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By George M. De La Cruz/ PNS | MANILA, 8/21/2011 -- Manhunt operations on those involved in the massive trading of geckos, locally known as ‘tuko’, has been a positive move, or else dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes Tuko or gecko may multiply which poses a threat on the population of this type of reptile that feeds in hunting and selling of these reptiles because of their high on insects such as mosquicost in the international wildlife toes.
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Nobody knows where the name came from, but there it was, an archipelago nation called “Fantasy Land”, deemed paradise by many as it was blessed with natural beauty, rich natural resources and warm tropical climate. Many thought the name was a joke, for there was nothing “fantastic” about the hardships and poverty majority, make that almost 80% of its people, are suffering, with millions forced to leave their families behind to work as maids and laborers, despite their professional education, abroad.

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GLIMPSES by Jose Ma, Montelibano, PDI | New York, 9/2/2011 -- What a first few days in New York this has been! Doing my regular rounds in the United States in a continuing journey of discovery and engagement remains simply exciting in many ways. Hours after arriving New York, I found myself meeting Filipino-Americans of two generations. five couples in their 50’s and 60’s, and three young Filipino-Americans. If I had not been experiencing it so consistently in my travels

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New York City was bracing for Hurricane Irene. The hurricane
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across America these last few years, it would be strange to be with patriots for our motherland when they are already part of another country.

People recall Fantasy Land was second only to Japan in terms of progress before World War II, way ahead of its other Asian neighbors like Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, Indo-China and others. These days, however, Bangladesh, a new nation born out of poverty, and which had suffered hundreds of natural calamities, as well as Vietnam, which had endured decades of civil war with American intervention, are breathing down its neck in terms of progress, if not way ahead. During the early 1950s, Fantasy Land sent troops to help preserve democracy in the civilwar-torn Korea. During the late forties, thousands of refugees from China came to Fantasy Land to seek refuge, hundreds of them living on the sidewalks looking for means to make a living for themselves and their families. They plied the streets
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The President of The Philippines in China: REDISCOVERING ROOTS
(Feature on the Hongjian Village Visit) State Visits are grand affairs. By its very nature, such trips made by national leaders to other countries are suffused with pomp and pageantry and punctuated by the clink of the finest crystal, china and silverware. All the most powerful and influential people in politics, military and business come along for the ride and are herded efficiently through a battery of meetings, confabs and jaunts meant to foster better understanding and broaden trade and economic exState Visit when he comes to the Middle Kingdom on 30 August-02 September 2011. Conferences will be held, banquets will be attended, agreements will be inked and plans to expand bilateral relations on all fronts will be made and finalized; all the more so in light of China’s rising global clout and its consequences to the economic and political make up of the east Asian region and beyond.

President Benigno S. Aquino III will visit the hometown of his Chinese ancestors in Hongjian Village, located in the township of Jiaomei, Longhai City, Zhangzhou Municipality, Fujian Province.

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by Patty Maluto, OFW Journalism Consortium | MANILA, 8/22/2011—THE Department of Foreign Affairs said that there will be no need for repatriating some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Tripoli and its surrounding Libyan areas once the situation stabilizes within the next 24 hours. Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Antonio Rodriguez said the Philippine embassy in Tripoli has advised the Philippine government to “wait and see” for the situation to stabilize. There are about 1,600 OFWs remaining in Libya, as about 9,000, have already left the strife-torn country during the height of the crisis in mid-February to March. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is currently in Brazil on an official diplomatic function, but Rodriguez said that the Secretary is in full contact with the main office on the situations surrounding Libya and Syria. “Kung mag-stabilize ang sitwasyon, ako na mismo ang magsasabi na hindi na kailangan ng repatriation (If the situation stabilizes, I will personally pronounce that there will be no need for repatriation),” Rodriguez said. He added that if Libyan pro-democracy groups will be able to take over the military base located 10 to 12 kilometers of the Philippine embassy in Tripoli, “baka within the next 24 hours tapos na ang boxing.” The DFA maintained posting an alert level 4—or mandatory evacuation—in Libya, as Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis is currently in Libya to convince Filipinos to leave the country under the government’s repatriation program. Under the repatriation program, the Philippine government will shoulder the expenses. Seguis was supposed to meet Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa but could not do so because of the volatile situation in the Libyan capital.
Rodriguez said that based on
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Can Spouse Still Migrate When Principal Beneficiary Dies?
by Aurora Vega-Buzon, Esq. Mario was petitioned by his brother Celso in 1986 – under a 4th preference family-based relative petition (F4). Celso paid for all the immigrant visa fees and affidavit of support fees with the National Visa Center. In June 2011, Mario and his wife Norma (who is a derivative beneficiary under Celso’s petition) were interviewed at the U.S. Embassy in Manila; and were issued their Celso’s petition because they were already over 21 when their immigrant visas became available. Three weeks ago, Mario suffered a fatal heart attack and died after a week in the hospital. Norma, his spouse and who is a derivative beneficiary under Celso’s petition, still wants to fly to the United States on September 11, as he and Mario already had their tickets booked on that date. Can she still come even without Mario?

came into effect on October 28, 2009, now permits the approval of a visa petition or adjustment of status application and related applications even if the petitioner dies, it benefits only those petitions where the beneficiary/ies are residing in the United States. We have written several articles on this Public Law 111-83 and the different situations it covers – mostly, death of the petitioner in a familybased petition. In summary, Public Law 111-83 permits the approval of a visa petition or adjustment of status application and related applications even if the petitioner dies provided the alien beneficiary (i) resided in the United States when the qualifying relative dies; and (ii) continues to reside in the United States on the date his or her petition or application is decided. However, for beneficiaries outside of the United States like Norma, “humanitarian reinstatement” appears to be the only relief still available. Despite Mario’s death, Norma can still immigrate as a derivative beneficiary under Celso’s original petition for her husband Mario. However, since Mario died before he can was able to immigrate, Norma can no longer use the immigrant visa issued to her in June, and immigrate without her husband Mario, who was the principal beneficiary of the approved petition. Either Celso - who petitioned for his brother Mario – or Norma herself, should first file an application for humanitarian reinstatement. Celso and/or Norma must submit a written request for reinstatement to the USCIS office which originally approved Celso’s petition in 1986, and must include evidence to establish the following: The impact of revocation on Celso’s or Mario’s family in the United States, especially on their other U.S. citizen or lawful permanent relatives living in the United States; Celso’s advance age or poor health; Celso’s lengthy residence in the United States, as well as those of other relatives;

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asked to submit a video describing unique experiences that have shaped who they are in less than three minutes. White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders director Kiran Ahuja said the video challenge is designed to help understand more about important issues facing the community and to highlight their contributions. “A community’s stories define who they are,” said Ahuja. “This is an opportunity to highlight the work of people making a difference in our communities everyday. Whether you’re a passionate advocate for nail salon health and safety or working tirelessly to make life a little easier for new Americans, this is your chance to let us know how you’re making a difference.” Entries are accepted in any form, including music video, public service announce-

WASHINGTON – The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders launched an online video challenge today, asking participants to submit personal stories about people who have had an impact on the people around them. The effort, called “What’s Your Story?” aims to highlight community service by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders whose dedication to a cause has made a difference in their communities. Participants are Celso’s ties to the United States; and Significant delay in processing the case after approval of the petition and after a visa number has become available, if the delay is reasonably attributable to the Government, rather than the alien. In addition, Celso and/or Norma must satisfy all the other eligibility requirements like submission of an affidavit of support from the petitioner, Celso. If Celso’s income is no longer sufficient to meet the requirements, an additional affidavit of support from a co-sponsor must also be submitted. About Atty. Aurora Vega Buzon Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon is a partner in Chua Tinsay & Vega, A Professional Legal Corporation (CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego and Philippines. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (619) 955-6277; (415) 495-8088;

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immigrant visas. Having waited for so many years for their visas, Mario and Norma excitedly prepared for leaving for the United States. They planned on immediately petitioning for their 3 children who were not able to get visas under their Uncle

Norma’s situation – where the principal beneficiary Mario dies, has the same effect as when it is the family petitioner who dies – that is, the original approved petition is revoked. While Public Law 111-83 which

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American Red Cross: Preparedness Research Findings
Is Your Business Prepared? or had to provide first aid to others. Are Your Employees Ready? Only 2 in 10 Americans feel prepared for a catastrophic event.4 Close to 60 percent of Americans are wholly unprepared for a disaster of any kind.4 54 percent of Americans don’t prepare because they believe a disaster will not affect them. Only 1 in 10 American households has taken the appropriate preparedness steps: a family emergency plan, 15-40 percent of businesses fail following a natural or manmade disaster.1 94 percent of small business owners believe a disaster could seriously disrupt their business within the next two years.2 51 percent of Americans have experienced at least one emergency situation where they lost utilities for at least three days, had to evacuate and could not return home, could not communicate with family members

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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 19, 2011 – HYPERLINK “” San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), closed yesterday a public offering of $350 million of 10-year first-mortgage bonds. This transaction marks the second time SDG&E has used a minority-owned investment bank as co-lead in a bond offering. As part of its overall commitment to supplier diversity, SDG&E selected HYPERLINK “http://www.castleoaklp. com/” CastleOak Securities L.P., a New York-based, African-American-owned investment bank, to be one of four joint lead managers, along with HYPERLINK “” Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., HYPERLINK “http://” RBC Capital Markets, LLC and UBS Investment Bank. “We are proud of our ongoing commitment to provide opportunities for minority-owned banks and investment banking firms to participate on an equal footing with other major financial institutions in these kinds of transactions,” said Lee Schavrien, senior vice president of finance, regulatory and legislative affairs for SDG&E. “Diversity is an everyday core value at SDG&E,” said Schavrien. “Having CastleOak as a joint lead on this deal is

SDG&E Issues $350 Million In Bonds Jointly Led By Minority-Owned Investment Bank
just another example of good business decisions we believe benefit our customers and the communities we serve.” The bonds bear an interest rate of 3.0 percent and mature on Aug. 15, 2021. According to the underwriters, at the time of issuance, this deal was recordbreaking -- the lowest coupon ever issued for a 10-year utility bond offering -although new records continue to be set this week. The bonds are rated “Aa3” by HYPERLINK “http://” Moody’s Investors Service and “A+” by HYPERLINK “” Standard & Poor’s Corp. Two other minority-owned underwriters -- HYPERLINK “http://www.guzman. com/privacy.html” Guzman & Company and HYPERLINK “http://www.willcap. com/” The Williams Capital Group -- were co-managers on this bond issuance. Proceeds of the bonds will be used to fund SDG&E’s robust, five-year capital investment plan that includes construction of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which is on target to be in service next year, as well as the purchase of the El Dorado power plant in Nevada from SDG&E’s sister affiliate company HYPERLINK “http://www.semprageneration. com/” Sempra Generation.

“SDG&E continues to lead the way among California utilities in ‘walking the talk’ on diversity and in creating new opportunities for minority companies in this dynamic capital market,” said Timothy Alan Simon, a commissioner on the HYPERLINK “” California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). “We commend SDG&E for making significant strides toward the goals of the Commission’s General Order 156.” CPUC General Order 156 requires investor-owned utilities to submit annual plans for increasing the participation of businesses owned by women, minorities and disabled veterans in utility procurement. HYPERLINK “” SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.5 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help our customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of HYPERLINK “” Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

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If she was not a communist, I would have liked her completely. The least I could do was fulfill my promise. After that, I should be done with this communist and I promised myself not to promise her anything again because she was a communist. To be continued… (Publisher’s Note: Pusoy is Rudy D. Liporada’s second novel and third book being serialized in Asian Journal. One can get a copy of the book through – A Russian Poker - or by calling the author at 858-722-1465.)

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private schools.” “But almost everyone who studies in UP become communists.” “You don’t have to be.” In the end, I took and passed the UP entrance test. I became a scholar ng bayan – of the nation. Only intelligent ones become scholars ng bayan. Yet, I struggled to understand this bourgeoisie and proletariat thing.

Pusoy (A Russian Poker), Chapter 9
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My shoes squeaked new when I hurried to my Poli Sci 101 class that Monday morning. When I entered the room, Mrs. Ritos was already on this bourgeoisie and proletariat contradiction thing. I must have been far more than a few minutes late for

elementary and high school life. My father insisted that UP, for college, was the way to go. I warned him that UP was a harbinger of communists according to the nuns and priests. I mean even if I was no longer a seminarian and I found a Playboy magazine underneath a rector’s pillow, it does not mean that I am no longer a Christian who was taught to oppose

I was on my way to my calculus class after Poli Sci when I heard my name being called at the hallway. Jenny caught up with me, panting in her rush to catch me. “Here is what I promised you,” she said handing me a thin pamphlet titled ‘The Miseducation of the Filipino’. “And see you at Room 10 at 4:30. You promised.” And she turned away in search of another face at the hallway. I promised? Oh! Yes, I promised but that was ions of days ago. I mean who would remember a promise to attend a Monday thing when there is a weekend in between? With Cynthia and other things on my mind, I forgot that I promised that I would be at Room 10 at 4:30. It was really hard not to say yes and not promise to Jenny. She had these eyes that blinked ‘say yes, say yes, please, say yes.’ A cross between an Igorot and Visayan beauty, she had these lips that would mount a seeming pout if you say no. And she had this smile that rewards you with this far out warmth whenever you say yes.

I already had a hard time following what was being discussed. What does diametrically oppose really mean? Besides, I really resisted the subject. My resistance to understanding the lesson also hinged on my not caring about the subject because my course was geared to make me an engineer. What does this Karl Marx have to do with limits and parabolas? I did not even want to be at the University of the Philippines branch in Baguio City. I had been under the care of nuns and priests all my

communists. The advice, however, of UP administration personnel and faculty members who bowled at the alley and regularly consumed my mother’s confections at the canteen bore weight on my parents’ insistence. “UP has cheaper tuition fees and only for intelligent students,” my father said. “Yes, but I have a leadership scholarship which I can apply anywhere I want to,” I said. “But what happens if you lose your scholarship? We will not be able to afford to continue sending you to

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The Air National Guard’s San Diego Bayfair Roars into Mission Bay, September 16-18
CleanTech and Preparedness More Americans Using Social Media Green Economy and Technology in Emergencies Essentials New American Red Cross Survey Finds High Expectations Sector Leaders to The Ready Rating program is on Response your Share Latest Infor- designed to help betterbusiness orfor WASHINGTON, Wednesday, Organizations well-being after mation about their organization get prepared emergencies, according to two new August 24, 2011 — Americans are Below are mation on Green emergencies.preparednessthe five of relying more and more on social surveys conducted by the American cornerstone actions When Jobs and Green the Ready Rating program.program, you join the Ready Rating to a Economy at San you’ll get accessGuidedetailed Ready Rating Program that guides you through each of these steps. This Diego Seminar, condensed version of the Program designed to provide a snapSeptember 15, 2011 Guide ishow the American Red Cross shot of
(San Diego, August 29, 2011) “San Diego CleanTech Beach: Riding The Green Jobs and Economy Wave” is an event that is designed to help people launch or expand clean technology careers, start-ups and community initiatives by providing briefings from leaders in the Green economy sector. The September 15, 2011 evening event is hosted by The Connell Whittaker Group LLC (see http:// The location is San Diego Environmental Services 9601 Ridgehaven Court , First Floor Auditorium, San Diego, CA 92123 (Free Parking) Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PT) In the wake of new studies and confusing media reports about the status of the Green economy, many career changers, entrepreneurs, and others are in need of reliable information and networking to help reach their business goals. CleanTech Beach speakers are leaders in the sector and will offer reality-based briefings on the 2011 status of the local and state Green economy. Speakers and topics include: • 6:00-6:20 pm Jacques Chirazi, Office of the Mayor of San Diego, Cleantech Program Manager: “The CleanTECH San Diego Success Story and Jobs Outlook” · 6:20-6:40 pm Bill Powers, P.E. Powers Engineering, and Author, San Diego Smart Energy can help your business get better prepared. The 123-point Red Cross Ready Rating 123 Assessment tool and Ready Rating 123 Program Guide are the result of a comprehensive review of preparedness recommendations conducted by the American Red Cross National Office of Preparedness and Health and Safety Services, the national Ready Rating team, and the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. All Ready Rating Program steps and

San Diego, Calif.—August 31, 2011—Seven national powerboat racing tours, featuring the world’s fastest boats compete on the waters of San Diego’s Mission Bay, September 16-18, as headliner of the region’s largest annual family beach festival and sports competition. This year marks the first time in three years the Air National Guard Hydroplane Series and the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series have run together on Mission Bay. They are joined by the automotive-powered Grand Prix West Hydroplanes and offshore series newcomer P1 USA, among others during the three-day weekend. “The Unlimited hydroplanes and the drag boats are truly fan favorites,” said Jeff Thomas, chairman of San Diego Bayfair’s Board of Directors. “This is the only race site in the country you can experience both tours on the same body water, same weekend. If you love jet engines or the roar of the pistons and the sheer speed of seeing the fastest race craft with no wheels, Bayfair is the place to be in September. “But it’s more than just powerboat racing, there’s something for everyone, great vendors, food, music and the shores of beautiful Mission Bay, combined with the best weather of the year.” San Diego is the final regular season stop for The Air National Guard Hydroplane Series before wrapping up its season in Doha, Qatar in November. Ten unlimited hydroplanes compete for the famed Bill Muncey Cup, which was won last year by the tour’s all-time winningest driver Dave Villwock, who just this year passed Muncey’s record of 62 wins.

