Amid U.S.

end to credit woes
Asian stocks soar
Aside from a
great variety of ex-
plosive and death-de-
fying action scenes,
there’s simply more
to GMA Pinoy TV’s
DADO to make its
viewers – the males
in particular – glued
to their TV sets.
Enter Iwa Moto
– one of the FHM
Philippines’ Top
10 sexiest females
for 2007. With her
seductive sex ap-
peal and captivating
beauty, there is just
no doubt that Iwa is
one of the country’s
hottest female celeb-
rities today!
Falling quite short
of being the ultimate
survivor in the third
With soft jazz music play-
ing in the background and
a plate of organic salad on
the table, we watched as the
afternoon drizzle stopped and
the skies cleared, the enduring
charm and beauty of Manila
Bay unfolding before our
Afternoons spent like this
is one of the reasons why Ms.
Teresita Lucero fell in
By Joaquin Henson
PhilStar, 03/30/08
For Manny Pacquiao, fghting Juan
Manuel Marquez wasn’t just for the
money. It was for a higher purpose — to
build a legacy.
Although the guaranteed purse of at
least $5 million was the biggest in his ca-
reer, Pacquiao took on Marquez primarily
because it was his chance to become the
frst Asian to capture three world titles in
different divisions. For the Filipino boxing
In order to enjoy a stay
in the Philippines, one
should plan out a daily
itinerary. Otherwise, a
balikbayan might fnd
himself standing by
the roadside under the
heat of the sweltering
sun, wondering what
he was doing there in
the frst place, and ul-
timately regretting the
decision to visit.
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.
(See page 5)
PhilStar, 040308
BANGKOK – Asian stocks
surged yesterday as investors
took heart from an overnight
rally on Wall Street amid a
growing belief that the worst
of the credit crisis may be
In Tokyo, the region’s big-
gest bourse, the Nikkei 225
index jumped 3.3 percent in
morning trade to 13,077.5.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng
Index soared as much as 4.6
percent to 24,195.3.
In mainland China, the
Shanghai Composite Index
rose more than 3 percent, and
benchmark indices in Austra-
lia, the Philippines, Singapore,
South Korea and Taiwan all
gained more than 2 percent. A farmer spreads palay for drying on a basketball court in San Fer-
nando, Camarines Sur. President Arroyo said recently the government
is in talks with Thailand for supplies this year and hopes to bring in
shipments by June. Photo by EDD GUMBAN
Philippine Visit 2004
Planning a tour of a
beautiful country
Sunset Kiss: A young man attempts a kiss amid the world famous
Manila Bay sunset (Photo by John Brian Silverio.)
Iwa Moto:
Sizzling hot in GMA Pinoy
TV’s Joaquin Bordado! Rotary Club of San Diego– Paradise Valley’s President Reports:
“Medical Mission Accomplished!”
Pacquiao writes boxing history
People cheer as they watch the live broadcast
of the Pacquiao-Marquez match at the Tondo
Sports Complex in Manila. Photo by EDD
Federal Land’s Bay Garden:
A vacation home in the city
Teresita Lucero enjoys the view
from her condo unit at Bay Gar-
to rise in RP
By Ding Cervantes
PhilStar, 04/02/08
of hotels the Philippines will
have “health-tels,” a former
tourism offcial has predicted.
Aside from traditional
tourist spots like Baguio City
and Boracay island, there will
be more authentic off-the-
beaten-path destinations, and
more tourists will be carrying
laptops instead of tour bro-
chures to search for places to
Iwa Moto
By Conrad I. Reloj, Jr.
San Diego Asian Journal
Senior Writer
A new chapter has
been added to the list
of accomplishments
done this year by the
Rotary Club of San
Diego-Paradise Valley
under the able lead-
ership of its current
President - Rev. Corne-
lio Evangelista.
At their meeting last
week in National City,
California, Rev. Evan-
gelista reports, “Our
Medical Mission to the
Philippines last February 2008
was a complete success. I feel
fortunate to be a part of this
organization rich in the tradi-
tion of serving others, and
help in building better lives
for our less fortunate country-
men in the Philippines.”
The Rotary Club of San
Diego-Paradise Valley is a
member of the Rotary Foun-
dation, a non-proft organi-
zation whose mission is to
enable Rotarians to advance
world understanding, good-
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April 4 - 10, 2008
Riz A. Oades Bill Labestre
The Good, the Bad
and the Ugly
Gabby a welcome
blast from the past
A Navy Brat Speaks Out:
Changes in Naples
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By Mike Frialde
Philstar, March 30, 2008
Mercedita Ona, a graduate of the
Ateneo de Manila law school, took
the number one spot in the 2007
Bar examinations with a score of
83.55 percent.
Out of 5,626 candidates who took
the Bar, only 22.9 percent or 1,289
passed, according to Supreme
Court Justice Adolfo Azcuna, chair-
man of the 2007 Bar exams.
Placing second was Jennifer Ong
of the University of the Philip-
pines, garnering a grade of 83.35
They were followed by Yvanna
Maalat (Ateneo de Manila), 82.75
percent; Jennie Aclan (University
of San Carlos), 82.10 percent; and
John Michael Galauran (University
of Nueva Caceres), 81.60 percent.
Ranking sixth was Karen Canullas
(San Sebastian College) with 81.40
percent while tying for seventh
place were Cecile Mejia (Ateneo
de Manila) and Sheryl Ann Tizon
(University of the Philippines) with
Ateneo female grad tops Bar
a score of 81.35 percent.
In eighth place was Marforth Fua
(San Beda College) with 81.20 per-
cent, followed by Ruby Luy (Ate-
neo de Davao) with 81.15 percent,
and Christian Llido (University of
Cebu) and Vivian Tan (University
of the Philippines) who were tied
for 10th place with a score of 80.90
Also among the Bar passers is
STAR business reporter Mary Ann
Ona, 27, said she was “so happy”
about the results.
She said this is her frst attempt
to take the Bar. She is a certifed
public accountant working for the
Sycip law frm.
She added that she is the only
lawyer in the family.
“It (exam) was very diffcult. I
knew it when I left the examination
room, that’s why I’m nervous and
did not go to the Supreme Court in
Manila and just decided to view the
results online,” Ona said.
She said her preparations for the
Bar exams were also very tough.
The Rules of Court provide
that “a candidate may be deemed
to have passed his examination
successfully if he has obtained a
general average of 75 percent in
all subjects without falling below
50 percent in any subject.”
In determining the average, sub-
jects in the examinations are given
the following relative weights:
Political and International Law, 15
percent; Labor and Social Legis-
lation, 10 percent; Civil Law, 15
percent; Taxation, 10 percent; Mer-
cantile Law, 15 percent; Criminal
Law, 10 percent; Remedial Law,
20 percent; and Legal Ethics and
Practical Exercises, fve percent,
for a total of 100 percent.
Azcuna said the Court decided to
adjust the passing grade in the 2007
Bar exams to compensate for the
“unusually strict” corrections of the
exams, particularly in the subjects
of Criminal Law, Civil Law, and
Labor Law.
“If the passing grade was 75, only
fve percent would have passed. So
we lowered it to 70. That is why
22.9 percent passed,” he said.
According to Azcuna, three jus-
tices – Consuelo Ynares-Santiago,
Conchita Carpio-Morales and Pres-
bitero Velasco – inhibited them-
selves from the deliberations on the
2007 Bar exams because they have
relatives who took the test.
Azcuna added that the results of
the Bar exams, which was supposed
to be released last Friday, was re-
leased only yesterday because the
Court verifed the names of the law
“Because schools have been
changing their names, we wanted
to be sure. We wanted to be sure
before we decoded,” said Azcuna.
In decoding, the number of the
examinee as written on his exam
papers is matched with his name.
In 2006, of the 6,345 Bar takers,
only 1,893 hurdled the exams.
The Bar exams were frst insti-
tuted in 1901 with only 13 exam-
The 2007 Bar exams marked the
third time the “fve-strike” rule was
implemented. This rule limits to
fve the maximum number of times
a candidate may take what is said to
be the most grueling government-
administered test.
The fve-strike rule is pursuant to
the Court’s resolution in Bar Matter
No. 1161, Re: Proposed Reforms
in the Bar Examinations, which
provides, among others, that those
who have taken the Bar exams fve
or more times – and still failed –
shall no longer be eligible to take
any future Bar exams.
Bar Matter No. 1161 provides
for the “(d)isqualifcation of a can-
didate after failing in three (3) ex-
aminations, provided, that he may
take a fourth and ffth examination
if he successfully completes a one
(1) year refresher course for each
examination; provided, further that
upon the effectivity of this Resolu-
tion, those who have already failed
in fve (5) or more Bar examina-
tions shall be allowed to take only
one (1) more Bar examination after
completing a one (1) year refresher
The Court conducts the Bar
exams pursuant to Article VIII,
Section 5 of the Constitution which
provides that it shall have the power
to promulgate rules governing the
admission to the practice of law.
matriarch dies
Philstar, March 25, 2008
Chito Madrigal Collantes passed
away peacefully in her home at 6
p.m. yesterday. She was 86.
As matriarch of the Madrigal
family, Chito was a true woman
of character, grace and substance,
who was one of the frst of a gen-
eration of women to break away
from traditional roles. She was one
of the frst Filipinas to pass the bar
in Washington DC.
She will be remembered as both
a pioneering businesswoman and
philanthropist, as well as a style
icon. Not only was she active
in politics throughout her life,
especially with the campaigns of
Presidents Marcos and Macapagal,
she was also a Dame of the Order
of St. Sylvester.
Chito is survived by her husband,
former Foreign Affairs Minister
Manuel Collantes, as well as gen-
erations of family who “will live
inspired by her life’s example.”
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Families frolic in the waters of Manila Bay recentlyy. Despite the danger of
pollution, people from mostly poor communities in Metro Manila fock to the
bay to swim during summer. Photo by ERNIE PEÑAREDONDO
By Cecile Suerte-Felipe
Philstar, March 30, 2008
The Philippine National Police
(PNP) is set to launch the “Tamang
Bihis” program for policemen as part
of efforts to improve the image of
“Mamang Pulis.”
Deputy Director General Jesus
Verzosa, PNP deputy chief for admin-
istration, admitted that a number of
policemen do not wear their uniform
“We want to improve the image
of our policemen, from their per-
formance to their appearance,” said
Verzosa during a press conference
last Thursday.
Observers claim that some police-
men look shabby, while some even
refuse to button their shirts while
inside police stations.
Verzosa said they would also ad-
dress the issue by putting restrictions
on or accrediting suppliers of materi-
als for PNP uniforms.
“Under the Integrated Transforma-
tion Program (ITP), the PNP leader-
ship has lined up programs for the im-
provement of its personnel, facilities,
logistics and system development.
We have started that by conducting
training and seminars for personnel,”
said Verzosa.
He added that the PNP under the
administration of Director General
Avelino Razon Jr., through the Po-
lice Management Office, has also
inaugurated at least four model police
stations, acquired new patrol cars,
helicopters and other equipment to
Cops’ looks matter to PNP
improve police service to the com-
Verzosa also met with some foreign
counterparts who have pledged dona-
tions and fnancial assistance for the
implementation of the ITP.
Meanwhile, Verzosa said adminis-
trative charges will be fled against
policemen from the Manila Police
District (MPD) who committed
“lapses” in attending to the complaint
of Karina Antonette Agudo, who
works as a researcher with the Philip-
pine Navy.
Agudo’s experience was published
in a newspaper and caught the atten-
tion of the PNP leadership, including
Verzosa, executive director of the
Agudo, who personally met with
Verzosa the other day, narrated how
badly she was treated by police of-
fcers when she fled a complaint at a
police station along España in Manila
last Jan. 23.
“I hadn’t even fnished my narration
when the policeman suddenly cut me
off, saying, “Miss, tapos na ang duty
ko. Eto na ‘yung next na shift, siya na
lang magtutuloy (Miss, I’m done with
my duty. Here comes the next shift,
he’ll take over),” the woman said in
her article.
She added: “There were three
policemen on the next shift. Police
Offcer No. 2 sat in front of the table.
He looked for a pen and it took him
about five minutes to analyze the
police blotter format. He asked me
twice what day it was.”
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Food for thought
Read previous articles by visiting our website at www.asian-
According to Genesis, the first
chapter in the Old Testament, Earth
was no longer the perfect paradise that
God had intended. It was frightening
to see how quickly all of humanity
forgot about God. Incredibly, in the
world, only one man and his family
still worshipped God. That man was
Because of Noah’s faithfulness and
obedience, God saved Noah and his
family from a vast food that destroyed
every human being on earth.
The Real Story of Noah
Here’s the real story of Noah, ac-
cording to Genesis 6:1-17 of the Life
Application Bible:
Now a population explosion took
place upon the earth. It was at this
time that beings from the spirit world
looked upon the beautiful earth
women and took any they desired to be
their wives. Then Jehovah said, “My
Spirit must not forever be disgraced in
man, wholly evil as he is. I will give
him 120 years to mend his ways.”
In those days and even afterwards,
when the evil beings from the spirit
world were sexually involved with
human women, their children became
giants, of whom so many legends are
told. When the Lord God saw the ex-
tent of human wickedness, and that the
trend and direction of men’s lives were
only towards evil, he was sorry he had
made them. It broke his heart.
And he said, “I will blot out from
the face of the earth all mankind that
I created. Yes, and the animals too,
and the reptiles and the birds. For I
am sorry I made them.”
But Noah was a pleasure to the
Lord. He was the only truly righ-
teous man living on the earth at that
time. He tried always to conduct his
affairs according to God’s will. And
he had three sons – Sem, Ham, and
Meanwhile, the crime rate was ris-
ing rapidly across the earth, and, as
seen by God, the world was rotten to
the core.
As God observed how bad it was,
and saw that all mankind was vicious
and depraved, he said to Noah: “I
have decided to destroy mankind from
the earth.
Make a boat from resinous wood,
sealing it with tar, and construct decks
and stalls throughout the ship. Con-
struct a skylight all the way around
the ship, eighteen inches below the
roof, and make three decks inside the
boat – a bottom, middle and upper
deck – and put a door in the side.
Here are the measurements: 300
cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30
cubits deep.
Look, I am going to cover the earth
with a food, and destroy every liv-
ing being – everything where there
is a breath of life. All will die. But I
promise to keep you and your family
safe in the ship. Bring a pair of every
animal into the boat with you, to keep
them alive through the food. Store
away on the boat all the food that you
will need. And Noah did everything
as God has commanded him.”

Today’s funny, fctional and non-
Biblical version
Have you ever though what could
have transpired if that story happened
today? What would an American
Noah have done if the Lord God asked
him to build an ark today? Here’s
one version:
Early one morning, the Lord God
came down to earth and spoke to
Noah: “Noah, I plan to destroy the
earth with a big food a six years from
now. So I want you to build …”
Before God could say “ark”, Noah
interrupted, “Lord, are you telling me
that this big food will cover the whole
earth? Why, that’s impossible!”
“Shut up and listen, Noah. I want to
save “A Few Good Men”, and women,
of course, and two of every kind of
animals. So I want you to build an
ark. Here are the measurements,
write them down – 300 cubits long,
50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits deep.
Have you got that?”
“What in the, I mean, what in heav-
en’s name is a cubit?” Noah asked.
God told him and Noah said, “I once
saw a movie called Raiders of the Lost
Ark with Indiana Jones in it. Is that
the ark you’re talking about?’
“No, dummy! This ark is a boat,
a ship.”
“Ohhh, that ark! Well, is this ark,
boat, or ship bigger than the Titanic?
Are you sure it’s unsinkable?”
“For God’s sake, I mean, my sake
Noah, just build the ark. I’ll see you
in six years.”
A few months before the six years,
God came back to earth to check on
Noah. He found Noah sitting on the
front yard of his house, with his head
between his hands. Very depressed!
But there was no ark!
“Hey, Noah! What’s happening
here? Where’s the ark?”
“Oh, Lord, I’m so sorry! I did my
best, truly I did! But the problems
were just too much. First, I had to get
a building permit. Then I had to hire
an engineer and contractor. I almost
got into a fght with the engineer on
whether or not to install a sprinkler
system inside the ark, in case of fre.
Next, I had problems getting wood.
I could not just cut some trees with-
out the approval of the Green Earth
Group, the Environmental Group, and
the Animal Rights Group. All of them
said no! I tried to convince them that I
needed wood to save the animals from
the great food. But they all laughed
at me and called me crazy!
So I had to go to Lowe’s and also
Home Depot to buy wood. But with
the amount of wood I needed, all
my credit cards were max out, and I
almost got disapproved.
And then the Equal Rights Group
threatened to sue me if I didn’t hire
minorities. So I had to hire a few Fili-
pinos and some Mexicans from across
the border. Some of them have green
cards and some didn’t, so I almost got
in trouble with that too!
While we were building the ark, a
neighbor of mine complained. He said
I was violating zoning regulations by
building a ship in my yard. He said
why don’t I just have NASSCO, the
ship building company do it. So I had
to get a special permit from the City
Planning Commission because surely
I could not afford NASSCO.
And then the ACLU complained that
my ark looks like a religious symbol,
and they fled a lawsuit against me.
They wanted me to build something
like the “Love Boat.” When I told
them “no way”, they started calling
me “No Way” instead of Noah.
And that’s not all Lord! The En-
vironmental Impact Agency wanted
me wanted me to submit an environ-
mental impact statement. And a map
of what the food would cover. I sent
them a globe!
The IRS said I was trying to evade
The Funny, Fictional, and Non-
Biblical Version of Noah’s Ark
paying taxes. So they impounded my
ark! I’m completely wiped out! What
do I do now, Lord?
And to top it all, the ultra liberal
Congressmen has a bill pending ap-
proval that will try to limit the powers
of the Almighty. That’s you, Lord!
Can they that to you Lord?”
God’s decision: No More Great
Flood The Lord God considered for
a moment, and shook his head. Then
he waved his hand at the heavens.
The clouds began to dissipate, and a
beautiful rainbow arched across the
Seeing all that, Noah asked, “Lord,
have you changed your mind? You
are not going to destroy the earth
after all?’
“What for?” the Lord God said.
“You people are already doing it!”
Third in a series
(Continued from last issue)
21. There are no words in the
dictionary that rhyme with: orange,
purple, and silver!
22. Leonardo DaVinci invented
scissors. Also, it took him 10 years
to paint Mona Lisa’s lips.
