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September 25 - October 1, 2010

FilAmFest is a Filipino-American arts and culture festival. It is one of the largest inter-generational arts and cultural events in San Diego. When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 Where: Potomac Park, Paradise Vally Road (between Woodman Street and Gilmartin Avenue) Entertainment 11 a.m.: Opening ceremony, Risen Beingez Noon: Katriz Trinida, Lil Desi, Defcase, Allysse 1 p.m.: Micheal Copon, Joseph Vincent, Abrina, Bell Middle 2 p.m: Bambu, Hopie Spitshard 3 p.m.: Seefor Yourself, Nate Burns, Trish, IDK 4 p.m.: Ramiele, Gabe Bondoc, Monday’s Alibi 5 p.m.: Joey Casora, Rising Stars

FilAmFest gears up for 6th year with ‘Bayanihan Spirit’
Organizers expect record crowds for arts and cultural festival
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The 6th annual Filipino-American Arts & Culture Festival, popularly known as FilAmFest, kicks off its day-long celebration this year with the theme “Celebrating the Bayanihan Spirit.” The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Potomac Park on Paradise Valley Road (between Woodman Street and Gilmartin Avenue). Last year ’s festival drew Michael Copon Justin Rivera Returning acts from previous festivals will also perform, including hip-hop dance crew Indecisive Dance Krew and local reggae band Monday’s Alibi. Hosting the first portion of the festival will be actor, model and singer Michael Copon, best known for his role as Felix in the hit series “One Tree Hill.” Joining Copon as master of ceremonies is comedian and magician Justin Rivera of Chino Hills, who has appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Gong Show with Dave Attell.” FilAmFest is continuing its youth program with arts and crafts, where they can
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15,000 people, according to organizers, who are expecting an even larger crowd this year. Scheduled performers on the main stage include YouTube sensation Gabe Bondoc, “American Idol” season seven finalist Ramiele Malubay, hip-hop artist Bambu from the Native Guns, and emcee Hopie Spitshard.

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Jazz singer Charmaine Clamor entertains the crowd at FilAmFest 2009. Last year's festival drew 15,000 people. Organizers expect as many as 20,000 for this year's festival.

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Obama names 2 Fil-Ams to White House advisory posts
WASHINGTON — President Obama has appointed two prominent Filipino-Americans as White House advisers on Asian-American issues, ABS-CBN News reported recently. Rozita Villanueva Lee, a familiar face on Capitol Hill during the fight for Filipino World War II veterans rights, and Hector Vargas Jr., a wellknown gay rights activist, were named as new members of the Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “These are distinguished and highly-respected leaders of the AAPI community who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the White House initiative’s goal of improving the lives of underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders," said Greg Macabenta, national chair of the National Association of Filipino American Associations.

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45 years ago this month, Phillip Vera Cruz kicked off the farm-worker strike that led to the creation of the United Farm Workers. Sadly, the late labor leader is hardly remembered
By Benjamin Pimentel
Filipino American History Month, also known as the Filipino American Heritage Month, is celebrated in the United States during the month of October. The Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in 1988. In California and Hawaii, where a large number of Filipino-Americans reside, Filipino American History Month is widely celebrated. Many Filipino-American organizations in these states often initiate their own independent celebrations. Some argue that October as Filipino American History Month has not yet attained the prestige of other similar minority celebrations, such as the Black History Month in February, Women's History Month in March and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. This is evidenced by the fact that no U.S. Congress has ever resolved to recognize Filipino American History Month. However, the House of the 111th Congress has introduced a House Resolution 155 (H.R. 155) to officially recognize October for Filipinos. The celebration in 2006 was a pivotal year as it marked the centennial celebration of Filipino migration to the United States. Throughout October, the Filipino Press will feature stories celebrating Filipino American History Month. We begin in advance with the story of famed Filipino labor leader Phillip Vera Cruz.

Filipino Press seeks entrants for writing competition
NATIONAL CITY, Calif. — The Filipino Press is launching what it hopes will become an annual writing competition honoring the literary excellence of young Filipino-American writers. The contest, dubbed Gawad Panulat News Story Team Competition, will begin in November and run through January 2011. The paper is actively seeking young aspiring writers between the ages of 13-18 to apply for the compeition. Young writers of Filipino descent are encouraged to apply for the competition by submitting a writing sample to contest coordinator Allure Llorente by e-mailing allure@ by Nov. 1. For more information, see our ad on page 19 or contact Llorente at (619) 565-9500. Information on the contest will also be posted on our Facebook page (Filipino Press).


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The Filipino Press interviews Joe Frazier on the 35th anniversary of his match with Muhammad Ali. Frazier will be in San Diego on Oct. 2-3 to sign memorabilia at Horton Plaza. SEE PAGE 20

“Delano Manongs” tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours — the Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union. While the movement is known for Cesar Chavez’s leadership and considered a Chicano movement, Filipinos played a pivotal role that began it all. Filipino labor organizer Larry Itliong, a 5-foot-5, cigar-chomping union veteran, organized a group of 1,500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, Calif. For eight days they struck alone, getting thrown out of their labor camp homes, and facing violence from growers’ hired thugs and the sheriff’s department. Yet Larry’s story — and the story of the Filipinos and their union organizing efforts that began in the 1920s in the U.S. — have virtually been forgotten. Told from Itliong’s perspective, the documentary follows Larry’s life arriving in the U.S. at age 15 and immediately becoming involved with Filipino labor unions in the canneries and farm fields on the West Coast. The story of Larry and the Delano Filipinos is a history unknown to most Filipinos in the U.S. Visit the film's website at

e remember two key narratives in the Filipino experience this month. One tells of brutal dictatorship. The other celebrates the courage of Filipino-American migrant farm workers and the troubling flaw of a revered Mexican-American icon. Tuesday, Sept. 21, marked the 38th anniversary of the declaration of martial law and the rise of one of most despotic regimes in history. But one would think it was a glorious time to remember from the way Imelda Marcos was recently beaming, as she celebrated her son Bongbong’s political rise and what she sees as the eventual return to power of the Marcos forces. “I'm truly happy to see Bongbong here in the senate following the footsteps of his father,” she was quoted as saying in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Bongbong aiming for the presidency, she noted, “is a matter of destiny, a divine plan.” Amid such silly, scary talk, we shift focus to the small central California town of Delano. Forty-five years ago, on Sept. 8, 1965, Filipino farm workers, led by Phillip Vera Cruz, Pete Velasco and Larry Itliong, kicked off the farmworker strike that led to the creation

of the United Farm Workers, one of the most influential labor unions in American history.
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September 25 - October 1, 2010

Verzosa, Puno named ‘ultimate recipients’ of jueteng money

Government to adjust fourth quarter borrowing program
MANILA, Philippines – The government will make appropriate adjustments in its fourth quarter borrowing program, following the successful issuance of 10-year peso-denominated global bonds recently. National Treasurer Roberto Tan said the government would have to review its projected cash flow. “We will review our projected cash flow with the expected inflow from the global peso issue and make appropriate adjustments on our fourth quarter auction program as necessary,” Tan said. Market investors expect the government to reduce its issuance of Treasury bills (T-bills) and bonds in the fourth quarter following the successful sale of 10-year bonds in the global debt market. Tan also said the Treasury may issue longer-dated debt papers in the fourth quarter as part of efforts to lengthen maturities now that investors prefer to park their funds in longer-dated securities. The government recently raised $1 billion worth of peso-denominated global bonds, the first local currency issue for the Philippines and for an Asian country. Finance officials said the government decided to issue peso-denominated bonds to help cushion the economy from the external uncertainties and developments in the global environment such as dollar fluctuations. Global investors tendered a total of $13.3 billion for the $1 billion issuance or 13 times oversubscribed. The newly issued bonds, which were priced at 99.607 percent with a coupon of 4.95 percent and a yield of five percent, will mature in January 2021. By geographical allocation, 37.1 percent of the orders came from Asia, 32.6 percent from the US and 30.3 percent from Europe. Proceeds would be used to finance the government’s budgetary requirements and is part of the government’s management of external liabilities, particularly with respect to reducing its vulnerability to foreign currency risk.


A recent Senate hearing revealed that retired police chief Jesus Verzosa (left) and Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno receive payoffs from jueteng operators.

The Aquino administration is staring at a widening budget deficit that is projected to hit P325 billion this year or 3.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) from the original target of P300 billion. The budget deficit can narrow to P226 billion or 2.5 percent of GDP next year if the economy grows by as much as seven percent or more than the official growth target for next year of five percent. (

By Maila Ager MANILA, Philippines — Retired police chief Jesus Verzosa and Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno have been named as "ultimate recipients" of jueteng money at a recent Senate hearing. Ve r z o s a a n d P u n o w e r e among those in the list submitted by Archbishop Oscar Cruz and read by Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee. The same list named the following operators of the multi-billion-peso illegal numbers game: Lilia “Baby” Pineda in Pampanga; Paul Dy in Isabela; retired gener-

al Eugene Martin and Mayor Domogan in Baguio; Danny Soriano in Cagayan; a retired general Padilla in Pasay, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, and San Pedro; a governor Espino in Pangasinan; and a Boy Jalandoni in Bacolod. The names of Verzosa and Puno were listed under the "national jueteng payola flow," along with a certain Eddie Fontanilla (“collector on the ground”) and a retired general Cachuela (“intermediate recipient”). Guingona said the "sources of information" were Charlie “Atong” Ang for jueteng and jai-alai and Manuel “Manoling” Morato for small-town lottery (STL).

Archbishop Cruz recently faced the Senate to expose government officials who have been allegedly receiving payoffs from jueteng operators. But at the start of the joint hearing by the Senate blue ribbon, local government, and rules committees, Cruz expressed hesitation about his revelations and requested for an executive session so he could identify the officials on the take. “So in case the chair would allow, I'd ask for an executive session where I give all the names in the upper bracket of this whole racket and all the names in the lower echelon of the syndicate,” he said. But Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile objected

to the request. “This is the moment of truth. Let's bring out the truth. No matter how painful. Let's name names,” Enrile said. Cruz confirmed that he has a list of government officials who have either been receiving bribe from jueteng operators, or directly involved in jueteng, or in collusion to allow the proliferation of jueteng in the country. “Question 1 and 2, I have the list of the people. Question 3, yes,” he told the committee. Asked by Guingona if he was willing to reveal the contents of the list, Cruz said, “I can easily do that. It's in front of me.” (

More projects to lose perks in 2011 IPP
MANILA, Philippines — Some priority economic activities that enjoy tax and fiscal incentives under the 2010 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) may lose such perks under the 2011 IPP as the Aquino administration is expected to further trim down incentives and grant perks to limited and deserving projects only. This developed as the Board of Investments is set to convene next month the technical committee of the IPP to start crafting the IPP framework. The IPP is an annual list of government priority economic activities that would be entitled to a package of juicy tax and fiscal incentives. BoI executive director Efren Leano, however, said the 2011 IPP will be dependent on the Medium Term Development Plan. “We expect the 2011 IPP to be tight and short but if government says we need to help more investors then we have to widen the list. This will largely depend on the MTDP because it will be basis in the crafting of the new list,” Leano said. Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, who is chair of the BoI, also made clear earlier that he would limit the grant of incentives by further tightening the lPP list to specific projects that are really priority. The tightening of the IPP would be imposed under the 2011 IPP, he said. Industries that Domingo would prioritize are tourism, IT-BPO type industries, electronics, mining, housing and agriculture. These industries are chosen based on their high local value content, export revenue generation and jobs generation potentials. Projects under the IPP are granted a maximum of 8 years income tax holiday, zero duty on the importation of capital equipment, additional tax deduction on expenses for training and labor, employment of foreign nationals, among others. The annual IPP has undergone a tightening belt over the years by ridding it off of economic activities that are no longer government priorities or activities that no longer require government tax and fiscal assistance. (

Government borrowings hit P585B
By Iris C. Gonzales MANILA, Philippines — Total government borrowings rose to P584.67 billion in the first eight months of the year, more than double the P269.15 billion recorded in the same period last year, latest data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) showed. Data also showed that borrowings increased during the eight-month period because of the P68.5 billion the government raised through the sale of global bonds and the P51.74 billion it raised from the issuance of Samurai or yen-denominated bonds. The government borrowed P158.107 billion from foreign creditors and P426.557 billion from local lenders. In the same period last year, the government borrowed P142 billion from external sources and P127.15 billion from domestic lenders for a total of P269.15 billion, data also showed. Of the P158.107 billion it borrowed from foreign sources from January to August this year, project loans from various multilateral agencies accounted for P18.010 billion while program loans amounted to P19.843 billion. Government borrowings are expected to shoot-up by end-September following the sale of $1 billion worth of pesodenominated global bonds early this month. (

