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China in Scarborough ‘like a dagger’: Golez
Phl stocks buck Wall St, Asian weakness Aglako ti kalding ditoy
Asia greeted investors before mid- week trades open,” said Justino Calaycay Jr., an analyst at Accord Capital Equities Corp. “Local investors, however, managed to shrug off the negative vibes that visited neighboring bourses,” Calaycay said.

PRST STD U.S. Postage Paid Permit No. 203 Chula Vista CA 91910, MANILA, 2/27/2014 - The local bellwether index climbed back to the 6,300 territory, snapping a three-day decline as it bucked the retreat in overseas markets. The Philippine Stock Exchange index climbed 0.43 percent or 27.05 points to 6,322.60, while the broader all shares index rose 0.41 percent or 15.73 points to 3,818.26. “A swath of bad to nottoo-good news from the US to

Ric Caballero, his Happy Bakery, his kambing delicacies and other tales
When I migrated to the United States in 1982, I thought that my kambing days are over. Americans simply do not share my interest in kambing. In fact, when one island in California was overpopulated with wild goats, the government chose to shoot them down, instead of giving them to people for food. San Diego, California October 5, 2007
(Author’s note: Ric Caballero, owner of Happy Bakery in National City, passed away last week and will be interred tomorrow, October 6, 2007. He was a good friend, and will be missed. One of my happy memories of him was our get-together at his Happy Bakery to enjoy the goat delicacies he occasionally prepared. This practice prompted me in 1995 to write the following article. Weeks before he died, my friend Bill Labestre had been planning a reunion of our group. Not only would it enable us to enjoy each other’s company again, but we would also be able to visit Ric who was ailing then. Although he had been sick for almost a year, we were not aware of the gravity of his ailment. It was therefore a big surprise for us to learn of his death. Our planned reunion, sad to say, never materialized. Here’s to Ric and the delicious kambing dishes God may ask him to cook. )

Wall Street fell on Tuesday because of weak US economic data like the worse-thanexpected drop in consumer confidence in February and slower increase in home prices in December.

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Banks urged: Return money in ATM scams
TJ Burgonio, | MANILA, 2/28/2014 —Sen. Grace Poe is pushing for a measure mandating a “uniform process” for banks to reimburse depositors defrauded in ATM cloning. Poe, who opened a hearing on ATM fraud as chair of the Senate committee on public order the other day, said on Thursday that banks should “reinstate” the amount that the victims lost to ATM fraud. At the committee hearing, bank officials said that deposi-


recently got a plateful of kilawin, a kambing (goat) delicacy from Ric Caballero of Happy Bakery in National City.

tors lost some P220 million to ATM fraud in 2013. Chief Insp. Jay Guillermo of the Police Anti-Cyber Crime Group presented PowerPoint slides showing different ways by which fraudsters

For Chito, and me it was a daunting challenge. No, it’s not because we were squeamish about eating this favorite pulutan of many a Filipino male. As a matter of fact, kilawing kambing is one of my favorite dishes, together with kaldereta, kapukan and papaitan. It’s simply because kilawin is enemy number one for Chito and me. You see, my associate editor and I are suffering from gout, that very painful inflammation of the joints caused by the prevalence of uric acid in one’s blood. We are at the risk of triggering a gout attack for ourselves if we eat food rich in uric acid, especially intestines, innards and livers, the main ingredients for kilawin. They say it is a rich man’s ailment because people accumulate an abundance of uric acid in their blood if they eat rich foods all their lives. We say that if it is so, Chito and I must be an exception. For we are still desperately scraping for money to buy our favorite collection of Shakespeare’s books to don our respective one shelf-libraries.

“Try it out,” Ric told me with pride through Chito Pabalan who also got a plateful for himself.

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Huffington Post picks PHL as a key 2014 bargain destination
Good News Pilipinas | 2/26/2014 -- In a recent online article the popular online news website Huffington Post featured the 10 places in the world that you should visit while its still cheap. The article written by Christine Sarkies puts the Philippines at the top of the list followed by Greece, Dominican Republic, Mexico City, Mexico, Lisbon, Portugal and Bucharest, Romania. Below the is complete article. Here is also the link of the original article. Do your travel ambitions eclipse your bank account? We’ve got just the fix: destinations around the world that offer plenty of cheap ways to stay, play, and eat. Whether you’re on the prowl for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little. Not all of them will stay cheap in the years to come, though, so if you’re inspired to go, do it soon. Philippines Bargain hunters, outdoorsy types, and the food obsessed should look to the Philippines. The country’s combination of cosmopolitan affordability and splendid nature make it a destination that offers a lot for the money. Lonely Planet recently named it one of the top value destinations for 2014, and according to CIO Wealth Management Research’s Prices and Earnings report, Manila has some of the cheapest shopping and upscale dining in the world. For example, a couple can buy a new wardrobe there for about $410 — seven times less than what you’d pay for similar items in Tokyo. And the average cost of a three-course meal in a good restaurant is a mere $18, compared to about $95 in Geneva or Oslo (two of the cities featured in our recent story on the world’s most overpriced destinations). If you’re concerned about whether a visit to the Philippines is appropriate so (Continued on page 7)

But Ric Caballero’s challenge was hard to ignore. The thought of the delicious kilawin, with the rubbery texture of the goat’s skin, the bitter taste of the vinegar, and the milky juice of the liver and other bits and pieces of the meat couldn’t be erased in one’s mind, once they’re triggered by the mere mention of the word “kilawin”. For Chito, who carefully watches his diet by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, it is not much of a problem than for me whose favorite dish is meat, meat and meat. Our doctors say that eating meat once a day is no problem, the problem is when you eat meat every time: breakfast, lunch and dinner, especially if you have beef jerky or chicharon for snacks! (Continued on page 2)

MANILA - China's occupation of Panatag or Scarborough Shoal is like a "dagger to the solar plexus" especially if Beijing builds a military installation there, former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez warned on Thursday. Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Golez said the Philippines should reject any offer of incentive from China because it is disadvantageous to the country. "Security is priceless. If ever they convert Scarborough Shoal into another military installation the same way they did with Mischief Reef, that is a dagger right in our solar plexus. It is very close to our economic zones, Manila Bay, Subic, even our military bases in the area. They could use that to monitor and interdict us in the future," he said. "It is also our exclusive economic zone. The marine resources there are also priceless. I think that cannot be compared to all this harassment," he added. Golez revealed that China had offered incentives in exchange for the Philippines dropping its arbitration case against China before an international tribunal. He said reliable sources told him that China had offered the Philippines a "mutual withdrawal" from the shoal in exchange for Manila dropping the arbitration.

By Quintin R. Ramil, Jr Chapter 20 East West Enterprises

Father and Son, USN Retired The Life Stories of Quintin Ramil, Sr. & Jr.
to be an agent with Surety Life under the Long Beach Region, headed by my cousin, Artemio Ramil, who was our Regional Director. I was also licensed as a Realtor and worked with three brokers: Tess Reyes, Ed Pasimio, and Bing Minerva. In early 1980 I became a partner with Jack Bolado, Bert De Guzman and Letty Cepe and we formed East West Enterprises. We recruited nurses from the Philippines, and helped them pass the CGFNS (Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) exams. They provided us information as to what books to study for their test which we used in establishing our Review Centre and found employers for them. Jack and I went to the Philippines. We formed a partnership with friends from Manila and established an office and the

We are very active at our church the Good Shepherd Catholic Church of Mira Mesa, where we are members of the High Noon Choir. Tessie was a Eucharistic Minister and I was a reader. Two Filipino priests were assigned to our church. They were Fr. Epitacio and Fr. Erasmo both from Bulacan. Fr. Epi was our fishing partner as he was also very fond of fishing. Our gang would drive all the way to El Centro at Salton Sea to fish for Corvina and Tilapia. I continued being self-employed after turning over the operations of Lumpiaan to Colman and Gina. I continued

review center at the V.V. Soliven building at EDSA. We gave talks at different nursing schools and encouraged the graduate nurses to enroll at our center. When we had enough reviewers, I went to Chicago and New Jersey and offered several hospitals our nurses. Meanwhile our Review Center was getting popular. We added TOEFL to our curricula and added two ladies to our staff. Lenny Cruz Tan, who was my (Continued on page 16)

However, he likened the offer to an "intruder in your own backyard asking the owner that they should both leave." "I said - what kind of an incentive is that? It is our exclusive economic zone. Why should we reciprocate them leaving our own exclusive economic zone? Parang sa Tagalog e pinasok yung bakuran mo tapos sasabihin nung pumasok sa bakuran: 'O sige, aalis ako. Umalis ka din.' Anong klaseng palitan ng incentive yan?" he asked. China and the Philippines have been locked in a tense dispute over ownership of the Panatag or Scarborough Shoal, which is 220 km from Zambales. The Philippine government claims Beijing has effectively gained control of the shoal, while China says the shoal is part of its historical claim to most of the South China Sea including waters near the coasts of its neighbors. Manila has asserted the shoal falls within its 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ), giving it the right to exploit the natural resources in this (Continued on page 14)

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of U.S. citizens, spouses and minor children of Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and other preference categories are not eligible for the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver. In addition, this waiver process will remain available only to those individuals who are currently in the United States and will be departing for consular processing abroad. Individuals already outside of the U.S. must pursue a waiver of inadmissibility through the old process. More importantly, any alien in the United States who meets the requirements of the provisional unlawful presence waiver process and who is consular processing abroad can obtain a provisional unlawful waiver regardless of the alien’s current status in the United States. The “Extreme Hardship to a U.S. Citizen Spouse or Parent” Requirement. Applicants seeking to utilize this waiver process must establish “extreme hardship” to a qualifying immediate relative. Under the final rule, a qualifying relative is limited to a U.S. citizen spouse or parent. To this end, DHS cannot include children as qualifying relatives for purposes of the extreme hardship requirement because the statute only permits a showing of extreme hardship to a spouse or a parent as a basis for granting the parent. Thus, a showing of extreme hardship to an LPR spouse or parent will not satisfy the requirement. “Unlawful presence,” “extreme hardship,” and “qualifying relative” are terms of art. An experienced immigration firm or attorney will be able to help you understand what these terms mean specific to the regulations, how the new waiver process might be applicable to your particular case, and the options available to you under the evolving immigration laws. Atty. Lilli A. Baculi is an associate attorney with Chua Tinsay & Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation (CTV) a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Philippines. 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 attorney-client relationship. 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; (415) 495-8088;

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Ric Caballero, his’Happy Bakery’
(Continued from page 1) To stay healthy, I realized I had to be firm and discipline myself. Hence, instead of eating Tapsilog (tapa, sinangag, itlog) for breakfast everyday of the week, I would have it only three times a week. For the remaining four days of the week, I’d have Dasilog (daing, sinangag, itlog) instead. Or Tusilog (Tuyo, sinangag, itlog). One time, I got carried away and tried Sasilog (Salad, sinangag, itlog) but it was not as good as Dasilog. I also tried Gusilog (gulay, sinangag, itlog) but it was not good either.
From then on, I was hooked. There were three of us inseparable classmates then: Me, Primo and Mar Arcega. We were all aspiring writers whose main obsession, that of seeing our works get published, rivaled only our desire to win the affection of a girl. Unfortunately, we were more successful achieving the former than the latter. Primo is the poet in our group. He made his mark in Literature when he coined the word “Twirlwilig”’ the first time such a word was used in the history of mankind when it appeared in Primo’s poem published in the Graphics Magazine. “Twirwilig” is Primo’s description of the paper windmill toys popular among children at that time. Mar, on the other hand, started out like a blazing star in Philippine literature, having several works like Tagalog and English short stories and even poems, published in Philippine magazines. He even won a Palanca Award, the equivalent of Pulitzer Prize in the Philippines. He ended up as an editor of Planter’s Magazine, a company agricultural publication. The last time I saw him in Manila in 1993, he was busy making money as a marketing executive selling fertilizers and no longer have a time at all to seat in front of his computer to write any piece of literary work for posterity. Centerpiece Kambing delicacies had become the favorite centerpiece of our celebrations. Whenever any one of us would have a work published in a Manila magazine, we would celebrate at the kambingan until the contributor’s fee we received was exhausted. This explains why I was only able to buy a typewriter using my writing sideline after I left the University and our group had not met anymore. During typhoons and when classes were suspended, the three of us would drink beer and have kambing as pulutan at the place while a gloomy atmosphere prevailed outside. We would imagine ourselves as Ernest Hemingway and his writer friends, as they hanged out in the cafes of Spain and discussed literature. During my 21st birthday, Primo, then a disciple of ancient literature declared that we would have a kambing celebration in our

“You can eat the kilawin,” Chito assured me. We were trying hard to come out with a good, even a flimsy excuse to eat the dish Ric Caballero gave us, because at the back of our minds, there’s no way we could ignore it. “If you eat lamang loob (interior meat) once or twice a week, it won’ trigger a gout attack.” City Boy Being a city boy who grew up in Manila and Quezon City with summer vacations in Bulacan in the Philippines, I was introduced to kambing late, when I was 18 years old and a student at the University of the Philippines. Kambing delicacy was not as popular in Southern Luzon unlike in the Ilocos region, Pangasinan, Pampanga and Batangas. We were in third year college, and my good friend, Primo Pacis, who hailed from Vintar, Ilocos Norte (now a resident of Chino, Los Angeles) and who later became my kumpadre and turned out to be a relative of my wife, brought me to one of the many kambingan shacks around the Quezon Memorial Circle in Diliman after a drinking spree. “Try their papaitan,” Primo suggested. “It will sober you up.” “You might not like it though,” he was apologetic at first, noting the smell of the dish. To my surprise, I liked it right away, and its smell, though unfavorable to the squeamish, made it more exotic and therefore likeable for me. I also liked the kaldereta, kilawin and kapukan, the other kambing delicacies I was introduced to that evening.

