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Inspired by a True Story .... | MANILA, 3/16/2013 —They better click the “like” button on his order—then log out immediately. Saying a lawman’s time is better spent chasing criminals than making “friends” or hunting down virtual villains on the Net, the head of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has barred his people from accessing social networking sites like Facebook and playing interactive games while on duty. QCPD director Senior

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From Lagayan to St. Francis: Abra bet wants to change town’s name
Text by Ira Pedrasa and photos by Rem Zamora for | BANGUED, 3/26/2013 Abra province is always on the list of election hotspots, but a candidate in the town of Lagayan wants to change this. Bernardine Joson, a whistleblower, will go head to head against her former boss in the municipal government, Jendricks Luna, who is part of a famous political clan here, as mayor of Lagayan. Lagayan actually comes from the word “laga” or “to weave.” Long time ago,


he Archbishop was away. Frank and George had the spacious dining room and the very long mahogany table all to themselves. Rosa, the cheerful majordoma and an assistant brought in the dishes, and after grace was said, began to serve them a sumptuous meal. George filled his plate with steaming rice and servings of chicken and pork apretada, oxtail kare-kare in peanut sauce, and inihaw na bangus (grilled milkfish). Rosa proudly offered him a bowl of her patented sinigang (tamarind soup). “Wow!” George exclaimed softly, sampling the various dishes. “This is heaven on earth!” “Why do you think I got so obese?” Frank deadpanned. Rosa beamed. She asked the priests if they needed anything else -- no thanks they chimed -- then returned with her assistant to the kitchen to prepare dessert.

woven baskets were used as containers for vegetables or used catch fish. A symbol of the latter is prominently displayed in the seal of Lagayan.
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“I haven’t had any of these in years,” George remarked, cutting the kare-kare and enhancing portions of it with bagoong alamang (1). “How did you survive?” Frank asked curiously. “Root crops, mainly,” he said. “I got used to them. Actually, learned to love them.”

They reminisced about the old days, in the seminary, recalling some of the memorable antics, like when Frank and three other seminarians, without the required permission, sneaked out to the city to watch Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music.” Nothing wrong with a G-rated, all ages admitted, movie. Only problem was that they (Continued on page 8)

by Alexis Romero, Philstar. God. He can give you a long life,” Cabiling told com | MANILA, reporters in Visayan. 3/22/2013 - How do “Do not dance you live to be 112? with women in the Don’t drink alcobaile. Do not drink. hol. Don’t womanAvoid vices,” he ize. Pray. added. That is the Cabiling was advice of retired T/ honored during the Sgt. Tranquilino Army’s 116th anCabiling, the oldest niversary rites yesliving war veteran terday along with at 112 years. officers, reservists Cabiling attriand civilians who helped the butes his longevity to clean living and his faith in God. (Continued on page 4) “Do not forget to pray to

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(Part II of The historical facts about Sabah Filipinos must know) A Point Of Awareness by Preciosa S. Soliven, Philstar. com | 3/21/2013 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — I just arrived from Kuala Lumpur after six days. I took the early morning flight to Malaysia and found the super modern K.L. International Airport empty. We were told that it is low season for tourists. The president of the Malaysian Association of Montessori Schools (MAM) Aisha Abdullah, and her sister Faridah met me with

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GMA News | WASHINGTON, 3/22/2013 -- The Philippine Embassy in Washington said oil executive John Hoffman, president of Black Elk Energy oil company, has apologized for blaming Filipino workers for the explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on November 16 last year. In a statement on Wednesday, the embassy said Hoffman conveyed his apology through Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. The embassy said Cuisia "protested and obtained an apology from Black Elk President John Hoffman for the statement the oil executive had given to media attributing the platform accident to the incompetence and lack of English language skills of Filipino offshore oil workers.” A report on GMA News TV’s News To Go in November last year aired a clip from Black Elk Energy, which owns the oil rig, saying the Filipino workers committed an error in using the equipment, resulting in the explosion and fire. “The line that was cut was supposed to be cut with a cold cutting device, a non-sparking device. Apparently the construction crew used a cutting torch that ignited vapors in the line, which then ignited the tanks,” said Black Elk Energy CEO John Hoffman. However, the workers' manning agency said that it dispatches well-trained personnel abroad. Three Filipinos died in the November 16 incident: Jerome Malagapo, 28, a fitter from Danao City, Cebu; Avelino Tajonera, 49, a welder from Bataan, and Ellroy Corporal, 42, a rigger from Iligan City.
Sit down with migrants groups Meanwhile, the Philippine embassy said it sat down and discussed with migrants groups the concerns of about 100 Filipino offshore oil workers in Louisiana who filed a class suit against their employer, Grand Isle Shipyard and D & R
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Sabah report by Max Soliven

OBMC Angeles, Pampanga line manager, Audrey Paras. I was to speak in MAM’s International Montessori Forum 2013 at Segi University. On our way to the Royale Bintang Damasara Hotel, the city looked

Soliven wrote about three dozen “By the Way” columns on Sabah, including

When he was Manila Times columnist, my husband, Maximo V.

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is printed on the lower left corner of the form. Employers should not complete a new Form I-9 for current employees if a properly completed Form I-9 is already on file. WASHINGTON—U.S. CitizenA Spanish version of Form I-9 ship and Immigration Services (Rev. 03/08/13)N is available (USCIS) today published a revised on the USCIS website for use in Employment Eligibility Verification Puerto Rico only. Spanish-speaking Form I-9 for use. All employers are employers and employees in the 50 required to complete a Form I-9 for states, Washington, D.C., and other each employee hired in the United U.S. territories may use the SpanStates. ish version for reference, but must Improvements to Form I-9 include complete the English version of the new fields, reformatting to reduce form. errors, and clearer instructions to The revised forms are available in both employees and employers. The English and Spanish online at www. Department of Homeland Security For more information, has published a Notice in the Fedplease call 888-464-4218. Repreeral Register informing employers of sentatives are available Monday the new Form I-9. through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Effective today: ET. USCIS maintains a website, I-9 Employers should begin using Central, to support Form I-9 users. the newly revised Form I-9 (Rev. USCIS has also scheduled free webi03/08/13)N for all new hires and nars to help employers learn about reverifications. the new form. Employers may continue to To order forms, call USCIS tolluse previously accepted revifree at 1-800-870-3676. For downsions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. loadable forms and information on 08/07/09) Y until May 7, 2013. USCIS programs, immigration laws, After May 7, 2013, employregulations, and procedures, please ers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. visit Follow us on 03/08/13)N. Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) The revision date of the Form I-9 and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

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The representatives of the Justice for Grand Isle Shipyard Filipino Workers Campaign said they want the Philippine government to probe the allegations that the workers were "being treated like slaves and kept in prison-like conditions" The embassy said the representatives included Dante Simbulan and Josef Cadgugay of the Katarungan Center for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in the Philippines and Katrina Abarcar and Ann Beryl Corotan of Philippine Forum and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. Call to step down Meanwhile, the embassy said the groups called for Cuisia to step down because of his supposed inaction over the matter. In January, the Philippine Embassy in the US denied allegations that it was doing nothing to help Filipino oil rig workers. Cuisia said the assertions were "unfair" and that the groups saying there was inaction on the part on the embassy should "have first done their homework and get their facts straight." The embassy reiterated it is concerned with the problems of the Filipino workers. “The embassy actually shares their concern for the rights and welfare of Filipino offshore oil workers here in the United States—not just those involved in the class suit against Grand Isle but also the majority who have not joined the case,” said First Secretary and Consul Elmer Cato, also the embassy spokesperson. “We hope the Embassy was able to present a clear picture of what the Philippine Government has done and what it continues to do in protecting the rights and welfare of our workers,” Cato added. Round of discussions The embassy said it was "satisfied" with the first round of discussions. “The embassy is satisfied with the outcome of the discussions,” said Cato, who represented the embassy in the meeting with migrant groups along with Welfare Officer Saul de Vries and Assistant Labor Officer Oliver Flores. On the migrant workers groups' demand to shut down the Grand Isle Shipyard, the embassy said "could be better addressed" if the call was made to the US government, which has the capacity to do so. - Gian C. Geronimo, VVP, GMA News

Gallup poll says the Philippines is World Leader in Love
Good News Pilipinas | MANILA, 2/18./2013 -- The Philippines was voted the “world leader in love” as 93 percent of Filipinos admitted feeling love, according to a survey by the United States-based pollster Gallup. Justin Wolfers, Gallup senior scientist and University of Michigan professor, said the Philippines bested 136 countries the pollster visited in 2006 and 2007. “As part of the world poll, Gallup asked people, ‘Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about love?’ The result was the most comprehensive global index of love ever constructed,” he said. Wolfers noted on a typical day, around 70 percent of the world population reported they experienced love the day before. “Given the question, this need not be the romantic kind of love typically celebrated on Valentine’s Day – it may also be the love of a child, a parent, family, or good friends. Needless to say, all are worth celebrating,” he added. In the US, Wolfers said the “feelings of love were a bit more widespread, with 81 percent of Americans experiencing it for a lot of the day.” “The world leader in love is the Philippines, where fully 93 percent of the population reported feeling love; Rwanda isn’t far behind at 92 percent, and Puerto Rico is the only other population surveyed where at least nine in 10 respondents reported feeling love,” he added. In fourth place was Hungary with 89 percent; followed by Cyprus, and Trinidad and Tobago with 88 percent each; Paraguay with 87; Lebanon 86; and Costa Rica and Cambodia with 85 percent each. On the other hand, the country with “the least widespread feeling of love” was Armenia with 29 percent; followed by Mongolia and Uzbekistan with 32 percent each; Kyrgyzstan with 34; Morocco, Belarus and Georgia with 43 each; Kazakhstan with 45; Moldova with 46; and Azerbaijan and Tajikistan with 47 percent each. “It is important to note that differences between countries may be due to how cultures define love and not in actual day-to-day experiences. In some countries, the idea of love is restricted to a romantic partner, while in others it extends to family members and friends,” Wolfers said. (Story courtesy of Sheila Crisostomo of the Philippine Star)

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Philippine Consular Outreach In San Diego April 6 & 7, 2013
A team from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles will conduct a Consular Outreach Program in San Diego, California on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, 2013, at the Council of the Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County, Inc. (COPAO) Center, 832 “E” Avenue, National City, CA 91950. Service Hours will be from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The consular outreach program is being undertaken in cooperation with COPAO. The following consular services will be rendered: 1. Applications for Electronic Passport (ePassport) (Cost: $60), to be returned to the applicant by mail at an additional cost of $6. 2. Applications for the retention and re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship pursuant to Republic Act 9225 or Dual Citizenship Law (Cost: $50). Oath-taking will be scheduled on the same day for qualified applicants. 3. Applications for Report of Marriage & Birth (Cost: $25) will be accepted but this will be processed in Los Angeles and returned to the applicant by mail at an additional cost of $6. STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (by following the applicable scheduling steps below) AND WITH COMPLETED DOCUMENTS ONLY. NO WALK-IN APPLICANTS WILL BE ENTERTAINED. Appointment Scheduling Steps for ePassport Applicants 1. Visit the Philippine Consulate website ( to download and accomplish the ePassport application form; and, 2. No later than March 29, 2013 or until the Consulate receives 280 applications, whichever comes first, send an advance copy of the completed ePassport application form and data page (bearing the name and photo) of the expired or expiring passport to the Consulate (Attn: National City Outreach) by fax (213) 639-0990. Thumbprints (if needed) and signature must be affixed and all pertinent data on the application form must be completed. INCOMPLETE FORMS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Note: a. Personal appearance is required in all cases (including applicants who are 65 years old and above and minors who are below 18 years old). b. Do not bring passport pictures. Passport pictures are to be taken by the Consulate. c. The applicant must wear decent attire (no sleeveless and/or collarless attire) and without eyeglasses/colored contact lenses. d. No facial piercings allowed. Appointment Scheduling Steps for Dual Citizenship Applicants 1. Visit the Philippine Consulate website ( and print the Dual Citizenship Application form; 2. Complete the Dual Citizenship Application form; and, 3. No later than March 29, 2013, or until the Consulate receives 100 applications, whichever comes first, send an advance copy of the completed Dual Citizenship application form and supporting documents to the Consulate (Attn: National City Outreach) by fax (213) 639-0990. Other than the thumbprint and photo which will be done on site, all pertinent data on the application form must be completed. Otherwise, incomplete forms will not be processed. Note: 1. Oath-Taking will be scheduled on the same day for qualified applicants. 2. Applicants should take their oath as Dual Citizens in DECENT ATTIRE. The Consulate shall refuse oath-taking to applicants wearing inappropriate outfits such as sleeveless shirts, skimpy clothes, shorts, sandos or slippers. Appointment Scheduling Steps for Report of Marriage (ROM) & Birth (ROB) 1. Visit the Philippine Consulate website ( and print the ROM or ROB form; 2. Complete the ROM or ROB form; and, 3. No later than March 29, 2013, send Jendricks’ mother, former Abra Rep. Cecilia Seares Luna, and others for plunder, graft and corruption, technical malversation, unethical conduct, violation of the government procurement law and forfeiture. Joson said the alleged plunder or large-scale graft took place from 2003 to 2010 and amounted to at least P133.9 million. Cecilia was mayor from 20032006. She was succeeded by her son Jendricks, who served from 2007 to 2010. The complaint is still pending before the Office of the Ombudsman. “Siyempre, tumatakbo ako as mayor dahil first, yung pag-file ko ng case sa Ombudsman, ine-expose ko doon ang tunay na nangyayari dito sa Lagayan na talagang rampant ang graft and corruption. Nag-file ako sa Ombudsman pero siyempre....our justice system, mabagal,” the 45-year-old said. On the day of’s an advance copy (one set only) of the completed form and supporting documents to the Consulate (Attn: National City Outreach) by fax (213) 639-0990. Incomplete forms will not be processed. Information FOR ALL APPLICANTS The Consulate regularly updates the appointment schedule posted on the website upon receipt of completed applications. The final list of all applicants with confirmed appointment schedule will be posted at the Consulate’s website ( by March 29, 2013. All applicants are required to PERSONALLY APPEAR during their appointment time for data verification, finger printing and photo/signature capture and must bring all original documents. All applicants are advised to transact their business directly with Consulate officials and not through travel agencies. Fees Fees must be paid in person at the scheduled appointment. The Consulate will only accept payments in cash, postal money order or cashier’s check. Personal checks will not be accepted. Payments should be paid directly to the collecting officer/cashier of the Consulate during the outreach program and inside the venue only. Please be informed that the Consulate has not authorized other people or entities to collect fees for all consular services rendered. - ePassport: $60 processing fee + $6 for passports to be returned to the applicant by mail - Dual Citizenship: $50 processing fee - Civil Registry: $25 processing fee + $6 for documents to be returned to the applicant by mail Contact Information For information on consular matters, interested parties may contact the Consulate at 213-639-3003, 213-6373027 or 213-637-3014.. For information on the venue and similar details, contact Den Dominguez at 619-477-4090. Public Relations, COPAO-San Diego Tel # 619-477-4090 COUNCIL OF PHILIPPINE AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, INC. P.O. BOX 1504, National City, CA 91951-1504 Telephone: 619-477-4090

CHULA VISTA, 3/21/2013 -Craig Ruiz, Principal Economic Development Specialist for the City of Chula Vista, recently co-presented a successful workshop on Enterprise Zone tax incentives to 20 Chula Vista businesses. The workshop and luncheon were hosted by the Heritage Group property management company and Adolphe Commercial Real Estate, with co-presenter Jon Collard, President of American Tax Incentives. The Enterprise Zone workshop is an example of the “new normal” for the City of Chula Vista More seniors are choosing to which offers a private/public partage in place. These upgrades nership, led and funded by private like Adolphe Real Estate, can make your current home partners the Heritage Group, and American a permanent staycation spot Tax Incentives, an Enterprise Zone expert. This collaboration of private after retirement sector leadership and the City enMadhusmita Bora | | abled the local businesses to receive 2/11/2013 --More than 13 percent of training on the Enterprise Zone the American population is over 65, acthat they can now share with their cording to the U.S. Census Bureau. By respective clients and tenants. 2030, that number will grow to nearly An Enterprise Zone is a geo20 percent. graphically designated area in which With the changes in healthcare and lifestyle, Baby Boomers are living better businesses can receive substantial and longer than their predecessors. They state tax breaks and other benefits. are active and involved in their commu- They were created to help stimulate nities. Many continue to work past their California’s business investments retirement. And as they age, they are and to increase job opportunities. choosing to do so in their homes. Some advantages of the Enterprise It’s a trend that will likely continue Zone program include tax savings in the near future, says Deborah Pierce, and other deductions, access to architect and author of “The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abili- specialized technical and financial assistance programs, and no-cost job ties” (Taunton Press, 2012). “Nursing homes are no longer a viable referral service. option like they were a few decades Chula Vista became part of the ago,” Pierce says. “People are more fit, San Diego Regional Zone, which includes the City of San Diego and (Continued on page 17) National City, in 2006. Last year, over 140 businesses used the Zone

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In reverence to Good Friday, a Christian religious procession will proceed along downtown streets stopping at various public institutions commemorating Jesus' journey to Calvary. Biblical verses by speakers and costumed actors depict various scenes at each station with prayer and song. Date March 29, 2013 Time 8:30 am - 11:30 am Location: San Diego Rescue Mission (Elm St.)-2nd Ave.-Cedar St.-Catholic Charities-3rd Ave.-First Lutheran Church-City Administration Bldg.-Horton Plaza-E St.-Front St.-Federal Bldg.-Union St.-MCC Bldg.-County Courthouse-State Bldg.-Ash St.-Sempra Bldg.-2nd Ave.-Elm St.-San Diego Rescue Mission Admission None Anticipated Attendance 4,000 Hosted By Interfaith Shelter Network Contact: Rosemary Johnston @ (619) 702-5399 Web:
Pero alam nyo ang sitwasyon dito sa Lagayan. Eto sila, nandyan kayo. 26 years sila, nandito kayo. Tignan nyo ang Lagayan, tignan nyo ang kalagayan nila…Parang mga kabuti ang mga sasakyan nila na naglalabasan.” Despite the slow pace of her case, Joson said she still believes in the government of the people. “Bilang baguhan sa pulitika, pinapanatili ko ang tiwala ko sa gobyerno.”