Villwock, driving the Spirit of Qatar, and his primary competition driver Steve David in the Oh Boy! Oberto have each won two races this season, though there’s a young, highly skilled group of drivers challenging the two veteran’s dominance. Speeding across the water at over 200 mph in the straightaways on the 2.5-mile Bill Muncey racecourse, the fastest body of water on the circuit, drivers are subjected to G-forces similar to what a fighter pilot experiences. Even there boats are similar, protected in cockpits designed after the Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcon. Returning to Mission Bay after a one-year hiatus, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series expects as many 120 boats churning up the water in front of Crown Point. Billed as the extreme sport of extreme sports, the series’ Top Fuel Hydros can achieve 260 mph on a quarter-mile course. As the drivers attest, there is a fine line between winning the race and crashing. Drag boats are competing in 11 classes including sportsman, PWC and professional. In addition to the racing action, fans can meet the drivers and watch up-close the boats being prepared for competition. Here’s a brief overview of the other classes of boat racing at Bayfair: Grand Prix West—The pistonpowered boats are just 2 feet shorter than the unlimited hydroplanes, but are powered by supercharged, big-block V8s, racing at speeds over 160 miles per hour. Grand Prix West boats are a fan favorite, offering the roar of piston engines and the
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Laura Howe, VP Public Relations, and Gloria Huang, Social Engagement Specialist, of the Red Cross discuss how people have used social media during Hurricane Irene ( ?v=foPoMwNo_04&feature=player_embedded Red Cross.
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media, mobile technology and online news outlets to learn about ongoing (Continued on page 17) disasters, seek help and share infor-

Tampa, Fla. (August 25, 2011) – Earthquakes in Virginia and Colorado on Tuesday serve as reminders that earthquakes can strike anywhere in the U.S. without warning. Such events clearly demonstrate the importance of disaster preparation, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck just northwest of Richmond, Va., Tuesday afternoon. Reports from various media outlets state the quake was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City, and as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. The Virginia temblor came just hours after Colorado experienced a 5.3 magnitude earthquake, its largest since 1973. “As so many people experienced (Continued on page 21) first-hand this week, earthquakes

Earthquakes in Unusual Locations Demonstrate Importance of Earthquake Preparation
can strike anywhere, at any time, and without warning,” said Julie Rochman, president & CEO, IBHS. “Effective disaster safety measures can protect lives and property, but only if action is taken before, rather than after, a catastrophe like a major earthquake hits.” IBHS has a pair of free consumer guides available on its website, www., which provides information on how to effectively prepare their property for an earthquake. “Earthquake Risks Around the U.S. – How to Protect Your Property” provides information to help residents and business owners better understand the areas of a home or business most vulnerable to earthquake damage and offers solutions to minimize the risk of property losses. The information and suggestions presented in this guide range from simple weekend tasks that require basic carpentry skills to more complex projects that may require professional assistance. “Reduce Six Common Earthquake Risks for Under $70” identifies affordable ways to secure five items commonly found in homes. Most of these projects can be accomplished by residents or business owners themselves or with the help of someone who is handy with household tools. “IBHS is pleased to offer these guides to consumers, along with other information about earthquake risk reduction,” Rochman said. “We urge consumers to act on this information to help make their homes and businesses safer, stronger, and more resistant to earthquake damage.”

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ment, and Kaiser Permanente. Other major supporters are Anthem Blue Cross and W.K. Kellogg Foundation. There are 16 additional supporters that include the American Cancer Society, SPARK and Dairy Council of California. WORKSHOPS There were eight tracks or workshop topics that tackled the problem of obesity in a comprehensive way.

systems on a community’s physical, economic, social and environmental health. The first topic suggests that availability and affordability of food in low-income communities is an important contributor to diet-related chronic diseases and obesity rates in urban and rural America. Our complex food system needs to be redesigned to deliver more healthful outcomes. The second topic shows

adults are eating enough fruits and vegetables and only half enough As a columnist of the Asian physical activity. Among FilAms in Journal, I was given a media pass to SD, only 16% ate 5 daily servings attend the 6th Biennial Childhood of fruits and vegetables and 30% did Obesity Conference held in San moderate and vigorous activity most Diego last June 28-30 at the Mandays of the week. Poor diet, inactivchester Grand Hyatt. I consider it a ity, and obesity contribute to the risk privilege to attend this conference as of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, it is along my line of expertise and high blood pressure, stroke, arthritisalso because I was able to attend it related disabilities, depression, sleep for free. This is of course with the disorders, and some cancers. view that I will report on what I had This 6th biennial conference on learned at the conference. The media childhood obesity is the largest pass was only for one day and I was conference of its kind in the nation able to attend only two sessions but addressing one of the most critical was able to view most of the exhibits public health challenges facing our where I learned a lot about the recountry, i.e., obesity. The theme, sources available on obesity. Thank “Celebrating Success and Moving you Asian Journal! Toward Health in All Policies” THE PROBLEM builds on our accomplishments, One in four California adults is including improving school enviobese and over half are overweight ronments, achieving new beverage or obese. This epidemic affects virstandards for child care and securtually all age, income, educational, ing new federal funds focused on disability and ethnic groups includhealthy food access. It highlights the ing Filipino Americans (FilAms). necessity and benefits of considering Rates are highest among those of health when making policy decisions Latino, American Indian, African at the local, county, state and federal American and Pacific Islander level. descent, Californians from lowerThis conference was hosted by income households, and those with California Department of Public disabilities. Kalusugan Community Health (Project LEAN, Network Services’ survey in 2000 among 458 for a Healthy California, CaliforFilAm adults aged 25-65 years in nia Obesity Prevention Program San Diego (SD) showed that 48% and Women, Infants & Children are overweight and 13% are obese. Program), University of CaliforWhile healthy eating and physical nia, Berkeley, Dr. Robert C. and activity are key to obesity prevenVeronica Atkins Center for Weight tion, less than 30% of California and Health, The California Endow-

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Participants can go to any one of them. This included : Agriculture and Food Systems; Basic and Applied Research; Built Environment, Land Use and Transportation; Community Nutrition and Physical Activity; Early Childhood Education; Health Care Prevention Strategies; Marketing to Kids; and School/After School Programs and Policies. The two sessions I attended were related to “Agriculture and Food Systems”. The topics were, “Moving toward Healthier and Sustainable Food Systems” and “Farm to Fork: Moving from Theory

that understanding and navigating the complexity of our food system takes an inter-disciplinary approach to solve the obesity epidemic. To emphasize the importance of the agriculture and food systems on the obesity epidemic, Dr. Oran B. Hesterman, published a book entitled, “Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All”. This book is an enlightening guide on how to redesign our broken food system, i.e., changing what we eat but also how food is grown, packaged and delivered. Our food system’s dysfunction is our emphasis on efficiency, cen-

to Practice”. These sessions explores the impact of agricultural and food and #9 in psychology among Hispanics. Combining doctoral and masters degrees, Alliant is ranked in a total of 20 categories that span across all disciplines and minority groups. These consistently

tralization, higher yields, profit and convenience. According to him, the tion and diversity/multicultural education initiatives on college and university campuses. Along with seven other institutions named to the project, Alliant will explore

spiraling rate of obesity in the U.S. is one of the many symptoms of our broken food system. For more information, visit the website: www. Besides workshops, a field trip was arranged to the Tierra Miguel Foundation, a charitable organization that offers programs to inform and educate about the value of local, sustainable agricultural practices and demonstrates these practices on an 85-acre working produce farm. Exercises such as walking along the waterfront, harbor runs, standing exercise and chair exercise classes were also conducted during the day. The hotel provides a well-equipped fitness room and swimming pool for guests. EXHIBITS There were 59 exhibitors that presented a colorful, interesting and educational information about their programs and samples of materials that they have produced on nutrition and physical activity. Some notable ones is the Anthem Blue Cross, “Family Activity Book: Get Up and Get Moving!” to help one plan fun activities for the whole family and to share with kids to help them be more fit and make good health choices. An accompanying booklet for parents is “Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids.” Their website is HYPERLINK “” www. The Nutrition Services Department of the Neighborhood House Association publishes a 2001 calendar of “365 days of nutrition and health for the family.” Each month is a page loaded with tips on how to eat right, recipes, guides and pictures. It will be a lot of fun for kids. Their website is HYPERLINK “http://” www. The Unified NutriMeals is dedicated to providing healthy and delicious meals, diminishing obesity and educating their clients about nutrition and physical activity. They combine all-natural foods and a comprehensive health education to design a customized food service program for each organization. They have a brochure, newsletter, and 21-day cycle breakfast menu. presidential advisor for global initiatives at ACE. “Competition for this project was quite intense and shows a great desire among applicants to effectively address this important relationship. We anticipate great strides from this learning community.” Reaching Out According to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, Department of Education, “the best colleges and universities actively reach out to students and faculty from a wide range of backgrounds. They believe a diverse academic community contributes to the quality of a student’s education. Currently, the 18–22-year-old full-time undergraduate student represents only 16% of the higher education population. Of today’s students: 40% study part time, 40% are age 25 or older, and 58% are age 22 or older. The population at US institutions of higher education has undergone tremendous change in the past decade and will continue to change. Alliant International University and the schools within it, California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS), California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Shirley Hufstedler School of

Their website if HYPERLINK “” www. Other interesting organizations with beautiful displays are: A World Fit for Kids!; Accusplit, Inc; CalFresh; California Action for Healthy Kids; California Department of Education; CATCH; WIC; Food Fun; Lakeshore Learning; Lean & Green Kids; Nemours; Network for Healthy California; Public Health Institute; SPARK; Superkids nutrition: The Kidshape Foundation; and The Organwise Guys. To obtain a list and how to contact them, send email to HYPERLINK “mailto:Victoria.” Victoria. or visit the website: CONCLUSION: The comprehensive policies discussed at this conference that impact the places where we live, learn, work and play have a profound influence on our economic health, equity and environmental sustainability. There has been much progress but much more remains to be done if we are to effect long-term changes that will reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The Planning Committee consisting of representatives from many organizations stated that “the nation is poised to realize opportunities for meaningful change in health reform”. They encouraged us to continue to expand our efforts, create more opportunities for collaboration across sectors, and continue the path of innovation through public/private partnerships. The future of our children depends on us. I am calling on all Asian American organizations and individuals involved to continue the fight to reduce obesity by helping change policies related to the agricultural and food systems, schools, child care, physical activity and the environment, and healthy food access. Let us unite and work together to make this happen not only for our sake but also for our children. *** SAVE THE DATE: FOOD SAFETY WORKSHOP
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Education (HSOE), Alliant School of Management (ASM), and San Francisco Law School (SFLS) are at the forefront of change when it comes to diversity, helping students prepare for and benefit from globalization, and preparing leaders for a world vastly different from a generation ago. About Alliant International University Alliant International University is a WASC accredited private, non-profit university that emphasizes the practical application of theory and research to prepare students for professional careers in psychology and mental health, education, business and management, forensic studies, and law. Created in 2001 by the merger of two legacy institutions, its combined institutional history in higher education dates back over 100 years. Headquartered in San Diego and San Francisco, Alliant has additional campuses in Los Angeles, Irvine, Fresno, Sacramento, and Mexico City with accredited programs in Hong Kong and Tokyo. For more details, or registration information visit: Sources: US Dept of Education, Sallie Mae, Alliant International University

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Geography Wiki. Global_Interactions high rankings reflect Alliant’s institutional commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. They demonstrate Alliant’s continued success in advancing higher education among minorities. As Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden, associate provost of international-multicultural initiatives, remarks, “This is what makes Alliant special; we are an inclusive educational environment where people from diverse backgrounds are welcomed, affirmed, and able to thrive.” American Council on Education In addition to its work as a top producer of graduate degrees among minorities, Alliant International University this fall will join a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation entitled At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments, which is aimed at promoting collaboration between internationalizaconnections between on-campus international and diversity efforts that will better prepare students for the impacts of globalization and improve cultural communication skills among students, faculty and staff. Co-chairs of the Alliant work group, Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden and Dr. Danny Wedding, will meet with ACE staff and team leaders from the other selected institutions to share experiences and discover best practices. “Participating in a project of this magnitude is quite an honor. Assuring that we are effectively training our students to be culturally competent professional practitioners in a global world is key for us at Alliant,” said Provost Russ Newman. “The interface between multicultural and international efforts on campus is a critical place to engage students, who will face an increasingly diverse and global workplace over the course of their careers,” said Patti McGill Peterson,

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ated such an emotional response from me. I was preoccupied with what I could speak about in a prayer was causing not only deep concern meeting later that evening of a combut virtual panic for many who munity that has been so supportive wiped out the supply of generators of the work of Gawad Kalinga. Also, and flashlights. People were buying I kept thinking of a planned trip to cartons of bottled water, too, and Maryland the next day when the stacking food. Yet, in that shop for hurricane was expected to hit that costume rentals where the owners state. Cancelling the four-hour drive played host for the meeting and, of course, provided food as well, there was logical and seemed like the safe thing to do in the middle of a hurriwas no panic, not even unusual cane, but the prospect of not meeting interest for the coming typhoon. Instead, there only was a thirst for an more leaders and advocates of a active and productive connection to noble work was not easy to accept. I was so grateful for the opportutheir race and motherland. nity to thank the Bukas Loob sa Dios These American-based patriots of (BLD) community of New Jersey. their motherland across the Pacific The generosity of many have built gathered to hear the latest news several homes and villages for the about the Philippines, especially on the cause nation-building, the issues poor, and many of their fellow members in the Philippines have actually of poverty and corruption. But they taken on the challenge of handwere not griping about the mess afholding the beneficiaries towards a flicting the Filipino people; instead, new and productive perspective of they just wanted to get guidance or community living. And the enthusiaffirmation about the solutions they had in mind. Around that long table, asm of their coordinators assigned to work with Gawad Kalinga produced it was not dissonance that colored another midnight meal and lively the many and different ideas being brought forth and discussed. Rather, discussions. When I finally retired for the night it was a common desire to help the at 3 am, I knew I would leave for Filipino and build a future full of Maryland later that morning. The hope, report that Hurricane Irene was The participants of the gatherless strong at category 2 instead of ing were leaders of Gawad Kalinga category 3 made me confident that and advocates who belonged to the typhoon was on a weakening different organizations. Yet, it was trajectory and would be less of a less the advocacy of each one that danger during our travel and during was the primary concern but how our stay in Maryland. We did decide several groups could converge in to brave the storm and were on the activities and share messages that directly contributed to the well being road before noon, hitting our destination in less than 6 hours followof the poor in the Philippines. The ing a leisurely pace. There were no individuals present committed to hurricane conditions all throughout, pursue a direction of convergence and again only the least of damage and alliance-building for Filipinoall throughout the night in MaryAmericans. The meeting was so intense that it did not end until almost land. The joy and excitement of being with the Maryland leaders of midnight and capped by a meal in a a common global work completely 24-hour Korean restaurant. erased the hurricane from my attenThe next day, New York was in a tion - also because it was not strong more agitated state with Hurricane enough to do so. Irene only a day before hitting land I am now in New Jersey from in North Carolina and two days beMaryland and another dinner last fore confronting New York and New night in Staten Island. Tomorrow, I Jersey. Advisories were sent out to leave for California and more road alert residents that mass transport systems would be shut down. It was tours. I would be tired and discoureducational for me to see how a first aged if I do not see affirmation and growth at every turn, everywhere. world country and superpower was In my first meeting, when the issue behaving to prepare their psyches of the Spratlys came up, two young and homes for the coming of the typhoon. I kept thinking of the Phil- Filipino-Americans said they were willing to go to a motherland they ippines and how we prepare for our had not been born in, then fight and own hurricanes. It upset me deeply die if they have to. to see the great difference between Earlier this noon, another young the powerful and the third world, a Filipino-American sought me out difference that consistently can be to tell me that he would like to go measured by the number killed. home to the native country of his Again, though, I had to set aside parents, work for Gawad Kalinga that mental comparison that gener(Continued from page 1)

