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Perla Bautista is one proud Batanguena
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Ping urges Erap to follow Roxas’ example
Philippine Scene
Old photographs and the interesting stories they tell
Looking back at old family photos brings back poignant memories. As in Eric’s case, it is important to write down the circumstances at the time each photo was taken, as the stories behind them are always interesting to tell
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PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- SENATOR Panfilo Lacson yesterday urged former President Joseph Estrada, who is supposedly “99.9 percent” sure in seeking the presidency next year, to follow the example of Sen. Mar Roxas and also step aside for Sen. Noynoy Aquino. Lacson said that Estrada should take the lead in uniting the opposition. “Kung ikaw,

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Mikey claims part of his wealth came from wedding donors
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- A HUGE part of his wealth came from “generous wedding and campaign donors.” So claimed by Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo yesterday to justify his ability to buy at $1.32 (about P63.7 million) house in the United States. The lawmaker, now embroiled in another controversy following accusations that he failed to include in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) his U.S. property, claimed in a nationwide television interview that he received numerous gifts when he was
married to Angela Montenegro, his second cousin, in June 2002. “Noong ikinasal ako, medyo nagkaroon tayo ng maraming

Former President Joseph Estrada

The Unbeatable Greatest Hitmakers Hit the Pala... Once Again!
By Joy Angeles and Jen delos Santos
Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo

After the success of The Greatest Hitmakers show in New Jersey, the five legendary singers once again proved their talent and charm to the regalo. Tapos pag kampanya, siempre kahit papaano, maramin people at their concert in Pala Casino Spa Resort at 11154 ding tumutulong sa atin. Hindi naman sa nakaipon, pero siyem- Hwy 76 Pala, CA 92059 on pre nakagaan ng kaunti. We also September 5, 2009, Saturday had some good investments,” 7:30 pm. Rico J. Puno, Hajji Arroyo told interviewers Winnie Alejandro, Rey Valera, Marco Monsod and Arnold Clavio in Sison and Nonoy Zuniga GMA-7’s “Unang Hirit” proworked together to give a gram. night full of fun and enterArroyo appeared irritated tainment. when Monsod, a columnist of Seeing Rico, Hajji, Rey, a daily newspaper, appeared to Marco and Nonoy sang their (Continued on page 12) remarkable hits from the 70’s

First Fil-Am Senior Open Golf Tournament

Photo from left to right; ART BUANGAN, TONY JOSE, BEN CAPA, Fil-Am Senior Open Golf Champion, JESSE JOSE, , MAT MAZON, and CINDY DELEON, Club Muse. The First Fil-Am Senior parshooters of San Diego, ca. from the members as well as Open Golf Tournament was The Parshooters Golf Club will other business organizations. held at Salt Creek Golf Club, donate some of the proceeds Donors and sponsors of Chula Vista, Ca., on August to assist Fil-Am Senior Citizen the Fil-Am Senior Open. Club 08, 2009. The Golf Tournaclubs of San Diego, Ca. Most of Members; Mat Mazon, Andy ment was sponsored by the the sponsors and donors came (Continued on page 16)

pinipresenta mo sarili mo bilang isang lider dapat manguna ka sa isang unification move. Hindi yung mauna kayo, pagka ako na lang naiwanan sasama na lang ako sa inyo,” Lacson said. “Hindi yun ang isang mark ng isang lider. Sigurista. Kaya para sa akin, walang factor sa akin yan kung ganun ang kanyang pangungusap. Yun ang pangungusap ng isang pulitiko,” he added. Lacson said he will support Aquino if the latter decides to seek the presidency in next year’s elections. “Si Noynoy, isa lang ang masasabi ko: At least, sigurado tayong hindi mangungurakot. Dahil si Noynoy sa maiksing panahon ng pagkakakilala namin sa Senado kita ko naman yung integridad niya na intact,” The show was jampacked. Concert goers were happy to see once said Lacson. “Kesa naman mapunta yung more the five hitmakers Rico, Rey , Hajji, Marco and Nonoy in the presidency sa isang magsasastage singing their remarkable hits. mantala sa Pilipinas e siguro ipe-prefer ko na yung isang Nonoy was indeed a funny and 80’s is like playing your katulad ni Noynoy. Kung talaperformance in the tune of cassette tapes before. Their gang ganun ang intention niya voice gave the venue a sooth- “Thriller”, a hit song of the (Estrada), mauna siya. Hindi late Michael Jackson and ing ambiance. Many of the pupuwede yung pag lahat kayo concert goers patiently waited “Katawan” of the Hagibis. umatras, aatras din ako,” the (Continued on page 10) opposition senator added. at the venue hours before the show. The five hitmakers showed not only their talent in singing but also their comic side that really clicked with the audience. The exchange of jokes of Rico and Hajji is quite a revelation for the PNS/ NPPA people because Hajji gamely -- The United Naanswered Rico’s jokes. A tions World Food song and dance number from Programme (WFP) Rico, Hajji, Rey, Marco and and its National Ambassador against Hunger, KC Concepcion, are teaming up Important with BAYO, one of Announcement the leading apparel brands in the PhilipAtty. A. Erwin Bautista pines, to raise awarewill be in the Philippines ness about hunger between October 15 to and to provide tens of November 7, 2009. If thousands of nutriyour relatives need legal KC Concepcion tious meals to school consultation in immigration or briefing before their children in conflict-affected market through the ‘YOU’ medical or U.S. Embassy parts of Central Mindanao. campaign. As a product eninterview, please call his In her first venture as a dorser of BAYO since 2007, San Diego Office at fashion designer, KC has KC convinced the company (619) 474-7755 to created a series of ‘hoodto channel its social responschedule an appointment. ies’ (hooded sweatshirts) sibility program towards and t-shirts that BAYO will (Continued on page 12)

WFP and Bayo to support children in Mindanao through KC Concepcion’s new clothing line

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kaya ng utak ko. Lord, lahat ng lalabas sa bibig ko sa Iyo galing ha? Guide mo ko Lord, hindi ko ito kaya. Ang trabaho ko, sa totoo lang, secondary na lang.” Perla belongs to a Catholic religious group which holds prayer meetings every Thursday and also conducts outreach programs. She would also sometimes join Pempe Rodrigo who belongs to a group called ”Living Water” in their outreach programs like visiting inmates in prison cells with maximum security. Perla also joins the outreach programs of the Rotary Club where her husband, Buenaventura Fulgencio belongs. Today Recently, she was given the title role in the movie “Fausta”, a story about Hermana Fausta Labrador, the simple and holy woman who founded the Sacred Heart College (SHC) in Lucena City, managed by the Daughters of Charity. The director, Felino Tanada and Sister Fe G. Gedlanga, DC (President of SCH) specifically chose Perla to play the part because of some parallels in Perla’s life as she had also been involved in charitable acts herself. At the very young age of 26, Hermana Fausta Labrador opened a charity school, the Sacred Heart College. She did this out of her desire to service God, but her mission went on for years, thereby

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changing millions of lives. SHC is now the oldest Catholic school in Quezon province, which even after Hermana Fausta’s death on Sept. 14, 1942, continues to transform lives through good education and solid Catholic upbringing. A portrait of Hermana Fausta was painted by the famous painter, Fernando Amorsolo, played by Tommy Abuel in the movie. After World War II, Amorsolo agreed to paint the portrait inspite of his artistic preference to paint only live models. It was the persistence of a ward of Hermana Fausta and his learning of Hermana Fausta’s many noble deeds that made Amorsolo agree to paint her portrait. Today, her portrait hangs on
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The Filipino Stars of Yesteryears
by Dr. Romy R. Protacio
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One Proud Batanguena
Perla Bautista was born on February 18, 1940. She is a pure Filipina --- a Batanguena. Both her parents, Vicente Bautista and Carmen Marcial, are from Batangas but they moved to Manila where she was born. Perla never mentions Manila as her birth place in any conversation. “Ang pinagyayabang ko ang roots ko ay Batangas,” she says, “Batanguena She finished high school in 1955 at the Torres High School in Tondo, Manila. She proudly shares that her high school batch established a foundation which does medical missions and also provides scholarships to needy but deserving students. They had already reached their Golden Anniversary and they continue to have annual reunions as they value their friendship and camaraderie even after 53 years. She spent her college days at Lyceum of the Philippines where she obtained her Commerce degree. Her Movie Career Like most of her peers, Perla will tell you she never Perla Bautista with Joseph Estrada when they dreamed to be a both won FAMAS awards. movie actress. She ako.” Perla continues, “Ang Inay started her movie career when the ay from Batangas City pero ang uncle of her sister-in-law, Tony father ko ay taga San Juan, BaDantes, who was then the assistangas. My parents were married tant director of LVN asked her if in San Juan, Batangas – the same she would like to be an extra in a place where Judy Ann Santos and movie. Because she wanted to get Ryan Ronquillo got married.” an autograph from Pugo, she acPerla is the fifth of eight chilcepted the bit role offered to her. dren. Perla relates, “Walo kami I asked her when did she dissa buhay. May namatay kaming cover her knack for acting and she dalawang kapatid – gitna ako sa replied, “Hilig ko na ang umarte, patay. Yung mas matanda sa akin pero hindi ko pinangarap na at yung mas bata sa akin, namaging artista talaga. Sa school matay nuong panahon ng hapon. kasi may school play kami, yung Sabi nila may panulak daw ako sa ‘Daughters of Destiny’. Yun aartekamatayan, dapat daw nag-dokto- arte ka sa school play, yung mga ra ako. Kasabihan ng matatanda, ganun ba, artista ka na. I played pag napapagitnaan ka daw ng the role of one of the daughters of dalawang patay, meron ka daw destiny, kunu.” panulak.” And she laughed. Tony Dantes was the assistant

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of the well-known LVN movie director, Felicing Constantino. (I remember Felicing Constantino very well. His wife taught me and Marita Zobel how to dance the “cha-cha”. Mommy Constantino directed the play for our school anniversary where Marita and I played the lead roles). Her playing bit roles in movies led her to be introduced in the film, “Eddie Junior Detective (1958). She was given the lead role in “Kilabot sa Baril” (1960), opposite Zaldy Zshornack. Perla did several films since the 60s, but she was more associated with Nora Aunor films, including “Minsa’y Isang Gamugamo” (1978), “Sapin-Sapin, Patung-Patong” (1977), “Bakekang” (1978), “Bulaklak ng City Jail” (1985), “Till We Meet Again” (1985), “Bilangin mo ang Bituin sa Langit” (1989), and “Andrea, Paano ba ang Maging Isang Ina?” (1990). She also appeared in a starring role as Tiya Isabel in the television movie, “Noli Me Tangere” (1992), produced by the Cultural Center of the Phililppines. Her Awards Perla won the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts & Sciences (FAMAS) Best Actress Award for “Markang Rehas” (1962), opposite Joseph Estrada. She also won FAMAS’ Best Supporting actress for “Alamat ni Julian Makabayan” (1979), “Nang Bumuka ang Sampaguita” (1980), and “Bulaklak ng City Jail” (1984). She won the Best Supporting Actress award from the Manununuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (URIAN Award) for “Anak ng Cabron” (1988). Her Love Life When I asked Perla about her love life, she responded that she had found true love in doing her call for Godly service. She shared, “I’m almost 70 now. Nag-eenjoy ako sa buhay – more on spiritual na ako. Nakadikit na ako sa ‘Itaas.’ Nararamdaman ko na meron Siyang pinapagawa sa akin. Nasa point na ako na I am no longer living in a material world. Ang sarap-sarap ng pakiramdam ko. Anytime, pwede na akong humarap sa Kanya. Hindi lamang helping on material things but the quality time you spend with other people.” Perla continues, “Minsan merong humingi sa akin ng payo sa problema. Naku hindi kaya ng powers ko, hindi

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the Office of the Ombudsman. Arroyo said reports that he owns a $1.3 million house in San Francisco and did not declare it in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth 2007 and 2008 are misleading.