23. A tiny amount of liquor on a
scorpion will make it instantly go mad
and sting itself to death.
24. The mask used by Michael My-
ers in the original “Halloween” was a
Captain Kirk’s mask painted white.
25. If you have three quarters, four
dimes, and four pennies, you have
$1.19. You also have the largest
amount of money in coins without
being able to make change for a dollar
(good to know.)
26. By raising your legs slowly and
lying on your back, you can’t sink in
quicksand (and you thought this list
was completely useless.)
27. The phrase “rule of thumb”
is derived from an old English law,
which stated that you couldn’t beat
your wife with anything wider than
your thumb.
28. The first product Motorola
started to develop was a record player
for automobiles. At that time, the most
known player on the market was the
Victrola, so they called themselves
29. Celery has negative calories! It
takes more calories to eat a piece of
celery than the celery has in it to begin
with. It’s the same with apples!
30. Chewing gum while peeling
onions will keep you from crying!
31. The glue on Israeli postage
stamps is certifed kosher.
32. Guinness Book of Records holds
the record for being the book most
often stolen from Public Libraries.
33. Astronauts are not allowed to
eat beans before they go into space
because passing wind in a space suit
damages it. I NEED TO REMEMBER
34. George Carlin said it best about
Martha Stewart. “Boy, I feel a lot
safer now that she’s behind bars. OJ
Simpson and Kobe Bryant are still
walking around; Osama Bin Laden
too, but they take the ONE woman in
America willing to cook, clean, and
work in the yard, and they haul her
fanny off to jail.
Things you should
know but probably don’t
Federal Land’s Bay Garden:
A vacation home
in the city
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by Zena Sultana Babao
love with her unit at Mactan Tower,
the third phase of Bay Garden, a
frst-class community located within
Metropolitan Park, Macapagal Blvd.
in Pasay. The developer, Federal
Land, is a member of the Metrobank
It was during one of her visits at the
annual bazaar in Le Pavillon, when
she found out about Bay Garden Mac-
tan Tower. Intrigued by the existing
residential condominiums, Anchor,
Boardwalk and Crystal, she visited the
site together with her husband and was
immediately captivated by the beauty
of Mactan Tower. She remembered
asking, “… meron bang Metrobank
property dun sa Le Pavillon. Sabi
nila meron nga Federal Land. So
nag-onsite visit ako. Tapos eto na nga,
eto nga yung noon pa gusto ko na…
In fact, by the time na nagsite visit
(ako) kasali na yung mga processing
one week lang”. (I asked if there’s a
Metrobank property in Le Pavillon.
They said Federal Land has one. So,
I visited the site. This is what I have
been looking for all this time…In fact,
including the time I frst visited, the
processing took only a week).
Ms. Lucero is an innate nature lover.
As owner of Laura’s Organic Farm
in San Pablo City, Laguna, she is
easily fascinated with natural beauty
and picturesque scenes. She enjoys
silence and privacy. But, one would
ask, what does she fnd picturesque
in Manila?
“You’ll be asking what’s good in
Manila? Wala naman talaga. But for
me, now, what’s beautiful in Manila
is the bay”, Ms. Lucero said. “I like
looking at the bay, watching the
clouds, the sun. I like nature… I fxed
my kitchen so I could eat here… I had
to put up a home entertainment system
and enjoy the music”.
Bay Garden Mactan Tower offers
units with foor-to-ceiling windows,
giving its owners the magnificent
view of the cityscape and the breath-
taking allure of the Manila Bay.
Her unit in Bay Garden Mactan
Tower is a second home, a weekend
getaway for the family. She admits,
“It’s a good compromise. You see,
let’s say I want a second home in
Tagaytay. With the travel time alone,
you’re not rested. The traffc, the
roads are not good. There are so many
constructions going on (that) you get
carsick. By the time you’re there, you
know that you have to travel back…
But really, why are you there? You
want to enjoy, you want to have a
change of view. Probably you want
to see a lake, greens but not at the
expense that you are still tired….So
now, I have a view…come Monday,
I am recharged. It is a getaway but
still within the city”.
At Bay Garden Mactan Tower, ev-
ery day is like coming home to a big
vacation. Enjoy the scenes from your
outdoor lanai. Or laze by the poolside.
Let the kids have fun in the outdoor
playground. Celebrate life.
“I think developments should be
geared toward (this). Of course it’s
more expensive when done here
(within the city). Outside the city
there are hectares and hectares of land
but mapupuntahan mo ba lahat? This
is a brilliant idea…You have nature,
so make your development around it
then make it your selling point”.
An investment involving hard-
earned money, Ms. Lucero carefully
took note of the things she wanted for
a second home – a home with a natural
view, silence, privacy, convenience.
All these she found at Bay Garden,
where every day is a big vacation.
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n order enjoy a stay in
the Philippines, one
should plan out a daily
itinerary. Otherwise, a ba-
likbayan might fnd himself
standing by the roadside
under the heat of the swel-
tering sun, wondering what
he was doing there in the
frst place, and ultimately
regretting the decision to
There was this Filipina American
lady who was being persuaded to
take her family to the Philippines
for a vacation.
“My kids do not want to return
there anymore,” she said defni-
tively. Bear in mind that this lady
owns three homecare businesses,
7 rental properties and live in a
million dollar home. She can very
well afford to travel with her fam-
ily. It turned out that when they
spent their vacation in Metro Ma-
nila a few years ago, they stayed at
her sister’s house instead of a nice
hotel. And the house turned out to
be in Payatas, the dumpsite area in
Quezon City, where many squat-
ters lived. Although the sister’s
house was decent, those around
it were shanties. The balikbayan
(returnees) kids stayed with the
family, sleeping on the foor at
night and contending with the hot
weather. Naturally, the kids had a
traumatic experience of their stay
and vowed never to return, being
used to a higher standard, much
more comfortable way of life in
the United States. Their Philip-
pine stay did not turn out to be
the enjoyable vacation they were
hoping for, especially since no
preparations were made to tour the
country. The vacationeers spent
their days cooped up in the house
instead of exploring the sights and
sounds of the beautiful city.
Then there was this other Filipi-
na American who hasn’t returned
to the Philippines, the land of her
birth, for almost twenty years.
“How would you spend your
vacation?” she was asked.
“Oh, I have everything taken
cared of,” she nonchalantly said.
“I have a time-share membership
and I am going to stay in a condo
in Tagaytay for two weeks!”
“What would you do in Tagay-
tay? Don’t you know that after
two days, you are going to get
bored there, staying in a room
all by your lonesome self with
nowhere to go and nothing to do?”
a friend asked her.
When she came back, she was
disappointed and admitted her
mistake to her friend: “You are
right! I should have listened to
After just a day, she indeed got
bored and realized that there were
no places to go in Tagaytay except
the restaurants and nothing much
to see except for the view of the
volcano from the ridge. After a
week of being miserable, she gave
up and asked a relative in Manila
to pick her up, despite the fact that
the room was paid for for another
week. She spent the remaining
days of her vacation in a hotel in
Manila, shopping and checking
out the attractions the big city had
to offer. To her dismay, she found
out that despite her huge invest-
ments in a time-share scheme, she
ended up paying about $800 for
other extra expenses the program
charged her, almost the same
amount she would have spent had
she just stayed in a nice hotel for
the same period of time. She now
tells people not to invest in any
time-share program since she is
convinced that it is the worse and
mostly useless, if not expensive
scheme she has gotten into.
Vacation together
Philippine Visit 2004
Planning a tour of a
beautiful country
In order to enjoy a stay in the Philippines, one should plan
out a daily itinerary. Otherwise, a balikbayan might fnd
himself standing by the roadside under the heat of the
sweltering sun, wondering what he was doing there in the
frst place, and ultimately regretting the decision to visit.
Eric’s plan was to attend to
business in the frst week and
then wait for the arrival of his
family so that they could enjoy
their vacation together. To make
sure they would make the most
of their stay, he came up with a
day-to-day itinerary. On the day
of his family’s arrival, they would
proceed directly to his family’s
rest house in Bulacan where a
medical mission was to be con-
ducted. His family sponsors the
free medical clinic once a year
during the birthdays of their par-
ents not only as a tribute to them
but also to help the poor in the
area. In the evening, they would
check in at the Intercontinental
Hotel in Makati. In the follow-
ing days, they would tour Roxas
Blvd., the Luneta, Manila Hotel,
Manila Cathedral, San Agustin
Church and Fort Bonifacio. In the
evening, they would dine at one
of the trendy restaurants in the
Adriatico Plaza in the Malate area.
The next day, they would explore
Makati and have dinner at the
Fort, one of the newest and most
popular developments in the City.
Then they would drive up to Subic
Bay Freeport Resort where they
would stay overnight. From there,
they would drive along the coast
of the highway in Zambales, up to
Alaminos, Pangasinan and check
out the famous Hundred Islands, a
popular tourist destination.
They would then proceed to
Baguio City, then to the beaches
of La Union up to Vintar, Ilocos
Norte and visit some friends and
relatives. From there, they would
go back to Manila, stay there for a
day, and fy to Kalibo, Aklan to at-
tend the Ati-Atihan Festival. After
the festival, they would drive to
the town of Caticlan and cross the
sea into the Boracay Island. They
planned to stay there for three
days and fy back to Manila where
they would stay another three days
visiting Pagsanjan Falls, Villa Es-
cudero and Tagaytay on their way
home to the United States.
Easier said than done
He realized however, that the
planned tour was easier said than
done. He had no idea what to
expect at the Subic Bay Freeport
Resort. He didn’t know where to
go and stay. He included it based
upon the recommendations of
friends who told him that it was a
nice place to visit. When he called
up the Department of Tourism
for assistance, its personnel were
of no help. All they did was to
recommend overpriced private
tour companies. The same thing
happened when he asked them
about the Ati-Atihan Festival in
Aklan. The Tourism people, at that
time, didn’t even know on what
day the famous festival would be
held. When he checked out the
Department’s website, all it had
was the schedule of the Festival
the year before. Frustrated, he
just started asking people about
his planned destinations. Luckily
for him, he got hold and bought a
locally produced book about the
road maps of different provinces
in the Philippines. He knew how
to go to the Subic having been to
Olongapo City, its adjacent town
years before. But he discovered,
through the book, that there is a
highway that travels along the
coast of Zambales that would end
up in Alaminos, Pangasinan. From
there, he already knew how to go
to Baguio, La Union, Ilocos and
back to Manila.
Planning the trip to Aklan was a
different matter. Through friends,
he found out the exact day of the
Festival and booked their fights
there with the help of a brother.
Two employees of the branch
offce of the company his brother
worked for were asked to book
their hotels in the area, which was
a diffcult feat considering the
number of visitors especially dur-
ing the day of the world famous
Ati-Atihan Festival.
As for their trips to Pagsanjan
Falls and Villa Escudero, he would
just rely on where his hunches
would lead him. Fortunately, the
road map book he bought also
shows the ways to both areas.
With the daily itinerary planned,
he was confdent that he and his
family would enjoy their tour and
vacation in the Philippines in the
next three weeks ahead. – AJ
(To be continued)
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kay people, I’ve had
it. Enough is enough
and was enough about
three years ago. And it’s get-
ting worse. A lot worse. And
I’m getting crankier. You’ve
been warned.
What set me off, at least this time,
were two things happening simul-
taneously. Picture it: last Sunday
night, after dinner, showers, backpack
flled and zipped, and everything ac-
complished that needed to be, my son
and I are kicking back and relaxing
before the Monday morning onslaught
of life.
We’re watching something on TV
and no, I don’t remember what it was
and nor do I particularly care. Suffce
to say that it kept my eleven-year-old
son enthralled so it was probably
something on the Pacifc Islands, a
Japanese shogun, medieval England,
Star Trek or Harry Potter.
Annoyance number one
We’re about an hour into the flm
when the 9pm hour rolls around and
it’s his bedtime. I tell him its time
for bed, brush teeth, etc, etc, etc. He
whines a bit, tries to negotiate a bit,
and then starts to get up and go, etc,
etc, etc. And just at that moment IT
comes on the TV.
And just what is “IT”? Well, it’s a
commercial for Viagra. No big deal,
except this one, well, I’ll describe
it. There is a group of men, sitting
in a country-style bar or restaurant.
They’ve obviously been hiking, fsh-
ing, hunting or some other wonderful
guy thing. Now, after a rough day
they’re relaxing, sitting around and
singing before getting back on the
road and heading home. The song
they are all so into is “Viva Viagra.”
This marvelous rendition is sung to
Elvis Presley’s old “Viva Las Vegas”
song from the flm Viva Las Vegas
starring Presley and Ann-Margaret.
Weird? Oh, yes, weird indeed. But
I can live with weird; heck, I embrace
weird. I can live with Viagra com-
mercials (although the absurdity of
this one is just a bit much). What was
most interesting here was the question
from my son. The atmosphere of the
setting, the song, the dusty “cowboy”
looking guys, something stopped him
and he watched. Still no big deal.
But then came the question, “Dad,
what’s Viagra?” Now of course
he and I have had / are having all
the age-appropriate father and son
“talks.” But to be honest, we just
never got around to Viagra (or the ED
symptoms for which one would use
Viagra). He is just eleven after all.
And now, at 9pm on a Sunday night,
I’m supposed to discuss Viagra? I
don’t think so. So I just went to the
fall-back answer of, “It’s just a medi-
cine some guys take. Now get your
rear end in the bathroom and clean
those teeth. And remember how long
you’re supposed to foss and brush.”
That of course changed the subject
immediately because he could go to
his fall-back whine of, “I’m too tired.”
But he goes anyway because he’s a
terrifc kid (and I can take away any-
thing that says “Sony” on it).
This now leaves me in the awkward
position of either being annoyed at
the commercial or being impressed
with it because it is, after all, getting
attention. How much attention? It has
played, and been discussed, on one
YouTube site alone almost a quarter
million times.
Annoyance number two
My second major annoyance, at
least for the moment, is noise. Now
please don’t misunderstand me, I’m
not on a rampage about noise because
it might cause hearing problems, or
health problems, or anything else.
I’m ticked off about those noises that
are abysmally, horrifcally, dreadfully
I’m also not writing about sounds
that exist to allow the visually im-
paired to live easier, less frustrating
lives. There are many things my
father owns – including his watch that
speaks – which permit him a much
higher quality of life. I’m just writing
about the sounds that are used because
we can, because a company thinks it
can charge more for a product that
is seen to do more when it actually
Let’s be clear about another thing.
I’m not speaking of volume; I listen to
loud music too. I’m not speaking of
musical styles, plenty of people might
fnd fault with my taste in music. My
rant here is strictly limited to noise.
What kind of noise? Well in my car
there are probably a dozen distinct
sounds. Push a radio button there is
a beep, push a climate button there is
a chirp, turn on lights or press another
of a dozen buttons and you’ll hear all
sorts of strange little tones.
Why would pushing a radio station
pre-set button require a beep? We
can fgure out something was pushed
because the station changes. The
same thing holds true for any of the
other things that make noise. Those
sounds are there because something
is happening but we know they’re
happening because something yes,
And that’s just one of the cars – the
others chirp and beep as well but none
of them make the same sound for the
same thing. A climate change might
chirp in one car but beep in the other.
So it’s not only noisy, but even worse,
its inconsistent noise.
Is it just the cars doing all this noise?
Of course not. In my kitchen the
oven makes two different sounds, the
microwave beeps, the toaster chimes
and the toaster oven dings. The
dishwasher pings, the phone chirps
and the under-cabinet TV peeps. And
remember, that’s just the kitchen.
Every TV in the house has some
quirky noise associated with it. The
Brinks Security keypad makes strange
little sounds that can’t ever be turned
off. I called Brinks to check on this
one because when I turn on or off
the alarm it chirps which has been
known to wake up a child; this would
be alright if not for the fact that it’s
my child. If he’s asleep, I really want
him to stay asleep. Brinks said sorry,
but there was no way to disconnect
the keypad sounds. If I ever fnd a
Nonsense and noise
Enough with the beeps, buzzes, chirps, bells, chimes,
tones, rings and, most of all, guys sitting around
singing about Viagra
security company with a silent pad
I’m going to disconnect Brinks.
So far we’ve discussed cars, ap-
pliances, security pads, and TVs.
Anything else? Oh, of course. There
are telephone keypads, computers,
printers, alarm clocks (not the alarm
– the buttons to set the alarm), vacuum
By Keithley Santos*
y dad was re-
cruited out of the
Philippines when I
was fve years old. I was too
young then to realize how
his career would eventually
immerse me in the American
culture. Change is not new
to me; change is actually
something I found that has
helped me defne the term
“Navy brat.” That is exactly
what I am; I am a Navy brat,
ever since I can remember.
My whole life has been
based and surrounded with
all things military due to my
father’s career.
My traits and persona are con-
structed because of my father’s
allegiance to the U.S. Navy. You
can call me a “world class trav-
eler,” because literally that is what
I’ve been alongside my father and
my family; we’ve been traveling
throughout this whole experience.
Change has defnitely given me the
opportunities and the experiences
that I’ve needed to cope as I’ move
to new places.
Growing Up
Throughout my father’s career,
L-R: Kris, Keithley, SKC Raul, Genesis and Josephine. The Santos Family.
FilAm Military Family
Changes in Naples
I’ve been to two different el-
ementary schools, three different
middle schools, and two different
high schools. The school-age years
weren’t so bad because I didn’t
comprehend the meaning of friend-
ships or the concept of goodbyes.
These years were carefree and
Dad was never around much be-
cause he was always “out to sea” or
on “deployment.” My mom was the
authoritative fgure when my father
was gone and had to play two pa-
rental roles. She was not only Mom,
but she became Dad as well.
When the beginning of my teen-
age years started to hit, I couldn’t
understand life itself. I was the wild
child at this time.
I was glad when Pops was out to
sea, and I became a bit defant and
rebellious to every rule my mother
would attempt to coerce on me.
Mom could not quite put down
the law, the way my father did, and
I knew somewhere in my “thick”
little head that I was wrong.
High school got better. I wasn’t
always trying to challenge the rules,
and I didn’t fnd myself in much
trouble as I did when I was in mid-
dle school. Perhaps, it was because
my dad fnally got to stick around
more and didn’t have sea duty
anymore. I grew to fear my father,
and I eventually learned to fear my
mother once again. Towards the end
of high school I began to appreciate
my parents even more.
