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RICE HARVESTER. A harvester carries a load full of newly cut rice stacks to his bamboo mat where they can prepare it for threshing in Sigma, Capiz. Rice farmers in Capiz rely on their 3rd crop of the planting season where they could gain more income from the usual 2 crop planting season. PINOY GONZALES/ PNS

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PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- THE Sandiganbayan Special Division has decided with finality the confiscation in favor of the government of P 189.7-million Jose Velarde deposit which the court declared was owned allegedly by ousted President Joseph Estrada. The 10-page court ruling ordered the Sandiganbayan sheriffs to implement the ruling after it junked the appeals of contesting parties. “As pointed out by the prosecution, the long silence of Wellex during the pendency of the trial of the plunder case casts validity on (its) claim. The claim of the CIR (Commissioner of Internal Revenue) of a preferential right over the subject Trust Account by virtue of the constructive distraint issued in January 2001 is misplaced. We deny the motions for reconsideration,” the court declared. The order was signed by
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sion Kabayan Mart without so much as a second glance. It looks a bit just like anIf you want to taste your way to the Philippines while other store placed in Mission Camino Business Complex, in Oceanside, California but venture inside and you visit Tess’ Cuisine and will discover one of the truly include a complete grocery shopping while arranging for delightful Filipino fast food restaurants in town. Tess’ your next vacation tour to the islands at Gudez Travel. Cuisine offers a delightThis could be your one stop fully authentic taste and destination in North San Di- features fresh and original home-cooking creations. At ego County. No reservation this charming, cozy spot in is needed. a near-rural corner of the Driving by OceansOceanside, Chef-owner Tess ide’s Mission Avenue, you might pass Oriental Mis(Continued on page 19) By Conrad I. Reloj, Jr.

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In addition to the fact that the property I was buying was being developed by Manny Villar who had the resources and track record to steer it to completion, my confidence was also bolstered by the fact that the project was being done in partnership with Land and Houses Ltd., the largest real estate developer in Thailand. Villar’s real estate company, on the other hand, is the largest housing developer in the Philippines. By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. Publisher & Editor The San Diego Asian Journal See page 5

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Lai Thai Restaurant on May 10, 2009, Sunday. The restaurant offers a special such as Seafood Panang, Spicy Seafood, and Thai Fried Rice with Shrimp, Pad Thai Noodles, and Pineapple Curry. For a treat, you will they offer fried banana topped with coconut ice cream a specialty dessert. For the gourmet lover, Thai cuisine is an enjoyment. Lai Thai has a variety of selections from appetizers, Nikki, the owner of Lai Thai Restaurant, and her daughter invite you to celebrate Mother’s soup, main entrée Day. and great dessert. Nikki Bubpha is the owner of Lai Thai Restaurant who has a Master’s Degree in finance. She has a lot of preferences but she chose to open her own restaurant in South Bay. It’s been almost six years and Lai Thai Restaurant is preferably doing well. The restaurant offers food that fits for royalties. Reasonable prices and specialties. Lai Thai has great ambience and excellent entrées. , cooked

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Enrile: Free 10 Ninoy slay convicts
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- “KONTING tiis na lang.” Thus were the assuring words of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile as he pushed for the release of the 10 remaining convicted soldiers in the AquinoGalman double murder case. Sources disclosed that Enrile discussed the matter of granting executive clemency to the 10 convicted soldiers with Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita during the 23rd anniversary of the EDSA 1 people power peaceful revolution. Enrile noted that the convicted Aquino-Galman soldiers are only small fries and they are only sacrificial lambs “Maliliit na tao lamang sila na puwedeng gamitin ng mga taong may masamang kalooban,” Enrile said. Enrile advised the convicted soldiers to keep the faith, and the hope, and to be patient with the processing of their papers at Malacañang in the wake of the latter’s persistent appeal for their clemency. “Konting tiis na lang,” Enrile told the convicted soldiers in talks with one of them over the phone. Ermita said that the processing of the papers are already in place and awaiting President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s appropriate action. The other day, Chief Public Attorney Persida V. Rueda Acosta visited the 10 convicted soldiers at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City in connection with the Public Attorney s Office (PAO) jail decongestion and free legal medical dental and optical mission. Bureau of Corrections (Buccor) director Oscar Calderon welcomed Acosta at the national penitentiary, and immediately met with her along with the 10 convicted soldiers. These include Claro Lat, Ernesto Mateo, Felomino Miranda, Arnulfo Artates, Jesus Castro, Arnulfo de Mesa, Rodolfo Desolong, Romeo Bautista, Ruben

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Employment Program (CLEEP) in Northern Luzon and Bohol, announced that more than half of the total FMR would be built in Central Philippines and the Mindanao Super Region where major food production sites are located. Yap also said that in compliance with the provisions of Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) Program, these FMR projects worth a collective total of P5.3 billion will be located within key production areas (KPA), marginal lands or new sites under convergence initiatives which link these areas to higher road class systems and major markets or trading posts.

PGMA’s economic stimulus package debuts in Zambales
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s stimulus package, aimed at cushioning 20 the country from the effects of the global financial crisis, has kicked off in Zambales as the Department of Agriculture (DA) led the groundbreaking of the four-kilometer NagbaldianRabanes-WLAC farm-to-market road (FMR) in Sitio Nagbaidian, San Marcelino, Zambales, last Wednesday. The P5-million improvement and re-graveling of the farm-tomarket road was implemented by the Municipality of San Marcelino and funded by DA-Region III through a memorandum of agreement with DA Central Office. DA-Region III OIC-Regional Executive Director Redentor S. Gatus said that construction of the Nagbaldian FMR is first in a series of similar labor-intensive farm development activities in two identified super regions in Luzon and a part of some 2,000 kilometers of FMR estimated to benefit some 200 thousand farmers in the transport of their products to trade centers in identified priority areas nationwide. The North Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle (NLAQ) has lined up around 500 kilometers of FMR and expected to benefit some 60 thousand farmers and generate more than 14 thousand jobs while the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway (MLUB) has programmed around 400 kilometers FMR, helping more than 36 t housand farmers and create some 10 thousand jobs. The northern part of Zambales, Nueva Ecija and Aurora are part of the NLAQ and the rest of Central Luzon is within the MLUB. In a short message, San Marcelino Mayor Jose F. Rodriguez expressed gratitude to the Arroyo administration and the DA for the project and said that the road system will not only serve as an FMR for the people of his town but will be utilized as an alternate route to decongest traffic along the main road especially

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Aquino and Rogelio Moreno. The PAO chief noted that the 10 have been consistent for more than 25 years of incarceration about their innocence, stressing that only Pablo Martinez whom the President previously granted clemency has admitted involvement in the conspiracy to assassinate the former opposition leader. Acosta stressed that clemency is a sacred, noble and exclusive power of the President, and hence could not be blocked by any opposition. For his part, Calderon said that the 10 are “more than eligible to be released” after completing their sentence of more than 26 years, plus good conduct time allowance (GCTA) and penal colony status for total of 34 years. Among those who have endorsed the release of the 10 include Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, Bishop Efraim Tendero, national directo r of the Philippine Ecumenical Churches of the Philipines (PCEC), Bro. Mike Velarde of the influential El Shaddai congregation, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Iglesia ni Kristo, Reps. Ed Joson of Nueva Ecija and Bienvenido Abante Jr. of Manila, among others. Gonzalez have noted in his recommendation to the President that the 10 have been sickly and suffering from “life threatening diseases.”

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Ang is one of the owners of the Hua Long International Inc., whose shipment of supposed laptops and computer parts in 2006 yielded packs of over 700 kilos of shabu. Sotto said Ang could have been immediately arrested had there been closer coordination with concerned agencies. “Hindi malawak yung coordination.. kaya hindi talaga agad nasundan,” he said. He said the President ordered the creation of a task force to get to the bottom of Ang’s escape and find him along with other suspected big-time drug smugglers. The President did not set a deadline within which to finish the probe, he said.
Last year, the MIAA spearhe aded the collaboration towards ISO certification with the following agencies in support: Bureau of Immigration (BI), Bureau of Customs (BOC), Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA), Office for Transportation Security (OTS), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), Depart-

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ment of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI). “Based on the Service Level Agreement (SLA) signed by the different agencies operating at the NAIA, we have the commitment of our NAIA family to maintain and continue the quality service at ISO levels. As a customer-oriented organization, we will continue to find ways to understand their current and anticipate their future needs as well as respect and attempt to exceed their expectations,” Cusi said.

big-time drug smuggler Anthony Ang, said to be behind the smuggling of the biggest shipment of shabu at the Subic Bay Metro-

politan Authority. Dangerous Drugs Board chairman Vicente Sotto III revealed the President’s outburst adding the President reiterated her directive to all concerned agencies to beef up their campaign against suspected drug lords. “Nagalit siya sapagkat di pa nahuhuli ito (Ang). Nung humingi sya ng update kung anong latest, walang maliwanag na sagot ang kahit anong ahensya. Yung binabanggit na lugar kung san s’ya nandun, hindi rin, hindi pa alam,” Sotto said. “Isa sa mga punto ng Pangulo kaya hindi nakakatakang magalit

siya, secondary lang yung di pa nahanap, primera na nag-trigger ng galit ay hindi kaagad ki-noordinate nung nagkahulihan nung araw na yun,” he said. Sotto admitted that it was not easy to find Ang, but said it is also difficult to pinpoint responsibility at this point. On March 6, the President ordered the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation to investig ate and submit a report within one week on the escape of Ang. Intelligence reports reaching the President then showed that Ang was able to slip out of the country allegedly due to at least a P50-million bribe to those who facilitated his escape.

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PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- THE Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is now at par with world-class airports in terms of quality service being extended to the traveling public. Yesterday, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) under its general manager Alfonso Cusi received the ISO certification for NAIA, which services most foreign airline companies flying routes to various destinations worldwide. With the said certification, Cusi said the traveling public could definitely expect more positive changes in terms of quality service and improved operations at the NAIA, even as he vowed that such will be replicated in NAIA Terminals 2 and 3. “To endeavor into the ISO certification process signifies the desire for continuing commitment to quality. It is a vehicle to identify less quality performance and correct it as fast as possible. It is a process-based standard that measures how time and again, organizations meet the needs of their customers,” Cusi said. He added:”Facing up to the needs of passengers everyday is already a challenge in itself; standardizing procedures and processes for a facility with an annual passenger traffic of 7.43 million a year is even a greater challenge. But as one family, we braved it and now we are reaping the fruit of our harvest. I feel very proud of this achievement.” Tirso Serrano, assistant general manager for airport development, said the ISO certification was achieved through the Quality Management System (QMS) put in place to ensure quality compliance to the established mandatory procedures in the manual. “It aims for passenger confidence with the predictability of the processes in the procedures geared toward passenger convenience”, he said, adding that the certification was awarded after the Phase 1 audit of the passenger facilitation processes,” Serrano added. This effort, he said, was undertaken with thirteen (13) airport agencies whose functions directly involve passenger handling. Phase 2 of the certification process involved the audit of MIAA support services to the Phase 1 process namely engineering, operations, safety and security and finance and administration.

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he swine flu outbreak looks like a page out a thriller. Reports about the origin of the outbreak did not come about until Mexico itself has pronounced its casualties that now amount to over a hundred and rising. The image of ground zero presented by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta of a sleepy, isolated town takes us by surprise. A smiling but robust-looking child with eyes wide open looks out innocently unaware of the scale of the pandemonium caused by a virus which continue to takes its toll as the microbes leapfrog through the portals of our interconnected world and incubated in bodies that constantly traverse cultures and shores.
The child is among one hundred villagers who were stricken but whom we know little about. We wonder where the next outbreak might appear. The action has moved on along with the threat to more densely populated areas that have little resistance to the newly mutated organism. Although the disease has spared these survivors, the idea that it has yet to come to us fills many with anxiety. Closing the borders to the south seems to be a logical move for the government. However, we are told that the borders have been already breached. The proof is found among the cases that have tested positive for the virus within our own shores.

