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Happy Fourth of July ! 4th July – Not just America’s Independence Day, But the Philippines’ as Well
I grew up celebrating Independence Day on 4th July, the day the United States bestowed the Philippines its independence in 1946. But in May 1962, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal changed the date to June 12th, in recognition of Parade of colors: Parades featuring the American Flag have been the staple of the Gen. Emilio July 4th celebrations all over the United States commemorating the Independence Day Aguinaldo’s Anniversary of the country. Photo by John Brian Silverio. declaration of freedom from Spain in 1898, which paved the way for the establishment of a short-lived Philippine Republic. by Riz A. Oades See page 6
PHILIPPINES NEWS SERVICE -- THE government will receive this month its 60-percent share from the net revenues of the Galoc oil field off Palawan after the Energy Department declared its commercial viability. Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes said Galoc Production Co., the operator of the Galoc field, would now proceed with commercial production after producing more than two million barrels of Palawan light crude since production tests started in October last year. “Of course, this is only the start for future oil production in the country. This is a clear indication that the country is a viable20investment location and we hope that this will entice future investors to set up their businesses here,” Reyes said. Reyes ordered the termination of the extended production tests on June 19, the date from which the government’s share in the profits will be calculated. The government is set to receive 60 percent of the net revenues, which refer to total revenues less the 70-percent cost-recovery granted to Galoc Production.
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The young Chef Larry Banares with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, during his days as executive chef at Disneyland Hotel.

The King of Pop who suddenly passed away last week had a strong Filipino connection. During the 1970s, he performed in the Philippines with his brothers as a member of the Jackson Five. Many of his employees, some domestic workers and caretakers at his Neverland Ranch, were Filipinos. In San Diego, Filipino American TV personality Chef Larry Banares recalls his encounters with Michael Jackson when he worked as executive chef at the Disneyland Hotel. By Ashley Silverio Assistant Editor The San Diego Asian Journal See page 4

Like a prolific fishing school
As the great Chinese Philosopher Confucius preached, “If you give a man a fish, he would eat for one day, but if you teach a man to fish, he would eat for all time”, a small printing press on Platerias Street in Quiapo, downtown Manila, has indeed become a prolific fishing school to many. By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. Publisher & Editor The San Diego Asian Journal

Quiapo Memories

War Hero, PMA Pioneer and Founder of Commodore Drug Stores passes away
Having known him for over 30 years, not only as a client but more of a friend and father-figure to me , I am saddened by his death but also happy with the thought that he is now in paradise and probably being given a warm reception by his many political (mutual) friends whom I have also met, like Ninoy Aquino, Evelio Commodore Alcaraz with his wife Javier, Raul Manglapus, Tony Villegas, Raul Roco, and Max Soliven, as well as his other friends that I don’t even know. By Ernie Delfin See Page 8

Commodore Ramon Alcaraz

Larry Banares today as he looks at his photo with Michael Jackson

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Concert of Traditional Music and Dances of the Southern Philippines featured on August 1, 2009 at The Neurosciences Institute Auditorium in La Jolla
The SAMAHAN Filipino American Performing Arts and Education Centerproudly presents the concert entitled, Pakaraguian – Music and Dances of Southern Philippines, on August 1, 2009, Saturday, at 7:00 o’clock in the evening at The Neurosciences Institute Auditorium at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla, CA 92121. This is the first time a concert featuring Philippine music is featured and generously underwritten by The Neurosciences Institute (NSI), as part of Performing Arts at The Neurosciences Institute, a series of cultural events presented as a community service to support arts in San Diego to underscore the special relationship between the arts and the brain. Tickets are available at the box office before the performance at $15 each for General Admission, $10 each for Students and Seniors and $25 each for Patrons (reserved seating). To obtain or reserved tickets before the show, please call (619) 470-6024 or (619) 444-7528. For more information, check Samahan’s website - http:// Kulintang music, considered the highest form of gong

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Show. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the 4th of July, 1826 -- on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Adams’ last words were: “Thomas Jefferson still survives”. The song, “America the Beautiful”, was published that day in 1895 and it was exactly 75 years afterward when Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” first broadcast. Stephen Foster, who prolifically penned such well-known songs as “Oh! Susanna”, “Camptown Races” and “Old Black Joe”, entered this world that day in 1826. And the birthday for our 30th president, “Silent Cal”, Calvin Coolidge, fell on the 4th of July of 1872. Koko the gorilla was also born that day, but in 1971. She actually has a sign language vocabulary of over 1,000 words -- probably making her a whole lot more loquacious than “Silent Cal” ever was. Rube Goldberg was born that day in 1883. He’s the inventor of those elaborate machines that accomplish ludicrously simple tasks. Speaking of which, the Interstate Highway System was inaugurated June 29, 1956 when Eisenhower signed a bill for $33.5 billion in highway construction. Believe it or not, that was actually the largest public works bill in history at the time. With credit to Rube Goldberg, the Russians and Americans actually managed to dock in space for the very first time on the 39th anniversary of Eisenhower’s Highway Bill. But a meteorite leveled a huge swath of Russian Siberia on June 30, 1908 -- in what was probably the most destructive impact delivered to earth from space that humankind has ever experienced.. Exactly 89 years after that meterorite strike, Britain transferred sovereignty of Hong Kong to the Red Chinese -- when the leases AROUND the City expired. Few people realize that the City proper itself was not subject to ANY kind of lease. So the British actually CEDED power of the downtown area’s “heart” of Hong Kong. Ear-biting boxer Mike Tyson was born on the exact founding date of the National Organization of Women -- on the 58th anniversary of the Siberian meteorite pounding planet earth. That day this week also marks Lena Horne’s 92nd birthday. Amelia Earhart disappeared July 2, 1937 -- but exactly 65 years later, Steve Fossett became the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a nonmotorized aircraft (a balloon). Cecil Rhodes entered this world on July 5, 1853. At one time, he controlled 90% of the world’s diamond production. Rhodes is the one who gives out the “Rhodes” scholarships, and the person after whom the country, “Rhodesia”, was named. (It’s current name is “Zimbabwe”).

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Court TV debuted July 1, 1991 and the Supreme Court banned the death penalty on June 29, 1972. (It was by a 5 to 4 vote -- which was itself reversed just four years later.) George Washington took command of the Continental Army July 3, 1775 -- on the 167th anniversary of the founding of the City of Quebec. And Idaho became our 43rd state on the 115th anniversary of Washington’s assuming that command. Israel’s daring commando raid on Entebbe was carried out July 3, 1976 and the British Victorian admiral, David Farragut, entered this world July 5, 1801. He’s credited with the words: “Dame the torpedos -- full speed ahead!”. The bikini bathing suit first appeared on his 145th birthday in Paris, France. That skimpy two-piece was named after the Pacific atoll where the hydrogen bomb was first tested. That garment has since helped frame much delicious fun-to-admire female “eye candy” for many a beachgoing male to admire. But when most people think “candy”, they usually think more about things made of sugar, like toffee, caramel and gum. It just so happens that America’s confectionary industry celebrates National CANDY Month in June. Believe it or not, candy can actually be a good food -- and can constitute part of a balanced diet. (Continued on page 9)

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By Thomas S. Tanana San Diego Pet Food Home Deliveries The Internal Revenue Service was formed this week on July 1, 1862 -- on the very day Abraham Lincoln signed the first income tax bill into law. That marked the very first time in American history that the feds ever levied any kind of tax on income. That first federal income tax attempt was actually struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court for being unconstitutional. And today’s income taxes are far more onerous and complicated than the first tax ever was. The government issued its first postage stamp that day in 1847. Prior to then, stamps were issued by PRIVATE postal carriers only. And zip codes were fittingly inaugurated that same day in 1963. The first American zoo opened in Philadelphia on July 1, 1874. A photograph was first used in a newspaper story exactly one year after government postage stamps were introduced, and the first scheduled television broadcast was sent out over the airwaves exactly 93 years after that first “illustrated” newspaper story photo ran. Tom Cruise was born the exact same day as “Criminal Minds” Tom Gibson (both on July 3, 1962). Geraldo

Rivera (1943), Neil Simon (1927), Ann Landers (1918) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804) all share 4th of July birthdays with the birth of our country (1776), actress Gina Lollobrigida (1928) and the debut of the Soupy Sales Show (1955). The Constitution took formal operative effect July 2, 1788, when New Hampshire’s ratification was formally announced by Congress. This itself took place on the 12th anniversary of the submission of the Declaration of Independence resolution by the Continental Congress. (The Declaration was adopted two days later, on the 4th of July.) And the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed by the President on the 176th anniversary of the Constitution’s taking formal effect. Thurgood Marshall, the first Black member of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born on the 120th anniversary of the Constitution’s going into formal effect. But President Garfield was shot on the Constitution’s 93rd anniversary. And actress Lindsay Lohan was born that day in 1986 -- on the 31st anniversary of the debut of the Lawrence Welk

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Japan gives P14.2M to Metro TB drive
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- THE Japanese government has provided some P14.2 million ($303,226) in grant contract that would provide assistance to patients living in =2 0 underprivileged urban areas in Metro Manila who are suffering from tuberculosis. Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Makoto Katsura and Japan’s Official Development Assistance. Around 440,000 urban lowincome residents of Payatas in Quezon City and Tondo, Manila, will benefit from this project. The Philippines remains to be highly burdened by the tuberculosis (TB) and one of the worst 22 countries hampered by this this treatment. TB prevalence rate, however, continues to be relatively high especially in urban unhygienic or slum areas. These are attributable to problems such as inaccessibility for health workers to enter these areas, insufficient facilities for TB treatment, discontinued treatment due to frequent relocation of patients, among others. In the last phase in 2008, the Research Institute for Tuberculosis/JATA has contributed in the urban unhygienic or slum areas, with the building the network with Philippine NGOs acting in the area. Through the network, they have shared the information about the patients, have educated the people in the area and have trained the health workers for the area. This year, it will continue the project that aims to improve TB control through quality assurance of TB DOTS, by training and tracking the patients. The Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects was launched in 2002 to enhance cooperation between the Government of Japan and NGOs in the imple mentation of ODA to promote effective and efficient aid for developing countries. In the Philippines, 18 projects in various sectors worth approximately Php70 million have been funded by this program.

