stand trial. Arrest warrants are out for or miracles that show the nature Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir for alof Jesus’ power and love. We see legedly committing war crimes in Darfur. His power over everything created, Many more accused are facing the court. and we see His love for all people. It was Jesus of Nazareth who brought When Jesus, after His resurrection, ascended from earth, the Holy Spirit these values into the world and it started that first Christmas. It was and is a lasting success. It is our task as followers and believers to further establish, prolong and extend them to all humanity and give to as many as possible a more just and happy life. (preda@info.com.ph)

Prize? Philippines Herald war journalist Carlos P. Romulo in 1941. (He was also the first Asian to become UN Secretary-General.) The first two Filipino-Americans to garner the same award 56 years later were Seattle Times’ Alex Tizon and Byron Acohido, who is part-Korean. Filipino national hero/writer Jose Rizal could read and write at age 2, and grew up to speak more than 20 languages, including Latin, Greek, German, French and Chinese. What were his last words? “Consummatum est!” (“It is done!”) “What’s still most impressive to me about the Philippines is the friendliness of the people, their sense of humor...,” wrote Honolulu journalist John Griffin in a 1998 visit to Manila.

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Mga Tulang Tagalog by Romeo Nicolas
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Ang Kurapsyon At Mga Anay
Itong ANAY kahit saan ay problema sa tahanan, Kahit bago itong bahay, mga dinding walang laman. At kung ito ‘y ‘di pansinin, patuloy na hahayaan, Darating din yaong araw, APANG BAHAY, babagsak lang. Tawag dito, tawag doon, bombahin daw ng SOLIGNUM, Gastos dito, gastos doon, ang ANAY ay milyon-milyon. Sa bahay na dikit-dikit, tila wala ng solusyon, Damay-damay sa problema, tayong PINOY, ganyan ngayon. Sige, ikaw, sabihin mo kung ako ay nagkamali, Ang problema ng KURAPSYON ay ‘di naman umuunti. Habang ito’y nagtatagal ang proseso yumuyupi, Na kung kailan magwawakas, bagong kaso’y umuusli. Tamang-tama itong ANAY at KURAPSYON sa bayan ko, Mahirap na apulain, REYNANG ANAY may misteryo. Kung ito ay MASAKOTE at parusa’Y TODONG-TODO, Sa dinami nitong UGAT, babagsak din ang gobyerno. Ano ang syang nararapat? Ito’y tanong sa inyong lahat, Anong tulong mayron kayo sa KURAPSYONG kumakalat? Sapat lang ba na marinig ang balita bawat oras? O, hayaan kay Pangulo ang SAMA sa lahat-lahat. Ang totoong mangyayari, sa tanggapin mo at hindi, Maglinis man ng puspusan, matitira’y KALAHATI. Kung tapos na a ng termino, may KABUTI na uusli, Sa susunod na Pangulo ito’y isang hamong muli. Kaya ang syang mangyayari sa twing bago ang Pangulo, Maglinis lang nitong PUTIK ang gawaing asikaso. Ang naiwang mga KUWAGO nakatanghod sa Pangulo, Na ang hanap, mga BUTAS, makisilip makigulo. Hindi ito haka-haka, totoo ‘to KABAYAN ko, Na kung hind maging SIPSIP, BUTANGERONG sigurado. ‘Di na uso satin ngayon, ang MABAIT maging SANTO, Kailangan ng maraming ang BULSA ay magmilagro. Hirit Ni: Romeo S. Nicolas 4/25/2011

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One dawn, while in a hut, dogs’ barking awakened us. Peeping through crevices of the window, I saw with the stringent light of dawn, movements at the foliage close the hut. Government soldiers approached with their guns pointed to the huts in the village. A fire rang from one of the other huts on my right. Gimo had occupied that hut. The fire became the signal for all of us to jump out of the huts in a frantic dash towards the opposite direction of where the soldiers were. Bush twigs and long grass sliced through my pants to gash into my skin. They proved nothing compared to what could bullets have done to my scalp as they zinged passed my ears to crack on barks and foliage. I continued to dash over rocks, twigs, and pebbles in a zigzagged blur. The wind whooshed past me until the sound of guns became faint. Although disorganized, twenty five of us managed to regroup at a distance. Two

were unaccounted for. After Gimo made some calculations, he had me handed a shotgun and asked me if I was willing to remain. I said yes. He ordered two others to stay with me on a narrowed mound

while the others continue on with the escape. The three of us, armed with shotguns, would fire at soldiers who might be following. Shotguns spray pellets to make sure that one does not miss targets. After such

