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Vintar Memories and a Proposal for Filipino
Town Associations
Our Life and Times
3 Ampatuan lawyers quit
massacre case
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.
Publisher & Editor
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(Speech during the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Vintarinians of California)
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ood evening.

This moment reminds me of the vice presidential debate in 1992, between Al
Gore, Dan Quayle and James Bond Stockdale. Stockdale, the running mate of indepen-
dent presidential candidate Ross Perot, infamously opened his speech asking, “Who am
I? Why am I here?”
The same questions can be asked about my presence here. “Who am I? Why am I
here?” What the heck am I doing as guest speaker during this 25th anniversary of the
Vintarinians of California?
When my kumpadre, Primo Pacis, asked me to be the speaker, I thought he was jok-
ing. “Why me?” I asked. “We’ll, it’s because you’ve been to Vintar. And you are married
to a descendant of a Vintarinian.” It’s obvious this was a lame excuse. For sure, there
were other potential speakers more famous, intelligent, accomplished, and with stronger
ties with the beautiful town of Vintar, Ilocos Norte. Probing further, he fnally admitted,
“Well, the doctor from Chicago could not make it. Another turned us down.”
Thus, I was the third choice. In Tagalog, panakip butas (hole fller) three times over.
But that was not the reason I thought I would turn the request down. I did not turn it
down right away, because like any Filipino, I wanted to be polite so as not to hurt his
feelings. I diplomatically said I would check if I were free that day, that my scheduled
family trip to New England would not fall on that day. Even if it did not, I knew I would
reject the invitation, for I did not deserve the honor. I had very limited experience about
Vintar. I would be a big joke. Some might even resent me, for surely there were a lot of
others more deserving.
“I am only one, but still
I am one. I cannot do every-
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by Bettina Magsaysay,
8/8/2014 - Three defense
lawyers in the Maguindanao
massacre case have resigned
as legal counsels of the Am-
Atty. Andres Manuel,
Atty. Paris Real, and Atty.
Sigfrid Fortun submitted their
withdrawal of appearance in
3 separate flings before the
Quezon City Regional Trial
Court Branch 221.
Fortun submitted his with-
drawal of appearance for the
accused Andal Ampatuan Sr.
and his son Andal Jr.
Manuel and Real also with-
drew as counsel for Ampatuan
Jr. and the other co-accused in
the case.
by Jose Katigbak, Philstar.
While the United States
accepts the right of China
and others to press their
sovereignty claims in the
South China Sea, “we ask
only, however, that they do
so in a peaceful and construc-
tive manner consistent with
international law,” said As-
sistant Secretary of State for
East Asian and Pacifc Affairs
Daniel Russel.
“We are not favoring
Vietnam’s claims over those
of China. We are not favor-
ing the Philippines over those
of, say, Brunei or Malaysia.
We are neutral on the issue
of sovereignty. We are not
neutral, however, on the issue
of behavior,” he said.
He told reporters all claim-
ants had an obligation to
assert their claims in a peace-
ful manner consistent with
international law, including
the UN Convention on the
Law of the Sea.
“And what that means, in part, is
that territorial claims must be based on
land features. It’s not possible under
UNCLOS merely to assert sovereignty
over the seas. As the saying goes, land
dominates water,” he said.
Beijing bases its claim to almost all
of the South China Sea on a U-shaped
nine-dash line which covers an area it
says has traditionally been China’s fsh-
ing grounds.
Russel said ASEAN and China have
to accelerate their effort to conclude a
code of conduct in the South China Sea
to prevent the risk of an incident leading
to a crisis. From the US perspective, this
was “doable” he said.
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Measures claimants could take would
be to identify actions they fnd troubling
if not provocative on the part of other
claimants and to agree to renounce these
It can range from modest steps that
have already been agreed to by all
claimants, such as an agreement not to
seize currently unoccupied land fea-
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for
East Asian and Pacifc Affairs Daniel Rus-
sel speaks after a meeting. (VOA photo)
by Jullieanne Love de
Jesus, | MANILA,
8/5/2014 —A graft-inves-
tigating offcer found that
names of a one-year-old boy
and even dead people, were
listed as benefciaries of ghost
livelihood projects worth P50
million in a desperate effort ‎to
amass public funds.
Lawyer Vic Escalante, a
fact-fnding investigator ‎from
the Offce of the Ombuds-
man, revealed this in the bail
petition hearing of Senator
Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada at the
Sandiganbayan Fifth Division
on Tuesday.And the projects
were allegedly funded by the
detained senator’s pork bar-
rel, as what Escalante’s team
found in their investigation.
He told the court that
‎Estrada’s staff and co-accused
Pauline Labayen, signed the
tripartite memorandum of
agreement, indicating that the
Senator disbursed his Priority
Development Assistance Fund
(PDAF) to the spurious NGO
According to Escalante, the
P50-million project was for
the provinces of Pangasinan,
Laguna, Compostela Valley,
Surigao del Norte, Zamboan-
ga del Norte, Agusan del Sur,
‎and Surigao del Sur.
But in their visit at Umingan munici-
pality in Pangasinan, municipal agri-
culturist Francisco Collado Jr. denied
to Escalante’s team that he signed the
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thing; and because I cannot
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I waited for Primo’s call so I could tell
him I could not accept the offer. But the
more I waited, the more I realized that
maybe I had something to say. Maybe I
had a message that could be worth the
time of the distinguished Vintarinians in
the audience. That message, ladies and
gentlemen, I will share later. But frst,
my happy memories of Vintar.
I frst met Primo when we were Jour-
nalism students in 1966 at the Univer-
sity of the Philippines. We were young,
aspiring writers. Many of the campus
beauties, the members of the Corp of
Sponsors, the fraternity muses, and even
the fashion models there, were our girl-
friends. Hindi lang nila alam. They did
not know that they were our girlfriends,
for the idea only existed in our fertile
I remember Primo telling me about the
beautiful features of Vintar, repeatedly. I
thought then: If it is that beautiful, what
are you doing here? Surely, you would
not go back there after you’re done with
your studies!
I could not forget the day I have
frst been to Vintar. It was the week
after Christmas in 1972, four months
after martial law had been declared.
True to my breeding as a U.P. activist,
I wrote anti-martial law articles and
distributed them in the windshields of
cars in Baguio City before proceeding
to Vintar. Primo’s mother, a kind and
loving woman, saw a copy of the fyer
and expressed concern. Primo told me
about it after we had returned to Manila.
She was worried about the company her
son was keeping, whereas all I had ever
noticed was the loving hospitality of
her and her husband. Primo’s dad even
played his harp for me, my one and only
experience on the rare instrument’s live
performance. Even at that time, who still
played the harp? And with such virtuos-
ity? I felt blessed.
The short visit was memorable. Primo
showed me around town: the famous
Vintar River, the public market in front
of their house, the beautiful poblacion,
and the happy people everywhere. He
said he preferred the time whenVintar
did not have any electricity during his
childhood. To a poet like him, it was
more romantic. It exuded the ambience
of innocence and the inner beauty of the
I found out during Christmas vaca-
tions that almost all Vintarinian students
in Manila would be in town. Sila-sila
din ang nagkikita-kita. They were the
same people who saw each other in
Manila. In many homes, I saw photos of
nurses playing in the snow in the United
States. I thought this differentiated the
Ilocanos from the people of Bulacan,
where my parents came from. The Ilo-
canos are more adventurous. They trav-
elled the world. The Bulakenos stayed
home. Working in Manila, which was
just an hour away, was already a stretch
for them. I was impressed with the color
photos of Primo’s dad taken in the U.S.
on display in the living room. He looked
sharp in his 1920’s suits, posing in front
of the colorful car models of the day.
Like many Vintarinians, he too ventured
to America at the turn of the century,
and returned to his hometown to escape
the Great Depression of the 1930’s.
A group of photos on display on the
living room mantel included Primo’s
siblings in their graduation gowns and
togas. The pursuit of education had been
the goal and pride of many Vintarinians.
They may not be fnancially wealthy,
but so long as the kids had obtained
their college diploma, they considered
themselves a success.
I remember spending New Year’s Eve
drinking beer in the house of Primo’s
cousin, with the occasional explosions
of frecrackers heard outside. When we
were done, Primo stood up so we could
go back to their house. I was surprised
that he nonchalantly walked out on the
street, not minding about the curfew
imposed during that time of Martial
Law. Did I mention his cousin was a
town councilor and one of the guests,
Sammy Bangloy, was the speech writer
of Elizabeth Keon-Marcos, then the
governor of Ilocos Norte? Why worry
about the curfew when we were close to
the powers-that-be?
Fate would give me closer ties to
Vintar other than my friend Primo. Un-
beknownst to me, the girl I fell in love
with, and married to is a distant cousin
of his. My beautiful wife Genevieve
Tagudin’s father, Emeterio, is the son
of Vicente Tagudin, a former orphaned
altar boy in town whom a priest had
raised. He did well as the right hand
man of the business tycoon Don Vicente
Madrigal in Manila. Her mother, Helen
Racimo Tagudin, was a legendary
beauty, a former “Miss Vintar” who
had captured the hearts of many swains
during her time. She was born in San
Francisco when her parents, Patrocino
Racimo and Bien Calaustro Racimo,
sought their fortune in the United States
during the early 1900s. Like Primo’s
dad and other Vintarinians at that time,
they too returned to their hometown to
escape the Great Depression.
My mother-in-law remembered
Primo’s dad taking her pictures when
they were in the United States. He was
into photography then, and she was a
beautiful toddler, looking like the young
Shirley Temple. In fact, Primo’s mother
was even her godmother.
“Bakit ka maganda? Magkapatid ba
talaga tayo? (Why are you beautiful?
Are we really sisters?)” her younger
sister, Auntie Josie RacimoTunac, would
ask her. Sadly, their mother died when
Auntie Josie was born. Their Auntie
Mary Agcaoli and dad, who served as
chief of police of Vintar, raised them.
How could I forget the delicious
kuros, a Vintar River’s shrimp delicacy,
which my wife’s aunt, Atty. Concepcion
Tagudin, would serve whenever I visited
her niece on Sundays? Although the
kuros might be addicting, it was not the
reason why I kept returning. God knows
it was my quest for the love of Genny.
During our family visit to Vintar in
1996, we saw the community center
where the photo of my wife’s aunt,
Adelina Tagudin Moore, was still on
display. She too reigned as a “Miss Vin-
tar” during her time. We also met Noriel
and his family, who like us, were also
visiting from the United States.

WHY AM I HERE? What was the
message I wanted to impart to you that
made me accept this role as your guest
A journalism graduate of U.P. with
MBA units from Ateneo, I was already
a publisher and editor in Manila before
migrating to the United States in 1982.
I owe my American dream to my
Vintarinian mother-in-law, who, having
been a natural-born American, was able
to petition her daughter Genny. She in
turned petitioned me as her husband. As
a journalist, I thought if I were to apply
as a reporter in a mainstream newspaper
in San Diego, I would be competing
against native-born journalists, whose
mother tongue was English. My advan-
tage over them was my knowledge of
the Asian and Filipino people. Hence, I
decided to have my cake and eat it too
by publishing the Asian Journal in 1987.
I could satisfy my writing as well as my
entrepreneurial dreams. Unlike being
a reporter in an American newspaper, I
could write whatever I pleased without
anybody censuring me.
I used to write commentaries about
the Philippine situation. However, I
realized after a day or two, my com-
mentaries would be outdated. Events
would overtake them. They would no
longer be relevant. It was just like riding
a stationary bike; I would keep pedaling
but going nowhere. Then I remembered
when I was small, my father used to tell
us about his life as a young boy in the
province. Although we never met his
mother, we got to know her well through
his stories. I realized my daughters were
growing up as Americans. They had no
inkling about life in the Philippines. I
thought I could shoot two birds with one
stone if I wrote about my life in the Phil-
ippines. I could come up with interest-
ing articles for our newspaper, the Asian
Journal, and at the same time, I could
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The Department of Health (DOH) is on
high alert and has intensifed its moni-
toring of possible carriers of the deadly
Ebola virus in the country, Malacañang
assured the public yesterday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abi-
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in monitoring airports to track people
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DOH intensifies monitoring of possible
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Health offcials have also issued
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The intent of this current article, the
previous one on the “Nutrition Action
Newsletter” published June 20, 2014 in
the Asian Journal, and future articles is
to highlight the numerous nutrition and
health resources published by private
and government agencies that are avail-
able to the public. These articles can
be downloaded from the Internet and
printed copies are also available by writ-
ing to the organization that published
them, some for free or for a small fee.
Cancer is one of the leading causes
of death in the nation today including
among Asians and Pacifc Islanders
(API). The U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, Offce of Minor-
ity Health stated that, “although Asian
Americans (AA) generally has lower
cancer rates than the non-Hispanic
white, differences exist in certain types
of cancer. API men are twice as likely
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Probably most of us know that two
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on nutrition and cancer and publishes
numerous articles and books about it.
AICR is a nonproft, tax exempt or-
ganization whose purpose is to provide
funding support for research on the
relationship between, diet, nutrition
and cancer and to expand consumer
knowledge about the results of such re-
search as it relates to cancer prevention
and treatment in the Unites States and
worldwide. It is the single most effective
organization in America in searching for
the links between cancer and the foods
we eat and our daily lifestyles.
It was founded in 1982 by a small
group of concerned individuals who saw
evidence that there was a relationship
between the foods we eat and the chance
of getting cancer. The War on Cancer
was 20 years old and had little to show
for the billions of dollars spent. Govern-
ment funds had been directed toward
medical and pharmaceutical treatments
and little had been spend on learning
how to prevent Americans from getting
the disease.
In 1983, the National Academy of
Sciences released the report, “Diet,
Nutrition and Cancer” that began the
movement to recognize that what we
eat maybe a major contributor in the
development of cancer. Subsequently,
other publications followed such as the,
“Dietary Guidelines to Lower Cancer
Risks”, and First Expert Report on Diet,
Lifestyle and Cancer in 1997 followed
by the Second Expert Repot on Food,
Nutrition, Physical Activity and the
Prevention of Cancer in 2009. The last
two reports were the most comprehen-
sive ever published showing the links
between food, nutrition, and physical
AICR started publishing its own
newsletter in 1984, since the govern-
ment under pressure from the food
industry refused to distribute informa-
tion about the link between food and
cancer. This has changed the way we
eat and how to live to prevent cancer. In
1990, AICS convened the frst Diet and
Nutrition Conference bringing together
scientists together to talk about how
diet can be used to prevent cancer. The
frst revolutionary research showing
that broccoli contains a cancer fghting
compound led to a major government
funding for research on cancer fghting
foods. Continuing research and publica-
tions have been going on since then up
to the present.
Some of their publications include:
The Cancer Fighters in your food—Can-
cer Resource: Living with Cancer—The
Facts about Fiber—Guide to Beans—
Guide to the Nutrition Facts Label—
Herb and Spice Wheel—Moving More
for Cancer Prevention—New Ameri-
can Plate—Nutrition and the Cancer
Survivor—Nutrition During Cancer
Treatment--One Pot Meals- Pocket
Guide in Healthy Dining—Reduce
your risk for colorectal cancer—Reach
your healthy weight for life—and many
more. For information on programs call
1-800-843-8114 or website at www.aicr.
org. One copy of their publications are
usually free for the asking.