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Be Disaster-Ready: Preparedness Starts with You
By Zena Sultana Babao (San Diego, CA, Aug. 30, 2011) Disaster comes with or without warning, happens in an unexpected manner in the most inopportune time, and leave on its wake untold devastation and loss of lives. 2011 seems to be filled with all kinds of disasters, both natural and manmade. These disasters remind us that the next emergency is coming – we just don’t know when, where, or what kind it will be. It’s best to be ready, and preparedness starts with you and me! Hurricane Irene, one of the most deadly and most destructive, pummeled the Eastern Seaboard and left behind it at least 39 dead, 5-million people without power from North Carolina on up to Maine, damages at $2-billion and growing, and rising floodwater from upstate New York into New England. It packed a lot of wind at the start of its journey from the Bahamas, eased down a little bit as it was leaving the East Coast, and now on its way to Canada. The amount of preparedness varied – some were prepared, some were not. Many just took what happened in stride – and took it with a grain of salt and a dash of humor. One homeowner boarded his home, and on the board wrote “Goodnight, Irene” – alluding to a song of the same title. Here in San Diego, there are no storms of Irene’s magnitude, but there is one disaster that California is famous for: earthquakes. The Golden State is situated between two of the earth’s tectonic plates, one of which is the infamous San Andreas Fault. These plates are constantly shifting and causing friction that result in earthquakes, tremors and aftershocks. There have been thousands of recorded earthquakes in California for many years, most of which didn’t do any damage and were hardly felt. The 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, with a magnitude of 7.8, was one of the worst earthquakes in California history. This earthquake killed over 3,000 people and caused $524-million in property loss. An earthquake dubbed “the Big One” has been predicted to happen any time, and would reportedly pack such a magnitude that “part of California will crack off into the ocean.” The ReadySD and the AAA Auto Club of Southern California recognize that September is National Preparedness Month, and are urging everyone to be prepared before disaster strikes. More than 82 percent of U.S. residents know that emergency preparedness is necessary. However, most people have made little, if any, preparations. My family is guilty of this. Only one of my three sons, Narrison, is somewhat prepared. Disaster prevention should include: developing a family plan; creating a disaster supply kit; having a place to go; securing the home; and having a pet plan. One of the most important decisions to make is to evacuate or not. It’s advisable that if asked to evacuate, we should do so without delay. Here’s a handy checklist of items we may need when a disaster hits, according to Triple A and Ready San Diego: ( ) Water: one gallon per person per day for at least three days ( ) Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, plus a manually-operated can opener ( ) Extra water and food for your pets, plus extra leashes, treats, and toys ( ) Warm blankets, extra set of clothes, and sturdy shoes for each member of the family ( ) Baby items, such as extra formula and diapers ( ) Special items for seniors or people with disabilities ( ) Prescription medication and supplements ( ) List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food ( ) Small hygiene kits for the family with toothbrushes and toothpaste ( ) Personal sanitation items, such as moist towelettes or disinfecting

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LOS ANGELES -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced 15 arrests in a largescale U.S.-Mexico prescription drug trafficking organization that used its proceeds to fund criminal activity in the United States. The California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement initiated the investigation after conducting numerous border stops of members of the drug trafficking organization, some of whom were validated gang members. The group would acquire wholesale quantities of controlled pharmaceutical drugs, such as OxyContin and Hydrocodone, smuggle the drugs to Mexico where they were sold, and then smuggle the cash back into the United States to finance their criminal operations. “Prescription drug diversion is a growing challenge for law enforcement, and one increasingly coordinated by well-funded criminal organizations,” said Attorney General Harris. “The people of California are safer now that our brave law enforcement officers have disrupted and dismantled this prescription drug diversion network.” Anthony Wright, the leader of the organization, boasted that he earned $1,000 a day for the several years the operation was running. In the San Diego area, the organization brought upwards of $400,000 into the United States from Mexico in just a six-month period. Since 2009, numerous border stops have been conducted on members of the drug trafficking organization, resulting in the seizure of approximately 1,288 OxyContin pills and 9,500 Hydrocodone pills, with an estimated street value of $78,000. Wright, the primary source for this drug trafficking organization, frequented Dabney’s Pharmacy in South Central Los Angeles, which is believed to have provided large quantities of Hydrocodone and other controlled substances pharmaceuticals without reporting the transactions to the California Department of Justice’s

Love Trumps Nature’s Fury. Artie Wood hands his wife, Susanne, a branch instead of a bouquet on their 23rd anniversary in Beaufort County, NC. Chris Osborne, Red Cross -- Artie and Susanne Wood spent their 23rd anniversary having dinner by candlelight – but not because they were at a romantic restaurant. The couple lost power in their Beaufort County home after Hurricane Irene knocked out six trees and their horse stable on Saturday morning. “This is the worst weather we’ve ever had here,” Susanne said. “We usually help clean up the church’s yard, but our yard was so bad we needed to tend to it all day.” “And we just realized that it was our anniversary,” Artie said. The couple’s son, Lee, is a volunteer firefighter and said he has spent the last 24 hours responding to emergencies caused by the storm. Red Cross disaster assessment teams spent Sunday canvassing Beaufort County, as it sustained significant damage. Their input will be used to help Red Cross volunteers distribute emergency supplies in these hard-hit areas

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to it. There are three things that Winslo can do to conclude the purchase without the need of going back to the Philippines. First, he can sign a separate copy of the deed of sale. Second, he can execute a Special Power of Attorney appointing another person (called an attorneyin-fact) to sign for him in the deed of sale. In both cases, the document must be notarized and authenticated by the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles.

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because of the rising security tension in Libya. The DFA is working with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which has chartered a ship to pick up foreign nationals in Libya. There are about 400 reserved seats for Filipinos in that ship, Conejos said. The ship, once docking clearance is permitted, will pick up foreign nationals from Tripoli to Alexandria in Egypt where Filipinos are expected to board commercial flights that will take them home to Manila. Conejos said that during the major repatriation program for Libya earlier this year, the Philippine government spent about 1.2 million euros for chartering two ships and more than $1.5 million for commercial flights for the Tunisia-Dubai-Manila route. Pro-democracy groups entered Tripoli on Monday morning, further threatening the 42-year regime of embattled Libyan President Moummar Gaddafi. Armed conflict between the Libyan government and pro-democracy groups gained fire in February this year after similar revolts against the autocratic rulings in Tunisia and Egypt.

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The third option is the least tedious. The seller can execute what is called a unilateral deed of sale. ome of our friends have both the seller and the buyer, and that they are voluntarily undertaking It is a deed of sale that the seller observed that the real the transaction. The register of deeds signs alone. The deed of sale will just mention that the seller is selling estate market in the will not transfer title to the buyer the property to the buyer, and then Philippines seems to be better without a notarized deed of sale. describe the property. It will have than what we have here in the same legal effect as the ordinary For a buyer who frequents the the United States. Except on (bilateral) deed of sale. The only rePhilippines, going there to appear very limited occasions, such before the notary public to conclude striction is that the unilateral deed of sale must not impose any condition as when a massive earthquake the sale will simply coincide with his trip there. It will not require extra on the buyer. For example, it should devastated northern Luzon not require the buyer to pay the and sent prices of Baguio City time, effort and expense for him. capital gains tax. The reason for this On the other hand, a buyer who has is common sense. The buyer cannot properties crumbling down purchased a valuable property at be bound to pay the capital gains tax some two decades ago (we a bargain price will also not mind because he did not sign the deed of now regret not having grabbed making a special trip to conclude the sale. On a side note, under Philiptransaction. For him, the special trip that opportunity), real estate pine law, the seller is responsible for would be worth it. But how about a prices in the Philippines have buyer who is investing in a property the capital gains tax. remarkably remained stable. of small value, and who thinks that personally going to the Philippines Atty. Rogelio Karagdag , Jr. is In contrast, the U.S. real estate will unduly increase his financial licensed to practice law in both Calmarket seems to take a hit every exposure? ifornia and the Philippines. He pracfive or ten years. Nowadays, houses tices immigration law in San Diego are priced at half their value five Again, let’s have a hypothetiand has continuously been a trial years ago and while it is now highly cal. Winslo has already invested in and appellate attorney in the Philipprofitable to buy them, the banks are several valuable properties in his very meticulous in giving out loans. native town of Bauan, Batangas. His pines since 1989. He travels between San Diego and Manila. His office On the other hand, government purchases always coincided with address is located at 10717 Camino regulations are very strict on cash his annual trips there. Truth is, the Ruiz, Suite 131, San Diego, CA purchases. These observations have properties are quite pricey and no convinced many of us that it is better one else could afford to buy them, so 92126. He also has an office in the Philippines at 1240 Apacible Street, to invest in the Philippines, particu- the sellers had to wait for Winslo’s Paco, Manila, Philippines 1007, larly after the passage of the Dual arrival. He just came back from the Citizenship Act which now allows Philippines last month for his annual with telephone numbers (632)5221199 and (632)526-0326. Please call naturalized Filipinos to own lands vacation and, again, he was able to (858)348-7475/(858)536-4292 or without restrictions. purchase another property. A few email him at rkaragdag@attyimdays ago, his cousin phoned and The traditional way of finalizing a asked Winslo if he wants to buy an- He speaks Tagalog property transaction in the Philipother lot in Bauan. Compared to his fluently. Articles written in this column are not legal advice but are pines is for both the seller and the properties, this lot is much smaller hypotheticals intended as general, buyer to appear before a notary and the price is relatively low; in non-specific legal information. public to sign the deed of absolute fact he will spend more for his trip Readers must seek legal consultation sale. Philippine law requires that the if he goes back to the Philippines. before taking any legal steps. sale must be embodied in a public But Winslo wants the lot because it document (notarized deed) to have is between two of his properties. He legal effect. The notary public will is concerned that because of its low certify that he personally knows price, another buyer might beat him

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claimed “war hero” was elected to the presidency. The people from his region blindly voted for him as a solid bloc, ignoring the fact he was once accused of murder but was just acquitted by a Supreme Court Justice who had also killed another person when he was a young by Simeon G. Silverio Jr. man. Seeing himself in the convicted killer, he declared the murderer innocent to give him a second chance in life. Had Read Sim Silverio’s previous articles by visiting our website at he known beforehand the disastrous effects of his magnanimous decision, he would have let the rascal rot in jail. Eventually, the so-called “war hero” was unmasked. The twenty-seven medals he allegedly earned during the war, the most any soldier have earned, turned out to be fakes. But not after he had succeeded in enriching himself, imposing his people had become the servants of the will on the people, and committing the world, better known as domestic helpers (Continued from page 1) most disastrous plunder the country had in other Asian countries like Hong Kong buying and selling used bottles and metal and Malaysia as well as European nations ever seen. To perpetuate himself in power, he scraps, or peddling their native delicacies like Italy and Britain. In fact, at one point, declared Martial Law, enabling him to do like taho (soybean sweets). Now, these the word “Fantasylander” was defined as whatever he wished. His capricious wife, Chinese refugees have taken over Fantasy “a maid” in a European dictionary. a poor girl from the south, engaged in the Land’s economy, owning most of the When the Americans took over “mining industry”, pointing to several banks and big manufacturing corporaFantasyland from the Spaniards, they businesses and claiming them for herself: tions, malls, real estate developments introduced their brand of democracy, and are employing the descendants of the public education and government, among “this is mine, that is mine!” For almost sixteen years, Fantasy Land native Filipinos who used to cater to their others, things that made the United States had become the conjugal dictator’s perbusinesses. South Korea had emerged of America number one in the world. The sonal fiefdom, muscling protests with the from economic turmoil after its civil war American’s “little brown brothers”, the help of his corrupt army and the blessings stalemate and is now employing the same Fantasylanders, were groomed to follow descendants of the Fantasy Land soldiers their mentor’s footsteps and succeed like of America who saw in them puppets they can manipulate. that helped them, this time, as maids. them. While the nationalists claimed the But not everything lasts forever. God What happened? One might ask. Could Fantasylanders were at a disadvantage performed a miracle in Fantasyland when it be the race itself? Could the people from the start, as parity rights, meanthe seasoned and evil dictator was toppled really be indolent as described by their ing equal rights to explore the country’s by a mere housewife whose only weapon national hero in one of his writings? natural resources, were also given to the Many are hard-pressed to find answers citizens of the former rulers, many politi- was the inspiration her martyred husband because the Fantasylanders had proven cians insisted that indeed the country was had imbued on the people. Such a people power way of toppling dictators, a peaceto be great and heroic people. Even when independent. ful alternative to violent revolution, had the Spanish conquistadors discovered the “I’d rather have a country ran like hell been adopted all over the world, including lands during the fourteenth century, cou- by the Fantasylanders than one ran like in the biggest communist country of rageous natives had defended themselves heaven by the Americans,” one of them them all: The Union of Soviets Socialheroically, killing the invaders’ leader, declared. He got his wish. Ferdinand Magellan, himself. Although The country’s leaders learned from the ist Republics. Perhaps it was the biggest the people were eventually subjugated, start how to help themselves to the coffers contribution of Fantasy Land to the betterment of the world. their conquerors were not without resisof the country, instead of helping their The housewife succeeded in doing tance. Uprisings occurred every now and poor countrymen. Public service was not what she was elected for, bringing back then, from the great tribal leaders named a public trust. Rather, it had become a Dagohoy to Raja Sulaiman, Diego and business among the government workers. democracy to the country. But that did not guarantee a happy ending for FantasyGabriela Silang, Gomburza, the members Ways to enrich themselves by getting a of La Solidaridad, the Katipunan heroes, cut from government projects and expen- land. With democratic freedom, government officials rediscovered their old ways and the early American resistance move- ditures were the first lessons the newlyof enriching themselves through graft and ment. In Bataan and Corregidor during elected or newly-appointed government corruption. Whereas the dictator and his World War II, the Fantasylanders showed official had learned. A ten percent cut on cronies helped themselves to the coffers the whole world an ideal example of the costs of public projects or services of the country during Martial Law, thouheroic fight for freedom. To be sure, thou- farmed out to private enterprises by the sands of crooks have spawned to do the sands of heroes had shed their blood and approving officials became a practice. given their lives to obtain the country’s Nowadays, the official’s cuts had become same when democracy returned. – AJ freedom from foreign domination. fifty percent, resulting to substandard (To be continued) Yet, Fantasyland is lagging behind its projects and wasteful expenditures. neighbors, as though time stood still for The country’s deterioration accelerated more than three quarters of century. Its during the mid-1960s when a self-pro-

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Lower Your Nets
Read Monsignor’s previous articles by visiting our website at father’s love, a love with no strings attached - Agape - that is patterned on the unconditional Divine Love. The elder son condemned his younger brother. The more condemnation he heaps upon his younger brother and his father, the elder brother becomes more resentful and condemnatory. Isn’t it true that the less we forgive, the more we feel that we have been unjustly treated and maligned by others? The more we refuse to reconcile, the further we delve into the sins and mistakes of others and we notice less and less our own weakness. The more we condemn others, the more we indulge in self-pity. The more we look down on others, the more selfrighteous we become. To break the cycle of condemnation and self-pity, forgiveness and reconciliation are important key factors. When we humbly realize that we are all sinners, equally guilty and in need of forgiveness, we see ourselves, as we truly should be.

Seeking Reconciliation
The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. –Thich Nhat Hanh
by Wendy Strgar, Author of Love That Works, A Guide to Enduring Inrtimacy, as posted on | Jun 26, 2011 -- I grew up accustomed to angry bursts of violence. My parents

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He Loves Me … He Loves Me Not.
Joke of the Week: Two men went up to the church to pray: one was a leading citizen, the other a schoolteacher. The prominent citizen stood, and with eyes turned upward said, “Lord, I thank you that I am not like these professional men, even as the poor school master. I pay half his salary; it is my money that built this church. I subscribe liberally to foreign missions, and to all the work of the church. It is my money that advances your cause.” The schoolteacher’s prayer was quite different. He simply bowed in humility and said, “God, be merciful to me. I was that man’s teacher.” Scriptures: First Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9. The prophet Ezekiel warned the Hebrews to turn away from their sins: idolatrous practices, injustice, economic irresponsibility, otherwise they would be punished. History shows that the destruction of Jerusalem occurred in 587 B.C. In spite of their sinfulness, Yahweh promises his people a new future. Second Reading: Romans 13:8-10. In Leviticus the word “neighbor” meant compatriot or kin. But for Jesus “neighbor” has a deeper scope and meaning. The one thing that we owe one another is love, because it was God’s motive for redeeming us. This kind of love, not limited by the old requirement of the Torah, is the norm for Christian conduct. Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20. Ordinarily punishment is meted out to the offenders. In serious matters, an offender is excommunicated or considered expelled from the community. But the teachings of Jesus acquire a new meaning. The power to forgive is by far a greater quality of the Christian community than the authority to excommunicate. Though there should be no compromise with the offender, yet justice should be tinted with compassion. and for all Christians to mend these divisions and restore unity through

Ang Pinakamayamang Kaluluwa (2)
Mapanglaw at malumbay na umuwi siya ng bahay at kanyang natuklasanpamilya niya ay namatay dahilan sa matinding gutom ng siya ay umalis ang kaawa-awa n’yang mag-ina, ito ang sinapit. Inukit na lamang sa bato ang kanilang pangalan habang umiiyak na lumugmok duon sa libingan at ang kanyang hinahanap na mayamang kaluluwa ngayo’y napagtantong wala palang iba kundi siya. Sana ay kapulutan ng aral yaring tulang ito sa lahat nilang nilalang na hangal at ambisyoso ganid sa isipan ay pawiin magsikap ng todo dahil palaging sa huli ang pagsisisi ng husto.

reconciliation. However, reconciliation is effective only to the extent that it heals the wound that afflicts humanity: sin.

Here’s a story in observance of Labor Day: one of those do-ityourselfers sauntered in to look over their new machines and gadgets. IN COMPARISON WITH Brightly the clerk pointed to one RETRIBUTION THAT AIMS AT JUSTICE, reconciliation flows from of the latest. “This machine will do atonement (at-one-ment) or oneness. half your work for you.” “Great,” exclaimed the customer, “I’ll take Retribution may further widen the great divide that separates the oppos- two.” ing parties. Atonement unites the Another joke: The farmer offender and the offended, the victim decided to give special attention to and the victimizer. Reconciliation reveals broken relationships: with God the development of his poultry yard, and with other human beings. Atone- and he undertook the work carefully and systematically. His hired ment mends those broken relationman, who had been with him for ships. Reconciliation unites people. a number of years, was instructed, Though reconciliation aims at the among other things, to write on each unification of conflicting parties, yet it does not mean that repentance egg the date laid and the breed of the hen. After a month, the hired is to be sidestepped. Reconciliaman resigned. “I can’t tion involves genuine and honest understand,” the farmer declared, repentance of sins. The offending party promises to amend his life and surprised and pained, “why you “I’m the offended helps him on his way to should want to leave.” through,” the hired man asserted. true repentance. “I’ve done the nastiest jobs, an’ RECONCILIATION IS TO BE never kicked. But I draw the line TINTED WITH LOVE. The strength on being a secretary to a bunch o’ of that love manifests itself when the hens.” sinner shows his sinfulness. Without condoning the sinful actions of Quotation of the Week: “If the person, the true lover does not we want our sins forgiven, the first refuse nor withdraw his love when step is to acknowledge that we have the person shows his weakness and committed them and need to seek wounded self. On the contrary, true reconciliation.” Anonymous. love extends its reconciling and forgiving hands to the sinner.