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“I have always maintained there is nothing wrong with my SALN, I have complete evidence to prove that I declared everything I own there and that I did not misdeclare anything,” Arroyo said.

Roxas a rebel
PHILIPPINES NEWS SERVICE -- TWO former New People’s Army rebels who recently surrendered will confirm that Melissa Roxas, a FilipinoAmerican activist who accused soldiers of torture, was an NPA guerilla, the Armed Forces said. AFP public information chief Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. said the two former NPA fighters will also authenticate a videotape showing Roxas at a rebel camp sometime in 2006. Roxas, they claimed, was part of an NPA group operating in the provinces of Aurora and Quezon, Brawner told reporters. Roxas, a member of the American chapter of the left-wing Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, returned last week and testified before a Commission on Human Rights inquiry into her alleged ordeal under the military. She and two other activists were seized in La Paz town, Tarlac last May and were allegedly brought to Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija where the alleged torture took place. Over the weekend, partylist Representatives Jovito Palparan from Bantay and Jun Alcobar from Anad released a videotape purportedly showing Roxas at an NPA camp. Testifying before the House Committee on Human Rights yesterday, Roxas admitted being an activist but not a member of the NPA.

tion of world-class hotels, a new airport, modern roads, and telecommunication facilities, the country is gearing up to share

and showcase the new and modern Libya with its diverse and glorious ancient past.

Melissa Roxas She said she may have been a victim of mistaken identity because her captors kept calling her Maita. Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo suspects that the real target of the military could be Maita Santiago, former Secretary General of Migrante, who is now based in Canada. He said Roxas and Santiago have the same built and features. “For six days in captivity, my captors tried to force me to admit that I’m a member of the NPA, accused me of being a member of the NPA and told me that it was “people like me” who are making it difficult for the government,” she told congressmen.

Mikey: I didn’t misdeclare anything
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- PRESIDENTIAL son Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo yesterday said he welcomes the filing of a case against him in co nnection with his multi-million peso property in San Francisco. In a text message, Arroyo said he will answer the allegations against him in due time. “This is a welcome development for me. Now the rules of evidence will have to govern the issue,” he said in response to lawyer Harry Roque’s threat of filing a case against him before President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo together with Chief Immigration Marcelino Libanan during the National Food and Energy Council Meeting and Joint National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Cabinet Group and National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC) Cabinet Group Meeting at the Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Bureau of Immigration, Intramuros, Manila. JULIUS REYES/PCPO/ PNS

Passage of food donation bill sought
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- SEN. Richard Gordon has sought the immediate passage of his food donation bill saying it will “complement” the Arroy o government’s hunger mitigation program. He filed Senate Bill 150, known as the Food Donation Act, to breach hunger. But the senator clarified that it is not intended as a dole-out. “The idea is to collect surplus or excess food, and not leftovers, from parties, buffets and from restaurants and fast food chains. Milk products could not be included since they have a short shelf life,” Gordon said. The bill already passed third reading last July 28. He noted that President Macapagal-Arroyo has already issued Executive Order 825 creating the local Anti-Hunger Task Force that would facilitate the implementation of the Accelerated Hunger Mitigation Program. “The food donation bill aims not only to address the problem of hunger but also to curtail food wastage. Side by side with the government’s hunger mitigation program, our proposal would help breach hunger which is widespread in the country,” he added. The AHMP is the landmark program of the Arroyo government to address hunger both in the aspect of supply, or the unavailability or insufficiency of food to eat, and the aspect of 20 demand, or the lack of money to buy food. The AHMP includes programs such as the Food-for-School, which provides a daily ration of one kilo of rice to hungry families through children in Grade 1,

SEN. Richard Gordon pre-school and day care centers; the Gulayan ng Masa which promotes integrated backyard gardening in rural communities; and the Tindahan Natin which provides low-priced but good quality rice and instant noodles to low income families through accredited stores. Gordon said his proposed legislation would complement the AHMP as it aims to provide food to those who do not earn enough to satisfy their basic food requirements. “There is an industry where large amounts of untouched food that are still fit for human consumption are thrown every day. Instead of throwing away excess food, restaurant owners can donate them to those who are in need,” he said. “Through this bill, we can teach the poor to create food opportunities for themselves. We are giving them a helping hand until they can regain their ability to feed themselves and therefore get back their dignity,” he added.

Libya opens doors to workers
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- LIBYA has opened its doors to the world after decades of isolation. Thinly populated, it is one of the largest and wealthiest countries in Africa. As the country embarks on its developm ent of tourism, modernization of industries and infrastructures, and opening up to global economy, the new Libya also welcomes foreign tourists, professional and skilled workers, and business investors. “It’s a very exciting time to live and work in Libya because it’s a time of change. So many opportunities and possibilities with the modernization projects and new government policies,” said Belen M. Al-Humayed, president of Bison Management Corporation. With over 20 years of solid ex-

perience in the recruitment field, Bison Management has started deploying Filipino workers in various construction companies in Libya this year. She said Filipino workers are sought after because of the quality work they deliver. The unique blend of the ancient and the modern makes Libya a new destination for foreign tourists eager to explore both worlds. Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and Arab influences abound in Libyan culture and history. City hubs pulsate with renewed energy as the ancient ruins lull the tourists into nostalgic centuries. Libya’s coastal cities are laced with alluring beaches and the Sahara desert is mottled with enigmatic dunes. With the ongoing construc-

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Visit our website at P10 Million Pesos. Under Philippine laws, 50% of Teddy’s estate is reserved as the legitime (share) of his 2 legitimate children. Anita’s legitime is equal to the legitime of 1 legitimate child. The 2 illegitimate children each get only ½ of the legitime of each legitimate child. Thus, Amado and Teddy, Jr.’s legitime is P2.5 Million Pesos each; Anita also gets 2.5 Million Pesos; and Belen and Danny each get P1.25 Million Pesos (1/2 of the share of Amado or Teddy, Jr.). The remaining P2.5 Million pesos is what is known as “free portion” which can be divided among the heirs as they see fit. The legitimate children can also claim all of it, since the legitimes (shares) of the 2 illegitimate children have already been satisfied. So, if the Paranaque property which Teddy “gave” to Felisa and her 2 children is worth more than P1.5 Million Pesos, the 2 illegitimate children have to return the excess to Teddy’s estate. Now, since Anita has also died, her estate should likewise be settled in the same manner as Teddy’s. Since her only heirs are her 2 children, her whole estate will be divided equally between Amado and Teddy, Jr.; but since Amado has died, his share in the states of his father and mother will devolve to his children – legitimate and illegitimate – who succeeds by right of representation. Of course, Amado’s estate should also be determined and settled. The downside is, the BIR imposes high penalties and surcharges if estate returns are not filed and estates taxes have not been paid within the prescribed time but you can avail of tax amnesties given every now and then. The important thing is, if you have inherited properties in the Philippines, make sure you take hold of the property titles, settle the estate and get your own certificates of titles to the inherited properties. *** Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon is a partner in Chua Tinsay and Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation (CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego and Manila. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorneyclient relationship. Atty. Vega will hold consultations in their Philippine office at Ortigas Center from September 28-October 1, 2009. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (619) 955-6277; or (415) 495-8088;

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Legal Buzz
by Atty. Aurora Vega
Law Offices of Chua Tinsay & Vega
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You’re an Heir!
You have inherited some properties in the Philippines, but you are a US citizen and/ or a permanent resident and, after jumping for joy, settle down and ask – now, what do I need to do? As an heir, you will have to deal with Philippine inheritance laws, estate settlement and estate taxes, real property taxes, and even capital gains when you sell these inherited properties. Once a property owner dies (known as the “decedent”), his heirs have a limited period of time to settle his/her estate: go to court to probate the will, if there is one; or execute an Extra-Judicial Settlement of Estate (if there’s no will and no debts); get a tax clearance from Treasurer’s office where the property/ies is situated; go to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to file estate tax returns, pay estate taxes and get a certificate authorizing registration of the properties; ask for new titles in the names of the heir/s from the Register of Deeds; and get new tax declaration/s for the properties in the name/s of the new registered owner/s. However, a vast number of inherited properties remain in the name of the decedent due to several factors: all or most of the heirs no longer live in the Philippines and are citizens/residents of other countries and are not interested in their inheritance; or have no time or money to “settle the estate”; or simply do not want to get entangled in what they perceive to be a tedious process. Thus, it is normal to hear of second generation heirs inheriting properties originally owned, and still titled, in the name of a grandparent. In settling an estate, you need to know not only the procedures, but more importantly, who are considered heirs, under Philippine laws. Under Philippine laws, when a person dies and leave properties behind, the properties pass on to the heirs named in his/her will, by testate succession; or if there is no will, to his/her “compulsory heirs”- spouse and children (legitimate or illegitimate), by intestate succession. Whether there is a will or not, Philippine laws provide that 50% of the decedent’s entire estate is reserved to his/her legitimate children as their legitime (share). For example, Teddy died in 1978 leaving several properties which he accumulated during his marriage: 6 hectares of farm lands in Bulacan and a house and lot in Antipolo. He left behind his wife of 35 years, Anita and his 2

children with her – Amado and Teddy, Jr. But he also had 2 other children with Felisa Belen and Danny, who live in a house and lot in Paranaque titled under Teddy’s name. Anita and her children learned of the other family only upon Teddy’s death. However, they did not do anything to settle Teddy’s estate, as Amado continued to live in their Antipolo house with Anita and his own family; and Teddy, Jr migrated to the US in the 1980s. Teddy’s widow, Anita died in 1985, without a will;

Atty. Vega will hold consultations in CTV’s Philippine office at Ortigas Center from September 28-October 1, 2009. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (619) 955-6277; or (415) 495-8088; Metro Manila Office: 26th Floor, iOrient Square,Ortigas Center, Metro Manila, Philippines,(632) 470-1283

and the eldest son, Amado in 2009. Belen and Danny have asked their half-brother Teddy, Jr. to divide the properties of Teddy, Sr. among the remaining heirs. But who are the remaining heirs? Teddy’s heirs would have been his 2 legitimate children, his widow Anita and his 2 illegitimate children. Only 50% of the properties (net of taxes and liabilities) will form Teddy’s estate because 50% is Anita’s share in the conjugal (community) property. So, if the total net value of all of the properties (Bulacan farmlands, Antipolo and Paranaque) is P20 Million Pesos, Teddy’s estate for distribution to his heirs is only

Zeny Ravelo accepts a posthumous plaque of appreciation on behalf of her husband, the late Ray Ravelo who died on September 1st, 2009. The award was presented by the local members of the Majestic Lions Club and The Filipino Club (TFC) Lions Club. Ray Ravelo was one of the charter members of the newly formed TFC Lions Club. Lions Club officers headed by Art Arboleda and Jay Ruiz came to pay their respects to the beloved community leader and active parishioner of Our Lady of Mt Carmel during the services at El Camino Memorial Park on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. Internment is scheduled for Friday, September 11.