Ms. Maho Suzuki, representing Dr. Eiichi Nakamura, president of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (JATA), a Japanese NGO, signed a grant contract for the Tuberculosis Control Project in Socio-economically Underprivileged Urban Area in Metro Manila, Philippines “Stop TB para sa Lahat.” The contract signing marked the appropriation to this project from the “Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects” under

life-threatening communicable disease. It also ranks the 4th of high TB incidence in the Western Pacific Region, the WHO said in 2008. The fight against this disease continues to be a major global health concern. The Direct Observed=2 0Treatment, Short Course (DOTS) is the core strategy of TB therapy and the Philippines has already acquired the WHO standard for

Gatdula gets 2nd star, GMA promotes 7 PNP generals
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- PRESIDENT Gloria MacapagalArroyo has approved the promotion to Director, a rank equivalent to a Major General in the Armed Forces of Magtanggol B. Gatdula, the head of the PNP Directorate for Information and Communications Technology Management and seven other new Philippine National Police chief superintendents. Gatdula, a lawyer and member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1972, used to be the Quezon City Police District director until he was designated as the new head of the DICTM, one of the new commands activated by the PNP. The DICTM has supervision of the PNP Computer Service and the Communications and Electronics Service. Promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent or a Brigadier General in the Armed Forces are Emelito T. Sarmiento (PMA Class 1980), the deputy director of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence; Francisco S. Manalo Jr. (PMA Class 1979), deputy director of the Directorate for Integrated Police OperationsNorthern Luzon; Nelson P. Nario (PMA Class 1980), deputy regional director for administration of the Police Regional Office 10 in Northern Mindanao; Drusillo C.

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Management; Jufel C. Adriatico (PMA Class 1980), deputy director of the DIPO-Visayas; and Victorino S. Panganiban Jr. (PMA Class 1978), deputy director of the DIP0Eastern Mindanao.

Bolodo (PMA Class 1979), deputy regional director for administration of PRO8 in Eastern Visayas; Catalino S. Cuy (PMA Class 1981), deputy director of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records

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entered Jackson’s suite when the star was preparing to go out of the hotel. “[I] saw all [Jackson’s] disguises laid out,” he said, “Floppy hats and baseball hats and scarves, bandanas, different kinds of sunglasses and wigs- it was incredible!” “When he went from the hotel to the park, he put on a disguise. It was kind of funny because it made his standout more!” Banares laughed, “He’d wear these ridiculous wigs with four or five guys around him.” These measures, Banares observed, did seem to match with the approachable individual that he knew. “I think Michael wore [his persona] because it allowed him to do what he wanted, which was to perform,” Banares says, “but really, I think he was very uncomfortable with that.” When Jackson made arrangements to visit Disneyland, three members of the hotel staff were first informed: the General Manager, the Director of Security, and the Executive Chef. They worked closely with Jackson’s handlers. While the Director of Security was discussing the layout of the hotel (including the back entrances and underground tunnel systems) with Jackson’s security detail, Banares would plan the menu and details of the accommodations with Jackson’s personal chef. “Every three to four months, we’d go through the same thing [when Michael came to Disneyland], which made it very easy,” Banares said. But Jackson’s visits, which totaled eight or nine over the course of three years according to Banares, would mark a change in routine at the international hotel. With Jackson as a guest, Banares “divorced” himself from hotel operations after making the necessary preparations for the 175 workers under his charge. Banares would sleep at the hotel and remained on call 24/7. According to the VH1 program “The Fabulous Life of Michael Jackson,” employing Banares as chef cost the star $2,000 a day. Jackson’s favorite meal was vegetarian enchiladas with tofu, cheese and green tomatillo sauce, Banares told San Diego’s Channel 10 News. Since his days at the Disneyland Hotel, Banares has hosted bi-weekly cooking segments on

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Channel 10 and 15 and his halfhour program, “Chef Larry’s Cuisine.” Banares also hosts a radio program that is broadcast throughout San Diego. Banares served on the US Culinary Olympic team in 1992, 1996, and 1998, earning three gold medals. In addition to cooking for Michael Jackson, Banares has also cooked for Lea Salonga, Imelda Marcos, the Sultan of Brunei, and Philippine Presidents Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Joseph Estrada. When Banares learned of Jackson’s death, he took the news as a fan and admirer. “[I’m] sad for the loss, but also kind of happy because for someone who was so huge, I was allowed into his world for a bit,” he said. - AJ

On the move
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Chef Larry Banares San Diego Fil-Am Chef recalls cooking for the late King of Pop
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One of the very few to witness Jackson during this time was Executive Chef of the Disneyland Hotel, Larry Banares. A Filipino-American and San Diego resident, Banares fondly recalls his memories with the King of Pop. “From my contact with Michael,” Banares said, “I never saw anything other than a gentle, serene, respectful person… I think if Michael had it his way, if there were ten thousand fans waiting for him, he’d want to shake everyone’s hand.” Banares prepared Jackson’s meals while he was a guest at the hotel in the 1980’s, after the star released the groundbreaking Thriller album. The son of a Navy man from Iloilo in the Philippines, Banares had also built an impressive resume by that time as a member of the highly competitive United States Culinary Olympic Team. By his mid-twenties, Banares had become Executive Chef of the 1,200-room Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Superstar Michael Jackson was the hotel’s preeminent VIP. Preparing meals for Jackson, who was a Jehovah’s witness

t the height of Michael Jackson’s career in the 1980’s, Jackson lived a life of luxury and fantasy as one of the public’s most beloved and elusive figures.

and strict vegetarian, required meticulous planning that began long before the star even set foot in the hotel. Before Jackson’s arrival, Banares would consult with the star’s personal chef via phone and fax, detailing menus down to the brand name of the ingredients. Then, Banares would set aside ingredients for Jackson’s meals in separate coolers, marked by day, in the hotel kitchen. However, despite these preparations, crises still arose. Banares recalls how on one occasion, Jackson’s favorite tofu ice cream was left out of the cooler and melted. When he informed Jackson’s staff, a new pint of ice cream was immediately brought to the hotel- by helicopter. Whenever a major star visited the park, the standard procedure of the hotel was to book one floor for the special guest. But in Jackson’s case, three floors of the hotel were set aside: one floor for the star and his entourage, along with the floor above and the floor below. It was Jackson’s personable, kind demeanor that Banares remembers the most from their interactions over the course of three years. As Banares was putting the finishing touches on meals one evening, Jackson tugged on his arm and said, “You’re going to sit down with us tonight. Come have dinner with us.” Seated at the end of a long table, Banares joined Jackson and his companions, quietly

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sharing a meal with the King of Pop. At first, Banares’ wife did not believe him when he said that he was cooking for Michael Jackson. When she was finally persuaded, she urged him to get a picture with the megastar. Banares was hesitant, but then brought a camera to work with him. While Jackson was in the next room, Banares pulled the camera out of his breast pocket, contemplating the right moment to ask the star for a photo. Just as he looked up, Jackson was standing in front of him and said, “We’re gonna take a picture, right?” Banares got the photo and proof for his wife. His other interactions with Jackson were short and sweet. Banares recalls how Jackson would come into the kitchen and quietly look over his shoulder or steal a bite of food. Jackson approached the chef while he was cooking and said in his soft-spoken voice, “Oh chef, that smells so good.” But this was a side of Jackson that few were allowed to see. His handlers ensured that he was closely guarded and insulated from the outside world. Banares caught a glimpse of this side of Jackson’s life. He