Does Salad Bowl Work?
I was born in Baguio City, Philip-
pines. I immigrated to the United
States with my family when I was
fve years old. I still spoke the na-
tive language of Tagalog with ease,
as I got absorbed in the American
school system and started following
the norms of the American culture,
a lot of my Filipino heritage began
to slip away.
No longer could I speak the lan-
guage fuently, nor could I describe
to you what happens in the Philip-
pines if I tried. I know that because
of my father’s new career, I had
been immersed in a culture that I’ve
known for the majority of my life.
How could I begin to describe who
I was as a person? Was I becoming
an American?
Being a Navy brat, I grew to love
both cultures. I was born Filipina,
and grew up American. I know the
English language and its grammar
more than I know Tagalog. When
I speak Tagalog, it sounds funny;
Filipinos refer to this as “Taglish,”
whatever that means.
As a Navy dependent I became
open minded to different cultures
and saw no colors. All the slang
term for different ethnicities became
neutral to me: black, white, yellow,
brown, red, etc. Every where I went
I learned that being a Navy brat, I
was living in a community where
race didn’t matter. Everyone was
All my friends knew of one
another and hung out with one
another. We were living in a “salad
bowl.” I was different all of my
friends were different, but we all
still meshed well together no matter
how different we were. We knew
we belonged because we were liv-
ing in the “military community.”
Benefts & Irritants
I’ve benefted a lot from the
military life that my father has
provided me. I’ve gone to some
amazing places and have met some
of the greatest people that I’ve
known. I’ve lived in California, Ja-
pan, Washington, Hawaii, Virginia,
and Italy. Because I’ve called these
entire places home, I’ve visited
a plethora of destinations within
the boundaries of these wonderful
countries and states.
I got free medical insurance thru
my father and free medication to go
with that. I even got to shop on the
bases tax free at an even cheaper
price than what you would fnd in
the civilian world. I’ve also gone to
some amazing schools with some
of the greatest educators that I’ve
known. I have truly reaped the
military benefts, and for that I can
say that I’ve been blessed.
The downside of being a Navy
brat is the constant packing up ev-
ery 3 to 4 years. Yes, change has de-
fned who I am, but I’ve left behind
some really great friends. When I
became aware of how meaningful
long lasting friendships would be,
I resented the military for a while.
I was convinced that I was going
to graduate in Hawaii and see all
my friends that I’ve known since 8

grade graduate with me.
Sometime during my junior
year in high school Dad decided he
wasn’t going to extend his “tour,”
instead he decided that the family
was going to move to Europe. I was
infuriated when I found out that
I had to start all over again. This
change was heart wrenching and I
wanted my father to be out of the
I lived in Naples, Italy for 4 and
half years. I graduated there and
stayed for my freshmen year of
college. I did this to help my parents
out fnancially. Naples was the
true turning point in my life. This
change that came over me was
maturity. I had grown up to under-
stand that life wasn’t always going
to be easy.
I grew up knowing that the Navy
was going to take friends from me,
and that I too had to leave these
friends. The change I was going
through was the beginning of adult-
hood, and for once it felt exhilarat-
Naples was the closest thing to
home I had ever felt. This very
community was like no other, I
loved and still love how this city
made me open my eyes to the
“bigger picture.” I realized that the
Navy was a carriage that my father
had provided for my family and I to
escape the hardships in the Philip-
I am a true Filipina at heart, but
I am blessed to be an American. I
identify myself with being Filipino-
American, and it is because al-
though I was born Filipina, I am an
acclimated American who embraces
this country’s culture.
The Navy has defnitely put my
views into perspective, and I have
my father to thank for that. I am a
true Navy brat, one who doesn’t
boast, but who feels the need to
share her journeys.
The Navy has been the backbone
of my family’s existence and I am
honored to say that it has provided
affuence for our successes. It is
because of the U.S Navy that this
life has been the true meaning of the
“good life.”
My father would be proud to
know that I’ve taken nothing for
granted; rather I’ve learned and
embraced the life and the changes
as a Navy brat.
*Keithley Santos is currently a
senior at SDSU majoring in public
cleaners, toys beyond count, toys be-
yond count, and yes, toys beyond all
possible count.
Perhaps it’s time to rethink unneces-
sary sounds. People deal with enough
noise in their lives; why should we
have to put up with even more of it
from a microwave oven?
By Babe Romualdez
Philstar, March 23, 2008
French writer Francois de Rochefou-
cauld once said that the last thing that
dies in man is hope. He probably is
talking about the Filipino — because
if there’s any characteristic at all that
enables the Filipino to survive even
the most trying circumstance, it’s his
great capacity to hope, his unswerv-
ing belief that things will always get
better no matter what. As a matter of
fact, global surveys have revealed
that compared to others, Filipinos are
among the happiest people not only in
Asia but the rest of the world.
Despite the diffculties we face as
a nation today, many Filipinos, es-
pecially those who have been living
abroad, have the biggest hope for the
Philippines. Most of them who have
lived in many places all over the world
are slowly coming back, appreciating
what some of us take for granted.
Those young people who are com-
ing back home after living abroad for
many years can in fact make a big dif-
ference having a global perspective.
Many of them after studying abroad
can bring new ideas and knowledge
they have acquired, which could help
the Philippines take its rightful place
in the global arena — at par with the
rest of the developing world.
It’s so ironic that Filipinos who have
lived in the Philippines most of their
lives take this country for granted.
They look at the trees and not the
forest — thus failing to appreciate
the many things that this country has
been blessed with. For one thing,
the weather alone is something that
people should be thankful for.
A lot of Americans pay a premium
just to be able to live in Hawaii and
Florida and enjoy the sunny and tem-
perate weather in tropical countries
like the Philippines. One foreign
visitor described the Philippines as
“a piece of heaven,” and even the
Chinese foreign minister who visited
Cebu recently couldn’t help but be
impressed, calling the province a
“unique corner of paradise.”
Tourism Secretary Ace Durano was
not kidding when he said that 250,000
locals will tour the country during the
Holy Week. Judging from the traffc
going to so many places especially in
the south, it looked like the actual fg-
ure for local tourists is really 300,000
— perhaps the highest number in any
single month for domestic travel. As
a matter of fact, airlines confrmed
that all their fights going to favou-
rite travel spots like Bohol, Boracay
and Palawan were fully booked even
before the onset of the Holy Week.
Even trips by land to Batangas and
Mindoro were full. It’s that time of the
year when Filipinos get to appreciate
the blessings of their country.
More than eight million Filipinos
take the opportunity to become tour-
ists in their own country, and the
number has been consistently increas-
ing during the past three years, with
fgures hitting as much as 10 million
locals enjoying the sights and sounds
of the country. The increased number
of domestic tourists is an obvious
proof that the economy is getting
healthier. Skeptics and cynics will
always fnd something negative to
complain about. Of course, the effects
of the economy are not trickling down
fast enough, but at least it’s reaching
out to the lower levels of society
through domestic tourism. Getting
the economy into top shape cannot
be accomplished overnight.
This is probably why we continue
to have a political divide. But fortu-
nately, there is a persistent feeling of
hope by many people that one day,
this country will rise up from the
political and social morass it is expe-
riencing. People are getting tired of
“trapos” — traditional politicians with
their incessant wrangling for more
infuence and power. After all, we all
must realize there is a bigger world
out there outside of politics.
Perhaps this indomitable spirit —
this unwavering hope for things to get
better no matter the odds — comes
from our strong Christian faith. As
Max Soliven used to say, the Philip-
pines is like Ivory soap — it will
always foat.
Today reminds us of the example of
Jesus Christ who suffered every kind
of pain imaginable as He lay dying
on the cross, but conquered death on
His resurrection. Christians all over
the world celebrate Easter because
it restores their faith — and it is this
kind of faith that continues to keep
hope alive in their hearts, believing
that the promise of a new and better
life will surely come. As Brisbane’s
Archbishop John Bathersby said,
Easter is a time that is all about hope,
a proclamation of God’s undying love
made manifest in the resurrection of
Christ Jesus.
For many Filipinos, the miracle of
the resurrection is the light of hope
that keeps them believing that one
day, this nation and its people will be
transformed to what it should be — a
rich country, blessed by talented and
brilliant people. As Easter is all about
new lives and new beginnings, Filipi-
nos know that even when the situation
seems gloomy, their strong faith and
hope gives them the assurance that
as certain as the sun goes down, it
will surely rise again the next day.
The time will come when the people
will rise above the divisions they are
going through today — because as
long as faith and hope continue to
burn in their hearts, there will always
be Easter for Filipinos.
There will always be
Easter for Filipinos
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ertainly, San Diego has
enjoyed the good years
in the real estate market.
Home equities went soaring
high, some people made good
money, investors made a killing
and many Filipinos went back
to school and became real estate
agents and loan offcers.
Those were the wild and crazy
years where even the timid and
calculating people got excited
and joined the action.
Some of us felt bad we could
not join the crowd making quick
money in the real estate market.
It was either we have no money
to invest or we were too afraid to
take a big risk. We felt ridiculed
and were left behind in the old
neighborhood in our old homes.
We got stuck in the old zip codes
with our fxed mortgage loans
and lower property taxes. Most
of our friends and neighbors
moved to their new mansions
in new communities with classy
zip codes.
Some other times we got in-
vited to housewarming of these
elegant homes. We got awed
and mesmerized by their huge
living spaces and very expen-
sive landscaping. Sometimes
we wondered how these people
afford such life of luxury. We
were just like most of them,
the middle class employees or
active military personnel who
are married to hardworking
They seemed to belong to the
new “Cliques”, driving new cars
and living in their castles. They
always talked about their vaca-
tion homes or their condotels in
the Philippines.
Well, some of us stuck with
our principles and accepted our
destiny. We stayed in our old
homes and planned to pay off
our mortgage by the time we
retired. Old boring folks like
us deserve old boring homes
Then one day an ugly thing
happened and the housing
market started to collapse.
The prices of both old and new
homes went down, and the
teaser rates of some interest
only mortgage loan started to
expire. The pressure was on
for those who purchased their
overpriced homes and rental
properties. The investors could
hardly cope up with all their
mortgage and property tax pay-
ments. Many rental properties
were vacant or rented below
the market rate. The home eq-
uities were gone. Many found
it impossible to refnance any
mortgage loan.
There’s a lot of stress on the
panicky homeowners and in-
vestors. Even owners of older
homes who took large equity
loans were in trouble. Most
of the money borrowed were
already spent on other shaky
investments or nice personal
items. The sad reality is now
starting to sink in and the “For
Sale” signs are seen sprouting
almost everywhere.
Well, those few old boring
homeowners can still afford to
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and stayed as mere spectators
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To be used to make life useful
And in many ways so fruitful
Some choose to be sad and sorrowful
Always hurt, worried and doleful
Lonely, moody, isolated
They feel so sorely neglected
This kind of personality
Wallows so much in self pity
They are friendless and cheerless
And they feel they are truly useless
The mind with love so pure
Is confident, cheerful and sure
That life is what you make it
And the mind can be made
To reach it
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If one wills it to find
The values worth pursuing
To make life really worth living
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ow that we’ve got the
routine down from
the moment one steps
into the security line at the
airport to the moment one
leaves the plane, what other
details can possibly make for
a state of insecurity in this
day and age?
Too many to lose sleep over, I found
out, for folks like us who simply want
to get through the day. It is easier to
trust that authorities are doing a com-
mendable job of keeping all of us out
of harm’s way, regardless of whether
the threat is inside or out, real or not,
or zipped into the thousands of suit-
cases that come their way.
Flying to DC
I wasn’t too crazy about flying
to DC with a small black luggage
that sported a black and white patch
that was hardly noticeable except
for the fact that it was emblazoned
with the words “star wars republic
commando.” It wasn’t mine. I was
simply borrowing it even though I was
tempted to rip out the insignia.
A daughter had left it behind in
favor of my larger REI suitcase that
I had lugged laboriously through the
terminals of old train stations in Bel-
gium and Luxembourg. It was a fair
trade. On one hand was luggage that
had the markings of a bad idea. The
other was an upscale suitcase that was
built for an athlete with considerable
arm strength.
As slick and earth-friendly as it
looked it, the REI luggage was dif-
ficult to pull around. The length of the
suitcase handle was designed for the
arm length of a traveler who stood no
less that 5’7”, eliminating anyone of a
more diminutive stature which is four
out of five in my family, and possibly
most of the Asian American residents
in my street. The mismatch soon be-
came apparent. The old train that led
out from Brussels to the quaint village
of Brugges, Belgium had several steps
fitted for taller folks; each about a
fourth higher than a normal step. The
train was built at a time when it was
fashionable for porters to carry lug-
gage for travelers. However, it was
an era I missed by a generation. My
generation required the act of hauling,
requiring one to pull with both hands
as gravity and the lack of muscle made
it a test of survival through the train
stations and cobblestone streets of
Old Europe.
A souvenir from a Comic Con Inter-
national meeting in San Diego many
years ago, the storm trooper patch
provided a humorous way to dispel
deep-seated anxiety for one thing
while providing a unique way for a
weary traveler to pick out a single lug-
gage from the baggage claim carousel.
That is if the baggage ends up with
the front pockets in the up position,
or a one in two chance of landing the
right way.
Soon enough, the hassle became
apparent for its owner. The odds of
spotting a three-inch patch from a
distance of several feet became too
cumbersome for an itinerant world
traveler. The odds would rise even
more depending on the sheer number
of baggage and balikbayan boxes
spilling onto the carousel. Short of
buying a new bright durable suitcase
that might end up in the vastness of
the plastic ocean in the Pacific, an-
other plan was hatched for the sake
of the sustainability of the planet.
Plan B consisted of tying a pink ban-
dana on the handle. It had the effect
of screening out the male travelers,
and narrowing it down even more
to females who fancied hearts for a
motif and Star Wars cinema novelties
on the side.
To that mix of messages, I added my
own, attaching a star-shaped Ameri-
can flag pin to the pliable nylon strap
of the handle for good measure.
Soup and salad shocker
The flight to Charlotte, NC and then
to DC was uneventful except for a
shocking $24 bill for soup and salad
at an airport restaurant. Embarrassed
by my own fears as I sat there waiting
for the bill, I concluded that no one,
except for their own doting mothers,
would disparage and rip out a Jon-
Stewart-funny insignia from a classic
science fiction movie.
What a moment of relief that was.
Security on board
It was a surprise therefore to find
out how much security we had on
the plane. As passengers were soon
to find out from the stewardess while
the plane was on its final descent, a
contingent of soldiers was on board.
I happened to be sitting next to a man
who was busy typing away at his lap-
top the whole time. But he saved the
last few moments as passengers were
unbuckling seat belts to reveal who
he was. He was a retired Navy com-
mander who told me about the scuds
during Desert Storm. “If you saw it
on CNN, those scuds were coming
from my ship.”
It was like meeting the Lone Ranger.
But I could not say anything more.
He left as mysteriously as he came
leaving no room for questions. Like
a real er... trooper.
Everyone on the plane cheered for
the heroes on board. I was both clap-
ping and wondering what they were
on board for thinking nothing of what
was glued to my luggage. Ironically,
I was later to find out that I had lost
the American flag lapel pin which I
proudly secured to my luggage for
good luck that morning. But the in-
signia, which was the source of my
grief was still there, defiantly clinging
on with great adhesive strength after
tumbling through the carousel with
larger, meaner looking suitcases.
It could have been worse. Another
journalist, who was attending the
same conference, was on travel from
Los Angeles early morning and had
his plane diverted several times. He
arrived in DC after midnight, disbe-
lieving his bad luck. Weary from his
ordeal, he turned to me and asked the
inevitable, “Do I look like a terrorist?”
It was a rhetorical question about the
times we live in that was better left
Maybe, just maybe, I should choose
to travel with better luggage in the
future, and a new-found appreciation
for the unknown heroes and the fragile
times we live in. - AJ
By Edu Punay
Philstar, March 28, 2008
Archbishop Oscar Cruz of Lin-
gayen-Dagupan denied yesterday
saying that he would not grant holy
communion to President Arroyo and
her family.
Cruz, a staunch critic of the Ar-
royo administration, clarified that
he only told a news conference in
Mandaluyong City last Wednesday
that he would not give communion to
a known sinner but did not specifically
refer to Mrs. Arroyo.
“No, I didn’t say no communion for
GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo).
Frankly I don’t know anymore which
occasion I said that because it was a
long press conference with the media
group. I would not do that. That is
quite offensive to say that I won’t give
holy communion to the President and
her family. I think that’s too rude for
me to say,” Cruz told reporters.
But Cruz, former president of the
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the
Philippines (CBCP), said he could
not blame reporters who covered the
press conference for misinterpreting
several statements he made.
“Thinking it over, when my words
were put together by those who were
there, I would not blame them. We
were talking about the government,
corruption and communal action so
Bishop denies say-
ing he won’t give
communion to GMA
I understand and I cannot blame the
media for linking what I said about
the President and the First Family,”
he said.
Television and radio reports on
Wednesday quoted Cruz as saying
during the press conference: “I would
not give communion to somebody
receiving communion in public whom
I know is a public sinner. I am sorry. I
could be wrong and may God forgive
me but I cannot do it.”
Cruz said he only stated a long-
standing teaching of the Church,
which says communion should not be
awarded to a known public sinner.
“To give public sinners holy com-
munion would create scandal among
the people because it would seem to
erase the distinction between rightful
living and sinful existence. It was not
a personal opinion, Christ had a very
strong injunction on this principle,”
Cruz stressed.
Asked if he considers the President
a public sinner, the archbishop re-
plied: “It will be hard for me to think
about her as a saint. To say that she
is a public sinner may be a strong
statement, but for me that would be
more comfortable than to say that she
is a saintly and holy person. This is
my thinking. I’m sorry if I will hurt
The bishop said media might have
drawn conclusions from these two
statements because “consequently
the person concerned is a very bad
example of Christian living.”
Cruz said other bishops and priests
will do the same.
He said it would be scandalous to
grant communion to a known sinner.
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the kids call Paranoid Park. But what crime did he commit, if any? The
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Philstar, April 1, 2008
These past 13 years, after he left
down-hearted and broken-hearted
for the States for the second time,
Gabby Concepcion has been a staple
in the grapevine, constantly rumored
to be coming back for as “comeback”
project or, why not, for good. One
of Mother Lily’s original Regal Ba-
bies (along with William Martinez,
Dina Bonnevie, Maricel Soriano and
Snooky Serna), Gabby became some
kind of an “iconic” figure in his ab-
sence, proving to all and sundry that
absence, especially in a highly-visible
field like showbiz, doesn’t really
make the heart grow fonder but, sob
and sigh, makes it wander instead.
