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Philstar.com | MANILA, 3/11/2014 - One of your backyard plants may become the national Philippine vegetable under a proposed law that has been passed by the House of Representatives. Approved by the lower chamber on third and final reading last Monday, House Bill 2072 seeks to declare malunggay (moringa) as the country's national vegetable and November as the "National Malunggay Month."

Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia, the bill's authors, cited the economic, nutritional and medicinal benefits of malunggay. She said the vegetable has been promoted by the (Continued on page 6)

Mactan-Cebu eyed to be world’s first resort-airport

Megawide-GMR showed off the new design for the airport on its Facebook page and in newspaper ads.

ABS CBN News | MANILA, 3/19/2014 - The consortium of Megawide Construction Corp. and India's GMR Airports have not yet been awarded the contract for Mactan-Cebu International

Airport, but they're vowing to turn it into the world's first resort-airport. Megawide-GMR consortium released its design for
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Philippines world’s second on multimedia usage
by Bong Lozada, Inquirer. net | MANILA,3/19/2014 —Filipinos have proven that they have been one tech-savvy bunch. According to Millward Brown’s 2014 AdReaction Report, Filipinos typically spend 531 minutes, good for second in the world rankings behind Indonesia’s 540 minutes, using multiscreen platforms—television, phones, laptops, and tablets—in viewing multimedia programs. Filipinos, in a five-hour span, spend 99 minutes on the TV, 143 minutes on laptops, 174 minutes on smartphones, and 110 minutes on tablets,

with some being used simultaneously. Millward Brown had a sample size of 12,000 respondents scattered across 30 countries, with 3,000 respondents coming from nine countries from the Asia
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Rappler.com | MANILA, 3/19/2014 – Less than half of the 100 biggest corporations in the country made it to the Bureau of Internal Revenue's (BIR) prestigious taxpayers list. According to BIR's latest Tax Watch ad released on Wednesday, March 19, only 39 out of the top 100 corporations identified by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) were among the top 500 corporate taxpayers in 2012. By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. SEC's list was based on Publisher & Editor gross revenues. BIR's list was San Diego Asian Journal based on income taxes paid. The Original and first Asian Journal in America The ad compared the rankings of the corporations on both lists. San Diego, California The ad is part of BIR's March 22, 2005 campaign to encourage individuals and businesses to pay Second in a series of Easter Stories the right taxes. The bureau is hard-pressed to improve tax t is Holy Week once more and as usual, we observe the season of lent and the sacrifice collections, which the governof our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. ment uses to fund its spending program. The government For a columnist like me, the observance of Holy Week has added significance if only for wants to boost spending to the fact that I always, in fact need to, write about it to make my column timely and relsustain the economy's growth. evant. Before this, the BIR reIn 1992, I went to the Philippines with my family for a visit and wrote about my exleased a series of ads targeting periences there in a series of homecoming articles. Three of those articles featured my doctors who do not pay taxes. memories of Holy Week as I experienced it in our province. Since then, I have occasionMeralco no. 1 ally reprinted those articles during lent not only because I was lazy to write another Easter Power distributor Manila article, but also because I find them relevant year after year. It was an opportunity for me Electric Company ranked to remind our readers of our Holy Week past and judging from the comments and letters I first on both the SEC and receive, they are quite appreciative of my gesture. BIR lists, with P9.346 billion They were like the religious movies featured in movie theaters during Holy Week, espeincome tax paid in 2012. cially on Good Fridays, in the Philippines when we were growing up. During those days, Oil company Petron CorPhilippine movie theater owners seemed to have imposed upon themselves the religious poration ranked 2nd on the obligation of not showing commercial movies, but rather religious films, as though it was SEC list, while it placed 99th on BIR’s. Its income tax due (Continued on page 2) in 2012 was P299.303 million. The 3rd spot on SEC’s list went to Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. The oil company, however, ranked By Quintin R. Ramil, Jr didate applies, his or her fam59th on BIR’s list, with inChapter 21: Admission to ily is also scrutinized. I know come tax of P543.447 million. that most graduates of the the U.S. Naval Academy TI (Philippines) Inc. and academy were almost always Malayan Integrated Industries Our oldest son Ramy is sons, grandsons, daughters or Corporation – 4th and 5th, now a junior in high school granddaughters of someone respectively, on SEC's list – which means we have to start who also graduated from the were not on BIR's taxpayers get involved with other acthinking of college. Being a institution. It was a rarity to list. tivities but continue achieving Navy veteran and having met hear someone graduate withOther companies in top academically. many officers in my career out any relatives connected When we received the application 10 that I really admired and who with the Navy. But I was not form, I discovered that the first person Nestle Philippines Inc. graduated from Annapolis, who will recommend a student is the discouraged and I became grabbed the 6th spot on SEC’s class counsellor, then the Principal, and gave me the thought of why more focused with my goal. list, and placed 7th on BIR's, then a member of congress from your not try it for my sons. I began I renewed my efforts to be with P5.3 billion income tax. district or one of the State Senators. I gathering information on the involved with the community made sure that on the next open house at Toshiba Information requirements. It dawned on and I asked my son to be an (Continued on page 7) (Continued on page 8) me that when a potential can- all-around student meaning

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part of their religious penance or sacrifice. A penance or sacrifice, I must say, they impose in return to their movie patrons, especially those that are not necessarily religious. Remember those movies that Philippine movie theaters show year after year during Holy Week? I still remember some of them like “Marcelino Pan y Vino,” “Santa Rita De Casia,” “The Ten Commandments,” and “The Bible.”
By reprinting my Holy Week articles in my Homecoming series in the Asian Journal year after year, I realized that I am imposing the same sacrifice that the Philippine movie theater owners imposed on their patrons in featuring the same religious films every Holy Week of each year. So for this year, I decided to give our readers a break by coming out with this freshly brewed article on the subject. But don’t count out those Holy Week articles yet. You are going to read about them again same time next year. Ironic I find it ironic that at this time when the Christian World is supposed to come together in observance of lent, it is now embroiled in a bitter controversy over the Terri Salvo case. It has become a right to die issue that has reached the legislative, executive and the judiciary branch of the government. In San Diego, Bishop Robert H. Brom of the Catholic diocese has apologized for initially condemning a businessman who had allowed a gay porno movie be

filmed in his bar. The bishop had refused to allow the family of the businessman to give him funeral service in a Catholic Church and cemetery, an order, which he rescinded after offering his apology. Then there is that unending controversy of the Cross on Mt. Soledad which some people wanted to be removed because it is placed on a public land. Though these issues may seem to be divisive, I realize that they also make us contemplate and think harder about our faith, especially during this period of lent. Modern versus the old ways Having lived in the Philippines and the United States, I cannot help but notice the commercialized way Holy Week is observed in America. Since the Filipinos are almost 80 percent Christians, Good Friday is always declared a special holiday, hence people troop to their hometowns in the provinces starting on Wednesday up to Easter Sunday. In the U.S., people are required to work even on Good Friday. Easter in the U.S. connotes the images of the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs. In the Philippines, it is all about Jesus Christ sacrifices on the Cross, culminating on his resurrection on Easter Sunday. I remember a Filipina office mate of mine years ago, whom I noticed was eating meat on a Good Friday, a “no-no” in the Catholic religion. “Di bale, nasa Amerika na naman tayo, eh (Never mind, we are already in America),” she rationalized as though being in the U.S. would excuse her from the rules of the Church. Memories Then there are those memories we experience whenever we spend Holy Week in the Philippines. On Good Fridays, some Filipinos all

over the Philippines would fulfill their religious vows by physically punishing or hurting themselves as a penance for their sins. Others would do so in gratitude to God for fulfilling their wishes; like the time when they vowed to God that if He would heal their sick child, they would undertake such a sacrifice on Good Fridays, The Good Friday sacrifice or “Penitensiya (penitents)” was done in various ways. Many would walk half-naked in the street as they struck their backs with small branches of trees for hours till blood would cover their body. When I was in the province of Marinduque for a Holy Week vacation with a friend. I witnessed some people cutting the skin at the back of the penitents with a razor blade so that blood could easily ooze out when the back is struck with a whip. Others would carry a wooden cross for miles in the heat of the sun. In an ironic way, some people avoided much suffering by putting wheels at the end of their wooden cross. The most notorious Good Friday spectacle was staged in towns of San Fernando, Pampanga and Angono, Rizal where people were actually nailed to a cross as fulfillment of their religious vows! Solemn Good Friday People were supposed to observe solemnity on Good Fridays. Television stations and movie theaters only showed religious programs or movies. Some were closed the entire day. Hence, on Good Fridays, people never got tired of watching such religious classics I mentioned above. Old folks discouraged the young from undergoing long trips or travel on Good Fridays lest they would meet an accident. We young kids were told not to climb trees for we would fall from it. We were also discouraged from swimming in the river because according to the barrio folks, the river was full of blood of Jesus Christ. People who participated in the sacrifice of the penitents vowed that their wounds were miraculously healed as soon as they swam in the river. Visita Iglesia On Good Fridays, many Filipinos observed the custom of “Visita Iglesia,” the practice of visiting as many churches as possible to reflect on the death of Jesus Christ. In accordance with the teachings in the Bible, people were not allowed to eat meat on Good Fridays. (Continued on page 8)

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ROCK HILL, South Carolina –March 13, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced that it is teaming up with the White House, UI Labs, the Department of Defense and other industry and academic organizations on its recently announced Digital Lab for Manufacturing. As part of this collaboration, 3DS plans to deliver its latest Geomagic® perceptual design to manufacturing tools including scanto-CAD, and inspection products into the center, providing access for the American manufacturing industry to the most advanced design to manufacturing digital thread. Headed by UI Labs and located in Chicago, the Digital Lab for Manufacturing is an applied research institute that is chartered with the development, demonstration and deployment of digital manufacturing technologies across key manufacturing industries. This White House initiative brings together 40 industry partners, more than 30 academic, government and community partners and an additional 500+ supporting companies. The Digital Lab has a mission to transform the American manufacturing chain, to ensure the secure integration and communication of digital manufacturing data, and allow companies of any size to adopt emerging innovations in the space. This new center is the next step in the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, consist-

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edge manufacturing technologies for new, globally competitive products. 3DS is also a founding and leading member of America Makes (formerly NAMII), the first center opened in this proposed national network. “Perceptual design and manufacturing tools enable digital manufacturing technologies to catch up with advancements in design. ” said Ping Fu, Chief Strategy Officer, 3DS. “For America to lead in manufacturing, seamless digital threading needs to be readily democratized, localized and accessible; and the Digital Lab for Manufacturing is exactly what we needed to pave the way.” Learn more about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future today at www.3dsystems.com. ###

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Travel Advisory to Philippines: Protect Yourself Against Measles Intelligent people are more likely to trust others
Lead author Noah Carl said: "Intelligence is shown to be linked with trusting others, even after taking into account factors like marital status, education and income. This finding supports what other researchers have argued, namely that being a good judge of character is a distinct part of human intelligence which evolved through natural selection."
University of Oxford, ScienceDaily. com | 3/14/2014 -- Intelligent people are more likely to trust others, while those who score lower on measures of intelligence are less likely to do so, says a new study. Oxford University researchers based their finding on an analysis of the General Social Survey, a nationally representative public opinion survey carried out in the United States every one to two years. The authors say one explanation could be that more intelligent individuals are better at judging character and so they tend to form relationships with people who are less likely to betray them. Another reason could be that smarter individuals are better at weighing up situations, recognizing when there is a strong incentive for the other person not to meet their side of the deal. The study, published in the journal, PLOS ONE, supports previous research that analyzed data on trust and intelligence from European countries. The authors say the research is significant that trust is a valuable resource for an individual, and is not simply a proxy for intelligence. Lead author Noah Carl, from the Department of Sociology, said: 'Intelligence is shown to be linked with trusting others, even after taking into account factors like marital status, education and income. This finding supports what other researchers have argued, namely that being a good judge of character is a distinct part of human intelligence which evolved through natural selection. However, there are other possible interpretations of the evidence, and further research is needed to disentangle them.' Researcher Professor Francesco Billari, also from the Department of Sociology, said: 'People who trust others seem to report better health and greater happiness. The study of social trust therefore has wider implications in public health, governmental policy and private charity, and there are good reasons to think that governments, religious groups and other civic organizations should try to cultivate more trust in society. Social trust has become an increasingly important topic for academics, who want to understand the causes of better health and greater happiness within society.' Journal Reference: Noah Carl, Francesco C. Billari. Generalized Trust and Intelligence in the United States. PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (3): e91786 DOI: 10.1371/journal. pone.0091786 Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/ releases/2014/03/140316133840.htm

