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by Aurea Calica, Philstar. com | MANILA, Philippines, 1/27/2013 President Aquino said yesterday he sought consensus from the country’s leaders before going to the United Nations for arbitration on the West Philippine Sea dispute with China. “I consulted the leadership of both chambers (Senate and House of Representatives)...

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Syria’s Assad seeks PH help
by Pia Lee Brago Philstar. com via ABS CBN News | MANILA, 1/31/2013 - As bodies continued to pile up in the bloody civil war in his country, Syrian President Bashar Assad has turned to the Philippines for help in finding a “political solution” to the conflict. Reliable diplomatic sources told The STAR last night that among the solutions being explored are asylum for Assad in the Philippines or financial help for drained Syrian national coffers. Assad’s regime is also

GoodNews Pilipinas | MANILA, 1/28/2013 -- The Philippines will take center stage when it hosts the World Economic Forum (WEF) in East Asia next year. to include the minority leaderPresident Benigno S. Aquino III after his historic debut at the annual ship of both. We invited the gathering of business and politijudiciary, who Inspired by a True Story .... cal leaders at the World Economic were unfortuForum in Davos, Switzerland, said nately having Manila has agreed to be the venue of an en banc sesthe annual gathering of business and sion on the day political leaders in East Asia that he we had to call hopes will promote the country to for this meetpotential investors. “We agreed to host the East Asia ing,” Aquino Summit for WEF in 2014 so which told reporters means it will be warmer climates covering the than presently,” Aquino said after his World Ecomeeting with WEF founder Klaus nomic Forum Schwab. in Davos, Switzerland Friday “Will it get us mileage? Defnitely. Of course, it will not be as widely at(Continued on page 17) tended as the one here in Davos. But again, it puts us at the center stage of the world map for that period, “Commander?” which is something like July or so,” he added. It was Dr. Fred Delima, the young idealistic physician. It was comforting for the Aquino said the details of the rebel commander to have him around. Smart, dedicated, tireless, Gusi and the insurgents upcoming WEF on East Asia in on board with the mission and Manila will still be worked out by couldn’t have hoped for anyone better. Self-sacrificing beyond compare, Dr. Delima had vision of the Bayani Tour and the concerned parties. left medical school a year before graduation to volunteer his services, throwing away a will be part of the maiden trip. With the hosting of the regional bright future. What would the Visayas sector do without the services of such a dedicated forum next year, the President said On Kaand compassionate physician? Gusi thought. the Philippines can take pride of its babayan economic achievements sustained by LA on “My contacts in the city brought me some news, Commander. Your mother took a turn good governance. LA18 for the worse yesterday. Her kidneys are failing.” He pulled a chair and sat down. “Especially now that, I think, we last have a message that we want to month, share with everybody else. There are Gusi looked up from his desk. “Will she make it?” AJ Rathings that we can be proud of. We can participate in the world stage fael pro“Not without dialysis,” the doctor said. “You should go.” AJ Rafael, Joseph Vincent and not feeling ashamed or embarfessed, rassed,” he said. “I’m so “But…there is work to do.” He shuffled the papers on his desk. He said the event would probably excited to go the Philippines be bigger than the Asian Developon the Bayani Tour with my “No worries. Jessie and I can hold the fort. A night’s boat ride, you can spend a day ment Bank (ADB) annual meeting fellow Filipino-American held in Manila last year. (Continued on page 10) In his remarks at the roundtable meeting with global business execu(Continued on page 14) tives in Davos, Aquino invited bigwigs from all over the world to also consider the Philippines for leisure. He said the Philippines is committed to continue eliminating corruption and institutionalizing reforms, invest in people and lure more “We consider that GoodNews Pilipinas | MA- to global shocks investors. this stable outlook is “These are truly exciting times NILA, 1/23/2013 -- Philippine and continue to driven mainly by the for our country. We are realizing the benefit from steady banks are immune to global region’s economic long-untapped potential of our councredit growth.” economic shocks, one of the resilience; its relatry, and we are here to invite you to Moody’s said major international credit rattively accommodajoin us… We Filipinos have always that the broad ing agencies said Monday. tive monetary policy; been proud of the beauty of our Moody’s Investors Service credit outlook for and the banks’ own country, and of the hospitality of our banks in the Asiasaid in its Asia-Pacific Bankstrong liquidity people, and we want to show them when compared to Pacific region in ing Outlook 2013 report the off, to attract even more tourists to global norms, as our shores,” he said. 2013 was stable on Philippine banking system President Bashar Assad of Syria well as their relaHe told the meeting that the Philipwould continue to be resilient the expectation that tively robust capital pines’ Department of Tourism has eyeing Manila as intermedithey would remain and would not be affected by buffers,” Stephen embarked on a campaign to show ary with the United States, largely insulated negative events overseas. Long, managing the world that “It’s More Fun in the the European Union and the from the negative Moodys said “with the director for Moody’s Philippines.” Arab League, according to the positive outlook for the Philcredit pressures affecting their Financial Institutions Group in Asia “And so many have taken notice.

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Philippine economy beats market expectations, expands 6.6% in 2012
to the healthy growth of the economy in the fourth quarter and the whole year of 2012,” it added. “What is particularly important to note is that while growth was initially driven by government stimulus, it is now being increasingly driven by private sector activity, including investments which grew by 8.7 percent in 2012,” Malacañang noted in a separate statement. “This means growth is becoming more sustainable from a fiscal and macroeconomic perspective. Private sector activity has been enabled by the Aquino administration's dedication to positive reform. Without doubt, good governance means good economics,” the Palace added. Vietnam and Singapore outpaced Despite external headwinds from the fiscal problems in the US and in Europe, Philippine growth surpassed expectation, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said at the same briefing. “It now seems the growth target of 5-6 percent was a bit low, but at the start it seemed like a fighting target,” the Economic chief noted. Balisacan also noted last year's Philippine output outpaced those of Southeast Asian peers Vietnam (5.4 percent) and Singapore (1.1 percent), citing official data. Most Asian countries have not released their 2012 GDP numbers as of this posting. Philippine output “was fueled by the robust performance of the services sector led by trade and real estate, renting and business activities as well as the substantial improvements of manufacturing and construction,” said Albert. The services sector grew by 7.4 percent, up from 5.1 percent in 2011. Industry also leaped by 6.5 percent last year from the 2.3 percent in the same comparable period, but growth in agriculture was not as impressive at at 2.7 percent.

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Children Born Out Of Wedlock As Family Immigrants
by Cesar G. Cutaran, Esq. Seven years after their marriage, Criselda was abandoned by her husband. Thereafter, she met Leonardo. Romance ensued and Criselda gave birth to Roberto, her son with Leonardo. Since Criselda was still officially married to her absent husband, and in their desire to avoid resulting social stigma, the parents decided not to put Leonardo’s name as the father in Roberto’s birth certificate. Criselda’s husband never returned. Leonardo subsequently decided to live with Criselda and Roberto when their son started school until the latter’s teenage years when Leonardo left for the U.S.. Leonardo got a “green card” and now wants to file an immigrant petition for his son Roberto so they can be reunited here in the U.S. Will Leonardo’s petition for his son Roberto, who was born out of wedlock, succeed? The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) definition of a child for immigration purposes includes “an illegitimate child, by, through whom or on whose behalf a status, privilege, or benefit is sought by virtue of the relationship of the child to its … natural father if the father has or had a bona fide parentchild relationship with the person.” ( emphasis supplied). INA further provides that said bona fide parentchild relationship need only exist at the time of filing of the visa petition or at some prior point during the life of the child, provided the child is unmarried and less than 21 years of age when the relationship is established to satisfy the requirement that the son or daughter must once have met the definition of “child.” In a precedent decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the BIA noted that Congress did not provide specific guidance on the meaning of the phrase “bona fide parent-child relationship” and the criteria for such a relationship is best established on a case-by-case basis. The BIA ruled that as a minimum, there must be a showing of “emotional and/or financial ties” which may include proof that: parent and child lived together; father held the child out as his own; father provided for some or all of the child’s needs, financial or otherwise; or father’s behavior evidenced a genuine concern for and interest in the child. The BIA added that the most persuasive evidence for proving the requisite relationship is “documentary evidence which was contemporaneous with the events in question.” Leonardo has a credible immigrant petition on behalf of Roberto. Leonardo lived with Roberto for several years during which he supported his son financially, signed his school report cards, and went with him to public functions and generally held him out as his son. While in the U.S., Leonardo maintained constant contact with Roberto by e-mail. He continued to support Roberto financially by sending money remittances to Criselda to help with Roberto’s college education. Leonardo has bought life insurance naming Roberto as one of the beneficiaries. Additional evidence that can support Leonardo’s petition can include: pictures together attending social/recreational activities; medical records; notarized affidavits of friend, neighbors, or other knowledgeable individuals attesting to the parent-child relationship. What about the fact that Roberto’s birth certificate does not show Leonardo as the father? As a rule, the petitioner must establish eligibility for a requested immigration benefit. In Leonardo’s immigrant petition for his son Roberto, he must provide evidence of the claimed relationship. The initial evidence in this situation is Roberto’s birth certificate showing Leonardo as the father. The absence of such a birth certificate, as is the case here, creates a presumption of ineligibility for the benefit and the USCIS would likely require parentage testing, either by blood testing (Blood Group Antigen or Human Leukocyte Antigen), or the more preferred DNA testing, by laboratories accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). The preferred test is the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test drawn with a buccal swab from mouth or cheek cavity or a PCR test based on a blood sample.

GMA News| MANILA, 1/31/2013 -The Philippine economy grew 6.6 percent last year—beating the expectations of the market, lending institutions and even the government itself—driven by the services, trade, real estate and construction sectors. In a briefing on Thursday, NSCB chief Jose Ramon Albert announced that output for the fourth quarter hit 6.8 percent, pushing the full-year gross domestic product (GDP) beyond the government's 5 to 6 percent growth expectations for 2012. The full-year 2012 figure was significantly higher than 2011's 3.7 percent and was slightly higher than the National Economic and Development Authority's (NEDA) 6.5 percent GDP growth expectation. It was also higher than the market's media forecast of 6.2 percent as shown in a GMA News Online poll. “The increase was fueled by the robust performance of the services sector led by trade and real estate, renting and business activities as well as the substantial improvements of manufacturing and construction,” the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) noted in a separate statement. “On the demand side, household final consumption expenditure together with government spending, the recovery of capital formation and the remarkable performance of the external trade contributed

NSCB data showed that public construction rebounded by 32.4 percent growth from a 31.8 percent decline in 2011, while private construction was up by 8.6 percent from 4.5 percent. “In the last two quarters, we are seeing an increasing pace in industry sector that diminishes the contribution of consumption,” said Balisacan. Albert noted that on the demand side, household consumption and public spending provided a springboard for “the healthy growth of the economy in the fourth quarter and the whole year of 2012.” However, Balisacan noted household consumption grew by a slower 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent. Government spending, meanwhile, (Continued on page 6)


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Pacific, said. Moody’s examines the trends for 14 banking systems in the region, with only the Philippines exhibiting a positive outlook and 11 countries with stable outlooks. India and Vietnam had negative outlooks. “For the region, in terms of specifics, we consider that the economic recovery from the troughs reached in mid-2012 will continue in much of the region in 2013. At the same time, interest rates will remain low, making an asset quality shock unlikely during this year in most Asian countries,” Long said. (Story courtesy of Julito G. Rada of Manila Standard Today)

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A return to helping one another?
ByHeather Rogers, Remapping Debate | Jan. 30, 2013 — Instead of either leaving older Americans to fend for themselves as they become less mobile and more isolated, or stowing them away in nursing homes and other facilities, an old idea in secular garb — a community of mutual assistance — has begun to find life in virtual villages scattered throughout the United States. “What we’ll probably be doing is grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions for her, whatever she needs,” said the executive director of Newton at Home. These services will be provided by other members and volunteers — free of charge. While it seems to be improving the lives of its members, the “Village model,” as it is known, has limitations, including a strong tendency to replicate the racial and economic homogeneity of the places where Villages arise. Moreover, Village administrators we spoke with were unable to articulate a broad political or philosophical vision of mutual assistance as an alternative to the far more dominant social practice that might be characterized as “ignore or transplant.” But Villages do appear to provide rudimentary aspects of genuine community that are worth further evaluation. Over the last decade or so, some 90 Villages have cropped up across the country, with an average of about 250 members each. Villages offer members services including transportation, assistance with grocery shopping and home maintenance, friendly visitors, exercise programs, cultural excursions, and classes. Villages, which operate as nonprofits, are funded primarily through yearly dues paid by members, which average about $500, as well as by private donations. Some Villages may fairly be seen as something like concierge services, referring members to approved paid providers who will help for a fee, but others emphasize members directly helping each other. The little things aren’t so little In Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, aging residents founded “Newton at Home” in 2011. It is a Village that prides itself on serving its members predominantly through mutual assistance. Recently, a member (we’ll call her Mrs. Smith) was in Boston running errands. While she was out, Maureen Grannan, executive director of Newton at Home, recounted, she fell and badly broke her ankle. Mrs. Smith was taken by ambulance to the hospital and sent in for surgery. As soon as she could, Mrs. Smith called the Village office and asked for help. (Most Villages have one full-time paid staff member who takes calls and coordinates services.) “So we scrambled and we got a couple of volunteers to go over to Cambridge, near Harvard Square, pick up her car, [and] drive it back,” explained Grannan. Once Mrs. Smith was moved to a rehabilitation facility, the Village sent a volunteer to her apartment to gather clothing for her stay. “And we’ll be helping her out when she comes home,” Grannan said. “What we’ll probably be doing is grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions for her, whatever she needs.” These services will be provided by other members and volunteers — free of charge. Villages claim that help like this is crucial in allowing older people to stay at home. “As people grow older they lose muscle mass, strength, [and] the ability to do things around the house that they used to be able to do,” Grannan explained. Simple tasks like changing a light bulb, getting trash barrels to the curb, fixing a door that won’t close, or a broken window can seem insurmountable. “They can’t keep up with home maintenance,” Grannan said. According to a 2010 AARP survey, almost 90 percent of people over the age of 65 say they want to “stay in their residence as long as possible.” In other words, they don’t want to go to retirement communities, assisted living, or nursing homes. Similarly, if older people can no longer see well enough to drive, they won’t be able to keep up with doctor visits, grocery shopping, housekeeping, and cooking, and they can begin to feel overwhelmed. They might stop venturing out to see friends, which can lead to isolation-related depression. They, or their family members, might then begin to feel that they should leave their home According to a 2010 AARP survey, almost 90 percent of people over the age of 65 say they want to “stay in their residence as long as possible.” In other words, they don’t want to go to retirement communities, assisted living, or nursing homes. “The place people really fear is nursing homes,” said Jon Pynoos, professor of gerontology, policy, and planning at the University of Southern California. Pynoos said that people’s fear of leaving home centers around a “loss of control and power over their lives.” Many people imbue their homes with symbolic meaning. “They might have raised their children there,” he said. “It’s decorated in a way that’s a statement about who they are. And when you’re in your place, you’re the king or the queen.” Kathryn E. McDonough is the executive director of Capitol Hill Village in Washington, D.C., the Village that pioneered the volunteer-centered approach when it launched in 2007. According to her, the most recent generation reaching retirement age — the one establishing Villages — doesn’t want to live in housing for the elderly. These are people, McDonough said, afraid of not being able to have what they want to eat, not being able to see the people they’ve known all their lives, and not being able to do activities that they like. They know this can happen, she said, because they watched their parents go through the experience. From this they also know how expensive care facilities can be. Restoring a more robust life at home But staying at home (according to the most recent census data, the vast majority of the elderly do — only 1 percent of those aged 65 to 74 lived in a nursing home, while 18 percent of those aged over 85 did) does not necessarily mean that the life being lived at home is fulfilling. Older people, not infrequently, suffer from isolation and depression as they lose contact with other people. Friends and spouses die, and getting out of the house becomes more physically challenging. “Villages provide a way to bring together older adults who otherwise multiple sclerosis, and McDonough said, “she has a following of 15 members.” Giving and getting As currently constituted, Villages are a self- selecting group: they are populated by those who have decided it’s a good idea to come together to help each other as they age. But even in this context, those in need of help are sometimes reticent. Some people don’t want to give up the privacy required to let a volunteer they may not know (or even someone they know) into their home to help with cleaning and laundry, for instance. If someone is not accustomed to asking for help from peers and neighbors, then it can be a challenging prospect. It requires trust and allowing others to see vulnerability, and entails a more personal connection than when paying a third party for help. At Ashby Village, in Berkeley, California, Andy Gaines, its executive director, said that when the organization started two-and-a-half years ago, many of its members were people who already understood the culture of mutual aid (if not necessarily its mechanics). But the task of acquainting more people with the idea and experience of mutual aid, a fundamental precept of Ashby Village, and with the trust it requires — over 80 percent of its services are provided by volunteers — is a constant process. “It’s always coming up in different ways,” Gaines said. “We address it on the pragmatic level by building people’s comfort and confidence that they can ask for something.” From the outset the organization had challenges soliciting requests
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The Intimacy Of Helping
Giving and getting assistance can entail a significant level of intimacy and trust. For example, an elderly female member at Ashby Village (we’ll call her Mrs. Jones) asked the Village to connect her with a volunteer for a ride to the doctor’s office. Typically the volunteer would simply drive a member to and from, waiting during the appointment. This time, Mrs. Jones asked the volunteer to write down her recollection of the doctor’s findings and instructions on taking her medication. The volunteer made sure that Mrs. Jones spoke with her doctor once more before leaving to ensure that she understood the details clearly. Then the volunteer drove Mrs. Jones to the pharmacy, filled her prescription, took her home and went over the medication routine with her once again. This meant that both Mrs. Jones and the volunteer had to trust each other and navigate boundaries that are often avoided by people who aren’t family or paid assistants. because they can no longer fully care for themselves and their quality of life has declined. “It’s a compilation of a lot of little things that make people leave and say, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’” Grannan said.

