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December 26, 2008 - January 1, 2008

Cory apology to Erap dismays EDSA players
Wishing everyone a “lucky” new year!
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. Publisher & Editor The San Diego Asian Journal
By Aurea Calica And Delon Porcalla Philstar, December 24, 2008 Former President Corazon Aquino, a global people power icon who helped unseat a dictator as well as a corrupt but hugely popular leader, has drawn mild rebuke and outright scorn – mostly from political allies – for voicing contrition for her role in ousting Joseph Estrada from the presidency in 2001. A belated clarification from Mrs. Aquino’s son Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, that the apology was meant as a joke, helped little to silence critics. Mrs. Aquino could not be reached for comment yesterday. For Sen. Richard Gordon, Mrs. Aquino earned the moniker “Sorry Aquino” for her surprise apology. “I am quite disappointed. I don’t agree with the fact that you have to say sorry to him. I really feel for Cory because she is sick right now,
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Giant Christmas lantern - A girl walks past a giant Christmas lantern displayed in Rizal Park in Manila . PhilStar photo by Jun Mendoza

DIRECTV spells out services to the Filipino community
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - Are you confused on what to choose with regards to a Filipino channel provider? Marie Cha, DIRECTVís senior marketing di- rector for the Filipino community recently spelled out the various features her company has to offer to potential customers. Among others, she said that the DIRECTV Satellite dish receives messages from the Sky and therefore it offers better quality and more reliable picture. DIRECTV, according to her, has 17 million customers nationwide, more than the aggregated subscribers from the ten existing cable companies. DIRECTV is also the leader in HD technology and has earned 8 years continuous highest rating in the customer services. For this quarter, DIRECTV offers the following English packages: a) 120 English Channels for only $9.99 b) Free three months of HBO, Showtime and Starz plus all the Filipino Channel. c) $6 access for each DVR The following are the packages DIRECTV offers to the Filipino subscribers: FilipinoDirect™TFCDirect” + GMA Pinoy TV — $34.99/mo. The FilipinoDirect” service features all the channels available with the TFCDirect service, plus GMA Pinoy. The Channel line up is as follows:
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The choice is clear:

The traditional greeting “Happy New Year” may not ring true this year. In light of the current global economic crisis, people do not expect to be happy in the coming year, 2009. Instead, they hope to be “lucky” enough to survive economically. See page 5
New Year’s Eve celebration in the Philippines.

Rebel returns from the dead
By James Mananghaya Philstar Back from the dead? Almost.

Making connections in San Diego
Let’s face it, face-to-face is better, but Facebook and other ways of connecting with friends will do
My friend Kemille and I tried to catch up on six years in six minutes, and parted with stories half-told. In that small window of time, we probably could have learned more about one another through texts, posts, and searches, but there was no better way to recapture a sense of real friendship than face-to-face. By Ashley Silverio Assistant Editor The San Diego Asian Journal See page 9

A former New People’s Army (NPA) rebel long believed dead by his comrades and the military has resurfaced, saying that he faked his own death to avoid reprisal
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Balitang America to air Year-ender Townhall Special on TFC

California dreamin’
FUNFARE by Ricardo F. Lo Philstar SACRAMENTO, California — Pardon my ignorance (blush, blush!) but I didn’t know that Sacramento is the capital of California until two months ago when my friend Raoul Tidalgo and I came here upon the invitation of Raoul’s fellow Boholano Liklik Schroeder and Former Filipina movie stars Miriam Jurado her husband Gene , Lucita Soriano and Vilma Valera Roger Schroeder. Raoul flew from San AnHudgens who is half-Filipitonio, Texas, where he was na) and Quantum of vacationing with his sister (Continued on page 20) Cora (a nurse) to L.A. to keep me company during the press junket for High School Musical 3: Senior Year (starring Zac Efron and Vanessa

California’s Border Congressman Bob Filner’s Special Assiatant, Manny Doria (Extreme Right), presents Congressional awards to Jean Soroka, Virgil Akers, Violanda Hinojos, Al Penuelas, and Netti Penuelas in recognition of their outstanding and invaluable services to the community held at Balboa Park Club. Others in picture are Leonard Hall (Extreme Left) / Rachelle Wolfe (2nd from right) of Caring Placement, and Kristi Fenick (behind Doria), the Supervising Recreation Specialist of the San Diego Park & Recreation Department’s Senior Citizens Services

ABS-CBN North America’s News Bureau Chief Ging Reyes (center) is joined by Balitang America Executive Producer Vivian Araullo and reporters and correspondents Henni Espinosa, Lenn Almadin Thornhill, Rodney Jaleco, Steve Angeles, Don Tagala, Joseph Pimentel, Monette Rivera and Bev Llorente. See story on page 14.

Of friends, acquaintances and ‘partners in crime’
CTALK By Cito Beltran Philstar When my wife and I were just getting to know each other, we immediately noticed differences in our application of the English language, and certain concepts we normally take for granted. Where I used the word “trunk” and “hood” for the car, Karen would use boot and bonnet. Umbrella would be “brolly”, hot chocolate would be “toddy” (spiked with alcohol), an elevator was the lift and gasoline would be “petrol”. The Catholic met the Agnostic and thank God they became “born-again”. Beyond the terms, Karen brought in observations that have, from time to time, forced me to redefine my understanding and approach to what was familiar. On one occasion, Karen asked if someone I introduced to her was really a friend or a mere acquaintance. She even went to the extent of pointing out that in European culture, they do not carelessly or casually go about using or connecting the words “my friend” when introducing someone to others. The title “my friend” is one that must be based on accurate definition, history, and accountability. While Filipinos casually give away the honor and the title in the same way we habitually make strangers into relatives by crowning them as aunts and uncles or Tito and Tita, other cultures are more exacting about such terms and titles. In other cultures, the word friend is based on a long-standing relationship with someone who shares and respects each other’s individuality as well as shared values, beliefs and experiences. But knowing someone a long time does not immediately qualify one for the title of friend.

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at center stage and for all the right reasons. No doubt 2008 has really been like a roller coaster with so many ups and downs happening in the country. With 2009 being the threshold to an election year, we don’t know what’s up for next year. But one thing is for sure – everybody will be gearing up for the 2010 elections with campaign rhetoric getting intensified. Every other candidate will try to outdo each other for some attention. Expect 2009 to be a circus and a circuitous year. ***

A friend is a person you have shared burdens with as well as shared pain. A friend is a giver and a taker of good and the not so good. A friend is someone who is willing to be accountable, but also authorized to make us accountable for our conduct or behavior. Biblically there is the friend that is closer than a brother or a sister. Unlike Europeans, Americans tend to be more relaxed about the term “friend”, but if you were to observe their use of language it soon becomes apparent that their informal terms like “my buddy”, “associate”, partner” as against the more specific or particular “my good friend” or “my best friend”, reveals that even Americans qualify or differentiate between acquaintances and real friends. I wonder if it’s a consequence of maturity or merely waking up to the fact that sometimes we have to define our territory and our boundaries. In a nation and culture where we are raised to fit in and abide by the norms, you sometimes come to realize that some practices are wrong and can be damaging because others take advantage. I realized that this happens because we don’t have a proper or correct definition of relationships. We are not specific or particular about who and what a “friend” is. Often we confuse friendship for something that is actually a business relationship. A prostitute can get very intimate with a client, but it’s not friendship. Unfortunately we often feel raped when a person abuses our kindness and trashes all the goodness and kindness we showed them. That again is our mistake. Our culture has inculcated us with a false expectation that if you’re nice, Santa will bring you lots of Christmas presents. Not everybody is as nice as you and not everybody wants to be a real

“friend” like you. The Lord taught us to love others as you love yourself. If you’re smart you should also watch and listen how someone talks about, and treats others because sooner or later that person in front of you will be doing it to you. I remember a Texas cockfighter who blew into town, met a foreign artist and started dating her. The woman was obviously miserably married that she declared her intent to divorce her husband and go off to Texas to raise chickens! When I asked the Texan what he taught of it, he immediately blew her away and causally told me: “If she can do that to her husband, she can do it to me!” We are all guilty or fallen in some manner, but it would be pretty stupid to hang around people who will ultimately do to you what they regularly do to others. I actually reflected on whether or not avoiding and ignoring such people was unchristian, since we are supposed to love others. Well if you are brave enough to open your Bible to the book of Proverbs, you will find many verses telling you to avoid the mocker, the troublemaker, the fool and the wicked. So if a person does nothing but bitch, cheat, trash talk, and cause trouble, consider yourself warned. Exposure can be dangerous to your health! One thing that we seriously need to stop is the practice of extending our bloodline so thin, our children can no longer tell who their real relatives are! After meeting so many uncles and aunts, my wife started asking exactly how many brothers and sisters did my parents have separately? Why must we go on introducing people who are not even deepto the bone friends as the instant Tito and Tita to our children? In the past it may have been an expression of honor and affection for the strangers who just entered our home, but after all the psychological evidence we have gathered, we ought to know better! In giving honor and title to non blood relatives, we eventually diminished the purpose and importance of the aunt and uncle. On the opposite, we carelessly subjugated our children and extended our parental authority to “strangers”.

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A country in a roller coaster ride
TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS By Babe Romualdez Philstar It’s supposed to be the season to be jolly but a lot of people are facing gloomy prospects due to the global financial crisis. Filipinos are a naturally happy people but in this country, everybody seems to feel as if they’re on a roller coaster ride with what’s happening today. But the good news from Qatar is that there’s a continuing demand for our overseas Filipino workers with some 37,000 jobs waiting for them by January. By latest count, there are an estimated 200,000 OFWs in Qatar with deployment for this year reaching 56,000 – making it the fourth biggest OFW destination in the world. Unfortunately, there have been a number of OFWs affected by the recession in many countries. Many of those working in Taiwan have been hit really hard, with the number of retrenchments reaching up to 2,000. Government particularly the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has been trying to stem fears brought about by projections that some 50,000 more are expected to lose their jobs. But at least according to Labor Secretary Marianito Roque, countries like Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia are in need of workers with Guam and Dubai also in need of some 20,000 and 90,000 workers, respectively. What’s more, the salaries of Filipino professionals working in Middle East countries have even reportedly doubled, and many of them have renewed their contracts. People have been talking about corruption in high places and have known about it for some time, but now it’s just been confirmed with the US Millennium Challenge Corp. withholding further assistance to the Philippines due to the government’s failure to curb corruption. According to the MCC report card,

the Philippines failed in 14 out of 17 areas that are used to assess a country’s eligibility to receive more aid. If the Philippines were to be likened to a student, then the verdict would be “bagsak” (fail) – and will have to repeat the process all over again. Early on, there were hopes that the country would graduate from the threshold status to compact eligible and thus would be given more aid than the $21 million it received in 2006, but the MCC found government’s efforts to fight corruption not good enough. All the controversies that Malacañang was embroiled in obviously worked against it and reinforced perceptions of widespread corruption in the country particularly in the highest lev-

Mar marred his chances
A lot of businessmen who joined the anti-Chacha protest were surprised to hear Mar Roxas spewing out those expletives. While everybody has the right to express his anger and even use “colorful” language for emphasis, it was certainly inappropriate to hear that kind of foul language coming from a Senator and especially in an interfaith rally with all the holiest of holies like nuns and church people present. I’m sure Mar got a tongue lashing from his mother who must have told him that he was not brought up that way. The outburst didn’t really help at all with his image. Businessmen regard him as “Mr. Clean” and people know him as a rich boy who follows decorum and yet can still relate to the poor. But it was the wrong place at the wrong time to utter those expletives, because he came out like this rich kid going to Tondo with a limousine and then trying to act like a neighborhood toughie. It just didn’t fit. Joseph Estrada with all his “sanggano” image never used foul language before a crowd. In fact, I have never heard him utter expletives even in private. It’s still a long way to go before 2010, but this outburst of Mar certainly marred his image, with people saying it was a desperate attempt to get some attention. All kinds of jokes are now coming out with Mar’s recent outburst, saying that he was known as “Mr. Palikero” so he changed his image to become “Mr. Palengke” – and now they’re calling him “Mr. Palengkero.”

els of society. It’s too bad Charter change is adding to the already negative image of the country. Congressmen who are stubbornly pushing it don’t seem to realize that it’s wrong timing to do so especially at a time like this with the uncertain financial situation and the growing resistance from people, plus the unequivocal statement by all Senators that they are against Charter Change especially without the consent of the Senate. The AntiChaCha rally in Makati last Friday attracted a substantial number of people from different walks of life, bringing together personalities who ordinarily wouldn’t even touch each other with a ten-foot pole. The only thing that has really buoyed up Filipino spirits this year is the spectacular win of Manny Pacquiao against Oscar dela Hoya in a fight that people criticized earlier as a mismatch because of the Mexican’s height and weight advantage. Manny’s win put the Philippines