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divorced when I was thirteen, but the years leading to their final separation made the divorce more of a relief than additional pain. Communications were mostly done in different octaves of yells and even now, my children often have to remind me about how loudly I am speaking. We were all stranded in that family, wanting what everyone wants: to be valued -- acknowledged and loved. No one in my family had enough of themselves to offer anything to anyone else. The only rule I was ever en(Continued on page 15) About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Filipino Language Teacher at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

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Reflecting on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, Robert Waldron wrote Reflections: We live in a shatthat the father did not excuse, did tered world of broken relationships. not renounce anger or resentment, We notice these divisions in violence and did not absolve his son from and terrorism, discrimination of vari- “payment of.” Why did the father of ous kinds (racial, religious), unjust the prodigal son act that way? The distribution of the earth’s resources. only reason is that “love refuses to Sin that wounds man’s inmost self is cast blame-Love loves.” In contrast, the root cause of these divisions. It is the elder son’s self-righteousness imperative for all men of good will blinds him from experiencing his

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music from SeaWorld newest show, “BlueHorizons.” Ah yes, San Diego’s annualtradition Summer Nights at SeaWorld returns. The marine-life park’s summertime extravaganzarolls out weekends, May 28–June 12, and continues nightly, June 18–Aug. 28 and Sept. 3–5. Now, with so much to see and do atSeaWorld this summer, there’s never been a better time to visit. And, the park is also offering a TwilightTicket giving guests a single day park admission for $39.99 when arriving after3 p.m. during Club Atlantis nights. Here’s a look at the 2011 Summer Nights lineup Club Atlantis: This summer teens can dance the night away at Club Atlantis, Presented by Pepsi, located adjacent to SeaWorld’s Journey To Atlantis water coaster! Guests can join CW6 and Channel 933 Thursday and Friday nights June 23 through Aug. 12. The area will feature music from Channel 933’s DJ Marc Thrasher and will include lights and videos — giving teens a fun and safe atmosphere to spend their summer with friends. There will also be performances by local dance team, Culture Shock, and it is all included with park admission. Pepsi Dream Machine: Park guests will discover a fun and easy way to recycle plastic and aluminum beverage containers at the new Pepsi Dream Machine located next to the Shamu Shop. While helping to keep recyclable materials out of our trash and landfills, guests will also receive special coupons good at SeaWorld merchandise and culinary locations. SummerNights Favorites “Shamu Rocks”: The world-famous killer whale takes center stage during Summer Nights in this 20-minute musical journey that transports Shamu around the globe, through awesome natural settings. Shamu’s visual experience is enhanced by images on four LED screens that move and rotate, dazzling the audience with a rockin’ show. “Sea Lions Tonite”: Summer Nights guests won’t want to miss “Sea Lions Tonite,” a hilarious adventure featuring famous California sea lions Clyde and Seamore. The prankster-loving pinnipeds poke fun at the stars of classic daytime SeaWorld shows, including “Cirque de la Mer,” “Pets Rule!” and the new “Blue Horizons.” Fireworks: “Into the Blue” fireworks brighten up the sky every Summer Nights evening along with seasonal nighttime-only animal shows. Note: On the Fourth of July,
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SAN DIEGO (May 19, 2011) – After the sun has set SeaWorld is illuminated as thepark’s family of killer whales star in their own rock ’n’ roll concertfeaturing hot lights and cool tunes. Laughtercan be heard as silly sea lions and mischievous otters wreak havoc on stage. Then, as the evening comes to a crescendo, “Intothe Blue” fireworks light up thenight’s sky along with orchestral

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SHOWBIZ WATCHER By Ogie Cruz, Asian Journal | SAN DIEGO, 9/2/2011 -- Itong Linggong ito, kumalat na naman sa mga twitter na namatay na raw ang Comedy King na si Dolphy, itinakbo raw ito sa isang hospital dead on arrival. Siempre ikinabigla ito ng sambayanan kung totoo itong kumalat sa twitter, at ikinabigla rin mismo ni Zsazsa Padilla at ang mga anak ni Dolphy lalo na si Epi Quizon. Naglabas naman kaagad si Zsazsa ng kanyang sagot sa kanyang official twitter account ng ganito, “ Not true. Everymonth na lang? He is sleeping,” at sinundan pa niya ng another message “Hi Guys.Not offended by news ‘coz no truth to it naman. I am so used to it na.Huwag na lang makakarating sa mga kamag-anak sa abroad kasi, siempre mag-aalala sila.Thanks for all your prayers. Dolphy is fine and still taping for ‘Pidols Wonderlands” for TV 5,”. So ibig sabihin buhay na buhay pa si Dolphy kaya huwag kaagad maniniwala sa mga mensahe sa twitter, chismis lang ang mga ‘yun ng mga taong

Dolphy Death Rumors: “Kung Hindi Sila Makapag-antay, Mauna na sila,”- Epi Quizon-

kanilang ama kaya sila nagkabati. Ayaw na niyang elaborate kung anung nangyari at nagkabati sila ng kanyang Ate, basta ang mahalaga raw in good terms na sila ngayon.Medyo matagal na rin silang nagkakausap, at ngayon lang niya ito inilabas sa media, sana raw bigyan sila ng space ng mga reporters para lalong gumanda ang kanilang samahan. Hay salamat nagkabati rin ang dalawang magkapatid.

The Hit Faktory Entertainment consist of 6 members namely A.J. Rollan De Guzman,Larry Vargas, Randall Adamos, Allen Calpito, Richard Anthony and Bryan Bentley. Magaling sila sa rapping and making hip-hop music, at may fans na rin sila rito.Sabi nga ni Andrew Villanueva, manager of the group,they will visit Phils. next year for a series of show. Eto ang time para makita nila ang Pilipinas at makita ang mga kabataang Pinoy kung paano nila tinatanggap ang Hip-hop Music. Goodluck in your career Hit Faktory !!! CLEAR SKIN FACIAL CLINIC LINSENSIYADO ANG MGA DOCTORS !!! Last Saturday nag-grand opening ang Clear Skin Facial Clinic sa Rio Drive San Diego at nakilala namin ang mga Filipino Doctors dito na sina Dra. Arwinna Bautista, Dra. Jean Garvida Acido-Palma at Dra. Amy Bautista-Tinaza. Marami silang pasyente, paano ba naman mga linsensiyadong Dermatologist talaga ang mga ito dito sa Amerika.Si Dra. Amy may clinic na talaga sa Pilipinas gusto lang nila makilala ang galing nila kaya nagtayo rin sila dito sa California. Basta, one of this days susubukan namin ang kanilang galing siempre magpa-facial kami.Pwes, puntahan nyo na sila ang pinakabagong Facial Clinic in San Diego California.

walang magawa sa buhay. Siempre nagsalita rin ang mga anak ni Dolphy na kasama rin sa naturang TV show ng Comedy King.”Healthy na healthy pa rin siya paanong mangyayari yun,” pagtatanggol pa ni Vandolph.Pabiro namang nagsalita si Epi Quizon na may laman,”Kung hindi sila makapag-antay, mauna na sila,”.Sabi pa nga nila kasama pa nila ama nila sa taping, paano raw mangyayari yun. Kung sinuman dito ang mga kamaganak ni Dolphy sa amerika, hindi totoo ang balitang death rumors at huwag kayong mag-aalala.Basta ang alam namin kapag laging ganitong nachichismis na patay na si Dolphy, lalong hahaba ang buhay nito. ROSANNA ROCES NA MESMER-

Rosanna Roces IZED KAY NORA AUNOR!!! Kasama pala si Rosanna Roces sa bagong teledrama ni Nora Aunor sa channel 5 na “Sa Ngalan ng Ina”, at mesmerized pala ito sa unang pagkakakita kay La Aunor. Vilmanian si Osang, pero sabi nga niya magaling raw si Vilma pero nang makita niya si Nora in person at nakita nito ang mga matang parang lumuluha para raw siyang nanuno , at hindi makapagsalita sa nakita.Mata palang raw ni Ate Guy lumuluha na. Parang birheng maria raw ang na-

Claudine Barretto kita niya, at na halos gusto na niyang luhuran.First time lang niya nakita ang Superstar, kaya naman ibang-iba ang kanyang naramdaman.Masuerte nga daw siya at napasama siya sa naturang drama serye ng Superstar. Dagdag pa nga niya, marami raw pagkakatulad ng buhay nila ni Nora sa pag-ibig at career.Feeling nga niya comeback picture daw niya ito , tulad din ni Nora Aunor. Pumayag naman kaya ang mga Noranians na makasintulad sila ng buhay ni Nora , Osang?Talaga may common sa inyo ni Nora Aunor, baka naman kapag si Gov. Vilma Santos na ang makasama mo sa isang teleserye o movie, e himatayin ka lalo pa aminado ka na Vilmanian ka, say mo Osang? CLAUDINE BARRETTO AT GRETCHEN BARRETTO BATI NA RAW !!!Bati na raw ang sina Claudine Barretto at Gretchen Barretto, ito ang inamin sa isang interview kay Claudine.Sa wakas nagkabati rin ang magkapatid na ilang taon din na hindi nag-uusap ang dalawa at puro masasamang balita na namamagitan kapag pinag-uusapan sila , na para silang manok na pinagsasabong. Aminado si Claudine na madalas silang magkwentuhan ni Gretchen sa cellphone, at hindi na nagkakailangan ang bawat isa.Pero nilinaw ni Claudine, hindi dahil may sakit ang

HIT FAKTORY HIT FAKTORY, A PHIL-AM BAND WANT TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES NEXT YEAR !!! Last Thursday I was invited to see the show of Hit Faktory at 4th & B, downtown. Puro mga Phil-Am ito pero most of them don’t know how to speak tagalog language.Isa lang yata ang marunong sa kanila, the group was formed early months of 2011 here in San Diego.

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1. Dapat kayang si Lapu-Lapu ay tanghaling bayani, Dahil naipagtanggol nya’ng kanyang katribo’t kalipi? Ang dayuhang si Magellan sa laba’y kanyang naputi Ipinagbunyi’t ikinagalak ng mga kalahi. 2. Nasa puso naman kaya ng katutubong Mactan Ang dalisay na pag-ibig at pagiging makabayan Hindi kaya bunsod lamang ng likas na katinuan Ang bukal na ugaling sarili ay ipagsanggalang? 3. Ating minalaki itong kay Lapu-Lapung nagawa At kinilala pa bilang isang bayaning pambansa Sa atin bang kasaysayan ay mayroong napatala Ang tunay niyang layuning mapipilan ang banyaga? 4. Sinugo ng Bansang España si Fernando Magellan Sa Silanga’y napadako, mga Isla’y nasumpungan Ang lihim na adhikain sa malayong paglalakbay Kapangyariha’y mapalawig, kapulua’y makamkam. 5. Sa loob ng tatlong siglo, tatlong dekada’t tatlong taon Katutubo’y nagsagawa ng daan-daang rebelyon Sa himagsikang inihasik kabiguan ang nilamon Ano nga ba’ng magiging laban nitong itak sa kanyon? 6. Ang pagkabaril kay Rizal, mga mata ay nangamulat Naging susi ang nobelang Noli’t Fili na nasulat Sa dalawa nyang aklat, pagmamalabis ay nabunyag Ng dayuhang Kastila sa mga Indiong tinatawag. 7. Kay baba n’yaring antas, inalipusta’t kinawawa Sa sariling lupain inaglahi at inalila Sa bawa’t pagkakamali kapalit ay pagkawala Ng buhay ng kahabag-habag sa kamay ng banyaga. 8. Ang lihim na samahan na Katipunan kung turingan Itinatag ni Bonifacio na patagong kilusan Nang dahil sa mapagmapuri’t taksil na kasamahan Ito ay nalantad, pag-asang lumaya ay naparam. 9. Sa pagkakatuklas , di natigatig, di naging hadlang Manapa ay nag-ibayo ang sidhi ng kagitingan Palibhasa’y matatapang, kahit gulok yaong tangan Walang takot, nakihamok, sinuong ang kamatayan. 10. Ang kawikaang kalawang ang sa bakal ay sisira Yaong inggit sa kapwa ay naghari at naganap nga Hidwaan sa pamumuno, sanhi ng pagkariwara Ng kilusang sana ay muog na di kayang magiba. 11. Si Supremo Bonifacio’y hinatulang ipapatay Nahalili si Aguinaldong namuno sa kilusan Panandaliang namayani sa iilang labanan Kagyat niyang inihayag yaong ating kalayaan. 12.

Kalayaan nga bang tunay gayong tayo ay sakop pa Ng Kanluraning mga bansang España’t Amerika? Sa digmaan ng dalawa, itong bansa ang nagdusa Pamayanan ay winasak niyong mapamuksang bomba. 13. Bagama’t may panaka-nakang labanan pang naganap Sa pagitan ng mga Kano’t kawal ng Pilipinas Si Aguinaldo sa Palanan, nasukol sa pagtakas Nagkanlong ng mga sandata’t digmaan ay nagwakas. 14. Naging mabuting kaibigan ang Bansang Amerika Iminulat ang pamahalaang uring Demokrasya Tinulungang makabangong sa hirap ay maialsa Kaisipang kanlurani’y niyakap, minana’t ginaya. 15. Sadyang hindi mawatasan ang mapanuksong tadhana Sumiklab ang Pandaigdig na Digmaang Ikalawa Itong Bansang Hapon ang katunggali ay Amerika Pilipinas ay nadamay sa alitan ng dalawa. 16. Sa ilalim ng malulupit, sakang na mga kawal Mga lalaki’y tinipon, pinahirapa’t binitay Ang mga babae nama’y inalipin at hinalay Nangyari’y kalunus-lunos sa buhay ng minamahal. 17. Dumating ang panahon na si McArthur ay nagbalik Upang tupdin ang pangako noong bago s’ya umalis Sa tulong n’ya’y nahango ang kaibigang gumigibik Kalagan sa pagkakagapos na pagkahigpit-higpit. 18. Noong bansa ay bihag pa kung itaas ang bandla Ang watawat ng Amerika ang siyang nauuna Dumatal ang panahong yaong pita’y iginawad na Itong ating dinarasal na maging malaya sana. 19. Ika-apat na araw, buwan ng Hulyo’y gunitain Isang libo siyam na raan, apatnapu at anim Ang tunay na kasarinlan nang ito ay ating kamtin Saksi’y bandilang ibininit nilamyos nitong hangin. 20. Roxas, Qurino, Magsaysay, Garcia, Macapagal, Marcos Sila ang mga pangulong sa bansa ay nangaglingkod Simulang bansa’y mahango ay bantad pang nagdarahop Wala pa ring pagbabago, sa lusak ay nakalublob. 21. Itong nanggaling sa Ilokos na pangulong diktador Kilalang matalino at magaling na manananggol Sakim at narahuyo sa kapangyariha’y naulol Batas-Militar ay ‘binaba, sa tao’y idinuldol. 22. Ang Sandatahang Lakas ay ginamit at inatasan Kinamkam ang pag-aari nitong mga mamamayan Layang magpahayag ng saloobin ay kasalanan Kung may tapang pang nalalabi, piitan ang hantungan. 23. Marami ang nangagtiis sa madilim na kulungan Mga pulitikong sa kanya’y hayag na kumalaban Ang isa’y si Ninoy na dinapuan ng karamdaman Malihis lamang sa landas, nayag na mangibang-bayan. 24. Kunwa’y bukal ang nasang si Ninoy ay maipagamot Gayong ang naghahari’y galak sa puso’t kanyang loob Ang mawala sa mundo na sa kanya ay napopoot Upang maisakatuparan ang gawain n’yang buktot. 25. Si Ninoy, sa hangarin, kailan ma’y di nabalino Ang kalayaa’y dapat kamtin ng bawa’t Pilipino Kaya naman ang pagbalik na kasiyahang totoo Naging bunga sa paglunsad, ay pagkawala sa mundo. 26. Ang buong sambayanan ay nanlumo at nanlupaypay Sa nakahihindik na paraan ng kanyang pagpanaw