might be more isolated from one another,” explained Andrew Scharlach, a professor and director of the Center for Advanced Study of Aging Services at the University of California, Berkeley. Villages keep older people “more active, more engaged, more involved — to create more of a sense of community,” he said. In addition to providing help with chores and errands, Capitol Hill Village is among the subset of Villages that offers a wide array of social activities. It has frequent discussion groups on cinema, literature, and politics (which some younger residents of the neighborhood also attend), outings to theatrical productions and sports events, dinners and potlucks, a walking club, and Qigong (breathing and body movement) classes. Its volunteers and members will even visit other members simply to offer company. According McDonough, almost all of the organization’s social programs and services are provided by member volunteers. The weekly Qigong class, for example, is led by a member who is in her 70s and has

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Unforgettable Quotes about Ideas

A life without ideas is an unfulfilled existence. Not only having ideas important, but being to express them, share them, and implement them makes a difference in this world. Here are 45 unforgettable quotes about ideas from some of the great minds of the world. I hope that you will enjoy these ideas and be inspired by them to come up with your own ideas. 1- An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. - Oscar Wilde 2- Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success that is way great spiritual giants are produced. - Swami Vivekananda 3- An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. - Buddha 4- Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about. - Asleigh Brilliant 5- Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. - Howard Aiken 6- Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act. - Andre Malraux 7- Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. - Napoleon Hill 8- My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. - Anais Nin 9- The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success. - Henry Ward Beecher 10- New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along! - Arthur

C. Clarke 11- Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. - Jim Rohn 12- A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.- John F. Kennedy 13- You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea. - Pablo Picasso 14- I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas. - Albert Einstein 15- Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.- Emile Chartier 16- Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference. - Nolan Bushnell 17- An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied. - Arnold H. Glasgow 18- The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time. - Henry Ford 19- A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. - Mary Kay Ash 20- Capital isn’t that important in business. Experience isn’t that important. You can get both of these things. What is important is ideas. - Harvey S. Firestone 21- Every really new idea looks crazy at first. - Alfred North Whitehead 22- Human history is, in essence, a history of ideas. - H. G. Wells 23- If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. - Albert Eisntein 24- An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. - Victor Hugo 25- Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right. - Walt Disney 26- Believe in something larger than yourself. . . . Get involved in the big ideas

of your time. - Barbara Bush 27- It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances. – Ralph Waldo Emerson 28- Men are strong only so long as they represent a strong idea. They become powerless when they oppose it. - Sigmund Freud 29- If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. - George Bernard Shaw 30- You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea. - Benazir Bhutto 31- A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. 32- An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it. - Don Marquis 33- No matter how brilliantly an idea is stated, we will not really be moved unless we have already half thought of it ourselves. - Mignon McLaughlin 34- Having ideas is like having chessmen moving forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 35- The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas. - Lois Wyse 36- Don’t be afraid of new ideas. Be afraid of old ideas. They keep you where you are and stop you from growing and moving forward. Concentrate on where you want to go, not on what you fear. - Anthony Robbins 37- If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied. - Alfred Bernhard Nobel 38- We think good ideas to death, when we should be acting them to life. - Brian G. Jett 39- The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. - Dee Hock 40- Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. - John Steinbeck 41- Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 42- Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience. - Hyman Rickover 43- Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle. - Ken Hakuta 44- I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn’t like it. - Samuel Goldwyn 45- Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

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you, your spouse and dependents Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099Misc from all employers Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099) A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. It is extremely important that each person use the correct Social Security Number. The most accurate information is usually located on your original Social Security card. If you do not have an SSN for you or a dependent, you should complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application. This form should be submitted to the nearest Social Security Administration Office. If you or your dependent is not eligible to get a Social Security Number, you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

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from members; only a few calls came in each month. “People just didn’t want to ask,” he said. “Either they didn’t perceive themselves as needing [help], or they didn’t necessarily feel the sense of confidence yet in the safety, the value, the skill they would get,” Gaines explained. To address this, the Village “had a pretty active marketing campaign” to encourage people to request help. As was true from the beginning, Ashby Village has had no shortage of assistance. Today there are 130 volunteers to help its 250 members. The service most frequently requested and provided by Ashby Village is transportation, which is true at the majority of Villages across the country. But, as was pointed out in an Ashby Village newsletter, there can be a variety of other needs, including some which may not immediately occur to members: “help arranging a veggie platter for wedding centerpiece,” “learning to sew on a sewing machine,” “help studying for driver’s license renewal,” and “taking 14 bags of books to the bookstore.” A way to organize ad hoc local assistance Capitol Hill Village has about 370 members and about 275 volunteers

Some limitations in the Village model as it has been implemented
All of the several Villages with which Remapping Debate spoke said that they primarily publicize their organizations through wordof-mouth, therefore most often appealing to a self-selecting group. This is borne out in the data: according to a recent survey, 94 percent of all Village members are white, and two-thirds of Villages are in middle- and upper-income areas. Rita Kostiuk, program coordinator at the Village-to-Village Network, a nonprofit that promotes Villages across the U.S., said the recruiting practice is more or less the same on the national level. “People hear about it and come to us,” she said. “We do some marketing, but it’s mostly with people who have already contacted us.” A 2010 article in The Gerontologist, a scholarly journal, assessing the Village model concluded that, “To date, a relatively limited range of older adults have been served, and it remains to be seen whether the Village model can attract and respond to the needs of a more economically and ethnically diverse senior population.”

(a group comprising, like most other Villages, both members and nonmembers). “It creates something that’s very different from a concierge service,” McDonough said. There is neither a minimum commitment of volunteer time, nor a cap on the amount of help members can request at any of the Villages with which Remapping Debate spoke. “People come to volunteer because they want to,” not because they have to, said Grannan of Newton at Home, which has 160 members and 85 volunteers. About Ashby Village’s volunteer policies, Gaines said, “We’re not interested in creating an economy of giving, but rather really promoting this idea that at different times in life we’re all going to need [help].” McDonough said Capitol Hill Village acts as a galvanizing force. “We’re creating a way for people to come together…an entire group of people relying on one another,” she said. “It’s almost like a sense of family.” McDonough added that using the Village organization to coordinate volunteers with jobs is an effective way of managing mutual aid. “Instead of having to call your neighbor every time you fall down, or having to call your neighbor every time you need something fixed in your house…you can call the Village,” she explained. With the Village serving as the middleman, “the volunteer is empowered to say ‘no’ or to say ‘yes’…and the member is empowered to ask for help and not feel guilty about it,” McDonough said. Ashby Village’s Gaines agreed that providing referrals to paid services has its place when connecting members with trusted vendors for bigger jobs, such as a roof replacement. But offering services for free and embracing the model of “members helping members” has been central to making Ashby Village work. “What really makes the Village model particularly powerful is that we’re getting people to engage in mutual giving,” he said. Is it a movement? Although they practice it, none of the three Village directors we spoke with, McDonough, Gaines, or Grannan, seemed to see mutual aid as a model for transforming the way our larger society treats the aging. When Remapping Debate asked Grannan why her organization relied on mutual aid, she simply said, “We live in a community that believes in volunteering.” One of the founders and a current board member of Newton at Home, Dr. Cynthia Pill, said that their choice to be volunteer-centered “made more sense to us” because it was “a warmer human way.” When Remapping Debate asked whether

Newton at Home had a philosophy about how our society should treat older people, Pill offered a generic response: “Respectfully.” In similarly broad terms, Gaines said Ashby Village’s philosophy is implicit through how its staff, members, and volunteers engage with one another. When asked why not make this more explicit, Gaines said, “It would be interesting to work on creating a statement about that,” adding that maybe the Village would do so. None of these Villages have had deliberate internal discussions about the potential for their work to lead to a larger movement to transform aging in the U.S. “I don’t think Villages are going to change society,” McDonough said. “I’m really focused on making sure this organization is going to define itself and be able to figure out [what] it is and who it’s going to serve.” David Spataro is a doctoral candidate at City University of New York who has studied mutual aid as it is expressed both as a response to crisis and as an ongoing component of permanent community. Spataro said that the interdependence that exists in the volunteer-centered Villages sounds like the kind of mutual aid a family would have — in other words, a form of interdependence that is exclusive. These organizations are rejecting the ways older people have been treated in our society, but Spataro said their work doesn’t seem to reflect a grappling with “the larger structural issues.” He said Village members’ practices make growing older meaningful for them but not in a way that transforms American society’s broader notions of aging and how we treat each other. Spataro categorized what Village members are doing as “smaller-scale projects based in mutual aid and cooperation. But they’re not focused on transforming life.” Their function thus far, he said, has been being “engaged in maximizing cooperation to help their own lives.” Source:

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The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has three bureaus within the department: Detentions, Court Services and Law Enforcement. All three bureaus provide excellent career paths and promotional opportunities. We have 2 classifications of sworn positions; Deputy Sheriff Cadet Law Enforcement and Deputy Sheriff Cadet Detentions/Court Services. We are currently testing and hiring for both positions. You must apply on-line for each position and then register to take the written exam. The pre-employment exam is the second step toward an exciting career with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. It is only ONE exam for BOTH positions, so apply for both! The hiring process averages 4 months to over a year, depending on your background. If you are currently in the military, you should apply a minimum of 6 months prior to your estimated End of Active Service. You can find a practice exam under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page under Written Exam. In addition, you can find more about the hiring process under the FAQ page under Hiring Process. HIRING UPDATE For Deputy Sheriff’s Cadet: THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS STILL HIRING, HOWEVER THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO A LARGE VOLUME OF APPLICANTS. THE APPLICATION PROCESS WILL RE-OPEN ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2nd, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. AND WILL PROMPTLY CLOSE AT 12:00 p.m. ON THE SAME DAY. As of 12:00 p.m., on January 2, 2013, this series recruitment will be closed. All applicants who qualify will be notified to self schedule for a written exam. Qualified applicants must schedule themselves for one of the following test dates: January 3rd, January 9th, January 16th, January 22nd or January 29th. (Tests are administered at varying times and are conducted at the Sheriff’s Headquarters which is located at 9621 Ridgehaven Court, San Diego, CA 92123). These will be the last test dates administered for this recruitment number (12574706). If you are unable to test on any of these dates, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR THE CURRENT RECRUITMENT NUMBER. You can apply under the new recruitment number opening on Friday, February 1st, 2013. For Deputy Sheriff’s Cadet – Detentions Court Services: THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS STILL HIRING, HOWEVER THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO A LARGE VOLUME OF APPLICANTS. THE APPLICATION PROCESS WILL RE-OPEN ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2nd, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. AND WILL PROMPTLY CLOSE AT 12:00 p.m. ON THE SAME DAY. As of 12:00 p.m., on January 2, 2013, this series recruitment will be closed. All applicants who qualify will be notified to self schedule for a written exam. Qualified applicants must schedule themselves for one of the following test dates: January 3rd, January 9th, January 16th, January 22nd or January 29th. (Tests are administered at varying times and are conducted at the Sheriff’s Headquarters which is located at 9621 Ridgehaven Court, San Diego, CA 92123). These will be the last test dates administered for this recruitment number (12579706). If you are unable to test on any of these dates, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR THE CURRENT RECRUITMENT NUMBER. You can apply under the new recruitment number opening on Friday, February 1st, 2013. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask that you remain patient with the process. Please feel free to search this website for answers to your questions regarding the employment opportunities within our department and the various steps of the hiring process. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail. Recruiters are in and out of the office frequently, so please be patient with us. If you qualify (you meet the minimum requirements for both), we encourage you to apply for both Cadet positions. If you apply for both register for ONE exam only! 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Reporting on the intersection of immigration and gender
Women are on the move; not just in the United States, but worldwide. Learn how immigrant women are transforming and integrating the diverse communities where they live throughout the U.S., how the current immigration laws enacted by various states affect women, and why immigration is a feminist issue. This year the opportunity for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws makes the issue of immigration even more relevant. New America Media’s 2013 Fellowship for Journalists Writing About Immigrant Women When: April 25-26, 2013 (Thu & Fri) Where: Alliance for Justice 11 DuPont Circle NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20036 Who: Ten fellowships available, five journalists from the ethnic media sector in the U.S. and five from mainstream media outlets in the U.S. Applications open to bloggers and online journalists. New America Media is offering a fellowship program for journalists covering immigrant women’s issues within the United States, with funding support from Atlantic Philanthropies and other organizations and individuals. This fellowship requires: 1) participation in a two-day training program to be held in Washington, D.C. on Thursday and Friday, April 25-26, 2013; and 2) the publication of an in-depth, substantive story (or series) focusing on the challenges and/or triumphs of immigrant women in the United States, before August 30, 2013. Two-Day Training: The two days in Washington, D.C. will consist of a series of lectures, discussions, and journalistic training related to immigration policy, the history of the women’s movement, and the intersection of immigration and gender. Each fellow is expected to bring a well thought-out story idea to the fellowship training, and information from these sessions will assist in the development of proposed articles/ radio stories. Training sessions may include such topics as immigration reform; reproductive rights; VAWA; intersections of immigration and LGBT issues; sex trafficking; the separation of families; immigrant women and the economy; immigrant women in the American South; sexual abuse in immigrant detention centers; the next generation of women leaders; and DREAMers. Ten fellows will be chosen for the program. New America Media will cover two nights of hotel, travel expenses, as well as meals for the twoday fellowship training. Fellows will receive a $2,000 stipend following publication of the fellow’s proposed story. Fellows are required to submit finished story to NAM editor Elena Shore prior to publication for discussion and approval. Applications are due on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time. All application forms must be sent to womenimmigrants@ Please direct any inquires to Project Co-Director Elena Shore or 415-503-4170. Applications may also be faxed to 415-503-0970. Fellows will notified whether they have been selected by Monday, March 15, 2013. Read a selection of last year's NAM Women Immigrants fellowship stories here. Please download the application form here: NAMWomenImmigrantsApplication2013.pdf pdf