Sunday at 3:30 a.m., Gabby flew in
from San Francisco for a sentimental
journey, purposely to visit his father,
the equally-controversial Rolly Con-
cepcion, who is wheelchair-bound due
to a heart ailment and who is celebrat-
ing his birthday on April 4. “I can’t
forgive myself if I didn’t come for
the occasion,” Gabby said on his first
post-arrival TV appearance on The
Buzz afternoon of that same day.
Turning 45 on Nov. 5, Gabby has
retained much of his looks that made
him the matinee idol of the ’80s: Cute
dimples, rosy cheeks, pink lips and
a generally college-boy appeal that
disarmed women (he has, well, quite
a lot of them). In short, he didn’t seem
to age at all despite the hardships (as
he himself admitted) that he has been
through as an ordinary wage-earner
in America.
That pretty face was etched forever
in public memory drenched in tears
as he apologized for his role in the
infamous 1994 Manila Filmfest scam
in which he got the Best Actor trophy
rightly won by Edu Manzano. Gabby
left for the States not long after and
came back to resume his career, only
for it to be rudely interrupted when his
then new wife Jenny Syquia (Gabby’s
marriage to first wife Sharon Cuneta
has since been annulled) tearfully re-
vealed in a press conference that she
was a battered wife. (Jenny, who has
a daughter by Gabby, is now happily
married to a Swede and residing in
Gabby a welcome
blast from the past
Gabby Concepcion
Boston; they have a child.)
That was 13 years ago.
Since then, while working as a real-
estate agent in San Francisco, Gabby
has married again (his third mar-
riage), to Genevieve “Ginbee” Yatco
(of a prominent clan from Biñan,
Laguna) who gave birth to their first
child last year. All in all, Gabby has
four children: One with Grace Ibuna
(herself now happily married); one
with Sharon, KC who’s on her way
to becoming the new superstar, her
mom’s heir apparent in more ways
than one; one with Jenny; and the
fourth with Ginbee.
Now, he’s back, minus the “excess
baggage” (among them an estafa case
arising from the 1994 filmfest scam
and a bigamy suit filed against him
by Jenny), definitely a very much
welcome from the past as evidenced
by the media to-do about him and the
warm public response.
So what’s up for Gabby? Aside
from attending his dad’s birthday
(and, presumably, that of his daughter
KC on April; father and daughter are
beautifully bonding...KC even paid
Gabby and Ginbee a visit in San
Francisco two years ago), is he staying
long enough to star in a movie, in a
teleserye and in a drama show?
This much we have gathered from
Gabby’s exclusive interview with
Boy Abunda on The Buzz (thanks
to Boy for sharing juicy pieces with
• He said he might do a movie for
Star Cinema, and a teleserye and an
episode for Charo Santos-Concio’s
long-running/top-rating drama anthol-
ogy Maalaala Mo Kaya.
(Contacted by Funfare, newly-
appointed ABS-CBN president Charo
Santos-Concio said that Gabby hasn’t
signed a contract yet with Star Cinema
and/or ABS-CBN.)
• What will happen to the movie
contract he has signed with GMA
“Sana matuloy pa rin ‘yon,” Gabby
said. “‘Yon naman ang hinangad ko
na sana matuloy. ‘Yon nga lang, may
konting conflict na hindi maiiwasan.
Pero hindi ko tinatanggihan ang com-
mitment na pinasukan ko. Sana matu-
loy ‘yon para matapos na. Everybody
is aware of it.”
(Contacted by Funfare, GMA Films
head Annette Gozon-Abrogar said that
upon signing of the contract sometime
in November or December last year,
GMA Films gave Gabby P1.3-M as
downpayment for a movie. Added An-
nette, “One provision in the contract
states that Gabby cannot (do a movie)
with any other company during the
effectivity of the contract, which is
from the signing of the contract to
three months after the commercial
exhibition of the movie.”)
• So what happened to his GMA
Films movie, titled Italy, with Jolina
Magdangal (whose family is the co-
producer)? Didn’t he, according to
rumors, like the story which relegates
him to a second-lead role?
“Maraming dahilan,” said Gabby.
“Kung ito nga ay magiging come-
back, it has to be a comeback. Kasi
kung hindi ito magiging comeback,
bakit ko ito gagawin? Ang sinasabi
ko lang is babalik ako, eh, ano ang
tawag mo d’un kung pagbalik ko?
‘Yun lang, but...”
• Who would he choose as leading
lady for his “comeback” movie?
The studio audience screamed,
“Sharon Cuneta!”
Gabby said, “Why not? Of course,
Sharon has been part of my life. I
would like to do a movie with her;
I’d love to do a movie with KC. She’s
my daughter after all. It would be nice
if we could do a movie together. of
course, maraming intriga ang papa-
sok. Katulad nga ng sabi ni Sharon,
paglalaruan lang kami ng media. Pero,
kung maiiwasan, why not? Gumawa
tayo, ipakita natin sa tao tutal ‘yon ang
gusto nila. Handa ako. Wala naman
akong itinatago. My life is an open
book. Lahat ng intriga nakadikit sa
buntot ko. Tirahin ako, I’m very open
to it. Kaya wala na akong itinatago.”
(Funfare texted Sharon for comment
but she didn’t reply.)
As a parting shot, Gabby asked
forgiveness for whatever “sins” he has
committed against Sharon with whom
he has long made peace.
“Let’s all put the past behind us.”
Ruffa glad that Yilmaz
has moved on
“Yes, I’ve been hearing her name
for more than a year now along with
several others, so the news didn’t
come as a shock to me.”
That was Ruffa Gutierrez’s reaction
to Funfare’s item yesterday that Yil-
maz Bektas, her estranged husband,
has found a new love in the person
of a “former Miss Universe from
Puerto Rico” who was identified
by Funfare’s “beauy experts” Felix
Manuel, Joey Cezeare, Gery Yump-
ing and Francis Calubaquib as 2006
Zuleyka Rivera who fainted due to
exhaustion after she was crowned by
2005 Miss Universe Natalie Glebova
of Canada at the Shrine Auditorium
in Los Angeles.
In fact, when Yilmaz came here
middle of last year in a last-ditch
failed effort to reconcile with Ruffa,
he told me “in confidence” that a Miss
Universe winner was “interested” in
meeting him and I told Ruffa (also “in
confidence”) about it.
“I was in LA twice between April
and June 2007,” added Ruffa, “and I
confirmed that Yilmaz was in Mexico
for the Miss Universe pageant coro-
nation night when (Zuleyka) relin-
quished her crown.
“Tito Ricky, I left my home in Istan-
bul in mid-Feb. 2007 with just three
bags knowing I would never go back.
Yilmaz knows why.”
When Ruffa revealed in tears on
The Buzz that she was a battered
wife, Karen Davila didn’t believe her
because, according to Karen, “Ruffa
didn’t look like a battered wife,” until
one of the yayas of Ruffa’s daughters
(Venice), who’s now working for
Karen, stepped forward and told
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Letters to the Editor
Read previous articles by visiting our website at www.asian-
J’son: I am happy to read your ar-
ticle with mentions of Tony Javier at
the Coast Guard. He is the proudest
American and the greatest advocate
of Phillipine heritage I have ever met.
When I was his colleague back in the
late 80’s and early 90’s I attended
several functions with him sponsored
by the Filipino community, at his
invitation, including the annual Los
Chabacanos of Cavite City events
and I enjoyed them all. I’m in Virginia
now and time has passed, but here
we have Filipino friends. Shout outs
to Tony Javier for his contribution to
the USA foremost, for his wonder-
ful long partnership with his wife
Anne, beautiful children and by now
grandchildren and for his service to
America. My personal appreciation
goes to food, and hospitality and his
genuine desire to be a great host. He’s
honored my whole family in his beach
home with Ann. He’s a top notch man,
and if you ever encounter him, please
send my regards. He deserves his own
story. Sincerely, Kevin McHugh
A farmer attends to rice felds in Barangay Matanglad in Banaue yesterday.
By Wilson Lee Flores
Philstar, March 30, 2008
Travel makes a wise man better, and
a fool worse. — Thomas Fuller
It is impossible to travel faster than
the speed of light, and certainly not
desirable, as one’s hat keeps blowing
off. — Woody Allen
The journey of a thousand miles
starts with the frst misstep! — Erap
If you don’t know where you are
going, any road will lead you there.
— Senator Lito Lapid
Where do our politicos and their
families escape to in order to junket,
mostly overseas, where they think
(that’s what they think!) the pesky
mass media (like this impertinent
writer) won’t be able to spy on their
trips, offcial or unoffcial, this sum-
mer, during Holy Week, on holidays
or even during non-holidays when
they’re supposed to be working and
not goofng off using our hard-earned
taxpayer’s money?
The US media nearly went into a
frenzy during the Easter holidays
trying to discover where Democratic
presidential candidate Barack Hussein
Obama and his family had slipped
away to for their rare vacation in the
middle of the heated presidential cam-
paign, only to fnd he was on a beach
in the Virgin Islands of the Caribbean.
Travel travails of Erap, FG & Abalos?
It is not true, according to the camp
of former President Joseph Estrada,
that when he heard this news, Erap
called his travel agent to ask why he
had never recommended a booking to
“those islands flled with virgins.”
Why not true, I in-
terpolated? And op-
position leader and
Makati City Major
Jejomar “Jojo” Binay
explained: “Former
President Erap may
be a playboy, but he
wouldn’t do unholy
things during Holy
Week!” Amen!
An owner of a super-
duper travel agency
for the famous and
also for the infamous
recently e-mailed me
some stories about her
alleged experiences
servicing the recent
summer travel needs
of our political datus
in our isles. Read her
tales, but caveat emp-
* * *
Former First Lady Imelda Romual-
dez Marcos once asked the travel
agent to be sure to book her an aisle
seat on a plane to New York so that
her hair wouldn’t get messed up by
sitting near the window.
* * *
The travel agent got a call from
Parañaque City’s then Mayor Joey
Marquez, who was planning a US east
coast vacation and who wanted to go
to Capetown. Explaining the length of
the fight and passport information, he
interrupted the travel agent with, “I’m
not trying to make you look stupid,
but Capetown is in Massachusetts.”
Without trying to make him look like
the stupid one, the travel agent calmly
explained, “Cape Cod is in Massa-
chusetts. Capetown is in Africa.” His
response: Click.
* * *
Congressman Jules Ledesma called,
fuming mad about a Florida package
the travel agent did for him and his
wife former bold starlet Assunta de
Rossi. The travel agent asked what
was wrong with the vacation in Or-
lando. He said he was expecting an
ocean-view room. The travel agent
tried to explain that wasn’t possible
since Orlando is in the middle of the
state. He replied, “Don’t lie to me. I
looked on the map and Florida is a
very thin state!” (So he expected to
see the ocean on both sides of the
* * *
Former Senator Tito Sotto asked,
“Is it possible to see England from
Canada ?” The travel agent said,
“No.” Sotto replied, “But they look so
close on the map.” Perhaps as close as
the door when it’s locked?
* * *
Senator Lito Lapid asked if he could
rent a car in Dallas. The travel agent
noticed he had only an hour stopover
in Dallas. When asked why he wanted
to rent a car, he said, “I heard Dallas
was a big airport, and we will need a
car to drive between the gates to save
time.” Perhaps a carabao-driven banca
would be faster and cheaper, too?
* * *
Senator Jinggoy Estrada
called last week. He needed
to know how it was possible
that his fight from Detroit
left at 8:20 a.m. and got into
Chicago at 8:33 a.m. The
travel agent tried to explain
that Michigan was an hour
ahead of Illinois, but he could
not get him to understand
the concept of time zones.
Finally, the travel agent told
him the plane went very fast,
and he bought that. That’s the
marvel of supersonic extra-
terrestrial technology!
* * *
First Gentleman Mike Ar-
royo asked, “Do American airlines
nowadays put your physical de-
scription on your bag so they know
whose luggage belongs to whom?”
The travel agent scratched her head
and said, “No, why do you ask, Sir?”
The First Gentleman replied, “Well,
when I checked in with the airline,
they put a tag on my luggage that said
FAT, and I’m overweight. I think that
is very rude and it’s an insult to me,
the First Gentleman of our republic!”
The travel agent looked into it and
explained the city code for Fresno,
California is F.A.T. and the airline
was just putting a destination tag on
his luggage.
* * *
Former Pampanga Governor Mark
Lapid, who has since purportedly
lost lots of money due to his election
loss to a Catholic priest, now Gov-
ernor Panlilio, called to ask about a
possible travel package to Hawaii.
After going over all the cost info,
he asked, “Would it be cheaper to
fy to California and take the train
to Hawaii?” Yes, ex-Governor, most
likely cheaper than in the future taking
the allegedly overpriced North Rail
through the badly-built and allegedly
astronomically overpriced lahar dikes
of Pampanga!
* * *
The travel agent recalled talking
recently on the phone with Senator
Bong Revilla who asked, “How do
I know which plane to get on?” The
travel agent asked him what exactly
he meant, to which he replied, “I was
told my flight number is 823, but
none of these planes have numbers
on them.” I agree! Have the num-
bers disappeared like our mystically
disappearing government contracts,
or like the evaporating numbers on
many ballot tally sheets during our
election festas?
* * *
VP Noli De Castro asked, “I need to
fy to Pepsi-Cola, Florida. Do I have
to get on one of those twin-engine
planes?” The travel agent asked if he
meant fy to Pensacola, Florida on
a commuter plane. He said, “Yeah,
whatever!” Whatever or whichever —
Pepsi, Coke, RC Cola, Virgin Cola or
hula-hula hoop? Gulp!
* * *
Senator Miriam Defensor called
to make reservations, “Let me buy a
ticket going from Chicago to Rhino,
New York.” The travel agent said,
“Are you sure that’s the name of the
town?” “Yes, what flights do you
have?” replied the senator. After
searching, the agent apologized, “I’m
sorry, Ma’am, I’ve researched every
airport code in the US and can’t fnd
a Rhino anywhere.” The dragon lady
of the Senate fred back, “Oh, don’t
be superciliously silly! Everyone
knows where it is. Check your map!”
The agent Googled the map of New
York State and fnally said, “You don’t
mean Buffalo, do you?” “That’s it! I
knew it was a big animal!” she thun-
dered. Indeed, they’re both mammals
and infnitely much superior species
than our thick-skinned political croco-
diles in government!
* * *
Former Comelec Chairman Ben
Abalos called and had a question
about the documents needed to fy
to China. The travel agent reminded
him he needed a visa. “Oh, no I don’t.
I’ve been to China a zillion times as
VIP guest of ZTE Corporation and
never had to have one of those!” The
fustered travel agent double-checked
and, sure enough, his stay required
a visa even if he was then a high-
ranking Philippine government of-
fcial. When the travel agent told him
Abalos really needed to have a visa,
the former Comelec Chairman thun-
dered in exasperation, “Look, I’ve
been to China many times and every
time they accepted my American Ex-
press!” (Or better yet, instead of just
a platinum Visa or Amex, why not use
a Plutonium ZTE NBN Express card
with a sovereign guarantee from our
festa republic?)
* * *
Once while former President Erap
and his wife were touring Europe
and stopped by the Vatican, they at-
tended a ceremony with the Pope at
the center and a monk holding a pole
affxed with a burning piece of fax,
during which the Pope announced
three times, “Pater sancta, sic transit
gloria mundi.” Erap jumped up from
his kneeling and said: “Look, even
the Pope is sick and tired of Gloria,
napupundi na rin siya!” The tour
guide explained: “No, Sir, it’s a Latin
phrase meaning ‘Thus passes the
glory of the world.’”
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announced that a grantee, the Tropi-
cal Disease Foundation, has opened
the frst International Tuberculosis
Center in Asia to combat TB in all its
forms. The state-of-the-art facility
will provide research, training and
a steady and fresh supply of much-
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the Philippines and across Asia.
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national Training Course in Multi-
Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB), one
of the most dangerous and fastest
growing forms of the disease. The
new curriculum will begin for clini-
cians in May, 2008.
“Early detection and treatment are
proven to be the most effective weap-
on in fghting TB, but there is a critical
shortage of technical, fnancial and
human resources to do the basics,”
said Dr. Thelma Tupasi, President
of the Tropical Disease Foundation,
“The World Lung Foundation and
other donors have made it possible
to increase capacity across Asia to
help patients.
“The World Lung Foundation is
proud to support the creation of a
technologically advanced center de-
voted to fghting TB in the Philippines
and around Asia,” said Peter Baldini,
Executive Director of the World Lung
Foundation. “We believe it will be a
place where the tremendously talented
people of the Tropical Disease Foun-
dation can advance and share their
knowledge for the beneft of patients
throughout the region.”
Tuberculosis -- a disease that is both
preventable and curable -- infects
almost nine million people annually
around the world. Untreated, a person
with active TB will affect an average
of 10 to 15 other people over the
course of a 12-month period. Each
year, more than a million-and-a-half
people die from the disease. TB is
the 6th leading cause of illness and
the 6th leading cause of deaths among
World Lung Foundation grant
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combat all forms of TB
The Tropical Disease Foundation in Partnership with the
World Lung Foundation And Other Funding Partners Cel-
ebrate Opening Of Facility in Manila
By Willie T. Ong, MD
Philstar, March 25, 2008
I have a confession to make. Just
like you, I’ve read a lot of articles
about diabetes. Being an internist, I
have seen a lot of serious cases, like
leg amputations, blindness, kidney
failure from diabetes. I had always
thought that only hard-headed people
with no money for medica-
tions would end up with
these complications. Until
I met Patient X.
Patient X is an over-
weight 55-year-old male
who simply loves to eat.
Despite his bad habits,
which include eight cans
of diet soft drink a day, I
always thought it would
take years before his dia-
betes complications kick
in. This is because he is
well-maintained on all the
best medicines (around
eight of them), including
insulin injections daily.
Just recently, Patient X
complained of leg weak-
ness that made him stum-
ble. A neurologist made
the grave pronouncement:
50-percent nerve damage from
diabetes. And the worst thing is:
The damage wrought by diabetes is
A Wake-up Call
This serious case of diabetes com-
plication made me wake up from my
complacency in treating this annoy-
ing disease. Have I studied wrong?