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the struggles and joy of other people and other cultures in the context of the present and the past, and as seen through the promise of Christmas. We had come a full circle. Regardless of where one is in the world, the tidings of peace from above, a peace beyond all understanding, is the same. God among us, Christ is born. It is on this night that we hear of the promise: People that walked in darkness have seen a great light (Isaiah 9:2). In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1: 4-5) We were a witness to the season of new beginnings told in a travelogue that led us back to where we began: home at last for the holidays.

still in our house. The Christmas tree was still up. The gifts remained unopened long past Christmas day. And so did the memory of my mother’s final days. Had she lived through September, she would have also by G. Tagudin - Silverio known the pain of 9/11. But she had already begun life in Read Genny Silverio’s previous articles by visiting our website eternity even while Christmas at www.asianjournalusa.com tarried in our house. So we travel to celebrate life in a similar fashion just as the book suggests to the places that one should see; and taking the literal meaning of “life is a journey” to heart. “For a child is born to us, a son Our first trip together as a is given to us; upon his shoulder family was a journey to the dominion rests. They name him past. We traveled to Spain and Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Portugal with a tour group. The Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. tour had a side-trip to Morocco. “ - Isaiah 9:5 We spent the journey with other families who brought their here is a popular travchildren with them to enjoy the el book called “1000 festive Christmas and New Year Places to See Before celebrations in the plazas of the You Die.” In Asia, the top old cities with the locals. The holiday festivities in Spain were picks are the ancient cave like no other. Churches overdwellings which are still flowed with people for Misa in use today in Cappadode Gallo. Crowds spilled out cia, Turkey; the celebrated onto the streets and to the town beauty of the Haggia Sosquares with great cheer. The tradition was also in the food phia in Istanbul, Turkey; the that filled the air with the unimposing temples of Ankor mistakable aroma of the season. Vat in Cambodia; and the A Family Christmas Past. Christkindlmarkt shopping in Munich, Germany The delicious scent of steaming deeply animistic “Hanami chocolate and crispy churros Festival” or the cherry blos- comforts and the familiar surwafted out of cafes. The butcher is a tradition many of us will shops were doing brisk business som viewing festival of Ja- roundings of home can convey. miss as we hunker down to selling smoked ham called “jaTraveling can even bring pan. The book presents life weather the new economic mon” that filled the night with as an adventure of personal about a crucial transformation times. the scents of Noche Buena. in people and communities. This morning I realized how discovery that can only But it was also an eye-opener. For two individuals, the sight traveling has become ingrained In Toledo, we visited the old begin if one steps outside of of the poor in other countries as a family tradition during the church where shackles and places that are comfortable turned them into beacons of yuletide season when I was chains hung between masand familiar. light. One is Mother Antonia, a asked what we were doing for sive stone blocks high on the The reasons why people travel former Beverly Hills socialite, Christmas. For our family, the exterior church walls. These are not always for pleasure. For who ministers to prisoners in a tradition is not so much about were gratefully left behind by many in the global economy, notorious jailhouse in Tijuana, returning home but traveling prisoners who were set free it is to search for work. Others Mexico. The other is Mother during the holidays. when Spain was liberated from travel to gain an understanding Teresa, who established a reliThe tradition began in the year the Moors. It remains a postof the world around them. At gious order, the Sisters of Char- my mother passed away. She script in history. The reminder times, it is to search for meanity, to care for the untouchables had made it to the year 2000, whispered of the conflict now ing when one’s sense of direcof Calcutta, India. the millennium, surrounded by hidden in the beauty of the sites tion is lost. We also sense the same calling her grandchildren while conlike Alhambra and the exquisite For instance, Gawad Kalinga in Tony Meloto who founded fined in the hospital. After New architectural masterpieces the presents a rare opportunity for Gawad Kalinga. But being a Year’s, she came to stay with us Moors left behind during their others to find meaning in their humble man who embraces at home to spend the rest of the own lives by helping others who destiny with the same surrender holiday season, which ended on 800-year reign. It is said that the last Sultan are less fortunate in the PhilipNinoy Aquino had shown his the Feast of the Three Kings, pines. Many discover that one countrymen during his lifetime, celebrated on the first Sunday of of Granada, Boabdil, surrendered the keys of the city to the act of kindness returns a blesshe would probably point to the the New Year. As much as we Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and ing a hundredfold. It also leads millions who share the same wanted to hold on, my mother Isabella, on 2nd January 1492, to a new appreciation of life, dream for the country. peacefully left this life on Janu- ending centuries of Moorish greater than what the material Meloto has dared travel to ary 21st, 2001. Time itself stood rule in Spain, and the culmina-

In Perspective

A yen for travel

places many of us have escaped from. He invites all who have traveled afar in search of fortune and work to return and remake the country. In a time of uncertainty and doubt about the future, it is a welcome homecoming. A few friends are back home relishing the traditions of the holiday season and revisiting the message of hope etched in the smiling faces of many our countrymen. But not all can do so. Traveling back home for the holidays

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tion of the ‘Reconquista,’ the Reconquest. By a twist of fate, the Spaniards went on with sword and cross to conquer other lands, bringing Christianity to the Philippines. While we may not be able to see the rest of the thousand places the book recommends, our few short journeys have certainly opened our eyes to the beauty of the human spirit in the GK Movement, the hope shared in the joy of Advent reflected in cultures across the globe, the lesson of courage and redemption in the Reconquista. We weren’t sure what we would find out when we set out on our journeys. But we came back changed. Through our journeys after the events of 2001, we rediscovered what we had lost in the stories of

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was in Manila and he was in the U.S., the property was idle and neglected for years. He built a house in the property and planted crops. He also raised animals like goats, chicken, pigs and even cattle in the place. “I wanted to show to the people around here that if only they would plant crops, they would not get hungry,” he once told me. When we visited him during our family vacation last August, I was impressed with his accomplishments. In Naga, he need not wear a business suit or drive around in his Mercedes Benz. He was wearing shorts and slippers all the time, and growing a beard. True enough, we saw the

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crops and animals all over his property. We snacked on saba banana and peanuts grown on his property. He raised chickens for food and never had to buy them from the market. On our way back to his property one night, we stopped by a vegetable stall where he picked up several vegetables without paying for them. He said that he used to give the stall owner his excess vegetable harvest rather that let the produce spoil. Whenever he needed vegetables, he simply got them from the stall owner, barter style. He and his wife go back to San Diego once a year to clean their
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Our Life and Times

Wishing everyone a “lucky” new year!
San Diego, California December 26, 2008

Grim predictions by prophets of doom are all around us. Economic experts predict that the worse is yet to come and that our current financial problems these days are nothing compared to the turmoil that is expected to ensue next year and the years ahead. In San Diego alone, real estate values have fallen by at least $200,000 per home, resulting in hundreds of foreclosures in every neighborhood. The recent title of our tax expert Bill Labestre’s column “Nightmare in Elm Street”, may be witty, but it is certainly not funny, as it depicts a typical street in San Diego with multiple foreclosure horror stories. Another one of Bill’s article, “Your Sleeping Equity”, is a play on the popular Disney story “Sleeping Beauty”. It recalled the practice of realtors over the past few years of urging homeowners to refinance and avail of their “sleeping” (natutulog) equity by cashing out or purchasing bigger, albeit expensive, home. It was a bad advice for the buyers because the value of the homes they bought using their equities went down, although the realtors made a killing through their hefty commissions on overpriced sale of the homes. While the United States government has been dispensing bailout money to the bankrupt and distressed companies in the finance and auto industries, a recent report showed that those who received bailouts could not explain how they used the money. This is yet another example of incompentence amidst reports that the companies’ erring executives, who caused the collapse of their firms themselves, continue to enjoy perks like bonuses, high salaries, luxurious conventions and traveling lifestyles. In the midst of all of these reports, respected economist and pundit Ben Stern, during last week’s “Sunday Morning” program on CBS, urged people who still hold jobs not to hold back and to spend, spend and spend in order to keep the economy going and prevent it from collapsing. But people who feel the economic distress around them, cannot help but ignore the advice, sound it may be. They simply cannot risk losing their remaining assets. Because of this selfish, albeit natural, dispensation, the economy, if the theory holds up, is sure to go down the drain. Strategies A lot of my friends have adopted several strategies to survive the crisis. My computer service provider, Charlie Nguyen, simply toned down his lifestyle after he lost the accounts of the local public school system. Big computer companies outbidded small entrepreneurs like him for many a government project. Several San Diego realtors were forced to return to their previous jobs as nurses, clerks, engineers and even lawyers now that the local real estate business is practically dead. Only one among the Filipino realty firms that I know held a Christmas party this year, albeit pot luck style, despite the fact that it has not completed a business transaction in the past few months. Some firms were forced to close shop with owners operating in their own home and drastically “toning down” their lifestyle.

he traditional greeting “Happy New Year” may not ring true this year. In light of the current global economic crisis, people do not expect to be happy in the coming year, 2009. Instead, they hope to be “lucky” enough to survive economically.

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One rather extreme case is a friend of mine from Australia. He is very religious and has “communicated” with God, identified the exact birth date of Jesus Christ, and invented a more practical, if not religiously accurate calendar (visit http:// www.geocities.com/peacecrusader888/). People may ignore his findings, but I sincerely believe him. I have known him since childhood. Because of the foreboding economic problems, he cashed in his retirement money after years of service in the Australian government and paid off his mortgage. “The first thing one must do when he retires,” he once advised his friends, “is to make sure that one has a roof over his head,” An agriculture graduate from the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, he planted crops all over his property to minimize his food expenses. He even went as far as building wire trellises for his plants, which last longer and would not have to be replaced or repaired as often as

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wooden trellises. To top it off, he bought several huge drums so that he could catch water during the rainy season and water his plants. Of course, he also stored several non-perishable food items and other supplies in case the worse economic scenarios, which he believes are likely to occur, would transpire. Philippine retirement Another friend of mine from San Diego had decided to retire in the Philippines, years before the current economic turmoil. He began as a successful accountant and part of the team of Sycip, Gorres & Velayo, the foremost accounting firm in the Philippines, that put up its branch office in Indonesia. He became a controller of big companies and successful accounting practitioner when he migrated with his family to Los Angeles during the early 1970s. At one point, he had a choice of investing in an

apartment complex in Encino, California or of purchasing one of the first oriental stores in Los Angeles. To his eventual regret, he chose the latter. The apartment complex appreciated in value after only a few years, while the explosion of oriental stores all over Los Angeles made his retail endeavor unprofitable. He used to own commercial buildings, but the stress of managing them encouraged him to retire and simplify his lifestyle. He moved to San Diego and spent his time enjoying his favorite pastime, fishing at Pacific Beach pier, for years. When his wife, herself an accountant who he first met during their CPA review classes, reached retirement age from her auditing job, they both retired in the Philippines. Naga property He and his brother inherited a huge property in their hometown in Naga City. Since his brother

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qualified as “mestizo espanol,” it denoted Spanish half-breeds. “Consequently,” observes Prof. Cesar Adid Majul, “when Rizal was called a mestizo in his trial in 1896. it referred to his Chinese ancestry and did not mean that his father was Spanish. Yet, to the very end of his days, until he was executed on December 30, 1896, he was called an indio by many Spaniards, especially those who were his detractors and antagonists.” One striking development in the l9th-century Philippine society was the politicization of the Creoles and Spanish mestizos. The men became aware of the discriminatory practices within the colonial system. They created demands for equal treatment and government services that in turn generated pressures to increase governmental capabilities. Spanish law treated the peninsulares and creoles as equals, giving them the same advantages and demanding of them the same duties; but Spanish practice made a clear distinction between them. The Madrid Government favored Peninsulares because the latter generally assumed that the atmosphere in overseas colonies, including the Philippines, produced an inferior product, one that could not be trusted with responsibilities of important civil, military, or clerical office and one whose loyalty was ever in question. It therefore quite naturally reserved high offices — with some exceptions — to peninsulares, and the Crown officials in turn extended what favors they could to their Europeanborn compatriots. The army was an area where Creole discontent often percolated and exploded in military seditions. The Creoles had cause for grievance and resentment, and did suffer from mistreatment, as did the mass of indios. Apart from the question of job opportunities and upward mobility, there was the problem of partisan bitterness arising from the political developments in Spain. For most of the century, Spain was politically unstable. The struggles between the conservatives and liberals there created factional tension among the Spanish elements in the Philippines. The increasing number of arrivals from Spain further exacerbated this. Events in Spain produced reform
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THE WORLD OF Dr. JOSE RIZAL: Indio, Mestizo and filipino
in 1960s and the subject of my research — i.e. “Spanish Liberalism and the Espanoles-filipino Protests in the Philippines.” At the hotel, I then began to reflect how Rizal, a Universidad de Madrid medical student in the early 1880s would respond to the same question. Would he say, “Soy un indio? Tagalog, or mestizo? What follows are some notes or thoughts on the study of nationalism as these relate to Rizal and the historic change of filipino to Filipino. The Creole Factor When the Spaniards rediscovered the Philippines in the sixteenth century, they called the inhabitants “indios,” except for those whom they considered Muslims or “moro.” Since their colony came to be called “Filipinas,” the term “filipino” was reserved for Spaniards born in the islands. Other terms for them were “creoles” and “insulares”, or “ hijos del pais” Spaniards who came to the colony were simply called “espanoles” or “peninsulares.” These categories persisted almost to the every end of Spanish colonial rule. By mid-I9th century, however, the labels “espanol-fIlipino” had been used to distinguish Creole from Iberian-born Spaniards or “espanol peninsular.” Then, the term “mestizo.’ without qualification, referred to Chinese half-breeds. When