SAN DIEGO, CA | 3/17/2014 -- According to the Department of Health of the Philippines, 1,163 cases of measles and a number of measles deaths were reported in the country in just the first 11 days of January 2014. Most of the cases are from Metropolitan Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon. Last year there were over 1,700 cases reported and 21 deaths. Within the past few weeks, San Diego has had four reported measles cases, one in a traveler returning from the Philippines and three others who were exposed to that traveler. We are asking for your help in getting this message about measles and travel in the Philippines out to a wide audience. Please share this information with your colleagues, families, friends and others in your personal and professional networks. How can travelers protect themselves? Make sure everyone in your family has had two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine. Also remind visitors coming from the Philippines to make sure they have had two doses of MMR before traveling. Measles is highly contagious. When ill persons sneeze or cough, the measles virus can stay in the environment for up to two hours and cause new infections in unvaccinated persons. Most persons with measles recover, but the illness can lead to death because of pneumonia, acute diarrhea with severe dehydration, or acute encephalitis. • Persons who have never been vaccinated may contact their doctors and arrange for two doses of the MMR vaccine. The two doses should be given at least 28 days apart. • Children are recommended to receive their first dose of MMR at 12-15 months of age. • If you are traveling with a child under the age of 12 months, check with

your doctor about getting one dose of MMR for children aged 6–11 months. • Take the opportunity to talk to your doctor about other vaccines you or your family might need, like Tdap (whooping cough booster) and Varicella (chickenpox). • Keep copies of vaccination records for all family members. You can learn more about measles by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/ measles. You can also learn more about how to protect yourself from other infectious diseases when travelling by visiting: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel. Find more information about immunizations and the diseases they prevent at the Immunization Program website: www.sdiz.org. Thank you for taking important steps to help ensure the health of your family, friends, and the San Diego community and beyond! Source: Harrison Bolter Health Information Specialist II Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch Public Health Services Health and Human Services Agency County of San Diego

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ScienceDaily.com | 1/9/2013 -- Used coffee grounds from filter and espresso coffeemakers are a rich source of healthful antioxidants and other substances. To plant food, insect repellant and other homespun uses for spent coffee grounds, scientists are adding an application that could make the gunk left over from brewing coffee a valuable resource for production of dietary supplements. Their new report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry concludes that used coffee grounds are a rich source of healthful antioxidant substances. Maria-Paz de Peña and colleagues explain that people around the world drink millions of cups of coffee every day, generating about 20 million tons of used grounds annually. Although some spent coffee grounds find commercial use as farm fertilizer, most end up in trash destined for landfills. Coffee itself is a rich source of healthful antioxidants. De Peña's team wondered about the amount of antioxidants that remained in used coffee grounds from different coffee-making methods. They found that filter, plunger and espresso-type coffeemakers left more antioxidants in coffee grounds, while mocha coffeemakers left the least. Because filter and espresso coffeemakers are more common in homes and commercial kitchens, the authors report that most grounds are likely to be good sources of antioxidants and other useful substances. They note that after these compounds are extracted, the grounds can still be used for fertilizer. Journal Reference: Jimena Bravo, Isabel Juániz, Carmen Monente, Bettina Caemmerer, Lothar W. Kroh, M. Paz De Peña, Concepción Cid. Evaluation of Spent Coffee Obtained from the Most Common Coffeemakers as a Source of Hydrophilic Bioactive Compounds. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2012; 60 (51): 12565 DOI: 10.1021/jf3040594 Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/ releases/2013/01/130109110057.htm

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Joint cancer center study finds barriers to minority clinical trial participation Chula Vista Library Foundation to host Food & Wine Event
Enjoy a casual evening under the stars with wine, hors d’oeuvres and music while helping to support the Chula Vista Public Library. On Saturday, April 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Chula Vista Public Library Foundation (CVPLF) will host “Bon Appetit: Celebrating Food, Wine and Our Libraries” at Otay Ranch Town Center in the food pavilion outside the City’s trendsetting Otay Ranch Branch Library. Favorite area restaurants and food vendors, excellent vintners, purveyors of premium tequila and vodka, popular deejay John Henry, and a silent auction will entertain guests age 21 and over. Tickets for the evening are $40 per person and can be purchased at the three City libraries (Otay Ranch, Civic, and South Branches), from CVPLF members, or at the door that evening. In addition to the fabulous silent auction items, there will also be a live auction for VIP ticket packages to popular concerts at Sleep Train Amphitheatre this season including the Dave Matthews Band, Journey and Steve Miller Band, One Republic, and Blake Shelton. Also, a grand prize live raffle of a $1000 shopping spree at Otay Ranch Town Center is scheduled; tickets for this raffle are only $5 each and can be purchased in advance from each library branch as well as at the event. There is no need to be present to win. “Thanks to our generous sponsors and the library lovers of Chula Vista, we hope the community will join us for an evening of good music, great food and drink, and fantastic prizes, all to support a wonderful cause – our Chula Vista Public Library,” said Betty Waznis, Library Director. “Our goal this year is to raise funds to open an expansion of our popular mall branch library, the Otay Ranch Branch.” The CVPL Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the Chula Vista Public Library by providing charitable funds to further the education and community service goals of the library. For additional information on library programs, services or events, visit www. chulavistalibrary.com. For information on the library foundation, go to www. cvplfoundation.net.

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New strategies for data collection recommended
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A new study involving researchers from UC Davis and four other National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers reveals important barriers that limit minority group participation in cancer clinical trials, findings that will be used to refine and launch more effective strategies to assure that more minorities benefit from clinical trials. The study, published online today in Cancer, found variations in how the cancer centers gather patient demographic information and other relevant data. The research was part of a national effort to recruit more racial/ethnic minorities into therapeutic clinical trials and, ultimately, to reduce the disproportional incidence of many cancers among those populations. UC Davis is one of five National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers united in the endeavor, known as EMPaCT — Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials. Funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the consortium is in the second phase of its work to address barriers that limit the representation of minorities in therapeutic trials. “Racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the nation’s population, but language, culture, and other barriers historically have suppressed their involvement in clinical trials,” said UC Davis Professor Moon Chen, who leads the UC Davis EMPaCT team. “Clinical trials are critical to our development of effective cancer therapies, and we must have participation by meaningful numbers from all racial/ethnic groups to ensure those therapies are based on specific characteristics of these populations.” Clinical trials evaluate the effectiveness and safety of cancer medications and medical devices by monitoring their effects on large groups of people. Such trials are considered vital to the development of cancer therapies, and inclusion of people from all racial/ethnic populations and both genders is particularly important as the U.S. becomes more diverse. The study reviewed the collection and reporting of patient demographic data and other practices by the five regionally diverse cancer centers participating in EMPaCT. Investigators found significant variation in the methods of data

collection and type of patient demographic information by the five centers. The centers also differed in how they defined their patient “catchment area,” or geographic region they expect to influence with their programs. That issue merits notice because under National Cancer Institute guidelines, comprehensive cancer centers are required to accrue women and minorities to clinical trials in rough proportion to the cancer patient population of the center’s primary catchment area. Given the findings, investigators recommend better standardization of data definition, collection, and reporting as an essential first step toward expanding minority participation in clinical trials. The study’s authors also advise that cancer centers should collect socioeconomic data, including a patient’s income and education levels, given compelling evidence of the strong link between socioeconomic status and cancer outcomes. Finally, the authors recommend collecting patient zip codes and insurance status to allow researchers to assess differences in access to clinical trials that may be related to geography and the availability of health insurance coverage. In addition to UC Davis, which represents the West and targets the accrual of Asian Americans, the cancer centers participating in EMPaCT are University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, lead institution (Midwest – Native American and African American accrual); University of Alabama, Birmingham, co-lead institution (Southeast - African American accrual); Johns Hopkins University (East – African American accrual), and University of Texas M.D. Anderson in Houston (Southwest – Latino/Hispanic accrual). The research was funded with a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities 1U24MD006970. UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern

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land. Can he ask the Register of Deeds to annotate the Contract to Sell on the title? The answer is no, the buyer cannot register the Contract to Sell. This is because it is a voluntary instrument whichrequires the presentation of the owner's duplicate certificate of title. The reason for requiring the production of the owner's duplicate certificate in the registration of a voluntary instrument is that, being a wilful act of the registered owner, it is to be presumed that he is interested in registering the instrument and would willingly surrender, present or produce his duplicate certificate of title to the Register of Deeds in order to accomplish such registration. (Leviste vs. Noblejas, G.R. No. L-28529 April 30, 1979) So, what is now the immediate remedy available to the buyer? According to the Philippine Supreme Court, where the owner refuses to surrender the duplicate certificate for the annotation of the voluntary instrument, thebuyer may file with the Register of Deeds a statement setting forth his adverse claim. The annotation of an adverse claim is a measure designed to protect the interest of a person over a piece of real property where the registration of such interest or right is not otherwise provided for by the Land Registration Act, and serves as a notice and warming to third parties dealing with said property that someone is claiming an interest on the same or a better right than the registered owner thereof. The buyer also has the remedy of going to court to force the seller to execute the deed of sale and to surrender the original title, to enable the buyer to ask the Register of Deeds to issue him a new (Continued on page 6)

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Free lunches and snacks will be offered during spring break to children 1-18 years of age at the Otay Recreation Center and Parkway Community Center. The program coincides with the spring break for children attending Chula Vista public schools. Beginning Monday, March 24, through Thursday, April 3, the lunches and snacks will be offered on a firstcome, first-served basis Monday through Friday at the centers with the exception of Monday, March 31 (City holiday), and Friday, April 4 (district offices closed). Dates and times are as follows: • Otay Recreation Center, 3554