I read voraciously on diabetes and
relearned what I thought I knew
First, I relearned as a doctor that a
fasting blood sugar of greater than
Diabetes: How doctors can get it wrong
105 mg/dl is NOT normal. Also, a
post-meal blood sugar of greater than
140 mg/dl is NOT normal. Several
concerned patients have complained
that the American Diabetes Associa-
tion (ADA) has lulled the medical
community into complacency by
waiting for a fasting blood sugar of
greater than 126 mg/dl and a post-
meal sugar of greater than 200 mg/dl
before declaring a patient as diabetic.
Between those numbers, the ADA
labels them as “impaired glucose
tolerance,” which signifies some
degree of hope left.
However, this is a false hope as
evidence shows that the patient’s beta
cells (insulin-producing cells in the
pancreas) are already damaged by
the time you get to this “impaired”
levels. And once you reach diabetic
levels, 50 percent of your beta cells
have already been destroyed! So treat
diabetes as early as you can.
Have you heard of UKPDS? The
United Kingdom Prospective Dia-
betes Study (UKPDS) is the largest
clinical research on diabetes ever
conducted. This study, in which the
British Diabetic Association (BDA)
invested over £2m, gave the stron-
gest scientifc evidence available on
You must get your blood sugar
down to the lowest possible num-
UKPDS irrefutably shows that bet-
ter blood sugar control decreases the
risk of serious eye disease
by 25 percent and reduces
kidney damage by 33 per-
cent. Moreover, better blood
pressure control (as close to
120/80 as possible) reduces
the risk of death by 33 per-
cent. So why are few people
getting the message?
All diabetes are serious!
It is now clear that type
2 diabetes is a progressive
condition and must never be
considered a mild form of
diabetes. Remember, every
little bit less helps. Every
less intake of ice tea and fatty
dessert helps.
You have to take diabetes
The study results show that most
patients were not able to reduce their
fasting blood glucose to below 126
mg/dl with diet and exercise alone.
It seems there’s no escaping diabetes
The sad news: Diabetes slowly
worsens with time, no matter what
you do.
For people taking medicines, it is
often necessary to increase the dose,
add other tablets or eventually start
insulin treatment. People with dia-
betes need to be informed that every
few years, additional drugs may have
to be added, including insulin. They
should be reassured that it is not their
fault, but it’s just the way diabetes
works. People taking insulin injec-
tions will also often require dosage
increases over time.
Why doctors and patients don’t
control the blood sugar? The sad fact
is, 50 percent of all diabetes cases
worldwide do not have their blood
sugar controlled to optimal levels.
What could be the reasons? Doc-
tors are not aware that blood sugar
levels should be kept very low. Our
goal: Fasting blood sugar of less than
100 mg/dl; post meals sugar of less
than 140 mg/dl; and HbA1C of less
than six percent. Take note of and
remember these lifesaving numbers!
The lack of emphasis on diabetes
guidelines and articles makes every-
body (even me) complacent on this
dreaded disease.
It takes up a lot of the doctor’s
time to explain to the patient. Since
blood sugar monitoring is a day-
to-day thing, it’s diffcult to expect
doctors to devote their time to only
a few patients. The best solution is
for the patient to take charge of his/
her life and learn how to adjust their
medicines. Some patients even know
when to adjust their insulin.
Doctors rely too much on diet and
exercise. Unaware of the progres-
sive nature of diabetes, doctors can
keep on giving false hopes and false
chances to a patient. The correct
treatment is to increase the medicines
or use insulin early.
It’s time-consuming to keep on
testing one’s blood sugar. Yes, it takes
a bit of work to buy your glucose
monitor (around P4,000) and there’s
a little pain involved, but the benefts
of monitoring are so much more.
We’re afraid of low blood sugar.
Yes, it’s true that low blood sugar
is dangerous and can lead to coma.
However, with knowledge and ex-
perience, you can learn to keep your
blood sugar low, without going too
low. The alternative of doing noth-
ing, eating all you can, and not test-
ing your blood sugar is much more
Since my experience with Patient
X, I have studied as much about
diabetes as I can. As one American
patient said, “Get your blood sugar
down to the optimal levels. Remem-
ber, it’s your leg that’s going to get
Compounding the international
health epidemic of TB, a new strain
--extensive multidrug-resistant tuber-
culosis -- has recently been document-
ed in 45 nations around the world.
In light of these alarming statistics,
the center has taken innovative steps
to combat the disease. It will imple-
ment an automated drug inventory
system -- new to the Philippines, but
implemented in other nations -- that
will ensure a reliable supply of fresh
medications and reduce the costs of
managing, storing, and distributing
vital TB medicines, making health
care more effective and economic.
This new system will employ Ra-
dio Frequency Identifcation (RFID)
Technology, which uses tiny computer
chips to automatically identify and
track the demand and supply of medi-
cine quickly and accurately. This is a
critical improvement over the manual
system, under which errors in order-
ing are frequently made, resulting
in medicine shortages or surpluses,
which lead to wasted supplies as
medicine expires.
The opening of the International
Tuberculosis Center for Asia was
made possible by support from World
Lung Foundation; Ayala Corporation
Land; the Angelo King Foundation;
Mrs. Antoinette Magallanes-Fu;
Standard Chartered Bank; Pablo R.
Antonio Designs and Consultancy,
Inc; Unilever; Metrostonerich; and
Argus Construction.
About World Lung Foundation:
The World Lung Foundation is dedi-
cated to improving global lung health
by improving local capacity to con-
duct research, develop public policy
and deliver public health education.
The organization’s areas of emphasis
are tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, asthma,
acute respiratory infections, child
lung health and tobacco control. For
more information, please visit http:// (Continued on page 15)
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The building, envisioned to be the
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middle-income market for Tribeca,
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He said Anchor Land recently
acquired another property company,
Renig, for P60 million.
Retail tycoon Henry Sy holds a
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cessing of applications for Philippine
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ippine citizenship reacquisition. Sam
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and EXPO sponsor will be assisting
the consulate team.
Naturalization and Redistricting
Southwest Center For Asian Pacific
American Law (SCAPAL), a non-
profit law center, will be presenting
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CHULA VISTA, 4/4/08 -- Once
again the Kundirana returns to San
Diego. Last year they regaled con-
cert goers with a capella harmonies
that enthralled audiences across the
globe, even stopping Manila’s jaded
shoppers in their tracks at the Mall
of Asia over the Christmas season.
The upcoming benefit
concert entitled “Cause
for Joy” by the De La
Salle Young Artists’
Foundation Inc., in co-
operation with PACSSD
will be held on Friday,
April 18, 2008 (7:00
PM) at Lima Center
Auditorium at the Mat-
er Dei Catholic High
School campus in Chula
Vista. Tickets are $25
each at the door. Prepaid
tickets are $20.
The artists are being
hosted by the Philip-
pine-American Cultural Society of
San Diego (PACSSD), a registered
non profit charitable organization.
“The group is committed to help-
ing the poor, the sick, the youth
and the elderly, both here in the San
Diego community and in our native
homeland, the Philippines,” accord-
ing to Gil A. Enriquez, PACSSD
Kundirana meaning
The Kundirana, coined from two
Tagalog musical terms – “Kundi-
man” (love songs) and “Harana”
(seranade), was formed in 1971
as a high school choir of La Salle
Greenhills. Through the years, it has
metamorphosed into a pop singing
group as what it is today. The sing-
ing group was further developed
into a music ministry, whose main
function is to share joy to count-
less persons, especially among the
poor, the sick, the elderly, and the
Composed of high school sopho-
mores, juniors and seniors, the
Kundirana follows a very rigid
discipline of character formation
and training as song-artists. Each
member is expected, as a role model
among his peers, to live up to his
academic responsibilities while
developing his God-given artistic
gifts. No one can stay on with aca-
demic failures or poor deportment
grades. During the school year,
the Kundirana travels around the
Philippines for concerts and reach-
out presentations with redeeming
values. Most significant in the min-
istry of the Kundirana boys is their
loving care for the sick, especially
the terminally ill.
These remarkable multi-talented
song-artists, have, over the years,
been privileged to share their minis-
try before Pope John Paul II, Mother
Teresa, and some other significant
names with multiplier effects.
Through the years, the Kundirana
has provided outstanding song-
artists, musicians, composers, ar-
rangers, and musical directors who
persist in living out the experience
of joy by giving you to others.
Famous members
Kundirana of La Salle Green Hills,
in the Philippines, is a famous high-
school singing group and became
popular simply because some of
the country’s massively idolized
singers were once members of
the group. Gary Valenciano, Ogie
Alcasid, Randy Santiago, Rannie
Raymundo, Dingdong Avanzado,
Juan Miguel Salvador, Carlo Orosa,
Vince Alaras, and Gian Magdangal
of Philippine Idol fame were with
the Kundirana in their high-school
days. These great
talents never fail to point out that
they learned the rudiments of sing-
ing and performing as members
of that all-boys glee club, which
yearly has a membership of only
12 to 18—making the group pres-
tigious, if not elite, since La Salle
Green Hills high-school department
has a population of only
several hundreds. Musical
directors-composers Louie
Ocampo, Mel Villena, Ar-
chie Castillo and Dingdong
Eduque were once Kundira-
na boys, too.
And so is the dean of
University of the Philip-
pines School of Music, Dr.
Ramon “Montet” Acoymo.
A well-known tenor on the
country’s classical music
scene, Acoymo has also
been the group’s artistic
director-vocal coach for the
past 30 years.
He was in the very first Kundira-
na batch. “Kundirana is first and
foremost a ministry. It was never
meant to compete with the secular
pop groups of the country,” intones
Acoymo. He adds: “As a ministry,
the Kundirana is meant to edify,
entertain and inspire the needy, the
sick, the helpless, the wayward,the
desperate and the destitute, the
lonely and abandoned aged ones
and even the dying. “We tour the
country and the world not to sing in
the most prestigious concert venues
but primarily to perform in orphan-
ages, hospitals, home for the aged
and similar institutions.” Among
their missionary works, Kundirana
can claim to have largely built
Bahay Pag-asa, a halfway house
in Bacolod, Negros Occidental for
young offenders, who in the past
were being jailed with adult crimi-
nals who would abuse and corrupt
them. Kundirana has also built a lot
of classrooms in many parts of the
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visit their website at http://www.
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619.263.9621, or 619.980.7809 to
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Last week, on Good Friday, we
commemorated one of the most tragic
moments in history -- the passion and
death of Jesus Christ. Last week, on
that very same Friday, we also lost one
of our own -- Dr. Ed Manaig.
Death always leaves a void in the
heart. In Ed’s case, it is a lingering
void. We have lost an esteemed col-
league, a dear friend, an extraordinary
Ed spent his life in the service of
others -- seeing thousands of patients
in his clinic and in the hospital, day
in and day out, on weekdays and
weekends. He spent his life caring for
his family and caring for his friends.
And caring for just about everyone. It
is symbolic that in the end, Ed’s heart
failed. Because that was the part of
him that worked the hardest.
Ed had many remarkable quali-
ties. He was always cheerful, always
smiling (even when overworked and
overstressed), always ready to hold
on to the karaoke and sing his heart
out. And always ready to convince
others to sing along with him. One
of his striking successes, outside
of medicine (for which he received
numerous awards, such as Physi-
cian Hero in 2004 and Outstanding
Filipino-American in 1999), was
convincing Dr. Albert Valenzuela to
sing “Edelweiss” late into the night
when everyone was asleep, on the
balcony of the Paradise Hills resort.
That was, without comparison, the
most memorable night of our medical
mission in the Visayas.
His greatest quality was his kindness
and generosity. Back in 1988, when I
left UCSD to start a practice and was
in the process of buying a home and
putting a down payment together, Ed
quickly took his checkbook out and
asked how much I needed. Just like
that. And we hardly knew each other
at the time.
I witnessed that generosity unmis-
takably shine in the medical missions
to the Philippines and other countries
that he and Estela painstakingly orga-
nized. Sometimes, people got a bit ex-
Guru of Medical Missions
asperated at Ed because he insisted on
conducting clinics everyday and there
was hardly time to rest in between. He
knew that our schedule was tight. But
he also reasoned, and rightly so, that
there were many patients to see. Eight
hundred to over a thousand patients
would fock the free clinics daily, so
Ed did not want to miss a beat.
During last year’s medical mis-
sion, I saw him huffng and puffng,
after a long day, at the clinic. Despite
Estela’s frequent reminders, he had
forgotten to take his medications and
he looked like he was in congestive
heart failure. But that never deterred
him. Early the next morning, he was
ready for another free clinic. He told
me it would be nice if he could just
spend the rest of his life doing medi-
cal missions...just giving his time and
effort for free.
“Guru of medical missions”, Dr.
Manny Sevilla aptly called him. Truly,
Ed dedicated his life to his patients
and to giving all to the poor. The
many medical missions he organized
and conducted in the Philippines and
around the world will be a lasting
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
says: “At the end of our lives, we
will not be judged by how many di-
plomas we have received, how much
money we have made or how many
great things we have done. We will
be judged by ‘I was hungry and you
gave me to eat. I was naked and you
clothed me. I was homeless and you
took me in’...
In other words, we will be measured
by how much we loved and helped
I think Ed does not have to worry
about that. Ed and Estela’s children
- Melissa, Mellany, Paul Edward,
and Michelle -- may fnd solace in
the thought that their father, after all
his seeking and traveling, will surely
fnd himself in the loving arms of
his Heavenly Father. As Charles
Dickens wrote in 1859, “it is a far,
far better rest that I go to than I have
ever known”.
By Helen Flores
Philstar, March 18, 2008
A Filipina astrophysicist is making
waves in the international community
after leading the discovery of the
largest number of “supermassive”
black holes.
Reinabelle Reyes, a former scholar
of the Science Education Institute
(SEI) of the Department of Science
and Technology, and her team dis-
covered 900 black holes in nearby
A black hole is a region of space
in which the gravitational feld is so
powerful it prevents even light from
According to research, when some-
thing falls into a non-rotating un-
charged black hole, the falling object
is absorbed.
Stellar-mass black holes travel
through our galaxy, the Milky Way,
just like stars. Consequently, they may
collide with the solar system or an-
other planetary system in the galaxy,
although the probability of this hap-
pening is very small, research said.
A team of scientists of the Sloan
Digital Sky Survey recently found
a large number of “hidden quasars”
that are shrouded in light-absorbing
dust and gas.
“We found that hidden quasars make
up at least half of the quasars in the
nearby universe, implying that most
of the powerful black holes in our
neighborhood had previously been
unrecognized,” SEI quoted Reyes as
Reyes, a doctoral student at Princ-
eton University, said their discovery
shows that powerful black holes are
more common in the last eight bil-
lion years of cosmic history than had
previously been thought and that the
relative numbers of hidden compared
to normal quasars show how the ap-
pearance of dust and gas determine
the presence of a hidden quasar.
“The large number of hidden qua-
sars we discovered implies that most
of the light emitted by quasars is
actually obscured. Moreover, because
the light from these hidden quasars
previously had been unaccounted
for, black holes turn out to be more
effcient in converting the energy of
in-falling matter into light than we had
thought,” she said.
Reyes graduated summa cum laude
at the Ateneo de Manila University
with a degree in Physics in 2005.
SEI director Ester Ogena said
Pinay discovers largest
number of ‘black holes’
Reyes’ success in her career shows the
quality of scholar-graduates the coun-
try produces and the vast potential the
Philippines has in space science.
“We hope that our students would
be able to get inspiration from Reyes
and pursue a career in the sciences
that will hopefully add to the roster
of our great astronomers and space
scientists,” Ogena said.
Reyes encouraged students to ven-
ture into astronomy and astrophysics
and pursue a fruitful and fulflling
career path in the sciences.
“Go for it! Astronomy and astro-
physics are rich and exciting felds
that offer plenty of opportunities
for young scientists to contribute.
Master the basics, keep up with the
latest discoveries, don’t stop asking
questions – and finding answers,”
Reyes urged.
SEI has laid the groundwork for a
Philippine Space Education Program
(PSEP) in the country following a
designation by the United Nations
Educational, Scientifc and Cultural
Organization-Paris to act as focal
point for its space-education program
and related activities in the Philip-
The program also seeks to engage
Filipinos in the exploration of space
science and technology and the pro-
cess of science in various disciplines
in an effort to create an educated
public and to generate future space
science explorers.
Likewise, the PSEP aims to create
awareness among students of career
opportunities in the various fields
of science and engineering, includ-
ing space science, that would raise
standards and address skills shortages
towards national development.
It also aspires to establish linkages
and partnerships with space organi-
zations and institutions for possible
assistance and collaboration in space
science education programs and
Reyes joins a cluster of Filipino
scientists recognized by the interna-
tional scientifc community for their
signifcant contribution, particularly
in the feld of space science.
Among them are the late Dr. Ro-
man Kintanar, former director of the
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical
and Astronomical Services Admin-
istration (Pagasa); Christopher Go,
amateur astronomer; and Dr. Josette
Talamera-Biyo, a teacher of the
Philippine Science High School in
Iloilo City.
The International Astronomical
Union last year named Minor Planet
No. 6636 after Kintanar for his “long
service” and “innumerable contribu-
tions” to the advancement of weather
forecasting in the Philippines.
Last year, President Arroyo con-
ferred on Go the Order of Lakandula
with the rank of Champion for Life af-
ter he discovered the Red Spot Junior
on the planet Jupiter in 2006.
Recently, the Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology’s Lincoln Labo-
ratory named a minor planet after
He explained that before granting
public sinners absolution and com-
munion, they should frst confess their
sins and return what they stole.
But this was immediately chal-
lenged by his fellow prelate, Bishop
Juan de Dios Pueblos of Butuan, who
cited God’s mercy on sinners.
“As what Jesus Christ taught us,
hate the sin but love the sinners,”
Pueblos said in an interview over
the Catholic Church-owned Radyo
“I am just praying for Christians,
especially servant leaders, to be com-
passionate and welcoming to sinners
as Jesus Christ was,” Pueblos said.
Cruz is one of the few bishops who
have openly criticized Mrs. Arroyo’s
government. Many times, he called
for the resignation of the President
over alleged massive corruption and
scandal hounding her administra-
Pueblos, however, earlier described
Cruz as a “dangerous infuence” on
the leadership of the CBCP.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Arroyo’s election
lawyer Romulo Macalintal assailed
Cruz, saying that it was not accurate
to say that the giving of communion
is based on the personal conviction
of the priest.