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their source of livelihood and burial grounds. President Marcos promised the delegation that he “will look into the matter seriously.” He added that “although the project had been conceived to enhance energy and propel development for the sake of the majority like increasing employment, we could not compromise the welfare of the Igorots who are very much our brothers and sisters.” The president also directed Minister Manda Elizalde of the Philippine Authority for National Minorities (PANAMIN) to safeguard the interest of those affected in the areas and identify the means to resolve the problems of the Igorots there. The meeting was arranged through the mediation of the Archbishop of Manila upon the request of the Bishop of Baguio City and the parish priest of the Chidlawan Village. Back in the village, Sam-ang showed off the delegation’s picture with the presidente of the Filipinos in the newspapers. He, Lab-ok, and the other pangats, though barefooted were in their best ba-ag loincloths and putong headgears. The presidente was resplendent in his barong-tagalog. Father Carlo, who was between the Archbishop and Bishop of Baguio, was in his usual cassock. They were all smiling. After four moons, Sam-ang called for the budong and prepared the village for a caniao. Kapitolyo messengers said that PANAMIN people were coming to bring them good news about the dam project. Sam-ang ordered for the biggest carabao to be readied for slaughter at the caniao for the anticipated good news. The visitors came when the stars started to dot the skies. No less than the gobernador with ten goberno soldiers with strong guns, escorted the three PANAMIN people who came in their hiking shoes and Amerikana jackets. They lugged leather bags. They said that they bear better news than what the Igorots could ever expect. So, would the construction of the pinged be stopped? Will the iron carabaos be sent away? That’s all that the pangats and their villagers wanted to know. “Wen, wen,” the PANAMIN people said. Yes, yes. They distributed papers from their leather jackets. The pangats and most of the villagers just glanced at the writings which they did not understand. Wen, the constructions will be stopped until the Igorots’ welfare are fully taken cared of. The presidente had been very magnanimous. He cannot close his eyes to the problems of his brother Igorots. He approved wholeheartedly the great proposals of Ministro Manda Elizalde. One, although the Igorots do not own the lands they are in because they do not have Torrence Titles, the goberno will pay ten thousand pesos to each family for the parcel of land they occupy. The amount is actually huge considering that these are mountain hinterlands and not city lands. Two, each family will be resettled to an area that would be identified as soon as possible. There would be no rent in the pre-fabricated houses that would be constructed in that area. Of course, electrisidad there could only be provided free when the dam is already operational. Three, the Igorots would be on the priority list of those to be employed in the construction and maintenance of the dam for as long as they qualify and have the skills in the jobs that may be required. Is that not good news? All the Igorots have to do is sign the papers that were distributed. Thick red mam-ma sputa flooded the grounds of the village. The carabao saw the morning light. (Next chapters – Father Carlo appeals once more; Chief Sam-ang is murdered)

Chapter 28 - To Appeal or to Fight?
GOD OF THE OPPRESSED By Rudy D. Liporada Available at (In the last chapter, Lina has an abortion during a violent demonstration) “The En-Peh-Ehs have nothing to do with our problem,” Sam-ang said, presiding over the budong meeting. He had called for another budong of the confederation of all pangat chiefs of the Cordilleras affected by the dam constructions. A small fire lit the ulog meeting place. The grounds behind the pangats began filling with mam-ma sputa. “But the En-Peh-Ehs said they are willing to fight with us. And I say that we must now fight,” Pangat Lab-ok said. He was shorter than Sam-ang but much younger. One of his tattoos depicted how he became chief of his tribe when his father died in a war with Sam-ang’s tribe many hundreds of moons ago. Although contempt against each other’s tribe still exists, the common Arak-O River problem had him join the budong together with the other chiefs. “The EnPeh-Ehs have already said that they are willing to help us stop those traktors and buldosers from cutting all those trees and leveling the grounds for that pi-nged to be made.” The other pangats buzzed. “I say that the En-Peh-Ehs will only bring us more trouble,” Sam-ang said. “There must be other peaceful means.” “We already have talked to the mayors of the towns,” Lab-ok said. “They all said that they could not do anything.” “We should now go talk to the gobernador of the probinsiya,” Sam-ang said. “Is this another suggestion of that priest of yours?” Lab-ok said. “Pader Carlo has nothing to do with this,” Sam-ang said. “It was he who suggested that we talk to those mayors first and nothing happened.” Lab-ok spat mam-ma behind him. “We talked to them only because we should not spill the blood of our people unnecessarily,” Sam-ang said. “We are talking here of spilling the blood of those who want to deprive us our Arak-O,” Lab-ok said. “Wen, wen, dayta ti agpayso,” the other pangats buzzed agreeing that Labok’s words were true. After the buzzing subsided, Sam-ang said, “Those are brave words, Brother Lab-ok. I will be honored to be beside you in battle if we have to fight. For now, however, I say it is braver for us to admit that if we could talk matters out without sacrificing a single drop of our people’s blood, we should do so.” “Have you become like a woman, Brother Sam-ang; that you are afraid to fight?” Lab-ok said. “You know in your heart, Lab-ok, that that is not true. Stop provoking me for this is not the time to unearth spears between your tribe and mine. We are faced with a common problem which needs all of us to be of one mind.” “And what if the gobernador cannot also do anything?” “We talk to the presidente of the Filipinos.” Lab-ok sighed and spat behind him. Manila Times – April 16, 1972 FM hears Igorots’ Grievance (Malacanang Palace) – President Ferdinand E. Marcos met yesterday with a delegation of Igorot tribes of the Cordillera Mountains who asked the Arak-O River Dam project be stopped. Pangat Sam-ang, spokesman for the budong of all pangats in the affected areas, said that the project will inundate

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(Continued from page 2) grew 11.8 percent from 1.0 percent. In a separate statement, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima noted the role of private sector partnership in boosting the economy. "Aquinomics is all about the public and the private sectors working together. Despite the uncertainty in the global economy, this public and private partnership allowed us to grow way above our historical trend," he said, citing the jump in private sector construction. "We are committed to strengthen our fiscal position, intensify our investments in infrastructure and in our people, and enhance our business environment. With the help of the private sector, we hope to do as well in 2013," he added.


EMOSTHENES TORRES, a resident of San Diego, California for more than 50 years passed away on January 24, 2013. He was born on July 27, 1935.

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Your Dad's passing is a mixture of sadness, a vote of confidence and trust, and most importantly, a triumph of love. Sadness because it ends not only his vital activities but also his physical, intellectual, emotional and other human connections to his loved ones, be they relatives, friends, townmates, and the like. It also signifies the cessation of whatever material happiness generated by and with him in this material world. His death was really a vote of confidence and trust for the three of you. The best argument to live longer would have been to see, assist and/or participate in the growth and development of his grandchildren to maturity. It is not hard to imagine Carly and Gianna developing as beautiful and brainy as well as productive ladies of the future, Of course, smart and handsome Sebastian - the "natural born" politician growing up to lead and manage a state, nation, or even a multinational corporation would have been a pleasure for a grandfather to witness or participate in its realization. I have in fact advanced this argument. But the fact that the kids have you as parents, raised to accept full parental responsibility and meeting it efficiently and effectively, your Dad voted AYE for the three of you in shaping their future, The ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE and TRUST was there as he closed his eyes to reach his final destination. It was an argument that no one, including me, could counter. Most importantly, his love for his loving wife, your beloved Mom, and my affectionate sister is beyond measure. Theirs was love made and developed on earth. It was one that extended not only to each other to the maximum degree but to you, relatives like me, and communities, be they in Rosales, Philippines or in San Diego. He had served his family, his community and as a Vietnam War Veteran, his country with bravery and honor. In his last days and hours, he had expressed his wish to the three of you. He prayed that God Almighty would finally allow him to join your Mom in their infinite love. That together with your Mom, he would be allowed to finally realize a LOVE MADE IN HEAVEN.


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IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) was signed into law on August 6, 2002. It was essentially enacted to provide relief to children who might “age out” of their beneficiary status because of administrative delays in visa processing or adjustment application adjudication. A child is defined for immigration purposes as unmarried individual under the age of 21. In my previous article and blog, I explained how to compute a child’s age using the CSPA formula. This article will address the retention of priority date or conversion clause found in CSPA. Maria was 20 years old when her U.S. citizen sister filed an I-130 petition. At the time, Maria has a one-year-old daughter, Abby. She is a derivative beneficiary of Maria’s petition. When the visa number became available, Abby was 23 years old. Abby can no longer immigrate with Maria because her CSPA age was over 21. How does the automatic conversion clause of the CSPA affect Abby’s case? The automatic conversion clause is found in section 203(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as amended. Subsection (1) (A) of this provision states that for purposes of determining whether an alien satisfies the age requirement, the age of the alien on the date on which an immigrant visa number becomes available for such alien (or, in the case of a derivative beneficiary, the date on which an immigrant visa number became available for the alien’s parent), but only if the alien has sought to acquire the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence within one year of such availability. Subsection (3) also states that if the age of an alien is determined to be 21 years of age or older, the alien’s petition shall automatically converted to the appropriate category and the alien shall retain the original priority date (Continued from page 6) issued upon receipt of the original ish; to open doors of opportunity for each petition. Under these provisions, citizen; and to invest in them so that they Abby is entitled to the “original can truly take hold of their own destinies," priority date” of her mother. Also, Malacañang noted. Abby’s fourth preference category Citing that the “conservative” 6 to 7 would be converted to the appropripercent growth goal for 2013 is “likely to ate category which is F2B or unmarstay,” Balisacan said the Cabinet policysetting Development Budget Coordinating ried daughter of a legal permanent Committee may meet in the coming weeks resident. As such she would be able to immediately immigrate to the to review the targets. “As of now, we don't have a very strong United States. In June 2009 the Board of Imreason to revise that, but we will continue to monitor the progress of the fiscal migration Appeals (BIA) issued a situation of the country and the global decision in Matter of Wang, which economy,” he added. eliminates the automatic conversion The Economic chief said the “euro area clause of the CSPA. In that case, a remains a major concern” for the economy. U.S. citizen sister filed an immigrant Balisacan also noted that the challenge visa petition for her brother and his for government remains sustaining economic expansion and having robust growth wife and daughter in China in 1992. By the time the parents became trickle down to the grassroots. “It is our immediate task to put in place policies and green card holds in 2005, the daughter had aged out because she was 22 implement programs that will sustain our years old. In 2006, her father subeconomy’s growth over the medium term “We shall continue planting the seeds of mitted a F2B visa petition on her bestructural transformation in our economy half. In a cover letter sent with the to make it more investment- and industry- visa petition, Wang requested that

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his daughter be assigned a priority date of December 1992, which was the priority date given to the fourthpreference visa petition that had been filed on his behalf by his sister. The director approved the secondpreference visa petition on March 25, 2008, but she gave it a priority date of September 2006, which is the date the visa petition was filed. In her decision, the director noted that the regulations allows for retention of a priority date solely with regard to derivative beneficiaries of a second-preference visa petition, not to derivative beneficiaries of a fourthpreference visa petition. As the 1992 visa petition was a fourth-preference petition, the director concluded that the second-preference petition filed by the petitioner in 2006 could not retain the more favorable priority date of the 1992 visa petition. At least seven lawsuits were filed in the Federal Court challenging the government’s restrictive interpretation of the “automatic conversion” clause of CSPA. One of the lawsuits was filed by Shusterman law firm in DeOsorio v. Mayorkas. On September 26, 2012 or after four years of litigation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of the appellant in DeOsorio v. Mayorkas. The Court held that CSPA protects the rights of the children who aged out during the process of waiting for their priority dates to become current before their parents immigrate under the family-based 3rd and 4th preference categories. The Court held that CSPA clearly allows aged-out son and daughters to keep the priority date of the 3rd or 4th preference petition, and to immigrate under the family-based 2B category or unmarried adult son or daughter of a permanent resident parent. The victorious decision was met with a lot of enthusiasm from immigration attorneys, parents and their children. I advised my clients to hold off the filing of the application for CSPA benefits under the 9th Circuit decision because the government has 90 days or until the day after Christmas to ask the Supreme Court of the United States to review the decision in DeOsorio. UNFORTUNATELY, the government appealed the case and the case is now before the Supreme Court of the United States. The appeal means that the decision in DeOsorio is not binding on USCIS and USCIS does not have to follow that decision. It would take approximately one year to litigate this case with the Supreme Court. But this should be the court of last resort. Whatever the Supreme Court says in this matter should be followed nationwide. We welcome your feedback. If you have any immigration questions, please feel welcome to email me at or call 619 819 -8648 to arrange for a telephone consultation.

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as long as she doesn’t interfere with the function of the acting governor, Agnes Magpale. Of more than 20 contingents in neighboring cities and provinces from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, Alang-alang, Leyte won the free interpretation category, while the Sinulog-based category was still won by Sinanduloy of Tangub City, a constant winner. Other winners were: Sinulog for children of Cebu City, Elementary Division; Mabolo Elementary School of Cebu City was the grand champion and also won Best in Musicality, Secondary Division, Apas National High School, Cebu City was the Grand Champion, and won in Best in Costume, while Sinulog for children of Cebu Province; Elementary Division,Talisay City Central School of Talisay City was the Grand Champion, also won the Best in Costume and Best Musicality and the Secondary Divi-

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sion was Carcar City Division from Carcar City who also won the Best in Costume and Best in Musicality. PIT SENYOR SANTO NINO... PIT SENYOR! Caption 1: Rollie Santos with a dinner date with my family at the Port (with eyeglasses, center with my nephew Jerome and my wife Linda, next to Port quartet [all standing] singing for Linda’s b-day). This was a night, right after the Sinulog where Rollie will catch up a flight for Manila in the morning for his PAMRA reunion. Caption 2: They are the Grand Champion and Best in Musicality, Elementary Division, Mabolo Elementary School representing my hometown, Mabolo, Cebu City. Joe C.Son San Diego, CA

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ollie Santos of San Diego, a retired US Navy and a very active member of the Mc Buddies arrived on January 16, 2013 for the Sinulog 2013, for his six consecutive years. Since 2008, Rollie came with this writer and a big group of San Diegan’s to witness and experience the Sinulog. From then on, he became a regular devotee of Senior Santo Nino and kept coming back to Cebu City, regardless if he’s by himself or with a group. Though, he missed the Suroy Suroy sa Sugbo this year, because right after the Sinulog festivities he has to be in Manila to catch up and attend PAMRA, a joint reunion for retired US Armed Forces personnel and spent sometime for his relatives and friends, then back to San Diego.
Upon arrival at the Mactan Cebu International Airport, the Sinulog beat, leis and smiles greeted PAL passengers on a flight from California, while Rollie was pushing his cart full of “pasalubong” for his friend in Cebu, he was interviewed by Aileen Garcia-Yap, a reporter of Cebu Daily News. He was qouted saying, “ I don’t mind doing the same thing over and over because I enjoy it. I have a friend here Joe Son who was a journalist in San Diego