had killed. It is sprays, we true that even if would run to the enemy had rendezvous better weapons, with the main our mastery body. Such of the terrain action could could help dediscourage the feat the enemies soldiers to furof the people. ther chase us if The echoes, they do indeed however, also follow. told of the torWhy did tures suffered I have to by the natives remain? Real Chico River, Kalinga Province at the village fighters are hard we had rested at to come by and train. In our seminal stage in the area, our that night. In spite of the pleading of the real fighters must be preserved. I was not natives that they could not do anything but accommodate us because we had a fighter. Although I could fire a gun, I guns, the soldiers struck their faces and was a mere instructor. chests with rifle butts and combat boots. In every struggle, there is sacrifice. I had to sacrifice for the sake of the greater “Whatever are the NPAs’ sins, so shall they be yours, too, if you support them,” good. Besides, all I had to the commanding officer had said. do was fire and run. The words of the commanding officer That is, if my shot gun would fire. I knew that the rang throughout the mountains and with echoes on the torture of the villagers, last time the gun fired, it killed a wild boar. I almost it became harder for us to return to and choked on a pellet lodged enter other villages. on its roasted meat. I also After several moons, however, another knew that the gun often squeaked in a dud, failing whisper from the bellies of the mountains, disturbed the Cordilleras. to hit the blasting pin of The whispers from the mountains were the bullets. Six cartridges not only whispers. They echoed and lined up within the gun’s rumbled, incessantly reverberated to all chambers. the ears of chiefs and tribesmen. The soldiers came, The echoes speak of huge iron carabaos forced within the narrow called tractors and bulldozers. Their iron trail to be in single file. Hidden within hooves rolled, smashing through trees blades of grass atop the mound, I could deep into the forests. They growled and see their fingers on the triggers of their snapped, leaving trails of stumps and guns, groping, however, at where we crushed rocks. They grumbled, swerved, could be. and snorted, eating the grounds with iron The beauty of a shot gun in close quarter combat is one does not have to be toothed mouths. They clanked, rumbled a sharpshooter. All one had to do is point and leveled the grounds, leaving giant caterpillar looking tracts. the gun, pull the trigger, and ka-boom. The boars and deer have scampered Three soldiers immediately fell. The other soldiers’ dropping to the ground and away to other forests. The birds have seeking cover were faster than our reload- flown away in search of new branches far ing. So, when we fired again, we were no away for trees have fallen. The echoes disturbed the mountains longer sure if we had hit anyone else. throughout the Cordilleras for the loudest “Run,” I said and we did with guns whispers have said that the Great Crying still firing behind us but with no bullets Anito, the Chico River will be contained zinging our way as the soldiers did not in a giant pinged. The very source of even know from which direction our fire life, from where everything begins, the came from. greatest gift of the gods will be contained As calculated, no soldiers further folin a dam. lowed us. To be continued… (Publisher’s Note: Pusoy is Rudy D. LiEchoes of the mountains after a few porada’s second novel and third book bedays revealed six government soldiers ing serialized in Asian Journal. One can dead and three wounded. The two get a copy of the book through Amazon. unaccounted comrades became martyrs. Whispers through the mountains also said com – A Russian Poker - or by calling that although the NPAs had weaker guns, the author at 858-722-1465.) they managed to kill more than the enemy

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35. Dito na pumasok sa eksena ang mapagsamantala Ginawan nila ng kaso itong pangulong artista Inihain ang umano ay “impeachment” sa Kamara Isinampa sa Senado ni Villar na nag-apura. 36. Nilitis sa Senado nguni’t walang napatunayan Sapagka’t ang mga testigo’y pawang mga bulaan Ang lahat ng ibinintang, pulos gawa-gawa lamang Hanggang ang mga umuusig ay nagsipagaklasan. 37. Ang himok kay Erap ay lagda sa lihampagbibitiw Kapalit nito’y pangakong hindi na paguusigin Naglabasan ang tunay na kulay ng mga balimbing Tinangkilik ang babaeng sa isip nila’y magaling. 38. Sa harap ng Punong Mahistrado siya’y pinanumpa Saksi ang mga pulitiko na nagdiwang sa tuwa Naagaw nang tuluyan, kapangyarihang mamahala Kahit sa liwas na paraan at sa batas ay sala. 39. Ang Ina ng Bayan na batis ng kasinungalingan Ang pahayag ay di na muling lalahok sa halalan Sa udyok ng kasamahang nais lamang magpayaman Napahinuhod at binali, pangakong binitiwan. 40. Ang milyun-milyong salaping nakalaan sa abono Ay perang ginamit sa pamimili ng mga boto Tinawagan ang batikang Komisyoner Garcillano Upang dayain si Panday, at matiyak ang panalo. 41. Sa Visayas at Mindanao, ginamit ang dagdagbawas Nang sa gayon ang kalamangan ay lumayo ang agwat Sa dalawang Kapulungan tagumpay ay