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The new strain and the lack of a clear mandate leave us with few options. In hindsight, we see that quarantines on the scale of households and individuals should hospitals be unable to cope become the more realistic alternative. The act becomes the last resort in an array of public health strategies during the late stages of containment if that is possible at all. The idea of the isolation of households where cases may arise is credible as we sense the seeming inability of government to announce a viable solution to a public health threat. The indecision would eventually force the issue and leave the decision of taking drastic measures at the local level as federal cutbacks take a toll on the health of the nation. For instance, the Mayor of Mexico City has asked local residents to make their own masks because local stores have run out of masks. In the States, special hospital-grade N95 masks that filter ninety five percent of contaminants and microbes as small as .03 microns are hard to come by. A friend who made a late run to the pharmacy reports that her local drugstore has run out of all types of masks. The crisis reminds us to prepare. Every home should have a disaster preparedness plan that should include a survival kit with these provisions and food rations. The Japanese who constantly drill for disaster-preparedness are an exception to the rule. Even without their government to prompt them, they are always ready. The few that I saw who boarded the plane at Narita Airport early this week were all wearing masks. Although the conformity of the

Japanese is often at odds with our own culture, we stand to gain from it. Many should learn from the discipline of these people who take the collective role of the individual in society seriously. For us, this means that instead of waiting for politicians to lead the way, the responsibility of taking charge of the situation therefore falls upon the individual. In the best case scenario, we should be able to go about our business based on a few precautions. How to protect yourself How can you protect yourself against the swine flu? Margot Lee Shetterly of InsideMexico, has these common sense tips: But what can an individual do to protect against this dangerous disease? A little research turns up some advice: (1) Wash your hands. Wash hands frequently, throroughly and completely with soap and hot water and make sure to scrub under your nails. (2) Keep your home and work area clean. Don’t forget those computer keyboards! (3) Avoid hospitals unless it’s an absolute medical emergency. Hospitals are rife with infections. (4) Limit physical contact. Forego the usual kiss on the cheek for a hearty hello. If you are feeling sick, be a good citizen and limit your exposure to other people. Cover your face and use tissues when coughing or sneezing, then repeat (1). (5) If you have flu-like symptoms, get help early. There is no vaccine to protect against this strain of the flu, so even if you have had a flu shot, you are not protected. However, according to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), two medicines, Tamiflu and Relenza, are effective against the swine flu, but are best if given as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms. Symptoms of the flu include: fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, coughing, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. (6) Stay tuned. The situation is evolving rapidly and news outlets are giving constant updates. Check in regularly to make sure you’re aware of the latest information and advisories.

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in Manila is about $350 and more. “Can you imagine yourself paying $350 the rest of your life, whether you stay in our unit or not?” I often asked the guests attending the presentations. After just a year, the value of my unit had appreciated by one million pesos, about $21,000. While property values in the United States have depreciated by fifty percent, Philippine properties have appreciated because mortgage loans are extended only to those who had the money or collateral to offer. In contrast, during the recent real estate bubble in the U.S., loans were given to almost everyone, even to those with fabricated income reports. In fact, a condo unit I reserved at Crosswinds in Tagaytay City, a resort town south of Luzon which boasts of a Grand Canyon-like view of Taal Lake and Volcano plus continuous cool weather throughout the year had increased in value from $145,000 to $185,000. I could not believe it at first, but two of my relatives confirmed it after I asked them to check it out for

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Buying a condo unit in the Philippines
What makes me smile with glee is the fact that the homeowner’s fee in my unit only costs $60 a month enabling me to enjoy such amenities like a club house, gym, swimming pool, jogging paths, 24-hour security, beautiful landscaping and others. In contrast, the typical cost for homeowner’s fees in other places in Manila is about $350 and more.
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Getting ready for retirement

Presidio at the Brittany Bay buildings.

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y wife Genny and I just arrived from a two-week stay in the Philippines to take possession of a penthouse condominium unit we purchased at the Michelangelo Tower at the Presidio in Brittany Bay, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila. The area is also bounded by the cities of Paranaque and Taguig just a few meters away from

The unit is now finished and ready for occupancy two years after. We needed to go home, sign the papers, pay the remaining balance and other fees and take possession of the place. I must say that I am more than happy and satisfied. I remember when I was first brought to the place about four years ago. All I saw were two bulldozers leveling the ground. I could not imagine about nine mid-rise condominium units, the highest of which would have twelve floors, rising in that raw piece

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of land, much more the beauty and the amenities it promised. I helped promote the units in San Diego, staking my reputation not only among friends but also among the readers of the San Diego Asian Journal who knew and trusted me as its publisher and editor. “Drawing lamang ang binebenta ninyo, (you are just selling a drawing),” I told Jerry Navarrete, the president of Crown Asia, which was developing the place. Crown Asia is part of the conglomerate of real estate companies owned by then senate president, now senator and presidentiable, Manny B. Villar. Villar was a rags-to-riches story who grew up helping his market vendor mother. He went to the University of the Philippines and saw his fortunes grow through “sipag at tiyaga (industry and patience)” as his campaign slogan would like to boast. “Ako ang talagang batang palengke (I am the real ‘market boy’),” he claims, belying the boast of another presidentiable who is a scion of a rich business and political family which owns a supermarket in Quezon City. Of course, it also helped that Villar is married to his college sweetheart, Cynthia, daughter of Dr. Filemon Aguilar who served as mayor of Las Pinas from 1963 until he was replaced as a result of the EDSA Revolution in 1986. During that time, incumbent officials, whether they were good or not, were replaced. However, since 1995 to the present, his children have reclaimed the post. Cynthia is now a congresswoman in its district, and now that the maximum three terms she could serve would expire, her son

Mark is being groomed to take her place. His father held that post for several terms before he became a senator and later senate president. It is clear that it is a continuation of a long political dynasty, from Cynthia’s mayor father, to her stint as a congresswoman, and her husband Manny’s service as a congressman, senator and now presidentiable. And now comes their son, Mark taking over one of the family’s businesses. A friend of mine, however, pointed out that while political dynasties may concentrate and perpetuate power to one family, in some cases, it is for the better. “Now we are seeing the next generation taking over,” he noted. “But since their parents already had the money, their children, the new generation, are younger, much more idealistic and dedicated to serve. More especially, they are better educated and therefore better equipped unlike their parents who won their seats for the first time through sheer popularity alone.” Mark Villar, for one, is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, one of the most prestigious graduate schools in the world. Land and Houses Ltd. In addition to the fact that the property I was buying was being developed by Manny Villar who had the resources and track record to steer it to completion, my confidence was also bolstered by the fact that the project was being done in partnership with Land and Houses Ltd., the largest real estate developer in Thailand. Villar’s real estate

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Reflections 8th of a Series

IN SEARH OF THE GOOD LIFE: Maturing Experience of a Pasay City Youth
As life goes, an adolescent gains a great deal of experience through his own doings and those of others around him. With each new situation, this adolescent is able to better carry his way through life.

Sample Morse Hi School exhibition drill demo. to middle and upper-middleclass families of Pasay City. This included those in nearby Cavite towns of Paranaque, Bacoor and Rosario having been a campus filled with bright students. during my high school days, according to Rosel. “I was a cool, unassuming teen, who minded my own business,” Rosel confessed. “School work came easily to me. When I went to college, I met a lot of stuFreshman & Friendship dents who had come from some good private schools, as well as His freshman year in JAS was Manila’s public schools, and I a mixture of older and younger never felt like my education was students. He considered himself inferior to theirs.” as a younger one in a virtually “I suppose I can only speak for all-men section D class, which JAS, as it was many years ago, he found a bit intimidating, yet but at the time, good educational interesting. resources were available to the A bunch of his class mates students. For one, the school were aggressive, which was had some very good, dedicated partly because they were already teachers that include the likes of mama – i.e., full-grown men. Mrs. Magbanua, Ms. Eleuterio, The top student in this class was Mr. Ureta, and Ms .Madarang.” Lucas, a 5’6” tough young teen, “By being hardworking indi17, while Rosel was a skinny 14 viduals, these teachers acted as year-old, but obviously a gifted inspiring role models at a time I student. needed them most. While their Class mates considered Rosel influences means much to me as the second-ranked student in and have greatly contributed to the group; and they knew that my development, they came eas“Mayabang” Lucas hated him ily to mind.” very badly. He also looked down These people were all elders, on other small students who and perhaps Rosel’s relationships were frequently bullied by bigger with them were not as close as and older students in the class. he wanted. Somehow, there is Rosel suspected that Lucas and some distance between students his barkada (in-group peers) and teachers. The person who were responsible for the outbreak had been close to Rosel and who of the Dewey Blvd school brawl deeply influenced him was Joe that headlined JAS nationwide. Kanleon. (This incident will be told later). Joe was a neighbor, who lived Academic competition, bulclose to Mariquita Street. He was lying and fights over girls were his best friend for quite a number important issues or problems of years. The friendship began at the largest car manufacturer, the largest employer, the whole thing. You screwed up. It wasn’t the Japanese car companies, it wasn’t the oil problem, it wasn’t anything but you. Sure, those things existed, but you could have compensated for anything had you not been so arrogant and sure of yourself. You messed up and it’s sad. A lot of people have lost jobs and will continue to lose jobs. A lot of people will lose money who can’t afford to lose it; people who believed in your strength. You weren’t strong, you were arrogant and stupid. 7. Chrysler for many of the same reasons as GM. Excuse me Chrysler but didn’t you get the memo about huge SUV’s or minivans? What about large box-like cars? What happened to you? How could you be that dumb? 8. Republicans. You need to see number three and then pay attention. Just be really, really quiet for awhile. You blew it; you blew the election, you blew economy, you blew it. So let someone else try to fix things because you sure can’t, or won’t, or don’t want to. Whichever one it is, it doesn’t really matter. You gave us Ronald Reagan, George Bush I and George Bush II. Enough already or the next one may be a duck. Annoying people 9. Let’s see, I’ve mentioned 3. This is a slightly long list of whiners, repubs, banks, car companies, cell phones, what else? annoying people so rather than Oh yeah, gated communities. put it in paragraph form, I’ve Get over yourselves. complied it into a list. Aren’t I 10. Roads under construction. nice…? Yes, I know money is a bit tight Complainers who complain right now. Yes, I know there are Whiners who whine a lot of roads in need of repair Gripers who gripe right now. That being said, it’s Fussers who fuss still annoying when it takes Moaners who moan month after month after month Bellyachers who bellyache to build something. I drive the Protesters who protest same route to and from work and it’s been under construction for 4. Planned obsolescence. If years. One off ramp in particumy washing machine becomes lar has been rebuilt three times obsolete then so be it. But don’t (well, the third rebuild isn’t plan in obsolescence. finished yet). Just do what needs 5. Banks. Do I really need to to be done the first time. Or how explain this one? Thought not. about build the bridge at the 6. General Motors. Hey, GM, same time you’re building the you really, truly messed up big road? We have lanes that come time. You people had it all. You and go as the finished or nearly were the biggest manufacturing company on the planet. You were road winds between bridges that 1. Large bags of anything that are hard to reseal. You open it, take how much of whatever and then you have to close it. It can’t be zip-closed. So then you look for a clamp, clothes pin, a something or other to seal it closed. Well if Zip-loc figured it out decades ago so can potato chip companies; just make the things re-sealable. 2. Cell phones that need to be reprogrammed every few weeks or months. Mine has had to be reprogrammed three times since I got it – yesterday it quit as I was sitting in a car waiting to pick up my son. I was waiting, had time on my hands, and planned to get caught up on mail and surfing; I slid it open, went to the web site, and nothing. I called tech support who, of course, told me that I needed to call them from another phone. I told tech support that I was in a school parking lot. They said sorry, call back. Great, now I’m sitting there with nothing except the owner’s manual to my car to read. Sadly enough, it did get interesting after awhile. I’d tell you some of those interesting things except you’ll want to read your own car’s manual yourself someday when you’re stuck with nothing to do.

one of the most crucial times in their lives: the freshman year. “We developed our personalities, our senses of humor, and our love for girls at the same time and almost in the same manner,” recounts Rosel. “We enjoyed each other’s company almost every opportunity we had. I never had anyone slightly older than me to identify with completely. I was at home with Joe, so with his brothers and sisters. “His mother, a beautiful mestiza, was nice to me. I never interacted with his old man, who was seldom home. His work was in a nearby province. He only came

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World War II disrupted Rosel’s grade schooling, which was true to many other Filipino kids. They missed at least two or three grades. Older kids returned to elementary, intermediate, and/ or high schools. Some of them jumped to higher grades with no valid credentials, inasmuch as a lot of school records had either been destroyed or burned during the wartime period. “I subscribed to the idea that high school is just an exten-

igh school for Rosel Aquino Zobel proved to be a maturing experience and also a challenge. There are many lessons learned. He learned more about himself, who his close friends were, what kind of help was offered to him, and what his developing strengths and weaknesses were. In many ways, those four years prepared him for college.

