Asian Journal Dec 18 2009 | Multiracial | Luzon

The joyful wonder of a divine surprise

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Christmas Carols and Colors

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Filipina completes 3,000-mile run across America
Philippine Scene
Simbang Gabi and Noche Buena, the family’s hopes are reborn
The church was overflowing with people when Eric and his family arrived. They had to stand in the middle of the street, as they listened to the priest over the loudspeaker. The congregation did not mind discomfort because every word that the priest uttered brought a strange feeling of joy and expectation on that starry Christmas Eve. It was different to hear a mass said in the vernacular, a rare experience now that Eric had lived in the United States for the past twelve years. “This is what Christmas in the Philippines is all about,” he muttered. By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr., Publisher & Editor Asian Journal San Diego The original and first Asian Journal in America Third in a series of Christmas Stories See page 3

A Philippine Christmas

What began as a charity run to raise money to fight tuberculosis and heart disease has become a fire of inspiration for all Filipinos across the nation. A survivor of tuberculosis herself, Filipina runner Joy Rojas began her journey in the Eagle Rock Plaza in Los Angeles, California on May 10 and arrived in New York City on November 23, completing a run of over 3,000 miles across the United States.

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Saudi based Pinoys are OFW Family of the Year
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Joy Rojas running along the mountains of Kanab, Utah.

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Indulge in “Me-Time” for a Smooth Holiday Season
(Family Features) The holiday season is the perfect time to relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many of us, the joys of holiday celebrations often get lost in a flurry of gift shopping, cleaning, decorating, cooking and entertaining. With ever-growing to-do lists, finding time to enjoy the holidays can be difficult. In fact, a recent survey by Lindt, a premium chocolate confectioner, found the majority of women agree they could use more “me-time,” especially after a holiday gathering with friends and family. While you rush to buy gifts for loved ones and prepare for festive parties, keep in mind indulging in “me-time” can actually provide some much-needed benefits. Coupling daily chores with moments of relaxation can help improve your mood and relieve tension. In fact, 77 percent of women found taking a momentary breather helps give them an energy boost, making it easier to tackle the growing list of daily tasks during the

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Santa pays a visit to California Border Healthy Start families
By Ashley Silverio After a visit from Santa at Martin Luther King Library in San Diego this Tuesday, approximately 100 children clutched new toys ranging from soccer balls to dolls to games. It’s a common sight during the holiday season, however, for these children, whose families live up to 200 percent below the poverty line, it was truly the gift of Christmas. Project Concern International (PCI) hosted the holiday party for families of the California

Children from Project Concern International’s California Border Healthy Start program celebrate Christmas with Santa. Border Healthy Start (CBHS) program. The Southeast San Diego families,
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(Continued on page 19) a moment, can make a big difference.

“Me-time” – Taking a personal time out, even for only

“They said it couldn’t be done, but with hard work, determination, commitment, endless prayers, and the help of so many people, running across America—and any dream for that matter—can be achieved,” Rojas said. “Thank you to Western Union and everybody who paved the way for us to run from California to New York. It was a privilege and an honor.” She was welcomed into New York City by her proud sponsor, Western Union Company, a global payment services company which also sponsored her Takbong Pangarap Trans USA Run. “We are so proud to support such a great cause and also build awareness about our great services. She perfectly exemplifies the can-do spirit that matches Western Union’s yes! campaign,” shared Silvia Eliat, marketing director of ethnic segments for Western Union. Overcoming countless odds and experiencing major hurdles, the journey has not been smooth for Rojas. Throughout the run, she encountered elevations as high as 8,000 feet and weather that ranged from 100 degree scorching heat to near-freezing temperatures. She even
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Santa pays a visit to California Border Healthy Start families
(Continued from page 1) many of whom would not have been able to afford presents this Christmas, saw Santa and his elves, ate cookies, made ornaments and sang carols. All of the children received a gift from Santa. “We want to make sure that every kid gets to have a holiday this year,” said Uli ImhoffHeine, Director of Institutional Advancement for PCI. The event was hosted by PCI’s SHE (Strong Healthy Empowered) Committee, led by coordinators Linda Cipriani and Terri Thomas. The group provided to inform low income families about healthy birthing and childrearing practices. Jennifer Gonzalez and her one-year-old Ernesto and Alicia Astorga and her ten-month old Isaac were two families enjoying the carols and cookies. They currently share an apartment and have been using CBHS services since they were expectant mothers. “[The kids] have been enjoying it,” Gonzalez said as her son nibbled on a sugar cookie. “For low income families, California Border Healthy Start gives us more resources… and refers us

Consulate Participates at the Annual Simbang Gabi
Los Angeles, 16 December 2009 – The annual “Simbang Gabi and Parade of Parols”, which marks the start of the 9-day novena mass before Christmas, was held on 15 December 2009 at the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral located in downtown Los Angeles. The event was sponsored by the San Pedro Region Filipino Ministry under the auspices of the Office of the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The main celebrant, Cardinal Roger Mahoney, was joined by the four (4) Auxiliary Bishops of Los Angeles and more than 30 clerics during the celebration. The Simbang Gabi’s theme for this year is COME JESUS, GOOD SHEPHERD – “HALINA HESUS, BUTIHING PASTOL” to commemorate and to honor the Year of Priests.

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Cardinal Roger Mahoney (center) leads Filipino-American parishioners in celebrating the Simbang Gabi mass at the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral.
The National Healthy Start Association hopes to get more mothers involved by inviting them to participate in community consortiums at each of their 120 sites across the nation. The consortiums are aimed at reducing infant mortality in the most blighted areas of the U.S. and empowering the families that they serve. With the help of the National Healthy Start Association in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Dr. Maria Reyes, Project Director of California Border Healthy Start, and Estrellita “Lo” Berry, Project Director of the Central Hillsborough Healthy Start Project in Tampa, Florida, are currently laying the groundwork for an expanded local consortium, which they hope will be active by next year. “As agencies seek to create strategies this time next year, our goal is to have at least ten moms who have received [Healthy Start] services on the board,” Berry said. The goal is to get mothers actively involved in the process. Program participant Gonzalez said that the consortium was a way “to get a voice in the community.” Dr. Reyes, a multi-awarded community leader, shared thankful sentiments on the joy of giving and leadership, “During these very tough economic times, we can learn to bring ourselves to greater heights of service. “It was heartwarming to see the smiles of our project’s mothers and children.”

Alicia Astorga and her ten-month-old son Isaac and Jennifer Gonzalez and her one-year-old son Ernesto at Project Concern International’s holiday party for California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) families. CBHS participants since they were expectant mothers, Astorga and Gonzalez now serve as H1N1 emergency preparedness ambassadors for the organization.
the gifts, cookies, and the visit from Santa and his elves while spreading holiday cheer. “We’ve got a lot of happy children and happy families, so that tells us that it’s been a success” said Thomas, who is also co-founder of PCI’s SHE Committee. PCI hopes to reduce infant mortality in areas stricken by poverty and poor birth outcomes in San Diego County though CBHS. In October, PCI organized a community baby shower to other places if there’s something they can’t provide.” Astorga said that CBHS the most vital necessities for low income families, including bus passes and food stamps. “It’s a great program,” said Astorga, “I hope more people get active and involved.” Astorga and Gonzalez are also HINI emergency preparedness ambassadors for CBHS, and share information about staying healthy during the flu season with other underserved families.

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by Simeon G. Silverio Jr.
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Bang sa Alabang” was attracting people. There’s another carnival on West Triangle in Quezon City, and Eric was sure that its organizers had come out with another crazy name for it. “Let’s just stay here and rest,” he said. Full swing At around eight o’clock, his brother Willie called from the hotel lobby to pick them up. By quarter to nine, they were at his mother’s house getting ready to go to church. The Christmas celebration in that Quezon City community was in full swing. As Christmas carols played on the stereo, Christmas presentations of local programs appeared on television. Movie star hosts, hostesses and their guests would sing Christmas carols (some of them, obviously out of tune). Sometimes choral groups from different associations, churches or clubs would belt out harmonious Christmas melodies. Eric’s favorite was the professional singers who would sing Filipino

Simbang Gabi and Noche Buena, the family’s hopes are reborn
Third in a series of Christmas Stories Manila, Philippines December 24, 1996

A Philippine Christmas


“Better take a nap and get some rest,” he told his daughters. “We’re going to stay awake until midnight at your grandma’s house.” “Why?” his inquisitive youngest daughter asked. “This is how we celebrate Christmas Eve here in the Philippines. We go to mass at midnight and partake of some food afterwards with our relatives.” “Can’t you do it tomorrow morning?” “Of course not! This is the tradition here. There’s a separate celebration tomorrow.” Although they spent Christmas in the Philippines in 1992, Eric realized that this would be the first time his American-born children would enjoy Christmas Eve in their parent’s homeland. They visited the country four years ago, arriving late in the morning of Christmas. He knew

fter visiting Manila’s shopping malls all day, Eric and his family rested their tired feet in the hotel room before they prepared for the highlight of their Christmas celebration: the Christmas dinner of noche buena.

that they had missed a lot of fun, as he remembered his own excitement as a kid whenever Christmas Eve approached. While the midnight mass was quite boring, the dinner afterwards with his relatives, especially his cousins, was fun. “Why don’t we go to that carnival first?” his eldest daughter,

who didn’t seem to be too tired, asked. Across the street, near the reclaimed land of the Cultural Center complex, the colorful lights of the carnival was beckoning. Called “Boom na Boom sa Maynila” the carnival was one of the few spots that had sprouted around Metro Manila to celebrate the Christmas season. Somewhere in Alabang, another carnival called “Bang na

Christmas carols. There was one segment depicting Christmas celebrations in a barrio, complete with beautiful young women and good-looking young men in native attire. In the streets, small children were singing Christmas carols door to door hoping to get a brisk head start on Christmas almsgiving. When he was a teenager, Eric used to organize
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were dressed as festively in their Sunday-, err, Christmas-best. Occasionally, Eric would see the familiar old faces of neighSmall chapel bors who grew up on the same At around ten thirty, Eric street some twenty years ago. The young kids that he rememand his family walked bered now had their own kids towards the small chapel in tow. Some parents of his just around the corner. neighborhood friends suffered Their mother had to stay the same fate as his father. They home and watch the mass were now pushed in wheelchairs on television as she could hardly walk because of her toward the church after suffering from a stroke, almost unable age. A maid stayed with to talk. Some neighborhood her, while the rest of the beauties before who once broke clan went to mass. The one-too-many hearts had also evening was peaceful yet been touched by time. merry. People were com“I bet Dindo, my cousin, ing out of the houses and would not fall madly in love filling the streets on their way to with Susie if he sees the way the church. The stars above were she looked now,” Eric muttered bright; so were the stars below to himself as he was reminded from the multi-colored Christmas of his cousin who passed away lights to the lanterns that adorned at the young age of twenty-two. the houses. Kids and adults alike moved out of the neighborhood.