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who always hosts my stay.” Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama led the rondalla welcome at the airport, an annual ritual of the Balik Cebu committee and the Department of Tourism for the past 12 years. Another group of San Diegans came earlier to spend Christmas vacation in the Philippines. Emilio and Rita Legaspi, also an active member of the Mc Buddies and their family spent Christmas in Manila and New Year in Cebu City. The couple waited for the Sinulog festivities and left for San Diego on January 21st a day after the Sinulog Fiesta. Other members of their family went back to San Diego before the Sinulog, hurriedly to report for work, while their grandkids, still students, have to come back to classes. The theme of Sinulog 2013 is “Journeying together in faith with Sto. Nino”, which officially started on January 10-25, 2013. This year was the 447th year of Fiesta Senior celebration, since the time of the Spanish colonizers. Sinulog is a religious annual fiesta celebration in honor of baby Jesus, the Senior Santo Nino, who used to be the patron saint of Cebu, but was changed by the Catholic hierarchy to the Virgin of Guadalupe of Cebu City, sometime ago, because they said Santo Nino is God, Himself. According to Police Regional Office-7 Director, Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo and ground commander Sr. Supt. Mariano Natu-el, officer-incharge of Cebu City Police Office, they estimated more or less 4 million people who came and witness the Sinulog 2013 Grand Parade. However, Sinulog officials and other observers believed that there were

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more people in Sinulog 2013, compared to last years’ estimate of more or less than 5 million people because this year had a very fine weather, unlike last year, some people had to leave at the height of the street parade due to moderate and scattered rain showers since the start until the end of the competition. Those who stayed, were wet and some got coughs and colds. Highlighting the festivities of the Senior Santo Nino was the Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel with colors of faith and revelry that kicked off early morning on the 20th and ended the Grand Finale at night, with colorful fireworks display at Cebu City Sports Center and later another fireworks display in Ayala Center to the astonishment of all the spectators. The Sinulog 2013 celebration was a tremendous success and The Fiesta celebration of Senior generally peaceful with only minor Sto. Nino religious activities actually road mishap and isolated case of kicked off last January 18, with a vandalism. walk with Mary from Fuente OsThe suspended Governor Gwen mena to Basilica del Sto. Nino early Garcia, who initiated the Suroy in the morning, followed by a motor- Suroy sa Sugbo, danced with the cade from Cebu City’s Basilica to St. Sinulog’s last contingent of the Joseph’s Shrine in Mandaue. On the Sinulog Grand Parade, representing 19th there was a fluvial parade from the Rosquillos Festival from Lilo-an Ouano wharf to Pier 1, Cebu City Cebu to the delight and cheers of and the re-enactment of the Baptism the Cebuanos. With her was his of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon son-in-law, Mayor Duke Frasco at the Basilica. In the afternoon was of Lilo-an and her daughter and the Solemn Foot Procession of Sr. lawyer Christina Garcia-Frasco, who Sto. Nino, where there fireworks danced with her. Earlier, when the competition in SM City that evePresident came for the Sinulog 2013 ning. The 20th was the fiesta where who alleged that he was not invited a Mananita Mass was held early and for the occasion, he already spoke to later a Pontifical Mass was officiated the media, that the suspended goverby Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. nor not be forced to leave her office The Basics It can be hard to know if your relationship is headed down the wrong path. While it’s not always possible to prevent relationship violence, there are steps you can take to try and protect yourself. If you think your partner might be controlling or abusive, you can: Trust your gut – If you think something’s not right, take it seriously. Find out about the warning signs of someone who might become controlling or violent. Get help – Talk to people who are experts in relationship violence. Remember, controlling or violent relationships usually get worse over time. If your partner might be controlling or abusive, it’s better to get help now than to wait. What is relationship violence? Relationship violence (also called dating, domestic, or intimate partner violence) happens when one person in a relationship tries to control the other person. When many people think about relationship violence, they think about physical violence, like hitting or pushing. But people can use other methods, like threats, to control their partners. Relationship violence can include: Physical violence, like pushing or throwing things Sexual violence, like forcing or trying to force someone to do something sexual Threats of physical or sexual violence, which may include threatening to hurt another person or pet Emotional abuse, like embarrassing the other partner or keeping that person away from family and friends If you feel controlled by or afraid of your partner – even if you haven’t been hurt physically – trust your gut. There are people who can help you figure out what to do next. How do I know if my relationship is healthy? In a healthy relationship, both people: Make decisions Are honest about their feelings and needs Can disagree with the other person without fear Feel supported and respected Have friends and activities that don’t always involve the other partner Believe that there are more good times than bad in the relationship Healthy relationships have problems, too. But in a healthy relationship, both partners take responsibility for their actions and work together to make decisions and sort out the problems. How do I know if my relationship might become violent? Relationship violence can start slowly and be hard to recognize at first. For example, when people first start dating, it’s common to want to spend a lot of time together. It may be hard to tell if you are spending less time with other people just for now, or if your partner is trying to control your time. It might help to ask yourself these questions: Does my partner respect me? Does my partner blame me for everything that goes wrong? Does my partner make most of the
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How to help a friend who is being abused
Here are some ways to help a friend who is being abused: Set up a time to talk. Try to make sure you have privacy and won’t be distracted or interrupted. Let your friend know you’re concerned about her safety. Be honest. Tell her about times when you were worried about her. Help her see that what she’s going through is not right. Let her know you want to help. Be supportive. Listen to your friend. Keep in mind that it may be very hard for her to talk about the abuse. Tell her that she is not alone, and that people want to help. Offer specific help. You might say you are willing to just listen, to help her with childcare, or to provide transportation, for example. Don’t place shame, blame, or guilt on your friend. Don’t say, “You just need to leave.” Instead, say something like, “I get scared thinking about what might happen to you.” Tell her you understand that her situation is very difficult. Help her make a safety plan. Safety planning includes picking a place to go and packing important items. Encourage your friend to talk to someone who can help. Offer to help her find a local domestic violence agency. Offer to go with her to the agency, the police, or court. If your friend decides to stay, continue to be supportive. Your friend may decide to stay in the relationship, or she may leave and then go back many times. It may be hard for you to understand, but people stay in abusive relationships for many reasons. Be supportive, no matter what your friend decides to do. Encourage your friend to do things outside of the relationship. It’s important for her to see friends and family. If your friend decides to leave, continue to offer support. Even though the relationship was abusive, she may feel sad and lonely once it is over. She also may need help getting services from agencies or community groups. Keep in mind that you can’t “rescue” your friend. She has to be the one to decide it’s time to get help. Support her no matter what her decision. Let your friend know that you will always be there no matter what.

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Young Filipinos sent to school by Japanese pay it forward
ABS CBN News | MAGPET, Philippines - Bemel Grace Arnaiz, a 15-yearold girl from the conflict-stricken town Makilala on the southern Philippine island Mindanao, has been able to attend school for the last three years because of a sponsor from Japan. In 2010, she was offered a scholarship by the Mindanao Children's Library Foundation, a nongovernmental organization, after its founder Tomo Matsui found out she belongs to a big, poor family that thrives only on farming. "I was really surprised with the offer of a scholarship. Initially, I was scared, thinking it's a scam by human traffickers. But I learned later that they found about my situation because my older brother was already their scholar," Arnaiz, now a first year high school student in a public school, told Kyodo News in a recent interview. "Ever since, I've really been happy here in the foundation because I know I will be able to finish my studies." Arnaiz, who used to sell vegetables to support her schooling and her family when she was in Grade 1 until Grade 4, said she has a simple ambition in life -- to finish college, possibly with a degree in education, and then work for the foundation "because I want to give back." And already Arnaiz is beginning to reciprocate the support she received from the foundation by participating in their activities, whether inside their dormitory or outside in communities. When the foundation has guests, she does not hesitate to emcee the program, join musical presentations and talk to the guests. She also tries her best in school to get good grades. Earlier on the day of the interview, Arnaiz joined a storytelling activity of the foundation in the mountain village Amabel in Magpet town. Storytelling was among Matsui's initial projects when he established the Library Fund for Asian Children in 2002, the predecessor of his present foundation. "Storytelling is fun for children. Both storytellers and listeners enjoy the activity. It also helps them ease their emotional or mental burden, especially those who are caught in conflicts or trapped in poverty," Matsui said. Together with more than 30 other foundation scholars, Arnaiz enthusiastically shared stories of the Manobo tribe and distributed used clothes. She also took part in a skit that elicited laughter from both the young and adults in the audience. "I believe storytelling has positive effects on all of us, especially on our audience. For example, one child who is suffering from loneliness can temporarily forget whatever problem he or she has. Even for just a moment, we can make him or her happy with stories from books," Arnaiz said. The activity also enriches the vocabularies of the listeners. Estelita Atan, 36, smiling as she watched the skit, told Kyodo News how she appreciated the activity, the first in their community. She called it an alternative form of education for their children. Atan said that because of the remoteness of their village from the school, some children opt not to enroll or attend classes anymore. Others dismiss outright the option of schooling due to poverty. about 100 college graduates. "We survive with the support of our benefactors, who either directly sponsor pound because of overcrowding, noting the present facility is ideally good only for 60 to 70 scholars. Despite the challenges, Matsui finds no reason to stop supporting the disadvantaged children of Mindanao. And he hopes his beneficiaries will join him in his mission so they can reach out to more children in need. "I feel it's best to continue helping Mindanao. I discourage my scholars to go abroad once they finish their studies. By channeling their time and energy here, then, it means, there is brighter hope for the future," Matsui said. Through storytelling, Arnaiz hopes the spirit of sharing she has learned from Matsui will eventually be passed on by children in the communities the group visits. Her 20-year-old brother, Peter Paul, who has been a foundation scholar since 2007, said, "It gives me joy giving joy to less fortunate children because I am just like them."==Kyodo

The Business Owner
During the tax season, I don’t have time to write new articles for this column. I have to concentrate on my business as a tax preparer. There is only about 10 weeks to earn the bulk of my income for the whole year. My wife and two other employees help me during the busy weeks. Our small office in Spring Valley is normally open the whole year except for my vacation time in May and November. It is a good idea to call or e-mail me before stopping by. Leave a message for a call back since I don’t carry a cell phone. It’s hard to believe that this is my 15th tax season in the business after quitting my IRS job. The first 3 years were tough but, tenacity and hard work paid off. In the Filipino community, good customer service and genuine concern would result in more referrals. Satisfied clients advertise your business. There is no need to brag about your educational titles and licenses to pick up good and loyal clientele. In the tax preparation business, you have to earn the trust of your clients. It’s how you answer their questions and minimize their worries and anxieties. Income tax is a complicated issue that kept changing. You may not be the expert but, at least try your best. Don’t pretend if you don’t know the answer but ask for time to do research. Honestly decline if you can’t do the job. Do whatever is required by the governing authorities and keep up with the tax changes. Set aside fund to update your office equipments and file your own tax returns on time. For some, it may take time or many trials before settling down to a specific business. It is not just because you love to do it, but is it profitable? How long can you do it without getting bored? Are there rooms for improvements? How would the business affect your life or your marriage? There are times when you have to give up some things in order to achieve what you desire. If the business is now failing, do you know when it is time to quit? There are people who dreamed of starting and owning a certain business. They have it on their minds for many years and believed it can successfully work. Most of the time what they lack is proper planning and the guts to start one. Most of these people grew old asking themselves what if? The adventurers may have failed but at least they have tried. A few others always tried something new and never become successful. Sometimes, you have to consider or combine your previous training, experience, education and even failures in life to succeed in business. In some cases, you may have to get in the system in order to learn that system. Always act professionally and respectful of other business owners and practitioners. Let customers or the clients decide what type of business owner you are. They are not stupid and they can read you and your actions. Try not to blow your own horn because it sounds horrible. When you write something or talk to other people, tailor your writing or speech to your audience. Understand that not everybody thinks like you or in the same profession as you.

"I like this a lot. It's a good source of new knowledge. This is also good experience for our children," Atan said as she pointed to her three children listening intently to the storytellers. Arnaiz views the activity as an opportunity for her and her fellow scholars to "share the love" they have received from their sponsors and the foundation. Fellow scholar Nena Sumin, who belongs to the Manobo tribe from the neighboring town Arakan, continues to be awed by Matsui's care for disadvantaged kids in Mindanao when he really has no direct connection with them. "I really admire him because he truly loves each one of us. He is helping a lot of people and has produced many college graduates without asking for something in return," the 18-year-old high school student said. Sumin aspires to become a social worker with special focus on less fortunate children. Matsui offered scholarship to Sumin starting in 2009 after finding out both her parents had died and she had been working as a domestic from a young age to continue her schooling. The foundation is supporting 620 scholars from grade school to college, 120 of them are housed in its compound in Kidapawan, while the others, who are in high school or college, stay either in dormitories or at home. The scholars include Muslims, Christians and tribal members who come from very poor families or are victims of war in Mindanao. So far, the foundation has produced

our scholars or give us donations in various forms. But right now it's quite hard to find additional sponsors from Japan, so we try to look in other countries too," said Matsui, who has learned to speak the Cebuano language. He said almost 200 of the current 620 scholars have no individual sponsors. And he also sees the need to build a new dormitory in the foundation's com-

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INTUIT TURBO TAX (Updated for Tax Year 2012) -- If you lost your principal residence to a foreclosure or short sale, TurboTax can help you deal with the tax implications, including recent tax law changes that can offer some relief. So, you are one of the thousands of Americans who lost a home to foreclosure during the year. It is a pretty tough time for many home owners. Thanks to legislation passed in 2007 you just might have been granted a wish from Uncle Sam. There was a time when people who lost a home to foreclosure were inflicted with a double dose of pain and suffering. Before the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007, people who lost their homes to foreclosure often had their outstanding home mortgage cancelled by their lender. However, most homeowners did not understand that this cancelled debt was considered taxable income by the IRS. This law is set to expire at the end of 2013, so debt cancelled in 2014 or later is set to be considered income in the year received. No house + extra taxes = double pain Let’s look at an example: A buyer purchases a $200,000 with no money down by taking out a $200,000 interest-only mortgage. Afterwards, if the buyer can’t make the mortgage payments, the bank forecloses on the loan and takes back the house. After the foreclosure the bank sells the house for $150,000 – which is less than the remaining loan amount. This leaves an unpaid loan balance of $50,000. Depending on the loan, the person who lost their home might still be responsible for the unpaid part of the mortgage – $50,000. If the bank doesn’t think they can get the money from the person then the bank will often “walk away” and cancel the debt. Now comes the taxable income – if someone loans you money and then you don’t have to pay it back, it is considered income to you. This is fully taxable – talk about salt-in-thewound. You will know that you have been struck by this when you receive a special form from your lender called a 1099-C. But don’t let this second disaster get you down. The legislation passed

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by congress in 2007 and 2008 eased the pain for most people who lost their home to foreclosure. The new law covers seven years – 2007 to 2013 – before the old law kicks back in. The new law does have some restrictions: What's covered and what's not This relief applies only to principal residences, that is, the home you live in. For example, if a lender forgives debt after a foreclosure, short sale, or loan restructuring for a vacation home or investment property, the old rule still applies: The amount of debt cancelled is considered taxable income to you (unless you qualify for one of the exceptions discussed later). No more than $2 million of forgiven principal residence debt can be excluded from income. To be eligible for the break, the loan must be secured by your principal residence and the money must have been used to buy, build or substantially improve the home. If part of the forgiven debt was a home equity loan used for other purposes that part would be considered taxable income. The “tax basis” or “cost basis” of the home is reduced by the amount of cancelled debt excluded from income. The basis is the amount you compare to the selling price of the home to determine if you have a profit or loss. For tax purposes, a foreclosure is treated the same as a sale. For example, if a loan restructuring results in cancellation of $25,000 of debt, your basis would be reduced by $25,000. This could increase your profit up to $25,000 when you later sell the home. Form 1099-C You should receive a Form 1099-C for the year in which debt of $600 or more is cancelled. You usually will receive this form in January or February of the year after the debt is cancelled – about the same time you receive the rest of your tax forms such as W-2s and 1099s. So, for debt cancelled in 2012, you should receive a 1099-C sometime in early

