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Filipino pride soars to new heights in 2010
The Filipino Today: Let Us All Rise As One People
By Alex Lacson After the August 23 hostage drama, there is just too much negativity about and against the Filipino. “It is difficult to be a Filipino these days”, says

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a friend who works in Hongkong. “Nakakahiya tayo”, “Only in the Philippines” were some of the comments lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles received in her Facebook. There is this email supposedly written by a Dutch married to a

Filipina, with 2 kids, making a litany of the supposed stupidity or idiocy of Filipinos in general. There was also this statement by Fermi Wong, founder of Unison HongKong, where she said – “Filipino maids have a very low status in our city”. Then there is this article from a certain Daniel Wagner of Huffington Post, wherein he said he sees nothing good in our country’s future. Clearly, the hostage crisis has spawned another crisis – a crisis of faith in the Filipino, one that exists in the minds of a significant number of Filipinos and some quarters in the world. It is important for us Filipinos to take stock of ourselves as a people – of who we truly are as a people. It is important that we remind
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“You know what I want for my birthday?” he asked Helene. “What?” “I want you not to tell the waitress that it’s my birthday.” He didn’t want the restaurant’s waiters and waitresses to walk towards their table, holding a cupcake with lit candle on it, and singing “Happy Birthday” in a snappy tune. In short, Roberto didn’t want to be the center of attention.

Never in recent years have Filipinos seem prouder of who they are than in 2010 when many of their kababayans achieved remarkable feats both here and abroad. So, just before we usher in 2011, GoodNewsPilipinas. com raises a glass yet again to the year’s winning moments:

Manny Pacquiao Pacman breaks record, rewrites sports history Clinching seven world boxing titles in different categories was historical enough, but when Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao won his eighth plum, he not only smashed boxing records but rewrote sports history in general for becoming the only boxer to achieve such a feat. Pacman nabbed his eighth win, the WBC super wel-

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Suhi nang ipanganak si Sebastian. Una ang paa, sa halip na una ang ulo. Sinubukan ng doktor na paikutin siya habang nasasa loob pa ng tiyan ng ina, nguni’t hindi ito umobra. Tigas-ulo si Sebastian. Una ang paa nang lumabas, sa “caesarian section” ng ospital. Nang dalawang taon na si Sebastian ay nakaaakyat na siya sa mga silya, mesa at kahon. Ang bata ay uupo muna, gagapang, tatayo, lalakad, at saka aakyat. Ganyan ang unti-unting pag-unlad ng kanyang kakayahan. Hindi pa man marunong magsalita, pa-ungol-ungol man siya bagama’t nakauunawa na, ay tigas-ulo na si Sebastian. “Baba!” sabi ng ina. Aakyat pa rin sa mataas na lugar si Sebastian at kung minsan ay mahuhulog at iiyak. “Iyan na nga ang sinasabi ko, e,” pa- dahilang mahusay ang ulo niya. Laging tama ang mga subali ng ina, “ang tigas kasi sagot niya sa “recitation” ng ulo mo.” at pati na sa mga “written test”. Mahusay ding tumula si Sebastian kung kaya’t sa tuwing may seremonya sa eskwela ay siya ang pinatutula ng prinsipal. “Palaging magsusuot ka ng sapatos kapag papasok sa eskwela,” payo sa kanya ng ina. May mga araw na maulan at bumabaha nang bahagya sa kalye at pati sa loob ng paaralan. Sa gayong kalagayan ay hindi isinusuot ni Sebastian ang kanyang sapatos upang ang mga ito ay hindi masira sa tubig. Minsan ay nakatapak ng basag Nang siya ay tumuntong na ng pitong taong na bote si Sebastian at kinailangang dalhin siya ng gulang ay pumasok si Sebasina sa “emergency” upang tian sa isang elementarya. Naibigan siya ng mga guro sa (Continued on page 22)


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Visit our website at United States will result in extreme hardship. In this case, Sylvia leaving her abusive husband need not result in termination of her resident status and subsequent removal from the United States. As a battered spouse, she can request for a waiver of the joint filing requirement and file the petition to remove conditions on residence on her own. She will need to establish her eligibility for a waiver (as a battered spouse) by submitting credible evidence of the abuse she suffered from the hands of her U.S. citizen husband such as copies of the police reports, medical reports, statements from neighbors and photographs showing her injuries. If Sylvia is successful in establishing that she is a battered spouse and that she entered the marriage in good faith, the CIS will approve her petition, the conditions on her residence will be removed and she will obtain permanent resident status in the United States. Atty. Jean S. Tinsay is a partner in The Law Firm of Chua Tinsay and Vega (CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego and Manila. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. The CTV attorneys will be holding regular free legal clinics at the Max’s Restaurant in Vallejo, California. Call or email CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/ or how their services may be retained at (415) 495-8088; (619) 955-6277; jtinsay@

migrant status in the United States through marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident is granted a conditional by Atty. Jean Tinsay, Esq. two-year resident status in Law Offices of Chua Tinsay & Vega the United States. In order to remove the conditions on resiRead Atty. Jean Tinsay’s previous articles by visiting dence, the conditional resident our website at is required to file together with the U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse a joint petition to remove the conditions on residence. The joint just berating her and finding Sylvia came to America petition must be filed within carrying her hopes and dreams fault in everything she did. 90 days before the second anThe yelling and screaming for a better life. Sadly, those niversary of the grant of conturned into threats and quickly dreams quickly turned into a ditional residence. Failure to nightmare. While working as escalated into physical viofile a joint petition to remove a volunteer back in the Philip- lence. On two occasions, well conditions on residence will pines she met Gordo who was meaning neighbors had called result in the automatic termithe police to their house. the nephew of one of her panation of resident status as of Gordo threatened to have her tients at the hospital. Gordo the second anniversary of the was a U.S. citizen who having deported if she ever files a grant of conditional residence complaint against him. Since been laid off from his job in and subject the conditional she came to the United States the U.S. work was vacationresident to removal proceeding in the Philippines. Afings. ter a whirlwind courtship, However, the conditionthey were married and he al resident may request for brought her to the United a waiver of the joint filing States. requirement if the condiUpon her arrival and tional resident can establish at the prodding of her that: husband, she immediately took the nursing examina1. The marriage was tion. Unfortunately, she entered in good faith, and failed to pass the test. the U.S. citizen or permaJobs were hard to find and nent resident spouse subsesince Sylvia had no local quently dies; experience the only work 2. The marriage was she could get was that of a entered in good faith, but caregiver. Sylvia, however, the marriage was later terwas just glad to be workminated due to divorce or ing and able to contribute annulment; her meager salary to the 3. The marriage was family coffers as well entered in good faith, but as send some money to the conditional resident as the spouse of a U.S. citizen, her family back home. Not was battered or subjected to Gordo whose plan of having a Sylvia was granted condiextreme cruelty by the U.S. tional resident status which registered nurse for a wife to citizen or permanent resident support him was thwarted. He expires in two years from the spouse; or time she entered the United started taking out his frustra4. The removal of the tion on Sylvia. At first, it was States as an immigrant. conditional resident from the A person who obtains im-

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acquainted inside the Camp Crame stockade, where they were held for coup d’etat and plunder, respectively. PresumNews from San Francisco ably they had traded notes stunned Filipinos on March 5, about their cases, so Trillanes 2009. Ian Carl and Juan Paolo knows whereof he speaks. Garcia had been granted bail Sen. Gregorio Honasan, of $2 million as their trial Trillanes’ mentor, said somebegan for dollar smuggling thing similar last week about into the US five years prior. Garcia being but a cog in the The sons of Maj. Gen. Carlos system. Being officer-school Garcia, Armed Forces of the classmates, Honasan too must Philippines ex-comptroller, have gotten from Garcia info supposedly were to post the on how one can filch P303 amount that Thursday noon. million from the AFP by his They had been ready with it lonesome. since Monday, March 2nd. It’s unclear if the $2 milBut then, federal proseculion form part of Garcia’s tors appealed the bond ruling guilty plea to the lesser ofbefore a higher court, which fenses of bribery and money revoked it. laundering. He is to surrender Both US citizens, the P135 million in exchange for Garcia brothers eventually dismissal of the P303-million would plead guilty to the plunder rap. The Ombudsman charge and be sentenced to had kept the deal secret since time served. Still, then-Rep. approving it, military sources Roilo Golez pounded on their say, in October 2009. A Sandienormous bail money, worth ganbayan gag order last week almost P100 million. Either conveniently excuses the it was their way of showing Ombudsman from explaining economic clout, he said, or it now. their father was fronting for The $2 million, the P135the true plunderer of AFP million-for-P303-million, and funds. More likely it’s the lat- the desire to expose a possible ter, retired naval officer Golez real plunderer serve as backadded. A secret profiteer from drop to a growing military anGarcia’s P303-million plunder ger with the plea bargain. The could have raised the bond. discontent that Rep. Rodolfo Ever since Garcia’s wealth, Biazon warns about, as former stashed through the sons, was AFP chief, adds to the issue’s bared in 2004, talk has been urgency. that a higher-up in the AFP or The AFP Judge Advocate defense department made him General last Thursday asked do it. the Solicitor General to object Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to the deal in its behalf. JAG brought up the $2 million Brig. Gen. Gilberto Roa acted anew Monday in relation to on orders of AFP chief Gen. the 2003 military strike he had Ricardo David. The latter led against crooked generals. hinted at surveying the senThe soldier-turned-legislator timent of the rank and file. viewed Garcia’s sneaky plea “The position of the soldiers, bargain in light of who else the position of the Armed might benefit from it. Tril(Continued on page 23) lanes and Garcia had become

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Filipino pride soars to new heights in 2010
until the underdog Azkals beat 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup host country and defending champion, Vietnam, 2-0, on Dec. 5. The Azkals follow-up matches against Myanmar and Indonesia on the road to the finals made Filipinos even more soccer crazy. And though they didn’t reach the final round after losing to Indonesia, the Azkals nevertheless makes history books for becoming the first Philippine soccer team to have reached the semifinals of the Suzuki Cup. Venus Raj and other beauty queens ‘major major’ moments Her memorable answer is said to have cost her the crown, but Venus Raj placing fifth at the Miss Universe 2010 last August was more than enough for us to declare, “Taas noo, Pilipino!” Venus’ triumph marks but the 7th time a Filipina figured in the beauty tilt’s Top 5. The

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ping music charts worldwide and even reaching Gold status in Japan; her ranking 4th on Billboard’s “21 Under 21;” and her being cast in the hit TV-musical “Glee.”

UST Singers is ‘Choir of the World’ In July, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Singers bagged for a second time, the prestigious Choir of the World – Pavarotti Trophy at the 2010 Llangollen International Music Eistedfodd in North Wales. It’s the first time in history that a choir won the title twice. The group also reaped honors in various European singing contests such as at the 17th Bangor International Competition in Northern Ireland, the 6th Mundus Cantat International Choral Festival in Poland, and the 56th Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland last April; and the 28th Festival International de Musica de Cantonigros in Spain. ‘Azkals’ advance to the AFF Suzuki Cup semis Soccer has always been less popular in the country

last time one did was in 1999, when Miriam Quiambao ended up as 1st runner up. The respective pageants of other Binibining Pilipinas beauties Krista Kleiner (Miss Internationa) and Czarina Gatbonton (Miss World) were also anticipated. While Czarina did not place at her pageant, Krista made it to the Top
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Beginning Friday, January 7 at 9 p.m. and continuing until the start of service Monday, there will be no Trolley service at the San Ysidro Transit Center, Beyer Boulevard Trolley Station and Iris Avenue Trolley Station. Southbound Trolley service will terminate at the Palm Avenue Trolley Station. Two bus services will be available for riders: • Trolley Shuttles will serve the San Ysidro, Beyer Boulevard, Iris Avenue and Palm Avenue Trolley stations. This shuttle will run in both directions. • Trolley Express will operate non-stop between the Palomar and San Ysidro Trolley stations in

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both directions. MTS encourages riders to expect delays and give themselves extra time when traveling. The bus services will run every 8-15 minutes during normal Trolley service hours. Regular Trolley service will resume in time for the start of service on Monday. Trolley tickets, day passes or monthly passes are required to board the Trolley Shuttle and Trolley Express bus services. No tickets are sold on board these buses. The construction schedule is set to change next week, for the first time since the beginning of the project in October. Information is regularly updated at asp and on the Trolley Renewal hotline at (619) 557-4533.

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Third of a Series on Cultural Identity

Navigating between two cultures: Mexican and Filipino
Even though I have some specific ties to both of my cultures, I still consider myself a cultural alienist. Unfortunately, I do not My Nuclear family Christmas 2009: Dad Arnold, Mom Cinmake an effort to learn more about either culture. And I feel dy, Brother Tommy, Myself, Brother Nick, Sister Cristina that even though I do know more than the average American ist or traditional person will about Mexicans and Filipinos, I don’t know enough of each to individuals who are Ameribe featured in the last article consider myself bicultural. can born and are trying to learn more about their native of the series. Guest Writer: Jeannette Rascon culture by attending Filipino CULTURAL ALIENschool clubs and enrolling in Introduction: or western way of life as they culture and language classes. ATION settle in the U.S. Their way of Frequently they have idenAt the last two issues, we It did not take me long to adjustment frequently detertity conflicts or crisis. These talked about acculturation, the mines their identity and how figure out where I stand on individuals will strive for process of adjusting to a difthey eventually identify them- bicultural affirmation or be a Darder’s Sphere of Biculturalferent culture. Foreign immi- selves. ism. I believe I stand in the cultural negotiator by learngrants undergo different ways Cultural Alienation sphere, According to Stanley Sue ing the language so they can of adjusting to the American where one is considered to be and Derald Sue, there are navigate easily between the “whitewashed.” However, I four personality structures for two cultures. have a very interesting combiinterpreting Asian American This issue will feature identity. They are assimilation- “Cultural Alienation” or “as- nation of ethnicities. ist, traditional, marginal and similationist”, one who chose FAMILY BACKbicultural. This corresponds to fully adopt American values GROUND: I am half Mexican to Darder’s sphere of bicultur- and behavior norms as their and half Filipino. My mother alism as cultural alienation, own. They tend to have little was born in the United States, cultural separatism, cultural ethnic identity and generally dualist, and cultural negotia- associate with people outside while my father moved here from Tijuana, Mexico when tor. of their own ethnic group. he was 13. My Filipino The last two issues were The term for them is “whitegrandparents chose to teach on the cultural dualist and washed” or “Oreo”, i.e., cultural negotiator (bicultural brown in the outside but white their five children English and person). The cultural dualist in the inside. They conform to no Tagalog. The reason being or marginal person reject both the majority culture in the so- was that while my grandfather Asian and American cultures ciety for the sake of fitting in, was away with the Navy, it was easier for my grandmothand are left isolated, alienated often at the expense of losing er to only teach her children and alone. They are alienated part or one’s entire cultural from both cultures. These are heritage. The cultural separat- English. My father actually Jean Rascon

didn’t learn to speak English until he moved to the United States. He was able to learn in school and now you could not even tell that Spanish was his first language. He adopted many American traditions that included music and sports. Since my mother and my father (after adapting to the American lifestyle) were basically cultural alienists, it was natural that this transferred to me and my three siblings. In my home, the main language is English, and most of our traditions are American.

neighborhood and elementary school that I went to was predominantly of Mexican ethnicity. Therefore, I did learn some Spanish, and in fact, knew more Spanish than my siblings since I was the oldest. Even though I did not learn to speak Spanish fluently, knowing just enough gave me a somewhat stronger tie to my Mexican side. Although, it also made things just a little bit harder, knowing “just enough” Spanish language. Since I look Mexican, I was always expected to speak

Myself with my Mexican Grandparents Maria and Heriberto, and my Filipino Grandparents Cristina and Ananias on my fifteenth birthday. Even though I have some specific ties to both of my cultures, I still consider myself a cultural alienist. Unfortunately, I do not make an effort to learn more about either culture. And I feel that even though I do know more than the average American about Mexicans and Filipinos, I don’t know enough to consider myself a dualist or separatist. I do consider myself to be a negotiator at times. Growing up in my house, English was the main language. Spanish fluently. This made it very difficult to obtain a retail job near my home. Eventually I did receive a retail job a little more north, but there were some times when my Caucasian coworkers would push me to try to communicate with our Spanish speaking customers. This would sometimes be embarrassing, and frustrating. People would realize that I did not speak Spanish and I would feel as if I was a disappointment. Those were the times that I wished that I looked more Filipino. Now that I am an adult, it does not seem to affect me. I currently work for a company that actually deals with Mexico directly. Since we mostly have non-Spanish