Mayor Lim admits failure but disputes hostage crisis report
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim admitted that his team failed in handling the August 23 hostage crisis but contested the findings of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC). Lim recently said some portions of the IIRC report were "too sweeping," false, and lacked basis. At a press conference at the Manila City hall, Lim also said "pumalpak kami" (we failed) but stressed that he and ViceMayor Francisco Domagoso (Isko Moreno) should not be blamed for the incident. Lim asked authorities to spare Moreno from the charges. "Please spare the vice mayor. He has no culpability. I am ready to face charges that might be slapped against me. I can't do anything about it," Lim said. Lim and Moreno were among the 12 government officials, police officers, and media workers held responsible by the IIRC for the mishandling of the August 23 hostage crisis in Manila wherein eight Hong Kong tourists, and the hostage-taker, Rolando Mendoza, were killed. "The Vice-Mayor’s and my inclusion, and even the negotiator, on the list of those found culpable by the IIRC is too sweeping and totally lacking in factual and legal basis," said Lim. Lim belied several points in the IIRC’s summary of critical incidents that led to the failure of the hostage negotiations. Lim particularly elaborated on the first critical incident ó the failure to activate the city of Manila’s crisis management committee (CMC). "The statement in the IIRC report with the heading First Critical Incident... is totally false. We activated the CMC at the city hall. It was supposed to be activated here and not there in the site of the incident," Lim said. Lim also puts the blame on the Manila Police District leadership, particularly on MPD chief Gen. Rodolfo Magtibay, saying the CMC, which Lim headed, was merely an "advisory body." "(The MPD team) was the operational group as distinguished from the policy making body which was the CMC," he said. (MNS)

BOP posts $3.478-billion surplus from January-August
MANILA, Philippines — The country’s balance of payments (BOP) surplus went up by 25.3 percent in the first eight months of the year due to robust remittances from overseas Filipinos as well as strong foreign exchange inflows from investments, data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported recently. Data showed that the BOP position posted a surplus of $3.478 billion from January to August this year or $703 million higher than the surplus of $2.775 billion registered in the same period last year. The BOP refers to the difference of foreign exchange inflows and outflows on a particular period and represents the country’s transactions with the rest of the world. BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said the improved BOP position was registered in the first eight months of the year despite the 24.5 percent drop in BOP surplus to $40 million in August this year from $53 million in the same period last year. “The BOP is relatively low for August as inflows from BSP’s income and foreign exchange operations were offset by significant payments by the National Government of its maturing foreign exchange obligations,” Tetangco stressed. The country’s BOP surplus plunged to $89 million in 2008 from $8.67 billion in 2007 due to the full impact of the global financial crisis. The BOP position recovered last year with a surplus of $5.295 billion. This year’s surplus would stablize as the growth of imports would outpace the growth of exports. The BSP’s Monetary Board sees the country’s BOP surplus hitting $3.7 billion instead of the original target of $3.2 billion due to robust foreign exchange inflows from the higher investment inflows, disbursement of official development assistance (ODA) loans from multilateral lending agencies, and the money sent home by Filipinos abroad. As early as June, the original BOP surplus target of $3.2 billion set by the BSP for 2010 was already breached. “Inflows from portfolio investments, remittances, and export receipts for the balance of the year are likely to result in continued surplus in the external position,” Tetangco added. Latest data showed that money sent home by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) went up by 7.1 percent to $10.679 billion in the first seven months of the year from $9.973 billion in the same period last year. The BSP has already upgraded its growth forecast for the amount of money sent home by overseas Filipinos to eight percent instead of six percent due to the strong demand for Filipino skilled workers. (

Radio station rejects hostage phone-hogging allegations
MANILA, Philippines — A radio station recently rejected accusations that its live interviews with a hostage-taker holding a busload of Hong Kong tourists had prevented a negotiator from contacting the hijacker. Aquilino Pimentel, lawyer for Radio Mindanao Network, criticized an official inquiry's call for three of its staff to be prosecuted for holding phone interviews with the hostage-taker. Eight tourists were killed in the fiasco. The probe accused the radio station of monopolizing the phone link to the hostage-taker and stopping a police negotiator from getting through to him to put forward a deal. The hijacker began shooting shortly afterward. "The interview by (radio reporter) Michael Rogas gave the hostages an extra few hours to live," Pimentel, a former senator, told the station. The official inquiry into the disaster, released Monday, also called for the country's top three television networks to be punished, saying their reports allowed the hijacker to follow

police movements on the bus television set. The networks declined immediate comment on the inquiry, which recommended prosecutions against 13 people including police officers, government officials, and media employees deemed culpable for the bloodbath. The findings also presented a scathing indictment of the police response to the August 23 hijacking, accusing the force of negligence, insubordination, and failing to gather intelligence as the crisis unfolded. Ex-Manila policeman Rolando Mendoza hijacked the busload of tourists in central Manila, aiming to force the government to give him his job back after he was sacked for alleged extortion. (MNS)

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September 25 - October 1, 2010

Fannie, Freddie: Reluctant realtors
By Nick Timiraos Two years after they were taken over by the federal government, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac face a new challenge: The mortgage-finance giants are becoming two of the nation's largest home sellers at a time when the housing market shows new signs of softening. Realtor Brett Barry said of a recent price reduction to $200,000 from $265,000: 'They're definitely pushing the envelope on price. But they're doing it at the wrong time.' Fannie and Freddie have already taken back nearly as many homes in the first half of the year as they did all of last year. They owned more than 191,000 homes at the end of June, double the year-earlier total. That number will grow because they are taking back homes faster than they sell them. In recent weeks, Fannie Mae has warned that it could get tougher on lenders that are taking too long to reclaim homes once they have determined that the home is vacant or once they have exhausted foreclosure alternatives, such as modifications. Mortgage servicers, which collect fees from Fannie, could face fines if the process is
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Advice for foreign home buyers

Aggressive real estate agent joins McMillin
Realtor John O. Ronis will be putting his extensive knowledge of the South Bay to work for McMillin Realty as he recently joined the company’s network of agents. A 46-year South Bay resident, Ronis has lived in National City, Chula Vista, Bonita and now Eastlake Greens and says he knows the neighborhoods and surrounding areas like only a local can.

By June Fletcher

difficulties, and will I be able to get a mortgage from an American lender? —Vancouver, Canada A: For you, and for every foreigner looking to buy a home, the home-buying process is essentially the same as it is for Amer-


I am a non-permanent resident alien. Do you foresee any

ican citizens: You find a home, make an offer accompanied by a deposit, obtain a mortgage, pay for inspections and appraisals, and—when all contingencies have been removed and the financing is in place—close. It's a very straightforward process if you pay all-cash. If you need a mortgage, the process will be challenging. It will be impossible if you have diplomatic immunity, which would prevent

lenders from seeking redress should you default. Assuming you don't have diplomatic immunity, get your paperwork in order. Expect lenders to ask you to show at least a two-year history of employment and credit history in the U.S. or another country. You'll also have to prove legal residency in the U.S. for at least two years; if you haven't lived here that long, some lenders will accept two bank ref-

erences instead. You have some flexibility here, since no specific documents are required to prove these things. You also should be prepared to show your passport, a valid visa, and, if you have it, work authorization. If you need a jumbo loan to buy a high-end property, lenders are likely to demand at least a 20% down payment and may
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John O. Ronis “As somebody who was born and raised and continues to live in the South Bay, I have a great commitment to this community that extends into all facets of my life and work,” he said. “I saw great
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unreasonably prolonged. Fannie's recent reminder to banks signals a growing impatience with delays that have become "exaggerated and unmanageable," said Edward Delgado, a former Wells Fargo & Co. executive who is now chief executive of the Five Star Institute, a provider of training programs for mortgage professionals. Fannie is effectively saying "we need to jumpstart the system. We need to be more expedient," Delgado said. Once they take homes back, Fannie and Freddie must not only cover the utility bills and property taxes, but they are also relying on thousands of real-estate agents and contractors to rehabilitate homes, mow lawns and clean pools. Fannie had expenses valued at $487 million on foreclosed properties that had a value of $13 billion during the second quarter. While it is expensive for Fannie and Freddie to hold on to more unsold homes, they nevertheless want to avoid costly delays. Attorneys' fees can pile up and vacant homes risk falling further into disrepair. Fannie issued the notice to remind servicers to "minimize processing delays," said a company spokeswoman. Delays also add to the uncertainty over the housing market, which faces a backlog of loans that are at least 90 days past due or in some stage of foreclosure. Analysts at Barclays estimate that this "shadow inventory" sits at around four million loans. Already, as borrowers fail to qualify for permanent modifications, newly initiated foreclosures at Fannie and Freddie have risen for three consecutive months to more than 150,000 in July, up nearly 60% from April, according to LPS Applied Analytics. That creates an increasingly delicate balancing act. The costs of managing those homes are adding up, but the companies are reluctant to slash prices and dump lots of homes at big discounts. "Freddie Mac probably owns loans on the same street. We don't want to create a downward spiral for values in a given neighborhood," said Chris Bowden, the Freddie executive in charge of selling foreclosures. Banks are also entering a less favorable environment for disposing of rising inventories. While mortgage rates continue to fall to record lows, homebuying activity stalled earlier this year when tax credits to spur sales expired. "One year ago, you couldn't even keep them on the market," said Brett Barry, a real-estate agent who sells foreclosed homes for Fannie Mae in Phoenix. "That's so done." Fannie has reduced the price three times on a property at the end of East Phelps Road in suburban Phoenix, to $200,000 from $265,000 in ear-

ly July. But, like many of Barry's bank-owned listings, the three-bedroom home has still received no offers. "They're definitely pushing the envelope on price," he said. "But they're doing it at the wrong time." If demand remains weak, Fannie and Freddie could face pressure to take more aggressive steps to hold homes off the market. Fannie, for example, is testing an effort in Chicago where it will rent vacant foreclosures rather than list them for sale. Such a "lease-and-hold" approach could make sense in certain markets where "you believe the supply will take a long time to absorb, but there's going to be an increase in employment going forward," said Douglas Duncan, chief economist at Fannie Mae. But renting could prove tricky for firms that have little experience as property managers. The companies face other balancing acts. To promote neighborhood stabilization, they have instituted a program that allows offers only from owner-occupants and community groups during the first 15 days that a property is listed. To move sales along, Fannie offers financing on its own properties with just 3% down payments and no mortgage insurance. (

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charge you a higher interest rate than they would an American citizen. But if you're applying for a conforming loan guaranteed by the government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you will have the same access as an American citizen to all of their programs, at the same interest rates, and with the same terms and fees. You also should investigate Federal Housing Administration loans. Loan limits differ throughout the country, and are higher in expensive places like California. Moreover, down payments for borrowers with excellent credit can be as low as 3.5%. But act quickly. At this time, you do not have to provide a Social Security number to borrow funds. But in Congress, H.R. 5072, known as the FHA Reform Act of 2010, has passed the House and been referred to the Senate. As now written, it will require that non-permanent resident aliens have both a Social Security number and be authorized to work in the U.S. to qualify for an FHA loan. (wsj. com)

opportunity to work with McMillin Realty because of its similar strong commitment to the South Bay.” Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ronis owned a restoration business for more than 20 years where he toned his superior customer service skills. Ronis brings to his real estate career the same principles of serving each client with the utmost respect and putting their needs first that made his restoration business such a success. His stance on customer service helped him earn the Rookie of the Year title his first year as an agent. An avid baseball player since high school, Ronis likes to compare athletic training to the real estate industry. “To be a successful athlete, you have to have the drive to practice and improve – this is true of the real estate profession. To be the best agent possible, you have to constantly keep up with the market and practice the skills necessary to transition as the market moves.” Ronis can be reached at (619) 565-5616 or




September 25 - October 1, 2010

Seasonal changes: Don’t ‘fall’ with season
here’s been a sudden change of weather lately if you haven’t noticed. It’s getting cold in the afternoon. Sometimes time flies so fast that you don’t realize that the season changes. The next thing you know there’s an on onslaught of pollen or symptoms of cold. You may feel under the weather. That is exactly what I’ve been feeling lately, though I think stress has something to do with it. When you get busy you become exposed to free radicals,


and if you are not watching it your immune system weakens. This season, you have to pay more attention to what you wear and what you eat to make sure that you are dressing appropriately to beat the cold weather and that your head is not exposed. Although it is fall, we don’t have to “fall” with the season. If we are proactive, we’ll realize that every seasonal change requires adjustments on our part in terms of what we eat, wear and drink to keep healthy.