Rosel Aquino Zobel

sion of one’s life in general,” affirms Rosel, “and all experiences, loves and dislikes should continue throughout these years. Although it may be hard at times, being true to your heart builds strength, determination, self-confidence and self-respect that will be with you throughout your life.” Attending Jose Abad Santos High (JAS) helped build his confidence and introduced him

At Large...
by Miles Beauchamp
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Musical Gas Stations
What’s up with gas stations changing brands all the time?
hings are getting weird lately. Well, okay, they’re getting weirder. And weirder for me is well, you can just imagine.

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I’ll give you an example. Have you noticed that there seems to be a large number of companies playing musical gas stations? Now businesses change brands often. That’s not weird. But these stations have been doing it a lot. A station down the street from me has changed brands three

times in the past couple of years. A Shell station I occasionally stop at has gone from Shell to Texaco to Shell to Chevron. I get dizzy from watching the signs change I’ll bet the sign companies love it. In fact, if this goes on much longer they won’t have to make any more new signs at all. Just switch them around. Musical gas stations – my latest annoyance. I’ll give you a few more. Annoyances

high school was great, but it unfortunately ended.” Prejudice JAS was a big school. Rosel graduated in a class of about 250 as salutatorian. There were about 1500 students spread over four years. He did not doubt that it’s pretty easy for a student to get lost in the shuffle there. But everyone seemed to know him as a popular campus student. But Rosel felt shortchanged when he graduated as Number Two despite his excellent academic standing and higher grades than those three who graduated as Valedictorians – all of them are Pasay natives. He felt it was a case of discrimination. Rosel must have carried such feeling, for in his professional life; he has written a number of newspaper articles that deal with a range of issues regarding prejudice, discrimination, tradition, and social class. The character of Rosel already represents an Sample PMA drill issue in the Filipino home every so often. Joe and I communities. He has crafted his were normal and good-natured “critical” and “advocate” perteens, who made choices we sonality with a “macho” label, believe are true to our personal to break the barriers of tradiconvictions.” tion and to imply that Filipinos The family had a few passenger have to adapt to the values and jeepneys that ran between Pasay practices of their host American City and Quiapo. At young age, society. Joe fixed mechanical troubles He later wrote on a theme of with their vehicles. Sometimes, I discrimination entitled,” Are watched and assisted him in his Filipinos Colorblind?” for which work so we could play together. he won an “Outstanding Award When finished, we then go to in Print Journalism” in the early the adjacent, vacant lot, where 1990s. Other themes that he has we would engage in one or two written about include moral and rounds of boxing. physical courage, growing up Between rounds, Joe would give Rosel pieces of advice on how to “attract and get girls.” Together, the duo would tour cheap brothel house (“Red light”) at the foot of H. Domingo Street out of curiosity. “We were, of course, driven away as minors by the establishment’s pimp or bouncer,” he amusingly recalled. Joe and his family moved to Bangkal, around Makati area. “We Sample photo of saving a drowning person tried to maintain Filipino, good and bad parenting, the friendship,” he said, “and one affirmative action, and undermight think we would have been standing. able to since we had been so It has been some decades since close, but we drifted apart.” he graduated from JAS. When “Our friendship was based on he was there, he felt like he had being near each constantly, of the opportunity to get one of the growing up in the same neighbetter educations anywhere. His borhood, under the same condiparents supported him and imtions, with the same hopes, fears, and dreams. Our friendship in (Continued on page 11)

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haven’t begun construction. It’s a years-long mess in many, many places around the state. I may have mentioned in this space on other occasions that one of my father’s favorite expressions is, “There is no constant but change.” Think about that “There is no constant but change” and you can see the truth in it. Change is the only constant in our lives; it is the only thing of which we can be

absolutely certain. Property can be stolen or lost, burned or sold. Cars get old and have to be sold. Furniture, art, jewelry gets old and worn; pets leave the building before we do – as do many family members and friends. Sometimes we want, need change. Other times we’d be perfectly happy with a bit less of it. It’s up to you – just make sure you’re heard.

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The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed an additional case of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) in a San Diego County resident. The new case is a 7-year-old boy. That brings to four the number of San Diego residents with swine flu. The previous cases are a 10-year-old male and a 54-yearold male and his 16-year-old daughter. All four San Diego cases have recovered. Nationwide, the total number of cases of human infection stands at eight. “It is anticipated that we will see additional cases of human infection with swine influenza because we have heightened our surveillance and put area healthcare providers on alert,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., San Diego County Public Health Officer. “We continue to work closely with the CDC, the California Department of Public Health and the Imperial County Public Health Department to investigate the source of these cases.” While sporadic cases of swine flu have previously been seen in humans in the U.S., this strain of the swine flu has not been previously detected. The symptoms in these cases have been mild and are similar to regular influenza. Swine flu is a cause of respiratory disease in pigs. Most commonly, human cases of swine influenza happen when people are in close proximity to infected pigs, such as in pig production barns and livestock exhibits at fairs. Typically, the symptoms of swine influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal influenza infection and include fever, lethargy, coughing and lack of appetite. “While there is concern about this new virus, I would like to stress that this is not a pandemic situation,” said Wooten. “There is always a possibility that any new virus could lead to a pandemic, but at this time the World Health Organization has not determined that we have a pandemic.” San Diego County residents can call the County of San Diego Swine Influenza Information Line at (858) 715-2250.

Sweetwater District Rescinds Half Its Teacher Layoff Notices
Expectation is to rescind more within the week
The Sweetwater Union High School District rescinded layoff notices to 55 teachers and counselors today—half the total number issued last month. The district was able to pull back the layoff notices because of a sufficient number of teachers and counselors who have filed for retirement under the district’s Early Retirement Incentive. A total of 109 notices had been

issued to teachers and counselors at a special board meeting on March 2. State Education Code requires that school districts notify certificated employees by March 15 if there is a potential for them to lose their jobs at the end of the school year. The notices had been sent out to counselors and teachers in the following subject areas: art, English, physical education, social science and Spanish. “We have been committed all along to preserving jobs,” said Board President Jim Cartmill. “Although we were required to issue layoff notices, it has always been our intention to find savings in our budget to maintain jobs.” The 55 notices that are being rescinded have been distributed

among all the counselors and teaching subjects notified last month. School principals were to receive the names of those who notices are being pulled back so that they could inform the employees at their sites, said Superintendent Dr. Jesus M. Gandara. The district continues looking for more potential savings and expects to pull back additional layoff notices tomorrow, Gandara said.

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should not be hard to obtain, even from the alien spouse, who should only be too happy to see his/her former spouse enjoying the same freedom he/she now enjoys. Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr. is licensed to practice law in both California and the Philippines. He practices immigration law in San Diego and has continuously been a trial and appellate attorney in the Philippines since 1989. He travels between San Diego and Manila. His office address is located at 16486 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 228, San Diego, CA 92128. He also holds office in National City inside the S&S Travel Agency at 2409 E. Plaza Blvd. Please call (858)348-7475 & (619) 475-3262 for your free consultation. We also encourage readers to write us questions about both U.S. immigration and Philippine laws to be future topics in this column. Our email is rkaragdag@attyimmigration.com. Articles written in this column are not legal advice but are intended as general, non-specific legal information.

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Phil - Am Law 101
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Divorced Filipino Spouse Can Remarry
Philippine Supreme Court Levels the Playing Field
Perhaps more than any other nationalities, Filipinos are most affected by long-distance relationships. Many of us – even those already doing well in the Philippines – try our luck abroad usually because we want to give our children a better opportunity in life. Good if we all go together, but sometimes our families get left behind. The romantic in us hopes that absence will make the heart grow fonder but, unfortunately, distance oftentimes makes it wander. Loneliness takes its toll, and the migrant spouse finds happiness in someone else’s arms. The expediency of divorce in the foreign land formalizes the break-up of the Philippine marriage. Meanwhile, the Filipino spouse remains shackled to the defunct union. It is for this reason that on July 17, 1987, shortly after the signing of the original Family Code, President Corazon Aquino issued Executive Order No. 227, which added a second paragraph to Article 26. As so amended, it now provides: ART. 26. All marriages solemnized outside the Philippines in accordance with the laws in force in the country where they were solemnized, and valid there as such, shall also be valid in this country, except those prohibited under Articles 35(1), (4), (5) and (6), 36, 37 and 38. Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law. As worded, Article 26 now allows the Filipino spouse to remarry in the Philippines in case the alien spouse obtains a divorce. This seems to mean that the other spouse must be a foreigner at the time of the marriage. But what if the alien spouse was still a Filipino at the time of the marriage and was naturalized only before the divorce proceedings? The Philippine Supreme Court answered this question in a 2005 decision. Husband and wife got married in the Philippines. In 1986, the wife left for the United States and became a US citizen. A few years later, the wife divorced the husband. He petitioned the Philippine trial court for authority to remarry. The trial court granted the petition over the objection from the Office of the Solicitor General who appealed the case up to the Supreme Court. The OSG contends that Paragraph 2 of Article 26 of the Family Code is not applicable to the case because it only applies to a valid mixed marriage; that is, a marriage celebrated between a Filipino citizen and an alien. The proper remedy, according to the OSG, is for the husband to file a petition for annulment or for legal separation. In rejecting the OSG’s position, the Supreme Court said that on its face, the law seems to apply only to cases where at the time of the celebration of the marriage the parties are a Filipino citizen and a foreigner. However, it said, the legislative intent clearly covers the situation where the spouses were still both Filipinos at the time of the celebration of the marriage, but later on, one of them becomes naturalized as a foreign citizen and obtains a divorce decree. “The

Filipino spouse should likewise be allowed to remarry as if the other party were a foreigner at the time of the solemnization of the marriage. To rule otherwise would be to sanction absurdity and injustice. Where the interpretation of a statute according to its exact and literal import would lead to mischievous results or contravene the clear purpose of the legislature, it should be construed according to its spirit and reason, disregarding as far as necessary the letter of the law. A statute may therefore be extended to cases not within the literal meaning of its terms, so long as they come within its spirit or intent.” As regards the OSG’s suggestion that the husband should just file either a petition for annulment or a petition for legal separation, the Supreme Court noted that “annulment would be a long and tedious process, and in this particular case, not even feasible, considering that the marriage of the parties appears to have all the badges of validity. On the other hand, legal separation would not be a sufficient remedy for it would not sever the marriage tie; hence, the legally separated Filipino spouse would still remain married to the naturalized alien spouse.” The Supreme Court thus summarized that “the reckoning point is not the citizenship of the parties at the time of the celebration of the marriage, but their citizenship at the time a valid divorce is obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating the latter to remarry.” However, the Supreme Court still granted the OSG’s appeal, not because it agreed with its arguments, but because the husband failed to submit competent evidence of the divorce decree and the wife’s naturalization. The husband merely testified in the trial court, without presenting the court and immigration documents. Thus, he has to re-file his petition in the trial court; this time making sure that it he submits all necessary evidence. Once again, this shows the importance of a well-presented case. The Supreme Court decision is a very welcome development many divorced Filipino spouses who are similarly-situated. Otherwise, the only relief would be to file a nullity or annulment of marriage case in court, but the grounds are limited, and the process long, tedious and expensive. Under Article 26, all that needs to be presented in evidence are the naturalization records of the alien spouse, to prove that he or she is already an alien at the time divorce was obtain, and proof of divorce. These documents