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To most Filipinos, however, “lagayan” means bribery, or according to Philippine laws, the act of giving something to alter the behavior of the person receiving it. Joson said the town’s name is “masagwa (in bad taste),” and it is her dream to change the name of the town to St. Francis of Assisi, which is also the name chosen by the Catholic Church’s new Pope. Running for mayor In 2011, Joson – then the municipal planning and development officer of Lagayan – filed plunder charges against

Fishing, aside from farming, is one of the sources of livelihood in Lagayan.

interview, Joson was wearing a yellow, long-sleeved top, jeans and yellow flipflops. Yellow is the election campaign color of President Benigno Aquino III, and Joson believes he can help get Lagayan out of its current rut. The interview took place at her home, just a stone’s throw away from the welcome sign of “Lagayan.” A tarpaulin covered the exterior of Joson’s house to help hide it from strangers. Inside the house, there were many rocks aimed at protecting her from death threats she gets frequently. “Nung pumutok ang plunder [case] ko, syempre kailangan ko namang i-extend ang buhay ko, hanggang eleksyon.” ‘Lagayan’ in Lagayan? Joson said she knows that public money went to the pockets of the Lunas. She said she was able to enter government service – after doing the rounds in the private sector – because her parents are friends of the Lunas. She said a cousin was supposed to run against Cecilia, but backed out as a compromise. Joson believes, however, that Cecilia did not like her because she was “maingay” (noisy). She said she was not even given a regular employment contract, despite her many years of service in the municipal hall. It was only when Jendricks came in that she was regularized as part of governmental processes. “Sinabi ni Cecilia sa akin iyan. Sinabi niya sa akin ‘Kung ipepermanent kita, kung iaappoint kita as permanent, dadating ang panahon na susuwagin mo ako.’ Kasi alam nila right from the start,

nakita ko na ang sistema sa gobyerno,” she said. Asked why she filed the plunder case, “Kasi nga wala naman tayong nakikitang program. Tapos gumagawa na lang ako ng accomplishment reports na wala naman.” So why only now? She said she’s had enough. The Lunas In a separate interview with Jendricks, he said Joson’s complaint is a sham, which is why it is not moving at the Office of the Ombudsman. He said he cannot comprehend where and how Joson got her numbers for the plunder complaint, adding that a falsification of document complaint has been filed against Joson. He said Joson did not have a good reputation when she worked for the municipal government. Jendricks believes that Joson is backed by the Lunas’ rivals in politics. Joson said, however, that had the Valeras and the Bersamins backed her, the case at the Ombudsman would have already moved. She said she will continue to stand her ground. Death threats Elaborating on the threats she has received after she filed the complaint, Joson said: “[Sa] Text, maraming text. Kahit noong nasa Manila kami, nakakatanggap ako ng text. Iuuwi daw nila yung ulo mo. Tapos yung ulo mo, isasako tapos dadalin sa Abra tapos yung katawan mo didikdikin, gagawing corned beef.” She said she wanted to give up then, if not for her family. She said she needed also to protect them. “Wala nang pupuntahan ang takot kasi patay lang naman ang pupuntahan natin eh. Any moment from now, kung talagang panahon na natin, kahit ilagay mo ako sa aparador, kung kukunin na

tayo ng Diyos, wala na,” she said. For her protection, Joson said she was first taken in by a religious group, until she entered the jurisdiction of the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice. She said, however, that she did not like being in a secret place. “Mayayabang sila,” was how she described her guards. Her dream of ridding Lagayan of the Lunas was what brought her out of her secret place despite the threats. “Sabi ko, hangga’t inaantay ko ang justice system natin na umikot, matagal talaga. Pumasok din ako sa WPP kasi may provision doon sa WPP na speedy trial ng cases pero wala din naman nangyari. Sabi ko, I cannot just sit here inside this room waiting for nothing. Sabi ko kailangan kong kumilos para yung ipinaglalaban ko na mabago ang Lagayan ay makamit ko. Doon ako nag-decide na tatakbong mayor,” she said. David vs Goliath Jendricks and Joson will be up against 8 other candidates for mayor. Jendricks, however, expects all of his rivals to back out by election day. If Joson does not and gets just 10% of the votes, Jendricks said he will step down and won’t accept his win. Joson said Jendricks only perceives he is popular. “He is now a barangay captain, but he’s the de facto mayor [of Lagayan]…Siya ang deciding factor. Di pumupunta ang mga tao sa 84-year-old na mayor [Purificacion Paingan] ngayon, dun sila sa Dangdangla sa Bangued (where Jendricks resides).” She said the people are only afraid of Jendricks. She said that if she wins, she will return the freedom of speech to the people. She admits is up against a Goliath, but “gigisingin ko ang kamalayan ng tao. Sabi ko sa kanila: ‘Wala akong pera.

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military in its mission.

President Aquino and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin left their seats to award a plaque of recognition to Cabiling. Cabiling’s deep love for the military service can be seen in the way he received the mementos given to him by the Army. When he was given an infantry soldier statue, Cabiling looked at it intently and did not let go of it. He was also given an Army keychain, which he immediately placed on his belt loop. The once strong artilleryman who witnessed the historic Leyte landing and survived the infamous Death March can no longer walk without assistance. Cabiling, however, appears to be very healthy and even bragged to Armed Forces chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista and Army chief Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes about his complete set of teeth. “I do not drink. I do not smoke. I do (Continued on page 7)

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Spring Break and Easter in San Diego
From Inigo Figuracion, former Guide Spring Break and Easter are some of the best times to experience what San Diego has to offer: the winter rains are winding down, the days stay light longer, the air is nice and warm but not hot, and everything is blooming and turning green. Here are a few suggestions on things to do around and about San Diego for Easter and Spring Break. Enjoy the View San Diego is blessed with interesting topography - beaches, mountains, canyons. Springtime is a great time when you can take in the breathtaking views and get a sense of “where is where.” Best of all, it costs nothing, or very little, for the experience. A ride out to Cabrillo National Monument, Mount Soledad or Mount Helix on Easter Sunday to take in the panoramic views is a great way to reflect on how lucky we are to live in San Diego. Easter Sunrise Service Speaking of panoramic views, there are two places in the county that are popular and traditional spots for Easter sunrise services: Mount Soledad and Mount Helix. Stroll the Flower Fields What better way to mark Easter and spring than walking through acres of colorful flowers. Ranunculus are the flowers that are produced at the Carlsbad Flower Fields, which were started by Edwin Frazee and his family. And March and April are the months when these Tecolote ranunculus, with its rose-like petals come into full bloom. The ranunculus splash the hillsides in a rainbow of colors ranging from reds, oranges, whites, pinks and yellows. These two and a half months in spring are when the fields are open to the public, although the farm is a 12-month operation. The Carlsbad Flower Fields opened last weekend and will remain open to the public through May 11. Enjoy Easter Dinner Easter is a good excuse to where your Sunday best to brunch or dinner. If you don't have a usual place to go, or don't head to the family's to eat, then is the next best thing. Choose from some of San Diego's finest restaurants and reserve your reservation online many of these establishments serve up special Easter brunch, lunch or dinner menus. Hit the Beach If anything marks Spring Break in San Diego, it is heading to the beach. Sure, the water might still be a bit too cold to take a dip, but springtime is still a great time to hit the sand. Just remember, though, that the new alcohol ban recently took effect: no longer are you allowed to consume alcohol on any of the city's (and most of the county's) beaches. Yep, a few spoiled apples have ruined it for the bunch of us abiding citizens. But the beach is still a good time. Check out the Desert Wildflowers We've had some decent rain this year, and when that happens, the desert wildflowers have a chance to bloom. And that means springtime is a good time to head out to the Anza-Borrego Desert. Take the scenic drive down the steep grade to the desert floor and you're in a whole different world of stark desert life. Head into the town of Borrego Springs - about the only place left in San Diego County where housing is affordable. Of course, it also gets to 110 degrees in the summer. Visit the San Diego Zoo Now what makes going to the San Diego Zoo any different during Easter and Spring Break any different than other times of the year? Well, spring is also the time when many animals give birth, so heading to the Zoo gives you a chance to see baby animals in all their innocence. Go Fishing Spring is when fishing season opens at San Diego County lakes, and with the cool, clean, weather, it is a great time for the family to hit our local lakes. One of the best places to experience spring fishing is to head up to Lake Cuyamaca in the Laguna Mountains - it's the county's only true cold water lake and in spring, it's stocked with feisty trout, prefect for fly fishing. If you're a kid, then head to urban Chollas Lake fishing is open only to youngsters and is a great way to acquaint them to outdoor recreation.

2013 San Diego Egg Hunts & Easter Activities
the beach, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Easter Brunch:10:00 am - 2:00 pm Egg Hunt on the beach: 12:00 pm Photos with Easter Bunny: 1:00 pm 3:00 pm $5/Child for Egg Hunt, proceeds going to Voices For Children Where: Wave House/ Belmont Park, 3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego 92109 Info: Wave House San Diego (858) 228-9283 San Diego: Easter Bunny Teas & Brunch at the Westgate Date: March 31, 2013 Easter Sunday Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm ($$) Ages: Not posted Egg Hunt & Activities: On Easter Sunday the hotel offers their Easter Champagne Brunch with fresh seafood, made to order omelets, carving stations and desserts, a buffet for the children, and a visit from the Easter bunny. Other activities include a magician and egg hunt. $65 per adult, $29 for children under 12 (tax and gratuity additional). Where: Westgate Hotel - 1055 Second Ave - San Diego CA 92101 Info: Reservations: (619) 557-3655 Alpine: Kiwanis Easter Pancake Breakfast Date: March 31, 2013 Time: 7:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: Not posted Easter Breakfast: Kiwanis of Alpine presents the Easter Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy a full delicious breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee prepared and served by members of the Alpine Kiwanis! Proceeds help support youth programs and community projects in Alpine. Cost: Prices not posted. 2011 prices: $5 Donation. Children 12 & Under: $2 Donation Where: Alpine Elementary School Auditorium 1850 Alpine Blvd - Alpine CA 91901 Info: Kiwanis Club of Alpine www. Campo: Easter Bunny Train Date: March 23, 24 & 30, 2013 Time: Departs at 11:00 am & 2:30 pm Easter Train Ride: Pacific Southwest Railway Museum's annual fun train ride with the Easter Bunny. Join the Famous Bunny for an Easter Egg fest on board the train, with an Easter Craft project for the kids in the Museum's Display Building after the ride. Fare includes a one-hour train ride, admission to the Museum, and the craft project. Cost: Ranges: $5 - $10 - $12 - $15 / $35 Cab Where: PSR Museum Assoc - Campo Depot, Highway 94 & Forrest Gate Rd Campo CA Info: (619) 478-9937 (weekends) Carlsbad: EGGStravaganza Spring Festival Date: March 30, 2013 Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Ages: All ages Egg Hunt & Festival: Music, fun games, arts & crafts and a Fun Zone with bounce houses, giant slide, obstacle courses and a chance to "Soak the Bunny." Collect eggs in the ongoing "Egg Scramble" between 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. This activity sends groups (by age) of approximately 20 children into the out field to collect as many eggs as they can. Activity card ($5) must be purchased to participate in "Egg Scramble," crafts, Fun Zone or Bunny Balloon Soak. Unlimited Fun Zone wristbands are also available for $5. Food, beverages, and merchandise will be available for an additional cost. Where: Poinsettia Park - 6600 Hidden Valley Road - Carlsbad CA 92008. Info: Details Events Hotline (760) 434-2843 Coronado: Easter Brunch & Egg Hunts ~ Hotel del Coronado Date: March 31, 2013 Easter Sunday ($$) Time: 3 egg hunts from 10:00 am to 10:40 am and 3 egg hunts from from 12:00 pm to 12:40 pm Ages: 0 - 12 for Egg Hunts Brunch & Egg Hunt: Celebrate Easter at the Hotel del Coronado with food, entertainment and fun for the whole family. The Del will feature their Easter Champagne Brunch buffet, Easter-egg hunts, holiday crafts and visits with the Easter Bunny! There will be three different hunts on the oceanfront Windsor Lawn from 10:00 am to 10:40 am, then another round of 3 egg hunts will take place from 12:00 pm to 12:40 pm. There is no additional cost for the egg hunts and baskets are provided. The Easter Bunny will be roaming throughout the hotel for photo opportunities. Craft 'Egg'stravaganza: The south end of the Windsor Lawn will also be the site for a fun zone with crafts for all ages from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Cost is (Continued on page 17)

San Diego: Easter Sunrise Service ~ Balboa Park Date: March 31, 2013 Time: 6:30 am - 7:30 am In recognition of Easter, a non-sectarian service will be held at Balboa Park. It will take place at sunrise when the day is fresh and new. You’re welcome to come and worship in fellowship with prayer and song. Balboa Park (Spreckels Organ Pavilion) Info: Faith Presbyterian Church (619) 582-8480 Spring Valley: Breakfast with the Bunny & Egg Hunt Date: March 30, 2013 Time: Breakfast: 7:30 am - 9:30 am Egg Hunt: 9:00 am Ages: Egg Hunt, ages 2 thru 10 Breakfast & Egg Hunt: Breakfast with the Bunny includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and milk, all served by the enthusiastic Kiwanis. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children 12 years and under. Breakfast will be held in Ketell Hall. Egg Hunt: The entire family will enjoy a special visit from Spring Valley’s own “bunny.” Free Egg Hunt is for ages 2 - 10 and starts at 9:00 am sharp. Picture taken with the bunny are $5. Where: Spring Valley Community Center, 8735 Jamacha Blvd - Spring Valley CA 91977. Info: (619) 479-1832 Silver Wing Recreation Center Date: March 22, 2013 Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m Ages: 1 - 12 Spring Egg Hunt: All are welcome to enjoy the Cake Walk, prize raffle, games, crafts, and coloring contest. Please bring your own basket for the Egg Hunt. Egg Hunt Schedule: 1-3 yrs @ 4:00 - 4:25 pm / 4-6 yrs @ 4:30 - 4:55 pm / 7-9 yrs @ 5:00 - 5:25 pm / 10-12 yrs @ 5:30 - 5:55 pm Raffle Tickets: $0.50 per Ticket / $1.00 for 3 Tickets Game Tickets: $0.25 per Ticket / $1.00 for 6 Tickets Note: Programs & fees are subject to change without notice. Where: The Field at 3737 Arey Drive - San Diego, CA 92154 Info: (619) 424-0465 San Diego: Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt Date: March 31, 2013 Easter Sunday Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Brunch & Egg Hunt: Join Belmont Park for Easter Brunch, an Egg Hunt on

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Founder, President & CEO Kalusugan Community Services.