“Because there is the presumption
that the one receiving communion has
undergone confession and did pen-
ance and could receive communion
following the process of reconcilia-
tion with God,” Macalintal said in a
He said whatever the views of the
priest or the lay minister, it is their
duty to give communion and not to
judge the Catholic faithful asking for
it. He said sinners would be answer-
able to God.
Deputy Presidential Spokesman
Anthony Golez said he found it hard
to believe that Cruz would make such
“First of all, with due respect to the
bishop, who is he to know the sins of
everybody?” Golez said. “The role
of the priests and the bishops is to
save the faithful, not to separate them
from the Church and that was taught
to us for those who were educated in
Catholic schools.
“Everybody needs salvation and the
reason Christ came to this world is to
grant us salvation.”
Bishop denies say-
ing he won’t give
communion to GMA
(Continued from page 8)
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President John Walter after nine
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Walter who’s lacking intelligence.
OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland,
CA spent two hours attempting to
subdue a gunman who had barricaded
himself inside his home. After fr-
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Illinois man, pretending to have a gun,
kidnapped a motorist and forced him
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from his own bank accounts.
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Karen, “Totoo po lahat ‘yon, Ma’am.
Kulang pa nga yon!”
Continued Ruffa, “Tito Ricky, it
has been more than a year since I
left Istanbul to start a new life in
the Philippines. A failed marriage
always brings tears, disappointment,
pain, hurt, confusion, depression and
fear for the future. But one thing is
certain: I didn’t regret my decision.
Today, what brings me joy and what
makes me complete are the hugs of
my angels, Lorin and Venice, their
smile and unconditional love. I will
not comment on Yilmaz’s current love
life, even if he called my landline at 6
a.m. the other day denying that he’s
now in a relationship. Business part-
ner lang daw ‘yon. Hellooo! Tell that
to the marines! He has clearly moved
on and so have I.”
To set the record straight, according
to Ruffa, Yilmaz hasn’t sent Ruffa
and/or their children one single penny
for more than a year now.
“I support my children’s needs,
early education at an international
school, clothing and everything ma-
terial they need. It’s been six months
since I have stopped asking since my
pleas to Yilmaz and his family have
only fallen on deaf ears. It’s a touchy
part and it makes me so emotional
at times as I feel that he should be a
responsible father na kahit man lang
pag-aaral ng mga bata ay tulungan
Gabby a welcome blast from the past
(Continued from page 9) “But as my parents continually
advised me, ‘Ruffa, kaya mo namang
buhayin ang mga anak mong mag-
isa.’ I leave their future in the hands
of the Lord. God is good, Tito Ricky.
He will provide.
“To Mother Lily, my bosses at ABS-
CBN, my family at P&G (most espe-
cially Pauline Lao of Pantene), Nestlé
(Nido), Avon Fashion, Met Platinum
Whitening Soap, Dr. Manny and Pie
Calayan, Kisses & Co. and to my new
endorsements I still cannot mention,
maraming-marami pong salamat sa
kanilang pagtitiwala.”
(Postscript: After sending her reac-
tion, Ruffa called to tell me that he’s
coming soon and staying for three
days to check what our children need.
I will believe that he’s really coming
only when he’s already here.)
amputated and your eye that’s going
to go blind, and not your doctor’s. So
keep your sugar low.”
Now, Patient X dutifully informs
me of his daily blood sugar levels.
After much research, we agreed
on the very best insulin treatment
available, which is the Humalog and
Diabetes: How doctors
can get it wrong
(Continued from page 11)
Lantus injection four times a day.
Sounds painful, but not so, accord-
ing to Patient X. Worrying about
damaged nerves, kidney failure, and
blindness is far more stressful. After a
one-week “overhaul” checkup in the
hospital, Patient X asserts, “At least,
I can still see.” A small consolation
for a doctor like me. But I don’t mind,
because I know I have to do my very
best for Patient X. He ain’t heavy.
He’s my brother.
Quick check: Do you have any one
of the following?
• Symptoms of diabetes: dry mouth,
frequent urination, increased food in-
take, loss of weight, and numbness.
• Abnormal urinalysis (urine pro-
tein and sugar should be negative).
• Family history of diabetes, heart
disease or high blood pressure.
• Fasting blood sugar of more than
100 mg/dl.
• Post-meal blood sugar of more
than 140 mg/dl.
• Hemoglobin A1C levels of more
than six percent.
• Blood pressure greater than or
equal to 140/90 mm Hg.
• Loves to eat sweets and fatty
If you have any of the above warn-
ing signs, see your doctor immedi-
ately. Come to think of it, see two
doctors, just to be sure.
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caring and talented members of the or-
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Practitioner, and some local officials
volunteered their time. The general
Rotary Club of San Diego– Paradise
Valley’s President Reports:
“Medical Mission
(Continued from page 1) membership donated medicine, and
procured hospital equipments for the
mission. “So, yes, there are many
ways we can put Rotarian services
and Advocacy in Action,” Rev. Evan-
gelista concluded.
The medical supplies for the medi-
cal team were shipped in advance
prior to the groups arrival in the Phil-
ippines, from aspirin, acetaminophen,
anti-acid, aspirin, benadryle, dental
needles, guiafenisin, hydrocortisone,
MAP international medicines, tooth-
brushes, triple antibiotic ointment
packets; to pediatric medicines, dental
lidocaine capsules 300 vials, and su-
tures and other misc. supplies. Romeo
Villanueva, Charter President pro-
cured the (used) medical equipment
donated by Majestic Pharmacy for the
Rotary Club of San Diego – Paradise
Valley): 20 sets of hospital beds with
side rails, and 12 (manually operated)
wheelchairs with foot rest. They were
delivered to Dinagat Islands Hospital
with the help of the Rotary Club of
Aside from their medical mission,
the Rotarians recounted some of
their experiences in the Philippines.
Dr. Puig savors the artistic talents of
the local musicians when he spent
an evening as a special guest at a
concert in Manila. He admired the
Filipino musicians for their wonder-
ful gift of music; their performance
being comparable to those produced
in concert halls all over Europe and
the United States. That Sunday before
the group returned to California, Rev.
Evangelista was invited as a guest
pastor at the Bible Church in Caridad,
Cavite City. In his sermon he said,
“I thank God everyday for His bless-
ings, and for the gift of health and the
opportunity to help others.” He told
the congregation about the truth of
life as he sees it; also related his life
experiences growing up in the Philip-
pines; being fortunate to have served
in the United States Navy and after
his retirement, moved on to becom-
ing a Pastor, a Healer and a Rotarian.
“It’s an inspiring week for all of us to
return home here in Cavite becom-
ing a part of this enriching miracle of
friendship which I hope will last us
for a lifetime.”
The spirit of volunteerism among
the Rotarians remains strong; a thread
that binds them together, now woven
into a tapestry of friendships amongst
themselves and the congregations
they helped.
Former tourism secretary Dr. Mina
Gabor made the “fearless forecasts”
on tourism in her speech at the 1st
Seminar on Community-based Rural
Tourism held here recently and at-
tended by tourism regional directors
and representatives from local gov-
ernment units.
Central Luzon Department of Tour-
ism (DOT) director Ronaldo Tiotuico
said Gabor compared the level of
her tourism forecast to one that sees
Antarctica as the world’s next favorite
ecotourism destination, complete with
hotels, restaurants and full-service
tours, with the slogan: “Visit the Ant-
arctica Before It Melts Down.”
Tiotuico quoted Gabor’s forecasts,
saying that the tourism industry will
soon be dominated by laptop-toting
travelers who favor healthy living.
Tourists will prefer shorter distances
to rise in RP
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and shorter travel time and they will
look for not so popular destinations
off the beaten track. Authenticity will
become the most important element
in tourism.
Gabor said an emerging fad today
is catering to the aging population
that would give rise to so-called
“health-tels” or hotels that offer spas,
healthy food and other health-related
“Tourist facilities will soon make
way for health-related amenities like
health and fitness spas to accommo-
date those that have fallen in love with
whatever is healthy and safe. Estab-
lishments will build lower rise steps,
more handrails and wider doors to
make the aging tourists more comfort-
able. Thus the buzzword health-tels,”
she said.
She said more tourists, especially
Europeans and North Americans,
who are older but better-educated will
seek ecotourism and cultural travel
Rural tourism will be in greater de-
mand and tourists will look for places
where they can experience hands-on
activities like milking cows, planting
rice and joining traditional rituals
practiced by the native population,
she said.
With the number of laptop-carrying
tourists expected to rise, hotels should
provide more safety deposit boxes not
only for cash and jewelry but also for
laptops, she said.
“Today, we see an emerging trend
when travelers will be depending on
the Internet to scour the global travel
community for interesting places to
visit. Even tourism and hotel manage-
ment schools will move out of the
classrooms and out of the library, onto
the web and into the destinations,”
Gabor said.
She said thick travel guidebooks
that describe every step of the way
will soon be a thing of the past as
travelers find the web more conve-
nient to use. And so, authors will
be more inclined to do area-specific
Gabor said family-oriented tours
will grow. “It used to be that children
are not welcome in tourist establish-
ments. Today, we see a trend to build
rooms where kids can play, out of
reach of the parents’ attention and
safely taken care of by hotel staff,”
she said.
Gabor cited the need for the local
travel and tourism industry to keep up
with these emerging trends in travel
and tourism to better respond to the
challenges and opportunities now fac-
ing the global travel community.
The UN World Tourism Organi-
zation’s forecast is that worldwide
tourists will increase to 1.6 billion
by 2020, compared to 898 million
in 2007.
Gabor said that airlines and travel
agencies will soon close ranks with
financial institutions to offer travel
loans such as the old fly-now pay-
later plan as more and more people
are bound to cross borders for various
Airlines will continue to rack up sig-
nificant losses as they struggle to deal
with high fuel costs, new security re-
quirements, an onslaught of low-cost
carriers and competition over open
skies agreements among nations.
“Tourists will soon go for home
food delivery in hotels rather than
in-house food. It is not uncommon to
find hotels offering food ordered from
a nearby food chain like McDonald’s
or Jollibee. They would rather eat
something that they like back home,”
she also said.
She said that prayer rooms and
services for no-pork menu will be
installed in tourist facilities to ac-
commodate the growing population
of Islamic travelers.
Fortunately for English-speaking
Filipinos, the introduction of new
technologies in the upscale tourism
industry will not replace the human
element in service delivery, Gabor
More tourists will patronize hotels
with quality service with a human
touch, she added.
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Did you buy your home in the last
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Or did you refinance your home and
took most cash out? These are two
of the most common pre-conditions
that throw many homeowners into
a downward spiral as the sub-prime
mortgage crises unravel.
In addition, loss of employment
or reduction of working hours
can shrink a household’s income.
Among the early warning signs of
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gage or bills on time
Paying only the minimum amount •
on your option-arm mortgage or
credit cards
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after maxing out on existing ones
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to which bills to pay
Major adverse life events--such
as debilitating illness or injury, sur-
gery or hospitalization, divorce or
separation, death of a spouse, and
business losses or bankruptcies, can
push homeowners further over the
edge, so to speak. If you or someone
you care about is facing the above
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rather than later. The clock starts
ticking when you miss one mort-
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next 3-month time window (called
a Trustee’s Sale). Some Lending
institutions may delay or extend the
process because the more foreclosed
properties they are holding, the
more they have to raise their cash
reserve. So, most Lenders want to
work with you.
The best course of action you can
take to prevent foreclosure is to
contact the Lender as soon as pos-
sible before you are due to receive
the Notice of Default. You may do
so directly if you understand the
foreclosure process and can commu-
nicate concisely in English. Or, you
may seek the help of qualified and
ethical professionals (who usually
but not always work under the um-
brella of a non-profit organization).
These individuals would represent
you in communicating with your
Lender(s) and creditors. A Notice
of Default is publicly accessible to
anyone, and some investors search
them out. Resist the temptation to
let people who knock on your door
to “take over payment” on your
property. More about this issue in
a separate article.
Before you seek help, assess your
financial situation realistically.
Are your financial problems really
long-term or just temporary? Do
you want to keep your house? How
long of a time span will you need to
get back on your feet? What is the
underlying cause of your problem?
Is it a divorce, job loss or illness? Is
it a “bad loan” or an “improper or
inflated” appraisal? If you took out
your loan recently (e.g., in the last
12 months), did you receive a copy
of the loan disclosures and the ap-
praisal report? Do you have assets
elsewhere that you can sell to make
ends meet?
Before you seek help, get a gen-
eral idea of your income and of the
extent of your debt (e.g., car loans;
credit card debts, in addition to
home mortgage debt). Please also
locate and examine the following
documents: A copy of the original
mortgage loan documents you
signed when you took out the loan,
the most recent monthly mortgage
statements, your bank statements,
your estimated household income
and expenses, and the appraisal re-
port (this is especially important if
your loan is very recent, like in the
last 12 months). If you have more
than one mortgage loans, then you
will need to provide a copy of all
the loan documents and most recent
mortgage statements for each loan.
Before you contact any of your
lenders, be aware that your con-
versation is likely to be recorded.
Hence, do not give false, frivolous,
or inconsistent answers. Depending
on your situation and the circum-
stances of your evidence, Lenders
will offer you different options.
Is one of your mortgage loans a
HELOC loan? A HELOC loan is a
Home Equity Line Of Credit. You
need to be very careful in contacting
the Lender of a HELOC loan.
As you navigate your way to get
help, be aware of the vested interest
of the parties you are talking with.
Some realtors may not be interested
to represent you in contacting your
Lender(s) because they do not get
paid for such work. They get paid
from the buying and selling of
homes. On the other hand, mort-
gage loan officers get paid only if
they can process loans. You want
to make a decision—to do a short
sale or to modify your loan--based
based on what is best for the person
who is talking with you.
There are several homeown-
ers counseling services. Two are
mentioned here due to space limi-
tation. The HOPE National help-
line, 888-995-HOPE, has English
and Spanish–speaking counselors.
However, it may take time (some-
times two weeks from the time you
phone in) to get an appointment for
them to talk to you at length. The
Mabuhay Alliance is a local non-
profit community organization that
is starting to develop a program to
help homeowners prevent foreclo-
sure. They had their first Foreclo-
sure Prevention Workshop on March
, 2008. Their phone number is
858-586-7382. The author was a
volunteer during that workshop. In
case you are curious, it was that ex-
perience of working as a volunteer
that led to the decision to write this
article. Disclaimer: The author is
a full-time professor at San Diego
State University who happens to
have a real estate license. The views
she expresses in this article are hers
and do not represent the institutions
she works for. She is responsible for
any errors or misinformation, if any,
in this article. She has no financial
ties to the non-profit organizations
mentioned here.
Foreclosure Prevention
Mortgage Fraud Blog | 3/25/08
-- 19 individuals were indicted for
mortgage fraud-related offenses
under Operation Homewrecker. The
leader of this nationwide scam is
Charles Head, 33, Los Angeles, Cali-
fornia, who targeted homeowners in
dire financial straits, fraudulently
obtaining title to over 100 homes
and stole millions of dollars through
fraudulently obtained loans and
mortgages. Operation Homewrecker
is the product of an extensive investi-
gation by the FBI and IRS Criminal
The charges are broken out into
two separate indictments, “Head
One” and “Head Two”. Head One
involved a foreclosure rescue scam,
netting approximately $6.7 million
in fraudulently obtained funds taken
from 47 homeowners, nearly all of
whom were located in California.
Head Two involved an equity strip-
ping scheme, netting approximately
$5.9 million in stolen equity from
68 homeowners in states across the
nation. While still targeting dis-
tressed homeowners and defrauding
mortgage lenders through the use of
straw buyers, this time Charles Head
altered the scheme so that he would
receive approximately 97 percent
of the stolen equity, while his sales
agents and employees, and the other
defendants, would receive either the
remaining 3 percent of equity or a
salary from the fraudulently-obtained
The following defendants were
charged in the February 28, 2008
Head One indictment: Charles Head,
33, La Habra, California; Jeremy Mi-
chael Head, 30, Huntington Beach,
California; Elham Assadi, aka Elham
Assadi Jouzani, aka Ely Assadi, 30,
Irvine, California; Leonard Bernot,
51, Laguna Hills, California; Akemi
Bottari, 28, Los Angeles; Joshua
Coffman, 29, North Hollywood; John
Corcoran, aka Jack Corcoran, 52,
Anaheim; Sarah Mattson, 27, Phoe-
nix, Arizona; Domonic McCarns,
33, Brea, California; Anh Nguyen,
36, Los Angeles; Omar Sandoval,
Operation Homewrecker Nets 19 Indictments
32, Rancho Cucamonga, Califor-
nia; Xochitl Sandoval, 29, Rancho
Cucamonga; Eduardo Vanegas, 28,
Phoenix; Andrwe Vu, 39, Santa Ana;
Justin Wiley, 28, Irvine; and Kou
Yang, 32, Corona, California.
On March 13, 2008, the federal
grand jury returned a five-count in-
dictment in Head Two against seven
defendants, including Charles Head,
John Corcoran, Kou Yang, each also
charged in Head One, as well as
Keith Brotemarkle, 42, Johnstown,
Pennsylvania; Benjamin Budoff,
41, Colorado Springs, Colorado;
Domonic McCarns, 33, Brea; and
Lisa Vang, 24, Westminster.
The Scheme Under Head One:
From approximately January 1,
2004 to March 14, 2006 , the defen-
dants contacted desperate homeown-
ers, offering two “options” allowing
them to avoid foreclosure and obtain
thousands of dollars up-front to help
pay mounting bills. If the homeowner
could not qualify for the “ first op-
tion,” which virtually none could,
they would be offered the “second
option.” Under the latter option,
an “investor” would be added to
the title of the home, to whom the
homeowner would make a “rental”
payment of an amount allegedly
less than their mortgage payment,
thereby allowing the homeowner
to repair their credit by having the
mortgage payments made in a timely
fashion. Unfortunately all of this was
a scam. The defendants would recruit
straw buyers as the “investors” and
oftentimes these individuals would
in fact replace the homeowners on
the titles of the properties without
the homeowners’ knowledge. These
straw buyers were often friends and
family members of the defendants.