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Pablito’s dad was an acquaintance of Eric’s mother when she taught at the faraway town of Majayjay, Laguna, as an apprentice teacher before the war. Before they got married, Eric’s dad would pick her up at the Tutuban Train Station on Saturday mornings when she came home to visit her family for the weekend. They were careful to keep their relationship secret because her father did not approve of her suitor, a son of a man who had three wives (although he was married to all of them since he was widowed twice). Eric’s maternal grandfather insisted that his daughter’s suitor would follow the example of his father. “Kung ano ang puno, siya ang bunga (Whatever is the Every time he came back from tree, would be the fruit),” he Pangasinan, he would bring told her, not knowing that the some tupig, pastillas and other couple already had a romantic delicacies from his hometown. relationship. When the Japanese Once, he brought a live turkey, bombed Manila at the outbreak which Eric raised in time for of the war, Eric’s mother realthe Christmas feast. However, ized that life was too fragile and the wait was so long that he she acceded to her boyfriend’s was told that its meat would insistence that they marry. be tough. The turkey’s life was Afterall, they were in their early pardoned and it lived its remain- thirties. With her father’s ating year as a pet. Another long time worker was his dad’s stepbrother Amang who worked until his retirement at the age of 65 when he became eligible for a Social Security pension. Ando worked off and on with the printing press. He was a cool dresser who impressed the kids, with his streetwise attitude. Sometimes, he would not come to work for months, until his dad would bring him back to Eric’s father and ask for his job again. One time, they were surprised to learn that he got married. It was like a shot gun wedding. The brother of the bride saw Ando’s slippers in the doorway and discovered that he was in bed with her. He was not allowed to go home and a wedding was hastily arranged. Again, Eric’s father was the wedding sponsor. Not a relative Pablito was also one of the few workers who was not a relative of Eric’s parents.

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titude, the only way for them to do so was to elope. Fiesta Once, Pablito invited them to the town fiesta of Majayjay. Eric’s mother was excited because it would be the first time she would see the bucolic town in many years. She said that it was a beautiful, secluded paradise, with sylvan surroundings and rustic springs. The people were progressive, although they were isolated from the rest of the world. There was even a cabaret (dance hall) where men folk had a good time. The family, including all the kids, the parents and driver, rode in their huge eight-seater car, and travelled the isolated roads of Laguna. Two towns before they reached Majayjay however, while they were all enjoying a good laugh, their driver did not notice a young boy darting across the road. The car struck the boy, but before he went out to pick him, Pabling, the driver, closed the window of his door and looked around

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Quiapo Memories

Like prolific fishing school
There were a lot of others who worked in the printing press and ended up a success. Some became professionals, while others accumulated wealth abroad. They all acknowledge that they got their start from the generosity of Eric’s parents.

many young workers from the farms. One of them was Milio, a young lad from Pangasinan who just walked into the press looking for a job. A quiet and industrious worker, Milio was one of the few who did not come from Plaridel. Eric remembered when Milio married his childhood sweetheart in Pangasinan. Milio asked Eric’s father to be his wedding sponsor, a role his father often performed during those days. His dad brought Eric and Eric’s elder brother, and sister along with him. Since Pangasinan was farther than their usual trip to Bulacan, they brought along an extra driver for their huge, 1949 Dodge car. By 1958, the farthest Eric had travelled was from Manila to Bulacan, only an hour drive along the old MacArthur Highway. North Diversion was not built until the late 1960s. In the Pampanga area, the car went over a big bump, causing their gift-wrapped wedding gift to fall on the floor. The set of china inside must have broken into pieces, but his father told them not to open it. “Let us give it as is,” he told everyone. “At least they will know we have a gift for them.” They reached Tarlac at seven in the evening and had dinner at the house of his father’s friend, who owned a printing press in the area. At ten in the evening, they reached the house of Milio in Pangasinan where they stayed during the night., They woke up early in the morning, put on their barong tagalog shirts and formal wear and attended the wedding ceremony in the Pangasinan Church at 11 a.m. Dependable Milio proved to be a loyal and dependable worker, staying with the press for several years.


“Sumalangit nawa ang kaluluwa mo (My your soul be in heaven),” said Ando, the street wise kid who grew up in the notorious district of Tondo in Manila. The other workers had a good laugh. Among Metro Manilans and those in many parts of the country, “yayao” means “to pass away”. But in the pure Tagalog areas like in Majayjay, it still meant “goodbye” as older folks use it. Pablito and Ando were two of the workers of the printing press of Eric’s father on Platerias Street in Quiapo, downtown Manila. Many of them were sons of his parents’ friends and relatives. His father had helped a lot of young men from their hometown in Plaridel, Bulacan. to launch their careers in Manila. They would first work as apprentice in the shop, and once they had acquired the needed skills, they would move on to better paying jobs. His father, a poor farm boy who was fortunate enough to

ayao na ako (I will go),” Pablito, the printing press worker from Majayjay, Laguna, deep in the heart of the Tagalog Region, told his workmates as he prepared to punch out of the shop that afternoon.

put up his own business, was just content with being able to help the kids of his friends and townmates. It is not uncommon for parents to bring their child to the printing shop to seek employment. His father had not turned anybody down, as if there were always job openings for everyone. One machine When Eric’s father started the printing press with one Minerva letterpress machine, his younger stepbrother, Amang came from the province to help with the operation. While a pressman fed the machine with sheets of papers one at a time, Amang would pull the brace of the machine up and down, so that it would move. They did not have money for electric power then. Eventually, the business progressed and moved to its present location in Quiapo, as it accumulated seven machines and employed about 20 people at its peak. It was not a bad deal for a farm boy who sought his fortune in Manila by landing a job as an apprentice compositor at the Bureau of Printing before the outbreak of the Second World War. With the help of his public school teacher wife, the business provided comfortable living for his family of seven children and employment to

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Council of Philippine-American Organizations (COPAO) with one purpose: to celebrate our independence from Spain in 1898. A Philippine Faire, to showcase our rich and vibrant cultural heritage, was recently held on the 1st weekend of June 2009 at Westfield Plaza Bonita in National City. What follows is an attempt to resolve the controversy surrounding the real independence date. Philippine Revolution It is no surprise that modern nationalism and the first successful revolution should have occurred in the Philippines, where social evolution and Westernization had by the 19th century progressed far beyond the rest of Asia. During this time, Spanish higher education was already available to select Filipinos and mestizos (Chinese-Filipino and Spanish-Filipino hybrids), who self-consciously referred to themselves as ilustrados (meaning, “Enlightened”), almost half a century before this became generally true elsewhere in the

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Voices & Images
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surrounds analysis of Filipino anticolonial struggles. Possible Historical Dates It was President Diosdado Macapagal who, in 1962, changed July 4th Independence Day anniversary to the present June 12th. This change has generated criticisms as to the wisdom of that move. Before the final decision, several dates were considered as possible independence proclamations as follows: April 12, 1895 Andres Bonifacio and his group trekked into Pamitinan Cave in Montalban, southeast of Manila, to honor a mythical Tagalog savior, Bernardo Carpio, whose ghost supposedly inhabited the cave. He scrawled a slogan on the wall of the cave: “Long Live Philippine Independence.” Through rituals, they secured the purity of inner-self or loob and became part of Bernardo Carpio’s mythical determination to search for justice and freedom. August 23, 1896 A few days after the discovery of the Katipunan, Bonifacio retreated to Caloocan, along

tions of a nation, which has been our friend and protector for 48 years.” This day had been observed as the Independence Day every year 1961, when Macapagal made a bold move to change it to June 12th. Why the change? July 4th should not have been celebrated as Independence Day at all, simply because it was not the Filipinos but President Harry S. Truman who made the proclamation: “I do hereby recognize the independence of the Philippines as a separate and self- governing nation.” Historian Esteban A. de Ocampo avidly argued that the Philippine Independence was not declared or proclaimed on July 4, 1946. What

Controversial Issue: 4th July – Not just America’s Independence Day, But the Philippines’ as Well
Unique among the nations of Asia, the Philippines has raised its flag to declare national independence, not once but four times - a frequency, which is but the most obvious sign of the complex and often compromised struggle for Philippine independence.—Alfred McCoy

grew up celebrating Independence Day on 4th July, the day the United States bestowed the Philippines its independence in 1946. But in May 1962, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal changed the date to June 12th, in recognition of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s declaration of freedom from Spain in 1898, which paved the way for the establishment of a short-lived Philippine Republic.


The change is an issue that still generates heated discussion in the Filipino-American community. Consequently, several dates surfaced as possible independence proclamations. A Japanophile Earl Duka, a San Diego freelance writer prefers October 14th (1943) to neither one of the two above dates. Civic leaders Bobby Reyes and PJ Morales would likely argue for July 4th as the appropriate date, partly because “it was really the U.S. Congress that gave us a commonwealth status and ultimate political independence in 1946.”