house. We would butcher a goat and have it as an offering to the Gods. “We must draw blood on your birthday to appease the spirits,” he said with glassy eyes one late evening while we were drinking at a kambingan. We went to one of the kambingans along Quezon Blvd. Extension in Quezon City where live goats were sold. Their sign, “Aglako ti kalding ditoy” were the first and only Ilocano words I’ve learned. Like Roman emperors in the old days choosing who among the slaves would be sacrificed to the Gods, we had to select and point with our fingers which among the two dozens of the goats gathered in a small pen, we would choose to buy and butcher. It was an efficient, assembly line operation. From the pen, the chosen goat would be brought to one area and stabbed with a hunting knife in the neck. After drawing out the blood, it would be hanged to a pole and then lowered to a flame using thin and very flammable plywood’s until its skin were burned. The soot and the burned hair on the skin would be scraped away. It would be butchered and the meat inside the goat would be removed and cleaned. Once everything was cleaned, the interior meats would be placed back in the goat’s empty stomach and its feet put together like the handle of a handbag, for us the buyers to carry. Everything was done in less than twenty minutes! On the way home, we passed by Primo’s house to pick up their Ilocana maid whom we “imported” to cook the kambing delicacies. It was one of my most memorable birthday celebrations! Hole-in-the-wall The kambingans in Quezon City started out as hole-in-the-wall operations. They were like store sheds where one sat on a bench, drank beer and took pulutan with his friends. There was no comfort rooms then; to relieve themselves, customers, who were all males, had to stand against the wall at the back, with tall cogon grass serving as a wall of privacy. When the business prospered, these sheds became small restaurants with their in-house comfort rooms. The non-classy look of the kambingans was part of the ambiance that the male drinkers preferred. We believed then that if the owners made those kambingans look classy and expensive, the tough, macho clientele would shy away. The kambingans also advertised themselves through words of mouth. They were located in secluded places, and one had to be a friend of somebody who knew where they were located to be introduced to these places the first time around. It was like a rite of passage to an exclusive fraternity of kambing aficionados. The students of U.P. in fact were not the regular customers of these kambingans. U.P. students would usually hang out with their girl friends at the Butterfly Pub House near the entrance of the University and listened to folk music as they sipped iced tea and ate hamburger sand-

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By: Lilli A. Baculi, Esq.

ast year, the Department of Homeland Security released a Final Rule entitled Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers on Inadmissibility of Certain Immediate Relatives. Who are covered by this rule? Any alien in the United States who meets the requirements of the provisional unlawful presence waiver process and who is consular processing abroad
wiches, if not watch the occasional concerts and student presentations at the University Theater or Abelardo Hall. Or better yet, attend the teach-ins on Filipino Nationalism and American Imperialism at the Student Union of the Wenceslao Vinzons Hall. Only a few stray ones, like the three of us writers wannabees, would frequent the kambingans, perhaps disguising our frustration in our inability to score on girls. In fact, the main bulk of the clientele of the kambingans were the employees of the several government offices in the area. When Ferdinand Marcos became president in 1965, he filled these government jobs with his Ilocano protégés, part of the usual practice of political patronage in the Philippines. And kambing was one of the favorite delicacies of the Ilocanos! Hence the proliferation of the kambingans in the area, until the delicacy was introduced to the general population and became the favorite of almost everyone!

can obtain a provisional unlawful waiver regardless of the alien’s current status in the United States.
Previously, immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are not eligible to adjust status within the U.S. must leave the U.S. to obtain their immigrant visa abroad. However, for individuals who have accrued unlawful presence in the U.S., the act of leaving the U.S. triggers either a three-year or a ten-year bar to re-enter the U.S. These individuals must then obtain a waiver to overcome the unlawful presence bar to admissibility before they are able to return to the U.S. Under this process, immediate relatives cannot file their waiver application until after they have appeared for an immigrant visa interview abroad and the Department of State has determined that they are inadmissible. With the Provisional Waiver, immediate relatives can now apply for a waiver while still in the United States and depart at a much more convenient time nearer to their visa interview date, with an approved waiver already in hand before leaving the country. The new process would cut through the long periods of wait time and the uncertainty of whether or not an applicant will even be granted an immigrant visa at all. Those who are ineligible under the new provisional waiver process are still able to utilize the old process. Who is Eligible for the Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver? This waiver process is available to individuals who are immediate relatives of United States citizens – spouses, children, and parents as defined under immigration laws. Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens who are over 21 years old, married sons and daughters or siblings

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“Selling With Intention!”
BRAVO! Awards 2014 Featuring keynote speaker Ursula Mentjes Founder of Sales Coach Now

SAN DIEGO—February 24, 2014 —The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) San Diego, which promotes, supports and educates women business owners in achieving success, announced today that it will host its annual BRAVO! Awards, on Wednesday, May 21 to celebrate the achievements of women business owners. Ursula Mentjes, Founder of Sales Coach Now, will be the keynote speaker at the evening event, which will be at the Marriott Courtyard Airport/Liberty Station, 2592 Laning Road. Mentjes will share her inspirational story of beginning her sales career in 1996 and achieving success as the Founder of Sales Coach Now, Mentjes shares her vast knowledge by teaching entrepreneurs and sales professionals how to achieve the focus and motivation essential to achieving success in sales. Sales guru Brian Tracy endorsed Selling with Intention. The book has also received the International Book Award sponsored by USA Book News. Mentjes also serves as the Statewide Chairperson of the NAWBO-CA Education Fund, Immediate Past President of NAWBO-CA, on the Board of Inspire Life Skills, immediate Past-President of Business Resource Connection and is on the Advisory Board of the California Women’s Conference. She is a recipient

of the 2013 Willow Tree Extraordinary Example and Extraordinary Entrepreneur Awards, the NAWBO-IE ANITA Award, and the 2007 and 2011 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards Finalist. Nominations for the six BRAVO! Awards will be announced in April. Registration is now open at nawbo-sd. org. Online nomination, sponsorship opportunities, and silent auction donation form are available in the website. Corporate support is invaluable to support the mission of NAWBO San Diego. For the fifth year, NAWBO San Diego will fund scholarships for women business students of San Diego City College with some of the silent auction proceeds. To learn more about BRAVO!, visit Questions about sponsorship can be directed to info@nawbo-sd. org or 877-866-2926. About NAWBO San Diego NAWBO San Diego is one of 80 U.S. chapters of NAWBO, a national nonprofit organization of more than 7,000 members that represents women business owners across all industries. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. For more information, visit | MANILA, 2/26/2014 - Despite progress on most recommendations of foreign businessmen for the economy to accelerate and attract investments, the government will have to undertake more reforms in the agriculture and mining sectors to spur growth and create jobs. Speaking at the Arangkada Philippines Forum yesterday, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines senior advisor John Forbes said while the country has made gains, it still faces challenges and will need to implement more reforms to attract investments that can help generate employment. “Minimum wage is higher than in competing economies. They have lower wages, fewer holidays and power subsidy, so businesses cannot afford to stay in the Philippines. The answer is to make the Philippines competitive,” he said. Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines president Ian Porter said the government will need to institute reforms in agribusiness and mining, sectors crying for improvement. He said based on the third year assessment of government actions on 462 recommendations put forward by the Joint Foreign Chambers (JFC), 73 percent have been positive or are active and moving in 2013, compared to 64.59 percent in 2012. In contrast, 26.97 percent of the recommendations were considered dormant or in regression in the past year compared to 35.41 percent in 2012. The recommendations made by the JFC are listed in the Arangkada Philippines report launched in 2010. The proposals are intended to make the economy move twice as fast through the creation of $75 billion in new foreign investments, 10 million jobs and over P1 trillion in revenue within the decade. The recommendations cover seven sectors such as agribusiness, business process outsourcing, creative industries, infrastructure, manufacturing and logistics, mining, tourism, medical travel and retirement. (Continued on page 15)

Investors: More must be done as Phl takes off

Dreamworks’ ‘Mr Peabody and Sherman’ director praises Filipino animators

Good News Pilipinas | MANILA, 2/27/2014 -- Dreamworks’ new animated movie “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” takes viewers through an unusual father-and-son duo’s incredible journey across time. Voiced by Ty Burrell, star of the hit TV series “Modern Family”, Mr. Peabody is a highly intelligent pooch who invented WABAC so he can give his son some history lessons by having him experience it first hand. But when Sherman, voiced by Max Charles, the young Spiderman in “The Amazing Spider-Man”, took his friend for a joyride, they accidentally ripped a hole in the universe. What happens next is an adventure of a lifetime. Director Rob Minkoff once joked that this movie is like the original ‘Modern Family.’

“It’s about acceptance and the importance of families,” he said. “As an adoptive parent, I love the message that it isn’t necessarily the externals that are important, a parent who loves and cares for their kids is the most important thing, that is really the strongest storyline,” Burrell said. Asked where he would go if given a chance to ride a WABAC, Charles replied: “Either the old Mr Peabody and Sherman or dinosaurs, coz – maybe not get too close to dinosaurs, just stay in the WABAC.” Derived from his favorite 1960′s TV show “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” Minkoff, whose previous animated hits include The Lion King, updates this classic cartoon to make it fun for today’s kids yet witty enough for adults to enjoy. Minkoff revealed that he has worked with some of the greatest Filipino ani-

mators in the business. “Reuben Aquino was an animator that I worked with for a long time in Disney on the Lion King – a great Filipino animator… He was one of the best animators I ever got to work with. He did adult Simba in the Lion King, He also animated Ursula in the Little Mermaid which is a character that I designed,” Minkoff said. Minkoff is all praises for Filipino talent. He says he’s a fan of Fil-Am Dean Devlin, the producer of the hit film “Independence Day.” “I have not been to the Philippines yet but I’m destined to go there very soon,” he said. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” opens in the Philippines on March 6 and March 7 in the US. (Story courtesy of ABS-CBN North America Bureau)

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9 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats Raw nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA). We all need ALA, however, ALA has to be converted by your body into the far more essential omega-3 fats EPA and DHA -- by an enzyme in which the vast majority of us have impaired by high insulin levels. So, while pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of ALA, I believe it is essential to get some of your omega-3 fats from animal sources, such as krill oil, as well. Prostate Health Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men's

Image above: Digitally-colorized image of a collection of influenza A virions. The predominant influenza A virus this year is H1N1. | 2/24/2014 -- Every season, flu causes on average 200,000 Americans to go to the hospital and kills thousands to tens of thousands of people depending on the severity of the season. Because flu is unpredictable, each season is different. That’s why CDC works hard to protect people by tracking flu every season. CDC identifies where flu viruses are circulating, those that are most affected by this season’s viruses, and communicates that information to the public. Here are some things to know about the 2013-2014 flu season so far and steps you can take to protect yourself from flu. 1. Flu activity has picked up across the country. Flu activity is now increasing nationwide, with the south-central and southeastern United States being the first to get hit hard this year. There will likely be several more weeks of high flu activity, especially in states where activity is just picking up, or has yet to pick up. There are now 41 states reporting widespread flu, so this year’s season is in full swing. To see flu activity levels in your state click here. 2. Young people and middle age adults are at risk, especially if they have at least one risk factor for serious illness. This season, CDC has received a number of reports of severe flu making young and middle-aged adults sick and an increase in hospitalizations caused by H1N1. It’s important to remember that flu can be a serious disease for anyone—even healthy young people who are often less likely to get vaccinated. The most common circulating flu virus so far this season is H1N1, the same virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic. During the 2009 pandemic, younger adults and children, particularly those with medical conditions putting them at high risk for flu complications, were more affected by H1N1 than adults 65 and older. This included pregnant women and people who were morbidly obese. 3. It’s still not too late to get vaccinated. Now is still a good time to get vaccinated since high flu activity will probably continue for several weeks and flu can spread as late as May. All flu vaccines this season are designed to protect against H1N1, the most common flu virus so far this season. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine, especially people who are at high risk of serious flu complications. To find flu vaccines in your area, click hereExternal Web Site Icon. 4. If you do become sick with the flu, prescription medications can help. Flu antiviral drugs (e.g., Tamiflu®, Relenza®) are prescription medicines that can shorten the length of illness and lessen symptoms. Even more importantly, these medicines can reduce your risk of serious complications from flu, including hospitalization and death. The antiviral drugs work best when started as soon as possible after symptoms develop. People with high risk factors who get flu-like symptoms should seek medical care ASAP. 5. CDC continues to monitor flu activity and make recommendations to the public. Flu is unpredictable, so CDC closely watches flu activity every year. CDC, the World Health Organization, FDA, and many other international partners conduct global flu surveillance 24/7 and work together to select the viruses that the flu vaccine will protect against. During the flu season, CDC reports U.S. flu surveillance weekly on FluView and communicates with health care providers throughout the season to update them on the latest recommendations. CDC encourages the public to “Take 3” – get the flu vaccine, take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and take antiviral medicines if your doctor prescribes them. For more on the flu, visit CDC’s Flu webpage.

Science | Albany, NY 2/16/2014 -- A sample of 72 commonly consumed foods including pizza, meats and beverages from supermarkets in Albany, N.Y., were purchased and tested for the presence of phthalates. Researchers detected some level of phthalate in every food product they sampled. "Although it's not completely understood how phthalates get into our food, packaging may be a contributor to the levels of the toxin in food," said lead investigator Arnold Schecter, M.D., M.P.H., professor of environmental health at The University of Texas School of Public Health Dallas Regional campus, part of UTHealth. The study is published in the online edition of Environmental Health Perspectives. Schecter believes this is the first study to compile an analysis of phthalates in foods found in the United States. National Institutes of Health researcher Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., is the senior author on the study publication. "It's unfortunate that we have these toxic chemicals in our bodies," said Schecter. "However, this is not a cause for alarm because the amount of phthalates found in the food falls below what the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe. But it is cause for concern because these toxins and others previous reported by this group do not belong in our food or our bodies." Phthalates are synthetic compounds that are used as a plasticizers and in personal care products such a shampoo, soap, perfumes and other common household products. According to Schecter, exposure to phthalates has been reported to be associated with harmful effects including reproductive changes such as damage in sperm, premature breast development in girls and premature birth. A sample of 72 commonly consumed foods including pizza, meats and beverages from supermarkets in Albany, N.Y., were purchased and tested for the presence of phthalates. Researchers detected some level of phthalate in every food product they sampled, Schecter said. Schecter believes further research is necessary to fully characterize phthalates in U.S. foods. The study was funded by the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation. In other studies, Schecter and his colleagues have found bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), a widely-used flame retardant, in foods. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), another kind of flame retardant, was found in butter and its paper wrapping, which led to butter contamination.