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At ang bansa ay nagkapuno, isang pangulong huwad. 42. Dito na nagsimula, mahabang kalbaryo at hirap Unti-unting naglaho ang demokrasyang tinatawag Masahol pa sa batas-militar ang kanyang palakad Ang mga militante’y nangawala na lang at sukat. 43. Hindi miminsang sinubok na ang “cha-cha” ay isulong Angaw-angaw na salapi, sa Kamara’y isinuhol Ang maalab na nasang paghahari’y magtuluy-tuloy Muli’t muli’y nabigo ang marubdob nyang nilalayon. 44. Napabantog itong bansa sa kahiya-hiyang antas Saan mang dako ng mundo ay nangyaring natalastas Ang katiwalian na si Gloria ang nagpalaganap Kabulukan sa pamamahala at maling paglingap. 45. Ang lahat ng ahensiya’y kanyang apinagtatapalan Kinupkop, kinalinga ang mga walang kabusugan Nakipagkasundo sa Intsik, negosyanteng dayuhan Na ang nakapaloob ay “tongpats” sa proyektong “Broad Band”. 46. Upang hindi madawit, sa usapin ay makaiwas Ang mga gabineteng sangkot, sa bansa’y pinalayas Mga nasukol ng Senado ay matamang inurirat Nguni’t bigong malaman, katotohana’y di nabunyag. 47. Totoong walang pakundangan si Gloria kung gumastos Kasa-kasama niya’y sandamakmak sa paglilibot
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IN THE MEANTIME, PRESIDENT LINO MAJERAS was having difficulty implementing his own plan. He learned reforming the government was easier said than done. There were several obstacles to reform, including his supposed allies and supporters who would rather preserve the status quo to protect their own selfish interests. The former president, in order to protect herself from conviction on the crimes she committed while in power, appointed her own people to key posts in the government, especially as justices of the Supreme Court. The Constitution protected such positions in the high tribunal. Their occupants could be removed only through impeachment by Congress. It did not matter that the Chief Justice was a midnight appointee, one elected just a few days before the appointing president left office. The Constitution provided that no one could be appointed during such period, but the Supreme Court, dominated by the appointees of the former president, ruled that it was legal, a blatant violation of the Constitution they were supposed to uphold. – AJ (To be continued)

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personal funds on projects where the government funds should have been used. He wanted to do it in the entire province, but his resources would be spread thin and the funds would eventually run out, despite his great wealth. He concentrated in one town with ten barrios and put his projects by Simeon G. Silverio Jr. in each barrio. He wanted his projects in that particular town to serve as a Read the series Complicated Affairs by Sim Silverio by bookmodel for the government officials to marking the link www.asianjournalusa.com/complicatedaffairs hopefully follow; ideally, the officials would use the government resources Fantasy Land, Chapter 14 intended for such projects in the future. He also wanted to open the eyes of the people to the reality that public officials were blatantly stealing public money from these projects. to rebuild the much-dilapidated The people of the town were indeed schools, he knew he could not touch lucky. They were the envy of people (Continued from page 18) them for they were government outside of the town. properties. The government officials To sustain the economic developcongressional pressures. But all too often stole money intended ment in their chosen area, the Dullesthey never came. With much for property rehabilitations and local cos launched livelihood opportunities. economic developments. trepidation, he began initiatLivestock like cows, pigs and chicken Instead, he bought the properties were brought in for the people to ing substantial reforms as adjacent to the schools in the barraise. They were given generous share requested by his president. rio. In them, he built modern school of the profit. This way, the people buildings complete with gymnasiums would no longer have an excuse MAX DULLESCO AND HIS and other sports facilities like basket- that they did not have the capital to WIFE JENNIFER were so pleased engage in livestock raising business. with the election of Lino Majeras as ball courts, soccer, baseball field and oval racetracks. He wanted the poor The Dullescos provided the capital. president of Fantasy Land that they school children and barrio people to Light manufacturing industries were decided to enlarge their charitable have access to sports activities. In also put in the town. Such projects projects. Their charitable foundathe community centers he built, he were done within six months of the tion adopted a town in Southern launched a feeding program for the election of President Majeras. Unlike Fantasy Land. It was one of the most children, knowing that if they were other inaugurations of projects, no depressed areas in the country. The hungry, they could not indulge in such politicians were allowed to be present people there were so poor that it activities. He encouraged the prinduring the ceremonies. This way they became a hot bed of rebellion. The cipals and teachers to use his school could not take credit for them. Dullrebels preyed on the poverty and buildings, with no strings attached. esco made it clear these were private desperation of the people to easily He did what the government should projects coming from his family’s prod them to join their rebel movebe doing for the people. He used his personal funds. ment. Although millions of dollars of development aid poured into the area, they were not used to improve the lives of the people but rather went to the pockets of politicians. If a million dollars for instance were allotted to a project, only a small fraction, perhaps ten percent, probably less, would be used for their purposes. Max realized this malpractice could not be eliminated overnight. Instructing the people not to elect such crooked politicians would be difficult. During the elections, the people were so poor they could easily be bribed, thereby perpetuating a perennial cycle of corruption. Worse, corruption became so common that it had become the standard practice. The people no longer protested it and assumed that the officials should help themselves to the public coffers. Max decided to ignore it in the meantime and put his money where his mouth was. Although he wanted