Ito ang umantig at sa mga himbing ay pumukaw Upang sa muli’y hanapin ang lunas sa pagkauhaw. 27. Sumunod dito’y idinaos ang biglaang halalan Ang katunggali ay isang pangkaraniwang maybahay Taumbaya’y tumutol, nagpupuyos sa kagalitan Sa ginawang pandaraya ng tuso at mapanlinlang. 28. Nagsanib itong madla, madre, pare at mga kawal Nagtungo doon sa EDSA na magkakahawak-kamay Dito nila natantong ang pananalig na matibay Ay kayang igupo ang malakas kung magkakaramay. 29. Sa kauna-unahan, babae ang naging pangulo Sa paraang mapayapa at tunay na makatao Pinuri’t kinilala, hinangaan ng buong mundo Ang demokrasya’y nanag-uli sa mga Pilipino. 30. Di naging madali ang kay Cory na panunungkulan Makailang ulit pamahalaa’y pinagtangkaan Ang nasang pabagsaki’t, agawin ang kapangyarihan Ng sundalong mga taksil, kapanalig si Honasan. 31. Sa loob ng anim na taon buhay ay di nag-iba Asa pa ri’y ginhawa’t pag-angat ng ekonomiya Binahanggan nga ng lupa yaong mga magsasaka Nguni’t bakit naudlot ang sa Hacienda Luisita? 32. Ang sumunod na pangulo’y itong si Fidel V. Ramos Na siyang napusuan ng administrasyong natapos Wika ay may katangiang bansa ay maisaayos Pagka’t isang mabuting Heneral sa “West Point” nagtapos. 33. Matiising Pilipino’y nahirati na sa hirap Pagkawala ng dagitab ay naranasang madalas Pinagbilhan ng ari-arian ay pinagwawaldas Binayaang dayuhan ang luminang ng yamang likas. 34. Ang sikat na artistang Joseph Ejercito Estrada Ang sumunod na pangulong itinaguyod ng masa Ang kaibigan nitong putik na naglilo sa kanya Ay kinasapakat ang kay Gloriang gahamang asawa. 35. Dito na pumasok sa eksena ang mapagsamantala Ginawan nila ng kaso itong pangulong artista Inihain ang umano ay “impeachment” sa Kamara Isinampa sa Senado ni Villar na nag-apura. 36. Nilitis sa Senado nguni’t walang napatunayan Sapagka’t ang mga testigo’y pawang mga bulaan Ang lahat ng ibinintang, pulos gawa-gawa lamang Hanggang ang mga umuusig ay nagsipag-aklasan. 37. Ang himok kay Erap ay lagda sa liham-pagbibitiw Kapalit nito’y pangakong hindi na pag-uusigin Naglabasan ang tunay na kulay ng mga balimbing Tinangkilik ang babaeng sa isip nila’y magaling. 38. Sa harap ng Punong Mahistrado siya’y pinanumpa Saksi ang mga pulitiko na nagdiwang sa tuwa Naagaw nang tuluyan, kapangyarihang mamahala Kahit sa liwas na paraan at sa batas ay sala. 39. Ang Ina ng Bayan na batis ng kasinungalingan Ang pahayag ay di na muling lalahok sa halalan Sa udyok ng kasamahang nais lamang magpayaman Napahinuhod at binali, pangakong binitiwan. 40. Ang milyun-milyong salaping nakalaan sa abono Ay perang ginamit sa pamimili ng mga boto Tinawagan ang batikang Komisyoner Garcillano Upang dayain si Panday, at matiyak ang panalo.

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Caffeine Lowers Risk of Skin Cancer: Coffee-Based Sunscreen Might Work Best
ScienceDaily (Aug. 25, 2011) — There might be a time when instead of just drinking that morning cup of coffee you lather it on your skin as a way of preventing harmful sun damage or skin cancer. A new Rutgers study strengthens the theory that caffeine guards against certain skin cancers at the molecular level by inhibiting a protein enzyme in the skin, known as ATR. Scientists believe that based on what they have learned studying mice, caffeine applied directly to the skin might help prevent damaging UV light from causing skin cancer. Prior research indicated that mice that were fed caffeinated water and exposed to lamps that generated UVB radiation that damaged the DNA in their skin cells were able to kill off a greater percentage of their badly damaged cells and reduce the risk of cells becoming cancerous. “Although it is known that coffee drinking is associated with a decreased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer, there now needs to be studies to determine whether topical caffeine inhibits sunlight-induced skin cancer,” said Allan Conney, director of the Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research. In this newly-published study, instead of inhibiting ATR with caffeinated water, Rutgers researchers, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Washington, genetically modified and diminished ATR in one group of mice. The results: the genetically modified mice developed tumors more slowly than the unmodified mice, had 69 percent fewer tumors than regular mice and developed four times fewer invasive tumors. The study also found, however, that when both groups of mice were ScienceDaily (Aug. 18, 2011) — Sniffer dogs could be used for the early detection of lung cancer, according to new research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, carried out by researchers from Schillerhoehe Hospital in Germany, is the first to find that sniffer dogs can reliably detect lung cancer. Lung cancer is the second most

Sniffer Dogs Can Be Used to Detect Lung Cancer, Research Suggests
This method relies on identifying volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are linked to the presence of cancer. Although many different technological applications have been developed, this method is still difficult to apply in a clinical setting as patients aren’t allowed to smoke or eat before the test, sample analysis can take a long time and there is also a high risk of interference. Because of these reasons, no lung cancer-spe-

exposed to chronic ultraviolet rays for an extended period of time, tumor development occurred in both the genetically modified and regular mice. What this seems to indicate, says Conney, is that inhibiting the ATR enzyme works best at the pre-cancerous stage before UV-induced skin cancers are fully developed. According to the National Cancer Institute, sunlight-induced skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the United States with more than 1 million new cases each year. Although multiple human epidemiologic studies link caffeinated beverage intake with significant decreases in several different types of cancer, including skin cancer, just how and why coffee protects against the disease is unknown. “Caffeine might become a weapon in prevention because it inhibits ATR and also acts ad as a sunscreen and directly absorbs damaging UV light,” said Conney. -- Link: http:// am still caught off guard at the ferocity that they still hold. More and more I can sense the buffer slipping and pull away to get some quiet and perspective. But sometimes too many forces collide and I am beside myself, literally, watching some out of control, hysterics coming from my own mouth. It is usually little things that trigger us–a ruined load of laundry, a blender’s contents exploding, burnt waffles–sometimes all of them colliding in a singular moment in time. Something cracks. I am able to witness almost at once how much damage these tirades inflict. Caught between shame, guilt and the initial fury that took over. There is no room left for ego. Sometimes apologies aren’t enough. Each person caught in the tantrum has to process for themselves.

ScienceDaily (Aug. 26, 2011) — When it comes to improving bone health in postmenopausal women -and people of all ages, actually -- a Florida State University researcher has found a simple, proactive solution to help prevent fractures and osteoporosis: eating dried plums. “Over my career, I have tested numerous fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums, or prunes, have,” said Bahram H. Arjmandi, Florida State’s Margaret A. Sitton Professor and chairman of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences in the College of Human Sciences. “All fruits and vegetables have a positive effect on nutrition, but in terms of bone health, this particular food is exceptional.” Arjmandi and a group of researchers from Florida State and Oklahoma State University tested two groups of postmenopausal women. Over a 12-month period, the first

No Bones About It: Eating Dried Plums Helps Prevent Fractures and Osteoporosis, Study Suggests

group, consisting of 55 women, was instructed to consume 100 grams of dried plums (about 10 prunes) each day, while the second -- a comparative control group of 45 women -was told to consume 100 grams of dried apples. All of the study’s participants also received daily doses of calcium (500 milligrams) and vitamin D (400 international units). The group that consumed dried plums had significantly higher bone mineral density in the ulna (one of two long bones in the forearm) and spine, in comparison with the group that ate dried apples. This, according to Arjmandi, was due in part to the ability of dried plums to suppress the rate of bone resorption, or the breakdown of bone, which tends to exceed the rate of new bone growth as people age. The group’s research, was published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Arjmandi conducted the research with his graduate students
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frequent form of cancer in men and women across Europe with over 340,000 deaths per year. It is also the most common cause of death from cancer worldwide. The disease is not strongly associated with any symptoms and early detection is often by chance. Current methods of detection are unreliable and scientists have been working on using exhaled breath specimens from patients for future screening tests. Reconciliation is an act between people, one that can only be effective because everyone agrees to it. Sometimes it is easier to hold onto our pain than it is to let go of it and accept someone back into your heart. I believe that it is less painful to risk being hurt again than it is to stay angry but I know that I cannot convince anyone of this. For many people don’t believe that their hearts get stronger and more resilient with use. They don’t trust their hearts to live through more than one heartache and they confuse humility and humiliation. Don’t misunderstand or think that I am in any way, making light of the nakedness and vulnerability that embodies reconciliation and forgiveness. IT MIGHT WELL BE THE MOST COURAGEOUS FORM OF LOVE THAT WE HUMANS ARE CAPABLE OF and the only real hope we have of ever being fully realized. It is not really ever in what we do right that makes us most ourselves. It is how we do right by what we do wrong that shapes us and leaves a legacy of our humanity. Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family. In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy, she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative advice. It has been called “the essential guide for relationships.” The book is available on ebook. Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Read more: http://www.care2. com/greenliving/seeking-reconciliation.html#ixzz1Wf7pcCVg

Seeking Reconciliation
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tirely dedicated to for my own children was the enforcement of reconciliation on a daily basis. They weren’t allowed to leave the room, or even go to bed, when they were young until they worked through their conflicts. I am sure they thought I was crazy and maybe I was. With me, I carried the many painful ways that we abandoned each other everyday in my childhood. The rage and injury was interrupted with only brief moments for recovery, only to come back for another round. I have consistently worked to control my emotional breakdowns within my family but

cific VOCs have yet been identified. This new study aimed to assess whether sniffer dogs could be used to identify a VOC in the breath of patients. The researchers worked with 220 volunteers, including lung cancer patients, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and healthy volunteers. They used dogs that had been specifically trained. The researchers carried out a number of tests to see if the dogs were able to reliably identify lung cancer compared with healthy volunteers, volunteers with COPD and whether the results were still found with the presence of tobacco. The dogs successfully identified 71 samples with lung cancer out of a possible 100. They also correctly detected 372 samples that did not have lung cancer out of a possible 400. The dogs could also detect lung cancer independently from COPD and tobacco smoke. These results confirm the presence of a stable marker for lung cancer that is independent of COPD and also detectable in the presence of tobacco smoke, food odours and drugs. Author of the study, Thorsten Walles from Schillerhoehe Hospital, said: “In the breath of patients with lung cancer, there are likely to be different chemicals to normal breath samples and the dogs’ keen sense of smell can detect this difference at an early stage of the disease. Our results confirm the presence of a stable marker for lung cancer. This is a big step forward in the diagnosis of lung cancer, but we still need to precisely identify the compounds observed in the exhaled breath of patients. It is unfortunate that dogs cannot communicate the biochemistry of the scent of cancer!” Link: 110817194548.htm

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Mga Tulang Tagalog by Romeo Nicolas
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Tinubos Na Pabaon
Marami ang nalulungkot sa balitang kumalat na, Na ang kaso ng PABAON ay malamang magtagal pa. Sa dami ng masasangkot, MAJOR, MAJOR na problema, Inako ng isang taong ang PABAON maantala. Ngayong wala na si A.R., paano na, paano na? Saan kaya ihahantong ang usiging parang DRAMA? Hindi kaya magmatigas ang SANGKOT at bawat isa, Tanggihan ang akusasyon at matapos ang SARSUWELA. Sana naman’y ‘wag lumabo ang lahat ng pagsisikap, ‘Di na muling maulit pa, GENERAL na puro PALPAK. Magbago na, magbago na, ayusin na ang palakad, Na ‘di laging sa SALAPI, mga MATA, dumidilat. Payo ko lang sa sino mang mamahala sa AFP, Na sa lahat ng “Tansaction”, ang “cash money” ‘wag isali. Nararapat na gamitin, “document” nang ‘di mahuli, At kung TSEKE, “documented”, ang nag-issue at nagtabi. Sa panahong “computerize”, mahirap na ang mandaya, Na tanggihan ang halagang, ‘di tinanggap, ‘di ginawa. Lumundag mang parang ASO, sa pagtanggi sa masama, Huli rin sya’t WALANG SABLAY, sa PABAON, siya na nga. Katulad ng mga kaso, ang nasangkot may tungkulin, Kung sila’y NAGSAPAKATAN, ‘ tagal itong malilihim. Ganyang-ganyan ang katulad, ng HALALAN dito satin, Buti na lang, tinanggap na, “computer’ na ang gamitin. Ang “PABAON”, kahit kailan sa Militar ay ‘di angkop, Lalo’t ito’y KAKALTASIN sa sundalo’t buwang SAHOD. Pati ARMAS na bibilhin, napahinto, kinurakot, Ngayon, heto, at TINUBOS, sa PABAON ay natakot. Batikos No. 8 Romeo S. Nicolas 2//10/2011
It is estimated that California is amongst the top 3 states in the nation for human trafficking. By its very nature, human trafficking, in all of its forms, is largely hidden from view. This is due in part to the large immigrant communities, within California, which provide for good concealment of a trafficking operation - in many cases, these persons can be hidden in plain sight. Many of these communities are not trusting of law enforcement and tend to maintain cultural norms – some which dictate maintaining silence in the face of illegal enterprise. The state’s extensive international border, its major harbors and airports, its powerful economy and accelerating population, its large immigrant population and its industries make it a prime target for traffickers. Apart from the harm that this crime causes its victims, the infrastructure that is necessary to support this heinous crime can serve the needs of terrorist wishing to smuggle themselves and/or dangerous weapons into the country. If you would like to help someone in need, please call: Trafficking in Persons Information and Referral Hotline (US HHS) 1-888-373-7888 Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force Hotline (US DOJ) 1-888-428-7581 Source: California Office of Emergency Services (OES)

Poem No. 20 When I’m asleep I’m truly awake I pretend to be asleep But I am awake in my dreams My dreams of contrasting Stark bright lights And deep dark shadows Of memories of undecoded past Rumbling senselessly on the cinema of my mind No thought No sense Just an awareness of my dreams Nothing to make sense of Other than an emptiness That needs to be filled

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©2011 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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knowledge and entertainment made available and accessible by GoodReader. “GOD helps those who help themselves.” Asking or praying for GOD’s help in facing the challenges brought about by Mother Nature is expected. But to stop there and hope that a miracle would ensue and therefore solve all troubles would not necessarily produce expected results. GOVERNMENT at WORK the goodness of fellow governed lessened whatever devastating impact the hurricane brought. GEEKS and GADGETS Scientific and Technological advances in weather forecasting, flood prevention, architecture, engineering, information technology and other industrial and consumer technologies have been helpful. Preparing for a possible power outage, all my Gadgets were ready for use. The batteries of my IPAD, IPHONE, IPOD TOUCH, ANDROID, Blackberry, Nokia, Battery-operated Fan and Radio, MacBook Pro, and my Flashlights were all fully charged. So was my electric Stand and Ride Segway.

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dom I need to have online and in some cases offline. The GoodReader is software in IPAD2 that allows me to access any document that I stored in Google Docs, Drop Box, Sugar Sync and other depositories in the Internet anywhere and anytime. My Kindle and my eBooks were always available too. GOD

should get out of the house?” I started walking down the stairs and out the door still talking on the phone. I don’t know why but somehow the earthquake did not bother me.. Perhaps because of my exposure to and experience with them in Manila and Tokyo. And we used to have regular earthquake drills in Huntington Beach High School, California during my teenage years. Hurricane IRENE is a different story. This was one Act of GOD that Kinetic Analysis reported to have caused damages amounting to about $7 billion. It was originally estimated that it could reach as high as $20 billion but later on reduced to $7 billion. “The damage from Hurricane Irene appears to be less severe than initially feared, minimizing the economic impact on both the U.S. and Northeast economies,” said Ryan Sweet at Moody’s Analytics. It was also reported that at least 29 deaths were blamed on the storm, and millions of people were left without power along the East Coast after Irene passed over the northeastern United States and headed for Canada. Human beings as well as institutions created by mankind are never matches against Mother Nature. Rains, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis and other acts of GOD are unstoppable. Their usually devastating effects can only be minimized. After witnessing a series of man-made disasters in Washington, D.C. brought about by a broken and divided Government as manifested in the debt ceiling debates, frustration to the brink of despair engulfed the American populace. However, I actually felt hopeful after observing the actuations of the Government; the Group efforts of the Governed; the usefulness and effectiveness of the technologies and Gadgets produced by the Geeks; the efficiency of Google in providing timely information; and the


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research shows that the earthquake that happened last Tuesday, August 22nd was centered in Mineral, Virginia with a magnitude of 5.8. It was the largest one that Virginia had since 1897. Luckily, while the quake rattled the whole of the East Coast, there was no serious damage or serious injuries. The White House, the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon were evacuated in Washington, thousands of alarmed federal workers run into the streets, and items came crashing down from store and office shelves. I was home on the phone with a foreign client during the earthquake. I was sitting next to my bookshelf, which came crashing down with all my books and boxes with my gadgets. I mentioned this to my client calmly describing the event but continued our discussion until he reminded me, “don’t you think you

live in the East Coast of the United States, in McLean, Virginia which is a suburb of Washington, D.C. Our place is also known as the home of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), that of the Kennedys, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Pat Buchanan, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Paul Begala and many other celebrities who go to St. Luke’s, our parish church.