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tion, rentals offer many of the comforts of home to travelers, including full kitchens, large living rooms, multiple bedrooms and even fireplaces for those chilly winter nights. Top 10 Ski Rental Home Destinations: 1. Mammoth Lakes, California

acres of terrain, giving skiers and snowboarders plenty of room to explore and enjoy. With many vacation rentals in the area offering ski-in/ski-out MEXICAN SIDE: There access, it’s easy to get out and were some periods of time hit the slopes early. when I was very young that my younger brother, my 4. Big Bear Lake, Califor- parents and I lived with my nia Mexican grandparents. The Surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest in a region just northeast of Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake is a resort community that is perfect for a winter vacation rental stay. Visitors have access to a wealth of winter fun options including skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, downhill inner tubing and snowshoeing, ensuring that there won’t be a dull moment whether they’re out on the slopes or enjoying time together at their cabin. 5. Park City, Utah

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Home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City has cemented its place among the top winter vacation spots Straddling the California across the country with its and Nevada state line, Lake premier ski resorts and its Tahoe is a scenic destination year round, but it really shines many winter activities, ranging from snow tubing to in the winter with its numerous downhill and cross coun- heli-skiing. Add in plentiful try ski areas, as well as unique vacation rental options and travelers have a fantastic desactivities like dog sledding and sleigh rides. For travelers tination for enjoying the snow without breaking the bank. looking to warm up after a day on the trails, the area also 6. Killington, Vermont boasts six casinos where they can try their luck. Featuring the highest lift3. Breckenridge, Colorado served terrain in Vermont, Killington is one of the most popular winter wonderlands While travelers flock to this Victorian-style town each in New England. Skiers and snowboarders have nearly 200 winter for its many nearby ski resorts, Breckenridge also trails to choose from, giving offers visitors a wealth of din- them nearly endless possiing, shopping and spa options. bilities on the slopes, while Breckenridge Ski Resort itself travelers who aren’t keen on zipping downhill have options provides more than 2,300 2. Lake Tahoe, California/ Nevada

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Visit our website at lect the officers rests with the general membership where it rightfully belongs. Now we needed to increase our membership base. I have written about this subject before and I’m doing it again. For $50 membership dues annually, a Filipino physician in this country can be a participant to organized medicine. Simply stated, 13 cents a day will help preserve the freedoms of our profession in this country. Realistically speaking, organized medicine within our group of Filipino physicians is a real bargain. It is lamentable to know that Filipino doctors who are practicing in the US and not members of the APPA are benefiting from the accomplishments promoted by a small group of their colleagues who are protecting our principles. Please, do not shy away from the mainstream of organized medicine. We need every Filipino physician practicing in America to be actively supportive of our cause. We must have that support if we are to continue to protect and defend our profession and the future including our children who follow us. If in the perception of many the HOD has been relegated to a second-class status throughout the years in the archives of APPA, now it will be changed. Through this Bulletin, we urge the delegates to take up the light and keep the mill rolling. Keep those resolutions coming. Get the House on track. And start tilting the balance.” In the first issue of the HOD Bulletin, the highlights of the recently approved amendments were published. APPA’s HOD standing committees were listed. Proposed amendments for the fall meeting in October 1991 were written. Resolutions that were filed and tabled, as well as those that were rejected, were discussed. The members of the House welcomed the HOD Bulletin. However, the Executive Council requested to resort to typewritten newsletters due to budgetary constraints that will be clarified below. Active as I was, the second HOD bulletin was published in a typewritten form two weeks before the fall meeting with 11 resolutions listed for the HOD’s deliberations. It was sent to the members of the HOD and Executive Council reminding them that it needed a quorum of 37 delegates. APPA’s FINANCIAL CRISIS This subject was a partial report of the Speaker of HOD Session in the Fall Meeting on October 26, 1991 (Joint Assembly). It took place in Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, N.J. three months after I was elected as Speaker. The following was my speech: Allow me to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you. Especially the members of the HOD who came to attend this Fall meeting. We realize how busy you are and how difficult it is to leave your office, even for one day. We also realize the energy and time you spent during this trip to Atlantic City. Somehow, it is quite difficult to get a direct flight to this city. Today, my dear

January 7 - 13, 2011 colleagues, in our meetings, I must emphasize and it is imperative that we must make the most of it, so that we can address the business that the Council and HOD expected us to accomplish. We must remember that we came here to perform out duties we are expected to do and we have a long agenda to attend to. I will try to make this report short. I will report to you of the near one hundred days and to be exact, 90 days of being your speaker in the HOD. I will also address the financial crises that we are now faced with. As your speaker, I have 275 more days to look forward to having the privilege of working as your leader in the House assembly. In the last 90 days of tenure of office, the speaker have endeavored to inspire everyone, especially the officers of the house and would like to share with you the following activities. 1st. One of the first moves of the speaker was to assure the President, Dr. Lupo Carlota in a memorandum, that the HOD should give its full support to his administration. Ladies and gentlemen, I am a firm believer of the support value system of cooperation. Accordingly, the actions taken by the HOD in the July House sessions have been forwarded to the council for implementation. 2nd. The committee chairs and members for he different committees of the HOD have been appointed promptly. 3rd. The executive committee of the HOD as prescribed in the Rules if the House, was activated. This committee in its first meeting established the HOD newsletter for opportunity of communication in the legislative
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From Antique to America: Memoirs of a Filipino American Doctor Speaker of the House of Delegates
By Dr. Cesar D. Candari 39th in a series of articles “Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.”PUBLILIUS SYRU Writing this memoir on a problem that happened 18 years ago is water under the bridge. We certainly had disagreements in the past, but this metaphoric phrase alludes to water that has flowed over a spillway and thus is gone forever. It has truth in it, not fiction. The supporting papers and documents are potted. It is a significant event in my life. It was fun and I enjoyed the experience. In August 1991, one month after I was elected Speaker of the House of Delegates, the HOD’s APPA Bulletin was published under the editorship of Dr. Edwin Yorobe, President of PMA San Diego, with contributing editors Dr. Jun Paraguaya and Dr. Urbano Dauz. This “new medium”-- a HOD Bulletin--had not been done in the past years in the annals of HOD. This was not a new idea that I concocted but was rather embedded in the rules of the HOD. The idea was to disseminate the legislative actions and agenda of the house to get more of the budding leaders to share and contribute towards a common goal. The hallmark of a great organization is the increasing involvement of its membership and as the saying goes, the more, the merrier. The bulletin was professionally designed in an attractive 4-page pamphlet. Of course it was not meant to compete with the APPA Quarterly Journal but to compliment it. In order to have an open communication with the Editor of APPA Quarterly, there should be no duplication of news coverage. I wrote my first message as a Speaker to express my profound gratitude to everyone for granting me the exciting and challenging opportunity to lead the assembly. I felt very proud to be a part of a by the general membership including those not attending the convention. Indeed, these are the clamors and wishes of the members who are demanding greater involvement and participatory leadership. For a long time the members have been increasingly apathetic. They are outright negative and “turned off” towards participating in any manner while the APPA is engulfed in discord. The onerous provi-

milestone in the history of APPA when the HOD had achieved vital changes in the Constitution and Bylaws at the recent meeting in Atlantic City, N. J. The needs and the wishes of the members had been answered. In my editorial I declared it an unprecedented 20th anniversary of APPA for the HOD to come at a landmark decision- “one man one vote”, full and unrestricted rights and direct participation in the election of the APPA officers

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laration of Philippine independence from Spain in 1898. Montano roots his question to the fact that when the Filipino rebel Katipuneros were on the throes of their victory over the former Spanish colonizers, US Admiral George Dewey’s fleet appeared at Manila Bay to pursue the American Spanish War in the Far East. The War was ushered by the sinking of the USS Maine off the coast of Havana, Cuba in February 15, 1898. At the time that the Katipuneros have surrounded the last stronghold of the Spaniards, Dewey sank the dilapidated Spanish flotilla moored at Manila Bay. In the Treaty of Paris in December 10, 1898, Spain ceded the Philippines to the U.S. for $20Million as a trophy among other former Spanish colonies like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for winning the war. Given this, Montano says that “We just had a change of colonizers. Why would the United States, pay so much an amount at that time for the Philippines if she did not have economic interests in the country? It would be uncapitalistic or against the principles of free enterprise not to expect anything in return for such an investment. Lobbyists in the US congress at that time saw the Philippines as a source of cheap raw materials like hemp, sugar, coconut, and the like. And the Cordillera Mountains became a mining enclave of Americans.” After a pacification campaign that lasted through the first decade of the 1900s, the United States cuddled the Philippines under a Benevolent Assimilation Act and declared the Philippines only independent from being a commonwealth nation in July 4, 1946. During the period of US tutelage, the US and the Philippine Government instituted parity amendments which defined the countries’ tariff laws, mutual defense pacts, and political and cultural ties. “These tied the Philippines to an onerous economic relationship with the United States,” says Montano. “We have become a source of cheap raw materials and a dumping market of expensive imperialist products. The effect is our economy worsened over the years. And they taught us English so we could understand their commands for we are a source of cheap labor for them and, culturally, so we can think like

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each morning. 2. The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the Combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations. 3. The first owner of the Marlboro cigarette Company died of lung cancer. 4. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. 5. The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910. 6. Our eyes remain the same size from birth onward, but our noses and ears Never stop to solve the problems of the growing. ‘small people.’ The govern7. You burn more calories ment must be brought to the sleeping than you do watching people. It should not be isoTV. lated. It should be responsive 8. A person will die from to the needs of every farmer, total lack of sleep sooner than even the resident of the most from starvation. Death will far-flung sitio in the remotest barrio in the hinterlands. If the occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a government cannot do this, Few weeks. cannot listen to the problems 9. Chewing gum while of the smallest tao, then it peeling onions will keep you cannot solve their problems. It will then create a climate of from crying. 10. The Mona Lisa has no discontent and the people will eyebrows. rebel.” 11. When the moon is Maybe, if the US will truly help the Philippines, it should directly overhead, you weigh slightly less. be more on economic and social thrusts, not in arms like 12. Alexander Graham in the Balikatan. Bell, the inventor of the teleOtherwise, Montano says phone, never telephoned His “we are just continuing the wife or mother because they unfinished Philippine revolu- were both deaf. tion of 1896 and this time, no 13. A psychology student matter how long it takes, we in New York rented out her will succeed.” spare room to a Carpenter in order to nag him constantly and study his reactions. -30After Weeks of needling, he snapped and beat her repeatSatisfied with the draft, edly with an axe Leaving her Ding became aware again mentally retarded of the sonorous sound of the 14. “I am.” is the shortplane’s engine which he had est complete sentence in the successfully zoned out. He English language pushed the button summon15. Colgate faced a big ing a stewardess who came obstacle marketing toothpaste momentarily. “Yes?” the stewardess said. in Spanish speaking Countries because Colgate translates “Red wine, please.” into the command “go hang Yourself.” (End of Series) 16. Like fingerprints, The book “Unholy Allied everyone’s tongue print is difMountains” by R.D. Liporada ferent. is available from Amazon. 17. “Bookkeeper” is the com. only word in English language with three consecutive Double letters. 1. The average person presses the snooze button on their alarm clock three Times

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child for at least two years. This is usually the more difficult requirement, requiring not only the court findings in the adoption decree but also other factual evidences such by Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr. as medical and school records, Member, State Bar of California & sworn statements, and other Integrated Bar of the Philippines relevant proof. In many cases, Read previous articles by visiting our website at www.asianjo- the immigrant petitions are denied because the petitioners either were not with the child for two years in the past, or are unable to leave the United States to spend the required time with the child. You are fortunate that you do not have Dear Atty. Karagdag, requirement, that would mean to worry about this. The second is the legal that we would have to wait custody requirement which My wife and I have aduntil March 2012 before we opted a little boy in the Philcould petition our child to join means that the adoption deippines who is now six years us here in the United States. Is cree must be at least two years old. Under Philippine law, the old. We decided to go for there a way we can have this adoption decree domestic adoption because we requirement waived? retroacts to the are both Filipino citizens and date of filare also not eligible to adopt Thank you. ing of the for some other reasons under original petiinter-country adoption. The JM tion. In your adoption case was finalized case, this about three months ago. We Dear JM, are just waiting for the Court to issue its decision. I read As you mentioned in your previous article that in your letter, United the USCIS requires that we States immigrashould have at least two years tion laws require of physical custody and that two custody the adoption decree should requirements also be at least two years old. to bring in We do not have any problem an adopted would about the physical custody be- child. The be cause the child has been with first is physiMarch us since he was an infant until cal custody for 2010. we migrated to the United at least two Some States last year. years, which courts Our problem is the legal means that the forget to custody. The petition for petitioner must put this adoption was filed in March have had exercised clause in 2010. If we were to strictly primary parental the dispositive comply with the two-year authority over the portion of the decision so it is best that you make sure it Survive A will be there before the court issues the decision. Critical Illness There is also a legal conWithout a cept called “nunc pro tunc” which means that the order Financial Crisis retroacts to an earlier date. In a recent decision of the US A critical illness can mean lost income, unreimbursed Court of Appeals, it upheld a nunc pro tunc order of a US medical expenses, caregiver costs—extra stress at a time state court which backdated when you can least afford it. American General Life and the adoption decree to before the child turned 16, in order to Accident Insurance Company (AGLA) has critical illness comply with US immigration coverage that supplements your existing law requirement. Likewise, USCIS says that if the adopthealth insurance so you can focus on important ing parent was granted legal things—like getting well. custody by the court or recognized governmental entity prior to the adoption, that period may be counted toward AGLA, the critical difference when it fulfillment of the 2-year legal comes to your peace of mind. custody requirement. I am not sure if your court Gen Silverio, Agent Gen Silverio will be able to backdate your 619.851.9547 adoption decree by two years Agent #0G86915 in view of the clear provi2650 Camino del Rio N, # 205 Tess de la Pena, Agent sion in Philippine law that San Diego, CA 92018 619.565.4633 the decision retroacts to the Phone: 619.851.9547 #0G48375 original date of filing, which CA License # 0G86915 in effect says that it could not be earlier. The general rule is that the decision takes effect upon its finality, so backdating it to the petition’s filing date serves as an exception The underwriting risks, financial and contractual obligations and support functions associated with products issued by American General Life and Accident Insurance to the general rule. Under the Company (AGLA) are its responsibility. American International Group does not underwrite any insurance policy referenced herein. AGLA does not solicit rule on statutory construction, business in the states of New York and Wyoming. exceptions expressed in a law © 2009 All rights reserved.

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Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at “Yes,” she answered. “My This time, he wanted to make neighborhood and the canfriends from California and I yon trail nearby. Moreover, an exception and celebrate got excited as we took piche was at the mercy of the since it was his 63rd birthday. tures. The locals were amused Denny’s offered a discounted outdoor weather unlike the with our behavior.” grand slam breakfast for only comfortable interior of a mall. Roberto then called his $4. It consisted of two layThere was another reason why eldest daughter, Helene, a ers of pancakes, two fried Roberto preferred the shopby Simeon G. Silverio Jr. fourth-grade teacher, married, eggs and one slice of bacon ping mall. There, he saw a lot and living several kilometers Read Sim Silverio’s previous articles by visiting our website at and sausage. His wife got the of people walking around and away from their San Diego same order. shopping, making the atmohome. He got the answering From there, they went to sphere festive and less boring. machine. the nearby Bonita Mall for a On his fourth and last walk “Happy birthday to me. walk. Every day after dinner, around the mall, he would Happy birthday to me,” he he walked inside the mall four say his rosary, which helped sang again. Roberto hung up times for exercise. He was eliminate the onset of boreafter finishing the song. gratedom. He walked two times on Roberto opened his eyes might turn the table on him. Next it was his third the first floor and two times and saw the sunlight piercing “How are you doing?” he daughter’s turn. Anne on the second floor. through the window of their asked his daughter. had completed For lunch, his wife bedroom. He just had a very “I am alright,” she replied. Finance and cooked bistek, or steak long sleep. Roberto looked “I have two finals today, one International marinated in soy sauce at the clock at his bedside, tomorrow, and my last one Business at and calamansi, saw the 7:30am time flash in will be on Tuesday. Then I fly Georgewhich were served scarlet red, and calculated back home for Christmas!” town five with sautéed onthat it was 10:30am in the Joan finished college seven years ions and potatoes. East Coast which was three years ago, but, as she jokingly ago, By that time, hours ahead. He felt the other told people, she had taken the worked Anne returned his side of the bed and realized “scenic route”. While her two as an call and wished that his wife had already got- sisters went straight to work investhim a happy ten up and left the room while after college - and in the case ment birthday. While he slept. Roberto picked up of the eldest, after graduate analyst taking a nap, the phone beside his bed and school – Joan spent a year in in New the phone rang, pressed the cell phone number Spain and two years in JaYork awakening him. of his second daughter Joan, pan teaching English before City for “What do you who was at Georgetown Uni- pursuing her graduate studies. three years, plan for your versity in Washington D.C., She earned a Bachelor of Arts and finally birthday?” Hetrying to receive her Masters in English and Spanish and moved to lene asked. “Can in Business Administration. decided to take up a Masters San Franwe take you out to After two rings, he heard her in Business Administration. cisco for a dinner?” answer. When Joan told them promotion. “Yes,” he replied. “Hello?” she asked. that she could not go home He sang the “Where do you want to Roberto began singing. for Thanksgiving due to her same “Happy Birthgo?” “Happy birthday to me, heavy workload, Roberto day Song” to himself “Chevy’s.” happy birthday to me.” and his wife decided not to after hearing the answering ful the Chevy’s was his favor“Dad, happy birthday!” join the rest of their clan in a machine. place was only a five minute ite Mexican restaurant. He Joan blurted. family reunion in Sacramento; Roberto then went downdrive from his house. He liked always ordered a pina colada “Happy birthday, happy rather, they flew to Washingstairs and saw his wife readwalking inside the enclosed and steak fajita with refried birthday, happy birthday to ton to join her for a week. It ing a newspaper. mall since its temperature beans and vegetable shredme!” he continued. was worth the trouble because “Happy birthday to me,” was controlled. It was neither dings topped with sour cream “I was about to call you they could enjoy each other’s he surprised her. too cold during winter nor and guacamole. Roberto and greet you with a ‘Happy company while enabling Joan “I didn’t greet you eartoo hot during the summer, particularly liked the sweet Birthday,’ but I was afraid you to attend to her studies. lier because you were still no matter the time of day or cornball served with it. might still be asleep,” Joan “How’s the weather out asleep,” she apologized. night. While Roberto used to To his surprise, the parking responded. there?” he asked. He took advantage of the walk on a treadmill at home, spaces in the area were full. It had been his practice “It’s very cold. I missed opportunity. he would get bored before It was the Christmas season to sing “Happy Birthday” to the sunny weather in San “Let’s go to Denny’s and the hour was up even with a and the shops and restaurants his wife and three daughters Diego,” she replied. “Yesterhave breakfast.” movie or TV show playing in the complex had too many at the earliest possible time day it snowed here for the first For days, he had limited in front of him. Roberto also patrons. After a few minutes, of their birthdays. Today, time.” his breakfasts to oatmeal and got bored walking around the they found a parking space in he wanted to jump the gun “That was your first snow, cheerios due to his diabetes. on them due to his fear they isn’t it?”