Liberation of the Philippines by General Douglas MacArthur in 1945 My friend Charlie Riego Linayao, a Navy vet and civic leader, would not have it at any other time but at exactly 4:20 p.m. of every June 12th of the year to be celebrated with the usual giant flag raising in his own Ocean View compound. In San Diego, June 12th has become an yearly community affair that brings Filipino organizations together under the auspices of the region. For another, almost all its beneficiaries were Hispanized members of well-to-do social classes, often tied through bonds of intermarriages. From the 1880s to the middle of the 1890s the group engaged in a propaganda campaign seeking reforms in the Spanish colonial structure. They founded organizations, raised funds, wrote novels as

well as ethnological and historical studies, publicized nationalist causes in the media, and lobbied Spanish politicians when their own heated debates and personal quarrels did not distract them. By the early 1890s, the Filipinos had begun to call themselves Filipinos and to think of themselves as one people. In the development of the image and concept of the nation, Rizal’s creative genius and power of imagination played a crucial role. Denied of political power, these remarkable men led the nationalist struggles against Spain and later the war against the United States. They included such nationalists as Marcelo H. del Pilar, Dr. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, Emilio Aguinaldo, and Apolinario Mabini. Exiled to distant Mindanao, Rizal had, by mid-1890s, become less influential, and leaders from humbler backgrounds took the active role of forming the revolutionary society and led the Philippine Revolution. The period between May 19, 1898, marking the resumption of the war against Spain shortly after the return of Emilio Aguinaldo from Hong Kong and February 6, 1899, the outbreak of the PhilippineAmerican War, witnessed some of the most significant events in the political history of the Philippines. One such event was the declaration of freedom from Spain. Unlike other peoples too, Filipinos had raised their Philippine flag or declared freedom four or even seven times, which is but “the most obvious sign of the complex and often compromised struggle for national independence.” The experience has left a legacy of controversy that still

President Diosdado Macapagal was done on the memorable day was simply: (1) the withdrawal of American sovereignty over the territory and its people; and (2) the recognition of Philippine Independence. Aguinaldo supported this position when he said: “What the Americans did was to just restore the freedom, which they snatched from us in 1899.” Immediately before the Philippine Senate approval of the bill declaring July 4th as Philippine Republic Day (Philippine-American Friendship Day), Ambrosio Padilla stated that it was wrong for President Truman to proclaim Philippine Independence. “By tradition and by history the ones that can proclaim the independence of a country is the people of that country,” he said. Correct Date The June 12th Independence Proclamation, in the opinion of this writer, was the more appropriate choice. For unlike other dates, it was neither done on the spur of the moment, nor was it considered as “suspect.” The act was by design and publicly announced before the Filipino people and the civilized nations. The proclamation was not the expression of the will of just one Filipino leader, but supported by an overwhelming majority of Filipinos and signed by 97 Filipinos and one American Army officer - 42 more signatories than those the American Declaration of Independence of 1776. It has also been argued that the June 12th Proclamation, like its American counterpart, also enumerates the causes that forced the Filipinos to completely break their political relationship with the mother country, Spain. In the words of President Macapagal: “I felt too, that July 4, was not inspiring enough for the Filipino youth since it recalled the peaceful independence missions to the United States. The celebration of Independence Day on June 12, on the other hand, would be a greater inspiration to the youth who would consequently recall the heroes of the revolution against Spain and their acts of sublime heroism and martyrdom.” The historical fact remains that the Filipinos proclaimed their independence from foreign rule on June 12. It was also on this day that the Filipino people heard the Philippine National Anthem (Lupang Hinirang) and witnessed the hoisting of the Philippine flag for the first time. All these are essential features in the birth of a nation. This writer supported the choice of June 12th partly because the Philippine Historical Association I was affiliated with voted on it. Its members included two of my mentors – Emeritus Professors Gregorio F. Zaide and Esteban de Ocampo who favored June 12. Besides, who would relish in celebrating Philippine Independence Day that coincides with that of the United States’ July 4th Anniversary? -- Riz

with his followers, and dramatically tore his cedula or identity card and cried out: “Long Live Philippine Independence!” His followers, numbering about 1,000, also tore their cedulas and echoed ‘The Cry of Balintawak.” October 31, 1896 General Aguinaldo issued two decrees to the Filipinos exhorting them: “Filipinos... the time has come for us to shed blood in order to win our right to freedom... to proclaim the liberty and independence of the Philippines as ours by right and justice.” June 12, 1898 At Aguinaldo’s Kawit residence in Cavite, Ambrosio R. Bautista proclaimed the Philippine national independence. November 15, 1935 Under the terms of the TydingsMcDuffie Act, the Philippine Commonwealth was established with Manuel L. Quezon as president. Some 17 senators, a good number of diplomatic representatives and half-a-million Filipinos gathered before the Legislative Building in Manila to witness its inauguration. October 14, 1943 Another crowd gathered at the same spot before the Legislative Building to witness flag-raising ritual. Instead of American senators, the reviewing stand was filled with Japanese Army officers. Aging Aguinaldo and General Artemio Ricarte hoisted the National flag. To the cheers of half-a-million Filipino spectators, the Japanese Army commanding officer proclaimed that Filipinos “...are, of right they ought to be, a free and independent nation.” Jose P. Laurel assumed the presidency of the Japanesesponsored Republic. July 4, 1946 A smaller crowd of dignitaries and spectators gathered behind the warravaged Legislative Building at 9:45 a.m. to witness the raising of the Philippine flag by the newly-elected President Manuel Roxas and the end of American colonial rule. In his inaugural speech, Roxas expressed a heartfelt gratitude to the US: “This world cannot but have faith in America. For our part, we cannot but place our trust in the good inten-

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After two weeks on and off the road visiting relatives in Idaho and attending a conference in Utah, there’s nothing like walking in the door of your own home – wherever it may be. We had a great time – the kids and Michelle stayed and played with family while I worked, and then we all traveled around a bit. Below are a few photos of some of the kids favorite times at the zoo and careening on ATVs. They had a ball and mom managed to breathe anyway. We had fun but, like I said, it’s great to be back.
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friend, Commodore Alcaraz is also gone to the life beyond where there is no more physical suffering and pain. Born from a modest family in Bulacan, he went to school through “boxing scholarships” and belonged to the first batch of graduates of the Philippine Military Academy in 1940, before the outbreak of WW II. The Commodore rose through the ranks that culminated with his appointment as Commodore of the Phil. Navy by Pres. Macapagal, only to be fired by the Pres. Marcos in 1965. The Commodore belonged to an era when the Philippines was a much different country than what it is today, considering what the country is ashamedly undergoing through economically, educationally and politically. Like Ninoy Aquino, Evelio Javier and Max Soliven, Commodore Alcaraz died without witnessing the dawn of Philippine Renaissance in the socioeconomic and political arena that they have actively advocated during their lifetimes. His generation suffered much during the Japanese occupation and WW II (like Benito Soliven, the father of Uncle Max) but his generation, in my view, was the golden era of the Philippine society as the words “palabra de honor” (word of honor) or “delicadeza”

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(propriety) and true public service were the norm. I had a brief experience of those golden times as my own grandfather, then followed by my father were chosen to be the “teniente del barrio” (that office, then, was a position of honor, even WITHOUT salary, when the people asked somebody quite respected to be their “cabeza” (head) who oftentimes acted not only as an “executive” but also as a “judge or arbitrator” for minor conflicts in the barrio. Those were the days that are long gone, nostalgic topics that always come up whenever the Commodore and I had a long conversations. To celebrate Commodore’s his 85th Birthday in year 2000, his daughter Ramona “Monet” and I planned a totally surprise Birthday Party for him at the Disneyland Hotel, where over 50 of his military, business and political friends, and some relatives came together to pay tribute to him. He really got the greatest surprise of his life as he admitted in his remarks and felt somewhat “embarrassed” that he was not dressed “appropriately” for the occasion. Monet successfully tricked him to accompany her to buy something for her “apos” (grandchildren) but suddenly they have to drop by the (Continued on page 17)

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June 2009 was a very unusual month for me in Southern California. Instead of starting to enjoy the start of summer doing things that I cannot do months ago, like gardening, picnicking or biking to the beach, it is very sad month with a couple of shocking news, the untimely deaths of two great friends of mine, two very warm, intelligent, witty and caring human beings whom I dearly loved and admired. On June 8th, my spiritual confidant-counselor and friend, Franciscan friar-author, Emery Tang died and then followed by Commodore Ramon A. Alcaraz (ret.) who was not just a client but a father figure to me and a very close friend. His daughter, Ramona “Monet” Alcaraz-Marshall told me that his loving dad “chose to die with a big BANG” on June 25th, the same day when the King of Pop Music, Michael Jackson died at 50! The Commodore was just about two months shy before his 94th birthday on August 31st. When this issue of the STAR comes out (Sunday, July 5th) many of us, friends and family of Commodore Ramon “Monching” Alcaraz will be visiting him to pay our last respects at the Fairhaven Mortuary in Santa Ana, California, to be followed by a funeral mass and burial on Monday morning, July 6th, at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in the City of Orange where the Alcaraz family live the last several decades. Since the Marcos Martial law era, whenever the late ‘Uncle’ Max Soliven visited California, Max, the