Heart Healthy Magnesium One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function. Zinc for Immune Support Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral), which is important for immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.

health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). Research suggests that both pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin seed oil used in combination with saw palmetto may be particularly beneficial in supporting prostate health. Anti-Diabetic Effects Animal studies suggest that pumpkin seeds may help improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress. Benefits for Postmenopausal Women Pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens and studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good "HDL" cholesterol along with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal (Continued on page 7)

Potential Measles Exposure at Naval Medical Facilities
County News Center | SAN DIEGO, 2/24/2014 -- The ill person contracted measles after a recent trip to the Philippines and was treated at naval medical facilities. Patients, visitors and hospital staff may have been exposed to the virus if they were present at the Branch Health Clinic Miramar on Feb. 14 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or Feb. 18 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. or the hospital emergency department or waiting room on Feb. 17 between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. HHSA and Navy public health officials are contacting individuals who were registered patients at both locations during the exposure periods to determine if they have been vaccinated. People who have not been vaccinated, or who have not had measles, should contact their doctors within one week of the date of exposure for evaluation and preventive treatment if appropriate. Those who are without a health provider can contact the HHSA Epidemiology Branch at (619) 692-8499. “Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread easily by coughing, sneezing or coming in contact with an infected person,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Anyone who was at either of these specific locations should watch for symptoms and contact their health care provider by telephone first, if they show any signs of the disease.” People with symptoms are asked to telephone the provider in advance, rather than visit an office directly, so that infection control measures may be implemented to prevent exposure to others. Measles develop seven to 21 days after exposure. Early symptoms include cough, runny nose and red eyes. The distinctive red rash usually appears one to four days after early symptoms appear. A person is considered contagious four days before the rash appears. The rash begins on the face and head then proceeds downward and outward to the hands and feet. It fades in the same order it began, from head to feet. “Measles is spread through the air and is very infectious to persons who are not vaccinated, including infants under the age of 12 months who are too young to receive the first dose,” said Wooten. “The best way to prevent measles is by getting the measles vaccine.” All persons born in 1957 or after should have documentation of at least one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or other evidence of immunity to measles. The CDC recommends two doses of the vaccine: the first at 12 months of age, and the second between ages 4 - 6 years. Complications from measles are more common in children younger than 5 years old and adults 20 years and older. Complications can include diarrhea, ear infection and pneumonia. Death can occur from severe complications and the risk is higher among younger children and adults. There is no treatment for measles. Bed rest, fluids and fever control are recommended. People with complications may need treatment for their specific problem. The California Department of Public Health has reported 15 cases of measles diagnosed in the state so far in 2014. This is the first case diagnosed in San Diego since July 2013. There is an ongoing measles outbreak in the Philippines where over 1,700 cases and 21 deaths were noted in 2013. For more information about measles, other vaccine-preventable diseases and the shots that protect against them, please call the HHSA Immunization Branch at (866) 358-2966 or visit the website at

De-coding Nutrition Labels
BY Katie Morell, GoRedforWomen. org Nutrition labels drive me nuts. I try to buy as much produce as possible, but there are a few things I prefer boxed or canned. The problem: I never know if what I’m reading means the food is healthy or not. And apparently I’m not alone. “There is a ton of confusion around nutrition labels,” says Tara Coleman, a San Diego-based clinical nutritionist. “There is so much on them that it can be overwhelming.” Read on for Coleman’s label-reading cheat sheet. Stick with short lists Try not to buy products containing more than five ingredients, recommends Coleman. And avoid items containing hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup and enriched flour. “Hydrogenated oil is a trans fat, which, when consumed, becomes part of our bodies,” she says. “Nutrients go back and forth across our cell walls and when that fat hardens the walls, nutrients then can’t get to the cells, often leading to problems such as heart disease.” Watch the serving size Be wary of food packaging that claims “0 grams of trans fat,” says Coleman. It (Continued on page 6) SaldanaDental Email: website:

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Mysterious polio-like illness found in five California children
"Although poliovirus has been eradicated from most of the globe, other viruses can also injure the spine, leading to a polio-like syndrome," said case report author Keith Van Haren, MD, with Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and a member of the American Academy of Neurology and co-author Emanuelle Waubant, MD, University of California-San Francisco. "In the past decade, newly identified strains of enterovirus have been linked to poliolike outbreaks among children in Asia and Australia. These five new cases highlight the possibility of an emerging infectious polio-like syndrome in California." Polio is a contagious disease that sometimes caused paralysis. The United States experienced a polio epidemic in the 1950s, until a vaccine was introduced. Van Haren said he and his colleagues noticed several of these cases at their medical centers and decided to look for similar cases in California. They reviewed all polio-like cases among children who had samples referred to California's Neurologic and Surveillance Testing program from August 2012 to July 2013. Cases were included in the analysis if the children had paralysis affecting one or more limbs with abnormal MRI scans of the spinal cord that explained the paralysis. They did not include children who met criteria for Guillain-Barré syndrome and botulism, which can cause similar symptoms. The five children experienced paralysis of one or more arms or legs that came on suddenly and reached the height of its severity within two days of onset. Three of the children had a respiratory illness before the symptoms began. All of the children had been previously vaccinated against poliovirus. The children were treated but their symptoms did not improve and they still had poor limb function after six months. Two children tested positive for enterovirus-68, a rare virus previously associated with polio-like symptoms. No cause was identified in the remaining three children. "Our findings have important implications for disease surveillance, testing and treatment," said Van Haren. "We would like to stress that this syndrome appears to be very, very rare. Any time a parent sees symptoms of paralysis in a child, the child should be seen by a doctor right away." The above story is based on materials provided by American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

by Dr. Ofelia Dirige

County to Give Out 1,944 Child Car Seats
County News Center | San Diego, 2/24/2014 -- To keep San Diego children safe from injuries and death, the County will be giving out 1,944 child car seats to low-income parents thanks to a $245,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). The free seats will be given out through Sept. 2014. The grant, part of OTS’ Keep ‘Em Safe program through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will also fund an education campaign, including presentations on the proper installation and use of a child passenger restraint system for children of all ages. The goal of the campaign is to increase the proper use of child car seats and seat belt use, and to educate parents about vehicle safety including information on air bags and the dangers of leaving children alone in the car. “Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our children,” said Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, County Board of Supervisors. “There’s no doubt that car seats and boosters can reduce serious injuries and save lives.” This is the fourth year the County has received funding through the Keep ‘Em Safe program. Last year, 2,360 child car seats were distributed throughout the region. Locally, Keep ‘Em Safe will include passenger safety education classes to social workers, public health nurses, community outreach workers and public safety workers. The program works closely with community-based organizations to promote traffic safety efforts in underserved communities. The Keep ‘Em Safe program supports Live Well San Diego, the County’s ongoing initiative to improve the health and safety of children and families in the region. “Children should always be appropriately secured,” said Nick Macchione, director of the County Health and Human Services Agency. “We urge parents and caregivers to make sure kids are properly protected every trip, every time.” For more information about the Keep ‘Em Safe program, contact the Pacific Safety Center at (888) 846-4200.

One Body, One Life, One Voice: My thoughts on Suicide
Guest Writer: Michael Tiong Suicide, to take away one’s own life, is a terrifying cognitive process that no one wants to be in. But, sometimes thinking of it is unavoidable, especially when one is on difficult circumstances. I, Michael Tiong, has experienced being part of the Filipino suicide community and will use my own account to explain my experience and, in return, hope that one will learn from it. Born as a Filipino American (FilAm), the way my family raised me, the struggles I had dealt with physically and emotionally, and the social and environmental influences left me to fight for my own life or give into the hardships. For 10 years I was raised in a military family and growing up in the country of Japan, it was hard to identify myself as a FilAm. With Filipino parents, learning the American culture at school, and experiencing the lifestyle of the Japanese culture, I felt some sort of discord within my heart. My father always mentioned a word to my sister and me as we grew up. It was the word ‘pride’. I believed that pride to my father was being Filipino, the pride that you can do anything, the pride that you are better than others. Because of that word, whatever we did, how we acted in front of people, and even to the littlest attitude, we had to make sure that we did not embarrassed our father. At school I would be a good child. Always trying my best to do well in school, I felt that would be the best way to make my parents happy. But, because of the lack of authority at home, other negative variables, and my father’s aggressive parenting shifted my personality and how I interacted socially with others. As the years went by, my father was tougher and presented himself as a military figure rather than a parent at home. Because of his aggressive approach, I learned to be more tempered went it came to conflicts and fell into thoughts of ‘worse case scenarios’ when denied privileges or bullied. It was not until my sister’s depression and parental abuse at home rubbed on me that I started also to change drastically physically and mentally. Life for my sister was incomparable to mine and how much she faced living at home. I looked up to my sister, and how she felt about our family at that time, I also believed in it, too. When my sister was pushed to the brink of committing negative actions, I also learned to do the same. But, it was not for the reason of learning it from her or my family. For me, it was because I did not want my family to fall into the “typical Filipino household”. I was 7 when I learned that my godfather died from committing suicide, which is how my sister learned to become one also. It was her reason that she wanted to take away something precious to her to open up our parents eyes. To think that she would believe this, I felt that suicide was the only solution to make change within a family system, especially a family that was dysfunctional. Taking it into consideration, I learned to believe in how powerful actions were instead of words. For me, suicide was the only solution to end my father’s harsh disciplinary actions and that my sister would live in a happier home. But, no matter how easy it sounded to me, it was still hard to go through it. Moving to America, my perspective in life fluctuated. The transitions of living somewhere foreign to me and making new friends were hard. I felt that moving would help my family start anew, but it always got worse every year. The pressure of being the perfect child, being compared to my relatives at family gatherings, and the struggle of keeping positive in a negative home scared me. I felt as though nothing at that point would get any better. But just as sayings go, it always takes a lifetime choice to make a difference. It was not until my sister rebelled and was kicked out of the house when not only my parents, but also my own views changed moving to California. Since the community was majority Filipino, I made close friends to those of my own nationality. They would share their stories growing up that I felt as if they also went through the same ordeals. Because the high school I went to was new, we had guest speakers that taught us how to vent, cope with family, overcome social struggles, and integrate us as leaders in a growing society. Not only that, but my parents grew more attentive to my actions. They would tell stories about their life and how they struggled growing up in the Philippines and living in America. I felt that moving to California brought me a lost connection that I was missing in my life and that I could understand my parents’ actions and felt hopeful for my family. They ended in good terms with my sister, became less strict, but still kept their Filipino values. Even till now, I still struggle and sometimes fall back into my depression for other reasons, but my past has (Continued on page 15)

Ready, Set, Run - For Wildlife! San Diego Zoo Safari Park Hosts Half Marathon and 10K Run
Presented by Health Net
One of the wildest half marathons on the racing circuit will be held at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Sunday, May 4. The Safari Park Half Marathon, now in its fourth year, offers runners the chance to race through the scenic San Pasqual Valley past vineyards, golf courses and orange groves and finish the race inside the Safari Park with giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos and flamingos nearby. This year's race has been expanded and a 10K run has been added. Proceeds from the Safari Park Half Marathon and 10K Run, presented by Health Net, benefit cheetah care at the Safari Park as well as San Diego Zoo Global's Wildlife Conservancy's worldwide conservation efforts to help save cheetahs and other endangered species in the wild. The competitive half marathon and 10K run starts at 6:15 a.m. in the parking lot of the Westfield North County Mall, just off the I-15. The half-marathon course has a time limit of three hours and the 10K will have a limit of 90 minutes. Each race registration includes admission to the Safari Park on the day of the race, a high-quality tech T-shirt and a finisher's medal. Awards will be given to the top three overall finishers and the top three finishers in each division for the half marathon and 10K. To make the race even more fun, runners have the opportunity to be Wildlife Champion. Those who raise $500 or more will earn a free race entry and VIP status that comes with an array of benefits including expedited registration and check-in, snacks and beverages, VIP cabana, upgraded restrooms, post-race massages, an exclusive medal and shirt. The charity runner who raises the most funds (at least $2,500 to qualify) can earn the opportunity to name the next cheetah cub born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The Safari Park will open at 6 a.m. on race day for spectators only. Spectator entry to the Safari Park is discounted to $30 per person and includes shuttle service from the mall to the Park between 5:45 and 6:10 a.m., special activities in the Park while they wait for friends and family running the race, and full-day admission to the Safari Park on race day. Shuttles will be available to return racers and spectators to the mall, running continuously from 9 a.m. to noon, and every half hour from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. On race day, all roads to the Safari Park will be closed from 5:30 to 9 a.m. For more information and secure registration for the Safari Park Half Marathon and 10K Run, finish line festival and the post-run breakfast, visit Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes onsite wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents. The important conservation and science work of these entities is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

EPA Honors Chula Vista, for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

LOS ANGELES – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership announced the third annual Climate Leadership Award winners in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR). Nineteen awards were given to 15 organizations and two individuals in the public and private sectors for their leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution. The City of Chula Vista has received an Organizational Leadership Award for its reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions at its campus. "Today’s winners are champions in their communities because of the steps they’ve taken to reduce carbon pollution harmful to the environment,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "We are proud to recognize the City of Chula Vista for its leadership in fighting climate change.” The national awards program recognizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Award recipients represent a wide array of industries, including finance, manufacturing, retail, technology, higher education and local government. The City of Chula Vista, located in San Diego County located approximately seven miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Chula Vista received the Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership for: • The city’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. The city government has already reduced its own emissions by over 19,000 metric tons per year, and by 2020 they hope to reduce the entire community’s emissions by over 145,000 metric tons per year. • Adopting 11 climate adaptation strategies in 2011 that address the community's vulnerabilities related to energy and water supplies, public health, wildfires, biodiversity, coastal resources, and the local economy. These strategies updated the city’s land development codes to incorporate sea level rise, revised its emergency plans to address more extreme weather, incorporated climate adaptation messaging into its community outreach programs, and developed new policies to promote water (Continued on page 15)