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January 7 - 13, 2011 front of a Baja Fresh Restaurant. A sign in front read, “For Baja Fresh customers only: Unauthorized vehicles will be towed away.” They were hesitant to take it, but they noticed that there were a lot of cars parked around the restaurant with few customers inside. It meant that the parked cars were not customers of Baja Fresh and that the restaurant tolerated the violators. Helene and her husband Dave were already seated at the table when they entered. They all gave the waitress their orders and waited, eating freshly-made chips dipped in salsa sauce. “You know what I want for my birthday?” he asked Helene. “What?” “I want you not to tell the waitress that it’s my birthday.” He didn’t want the restaurant’s waiters and waitresses to walk towards their table, holding a cupcake with lit candle on it, and singing “Happy Birthday” in a snappy tune. In short, Roberto didn’t want to be the center of attention. His family laughed and grudgingly acceded to his birthday wish. “We came from our Lamaze class today,” Helene happily announced to her parents. She was five months pregnant, and the day before, she had announced that they were going to have a baby boy. “Here’s the sonogram photo,” she handed a piece of paper to her parents. “See that thing? That’s his bird.” It took a while for the couple to conceive Roberto’s first grandchild. They were married six years ago but took their time to enjoy themselves and travel. When ready to raise a family, they planned her pregnancy.

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By the time you read this article published by the Asian Journal USA, I will be in Las Vegas, Nevada attending the International Consumer Electronic Show (CES). This is the world’s largest show where the latest and emerging technologies are launched, exhibited, demonstrated, explored, examined, and reviewed. It “represents the crossroad where technology is the thread that binds many disparate interests.” As stated in its web site the goal of CES is “to gather the “passionistas” from different high tech lifestyles to exchange ideas.” I intend to take advantage of this large gathering which I am sure would affect the lives of all living beings on earth not only presently but most especially the immediate and mediate future. I hope to collect, absorb, filter, store and organize for easy retrieval data, information, intelligence and knowledge as I have done for years when in attendance. The world’s biggest IT and electronic companies are expected to be represented except Apple, Inc. which may be absent physically but overwhelmingly present virtually. Indeed, many new products were developed and now being launched as reactions to Apple products such as the IPAD, IPHONE, IPOD TOUCH and their corresponding applications. I hope to be able draw an intelligent comparison between and among these new products. I understand that Microsoft Windows 7-based gadgets and those of Google’s Android / Droid will have a strong presence and some special surprises will be unveiled. A battle of tablets and smart phones are in the offing! “There is nothing in the intellect that is not first in the senses,” says a scholastic dictum. I expect to gain substantial knowledge which is in the intellect. That’s why I see the need to go and see, touch, smell, taste and/or hear all about these products. After the conference I expect to have gained knowledge which would be available at my finger tips. I am bringing with me my portable and mobile devices whose applications would easily allow

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me to retrieve knowledge I already have, acquire knowledge I still do not have, store and organize what I expect to procure and absorb. My hand-held business card scanner would immediately store the contact information collected. My portable hand-held scanner would immediately digitize accumulated bulky documents gathered. My MacBook Pro which also has Windows 7 and Windows XP will give me access not only to my offline data but also to the Internet through Wi Fi and

broadband connection. My sling media connection will also allow me to access all my favorite tv shows at home even though I am away. Being in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, and the fact that the Pornographers’ Convention is also held at the same time also at the Strip where I am staying, would probably redirect the attention of many of the attendees. I will exert extra effort to avoid unnecessary distractions. Aside from exploring the many exhibits, I will also attend most, if not all, of the summits. This is a

consumer show. It targets consumers from all walks of life: the kids, the moms, and the baby boomers. Many of the technologies are health, fitness and higher education related. Attendees in the summits are encouraged to participate and exchange views. New market trends or demands would most likely be created and the new products and / or technologies would hopefully create their own demand. The Mobile Applications Showdown and the Last Gadget Standing summits

would showcase some of the best among the best of both software and hardware. These are two showdowns which attendees like me would like to witness, be exposed to, and experience. Among the finalists in the Mobile Apps Showdown are: 1. 2.0, an app that aims to protect drivers from their own text-hungry fingers; 2. IDEAL Item ID, a free, open source, talking barcode reader and barcode maker that allows the visually impaired to identify things; 3. Line2, which adds a second number to your iPhone or Android phone; 4. ooVoo Multiparty Mobile Video Chat, a video chat service with both video and voice calling that can accommodate up to six people; 5. Pageonce Personal Finance, which allows you to stay atop many of your personal finance accounts and all from a single place; 6. Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, a full-featured productivity suite to view and edit; 7. Twonky Mobile, streams personal and online media from your Android phone to any Web-connected gadget or device; 8. SwiftKey, one of the smartest and swiftest predictive keyboards we’ve seen for a mobile device; 9. WebMD Mobile, which brings to the Smartphone the medical resource site’s top tools, including its Symptom Checker, a comprehensive drug, supplement and vitamin treatment database, and essential first aid information. Another one will be announced during the summit. In the Last Gadget Standing showdown, the finalists include: Acer’s Iconia twoscreen notebook; Barnes & Noble’s Nookcolor e-reader; Fujifilm’s Finepix Real 3D W3 camera; Google and Samsung’s Nexus S smartphone; Loocie’s wearable camcorder; Sifteo Cubes digital blocks; Sonomax’s Soundcage headphones; Fujitsu’s Skinniest ScanSnap Scanner; Intel’s Potent New Platform. A still undisclosed special surprise gadget will be announced at the summit. In the Digital Health Summit, I hope to see advances in diagnosing and battling of disease as well as a new generation of high-tech healthcare products and services. They are advertised as “being the catalyst for better managed healthcare, patient/ doctor communication, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time, lowered costs for health insurance, early prevention and detection, digital patient information records, medical attention over distances, and so much more.” In this field, we are expected to see the following: Telehealth Systems; Thera-

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nominated in the Best Telenovela category. 15 and bagged two special Dingdong Dantes also awards: Miss Talent and Miss received a Best Performance Expressive. Pinoy indie films at int’l by a Drama Actor nomina tion at the recently concluded film fests 15th Asian Television Awards Films that took home top honors from different interna- for his role as Cholo in the Filipino remake of hit Korean tional filmfests include Chito Roño’s “Emir” (Youssef Cha- drama “Stairway to Heaven.” hine Prize at 34th Cairo Film- Co-Kapuso talent Michael V was nominated in the Best fest), Mark Meily’s “Donor” Comedy Performance by an (Best Actress for lead Meryll Actor/Actress category. Soriano and Best Picture at ‘The Riches’ win ‘TARA the 37th Brussels International 4’ Independent Film Festival) After three seasons of and Ralston Jover’s “Bakal Filipino teams almost makBoys” (Best Film at the 16th ing it to the top, “The Riches” Lyons Asian Film Festival). Richard Hardin and Richard Adolf Alix Jr’s “Chassis” made history when it became Herrera finally outraced their opponents and finished first at the first Pinoy film to be nominated at the 25th Mar del the recently concluded “The Amazing Race Asia (TARA) Plata International Film Fes4.” tival in Argentina. Accolades The Riches arrived at the were also given by various Singapore pit stop merely film critics, including Hollywood’s “Variety” magazine, seconds ahead of Indonesian to “Chassis” lead actress Jodi father-daughter tandem Hussein and Natasha and SingaSta. Maria. porean rebel friends Claire Acclaimed independent and Michelle. film director Brillante Mendoza’s “Lola” won the Grand The Philippines has been represented on “TARA” since the Knight Award at the 27th show started airing in 2006. Miami International Film Festival, and was dubbed Best During its second season, Filipinos Marc Nelson and Film at the 8th Rome Asian Film Festival. More, Mendoza Rovilson Fernandez placed third, while Geoff Rodriguez was conferred the Visionary and Tisha Silang finished secAward at the 37th BIIFF. ond the next time. Pinoy actors nominated Other Pinoy teams who at award-giving bodies for have been part of the race TV were Aubrey Miles and Sid Luceros’ role as anJacqueline Yu, and Ernie and tagonist on the Kapamilya Jeena Lopez (season 1); Terri serye “Dahil May Isang and Henry Reed (season 2); Ikaw” earned him a Best Acand Jacinta James and Lani tor Nomination at the 38th Pillinger (season 4). International Emmy Awards. Likewise, the TV series was
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Star Cinema’s Best Picture entry is also among filmfest’s top-grossers
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goes into panic mode. But who can she turn to? If the plot looks more like a tearjerker than a riotous comedy, it is because the movie will actually elicit cheers and tears from the audience. As director Wenn Deramas said, “There is nothing funny about dying so the challenge was how to present it in a hilarious way without entirely losing the seriousness of the situation.” “We want to start the year with a family film offering

that brings loads of laughs but also hammers home a reality-based positive message about life and love for everyone,” said Kerwin Du, ABS-CBN International’s head of theatricals. “Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na ‘To) captures all of those as evidenced by the reviews, box-office reception and awards it has garnered back home. This is a good New Year gift for our kapamilya in the U.S.”

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Visit our website at doing everyday to leave a legacy, to make this world a better place than we found it. Many people live their lives giving back to their community and their fellow men. You can see these “silent heroes” in many churches of all faiths. Many service associations like the Lions Kiwanis or Rotary or religious missionaries, like Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity exemplify this Service Above Self. Cumulatively, they contribute greatly to a better world for our children and their children. Let’s all pray for them, and help them in any way we can, wherever we are! May the New Year bring us all closer to our dreams and may our plans blessed by HIM that makes even the impossible become possible!

people, (two are even a husband and wife team) as they will experience wearing those colorful prisoners’ garbs in their senior citizen years. Very by Ernie Delfin sad. (If you want to know more details, email me and I Read Ernie Delfin’s previous articles by visiting our website at will email you back the court docket numbers and/or L.A. Times stories) When we become older (hopefully wiser) we begin to realize that many things are not that important after all. Other intangible things appear Happy and Prosperous and year, like an African safari or to manifest and become more Peace New Year everyone! important, like our families a religious pilgrimage, a new It’s a brand new year, are and friends, our good health career, that you are totally you still making another set engaged and excited just pre- and balanced social and of New Year’s Resolution? spiritual life. When we see our paring for it. That is a very Many people do. children and their own childemanding formula but it is About twenty years ago, I dren playing, we are remindnot impossible to do. I have stopped making them. Instead, applied that formula for seved daily of our faded youth. daily after my personalized eral years now and it worked Even our theme songs change morning prayers, I remind from “Hey Jude” by the for me. myself that today may be the Beatles and other energetic last day of my earthly life, songs like ”Let’s Do it, Baby” *** that whatever work I do for to nostalgic songs like “Rethe day is also a form of a member When” or “The Deprayer, an offering to serve Impossible Dream” by cades my own God and my fellowFrank Sinatra. ago, men. Unconsciously, I direct At 60, my life’s true north compass our vocabudaily to a framed “RESOLU- sourclary or topics TION” (below) that hangs in of converes of my office. sations our exHow about you, as one also citement human being, or as a commetawere difmunity leader? Many of us morphoferent as seem dead at age 40 but only youngse buried at age 80! Some of us er contribute our energy (or the people lack of it) to our own clubs or tend to be more any organization, and cumu- materialistic and motivated from latively that degree of posicareer paths to our kids by many physical attributes. tive (negative) energy sipped To be young means you feel education and now what into our own clubs and soon healthy maintenance pills we invincible. Trappings of it contaminates others and are taking! At 65, we feel worldly success such as new then our club declines and for car, a bigger home, yachts, so guilty not at home at 7:00 some weaker clubs they even expensive vacations, excite pm whereas at 21, we were die from man-made causes of many people. After 60, those just preparing to leave home death. at 7 :00 pm to hang out with “things” appear less imporI am glad and have been tant. I think I now understand friends. Our life’s paradigm blest that on my own way to why. But there are still many and the same world seem heaven here on earth I have people, however, who grew different with another eyemet many interesting, lively, glasses that offer us another older but never matured nor inspiring individuals who perspectives. And with that have become wiser. Bereft have contaminated me with change, we relive what our of spirituality or a sense of their vigor, spirit and love for ethics and morality, they were own parents often told us life. One man I admire and “Wait till you become a parcaught in their own cobwebs respect is one who was not ent yourself”. For some of of false pride and materialdegreed (no college diploma) ism, wearing their invisible us, that is now being relieved but quite educated about life by our own children who do masks daily pretending that and living, who told me early they were super rich to be a not yet understand our own on, here in America, that able to buy their way out ev- parental “wisdom”. education happens every day, erytime. For instance, lately Ah, life is indeed a mystery even outside the classroom. to be lived, and not a probI knew a few educated people, The secret to success and M.D.’s at that, in their sixties lem to be solved…. That is fulfillment he shared with me and seventies who were still the way it was, the way it is is to be forever curious and trying to prove to themselves and the way it will be. Life excited all the time, like a simply is. that they were invincible by toddler with a new toy, and When you are gone, the trying to out-smart the USA’s become truly passionate with Medicare system and conworld will continue as if you a new cause and/or being never lived on this planet… tinued to bilk the system via engaged in noble projects unless you are truly missed fraudulent Medicare billings. that also benefit others aside But lo and behold, they were by those whom you have from one self. There should finally caught and finally been touched. And that is one area be a great project year after that true Servant Leaders are convicted. I really pity these