by Dr. Ofelia Dirige

Memories Of Dr. Riz A. Oades
This week we celebrate on March 27 the 78th birthday of the late Dr. Riz Oades, Founder and President of Kalusugan Community Services (KCS). Two previous articles have been published about him. The first one is a more personal profile of him as a friend and colleague. The second one was a review of one of the more popular books he wrote about the U.S. Navy Filipinos entitled, “Beyond the Mask.” This third article is again about his personal attributes compared to Dr. Jose Rizal and a comprehensive biography of his accomplishments. Dr. Rizalino (Riz) Oades lived up to his name as it was derived from the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. And he likes it---as he has a big smile whenever we mention that he is like Rizal. He has many characteristics that were very similar to Jose Rizal but there were also some ways in which they differ. The grandest work that people remember of them was their long life activism in promoting the Filipino and uplifting their image. For one thing, Riz Oades (he prefers this nickname to Rizalino) is a smart and multi-talented man like Rizal. He was a scholar, teacher, writer, activist, basketball player, football fan, artist or piano player, handsome, traveler and good communicator. Although he is not a linguist as Rizal, he also spoke many languages like English, Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, and some Chinese. One characteristic that is so obvious like Rizal was Riz’s very nationalistic attitude. He is so proud of being a Filipino. You can tell from all his writings the pride he has in identifying himself as a Pinoy. He would champion the cause of a Filipino and defend them when FilAms are insulted or discriminated. However, like Rizal, he is not blind to the ills or negative characteristics of his fellowmen such as our indolence, crab mentality, and others. He would expose them with anger when necessary. Unlike Rizal who was willing to give his life for his country, Riz Oades will not do that because for him it is not necessary to die for your county since he loves life and would like to enjoy it. Also, like Rizal, I have never seen Riz Oades wear a “barong Tagalog” but always a suit. He still has the complex during the Spanish times that only the rich people wear suits whereas the Indios wore the barong to expose whatever arms they were carrying. In all the movies I have seen of Rizal, he was always wearing a suit, never a barong. Rizal was a “mestizo” (Filipino Chinese) he identified himself with the elite, Ilustrados. One other characteristic of Riz Oades and Jose Rizal were the number of women friends they have been attached to wherever they went. It seems a lot of women get attracted to their talents, excellent company and good looks. Since both were well traveled, there was a woman in every country they visited (a girl in every port?). But they took care of all their women, cherished and remembered them even until their death. They did not flaunt their dalliances but were secretive about their affairs not like so many men who talked proudly about their exploits. Like Rizal, Riz Oades loved his four families especially the children. He was faithful to them in providing their daily needs, education, and making sure they succeed in life. That is why he was always broke because of the big family he supports that included the two divorces he had. Rizal was also very devoted to his first family of nanay (mother), tatay (father), sisters and brothers. He comes from a well-to-do clan with big landholdings (hacienda) in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines so he was able to afford his schooling at prestigious schools such as Ateneo de Manila and universities in Spain. Unlike Riz Oades, he came from a poor family of seven siblings from Lumban, Laguna, and had

to work to support himself at an early age to go to school and had to apply for scholarships to go to college and graduate school. PROFILE OF RIZ A. OADES, PhD Background. History Professor, Community Leader, Newspaper Columnist, and Founder of Kalusugan Community Services. One of the few tenured Filipino professors in the United States, he successfully developed and taught East and Southeast Asian history courses at San Diego State University (SDSU) in San Diego, California since 1970. Besides teaching European history, he pioneered such courses as Premodern and Modern Southeast Asia; Social Change and Revolution in Asia; Contemporary Philippine Society and History; Southeast Asian and Filipino Experiences in America; Social and Cultural Change in Indonesia and the Philippines; and Contemporary Issues in the FilipinoAmerican Communities. Education. Oades was born in Lumban. Laguna Province and raised in Pasay City, Philippines. The eldest son of Lorenzo and Beatriz Oades, he finished his high school education at the Jose Abad Santos High School (Arellano University) in Pasay City, as salutatorian. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History (magna cum laude) from Far Eastern University (FEU) of Manila; MA in Asian History from the University of Hong Kong; and Ph.D. in East and Southeast Asian History from the University of Hawaii. He also did a postgraduate study at New York’s Cornell University on a Fulbright/SmithMundt scholarship grants. To the U.S. In trouble as a student activist, Dr. Oades began to focus on graduating at the top of his class that shortly led to a university lectureship appointment. He then competed and garnered the best fellowships and scholarships open to Filipinos for study abroad. He first came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar at Cornell University in August 1961. The second time that he came here as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hawaii (UH) was in the summer of 1966. He applied for an immigrant status in 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Work Experience. His work experience includes: statistician and head of FEU Training Hospital Medical Records Department; history lecturer at the FEU and University of Hawaii; coordinator of the U.S. Peace Corps Asian/American Studies Program, Hilo, Hawaii; and history professor at San Diego State University. Publications. His theses and publications include Chinese Emigraand decrease our costs. Across our business at Amazon, whenever we are able to create cost efficiencies like this, we want to pass the savings along to our customers.” Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is the highestresolution, largest-display Kindle Fire. Designed for entertainment, it is perfect for web, apps, movies, games and magazines. Features include: • Large 8.9” display has the highest resolution of any Kindle Fire (1920x1200, 254 ppi), with rich color and deep contrast; ideal for movies, apps, and gaming. • Custom Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, rich sound. • Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, and audiobooks. • The most popular apps and games. • Ultra-fast web browsing and streaming with built-in dual-band, dualantenna Wi-Fi. • Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls. • Exceptional battery life — Kindle Fire HD 8.9” gets 10 hours of battery life. • Easy-to-use e-mail, calendar, and contacts for work or home, including Gmail, Hotmail, Exchange, and more. • New Amazon-exclusive features like X-Ray for Movies, X-Ray for Textbooks, Immersion Reading, Whispersync for Voice and Whispersync for Games. • Kindle FreeTime, a free, personalized tablet experience just for kids and exclusively available on Kindle Fire. Parents can set daily screen limits and give access to appropriate content for each child. • “Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere” with Amazon apps available on the largest number of platforms so customers can use their Amazon content on any of their devices. • Amazon’s top-rated, worldclass customer service. Prime Instant Video green-lights Zombieland original series pilot from Sony Pictures Television Amazon Studios adds another comedy pilot for customers to enjoy for free— customer feedback will help determine which of the 13 pilots will be made into full-season productions. Amazon will add cult classic Zombieland to the line-up of pilots already in production for Prime Instant Video. Zombieland, which is the seventh comedy pilot added to Amazon’s pilot line-up, will be made available (along with the other six comedy pilots and six children’s pilots) for free on Amazon Instant Video. Customers are invited to view the pilots and then review them on the site; customer

tion Through Hong Kong to North Borneo Since 1880; The Social and Economic Background of Philippine Nationalism 1830-1892; The world of Southeast Asians and Filipinos in America; A Reader; Filipino Migration and Labor Movement in America; Defining Ourselves: Voices and Images of Second-generation Filipino Americans; Interview Strategies: What Every Filipino Job-Hunter Needs to Know; Filipino Youth Gangs in San Diego; The Philippines: The Birth of a Nation; and Beyond the Mask: The Untold Stories of U.S.-Navy Filipinos. Oades has also written a few monographs and some 1,000 newspaper and scholarly journal articles in Asian Journal and other newspapers that covered varied subjects on Asian and FilipinoAmerican cultures, society, history, public health, and politics. Civic Leader. A well-respected educator and tenacious civic leader, Oades is an outspoken critic of FilipinoAmerican politics and an advocate for much-needed community projects and programs in San Diego, addressing such issues as affirmative action, higher education, civic organizations, coalition building, political empowerment, youth gang violence, teen suicide, substance abuse, high-school dropout, inter-racial relationships; the elderly; and other socio-cultural issues. He has actively participated in community-based organizations, such as the Vice-President for 5 years of the Council of Philippine-American Organizations (COPAO), and was co-founder of Kalusugan Community Services (KCS), a non-profit community based organization whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of FilAms and other underserved groups. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to numerous student, professional and civic associations, and government boards or task forces. He also hosted a monthly FilAm Forum in KCS FilAm Wellness Center that he built and administers in National City. The Center has been a hub of local activities and programs, made possible through Oades’s and O. Dirige’s grant writing and fundraising skills. For over 30 years, Oades has been supportive of Filipino student and youth organizations and programs, especially SDSU’s AB Samahan’s sports events, cultural nights, and annual high school conferences. Off-campus and through community-based organizations, he has (Continued on page 17)

Funerals, Expositions, Weddings, and Reunions
Every year there are major events that I am scheduled to attend. I usually start the year by attending the International CES, the largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, Nevada; followed by the MACWORD/iWorld in San Francisco, California; then, the FOSE, Government-related IT conferences such as CyberSecurity, Mobile Government, Cloud and Virtualization, Big Data and Business Intelligence and the GV (Government Video) Expo; Health Summit; and Book Expo. Of course, family regular events such as, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year are included in the pre-scheduled calendar of events for me. In between the regular events are usually birthdays of friends and other relatives, weddings, wedding anniversaries and unexpected funeral of relatives or friends. This year, I was able to attend the International CES. Prior to that I also attended the Storage Visions Conference for the first time. The latter was being held also in Las Vegas immediately before the CES expo. I have written several columns on these two conferences in this column. Unfortunately, I failed to attend the MACWORLD/iWorld this year. My high school class was also celebrating its 50th Anniversary but I also failed to attend the event. My brother-in-law suddenly died but, again, I could not attend the funeral. All these events were happening within weeks and all held out of town or abroad. I would have wanted to be present in those events. Health and other unavoidable circumstances prevented me from doing so. High School Reunion, my presence was still felt because prior to the event I filled up a whole Balikbayan box with sample products, bags, pens and other items that I accumulated attending conferences over the years and sent them to my classmates for distribution during the reunion. My souvenirs became theirs. Failing to attend the funeral of my brother-in-law, I wrote a condolence letter to his children and a tribute to him which were published online – Google BlogSpot, Asian Journal USA, and Facebook. It was accessible to most of our relatives worldwide via the Internet. The Asian Journal USA also has an offline/paper edition, copies of which were distributed during the wake and funeral. Virtually and spiritually, I was as present as my late beloved sister, Perla (his wife) was. The truth is, there is nothing better than being physically present in any or all of the events. Physical presence represents vitality – demonstration of one’s use of all the sensual organs such as sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste. You get reunited with friends and relatives by seeing them, touching them, smelling them, hearing them and tasting the food and drinks with them. Feeling with them is also a necessary consequence. It could be sadness during the funeral, or upon hearing some bad news, but it is really more joy and fun just by being together sharing stories, laughing, dancing and doing other crazy activities. Last weekend, my niece, Claudia Maynigo Denton married Greg Rockwood. It was held in San Diego, California. I described it as a union of two U.S. Air Force Majors – Major Denton and Major Rockwood – survivors of major wars. I am reminded about the Miss Universe contest about two and half years ago. Miss Philippines failed to become Miss Universe. It is attributed to the fact that when someone asked her about mistakes she had made. She responded that “you know what sir, in my 22 years of existence, there is nothing major major, any problem, that I have done in my life, because I am very confident with my family with the love that they are giving to me.” That answer was considered a major, major mistake. I always planned to attend Claudia’s wedding. There was a health threat on my part that almost prevented me from going a few days before. A quick action of my wife Tina, and assistance by my primary doctor and cardiologist, immediately removed all threats. I could not afford NOT to attend Claudia’s wedding. Tina and I were wedding sponsors (Godmother and Godfather). I always admired Claudia who is the only daughter of my youngest sister, Mila Maynigo Denton Goldberg. Claudia is endowed with beauty and brains – traits that caught the attention of two famous Rauls in Philippine political history (Raul Manglapus and Raul Roco) when she was in her teens. Her mother hosted and supported both Rauls’ political campaigns. Claudia’s father, Claude Denton was a handsome, humble, and soft-spoken Computer and Electronics Engineer. She also studied Computer and Electronics Engineering and joined the U.S. Air Force. She became an Air Force Captain at the age of 28 and has just been promoted to Major. She has been to Iraq twice, was stationed in Germany and Japan, and taught ROTC at UCLA. Many of us have been dubbed as heroes just for being Overseas Filipino Workers. Claudia actually served during the Iraq wars, risking her life in defense of freedom, our lives, and our right to pursue happiness. My pride and admiration go to her. As expected, Claudia’s wedding was officiated by my first cousin, Fr. Vic Arenas Maynigo. He also officiated our wedding over 40 years ago, my sister Mila’s, my daughter Tanya’s, and countless other relatives. Like Papabili Cardinal Tagle, Fr. Vic was also a scholar who studied in Rome and in the United States and a former Seminary Rector. He is currently a Parish Priest at Staten Island in New York City. As far as I know, none of the marriages he officiated ended in separation or divorce. Isn’t that nice? Indeed, the wedding was full of fun and entertainment. The reunion of relatives from several generations certainly made it a very memorable event! 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At Large...
by Miles Beauchamp, PhD
Miles is Assistant to the Dean and Assistant Professor in the Shirley Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University where he teaches new media and diverse writing courses. He has been with the Asian Journal since the 1990’s.

Amazon launches Kindle Fire HD in Japan and introduces new, lower price in US
Largest-display, highest-resolution version of Amazon’s best-selling tablet now available in Japan Amazon announced that Kindle Fire HD 8.9” — the large-screen version of its best-selling tablet — is now available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan. With the expansion of Kindle Fire HD 8.9” to Europe and Japan, Amazon also announced it is able to lower the price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9” in the US, with the Wi-Fi version now starting at $269 and the 4G version starting at $399. “We’re thrilled with customer reaction to Kindle Fire HD 8.9”. Customers tell us they love our large-screen version of Kindle Fire HD for web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “As we expand Kindle Fire HD 8.9” to Europe and Japan, we’ve been able to increase our production volumes

feedback will help determine which of the 13 pilots Amazon Studios will make into full-season productions, to air on Prime Instant Video. Not your average show “Zombieland is a fan favorite and we can’t wait to see where this story line goes in a serialized format,” said Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios. “We’ve been announcing a lot of exciting exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, and Justified, and we think adding original shows to that lineup is going to make Prime even more enticing for customers.” Zombieland is based on the hit Columbia Pictures movie of the same name, and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home. The Zombieland pilot comes from the feature film’s original creative team, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (G.I. Joe: Retaliation,

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The Joe Schmo Show), and producer Gavin Polone (Gilmore Girls, Curb Your Enthusiasm). Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) is directing the pilot. The part of Tallahassee will be played by Kirk Ward (The Island), Maiara Walsh (Desperate Housewives, Switched at Birth) is cast as Wichita, Tyler Ross (Milkshake) will play Columbus, and Izabela Vidovic has the role of Little Rock.

“Zombieland will strive to break the rules—action, adventure, thrills, chills and laughs and all packed into a half hour format,” said creator Paul Wernick. “This is not your average show but Amazon is not your average network.”