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Just like in a high-school reunion, some of Eric’s neighborhood playmates had surpassed expectations; others fell short. “You’re a varsity basketball player for Far Eastern University now?” he asked with disbelief as he met six-foot tall Dick, the small kid who used to carry bags for Eric and his friends while they played basketball in Danmar Village and other places nearby. Andy, who was expected to fulfill his father’s ambition of becoming a doctor someday by attending the most exclusive colleges was a disappointment. He got their maid pregnant before he could learn how to use a stethoscope. Although he lives in the neighborhood with his wife, the former maid, and his kids, his father hardly talks
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A Philippine Christmas Simbang Gabi and Noche Buena, the family’s hopes are reborn
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caroling with other teens in their neighborhood. They would go out every night five days before Christmas, calling on the friends and relatives of each member, who would then give them a minimum of fifty pesos per visit. By Christmas, they would have raised at least one thousand pesos, which they would use to organize a mini festival in the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. It featured games for the young children in the neighborhood. The tradition ended abruptly when in 1975, a fight with some new neighbors erupted because of a miscommunication, resulting to some serious injuries and a long protracted court case. The neighborhood was never the same again. Traditional dishes In the kitchen, the maids were busy preparing food for the noche buena. They had the traditional dishes served during such an occasion: Chinese ham, queso de bola, hot chocolate and native delicacies like suman, biko and kalamay. One of Eric’s sisters-in-law makes a very good ube, a sweet dessert made of yams. Eric’s father, who just passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 83, used to insist on having chicken nilaga, a Filipino dish, for noche buena. Now that he was gone, the family continued the tradition in his honor. His father also insisted that they should fast hours before the noche buena. It meant that they had to dispense with their six o’clock dinner and eat only at midnight. It was an imposition that was hard for Eric to follow. Unknown to his dad, he would always complain to his mother, until she secretly brought food to him in his room. Now that his father was no longer with them, Eric decided to keep his father’s rule. Eric believed that he was somewhere in the house, watch-

ing over them, and he would know if his mother would give him food behind his father’s back. Later in the evening, his other brothers would come one after another with their families. It was certainly different when they were kids under one roof. His sisters would entertain male suitors while the boys would hang out with their neighborhood friends in the front yard. Sometimes, they would move the stereo to the yard, hang out with their uncles and cousins who lived in the compound, and listen to the Christmas songs of Andy Williams and Harry

Belafonte. The clinking of beer bottles accompanied the merriment as they grew older. Some of those uncles and a couple of those cousins had died over the years and the rest married and

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were American ate their meals at different times. My family had a karaoke machine and loved entertaining. We watched Filipino movies and were raised with strict conserU.S. Navy vessels on deployment. vative values. The mainstream culture around Luckily for me, this was not me embraced liberal attitudes the attitude of all Filipinos. about everything from educaSome really embraced me due tion to sex. Any White American to the fact that I was so proud culture that I had absorbed came of my culture and wanted to from my friends and school. I learn more about it. They often grew up in what I believe to be a admired that I was a mestiza and Filipino household and this often were very eager to help introclashed with mainstream ideas. duce foods and customs that Despite the fact that I was were new to me. The acceptance raised by my mother and did that those kind Filipinos have not have my White father asgiven me has been the encoursist in my upbringing, I am not agement that I needed to accept completely accepted by some myself as a Filipino-American. I Filipinos. Often times, Filipino have had to learn to ignore those adults would assert that I was that do not accept me and just be not a real Filipino and in their proud of who I am. eyes they only saw me as AmeriTo aid in my acceptance of can. Whether that was because l self-identity, I strive to get more am half white or simply because involved in the Filipino culture. I I grew up here, it puts me in an am taking a class on Filipino hisawkward position. It was already tory and in the future I plan on hard enough navigating through taking Tagalog classes as well. life with two different cultures, These things have helped me to but now I was not being acceptfeel more comfortable in asserted by people of my own race. ing myself if l am questioned about how much of a Filipino I really am. With this new knowledge I teach my friends about my culture and I encourage them to join in family celebrations. My boyfriend, who is also biracial, The port city of Ozamis City, Mindanao, Philippines. but in no part Filipino has Hometown of Dorothy Olsen’s mother. _____ dolls _____ dolls _____ plenty of “other” _____ toys _____ cash _____ computer games _____ bicycle _____ scooter _____ dolls _____ plenty of “other” _____ toys _____ cash _____ computer games _____ bicycle _____ scooter _____ dolls _____ plenty of “other” _____ toys _____ cash _____ computer games _____ bicycle _____ scooter _____ dolls _____ plenty of “other” Okay, okay. Please also bring something for my parents and brother (s) and/or sister (s). Bring them whatever they want. Now, back to where I was. Oh, yeah, my list. Please bring me: _____ toys _____ cash _____ computer games _____ bicycle _____ scooter _____ plenty of “other” _____ toys _____ cash _____ computer games _____ bicycle _____ scooter _____ dolls _____ plenty of “other” _____ CDs _____ videos _____ video games _____membership to a skateboard park _____ a skateboard _____ Treasury bills _____ computer games Did I mention that I wanted a new scooter? Well, it should be one of the electric Razor scooters, don’t give me one of those things I have to actually push. And as far as the computer games go, don’t bring me any dorky, childish ones or an old version. I want cool games, the kind that cool people play on cool computers. Okay, bring me a new cool computer too. Gotta keep up that cool image ‘cause I’m cool. Love ya, Santa! Whoops, almost forgot. Also bring world peace. And an end to hunger. And sickness. Thank you Santa! Sincerely yours, Insert name here Well kids, I sure hope that helps get Santa’s attention and you get what you want this Christmas. If it doesn’t, don’t blame me. Just remember you could have been a bit better, you know. After all, you did pick a few fights, you did tattle on someone, and you did spit on the

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by Dr. Ofelia Dirige

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Being a Biracial Child
Third in a series By Dorothy Olsen Despite hardships, being biracial really is a beautiful thing. The blending of different backgrounds is unique. By embracing the customs and cultures of both sides it shows society the positive aspects of becoming a melting pot. One day all people will become multiracial and the problems that biracial individuals face today will become a part of history. Being biracial can be challenging growing up. You embattle defining yourself because of the dominant culture that you grow up with inside and outside of your home. Being a FilipinoAmerican is already somewhat of a challenge due to the complex mix of cultural and ethnical characteristics embedded in Filipino heritage. Even more challenging is adding one or more races to that mix. Coping with being biracial is a journey to self identification, acceptance, and application to mainstream culture. To racially and ethically identify myself, l am a mestiza. My mother is an immigrant Filipina from Ozamis City, Mindanao, Philippines. My father is White and is originally of Scandinavian stock, specifically Norwegian, Danish, and Scottish. Technically I could be categorized as multi-racial, but for the purpose of simplicity, I am bi-racial. My mother’s immigration

even taken somewhat of an interest in it as well. He acknowledges me as Filipino-American and is proud to let people know that. He also understands my struggles with identity and is a great voice of reason. I know that I am not alone when it comes to the identity issues of biracial, Filipino-Americans. It is a complexity that so few really understand and if I could give any advice on how to deal with it I would say that learning is everything. A lot of the issues with others accepting your identity stems from ignorance. If you learn about each culture that is a part of you and teach others about it, you will begin to embrace it. When you gain this confidence others will see that and often will respect it. You do not need to prove your-

self, but when you know who you are and are comfortable in your own skin, outside perception will matter less. Despite hardships, being biracial really is a beautiful thing. The creation of blending characteristics of different backgrounds is unique. By embracing the customs and cultures of both sides it shows society the positive aspects of becoming a melting pot. One day all people will become multiracial and the problems that biracial individuals face today will become a part of history. Dorothy is a junior majoring in Sociology at San Diego State University. She is a student of Dr. Dirige in AS 460, “Contemporary Issues in Filipino American Communities”.

Author Dorothy Olsen to the United States came as a direct result of my father’s employment with the United States Navy. They met while he was stationed in the Philippines and maintained a relationship throughout his stay there. Upon receiving orders to report back to the United States, my father asked my mother to marry him and come along. At twenty seven years old my mother was a first time bride and a new immigrant to America. Nine months after my parent’s wedding, I was born and three months after my birth, my father passed away due to pancreatic cancer. Ever since the death of my father, I have been raised by my widowed Filipina mother. Growing up in America with an immigrant mother and being half Filipino and half White meant that I grew up as a hybrid. My culture at home was completely different from that of my friends. At home my family ate rice everyday and ate all meals together at the table while my friends who

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Life is just a moment A moment of awareness A moment of feeling Most of the time I am lost in my thoughts Thinking ... About you .. About me .. About us .. About our moments .. . life....
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A Christmas list for kids
Hey kids, here’s a way to help Santa get you everything you want for Christmas
Well, it’s that time and so here it is again, my Christmas gift column. I always like to do this column as a public service for busy parents. This is, naturally, the time when many of you boys and girls around the world make lists to give to Santa Claus. But with all that writing and everything I began to wonder if there might be a way to simplify it. And there is, I have designed a simple list that you can use to make sure Santa gets you everything you desire. Feel free to clip it and use it to your hearts content. Dear Santa, here is what I want for Christmas _____ toys _____ cash _____ computer games _____ bicycle _____ scooter

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Christmas Carols and Colors
Christmas Carols Hearing the sound of Christmas carols puts us all in the mood during this wonderful time of the year. Each song expresses joy at the coming of the baby Jesus, our magnificent Savior and Lord who later gave His life to save us from our sins. Some of these songs are the following: Silent Night O Come all Ye Faithful Little Drummer Boy Joy to the World It Came upon a Midnight Clear Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Away in a Manger Do you Hear what I Hear O Holy Night What Child Is This? Angels we have Heard on High O Little Town of Bethlehem. A very favorite song of mine is entitled “Mary Did You Know” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene. Not only are the lyrics and music so beautiful, but it captures entirely why Jesus is the reason for the season. Mary, did you know That your Baby Boy would one day walk on water? Mary, did you know That your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?