Once the straw buyer had title to the
home, the defendants immediately
applied for a mortgage to extract the
maximum available equity from the
home. The defendants would then
share the proceeds of the ill-gotten
equity and “rent” being paid by
the victim homeowner. When the
defendants ultimately would sell the
home, stop making the mortgage
payment, and/or pursue an eviction
proceeding, the victim homeowner
was left without their home, equity,
or repaired credit.
The Scheme in Head Two:
Instead of recruiting friends and
family members as straw buyers,
as in Head One, in Head Two the
defendants recruited strangers via
the Internet. They also used referrals
from mortgage brokers to identify
and solicit new victim homeowners.
Beyond advertising on the Internet,
the defendants also would send
“blast faxes” to mortgage brokers
throughout the country and generate
mass emails to potential victims.
Through material misrepresentations
and omissions, victim homeowners
would be offered what appeared
to be their last best chance to save
their homes. Unfortunately, as in
Head One, these victims also were
left without their homes, equity, or
repaired credit.
The maximum statutory penalty
for conspiracy to commit mail fraud
is five years incarceration and a fine.
The maximum statutory penalty
for conspiracy to commit money
laundering is 10 years incarceration
and a fine. The maximum statutory
violation for mail fraud is 20 years in-
carceration and a fine. The maximum
statutory penalty for bank fraud is 30
years incarceration and a fine. The
maximum statutory penalty for iden-
tity theft is 15 years incarceration and
a fine. The actual sentence, however,
will be determined at the discretion
of the court after consideration of
the Federal Sentencing Guidelines,
which take into account a number of
variables and any applicable statutory
sentencing factors.
The charges are only allegations
and the defendants are presumed in-
nocent until and unless proven guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt.
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By Patricia Esteves
PhilStar, 03/30/08
Two years after a tragic mudslide
buried the whole of Barangay Gin-
saugon, St. Bernard in Southern Leyte
and killed 1,200 people, the town,
which many feared was doomed,
is on the mend and the survivors
continue to rebuild their lives and
live with hope – thanks in large part
to the work of hoards of volunteers
and donors from Gawad Kalinga
(GK),the Filipino-Chinese Chamber
of Commerce, the local government
headed by St. Bernard Mayor Rey
Rentuza, congressmen and governors,
other organizations like the Philippine
National Red Cross (PNRC), Habitat
for Humanity (HFH), the Japanese
government, the AIG USA and Shell,
among others, who all pitched in to
provide decent homes and livelihood
to surviving families and rehabilitate
the town.
Today, a total of 330 houses have
been built for the Ginsaugon survivors
in various safe relocation sites with
Leyte village rises from mud-
slide tragedy with GK’s help
livelihood and public facilities.
GK has built 100 landscaped and
brightly colored homes in GK Federa-
tion village in Ginsaugon.
A total of 230 homes were built by
Habitat for Humanity in partnership
with the Japanese government and
the Philippine National Red Cross.
Different charitable institutions have
donated other public facilities.
The day care center was donated by
Magsaysay shipping and the Japanese
government donated a basketball
The outpouring of support for St.
Bernard continues to this day, said
Mayor Rentuza.
GK, for its part, said benefactors
from here and abroad continue to
donate their resources to build more
houses for the surviving families in
safe locations, away from danger
zones declared by the Mines and
Geosciences Bureau.
“Two years after that fateful day,
the building of houses never stopped.
GK has now shifted from re-building
the lives of calamity victims into
moving communities out of harm’s
way,” said GK -Southern Leyte head
Jerome Paler.
But while other organizations have
merely provided houses, GK and the
LGU are stepping up efforts for the
livelihood and productivity of the
Paler said the Southern Leyte GK
team and partner LGUs have respond-
ed to GK champion Tony Meloto’s
dream of “developing grassroots
economy through the GK villages.”
Many local officials are spear-
heading or contributing livelihood
programs to help the residents stay
For instance, Congressman Roger
Mercado has provided 200,000 coffee
seedlings, 50,000 jathropa seedlings
and a thousand seedlings of assorted
fruit trees like langka and mangoes
for the residents.
Southern Leyte Gov. Damian Mer-
cado has issued a permit on sand and
gravel extraction and the use of equip-
ment for the houses and provided
Anglo-nubian bred goats. Bontoc
Mayor Pete Pustanes donated his own
two hectare lot to GK, now the site of
the Jollibee-GK Village.
Mayors, governors and congress-
men are also doing their share in
GK’s massive landbanking project
for the poor.
Mayor Rentuza is working for the
acquisition of land for two more GK
sites in St. Bernard, while Hinunan-
gan Mayor Romeo Gomez is working
for the deed of transfer of a 20-hectare
land to the Kapitbahayan.
Maasin City Mayor Maloney Sa-
maco is also helping in the acquisition
of more lands.
Department of Agrarian Reform
(DAR) offcial Silverio Gempeson
championed the memorandum of
agreement between DAR and GK on
the 16,000-hectare Southern Leyte
Settlement Project.
Michael Nunez of the Department
of Trade and Industry is pushing for
the implementation of the Global
Kusina concept project, a process-
ing center that will produce globally
competitive products within the GK
Department of Science and Tech-
nology (DOST) offcial Dominador
Clavejo is working for the GK Su-
perstore concept that will showcase
and market GK products in the village
via the Integrated Technology Infused
Farming concept.
Southern Leyte State University
president Gloria Markines-Reyes,
meantime, is working for technol-
ogy assistance for the growing of
giant fresh water prawns; product
development on boneless dried tilapia
or talanggit; carabao dispersal for
milk production and the provision of
10,000 keels of señorita pineapples.
TESDA offcial Rolando Juanillo
promised to provide masonry and
carpentry skills training with NC1
certifcation for the GK kapitbahayan
teams, while provincial Tourism Of-
fcer Nedgar Garvez will work for the
inclusion of the GK villages in the
tourism portfolio of the province.
On May 24, GK Southern Leyte will
hold a “Pasiklaban sa Mayo: Festival
of Abundance towards 10-10-10,” a
productivity challenge where every
GK village will showcase their own
Though much work still remains,
Mayor Rentuza expressed optimism
that they can get back on their feet and
be a prosperous town once again.
“The tragedy is an eye opener for
us. It was a learning experience and a
challenge. We can look at it as a curse
or blessing. We look at it as a blessing.
A lot of people are helping us now. We
have the same thrust with GK, which
is to really alleviate poverty. The GK
village is a showcase that we can have
a frst class town, frst class village in
a rural setting,” Rentuza said.
Kudos to GK full time workers
Paler said they couldn’t have done
the massive work in St. Bernard with-
out “the growing fock of GK full time
workers who make the work faster,
consistent and systematic.”
He particularly commended Ed
Mulig, a civil engineer who has been
very dedicated in his job as a caretaker
in the GK Federation village in St.
Paler said Mulig is one of the mov-
ing forces on the ground, especially
during the rehabilitation phase of the
New Ginsaugon communities.
Mulig gave up lucrative offers to
work abroad and here to devote his
time to serving his fellow southern
“At any given time, he is always
there where he is needed, riding
his reliable and equally ‘anointed’
motorbike, from Maasin to Silago at
the northern tip of Southern Leyte to
Pinut at the southern tip of Southern
Leyte. No landslide, flooding and
heavy rains can stop him every time
he is called into action. The latest
natural calamity that hit our province
is the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that
created havoc to the Municipality of
Hinunangan. He was the frst person
to touch base and survey the mountain
GK communities of brgy. Manlico
and Libas,” Paler said.
season of GMA Network’s reality star
search, Starstruck, Iwa did not give up
pursuing her dreams.
As a runner-up in the said real-
ity search, Iwa was given roles in a
number of GMA programs such as
SOP Gigsters, Love to Love, Nuts
Entertainment, Bakekang and Mag-
Her inclusion in the male maga-
zine’s top ten sexiest in the country for
2007 made her an unforgettable face
for TV viewers and avid male maga-
zine readers. Easily, she was offered
to do a hosting job for Bitoy’s Fun-
niest Videos and a title role in Magic
Kamison’s The True Lindsay.
Iwa also did villain roles in three of
GMA Pinoy TV’s top rating programs.
After her frst villain role in Super
Twins, she was offered to portray the
role of Rita in Kung Mahawi Man Ang
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able response from viewers. Because
of her excellent performance, she was
offered to be one of the Amazonas in
the recently concluded Zaido.
And after quite a number of teenage,
and at times baddie, roles in some of
GMA’s programs, she is now ready
to take on a more serious and daring
role as Diane – a dancer for a sleazy
bar that Jason (Mark Herras) has a
crush on. But Diane, conversely, has
feelings for Jason’s brother, Joaquin
(Robin Padilla).
Be sure to catch the sizzling Iwa
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“It is far better to grasp the Universe as
it really is than to persist in delusion,
however satisfying and reassuring.”
- Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
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by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez
Lower Your
Joke of the week: A psychiatrist
was making his rounds in a mental
hospital and stopped in a room with
two patients. He asked the fellow
near the door, “What is your name?”
“Napoleon Bonaparte,” replied the
fellow briskly. “Who said you are
Napoleon?” demanded the doctor.
“God,” replied the patient. From
the patient in the other bed came the
shouted denial, “I did not!”
Scripture: First Reading: Acts 2:
14: 22-33. The impact of Peter’s ser-
mon had on its hearers provides the
texts for this reading from Acts. The
resurrection clearly shows what is true
of the cross also: a victory over death,
not biologically but theologically con-
sidered, as the consequence of man’s
rebellion and separation from God.
By submitting himself in complete
obedience to his Father’s will, Jesus
triumphed over this alienation from
God which no other human being has
ever done. Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:
17-21. The author teaches the mem-
bers of the Christian communities in
Asia Minor that their alienation has
been overcome by the death and res-
urrection of Jesus. Though Christians
already participate in the resurrection
of Jesus, yet its fnal accomplishment
will happen in the future. Therefore
everyone should not lose hope for
future glory in spite of the persecu-
tions and trials of the present. Gospel:
Luke 24: 13-35. Luke’s account of the
meeting between the two disciples on
their way to Emmaus and the risen
Lord shows the integral relationships
between reading the Scripture and
Eucharistic worship. Both elements
are our essential responses to Jesus’
resurrection, because through them he
comes to us again and again.
Refections: It is not uncommon
to hear people say that they try to be
good Christians and to follow what
the Commandments demand us to do.
But how come that the bad and wicked
men seem to be more fortunate while
the good are suffering? These good
Christians seem to be saying that not
only life, but even God is unfair!
Those who believed in Jesus as the
Messiah followed him and listened to
him. But they and others who knew
him were shaken in their faith and
shocked to fnd out that he was cruci-
fed as a criminal. How is it possible
that their all their hopes were dashed
to pieces? “Why is God unfair?” they
Faith’s Journey
Faith does not remove all doubts,
but rather transforms them. If faith
persists amidst one’s doubts, if doubts
don’t close off completely the pos-
sibility of a solution, the same faith
becomes the means to one’s enlight-
enment. The story of the two disciples
on the way to Emmaus is a beautiful
example of the transforming grace and
power of faith. The disciples were dis-
appointed in learning about the death
of their Master. At the same time, they
believe what the other disciples had
been telling everyone that the Lord
had risen from the dead. Because their
faith, though a little bit shaky, per-
sisted, the disciples were privileged
to have their eyes opened and see the
risen Lord himself. Their story, how-
ever, did not end with their personal
encounter of the Lord. They heard his
refresher course on Scripture about
himself and experienced his breaking
of bread with them. Strengthened by
the written word and nourished by
the breaking of bread, they shared
with the community what they had
witnessed and experienced.
The word and sacraments are not
only essential to worship, but also to
Christian living. The Catholic liturgy
emphasizes its frst part, the Liturgy
of the Word, where readings from the
Old and New Testaments precede the
Gospel proclamation and amplifca-
tion of these readings through the
homily. The Liturgy of the Eucharist
follows suit, from Offertory to the f-
nal blessing and dismissal. On the one
hand, the Liturgy of the Word prepares
the community for the Liturgy of the
Eucharist and points to the anticipated
participation in the Eucharistic meal;
on the other hand, the Liturgy of the
Eucharist fulflls what the Liturgy of
the Word proclaims: the saving deeds
of God in Jesus, the Bread of Life.
One cannot exist without the other.
The importance of both aspects of
the liturgy is not only for worship
but also for Christian living. To hear
God’s word and share in the Eucharis-
tic meal demand a response through
Christian living. The written words
of the Scripture and sacraments make
possible the presence of the risen
Christ not only within the community
but also in the world!
Quotation of the week: “The life of
faith is a continually renewed victory
over doubt, and continually renewed
grasp of meaning in the midst of
meaningless.” Leslie Newbign.
By Nanette N. Tabuac
Philstar, March 23, 2008
Writing is a creative act relying on
faith, and nothing can heal the spirit
like creativity and faith.— Barbara
I have been reading books about
writing. I read that to be a good writer,
one should read good literature and let
one’s mind be, as it were, like a safari
— an open range for ideas. So I read
fction, novels, and essays of famous
and top-drawer authors.
I read Sandra Cisneros’ stunning vi-
gnettes, The House on Mango Street;
Russell Baker’s funny and skillfully
written autobiography, Growing Up,
about his childhood and which earned
him the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Bi-
ography. I give deference to Susan
Orleans because she combines fne
journalism with engaging storytell-
ing in her best-selling The Orchid
Thief, a book about an obsessed
man’s ventures into the Fakahatchee
swamp in Florida to fnd the Ghost
Orchid. I steep myself in the voices of
these authors to fnd my own writing
voice, hoping that by imbibing their
works their literary genius would rub
off in me.
Then, I came across this book: Writ-
ing Out the Storm — Reading and
Writing Your Way Through Serious
Illness or Injury by Barbara Aber-
crombie. As the title suggests, this
book is powerful and deeply inspira-
tional for anyone coping with serious
illness or serious injury, using writing
The healing power of writing
as therapy, a way to deal emotionally
with life-threatening illness, and a tool
for fnding a voice in a powerless and
voiceless situation. Writing helps;
it gives control and understanding.
There is power in words. Writing
heals; it gives order to the great mess
of life. Writing down the details of an
experience can reveal the meaning of
what one has been through and give
it clarity. There is power in shared
Abercrombie is a breast cancer sur-
vivor herself. The idea for the book
started in a writing workshop she
started for the Wellness Community
in Los Angeles. The people in the
workshop, including Abercrombie,
had either recovered from cancer,
were currently in treatment, or were
In this tome she tells about her fear
of death, her anger at the indignity
of her helpless situation, her fam-
ily’s love and devotion while she is
undergoing cancer treatment. She
gives insights and fnds humor even
in seemingly grief-stricken circums-
tances. She offers stories, excerpts
from the writings of other authors
and celebrities who have suffered
from illnesses or serious injuries like
Raymond Carver, Stephen King and
Christopher Reeve.
She also provides the responses
of her workshop participants to her
writing prompts, which invite them
(and the readers) to explore their own
journey and writing: Write about your
anger, air it all out on the page, write
notes to God or to the gods…or To
Whom It May Concern. Write about
faith. There is no right or wrong way
to write. Whether you call it writing
in a journal or keeping a notebook…
just begin.
I don’t have a serious illness, I
haven’t suffered any traumatic injury
(thank you, Lord), and I have never
been hospitalized. But I am drawn
to this book because it is about writ-
ing. I enjoy reading again and again
excerpts from writers (famous and
infamous or unknown) about how
they deal with a serious illness or a
near-fatal accident.
Their writings are a goldmine; they
touch the heart and pierce the soul:
The patient has to start treating ill-
ness not as a disaster, an occasion for
depression or panic, but as a narrative,
a story. Stories are antibodies against
illness and pain. — Anatole Broyard
After the surgery I wrote a story…
when I tell this story I always end it
with “And so that you know my story
is true, I have the scar to prove it.” And
then I point to the scar on my neck. I
love my scar. Scars are tangible proof
that we have healed. — Laura, writing
workshop participant
I am drawn to this book because I
had a boss, Ms. G., who had breast
cancer. Her right breast was removed
in 2001; the cancer went into remis-
sion, but in 2006 the big C came back
with a vengeance, like a huge wind
toppling a small boat. The book gave
me ideas about the trials and struggles
of cancer patients: the tests, treat-
ments, chemotherapy, lumpectomy,
mastectomy, etc.
Pre-cancer, Ms. G. pounced like a
tigress, drilling me about the com-
pany’s cash position, budgets and
fnancial forecasts (I am a fnance
person). I racked my brain for
answers, for magic numbers I had
memorized before meeting with her.
There were a lot of sleepless nights I
spent doing and analyzing fnancial
models, projections, and reports to
present to her.
Ms. G. was my mentor. She was
the Dumbledore to my Harry Potter,
the Gandalf to my Frodo Baggins.
Then, the cancer recurred. She began
her chemo and lost a lot of weight.
When her hair started to fall, she
wore scarves around her thinning
hair. When she lost all her hair, she
wore wigs.
In her book, Abercrombie’s left
hand swelled into “pincushion with-
out the pins” proportions during
therapy. During chemo, the veins in
Ms. G.’s left hand turned blue black,
like spider webs in henna. I would
finch inwardly when I’d accidentally
gaze at her afficted hand during our
finance meetings. But she never
discussed her ailment; it was always
business as usual. The more I read
the book, the more convinced I was
that my boss should read it. The book
was a great source of inspiration. The
author journeyed the diffcult path
that Ms. G. was taking at the time. It
could give her comfort to know that
she was not alone. Reading the book
could help alleviate her pain — physi-
cal and emotional, all she had to do
was to write out her storm, write out
her story.
I bought another copy and gave it
to her.
The last time I saw her, she was
being ushered gingerly by her driver
and executive assistant towards her
car. She seemed no longer standing in
the center of time. She was on time’s
edge. Ms. G., my boss, my friend,
my personal Dumbledore, had shed
somehow the laughter and vibrancy
that had followed her through the
world, and had assumed the quiet
dignity and strangeness of a wanderer
about to depart forever.
I didn’t say goodbye. Her body
might have been frail, but her mind
was still as sharp as a scythe and her
spirit was a lion of courage.