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The Planet Under Attack
By Fr. Shay Cullen Powerful storms, tidal surges, high winds, toppled trees and electric posts and massive floods over a wide area, natural disasters that are typical of the Philippines. We have endured 25 such storms in the past year more than ever before. Millions of people have lost their houses, lands and crops. Thousands of light fishing banka boats were destroyed or damaged and over 6000 people were killed. Many still depending on relief food and are surviving in tents. What I describe above is now happening to a lesser degree in Ireland and England as I write this. In the United States and Canada, massive ice and snow storms have paralyzed the North Eastern side of the continent and to the South West in California, there is extreme drought. This is the worst in living memory, according to the people living there and whose cattle are dying by the thousands and crops are burning up. In Australia, bush fires are devouring homes and forests year after year, and in South America likewise, forest fires are destroying the beautiful wilderness of Chile. In China, massive unprecedented yearly floods destroy lives and property. Huge sand storms, coming from encroaching deserts in the North East, are engulfing the capital Beijing every year. In days gone by, they were called acts of God, or natural disasters over which humankind has no control or responsibility for. The overwhelming scientific evidence (despite billions of dollars spent to deny it) shows that the climate has changed dramatically and is more violent, the change is caused by human activity. Yes we, the humans with the big brains and intelligence, who have the duty and responsibility to protect all life and creation, are causing this. Our lifestyles are excessively damaging to the environment. It’s called global warming due to the non-stop pumping of obnoxious poison gases and chemical fumes into the atmosphere for the past one hundred years. This has caused a blanket of methane, CO2 and every other gas produced by industry to rise to the stratosphere and blanket the globe. Inside the blanket of gas, the suffering planet is overheating. Its finely-tuned sensitive and balanced interdependent ecosystems are being disrupted. This happened hundreds of millions of years ago through volcanic eruptions increased demand.” Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX Boeing’s data projects that passenger airlines in the region will rely primarily on single-aisle airplanes such as the Next-Generation 737 and the 737 MAX, a new-engine variant of the market-leading 737, to connect passengers. Singleaisle airplanes will represent 69 percent of the new airplanes in the region. “New low-cost carriers and demand for intra-Asia travel have fueled the substantial increase in single-aisle airplanes,” said Tinseth. “Fuel-efficient airplanes like the Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX help the growing number of low-cost carriers operate more efficiently and provide affordable fares to the emerging middle class.” For longhaul traffic, Boeing forecasts twin-aisle airplanes such as the 747-8 Intercontinental, 777 and the 787 Dreamliner will account for 28 percent of new airplane deliveries. Boeing’s recently launched 787-10 and 777X also will support the demand for fuel-efficient twin-aisle airplanes in the region. Singapore Airlines already ordered 30 787-10s helping launch the program at the 2013 Paris Air Show and Cathay Pacific recently ordered 21 777-9X airplanes. 777-300ER (Extended Range) Boeing recently delivered the first 777-300ER (Extended Range) to China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline in fleet size and number of passengers carried. The new airplane is the first of 10 777-300ERs China Southern has on order with Boeing. “The 777-300ER’s long-haul capability is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing long-range markets more efficiently and open new routes in the future,” said Zhang Zifang, Chief Operating Officer, China Southern Airlines. “The 777-300ER will support the development of Guangzhou as our main international hub and will be a vital part of our ‘Canton Route’ services.” Seeing a chance for a perfect match with equipment and customer, “China Southern plans to operate its first 777300ER on its new North America route, where it will be able to directly connect passengers in the southern region of China to the eastern coast of the United States. “We are honored to play a part in China Southern’s growing success and proud to celebrate this milestone together,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Northeast Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 777-300ER is a great choice for China Southern. Its combination of efficiency, industry-leading reliability and award-winning cabin design will continue to help China Southern generate more revenue and provide a and later crashing asteroids spewed dust and chemicals that brought life to the brink of total extinction. Human intelligence developed a gigantic chemical industry driven by coal and oil burning electric power stations that pour gas and chemicals into the atmosphere non-stop day and night. No wonder that cancers of all kinds are spreading all over the planet. In the northern hemisphere, people grew wealthy, and cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens are now produced on an industrial scale and are fed chemically tainted foods. They changed the diet from a predominately vegetables, fruit and fish diet to one based on fatty meat and dairy products on a gigantic scale. The result is cholesterol clogged arteries and heart attacks. To make more pastures for the animals, the rich land-grabbers and corrupt government officials cut down the rain forests for pastures and meat production resulting in animals by their billions producing billions of tons of methane gas every year adding to the ever thickening blanket of gasses in the atmosphere making the planet warmer. The ice-caps melt so the hot sun beams are not reflected back into space but are absorbed by the oceans, so warmer oceans means more melting, causing rising ocean levels, greater storm surges, more evaporation, clouds, torrential rain, and more floods. The deforestation has deprived the planet of its protective forests that absorb naturally occurring CO2. The Philippines had 92 percent forest cover in 1903. Today, it has just 3 percent forest cover. The oceans are damaged also. The CO2, methane, and sulphur gasses are absorbed by the ocean, making the waters more acidic and that poisons the fish or kills the eggs and they head for extinction and people go hungry. Billions of tons of industrial plastic floats on the ocean currents killing marine life and depriving fish of their natural foods. Everything is connected in the planet’s ecosystem and industrial pollution and global warming is damaging everything. If the planet earth were a living creature that is being tortured and tormented by swarms of attacking mosquitoes, it would be driven to retaliate and react to the threat. That's how I see the planet today; it’s reacting to human attack. (Continued on page 7) superior passenger experience.” China Southern has configured its new 777-300ER to feature four distinct cabins. On board passengers will find four first class seats, 34 business class seats, 44 premium economy seats and 227 economy seats, for a total of 309 passengers. World’s most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane The Boeing 777 is the world’s most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane. The 777-300ER extends the 777 family’s span of capabilities, bringing twin-engine efficiency and reliability to the long-range market. The airplane can fly up to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers) and is equipped with GE90115B engines, the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine. China Southern Airlines, based in Guangzhou, has been a valued Boeing customer for 25 years. In 2013, China Southern was the first Chinese carrier to operate 787 Dreamliner. The airline was the first carrier in Asia to operate the 777 in 1995 and the first to operate 777s on nonstop routes across the Pacific Ocean, connecting Guangzhou and Los Angeles. China Southern was the first Chinese carrier to take direct delivery of the 757-200, 777-200, 777-200ER (Extended Range), 777 Freighter and 747-400 Freighter from Boeing. Boeing Forecasts $1.9 Trillion 20-Year Market for New Airplanes in Asia Pacific Region which represents 36 percent of the world’s new airplane deliveries. Low-cost carriers and intraAsia travel fuels demand for single-aisle airplanes” I’ve always been a bit of an airplane geek. My dad owned a Cessna when I was a kid. He used it to commute to his office in Los Angeles from our home in the high desert. Fell in love with it then, still feel the same way. And I’m still waiting for the flying car. And waiting, and waiting…

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Intellectual Property, Human, Political and Civil rights were. Not only did Congress, and now reinforced by the Supreme Court, add online libel as a crime, it even increased the penalty for its commission by one degree higher. Penalties for crimes are provided to inhibit or deter the commission of crimes. Libel as crime under the Revised Penal Code already provides a deterring penalty that includes imprisonment. Under Cyber libel, not only does it consider ICT use to be a qualifying aggravating circumstance, but, as Chief Justice Sereno pointed out, it has the following effects: First, it increases the accessory penalties of libel; Second, it disqualifies the offender from availing of the privilege of probation; Third, it increases the prescriptive period for the crime of libel from one to fifteen years; Fourth, it increases the prescriptive period for its penalty from ten years to fifteen years; and Fifth, its impact cannot be offset by mitigating circumstances. The Constitution states; “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.” – Section 4, Article III Justice Leonen, also of the current Supreme Court, is of the opinion that Libel, be it under the Revised Penal Code or the new Cybercrime Law, is unconstitutional. He says that it “now stands starkly in contrast with required constitutional protection of freedom of expression.” Indeed, the continued criminalization of libel especially when the form or medium used is the Internet produces such chilling effect that it effectively stifles our fundamental guarantees of free expression. The law that provides it has the effect of abridging the Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms provided under Section 4, Article III. Living in a democracy requires the free exchange of ideas and views in all forms of media. The governed must freely receive and disseminate information without fear. Freedom of Expression is the device that every citizen uses to share the truth and to understand all the issues. For this, “no idea, no opinion, no doubt, no belief, no counter belief, no relevant information”, may be kept from him and fellow citizens. The value of the Internet as a medium for the Freedom of Expression for effective governance and for wider and direct participation by citizens in governance is incalculable. Expressing one’s views not only to a local audience but also more to a global one “freely” and without or with minimal “fee” strengthens the democratic processes. It empowers people from even the remotest corners of the globe, inspires them to think of new ideas, and encourages them to acquire and share these ideas. The threat of possible imprisonment because of Libel would stifle this inviolable and primordial constitutionally guaranteed right. People Power covers land, air, and sea but also extends its domain to cyberspace. Its powers are as pronouncedly, efficiently, effectively, and courageously used in the Internet. Through the Internet, greater participation by the people without fear means greater power for the governed. In the Internet, the fear by people to be maligned is based on false assumptions. The truth is that potential victims have as much power to reply, defend, protect, and apprehend offenders. Currently technology provides it. To be effective in utilizing its power to legislate, Senators and Congressmen as agents or representatives of the people are given the privilege to speak freely in the halls of Congress – even free to defame anybody without fear of detention. They have what we call immunity from suit. We want them to be great generators of new ideas and views in legislating to benefit their principals – the people. Under the Cory Constitution, the people as principals reserve the right to directly legislate through People’s Initiative. In cyberspace, Filipino users have been enjoying free speech privileges without any threat of detention – not unlike the immunity from suit enjoyed by the legislators.Cybercrime libel as currently worded changes the dynamics. In the name of the People Power or EDSA Revolution that provided them the opportunity to enjoy their current privileges and powers, the Senators and Congressmen should DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL as soon as possible.

The promise of an instant wealth is too much to resist for a normal person. Maybe that’s why gambling and lotteries always exist. The scammers also knew this fact that’s why they prey on gullible people. Some are really good in what they’re doing that it’s almost believable even for a moment. You maybe too embarrassed to admit it but, at least once in your lifetime you’re a victim. Scams exist in almost every corner of the world. Like what they said for years, “There are two kinds of people, the scammers and the victims”. Filipinos are very much aware of this. Now, it’s not easy to be too trusting anymore. Most of the time the scammer was someone you think you knew. A few years back, about 500 Filipinos in San Diego got involved in an investment scam. The scammers bilked about 25M dollars before they were shut down by the Federal investigators. It was a Ponzi Scheme, where new investor’s money paid for the earlier investors. A guaranteed 6% monthly interest was hard to resist. Victims used money from their savings, retirement funds and their home equities. Well, they lost most of their money and the scammers went to jail. Some of them are still expecting to get their money back. Silly people, huh! You may think you’re smart and well informed but, you can be an unsuspecting victim too. A friend of mine invested more than a million dollars in scam created by his trusted business associate. In a way, I warned him but, a 4% return was very tempting. He lost most of it and some of his friends too. During our travels, we have to be aware of various scams. It’s okay to

be nice but beware of the very friendly strangers. Men travelling alone are easy targets for scammers using nice or pretty young women. Hiring a freelance tour guide in a foreign country may cost you more money in the end. Try to remember that there is no such thing as a free lunch. How many of you became victims of Gold Scam in the Philippines? I’m sure you were mesmerized by the stories of “Yamashita’s Gold” that you financed a treasure hunting team with hand drawn maps of hidden gold bars in World War II. You were supposed to find gold in metric tons. Later, you found out that the only positive diggings were your own bank savings account. Lately, I was shown copies of 1934 Federal Reserve Bonds worth billions of dollars. The original notes were kept in metal boxes in the Philippines. Scammers are selling these notes for a fraction of its value. Search the Web and you will find intriguing stories. Well, the bottom line, it’s worthless. Nigerian scams are all over the world. It’s amazing how people get convinced they have won lotteries they never joined or have inheritance in foreign banks. Never deposit that very genuine looking check sent to you by a pure stranger. Whenever someone informed me on the phone that I won big money, I acted surprised then, I would tell the caller to keep them because I don’t need any more money since I’m wealthy. Normally, they will ask you to send some amount to claim your prize. I did once, with a bogus check from a fake bank.

he Philippine Supreme Court recently declared the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 as constitutional except for some parts that it considered as unconstitutional.
I was not surprised. My view is that the Supreme Court in the exercise of its power of judicial review passes upon the constitutionality of an entire legislation only as a last resort and upon determination of “real, earnest and vital controversy between individuals”. The court decided to deal with only a few of them. I will touch only one issue. Section 4(c) (4) of the Cybercrime Law or the application of Section 355 of the Revised Penal Code (LIBEL) was declared constitutional but not insofar as it purports to create criminal liability on the part of persons who receive a libelous post and merely react to it. So if you receive a defamatory post on Facebook, Twitter, or email and you react to it by liking, commenting, or sharing/re-tweeting it, you are not criminally liable. Only the original author would be liable. Vox Populi Kubernetes (Voice of the People in Cyberspace) As I wrote in a previous column/blog, the need to have a Cybercrime Law was longtime coming. Philippine Internet users are very active in the cyber world. They are the freest in Asia and the sixth freest in the world. They are also prone to the dangers posed by cyber criminals. Having participated in the discussions and development of the Cybercrime Convention, the Philippines was expected to pass legislation patterned after the format developed at the Convention. The Philippines did! In fact, the bill that originated in the House of Representatives was copied almost verbatim from that of the Cybercrime Convention. However, it became less acceptable when, in the Senate, Senator Sotto sought the insertion of Online Libel. The provisions on the protection of Intellectual Property Rights as well as safeguards like Human, Political, and Civil Rights guarantees were excluded. The provision on Online libel was not in the Convention while those relating to

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Airplane demand in Asia Pacific
Strong growth continues for airplane deliveries
As the economies of the world slowly begin to gather strength, aircraft manufacturers are seeing growth in new plane orders. After a slowdown in orders and deliveries during the recession, there is a noticeable uptick in action, particularly in Asia. “Boeing says strong economic and passenger growth will be main drivers of new airplane demand in the Asia Pacific region. Boeing estimates the region’s airlines will need an additional 12,820 airplanes valued at $1.9 trillion, representing 36 percent of the world’s new airplane deliveries over the next 20 years. “Asia Pacific economies and passenger traffic continue to exhibit strong growth,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president, Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes during a media briefing before the opening of the Singapore Airshow. “Over the next 20 years, nearly half of the world’s air traffic growth will be driven by travel to, from or within the region. The Asia Pacific fleet will nearly triple, from 5,090 airplanes in 2012 to 14,750 airplanes in 2032, to support the

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The Dow Jones Industrial average eased 0.17 percent or 27.48 points to 16,179.66, while the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed 0.13 percent or 2.49 points lower at 1,845.12. Asian stocks were in the red, led by Japan’s Nikkei 225 that shed 0.54 percent or 80.63 points to 14,970.97, dragged by Wall Street. Locally, counters were mixed. The advancers were led by holding firms that gained 1.04 percent or 59.10 points to 5,755.67 but mining and oil slipped 0.5 percent or 71.06 points to 14,212.79. The value of shares traded slightly decreased to P8.07 billion from P8.52 billion on Tuesday. Decliners narrowly outpaced advancers, 82 to 80, while 43 stocks did not change.

(Continued from page 4) may really mean 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. “And if the serving size is tiny, you will be consuming more trans fat than you think because you may be consuming more trans fat than you realize ,” she notes. Stay away from unrecognizable ingredients Ever caught yourself reading an ingredient label and thinking, ‘Well, I don’t know this 27-letter word, but I bet the additive isn’t that bad’? Me, too. “If you don’t understand the word, don’t eat it,” Coleman recommends. “Take bread for instance. There is some crazy stuff in there. It should just be wheat, flour and salt.” Take note of fiber And sugar Protein bars and cereals often contain just as much sugar as last night’s dessert. Coleman suggests choosing items with equal amounts of sugar and fiber. “Sugar will wreak havoc on your hormones, cause cravings and be stored as fat where fiber will turn into long-term energy,” she says. “Make sure amounts are about the same so you can counteract the affect of sugar. The more fiber the better as it is great for your heart.” Katie Morell is passionate about issues relating to women’s health and wellness. As a runner and yoga practitioner, she tries to live by the advice given in her Go Red pieces. When not lacing up her sneakers or doing a downward-facing dog, she is writing for a variety of publications including Hemispheres, USA Today, Consumer’s Digest and The Writer.