Under French Law, it is called “force majeure”. Under International Law, it is named, “vis major”. In the Philippines we Facing the possible damaging call it fortuitous events. They all effects of IRENE, I saw before refer to Mother Nature and Acts and after how good it was to see of GOD – caused by some “suGovernment, be it Federal, State perior force” which could only or Municipal, at work. It did not be defeated or neutralized by an matter whether they were Demoequally supreme entity, hence the crats, Republicans or Indepenneed to pray. dents. They were helping others, GOOGLE and GOODREADThe Governed helping themeach other and, in the process, ER selves either individually or in themselves. groups, working with officials Group Actions of the GOVAll my computer and commuthey have chosen to govern and ERNED nications Gadgets have wireless utilizing technologies created by The Governed heeding the apand WIFI connections. Installed peals, instructions and directives in them is Google, which allows fellow human beings for their of the Government proved to be me to access and search whatev- benefit and welfare should now effective in minimizing damages, er data, information, knowledge, justify asking for additional but “superior” assistance. injuries and fatalities. Volunteer photos, songs, audio books, HOPE LIVES! groups, gift-giving donors and videos/movies and whatever wistion will respond during a disaster or medical emergency Creating a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) 4. Implement your emergency response plan. (Continued from page 5) This step involves gathering inforThis step involves continuing to mation about possible emergencies work with the planning committee to recommendations are grounded in that could impact your business and implement the emergency response scientific research, best practices your facility’s capabilities to respond plan with employees. The key to and/or expert opinion from respected to and recover from a disaster or implementing the plan is to make professionals representing multiple other emergency. Key actions for preparedness a part of the corporate disciplines and perspectives. this step include: culture. Key actions for this step Knowing your region and the types include: 1. Commit to preparedness of disasters most likely to impact Training employees on a regular your business basis about what to do during a This step indicates your commitObtaining a Hazard Vulnerability disaster or emergency ment to increasing your business’ or Assessment from your local emerAcquiring and maintaining needed organization’s level of emergency gency management agency safety equipment and emergency preparedness during the course of Considering which hazards your preparedness supplies the calendar year. You will be workfacility is most likely to experience, Showing employees how to be ing to make your business or organibased on proximity and past events prepared at work and at home so zation more prepared and to enhance Knowing your business or organi- they are better equipped to help the overall community preparedness. zation’s current capacity to prepare business respond to and recover Key actions for this step include: for, respond to and recover from a from an emergency Having your business or organizadisaster Conducting and assessing regular tion make preparedness a priority by Assessing the physical capacity, drills and exercises to determine the having senior leadership involved supplies, equipment and human readiness of your employees and resources of your facility to resist facilities damage during a disaster 5. Help your community get 3. Develop an emergency reprepared sponse plan. Now that your company and An emergency response plan employees are prepared, make at describes the steps your business least one additional commitment to or organization will take to protect ensure that the overall community your business and employees before, is prepared for a disaster or other during and after an emergency. Key emergency. Key actions for this step actions for this step include: include: Identifying an emergency planHosting blood drives ning committee that is responsible Contributing supplies and/or serfor developing and implementing an vices to emergency response efforts emergency response plan Adopting a local school or school Developing a written plan describ- district and support their disaster and ing how your business or organizaemergency preparedness programs

My barber’s shop is also located in McLean. We usually talk about ideas, events and other people in his place of work. But the latest topic was certainly closest to home. Most recently, we had to experience a couple of natural disasters – an earthquake and a hurricane named “IRENE”. My

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Filipiniana Bookshelf: First Among Peers
First Among Peers
The Official Biography of Marcial Valenzuela

Chapter 2 Two Migrations That Changed The Life Of Tatay Marcial
By Arturo G. Valenzuela Fourth in a series of articles
At age 14, and lured by the calls of a bustling town, Marcial le the laid back farm life in the village and joined his eldest brother Gregorio in Dagupan.
Tatay Marcial is the third of the nine siblings born to Vicente and Angela. His story is one for the books; it is also a beautiful story of hard work, migration, fame and adventure. This is his story as told by Tatay Marcial himself to me during the many light moments of reminiscing over a period of many decades. The following accounts are also based largely on materials in the family albums of photographs and printed mementos dating back to 1927 until about 1998 in nine crude volumes patiently compiled by my elder brother Fortunato over a period of more than thirty years which are now in my possession and subject of a planned systematic library compilation. Tatay Marcial was born on July 30, 1907 to rice-farming parents in a humble village of Tagac in the town of Mangatarem, Pangasinan during the early American occupation and administration of the country as a commonwealth where and when every Filipino was, technically, an American citizen. We could say here that he was born an “American citizen.” Growing up in the village between 1908 and 1922, he was a young farmer and a fisherman at the same time; he was a full-time farmer by PAN TOWN At the young age of 14, and lured by the calls of a bustling town, Tatay Marcial left the farm life in the village some time in 1922 and joined his brother Gregorio in Dagupan. Gregorio was at that time already working as a male teller at the old Philippine National Bank branch in the town. Tatay Marcial first worked as aguador, toiling everyday and carrying on his shoulders pales of potable water which he and his men delivered every day to residential houses of the rich and famous in the town. The task

eral or bottled water. Back in the early 1920s, there was not enough supply of potable water through pipelines as yet. But when cholera broke out, when many residents suffered from bum stomachs, the American sanidad or sanitary officer put a cap on Tatay Marcial and his group. But he was hell-bent in making it good and big in Dagupan town. Undaunted, he applied for work with a local trucking company and was initially given the job of a checker. This trucking company was into transporting petrol from Manila to Dagupan, mostly gas for kerosene lamps as there was not enough electrical power then supplied for Dagupan town and for the entire Philippines for that matter. Tatay Marcial, who went as far as Grade 7 with American-based elementary education, was in charge of checking in and out the arrivals and departures of all company trucks and drivers. (Finishing off Grade 7 that time, when Philippine education was under the administration of the Americans, is the equivalent today of graduating from high school.) The trucking company was owned by the Nava’s, a third generation Chinese-Spanish descendants of

finishing his studies at the Don business calling and a fisherman Alberto College located beside the by subsistence. Every year after riverbank of Calmay River in the harvest season, together with his district of Calmay also in Dagupan. brothers Pedro and Ricardo, and Marcial had dreamed of studying at relatives in the village, they would that college, likewise. But during travel in a caravan of 11 kariton or a great flood in 1935, the buildwheel carts pulled by slow-moving ing of the Don Alberto College carabaos (water buffalos) for three was eaten up by the Calmay River days from Mangatarem to Dagupan town, 80 kilometers away, transporting palay for threshing into rice cereal and selling out. Dagupan was then a developing town in the province of Pangasinan. It got its name AT THE TIME Tatay Marcial came to Dagupan in the 1920s, it must have looked similar to the photos above. At left is a marketfrom the native word place in Ermita and while at right is a typical street in Sampaloc nandaragu- both in Manila. The word Dagupan is rooted from the dialect “nanpan, meaning daragupan” meaning where people meet, or “dagup” which means “a meeting to meet. (Photos from place.” At whose banks had collapsed. Today that time, the monetary value of is today’s the building remains buried in the 100 cavans of palay (cereal) is the equivaequivalent of today’s 10,000 cavans, murky depths of the Calmay River lent of in Dagupan City. quite a fortune in those days. supplyMARCIAL LEAVES FARM LIFE ing minThat time, too, his eldest brother AND FINDS WORK IN DAGUGregorio (Tiyo Gorio) was already

ESCOLTA IN MANILA AT THE TURN OF THE 19TH CENTURY Shown in the photo above is the narrow Escolta Street in the 1920s that caught the fancy of Tatay Marcial from the many stories told to him by the drivers of the delivery trucks of his employer in Dagupan town. Escolta was then Manila’s Central Business District (CBD) which was a walking distance to nearby Intramuros (the CBD in the 17th and 18th centuries under the Spaniards.) Tatay Marcial wanted to be a part of that “Escolta era.” At the far end of the photo could be seen the Santa Cruz church. (Photo from

Pangasinan and whose fourth and fifth generation descendants became my personal friends and fellows in the prestigious Rotary Club of Dagupan City from the 1970s to the 1980’s. (Venancio Nava, native of Lingayen and a descendant of the old Nava clan, was Regional Director in the 1990s of the Department of Education based in Region 1 in San Fernando, La Union. Another friend of mine, Clemente Nava, a resident of Dagupan City, is the founder of the CMN Group of Companies.) At night time, the truck drivers would fascinate and regale Tatay Marcial with tales and stories of modern and colorful life in Manila like the afternoon Sunday concerts at the Luneta organized by the American colonizers; the glitters of the shopping stores on the Escolta; the two-centavo pansit (noodles) at the famous Chinese Panciteria in Sta. Cruz; the vaudevilles (live stages shows) at the Manila Grand Opera House; the operas and librettos at The Metropolitan Theatre at the foot of the Quezon Bridge; and maybe the girls, songs and dances inside the Sta. Ana cabaret; but most of all, the job opportunities for those who work hard. That caught Tatay Marcial’s imagination. In the 1920s, there were neither radio stations to listen to nor cable TV nor movies to take in, much more a videoke set to sing along with nor a shopping mall where one could cool his heels especially on warm and humid days. Hence, storytelling at night was the favorite pastime among friends. Those with a lot of adventures to tell surely got the ears of everyone. The sights and sounds of a swinging and economically progressive Manila were in Tatay Marcial’s mind. He wanted to be a part of the era and make it good, financially, in the big city so that when he gets back home in Tagac, he could say that he really made it good in Manila, something to be very proud about in those days. During his sentimental trip back to Dagupan City in 1967, he and Nanay Gunding were much honored guests at my modest apartment having traveled from the family house

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in Caloocan for some time-off. In one of our free days, my wife Norma and I drove around Dagupan with Tatay Marcial as he fondly toured the city’s streets and familiar places along with Nanay Gunding and my then 5-year old son, Norman who is now successfully based in Sydney, Australia with his family. With a sigh, Tatay Marcial pointed out to the former site of the sunken Don Alberto College at the foot of the broken Calmay bridge; the main road in the downtown area; the city’s concrete vintage water tank beside the public park (plaza); the narrow street of the pandayan where one could have his horse’s shoes fitted and fixed; a trail which is now the busy 4-lane Perez Boulevard; the site of a small lot near the old Chinese cemetery which used to be the gas depot of the trucking company where he, Tatay Marcial worked as checker. He remarked that the face of Dagupan had changed tremendously although I could read on his face the memories of his youth, while living in the bustling town, was very much still there. Historically, Leonor Rivera---who is part of the history of the Philippines being the ladylove of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal-----was from the BauzonMagsanoc family of Dagupan. It was in Dagupan where Rizal used to visit Leonor, who by mean fate would eventually marry British Engineer Richard Kipping, builder of the (Manila) Tutuban- to-Dagupan railways in the 1890s. Leonor Rivera and Kipping settled down and died in Camiling, Tarlac about 80 kilometers west of Dagupan. I had the chance to meet and converse with the son of Richard and Leonor Kipping, Dr. Carlos Kipping, during one of my regular trips to Camiling in 1965 as a medical representative. He even showed me mementos of his parents. (To be continued)

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blessed and happy as I can really relate and appreciate the nobility of the foundation’s purpose: to perpetuate the harmony and connectivity of all people regardless of national origin, creed or color. To be a part of this charitable Foundation is indeed a gift and also blessing. As they say in Filipino… “Abangan ang susunod na kabanata” meaning “watch for the sequel” of this emerging and colorful story. *** FROM THIS BUSINESS APPOINTMENT, I had to proceed to a Urology Specialist who I was referred to by my primary care doctor. When you are with your doctor, you are automatically reminded of your own mortality and that human instinct to preserve that dear life becomes more pronounced. To live a long healthy life becomes your hope, prayer and novena. This nice doctor (also a Japanese American as the family setting up the Foundation!) strongly recommended some procedures just to rule out more serious ailments like cancer. Sensing that I felt nervous and afraid, he assured me that “I am not dying” that he has done hundreds of this “typical” medical procedure. He added that it is not really painful and it is more of a precautionary step to prevent more “serious” consequencies if detected early enough. As a patient, how can you dispute or question your doctor’s recommendation? When you go to a doctor, you are in effect giving him your trust and confidence that he has your best welfare in his heart. With a very good insurance coverage, I had to agree to this biopsy procedure for the first time in my
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Save the Date: Oct 1 & 2 for The FilAm International Book Festival
A Festival Like No Other The center of gravity of Filipino culture will temporarily shift to the San Francisco Bay Area as the Filipino American International Book Festival (FilBookFest) ushers in the Filipino American History Month for 2011. To be held on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 10 am to 4 pm, FilBookFest will take place in three venues in the Civic Center area of San Francisco: Fulton Street where the booksellers,’ vendors’ and food booths, as well as an outdoor stage will be located; the San Francisco Public Library where lectures, readings and panel discussions will be held; and the Asian Art Museum, which will host the culinary lectures, food tasting, and a conversation with National Artist BenCab. For the Filipino American community, this festival is historic and groundbreaking. It will be the first-ever book festival in the U.S. to focus on the literature, music, art and performances by and of Filipinos and Filipino Americans. But it is not only for Filipinos pine art, literature, history and politics. • MEET the largest gathering of authors of Filipino heritage (outside the Philippines), including National Artists BenCab, Rio Alma and F. Sionil Jose, and well-known authors Ambeth Ocampo, Jose Dalisay, Pete Lacaba, Marites Vitug, Cecilia Brainard, among almost a hundred others. • WITNESS a balagtasan (traditional debate in poetry) by acclaimed balagtasan performers. • VISIT the extensive children’s floor that will feature readings of children’s books by well-known personalities, videos of Batibot (a popular children’s TV program), talks for parents and teachers on various aspects of Filipino culture, and educational arts and crafts for children. • BE INSPIRED by poetry readings, Spoken Word and theatrical renditions of popular novels. • ENJOY music, comedy and performances by theater groups. • PARTAKE of culinary lectures and a lot of food for free tasting and for sale.

by Ernie Delfin
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One Summer Day, 2011 In The Life Of This Writer
THE METAMORPHOSIS By Ernie D. Delfin | 9/2/2011 -- Yesterday is a very unusual day. I started the day early by doing what my wife calls an unorthodox “carpentry” work (a pure enjoyment) finishing a wooden carport attached to old trunks of pine trees in front of our house. Once it’s covered by the morning glory vines as well as the grape vines , I believe it will be unique and beautiful. I predict also that our drivers at home will compete to get that one cool spot especially during the hot summer months. That is my “physical quadrant” for about 4 hours as I had to rush to meet a new client in Rancho Palos Verdes in the South Bay. At noon, I had a couple hours meeting a new client, J.S., regarding his family’s plan to put up a Foundation to perpetuate the legacy of a Japanese American s family’s contribution to the community since the late 1800’s. For many decades, the family was quite known in the South Bay (about 35 miles south of Los Angeles) producing fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers and other agriculture products and sold throughout LA county. Doing this back breaking but noble work, this family contributed much to the community while employing hundreds of people during the years that this family was involved in the farming business. Now, this huge ranch is no longer what it used to be, but still has significant remnants of aging avocado, citrus trees and other fruit bearing trees surrounding the old ranch house, with a 360 degree panorama of the ocean and the lands below it. The property sitting on a mountain has an excellent vantage point to the blue Pacific Ocean to the south and the farm on the opposite direction. As the original Japanese American family is no longer around, the heirs have decided to sell the property for at least a few million dollars, hence the need for a Foundation to help alleviate the huge tax bites. Having seen this beautiful area of Palos Verdes many times and now listening to the plans of the heirs in putting up a Foundation where I was invited to be one of the trustees was a big serendipitous surprise as I just met this family this summer. However in the mysterious work of a Mighty Hand, I am

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(Continued from page 14) 41. Sa Visayas at Mindanao, ginamit ang dagdag-bawas Nang sa gayon ang kalamangan ay lumayo ang agwat Sa dalawang Kapulungan tagumpay ay inihayag At ang bansa ay nagkapuno, isang pangulong huwad. 42. Dito na nagsimula, mahabang kalbaryo at hirap Unti-unting naglaho ang demokrasyang tinatawag Masahol pa sa batas-militar ang kanyang palakad Ang mga militante’y nangawala na lang at sukat. 43. Hindi miminsang sinubok na ang “cha-cha” ay isulong Angaw-angaw na salapi, sa Kamara’y isinuhol Ang maalab na nasang paghahari’y magtuluy-tuloy Muli’t muli’y nabigo ang marubdob nyang nilalayon. 44. Napabantog itong bansa sa kahiya-hiyang antas Saan mang dako ng mundo ay nangyaring natalastas Ang katiwalian na si Gloria ang nagpalaganap Kabulukan sa pamamahala at maling paglingap. 45. Ang lahat ng ahensiya’y kanyang pinagtatapalan Kinupkop, kinalinga ang mga walang kabusugan Nakipagkasundo sa Intsik, negosyanteng dayuhan Na ang nakapaloob ay “tongpats” sa proyektong “Broad Band”. 46. Upang hindi madawit, sa usapin ay makaiwas Ang mga gabineteng sangkot, sa bansa’y pinalayas Mga nasukol ng Senado ay matamang inurirat Nguni’t bigong malaman, katotohana’y di nabunyag. 47. Totoong walang pakundangan si Gloria kung gumastos Kasa-kasama niya’y sandamakmak sa paglilibot Buong angkan, kaibigan pati katulong ay baktot Gugol ang salapi ng bayang malaon nang hikahos. 48. Wala na siyang nagawa sa malaong pinipita Sambayana’y manggugulo kapag hindi tumalima Ang pagbaba sa tungkulin inabangan nitong masa Hinantungan nya’y pagtakbo bilang isang Kongresista. 49. Bago siya bumaba sa kataas-taasang pwesto Walang habag na sinimot itong pondo ng gobyerno Iniluklok sa Korte Suprema’ng Punong Mahistrado At ang iba pang kapanalig at mga kaalyado. 50. Si Noynoy na anak ng mga namayapang Aquino Na kapuwa itinanghal na bayaning Pilipino Hinimok ng nakararami, sa halala’y tumakbo Upang anya ay makaahon sa masamang estado. 51. Nangyaring nahalal nga sa nakalipas na botohan Mga pangako’y inihain sa buong sambayanan Una’y ang pagsugpo sa palasak na katiwalian Pantay-pantay na pagtingin sa lahat ng mamamayan. 52. Baguntao’y napasingkaw hila-hila’y panaklayan Kalawanging lipya’t sudsod ang linangi’y tutudlingan Ang balikwas nyaring lupa sa bukiring anong luwang Anaki’y di matuturol na maayos ang taniman. 53. Napipintong ula’t bagyo’y dambuhalang nagbabanta Upang yaong pagsisikap mapaanyo ang tumana Bakit baga maiinip pagmasdan ang gumagawa? Maubos ang hunus-diling gumagapi sa ‘sang diwa.