Christmas colors were not inspired by Holiday characters or festive decorations. Red didn’t come from candy canes or Rudolf’s nose or Santa’s suit. And green wasn’t inspired by Santa’s elves, holiday wreaths or sprigs of holly. According to Christian belief, the color green is a natural representation of the eternal life of Jesus Christ, specifically the evergreen tree because it can survive even with the harshest winter. The color red symbolizes Christ’s blood which was shed during His crucifixion. Historical fact, on the other hand, showed that back in the 14th century, Christian churches presented miracle plays or religious plays used to educate the public. Every December 24, the churches presented the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In place of an apple tree which was not available in winter, they used a pine tree, and they decorated it with red apples. But it didn’t stop there. Following the church’s example, people began assembling pine trees in their homes and decorating them with red apples. This act could be the beginning of two modern traditions: the Christmas tree, and the colors red and green for decorations. Nowadays though, colors for Christmas are not only red and green, but multi-colored with white, silver, blue, and gold. All together, they make a beautiful blending of colors which provides a real feast for the eyes.

And then there are some Christmas songs that bring back memories of time gone by and of past Christmas days that arouse in us mixed emotions of joy and sorrow, sweetness and pain, love and love lost. For example, some baby boomers would always remember Karen Carpenter’s “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas”, Elvis Presley’s “Blue Carolers Christmas” and Did you know Dean Martin’s “I’ll be Home That your Baby Boy has for Christmas.” Old timers come to make you new? can still recall Bing Crosby’s This Child that you delivered “White Christmas”, Gene Auwill soon deliver you. try’s “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”, and Nat King Cole’s Mary, did you know “Chestnuts Roasting on an That your Baby Boy will give Open Fire.” sight to the blind man? Some Christmas songs are Mary, did you know so humorous that they make That your Baby Boy will us laugh, like “I Saw Mommy calm the storm with His hand? Kissing Santa Claus” by Jimmy Did you know Boyd, “Grandma was Run Over That your Baby Boy has by a Reindeer” by Dr. Elmo, walked where angels trod? and “The Christmas Song” by When you kiss your little Alvin & The Chipmunks. Just Baby you kissed the face of listen to all the Christmas songs God? and enjoy them all! Christmas Colors Mary did you know … Ooo The color red is usually asOoo Ooo sociated with Valentine’s Day, and the color green with St. The blind will see. Patrick’s Day. Together, these The deaf will hear. two colors immediately bring The dead will live again. Christmas to our mind. The lame will leap. Surprisingly, these traditional

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When these parents became old and could hardly walk out of their room, the tradition was moved to the open terrace upstairs. The food was great, but the company was better. Except for a sister in Guam, a brother in California, and their dad who just passed away, all the family members were present. It was a bittersweet moment. Although no one was mentioning it, in the back of their minds was their father, who for the first time ever was not physically with them to

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share their Christmas feast. But Eric was sure that he was lurking somewhere in that terrace, happy in the knowledge that his family which is doing fine, which, after all, is the best gift that one can hope for during Christmas time. - AJ

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to them, unable to get over his disappointment. Tetchie, the smart and beautiful Tetchie, who would have easily married rich now has seven kids. “All my boyfriends must have a car,” she once confided to Eric. She boasted that she never had to take a jeepney to school because she always had a boyfriend with a car to drive her around. It turned out that the husband that she eventually got is driving her around indeed. He is a jeepney driver. “What went wrong?” Eric asked Tetchie in disbelief as he met her on the way to the Church. “You mean, what went right?” she happily corrected him. “I fell in love,” she conceded. She had gained weight, but still pretty and is very happy, she insisted. Overflowing The church was overflowing with people when Eric and his family arrived. They had to stand in the middle of the street, as they listened to the priest over the loudspeaker. The congregation did not mind discomfort because every word that the priest uttered brought a strange feeling of joy and expectation on that starry Christmas Eve. It was different to hear a mass said in the vernacular, a rare experience now that Eric had lived in the United States for the past twelve years. “This is what Christmas in the Philippines is all about,” he muttered. Eric’s eyes roamed around, hoping to see more familiar faces. He was reminded of long lost friends who used to hear those Christmas Eve masses with him. Some had passed away, others had moved abroad. A not so close friend, the neighborhood bully he once dreaded, is now in jail. There were

memories buried in the very spot where he now stood. It was the same spot where he watched a movie being shot in the neighborhood featuring some famous basketball players of the day. Merry Christmas After the mass, everybody greeted each other a “Merry Christmas,” Tetchie happily hugged Eric who kidded: “Just imagine, we could hardly even touch the tips of your fingers before. Now, you freely give yourself.” If the walk towards the church was merry, the walk back home was joyous. The loudspeaker on top of the church was blaring loud Christmas Carols, first “Jingle Bells,” and later the Tagalog favorite, “Ang Pasko ay Sumapit” by the legendary Levy Celerio, composer of the immortal “Inday ng Buhay Ko” at “Hahabol-habol” both sang by Bobby Gonzales, and other popular songs. As they approached his mother’s house, Eric’s nephews and nieces, children of his cousins who live beside their house, swarmed over and took Eric’s hand. In a gesture of respect, they touched their forehead against his hand in a custom known as the “mano.” “Wait, wait,” he pleaded “It’s not yet Christmas, you’ll get your gifts tomorrow.” In the Philippines, adults are

expected to give the children gifts or money after receiving this gesture. With their many uncles and aunts, Eric, his siblings and his cousins used to make a bundle. They would visit them in groups and would search for them the whole Christmas Day. When the day is over, the adults are free from the obligation and would naturally feel relieved. Eric’s own godfather, a provincial governor, however, would blatantly ignore this tradition. He would hold Eric’s hand and merely press it with his thumb during the few times he saw him. “Is he a tightwad?” Eric, puzzled, at one time, asked his dad. His dad laughed. He told his son how his godfather, a scion of a rich family, would spend the whole day playing majong after renting out their family’s fishpond to the caretakers for one whole year. “The only time he would work is whenever they would collect the rent once a year,” his dad would observe. When Eric grew up and became an editor of magazines, his politician godfather, who was seeking good publicity looked, for him to ask some favors. When they met, Eric took his godfather’s hand, pressed his palm with his thumb, but never promised him anything. Sometimes, it pays to take care of one’s godchildren. Inside the house, Eric’s mother was still watching mass on television when they arrived. She ordered the maids to set the table. When Eric was a kid, they would have their noche buena in the dining room downstairs.


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she wowed them with both her beauty and talent, and soon, the Parlatone publicists orchestrated a buildup for her, giving her her first screen name, “Fleur de Lis”. Her first role was in the movie “Ang Pagbabalik” although her name was not included in the billing. That was the start of Mona’s career in the movies. She played second lead in films like “Walang Pangalan,” “Sangumay,” and “Bago Lumubog ang Araw.” She appeared in the films “Mga Sugat ng Puso” and “Giliw Ko.” She was often given the role of a liberated woman who smokes, drinks, and wears “indecent” Western clothes. Her picture in a bathing suit was both a revelation and a shock to the ordinary Filipina women of that period, who were more used to the “baro’t saya”. Eventually, she moved to X’Otic Films where she met the production head, Eduardo de Castro. Eduardo changed her name to Mona Lisa, and she did not only catch his eye, but his heart as well. Eduardo and Mona Lisa started a love affair and he would eventually become the father of one of her sons. The X’Otic studio had big plans for Mona and was ready to launch her to full stardom with her movie, “Princess Urduja”. However, the Pacific war broke out, and although the movie was shown during the war, it did not achieve the acclaim that the producers envisioned for it. After the war, Mona continued to make films for X’Otic Production. She

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Mona Lisa: Through the Eyes of Her Apo, Celine
When I drew the list of movie stars of yesteryears for my book, I have Mona Lisa, like Paraluman, on top of my list. As the entertainment writer Bayani San Diego said, “Mona Lisa’s life story is a valuable documentation not only of the local movie industry, but Philippine history as well.” But I had a long journey in getting the connections to contact Mona Lisa. It was not easy to get an interview granted by Mona Lisa who has been quite elusive with the media for several years now. In the first place, nobody among my friends, including my trusted “coordinator”, Pempe Rodrigo has her recent phone number. I was getting disappointed yet still very determined to find her and include her story in this book. My luck changed when I interviewed Anita Linda (Alice Lake in real life). I mentioned to her about my interest to interview Mona Lisa. I almost lost hope when Tita Alice told me that it is true Mona Lisa is avoiding the media. Also, Tita Alice is making a movie, “Lola”, a story about two Lolas. One Lola is portrayed by Tita Alice and the other was offered to Mona Lisa who declined the offer. Tita Alice did not have the Mona Lisa’s telephone number also, but she remembered that Bayani San Diego of Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote an article about her. She suggested that I contact Bayani instead, but I was unsuccessful to reach him thru his home and cell phone numbers that were always busy. After two weeks, I finally got a hold of Bayani, who was very gracious in sharing with me the contact numbers for Mona Lisa. He gave me the telephone numbers of Mona’s daughter, Kathleen, and her granddaughter, Celine Fabie. I always believe in the Tagalog saying, “”kung iyan ay nauukol para sa iyo, matatanggap mo ito.” or “kung hindi ukol, hindi bubukol.” I was finally able to write about Mona Lisa through the eyes of Celine Fabie, her granddaughter. Celine is the daughter of Mona Lisa’s daughter, Evangeline Guinto Bocobo. She took up her bachelor’s studies in communication in Ateneo. She counts as her most precious achievement to date, the book she wrote entitled “Behind the Smile of Mona Lisa”, a reflection on the life and works of her grandmother, Mona Lisa. Tagumpay sa Likod ng Paghihirap at Dalamhati If there is anybody who knows the meaning of pain and suffering, Mona Liza would be the one. Her childhood was a life full of challenges, brought about by extreme poverty and prejudice. Mula sa pagkabata, marami siyang pinagdaanang paghihirap at dalamhati sa buhay. Ang kanyang pinagdaanang hirap sa buhay ay hindi dapat ikahiya bagkus isang bahagi ng kanyang buhay na dapat ipagmalaki dahil sa tagumpay na kanyang tinanggap matapos ang walang humpay na dagok ng tadhana sa kanyang buhay. Gloria Yatco in real life, Mona Lisa was born on June 22, 1923. Her father, Manual Yatco, was a product of a wealthy and famous family, who shared their roots with our national hero, Jose Rizal. Her grandfather, Mercado Yatco, and Jose Rizal were first cousins. Mona has memories of visiting Rizal’s brother Paciano in his Binan home, and paying respect to him by doing the “mano” (kissing his hand). However, after living the lifestyle of the rich and famous, Mona’s father’s fortunes ran out and he was eventually forced to work as a janitor in order to survive. He ended up marrying a movie ticket seller Melecia Lerma, something that he would be ashamed of later on, as it was like marrying beneath his level. He decided to migrate to California with his family in order to escape the scorn of his well-to-do friends. It would turn out to be a wrong decision, as he migrated to California during the great American Depression. He and his family would suffer racial prejudice and can only live in squalor, working as fruit pickers and staying in stables. Food was scarce for the eight kids and they all had to help in fruit picking in order to survive. Mona Lisa remembers how she and her brothers would not have food to bring to school, but in order to avoid the scorn of their classmates, they would bring paper bags filled with stones. After seven years of hard life, Mona’s parents divorced and her mother brought all her children back to the Philippines. With no strong education and work experience to back her up, her mother had a hard time finding a decent job to support her children. Being the eldest in the family, Mona found herself playing the role of the family’s breadwinner. Her foray into acting was not only to realize a dream. She knew that it could also be her only means to survive. Before the family returned to the Philippines, Mona became Miss Luzon when San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was inaugurated in 1937. That was her first taste of fame, and she knew that it was destined not to be her last. Her Movie Career