The Metamorphosis

Navigating between two cultures: Mexican and Filipino

January 7 - 13, 2011

Some reflections as we grow older for the New Year

I have children, I imagine that they will also be cultural alienists. My significant other is Lebanese American (born overseas, raised in the U.S.). He is mostly a cultural negotiator but at times can be an alienist. His parents still practice many traditions including religion, food, language, and media. He, however, speaks perfect English, enjoys popular music and football. If we In my office, the dominant end up starting a family, I will ethnicity is Caucasian, and be happy for my children, bethen Mexican. There are only cause they will have an Arab three other Asians in our oflast name, and most likely will fice. I am one of them. Being not have the Spanish language that the Mexican population barrier that I was privy to. is so plentiful at work; my I also believe that since I bicultural issues only seem lived in California, and even to revolve around that culNow here is : more specifically San Diego ture. However, I believe that or Chula Vista, this made me my next point could relate to even more tied to my culRESOLUTIONS both. Even though both of my tures. Since there is a high parents grew up with strong population of Mexicans and Catholic influences in their Filipinos in the area, I did By Lloyd Shearer lives, we did not keep it as a end up having many friends that were full Mexican or No one will ever get out of staple in our household. My brothers, sister and I were Filipino. Oddly enough, I did this world alive. all baptized, and I received a not have many friends that Resolve therefore to First Holy Communion, but were bicultural. Having these maintain a reasonable sense of we did not continue with our friends opened the door to values. religious education. After my many things I may not have Take care of yourself. brother (the second oldest) experienced otherwise. For Good health is everyone’s was diagnosed with autism in example, I did attend a few major source of wealth. 1989, my family has experiQuinceneras and Debuts and Without it, happiness is enced many harsh experiences weddings which have very almost impossible. with public outings. This specific cultural traditions. Resolve to be cheerful & included church. My lack of helpful. People will repay you religious practice never both- There are also an abundance of Mexican and Filipino shops in kind. ered me, until I started workor eateries in this area, which Avoid angry, abrasive ing in an office with predomi- make me somewhat more persons. They are generally nant Mexican and Caucasian knowledgeable in these two vengeful. employees. On Ash Wednes- cultures. Avoid zealots. They are day, I am usually the only ethI believe that I will congenerally humorless. nic person at the office withtinue to remain a cultural Resolve to listen more & to out ash on my forehead. This alienist. I do plan to attempt talk less. wouldn’t bother me so much to keep the popular dishes No one ever learns anyif I didn’t get so many inquifrom either culture in my thing by talking. ries as to why. Or if I didn’t family, but otherwise I do Be chary of giving advice. get the assumptions, “Aren’t not have much else to offer Wise men don’t need it and you Catholic?” I notice that I culture-wise. That does make fools won’t heed it. will get asked this, while my me disappointed, however, Caucasian coworker that sits Resolve to be tender with I’m not sure if I will ever gain next to me is not questioned. the young, compassionate the time or drive to attempt to with the aged, sympathetic learn more traditions or keep FILIPINO SIDE: Even with the striving & tolerant of them in my life. I am actually though most of my bicultural the weak and strong. Somevery content being a cultural time in life you will have been issues revolve around being alienist. Mexican, I have been asked if all of these. *** Do not equate money with I spoke Tagalog, although not Jeannette Rascon is a as often as I get asked about success. student at San Diego State There are many successful speaking Spanish. However, University. She is a student money-makers who are miser- I did have the same tie, if not of Dr. Dirige in Asian Studies able failures as human beings. stronger tie to my Filipino 310, “Contemporary Issues side, when it came to food. in Asian American CommuniEven though my Filipino ties” this Fall 2010. What counts most about grandparents did not teach success is how a person their children much about the *** achieves it. Filipino culture, and therefore my generation lacked that FREE PHYSICAL ---knowledge as well, they did ACTIVITY WORKSHOP make sure that we still had FOR SENIORS The end the popular Filipino dishes at STRETCHING, AEROBIC family gatherings. We were ACTIVITY AND very much aware of lumpia, STRENGTH TRAINING pancit, chicken adobo, and (SAS) fried rice. They were always staples at all family gatherAs people age, their parings, even at Thanksgiving ticipation in physical activity and Christmas, which usually declines and that is not good have a very specific menu in to their health and well bethe United States. ing. It is important for seniors to be active and to maintain Unfortunately I can some- their SAS. This workshop is times forget that I am half to show seniors how to move Filipino. When I feel that way safely and effectively and give I turn to what I consider the trainers the basics on how to “backbones” of my heritage: get seniors up and moving in my grandparents, their food a safe and effective way. and their love of music. It KCS, in conjunction with didn’t dawn on me until just a Champions for Change, Nutriyear ago that my love for mu- tion Network for a Healthy sic and performing arts must California, will be conducting have come from my Filipino this workshop led by Larissa grandparents. At my FiliJohnson, Physical Activity pino grandfather’s funeral we Coordinator. played the entire soundtrack Raffle prizes, recipe books, from The Sound of Music, one handouts, pedometers and of his favorite films. I always other give a-ways will be knew that Filipinos were very available. Free continental involved with the performing breakfast and light lunch. arts, but I never considered Date: January 13, 2011 myself Filipino, therefore Time: 9 AM to 11 AM never made the connection. Place: FilAm Wellness Once I made this conclusion, Center, 1419 East 8th St, NaI felt like I had another tie to tional City my background. Some might 91950 call it a stereotype, but I conIf interested, please sign up sider it a revelation, and a part by calling Demy Din or Dr. of myself that is true Filipino. Dirige at (619) 477-3392. Please call to make reserCONCLUSION: When vations. speaking people in our office, our Mexican counterparts are required to speak English. There have been some periods in my time with this company where a Mexican counterpart has been completely floored at the fact that I don’t speak fluent Spanish, but I have no problem letting them know that I am not fluent.

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Spiritual Life
Lower Your Nets
by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez
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From Antique to America: Memoirs of a Filipino American Doctor Speaker of the House of Delegates
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by Virginia H. Ferrer
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When Jesus makes God smile
Joke of the week: In a certain parish it was the practice to give instructions to the parents and sponsors, and also the custom to invite relatives and friends to a buffet luncheon afterward. Just before the ceremony, the priest asked the daddy of the baby, “Baptism is a serious step. Are you prepared for it?” “I think so,” answered the daddy, “my wife has a couple platters of finger food, plenty of cookies and cake ...” “I don’t mean that,” interjected the padre. “I mean, are you prepared spiritually?” “Oh sure, padre,” exclaimed the father of the baby, “I’ve got a case of beer, a gallon of wine, and a case of whiskey. Don’t you think that will be enough?” Scripture: First Reading: Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7. The identity of the servant has not been rightly established. Some think of him as representing the nation of Israel. Still others believe that he is an individual person, a prophet, a king, or a messiah. Second Reading: Acts 10: 34-38. In the Mediterranean world of Jesus it is customary to introduce a person to the community through some kind of ritual. At his baptism, Jesus has been empowered by the Spirit to begin his mission of healing and transformation. Gospel: Matthew 3: 13-17. Jesus’ baptism by John is not for the forgiveness of sins, because he is sinless. His baptism is for the purpose of fulfilling “all righteousness;” his baptism is done as part of God’s plan that is accomplished in Jesus Christ. Reflections: This Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus. The Christmastide ends on Monday after the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, which signifies the purification of the world, through Christ himself. In the Mediterranean culture, water is used as a ritual purification before someone assumes a role in a community or takes part in a religious ceremony. Jesus’ first step into the water of the River Jordan was a first step into his mission. This mission that would culminate on the cross reveals also who Jesus Christ is: he is the beloved Son with whom God his Father is well pleased. This identity is the pivotal point of everything that Jesus will undergo in his ministry, death, and resurrection. The identity and mission of Jesus are inseparable. He is the beloved Son with whom God is well pleased, because he obediently fulfills his mission. He accomplishes his mission in full obedience to his Father even to the point of death, because he is God’s beloved Son. Even though he has no need to repent, because he is without sin, yet Jesus went to John to be baptized. By accepting the baptism of repentance from John Jesus is completely identifying himself with us, even to the point of dying for own sinfulness. Sinless, yet on the day of his baptism he publicly assumed our sins. However, Jesus does not only redeem us from sins, he wants us also to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, who descended upon him at baptism. Jesus wants our lives to be transformed into his likeness. Jesus wants us to be fully true to our identity as God’s sons and daughters. True to his identity as the beloved and obedient Son, Jesus pleases his Father. God the Father is happy with Jesus who makes him smile. Happiness makes us smile. Happiness gladdens the heart. We too can make God happy and smile when we live as his sons and daughters. Someone said that most of the times we are pleased with God because he bestows us with manifold blessings. On the other hand, is God pleased with us? That is a question we all have to honestly answer. Quotation of the week: “The day when a person is baptized is more important than the day when a person is ordained priest and bishop.” Raymond E. Brown.

branch of governance in the APPA. In the last 3 months, you have received two issues of this medium of communications-solely to disseminate the actions and agenda, to provide information onto HODs current activities and future agenda in planning. It is also intended to encourage responses from members of the HOD to get more of the budding leaders to share and participate. I am very glad to say that there have been many good comments and complements about the newsletter. 4th. We worked hard to finalize the mechanics of the general elections under the chairmanship of the delegate from California, Dr. Amable Aguiluz. The implementation of the general elections will be finally decided in this morning’s meeting of the House. We invite you for your input. 5th. We are continuing house cleaning process as regards to the ratified amendments to the constitution and Bylaws. The proposed amendments that were not deliberated in the July HOD session are going to be discussed whenever a legal quorum is established; likewise, additional proposed amendments submitted by the constitution and Bylaws committee will be also deliberated in this meetings. There are also proposed amendments to the House Rules streaming the credentialing procedure – the perennial problem area and Dr. Grace Rabadam, chairperson of the Credentials committee, is introducing this. As you may all know, the terminology and position of the Electoral College is now history. The ratification of the general election for the officers of the council and the amendments in the impeachment procedures has impacted the functions of the Electoral College. Our chairman of the constitution and Bylaws committee, Dr. D.S. June Paraguya, who by the way have done a tremendous job, have discussed this subject in his letter mailed to you an it shall be addressed here today in the House assembly. Many things are yet to be done. Our time is limited. I wish to thank those delegates who wrote letters to the speaker and expressed their concerns and suggestions about this organization. I assure you that I will continue to seek and listen to your views. I must tell you that there was an

initial vacuum of communication between your speaker and the President. My letters were never answered. I underscores the need for an open and on-going dialogue and interconsultations and conjoined cooperative efforts between these two senior officers of this bicameral organization as regards to APPA activities in general. I firmly believe that although the HOD is a legislative body and by definition makes policies and laws for this organization, does not preclude the HOD to be informed, consulted and particularly actively participate in our major activities in this organization. It is discouraging to note that the HOD officers were excluded from the organizing committee of the Manila APPA/PMA congress. You will notice them in the flier mailed to you. I have discussed this matter with the president. We all agree, ladies and gentlemen that the convention in Manila is that of APPA; it is neither the council alone nor one person. The senior officers of the HOD strongly protest this omission. We wanted to make this convention a success. Minor as this omission may be, inadvertent or not – is certainly perceived as counter productive, divisive. Blatantly partisan and sends a wrong signal to the component societies whose members represent them in the HOD. If this was a practice in the past, we must stop it and not let anyone propagate this flawed practices in this organization. Like I said before, we must support the goals and objectives of any administration that is in conformity with the Bylaws. I must appeal to you once more and let me repeat the statement of the APPA we should work together despite our political philosophical and personal differences because

Ang Dalangin Ko Para sa Iyo
Idinadalangin ko na sana ay ang makita lamang niyang iyong mga mata ay ang tunay na kagandahan sa tuwi-tuwina maipadama mong lubusan tunay na pagmamahal sa lahat, ngayon at bukas at magpakailanman ang pasasalamat ay manaig sa puso mo sa diwa at sa lahat ng gawa, saan pa mang dako sa mga kabutihan mo sana’y maraming mahawa at sana ay dumami pa ang tulad mong nilikha ang mga ngiti mo’y makapawi ng kalungkutan ng mga nasa paligid mo na abang nilalang ang kalooban mo na laging masaya’t magaan ay makikita ko din sa ‘yong mga kaibigan ang mga salita mo sa tuwina’y laging magiliw at maging ang mga kilos mo ay nakakaaliw ang buod ng lahat ng iyong pagkakawanggawa ay dalisay na pakikiramay sa iyong kapwa ang mga butil ng pagpapatawad ay makahanap ng matabang lupa para dito ay mamulaklak ay maaantig mo ang puso ng malapit sa iyo at maging sino pa man na nasa malayong dako. (may karugtong) ©2010 Virginia H. Ferrer. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Filipino Language Teacher at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

without unity our strength is divided” very appropriately stated. This organization will survive the test of time if only we practice what we preach rather than practice contrary to what we say. Once again, I implore upon you, leaders, to stop this hardball politics, stop this nonsense partisanship and factionalism. It must simply stop period!! I hope that both bodies in our bicameral structure will be working in tandem in many of our important activities, remove duplications o efforts, work side by side and consolidate our forces with proper division of labor, however maintaining defined responsibilities and duties. Let me say

this to the HOD, let us make sure that the Manila congress be a success, however, we can not afford another red mark in our finances. I will be in Manila joining the medical missions of PMA San Diego to the province of Bicol. Having said all these, I will now comment on the current state of affairs of our financial condition. (To be Continued) To order this book, “From Antique to America: Memoirs of a Filipino American Doctor”, call (619) 474-0588.

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January 7 - 13, 2011

Bill’s Corner
by Bill Labestre, MBA
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Another year has passed and we’re still here trying to enjoy the rest of our lives. It’s time to figure out what we’re going to do this year. It’s always nice to think on the positive side and get our priorities straight. We may never forget the past but, we can learn from it. We can stop worrying too much about the future. We’ll do our best at the present time. If you’re still trying to get your home loans modified and

A New Perspective

seemed to go nowhere, get a second opinion. Maybe your house is not worth keeping at all. Consult professionals for the best option. I can’t blame you for falling in love with that dream house. Maybe it’s hard to swallow your pride but, is any house worth dying for? During the last two years, not too many homeowners were able to get their loans modified at favorable terms. If you have not paid your

home mortgage for months or even years and still residing in it, don’t expect a miracle to happen. You should have saved all that payment money and be ready for eviction any time. Act responsibly and do what you need to do and move on. Other people are tired of listening to all the sad stories. Nobody was forced to buy an overpriced home or take an equity loan. All of us have suffered enough for the stupid decisions made by some. We can stop playing victims and help our government revive the economy. Think of what you can do for your government and not just the benefits you can collect. If you can’t find a new job, maybe it’s time to try selfemployment. Turn skills into a business. We can start a new year with a new attitude towards life. Stop procrastinating and get things done soon if not right away. Make a list of things to accomplish and get on it. You can have a family meeting and solicit inputs or suggestions. Schedule fun days too for the entire family. If you can afford it, max out your deferred contribution at work. If not available, open an IRA account. Selfemployed people need to save for their retirement too. Time is your friend when saving money. Other times you have to use common sense. Try to pay off your high interest credit card loans first, before investing money earning low interest. Then live within your means. Look inside your house and check drawers and closets. You may find how much stuff you have collected all these years. Some of these items will never be used again and collecting dust or taking up spaces. You can always donate them, sell them or send them to your needy relatives. Your car garage is not for storage of junks while your expensive cars are parked outside. You may also have to get rid of the unused old cars since you will never have time

Letters to the Editor
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Sim: I read your New Year’s article a few minutes ago, as I have not been out of the house on New Year’s Eve for about 25 years or so. Enjoyed your story especially about the early years. Hopefully you will remain in good health to share the holidays with your grandchildren when you are 90 years old. Even if you are not, your stories will still be there and your stories are good as openers when yourt grandchildren ask their mothers about their holidays; theoretically your stories will still be available for your great-great gandchildren to read, while for most of us, we will just be a name, with dates of birth and death with little more. Have a happy and healthful New Year. Richard Jensen San Diego, California are required to take 2010 required minimum distributions from IRAs before Jan. 1, 2011. This requirement was suspended in 2009 but for 2010 they must be taken. Consider a Roth IRA Conversion – Taxpayers may convert other IRAs to a Roth IRA in 2010 regardless of their income. Those who convert before Dec. 31, get two choices to pay the taxes due from the conversion: Pay in entirety when filing their tax year 2010 return next year, or divide income from the conversion between 2011 and 2012. Gift Giving – Taxpayers can give a gift worth as much as $13,000 in cash or property in 2010 to another person without having to file a gift tax return. Gifts to individuals are not deductible. Save Receipts and Paperwork –Accurate recordkeeping is a must and also provides a good reminder. For more year-end tax information and to access all IRS forms and publications, visit the IRS website at

Time Running Short for 2010 Tax Moves
SAN DIEGO — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers they have about two weeks left to make their final financial moves for the 2010 tax year. Taxpayers may find tax planning done now may well save time, and money, later. Several key points to consider: · Charitable Contributions – Make 2010 deductible charitable contributions no later than Dec. 31. If the taxpayer’s goal is a legitimate tax deduction, give to a qualified public charity and keep a paper trail. Clothing and household items must generally be in good used condition or better to be deductible. Donations charged to a credit card by Dec. 31 are deductible for 2010 even if the bill is paid in 2011. Taxpayers must be itemizing deductions on a Schedule A in order to benefit. · Winterize Now, Save on Taxes Later – The Energy Tax Credit provisions from the 2009 Recovery Act are set to expire at year’s end. Two credits provide tax incentives for individuals to invest in energyefficient products. Up to $1,500 can be claimed in 2010 for qualified home improvements such as adding insulation, energy efficient exterior windows and energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems. Also, taxpayers can take a tax credit equal to 30 percent of the cost for qualified residential alternative energy equipment, such as solar hot water heaters, geothermal heat pumps and wind turbines. Sell the Losers – Check investments and consider a portfolio adjustment. Up to $3,000 can be deducted in capital losses each year. Retirement Account Contributions– The maximum 2010 IRA contribution is $5,000 ($6,000 if age 50 or over). Eligible taxpayers can also take a tax deduction for making an IRA contribution. The Retirement Savings Contribution Credit or “Saver’s Credit” is also available to taxpayers who contribute to a retirement plan and whose income is generally less than $55,500. This under-the-radar tax credit may be worth up to $2,000 for eligible taxpayers. Required Minimum Distributions –. Taxpayers 70.5 or older