The sight of Rizal’s bust in front of Seafood City never fails to remind me of my previous trip to Spain and the three books that I recently used for my San Diego State University’s Hist. 650: Writing of History course — i.e., Benedict Arnold’s Imagined Communities and The Spectre of Comparisons and my own work, The Origins of Philippine Nationalism. “Soy Filipino” was my response to a nationality question posed by a curious Spanish lady, whom I met in the palatial Museo del Prado in Madrid a few summers ago. This casual encounter set off a lively conversation about her Manila visit

t 10 a.m. December 30, 2008, the Filipino community will celebrate Rizal Day in National City with a program’s theme, “Mga Kaisipan ni Jose Rizal.” The event is sponsored by the Council of PhilippineAmerican Organizations (COPAO), In charge of the program is Ms. Sally Idos of Morse High School and current CTFLC (Council for Teaching Filipino language and Culture) president.

efforts in Manila, participated in by Creole lawyers, bureaucrats, and merchants, and joined by Father Jose Burgos and his supporters among the clergy. Spanish liberal exiles augmented their number. Such reform efforts expanded the colonial elite and broadened the stratum of the mestizo population whose opinions and expectations could no longer be ignored by those in power. Liberalism influenced the content and direction of the colonial struggle for reforms. Trickles of liberalism reached the Philippines through the representation of the islands in the Spanish Cortes during three brief periods, through the liberal Spanish administrations in Manila, which in effect were extensions of Spanish liberalism; and through contacts with non-Spanish Europeans (e.g., British) and Americans. The 19th century saw a combination of internal and external factors that fostered changes in Philippine society. One outstanding change was the development of new upper and middle classes, whose Creole and Spanish and Chinese mestizo members, in particular, began to view political and social institutions maintained by Spain in the Philippines as out-moded and incompatible with the socio-economic changes that were taking place. The German traveler Jagor. who was in the islands in 1858, points out cogently that: “A consideration of far more importance to the distant metropolitan [Spain] than the condition of the constantly excited Indians, who are politically divided among themselves, and really have no steady object in view, is the attitude of the half-castes and Creoles, whose discontent increases in proportion to their numbers and prosperity.” This feeling of discontent promoted a movement to demand from the peninsulares their share of liberty and equality and to modernize the colony in line with the progress being achieved in other lands. Clearly, the Creoles were a key factor in preparing the way for the “ilustrado” patriotic movement, in which the mestizo Rizal, M. del Pilar, and Mariano Ponce were the central figures. To be sure, much of the social and political unrest in the 1880s and 1890s against the Spanish regime represented a continuation of the early Espanoles-filipino conflicts and agitation for reforms. Imagined Community In 1887, Rizal wrote the novel Noli Me Tangere that is regarded as the greatest achievement of modern Filipino literature. It was also almost the first novel written by an ‘indio.’ “Right from the start,” observes Anderson, “the image of a dinner-party being discussed by hundreds of unnamed people, who do know each other, in quite different parts of Manila, in a particular month of a particular decade, immediately conjures up the imagined community.” While Rizal had no idea of his readers’ individual identities, he wrote to them with an ironical intimacy, as though their relationin the US 44. Barack Obama was elected to be the 44th president of the United States. Talk about historic! We will have a new president who is intelligent, who doesn’t resemble, at least in a few very important ways, the previous 43 men, who is creating a cabinet of diverse individuals, who seems to be intent on leading this nation down a new path for a new era. You can probably see where I’m heading: millions of men and women, girls and boys are being inspired to do all kinds of things. But here’s the main point: who are you inspiring today? Who are you working with today to make 2009 the best year of their lives? Who are you helping? It’s possible for 2009 to be the very best year of your life. It’s equally possible for 2009 to be the worst year of your life. Which do you want it to be? How are you working to help it be the year you want it to be? One final thought for 2009 Right now, in any number of US cities, as well as other countries around the world, millions of individuals are in great pain. They are in physical, emotional and mental pain because of hunger, expensive or non-available medical treatment, lack of employment, torture, and so many other reasons. Let us be kind, let us be forgiving, let us be helpful, let us be generous and let us be loving that we as a people and nation may be what we so strive to be. Happy 2009 everyone and… Happy New Year sis

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Some good thoughts for 2009 even as we enter a recession very once in a while we hear the old refrain of someone being tired of hearing nothing but bad news. And they’re right – lately there has been a lot of horrible economic news. Well I am going to change the bad news cycle, at least for today, with this column. Today, in order to help us get

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ships with each other are not in the smallest degree problematic.” One salient feature of the No/i is its scale. Its characters came from every stratum of late colonial society, from the liberal-minded peninsular Governor down through the racial layers of colonial society — creoles, mestizos, chinos (“pure” Chinese) to illiterate indio masses. Yet the geographical space of the novel is strictly confined to the immediate environs of Manila. “The Spain from which so many of the characters have at one time or another arrived is always off stage.” Anderson commented. “This restriction made it clear to Rizal’s first readers that ‘The Philippines’ was a society in itself, even though those who lived in it had as yet no common name. That he was the first to imagine this social whole explains why he is remembered today as the First Filipino.” The novel’s style is still more impressive, for it combines melodrama and satire. In Rizal’s two novels (i.e., the No/i and El Filibusterismo) the Spanish words fihipina and filipino still mean what they had traditionally meant — i.e., creoles, people of “pure” Spanish descent who were born in the Philippines. This group was wedged between peninsulares and mestizos, chinos, and indios. The novels are filled with nationalist sentiments, but this nationalism has to do with love of patria, not with race: “Filipino.” It was not until the closing years of the 19th century when Apolinario Mabini began to write — two years after Rizal’s execution — that its present meaning began to take form. On the whole, Rizal uses the later Spanish-colonial classifications of peninsulares, creoles, mestizos (persons of mixed descent, Spanish-native, Spanish-Chinese. Chinese-native, and other complications), sangleyes and chinos (Chinese born outside the Philippines), and indios or naturales (“Indians” of the Philippine islands). But sometimes he also uses the terms mestizo and Creole inconsistently, so that they appear to overlap or even correspond. “This inconsistency was characteristic of the I880s and 1890s when political, cultural, and social

changes were making problematic the older hierarchy,” Anderson wrote. No less important to remember is the fact that the word filipino was then just beginning a historic change. For most people in the country —everyone called Filipinas or Las Filipinas up to the end of the th century, the word was prin19 cipally a synonym of Creole, or pure-blooded Spaniards born in the archipelago. and it was always spelled, Spanish-style, with a small “f.” But by the last two decades of the century, upwardly mobile Spanish and Chinese mestizos began to appropriate such name for themselves, in periodic coalition with the traditional filipino creoles in political opposition to the peninsulares controlling the colonial army, administration, and ecclesiastical hierarchy. Commentary After 1900 — after Rizal’ s death and the success of the anti-Spanish revolutionary movement of 1896-98 — filipino quickly acquired a primarily political meaning, referring to “sons and daughters of the country,” no matter what their racial origins. And it went upper case -- Filipino. But in Rizal’s novels it is never used in this 20th~century sense. In the final decade of his thirtyfive-year life, Rizal was the central figure in the imagining and mobilization of a popular Philippine nationalism against two states: the autocratic, clerical-colonial state based Manila, and the half liberal-republican, half clericalmonarchical imperial state based in Madrid. “This task involved a strenuous campaign both of deconstruction and construction,” Anderson argued. “The colonial state and its reactionary ecclesiastical allies had to be unmasked, while a Philippines profoundly distinct from Mother Spain had to be conjured up.” For both purposes, in different ways, the novel as “literary genre” was adapted, enabling the reader to see a whole range of exploitation, brutality, hypocrisy, cowardice, fanaticism, stupidity, ignorance, and corruption that made colonial
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in the right frame of mind to begin a whole new year, I am proud to present some really, really good news.
Good news from around the world 1. In California a healthy baby was born to someone who did not use crack; 2. In Tokyo a healthy baby was born to parents who were married; In Calcutta a baby was born to

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It was a night cold and frosty The kind dame in her house felt toasty It was a holy Christmas eve So she got ready to leave To attend a midnight mass. On the way her car had to pass A row of hovels bare and cold “Oh dear, I’ll send them some coal” In the church she fervently prayed That the poor from the cold be spared Going home she told the driver Bags of coal to the poor deliver At home a hot dinner was served Sweet songs from the radio she heard Dinner with intoxicating wine Made her giddily warm and fine She thought it was no longer cold The poor no longer need the coal She told her faithful driver The coal need not be delivered And the poor continued to brr brr brr.
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but few close to home. We tried to catch up on six years in six minutes, and parted with stories half-told. In that small window of time, we probably could have learned more about one another through texts, posts, and searches, but there was no better way to recapture a sense of real friendship than face-to-face. Just like in the movies, Saklit made everyone believe that he was dead for more than a decade in order to escape the movement and lead a normal life. But poverty and the difficulty of constantly being on the run compelled him to surrender to the military in order to join mainstream society. Earlier this week, Saklit turned himself in after being “dead for more than ten years” to avail of the government’s assistance program for former communist rebels who have abandoned the movement, said Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo. (Continued from page 1) Saklit lived the life of a fugifrom his comrades. tive in his native town of Roxas Jesus Saklit, 42, known as Ka in Palawan. Bobby and Ka Brando in the “He realized that the NPA is NPA, was active in the Comfighting a futile cause, so he munist movement until 1995 and decided to surrender to be able was even included in the milito live a normal life,” Arevalo tary’s order of battle. said, adding Saklit could give Saklit was declared dead by his vital information on the NPA that comrades following an encounter would boost the government’s with the Marines.

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campaign against the insurgency. Roxas Mayor Dennis Sabando and Roxas parish priest Fr. Rex Abia facilitated Saklit’s surrender to Naval Forces West commander Commodore Ramon Espera Jr. Arevalo said that initially, the military doubted his intentions to surrender and thought he was just faking to avail of monetary incentives from the government’s “Balik Baril Program.” Former NPA rebels who surrender and turn in their firearms are given financial incentives. But Arevalo said Saklit did not bring any firearm when he surrendered. “That’s when we knew that he really wanted to surrender after years of hiding.” As a rebel returnee, Saklit will be provided with livelihood assistance to start a small business – and perhaps begin a new life with his family.