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The injustice that leads to violence.
By Fr. Shay Cullen The massacre of 20 elementary school children and six teachers at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut on 14 December 2012 continues to mystify psychologists and social workers ,they and most people cannot explain what drove the killer to such wanton violence. He killed his mother some hours earlier that day and as police closed in on him he shot himself dead inside the school. His father said recently in an interview he wished his son had never been born. What is it that brings out such horrific violence against innocent children perhaps anger at the injustice of being rejected unwanted and unloved. Was 20 year old Adam Lanza sexually abused as a child by unknown pedophiles? Who can say? But one thing is certain rejected and abused children that suffer injustice can easily have a grudge and an abiding anger that can burst out in acts of violence as they grow to adulthood. The pain lingers and festers through childhood and can turn to hate and acts of revenge against perceived tormentors. The lingering pain is the the reality for the Filipino children that seek shelter ,peace and therapy at Preda center in Olongapo city. They want to be healed from the hurt and pain of being abused and raped. The effects of the traumatic experience of rape and abuse they carry with them is deep anger and resentment at the grave injustice done to them. They being young,(some 3 to 16 years old ) they are weak ,powerless and needing protection from their abuser who in most cases is their own father,brother relatives,or the live-in partner of their mother ,a paedophile .The child victims are distressed,depressed and even suicidal. Some are abused in child care centers like that recent expose and arrest of an American donor and his three mangers of the Sankey Samaritan orphanage home in Lucena city. Which was a fake orphanage as discovered by the DSWD and the testimonies of the victims to the NBI revealed that it was a house of sexual abuse. What is more shocking is the fact that the the accused foreigner accused went free and the alleged rapists got bail and can intimidate the victims. Victims of sexual abuse so betrayed by rapists and the justice system can carry a deep sense of distrust and buried McDonald Houses in 30 countries, 153 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms® in 17 countries, and 39 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles® in 6 countries. San Diego Since opening the first House on Berger Avenue on December 16, 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego has provided a “home-awayfrom-home” for more than 14,000 families and provided more than 140,000 nights of lodging. San Diego was the 20th Ronald McDonald House to open in the system. On July 7, 2009, families were welcomed to the new Ronald McDonald House, located at 2929 Children’s Way, across the street from the entrance to Rady Children’s Hospital. The 65,000 square foot House has more bedrooms – 47 compared to 12 in the other House -- and a new Family Care Center that helps make life easier for families during the day. Family Care Center The Family Care Center serves as a day resource for families with seriouslyill or injured children, providing necessities to make their lives easier as they go through a very challenging time. These resources include dining services, a computer lab, children’s playroom, game room, chapel, exercise room, TV room, nap room, laundry facilities, and a beauty salon. They count on the support of the community to help operate the San Diego Ronald McDonald House and secure its future. Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides services to families 365 days a year, seven days a week, 24 hours each day, as well as offering a wide variety of special events and seasonal programs. Funding Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego receives support from individuals, foundations and corporate donors. The organization receives approximately 10 percent of its operating costs from the generosity of owner/operators of local McDonald’s restaurants. The remaining 90 percent of its funding comes from the community. LEED Certification The Ronald McDonald House®, located adjacent to Rady Children’s Hospital, has received its silver LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. The 65,000-square-foot House and exterior courtyards are constructed on top of an existing six-story parking structure, a location that creatively solves the problem of scarce and expensive land in San Diego’s hospital district. The House features 47 bedrooms for families with seriously ill or injured children, receiving treatment at local hospitals. Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego board of trustees moved to anger and even hatred of adults. It is a challenging task for the Preda therapists and social workers to befriend and reassure them that they can trust a human being again. They have suffered the worst betrayal possible to a human person. They bury the memory of that terrible crime committed against them in their hearts and souls, in their body and their minds. They live in fear of the adult world. Some victims and survivors carry the pain and fear all their lives. Their abuser has threatened them and the members of their family. They cannot speak ,silence is the only world they know. This fear and sense of abandonment by the adults who should be there to protect and help them have told them that they are worthless human beings and even blames them for seducing their abuser. They are told that they had it coming. Their destruction as a person is complete , none ,but a few, can ever live a normal life again and we should not be surprised that some might grow into disoriented adults. What is even worse is that few people believes or listens to them and the plight. There is no justice for them. This is the worst pain they can suffer. This can drive some victims to acts of violent revenge. Others are so damaged that a loving relationship and marriage is almost impossible. Violence and abuse and a broken family can be the likely outcome for many. When they seek justice their complaint is frequently left for months even years without action by the prosecutor. Then it is dismissed and the sex abusers or traffickers go free with impunity. In 2010 two Australians , Peter Nemes and Frances George Wood were charged before the Regional Trail court ,Branch 26 in Laguna court with the rape of a 7 year old child,the evidence was strong and no bail should have been allowed yet the prosecutors recommended it and the judge complied. It was deemed legal but was it morally right? Of course the accused disappeared back to Australia and arrest warrants were issued but never served despite the appeals and requests of the parents, For the damaged and abused child justice was defeated, (Continued on page 7) build the new House using strict green building standards. All parties associated with the project saw the opportunity to further help the community by making the building silver LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified. They assembled a team including architect Joseph Wong Design Associates, project manager 4G Development and Consulting Inc. and construction manager Barnhart, Inc., to make it happen. Many of the dollar savings from LEED-based construction are achieved by making the building as energy-efficient as possible. Using a combination of high efficiency mechanical systems and envelope and lighting design, the project uses 17.5 percent less energy than a typical building in California. Indoor Environmental Quality A chemical-free environment is essential for the children whose treatments often cause compromised immune systems. This is achieved by carefully monitoring the VOC levels of all adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings used inside the building. During construction, Barnhart carefully monitored the site, ensuring mechanical systems were protected from dust and dirt, floors were kept clean, and materials were stored safely away from any possible contaminants or water damage. Water Savings and Energy Conservation Two exterior courtyards are central to the building – one a contemplative healing garden, and the other a sport court and play yard. To conserve water, drip irrigation and programmable watering systems are used in the courtyards. Inside the building, water-efficient plumbing fixtures are used. Together, the landscape design and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures will save more than 150,000 gallons of water a year. The House was also designed for a 109kW photovoltaic array to produce solar energy and includes a highly reflective roof to reduce heat build-up from the sun’s rays. Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego 2929 Children’s Way San Diego, CA 92123 Website: www.rmhcsd.org Source: rmhcsd.org

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Take It From My Barber
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1.CHARM SHOP RUMMAGE SALE: Center for Holistic, Alternative, Restorative, Medicine. There will be a rummage sale to raise funds for the Center. DATE: March 20 to 22, (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM PLACE: 1419 East 8th Street, National City, CA 91950 WHAT: Clothing (men and women), purses and bags, shoes (men and ladies), accessories and Jewelry and miscellaneous items. FOR INFORMATION: Call Boodgie Arce at (619) 203-8171 or the Center (619)4773392. DONATIONS ARE WELCOME. PLEASE BRING TO THE CENTER DURING THOSE DAYS. 2. FILIPINO FORUM FEATURING, “COFFEE CHAT WITH ASSEMBLY MEMBER DR. SHIRLEY WEBER.” A meeting of the Filipino forum to feature Assembly member Dr. Shirley Weber. This is an opportunity to learn about what’s happening in Sacramento and to share your concerns and public issues. DATE: March 29, Saturday TIME: 9:30 AM to 12 noon PLACE: 1419 East 8th Street, National City, CA 91950 WHAT: Voice your concerns; update on happenings in Sacramento Light snack will be served. FOR INFORMATION : Call the Center (619) 477-3392 3. PRESS CONFERENCE: OPERATION SAMAHAN’S/KCS STRIVE SAN DIEGO PROJECT Featuring the accomplishments of the project and taste testing Asian Pacific Islander healthy dishes. DATE: April 2, Wednesday TIME: 10:00 AM to 12 noon PLACE: New Operation Samahan Office1428 Highland Ave., National City 91950 (formerly Maniflo office, next to Roberto’s Taco Shop). WHAT: Learn about the accomplish-

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ments of the Project and new nutrition updates. FREE Samples of healthy dishes from 13 Asian and Pacific Islander restaurant FOR INFORMATION: Call Operation Samahan (619) 477-4451 or KCS (619) 477-3392 4. MEMORIAL OF 79TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF DR. RIZ OADES DURING TELEVISED PACQUAIO/ BRADLEY FIGHT On behalf of a Special day of our KCS Co-Founder, the late Dr. Riz Oades, Professor Emeritus SDSU. In celebration of his favorite sports boxing, “The joy of Living to the Gusto”—by Marissa Acierto DATE: April 12, 2014, Saturday TIME: TBA, evening PLACE: KCS FilAm Wellness Center, 1419 East 8th Street, National City, CA 91950 WHAT: Rematch fight between Pacquiao vs. Bradley DONATIONS: Advance minimum donation $10; Advance married couples $15. No exception. Day of event minimum donation: $15; Day of event minimum donation of married Couples $20 We encourage donations for non-attendees for support and continuance of the Center Attendees must bring Entrée Potluck of Entrée Choice. Dessert provided by KCS. FOR INFORMATION: Contact Belen Sanchez, Chair (bibliafashion@gmail.com) Marissa Acierto, Volunteer, MarissaAcierto@gmail.com; (619) 549-0014. For faster results, please text. Dr. Ofelia Dirige, KCS President/Ceo, (619) 477-3392 5. KCS STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT To assess accomplishments of KCS and plan its future direction. We need the input of community leaders, young people, media, clients, donors, business persons and others. DATE: April 26, 2014, Saturday TIME: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM PLACE: KCS, FWC 1419 East 8th Street, National City, CA 91950 WHAT: Assessment of KCS progress during the last three years (2010-2013) Future directions of KCS (2014-2019)

Human Rights vs. Military Justice in the Cudia Case
The talk at the barbershop is the case of PMA First Class Cadet Aldrin Jeffrey P. Cudia. Cadet Cudia was accused and found guilty of violating the Honor Code by a group of student cadets who make up the Honor Committee. Many are taking issues with this finding because of the process and the corresponding consequences on Cudia. Commander Junjie Tabuada of the Philippine Navy executed an affidavit detailing his conversation in January with Cadet First Class Lagura, a member of the Honor Committee who found Cadet Cudia guilty of violating the Honor Code. In his affidavit, Commander Tabuada swore that Cadet Lagura told him that he originally voted to acquit Cudia but was pressured to change his vote. Lagura’s “not guilty” vote would have exonerated Cudia. If the decision of the Honor Committee sticks, Cadet Cudia would suffer the following consequences: 1. Excluded in the list of graduating class of Siklab Diwa 2014; 2. Deprived of all the academic honors he deserves; 3. Denied commission as new ensign of the Philippine Navy; 4. Ostracized by all cadets; 5. Dismissed or discharged from the military service; and/or 6. Asked to refund or reimburse all expenses incurred for all his years as a PMA cadet. The PMA publication on the Honor Code states: “Our Code does not deviate from the universal concept of Honor. It demands the truth ... nothing else, but the truth ... both by act and implication. Each cadet becomes a zealous guardian to this earmark of the Corps and will report another or himself for a violation of honor. It is in keeping this priceless legacy from our predecessors that we seek to transmit it unblemished to the unending gray line.” It further says, “Truth is the virtue of the Corps.” The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) headed by Chairwoman Eta Rosales conducted its investigation to find out the truth. Commander Tabuada reiterated his claim in a sworn testimony before the CHR. It was also determined and admitted by other witnesses that the initial vote was 8-1 and changed to 9-0. CHR concluded that Cadet Cudia’s human right to due process has been violated. In order to discover the whole truth, the Honor Committee should make available all the records of the proceedings done against Cadet Cudia, including the video footage, audio records, and minutes of the proceedings to the new AFP Body reviewing the case. There are Cadet recorders. In fact, at West Point where the PMA Honor Code System was patterned, they even have Civilian Recorders. The records should be made available for the sake of finding out the truth. The AFP reviewing body should also look into the certification and affidavit of Dr. Maria Monica Costales, the professor of the class that supposedly caused Cudia’s tardiness by two minutes. First Class Cadet Cudia spent four (4) years of schooling going through rigorous mental and physical preparation which included initiation. The taxpayers underwrote all that with an estimated expense of about Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P2, 500,00.00). Do we forego all that because Cadet Cudia was allegedly late two minutes in his next class - a subject the final exams of which he is exempted from taking by virtue of his excellent academic record? Do we forego all that because he said he was dismissed later than usual? This was because he finished a long exam and was told to wait for his section grade by the professor who certified and swore to this fact. The spirit of the Honor System is based on two basic questions: Do I intend to deceive? Do I intend to take undue advantage? Did Cadet Cudia’s actions and statement intend to deceive? What on earth make his actions and statement so deceptive? Did he intend to take undue advantage? Why would he jeopardize his military career by bringing dishonor? What advantage would he get? The answer to these questions which is NO would negate any violation of the Honor Code. The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) was organized under Commonwealth Act No. 1, Section 30 and Section 31. Upon the recommendation of certain officials and upon the fulfillment of certain conditions that include among others physical and mental examinations, the President of the Philippines shall have the authority to appoint all of the cadets of the academy. Correspondingly, the President also has the power to remove or dismiss any or all of them. In the case of First Class Cadet Cudia who would have graduated as Salutatorian of the 2014 Graduating Class, his appointment by the President is being countermanded by a group of student cadets called Honor Committee. The fact is, even those adjudged as guilty under the Honor Code are only asked to resign. They are not automatically dismissed or fired. The taxpayers and the Office of the President invested on Cadet Cudia. He worked very hard to earn his diploma and did it with flying colors. He made his parents, relatives, and the taxpayers proud. He was a good investment! Cadet Cudia has been unfairly deprived of due process. In a democracy like ours, which soldiers are called upon to protect, and where civilian authority reigns over the military, due process is a constitutional right enjoyed by all citizens. Cadet Cudia deserves both the protection and enjoyment!

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Eagles football player Fred Hill had a daughter who was diagnosed with leukemia. After spending countless hours in the hospital during her treatment, he saw a need for a home where families could find lodging and support while their children were being treated in the hospital. He drew the support of McDonald’s Founder, Ray Kroc, who gained the support of others, and the first Ronald McDonald House was born. Since then, Ronald McDonald House Charities has grown into a global network of care and concern. There are RMHC chapters in 52 countries, operating 300 Ronald

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H-1B season starts on April 1, 2014
IMMIGRAITON 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 cap on April 1, 2014. The congressionally mandated numerical limitation on H-1B petitions for FY 2014 is 65,000. Additionally, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the fiscal year cap. The H-1B program allows employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in a specialized field and a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Typical H-1B occupations include architects, engineers, computer programmers, accountants, doctors and college professors. The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category is popular because of its basic feature-- qualification in an occupation that usually requires a college degree. This can be easily met by a lot of foreign workers especially the Filipinos. The Filipino culture highly regards education as an important part of life. A lot of colleges in the Philippines made it to the list of top universities of the world and Asia. In my experience, a degree from a college or university in the Philippines qualifies for a U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalent. A foreign-educated applicant needs his/her credentials evaluation by an accredited evaluation agency to determine if his/her foreign degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree. The law permits a foreign worker to qualify for a specialty occupation based on experience that is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. This case is an example of a successful H-1B petition that was filed by a U.S employer on behalf of a Filipino worker. Edgar was in his second year college when he decided to quit school and work full-time for his father who owns a machine shop. Through the years he gained expertise in industrial machine parts manufacturing. When Edgar came to the United States as a visitor, he met an owner of a manufacturer of milling products who is interested in hiring him as a supervisor for quality control. Edgar came to me and asked if he can qualify for H-1B visa. Since Edgar did not have any college degree, I needed to have his credentials evaluated by an expert. This is more costly than the usual credential evaluation. The evaluation was made by an assistant professor from University of Maryland who has Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and a recipient of several awards and honors in the field of engineering. According to the expert opinion evaluation, Edgar’s 13 years of experience in the field of mechanical engineering was comparable to universitylevel training in mechanical engineering in the U.S. We’ve solved one part of the problem. The next issue to be resolved was whether the position being offered to Edgar required a bachelor’s degree. I evaluated his job duties and level of responsibilities. I believed they were sufficiently complex that required a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering. After three weeks of processing, USCIS approved Edgar’s H-1B visa application for three (3) years. Edgar’s wife is a registered nurse, but she’s not allowed to work as beneficiary of Edgar’s visa. She needs to get her own H-1B visa to work. Edgar can get his social security number and driver’s license by showing his new H-1B I-94 card. We welcome your feedback. If you have any immigration questions, please feel welcome to email me at susan@ law-usimmigration.com or call 619 819 -8648 to arrange for a telephone consultation.

airport affiliates, who were part of their bid for the Mactan airport project. The company claimed this was a violation of the bidding rules. Megawide-GMR have refuted those allegations.