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Page 17 one of the shows for which the hotel is famous. “We have the best entertainers from New York, Hollywood, and Las Vegas perform here,” the Manager says. “But we didn’t go to any of those shows,” I said. “Well, we have them, and you could have,” the Manager replied. No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, I replied, “But we didn’t use it!” The Manager is unmoved, and eventually I gave up and agreed to pay. I wrote a check and gave it to the Manager. The Manager is surprised when he looks at the cheque. But sir, this cheque is only made out for $50.00.” ‘’That’s correct. I charged you $300.00 for sleeping with my wife,” I replied. “But I didn’t!” exclaims the Manager. I said, “Well, too bad, she was here, and you could have.” Don’t mess with Senior Citizens

two sisters, he was the only one without a son. This was not a problem since he had really wanted girls over boys and was more than happy for his daughters. Still, it meant that the name of his father by Zena Sultana Babao would not be passed on to the third generation of his family. Read Zena Babao’s previous articles by visiting our website at Having a grandchild named “Roberto” would mean that it would at least appear on the fourth generation. “On second thought, I think I still prefer the name I love poetry! Poems Khayyam: ‘Elliot’,” his daughter abrupthave a certain magic to it! Oh threats of hell and ly decided. The rhyme and rhythm lulls hopes of paradise, “Okay then,” Dave agreed. my senses and takes me into One thing is certain – this “Elliot it is.” an incredible journey of the life flies, The sudden decision imagination. Poems are muOne thing is certain, and doused water on Roberto’s sic for my soul! the rest is lies, aspirations. He picked a piece The haunting melody of The flower than once has of chip and put it in his mouth poems brightens my days as bloomed forever dies. as their food arrived. it fills the inner reaches of my “How’s your birthday, mind. It calms me as it ener“Elegy Written in a Coun- Dad?” Helene asked him after gizes me, and translates my try Churchyard” by Thomas they were done eating. emotion into motion! Gray: “It’s the happiest birthday Allow me to share with Full many a gem of purest I’ve ever had.” you ten stanzas of ten of my ray serene, Helene rolled her eyes and favorite poems that all of us The dark unfathom’d caves laughed, knowing fully well it poetry lovers have known of ocean bear: was his standard answer every through the years: Full many a flower is born time he was asked the question. to blush unseen, Roberto looked at his “Auguries of Innocence” And waste its sweetness on family around him and sinby William Blake: the desert air. cerely believed that with all To see the world in a grain the blessings he had been of sand, “Crossing the Bar” by bestowed in life, his latest And Heaven in a wildAlfred Tennyson: birthday was a bonus – and is flower, For tho’ from out of Time always the happiest ever. - AJ Hold Infinity in the palm of and Place, your hand, The flood may bear me far,

Light & Shadows

Laughing Matter
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Music for My Soul

Next time you think your hotel bill is too high, you might want to consider this: My wife and I are traveling by car from Point A to Point B . Being seniors, after almost eleven hours on the road, we were too tired to continue, and decided to take a room. But, we only planned to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road. When we checked out four hours later, the desk clerk handed us a bill for $350.00. I exploded and demanded to know why the charge was so high. I told the clerk although it’s a nice hotel, the rooms certainly aren’t worth $350.00 for four hours. Then the clerk tells me that

The Hotel Bill

$350.00 is the ‘standard rate’. I insisted on speaking to the Manager. The Manager appears, listens to me, and then explains that the hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center that

said. ‘’Well, they are here, and you could have,” explained the Manager. He went on to explain that we could also have taken in

were available for us to use. ‘But we didn’t use them,” I

I hope to see my Pilot face to face, When I have crossed the “The Night has a Thousand Eyes” by Francis Bourdillon: bar. The night has a thousand “The Prophet” by Kahlil eyes, and the day but one, Gibran: Yet the light of the bright Love one another but not world dies, with the dying sun. make a bond of love, The mind has a thousand Let it rather be a moving eyes, and the heart but one, sea between the shores of Yet the light of the whole your soul, life dies, when love is gone. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping, “The New Colossus” For only the hand of Life by Emma Lazarus: can contain your hearts. Give me your tired, your poor, “One Solitary Life” by an Your huddled masses Unknown Author: yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of Nineteen centuries have come and gone your teeming shore. And today He is still the Send these, the homeless, centerpiece tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the Of the whole human race And the Supreme Example Golden Door. of Love. “Invictus” by William “A Psalm of Life” by HenHenley: It matters not how straight ry Wadsworth Longfellow: Lives of great men all the gate, How charged with punish- remind us We can make our lives ments the scroll, I am the Master of my Fate sublime, And, departing leave beI am the Captain of my hind us Soul. Footprints on the sands of time.” “The Rubaiyat” by Omar

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“What are you going to name him?” Roberto asked. “We haven’t decided yet as we could not agree. I wanted ‘Elliot’ but Dave wanted ‘Aristeo’. We also have other names in mind.” Roberto quietly listened to the conversations as he sipped his drink. “Why don’t we name him

‘Roberto’ after my dad?” Helene suddenly asked her husband. “I like it,” Dave replied. “But it’s too long.” “We can shorten it to ‘Robert’,” she replied. Suddenly, various thoughts crossed Roberto’s mind. He was a junior, being named after his father; however, among his four other brothers and

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Ran Ran Shaw. When she arrived in Hongkong, Lucita and her mom were treated like royalties. She was featured in this movie because of her knowledge in karate. Her leading man in that movie was Charlie Davao, who was, by then, also making a name for himself in action movies. She went to the US in 2000, but had several stints here again, doing major roles in television show operas. For three years, she did “Valiente” with Michael de Mesa. In 2003, she appeared in “Pangako sa ‘Yo” with Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales. Lucita spent over 50 years in

January 7 - 13, 2011

The Filipino Stars of Yesteryears
by Dr. Romy R. Protacio
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Movie fans of Lucita Soriano may not believe me when they read this chapter on Lucita’s life now. The former character actress and sexy bomb shell icon in the Philippine movie industry is now a church Pastor! Really? How did that happen? Let us turn the hands of time and look back at the memories of Lucita Soriano’s life as a movie actress before she joined the ecclesiastical world. Lucita Soriano was born in Taguig Rizal and spent her early years in Pateros, Rizal. Her father, the late Eugenio Adriano was originally from Taguig, Rizal. Her mother is Elvira Jamon Soriano. Lucita has her roots from Bicol and Iloilo. Lucita’s mom is still very much alive at the age of 91. Lucita spent her elementary years in Taguig and then completed her high school at the Rizal High School. According to Lucita, Rizal High is now a university in Pasig and enjoys the honor of being the world’s largest university, according to the Guinness Book of World Records! She studied at the University of the East and tried to earn a college degree, but as was typical of the lives of many movie

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stars back then, her busy shooting schedule prevented her from finishing her college years. Her first movie contract was with Premier Productions, who was then headed by the film company’s matriarch, Dona Adela vda de Santiago. Dona Adela told Lucita to keep her real name, in honor of a movie actress back then named Lucita Goyena. It must have been a good decision, for her name stuck in moviegoers’ minds and soon, Lucita Soriano was on her way to stardom. Movie Career It was always Lucita’s dream to become a movie star. She remembers cutting classes with some of her classmates in order to go to the movie studios. Together with her classmates, they would hire a jeep to visit LVN Studio, Sampaguita Studio and Premier Production, in the hope of meeting their favorite movie stars. Although all of the girls she would go with to these studios dreamt about being in the limelight, it was only Lucita who got selected for a bit player role. She had a movie with Romeo Vasquez in “Lover Boy.” Romeo Vasquez was a playboy in the movie and Lucita was one of the many women in his life. Lucita recalls the funny shooting incident that would eventually lead to success in her movie career. In the movie, “Lover Boy,” there was one scene where they were required to jump into the swimming pool. When asked if they knew how to swim, the bit players said they all did. When they jumped into the pool, only a few of them surfaced. The director was so upset because it was quite obvious that the bit players were so determined to get into the movie that they would even lie just to get the part. “That was an experience I enjoyed because even though we

three finalists --- the first was Mina Aragon (of the Salvador clan), she ranked second, and the third place went to Juliet Pardo. It was a dream come true for Lucita! Premier Production signed her in for her first picture! She was no longer out sitting in the background waiting for her favorite movie star to appear after a long day of shoots. She is the movie star! One picture led to another and Lucita became a hot item in the movie industry. Lucita was no ordinary movie star. She worked hard to improve her craft, painstakingly learning whatever the role demanded, even Charles & Lucita before horseback riding and karate! In the movie, “God Smiled at they were married Me” starring Nora Aunor and Tirso lied, I became an actor,” Lucita Cruz III, she won the Best Supportsaid. “I was so thrilled when I saw ing Actress award. In 1965, she my name in the credits!” did “Pasko ng Limang Magdalena” Lucita’s big break in the movies with Divina Valencia, Daisy Rocame when she auditioned for the mualdez, Ruby Regala and Miriam movie “I Believe.” She read in Jurado. The male counterparts were the news magazine that Premiere Robert Campos, Eddie Garcia, Max Production was about to produce Alvarado, and Rod Navarro. this movie and was out looking for In 1967, Lucita did “Ako … Laa leading lady. Her aunt suggested ban sa Lipunan.” The controversial that she sends her picture. Lucita movie was about the tragic incident looked for her prettiest picture and in the life of Lucila Lalu. It was mailed it to the studio. In a few not an easy decision for Lucita to days, she received a letter from accept the role of Lucila in “Ako, Premier Production, asking her to Laban sa Lipunan.” Her friends report to their offices in Caloocan. were worried about her own safety. She remembers how she had Lucita herself was worried. After cold feet, after seeing there were so many sleepless nights, Lucita thousands aspiring for the role. Of finally accepted to do the role. She the thousand applicants, she was did the movie with Boy Garcia and the one chosen for the screen test. Etang Discher with Artemio MarIgnoring the instructions from the quez directing the movie. studio that they are allowed to read As a bread winner of the famthe lines from the script during ily, Lucita accepted any role that the screen test, she memorized would be offered to her. “Nung her lines. Lucita believes that panahon ng action picture na, lahat memorizing the lines helped her kinakaya ko, kasi gusto ko maramget selected. She was one of the ing pelikula dahil ako ang bread winner sa pamilya,” Lucita said. When her contract with Premier Production ended, she became a free lancer. “Duon na nauso yung mga sexy, sexy movies, mga bikini. Ang mga sikat nuon si Stella Suarez at Divina Valencia,” Lucita continues. “Ako ang pangatlo kaya may kanta nuon, “Divina Valencia, Stella Suarez nag-boborles. Lucita Soriano … (she cannot remember the continuing lines). “Ako naman hindi ako pwedeng maghubad, magagalit ang nanay at lola ko. Pa-bikini, bikini lamang ako. Kasi nga, tinatanggap ko lahat ang role dahil ako ang bread winner.” Lucita remembers with fond memories her trip to Hongkong to do the movie “The Lady with an Iron Fist” under the production of Lucita in 2005.

Lucita & Charles -- the happy couple.
Her Love Life Lucita told me that when she was young, she promised to herself that she would never fall in love with a movie star. But promises are made to be broken. When Lucita was paired with Rodolfo “Boy” Garcia in a movie, he fell in love with Lucita. Marissa Delgado was the bridge between the two of them. “Mapagmahal si Boy,” Lucita said. “Wala siyang bisyo kundi manigarilyo,” she added. Like many movie stars, Lucita lived a complicated love life. For many years, she lived with Rodolfo “Boy” Garcia as his partner in reel and real life. The two were blessed with two sons, Garry Boy Garcia and Marco Polo Garcia. As was common with showbiz couples, their lives together was quite stormy and ended in separation for a while. Their love life ended up in a court battle over child

Lucita in the 50’s
the entertainment industry. She delights in reminiscing, although she could not really remember all the titles of the movies she made. Although we did not talk about it, I remember very well that Lucita was figured in a hair-pulling spectacle with Stella Suarez. The incident ended up with a deep cut on Lucita’s face inflicted by Stella with a broken bottle. It was an ugly incident between Lucita and Stella that ended up in a law suit and counter law suits. Both believed that the other one started the fight. As reported in the newspapers and tabloids, the incident started with “dagger-eyes” look in a movie set, progressed into a bitter exchange of dirty language and finally claws and kicks which resulted into body injuries. There were contusions and bruises that each protagonist suffered. Although I did not verify from Lucita if she’s now in speaking terms with Stella Suarez, I am confident that Lucita has found in her heart to forgive and forget. She is a born again Christian whom I am sure has let bygones be bygones.

custody. Unfortunately, Lucita lost. Losing the court battle over child custody changed her heart and she decided to give her relationship with Boy another try, for the sake of their children. True to their vows of “till death do us part,” Boy passed away in the arms of Lucita on July 17, 1997. Her son, Gary Boy Garcia, is based in the United States and works as a network programmer. Marco Polo Garcia stayed in the Philippine. He inherited the acting talents of his parents and became a regular in the TV program “That’s

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Most common Pinoy medical myths!
Are “pasma” and “bangungot”, myths or facts? In a sense, just like superstition, Pinoys medical beliefs are again based on myths not facts. We are now on a jet age, 2011, perhaps, some are doing changes in their lifestyle, by virtue of the so-called “New Years resolution,” but not much on beliefs handed to us by our elders, including those highly educated, except maybe those medical professionals, who can shed light on these beliefs. When I was a boy my Mom would always tell me,”Don’t wash your hands right after doing something, especially in sports, you will get “pasma.” “Pasma”, is only a Pinoy folk illness, which I believe has no English medical translation. It is not even recognized by contemporary and alternative medicines. This is only a term used by Pinoys to describe how muscles react to a sudden change of temperature, just like how my Mom dry me up with my perspiration after playing before giving me a shower or letting me go out under the heat of the sun (hotcold and vice versa). A Physcal Therapist I talked about this condition, agreed to Medical experts explanation that hand tremors, numbness, pain and excessive sweating associated with a so-called “pasma”can also be individually found in all sorts of illnesses like diabetes mellitus, thyroid dysfunctions, neurologic problems, and even hand overuse and sometimes may be caused by hand tiredness, which means psychological. My Lola always tell me, “Don’t go to bed right away after a meal, you’ll have “bangungot.” “Bangungot” is not only a very common belief by Pinoys but most Asians, too. Medical experts again explain that big meals may make one feel dizzy and sleepy due to the decrease in the blood supply going to the brain more blood is diverted to the busy gastro-intestinal system that is loaded with food). A good example is snake, who always fall asleep right after a big meal. This condition may not necessarily end in death but there is a real fear that it might be fatal. Those who experienced “bangungot” usually describe it as being trapped in their nightmare, and that although they were already conscious, they cannot move. There may be other medical conditions that may cause one to die during their sleep, like sleep apnea and other undetected diagnoses. So the next time you have a big meal, don’t lie down immediately. It’s better to walk in a slow pace in your living room or just move around while digestion is taking place. More common Pinoy medical myths are coming your way next issue, but let me remind you, that we always believe, Mom knows best and Mom copied some practical know-how from Grandma, that’s why all Moms always change out wet clothes into dry ones from babies to prevent them from getting sick. Myths or facts, these common beliefs will still be practiced by Pinoys.

fied elsewhere in the CSPA. First, there was no available category to which the beneficiary’s petition could convert because no category exists for the niece of a United States citizen. Moreover, the secondpreference petition filed on behalf of the beneficiary cannot retain the priority date from the fourth-preference petition filed by her aunt because the second-petition has been filed by her father, a new petitioner. Absent clear (Continued from page 7) legislative intent to create an clause of the CSPA. In that open-ended grandfathering case, a U.S. citizen sister of priority dates that allow filed an immigrant visa petiderivative beneficiaries to tion for her brother and his wife and daughter in China in retain an earlier priority date set in the context of a different 1992. By the time the parents became green card holds relationship, to be used at any time, which we do not find in in 2005, the daughter had the history of the CSPA, we aged out because she was 22 years old. In 2006, her father decline to apply the automatic conversion and priority date submitted a F2B visa petition on her behalf. In a cover retention provisions of section 203(h) beyond their current letter sent with the visa petibounds.” tion, Wang requested that his Using Wang’s BIA ruling daughter be assigned a priority in Abby’s case, Maria has to date of December 1992, which repetition Abby under the F2b was the priority date given category. This means that deto the fourth-preference visa petition that had been filed on spite Maria and Abby having waited in line for more than his behalf by his sister. The director approved the second- 20 years to get their green cards, they will be forced to preference visa petition on March 25, 2008, but she gave endure 11 years of separation it a priority date of September from each other before Abby could get her own green card. 2006, which is the date the If Abby gets married before visa petition was filed. In her Maria becomes a U.S. citizen, decision, the director noted the petition will automatically that the regulations allows for retention of a priority date be terminated or revoked. Currently, there are at least solely with regard to derivaseven lawsuits in Federal tive beneficiaries of a secondCourt challenging the governpreference visa petition, not to derivative beneficiaries of a ment’s restrictive interpretation of the “automatic converfourth-preference visa petition. As the 1992 visa petition sion” clause of CSPA. In one of these lawsuits, Costelo v. was a fourth-preference petiChertoff, a Federal Judge of tion, the director concluded the Central District of Califorthat the second-preference petition filed by the petitioner nia has certified a nationwide class of petitioners of familyin 2006 could not retain the based visa petitions for their more favorable priority date sons and daughters. Immigraof the 1992 visa petition. tion law practitioners are conSince there was no published precedent, the director certified her to the BIA. The BIA has this to say: “When the beneficiary turned 21 years of age before the fourth-preference visa petition became current, she no longer qualified as a “child” under section 203(h)(1) of the Act. Further, the automatic conversion and priority date retention provisions of section 203(h)(3) do not apply to the beneficiary, as those concepts are used historically in Federal regulations and codi-

