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Zena Babao Ben Maynigo
How Robin Williams remained
close to Pinoy family even af-
ter divorce with Fil-Am wife
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Martial Arts - p. 5
Wisdom out
of crumbs - p. 8
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A parents’ journey to sending their kids
to college
Our Life and Times
Archbishop Tirona poised to
visit the U.S. West Coast
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.
Publisher & Editor
San Diego Asian Journal
The Original and First Asian Journal in America
August 10, 2007
(First in a series of articles)
Fil-Am assumes command of USS Abraham Lincoln
Jesus, I Trust in You!
Encinitas is the site of the future Divine Mercy Shrine.
The site is on Encinitas Blvd., east of I-5, about a mile and a half from
Moonlight Beach and two miles south of the Paramhansa Yogananda
Self-Realization Center. If you would like to know more about the project,
please contact Zarina Cruz at zaricruz@att.net or check for updates on
www.divinemercyhills.org, the ofcial website of the Divine Mercy Hills
Foundation of Southern California (DMHFSC).
Mission Statement. The DMHFSC is dedicated to the design, development, and maintenance of a Divine Mercy Shrine located in Encinitas, CA. for the
purpose of spreading to an aching world the Divine Mercy message and devotion. To drawpeople of all nations, cultures, and beliefs to a vessel with
which they are to keep coming in prayer for graces to the fountain of mercy - the Image of the Divine Mercy. For meditational and contemplative prayers
venerating this image with trust in our Lord Jesus Christ who said, "I promise that the soul that will venerate this Image will not perish. I also promise
victory over its enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I myself will defend it as My own glory... By means of this image I shall
grant many graces to souls." Through this shrine we shall proclaim to the whole world God's unfathomable Mercy.
By Al Villam-
ora, Pag-Iribang
Bikolnon P.R.O.
San Diego, CA.
Upon the invita-
tion of San Diego’s
Pag-iribang Bikol-
non, the Most Rev
Rolando J. Tria
Tirona, new Arch-
bishop of Caceres
will embark on a
two-week spiritual journey
leaving Manila on August 9,
2014 and bound for the cities
of San Francisco, Houston,
Los Angeles, Phoenix, and
San Diego. During these pas-
toral visits, Arch-
bishop Tirona will
celebrate masses
with devotees of
Our Lady of Pena-
francia and meet
with members of
the Bicolano com-
A native of
Kawit, Cavite, and
formerly the Bishop
of Manila, Malolos, and
Infanta (Quezon), Tria Tirona
was installed as Archbishop of
Caceres in September 2012.
He succeeded retiring Arch-
GELES, 8/12/2014 -- Filipino
fans online had an outpour of
grief over the death of Robin
Williams on Tuesday of an
apparent suicide.
But the American actor and
comedian's link to the Philip-
pines goes beyond the impact
of his movies and television
work on Filipino audiences.
For almost 20 years, Wil-
liams was married to Filipi-
no-American wife Marsha
Garces, allowing the actor to
become part of an extended
Pinoy family.
After marrying in 1989, the
couple divorced in 2008. But
in an interview with the Phil-
ippine Daily Inquirer in 2011,
Williams opened up about his
Like your frst mortgage, you would not know at frst how to pay the college bills
Sending one’s kids to college is just like buying one’s frst home. Suddenly one will have a
mortgage to pay. One would not know how he would pay it, but he would take a chance,
leave things to fate and plunge into mortgage debt. Somehow, he will be surprised that
things would go all right and he might even have some family vacation money or two.
oving their daughter Lily’s things from her apartment in Georgetown in Wash-
ington D.C. to their cousin’s place in Long Island, New York was a hard,
arduous task. For almost a week in March, Adam and his wife, were staying at
a dorm in Georgetown University, which was opened for relatives attending the school’s
graduation rites. Each day was full of activity. One was the school convocation, another
is the Tropeia, a ceremony for honor graduates, of which Adam’s daughter is one, the
third was the business school graduation ceremony itself, and the last was the Baccalau-
reate Mass for the graduates, Georgetown being a Jesuit-run university.
Like them, their eldest daughter, Irene few all the way from San Diego to “D.C.” to
attend the event together with her husband, John. Three close relatives, all from San Di-
ego, came as guests -- the East Coast trip being a token of the family’s gratitude for their
relatives’ valuable help in raising their children, especially when they were kids. The
second of their three daughters, Margie, was in the midst of her two-year teaching stint
in Japan and was not able to attend.
ABS CBN News | MA-
NILA, 8/9/2014 - A Filipino-
American navy offcer is the
new commander of aircraft
carrier, USS Abraham Lin-
Capt. Ronald Ravelo is the
very frst Fil-Am to command
an aircraft carrier in the US
Navy, according to www.
He replaced Capt. Karl
Thomas, who will lead USS
Carl Vinson. The outgoing
commander of the Lincoln is
Capt. Ronald Ravelo
Inquirer.net | GENEVA,
8/13/2014 – The World
Health Organization autho-
rized the use of experimental
drugs to fght Ebola as the
death toll topped 1,000 and a
Spanish priest became the frst
European to succumb to the
The declaration by the
UN’s health agency came
Tuesday after a US company
that makes an experimental
serum called ZMapp said it
had sent all its available sup-
plies to hard-hit west Africa.
“In the special circum-
stances of this Ebola outbreak
it is ethical to offer unreg-
istered interventions as po-
tential treatments or preven-
tion,” WHO assistant director
general Marie-Paule Kieny
said in Geneva after a meeting
of medical experts.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon
announced plans to step up
the global response to the
outbreak, while urging gov-
ernments to “avoid panic and
fear” over an easily-prevent-
able disease.
The epidemic, the worst
since Ebola was frst discov-
ered four decades ago, has
killed 1,013 people since early
this year, the WHO said.
The announcement came before West
African regional bloc Ecowas said one
of its offcials had died from the disease
in Nigeria, taking the total number of
deaths in the country to three.
Cases have so far been limited to
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which
account for the bulk of victims, and
Terror has gripped the impoverished
west African countries ravaged by the
disease, with harrowing tales emerg-
ing of people being shunned by their
villages as the virus fells those around
In the Liberian village of Ballajah
some 150 kilometers from the capital
Monrovia, 12-year-old Fatu Sherrif had
been locked away with her mother’s
body without food and water for a week.
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A parents’ journey to sending
their kids to college
Our Life & Times
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by Simeon G. Silverio Jr.
A Monthly Forum hosted by and for the Fili-
pino American Community of San Diego
Adam remembers the moment
when his daughter was about to go up
the stage to receive her diploma. He
positioned his self behind a wire fence,
on which he rested his elbow to help
make the video camera he was hold-
ing steady. As he began to tape the
once-in-a-lifetime moment, the camera
started shaking, ruining his shot. It
turned out that one of the guests, who
was leaning on the same fence, became
overwhelmed with the same excitement
and started clapping his hands, causing
the wire fence, his elbow and his camera
to shake.
Sad moment
One sad moment during Lily’s gradua-
tion convocation was when the audience
was asked to observe a moment of si-
lence in memory of a student who died a
year ago while on a volunteer trip to an
Asian Country. She died during a freak
accident as she tripped, fell on a live,
exposed electric wire and got electro-
cuted during a ceremony she attended.
Some of her friends in the crowd during
the graduation ceremony cried and one
could just imagine the grief and sorrow
of the girl’s parents as they watched
their daughter’s friends graduate. She
could have been receiving her diploma
with her classmates.
“She had lots of things, talent,
intelligence, wit, charm, passion and
industry, except time,” were the words
of the speaker that rang in the ears of all
who came. They just could not imag-
ine an exceptional, talented and hard
working girl like her making the grade
at an exclusive university only to fail
to fulfll her dreams because of a freak
accident. In contrast, a lot of young
people waste their lives and face a bleak
future because of drugs, teen pregnancy,
petty crimes, lack of ambition and the
likes. (A few months after the gradu-
ation, another batch mate, this time, a
close friend of their daughter, was hit
by a lighting while on a beach in North
Carolina and died. He was about to start
working for a bank after four years in
Nation’s capital
After showing their guests around
the nation’s capital, they bade them
goodbye at the airport. They were on
their way back to San Diego together
with Irene and her husband. Adam and
his wife had to stay behind a few more
days to move Lily’s things to New York.
Months before she was about to gradu-
ate, she got a job as a fnancial analyst at
a boutique fnancial frm in Wall Street,
and would start working two months
after her graduation.
Adam always tell his kids not to mea-
sure success with money, but he could
not imagine his youngest daughter,
a wisp of a girl, slugging it out with
the hardened, sometime heartless and
cold-blooded warriors of Wall Street. To
him, she will always be the baby in the
family, the toddler Adam was carrying
around with ice cream on her face, an
image preserved in a photo taken dur-
ing her sister Margie’s third birthday.
Occasionally, however, he could see her
tough character and why she was the
frm’s top choice among the applicants
for the job, as she would argue her point
with her dad until he is forced to quiet
Adam could not help but express his
amazement at the way she would fx the
problems in his computer and their other
electronic gadgets.
“How did you learn all these things,”
he asked incredulously.
“Remember, Dad,” she replied. “I had
been working as a ‘techie’ in our school
for three years.”
For ten dollars an hour, she had a part-
time job at Georgetown’s student ser-
vices department solving the computer
problems of other students.
At one time, she fxed the laptop
computer of the son of real estate mogul
Donald Trump. “The Donald’s” scion
was one year ahead of her in school.
“How was he? “ he asked.
“He’s cool,” she replied simply, as if
telling her old man to “get over it; its no
Among her classmates were Filipinos
from the Philippines.
He told her: “Do you know that for a
family in the Philippines to be able to
send their kids to college in the United
States, they must be super rich?”
Filipinos who study abroad usually
turn out to be the cream of the crop,
ending up mostly as the heads in big
corporations, if not in the govern-
ment. But it was these members of
the Philippine elite class who taught
his daughter, born and raised in the
U.S. with Filipino parents, the Filipino
culture. At the Bonita Vista High School
in their neighborhood where there is a
lot of Filipino-American students and
teachers, she never joined the Filipino
Club. But at Georgetown, she learned to
dance the Tinikling and Pandanggo sa
Ilaw, two popular Filipino dances whose
names she could not even pronounce.
She claimed that the Filipino Club at
Georgetown, an organization Adam later
found out to be co-founded by a son of a
former classmate of his from elementary
to college, is the most popular in the
“Everybody could join, even if you
are not Filipino,” she said. One reason
for this is the enthusiasm and dedication
of the Filipino members from the Philip-
pines to promote the culture. Of course,
the delicious Filipino dishes served at
every opportunity to hold a function,
also helped attract new members.
While Adam and his family were on
a vacation in the Philippines in July of
last year a Georgetown classmate of
Lily, Jed Punongbayan invited them
for a cocktail with his parents at the
penthouse of the PhilAm Life Center,
one of the tallest and newest edifces in
Makati. It was a small world indeed as
Jed’s parents turned out to be alumni
of their school, the University of the
Philippines, like his wife and him. Adam
liked the fact that Jed, privileged that he
is, calls him “uncle” just because he is a
Adam was glad that he and his wife
were able to send their daughters to
college without any hefty student loans
burdening them as they launch their pro-
fessional careers. Somehow, by God’s
grace, they were able to pay their bills
as they pursued their studies. Sending
one’s kids to college is just like buying
one’s frst home. Suddenly one will have
a mortgage to pay. One would not know
how he would pay it, but he would take
a chance, leave things to fate and plunge
into mortgage debt. Somehow, he will
be surprised that things would turn out
all right and he might even have some
family vacation money or two.
Adam always believes that God has
provided them with the extra money
that would enable them to fulfll their
fnancial responsibilities to their kids.
He is reminded of a passage in the Bible
that says, “work and God will provide.”
Otherwise, if not for God and prayers,
how could he explain the blessings he is
receiving in life?
He always tells friends that some of
the happiest moments in his life were
the times he had been able to scrape
enough money to pay for the lodging
and allowances of his children when
they were in college. Whenever he
would deposit funds in each account
of his kids during the last week of the
month, the Filipina teller at the Wells
Fargo Bank branch near their home
would ask him: “For the accounts of
your daughters, sir?”
He would fash a smile as he would
hear her say, “You’re kids are lucky!”
Particularly rewarding for him were
the times when his daughters would
thank them for sending them to school
debt-free. Most of their friends have
hefty loans to pay before they could
even start earning a salary. - AJ
(To be continued)
Next issue: Community colleges have
their own special reasons, and advan-
By: Lilli Berbano Baculi, Esq. |
Last month, the U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS)
published a new Policy Memorandum
on H-1B Petitions for Nursing Occu-
pations. The last guidance by USCIS
was published 11 years ago. However,
because of changes in the nursing
industry USCIS has updated its policy
regarding adjudication of H-1B petitions
for nurses.
Specialty Occupation. Under the regu-
lations, to qualify as a specialty occupa-
tions, the petitioner must demonstrate
that the position meets at least one of the
following criteria: (i) A Bachelor’s
(or higher) degree is normally the mini-
mum entry requirement for the position;
(ii) the degree requirement is common
to the industry; (iii) the employer nor-
mally requires a degree for the position;
or (iv) the nature of the duties is so
specialized and complex that the knowl-
edge required to perform the duties is
usually associated with the attainment of
a bachelor’s (or higher) degree.
Historically, most registered nurse
(RN) positions do not qualify as a spe-
cialty occupation because they do not
normally require a U.S. Bachelor’s
(or higher) degree in nursing as the min-
imum requirement for entry into those
particular positions. However, changes
in the nursing industry have increasingly
shown a preference for more highly edu-
cated nurses. For example, according to
the USCIS Memo, the American Nurses
Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet
Recognition Program recognizes health
care organizations that advance nursing
excellence and leadership. In this regard,
achieving Magnet status indicates that
the nursing workforce within an institu-
tion has attained a number of high stan-
dards relating to quality and standards of
a nursing practice.
Sample RN Positions that May
Qualify as Specialty Occupation. A
registered nurse’s duties and title
often depend on where they work and
the patients with whom they work.
Depending on the facts of the case, the
following RN positions may qualify as
specialty occupations: Cardiovascular
nurse; Critical care nurse; Emergency
room nurse; Oncology nurse; Neonatol-
ogy nurse; Peri-Operative nurse.
It is important to note that this list is
not exhaustive. Moreover, the title of the
position is not determinative of whether
a position qualifes as a specialty oc-
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
In addition to the RN positions listed
above, positions that require nurses
who are certifed advanced practice
registered nurses (APRN) will gener-
ally be specialty occupations due to the
advanced level of education and training
required for certifcation. APRNs are
those nurses with a level of nursing
practice that utilize extended and ex-
panded skills, experience and knowl-
edge in assessment, planning, imple-
mentation, diagnosis, and evaluation of
the care required for a patient. However,
a benefciary’s credentials to perform
a particular job are relevant only when
the job is found to qualify as a specialty
Evidence Required. The petitioning
employer must show by a preponder-
ance of the evidence that the proffered
position qualifes as a specialty oc-
cupation. Such documentation includes
evidence regarding: (i) the nature of the
employer-petitioner’s business; (ii)
industry practices; (iii) detailed descrip-
tion of the duties to be performed within
the employer’s business operations;
(iv) advanced certifcation requirements;
ANCC Magnet Recognized status; (v)
Clinical experience requirements; (vi)
training in the specialty requirements;
and (vii) wage rate relative to others
within the occupation.
Each piece of evidence will be re-
viewed for relevance, probative value,
and credibility to determine whether the
proffered position more likely than not
qualifes as a specialty occupation.
No two cases are exactly the same.
Employers who are looking to fle
for H-1B petitions for certain nursing
occupations should consult with an
experienced and competent immigration
attorney to help you navigate through
the evolving immigration laws and
regulations involved in employment-
based petitions. As always, be wary
of online tools that offer immigration
help or notarios who are not licensed to
practice law.