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Antipolo local Cora Atayde brings Gloria Caoile and the rest of the Feed the Hungry organization to Brgy. Sta Cruz, where they educate roughly 200 indigents on the thrust of the group to help the “poorest of the poor,” giving plastic bags of food essentials, seemingly insufficient but “you should see the expressions…very grateful.” The Philippines is a country rich in resources and one has to wonder why it is mired in poverty. There are many reasons. Ask a kid on the street and there will be a ready answer. Check with others and be pointed to the brain drain Filipino professionals and intelligentsia migrating to already developed countries and contributing to their further development, while the rest of the population left behind sinks lower into degradation or stag-

when you’re actually there. Even if they say it’s just a mere handout, you should see the expressions. They are really, really, very grateful.” Caoile also recounted another trip, this time to a home for abused children in Davao, where all the youngsters wanted was their own face towel and “for some of the adult girls, please, if they can just buy their napkins… That’s all they cared about. It makes them feel better.” Caoile, despite an evident idealism (serving the needy and admitting that workers’ rights will always be close to her heart because of their universality), is at the same time a realist. “We are not here to change the world,” she said. “We just want to be able to make a difference in some little girl’s life. You never know, he or she may be the next president of

sustained by more Filipinos, taking up positions in and out of the Capitol (citing the just elected congressman in Ohio), to be heard. It is a similar path to the one she took in her years of working as an assistant to the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a 1.3 million member labor union. She was also one of the founders of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations and held other leadership posts on the boards of several Filipino-American organizations like the Association of Philippine American Women and Tanghalang Pilipino. Her dedication has paid off, and not simply through the 2001 Achievement Award for Community Service given by Filipinas magazine, nor the 1998 Filipina First Award by the Philippine American Foundation, but in the sheer triumph of everything that has come to be at this point. It is amazing how laboring for labor has grown to be a labor of love in her participation for Feed the Hungry, mirroring the principles of giving recognition to the minority, and in the process dissolving the word labor in itself. It is love, it is her life. (Published in Expat Newspaper, March 8-21, 2009 issue) From Goodnews Balita

JDV dared: Fight to get back speakership
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- WANT it back? Fight for it. This was the challenge House Speaker Prospero Nograles gave former Speaker Jose de Venecia who has said some solons have offered him the speakership if he can assure the approval of Charter Change. In a press briefing, Nograles expressed confidence that Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo is his ally. Nograles said that there is no truth to the report that Arroyo has assured De Venecia of getting back the top House post since the younger Arroyo respects the decision of the majority to unseat De Venecia as House leader. “Let me say again for the record that the speakership is not for Mikey to offer. We are elected by our peers. The Speakership is an open election and we won it overwhelmingly with the help of the majority allies,” Nograles said. “I’ve known Cong. Mikey Arroyo for a long time, ever since he was a boy. I don’t think, in all honesty, that Mikey will do that to me, sa tagal ng aming pinagsamahan, ng father niya who is my classmate, and he, when he was still a little boy,” he added. Nograles said that De Venecia may have an agenda but he is confident he has the support of the majority of the solons.

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Antipolo local Cora Atayde brings Gloria Caoile and the rest of the Feed the Hungry organization to Brgy. Sta Cruz, where they educate roughly 200 indigents on the thrust of the group to help the “poorest of the poor,” giving plastic bags of food essentials, seemingly insufficient but “you should see the expressions…very grateful.” nation. What is forgotten, though, is that there are people who do come back – even if not permanently; the crux of the matter is that they do and they share the personal rewards they have reaped with those less fortunate here. Gloria Caoile, a Philippine-American with Samoan roots, is one such person. At first she is intimidating, a force of will and authority emanating from her, but once done with the initial handshake, it is an empowering feeling to meet a great mind, and not just that, but someone doing great things with a passion. Caoile has to her name credentials spanning the labor issues of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States for more than 30 years, yet the pinnacle of her achievements may be the one that is least focused on. Retired but still serving as consultant to multiple organizations, she is now deeply involved with the Washington, DC-based organization Feed the Hungry, whose primary thrust is to help the poorest in welfare and in spirit. Fifteen years ago, Filipino couple Tess and Pablito Alarcon who were residing in the US capital visited Manila. Stepping out of the Aristocrat restaurant in Intramuros, they noticed children begging outside. Unlike locals oftentimes immune to pleas of desperation, they were moved to help, feeding them. And unlike others who may have sympathized, they extended a bigger call of action. The dire need became a seed of inspiration, prompting them to establish a group to address this cause. The gathering of like-minded individuals has grown into a full-fledged non-governmental organization of volunteers. This translates to efforts backed by their own wallets, coupled with fundraisers, providing resources for outreach projects. With its transparency and zero monetary return, the group has earned a credible status in the US. Its members have served more than 947,000 program beneficiaries in 72 provinces out of the 79 in the Philippines and Metro Manila. Yet they still have to attain name recall. Until now, their concentration has always been on the actual activities like gift giving, feeding the malnourished or school building, where they rely on word of mouth for recipient referrals, volunteer recruitment and funds. But now they have realized a little popularity would be beneficial for more of the aforementioned. Over the course of the last weeks, about 40 member volunteers (including some recently tapped from the Las Vegas community) have arrived in the Philippines for their yearly humanitarian visit. They have different durations and schedules, heading off to varied locales for a wider reach. One of the stops was in Antipolo, through a recommendation of a friend who had already seen their work. Caoile, chairperson of the feeding program, recalls how they reached out to Cora Atayde, the friend and local, to mediate with Barangay Santa Cruz and “identify the poorest of the poor.” Roughly 200 indigents were present that morning, all anticipating the plastic bag of food essentials they would be receiving. At first thought, a single package looks insufficient and short-lived. It doesn’t seem to fit with the popular Confucian adage of teaching man to fish rather than giving him fish. However in a matter of minutes, the experience proved to be something else. Lottie Buhain, chairperson of the board, said it best: “It’s different this country and take it to a different [path].” Improvements do not have to be drastic – for her, details add up. “If you don’t cure the cut, it can get bigger and bigger and you can lose your hand. But if you put on a band-aid, you’ll get well.” Another reality is that money is hard to come by. Buhain mentioned donation fatigue. It is their hope to attain a grant in the future which would sustain the organization and, more importantly, to maintain an “army of believers” as Caoile describes it. So far, there are positive signs. During the Antipolo venture, daughters of two volunteers lent their time and talent. There could be more though, and still more generations after. For Carl Abella, the father of one of the pair, it only took one program and he’s been hooked for 10 years. The participants and board members of the organization lead separate lives. They are not in the same circle of friends back in the US and the only time they usually get to meet is during these trips. Caoile, aside from this philanthropic pursuit, has been the busy queen bee at the start of the year during the preparations for the Obama inauguration hoopla. Being “a Democrat through and through” and having worked extensively for the concerns of the Asian Pacific American community (being the first national vice president and later executive director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance or APALA, and serving under the White House Commission of the Clinton administration for the same population segment), she and Francey Lim Youngberg organized the Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala in mid-January. It sold out in three days and was attended by prominent and highranking individuals including senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, CEOs like Loida Nicolas Lewis, and President Obama’s sister Maya Soetero Ng. Filipino child-wonder Charice Pempengco performed there, impressing the crowd as always with her singing prowess. But the core of the gala, and her self-confessed zeal, was the significance of the unprecedented voter participation, especially by the Filipino-Americans during the electoral cycle. Caoile maintains adamantly: “I believe that if you participate in the electoral process and if you vote, you will be counted. To be counted, then your issues will be heard by the politicians. If you do not become a constituency, nobody would care about our issues.” For her the perfect example and a major accomplishment was the veterans’ equity included in the recently signed economic stimulus package, a calvary prolonged for over 50 years. Asked about her thoughts on the widely-expressed belief that this was too little too late, she replied, “Personally, I am not happy with the money. But if you would have just seen the struggle of these veterans, it’s really more of what it symbolizes… the affirmation of the United States that these people, these veterans, were part of the US military, that they served the country.” She adds that this should serve as a reminder for the future, that disrespect to Filipino Americans should not be tolerated, thus underscoring the importance of having a voice. Caoile knows there is more to be done. Fil-Ams continue to contend with immigration, education and health benefits concerns, but she is proud to say that the drive is now

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The Philippines’ growing economy and robust stock market, assisted by a strong peso and a declining dollar, have boosted the fortunes of its richest citizens. For the first time in years Forbes magazine has included a Filipino among the world’s top billionaires. It also listed 39 others as Philippines’ richest, with a total worth of $17 billion. The complete list of the Philippines’ 40 richest: 1. Jaime Zobel de Ayala and family ($2 billion) and family ($365 million) 18. Beatrice Campos ($220 million) 19. David Consunji and family ($210 million) 20. Luis Virata ($200 million) 21. Gilberto Duavit Jr. and family ($191 million) 22. Menardo Jimenez and family ($190 million) 23. Felipe Gozon and family ($165 million) 24. Mariano Tan and family ($140 million) 25. Ramon del Rosario Jr. ($137

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million) 26. Ronaldo and Rosalinda Hortaleza ($110 million) 27. Manuel Zamora ($105 million) 28. Betty Ang ($100 million) 29. Tomas Alcantara and family ($90 million) 30. Frederick Dy ($70 million) 31. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Sr. ($60 million) 32. Salvador Zamora ($55 million) Jaime Zobel de Ayala 33. Oscar Hilado and family ($51 million) 2. Henry Sy and family ($1.7 bil34. Philip T. Ang ($50 million) lion) 35. Magdaleno Albarracin Jr. ($49 3. Lucio Tan and family ($1.6 bilmillion) lion) 36. Jesus Tambunting ($47 million) 4. Andrew Tan ($1.1 billion) 37. Antonio Roxas ($36 million) 5. Manuel Villar ($940 million) 38. Manuel Pangilinan ($35 mil6. George Ty ($870 million) 7. Andrew Gotianun ($860 million) lion) 39. Marixi Rufino-Prieto and fam8. Enrique Razon Jr. ($820 million) ily ($33 million) 9. Tony Tan Caktiong and family 40. Lourdes Montinola ($30 mil($790 million) lion) 10. Oscar Lopez and family ($775 million) 11. Vivian Que Azcona and family ($670 million) 12. Inigo and Mercedes Zobel ($660 million) 13. Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. ($540 million) 14. Emilio Yap and family ($445 million) 15. John Gokongwei Jr. and family ($430 million) 16. Enrique Aboitiz and family ($375 million) 17. Alfonso Yuchengco

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PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- THE Armed Forces is winning in the campaign against communist insurgency but the challenge is how to sustain the momentum and eventually defeat the country’s oldest problem by 2010, according to Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. “The military is winning the war against insurgency. There is no danger of a c ommunist insurgency taking over the country today.” Teodoro told military officials attending the 6th Senior Leaders’ Conference held at the headquarters of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio, Makati City. Teodoro observed that all efforts of the Philippine Army are geared towards achieving the 2010 strategic goal of defeating communist insurgency. He said many strategies and approaches were undertaken in the past but insurgency continues to exist, noting the need to reexamine mechanisms to be able to come up with best solution for the accomplishment of the goal. Teodoro specifically stressed that the previous approach of fighting an ideological war is wrong. “What the military needs to do is to concentrate on the armed group such as the New People’s Army, not the front organizations,” he said. The Defense chief reiterated his guidance for the military to go against the NPAs and to never allow them to perpetuate any criminal act such as kidnapping, arson, and murder. Teodoro also contended that despite the presence of a peace agreement between the communists and the government, military presence should be increased to serve as a deterrent for armed groups to resurface. He said, “We should never let our guards down and never assume that peace will continue without