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Street Poetry
by Michael R. Tagudin
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I thought I was a hero. That was a mistake. I recall somebody saying, “Don’t be a hero. Heroes are so sad!” l bleed baby! I bleed for you! I just wanted help to forgive you. To understand the design why yo u bought me such pain. To ease down my mind and to be able to say everything’s okay. But it is not happening that way. Instead, I am greeted by your wall of silence. It is a beautiful day, babe. Every things bright and magnified. So is my conf usion and emptiness. I heard from someone that, “The ultimate act of forgiveness is the scent ofa crushed violet left at your heels. “ I wish to forgive. But how can I, if it is not even asked, like saying to a wall, I forgive you and feel okay! And I wish to forget. But it’s not that easy. This goes through my head every day. But life goes on. Time heals. By your design I have faded away from you, but the hurt you brought is like a sore wound that never heals. I will always carry this with me forever and ever. And I am not going to be a hero anymore, nor any one’s angel as you have called me. Today a hero died. Long live the HERO!
©2010 Michael R. Tagudin. All rights reserved. About the Author: Michael R. Tagudin Educated as an engineer in the Philippines, the City of Los Angeles employee hopes his legacy of poems will provoke a dialogue about the human condition. He is donating the proceeds from the book “Crushed Violets” to the “Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)”, a non-profit that provides public awareness and advocacy efforts against human trafficking in the City of Angels. To learn more, visit To help, call the CAST 24 hour hotline 888. KEY.2.FRE(EDOM) or 888.539.2373. Contact for more information about ordering the book “Crushed Violets.”

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Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at that before negotiations could NDFP that peace would only be achieved when the root resume, there should be a causes of the social and ecoceasefire or that the NPAs nomic ills of the Filipinos be first lay down their arms. identified and abrogated. This You can almost hear the CPP would mean wala ng korap leadership retorting “ano (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) (no more corruption), genuine – A new community-based kami, bali?” (what are we, land reform, and national instupid?). The CPP claims to by Rudy D. Liporada study by UC Davis researchers dustrialization, among others. has found that children with have learned from history. Read Rudy Liporada’s previous articles by visiting our website These would appear to be Look what happened to the at developmental disabilities in tall orders for the beneficiaries Southeast-Asian-American Huks, the leaders say. When they came to negotiate, had a of the status quo. Jueteng is families face significant obcease fire, and laid down their still rampant with members of stacles to receiving intervenNoynoy’s cabinet reported to tion services. Barriers include arms, they were systematically killed if not imprisoned. be allegedly also on the take. lack of accurate information, No more times of Magsaysay, And can you imagine landlanguage difficulties, lack of lords like Noynoy who control trust and limited outreach. no way. the government really willing Furthermore, why should Despite these findings, The basic question is: longest attempt series to end to give up tracts of lands for the GRP even negotiate with study participants said that Will the New People’s Army the longest insurgency wargenuine land reform? the communists? Since the with education, outreach and (NPA), led by the Communist fare in the world. So, while the GRP hopes time of Juan Ponce Enrile culturally responsive support, Party of the Philippines (CPP) However, another question as secretary of defense durfor prolonged ceasefires to families would likely accept ever stop their over forty is: Why have the talks been which the NDFP would not ing the Marcos regime in the services, which led researchtwo years of armed revoluoff and on? early 70s, the GRP had always agree to; and while the NDFP ers to continue to work with tion in the Philippines with Padilla said that Presiharped that it could quash the contends for uprooting causes the community groups to the resumption of peace talks dent Benigno of ills to which bearers of the develop educational opportuNPAs. The between the Government of Aquino III status quo benefit from, where nities to improve access and rebels were the Republic of the Philipis sincere in will the peace negotiation just a ragtag services. pines (GRP) and the National ending once talks lead to? group then Entitled “Understanding Democratic Front of the Phil- and for all the While we hope that peace isolated in Developmental Disabilities in ippines (NDFP)? insurgency would really reign in the Tarlac with a Families of Southeast Asian The prelude to the resump- war. Did he forward group Philippines between the GRP Origin,” the study is the first tion of informal talks was held mean to say and the insurgents, it is appar- to examine the perceptions of in Isabela. in Hong Kong last Decemthat Corazon If the GRP ent that unless the government families of Hmong and Mien ber 1-2, 2010. The second Aquino who children with disabilities as really uplifts the common could quash round would be held in Oslo, initiated the the NPAs, why “tao” from their desolate im- well as the barriers to service. Norway on January 15-17, talks during poverished state, contentious It is published online today negotiate? 2011 before the formal peace her term and forces will continue to riddle in a special supplement to the Is it benegotiations would be held in Fidel Ramos through, trying to abrogate the journal Pediatrics, “Children cause even February also in Norway. who followed and Youth with Disabilities with the GRP status quo. It is apparent that Undersecretary Alex Paher were not and Special Health Care the NDFP will only poke on continually dilla, chair of the reconstituted sincere? The Needs from Traditionally Unnegotiations to further prove saying that it GRP peace panel, the counter- Communist could annihilate that legal means alone will not derserved Communities.” part of NDFP Luis Jalandoni, Party of the Philippines also “These families care very work to save who they call the them, the NPAs expanded is optimistic that within three charged Arroyo’s governmasses from their impoverish- deeply about their children,” into, virtually, all the nooks years, the armed conflict with ment to have connived with said Dian Baker, a postdocment. of the Islands? Is it because the NPA will be settled. the United States government even with her series of Operatoral scholar at the Betty Irene Already, early in the year, If true, that would really be to tag the CPP as a terrorist Moore School of Nursing at tion Bantay Laya strategy, the Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, great because talks between group, thus withdrawing from ten year goal of Arroyo since spokesman of the CPP has al- UC Davis and the Center for the GRP and the NDFP had formal talks in August 2005. ready declared that Noynoy’s Excellence in Developmental 2001 to demolish the rebels been off-and-on for 25 years, Moreover it had always clearly failed - that the rebels government will fail to deliver Disabilities (CEDD) at the UC making the negotiations the been the position of the GRP his campaign reform promises Davis MIND Institute. “It’s are still out there? and called for the revolution- not that they don’t want to Note, too, that while it help them. It’s that they don’t aries to be resolute in their is reported that Noynoy “is armed struggle. The CPP also know what to do.” sincere in ending once and Nearly one fifth, or 17 said right after the New Year for all the insurgency war” percent, of all children in celebrations that they are presumably through mediation, he actually increased the bracing for a more intensified the United States have debudget for the Department of campaign of military suppres- velopmental disabilities, and nearly four million Americans sion under the new counterNational Defense (DND) by have a developmental disorinsurgency Operational Plan 81 percent from the previous year which translates to 104.5 Bayanihan (Oplan Bayanihan) der. But information on the authored by President Aquino. needs of underrepresented billion pesos out of the total and underserved families of proposed budget 1.645 trillion GRP functionaries reacted, children with developmensaying that Rosal’s and the pesos for 2011. His justificatal disabilities is limited. In CPP’s statements jeopardize tion is that the population of California, the Department the preparations towards the the Philippines has increased of Developmental Services so the protection scale should formal peace talks. Padilla, reports a lower overall rate of however, said that no matter also be increased. From the referral for Southeast-Asian CPP’s point of view, this actu- what posturing would be done people relative to the portion ally indicates an act of all-out- by elements of the CPP-NPA of the overall population they and the GRP, the talks would represent. California is among war. definitely be held. So, on the part of the states with the largest Hmong They better be for Filipinos and Mien populations, conNDFP, why would it even go would still hope that the new centrated largely in the Central to the peace table? Or why negotiations within the New has it gone in the past? Valley. Year would bring forth new First, it must be reiterated Baker said she became beginnings in the Islands. that the NDFP is but part of interested in doing the study Whatever new means. the revolutionary trinity led while working as an in-home by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Per its program, the CPP heads the movement with the New People’s Army (NPA) as its armed might. The CPP calls the NDFP as a shield, composed of all the various organizations, both legal and illegal that are against the prevailing GRP. By its logic, the NDFP only serves to protect the CPP and the NPA or bolster the positions and programs of the CPP. When the CPP celebrated its 42nd anniversary last December 26, 2010, it boasted that the NPA are now in 120 fronts in the Islands. In one of its areas in Mindanao, an almost open program, known by the military just two miles away, was covered and reported by journalists, even aired on TV. The program showed a company of uniformed NPAs with strong guns marching in front of hundreds who were proclaiming support for the revolution. The CPP also claims that the NPA has reached a critical mass that could place the rebels in strategic stalemate within five years. By its definition, strategic stalemate means the number of NPAs would have equaled the number of GRP military combatants; that a critical mass has been reached where it could no longer be crushed, militarily. So, why should the NDFP negotiate? It is the contention of the

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As the Bamboo Sway

Study finds Hmong families face barriers to service

January 7 - 13, 2011

New Year, New Peace Talks to stop the NPAs?


outreach worker for a Central Valley school district. She recalled encountering a 10-year-old Southeast-Asian child with Down syndrome who was not attending school. When asked why, his parents said they didn’t send him to school because they thought that nothing could be done for him. Baker said the purpose of the study was to explore the relationship between Southeast-Asian-American families’ attitudes toward receiving services for their developmentally disabled children and the reasons why they are underrepresented among recipients of special education and social services. She said the study was particularly unique because of the community-based participatory methods used that included members of the Hmong community as well as an interdisciplinary team of researchers representing nursing, medicine, education and social services. Because community-based research is conducted as a partnership between researchers and community members, partners participate in all aspects of the research process. After the data is collected and analyzed, researchers continue to work with their community partners to develop and implement strategies, such as an educational campaign, to address the barriers discovered. For the study, Baker and her colleagues partnered with the Hmong Women’s Heritage Association and the United Iu-Mien Community, Inc., both of Sacramento, Calif., to interview representatives from the communities including Hmong and Mien individuals with developmentally disabled children and shamans who perform healing rituals. The interviews were conducted in Hmong and Mien and later translated into English. The participants identified a variety of cultural and sociological reasons why they believe Southeast-Asian-American families receive fewer special education and social services for their children with developmental disabilities. The researchers found that a predominant theme was the perception that reliance on governmental support services is not appropriate because having a family member with a developmental disability is
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Page 21 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at amin, bongga raw ang halaga nagsasabing nakakaumay na ng cheke ni Kristeta almost a rin ang paligsahan sa dance ng mga grupong sumasali rito. million daw.Wow! Kahit dito sa Amerika, Hindi kaya may usapan hindi rin gaano patok ang naang dalawang magkapatid sa sabing show, nakakasawa rin kanilang ireregalo bago ang Ni Romeo Nicolas ang sayawan nang sayawan. kasal nina Ogie at Regine, by Ogie Cruz Read Romeo Nicolas’s previous poems by visPero kapag oras dati ng “Win pero paano naman kumalat Read Ogie Cruz’s previous articles by visiting our website iting our website at na Win”, teleserye ang mga ang ashtray na niregalo ni at pinalit nila , yung shows nina Pres. Aquino sa showbiz landia.Sino ang nagpakalat nito? Powang,Melai and co. na puro patawa ang tema na hindi Sa kabilang banda nanaman nakakatawa at yung man, hindi naman masama SNN. ang loob ni Ogie alcasid kay “Simbang Gabi” sa Virginia ay hindi ko malimutan, Aminado ang mga TFC Sharon Cuneta dahil hindi ito Kung paano nasimulan at paano nagtagumpay. Sibscribers na kahit paano nakapunta sa araw ng kanilSa anim na kasangbahay ang pangarap sinimulan, WALANG TAKOT binuyang kasal. Ayon kay Ogie ang nagustuhan na rin nila Upang diwa nitong Pasko’y maging walang katapusan. angyang ni Cristy Fermin ang tema ng show nina pagtanggap ni Sharon bilang sa kanyang show na “Juicy” maging ninang nila sa kasal ay Rico,Rey,Marco at Nonoy na Dumalas ang pagtitipon, binalangkas ang mithiin, ang hindi pagbalik ng pera halos malapit sa tema ng show Sa basbas ng paring Pinoy at dasal na mataimtim. sapat na yun. ng Rosanna Roces ng 25,000, noon ni Willie Revillame na Tuwang-tuwa nga sina Bawat isa’y nagsumiglang “Simbang Gabi” ay purihin, bayad sa isang show na hindi “Wowowee” pero ngayon Ogie at Regine, instead na Maging kultura ng Pinoy sa bansa na hiram natin. sinipot ni Osang sa La Union, wala na rin ang naturang gifts ang binigay ng kanilang last Dec.28,2010. show kaya hinahanap nila ang Unti-unting nabubuo, pangarap sa kapaskuhan, mga guests ay cash ang karaAyon sa istorya, isa show ganong tema na sana ipinalit mihan ang binigay,umaabot Dumami rin ang kasaping, sandigan ng katuparan. organizer na si Ericka Lonila. nga daw ito ng almost a MilSiyam na gabi ng programang aakit sa karamihan, pez ang nagsumbong kay Hindi ganon kapatok ang lion at ido-donate raw nila ito Italiano, mga Intsik, Espanyol at sino pa man. Ate Cristy tungkol sa hindi sa isang charitable institution. mga teleserye rito sa Amerika, pagsipot ng show ni Rosanna mas gusto nila yung mga Inyong lingkod ang sya na ring bumuo ng kalipunan, Roces sa Bangger , La Union show na may live audience na Nangalap ng kababayang sa pagawit, mayrong tapang. MARAMING DISMAYA kaso yung binayad sa kanya NA TFC SUBSRIBERS, dahil may puso ang dating kagaya Mayron kaming kaming Alto, Tenor, Baho’t Sopranong maRosanna Roces na pera ay hindi naman binang show ni Willie. walang kapalit ang “Win na huhusay, lik nito. Antayin na lang natin ang Win” nung mamaalam ito last Samantala,Tuesday naPinoy na “Choir” ay nabuo, Paskong awit, nagkakulay. Tawag daw nang tawag si Friday ,Dec.31 last year, dahil usapan ng PinoyTv at ang man ito ibinulgar sa “SNN” ni Ericka sa kanya at pati daw kampo nina Mr. Revillame, na Mga himig ng awitin na para sa kapaskuhan, wala itong kapalit na isang yung Mayor ng La Union pero Boy Abunda. Iba naman ang habang wala pa ang TV5 Inlunch show. Ay labis na hinangaan ng marami sa simbahan. hindi raw sumasagot si Osang, atake ni Kuya Boy tungkol ternational ang PinoyTv muna Mayroon din na “sing along”, aawit ang kalahatan, Sa Pilipinas naman ,hinasa iskandalong ito involving hanggang nagpalit na raw ito Rosanna Roces.Kaibigan daw baan nila ang oras ng “Show- ang magpapalabas ng “WillPagpupuri’y bigyang buhay, unang gabi, gabing banal. ng cellphone number. ing Willie rito sa Amerika. niya si Osang, bago daw niya time” na marami na rin ang Nagmamakaawa ng nga tuligsain si Osang dapat daw Ang lahat ng matatanda, maging mga kabataan, raw ang naturang show ormalaman din niya ang panig Itong unang Simbang Gabi, mapapansi’y kasiglahan. of a child with cognitive and ganizer kay Osang sa text na ni Rosanna at bakit hindi Marami ang nasasabik ‘tong kultura ay mabuhay, mobility challenges. ibalik ang pera kaso dedma isinoli ang pera.Ganon din Na sabay na nagaganap sa mahal na Inang Bayan. Baker said that the study pa rin ang Osang at hindi daw sila sa “D Buzz”, kapag identified a variety of apsumasagot.Kwento nga ni may isang report kailangan proaches to helping Southeast- Gabi-gabi, may SALABAT, sa tapang ay sobra-sobra, Cristy Fermin, “Nandun na Asian-American families of malaman din ang kabilang Paulit na iniinom, Pinoy, Kano at iba pa. nga lahat ang artista at ikaw children with developmental panig. Marami ang nagtatanong, paano ang pagtitimpla? (Continued from page 20) na lang ang wala pero sabi disabilities. These approaches Sikreto ‘to kaibigan, basta’t sariwa ang luya. Ang tanong, hindi kaya his or her responsibility. mo susunod ka.May sasakyan social suppinariringgan ni Kuya Boy si Study participants also said include creatingfamilies with ka naman para sumunod pero port groups for Ate Cristy tungkol sa issue na that language barriers prevent Simbang Gabing ika-siyam ay luwalhati na sumapit, hindi mo nagawa, resputuhin developmental disabilities, ito dahil magkaiba ang atake families from understanding Bawat isa ay masaya at masiglang umaawit. mo ang kasunduan nyo,kaya the type of health care or edu- disseminating information nilang dalawa patungkol sa Parokya ay takang-taka sa dami ng nagsianib, dapat lang na ibalik mo ang cational services their children through cultural events, with iskandalong ito? Makiisa sa tradisyon, umpisa sa Virginia Beach. developing partnerships 25000,”. may need or receive. Ang alam namin may accepted community-level 11,000 daw ang down pay“We do not have Hmong sama ng loob si Cristy Fermin Pagkatapos ng programa sinundan ng salo-salo, ment kay Osang 5 days before words for all the diagnoses, no health-care providers, such matagal na kay Boy Abunda Sari-sari ang putahe, putahe ng Pilipino. as shamans and herbalists, the show,sabi ni Ericka at word for Down’s syndrome … and providing more culturally at hanggang ngayon hindi pa May kakanin pa at suman, puto bumbong pa at biko, yung balance para sa whole someone has to take the time and linguistically appropriate May “eggroll” din, pansit kanton, may “fried rice” pa at adobo. rin nag-uusap ang dalawa, lalo to help make the understandamount ng 25,000 nilagay ing,” one male Hmong partici- information. Baker and her daw sa bank account ni Osang pat magkatapat ang kanilang To that end, dalawang shows. Di ko ito malilimot kahit ako’y nasa ‘Pinas, pant said. ng Mayor ng La Union na UC Davis collaborators, in Pero para sa amin, kaibigMga tanging kaibigan, buhat sa “Holy Spirit Church”. “I know that my child hindi alam ng naturang show association with their coman namin ang dalawa at wala Tinaguyod ang adhika, kultura ay pinamalas, goes to a special school organizer.Kaso matagal na munity partners, are developkaming kakampihan dahil because a special bus comes raw nilang kinokontak ang ing a public service campaign Simbang Gabi sa USA, nasimulan at kumalat. every morning to take her to alam namin na magkaiba aktres pero hindi ito sumasagaimed at helping Southeastschool,” said one female parang kanilang personalidad Salamat kay Father Joseph, paring samin ay gumabay, Asian communities increase ot at hanggang ngayon hindi ent of a child with cognitive na tanggap namin.Saludo ang At Monsignor Caraluzza, gabay sa pangkalahatan. binabalik ang pera. and mobility challenges, “but awareness and use of the for Salamat sa nagsitulong, Simbang Gabi’y umpisahan, karamihang movie reportservices that are available Sabi nga ni Ate Cristy, I have no idea what kind of ers sa dalawang ito, kapag Manatiling ‘sang tradisyon sa bansa na “Hiram Lamang”. advice ito para sa iyo Osang school it is and what kinds of their children. health disparishowbiz reporting ang pag“Reducing ibalik mo na ang pera na services the school is providuusapan. kung dati ay dalawang kanta ing my child because I do not ties in underserved and under- Tulang handog sa lahat ng Pilipino sa USA. Lalo at higit sa represented populations, along mga miyembrong bumuo ng Simbang Gabi sa”Holy Spirit Kayo kanino kayo Boy speak or understand English mo lang e halos 300,000 ka Abunda o Cristy Fermin? Church”, Virginia Beach, VA and I have no way of commu- with promoting early identio umaabot pa ng kalahating fication and intervention for nicating with the school staff.” children with developmental milyon, e ngayon 25000 ka na PNOY ,ASHTRAY ANG Romeo S. Nicolas “In Thailand, my child lang. NIREGALO SA WEDDING was able to attend school and disabilities are primary goals 25 Dec. 2010 Nakakagulat din si Ms. of the CEDD,” said Robin I knew about school … here NINA OGIE AT REGINE. Cristy Fermin sa kanyang Hansen, professor and chief there are so many appointlic service that matters to California Other study authors include of the Division of Behavioral pediatrician Elizabeth Miller of mga rebelasyon about Osang, Anu ba itong nakarating na and to transform the world. The ments, he can’t be in school, balita sa amin, as in super and Developmental Pediatrics UC Davis; Michelle Dang, a nurse hindi talaga siya paaawat Betty Irene Moore School of Nurscan’t learn, I do not know at UC Davis and director of ing at UC Davis was established in and lecturer at Sacramento State kapag mali ang nagawa ng isa kuripot daw si Pres. Noynoy what to do, what is best? He is the Center for Excellence in University Division of Nursing; and March 2009, UC Davis’ first major Aquino dahil lalagyan lang niyang kaibigan talagang tutuinitiative to address society’s most Chiem-Seng Yaangh, a founding ng sigarilyo ang niregalo niya falling behind, how come so ligsain niya ito.Dyan hinanmany appointments and meet- Developmental Disabilities, member and current board president pressing health-care problems in who also collaborated on the sa kasal nina Ogie Alcasid at of United Iu-Mien Community, Inc. its second century of service. The gaan ang pamosong showbiz ings?” said a female parent study. Regine Velasquez? Funding for the study is from the school was launched through a $100 talkshow, dahil sa wala niyang million commitment from the GorCenter for Excellence in DevelopSamantalang ang kanyang takot magsalita against sa mental Disabilities of the UC Davis don and Betty Moore Foundation, kontrabersyal na sister na si the nation’s largest grant for nursing MIND Institute. isang artista kapag mali ang Kris Aquino ay isang check education. The vision of the Betty About the Betty Irene Moore nagagawa nito.Anu kaya ang Irene Moore School of Nursing is to School of Nursing at UC Davis ang niregalo na hindi pa reaction ni Ms. Rosanna RoFor 100 years, UC Davis has en- transform health care through nursnamin alam kung magkano ces tungkol sa bagay na ito ? gaged in teaching, research and pub- ing education and research. ang halaga nito.Pero sabi sa January 7 - 13, 2011