Atty. Lilli Berbano Baculi is an as-
sociate attorney with Chua Tinsay &
Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation
(CTV) - a full service law frm with
offces in San Francisco, San Diego,
Sacramento and Philippines. The
information presented in this article is
for general information only and is not,
nor intended to be, formal legal advice
nor the formation of an attorney-client
relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for
an in-person or phone consultation to
discuss your particular situation and/or
how their services may be retained at
(619) 955-6277; (415) 495-8088; (916)
449-3923; lbaculi@ctvattys.com.
New USCIS Policy on H-1B Options
for Nursing Positions
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Health and Wellness
(Continued on page 6)
by Dr. Ofelia Dirige
Founder, President & CEO Kalusugan
Community Services. www.flamwellness.org
Contemporary Asian
American Issues
Email: saldanadental@yahoo.com
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The average household contains
about 62 toxic chemicals, say environ-
mental experts. We’re exposed to them
routinely — from the phthalates in syn-
thetic fragrances to the noxious fumes in
oven cleaners. Ingredients in common
household products have been linked to
asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders,
hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.
Manufacturers argue that in small
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likely to be a problem, but when we’re
exposed to them routinely, and in com-
binations that haven’t been studied, it’s
impossible to accurately gauge the risks.
While a few products cause immediate
reactions from acute exposure (head-
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with repeated contact. Chronic exposure
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number of chemicals stored in its tissues
at a given time.
No one can avoid exposure to toxic
chemicals altogether, but it is possible to
reduce it signifcantly. In the following
pages, experts weigh in on the worst
toxic offenders commonly found in
household cleaning products, and offer
ways to swap them for healthier, safer
1. Phthalates
Found in: Many fragranced house-
hold products, such as air fresheners,
dish soap, even toilet paper. Because
of proprietary laws, companies don’t
have to disclose what’s in their scents,
so you won’t fnd phthalates on a label.
If you see the word “fragrance” on a
label, there’s a good chance phthalates
are present.
Health Risks: Phthalates are known
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phthalate compounds in their blood had
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School of Public Health. Although expo-
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Unlike the digestive system, the skin has
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Healthier Choice: When possible
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simply opening windows to freshen the
air. Besides causing more serious effects
like endocrine disruption, “Aerosol
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Also consider adding more plants to
your home: They’re natural air detoxi-
2. Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
Found in: Dry-cleaning solutions, spot
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Health Risks: Perc is a neurotoxin,
according to the chief scientist of
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the EPA classifes perc as a “possible
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residential buildings where dry cleaners
are located have reported dizziness, loss
of coordination and other symptoms.
While the EPA has ordered a phase-out
of perc machines in residential build-
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further and plans to eliminate all use of
perc by 2023 because of its suspected
health risks. The route of exposure is
most often inhalation: that telltale smell
on clothes when they return from the
dry cleaner, or the fumes that linger after
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us overusing antibacterial chemicals —
that’s how microbes develop resistance,
and not just to these [household antibac-
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we need.” Other studies have now found
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Eating baked,
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weekly boosts
brain health,
study says
ScienceDaily.com | 8/12/2014 --
Scientists estimate that more than 80
million people will have dementia by
2040, which could become a substantial
burden to families and drive up health
care costs, noted senior investigator
James T. Becker, Ph.D., professor of
psychiatry, Pitt School of Medicine.
Some studies have predicted that
lifestyle changes such as a reduction
in rates of physical inactivity, smoking
and obesity could lead to fewer cases of
Alzheimer's disease and other conditions
of cognitive impairment in the elderly.
The anti-oxidant effect of omega-3 fatty
acids, which are found in high amounts
in fsh, seeds and nuts, and certain oils,
also have been associated with improved
health, particularly brain health.
"Our study shows that people who ate
a diet that included baked or broiled, but
not fried, fsh have larger brain volumes
in regions associated with memory and
cognition," Dr. Becker said. "We did
not fnd a relationship between omega-3
levels and these brain changes, which
surprised us a little. It led us to con-
clude that we were tapping into a more
general set of lifestyle factors that were
affecting brain health of which diet is
just one part."
Lead investigator Cyrus Raji, M.D.,
Ph.D., who now is in radiology residen-
cy training at UCLA, and the research
team analyzed data from 260 people
who provided information on their
dietary intake, had high-resolution brain
MRI scans, and were cognitively normal
at two time points during their participa-
tion in the Cardiovascular Health Study
(CHS), a 10-year multicenter effort that
began in 1989 to identify risk factors for
heart disease in people over 65.
"The subset of CHS participants an-
swered questionnaires about their eating
habits, such as how much fsh did they
eat and how was it prepared," Dr. Raji
said. "Baked or broiled fsh contains
higher levels of omega-3s than fried fsh
because the fatty acids are destroyed in
the high heat of frying, so we took that
into consideration when we examined
their brain scans."
People who ate baked or broiled
fsh at least once a week had greater
grey matter brain volumes in areas of
the brain responsible for memory (4.3
percent) and cognition (14 percent)
and were more likely to have a college
education than those who didn't eat fsh
regularly, the researchers found. But
no association was found between the
brain differences and blood levels of
"This suggests that lifestyle factors,
in this case eating fsh, rather than
biological factors contribute to structural
changes in the brain," Dr. Becker noted.
"A confuence of lifestyle factors likely
are responsible for better brain health,
and this reserve might prevent or delay
cognitive problems that can develop
later in life."
Cyrus A. Raji, Kirk I. Erickson, Oscar
L. Lopez, Lewis H. Kuller, H. Mi-
chael Gach, Paul M. Thompson, Mario
Riverol, James T. Becker. Regular Fish
Consumption and Age-Related Brain
Gray Matter Loss. American Journal
of Preventive Medicine, 2014; DOI:
PART 3: Health Resources
Reducing Your Risk For Heart
Disease: NHLIB “Healthy Heart,
Healthy Family Program
(Puso Mo, Buhay Mo)
This is the third issue of profling
the different private and government
agencies that publishes articles and
feature stories about healthy living and
nutrition. The frst two issues were on
the “Nutrition Action Newsletter” by the
Center for Science in the Public Interest
(CSPI) and “Preventing Cancer through
Healthy Diet” by American Institute for
Cancer Research (AICR).
This article is on the “Healthy Heart,
Healthy Family “ (HHHF) program
and manual developed by the Na-
tional Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
(NHLBI) at the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services (USDHHS).
This manual provides all the informa-
tion one needs to put the heart health
project into action in the community.
Through this manual individuals can be
taught to build healthy skills and make
lasting changes to fght heart disease and
improve their health. It can also be used
to train Community Health Workers
(CHW), educate members of the FilAm
community and serve as a basis for
other community activities.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the
number one killer of all Americans and
is one of the leading causes of death
among Filipino Americans (FilAms).
Stroke is the third leading cause of death
in this population. High blood pressure
(HBP), high blood cholesterol, over-
weight/obesity, smoking, not physically
active, and diabetes are all factors that
increase a person’s risk of CVD.
Filipinos have the highest rates of
hypertension (medical term for HBP).
Thirty percent of them don’t know they
have it and 25% are on medication but
their blood pressure is still above safe
levels; and 10% are doing nothing to
lower it.
The good news is that people can
lower their risk of HBP by making some
lifestyle changes such as: a) maintain-
ing a healthy weight or lose weight if
overweight; b) being physically active;
c) following a healthy eating plan; d)
limiting salt intake; e) drinking alcohol
in moderation; f) taking prescribed
drugs as directed; and g) knowing one’s
blood pressure level and work to keep it
at a safe level.
The wonderful news for FilAms in
San Diego, all over the U.S. and Fili-
pinos worldwide is there is a program
that has been tested and found to be
effective in increasing knowledge and
making an impact on lifelong habits to
prevent heart disease. Kalusugan Com-
munity Services (KCS) implemented
this program beginning March 2012 to
July 2013 by training six Community
Health Workers (CHW) who taught this
program in four places in San Diego:
Summercrest Apartments, Tooma Park,
Horizons Day Care, and Morgan Tow-
ers. The CHW’s are: Jennibelle Azuce-
na, Leony Pamintuan, Doreen Felicitas,
Lydia Duro, Fe Rivero and Rose San
Pedro. A report on the positive results of
the program will be reported next week
at the World Council for Curriculum and
Instruction (WCCI) 16th Conference on
Funding was from the NHLBI, Com-
munity Health Worker Health Dispari-
ties Initiative Awards Prevention Efforts,
to promote heart health by preventing
and controlling heart disease heart
disease risk factors among underserved
and minority populations including
FilAms. This was given through the
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A former Filipino Press special proj-
ects reporter and South Bay resident,
Mason Inocentes, has declared his
candidacy to run in November for the
Water Replenishment District of South-
ern California’s, Division 3 Board of
Directors seat.
Mason Inocentes, is 28 years old and
resides in Lakewood, he is the middle
son of Tony Inocentes, a former elected
Director at the Otay Water District in
San Diego who is now a resident of
Cebu City. Mason’s father is credited
with being the frst Fil-Am to be elected
to a municipal water board in the United
The WRD is located in Los Angeles
County and is one of the state’s larg-
est water districts serving 4 million
residents in 43 cities of LA County.
The 420 square mile service area uses
about 250,000 acre-feet of groundwater
per year taken from the aquifers of the
Central Coast and West Coast Basins.
This equates to nearly 40% of the total
demand for water.
Mason will vie for the Division 3
seat that encompasses the entire cities
of Long Beach, Signal Hill. Lakewood,
Fil-Am files
candidacy for
LA Water Board
By Zena Sultana Babao
In the past few weeks, our Babao-
Arnis Group had shared Philippine
culture and tradition thru martial arts
with the San Diego and Las Vegas com-
munities. FMA or Filipino Martial Arts
is our way of propagating one of our
most loved cultures and traditions.
At the Samahan 30th Philippine
Cultural Arts Festival
Last Saturday (August 9, 2014) our
Babao-Arnis Demo Team shared the
Philippine martial arts of Arnis, Eskrima
and Kali to the Filipino-American com-
munity at the 30th Philippine Cultural
Arts Festival. The festival, held at Bal-
boa Park in San Diego, was presented
by the SAMAHAN Filipino American
Performing Arts & Education Center for
its 40th anniversary.
The well-applauded demo was led
by my son Jack Babao, one of our
instructors. The demo team shared sev-
eral Philippine martial arts moves and
techniques including: moro-moro using
single stick, dag/knife, mano-mano,
single bolo, espada y dad and double
stick; baston refex or picking; sayaws
(unang sayaw, mano-mano and palitan);
sayaws using bangkaw and sinawali
with a double bolo; partner sinawali
heaven and earth drills; and sparring.
The fnale number is the famous Kali
demo forms lakaw manok or chicken
step and estoka parada. Members of
the demo team were: Mike Gomez, Don
Dizon, Ross Makoske, Domingo Agnas,
Eric Batara, Josh Neimeyer, and Neil
Babao-Arnis has always supported
SAMAHAN through the years, and
every year our school is invited to do
a demo.. After the demo, there was a
short work-shop conducted by Mike
Gomez, one of our instructors, assisted
by Don Dizon.
The SAMAHAN is a non-proft
organization founded in 1974 by the
late Dr. Lolita Carter for the purpose
of providing Filipino American youth
the opportunity to gain knowledge and
appreciation of their cultural heritage.
For four decades has endeavored to
offer a learning environment through
dance, music and living traditions to
enrich cultural diversity in the Filipino
American community in San Diego and
surrounding cities.
Seminar at the Ten Tigers Martial
Arts in Las Vegas, NV
Last Sunday (July 13, 2014) we (Nar
Sharing Philippine culture and tradition thru martial arts
Babao, Mike Gomez and I) presented
a seminar at the Ten Tigers Martial
Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, owned by
Sensei Michael Hamm. The seminar
was hosted by avid martial artist Justin
Cataldi of Las Vegas. Among those who
attended the seminar were: Sifu Richard
Lamoureaux, Guro Igz Caz, Guro Jacq
Lexi Felin, John Milks, Heath Johnson,
Brook Robertson, Brandon McCrystal,
Billy Koeter, Danny Rome, and several
At the world-famous Tribal Ad-
vantage Systems International in Las
Vegas, NV
While in Las Vegas for a few days
(July 10-14, 2014) the three of us from
Babao-Arnis (Nar, Mike, and I) visited
the world-famous and one-of-a-kind
Tribal Advantage Systems International
(TASI) martial arts studio owned by
husband-and-wife team T.j. Cuenca and
Melody Joy Cuenca, master instructors.
We were blown away with what
we saw and learned: knife-throwing,
machete-throwing, use of the whip, etc.
and the display of all kinds of martial
arts weapons from around the world.
T.j. is an FMA-Kali instructor, and
professional actor and stuntman (stage
name: T.j. Quicksilver). His beautiful
wife, Melody, also a professional actor
and stuntwoman (stage name: Montana
Hale), is the top woman knife-thrower
in the entire world. As great and ac-
complished as T.j. is, he said that he is
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Charity for Hope in-
troduces inaugural
golf tournament at
Sycuan Casino
SAN DIEGO— Aug. 1, 2014 — Char-
ity for Hope, a multipurpose nonproft,
introduces its frst-ever Industry Charity
Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug.
23, 2014, at Sycuan Golf Resort, 3007
Dehesa Road, El Cajon, CA 92019. The
event will beneft existing nonproft
charitable organizations, including but
not limited to: orphanages, hospitals,
disaster relief foundations, educational
funds for the less advantaged.
The golf tournament will include a
2-person scramble, lunch and awards
reception with dinner. It will also feature
many on course contests.
Charity for Hope’s primary mission
is to assist the community by providing
aid to nonprofts in need. The nonproft,
led by Vipul Dayal, was introduced by
his late father-in-law, Navinbhai Patel,
who had begun the process of establish-
ing Charity for Hope’s 501(c) (3) status.
Vipul decided to lead and complete
the project by taking it upon himself to
carry out the organization's mission to
help the community.
“Charity for Hope is an organization
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The justice system must be overhauled
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HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose
Philstar.com | July 20, 2014 -
In four months I will be 90 and I thank
God and my family, particularly my
dear wife, for keeping me healthy. I was
already in high school in Manila when
Quezon was chasing the beauty queens
and dividing Quezon City among his
mestizo poker cronies and friends.
For many years in journalism, I have
monitored our political development
and moral decay. I knew many of our
political leaders personally although I
never was a member of any political
party until last year when I joined the
party ideologically shaped by former UP
president Pepe Abueva. I say all these to
establish my bona fdes as commentator,
not just on the arts, but on our political
I personally got acquainted with Flor-
encio “Butch” Abad, now DBM secre-
tary, way back in the ‘70s and I know he
is honest, effcient, and of presidential
timber, like the late Rafael Salas. He has
not done me any favor. I know for a fact
that he has improved the Department of
Budget and Management, made it more
transparent, progressive and responsive
to the needs of the people. He could still
do more.
I do not know President P-Noy at all;
it was his father Ninoy whom I knew
very well, not just as a colleague at the
old Manila Times, but as a personal
friend and frequent visitor of my tiny
bookshop. I do know P-Noy’s lacklus-
ter record both as congressman then as
senator. He surprised me in his second
year of offce with his campaign against
corruption. He has been accused of be-
ing vengeful; I do not buy this — justice
is never revenge. In spite of the dip
in his popularity as manifested in the
recent surveys, I think he is doing very
well and is far from the dictator that he
is being charged with by, of all people,
those who helped legitimize that im-
moral Marcos regime. Above all, I have
it on good authority that he is honest —
a quality I cannot say of many of those
who are vociferously critical of him.
In stating these, I disagree with the
Supreme Court. The President has the
right to spend government funds where
they can do the most good. What the
Supreme Court should have looked after
was how the moneys were spent. Did
the DAP enrich anyone?