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the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Courtesy of Megawide-GMR Facebook page
Louie Ferrer, Megawide chief marketing officer and spokesman, said the Mactan-Cebu airport will be turned into a "resort-airport" facility with 20 aircraft parking stands with aerobridges. It will also have 13 aircraft parking stands to be served by bus transfers. The new airport will also have separate international and domestic terminals, which will be connected by a link bridge. "The airport terminals will reflect the rich Cebuano heritage in a state of the art design with a soothing resort-like atmosphere conceptualized by international and Cebuano designers," Ferrer said. The airport will have 149 check-in counters for international and domestic flights, from the current 44. It will also have "unique" retail and food shops, airline lounges and an enhanced in-line automated baggage handling system. The airport will also have an adjoining "village mall" complex. "The GMR Megawide consortium has proven that it has the credentials, expertise and financial capabilities to take on this prestigious project and deliver an airport that all Filipinos will be proud of and Cebuanos can call their own," Ferrer said. The DOTC earlier said it will award the Mactan-Cebu airport project by next week. The Megawide-GMR group submitted the highest bid of P14.404 billion for the project last December, followed by the Filinvest-Changi consortium with P13.999 billion. The awarding of the PPP project has been delayed, as Filinvest had sought the disqualification of the MegawideGMR consortium for the Mactan-Cebu airport project.

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Equipment (Philippines) Inc. was no. 7 on the SEC list, but was not on BIR's.

Mercury Drug Corporation came in next. It placed 43rd on BIR's list, with income tax of P727.164 million. Smart Communications Inc. and San Miguel Foods Inc. ranked 9th and 10th on SEC's list, respectively. With an income tax of P7.938 billion, Smart was 2nd on BIR's top taxpayers list. San Miguel Foods was 78th, with an income tax of P379.042 million. – Rappler.com

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The Flower Fields

Filinvest earlier raised the conflict of interest issue between GMR-Megawide Consortium and First Philippine Airports Consortium, which included Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB). It noted that the managing director of MAHB is also a director of GMR Infrastructure Limited's

Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year - from early March through early May - literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area's local heritage, also is one of nature's official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California. Season: Spring (March 1, 2014 through May 11, 2014) Hours: Open to the public seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. *Tickets are available for purchase online and onsite Prices: $12.00 for Adults, $11.00 for Seniors 60+, $6.00 for Children 3-10, Children 2 and under are free Season Passes: $25.00 for Adults, $20.00 for Seniors 60+, $14.00 for Children 3-10 Wagon Rides: $5.00 for Adults, $3.00 for Children 3-10 Information Line: (760) 431-0352

According to the study, multiscreen users in the Asia Pacific region spend almost seven hours of screen media a day in a five hour period, the time spent are the total of the hours used in the different platforms, and most of the hours are spent on smartphones. “A mobile-first marketing world is here, we’re leading the world in the propensity to spend time with our favorite devices, and switching between screens,” Mark Henning, Head of Media and Digital for Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific at Millward Brown, said in the statement. Millward Brown study showed that the Asia Pacific region holds time averages ahead of the world. In terms of total screen time, Asia Pacific averaged 439 minutes versus the world average of 417 with smart phones atop the tech totem pole with 159 minutes over the world average of 147. Asia Pacific users spend, on average, 115 minutes on laptops and 60 minutes on tablets. Television was the only platform in the Asia Pacific region to fall behind the world average with just 104 minutes to 113 globally. Henning said that the data provided different opportunities for marketers on where to put their ads. “Combining this knowledge with consumers’ receptivity to advertising across these screens will lend solid guidance towards creating more impactful and engaging audience interactions,” Henning said. Rob Vasler, Regional Director for Media and Digital at Millward Brown, said that marketers are now more aware on the platforms in reaching their target audiences. “Campaigns that are consistent, connected across screens, and concise are more likely to deliver brand value,” Vasler said.

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denied and the child betrayed. There are most likely thousands of betrayals of justice for children and women in recent decades . Judgements that favor the child rapists and denies justice to the rape victims blackens the name of Philippine justice. The injustice has to be opposed protested, spoken and written and broadcast about. The cries of the victims and the truth of their betrayal must be spread around the social media and the public must demand the prosecutors and judges be brought to justice themselves. Only when we break down the wall fear and silence will the truth be revealed. Don't be afraid, speak out. -- Contact shaycullen@preda.org, www.preda.org

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Joke of the week: In this particular monastery it was a strict rule the brethren were never to complain about the food. The only exception had to be a matter of concern for one of the other brethren. Well, it happened one day that Brother Tom found a mouse in his soup. What to do? He called over the brother waiter and whispered as he pointed to the monk on his right, “Brother John doesn’t have a mouse in his soup.” Scripture: First Reading: Exodus 17: 3-7. After their deliverance from Egyptian slavery, the Israelites are led through the desert. After a while, the Israelites who are used to having food and drink in Egypt complained to Moses of hunger and thirst. Their weak faith in God led them to say, “Would that we had died at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread” (Exodus 16: 3). In the parched land of Palestine water is a life-sustaining element that people and animals need. Dependence on water is a matter of life and death. Second Reading: Romans 5: 1-2; 5-8. Like the Israelites in the desert the author of this letter feels that sufferings and trials can lead to justification because of the love of the Holy Spirit that is poured out like water that quenches man’s thirst for holiness. Gospel: John 4: 5-42. Jesus’ ministry goes beyond the conventional ideas and practices of his day. Jesus, a Judean, talks to a Samaritan woman; the woman drawing water at the wrong time (women used the well only in the morning and evening). The woman, uninvited by a group of men, went and told the men what she had heard and seen. The ways Jesus unconventionally deals with the practices of his time show a new beginning and the dawn of God’s kingdom. Reflections: The Creator has implanted in our nature a desire for food and drink. The first reason why he did that is for our survival. Without food and drink, we die. This is a human condition that we cannot deny. The second reason is that our desire for so many things in life, such as food, clothing, fortune, health, security, could lead us to desire for one that can fully satisfy our desire. St. Augustine said that our hearts are continuously restless until they rest finally and fully in God. Yet it could happen that our innate desire might end up with the means and not reach the goal for what it is intended. Experience shows that one one’s desire for fame and fortune could replace God in people’s hearts. Money could be one’s god. Beauty and fame could be one’s ultimate desire in life. One of our basic problems is not to realize that God is thirsty and hungry for us more than we thirst and hunger for him. When people find happiness only in things of this world, God is no longer the water and food that can only satisfy our hungry and thirsty hearts. Since God is not acknowledged as the One who can fully satisfy our desires, we neglect too the other forms of hunger and thirst in life. We close our eyes to the plight of others who are hungry for justice, love, peace, equal participation for the goods of this earth. When God is removed from our search for what can satisfy our desires, it matters less to most people the thirst and hunger of others. So we keep on trying to satisfy our desires with different forms of addictions for instance to drugs, sex, violence, alcohol, until we feel exhausted and dying because of our misguided longings. We are thirsty. So we quench our thirst with passing pleasures, fragile human relationships. We are hungry for what is beautiful, so we possess things and even people. Let us take the example of the Samaritan woman. Her desire for ordinary water led her to Jesus who gives her “living water,” that quenches forever man’s thirst. Her listening to Jesus’ words made her hunger for real love and peace became a reality. She who had been a great sinner found in Jesus real joy and true life. Quotation of the week: Here is bread, which strengthens men’s heart, and therefore called the staff of life. Matthew Henry.

3rd Sun. of Lent: March 23, 2014

CBCP News | MANILA, March 17, 2014—The Aquino Administration should consider speeding up rehabilitation programs in the areas devastated by super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last year as it is highly possible that Pope Francis would drop by the Visayan Region after visiting Korea for the Asian Youth Day (AYD) this August. News of the Holy Father’s intention to visit Eastern Visayas have been floating around until his envoy, Cardinal Robert Sarah of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum said it during his trip to Leyte late last January. He announced the Pope’s plan during a mass he celebrated in a Church in Palo that was severely damaged by the calamity that hit the province last November. If the Papal visit pushes through, Fr. Conegundo Garganta said it would pose a great challenge to the government as the country will be again placed in the limelight through international media coverage. “Perhaps the presence of the Pope can pressure the government and many other sectors to really rise up from the demands and responsibilities to provide change or uplift the condition of the survivors,” he said. Garganta, who is the executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth and the leader of the Filipino delegation to the upcoming 6th AYD, added that “the government would not want to be placed in a difficult situation” if the Pope himself would witness how slow aid is being provided to the affected residents. “The Pope’s visit would be a blessing to challenge the government and our leaders because the presence of international media may push people

Papal visit to Visayas, possible— CBCP exec tips gov’t

to do positive change to the lives of the victims of the typhoon,” he added. Blessed John Paul II was the last Pontiff to visit the Philippines, twice during his papacy. During his last visit, John Paul II celebrated mass with the participants of the 1995 World Youth Day in Manila. The event was noted in history for gathering the largest papal crowd ever, with at least five million people in attendance. Garganta said it would be a real blessing for the Filipinos if Pope Francis would take time to visit the country during his first trip to Asia. “We can only hope but if it happens, it will be a blessing for our people to see the Vicar of Christ, especially those who are still in pain and sorrow because of the typhoon and because not much improvement has taken place since the calamity struck,” he pointed out. The priest also said the Papal visit would give the much-needed “boost in the spirit of the people and in the morale of those who are trying to provide help to the survivors in their little ways.” According to the most recent government data, at least 6,166 people perished during the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda last November 8 while several thousands more were left displaced and homeless. At least four million families were reported affected from the 44 out of the total 81 provinces in the country. In a rare chance, the President apologized for the government’s shortcomings in responding and addressing to the needs of the survivors. Catholic leaders urged the Chief Executive to accompany his apology with restitution and called on government to make up for its shortcomings. (YouthPinoy)