Commodore and I always got together and spent many hours just talking and enjoying each others company. We had so much in common: zest for life, love for politics (and women… just kidding!) and good conversation coupled with uncommon wit and sense of humor, laughing and often oblivious of time and the craziness of the world around us. The three of us cherished and yearned for the return of the old fashioned conservative values of the Filipinos of yesteryears. Those values appear to be vanishing with the gradual demise of their genera-

Commodore Alcaraz with his wife a week before Father Emery died, we had an unusually long lunch at our favorite dim sum restaurant in Little Saigon, Westminster, California, with my wife Benita, Father Wayne Adajar, Milette Estrada, who is coordinating our Glorious Italy Tour (Rome, Assisi and other shrines) next September, where Father Emery was also scheduled to join us. That last meeting was quite extraordinary because it lasted over three hours that included with an unscheduled visit to my farmyard, sharing our mutual love for gardening and nature. To this date, I am still in denial because I will absolute miss our monthly lunches that have started many years ago. Now, my client and above all my

tion. Although I am much younger than they were, I am quite blessed and privileged to have known these two Filipino icons (and others) quite close and personal. Who can replace them to share more insights and wisdom into my own life and the life of others whom they may have touched? Death is still a great mystery to me. Although I accept my own mortality, I am still scared about death simply because I will be forced to go through a morbid process I have never experienced before. It seems to me that death comes when everybody around you is relatively happy, when the promise of the future appears brighter and more promising. For instance,

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is Vision Research Month, by the way. You can get more information about it at And speaking of royal eye candy, Princess Diana was born July 1, 1961. She would have shared the big day with Bondie’s Debby Harry (1945), Pamela Anderson (1967), Olivia de Havilland (1916) and Dan Aykroyd (1952). The cosmetic magnate who started her business on her kitchen table, Estee Lauder, was born that day in 1908 -- exactly one day after that horrific meteor hammering in the Siberian tundra. The 26th Constitutional Amendment was also ratified that day in 1971 -- lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. But Medicare also went into effect that same day, but three years earlier. Harry Truman received the first (honorary) Medicare Card the day Medicare became law -- itself on the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. And Yasser Arafat returned to Palestine that day in 1994. Maria Callas belted out her last opera performance on July 5, 1965 -on Huey Lewis’ 15th birthday and on the 14th birthday of San Diego Padre, Goose Gossage. Montel Williams turns 47 this Friday and the Tuskegee Institute opened the doors of its trade school one day later, but 75 years earlier. The dog days of summer get ushered into the calendar year this July 3rd. That day and the 38 days subsequent ones are typically the Northern Hemisphere’s hottest 39 consecutive days of the year. No telling how global warming will effect that, but we DO know that at approximately 7:00 P.M. PST (here), the earth will be at its FARTHEST point away from the Sun (its “aphelion”). It is indeed strange that the aphelion takes place in the summer time -- which began just a little more than

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Consular processing of fiancee visas

Now that the U.S. Citizenship and ment. Then, she pays the medical Immigration Services has finally ap- examination fee of US$213.35. This proved the Form 129-F petition that must be paid only in its Philippine pesos equivalent, not in dollars. you had filed for your fiancée, the Meanwhile, your fiancée should next step that you and your fiancée be collecting other documents will face is the visa application which she will require for the visa process before the U.S. Embassy in interview, such as: Manila. The procedure varies from Passport valid for at least six time to time, and from country to months. country. Our office in Manila hanVisa application forms. dles consular processing so we are Birth certificate issued by the updated on the current procedure. The procedure is quite complicated, National Statistics Office. NBI clearance. so we will try to simplify them in a Police clearance. step-by-step presentation. Evidence that you and your fianThe first step is initiated by the cée had personally met within two U.S. Embassy which notifies your years before the petition was filed. fiancée that the case is now eligible Evidence of genuine engagement. for visa interview. The letter also Certification of no marriage advises your fiancée to call the Visa Information Services to schedule the (CENOMAR) from the NSO. Proof of financial support. visa interview. Visa photographs. The second step is for your fiancée Once all processing is completed, to go to any branch of the Banco de and the applicant has all necessary Oro to pay the non-immigrant visa documents, a consular officer will application fee of US$131.00. The interview your fiancée to determine Bank of the Philippine Islands no if she is eligible for the K-1 visa. longer accepts visa fee payments. This will be the last step in the The third step is for your fiancée consular processing. The officer to call the Visa Information Services. She must have with her the BDO will review all of the documents and receipt and her passport because she question your fiancée to determine (Continued from page 2) that the relationship is bona fide and (That’s at least what I keep telling will be asked to provide the BDO to ensure that she is not inadmisreceipt number and her passport myself, anyway.) sible and will not become a public details. Chocolate is the number one favorite candy for the vast majority of The fourth step is for your fiancée charge. If the consular officer finds that your fiancée meets all of the people. But did you know chocolate to fill out the visa application legal requirements, she will be isis actually toxic and poisonous for forms, particularly the DS-156, dogs? The tastiest flavor of all for DS-156K and DS-157. Your fiancée sued a K-1 visa valid for one entry. dogs is, of all things, LIVER!! Fresh Alternatively, the officer may deem must make sure that she answers liver -- not even filet mignon -- is that a waiver of inadmissibility is all the questions properly to avoid their absolute favorite thing to eat. necessary, issue a denial or request any complications during the visa And it’s good for them too! additional documentation. interview. Since liver is absolutely guaranteed U.S. embassy processing tends to The fifth step is for your fiancée to to set your dog’s taste buds on fire, try be the most intricate aspect of the go to the St. Luke’s Medical Center liver-flavored snacks -- if you really fiancée visa petition. Consequently, Extension Clinic along Jorge Bowant to treat your best buddy to his the petition may still be denied at cobo Street in Ermita, Manila. She favorite biscuit! the U.S. Embassy even if6/11/09 5:14 PM Page 1 Liver snacks also there is should bring with her CD 12.75x10.5.qxd:Asian-Journal everywhere FILIPINO the letter from contain essential amino acids that the U.S. Embassy and the confirma- an approval by the USCIS. You and help keep your dog’s vision sharp, his your fiancée must therefore strictly tion of her visa interview appointeyesight keen and eyes healthy. June

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citizens that day, immigrants from 62 different countries. Most came here seeking greener Read Zena Babao’s previous articles by visiting our website at pastures, while I came here to find freedom. After our guest speaker that day ended his speech, he recited the poem “The New Colossus.” The last lines of this poem, written by Emma Lazarus, are engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, together with Just as music can transport of people who came to this the date July 4, 1776, America’s us to a realm of constant joy, so beautiful country some thirty Independence Day. Lady Libdoes summer. Summer is fun, years ago. Like most immierty, the new Colossus, stands fun, fun! Summer days may be grants, I love what America on Ellis Island, at the New York called “lazy and hazy” but they stands for, and what it offers the Harbor, at a towering height of are actually exciting and exhila- world – freedom! 302 feet. On her right hand she rating, awakening in us emoThese freedoms that Ameriholds a torch, and on her left tions that transform into motion. cans enjoy, and sometimes take hand a book, signifying freePerfect moments that make us for granted, could not be found dom. glad to be alive! in the countries where immiThis poem touches my heart Boy, am grants because it expresses faith in I glad to came America as a refuge for the be alive! from. It oppressed. Its warm words of Thankful is such a invitation and welcome have that I can blessing to inspired countless people from celebrate us that we distant shores to come to Amerithe 233rd were given ca to seek fortune and fame, and birthday the opmost importantly, freedom. anniverportunity My home country, the Philsary of our to enjoy ippines, is such a beautiful country! these country, today and even then. Happy freedoms A paradise! But greedy and corBirthday here. rupt politicians have turned the America! I became lives of people into hell. On July an Ameri4, 1776, can citizen America one Fourth claimed of July its indealmost pendence three defrom Britain, and democracy cades ago. I consider that day was born. Our country has as the day I formally entered always been a beacon of hope to America’s “Golden Door”. As I the world. Every day thousands pledged allegiance to the Amerileave their homelands to come can flag, and to my new country, here – the “land of the free and my heart was filled with emothe home of the brave.” tion. I was one of those thousands There were over a thousand of us who became American

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At that time, even before I graduated from college, I was already in the media: a reporter

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and correspondent, and also talk show host (called broadcaster then). After I received a few awards for writing and broadcasting, I landed a plum assignment – to cover and write about the most powerful couple in the land: President Marcos and his beautiful wife Imelda.