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government officials. Corona was the presidential chief of staff and spokesman when then President Arroyo formed the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission in (Continued from page 7) April 2001. unusual haste when there was no urAnyway, that character infirmity of gency for it as GMA’s health condition, intellectual dishonesty seems to be true according to the abstracts submitted by by Joe Son also of the Corona Court’s spokesman, her doctors, was not life-threatening. Midas Marquez. After Justice Sereno Read J’Son’s previous articles by visiting our website at According to some non-partisan lawyers, officially advised Marquez that it was www.asianjournalusa.com Corona should have ordered an en banc wrong for him to say that the TRO on session to hear the oral arguments of de de Lima’s hold departure order against Lima before issuing the TRO. Instead, the Arroyos was in full force and effect, he issued the TRO before de Lima could he told media that he respected Sereno’s argue against the TRO, raising the susopinion, making it appear that the issue picion of many that he was really giving was a matter of opinion, when in fact it The Obama administration wants the Arroyos the chance to flee before any was the ruling of the court by a vote of to avoid that legislative debacle, so By: Jonathan H. Adler and Mithis summer it proposed an IRS rule criminal complaint could be filed against 7-6 that the TRO was deemed suspended chael F. Cannon them. pending compliance by GMA and her to offer premium assistance in all If a mere letter from the counsel of husband with Condition No. 2 of the Part I: (This article is sent through exchanges "whether established unthe respondent in a case can make the TRO. e-mail by Manny Cabildo of San Di- der section 1311 or 1321." On Nov. It is not the first time that Marquez had 17 the IRS will hold apublic hearing Corona Court recall a final decision ego for the benefit of Asian Journal affirmed twice, would it be considered displayed intellectual dishonesty. Earlier readers, to know on the update of the on that proposal. According to a Treasury Department spokeswoman, bold of the Secretary of Justice to hold in this year, Associate Justices Antonio controversial medicare changes.) abeyance an order of the Corona Court Carpio and Conchita Carpio Morales the administration is "confident" until she has argued against the order as asked Marquez to correct his statement that offering premium assistance Even if Obamacare survives is the standard judicial procedure? that all the justices were given copies of where Congress has not authorized Supreme Court srutiny next spring, Last year the academic world accused Merceditas Gutierrez’ 60-page petition its trials will be far from over. That's it "is consistent with the intent of the the Corona Court of intellectual dishon- before they took a vote on the status quo law and our ability to interpret and because the law has a major glitch esty when it absolved Associate Justice ante order stopping the House impeachimplement it." that threatens its basic functionMariano del Castillo of plagiarism. The ment proceeding against Ombudsman ing. It's so problematic, in fact, that Merceditas Gutierrez. When he was conSuch confidence is misplaced. The Catholic Educational Association of the Obama administration is now fronted with the fact that some justices text of the law is perfectly clear. And the Philippines accused the Supreme brazenly trying to rewrite the law without congressional authorization, Court of abetting a culture of intellectual had not really been given copies before without involving Congress. the deliberation on the order, he said he the IRS lacks the power to dispense sloth and dishonesty. The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associa- was just quoting a clerk of the court. tax credits or spend money. The Patient Protection And tions declared plagiarism thievery of That he was not dismissed for such a Affordable Care Act offers "preintellectual property. blatant lie only shows he is a protected What about congressional intent? mium assistance"- tax credits and After exculpating del Castillo, the underling. The strain on his face and the Law professor Timothy Jost suggests subsidies- to households purchascrack in his voice when he announced that since Obamacare requires all ex- Corona Court issued a show-cause ing coverage through new healthinsurance exchanges. This assistance changes to report information about contempt order to UP Law Dean Marvic that GMA was barred from leaving Leonen and 37 members of the facthe country because RTC Judge Jesus was designed to hide a portion of the premium assistance, and it would ulty for demanding the resignation of Mupas had issued a warrant of arrest be silly to impose that requirement law's cst to individuals by reducing Del Castillo. Associate Justice Maria against her only confirmed whose lackey on federl exchanges if their enrollthe premium hikes that individuals Lourdes Sereno pointed out that “it is not he really is. ees were not eligible, that shows will face after the Obamacare goes the place of the Court to seek revenge That culture of intellectual dishonesty Congress could not have intended into effect in 2014. (If consumers against those who, in their wish to see is also manifested by the people who anything but to provide assistance face the law's full cost, support for in federal exchanges. At least, he ar- reform in the judiciary, have the courage surround GMA. After Dr. Mario Ver, repeal will grow). GMA’s bone doctor, had told Judge gues, there's enough ambiguity here to say what is wrong with it. The Court finds its legitimacy in demonstrating its Mupas last Friday that GMA was well The law enourages states to create about Congress's intent that federal moral vein case after case, not in flaunt- on the way to recovery, ANC’s Pinky courts will permit the adminitration health-insurance exchanges, but it ing its judicial brawn.” Webb asked Raul Lambino, one of permits Washington to create them if to resolve it. The Court’s decision declaring the GMA’s official spokespersons, how states decline. So far, only 17 states Truth Commission unconstitutional was GMA was. Lambino said that GMA was Not so fast. The Supreme Court have passed legislation to create an indicative of that culture of intellectual already getting well at home until she has increasingly limited such deferexchange. dishonesty. The Corona Court shot down was hustled at the airport. It was as if ence to cases where the text of the law- rather than Congress's intent- is the proposed Truth Commission because he had not been saying just days before This is where the glitch comes in: that GMA’s bone disease had worsened, ambiguous. In this case the language it singled out the GMA administraObamacare authorizes premium astion and made it a vehicle for selective spreading down to the lower part of her sistance in state-run exchanges (Sec- of the law is clear, as even Mr. Jost retribution, in violation of the equal spine, threatening not only permanent tion 1311) but not federal ones (Sec- admits. protection clause of the Constitution. Yet paralysis but death, that is why the tion 1321). In other words, states the same Corona Court did not find the urgency to seek treatment abroad. that refuse to create an exchange can Anti-Graft Commission in violation of Well, it should not surprise anybody Joe C.Son block much of Obamacare's spendthat clause of the Constitution when that that Lambino can prevaricate through his bigdadsd619@yahoo.com ing and practically force Congress to commission covered only presidential San Diego, CA reopen the law for revisions. (Continued on page 21) appointees, to the exclusion of other