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PNS -- JAKE Cuenca is happy and proud that his “Tayong Dalawa” along with Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson is doing very well in the ratings chart. “I’m really thankful to all who watch the program religiously. Without their support, our show will not be successful. This is the reason why all of us in the cast are always doing our best to make each scene a must-see. We consider it our responsibility to the viewers to give them quality entertainment every night,” he says. Of late, many cite his good acting as David Garcia in the drama series. “It’s nice to hear that,” says Jake. “The appreciation for my effort is already enough. But I don’t want it to enter my head. I know I still have a long way to go.” Many are curious what happened to his reported courtship with Bea Alonzo. “Our work is our priority,” explains Jake.”We just realized that. But I remain as one of her loyal fans. Her career has really gone a long way. I will just be supportive

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PNS -- MARIEL Rodriguez admits she feels sad that boyfriend Zanjoe Marudo recently left for Paris. He’s part of ABS-CBN 2’s remake of the hit Koreanovela Lovers in Paris which topbills KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual. He’ll be gone for three weeks to shoot some key scenes in what is considered as the world’s most

Mariel confident Zanjoe would not cheat

Jake torn between Bea and Melissa

Movies to Watch
by Simeon G. Silverio Jr.
(Following are movies now showing or soon to be shown in San Diego.) Moon - It is the near future. Astronaut Sam Bell is living on the far side of the moon, completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy, Helium-3. It is a lonely job, made harder by a broken satellite that allows no live communications home. Taped messages are all Sam can send and receive. Thankfully, his time on the moon is nearly over, and Sam will be reunited with his wife, Tess, and their three-year-old daughter, Eve, in only a few short weeks. Finally, he will leave the isolation of “Sarang,” the moon base that has been his home for so long, and he will finally have someone to talk to beyond “Gerty,” the base’s well-intentioned, but rather uncomplicated computer. Suddenly, Sam’s health starts to deteriorate. Painful headaches, hallucinations and a lack of focus lead to an almost fatal accident on a routine drive on the moon in a lunar rover. While recuperating back at the base (with no memory of how he got there), Sam meets a younger, angrier version of himself, who claims to be there to fulfill the same three year contract Sam started all those years ago. Confined with what appears to be a clone of his earlier self, and with a “support crew” on its way to help put the base back into productive order, Sam is fighting the clock to discover what’s going on and where he fits into company plans. 97 minutes. Rated R for language. Filmmaker Duncan Jones will available for Phone Interviews. MOON will open an Exclusive San Diego Engagement Friday, June 19th at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas!

Mariel Rodriguez

Lovers in Paris . It’s simply one great opportunity for him.” Upon arriving in Paris, Zanjoe sent a touching message to Mariel. “And the more I cried because of that,” Mariel explains. “He texted me saying his stay in Paris would’ve been more exciting, memorable and meaningful had I been with him.” Interestingly, before Zanjoe flew to Paris , the charming TV host tendered a surprise despedida party for her current flame. Zanjoe Marudo “Actually, he felt uncomfortromantic city. able at first when he learned “I really cried because it’s the that I prepared a small getfirst time that he’d be away that together for him. He said there long. I’m not used to it. But al- was no special occasion so though I terribly miss him, I’m there was no need to invite also happy for him on the other guests. But in the end, he sinhand. His inclusion in the said cerely thanked me and appreciambitious program is a clear ated all my efforts. Funny, he proof that his career is really even ate ahead of the rest,” she doing well. And I’m proud of laugh. him,” she says. Asked if she’s bothered with Paris is one of Mariel’s dream the thought that Zanjoe might destination. meet another girl in the lovely “That’s true,” she exclaims. place while he’s there, Mariel “I haven’t been there and ever confidently muses: since, I’m so vocal about my “No, I trust him a lot so there desire to visit the place one day. should be no cause for alarm or And what’s ironic is that Zaninsecurity. It’s just three weeks. joe never dreamt of going to Anyway, we’re constantly Paris . The chance just landed communicating with each other onto his lap because he plays through text and calls,” she one of the key characters in said.

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of all her endeavors.” Regarding his being linked to young actress Melissa Ricks, Jake explains: “I wouldn’t deny that my friendship with her inspires me. I admire her but I’m in no hurry to jump into another serious relationship, especially now that everything in my life is falling into its proper place: family, money and career.”

Shocking statements from Iwa
PNS -- Iwa Moto finally cancelled her Face Book account due to “stress.” The GMA Artist Center girl admits she’s not a serious Face Book user. But being playful, she sometimes shocks her friends because of some blog entries resulting in a lot of concerned emails, text and calls. One time, due to a painful period (we’re too shy to write menstruation), she commented she wanted to die. Not explaining anything about her period, friends started calling her to ask if there’s anything wrong. She’s sometimes too playful for comfort that she declared her status one time as ‘married’ which resulted in a lot of inquiries and

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a series of blind items. She decided once and for all to cancel her Face Book account. Now Iwa is at peace although she still misses her ‘pet’ in the Pet Society of the networking portal.

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Spiritual Life
sheep that do not belong to the fold, who are “scattered in foreign lands”? (Ezekiel 34: 12-13) Jesus promises in today’s Gospel that he will seek out the lost sheep and lead them back, and “there will be one flock, one shepherd.” Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ, the only Shepherd, must keep their hearts and minds open with hope that an Answer has been given as God had promised to bring back the strayed and seek the lost. That Answer is Jesus Christ. “Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience - those too may achieve eternal salvation” (Catechism of the Catholic Church). Whether the nonbelievers are aware or not of God’s answer, as long as they consciously accept the possibility of its existence that Christians believe to have been accomplished in Christ, then salvation is also theirs! At the same time, those who accept Christ as their Good Shepherd have the responsibility of listening to him and remaining in his fold. A man had been wandering about in a forest for several days, unable t find his way out. Finally, he saw a man approaching him in the distance. His heart was filled with joy. “Now I shall surely find out which is the right way out of this forest,” he thought to himself. When they neared each other, he asked the man, “Brother, will you please tell me the way out of this forest? I have been wandering about in here for several days and I can’t find the way out.” The other man said to him, “Brother, I do not know the way out either, for I too am lost. But this much I can tell you. Do not go the way I have gone, for I know it is not the way. Now come, let us search for the way out together.” Quotation of the week: “If you have insomnia, don’t count the sheep. Talk to the Shepherd.” Anonymous.

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RP Target World Record for Largest Photo Mosaic
PNS – The Republic of the Philippines takes a shot a breaking world records when the 180 x 160 ft photo mosaic is rolled out on April 5, 11 a.m. at the Quirino Grandstand, in Roxas Boulevard. The photo mosaic printed on tarpaulin is made of more than

Balintataw
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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
has power over him. The Gospel of John makes it also clear that God’s vow, “I myself will look after and tend my sheep” (Ezek. 34: 11), is fulfilled in Jesus. The OT prophets, such as Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, spoke of God’s condemnation of those leaders who failed to act as good shepherds and claimed the sheep as their own. “I will appoint one shepherd over them to pasture them” (Ezek. 34: 23). The false shepherds pastured themselves Scriptures: First Reading: Acts instead of the flock. God vowed 4: 8-12. The author of the Book to go after these shepherds. of Acts used an occasion, such Reflections: The message of as miracles, to further instruct the total Paschal Mystery is to his readers on the theological make us realize what God has meaning and significance of done in Jesus to prove how much an event. In today’s passage, all of us are loved. This love the healing of the crippled man of God, according to The Catbecomes the sign to reveal the echism of the Catholic Church, thin signified the proclamation is realized finally and totally in of Jesus Christ, crucified and “Christ, the Son of God made resurrected. Second Reading: 1 man, the Father’s one, perfect, John 3: 1-2. Those who conand unsurpassable Word.” demned and put Jesus to death St. John of the Cross stated “... signified the unbelieving world what he spoke before the prophthat refuses to accept God’s ets in parts, he has now spoken revelation in Jesus. The author all at once by giving us the All sees a cosmic c0nflct between Who is His Son. Any person light (Jesus and his followers) questioning God or desiring and darkness (the world). The some vision or revelation would followers of Jesus had acquired be guilty not only of foolish the privilege of calling Jesus’ behavior but also of offending Father, “Abba.” The principle of him, by not fixing his eyes upon likeness follows that as the world Christ and by living with the hates Jesus, the Son of God, so desire for some other novelty.” it will hate the adopted sons of There is no salvation outside of God. Gospel: John 10: 11-18. Christ. Christ is the only answer In identifying Jesus as a “good to the quest of man’s heart for shepherd,” St. John presents eternal happiness. All salvation him not as a victim, but as one comes from Christ the Head and who freely lays down his life the trough the Church, which is for his sheep and whose wound his Body. Nobody else, except becomes our healing and death Christ, can lead us to heaven. is our life. During his passion, What about God’s promises no one, not even Judas Iscariot, in the OT regarding the other Pontius Pilate, the chief priests, sheep? What about the other Joke of the Week: Reflections on the biblical word “shepherd” gave birth to the word “pastor” as one who is entrusted with the task of nurturing Christians by the Sacred Word and sacraments. An elderly Irish priest had retired from a parish and was replaced by another immigrant priest who came from Germany. At his first Mass in the parish, the new pastor was introduced as the new “German shepherd.”

Ikaw kaibigan (Part 2)
Sa mga pagkakataon na ako’y ‘di mapalagay ‘di ba ikaw kaibigan sa akin ay dumaramay at hindi ka nga sumusuko hanggang sa huling laban hanga akong talaga sa’yo wala kang kasingtapang. Marami na ring beses na sa aking mga pagluha sa maraming pangyayari na aking nagugunita ang aking kalungkutan pinapalitan mo ng tuwa ngiti sa aking mga labi ang nais mong ipunla At sa lahat ng hiyas ikaw ang pinakamakinang sa kalinisan ng loob sadyang walang alinlangan maging sa labas man busilak ang angking kagandahan maligaya ako na ikaw ang aking kaibigan.
selected employees of the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) also present to assist him. Entered to the World Records, the 28,000 sq. ft. mosaic will be printed by Golden Touch printers, which also holds the record for the largest printed photo sticker in the world. Sponsoring the event are the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), , Office of the Press Secretary (OPS), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Embrace foundation and Luneta Park.

1000 photographs of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in action taken by award-winning photojournalist and mosaic artist Revoli Cortez. The mosaic will also carry with it a birthday greeting for The President on the celebration of her 62nd birthday,0also on April 5. Press Sec. Remonde will lead the roll out of the mosaic with

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more of that the Republicans must develop a different method to reach out to everyone because that is what she will do. Meg Whitman final message was that “Everyone is Important.” Afterwards, the room was streamlined with many Republicans and awards were given. John McCann received Politician of the Year Award. April Boling was an awardee recipient and many others. Mary Kuper received a prestigious Volunteer Award who’s awardee named after a Filipina American, Trini Bowling, she volunteered tirelessly for many years as a voter registrar until she was diagnosed with Cancer as of last year and passed away. That tribute was for the Trini Bowling Award which is the first time that the Republican Party gave great accolades to the Filipina’s contribution. The award was handed to Ms. Kuper by two of Ms. Bowling’s daughter as a special guest from Escondido. Meanwhile, active Filipino’s in progress that attended were President Oscar Garcia, ViceChair (Southbay) Manny Cabildo, Vice-Chair (North County) Julio de Guzman, Eddie Enriquez, Delia Cabildo R.N., Veronica Garcia, Marissa Acierto, Honorable Mitz Lee (Previous and first Filipina American San Diego Unified Schoolboard Member), Mark Maneclag, Ret. USN and Winnie Varney Maneclag, M.D., Ret. Captain, United States Navy.