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by Virginia H. Ferrer
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Sa minsan kong paglalakad ikaw ay aking natisod karaniwan ka lang bato na nilulumot na halos pero may kaibahan ka kaya't akin kang pinulot nilis at sinabon pa at inaring isang handog. Sabi nila sa akin ikaw daw ay isang batong buhay may sariling pakiramdam kahit hindi gumagalaw may sariling diskarte at mayroon ding pakiramdam at batid mo rin ang lugar na iyong kinalalagyan. Sadyang nakakatuwang pagmasdan ang iyong hitsura makinis kang tunay kahit hindi gaanong maganda ang angkin mong kulay natatangi na'y naiiba pa may mangitim-ngitim na bahagi at mamula-mula. Nang ikaw ay mamasdan nabihag mo ako kaagad may kakaiba kang dating 'di ko maipaliwanag tanging ang nalalaman kop'y napuno ako ng galak kakaibang pakiramdam hatid mo sa aming lahat. Mula ngayon pandadagan kita sa 'king mga papel huwag mong hahayaang liparin sila ay ng hangin tulad mo ay importante kayong lahat sa akin biyaya kayo ng Diyos na dapat kong pagyamanin. ©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. word for Lent, the Pope explained that Isaiah’s prophesy to these “sinful cities” shows us that all “need to make a change of life” and take a “good look into our soul.” Explaining how God is always “waiting for us in order to forgive us,” the pontiff cautioned that our approach must be “sincere,” and warned against the danger of being hypocrites, like the Pharisees in the Gospel. “What makes people hypocrites?” he asked, observing that “they disguise themselves, they disguise themselves
the war broke out and he could not return to the Philippines and it took a special act of congress for him to be given a commission by the United States Army. He was also given a special assignment to establish an all Filipino company that would accompany General MacArthur when he returned to the Philippines. They trained in San Francisco and actually landed with the General’s entourage which included Carlos P. Romulo. The special company landed in the islands but they were about three days behind the Marines and so they were never involved in any meaningful battles. I must admit that I never knew or heard about an all Filipino company during World War II. Anyway he was interesting enough that I asked Ram to see if he could locate retired Col. Pedro Flor Cruz, USA in the Washington area. Sure enough Ram found him and invited him to attend his graduation in Annapolis, Maryland not far from where he lives with his family, in Alexandria, Virginia. He is also the same age as my father in law Ramon Tiongson Roxas. The two cousins met at the parade grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy after 69 years. We attended most of the activities including a reception at the residence of the Superintendent. It was an unforgettable affair; we had a very gracious host and the venue was unbelievable. When the brigade of midshipman started the parade, it was as awesome as in any of the movies I have seen. This was very real and I was probably the proudest parent there. I wanted so much to wear my uniform so I could render the first salute to my son who would be commissioned an Ensign. Ram did not buy the idea and I would have had a problem fitting into my old uniform anyway. I was in tears the whole ceremony. In May of 1988 we would do the same again. This time though we did not have to rent a house as one of Ray’s classmates who lives near the school invited us to just stay with them. The Torreon family were perfect hosts. We occupied the basement which was big enough for ten people. It was just the four of us this time but the events at the Academy were the same. We met two families from the Philippines whose sons are also members of the Class of ’88. They were the Abaya and Mejia family. Joseph Abaya, class of ’88, is now Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication in the Philippines, appointed by President Ninoy Aquino. - AJ (To be continued) (To order a copy of this book, call 619.746.3416)

“Take care of the neighbor: the sick, the poor, the needy, the ignorant,” the pontiff continued, emphasizing that “This is the yardstick,” and that “the hypocrites do not know how to do this, they can’t, because they are so full of themselves that they are blind on account of watching others.” -- Pope Francis
by Elise Harris, Vatican City, Mar 18, 2014 / 09:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against those who appear to be holy but are in fact self-absorbed, explaining that Lent is a time a time of purification which allows us to grow closer to the Lord. “The sign that we are far from the Lord is hypocrisy. The hypocrite does not need the Lord, he is saved by himself – so he thinks – and he disguises himself as a saint,” the Pope observed in his March 18 daily Mass. Speaking to those present in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, the pontiff began his homily by reflecting on the day’s First Reading, taken from the book of Isaiah, in which the prophet pleas for Sodom and Gomorrah to convert, and warning that they will be “consumed” if they resist. Highlighting “conversion” as a key

Pope Francis warns against the disguise of hypocrites

as good people: they make themselves up like little holy cards, looking up at heaven as they pray, making sure they are seen – they believe they are more righteous than others,” but really “they despise others.” “‘Mah,’ they say, ‘I’m very Catholic, because my uncle was a great benefactor, my family is this, I’m that…I’ve learned...I know this bishop, this cardinal, this priest...I am this or that...’ They think they are better than others,” the (Continued on page 9)

After doing all these and you finally mail your application, it becomes one of 17,000 that will be received and screened by the admissions office. Only 1,000 will receive a letter of acceptance and only 700 will graduate. I really consider myself truly blessed because our two boys were both accepted and both graduated. Once my oldest son was accepted, we were invited by the local Naval Academy Alumni Association for a reception. I learned about the Naval Academy Parents Club, a support group for the midshipman. The problem was the closest club is in Long Beach, where we joined, and drove there once a month. When our second son was accepted, I called some of the parents in the area and I invited them to our house for an organizational meeting. I obtained a copy of the constitution and by-laws from Long Beach and we organized our own parents club of San Diego. I was elected as the president. The vice president was a marine still on active duty and the two of us set up our yearly agenda. I initiated a yearly event where we would gather at a local restaurant with wide screen television where we would watch the Army and Navy football game and have our breakfast. We would be complete with cheerleaders and we all dressed up for the occasion. The other event is that we joined the local Naval Academy Alumni Association in welcoming the newly appointed future midshipman in the area and their parents. We encouraged the new parents in joining our association. One advantage of joining with us is that we have an agreement with a deli in Annapolis that delivers food to the midshipman. We used their services during special occasions like holidays or birthdays. My sons have told me that they really looked forward to those times when I would have pizzas delivered just to let them know that we were thinking of them. Graduation! In May of 1986 Ram graduated from Annapolis. We rented a house close to the Academy for ten days and invited relatives to join us. With us were my in-laws and my mother. About two weeks before leaving for the east coast I learned from my father-inlaw that he has a cousin living near Washington D.C. that he has not seen or heard from since they were 17 years old. He is now 76 years old so you do the math. His cousin had a very interesting life story; in 1937 he was the only one from the Philippines that received an acceptance from the United States Military Academy in West Point after taking several entrance examinations with so many high school graduates. His problem was when he graduated from West Point

(Continued from page 1) the high school to meet the class counsellor and the Principal. For veterans like me, I could request a Presidential nomination through the Secretary of the Navy. I was asked by my congressman to get letters of endorsements from the community leaders in my neighborhood and a copy of his transcript of records from his high school.

Father & Son, USN

Easter Thoughts
(Continued from page 2) One of my aunts in the province used to buy a sack of fresh oysters in the nearby Hagonoy town of Bulacan as part of the Good Friday lunch feast of our clan, which we ate under a star apple tree outside the house, picnic style. As early as ten o’clock in the morning on Good Fridays, we would start listening to the “Siete Palabras (Seven Words)” on the radio. It is a narration of the last moments of Jesus Christ, highlighted by the seven last words before he died. Every one of us knew this story by heart, but we listened to it on Good Fridays to reflect on the last moments of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us. By three o’clock in the afternoon, the exact hour of his death, Jesus Christ would utter his last words: “Ama ko, naganap na ang lahat (My father, everything is done!)!”

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These days Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is vividly depicted in Mel Gibson’s blockbuster film, “The Passion of Jesus Christ”. Many are moved by Christ’s sufferings including Filipino Catholics who have been fully aware of them since childhood. God is dead From this time to the rest of the afternoon, it usually got to be boring for us kids for we were prevented from playing and having fun “because God is dead!” From the time Christ died up to his rebirth on Easter Sunday, his images in all churches would be covered with a violet veil. In the evening of Good Friday, we would watch the “Senaculo,” the passion play of the life of Jesus Christ performed by town people in the town plaza. Holy Week would end joyously on Easter Sunday when Christ would come to life again. In the early morning of that day, the ritual of “salubong” would be held. The image of the Virgin Mary, with a black veil covering her face and head, would be taken out of the church, followed by a procession of women with lighted candles. The image of Jesus Christ depicting his rebirth would also be taken out followed by a procession of men. It would take the route opposite that of the Virgin Mary. At a designated place in one part of the town, the two would meet, and an angel or a dove would remove the veil of the Virgin Mary to signify the end of her mourning and the two images would go back to the Church together. A little girl sitting on a chair suspended from an arch usually played the “angel”. If a dove was used, it was tied to a long stick used to scoop the veil of the Virgin Mary. Easter Sunday, my mother always insisted, was Christmas day, because Christ was born again. It is called “Pasko ng Pagkabuhay (Christmas Rebirth). That meant all of our family members should be at our parents’ home in Quezon City to share the Sunday lunch. We do not get any Christmas gifts though, probably because gift giving once a year maybe more than enough for my dearly beloved mother. - AJ

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Trends
3D Systems Sweetens Its Offering with New ChefJet™ 3D Printer

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StickNFind and TrackR
OCK HILL, South Carolina –January 7, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) introduced today the ChefJet™ series of 3D printers, launching an entirely new, kitchen-ready 3D printer category for edibles. The first two printers in the series are the monochrome, countertop ChefJet 3D printer and the full-color, larger format ChefJet Pro 3D printer. Early feedback characterizes ChefJet as the must-have companion for the professional baker, cake master, and high-end event and restaurateur. Equipped with The Digital Cookbook, easy to use ChefJet software for the non-CAD user, the ChefJet printers enable stunning edible prints to be incorporated into any professional kitchen, effortlessly. The ChefJet series of printers will be showcased for the first time at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, NV, January 7-10, 2014, at the 3DS booth 31424, LVCC South Hall 3. “Food is an incredible platform for creativity, experimentation, and celebraVirtual Leash This feature allows you to create a virtual leash on a sticker so that if that sticker moves away more than the approximate selected distance from your phone, your phone will alarm _you. You can even select a different type of alarm for each individual Sticker. On The Map Trackable stickers: enabling your sticker to be trackable allows it to be displayed on a map as “last place seen.” In the case that you lose your item this feature will allow you to see where you last used StickNFind to locate that item. This feature also allows your sticker to communicate within the StickNFind server where other users can communicate with your sticker but only you will receive notifications that your sticker has been found. Activating lost sticker: by activating the “lost sticker” feature, any user running the SticknFind application will automatically begin looking for your lost sticker. Once detected you will receive notification via email with “last place seen” and timestamp information. Personal items: this feature will activate a one mile geofence (or virtual perimeter) around your mobile device to help prevent the loss of your personal items. Once your mobile device is outside the geofence you will receive an email notification. Tech Specs Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy) Range: Approximately 100 feet line of sight. Battery: Lasts up to 1 year (based on 30min. a day use). Battery Type: CR2016 watch battery (replaceable). StickNFind Stickers have a Range of about 100 Feet, with a battery that lasts up to a year. The StickNFind uses a standard watch battery, so it is easy to replace the battery. Range Battery StickNFind Stickers have a Range of about 100 Feet, with a Battery that lasts for over a year. The StickNFind uses a standard watch battery, so it is easy to replace the battery. Requirements iOS devices with Bluetooth 4.0 (iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, new iPad, New Touch, mini iPad) It also works_on Android devices from Samsung (Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini, and Note 2. TrackR TrackR enables you to easily keep track of your items and stay organized. The TrackR app runs on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. The app connects to TrackR devices that have been attached to commonly misplaced belongings such as keys, wallets, purses, luggage, and more. From the app, you can quickly locate any item and stop wasting time on endless scavenger hunts. Features Compatability Works with iPhone 4s & later, iPad 3rd Generation & later, and Android 4.4 devices with Bluetooth 4.0 Crowd GPS If you lose an item or have an item stolen, the TrackR community is put on alert. When another user walks by your item, you will be updated with the item’s latest location 2 Way Ringer Quickly find your lost item or phone. Tap the button on the app to cause the TrackR device to ring or press the button on the TrackR device to ring your lost phone, even if it’s on silent Icon Location TrackR displays a map showing where all your items are located enabling effortless organization No Recharging Don’t worry about batteries. TrackR lasts for over 1 year on an easy to replace coin cell battery Distance Indicator TrackR displays (Continued on page 15)

tion and we are thrilled to place these powerful 3D printers in bakers and chefs’ kitchens,” said Liz von Hasseln, Creative Director Food Products, 3DS. “We invite leading pastry chefs, restaurateurs and event planners to join us in bringing 3D printing into the kitchen.” The ChefJet 3D printer is a monochrome, countertop sized printer with a generous build volume of 8x8x6” making it ideal for single color confections and cake toppers. ChefJet printable materials come in a variety of recipes, including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon. ChefJet is expected to be available in the second half of 2014 and will be priced in the sub-$5,000 range. To sign up for updates, please visit 3dsystems.com/ces. The ChefJet Pro 3D printer is a full-color, large format printer with a build volume of 10x14x8”. ChefJet Pro printable materials also come in a variety of recipes, including chocolate, vanilla, mint, sour apple, cherry and watermelon, all of which can be printed in full-color. ChefJet is expected to be available in the second half of 2014 and will be priced in the sub-$10,000 range. To sign up for updates, please visit 3dsystems.com/ces. 3DS invites press to attend a special event hosted by global entertainer and entrepreneur, will.i.am and 3DS CEO, Avi Reichental, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the South Hall 3, booth 31424 on Wednesday January 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM PST. Only credentialed press can attend with an RSVP to press@3dsystems.com Those who are not attending CES 2014 can join 3DS’ President and CEO, Avi Reichental, for a broadcast of 3DS’ extensive showing at CES 2014 by visiting www.3dsystems.com/cesand clicking on the link to view the broadcast starting at 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. For more details on 3DS’ 3DPRINTING 2.0 consumer showcase at CES 2014, please visit www.3dsystems.com/ces. Learn more about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future today at www.3dsystems.com and the company’s consumer offerings at www.cubify.com.