On the move
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(or not). A professional counterpart to Facebook and Myspace is LinkedIn. Networking Groups Networking groups are a lot of fun, because you get to meet people face to face and practice the art of conversation. Brought together by a common interest, people are more willing to mingle. Name any common interest, from arm wrestling to Quickbooks to Cranium, and there’s probably a group out there in San Diego. Meetup.com is a great place to start. Craigslist San Diego is another alternative with more eclectic groups. However, some networking groups can turn into a junior high dance, with wallflowers and cliques. If I’m left out of a conversation for just a few minutes, I immediately turn to an electronic crutch, like a cell phone, or the door. Some seek remedy this problem and optimize time and resources in the process through speed-networking. During a speed-networking event, participants are paired up and chat for allotted amount of time. The pairs are rotated, so that everyone has an equal chance to talk. Microblogging via Twitter, Jaiku, etc. Microblogging services allow people to send brief messages of 140 characters or less to their friends and family. Individuals can carry on conversations and post comments online from a cell phone. Microblogging helps people stay connected by letting others know what they’re up to at any time of day from wherever they are. While microblogging was initially viewed as vacuous texts for the egocentric, it’s now taking an important cultural role in breaking the news. The earliest reports of the bombings in Mumbai and the jet crash in University City first appeared on Twitter. My friend Kemille and I caught up for a few minutes that morning. She knocked on our door on a whim, while she was waiting for a fellow church member down the street. We talked about having friends all over the globe,

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Let’s face it, face-to-face is better, but Facebook and other ways of connecting with friends will do
Social networking sites are a great way to keep up with longlost or faraway relatives and friends. Recently, I reconnect with a friend from the Republic of Georgia.
Mid-morning on Sunday, my dad knocked on my bedroom door. “Your friend is here,” he said. “Who?” I asked skeptically. “Your friend from high school,” he answered. Friend from high school? I thought. As I got dressed, I racked my brain for possibilities. I have many “friends” from high school, according to my facebook page at least, but few I meet with regularly, especially without planning. I went downstairs and saw Kemille, one of my best friends from high school. She was a foot taller than I remembered and more grown-up, but she still had a wide grin and good humor. I’ve recently moved back to San Diego after an eight-year absence, and one of the biggest challenges has been reconnecting with friends and making new ones. The broad and sprawling communities of San Diego, imbibed with a laidback Southern California air, at times lends itself to hanging out with old friends rather than going out meeting new people. Nonetheless, there are a number of resources to help make local connections. I’ve listed a few below that I’ve found useful. Facebook and Myspace It seems like the majority of the population these days has a Facebook or Myspace page (including my parents, although we have a tacit agreement to never, ever mingle in cyberspace). These social networking sites are a great way to keep up with long-lost or faraway relatives and friends. Recently, I reconnect with a friend from the Republic of Georgia. Facebook has a hodgepodge of surprising applications. I’ve received hugs, an egg, a ninja invitation, a wrapped copy of Sex and the City, and good karma through Facebook- virtually, of course. I spend more time wondering how I should feel about receiving these applications than actually reciprocating. Still, these applications provide a lot of information about your friends, such as who among them is a fan of Twilight

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HUMMING IN MY UNIVERSE By Jim Paredes Philstar

Parents are forever

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greater ways when the child was born. Sometimes I wonder if it is because they suddenly awakened to the full reality that their children have become just like them — parents! Or is it because by having to raise a child, they see an opportunity for their kids to learn for themselves things that their parents tried to teach them but failed? According to American writer Lewis Mumford, “Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.” This is so true. It is a lot easier and less stressful to shower unconditional love on a grandchild because we are no longer burdened by parental responsibility. And blessed is the grandchild because she bridges the gaps in the difficult relationship between her caring grandparents and her rebellious parent. I never thought I’d ever say this, especially when I recall its most difficult moments, but I do miss parenting. Just as it is the future of our children to become adults and perhaps parents themselves, what do parents

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and their parents before them, we will simply go on being parents even past our lifetimes. What has been started will never end. That is, somehow, a comforting thought.

I never experienced having a decent conversation with my father. Ever. That’s because he died at age 41 when I was only six years old. I’ve often wondered about him and what he was like. Sometimes I imagine that he must have put me on his lap a few times and hugged me or tried to talk to me, a kid who was clueless about how much he loved me. This is one of the things I missed, being the ninth of 10 children to a father who died early. And because I never had it, I try to make up for it by consciously trying to be the father I needed to my kids when I can. In my work, I travel a lot so when I am at home, I try to insinuate myself into the lives of my kids through conversation, or by just being around and accessible, half-waiting for an opportunity to connect with them somehow. It is not always easy. Many times, they do not want you

around or to be too available. As they grow up, they want distance and, depending on the phase they are in, it can be a short distance or quite a long one. I guess the constant presence of parents is seen as some sort of encroachment on their desire for independence as they grow up. I relish the years when they were younger, when I actually enjoyed their dependence on me for homework and other academic stuff they needed help with. I also remember fondly our long conversations at the dinner table about anything and everything. It was so reassuring and wonderful to listen to them talk because not only did we marvel at how they had grown, but it allowed Lydia and me a glimpse into their unfolding lives. It was a way of knowing where they were at. It was also an opportunity for us to give our two cents’ worth of advice on a few things. We still have these moments occasionally, but as I get older, I feel they are never enough. I often wish I could still put them on my lap and just hug them, but I guess that is simply not realistic anymore. Today, I told my son that I wanted to spend this weekend with him by taking him to Davao for some scuba diving. He said, apologetically, that he had plans to go out of town with his

friends. He must have noticed my slight disappointment when I told him that, as we get older, there will be less and less time for such things. Even if I am disappointed, I actually understand where he is coming from since I was young once. I remember how I felt no urgency to grab any opportunity to be with my mother, expecting that she would always be around. I guess it just doesn’t seem real to one so young: the notion that time does creep up and opportunities do pass by and will never return. I was in my late 30s when I began to feel that there might not be much time left to spend with my aging mother. It was only then that I found more occasions to see her for the opportunity — and pleasure — of just sitting and talking with her. Parents need to make a conscious effort to accept that our children become less and less “our own” as they grow up and discover themselves. They do have to come into their own and outgrow us. And painful as it feels at first, growing up is actually one of the best compliments our children can give us. And as they grow up, there is a reversal of roles. Where we once protected them when they were kids, as adults, they are now our protectors. When my mom was alive, I remember changing the TV channel from the sexually charged images of MTV to something more “benign” when she would visit me at home. Our kids do the same to us now. Where once, we shielded them from the craziness of the world, now they hide these from us or disguise the meanings of things we do not readily understand about their world so as not to upset us. From our children’s point of view, our appreciation of their maturity rate is often belated. They feel that we underestimate their capabilities to make their own decisions. From our point of view as parents, it will always be difficult to see them as ever “arriving” fully. We still feel the need to give advice even when they don’t ask for it. But can we really help it otherwise? It took a lot of effort for us to become parents. In many ways, we will never outlive the role. Often, I tell my kids, especially when things turn out as I predicted in their lives, that “Sometimes, you have to consider that your father may be right.” It is a way of reminding them of the arrogance of youth that every generation is contaminated with, just as my generation had its bravado and chutzpah. “Every generation thinks it has the answers, and every generation is humbled by nature,” the scientist Philip Lubin, correctly observed. In moments like these,

I feel a validation and quietly bask in their grudging respect. I tell friends who are having kids for the first time that from the time their kids are born, there will never be a day in their lives when they (parents) will not think and worry about them. Even now that most of my kids are fully grown up, I still think about them many times a day and sometimes I find something to worry about. My wife Lydia probably does this 10 times more than I do. When I see something wrong with their attitude, I feel a panic as I project into the future the consequences that it could result in. I literally feel like “coming on strong” in their lives again and try to backtrack and “correct” them. But more and more, I restrain myself and trust in the wisdom that, more than my admonitions, life itself will be the better teacher. I have met parents who practically “disowned” their children for things they did, like getting pregnant outside of marriage, only to bond with them in ever-

metamorphose into when their children are grown? A Hebrew proverb goes: “Whoever teaches his son teaches not alone his son but also his son’s son, and so on to the end of generations.” Like our parents,

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training and degree preparation that the state needs to sustain a vibrant and growing economy. According to SDCCD Chancellor, Constance Carroll, “Given the magnitude of the proposed budget cuts to California public higher education, it is not at all certain that all San Dieagans who are seeking a collegiate education in the year ahead would have an affordable high quality choice, if they have any choice at all.” She added, “With a San Diego unemployment rate of seven percent, and climbing, more and more San Diegans are turning to SDCCD to retrain for new jobs. The proposal of the Legislative Republicans would make it more difficult for workers to retrain and for local businesses to be able to find qualified workers.” prosecutor—all in one location.” The East County Family Justice Center planning process included community forums; focus groups with service providers, victims, and survivors; and confidential interviews with East County victims and offenders. More than 40 agencies participated in the process. “The first Family Justice Center started right here in San Diego and soon became a national model,” said Supervisor Jacob. “It’s important that these life-saving services are now available to residents in the East County.” “Each year, more than 3,000 domestic violence incidents are reported in San Diego’s East County area,” said Undersheriff Gore. “National research shows that for every reported case there are two more that are not reported.” The grand opening ceremony included the unveiling of the center’s first domestic violence poster, creat-

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$1 billion cut proposed for California’s Community College’s by State Legislative Republicans - Would cut San Diego Community College District funding between $27-31 million
The administration, faculty, and staff of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) are stunned by the proposal of the state’s Legislative Republicans to cut $1 billion from the budget of the California Community Colleges! The Republican proposal would reduce the district’s budget from between $27 million upwards to $31 million. That would be the equivalent of shutting down either San Diego Miramar College or San Diego City College. San Diego Miramar College trains the San Diego Region’s first public emergency responders- the region’s police officers and firefighters. San Diego City College trains many of the region’s registered nurses. LAST YEAR’S BUDGET CUTS The SDCCD cut $6 million from its budget last year in response to legislative funding reductions. Approximately 300 classes were eliminated. Class sizes were greatly increased and over 2,000 students were not able to enroll in classes they needed to progress in toward their degrees and career goals. Vacant faculty and administrative positions were eliminated. ANTICIPATING $5 MILLION CUTS MID-YEAR: This week, the SDCCD, anticipating up to an $5 million in additional funding reductions, froze all full-time contract faculty and administrative hiring except in a few special circumstances and reduced other operations expenses. Moreover, the district’s leadership is developing contingency plans that could call for0draconian cuts that could include reducing summer classes, cutting more classes in the upcoming Spring semester, and reducing the number of days during the week that classes are taught during the upcoming summer session and Fall semester. Cuts of the size that the Republican leadership are proposing would make it difficult for most community college districts in the state to provide the kind of workforce

San Diego County elected officials, law enforcement and community leaders cut the ribbon during the grand opening of an East County Family Justice Center. The Center is a “one-stop-shop” for victims of domestic violence and their families.

ed by the Operation for Hope Foundation and highlighting professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. Hawk is committed to calling attention to the issue of domestic violence and using his influence to make a difference in the community. Thousands of the posters will be distributed at locations that include schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and business storefronts to create awareness of resources available at the East County Family Justice Center. East County Family Justice Center programs will be coordinated by the Center for Community Solutions. It will initially involve co-located services from nine agencies with the goal of ultimately growing to more than 20 agencies with staff onsite. The Center is located at 131 Avocado Avenue, El Cajon, CA. The phone number is (619) 4569609. The Center for Community Solutions domestic violence hotline is 888-DV-LINKS.

Domestic Violence Victims helped by New East County Family Justice Center
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and San Diego County Undersheriff Bill Gore today announced the opening of an East County Family Justice Center that is the result of an 18-month planning process, led by former Special Assistant to the District Attorney Casey Gwinn. The East County Family Justice Center is the third of-its-kind in San Diego County and will offer a broad crosssection of services in one location for victims of domestic violence and their children. “This is an important ‘one-stop shop’ for victims of domestic violence and their families,” said DA Dumanis. “This new facility will allow victims to see a doctor, get a restraining order, talk to a chaplain, develop a safety plan, get a cell phone, get help for their children, interview with a detective, meet with an advocate, or sit down with a

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Cops raid illegal blood bank
By Nestor Etolle Philstar

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If life were a play on history, our legislators would be the embodiment of Emperor Nero and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo would be the fiddle Nero played while Rome was burning. All the time and focus on the alleged sins of President Arroyo is a demonic distraction that prevents everyone from focusing on the biggest collective corruption in the Philippines, which is transportation and traffic. PGMA should refocus her sights on the problem because it is the area wherein we have so many departments, bureaus, commissions, mayors, barangays, police and other law enforcement agencies that independently make laws, interpret laws, and burden Filipinos from bureaucratic corruption on registrations, fees, franchises, licenses, penalties, laws, arrests, kotongs etc. Millions upon millions of pesos are stolen or pocketed by big and small officials, both local and national, both cops and false cops. Millions of Filipinos are victimized and endangered by public transport operators, especially tricycle operators and drivers, yet no one lifts a finger because of the curse of local government autonomy. Let us put the cops back on the streets, lets keep the tanods inside the barangays! Keep the tricycles in interior areas and off national roads and major highways! Put an end to this long ignored National Corruption.