2013. The 1099-C will show the amount of debt forgiven and the fair market value of property that you gave up to the lender through the foreclosure. The IRS urges you to check the form carefully and notify the lender im(Continued on page 10)


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Author’s note: August 21, 1983. Exiled Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, the charismatic opposition leader, arrives at the Manila International Airport to a returning hero’s welcome. Escorted by government soldiers, Ninoy is summarily shot to death as he steps on the tarmac… Kumander Gusi watches the TV coverage of the assassination while recovering from wounds Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger was in the City of Coronado CA on Sunday, January 27, to meet with local fans who quickly snapped up his recently sustained during an encounter with commandos of the Philippine Constabureleased book “Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders” as well as the inspirational autobiography “Highest Duty: My lary. Years earlier, Gusi was the newly-ordained and affable Father George Madrid whose social justice work among oppressed farm workers (sacadas) Search for What Really Matters.” Captain Sullenberger is hailed for the heroic and miraculous landing of a crippled US Airways flight in January 2009 on the Hudson River in New York. Shown in the photos with Captain Sulley (L-R) are Rich Garcia-Rodriguez, Genevieve Silverio, and another Filipina American. in the parish of Santa Lucia eventually led to his defection to the Communist Party of the Philippines. In short order, the rebel priest had risen to the of $100,000, you are considered to Insolvency means your debts if rank of commander of the dreaded New People’s Army. In this chapter, Gusi insolvent by $20,000. If you had exceed the value of all your assets. You received the cancelled debt decides to make an unplanned trip to visit his ailing mother. $30,000 in debt cancelled at this You can exclude cancelled debt due to bankruptcy filing, or time of insolvency, you would have from income up to the amount that To the extent you are insolvent and knew little of rural life.But, in (Continued from page 9) immediately before the cancellation you are insolvent. For example, if short order, he saw the widespread (Continued on page 11) mediately if any of the information (Continued from page 1) you had assets of $80,000 and debt suffering around him. Many of his shown on their form is incorrect. Pay of the debt. impoverished parishioners were there, and be back here by close attention to the amount of debt exploited sacadas (farm workers). Tuesday.” forgiven (Box 2) and the value listed have been civilians. in the areas worst hit by violence in They earned a few pesos a day, for your home (Box 7). The council has strongly conthat country. hardly enough to buy rice and fish Gusi ran a hand through demned the “continued widespread Ninety percent of Filipinos workfor their families. If their children How short sales work his thick hair, grasped it tight- got sick, they borrowed from the ing in Syria are undocumented. The and systematic gross violations (Continued from page 1) ly and closed his eyes. The of human rights and fundamental 3,000 who have refused to leave landowner which kept them so much Sometimes, rather than trying to sources from several foreign freedoms” by Syrian authorities and greatest mother in the world -- in debt. Their spouses went to pawn take back a home, a lender will alsay they are treated well by their embassies in Manila. the government-controlled militia employers. shops and hardly ever got back their low a borrower to sell the house for always caring, always underThe sources said Assad’s trusted Del Rosario went to Syria on Sept. known as the Shabiha. meager treasures and heirlooms. standing. When his brothers less than the mortgage amount. This political and media adviser BouthaiIt also condemned the “increasing 4 last year and personally negotiated and sisters were horrified by is called a “short sale”. na Shaaban arrived in Manila last number of massacres” taking place with Shaaban and Foreign Minister Following that heinous massacre, Let’s look at example - Say you his defection, his mother kept Sunday and was escorted to Malaca- Walid Moallem for the waiver of in Syria, and requested the commishow else could he have acted other- lost your job and can't keep up the ñang the other day by a ranking ofsion to conduct an investigation. penalties and fees for the departing wise but join the movement? Now payments on your home. You still ficial of the Philippines’ Department Filipino workers. The council stressed the need to here he was, at the top of the heap, owe $300,000 on your mortgage, of Foreign Affairs (DFA). hold those responsible to account. Syria had agreed to the Philiparousing, educating, organizing, but the house value has dropped to Several other DFA officials were In the report presented, the Compines’ request for the waiver of mobilizing the populace. Ideological $275,000. If the bank agrees to a present at the meeting with President exit visa requirements for Filipinos mission said it had found reasonable meetings, political meetings, orgashort sale, you'd sell the house, pay Aquino, the sources said. grounds to believe that government sheltered at the Philippine embassy nizational meetings. Strategizing to the commission and other selling Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert forces and members of the Shabiha in Damascus. Assad approved an expand and consolidate. costs – let's assume $15,000 – and del Rosario confirmed the meetimmediate waiver without precondi- had committed war crimes, gross turn the remaining $260,000 over to ing and that a political solution to violations against human rights and tions. How many times had he particithe bank. If the bank then forgives the two-year-old Syrian conflict crimes against humanity. Last year, the Philippines abpated in political discussions, which the $40,000 gap between this Violations conducted by governstained from voting on a United went on and on into the night. Ques- $260,000 payment and the $300,000 was discussed. Del Rosario did not elaborate. ment forces include murder, sumNations Human Rights Council tions about political and military mortgage balance, the forgiven "Dr. Shaaban, who has been most mary executions, torture, arbitrary strategy. Ensuring a healthy and $40,000 would show up as cancelled instrumental in expediting the repa- resolution extending the mandate of arrest and detention, sexual violence, vigorous party machinery. Discusdebt on Form 1099-C. This $40,000 triation of our folks from Syria, had an independent panel probing abuses violations of children’s rights, pilin Syria. sions about armed struggle, tactics, is usually considered taxable inasked to personally deliver a letter The resolution was adopted by the laging and destruction of civilian ad nauseam. And what did he have come. from President Bashar Assad to our objects – including hospitals and 47-member council by a vote of 41 to show for it? But, thanks to those 2007 and 2008 President,” Del Rosario said in a schools. to 3, with three abstentions. China, tax law changes, when a short sale in text message to The STAR. “During Anti-government armed groups Cuba and Russia voted against; India Did anyone in the boat right now 2007 through 2012 involves a printheir short meeting, she discussed a and Uganda joined the Philippines in have also committed war crimes, really care? cipal residence, the cancelled debt proposal for a political solution in including murder and torture, the abstaining. is not considered taxable income Syria." panel found. In addition, children The Independent International He finished his cigarette and threw within the limits explained earlier. quiet and silent. Like Mary, He said President Aquino “exunder 18 years of age are fighting Commission of Inquiry on Syria, she kept all these in her heart. the flickering butt into the churning pressed his gratitude for (Shaaban’s) established in September 2011 by and performing auxiliary roles for sea. Life was like that. A momentary Another way around the tax bite assistance to date, with a request anti-government armed groups. the Geneva-based council, reported joy. A flicker. Then gone into infini“You should go now, Commander. for her continuing help for the over The panel said a confidential that the scale and frequency of tesimal darkness. Before word leaks out. They’ll know If you’re not covered by the 3,000 Filipinos remaining for posgross human rights violations in the list of individuals and units that Gusi walked over to his cot. you might attempt to visit. And they special tax break for principal resisible repatriation.” are believed to be responsible for country had significantly increased, Everyone was asleep. It was 3:44 will have that place crawling with dences described above, there are As armed conflict in Syria escaviolations would be provided to the with indiscriminate attacks against AM. He slid under the blanket and soldiers.” two very important exceptions to the lated, Assad’s regime had waived UN High Commissioner for Human civilians occurring daily in many covered himself from head to toe. The doctor was right. He could “cancelled debt = taxable income” penalties for cancellation of job con- areas of the country. Rights, Navi Pillay. make a quick trip before news of his rule. tracts and allowed the repatriation Most of those killed since the up### mother’s illness spread out. The cancelled debt is not income, of thousands of Filipinos working rising against Assad’s regime began even if you receive a Form 1099-C, “Okay, I shall leave tonight.”

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“Good,” the doctor got up and started to leave. “Thank you, Dr. Delima.” “Fred,” he corrected him. “Just bring me back some dried mangoes, will you.” He smiled and left. It was off season. The boat was barely half full. The inter island vessel had no cabins, except those reserved for the captain and crew. Passenger slept on cots spread out in the open deck. Gusi chose a spot in the farthest corner, portside, where he had a wider view of the entire deck. But, for most of the night, he went out to the bow to watch the boat cut through the water and glide by the lighted shores. There was a slight breeze and it was not too cold. He pulled out a cigarette, an improvement from his “likit” days in the guerilla base, actually a gift from his brother-in-law, and smoked it slowly. Where was he going? In grade school, he had aspirations of becoming a doctor (his father was a dentist and his grandfather was one of the first physicians in the island). Then he became an altar boy, serving Mass (in Latin) for the Redemptorist Irish priests. Perhaps, he could be a priest, Father Walsh had told him. Why not try it out. He could enter the seminary as soon as he graduated from sixth grade. And so he did. Except for perhaps one or two episodes, he never doubted his vocation. When he arrived at Santa Lucia, he looked forward to serving the rural parish. He was born and bred a city boy,

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Spiritual Life
For Christians, prayer is the connection that we have with God. It is one of our core values of Christianity. The only way to communicate 4th Sun. in Ord. Time with the Father is through prayer. What is prayer? It is basically a conversation between us and God. Through prayer we ask the Lord for desires. The children are considered help with our needs and desires He'll Joke of the week: The father of utterly disobedient, if they don’t five children had won a toy at a answer it if it's according to His will. totally heed their parents’ advice and How do we know if we are praying raffle. categorization.) Jesus informed his He called his kids together to ask according to His will? Philippians parents that they should know he which one should have the present. 4:8 makes it clear to us and it says, must fulfill his Father’s mission. To “Who is the most obedient?” he finally brethren, whatever thing are the different religious and political asked. true, whatever things are noble, “Who never talks back to mother? leaders, his message is not to take whatever things are just, whatever up arms against the Roman invaders things are pure, whatever thing are Who does everything she says?” Five small voices answered in uni- or to ask God to rain down fire and lovely, whatever things are of good brimstone on their enemies, but to son. “Okay, dad, you get the toy.” report, if there is any virtue and love their enemies and pray for their if there is anything praise worthy, persecutors. Christ’s response was Scriptures: First Reading: Jermeditate on these things so once we emiah 1: 4-5; 17-19. The wonderful not only unexpected, but scandalous have considered our prayer request to say the least. His answer is nothdays of Josiah serve as a backdrop and it does line up with Philippians ing but totally impractical and diffi- 4:8 then we will know that God will for the call of Jeremiah and are in cult. Can love of one’s enemies drive grant our petition. sharp contrast to what awaits the away the Romans? Can prayers prophet. Though protected by God First John 5:14-15 also back up like a “fortified city, a pillar of iron, for the persecutors end their evil our confidence that God will answer a wall of brass,” yet Jeremiah would actions? They wanted war, armed our prayer, it says now this is the conflict, not peace. Christ’s answer meet so much opposition from the confidence that we have in Him, that is difficult because it means that kings and princes, priests, and peoif we ask anything according to His those leaders have to rely on God ple of Judah. No matter how strong will, He hears us and if we know not on their own strength and might. that He hears us, whatever we ask, this opposition is, it is no match to Because those leaders thought that God’s power. Second Reading: I we know that we have the petition Corinthians 12:31: 13:13. St. Paul’s Christ is not a big help for them that we have asked of Him. “hymn to love” is as a reminder that after all, besides he is just the son of What will prayer do for us? It will Joseph the carpenter, who is he to the most important spiritual gift bring us into the presence of God, that matters is love. God is love. He tell them what to do. He is a big dis- it'll get His attention, it'll bond a reloves us from eternity. He has shown appointment to those who know him lationship between us and the Lord, from birth; he is expected to carry on it'll reveal to us the truth, it'll make this by creating us and sending us the trade of his foster-father. But no, clear all our concerns so that we are his Love, the only-begotten Son. Is he says he is a prophet who preaches not perplexed, it'll give us strength it impossible to love? The answer repentance and a healer who casts is “No.” Is it hard to love” Yes, and courage, it'll remove fear, it'll out demons. The people were furious give us boldness, it'll establish us in but we can love as best as we can, at him for not conforming to their as perfectly as we can in imitation the Lord, we will know who we are categorization so they drove him of the love of God for us through in Christ Jesus and what belongs to out of the town to kill him. Christ’s Christ Jesus. Since God is love, us and it'll give us instructions. answer was unacceptable and illogihe who lives in God lives in love. Prayer is a very important part of a cal then, it is still considered that Gospel: Luke 4: 21-30. Just as the Christians life and it should be done way today! prophets, like Jeremiah, met great daily not just in asking the Lord The modern man wants also to opposition, Christ is also feeling for something but in reverence to categorize Christ according to his this apathy from his own folks. In Him for who He is. We praise him likings. The political left would want in prayer making mention of His Christ’s culture, it was customary Christ to be their political revoluto identify oneself with the profesmarvelous works; we honor Him and tionary. The far right would want sion or trade of his family. Since thank Him in prayer. The Disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray and this is what He said, in Matthew 6:9-13 in this manner, therefore, pray: our Father in Heaven, hollowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever Amen. Now when Jesus said those words He covered the whole of man. He did not leave anything out and if we would just pray that prayer in His name we would have covered everything as well but we still can name the things we want because He said ask. When we pray it is important to be Jesus is the foster-son of Joseph, the him to preserve the status quo. The exact and stable not double minded. carpenter, it was presumed he would neutrals want Christ out of moralJames 1:8 says a double minded man walk on the footsteps of Joseph. But ity, politics, and economics. But is unstable in all His ways and we to the surprise of his own townsfolk, Christ during his days in Palestine don't want to be like that because we he is a complete opposite: he is more is beyond categorization. Christ will not receive anything from God. than a carpenter’s foster-son; he is a remains the same then, now, and He wants us to ask for exactly what always. He is a man for all seasons. prophet, with the likes of Jeremiah, we want and not change it. If we are The modern man rather than heeds Elijah, and Elisha and he would not sure about what we want then we usher in the true kingdom of God to Christ’s advice of love and forgiveshould ask Him to tell us what we ness and trusts in God would take the downtrodden, the poor, the capwant or need instead of going back matters in his own hands and solve tives and the non-Judeans. and forth in our prayers, He'll make his problems in his own way and by it clear to us what we want. his own power. Before it’s too late, Reflection: Two principal themes Prayer is a privilege that the Lord give up your flimsy power, let Christ has given us. It is very important and were popular during the time of take over. Christ: messianic and apocalypit should not be taken lightly. tic. Messianic hope is built on the Quotation of the week: “The healmundane and political notion that About the Author ing acts of Jesus were themselves a royal descendant of David would the message that he had come to set come up to drive out the Romans I am a License Practical Nurse. I men free.” Francis MacNutt. from Israel, establish its soverhave been in this field for over 25 eignty as a kingdom, and regain its years. I enjoy helping and encourpeople religious and ethnic identity. aging others. My main hobbies are Apocalyptic expectation rests on reading and writing. I am a Wife, the assumption that a mighty Son of Mother and Grandmother. I am also (Continued from page 10) Man would someday appear from President of the Parent Teachers the heavens and accompanied by Organization. President of the Parent to include only $10,000 ($30,000 catastrophic upheavals would usher Supporter Task Force and a member minus $20,000) in your income. in a new heaven and new earth. of the Parent Leadership Institute. Cancelled debt can be a challengChrist disappointed the followers of ing tax situation especially during My website is: http://www.lizziboth camps. He made it clear to the hard financial times. TurboTax will messianic believers that the kingdom guide you through the cancelled debt I sell a variety of Christian Prodhe would establish is not only apomaze, including the new legislation, ucts such as E-books, Poems, and litical, but also not of this world. To and help minimize the pain from in Teachings. Free weekly Devotions. the apocalyptic, he said that nobody these tough situations. Inspirational products like Crosses, knows, except the Father, when this Bible covers, Plaques, Figurines and Link: world is to end. tax-tools/tax-tips/Home-Ownership/ more. 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Why Prayer is A Prayer For important Peace Of Mind by Lizzie Ducking And Heart
Eternal, Holy God, I come to you burdened with worries, fears, doubts, and troubles. Calm and quiet me with peace of mind. Empty me of the anxiety that disturbs me,of the concerns that weary my spirit,and weigh heavy on my heart. Loosen my grip on the disappointments and grievances I hold on to so tightly. Release me from the pain of past hurts, of present anger and tension, of future fears. Sometimes it's too much for me Lord, too many demands and problems, too much sadness, suffering, and stress. Renew me spiritually and emotionally .Give me new strength, hope, and confidence. Prepare me to meet the constant struggles of daily life with a deeper faith and trust in You. Let your love set me free, for peace, for joy, for grace, for life, for others, forever. Amen. -- Katolikong Pinoy