About the supposed “bribe” to the
senators who voted to impeach Corona,
the trial was all there on TV. In the frst
place, Corona, who is a lawyer, should
have rejected his appointment knowing
that it is illegal. Second, the impeach-
ment proceedings showed he did not
state in his SALN his true fortune.
As for the Constitution, let us stop
looking at it as the most sacred of docu-
ments. It is not. It is just another piece
of paper which a bad ruler mangles
anyway and which a good ruler does not
need. A great nation like England does
not have a Constitution although it has
the Magna Carta which was enacted
in 1215. And for us Christians, there is
the Ten Commandments; for universal
man, the United Nations Declaration
of Human Rights. We have hundreds
of laws that need not be codifed into
the Constitution, all of them passed
by Congress, and on the local level,
municipal ordinances. Many of them are
dead laws in the sense that they are not
The advantage of a state without laws
codifed into a Constitution is its capac-
ity to enact laws that meet changing
conditions and needs.
This is what the Supreme Court
should have looked into: not the legality
of the President’s use of the people’s
money, but how it is used. In the frst
place, there is hardly any country that
does not have a pork barrel.
All of us know that six years is too
short a time for a good president to
rule and too long for a bad president.
In the frst place, how does a president
get elected? Popularity is the most
important factor, not intelligence or
patriotism. And the mass — in this sense
— are contemptible when they vote into
offce the scum of the country simply
because they are popular movie stars or
TV personalities.
Maybe we should not give them the
vote — or there should be a ban on such
characters running for offce higher than
And the Supreme Court: that fastidi-
ous social commentator, Amy Ylagan,
showed me the other day photographs
of court records clogging stairways,
corridors, a situation that illustrates
only too well how our justice system
has deteriorated. The Supreme Court is
responsible for supervising the courts. It
obviously is not doing a good job.
As it is constituted today the Supreme
Court is composed of lawyers — all of
them. Maybe it is time that its com-
position should include a humanist
well versed in history, maybe a retired
businessman, an economist, even a
distinguished military man.
I will rue the day when this nation is
ruled exclusively by lawyers for they
will always be legalistic and we will
be bound by laws that are not always
ethical, and which may be outdated and
ill-adapted to the changing times and
Not being a lawyer, I look at justice
basically as morality which all of us
understand, not just as Christians or
Muslims, but as human beings, given
our capacity for reason. All societies,
even the most primitive, have taboos
and their corresponding sanctions. More
so with mature civilizations
Way back in the 1960s, I remember
only too well the Profumo incident, in
which a Cabinet minister in England
resigned his post because of an extra-
marital affair. No less than an American
president, Richard Nixon, also resigned
his exalted position when it was found
out that he had ordered the wiretapping
of meetings by the opposition in the
famous Watergate case.
Such stern examples of ethical
conduct — of justice — would never
happen in the Philippines, not even
with its Constitution and its supposedly
Christian ethos.
We have too many lawyers and these
lawyers must have jobs. We should
close our law schools for 10 years, and
limit the number of students attending
law schools, make the bar exams as
rigid as possible, more rigid than they
are now.
And the justice system must be
overhauled. I don’t really know how to
do this other than see to it that judges all
the way from the municipal courts to the
Supreme Court should be hardworking
and incorruptible, that court decisions
should be shorter, and court cases
should be decided faster.
It is time that we looked at our
government, too, at our institutions
that have not promoted justice but
have, instead, enabled a powerful elite
composed of not more than 400 families
to form an oligarchy that has made
progress their exclusive domain.
We have become too legalistic, and in
the process produced too many lawyers
— instead of scientists and engineers,
the very people who build and produce,
not argue.
Think out of the box and note that it
takes at least one generation for a laid-
back country to get out of the rot and
rut. Look at Singapore, China, South
Korea — their lessons are imperative.
Their progress is not based on free
elections but on governments that are
strong, almost dictatorial.
The economic development under
the Aquino regime is phenomenal, but
fragile, for it has not seeped down fast
enough to uplift the poor. For progress
to continue: that should be our major
concern, to assure its continuum, and
see to it that he who succeeds P-Noy
will be as honest and as frm in his reso-
lution to govern.
Beneft Seminar for the Cacoy Doce
Pares Eskrima/Eskrido HQ in Cebu
At the Beneft Seminar that Babao-
Arnis and Ashinkan Dojo hosted last
Saturday (July 19, 2014) in honor of
SGM Cacoy Canete, the founder of the
Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrido-Eskrima-
Pangamot, we were able to raise
$1,300.00 which was hand-delivered to
Cebu, Philippines just last week by GM
Anthony Kleeman.
The seminar was presented by GM
Kleeman, GM Ted Sotelo, and GM Vatche
Partamian in honor of SGM Cacoy who just
celebrated his 95th birthday this August 8 at
the Doce Pares Headquarters in Cebu City,
GM Kleeman of Los Angeles is SGM
Cacoy’s favorite sparring partner. The
seminar was held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. at the Black Belt Club USAlocated at
4411 Mercury St., Suite 102, San Diego, CA
92111. The grandmasters were assisted by
Nar Babao, Dave Bertrand, and Marc Fox,
Babao-Arnis instructors.
The SGM Cacoy Canete used to conduct
seminars here the United States, and in
other countries as well, but because of his
advanced age, his doctor has forbidden him
to travel outside of the Philippines. Happy
95th Birthday, SGM Cacoy!
Photo Caption:
(Photo 1) The Babao-Arnis Demo Team
at the Samahan’s 30th Philippine Cultural
Arts Festival
(Photo 2) Seminar attendees at the Ten
Tigers Martial Arts in Las Vega, Nevada
(Photo 3) At the world-famous TASI
(Tribal Arts Systems International) in Las
Vegas, Neva
(Photo 4) Attendees at the Cacoy Canete
Beneft Seminar in San Diego hosted by
Babao-Arnis and Ashinkan Dojo
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli,
India’s UN Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri
AAA (Available, Accessible, and
Affordable) is how I rate and describe
Datawind’s UbiSlate 7ci. It is a $38-
Tablet that makes “little miracles” avail-
able to the marginalized and forgotten.
It is a device that easily makes data,
information, intelligence, knowledge
and education accessible both online
and offine to all groups of all ages. It
is an affordable technology tool for
the seemingly hopeless but supposedly
“preferred poor” in the “Battle Against
In this year’s International CES held
in Las Vegas, Nevada – a choice event that
I attend every year, I purposely scheduled a
meeting with the Executives of Datawind. I
wanted to see a demonstration of the amaz-
ingly inexpensive electronic device that
could prove to be an equalizer.
The UbiSlate 7ci is no iPAD and no
Samsung Galaxy. Neither is it an Amazon
Kindle Fire HD nor a Barnes & Noble Nook
HD. The poor can never afford these devices
as prized and possessing of features that are
describable as “luxurious” beyond the poor’s
basic needs at this stage of the battle. Having
“options” is currently a monopoly of the
relatively rich or middle class.
It took a while before I received a sample
product for review. It took another while
before I fnished testing the product because
I also got it checked by a “Digital Native”
(born after 1980) and by a “Digital Im-
migrant” (born before 1980). As expected, as
iPAD users, both had several issues such as
multi-tasking, quality of screen viewing, and
limited to WiFi for Internet Access for the
inexpensive model.
My company, the First Convergent Com-
munications Worldwide, Inc. and Franklin
Electronic Publishers, Inc. introduced the
eBook technology in the Philippines when
we brought and exclusively distributed the
eBookMan in the Philippines. My frm was
also a licensed manufacturer of the gadget.
The eBookMan is the predecessor of Ama-
zon’s Kindle.
Through the device, we created electronic
libraries that included an encyclopedia, dic-
tionary, the Holy Bible or the Koran, basic
laws and Supreme Court decisions, medical
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libraries, novels, hit songs, audiobooks, and
other documents. We described them as
"Library in your pocket; knowledge at your
We called the laws and jurisprudence
library “Law on the Go”. And we jokingly
tell users; “You can now take the law into
your own hands.”
This is what I mean by a device that
gives access to knowledge. I said in a TV
interview once, “My dream is for a Filipino
boy riding on a carabao (the country’s “beast
of burden”) holding a gadget accessing the
world’s documents, books, music, videos,
and other contents.”
That dream is now closer to reality. With
the Ubislate 7ci and all its current features,
offine and online capabilities, I could see
localizing global knowledge, and globalizing
the local ones. Even online education in the
remotest areas of the Philippines is no longer
a remote possibility but a doable and distinct
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in
fact, unveiled the Ubislate 7ci at the United
Nations in New York City in recognition for
its role in educating the world and conse-
quently as a means to fght poverty.
Education is the great equalizer. It is the
passport of the poor to obtain employment
and to advance in life. It gives them equal
opportunity to exercise freedom, enjoy
Liberty, and pursue happiness not only for
themselves but also for their children.
The ability to access knowledge offine
through the electronic libraries made avail-
able in devices such as UbiSlate 7ci as well
as online through e-learning courses in the
Internet, broadens the horizon that even
the poorest of the poor never imagined
it could have.
Just think – eBooks, lectures in both video
and audio formats, papers and documents, art
work or drawings, photos, and other contents
stored in the Ubislate 7ci, and retrievable
anytime anywhere from it.
The entire library from 1st Grade to senior
year in high school could be accessible to the
student as it is stored forever and retrievable
as needed.
(Please continue reading at “Tech IT
From My Barber” for more of the technical
New York University Center for Asian
American Health and (NYU CSAAH)
and Kalusugan Coalition, Inc (KC).
The funding supports programs that use
promising and innovative approaches to
integrate CHW’s as key players in heart
disease prevention efforts.
This is a program to reduce heart
disease risk factors in FilAms utilizing
trained CHW’s. It is a heart health manu-
al consisting of a series of 12 lessons that
outlines the different risk factors for heart
disease and what to do about it. It is very
simple, culturally tailored to the FilAm
population, and contains description of
the lessons as well as practical exercises.
There are picture frames or a fip chart
included if a projector is not available
and six booklets that go along with it.
They are all translated into Filipino.
The following are the topics in the
Knowledge is Power: Know your risk
of Heart Disease
Act in time to Heart Attack signs
Get energized! Say yes to Physical
Help your heart: Control your High
Blood Pressure
Be heart smart: Keep your cholesterol
in Check
Keep the beat: Aim for a healthy
Protect your heart: Prevent and control
Welcome heart healthy eating into your
Eat in a heart healthy way-even when
time or money is tight
Take control of your health: Enjoy liv-
ing smoke free
Review and graduation
Use Evaluation to track your progress
The title of the six booklets is as fol-
Are you at Risk for Heart Disease?
(Nangangamba Ka Bang Magkaroon ng
Sakit sa Puso?)
Be Heart Smart: Your Cholesterol in
Check (Maging Matalino sa Pangan-
galaga ng Puso: Panatilihing Nasusuri
and Iyong Cholesterol.
Help Your Heart: Control Your High
Blood Pressure. (Tulungan and Iyong
Puso: Kontrolin and Iyong Alta Presyon).
Keep the Beat: Aim for a Healthy
Weight. (Sumabay sa Galaw: Gaw-
ing Hangarin and Isang Malusog na
Be Heart Healthy: Enjoy Living Smoke
Free. (Magkaroon ng Malusog na Puso:
Masiyahan sa Pamumuhay na Walang
Protect your heart: Prevent and
Control Diabetes. (Protektahan Ang
Iyong Puso: Iwasan at Kontrolin and
Note: Single Copies of the Manual
and booklets, FREE of charge, can be ob-
tained from Kalusugan Community Ser-
vices by FilAm community organizations
who will be able to teach their members
about reducing heart disease. Call Dr.
Ofelia Dirige (619) 477-3392 and leave a
message or email: odirige@msn.com
Things that go bump in the
night…or no followers. The
horror, the horror*
The spooky stuff:
The wolf man (unless it was the late
Wolfman Jack who one of the greatest
radio personalities who ever lived. That
howl of his could be heard on a clear
channel radio station from Mexico and
later Texas (and later, later from New
York). Come to think of it, yeah, Wolf-
man Jack might have been pretty scary
too in the wrong circumstances
Any of the other dozens of monsters
that Japanese flmmakers dreamed up
(although they are also a bit humorous
and very campy now
Rabid dogs digging under the base-
ment (weird friend – what can I say)
Dr. Frankenstein
Dr. Frankenstein’s monster
Walking mummies
Ice breaking off (okay, it doesn’t much
happen on Southern California beaches
but you never know)
The neighbor’s dog and cat
The neighbor’s snake (yeah, I once
had a neighbor who kept a pet boa con-
strictor – I hated that house)
The neighbor’s drums
The neighbor’s chickens (and, even
worse, the neighbor’s rooster)
The party next door
The party next door that you weren’t
invited to
The list goes on of course, but this
stuff doesn’t even begin to approach
the REALLY scary thing, that thing that
keeps grown people up at night, scared
to death, struggling to overcome that
most horrendous of evil…no followers.
Don’t let that happen to you.
Of course you can always get
new followers. Just be more interesting,
offer premiums, or have a site everyone
MUST go to. No problem there, that’s
the easy stuff, right? Don’t you believe
it. It’s tough and can be a lot tougher if
you don’t know what you’re doing.
So back to the point: it’s not about
followers. If you think about follow-
ers you’re missing the point. Lots of
points. It’s about connections. How
can you connect with readers? How can
you connect with viewers? How can
you connect with listeners? Here’s the
answer (in the form of a question): What
are you doing for them? What are you
doing for the people you want to read,
watch, and listen to you?
P.S. See that big QR code graphic in
the column? That’s me the easy way.
Shoot it with your phone or tablet and
carry links to my blog, this column, the
Asian Journal and other great places.
*A tweet of acknowledgment to Heart
of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
It’s not about followers – it’s
about connections
Social Media
her home state, he or she can apply and
pay applicable fees in any other state
and be granted a license in the new state.
We welcome your feedback. If you
have any immigration questions, please
feel welcome to email me at HYPER-
LINK "mailto:susan@law-usimmigra-
tion.com" susan@law-usimmigration.
com or call 619 819 -8648 to arrange
for a telephone consultation.
Great news
Hawaiian Gardens, Cerritos, Artesia,
and La Mirada. Eight months ago he
was runner up for an appointment to
seat when the seat became open due
to the death of Director Liliian Kawa-
saki. He has been endorsed by Carson
Council members, Elito Santarina, and
Albert Robles. Robles, an attorney, is
also WRD’s senior board member of 22
years, having been elected to 6 consecu-
tive terms.
Mason is has been Chairman and
CEO of MasTon Capital since 2006 an
umbrella organization with 5 disciplines.
One discipline is the Water Conserva-
tion Xeriscape Advisors. Mason was in
the top 2% when he graduated from the
Sweetwater Union High School District
in 2004, and has since graduated Phi
Theta Kappa in the Top 1% while earn-
ing a dual degree in Arts and Sciences.
Additionally he holds certifcates for tax
preparation and is presently fnishing an
ABA certifed paralegal program.
Mason is married to the former Marisa
Villa, daughter of Chula Vista resident
Eloy Villa, retired Chief of Internal
Investigations for the County of San
Since 2007 Mason has personally
funded scholarships to poor elementary,
high school and college students in the
Philippines. He has served in his com-
munity as a volunteer tutor to at risk
elementary school children since 2010
and is an active member of the Toast-
masters International.
To Like his FaceBook page go to
ment2014 or visit his offcial campaign
website at Mason-inocentes.com .
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How Robin
Archbishop Tirona
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Fil-Am assumes
by Atty. Susan V. Perez
Immigration 911
Read Atty. Susan Perez’s previous articles by
visiting our website at www.asianjournalusa.com
(Continued on page 6)
ties with the Filipino side of
his family.