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IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez | SAN DIEGO, 2/28/2014 Good moral character issues can be a major obstacle to approval of a naturalization application. Good moral character must be established by the applicant for the entire period of five or three years. Before filing for naturalization, one must ask himself or herself if he or she has done something during the required period that may show lack of good moral character. Deliberate or willful failure to pay child support can constitute lack of good moral character. “The natural instinct to provide for and defend man’s progeny is one of the moral values that go to make up the dignity of man.” These are the words of the United States District Court of Minnesota, Fifth Division in a 1960 case where a native of Yugoslavia failed to pay child support for his dependents living with their mother in Italy. The applicant was a refugee from Yugoslavia, while in refugee camp in Italy in 1948, married an Italian citizen. They had two children together. In February 1952, the applicant immigrated to the United States. His wife refused to go with him and refused to permit him to take their children with him in the United States. The applicant found a good job and became a regular employee of an ore and steel company. In 1954, the applicant divorced his Italian wife and remarried to a U.S. citizen. In 1957, the applicant filed for naturalization. During the naturalization interview, he was asked if he has fulfilled his duty of supporting his minor children in Italy. The applicant admitted that his first wife had asked for money for their children, but the applicant had not sent them money for more than a year. The immigration officers asked the applicant: “Do you intend to pay for the support of your children in the future until they are no longer minors?’ The applicant replied: “No, because my first wife says she can support them”. According to the applicant, his first wife came from a very good family and had a very nice home in Italy. The District Court found that the applicant evaded his solemn obligation to support and care for his two minor children. As a husband, the applicant had the right to choose his place of domicile and to withhold support from his wife who failed to follow him, but his wife’s deficiency in this respect affords no justification for his failure to support his two infant children, whom she retained in Italy. The District Court said: “The milk of human kindness flows naturally in the age-old stream of fatherhood to his helpless child. The responsibility of parenthood springs from the Canons of the Everlasting….Petitioner, as the father of two infant children, was and is obligated by all applicable law, “natural, human, moral and divine to protect, support and care for them.” The District Court affirmed the government’s denial of the application for naturalization. Deliberate or willful refusal to pay child support can also be a federal or state crime. In California, a party subject to a valid court order who, with knowledge of the order and ability to comply, fails to comply with the terms of the order is subject to a contempt and adjudication and statutory contempt penalties (Cal. Civ. Pro sections 1218 and 1219). A contempt proceeding is criminal in nature and the possible penalties include jail sentence. Family law orders and judgments which include child support are enforceable by the court’s contempt power. The Passport Denial Program, which is a part of the Federal Offset Program, was created to help states enforce delinquent child support obligations. Under the program, noncustodial parents certified by a state as having arrearages exceeding $2,500 are submitted by the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to the Department of States (DOS), which denies them U.S. passports upon application or the use of a passport services. Noncustodial parents are not automatically removed from the Passport Denial Program even if the arrearages fall below $2,500. I’ve been receiving inquiries from the Philippines on how to enforce a foreign child support order against a U.S. resident. If there is an existing federal bilateral child support arrangement between the United States and the foreign country, the foreign country should contact the local child support enforcement agency in the state where the person owing child support resides. If the parent’s whereabouts are unknown, the foreign central authority can contact the U.S. Central Authority, Director, U.S. Central Authority for International Child Support, Office of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Health and Human Services. If there is no federal arrangement with the foreign country, it may be necessary for the individual seeking enforcement to retain the services of a private attorney in the United States to attempt to enforce the foreign judgment in accordance with the U.S. law. We welcome your feedback. If you have any immigration questions, please feel welcome to email me at susan@ or call 619 819 -8648 to arrange for a telephone consultation. particularly if you’re focusing more on maximizing value than on paying as little as possible. According to the Prices and Earnings report, Mexico City is one of the cheapest places in the world to stay in a five-star hotel: The average rate is $210 per night. Compare that to $730, the average rate at a luxury hotel in New York City, and upscale Mexico City starts to seem dazzlingly within reach. Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon is as easy on the eyes as it is on the budget. Stretched across a series of hills, the city is a captivating combination of friendly locals, picturesque winding streets, and affordable pursuits. How affordable? According to the Prices and Earnings report, Lisbon’s midrange hotels are the cheapest among the 72 cities surveyed, with an average rate of $80 per night — a whopping 50 percent lower than the global average. And Lisbon is also home to not one but two of the properties we featured in last year’s10 Hostels Too Upscale to Believe. Bucharest, Romania Still harboring the scars of more than two decades under the Communist rule of Nicolae Ceausescu, Bucharest’s melancholic edge is offset by its metropolitan verve. And while more and more visitors are discovering the unique appeal of the city once known as “Little Paris,” it’s still a very affordable destination and a great place to go upscale for less. In fact, its luxury accommodations have an average rate of $190 per night, making Bucharest among the cheapest cities in the world to stay at a five-star hotel. And according to the Prices and Earnings report, Bucharest is the least expensive city for a weekend getaway that includes accommodations, a meal with wine, taxi and public transport, a car rental, and extras: The average cost of $370 is a mere fraction of the cost of a similar holiday in Paris, estimated at $1,100. India If you can absorb the higher price of airfare to get all the way to India, you’ll (Continued on page 14)

The planet
(Continued from page 6) The Gaia theory developed by James Lovelock in the 1970 suggests that the planet earth is a magnificent, selforganizing entity whereby all systems promote life on earth and life forms evolve and adapt to maintain a healthy life sustaining environment. But it has a cancer and it is us - humans. We attack the planet in parts and as a whole through industrial production and this disrupts the delicate balances of all ecosystems. We as a species have societies with uncontrolled greed and excessive consumption. We have no natural enemy to eliminate us other than deadly viruses and our own self-destructive lifestyles and violence against each other and against nature. We have to master and control both or we will destroy ourselves and eventually become extinct. And that may not be such a bad thing after all. [, www.preda. org]

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(Continued from page 4) women. Tryptophan for Restful Sleep Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the "sleep hormone." Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, may be especially beneficial for providing your body the tryptophan needed for your melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night's sleep. Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. One animal study even found it worked as well as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in treating arthritis, but without the side effects. Heart and Liver Health Pumpkin seeds, rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, may provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.

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(Continued from page 1) soon after Typhoon Haiyan, know that the country considers tourism to be an important part of its recovery. Large portions of the country — and the majority of popular vacation destinations — were undamaged. Greece Like an ancient epic adapted for modern life, after years of strife, Greece is once again on a quest. The economic crisis that racked the country also dampened tourism — a serious blow to a destination that depends so heavily on holiday seekers. Now, Greece hopes to be the place that launches a thousand ships, airplanes, and trains, all carrying visitors back to its ancient ruins and famed beaches. Beguiling budget travelers with a siren song of lower prices and smaller crowds, Greece’s only real question is: Are you listening? Dominican Republic Can you afford azure waters and silky white-sand beaches? In the Dominican Republic, you can. While the Caribbean isn’t known for its affordability (we recently wrote an entire story on the region’s most expensive islands), the Dominican Republic remains — at least for now — a bastion of value in a sea of high prices. With service from low-cost carriers including AirTran, Frontier, and JetBlue, and air-and-hotel vacation packages from not only a slew of airlines but also discount providers like, the Dominican Republic seems to have an endless supply of affordable options. Prefer to head off the beaten path once you arrive? The Guardian recently rounded up 10 great budget beach hotels in the Dominican Republic. Mexico City, Mexico Two key aspects score Mexico City a spot on this list: You can generally find very affordable flights from the U.S., and once you’re there, you can enjoy luxury for a whole lot less than in other major cities. And while that makes it a slightly different style of “cheap,” it’s certainly one worth embracing,

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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, March 2, 2014

The Story of Two Masters
Joke of the week: Do you believe in life after death?" the boss asked one of his employees. "Yes, sir," the clerk replied. "That's good," the boss said. "After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother's funeral, she stopped in to see you." Scriptures: First Reading: Isaiah 49:14-15: This divine comfort of the people and compassion for them is illustrated by what follows in 49:14-16a. Zion is seen here as a mother (as in 66:6-16; cf. 50:1; 54:6) and, for all the comfort that this earthly mother of Israel can bring to the people, God's comfort and compassion is unsurpassable and ongoing Second Reading: 1 Cor. 4:1-5: In this passage that is full of judicial language, Paul speaks positively abut God's judgment and warns those who would judge others within the Christian community. Behind Paul's comments lies a strong concern for unity. Paul emphasizes that Christian ministry and corporate existence must reflect a unity formed by the gospel, a unity threatened by an atmosphere in which people usurp or deny God's right to judge. Keep in mind that Paul's wants to mend divisions and call Christians back to a proper understanding of their place in God's scheme. The Corinthian church was beset by petty rivalries and widening divisions (see 1:10–11; 3:1–4), and one of the ways in which disunity manifested itself was through the distinctions that the Corinthians were drawing among themselves. Moreover, some in Corinth were dismissive toward Paul and all too eager to make judgments of their worth relative to him. In response, Paul defends himself from their attacks and also attempts to reorient the Corinthians' views. Paul expresses palpable frustration with the Corinthians. In naming his and Apollos's identity as "servants" and "stewards,”, he avoids more forceful

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Inihanda na ni Nanay dekorasyon sa Christmas tree nag-iisip na rin ng lulutuin sa media noche ngayong Pasko pamilya nila ay magsasama muli kasama ang pag-asang ang ating bansa ay umigi. Masayang binalikan ni Diego ang kanyang lumipas alaalang nagdaan mayroong masakit at matimyas sa mga ngiti sa kanyang labi iyong mababakas ang kanyang pag-asa sa buhay nariyan lang sa labas. Sinalubong si Julia ng isang masamang balita na halos ay ikabagsak na nga niya sa lupa nagpakatatag, buong tapang itinaas ang mukha hindi pa huli may pag-asa pa siyang nababadya. Mahiwaga ang pag-asa sa buhay ng isang tao kung kailan mo kailangan saka nawawala ito di ka naman niya iiwan, 'di siya maglalaho maging matatag ka lamang, hindi ka dapat sumuko. Napakatamis ng ngiti sa labi ni Angelita loob mo ay gagaang kapag pinagmasdan mo siya kahit na anong bigat ng pinapasan n'yang problema puso may kirot, pakiramdam mayroong pang pag-asa. ©2014 Virginia H. Ferrer. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Retired Filipino Language Teacher who once taught at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista. “Cheat thine own Father, “and just in all thy dealings.’’ if thou canst gain by it.” "Be charitable.” “Hold thy own: this giving undoes us all.’’ “Be c areful ( anxious) f or not hing.’’ “Be careful (anxious) for everything.’’ “ Keep hol y t hy s abbath-day.’’ “Make use of that day as well as any other f or t he w orld.’’ “Thus inconsistent,” according to Henry, “are the commands of God and Mammon, so that we cannot serve both. Let us not then halt between God and Baal, but choose ye this day whom ye will serve, and abide by our choice.” Quotation of the week: Whoever has bread in his basket and says, “What am I going to eat tomorrow?” only belongs to those who are little in faith. Judaism.Talmud, Sota 48b

by Jose Ma. Montelibano A personal reflection on an Apostolic Blessing: GK has steadfastly prioritized the poor, not from requirement of religion, but from requirement of the human heart and spirit. Some who are part of GK are not Catholic although the vast majority are - and quietly, proudly so. Yet, Catholic or not, we are bound by the same love for the poor, bound by a personal choice to be our brother's keeper, and bound by a commitment to build a nation with faith and patriopower. In verses 3-5, Paul confronts the superficial spirit of judgment exhibited by some in the Corinthian church. Gospel: Mt. 6:24-34: Christ proceeds to illustrate the necessity of laying up treasures in heaven from a well- known fact, that a servant cannot serve two masters at the same time. To the interests of one he would adhere, the other he would neglect. This is a law of human nature. The supreme affections can be fixed on only one object. So, says Jesus, the servant of God cannot at the same time obey him and be avaricious, or seek treasures supremely on earth. One interferes with the other, and one will be, and must be surrendered. Reflections: The Bat's Mistake Aesop speaks in one of his fables about a time when the beasts and fowl were engaged in war. The bat tried to belong

terminology that might have reasserted their authority. Paul regards himself and Apollos as models or exemplars for the Corinthians. A Greek word for servant was a general term designating one who assisted or provided service to someone else. The word for steward usually refers to the top-ranking slave (in some cases, a freedman) in a Greco-Roman household, and is typically responsible for such administrative matters as managing finances, procuring goods, and overseeing the work of other slaves. Both words imply a subordinate role, and Paul understands them specifically to indicate service provided in relationship to Christ and God's mysteries. The church at Corinth was a challenging blessing for Paul who organized the congregation but soon discovered that cultural influences and spiritual immaturity, prevented the young church from fully appreciating the work of God through Christ and its responsibility to become a relevant witness. He then presses the truth of the matter by challenging the church not to become preoccupied by status, position and temporal

tism as cornerstones. For this, we have been castigated by Talibans disguised as people of faith, targeted for destruction by those who preach loudly but sleep soundly when work and sacrifice become daily demands. Now, Pope Francis grants the work and workers with an Apostolic blessing - as all those who would join the Bayani Challenge as a personal and collective expression of love for the poor, the weak, the sick, the homeless, and the despairing in calamity-hit areas. As Filipinos with a deep faith in our God and a deep love for country and neighbor.

to both parties. When the birds were victorious, he would wing around telling that he was a bird; when the beasts won a fight, he would walk around them assuring them that he was a beast. But soon his hypocrisy was discovered and he was rejected by both the beasts and the birds. He had to hide himself, and now only by night can he appear openly. One is our Master, even Christ. Serve Him!—Sunday School Times Matthew Henry illustrates how these two masters are in diametric opposition to one another. GOD says: “My son, give me thy heart.” MAMMON says: “No, give it me.” “Be content with such things as ye have." “Grasp at all that ever thou canst.” “Defraud not , ne ver l ie, be hone st"






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The story of EDSA: Memories and ironies

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The photograph showed a younger Borja wearing a t-shirt and a vest, with Many years ago, transactions between head bowed and hands on the camouflaged slab-side of the 39-ton Amtrak Filipinos were done without so much along with other civilians, as if wishing the vehicle to go away. formalities. This may be attributed to
by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism ( ON THE 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolt, both EDSA veterans and the younger generation discovered the ultimate irony – the EDSA Shrine, dedicated to the millions of Filipinos who fought for freedom by ousting Ferdinand Marcos through a peaceful protest in the same place in 1986, is a no-rally zone. borja No one sees the irony more clearly than Jojo Borja, who helped stop proMarcos tanks at the corner of EDSA and Ortigas in 1986. Borja, who hails from Iligan City, even brought a newspaper photograph showing him trying to push back a Marine LVT-5 Amtrak that was trying to advance on mutinous rebel soldiers in Camp Crame on Feb. 23, 1986. EDSA paper But when Borja joined more than a hundred other people at the EDSA Shrine on the 28th anniversary of the People Power Revolt to protest a variety of issues, they were told to leave because the Shrine was private property, and a no-rally zone. The activists were protesting the cyber libel provision in the Cybercrime Prevention Act, the Priority Development Assistance Fund, or the pork barrel, and the continued prevalence of corruption in government. Borja bristled at the idea that no one is allowed to demonstrate at the Shrine, saying he had earned the right to demonstrate in the same place where he helped hold back tanks 28 years ago. “I was here in 1986, we stopped the tanks here,” he said. “If there is a place we can voice our sentiments out, it is this place, and it is today.” The Shrine’s private security at first tried to persuade the demonstrators, mostly protesting against the Cyber(Continued on page 15)

On the March 15-21 issue of the ASIAN JOURNAL USA last year, I reviewed the NuGuard KX Case for iPhone 5. I liked the product so much that I recommended readers to buy it. This year, Newer Technology through Other World Computing (OWC) again sent me some of their new products for review. Let me just focus on the NuGuard KX Case or Cover for the IPAD Mini. As described and tested by users and product reviewers like me, the KX Case guards your iPAD Mini from drops, bumps and scratches with extreme protection and lightweight design. To reinforce this claim, the company even provides a Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty. More specifically, it is certified as

Military-Spec Drop Tested by Quanta Laboratories to Mil-STD-810 U.S. Military standard for elite protection. “Its Edge Guard over-molding provides enhanced iPad screen edge protection without interfering edge-toedge touch finger accessibility to ensure hassle-free touch keyboarding and ability to drag and organize app icons from screen to screen. With its precision cutouts, the NuGuard KX allows for full access to all of the iPAD’s ports and buttons. The KX features a unique cross hatch texture design on backside for added grip that won’t make it hard to remove from pockets like other texturized cases. And installation and removal of your iPAD from the KX is easy, taking only seconds.”