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with ELO of 2463. Also within striking distance are IM Roland Salvador, 11th with ELO of 2461; GM Jayson Gonzales, 12th with ELO 2457, IM Oliver Barbosa, 13 th with ELO 2451; IM Oliver Dimakiling, 14th with ELO 2434; and GM Bong Villamayor, 15tth with ELO of 2426. GM-elect Ronald Dableo is ranked 18th with ELO 2417. Dableo, who clinched his third and last GM norm during the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week, needs ; to raise his rating to at least 2500 to formally receive his title. Dresden Olympiad veteran Cheradee Chardine Camacho remains as the highest-ranked Filipina player with an ELO of 2186 . V. Luna Chess Club standout Sherily Cua is second with ELO 2156, followed by older sister Shercila Cua (ELO 2142), Catherine Perena (ELO 2090), Daisy Rivera (ELO 2067),Beverly Mendoza ( ELO 2060), Christy Lamiel Bernales (ELO 2056), Jan Jodilyn Fronda (ELO 2019), Akiko Charmaine Suede (ELO 1945) and Rida Jane Young (ELO 1903).

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Viloria retains IBF title
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- It lacked the hype and drama that typified his last fight. Still, Brian Viloria emerged the star of the night, scoring a unanimous decision against20a game Jesus Iribe of Mexico to retain his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-flyweight championship in a highly-entertaining 12-round bout at the rocking Blaisdell Center Arena here. Viloria dominated right from the opening bell and then gamely fought the tough Mexican challenger toe-to-toe in the final round when Iribe launched an all-out attack in a desperate move to go for a knockout. It didn’t come, as the FilipinoAmerican came away winning through scores of 118-110, 117112, and 117-111, in a decision warmly greeted by a hometown crowd of about 3,000. “We all fought our hearts out tonight,” Viloria, nicknamed `The Hawaiian Punch’, said as he addressed the boxing fans. “I hope you guys enjoyed that.” The fight dubbed ‘Island Assault’ was the 28-year old Viloria’s first title defense since dethroning another Mexican Ulises Solis last April at the Araneta Coliseum behind a dramatic, hard-fought 11th round knockout win. With his seventh straight win, Viloria is now seeking a fight against WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon. Viloria, the former U.S. Olympian, used his jab and quickness to keep the stronger Iribe at bay. He said his opponent felt a lot heavier, like 125 pounds, and was able to take a lot of punches. The fighters traded blows in the middle of the ring in an actionpacked final round. Iribe landed a jarring left hook to the body and Viloria came right back with a left-right combination. At the end of the bout, both fighters raised their arms in victory. They each had their moments and never really got into serious trouble, but Viloria was the aggressor most of the night and had the better of several exchanges. Iribe’s trainer said if his fighter didn’t break his hand, he would’ve won without a doubt, which drew a smile from Viloria. With ice on his broken hand and a swollen left cheek, a disappointed Iribe said he wanted a

Brian Viloria rematch in Hawaii, or wherever Viloria is willing. Viloria said he always respects Mexican fighters. He even invited Iribe back to the islands. However, “instead of fighting, I’ll take you out for cervezas (beers),” Viloria said. Viloria’s right hook and combination sent the tough Mexican backpedaling to the ropes halfway through the fight. Viloria came out firing until Iribe started loosening up in the third round with the help of a couple shots to the head. After taking a left to the body, Viloria answered with a hard hook that bloodied Iribe’s nose late in the 10th round. Viloria, who grew up about a half-hour drive away in Waipahu, made a grand entrance to the “Hawaii Five-0” theme, conch shell blowers and an entourage waving the Hawaiian and Philippines flags. It was the first world title fight in Hawaii since 1976, and Viloria improved to 4-0 in the Aloha State. Filipino A.J. Banal also earned a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Jose Beranza in the undercard, a 10-round flyweight bout. Banal improved to 20-1-1. Beranza dropped to 32-16-2. Compatriot Dennis Laurente meanwhile, made it a perfect day for Filipinos as he scored a similar unanimous decision over Mexico’s Zaid Zavalete in a light welterweight bout. There were no knockdowns in the 10-round bout, but Lauren te dominated the action. He improved to 32-3-5. Zavalete dropped to 18-6-2.

The pride of Lipa City, Batangas also scored 6/8 during the Victory Mall-National Open championship. Asia’s first GM, Eugene Torre, dropped from second to fourth place with an ELO of 2535 from a high of 2550 the previous rating period. Dresden Olympiad sensation GM John Paul Gomez retained fifth place with ELO of 2521, while former Asian junior champion and United Statesbased GM-elect Rogelio Barcenilla Jr. dropped to s ixth with an ELO of 2518. Barcenilla, who is now based in Arizona, Texas, boosted his stock when he garnered an additonal =2 0 15 points on the strength of his triumph in the Copper State international tournament held in Arizona. Barcenilla, who earned his third and final GM norm, is only waiting for the next FIDE Congress to officially earn his title. Completing the Top 10 Filipino players are GM Mark Paragua, seventh with ELO of 2501; IM Richard Bitoon,eighth with ELO of 249; IM Julio Catalino Sadorra, ninth with ELO of 2468; and Italybased GM Joseph Sanchez, 10 th

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo present the GAWAD KALASAG Award to Angelo Agnon Lungkay, 6 years old and Rodney Berdin, 14 years old on their heroic deed in emergency response and operation in surviving a landslide and helping 5 others in T’boli, South Cotabato. REY BANIQUET/OPS/ PNS

So is still RP’s No. 1 chess player
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- THE three World Chess Cupbound players -- Wesley So., Rogelio Antonio, Jr. and Darwin Laylo -- emerged as the top three Filipino players in the newest ratings list released by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). So remains as the country’s highest-rated player with an ELO of 2644 -- two points down from his previous high of ELO 2646 -- based on the Sept. 1 list released by the world’s governing chess body. The ELO 2646 of So during the July ratings list was the highest-ever achieved by a Filipino player in the long and colorful history of chess, according to National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president/chairman Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. But the two-point deduction -- from 2646 to 2644 -- during the two-month period from July to August pulled down the 15-year-old Filipino chess champion to eighth place overall in the list of the world’s top junior players. So was ranked seventh in the previous list. Still ahead of So are GMs Magnus Carlsen (ELO 2772) of Norway, Sergey Karjakin (ELO 2722) of Ukraine, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (ELO 2718) of France, Wang Hao (ELO 2690) of China, Fabiano Caruana (ELO 2662) of Italy, Dmitry Andreikin (ELO 2659) of Russia and Sergei Zhigalko (ELO 2646) of Belarus.

Wesley So Overall, the high school student of St. Francis (Bacoor) is ranked 97th in the world in a tie with GMs Alexander Fier of Brazil and Julio Granda Zuniga of Peru. His previous rank was 92nd. So, however, is still ranked No. 9 overall in Asia and No. 1 in the world under-16 category. Antonio, who booked his second appearance in the World Chess Cup scheduled in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia later this year, moved up to second place with an ELO of 2557. A mainstay of Philippine Army, the 47-year-old Antonio finished in a tie for third place in the Asian Individual chess&nb sp; championship held in Subic with 7.5 points on five wins, five draws and only one loss. Laylo, who topped the recent Asian Zone 3.3 chess championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with a nearflawless 8/9 score, made the biggest jump -- from seventh with ELO 2494 to third with ELO 2537, or an increase of 42.9 points.

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for years. His parents never got a chance to wear them again as far as Eric could remember. Looking back, he realized that they took so much closet space for years, only to be thrown away when their owners passed away. How long, if not expensive, can one cling to memories? Solo picture The day Eric’s solo photo as a four-year-old wearing a Hawaiian shirt and white shorts must have been taken at the time when he remembers almost being blinded by a flash of lights in the studio. He was standing and looking grim because of the lights. The photo confirmed his mom’s assertion that he was chubby as a child. But ever since of his youngest brother, who was not included in the group shot, tactfully added on the lower left corner of the picture. Silhouette image On a wall of the living room of their house, Eric parent’s silhouette profiles were on display inside a large picture frame. They were made by a skilled artist during the International Fair held at the Luneta in 1956. Everyone who saw them was impressed by the talent of the artist. Eric’s parents were told to stand still for a moment as the artist cut out the perfectly outlined silhouette on a piece of black paper using a sharp pair of scissors. Embroidered listing Another item displayed in their house was the embroidered listing of their family members’ names and birthdates. It was made of brown sack cloth in a 15 by 21 inches frame. Every time a child of hers was born, his mother would add the name and the birth date to the list. In the case of her last child however, things did not work out as planned. She named him “Josefino” and had the name added to the list. But when he was about to be baptized, she was told that there was already a cousin with the same first and last name. So the name was changed to “Gregorio”. However, the embroidered name “Josefino” remained on the list as a mistake immortalized for all posterity to see. A year before she passed away, Eric’s mother gave all of her children copies of family photos they could treasure and pass on to their children as if she knew her end was near. Hippie Days Eric’s daughters always revel at the pictures of him taken during the early seventies. They could not believe that their dorky dad once upon a time wore his hair long and donned a mustache just like the hippies in those days. Then there were those formal

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photographs taken at Olan Mills Studio in San Diego, California during the late eighties. In one, Eric was dressed in a light blue blazer (what was he thinking?), his wife in a yellow dress, while his daughters in their favorite clothes. His eldest, who must have been five-years-old at that time, looked delighted as she reacted to the bubbles that the photographer blew in the air to elicit delightful reactions from his subjects. His middle daughter however, serious as she was, was too proud to show her excitement while his youngest didn’t seem to be amused. While going over Eric’s family photos taken during various family occasions like Christmas, birthdays and reunions, as well as pictures of family outings in Disneyland and other amusement parks, he could not believe how he managed to flash a smile each time. He realized that he should have been intimidated by the huge, serious task of raising his children, considering their uncertain future at that time. Instead, he didn’t look bothered at all, as he, perhaps, was too engrossed in enjoying time with his kids. Latest photos Their latest sets of family photos show Eric posing before the different scenic spots in places they had visited. Whenever they travel, he uses his video camera while his wife and daughters record their vacation with their digital cameras. Oftentimes, he was alone in the photos because his wife would ask him to pose as she took the pictures. He always wondered why she would bother to ask him to be in the picture as the photos would look much better without him. Despite his insecurities, he now believes that in addition to his mother, his wife is another soul who would care enough to take a picture of him, even if it would mean ruining a perfectly good shot of a scenic spot in the background. Looking back at old family photos brings back poignant memories. As in Eric’s case, it is important to write down the circumstances at the time each photo was taken, as the stories behind them are always interesting to tell.– AJ

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he finds the answers to the questions about the black and white photograph taken on the stairs of his maternal grandparents house on Pepin Street in Sampaloc, Manila fifty-six years ago, elusive and interesting to pursue. Sepia color