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Childhood Days
Don’t you ever wish you were a young child again without responsibilities and worry in life? Your needs were simple and your wants were few. You never have to worry about the future. Even if your family were poor, you were just happy to have food on the table and have plenty of time to play with your friends. In the old days most of the Filipinos have very close knit families. They were supporting each other no matter what. Only a few have members working overseas. There were no Balikbayan boxes or money remittance centers all over the country. We consumed what we grew and produced. We wore or used locally made products. Even in the 60’s, only a few families in the countryside owned vehicles. Of course, the population was so much less and not many people migrate to other provinces. You knew everyone in your barrio and familiar with people in town. There were no cell phones and a few TV sets. Most news was heard on radios or the grapevine. We would certainly know of the newcomers or strangers in our neighborhood. As young kids, we loved to play with friends on weekends and during summer breaks. Our parents seldom worried about our safety and our whereabouts. We learned how to climb trees, rode bikes, or swim on our own. We always looked out for each other. It’s amazing how we grew up with only minor bruises and cuts instead of losing limbs and eyesight. We could not afford to buy toys so we made or invented our own. Most railroad tracks were long gone now but, we used to walk on them taking our chances of being hit by a train. We enjoyed swimming on swollen rivers and diving on murky waters. With home made slingshots, we hunted birds and other small wild animals. Nobody told us that it was cruel and was not right. Back then you seldom hear of child murders or kidnapping. We could wander so far away from home and nobody harmed us. I liked to go fishing alone and picked nuts or climbed the cherry trees. Even on dark nights, I walked by myself to check if the mythical creatures really existed. I would have died of fear if they showed up. The yearly town fiesta was always exciting. We knew that the circus will be there for a few days. It was a treat for us when our parents brought us to watch the night show. We could hardly stop talking about the experience the next day with our friends and schoolmates. We could watch or be a part of the town parade of students and bands and floats of the fiesta’s beauty queens. The highlight would be the feast where guests were treated with local food. We used to celebrate Day of Dead by cooking native treats and visiting cemetery plots of our dead family members. During the Holy Week, we walked to the church to attend masses or join the procession on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. People did not work and there were no vehicles on the roads on Good Friday. Ahhh, those were the days of simple life in the countryside. Most people maybe poor but, they know how to take it easy.

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Letter to Irene
An ad for free posters of the Divine Mercy image for families has been running in the last two issues of the Asian Journal San Diego. One reader from Linda Vista responded and requested several copies for herself and her extended family. As I was putting together the posters I decided to add a note about my own experiece from childhood to let her know how much the image and the devotion means to me. I would like to share the letter with you. 5 December 2011 Dear Irene, Thank you for your interest in Divine Mercy and for asking me to send you and your family free Divine Mercy images as published in the Asian Journal San Diego. Here are a few images for you and your family. Na bless na po ang mga images na ito. These are from the Philippines kaya medyo iba ang sukat. You can learn more about Divine Mercy online at www. divinemercy.org. Please allow me to share my testimony. I have kept this story to myself all these years because I have always thought this experience is only intended for me. But God has other plans. Now seems Divine Mercy image in stairway to be the right time to share it because I am but pointed straight up where it disappeared being given an opportunity to tell this story. into the night clouds. These were kids from the streets. They You see without me asking for it a friend were not dressed in beautiful clothes but gave me a supply of posters of the Divine Mercy image several days ago to distribute. plain white sandos and kamisetas. If you think about it eto yung mga batang kalye na My friend and I have been blessed with palaboy-laboy sa paligid ng bahay . They graces through this image. I hope you and are the kind of kids that I would see playing your family will be similarly blessed. tumbang preso and patintero in front of the So here is my story. house and around the neighborhood all the time. Divine Mercy in a Dream The Lord followed behind them. And then He approached me. When I was small I had a very vivid As I turned to face the Lord I could not dream about the Lord. It was a very dark night. He came down on our street. Before help how I felt. Every fiber of my being Him was a carriage nade of wood that stopped in front of the house I lived in with my grandparents and extended family in Santa Cruz, Manila. It was filled with so many happy children my age. I came out to see what the noise was all about. But all I could sense was their happiness. I looked at where they were headed and saw that the street was no longer the flat road that led out to a busy main road