Ms. G. succumbed to cancer in
December 2007. Three days before
she died, I was promoted head of our
I will never forget the white fowers,
mounds and heaps of them around the
chapel. There was a plethora of white
fowers lining the altar-like wrought
iron table with Ms. G.’s urn and her
black and white picture in a pensive
mood. It was my frst time to attend
a memorial service of a cremated
person. Not seeing a body, I thought
that the impact was less painful, but I
quietly wept before her ashes, in the
same way I cried before my mother’s
casket when I was 11, and at my fa-
ther’s funeral years later.
In the book, Abercrombie encour-
ages her workshop participants to
write their stories. She talks about
writing their stories scene by scene,
as if looking through small windows
or making squares of a quilt without
the need to go from the beginning to
the now.
Ms. G. might not have written out
her storm, which is why I am writing
this for her — a tiny window in her
cathedral of life, a small patch in her
quilt of worthy existence. This is my
homage, my proper goodbye to her
somewhere up there in her Mansions
* * *
This week’s winner: Nanette N.
Tabuac is a CPA and currently head
of the accounting department of an
exclusive school for girls in Quezon
City. She finished her MBA from
DLSU Manila. She can’t cook, can’t
drive and can’t dance. She’s a Harry
Potter girl through and through, and
loves reading books and writing
poetry. Her favorite authors include
Marian Keyes, JK Rowling, Russell
Baker, Susan Orleans, and Sophie
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Isang Batong Bilog (part-2)
Mga papel kong hawak aking ibinaba
sa mesang sulatan sa tabi ng bintana
sa lakas ng hangin nilipad na ang iba
batong bilog ko dinagan ko sa kanila.
Maayos palang pabigat ‘tong aking bato
sa mga importanteng papel tulad nito
pagsama-samahin at saka idagan mo
ayos na ang lahat ng mga buto-buto.
Isang araw naiwan ko ‘tong aking bato
sa sulok ng sahig nitong aming banyo
pakanta-kantang lumabas ang aking lolo
maganda raw pala panghilod na uwi ko.
icon, there was history to be made
in the ring.
Besides, some “unfnished busi-
ness” had to be settled by the gladi-
ators. Four years ago, they battled
to a split 12-round draw that was
as controversial as it was thrilling.
Marquez was foored thrice in the
frst round but got up to survive
the distance. Judge Burt Clements
saw it as a draw but later admitted
he should’ve scored it for Pacquiao
as he had shortchanged him by a
point in scoring the first round,
10-7, instead of 10-6 for the three
knockdowns. If Clements had not
erred, Pacquiao would’ve won by a
split decision. Under boxing rules,
Clements’ tally couldn’t be altered
after the fact.
And so the rematch was set at
the Mandalay Bay Events Center
in Las Vegas last March 15. This
time, Marquez’s WBC superfeath-
erweight title was on the line and
Pacquiao was eager to add the belt
to his collection which included the
WBC fyweight and IBF superban-
tamweight crowns.
For two months, Pacquiao trained
under Freddie Roach’s watchful
eyes at the Wild Card Gym in Hol-
lywood to prepare for Marquez. He
knew he had to be in tip-top shape
to beat the Mexican whose counter-
punching style was considered the
perfect antidote to his aggressive,
brawling approach.
Pacquiao took no shortcuts in his
grueling regimen. He jogged about
an hour every morning at Griffth
Pacquiao writes boxing history
(Continued from page 1) Park then averaged 35 rounds of
calisthenics, drills and workouts
a day at the gym. In all, Pacquiao
logged 141 rounds of sparring.
“Physically, he’s in excellent
shape and mentally, he’s 100 percent
more prepared than ever before,”
said Roach the day before the fght.
“No distractions, no elections. He’s
very confdent. When he fghts Mar-
quez, he’ll be wearing good socks
and he won’t fght with a fractured
Roach referred to the frst meet-
ing when Pacquiao fought through
a blister in his left big toe because
of thin socks and suffered a slight
fracture in his left hand after belting
Marquez’s head repeatedly in the
opening round.
As early as a week before the bout,
Filipino fans began to invade Las
Vegas. So that at the weigh-in on
the eve of the fght, a large Filipino
crowd gathered to cheer Pacquiao
who scaled 129, a pound under the
limit. Mexican fans roared as lustily
when Marquez tipped the scales at
exactly 130.
The morning of the duel, Pala-
wan priest Fr. Marlon Beof of the
Augustinian Recollect Friars from
the Tagaste Monastery in Suffern,
New York, celebrated Holy Mass in
Pacquiao’s 61st foor, two-bedroom
suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort
and Casino.
Pacquiao and wife Jinkee con-
verged with about 100 well-wishers
in prayer. As usual, Pacquiao asked
for the Lord’s protection not only for
himself but also for Marquez during
the offertory prayers. Fr. Beof ran
out of hosts for Holy Communion,
not expecting the huge turnout, and
later commented it was the largest
attendance for the traditional Mass
Among those in the suite were
Speaker Prospero Nograles, Rep.
Hermilando Mandanas, Rep. Mon-
ico Puentevella, Rep. Annie Su-
sano, Bacolod City Mayor Bing
Leonardia, former Rizal Gov. Ito
Ynares and wife Nini, former Gov.
Chavit Singson, Secretary Lito
Atienza and wife with son Ali,
Malacañang deputy spokesman
Tonypet Albano, former Rep. Butch
Pichay, Annabelle Rama, lawyer
Jeng Gacal, Jinkee’s twin sister
Janet with Joaquin Hagedorn, Jr.,
Rod Nazario, Lito Mondejar, Moy
Lainez, Gerry Garcia, Solar bosses
Wilson and William Tieng and Peter
Chanliong, No Fear’s Tommy Ong,
Aida Tieng, Fermin and Boots Aniel
with sons Jason and Alex, composer
Lito Camo, Pin Antonio of Salon de
Manila, Bernard Cloma, Eric and
Macy Pineda, sportsman Hermie
Esguerra, Dr. Allan Recto, Rey
Golingan, Chris Aquino, Dr. Ed
de la Vega, Makisig executive vice
president Manny Viray and former
world champion Manny Melchor
with wife Nicole.
Doors at the Mandalay Bay Events
Center opened at 3 p.m. and a carni-
val atmosphere enveloped the arena.
A Mexican mariachi band wel-
comed Marquez’s supporters into
the stadium while Filipino fans wore
“Pacman” headbands and waved
faglets to signify their choice.
Inside the Events Center, the noise
from the stands was deafening. The
spectators included Vice President
Noli de Castro, Sen. Bong Revilla
and wife Lani Mercado, Rep., Er-
bie Fabian, Rep. Cesar Jalosjos,
Rep. Arthur Robles, Zamboanga
del Norte Gov. Rolando Yabes,
North Cotabato Vice Gov. Manny
Pinol, lawyer Romy Makalintal,
Mayor Leonardo de Leon of Angat,
Mayor Tessie Vistan of Plaridel,
Mayor Edgardo Galvez of San
Ildefonso, Mayor Doming Marcos
of Paombong, former Secretary
Delfn Lazaro and wife Che Che,
ABS-CBN’s Peter Musgni, PCSO’s
Manny Garcia, Aga Muhlach and
wife Charlene Gonzalez, shipping
magnate Arben Santos, Rely de
Leon, Mari Ojeda and daughter Ka-
trina, PAL pilot Mario Medina, Dr.
Antonio Feliciano, lawyer Romel
Agan, Rod Balbon, Palms Country
Club squash champion Glen Garcia,
Eddie Gutierrez, Rudy Fernandez
and Lorna Tolentino, former world
titlist Morris East, boxing scholar
Hermie Rivera, superbantamweight
contender Bernabe Concepcion,
Aljoe Jaro, Nike’s Tony Atayde, Jr.,
Rey Fortaleza, Alex Vidal, boxing
referee Silvestre Abainza, Games
and Amusements Board boxing
chief Dr. Nasser Cruz, Gerry and
Becky Marcial with daughter Ni-
cole, female boxer Ana Julaton and
best friend Rachel Marcial, former
Sen. Tito Sotto with wife Helen
Gamboa and WBO bantamweight
champion Gerry Penalosa with wife
Singing the Philippines national
anthem was Ciara Sotto and Allan
(“Apl”) Pineda of the Black Eyed
Peas who rapped his megahit Bebot
as Pacquiao made his way from the
dressing room to the ring.
Broadcasting the fght for Solar
TV were Chino Trinidad, IBF fy-
weight champion Nonito Donaire,
Jr. and myself. Solar vice president
for production Erick Tam made sure
the telecast went smoothly.
The action was fast and furious
from the start. Pacquiao floored
Marquez with a left hook to the
face in the third round but the
Mexican stormed back to take the
middle rounds before the Filipino
sealed the deal with a strong fn-
ish. Both fghters were bloodied at
the end of the bruising encounter.
Pacquiao was declared the new
WBC 130-pound champion as judge
Jerry Roth, 66, scored it 115-112 for
Marquez and judge Duane Ford,
70, saw it 115-112 and judge Tom
Miller, 48, had it 114-113, both for
the Filipino.
The HBO TV panel agreed with
the decision. So did Golden Boy
matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz
and WBC lightweight titleholder
David Diaz who looms as Pacqui-
ao’s next opponent on June 28.
Pacquiao, who was cut above the
right eye in the seventh round, said
it was a victory for the Filipino
“I never thought of quitting,” said
Pacquiao who could hardly see out
of his right eye until cutman Joe
Chavez controlled the bleeding. “If
I lose, they’d have to carry me out
of the ring. I don’t fght for myself. I
fght for my countrymen, my family
and my country. That’s why I can’t
quit. I sacrifce for every Filipino
and I want every Filipino to be
happy when I win.”
Renowned Las Vegas plastic sur-
geon Dr. Jeff Roth sewed up Pac-
quiao’s cuts with 18 micro-stitches
in a multi-layering procedure that
took over an hour. The eight outer
non-absorbable stitches were re-
moved a few days later by Dr. Recto
in Los Angeles before Pacquiao
returned home.
A sellout crowd of 11,061 shelled
out $3.3 million in gate receipts to
set a new record for a Pacquiao fght
in a Bob Arum promotion. From
early indications, pay-per-view hits
were expected to exceed 400,000
— another Pacquiao record — with
revenues to reach at least $20 mil-
lion of which over $2 million is the
Filipino’s share.
Pacquiao and Philippine boxing
never had it so good.
“The difference
between ‘involvement’
and ‘commitment’ is
like an eggs-and-ham
breakfast: the chicken
was ‘involved’ - the pig
was ‘committed’.”
- unknown
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I personally received notifcation
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“Investors believe the credit crisis in
the US is over,” said Francis Lun, a
general manager at Fulbright Securi-
ties in Hong Kong. “They think the
worst has gone.”
In New York Tuesday, the Dow Jones
industrials climbed nearly 400 points,
around 3.2 percent, to 12,654.4, and
all the major US stock indexes were
up more than 3 percent.
In Tokyo trading, megabank Mit-
subishi UFJ Financial Group shot up
7.6 percent. Exporters also benefted
from a stronger dollar, which rose to
nearly 102 yen. Toyota Motor Corp.
gained 4.2 percent and Sony Corp.
rose 4.7 percent.
In Hong Kong, Chinese banks ad-
vanced. By midday, Bank of China
advanced 5.3 percent, Industrial &
Construction Bank of China rose 6.5
percent and insurer China Life rose
6.1 percent.
Oil companies also climbed higher,
with Sinopec rising 8.2 percent and
PetroChina adding 3.9 percent.
NY stocks rally
Wall Street began the second quarter
with a big rally Tuesday as investors
rushed back into stocks amid easing
worries about the credit crisis that
has battered many major banks and
optimism that the US economy – a
major export market for Asia – is
faring better than expected.
Financial stocks were among the
big winners in US and Asian trading
Amid U.S. end to credit woes
Asian stocks soars
(Continued from page 1)
after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
and Switzerland’s UBS AG issued
new shares to help bolster their bal-
ance sheets. The news was viewed as
upbeat and offset even an announce-
ment that UBS will take a fresh $19
billion (euro12 billion) write-down
due to additional declines in the value
of its mortgage assets and other credit
With that upbeat news and a fresh
quarter ahead of them, investors ap-
pear quite willing to make some bets
that the worst of the damage from
America’s credit struggles has been
felt. Moreover, the banks’ moves but-
tressed the view that fnancial services
companies are taking aggressive ac-
tion to improve their capital bases and
stave off the potential of a collapse
similar to Bear Stearns Cos.
Analysts believe there must be a
recovery in bank and brokerage stocks
to lead major stock indexes higher.
Some of the biggest fnancial players
had their biggest moves of the year
Tuesday – Citigroup Inc. shot up
11 percent, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
rose 9 percent, and Lehman surged
18 percent.
“Investors have a diffcult time mak-
ing decisions about the stock market
if they don’t have confdence in major
fnancial institutions, so there’s been
a lot of sideline cash,” said Richard
Cripps, chief market strategist for
Stifel Nicolaus. “The extreme condi-
tions that we’ve seen here over the
past few months has been missing
that confdence ... but that appears
to be changing, and we’re seeing the
Meanwhile, Wall Street got another
boost when the Institute for Supply
Management said its March index of
national manufacturing activity rose
to a reading of 48.6 – indicating a
contraction, but a slower one than in
February and tamer than many ana-
lysts had predicted. Government data
on construction spending for February
also came in better than expected.
The Dow rose 391.47, or 3.19 per-
cent, to 12,654.47.
Broader stock indicators also gained
sharply. The Standard & Poor’s 500
index rose 47.48, or 3.59 percent, to
1,370.18, and the Nasdaq composite
index rose 83.65, or 3.67 percent, to
The advance was in contrast to a
lackluster session on Monday, where
stocks managed a moderate gain in the
fnal session of a dismal frst quarter.
Major indexes ended the frst three
months of 2008 with massive losses,
marking the worst period since the
third quarter of 2002 when Wall Street
was approaching the lowest point of a
protracted bear market.
Renewed enthusiasm that the credit
crisis might be waning was also
felt in the Treasury market, where
government securities fell as inves-
tors withdrew money to take bets on
stocks. The 10-year Treasury note’s
yield, which moves opposite its price,
rose to 3.55 percent from 3.43 percent
late Monday.
In addition to hopes about the fnan-
cial sector, Wall Street was relieved
to see the feeble dollar regain some
strength against the euro. The euro fell
to $1.5596 from $1.5785 late Monday
in New York.
Commodities prices ease
And there was also optimism that
commodities prices, which have hit
historic highs in recent months, have
begun to retreat. Crude fell 60 cents
to settle at $100.98 on the New York
Mercantile Exchange after earlier
falling below $100. Meanwhile, gold
dropped back below $900 an ounce.
“This is a nice way to begin the
second quarter,” said Todd Leone,
managing director of equity trading at
Cowen & Co. “All the fnancials are
up big, and there’s a sense that things
are turning. We defnitely have not
seen the last of the credit crisis, but
we’re getting closer.”
The stock rally was underpinned by
the announcements from UBS and Le-
hman Brothers that they are boosting
capital by issuing new stock. Shares
of banks and brokerages hovered near
multiyear lows in recent months as
investors feared heavy losses from in-
vestments tied to subprime mortgages
would be overwhelming.
Earlier this month, widespread
concerns about Bear Stearns’ fnancial
position forced the investment bank to
sell itself at a bargain basement price
to JPMorgan in a deal engineered by
the Federal Reserve – and that stoked
fears that other investment houses
might follow.
JPMorgan rose $4.05, or 9.4 per-
cent, to $47; while Bear Stearns was
up 36 cents, or 3.4 percent, to $10.85
– slightly above the $10 per share
acquisition price.
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Source: Press release by OVOV, San
Diego, CA
By Rhodina Villanueva
Philstar, March 29, 2008
About 400 inmates, led by 12
soldiers convicted in the Aquino-
Galman double murder case, held a
Mass inside the Maximum Security
Compound of the New Bilibid Prisons
(NBP), Muntinlupa City yesterday to
pray for the recovery of former Presi-
dent Corazon Aquino, now battling
colon cancer.
The Mass started at about 1 p.m. at
the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel of the
NBP, lawyer Persida Rueda-Acosta,
chief of the Public Attorney’s Office
(PAO), said.
She added that they had been
preparing for the Mass as early as
Monday this week after soldiers sent
word to her that inmates also wanted
to offer prayers for Mrs. Aquino.
“They wanted Mrs. Aquino to get
better. They also prayed for the for-
mer president’s daughter Kris who
recently suffered a miscarriage,”
Acosta said.
Although Rolando de Guzman, one
of the 12 soldiers, requested to join the
Mass, he suffered a stroke and is now
confined at the NBP Hospital.
Fr. Robert Olaguer, NBP chaplain
who officiated the Mass, said inten-
tions were also cited for Sergeant
Mario Lazaga who died last March 14
and Sergeant Cordova Estelo who was
stabbed by another inmate in 2005.
Lazaga had a major stroke while
in detention at the NBP. Apart from
suffering from severe hypertension,
Convicts in Ninoy murder hold
healing Mass for Cory
Lazaga was also a diabetic.
In his homily, Fr. Olaguer spoke of
pursuing a better life, reconciliation,
and saying prayers for the sick.
“They (12 soldiers) are hopeful that
they will soon be released from prison.
They know that if Mrs. Aquino will
get well, their release might soon be
processed. They are praying that the
former president will convince her son
Noynoy to also forgive them. Since
Monday, prayers have already been
said for Mrs. Aquino,” he added.
Convicted with Lazaga and Estelo
on Sept. 28, 1990 were De Guzman,
Brig. Gen. Luther Custodio, Capt.
Romeo Bautista, 2nd Lt. Jesus Castro,
and Sergeants Claro Lat, Arnulfo de
Mesa, Filomeno Miranda, Ernesto
Mateo, Rodolfo Desolong, Ruben
Aquino and Arnulfo Artates, supposed
gunman Constable Rogelio Moreno,
A1C Felizardo Taran and Master
Sergeant Pablo Martinez.
Martinez was, however, released
from detention in November last year
after President Arroyo granted him
conditional pardon.
The Supreme Court affirmed their
conviction on July 23, 1991.
Meanwhile, opposition group Black
and White Movement (B&W) said
yesterday that civil society organiza-
tions fighting for truth and account-
ability alongside Mrs. Aquino are
not weakened even if the Philippine
democracy icon is fighting cancer.
“People who love her are getting
together because they want to pray
for her,” Leah Navarro of the B&W
“For those who are thinking that
the opposition is weakened, we gain
strength from this,” the former singer
told The STAR.
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