Then in September 21, 1972, everything changed! For me and for my beautiful Philippines! President Marcos declared martial law, claiming that the communists were to blame. Under martial law, Marcos assumed extraordinary powers as he suspended the writ of habeas corpus. The Philippine Armed Forces became the arm of the Marcos regime. All oppositions – politicians, journalists, and ordinary citizens – were arrested and ended up in jail, or imprisoned inside the military camps. Most were arrested without investigation and without cause. No charges were filed, because that was not necessary under a dictatorial regime. Many were tortured and jailed indefinitely. Many more were never heard of again! Freedom disappeared. Corruption was rampant. The economy stagnated. The people suffered. Panic and fear ruled the land. I could not just close my eyes to what was happening. So I became a militant anti-government journalist and broadcaster, writing and speaking for justice and freedom. Because of that, I feared for my life and my safety.

And so I had to come to America! With a tourist visa, I landed in the city of San Francisco. Much later, I moved to San Diego. So here I am now, celebrating another Fourth of July. Every time Independence Day comes, I thank the Lord for letting me come here. I will always remember the beautiful last lines of the poem “The New Colossus”, with Lady Liberty looking at the boundless sea towards the distant shores, and speaking these immortal lines: “Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tos’t to me, I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door.” There’s something that pains me, though, this Fourth of July. It is the “change that we can believe in” that is happening to our country under this New Administration. In the last six months or so, socialism took roots and is starting to grow. Before we know it, we may find that we are no longer a democracy! And that our vaunted freedoms are all gone!

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year and be eligible for a scholarship at the end of her reign. Councilman Frank Parra, a member of the National City Host Lions Club, promises “A fun familyoriented event that gets bigger every year.” Pay One Price days for discounted rides are on Wednesday through Friday from 5-10pm and Sunday from 1-7pm. Kimball Park is located at the corner of 12th Street and D Avenue in National City. For more information, visit www.

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National City celebrates Fourth Brown Shuts Down Illegal Gaming of July with annual carnival, Operations in Stockton and San Diego Sacramento -- Attorney General in Stockton and San Diego and parade, and fireworks Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced played various Las Vegas-style
The City of National City and the National City Host Lions Club will host the annual Fourth of July Carnival at Kimball Park from July 1st – July 5th. The carnival features games, rides, food and drink items for sale by area non-profit organizations, and various entertainment throughout the week including musical acts and pie-eating contests.

that agents from his office this week raided Internet cafes in Stockton and San Diego that illegally operated “Las Vegas-style games” including video poker, keno and slots. “Agents from my office shut down Internet cafes in Stockton and San Diego that are a cover for illegal gaming operations,” Brown said. “These are unregulated and illegal gambling parlors, operating Las Vegas-style games in violation of the law.” Beginning in early June, undercover agents entered establishments

games on computers at these Internet cafes. The agents purchased a card that allowed them “Internet time” on the café’s computers. If they won, an on-site employee paid them in cash. In Stockton, law enforcement agents raided the Lucky Déjà Vu Internet Cafe and the Déjà Vu topless bar and seized 98 computer terminals, 2 master computer servers, money machines and business records, plus more than $4,000 in cash. In San Diego, law enforcement agents raided five locations: Café

Hong Hung, ‘08 Wireless, Café 2000, Phnom Penh Video and ‘05 Billiards. In total, agents seized 31 video slot machines and approximately $13,000 in cash. Additional sites in San Diego and Oceanside are under investigation for similar activity. Brown’s office is working with the San Diego Police Department in “Operation Jackpot” to identify and close businesses that offer illegal gambling in violation of Penal Code Section 330b, which prohibits individuals from owning and operating slot machines. Agencies involved include the Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Gambling Control, the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office, the San Joaquin District Attorney’s Office,

the High Tech Crimes Task Force, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the San Diego Police Department, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and the Oceanside Police Department.

Events throughout the week include a free movie screening, a Parade, Miss National City Pageant and an expanded fireworks show on the Fourth - South Bay’s only inland fireworks display. The schedule for the week is as follows: Wednesday July 1st – 5pm-11pm Thursday July 2nd – 5pm-11pm Friday July 3rd – 5pm-11pm (Parade at 6pm, Miss National City at 8pm) Saturday July 4th – 12pm-midnight (fireworks at 9pm) Sunday July 5th – 1pm-10pm To kick off Opening Day activities, a free movie screening will be held at Kimball Bowl beginning at dusk. The parade will step off at 6:00 pm on July 3rd along Civic Center Drive and go from Wilson Avenue to Kimball Park. Following the parade, six young ladies will compete in the Miss National City Scholarship Pageant at 8:00 pm on the Kimball Bowl stage. The winner and her court will represent National City in various civic events throughout the


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PHILIPPINES NEWS SERVICE -- WOWOWEE’S Pokwang has been slapped with “verbal warning” by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). Board chairperson Ma. Consoliza P. Laguardia said that Marietta T. Subong, popularly known in showbiz as Pokwang, has humbly apologized not once but twice in connection with her mistake for displa ying boxing gloves with the Philippine flag design on the said noontime tv show, coinciding with the June 12 111th Independence Day celebration. The MTRCB chairperson in a text message wrote that Pokwang humbly visited her in her office to reiterate her apology she made on air over ABS-CBN. “I wish to reiterate the apology I made during the same broadcast, immediately after I was advised that I should not have used the globes as part of my costume for Independence Day. Since I was told that similar merchandise containing the flag were being openly sold to the public

Allegations that Belo was responsible for circulating the sex videos of Kho with several women circulated after Chua revealed that the vanity doctor gave him hard disk copy of the sex videos.

PAO exec receives P2M for Go release
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- THE family of murder victim Eldon Maguan revealed yesterday they received reliable information that a ranking official of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) allegedly received huge amount of cash for release of convicted murderer Rolito Go from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. Go, who has been asking for presidential pardon and commutation of sentence for the past three years, reportedly gave P2 million cash to the PAO official. Ellis Maguan, older brother of Eldon, said they learned that the money was deposited in a Banco de Oro branch in Quezon City early this month. Go was sentenced in 1996 by the Pasig Regional Trial Court to reclusion perpetua or a maximum of 30 years imprisonment for the death of Maguan, a La Salle Engineering student, in Greenhills, San Juan. It can be recalled that the government put up a P700,000 reward to the early recapture of Go, who escaped the Rizal Provincial Jail three days before Pasig Regional Trial Court Judge Benjamin Pelayo promulgated the sentence. After three years of hiding, the convicted murderer was rearrested in a piggery farm in Pampanga despite Go’s alleged effort to offer a P2-million bribe to the arresting officers. Ellis added that the PAO official promised to the relatives of Go that “we will push and recommend to the Office of the President for Go’s

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in time for Independence Day. “I had mistakenly believed that it was fitting to use the gloves for our June 12 episode. If there was anything improper in my having used the gloves, it was not deliberate on my part, and I sincerely apologize for my error. I will make sure not to commit the same mistake,” Pokwang said in her June 15 apology letter she personally delivered to Laguardia’s office in Quezon City last Wednesday.

Belo on BI watchlist
PHILIPPINES NEWS SERVICE -- THE Bureau of Immigration yesterday placed Dr. Vicki Belo and three others on its watchlist in connection with the sex video scandal involving her ex-boyfriend Dr. Hayden Kho. Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan issued the watchlist order upon orders of Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera. Aside from Belo, also included in the watchlist were Kho0s former friends Erick Johnson Chua and Dr. Mark “Bistek” Rosario as well as Princess Marie Velasco. Libanan said the four will remain in the bureau’s watchlist for a period of 60 days. “So long as they are in our watchlist, they will not be allowed to leave the country unless they have a clearance from the justice department,” he said.

PHILIPPINES NEWS SERVICE -- QUEZON City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. yesterday said he would endorse Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista in the 2010 elections to be his successor. Belmonte also confirmed that his 38-year-old daughter Joy would run as Bautista’s vice mayor. “She’s not running for mayor as some people think,” Belmonte told reporters. He said his daughter, who heads the Quezon City Ladies Foundation, was qualified to serve as vice mayor because of her experience in social work. Earlier reports said that among Joy’s possible rivals in the vice mayoralty race were Quezon=2 0City councilors Bernadette Herrea-Dy and Janet Malaya. Bautista could be facing off against Councilor Ariel Inton and Rep. Annie Rosa Susano. But he holds a major advantage over his rivals with the endorsement of Belmonte, who transformed the once cashstrapped city government into one of the richest in the

Dr. Vicki Belo In her directive, Devanadera said the four individuals should be placed on the BI watchlist since they are being investigated by the DoJ’s Task Force on Violation Against Women and Children.

country. Belmonte, a former House speaker, said he might go back to Congress. “That [running for a congressional seat] remains one of my options, but I have many other options,” Belmonte said. Earlier, Belmonte said that he was no longer interested in pursuing the presidency. His name had been floated as a presidential bet of the merged Lakas-Kampi CMD administration party. “Let’s be realistic about that— that’s not a realistic expectation on my part. I actually said early on that I would not pursue it,” Belmonte said. “Of course, all of us should have an interest in leading the country, but I will not pursue it because that’s not a feasible dream at the moment.” Belmonte had served as representative of the 4th Congressional District of Quezon City and held the position for three consecutive terms. He served as House Minority Leader and House Speaker of the 11th Congress. As a legislator, Belmonte gained prominence as the lead prosecutor in the impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada. His daughter Joy finished her master’s degree in Museum Studies from Leiceste r University in England and pursued another master’s degree in Archaeology at the University of London. As an archaeologist, she has spearheaded excavation jobs in Intramuros, Cebu, Batanes and Cavite. She is married to Raymong Alimurung, who works as a product manager for Amazon. com in Seattle, despite holding a degree in Medicine.