Philippine Blood Bank located at the corner of Felix Huertas and Tayuman streets in Sta. Cruz following reports that it is Superintendent Romulo Sapitula (left) and Chief Inspec- engaged in the illegal sourcing and distribution of human blood tor John Guiagui inspect a pail to some hospitals and patients containing bags of blood on ice seized during a raid on an illegal undergoing dialysis, according to Sta. Cruz police station chief blood bank in Sta. Cruz, MaSuperintendent Romulo Sapitula. nila yesterday. Behind them are “We have monitored the some of the blood donors who early-morning operations of the were later brought to the police station for questioning. Bernardo Philippine Blood Bank wherein it closes its doors after letting in Batuigas Police arrested three employees several prospective blood donors and rounded up 28 blood donors inside,” Sapitula said. During the raid led by Inspecin an early morning raid at a suspected illegal commercial blood tor John Guiagui, the 28 donors were found to have tattoos and bank in Sta. Cruz, Manila. piercings on their bodies, and The raid came after sevin poor health. The Department eral days of surveillance of the

Superintendent Romulo Sapitula (left) and Chief Inspector John Guiagui inspect a pail containing bags of blood on ice seized during a raid on an illegal blood bank in Sta. Cruz, Manila yesterday. Behind them are some of the blood donors who were later brought to the police station for questioning. Bernardo Batuigas

of Health (DOH) guidelines disallow such people to become blood donors. Others were observed to be drunk, Sapitula added. Police recovered several slides and vials and three 450-cc bags of blood as well as a weighing scale, microscope, balancer and centrifuge from the laboratory. Police also recovered strips of aluminum foil and a tooter from the restroom, indicating that the donors could be drug users, too, Sapitula said. A blood donor said he was paid P280 for 450 cc’s of blood taken from him. He said he used to have his blood taken every week. Others said they are the bank’s usual sources of blood, and no questions are asked of them when they donate. “The selling of my blood is the only moral job I knew, rather than stealing. However, I felt getting weaker and weaker for every session,” said a 60-yearold donor. The arrested personnel were identified as Erwin Masangkay, 26, the bank’s medical technologist; Rogelio Sanchez, 55, doorman; and Artemio Tan, 49, janitor. The alleged owner of the blood bank, a certain Eduardo Roda, and Dr. Leonisa Sagun, a pathologist, were not around at the time of the raid. Masangkay, who receives P9,000 a month from the blood bank, admitted having not passed the board for medical technologists. The blood bank has no business permit from the Manila City Hall, Sapitula said. The STAR learned that the Philippine Blood Bank is one of several commercial blood banks ordered by the DOH “to cease and desist from operating” since Nov. 3, 2008. Other commercial blood banks that were ordered to stop operating are the Blue Cross Blood Bank, People’s Blood Bank, Holy Redeemer Blood Bank, Avenue Blood Bank and ReCor Blood Bank, all located in Sta. Cruz, Manila; the Doctor’s Blood Bank in Ermita; and the Our Lady of Fatima Blood Bank in Sampaloc. Under Section 7 of the National Blood Services Act of 1994 (Republic Act 7719) all commercial blood banks should be phased out two years after the effectivity of the law.

Restore the word ‘Ilokano’
CTALK By Cito Beltran Philstar There was a time when the word “Ilokano” spoke volumes about good character. An Ilokano represented a hard working individual. Someone who loved education and learning, who often spoke good English, understood good nutrition and the benefits of eating vegetables. Ilokanos were among the first to appreciate the need for proper attire particularly when attending Sunday service. They represented cultural frugality, stewardship and most especially thriftiness. They did not spend money unwisely but instead saved it in order to invest on their lands, their homes and their education. They were lenders, not borrowers. Sadly, we Filipinos, particularly those in Metro Manila and in media have a bad habit if not a recurring sin of demeaning and subjecting to ridicule the good traits that we don’t possess or don’t appreciate. Instead of appreciating and taking pride in the frugality and financial responsibility of Ilokanos, we made fun of it by maligning the word Ilokano to represent “cheapskates”. We used the term “Ilokano” to insult or humiliate people who do not spend money as recklessly and foolishly as we do. In other words we gave Ilokanos a bad name. It’s no different from the term “Dutch treat” which now connotes going out on a date but expecting your date to pay for his or her food or expense. My wife who is Dutch points out that the Dutch are so “correct” about social conduct that they don’t expect other people to pay for their food, movie or anything else that they can pay for themselves. The Dutch value their self-reliance and ability to make a living and consequently frown upon being an unnecessary burden to others or to be made dependent on others especially the opposite sex. So as far as twisting meanings, I personally am done with that. We all go along with a joke but in the Philippines, many of our jokes have ended up as a national curse. I am currently labeling myself as an “Ilokano” in the financial sense of the word. Gone are the days of “Mr. Galante”. I have not become an overnight cheapskate but I have discovered the need to be responsible with our hard earned money especially if you have many people depending on you. I openly declare that the bill will be shared or split by all partakers. Just because someone is willing to foot the bill does not mean you should simply let him. The “Ilokano” in us must share the responsibility but also remind him to nurture wisdom in money matters. Corruption bigger than Gloria

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it continued to raise funds to support some of the unfunded activities of the center. *** The Spearhead Fil-Am Senior and Junior Citizen Association of National City held their early special Thanksgiving celebration last November 16, 2008 at the Kimball Center in National City with a barrio fiesta atmosphere featuring their Thanksgiving Queen, Her Majesty Flory Garong, escorted by Paul Carpio.(not in picture). The affair was a clear manifestation of joyous and plentiful bounty of success showered unto the officers and members of the association with the leadership of the following: PresidentJulie Aboy, Vice President- Conrad Samson, Secretary- Lety Jockel, Treasurer- Charlie Laborte, Business Manager- Vida Samson, Directors: Ron Magtibay, Many Narvaza, Jesie Gonzales, Ernesto Aguilar, Medy Cabrera and Paulo Bautista. *** Belated Happy Birthday greeting to Ms. Rica Weigel and a heartfelt congratulation for your coronation as September Birthday Queen of Samahan Senior Center and to your dazzling escort, Frank “Mac” Macapagal of the Mc Buddies last September 12, 2008. In an exclusive interview, Ms. Weigel, thanked her sister Hermie Hernandez for the big preparation for her birthday party and for converting the Samahan Senior center dance floor into a cozy atmosphere setting of tables and chairs with matching beautiful flower arrangements of red and white motif covers plus the nutritious food, dessert, drinks and the lechon (roasted pig), and the special presentation of choreographed costumed dancers to the delight of the jam-packed guests.

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Some memoirs of the San Diego community in 2008
By Joe Son As we bring the curtain down on 2008, we can’t help but reminisce over some memorable joyous events the year has brought and bring to a close all its tragic mishaps including recession. No matter what happened this year, we still should be grateful and thankful to the Almighty Father that we are breathing and very much alive. *** Congratulations to the officers and members of the Pilipino American Senior Citizens of San Diego County Corporation (PASCCO). Their Induction of Officers and Board of Directors was held last November 21, 2008 in FAVA Hall at Market Street, San Diego. Inducted into office were: Mr. Paul Carpio- Executive Director and Site Manager, Virginia Gomez- President, Cora Balat- Vice President, Lita ClarkSecretary, Nita Barrion- Treasurer, Fely Embalsado- Asst. Treasurer, Al Ignacio- Auditor Charito BalanagAsst. Auditor, members: Ray Aragon, Aurora Cudal, Aurora Escano, Benita Flores, Bill Flores, Aring Reyes, Lourdes Smith, Nati Sparks, Lucy Vallar and Hermie Hernandez. PASCCO was established in 1976 as a non-profit 501 C (3) organization with a mission to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged seniors. Its identity as project sponsor of Samahan Senior Center became nebulous for several years, although

ippines and of Philippine society started in the 1880s. It reached its full fruition only two generations later. One may formulate the change simply by saying that Rizal was a patriot. “It is very striking, for example, that the beautiful poem Rizal composed shortly before his execution,” observes Anderson, “was addressed not to his fellow Filipinos and Filipinas, but to his patria adorada. Indeed the only people mentioned in it are his immediate family, and the dulce extranjera, his wretched ‘Irish’ wife Josephine. Perhaps one should not be surprised at this form of dedication.” Anderson argues that, “Rizal had been to America, Spain. Italy, France, Germany, Britain, Belgium. and Hong Kong, but never to Ilocos, Bicol, or the Visayas. He owed his limited acquaintance with

Mindanao to the Spanish authorities that exiled him to Dapitan. (In this respect he was absolutely typical of the ilustrados of his time.) Nonetheless, he knew very well what Las Filipinos was, and its features were found in maps, atlases, newspapers, and books.” Las Filipinas had been around for 350 years. (The name is said to have been coined in 1527-29 by Alvaro de Saavedra., a member of Magellan’s circumnavigation expedition.) It was there in the imagining to be loved — as a place, a Heimat. But in his time, there was as yet no general name for the varied inhabitants: filipinos were still mainly Spanish creoles such as Fr. Jose Burgos to whose memory Rizal dedicated his Fill. Rizal’s hero (Simuon) is a Creole. Rizal and the revolutionaries of his generation began to imagine,

gradually. a new historical person: the Filipino. “Into this Filipino disappeared, for most political purposes at least, the indio, the mestizo, and the criollo,” Anderson wrote. “The peninsulares went back to Spain after 1899, or, if they remained, were destined to become ‘Filipino citizens,’ again a new imagining.” As time passed, as nationalism spread, as the suffrage expanded, and as a second independence was achieved [in 1946], “Filipinos” increasingly took the place of Las Filipinas as the objects of rhetorical and genuine attachment.” –© riz a oades ______________ *This article was previously printed in this newspaper under a slightly different title and re-edited.

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important for ethnic media to act as a bridge between the community it serves and the key decisionmakers who impact that community,” said News Bureau Chief Ging Reyes. “So, we worked with community members to draft a statement that spelled out what Filipino Americans believe should be done to solve the problems of the community and the nation. The townhall successfully came up with a letter to Presidentelect Barack Obama, which we will deliver to the Office of the President after the show is aired.” “The townhall meeting format of the Balitang America Yearender Special is an effective stimulus for civic participation,” said Chinky De Jesus, managing director of ABSCBN International. “I applaud the Balitang America team for this strong community-building effort that manifests the cornerstone of ABS-CBN’s service to the Filipino worldwide.”

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Balitang America to air Year-ender Townhall Special on TFC
Audience’s choice for top newsmaker of the year to be announced
REDWOOD CITY, CA, December 17, 2008 – In keeping with its mission of empowering the community and giving Filipinos a voice, TFC’s flagship news program, Balitang America looks back at the biggest stories and Filipino newsmakers of the year with a special townhall presentation to be aired on December 31. Program anchor Gel Santos-Relos and North America News Bureau Chief Ging Reyes were joined by correspondents, a panel of experts, concerned citizens and members of the Filipino-American community in tackling various issues the country now faces and exploring possibilities for the future. The spirited (live-to-tape) discussion includes the historic elections and what’s next for the Obama Administration, the state of the economy, immigration, the continuing struggle of Filipino World War II veterans, and the Filipinos’ rise to stardom in mainstream America and the world of sports. For the second straight year, the audience played an important role in the annual special. Balitang America asked its audience to vote for the Top Newsmaker of the Year. Candidates include the Filipino WWII Veterans, teenage singing sensation Charice, rock band Journey’s lead singer Arnel Pineda, Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin, first Fil-Am NBA coach Eric Spoelstra of Miami Heat, First Filipino major league pitcher Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants, Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and many more. The result of this public voting will be announced during the special, written and produced by Balitang America Executive Producer Vivian Araullo. But the highlight of the show is an exercise in community spirit. “It is

Balitang America program anchor Gel Santos-Relos, together with North America News Bureau Chief Ging Reyes and a panel of experts, tackled various issues on Balitang America Yearender Townhall Special. The townhall special’s panelists include: Polly Cortez, Regional Quality Assurance manager of the US Department of Treasury; bank executive William Tecson Jr.; real estate professional Allan Lorenzo; Immigration Attorney Lourdes Tancinco; IBF & IBO flyweight boxing champion Nonito Donaire; standout Filipina American boxer Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton; Veterans’ Equity Advocate Gomercindo Bondad; America’s Best Dance Crew member RJ Navalta and the Supreme Soul dance group. Balitang America reporters and correspondents are Henni Espinosa, Lenn Almadin Thornhill, Rodney Jaleco, Steve Angeles, Don Tagala, Joseph Pimentel, Monette Rivera and Bev Llorente. Balitang America Yearender Townhall Special will be aired on December 31, 2008 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, with replays on January 1 and 2, 2009. It will also air on ANC on January 1 and 2, 2009, with time slots to be announced soon. ### About ABS-CBN International ABS-CBN International was established in 1994 to be of service to the Filipino worldwide. With the launch of its flagship brand, The Filipino Channel (TFC), the company became the first and most successful Filipino broadcaster in the United States. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is the largest business subsidiary of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ leading broadcasting company.