About 5 with Lolo Vicente in Sta. Cruz seemed to resonate with the joy of seeing the Lord and joined to the overwhelming bliss of the children who were being whisked away that night. Even the very molecules in my body were humming with joy. It was a very vivid encounter. Then the Lord lovingly asked if I wanted to come with Him. I looked up at the Lord. He was dressed in a simple white robe. The joy I felt was so overpowering. To this day, there is nothing on earth that I can compare it with even though I have lived for fifty-seven years and have been blessed in so many ways. If I had said yes at that moment I understood I would not have been separated from that overwhelming bliss. And yet I hesitated. Why? It was because I asked, “But what about my mother and father?” “ … who will look after them?” Then I woke up. Like all children, I grew up, moved away, and soon tucked that vivid memory in the back of my mind. The secret I treasured had become buried deep in the memory of a life I had outgrown. Quite by accident, it would be years later in the late 1980 and early 90s, when I would encounter that image of Christ again. Someone had introduced me to the Divine Mercy devotion. The zeal of the people promoting Divine Mercy was inspiring. Because of it, I acquired several images one of which was for the local church. Unfortunately, the church idea was not meant to be. You see the church I attended had no room for a large image of Divine Mercy. So I ended up taking it home where it hangs halfway up the stairway of my two-story

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should ask ourselves: What and how can I contribute?” For brevity, Cely’s accomplishments will not be covered in this story, except to say that when you have a good time, a year runs fast. Mabilis! Cely was given a high commendation and recognition for her work that supported the goals and objectives of the APPA. Extract of her valedictory address, she said: “….whichever path we follow, whether to pursue our career or remain in the home and raise a family, is an undertaking worthy of recognition. The year has been short, yet unending. For our accomplishments, the Auxiliary is proud to say that we are the supporters of our physician-husbands’ projects…. Let us look forward to the future with great hopes.” ENTERPRENEUR: Cely is an excellent bookkeeper and was a self-taught real estate management business entrepreneur. Is she an empowered woman? While we’re on the subject, I considered my friend Ed Relucio as a business entrepreneur when he wrote about his investments in land that we know now. It was God’s will for his well-entrenched philanthropic work and activities. By the way, especially common to a case with women, Cely wished to stay humble or demure, albeit as I see it, she can “sing her own praises.’’ A man who is confident is seen as a great leader; a woman who is confident is often seen as threatening or not fitting the status quo. Regardless of these stereotypes, I give her the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates. She is proud to say that she managed our real estate investments all by herself in different locations in the cities of California, such as National City, Escondido, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Los Angeles, and in Indianapolis, Indiana. An Asian food store was opened in National City. Our Dream home, just enough for our comfortable ménage, was built for 14 months. I was all behind her while she did all these in her own way. Of course, I learned how tough it was to be an entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur’s hubby has its own challenges. Cely had to stay long hours, and working late nights was an understatement. Stock Market Investing is not for everyone. My wife did it. She became my skilled billing manager, pathology medical coding, bookkeeping and accounting during my private pathology practice as Chief of Pathology at El Centro Regional Medical Center, El Centro California. Therefore, with all these being said, I appreciated, understood, and fully-supported her entrepreneurial innate talents. These are written for no other reason than to leave an enduring legacy and a positive influence to our children and grandchildren. You must know that one day in the future, a grandchild or great-grandchild will wonder what your life was like while looking at a photograph of you, just as you do when you look at pictures of your ancestors today. My dear wife Cely has inspired my life. She helped me to stay focused in the spiritual areas of life, so that I will continually be a blessing to others and be blessed by God. Cely is a remarkable woman with daunting intellect. Remember a song My Only Sunshine?

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lang na lang sapukin niya si Nadia.May panibago ring isinampa si Annabelle na kaso ang ‘Harassment Complaint’ nang pumunta sa kanyang office ang mga pulis sa Imperial Palace na kung saan nandun ang kanyang opisina ng Royal Artist Management, Inc. Mukhang malayo pa ang mararating ng legal battles na ito,dahil sabi nga ni Nadia sa kanyang interview di niya uurungan sa laban si Annabelle, at never daw ito na matatakot. DR. MEDINA BORN IN HONOLULU & RAISED IN SAN DIEGO !!! Dr. Joyce B. Medina began practicing optometry in 1996.She is therapeutically licensed in the treatment and management of eye desease and has extensive experience in contact lenses and comanagement of refractive eye surgery. In addition to her work, Dr. Medina has been published in Optometry and Vision Science for her article “Efficacy of a Mydriatic Spray in a Pediatric Population” and received the Corporate Optometry Reports Innovation in Care Award in 2009.Super Galing naman!!! Pls visit Dr. Medina in her eye clinic in Highland Avenue inside walmart w/ tel no. 619-477-9621 for more inquiries about your eyecare.