Lifestyle
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After retirement… what’s next?
San Diego (4/26/09)- When the word “retirement” starts to be mentioned, men and women both imagine the change it will bring. Did you know that being a woman makes it easier for her to accept change? It has to do with all the changes that she has experienced both physically and emotionally. This could be the reason why most elder women didn’t buy President Obama’s campaign slogan, “CHANGE.” Change is not new for women and really don’t mean something special to them. It was a beautiful and sunny San Diego weather, last Saturday morning on April 18, 2009, where a big and memorable retirement celebration was held at Mc Donald, Palm Avenue, San Diego, the headquarter of Mc Buddies. This party was hosted by Mc Buddy Jinky Yuson, a retired Navy Master Chief, serving a solid thirty colorful years in the Navy and another worthwhile fifteen years, from the Border Patrol/Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) now under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In an interview, Jinky, as he is fondly called, has this to say: “My happy days are here at last, the days of 9 to 5 are things of the past. Thanks God, for all the blessings, I’m still strong, live and kicking and what else will I ask for, my wife and I will live happily with my retirement benefits, more so, I will devote my time to her till the end of time.” While other retirees, has this to say: Titong Vinluan; “Retirement is a time when you never get around to doing all those things you intended to do when you were still working.” Val Palaci; “I’ve worked all my life and paid my dues, now I’ll do just what I want to do or where I go.” Fer-

Jinky Yuson, (Standing, back row, 4th from left) posed with his Mc Buddies in a recent breakfast party he hosted for his retirement in McDonald’s at Palm Avenue, San Diego.

min Caparas; “After retirement, I promised to my wife that I have to devote my remaining years to her and my boredom is gone with the wind after associating with the superb camaraderie of my retired comrade, the Mc Buddies.” One of the good things about retirement is the freedom to travel and explore new parts of the world. Should you decide to take the trips that you dreamed of when you were working? In retirement, however, you’re free to sit in your living room by yourself every day to read novels, sing karaoke, listen to radio or maybe watch TV. Nobody is going to disturb you. Why go to the trouble of getting on an airplane, unless you really love to go. An ideal retirement trip might be one in which you learn some new skills and have built-in interaction with people. The organized tour that appalled you during your working life, might be just right, now that you’re retired. You might enjoy sightseeing but would be best in getting to know some potentially interesting people. Remember that travel can be hard work, especially if you’re doing the planning yourself. Most cases experienced travelers plan a day or two each week, in which they take a day off from travelling. They don’t sightsee. They might do laundry or other errands. Many retirees claimed that the most difficult part of retiring as a couple is learning how to spend time together. Wives have repeatedly, almost word for word, said, “I couldn’t wait for my husband to retire; now I could kill him.” The feeling of a lack of purpose by most men and unstated needs of both partners may create an overwhelming frustration. Take your relationship beyond its present level and find new excitement and passion. This is how you should view retirement, a time of continued growth and expansion. Discover again the reasons for your attraction to each other or uncover new ones. Start with writing down three things you admire about your partner. Notice how warm you feel towards her. Find three more things and write them down. Your love and attraction will become deeper and your willingness to explore more will heighten, creating a fuller level of intimacy. Use it like a powerful aphrodisiac.

Filipino American Republican Club hears Whitman
By Marissa Acierto SAN DIEGO-A glimmer of “HOPE” in the GOP side as Republicans and the Filipino American Republican Club of San Diego County sponsored a table #26 sat to hear what Meg Whitman (R), Candidate, for California Governor, 2010. Ms. Whitman was an invited guest for the Lincoln Reagan Club Dinner Gala Event in the evening on April 23, 2009 at the Town and Country in Mission Valley area. Governor Arnold Schwarzennegwhere science and mathematics continue to score poorly in California, we will not have children who will be prepared to have a better future. She said, “Their is no excuse for this type of problem when in Florida they have the same ratio of population of Latino’s approximately 50%, and the Latino children are much better off because of the system that works.” In California, our system is not working. So, she wants to use the layout of how it is in other states and is working for them. Her emphasis throughout was

The Fil-Am Republican Club Table at the Lincoln Club Gala Dinner Event. (From left to right sitting: Delia Cabildo, R.N.; Vice-Chair, Southbay, Manny Cabildo; Honorable Mitz Lee (Former and First Filipina American San Diego Unified School Board Member), Presiden Oscar Garcia; Veronica Garcia; Winnie Varney Maneclag, M.D., Ret. Captain United States Navy. Standing from left to right: President Tony Kravaric (SD Republican County); Eddie Enriquez; Mark Maneclag, Ret. USN).

er will be termed out in 2010 and will not be able to run. Therefore, the Republican Party are leaning and gearing their support to a female who was former Chief Executive Officer that ran E-Bay, a popular buy and sell online world’s marketplace where buyers and sellers come together and traded almost anything. According to Meg Whitman, she had a four-get-it-together method platforms encouraging small businesses and turning around economic downturn, she said if she fails in those needs everything else will not be successful and fall into place. Secondly, she address that we had no money issue but a spending problem. Her passion as she spoke was to inform Sacramento to stop spending and have a more managed control. Thirdly, tax increase should stop. Fourthly, she informed the audience that education is not all together there in California, and if it continues

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was sufficient to satisfy the requirements of Section 301 (g). So that our client’s proof of her parents’ marriage at the time of her birth is the only requirement needed after submitting other documents to prove her citizenship at birth. There are different residency requirements for different date of births of claimants. There are different requirements of residency of the USC parent depending on the date of birth of the claimant. There are also different requirements depending on whether the child was born in or out of wedlock. This is an evidence driven claim and some documents are no longer available due to the passage of time. Some government offices and private offices like hospitals which are the repositories of such documents as proof of birth or marriage do either no longer exist or the documents themselves are lost. It will be wise to consult an attorney particularly in this type of important claim to U.S. Citizenship to assist you in calculating the physical presence requirement and in developing, organizing and searching the needed documents to prove your citizenship at birth. [We invite readers to call Atty. A.Erwin Bautista to set up their initial consultation. Atty. Bautista obtained his law degree from Western State University College of Law,

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Fullerton, CA and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the Philippines. Atty. Bautista practices Immigration, Bankruptcy, Family, and Personal Injury Law and Tax Audit Representation/Income Tax Preparation. He can be reached at (619) 474 7755 in San Diego at 550 E. 8th St., #11, National City, Ca 91950 and at (213) 365 7690 in Los Angeles at 3435 Wilshire Bl., Ste. 2700, Los Angeles, CA 90010.]

The Law that Matters
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has a rightful claim to U.S. Citizenship, stated that the Department for purposes of transmission of U.S. Citizenship views the Philippines as an outlying possession of the United States from April 1, 1899 to July 4, 1946. How U.S. Citizenship at birth is determined? A previous client who we were able to prove her citizenship at birth referred her friend to us and her situation is the following. Her father having born on January 7, 1922 had never left the Philippines. Her parents are legally married to each other. However her father’s physical presence in the Philippines from 1922 to 1946

Immigration: Transmission of U.S. Citizenship
What period of residence in the Philippines is counted to transmit US Citizenship to children? Question: I was born on February 1, 1957 in the Philippines, am I a U.S. Citizen at birth because my father is a U.S. Citizen even if I was born in the Philippines and my father never lived in the U.S. mainland? Answer: Depending on the period of residency in the Philippines of your U.S. Citizen father you may be a U.S. Citizen at birth. The Philippines was considered an outlying possession of the U.S., for purposes of transmission of U.S. Citizenship, from April 11, 1899 to July 4, 1946. How does one become a U.S. Citizen at birth? Section 301(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act refers to persons born outside of the U.S. mainland and its outlying possession with one U.S. Citizen (USC) parent and one alien parent. There is a residency requirement for the USC parent in order to transmit US Citizenship to the child. The above provision requires the USC parent to have been physically present in the U.S. or outlying possession for a period of at least 5 years, two of which must be after the age of 14. What period of residence in the Philippines is counted for transmission purposes? In a letter from the U.S. State Department regarding a client who we applied a U.S. Passport, because we believe she

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New U.S. Citizens
By Marissa Acierto SAN DIEGO--In a gloomy day where the past days has been full of scorching heat, many new immigrants spirited, confused and nonchalantly walking around the Golden Hall area in Downtown as if they were already American Citizens will officially be Nau-

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the Democrats had President Obama’s still like photo-stand promising them “HOPE”. An interesting observation is that the Democrats had maximize support system from the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) who is the sponsor of these events who

President Oscar Garcia, Veronica Garcia and Eddie Enriquez and Volunteers with Mary Kuper preparing to sign up Voter’s.
turalized Citizens of the United States of America on April 22, 2009. The preparation of the midmorning around 10:30 a.m., the Democratic Party had their blue tent to the right-side and the Republican Party had their red tent to the left-side. As to the left and to the right, an analogy of a complete switch of location just by where the tents ironically was oddly positioned. The Republican Party, as always are more uniformed with a classic case of the red color t-shirts attire specifying that they are Republicans. The Voter Registrar Chair for the Republican Party was Mary Kuper who was busy making sure that the volunteers had support system. She oriented the Republican volunteers as to what methods to get them interested in signing the register voters form. Meanwhile, the Filipino American volunteers were making the attempts to sign new voters. Standing by the tent, gave the opportunity for guest speakers like the League of Women Voters (a supposedly non-partisan group which leans towards Democratic values and philosophy and most members are Democrats). USCIS allowed the Voters Registrar Coordinator from the County of San Diego to set-up a booth and help inside. These employees on staff usually lean towards pro-Democratic values, although a non-partisan base (the voters outreach mission is to assist individuals with language barriers such as Filipino’s, Cambodian’s, Vietnamese, Latino’s, etc.) to register and to help fillout-application forms inside the Golden Hall entrance. The other two partisan organizations were outside and by the time the volunteers got to the new Citizens, they already had a Voter Registrar employee which handed a Voter Registration form to fill out and was informed by the employee, to go ahead and do it at home.

Little did the New Citizen realize, that they had local aides from both sides of the Democrat and Republican Party in which they could of heard their mission statements as to why Democrats and why vote Republicans? The Filipino American Republican Club of San Diego County, Inc. under the leadership of President Oscar Garcia and ViceChair (Southbay area) Manny Cabildo, Vice-Chair (North County area) Julio de Guzman, Treasurer Ernie Liwag, Honorable Secretary Purita Gamos, Secretary Fe Rivero, PRO Vince Bumanglag, Honorable PRO Joe Son are heading this mission for more voter registration within the San Diego County. A series of Voter Registration itinerary events will continue to follow up till December 2009. Participants who were involved in the Filipino American Republican Voter’s Registration in Golden Hall was President Oscar Garcia, Eddie Enriquez, Veronica Garcia and Marissa Acierto. President Oscar Garcia dress in an eloquent blue Barong Tagalog captivated a Maria Clara Filipina to register to vote. Although to his prevail, the look-a-like senior Filipina was then assisted by Veronica Garcia who followed through but was confused when the Cambodian American preferred to speak her language. The Cambodian American woman stated, “I do not know English, and do not understand.” For awhile there, the volunteers wondered whether she actually passed the test? Meanwhile, Eddie Enriquez who volunteered to register voters was mistaken twice by a Senior Republican Caucasian volunteer who asked him twice, “Are you a registered voter?” He just shooked his head, “I do not understand why the volunteers cannot distinguish who the other volunteers are?” Meanwhile, another North Korean American Citizen did not know the party lines but said she is for Obama for political affiliation which in turn is a Democrat. One Vietnamese American young adult just pointed at the elephant symbol and indicated that is his affiliated choice which is a Republican. Another young male Latino American who Eddie Enriquez pulled out-of-the-crowd really was interested to register. He was born in Mexico and was very enthusiatic in being affiliated as part of the “Republican Party”. The voter registration was put to a halt when all the voters either filled out their forms at the outside tent area, inside the tables of the Voter’s Registrar or at home. At the end of the signing, the most important memory was the big smile on most of the new Citizens face was an elated glee of tension release but the absolute “Freedom to be part of America and the process that they will continue the future of America’s Dream in the year 2009 whether under President Barak Obama’s administration is that the stimulus is the solution versus a Tea Tax Revolt that wants the stimulus to stop.” Overall, the future is in the hands that vote.