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(Continued from page 1) but I think she overstated the point,” Gordon said. Mrs. Aquino has colon cancer. Gordon said Mrs. Aquino’s apology might sow confusion, especially among the young. He said leaders should set an example by showing resolve and dignity, and by speaking up and saying “what is wrong or what is right even if it would hurt other people.” “I have nothing against the former president (Aquino)” but that “when we are leaders, we must be called upon to teach our people.” “Leaders teach. Leaders must form a face for our country, what we stand for,”

Gordon said. “We must be upright and we must be able and not be afraid to say in front of other people what we think of them if they had done wrong,” he said. “I do not want to confuse the public where we must stand. We must stand for the right thing.” He stressed that while he could still be friends with Estrada, the senator said he would never apologize to the ousted president who was convicted of plunder in 2007 or six years after his ouster in a popular revolt. Then vice president Gloria Arroyo took over from Estrada. “I have no qualms in saying that I didn’t agree with the way he (Estrada) was handling the government. Erap did some good things and I acknowledge that. He did many good things but he also did a lot of bad things,” Gordon said. “Mr. Estrada has committed wrongs in our country and he has already been forgiven. I’m part of those who removed (Continued on page 15)

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MIND YOUR BODY By Willie T. Ong, MD Philstar, December 23, 2008 Here are some practical habits we can acquire to be healthy. Try this list and share it with a friend. 1) Eat six small meals a day. Most nutritionists recommend that we eat six small meals a day. For example, you can have a light breakfast at 7 a.m., light snack (a banana or an apple) at 10 a.m., lunch at 12 noon, snack at 4 p.m., dinner at 7p.m., and bedtime snack (tea and cookies) at 9 p.m. This schedule will help reduce sudden surges in your blood sugar. It will also prevent you from overeating because of hunger. It’s easier for the digestion, too, and can prevent stomach ulcers from missed meals. Eat several times a day, but just a little. A banana or an apple can be considered a snack already. 2) Drink 10 glasses of water. Doctors have to tell patients again and again the importance of drinking enough water a day. But it seems many patients, especially women, don’t listen. Drinking water can prevent kidney infections, kidney stones, migraine headaches, and constipation. My wife, who only drinks three to four glasses of water a day, learned a painful lesson. She developed severe back pains from kidney stones. Now, she drinks a whole lot more. And did you know that water can prevent wrinkles and make your skin soft and glowing? Drink water for beauty, health, and long life. It’s the best advice, so take it. 3) Rest at least eight hours a day. Sleeping and resting is the best way to boost your energies. If you feel tired, take a 15-minute rest to replenish your strength. At night, try to go for eight hours of sleep. If you can’t sleep, just lying in bed and thinking happy thoughts can relax your mind and body, too. It’s not as good as sleep, but it’s the next best thing. 4) Climb one to two flights of stairs. Exercise for your health. Moderate exercise has been proven to prevent diabetes and obesity, and reduce arthritis. If your office is just on the second or third floor, use the stairs. It’s good for your heart and your joints. It also helps you get some exercise in between your work. As you grow older, try to avoid high-impact exercises like basketball and badminton. Swimming, taichi, walking, and climbing stairs are gentler for the body. 5) Live a clean life. By “clean” living, we mean not just physically clean. We should also try to avoid unhealthy behavior like smoking, drinking alcohol, using illicit drugs,

engaging in risky sex, and gorging on fatty foods. Smoking kills. Alcohol destroys brain cells. You may have tried them, but it doesn’t get you anywhere. So why continue the habit? Avoid risky habits and prolong your life. 6) Be a veggie and fruit lover. You are what you eat. And the healthiest foods out there are vegetables and fruits. Green leafy vegetables, such as cabbage, pechay, kangkong, camote tops (talbos), and spinach, contain so many vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant chemicals. Vegetables can prevent heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, bowel problems, irritable bowel syndrome, various bowel cancers, and kidney stones. Eat veggies every day. For the healthiest fruits, we have bananas, apples, carrots, tomatoes, and citrus fruits. Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin B6. and folic acid. Likewise, tomatoes have high amounts of antioxidants, including lycopene. Citrus fruits like suha

(pomelo) and dalandan are teeming with healthy vitamin C. 7) Laugh 15 minutes a day. Laughter is, indeed, the best medicine. A study from the University of California Irvine College of Medicine reports that after watching a funny video, the viewers’ mood improved dramatically. Depression and anger dropped by 98 percent, fatigue fell by 87 percent, and tension was reduced by 61 percent. What happens inside our body when we laugh? The level of stress hormones, called cortisol, decreases, and the good hormones, called endorphins, increase. Endorphins are natural substances in the body that make you happy and boost your immune system. 8) Be enthusiastic about your work. Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Try to find ways to enjoy your line of work. A nurse’s job can be messy and tiring, but at least you are caring for someone. A secretary’s job may be just about setting appointments, but without her diligence, the boss would never be as successful. Be creative. Think long-term. What does your job really mean to you? An enthusiastic attitude can make a difference. 9) Have a lifetime partner. Statistics show that married persons live longer than single persons. If you have someone to share your burdens with, it will lessen your stress. Single persons living alone may have no one to attend to them in case of an emergency. To compensate for the lack of social support, single persons can acquire a circle of close relatives and friends. 10) Share your blessings. In President Bill Clinton’s book Giving, he explains the whys and the hows of giving. Give big or give small, and the benefits will come back to you. Similarly, Prof. Peggy Thoits’ study at the Vanderbilt University showed that people who volunteered and helped others had higher levels of happiness, self-esteem, and better physical health. If you want to receive P2,000 worth of health and happiness, try donating P2,000 to your favorite charity. Helping the poor and the sick will surely give you a different high. It may not make you live longer, but it can surely make life worth living. God bless everyone and take care!

Cory apology to Erap dismays EDSA players
(Continued from page 14) him and I have no regrets about that,” he added. As for Palawan Rep. Abraham Mitra, son of the late Speaker Ramon Mitra, Mrs. Aquino’s apology reflected a flawed attitude. His father, a 1992 presidential candidate, was Mrs. Aquino’s ally in the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino. But it was former military chief Fidel Ramos who got anointed by then President Aquino in the 1992 elections. Ramos won the elections. “Sana hindi tayo nagkaganito kung sumunod lang siya sa (LDP) convention (We could not have ended up like this had she followed what had been agreed upon in the LDP convention),” the senior House member said, referring to the party decision choosing Mitra as the standard-bearer. Negros Occidental Rep. Iggy Arroyo said the apology was unnecessary. “Her apology is her own prerogative but she must realize that the Sandiganbayan already found him (Erap) guilty. Surveys also indicate that most Filipinos believe he was guilty.” Rep. Joel Villanueva of the Citizens Battle Against Corruption said he couldn’t understand why Mrs. Aquino apologized. “I just honestly don’t understand where the apology came from, on whose behalf, and for whatever reason.” “Maybe she’s just so disappointed with this administration, just like the overwhelming majority of our people,” he said. “Presidents serve the people. Their decisions are based on what will be good for the people and the country.” Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chairman Dante Jimenez slammed Mrs. Aquino for her apology to Estrada, saying she has “lost her nerve.” “It’s very highly suspicious considering that she is now allying herself with a former president convicted beyond reasonable doubt (of plunder) by the Sandiganbayan,” he said in a statement. “EDSA 2 actually is not Cory Aquino, EDSA 2 is against a corrupt president who tolerated jueteng and all those things,” he told The STAR. “We should never be regretful of EDSA 2. I think the only problem now is the tolerance. If people will not learn from the lessons, it would be very difficult to reach that EDSA spirit, unless the people will rally and go for good governance and nontolerance of all the bad things in government,” he stressed.

Jimenez said Mrs. Aquino “has lost the touch” and advised her to help look for the mastermind of the killing of her husband, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr. “If she wants the truth, unahin natin

’yan (take care of that first),” he said. “It is unfair and unjust for Cory to say sorry as if she represents all of us when we joined the EDSA 2 revolt against a corrupt president,” Jimenez said.

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and is now living among us. Reflections: Christmas liturgical celebration has three sets of readings: one for Midnight Mass, another for Mass at dawn, and finally one for Mass during the day. The custom of celebrating these three sets of Masses started in Jerusalem during the early years of Christianity. The presiding bishop of Jerusalem invited the faithful to go with him in procession to Bethlehem for a Midnight Mass at the Nativity site. After the Mass, they all went back to Jerusalem at dawn and the bishop would say another Mass at the Church of the Resurrection, a church outside the city walls and very popular among shepherds and country folks. At noon, the bishop would say the solemn Mass of the day at the cathedral. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said that peace begins with a smile. If that is so, then God could have smiled at us with delight on Christmas day when his only-begotten Son assumed our human nature. Today, we rejoice and celebrate that day when God smiled at mankind and sent us the King of Peace, the Son of God who became one of us. What a glorious occasion, what a profound mystery! Yet this profound mystery – God is our Immanuel, living among us, assuming our weak and sinful humanity – is an utter foolishness to some people. How could this seemingly helpless little Child turn the world and its values upside down? How could this virgin give birth to the Son of God made man? Isn’t that utter foolishness? Yet this mystery of Christmas, this “foolishness” is done in the name of love. God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son. This foolish, but immense love of God, beyond what every man can understand and comprehend, is the basis of his eternal compassion and forgiveness for our constant failures and transgressions. This message of foolish love, this smile, and this peace had never been experienced before. So the angels’ assurance to the shepherds and to the whole world, then and now, is “Do not be afraid.” Fear not to be “fools for Christ’s sake,” because he had been a “fool” for our sakes. He left the glory of heaven, became a defenseless Child, led a humble life as a carpenter’s son, and died on the Cross as a criminal. This mystery or the reality of the Incarnation is what inspired St. Francis of Assisi to create a “creche” (French word for cradle) with a real manger, a real ox and ass, and real shepherds. It was Christmas Eve 1223. At the appointed time, Franciscan Brothers, men, women and children came with their torches that lit up the dark night. Since then a great tradition was born. The creche is a reminder of God’s everlasting love for us. This is what Christmas is all about. God immensely smiled at us and sent us his only Son to become one of us in all things, except in sin. Because the world has never seen before this unique way of God - his loving gift of a Child “wrapped” (incarnated) in human flesh, it raises skepticism or receives cold treatment. It is either that a person does not comprehend this profound mystery or one does not want to accept the responsibility that comes in accepting that gift. To accept that gift would involve a commitment to be just as “foolish” as the Gift and the Giver, and many individuals would rather lead a mediocre or uninvolved life with the Lord. Christmas is the time when God smiled at us in Jesus. Let us make him smile again by welcoming his Son into our hearts, our family and our community. FYI: A compilation of my weekly column, Lower Your Nets, Reflections on Sunday Readings, Cycle B, has just been published. If you enjoy reading this weekly column, you’ll enjoy having its one-year collection. This is an excellent gift especially to those who would want to read and

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by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez
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Laughing Matter
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Christmas: When God Smiles at Us.
Joke of the week: As the great day approached a mother was telling her little ones the beautiful story of Christmas. They even tried their voices on some of the usual carols. After one song four-yearold Tommy blurted out, “Mommy, wasn’t it nice for the shepherds to get cleaned up before they went to see the Baby Jesus?” “What do you mean, Tommy?” she asked. “Well,” he explained, “we just sang the song, ‘While shepherds washed their socks by night.” Scripture: First Reading: Isaiah 52: 7-10. The prophet Isaiah announces the return of YHWH to Zion. This announcement is described as bringing “good tidings,” a Hebrew word that is linked with the New Testament Greek term euangelion, or “gospel.” The “good news” is that the Great One who was with God and was God is directly present in his people. Second Reading: Hebrews 1: 1-16. In Jesus, “the refulgence of God’s glory” is the glory of the Father’s only Son. Tracing the Son’s earthly existence, the author noted Jesus’ preexistence with God from the very beginning, his assumption of a human flesh (Incarnation), completion of his mission, and finally his return at God’s right hand. It is the author’s intention to situate Jesus’ mission within a broader perspective – God’s cosmic plan of salvation. Gospel: John 1: 1-18. What has been foretold by the prophets is now realized in Jesus. He is the One who was with God and was God from the beginning

Diary of a Pinoy in the United States
DEC. 14 - AY SALAMAT .... WE FINALLY ARRIVED IN AMERICA FOR THE FIRST TIME. NAPAKAGANDA PALA NG STATE OF MONTANA, MARAMING GOLDEN LEAVES SA PUNO AT GROUND. TAMANG TAMA DAHIL MAY NEWS NA MALAPIT NANG MAG-SNOW ........ MAKAKARANAS NA RIN AKO SA WAKAS NG WHITE CHRISTMAS ..... DEC. 15 – MY WIFE AND I SAT BY THE WINDOW ALL DAY ...... TULALA KAMI, PARA KAMING NANANAGINIP, HINDI PA RIN AKO MAKAPANIWALANG NANDITO NA AKO SA AMERIKA AT PINAPANOOD ANG MGA SNOWFLAKES NA UNTI UNTING BUMABAGSAK MAGMULA SA ULAP, COVERING THE TREES AND THE GROUND. LIKE THE CHRISTMAS CARD MY SISTER SENT ME. I reflect on the Sunday readings for the year 2009. Copies are available at St. Mary’s Parish Office (619) 474-1501 and at St. Michael’s Parish (619) 470-1977. Quotation of the week: “May each Christmas, as it comes, find

THANKED MY SISTER FOR CHOOSING THIS BEAUTIFUL STATE OF MONTANA TO PRACTICE HER MEDICINE. DEC. 16 - NAGISING AKO SA NAPAKAGANDANG CRYSTAL WHITE SNOW COVERING THE LANDSCAPE. WOW. TINIKMAN KO YUNG SNOW PARANG KINASKAS NA YELO PERO HUWAG KO RAW KUNIN YUNG YELLOW SNOW DAHIL IHI DAW YUN NG DEER..... WHAT A FANTASTIC SIGHT. I ENJOYED SHOVELING MY SISTER’S DRIVEWAY ..... PARA AKONG BATA. A SNOWPLOW CAME BY AND ACCIDENTALLY COVERED UP THE DRIVEWAY. KUMAWAY IYONG DRIVER. HE REMINDED ME OF SANTA CLAUS. KINAWAYAN KO RIN SIYA ...... PERO SIGE PA RIN ANG PALA KO ..... I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. NO PROBLEM ..... DEC. 17 - WOW ..... NAKU .... 5 MORE INCHES OF SNOW. ‘YUNG TEMPERATURE BUMABA SA 5 DEGREES. THE (Continued on page 22) us more and more like Him, who at this time became a little child, for our sake; more simple-minded, more humble, more affectionate, more resigned, more happy, more full of God.” John Henry Cardinal Newman.