Then there was that formal, sepia family photo that must have been taken at the Society Studio on Evangelista Street. Just two blocks away from their printing press on Platerias Street in Quiapo, Manila during the 1950s, the Society Studio was owned by a close friend and customer of his parents. In the photo, Eric was perhaps fouryears-old then and his younger sister Mila looked like she was Despite his insecurities, he now believes that in two. He was sitting on the arm rest beside his addition to his mother, his wife is another soul father, who was seated who would care enough to take a picture of him, with his mother with Mila in between. His even if it would mean ruining a perfectly good elder brother Buddy shot of a scenic spot in the background. was standing beside his mother while ric doesn’t remember passing by? Or was there an oc- his elder sister casion in their clan’s enclave? If Fely was standing when the black and there was, there must have been beside his father. white photograph other photos taken of the other Standing behind was taken. It must have members of their clan that day. been in 1950 when he was But as far as he knew, there was them was his uncle, Amang, none. And how come his mother his father’s about three-years-old. He was not in the picture? The photo step-brother was sitting on the stairs, was taken at her parents’ house. and a girl. His with his father seated beShe would have more reason to uncle Amang hind him and his elder be in the picture than his father. looked unsobrother Buddy on the right Was she at home nursing his phisticated, and elder sister Fely on the younger sister Mila who must as if he just have been born at that time? came down from the left. His father was wearThese questions would not be boondocks. So did the girl beside ing a white, long-sleeved answered by his father -- who him. The girl must have been satin shirt and white pants, had since passed away. His elder their maid at that time. It must brother and sister could have which must have been in have been a picture his uncle been old enough to remember would rather burn, as he and the fashion at that time. Eric the time the photo was taken. girl looked unglamorous, like a was in shorts with straps on But he doubts it. Although he thumb sticking amidst his shoulders. It looked like can write and recall incidents in soreelegant presenceoutEric’s the of it was taken on the stairs of their past, his older siblings can family. Eric’s mother wore a his maternal grandparent’s hardly remember them. Perhaps formal gown, his father wore a a white sharkskin suit and the chilhouse in Pepin, Sampaloc, he hasIn keener memory than them. any case, the chance dren their Sunday’s best attire. Manila where his maternal that his siblings remember the Including his uncle and the girl circumstances behind the photo- in the photo was a mistake, for it clan lived close to each other in a cluster of houses. graph were slim, if not nil. Eric ruined what would otherwise be now regrets not asking his parWhy the picture was taken, a glamorous family picture. ents about the photograph when he didn’t know. There were no Eric’s mother was wearing a they were alive. But at that time, blue gown with seine cloth. It handy, portable cameras then. To take a photograph, one has to he was young, and there was no had orange lines embroidered on call upon a professional photog- urgency to ask those questions. the dress in a pattern-like design. Now that he is a 62-year-old man That gown as well as his farapher with a professional camera in tow. Was the photographer who dwells in the past and with ther’s sharkskin suit, hung in his fewer years to look forward to, parents aparador (small closet)

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he could remember, he was skinny while growing up. After a fall, his mother claimed, he had become sickly. Siblings When a photo with his siblings was taken in the late 1950s, his youngest brother Greg was yet to be born. His brother Willie must have been about two-yearsold since the siblings were each born two years apart. Even as a child, Willie was heavy-set. Hence he was at the same height of Sonny, the brother born before him. From the eldest, the siblings’ heights leveled off at the bottom. His mother framed the photo, with the solo picture

Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at lowed. Konti pa lang may TV set noon kaya sikat ka sa kalye niyo pag mayroon ka ng television at minsan SRO pa nga Read previous articles by visiting our website at pag basketball (Yco, Ysmael, Utex, 7-UP) Now anyone who missed those days can’t really claim they’ve seen and tasted the best. Every genera(Continued from last issue) Channel 5. If you wanted an tion has its own set of ‘Aces’. earlier teeny bopper show, Do you recall when: You Ang sikat na mga Plaza you watched Eddie Mercado tasted Darigold Evap, Liberty noong araw ay Plaza Goiti, in DJ Dancetime on Channel Condensada, Sunkist Orange Plaza Miranda at Plaza Sta. 11. (in tetra packs), Magnolia Cruz. Huwag kalimutan Siyempre naman pag Friday, Chocolait, Klim (the word ang Barbecue Plaza na may Nite Owl Dance Party hosted ‘milk’ spelled backwards), “Pula-Puti” at beer. Sa mga by Lito Gorospe, featuring Big 20 Hamburgers, Footbakery sa Manila ay sikat the Celtics. Another delight to long hotdog, Nectar choconut, yung Herran Bakery, Jo- Ni’s, watch was 9-Teeners hosted Tweet & Jiggs Candies (by Hizon’s (favorite ni Dolphy by Jose Mari Chan, Rom Mr. Krieger), Tootsie Roll, kahit noon pa), Sta. Romana Azanza and Tito Osias (all Serg’ s Chocolate, keroseneBakery. Ateneans) on Channel 9. flavored popcorn and kropeck Remember Halili Beer (baka Sampaguita was first seen along Dewey Blvd, dirty ice sa mga lolo ni Katrina ito) , as a cage dancer at 9 Teencream, Magnolia Ice Cream Tody chocolate drink in cans, ers. Her real name is Tessie sandwich, Selecta ice cream Horlicks malted milk tablets; Alfonso. She got married to (now Arce Dairy) and their Halili (baka kila Katrina din Nilo Santos of the Jungle fresh carabao’s milk, Magito) bus, Super (dog logo) Cats. Jeanne Young also nolia popsicles in orange, Transit, Yujuico, JD & MD hosted another teeny bopchocolate and tutti frutti, buses; MM Liner, Medina per show called The Insidlangka flavors, Sison Ice Drop Transit, Capistrano Transit, ers which guested the more in monggo, and buko flavors, Pantranco, La Mallorca Pam- popular combos at that time. Milky Way’s buko sherbet, busco buses and taxis, Golden Siyempre sikat pa rin ang Acme Supermarket’ s sundaes Taxicab and Yellow Taxicab, Student Canteen pag tanghali and Coney Island ‘s 32 flaDollar Taxi. Your favorite followed by Darigold Jambo- vors? past time then was reading ree, hosted by Leila Benitez You went to: Arcegas at the comics like Pilipino Komiks, with Eddie Ilarde and Pepe Maranaw Arcade, Funhouse Espesyal Komiks, Hiwaga Pimentel and Bobby Ledesat Bricktown, Aguinaldo , Klasiks, Kenkoy Komiks. ma. Sa primetime naman nan- Erehwon Bookstore, Alemars Kung medyo class ka nadoon ang The Big Show nila Bookstore, Bookmark, Botica man binabasa mo mga ClasCris de Vera, Oscar Obliga Boie, Makati Supermarket sics Illustrated (sometimes cion a t Sylvia La Torre. D’Bankers Barbershop and we get our book report from Then it evolved into Oras ng Leila’s Coffee Shop, Tropithese comic books instead of Ligaya when it migrated to cal Hut along Estrada , Acme reading the assigned novel) o ABS-CBN. Supermarket, Cherry Superkaya ay Tiktik. Dell Comics Remember Uncle Bob’s market ( now Foodarama), and Gold Key Comics from Lucky 7 Club. The Regent of Manila , Hotel the US were also available at Who would forget Buhay Mabuhay, Manila Hilton, magazine stands. Artista starring Dolphy and Christmas carnival (at Lawton ShoeMart started in CarPanchito and a take off of a in front of Letran College ), riedo (the first SM was named popular radio program Sebya Villa Pansol and Lido Beach , Shoe World) followed by the Mahal Kita, Tang Tarang Aroma Beach and Jale Beach? 2nd ShoeMart beside Ideal Tang with Pugo and Bentot Rizal what? ‘Who would be Theater and then SM Echague on the lead. Sa radio naman crazy to build a cinema in the with a revolving restaurant at siyempre ang Kapitan Kidlat, middle of nowhere?’ It turned the top floor. Kwentong Kutsero, Gabi ng out to be the best theater in Safari Club beside MaLagim, Salamat Po Doctor, the city of Makati then ( at the nila Zoo at the height of Lola Basyang and of course same site now occupied by the ‘Twist’ craze, DanceKahapon Lamang and Tia Shangri-La Hotel). O-Rama with Pete Roa & Dely’s program which fol(Continued next issue) Baby O’Brien every 5 PM on

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by Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr.
Member, State Bar of California & Integrated Bar of the Philippines

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Abused and Abandoned
Dear Atty. Karagdag, I met my American husband when he came to the Philippines for a short vacation in 2007. We instantly liked each other and began dating. After he returned to the United States, we continued our communication by email and phone. He came back to the Philippines in 2008 for another short vacation. We continued dating until we found ourselves falling in love. He appeared sincere and nice so I accepted his marriage proposal. Early this year, during his third visit, we got married. He liked the Philippines so much that he had decided to retire from his job in the United States. Since he is already retired, our plan was for him to stay in the Philippines while we waited for the processing of my immigrant petition. At first, our marriage was doing all right. Then he began having friends and, with nothing better to do, they frequented bars and nightclubs. He would come home in the wee hours of the morning and, at times, was away for a few days without bothering to tell me where he went to. He was exhausting his pension and stopped contributing to the family expenses. I also had reason to believe that he was cavorting with other women, so I began avoiding him. This provoked him to accuse me of infidelity. There was a big fight and he left the house. A few days later, my husband called to tell me that he had withdrawn my immigrant petition. I was shocked because I was the victim and it was all his fault. Is there anything I can do to save my immigrant petition? I have heard of a law that protects women who are victims of abuse and violence. Please help me. Ms. Abused and Abandoned Dear Ms. Abused and Abandoned, The law you are referring to is the Violence Against Women Act (or VAWA) which, among others, allows certain battered non-citizens who are married to, or recently divorced from US Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents to self-petition for lawful permanent residence or to remove the condition on their 2-year conditional permanent residence cards. Unfortunately, VAWA benefits only victim spouses who currently reside in the United States. There are only three exceptions wherein the law can apply even to those who reside abroad, and these are when (1) the abusive spouse is an employee of the U.S. government (2) the abusive spouse is a member of the uniformed services, or (3) the abusive spouse subjected the victim spouse to battery or extreme cruelty while in the United States, although the victim spouse is presently abroad. The VAWA provision is now incorporated in the Immigration and Nationality Act under Section 240 A(1)a, which reads pertinently: (v) An alien who-(I) is the spouse, intended spouse, or child living abroad of a citizen who-(aa) is an employee of the United States Government; (bb) is a member of the uniformed services (as defined in section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code); or (cc) has subjected the alien or the alien’s child to battery or extreme cruelty in the United States; and (II) is eligible to file a petition under clause (iii) or (iv), shall file such petition with the Attorney General under the procedures that apply to self-petitioners under clause (iii) or (iv), as applicable. In your case, you said that your American husband is already retired. This means that he is neither an employee of the U.S. government nor a member of the U.S. uniformed services. On the other hand, you and your husband have been in the Philippines all this time, so any act of abuse or violence would not have been committed in the United States. The rationale of the law is to protect victim spouses who are forced to endure their pain in silence for fear that they will be deported from the United States, or because they feel inadequate being in a foreign land. Such fear, as the law views it, is not present or compelling when the victim is in her own country. In your case, if you feel that you have been abused, you may seek redress with the Philippine authorities without fear of being deported or ostracized. Sincerely, Atty. Karagdag 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. 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. Our email is Articles written in this column are not legal advice but are hypotheticals intended as general, non-specific legal information.