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Sana'y madama ko rin
Marami pang oras na kailangan kong pag-isipan at mapagwari ng maayos ang mga bagay-bagay isa-isahin ko ang mga pangyayaring nagdaan nang kung sa sakali ay wala akong makalimutan. Marami nang pagtitiis naganap sa aking buhay kakayanin ko pa kaya ang ito ay madagdagan 'di dapat tumigil dahil malayo na ang nilakbay para aking mabago itong malungkot kong buhay. Ano nga bang talaga 'tong tinatawag na pag-ibig sana'y maipadama mo sa 'kin, nais kong mabatid sana'y mamalas ko rin ang ligayang nakakasabik sana ay maramdaman ko rin nang ako'y matahimik Marahil ay dapat lang na ako muna'y magpahinga pagtuunan ibang bagay na mayroon ding halaga ang malaking tanong ay saan nga ba ako pupunta bahala na siguro sa akin yaring mga paa. Ano bang talaga ang sinasabi mong pagmamahal na sa aki'y nagpapahirap nang ganuon na lamang sana'y ipadama mo sa akin ng tunay na tunay ng itong buhay ko ay magkaroon ng kaganapan. ©2013 Virginia H. Ferrer. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Retired Filipino Language Teacher at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

Healing Our Memories
Forgiving does not mean forgetting. When we forgive a person, the memory of the wound might stay with us for a long time, even throughout our lives. Sometimes we carry the memory in our bodies as a visible sign. But forgiveness changes the way we remember. It converts the curse into a blessing. When we forgive our parents for their divorce, our children for their lack of attention, our friends for their unfaithfulness in crisis, our doctors for their ill advice, we no longer have to experience ourselves as the victims of events we had no control over. Forgiveness allows us to claim our own power and not let these events destroy us; it enables them to become events that deepen the wisdom of our hearts. Forgiveness indeed heals memories.

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Publications like Conde Nast Traveller, the New York Times, and Travel + Leisure Magazine have cited the Philippines as a prime beach holiday destination,” Aquino said. He said figures indicated that 4.3 million tourists visited the Philippines in 2012 – and they ended up returning after discovering even more reasons why it’s more fun in the country. “Tourist arrivals which are a little short of our 4.6 million tourist target, which unfortunately was the result of some political tension in the region. In spite of this, though, China’s Oriental Morning Post named my country the ‘Best Tourist Destination’ in its annual World Travel Special Trips awards, and the Shanghai Morning Post identified the Philippines as the ‘Most Romantic Destination’ in the world – an award surely inspired by the magnificent sunsets over our numerous white sand beaches, or the pristine, secluded coves dotting our many islands,” Aquino told the delegates. He said hotels have been sprouting up around the Philippines in the past two years, indicating the country’s tourism boom. “In fact, I hear that an additional 1,599 rooms have been built in Boracay, one of our most popular beach destinations. So, whether you want to come to the Philippines for business or for leisure, we will gladly welcome you,” Aquino said. Aquino said tourism and agriculture are specifically in his administration’s sights since they hold the country’s key strengths – an abundance of natural resources, for one – “and because they tend to spur growth all over the archipelago, not merely in the urbanized areas.” Get the best results for your CLASSIFIED AD with our 3-in-1 PRICE offer via online+digital+print editions. Call Asian Journal 619.474.0588

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FUSO’s Second Annual Ugnayan San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair Celebrates Conference on Feb. 9, 2013 is Its 31th Year with a Year of the Snake Celebration Two-day event February 16-17, 2013 in the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District at Third Avenue and J Open to the Entire San Diego Street features 25+ perforCommunity!
mances, children’s crafts and lantern parade, and a wide variety of Chinese and Asian
food and cultural displays SAN DIEGO, 2/1/2013 — The San Diego Chinese Center announces that it will host its 31th annual Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair February 16-17, 2013 in the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District of San Diego (3rd Avenue and J Street). This two day event, sponsored by over 25 organizations, is an annual cultural outreach program as well as a fund-raising event to benefit the year-round cultural USD’s FUSO would like to invite Leadership programs and charitable services you to our second annual Ugnayan Romance provided to the community by the Conference! We will be hosting it on Traditions San Diego Chinese Center (SDCC). Saturday February 9, 2013 at Mother Religion “We are excited to enter our fourth Rosalie Hall at the University of San Higher Education decade of celebrating the Chinese Diego (5998 Alcala Park). Parking Values Lunar New Year in downtown San and Food will be provided! Cultural Identity Diego,” said Kwong Hui, SDCC The conference this year revolves Film and Media president. “Last year, over 25,000 around the several diverse roles that Careers joined our festivities. In 2013, family has played in each one of To register for the conference, our lives (Especially in the Filipino- please follow the “Ugnayan Confer- we again welcome the San Diego American Community). We want to ence” tab on the top of this page, and community to share our celebration explore our familial roots in order click on registration. It will be $7 for of the Year of the Snake - a time to understand the people that we Preregistration (No later than Febru- for family, friendship, and giving are today. In order to do so we ask ary 6 on this website) and $10 at the thanks.” The Fair will be open on both days ourselves, “What has family done door on the event date. from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or for me? What role do I have in my This event is open to the entire shine. Admission is free, and all family?” There will be several work- community! So please invite your ages are invited. shops that deal with these questions. friends and family! The celebration will include lion Workshops: and dragon dances, continuous live Political Activism

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Franciscan University Helps Build Civilization of Love at 40th March for Life
The 40th annual March for Life in Washington D.C.
of Franciscan students, to emulate St. Paul’s fearless zeal for the Lord, and to remember that even Moses never entered the Promised Land after leading the Israelites for 40 years. “We must never, never, never give up,” Bishop Farrell said. “We will win.” The ideal of never giving up resonates deeply with Courtney McHale, a Franciscan University junior studying theology and child development. A member of for their sake. The face of abortion has also become very personal for Rick Santorum, former senator, 2012 presidential candidate, and recipient of the 2010 Franciscan University Poverello Medal. A hush came over the Franciscan University students at the March for Life Rally on the National Mall as Santorum described how he and his wife were encouraged to abort their daughter, Bella, who has Trisomy 18, a chromosomal disorder. While Santorum and his wife were told that death would be better than the burden of a disability for their daughter, they believed otherwise. Santorum explained that he and his family are better because of having Bella in their lives. “One day we will be here in triumph,” Santorum said, “because love and truth will always triumph.” The triumph of human life is a goal that Claire Salitsky, a 2012 Franciscan University graduate, seeks avidly. Currently a student at Ave Maria School of Law, Salitsky is pursuing a career in family law and the defense of human life. “I wanted to do something that makes a difference,” Salitsky said. “I feel the unborn are unprotected in today’s world.” Michael Villanueva, a Franciscan University theology and philosophy major and member of the Priestly Discernment Program, keenly feels the destruction to the human family caused by abortion. “Life is the ultimate gift,” Villanueva said. “It’s important for us to be here because the most important things in our lives are the people in our lives.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—As white snowflakes glittered to the ground January 25 during the 40th annual March for Life in Washington D.C., nearly 1,000 Franciscan University students, faculty, and alumni found a new reason to hope for the end of abortion with every step they took. At the front of the University’s emerald banner, Franciscan University President Father Terence Henry, TOR, said that

A couple of Franciscan students giving a testimony to the importance of the March for Life on the National Mall during the Rally for Life. Photo by Patrick McNamara — in Washington, DC. it is the duty of the Church to be where the culture of death is pressing in: “It is possible that some people could be discouraged in light of recent events in our country,” Father Henry said. “Pro-lifers are never discouraged.” Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas, Texas, echoed a similar message in his homily during the closing Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. On the feast of the conversion of St. Paul, Bishop Farrell urged pro-lifers, including eight bus loads Students for Life, McHale spends many Saturday mornings praying outside an abortion clinic in Pittsburgh. She recently became a sidewalk counselor at the clinic, and speaks to mothers before and after abortions. “When you talk to them…it just breaks your heart,” McHale said. Her experiences in sidewalk counseling made abortion more personal for McHale. As she marched for life, she said she was thinking of the people she had met through sidewalk counseling, and she offered up sacrifices and the cold weather

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“Si Maricel Soriano Ang Diosa Ng Mga Bakla”- Vice Ganda-

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Happy Australia Day! San Diego Zoo Launches Koala Cam
Contest Offers Chance to Attend Opening of 'Australian Outback'
While it might be Jan. 25 in San Diego, it's Australia Day, Jan. 26, "down under." To celebrate, the San Diego Zoo today announced the launch of Koala Cam, giving online viewers a chance to observe the daily happenings of these marsupials in their exhibit. Koala Cam will broadcast the activities of four Queensland koalas: Orana, daughters Sooky and Nariah, and a joey in Nariah's pouch, which was born on July 15, 2012. Koala joeys emerge from their mother's pouch between six and seven months old. Koala Cam viewers should log in often as they will have the unique opportunity to watch for the joey peeking out from Nariah's pouch, grow and be cared for by its mother, just as people worldwide continue to watch the Zoo's panda mother care for her cub on the Zoo's Panda Cam. There is a link to the Koala Cam at the Zoo's new site, which introduces the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit, opening at the Zoo on May 24, 2013. The Australian Outback exhibit will focus on the Zoo's colony of Queensland koalas and six other marsupial species from Australia including Tasmanian devils, wallabies, wombats, and ring-tailed possums. The new exhibit will also feature many native Australian birds, like the kookaburra and bowerbird, and short-beaked echidnas, which are one of just three species of egglaying mammals in existence. For more about Australian Outback, visit koalafornia/exhibit The koalas featured on Koala

MANILA, Philippines -- ABS-CBN's noontime variety program "It's Showtime" posted a wide lead over its new masampal ni Maria( tawag kay Mari- at Tomboy’,lalabas yatang parang rival show cel Soriano) sa movie lang at hindi sa nanay at tatay niya sina Maricel aired on TV5 totoong buhay,biro pa niya.Kumpleto at Gabby.Balik comedy naman si last Monday. na raw ang pagiging artista niya kung Maricel dito,na miss ng matagal ng 'It's Showtime' hosts (from left) Vhong Navarro, Anne CurAccording masasampal siya ni Maricel. kanyang mga fans. to the latest tis, Billy Crawford, Kuya Kim,Karylle, Vice Ganda, Jugs & Isang riot na comedy ang pagSa Feb. 12 pa sila magsisimulang data of the Teddy, Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang and Coleen Garcia sasamahan nila ni Maria, kasama mag-shooting ni Maria, at tiniyak pa multinational rin si Gabby Concepcion.Ang ni Vice Ganda na maraming bakla sa contest "Kalokalike" and the manmarket research group Kantar Metentative title ay ‘Boy,Girl,Bakla Pilipinas ang aabangan ang nasabing versus-machine showdown "Makina movie dahil si Maricel raw ang diosa dia, the first episode of the noontime Matibay." ng mga bakla sa Pilipinas.Bago mag- show "Wowillie" only garnered Meanwhile, another ABS-CBN simula raw ang shooting promise raw 6.5% in national TV ratings on Januprogram dominated nationwide ratni Vice Ganda na dadalawin niya ang ary 28. "It's Showtime," on the other ings last Monday, when it aired its kanyang idol sa bahay, soon. hand, registered a nationwide rating pilot episode during the Primetime Tungkol naman sa issue na pagkaof 12.3% on the same day. Bida block tanggal ng kanyang idol sa teleserye The Kapamilya noontime show The "kilig-serye" starring Angeni Gerald Anderson, wala raw siyang recently launched its new segments paghuhugas dito o kakampihan.” line Quinto, Sam Milby and Paulo -- including the celebrity edition (Continued on page 16) of the talent competition "Bida (Continued on page 17) Kapamilya," the celebrity look-alike

of Cam are in a temporary habitat near Ele-

phant Odyssey until the new Australian Outback exhibit is opened. The San Diego Zoo has the largest colony of Queensland koalas and the most successful breeding program for koalas outside of Australia. Researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research are studying koala populations both at the Zoo and in the wild to better understand the species' complex ecology and mating behaviors. Koalas are native to southeastern and eastern Australia, live in forests eucalyptus trees and eat (Continued on page 17)

Pinoy film wins at Sundance
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) A Filipino-British co-production took home the Audience Award for Best Film in the world cinema category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, which has been dubbed the premier showcase for independent films. “Metro Manila,” which stars Filipino actors Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla and Althea Vega, had its world premiere at the Robert Redford-founded film fest, which will run from January 17-27, 2013 in Park City, Utah. The movie, which is credited to both the Philippines and the United Kingdom, was among the 12 films vying in the annual festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition, which also included films from South Korea, Indonesia and Afghanistan. Shot in the Philippines, “Metro Manila” is directed by Sean Ellis, who also cowrote the script with Frank E. Flowers. According to the Sundance website, the movie is about Oscar and his family, who, searching for a better life, move from “the poverty-stricken rice fields to the big city of Manila, where they fall victim to various inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival.” The movie also stars theater actors Miles Kanapi, Ana Abad Santos and JM Rodriguez, according to its entry on the movie website Trade publication The Hollywood Reporter praised the film's actors, saying "much of the film’s effectiveness is attributable to the lead actors’ well-modulated performances." "More of a slow-burner than an outright actioner, Metro Manila reveals how the pitfalls of surviving urban life can drive even a principled family to the ends of desperation. Although it doesn’t have the action muscle of other recently distributed titles from the region, like Indonesia’s The Raid or Thailand's Chocolate, internationally oriented fests will do well to consider programming the film, and it could also (Continued on page 14)