Be as lean as possible without becom-
ing underweight.
Be physically active for at least 30
minutes every day.
Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consump-
Preventing Cancer Through a Healthy
Diet (Part 2): American Institute for
Cancer Research
Your Survival
Guide to Safe
and Healthy
Travel | ATLANTA, 8/8./2014 --
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are traveling internationally — for vaca-
tion, business, and volunteerism, and to
visit friends and family. Whatever your
reason for traveling, the information on
this page will help you to be Proac-
tive, Prepared, and Protected when it
comes to your health—and the health of
others—while you are traveling.
Take steps to anticipate any issues
that could arise during your trip. The
information in this section will help you
plan for a safe and healthy trip.
Learn about your destination.
See a doctor before you travel.
Think about your health status.
Are you too sick to travel? (Recent
illnesses, injuries, or surgeries)
Do you have any special health needs?
(Babies and small children, pregnant
women, people with disabilities, people
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California Communities
Own Your Value
A Seminar for
Women Busi-
ness Owners
SAN DIEGO—July 31, 2014 —
NAWBO San Diego will continue
its seminar series on August 8 with a
presentation from Pamela Reyes: Own
Your Value. The seminar will be held
at Brandman University, 7460 Mission
Valley Road, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Discover how to identify your unique
gifts and talents and align what you do
with who you are. In this action packed,
session you’ll learn:
 1 step you can take right now
 2 things that can sabotage your
 3 clues to rediscover your brilliance
so life becomes more meaningful
You’ll leave energized and confdent
to live and work with more ease and
joy! Don’t go another day just going
through the motions.
Pamela Reyes is an expert at work-
ing with women to get in touch with
their true talents and build them into
strengths, then align what they do with
who they are so their life begins to fow
– allowing them to live the life they
desire. Co-founder of Savvy Women by
Design, Pam is passionate about identi-
fying, focusing on and then maximizing
a woman’s true talents and strengths
so she has greater confdence, achieves
higher income and has more fun.
NAWBO members have the option of
attending this seminar for free (without
lunch) or $10 (with a box lunch). The
fee for visitors (which includes lunch)
is $25.
Registration is available through noon
on August 7 at
About NAWBO San Diego
NAWBO San Diego is one of 80 U.S.
chapters of NAWBO, a national non-
proft organization of more than 7,000
members that represents women busi-
ness owners across all industries. Since
1975, NAWBO has helped women
evolve their businesses by sharing re-
sources and providing a single voice to
shape economic and public policy. For
more information, visit
SAN DIEGO— July 31, 2014 —The
National Association of Women Busi-
ness Owners (NAWBO) San Diego,
which promotes, supports and educates
women business owners in achieving
success, announced today that its June
featured program will feature Judith
Balian: “Your Mind on Marketing” The
breakfast meeting will take place on
Wednesday, August 20, from 8:00 a.m.
to 9:00 a.m. at the Council for Supplier
Diversity, 10679 Westview Parkway,
San Diego, CA 92126.
In this interactive and lighthearted
presentation you’ll learn how to reframe
the way you think about self-promotion
and how to avoid sabotaging your ef-
forts. You’ll also learn:
 Why women often fnd it diffcult to
Your Mind on Marketing NAWBO San Diego’s June
program features Judith Balian, expert and author
market themselves
 Strategies to help your overcome
common sales/marketing challenges
 Small steps that will build your
marketing confdence
 Ways to handle fear and rejection
 What to do with an out-of-control
inner critic when it gets in your way
Your attitude and approach to sales
and marketing may never be the same
Judith Balian spent 20 years in corpo-
rate sales and marketing before starting
her own business, Excoveries, in 2007.
She has worked and consulted for busi-
nesses of all types and sizes from For-
tune 500 companies to start-ups, private
consultants, and individual practitioners.
She is a patent-holding inventor and
the author of Your Mind on Marketing:
Self-Help for People Who Hate Market-
ing but Have to Do It Anyway.
Registration is available through 5
p.m. on August 18. More information,
including online registration, is avail-
able at
About NAWBO San Diego
NAWBO San Diego is one of 80 U.S.
chapters of NAWBO, a national non-
proft organization of more than 7,000
members that represents women busi-
ness owners across all industries. Since
1975, NAWBO has helped women
evolve their businesses by sharing re-
sources and providing a single voice to
shape economic and public policy. For
more information, visit
More than 150 community leaders
from the 13 regions of the National Fed-
eration of Filipino American Associa-
tions have registered to attend the 11th
National Empowerment Conference,
with Region 11 (State of Nevada, Ari-
zona, and Utah) leading in the number
of registered delegates. The conference
scheduled on August 7-10 at the Town
and Country Resort and Convention
Center will bring in notable Filipino
Americans as speakers at Plenary Ses-
sions, Workshops, and after luncheon
panel discussions on signifcant topics
that highlights the theme, “We Break the
Dawn: Master Planning the Future”.
Leading the array of speakers are
White House senior adviser, Jason Tengco,
of the Asian Pacifc American Initiatives
Commission and Billy Dec, a well-known
business entrepreneur from Chicago and
member of the Commission.
San Diego’s new Honorary Consul Gen-
eral, Audie de Castro, the highest Filipino
representative of the Philippine govern-
ment will do the honors of welcoming the
delegates and guests from various parts of
the United States.
The four day conference opens on
Thursday, August 7, with a pre-conference
Institute Empowering Pilipino Youth through
Collaboration, otherwise known as EPYC.
Regional Student Leaders will share their
experiences on capacity building, youth lead-
ership, and communications.
The Opening Ceremony on Friday, August
8, will open with a Parade of NaFFAA Ban-
ners followed by a Welcome Remarks by
the Co-Chairs of the Planning Committee,
Dr. Aurora S. Cudal and Leezel Ramos,
refecting the youth-adult partnership that
prevailed in the planning of this conference.
Invited to serve as Program Host is Liberty
Zabala, a multi-media journalist for NBC.
Willie Racelis will give the invocation, while
Fresas Flores Balestreri and Anabel Ogapong
Talavera will sing the Philippines and US
National anthems, respectively.
NaFFAAChair, Ed Navarra, will give
his welcome remarks as well as present the
Region Chairs and members of their delega-
tion. Aproclamation will be presented by the
offce of Mayor Kevin Faulconer and a warm
welcome on behalf of the County of San
Diego will be extended by County Board of
Supervisor Dave Roberts.
The highlight of the day’s event will be the
presence of Assembly member Rob Bonta
who is coming all the way from Sacramento
not only to welcome the delegates but to
participate in the after luncheon panel dis-
cussion on community empowerment.
Moreover, the issue on immigration
reform will receive the spotlight when Jose
Antonio Vargas , a Pulitzer winning journal-
ist, flmmaker and the founder of Defne
America will deliver the Closing Keynote
In the evening, the Asian Pacifc American
Labor Alliance (APALA) will sponsor the
screening of a flm documentary, Delano
Manongs. Columnist Rodel Rodis, one of the
founders of NaFFAAwill give a historical
background about the flm.
Saturday, August 9, will begin earlier with
a General Membership Meeting presided
by National Chair, Ed Navarra. Vital issues
affecting the organization will be ironed out,
prior to the election of a new set of offcers
which will occur late in the afternoon.
The day will be flled with panel presenta-
tion and workshops on a variety of topics,
led by Major General Antonio Taguba, as
AARP spokesperson on Aging and Longev-
ity. He will be introduced by former NaF-
FAA Executive Director Jon Melegrito.
Another important speaker slated to de-
liver the keynote speech for the day is Billy
Dec, Commissioner of the White House
Asian Pacifc American Initiative. He will be
followed by Butch Meily, Executive Director
of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Founda-
tion. JT Mallonga, president of the Filipino
American Legal Defense and Education
Fund (FALDEF) and Vice President of NaF-
FAAwill facilitate the discussion.
Coincidentally, the City Mayor of
Tacloban and his beautiful celebrity wife,
Kring-Kring Gonzales will be at the Confer-
ence to thank everyone for the assistance that
Filipinos in the United States extended to
Tacloban City after the devastating typhoon
that practically destroyed the whole city and
the Eastern region of the Visayas.
The late Alex Esclamado, co-founder and
frst National Chair of NaFFAA will be hon-
ored during the Gala and Awards Night. For
the frst time, NaFFAAwill confer the Alex
Esclamado Award for Excellence in Commu-
nity Service. Afve-minute video about the
NaFFAA rolls out plans for 11th National Empow-
erment Conference in San Diego, August 7-10
Chula Vista Adopts
Sustainability Plan
The Chula Vista City Council recently
adopted a City Operations Sustainability
Plan to help reduce municipal costs,
improve local environmental conditions,
and lead by example in the commu-
nity and region. Seven key areas were
identifed - energy use, water use, green
purchasing, waste management, pol-
lution prevention, green buildings and
infrastructure. Over 30 sustainability
strategies were also identifed in the plan
and include transitioning to zero-net
energy design for new City buildings,
expanding preferential parking for
carpool and alternative fuel vehicles at
municipal facilities throughout the city,
integrating green specifcations into
City procurement processes and hosting
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Mark your calendars to attend one
or more of the special events planned
at Norman Park Center in Chula Vista
this month. The free activities are just a
sample of the many classes, programs,
and services held at the Center which is
located at 270 F Street.
On Monday, August 11, a Women’s
Health Talk will be held in conjunc-
tion with Scripps Hospital. Discussion
will include items specifc to women’s
health including how to identify com-
mon health concerns, risk factors, and
steps to take to prevent or reduce the
incidence of many medical conditions.
The talk is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. at
the Center.
A Caregiver Support presentation is
set for Tuesday, August 12, from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. This valuable event is perfect
for those who are currently providing or
receiving care and are curious about the
different types of support available to
caregivers. Topics include counseling,
respite, support groups, legal consulta-
tion and more. Stop by the Center or call
(619) 409-1930 to reserve your seat.
To help beat the heat, what can be
better than a movie and ice cream? How
about two movies! On Thursday, August
14, the Center -- which is designated
as a Cool Zone -- will host a movie
marathon and ice cream social from 11
a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The frst movie begins
at 11 a.m. and the second one at 1:30
p.m.; stay for both or just one. Free ice
cream will be provided between movies
for those who register in advance. Call
(619) 409-1930 to save a seat.
Norman Park Center August 11 and 12
talks on womens health, caregiving
The Escondido Fire Department
advises local businesses to be aware of
a scam involving bogus fre inspectors.
Individuals are showing up at local
businesses and claiming that the Fire
Department sent them. They then walk
around the premises for a visual inspec-
tion and give a bill to the business as
they are completing the "inspection".
Actual inspections by the Escondido
Fire Department are conducted by the
agency’s uniformed personnel. If there
is a fee involved, the invoice will come
from the City of Escondido.
If you think an inspection may be a
scam, please call Escondido Fire De-
partment at 760-839-5400.
Beware Bogus
Fire Inspections
AZUSA, CA (AUG 05, 2014) —Two
new luxury neighborhoods are coming
soon to Rosedale, offering discern-
ing buyers more reasons to live in the
San Gabriel Valley’s #1 new master-
planned community. The single-family
detached home collections, Camellia
by Brookfeld Residential and Azalea
by Christopher Homes, signal a new
era of grandeur and will draw affuent
homebuyers seeking the ultimate in new
home luxury within Rosedale. For infor-
mation on these enticing opportunities,
Continuing its legacy of homebuild-
ing excellence, Brookfeld Residential
presents Camellia, a limited collection
of new home designs that showcase ar-
chitecturally grand interiors, expansive
living areas, frst-foor bedrooms and
guest suites, bonus rooms and librar-
ies/music rooms. New home designs
will range from approximately 3,607 to
4,134 square feet, with 4 to 5 bedrooms,
3.5 to 5.5 baths and 3-car garages plus
storage. Anticipated from the $900,000s,
over half of Camellia’s homesites will
feature spectacular city-light view.
Azalea by Christopher Homes, offers
expansively sized residences featuring
magnifcent foorplans to accommodate
the aspirations and lifestyles of the most
discerning buyer. Azalea will offer three
new home designs ranging from ap-
proximately 3,174 to 3,538 square feet,
with 4 bedrooms, up to 5.5 baths and
two-car garages. Graced with exquisite
luxuries and refned architectural detail-
ing, impressive great rooms will be the
social centerpiece of each home, while
oversized bonus rooms enhance the ver-
satility of all three foorplans. Prices are
anticipated from the mid $800,000s.
“Rosedale has the distinction of
providing a remarkable foothill location
and a natural peaceful setting located
only minutes from downtown Los
Angeles,” said Mercedes Meserve, Vice
Two New Luxury Neighborhoods Coming Soon
to Rosedale in Azusa
President of Marketing for Rosedale
Land Partners, LLC, the developer of
Rosedale. “Imagine being able to come
home to resort-style recreation yet still
living close to everything that counts
including the future Metro Gold Line
boarding. Rosedale more than meets the
expectations of homebuyers.”
Neighborhoods currently selling at
Rosedale include: the single-family
detached homes of The Collection at
Wisteria and Wisteria by Christopher
Homes; the single-family homes of
Avenswood and Tamarind Lane by TRI
Pointe Homes; the two-story townhomes
of Palmetto by Brookfeld Residential;
and Parsons Place by Shea Homes.
Located in the scenic foothills of
the San Gabriel Valley, Rosedale is
surrounded by more than 500 acres of
peaceful natural surroundings. Five-star
amenities give residents every imag-
inable recreational opportunity. The
centerpiece is The Resort, a two-acre
community recreation center with an
approximate 4,500 square foot private
clubhouse, state-of-the-art ftness center,
Junior Olympic swimming pool, spa,
children’s wading trellises, an outdoor
freplace and barbecue grills.
The Central Arroyo gives residents a
special amenity with 13.5 acres of open
space running through the community
with a trail system that links neighbor-
hoods to each other and to
surrounding trails for hiking, moun-
tain biking and walking. When the
amenities are complete, Rosedale will
have a total of 10 neighborhood parks
including the lighted youth sports felds,
basketball and multi-use courts at the
future 5.5-acre Promenade Park.
Convenience at Rosedale is abundant.
Close proximity to the I-10 and 210 cor-
ridors puts downtown L.A., Orange and
San Bernardino counties within easy
commuting distance. The future Metro
Gold Line boarding station, scheduled
to open early in 2016 at Citrus Avenue
and Palm Drive will be within walking
distance for commuters who want an
easy, cost-effcient alternative to driv-
ing. For more information, visit www.
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Bill’s Corner
Read Bill Labestre’s previous articles by visiting our
website at
by Bill Labestre, MBA
Maybe it’s a part of getting old when
you get easily carried away with your
emotion. It’s not hard to get teary eyed
while watching sad movies or some
tear jerker moments on television. It’s
tougher for men to show this emotion in
public because we grew up in a society
with a perception that real men don’t
Of course there are tears of joy, of
sadness and pain. It should be normal
for us to cry or laugh if we have to.
Crying can help ease the pain and sor-
row. Don’t you love to see people who
can easily smile or hear their genuine
laughter? Are you one of those who has
serious take on life and love to carry that
weight on your shoulders? You may die
with sadness in your heart.
Like most of you, I have my share
of pain, loneliness and happiness and
considered them part of normal living.
We should deal with it and keep going.
We need to fnd ways to get them out of
our system. Men tend to fnd it harder
getting vocal about their feelings. It may
take years to learn how to communicate
and share what’s inside you.
It was tough growing up with pent-
up emotions building inside with no one
to share it with. There’s that feeling of
loneliness and self- pity. Sometimes all
you really need is one good listener who
doesn’t have to say anything.
Some would talk to their therapists
and others get support from family and
friends. Learn how to reach out and do
not wait for others to reach you. There
will be answers to your questions and
solutions to your problems.
Clear communication to the spouse,
partner or children may not be easy for
Filipino men. It depends on how we
were brought up by our own parents.
Do you have to tell everything to your
spouse? Did you ever tell white lies to
your partner to protect or preserve the
relationship? Sometimes women tend to
dig up things in men’s past not healthy
to their current relationships. Do you
have to remain tight lipped or become
honestly stupid?
It is normal for most men to be over-
protective when it comes to their family
specially children. We feel oblige to be
good providers and problem solvers.
We tried hard to keep smooth running
households. We still worry about our
sons and daughters even when they’re
old enough to take care of themselves.
As good fathers, it is hard to let go
sometimes. We may not show our true
emotions but we love our kids.
Our children may forget what we
did for them in the past. Of course
some believed it’s our responsibil-
ity to take care of them forever. Once
they’re old enough and have boyfriends
or girlfriends, poor Dad will be on the
sideline. They can only remember him
when they get on some sticky situations
or have fnancial problems. Dad was
their bank account, mechanic, carpenter
or even the bail provider.
We may not be the perfect Dads
but, we tried to be good fathers. It’s
even OK for us if one day all they can
remember to say was “Hi Mom”. Were
we also responsible for their creation?
We hope that they can remember to visit
our grave after we’re gone. After all,
they use to call us Daddy.
Poor Dad
Happiness is often elusive but
it can be found where you are
right now
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The Metamorphosis
Read Ernie Delfin’s previous articles by
visiting our website at www.asianjournalusa.
by Ernie Delfin
by Benjamin Maynigo
As I write this column/blog, I just
arrived from Southern California mostly
traveling down memory lane.
First, I went to Huntington Beach to
join the celebrations of my high school
graduating Class ’64 commemorating
its 50th Anniversary. Remembering
stories that happened ”two score and ten
years ago” was really a feat for one who
had been a proud member of AARP for
a while, and who had already acquired
rights to Medicare. Indeed, I enjoyed the
exchanges with classmates both during
the Dinner on July 26, 2104 and the
Picnic the next day.