The time tested recommendation to beat the cold — chicken soup — even doctors can’t explain. But it works like magic in beating the cold and acts a comfort food. Drinking lots of fluids and of course getting plenty of rest helps beat the blues and the symptoms of cold. Mostly, we need to practice common sense. While every season brings its challenges, fall and winter can do the most damage to your system if you don’t prepare and protect yourself. Thankfully, we live in beautiful San Diego, the envy of many in other parts of the country, and we don’t suffer the harsh effects of winter as much. Still, the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” remains true. Be good to yourself this fall, take care — and enjoy the season. Does you have any timetested tips for keeping yourself healthy? Send them along with your comments or suggestions. E-mail me at susands4@yahoo. com. And don’t forget to visit us at and on our new official Facebook page.

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Double whammy hits Puno
By Perry Diaz

ittle did Rico E. Puno realize that when he joined the administration of his longtime friend president Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III, he would find himself the target of the Department of Justice’s investigation concerning the Luneta hostage crisis and also accused of receiving payola -- or protection money -- from gambling lords. What the hell happened? Less than three months ago, Puno was as virtual unknown in Philippine government and poli-


tics. He was one of P-Noy’s closest friends and they share a common interest as gun enthusiasts. “Shooting buddies” So, it did not come as a surprise when P-Noy asked his trusted “shooting buddy” to work for him. And what a better place to put him than in a plum position overseeing the 120,000 guntoting policemen of the Philippine National Police (PNP). Puno’s appointment as undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) was made before PNoy could decide on his choice

for secretary of DILG. To fill the void, P-Noy took over the top post at DILG temporarily while he was mulling over whom to appoint from a pool of three candidates. With himself as ad interim secretary and Puno overseeing security matters, the “shooting buddies” were ready to roll. A few days later, P-Noy appointed former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo as DILG secretary. However, he made it clear that his “point man” for the “Interior” -- security matters – side of DILG would be Puno; thus, limiting Robredo to the “Local Government” side of DILG. It effectively split DILG into two agencies. Although Puno administratively reported to Robredo, P-Noy was just a phone call away. It was an “arrangement” that gave comfort to PNoy knowing that his “shooting buddy” would take a bullet for him should things go wrong.

Indeed, Puno must really be enjoying his new role keeping an eye on police matters. He was on top of the world. Then, suddenly the world turned upside down… and all hell broke loose! Luneta bloodbath At 10:00 AM on August 23, 2010, Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed senior inspector in the Manila Police Department, hijacked a tourist bus carrying 25 Chinese tourists from Hong Kong. Eleven hours later, after a botched rescue operation by an “elite” SWAT team, eight tourists were murdered by the hostagetaker and the hostage-taker was fatally shot by police sniper fire. The incident put P-Noy in an awkward and embarrassing position for being “invisible” during the hostage-taking episode which was televised worldwide. His leadership was questioned and many believed that he failed the first test of his presidency.

Also “invisible” were Puno and then PNP chief Jesus Verzosa who, in the midst of the hostage crisis, flew to Cagayan de Oro to attend a “function.” Robredo was around in the periphery but was not involved directly in the negotiation with the hostage-taker. In the aftermath of the Luneta bloodbath, a “lynch mob” in the administration singled out Robredo for the fiasco and tried to “hang” him. But Robredo defended himself saying that he was “not in the loop,” claiming that it was Puno who was given sole authority and responsibility over police matters. Consequently, P-Noy ordered Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to conduct a fact-finding investigation and promised that “heads will roll.” De Lima then formed the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC), which included Robredo and three others.

Jueteng payola exposed Then, in an unrelated incident on September 11, 2010, retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz dropped a “bombshell” right in front of Malacañang Palace alleging that two trusted aides of P-Noy were each receiving P2 million monthly payola from jueteng lords. While he refused to name names saying that he would do it at the right forum, ABS-CBN published the names of the two officials who allegedly were receiving jueteng payola: DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno and just retired PNP Chief Jesus Verzosa. ABS-CBN’s sources claimed that Puno and Verzosa were receiving as much as P5 million a month given in tranches --every 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th of the month. Last September 15, P-Noy told reporters, “I still have conSee diAZ on 18

Modern-day slavery


ately, we have been reading disturbing reports of Filipino workers being re-

cruited in the Philippines purportedly for good-paying jobs in the United States and Canada,

only to find themselves exploited and abused by unscrupulous recruiters on a distant shore where they feel hopeless and helpless. And I thought slavery was abolished after a bloody civil war in 1865 with the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Just consider the following news reports this year alone to gauge how prevalent human trafficking into the U.S. from the Philippines has been: • A Filipino couple, identified as Maximino “Max” Morales, 44, and his wife, Melinda Morales, 46, were arrested by the FBI in April in Paso Robles, Calif., after an investigation found that the couple smuggled Filipino nationals and forced them to work as caregivers in their nursing homes for little or no pay. The


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federal complaint alleged that the victims were recruited by the couple with promises of work in the U.S., and then smuggled into the U.S. on transit visas. Once the victims arrived, they were forced to work entire days for as many as seven days a week with little pay. Additionally, the couple confiscated the victims’ passports and threatened to harm their families and/or deport them if they left prior to paying off their debt. According to the affidavit, the caregivers worked 24hour shifts with no regular days off and slept in closets, hallways and garages with no heat. • A Philippine-based recruiting company, Universal Placement International, with satellite office in Los Angeles, and its Filipino owner, Lourdes “Lulu” Navarro, were ordered on April 16 in Baton Rouge, La., to pay an estimated $1.8-million in illegally-charged placement fees, a well as a $500 fine and $7,500 in attorney fees for allegedly cheating 200 Filipino teachers of thousands of dollars in recruiting fees and held them in virtual servitude for keeping their visas. Some of those teachers arrived in the U.S. only to find that the promised jobs were not avail-

able. Eventually, some wound up in Avoyelles Parish and other school districts around the state. Each teacher was charged about $5,000 by Navarro in placement fees to obtain a job, and was then required to sign a contract obligating them to pay 10 percent of their second-year salaries to the company. Teachers who could not afford to pay the fees up front were directed to loan companies by Navarro and were charged exorbitant interest rates. • A Florida couple pleaded guilty on Sept. 17 to conspiring to hold 39 Filipino employees against their will working in country clubs and hotels. The U.S. Justice Department said Sophia Manuel, 41, and Alfonso Baldonado Jr., 45, were owners of a laborcontracting service based in the Florida city of Boca Raton. Manuel and Baldonado promised the workers high wages and two to three years of steady work in the U.S., then had the workers pay “substantial recruitment fees, including their airfare,” which put them in debt to their U.S.-based employers. Once the workers were in the U.S., the defendants “compelled the victims’ labor and services through threats to have the workers arrested and deport-

ed,” knowing the workers faced serious economic harm and possible incarceration for non-payment of debts in the Philippines. When the workers arrived at Manuel and Baldonado’s Florida residence, the couple confiscated their passports and “housed them in overcrowded, substandard conditions without adequate food or drinking water; put them to work at area country clubs and hotels for little or no pay; required them to remain in the defendants’ service, unpaid, when there was insufficient work.” • POEA Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili said the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa has received complaints from several Filipino nurses who were allegedly recruited by an agent from the U.S. named Agerico Casey Gabriel (aka Casey Gabriel) or under the name of Medical caregiver Management. Gabriel’s modus operandi is to introduce himself as an agent of Medical Link or other legitimate U.S.-based nurse recruiting agency. He usually holds a recruitment conference without asking any money from the victims. After gaining their trust, he then asks for monSee AbelgAs on 7


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September 25 - October 1, 2010

First and foremost, I have an October birthday. So, fall became my season when I first came here to America. Before you go thinking that sounds selfish, we all have our seasons. With birthdays in January and February, my late, lamented Mama, my elder sister Nora, and the youngest in the family, Dana, share a season together, which is winter. My youngest son Randy’s May birthday singly gave him spring. My wife Zeny, with a June birthday, nailed down the summer season for herself. But Papa, who passed on, my younger brother Angel, my own second son Rommel and my one and only grandson Jacob and I were fall guys — and I certainly reveled in that rare, selfish time when attention was solely on the five of us — four generation of Reyes men. I absolutely loved the leaves of autumn, both on the tree and off. Those leaves are definitely part of it. What color, what artistry! On the tree they were like the robes of royalty, jewels shining in the woodlands around a little country home. As the leaves changed from verdant green to red, orange and yellow, whatever I am doing at the moment often took leave as I gazed at the artistic canvas of God. Off the tree the leaves might seem to be a chore. But I am quite sure any child who hated to rake leaves never knew the joy of jumping feetfirst or diving headlong into the pile. And if he or she has a dog like my youngest son’s, Bauer,” it would probably join in, too, rollicking and burrowing. Yes, that scattered leaves in the cool autumn breeze, but boundless energy gathered them again for another round. Certainly, crisp, frosty mornings also help. What a refreshing change from oppressively hot afternoons and sweltering nights! Then there is a helpful return to routine as school starts. And along comes Thanksgiving, a nostalgic reminder that God has indeed “shed His grace on thee.” The firewood is cut. The pumpkins are getting bigger. And although it may be a little ahead of schedule, it's not too early to give thought to Christmas, too. Not just Christmas Day, but during the days leading up to December 25. We could call these daily gifts “our Christmas projects” — maybe one per day from now until then. My heart is truly overflowing. That’s surely the sign of fall season, isn't it? It is time to ponder. Let’s think of autumn as a season of reflection. It is that time to gain new perspective. It is the spell to stroll along the back roads of our minds. It is the point to think about what — and where — and why. Such visits through the museum of memory never fail to assist us in evaluating the way we were and establishing the manner we want to be. This implies change; another reason autumn seems to represent a season of reflection. It’s during this period of time the foliage turns over a new leaf. And the weather shifts the scene. And the time gives a turn to. Birds make their annual journey southward. Squirrels finish storing their nuts. Salmon start their phenomenal swim back to their spawning grounds. And many of the larger animals take their final stretch before curling up for a long winter’s nap. With incredible consistency, all these creatures in the natural world act out their individual pageants without external instruction or some script to follow. Quietly, without flair or fanfare, most of us move upon our very own lives, taking us all from summer to autumn, a season when we mysteriously write our various agendas on the tablets of our hearts. We patiently wait for change to commence. Without exception, it does. And we all contemplate on that as well. Has autumn arrived in your heart? Think before you answer. Close your eyes for a minute or so and consider what has been doing deep within your own heart.

Allow me to remind you all of something you may have forgotten. At the root of any agenda is always this promise. Think of it as a sort of guarantee. Remember, it takes four seasons to make a year here in our wonderful adopted country. The autumn season of your life may be uncomfortable. Unemployment might be your lot. It could be a broken romance. Perhaps you are grieving over a recent loss. Maybe you’re lonely or hungry or cold. You feel anxious about those ugly clouds over the horizon that indicate an ominous tomorrow. The winds of adversity are picking up and you feel afraid. Someone famous once said, “The roots grow deep when the winds are strong.” We l l , g u e s s w h a t . I f a u tumn — the season of reflection — has come, expect your roots to deepen. Count on it. Our hope is to grow strong and taller as our roots dig deeper in the soft soil along the banks of the river of life, so we can all boldly declare, “Come wind, come weather, welcome autumn!” Come to think of it, may these “autumn thoughts” encourage and strengthen you all, dear folks. I am a grateful man, myself. Thankful I had taken time to reflect. Happy Fall, everyone!

Spirit of change casts seasonal spell
The falling leaves drift by my window, The autumn leaves of red and gold, I see your lips, the summer kisses, The sun-burned hands I used to hold, Since you went away, the days grow long, And soon I'll hear old winter's song, But I miss you most of all, my darling, When autumn leaves start to fall." — “Autumn Leaves” by Johnny Mercer t’s that time of year again. It is the juncture when temperatures start dipping, leaves begin falling, days shorten,and people set out preparing for the cold of winter. The spirit of change casts a seasonal spell and we’re having our usual amazement that the previous period is only as close as a recent memory, i.e., it’s over. Fortunately, a lot of us find fall fascinating. And so the dance of life continues. The colorful season of Indian Summer is upon us again, and I am reminded of why autumn is the apple of anyone’s eye. Sept. 22 is the first day of fall 2010. Of all the season, autumn is my favorite. There’s a feel about it, a distinct and undeniable aura that surrounds it. Being a Chargers football fan, I naturally would favor autumn. But of course it’s much deeper than that.