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The International CES 2013 featured the Best of Innovations Awards. Last week I wrote about the Honorees according to certain categories. In this issue, I thought that I should inform my readers about certain products that interested me. They fall under the category of “Technology for a Better World” and chosen as best by CES. 1. SpareOne (XPAL Power Inc.) The SpareOne is the world’s only mobile phone powered by a single AA Battery, delivering up to 15 years of battery life when stored unused or 10 hours of talk time when in use. SpareOne is designed to be a lifeline in emergency situations. 2. Urban Weather Station (Netatmo) The Urban Weather Station is a connected device (Wi-Fi) designed for iPhone, iPad or Android phones. Its sensors allow user to monitor indoor and outdoor environmental elements like temperature, humidity, air pressure, CO2, Air Quality and more. 3. Connected Lighting Solution (GreenWave Reality) GreenWave Reality’s Connected Lighting Solution offers advanced control over residential lighting with fullydimmable, wireless LED and CFL bulbs through an IP-enabled home lighting network, controllable from PCs, smartphones or a handheld remote. 4. Philips In.Sight Wireless baby monitor B120 for iPhone/iPad (Philips Consumer Lifestyle) The Philips In.Sight wireless HD baby monitor lets you watch and listen to your baby from your iPhone/iPad in clear HD quality and with night vision when it is dark. 5. LINX AUDIO® Premium Digital In-Canal Hearing Aid (Able Planet Incorporated)

The first In-Canal hearing aid to combine patented LINX AUDIO® with LINX DSP Environment Management hearing technologies for custom solutions to enhance comprehension in difficult listening environments and to address specific tonal sensitivities. 6. Logitech® Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 (Logitech) The Logitech® Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for Mac is designed to minimize its environmental footprint. Its integrated solar cells recharge using indoor or outdoor light. It also has PVC-free packaging and fully recyclable box. Marvell® SMILE Plug (Marvell) The Marvell® SMILE Plug creates a secure microcloud for up to 60 students in a classroom, reversing the traditional classroom model and teaching students to think like scientists, act like researchers and become active participants in their education. 8. Energy Joule (Ambient Devices) The Energy Joule enables consumers and utilities to make smarter energy consumption choices by transforming wireless data from the home’s smart meter into immediate, glanceable information about energy

pricing and consumption. 9. Ultimate Aluminum Swivel Bluetooth Keyboard Workstation with 360° rotation (DGL Group) Convert your iPad® into a laptopstyle workstation anywhere you go. Type papers, work, send emails with the built-in stand and take it with you everywhere during your busy day. The swivel stand makes it easy to give presentations and share with others. 10. Scanadu (SCOUT) Scanadu is empowering consumers with medical tools that educate in real time. SCOUT harnesses the

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movies made outside of Hollywood's major studios. "Sundance is a community of people of filmmakers and film lovers who all believe together that there's more to movies than glitz and glamour and money and the box office. In Hollywood, you can feel like a freak if you talk about movies as art, and here, you don't have that," Gordon-Levitt said. The Sundance Film Festival, now in its 35th year, is backed by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute. The 10-day gathering of the independent film industry is held in snowy Park City, Utah. In previous years, films that win the top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival often go on to achieve Hollywood awards success as well. Last year, mythological drama "Beasts of the Southern Wild" won the top prize at Sundance and is now nominated for four Oscars in major categories. The award winners are voted for by special juries of industry professionals and by the audience for the audience favorite awards. List of winners Following is a list of winners at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the top gathering for independent movies made outside of Hollywood's major studios. The competition categories are grouped for drama films and documentaries in sections for U.S. films and world cinema. U.S. DRAMA FILMS Best Film, Jury Prize - "Fruitvale" Best Film, Audience Award - "Fruitvale" Directing - Jill Soloway, "Afternoon Delight" Screenwriting - Lake Bell, "In A World" Cinematography - Bradford Young, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Mother of George" Special Jury Prize, ensemble acting - Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, "The Spectacular Now" Special Jury Prize, sound design - Shane Carruth, Johnny Marshall, "Upstream Color" U.S. DOCUMENTARY FILMS Best Documentary, Jury Prize - "Blood Brother" Best Documentary, Audience Award "Blood Brother" Directing - Zachary Heinzerling, "Cutie and the Boxer" Editing - Matthew Hamachek, "Gideon's Army" Cinematography - Richard Rowley, "Dirty Wars" Special Jury Prize - "Inequality for All" (tied), "American Promise" (tied) WORLD CINEMA, DRAMA Best Film, Jury Prize - "Jiseul" Best Film, Audience Award - "Metro Manila" Directing - "Crystal Fairy," Sebastian Silva Screenwriting - "Wajma," Barmak Akram Cinematography - "Lasting (Nieulotne)," Michal Englert (Continued on page 17)

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(Continued from page 13) prosper in home entertainment formats," The Hollywood Reporter's Justin Lowe said in his review. In his Facebook page, Arcilla posted photos of the cast, including Macapagal, Abad Santos and Rodriguez at the victory party. "We won the audience award, for our film 'Metro Manila' in the Sundance world dramatic competition!' Arcilla wrote in his post on Sunday afternoon, Manila time. Arcilla also reported that the movie was nominated in seven categories and was "well-received." World cinema winners In the other world cinema categories, South Korean drama "Jiseul" picked up the grand jury drama prize. The film, directed by Muel O, follows the residents of a small town who were forced to hide in a cave for 60 days after the military attacked their village. Cambodian documentary "A River Changes Course," about three young Cambodians struggling with adversity in a country ravaged by war and debt, picked up the world cinema grand jury award. "Events like these really bring our communities together to share in the beauty of the world and the beauty of our future," director Kalyanee Mam said. "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," which follows the story of three members of a Russian feminist punk band jailed for performing a "punk prayer" in a Russian Orthodox church, picked up special jury prize in the world documentary category. Co-director Mike Lerner said the three members of the band had "started a feminist revolution that we hope will continue around the world." 'Fruitvale,' 'Blood Brothers' Drama film "Fruitvale" and documentary "Blood Brothers" won the top awards, giving them a big boost to reach independent movie audiences this year. "Fruitvale," starring Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan and directed by 26-yearold, first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler," picked up the U.S. drama jury and audience awards for its "moral and social urgency." The film is based on the true story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who was killed by police in Oakland, California, on New Year's Eve in 2008 and whose death sparked riots against police brutality. Movie studio The Weinstein Company purchased distribution rights for the film. "This film had a profound impact on the audience that saw it ... this award goes out to my home in the Bay Area where Oscar Grant breathed, slept, loved, had fun and survived for 22 years," Coogler said in his acceptance speech. Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim awarded the U.S. documentary jury prize to "Blood Brothers," saying it shook the voting panel to their core. The documentary follows an American man who moves to Africa and works with children suffering from HIV at an orphanage, and through his work, the children gain a voice. "It is so encouraging for the kids ... their lives are so encouraging, and they die and no one remembers their name ... To take their story so that everyone sees it, it's so awesome," director Steve Hoover said." Young actress Shailene Woodley, praised for her performance in "The Descendants" last year, and her co-star Miles Teller won the Special Jury acting prize in "The Spectacular Now." Actress Lake Bell, who made her directorial debut in the U.S. drama category with quirky comedy "In A World," picked up the drama screenwriting award. Hosted by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who premiered his raunchy directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction" this year, the Sundance Film Festival Awards pick winners at the top gathering for independent

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Diet, Parental Behavior and Preschool Can Boost Children's IQ
Omega-3, were found to boost children's IQ by more than 3.5 points. These essential fatty acids may help raise intelligence by providing the building blocks for nerve cell development that the body cannot produce on its own. There is insufficient research, however, to determine whether other types of supplements -- including iron, B-complex vitamins, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, and zinc -- have beneficial effects on intelligence. Enrolling an economically disadvantaged child into an early education intervention was found to raise his or her IQ by more than four points; interventions that specifically included a center-based education component raised a child's IQ by more than seven points. The researchers hypothesize that early education interventions may help to raise children's IQ by increasing their exposure to complex environments that are cognitively stimulating and demanding. It's not clear, however, whether these results apply more broadly to kids from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Surprisingly, Protzko, Aronson, Girl at preschool. Supplementing children’s diets with fish oil, enrolling and Blair found no evidence to supthem in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn port the idea that early education out to be effective ways to raise a young child’s intelligence, according to a interventions that take place earlier new report. (Credit: © Serhiy Kobyakov / Fotolia) in childhood are more effective than those that begin later. Interventions focused on interactive reading -- teaching parents how a doctoral student at the NYU Stein- receive one of the interventions). to engage their children while read"The larger goal here is to unhardt School of Culture, Education, ing with them -- were found to raise and Human Development, combined derstand the nature of intelligence, children's IQ by over 6 points. These the findings from existing studies to and if and how it can be nurtured at interventions do not seem to have evaluate the overall effectiveness of every stage of development," said each type of intervention. In collabo- Aronson, Protzko's advisor. "This is an effect for children over 4 years old, suggesting that the interventions just a first step in a long process of ration with NYU Steinhardt profesunderstanding. It is by no means the may accelerate language developsors Joshua Aronson and Clancy ment, which, in turn, boosts IQ. last word. In fact, one of the main Blair, leaders in the field of intelSending a child to preschool was conclusions is how little high quality ligence, Protzko analyzed the best found to raise his or her IQ by more research exists in the field and how available studies involving samples than four points, and preschools that much more needs to be done." of children from birth and kinderinclude a language development Overall, the results of the metagarten from their newlyassembled component were found to boost IQ analyses indicated that certain "Database of Raising Intelligence." "Our aim in creating this database dietary and environmental interven- by more than seven points. The link between preschool and intelligence tions can be effective in raising is to learn what works and what could be a function of increased doesn't work to raise people's intelli- children's IQ. exposure to language or the result of Supplementing pregnant women gence," said Protzko. "For too long, findings have been disconnected and and newborns with long-chain poly- the overall cognitive complexity of unsaturated fatty acids, foods rich in the preschool environment. scattered throughout a wide variety Science | Jan. 25, 2013 — Supplementing children's diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child's intelligence, according to a new report published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Using a technique called metaanalysis, a team led by John Protzko, of journals. The broad consensus about what works is founded on only two or three very high-profile studies." All of the studies in this database rely on a normal population (participants without clinical diagnoses of intellectual disabilities), focus on interventions that are sustained over time, use widely accepted measures of intelligence, and, most importantly, are randomly controlled trials (participants selected at random to

Reading With Your Child
Start Young and Stay With It At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages. Guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating words with both pictures and real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language. Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. When the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child's life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk and talk. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch young readers' understanding and motivate them to improve their skills. It's Part of Life Although the life of a parent is often hectic, you should try to read with your child at least once a day at a regularly scheduled time. But don't be discouraged if you skip a day or don't always keep to your schedule. Just read to your child as often as you possibly can. If you have more than one child, try to spend some time reading alone with each child, especially if they're more than 2 years apart. However, it's also fine to read to children at different stages and ages at the same time. Most children enjoy listening to many types of stories. When stories are complex, children can still get the idea and can be encouraged to ask questions. When stories are easy or familiar, youngsters enjoy these "old friends" and may even help in the reading. Taking the time to read with your children on a regular basis sends an important message: Reading is worthwhile. One More Time You may go through a period when your child favors one book and wants it read night after night. It is not unusual for children to favor a particular story, and this can be boring for parents. Keep in mind, however, that a favorite story may speak to your child's interests or emotional needs. Be patient. Continue to expose your children to a wealth of books and eventually they will be ready for more stories. Talking About Stories It's often a good idea to talk about a story you're reading, but you needn't feel compelled to talk about every story. Good stories will encourage a love for reading, with or without conversation. And sometimes children need time to think about stories they've read. A day or so later, don't be surprised if your child mentions something from a story you've read together. Remember When You Were Very Young It will help to consider some things adult readers tend to take for granted. It's easier to be patient with children when we remember how much they don't know. Here are a few concepts we adults know so well that we forget sometimes we ever had to learn them: There's a difference between words and pictures. Point to the print as you read aloud. Words on a page have meaning, and that is what we learn to read. Words go across the page from left to right. Follow with your finger as you read. Words on a page are made up of letters and are separated by a space. Each letter has at least two forms: one for capital letters and and one for small letters. Imagine how you would feel if you were trying to interpret a book full of such symbols. That's how young readers feel. But, a little patience (maybe by turning it into a puzzle you can solve together) is certain to build confidence. Advertise the Joy of Reading! Our goal is to motivate children to read so they will practice reading independently and become fluent readers. That happens when children enjoy reading. We parents can do for reading what fast food chains do for hamburgers...ADVERTISE! And we advertise by reading great stories and poems to children. We can help our children find the tools they need to succeed in life. Having access to information through the printed word is an absolute necessity. Knowledge is power, and books are full of it. But reading is more than just a practical tool. Through books we can enrich our minds; we can also relax and enjoy some precious leisure moments. With your help, as your children begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word, they can grow into adults who read easily and frequently whether for business, knowledge, or pleasure. Authors: Bernice Cullinan and Brod Bagert.-- Source: U.S. Department of Education. Link: Reading is Fundamental literacy-resources/articles/readingwith-your-child.htm

"Our current findings strengthen earlier conclusions that complex environments build intelligence, but do cast doubt on others, including evidence that earlier interventions are always most effective," Protzko explained. "Overall, identifying the link between essential fatty acids and intelligence gives rise to tantalizing new questions for future research and we look forward to exploring this finding."-- Link:

The Right Massage Can Relax the Body and Improve Health
Science | Jan. 29, 2013 — Massage therapy can lower blood pressure, help prevent colds, enhance skin tone and more, according to an expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Licensed Massage Therapist Arnold Kelly, who provides massage therapy at the Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic at the UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center, said massage provides two types of benefits: immediate and cumulative. "Immediately following massage, you can experience reduced tightness in the muscles, improved blood flow and breathing, plus reduced anxiety and stress," Arnold explained. "Over the long-term, the benefits of massage accumulate; massage can increase a person's range of motion, strengthen the immune system and provide an improved sense of wellbeing," Arnold added. Stress seems to creep into the lives of almost everybody at some point, and Arnold said a massage can do a lot to help. "Swedish and deep-tissue massages are two of the 'big four' types of massage," Arnold explained. "Swedish is for those who are interested in just relieving stress. If there are deeper aches and pains, deep tissue can help take care of it." Neuromuscular and trigger point therapy are the other two major types of massage that have proven to be universally beneficial, according to Arnold. "Clients often inquire about which form of massage therapy is right for them," Arnold said. "What you should look for and ask about are things like: how long the type of massage therapy has been around; how long the massage therapist has practiced it; what it is based on; and whether it focuses more on the physical or mental aspect." How often massage therapy should be utilized varies from person to person. "Someone who has little to no physical issues and is simply looking to relax and unwind can benefit from massage as little as once a month," Arnold said. "Someone who has a problem that can benefit from regular massage can be seen as often as once a day. My regular clients average about once a week." Arnold recommends those considering massage first visit a physician to see if this form of therapy will help then choose a licensed therapist.-- Source: http://www. 130129171341.htm Get the best results for your CLASSIFIED AD with our 3-in-1 PRICE offer via online+digital+print editions. Call Asian Journal 619.474.0588