Obviously, many things happened to
the lives of everyone between 1964 and
2014 as I wrote one describing that of
the late HAROLD KESTER, who was
the Student Body President, Class Salu-
tatorian and foster brother who hosted
me during the school year as an AFS
(American Field Service) scholar. For
this, I suggested to make a collection
of life stories from them and probably
publish it frst in eBook format, to be
followed by a print edition later. Many
liked the idea and several committed
to do it. In fact, the frst one to send as
I was traveling was Loretta Hood, the
Class Valedictorian.
Second, I also had a chance to see
and meet old friends. My Compadre (I
am Godfather to his only son, EJ) Ernie
Delfn and his beautiful and forever
young wife Benita, hosted me to a nice
dinner. My Facebook updated status
described my visit with them:
“Yesterday, a welcome dinner for me
was hosted by one of my closest friends,
Ernie Delfn. The food was great but it
was not what amazed me.
He brought me to his house for 36
years in Fountain Valley – only about
10-15 minutes from Huntington Beach.
It was also the house where the late
Editor-Publisher Max Soliven and I used
to stay every time we came for a visit.
He showed the guest room which was
renovated, for me to know that next
time, I should stay with them as I used
to. But again that was not what amazed
His front and backyards are only as
small as mine in McLean, Va. This was
what amazed me:
He was able to convert both into a
combination of a Little FARMYARD
and Floral garden. He planted and is
producing the following:
A. VEGETABLES: Eggplant, Ampa-
laya, Kalabaza, Pipino, Leek, Kamatis,
Kamote, Basil, different Mints and
Herbs, Alugati, Malunggay, and a few
more American salad vegetables that I
cannot name.
B. FRUITS: Avocado, Guava, Banana
(Saba), Persimmon, Papaya, Apple,
Tangerines, Oranges, Grapes, Mango,
and Palm trees.
C. FLORAL: Roses, Orchids, Arias,
Annuals and Perennials, and hundreds
of succulents.
Doesn’t that make you jealous? My
friend, who has proven himself as a
good CPA, an Innovative Entrepreneur,
a Pioneer of E-Rotary, and a Patriotic
Community Leader, is also an excellent
Small Urban Farmer.
I ate some of the fruits we picked in
the small farmyard for breakfast.”
Another old friend, Bobby Reyes who
publishes and edits the Mabuhay Radio.
Com, hosted me for lunch. Known as
Lolo Bobby, he is a fearless, prolifc
writer, witty and creative. Hard to be his
enemy, I preferred to be his friend since
our student days in San Beda College.
Recognized for his leadership qualities,
even former Senator Nene Pimentel
wanted Bobby to be in his Senatorial
ticket. His desire to be Governor of
Sorsogon is still there.
I went to San Diego to fulfll some
responsibilities that were suddenly and
unexpectedly entrusted to me due to the
death of youngest sister, Mila Maynigo
Denton Goldberg. I also got the chance
to visit with the children of my sisters
and brother: Euleen and Dean – Manang
Perla’s kids; Joey – Manong Pepe’s only
son; Homer – Manang Nellie’s youngest
son; and Eugene – Mila’s only son who
hosted me during my visit.
Bonding with them on separate oc-
casions, not only did they display that
Gal-lang-Maynigo wit and intellectual
sharpness, but also that high achieve-
ment motivation. The latter produced
relatively high educational attainment
that incidentally resulted in the accumu-
lation of some wealth.
I could not be any prouder. My sib-
lings with their respective spouses cer-
tainly raised them well. My late brother
Pepe must have participated spiritually
because Joey was a posthumous baby.
By the way, Eugene and Joey are still
bachelors. Both are scientists – Eugene,
an Operations Scientist who works
for Hologic while Joey is a Medical
Scientist who is employed by Scripps.
Both good-looking and very smart, any
woman willing to be the bearer of their
children would instantly gain lifetime
economic, intellectual, and emotional
And I still have to tell you about my
only son, Raul Manglapus Maynigo, an
Information and Systems Engineer and
very much a bachelor.
Before I get into trouble, I better stop.
☺ ☺ ☺
Trip to the West, Down Memory
do everything, I will not refuse
to do something that I can
do.” -- Helen Keller
The issue of “Happiness”
is always an interesting topic
and somewhere I read about
a Happiness Index survey
that rated the happiness of
different professionals. The
survey’s ranking did not really
surprise me much as I felt I
already knew it, after many
years of observing, analyzing
people during my professional
life as a CPA, marketing per-
son and as a businessman as
well as an active volunteer or
offcer of a few professional
associations and/or non-gov-
ernmental organizations, like
the Rotary International and
my church.
The survey basically re-affrmed my
belief that those in the high income
professions (that normally are also great
stress producers) like practicing doctors,
lawyers, police offcers and project en-
gineers) do not necessarily have happier
lives compared to those in other lower
paying jobs like the teachers, social
workers, especially those in the religious
orders like priests and nuns.
There appears to be a direct correla-
tion that those who are giving more
of their time to teaching, nurturing,
helping, counseling others, although not
compensated highly like the doctors,
CPAs, engineers or stock brokers, are
rated higher in the Happiness Index. In
short, money earned (wealth) does not
contribute signifcantly in increasing the
level of happiness of the person, once
his basic human needs for food, shelter,
clothing and education are fulflled.
In another study made by Legatum
Institute, they also rated the “Happiest
and Saddest Countries”. Some nationali-
ties, like the Filipinos and Thais who
live in a relatively peaceful but “poorer”
countries ranked higher than some na-
tionalities in richer and more advanced
countries in the West. The countries of
Norway, Sweden, Canada and New Zea-
land belong to the top of this “Happiness
or Prosperity Index” while countries like
Chad, Congo, Afghanistan and Yemen
belong to the bottom. This phenomenon
is often implied or refected by the trite
expression that “Money cannot buy hap-
piness.” (It may be true, but I also heard
a rebuttal “But it is always a good down
This philosophical topic of “searching
for happiness” or “life meaning” (Read
“Man’s Search for Meaning” by a Ho-
locaust survivor, Dr. Victor Frankl) is as
old as some stories in the Old Testament
and will probably remain a favorite
topic as long as human beings are
endowed with brain that thinks to probe
why people behave the way they do.
At this junction of my earthly life of
over 6 decades, this topic of happiness
carries some universal truths. Observing
and interacting with diverse kinds of
people over for most in my life at home,
in my community, church, profession or
in NGOs has led me a conclusion that
“that service to humanity” is among the
top creators of happiness. Being totally
selfess and loving like a mother to her
child gives meaning and purpose to
one’s life. Giving one’s precious time
as a volunteer in the hospital or prison
Just who are all these people
who assure the quality of the
products we buy?
Ever go to a store of one sort or
another, buy something, and then when
you got it home and unpacked it a piece
of paper fell out? You know that piece
of paper; it usually says something like
Inspected by followed by either a name
or number. Of course you have, we all
My question is this: just who are
these people? Now I realize that sounds
simplistic, but think about it. Have you
ever met someone who said that his or
her job was dishes inspector? Under
their name on their business card, does it
read Inspector 47?
This all came about because at work
today I opened a new fle cabinet and a
small piece of paper fell out. The paper
TICE. Underneath that was The quality
of this product was inspected with care
by: Under that was a line with the name
of a man typed in. Finally, There was
this: Please include this notice with any
correspondence concerning this product.
Is a job at risk?
So let us say that there was a problem
with your new fle cabinet (there wasn’t
with mine, it was fne). You bought
it, took it to wherever you needed it,
removed it from the box and got ready
to put fles into this quality fle cabinet.
All of a sudden, as you opened a
drawer, you realized that the tracks that
hold the fles were all missing. The
cabinet looked good, the drawers all
opened quietly, but there was no was to
hang your hanging folders. So, what do
you do?
Of course, you start looking around
for something that gives information
on how to contact the company. You
fnd that on the back of the cabinet,
something that says it was made with
(pick your term) pride, excellence, the
customer in mind, etc, etc. There is a
phone number there and you decide to
use it.
Who do you call? Sure you call the
manufacturer, but then what? Do you
complain to the innocent person who
answers the phone? Do you ask for a
supervisor? A manager? The president
of the company who, by gosh, should be
there taking calls like these?
Nope, you decide to ask to speak to
the inspector, the person who, with his
or her own hands and eyes, inspected
your fling cabinet.
Now, tell me. Does this person really
exist? Is she or he really there? Does
this person stand on the assembly line,
day after day and inspect? Probably
yes. There has to be inspectors, right?
These inspectors have names, right? So
there is a very good chance that the per-
son who inspected your cabinet is there
right now, still inspecting away.
Here is what I want to know. If
something gets by an inspector does that
inspector get in trouble? Is this person’s
job at risk? Does the company count
how many problem calls they receive?
Of course. And then they know who let
those problems slip by. Have you ever
met someone who was fred as a quality
assurance inspector? Me, either.
What makes a good inspector?
Are there special things that make an
inspector good at the job? Could a robot
do an inspector’s job? Maybe, maybe
not. But right now, while some things
are inspected by computer or robot,
many others simply cannot be. I would
imagine that the inspector of my fle
cabinet was a human, simply because
something was left out of it. You know
how we humans are.
But have you ever noticed that all
these “Inspected by” notices are not
Quality Assurance
really in the right places? Sure, pants
or shirts or even TVs are good things
to have inspected, but the things that I
want inspected are, I think, much more
important. For instance, who is inspect-
ing the ice cream at 31 Flavors? I’ve
never had a bad ice cream there – that
inspector must be doing a good job.
Now this is a job I could really sink my
teeth into (sorry, but I couldn’t resist).
Who is inspecting paper clips and
toothbrushes? Who is looking after the
socks, or even more important, who is
inspecting underwear?
Here’s something else, who is inspect-
ing all the bags of charcoal that gets sold
over the warm summer months? What
would happen if someone got a bad bag
of charcoal and took it to the family
picnic? Would it burn too fast or not at
all? Have you even once thought about
this? I didn’t think so! And yet there we
blindly go on sunny weekends, buying
bag after bag of the stuff ever-confdant
that our burgers, steaks and fsh will
cook up just fne.
Who inspects sugar? More than that,
who inspects artifcial sweetener? Sure,
it might look pure and all, but how could
you be sure of how it tasted if you didn’t
test the occasional batch of it? And
wouldn’t that get old after awhile?
I know an inspector we really need,
a flm and TV show inspector. Not one
inspecting for nudity or violence, but
someone inspecting for quality. Actu-
ally, never mind. If we had a flm and
TV quality inspector there wouldn’t be
very much at all to watch.
Here is a fnal thought on the subject
(I promise): Who inspects the Inspected
by notice included with the product?
And where was that notice? Can it ever
stop? Well yes, actually, it can stop. It
can stop right here.
God and the help of others, we can walk
on the waters, we will overcome.
Fear of the troubled waters is also an
opportunity for us to grow in faith. Be-
cause Peter did not masquerade his fear
and pretended as if he can do it alone,
he had a chance to grow in faith. “You
of little faith. Why did you doubt?”
Jesus asked Peter and his companions
on the boat. True to their humanness
which they embraced with faith in Jesus
who can make everyone who trusts in
him walk on the water, Peter and the
other disciples grew in faith. Had Peter
and his companions pretended that
they were courageous and not fearful
of the troubled waters, they could have
missed the great opportunity to grow in
faith and the occasion to recognize the
Lord as “truly the Son of God.” St. Paul
recognized the grace that fows from
his weakness when he wrote, “There-
fore I take pleasure in infrmities … for
Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, I am
strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)
Fear is not the last thing in the world.
If it were, then life is futile and hope-
less. But when fear is joined with faith
it brings out the real truth that it is only
in God that we can be courageous and
strong, that we can overcome and walk
across troubled waters of life. Positively,
fear is a good human emotion, with
God’s grace it is also an excellent means
to grow in faith and to draw us closer
to God.
Quotation of the week: Fear impris-
ons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith
empowers; fear disheartens, faith en-
courages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear
makes useless, faith makes serviceable
- and most of all, fear puts hopelessness
at the heart of life, while faith rejoices in
God. Harry Emmerson Fosdick.
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gives the volunteers unquantifable
degree of internal fulfllment and hap-
If you ever visit a hospital or a nursing
homes or some schools, just observe the
many volunteers and ask them why they
are volunteering. Having been a volun-
teer in our church for many years and
also in the County of Orange Jails as a
prison minister, several times a month, I
can vouch that the joy we volunteers de-
rive is of different dimension and seems
deeper than the ephemeral enjoyment
we experience after watching a great
movie or even indulging in an exquisite
dinner with excellent wine and dessert.
From those experiences the last
several of decades, I fnally understood
what a Franciscan retreatant-priest
told us in one animated session that
“the most happy people are those who
are genuinely grateful people.” I truly
believe and agree with that statement
now. Although I am not a very wealthy
man, I am living a rich and colorful life
for which and I am grateful every day. I
have always food to eat and seldom felt
hunger nor felt deprived unlike billions
of in the world. When I wake up in the
morning, I am happy and grateful that I
can still see and enjoy the nature outside
my window, hear the birds chirping and
smell the aroma of freshly brewed cof-
fee. My human senses are still there to
help realize that life is good and is worth
living it.
I am always grateful that although
I cannot sing, I can write. Although I
cannot dance, I can swim. Although I
have not visited hundreds of interest-
ing places, I can read and learn about
them. I am forever grateful for the many
things I have, and never envious of
what others possess that I do not have.
With a grateful heart, I am blessed and
happy, compared to many people who I
have met and counseled in our volunteer
I believe that everyone, even seniors,
who are retired that it is still possible to
be very happy and fulflled via volun-
teerism during our retirement years that
does not entail any expense, except your
gas may be. (Many call it the “sunset”
of their lives; how about branding it as
another zhunrize?) For instance, just in
tinkering the many easy tasks in your
garden, playing with young grandchil-
dren or nephews or nieces, reading and
writing, walking barefoot along the
beach, and even simple bird or people
watching, you can catch that illusive
happiness! Happiness and Fulfllment
can be derived from so many sources,
like nature (God) that has provided us
FREE gifts to enjoy: from the plants,
fowers, trees, birds and the mysteri-
ous oceans beneath us and the stars and
planets in the galaxy above us. Need I
say more?
The month of August has been desig-
nated by our Rotary International as our
Rotary Membership month. With the
readers’ indulgence , please allow me to
“LIGHT UP ROTARY” (our theme for
this Rotary year, as chosen by RI presi-
dent Gary Huang, the frst Taiwanese
who ever became RI president in 109
years) for a few minutes so that you ,
our readers, can learn something new
about Rotary, with the hope that a few of
your are inspired to contact this writer
and may even attend our COMPLI-
MENTARY DINNER for all our guests
and prospective members on Thursday,
August 21st at the very nice popular
Royal Garden Restaurant in Cerritos,
California. If even just one person
becomes a member of our GK eRotary
Club because of this article, then this
writer’s efforts are well rewarded.
During this Rotary membership-drive-
meeting, you will learn myriad reasons
and several testimonials why Rotarians
do what they do in the world, along our
branded motto of SERVICE ABOVE
When Rotarians dig artesian wells to
produce potable clean drinking water in
a village in a third world country, when
we drop that polio vaccine to a child
mouth to eliminate polio from the face
of the earth, or when we give artifcial
legs to amputees or when deliver wheel
chairs to those who cannot walk, or
when we donate thousands of books and
school supplies to some rural libraries,
we feel that deep sense of fulfllment.
With a sweet “Thank you, Rotarians”
with a pure and innocent smile from a
child who will beneft from our humani-
tarian projects is enough reason to keep
on doing what we do.
The vast majority of us will never be-
come great heroes nor heroines like the
caliber of many great men and women
history, like Mother Teresa, Nelson
Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham
Lincoln, George Washington, Winston
Churchill, Jose Rizal or Andres Boni-
facio and thousand others in the world
who devoted their lives in the service
of others, but we Rotarians can also do
something, like Helen Keller, in our own
little ways to improve our world that we
Although there are now approximately
about 1.30 million Rotarians from 535
Rotary Districts (Philippines has 10
IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan
V. Perez.