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the fake title and allowed our client to proceed in having the property titled in his name. Surprisingly, the trial court had ruled against us, but that topic is worthy of a future article about Philippine courts. I cited this case to alert lot buyers to be vigilant in inspecting the property before they shell out their hard-earned dollars. Just imagine if someone had bought the Tagaytay land from the bogus owner? Kawawa naman yung buyer. He would have wasted a fortune for a worthless title. As mentioned, there are many other potential problems to watch out for. Aside from checking the title, you have to be sure that all taxes are paid, otherwise the register of deeds will not issue you a title in your name. These include the capital gains tax and the documentary stamp tax, on top of the yearly real property tax. You should also check the boundaries to make sure that the lot is the same one mentioned in the title. You will have a very big headache if one day your absentee neighbor knocks on your door and asks you what your house is doing on his lot. It is quite difficult for an ordinary layman to burden himself with all these details, particularly one who has been away from the Philippines for so long. It is best that you engage the services of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Happy New Year to All of You ! Atty. Rogelio Karagdag , Jr. is licensed to practice law in both California and the Philippines. He practices immigration law in San Diego and has continuously been a

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Phil - Am Law 101
by Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr.
Member, State Bar of California & Integrated Bar of the Philippines

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Buying Properties In The Philippines There is no place like home, and home to many Filipinos is still the land of their birth. Although they are already naturalized Americans, they still remain Filipinos at heart. Their favorite show is Wowowee and the only place they spend their vacation is the Philippines. They dream of spending their last years there and, as early as now, they are already looking for a lot where they will build their retirement home. In my many years as an attorney in the Philippines, I have handled land cases of various kinds. We have those involving falsified deeds, double sale, land grabbing, agrarian cases, incomplete development, substandard houses, undisclosed mortgages, unregistered lands and -- the worst of all -- fake land titles. The most unforgettable of these cases involved a vast tract of land in Tagaytay City which we litigated all the way to the Supreme Court (Escobar v. Luna, G.R. No. 169204, March 23, 2007). I was then working as a senior attorney in the Ceferino Padua Law Office. I was assigned to the case by Atty. Padua, my mentor and a much respected lawyer in the Philippines. Our client was an old man in his early 80’s. He had been occupying a 6-hectare land along the ridge in Tagaytay City. The untitled land has a nice view of the Taal Volcano. The old man wanted to title the land in his name and so he hired a surveyor. Under Philippine law, the actual, public, adverse, continuous, and notorious physical possession of an unregistered land for a period of 10 or 30 years may ripen into ownership. Our client and his family were of such possession since 1941. But after a while, the surveyor reported back and told the old man

the land is already titled in the name of another person. We immediately worked on the case. Our client swore that it was impossible for another person to own the land because he and his family were the only ones in that area for decades. We interviewed other witnesses who said the same thing. We then contacted the Land Management Bureau, the Register of Deeds and other government offices to make the proper inquiries. When the reports came back, we were shocked at what we discovered. The Register of Deeds of Batangas City said that the alleged owner’s Original Certificate of Title or OCT did not exist in the files of the Registry of Deeds of the Province of Batangas. Under the Philippine torrens system, every title comes from an OCT. If the property is sold, the new owner gets a Transfer Certificate of Title or TCT. If the property does not have an OCT, it means that the TCT is fake since it comes from nowhere. We then traced back the cadastral survey mentioned in the title. The cadastral survey is done by the government to define the metes and bounds of the land. The occupant then asks the court to issue him a title based on the cadastral survey. We learned that the cadastral survey was for a lot in Urdaneta, Pangasinan, some 200 miles away from Tagaytay City. We also learned that the court decree that awarded the OCT was for a property located in San Juan, Batangas. As expected, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court nullified

Balintataw
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Sa mga panahong ‘to tatag ang kinakailangan sa maraming pagsubok na sa atin ay nakaumang hindi biro ang problemang bumagsak sa ating bayan huminahon tayo, loob ay di dapat panghinaan. Tama ka kung ang sagot mo’y madali itong sabihin at aayon din ako na ito’y mahirap gawain subalit anong buti baga ang mapapala natin kung ang gagawing hakbang ay hindi muna iisipin. Isang malaking paghamon sa ‘tin ang lahat ng ito kung hanggang saan ang tiyaga’t kailan ka susuko tunay na pagsubok ngayong nalalapit na ang pasko tumawag tayo sa Kanya, nakikinig Siya ng husto.
trial and appellate attorney in the Philippines since 1989. He travels between San Diego and Manila. His office address is located at 16486 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 228, San Diego, CA 92128. He also has an office in the Philippines at 1240 Apacible Street, Paco, Manila, Philippines 1007, with telephone numbers (632)522-1199 and (632)5260326. Please call (858)348-7475 for your free consultation. We also encourage readers to write us questions about both U.S. immigration and Philippine laws to be future topics in this column. Our email address is rkaragdag@attyimmigration.com.

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lish” way back when by Francis Ridley Havergal. This poem is also a prayer: Another year is dawning: Dear Father let it be, In working or in waiting, another year with thee; Another year of progress, another year of praise, Another year of proving Thy presence all these days, Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace, Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face; Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast, Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest, Another year of service, of witness for Thy love, Another year of training for holier work above, Another year is dawning: Dear Father let it be, On earth or in heaven, another year for thee! And here’s the second poem by an unknown author, giving praise to the Lord on New Year’s Day: I know not what awaits me As dawns another year, The path beyond I cannot see, Yet my heart knows no fear! I know not whether long or short My life’s journey will be – But I’ll daily praise my God For all his love for me With joy I greet the New Year It cannot bring me ill Since Christ my Lord is ever near, My soul with peace he fills! Here, too, are my wishes for you, taken from the Holy Bible: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”Numbers 6:24-26. A happy, blessed and prosperous New Year to you all!

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New Year 2009 – A Year of Hope and Wishes
Year’s wishes that will delight us, all the days of the year. First is the New Years wish penned by Everett Melton Garrett, a wish that I also have for you: “During this coming year, may you have enough happiness to keep you sweet; enough trials to keep you strong; enough sorrow to keep you human; enough hope to keep you happy; enough failure to keep you humble; enough success to make you eager; enough faith and courage to take away your depression; enough money to meet your needs; and enough determination to make each day the best day of your life.” Next is a list of Colin McCarthy’s gifts, and I join her wholeheartedly in giving these gifts to you. Here they are: Happiness deep down within Serenity with each sunrise Success in each facet of your life Family beside you Close and caring friends Health inside you Love that never ends Special memories of all the yesterdays A bright today and a brighter tomorrow A path that leads to joy and happiness And dreams that all come true! And now, two New Year’s poems, the first written in “old Eng-

mericans of all walks and persuasion experienced a very challenging 2008, what with the economic downturn that affected us all. There’s the declining housing market, the sharp rise in unemployment, and the loss of billions and billions of dollars in the stock market. Added to that are the problems that beset the Big 3 automakers, the Madoff Ponzi scheme, and the Blagogate scandal in Chicago.

So this coming New Year 2009, everyone is hoping for the best. Though most of us have lost almost everything, one thing we did not lose is our capacity for hope. Especially our hope for a better tomorrow! Since New Year means new beginnings, we are hoping that new beginnings will come to us starting next year. We are hoping that this is the end of our economic woes and the beginning of an economic revival. We are also hoping that other aspects of our life will improve as well. As we are hoping for the best, we must also expect the worst, so we will not be blindsided when the worst comes. But I hope and pray that the worst has passed us by, and everything will be bright next year. We must never lose faith in our God, and pray for his blessings not only for us but for our beloved country as well. In this my last column for 2008, let me share with you some New

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cells inside my tummy could have turned to cancer. I was scared.” Eddie said that he felt as good as new and has, in fact, started playing golf again with friends in Alabang. The couple was well enough to be given permission by their doctors to fly to Las Vegas to watch the Pacquiao-Dela Hoya bout on Saturday, Dec. 6 (Sunday, Dec. 7, Manila Time). They left Tuesday night, with Annabelle on a wheelchair. Home alone for 10 days is Ruffa with daughters Lorin and Venice. All the Gutierrezes are US-bound. Ruffa is tied down here with shoots for the ABS-CBN soap I Love Betty La Fea and the promo for Desperadas 2. Asked if they were good enough to resume you-know-what, Annabelle said her doctor advised her to wait a few more weeks. Joked Eddie, “Ako hindi bawal. Ewan ko sa kanya.” The Gutierrezes are spending Christmas together here. Martin a hit in Atlantic City concert True to form, Martin Nievera proved once again to be a great story-teller, a wonderful crooner and an exciting entertainer during his Martin at 25 concert last month at the Showboat Casino/Hotel in Atlantic City, mounted by O’LE Group’s Drs. Ramon and Ching Legarda. My friends, New York-based concert producer Alice and Red Martinez and Ronn Reganit, were there. Here are excerpts from Ronn’s review sent to Funfare: He gingerly opened the show with Pasko Na Sinta, only to have his orchestra/band repeat the opening bars for his own satisfaction and to the audience’s delight. His blues/rhythm and soul arrangements displayed his true versatility and skill. As he asked everyone to clap and sway to his rhythm, Martin managed to skip, run and gyrate all over the stage, just like that famed energizer bunny, not missing a bit as he ribbed the audience with his trademark entertaining gab. As mark of a true genius, Martin had this creative approach of acknowledging his sponsors and supporters alike, singing their praises and mentioning each of their names while the band played Twelve Days of Christmas. The audience responded with one of the several standing ovations. His comedic timing was near perfect, even to a fault, giving his backstage crew curve balls on queues. His antics with Lani Misalucha were very funny as both artist scrambled for their song, and they supremely managed to appear at ease while Martin lampooned Lani’s gown, a la fashion designer. Meanwhile, Martin, with friend Louie Ocampo, are featured in A Christmas Wish, an intimate evening of two world-class artists slated for Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., at South City (at the second floor of Festival Mall in Alabang, just above the National Bookstore), Ticket is only P700 each (firstcome-first-served basis). The concert is for the benefit of Louie Tabuena Liver Foundation. (Note: For inquiries, call 826-5777 or 0918-9170516.) Briefly noted • As Funfare reported the other day, the Golden Divas (produced by Viva Events & Concerts, Inc.) show featuring Pilita Corrales, Carmen Soriano and Carmen Pateña staged by Alfonso “Tito Al” Chu in Anaheim, California, two weeks ago was such a big hit that a repeat is scheduled on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Pala Casino

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Eddie & Annabelle as good as new
FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo Philstar The best indication that Annabelle Rama is fast recovering from a major surgery to remove two myomas barely three weeks ago was when she raised her voice over the reported “billingitis” afflicting the manager of one of the stars of Desperadas 2, Regal Films’ 2008 Metro Filmfest entry featuring (this is the way I think they should be billed) Ruffa Gutierrez, Iza Calzado, Rufa Mae Quinto, Marian Rivera and Ogie Alcasid. “She’s back to normal,” quipped Ruffa, laughing (unaffected by the billing non-issue) during the “praise and thanksgiving Mass” held on Dec. 1 not only for Annabelle but also her husband Eddie Gutierrez who himself underwent angioplasty (one of his major arteries was blocked) just a week ahead of Annabelle. Regal Matriarch Mother Lily, who was one of the guests, was cool, assuring Annabelle that the

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Miriam and Vilma lived near the Guerreros’ house and they were among the early arrivals. “For a long, long time, I’ve been coming and going to the States,” volunteered Miriam, “because since 1944 nandito na ang Tatay ko. My father, Francis Eisenman, was American so even if I was born in the Philippines, my citizenship has always been American. Jurado is my mother’s surname. Her name was Concepcion and she used to appear in LVN movies as a mataba at matapang na tiyahin.” Miriam started as a child star at LVN Pictures, playing the little Lilia Dizon in Kandelerong Pilak. She was discovered by Lamberto Avellana. From 1957 to 1959, she did several LVN movies, most of them with Marita Zobel, Chona Sandoval, Luz Valdez and Lou Salvador Jr., and then she moved to Premiere Productions where she achieved stardom. Her first-starring picture was Pautang ng Langit, followed by those starring Eddie Mesa (Aawitan Kita, etc.), several costume pictures (Apat na Agimat, etc.) and dramas. When she turned free-lancer, Miriam starred in action films, such as Ikaw O’ Ako (in which she did an erotic love scene with Romeo Vasquez who left her lips bleeding from a passionate kiss). “My most memorable film was

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so I joined a band. We would play in Asian cities, like Okinawa, and when came back I would do a movie or two. Then, alis uli kasama ng band. In one of those trips home, I did a few movies with Sampaguita (Way Out in the Country and Pogi with Eddie Gutierrez, among them). I did films with other companies, including Salambao for Zultana Productions.” She migrated to the US almost at the same time Miriam did. She married Darrell Moro by whom she has a son, 34, and a daughter, 31, both married with one child each. “After my husband died 30 years ago, I did not work because my husband didn’t want me to. He wanted me to just raise our kids. But I got bored so I started working with a financing company. After 10 years, I decided to retire.” Asked what, if they do, miss about showbiz, Miriam and Vilma said, “This,” gesturing around the room where a videoke sing-along was going on. “The camaraderie.” Then, the three of them — Miriam, Vilma and Lucita — stood up to join the singing and the dancing, enjoying the party in gay abandon, relishing the “old home” weekend as if they had never been away from showbiz. It was showtime, folks!