In the interview, Williams spoke
glowingly about his former father-in-
law, describing the late Leon Pantaleon
Garces, a Filipino who served in the
United States navy, as "a great man."
"My ex-father-in-law, Leon, was
amazing," said Williams.
Fruitful relationship
Williams met Marsha, his second wife,
when she was working as a nanny of his
frst child Zachary. The couple had two
kids Zelda and Cody, who Williams said
remained close to their Filipino kin.
"They keep up with the Filipino part of my
family," he said.
The partnership went beyond personal too,
as Marsha earned producing and assisting
credits in several of Williams' top flms such
as "Mrs. Doubtfre," "Dead Poets Soci-
ety," "Patch Adams," and "Good Morning,
The couple reportedly broke up after Wil-
liams suffered a relapse after being sober for
20 years.
Last post
After the divorce, Williams married Susan
Schneider in 2011. The actor remained close
to his children.
Notably, his last post on Instagram was a
touching birthday greeting to his daughter
Zelda, who is also an actress.
bishop Leonardo Legaspi.
He has been warmly received by Bicola-
nos for his joy-flled spirit, wit, and sense
of humor. His instant popularity stems from
his down-to-earth approach to his vocation
as a new leader in the Bicol Region and his
weekly teleradio program ‚“Kumusta Po
Bishop” that has also found a global audi-
ence. His great gift of preaching and teach-
ing the Gospel in a way easy to understand,
stems from being a Catholic priest with
tremendous knowledge of Catholic Theology
as well as all Christian denominations and
world religions.
According to Charlotte Fajardo, PB Lit-
urgy Committee chairperson and coordinator
of the archbishop’s two-week trip, Tirona
will frst visit San Francisco (August 9-13),
Houston, Texas (August 13-16), Los Angeles
(August 16-18) and San Diego (August
18-23). He will spend overnight in Phoenix,
Arizona arriving on August 20 and leaving
the next day.
In San Diego, Archbishop Tirona will be
the main celebrant during the 5th Anni-
versary of the Enshrinement of the Image
of Our Lady of Peñafrancia on Tuesday,
August 19 at 7 pm at the St. Michael’s
Catholic Church. He will also be the keynote
speaker for his frst Clergy-Laity Congress
on Faith and Devotion in the U.S. since
becoming Archbishop of Caceres. The free
event which will be held on Friday August
22 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in San Di-
ego is open to all devotees of Ina and other
Filipino Catholics. The day-long congress is
a gathering to welcome the new Archbishop
of Caceres and also an occasion to bridge a
dialogue between the faithful and the clergy
with focus on worship and parish life in
response to Pope Francis call for “new
Archbishop Tirona will cover the chal-
lenges of, and his archdiocese response to
the Catholic Bishops Conference of the
Philippines (CBCP) call to “sanctify the
world and transform it” in celebration of
the “Year of the Laity.” He will also
provide his vision of how devotees around
the world can strengthen their Marian devo-
tion through priestly and laity collaboration
and how they can connect with their own
involvement in their respective communities
here in the US.
Pag-Iribang Bikolnon (PB) is a coalition
of Bicol organizations in the San Diego and
Riverside Counties jointly celebrating the
Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. The
PB Steering Committee is chaired by Fleda
Abella Caalaman of Naga Ini who will also
be hosting dinner for Archbishop Tirona on
August 18 with the PB leadership.
To cap his visit, San Diego is taping a
segment of the archbishop’s popular program
‚'Kumusta po Bishop” that is slated for
broadcast on September 14 in Naga City.
For more information on the scheduled ac-
tivities in San Diego contact Becky Largoza
Placides (619) 957-2799/ rlplacides@yahoo.
com or Charlotte Fajardo (619) 723-3798/
To register for the Clergy-Laity Congress
contact Cecilia Redondo (619) 995-6965 or
also Ravelo's brother-in-law.
Thomas is married to Ravelo's
sister, Junifer.
"This may be the frst time that (one
family member) has taken command
from another," said Rear Admiral Troy
Shoemaker, who was the guest speaker
during the turnover ceremony.
Ravelo took a quick selfe before ad-
dressing the crowd of sailors, family and
friends at the ceremony held last August
7 at Victory Landing Park in Newport
News, Virginia.
His father, Ben Ravelo, is a retired
navy chief.
"My father is a retired chief store-
keeper. He left his family and friends to
join the Navy and settle in America. I
well up with pride for the Filipino com-
munity, but this is not any more special
than any of the other Americans around
us today," he said in the report.
Prior to his new assignment, Ravelo
served as commanding offer of USS
Comstock (LSD 45). He graduated with
a degree in Industrial and Systems Engi-
neering from the University of Southern
California through the Naval Reserve
Offcers Training Corps (NROTC)
Great News For Nurses: USCIS Issued
New Guidance to Allow More Nurses
to Qualify for H1b Visa
IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan
V. Perez.
On July 11, 2014, the U.S. Citizen-
ship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
issued a policy memorandum that would
allow nurses to qualify for H1B visa.
The new policy was issued in response
to some changes in the healthcare indus-
try. The private sector is increasingly
showing a preference for more highly
educated nurses. The American Nurses
Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet
Recognition Program recognizes health
care organizations that advance nursing
excellence and leadership. In this regard,
achieving Magnet status indicates that
the nursing workforce within an institu-
tion has attained a number of high stan-
dards relating to quality and standards
of nursing practice. The H1B season for
2014, however, is over and USCIS will
again start accepting H-1B petitions on
April 1, 2015, for the fscal year 2016.
By way of background, the H-1B
program allows employers to employ
foreign workers in specialty occupa-
tions that require theoretical or technical
expertise in a specialized feld and a
bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Typi-
cal H-1B occupations include architects,
engineers, computer programmers,
accountants, doctors and college profes-
sors. Most registered nurses positions
do not qualify as a specialty occupation
because they do not normally require
a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree in
nursing (or equivalent) as the minimum
for entry into those particular positions.
There are some situations, however,
where the petitioner may be able to
show that a nursing position qualifes as
a specialty occupation.
Registered nurses’ duties and titles
often depend on where they work and
the patients with whom they work. Their
work can focus on specifc areas, includ-
ing the following examples:
Addiction nurse. Cares for patients
who need help to overcome addictions
to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and other
Cardiovascular nurse. Cares for pa-
tients with heart disease and people who
have had heart surgery.
Critical care nurse. Works in intensive
care units (ICU) in hospitals, providing
care to patients with serious, complex,
and acute illnesses and injuries that need
very close monitoring and treatment.
Emergency room nurse. Works as part
of a team with physicians, other nurses
and healthcare professionals to provide
care, monitor health conditions, plan
long-term care needs, administer medi-
cine, use medical equipment, perform
minor medical operations, and advise
patients and their families on illness,
care and continued care after a hospital
Genetic nurse. Provides screening,
counseling, and treatment of patients
with genetic disorders, such as cystic
Neonatology nurse. Takes care of
newborn babies.
Nephrology nurse. Cares for patients
who have kidney-related health issues
stemming from diabetes, high blood
pressure, substance abuse, or other
Oncology nurse. Combines their sci-
entifc knowledge, technical skills, and
caring to help people living with cancer
and their families throughout the cancer
journey –from diagnosis and treatment
to survivorship and end-of-life care.
Pediatric nurse. Works with patients
from infancy to young adulthood, giving
developmental screenings, immuniza-
tions, and treating common illnesses.
Peri-Operative (Operating Room)
nurse. Has a hands-on role, directly as-
sisting surgeons during a procedure. For
instance, they may help to suction the
incision site or suture a wound.
Rehabilitation nurse. Cares for
patients with permanent or temporary
Other nurses. Have jobs in which
they do not work directly with patients,
but must still have an active registered
nurse license.
Depending on the facts of the case,
some of these RN positions may qualify
as specialty occupations.
The advanced practice registered
nurse (APRN) positions occupy a higher
level and would generally qualify as
a specialty occupation because these
normally require a U.S. bachelor’s or
higher degree in a specifc specialty as
the minimum for entry into these par-
ticular positions. APRN defnes a level
of nursing practice that utilizes extended
and expanded skills, experience and
knowledge in assessment, planning,
implementation, diagnosis and evalua-
tion of the care required. Positions that
require nurses who are certifed APRNs
will generally be specialty occupations
due to the advanced level of education
and training required for certifca-
tion. However, having a degree is not,
by itself, suffcient for the position to
qualify for H-1B classifcation. A critical
factor remains whether a baccalaureate
or higher degree in a specifc specialty
(or its equivalent) is normally required
for these particular positions. It must
be noted that a benefciary’s credentials
to perform a particular job are relevant
only when the job is found to qualify
as a specialty occupation. USCIS is
required to follow long-standing legal
standards and determine whether the
proffered position qualifes as a special-
ty occupation, and whether a benefciary
is qualifed for the position at the time
the nonimmigrant visa petition is fled
Each state legislature and Board of
Nursing decides on the title it will use
for APRNs and regulates licensure,
scope, and standards of practice. While
the burden is on the petitioner to estab-
lish eligibility for the beneft sought,
generally, the following is a non-exhaus-
tive list of APRN occupations that may
satisfy the requirements for a specialty
• Certifed Nurse-Midwife (CNM);
• Certifed Clinical Nurse Specialist
• Certifed Nurse Practitioner (CNP);
• Certifed Registered Nurse Anesthe-
tist (CRNA).
The nursing profession is regulated at
the state level. In all states, the District
of Columbia, and U.S. territories, RNs
must have a nursing license. To become
licensed, RNs must graduate from an
approved nursing program and pass the
National Council Licensure Examina-
tion (NCLEX). Other requirements for
licensing vary from state to state. If
a state requires at least a bachelor’s
degree in nursing to obtain a nursing
license, an RN position in that state
would generally be considered a spe-
cialty occupation. At this time, no state
requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing
for licensure. However, state licensure
requirements are subject to change. Ad-
ditionally, states allow for licensure by
endorsement which means that once a
nurse is granted a valid license in his or
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Wisdom out of crumbs
Read Virginia Ferrer’s previous articles by visiting our web-
site at www.asianjournalusa.com
by Virginia H. Ferrer
Spiritual Life
©2014 Virginia H. Ferrer. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Retired Filipino Language
Teacher who once taught at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.
Read Monsignor’s previous articles by visit-
ing our website at www.asianjournalusa.com
by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez
Lower Your
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time: August 10, 2014
Joke of the week: Two mothers were
sharing the life of their sons, both are
priests. One woman said that her son is
a bishop, but not tall. Everyone greets
him, “Hi, your excellency!” The other
quipped, “My son is an ordinary priest,
but he is tall and big. When his parishio-
ners see him they say, ‘O my God.’ ”
Scriptures: First Reading Isaiah 56:1,
6-7. This passage from Third Isaiah is
something distinct as far as verses and
authorship are concerned. The exiles
have returned to the Promised Land,,
signaling the fulfllment of the promises
of Second Isaiah, and have been given
the opportunity to live faithfully the
Covenant. Their deliverance from exile
has strongly strengthened their identity
as God’s Chosen People, as the One
to call others to the Lord. They are the
Number One or the Insiders, and oth-
ers, such as the Gentiles, are Number
Two and Outsiders. Unfortunately, the
foreign Outsiders are not the only ones
discriminated against, but also the poor
returnees who found themselves victims
of the rich and powerful and relegated
to the margins of society. Third Isaiah
is confdent that God did not intend the
Jerusalem community to be oppressive
and unjust. The author hopes that life
could be set up justly and nobody is
“written off.” Practically, it means all
must adapt to new rules and overcome
the old order of exclusiveness and
welcome everyone, like the righteous
foreigners and poor, to the Holy of
Holies. Second Reading: Romans
11:13-15, 29-32. St. Paul is convinced
that the call to be a light to all nations
has been irrevocably and will always
be frst to Israel and second to others.
Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28. Jesus went
to the far north border of Israel, out of
Galilee to the southern cities of Tyre and
Sidon.(Phoenicia). These places were
among the well to do regions in ancient
times Jesus, who is still in the Hebrew
border region, meets a pagan woman,
who comes from Phoenicia and crosses
over to Jesus,. She starts shouting at
Him asking for His help. To a Hebrew a
Canaanite is like a “dog” which does not
distinguish between clean and unclean
food.. Invoking the Davidic ancestry of
Jesus, the woman expects a miraculous
cure of her daughter.
Reflections: Dogs and swine were
Jewish derogatory terms for Gentiles.
The Hebrews contempt for the Canaan-
ites may have been due to dog worship.
Dogs for certain ancient Mediterranean
religions were considered as divine and
immortal. The story shows the Ca-
naanite woman, a pagan, is an outsider
and not welcome in the Jewish circle.
The disciples of Jesus told her to hush
up. There is always a tension between
insiders and outsiders. This division be-
tween the two began in ancient mystery
religions and cults of ancient Greece
and Egypt where secrets were revealed
only to the insiders. The outsiders were
kept in the dark. Mystery, from Greek,
mystes, one who has been initiated,
is associated with magic which keeps
secrets away from outsiders.
A few commentaries linked Canaan
to Cain who was cursed for the heinous
crime of fratricide. Adding insult to
injury, Canaan was cursed by Noah and
made a servant of servants of Sem. Rob-
ert Alter holds that the overall objective
of the story is to justify the subject sta-
tus of the Canaanites, the descendants of
Ham, to the Israelites, the descendants
of Shem.
St. Lorenzo Giustiniano, the frst
Patriarch of Venice, like the Canaanite
woman, prayed at his deathbed, “I dare
not ask for a seat among the happy
spirits, who behold the Holy Trinity.
Nevertheless your creature asks for
some portion of the crumbs of your most
holy table. It shall be more than enough
for me, 0 how much more than enough!
(Continued on page 14)
By Father Richard Heilman
In recent decades, we have seen Satan
engage the world as never before. In
all of human history we have never
witnessed evil promoted so effectively,
while virtue, character, and morals are
roundly mocked and rejected. Mean-
while, it could be said that the Mystical
Body — the Church — has never been
so unprepared for and unengaged in the
challenging mission of spiritual warfare.
It is obvious that Satan’s forces are well
trained and well organized, while ours
clearly are not. At the very beginnings
of our great nation, Sir Edmund Burke
warned, “All that is necessary for the
triumph of evil is that good men do
Recognizing the widespread spiritual
lethargy of our times - the emergent
detachment from the Divine Life - Pope
John Paul II’s master plan for the new
millennium was one that asked us to set
aside our disconnected busyness, and to
start fresh by contemplating the face of
Christ. It is clear that the Holy Father
was encouraging us to place our empha-
sis on reconnecting to the Divine Life
of God, which is classically referred to
as the unum necessarium, the one thing
The one thing necessary constitutes
the essential foundation for the interior
life and stems from the story of Martha
and Mary (Luke 10:38-42), where we
frst see that, amazingly, the Second
Person of the Holy Trinity was sitting
right in their living room. Even so,
Martha remains busy with the good
and noble protocol of hospitality, while
Mary sits at the feet of Jesus, her eyes
locked on His Holy Face, peering into
His soul, hanging on His every word.
Mary is actually in adoration, soaking in
everything our Lord wants to give her. I
like to say that she is “Mary-nating” —
soaking in the gusher of God’s graces.
Mary had come to understand what St.
Augustine once said: “God loves each
of us as if there were only one of us.”
When Martha objects to Mary’s lack
of activity, Jesus tells Martha that she
remains anxious and upset about many
things while Mary has chosen the better
portion, the one thing necessary. Mary
was the one who was making the guest
truly feel welcomed, while Martha
remained detached, going through the
motions of the demands of protocol.
God is light and love and truth Who
brings order and meaning and serenity
to our lives. While we remain discon-
nected from our Source, we remain
easily agitated, frustrated, and feeble in
our disordered and chaotic existence as
we continue to walk in darkness.