The jueteng game
t’s all a game. The jueteng game. A crusading bishop makes very loud noises about the proliferation of jueteng in his neighborhood and all over the country. He claims to have proof and the names of prominent local and national officials, politicians and the top brass of the Philippine National Police. He declares that millions are passing from the hands of gambling lords to the pockets of corrupt officials. And he decries the decay of the morals of the poor Filipino people. He also declares that he will release the incriminating documents at the proper time — but not quite yet. He then challenges the authorities to go after the un-


named culprits based on his unrevealed findings. As soon as the crusading bishop leaks his unexposed exposé, the media runs the story in bold type on the front pages of their newspapers and in sensational breaking-news reports on TV and radio. Reporters interview officials in Malacañang, the PNP brass and prominent members of the Senate and the House, as well as the crusading bishop. Every turn of phrase, every conjecture, every theory is given an intriguing meaning, the better to make the headlines more exciting. The authorities, from the president and the members of the Senate and the House, to the top echelon of the PNP and

down to the provincial officials, declare that they welcome the opportunity to go after the gambling lords and to put an end to illegal gambling. But, first, they want the crusading bishop to name names. Some sparring in media ensues over who should make the next move. Both sides dare the other side in a game of chicken. That’s the clue for the Senate and the House to join the fray and declare that they will, forthwith, conduct a congressional investigation in aid of legislation. They also announce that they will summon the crusading bishop, his witnesses, the police brass, the unnamed officials who are on the take and the unnamed gambling lords. Eventually, names are spilled and every single one reacts with righteous indignation. Who, me? A gambling lord? Who, me, on the take? Never. I swear on my mother's grave. Put on the defensive, the top brass of the PNP promptly announce that they are intensifying their campaign against illegal gambling. A task force is organized and the PNP spokesman goes on television to announce the impending arrest of the unnamed gambling lords. The country’s most knowledgeable columnists and opinion-makers weigh in on the burning issue and do one or more of the following, depending on which side they like or

dislike, at the moment: a) Taunt the new administration and the president and declare that the rackets are alive and well, but with new patrons and protectors; b) or defend the new administration and the president and castigate the political opposition for making capital of the issue. c) or launch a debate on the whether or not jueteng should be legalized, the pros giving as lucid a set of reasons as the cons. d) Or all of the above. Meanwhile, no arrests are made. The betting goes on, unhampered. And uncounted millions continue to pass from the unnamed gambling lords to the unnamed officials. No one misses a beat. Through all of this, the Filipino people are kept waiting for something to come out of all the sound and the fury over jueteng. You may then ask, to paraphrase Macbeth, do all the sound and fury signify nothing? Of course not. Consider the benefits that are reaped. First, it reestablishes the reputation of the crusading bishop. He may never succeed in stopping jueteng, but no one can say he didn’t try. Second, it gives the prominent members of the Senate and the House an opportunity to become even more prominent. With the high cost of media ad-

vertising, all of that free publicity is worth a fortune and quite useful in the next elections. As you know, name recognition is the magic ingredient in politics. And the most efficient and cheapest way to gain name recognition is to jump into a controversy, conduct an investigation and get interviewed by the media. Third, it justifies a bigger allocation for the intelligence fund of the PNP, the DILG and the office of the president, the better to combat the scourge of illegal gambling more intelligently. Fourth, it gives the media priceless readable and viewable materials that translate into ratings for TV and radio shows and circulation for print media, which in turn translate into advertising lineage. Fifth, it reinforces the image of the columnists as intellectuals, crusaders, and guardians of morality. It also gives them something to write about (believe me, it’s not easy coming up with interesting column topics). Sixth, it gives the political opposition ammo against the party in power and prevents their deterioration into irrelevance. Finally, it gives the new administration, from the president to the concerned members of the cabinet, an opportunity to draw attention away from such minor issues as poverty, the economy, health, education, social services and the like.

As you can see, if there were no crusading bishop, media and Congress would have to invent one. But what about the citizenry? What do the Filipino people get out of this flurry of activities? Plenty. In the first place, everything is supposed to be for their benefit. The crusading bishop wants to preserve their morals. The members of Congress want to preserve their morals. The president wants to preserve their morals. The media want to preserve their morals. Everyone wants to preserve their morals to ensure they will become better citizens. So, that’s good for them. On the other hand, the gambling lords simply want to offer them a chance to hit the jackpot. That’s good for them, too. The gambling lords also simply want to give public officials, the police and members of the clergy some spending money in exchange for protection. Which makes the citizens stop to think: Do they want to become better citizens or do they want to hit the jackpot? It also makes the public officials, the police and the members of the clergy stop to ask: Do they really want to stop receiving their spending money? Even the crusading bishop knows the answer to that. (

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ey allegedly for escrow payments required for visas to “complete the process.” However, the president of Medical Link and Sam Switzer of another agency have denied any on-going recruitment for foreign nurses and any knowledge of one Agerico Casey Gabriel. • The FBI is investigating a complaint filed by Rufino de Guzman Jr. who said he and 23 other Filipinos were recruited as seasonal worker for a big American company. They paid their recruiter $6,000 for a job contract that guaranteed a salary of $7.25 an hour. The workers arrived in the U.S. in July. But instead of going to Virginia, where they signed contracts to become waiters, they were driven to Mississippi, where they were told to sign another contract — but not for the jobs or salaries for which they signed up. They were hired as housekeepers instead of waiters for $4.75 per room, instead of $7.25 per hour. Their new contract with Royal Hospitality Services required them to clean up to 18 rooms a

day, which, De Guzman said was near impossible to finish. De Guzman said the recruiters confiscated their passports and threatened to have them deported if they resisted the new jobs. Donn Duero, welfare officer of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in the U.S. who is currently based in Los Angeles, said that one of the avenues used by illegal recruiters to bring in Filipino workers into the U.S. is the H2B visa (temporary workers and trainees/seasonal agricultural workers), He said that in 2007, a total of 2,480 Filipinos entered the U.S. using an H2B visa; 3,684 in 2008; and 1,870 in 2009. Duero, who is helping De Guzman while awaiting investigation of his complaint against his recruiters, is asking others with similar problems to contact his office. OWWA e-mail: Phone: (661) 878-6149. I am aghast at the courage of these illegal recruiters to challenge the tough laws of the U.S. against human smuggling and trafficking. I am amazed that despite strict rules and regulations imposed by the Department of

State and the Department of Homeland Security, these recruiters have been able to forge documents and smuggle these workers into the country. And I thought it could happen only to workers being recruited for Middle East and Southeast Asia, where tens of thousands of Filipinos have to suffer physical, emotional and sexual abuse from employers because of cruel deception by illegal recruiters, and where tens of thousands more are stranded because there was no work waiting for them and they have no money to go back home. And that’s only one side of the problem. Think of the parents and other relatives who had to pawn or sell properties, get loans at usurious rates and borrow from friends and relatives. Think of the pain and frustration that these soulless illegal recruiters are inflicting on their victims and the victims’ families. Think of the vanished dreams and the shattered future. What is even more revolting is that the recruiters in the Philippines are never prosecut-

I am aghast at the courage of these illegal recruiters to challenge the tough laws of the U.S. against human smuggling and trafficking. I am amazed that despite strict rules, these recruiters have been able to forge documents and smuggle these workers into the country.
ed despite the rampant crimesthat they commit. The U.S. State Department 2010 Trafficking in Person report said of the 228 human trafficking cases reported by law enforcement agencies to the Philippine Department of Justice, only eight individuals in five sex trafficking cases were actually convicted, and that includes two persons who remain at large. A major hindrance, the report said, was “widespread corruption” and “an inefficient judicial system” that severely limits prevention and prosecution of cases. “Corruption remained pervasive in the Philippines, and there were reports that officials in government units and agencies assigned to enforce laws against human trafficking permitted trafficking offenders to conduct illegal activities, either tacitly or explicitly,” it added. The U.S. State Department urged the government to work harder in efficiently investigating, prosecuting and convicting both labor and sex trafficking offenders involved in the trafficking of Filipinos in the country and abroad. It is widely believed that some government officials partner with traffickers and organized trafficking syndicates, or at least permit trafficking operations in the country, and that law enforcement officers often extract protection money from illegal businesses,

including brothels, the State Department report added. The desperation and willingness of Filipinos to pay huge sums for uncertain jobs are a testament to the failure of the Philippine government to provide jobs to its people. The continued exodus of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos yearly to find better jobs in countries all over the world remains unabated and the government seems to encourage them despite the risks that these Filipinos face and the adverse social and emotional impact that the departures leave on the workers’ families. Just like it should in jueteng, the Aquino administration must show its resolve to eradicate the problem of human trafficking and illegal recruitment. The country owes so much to overseas Filipino workers, whose nearly $20-billion annual remittance has been buoying up the Philippine economy for decades. It is only fair and proper that the government protect them from these predators. They deserve no less. (



September 25 - October 1, 2010

Men’s hair loss solutions
About 85% of men will have significant hair thinning by the time they’re 50, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Some men begin to lose their hair before they even turn 21. Uncovering hair loss myths Does wearing a baseball cap cause baldness? Nope. Someone running their fingers through your hair won't cause it either. Neither will combing, brushing, twisting, or styling. But avoid being too rough to prevent hair breakage. Quit smoking and save your hair? Several studies show a significant relationship between smoking and how fast malepattern baldness gets worse. So if you need one more reason to quit smoking, add early hair loss to your list. What hair loss says about your health Fortunately, in most cases, hair loss -- known as alopecia -doesn't signal a medical problem. And it poses no health risk. But worries about hair loss's impact on first impressions or whether balding makes you look older are common. What causes hair loss? More than 95% of male hair loss is due to male-pattern baldness, a genetic trait. The gene can come from either parent. In other cases, certain medications,
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County’s medical therapy units: A place for miracles
or a child they thought would never walk and might even struggle just to move, it’s hard to keep up with 4-year-old Delaney Cervantes nowadays. Every time he visits the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s (HHSA) California Children Services Medical Therapy Unit (MTU), he has to make laps around the building when he gets there and before leaving – handing out hugs and smiles to the therapists and staff that have worked with him since he was eight months old. Delaney has been through a lot. He was born with a congenital heart defect, suffered a stroke when he was just three months old, has a pacemaker and suffers from hemiplegic infantile cerebral palsy, which causes him to favor his right side. “I was hoping that he would be able to move around, and I wasn’t even sure he would be able to do that,” said Vianey Salgado-Cervantes, Delaney’s mom. “The love that he receives here (at the MTU) and the time they spend working with him and listening to him is incredible. He comes in and hugs them all, and it’s everyone, not just the therapists. He loves to come here.” Salgado-Cervantes describes how it was a struggle to even

Insurance agents key to website’s success
By Janet Trautwein Federal officials recently unveiled a key component of the health reform package — a new website called The site aims to be a onestop shop for health care information, briefing Americans on the insurance options available to them — as well as the new law’s benefits. But it won't meet that goal unless it guarantees consumers access to licensed health insurance agents and brokers. A mind-boggling amount of information is available on the website, including details on government-sponsored programs and plans from over a thousand private insurers. Unfortunately, the government isn’t helping consumers make sense of all that new information. That’s where professional health insurance agents and brokers come in. The insurance marketplace has grown incredibly complicated, and the new law will only add to the confusion. Agents and brokers can help people navigate the dizzying array of options and find the health plan that suits their needs. Some agents even function as virtual human resources departments for small businesses. As the Congressional Budget Office put it, agents and brokers often “handle the responsibilities that larger firms generally delegate to their human resources departments — such as finding plans and negotiating premiums, providing information about the selected plans, and processing enrollees.” The individuals and businesses that rely on agents are overwhelmingly happy with the service they receive. A survey commissioned by IBM found that three-quarters of those interviewed were very satisfied with their agents’ work. Another survey, conducted by Assurant Health, found that 64 percent of consumers who purchased individual medical insurance through a professional agent found their experiences “helpful.” Some argue that the government could provide these services more effectively and at lower cost. But the federal government has a poor track record in this regard.
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lift Delaney’s arms for simple tasks like bathing and dressing him. But determined parents and weekly sessions with the occupational and physical therapists at the MTU have Delaney walking and even riding a bike. “At first it was real hard to see him struggle and cry, but his first therapist here put in so much effort and I saw how much she worked with him and pushed him,” said Salgado-Cervantes. “He would fall on his face and she would say, ‘no, you can do it,’ and now he’s really confident and never afraid of falling down. “If he does, he gets right back up. They have taught him to never give up and he’s always confident he can do anything.” Sharon Kunugi is one of the therapists that works with Delaney. She works on his fine motor skills and has been his occupational therapist from the beginning. “He came in as this little guy,” she said. And now? “He has a lot of spunk and is motivated. He’s just a go-getter and always up for a challenge.” Kunugi spends time working with Delaney on tasks such as matching shapes, connecting items and playing with Photo: Courtesy photo Theraputty to increase finger strength and other motor skills Michelle Aquino, left, a physical therapist with the San Diego County
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Health and Human Services Agency’s California Children Services, works on a coordination exercise with 4-year-old Delaney Cervantes.