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efforts. (Continued from page 5) “Calling 9-1-1 is always the best The surveys, one by telephone of first action to take when a person the general population and a second needs emergency assistance, but this online survey, continue to show that survey shows there is an opportunity the vast majority of Americans believe for emergency responders to meaningresponse organizations should be both fully engage their communities on monitoring social media during disas- the social web,” said Trevor Riggen, ters and acting quickly to help. senior director of disaster services for “Social media is becoming an the American Red Cross. “Traditional integral part of disaster response,” media such as television and radio are said Wendy Harman, director of social still important ways to reach people strategy for the American Red Cross. with emergency information but the “During the record-breaking 2011 social web offers a chance for emerspring storm season, people across gency responders to understand in America alerted the Red Cross to real time what their communities care their needs via Facebook. We also about and need – and to become part used Twitter to connect to thousands of the fabric of the community.” of people seeking comfort, and safety On an average day, the Red Cross information to help get them through is mentioned 3,000 times in the social the darkest hours of storms.” media space. During a disaster, those mentions grow exponentially and Key findings include: range from people asking for help to those looking for a way to help their Followed by television and local neighbors to suggestions for monetary radio, the internet is the third most donations. popular way for people to gather “As the numbers of people using emergency information with 18 perthese new technologies in disascent of both the general and the online ter situations continue to increase, population specifically using Faceresponse agencies, including the Red book for that purpose Cross have a tremendous opportuNearly a fourth (24 percent) of the nity to engage the public where they general population and a third (31 per- are spending time,” said Harman. cent) of the online population would “Through social media, we can listen use social media to let loved ones to, inform and empower people prior know they are safe; to emergencies, providing them with Four of five (80 percent) of the gen- useful information about evacuation eral and 69 percent of the online popu- routes, shelters and safety tips before lations surveyed believe that national disasters strike.” emergency response organizations should regularly monitor social media In August 2010, the Red Cross sites in order to respond promptly. hosted an Emergency Social Data For those who would post a request Summit at its headquarters in Washfor help through social media, 39 ington, D.C. More than 150 people – percent of those polled online and 35 leaders and experts in the government, of those polled via telephone said they social media, emergency response would expect help to arrive in less and the nonprofit sectors – attended than one hour. the full-day summit to discuss how The surveys, which polled 1,011 organizations might begin to listen to telephone respondents and 1,046 and potentially act on information that online respondents, found that those flows through the social web during from the online survey population disasters. use a variety of technologies to both In the year since the Summit, the learn more about disasters and share Red Cross has created a process to information about their well-being, in- route life-threatening cries for help to cluding Facebook, Twitter, text alerts, local first responders. The organizaonline news sites and smart phone tion has also increased its commitment applications, suggesting that there is to listen and engage social communino one-size-fits-all approach to using ties with a planned digital volunteer these tools during disasters. role, and continues to work with In contrast, people participating emergency response colleagues on audele (ty) in the telephone survey tended to be processes and protocols for taking ac08-31-10 more reliant on traditional media and tion on incoming information during non-social websites like those belong- disasters. ing to local news outlets, government The Red Cross also offers two agencies or utility companies. The free mobile applications—one that - with family, church, community Red Cross survey also found that provides shelter locations and the and Rotary by volunteering my women and households with children “American Red Cross SOS” app that time for many years. Although I are more likely to use social media teaches first aid and CPR. The shelter may not leave a lot of (material) channels to inform others of their finder app can be accessed through inheritance to my children, as some safety. the Apple app store and the SOS app of some of my really “rich” clients The survey findings show that the can be accessed through the Android who had acquired material wealth marketplace. The Red Cross has also (due to their intense focus on such a increasing use of social media and (Continued from page 19) mobile technologies to get disaster integrated Facebook and Twitter into pursuit and nothing else) I am still life, next month, after our European very happy and contented with my information and to seek help should the Safe and Well site, so people can adventure! (Why not, I may not cause response agencies to adjust register that they are safe and update life, and whatever ending this life have another opportunity again, who might be. For that I consider myself their procedures to use social media their social media status and let others knows?) know how they are doing. lucky, blessed abundantly and eter- more to engage with people in times *** of disaster and to include information This is the second year the Red nally grateful to my own God. from social networks in their response Cross has studied the use of social Yes, the most happy people, we IN THE EVENING, my wife were was told in one spiritual reminded me of our commitment to retreat, are the Grateful People, who be Eucharistic Ministers in a speare contented with what they have cial healing mass in our own Catho- and never got jealous with othlic church that was celebrated by a ers who may have more. Our own visiting priest, Fr. Efren Borromeo, individual blessings are unique and from Albay Province in the Philipdifferent from each other. Some are pines. Due to his obvious popularity endowed with great looks but not and the wonders of the internet that much intelligence or vice versa. broadcast his celebrating mass in Or- Some are born of rich parents, ange Country, many people came many are not. Some never tasted even on a Tuesday night. the pangs of hunger, many have. Being in the church for a couple Knowing fully well my own humble of hours with many much older beginnings and where I am now, I people than my family who were am indeed blessed and cannot ask obviously there for their own “heal- for more. ing” , considering what transpired With these entries into my own to me during the day, especially “diary”, I will end the summer the one-on-one conversations with 2011. Someday, these personal my new Japanese American urolosharings and reflection will be gist made me pensively vulnerread by my own grandchildren and able, reflecting on this perennial will hopefully make them think question “What is Life?” as well deeper that may influence their own as what is the “Purpose of my philosophy in their own life feel. own Life?” Also with us in To all my readers, I wish you had church were my daughter Donna a great summer and now ready to and her l5 month old baby Olive experience for another Season – Fall (our first grandchild), a profound and Winter --- of your lives, as I am. scenario that made me really think Have a great weekend everyone! and ponder deeply into my own life. See you next month! The solemn atmosphere inside the Email: church brought me some inner tran- or quility but mixed with an indescribable mixed feeling of sadness and joy. It was a healthy and beautiful feeling but was also emotionally Follow @asianjournal on draining. 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Read it all the way through! It’s a good laugh! AND really quite true!! A good laugh for people in the over 50 group !!! When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space. That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world. My phone was beeping every three minShe would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship. When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me. To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven’t figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have to run around digging under chair cushions and checking

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utes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag. The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it’s red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud. I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, “Re-calc-u-lating.” You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. media and other technologies in emergency situations. The Red Cross decided to broaden the survey audience and produce a more in-depth look at trends. This year’s study surveyed more than 1000 members of the general public and more than 1000 online users. The 2010 survey included only

bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings. The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden “Paper or Plastic?” every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me. Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, “Paper or Plastic?” I just say, “Doesn’t matter to me. I am bi-sacksual.” Then it’s their turn to stare at me with a blank look. I was recently asked if I tweet. I answered, No, but I do toot a lot..” P.S. I know some of you are not over 50. I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are. Us senior citizens don’t need anymore gadgets. The tv remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

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“Recently, the Brookings Institution released a report on the status of our national green economy, which found that 2.7 million Americans work at green jobs. In San Diego, over 810 Cleantech companies have taken root, local entrepreneurs are creating jobs and consumer-focused businesses, and more and more organizations of all types are implementing sustainability and energy efficiency practices, which can also create jobs. Certainly, more needs to be done, but the US Conference of Mayors estimates that the number of green jobs will almost triple by 2040. So, the landscape is shifting, and people need quality up-to-date information and connections to break into the sector. Our event is designed to orient folks about the status of local Green jobs and businesses, and point them to where the action is happening. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask what can be done to create more jobs and to find out about planning and growth that are already underway in California and San Diego.”

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What do you know about Diet Stress?
It is a fact, that most men start developing belly fat on their 30s onward, while women irregardless of age start to develop belly bulge after delivering their first born baby. Study says, women are more concerned on their belly fats than most men, but women’s problem is how to really get rid of stubborn belly fat which takes more than just regular diet and exercise.

Since women are more concerned in losing weight but can’t get rid of belly fat completely, let’s make emphasis on how to deal belly budge in women’s point of view. You diet, you exercise, you’re even losing weight. But take a look in the mirror, you still have that unsightly bulging belly. You may be twenty pounds more or less lighter after dieting and exercising, but still you are carrying f-a-t! Isn’t it disgusting? Experts consider it Stress. That’s right, stress! As it turns out, the same diet that’s helping you lose weight might actually be causing you to retain figure destroying belly fat. That’s because dieting is stressful. You worry about what to eat, when to eat and how much you eat. All that worry leads to what experts called, “Diet Stress”. And, as we all know, even ordinary, everyday stress can cause your body to increase or retain belly fat. That’s why you can go on a diet, lose weight, but still look thick around the middle. The big question remains, what are you going to do? Experts say, millions of women are turning to weight control adjuncts or addons. These groundbreaking compounds are not really diet pills in the true sense of the word. Instead, they help traditional

rumble of brute horsepower. P1 USA—A new offshore racing Shirin Hooshmand, Sheau C. Chai series to North America, the series and Raz L. Saadat of the College decides its SuperStock champion of Human Sciences; Dr. Kenneth in San Diego. The tour features Brummel-Smith, Florida State’s outboard-powered 28-foot V-botCharlotte Edwards Maguire Profestoms head-to-head, Match Racing sor and chairman of the Department on Saturday and an endurance race diet and exercise programs reduce tummy of Geriatrics in the College of Medi- on Sunday. The boats must maneubulge by controlling diet related stress and cine; and Oklahoma State University ver an exceptionally tight course anxiety, the same stress and anxiety that statistics Professor Mark E. Payton. in Mission Bay, a challenge for the can lead to stubborn belly fat retention. In the United States, about 8 most experienced driver. The tour Women should face it. They not only million women have osteoporosis also includes twin-engine V-bottom want to lose weight, they really want to boats. because of the sudden cessation of look good and sexy, which means thinner ovarian hormone production at the Cracker Boxes—Appearing with waist and flatter tummy. So, if you’re the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, onset of menopause. What’s more, ready to go on a diet, or if you’re already about 2 million men also have osteo- Cracker Boxes feature the engine in front of the driver and observer. The porosis. flat-bottom runabouts have the exact “In the first five to seven postsame bottom design as the boats menopausal years, women are at when they made their debut in the risk of losing bone at a rate of 3 to 1930s. These boats can run speeds 5 percent per year,” Arjmandi said. “However, osteoporosis is not exclu- up to 100 mph. Stock Hydros—Capable of speeds sive to women and, indeed, around of up to 70 mph, these small hydrothe age of 65, men start losing bone planes use small outboards and run a with the same rapidity as women.” tight course close to the fans. Arjmandi encourages people who PWC—Featuring many of the are interested in maintaining or top riders from the West Coast on improving their bone health to take standup and sit-down PWC, these note of the extraordinarily positive agile and fast watercraft thrill race effect that dried plums have on bone fans. More than 15 riders will comdensity. pete in various classes for fans on “Don’t wait until you get a fracture Crown Point. or you are diagnosed with osteopoIn addition to the racing, the Air rosis and have to have prescribed National Guard San Diego Bayfair losing weight and having a hard time medicine,” Arjmandi said. “Do includes live music and entertaingetting rid of your stubborn, stress related something meaningful and practical ment for the entire family. Vendor belly budge, try an exceptional tummy beforehand. People could start eating booths will be selling foods and flattening feel-good on belly budge illutwo to three dried plums per day and there are carnival games for youths. sion swimsuits, rather than pills. No side For those over 21, beer gardens will increase gradually to perhaps six to effects, but you have to deal with style and be set up where fans can watch the 10 per day. Prunes can be eaten in fashion and the price tags. racing action. Fashion experts say, you have to go with all forms and can be included in a Tickets are $25 for a single-day variety of recipes.” your gut, no need to stuck it in with the entry pass or a three-day Super Pass The U.S. Department of Agriculshape fx bust enhancing vintage look twois $45. Children under age 12 are ture funded Arjmandi’s research. piece suit. The high-waist bottom has a free. Active military personnel and The California Dried Plum Board tummy controlling that keeps everything reservists with valid ID are free to in place or a rounded tummy doesn’t mean provided the dried plums for the Bayfair. Gates open at 7 a.m. and study, as well as some funding to you should shy away from wearing bold close at 6 p.m. each day, Friday prints. But the trick is, look for a swimsuit measure markers of oxidative stress. through Sunday, September 16-18. that has a minimizing element like a belt To purchase advance tickets or Link: http://www.scior side tie. for more information, call 760-789After everything fails, best remedy is illusion. Trick the eye into thinking your es/2011/08/110818093048.htm About San Diego Bayfair: This slim and sexy and pick a swimsuit that year celebrates the 46th year of will look great on you and guaranteed to Bayfair on Mission Bay. Thundershow off what you’ve got to hide or hide Get the best results boats Inc. is a nonprofit organization your trouble spot, and its up for you to to promote powerboat racing in San for your decide. Diego and tourism in the beach area. CLASSIFIED AD Profits from the three-day festival via Asian Journal’s Joe C.Son go to San Diego area charities. 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2020 Distributed Generation Plan: “Insights Into The California Plan for Green Job Growth, and Briefing on Distributed Energy” • 6:40-7:00 pm Arun Kumar, MSEE, MBA, LEEP AP, and President, Global Renewable Energy & Power Inc.: “Greening the Globe From The Web: Global Green Job Training and Job Creation From San Diego to India and Beyond” • 7:00-7:30 pm Emily Young, PhD, Senior Director, Environment Analysis & Strategy, San Diego Foundation: “Findings from the San Diego Foundation Regional Clean Jobs Study, and Building Our Vision for the Future of the Region.” Event organizer Kathleen Connell of the Connell Whittaker Group stated:

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Baby’s First Doctor Visit

This made me laugh out loud. I hope it will give you a smile! A woman and a baby were in the doctor’s examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby’s first exam. The doctor arrived, and examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed. ‘Breast-fed,’ she replied.. ‘Well, strip down to your

waist,’ the doctor ordered. She did. He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and detailed examination. Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said, ‘No wonder this baby is underweight. You don’t have any milk.’ I know,’ she said, ‘I’m his Grandma, But I’m glad I came.”

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“Red, Bright and Blue Fireworks Spectacular” sparkles with an extended display of red, white and blue fireworks set to patriotic music and launches the flipping of the switch to turn on SeaWorld’s landmark 320foot Skytower Tree of Lights for the 2011 summer season. Attractions, Rides and More: In addition to the special summer shows and activities, nearly all of SeaWorld’s other attractions remain open every evening during Summer Nights, including Journey To Atlantis; Wild Arctic; the SeaWorld Skytower; the Penguin Encounter; Sesame Street Bay of Play; and Shipwreck Rapids, which includes two body dryers that allow guests to warm up and dry off after a soaking journey on one of the nine-passenger raft rides. Plus, new attractions this year include “One Ocean” opening May 28 and featuring SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales as ambassadors of the sea with the unifying message that both animals and humans are part of one world, with one ocean, and its future is in our hands to cherish and protect; and opening June 18, Turtle Reef at SeaWorld San Diego will be the largest exhibit in the world dedicated to sea turtles, featuring threatened and endangered sea turtles, an interactive gaming wall and an exciting new spinning ride called Riptide Rescue. Summer Daytime Fun

“Cirque de la Mer”: Returning for its 11th summer, this acrobatic odyssey is performed on land, water and in the air at SeaWorld’s bayside lagoon venue, Cirque Stadium. The popular summer daytime show features acrobats, hand balancers, aerialists, trapeze artists and comic performers. “Cirque de la Mer” opens May 28 and closes Aug. 14. · Daytime animal shows: All of SeaWorld’sfavorite year-round shows can be seen during the summer, including the all-newawe-inspiring “Blue Horizons” show, the hilarious “Sea Lions LIVE” sketch-basedcomedy show, “One Ocean” the all-new killer whale show and the always-adorable“Pets Rule!” Tipsfor making the most of your Summer Nights at SeaWorld · Log on to the park’s website at and purchase tickets online using the Print@ Home option. Guests also can learn about park discountsand current operating hours online. For moreinformation call (800) 25-SHAMU. · During projected days of peakattendance, SeaWorld allows guests to enter the front of the park 45 minutesprior to full-park opening. Early birdscan use this time to pick up a park map and check the show schedule, grab a lightbreakfast and plan their day. · Arrive at animal shows at least30 to 45 minutes before the scheduled show time to secure a good seat and enjoyinteractive, crowd-pleasing, pre-show activities. · Visit SeaWorld attractions whileanimal shows in the area are occurring: while thousands of guests are watching the “Blue Horizons” show, visit the Shark Encounter located just north of Dolphin Stadium.