The extreme protection as claimed is due to the patent pending Kinetic Energy X-Orbing technology that I also described last year. My wife, Tina, who was gifted by our children with an IPAD Mini for her birthday, has been using this amazing product. She is quite happy and satisfied for the protection and security that it provides for her iPAD. She also likes the style and lightweight design. The features complement those of the small and light iPAD that she uses. As usual, to our readers who use an iPAD Mini and are planning to buy a case that could provide protection against accidental drops, impacts, and scratches, I recommend the Newer Technology NuGuard KX of iPAD Mini.

the high degree of trust they reposed on each other, and the importance they gave to “palabra de honor”. Of course, there were also fewer lawyers then. This case happened many years ago. Seller sold his land in Bulacan to buyer without any deed of sale. They just agreed on the price of 125,000 pesos. The contract price was payable in installments as the buyer remitted from time to time, and the seller accepted partial payments. They just agreed that seller would execute the deed of sale once the buyer has fully paid the price. After a few years, buyer constructed a house on the lot and started living there. Buyer also started paying the yearly real property taxes. After the seller’s death, his son became the new registered owner of the lot. He continued accepting payments from the buyer, and issued receipts for such payments. Buyer’s son also wrote the buyer a letter authorizing her to fence off the said lot and to construct a road in the adjacent lot. In one of his letters to the buyer, seller’s son acknowledged that the buyer had so far made an aggregate payment of PhP 65,000, leaving an outstanding balance of PhP 60,000. Despite all those payments received from the buyer, seller’s son would later

sell the lot to another person. Eventually, the case reached the court who was asked to rule on who between the two buyers have a better right over the lot. According to the Philippine Supreme Court, the original buyer has a better right. It explained that while the law provides that a contract for the sale of real property shall not be enforceable unless it is in writing, this rule is not applicable where the verbal contract of sale has been partially executed through the partial payments made by the buyer and received by the seller. In this case, the seller and then his son accepted payments from the buyer. But how about the fact that the title is in the name of the seller’s son? Is the second buyer not justified in relying on his seller’s title? According to the Philippine Supreme Court, while the general rule is that one dealing with a parcel of land registered under the Torrens System may safely rely on the correctness of the certificate of title issued therefor and is not obliged to go beyond the certificate, this rule applies only in the absence of anything to arouse suspicion. Here, the second buyer can hardly claim to be innocent purchasers because the lot was being occupied by a person other than the seller. Basic is the rule that a buyer of a piece of land which is in the actual possession of persons other than the seller must be wary and should investigate the rights of those in possession. Failing to do so, the second buyer is deemed a buyer in bad faith. Some lessons have to be learned (Continued on page 15)

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music alliances, playing with some of the world’s leading instrumentalists, as well as appearing on major international concert platforms in recitals and concerto performances. She has also directed several distinctive concert series and festivals and has developed an extensive and exceptionally varied catalogue of recordings. Ms. Stott is a remarkable exponent of tango and other Latin dance music, reflected in her collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and leading South American musicians on the Grammy® Award-winning Sony CD “Soul of the Tango” and its successor “Obrigado Brazil”. In 2008 she was appointed Artistic Director of the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society and was Guest Artistic Director of the chamber festival, Incontri, in Terra di Siena. Born in Lancashire, Ms. Stott studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music and was a prizewinner at the Leeds International Piano Competition 1978. In addition to her busy career as a performer worldwide, she is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. About La Jolla Music Society “We bring the world to San Diego” As one of Southern California's leading presenters of world-class performing arts, La Jolla Music Society contributes to San Diego's cultural vitality yearround through a rich variety of presentations, including classical, jazz and contemporary music, and dance. During the 2013-14 Season, La Jolla Music Society will present The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Gala Flamenca, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Mitsuko Uchida and other high-quality artists both emerging and world-renowned. For more information, visit www.LJMS. org, or call (858) 459-3728. La Jolla Music Society’s 45th Anniversary Season is supported by The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, ResMed Foundation, Sempra Energy, The Westgate Hotel, Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner, Brenda Baker and Steve Baum, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, The Frieman Family, Rita and Richard Atkinson, Brian and Silvija Devine, Sam B. Ersan, Kay and John Hesselink, June and Dr. Bob Shillman, Jeanette Stevens, and an anonymous donor. This concert is sponsored by June and Dr. Bob Shillman WHERE: Copley Symphony Hall 750 B Street, Downtown TICKETS: $99, $65, $35 Call (858) 459-3728 or order online at INFO:

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Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott
SAN DIEGO, CA — La Jolla Music Society continues the Celebrity Recital Series with Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott at Copley Symphony Hall on Wednesday, March 12 at 8 pm. Cello virtuoso and one of classical music’s most celebrated artists, Yo-Yo Ma, is joined by his collaborator of nearly 30 years, pianist Kathryn Stott, whom The Washington Post heralds as “every bit Ma’s equal, playing...with striking individuality.” Highlights of their San Diego performance are Stravinky’s Suite Italienne, Guarnieri’s Dansa Negra and Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 in D Minor. Tickets are $35-$99 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society ticket office, (858) 459-3728 or online at About the Artist – Yo-Yo Ma The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes over 75 albums, including more than 15 Grammy® Award winners. Mr. Ma serves as the Artistic Director of the Silk Road Project, an organization he founded to promote the study of cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. Since the Project’s inception, more than 60 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Mr. Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended the Juilliard School and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the 2001 National Medal of Arts, the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom and the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. About the Artist – Kathryn Stott Kathryn Stott is recognized internationally as one of Britain’s most versatile and imaginative pianists among today's most engaging musicians. She is in demand for a wide variety of chamber

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PECHANGA, 2/25/2014 -- Pechanga Resort & Casino has always been an Asian friendly destination with a great Asian host team and many Asian concerts for guests of different ethnicities. Now, Pechanga is proud to announce Kenichi Ebina, “America’s Got Talent” Season 8 winner, will perform a major production show for the first time ever since appearing on television. Fans will feel Kenichi Ebina’s pulsating energy from his dance during two special “Kenichi Ebina Dance-ish Entertainment” performances on April 12 and 13 in the Pechanga Theater. Tickets are $30, $45, $60 and $80 and go on sale Tuesday, February 25 at 3:00p.m. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Pechanga Box Office between 12:00p.m. and 8:00p.m., via telephone at (877) 7112946 or online at Entertainment. Expect to see a thrilling performance by this solo, self-taught dance performer. Kenichi Ebina started out dancing Freestyle Hip-Hop and expanding to Poppin’, Lockin’, Mime, House, Jazz, Contemporary and Ethnic dance. His unique style of dance combines different illusion effects of sound, light and visual. He frequently interacts with characters on a huge video screen behind him, who have all been created and played by himself. His dance tactics entertain audiences who were not even

interested in performing arts. Kenichi Ebina started his dance career when he formed a dance group “BiTriP,” with other Japanese dancers, in 2001. BiTriP won first place and became the Grand Champion of “Amateur Night” In 2007, Kenichi won seven awards in the dance competition of “Showtime At The Apollo” and became the two-time grand champion in Apollo theater history. It was not until seven years later that Kenichi was able to gain a national fan base by trying out for “America’s Got Talent.” After performing two dance routines during the finals, he was announced the winner of the eighth season on September 18, 2013. As the winner of “America’s Got Talent”, Kenichi has been very active. He has performed at many events and on TV shows internationally, taught dance in the United States, China, Korea, Japan and more, and directed and choreographed routines for theater companies. Currently, Kenichi is appearing on the U.S. television show “Angelina Ballerina,” on PBS Kids Sprout as featured dance performer. Don’t miss out on these mesmerizing performances as Kenichi showcases his unique dance show that will definitely get the crowd cheering and applauding. Experience it ALL, Experience it LIVE at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
About Pechanga Resort & Casino Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experience anywhere in the country. Rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway, whether for the day or for an extended luxury stay. Offering more than 3,000 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 517 hotel rooms, dining, spa and championship golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort & Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort & Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free 1-877-711-2946 or visit www. Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on and on Twitter @PechangaCasino. Pechanga Resort & Casino is open 24-hours. Guests must be 21 and older to enter the casino.

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opment." The creation of Rancho Costa Verde was born of and driven by the wants and needs of consumers that have been, and are visiting Baja California with an interest in real estate. Chiefly among these desires are to be on, or near the water with views of the water, untouched open space, and affordability. The acquisition of the Rancho Costa Verde land just south of San Felipe, combined with the advances in green home technology allowed these needs to be fulfilled. " Rancho Costa Verde is truly a model for future home developments. The only factor missing 18 months ago, was RMAC to bring this development to the market." Concludes Frank Ingrande.

San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 Rancho Costa Verde is proud to announce eighteen months of success after bringing on the owners of RMAC Properties, Inc., as principals in the project. Rancho Costa Verde is a master planned real estate community just south of San Felipe that offers 180-degree sea and mountain views from every home site. Rancho Costa Verde is a state of the art, self-contained, solar powered, green community that utilizes many of the major advances in solar power and green technology, as well as the unique, natural amenities that Baja California provides. Direct results from this partnership include hundreds of property owners. This partnership has also made possible the acquisition of an additional 275 acres, for a project total of 625 acres. Several homes are completed with more near completion and under construction. Many more homes are planned to break ground in the immediate future. A completely solar powered clubhouse with a 12 person hot tub, bar, full restaurant facility and pool area are also under

construction. The clubhouse and pool will be opening and operational for the owner’s use and enjoyment this year. RMAC Properties, Inc. has been involved and successful in real estate developments for over 30 years, with the last 15 years specializing in Mexico. The original Rancho Costa Verde Partners and co-founders, Frank Ingrande and Charles Milles, have worked with them in marketing and selling real estate in the San Felipe, Baja California area for almost 15 years. Mr. Robert R. Rios, Executive Vice President/Principal of RMAC Properties, Inc. had several requirements if they were to be promoting Rancho Costa Verde. The primary condition being that they would be full and equal partners, so that they could directly influence the direction and completion of the project. Robert R. Rios explains, "Our goal is to offer and provide a sea side development that truly makes a difference. A seaside community that almost everyone can afford..... To truly allow people with a dream of owning property on the water to achieve that goal. Rancho Costa Verde is that devel-

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Light & Shadows
by Zena Sultana Babao
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29th-Annual Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2014
Del Mar, California—Now in its 29th year, the Spring Home/Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring real “Garden Masters” landscapes (created exclusively for the Show), hands-on demonstrations, hundreds of home-improvement products and services exhibitors, educational seminars, plant sales, and face-to-face consultations with top experts—all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside. The Show focuses on San Diego-area experts, services, products, and businesses. Visitors find everything they need to save time and money improving, refreshing, or remodeling their home and outdoor surroundings—from the latest in appliances to garden lighting, from fencing to security systems, from baths to sunrooms. In addition to a huge main hall where hundreds of exhibitors showcase the newest products and hottest trends, all at special low show prices, the show offers several unique home and garden features (included in admission) that provide extraordinary added value. These truly set the Spring Home/Garden Show—now in its 29th year—apart from all imitators: “The Garden Masters”—Great landscapes (using local plants and products) designed by San Diegans FOR San Diegans—A JURIED COMPETITION. Tour the largest and best collection of display gardens created expressly for any weekend expo. Enjoy 18 theatrically lit full-scale gardens installed for this year’s Show by professional landscape architects, designers, and contractors. These gardens are judged by a distinguished panel and honored in several categories. The competition is fierce! Meet the Designers throughout the show and discover San Diego County’s wealth of local talent and landscaping resources. “Ask The Experts” features organizations such as American Society of Interior Designers (A.S.I.D.), American Institute of Architects (A.I.A), American Society of Landscape Architects (A.S.L.A), and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (A.P.L.D.), as well as representatives from city building departments, Master Gardeners, San Diego Horticultural Society, and many more. Each organiza-