My physical absence, however, did not prevent me from establishing a virtual presence. In the case of MACWORLD, I encouraged the Press Agents of exhibitors to send me Press Releases and sample products for review. Many of them did. I have been able to write about the products launched and displayed at the event. Furthermore, many of them were also at the International CES just days before. In the case of our 50th Anniversary

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Immigration 911
by Atty. Susan V. Perez
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Legal Presumption Of Death: When A Dead Spouse Resurrects
IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. This article is not about the resurrection of Jesus, but the resurrection of a spouse that was declared dead by a court due to absence of at least seven years. I’ve worked on a case where U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revoked the I-130 petition filed by a step-parent on behalf of her step-daughter. The decision stated that: “The marriage between the petitioner and the beneficiary’s father is not valid. The beneficiary’s father was previously married to the beneficiary’s biological mother. However, there is no documentary evidence to establish that the beneficiary’s father’s prior marriage was legally terminated. The beneficiary’s biological mother had been declared “presumptively dead” pursuant to a judicial decision dated December 18, 2005. However, it appears that the beneficiary’s biological mother is actually alive. Because the beneficiary’s father’s prior marriage was not legally terminated at the time of his marriage to the petitioner, the marriage between the petitioner and beneficiary’s father is not valid for immigration purposes.” USCIS conducted an investigation in the Philippines to determine if in fact the beneficiary’s biological mother is alive. They found her voter registration and her relatives gave statements confirming she’s alive. This is caveat to those who are thinking of declaring their spouses dead instead of getting an annulment to terminate their marriages. With the declaration of death, there is always the chance that the absent spouse will resurface. When this happens, the subsequent marriage can be declared void, and all rights and privileges emanating from this marriage can be taken away. Legal presumption of death is well recognized in the United States. I found this from Corpus Juris Secundum: “the presumption of death is effective for practically all legal purposes, including proceedings involving real property, and is available as a method of proof of death in cases where death is a jurisdictional fact that must be made to appear. The reason for the presumption is that it is necessary, on grounds of public policy, that rights depending on life or death of persons long absent and unaccounted for, should not remain in abeyance indefinitely but should be settled according to some fixed rule. Under some statutes, a period shorter than seven years is prescribed, at least, according to some judicial declarations, for certain purposes. The American Jurisdiction provides that marriage is terminable only by death or presumption of death, or by judicial decree of divorce, dissolution, or annulment. The legal consequences of presumption of death are the same as in the case of a definitely verifiable death; for example, policies of life insurance become payable, and an executor or administrator must be appointed if the person left an estate. In some states, in a proceeding to dissolve marriage the period of seven years’ absence has been shortened to five years.” In a decision dated February 2009 the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit stated that: “The standard legal effect of death on marriage is that it terminates the legal union. See 52 Am. Jur 2d Marriage § 8 (2000) (“[M] arriage…is terminable only by death or presumption of death, or by judicial decree of divorce, dissolution, or annulment.” In the United States, the law does not require institution of judicial proceedings to declare an absent spouse dead before the spouse present can remarry. Case law states that any person attacking the validity of the second marriage needs to show that the first marriage was valid, the previous spouse was alive, and the previous marriage was not dissolved by divorce or annulment. If these cannot be proven, the second marriage is valid. Further, the reappearance does not automatically render the second marriage void. The person attacking the second marriage needs to prove certain facts. In the Philippines the rule on presumptive death is found in Article 390 of the Family Code. It reads: “After an absence of seven years, it being unknown whether or not the absentee still lives, he shall be presumed dead for all purposes, except for those of succession. The absentee shall not be presumed dead for the purpose of opening his succession till after an absence of ten years. If he disappeared after the age of seventy-five years, an absence for five years shall be sufficient in order that his succession may be opened.” The law says that the absent spouse shall be presumed dead for “all purposes” except succession. It is only after an absence of ten (10) years that his succession will be opened. In that case, his heirs can now commence an intestate proceeding, for purposes of dividing or distributing the estate of the absentee, for by then, the right of inheritance shall have already become choate, for under Article 777 of the Civil Code, it is from the moment of death that there shall be transmission of rights, properties, or even obligations from the decedent to the heirs because of the presumptive death of the absentee. There is not physical death, but there is only presumptive death under the situation. Upon the other hand, Article 41 of the Family Code of the Philippines, upon which the trial court anchored its grant of the petition for the declaration of presumptive death of the absent spouse provides: “A marriage contracted by any person during the subsistence of a previous marriage shall be null and void, unless before the celebration of the subsequent marriage, the prior spouse had been absent for four consecutive years and the spouse present had a wellfounded belief that the absent spouse was already dead. Xxx” For the purpose of contracting the subsequent marriage under the preceding paragraph, the spouse present must institute a summary proceeding as provided in this Code for the declaration of presumptive death of the absentee, without prejudice to the effect of reappearance of the absent spouse.” Presumption of death is effective for all legal purposes and becomes effective by operation of law. Philippine law requires a judicial proceeding to be instituted to declare an absent spouse dead if the spouse present would like to remarry. This is reasonable since marriage is a social institution. The principle of international comity requires that USCIS recognize the decision rendered by the Philippine court. The decree was issued by a foreign tribunal and people involved in the case were domiciled in that foreign jurisdiction. A decree that is valid in a foreign jurisdiction is valid everywhere and should be respected. In a North Carolina case the court dealt with the full faith and credit clause of the United States Constitution. It said since the Constitution does not apply to judgments rendered by courts of foreign countries, the question of recognition is solely one of comity. New York courts have recognized divorce decrees rendered in foreign countries when such recognition does not offend any public policy of New York. The same principle should be followed when it comes to termination of marriage based on absence of spouse for several years. Article 42 of the Family provides the effects of reappearance of the absent spouse. It states: “The subsequent marriage referred to in the preceding Article shall be automatically terminated by the recording of the affidavit of reappearance of the absent spouse, unless there is a judgment annulling the previous marriage or declaring it void ab initio.” Clearly, the reappearance of the absent spouse does not automatically render the subsequent marriage void. The absent spouse must register her reappearance to render the subsequent marriage void. This did not happen in our case. The beneficiary’s biological mother did not register her reappearance. Therefore, the judicial decision declaring her dead should stand and the marriage between the petitioner and the beneficiary’s father should be recognized for immigration purposes. Will USCIS listen to our argument? 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(Continued from page 4) not have vices. I do not eat meat. I only eat fish and root crops,” he said. Cabiling was born on July 6, 1900 in Barangay Damulaan in Albuera, Leyte. He joined the service on Aug. 3, 1922 and became part of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). Cabiling narrated how he served as a gunner in the artillery division and how he helped shoot down a Japanese aircraft. He was one of the recipients of a certificate of gratitude issued by then US President Harry Truman on Dec. 31, 1944. “As one of the nation’s finest, you undertook the most severe task one can be called upon to perform,” the citation read. “Because you demonstrated the fortitude, resourcefulness and calm judgment necessary to carry out that task, we now look to you for leadership and example in further exalting our country in peace.” Cabiling retired on July 10, 1952 after almost three decades in the service. He married after the war but eventually separated from his wife. His second wife bore him a daughter, who died in a road accident in 1995. Now a widower, Cabiling is staying with a group of reservists who saw him following up his pension in Camp Aguinaldo. Despite his heroism, Cabiling has not received his benefits because he lost his identification card. “A lawyer promised to help me with my pension documents but the documents he provided were fake,” he said, lamenting the lawyer even charged him a lot for the documents. Cabiling said the Armed Forces of the Philippines is now helping process his papers. President Aquino assured the Army on the occasion of its 116th anniversary yesterday that his administration is focused on building minimum credible defense posture. He said true stability of the military would only come from the people’s trust and confidence in those in authority. The President said the country’s military must be able to face challenges of modern times. Aquino joined the Army top brass in honoring the invaluable and excellent contributions of its personnel and civilian stakeholders. – With Aurea Calica

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ciscans, including St. Claire who was instrumental in the entry of thousands of women into the Franciscan philosophy and way of life. Due to his great love for Christ, he was fearless and against the advices of those who cared for his safety, he ventured to travel to Bethlehem where non Christians, his brother Muslims, were in control who can who can go inside the city, especially during Francis’ lifetime. Having read several books about this great saint, and having the rare opportunity, with my wife last year, to visit St. Francis’ birthplace in Assisi, Italy, where he rebuilt a very old church in ruins, I am in awe about St. Francis’ simplicity and humility, especially his works for the poor and lepers and his renunciation of worldly power and fame. It is for the above-mentioned reasons that as a Catholic since birth years who has also witnessed the awesome power and influence of the Pontiff of Rome, I am genuinely and pleasantly excited that the Pope has chosen to be the first pope named after St. Francis. He was also the first pope elected from the Americas and Southern Hemisphere. To the Franciscans and all who admire and love the Franciscans, the name Francis means a great deal. I pray that it will be the precursor of many positive changes in our secular world, especially within the Catholic Church that often built magnificent Cathedrals but within minutes or a dozen blocks away, hundreds if not thousand homeless people live in the streets! (For example, if you are in Los Angeles, where the controversial Cardinal Mahoney was the CEO of the Archdiocese of LA, go visit the Cathedral and then drive a mile or two east of that expensive magnificent structure building, and see the profound contrast of the Archbishop palace and old shopping carts where homeless people put their entire worldly possessions! **** Furthermore, the more we read about Pope Francis, we learn that he is also an advocate for the preservation of God’s CREATION, (environment and ecology). In his inaugural homily, I read that the new pope mentioned “creation” and “environment” interchangeably no less than l4 times, as God’s gifts! It is noteworthy that he was installed as Pope on March 19th, the feast of St. Joseph who was the protector of the family, and consequently the church. Like St. Joseph, Pope Francis in his humble ways has also accepted God’s plan to be the new Pope, a very important role given to him by God, even without seeking it. Earth activists, environmentalists and all people in all religions (Continued on page 17)

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Selection e Dark Nights of Father Madrid

Chapter 36. The Mission
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 sustained during an encounter with commandos of the Philippine Constabulary. Years earlier, Gusi was the newly-ordained and affable Father George Madrid whose social justice work among oppressed farm workers (sacadas) 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 rank of commander of the dreaded New People’s Army. In this chapter, the rebel commander’s gunshot wound is successfully treated by Dr. Sanchez, a surgeon nun. He recuperates and takes refuge at the archbishop’s residence.
(Continued from page 1) were supposed to join the seminary choir at a public concert. Smart Frank thought nobody, not even the concert conductor, would miss four out of over a hundred singers. The 1965 musical film about the famous von Trapp family ran 174 minutes while the two hour concert plus preparation and encores would run about three hours. So, Frank and his buddies figured they would be returning to the seminary campus at about the same time as the rest of the student body. And no one would be have been any the wiser. Well, someone either squealed or the Prefect of Discipline was Sherlock Holmes incarnate. In any case, Fr. Sherlock was on guard for the four escapees when they stealthily returned to the seminary via the back door. Luckily, they were not expelled. Two sympathetic professors and, surprisingly, the choir conductor pleaded to give the conspirators fair warning instead. Their punishment was to kneel at the entrance to the dining room for three days in a row, while the entire student body processed in for their meals. They were not physically harmed, if you counted out patellar callouses. But Frank, to the very day, claims: “We were emotionally scarred…for life,” he said, half-jokingly. “But, George, tell me,” he hesitated for a long while. “Why…why…did you..” “Did I defect? “ George saved him the trouble. “Well, yes.” George thought for a long time. Rosa came in, saw George’s soulful mien, and asked, “Is there anything wrong with the food?” “Oh, no, Rosa, no,” George was apologetic. “I was just thinking about something.” “Do you want coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?”

“Whatever you have’s fine.” “We have everything. And I baked a cake too. How about you, Fr. Frank?” “Rosa, why don’t you and Anita rest for the night,” he said. “We’ll take care of things.” “And what will you two have for breakfast,” she thought of everything. “The usual for me” Frank replied. “Whatever you cook is fine. You can surprise me,” George said. “Good night, then. “ Rosa asked for Fr. Frank’s blessing then took her leave. George poured himself a cup of coffee and cradled the warm cup in his hand. “I’m still asking myself that question, Frank, “ he said, with palpable honesty. Frank looked at his friend, silently, not without compassion. “I was getting too involved in the plight of the sacadas…you cannot befriend them, talk to them, pray with them, eat with them without feeling the depth of their suffering and despair….they are the poorest of the poor, Frank…voiceless, powerless… groveling under exploitation…cowering in fear…subsisting on the barest…. stripped of their dignity…” his eyes welled up. “Didn’t you work with the poor before? Remember, we had those visitations to the slum areas when we were students, “ Frank reminded him. “Superficial contacts, Frank. We were there to help them. Not live with them. We were the noble, magnanimous, elite class. We felt good helping our helpless brothers and sisters. But we considered ourselves better than them…..It was okay to feel sorry for them as long as we did not get ourselves dirty,” he said, putting his cup down. “You’re making me feel guilty,” Frank said, almost silently. “No, Frank” he countered. “We all have our work to do. Some of us have

--------1) Bagoong alamang - shrimp paste or condiment made of tiny fermented shrimps. A bit similar to anchovies. To be continued...The author welcomes comments, corrections, suggestions, etc. from Asian Journal readers. These may be included in the novel’s final version. Please send your remarks to ed.gamboa@yahoo. com.

to be canon lawyers, others revolutionaries.” “But I still do not understand why you could not continue helping the poor without abandoning your ministry. You gave up everything. Why?” George took a deep breath and sighed. “Because it did not make sense for me to go halfway. I was intricately involved in their lives. So what do I do when their homes are torched to the ground and their village is destroyed and their husbands and wives and their sons and daughters and grandchildren are massacred? What do I do? Stay in my comfortable rectory and pray for them? Say Requiem masses the next morning? Tell those who survived that I truly felt their pain?” “Sorry, Frank, “ he said softly. “ I did not mean to preach to you.” “No offense,” Frank waved a hand. “In a way, I needed to hear that.” He took a sip of his port wine. “There were many times when I questioned myself. Was I truly dedicated to liberating my poor and oppressed brothers and sisters? Or, was I simply living the romanticized life of a revolutionary?” “Well, some of your fellow priests think the latter, you know.” Frank quipped and took another sip. “And I think only one or two bishops are remotely sympathetic to your cause, “ he added. “In my worse moments, my darkest nights, one thing did comfort me. I truly felt that my most basic mission was not to liberate the poor but rather to bring God to where He was not or could not be present.” Frank gave him a quizzical look. “I knew, of course “ George continued, “that the movement was basically atheistic. But I felt that I somehow was bringing God into the communist movement and into nooks and crannies where He could not go -- if you can forgive my warped theology.” “I doubt you can defend that in a formal thesis…but I get your drift. You were God‘s infiltrator,” the canon lawyer said matter-of-factly. “But I also got sucked into the violence and the brutality and the intrigues …and the machinations and the deceits -- how could I claim to be the God bearer?” he asked, with painful sarcasm. “What was your primary, core intention? Inflicting violence?” Frank was throwing him a rope. George was grateful, “You were always the smart one, Frank.” “Yes, I know.” The canon lawyer stood up, promptly posed with arms outstretched a la Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews and, assuming the Academy Award winning actress’s four octave vocal range, sang “the hills are alive with the sound of music with songs they have sang for a thousand years…” They both had a hearty laugh before bidding each other good night.

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Pope Francis I: “A Man for Others Following The Way of St. Francis of Assisi”
THE METAMORPHOSIS By Ernie D. Delfin Like millions of Catholics and Christians around the world, I too was very excited and happy with the unexpected election Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio Pontiff of Rome, succeeding Pope Benedict XVI, the only pope who resigned during the last 600 years! The more revelations, disclosures or testimonials about the life of Pope Francis I: what he has done, like riding public transportation, cooking his own meals and even opting to live in a small apartment instead of the elegant Bishop’s residence in Argentina, the more I am amazed and the more I admire the man. His simple and humble way of life will undoubtedly influence and motivate many people to follow his Spartan or Franciscan-like way of life. I believe as I continue to pray that he will be a great Pope who can initiate a lot of needed changes in our 2000 year- old Roman Catholic Church for the betterment of all Christians, especially the poor and the powerless of our society, particularly in the area of Social Justice, Peace and Creation. Although I was not a graduate of any Jesuit institution (like the Ateneo) as I was a product of the Dominicans (Letran in Manila) after a Catholic high school that was run and managed by the Franciscans, I have a great admiration for the Jesuits as they are widely known for their mantra “Man for Others” (akin to our Rotary’s “Service Above Self”) and passion for their work and advocacy in the Social Justice arena. I believe they are more vocal, more progressive and more proactive in working for the enhancement of the lives of the oppressed and exploited. A Jesuit trained and educated alumnus, the Philippines national hero, Jose Protacio Mercado Rizal, exemplified the Jesuit philosophy. Many Jesuits, starting from its founder St. Ignatius of Loyola, worked tirelessly without seeking human accolades nor seeking power or fame in the world unlike many secular leaders, who become worldly beneficiaries of government leaders even to the extent of condoning graft and corruption practices of these elected political leaders. It is indeed a sad editorial but it is a reality in our world today and yesterday. It is in this perspective that makes Pope Francis, a Jesuit trained and educated person, an exemplary and extraordinary unique leader to lead the over 1.2 billion members of the Catholic Church that has in the last many decades been afflicted with many problems like the exclusion of progressive nuns from the church, alleged financial improprieties in the Vatican, the sexual abuses perpetuated by pedophile priests and the documented cover-ups by their superiors. Many Catholics, like me, are prayerfully hopeful that Pope Francis’ ways will resonate to his flock and provide the needed catalyst for change within the Church, the emanating from the Papal throne in the Vatican. The Jesuits have been known as the rebels within the Catholic Church and as such, it is conceivable that Pope Francis might institute some revolutionary reforms in the governance of the Vatican away from the grandeur of Rome and away from materialism to his simpler ways of life. To add more luster in Pope Francis’ impressive background, he has also chosen the name Francis, the first pope to do so with his obvious love and affinity to St. Francis, an extraordinary man who chose to be with the poor,the lepers and outcast of Assisi, against the wishes of his wealthy merchant father who disinherited him. Despite that he renounced his certain inheritance and that he practically owned nothing during his lifetime, St. Francis, the unassuming little man of Assisi was conspicuously very happy and contented being with the poor, the hungry, the sun, the moon, the birds and animals whom he considered all of them as his own brothers and sisters as they are all created by the same God. His genuine life of humility, simplicity and profound love for Christ attracted many, both wealthy and poor citizens of Italy that soon expanded to all continents especially after his death. He was after all the “unwilling” founder of the Fran-