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Rico J. Puno really deserves his title “The Total Entertainer”. He performed with full energy, remarkable hoarse voice and signature comedy and jokes. The laughter and smiles of the concerts goers were seen while Rico performed. “May Bukas Pa,” “Kapalaran,” “El Bimbo” and “Macho Gwapito”. Rico was singing in a small joint called Spindle in Banawe when the Manila Sound happened. He

was inspired by Pers Lab and the young singer’s career and took to adding Tagalog words was followed by the song Kato popular songs like The Way We Were. Since then, he recorded his first album and performed to bigger clubs and became one of the most legendary singers in the Philippines. His impressive collections of hits under his belt have been enough to say that Rico J would continue to be in demand as a live performer for many years to come. More than the Total Entertainer, as he has been dubbed, Rico is also a skilled comedian, almost as famous for his naughty jokes as for his singing. One of the major pop stars in Philippines back to 1970s and 1980s, Hajji Alejandro known as the “Kilabot ng Kolehiyala” (College Girls‘Heartthrob) gave outstanding performances at their concert. Hajji’s rendition of his original hits like “May Minamahal,” “Ang Lahat ng Ito’y Para Sayo,” “Nakapagtataka” and “Kay Ganda” were some of the applauded numbers during the show. In 1973 the young Hajji started singing professionally with the renowned Circus Band. He signed up with Jem Records in 1976 and officially launched his solo career. The climax of his career came in 1978 when he interpreted Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika of Ryan Cayabyab at the first Metropop Music Festival. They won the grand prize and Hajji was chosen to represent Philippines to the First International Seoul Song Festival in Korea. Proving his inimitable talent, he became the pride of the Philippines when he won the grand prize. Hajji is the first Filipino to win the highest award in an international singing competition. Rey Valera’s songs were like fine wine, it has aged well over time. He was known as a singer, songwriter, music director and a film scorer. He performs his timeless hits like “Tayong Dalawa,” “Naalala Ka” and “Maging Sino Ka Man” during the concert. Rey wrote and produced songs that were recorded by various singers in the Philippines, like Sharon Cuneta. Rey‘s memorable songs made mark also as theme songs and movie titles. His passion for writing songs brought him to be one of the greatest hit makers in the Philippines. In 1979, he started as in-house producer of Vicor Records and later appointed as Vice President for artist and repertoire in Vicor‘s newly opened sister company, Blackgold Records. His initial project was to make a song for the then 12 year old Sharon Cuneta, the birth of the hit “Mr. Dj.” This song launched

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ever my mother started to inform then on how well we were doing, my uncles would react by doing some bragging too and by teasing us on any conceivable little things, such as being nerds or not being tough enough. I had to struggle to prove my worth to them.

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pulls him or her back down. I was a little disheartened by this sad truth, but I knew that it does occur in our community more intensely when compared with other ethnic groups. This by Riz A. Oades has been a trend throughout Read Dr. Oades’ s previous articles by visiting Filipino lives, and I have experienced “crab situations” our website at very often. As Ryan spoke out, I conAlimango Syndrome jured up images and incidents in my life that fit in to his analogy I never fail to remember Filipino family’s rivalry and academic naiveté. Even amongst my own family, I have experienced and still sense the crab aura. Growing up, my family was able to provide me By Rex Doctolero* had about a Filipino guy who with a good life, not luxuritried to discredit my award for ous but good enough to feel I just received a check for the competition that I won. comfortable. I went to private winning an oral competition “What do you mean?” I schools for most of my life, by presenting my diabetes asked. Ryan recounted a theory and did very well. My mother’s research, and I wanted to treat to me, saying that some people brothers (i.e., my uncles) my family with our favorite believe that the reason Filipinos considered us to be richer than seafood dish — crabs. So I only have moderate success them and better off. Although went shopping at the Seafood in politics, business and other my family did not make more City in National City with my tasks and are essentially “stuck money than they did, we might brother Ryan to get some for in the barrel” is because of the really be better off. Because of dinner that night. “Filipino-crab mentality.” Let my father’s Ilocano “KuriputWe finally made our way to me explain to readers what ness” and his ability to manage the back of the store, where Ryan meant. funds, we were all the seafood is able to access located, spotting several resources an open barrel with my uncles could crab claws sticking not. out of it. When my parAs I looked at ents first put Ryan those crabs shuffling and me in an and squirming in expensive private the barrel, I noticed school, I began something odd. They to notice my seemed unable to mother’s sibling climb out or escape. rivalry that she shared with her Each time one crab puts itself Due to several reasons, brothers. They resented the fact in a position to get out of the mainly personal grudges, jealthat their sister, who was the barrel; one or two of those darn ousy and the separatist attitudes only girl among nine children, crabs pull it back down. “It’s derived from the Malay culture. could afford a private school almost as if they were jealous Filipinos block each other from arid they could not. My mom of each other and won’t allow succeeding or progressing to did not help by bragging about the others to get out of the bar- the next level. In other words, it. rel,” I said to my brother. just as soon as one of them gets My uncles, for example. “Kind of like Filipinos, huh?” into a position “to climb out rationalized that it was a waste Ryan replied nonchalantly, of the barrel,” there is always of money, and that my mom referring to the conversation we a Filipino crab that grabs and was trying to show off. When-

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Crabs in a Barrel The Filipinos

At Large...
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Our children grow up in a different world than we did very day, every minute, with every newscast or article, we can’t help but notice how the world constantly changes around us. Now change for change’s sake isn’t always good and there is a lot of bad change as well as good. But it’s just that trying to adapt to it – or help others adapt that can be so dif-


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on me. Last year, I went to apply to a research program and honors society, but in both instances a young Filipina blocked me. Here is what happened. I applied early to a research program and told a young lady, whom I helped out on numerous occasions and thought of as a friend, about it. She did not tell me that she had contacted the office and even applied for it late and managed to get it -ousting me from a position. While this was going on, she also told or lied to me that she and I were not qualified to apply for this honors society, so I did not apply. Later, I found out she applied when she found out that we were eligible. She never did inform me about my eligibility. I felt betrayed after this, and began to be cautious about what I do for people. When I looked at those crabs in the market I see her, a FOB (“Fresh off-the-boat”) that I tried helping adjust to the their claws, and preventing us Another example was when school campus, but managed to to move on. my father tried to sell our push me back down the barrel. I have also come across some To me she epitomized the crabhouse that we rented out to crabs in college. In college I distant relatives, some uncle’s Filipino. started off wanting to help all cousins. Before we decided As Ryan and I left the marmy fellow students, especially to sell this house, these relaket, we talked tives would always ask to have about how price breaks on the rent saying prevalent the -- Come on, lower the rent, we crab-mentality are family.” Because of this was in our tawad-ng-tawad, we actually local Filipino started to lose money. 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They’re not being 3. War because careers rarely last a 36. H1N1 virus professional, doesn’t it?” 4. Violence on television lifetime 37. What will the distant Well, anyway, my brother and 5. Violence in schools 25. Going back to college to future hold? I made a deal that we would 6. Violence in playgrounds get up to date on technology 38. What will tomorrow never become Alimango Filipi7. Violence in sports and up to date on their career hold? 8. Violence in the home 26. Technology, technology, Now yes, I realize that most, nos, though we were going to eat those Seafood City’s crabs 9. Drugs technology, technology – it’s if not all, of those things are that night! 10. Being shot while riding both good and bad and we’ll also worries that we adults _______ in a car (why should a child have to help our kids learn to carry with us on a daily basis. 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ferent Vilma Santos, a different John Lloyd Cruz and a different Luis Manzano,” said the film’s director, Olivia Lamasan, the woman behind the blockbusters Milan, Sana Maulit Muli, Got 2 Believe and Madrasta. “You have to see the genuine chemMuch awaited comedy-drama to premiere in Los istry among these three actors Angeles, San Francisco and New Jersey who are together for the first time in a movie. This is also a REDWOOD CITY, CA, Po 3: My Love in 2004. In In unique film because it presents a September 9 2009 – On the My Life, Santos was thrilled by mother in her 50s, thinking that occasion of TFC’s 15th and Star the key “firsts” she encountered: she’s been through all and seen Cinema’s16th anniversaries, her first time to play the role of it all, when in actuality, a new ABS-CBN International’s Starry a mother of a gay son (played by chapter in her life is just beginStarry Store brings to the U.S. Luis Manzano), her first time to ning.” the much awaited comeback be in the movie with her realSantos plays Shirley, a public of the Philippine entertainlife son (Manzano) and the first school librarian who wants to ment industry’s Star for All time for Manzano and reigning be in control of everything. Her Seasons: multi-awarded actress Box Office King John Lloyd unwarranted intervention in the and current Batangas Province Cruz to play gay characters in lives of her children and their Governor Vilma Santos in the love. families leads to their emotional comedy-drama, In My Life. “In My Life offers you a difdetachment from each other. The last time fans caught Feeling she has lost her comSantos on screen was in Mano mand over her children, she flies to New York to reunite with his estranged son, Mark (Manzano) only to find out that her son is gay and she has to live with him and his lover, illegal immigrant Noel (Cruz). As Shirley struggles to deal with the situation and with living in the Big Apple, she discovers that being gay is not the only huge secret that Mark is keeping. Discovering what this is will change Shirley’s life forever. “This is a heart-warming story about acceptance, friendship and love that is masterfully handled by director Lamasan and brilliantly acted by the lead actors,” said Kerwin Du, ABS-CBN North America’s head of theatricals. “We are so proud to bring the film to the U.S. and hold premieres in the east and west coasts to kick off in a grand way the fall season movie offerings from ABS-CBN.” The premiere schedule of In My Life is as follows: LOS ANGELES (September 26) Alex Theatre 216 N Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA

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For more information, please visit www.abs-cbnglobalmovies. (Continued from page 1) com or call 1.800.227.9676. helping WFP fight hunger – and a portion of the sales of the ### ‘YOU’ collection will go towards providing school meals to About ABS-CBN Internachildren. tional “Every time you buy a hoodie ABS-CBN International was from the YOU collection, you established in 1994 to be of serwill be giving a hungry child vice to the Filipino worldwide. the chance to learn and enjoy a With the launch of its flagship healthier life,” said KC, adding brand, The Filipino Channel that the partnership with BAYO (TFC), the company became the would enable WFP to provide first and most successful Fili90,000 school meals to children pino broadcaster in the United in Mindanao. States. Based in the San FranThe partnership will also help cisco Bay Area, it is the largest to promote awareness of WFP’s business subsidiary of ABSglobal ‘Fill the Cup’ campaign, CBN, the Philippines’ leading which aims to raise funds for broadcasting company. school meals and highlight the fact that 66 million primary school children in developing countries regularly turn up hungry for class.