Under our immigration laws, when
the petitioner dies, an approved I-130 is
automatically cancelled. In the 90’s the
United States Citizenship and Immigra-
tion Services (USCIS) issued a regula-
tion ameliorating the harsh consequence
of death of the petitioner by allowing
the I-130 petition to be reinstated for
humanitarian reasons. In order to seek
humanitarian reinstatement of a visa
petition, the benefciary of the petition
must submit a written request to USCIS
offce where the original visa petition
was fled and/or adjudicated. The peti-
tion must have been approved and there
must be a qualifying relative who will
execute the affdavit of support to be
eligible for humanitarian reinstatement.
Whether or not to grant reinstatement
is a matter of discretion to USCIS. As
such, there is no appeal from the denial
of the request to reinstate the I-130 peti-
tion based on humanitarian grounds.
The approval or denial of a petition
for humanitarian reinstatement should
be based on “the facts of each individual
case, particularly those cases in which
failure to reinstate would lead to a harsh
result contrary to the goal of family
reunifcation.” In evaluating requests
for reinstatement of a petition for hu-
manitarian reinstatement, the following
factors are taken into consideration:
disruption of an established family
unit; hardship to U.S. citizens or lawful
permanent residents; if benefciary is
elderly or in poor health; if benefciary
has had lengthy residence in the United
States; if benefciary has no home to
go to; undue delay by DHS or consular
offcer in processing petition and visa;
and if benefciary has strong family
ties in the United States. From these
enumerated factors, it is evident not all
benefciaries will qualify for humanitar-
ian reinstatement.
The good news is there is an easier
alternative to humanitarian reinstate-
ment. On October 29, 2009, President
Obama signed a new law which allows
benefciaries to continue to be eligible
for adjustment of status even when their
qualifying relative has died. Under the
new law, the petition does not have to be
approved. It is suffcient that a petition
has been fled by the petitioner or on
behalf of the petitioner before his or her
death. The following are the eligibility
The benefciary must be residing in
the United States at the time of death of
the petitioner and at the time of applica-
tion for adjustment of status under this
new law; and
USCIS must adjudicate the application
for adjustment of status unless the ap-
proval of the adjustment of status would
not be in the public interest.
The new law applies to:
Aliens with pending or approved
I-130 petitions as immediate relatives
such spouse, parent or child under 21 of
a U.S. citizen;
Aliens with pending or approved
I-130 petitions including their spouses
and children under 21 under the follow-
ing categories: F-1 (single adult son or
daughter of U.S. citizen), F-2A (spouse
and unmarried child below 21 of a green
card holder), F-2B (single adult son
or daughter of green card holder), F-3
(married child of a U.S citizen), and F-4
categories (brothers and sisters of U.S.
Derivative benefciaries, which are
the spouse and children under 21, of an
alien with a pending or approved I-140
petition. An I-140 petition is one fled
by an employer as compared to I-130
which is fled by a family member. This
means that the derivative benefciaries
can pursue the application for adjust-
ment of status even if the dead primary
benefciary of the petition is no longer
working with the petitioner/employer.
Pending or approved petitions for
asylees, refugees, crime victims, and
victims of human traffcking.
For benefciaries who do not fall
under the immediate relative category,
they have to wait for their priority dates
to be current before they can apply for
adjustment of status. Oftentimes, by
the time their priority dates become cur-
rent, they have been out of status in the
United States. For these cases, the alien
must have the beneft of 245(i) to be
eligible to apply for adjustment of status
under the October 2009 law of President
Obama. In order to qualify for the
245(i) beneft, the I-130 or I-140 petition
must have been fled before April 30,
2001. If the petition was fled between
January 14, 1998 and April 30, 2001, the
alien must establish that he or she was
physically present in the United States
on December 21, 2000. A benefciary of
a petition fled before January 14, 1998
does not have to establish physical pres-
ence in the United States on December
21, 2000.
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
Resurrecting Your I-130 Peti-
tions When The Petitoner Dies
learned the importance of fo-
cus, discipline and hard work.
Working even on holidays and during
Christmas break when everyone else
was on vacation, Sy would wake up
at 8:30 a.m. to help out in the family
store, selling such products as soap and
toothpaste. At a young age he learned
the value of money.
“You don’t just throw away money, it
isn’t that easy to earn. For every Colgate
I sold, I’d earn one centavo. You then
realize that everything counts,” he says.
These childhood lessons came in
handy as soon as he landed a summer
job at Multinational Bancorporation
where he worked in fxed income, mon-
ey market and equities—his frst foray
in investment banking. He moved on
to investment banking pioneer Bancom
after fnishing a Management Engineer-
ing degree at the Ateneo.
After the 1986 Edsa revolution, he
chose to work at Wealth Securities after
a seat in a stock brokerage was offered
him. After one client after another asked
him to manage their portfolio, Sy, with
several stockbroker friends, decided to
launch a fund management company
called Philequity Management, Inc.
(Pemi). This was in 1994.
Twenty years later, Pemi has become
the distributor of the best perform-
ing mutual fund in the Philippines,
Philequity Fund, Inc., with an average
annual yield in excess of 20 percent.
Through the years, Sy has made it a
habit to read newspapers, analyze tables
on Bloomberg, give talks in investor
briefngs, sit on the board of big compa-
nies, and trade stocks. He tries to learn
something new every day.
“No matter what your status in life is,
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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 10, 2014
-- Anonymous (Continued on page 6)
By Bryan Thatcher, MD
(Jul 18, 2013)
Humility — paramount to spiritual
growth — is the virtue of recognizing
our dependence on God, and also the
virtue most pleasing to God.
On the Feast of The Immaculate Con-
ception, St. Faustina saw the Blessed
Mother who said to her, "I desire,
My dearly beloved daughter, that you
practice the three virtues that are dearest
to me — and most pleasing to God.
The frst is humility, humility, and once
again humility; the second virtue, purity;
the third virtue, love of God. As My
daughter, you must especially radiate
with these virtues. When the conversa-
tion ended, She pressed me to Her Heart
and disappeared" (Diary, 1415). On
another occasion, St. Faustina wrote
"humility, humility, and ever humility,
as we can do nothing of ourselves; all is
purely and simply God's grace" (Diary,
The Blessed Mother gave a beautiful
example of humility at the Incarnation
when she replied, "Behold, I am the
handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me ac-
cording to your word" (Lk 1:38). While
Mary wondered how all this could be
as she had no husband, she recognized
God's will. She did not answer with
false humility saying, "I could never do
that as I am not worthy," but instead,
with true humility, she gave a "Yes!" for
she realized that it was God's plan, and
that with God all things are possible.
Saying no to God's plan for us is false
pride, not humility. Even St. Faustina
struggled with doubts that she could ac-
complish all that the Lord was asking.
She wrote, "During a meditation
on humility, an old doubt returned:
that a soul as miserable as mine could
not carry out the task which the Lord
was demanding [of me]. Just as I was
analyzing this doubt, the priest who
was conducting the retreat interrupted
his train of thought and spoke about the
very thing I was having doubts about;
namely, that God usually chooses the
weakest and simplest souls as tools for
His greatest works; that we can see that
this is an undeniable truth when we look
at the men He chose to be His apostles;
or again, when we look at the history
of the Church and see what great works
were done by souls that were the least
capable of accomplishing them; for it
is just in this way that God's works are
revealed for what they are, the works of
God. When my doubt had completely
disappeared, the priest resumed his con-
ference on humility" (Diary, 464).
Humility can be a positive fruit of
a trial and tribulation as one journeys
down the winding and tortuous road of
life. Such a trial or crisis might include
the death of a loved one, alcoholism,
fnancial ruin, or any one of life's disas-
ters that we may face.
Prior to the crisis, one thinks, "life
is great!" At this point in time, there
is little need for God. However, when
troubles begin, the soul begins to ques-
tion, "Is this what life is about?" It is
at this vulnerable time in life that one
begins to see the lunacy of materialism,
consumerism, and the world's all-con-
suming vice of pride. The soul wonders
"How did I get myself into this mess?
Or "Why me, what did I do to deserve
As the soul tries to cope and handle
the stress of the crisis, it can choose to
rely on old methods that have previ-
It Begins with an H
Humiling ako na sana'y pagkalooban ng lakas
at nang maisakatuparan ang marami kong balak
subalit ginusto niya na ako ay maging mahina
para daw ako ay matutong magpakumbaba.
Nanalangin din ako na sana ay maging malusog
mga mahahalagang bagay magawa nang maayos
naging masakitin ako sa kabila ng lahat
at nang ako ay matutong magdesisyon ng maingat.
Sinubukan ko na rin na humingi sana ng yaman
sa pag-aakalang ito ang tunay na kaligayahan
bagkus ginusto niya na ako ay maging mahirap
dito daw masusubok ang katalinuhan kong ganap.
Ang maging makapangyarihan ay akin ding hiningi
nang aking makamtam ang mga papuri at pagtangi
minabuti niya na gawin lang akong isang aba
upang sa Diyos ako ay mapalapit sa tuwina.
Marami pa akong ninanais sa buhay na ito
na ang lubos na kasiyahan ay aking matamo
kaya't biyaya ng buhay kanyang ipinagkaloob
mabuhay ng matiwasay huwag laging nalulungkot.
Sa dami ng aking hiling na walang natupad
maliban sa mga pag-asang akin ding pinangarap
sa kabila ng lahat ako pa rin ang pinakmapalad
sa mga biyayang banal ako po'y nagpapasalamat.
Joke of the week: In a small Catholic
school, the frst graders were dramatiz-
ing the Storm at Sea. One child played
Christ seemingly asleep and on a coil
of ropes while several Apostles were
assigned the roles of thunder and light-
ning. These last played their parts to
perfection. At each outburst the Apostles
huddled together and shivered in fright.
Finally, one of them blurted out, “Let’s
wake up Jesus.” Another Apostle
promptly replied, “No, let’s be scared a
little bit more.”
Scriptures: First Reading:1 Kings
19:9a, 11-13a. The prophet Elijah feared
for his life after he incurred the wrath
of King Ahab. He went to Mount Horeb
and found refuge inside a cave. But God
told him to go outside and wait for his
appearance. The prophet thought that
God would appear in a mighty wind, but
he was disappointed. Then there was
fre and earthquake, but God was not
present in either one of them. Then in
the stillness of a whispering wind, God
appeared and spoke to Elijah words of
encouragement and comfort. Second
Reading: Romans 9: 1-5. The author
of this letter encourages his readers to
live their faith to the full to draw the
new chosen people to the new covenant
in Christ. Gospel: Matthew 14: 22-33.
This passage is reminiscent of the Old
Testament’s accounts of God saving his
people from their enemies by parting
the water (Exodus 14:21; Isaiah 8:8; 43:
16) and walking on the water (Job 9:8;
38:16). The evangelist makes it clear
that since God alone can perform those
feats, God is again present with us in
Jesus to help us across troubled waters
of life.
Reflections: Since the beginning of
time fear has been with us. Adam and
Eve, after violating God’s command-
ment, hid from him out of fear. (Genesis
3:10). When the angels announced the
birth of the Child Jesus to the shepherds
tending their fock by night he told
them, “Don’t be afraid.“ (Luke 2: 9-10).
Time and time again, before and after
his resurrection, Jesus assured his fol-
lowers not to be afraid (Matthew 17: 7;
Mark 13: 7; Luke 24: 37-38). In today’s
Gospel Jesus acknowledged the fear of
the disciples. He reprimanded them not
for their fear but for not overcoming it
with faith in him.
Fear just like other emotions betrays
our humanness that is vulnerable,
fragile, and dependent. We cower in fear
at the thought of a serious illness for
ourselves or our loved ones. We shiver
in fear at losing our cherished dreams,
such as owning a house and keeping our
jobs. Fear is not all that bad. We either
defend ourselves or run out of fear when
we face a serious threat to our wellbe-
ing. This vulnerability and fragility
that are signs that we are fearful and
dependent individuals are precisely the
very kernels of our strength if they are
embraced and accepted with the pres-
ence of Jesus who reaches out to us with
his supporting hands.
A few lyrics from Simon and Garfun-
kel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”
are apropos to the present of fear in
our lives: “When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all … and friends just
can’t be found … When you’re down
and out … when evening falls so hard,
I will comfort you … and pain is all
around, Like a bridge over troubled
waters, I will lay me down.”
Fear is a realization that we can-
not walk on the troubled waters by
ourselves, we need to hold on to the out-
stretched hands of Jesus. Fear makes us
aware that we are dependent creatures,
primarily on God and others. Even when
we go down under the waters of pain
and suffering of all sorts, with faith in
Across Troubled Waters
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August 5, 2014 Washington D.C. –
GMA Network, one of the largest broad-
casters in the Philippines and Audi-
oNow, the world’s leading call-to-listen
platform, announced today that as part
of the Embassy of the Philippines’s ef-
forts to better serve the diaspora, GMA’s