California dreamin’
(Continued from page 1) Solace (Daniel Craig’s second outing as James “007” Bond). Raoul and I went, as the song says, “California dreamin’” on such an autumn weekend. During the four-day gap between the two junkets, Raoul and I hied off to this city where we reunited with three Filipino actresses who are happily retired. Of course, you remember the ’60s bombshell Miriam Jurado (of Premiere Productions/ People’s Pictures), Vilma Valera (who had a good track record as a singer-actress before she turned “bold,” showing her own version of the “wet look” as the title role in Salambao, produced by the Nemesio Yabut who later became Mayor of Makati, which predated the trend kicked off by Gloria Diaz in the 1974 sex-drama Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa and Lucita Soriano (widow of character actor Rodolfo “Boy” Garcia, who figured in a hair-pulling spectacle with fellow sex siren Stella Suarez and ended up with a deep cut on her face inflicted by Stella with a broken bottle). The much-awaited reunion proved to be the highlight of the party held at the new house (a few turns away from the Thunder Valley Casino where Nora Aunor was once sighted) of birthday celebrator Nestor Guerrero and his doctorwife Luz who both work at Kaiser Permanente. Liklik said that Miriam and Vilma jokingly asked her to “warn” Raoul and me that she had grown “bigger” and not to expect to see her the way she did in the ’60s. They looked healthier, all right, but after only a few minutes into the reunion, Miriam and Vilma started to look to us as they did back then — still beautiful, that is, the excess “years” notwithstanding. On the other hand, Lucita has retained her figure (she finished second to Mina Aragon, with Juliet Pardo the third-placer, in the ’60s Premiere-sponsored search for a star to play the lead role in I Believe). Earlier that day when we stopped over for lunch at a mall on our way from the airport (with Liklik at the wheel) to the Schroeders’ house, we “playtimed” Lucita whom we saw near the entrance, seated behind a table on which were displayed necklaces and bracelets made of beads and other trinkets. “Magkano po ito?” we asked Lucita, holding up a bracelet. “Hindi po pinagbibili,” she said, looking up from whatever it was she

was writing. “Binibigay po sa mga nagdo-donate.” It turned out that Lucita is a fundraiser representative of the Philippine Children’s Fund of America (“Building Better Lives and Stronger Communities”), a 17-year-old charity organization which, among other objectives, helps Amerasian children trace and reunite with their fathers, sustain the educational needs of Aeta children in the indigenous communities, help build school buildings in different parts of the Philippines, operate feeding centers and sponsor the Lakbay Puso project which is said to be “a life-changing travel mission to the Philippines” for young Fil-Ams to enable them to know more about their roots and heritage. Lucita took a long, hard look at Raoul and me and said, “May kamukha kayong reporter sa Pilipinas.” When Raoul and I asked her who, Lucita touched her forehead while trying to recall who, and said, “Sina ano...si kuwan...ay ewan, nakalimutan ko ang kanilang pangalan.” It was only when we burst out laughing did Lucita’s memory kind of clear up. After lunch at the South Villa restaurant (owned and managed by Ben Cu and his family), we left a styrofoam-ful of food for Lucita. “See you at the party tonight,” Liklik reminded Lucita.

Somewhere My Love, starring Eddie Rodriguez and Carmen Soriano. That’s where their romance started. Maliit lang ang role ko pero markado.” She quit showbiz in the early ’70s and has been living in this city since then, working as a pharmacy-technician until she retired a few years ago, and is now leading a leisurely life. She never married. Miriam and Vilma have been friends from way back, forming what they call “The Big Three” with former actress Lyn D’Amour, Rey Ramirez’s (of Reycard Duet) widow who is based in Las Vegas. Their friendship endures. A Bicolana, Vilma is Vilma Johnson in real life, whose father was also American. “I had a bypass three years ago,” said Vilma whose ’60s hit songs included It Must Be Him and One Day. She was 15 in 1960 when she was discovered by LVN character actor Alfonso Carvajal (Alma Concepcion’s grandfather) and introduced in Bakit Ka Nagtampo? (directed by Tony Santos Sr.), topbilled by Nida Blanca and Nestor de Villa. When LVN closed shop soon after, Vilma signed a contract with Larry Santiago Productions which loaned her to other companies. “I really wanted to be a singer,

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highest quality. 3. Pour one level cup and drink. 4. Turn on the electric mixer. 5. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. 6. Add one peastoon of sugar. 7. Beat again. 8. At this point it’s best to make sure the Cuervo is still ok, try another cup just in case. 9. Turn off the mixerer thingy. 10. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. 11. Pick the frigging fruit off the floor. 12. Mix on the turner. 13. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaters just pry it loose with a drewscriver. 14. Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity. 15. Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. 16. Who geeves a sheet. 17. Check the Jose Cuervo. 18. Add one table. 19. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. 20. Whatever you can find. 21. Greash the oven. 22. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. 23. Don’t forget to beat off the turner. 24. Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the wishdasher. Cherry Mistmas!

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A Christmas story and a recipe
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc Philstar, December 24, 2008 I’d like to share two holiday items from my e-mail. First, this storyreminder of the Christmas message of sharing (author unknown): If the girl wasn’t so poor She’d be as pretty as you Wearing all your fine and warm clothes Eating delicate cakes and waffles Not like the gruel she’s been so used to If the boy wasn’t so poor Maybe he’d laugh like you too Playing tag with mommy and daddy Littering toys, there’s just too many And not work at night because he has to If the man wasn’t so poor He could walk as proud as you do Talk of fancy cars and that good investment Not fret over bills or last month’s unpaid rent Or hide the truth he’s been quite ill too If the mother wasn’t poor She can try to be as proper as you Admire your big hair with its pins and laces Tea with society friends with same faces

She can’t talk much because she knows she’s not you But they saw someone else was as poor And they were looking for shelter too Away from a king, his plot and his danger The weary couple rest in a Bethlehem manger And a holy child to them was born And the newborn bore hope He smiled as if he always knew That he will always be by their side and Will never ever leave them His loving eyes assured, “I am just like you.” *** Then, a recipe for Tequila Christmas Cookies, which the anonymous chef says s/he has tried a couple of times, and so can we: Ingredients 1 cup water 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup brown sugar 4 large eggs 1 cup nuts 2 cups dried fruit 750 ml bottle tequila, Jose Cuervo Directions 1. Sample the Cuervo to check quality. 2. Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again to be sure it is of the

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NAPAKALAMIG ....... DEC. 18 .....MEDYO TUMAAS ANG TEMPERATURE ........KAYA IYUNG MGA SNOW EH NATUNAW NG KAUNTI ..... PARA BANG KINASKAS NA YELO SA HALO-HALO ..... KAYA LANG MAYROONG MGA DIRT AT NAGING BROWNISH GRAY........PERO NG BANDANG HAPON NA EH BUMABA ANG TEMPERATURE AT NAGING YELO . TUMIGAS AT BUMIGAT IYONG MGA YELONG NASA PUNO KAYA NAPUTOL ANG ISANG BRANCH NG PUNO AT IT FELL ON MY SISTER’S NEW CAR. MORE SNOW AND ICE PREDICTED..... NAKU ...... SUMASAKIT ANG LIKOD KO SA LAMIG ...... DEC. 19 ..... BRRRRRR ..... NAPAKALAMIG. THE SNOW PLOW CAME BY TWICE TODAY. FIRST HE COVERED THE STREETS WITH SAND ..... PARA HINDI RAW MADULAS ..... THEN CAME BACK AND PUSHED THE SNOW AND ICE MIXED WITH DIRTY SAND ON THE DRIVEWAY AGAIN. (SA LOOB-LOOB KO KUNG SA PILIPINAS ITO ......... SIGURADONG PINAGMUMURA KO NA IYONG DRIVER). DEC. 20 ..... POWER WENT OFF DUE TO THE COLD SPELL . SINISIPON NA KAMING LAHAT DITO. NGAYON KO LANG NALAMAN KUNG ANO ANG PAKIRAMDAM NG MAY RAYUMA, MASASAKIT PALA ANG MGA BUTO, GINAMIT NAMIN IYONG KEROSENE HEATER

NA SA KAMALASAN EH NABAGSAK SA KINALALAGYAN. PUTRAGIS ...... NASUNOG YUNG MGA KILAY AT PILIK MATA KO. MALAS TALAGA ...... DEC.21 ... MORE SNOW PREDICTED ...... WIND CHILL OF MINUS SEVEN DEGREES PREDICTED. TUMUTULO NA IYONG BUBONG NG UTOL KO KASABAY NG TULO NG UHOG KO. LAHAT NG PLUMBING PIPES AY FROZEN. NAKU ......LINTIK NA BUHAY ITO ...... WALANG KATULONG, WALANG ALALAY. PAG BUMALIK PA IYUNG HAYUP NA SNOW PLOW, SASALUBUNGIN KO NA SIYA NG PALA AT PAGMUMURAHIN KO .. ANO BA SA INGLES ANG “WALANGHIYA KA” AT “PASAWAY KA” ? DEC. 22 - ANAK NG PATING ........ ANG GINAW. .........INABANGAN KO IYUNG SNOWPLOW, DUMATING AT SINAKSAK KO YUNG DRIVER PERO NAKAILAG AT NAKATAKBO ANG DAMUHO,.....(ALAM KO NA NGAYON KUNG ANO ANG PAKIRAMDAM NG ISANG NAG-HUHURAMENTADO). SINIGAWAN NIYA AKO NG “MADA PAKA” AT SIGAW KO NAMAN “MADAPA KA RIN SANA”, HINDI KO MAHABOL DAHIL ANG SAKIT NG MGA BINTI AT PAA KO.... DAHIL NANINIGAS SA LAMIG AT LUMALABO ANG PANINGIN KO ... NABUBULAG NA YATA AKO AT ANG UHOG KO NAGYELO NA RIN, HINDI AKO MAKAHINGA …. DEC. 23 ..... ANAK KAYO NG LELONG NYO .. KAYO NA LANG DITO . UUWI NA AKO SA PILIPINAS !

Notice Regarding Ordinance Voting Results Amendments to SANDAG’s Regional Comprehensive Fare Ordinance have been approved. The amendments adjusted the implementation schedule for the Compass Card and Rolling Passes. A complete copy of the amendments is available from the SANDAG Clerk of the Board at 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101. SANDAG Board of Directors member voting results from December 19, 2008, are: Ayes: Councilmember Matt Hall (Carlsbad), Mayor Cheryl Cox (Chula Vista), Councilmember Carrie Downey (Coronado), Mayor Crystal Crawford (Del Mar), Mayor Mark Lewis (El Cajon), Councilmember Jerome Stocks (Encinitas), Mayor Jim Janney (Imperial Beach), Mayor Art Madrid (La Mesa), Mayor Mary Sessom (Lemon Grove), Mayor Ron Morrison (National City), Councilmember Don Higginson (Poway), Mayor Jerry Sanders (City of San Diego), Supervisor Dianne Jacob (County of San Diego), Councilmember Rebecca Jones (San Marcos), Councilmember Jack Dale (Santee), Mayor Lisa Heebner (Solana Beach), Mayor Judy Ritter (Vista); Nays: None; Abstaining: None.

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From: Eugene De Leon Herewith is proof of your classified ad for publication in the Asian Journal. Please proofread it and fax back the correction if any or call us for your approval. The ad is tentatively scheduled to be published in the issue of the Asian Journal if we receive your approval on time. At $4 per line 2x4x10 lines, it costs

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80 $______.00 to be paid upon your receipt of the invoice and tear sheet. Thank you.
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If approved please sign and fax back to (619) 474-0373 __________________

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