September 25 - October 1, 2010


and side of your head to the top to restore a natural look. Hair transplants can be costly and you may have to have several procedures. After two months, most of the transplanted hair is shed, but new hair grows back. Within six months the hair starts to look normal. Make the most of the hair you have There are some styling tricks you can use to make your hair loss less noticeable. Cutting thinning hair short lets you avoid obvious combovers. Hair care and styling products may add volume to your hair. Eating a balanced diet and handling your hair gently will also help. Accentuate the positive Hair does not make the man. Remind yourself of all you have to offer others. Or take care of things you can control, such as staying in shape. It's OK to look to others for support. If you need a boost, think of bald men (or those who shaved their heads) like Ed Harris, Patrick Stewart, and Michael Jordan, who ooze confidence. Then consider yourself in good company. (

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Consider the federal 1-800-MEDICARE call center. A Senate investigation found that consumers waited up to an hour to speak with someone. Customer service representatives spoke from scripts littered with errors and jargon. Worst of all, callers often received incorrect information. Consumers deserve the best information available when shopping for something as important as health insurance. The government’s new web portal can certainly help in that effort. But this new initiative will be incomplete without including access to licensed insurance agents and brokers — the very experts who can help Americans make sense of an ever-more complicated insurance marketplace. J a n e t Tr a u t w e i n i s C E O of the National Association of Health Underwriters.

having too much vitamin A, or not getting enough protein can cause hair to fall out. Dramatic shedding of hair known as telogen effluvium can be caused by illness or stress. In men, hair loss not due to male-pattern baldness often reverses itself. Work to keep the hair you have Preventing hair loss is easier than replacing it once it's gone. If you want to find something that will work for you, do your homework. But be careful. Most miracle products and treatments are shams. When in doubt, your doctor or a dermatologist may be able to help. Hair loss medication: Minoxidil Although there's no way to cure male-pattern baldness, you can slow it down with some medications. Minoxidil is an FDA-approved over-thecounter medication you apply Salgado-Cervantes. “I was real impressed and now he’s been asking me for a bicycle.” The skills Aquino is working with Delaney on have allowed him to do such things as ride the school bus to preschool and play on the playground with other children, according to his mother. He just finished his first year of inclusion preschool and was promoted to year two. “Being in this program has been a big help,” said SalgadoCervantes. “I would recommend it to any parent. They should talk to somebody here and they will be able to help you. “I feel so fortunate,” she continued. “It’s a real comfort to us to know someone else cares about us and knows what we are going through.” California Children Services (CCS) is a statewide program that provides treatment for children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases.

to your scalp. It slows the rate of hair loss in men, and some men even grow new hair. But once you stop using it, hair loss returns. Male-pattern baldness: What to expect A tell-tale sign of male-pattern baldness is a receding, Mshaped hairline. Next, the hair on top of your head also starts to thin, leaving a bald spot. Eventually, the two meet, leaving a horseshoe pattern of hair around the sides. The Norwood Scale, seen here, is used to rate male-pattern baldness. Male-pattern baldness: Blame hormones With male-pattern baldness, a hormone called DHT causes hair follicles to shrink. Eventually, the follicles shrink so much that no hair can grow in them. Hair loss medication: Finasteride Taken as a prescription pill, finasteride slows hair loss by

slowing down the body's production of DHT. Some men have been able to grow new hair while using it. In general, it's considered to work better than minoxidil. Pregnant women should not handle the drug since it can cause birth defects in male fetuses. Like minoxidil, it works only as long as it's used. Should you wear a hairpiece? Hairpieces have come a long way in how they look. Finding the right one, though, takes time and study. There's a wide range in cost and quality. And hairpieces require regular maintenance which can run between $60 and $300 per month. When shopping, look to match your own hair color, thickness, and curl. What happens with a hair transplant A doctor will move healthy hair from the back

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– the necessary skills that will help Delaney in every day functions such as dressing himself and opening doors and drawers. “ H e ’s m a d e l o t s o f p r o g ress with using his hands and grasping,” said Salgado-Cervantes, noting that Delaney gets out his shoes and socks and helps get himself dressed now. “People will ask which side the paralysis is on because they can’t tell anymore. That’s just awesome.” Michelle Aquino is the physical therapist working with Delaney. Her task is to improve his mobility and ability to get around on his own. She spends her time with Delaney having him walk on a series of buckets, climb stairs and Delaney’s latest accomplishment – riding a bike. “He rode a bike for the first time (at the MTU’s recent adapted summer camp),” said



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My Personal Testimony

Praying in times of illness


picked up a book that I found lying on the table of disposal things at the reception room of the Congregational Tower. I was attracted by the title, “In Times of Illness”. I thumbed through it and found words of comfort and prayers of hope and strength. The author, Robert M. Hamma, organized the content of the book in such a way that the reader can focus on particular feelings that we often experience when we are sick or in pain. Here are some of the insights I gained from reading this book. Times of illness challenge us on many levels. We often feel physically, psychologically and spiritually drained. Under such circumstances, prayer can be especially difficult. It is hard to focus our minds when we are sick and words elude us. Lack of sleep added to the side effect of medications may make us drowsy and the pains in our bodies are a constant distraction. A host of conflict-

ing emotions boil up within us: fear, frustration, regret, cannot be simply ignored or pushed below the surface. On a spiritual level, the feeling of comfort or the assurance of faith that we seek may seem like just a faint memory.

that you need God is itself an invitation from God to come home. No matter what hurt, what harm, what sin you may have committed, the desire for peace of heart is the beginning of God’s work in you. The second thing to remember is summed up in this traditional bit of wisdom: Pray as you can, not as you can’t. There is no right or wrong way to pray. Our prayer may last but a second, or we may toss and turn through the night calling out to God with every breath. Structure may be helpful to some, while others will want to make it up as they go along. Both the desire to pray and our feeble attempts at prayer are the work of the Holy Spirit within us. As St. Paul said in the Letter to the Romans: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that ev-


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give it a nicer title like “keeping up with the Jones” or “climbing the corporate ladder,” but being upset with someone else's success is a bone-rotting toxin. Proverbs 14:30 confirms it saying, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (NIV). Lesson #2 - Practice what you preach The leaders were busy barking legalistic orders to others, but didn't apply the rigid rules to their own lives. Legalism is a strict adherence to the law and rules, and usually packs a punch of guilt if the regulations aren't followed to the letter. James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (NIV). The leaders of Jesus' day had great amounts of scripture memorized, but did not live it out. They focused on the rules and making others follow them, rather than on pleasing God. If we are focusing on keeping rules and rituals, instead of building a relationship with Jesus, we too are missing the point. Maybe shifting our angle is in order. Look up. Let Bible study move us past just reciting scripture to allowing its life-giving Spirit to penetrate our actions. Lesson #3 - All for show Dressing up and looking good

No matter what hurt, what harm, what sin you may have committed, the desire for peace of heart is the beginning of God’s work in you.
At times like this it is helpful to remember two things: The first is that the desire to pray is itself a prayer. We would not long for God, we would not want to pray, if God had not already put that desire in our hearts. No matter how weak or infrequent that desire may be, it is a grace of the Spirit. No matter if you have not prayed in years and feel guilty about turning to God now that things are falling apart, the recognition ery Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” Sometimes the very best prayers are the simplest. Did not Jesus hear the prayers of these people in the gospels who called out to him: “Lord, that I may see.” “Lord, that I may hear.” “Lord, that I may walk.” “If you will, you can heal me.” The best way, indeed the only way to pray is from our hearts. If we do that, any prayer we make is a true and genuine prayer of faith.

or whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12) I love Stacie Orrico's song “Don't Look at me.” She sings, “Don't look at me if you're looking for perfection. Don't look at me, I will only let you down. I'll do my best to point you in the right direction. Don't look at me, look at Him.” These lyrics remind me of a resounding theme I noticed recently in Mark 15:9-10, Matthew 23:1-39 and Luke 18:9-14: leaders who shined the spotlight on themselves. They had no interest in making Jesus the main attraction. God pulled a few lessons out of each passage for me to do the mirror test on my heart. The problem that tripped up the leaders in Jesus' day might look familiar to you and me: Lesson #1 - Envy The chief priests were burning with envy over the popularity of Jesus. He had only been on the scene for three years, yet the marketplace was always buzzing with the latest Jesus story! Perhaps the chief priests wondered, “Why is HE the center of attention? What makes HIM the authority figure?” Envy is a poison we may not even recognize. We

made the Pharisees believe their own press. They seemingly had it all together. Do we act that way too? When asked, “How are you?” Do we put on a happy face and respond, “Fine,” when in fact, all is not fine? Do we fear what people will think or how they will react if they know we messed up again? It's easy to think, “My issues are nobody's business.” Truth is, they are God's business because you belong to Him. Lesson #4 - Clean the inside “Woe to you,” Jesus repeated over and over to the Pharisees throughout Matthew 23. The junk that was brewing inside their hearts didn't resemble the righteous life they claimed to live. Everyone sees our pretty outside attire, but God knows what's going on beneath the surface. When He cleans house, He starts on the inside. What's lurking in your dark corners? If self indulgence, self-reliance, or self-centeredness has camped out in your heart, let the housecleaning begin! Soon your outer beauty will radiate your new inner beauty. This mirror test revealed some junk in my life. What did you see in your reflection? A prideful heart, or a passion for Christ? Are you wanting others to look at you, rather than God? Psalm 10:4 says, “In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” Pride is a venom. Making room for God takes deliberate action. As the song says, “Don't look at me, look at Him.” Dear Lord, pride can camp out so easily in our hearts. Will you clean us from the inside out and let us reflect You? In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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City declares Oct. 2 FilAmFest Day
On Tuesday, Sept. 28, San Diego City Councilmember Tony Young will present a special resolution declaring Saturday, Oct. 2, FilAmFest Day during the council's regular session. Festival Director, J.R. Melchor said it is important to receive a proclamation to recognize FilAmFest Day because, “our community has earned and deserves this recognition. “It acknowledges all the hard work that the FilAmFest Organizing Committee members and its many partners have tirelessly contributed over the year,” Melchor added. “The recognition helps to make the unprecedented accomplishment of gathering so many members of the Filipino community and their friends and family in ‘Celebrating the Bayanihan Spirit,’ ” he said. spective students with any information they need. The art program will be hosted this year by Thumbprint Gallery. Artists will exhibit work ranging from digital prints, photography, acrylic and spray paint. Some of the artwork displayed will reflect the festival’s “Celebrating the Bayanihan Spirit” theme. The cultural program, spearheaded by the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program, will feature workshops hosted by the PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company, a martial arts exhibit by Doce Pares San Diego, SAMAHAN Filipino-American Performing Arts, an education center and more. There will also be a designated area in the cultural tent that showcases Filipino heroes, Filipino-American history, political issues, games, comics and a photo booth. The purpose of the cultural tent is to educate festivalgoers on the beauty of Filipino art and culture.

learn how to make parols and write their name in Alibata (hosted by AF3IRM/GABRIELA Network San Diego) and a children’s area featuring carnival games and prizes hosted by Gawad Kalinga. The Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB/Pro-People Youth) is hosting the senior program with bingo, a dancing area, a videographer (who will be interviewing and documenting people’s stories) and a photo booth. Also on the grounds will be a health and wellness program hosted by Operation Samahan. There will be information booths and testing areas that will address health issues in the community. In an effort to increase awareness of higher education and positive well-being within the Filipino-American community, FilAmFest is awarding selected scholarship applicants $500. Students can still apply online at There will also be booths from area schools to assist pro-