premier radio station, DZBB, now offers
daily fve-minute news headlines on any
phone through a simple telephone call.
GMA Network joins other industry
leaders, such as Veritas 846 AM, Catho-
lic Media Network, and People’s Televi-
sion Network, as a part of a Philippine
Embassy initiative to serve the U.S.
diaspora with greater access to media.
The pioneering initiative also features
Radyo Tambuli, a virtual radio station
created by the Embassy exclusively for
the diaspora that showcases news, inter-
views, folk music and opinion polls.
GMA’s fagship AM radio station
DZBB, established in 1950 in a small
offce space in Manila, has become one
of the most awarded radio stations in the
Philippines by the Association of Broad-
casters in the Philippines (Kapisanan
ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas), and
serves the entire Manila region as well
as millions of Filipinos living abroad.
Radio veteran Mike Enriquez hosts
popular morning news program Super
Balita sa Umaga Nationwide and Saksi
sa Dobol B, which features segments
such as Bara-Bara and Sports Saksi.
For the frst time ever, digests from
Enriquez’s daily headlines will be aired
to Filipinos in the United States through
a simple telephone call from any phone.
To listen, simply call 712.432.9777
from any phone. Calls use mobile
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“We are excited to partner with the
Embassy of the Philippines on this proj-
ect, and to use AudioNow’s call-to-listen
service as a new alternative to better
serve our listeners,” said Mike Enriquez,
GMA’s consultant for radio operations,
and Saksi sa Dobol B show host.
This arrangement was made possible
through GMA International, which
manages the operations and distribution
of the Network’s international channels,
GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and
GMA News TV International. “It is our
goal to bring Filipinos abroad closer to
home by providing them with accurate,
relevant and reliable news and informa-
tion. And we hope that through this proj-
ect, we are able to do so in a faster and
more convenient manner,” said GMA
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Operations, Joseph T. Francia.
“We applaud GMA’s initiative to join
in our efforts with other leading Filipino
broadcasters to serve the diaspora. This
is another great step towards a digital
public diplomacy for the Embassy,”
said the Honorable Ambassador Jose
L.Cuisia, Jr.
At a time when data costs continue to
rise, and the price for voice minute plans
plummet, using voice minutes to listen
to radio has become one of the most af-
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Tech IT
from My Barber
by Benjamin Maynigo
by Ben Maynigo
Last year, I attended the CES-
sponsored CE Week in New York 2013
and listened to the Founder and CEO
of littleBits Ayah Bdeir speak. Later
on, I wrote about the company and its
wonders in encouraging people to be
creative and inventive by using the lit-
tleBits modules.
A few days ago, I received a note from
Ayah regarding a recently launched
addition to the littleBits library: the
cloudBit. I am sharing Ayah’s note with
our readers for all its worth.
August 4, 2014
We recently launched the newest ad-
dition to the littleBits library: the cloud-
Bit. The cloudBit is the easiest way for
anyone to make his or her own Internet-
connected devices and inventions, no
soldering, programming, or wiring. This
is a moment I have long been wait-
ing for; the module has gone through
multiple iterations, and we wanted to
get it just right. Even though this is the
most complex module in our library, we
wanted it to be like any other littleBits
module: unintimidating, immediate, and
most of all, inspiring.
Using the cloudBit you’ll be able
to snap the Internet to anything. I can’t
tell you how excited I am about what the
cloudBit means for you as a user and for
littleBits as a platform.
Our mission at littleBits is to Put the
Power of Electronics in the Hands of
Everyone. I previously shared that in
the frst two years of the company, we
focused on the Everyone in that state-
ment. We built the most accessible and
extensive library of modular electronics
so that everyone –from a professional
designer to a grade school student–
could be creative with electronics. For
the last 8 months, we have been focused
on the word Power. We created powerful
functionality, exemplifed by the Synth
Kit, Arduino module, Wireless, Logic,
Space Kit, and now, the cloudBit.
Why am I so excited about cloudBit?
Web-connected devices, or “The Inter-
net of Things,” are some of the sexiest
buzzwords these days. Everyone is
ooh-ing and aah-ing at every new smart
device on the market, and how they
can make our lives better. However, the
landscape is riddled by large companies
parachuting utility-type solutions on
us or small companies that are creating
hyper-specifc applications that don’t
capture the richness of our lives. These
products either have a single purpose
and limited fexibility, or, if you wanted
to customize them, they require a high
degree of skill in hardware/software.
Therein lies the problem. We believe
that hardware needs to be limitless and
that the Internet of Things needs to be
democratized. The next billion dollar
idea isn’t going to come from Apple or
Google, it’s going to come from design-
ers, makers, educators, kids, entrepre-
neurs; it’s going to come from you.
littleBits is the platform that will enable
you to prototype and build that idea.
Whether you want to re-create the
most popular products on the market,
prototype the next big thing, or bring
your home into the 21st century, you
shouldn’t need a degree in engineering
to do it. Better yet, if you have a prob-
lem that is so unique to you, a problem
no large company would want to ad-
dress because it’s too small a market, go
for it! Snap the Internet to anything, and
change your own world.
We hope you love the cloudBit. We
hope you create amazing things with it.
And, when you do, share them with the
littleBits community to inspire others. If
you have feedback about the cloudBit or
anything littleBits-related just email us.
Lastly, I want to share a very heartfelt
thank you for supporting litttleBits. The
reason we push to make hardware limit-
less is to match your imagination. We
never would have been able to get to
this pivotal moment without you.
Thank you,
Ayah Bdeir
Founder and CEO, littleBits
The cloudBit: Snap the Internet
to Anything
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – July 30,
2014 – San DIEGO, Calif. — July 30,
2014— Qualcomm Incorporated (NAS-
DAQ: QCOM) today announced that
its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies,
Inc., has taken a further step towards the
vision of demonstrating how technol-
ogy innovations can help address some
of the challenges the education sector
faces, by completing the acquisition of
EmpoweredU, a pioneer in the devel-
opment of an intuitive, mobile-centric
cloud-based learning environment that
is both device and operating system ag-
nostic. The integration of EmpoweredU,
with other education initiatives within
Qualcomm, will allow Qualcomm Tech-
nologies to accelerate mobile innovation
and 24/7 learning into education – pro-
viding institutions, students and parents
access to best-in-class education tools.
“From the Company’s long involve-
ment in the education space, including
nearly 40 education projects funded
by the Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™
initiative since 2007 , we’ve learned that
providing students with 24/7 access to
their peers, teachers and learning materi-
als can dramatically improve learning
outcomes,” said Steve Sprigg, senior
vice president, Qualcomm Technolo-
gies, Inc. “However, the digital divide
continues to widen as there has not yet
been a viable solution to address the
gaps for those students without 24/7
access. Qualcomm has a long-standing
focus and passion on the role of technol-
ogy in education, and we are committed
to driving the ecosystem forward with
mobile-centric solutions like the Em-
poweredU learning environment.”
Through EmpoweredU, K-20 students
can be engaged and connected – when-
ever, wherever. The environment is
designed so students can access and
learn anywhere with wireless connectiv-
ity, anytime, across multiple operating
systems via a consistent user interface
across web and mobile devices. Syn-
chronized content and offine access to
course materials combine with real-
time mobile learner analytics so that
instructors can access up-to-the-minute
information to understand student and
class performance, and can adjust the
curriculum accordingly.
“The EmpoweredU environment was
built on the idea that students can beneft
from a more intuitive, mobile friendly
student interface, learner analytics,
simplifed content creation and hosting,”
said Steve Poizner, CEO, EmpoweredU.
“We are excited to bring the Empow-
eredU environment to augment the
Qualcomm education strategy and goal
of enabling the mobile education eco-
system and bridging the digital divide.”
To learn more about the commitment
Qualcomm has to improving education,
please visit
Qualcomm Further Enhances Commitment to 24/7 Mobile Learning with Acqui-
sition of Silicon Valley-Based Learning Technology Company EmpoweredU
About Qualcomm Incorporated
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:
QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G
and next-generation wireless technolo-
gies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes
Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL,
and the vast majority of its patent
portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.,
a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qual-
comm Incorporated, operates, along
with its subsidiaries, substantially all of
Qualcomm’s engineering, research and
development functions, and substan-
tially all of its products and services
businesses, including its semiconductor
business, QCT. For more than 25 years,
Qualcomm ideas and inventions have
driven the evolution of digital communi-
cations, linking people everywhere more
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and each other. For more information,
visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog,
Twitter and Facebook pages.
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By Zena Sultana Babao
When we get old, things that were so
easy to remember when we were young
now take time to recall. There’s only
so much our brains can hold on to. So
we ask, “Is the loss of memory a normal
part of aging, or is it something more?
Some of us have experienced those
humbling “senior moments” when we
can’t seem to remember the names of
our acquaintances and distant relatives
anymore. Often we forget where we left
our car keys and our eyeglasses. Some-
times we drop by a grocery store to buy
some needed items, and without a list
we easily forget what those items are.
This is normal. As we get older, our
brains work less effciently. It’s not just
aging which makes the memory falter.
There are other causes of memory
lapses. Stress is a leading cause of
forgetfulness. Because we are thinking
of other matters, our focus is off. For-
tunately, when the stress is alleviated,
normal memory returns.
Other causes of memory loss could
be depression, lack of sleep, poor or
incorrect diet, and alcoholism. When
memory loss persists, and starts to af-
fect everyday life, then there is cause
for alarm. It could be the dreaded
Alzheimer’s disease – an incurable and
progressive illness that robs its victims
of a lifetime of memories.
You hope it will never happen to you.
Or to someone you love. But you never
know, do you?
What would you do when someone
you love starts to walk down the cor-
ridors of darkness – helpless and alone?
What if it happens to you? Do you
dread the day when you are no longer
useful to society, when you are reduced
to a life of meaningless existence, with a
dark past and an even darker future?
Here is an oft-repeated story of three
unmarried sisters, all nearing their
twilight years, who lived together in the
same house. One evening after dinner,
the oldest sister said, “I think I’m going
up to take a bath.” She flled the tub
with water, and wondered aloud, “Am
I about to take a bath, or did I just take
Some minutes later, the middle sister
said, “What’s taking her so long? I bet-
ter go up and check on her.” Halfway
up the stairs, she said, “Am I going up,
or am I coming down?”
The youngest sister said, “Oh boy,
am I glad I’m not senile yet! Knock on
wood!” She knocked on the wooden
dining table three times for good mea-
sure. But the knocking sound startled
her. “Is someone at the door? Or is it
me?” she exclaimed.
This story is funny … but when
memory starts to fade, and it is you, or
someone you love … it is not a laughing
matter anymore. It becomes serious,
embarrassing and frustrating.
Alzheimer’s can lead to senile de-
mentia. It is irreversible because the
brain cells die. Victims of this disease
suffer not only loss of memory, but also
disorientation, diffculty in speaking,
and physical disabilities. This disease
can strike anyone without distinction
or respect for status. Former President
Ronald Reagan is a case in point. It was
so sad to see the charming, witty and
very eloquent “Great Communicator”
replaced by the shadow of his former
We can’t possibly know the depth of
pain and anguish this illness brings until
it happens to our loved ones. Can you
imagine waking up one morning and
your loving parent, or your spouse, asks
you “Who are you? Have I met you
When someone you love starts to walk
down the corridors of darkness, helpless
and alone – you have to do all you can
do to alleviate their suffering and give
them your love, care and support.
Memory Loss: Normal Part of
Aging or Something More?
Global Filipino
(Continued on page 14)
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by Zena Sultana Babao
Just like the rest of the world, Philip-
pines also has its very own set of laws
that are strange, outdated or just sound
outright wrong to modern ears.
While some of these laws are pretty
self-explanatory, a good chunk require
more than just a cursory glance for
one to understand them. It’s even more
surprising to know that most, if not all,
of the laws listed below are still in effect
today, so it’s probably a good idea to get
to know more about them, lest you end
up inadvertently breaking one.
After all, ignorance of the law excuses
no one.