Aging to the Beat of Your Own Drum
By Zena Sultana Babao Probably you have noticed how some people seem to age gracefully, always looking more youthful than their stated age, while others seem to be beaten down by the passage of time. If you have found the way to slow down the aging process, congratulations! You are aging to the beat of your own drum! There must be some reasons for the apparent disparity among slow and fast agers. I wanted to know, and I bet you would too! So I read some Health and Wellness magazines and found some answers in the Vita Journal. According to this magazine, a top doctor in Chicago identified two reasons behind the disparity among slow and fast agers. Here’s what this good doctor has to say: Locked inside your genetic profile are genes that carry all kinds of messages and signals that are unlocked or triggered at various stages of your life. Your height and body shape are largely determined by genetics. The same is true of your risk for diseases. Some are blessed with a genetic make-up that gives protection against many of the scourges of mankind, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Others are not so lucky, and have been dealt a handful of genes that set off specific diseases at certain ages. Your immune system is genetically engineered to fight off infection and prevent inflammation. The immune system is like a symphony, striking harmonious chords to resist infection and maintain wellness. Genes are programmed to have a certain level of immune strength to prevent the wearing down of organs and body systems. The second reason for people’s different aging process is environmental impact, or what you take in inside your body. Science has now confirmed that your food choices during childhood will determine health outcomes as fledgling adults and beyond. Food and drink intake in childhood correlate with the risk of obesity and chronic diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The key to staying your healthiest is to focus on what you put into your body and what you do with your body. Nourish your body with healthy eating, exercise, and positive thinking. The obvious choice for healthy eating includes the whole gamut of fruits and vegetables, along with foods low in inflammation-inducing saturated fats. Reducing foods of animal origin is not just for vegetarians. *** Another source is the book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by well-known author Michael Pollan, which notes that you should eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables. The book said that certain vitamins and minerals also benefit the immune system and help to combat inflammation. The nutrients that will help your immune system and minimize chronic inflammation include zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, E, B-6, and folic acid. Controlling inflammation is also achieved by exercise, a key element in controlling aging through its anti-inflammatory properties. The body reacts to moderate and intense physical activity by secreting “feel-good” hormones and increasing the anti-inflammatory immune cells to reduce pain and inflammation. Exercise promotes a stronger metabolism to help maintain a stable weight and helps reduce chronic pain and sleep disturbance, conditions that if not cor(Continued on page 15)

tion’s experts will be staffing consultation lounges and other areas at the show. Consultations are complimentary. “30 for 30” Landscape Designers from APLD offer 30-minute Personalized Design Consultations for a special show price of $30 per consultation. This is your opportunity to kick start your garden remodel, or polish a space that’s almost there! Design consultations are available in the Designers’ Lounge located on Designer Lane, just inside the show’s main entrance. “All About Gardens” and “The Garden Marketplace”—Shop at a grand nursery of the freshest plants for sale direct from San Diego-area garden and non-profit plant societies, specialty growers and wholesalers–at low show prices. Enjoy free seminars and face-toface meetings with some of San Diego’s top garden experts; gain priceless handson knowledge for your home projects,

from landscaping to vegetable gardening and fruit trees. Bargains! The Spring Home/Garden Show is a home and garden shopper’s paradise. Special pricing is a big attraction for any homeowner looking for deep one-time-only savings. The Marketplace is also an ideal opportunity to easily arrange for multiple bids on any home project, be it shutters, doors, windows, skylights, or hundreds of other essentials. Save TIME and money! More experts! Other professional, amateur and civic organizations participating in the Show include: City of San Diego Building Department; San Diego Horticultural Society (SDHS); Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD); California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA); Show hours—Friday, February 28, 11am-6pm; Saturday, March 1, 10am6pm; and Sunday, March 2, 10am-5pm

For more information visit: ### About Westward Expos (www. Founded in 1985 in San Diego, Westward Expos produces both the Spring Home/Garden and Fall Home/Garden shows, San Diego’s leading show producer, Westward Expos can be reached at 858-350-3738. For information on how to participate in the Spring Home/Garden Show, contact David Bame at this number or david@

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courage you to converse with Me but it is for your clarity and not Mine. Is there someone in your life whose wisdom you often seek? You go to that person for advice or counsel because you trust that person’s judgment. As wise as that person may be, that person’s wisdom is nothing in comparison to My wisdom and I have the added asset of a complete and total love for you. I care about every detail of your life. I know you better than you know yourself and My motives are completely pure. I want what is best for you and only what is best for you. I do not seek to exploit you as the world does. You can trust Me, dear soul. Please talk to Me. Then, in turn, you will listen to Me. Then we will become friends and you will understand that no friendship on earth is as secure as the friendship between you and I. I will give you everything. What will you give Me? You will give Me your love. You will give Me your loyalty. You will give Me your willingness to change, dearest, and that is what I want from you. It is difficult perhaps at first to envision a new way to awaken and proceed into each day but you can begin slowly. Each morning, when you awaken, say, “Jesus, I give You my day.” That is all. Begin there and you will see change immediately. I need only your willingness. All will flow from there. You must be brave but I will give you courage. It all comes from Me.

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Sticks and Stones
Instead of telling kids that only sticks and stones can break bones, but words can never hurt them, we should tell them the truth. Words CAN hurt them. Words are very powerful and caln lift or crush others, especially young people who don’t have a solid sense of self yet. Teach them empathy, and to use words only in a loving way. Words can help people to achieve things they weren’t sure they could, and words can bring people down to depression or suicide if their self-worth was already low. Teach them that true power in in helping to build good, strong spirits, not to tear them down. --- by Doc Zantamata ( "Ang hirap. Sabi nila set aside this dispute...e nandun na sila. It is to their advantage that we keep quiet about this this and we don't know what their plans are. Also about the withdrawal, how can we accept an offer for withdrawal in exchange for us not to file the memorial? If we don't file the memorial, it could resolve into something irreversible. On the other hand, if they withdraw today, they could come back tomorrow," he added. The former national security adviser noted the Philippines has kept calm about an incident wherein Chinese Coast Guard vessels used water cannon to drive away Filipino fishermen from Panatag Shoal. President Aquino even noted that the use of water cannon was "inconsistent" since some Filipino fishermen were not being harassed by the Chinese Coast Guard. "I think we have been keeping calm. The fact that we did not exaggerate the issue. We simply reported the incident and it is our duty to report that because it is the government's duty to protect our fishermen especially poor fishermen, hungry fishermen, thousands of them whose livelihoods for hundreds or maybe thousands of years have been dependent on this fishing area which is well within our exclusive economic zone," he said. Golez said Filipino fishermen should continue to fish in the area to assert the country's rights over the territory. He also does not believe that China's attempts to deter Filipino fishermen would lead to deaths. "I think the fishermen should continue going there. They may be harassed by Chinese surveillance ships but there are a lot of them and I think at this point, China is simply trying to intimidate them and deter them but I don't think anything foolish will be resolved in the

Computer Gender
A man who was previously a sailor, was very aware that ships are addressed as "she" and "her". He often wondered what gender computers should be addressed. To answer that question, he set up two groups of computer experts. The first was comprised of women, and the second of men. Each group was asked to recommend whether computers should be referred to in the feminine gender, or the masculine gender. They were asked to give 4 reasons for their recommendation. The group of women reported that the computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because: In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on. They have a lot of data, but are still clueless. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a little longer you could have had a better model. The men, on the other hand concluded that Computers should be referred to in the feminine gender because: No one but the Creator understands their internal logic. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

y children in darkness turn away from Me and from anything that reminds them of Me. Why do you look away when you see something that reminds you of Me? What is it inside you that causes this feeling of restlessness or anxiety?
Is it because when your eyes rest upon something that reminds you of holiness you fear that you are not holy? Consider for a moment that it is the remnant of your conscience that is telling you to pay attention. You pull away because you know that if you pay attention you will have to change. The word change implies something new, but it also implies abandoning something old. In your case, you would be abandoning sin, which has not made you happy. Dear soul, destined for heaven, do not turn quickly away when your eyes rest upon an image of Me or of one of My servants. Force yourself to hold the gaze of the Holy One. I am indeed returning your look. You sense this or you would not turn away in discomfort. I fear you misread the look that you see in My eyes. My eyes are not condemning you. I understand more than you yourself understand about why you walked down the path of darkness. You will never need to explain anything to Me. I do en-

(Continued from page 1) area. It has pursued legal action by filing a complaint with a UN-backed tribunal challenging the basis of China's large territorial claims. Game-changer On Wednesday, a Palace spokesman said the Philippines will go ahead and file its memorial or written arguments before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in a bid to bolster its case against China’s sweeping nine-dash claim over the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). Golez said the filing of the memorial before ITLOS could be a game-changer especially in the Philippine government's initiative to take the rule of law in settling the dispute. "The memorial is like, in common legal parlance, is that it is like a pleading, a brief where we have the statement of facts, our history in the area, the basis for our claims and the statement of law why we are saying that legally by international law especially UNCLOS this area is ours and there is no basis for the 9-dash line of China," he said. He also said China offered a "trade carrot" to the country after Beijing said it had $10 trillion in trade being opened to the world. He said that in September last year, the Chinese ambassador even mentioned that the Philippines and China should concentrate on trade and set aside the dispute.

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“The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death (754).” -- Words of Jesus in the Diary of St. Faustina

Using the rosary beads, recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one I Believe in God. On the Our Father beads say this prayer, which was given by Our Lord to St. Faustina (1905-1938). Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. On the Hail Mary beads say: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. In conclusion say three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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(Continued from page 7) be rewarded by a favorable exchange rate, inexpensive accommodations, an abundance of free attractions, and wildly affordable dining and shopping. Both Frommer’s andLonely Planet named India a top destination for budget travel this year, and thePrices and Earnings report put Delhi and Mumbai at the forefront of the world’s most affordable major cities. This is especially true when you start looking at the prices of goods, services, and food. However, keep in mind that violence against women has become a high-profile issue, so while a trip to India can be incredibly rich and memorable, travelers should factor safety into their plans. Sofia, Bulgaria Mid-range and budget travelers rejoice: Sofia is still a bona fide affordable destination. Bulgaria’s capital has the cheapest mid-range hotels among the 72 world cities surveyed in the Prices and Earnings report: At around $80 per night, they are 50 percent less expensive than the global average. The city also scored the number one spot on Price of Travel’s annual Europe 3-Star Traveler Index, with an average daily cost of about $49 for accommodations, transportation, meals, and activities. It’s not just Sofia, either; Lonely Planet recently recognized all of Bulgaria as a great deal. Nicaragua Every few years, a new Central American country gets crowned “the next Costa Rica” — meaning it’s relatively safe and bursting with natural beauty, but it’s not yet expensive and overrun with tourists. This year, Nicaragua is working hard to earn the title. Volcanoes, rainforests, rivers, and Caribbean beaches lure travelers looking for off-the-beaten-path adventure on the cheap. But as the term “the next Costa Rica” implies, if Nicaragua becomes more popular in the years to come, it will likely become more expensive as well. Until then, expect to be able to spend as little as $20 per day, or live the high life for not a whole lot more. Note that many see the recent constitutional amendment that removes term limits on the presidency as a potential threat to democracy, but it seems unlikely that there will be any immediate effect on travelers. Riga, Latvia Riga remains affordable in part because it’s still relatively undiscovered. But that may be about to change as Riga takes its place on the world stage as a 2014 European Capital of Culture. For now, though, travelers can still stay, play, and eat on the cheap. In fact, Riga scored a spot in the top 10 on both Price of Travel’s Europe 3-Star Traveler Index (with an average daily cost of about $74 for accommodations, transportation, meals, and activities) and its Europe Backpacker Index (with an average daily cost of about $33). (Story courtesy of The Huffington Post)

death of our fishermen especially well within our exclusive economic zone," he said. Golez said he also sees the Philippines and the United States finishing negotiations on the planned increase in the presence of US troops before US President Barack Obama visits Manila in April. He said the deal will not lead to the return of permanent US military bases in the Philippines.

"I think something will culminate before the arrival of President Obama in April. I think that will be good for the country and not only for the US but for our other allies like for example India, Indonesia, Japan and maybe even Vietnam. All of us have a common cause in making sure there is freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, part of it being the West Philippine Sea," he said.

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(Continued from page 9) crime Act, to leave the Shrine. “Hindi po ito public, private property po ito,” a private security officer of the Shrine told the demonstrators. (This is not a public place. This is private property.) “What private property?” Borja countered. “Before we gave it to them, we captured this place in 1986. Kung wala kami, wala kayo rito!” (If we had not been here, you would not be here now.) 100_0533 When persuasion failed, more than a hundred policemen with riot shields and batons tried briefly to push back the demonstrators. Cooler heads later intervened, and the demonstrators were allowed to hold their rally at the foot of the Shrine. Police officers said church officials were complaining that the noise from the demonstration would disrupt the mass inside the Shrine. Senior Superintendent Wilson Caubat, deputy director for operations of the Eastern Police District, appealed to the protesters to vacate the area. Caubat showed a letter written in 2004 by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales to the Shrine’s vicar then, Monsignor Soc Villegas, affirming the Church’s policy not to allow non-religious and nonCatholic demonstrations at the Shrine. The Shrine’s website says the property was donated by the Gokongwei and Ortigas families to the Archdiocese of Manila for the construction of the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of EDSA to commemorate the EDSA Revolt. The Shrine was constructed on the empty lot at the corner of EDSA and Ortigas, where Marine armored vehicles were forced to retreat after civilians prevented their advance by kneeling in front of the vehicles. The Shrine was also the scene of several protest actions during the time of then President Gloria Arroyo. It was during this time that the Shrine’s no-rally policy was first made public. During the time of Arroyo, several demonstrations at the EDSA Shrine were dispersed, sometimes violently.

100_0591 But Borja says this policy goes against the spirit that made EDSA possible to begin with. “Others have their own reasons to be here,” Borja added. “Galit sila sa DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program), galit sila sa PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund), galit sila sa mahal na kuryente, then why can we not say it here so long as we do it peacefully?” Red Tani of the Filipino Freethinkers said it was ironic that they were being prevented from demonstrating in the same place where, years ago, people stood their ground against another administration that would have prevented the same demonstration from happening. Activists who gathered to oppose the cyber libel provision in Republic Act 10175 said this was one of the many ironies that mark the 28th anniversary of EDSA. While press freedom and freedom of expression were restored in 1986, government has been passing laws that are more restrictive of civil liberties. The activists are protesting the Supreme Court ruling affirming the cyber libel provision in R.A 10175, which expands the coverage of libel into the digital domain and increasing the penalty for the offense. The ruling comes at a time when media organizations, netizens, and civil society groups are pushing for the decriminalization of libel. “Instead of signaling that the decriminalization of libel would happen, we are disappointed that the Supreme Court instead increased the scope of libel,” Tani said.