Legislative Committee Explores Solutions to San Diego’s Higher Ed. Needs
SAN DIEGO - Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Higher Education in San Diego County, will hold an informational hearing of the committee on Friday, March 28th, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM in Rm. 301 of the Mission Valley Campus of Point Loma Nazarene University, 4007 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, 92108. This hearing will focus on the role of private for-profit and non-profit educational institutions in meeting San Diego’s higher education needs, including addressing issues of access and diversity. Members of the public are invited to provide their perspectives. “Our first hearing last fall established that we don’t have enough capacity to meet San Diego’s current or future post-secondary needs, especially for minority students” Weber said. “Moving forward, I want to make sure that we have a thoughtful plan to meet the region’s demand for higher education that is affordable, accessible and diverse.” Testimony provided by California Competes at the committee’s first hearing in San Diego last November noted that the region would need to increase its degree attainment by about 58 percent over the next decade for the state remain economically

competitive. Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), a former faculty member and department chair at San Diego State University, requested the creation of the committee to explore options for addressing the region’s growing demand for post-secondary education, including the possibility of a new CSU or UC campus. The committee will make policy recommendations to Legislature To RSVP and for more information about the hearing, please contact Assemblymember Weber’s district office at (619) 531-7913. to do good.” One sign which helps us to know whether or not we are going along the “good path” the Pope noted, is to “Redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow,” which are instructions Isaiah also gave to Sodom and Gomorrah. “Take care of the neighbor: the sick, the poor, the needy, the ignorant,” the pontiff continued, emphasizing that “This is the yardstick,” and that “the hypocrites do not know how to do this, they can’t, because they are so full of themselves that they are blind on account of watching others.” “When one walks a little bit and comes closer to the Lord, the light of the Lord makes him see these things and he goes to help the brothers,” the Pope explained, adding that “this is the sign, this is the sign of conversion.” Pope Francis also observed that “this

Inquirer.net | MANILA, 3/14/2014 —By the last quarter of 2014, the Philippines will be a mobile-first country— meaning people will likely use their mobile phones to access the Internet rather than the traditional desktop computers, Google said. Britain, Japan and the United States lead the globe in using their mobile phones first when surfing the web, according to a 2012 Forbes.com list of is not the whole of conversion,” but that one must also have an “encounter with Jesus Christ,” and highlighted that we know we are close to Jesus when we care for the poor and the sick, as he teaches us. Concluding his reflections, the pontiff stated that Lent is a time “to adjust life, to fix life, to change life, to draw closer to the Lord.” “The sign that we are far from the Lord is hypocrisy,” he noted, repeating that “the sign that we are drawing closer to the Lord with repentance, asking for forgiveness, is that we care for the needy brethren.” “May the Lord give us all light and courage: light to know what’s happening within us, and courage to convert, to draw closer to the Lord. It is beautiful to be close to the Lord.”

In 2014 PH to become mobile-first country and other social media trends
figures. Early March, B2C through Talkwalker’s Community Manager Julie Hong released the top social media marketing trends for 2014 according to industry experts. Here is a roundup which is believed to impact social media in the Philippine setting: 1. “Micro video will become increasingly popular,” says mediapreneur Ian Cleary. Vine started this trend with its six-second clip; Instagram followed suit with 15-second video. 2. London-based social media consultant, author and blogger Jemima Gibbons see that Focusing on Social Good in social media will be massive for this year. She reveals: “If you’re a marketer or business owner you need to start thinking about what your brand is doing in terms of giving back (to all stakeholders—not just customers but employees, suppliers and local communities)—and how to amplify that message to the max using social channels.” 3. Hotwire Group CEO Brendon Cragie says that social laws, anonymity and business maturity are the next steps in social media marketing. “The existing legal system is unevenly applied at present across the internet and our social networks,” stresses Cragie. “Disparate sentences are given out depending on the different crimes.” While the recent Supreme Court (SC) ruling upholding of Republic Act 10175, or what is popularly known as the Cy-

(Continued from page 8) Pope continued, emphasizing that “this is hypocrisy.” The Lord, he noted, tells us something different, saying “‘No, not that.’ No one is justified by himself. We all need to be justified. And the only one who justifies us is Jesus Christ.” For this reason it is essential that we go to the Lord, he observed, so that we do not become “Christians in disguise,” and that “when the appearance passes, one can see the reality” that we “are not Christians.” Asking those in attendance what is “the yardstick” used to ensure that we draw close to God, he echoed the words of Isaiah, stating “Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn

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bercrime Prevention Act, can be a giant step against online child pornography as well as sharing and distribution of incriminating viral videos posted in the social network, members of the media criticize the decision, which upholds the legality of online libel. Critics say it’s unconstitutional and it curtails the freedom of speech. Whichever is the case, one thing is for certain: there is now a growing awareness for social laws in social media in the Philippines. 4. Strategist, digital editor and researcher Lisa Talia Moretti stresses the importance of long term vision for digital content. She writes: “In 2014, (Continued on page 11)

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Banners featuring some of San Diego’s most influential contributors hung in commemoration of 25th anniversary of El Cajon’s ‘The Boulevard’ gateway sign. SAN DIEGO, CA – Celebrate, and immerse yourself in the thriving culture of the Boulevard as the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association observes the 25th anniversary of its beloved gateway sign with a showcase street banner unveiling, and a party, of course! The festivities start at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4 at The Lafayette Hotel’s Mississippi Ballroom, 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, and include a very full and fun evening of food, drink, local merchants and special musical guests. Tickets are $10-$15, and are available at www.theboulevard.org. Late night drive-in restaurants and drag races signify the good ole days of El Cajon Boulevard, but the most visual element of the Boulevard’s fabulous nightlife was the spectacular display of neon signs. To fill the void of lost neon signage, in 1989, just one year after the establishment of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, ‘The Boulevard’ neon sign was erected to return the glory of big, bright lights. City officials and local business leaders saw the sign as a major new landmark which would stimulate business along the Boulevard and encourage further community revitalization efforts. Twenty-five years later, that vision continues to become a reality, and the Boulevard is flourishing. In reflecting the four themes that proudly showcase the Boulevard: Cruise the Boulevard, Dine on the Boulevard, Rock the Boulevard, and Shop the Boulevard, and to showcase the major contributions that have been made, a collection of 190 banners will be hung along El Cajon Boulevard between Park and 54th Street. Each banner in the series uniquely honors the individuals that represent these themes, making it even more fun to ‘Cruise the Boulevard’ and discover many of San Diego’s local

Anniversary with Banner Unveiling Showcase

All day fun and games for the whole family!
Located at the Balboa Park Activity Center, 2145 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 Presentations, games, demonstrations, scavenger hunts, prizes and hands–on science. • 10:00 am - 11:00 am - San Diego Zoo Global Animal Ambassadors - Zoo Educators will bring 4-5 Zoo Ambassadors to visit the science fair! Come join them for a closer look at these special zoo visitors! • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm -Throughout the day, weather permitting, members of the San Diego Astronomy Association will set up special telescopes that allow for safe solar observation. You can see sunspots, solar flares, and prominences. Note: Please never look at the sun without approved, specialized equipment. • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Electric Car Display - by Larry Emerson. • 10:00 am - 2:45 pm - Join in on a Scavenger Hunt and see if you can answer all the clues! Can you make a duck call from an ordinary drinking straw? Or can you actually stick a wooden skewer through a balloon without popping it? Try it for yourself. • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm -Table exhibits: National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning - Association of Women in Science (AWIS) – Geological Exhibition by Candace Kohl of the UCSD Education Department - Werkz Publishing, Inc. - Leading the Digital Learning Revolution. • 10:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Think You

Can Engineer the Tallest Structure in 20 Minutes? Take part in the Tower Challenge with the Georgia Tech Alumni Network of San Diego! Also take the opportunity to learn how a degree from Georgia Tech can help you engineer the future! • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - “National Geographic Explorers Bringing the World to You!”-Tom Hinojosa, a National Geographic Consultant will present feature stories of various National Geographic Explorers from around the world. • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Science Demonstrations by the Science Fair Student Advisory Board • 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm - Marine Invertebrates! Explore the diversity of marine invertebrates with Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Ph.D. student, Mindi Summers. While Mindi shares her experiences in Antarctica, Papua New Guinea, and off of the California coast; test you skills identifying live animals from our local tide-pools while completing an 'observation' challenge. • 1:30 pm - Raffle Drawing • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - “We’ve Got The Power” a short documentary from Emmy® Award Winning Producers of The Next Frontier: Engineering the Golden Age of Green in partnership with Professional Engineers in California Government. • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Student Project Pickup Purchase your Raffle tickets at the Science Fair Gift Shop! Visit our science fair gift shop where you will find T-shirts, raffle tickets, gifts and more. . . . .

The North Park Arts community is accepting a proposal for an art installation or exhibit in the greater North Park area. The project could encompass any type of art from an installation to live art event. The only requirements are that it is physically or programmatically located in the Greater North Park Area and that it encompasses a form of public engagement. The selected proposal will receive a cash award. Following that, North Park for the Arts will work collaboratively to realize the project through a collaborative kick starter campaign.

celebrities representing, and welcoming guests to the district. Come show your support at the official unveiling on April 4 in the Lafayette Hotel’s classic Mississippi Ballroom. Along with showcasing local business owners for their efforts to sustain and advance San Diego’s cool urban neighborhoods, the 25th Anniversary Banner Unveiling Showcase VIP reception will offer delightful fare by local restaurants (to be announced soon). The evening will also proudly feature live acts offered up by some of San Diego’s

most influential contributors to the music scene whose photographs will line El Cajon Boulevard. The Amandas will kick-off the night will some soul-stomping numbers, followed by Living Legends Award winner Daniel Jackson, Robin Henkel, Bart Mendoza, Gregory Page and a duet by Miss Erika Davies and Stephan Ray. The event will conclude with the one and only Robert Lopez, aka El Vez, and his electrifying band, The Little Richards. For more information, visit theboulevard.org

CSUSM presents Electronic Music Summer Workshops
San Marcos, Calif. — May 21 — Prospective students will have an opportunity to take electronic music workshops such as Composing in the Electronic Music Studio, Recording Engineer in the Electronic Music Studio, and Recording Engineer in the Electronic Music Studio. Each range in different skills and will focus on music software to enhance your techniques. Composing in the Electronic Music Studio Students will learn how to operate various types of music software including Pro Tools and Native Instruments. The focus will be on composing music with MIDI, synthesis, software instrument operation, sampling and digital signal processing. Instructor: Bob Kostlan Date: Saturday, July 13 Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm Price: $159 Location: CSU San Marcos Recording Engineer in the Electronic Music Studio Students will learn how to operate various types of music hardware including the Avid C 24 mixing console. The focus will be on recording audio in Pro Tools utilizing pre-amps, microphone pick up pattern and placement techniques, along with audio editing, mixing and mastering techniques. Instructor: Bob Kostlan Date: Saturday, July 20 Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm Price: $159 Location: CSU San Marcos DIY Microphone Building and Circuit Bending Workshops Students will learn how to construct a microphone scratch as well as circuit bending of musical electronic hardware. The first half will focus on assembling the microphones and then testing them out in the studio. The second half will focus on reconfiguring musical hardware to create unique music effects and instruments. Instructor: Bob Kostlan Date: Saturday, July 27 Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm Price: $159 (plus any materials needed for the class) Location: CSU San Marcos *Package price for all three workshops-$430 For more information or to enroll for the workshops, call 760-750-4020 or visit the Extended Learning website at www.csusm.edu/el. About CSUSM Extended Learning As the academic outreach arm of Cal State San Marcos, Extended Learning is a leading provider of professional and continuing education in North San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties. Offering degree programs, as well as both academic credit and noncredit professional enrichment courses, Extended Learning helps individuals and organizations achieve their educational and training goals. For more information please visit www.csusm.edu/el/.

Collaborative work by Crol, Werc, Vyal, Evolve, Pose 2, Mario Torero and Sherm. Location: 2030 El Cajon Blvd. Theme: Colorful visual representation of the history and diversity of San Diego. It was done exclusively with aerosol paint to transcend the typical notions of graffiti writing, and adds expressive color and cultural flavor to El Cajon Blvd.