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Visit our website at ng ina. Noong araw pa ay may pusong-makabayan na si Sebastian. Kaya siya nag-aral ng abogasya ay upang mairaos ang pagnanasa na matutuhan ang batas at ang “political science” – ang kaalaman tungkol sa pagpapatakbo ng gobyerno at sa pagsisilbi sa masa. May hangarin siya na magkaroon ng katungkulan sa pamahalaan at nang siya ay maging instrumento sa pagpapabuti at pagpapaunlad ng bayan. Naging masipag na kasapi siya ng Rotary – ang samahan ng mga babae at lalaking propesyonal at ng mga matatagumpay na negosyante na ang pakay ay ang makatulong sa pagpapabuti ng lipunan. Hindi naglaon at hinimok siya ng mga kasamahan sa Rotary na tumakbo bilang “congressman” sa kanilang distrito. Sumama ang loob ng kanyang biyenan sa pasiya ni Sebastian na kumandidato bilang “congressman”. “Paano ang hanap-buhay natin? Iiwan mo ang iyong katungkulan sa iyong pamilya upang kaharapin ang katungkulan sa mga taong hindi mo naman kakilala at hindi mo naman kadugo,” paghihinanakit ni Mr. Sy. “Itay, lalo kong mapangangalagaan at mapauunlad ang ating hanapbuhay kung may magagawa ako sa pagpapaunlad ng trabaho, sa pagkakaroon ng higit na maayos at mapayapang lipunan, sa pagtatatag ng higit na malusog na ekonomiya . . . Pangmalawakan ang aking pananaw, Itay,” paliwanag ni Sebastian sa biyenan. Sabi naman ng kanyang ina, “Sebastian, matanda na ako. Matigas pa rin ang iyong ulo. Ano man ang sabihin ko sa iyo ay ang kabaligtaran ang iyong ginagawa, sinusunod mo ang ano mang ibigin mo. Wala akong sama ng loob sa iyo, anak. May mga pagpapasiya ka na maganda ang kinalalabasan. Ang mga payo ko ay alang-alang sa iyong kabutihan. Nguni’t ako ay tao lamang at kung minsan ay nagkakamali sa mga payong ibinibigay. Kaya mo na ang magpatuloy na walang nagbibigay sa iyo ng payo. Matalino ka at busilak ang iyong puso. Sundin mo ang ibinubulong sa iyo ng iyong puso at ikaw’y magtatagumpay. Tigas-ulo ka, anak, nguni’t iya’y katangian mo, aaminin ko sa iyo, na isang mabuti at kanais-nais na katangian. Pagpalain ka nawa ng Diyos, anak.”

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adapa ako tuwing 12 midnight at sabi ko Lord gusto kong makita ang America. Tulungan mo naman ako,” she added. Lucita prays at 12 midnight because it’s quiet and she believes God could hear prayers more clearly. The following day, she got a call from her son, Garry, from Texas who invited her to visit him. Lucita believes it was an answered prayer. Lucita also worked as a fundraiser representative of the Philippine Children’s Fund of America (“Building Better Lives and Stronger Communities”). It is a 17-yearold charity organization, which helps Amerasian children trace and reunite with their fathers, sustain the educational needs of Aeta children in the indigenous communities, help build school buildings in different areas of the Philippines, operate feeding centers and sponsor the Lakbay Puso project which is said to be “a life-changing travel mission to the Philippines” for young Filipino-Americans which would enable them to know more about their roots and heritage. Since 2000, she has been conducting Bible study sessions in Elk Grove, California. She managed to work for a church in the United States through the help of a Pastor friend in Pampanga, Pastor Bernard Cruz. When Pastor Cruz learned that she was leaving for the United States, she was invited to preach and in Sacramento, California. Soon she became a born again Christian. It was a blessed time for Lucita, who preached for one month all over California. Today Lucita is now living a simple life by serving the community and preaching God’s word. She is happily retired from show business and now lives a quiet life with her husband, Michael Charles Mayr. “Ang bisyo ko ngayon ay ayusin ang bahay, maglinis ng bahay dahil hindi naman uso rito ang katulong,” said Lucita. “Nag-gagardening kaming magasawa and attending bible study and conducting also bible study class.” Although Lucita is still beautiful and has kept herself slim (“Kasi ayaw na ayaw ni Boy na ako ay tumaba” she said), it is quite difficult to reconcile the now simple woman with the once femme fatale of the Philippine cinema. Her career in the industry lasted for over five decades and she has delighted both moviegoers and TV soap opera lovers with her rare breed of talent. Today, away from the screaming movie fans and klieg lights, Lucita is happy being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a simple life that is only adorned by her love for God as she spreads His love by playing her new character the faithful, Pastora Lucita.

mapatigil ang pagdudugo at mabigyan siya ng “antibiotic” upang hindi magka-impeksyon. Suot niya ay tsinelas at hindi sapatos. “Iyan na nga ba ang sinasabi ko sa iyo, Sebastian, kung nakasapatos ka ay hindi ka matitibo. Tigasulo ka kasi!” Sa “high school” ay naging “star student” si Sebastian. Kapag may paligsahan ang iba’t-ibang “high school” ay siya ang ipinadadalang kinatawan ng prinsipal na pambato ng eskwela sa mga paligsahan sa pagtatalumpati o pagtula. Minsan ay dumalaw sa eskwela ang isang pangkat ng “gang members” – mga maligalig na “teenagers” sila na sa halip na pumasok sa eskwela ay nagbibigay ng problema sa mga kapuwa estudyante. Naninigarilyo sila, umiinom ng alak, at nangingikil ng salapi sa mga kapuwa nila estudyante upang magugulan ang kanilang masasamang bisyo. Nakita nila na may suot na magandang relo si Sebastian. Nilapitan nila si Sebastian at pinilit na ibigay sa kanila ang relo at kung hindi ay bubugbugin siya. Pag-uwi ni Sebastian ay ipinagtapat sa ina ang nangyari. “Sabi ko ay huwag mong isusuot sa eskwela ang relo,” paalaala ng ina. “E, kung hindi ko po isusuot sa eskwela ang relo ay saan-saang lugar ko pa siya maisusuot? Bakit pa ninyo ako binigyan ng relo?” sagot ni Sebastian na papilosopo. “Ang problema sa iyo, anak, ay tigas-ulo ka. Matalino ka nga, pero hindi ka nakikinig.” Nang makatapos sa “high school” si Sebastian, siya ay nagbalak na pumasok sa kolehiyo upang maging isang abogado. Sabi ng ina, “bakit ka mag-aabogado, anak. Tingnan mo ang tatay mo, abogado, pero walang kaso. Magkomersyante ka, anak.

Maraming pera ang kikitahin mo!” Nag-abogado si Sebastian sapagka’t iyon ang karerang itinuturo sa kanya ng kanyang puso. Nang makatapos na ay kumuha siya ng “bar exam” at naging isa sa mga “topnotchers”. Natuwa ang ina at ipinagmalaki siya sa mga kamag-anak at kaibigan. Lipos ng trabaho at pananagutan ang pagiging isang abogado. Walang tigil ang pag-aaral sa mga batas at ang pagsulat ng mga demanda, apela, “memoranda”, at kung anu-ano pang papeles na isinusumite sa korte. Higit na marami ang trabaho kaysa sa kita; katulad halimbawa ng pagtatanggol sa isang nakasagasa na tsuper ng jeepney. Katungkulan niya bilang abogado ang ipagtanggol ang sino man na mangangailangan ng kanyang serbisyo. Nguni’t gaano na ang makakayanang ibayad sa serbisyo niya ang isang “driver” ng jeepney? Naikukuwento niya sa ina ang nararanasang pagsubok sa piniling karera. Sumagi sa alaala ng ina, “hindi ba ang sabi ko ay magkomersyante ka, anak? Inibig mong maging abogado. Tigasulo ka kasi. Pangatawanan mo ang iyong ipinasiya.” Makaraan ang maikling panahon, “Ingat ka, anak, sa pagpili ng mapapangasawa mo,” pakli ng ina nang makitang si Sebastian ay naniningalang-pugad na, “kung ako ang tatanungin mo, makabubuti na ang mapapangasawa mo ay kalahi natin.” Nakilala ni Sebastian si Natividad sa “high school”. Intsik ang tatay niya. Nang sila ay nasa “high school” pa ay naalaala niya na malimit siyang dalhan ng regalo ni Natividad. Regalong pagkain. Nagdadala ang dalagita sa eskwela ng pansit gisado na may bola-bola at ito’y pinagsasaluhan nila tuwing