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Relationship Management: How the Words You Say May be Costing You Business
BY MELISSA DITTMANN TRACEY, REALTOR MAGAZINE, FEB 2013 -- Watch your language. Words can be powerful. And it’s the little words that can kill a sale, says Dan Seidman, an internationally recognized sales trainer and author of The Secret Language of Influence (AMACOM, 2012). Some everyday language may seem harmless, but at a subconscious level it may be preventing your customers from taking action. You could even be driving them to look elsewhere for an agent. Just a simple switch of everyday words — like “why” to “how” and “if” to “when” — may serve as a powerful way to motivate customers and deepen your relationships, Seidman says. “Pay close attention to the words you use and the words you feed to others,” notes Seidman, a best-selling author and CEO of the company, Got Influence?, which provides training and resources for improving business strategies. “Your elevated communication skills will make you more money at work and draw you closer to people you care about.” Seidman draws from psychological research on influence and years of coaching sales professionals to identify some of the following words — or categories of words — to avoid in sales encounters, and how to make smarter word choices that win over clients. The word choices below are important for face-to-face interactions as well as in your printed marketing materials, e-mails, and social networking, Seidman says. Bad word No. 1: “Why” Why should you never utter the word “why” in a sales situation? Blame it on your parents, Seidman says. Many people have a deeply rooted negative association with the word “why” from years of growing up and hearing their parents yell: “Why would you do that?!” “Why, why, why?!” “Why” can question a person’s intelligence, Seidman says. “It can send the message saying, ‘We’re not sure you can make the best decisions,’” Seidman notes. “It’s a dangerous word to use.” Plus, is it really a “smart move to throw the prospect’s unconscious mind back to that time when he was verbally beaten up for a choice he made?” Not when they’re thinking about buying a home! Example: “Why do you think your house can sell for that much higher than what you paid for it?” Instead, do this: Say “How?” “How” gives you information into the customer’s thought process and may provide you with additional insight that you can use in future interactions, Seidman says. “It’ll help you learn how they’re motivated to say yes,” Seidman says. “‘Why’ can make them defensive; ‘how’ can get to the real point or concern.” Example: “How did you arrive at that price for the value of your home?” Let’s say the prospect says that she read an article in the newspaper that told her prices were going up in her area, she heard from her friends about housing values in the area, and she used the Internet to find an estimated value of her home. Now, you’re cued in to some possible influencers to that buyer: reading materials, the Internet, and external output from others. You can use these influencers to help motivate the buyer in future encounters (such as providing more printed materials and supporting housing data). Bad word No. 2: “But” Once you say “but,” you negate, or render meaningless, everything you said before it, Seidman says. The word can contradict and “antagonize,” he adds. Example: “I would like to list your home for a higher price, but ...” Instead, do this: Say “And” “And” is a connector. “It’s a peacemaker and unifies ideas that you state before and after using the word,” Seidman says. Example: “I would like to list your home for a higher price, and here’s what we need to do in order to make it more marketable.” Bad word No. 3: “Might” This word often shows weakness and can show that you’re powerless — not the message you want to send as a sales professional whose clients will be entrusting you with likely their biggest investment ever. Examples: “I might be able to negotiate the price lower...” “Do you think we might be able to further discuss next week the possibility of listing of your home?” By adding the word “might” in your sentences, you’re not leaving them with any clear next steps to take. Instead, “you’re showing that you’re powerless,” Seidman says. “Once you make statements in a selling environment that show you are powerless, it’s almost impossible to regain credibility and power.” Instead do this: Be firm and state a position. Don’t wimp out, as Seidman says. Take a position and an action step. Examples: “Let’s see if the seller is willing to negotiate this lower and let’s make your offer of ‘X’ price.” “Let’s set up a time to talk right now. How about at 4 p.m. Sunday?” Bad word No. 4: “If” By using the word “if,” you’re showing doubts about what you’re offering. This could subconsciously send a warning signal to clients that you lack confidence. “If” can indicate that you have no confidence in your future, and “when you don’t believe in yourself, it’ll show up in your relationships with prospects,” Seidman says. Examples: “If you decide to sign an agreement with us ...” “If you put in a contract in on this house ...” “If you decide to work with me as your real estate agent ...” Instead do this: Say “When” “‘When’ creates a future,” Seidman says. “‘If’ kills it. ... ‘If’ says I’m not really sure you’re interested in this. But ‘when’ assumes you are and that it’s only a matter of time before we get ink on the page.” The most successful salespeople don’t “hope” for an outcome; they believe in it, Seidman says. “Consciously we hear these words and make assumptions of a relationship,” he adds. “You want to help them along. It’s in their best interest to work with you.” Examples: “When you sign an agreement with us ...” “When we work together, here’s how we’re going to find this.” “When we find the best house, here’s what we’re going to do.” Seidman notes that the only time “if” works is if you’re trying to suggest a counterexample or unintended consequence to the customer’s decision: “You can choose that other solution, if a lesser result is adequate for you.” Bad word No. 5: “Only,” “just,” or other minimizers Minimizers tell the other person that what you have to say or offer is of little value and unimportant. When cold-calling or prospecting, sales associates will often use these words to try to buy time with customers. Examples: “I only want to talk to you about this briefly.” “I only need 15 minutes of your time.” The message you’re sending, however, is “this is no big deal.” But buying a house or selling a house is a big deal. Get rid of minimizers from your speech. “Psychologically, it’s a poor way to represent yourself,” Seidman says. “You don’t need to kiss up or beg any customer for time and attention. That’s not projecting a good self-image. You do this for a living. And when people buy a house, that’s a big decision. They need someone like you to talk about this for as long as it takes to find the right house for them. And you’re the person to do that.” Instead do this: Emphasize the importance of what you have to say. Make your customers realize this is important information and you’re willing to take as much time with them as possible to help them buy or sell their home. Be a problem solver for the client and don’t minimize the information you can provide them. Example: “I have critical information. My clients use me to eliminate three key problems that you’re probably encountering now as well.” You’re sending the message that you have important information to share, and now you may have piqued the prospect’s curiosity — what could those three issues be? (All sales professionals should be able to identify at least three top problems they can solve for clients, Seidman says.) With a little tweak in your words, you can reel in new prospects, without ever having to minimize the expertise you can offer. Melissa Dittmann Tracey Contributing Editor Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® magazine. She can be reached at mtracey@realtors. org.

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say that there are NPAs who roam the area. But with the guns of the soldiers guarding them, what could those NPAs do? The engineer heard rustles. At first, they were muted rustles. Then, they became hurried rustles that overcame the sounds of the ripples of the river. The engineer stealthily cleaned himself in a hurry. He peered through the bushes. He saw naked bodies streaking, glistening by the light of the Petromax. The bodies swiftly swooped down upon the soldiers, howling, hacking, stabbing, piercing. Glinting bolos that sparked in the dark, gleamed and became crimsoned with blood. A soldier awoke a bit but was hacked back into nothingness. Screaming of the dying filled the freezing air. One of the bodies grabbed the Petromax and smashed it on a tractor. The kerosene streaked and the tractors and bulldozers turned into fireballs. The engineer trembled but no longer from the cold. As swift as the rustles came, they were gone. The ripples of the river began to roar. (Next Chapter – Lieutenant Julius Madrigal is ambushed in Mindanao by Muslim rebels and is reassigned to the CIS to fight urban guerillas)

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The Captivating Speaker and Leader I Most Admire
By Zena Sultana Babao It takes talent to be the Leader of the Free World. It takes more than talent to be an oratorical genius and have people hang on to your every word. And it takes strength of character to pull your country from the depths of despair and bring it back to glory. Sadly, this leader/speaker I admire the most is gone now. But what he did lived on after him! Who is he? None other than SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL! At the darkest hour in history, when Adolf Hitler held the world in a grip of terror, Churchill – armed with tremendous oratorical prowess and incredible strength of character – rallied the British troops to the cause of freedom. Winston Churchill was a historical figure of dynamic proportions. He was England’s most daring Prime Minister. He was also one of the greatest speakers the world has ever known. A gifted journalist, biographer, and historian, a good painter, a soldier of courage and distinction, and a fearless and discerning world leader – Churchill’s innumerable talent made a lasting mark in history! By any standard, Churchill was a man of rare versatility. But it was as a speaker that he excelled! A larger-thanlife personality, he had the ability to captivate, mesmerize and mobilize his audience. As Edward R. Murrow once said, “Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle!” Historian Will Durant wrote that Churchill “was worth a thousand regiments.” Another historian, Arnold Toynbee, also wrote: “the words of Winston Churchill spelled the difference between defeat and victory, between death and survival.” As England’s prime minister, he saw the war as the ultimate challenge. While the German bombs were exploding all over London, he used the radio to rally his troops to battle. I can imagine him clearly in my mind’s eye: the short hulking figure, the scowl of a bulldog, the ever-present cigar, and the fearless demeanor. Amid the din and chaos of battle, the voice of Winston Churchill could be heard loud and clear: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, sweat and tears. You ask, what is our policy? It is to wage war: to wage war by land, air and sea; to wage war with all our might; to wage war against a lamentable catalogue of human crime. You ask, what is our aim? Our aim is victory; victory at all cost; victory in spite of terror; victory however long and hard; for without victory, there is no survival.” As a speaker, Churchill used mostly one-syllable words. Yet his words are vibrant, full of action and meaning. His words can penetrate the minds and hearts of his people, and propel them into action. His inspiring speeches, and the force of his character, acted as a catalyst that led to the downfall of Nazi Germany. Was Churchill a born speaker? Not by any means! As a young man, he lisped and he stammered. His voice lacked resonance. He didn’t have charisma yet. But he knew that great speakers are made not born. He had the burning desire and the determination to master the English language and make it a tool for greatness! Later, he would wield that mastery to advance his career, and to defend the Western world against a ruthless aggressor. To overcome his speech limitations, Churchill became a voracious reader. He read everything – from fiction to biography, from art to history, from prose to poetry. A gifted writer, he wrote and published a score of best-selling books, and later won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his book “The Second World War.” Did you know that he was

the first person to coin the phrase “iron curtain”? As a speaker, Churchill believed in “practice, practice, practice” – the mantra of all great speakers. So he practiced speaking, anywhere and everywhere, until he became what he is now also known for: the “Speaker of the Century.” It is said that if there is no guts, there is no glory. Churchill had both! He had the guts to overcome his limitations, and later, the glory of fulfilling his destiny. He always believed that he had an appointed role in history. And certainly he had! Churchill was a risk taker, one of the qualities of a great leader. Whatever the occasion, he preferred excitement over safety, challenge over security, and the unknown over certainty. On the athletic field, he played the most daring sports. In the army, he volunteered for front-line action. In politics, he was a maverick. He did not follow the path of least resistance; instead he blazed his own path and walked “where angels fear to tread.” I admire Churchill’s irrepressible sense of humor. He was sharp and he was witty, and he was a master of the art of repartee! For example, at a formal dinner one evening, Churchill found himself seated beside Lady Astor, a political opponent. As the coffee was being served, Lady Astor said, “Winston, if I were your wife, I’d put poison in your coffee.” Churchill replied, “Madame, if I were your husband, I’d drink it!” On Churchill’s 75th birthday, the press waited for him outside his London home. A photographer told him, “I hope, sir, that I would take your picture on your 100th birthday.” Churchill replied, “I don’t see why not, young man. You look reasonably fit and healthy.” Aside from Shakespeare, Churchill was the most-quoted writer the British Empire every produced. Here are just a few of my favorite Churchill’ quotes: “Out of the depths of sorrow and sacrifice, we will be born again the glory of mankind.” “We shall fight in the field. We shall fight in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.” “In war, resolution; In defeat, defiance; In victory, magnanimity; And in peace, goodwill!” “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say: ‘This was their finest hour.’” Some men have changed the course of history. But none have done it with such eloquence as Sir Winston Churchill! XXX

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t was early dawn by the river.
down to his ankles. He put off his flashlight and squatted to relive himself. Though the cold bit his behind, he still was thankful that he got this job. Given the circumstances, he was till lucky to be selected as one of the engineers to construct the ArakO River Dam. Hard it was but it will surely add to his resume and be part of his ticket to go abroad, more likely, to Saudi Arabia. It does not matter if there was danger because the Igorots are against the building of the dams. Those savages who still behead people are just plain ignoramuses who do not have a concept of development. They also

In the tent, the engineer was awakened from his sleep. His thick blanket had slid off and his teeth were chattering as he shivered on the cot bed. The thick canvass tent which he shared with another engineer was not thick enough to ward off the freezing coldness of the mountains especially by the river. In the dark, he grappled for the blanket by his knees and pulled it to cover his body. In a little while, he felt warmer. Yet, he could not go back to sleep. The snoring of his fellow engineer was blaring in an uneven crescendo. He tossed as the snoring rocked his brains. Then his stomach grumbled. It must have been the dog meat he ate last night. He reached for the flashlight and the roll of tissue paper beneath the end of his pillow. The cot creaked as he got up and sat. He flicked the flashlight on, trying to subdue the light by cupping the lamp with his hand. He reached for his steel-toed pair of shoes and stealthily put them on. He tightened the woolen muffler around and his neck pulled his bonnet down to cover more his ears. He then waggled out of the tent. Mist curled out of his mouth as he blew unto his hands. He noted that only embers were left of the campfire that blazed the night before. However, the kerosene pumped Petromax lamp on a tripod at the center of the camp was still hissing bright. He stealthily passed five more tents where the other engineers slept. The soldiers, assigned as their bodyguards, were sprawled on the grounds in their canvass sleeping bags. A number of them, he was told, were supposed to be on guard around the perimeter. He glanced at the tractors behind one of the tents. He chuckled as he made out that the two soldiers assigned to guard the tractors dozed off by the giant wheels of the machines. They must be drunk, too. Who would not in this cold? But those guarding the perimeters better be awake. He hurried towards the bushes. There, he could hear the ripples of the river. There, he could still see, peering through the bushes, the camp illumined by the Petromax. He unbuckled and pulled his thick trousers

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IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty Susan Perez Ellen Mausner • MAR 26 • Is it against the law for a married man to lie on the internet and claim to be divorced? A man did that to me; I dated him on intimate terms and then found out he is still married and his wife lives upstairs from him in the second apartment of their own private 2-family house. He said they are "separated" but she concealed her existence there and their marital status. I would like to sue both of them for using me as a sex-partner to their marriage. It hurt me terribly psychologically and I gave him and his 5 year old daughter gifts. Can I sue him? It's clearly fraud; one lawyer called it "rape by fraud" and it feels like rape to me. He dropped me when I found out he was married.