The disconnection is seen, frst and
foremost, in the Martha-like indifference
to the presence of the Divine in so many
of our present-day liturgies, compared
with a more Mary-like contemplative
way of worshiping. Contemplative awe
and veneration have always been the
distinctive way Catholics worshiped,
until recent decades. In awe and wonder,
we would worship Him and soak in the
supernatural graces necessary to stand
frm against the tactics of the devil (Eph.
6:11) and to grow in the way of sanctity.
The consequence of the modern initia-
tive to push for a very busy and more
insouciant way of worshiping that is
performance-oriented and man-centered
has led to an epidemic of detachment
from the Divine, facilitating the modern
prevalence of spiritual sloth (indiffer-
ence toward the Divine Life). Like Mar-
tha, God is “right there in our midst,”
but we act as though He is not — or
if He is, what’s the big deal? We have
become the spiritually impotent.
This is why Pope Benedict XVI (then
Cardinal Ratzinger) stated that any real
effort at renewal in the Church must
begin with a new liturgical movement:
Spiritual Warfare: Why We Are Losing
Dalhin Mo Ako
Sa ngayon ay ayaw ko na muna ng kapeng mainit
ang nais ko sana ay isang tahimik na paligid
walang mga ingay na nakabibingi kung marinig
duon ko sana nais dalhin mo ako ng mabilis.
Sana kahit ngayon lamang ako ay iyong pagbigyan
dalhin mo ako duon sa isang tahimik na lugar
duon sa may tabing ilog na ang tubig ay malinaw
at sariwang hangin sa mga pisngi ko ay dadantay.
Tanging huni ng ibon lamang ang aking maririnig
na siyang magsisilbing musika sa aking pandinig
mga alalahanin ko’y siguradong mapapalis
habang sa luntiang paligid tiyak kang maiidlip.
Sa matarik na bundok itutuon ko ang ‘king pansin
na waring bang nakikipag-usap sa buwan at bituin
walang radyo, walang cell phone, walang istorbo sa akin
tanging kagandahan ng paligid ang ‘king papansinin.
Paggising sa umaga, mga pisngi ko’y hahalikan
nitong mga silahis ng araw na nagkikislapan
sa aking sila’y malaya makikipagkaibigan
kaya dalhin mo na lang ako sa kanilang tahanan.
“I am convinced that the crisis in
the Church that we are experiencing
today is to a large extent due to the
disintegration of the liturgy, which at
times has even come to be conceived of
etsi Deus non daretur (as though God
were not there): in that it is a matter of
indifference whether or not God exists
and whether or not He speaks to us and
hears us.”
In this ubiquitous spiritual warfare,
we are being overpowered as we allow
ourselves to become detached from
our True Power Source, the only way
to combat the supernatural powers of
evil and grow in holiness. “With man it
is impossible, but with God all things
are possible.” (Matt. 19:26) Spiritually
speaking, the devil is doing all that he
can to catch us isolated and unarmed
on the battlefeld — no spiritual armor,
no spiritual weapons, and no comrades
in the heavenly realm to fght alongside
of us. In other words, the reason evil is
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abound, including antibacterial, anti-
fungal tea-tree oil. Mix a few drops of
tea-tree oil and a tablespoon of vinegar
with water in a spray bottle for a safe,
germ killing, all-purpose cleaner. Add a
couple of drops of lavender essential oil
for scent.
5. 2-Butoxyethanol
Found in: Window, kitchen and multipur-
pose cleaners.
Health Risks: 2-butoxyethanol is the key
ingredient in many window cleaners and
gives them their characteristic sweet smell.
It belongs in the category of “glycol ethers,”
a set of powerful solvents that don’t mess
around. Law does not require 2-butoxy-
ethanol to be listed on a product’s label.
According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition
to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high
levels glycol ethers can also contribute to
narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver
and kidney damage. Although the EPAsets a
standard on 2-butoxyethanol for workplace
safety, Sutton warns, “If you’re cleaning at
home in a confned area, like an unventilated
bathroom, you can actually end up getting
2-butoxyethanol in the air at levels that are
higher than workplace safety standards.”
Healthier Choice: Clean mirrors and win-
dows with newspaper and diluted vinegar.
For other kitchen tasks, stick to simple
cleaning compounds like Bon Ami powder;
it’s made from natural ingredients like
ground feldspar and baking soda without the
added bleach or fragrances found in most
commercial cleansers. You can also make
your own formulas with baking soda, vin-
egar and essential oils. See “DIY Cleaners”
on page 5 for a list of clean concoctions.
6. Ammonia
Found in: Polishing agents for bathroom
fxtures, sinks and jewelry; also in glass
Health Risks: Because ammonia evapo-
rates and doesn’t leave streaks, it’s another
common ingredient in commercial window
cleaners. That sparkle has a price. “Am-
monia is a powerful irritant,” says Donna
Kasuska, chemical engineer and president
of ChemConscious, Inc., a risk-management
consulting company. “It’s going to affect you
right away. The people who will be really
affected are those who have asthma, and el-
derly people with lung issues and breathing
problems. It’s almost always inhaled. People
who get a lot of ammonia exposure, like
housekeepers, will often develop chronic
bronchitis and asthma.” Ammonia can also
create a poisonous gas if it’s mixed with
Healthier Choice: Vodka. “It will produce
a refective shine on any metal or mirrored
surface,” explains Lori Dennis, author of
Green Interior Design (Allsworth Press,
2010). And toothpaste makes an outstanding
silver polish.
7. Chlorine
Found in: Scouring powders, toilet bowl
cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiten-
ers, household tap water.
Health Risks: “With chlorine we have so
many avenues of exposure,” says Kasuska.
“You’re getting exposed through fumes and
possibly through skin when you clean with
it, but because it’s also in city water to get
rid of bacteria, you’re also getting exposed
when you take a shower or bath. The health
risks from chlorine can be acute, and they
can be chronic; it’s a respiratory irritant at an
acute level. But the chronic effects are what
people don’t realize: It may be a serious
thyroid disrupter.”
Healthier Choice: For scrubbing, stick
to Bon Ami or baking soda. Toilet bowls
can be cleaned with vinegar, and vinegar or
borax powder both work well for whitening
clothes. So does the chlorine-free oxygen
bleach powder made by Biokleen. To reduce
your exposure to chlorine through tap water,
install flters on your kitchen sink and in the
8. Sodium Hydroxide
Found in: Oven cleaners and drain open-
Health Risks: Otherwise known as lye,
sodium hydroxide is extremely corrosive: If
it touches your skin or gets in your eyes, it
can cause severe burns. Routes of exposure
are skin contact and inhalation. Inhaling
sodium hydroxide can cause a sore throat
that lasts for days.
Healthier Choice: You can clean the grimi-
est oven with baking-soda paste — it just
takes a little more time and elbow grease
(see recipes in “DIY Cleaners” on page 5).
Unclog drains with a mechanical “snake”
tool, or try this approach from the Green
Living Ideas Web site: Pour a cup of baking
soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain
and plug it for 30 minutes. After the bubbles
die down, run hot water down the drain to
clear the debris.
Beware of Greenwashing
If a cleaning product at your supermarket
proclaims itself “green,” “natural” or “bio-
degradable,” that doesn’t necessarily mean
it’s nontoxic. In 2010 the environmental
consulting frm TerraChoice Group produced
a report called “The Sins of Greenwashing.”
In it the group found more than 95 percent
of so-called green consumer products had
committed at least one “greenwashing sin,”
like making an environmental claim that
may be truthful but unimportant. “CFC-
free,” for example, is a common one, since
CFCs are banned by law. Donna Kasuska of
ChemConscious offers this advice: “When
gauging ecological claims, look for specifcs.
‘Biodegradable in three to fve days’ holds
more meaning than “biodegradable” as most
substances will eventually break down with
enough time.”
DIY Cleaners
Clean your home safely — and cheaply —
with the following recipes:
– Basic sink cleanser – Combine ½ cup
baking soda with six drops essential oil
(such as lavender, rosemary, lemon, lime
or orange). Rinse sink well with hot water.
Sprinkle combination into sink and pour ¼
cup vinegar over top. After the fzz settles,
scrub with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse
again with hot water. (From The Naturally
Clean Home, by Karyn Siegel-Maier.)
– Oven cleanser — Put a heatproof dish
flled with water in the oven. Turn on the
heat to let the steam soften any baked-on
grease. Once the oven is cool, apply a paste
of equal parts salt, baking soda, and vinegar,
and scrub. (From Super Natural Home, by
Beth Greer.)
– Bathroom mildew remover – Good
ventilation helps prevent mildew and mold.
When they do occur, make a spray with
2 cups of water and 1/4 teaspoon each of
tea-tree and lavender oil. Shake frst and
spray on trouble spots. The oils break down
the mildew so there’s no need to wipe it
down. (From Green Interior Design, by Lori
– Carpet shampoo – Mix 3 cups water,
¾ cup vegetable-based liquid soap, and 10
drops peppermint essential oil. Rub the foam
into soiled areas with a damp sponge. Let
dry thoroughly and then vacuum. (From The
Naturally Clean Home.)
– Laundry soap — Try “soap nuts” made
from the dried fruit of the Chinese soapberry
tree. Available in natural groceries and on-
line, the reusable soap nuts come in a cotton
sack that goes into the washing machine with
– Dusting — Skip the furniture polishes.
Instead, use a microfber cloth. Made from
synthetic fbers that are then split into hun-
dreds of smaller microfbers, they capture
dust more effciently than regular rags. If
necessary, a little olive oil makes a fne pol-
ishing agent. -- http://mytechnologyworld9.
One can store 1,000 pages in 1
megabyte (MB). So, you can
store 1,000,000
pages in 1
cally or even
practically, you can
store at least 32,000,000
pages in the device if you add a 32GB
of microSD in the memory slot that is
included. The 4GB internal memory
could be used for all the built-in fea-
tures, apps, and other uses.
This means that you can store the en-
tire library both in elementary and high
school if you wanted.
Of course, you probably prefer using
the memory for other contents such as
videos/movies, photos, and music.
UbiSlate 7ci is 7.2 by 4.8 by .4 inches
(HWD). It weighs 11.2 ounces and
is made of matte black plastic. At the
back are helpful labels that show where
the headphone jack and the volume but-
tons are. A memory slot for a microSD
card is provided. A battery is sealed in,
and there is a single speaker.
The 800-by-480, 7-inch panel,
will disappoint IPAD, Galaxy, Kindle,
and Nook
users, as
Of course,
you get what
you pay for. For
the price, it more
than serves the purpose.
In fact, it is quite good
when you watch You Tube videos,
and even movies from Netfix. It has
indeed a very effective media player. Its
music player handles MP3, OGG, AAC
and WAV music. Its pre-loaded “2160
Super-HD Media Player plays Xvid and
DivX video fles quite well. No prob-
lems hearing loudly all Audio through
the headphones.
The camera can also take great pic-
tures and videos!
Internet connectivity for the Ubislate
7ci is only through WiFi. It connects
to the Internet via 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/h
Wi-Fi. There are other more expensive
models that allow other connectivity
such as 4G or 3G networks.
This means that if the government
intends to subsidize the purchase, as-
sembly, or manufacturing of UbiSlate
7ci, it must also build a national broad-
band network to connect all schools,
government offces, and barangays. This
is one Disbursement on Infrastructure
that needs acceleration.
Unfortunately, there is no other wire-
less connectivity – no Bluetooth, GPS,
or NFC. For the poor, these fall under
“luxury” or “options” momentarily.
The device was frst made available in
India at the subsidized price of $25 for
student use. Perhaps, the Philippines can
license the technology and/or subsidize
the purchase also for use by students in
all the barangays in the Philippines.
Running on Android 4.2.2, apps
are available at Datawind’s app store,
Google Play, and Amazon’s App Store.
Using the Facebook, LinkedIn and
Gmail apps brought no problems.
Battery life is an issue. You can use it
for about 2 ½ hours straight. My barber
contends that kids should not really use
it longer than that anyway. People can
adjust! I forgot to say that there are quite
a number of games available to tempt
kids to play and use the device longer.
For the experienced users of tablets,
UbiSlate 7ci is slow. To those who have
had no experience and exposure, they
would not know the difference. After all,
it’s a “little miracle” that could suddenly
put them closer if not at par with those
who have “more in life”.
Aside from government participation,
I suggest that warriors against poverty
like the Churches and other similar
institutions, charitable organizations,
alumni associations in support of their
Alma Mater, hometown groups, and
other non-proft associations should get
involved. Purchasing and distributing
them in bulk could go a long way.
If no other tablet is AVAILABLE and
no other device can give you ACCESS
to data, info, intelligence, knowledge,
and education that you can AFFORD,
UbiSlate 7ci is the device for you.
That’s AAA for you!
AAA: $38-Tablet vs. Poverty
(Continued from Take It From My Barber)
Administration has closed approxi-
mately 450,000 citizenship and immi-
gration status data matching cases and
another 210,000 are in progress; warns
remaining consumers to respond quickly
or their Marketplace coverage could end
The Federal Health Insurance Mar-
ketplace began sending notices this
week to consumers with a citizenship or
immigration data matching issue (also
called an inconsistency) who have not
responded to previous notices via mail,
email, and phone. While the Federal
Marketplace has already received docu-
ments and cleared a large number of
data inconsistencies related to citizen-
ship or immigration status, consumers
who have not yet responded must act
now and submit supporting documents
by September 5 or their Marketplace
coverage will end on September 30.
A citizenship or immigration data
matching issue can happen when the
information reported in a consumer’s
application, such as a Social Security or
Permanent Resident Card number, is in-
complete or different than the informa-
tion the government has on fle. A data
inconsistency does not necessarily mean
there is a problem with an individual’s
eligibility for enrollment; it means that
additional information is needed to
verify the information provided in an
application. However, if these support-
ing documents are not received, health
insurance plans will be terminated in
order to ensure program integrity and
protect taxpayer dollars.
“The Affordable Care Act is working
to make quality health care more afford-
able and accessible for families. Over
the last several weeks, the Marketplace
has reminded affected enrollees in the
Federally-facilitated Marketplace via
mail, email, and phone to send in their
supporting documents so they can
Federal Health Insurance Marketplace: Send in Requested
Documents Now to Keep Marketplace Coverage
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Federal Health
keep their Marketplace coverage, and
insurance companies have reached out
directly to these customers as well,” said
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
“The good news is that many have re-
sponded — we’ve closed about 450,000
of these cases and have an additional
210,000 cases in progress. However,
some still have not responded. We want
as many consumers as possible to re-
main enrolled in Marketplace coverage,
so we are giving these individuals a last
chance to submit their documents before
their coverage through the Marketplace
will end.”
We have worked hard to reach each
consumer with a data matching issue mul-
tiple times. Specifcally, the Marketplace has
asked consumers fve to seven times — via
mail, phone and email — to submit their
information. These Federal Marketplace and
issuer outreach efforts have produced results.
In May, we had roughly 970,000 people with
citizenship or immigration data-matching
errors. Since then, we’ve closed about
450,000 of these cases and have an addition-
al 210,000 cases in progress. We continue to
receive up to 60,000 documents a day.
Today, we sent out letters to the approxi-
mately 310,000 consumers with citizenship
or immigration data matching errors who
have not responded asking them to submit
their documentation. These notices remind
them that in order to keep their coverage
they have to submit the outstanding docu-
ments by September 5th. If they do not,
their Marketplace coverage will end by
September 30th.
Consumers whose information are cur-
rently being processed or have been verifed
will not receive these notices. Consumers
who have outstanding income verifcation is-
sues will hear from the Marketplace at a later
date. In addition, States that are running
their own Marketplaces are reconciling any
data matching issues separately – as such,
only enrollees who have not submitted any
necessary citizenship or immigration docu-
ments to the Federally-facilitated Market-
place will receive these notices.