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REDWOOD CITY, CA, August 28, 2009 – After the hugely successful kick-off last year in Ontario, California, ABSCBN North America caps TFC’s 15th year celebration with One Kapamilya Go sa California’s Great America in Santa Clara on September 20. This year’s OK Go, the event’s monicker, promises to top last year’s which drew a crowd of almost 7,000. ABS-CBN decided to hold the event this year at California’s Great America, the premier theme park of the San Francisco Bay Area. For just the early bird price of $40, OK Go ticketholders will be entitled access to the 50 rides and attractions of the park for starters. But a whole bag of surprises await OK Go ticketholders as well. The star-studded line-up for the main show to be held at 5:00pm at the park’s Redwood Amphitheatre includes reigning Box Office King John Lloyd Cruz, Betty La Fea on TFC lead star Bea Alonzo, world-class talents Charice and Billy Crawford, Pinoy Dream Academy champion Laarni Lozada and runnerup Bugoy Drilon, actor-dancersinger-comedian Vhong Navarro, actor-host-dancer Luis Manzano, with comedians Chokoleit and Candy Pangilinan as hosts. Starry Starry Store will hold three screenings of a special movie at the Great America Theatre. Screening times for this movie – on a first come, first served seating – are 10:15am, 12:30pm and 2:35pm. For those aspiring to be the next big star, no less than director Laurenti Dyogi will come to hold the first back-to-back auditions starting at 10:00am of Pinoy Big Brother and Pinoy Dream Academy in the San Fran-

cisco Bay Area. There will be whole-day activities from food and merchandise booths. ABS-CBN products and services will also offer pavilion games from which contestants to an onstage parlor game will be chosen. The top winner of this contest will walk away with a very grand surprise as the top prize. “(ABS-CBN) The Filipino Channel is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that all those who will attend One Kapamilya Go sa California’s Great America will be wowed with excitement, top quality entertainment, and a one-of-a-kind experience that befits the celebration of its15th anniversary,” said TFC Business Unit Head, Jun del Rosario. “We want this to be a win-win event for our subscribers, supporters and partners.” “This will be a winner not only for ABS-CBN but for the Filipino community in general,” added ABS-CBN North America Managing Director Chinky De

Jesus. “The celebration of the kapamilya spirit and the best in Filipino talent will be the centerpiece of OK Go. I want people to attend, participate and leave prouder than ever of being a Filipino.” For more information on One Kapamilya Go sa California’s Great America, please visit ### About ABS-CBN International ABS-CBN International was established in 1994 to be of service to the Filipino worldwide. With the launch of its flagship brand, The Filipino Channel (TFC), the company became the first and most successful Filipino broadcaster in the United States. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, it is the largest business subsidiary of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ leading broadcasting company.

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Conservation comes out the winner at San Diego Zoo Cooking competition
Judges treated to three types of sustainable seafood at first-ever Chef Cook-off for Conservation
The San Diego Zoo took conservation one step further today-into a cooking competition. Chefs from three top local restaurants came out to the San Diego Zoo Wednesday for the first-ever Chef Cook-off for Conservation. They each had an hour to prepare their food at the Sabertooth Grill in the San Diego Zoo’s Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey. The dishes were judged on taste, presentation and cooking with conservation in mind. Chef Sean Langlais of The Oceanaire Seafood Room won for best presentation with his aquafarm-raised abalone stacked with over-easy quail eggs, hollandaise and wilted spinach presented in an abalone shell. Chef Jeff Thurston of The Prado at Balboa Park won for best taste with a Hiramasa crudo, a sustainably U.S. farm-raised yellowtail hybrid. It was served with organic melon napoleon drizzled with tequila nectar and served with a blood-orange achiote dipping sauce. Chef Steve Floyd of the Brigantine Family of Restaurants won for cooking with conservation in mind- and the overall prize- for his delectable potato-crusted salmon with fennel apple-bacon salad, poached egg and green herb aioli. The dish wowed the panel of three judges: San Diego Zoo Executive Chef Chris Mirguet, San Diego Zoo Animal Care Manager Jeff Andrews and San Diego Zoo Chief Conservation Officer Dr. Allison Alberts. “I was very impressed with the delicious food and with the conservation ethic of all the chefs,” Alberts said. “All three used sustainably raised seafood.” Alberts said Floyd took the top prize because his salmon, which was not genetically altered, was raised at a farm where it was fed all-natural food. The produce in his dish came from organic farms within 200 miles to reduce the carbon footprint of his ingredients. Floyd won bragging rights and a private Photo Caravan Safari at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park for 15 guests. The Chef Cook-off for Conservation was held to start the countdown to the San Diego Zoo’s annual Celebration for the Critters on Sept. 26. Celebration for the Critters, presented by Cymer, Inc., is San Diego’s biggest food and beverage tasting event with more than 150 food and beverage vendors. This year’s theme, “Critter Carnival,” isn’t just for fun. Proceeds from Celebration will be directed to support conservation research projects underway by the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. The work of the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research with the Andean bear, the Andean condor and wild palms in Latin America are being highlighted during this year’s event. Tickets can be purchased at . Chefs Langlais, Thurston and Floyd will be cooking at the event. The San Diego Zoos Institute for Conservation Research is dedicated to generating, sharing and applying scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants and habitats worldwide. The work of the Institute includes onsite research efforts at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, laboratory work at the Beckman Center for Conservation Research, and international field programs involving more than 180 researchers working in 35 countries. In addition to the Beckman Center, the Institute also operates the Griffin Reptile Conservation Center, the Botanical Conservation Center, the Keauhou and Maui Hawaiian Bird Conservation Centers and the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

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defeated Magellan. For the next 3-days we attended a mixed martial arts seminar at the Cebu City Sports Complex. The featured instructors were GM Richard Bustillo and GM Anthony Kleeman from the United States, and GM Vince Palumbo from Australia. These three Grandmasters took turns teaching part of their respective systems: GM Bustillo taught Jet Kune Do, GM Kleeman taught kickboxing, and GM Vince
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By Narrison Babao I was born in Naga City, Philippines, and I left my home country when I was almost two years old. I have visited the Philippines only twice in my life. The first time was in November 2005 to attend the wedding of Giovanni Sagun, a good friend of mine. During this trip I had the chance to visit and meet my Mom’s side of the family – uncles, aunties and cousins – in Manila. And I took the opportunity to visit and enjoy the surrounding places around Manila, like Pangasinan, Banaue Rice Terraces, Baguio and the Hundred Islands.

how to speak the native language (Tagalog) was a little bit inconvenient, but since I am surrounded by friends from the United States and from other countries, they made me feel at ease. The Cacoy Doce Pares practitioners from around the world are like an extended family. I was excited and eager to visit Cebu and meet old and new friends I talked to online, like GM Vince Palumbo from Australia, Tobias Ricker from Germany and Masters Dennis and Chuck Canete from the Philippines. However, I felt a little bit

Cacoy Doce Pares practitioners who made contributions and impact to the Filipino Martial Arts community. There were over a hundred participants who attended from different countries: United States, Australia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand and the Philippines. Because my parents’ school, the Babao Arnis, is part of the Cacoy Doce Pares family, I felt I needed to represent our school since my parents could not make it. My other reason for going was to accept an award on behalf of my father, GM Narrie Babao, for his “Exemplary Dedication to Doce Pares.” The date for the award/ceremony for the Hall of Fame, March 8, coincided with my birthday. So the whole trip was more like a birthday present for me. What is so memorable on this trip is that I actually trained at the Cacoy Doce Pares World Headquarters in Cebu City, even for just a day. Going back to my home country by myself and not knowing nervous. I was lucky that a few of my colleagues were on the same flight to Cebu as me: GM Richard Bustillo and some of his students from IMB Academy, and also Master Angel Postigo from Mexico. Albert Mendoza and his family, also friends of mine, visited Cebu from San Diego for a different reason, and I got to hang out with them on my last day in Cebu. Landing in Cebu brought back memories of my first trip to the Philippines because when I landed in Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, there was a welcoming party of my friends displaying a sign with my name on it. In Manila, Master Dennis Canete was there to welcome GM Richard Bustillo and his students. In Cebu, I stayed at the Parklane Hotel, and I highly recommend it to visitors visiting Cebu for the very first time. Prior to my trip, I made plans to share a room with one of GM

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South Bay Terrace Filipino American Senior Association elects officers for 2009-2011
ing members Estrellita Bustria, Pastor Deogracias Oliver, Roger National City- Kudos to the Ricanor and Marcelo Patron, on newly elected officers of the a job well done. They applaud a South Bay Terrace Filipino unique, clean, orderly and fraud American Senior Association free election. (SBTFASA) who were appointed Some years back, Ms. Linda August 13, 2009 and were duly Twano and associates brought sworn into office by Rikky Retheir own coffee and snacks to closado, Chairman, Commission a parking lot in National City on Election, on August 31, 2009 by Plaza Boulevard and Euclid at Tooma Park in National City, Avenue to socialize and become California. newly acquainted with Filipino Elected officers are President
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Steven. Mr. Toy Dalindin also requested for an indoor building for the senior members of the association, but the project is still on the drawing board. Past President Julie Aboy took over the seat for four years from 2002-2007. President Joe Quintanilla, in his speech as president elect, took advantage of his request for a long overdue indoor building for the seniors to conduct their social activities like line dancing, exercises, games and social gatherings for the elderly at Tooma Park. He also requested a larger bin to accommodate the needs of seniors in the park from Councilman Tony Young, a guest speaker during the election of officers.

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TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America . MARIA: Here it is.. TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ? CLASS: Maria. *** TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. *** TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’ GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-DI-A-L’
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TEACHER: No, that’s wrong GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it. *** TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water? DONALD: H I J K L M N O. TEACHER: What are you talking about? DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O. *** TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago. WINNIE: Me!
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Velbis, Ted Delunas, Ted Calaustro, Art Buangan, Ed Bassig, Amor Garingo, Raul Gonzalez, Johnny Luna, Ed Madriaga, Rubisanti Rabanal, Willie Velasco, Jun Calalay, Nestor MendioOfficers and members of SBTFASA 2009-2011 are all smiles in a la, Gus Martinez, Nori Gamboa, Jim Esperon, and Mark Santos. pose right after the election August 13, 2009 at Tooma Park. Other Sponsors; Ms Deborah Szekely, Ms Su Mie Yu, Ms Jo Joe Quintanilla, Vice President Americans. Their numbers grew Briggs, Mr and Mrs Joe Corlette, Beth Dalindin, Secretary Virup rapidly and they transferred Mr and Mrs Ted Stouver, Mike gie Langit, Assistant Secretary at Tooma Park in National City, and Gary from Scrips Hospital, Ynday Bagares, Treasurer Fe organizing themselves into an Mr Renato Reyes. DDS, Mr Rivero, Assistant Treasurer association known as South Bay Ronaldo Saldana. DDS, Sycuan Cita Margallo, Auditors Dolly Terrace Filipino American SeAlvarez and Rudy Mortera, Press nior Association. They voted Ms. Resort and Casino, Eastlake Country Club, True Value HardRelation Officers Narcing Perez Linda Twano as the first regisware, Frank Hyundai Mile of and Juanita Trammell, Business tered President for two years and Car, and Jestoni Restaurant. Manager Dolores Martinez, and re-elected her for another four There were seventy two GolfSergeant-at-Arms Romy Salinas, years, from 1990-1996. ers that qualified in the Fil-Am Manny Lanigt and Mar Apilado. She was succeeded by Pete Senior Open. Thirty players Members of the Board of Reyes from 1995-1996, then by made the cut and Ben Capa from Directors are Lita Buenavista, Mr. Arias from 1996-1997, folThe Millennium Golf Club, Mely Salinas, Dante Medina, lowed by Nick Galit (deceased) won the championship Trophy Rufina Patron, Dr. Perfecto from 1997-1999, and by Vice shooting a course record of 61. Micu, Johnny Rebucas, Jr., Lito President Juanito Dalindin from He will be depending his Title Ruiz, Dominic Mangibin and 1999-2002. It was President Toy when the Fil-Am Senior open Max Robles. Dalindin’s term that a recreation Officers and members of SBT- shed and restroom facilities were will come back next year at Salt Creek. FASA wish to thank all members built for the benefit of all senior After the Tournament, all the of the Commission on Elections members thru the able assistance golfers went to Jestoni Resled by Rikky Reclosado, includ- of then Councilman George taurant for dinner and awards