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The Hour of Great Mercy
At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320). -- Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska

“The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and especially at the hour of their death (754).” -- Words of Jesus in the Diary of St. Faustina

Using the rosary beads, recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one I Believe in God. On the Our Father beads say this prayer, which was given by Our Lord to St. Faustina (1905-1938). Eternal Father, I o er You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. On the Hail Mary beads say: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. In conclusion say three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. Amen.

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trillion-worth domestic economy ensures that President Aquino’s State Visit to China would be the Philippines’ diplomatic highlight for 2011. Beyond all the stiff formalness of the boardrooms and state guesthouses, however, President Noynoy’s trip to China will include something more down to earth and closer to the President’s heart. Coming to China will be an opportunity for the President to reconnect with his roots in southern Fujian province. Tracing the very steps his mother took more than two decades ago, the President will visit the hometown of his Chinese ancestors in Hongjian Village, located in the township of Jiaomei, Longhai City, Zhangzhou Municipality, Fujian Province. It is widely known that the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino is a fourth-generation FilipinoChinese descended from Mr. Co Yu Hwan a Chinese immigrant from Hongjian Village who settled in the Philippines in 1861. Mr. Co (the Chinese character for his surname is read as “Xu” in the national language Mandarin, while “Co” or “Kho” is the way the same character is pronounced in the southern Fujian dialect or Minnan Hua also known as Hokkien) converted to Roman Catholicism in the Philippines and was then baptized as Jose Cojuangco, the surname Cojuangco being an amalgamation of his Chinese Hokkien name, Co Yu Hwan. Jose’s son Melecio Cojuangco (born in 1871) married another Filipino-Chinese named Tiakla Chico in 1894 and among their children was Jose Cojuangco, Jr., father to President Corazon Aquino who is the mother of the current President, Benigno S. Aquino III. Hongjian, a sleepy rural village located near the border of Xiamen’s Haicang District and Zhangzhou Municipality, is home to about 1,700 residents with the surname Xu or Co. Though less than half an hour’s drive from the bustling metropolis of Xiamen Island, it is stands in stark contrast to the city as it has, for the moment, maintained the slow pulse of country life with friendly and hospitable locals who keep the traditional ways. When President Cory came to Hongjian Village in 1988 she planted an araucaria tree (a genus of coniferous evergreen) to commemorate her visit. She also lighted incense at the altar of the Ancestral Temple of the Xu (Co) Clan. She was quoted as having remarked “I am the President, but I am also the daughter of Hongjian Village” This statement has resonated among the local villagers and was much quoted by local media, including the widely circulated Xiamen Daily, during the coverage of President Cory’s passing away in August 2009. While the araucaria tree planted by the former President was growing, its trunk split into two and now the tree has two tops of equal height. When this happened, villagers took it as a sign that another branch from the former President’s family would rise up and achieve the same stature as the mother who planted the tree. Consequently, when Benigno Aquino III won the presidential election of 2010, Hongjian villagers took this as the fulfillment of the event foreshadowed by the tree’s trunk splitting into two with both sections growing to equal height. Today, with the care of local villagers who are blood relatives of the Cojuangcos in the Philippines, the tree has grown to about as tall as a four-storey building. Presently a park is being constructed on the site surrounding the tree planted by the former President. Fittingly, Village planners included in the Park the construction of a hall dubbed the Sino-Philippines Friendship Memorial Hall, which when completed, shall be dedicated to the memory of President Cory. As his mother before him had done, President Aquino shall make this spiritual journey back to the cradle of his clan. He will follow local custom in honoring his ancestors in the Clan Temple, whose pantheon his mother now joins. But to Filipinos, this is not as foreign as it initially appears. Though Christian-

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on September 28, 2011, the City will submit a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for FY 2011 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CAPER is the annual report for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). The Draft FY 2010 CAPER will be available for public review at the CDBG Program office (1200 Third Ave, Suite 1400, San Diego, CA 92101), the CDBG Program’s website ( cdbg/general/index.shtml), and on the San Diego Housing Commission’s website from September 6, 2011 through September 20, 2011. Written comments may be submitted during this period to the CDBG Program office or via email ( Oral comments may be submitted to Eriberto J. Valdez, Jr. at (619) 236-6393. To order information in an alternative formal, or to arrange for a sign language or oral interpreter, please call the First Asian (619) 533-4000 (voice) or (619) 236-7012 & San Diego’s City Clerk’s office at Weekly Newspaper in Southern California (TDD/TTY). Most Widely Circulated Asian-Filipino New 550 East 8th Street, Suite 6, National City CA 91950 • Tel. (619) 474-0588 • Fax (619) 474-0373

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CITY OF SAN DIEGO ENGINEERING AND CAPITAL PROJECTS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) FOR VIEWS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD PARK ADA UPGRADES DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACT K-12-5168-DB1A This is the City of San Diego’s (City) first step (in a 1 step process) in the Selection process to provide Design-Build services for the VIEWS WEST NEIGHBORHOOD PARK ADA UPGRADES DESIGNBUILD CONTRACT. THIS IS A RE-BID OF THIS PROJECT. Prior bid documents and prices are not valid for this new bid. The City will not accept, acknowledge, or validate documentation from the prior bid documents marked with Bid No. DATES OF PUBLICATION: K-11-5168-DB1 for this solicitation. Only documents marked with Bid No. K-12-5168-DB1A are to be used by the perspective bidders in the preparation of this bid. Use of any other documents WILL be cause for rejection of the submitted proposal. This RFP describes the Project,First Run scope of Work26, 2011 the Design-Builder the required -- August & Services, @$120.00 selection process and the minimum information that shall be included in @$120.00 Second Run -- September 2, 2011 the Proposal. Failure to submit information in accordance with this RFP’s requirements and procedures may be cause for disqualification. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The scope of this project is design and construction to remove and replace the deteriorating playground equipment, make all necessary accessibility upgrades to the playground areas, restrooms, path of travel, picnic areas and area around the bleachers located next to the baseball field. LICENSE CLASSIFICATION: In accordance with the provisions of California Law, the successful construction entity must possess a valid Class “A or B” license at the time that a proposal is ultimately submitted for this project. In addition, all contractors, including subcontractors will be required to secure a City of San Diego license for the work contemplated. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP): The Proposal shall be received no later than 12:00 Noon local time, October 6, 2011 at the office of: City of San Diego PURCHASING & CONTRACTING DEPARTMENT 1200 Third Avenue, Suite 200, MS 56P San Diego, CA 92101 Attn: Clementina Giordano, Contract Administrator Pre-Submittal Meeting: Questions Concerning Request for Statement of Qualifications All questions regarding the RFQ should be presented in writing to as soon as possible, but no later than the pre-submittal meeting date shown below. Elif Cetin, Project Manager Engineering & Capital Projects Department Address: 600 B Street, Ste 800 San Diego, California 92101 E-mail: Telephone: (619) 533-5107 Fax: (619) 533-5476 A MANDATORY Pre-proposal meeting will be held on September 14, 2011 @ 10:00 A.M. at 1200 3rd Avenue, Suite 200, San Diego, CA, 92101. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the City not to discriminate with regard to race, sex, national origin or disability in the award of contracts. The City will ensure that full access to programs, services, meetings, and activities comply with section 504 Title V of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990, Public Law 101-336. Participation by Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) are strongly encouraged. Prime consultants are encouraged to subcontract or joint venture with these firms. This RFP does not commit the City to award a contract or to defray any costs incurred in the preparation of an SOQ pursuant to this RFQ. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all SOQs received as a result of this RFQ. If the City revises the RFQ, all RFQ holders of record will be notified in writing by the City. Hildred Pepper, Jr September 1, 2011

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ized for the better part of half a millennium, Filipinos, like the Chinese place great importance in honoring ancestors and acknowledging one’s roots. Filipinos have a saying “ang ‘di lumingon sa pinanggalingan, ‘di makararating sa paroroonan”, which roughly translates as “he who does not acknowledge his origins will never reach his destination.” The President is only one of so many notable Filipinos who have Chinese ancestry. He joins the ranks of other greats, chief of them national hero Jose Rizal whose great-great grandfather Ke Yi Nan (Domingo Lamco) hailed from Qiongque Village in Jinjiang City, Fujian. Although cited to the point of cliché, the truth remains that the Philippines and Fujian share ties that go deeper and beyond the diplomatic niceties discussed in Beijing. These ties of trade, history, culture, blood

and kinship are in fact the anchors of Philippines-China bilateral relations. For despite highs and lows in political and economic ties, the friendship for the Filipino people that emanate from southern Fujian and spreads to all other parts of China will always transcend the current, albeit transient, issues of the day. In tracing his roots in southern Fujian, the President is symbolically acknowledging how truly close the peoples of the Philippines and China are. In planting a tree as his mother did, he will sow new seeds that will also, with care and nourishment, take root and grow tall and strong. With these roots in Hongjian Village, Philippines-China cooperation and exchange will grow surely and steadily, nurtured by the very hands of the Filipino and Chinese peoples themselves. SOURCE: Philippines Consulate of Xiamen

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EL SALVADOR, Misamis Oriental, 9/2/2011 -- On September 8th, pilgrims will be celebrating the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Shrine of Divine Mercy. The date also marks the third anniversary of its status as the Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy. The solemn observance begins with a worship concert and vigil on Wednesday evening and continues with a traditional mananita at 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 8th. History “It was in the year 2000, The Golden Jubilee Year - when a group of Divine Mercy devotees started to receive visions, messages and instructions from Jesus to start to build the Church of His Mercy,” the testimony is told in a pamphlet -- published by the non-profit group Divine Mercy Foundation of Mindanao -- and explains the mystery behind the Divine Mercy Hills shrine. However the response was not an immediate yes. “For three straight years the group ignored the Lord’s request to build His Church out of fear and worry.” They only had P2,000 pesos in the bank. “It was an enormous task that the Lord was asking them. They had mixed feelings of doubts and uncertainties how this project, which will be funded from solicitations and donations, will materialize. Their fears and worries even became bigger with with the catastrophic disaster of the Twin Towers in New York USA in 2001.” The narrative continues, “However, God’s ways are not man’s ways and the Lord rebuked them for their lack of faith with this message, “Why do you doubt? The fact that you have doubts indicate that you do not know your God, as you should. If your prayer life is infiltrated with doubts, you have denied yourself the greatest single avenue of power that your God has made available to you. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Obedience to my commands always bring fulfillment. When I give you instructions, obey immediately and watch My perfect plan unfold in your life.” God won out. “Armed only with deep faith in the Mercy and providence of the Lord and convinced of the urgency of the message” the group, comprised of homemakers and ordinary townsfolk,

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El Salvador’s patron saint is Our Lady of the Snows. Our Lady of the Snows commemorates the miracle of how an unusual snowfall in the middle of summer in the month of August in Rome marked the footprint of where the Basilica of St. Mary Major was eventually built in the year 352 to honor the wishes of the Blessed Mother. Unexplained Signs At the Divine Mercy Hills Shrine many have witness many unexplained signs. According to eyewitness reports, “In August 25, 2004 one visitor, Mike Dial, a balikbayan from Sacramento, California, saw a flash of light like a bright morning star moving around the vicinity of the Divine Mercy Hills. It stopped above the spot where the Divine Mercy Statue is now standing. It was revealed in a vision to a member of the intercessory prayer group that the bright morning star is the one protecting the place which is holy ground.” (See bottom photo.) Pilgrims also witnessed a celestial phenomenon also seen at Fatima, the miracle of the sun, in April 2004 on Good Friday after a recitation of the Stations of the Cross. It would not be the only time. Several times the dancing sun appeared especially during the celebration of the Feast of Mercy (Sunday after Easter) and the birthday of the Blessed Virgin (Sept 8). Shrine Visit Pilgrims are advised to observe a prayerful atmosphere when they visit the shrine. To spend time in the chapel praying the Chaplet of Mercy and simply communicating with the Lord. It is likewise advised for pilgrims to observe dress codes when visiting the shrine. Avoid wearing revealing dresses and shorts. This is a holy place not a picnic ground. For more details about pilgrimage to Divine Mercy Hills, please call the office of the Divine Mercy Foundation Mindanao (Phil), Inc. at Telephone No (088) 350-9095 or text 09295468052. -- AJ

frantically followed up with years of activity and outreach letting divine intervention miraculously clear the path that was once obscured by doubt and incredulity. Today, the 50-foot statue of the Divine Mercy Image stands on the hills overlooking the town of El Salvador, now a city, in Misamis Oriental in Mindanao and Macajalar Bay to the east. The red and pale rays in the image are made of stairs that lead up to an inner chamber within the heart of the image where a tabernacle awaits the pilgrim. The image stands like a lighthouse for ships at sea. The symbolism is intentional. According to the testimony, “It serves as a beacon of hope for weary souls and a fountain of respite for all people.” The little town of El Salvador in Mindanao where the Divine Mercy Hills Shrine is ensconced above a valley has become a magnet for pilgrims and travelers from all over the Philippines and many parts of the world eager to see the wonders of mercy that the Lord has wrought in this remote part of the world. Among them are the faithful who carry out the deeds prayers and words asked

in the “Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul” by Sister Faustina which reads, “I desire that the whole world know my infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy.” (Diary 687) “The site would be in this century what Fatima was in its own century according to the Lord,” explained Paquita Adaza, the spokesperson for the Divine Mercy Foundation of Mindanao, Inc. and one of the members of the charismatic prayer group that was inspired to carry out the enormous undertaking. She explained it took their prayer group three years to act but in the end, the numerous signs, encouragement and inspiration from the Lord won out over what seemed insurmountable obstacles of fear, apprehension, lack of money and procrastination to build a shrine in an obscure town in Mindanao. “True to His words, when the group submitted to God’s Holy Will, an endless account of miracles took place, from the discovery of the land, negotiations with lot owners, and finding funds for the purchase of the lots, up to the outpouring of donations for its initial developments and the construction of

the P25M-plus, 50-foot statue in only three years.” Paqits Adaza was in Malibu, California for a retreat last week, July 11-16, 2011, where she shared her testimony about the mystery of the shrine and announced the shrine’s last remaining work, the construction of a church for pilgrims which will be consecrated on February 11, 2013, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The church will be built behind the statue and a leading architectural firm capped the design with a unique building frame in the shape of crown of thorns that will adorn its domed roof. “Time is short,” according to Paqits Diaz, “We were given ten years by the Lord to complete this work. We started in 2003 and we shall end the work in 2012-2013.” There is a sense of anticipation in her voice. At the same time, one encounters in the person of Paqits Diaz a sense of peace and joy in the Lord and a total trust in his plan of mercy. Intercessory Prayer Ministry The Divine Mercy Intercessory Prayer Ministry, is the powerhouse behind the Foundation according to Paqits Adaza. “This group is composed of simple lay people who are blessed with the gifts of visions and prophecy. It is through the members of this group, particularly Agustina Tante, Merlyn Pacana and Marlyn Aguilor, that God revealed His plan to build the Divine Mercy Shrine.” Shrine Facts The shrine is currently co-managed by three organizations: the Divine Mercy Foundation of Mindanao, Inc., the Congregation of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Inc. headed by Fr. Jam M. Rokosz, MIC, Superior General MIC and Fr. Jan Migacz, MIC, Superior of the Asian Vicarate of MIC, and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro headed by Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J. The Rector of the Archdiosesan Shrine of Divine Mercy is Fr. Walerian Pozniak, MIC. The Divine Mercy Hills will feature complete retreat and seminar facilities. Places for reflection and meditation such as Mary’s Rosary Garden and the Stations of the Cross will sprawl over the 12-hectare area. The 50-foot Statue of Jesus Christ of Divine Mercy is at the center of the shrine. Its base houses the reconciliation rooms while the heart holds a chamber of adoration. Divine Mercy Hills Information A book “Mysteries and Miracles: Divine Mercy Hills” details the work of shrine and is available from Divine Mercy Publications, owned by the Divine Mercy Foundation of Mindanao. For more information, email Healing Waters The book “Mysteries and Miracles” contains testimonies of the many miracles witnessed at the shrine. It recalls how hidden springs in the hills of the shrine were discovered after much discernment and prayers during the early days of construction at the shrine grounds when construction crews experienced the hardship of hauling water up from the foothills. The waters have healing properties as revealed by the Lord. Testimonies One testimony is of the healing of a

Muslim woman Nurhina Marcampo Udin in July 2007 as reported by Mrs. Raquel E. Cabarron in July 2007. Another, Alma A. Jovero of Dumaguete City claimed she was healed of her arthritis after drinking the healing water. Her son, Wilfredo Jovero Jr. was also healed of his drug addiction on the Feast of Divine Mercy last April 15, 2007. Miracles According to the book “Mysteries and Miracles” (Page 44) Divine Mercy Hills is Holy Ground. And accounts of miracles give proof to the claim of the visionaries that the place is set apart by divine design. The site was first visited by the prayer group on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, Feb 11 in a village coincidentally named “El Salvador” (The Savior). “The Lord in a message said He prepared this place a long time ago. It is a place of healing and conversion. A safe refuge where weary souls come for

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