Notices are being sent in English and
Spanish and provide straightforward
instructions on how to submit the necessary
information and keep their coverage. Those
receiving this letter should log into their
HealthCare.gov account and select their
current application to upload their docu-
ments. They can also mail their information
to our London, KY address. To ensure timely
processing, consumers mailing in a copy of
their documents should include the bar code
page from our notice with their documents.
Consumers may also contact our call center
at 1-800-318-2596 to see what documents
they need to submit and see whether the
Marketplace has received their information.
We will continue our outreach to these in-
dividuals with two more calls and one more
email ask about citizenship and immigration
documents before the September 5 deadline.
Those who do not respond will receive a
fnal notice in September informing them
that their last day of Marketplace cover-
age will be September 30. In addition, a
network of partners, local assistors and other
stakeholders including community health
centers have been activated in order to help
to get the word out and make sure consumers
keep their coverage. Consumers may contact
one of our partners in their community to get
one-on-one help. To fnd one of these local
partners, visit Find Local Help on Health-
“Since this is an urgent matter, we are
activating our networks on the ground to
reach people directly in the communities
where they live. Whether it is online, via our
call center, or with one of our local partners,
consumers will have a number of ways to
fnd the help they need to continue their
coverage,” said Tavenner.
For more helpful tips and the steps these
consumers need to take, visit https://www.
For the number of letters going out by
state in the federally facilitated Marketplace
visit: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/
If you wilt not refuse some little place to
this your poor servant beneath the feet
of the least of your elect.” Do crumbs
carry any importance? Do crumbs, from the
plate and table, swept, gathered and thrown
in the trash away from ants and fies, have
any usefulness? Normally, we have no use
for crumbs. Mark Petko specializes in food
photos and admits that some of his better
food photos are the crumbiest. His comments
on crumbs could also be taken spiritually.
“Even naturally fallen crumbs are a great
communication vehicle within an image for
multiple reasons: 1. crumbs can change a
stagnant subject to one that has been moved,
placed, or shifted, making it recognized
less as a passive viewable subject but more
of a ‘moving possibility.’ 2. One can view
crumbs like a game of connecting the dots.
Since crumbs can convey the texture of a
subject and help create the natural scene,
making the food ‘accessible’, the brain starts
to subliminally put things together and the
mouth waters. 3. Crumbs also help composi-
tions by flling in possible voids or holes in
the image.” Theologically, crumbs from the
table became a vehicle 1. For Jesus and the
Canaanite woman to move from no-contact
to a dialogue. 2. To connect with each other.
3. To fll in the void that separates the Jews
and Gentile pagans.
Good things come in small packages.
Our generation doesn’t always believe that.
On the contrary, we are fascinated with big-
ness. There is a craze for a big TV screen,
big cars, “Big Mac,” double order of fries
and sandwich, big homes and big lots. C. S.
Lewis once remarked, “Miracles are a retell-
ing in small letters of the very same story
which is written across the whole world in
letters too large for some of us to see.”
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The crumbs that fall from the table are
minute matters, sometimes unnoticed and
discarded. The tiny and small things of life
carry profound wisdom and truth. After my
ordination, I was advised by an old pastor
that parishioners don’t easily bury in oblivi-
on little gestures and thoughtfulness and acts
of kindness. In fact, he said that a short visit
to the sick and bedridden individuals, a few
words of consolation to the grieving family
or thank you even for a small and inconse-
quential gift will always remain etched in
people’s consciousness. Through my long
years in the priesthood, I fnd Solomonic
unvarnished truth in that advice.
Through the little pieces of crumbs from
the table, great wonders are born. The Ca-
naanite woman obscured presence and petty
personality became an occasion for kindness,
miracle and love. The parable of the mustard
seed is a classic example of “smallness.”
When these smallest seeds are tenderly taken
care of, they are turned into “bigness.” “We
can do no great things, only small things
with great love.” (Mother Teresa).
Quotation of the week: Let us have but one
end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let
us put aside all selfshness in consideration
of language, nationality, or religion. John
Comenius, 17th century philosopher
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MANILA, Philippines - “This is
always an emotional time of the year,”
President Aquino said yesterday during
the opening of “History and Her Story,”
a commemorative exhibit on the ffth
death anniversary of his mother Corazon
at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati
The exhibit gives a rare glimpse into
Cory’s life – from her school years at the
St. Scholastica’s College to her marriage
to former senator Benigno Jr. or Ninoy
to the 1986 people power revolution that
changed her life and the country’s his-
tory in the process.
“History and Her Story” also revisits
Mrs. Aquino’s years as the frst female
president of the country, with exclusive
photographs from her personal close-in
photographer, Val Rodriguez, as well
as the collections of the Aquino Center
and Museum and the Ninoy and Cory
Aquino told the audience, composed
mainly of family and close friends,
that his feelings and that of his family
were surely being experienced also by
millions of Filipinos whose lives were
touched by his parents.
Cory died of cancer on Aug. 1, 2009
while Ninoy was assassinated on Aug.
21, 1983 or three years before the People
Power revolution.
“It is the time when we can’t help but
remember everything they stood for,
whether it was the strength and hope
they displayed in the face of overwhelm-
ing odds, especially during the height
of Martial Law, or their compassion
and integrity in serving the Filipino
people,”Aquino said.
“Indeed, occasions like these are a source
of new strength for us. They help recharge
our hearts and souls, allowing us to go back
in time to revisit the challenges and trials that
my parents encountered,” he added.
Through it, Aquino said they were en-
dowed once more with the confdence that
as long as they followed their example and
always offered their best for the beneft of
the country and fellowmen, they would fnd a
way to overcome any trial.
“On more personal note, the examples they
have set always come as a great source of
comfort. In the loneliest hours of decision-
making, when all I have for company are my
thoughts, when I ponder multiple courses of
action to respond to issues, it is the memory
of my parents that always guides me back to
the fundamental question: How will I best
serve the Filipino people?” Aquino said.
When his father came home for the last
time, Aquino said he wrote in his last state-
ment that authentic service required two
things: “Faith in our people and faith in
“My dad built his relationship with God in
the loneliness of his prison cell. Mom derived
her strength during dad’s imprisonment and
during the fght to restore democracy from
her absolute faith in our loving Creator. It is
that divine part that gives each one of us the
potential to light a candle rather than curse
the darkness. Today, we are living in an era
of daylight,” Aquino said.
“As the late Interior and Local Government
Secretary Jesse Robredo, who so admired
my parents, liked to say: ‘Sunlight is the best
disinfectant’,” Aquino noted.
As the Filipinos work together to make
change irreversible in the land, Aquino said
it was the contrast between the shadowy
practices of the past and the openness and
honesty being encouraged in each other now
that would make the country’s tomorrow
that much brighter because it would bring
opportunities to all.
“For my elders, let me thank you for
standing with us even when so many were
too frightened or indifferent to care about the
prisoners of the dictatorship. Thank you for
keeping faith with us when we were faced
with diffculties, whether it was during my
father’s struggle against the dictatorship, the
coups during my mother’s administration or
the years after her presidency,”Aquino said.
“To all who have joined me in our fght
for reforms, thank you for lending me your
strength. At the same time, we realize that
this event is also geared towards a new
generation of Filipinos – those who never had
the good fortune of meeting my parents. This
reminds me of a quote from George Sta. Ana:
‘Those who cannot remember the past are
condemned to repeat it’,” he said.
As inheritors of the democracy won
through the sacrifces of countless Filipinos,
his parents included, Aquino said everyone
has the responsibility of helping young Filipi-
nos understand the lessons of the past.
One way of doing this is through sharing
these photographs that depict his parents not
merely as faces on P500 bills but as living,
breathing human beings who were not free
from faults and moments of self doubt, but
who still persisted because they knew that the
“Filipino is worth living for and dying for,”
Aquino said.
The President said he was certain that
the pictures in the exhibit would remind the
people of many stories they had not heard in
a while.
“Please share them with a new generation
of Filipinos. Through this exhibit and your
stories, those who never encountered my
Remembering Cory: ‘History and Her Story’ unveiled
Her cries went unanswered as pan-
icked residents fed the village when
both her parents fell sick.
Fatu later died and her brother Barnie, 15,
despite testing negative for Ebola, was left
alone and hungry in an abandoned house.
“Nobody wants to come near me and they
know — people told them that I don’t have
Ebola,” he said.
Promising vaccines
Elderly Spanish priest Miguel Pajares,
who became infected while helping patients
in Liberia, died in a Madrid hospital on
Tuesday, fve days after being evacuated.
He had been treated with ZMapp, which
failed to save him but has shown positive
effects on two US aid workers also infected
in Liberia.
The Economic Community of West Afri-
can States said a staff member of its Lagos
Liaison Offce, 36-year-old Jatto Asihu
Abdulqudir, had died.
Abdulqudir, a protocol assistant, was
among those who assisted the Liberian del-
egate to a regional meeting, Patrick Sawyer,
who died from Ebola at a Lagos hospital on
July 25.
The offcial had been quarantined since
Sawyer was confrmed as having Ebola.
There is currently no available cure or vac-
cine for Ebola, which the WHO has declared
a global public health emergency, and the
use of experimental drugs has stoked a ferce
ethical debate.
Despite promising results for the ZMapp
treatment, made by private US company
Mapp Biopharmaceutical, it had only been
tested previously on monkeys.
ZMapp is also in very short supply and the
company said it had sent all available doses
to west Africa free of charge, after an outcry
over its use on foreign aid workers.
The WHO’s Kieny said the UN agency
had been told three doses were sent to
Sierra Leone’s health ministry spokesman
By Zena Sultana Babao
“Who do you think Jesus is?” is one
of the most thought-provoking questions
of all time. Questions like this makes
you think. It gets your brain cells work-
ing and the “windmills of your mind”
spinning. One thing is certain about
Jesus – there are a lot of opinions about
who He is.
I have just fnished reading the pamphlet
“The Most Important Questions of All
Time” by Mark Cahill, an American author,
speaker, and evangelist. He is the founder
of Mark Cahill Ministries and is the author
of fve books: “One Thing You Can’t Do
in Heaven”, “One Heartbeat Away”, “One
Second After You Die”, “Calvinism”, and
“Ministries Evangelism”.
The question about Jesus is one of the
most important questions discussed in this
pamphlet, and it generated a lot of diverse
opinions. Read and see what the 12 people
quoted said.
“As a child I received instruction both in
the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but
I am enthralled by the luminous fgure of the
Nazarene … No one can read the Gospels
without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.
His personality pulsates in every word.
No myth is flled with such life.” – Albert
“Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and
myself founded empires, but what founda-
tion did we rest the creations of our genius?
Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire
upon love; and at this hour millions of men
would die for Him.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for
50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only 3.
Yet the infuence of Christ’s 3-year ministry
infnitely transcends the impact left by the
combined 130 years of teaching from these
men who were among the greatest philoso-
phers of all antiquity.” – Unknown
“Aman who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifce for the good of
others, including his enemies, and became
the ransom of the world. It was a perfect
act.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I
must confess that as a historian that this pen-
niless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably
the very center of history. Jesus Christ is
easily the most dominant fgure of all his-
tory.” – H.G. Wells
“Jesus Christ is to me the outstanding
personality of all time, all history, both as
Son of God and as Son of Man. Everything
he ever said or did has value for us today and
that is something you can say of no other
man, dead or alive.” – Sholem Asch
“Fundamentally, our Lord’s message was
Himself. He did not come merely to preach
a Gospel; He himself is that Gospel. He did
not come merely to give bread; He said, ‘I
am the bread.’ He did not come merely to
shed light; He said, ‘I am the light.’ He did
not come merely to show the door; He said
‘I am the door.’ He did not come merely to
name a shepherd. He said, ‘I am the shep-
herd.’ He did not come merely to point the
way; He said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and
the life.’” – J. Sidlow Baxter
“The dearest friend on earth is a mere
shadow compared to Jesus Christ.” – Oswald
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and
shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right
and I will be proved right. We’re more
popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which
will go frst – rock and roll or Christianity.”
– John Lennon
“Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to
my age he would have repudiated his doc-
trine.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“Jesus is just a word I use to swear with.”
– Richard Harris
“I’m the most recognized and loved man
that ever lived, cuz there weren’t no satel-
lites when Jesus and Moses were around, so
people far away in the villages didn’t know
about them.” – Muhammad Ali
Who Do You Think Jesus Is?
parents will gain valuable insight about how
they lived their lives and why they mean so
much to the Filipino nation,”Aquino said.
“Through you, a new generation will take
on the challenge not to let Ninoy and Cory
down and our people down; and to live up to
the best ideals of our people, to ensure that
there will always be those prepared to dem-
onstrate that the Filipino is worth fghting
for,” Aquino stressed.
He said he had thicker hair in some of
the photographs and thanked Glorietta mall
owner Fernando Zobel de Ayala for the
exhibit, along with PeopleAsia and STAR
president and chief executive offcer Miguel
“Fernando, there has been so many
changes here. To those of my generation who
remember Glorietta as Quad, welcome back
to Quad. But perhaps, the best memories
are these, I do remember, it was an Ayala
Foundation publication that frst published
pictures of my father after his assassination.
I think we all remember that the mainstream
press tried so much to ignore both my fa-
ther’s assassination and more importantly his
funeral,”Aquino said.
“There was Ayala, ready to bear the wrath
of the dictatorship, standing with the people
to whom they have really demonstrated its
service. Whenever I grace a PeopleAsia event
or a STAR event, I cannot help but remember
(STAR founder) Betty Go-Belmonte. To be
honest with you, the frst time I saw Tita
Betty, I wasn’t even sure she was Filipina
because she was the publisher of the Fookien
Times Yearbook. But to be honest with you,
it truly was a blessing to have met a lady
such as her and I think it is really a blessing
for our people that at the most critical times,
the Filipino will truly rise up and do what is
right in the service of his fellowmen,”Aquino
Sidi Yahya Tunis said the country had of-
fcially requested a shipment of the serum.
While the ZMapp stock has been ex-
hausted for now, Kieny stressed there were
other “potential therapies and vaccines…
considered very serious alternatives” and
that two possible vaccines were moving
rapidly towards clinical trials.
She pointed out that plenty of drugs had
been developed “to a point”, but companies
had not footed the bill for expensive clinical
trials as the virus was “typically a disease of
poor people in poor countries where there is
no market”.
The use of unauthorized drugs that had
proven safe and effective in monkeys could
be a “potent asset” in the fght against Ebola,
she said.
Price hikes and food shortages
Drastic containment measures have caused
transport chaos, price hikes and food short-
ages, and are stoking fears that people could
die of hunger.
Numerous countries around the globe have
imposed emergency measures, including
fight bans and improved health screenings.
Guinea-Bissau was the latest West African
nation to close its borders with an affected
country — its neighbor Guinea. It has also
taken a raft of radical measures such as
banning group gatherings at weddings and
Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma
meanwhile expressed his “utter dismay” at
the “slow pace” of the international commu-
nity in responding to the outbreak.
Eight Chinese medical workers who
treated patients with Ebola have been placed
in quarantine in Sierra Leone, but China’s
state news agency Xinhua said they showed
no signs of Ebola symptoms as yet.
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In the design world, Rocio Olbes is
known not just for winning awards for
her bag designs, but also for her whole-
hearted commitment to her craft.
Even without formal design training,
the 27-year-old creative director and de-
signer of Rocio Ltd., a British bag label,
has won acclaim worldwide, including a
nomination for the UK Fashion Export
Award by Princess Anne in 2007, and a
Rocco Award for International Trade in
the same year. In 2011, she received an
award in Tokyo. Rocio is of Filipino and
Spanish parentage.