The term “Bayanihan” originated in the Philippines and refers to a community working together to achieve a common goal. It is reminiscent of people in the community carrying a bahay kubo, or nipa hut, from one place to another. In essence, the task cannot be done single handedly. FilAmFest embraces the Bayanihan spirit with its four goals: to foster a sense of community and enhance pride in the Filipino cultural heritage; to build inter-generational collaboration and cultural understanding among children, youth, adults and seniors; to promote effective networking among individuals and various groups representing businesses, civic organizations, local government, educational institutions and public agencies; and to revitalize the Paradise Hills community as a place to raise families, operate businesses and collaborate with diverse peoples, groups and institutions. For more information visit

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Sadly, it’s a chapter in U.S. history in which the role of the Pinoy has largely been downplayed. When people hear of the Great Grape Strike of 1965, they hear the na me Cesar Chavez, the revered MexicanAmerican labor leader. F e w h a v e h e a r d o f Ve r a Cruz, Velasco and Itliong, the manongs, the Pinoy farm workers who, after years of oppression, took a stand against exploitation — and who inspired their Mexican counterparts to rise against an unjust labor system. A new documentary, “Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW,” by Fil-Am filmmaker Marissa Aroy explores this chapter in American history. “Why don’t we know about the Filipino strikers?” she asks in the trailer for the documentary. “Why are their contributions not heralded in the history books or passed down from generation to generation? And why hasn’t anybody heard of Larry Itliong, the UFW’s sec-

“Why don't we know about the Filipino strikers? Why are their contributions not heralded in the history books or passed down."
ond-in-command during the most powerful era in farm labor organizing?” When Chavez died in 1993, he was honored as a hero of the farm workers and civil-rights movement. He deserved the honor, and his story surely should be known by all Americans. When Vera Cruz died the following year, his passing was largely ignored. And he certainly did not deserve that. Thanks to Vera Cruz and other Filipino farm workers, farm workers emerged as a major political force in the 1960s. Phillip Vera Cruz himself epitomized the Filipino as a warrior for justice. His sense of justice and democracy was deep and broad.

So much so that it led him to break with Cesar Chavez, who turned out to be a brilliant but flawed leader. This is the part of the story where the dictator comes in. While Chavez clearly saw the injustice suffered by U.S. farm workers in the 1960s, he apparently did not understand and appreciate the injustice endured by Filipinos in general in the 1970s. In 1977, Chavez did something that stunned many Filipinos in America, including Vera Cruz: Chavez visited Manila as a guest of Ferdinand Marcos. And that’s not all. At a time when Filipinos were being jailed and tortured and brutalized, Chavez publicly praised the Filipino dictator. In his memoir, Vera Cruz said, “What Cesar did there in the Philippines is the saddest day in the history of the farm workers movement in this country. It was a disgrace.” In a 1993 profile in Filipinas magazine, he recalled: “We in the union believed in the general principle of freedom. Cesar’s trip to a dictatorship was in direct contradiction to those principles we stood for.”

Disgusted and disillusioned, Vera Cruz later left the UFW, though he remained a steadfast advocate of farm-worker rights. The real reasons for Chavez’s decision to embrace Marcos have remained unclear. But the incident underscored Vera Cruz’s greatness as a selfless, unflinching advocate for the oppressed. He saw farm workers — Filipinos, Latinos, and other ethnicities — being exploited in the fields of California and other states, and joined them in fighting for justice. And he saw the people of the homeland they left behind being bullied and abused by a dictator, and took a stand with them in their struggle to be free. (



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Old Classics & Broadway Hits Concert on tap for Oct. 2
Rosegold International Inc. and its affiliated companies present Old Classics & Broadway Hits Concert. The concert, held in honor of all Filipino-American professionals and businessmen, will be held Saturday, Oct.2 at 7:00 p.m. It will take place at the Scottish Rite Concert Hall located at 1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego. The concert features Professor Terri B. Dela Rosa. Rosa started her musical career at the age of 7 and has played both classical and contemporary music for the last 60 years. Born in 1938 in the Philippines, her parents are Profesor Clemente Contrerars Basa and Ricarda Lucero Encarnacion from Cavite City and Panamitan Kawit, Cavite. They were teachers at Malate Catholic School and under their guidance, Rosa’s natural gift in music flourished. She attended Pedro Guevarra Elementary School and Jose Abad Santos Binondo Manila High School where she was chosen as the pianist of the school's operetta program under the direction of Professor Elena Reyes. Rosa enrolled in the school of Science in Education at Far Eastern University for her Bachelor’s and continued her education at Centro Escolar University in Manila. She took advance courses in music at the Manila Conservatory of Music and exclusive studies at University of Sto. Thomas, Manila where she later became one of the Music Directors. At the same time she still continued studies in Piano under the German-Filipino Professor Marcelino Carluen. She held a piano concert at PHIL-AM Auditorium in Manila and was invited many times at different secular organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, Lions Club International, Doctor's Association Meetings and Programs and also at the Inauguration of the Philipine Heart Center by the wife of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda. Rosa continued her studies in the U.S. attending different seminars and training in music and composition in New JerThe development of her unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. Growing up in a talented musical family meant that Rosa was always surrounded by different forms of music. Her father was a classically trained violinist, his brother a jazz pianist with various bands. Rosa was exposed to a wealth of music as a child, all of which influenced her development. Rosa is a member of the Music Teacher Association of Northern Virginia, USA, California Association of Professional Music Teachers and "ASCAP"-American Songwriters Composers Authors and Publishers. In addition to Rosa, the concert will also feature guest artists Tenors Adolfo and Luigi Luevano, Linda Jabling (Soprano) and Erano Resty Yongco (Tenor). The affair will also be graced by prominent personalities and government officials. Tickets are $25 or VIP for $35. For tickets, call (619) 4107146, (619) 381-3795 or (619) 405-2550.

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San Diego County’s largest one-day HIV/AIDS fundraiser will take place on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Balboa Park. The 21st annual event will raise funds for more than 20 San Diego County HIV/AIDS service organizations. AIDS Walk San Diego is a program of The San Diego LGBT Community Center. More information is available by calling (619) 291-WALK.

The Changemaker Festival at El Prado Patios will take place Sunday, September 26 at Balboa Park from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. The event is organized by the Foundation for Change. It will feature music by Super Sonic Samba School and a "Farmers' Market" style feast by Coronado Catering. Individual tickets are $35 or $60 for a pair.

Rose Gold sey and Virginia State. Aside from singing, Rosa is also an arranger and composer of both contemporary and gospel music. She has been a very popular figure and judge in many choral competitions. She also taught many piano students in her spare time showing both kids and adults how to express themselves through music. "Don't play, sing" is her mantra. She means that metaphorically. Her passion for what she does really plays into that.

The Concern Filipino American Club (CFAC) Candidate's Debate Forum for Chula Vista City Council will take place on September 26, 2010, Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at Point Point Joint Restaurant in 916 E. 8th Street, Unit 1-2, National City, CA 91950. Lunch $7 and up. Chula Vista City Council Candidates: Larry Breitfelder (attending) and Pat Aguilar (pending). For more information contact MarissaAcierto.CFAC@ or (619) 549-0014.

The Candidates' Forum for the City Council of National City will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church, 242 E. 8th Street, National City, CA. The event is free and open to the public.

New community organization offers Filipino language classes

The annual Mater Dei Bazaar & Carnival will be held on October 2 and 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It will be held at the Mater Die Catholic Parish located at 1571 Magdalena Ave., Chula Vista. The event will include carnival rides, Spam Musubi, Plate Lunch, Hawaiian food, Mexican food, Filipino food, pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, pies, shave ice, halo halo. It will also feature entertainment, including 3-4 local hula halaus, St. Augustine High School Band, Mater Dei Steel Drum Band, Mater Dei Island Crew Band, karaoke contest and more. Admission is free.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A group of community volunteers have formed a new Filipino language organization called Mag-Filipino Tayo (Let’s Speak Filipino). The organization, operating as a non profit California public benefit corporation, will be focusing on promoting the learning and use of the Filipino language for individuals at all levels who do not necessarily have access to public schools where it may already be taught. The organization will target Filipino-Americans who were born or raised here who either want to learn the language, or just want to improve their skills, but have few or no opportunities to learn or improve. Vince Bumanglag, one of the organizers, is a business owner who wants to learn the language so he can relate better with his Filipino customers. “I was born in the Philip6/10/10 12:02 PM

pines, but did not grow up speaking Filipino,” he said. “This school definitely fills a need.” However, Mag-Filipino Tayo is not just for beginners. It is also for those who already understand the language or can actually converse in the language, such as intermediate or “heritage” speakers. Genevieve Esmende, one of the volunteer organizers, is one example. “I understand fluently because my parents spoke to me,” she said. “But I did not always reply back in Filipino because, unfortunately, I was not confident enough. An organization like this would help me gain more confidence.” The organization has already organized Filipino mixers, where people at all levels have showed up at a restaurant to practice the language in an informal setting. So far, the mixers have been popular,

with attendees participating in fun exercises in a positive setting. The next mixer will held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2010 at Quizno’s, 5252 Balboa Ave. The organization’s first six-week classes, twice each week, will begin on Oct. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 18-hour “crash course” is designed for adults in learning common phrases used in different real-life situations relating to the culture and tradition for everyday conversation. The cost is $99, but some financial assistance has been made available by anonymous donors. For more information and registration, please contact Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu at (858) 335-5024 or e-mail at or Vicente Bumanglag at (760) 224-4635 or e-mail at vbumanglag@aol. com.

A “Tribute for Walter Pennington" will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. It will be held at Southwest Lodge Masonic Center 1040 B Ave. National City, CA 91950 (on the corner of B Ave. and 12th Street. A potluck will be held with a requested $10.00 donation, which will be given to Walter’s widow. The tribute will include performances from the following bands: Timepiece (Walter’s last group), Bits and Pieces, Robins, Rubbersound, Imperials, BeatJacks, Mindinterprotation and others.

The Early San Diego Regional History Conference will take place on Saturday, November 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Old Town Cultural and Historical Program Campus, 3939 Conde Street, San Diego. CA 92110. The event is brought to you by the Early San Diego Regional History Collaborative, the SDUSD Old Town Program, and local historical parks. Come discover San Diego’s lost history & local gems. This year’s conference theme is El Pueblo Perdido: The Lost Heritage of Early San Diego, Focusing on 1769-1848 and beyond. For more information call Angela at (619) 423-7248 or email Karla at

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SDG&E introduces new bill design
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers will receive new bills that are designed to be easier to read and understand. “Our goal with this redesign effort is to help our customers better understand the charges on their SDG&E bill, so they can more effectively manage their energy usage on a monthly basis,” said Caroline A. Winn, vice president of customer services for SDG&E. The re-designed bills were developed based on input from a broad range of stakeholders, including SDG&E customers, the California Public Utilities Commission's Consumer Services and Information Division and the Division of Ratepayer Advocates, as well as consumer advocacy groups, such as Disability Rights Advocates and the Utility Consumers' Action Network. The new SDG&E bill design includes a number of enhancements: • Improved appearance and larger paper size for reading ease; • Easier-to-find account information, including account number, bill amount, payment due date, and receipt of previous month’s payment; • Enhanced graphics for easy comparison of energy usage for a 13-month period; • More prominent contact information for SDG&E; • A clearer and more de tailed breakdown of charges; • And, new front-page message section highlighting key billing details and information. Bills will continue to be printed on recycled paper stock and billing envelopes are made with recycled paper. The new bills will not affect customers' current billing cycle, payment due date or rates. Customers enrolled in paperless billing also will see the new bill design online, starting today. To help smooth the transition to the new format, SDG&E is including new reference fact sheets in this month’s bill for residential and business customers. More information is available at www. Additionally, residential customers can call SDG&E at (800) 411-7343 and business customers can call (800) 336-7343 with any questions about the new bill. SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help our customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

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Filipino films spice festival
In "If I Knew What You Said," a rebellious rocker girl dabbles in romance with a deaf boy who loves to dance. The movie is one of four films featured during the upcoing San Diego Asian Film Festival.

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The Greatest Hitmakers perform Sept. 26 at Pala Casino.

THE GREATEST HITMAkERS Rico J. Puno • Marco Sison Rey Valera • Nonoy Zuniga When: 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26 Where: Pala Casino Tickets: $38-$98. Online: www.usasiamediacenter. com. Phone: 1-888-874-1719. Tickets also available at Pala Casino. ANG GANDA DIvA? Lani Misalucha and vice Ganda When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 Where: Pala Casino Tickets: $48-$98. Online: Phone: 1-818-549-1456. Tickets also available at Pala Casino.