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Lack of sleep is a cause of stress, doctors say, and stress causes (Continued from page 3) lack of sleep – a Catch-24 dilemma Forbes said that “agribusiness is a which results in premature aging. very important area for the Philippines Third, eliminate stress. Stress can be internally, socially, politically and for good or bad depending on what form it employment. It is a crucial area,” he takes or the context in which it occurs. said. Distress is negative stress and it causes With about 30 million people depend- anxiety and concern that can lead to ing on agriculture for their livelihood, mental and physical problems. Eustress undertaking reforms and providing is positive stress. It motivates and government support will help those focuses energy, makes you feel excited, employed in the sector become more and improves your life. productive and get higher income. Fourth, rest and relax. 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Personally, I feel my batteries rechargFor his part, former finance secretary ing when I write articles and poems, Roberto de Ocampo said the governplay chess and scrabble, read books and ment will also need to invest more in commune with nature, and especially infrastructure and consider making having a heart-warming tete-a-tete with amendments to the economic provia wise friend or two. Every person, sions of the Constitution to attract more though, has a different way of rechargforeign direct investment (FDI). ing their biological battery. What’s “More FDI will bring about the job yours? creation we are all looking for in this Aging is a fact of life. It is something Arangkada forum, with it middle class everyone will experience, yet it can (growth) and inclusive growth,” he said. manifest itself in different ways. You can use it as an excuse to give in to the pressures of life, or you can seize it as an opportunity to chart new territories and make better choices so you could (Continued from page 5) age to the beat of your own drum. - zena moved on. I have changed my outlook since then and always try my best to see that my family was never broken, but was facing a dark era. The fight against suicide is hard and it is scary. I would say that I did fight for my life and to continue to live as much as my life can take me. However, I regret to be ignorant about the people out there that can help others cope with family hardships. Now, I believe that no one has to feel alone and should take the family’s

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Getting a fix When I graduated and started to work as a public relations officer of a corporation in Escolta, Manila, the thought of kambing delicacies occasionally watered my mouth. After work, I would hurry out to go to the kambingan, even if I was only by myself. I would hit my steering wheel as I desperately contended with the heavy traffic along the way, like an addict desperate to get his fix. Eventually, I met two office mates with the same fanatic interest for kambing, and three times a week, we would go to the kambingan after work, eat dinner with kilawin, kaldereta, kapukan and papaitan, before spending the rest of the night drinking beer at the Grand Inihaw Beer Garden in Quezon City Rotonda, each of us taking turns paying for the evening’s bill. As I moved from one job to another during my career, I found similar kambing buddies in each of the offices I worked, from the executives to the lowly janitors, and I was awed by the wide range of clientele the delicacy attracted. Over When I migrated to the United States in 1982, I thought that my kambing days were over. Americans simply do not share my interest in kambing. In fact, when one island in California was overpopulated with wild goats, the government chose to shoot them down, instead of giving them to people for food. But I was wrong, during my first few months in the U.S., I found a Filipino restaurant in National City occasionally serving the delicacy, “under the table’” of course. To my disappointment however, the kilawin I eagerly ordered had two times more onions than meat. In fact, it took me a while searching for those pieces of meat, as I brushed aside the onions in my dish. Being a nosy writer who always kept my ears on the ground, I was bound to discover the legendary Casto Licudini. Mr. Licudini is an oldtimer, one of those early Filipinos who migrated to the United States in the 1920s as farm workers. As I met new friends in San Diego, and as our conversations eventually led to our favorite pulutan, the kambing, I was told that Mr. Licudini had a goat farm in Jamul where we could purchase goats for food. When my brother-in-law had a birthday celebration, we decided to look for Mr. Licudini in the phone book and asked for direction to his farm. My brother-in-law and I did not know how to butcher goats; all we knew was how to eat them. We were expecting Mr. Licudini to butcher the goat for us; but he had a better idea. “Why don’t you boys do it yourself?” he said. “I’ll instruct you step by step.” “This is one thing I have to learn,” I told myself, “if I were to satisfy my cravings for kambing and not be dependent on other people.” The arduous task was easier said than done. Before we knew it, we were laboriously following Mr. Licudini’s instructions with soots all over us. My interest in kambing temporarily waned that moment. Once back home, we religiously followed Mr. Licudini’s verbal instructions on how to prepare the papaitan. We followed them, step by step, well, at least, we thought. When the dish was cooked, my father-in-law, an Ilocano who grew up in Manila, would not touch it. All he had to ask was one question: “Did you remove the waste and clean the inside of the intestine?” Getting rid of that big container of papaitan was like disposing nuclear wastes. It

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(Continued from page 1) town mate, handled the nursing subjects and Ms. Lucy Gonzales whose husband CDR Gil Gonzales, USN was stationed at JUSMAG, handled the English as a Foreign Language course. I believed that our review center was successful because we taught our students how to take the test, not learning the subjects over again. We were able to send 50 nurses to the East Coast before the demand for nurses in the United States declined. We were also exporting Philippine made products to the United States like baby dresses and embroideries. After a couple of years we closed our company and went our separate ways. I continued my selling of insurance policies and houses. Even though we cannot consider ourselves successful in our venture, the thought that we played a part in the turning point of the lives of 50 nurses was enough for me to still smile. While in the Philippines I was invited by my cousin, Eddie Reyes, to a fiesta in Malolos. One of his office mates was having a big celebration and almost everyone was invited. We arrived rather late as we did not actually leave Manila until late in the afternoon. Eddie was then the budget officer of the Bureau of Tourism in Manila. Once he gave me and my partner Jack Bolado a tour of the Philippines as part of their campaign to observe peace and order in the country. As we were being served at the VIP table, one of the servers struck up a conversation with me after learning that I am a “Balikbayan”. He proudly told me that their local priest who was born and raised in the nearby barrio is now in America and was wondering if I know of him. In my mind I know that most Filipinos’ thinking is that America is so small that we Filipinos know each other. So as not to embarrass her I quickly said, oh who is he and do you know where he is at. She said that she does not really know where he is but his name is Fr. Epitacio Castro. I was the one that got the shock of my life. I not only know him, he is in fact a very good friend of mine, so I asked if she would accompany me to his house so I can meet his family. She called a tricycle right away and off we went to their barrio. I could not believe what was happening. I met Fr. Eppie’s father and siblings and even saw our choir’s group picture mounted on their wall. They were also surprised to meet someone like me. Monsignor Eppie is now the Pastor of St. Francis of Asisi in Meycauayan, Bulacan. - AJ (To be continued) (To order a copy of this book, call 619.746.3416)

took hours to pour it cup by cup in the sink’s garbage disposal. The next time I had a chance to butcher a goat, I knew better. I didn’t take the chance. “I’ll just stick to writing,” I told myself, as I let my friends do the thing they do better than me. Another chance The chance came when my friend, pianist Rey Sebastian invited me to join him and his brothers-in-law in buying a goat. Their San Felipe, Zambales town association would have a picnic, and aside from a goat, they were going to roast a whole cow in a park in Southbay where the event would take place. I cannot forget Rey’s tales about their drinking sprees in their town where he was an aide to his cousin, the town mayor. “Our town slaughterhouse would only butcher one cow a week, enough for the needs of everybody,” Rey told me. “I, being an influential town official, would be able to ask for the most tender part of the meat. The meat would be so fresh that it would still quiver. We would cut it into thin pieces, soak it in vinegar and eat it raw as we drank liquor or beer. It was very delicious!” Whenever I think of food, I always remember Rey’s story. It was similar to the experience of actor Kevin Costner in the movie, “Dances with the Wolves” when his character was offered by his Indian friend to partake of a raw heart, dripping with blood, from a newly-killed buffalo. It was like a test of manhood, a rite of friendship. I wish that someday, I would have the same experience that Rey Sebastian seemed to have enjoyed. I was surprised to find out that there was a small animal pen owned by a Mexican right beside the Freeway 805 in Chula Vista on Main Street. One did not have to go to the remote farms outside the city to get animals to butcher. It was hidden from the freeway by the trees and some storage companies. When we arrived there, we had to stay outside the closed gate and knock hard for somebody to attend to us. Inside were cages of goats, pigs and even cows. It was an illegal operation, that’s why the gate was always locked and the owners always stayed inside. If ever the authorities would come to raid the place, the owners could always contend that they were closed and not in the selling business. Right outside the gate, there was a knife, water hose, and even welding equipment, with which the customers could butcher, clean and even burn the skins of the goats that they bought, all for free. A small swamp was beside where wastes were thrown away. I was hesitant to stay long. I was afraid that the police might come and catch us and we might see ourselves on television and in the newspapers: “Goat lovers caught in the act!” I could just imagine the headlines. As I paced listlessly while my friends butchered and cleaned their goat, a group of Laotians came. They preferred to roast a pig, which they butchered and cleaned in one side of the facility. Suddenly, a group of Hispanic men, all perspiring and dirty, came running down. “Agua, agua,” they asked as they grabbed the water hose, drank to their satisfaction and scampered away. They were illegal aliens who just crossed the border and were passing through. San Diego, you see, shares a border with Tijuana, Mexico. Surprised One day, my good friend Primo called: “Padre, we are going to San Diego to attend a baptismal party. But I am afraid we won’t have time to visit you!” I was therefore surprised when I heard the doorbell rang and saw Primo and his family at the door. “I thought you didn’t have the time to pass by?” I asked.

Poe said she was collating the position papers of all the resource persons to craft a common procedure by which banks could restore the balances of their clients before the fraud. “I am awaiting their sample procedure if we can act on a bill to require a uniform process from banks to protect the depositors victimized by fraud,” Poe said in a text message to the Inquirer. “We can look into possible consumer protection and how banks can uniformly address ATM fraud and reinstate the financial status of the depositors who were victimized,” she added. Benefit of doubt The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has assured the committee that pending a more thorough investigation, it is giving bank clients the benefit of the doubt and is restoring their balances before the fraud, Poe said. She said some banks were willing to “take the word of the client” and to resolve the complaints in a week’s time. Meantime, the senator said she had asked the banks to speed their process in addressing complaints about ATM fraud. “BPI assured me that as far as they are concerned it takes at most a week to resolve an ATM concern,” she said. To combat card cloning or skimming, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has mandated banks to ditch the magnetic stripe technology in favor of the EMV chip technology in ATM cards by January 2017. EMV is a chip-based technology developed by Europay, MasterCard and Visa. It refers to payment chip cards that contain an embedded microprocessor that provides strong security features and other capabilities not possible with traditional magnetic strip cards, according to Presidential Security Group member Raphael Marcial was charged after he

was caught carrying a scanner supposedly used to copy ATM cards and cards bearing different names in a Makati City bank. PSBank, ‘ensaymada’ In the case of the journalist who was a recent victim of card cloning, as reported in the Inquirer on Feb. 27, “Elsa” on Thursday said that PSBank had informed her that it had “decided to credit back the P27,000 that was debited from [her] account last Feb. 1, 2014.” Two top PSBank executives visited Elsa in her office in Makati City and gave her a box of six “ensaymadas,” which she shared with officemates. The bank said the investigation of the transaction was “still ongoing and all efforts are being exhausted in resolving this.” In a statement, PSBank claimed that it, together with parent bank Metrobank, was the first bank in the country to initiate steps and invest heavily in the EMVenabled ATMs to provide heightened ATM security features to its clients. “This is our first step in providing full protection to our clients against the global issue of ATM card skimming. This is also in line with the requirement to upgrade the security features of all ATMs in the country to address this concern,” PSBank said. “We highly encourage all our clients to be vigilant and perceptive about suspicious-looking devices in an ATM.” International syndicate Card cloning or skimming in the country had been reported as early as 2011 but became rampant in 2012, and

carried out by an international syndicate, Poe said during the hearing. Several ATMs in Binondo, Manila; Malabon; Quezon City; and the eastern part of the metropolis were found to have been tampered with, she said. Liable Banks whose customers fell victim to ATM fraud could be held liable and be asked to give a refund, according to the BSP. This is if investigations prove that banks are the ones that bear the heavier burden of responsibility. “Actually, when fraud happens, the cause has to be investigated. Who bears the losses depends on the circumstances. Both bank and customer each have certain responsibilities as part of their contract. If it’s the bank’s fault, then it should do the right thing of at least refunding,” BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla said on Thursday. The BSP, however, so far is not requiring concerned banks to do a refund. On Thursday, Poe lauded again the BSP for issuing Circular No. 808 requiring all banks to issue EMV-capable cards by January 2017. “The initiative of the BSP to require all ATM cards to have computer chips to replace the strip is a proactive step,” she said. At the hearing, Guillermo of the Police Anti-Cyber Crime Group said his group was also investigating the online sale of account information. “Some are selling ATM, bank and credit card information,” he said, but did not elaborate.—With a report from Michelle Remo

“They served kalderetang kambing at the est kambing pilgrimage, I could not find haven’t given my orders yet. The pretty party and we know that you don’t eat this ev- Carlito’s Kambingan. I did not know if waitress gave me a sweet smile and said: eryday. Your kumadre insisted that I asked it had moved out, but I was like a small “It’s on the house.” some from the host to give to you.” boy in an enchanted forest. It was as if a By then, a man dressed in white pants, I was touched. fairy was playing tricks on me, giving me a shirts and even shoes, came and explained: Occasionally, my good friend Orly Martin wrong sense of direction as I looked for my “Actually, we haven’t opened yet. This is would call me up and invite me to his way out. Finally, I decided to walk along just a store blessing party attended by our brother-in-law’s house. Quezon Blvd., heading south. I knew I was close friends and relatives. You are our very “Dave is cooking kambing, Pare,” he going away from where the kambingan was first customer!” would tell me “Come over and join us!” supposed to be but I just decided to follow It was only then that I noticed that the I could tell how much Orly valued my my instincts. When I looked up, I found people around were looking and smiling at friendship by the guests in those exclusive myself on the bridge of a creek right past the me, watching my reaction. affairs; I was always the only non-family road that leads to the Roxas district. In front Embarrassed, all I could do was lift my member in those gatherings. of me was a two story decrepit unpainted beer, and sheepishly offered a toast. When I was in Marinduque to watch the house, decorated with balloons “Carlo’s Present day Moriones Festival in the summer of 1980, Kambingan” its sign said. It was to my likAs soon as I got the kilawin dish that my host served me one of the kambing deliing. The place was not classy, precisely like Ric Caballero of Happy Bakery gave me, I cacies I had never tasted before: Sinampaluthe one where we used to go, one patronized dropped my work and went straight home. I kang kambing. It was the best. I thought I by the ordinary menfolks, the working class, wanted to enjoy the food and decided to eat had tried everything! and not snooty types. I went upstairs, and on a small portion at a time. I was surprised to Pilgrimage the terrace-like second floor, I was greeted find out how good it was. I almost finished Whenever I visited the Philippines in by the surprised looks and stares of the everything in one sitting. The skin was 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1995, I never failed to people inside. In front of them were dozens tender and rubbery enough. I liked the burnt take a pilgrimage to my old haunt, Carlito’s of beers and plateful of kambing delicacies. taste of the meat, and I thought I didn’t eat Kambingan in Quezon City. I always I ignored their stares. After staying any of the onions that added flavor to the ordered “the works:” kaldereta, kilawin, kathirteen years abroad, the locals no longer dish! Ric said that kambing delicacies, pukan, papaitan and San Miguel beer. Alone intimidated me. I sat in an empty chair and including kaldereta, and papaitan, are availby myself, I reminisced about the good waited for a waitress to take my order. It able at his Happy Bakery anytime. Whoever old days with my friends. It was always a took a while before she came towards me, said that one cannot have everything in this poignant moment for me. We had moved and she already had a bottle of beer and big world of ours? on to our respective endeavors, led our own plates of kilawin, kaldereta, plus a bowl of Tomorrow, I will try kisilog for breakfast. lives and as they say, “one cannot bring back papaitan. You know, kilawin, sinangag, and itlog! - AJ the glory of the moment, the splendor in the “But wait a minute,” I protested. “I grass. “ I thought about our laughter’s and our dreams. How we would write the best novel of all times and travel the far corners Get the best results for your CLASSIFIED AD with of the world. And all of a sudden, it would always strike me: The only constant reality our 3-in-1 PRICE offer via online+digital+print that I had about our past with the present was First Asian Weekly Newspaper in Southern California & San Diego’s Most Widely Circulated Asian-Filipino New the kambing delicacies I was enjoying right editions. Only from the Asian Journal 550 East 8th Street, Suite 6, National City CA 91950 • Tel. (619) 474-0588 • Fax (619) 474-0373 there and then. They were still as delicious as before. Last December, when I took my lat-

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