M’ Lady – President- Enterpreneur
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Rodolfo Borromeo and my friend Dr. Tody Exconde.

I met Asela (Cely) Asprec a month later; needless to say, among the twelve other Filipina laboratory technologists training in the hospital, she was a very attractive woman. Jokingly, albeit with seriousness in intentions, the three of us, new interns, decided that I must be the one to date Cely. I do believe in this saying, “You see my son,” said God, “the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides.” I found an ideal woman. She has the beauty and smartness combined. I knew I want to share all my troubles, sorrows and dreams with her. She would never let me down and I could always rely on her. Before long our two hearts became one. We got married on July

impressive, admirable services, and precious contributions of my dear wife Cely to the Association of Philippine Physicians in America 28, 1962, seven months after we met. (APPA) Auxiliary. My wife was And the rest is history. Cely stopped ahead of me in the hierarchy of the working in 1967 after the birth of our Filipino American medical associasecond child in Chicago. She tion. She was elected as president of dedicated her time to the caring of the Auxiliary - the spouses of the our children. By the time we moved Filipino American physicians to San Diego in 1969 we already had practicing in the United States of three children. We moved to a beautiAmerica. From the position of being ful and cleanest city of America. Our elected as Board of Director of the youngest fourth child Arleen was Auxiliary, Cely then became a PRO born four years later. I believe in a and was active in various auxiliary saying by Mildred B. Vermont, committees. She served for two “Being a full-time mother is one of terms as treasurer of the Auxiliary in the most highest salaried job…since 1985. In the early summer of 1987, the payment is pure love.” Cely’s she was elected as President. The chosen and important interest was a 16th annual convention of the APPA volunteer work at our children’s and in tandem with the FEU-DRNS school. It was a time when our Medical Alumni Foundation, the children were still young. As a convention was held at the Hilton proverb says, “a woman’s place is in Harbor Castle in Toronto, Canada, on the home.” But in spite of this, she July 25-28, 1987. As if God has a made time to join me in the annual purpose, this date coincided with our conventions and scientific seminar silver wedding anniversary on July meetings of the APPA and finally 28 when she delivered her very became very much active in the inspiring inaugural speech with the APPA Auxiliary. My autobiographitheme of her administration dubbed cal-diary of memories covering a as: “THE YEAR OF THE FILIPINO specific period in my life would not AMERICAN PHYSICIAN’S be complete without sharing the SPOUSE.” EXCERPTS OF HER INAGAURAL ADDRESS: “This is a special moment of my life as a physician’s spouse. Tonight is also our Silver Wedding Anniversary. …. It is a leadership challenge that I accept. As I look around this ballroom tonight, I see beautiful, lovely and vibrant Filipino-American women from all over North America. …To the President of APPA Dr. Jose Evangelista, we are here to assist you in your undertakings in every way we can…During my visit to the Philippines last December, I met with the President and officers of the Philippine Medical Association Auxiliary and they expressed their need for our support of their various projects, especially nutrition programs for the needy. I see this as a challenge that we cannot run away from. It is now that our assistance to our countrymen is most needed. It is now that we must get involved in a noble cause. The upbringing of the youth is another priority that we must address today. It is difficult to raise our children in a fast-changing and competitive environment. But rather than bury our heads in the sand, we should measure up to the problems faced by our children due to the undeniable breakdown of family values and relationships. Values are taught at home, at school, by peers, and by the communication media. We need to restore the family as a primary giver of values so that our teens can get their heads on straight and make right decisions about how to live their lives. This will be a meaningful way of reaching out to our troubled teenagers. …This will be the year of achievers of all kinds, and spouses of Filipino American physicians will be recognized and spotlighted. It is our hope to bring to the fore what everyone of us is doing in our community – be it in politics, in business, health careers, the law, real estate or in any endeavor in which we play a prominent role. But we must not also forget the scores of physicians’ spouses who are homemakers and tireless volunteers and who have given unselfishly of their time and talents to make the world a better and healthier place to live... And perish the thought of what the association can do for us. Instead, we