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11th San Diego Asian Film Festival features four Filipino films
he San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) is launching its 11th season, which runs Oct. 21-28 at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas. As one of the largest film exhibitions of its kind in North America, the SDAFF kicks off a brand new decade and 11th festival with more than 140 films from 20 countries, including Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Ireland, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and the U.S. This season, in particular, the festival will be showcasing some extraordinary Filipino cinema: • “If I knew What You Said” — A love story between a deaf boy who loves to dance and a rebellious rocker girl. • “Manila Skies” — Inspired by a true story, a lone, deranged hijacker struggles to survive in modern Philippine society. • “Ninoy Auqino and the Rise of People Power” — A documentary about Benigno Aquino, who fought to free the Philippines from a martial-law dictatorship, co-presented by The Filipino Press. • “The Mountain Thief” — Set in a Filipino “dump town,” a single father is wrongfully accused of murder. More than 100 filmmakers and actors are scheduled to attend including John Cho (“Harold and Kumar,” “Star Trek”), Aaron Yoo (“21,” “The Wackness”), Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost”), Justin Lin (director, “Fast and the Furious”), Justin Chon (“Twilight”), Danny Pudi (“Community”), Ellen Wong (“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”) and Harry Shum Jr. (“Glee,” “League of xtraordinary Dancers”). The festival will also honor the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment. The festival is book-ended by the opening night film on Thursday, Oct. 21, with the U.S. premiere of “Legend of the Fist,” an epic Chinese martial arts film starring Donnie Yen, and the closing night film on Thursday, Oct. 28, with Taiwanese crowdpleaser, “Au Revoir Taipei.” Other highlights include: • Spotlights on trans-racial adoption (four feature films) with most directors in attendance for a question-and-answer session. • “Free Films at Four,” every weekday at 4 p.m. films are free to the public. • All 14 short film programs will be presented in high definition for the first time. • Special events each night, including the Gala Awards Din-

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The festival is hosting its annual kickoff reception at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Viejas Casino’s DreamCatcher Theater and want you to be there. Be the first to get an exclusive sneak peak at the 11th season with free food, entertainment and giveaways. The festival is giving away two pairs of invitations to this exciting party. To enter to win, email with “VIEJAS” in the subject line.


COPLEY SYMPHONY HALL Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company When: 2 p.m.Sunday, Sept. 26 Where: 750 B St., San Diego Tickets: $15-$65. Online: Phone: (619) 235-0804. Also available at box office.

18TH ANNUAL FIEST FILIPIANA MEXICANA kARAOkE COMPETITION When: Saturday, Oct. 23 Where: Seafood City, 1420 E. Plaza Blvd., National City, (619) 477-6080 EL JUAN RESTAURANT Eric de Leon one-man band When: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays Where: 2316 Highland Ave., National City, (619) 477-6262 GAPORESTO & kARAOkE When: 7 p.m.-midnight, Tuesdays to Sundays

A scene from "Ninoy Aquino and the Rise of People Power." The documentary traces Benigno Aquino's fight to free the Philippines from a martial-law dictatorship in the Marcos era.


Set in a Filipino "dump town," a single father is wrongly accused of murder in "The Mountain Thief."

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Inspired by a true story, "Manila Skies" focuses on a lone, deranged hijacker struggling to survive in modern Philippine society.

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ner on Oct .23, live music showcase and a panel celebrating the art of dance in films and music videos. “We are especially grateful to our top sponsors – Toyota, our Official Car Sponsor, Barona and Wells Fargo — for supporting our vision. Thanks to the generous support of many corporate partners, we are able to present a high quality, meaningful festival experience,” said SDAFF Executive Director Lee Ann Kim. Since the festival ends less than a week before the general election, the SDAFF is also promoting civic responsibility and democratic participation through a campaign called “Reel in the Vote,” showcasing public service announcements that were created by artists to encourage Asian-Americans to vote. Discounted tickets are available online until Oct. 17. Tickets can be purchased at the Hazard Center UltraStar box office beginning on Oct. 19. For ticketing info, film details and schedule, visit the festival website at Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas is located at 7510 Hazard Center Drive.


“If I knew What You Said” A love story between a deaf boy who loves to dance and a rebellious rocker girl. Staring Joseph Balan. (Romance/Drama) When: 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, 7:40 p.m., Monday, Oct. 25 “Manila Skies”    Inspired by a true story, a lone deranged hijacker struggles to survive modern Philippine society. (Drama/Thriller) When: 8:40 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23  “The Mountain Thief” Urban drama about people who climb the mountains of trash. (Drama) When: 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24; 9:35 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27 “Ninoy Aquino and the Rise of People Power” Through People Power, Benigno Aquino made nonviolence into a method for driving out national dictators and strengthening the cause of democracy. He set off a wave that rippled around the planet. (Documentary) Co-presented by The Filipino Press. When: 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26

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Pala Casino presents WCK MuayThai Oct. 2
PALA, Calif. — Ten professional and amateur Muay Thai fights will be center stage at Pala Casino Spa & Resort on Oct. 2. Muay Thai, the fastestgrowing, adrenaline-rushing striking sport, also known as the art of eight limbs, allows fighters to utilize hands, elbows, knees and shins to bring the opponent down. The event is headlined by the Light Heavyweight Muay Thai vs. MMA five-round bout between Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (Russia by way of San Diego) and Fernando Gonzalez (Temecula, Calif.). Grachev, an IKF (International Kickboxing Federation) World Light Heavyweight Champion, former European champion, has a professional Muay Thai record of 15 wins, nine of them by way of knockout, and two losses. His last memorable fight was against Joe Schilling of Los Angeles, which ended in Schilling being knocked out. Grachev also holds a perfect boxing record of eight wins and zero losses. His opponent, Fernando “The Menifee Maniac” Gonzalez is a professional Muay Thai fighter and a very popular MMA fighter, who’s fought in King of the Cage and WEC promotions. His MMA record stands at 17 wins and eight losses. One of the most decorated fighters, Romie Adanza (7 wins, 2 losses) will defend his IKKC MuayThai International Super Bantamweight title against Haigang Huang of China. Adanza is coming off of a win against a Brit, Andy Howson, which brings his record to seven wins and two losses total. Adanza will square off with the National Muay Thai Champion of China, Haigang Huang, who is also a part of the Chinese National Muay Thai team. His pro record comes to 26 wins and 12 losses. Luis Bio vs Terris James is a bout a lot fight fans can get excited about. Bio, an Ensenada, Mexico fighter is coming off of several consecutive wins. He is a cool-headed technical fighter, who will be met in the ring by a quick, explosive James, a former IKKC World Champion from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also on the card is Artem “The Russian Experiment” Sharoshkin, who has recently secured an IAMTF US National Welterweight Championship Title, and who will debut as a pro in California against a fighter from Texas Van “Tactic” Vo. All bouts are subject to change. Fights start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $40 and $100 ringside. Tickets are on sale now, with no service charge, at the Pala Privileges Center in the casino, or call 1-877-WIN PALA (1-877-946-7252) or (877) 446-7962. Fans must be at least 21 years old.

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tial to be better than what we are presently and it is our task and responsibility to polish and enhance our God-given talents.” According to abs-cbnNEWS. com, Albarracin’s remains lie in state at Sanctuarium in Quezon City. His burial was held on Sept. 24 at Himalayang Pilipino, Quezon City. As if in tribute to Albarracin's contribution to OPM and its artists, one of CPMP students, Charice continues to shine bright in the US. She is featured in the latest edition of U.S. magazine Newsweek. Titled “Asia’s Rising Pop Star,” the piece written by Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop talked about the new “Glee” star ’s Cinderellalike story, from her humble beginnings to her astonishing rise to superstardom. “In my opinion, she will put the whole of Asia on the map as a huge global superstar,” Charice’s mentor and album producer David Foster was quoted in the article as saying. The last paragraph of the article looks to be a piece of advice for the young songstress: “To avoid the fate of countless young stars who made it and then let it all slip away, she will have to keep her head firmly on her shoulders. But with Foster having officially taken on the role of godfather, and Oprah in her life as her quasi fairy godmother, it looks like this Cinderella could continue her happy fairy tale.”

September 25 - October 1, 2010

Center for Pop Music Founder passes away
By Rowena Joy A. Sanchez MANILA, Philippines — Butch Albarracin, founder of performance training school Center for Pop Music Philippines (CPMP), passed away Sept. 16 at the Makati Medical Center due to lung cancer. He was 64. Albarracin put up Center for Pop in 1984. A number of its graduates are now certified stars in their own right including Sarah Geronimo, Erik Santos, Sheryn Regis, Rachelle Ann Go, Jonalyn Viray, Jimmy Bondoc, Roselle Nava, Geneva Cruz, Frenchie Dy, Rhap Salazar and Charice Pempengco. In a tribute piece posted on the website of the Philippine Marketing Association, of which Albarracin was a member, he was described to have run CPMP “with the same hands-on passion that he gave to it when he established it 23 years ago.” More, “he also personally hired his voice coaches and handled the training of the center’s 200-plus staff by himself.” In connection to this, he put up the CPMP Coaches Academy. From their house’s garage in Cubao, Quezon City, Center for Pop went on to expand into 20 branches all over the country as well as more than 30 extension classes in numerous schools particularly in provinces. And from 30 enrollees, CPMP now has 4,000 students. PMA also vouched for Albarracin’s encouraging spirit. “He believed that we all have poten-

Stephanie Lanare Maxwell to host new Christian talk show
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — San Diego’s, own Stephanie Lanare Maxwell will host a new Christian Talk Show entitled, “Around San Diego”. “This show will feature some of the best and the brightest in the Christian community. It will capture the essence of what’s really going on in our streets, in our city, in our communities, and ultimately our world,” said host Stephanie Maxwell. The show will entertain guest from all walks of life. From pastors and preachers, to storytellers and ministers, to community developers, and entrepreneurs, Around San Diego will encompass a full myriad of those who are living through and working for Christ in their businesses, ministries, and lives. Around San Diego will also feature some of the best in Gospel music, and Christian entertainment, as well as actors and actresses, and a full host of those in the entertainment field who are living their lives through, and for Christ also. The show will allow attendees to testify on the goodness of Jesus Christ, and share genuine stories of how Christ healed, restored, repaired, and completely ratified their lives, while delivering them from a life of sin. It will enable those who want or desire a new walk with Christ the opportunity to do so. Host, creator, writer, and producer, Stephanie L. Maxwell will develop show topics that will state our human condition, address our daily trials, and tribulations, and discuss them in both a biblical, as well as spiritual manner that at the end of the day lends itself to a life being lead to Christ! Taping begins in October, check your local public access channel for airdates and times. For more information about Around San Diego, contact Stephanie L. Maxwell at (619) 563-2018.