Rocio’s bags have been selling in over
30 countries, notably in chic boutiques,
including L’Eclaireur in Paris, La
Basillica in Barcelona, and Carouzos in
She’s been featured in Vogue Italia, in
its Voguette section, joining sartorially
lauded women, such as Olivia Palermo,
Amber Le Bon and Alexandria Hilfger.
She’s been photographed by Nigel
Barker for his “Raw” book series, along-
side Coco Rocha, Betsey Johnson and
Cynthia Rowley. The New York photo
shoot, she describes, “was an amazing
Growing up with her mother and
the other women around her formed
her design sensibilities; they were her
infuences. She told Look Book about
“being so blessed to have traveled and
experienced new cultures and absorbing
the visual difference they bring.”
Rocio’s artistic vision seeks to com-
bine the use of indigenous materials
with Filipino craftsmanship. “I try to
incorporate Philippine techniques and
materials as much as possible,” she says
of staying true to Philippine-inspired
bag pieces with a cosmopolitan appeal.
“I think we have the most beautiful
country with the most beautiful raw
materials. I feel so blessed to be from
the Philippines,” she says.
Her current project involves a new
label, “Henry,” a luxury fashion brand,
which she defnes as “having a unique
sense of glamour and classic sense of
“I felt it was the right time to create a
label,” she says of her latest endeavor. “I
envisioned it in my mind to be the right
balance of Philippine craftsmanship and
global appeal.
“I wanted the process to be fun and to
enjoy every moment of it,” she says.
“The actual shapes of the pieces are
very vintage/classic-inspired and so
are the cuts of the wear,” she explains.
“What gives it a modern twist is the ex-
ecution of the weaving and the patterns
of the fabrics.”
For instance, she incorporated the
classic Filipino solihiya, a common
weaving technique during the Spanish
era for seat cushions and backrests of
furniture, into its luxe leathers and skins.
The weaving process is very meticu-
lous and done completely by hand. It
takes 45-60 days just for tanning the
sea snake, another material she uses for
the collection. She explains that the sea
snake is “stone buffed to high luster and
combined with black calf leather trims.”
It takes another 34 man hours just to cut
and manually weave the solihiya face
Among her favorite from the collec-
tion is the Angelina Weekender.
“It is by far the most intricate,” she
says, “and, in my opinion, outstanding
piece I have ever worked on!
“For me, it truly embodies the full ex-
tent of the beauty and skill our country
can produce.”
The Henry label is available in Manila
only through the website theluxeresort.
com, and in boutiques in Hong Kong,
New York, Madrid, and soon Milan and
Tokyo. It fetches from US$300 up to
On top of her devotion to her craft,
she immerses herself in humanitar-
ian causes. “I am involved in raising
awareness about recovering women and
children from abuse, human traffcking
and poverty,” she says.
Olbes feels everyone has the right to
earn, learn and better themselves. “I
have learned more from these women
than I could have ever imagined,” she
explains. “Their inner strength and
stories of survival are what drive me to
keep doing what little I can for them.”
Today in Legazpi City, Albay, Rocio
Filipino designer makes waves abroad–from weaving
ANGELINA Weekender (bottom). It takes 45-60 days to tan the sea-snake
skin. Stone-buffng is used to achieve high luster. It takes 34 man hours to cut
and manually weave the solihiya face panels.
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Roderick “Manoy” C. Bazar
Inquirer.net | LAS VEGAS, Nevada
— A self-taught surfer from a seaside
town in Eastern Samar has captured the
masters’ championship of a world-class
skimboarding tournament in Delaware
that drew entries from around the world.
Roderick “Manoy” C. Bazar of Sa-
bang South, Borongan, Eastern Samar,
also captured the overall runner-up posi-
tion of the event held in Dewey Beach
in Delaware, August 9-10.
“This is beyond awesome, a dream
Samar native wins Delaware
skimboarding tournament
SAN DIEGO (August, 2014) – Learn
about all aspects of the home-buying
process, get a free credit report as-
sessment and consult with real estate
professionals at the Greater San Diego
Association of REALTORS® (SDAR)
Asian Home Buyers Workshop on
August 23.
Assembly Member Brian Maien-
schein, SDAR's Housing Opportunities
Committee and the Asian Real Estate
Association of America are hosting
this free workshop, which will offer
translated documents and real estate
professionals that speak Tagalog to as-
sist attendees.
The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m.
to noon at USE Credit Union, 10120
Pacifc Heights Blvd, San
Diego, CA 92121.
“A lot of people think the dream of
home ownership is out of their reach,
but this workshop will
answer all of your questions and quite
possibly show you that you’re closer to
achieving your dream than you might
Greater San Diego Association of
REALTORS® to Offer Asian Home
Buyers Workshop on Aug. 23
have thought,” said Leslie Kilpatrick,
SDAR’s Board President.
Real estate professionals will be on
hand to answer questions about:
 Available lending programs, includ-
ing frst-time buyers and VA loans
 How to choose a REALTOR®
 Credit/Credit Repair
 Down Payment Assistance
 Utilizing Foreign Currency and
Cash Funds for Down Payments
 Seasoning requirements and new
lending rules for re-entry
 Lessons learned from short sales,
bankruptcy and foreclosure
The event will include free breakfast,
raffes and prizes. To sign up, visit:
Contact: Tony Manolatos |
619.549.0137 | amanolatos@gmail.com
About SDAR: With more than 12,000
members, the Greater San Diego As-
sociation of REALTORS® is
the largest trade association in the
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Free Event Featuring TAGALOG Translators, Breakfast & Prizes
Rocio Olbes
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GMA International in partnership
with the Filipino Canadian Marketing
Group (FCMG), Inc. celebrated decades
of great Filipino music in its successful
staging of the third Vancouver’s Origi-
nal Pinoy Music Festival last July 19.
The one-of-a-kind musical celebration
held at the Plaza of Nations in Vancou-
ver, Canada drew in as many as 5,000
individuals who came from as far as the
province of Alberta, and even Washing-
ton and Alaska, USA.
Adding prestige to the Festival’s
talent-flled line-up was special guest
performer, the multi-awarded Kapuso
Soul Diva Jaya. With a repertoire of her
original songs, as well as other great
Filipino hits, Jaya delivered an impres-
sive performance of all-Tagalog songs
that resonated in the hearts of Filipinos
in the audience.
Jaya’s visit to Canada was also
marked by a heart-warming moment
as her father whom she had not seen in
over 24 years drove all the way from
Edmonton, Canada to see her. Their
reunion also allowed Jaya to meet her
brother for the frst time.
On her Instagram page, Jaya posted a
photo with her father and expressed her
happiness at their reunion.
“Ang bait talaga ni Lord, He made
this happen. We got to bond, and go
to church, laugh, cry happy tears,
and show love that only a Father and
a daughter can show. I love second
chances... I love you god. I love you
Tatay,” she posted.
The Festival was also a showcase of
local Filipino talents, with performers
from different generations paying tribute
to the rich musical culture of their home
“For three years now, through this
Festival, GMA Pinoy TV proudly
celebrates Filipino music and shares its
important role in our culture with our
countrymen in Canada,” notes GMA
Vice President and Head of International
Operations Joseph T. Francia. “We
hope to help build stronger ties between
Filipino-Canadians and their home
GMA International is the business
unit that manages and operates the
Network’s three international channels,
GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and
GMA News TV International.
For more information on GMA’s inter-
national events, visit the website www.
gmanetwork.com/international. (30)
GMA International keeps OPM
alive in Vancouver
Kapuso Soul Diva Jaya serenaded her Filipino-Canadian fans with an all-
Filipino repertoire.
6/13/2014 -- Among his three children,
Gary Valenciano admitted he is strictest
when it comes to his only daughter,
In the Father's Day episode of "Ta-
patan Ni Tunying" (TNT) that aired on
Thursday, Valenciano said he is overpro-
tective of his daughter because she is the
youngest in the family.
“Kiana is not just the youngest but
she’s very beautiful. Before, she had
a suitor. Nung unang beses ko siyang
nakitang pumasok sa kotse ng [lalaki],
talagang nakatingin ako,” he said.
Valenciano said even their housemaids
were asking him if he was okay.
While admitting that he wasn’t really
fne then, Valenciano said he talked to
his daughter’s suitor. He also said he
trusts Kiana.
“Kinausap ko yung lalaki. Naintin-
dihan niya ako. Effective naman and
it’s good kasi makikita din ng lalaki na
seryoso yung dad,” he said.
Asked if he thinks Paolo, Gabriel
and Kiana are having a hard time as his
kids, Valenciano said, “Umabot sa punto
na kinausap ko yung tatlo kong anak.
Sabi ko unang una, you don’t have to
sing like me. You don’t have to talk, to
walk, to dress up, to look like me. Sabi
ko sa kanila, I can fy beside you but
you don’t have to fy under me. You fy
doon sa mga lugar na hinding-hindi ko
maabutan and I will be proud of you.”
Aside from giving a glimpse of how
he is as a dad, Valenciano also recalled
how he started in the entertainment
“Inimbita ako noon na kumanta sa
iba’t ibang variety shows. Nung lum-
abas ako sa Miriam College, doon ko
nakilala ang misis ko na si Angeli Pang-
What Gary V did to daughter’s suitor
Gary V (top left). Keana V (top right). Family Portrait (bottom): Angeli
Pangilinan, Gary Valenciano, Paolo, Gab and Keana
ilinan. Kasama din siya sa isang banda.
Pinanood niya ako tapos nilapitan niya
ako, sabi niya kung pwede daw niya ma-
introduce ako sa manager ng grupo nila.
Nakilala ko si Sandra Chavez at doon na
nag-umpisa ang lahat,” he said.
But his career wasn’t “scandal-free”
as he immediately made headlines upon
his showbiz entry.
“Pagpasok na pagpasok ko sa indus-
triya, ang nag-greet sa akin ay isang
masasabi nating skandalo kasi nabuntis
si Angeli and I wasn’t married,” he said.
According to Valenciano, who was not
even 20 years old then, he and Pangili-
nan were not yet married when the latter
got pregnant.
“Hanggang sa tinanong ako mismo na
‘Gary, dadating na yung major concert
mo sa Araneta Coliseum sa April 13.
Kapag nag-presscon ka, siguradong
itatanong ka kung totoo ba or hindi.’
ABS CBN News | MANILA, 8/6/2014
– Filipino food gets the spotlight in the
United States once again, with no less
than the esteemed New York Times dub-
bing the well-loved sisig as the “greatest
pork dish on earth.”
In an article published on New York
Times last July 31, food columnist
Ligaya Mishan sang praises for sisig as
she reviewed the Lumpia Shack Snack-
bar, a Filipino restaurant located in West
“Ears, jowls, belly. They come brined,
blanched, shattered and fried, each tip
blackened and alchemized, each pocket
of fat approaching liquefaction. A raw
yolk idles on top. Stab it and churn. This
is sisig, the greatest pork dish – argu-
ably greatest pork dish – on earth. Say
the name with two ficks of the tongue,
somewhere between a whisper and a
hiss,” Mishan wrote.
The writer went on to note that sisig
is “a muscle car in the world of Filipino
cuisine, along with crispy pata.”
Other Filipino dishes mentioned in the
article are Bicol express, adobo, lumpia
and the icy dessert halo-halo.
This is not the frst time that Filipino
cuisine was recognized in The New
York Times. Last year, for instance, the
publication made glowing reviews of
Filipino restaurants such as Jeepney and
Pig and Khao.
Over the past months, popular
websites such as BuzzFeed, Zagat and
Thrillist have featured Filipino food as
they predicted its rise in the US.
Time Magazine, inspired by chef and
TV host Anthony Bourdain, declared the
Philippines’ lechon (roasted pig) as the
“best pork ever” in 2009.
Sisig dubbed
'greatest pork
dish on earth'
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GMA News | NEW YORK, 8/9/2014
-- Filipino cuisine continued to make
inroads among foodies from the Big
Apple after the Chori Burger won a
competition of the best burgers in New
York City.
The Chori Burger from Jeepney,
a Filipino-themed gastropub in East
Village, took home the golden burger
trophy in this year's Battle of the Burger
event hosted by food and culture site
Time Out New York.
Created by chef Miguel Trinidad, the
Chori Burger features familiar Filipino
ingredients, layering beef with chorizo-
like longganisa sausage and slathering
the patty with banana ketchup and
Curiously, the runner-up was a burger
from the restaurant Pork Slope, which
features Filipino-American chef Dale
The Chori Burger at Jeepney had
previously garnered raves, having been
Pinoy ‘Chori Burger’ wins New
York City burger competition
featured in a video on the New York
Interest in Filipino food in the United
States' biggest city has been on a recent
upswing. Last month, a New York
Times review called the sisig "arguably
the greatest pork dish on earth," while
Filipino restaurants have garnered top
reviews from various media outlets. —
GANDANG Kalikasan Inc.
has so far sold more than
10 million Human Nature
Inquirer.net | MANILA, 8/8/2014 --
The maker of homegrown personal care
brand Human Nature has increased its
sales by almost a third in the frst half of
2014 on the back of the expansion of its
local retail network as well as presence
in mainly online stores overseas.
Social enterprise Gandang Kalikasan
Inc. (GKI) also plans to soon open its
frst brick-and-mortar Human Nature
store abroad in the United Arab Emir-
ates (UAE).
In a statement, GKI said its revenues
rose by 31 percent year-on-year at end-
June, without elaborating.
The company attributed the higher
sales of its natural cosmetic, home care
and personal care products to its ongo-
ing expansion, which saw three new
branches—one each in the cities of Lipa,
Marikina and Muntinlupa—opened in
Luzon during the frst half, alongside
partnerships and distributorships outside
the country.
To date, Human Nature has a
company-owned, fagship store and 30
franchise outlet.
GKI plans to put up at least six more
branches by yearend, “if willing franchi-
sees will approach us,” Tish Martinez-
Castillo, the company’s corporate
communications and public relations
manager, said in an e-mail.
Human Nature products are also avail-
Growth in sales here and abroad
comes naturally to Human Nature
able in Malaysia, Singapore, UAE and
the United States through online stores
as well as distributorships.
As for further overseas expansion,
GKI is entertaining inquiries from other
potential markets, including Australia,
Azerbaijan, Canada, Estonia, Germany,
India, Italy, New Zealand, Slovenia,
Sweden and the United Kingdom,
Martinez-Castillo said.
GKI is a “for-proft business rooted in
a strong social mission: to address the
needs of the poor while making locally
produced, natural personal care products
Established as a home-based enter-
prise in 2008, GKI has already sold
more than 10 million Human Nature
products during the last fve years, it
“We put emphasis on cost-effective
operations and putting out competitive,
high-quality products but our end goal
is not to rake in the most proft for the
stockholders but to be able to use that
proft to affect social change. The major-
ity of our profts go back to employee
compensation, helping communities,
and product development,” GKI chief
operations offcer and co-founder Dylan
Wilk said.
Also, “all Human Nature products
use safe and biodegradable ingredients
sourced from sustainable materials at
fair prices,” which had been grown by
local farming communities,” GKI said,
adding that “Human Nature’s products
are 100-percent made in the Philippines
and 100-percent free from harmful
Inquirer.net | MANILA -- It was a year
into her self-imposed retirement when
Jane G. Villablanca received an offer
she felt she couldn’t refuse: To set up a
new company in the Philippines.
The mother of two, who left the
corporate world in July 2012 to devote
more time to her toddlers, was posed the
challenge by a privately-held multina-
tional pharmaceutical frm headquar-
tered in Switzerland.
“Ferring Pharmaceuticals Co. ap-
proached me and offered me to start
a new company of which I will be the
general manager. They wanted to set up
an offce here in the Philippines,” Vill-
ablanca told the Inquirer, “Their prod-
ucts are really premium, being Swiss
made, and these are effective, high end
products that do not have equivalent
generic medicines.”