15. Marriage extinguishes criminal
liability of rape.
Philippine Anti-Rape Law of 1997
Republic Act 8353 ( The Anti-Rape
Law of 1997), which was a huge leap
forward in the country’s drive against
rapists, unfortunately had a tiny setback,
specifcally Article 266 Section C which
“The subsequent valid marriage
between the offended party shall extin-
guish the criminal action or the penalty
imposed. In case it is the legal husband
who is the offender, the subsequent
forgiveness by the wife as the offended
party shall extinguish the criminal action
or the penalty: Provided, that the crime
shall not be extinguished or the penalty
shall not be abated if the marriage is
void ab initio.”
The offender being free from criminal
liability after marrying the victim is tied
closely to a Spanish-era provision in the
Revised Penal Code, specifcally Article
344 which states “in cases of seduc-
tion, abduction, acts of lasciviousness
and rape, the marriage of the offender
with the offended party shall extinguish
the criminal action or remit the penalty
already imposed upon him.”
As to the forgiveness thing, the ratio-
nale behind it is to afford the offending
husband a chance to start anew with his

14. Adults ( 21 – 25-year-olds) still
need advice from their parents before
getting married.
Article 15 of the Family Code of the
For couples of this particular age
category, Article 15 of the Family Code
states that:
“Any contracting party between the
age of twenty-one and twenty-fve
shall be obliged to ask their parents or
guardian for advice upon the intended
marriage. If they do not obtain such ad-
vice, or it be unfavorable, the marriage
license shall not be issued till after three
months following the completion of the
publication of the application there for.
A sworn statement by the contracting
parties to the effect that such advice has
been sought, together with the written
advice given, if any, shall be attached
to the application for marriage license.
Should the parents or guardian refuse to
give any advice, this fact shall be stated
in the sworn statement.”
Although technically it doesn’t bar the
applicants from marrying, the “90-day
rule” on the issuance of the marriage
license means the couple who did
not get positive parental advice (not
unfavorable) would have to wait another
three months before getting the marriage
license, a formal requisite to getting
The rule is meant to give them time
to change the opposing parent’s mind as
well as provide them a period to decide
if they want to go through with the mar-
riage or not.

13. An election tie will have to be
broken by drawing of lots.
An election tie in the Philippines will
have to be broken by drawing of lots
During the last 2013 general elections,
two candidates literally tossed a coin
for the mayorship of the town of San
Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro after both
men wound up tied in the race.
While the whole method may look
whimsical, it’s actually covered by the
Omnibus Election Code which states
that “the board of canvassers shall
proceed to the drawing of lots of the
candidates who have tied and shall pro-
claim as elected the candidates who may
be favored by luck…”
It’s also supported by Comelec Reso-
lution No. 9648 wherein “the Board
immediately notify the said candidates
to appear before them for the drawing of
lots to break the tie. The drawing of lots
should be conducted within one (1) hour
after issuance of notice by the Board to
the candidates concerned.”
Apparently, drawing of lots is not
unique to our electoral system—several
states in the USuse the method as well.

12. You can still get jailed “for of-
fending religious feelings.”
Carlos Celdran in Manila Cathedral
This obscure penal law, which dates
back to the religiously fervent Span-
ish era and which was the main charge
against Carlos Celdran, states that “the
penalty of arresto mayor in its maximum
period to prision correccional in its
minimum period shall be imposed upon
anyone who, in a place devoted to reli-
gious worship or during the celebration
malicious mischief against you are not
criminally liable.
Article 332 of the Revised Penal Code
Article 332 of the Revised Penal Code
states that “No criminal, but only civil
liability shall result from the commis-
sion of the crime of theft, swindling, or
malicious mischief committed or caused
mutually by the following persons: 1.
Spouses, ascendants and descendants,
or relatives by affnity in the same line;
2. The widowed spouse with respect
to the property which belonged to the
deceased spouse before the same shall
have passed into the possession of
another; and 3. Brothers and sisters and
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, if
living together.
As to why the offended party cannot
pursue criminal charges, it is on the
ground ofpreserving family harmony
and solidarity.

8. Squatting is not a crime.
Philippine Anti-Squatting Law Repeal
Act of 1997
Republic Act 8368 or the “Anti-Squat-
ting Law Repeal Act of 1997” repealed
formerPresident Marcos’ Presidential
Decree No. 772 which penalized squat-
ting, technically making it a non-crime
as of today on the basis that squatters
are also victims of an unequal justice
and social system .
As a small consolation to the hapless
property owners however, the act still
penalizes “professional squatters and
syndicates” according to the provisions
of another controversial law, Republic
Act 7279, which is better known as the
Lina Law.

7. Metro Manila has a convoluted
traffic scheme.
Unifed Vehicle Volume Reduction
Program in the Philippines
First implemented by the MMDA
in 1995, the Unifed Vehicle Volume
Reduction Program’s original purpose
was to decrease traffc congestion in the
metropolis through a number coding
Vehicles with license plates ending
in a certain number were not allowed
on the streets in a particular day. Since
then however, motorists have often
complained about the confusion brought
on by cities implementing their own
variations (color-coding included) of
6. Our immigration laws are ridicu-
lously ancient.
Photograph of a passport with airplane
boarding pass. isolated on white.
Commonwealth Act No. 613 or the
immigration law reeks of antiquity, con-
sidering it was made and implemented
in 1940.
Among the many outdated sections
include Section 29-A which denies entry
to foreigners suffering from insanity,
loathsome or dangerous contagious
diseases, or epilepsy. It also excludes
paupers, vagrants, beggars, or persons
who practice polygamy or who believe
in or advocate the practice of polygamy.
A bill right now is being pushed to
update this decades-old law.

5. Women get charged with adul-
tery, men get charged with concubi-
Article 333 and 334 of the Revised
Penal Code of the Philippines
One look at Article 333 and 334 of
the Revised Penal Code and you can see
why the law tends to be stacked against
Charging a husband for an extra-mar-
ital affair in court is infnitely harder to
prove since the woman has to prove any
or all of the following: a. He has kept
a mistress in the conjugal dwelling, b.
He shall have sexual intercourse with a
woman who is not his wife under scan-
dalous circumstances, and/or c. He shall
cohabit with her in any other place.
And even when the husband is con-
victed, he will at most serve a sentence
of only six months to four years while
his mistress would only be slapped with
destierro or banishment.
On the other hand, proof of sexual in-
tercourse between his wife and another
man is all a husband needs to charge
them both with adultery which can carry
a penalty of two to six years.
As to why the penalty for adultery is
heavier, it is argued that an illicit affair
between a wife and her paramour could
result in an illegitimate child who
would become the unknowing husband’s
spurious heir.

4. Annoying people can be charged
for being merely annoying.
Unjust vexation law in the Philippines
Second paragraph of Article 287 states
that “any other coercions or unjust vexa-
tions shall be punished by arresto menor
or a fne ranging from 5 pesos to 200
pesos, or both.”
Both legal experts and laymen have
condemned unjust vexation as an
ambiguous catch-all provision with no
specifc meaning, merely something to
charge annoying people with.
3. The State will do its darndest to
get a couple to stay married.
Marriage law in the Philippines
Ever wonder why, Catholic culture
notwithstanding, it’s so hard for couples
ano yon?
15 Weird Laws Filipinos Still Have To Live With
of any religious ceremony, shall perform
acts notoriously offensive to the feelings
of the faithful.” It can be found in Ar-
ticle 133 of the Revised Penal Code.

11. Widows must observe “301-day
rule” before marrying again.
Widows must observe “301-day rule”
before marrying again in the Philip-
Section 351 of the Revised Penal
Code states that “any widow who shall
marry within three hundred and one
day from the date of the death of her
husband, or before having delivered if
she shall have been pregnant at the time
of his death, shall be punished byarresto
mayor and a fne not exceeding 500
The rationale behind this was to “pre-
vent confusion as to the paternity and
fliation of the child,” in effect making
this also an “enforced mourning period”
for women according to itscritics who
say that the advent of modern technolo-
gy which makes paternity testing readily
available has rendered this law obsolete.
Senator Nancy Binay currently has a
bill trying to repeal it.

10. You cannot own a deadly
“Anti-Pana Law” in the Philippines
One of the more obscure laws made
during the 1960s was Republic Act No.
3553, or the“Anti-Pana Law”.
Under this law, “anyone who pos-
sesses a deadly arrow or ‘pana’ without
permit from a city, municipal, or mu-
nicipal district mayor, shall be punished
by imprisonment for a period of not
less than thirty days nor more than six
months. The phrase ‘deadly arrow’ or
‘pana’ as used in this Act means any ar-
row or dart that when shot from a blow
or slingshot can cause injury or death of
a person.”
However, anyone who uses the “pana”
for his livelihood can still apply for a
permit from his/her mayor. We’re guess-
ing the increasing number of “pana” in-
cidents spurred the creation of this law.