Fil-Am journalist plans first-ever Fil-Am International Book Festival in San Francisco
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — One need not have a special reason for visiting a library apart from the obvious love for the written word. It was for that and other special reasons that my San Francisco-based journalist friend Gemma Nemenzo and I ventured out to the new Walnut Creek Library in the East Bay two days after its much-touted opening. We both had decided that this would be our own private celebration of National Children’s Book Day. Truly a library for contemporary times, it features 94 public computers with Internet access and a 65-inch television screen. But the most heartwarming observation was that despite the glitz and allure of technology, the most popular preoccupation of the students who came for the opening was seeking a favorite nook to sit and read a book. On the day of our visit, it was a very busy place, still inviting many visitors, especially the youth who were still on summer break. There were library flyers, library stickers being given out, summer reading program booklets. A little boy was asking for a bookmark, which sent the librarian scurrying around so as not to disappoint. Nemenzo’s special reason for the library visit is her current endeavor to organize a firstever Filipino-American International Book Festival at the San Francisco Public Library on Oct. 1-2, 2011 — and her ultimate goal of having Filipino-authored books in all public libraries in California. She strongly feels that Fil-Am kids should have access to their heritage while non-Filipinos ought to feel the presence of the community in the United States, es-

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Get your scare in Old Town this Halloween season
Get a good fun fright and a bit of history with the lineup of spooky events this Halloween season at one of the most haunted areas in San Diego, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Fiesta de Reyes. Séance at the Seeley Stable Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be hosting “Séance at the Seeley Stable. Is Anybody There?”. During this performance, audience members will hear scary, funny, and tragic stories of people who once lived in early San Diego during the 1800s. Patrons will be present at a “séance” led by Madam Stolichnaya as she attempts to summon “real live” ghosts who will tell their stories in a fun and spooky way. Performances take place October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, and 31 at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. Adults are $10 per ticket and children 12 to 18: $5.00. For reservations visit: www.brownpapertickets/ event/12812 or for more information: (619) 220-5422. Ghost tours Michael Brown leads San Diego’s only real ghost tours. During his walking tours, guests will get to visit various paranormally active places in Old Town State Park such as the Whaley House, a park that used to be cemetery, and a haunted brothel located on the Whaley House property. He shares tips, tricks and techniques to find ghosts and other paranormal happenings in Old Town State Park. His tours are every Thursday through Sunday in October. Walking tours begin at 9:00 p.m. in front of the Fiesta de Reyes fountain. Adults are $19 and children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 and under free. For more info visit: Old Town Theatre: Quoth the Raven Write Out Loud will present “Quoth the Raven” in the Old Town Theatre on Saturday afternoon, October 16 at 12:30 p.m. and on Monday evening, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. Quoth the Raven will feature stories and poems of mystery, fantasy and delusion brought chillingly to life by professional actors. Authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Lafcadio Hearn, H.P. Lovecraft and Jerome K. Jerome. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $13 for students, seniors and active military. For more info, please Old Town Theatre: War of the Worlds Presented by Cygnet Theater Company, War of the Worlds is a staged radio play that re-enacts the day of Oct. 30, 1938, when millions of radio listeners were shocked when news alerts announced the arrival of Martians forging a ferocious and seemingly unstoppable attack on Earth. The War of the Worlds performance is on Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Town Theatre. Tickets are $10 for all ages. For more information visit, or call (619) 337-1525. Movie night and costume contest Everyone is invited to get in the ghoulish mood with a free spooky movie night under the stars. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and your bravest face and enjoy a family-rated spooky movie under the stars. The movie night will be held Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8:00 p.m. in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard. Before the movie on Saturday, there will be a costume contest for all ages featuring prizes from merchants in the park for the various categories of costumes. Admission is free. Trick-or-Teat Trick-or-treaters are invited to come out Saturday , Oct. 30, and Sunday Oct. 31. from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 to collect goodies from participating shops and museums throughout the park. Admission for this is free. There is free parking available in the Caltrans parking lot on Taylor Street in Old Town after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. For more information about any of these events, visit or call (619) 297-3100.

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The atrium of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. FilipinoAmerican journalist Gemma Nemenzo hopes to organize the first-ever Filipino-American International Book Festival at the library on Oct. 1-2, 2011.

pecially since the Filipinos are the second largest Asian minority group next to the Chinese. It envisions opening up the U.S. market for Philippine publishers whose titles do not have a presence here. Amazon, the online shopping giant, requires an available inventory of titles for these to be marketed and delivered with its known dispatch; on the other hand, Philippine publishers are discouraged to ship these books because of the costs of shipment and maintaining a storage area in the United States, with no certainty of sale. With the book festival idea conceptualized by Nemenzo and writer Mila de Guzman, that perennial obstacle will hopefully be overcome, thanks to the Philippine consulate in San Francisco. Consul General Marciano Paynor Jr. has committed

to making a storage room in the consulate premises available for the books from the Philippines especially for the event. The FilBookFest will go beyond being a mere sales event for books, although sales cannot but be a gauge of success. Adding a special dimension will be workshops on writing, publishing, storytelling for kids, culinary talks and demos, alternative therapies like the hilot and herbal remedies. The time is ripe for the richness of Philippine literature to go beyond our shores. There are more interested readers out there than we think. And perhaps, we, back home, will gain a better appreciation of books and reading. For more information, email (

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fidence in him [Puno] but I will talk to him as soon as I get back to Manila and I’ll ask him about these allegations and see what his responses are.” Puno denied the allegations. However, he indicated that he was willing to resign his post or be reassigned to spare P-Noy from further embarrassment. On Sept. 17, the IIRC completed its work and submitted its recommendations to P-Noy. The report cited 12 persons and three networks. Puno and Verzosa were named in the report. In a press conference prior to his departure for the United States, P-Noy said, “The report is recommendatory in nature. I have forwarded it, and its recommendations, to a legal team composed of the Executive Secretary and the Chief Presiden-

tial Legal Counsel to make a thorough review of the IIRC’s recommendations.” On Sept. 21, the Senate started its own fact-finding investigation on the jueteng payola issue. Called to testify, Archbishop Cruz identified Puno and Verzosa as the recipients of “national jueteng payola flow.” Cruz also named the following as suspected jueteng lords in their areas: Pampanga governor Lilia “Baby” Pineda; Paul Dy in Isabela; retired general Eugene Martin; Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan; Danny Soriano in Cagayan; a retired general Padilla (involved in Pasay, Parañaque, Muntinlupa and San Pedro); Pangasinan governor Amado Espino; and, a certain Boy Jalandoni in Bacolod. Pineda is married to the reputed “Jueteng King” — Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda — who was investigated by Congress in 1998, 2000, and 2005.

However, nothing came out of those investigations. Double whammy The hostage crisis and the jueteng payola scandal hit Puno like a double whammy. While he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, it’s the opposite in the court of public opinion; that is, he is guilty until proven innocent. It all boils down to perception and in politics perception is reality. The bottom line is: The jueteng payola scandal could be the defining moment of P-Noy’s presidency. Either he eradicates jueteng — as he promised during the campaign — or jueteng would spell doom to his anti-corruption crusade. At the end of the day, Puno can protect his “shooting buddy” by falling on the sword. That would be a noble act. That is also the price of true friendship. (

September 25 - October 1, 2010



Regine Velasquez begins filming ‘Mrs. Recto’
MANILA, Philippines — Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez recently began filming her upcoming movie titled "Mrs. Recto." Coney Reyes, Jazon Gainza and Christian Bautista are also part of the movie project. According to Velasquez, the movie follows the life of a female vendor who sells fake college diplomas along C.M. Recto Avenue. She is expected to finish the project before her wedding in December. Velasquez is set to wed her long-time boyfriend Ogie Alcasid. In his previous interview, Alcasid said President Benigno Aquino III, Megastar Sharon Cuneta and businessman Manny Pangilinan will be part of their entourage. Alcasid said they would ask Lea Salonga to sing in their wedding. Alcasid’s marriage to former beauty queen Michelle van Eimeren was annulled in June. Alcasid and van Eimeren met during the 1994 Miss Universe pageant where she was a contestant. They got married in 1998 and have two daughters. The two announced the end of their marriage in 2007, but they reportedly remain friends. (MNS)

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September 25 - October 1, 2010

Boxing legend Frazier recalls ‘Thrilla in Manila’
‘Smokin’ Joe’ visits San Diego to sign autographs on anniversary of fight
By Brandi Perez
Filipino Press Staff Writer

Joe Frazier will visit San Diego to sign autographs and take pictures (for a price) with fans on the 35th anniversary of his legendary match with Muhammad Ali, dubbed the "Thrilla in Manila." When: 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2; 5:30-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3 Where: American Icon Autographs, 324 Horton Plaza Space No. 31 (on the first level next to 24 Hour Fitness and Ritz Camera) Cost: $99 - Flat items up to 16" x 20"; $129 - Other items; $29 - Inscriptions; $69 – Photo Opportunity Phone: (619) 955-5777 Online: the world thanks to a successful boxing career that lasted from 1965 to 1976, with a brief comeback in 1981. His launching point was in 1964 when he won the United States’ only Olympic boxing gold medal in Tokyo, Japan. “In 1964 I was the only guy who won a gold medal for the United States,” Frazier said. “I fought the big boys. I got a pat on the back from the world.” Afterwards, Frazier turned professional and went on to win 29 consecutive fights and became the undisputed heavyweight champion in 1970. George Foreman broke Frazier’s undefeated streak on Jan. 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica. Foreman dominated the bout and the fight was quickly stopped in the second round. He took away Frazier’s world championship title. In 1976, Frazier (32-3) fought and lost to Foreman for a second time by a fifth-round knockout. After that he retired. In 1981, Frazier attempted a comeback against Floyd “Jumbo” Cummings in Chicago, Illinois. The fight went 10 rounds and Cummings took the win. After that, Frazier retired for good. “Smokin’ Joe” won 32 of his 37 professional fights. Of them, 27 wins, or 73 percent of his victories, came by way of knockout. His best-known punch was a powerful left hook. The orthodox fighter was known for adopting the bob-and-weave defensive style. The International Boxing Research Organization rates Frazier among the 10 greatest heavyweights of all time. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Frazier spent several years training fighters. He backed off from training in 2007. Since then, he’s had to put his gym up for sale. Although he is no longer training fighters, Frazier keeps busy. He travels about two or three times a month for personal appearances. “People want to see the guy who beat up Muhammad,” he smiled. “It’s a great feeling.” The light-hearted legend said he is in great shape. He has a bit of a limp when he walks but he says it’s due to spinal injuries he sustained in a car accident. Other than that, he said he still has some fire left in him. “I’m 66 years old and I weigh 225 pounds, nothing but muscle and bone,” Frazier laughed. “I’m like a rail.” Frazier will sign memorabilia in San Diego on Oct. 2-3 at American Icon Autographs at Horton Plaza.

egendary boxing great Joe Frazier still has some fight left in him. Thirty-five years after the historic “Thrilla in Manilla” fight against Muhammad Ali, the winner of the bout still remains questionable. “The fight was a good fight,” Frazier said. “I thought I won the fight up until the bell rang. I was going blind in one of my eyes. I couldn’t see. Somehow Ali found out about that, so he closed my other eye.” The fight was stopped before the 15th and final round. Frazier said he didn’t want to stop the fight but he couldn’t get mad at his corner because he knew they were protecting him. The epic fight was the third time Ali and Frazier faced each other. The Oct. 1, 1975, bout was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines, for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World. Frazier won the first fight on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden with a 15-round unanimous decision. Ali won the second fight on Jan. 28, 1974, again at Madison Square Garden with a 12-round unanimous decision. Frazier didn’t mind facing Ali three times. “It was fun. I loved fighting him,” he said. “He says he won two out of three of the fights. I say I won all three of them.”


Photo: Courtesy photo

Joe Frazier, left, lands a hard left punch to the face of Muhammad Ali during one of their three bouts in the 1970s. The third and final bout, dubbed the "Thrilla in Manila," took place at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines, on Oct. 1, 1975. Frazier is in San Diego on Oct. 2-3 to sign memorabilia at American Icon Autographs in Horton Plaza.

When asked if he wished he could have fought Ali a few more times, Frazier was quick to respond, “I could go for a fight right now.” There has always been tension between the two fighters. Ali was aggressive while Frazier took a more respectful approach. “I thought he was a really rude guy,” Frazier said. “He called guys fighting names. He would change their names. He gave me the nickname ‘Tom.’ That’s not what my momma named me.” Frazier (32-4-1) was never one to boast about his accolades, something that set him apart from him rival. “Ali thought he was greater than the Lord,” Frazier said.

But Frazier takes no offense. He tries to keep things light, even now. “My job is to smile upon everybody,” he said. Frazier prides himself on sportsmanship. He said one of the great things about boxing is that race has never been an issue. “I’ve never had a racial problem,” he said. “I’ve fought white guys and black guys. They always come up to me afterwards and say, ‘good job.’ My job is to be a good man.” The 66-year-old could not pinpoint who he thought the greatest boxers of all time were, rather he chose an era. “All those guys from the ’70s, I’d have to take my hat

off to those guys,” Frazier said. “They’re real champions. They’re all great guys.” Boxing has endured several changes through the years. One area Frazier sees a big change in is sportsmanship. “When guys fell down the opponent would go to the corner,” Frazier said. “Now guys want to beat them up. I think they need to take it back to the old way. It would make men men.” Despite his age, Frazier said he's still in fighting shape. “I’m 66 and I’m feeling good,” Frazier said. “I’m as strong as two ass mules. I’ve been to some of the greatest places in the world. I’ve met a lot of great people.” Frazier has been able to see

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The Greatest Hitmakers tour Seafood City stores, meet San Diego fans prior to concert

Photos: Susan delos Santos

The Greatest Hitmakers, in San Diego for their performance on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Pala Casino, made the rounds at area Seafood City markets to sign autographs and greet fans last week. In these photos, The Hitmakers greet fans at the Mira Mesa branch of Seafood City on Tuesday, Sept. 21 and Seafood City in National City on Wednesday, Sept. 22. For more photos, see our Facebook page (Filipino Press).