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and rituals of official Catholicism, they often modify these teachings to suit local needs and conditions. In a sense, when the Christian colonizers were not looking, the early Filipinos practiced what was locally and personally practical. Most often the result is a syncretism of religious practices with their animistic beliefs. The fusion of official and folk elements in popular piety is a continuum ranging from a minimum modification of ecclesial faith to the other extreme where faith is almost completely pagan (The Christology of the Inarticulate, Benigno P. Beltran, SVD). Historians are in agreement, according to Lily Rose R. Tope and Detch P. NonanMercado, that the friars went to the Philippines not Christianize a people “but their animistic practices.” The medieval Hispanic philosophy and worldview did not fit into the Filipinos’ perspective. Again, Beltran believes that while Western Christology is predominantly cognitive in its faith dimension, the Filipino’s is more “thaumaturgical” (the working of miracles and magic feats) and is motivated by the desire “to experience the extraordinary effects of the supernatural in their lives.” This partly explains the Filipino ability in holding opposites and reconciling contradictory elements in their minds. The end result is a split-level Christianity. The blending of church doctrines with folk observances takes different forms, such as putting up a bamboo cross in front of the house to ward off malevolent spirits, seeking healing from a faith healer who mixes Catholic rituals and prayers with preHispanic practices, and venerating a statue of the Child Jesus of Prague while keeping a statue of Buddha in the same household. Holy water is supposed to ward off evil spirits and to bring cure, religious pictures and medallions are sources of good fortune, especially in gambling. Most Filipino Catholics indulge in “ ‘possession trances’ (langkap) or ecstatic preaching, vows and penitential rites like flagellation, ritual dancing and popular devotion to gain favors, and animistic beliefs and practices e.g., predicting the future, dream interpretation, spirit-communication, corporeal rites, good luck charms, amulets, rituals for the dead, exorcism.” (Vitaliano R. Gorospe). The Philippine Catholic Church has a continuum of “a deep theological understanding of the elite to a more superficial understanding by the rural and urban masses.” (Jack Miller, Religion in the Philippines). Folk Catholicism is the popular experience of religious feeling that reveals the way a Filipino perceives his religious identity and reality. Jesus’ question to his followers in today’s Gospel, “Who do you say I am?” is well directed to today’s Filipino. Which answer is closer to the identity of the real Jesus: the form of religion that is tainted by superstition and magical beliefs, or the one that teaches the true Jesus but also takes into account the concerns, aspirations, and needs of the Filipino? Quotation of the Week: “There is a purity which only

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oke of the Week: A young man was selling Bibles in a rural area America. He made his way to a shack in the hills. The owner was sitting on the rickety porch, his feet propped up on a box, a pipe in his mouth. “Would you be interested in a good book?” said the salesman. “What kind of good book?” the man asked. “It’s the Bible. It tells about the life and death of Jesus.” “I’ll be darned,” declared the resident, “I never even knew he was that sick.”

James 2: 14-18. The author writes about the works of faith. He links faith and action. Faith for him is not just a question of words, but more importantly of actions. Gospel: Mark 8: 27-35. Jesus begins to teach his disciples what kind of Messiah he will be: a suffering Servant. This was a big surprise to Peter and the disciples, because they have their own preconceived idea of what the messiah should be: a conquering, powerful, and political figure. Jesus teaches his followers that precisely because he is the Messiah, the “Christos” or anointed, he must suffer. The disciples who are truly committed to follow him must take the same path. Reflections: The Spanish “conquistadors” and friars brought and superimposed Catholicism on ancient Filipinos whose beliefs and traditions were polytheistic. Primarily and originally animists, the early Filipino converts blended the newly found religion with their old practices. For example, veneration of the saints blended with the spirit-worship, priests with shamans, and monotheism with indigenous animism. The blending of Catholicism with Filipino culture gave rise to folk religion. While folk Catholics might adhere to the doctrines

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Sa halip na umalis at bumalik sa paglalaro inamoy ang bulaklak at sa tabi ko ay umupo at saka n’ya winikang “ito ay para sa iyo po” sabay inabot ang bulaklak na lanta na at tuyo. Nagdalawang loob akong kung tatanggapin o hindi sa inasal ng bata parang ‘di ako makatanggi ‘sang ngiting pakunwari ang siya kong naging sukli sa magandang loob na sa akin ay kanyang ginawi. Naglaho na nga ang kulay ng hawak niyang bulaklak dahang-dahang inabot sa akin ng munti n’yang palad minabuti kong tanggapin para umalis na agad at nang mapag-isa na lang ako na siya kong hangad. (may karugtong)
suffering can impart; the stream of life becomes snow-white when it dashes against the rocks.” Jean Paul Richter.

Scriptures: First Reading: Isaiah 50: 5-9. The Babylonian empire has defined the Hebrew perception of security. The Hebrews’ experience of the Babylonian economic and military security poses a challenge to the prophet who must make credible an alternative security that is rooted in God. The people are weary, because in spite of Isaiah’s constant prophecy about the end of exile, they continue to experience just the contrary. Despite the people’s rejection of his message, the prophet knows that God will prove him right in the end. Second Reading:

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Holy Spirit thou make me see everything and show me the way to reach my ideal. You who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget the wrong that is done to me and who are in all instances of my life with me. I, in this short dialogue, want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my love ones in your perpetual glory, Amen. A Person must pray this 3 consecutive days without stating one’s wish will be granted no matter how difficult may be. Promise to publish this soon as your favor has been granted.
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Oh Holy St. Jude, Apostle and Martyr, great in virtue, rich in miracles, near Kingsman of Jesus Christ and faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To you I have recoursed from the depth of my heart and humbly beg, to whom God has given special great power, to come to my assistance in my present, in return I promised to make your name known and cause to be invoke. ( Say 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Marys and 3 Glorys for nine consecutive days, publication must be promised.) St. Jude, pray for us all who invoke your aid. (This novena has never been known to fail.
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Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven. Bless Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my Mother. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humble beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity(make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary, conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee (three times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days & then you must publish & it will be granted to you.
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Palumbo also taught boxing and his version of Pangamot and Arjukenbo. I got a chance to train, make new friends, and learn new techniques and concepts that I can add to my own. This whole 4-day event was summed up in an article entitled “Gathering 2008” by Nicole Miller.

On his part, Master Albert goes to Cebu annually to further his training in San Miguel Eskrima, the martial arts system of SGM Cacoy’s elder brother, Filemon “Momoy” Canete. GM Vince Palumbo sums it best! He said that the importance of visiting Cebu and the World Headquarters is to keep a close link with the Canete

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International Martial Arts seminar and CDPEWF Hall of Fame event in Cebu City. This was such an eventful trip for me, and made me remember that when I was a kid I used to watch the old BBC documentary “Way of the Warrior Eskrima” showing SGM Cacoy Canete teaching Doce Pares Eskrido/Eskrima. And of course, I also saw the pictures my father brought home after his own visit to Cebu. In a conversation with Master Albert Mendoza, I related the importance of visiting Cebu, which are: for training and to further my knowledge of the Cacoy Doce Pares System of Martial Arts at the very site where it all originated from. If the grandmaster of the system I am studying lives locally, then there is no need to travel a great distance. A worldwide system such as Cacoy Doce Pares, if one can save up and make a commitment to travel outside their comfort zone shows true dedication & loyalty to their art. family. He said that we must encourage the instructors to take their students to the ‘MECCA’ of Filipino Stickfighting to gain new and updated skills from the top instructors at the Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima Headquarters. If we don’t do that, he said, the art will die very rapidly. I am looking forward to making more trips to the Philippines, not just to Cebu to train, but also to other parts of the Philippines to meet relatives from both sides of my family. As a lifetime student and now a Master under the Cacoy Doce Pares system, I personally believe one should not only attend local seminars hosted for the SGM Cacoy Canete but should also attend, if possible, the major events and tournaments, and visit the CDPEWF HQ in 81A C Padilla St in Cebu City, the Mecca of the Filipino Art of Stickfighting.

the wall of the Board Room at the President’s office, as a reminder of her selfless dedication to the pursuit of Christian learning. In the movie, the face of Perla is superimposed on the painting. In an interview, Perla is all praises for the warmth and kindness of the SHC sisters and all those involved in the making of “Fausta.” She considers it a great honor to play the title role in “Fausta.” Perla has been spending most of her time now doing charity works, although from time to time she would give in to invitations to appear on TV shows as a guest star. Recently, she signed a contract with ABS-CBN to do a telenovela, “The Wedding”, a romance comedy/drama teleserye featuring Anne Curtis, Zanjoe Marudo, Derek Ramsey and Desiree del Valle. It is an adaptation of the famous Korean TV drama with the same title and is directed by Jeffrey Jeturian and Mae Czarina Cruz. Perla plays the role of a “yaya” (a nanny). As a yaya, she inspired Anne Curtis to know the meaning of love. She coaches the young Anne that love should be unconditional. Anne’s character is a confused young woman who is torn between two lovers. Perla told me that although she played only a small role as the yaya, it is an important character whose impact on Anne gives a twist to the story. Perla’s talent onscreen has been proven many times in the past, that she has reached the point where she could now play any kind of role given to her. She is happy to support upcoming movie stars and doesn’t really care if she doesn’t get top billing like she used to when she was younger. She treasures her achievements in the movies yet does not live in fantasy of the glorious days she has had in the past. She is happy with her life now and with what she is doing, helping other people and making a difference in their lives.

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Generally, people celebrate or practice thanksgiving once a year. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Even before the foreign colonization and liberation of the Philippines, native Filipinos already practiced annual tribal rituals known as “Thanksgiving.” Today, in the Philippines, there is no official Thanksgiving Day, but since then, it has been a part of Filipino custom and tradition where every town, municipality and province has to celebrate annual fiestas on different occasion. On the contrary of this popular belief, people should thank God for all countless blessings received everyday: To wake up in the morning with more health than illness, breathe fresh air on an early morning breeze and see the beautiful sunrise and sunset; you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people around the world. If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world. If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s above average family bracket. If your parents are still married and alive, you are very rare, especially in the United States. If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not. If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God’s healing touch. If you are one of those who read this article, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all. You are so blessed in ways, you may never even know.

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rice cigarette hanging from her mouth. She then cackled with mirthless laughter. The wealthiest in the slum had a small TV rescued from a junk shop and repaired with Filipino ingenuity. Dozens of slum-dwellers avidly watched the news despite the snowy lines that danced across the screen. They reveled in the serious barking, almost shouting, voice of the presenter announcing one bloody tragedy after another, one violent shoot out in the streets, one more ambush of government troops by the Muslim rebels, one more bus crash that killed a dozen or more people, more child rape and then came the million peso dinner ($20,000) eaten by the Philippine presidential entourage in New York’s most exclusive restaurant to celebrate their White House meeting with President Barack Obama. The jokes flew fast and furious, “Why was I not invited?” said one, the crowd erupted in laughter. “I will eat the bones said another ³, more laughter. (to be continued).