9. Your family members and in-laws
who commit theft, swindling, and
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ditionally, my children, grandchildren,
and other progeny would get to know
more about me and my background.
They may not have any interest reading
them now, but I am sure they will in the

IANS? I believe Vintar is not only the
physical town where you came from. In
fact, when you go back to Vintar, it is
no longer the Vintar of your past. The
people you know before are no longer
there. Many had passed away, others
migrated elsewhere. New generations,
many of whom are strangers to you,
have taken over. The houses of before,
many of which were made of nipa, had
been replaced mostly by concrete struc-
tures. Aside from the town itself, Vintar
is also the people. It is also the memo-
ries. It is very important for you to pass
on through generations the memories of
your stay in Vintar, not only for them to
know you better and your past, but also
to learn the lessons of history.
In San Diego, I used to tell people
I wanted to write about the stories of
the San Diego Filipinos before us. The
Manongs and the early United States
Navy recruits who came there during the
1920’s, 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. Sadly, most
of them had passed away, and my plan
of getting their stories had faded away
with them.
But it is not too late for you to record
the memories of your time in Vintar.
I encourage all of you to get hold of
a piece of paper, or sit in front of a
computer, and write about your Vintar
memories. If you cannot write, record
them in a voice recorder in your own
words. It would be more colorful and
authentic. If you cannot remember, I
can send you a questionnaire for you to
answer to serve as a memory jogger.
You can tell a story of when you were
young or how you remembered your
departed grandparents. How you used
to observe the Holy Week, or organize
a Santacruzan in Vintar. Or, as in the
case of my kumpadre Primo, how a
pretty girl from Pangasinan spent her
internship in Vintar as a nursing student
at U.P. How the stars were perfectly
aligned one evening when he cast a
glimpse of her beauty. And how, maybe
because of the good ambience of the
bucolic town, she paused and took a sec-
ond look at him. Fortunately, a second
look was enough to win her over. Oth-
erwise, a third look might cause her to
think twice and change her mind. But no
worry. The last I heard the two lovebirds
had a romantic getaway in Colorado.
Make it your organization’s project
to publish them into a book. Have the
fnished product posted in your own
website, for everybody in the whole
world to read at any given time of the
day. Take advantage of the new tech-
nologies of our time. You could have the
book passed on to the succeeding gen-
erations so that years after you are gone,
your beloved Vintar will still exist in the
minds of your progeny. Eternally.
Today I ask of you to change the course
of your association’s history. In addition to
merely holding dance parties and induc-
tion ceremonies of offcers every year, you
should also record your Vintar memories
for the future generations to know. You can
publish yearly issues of “Vintar Memories”
with little expense, and you will never run
out of materials, for they are so many beauti-
ful Vintar memories to remember.
You have the necessary tools to complete
this project. My good friend Primo is an
accomplished writer and editor. He is retired
and has all the time in the world to oversee
the project. Many of you are better writers
than I. Ask everyone to write their stories
and set a deadline for their submission.
Primo can edit them. Use old and current
photographs. Describe the photographs, es-
pecially the old ones, in the captions, putting
the how, what, who and where information.
You can include the second generations to
accomplish this task. It would be a pleasant
learning experience for them. I can show you
how to lay it out and have the book printed. I
was told you already have at least two simi-
lar books printed in Manila before. But doing
those books was expensive, even risky. The
good thing about this book project is you can
print as many copies of the book you want,
be it fve copies, ten, ffty, a hundred, or even
a thousand. You can order any number of
books you need. There would be no waste.
You can sell them and keep the proft as a
fundraiser for your organization’s projects.
Or you can just merely post the book in the
Internet for everybody to read, anywhere,
anytime. No expense at all. You already
made a great accomplishment by reaching
this 25th anniversary of your group’s found-
ing. But you can keep the memories of your
beloved Vintar not only for 25 more years,
not only for the next 100 years, but maybe
eternally, if you initiate this easy-to-do task
of composing such a book. I can guide you
in accomplishing this project. Before the
year ends, I know the next time we meet
will be the launching of the book – let’s call
it “Vintar Memories,” Volume I. You can
publish additional stories in the succeeding
years, as many volumes of the book you
want. You will never be lacking of Vintar
stories to tell. You can keep the memories
of your town alive, which precisely is the
goal of your association. This proposal can
apply to any other Filipino town associations
anywhere in the world.
This I believe is the reason why fate made
me your guest speaker tonight.
Thank you.
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LONDON, United Kingdom (August
1, 2014) - ABS-CBN's The Filipino
Channel (TFC) explores the rich and
varied stories of Pinoy expatriates in
Europe in a new, monthly magazine
program, Juan EU Konek.
Airing every frst Sunday of the month
on TFC in Europe and Middle East and
on worldwide, Juan EU Konek
brings to life the passions, adventures
and success stories of the Filipinos in
Europe, in a 45-minute program hosted
by ABS-CBN Europe’s news team of
seasoned journalists --Danny Buenafe,
Rose Eclarinal and Gene Alcantara.
TFC Europe’s frst foray into long-
form, magazine reporting, Juan EU
Konek delves deeper into the lives of
Europe-based Filipinos, tackling both
their political and social concerns,
including immigration matters, as well
as their lighter moments.
ABS-CBN Europe and Middle East
News Bureau Chief Danny Buenafe
investigates the big issues that affect
the Filipinos in Europe or the European
Pinoy, such as the plight of migrant
domestic workers in the UK and the
impact of Spain’s economic crisis on
Filipino families there.
Senior Correspondent Rose Eclarinal,
who also produces the show, shines a
light on the lifestyles and success stories
of the Filipinos in Europe, animating
their triumphs and struggles to make
it on the continent. Whether follow-
ing the new Filipino leads of the West
End revival of the hit musical "Miss
Saigon", or probing the psyche of Pinoy
transsexuals in the UK, Eclarinal offers
revealing portraits of Filipino life in
Legal consultant and long-time com-
munity leader Gene Alcantara, mean-
while, hosts "Immigration 101", a seg-
ment dedicated to immigration concerns
for Europe-based Filipinos. The frst of
its kind for TFC Europe, "Immigration
101" keeps viewers abreast of the latest
developments in immigration law in Eu-
rope, covering the range of issues from
travel restrictions and work permits to
changes in European laws.
Says Alcantara of Immigration 101:
"It is important for Filipinos to know
their immigration rights, what is possi-
ble and what is not, especially for those
who are already citizens of Europe.
Particularly with the growing popularity
of right-wing views and anti-immigrant
sentiments in the UK, France, Greece
TFC Europe launches "Juan EU Konek": Inspiring
Stories of Pinoys in Europe
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Featuring over 100 performers span-
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Introducing the Double Trapeze, espe-
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the attempt of four consecutive triple
somersaults in a row.
Plus additional circus legends high-
lighted in the show such as Big Cat
trainer Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-
seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts;
Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils;
of course, no show would be complete
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meet Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson
and the stars of the show, step inside
the Globe of Steel, take photos on the
Ringmaster’s foat and have an up-close
elephant encounter.
Be sure to arrive early to experience
several exciting interactive elements
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and elsewhere, it is vital that Filipinos
in Europe stand frm especially when
we know we are in the right. And I
think showing case studies on TFC will
allow them to see and understand how
it all works. Hopefully we will see a
more knowledgeable and empowered
community able to exercise their lives in
Europe to its fullest."
Juan EU Konek was frst concep-
tualized by Rose Eclarinal as one-off
specials for the 20th anniversary of
TFC. Having cut her teeth with news
and current affairs at ABS CBN in
Manila, Eclarinal wanted to showcase in
detail the lives of Filipinos in Europe, in
a longer format that would bring out to
the fullest their stories, their aspirations
and concerns.
Now as Juan EU Konek’s executive
producer, Eclarinal is excited about the
prospects of the show. “I am so grateful
for this opportunity,” she said. “Now
our team can do more in-depth stories
and presentation on the issues concern-
ing the Filipino diasporas in the region,
as well as features on the inspiring sto-
ries of our kababayans who are making
us proud by excelling in various felds.
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Districts, with over 20,000 Rotary mem-
bers) in over 200 countries in the world
today, we still need more Rotarians to
do more good as the need in the world is
massive. Our 3-year old Global Kalinga
e-Rotary Club, which this columnist
founded, is just one of over 35,000 clubs
of Rotary International, chartered under
RI District 3780 (Quezon City, Philip-
pines) and is the frst e-lectronic based
(borderless) club in the Philippines
whose members are mostly in the USA,
concentrated in Southern California.
Last month, the beginning of our
Rotary year, our e-Rotary Club iust
inducted our new set of offcers, led by
my best friend of 30 plus years, Chuck
Cota, a very generous Mexican Ameri-
can, as our new president. He outlined
his four main projects to continue and/
or start this year. Once they are ac-
complished, they will certainly make us
all GKeRotarians feel very proud and
happy at the end of his term:
1. Livelihood projects not only here
in California but also in the Philippines
and in Rosarito-Tijuana Mexico. Also
launched an Entrepreneurial Expo in
partnership with several Rotary Clubs in
the LA-Orange County area.
2. Help and provide some assistance
(fnancial and materials) the Casa de
Hogar Orphanage in Tijuna
3. Help though joint fundraising the
Physically (legally blind) Impaired
Youth here in Southern California
4. Continue sending books and materi-
als to schools in the Philippines.
To help fnance these ambitious
projects, the GK e-Rotary Club has also
calendared several fundraising events
during the year, as well as soliciting do-
nations that can be tax deductible from
the donors’ gross taxable income.
If any of the readers of this column
is interested to know more or to get
involved with any of our projects or if
you have a great humanitarian project in
mind, please email or call this writer at
(714) 742 1365.
We really need more committed
members as the work is heavy and more
members will make the work lighter.
Please join us and fnd true happiness
in our Service to Humanity as the Best
work of Life! -- Email: ernie.delfn@ or foundation.zhunrize@ Visit: www.rotaryeclub- www.founda- = our online
mall to help our foundation
Light Up Rotary. GK e-Rotary President Chuck and his wife Linda Belle Cota handed out embroidered and monogrammed CA
shirts to the surprised and happy club offcers during the Rotary Club’s installation ceremony at Valley Vista Golf Club.
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HIKERS’ PARADISE: An Ifugao native visits the Bomod-ok Falls in Sagada, Mt. Province. Bomod-ok, which means ‘big,’ is
the highest waterfall in Sagada at 200 feet and one of the most visited tourist attractions. ERNIE PEÑAREDONDO
(Continued on page 15)
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RMAC Properties Sales Manager
Darla Gogin announced the next free
dinner presentation about Baja’s green
solar community, Rancho Costa Verde,
is in the La Habra, Los Angeles area.
The frm has back to back weekend
tours to Baja, making it the best kept se-
cret in the rising fortunes of FONATUR,
Mexico’s Tourism Authority.
Last week, the company hosted a pre-
sentation at Dolphins on J Street, Chula
Vista attended by over 50 guests.
“We host dinner presentations
throughout California from San Diego
to San Francisco. We’ll just need the
total number of your party,” according
to Darla Gogin, whose long weekends
are spent on tours to Baja.
According to Gogin the trips to Baja
are scheduled every week. Guests
meet up at the San Diego Airport on
Saturday morning and take the air con-
ditioned tour bus down to San Felipe, a
4-hour journey.
“The only times we do not travel to
Baja are on holidays like the Fourth of
July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the
Christmas holiday season,” explained
Gogin, “and also on Mexico’s Indepen-
dence Day.”
Attend dinner & then take a trip to
A 2-night stay at the clean and pictur-
eresque Las Palmas Hotel, margaritas,
breakfast, lunch and dinner, a night out
on the quaint malecon of San Felipe,
and then a Sunday morning drive to
Rancho Costa Verde, a green com-
munity on the Sea of Cortez make for
a perfect weekend getaway. The tour
includes time for guests to be on their
own on Sunday evening for shopping
and perhaps dinner in town. Guests then
leave Monday and arrive in the after-
noon at San Diego Airport.
For the early risers, the fantastic
sunrise over the Sea of Cortez, a World
Biosphere Reserve, is a memorable
Nature lovers also fnd the desert
environment on the shores of the Sea of
Cortez, the perfect place for stargazing
and the watching the full moon rissing
from the sea.
Shoppers, on the other hand, are sure
to fnd pleasure in the small shops and
sidewalks stalls that beckon bargain
hunters. Saturday night, meanwhile,
provides its own attraction in the many
dance clubs and restaurants that dot the
The weekend can be make more
exciting by sharing the experience with
friends. More often than not, guests
show up with friends who are only to
happy to spend good times with their
buddies on an adverture to Baja.
Because of its appeal, the concept has
caught on with the GK eRotary Club
based out of Orange County. RMAC
is sponsoring the free dinner presenta-
tion about Rancho Costa Verde at the
eRotary Club meeting with the intent of
having club members and friends join
the bus tour to Baja at a future date.
Here is a short summary of Rancho
Costa Verde:
Total Green Solar Eco-friendly Master
Planned residential home development
with over 50% of open space preserved
Discover Baja's totally green, solar, sea view beach
community, Rancho Costa Verde
By Charmie Joy Pagulong, Philstar.
com | MANILA, 8/4/2014 --