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Easter: Three faces of belief
Beginning: doubts and angst. St. Luke vividly described how and what the two disciples felt on the road to Emmaus when they encountered the Risen Lord: “their faces downcast.” The dictionary defined “downcast” as low in spirit or depressed. It is not surprising to see the disciples displaying that emotion, because they thought they had lost the hope that would set Israel free. Their hope was shattered, their future was uncertain. Who would not feel dejected and forlorn when someone they considered as their only way out of misery and Roman oppression was condemned as a criminal and died on the cross? Who would not feel betrayed and forsaken when someone who raised the dead back to life was himself subjected to death? The two disciples, like the other followers of the Christ, felt that his death left a vacuum in their lives, that the Lord is forever absent! The disciples’ spirit was so low that “their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.” When a person goes through depression, pain and sorrow, his concentration is focused more on self and negativism. Self-pity blinds the person from recognizing those around him who could be of great comfort and consolation. Self-pity blurs the vision of the melancholic person from seeing what lies beyond his suffering. “When you are feeling only your losses,” Henri Nouwen wrote, “then everything around you speaks of them. The trees, the flowers, the clouds, the hills and valleys, they all reflect your sadness.” Viewing life with sadness and negativity, a person might focus his attention only on self and indulge in self-pity. This was the big difference between St. Peter and Judas Iscariot. The former had a contrite heart and wept bitterly for having denied his Master; his focus turned away from himself toward his forgiving Lord. Judas Iscariot, on the other hand, had only a pity for himself, because he had delivered up “an innocent man.” (Matthew 27:4). Literally, the two disciples to Emmaus were under a shadow of doubt and despair. They did not know what was going to happen to them, they were fearful for their own lives and safety. Would the authorities apprehend them and put them to death, like what they did to their Lord? Middle: belief The Gospel of John narrated how the “stranger” (Jesus) told the disciples going to Emmaus that the past is over, now they have to experience the present with joy and view the future with hope, because he is alive! The presence of the Lord in their midst dispelled away the gnawing fear and haunting doubt of the disciples. In spite of what the disciples had told Thomas, who was absent when the Lord had previously appeared to the disciples, he refuses to believe everything on the basis of their witness. He still wants to personally probe the nail marks in Jesus’ body before he believes. When the disciples gathered again, Thomas rejoins them. According to Raymond E. Brown (A Risen Christ in Eastertime), Thomas who “doubted the most gives expression to the highest evaluation of Jesus uttered in any gospel: ‘My Lord and my God.’” Jesus said to Thomas “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Jesus is concerned also with our reaction to his resurrection. We do not see the burial cloths rolled up nicely;

we do not run like Peter and the Beloved Disciple to find an empty tomb; we do not weep like Mary Magdalene looking for the body of Jesus; unlike Thomas we do not ask the Risen Lord to show us his wounds and nail prints. The Lord knows that we do not have the same post-resurrection experiences of his early disciples. In spite of the absence of all what the disciples had been blessed with, we still believe that the Lord has risen and we trust his promise to us that we too will rise with him Even though we only see him with our eyes of faith, we still believe. This merits us the same blessing that he bestowed upon the disciples and Thomas. End: commissioning and witnessing The third day carries with it a Scriptural significance of divine action, of fulfillment and completion. It was on the third day that God saved Isaac being sacrificed by Abraham. It was on the third day that Jonah got out of the belly of the whale to deliver to Nineveh a message of deliverance from sin. The third day was often the prime point for mourning during the time of Jesus. The angels instructed the women who came to tomb on the third day to anoint Jesus’ body that the Lord is risen. Thus the third day manifests that after the prescribed waiting period, important decisions were to be made or a completion of an event was to be announced. “The motif of the third day therefore reaches its climax in the fact of the resurrection on the third day. It is then that the emphasis of the third day as one of spiritual activity and completeness finds its culmination in Christ’s finished redemptive work. And yet, the motif suggests that there is still more to be seen.” (The Use of Three in The Bible, Richard D. Patterson) Though the redemptive work of Jesus is completed on Easter morning, yet the commissioning of the disciples happened before the ascension. Just as Moses received instructions from God during his forty days on Mount Sinai, so during the forty days after the resurrection the apostles received instructions from Christ: how they should proclaim God’s reign. God’s kingdom is not a restoration of Israel as the disciples had expected. Jesus made them realize that God’s kingdom includes a wider perspective: all the people of the world. How is this mission to be carried out? Jesus calls his disciples “witnesses to all” that he had said and done. They witness to Jesus by keeping his presence alive in their hearts and in the world where they proclaim the risen Lord.

A priest who saw heaven, hell, and purgatory
The death experience of Father Jose Maniyangat

by Virginia H. Ferrer
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Pinagmamasdan kong mabuti ‘tong aking mga gamot na dapat kong inumin para mabuhay ng maayos ito daw dilaw na tableta ay para sa puso ko para ang pagtibok ay maayos at hindi pumalso. Mayroon namang maliliit na ang kulay ay puti sa nanginginig na kamay ko ito daw ay mabuti samantala ito namang alanganing kulay asul para sa maginhawang paghinga sa buong maghapon. At mayroon pa ring akong napakalaking kapsula na nakakatuwang pagmasdan ang kulay niyang lila sa ‘kin daw namang mahinang baga ang biyahe nito nang hindi ako palagi na lamang uubo-ubo. Mayroon ‘sang napakaliit kulay naman ay pula sa aking dugo naman duon daw siya nakatoka kulay dalandan naman ang isang gamot na habilin para daw ako huwag akong malimit pulikatin. Nakakatuwang tingnan ang iba’t iba nilang kulay na ang tanging nais nila ang ako ay matulungan ang gusto kong malaman ay kung bakit ba nila alam ang tamang daan sa kanilang dapat patutunguhan.

Fr. Jose Maniyangat is currently the pastor of St. Mary’s Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Macclenny, Florida. Here is his personal testimony: I was born on July 16, 1949 in Kerala, India to my parents, Joseph and Theresa Maniyangat. I am the eldest of seven children: Jose, Mary, Theresa, Lissama, Zachariah, Valsa and Tom. At the age of fourteen, I entered St. Mary’s Minor Seminary in Thiruvalla to begin my studies for the priesthood. Four years later, I went to St. Joseph’s Pontifical Major Seminary in Alwaye, Kerala to continue my priestly formation. After completing the seven years of philosophy and theology, I was ordained a priest on January 1, 1975 to serve as a missionary in the Diocese of Thiruvalla. On Sunday April 14, 1985, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, I was going to celebrate Mass at a mission church in the north part of Kerala, and I had a fatal accident. I was riding a motorcycle when I was hit head-on by a jeep driven by a man who was intoxicated after a Hindu festival. I was rushed to a hospital about 35 miles away. On the way, my soul came out from my body and I experienced death. Immediately, I met my Guardian Angel. I saw my body and the people who were carrying me to the hospital. I heard them crying and praying for me. At this time my angel told me: “I am going to take you to Heaven, the Lord wants to meet you and talk with you.” He also said that, on the way, he wanted to show me hell and purgatory. Hell

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About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Retired Filipino Language Teacher at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista. First, the angel escorted me to hell. It was an awful sight! I saw Satan and the devils, an unquenchable fire of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, worms crawling, people screaming and fighting, others being tortured by demons. The angel told me that all these sufferings were due to unrepented mortal sins. Then, I understood that there are seven degrees of suffering or levels according to the number and kinds of mortal sins committed in their earthly lives. The souls looked very ugly, cruel and horrific. It was a fearful experience. I saw people whom I knew, but I am not allowed to reveal their identities. The sins that (Continued on page 17)

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Maya and Sir Chief’s first kiss draws high ratings, trends on Twitter
The magic of Maya (Jodi Sta. Maria) and Sir Chief (Richard Yap) has struck the entire nation again as "Be Careful With My Heart" recently did not only dominate the ratings game but ruled the trending topics list of the popular microblogging site Twitter Based on the latest data from Kantar Media last Tuesday (March 12), ABS-CBN's no.1 kilig-serye garnered 26.4% national TV ratings or 13 points higher than the 13.4% of its rival program in GMA "Eat Bulaga." The hashtag #SerChiefandMayaNationalKissDay (http:// com/ watch? vYZd4vwxcL8w became a trending topic nationwide for several hours. Netizens raved about Sir Chief's surprise goodbye kiss to Maya that left the former nanny stunned. The kiss happened after the two attended the JuniorSenior Prom Night of Luke (Jerome Ponce) and Nikki (Janella Salvador). Meanwhile, the whole cast of “Be Careful With My Heart,” led by Jodi and Richard, recently received the loudest cheer from the audiences in both 11th Gawad Tanglaw and 9th USTv Students Choice Awards. The entire cast of the country's no.1 daytime TV program attended both awards night to personally thank the student communities for the Best Ensemble Performance and Best TV series from Gawad Tanglaw and the Best Daily Local Soap Opera and Best Ensemble Performance awards given by USTv. Don't miss "Be Careful With My Heart” only on TFC worldwide. For more on the show, visit

day after Aquino and her sisters granted extensive interviews on television news programs, detailing her side of the story. Five days before Yap asked for the HDO, the court received and granted a temporary protection order (TPO) plea

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Branch 144 on Friday called a truce between the warring television host and star cager at a closed-door hearing on the hold-departure order (HDO) filed by Yap against his ex-wife and their 5-yearold son, James “Bimby” Yap Jr. Judge Liza Marie Picardal-Tecson issued a gag order on the HDO case a

The 4th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego is coming up on May 11, 2013! Join us in observing Asian Pacific filed by Aquino against Yap, allegedly over an incident of domestic violence in American Heritage Month at the Asian Cultural Festival of San December. In her petition, Aquino asked the court Diego. This community celebrato order Yap to stay away by keeping a tion will focus on Asian and Pacific Islander cultures as well as our con(Continued on page 16) temporary Asian American culture! The event will take place from

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Japan’s Fujitsu says smartphones can take your pulse | TOKYO, 3/18/2013 — A smartphone that can take the pulse of a user just by looking at his or her face monitoring of haemoglobin which absorbs green light. Haemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that during brief moments of quiet,” the company said in a press release. “At home, a camera built into a TV can measure the pulse of people relaxing in front of it, or a mirror, for when people are getting ready in the morning,” it said. “Pulse detectors built into gates at event sites or control points at airports could be a possible security application by detecting people in ill health and people acting suspiciously.”

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FOSE - DC's largest and most comprehensive technology event involving the U.S. Federal Government is returning to Washington, D.C. on May 14-16, 2013. It is my favorite Government Technology Event. I always attend it because of the indepth educational program that it usually offers. This year, the program will cover Cloud and Virtualization; Cyber Security; Mobile Government; Big Data & Business Intelligence; and Project Management. The Expo which is open and free during the conference showcases industry partners and their solutions, covering everything from cyber security and information assurance to big data and business intelligence. I am publishing here the Top Ten Reasons in Attending FOSE 2013: 1. Hear General Stan McChrystal's 4-star leadership lessons Full access when you register for the Free Expo. 2. Evaluate Technology Before You Buy It! Critical details you need to secure approval on future investments. Make every penny count! 3. Engage in Dynamic Government Tech Talks - NEW! Real-world strategies addressing YOUR top IT woes from technology warriors who have been there -- just like you. 4. Expand Your Network and Move Up! Meet and connect with 8,000+ professionals in your field. 5. The FOSE Rave! See what your peers have to say about their FOSE experience and what keeps them coming back for more. 6. One-on-One Time with Technology Tycoons - FREE EXPO See the latest innovations—and solutions to hit the market showcased by top tech providers via hands-on demos and interactive presentations. 7. Score at the App Arcade Van Roekel’s Digital Government Strategy demands a smarter, more efficient government. See what custom apps can be built for you to help achieve your agency’s strategic goals. 8. Customize Your FOSE experience Tailor the FOSE conference tracks to YOUR program needs. As a conference attendee you’re granted full access to ALL conference sessions so you can pick and choose to your liking. 9. No Sales Pitches Here The FOSE conference program is strictly a "no selling zone" and prides itself on comprehensive education via proven case studies that you can implement immediately. 10. Network with People Who “Do What You Do” FOSE’s conference reception is a meeting of minds in a relaxed setting. Enjoy light refreshments and an opportunity to network with speakers, sponsors and exhibitors and most importantly, people who “do what you do”. I highly recommend our readers to register and be at FOSE 2013 even if you attend only the EXPO.

A Fujitsu engineer demonstrates new technology, a the real-time pulse monitor system with facial imaging technology, that ustilises a web-camera in PCs or smartphones, at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo on March 18, 2013. Fujitsu develped the technology to measure the user’s pulse via the brightness of their face. AFP / YOSHIKAZU TSUNO
was unveiled in Japan on Monday. Technology giant Fujitsu plans to put the invention to practical use within a year, enabling people at work or at home to track their health and collect data for analysis without wearing special devices. The smartphone works by measuring variations in the brightness of a person’s face caused by the flow of blood. Researchers say countless tiny blood vessels run through the face, enabling contains iron and transports oxygen. Simply pointing a camera at a person’s face for as little as five seconds will enable pulse-taking, while the technology automatically filters out the effect of head movements or changes caused by standing up quickly. “Even at a busy workplace, or any time a person is sitting in front of a PC, whether for teleconferencing or writing e-mails, their pulse can be measured Mercy, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, complete with answers to frequently asked questions Novena to Divine Mercy and other popular Divine Mercy prayers. Get this app (available for Android devices or iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch), and discover why the message of Divine Mercy is the largest grassroots movement in the history of the Catholic Church. are usually filled with colored photos of the Malaysian soldiers in full battle gear conducting “mopping operation” following the air strike and mortar bombardment on Kampung Tanduo. This alternates with photos of teary-eyed widows and frowning children of the six soldiers killed. More than 60 slain “intruders” have been reported. Impressive but daunting for the hungry Jolo people are the huge sacks and parcels of food and medicines dispensed by the security forces at evacuation centers of Felda Sakabat Tajar Harapan. For Malaysians, events have become part of election propaganda Articles quote President Benigno Aquino III stating “Sabah claim should be resolved peacefully,” in a political rally of Team PNoy in the Visayas, where the president defended his administration’s handling of the Sabah crisis. At the same time, photos of PM Dato Seri Najib Razak, show him making frequent fieldtrips with military officers in Sabah, sympathizing with widows and children of the few soldiers slain, are given prominence, especially since PM Najib is a re-electionist. Two major political parties hotly contend for power this coming May election: PM Najib Umno’s Barisan Nasional and de-facto leader Datu Seri Anwar’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) are said to have each 50 percent support of the people. PKR Vice President Tian Chua had told Keadilan Daily online portal that the shooting in Lahad Datu was believed to be a “conspiracy of the Umno government” to divert attention and intimidate people; a conspiracy of the Umno government to divert the attention of Sabahans, particularly over the issuance of identity cards to foreigners. He added that the Malaysian security personnel killed by Sulu “terrorists” was a needless death. For this Tian Chua was charged with sedition over Sabah jibe. Judge Mohamad Sekeri Mamat said it was premature to decide on the case at this stage and added that bail of (Continued on page 15)

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(Continued from page 1) the Special Report from Sabah between March to April 1968, at the height of the Sabah claim overture Malaysia. He wrote: “The fantastic and colorful revelations of the Corregidor ‘Secret Army’ now rocking the nation have focused attention anew on the sprawling archipelago called Sulu – a virtual Muslim sultanate within a Christian republic of the south. I have made several forays over the years into this marvelous scatter of islands, which sparkle (as seen from your plane window) like necklace of green jade against an azure background of blue sea. To appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the Sulu archipelago, one must venture beyond Jolo to Sanga Sanga and the Tawi Tawi group, to Siasi and Sibutu. From the southernmost isle, one can plainly see the mountains of Sabah and Tunku Point beckoning across the waters. “Indeed long before the 16th century and the advent of Catholic Spain, our Muslim Filipinos – later called, in fear and scorn by the Spaniards, the Moros (Moors) – plied these seas in their swift sailboats, maintaining intercourse between Mindanao and the farthest reaches of Borneo and the island of Indonesia. They remain in the century “first cousins” of those neighbors beyond our back-door, conscious of the interlocking ties of blood and culture, religion, trade and often – piracy.” Who is today’s recognizednew sultan of Jolo? “Sultan Ysmael Kiram II signed the original treaty agreement with the Philippine government on Sept. 12, 1962. The government’s part by then Vice President Manny Pelaez, confirmed the administration’s authority to pursue the Borneo claim against Great Britain. The late Umbra Amilbangsa, who was the leading claimant to the Sultanate of Sulu until his death, subsequently signed an instrument of adherence on July 22, 1966. “Umbra was married to DayangDayang (Princess) Haji Piandao, the niece and adopted daughter of the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram, who died on June 6, 1936. The princess’ mother was Inche Jamila of the Brunei Royal House. “Umbra or Ombra Amilbangsa himself was legitimately descended from three Sultans – one on his father’s side and two on his mother’s side. Umbra was proclaimed on March 4, 1937 on the grounds of Dayang-Dayang Memorial High School. “The controversy over who should actually sit on the throne dates back to an ancient agreement between two contending royal families in Sulu. The “arrangement” was upset by Jamalul

Kiram’s family whose claim was made to stick because of the cooperation of the banwas (which means in old Malay, “country”), actual headsmen of the Muslim Sulu community dates back to the original pre-sultanic era. The sultanate issue may yet be revived between Datu Kiram and the Amilbangsa family.” Beginning to look like Vietnam war From the Philippine side, what seems to be a “storm in a kettle” is because 200 Muslim Filipinos claimed their rights to their homeland Sabah by settling in the tiny village of Lahad Datu. But the major Malaysian dailies give the impression that it is a national battleground similar to Vietnam War with a dozen heavy tanks (ACV-300