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kung bakit naging black out ang news tungkol sa issue nina Piolo at Kc , lalo na sa ‘D Buzz’ last Sunday samantalang ang mga kasabayan nilang ibang channel tuloy pa rin ang balita about sa intriga na halos sumaklob sa issue nina Ex-Pres. Gloria Arroyo at Ramgen Revilla.Ayon nga sa obserbasyon ng mga showbiz reporter, pinoprotektahan raw ng channel 2 si Piolo kaya naputol ang balita tungkol sa dalawa. Pero anu itong nakarating sa aming chismis na hindi na raw ni-renew ang contract ni KC sa kapamilya Network dahil sa mga nangyari.How true?Pero last Wednesday, nabuhay muli ang issue sa channel 2 nang magsalita si Gabby Concepcion na galit siya sa lalaking nagpaiyak sa kay KC. Inaabangan kasi ng maraming tao ang pagsasalita at pagdipensa ni Piolo tungkol sa gender issue, kailan daw ito magsasalita? ANNABELLE RAMA PINAGMUMURA SI NADIA NANG MAGKAHARAP SA QC PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE !!! Agaw eksena rin si Annabelle itong nakaraang linggo, nang pamumurahin niya at pagsisigawan si Nadia Montenegro . Itoy tungkol sa kanilang paghaharap para sa clarificatory hearing na isinampang dimanda ni Nadia sa nanay ni Ruffa Gutierrez na ‘Falsification of Documents’ ‘Child Abuse’ at ‘Libel’ na dagdagan pa ng ‘Oral Defamation’ dahil sa insidenteng ito. Kitang-kita sa mga News Programs na ibat-ibang channels kung paano parang bulkan na pumutok si Annabelle na ku-

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teeth. It should be recalled that in 2006, he started a movement called Sigaw ng Bayan whose aim was to gather enough signatures calling for charter change. The Supreme Court, then headed by Artemio Panganiban, rejected Sigaw ng Bayan’s initiative, calling it a “grand deception” and a “gigantic fraud” on the Filipino people. Speaking of grand deception, that airport incident where GMA was “hustled” was a grand deception gone wrong. Considering that Elena Bautista Horn was into events management before she joined government, it is not inconceivable that she stage managed the whole thing. She was very visible and grating during that event. She kept on saying that PNoy had sworn to uphold the Constitution and yet he denied GMA her constitutional right to travel. Horn ignored the fact that GMA had sworn to uphold the same Constitution not once but twice and that it was GMA when she was president who ordered her Secretary of Justice Alberto Agra to issue Circular 41, the same circular Horn finds in violation of the Constitution. That is intellectual dishonesty.

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As he came closer, he saw it was An elderly man in Louisiana had a bunch of young women skinnyowned a large farm for several years. dipping in his pond. He had a large pond in the back. It He made the women aware of his was properly shaped for swimming, presence and they all went to the so he fixed it up nice with picnic deep end. tables, horseshoe courts, One of the and some women shouted apple and to him, ‘we’re peach trees. not coming out until you One evening leave!’ the old farmer decided to go The old man down to the frowned, ‘I pond, as he didn’t come hadn’t been down here to there for a watch you ladies swim naked or while, and look it over. make you get out of the pond naked.’ He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to Holding the bucket up he said, bring back some fruit. ‘I’m here to feed the alligator...’ As he neared the pond, he heard Some old men can still think fast. voices shouting and laughing with glee.

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A 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann (1872–1945)
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Divine Mercy image halfway up the stairway has turned the events of my life around. True, I have plenty of trials but the chance of meeting Christ again under these circumstances and when I least expected it has transformed my own disappointments into the eternal hope of seeing Him again one day. When all seems lost and the trials of this life weigh me down, I simply look up, behold His face and remember His words, to which I say, “Thy will be done, Lord!” To know that I can put my trust in His Divine Mercy is profound; because it is by His grace and for this reason alone that my heart leaps for joy over the promise and the memory of my encounter with the Lord. I hope you too will accept the invitation of Christ through this image. He has plans for you. To this day I wonder how the massive Divine Mercy frame halfway up the stairs of my home, supported only by a nail intended for frames that weigh less than five pounds, has held steady through all the tremors and shaking we have experienced in our corner of Southern California. It has been more than twenty years. Perhaps it is a reminder of how even the smallest of prayers anchored in trust can lift us out of the pull of our own human nature in the same way that something as lowly as this nail can defy the greatest of forces of nature. God bless you and your family,

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

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home to this day, on the same spot where I once kept a small frame of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I remember being so disappointed because the church had no room for it. I also felt upset because the image from then on would remind me of what I failed at every time I walked by it. But the Lord had other plans. You see as I would pass the image so many times during the day and over the weeks, it felt that there was something very familiar about the face. I finally stopped in front of it one day to study it. Then it finally dawned on me. There in front of me looking me straight in the eye was the Christ whom I saw in my dream! It was the face I could not place because the devotion had not entered into Filipino culture when I was little. Today I am told that the 3:00 pm prayer is actually aired on the radio in the Philippines. In hindsight, I honestly think that I would not be writing this letter to you had I leapt into the waiting arms of the Lord when I was five in my dream. Like the apostles’ encounter with the risen Christ along the road to Emmaus during which they did not recognize the Lord at first but finally recognized Him in the breaking of the bread, my own personal encounter with Christ in the

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

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

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 o er 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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