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the people of Palotaka finally accept Fr. Taban. We hear so much some of our kababayan’s “colonial mentality.” What is local or native, such as an item made in the Philippines, is poor quality. This way of thinking applies not only to merchandise and other commercial products, but also to the ways we treat each other and look at ourselves. For example, there are some among us who cannot believe and accept a Filipino taking the helm of a parish that used to be under the “white’s” responsibility. Behind that attitude lies the mentality that “white is always superior, brown is always inferior.” If this is hard for a Filipino to swallow, then it is more difficult for a foreigner to accept it. A few religious orders based in the Philippines were split into different groups, when the non-Filipino members of their congregations could not accept the fact that Filipinos as religious superiors are now assuming administrative roles of the order. Unkind comments are said, “They are just local or natives. They used to be our students. Who are they to tell us what to do?” When Filipinos do not believe in their own people and in themselves, we just don’t reject the prophets among us but also the prophet that is in every one of us. Is it logical to say that we treat others in the same way we consider ourselves? If we don’t believe in our charisma as Filipinos and/or Christians, we don’t believe either in what Filipinos can do, so we wallow in self-pity and rejection of us and of our own countrymen. “I am only a poor ‘provinciano.’ I have nothing to offer.” This kind of mentality is true too in religion. Many of us don’t get involve in our parish or Christian community, because of our flimsy excuses, “I am a sinner, unqualified, too old or too young, too busy, or too shy.” Believe in yourself! Jesus taught his town folks that they should look beyond the visible to what is hidden. He is not only “the carpenter, the son of Mary,” but he is also the Son of the Unseen God. Unleash the prophet that is in you and you will recognize the Filipino prophet that is among us! Quotation of the Week: “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” George Macdonald.

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Believe in yourself! Unleash the prophet in you!
Joke of the Week: A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed home. He wanted her to see what he went through. So he prayed, “Dear lord, I go to work every day and put eight hours while my wife merely stays at home. I want her to know what I go through, so please create a trade in our bodies.” God, in his infinite compassion, granted the man’s prayer. The next morning, the man awoke as a woman. “She” cooked breakfast, awakened the kids, fed them and drove them to school. “She” came home and packed up the laundry to the cleaners and stopped at the bank to withdraw money to pay the utility bills, then went out shopping. At 1 pm “she” went home, dusted the furniture, vacuumed the carpet, and watched TV while “she” did the ironing. At 9 pm “she” was exhausted. The next morning, “she” awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and prayed, “Lord, I did not know what I asked you yesterday. I was wrong to envy my wife’s being able to stay home all day. Please, let us trade back.” The Lord replied, “My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be more than happy to change things back to the way they were. But you’ll have to wait for 9 months, though. You got pregnant last night.” Scriptures: First Reading: Ezekiel 2: 2-5. Ezekiel is called by God to act as his spokesman to bring back all of Israel to repentance. Even though people may not accept the words of God, they will at least realize that a prophet has been sent and is among them. Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10. In this “letter in tears” Paul voiced his own frustration with the Christians at Corinth. He felt they betrayed him by transferring their loyalty to “super-apostles,” because he could boast no extraordinary feats, no outstanding spiritual experience, and no miracles performed in his name. His suffering is the epiphany of the cross of Jesus Christ. Yet in becoming powerless and afflicted, Paul is powerful. Gospel: Mark 6: 1-6. In the past the Hebrew people had rejected the prophets and their message. The folks of Jesus’ hometown, descendants of the ancient Hebrew, refuse to accept Jesus as prophet and the message that he brings them. History repeats itself. Reflections: Fr. Mark Link, SJ narrated the story of a Christian black student, Paride Taban, who fled the territory of Sudan when a religious persecution broke out in 1960, and went to Uganda. While in Uganda, Paride studied for the priesthood and was ordained. When things settled down in Sudan, young Fr. Taban returned to his homeland. He was assigned to a parish in Palotaka. But his African congregation found it hard to believe that he was really a priest. Fr. Taban, says, “The people looked hard at me and asked, ‘Do you mean to say, black man, that you are a priest? We can’t believe it.’” These people had never had a black priest before. They had always had white priests who gave them clothing and medicine. Young Fr. Taban was from the Madi tribe and had nothing to give them. He was poor like them. To make matters worse, Fr. Taban had to introduce them to the changes of the Second Vatican Council. These changes bothered the people greatly. They said to one another: “This young black man turns our altar around and celebrates Mass in our own language. He cannot be a real priest.” Only after a great deal of difficulty did

to make sure that the neighborhood folks who witnessed the incident would not beat him up. They brought the unconscious boy to a nearby clinic where he was revived an hour later. By the time the family reached the town fiesta, they were in no mood to celebrate. Every Christmas since then, the boy, with his parents, would come to Eric’s house in Manila to wish them a Merry Christmas. Eric’s parents would just be happy to entertain them and give the boy a Christmas gift. The tragedy bought their families together, as Eric’s parent considered the boy as their “extra child from Majayjay.” Third cousin Once, Eric’s third cousin was brought to the city to study. At the request of his mother, the cousin stayed at the printing shop while he went to school. The cousin was excited and full ambition when he arrived. It was his first time in the big city. He wanted to be an engineer to escape the laborious hard work on the farm. Although he was

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talented, the city corrupted him. He chased girls and neglected his studies. The following year, his younger brother arrived to study and stay with him. The younger one was more focused and finished his education with good grades, eventually obtaining a bank executive’s job upon graduation. The older brother, during his third year in college, impregnated his girlfriend. He was forced to quit school to support his family. He ended up a tricycle driver. Not all the young men who worked in the printing shop however, parted with his father in good terms. Tikong,


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by J’Son
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Honesty is the best policy!
Honesty is the value of speaking truth and creating trust in minds of others. This includes all varieties of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. Honesty implies a lack of deceit, A statement can be strictly true and still be dishonest if the intention of the statement is to deceive its audience. Similarly, a falsehood can be spoken honestly if the speaker believes it to be true. Conversely, dishonesty can be defined simply as behavior that is performed with intent to deceive. Lying, lying by omission and fraud are all examples of this sort of behavior. Other example can be doing one thing and telling the other,as if you are hiding something. While there are a great many moral systems, generally speaking, honesty is considered moral and dishonesty is considered immoral. There are several exceptions, such as hedonism, which values honesty only insofar as it improves ones own sense of pleasure, and moral nihilism, which denies the existence of objective morally outright. Additionally, even in moral system which approves in general of honesty over dishonesty, there are situations in which dishonesty maybe preferable. Here is a short parable about a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm, He was given a slingshot to play with, out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, and hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved! In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood

pile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. After lunch the next day Grandma said, ‘Sally, let’s wash the dishes’ But Sally said, ‘Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.’ Then she whispered to him, ‘Remember the duck?’ So Johnny did the dishes. Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, ‘I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.’ Sally just smiled and said, ‘Well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help’ She whispered again, ‘Remember the duck?’ So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. After several day of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s; he finally couldn’t stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, ‘Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.’ Thought for the day and every day thereafter? Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done..And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc..)...whatever it is... You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing. He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness; He not only forgives you, but He forgets. It is by God’s grace and mercy that we are saved.. Go ahead and make the difference in someone’s life today. Share this with a friend and always remember: God is at the window!

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choreographed theatrically by various Filipino dance groups all over the world. For so long, the choreographed performances of the Southern Philippine dances accompanied with harsh gong beatings and unintelligible kulintang pieces have been mislabeled as the “Muslim Suite” of Philippine dance repertoire. Devotees of the religion find it irreverent that the choreographed dances and gong beats are called “Muslim” dance and music. This misconception needs to be corrected to be politically correct. “There is no such thing as a Muslim dance and music,” tain his Bachelor of Arts in Ethnomusicology, cum laude, from UCLA and Masters in Music from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Music majoring in Ethnomusicology at UH, Manoa. He also attended classes in Philippine music, performance ensemble classes for kulintang, gangsa and rondalla music at the College of Music in the University of the Philippines. Programs of the Samahan Filipino American Performing are partly funded by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, corporate and individual sponsors.