“recess”. May pansiterya noon ang tatay ni Natividad na naroroonan sa hanay ng mga pansiterya sa Benavidez, malapit sa kanilang “high school”. Kung araw ng Linggo, makailang ulit din na may dumarating na tao sa bahay nina Sebastian, at naghahatid sila ng sari-saring pagkaingIntsik. Padala ni Natividad. May “crush” o naiibang pagtingin si Natividad sa kaeskwelang Sebastian. Sa dinami-dami ng kaeskwela ay bakit si Sebastian lamang ang nabibigyan niya ng pansit? Noong mga panahong iyon ay wala pang malay sa pag-ibig si Sebastian. Si Natividad ay may higit na maunlad na kamalayan sa pag-ibig, nguni’t bilang babae ay hindi naman niya maipahayag sa lalaki ang nilalaman ng kanyang loobin. Natapos ang “high school”, tinahak ni Sebastian at ni Natividad ang kani-kanilang naiibang landas at tumakbo ang panahon. Minsan ay napadpad sa dako ng Benavidez ang batang-batang abogado na si Sebastian. Pumasok siya sa isang malaking “restaurant” at doon ay nananghali. May magandang dilag na lumapit sa mesa niya. “Kung hindi ako nagkakamali ay ikaw si Sebastian dela Paz!” bati ng dilag. “Napatingin si Sebastian sa nangusap, inalis ang suot na salamin, at sinipat ang kaharap na magandang dilag. Nag-isip sumandali, bago nasambit ang, “Natividad! Natividad Sy! Laking sorpresa nito! Kumusta ka na?” At nanumbalik ang dating pagkakaibigan na sa di malaon ay nauwi sa pag-iibigan. Ang tatay ni Natividad ay malaking negosyante na. Hindi lamang sa mas malaki na ang “restaurant” niya, ang gusali na kinalalagyan ng “restaurant” ay pag-aari na niya; samantalang noong araw ay inuupahan lamang niya iyon. Bukod dito ay may sosyo siya sa mga itinatayong iba pang mga gusali na magiging mga “commercial centers” sa iba’t ibang panig ng Maynila. Sa madaling sabi ay naging kabiyak ng puso ni Sebastian si Natividad. Naging engrande ang kanilang kasal na ang nagbayad sa lahat ng gastos ay ang ama ng babae. “Nakahihiya!” pagtanggi ng ina. “Sa ating kaugalian ay ang magulang ng lalaki ang gumagastos sa kasal!” “Bayaan na ninyo, Inay. Ibig nilang masunod ang kanilang kaugalian.” Pakiusap ni Sebastian sa ina. “Parang binibili ka nila, anak. Sabi ko ay huwag kang mag-aasawa ng Instik. Tigas-ulo ka. Ngayon ay makikibagay ka sa kanilang kaugalian na taliwas sa kaugalian natin.” Hindi na kinailangan ni Sebastian na magtrabaho pa bilang abogado. Pinakiusapan ng kanyang biyenan na tumulong na lamang sa pagpapatakbo ng lumalaking negosyo. Hinirang siyang “vice-president” at “general manager” ng kanilang “family corporation”. Kumita nang malaki si Sebastian at sila ni Natividad at ang mga naging supling nila ay nagkaroon ng masagana at masayang pamumuhay. “Naliligayahan ako, Sebastian, sa nangyayari sa iyong buhay. Isang matagumpay na komersyante ka na! Ang tigas ng ulo mo kasi. Sabi ko ay mag-aral ka ng commerce; ipinilit mo na mag-abogado.” Paalaala ng ina. “Ngayon, anak, ay ituon mo sa negosyo ang lahat ng iyong nalalaman at lahat ng iyong panahon at lakas. Huwag mong bibiguin ang iyong asawa at biyenan. Tulungan mo silang mapalago ang kanilang kayaman,” dagdag pa

recalls watching the “prusisyon” in Pateros. At that time, she asked herself, “Bakit ang dami-daming Dios? Sino ba talaga ang Dios?” Although she never really asked her mom about this, she continued to wonder who God really is. It was (Continued from page 18) in 1980 when she got converted Entertainment.” Marco Polo reinto being a “born again” Christian. cently passed away due to cirrhosis, From then on she vowed to herself a chronic liver disease. He left a to open her heart to God’s revela2-year old son, John Steven Garcia tions through His holy Word. “O and wife, Analie Delasan. sige, pag-aaralan ko itong Bible, After 11 years of being widsabihin mo sa akin kung sino talaga owed, Lucita decided to give love ang Diyos? That’s the way Lucita another try. Through friends, talked to God. She read the Bible she met Michael Charles Mayr, from Genesis to Revelation. Fia retired civil engineer. “It was nally God showed Lucita the truth. an answered prayer,” said Lucita. She studied the teachings of God. “Pinagdasal ko talaga na sana born- Unfortunately, Lucita could not again Christian din ang mapanenroll in a formal Biblical studies gasawa ko. The love developed class because she was not a college during Bible study sessions that the graduate. When the “Kingsway two attended. Mayr is a widower. Fellowship International” visited He’s a civil engineer whose three the Philippines, she attended the children are all engineers too. Fitraining in U.P. Lucita became a nally, Michael and Lucita got mar- Pastor then, together with 70 others ried in a Christian wedding, held who attended the class. at a Filipino restaurant in Rancho After the training, they were Cordova where the reception was asked if they wanted to attend the also held. The wedding was offici- convention in Des Moines, Iowa. ated by Pastor Wally Magdangal. They were asked to prepare their passports and travel documents. The Pastor “Aba, nag-pray agad ako sa Panginoon,” said Lucita. “DumWhen Lucita was young, she

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Civil Rights And Civic Engagement Organizations Issue Joint Statement On Reapportionment Data
Focus Should Not Be on Partisanship, But People

WASHINGTON – The Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Asian American Justice Center, Asian American Institute, and Asian Law Caucus -- members of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice -- along with other civil rights and civic engagement organizations, issued the following statement regarding the recently released reapportionment data: The organizations listed below are civil rights and civic engagement organizations that intend to have significant involvement in the state and local redistricting processes to be undertaken in 2011 and 2012. These organizations have a long history of collaboration and partnership, and in preparation for this redistricting cycle, they are meeting and consulting with one another and expect to continue to meet and consult

about our community education, advocacy, and litigation efforts in this area. These organizations believe that media and public reactions to the recently-released reapportionment data from the 2010 Census have focused inordinately and inappropriately on the expected partisan impacts of the geographic shift in seats in the United States House of Representatives and have overlooked the impact of the new numbers on communities. The following principles serve to refocus the discussion on the core considerations for analyzing reapportionment data: 1. Redistricting is a process that centers on people and groups of people, not political parties. While parties seek to influence redistricting to their advantage, and map drawing involves politics and

affects political outcomes, it must focus first and foremost on communities of people. 2. It is therefore critical that communities of people understand redistricting as a process that demands their attention and involvement; the process must not be ceded solely to partisan political interests. All communities must feel able and welcome to participate meaningfully in their state and local redistricting processes. 3. Communities of color, in particular, have faced numerous obstacles to their meaningful participation in the political process, including the redistricting process. The federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) includes the protection of these communities’ effective involvement in the political process. Therefore,
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for the Year 2007 award was given to him in recognition to his outstanding contribution to science, particularly to molecular biology and groundbreaking work with conotoxins. The research conducted by Olivera’s group became the basis for the production of commercial drug called Prialt (generic name – Ziconotide), which is considered more effective than morphine and does not result in addiction. The Filipino mind is one of the world’s best, one of humanity’s great assets. The Filipino is capable of greatness, of making great sacrifices for the greater good of the least of our people. Josette Biyo is an example of this. Biyo has masteral and doctoral degress from one of the top universities in the Philippines – the De La Salle University (Taft, Manila) – where she used to teach rich college students and was paid well for it. But Dr Biyo left all that and all the glamour of Manila, and chose to teach in a far-away public school in a rural area in the province, receiving the salary of less than US$ 300 a month. When asked why she did that, she replied “but who will teach our children?” In recognition of the rarity of her kind, the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States honoured Dr Biyo a very rare honor – by naming a small and new-discovered planet in our galaxy as “Biyo”. The Filipino is one of humanity’s best examples on the greatness of human spirit! Efren Penaflorida was born to a father who worked as a tricycle driver and a mother who worked as laundrywoman. Through sheer determination and the help of other people, Penaflorida finished college. In 1997, Penaflorida and his friends formed a group that made pushcarts (kariton) and loaded them with books, pens, crayons, blackboard, clothes, jugs of water, and a Philippine flag. Then he and his group would go to the public cemetery, market and garbage dump sites in Cavite City – to teach street children with reading, math, basic literacy skills and values, to save them from illegal drugs and prevent them from joining gangs. Penaflorida and his group have been doing this for more than a decade. Last year, Penaflorida was chosen and awarded as CNN Hero for 2009. Efren Penaflorida is one of the great human beings alive today. And he is a Filipino! Nestor Suplico is yet another example of the Filipino’s nobility of spirit. Suplico was a taxi driver In New York. On 17 July 2004, Suplico drove 43 miles from

unlikely -thru President Manuel L Quezon, we opened our ourselves who the Filipino re- country’s doors and our naally is, before our young chil- tion’s heart to the fleeing and dren believe all this negativity persecuted Jews. Eventually, that they hear and read about some 1,200 Jews and their the Filipino. families made it to Manila. We have to protect and Last 21 June 2010, or 70 years defend the Filipino in each later, the first ever monument one of us. honoring Quezon and the The August 23 hostage Filipino nation for this “open fiasco is now part of us as door policy” was inaugurated Filipinos, it being part now on Israeli soil, at the 65-hectof our country’s and world’s are Holocaust Memorial Park history. But that is not all that in Rishon LeZion, Israel. there is to the Filipino. Yes, The Filipino heart is one of we accept it as a failure on history’s biggest, one of the our part, a disappointment to world’s rare jewels, and one Hong Kong, China and to the of humanity’s greatest treawhole world. sures. But there is so much more In 2007, Baldomero M. Olabout the Filipino. ivera, a Filipino, was chosen In 1945, at the end of and awarded as the Scientist World War II, Hitler and his for the Year 2007 by Harvard Nazi had killed more than 6 University Foundation, for his million Jews in Europe. But work in neurotoxins which is in 1939, when the Jews and produced by venomous cone their families were fleeing snails commonly found in the Europe at a time when several tropical waters of Philippines. countries refused to open their Olivera is a distinguished prodoors to them, our Philippines fessor of biology at University did the highly risky and the of Utah, USA. The Scientist
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New York City to Connecticut, USA to return the US$80,000 worth of jewelry (rare black pearls) to his passenger who forgot it at the back seat of his taxi. When his passenger offered to give him a reward, Suplico even refused the reward. He just asked to be reimbursed for his taxi fuel for his travel to Connecticut. At the time, Suplico was just earning $80 a day as a taxi driver. What do you call that? That’s honesty in its purest sense. That is decency most sublime. And it occurred in New York, the Big Apple City, where all kinds of snakes and sinners abound, and a place where – according to American novelist Sydney Sheldon – angels no longer descend. No wonder all New York newspapers called him “New York’s Most Honest Taxi Driver”. The New York City Government also held a ceremony to officially acknowledge his noble deed. The Philippine Senate passed a Resolution for giving honors to the Filipino people and our country. In Singapore, Filipina Marites Perez-Galam, 33, a mother of four, found a wallet in a public toilet near the restaurant where she works as the head waitress found a wallet containing 16,000 Singaporean dollars (US $11,000). Maritess immediately handed the wallet to the restaurant manager of Imperial Herbal restaurant where she worked located in Vivo City Mall. The manager in turn reported the lost money to the mall’s management. It took the Indonesian woman less than two hours to claim her lost wallet intended for her son’s ear surgery that she and her husband saved for the medical treatment. Maritess refused the reward offered by the grateful owner and said it was the right thing to do.

sions (have been held) and it’s not yet over.” Roa was to meet yesterday with Solicitor General Jose Anselmo Cadiz. The Ombudsman had failed to secure the AFP’s consent to the plead bargain as the offended party in the plunder. Garcia was the highest military officer to be courtmartialed for “conduct unbecoming and prejudicial.” US authorities arrested his two sons in December 2003 at the San Francisco airport for sneaking $100,000 cash into America. Requesting return of the money months later, his wife Clarita justified their ownership of the huge amount by detailing their graft. She said Garcia received “commissions” and “gratuity” for signing military contracts and releasing payments as AFP comptroller. They also allegedly received $10,000$20,000 “shopping money” from contractors and suppliers every time they traveled abroad. US authorities turned over to Philippine counterparts her two sworn statements (see Gotcha, 22 and 27 Dec. 2010). Disclosure of the incident prompted congressional inquiries on military corruption. Garcia’s consequent arrest and trial by a civilian court was hailed as a victory in the fight against graft. Washington at the time was implementing O-Plan PEP (Politically Exposed Persons). President George W. Bush wanted exposed all foreign officials who were stealing US military aid from their governments. Garcia reportedly was the third officer caught in the dragnet. Garcia was comptroller under five AFP chiefs of staff and one defense secretary from 2001 to 2004. ThenPresident Gloria Arroyo had a “revolving-door policy” in naming AFP chiefs. She appointed all senior officers in line, even if they would sit for less than three months and thus be unable to do much. During the congressional hearings of 2004, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago revealed one of the comptroller’s dirti(Continued from page 2) est jobs. This was to raise P50 Forces is: no plea bargain as million “pabaon” (sendoff far as corruption cases of ofmoney) for the retirement of ficers are concerned… Discus- the chief.

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ership Institute (USHLI) William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) * The reference to Seattle University latures, and the movement of (Continued from page 22) School of Law is for purposes redistricting in every state and House seats between states of identification and affilialocality must comply with the and regions in analyzing and tion only. The reference to evaluating Census reapporVRA. This imperative has Seattle University School of tionment data. nothing to do with partisan Law should not be construed Organizations: Advanceinterests, and such interests to suggest or imply that ment Project, African Amerimust yield to VRA complithe statements, viewpoints can Redistricting Collaboraance. and arguments contained in tive of California (AARC), 4. Partisan affiliathis joint statement are suption is not an immutable char- Asian American Center for ported or endorsed by Seattle Advancing Justice, Asian acteristic. Individual people University and/or Seattle American Legal Defense and and communities of people University School of Law. have changed and can change Education Fund (AALDEF), Seattle University and/or their party preferences. In ad- Democracia USA, Demos, Seattle University School of dition, over time, the behavior Indian Legal Clinic, Sandra Law have not authorized the of parties and the growth and Day O’Connor College of inclusion of these statements, movement of particular com- Law, Arizona State Univerviewpoints and arguments in munities of people can change sity , LatinoJustice PRLDE, this joint statement, nor do the historical party preference Lawyers’ Committee for Civil they represent the statements, Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), of a state or other geographiviewpoints and arguments Mexican American Legal Decal area. of Seattle University and/or fense and Educational Fund 5. Finally, because Seattle University School of redistricting addresses popula- (MALDEF), NAACP Legal Law. Defense and Educational tion movement and commuThe Asian American CenFund (NAACP LDF), Nationnity growth, even states that ter for Advancing Justice and al Association for the Adhave lost congressional seats its members -- the Asian Law vancement of Colored People or maintained their current Caucus, Asian American Jus(NAACP), National Associanumber of seats unchanged tice Center, Asian American tion of Latino Elected and Apcould see significant changes Institute, and Asian Pacific in the composition of districts pointed Officials Educational American Legal Center -Fund (NALEO Educational and the partisan affiliation strive to promote a fair and Fund), National Coalition on of elected officials based on equitable society for all by communities’ relative growth Black Civic Participation, Na- working for civil and human tional Voting Rights Advocacy within a state. rights and empowering Asian Initiative at Seattle University, These basic principles Americans and Pacific IslandSchool of Law*, One Voice, demonstrate the folly of ers and other underserved Southwest Voter Registration focusing inordinately upon communities. historical party preference, the Education Project (SVREP), United States Hispanic Leadcurrent control of state legis-

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World’s First Large-Scale 4G LTE Wireless Network Expands to More Than 140 Additional U.S. Markets in 2011 a mobile hotspot from SamLAS VEGAS and BASKsung; and two notebooks from ING RIDGE, N.J. – The HP – which will transform the operator of the fastest, most wireless experience and offer advanced 4G network in the consumers new ways to conUnited States unveiled a suite nect and share their lives at of 10 consumer-oriented blazingly fast speeds. Verizon devices that will run on its 4G expects these consumer-oriLTE network by the middle of ented devices to be available this year. by mid-2011, with some availAt a news conference at the able as early as March 2011. 2011 Consumer Electronics The company also anShow (CES) today, Verizon nounced it is expanding its 4G Wireless announced a suite of LTE network to an additional 10 forthcoming 4G LTE de140 markets by the end of this vices – including smartphones year. from HTC, LG, Motorola and Dan Mead, president Samsung; tablets from Moand chief executive officer torola and Samsung; a MiFi of Verizon Wireless, said, from Novatel Wireless and “Today, we’re unveiling the

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Visit our website at into the new smartphones and run seamlessly over the 4G LTE network. An upgraded version of Skype mobile takes advantage of video capabilities enabled by 4G LTE’s incredible speed, allowing users to see and hear friends and family when making or receiving Skype-to-Skype video calls. EA’s ROCK BAND leverages the high-speed, low-latency 4G LTE network to provide the next generation of multiplayer gaming. At launch, this will be the first time the game can be played with friends over the mobile network, which means consumers can rock out with their friends like never before with 20 favorite hits – while on the go. Since its launch 32 days ago, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network has provided laptop users with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. In realworld, fully-loaded network environments, laptop users experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. Tony Melone, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Verizon, said, “We will aggressively continue launching 4G LTE markets over the next 36 months. We’ll cover twothirds of the U.S. population in the next 18 months, and by the end of 2013 we’ll offer our 4G LTE network from coast to coast – everywhere that we offer 3G today. In order to get there, we’ll add more than 140 markets in 2011, including Detroit, Raleigh-Durham, Memphis, Milwaukee, Honolulu, Boise, Mobile, Little Rock, Sioux Falls and Salt Lake City.” Since 2007, when Verizon Wireless jump-started the global 4G LTE ecosystem with its selection of LTE for its 4G technology, the company has developed deep partnerships to spearhead a broad LTE ecosystem, including the LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., and an LTE Applications Center, soon to open in the San Francisco area. Melone concluded, “2011 will be a gang buster year, especially as we combine our growing 4G LTE network with our amazing lineup of

January 7 - 13, 2011 4G devices and applications that take advantage of high speed and low latency.” For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit To see a replay of the Verizon 4G LTE News Conference webcast from CES 2011, visit http:// ces/2011/news.

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