Adnan armoured combat vehicles), and daily airforce bombardment, and the Malaysian Navy with the police marine standing guard on the coastline flushing out the “terrorists” from the tiny “kampungs” or villages of Kampung Tanduo within LAHAD DATU, and Kampung Seri Jaya, Simunul within SEMPORNA, 15 miles across the island of Jolo. Business is as usual though in the hotels, but everyday, as we took the sumptuous Malaysian, Indian and western breakfast at the hotel, two major dailies flash their special reports. The New Straits Times makes exciting layout “OPS DAULAT, and rival People’s Paper – STAR contends with “Sabah Under Attack.” The first four pages

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Health and Wellness
5 Habits that are Hazardous to Your Spiritual Health
by Gary Zimak Although Lent is winding to a close, there is still plenty of time to work on the many bad habits that hurt our relationship with the Lord. If you were to make even the smallest progress overcoming one of your bad habits, then your Lent would be a success. While God never expects us to overcome our imperfections by ourselves, He does expect us to take the first step and try to fight against these tendencies. Here are 5 bad habits that, if not controlled, will keep you from growing closer to Christ. Are they the worst ones in the world? Maybe or maybe not, but every one of these tendencies will keep you from being the best Catholic you can be. 1. Anger – Despite the Lord’s repeated warnings, we often feel justified getting angry with others on a daily basis. Anger can be lethal to our spiritual lives and should be high on our list of faults to eliminate this Lent. How can we overcome it? With lots of prayer, receiving the Sacraments and by reading they have a deep trust in God. This is going to be painful to hear, but when we worry, we tell God that we don’t trust Him. Even though He tells us in Scripture that “all things work for the good” (Rom 8:28), we sometimes worry about events that are happening or MAY happen in our lives. Citing the previous Bible verse in his book Uniformity With God’s Will, St. Alphonsus Liguori stated that if God sends us suffering, it’s for our own good. After proclaiming the famous “Let not your hearts be troubled” (Jn 14:1), Jesus told us to believe in God and to believe in Him. Do we? 4. Lack of Charity – In our zeal to spread the “Good News” of our Faith, we sometimes overlook the need to do it WITH CHARITY. I’ll defer to Sts. Peter and Paul, who make the point more effectively than I ever could: Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence. (1 Pt 3:15) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I sought after by the local Malaysians. He renovated the embassy with construction companies donating 80 percent of the cost within the past three months. More Filipinos have also reached out to put up the Stairway of Hope Learning Center in Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah. Recently, when he visited Sabah, Torben Venning, CEO of the Borneo Child Aid Society (or Humana Child Aid Society), whose wife is a Tausug, presented to him 150 children in one big learning hall putting 35 Filipino children in front. Ambassador Malaya, who comes from a family of teachers including his mother who was a superintendent in Bicol, could not help but be touched deeply for these 5 to 13 years old children were holding up a banner “Proud to be us. For many years, I was a lukewarm, apathetic Catholic who’s purpose in life was to have a good time. By the grace of God, I’m still here and so are you. We should work on becoming more patient while we still have time. As a word of warning, if you pray to become more patient, expect people to pop up in your life who will give you PLENTY of practice! 3. Worry – Often we think of worry as something that’s inevitable. Many people have told me that “everyone worries”. I disagree. I’ve met people who, although they experience fear and even anxiety, don’t worry. Why? Because have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. (1 Cor 13:1-3) 5. Over Sensitivity To Criticism – We sometimes try harder to please others than to please Christ. Many of us “like to be liked” and that desire can sometimes get in the way of our relationship with the Lord. Today’s world is not very friendly to Catholicism and the message of Jesus Christ. When we live and share our faith, we can expect to be criticized. In fact, the Lord told us exactly what would happen when He said “you will be hated by all for my name’s sake” (Mk 13:13). A bitter pill to swallow, right? Maybe, until we hear what He says next. “But he who endures to the end will be saved”! As we continue to travel the road to heaven, we should strive to make all of our actions pleasing to Jesus. As long as we do that, we’re in great shape! If you’re like me and can identify with more than one of these bad habits, don’t panic! Pick one of them and make up your mind to use the remainder of Lent to work on it. Above all, don’t forget to ask the Lord for the grace needed to improve. Also, make it a point to receive additional grace through the Sacrament of Confession. Once you begin to see good progress (and you will, if you keep at it), tackle another one and keep going. While working on our bad habits should be a year round pursuit, Lent is a great time to get started. When we start to attack our faults like this, Jesus begins to increase (in us) and we begin to decrease (Jn 3:30). Ultimately, we’ll be able to echo the words of St. Paul and proclaim: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) About Gary Zimak In 2008, Gary Zimak was working as a project analyst when he felt the call to form Following The Truth, an apostolate dedicated to teaching the truths of the Catholic Faith. Initially performing his work for the Lord on a part time basis, Gary had a life changing experience in 2011 when he consecrated his life to Jesus through Mary. A few months later, he became a FULL TIME Catholic lay Filipinos.” Do they have reasons to be proud? It just reveals the grief stricken predicament that the 30,000 children of 800,000 Filipino workers are school-less because Malaysian schools only accept Malaysian documented children. Ambassador Malay has personally conferred with DepEd Secretary Luistro, who sent a DepEd team to investigate the situation in Sabah. He hopes Sec. Luistro would come to the rescue. Meantime, Mr. Venning assisted by several corporations which own the sugar palm plantations, continues the project from his office in Lahad Datu, serving 10,000 children in 117 schools of Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Semporna and Kinabatangan. evangelist! Using a combination of radio, writing, social media and live talks, Gary puts his communications skills to work for the Lord and His Church. The author of the acclaimed book “A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible” (from Liguori Publications), Gary is well known as an authority on the art of combating anxiety by establishing a deeper relationship with Christ. His latest book “Listen To Your Blessed Mother” focuses on Mary’s words in Sacred Scripture and is being met with great interest. Gary hosts a daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio and is a regular guest on Catholic Answers Live, EWTN’s The Son Rise

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(and re-reading) the Lord’s words: “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire.” (Mt 5:21-22) 2. Impatience – Although this fault is more subtle than anger, it can be very destructive to our spiritual lives. St. Paul tells us that “love is patient and kind” (1 Cor 13:4) and to “be patient with them all” (1 Thess 5:14), but we tend to lose sight of this when someone doesn’t move fast enough or disagrees with us. Let’s face it, we get annoyed with others several times each day, despite the fact that God is ALWAYS patient with

The Jolo royalty
(Continued from page 14) RM5,000 proposed by prosecution was reasonable. Malaysia media tend to be biased in favor of the government for they have to renew their license yearly. Any of them could lose their license without any explanation. Thus day by day highlights would be front paged such as: “31 Sulu terrorists killed in a gunfight in Kg Tanjung Batu”; “Among those killed is one with the rank of general who has been identified as Haji Musa, a former MNLF commander”; “Intruders now split into two groups about 3km apart – in Kg Tanduo and Kg Tanjung Batu.” “Malaysians unite in prayers for safety of security forces and end to crisis”, and “Police arrest 79 sympathizers and supporters of Sulu terrorists.” KL national museum confirms existence of the kingdom of Sulu A three-hour tour of the wonderful two-storey history museum of Malaysia revealed the detailed evolution of the major isles of the country, accompanied by archeological transformations in Southeast Asia entitled “The Kingdom of Sulu.” “Sulu was a Muslim kingdom, which at one time held sway over the Sulu Sea in the Southern Philippines. The Sultanate of Sulu was founded by Sharif Abu Bakar, entitled Sultan Shariful Hashim in the middle of the 15th century AD. In its golden age, it controlled the whole of the Sulu Archipelago, the Zamboanga Peninsula in Mindanao, the southern part of Palawan Island, and the north and east coasts of Borneo. The center of government was on Jolo Island. “The Sultanate of Sulu became a powerful state in the 18th century and into the 19th. Its international trade also flourished at this time. The location of Sulu in the Sulawesi Sea, the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea placed it in the maritime lanes where trading ships came and went between North and South. The Sultanate faced severe challenges beginning in the 16th century, with the arrival of European power, specifically that of Spain. In the course of its history, Sulu was ruled by 32 sultans, the last of whom, Sultan Jamalul Kiram II, who died in 1936.” ‘Proud to be Filipinos’ Calling on our Philippine ambassador to Malaysia, J. Eduardo Malaya at the recently renovated embassy at Jalan Changkat Kia Peng was such a pleasant learning experience. The two-storey heritage white house used to be the residence of YTM, Tunku Abdul Raman Putra Al–Haj, the first prime minister of Malaysia and Sultan of Kedah. The ambassador’s persuasive power has attracted donations from the Filipinos like architect Bart B. Vista,

Morning Show and Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo and Relevant Radio’s Morning Air. Additionally, he is a frequent guest on numerous other Catholic radio shows. Gary is a member of Catholics United for the Faith, the Knights of Columbus and The Catholic Radio Association and resides in New Jersey (just over the bridge from Philly) with his wife Eileen and twin daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. Adhering to the principle of the “2 S’s” (Simple and Substantial), Gary Zimak presents the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church in a way that can be understood by the ordinary “person in the pew”! Having been a Catholic who “went through the motions” for most of his life, Gary understands the importance of getting to know Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church. He can assist you in achieving the peace that can only be found by having a personal relationship with the Lord! -- Link: http://www.followingthetruth. com/5-habits-that-are-hazardous-toyour-spiritual-health/

In order to create awareness and to highlight the importance of good and healthy sleep amongst nations across the world, the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) has begun observing ‘World Sleep Day’ since 2008. The World Sleep Day, which is held annually on the third Friday of March, is also aimed at promoting the prevention and management of sleep disorders. A recent study in India by Philips and The Nielsen Company shows that while 93 percent of the people felt sleepdeprived, getting less than eight hours a night, only 2 percent consulted a physician. There are several factors that can interfere in your good night sleep- work pressure, family responsibilities, relationship issues, etc. Although you can’t stop thinking of all the issues that hamper your sleep, you can still adopt habits that will help you in getting a good night’s rest. Here are some tips: Have regular bedtime schedule: Make sure that you and your family go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Because sticking to a schedule strengthens your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night. Go to bed at 10: You should know that it is always good to go to bed early, say by 10 o’clock than going to bed at 11 as better quality sleep happens before midnight. Do not sleep during daytime: If you have trouble sleeping at night, avoid daytime nap if possible. Even if you can’t avoid it, limit it to 20 minutes since day sleep can hamper your nighttime slumber. Do not eat just before going to bed: You should not go to bed either hungry or stuffed as both the cases can keep you up. However, try eating two hours before your bedtime as that will help your system to digest well and get proper rest during the night. Limit your caffeine intake: As you know that caffeine is more than just

tea and coffee, you should limit its intake else you will end up awake the whole night. Also, it is advised to avoid foods which are acidic (citrus fruits and juices) and spicy as they can give you a heartburn. Avoid alcohol: Drinking alcohol before bedtime is not a good idea since it disrupts sleep and causes nighttime awakenings. Have warm milk: Milk, which has an essential amino acid, tryptophan. Tryptophan stimulates the brain chemical serotonin and is believed to play a key role in inducing sleep. Exercise: Physical exercise will not only help you keep in shape, but it will also assist you in getting a better night’s sleep. So, if you have sleep problems, exercise can make a good difference. It is recommended that the best time to exercise is in the morning, because exercising late in the day can contribute to sleeplessness. Say no to gadgets: While many people use TV/laptop at the end of the day to relax or fall asleep, these activities actually hinder your good sleep. The latest research hints that artificial light from laptop screens, TVs, etc. suppresses the sleepinducing hormone melatonin. Make your bedroom dark and quiet: Ensure your bedroom is comfortable enough for a proper night’s rest by keeping it dark and quiet. If you live by the road, consider earplugs or use a whitenoise machine to block out loud noises. Hang some thick curtains to avoid bright light passing through your eyes. Counselling: Sometimes poor sleep can be the result of anxiety and depression. Without hesitation, you should consult your doctor or a psychologist if you think you might be suffering from the same. Get out of the bed: People who have trouble falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night should not just lie down in bed and get mad. Instead, wake up immediately and get yourself involved in some quiet activity or read a book, but not the TV – it will only worsen your sleep. Link: http://refreshingnews99.

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Jesus and the Apostles
With Easter fast approaching, I believe we should understand what being a Christian is. For the Apostles it meant death, but how did they die or for that matter live. Read below and see! Then look back at the life of Jesus and what he gave up for you and me.... Subject: Jesus and The Apostles How The Apostles Died / The Death of Jesus 1. Matthew - Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia , Killed by a sword wound. 2. Mark; Died in Alexandria , Egypt , after being dragged by Horses through the streets until he was dead. 3. Luke; Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous Preaching to the lost. 4.John; Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge Basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome ,However, he was miraculously delivered From death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos . He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully. 5. Peter; He was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die In the same way that Jesus Christ had died. 6. James; The leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club. * This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.* 7. James the Son of Zebedee; Was a fisherman by trade when Jesus Called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and Knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian. 8. Bartholomew; Also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip. 9. Andrew; Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras , Greece . After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors For two days until he expired. 10. Thomas; Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Subcontinent. 11. Jude; Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. tomorrow.” During the tearful TV interviews, Aquino had announced that she was quitting show business—a promise she once made but failed to fulfill—and said she was “doing everything” for the sake of Bimby. Only the lawyers of Aquino and Yap were present during Friday’s hearing.— With reports from Bayani San Diego Jr. and Jerome Aning 12. Matthias; The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded. 13. Paul; Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire . These letters, which taught many of the foundational Doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament. Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our suffering s here are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the Apostles and Disciples during their times for the sake of the faith. And ye shall be hated Of all men for my name’s sake: But he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Faith is not believing that God can, It is knowing that God WILL! Next let’s look at the death of Jesus Christ; For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever You’re doing and take this opportunity! THE (SCIENTIFIC) DEATH OF JESUS At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death. At the time Crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst Criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by Crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the Cross by His hands and feet. Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There ‘s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the wrist that tendon would tear and break forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breath. Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that Impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support Himself with His legs because of the pain So He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using His legs just to continue to breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage. Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding.

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Mapipigil mo ba ito, itong puso’y ‘di magmahal? Tanong ito na hamon din, kahit sino, sino ka man. ‘Pagkat aking napapansin ang lalaking kay rami dyan, Pag-ibig ang syang problemang di makaya na pagtakpan. Kahit siya’y di na dapat umibig pa at magmahal, May sandaling dumarating, damdami’y di mapigilan. Lalo’t kapag nalulungkot, nagiisang namamasyal, Lumalaya ang damdaming ihayag ang nilalaman. ‘Dalas itong nangyayari at ‘di kayang itatuwa, Nagaganap na magmahal sa akalang libre na nga. Naging mahinang damdamin ang sa kanya’y nagwawala, Nagsasabi na subukan, ‘di takot na mapahiya. Problema ‘to ‘pag nadarang, dali-daling nagiinit, ‘Di makayang mapigilin kapag tukso’y lumalapit. Hindi naman tumatanggi, bagkus ngiti’y abot langit, Kung kapwa’y ‘di makayanan, kahit bawal, ‘pagpipilit. Naririyan ang problemang nasimulan agad-agad, ‘Pagkat ito ang damdamin, damdamin ng paghahangad. Nalimut ang pinangako, nalimot na lahat-lahat, Kamunduhang nasa isip, namayaning hindi dapat.. Tunay naman at totoo na tayo ay tao lamang, Na mayroong pagiisip at talinong tinataglay. Kaya natin na timbangin yaong tama’t kamalian, Kung ligayang ibibigay ay pang habang nabubuhay. Sana naman itong tula, maging aral sa sino man, Hindi lamang sa may katha kungdi saking kababayan. Sadyang mahirap magpalit, ang asawa’y ‘di sasakyan, Kapag habang lumuluma, humuhinto kahit saan. Ang asawa’y kabalikat, kaibigan habang buhay, ‘Pagkat sila’y may pangarap at mayron ding kaisipan. Pagsasama’y tumatamis sa ginhawa’t kahirapan, Sa pagsubok, sila pa rin, magkasama, magkatuwang. Kay sarap lang ng mabuhay, kasama ang minamahal, Kasama sa bawat saglit at nabuong kasambahay. Naririyan yaong ANAK at pamilyang nasimulan, Gayon rin ng mga APONG ngayo’y ligaya, araw-araw. Tulang Katha Ni: Romeo S. Nicolas Bocaue, Bulacan, 10/21/2012

Poem No. 23
If I were to fade away from your memory If we no longer speak to one another If we no longer talk I have in me The embers of a dying sun A sanctuary for what always has been for us When we were together

©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.”