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Gathering one million volunteers across 12 provinces from April 9 to June 12, the Bayani Challenge 2014: Walang Iwanan will be the most massive showcase of volunteerism that the country has seen. Every year since 2006, Gawad Kalinga (GK) and its partners have staged the Bayani Challenge with the objective of building relationships, bringing out the hero in everyone and raising resources and results for the poor that can only be achieved by working together. This year, as the country confronts the unprecedented destruction brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Bohol earthquake and the Zamboanga siege, the Bayani Challenge 2014 (BC 2014) will be of a different scale altogether. With a clear and fixed target of ONE MILLION VOLUNTEERS, BC 2014 will be ongoing for 9 full weeks of rebuilding homes and schools, planting trees, conducting clean-up drives and health missions and investing time with the young – activities that carry out the GK promise of WALANG IWANAN (‘Leave no one behind’) to all those affected. HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE 1. VOLUNTEER on ground (Register now!) www.gk1world.com/bc2014 2. BE COUNTED ONLINE and be in solidarity with the volunteers on ground 3. GIVE ANY AMOUNT to fuel 2 months of nation-building and inspire the volunteers on ground 4. SPONSOR THE EVENT PROGRAM To get the full experience of adventure

Bayani Challenge 2014

Global Filipino
age to right): Here's what you can expect from Days 1-5: DAY 0 Arrival of Participants On-ground Registration House Rules Briefing of Team Leaders DAY 1 6:00 AM : Breakfast 7:30 AM : Welcome Program 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Build Activities 12:00 PM : Lunch 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM : Build Actvities 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM : Special Events 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM : Freshen Up / Dinner 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM : Kalinga Night / Session 11:00 PM : Lights Out DAYS 2-4 6:00 AM : Breakfast 7:30 AM : Departure for Build Site 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Build Activities 12:00 PM : Lunch 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM : Build Actvities 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM : Special Events 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM : Freshen Up / Dinner 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM : Kalinga Night / Session 11:00 PM : Lights Out DAY 5: 6:00 AM : Breakfast 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Mass 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM : Thanksgiving Program / Send off 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM : Build Actvities 10:30 AM - 12: 00 PM : Boodle Lunch 1:00 PM : Departure from Site * Program is subject to change without prior notice.

‘Every Filipino can create wealth’ Concepcion

Joey Concepcion
Philstar.com | MANILA, 3/7/2014 Businessman and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion believes that every Filipino, especially women, can be lifted from poverty and "create wealth." "Filipinos are never destined to be poor, and over the years I've challenged many of the pessimistic people out there that the Philippines will one day be one of the best in Asia," Concepcion said in his speech at the Go Negosyo Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit on Friday. "Everyone can create wealth for himself and eventually use that wealth to help others," he added. Concepcion explained that the country's economy has made the workplace "extremely vibrant" for young people and has allowed more opportunities for women to put up their own businesses. "Investments that are coming in to this country are phenomenal. There is no shortage of industrial paths today and the big establishments are putting up buildings, shopping centers, casinos and so many other things that are creating jobs," he added. The investment grade status of the Philippine economy also poses a lot of promise for women, whom he believes are naturally adept in business. "We see micro-entrepreneurs, over 90 percent of them are women entrepreneurs. Because it is innate in women to really serve and to ensure the safety of their family's future," Concepcion said. Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares concurred with Concepcion and said that maximizing the potential of women (Continued on page 15)

and inspiration, choose from any of the 9 weeks that will be filled with fun and exciting activities: Week 1: Apr 12 - 16 Week 2: Apr 23 - 27

Week 3: Apr 30 - May 4 Week 4: May 7 - 11 Week 5: May 14 - 18 Week 6: May 21 - 25 Week 7: May 28 - Jun 1

Week 8: Jun 4 - 8 Week 9: Jun 8 - 12 Depending on the needs of the area, the local secretariat may assign your team to the following activities (see im-

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Lifestyle
Light & Shadows
by Zena Sultana Babao
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Board addresses severe drought conditions at special meeting

Water Authority activates drought response plan, seeks Increased voluntary conservation
part of the historic 2003 Colorado River Quantification Settlement Agreement. The Water Authority-Imperial Irrigation District water conservation and transfer agreement and related canal-lining projects will provide 180,000 acre-feet of highly reliable supplies to the San Diego region this year, more than double the amount they provided at the start of the last drought in 2007. (An acre-foot is about 325,900 gallons, enough to meet the needs of two average single-family households of four people for a year.) In addition, the Water Authority has invested $2 billion over the past decade in new, large-scale water infrastructure projects that are contributing to a more reliable water supply. The Carlsbad Desalination Project, now under construction, is another important element of the Water Authority’s long-term strategy to improve the San Diego region’s water supply reliability. By early 2016, the project is expected to deliver up to 56,000 acre-feet of drought-proof, highly reliable water each year, enough water for 112,000 households. The Water Authority’s Water Shortage and Drought Response Plan outlines orderly, progressive actions the Water Authority can take to avoid or minimize impacts caused by escalating water supply challenges. It was last activated in May 2007 and deactivated in April 2011. The Water Authority and its member agencies also developed a Model Drought Response Ordinance to guide the region’s water agencies’ actions in a coordinated manner. Typical voluntary conservation steps at Level 1 include: Repairing leaks quickly Washing paved surfaces only when necessary for health and safety Eliminating inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff and overspray Irrigating only before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Using hoses with automatic shut-off valves for car washing and watering areas that aren’t on automated irrigation systems Serving and refilling water at restaurants only upon request Offering hotel guests the option of not laundering their linens and towels daily Using recycled or non-potable water for construction activities when possible Besides the recommended watersaving measures in local plans, numerous water conservation tips, tools and resources are available at www.

Sleep is Essential
Sufficient Shut-Eye Key to Overall Health
By Zena Sultana Babao Are you losing sleep? Do you crawl into bed tired and sleepy, wanting to fall asleep, but you can’t? Do you lie in bed tossing and turning, trying all kinds of sleeping position, but sleep still eludes you? According to the latest National Sleep Foundation Poll, over 50 percent of people surveyed here in America and 30 percent in Canada are getting fewer than seven hours of sleep per night. Many don’t get enough sleep because they simply can’t or don’t make the time for it; school, work and social calendars can all get in the way of quality sleep. About forty million people also don’t get enough rest and sleep because they are suffering from a sleep disorder, including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy (a chronic brain disorder that involves daytime drowsiness and uncontrollable sleep episodes), and restless leg syndrome. A sleep disorder is often a symptom of other health problems such as depression, stress, and pain – either physically or emotionally, or both. When people have sleep problems, it often leads to daytime problems such as tiredness, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. In some cases they do not enjoy any form of activity at all because they are not on their peak operating condition and their systems are not firing on all cylinders. Though many people are confident they can function well at reduced sleep levels, losing even 1-2 hours of sleep for a few nights can affect your ability to function as much as not sleeping at all for a day or two, the survey said. A sleep deficiency can affect your focus, reasoning, mood, ability to learn and more. About 20 percent of car crash injuries are associated with driver sleepiness. Even more alarming, a sleep deficiency can lead to serious health conditions. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute reported that sleepdeprived people are on a fast track to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity and depression. If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, consult your health care provider. While individual needs may vary, these guidelines from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute are a good start: newborns, 16-18 hours a day; preschool-age children, 11-12 hours a day; school age children, at least 10 hours a day; teens, 9-10 hours a day; adults, 7-8 hours a day. The Institute also offers these tips for getting a good night’s sleep: Stick to a sleep schedule. A good night’s sleep actually starts in the morning. The second your eyes flutter open, light shoots down the optic nerve and into the brain’s biological clock. That stimulates production of hormones that regulate everything from how you think to how you feel. Waking and sleeping that does not stick to a schedule will make your biological clock out of sync. Give yourself an hour to wind down. Unfortunately, some people, especially women, are not giving themselves one single second. Even if it’s already time to sleep, they still do some household chores, do activities with other family members, or stay up to do social networking over the Internet. Women almost always put their needs ahead of others and forget that sleep is essential to over-all health. If the dog’s snoring (Continued on page 15)

SDCWA | 2/13/2014 -- The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday unanimously called upon the region’s residents, businesses and institutions to increase water conservation efforts in response to severe drought conditions across California. The Board formally activated the agency’s Water Shortage and Drought Response Plan to preserve stored water reserves in Southern California in case dry conditions continue into next year. Additional water savings can also provide relief for other areas of the state more significantly affected by the drought by reducing the region’s need for imported water. The Board also approved notifying the Water Authority’s 24 member agencies that the region is at Level 1 Drought Watch of the region’s Model Drought Response Ordinance. In coming weeks, member agencies will consider what specific actions are necessary for their communities. “The extraordinarily dry conditions and water supply challenges facing our state mean it’s time for each of us to go above and beyond our normal water-saving measures,” said Thomas V. Wornham, Chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors. “For some people, that will mean simply adjusting their irrigation system to eliminate runoff and overspray. For others, it could mean investing in a water-smart landscape makeover or buying a highly efficient clothes washer. If everyone answers the call, we can stretch our region’s supplies and do our part to help the rest of the state.” The Water Authority is collaborating with its 24 member agencies to increase regional awareness of the need for additional water conservation. The Water Authority plans to fund outreach efforts using part of a $1 million state Drought Response and Outreach Program grant. The Water Authority is not anticipating cutbacks to its imported water supplies this year that would trigger mandatory supply cutbacks to its member agencies. The region’s improved water supply reliability is the result of adequate reservoir storage in Southern California and two decades of investments by the San Diego region to diversify its water supply sources. These measures include securing water transfers that are

WaterSmartSD.org, the Water Authority’s conservation website. They include rebate offers for replacing turf with water-smart landscapes, and purchasing highly efficient toilets and clothes washers. WaterSmartSD.org also includes a link to the Water Authority’s “eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle,” a 140-page digital flipbook packed with practical and inspirational ideas for improving water-use efficiency indoors and outdoors. Per capita potable water use in the San Diego region has decreased about 27 percent since 2007, and local cities and water districts are on pace to meet their state-mandated water-efficiency targets for 2020. Total regional consumption of potable water in fiscal year 2013 was 24 percent lower than in fiscal year 2007. “Thanks to investments and commitment by residents, businesses and our agricultural communities, the San Diego region has been a statewide leader in conservation for the past two decades, and that has really prepared us to weather the current drought,” Wornham said. The Water Authority will continue to monitor late-winter weather and water supply conditions so the Board can adjust its response as needed. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a droughtrelated state of emergency Jan. 17 after two consecutive dry years and the start of a third. The Department of Water Resources’ snowpack survey in late January showed water content levels at 12 percent of normal for that time of year. The State Water Project is not currently projected to deliver any new water this year, but that preliminary forecast could improve if late-winter storms bolster snowpack levels. The Colorado River Basin, Southern California’s primary imported water source, is faring better with the snow-

pack at about 100 percent of average for this time of year. However, 11 of the past 14 years have been dry in the Colorado River Basin, and the system’s main reservoirs collectively are less than half full. Locally, precipitation at Lindbergh Field was only 43 percent of normal between Oct. 1 and Jan. 31. For more information about water supply and demand in San Diego County, go to www.sdcwa.org/droughtresponse.

Date: 03.22.14 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Location: The Home Depot 1475 E Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92027 A more attractive and water-efficient yard sounds enticing, doesn’t it? Need more inspiration? This spring, San Diego County residents can get first-hand advice from gardening experts and huge savings on varieties of low-water-use plants at select The Home Depot locations during San Diego County Garden Friendly Plant Fairs. Each event features discounts on a variety of plants chosen by a panel of experts because they are water-wise choices for the San Diego region. Industry experts will be available to provide customers with information about water-efficient irrigation systems and low-water-use plants. The Home Depot certified nursery consultants will host informative how-to workshops. Local water agency staff also will be onhand to provide customers with information about water conservation programs and services where they live.

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Laughing Matter
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Funny Obit
A Korean War veteran who wrote his own heart-warming and hilarious obituary now gone viral gave himself a perfect sendoff, one of his grandchildren told FoxNews.com. Walter George Bruhl Jr., of Delaware, who died at early Sunday at 80, in Florida, poked fun at society, his wife and most of all himself in the 679-word obituary, originally posted online by his grandson, Sam, last week after Bruhl's family discovered it. In the first line, Bruhl aptly describes himself as "a dead person," and goes on to note his wife of 57 years, Helene, will “now be able to purchase the mink coat” he always denied her because “only minks should wear mink.” Bruhl’s granddaughter, Kalla, said the obituary was vintage Walter Bruhl. "It was perfect for him, because he’s always been like that." - Kalla Bruhl “It was perfect for him, because he’s always been like that,” she told FoxNews.com. “He’s funny.” The obituary has made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook, generating positive reviews from folks who never knew Bruhl, but know they would have liked him. Amid the self-deprecating lines and tender memories is the story of a man from humble beginnings who fought for his nation, loved his family and enjoyed an occasional adult beverage. Here's the obituary in its entirety: Walter George Bruhl Jr. of Newark and Dewey Beach is a dead person; he is no more; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and gone to meet his maker. He drifted off this mortal coil Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Punta Gorda, Fla. His spirit was released from his worn-out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 57 years, Helene Sellers Bruhl, who will now be able to purchase the mink coat which he had always refused her because he believed only minks should wear mink. He is also survived by his son Walter III and wife Melissa; daughters Carly and Paige, and son Martin and wife Debra; son Sam and daughter Kalla. Walt loved and enjoyed his grandkids. Walt was preceded in death by his tonsils and adenoids in 1935; a spinal disc in 1974; a large piece of his thyroid gland in 1988; and his prostate on March 27, 2000. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 20,1933 at 10:38 p.m., and weighed in at a healthy seven pounds, four ounces, and was 22 inches long, to Blanche Buckman Bruhl and Walter George Bruhl. He drifted through the Philadelphia Public School System from 1937 through 1951, graduating, to his mother's great relief, from John Bartram

“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

CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY
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.