Villablanca said Ferring was one of
the few pharmaceutical companies that
continued to invest heavily in obstetrics
products that are designed not only to
make childbirth safer, but also to treat
infertility, thus giving infertile couples
a better chance of starting their own
To be in a position to help couples
have the children they have always
wanted is the primary reason she
dropped out of retirement and accepted
the job.
After all, she can relate to what
couples with diffculty having children
go through.
“I know how it feels to be a patient
and I know how it feels to be part of
that population who had diffculties in
becoming pregnant. I know what the
patient needs. I had to buy all the medi-
cines I needed before from Singapore,”
Villablanca related.
Back in 2006, there were just a hand-
ful of fertility centers in the country and
the success rates were not that high.
The medicines prescribed for fertility
treatments were also not readily avail-
able in the Philippines, she said.
“It’s only now that the market [for
these medicines] is starting to develop.
Ferring products became available in the
Philippines starting 2009 but it wasn’t
Exec gives up retirement to
grow pharma business
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“The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and
especially at the hour of their death (754).” -- Words of Jesus in the Diary of St. Faustina
Using the rosary beads, recite one Our Father, one
Hail Mary, and one I Believe in God.
On the Our Father beads say this prayer, which
was given by Our Lord to St. Faustina (1905-1938).
Eternal Father, I 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.
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One will be just south of Los Angeles,
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The retreats, given by author Michael
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-- Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. to
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-- Sunday, September 21, noon to fve
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Michael will focus on our current time, the
"prophetic pulse," family healing, spiri-
tual warfare (protection), and the afterlife
-- eternity (Heaven, hell, and purgatory).
The supernatural reality around us (and our
Times are intensifying -- not just in soci-
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And will become more so.
This affects all of us -- and our fami-
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are societal events. There are quakes and
whirlwinds and storms that are supernatural
as well as physical. In California, there are
the wildfres. There are the subterranean
rumblings. There is the drought.
If we're cleansed, and prepared -- as we
will discuss -- there is nothing whatsoever
to fear (here or in the hereafter). We can
solve deep-seated family issues! We can fnd
peace no matter -- and a buffer -- what swirls
around us.
Are there hidden things in our homes
that attract dark spirits -- in our lives? Have
things come down the generations? How do
"unclean" forces operate? What's in store
for the West? What is the best preparation
for Heaven? What about what the Pope has
been saying? The Church? What about most
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promoted so effectively today is because
we’re ignoring God’s offer of super-
natural strength and power. We are, in
essence, bringing a knife to a gunfght,
and we are getting slaughtered!
The time is now to prepare an elite fghting
force, surrendering to God and then allow-
ing His grace to invade every aspect of our
lives. “Grace,” wrote Thomas à Kempis, “is
the mistress of truth, the light of the heart,
the comforter of affiction, the banisher of
sorrow, the expeller of fears, the matrix of
devotion, the producer of tears. What am I
without it but a piece of dry wood and an
unproftable stock, ft for nothing but to be
cast away.”
Here are the three essential approaches for
receiving the abundance of God’s grace, the
unum necessarium:
1) Go to Confession (frequently): St.
Augustine tells us: “The whole power of the
Sacrament of Penance consists in restoring
us to God’s grace and joining us with Him in
an intimate friendship. This very moment I
may, if I desire, become the friend of God.”
Go to Confession at least once a month,
and immediately after any grave sin. Never
receive Holy Communion with serious sin
on your soul.
2) Go to Mass (frequently): St. Peter
Julian Eymard tells us to “hear Mass daily;
it will prosper the whole day. All your duties
will be performed the better for it, and your
soul will be stronger to bear its daily cross.
The Mass is the most holy act of religion;
you can do nothing that can give greater
glory to God or be more proftable for your
soul than to hear Mass both frequently and
devoutly. It is the favorite devotion of the
saints.” Do your best to fnd a parish that is
working to offer due reverence to God in the
Holy Sacrifce of the Mass, especially if you
have the responsibility of the salvation of
family members.
3) Consecrate yourself to Jesus through
Mary: Once St. Maximilian Kolbe learned
about St. Louis de Montfort’s consecration
to Mary, called the “surest, easiest, shortest,
and the most perfect means” to becoming
a saint, he called it a “secret weapon for
the world,” a “shortcut to holiness.” Mary
crushes the head of the serpent. Always keep
Mary at your six (your back)!
The Gospels stories show how Jesus
touched people in ways that made them
question the direction of their lives. Some
turned away because His challenge seemed
to be too hard. But many others were so
moved by His mission and ministry that they
were compelled to search for a more perfect
way of living and being. Where do you
stand? Are you ready to put it all on the line?
This means nothing less than to do what God
is calling you, from the depths of your being,
to do — to rouse yourself to action on behalf
of the kingdom. Are you ready to say “yes”
to the call to become His champion?
Short & Efficacious
Reparation Prayer
to the Eternal Father
(22 July 1999)
“All who adore My Precious Blood
console My Father Who loves His
Son the most. As you adore My
Blood, the pains of My Sacred
Heart lessen. The Sorrowful Heart
of My Mother will also be consoled.
Children, adore My Precious Blood
always and offer it to My Father
for mercy. Hear this prayer. Pray it
always in reparation for the sins of
the whole world. Pray it three times
each time you pray it. I assure you
that the Divine Mercy will multi-
ply. Pray it always and many times
a day, since you are living in these
ungodly days. Pray it so that you
shall be safe from the purif cation
fre. Children, make it known to the
whole world.”
Eternal Father, I offer to
You all the wounds of Your
dearly beloved Son, Jesus
Christ; the pains and agony
of His Sacred Heart and
His Most Precious Blood,
which gushed out from all his
wounds, for the reparation
of my sins and those of the
whole world. Amen.
(repeat 3 times)
Reprinted from the Precious Blood of Je-
sus Daily Devotional, p 110. Download the
prayerbook from http://www.preciousblood-
by Michael Brown, SpiritDaily.com
Here's something that can change
your life, or at least your attitude. It's a
simple message: with the eyes of faith,
we become victors and not victims and
fulfll who we really are. That's quite a
promise. No matter where you are, no
matter how life has been treating you,
there is always the opportunity to pull
ourselves up by the bootstraps and turn
what seems like a situation without an
exit into victory.
What are the "eyes of faith"?
They're the eyes we use to see beyond
earth. They are the eyes of the future. They
are the eyes that can visualize negativity or
bring up to a positive way that will material-
ize blessings.
God honors faith. That's throughout the
Bible. And faith means seeing things with
the frm conviction that God can take us any
place, if it's in His plan; if it fts His will.
Has someone said something negative to
you -- or about you?
Shake it off. Dust it from your back
like you would any grit. Learn this as a
frst step: the dispelling of negativity from
others. While there are times when we are
legitimately corrected, too often negativity is
satan's way of binding us in discouragement.
And at its frst appearance, we must take
the time to reject it; we must immediately
root it out!
The more we do that -- the more we learn
to brush off evil -- the easier it becomes.
Next, we have to see ourselves in a
positive light. God does. He loves you more
than you love yourself, and sees your true
potential -- the power you have to become a
glorious servant in eternity. He knows that
beneath the exterior, under the skin of the
earthly body -- and often deep under the
burdens of life -- is a being of terrifc beauty
(waiting to burst out of the cocoon and fy
How do we gain that beauty? Here we get
back to the eyes of faith. With those eyes
we elevate our vision above present turmoil
-- beyond any problem -- and see the best of
outcomes. We see what we want to happen.
We see who we want to be.
And if it's God's will that's the path we will
then follow. When we elevate our eyes, when
we look above those who harass us, when
we see beyond earthly trials -- no matter how
severe -- we are on the road of glory.
On the cross, it's what Christ saw. It's the
heaven He had in mind even as He was cru-
cifed. It's the paradise He offered the thief.
Satan, on the other hand, wants us to lose
hope, wants us to be discourages, wants us
to fnd ourselves so down that we don't think
there's a way out of the hole! Often, our
prayers are blocked until we frst cast him
away in the Name of Jesus.
So next time you feel down, shake off
that feeling, settle down to prayer, and in
the depths of prayer see yourselves and
your situation in the best of light. See your
problems dissolving -- or working to your
ultimate beneft. See Christ lifting you up.
Satan is only as powerful as you let him
be. Christ is the ruler over all aspects of exis-
tence and He has more joy and peace waiting
for you than you have ever experienced or
ever imagined but is waiting for you to raise
the eyes of faith -- to look to the land of joy
-- and claim it.-- http://www.spiritdaily.net/
With eyes of faith we turn from defeat
to joy and from victim to victorious
Pag-upong pag-upo ko, yun ang unang
tanong. ‘So is it true?’ Ganoon kaagad.
So tumingin ako, ‘It’s true,’” he added.
Relieved that they got through it,
Valenciano said his career then took
off smoothly, starting with a sold-out
concert at the Araneta Coliseum.
come true,” said the 28-year old Bazar,
who was sponsored by Exile Skim-
Skimboarding is a relatively new sport,
a take off from surfng. It is a board sport
in which a smaller and skinnier surfboard,
usually between 61 and 64 inches, is used to
glide across the water’s surface. It grew in
popularity from the beaches of California.
Skimboarders drop the board onto the
thin wash of previous waves and use their
momentum to skim out to the breaking ones,
which they then catch back into shore like
To score points, skimboarders do tricks
like skateboarders. Bazar has been compet-
ing for the past eight years or so.
If he could again secure sponsors, Bazar
wants to compete in the World Skim Tour
in Newport Beach, California, where he
reached the semifnals last year.
In last year’s competition “Manoy,” Ba-
zar’s nickname, which means elder brother
in the Waray-Waray dialect drew support
from folks from Borongan living in Southern
He is expected to get that support again,
said Ian Olmedo, his manager.
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“Our products feel as good on your
skin as they do on your heart. It used to
be that getting ethically produced, high
quality goods meant paying a premium.
We seek to change this mind,” said GKI
president and co-founder Anna Meloto-
Each Human Nature outlet carries 11
social enterprise brands, such as Bayani
Brew, Dr. Gerry’s Coco Nectar, Kape Maria,
Marsse, Plush and Play, Precious Herbal Pil-
lows, Theo and Philo and Trese.
According to Mike Go, who heads GKI’s
social enterprise development unit, “three
more social enterprise brands are set to be
launched in the next months.”
“We aim not just to become the favorable
distribution channel for social enterprises,
but to strengthen their ability to transition to
bigger retailers,” Go added.
widely known then,” Villablanca added.
In 2012, Ferring Pharmaceutical
brands were made available exclusively
through Metro Drug Inc. The following
year, the parent frm decided to set up an
offce here.
The new offce, which was inaugurated in
April this year, has 32 employees, most of
whom are medical representatives.
The plan is to increase this to 71 by the
end of the year and to tap more areas outside
Metro Manila.
To execute the vision for the company,
Villablanca is banking on her years of expe-
rience in the pharmaceutical industry.
She had worked with companies such as
Schering Plough, Merck Sharp & Dohme
and Cathay Drug. Prior to Ferring, Villablan-
ca was also with Johnson & Johnson Phils.
Inc—Janssen Pharmaceutica, where she held
several sales and marketing positions, before
becoming general manager from July 2005
to July 2012.
Villablanca graduated with a BS degree in
Public Health from UP Manila in 1987, and
holds a Master in Business Administration
from Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
She also has a doctorate in Public Adminis-
tration from UP Diliman-National College of
Public Administration and Governance.
“Our game plan now is to spread the word
that Ferring is here and that we have very
good products that will be widely available,
as infertility becomes increasingly more of a
problem here in the Philippines,” she said.
Globally, there are said to be about 60 to
80 million cases of infertility, according to
data from the World Health Organization.
In the Philippines alone, Villablanca said
the rate of infertility among couples who
remain childless for more than fve years
would be one of four.
The incidence of infertility was said to be
highest in Metro Manila.
Although infertility remains a problem, its
treatment has become an emerging practice
in the Philippines, an unmet need that Fer-
ring would like to address.
“This is why it’s the perfect time for
Ferring to establish its own presence in the
Philippines. The economy is growing and
universal healthcare has become a priority of
the government,” Villablanca said.
“Over the last decade, Ferring wanted to
expand globally and in the Asia Pacifc, con-
sidering in particular the emerging markets
like the Philippines. Given the growth of the
pharmaceutical industry in the Philippines,
they decided to have a presence in the coun-
try, and recently, have their own operations,”
she added.
Villablanca also cited the enactment of the
Reproductive Health Law, which brought
to light the other elements of reproductive
health such as the prevention, treatment
and management of infertility and sexual
She said the implementation of the RH
Law would also allow Ferring Pharmaceuti-
cals to showcase its range of medicines and
treatments to the local market.
The research-driven Ferring Pharma-
ceuticals continues to develop innovative
products in the areas of reproductive health,
urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology
and orthopedics.
One of the company’s key areas of exper-
tise is Assisted Reproductive Technology
Its female healthcare portfolio, meanwhile,
consisted of traditional highly purifed and
standardized human derived products at
every stage of reproductive cycle to ensure
better maternal health and safe childbirth. It
also targets to become the market leader in
reproductive healthcare through its products
for infertility and obstetrics.
Ferring Pharmaceuticals also wants to be
part of the government’s drive to reduce the
incidence of infertility and maternal mortal-
ity rates.
“We have a partnership with MSD and
WHO to address global maternal mortality
rate through the development of special heat
stable product to treat postpartum hemor-
rhage. We’re starting clinical trials in eight
countries but we’re not yet part of that. But
once the trial is fnished, hopefully, Ferring
could also make donations to the Philippine
Department of Health,” Villablanca said.
“For fertility centers, we are trying to
partner also with government hospitals like
the Philippine General Hospital so Ferring
can share its expertise on how to set up the
centers, help train doctors, and link these
proposed centers to existing fertility centers
abroad. The technology and expertise trans-
fer could beneft the country,” she added.
The local unit of Ferring Pharmaceuticals
will likewise embark on information cam-
paigns on infertility over the next two years,
as it positions itself to be recognized as the
leading partner in the Philippines when it
comes to reproductive health.
will give her frst public talk in a liveli-
hood seminar for women who wish to
better their lives as much as they can.
She is collaborating with a friend on a
children’s book to be published soon,
all proceeds of which will beneft young
girls recovering from human traffcking
and abuse.
So, what’s the best thing about being a
fashion designer? “It’s watching your label
grow and seeing people appreciate your
work,” she says. “It’s a wonderful feeling.”
Rocio’s look
Personal style: Jeans, and solids. But
I am always in heels. Like my mother, I
believe women look their best when they are
Style Icons: Growing up I always idolized
my mother and her friends (my titas), and
like a lot of girls I think Audrey Hepburn is
an extremely infuential style icon to me. She
is lovely.
Daily uniform: Jeans, and solids. But
I am always in heels. Like my mother, I
believe women look their best when they are
Fashion vice:Jeans, I love them. And I
love buying T-shirts.
Style heroes: Audrey Hepburn and Kate
Designers you look up to: Valentino and
Go-to local designers: Rajo Laurel and
Rosanna Ocampo
Favorite labels:Valentino, Halston and
GAP. The classic elegance of Valentino is
unmatched; the glamour of Halston is unlike
any other; and the casual embodiment of
GAP is
KHAKI baseball cap she’s had for over a
decade, used with aviators when going to the
beach perfect.
What recent getup are you most proud of?
Aplain white T-shirt that says: “Stormtroop-
er Academy.” I found it in a bazaar and I
love it.
Name three items every woman should
have in their closet: Jeans, white T-shirt and
beige peep-toe pumps
Forever piece: Navy blue sweater from the
early ’70s which belonged to my mother
Best style advice given to you: My mother
always told me less is always more to fnd
the right balance. And that movement mat-
ters so be comfortable but still polished.
Styling tricks and tips: More expensive
does not mean better. Try to fnd the perfect
ft and balance, and try to keep things simple
and classic.
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