Mona Lisa then.
She had always wanted to be a movie star – it was a childhood dream which she knew in her heart would one day come true. She just loved to watch the movies and often appeared in school plays. It was no wonder that she would be attracted to acting, as her maternal grandmother, was once an actress in the Carvajal stage troupe. Mona found a way to jumpstart her career by asking her aunt, Celing Lerma, who was a close friend of the Parlatone Hispano Studio Filipino owner, Raymundo Navarro to help her. She was a young lass, 15 years old and when she was presented to the studio executives,

appeared in “Siyudad sa Ilalim ng Lupa” under the direction of Carlos Vander Toloso, Mona made several “firsts” in the Philippine cinema such as the first to engage in a torrid kissing scene with Serafin Garcia in “Tinangay ng Apoy” (1940), the first to swim in the nude in “Sunset Over Corregidor,” and the first to don a swimsuit in ”Giliw Ko” She also appeared in “Buhay Alamang” directed by Eddie Romero. When X’Otic Films closed down, she made films for independent companies like “Bisig ng Batas,” “Babaeng Silangan,” “Maria Kapra,” “Hanggang Langit” starring Leopoldo Salcedo, and “Ulila ng Bataan” starring Tessie Agana. At the Walk of Fame (L-R Celine Fabie, Mona It was in the 50’s, Lisa, Evangeline Guinto) when she decided to marry Abelardo Guinto mother for the next 20 years. and become Mrs. Gloria Guinto. Her With acting running in her veins, she husband Abelardo was a mason and later was not able to refuse the invitation of the firechief of Vientiane, Laos. Mona the late Joey Gosiengfiao for her to get raised a family of four children: Kathout of retirement and play a glamorous leen, Evangeline, Abelard, and Marlon. She chose to put her film making career (Continued on page 20) on hold and become a full time wife and

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zen parent (F-1), you must also register your marriage if you get married after the petition was filed. Do the same thing – send a letter by ordinary mail and attach be converted from F-1 to F-3, with an additional waiting time of around 2 years. One advantage of updating your petition (aside from not committing immigration fraud) is that your wife will be able to join you when you immigrate to the United States. Again, remember that if you were petitioned as a single son or daughter (F2B), marriage will revoke your petition, unless your parentpetitioner was already a naturalized citizen before you got married, in which case, your petition will be converted from F-2B to F-1 (after you parent naturalized) then from F-1 to F-3 (after you get married). Congratulations on your new-

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born. And a Merry Christmas to your growing family! Atty. Rogelio Karagdag , Jr. is licensed to practice law in both California and the Philippines. He practices immigration law in San Diego and has continuously been a trial and appellate attorney in the Philippines since 1989. He travels between San Diego and Manila. His office address is located at 16486 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 228, San Diego, CA 92128. He also has an office in the Philippines at 1240 Apacible Street, Paco, Manila, Philippines 1007, with telephone numbers (632)5221199 and (632)526-0326. Please call (858)348-7475 or email him at rkaragdag@attyimmigration. com for your free consultation. He speaks Tagalog fluently.

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A child is born
Christmas nears and we are once again reminded of that glorious event some 2000 years ago when a Child was born in Bethlehem. Spiritually, Christ’s birth means our salvation. Historically, it marked the beginning of Christianity which would reach the shores of the Philippines some 1,500 years later. Traditionally, it provides us with a reason to share gifts, hold Christmas parties, attend simbang gabi, and eat noche buena with our family. Christmas or not, the birth of a child is always a happy occasion for all families, including future immigrants who have set their minds in someday leaving the Philippines to settle in the United States. But of course, foremost in their mind is to make sure that everyone goes, especially the newest member of the family. How they go about doing it, now that the petition was already filed without the newborn’s name in it? A family petition usually has what we call the principal and derivative beneficiaries. If, for example, your citizen parent filed a petition for you as a married son (F-3), you are the principal beneficiary, while your wife and children are the derivative beneficiaries. If a child is born to you or if you adopt a child after the petition had been filed, what you need to do is to register your child with the U.S. Embassy in Manila at the following address:

All you need to do is to write a simple letter, with your name, case number and contact details, and the name and birth information of your child. Attach a copy of your a copy of your marriage contract. green card or your latest USCIS or NVC letter showing your case What will happen is that you will information, and a copy of your child’s birth certificate and/or adoption decree. Send it by ordinary mail only, not by registered mail because the Embassy will not have the time to collect your mail from the post office. Remember, even if you are petitioned as a single son (F2B), you must register your children if you want them to immigrate with you. Having children will not affect your qualifications under the F-2B petition, for as long as you remain unmarried. We always advise our clients to immediately register their children. This will save them the trouble of explaining to the USCIS later on, when they apply for naturalization or petition the children, why they omitted to put in the names of their children when they filled out their DS230 Part 1. We had a client who did not inform the US Embassy that he has four children, because he was under the mistaken belief that it might affect his eligibility to immigrate. Years later, when he applied for naturalization, the USCIS asked him a lot of questions, particularly on how he took care of his unreported children. Remember, the USCIS will examine your good moral character and part of this is your willingness and ability to provide support to your children. Now, if you were petitioned as an unmarried son of a citi-

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crimes we accuse Gloria of. Different observers to the same political scenario in the Philippines have different conclusions. Before I left California a few To my mind, the administration days ago, I bumped into several of Gloria has been consistent in Filipino-Americans who were one way - pushing what it wants seething with anger at one tragedy to another, the Maguindanao against the sensibilities of citizens to the farthest it can without massacre and the imposition of martial law in the same province. provoking instant civil unrest, and another successful people The Maguindanao massacre, power revolution. I believe that with its barbaric brutality, is easy to understand as an act that the individuals who have been orchestrating what can appear a whole world can condemn. to be as wholesale looting and Martial law in one affected plunder of people’s resources are province, though, is feared and resented deeply only because of guided by the behavior of the highest leadership. When even an unforgotten history and the propensity of a president to hold the World Bank can estimate a third of the national budget as on to power no matter the cost. Martial law in the case of Gloria lost to graft and corruption, the highest leadership is not woris, to many, an act consistent rying a bit. After all, the World with her shameful intent to run for Congress to subvert all rules Bank is not the Filipino people. Taking the model of a frog of decency and legality in order being boiled slowly without to protect her neck from a fate inducing it to make a mighty try worse than hanging. for freedom, heating the water in such a way that the frog gets slowly cooked but does not react accordingly, the Arroyo administration calibrates whatever it does that would be considered high crimes with effective legal and legislative While many Filipino-Amerpower. Of course, it has tried to icans who continue to send sweeten the pot for the pliant billions of dollars to relatives in the Philippines are attempting to military officers who rationalize find solidarity against a president their cooperation by their culture of obedience, even if such obedithey regard with scorn, I conence can mean playing along sistently responded a comment with wrongdoing for gain. There which catches them as jolting. has been a consistent rewarding I say over and over again that Filipinos need to be abused some of retired officers, on the surface through juicy positions, and anymore, shamed before the world thing you wish to imagine under some more, because whatever the table. they complain about have not It helps matters for the presbreached their level of tolerance. ent administration when several In other words, we complain candidates participating in the a lot but have not found the 2010 elections are not eager to courage to rise against the high By Jose Ma. Montelibano Philippine Daily Inquirer

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prosecute Gloria, or go as far as saying they will not. It seems that they, too, have observed that the Filipino can be abused, and abused again, with impunity. It makes the saying, “laughing their way to the bank,” so precise in describing thieves, liars and cheats among the highest of public officials. One can easily be led to wondering if divine justice is powerless in inspiring human justice to follow its spirit. I, too, have been brought before many moments of despairing reflection. I have wondered time and again if seeking profit over truth would have saved me great moments of difficulty and pain, if cooperating with wrongdoers would have proven to be beneficial over holding on to one’s sense of integrity. Reviewing the last twenty-three years since Edsa I, and all the high and mighty personalities of Philippine politics and business whom I had the experience of going against in the streets, in the media, and in political engagements, I sometimes would doubt the course of action I took. Perhaps, just to give myself a serious change of scenery, I steadily withdrew from political advocacy in favor of non-partisan community development work. I thought that working with the poor would be a refreshing service and would allow me rest from an environment of conflict. I was not wrong. Working for and with the poor brings with it instant satisfaction every time a smile replaces a look of pain or despair. I was not right either. When the poor are all over, I know that poverty is not a divine inheritance but a result of greed and abuse of power. And the knowledge that what is stolen from government coffers year after year is more than enough to lift our people from poverty. How does one fool himself that corruption can be left to the corrupt to eliminate? Where does one find the stupidity to delude himself that he can isolate himself from the evil around him and expect evil to commit suicide? How long can fear and cowardice dominate conscience and obligation? It is not as though I have not found pins of light along the