619-606-6475. For the information of the public, the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the U.S. started to accept and to process 1. All applicants for any of In collaboration with the applications for Machine ReadCouncil of Philippine American the above consular services are able Passports (MRP) on June requested to set up an appointOrganizations of San Diego 2, 2008. This is a requirement ment with the Consulate, not County (COPAO), a team of the International Civil Avialater than April 30, 2009, from the Philippine Consultion Organization (ICAO) for either through fax (213) 639ate General in Los Angeles its member states, including the 0990 or through email at losan- Philippines, to issue MRPs not will be conducting its monthly gelespcg@earthlink.net. Consular Outreach Program on later than 1 April 2010. 2. Passport Applicants should Saturday, May 2, 2009, from Since applications received by send an advance copy of their 9:00 am until 4:00 pm at the the Philippine Foreign Service passport application forms and COMFORT INN & SUITES, Posts in the U.S. will be sent data page (bearing the name and to the Department of Foreign 632 E Street, Chula Vista, photo) of their passports to the CA 91910 (near the corner of Affairs in Manila via diplomatic Consulate either by fax or by E Street and Broadway). This pouch, it will take six weeks for email. Incomplete forms will not a passport to be released to the venue will bring these consular be processed. services closer to residents of applicants, from the time the 3. Dual Citizenship AppliChula Vista and the South Bay. application is accepted. Percants should send an advance The following services will be sonal appearance for all will copy of their application forms rendered: be required for data verification, and supporting documents. 1. Applications for Machine finger-printing and signature Incomplete forms will not be Readable Passport (Cost: $50) capture. Applications by mail and returned to the applicant by processed. will no longer be accepted. 4. OAV Registrants should mail at an additional cost of $6. Although private commercial also send an advance copy of 2. Applications for the rephoto services may be available their application forms and sup- at the Outreach site, applicants tention and re-acquisition of porting documents. Incomplete Philippine citizenship pursuant may have their photos taken forms will not be processed. to Republic Act 9225 or Dual elsewhere, provided that the 5. Confirmed appointments of photos comply with the new Citizenship Law (Cost: $50). all applicants will be posted at Oath-taking will be scheduled photos requirements for the the Consulate’s website (www. on the same day for qualified MRP. Applicants should visit philippineconsulatela.org). Per- the Consulate’s website at www. applicants. sonal appearance is required 3. Notarization of documents philippineconsulatela.org for the for all applicants. (Cost: $25) will be accepted guidelines to be followed for 6. While walk-in applicants but this will be processed in Los their passport photos. may also be entertained, priorAngeles and returned to the apWhile some countries may ity will be given to those with plicant by mail at an additional still honor valid green Philipconfirmed appointments with cost of $6. pine passports beyond 1 April the Consulate, as posted in the 4. Overseas Absentee Voting 2010 as bona fide travel docuwebsite. All walk-in applicants ments until they expire, most (OAV) Registration. (Gratis) The Consulate will only accept are advised to transact their countries will require travelers payments in cash, postal money business directly with Consulto hold either MRP or e-Passorder or cashier’s check. Person- ate officials and not through port for their sojourn by 2010. travel agencies. Walk-in apal checks will not be accepted. Thus, all Filipinos, including Application forms and require- plicants are by definition those those with valid green passports, who did not pass through travel are encouraged to apply for their ments can be downloaded from the Consulate’s website at www. agencies. machine readable passports as For general information, philippineconsulatela.org early as possible. In view of the anticipated high interested parties may wish to call the Consulate - Tels: 1-213volume of applicants and in COPAO Public Relations 639-0980 to 85. E-mail: loorder to ensure an orderly flow Tel # 619-477-4090 sangelespcg@earthlink.net or of operations, the following Merly Ferrer of COPAO – Tel: guidelines will be followed:

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Around Town
by Conrad I. Reloj, Jr.
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Fil-Am Conservatives of San Diego County conducted its first Voter Education and Registration Workshop
By J’Son San Diego (April 27, 2009)The Filipino American conservatives of San Diego County held its first series of workshop seminar on Voter Registration for First Time Voters and Voter Education for the Future Young Voters at the FAVA Hall, located at 2926 Market Street, San Diego. Registration of workshop participants started at 12:00 of San Diego financial responsibilities, outcome of good and honest government, jobs and healthy economy. Mary Kuper spoke on major strategies on voter registration including recruitment and the proper training of volunteers. The workshop began at 3:00 P.M. Manny Cabildo, highlighted the process of voter education: 1) Before Election Day for the First Time Voters, making sure that they are regis-

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Filipino business gem sparkles in Oceanside

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You are the... Apple of my eye Mango of my Pie Palaman of my tinapay Niyog on my kalamay. You are the... Ipin of my suklay Ring on my kamay Blood of my atay Bubbles of my laway. You are the ... Roof of my bahay Strength of my tulay Joy of my tagumpay Dream of my Nanay. You are the... Ube in my monay Patis in my gulay Toyo in my siomai Calcium in my kalansay You are the... Buhol of my tie Bituin of my sky Beauty of my Tagaytay Ketchup on my french fry. You are the... Wings when I fly Wind when I paypay Sipit for my sampay Tungkod when I am pilay. You are the... Shoulder when I cry Cure to my”aray” Answer as to “why” I am nangi-ngisay. You are the... Love until I die In short.......you are The Center Of My Buhay. (Author unknown)

Gudez-Murphy, along with her brothers and sisters serve rustic but sophisticated farm-fresh cuisine. The food here is much more than an ordinary Filipino fanfare. Her cooking is light, precise, refined, drawing the best from fine local and seasonal ingredients combined with an authentic Filipino sensibility. In the morning an enticing aroma of freshly baked pan de sal and newly brewed coffee greet you as you enter its door. For lunch pick among specialties like delicious adobo or a nice mess of tinola with pechay or papaya. This store has always prided itself on its various Filipino specialties and dessert galore. The Gudez family members: Tess, Linda, Chanita, Andres,

Antonio, Dang, Bonifacio and Larry migrated to the U.S.in the early 70’s from Quinapundan, Samar in the Philippines. They came late to the Filipino-American food craze, but they certainly upgraded it in an elegant way. Their choice location is at 3753 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. Parking is adequate. It’s dining in or take-out and service is excellent either way. Find this gem at the Mission Camino Business Complex. For Tess’ Cuisine, Gudez Travel, and Oriental Mission Kabayan Mart, call: Tess Murphy at: (858) 243-5798. Her (Cell) Phone is: ((760) 722-7963. Located at: 3753 Mission Ave., #1228, Oceanside, CA 92058. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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noon, followed by social gathering with an array of various sumptuous dishes brought in by member of the conservative group. The seminar officially commenced at 1:00 p.m., with a silent prayer led by Manny Cabildo. Acting Vice Chair South, who presided the seminar in place of Chairman Oscar Garcia. He also led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Julio De Guzman, Vice Chair North, introduced the two guest speakers, Carl DeMaio, City of San Diego Councilman and Mary Kuper, organization adviser on Voter Registration. Julio De Guzman also recognized other guests. Marissa Acierto acknowledged all others who attended the workshop. Councilman Carl DeMaio emphasized the importance of Voter Registration drives, City

tered, providing information as to where they would vote, etc; sending out reminder on voting day as well as encouragement to go and vote with friends; 2) Educating the Future Voters. Manny emphasized the need to talk to the young generation about the importance of voting, bringing them to the voting places to be familiar with the process and explaining how voting g works, etc. Other strategies were discussed in connection with voter education, such as, the importance of communication and fund-raising. The workshop was concluded at 4:30 P.M. For more information on the incoming workshops, please call Chairman Oscar Garcia, (619) 482-9680, Manny Cabildo (619) 318-9938 or Marissa Acierto, (619) 459-0014.

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since 1980, including Fire Engineer on the Metro Arson Strike Team, Bomb Squad Commander, Deputy Chief and Assistant Fire Chief for Operations. The FBI certified him as a hazardous device technician. Carle has four children, two grandchildren, and lives in La Jolla, California, with his wife Joi. Mary Russell, International Director of Toastmasters. Mary is the founder and president of The Grady Group, a human resources company. As a human resources consultant, she provides human resources generalist support to organizations. She received a certificate of special Congressional recognition for her contribution to the community by assisting individuals with disabilities. Mary lives in Temple City, California, with her adult son and two cats. Peter Stark has motivated and inspired thousands of individuals worldwide for the past 15 years. He holds the prestigious designation of Accredited Speaker from Toastmasters, an award bestowed on only 48 individuals. He earned the coveted CSP designation from the National Speaker’s Association and was chosen as the “Outstanding Faculty Member” for the College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University. The Spring Conference is a time for excitement in District 5 as Toastmasters’ members compete for the title of District Champion in the “International Speech and Evaluation Contests.” The program for first night of the conference will be: 5:30 p.m., socials and dinner; 6:30 p.m., club recognition; 7:00 p.m., special presentation by David Brooks, and 7:30 p.m., Evaluation Contest. The second day will be a full

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day event, with the following program of activities: 8:00 a.m., credential desk will open; 9:00 a.m., welcome; 9:20 a.m., business meeting; 11:00 a.m., Mary Russell, International Director; 12 noon, lunch and DTM recognition plus the presentation of the “Communication and Leadership Award” to Jeff Carle and his speech after accepting the award; 1:45 p.m., Peter Stark on “Surviving and Thriving Change”; 2:30 p.m., keynote speech by David Brooks, 1990 World Champion of Public Speaking. Then it’s on to the main event – the International Speech Contest, featuring the best talent District 5 has to offer. Toastmasters International’s District 5 serves clubs in the San Diego and Imperial Counties, Yuma Arizona and Baja California/Mexico.

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Respected, revered, and famous leaders share a common trait – effective communication. And effective communication is what David Brooks, the “1990 World Champion of Public Speaking,” is a master of. Brooks will be the keynote speaker for two separate events sponsored by Toastmasters International, an educational organization, and Altrusa International, a service organization, a week from today. The champion speaker will be speaking on “The Language of Leadership” and will persuade, inspire, and entertain everyone as he talks about the five simple principles of leadership. Brooks, who has more than 30 years of experience in public speaking, is an award-winning professional speaker and trainer who taught nearly 100,000 business professionals in 24 countries to speak and write clearly, concisely and confidently. His array of communication programs and services includes seminars, keynotes, speech writing, coaching, and voiceovers. He also offers a growing resources of leadership materials, as well as audio and video learning programs. Brooks is the co-author of the “Seven Strategies of Master Presenters” and the “Speaking Secrets of the Champions.” The first event, which is sponsored by Altrusa International, will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the AMN Healthcare, 12400 High Bluff Drive in Del Mar. Admission is $20.00 per person or two for $30.00. The proceeds from this event will benefit the community services of Altrusa’s San Diego North County Coastal Club and Project Linus North County Coastal-SW Riverside