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Masters in Music thesis, Variants of Kulintangan Performance as a Major Influence of Musical Identity Among the Sama in Tawitawi, Philippines. Showcased also during the performance is the collection of colorful, hand-crafted Mindanao (Continued from page 1) Bai Ligaya Fernando Amilbang- native attire and props that were music in the country, is an sa; Magui artists - Teng Emba, personally acquired by Ellorin ancient form of music that has Akmad Siao and Faisal Monal; during his tours. Collaboratbeen played for centuries by and Maranao Ethnomusicologist, ing with Ellorin in staging the the indigenous peoples in the Dr. Usopay Cadar. indigenous dances and rituals, Philippines, predating the Islam, A number of the dances and Christian and Western influences. rituals that will also be presented are UCLA World Culture graduate, Peter Paul De Guzman and Mindanao’s traditional music, as during the Pakaraguian concert UCSD Ethnic studies graduate, well as their dances, is to some are based on the research studies Joseph Allen Ramirez. De extent, similar to the culture of done by Ellorin during his visits Guzman trained in Philippine the Southeast Asian countries in Mindanao, as a three-time par- ethnic and folk dances with the like Malaysia, Indonesia and ticipant, starting in 2003 of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Dance Southern Thailand. KulArts Tribal Tours in the isGroup in the Philippines Kultura The Samahan Philippine land. Included in the presentation Folk Arts in LA and with Bai LiDance Company and Pakaraare Maranao dances, Kapagapir gaya Amilbangsa. Ramirez, who guian Kulintang Ensemble, and Kasingkil, as demonstrated is also affiliated with the Katudirected by Ethnomusicoloat the Mindanao State University tubo Alliance of Lumads, Lipis, gist, Bernard B. Ellorin, will cultural workshops where the Igorots, Moros, Mangyans, Aetas perform indigenous Mindanao participants studied Maranao and Palawanons, has studied also kulintang, kutyapi and gabbang music and dance with Jallaludin Pangalay dance with Bai Amilmusic, dances and rituals of five Casnor and Mindaya. Presented bangsa and also learned Apsara ethno-linguistic groups, such also will be Yakan kwintang mu- Cambodian classical dancing. as Maranao, Manguindanao, sic and Paunjalay dance, learned The Samahan Philippine Sama, Tausog and Yakan. The by Ellorin from Roxas Ahadas, Dance Company’s princimembers of the dance and music brother of Uwang Ahadas, the pal dancers, Jhoselle Padilla, ensembles aim to present the blind Yakan musician who is the Melanie Calimlim, Mary Grace Southern Philippines’ indigenous recipient of Gawad sa Manlilikha Nievera and Rowell Mateo will music and dances closest to the ng Bayan. Presented as well, be performing, conventionally, traditional form, in the way that are Tausog and Sama dances, dances, namely, Linggisan, Igal, they have learned from noted kulintang music and folk song, Pamansak, Kapagapir, Sagayan, Mindanao and Sulu Masters, Baleleng, taught by the native Pangalay, Paunjalay, Silung sa such as Maguindanao Kulintang masters, Taalao Manandao, Ganding, and Kasingkil. These Master Danongan Kalanduyan Salmeno Elang, Timallay Gilasti dance names are familiar to Philand his brother, Kanapia; Panga- and Mahail Hajan. They were lay dance practitioner and author, the resource persons of Ellorin’s ippine dance audiences because these have been interpreted and

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production is expected to meet 6 percent of the country’s daily oil demand. Galoc Production has already sold seven shipments to Korea, Japan and Thailand. It also sold 300,000 barrels to Petron Corp., the country’s largest oil refiner. The field is estimated to contain 10 million barrels of recoverable oil reserves. But Singapore’s Gaffney and Cline Associates, which conducted its own assessment, reported that the field could contain up to 49 million barrels. Galoc Production, which owns 58.29 percent in the consortium, is composed of the Vitol Group (68.6 percent), an international oil company, and Otto Energy Ltd. of stated Master Kalanduyan Australia (31.4 percent). Other members of the consorduring a Kulintang workshop tium are Australian firm Nido in UCLA. Petro leum Ltd. with 22.8 percent, Regular members of the KulinOriental Petroleum and Minerals tang music ensemble who have Corp. (7.57 percent), The Philotrained with the native Masters drill Corp. (7.03 percent), UK firm and have been playing with Forum Energy Philippines Corp. Ellorin are Eric Abutin, Chris (2.27 percent), Alcorn Gold ReFeraro, Mitchell Almoite, Szilvia sources Corp. (1.53 percent), and (Continued from page 1) Soprioni and Raynard Abalos. PetroEnergy Resources Corp. (1.03 The Galoc field produced 20,000 percent). Along with Abutin and Feraro, barrels a day in the first 90 days Galoc Production said the data Ellorin initially learned to play obtained during the extended protraditional Kulintang music from of commercial production before duction test has “proved invaluable Master Kalanduyan, starting at a eventually stabilizing to around 12,000 to 14,000 barrels per day. in providing sufficient confidence young age of twelve as a musiThe Energy Department said that in reservoir performance to justify cian with Samahan Performing once production has stabilized, commencement of long-term proFirst Asian Weekly Arts in 1994. He went on to Newspaper in Southern California & San Diego’s Most Widely Circulated Asian-Filipino New ob- flow testing will be undertaken 550 East 8th Street, Suite 6, National City CA 91950 •duction.” 474-0588 • Fax (619) 474-0373 Tel. (619) over the coming weeks. Galoc oil

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their company! May the Good Lord reward you for what you have done to your country, to your people to your brothers and sisters while you were on Earth! Paalam, mahal kong kaibigan! -----------Email writer: ernie.delfin@ or drbannatiran@

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was so conservative with her money that it tided them over during their moments of crisis later. The printing press is still in operation today, now managed by Eric’s younger sister. While it may not have grown into a big company that provided wealth to its owners, there is no denying that it had helped many of its workers and the members of their families achieve their potentials in life. As the great Chinese Philosopher Confucius preached, “If you give a man a fish, he would eat for one day, but if you teach a man to fish, he would eat for all time”, a small printing press on Platerias Street in Quiapo, downtown Manila, has indeed become a prolific fishing school to many..- AJ

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Dear Husband: I’m writing you this letter to tell you that I’m leaving you for good. I’ve been a good woman to you for seven years and I have nothing to show for it. These last two weeks have been hell. Your boss called to tell me that you had quit your job today and that was the last straw. Last week, you came home and didn’t notice that I had gotten my hair and nails done, cooked your favorite meal and even wore a brand new negligee. You came home and ate in two minutes, and went straight to sleep after watching the game. You don’t tell me you love me anymore, you don’t touch me or anything. Either you’re cheating or you don’t love me anymore, what ever the case is, I’m gone. P.S. If you’re trying to find me, don’t. Your BROTHER and I are moving away to West Virginia together! Have a great life! Your EX-Wife .....The saga continues..... Dear Ex-Wife Nothing has made my day more than receiving your let-

ter. It’s true that you and I have been married for seven years, although a good woman is a far cry from what you’ve been. I watch sports so much to try to drown out your constant nagging. Too bad that doesn’t work. I did notice when you cut off all of your hair last week, the first thing that came to mind was “You look just like a man!” My mother raised me to not say anything if you can’t say anything nice. When you cooked my favorite meal, you must have gotten me confused with MY BROTHER, because I stopped eating pork seven years ago. I went to sleep on you when you had on that new negligee because the price tag was still on it. I prayed that it was a coincidence that my brother had just borrowed fifty dollars from me that morning and your negligee was $49.99. After all of this, I still loved you and felt that we could work it out. So when I discovered that I had hit the lotto for ten million dollars, I quit my job and bought us two tickets to Jamaica. But when I got home you were gone. Everything happens for a reason I guess. I hope you have the filling life you always wanted. My lawyer said with your letter that you wrote, you won’t get a dime from me. So take care. P.S. I don’t know if I ever told you this but Carl, my brother was born Carla. I hope that’s not a problem.

A prolific fishing school
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a relative from Bulacan was a sweet talker and would humor and gain the confidence of the printing press customers. He was doing well, until one day, Eric’s father decided to pass by the printing press on a Sunday afternoon when it was closed. He saw Tikong leaving the shop with a bag of lead slags, the material used in letterpress typesetting. He was stealing it to sell to other printing companies. “I do not want to see you here anymore,” Eric’s father sternly told him. That was the last time they ever saw Tikong. He was the only one among the workers who never visited them again. And for good reason. A success There were a lot of others who worked in the printing press and ended up a success. Some became professionals, while others accumulated wealth abroad. They all acknowledge that they got their start from the generosity of Eric’s parents. But running the business was not easy. Eric’s elder cousin, Lita, who worked as his father’s secretary, remembered the hectic Saturdays they spent

scrounging to raise payroll money. “No matter what happens to your business,” Eric remembers his father telling his children, “you have to make sure that you pay your workers on time.” Lita was the conduit between his father and mother. “Ask your Tiya Itchay to lend us money for today,” his father would tell Lita whenever they did not have enough payroll money. Lita would do so and always receive a tongue lashing from her aunt, the sister of her mother. “Tell your uncle to give me back my money Monday,” the aunt would tell Lita. “I always lose bank interest whenever I lend them to the two of you.” Lucky for them, Eric’s mother

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