Diether on Reader’s Digest cover for KIDS advocacy
Actor Diether Ocampo is on the cover of Reader’s Digest Asia December 2009 issue for his philanthropic work through his “Kabataang Inyong Dapat Suportahan” (K.I.D.S.) Foundation. The feat is the second recognition Ocampo has received in 2009 for K.I. D. S. Earlier this year, the 33-yearold’s humanitarian efforts got him a special invitation from Harvard University. He participated in the school’s On-Campus Conference Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR). In the cover story dubbed “My Wish for New Year,” Ocampo reveals that he established the charity as a reflection of his own childhood, admitting that he way, as though my life in community development work has not blessed me with co-workers whose nobility never failed to inspire me. I cannot count the times when the generosity and courage of people convinced me that there is more basis for hope than frustration. Yet, my own ability to step back and reflect, assess and conclude brings me unerringly to the same perspective – that the crumbs go to the poor and the real wealth goes to the greedy. Worse, evil is rewarded and innocence made to pay the price. Well, evil is on the rampage. Gruesome murder is the result of greed and the lust for power so that the treasury and the people can be looted some more. The same authorities who armed the killers are re-introducing martial law by playing to the rage of people and their desire for vengeance. The frog is swimming in the pot while the water is slowly being heated. When the frog is at the point of death is only when it realizes its stupidity. Filipinos have much to learn in such a short time. From the Maguindanao Massacre to martial law, the water is slowly boiling. *** Responses may be sent to came from humble beginnings himself. “I haven’t forgotten that I come from a poor family,” the ABSCBN contract star told Reader’s Digest Asia. “This keeps me grounded and grateful for what I have today.” Ocampo is urging for “volunteerism,” encouraging readers to pay it forward this 2010. Aside from Ocampo, the December 2009 issue features other inspiring Asians such as Malaysia’s Datin Paduka Sharifah Mazlina, the first Asian woman to trek to the Arctic and Antartic; Marina Mahathir, columnist, women’s rights activist and blogger; and Singapore’s Dr. William Tan, paraplegic and world record holder for fastest person to complete seven marathons in seven countries. The actor is only the third Filipino to have had the honor to be on the cover after Manny Pacquiao and Michael V.


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FACE Induction of Officers and Holiday Celebration Unite Political Parties
SAN DIEGO, California (December 14, 2009) – The Tiki Pavilion at Mission Valley’s Town and Country Hotel was the perfect venue for the Filipino American Community Empowerment (FACE) Holiday Celebration and Induction of Officers held December 9, 2009. Arriving guests were quickly transformed with celebratory spirit and holiday cheer at the site of colorful lights, Christmas trees, wreaths, bright ornaments; even a life sized Santa complete with reindeer and sled. The crowd of close to 100 attendees mingled in pleasant conversation, while enjoying the light cuisine and warming beverages. It was clear, even at first glance, that the effects of the new FACE leadership were already taking root. President Mitz Lee, during the FACE Re-launch earlier in September, announced that

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The first workshop will be held as follows: Date: Thursday, January 7, 2010 Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Kalusugan Community Services 1419 East 8th Street National City, CA 91950 Seating is limited. Anyone wishing to attend the workshop must pre-register with SCAPAL by emailing or or calling Palma Hooper at 858 7150003. SCAPAL will provide food and refreshments. SCAPAL will have a guest speaker from the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) in Los Angeles who will cover the eligibility and conflict of interest requirements, application forms, and selection process for the Citizens Redistricting Commission. APALC and SCAPAL will offer technical assistance with applying online for the Commission and answer questions about the application and selection process. In addition, the State Auditor’s Office has handouts in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese about the Commission posted on its website at www.wedrawthelines.
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Asian and Pacific Islander Americans need to apply for the State’s Citizens redistricting comission
Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts out of the control of the Governor and State Legislature and transfer it to fair and impartial citizens. “This is a unique opportunity for our Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Left to right: Republican Party of San Diego Chairman Tony Krvaric; citizens to apply for a position former San Diego Mayoral Candidate Steve Francis; FACE President on this important Commission,” Mitz Lee; California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring; FACE said Palma Hooper, President of VP for Voter Education and Registration Julio DeGuzman; FACE VP SCAPAL. “This Commission for Media and Communications Alden Salcedo. should reflect the diverse population in California as well as San program concluded with the induc- Yolly Zamora. Suffice to say that Diego County, and APIAs should tion of FACE officers for 2010; the “bar has been set high.” FACE have a voice on redistricting plans the oath given by Deputy District and its new leadership will welthat will impact political rights Attorney Janice De Leon. come the coming year with a clear over the next decade.” Other public officials, candidates, sense of purpose and optimism. The initial application process and community leaders in attenFACE is currently registered in for the Commission begins Dedance included Assemblymember the State of CA as a non-profit Mary Salas; Chula Vista Mayor Political Action Committee. It was cember 15, 2009 and ends on Cheryl Cox; Office of the Governor founded in 2005 to empower the February 12, 2010. It is open to San Diego Field Office Director California registered voters who Filipino American community by Charlene Zettel; Congressman creating positive change through have voted in two of the last three Filner Representative Manny the political process. Activities statewide general elections, not Doria; Congressman Bilbray Repinclude voter registration, voter changed party affiliation in the resentative Marc Schaefer; Assem- education and increasing voter past five years, and who meet the blymember Salas Representative turnout; political advocacy and conflict of interest requirements. Ralph Dimarucut; District Attorney political endorsements; legislaApplicants must fill out an onPAO Jesse Navarro; Councilmemtive advocacy and holding public line application form through the ber Frye Representative and San officials accountable to the voters; Diego City Council Candidate and working with other community State Auditor’s Office. This form as well as the eligibility requireSteven Hadley; Congresswoman organizations to increase voter Davis Representative Katherine involvement in politics. For mem- ments can be found at www.weFortner; Councilmember Young bership information, please contact SCAPAL will be conducting Representative Liezl Mangonon; Ms. Katrina Benfer, VP of Memfree workshops in January to eduCalifornia Republican Party Chair- bership, at kbenfer59@hotmail. man Ron Nehring; Republican cate the public on redistricting com or visit the FACE website at Party of San Diego Chairman and applying for the Commission.
Tony Krvaric; former San Diego Mayoral Candidate Steve Francis; COPAO President Merly Ferrer; former COPAO President Aurora Cudal; FACC President Audie de Castro; San Diego Eagle Forum President Woody Woodrum; Majestic Lions President Pressy Garrovillas; Premier Lions Representative Tess Paje; Executive Lions Representative Blessie Trott; 50th Congressional District Candidate Tracy Emblem; 50th Congressional District Candidate Francine Busby; 53rd Congressional District Candidate Michael Crimmins; San Diego County Sheriff Candidate Bruce Ruff; and Chula Vista City Council Candidate Larry Breitfelder. The highly successful and wellattended event was testimony to the meticulous planning by the FACE Special Events Committee composed of Mitz Lee, Rosanna Salcedo, Alden Salcedo, Julio DeGuzman, Katrina Benfer, Myrna Lazaga, Laurence Lazaga, Myrna Reyes, Leila Hermosa Shields and
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Twelve days of Christmas
Materials that are passed around may be true or just workings of the imagination; people are left to their discretion. This is a good example. True or not these are interesting or amusing, aren’t they? ---People often think of The Twelve Days of Christmas as the days preceding the festival. Actually, Christmas is a season of the Christian Year that last for days beginning December 25 and lasting until January 6- the Day of Epiphany- when the church celebrates the revelation of Christ as the light of the world and recalls the journey of the Magi. From 1558 until 1829 people in Englandwere not allowed to practice their faith openly. During this era someone wrote ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ as a kind of secret catechism that could be sung in public without risk of persecution. The song has two levels of interpretation: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the church. Each element in the carol is a code word for a religious reality. 1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.

2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments. 3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love. 4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels. 5. The five gold rings recall the torah (Law) the first five books of the Old Testament. 6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation. 7. Seven swans a-swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit. 8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes. 9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the spirit (Gal.5). 10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments. 11. Eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples. 12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the 12 points of belief in the Apostles Creed. There you have it, the HIDDEN meaning of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and the secret behind the song. Received this from a friend and it gave new meaning to the song we sing at this time of year, Hope you find this as “New/Old Meaning” to the season.

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ety in Lipa City, Batangas. The Lubis family developed the first Gawad Kalinga reunion village which gives employment or livelihood capital to the residents as well as scholarship grants to the children. The Lubises have also planted more than 45,000 narra and mahogany trees as their contribution to the

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Spiritual Life
not save for the rainy days. But to set our hearts merely on doing it big to be great, famous, and acceptable is to miss the lessons in today’s readings. The little town of Bethlehem was inconspicuous. Because it is just a tiny town, Joshua did not include it among the towns apportioned to the twelve tribes. Out of this little town comes the shepherd who would truly take care of God’s flock. The Gospel focuses not on the busy, well-known Temple at Jerusalem where sacrifices are offered, but on another “Temple,” the womb of two simple country peasant women, Mary and Elizabeth. God favors more the simple and the humble. “Not to be encompassed by the greatest, but to let oneself be encompassed by the smallest – that is divine (Non coerceri maximo, contineri tamen a minimo, divinum est)” The former Cardinal Ratzinger, now Benedict XV1, writes, “To him who as spirit bears up and encompasses the universe, a spirit, a man’s heart with its ability to love, is greater than all the milky ways in the universe.” Greatness in God’s eyes does not depend in doing quantitatively big things, but in qualitatively doing even the smallest things. When God does something for his people, he does it unexpectedly and in a way that is the very opposite of the world’s standard. When the prophet Samuel was looking for a successor to replace King Saul, he did not choose anyone among Jesse’s robust and tall sons. Samuel picked out David, Jesse’s youngest son. Joseph, youngest son of Jacob and Rachel, had been abandoned by his brothers in a well, was sold into slavery, and later was appointed as pharaoh in Egypt. This youngest son, left for dead by his own brothers, saved his family from dying of hunger. There is a series of OT miraculous births that occurred for a specific function: Isaac’s mother, Sarah, Samuel’s mother, Hannah, and Samson’s mother. The children born of this miraculous conception are testimonies to God’s grace-filled intervention in salvation history. This intervention goes with Elizabeth and reaches its apex with the Blessed Virgin Mary. The greatest surprise of all is the virginal conception and birth of Jesus. How could the greatest Lord become a small and fragile child? This Messiah reveals the ultimate and highest intervention of God in salvation history. Mary accepted God’s words in faith. Because of her faith, the promise of a Messiah is kept. Steadfast in faith, Mary, while remaining a virgin, became a mother. A miraculous surprise! We too, while keeping our faith in God who does marvelous things unexpectedly for his people, will help keep that promise going. It is a promise of salvation through Jesus who became a fragile child so that we can all be children of his Father. God is always full of surprises. His surprise is guaranteed to bring glad tidings to all concerned. May we all have a Christ-centered Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Quotation of the Week: “The virgin birth is first and last a theology of grace, a proclamation of how salvation comes to us: in the simplicity of acceptance, as the voluntary gift of love that redeems the world.” Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.