He was simply pouring water from his wounds. From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side... But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear Jesus was scourged and beaten. The scourging was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The Crown of Thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture. “ He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His Wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus

poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His Members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His side. All these without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own Cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his Face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, Only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed). Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven, So that you can have free Access to God. So that your sins could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception! Don’t ignore this situation. JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU AND ME! God has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced to save you. Now think about this! May God bless your life!

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(Continued from page 13) distance of at least 100 meters from her, Bimby and any household member. It also asked that the court render “permanent” the 30-day TPO. The court has yet to decide on making the protection order permanent. Visitation violation Yap filed for the HDO after learning that Aquino and Bimby were set to leave Saturday for a vacation in Paris, France, alleging that, like the TPO, the departure would violate his visitation rights as Bimby’s father. “You cannot take the child out of the jurisdiction of the court,” Lorna Kapunan, Yap’s counsel, earlier told the Inquirer. On Friday, however, Kapunan chose to remain mum on the case. “We have a gag order from the court,” she told reporters after the hearing. “We will show respect for the court and we will not make any statement on what had happened because the holddeparture order application has already been submitted for resolution,” Aquino’s lawyer Frank Chavez said. Gag covers entire case The gag order covers “the entire case” and not just the HDO application, “not

only the parties and their counsel but even you,” Chavez said, pointing to the media. At press time, Kapunan told the Inquirer that Yap withdrew his HDO plea against Aquino and their son. Chavez, on the other hand, said the court junked Yap’s petition. Kapunan said Yap had already instructed her to withdraw the HDO before the hearing Friday morning, in effect allowing Bimby to leave for Paris, France, with his mother Saturday. “Yap said he didn’t want to deprive his son of the chance to see Disneyland Paris,” she said. The court reportedly directed Aquino to present her travel arrangements and itinerary, which is considered a positive development by Yap’s camp, according to a source who requested anonymity. Aquino was also directed to present proof of their arrival within 24 hours of their return from abroad, said the same source. “In sum, the court directed Aquino to report to the court where she’s going and when she gets back from the trip,” said the source. Chavez said he can only confirm that the court “found valid the grounds of our opposition to Yap’s HDO motion and accordingly denied it. I can’t go beyond this confirmation because of the court gag order. Kris and son can travel

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(Continued from page 11) convicted them were mainly abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, hatefulness, unforgiveness and sacrilege. The angel told me that if they had repented, they would have avoided hell and gone instead to purgatory. I also understood that some people who repent from these sins might be purified on earth through their sufferings. This way they can avoid purgatory and go straight to heaven. I was surprised when I saw in hell even priests and Bishops, some of whom I never expected to see. Many of them were there because they had misled the people with false teaching and bad example. Purgatory After the visit to hell, my Guardian Angel escorted me to purgatory. Here too, there are seven degrees of suffering and unquenchable fire. But it is far less intense than hell and there was neither quarreling nor fighting. The main suffering of these souls is their separation from God. Some of those who are in purgatory committed numerous mortal sins, but they were reconciled with God before their death. Even though these souls are suffering, they enjoy peace and the knowledge that one day they will see God face to face. I had a chance to communicate with the souls in purgatory. They asked me to pray for them and to tell the people to pray for them as well, so they can go to heaven quickly. When we pray for these souls, we will receive their gratitude through their prayers, and once they enter heaven, their prayers become even more meritorious. It is difficult for me to describe how beautiful my Guardian Angel is. He is radiant and bright. He is my constant companion and helps me in all my ministries, especially my healing ministry. I experience his presence everywhere I go and I am grateful for his protection in my daily life. Heaven Next, my angel escorted me to heaven passing through a big dazzling white tunnel. I never experienced this much peace and joy in my life. Then immediately heaven opened up and I heard the most delightful music, which I never heard before. The angels were singing and praising God. I saw all the saints, especially the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, and many dedicated holy Bishops and priests who were shining like stars. And when I appeared before the Lord, Jesus told me: “I want you to go back to the world. In your second life, you will be an instrument of peace and healing to My people. You will walk in a foreign land and you will speak in a foreign tongue. Everything is possible for you with My grace.” After these words, the Blessed Mother told me: “Do whatever He tells you. I will help you in your ministries.” Words can not express the beauty of heaven. There we find so much peace and happiness, which exceed a million times our imagination. Our Lord is far more beautiful than any image can convey. His face is radiant and luminous and more beautiful than a thousand rising suns. The pictures we see in the world are only a shadow of His magnificence. The Blessed Mother was next to Jesus; She was so beautiful and radiant. None of the images we see in this world can compare with Her real beauty. Heaven is our real home; we are all created to reach heaven and enjoy God forever. Then, I came back to the world with my angel. While my body was at the hospital, the doctor completed all examinations and I was pronounced dead. The cause of death was bleeding. My family was notified, and since they were far away, the hospital staff decided to move my dead body to the morgue. Because the hospital did not have air conditioners, they were concerned that the body would decompose quickly. As they were moving my dead body to the morgue, my soul came back to the body. I felt an excruciating pain because of so many wounds and broken bones. I began to scream, and then the people became frightened and ran away screaming. One of them approached the doctor and said: “The dead body is screaming.” The doctor came to examine the body and found that I was alive. So he said: “Father is alive, it is a miracle! Take him back to the hospital.” Now, back at the hospital, they gave me blood transfusions and I was taken to surgery to repair the broken bones. They worked on my lower jaw, ribs, pelvic bone, wrists, and right leg. After two months, I was released from the hospital, but my orthopedic doctor said that I would never walk again. I then said to him: “The Lord who gave me my life back and sent me back to the world will heal me.” Once at home, we were all praying for a miracle. Still after a month, and with the casts removed, I was not able to move. But one day while praying I felt an extraordinary pain in my pelvic area. After a short while the pain disappeared completely and I heard a voice saying: “You are healed. Get up and walk.” I felt the peace and healing power on my body. I immediately got up and walked. I praised and thanked God for the miracle. I reached my doctor with the news of my healing, and he was amazed. He said: “Your God is the true God. I must follow your God.” The doctor was Hindu, and he asked me to teach him about our Church. After studying the Faith, I baptized him and he became Catholic. Following the message from my Guardian Angel, I came to the United States on November 10, 1986 as a missionary priest... Since June 1999, I have been pastor of St. Mary’s Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Macclenny, Florida. Fr. Jose Maniyangat Reprinted from ingodscompany2. 3/23/2013

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More seniors
(Continued from page 4) and there’s a growing interest in aging in place.” A recent survey by AARP shows that nine out of 10 older people and eight out of 10 Baby Boomers want to stay in their homes as long as possible. They are embarking on projects to remodel their homes to accommodate their changing lifestyle. “The primary reason is they want to be near friends and family,” says Nancy Thompson, spokeswoman for the AARP. “The image that people move when they retire to Florida and Arizona are inaccurate. Some people do that, but for the most part, Baby Boomers will turn the suburbs gray.” According to the National Association for Realtors, seniors who decide to move do so when their existing home becomes a liability because of size and accessibility issues. “They move into a smaller home – single-level living – which is easier to maintain,” says Walter Molony, spokesman for NAR. “What we see is some people buy vacation homes and condos in warmer climates, which they turn into retirement homes in the future.” Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a retirement home or upgrading your current home to fit your needs. Accessibility and openness, or “universal design,” are the key elements, experts say. Your home should be a welcoming and safe place for everyone, including a toddler, a mother with a stroller or an older person in a wheelchair. • Make entrances accessible: Install ramps and grab bars leading into the home. Steps pose a hurdle for people on wheelchairs or with a cane. Get rid of steps where you can, Pierce says. Install security features – useful features include intercoms and biometric systems, such as the one that uses the retina as a key for access. • Widen the doorways: Doorways and hallways should be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Replace doorknobs with handles. Many seniors suffer from arthritis. Turning knobs could get painful and difficult after a while. • Remodel your bathroom: Many accidents happen in the bathroom. That’s a huge area for improvement, Pierce says. To prevent injury from falling, install grab bars and slip-free and step-free showers, says Stephen Melman, director of economic services at National Association for Homebuilders. Install rounded corners in the vanity and lever faucets. Clear up enough space so you have plenty of room to move between the tub and the toilet. The doorway should be wide enough to allow a wheelchair to pass through. Open up the bathroom so it can allow you (and your caregiver, if necessary) to move around freely. • Bring everything down to one level. If your home has multiple levels, make sure that you at least have a bedroom, bathroom, study, laundry room and kitchen on the same level as the entrance. You can also choose to split your life on different floors by installing an

elevator if your budget permits. • Upgrade the kitchen: Install knobs that are easy to use and appliances with visual contrast. Adjustable countertops are a good investment and so are microwaves with buttons.

on their mobile phones.

2013 Egg Hunt
(Continued from page 5) $5 for brunch (hotel guests) and $10 for non-guests. No reservations necessary. Cost: See website for detailed information and prices. Where: Hotel del Coronado - Windsor Lawn 1500 Orange Ave - Coronado, CA 92118 Info: Please register at (619) 522-8815 Del Mar: Easter Eggxtravaganza Date: March 16, 2013 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Ages: Not posted Egg Hunt: Come and enjoy our annual Easter egg hunt. Kids will have a chance to have their face painted and enjoy fun arts and crafts and some fun games. There might even be a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny. Parking is $3 per vehicle. Where: San Dieguito County Park 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr - Del Mar Info: (858) 755-2386 Details Del Mar: Annual Easter Egg Hunt Date: March 30, 2013 Time: 11:00 am Egg Hunt: Families and children join the festivities at the Annual Egg Hunt at Seagrove Park. The Easter Bunny will be hopping through Del Mar, so don’t forget to bring your Easter basket, camera and a picnic lunch for afterward. Advance reservations are required as space is limited. This event is free for residents of 92014. Where: Seagrove Park - 1600 Coast Blvd - Del Mar CA 92014 Info: Del Mar Children’s Committee Encinitas: Annual Spring Egg Hunt Date: March 30, 2013 Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Ages: 0- 9 Divisions: 0-2 yrs at 10:15 am / 3 yrs at 10:45 am / 4 & 5 yrs at 11:15 am 6 & 7 yrs at 11:45 am / 8 & 9 yrs at 12:15 pm Egg Hunt & Festival: This free event, sponsored by the City of Encinitas, features arts and crafts, entertainment, prizes, jump houses, face painting, and of course, 20,000 eggs! Where: Ecke Sports Park - 278 Saxony Rd, Encinitas CA 92024 Info: (760) 633-2740 Encinitas: Spring Party with Bunny Hunt Date: March 30, 2013 ($$) Times: Early party: 10:00 – 11:30 am and Late party: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Ages: 2 - 6 Bunny Hunt: Visit our gentle bunny and make some colorful spring crafts. Children will also parade through the garden, go on a bunny hunt, and enjoy a rabbit picnic. Limited to 50 children per party, pre-registration required. Cost: See website for price ranges & registration. Where: San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. Info: (760) 436-3036 ext 206

Albano fired out a memo dated March 13 which conveyed “a growing concern of the PNP leadership regarding the excessive use and unhindered access by our personnel to Internet sites and the considerable amount of official time spent surfing social networking sites or playing interactive games online while using government time and resources.” “This irregular practice affects not only the efficient delivery of services to our internal and external clients, but also slows down Internet traffic that hinders the work of personnel doing legitimate tasks,” the memo said. “In this regard, the use and access to the Internet for personal purpose during office hours are hereby prohibited. However, only official social networking accounts will be maintained,” it added. In an interview, Albano said he had ordered the restriction to ensure that no Quezon City policeman would fall into the habit and waste time that should otherwise be spent serving the public. “I also wanted to include policemen who keep on texting while on active duty. They hardly put down their phones. But I can only discourage them from the practice because there is no way of telling if they are texting in relation to their job or if the messages are personal,” Albano remarked. QCPD members caught violating the ban face sanctions, he said. “They would be given a warning for the first offense and a reprimand for the second. For a third offense, they could face suspension and forfeiture of their salaries for two to three days depending on the gravity of the violation,” Albano explained. For his next move, he said, he plans to rid all QCPD computers of game programs.

Riz Oades
(Continued from page 6) pioneered ongoing Tagalog and Philippine history classes, and administered funded projects that address the social and mental health problems of Filipino youth and elderly. He also runs columns in the Asian Journal (i.e., Voices & Images and Growing Up in America) and Philippine Mabuhay News (i.e. “Portraits”) and periodically contributed feature articles to mainstream newspapers and magazines. Textbook Reviewer, Commentator/ Narrator. Oades served as a textbook reviewer for West Publishing Company; editorial consultant to SDSU’s Center for Asian Studies Asian-Pacific Horizons publication: and commentator or narrator in TV documentary films. The most notable of the latter were In No One’s Shadow: History of Filipino Migration to America, sponsored by KPBS and The Challenge of Diversity: Becoming American, sponsored jointly by SDSU College of Education and San Diego City College for the San Diego County Office of Education. Awards. Dr. Oades has been a recipient of numerous outstanding awards that included the: Fulbright/ SmithMundt combined scholarships, British Council Southeast Asia Fellowship, National Conference of Christians and Jews Awards in Journalism, two U.S. Congressional Awards for Outstanding Community Services, Asia Foundation Research grant, Association for Philippine Graduate Education Award for Meritorious Service, SDSU Affirmative Action Faculty Research Grants, Filipino-American Lawyers of San Diego Award, SDSU AB Samahan Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, SDSU Mortar Board Chapter’s Outstanding Faculty Award, Scottish Rite of the Valley’s Outstanding Community Award, TOFA (Twenty Outstanding Filipinos in the U.S. and Canada) Award, and Asian Heritage’s Outstanding Community Service Award in 2005 & 2008. ___ Adapted and updated from Velty Bautista’s book chapter on Notable Profiles of Filipino Americans (1998).

Pope Francis I

(Continued from page 8) whose passions lie in the preservation of forests, the oceans and endangered species now have a very powerful ally and advocate in the Papal Seat that oversee over 1.2 billion Catholics in the world! The initial official acts of Pope Francis are trend setting, walking through the crowds, kissing or hugging young children and celebrating mass where other popes considered as “inappropriate” for their revered position as Pope. What I have read about Pope Francis and the few things that he has done so far since his election as Pope has mysteriously germinated in me a secret wish and desire to see and meet him one day before he die or before my own death. Although it is just a fantasy to put that wish in my Bucket List now, I know and believe that if God wills it to happen, it will come to me as a gift, in His time. For God is good, merciful and awesome, and in control ALL the time! Happy Easter Week everyone! The Metamorphosis’ Food For Thought this week: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.-Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 Email writer: or

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MSgt Donald L Versaw and friend Kinue Tokudome of Kyushu, Japan. We join together in extending our heart felt sympathy and condolences to family and friends. As a comrade defender of the Philippines we treasure our memories and our grateful for his service and good will for Peace and Freedom for all.

Ramsey, Edwin Price
May 9, 1917 - March 7, 2013 Retired international business executive, avid polo player, WWII guerrilla leader in the Philippines, and co-author (with Stephen Rivele) of the memoir, "Lieutenant Ramsey's War," Ramsey was born in Illinois and graduated from Oklahoma Military Academy. He volunteered to serve with the 26th Cavalry of the Philippine Scouts, and after Japan invaded the Philippines, Ramsey escaped to mobilize and later lead as many as 40,000 guerrilla fighters in central Luzon. In January 1942 on Bataan, he led the last mounted U.S. Army Horse Cavalry charge, for which he received the Silver Star. In June 1945 Gen. Douglas MacArthur pinned on Lt. Col. Ramsey the Distinguished Service Cross. Post-war, Ramsey attended the University of Oklahoma Law School, represented Hughes Aircraft Co. in Japan, and later was president of his own companies in Taiwan, then in the Philippines, where he met and married his second wife, Raquel Ramirez, in 1979. In retirement, Ramsey moved to Los Angeles and began another career

The Veterans War Memorial Commission and the Filipino WWII veterans in San Francisco mourn the passing and render a heart-felt hand salute to our comrade in arms.

as a public speaker following the success of his 1991 war memoir (excerpted in Readers Digest, the book remains in print to this day). He lobbied Congress to fulfill its wartime promise of benefits for Filipinos who fought for the U.S. in WWII, and he was made an honorary Green Beret, among many honors. Ramsey is survived by his adoring wife Raquel, a teacher and administrator at Beverly Hills High School, four loving children from his first marriage, Edwin Jr., Douglas, Michele and Janine, as well as four grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren, and a wide circle of close friends and admirers. A viewing and funeral mass will take place at 10AM on Thursday, March 14 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 10750 Ohio Ave (at Shelby) in Los Angeles. Later he will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. -- Published in the Los Angeles Times, Obituary Section

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