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

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

Mga Tulang Tagalog by Romeo Nicolas
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Street Poetry
by Michael R. Tagudin
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Huwag Mo Sanang Lilimutin
Huwag mo sanang lilimutin ang tangi mong kaibigan, Kahit nagkaiba pa man itong naging kapalaran. May tamis pang nalalabi sa magandang kasaysayan, Buong-buo na naganap, ang gumanap, ako’t ikaw. Para tayong teleseryeng “Maala-ala Mo Kaya”, Sa haba ng pangyayari, ang limutin, ‘di magawa. Sa lalim ng pagsasama ng halakhak mga tuwa, Sumimbulong ala-ala ay ‘di kaya na mawawala. Kung iyo lang babalikan, tatanungin ang sarili, Mayron ka bang kasaysayang hanggang ngayo’y naitatabi? Kasaysayan na sing tamis, ala-ala mong parati, Na tuwing iyong iisipin, may ngiti kang ‘di maikubli. Sige, sige, aminin mo, litrato na iyong bigay, Nasa saan tayo noong tiwala mo’y sa akin lang? ‘Di ba ako’y inaya mong sa kuwarto mo ay maghintay, Hanggang litrato’y maiabot, kay saya ko aking mahal. Kahit kaunti na hinuha, malinis ang aking isip, Wala akong nadarama kungdi wagas na pag-ibig. Mahalaga’y damang-dama na ito ay hanggang langit, Ito’y tunay, tanging ikaw, ikaw lang ang iniibig. Magsabi ka ng totoo, mayron ka bang nalalaman? O mayron kang naririnig na may iba akong mahal? Sobrang linis ang damdaming iniukol ko sayo hirang, Kaya aking masasabi, huwag mo akong kalimutan. Kaibigan pa rin kita, ‘laon ko ng tinatanggap, Bahagi lang naman tayo sa pag-ibig na naganap. Lumihis man ang ating buhay, pati na rin ating landas, Naging dulo’y kapalarang Maykapal ang syang naglapat. ‘Tuloy nating ‘wag limuting magmula sa kamusmusan, Labis tayong nagkilala, higit bilang kaibigan. Ang ‘mommy mo at mommy ko, mag-best friend ding nagturingan. Kaya nga lang naging wakas, nagbago ang kapalaran. Ang pakiusap ko sana, huwag mo akong kalimutan, Magkaibigan pa rin tayo, kahit mundo ay magunaw. Hinding-hindi maipagpapalit itong ating kasaysayan, Kasaysayang naging yaman, yaman noong ako’t ikaw. Tulang halaw sa tunay na buhay ni: Romeo Nicolas 11/20/2012

In Your Absence
Poem No. 59
In your absence I never thought I can feel the cold The cold of winter During the middle Of summer I am freezing In this intense heat Hoping for dark days To take over Instead ofthis brightness I feel so naked So alone In contrast To the blue sky Clear days It's so weird It should be winter Light up the fire Feel the heat But it's so hot It's summer! ©2009 Michael R. Tagudin
©2013 Michael R. Tagudin. All rights reserved. About the Author: Michael R. Tagudin Educated as an engineer in the Philippines, the City of Los Angeles employee hopes his legacy of poems will provoke a dialogue about the human condition. He is donating the proceeds from the book “Crushed Violets” to the “Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)”, a non-profit that provides public awareness and advocacy efforts against human trafficking in the City of Angels. To learn more, visit To help, call the CAST 24 hour hotline 888.KEY.2.FRE(EDOM) or 888.539.2373. Contact for more information about ordering the book “Crushed Violets.”

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Like a newborn baby ..
Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: 'Slim, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?' Slim says, 'I feel just like a newborn baby.' 'Really!? Like a newborn baby!?' 'Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.' The first man thought and thought and finally said, 'What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love?

Showbiz Watcher
(Continued from page 13) Marami pang pagkakataon na darating sa atin, hindi naman natatapos ang isang buhay sa isang pangyayari lang,” sabi pa ni Vice Ganda. Basta sobra excited siya sa pagsasama nila ni Maricel.Samantala, ayaw pa rin mag-comment ni Gerald Anderson tungkol sa pagkakatanggal ni Maricel sa kanyang teleserye, darating daw ang panahon magsasalita rin siya pero huwag muna ngayon.How true naman na nakarating sa amin, isa raw sa mga tinalak ni Maricel kay Gerald ang pagiging babaero nito ? RAMON ‘BONG’ REVILLA KAKANDITO PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS !!! Balitang-balita na sina Vice Pres. Binay at DILG Secretary Mar Roxas ang maglalaban bilang Presidente sa 2016, pero may isa pang popular na aktor na posibleng makilahok din sa naturang posisyon,etoy walang iba kundi si Ramon’Bong ‘ Revilla. Ayon sa chismis, ang Lakas Party raw ang may balak na isabak sa panguluhan sa 2016.Pero hindi naman ito dininay ni Sen Bong Revilla,may mga pag-uusap raw na nagaganap at wala pang kongreto sa anumang paguusap nila. Sinigurado niya kung siya nga ang mapipili ng kanilang party tiyak raw maghahanda raw siya rito. Samantala kaya naman napili si Sen. Bong ng Lakas Party para pambato nila sa Panguluhan sa 2016 ay dahil daw sa lakas ng karisma nito sa masa.Siya na kaya ang susunod na Presidente ng Pilipinas ? VILMA SANTOS OR NORA AUNOR FOR CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 !!!Hindi rin patatalo ang Star For All Seasons, tuloy tuloy na rin ang shooting ng kanyang first ever indie film na may title na “ Ekstra/ The Bit Player”, istorya ito ng isang ekstra sa isang movie sa direksyon ni Jeffrey Turian na gumawa ng “Kubrador” na nagbigay ng maraming award kay Gina Pareno. Dito ipapakita ni Ate Vi na isang simpleng tao lang siya rito at wala halos make up na tipong kinakawawa sa daigdig ng showbiz. Nagsimula

na siya mag-shooting last January 2013, at matatapos raw ito sa April this year para ilaban sa Cannes International Film Festival,na april ang deadline ng submission ng mga sasali.Pero anu itong nadinig namin, na isang Nora Aunor Indie movie rin ang balak isali sa nasabing international film festival.So ,sino kaya ang magiging official na competing movie para sa Cannes Festival,movie ni Gov. Vi o movie ng Superstar Nora Aunor. Pwes, abangan na lang natin kung sino sa kanila ang mapipili ? WILLIE REVILLAME BUMALIK NA SA LUNCHTIME SHOW PERO TALO SA RATING NG EAT BULAGA!!! Napanood namin ang last Saturday ang pagbabalik ni Willie Revillame sa pantanghaling show via ‘Wowowillie’ , kalaban muli ang ‘Eat Bulaga’ at sa ‘Showtime’ ng kanyang dating home station na ABS-CBN. Ayon sa rating survey,ang launching ng show raw ni Willie ay hindi tinalo ang ‘Eat Bulaga’, top rater pa rin ang show nina Vic at Joey.Samantalang, sa isang rating mas mataas ang show na nakuha ni Willie pero sa isang another survey tinalo raw ito ng ‘Showtime’ ni Vice Ganda.Hindi namin alam kung anu ang tunay pero ang ini-expect namin,patataubin nito muli ang show nina Joey De Leon at Vic Sotto na hindi naman nangyari. Mahina na ba ang karisma ni Willie sa pantanghaling show,nagtatanong lang kami ? AKLAN ATI ATIHAN 2013 IN SAN DIEGO!!! Last Saturday na-invite kami para masaksihan ang Aklan Ati Atihan ni Mr. Conrad Reloj.Matagal na rin kami hindi nakakita ng Ati Atihan dito sa Amerika na ginanap sa Loma Rec. Center National City. Eto’y proyekto ng Aklan Association of San Diego County, Inc. Nagkaroon din sila ng Best Costume Contest at nakita rin namin ang ilang Sto. Nino ipinarada rin. Very Active ang nasabing organization dahil ang dami ang umaten,lalo na yung mga bata,masayang sumali sa parada ng Ati Atihan.Isang kulturang Filipino na puede nating ipagmalaki sa anumang lahi.Maraming salamat po sa pag-invite!!!

*** An elderly gentleman.... Had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100% The elderly gentleman went back *** in a month to the doctor and the docAn elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eat- tor said, ‘Your hearing is perfect... ing, the wives left the table and went Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.’ into the kitchen. The gentleman replied, ‘Oh, I The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, 'Last night we went out haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the to a new restaurant and it was really conversations. I’ve changed my will great.. I would recommend it very three times!’ highly.' The other man said, 'What is the name of the restaurant?'

Food for Thought
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Don’t waste time hating anyone
Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the Journey they had an Argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE. They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE. The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?” The other friend replied “When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us,we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.” LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BENEFITS IN STONE!!! They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them. “Happiness is not something you find, it’s something you create…” ‘Life Is Too Short To Waste Time Hating Anyone’ ENJOY every MOMENT OF LIFE

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night (Saturday morning in Manila). Aquino said former Presidents Fidel Ramos and Joseph Estrada were also invited to share their experiences on the issue. “So we brought the matter before them, and there was unanimity. And I won’t exaggerate, nobody really objected to going into this arbitration mode,” Aquino said.

“I think the choice is very, very clear. One is let the status quo remain and have, in effect, their claiming effective control over Bajo de Masinloc by ordering our vessels out. And if we don’t do this approach, then what is the next step? Is it Reed Bank or Recto Bank? What else? We’ve been very patient. We believe we’ve been complying with the request in the interest of maintaining good relations, but unfortunately, there has been no reciprocation,” the President said. By the workings of the Constitution, and by the oath that he took, the President said he swore to defend the country. “And we are doing this under international law, in a peaceful manner. We are not threatening anybody, but if we don’t stand up for our rights, who we do expect will be standing up for our rights?” he asked. The President said the decision to go to the UN would not complicate the issue because it was well within the Philippines’ commitment to have a peaceful resolution to the dispute. Businessman Manny Pangilinan said the Philippines’ elevation of its

territorial dispute with China could complicate his company’s already delayed bid to explore for oil and gas at the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. Pangilinan, head of Philex Petroleum Corp., majority owner of London-based Forum Energy PLC, the contractor for oil and gas exploration off Palawan, said the issue was no longer just commercial or a question of sovereignty but has become a global one. The Philippines had formally notified Beijing it was seeking arbitration before a tribunal operating under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). It wants China’s claims to virtually the entire South China Sea declared unlawful. John Negroponte, a former United States national intelligence director and deputy secretary of state, welcomed the Philippines’ action. “The main message I take from the Philippine government action is that it seeks to resolve this issue by peaceful means and that is very consistent with the line that the United States government has been advocating all these years,” Negroponte said. He was visiting Manila as Pangilinan’s co-chairman in the USPhilippines Society seeking to raise the Philippines’ profile in the US and encourage investment. Aquino said the offer of the China National Offshore Oil Corp. to partner with Pangilinan’s group and explore Recto Bank was still in a nascent stage and that there had been incidents when Philippine vessels were being blatantly driven away from Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc when it was clearly within Philippine territory. “And, as you know, we have said that Bajo de Masinloc under UNCLOS is part of our EEZ (exclusive economic zone), which says 200 miles, and it’s 120 miles,” Aquino

Pinoy film
(Continued from page 14) Special Jury Prize, artistic vision "Circles" WORLD CINEMA, DOCUMENTARY Best Documentary, Jury Prize - "A River Changes Course" Best Documentary, Audience Award "The Square" Directing - Tinatin Gurchiani, "The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear" Editing - Ben Stark, "The Summit" Cinematography - Marc Silver, "Who is Dayani Cristal?" Special Jury Prize, film - "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" OTHER AWARDS Shorts, Jury Prize - "The Whistle," Grzegorz Zariczny Shorts, Audience Award - "Catnip: Egress To Oblivion," Jason Willis -- With report from Reuters

CITY OF SAN DIEGO CONSOLIDATED PLAN ADVISORY BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING FISCAL YEAR 2014 CDBG ENTITLEMENT AND PROGRAM INCOME PROPOSED FUNDING ALLOCATIONS FEBRUARY 11, 12, and 13, 2013 The City of San Diego estimates allocating $10,400,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Fiscal Year 2014 through the CDBG Application process. The CDBG Program is authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. The CDBG program was enacted in 1974 under the Housing and Community Development Act. CDBG funds are provided to entitlement communities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD established the regulations and requirements for the program and has oversight responsibilities for the use of CDBG funds. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special public meeting of the Consolidated Plan Advisory Board (CPAB) has been scheduled to discuss and make funding allocation recommendations based on the Fiscal Year 2014 CDBG applications received by the City regarding the above estimated amount. These recommendations are to be presented to the City Council on a future date. The CPAB meeting is scheduled for: Monday, February 11, 2013, at 8:00 a.m.; Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.; and, if needed, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. The special public meeting will be held in North Terrace Rooms 207–209 of the San Diego Civic Concourse at 202 ‘C’ Street, San Diego, CA 92101. To order information in an alternative format or to arrange for a sign language or oral interpreter for the CPAB meeting, please call the City Clerk’s Office at least five (5) working days prior to the meetings at (619) 533-4000 or (619) 236-7012 (TDD/TTY). Public comments will be accepted during the CPAB meeting. In addition, written comments will be accepted prior to the public meeting at the CDBG Program office (1200 Third Avenue, Suite 1400, San Diego, CA 92101) or by e-mail ( through February 8, 2013. All updates will be posted on the CDBG website (

said. The President said based on affidavits, Chinese vessels blared their horns at full blast at local fishing vessels, which intimidated them. “That was incident number one. There’s incident number two, and the allegation of the affiant says that when they were sheltering inside Bajo de Masinloc, they were being observed. Eventually, they were approached, and something like, again, two vessels were ordered out of the shoal where they were sheltering from rough waters. According to the affidavit, they were told to go back to the rough waters. So I think the record is very clear,” Aquino said. “From the incident in Bajo de Masinloc, we have tried to de-escalate the situation. We have tried to adhere to all of their requests... (and) help them with the transition period. The transition, as far as we know, has already occurred. And instead of a de-escalation, there seems to be an escalation on their end,” he said.

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San Diego Zoo
(Continued from page 13) only eucalyptus leaves. There are more than 700 different kinds of eucalyptus trees, and koalas prefer the leaves of about 40 varieties. At the San Diego Zoo, koalas are offered fresh branches from several eucalyptus species each day. These picky eaters can then select their favorite varieties. The Zoo's koalas eat 1 to 1.5 pounds of leaves each day. Win a Trip to "Koalafornia" It may be winter, but you can dream about going to "Koalafornia." And that dream could become a reality if you share it with the San Diego Zoo on Instagram or Twitter.

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Avelino, "Kahit Konting Pagtingin," turned in a nationwide rating of 25.5%, also according to Kantar Media. Its rival program aired on GMA-7, "Forever," only managed to earn 12% in national TV rating. Last Friday, yet another Kapamilya program made a big splash in the ratings game as it aired its final episode. "Aryana," which stars Ella Cruz as the teen mermaid, ended on a high note on January 25. It was the overall third most watched program on Friday, with a nationwide rating of 31.6%. Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,609 urban and rural homes, more than AGB Nielsen's 1,980 homes that are only based in urban areas. Kantar Media’s panel represents 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population, while AGB Nielsen reportedly represents only 57% of the Philippine TV viewing population. is the news website of ABS-CBN Corp.

Starting on Jan. 25, the Zoo is hosting a "Koalafornia Dreaming" photo contest that will award three lucky winners a three-day, two-night trip to San Diego, with hotel and airfare for themselves and a friend, for the opening of the Conrad Prebys Australian Outback at the San Diego Zoo. To participate, contestants must first print out the photo of Cooladi the koala from the Zoo's "Koalafornia Dreaming" site, koalafornia/contest, cut it out, and take a photo of Cooladi living the Koalafornia dream. Contestants must then upload their photos to Instagram or Twitter, tagged with #koalafornia, to enter the photos into the contest. Cooladi has his own Instagram account where entries will be seen at, or keep up with all the places he's going on the Zoo's Facebook page. Photos from finalists will be posted on the Koalafornia site and the Zoo's Facebook page by March 9, 2013, and the public can vote for their favorite photos. The three entries with the most votes will win. Complete contest rules and guidelines can be found at: www. The San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy is dedicated to bringing endangered species back from the brink of extinction. The Conservancy makes

possible the wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) of the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, and international field programs in more than 35 countries. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

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