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Advent: Fourth Sunday

The joyful wonder of a divine surprise
Joke of the Week: In olden days it was the practice, at least in some convents, to have one of the nuns awaken each member of the religious community at 6 a.m. by knocking on each door and declaring, “Benedicamus Domino – let us praise the Lord.” Each nun was to answer, “Deo gratias – thanks be to God.” In the wee hours one morning an older nun spied a prowler tip-toeing down the hallway. She informed the “Sister Awaker,” who quickly and quietly hurried from door to door with the warning, “There is a man in the house.” To which each nun replied with what seemed more than the usual alertness, “Thanks be to God.” Scriptures: First Reading: Micah 5: 1-4a. Micah is an eighth-century prophet who lived through the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel and the invasion of Judah by the Assyrian king, Sennacherib in 701 B.C. He exposes Judah for its injustices against the defenseless poor people. At the same time the prophet raises the peoples’ hope by announcing that God would set them free and restore the Davidic monarchy through the Messiah who is coming from the little town of Bethlehem. Second Reading: Hebrews 10: 5-10. The birth at Bethlehem is an invitation to the readers to reflect on God’s abundant love in sending us his Son that led to his death on the Cross. According to Reginald Fuller “Bethlehem was the prelude to Golgotha.” The mystery of the Incarnation is closely linked to the death and resurrection of Jesus. He came, was born of the Virgin, and died that we may have eternal life. Gospel: Luke 1: 39-45. Hundred of years before this visit of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth occurred, the prophet Micah foretold that out of Bethlehem, the smallest town of Judah, would come a ruler who will feed God’s flock Israel as well as all the nations. Today this promise is fulfilled. Reflections: The world’s

Kailangan nang talaga na ako ay magpaalam pakiusap ko lamang ay huwag ka sanang magdamdam ‘di mo lamang talos kung ano itong nararamdaman napakasakit mang tunay ito’y nararapat lamang. Hindi ko nga alam kung kakayanin ko itong lahat ang mawalay sa iyo na aking pinakaliliyag gaano man kasakit asahang gagawin ko’ng lahat mahalaga ka sa akin sinasabi ko ng tapat. Dumating na sa hanggahan ang aking nararamdaman sa mundong ibabaw ako ngayon ay mamamaalam babaunin kong palagi hanggang sa kabilang buhay ang matatamis nating sandali na pinagsamahan.

measurement of greatness lies in doing big things in grandiose ways. Some people are considered successful in life, when they own mansions, castles, or palaces. In spite of the skyrocketing gas price, others feel safer and comfortable driving around huge vehicles. The more money a person has in the bank and the bigger is his/her investment portfolio, the better. It does not mean, however, that we should

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payments in cash, postal money order or cashier’s check. Personal checks will not be accepted. Machine Readable Passport: $50 processing fee + $6 for passports to be returned to the applicant by mail Dual Citizenship: $50 processing fee Civil Registry: $25 processing fee + $6 for documents to be returned to the applicant by mail Notarization of Documents: $25 processing fee + $6 for documents to be returned to the applicant by mail Contact Information For information on consular matters, interested parties may wish to call Vice Consul Charmaine Serna-Chua at Tel No.: 1-213-637-3004. General Summary of Machine Readable Passport Requirements & Processing Time For the information of the public, the Philippine Embassy and Consulates General in the U.S. started to accept and to process applications for Machine Readable Passports (MRP) on 2 June 2008. This is in compliance with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for its member states, including the Philippines, to issue MRPs not later than 1 April 2010. Since applications are sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila via diplomatic pouch, it may take six (6) weeks for a passport to be released to the applicants, from the time the application is accepted.

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While some countries may still honor valid green Philippine passports beyond 1 April 2010 as bona fide travel documents until they expire, most countries will require travelers to be holders of either machine readable passports or e-passport for their sojourn by 2010. In this regard, all Philippine passport holders are advised to renew their Philippine passport six (6) months prior to its expiration, in accordance with ICAO regulations, and to secure their plane tickets only after they have received their new passport. All Filipinos, including those with valid green passports, are therefore encouraged to apply for their machine readable passports as early as possible.

Consular Outreach in Chula Vista, CA, 9 January 2010
Los Angeles, 16 December 2009 – A team from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles will conduct a Consular Outreach Program in Chula Vista, California on 9 January 2010: Location: Comfort Inn & Suites, 632 E Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910 Service Hours :9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm The consular outreach program is being undertaken in cooperation with the Council of the Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County, Inc. (COPAO). The following consular services will be rendered: 1. Applications for Machine Readable Passport (Cost: $50), to be returned to the applicant by mail at an additional cost of $6. 2. Applications for the retention and re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship pursuant to Republic Act 9225 or Dual Citizenship Law (Cost: $50). Oath-taking will be scheduled on the same day for qualified applicants. 3. Applications for Report of Marriage & Birth (Cost: $25) will be accepted but this will be processed in Los Angeles and returned to the applicant by mail at an additional cost of $6. 4. Notarization of documents (Cost: $25) will be accepted but this will be processed in Los Angeles and returned to the applicant by mail at an additional cost of $6. STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (by following the applicable scheduling steps below) AND WITH COMPLETED DOCUMENTS ONLY. No walkin applicants will be entertained. 1. Appointment Scheduling Steps for Machine Readable Passport (MRP) Applicants a. Visit the Philippine Consulate website ( and print the passport application form; b. Complete the passport application form; and, c. No later than 7 January 2010, send an advance copy of the completed passport application form and data page (bearing the name and photo) of the old passport to the Consulate by fax (213) 6390990. Thumbprint and photo are not necessary; these will be done on site. Incomplete forms will not be processed. 2. Appointment Scheduling Steps for Dual Citizenship Applicants a. Visit the Philippine Consulate website ( and print the Dual Citizenship Application form; b. Complete the Dual Citizenship Application form; and, c. No later than 7 January 2010, send an advance copy of the completed Dual Citizenship application form and supporting documents to the Consulate by fax (213) 639-0990. Thumbprint and photo are not necessary; these will be done on site. Incomplete forms will not be processed. Note: Oath-Taking will be scheduled on the same day for qualified applicants. 3. Appointment Scheduling Steps for Report of Marriage (ROM) & Birth (ROB) a. Visit the Philippine Consulate website ( and print the ROM

or ROB form; b. Complete the ROM or ROB form; and, c. No later than 7 January 2010, send an advance copy of the completed form and supporting documents to the Consulate by fax (213) 639-0990. Incomplete forms will not be processed. 4. Appointment Scheduling Steps for Notarization of Documents a. No later than 7 January 2010, send an advance copy of the document to be notarized to the Consulate by fax (213) 639-0990. Information FOR ALL APPLICANTS The Consulate regularly updates the appointment schedule posted on the website as they receive the completed applications. The final list of all applicants with pre-processed applications will be posted at the Consulate’s website ( by 7 January 2010. Personal appearance is required for all applicants for data verification, finger-printing and signature capture. Applications by mail are no longer accepted. All applicants are advised to transact their business directly with Consulate officials and not through travel agencies. Private photographers, who are knowledgeable of the photo requirements for the machine readable passport, will be present at the venue during the Consular Outreach for those who will need photos for passport renewal. To obtain details regarding the new passport photo requirements, applicants may visit the Consulate’s website ( Fees Fees must be paid in person at the scheduled appointment. The Consulate will only accept

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this further and forbid the use of the word Christmas in any secular or commercial context other than a religious one and sue for damages when it’s misused. The hedonistic parties, sumptuous meals, drinking binges and meaningless and loveless gift giving and all the other practices that corrupt the religious nature of Christmas is an insult to Christianity. The materialistic takeover of Christmas is a contradiction of all that Jesus came to teach and achieve in this world. Today much of the birthday celebration of the Son of God is the worship of materialism under the guise of gift giving. The greatest gift of all is to give our own life of service and help to the poor, the needy and the downtrodden without asking for payback or a gift in return. That is what we ought to be thinking about every day especially at Christmas; how we can stop damaging ourselves trying to gratify our own selfish desires and instead finding ways help others. It’s the road to happiness. We need to strive to share wealth with the abused children the refugees, homeless, sick and victims of abuse and oppression. There is no better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth since this is why he was born in the first place. (Gifts for children to St.Columan’s, Dalgan Park, Navan, Ireland)

December 18 - 24, 2009

The Joys of Christmas
By: Father Shay Cullen When I was growing up in Ireland, everyone in our family gave each other little gifts at Christmas. We saved up our pocket money and went shopping thinking of what we could afford and what gift would please our parents and our brothers and sisters. It made us think about them and about each other and not about ourselves. It was a way a family bonded and we were taught that giving was more joyous that receiving. As a small boy, I felt that receiving is the best part and waited with great excitement for the special moment after returning from morning mass when we all gathered around the Christmas tree and the gifts were shared out. I remember the strong smell of the pine tree and the twinkling lights and decorations that we unpacked year after year. The joy of receiving gifts or presents simple and inexpensive as they were, was a great joy. It made me feel happy, that I belonged, that I was a worthy member of a family, and I was loved. The cost of the gift was immaterial. The value it conveyed was the most important of all. The poorest family sharing the simplest of exchange gifts could experience

The true meaning of Christmas is love. God loved His own and provided a way—the only Way— for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). the same bonding and love. The commercialization of Christmas has changed much of that. Today, the self-serving advertisers of the commercial world spends millions to persuade us that the more expensive the gift, the greater the love it expresses. It is a fallacy of the greatest magnitude and we must reject it. It would mean that the rich love each other more than the poor. It also creates huge

expectations between people that cannot be met, leading children and adults alike to believe that if they receive a gift of lesser commercial value they are unloved, or loved much less that anyone else. Commercialism is the materialistic subversion of Christmas to make greater sales and profits and it undermines the whole meaning of Christmas. If we want to celebrate Christmas in a meaningful way, it ought to be a celebration of the great values that Jesus brought to civilization: unselfish giving, sacrificing for others without seeking rewards, risking ourselves to protect the weak and the vulnerable and working for equality, justice and peace. The capture of the Christmas celebration by the commercial and materialistic world has practically made it a pagan festival. In some government circles the word Christmas is not allowed. They have taken Christ out of Christ-mas and have banned Christmas greetings as discriminatory as favoring one religion over another or as a infringement of secularism. Now greetings are almost meaningless, phases have replaced Happy Christmas, such as Happy Holiday, Seasons Greetings, Joyful Festival and so on. Most Greeting cards don’t even indicate that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Perhaps Christians should take

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With the holiday just around the corner, residents who cross the border to visit family and friends are encouraged to apply for their passport card at the County. To better serve its customers, the County offers walkins at 1600 Pacific Highway in San Diego, Room 402 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. For more information, the public can call (619) 531-5600. Since June 1, 2009, the second phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) went into effect, and travelers must now have a passport book, passport card or other travel document approved by the Department of Homeland Security. Residents need these documents to be able to re-enter the U.S. when returning from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda by land or sea ports-ofentry. The passport card is different from a passport book because it was designed to meet the requirements of the land and sea phase of the WHTI. The passport card is valid in border communities where crossing the border is a daily occurrence and it is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The passport card can only be used for land and sea travel and is not valid for international air travel. The passport card may only be used at U.S. and sea ports-ofentry when arriving from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. A passport book is required for international air travel. If you need your passport card soon to visit family, you will need to apply right away because it can take up to six weeks to receive your passport; however for an additional fee you can receive it within two to three weeks if you need to travel. At the County, there are no lines, no hassles and free twohour parking! Photos are also available. First-time applicants will pay $45 for adult cards and $35 for children. Additional information is available at www.