MANILA, Philippines - From a mind-
blowing collection of natural wonders
to unique modes of city transportation, a
New York-based online news aggregator
has listed eight reasons why a trip to the
Philippines is the “best tropical vacation
you could ever dream up.”
The Huffngton Post cited the Philip-
pines’ natural wonders as the top sites
to visit including the Chocolate Hills
in Bohol, the world’s most perfectly
formed volcano Mount Mayon in Bicol,
2,000-year-old rice terraces in Banaue
and the pristine beaches in El Nido,
Palawan with its “magnifcent limestone
formations and crazy-colorful coral
In an article posted Saturday on its
website, The Huffngton Post enumer-
ated “good-quality” Filipino cuisine
such as seafood which vary from spicy
to tangy, sweet and savory pork adobo,
crunchy crispy pata, peanut buttery
kare-kare, and tasty deep-fried banana
More fun in the Philippines? Huffington Post
lists top reasons to visit
turon for dessert.
Various pink beaches, black beaches
and blinding white beaches surrounded
by lush green mountains and other tall
rock formations are the “stuff dreams
are made of.”
Notable beaches mentioned in the
article are El Nido, Palawan, Caramoan
peninsula in Camarines Sur and Boracay
Hiking up a volcano in Taal to the
Tukuran waterfalls or wandering in the
mountains and forests in the Cordilleras
is a rare outdoor adventure, the article
Nathan Allen, world traveler and
creator of the travel blog I Dreamed of
This, described Philippine beaches and
mountain regions as “nothing short of
spectacular” and “still has an element of
rugged adventure that is missing from
other more touristy destinations.”
Diving spots such as Malapascua
Island, with four different shipwrecks to
explore, the uncrowded and incredible
reefs and diving sites Apo and Bali-
casag islands and swimming with whale
sharks in some islands were also cited as
reasons the country is the best tropical
Philippines’ modes of transportation –
from jeepney to the traditional banca or
canoe - are worth the unique experience,
the article said.
The Huffngton Post also mentioned
Filipinos’ worldwide hospitality, de-
scribing them as “exceptionally humble,
modest and gracious, earning kudos
for their outstanding hospitality from
hundreds of people on travel review
sites and bloggers.” The article even
quoted a New York Tribune post about
Filipino hospitality: “these people will
share with the stranger who comes to
their little hut of bamboo and nipa their
last bowl of rice and their last little fsh,
and will make room for him overnight
on the foor of their house, where all the
family sleep side by side.”
The article noted the country’s
mousedeer as cute and prancing ador-
ably in Philippine forests.
SeaPort Airlines
seeks ok to fly from
San Diego, CA to
San Felipe, Mexico
Posted on June 23, 2014 by SeaPorter
San Felipe 1 PORTLAND, ORE.
(June 23, 2014) – SeaPort Airlines
submitted its application today to the
U.S. Department of Transportation to
start service from San Diego, California
in the United States to San Felipe, Baja
California in Mexico. San Felipe would
be SeaPort’s frst destination in Mexico,
expanding its current network of 23 air-
ports across nine states. Service to San
Felipe will also require approval by the
Mexico Dirección General de Aeronáu-
tica Civil (DGAC). SeaPort will fle
the requisite application with Mexico
authorities shortly.
“SeaPort Airlines is committed to pro-
viding more destination options to our
forever protecting the native plant life,
green home construction with all of the
latest technology in a state of the art
self-contained solar community.
If you would like to attend a group presentation in San Diego CA or ask about the
closest dinner presentation to your location, please call 619.851.9547. Beachfront lot
view (top). Governor of Baja (below) with Robert Rios of RMAC Properties.
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For years, Image Spa MD Cosmetic
Surgery & Medical Spa has been help-
ing men and women transform and revi-
talize themselves and prove that indeed,
“Ageless Beauty is Possible.”
Now Image Spa MD has updated
its slogan to “Bagong Beauty. Bagong
Body” as it expands to San Diego with
a new branch at 499 North El Camino
Real, Suite 200, Encinitas CA 92024
(tel. 760 635 7800).
Sponsored by Smart, Edible Arrange-
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American Community in San Diego.
On August 9, 2014 at 3 pm, Image
Spa MD launches its San Diego branch
with a star-studded grand opening bash
featuring the biggest and most glamor-
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• “Concert Queen” Pops Fernandez,
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• Award-winning singer Geneva Cruz
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To kick off the San Diego launch,
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This rare gathering of so much
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Image Spa MD invites everyone to
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Food for Thought
Read previous articles by visiting our website at www.asian-
“The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and
especially at the hour of their death (754).” -- Words of Jesus in the Diary of St. Faustina
Using the rosary beads, recite one Our Father, one
Hail Mary, and one I Believe in God.
On the Our Father beads say this prayer, which
was given by Our Lord to St. Faustina (1905-1938).
Eternal Father, I ofer 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.
15 laws
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to get away from loveless or hopeless
marriages in the Philippines?
It is because the State is mandated to
do so according to Section 2, Article XV
of the 1987 Constitution which states
that “marriage, as an inviolable social
institution, is the foundation of the fam-
ily and shall be protected by the State.”
A landmark decision by the Supreme
Court in 1997 upheld this provision
when it stated that “any doubt should be
resolved in favor of the existence and
continuation of the marriage and against
its dissolution and nullity.” In the very
same case, the high court also ordered
inferior courts to require the appear-
ance of a fscal and an agent from the
Solicitor General’s offce as a counsel
to represent the State during annulment
hearings and write whether he/she ap-
proves of the annulment or not.
In other words, the State will always
be the third party in any marriage be-
tween individuals.
2. We still dole out excessive penal-
ties for libel.
Cybercrime Law in the Philippines
Perhaps no other law of late has gar-
nered as much controversy as Republic
Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Law,
specifcally the part where it punishes
The corresponding penalties can be
found in Article 355 of the Revised
Penal Code. Critics have called it an
archaic and outdated provision dating
back to the Spanish era where honor
was highly prized and duels were often
Nowadays it’s being abused by
government offcials as a shield against
criticisms. Even the United Nations
Human Rights Council declared the
penalties as “excessive” and while there
are moves to decriminalize libel, we
may have to wait quite a while before it
becomes a thing of the past.
1. You can “legally” kill people.
Article 247 of the Revised Code of the
Under Article 247 of the Revised
Code, anyone “who having surprised his
spouse in the act of committing sexual
intercourse with another person, shall
by Sam Guzman, The Catholic
St. Josemaria Escriva was a natural
leader. In the world of business or poli-
tics, he could have been what the world
would consider a “great man.” Instead,
he became a priest and dedicated his
considerable talents to the advancement
of the Kingdom of God, pouring his
heart and soul into raising up an army of
apostles who sanctify the world from the
inside out.
Through the course of his priestly
ministry, St. Josemaria left many letters
of advice and spiritual direction, many
excerpts of which are contained in the
three books, The Way, Furrow, and The
Forge. Here are 15 pieces of leadership
advice from St. Josemaria’s writings for
those who seek to sanctify their work
and be leaders in the Church and in the
1. Don’t compromise your prin-
‘One must compromise.’ Compromise
is a word found only in the vocabulary
of those who have no will to fght — the
lazy, the cunning, the cowardly — for
they consider themselves defeated
before they start.
2. Don’t waste time
Don’t let your life be barren. Be use-
ful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with
the torch of your faith and your love.
With your apostolic life, wipe out the
trail of flth and slime left by the corrupt
sowers of hatred. And set afame all the
ways of the earth with the fre of Christ
that you bear in your heart.
3. Pay attention to the little things
Will-power. A very important quality.
Don’t despise little things, for by the
15 Leadership Lessons from St.
Josemaria Escriva
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be grounded. When you start believ-
ing that you’re the best, that will be the
start of your downfall. You have to keep
working hard and learning new from
other people,” he points out.
Why invest?
“If you don’t know how to invest or
manage your own money, your money
will run out.”
Sy believes that learning how to invest
is as important or even more important
than learning how to make money.
He also stressed that the beauty in
investing in stocks is that you get to
become partners with the best brands,
the best managers and the biggest names
out there, while still remaining anony-
mous. Moreover, the stock market is
very liquid; you can easily get out when
you want to.
“Companies make mistakes and
they’re stuck, but you aren’t. If you see
a mistake in a company, you can easily
get out of it if you’re a stock investor,”
he says. “When you have something
good, keep it. When your stock is do-
ing well, hold on to it; keep your bulk.
When your stock isn’t doing so well,
learn to let go.”
Sy practically eats, sleeps and breathes
the stock market: “When you get into
stocks, you get hooked. Something
new comes up every day; nothing is the
same. You never get out of stocks once
Words of wisdom
you get hooked because nothing is simi-
lar. Even if it’s similar, there’s always
some twist that makes it different.”
The only other thing that keeps Sy
awake are NBA games, as he is a big fan
of the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s rumored
that he even memorizes the statistics of
the players the way he keeps in mind
stock price quotations.
More focus
Sy is a frm believer in education as
the solution to our country’s rich-poor
gap. He constantly stresses the impor-
tance of going to school and how it gave
him the different values he practices to
this day.
Sy tries to do his part in helping
educate Filipino investors by sharing his
ideas, opinions and thoughts on market
trends through the Philequity Corner,
which is published both on the Philequi-
ty website and in a major broadsheet.
With Philequity hitting the 20-year
mark this year, Sy plans to release a
compilation of his best articles, ideas
and lessons on investing.
I ended my interview with Sy more in-
spired than ever. I had just talked to my
dad’s idol and arguably the best Filipino
fund manager.
The last piece of advice he shared
with me: “I’m not really more intelligent
than other people. It’s just that I prob-
ably have more focus. So listen to your
father, keep working hard, read more,
study what the best in their feld do, and
stay focused.”

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again and again in such things — which
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grace you will add strength and resil-
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and to urge and to inspire others, with
your word, with your example, with
your knowledge and with your power.
4. Embrace sacrifice
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seducer, while the daughters are living
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Benefciaries also denied receiving
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A father of a one-year-old boy in
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While Prosecutor Manuel Soriano
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sacrifce. But how pleasant that sacrifce
turns out to be — gaudium cum pace,
joy and peace — if that self-giving is
5. Pray boldly
Be daring in your prayer, and the Lord
will turn you from a pessimist into an
optimist; from being timid, to being dar-
ing, from being feeble-spirited to being
a man of faith, an apostle!
6. Care for others
I think it is very good that you should
try daily to increase the depth of your
concern for those under you. For to
feel surrounded and protected by the
affectionate understanding of the one in
charge, can be the effective help which
is needed by the people you have to
serve by means of your governance.
7. Accept obstacles
Is the burden heavy? No, a thousand
times no! Those obligations which you
freely accepted are wings that raise
you high above the vile mud of your
Do the birds feel the weight of their
wings? If you were to cut them off and
put them on the scales you would see
that they are heavy. But can a bird fy
if they are taken away from it? It needs
those wings and it does not notice their
weight, for they lift it up above other
—Your “wings” are heavy too! But if
you did not have them you would fall
into the flthiest mire.
8. Finish the task
Sanctity is made up of heroic acts.
Therefore, in our work we are asked for
the heroism of fnishing properly the
tasks committed to us, day after day,
even though they are the same tasks.
If we don’t, then we do not want to be
9. Persevere
As the fames of your frst enthusi-
asm die down, it becomes diffcult to
advance in the dark. —But that progress
is all the more reliable for being hard.
And then, when you least expect it, the
darkness vanishes, and the enthusiasm
and light return. Persevere!
10. Be at peace
As soon as you truly abandon yourself
in the Lord, you will know how to be
content with whatever happens. You will
not lose your peace if your undertakings
do not turn out the way you hoped, even
if you have put everything into them,
and used all the means necessary. For
they will have “turned out” the way God
wants them to.
11. Call on Mary
Holy Mary is the Queen of peace, and
thus the Church invokes her. So when
your soul or your family are troubled, or
things go wrong at work, in society or
between nations, cry out to her without
ceasing. Call to her by this title: Regina
pacis, ora pro nobis — Queen of peace,
pray for us. Have you at least tried it
when you have lost your calm?… —You
will be surprised at its immediate effect.
12. Surround yourself with wise
Mediocre men, mediocre in mind and
in Christian spirit, surround themselves
by foolish people when they are in
power. They are falsely persuaded by
their vanity that in this way they will
never lose control.
Sensible men, however, surround
themselves with learned people who
live a clean life as well as possessing
knowledge, and become, through their
help, men who can really govern. They
are not in this matter deceived by their
humility, for in making others great they
themselves are made great.
13. Please God, not men
You are in a position of authority and
you go by what people say? You are a
doddering old man! —First of all you
should worry about what God will say;
then, very much in the second place, and
sometimes not at all, you may consider
what others might think. “Whoever
acknowledges me before men”, says
the Lord, “I too will acknowledge him
before my Father who is in heaven. But
whoever disowns me before men, I will
disown him before my Father who is in
14. Delegate
A fundamental rule for good manage-
ment is to give responsibility to others
without this becoming for you a way of
seeking anonymity or comfort. I repeat,
delegate responsibility and ask each
person to give an account of how his
job is going, so that you can “render an
account” to God; and to souls, if neces-
15. Always stay humble
For all your learning, for all your
fame, your eloquence and power, if you
are not humble, you are worth nothing.
Cut out, root out that self-complacency
which dominates you so completely. —
God will help you — and then you will
be able to begin working for Christ, in
the lowest place in his army of apostles.
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tion of energy-dense foods (particularly
processed foods high in added sugar, or
low in fber, or high in fat.
Eat more of a variety of vegetables,
fruits, whole grains and legumes such
as beans.
Limit consumption of red meats (beef,
pork and lamb) and avoid processed
If consumed at all, limit alcoholic
drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women.
Limit consumption of salty foods and
processed with salt (sodium).
Don’t use supplements to protect
against cancer.
References: AICR Publications, 2014.
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ously failed, or it can turn to God and
ask for help. If it turns to God, a stage
of conversion or purgation and spiritual
growth results. As the soul struggles to
fnd itself, the saying "when the student
is ready, the teacher can teach" rings
ever true. The soul has a burning desire
to get closer to God, and yet it is afraid,
as it wonders, "Will God accept me?
Will He take me back?" It is these souls
that God receives with open arms and a
compassionate heart.
Our Lord reminds us that He did "not
come to call the righteous, but sinners
to repentance" (Lk 5:32). As the soul
begins the arduous task of healing and
moving forward, it begins to grow and
cleanse itself of the superfuous excess
baggage that it has accumulated. With
that purging evolves a desire to do only
the will of God in this life.
Even though the spirit is strong, the
fesh is weak. The soul still falls into old
ways and sins. Discouragement ensues
as it sees little spiritual progress. It real-
izes that because of sin, it needs to go
to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and
seek peace with God.
Saint Faustina encouraged openness
and honesty when we go to the Sacra-
ment, writing, "A soul does not beneft
as it should from the sacrament of con-
fession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it
in the darkness. The soul neither knows
how, nor is it willing, to probe with
precision the depths of its own misery.
It puts on a mask and avoids everything
that might bring it recovery" (Diary,
113). These last words ring of truth; the
soul avoids the discomfort of probing
the depths of its misery, and by doing
so, it stays in the same rut and does not
spiritually grow. We all put on masks,
yet the God of Mercy can read our
hearts. We are only fooling ourselves,
not God. It is when we allow ourselves
to be vulnerable that God, as the Great
Physician, can heal us.
In today's world of consumerism and
materialism, humility is often viewed
as a sign of weakness. Being meek
and humble of heart is not a weakness!
Scripture tells us "...whoever exalts
himself will be humbled, and whoever
humbles himself will be exalted" (Mt
23:12). But do we really believe it, and
even more importantly, do we practice
Let us refect on what areas in our life
we need to grow in humility, always rec-
ognizing that we are made in His image
and likeness. Let us live that humility
by being vessels and icons of mercy to
a hurting world. -- Dr. Bryan Thatcher is
the founder of Eucharistic Apostles of The
Divine Mercy (EADM), an apostolate of
the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.
tures, or it could include more signif-
cant steps, such as a moratorium on the
reclamation work that several claimants
have started to add land to the features
that they currently occupy.
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In honor of the Medicine Buddha’s birthday,
Bodhi Meditation is holding a special celebratory
ceremony. The Medicine Buddha has made
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call upon him. Blessings from the Medicine
Buddha will rid disease, disaster and trouble
while bringing fortune intelligence, and success.
*Free Admission & Auspicious Gift*
Holistic Healing
Event Celebrating
the Birth of
Medicine Buddha
Oct 12, 2014 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Event Venue: Four Points By Sheraton San Diego
8110 Aero Drive, San Diego, CA 92123
*All Fees Waived & Lunch Provided*
The retreat offers training in unique methods of Bodhi Meditation practices. It is designed to enhance overall
physical and mental health.
Meditation & Energy Healing Class
(9:30 AM – 6:20 PM)
Aug 30, 2014 - Sep 1, 2014
7838 Wilkerson Court, San Diego, CA 92111 Location: San Diego (TACC)

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