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Instinctively, Rosel jumped into the water, stopped at a distance of 5 feet from him, calmed him down, and instructed him to listen to what he would say. He told him not to panic and to do what he said so. He then grabbed (Continued from page 11) him by the neck and swam back routine that involves complex to the boat. marching sequences that usu“It was only a few minutes ally deviate from standard drill. later that I realized that what I Rosel’s group creatively devised did endangered to my own life,” their own fancy marches to Rosel nervously said. bleeding students; and brought at the time.” instill platoon’s pride and idenSuch happening became the to Manila Sanitarium Hospital That was the first time I got tity, performing in city parades, talk of the campus the followfor treatment. Nine of those an unexpected blow from drill meets, half-timed shows in ing Monday. It lasted for over brought to the hospital were anyone; and I felt helpless and basketball game, and school’s a week; and the biggest newseither friends of mine or memhumiliated. The sad thing was anniversary celebration. caster or gossiper was the victim bers of my model platoon. A few I couldn’t even lift my arms. I The crowd that witnessed our himself, propelling Rosel as the had no strength. I lost my nerve. sharp, brisk marching exhibition “hero of the week”. drills in numerous parades in The incident made Rosel popu- I couldn’t even retaliate against this “son of the bitch”. My mind Pasay City’s main streets never lar among the school’s teachwas virtually blank; although I failed to elicit praise, cheers and ers, staff, and students. . “My was conscious other cadets apapplauses. The cadets demonheroic feat must have helped in proached me asking, “What hapstrated their individual and team the selection of a model platoon pened?” to which I only replied, skills in intense competitive leader,” says Rosel with a smirk “I don’t know.” environment.” in his face. Jerry, a member of my platoon, “The odd thing about all this is Claudio was actually a nice approached me and inquired that I never had any love for any- man, who eventually became a what really happened. By then, thing military,” says Rosel. “But practicing dentist in Baclaran, I was able to gather my nerve I would not say I didn’t enjoy the Pasay City. “But since high and suddenly felt aggrieved, reaccolades. Each drill meet had school, I never met him anyally pissed off. I told him Mario been a challenge for me!” more,” he said. and Lucas barkada, pointing the “Why was I selected? It’s probgroup some distance away from ably because of my reputation Nasty School Brawl us, are behind of such attack. as magaling and “no-nonsense Jerry met up with some friends; youth.” with a loud, deep, and JAS had its students’ military and in a few minutes, fights booming voice. drill training at Dewey Blvd near “In retrospect, I think part San Juan De Dios Hospital every broke out on the field with swinging rifles all over the place. of the reason for my selection Saturday. At break time, Mario Two cadets jumped at me punchwas my reputation as a “school approached Rosel, looked at ing me all over. hero,” apart from a somewhat him, and, without any warning, “I managed to release myself misplaced perception that I was punched him to the chest that from these bullies, and grabbed a mild-mannered, intelligent dropped him to the ground. The a rifle. I closed my back against individual.” bully then shouted, “Stay away the wall, and swung the rifle butt This is how it began, when I from my girl Linda!” much to was a sophomore our class went the amazement of the Rosel, who at anyone who attacked me. In to Jale Beach in Las Pinas for was shook up for the first time in the process, I hit several of them on the arms, legs, bodies, and group picnic and boating. As we his life. heads. were out of the bay, one of our Linda was a class mate of “They swarmed around me like skilled swimmers, Claudio, 16, Rosel, whom he tutored in one pests,” utters Rosel. 155-lbs. teen followed our boat of their class subjects. She was Suddenly, a dozen Pasay poby swimming behind us until a friend to him, nothing more. “I he suffered terrible cramp in his never had any interest in her,” he licemen came and contained the melee. A little later, Two ambutwo legs, and insistently asked confessed. “She was too much First Asian Weekly Newspaper in Southern California & San Diego’s Mostarrived at the scene and lances Widely Circulated Asian-Filipino Newspaper somebody to save him from a fully-grown woman for me. 550 East 8th Street, Suite 6, National City CA 91950 • picked up 474-0588 • Fax (619) 474-0373 drowning. Beside, I had already a girlfriend Tel. (619) two or three dozens of

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of them are sons of city officials, including a chief of police. Such mayhem was headlined in the Manila Times newspaper in the Sunday edition. All the names of those involved were mentioned, including those injured. Much to my surprise, my name was not to be found, although the newspaper mentioned that the fight was over a girl. Nothing came out of this school brawl. Gossips circulated that suits were filed – charges and counter charges – in the City fiscal office. In the end, all I heard was that the case was amicably settled, involving parents, and school and city officials. “Privately, that was not the end for me. I hated to be bullied!” – Riz (To be continued)

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Indeed, that was one reason why we were happy with the unit we purchased. We specifically chose the penthouse unit on the tenth floor, the top-most floor, located on the southeast-facing side of the building. That side provides a view of the beautiful Laguna Bay. Renting out our unit either on a daily, monthly, or yearly (Continued from page 5) basis is also one option for us. It me. Much to my regret, I gave could be an income-generating up my reservation to that condo, property before we decide to thinking that the two I have completely settle and retire in in Manila would be enough. I the Philippines. A friend of mine would have netted $40,000 in who lives in Los Angeles, rents two year’s time. This was one out his condos in Makati to time I regretted not betting on the expatriates, foreign executives of Philippines, as I, just like milmultinationals in the Philippines. lions of Americans who didn’t One of his units was rented out know any better, saw the value of for $3,000 a month. He was paid my properties in the U.S. sank. one year in advance. Crosswind is one of the many developments in the the PhilipSucat Road pines bult by Vista Land, the holding company owned by the Our unit is only about fifteen Villar family. minutes drive from the airport without traffic. With traffic, it 11 in the evening would entail an additional ten minutes. This is why the units We arrived at the Ninoy are attractive to Balikbayans Aquino Airport in Manila at 11 (Filipino returnees). From the in the evening. A friend of mine airport, we travelled east along picked us up and brought us to Sucat Road, crossed the South the condo unit he owns in the Luzon Expressway (SLEX), same building where our propturned left on the service road, erty is located. Our unit had not and right on the first street. It yet officially been turned over to was a wide, four-lane street that us; hence we could not stay there would eventually lead towards without completing the necessary Laguna Bay, where a tourist forms and requirements. area is being developed by the In times past, whenever we Laguna Bay Lakeshore Authorwere in Manila, we usually ity. The government entity would stayed at the Intercontinental build a board walk along the bay, Hotel, Dusit Hotel, and, at one floating restaurants, and other time, the Renaissance Hotel in tourists attractions. It would be the Ayala Center in Makati. The hotels are conveniently located in the Makati business district. All we had to do was get out of the hotel and walk to the various malls in the area. However, we wanted to experience staying in Presidio, hence, we accepted the offer of my friend to rent his studio during our two-week stay. He usually rents out his unit for $75-a-day, much less than the daily rate of at least $120 at fivestar hotels in the area. My friend, however, only charged us $35-aday, plus the use of his extra car. “You can rent out your unit to tourists for at least $100 a day,” he told me. “Yours has two bedrooms, a huge living room and a nice view of the Laguna Bay.”

Filipina shines in top book publisher Penguin
The editorial director of global book publisher Penguin Classics is Filipino-American Elda Rotor. Based in New York, the 37 year old was hired to be executive editor for the Penguin Classics line in 2006, as she oversaw the publication of Penguin Classics’ first two literary masterpieces going global Jose Rizal’s ”Noli Me Tangere” and Jose Garcia Villa’s “Doveglion: Collected Poems.” She is also responsible for books written by American and European writers in the Penguin Classics line. According to Elda: Penguin Classics is already waiting for the translation of Rizal’s “El Filibusterismo” from Harold Augenbraum, who also translated and introduced “Noli Me Tangere” for Penguin Classics. She also reveals that Penguin is reviewing recent Man Asia Literary Prize winner Miguel Syjuco’s novel, “Ilustrado”, for publication! After graduating cum laude with special honors from the George Washington University with a B. A. in English literature, Elda would then go on to co-found and publish New Digressions, an art and literary magazine that encouraged emerging writers and artists under 30. Her first publishing job came as an editor at the Oxford University Press. With OUP, she would oversee three well-received series of books: the Seven Deadly Sins, Lives and Legacies, and Very Short Introductions series. Sir Roger Alama, Mr. Harold Augenbraum, Consul General Rebong, Consulate Assistant Carissa Villacorta, Penguin Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Books Ms. Elda Rotor, Deputy Consul General Melita S. Thomeczek, Mr. Joe Ramos and Consul Ed Badajos attend the Consulate’s celebration of the publication of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangereby Penguin Classics. The Seven Deadly Sins was a series that Elda herself originated. Composed of seven short trade

Penguin Classics’ Executive Editor Elda Rotor presents the “Noli Me Tangere” book to Consul General Cecilia Rebong

world alike to increase awareness of Philippine literature. “More exposure is certainly key. Award-winning titles help raise the awareness of Philippine literature in general. Critics, bloggers, journalists, scholars and writers should spread the word, include Philippine works and writers in public discussions, cover them in the media more, especially if they have favorite works to support,” she says. “Publishers should support a more global bookshelf - this rings true with Penguin Classics, as we continue to support world literature, identifying the classics from around the world.” As for young Filipinos who are not interested in reading the classics, Filipino or otherwise, Elda says that they should give it a try because they might be surprised by what they find.

Buying a condo unit in the Philippines

May 1 - 7, 2009
walking distance to our condo unit. On the corner of the service road,and visible from the SLEX, a beautiful, San Franciscothemed building houses, among others, a branch of the Bank of Philippine Islands, Figaro’s Coffeehouse, Dencio’s Restaurant, an Italian Restaurant, a Japanese restaurant and others. Crown Asia, one of Villar’s real estate companies also holds office there. We again turned left on the four-lane street at the back of the restaurants, leading to the gates of two subdivisions, the Brittany and the Marina. The land used to be owned by the Posadas Family, who partnered with the Villars to have the area developed into one of the most beautiful areas in Metro Manila. A guard house at the gate, manned twenty-four hours a day marked the entrance to the subdivision. After a few meters we turned right, passing through a tunnel under the railroad. The new route was recently constructed to shorten the way. A tunnel was built so that vehicles can avoid crossing the tracks. From there, we were greeted by the sight of the nine beautiful buildings of the Presidio at Brittany Bay, silhoutted in the dark of the night by the brightly lit stars in the open sky. Indeed, the open spaces of Presidio stood in stark contrast to the sights of Metro Manila amidst the crowded neighborhood of Muntinlupa and the neighboring cities of Taguig and Paranaque. It was nice to be home. – AJ (Next issue: The cost of retiring in the Philippines)

books OUP published in collaboration with the New York Public Library (NYPL), the series was written by seven different authors who first presented a lecture about a deadly sin at the NYPL. Some of the authors included in the series are award-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, Tibetan Buddhist scholar and father of Uma, Robert Thurman, and even novelist Francine Prose. “Lives and Legacies was a series I helped develop of short biographies of literary figures, of which I published books on Twain, Faulkner, Eliot and Whitman. The Very Short Introduction is a great OUP series of compact and accessible introductions on a wide variety of topics for the general reader. Among those volumes, I acquired Documentary Film, Mormonism and Kabbalah,” she says. Even if she grew up in the States, Elda says that she has never lost sight of her Filipino roots. She has made several visits to the Philippines over the years, and has several Filipino authors whose work she admires. Among them are Jose Garcia Villa, F. Sionil Jose and Arturo Rotor. Her position also provides her with insight as to what the Filipino author needs to break into the international market. Elda also believes that a lot can be done by both the media and the publishing

Probe Lacson – Crusade
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -“INCLUDE Senator Lacson in the BW stock probe.” An alliance of non-government organizations made this appeal yesterday following the Supreme Court order to revive the case against BW owner Dan te Tan for the stock price manipulation he allegedly committed several years ago. The Crusade for a Better Philippines said since Sen. Panfilo Lacson had

Senator Panfilo Lacson
admitted acquiring BW shares at the time of the alleged manipulation, then it must be determined if the solon had something to do with the supposed fraud or not. Crusade chair Michael Say noted that, then and now, Lacson remains a public official who is dutybound to be “clean of any unlawful act.” “Mr. Lacson was the Philippine National Police chief when he acquired the shares. He claims to have proof that he had bought the stocks legally but would not show this evidence publicly. “So what is the assurance that he did not use PNP funds, which is taxpayers’ money, when he supposedly bought the shares?” Say said. As a senator who has been very vocal against alleged wrongdoings by public figures, Lacson must prove that he is not guilty of any illegal deeds. “The problem is, Senator Lacson keeps on saying that he is innocent of anything illegal but he would not show proof or witnesses to support his innocence..“So, there should not be any problem for the senator to be investigated if he really is clean,” Say added.

CACAO FARMERS GRADUATION. Cacao farmers in Walang, Lambunao, Iloilo mill around for a photo op after graduating from their 12 month training and seminar with CocaoPhil. The cacao tree is a new source of livehood for farmers who want to earn at least P300,000.00 per hectare per year. PINOY GONZALES/ PNS

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