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Hiring with Personality Theory
SAN DIEGO, CA – December 16, 2009 – In today’s corporate world hiring managers often give as much consideration to an applicant’s personality as they do to educational background or professional experience. When hiring for positions that are calculating in nature, an accountant, a technician, perhaps a computer programmer, a hiring manager will likely be looking for candidates who are reserved, focused, and task-oriented, with the belief that these character traits are important contributors for success in their line of work. In sales, intuition tells us that the outgoing, people-oriented candidate is going to be more productive than someone more reticent or introverted. Besides general sociability, the hiring sales manager will also factor in other personality traits: sincerity, empathy, doggedness, and the resilience to hear “no thank you” repeatedly while maintaining a positive attitude and moving forward. For years these have been the attributes we instinctively look for in a sales person, but are we justified in doing so? Preliminary studies in this field have produced some revolutionary findings that suggest that our instincts may be well off the mark. Contrary to intuition, recent evidence-based research demonstrates that the outgoing and gregarious person might not be best suited for sales. Such a counter-intuitive finding could radically alter the measures by

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Indulge in “MeTime” for a Smooth Holiday Season
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told Cecile that if she pursues her master’s degree, Mona Lisa would be a great subject for her thesis. Although no longer in the limelight these days, she would always be remembered as the Mona Lisa of Philippine movies and her legacy will surely outlive her name. Some of the movies and TV series she made were: Camiling Story (2005) Kiskisan (2003) Mother Ignacia - Ang Uliran (1998) Pagsubok sa Hirap at Ginhawa (1996) Huwag Mong Salingin ang Sugat Ko (1991) Anna Luna (1989) Babangon ako’t dudurugin kita (1989) Barbi: Maid in the Philippines (1989) “A Dangerous Life” (1988) Tiyanak (1988) 1 + 1 = 12 + 1 (1987) Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie (1986) Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim (1985) Soltero (1984) [Actress] Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan ang Nakaraan (1984) Cain at Abel (1982) Oro, Plata, Mata (1982) Alfredo Sebastian (1981) Sino’ng Pipigil sa Pagpatak ng Ulan? (1979) Atsay (1978) Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak (1978) Mananayaw (1978) Electrika Kasi, eh! (1977) Itim (1976) Insiang (1976) Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi (1975) La Paloma: Ang Lalapating Ligaw (1974) Romantiko (1970) Blood of Bataan (1953) Ulila ng Bataan (1952) Buhay Alamang (1952) Dugo ng Bataan (1951) Sundalong talahib (1950) Siyudad sa Ilalim ng Lupa (1949) Naglahong Tala (1949) Sagur (1949) The 13th Sultan (1949) Batang lansangan (1948) Forbidden Women (1948) Krus ng Digma (1948) Matimtiman (1948) Outrages of the Orient (1948) Bisig ng batas (1947) Hanggang langit (1947) Maria Kapra (1947) Barong-barong (1946) Princesa Urduja (1942) Ang Viuda Alegre (1941) Bayani ng Buhay (1941) Luksang Bituin (1941) Palaris (1941) Puting Dambana (1941) Datu-talim (1940) Dilim at Liwanag (1940) Giliw Ko (1939) Bago Lumubog ang Araw (1938) Bahay Kubo (1938) Dasalang Perlas (1938) Walang Pangalan (1938) Ang Pagbabalik (1937)

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Laughing Matter
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Mona Lisa: Through the Eyes of Her Apo, Celine
(Continued from page 10) mother in “La Paloma,” (1974). This was followed by another movie in 1976, “Insiang”, a classic directed by the late Lino Brocka, one that would bring her back to the limelight with her extraordinary portrayal of Aling Tonyang, the mother who chose to close her eyes to the sexual abuse brought by her lover to her daughter, Insiang (played by Hilda Koronel). “Insiang” has been credited to be the first Filipino movie to be shown in the Cannes Festival Unlike the movie stars of the younger generation who now go through acting workshops, Mona’s dramatic performances are expressions of the pain and suffering she went through during her growing years. She used her disadvantaged years to create the very soul of her craft. Her Awards & Nominations She was recognized for her excellent portrayal in the movie, “Insiang” by all the award giving bodies – she won the FAMAS and the Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Awards given in 1976 and was also nominated for the same award at the Gawad Urian Awards. She was nominated FAMAS Best Actress for her role in “Cain at Abel” (1982), and in later years would also get nominations from Gawad Urian for her roles in “Huwag Mong Salingin and Sugat Ko” (1991), “Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim” (1985), “Cain at Abel” (1982) and “Mother Ignacia – Ang Uliran” (1998). She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Gawad Urian in 1999. Today In my conversations with her granddaughter, Celine, I found out that Mona has recently survived a mild stroke. Other than an occasional weakness in her legs, however, her health has improved since then. At 87 years old, Mona Lisa chooses to live a quiet life, often seen by her neighbors giving away dole outs to those who are needy. Celine confirms that a movie version of her biography is in the offing. She gave the movie rights of her book to Mona’s grandson, Marion Guinto, a filmmaker in the United States. Mona hopes to play her mother Melecia Lerma when the movie gets into reality. Mona’s mother passed away a decade ago at the age of 92. Celine grew up with her Lola Mona because her parents who work for Philippine Air Lines were often out of the country. She describes her Lola as “kunsintidora, liberated lola, hindi siya ‘old school’ and a very loving lola.” I

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Ang Panaginip Ay Nagka-totoo
Ang panaginip ay, malaking hiwaga Sa buhay ng tao, misteriong mistula Mayrong simpleng-simple, may naka-katuwa Alalaon baga, sa pagtulog natin Madalas na tayo, ay biglang pukawin Mga pangyayaring, parang tunay mandin Na sa pag-gising mo, nais mong suri-in Mayrong nagsasabi, dyan sa karamihan Ang panaginip daw, ay kabaligtaran “Suerteng panaginip”, kamalasan iyan At kung kasayahan, kalungkutan naman Ang panaginip daw, ay may kahulugan Sa bawat araw ng, buhay nating tanan Kayat iyong mga, marurunong diyan Bawat panaginip, pinag-aaralan Apoy at tubig daw, sakuna and badya Pusa’t aso naman, babag ang balita Pag ahas daw naman, mayrong na-ninira Kapag tsinelas daw, may “biahe” kang sadya Ano pa’t lahat na, ng bagay sa mundo Ay may kahulugan, sa panaginip mo Sa ‘kin okey lahat, kahit ano kamo Huag na huag po lamang, aking “mother-in-law” Ang katotohanan, nitong panaginip Sa aba nyong linkod, napunla sa isip Nang ako’y mangarap, tungkol kay “fighting pip” Isang buong linggo, pinag-lirip lirip Itong si “fighting Pip”, ating pag-usapan Mamaya ng kaunti, sa banding hulihan Pagkat sya ay mayrong, laking ka-ugnayan Panaginip pala’y may katotohanan Ang mga sugarol, hintay ay numero Kumislap-kislap sa, panaginip nito Sapagkat baka dyan, suerte nila kamo Mataya-an man lang, ng kaunting dinero Hindi po sugarol, ang abang lingkod nyo Ngunit karera lang, and dibersyon nito Eh ma-itanong nyo, kung bakit nga kamo Kapatid kong Tony, may mga kabayo Bakit ko nasabing, nangyayaring tunay Mga panaginip, sa ating pong buhay Etong pang-yayari, sa inyong pagtunghay “Sang panaginip ko, aking isasaysay Bakit nga ba hindi, ako mag-kukwento ‘Tong panaginip ko, ay nagka-toto-o Kitang kita ko po, pangyayari dito At para bang tila, nagaganap ito Ang panaginip ko, tunkol sa numero Ako’y nakatitig, dun sa kalendaryo Sa bwan po ng Julio, ‘yo’y araw ng Linggo Ang kinatapatan, bilang nga a pito Buwang ika-pito, yata iyang Julio Lucky seven yata, ang panaginip ko Ngunit tuloy pa rin, pangarap ni ako Sa sungk-an naman, ang sumunod kamo Ito pong sungkaan, dapat daming bato Wala ‘kong nakita, kundi pito-pito Pano kaya ako, maglalaro nito Ito nga pong butas, ay pi-pito kamo Sumunod naman dun, ako’y nasa barko Pito lamang kaming, mga pasahero Ano na ba ito, naku “sus Mariano” Mayron na nga kayang, ibig sabihin ‘to? Natapus din kamo, Ang biahe sa barko At umibis na nga, ang aba nyong si Joe Huni ng sirena, hudyat ika pito ‘Yan po ang sa akin, ay gumising kamo Mula sa ‘king kama biglang talon ako Tanghali na pala, papasok pa si Joe Huni ng sirena, hudyat ika pito ‘Yan po ang sa akin, ay gumising kamo “But” biglang tumunog, aming telepono Nasa kabila’y itong kapatid ko Ano’t wala ka pa, biglang tanong nito Mayron tayong takbo, dun sa San Lazaro Ipadala mo na, ang mga kabayo Sa pitong karera, ay kasali tayo At ang si “fighting pip”, na paborito mo Numero siete sya, sa race seven ito Anong laking kaba, sa aki’y gumulo Ano’ng relasyon ‘to, sa panaginip ko Bihirang-bihira’ng, ganitong anunsyo ‘To yata’y araw ko, Oh-no oh-no oh-no Isinalo-ob na, ang pagtaya kamo Wala akong imik, kahit na kanino Isang taya-an lang, itong gagawin ko Sa ika-pitong race, number seven ako Ano’t dumating na, ang takbong pang pito At si “fighting pip” nga, number seven ito Ang pera kong dala, na pitong-pung piso Ipinustang lahat, dun kay “fighting pip” ko Sa madaling sabi, natapos ang takbo Ang panaginip ko, naganap ng husto Ang aking anunsyo, ay nagka-toto-o “tong si “fighting pip” ko, dumating pang pito.