High School in June 1951. Walter was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, having served from October 1951 to September 1954, with overseas duty in Japan from June 1953 till August 1954. He attained the rank of sergeant. He chose this path because of Hollywood propaganda, to which he succumbed as a child during World War II, and his cousin Ella, who joined the corps in 1943. He served an electronics apprenticeship at the Philadelphia Naval Yard from 1956-61; operated Atlantic Automotive Service Stations in Wilmington during 1961-62; and was employed by the late great DuPont Co. from 1962-93. (Very few people who knew him would say he worked for DuPont, and he always claimed he had only been been hired to fill a position.) He started at the Chestnut Run Site as a flunky in the weave area of the Textile Fibers Department, and then was promoted to research assistant, where he stayed from 1963-72. In 1972 he accepted a position as an equipment service representative with the Photo Products Department at the old DuPont Airport site (now Barley Mill Plaza). In 1973 he was promoted to manufacturing engineering technologist and was employed in that capacity until, after 31 years with The Co., he was given a fine anniversary dinner and a token gift and then "downsized" in December 1993. He was rehired as a contract employee in June 1994, doing the same job that he had been "downsized" from, and stayed until July 1995. He started his own contract business and worked at Litho Tech Ltd. from 1996-99. There will be no viewing since his wife refuses to honor his request to have him standing in the corner of the room with a glass of Jack Daniels in his hand so he would appear natural to visitors. Cremation will take place at the family's convenience, and his ashes will be kept in an urn until they get tired of having it around. What's a Grecian Urn? Oh, about 200 drachmas a week. Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Walt's life in their own way; raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory would be quite appropriate. Instead of flowers, Walt would hope that you will do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some poor unfortunate soul in his name. A memorial luncheon in Walt's honor will be held Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m., at Deerfield, Newark.

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Whispers from the Cross January 14, 2010 Jesus
istening to My voice requires training and discipline.

By Fr. Joseph M. Esper, Catholic Exchange.com

Are You Distracted During Prayer?

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It has often happened that I am goaded. People who do not follow Me generally in their life will sometimes come to a period of pain and they will then, in their anger, say, “Speak, God, if you are there.” My friends, I could speak and often do in those moments. The difficulty is that these distanced children do not know how to listen. They have not practiced hearing the voice of God so they are almost deaf to it. I tell you today, there are those who have dedicated their lives to service to Me who are also nearly deaf to My voice. You feel the seriousness of what I am saying and I am glad. This is a cross to many because I cannot direct these individuals into the compassionate service of each moment that I wish for them. They are working, yes, but they are limited by their undisciplined participation in the personal relationship with Me that they require to love as I love and to serve as I would have them serve. The Savior sighs. I am grateful to all who give their life to Me. My gratitude will accompany those who served me throughout their eternity. But I beg each of you to hear Me. Do you recognize the promptings of the Spirit? I will tell you how you will know. Is your heart often moved to pity? Do you find that there are times when you feel impatience and instead offer gentleness? Are you one who conducts others to peace or do you gather round and contribute condemnation when it is being levied against another? Do you talk about Me or about My enemy? Do you look out at a world in pain and see goodness or do you see darkness everywhere? Please, stop your service long enough each day to listen for My whispers from the cross. I am begging you to love each other. Very often I am rejected but I never stop loving. You must be like Me. Love, regardless of how you are repaid. I cannot force anyone to love Me, dear apostles. But I can love them. I want you to do the same. Love God’s children in My name and you will be rewarded. Love for Me.

St. Bernard was traveling with a poor, uneducated farmer, who boasted, “I’m never distracted when I pray.” Bernard objected, “I don’t believe it. Now let me make a bargain with you. If you can say the Our Father without one distraction, I’ll give you this mule I’m riding. But if you don’t succeed, you must come with me and be a monk.” The farmer agreed and began praying aloud confidently, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name . . .” Then, after pausing for a moment, he asked St. Bernard, “Does that include the saddle and the bridle, too?” St. Francis of Assisi, whenever he was about to enter church for Mass or to pray, would say, “Worldly and frivolous thoughts, stay here at the door until I return.” Then he would go inside and pray with complete devotion. Sometimes distractions are caused by an insufficient dedication to prayer. Bl. Clare of Rimini was leading a carefree life in which religion wasn’t something to take too seriously. At age thirty four, she entered church one day, only to hear a rather blunt message from Heaven: “Clare, try to say one Our Father and one Hail Mary to the glory of God, without thinking of other things.” Chastened by this rebuke, she took her religious duties more seriously. “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”(Isa. 29:13) For this reason, the Franciscan priest Bl. Thomas of Cori insisted that the Divine Office be recited slowly and reverently, for as he said, “If the heart does not pray, the tongue works in vain.” Jesus taught His disciples the importance of praying sincerely; indeed, He offered the Our Father as a model of such prayer (Matt. 6:9-13). When someone asked Bl. Jordan of Saxony the best form of prayer, he said, “The way in which you can pray most fervently.” St. Edmund tells us, “It is better to say one Our Father fervently and devoutly than a thousand with no devotion and full of distraction.” In fact, St. Thomas Aquinas warns us, “Purposely to allow one’s mind to wander in prayer

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Seeing the Philippines for the first time after many years would give any former resident a “culture shock.” The roads, which looked to be wider before, appeared narrow. The buildings and the streets, which were dilapidated and dirty before, looked more dilapidated and dirty now. – Chapter 2 – Balikbayan Culture Shock All of a sudden, the small kids from before were now grown up. Their faces had changed, yet somehow looked familiar. Some of his relatives who lived in a compound beside them had already died. Gone forever during a span of just ten years were his maternal grandmother, three uncles, two aunties and two cousins. – Chapter 3 – Like A Video Tape Experience Their vehicle moved towards the man and again they asked: “Boss, alam mo ba ang bahay ni Maning Bakla (Boss, do you know the residence of Maning, the homosexual?)?” The man looked serious and glumly said: “Yes, I am Maning, what do you want?” They were embarrassed as they were sure that Maning did not appreciate the unsavory nickname. – Chapter 6 – Maning Bakla And the Duty Free Shops In Manila There was a full moon above, and they could see its reflections on the water as the waves slapped on the sand. They could feel the cool breeze kiss their face, the warm water wet their feet. On that cold December evening in Maryland Beach Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines, they wanted to freeze time and enjoy every moment of their stay – Chapter 10 – Nasugbu Market Place And The IUD BBQ Manila Mayor Antonio Villegas proved to be an innovative mayor; for example, he introduced the free elementary and high school education in the city, the first of its kind in the country. He was also a poet in the vernacular; at every opportunity, he would recite or talk in the form of a poem he himself composed. In answer to his critics, he once said: “Marami ang nagtatanong kung bakit ako tumutula, bakit, ang tula ba ay masama (Many are asking why I am reciting a poem, why, is a poem bad)?” Chapter 17 – When “Gatpuno” Villegas warmed his “Salumpuwit” at Maharnilad Their playmates from the barrio were cautious and made a sign of the cross when passing ant hills, which they would call “nuno sa punso”. They would reverently say, “Makikiraan, po (Please allow us to pass!)!” Chapter 31 - Nuno Sa Punso And Other Weird Provincial Experiences The boys, usually five at a time, would line up and march without their pants towards the rice fields at the back of the house. They would pass by a guava tree, pull out several leaves and wash them in the artesian well. Once in the field, the quack doctor would hammer a stake into the ground made of a branch of a guava tree with the other end bent towards the boy. – Chapter 34 - Circumcision: Why Do Some Boys Walk Bow-Legged During Summertime In The Province?

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Excerpts from the book: How did you know Richard?” she asked. Danny was fast to the draw. “I produced his shows there,” he lied. He could see Menchie, the movie baga star, was impressed. “And I can also Ang mga ibon daw, kanyang naproduce your show,” he continued the gagaya charade. She was pleased. “Do you Kay daling gawin niya, ang sabi sa think people will pay just to watch kanya me? “Why, are we going to charge Marami na ko nyan, alis ka na muna them?” he asked instead. Menchie
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Lives and Loves of the Filipino Movie Stars of Yesteryears

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“Betel Nuts & Other Stories”
by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.

Philippine Homecoming’s Cherished Memories
by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.

Simeon G. Silverio Jr.

An entertaining and easy-to-read account of a Filipino American’s homecoming to the Philippines and the interesting memories it triggered.
“Complicated Affairs” By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. The colorful and incredible story of a Filipino American’s complicated affairs. Excerpts from the book: How did you know Richard?” she asked. Danny was fast to the draw. “I produced his shows there,” he lied. He could see Menchie, the movie star, was impressed. “And I can also produce your show,” he continued the charade. She was pleased. “Do you think people will pay just to watch me? “Why, are we going to charge them?” he asked instead. Menchie was aghast, but realized he was joking. She hit him on the shoulder. He knew the ice was broken. – Chapter 2 : Movie Star “So how are you doing?” Danny was pleased to hear from Juanita. “I am okay, how about you?” “So-so,” he replied. “I’ve missed you,” his playboy persona took over again. “Really?” she asked. “I have something to tell you.” “What? “ Danny was rejuvenated. He had not dated for a while and was eager to do so. He saw an opportunity with Juanita. “I just gave birth to a baby girl.” “Congratulations,” Danny said. “Are you sexy again?” He was hoping to renew their relationship but was unsure about it since she was with her husband. Juanita did not answer his question; instead, she said, “And it’s yours.” – Chapter 3 :Another Child “This is Mindy,” Diaz introduced a pretty twenty-five year old girl to him when he arrived at the dock. “She’s Digna’s sister.” Mindy shyly extended her right hand which Danny shook. He noticed that Digna was teasing her sister, as though there was a pre-arranged plan between Diaz and the two girls unbeknownst to him. Later on, during the course of the fishing trip, he discovered the plan: Digna wanted Danny to hook up with her sister. “Marry my sister,” Digna told him as they ate lunch aboard the boat in the middle of the bay. “So she can migrate to America.” She knew Danny was a divorced American citizen. – Chapter 5: Gone Fishin’ Danny called up his friend Pepito and asked for ideas on how to best help Kate. Pepito was the brother of his comedian friend, Elvis, one of the top entertainers in the Philippines at that time. “Jackpot ka, pare (You’ve got a jackpot, friend),” Pepito told Danny. “She is a gold mine.” “What do you mean?” “We can set her up with rich Chinese men playing at the casinos and charge them at least 50,000 pesos to spend the night with her. I am sure many of them would be willing to spend that much just to be with a beautiful white girl like Kate. We will get our commission afterwards.” – Chapter 8 : Leading Lady After Danny gave him her name, the clerk spent a few minutes in the computer. “That’s it,” the clerk said afterwards. “She has pension due her, and you are entitled to it!” Danny was surprised. He didn’t expect this bounty. “How much do you think you will get?” the clerk asked him. Danny was hesitant to give him an amount. He was happy to get $100 a month. That would go a long way especially if one was living in the Philippines. “One hundred dollars,” he answered. “That’s way too low, make it higher.” “Three hundred?” “Way too low.” “Five hundred?” “Still very low.” “How much?” he finally asked. “Try fourteen hundred dollars.” He could not believe what he heard. – Chapter 9 : Windfall

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Complicated Affairs

Excerpts from the book

Entertaining and easy-to-read short stories inspired by a Filipino’s experience in growing up in the Philippines. Excerpts from the book If there is a person that can aptly be called “the son of a bitch”, which in Pilipino, is synonymous to the phrase,

Seeing the Philippines for the first time after many years would give any former resident a “culture shock.” The roads, which looked to be wider before, appeared narrow. The buildings and the streets, which were dilapidated and dirty before, looked more dilapidated and dirty now. – Chapter 2 – Balikbayan Culture Shock

COMPLICATED AFFAIRS

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