The Travels of Sheila O’Mara
By: Father Shay Cullen When Sheila arrived from Ireland and landed in Manila, she was given a traditional organized tour and was amazed to see the many glittering symbols of civilization - the towering office blocks graced with shinning glass fronts, soaring skyscrapers reaching to the clouds, gleaming condominiums with blue swimming pools. She entered the plush mansions of the rich enclosed in walled-gardens within gated communities. The grim faced armed guards inspected passes, searched cars, suspected visitors. Her tour bus crawled through the polluted air and dense traffic. The expensive vehicles that choked the streets and palm lined boulevards were tokens of wealth and opulence. Nearby she saw the magnificent malls of the metropolis, with bounteous boutiques flouting magnificent gold and sliver jewels, exotic baubles and beads, evidence of a prosperous and plentiful nation, a modern civilization of prosperous people. But later she was to see the real Philippines and meet the

People, rich and poor have been building communities for the poor not only to provide shelter but also education, livelihood, health and community empowerment. But still due to fast increase in the population there is still a lot more to accomodate. rural farmers and learns about the life of the landless peasants, the impoverished crop sharers, the ragged and wrecked coconut farm workers on vast plantations. She met the sun- scorched sugar cane workers wrapped in rags to fend off the biting insects and poisonous snakes. She visited dozens of graves of church, peace, and justice activists that died by the assassin’s brazen bullet or cruel killing knife. She wondered why the good should die. Then on the third week, she met the urban poor living in the

overcrowded slums swarming like bees around the hive from which the honey was taken, the goodness of life, as it were, snatched away. She walked the plank raised above the floating sewerage through rotting shanties and shacks, some hanging dangerously over evil-smelling garbage filled canals. She sat with washer women with their laundry basins grouped about a single water faucet with soapy suds overflowing onto the middy ground. She gazed open-eyed and mystified when they hooted with rib hurting laughter and slapped their knees in bellows of mirth when she asked how much was the weekly unemployment cheque their jobless husbands received and what government medical assistance was available. The uproar became hilarious when she asked about child support, nutritional supplements, food stamps, homes for the homeless and the aged, the street kids and the like. These social services were unheard of and such fantasies unbelievable, they said. They could not imagine a wonderland society like that. They were living by their wits, they said, whatever turned up when they scratched they pecked it, they lived like hungry chickens, said skinny Maria, speaking in Tagalog, although she was from Leyte, the home of Imelda Marcos with the three thousands pairs of shoes, she said, waving her rubber slipper, and they roared in laughter. What a happy day were having with Sheila and her guide. Life was a joke, to be enjoyed. They washed clothes, the children gathered scrap metal, bottles and waste cartons, the lucky ones enjoyed slave-like conditions in underpaid sweat shops and back-street factories. They were told they were worthless and useless for anything else. Take it or leave it. “We are the poor, and this is our life, miracles don’t happen, nothing changes for us so we joke a lot”, said Josie, the squatting wizened gray-haired toothless old grandmother with wrinkled skin like crept paper and a black lico-

PACSDCI Golden Anniversary & Miss Philippine Pageant

September 11 - 17, 2009

The Philippine American Community of San Diego County, Inc. (PACSDCI), a non-profit, civic organization will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary and Miss Philippines Pageant at the Town & County and San Diego Ballroom, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle, San Diego, CA 92108 on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 6:00 PM. Scholarships has been awarded annually and without fail, from the proceeds of the income generating activities of the Miss Philippines Pageant and through dependable donations from companies like the Wells Fargo Clientele Services. To keep in touch with the Filipino Community, PACSDCI interacts closely and continuously with various community organizations which

always respond dependably by sending candidates to the annual contest, attending relevantreceptions and generating ticket sales from the Miss Philippines Pageant show and the souvenir program. In addition, PACSDCI always participate in the yearly Philippine Independence Day Parade and the annual tributes to its national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Incumbent, Mrs. Lulu Penetrante and its board members cordially Invite all community organizations to share our Golden Anniversary and Miss Philippines Pageant for the past 5 decades to share our joy in this important milestone. For tickets and reservations, please call Norma Caramat, (760) 295-0962, Josie Isibido, (760) 436-3900 and Lily Sipin at (619) 264-1576.

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the concert patronizers who came and gave their support. To see more of Rico J. Puno, Hajji Alejandro, Rey Valera, Marco Sison and Nonoy Zuniga watch their Greatest Hitmakers concert on September 19, 2009 at Heritage Forum in Anaheim. This will be their last The Greatest Hitmakers concert for this year in USA. So what are you waiting? Get your tickets now! For more information on The Greatest Hitmakers concert, please call US Asia Media Center Toll Free No. 1-888-874-1719. Tickets are now available online, just log on to appreciation of facts, existing laws and jurisprudence, which led to the erroneous dismissal of the case. She further claimed that if there are conflicting allegations, the prosecutor has no discretion to determine the veracity of the assertions as it only fails under the exclusive function of the court. The complainant maintained that there is a probable cause to believe that Galvante committed slander under Article 358 of the Revised Penal Code when the latter said to actor JC de Vera that over the years, “they were just tolerating Annabelle because when she didn’t like a project, she would pull out her talents “pag malapit na ang show. Pero sobra na.” Gutierrez further averred that the investigating prosecutor’s conclusions fail to consider that in the offense, malice is presumed. “In the disputed resolution, the investigating prosecutor made a personal conclusion that the “statements were just a reminder” and that “there was nothing derogatory” about the averments. He (investigating prosecutor) was not there. His conclusions on the interpretation of the statements are not only speculative, they are contrary to the law on libel that malice is presumed,” Gutierrez added in her motion. In a 5-page resolution,

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the late Aurelio Estanislao, a well-known tenor singer and and easy-listening. He posmusic-voice professor at the sessed a resonant baritone and University of the Philippines crooned voice. Marco sang to sharpen his skill. Having a some of his hits songs like “Si clear baritone voice, Nonoy Aida, Si Lorna o si Fe,” “Al- started to get the attention of ways,” “Hanggang” and “My the people. His own style and Love Will See You Through”. version of different songs, esHe won as the champion on pecially love songs, made him the noontime show, Student acquire the respect of many Canteen singing competition people. that led his career on televiOnce more, Rico, Hajji, Rey, sion; a regular stint on the Marco and Nonoy proved show, and a recording contheir talent and versatility as tract with Zodiac Records. a performer. The concert was His star shines more when he jam-packed and was applaudjoined WEA Records (now ed by the audience. Universal Records). Marco Happy Chows Entertainment entered the movie and televi- and US Asia Media Center sion world in the early part would like to thank all the of his career in 1980’s. He is proud sponsor of the show: the only singer in the PhilipCosmopolitan Health Servicpines who was able to have es, Asian American Peoples two songs, “My love Will See Journal, FLB Corporation, You Through” and “I’ll Face Filipino Press, Us Asia Travel Tomorrow” at the top of the and Tours, Jun L. Encarnacharts for months from two cion International Beauty, different recording compaPhilippine Mabuhay News, nies. Mayflower BBQ Seafood Recognized as the “The Restaurant, Bamboo Bistro, Voice”, Nonoy Zuniga once Balita and Kababayan LA. again impressed the audience The production team also give with his talent by singing their thanks to all the people “Love without Time,” “Doon and press who helped made Lang,” “Kumusta Ka” and the show successful and to all “Init Sa Magdamag”. He is a known pop icon and quintessential singer in Philippines’ music industry. Nonoy‘s singing career started in 1971 to 1975 as a folksinger. He is also one of the lead singers of the Family Birth Control Band which performed in the best nightspots and hotels like Philippine Plaza, Holiday Inn and the Manila Hotel from 1975-1980. He took special voice training from
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Torralba ruled that there was nothing derogatory nor insulting to the complainant but rather found the statements of Galvante to be more a reminder to actor JC de Vera that they could be held liable in case they fail to comply with their contract with the network than a

malicious or defamatory statements. Gutierrez filed the complaint when Galvante allegedly maligned her in front of her talent, JC on Feb. 16, 2009, saying that she is not fit to perform her duties and obligations as a talent manager.

Annabelle urges reversal of ruling on Galvante case
PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE -- TALENT manager Annabelle RamaGutierrez has asked the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office to reverse its earlier resolution junking the charges of grave oral defamation she filed against GMA Network Entertainment Division Vice President Wilma Galvante. In a motion for reconsideration filed by Rama through her legal counsel Derrick Delegencia, she claimed that investigating prosecutor Ronald Torralba committed serious error in the

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operates a small community hospital and skilled nursing facility in Lake Isabella. The case came to the attention of authorities in January 2007, when an ombudsman reported to the Bakersfield office of the California Department of Public Health that a patient in the skilled nursing facility had been held down and given an injection of psychotropic medication by force. The Department of Public Health immediately sent an investigative team with a doctor, a nurse, and a doctor of pharmacology. They determined that 22 patients, including some who were suffering from Alzheimer’s at the skilled nursing facility, were being given high doses of psychotropic medication not for therapeutic reasons, but to simply control and quiet them for the convenience of the staff. The Department of Public Health issued a Certificate of Immediate Jeopardy which resulted in the immediate dismissal of the Ms. Hughes. The matter was then turned over to the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse. Special Agents from the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse began a year-long investigation, with the cooperation and assistance of the Department of Public Health and the administration of the Kern Valley Healthcare District. A search warrant was served on the facility in August 2008, resulting in the seizure of numerous medical files and records. If convicted, all defendants could face up to 11 years in prison. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse, with the cooperation and assistance of the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. To view the news releases issued February 2009 about this case, go to To report elder abuse or MediCal fraud, call the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse’s hotline at (800) 722-0432.

September 11 - 17, 2009

Brown Files Criminal Charges Against Former Nursing Home Administrator in Kern Valley Elder Abuse Case
Bakersfield - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that Kern Valley Hospital administrator Pamela Ott was charged on eight felony counts of elder abuse today for allowing staff to forcibly administer psychotropic medications to patients for their own convenience, rather than for their patients’ therapeutic interests. These actions are alleged to have resulted in the deaths of three nursing home residents. “As hospital administrator, Pamela Ott, was ultimately responsible for safeguarding the welfare of her patients,” Brown said. “Instead, Ott abdicated her responsibility and allowed the staff of the Kern Valley Hospital to foricibly sedate patients who questioned their care.” Brown the charges against Ott in Kern County Superior Court. She surrendered herself in court this morning and pled not guilty. She was released on her own recognizance on the condition that she not run a skilled nursing facility. A preliminary hearing is set for November 4, 2009. Today’s charges are in addition to those filed in February 2009 against: - Gwen Hughes, the former Director of Nursing at the skilled nursing facility of the Kern Valley Healthcare District in Lake Isabella, Kern County on charges of elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. - Debbi Hayes, the former pharmacist at the Valley Healthcare District, on charges of elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. On August 14, 2009, Hayes pled no contest to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit an act injurious to public health. She is a cooperating witness for the people. - Dr. Hoshang Pormir, a staff physician at Kern Valley Healthcare District, who was serving as the medical director of the skilled nursing facility, on charges of elder abuse. As the Administrator of the Kern Valley Health Care District, Ott hired and supervised Director of Nursing Gwen Hughes. Upon taking over in September 2006, Hughes ordered that Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients be given high doses of psychotropic medications to make them more tranquil and easy to control. She ordered the administration of these medications to patients who argued with her, were noisy, or who were otherwise disruptive. Two patients who resisted were held down and forcibly given injec-

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tions. Ms. Ott was informed of these actions and allowed them to continue. Hughes is also alleged to have directed Debbi Hayes, the hospital pharmacist, to fill prescriptions for psychotropic medications. Hayes wrote and filled these prescriptions without first obtaining a doctor’s approval. Dr. Pormir approved these psychotropic medications only some time after they had been administered and without examining the patients first and determining whether these psychotropic medications were medically necessary. Several of these patients are alleged to have had medical complications as a result of being given these psychotropic medications, including lethargy and the inability to eat or drink properly. It is believed that three patients died and one patient suffered great bodily injury as a result. The investigation Kern Valley Healthcare District

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