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Heat Your Home Safely and Keep Winter Weather Out
Winter calls for special preparations
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 — The American Red Cross wants everyone to be prepared and safe when Ole Man Winter comes knocking on the door. “Heating the home is expensive and one of the leading causes of home fires,” said Scott Conner, Red Cross senior vice president for Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. “We have steps people can follow to cut their risk of starting a fire in their home, and to cut down on their heating bills.” Use Alternative Heaters Safely • • First, never use your stove or oven to heat your home. Never leave alternative heaters unattended—turn off space heaters or extinguish the fireplace before going to bed or leaving home. Keep all flammable materials and potential fuel sources—including but not limited to newspapers, matches, bedding, clothing, carpets and rugs—at least three feet away from heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces and stoves. floor of your home. Check them once a month by pressing the test button, and replace batteries as necessary. Make sure both your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly, and practice your home fire escape plan so every member of your family, including young children and elderly, can get out quickly and safely. Your escape plan should include at least two routes out for every room in the home, and a meeting place outside your home. Reduce Your Heating Bills Some experts are predicting that most of the country will see temperatures below normal this winter. The Red Cross offers these suggestions on how to get your home ready for the cold weather. Simple solutions— • Turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater. You’ll be surprised at the savings on your heating bill. Close off any rooms you aren’t using and close heat vents or turn off radiators in those rooms. Make sure heat vents aren’t blocked by furniture. If you can, buy heavy curtains to help keep cold air out of your home, even in the kitchen. Open them during the day to let the sun help warm your house, and close them at night. Use “fabric snakes,” or old rugs in front of windows and doors to help eliminate drafts. If you have a wood burning fireplace, use it to cut down on your heating bill. Make sure you close the damper when not in use or heat will escape through it. If you can seal off the fireplace when not in use, do so. • • Insulate—

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Almost One-Third of U.S. Adult Population Plays Caregiver Role in Households Across America: 65.7 Million Caregivers
Comprehensive Report Details the Prevalence, Implications, Costs of Caregiving and Demographics of Caregivers

Turn off vent fans in the kitchen and bathroom as soon as the job is done. Set your ceiling fans to blow air down.

Drafts mean cold air is leaking into your home. Use either insulating tape or caulking strips to surround your windows and door moldings. You can also cover windows with plastic sheeting. If you have storm windows or storm doors, get them up to keep the cold out. Cold air can even seep into the house through outlets, so insulate your light switch and outlet plates with foam pads. Additional insulation tips: • Cover your hot water heater with insulating material. You’ll use less energy to heat the water. Prevent frozen pipes - when the weather is very cold outside, open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around water pipes. Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing. Keep the thermostat set to a consistent temperature. If your home sits above ground and some of your pipes are exposed, wrap them to save on energy and prevent freezing. Turn off any outside faucets, drain your hose, and cover the faucets. Use caulking or weather stripping around all pipes where they enter the house—yet another way to eliminate drafts.

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Place your space heater on a hard, level, nonflammable surface. Do not put space heaters on rugs or carpets, near bedding or drapes, and keep children and pets away. Look for a space heater model that shuts off automatically if the heater falls over. Keep the fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. Never leave fireplaces unattended. Be sure to have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys and furnaces professionally inspected once a year. Be Prepared Install smoke alarms on every

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consisting of 200 African American NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire- reports, there is a use of prescription caregivers, 201 Hispanic caregivers, medication for adult care recipients. USNewswire/ -- Caregiving is still and 200 Asian American caregivers. Caregivers are also receiving more mostly a woman’s job and many The results were weighted by housewomen are putting their career and fi- help than they were five years ago, which is encouraging news, since one hold, based on the race/ethnicity and nancial futures on hold as they juggle age of the householder, and type of part-time caregiving and full-time job in six caregivers (17%) report that household (family or non-family). caregiving has had a negative impact requirements. This is the reality reThe National Alliance for Caregivported in Caregiving in the U.S. 2009, on their health. Since 2004, there has ing is a nonprofit coalition of more been a sharp increase in the share of the most comprehensive examination than 40 national organizations that caregivers of adults who say they are to date of caregiving in America. The focuses on issues of family caregivgetting help from other unpaid caresweeping study of the legions of peoing across the life span. Established givers -- up nine percentage points ple caring for adults, the elderly, and in 1996 by founding members AARP, among those not caring for an adult children with special needs reveals the American Society on Aging, the in a nursing home. However, during that 29% of the U.S. adult population, the same time period, there has been a National Association of Area Agenor 65.7 million people, are caregivsix percentage point decrease in those cies on Aging, the National Council ers, including 31% of all households. on Aging, and the U.S. Department who report that their recipient uses These caregivers provide an average paid help, a decrease that could poten- of Veteran’s Affairs, the Alliance was of 20 hours of care per week. tially be linked to the recent recession. created to conduct research, do policy Caregiving in the U.S. 2009, which analysis, develop national programs, “More and more people who are was funded by MetLife Foundation increase public awareness of family 65-plus are providing care to both and conducted for the National Allicaregiving issues, and work with state children and adults,” said Gail Hunt, ance for Caregiving in collaboration and local caregiving coalitions. The president and CEO of the National with AARP by Mathew Greenwald Alliance also represents the U.S. often Alliance for Caregiving. “The shift & Associates, is the result of interat international caregiving conferto an older population of caregivers views with 1,480 caregivers chosen at random. The study was designed to points to a real need for assistance for ences. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan these individuals from family, friends, replicate similar studies conducted in membership organization that helps employers and social service pro2004 and 1997 and includes, for the grams. With more support for caregiv- people 50+ have independence, choice first time, a sampling of those caring and control in ways that are beneficial for children as well as those caring for ing, older and disabled people would and affordable to them and society as be able to do what is so important to adults over the age of 18. a whole. AARP does not endorse canthem, to remain in their own homes Among the findings: American didates for public office or make conwith those they love.” caregivers are predominantly female tributions to either political campaigns “Now in addition to family and (66%) and are an average of 48 years or candidates. We produce AARP The work, boomers have added caregivold. Most care for a relative (86%), Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ ing, the equivalent of a part time job, most often a parent (36%). Seven Americans and the world’s largest-cirto their responsibilities,” said Elinor in ten caregivers care for someone culation magazine with over 35.5 milGinzler, AARP Senior Vice President over age 50. One in seven caregivers lion readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to for Livable Communities. “Their provides care, over and above regular news source for AARP’s 40 million work, health and time with family parenting, to a child with special members and Americans 50+; AARP and friends already bear some of the needs (14%). Caregiving lasts an Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual cost for this amped up juggling act. average of 4.6 years. Caregivers need help and information U.S. publication dedicated exclusively The study also revealed that both to the 50+ Hispanic community; to continue to keep all the balls in the caregivers of adults and their care reand our website, AARP cipients are now older than their coun- air and assure that they don’t end up Foundation is an affiliated charity paying further with their own retireterparts were five years ago. Among that provides security, protection, and caregivers of adults (ages 18 or older), ment security.” empowerment to older persons in “Caregivers report they need help the average age of the caregiver rose need with support from thousands of looking after their loved ones, but from 46 to 49. The change can be volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We attributed to a decline among younger they also need help managing their caregivers (those under the age of 50) ownin Southern California & San Diego’s Most Widely Circulated Asian-Filipino New First Asian Weekly Newspaper stress,” said Dennis White, presi- have staffed offices in all 50 states, the dent Suite 6, of MetLife Foundation. Tel. (619) 474-0588 • Fax Rico, 474-0373 and a shift upward among550 East 8th Street, and CEONational City CA 91950 • District of Columbia, Puerto (619) and caregivers the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Those surveyed suggested potential age 50 to 64. Among caregivers of MetLife Foundation, established in solutions for these challenges, includadults, the average care recipient’s age 1976 by MetLife, has been involved ing greater access to information reincreased from 67 to 69, mainly beSenior Transportation Planner cause of an increase in the percentage sources, emergency response devices, in a variety of healthy aging initiatives addressing issues of caregiving, for age 75 Senior Transportation51%). will provide leadership for and respiteprofessionals who manage outreach interThe or older (from 43% to Planner transportation assistance, a team of generational activities, mental fitness, services for (TDM) program and will manage technical analyses, planning The region’s Transportation Demand Managementcaregivers.” the main reasons people need care health and wellness programs, aging Methodology are old ageand the Alzheimer’s dis- of projects. Qualifications: a degree in planning, engineering, public/business (12%), implementation studies, ease (10%), mental/emotional illness and a Caregivingof five U.S. 2009 is based in place initiatives, and civic engageadministration, or a related field, minimum in the years of project management experience in transporta(7%), cancer (7%), heart disease (5%) offers competitive salaries and benefits. ment opportunities. For moreor call tion planning/operations. SANDAG primarily on quantitative telephone Visit than 20 years, the Foundation has supported screenings of 6,806 adults and interand stroke (5%). However, the list ofCloses: Friday January 15, 2010. EOE. (619) 699-1900 for information. views with 1,480 caregivers age 18 or research on Alzheimer’s disease and illnesses/problems for which children provided support for a number of older. Caregivers are defined as those need care is quite different. It is led caregiver initiatives, including educawho provide unpaid care to an adult by ADD/ADHD, autism, mental/ tion and outreach activities, caregiver or a child. 40 emotional illness and developmental 1x4x10 = The interviews included a videos, Alzheimer’s education and random sample of 1,000 caregivers delay/mental retardation. Caregivers awareness resources, and resources reached using random digit dialing of children provide the most timefor the Hispanic community. and an additional 601 interviews intensive care. Increasingly, the study

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