Kalusugan & Operation

Samahan .. p. 6
RSVP: Come to
the Fiesta.. p. 11
Congress tags FoI bill as priority measure
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by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.
Publisher & Editor in Chief,
Asian Journal San Diego
Chapter 8
Fantasy Land
Sharing little known facets
of the president’s character
Mike Arroyo’s anomalous
diplomatic passport
Political dynasties still
dominate Congress
Mystery Donor
Dr. Ofelia Dirige Msgr. Gutierrez Ben Maynigo
Ps, Is, Ts.. p. 8
October 7-12, 2011
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Ronnie Ricketts: From Fame
to Social Responsibility
Baliktanaw II
by Dr. Romy Protacio, PhD
Unlike most actors who had to struggle
their ways into stardom, Ronnie Ricketts
(Ronald Naldo Ricketts in real
life) seemed to have his destiny all
laid out for him, with very little
obstacles along the way. He entered
the public eye frst as a ramp model
and then as an actor who became
known for his martial arts expertise.
In the span of more than 20 years,
Ronnie has carved his name in the
annals of Philippine flms, not just
as a versatile actor, but also as a
scriptwriter, director and producer.
On May 27, 2011, I was in San
Diego to watch the concert of
Armida Siguion-Reyna’s “Aawitan
Kita sa Amerika.” It was dur-
ing this time that I met Ronnie’s
parents, Max and Edith Ricketts.
His parents are based in San Diego,
California, where they manage their real
estate business, the Naldo-Ricketts Realty.
I have been trying to get a schedule to in-
terview Ronnie but I was not fortunate to
do so because of his busy schedule. I was
so glad to have met Edith. She helped me
in setting up an appointment to interview
Ronnie. Finally, I met Ronnie in his offce
during my recent trip to the Philippines
in August 2011. He was very candid in
sharing his life in showbiz, bits and
pieces of his family life, and more
so of his current challenges as the
Chairman and CEO of the Optical
Media Board (OMB). He was very
generous of his time and his stories
and he readily answered questions
I asked, offering some words of
wisdom, from time to time.
Although his mom, Edith Naldo
is a Bicolana from Iriga, Ronnie
was born and raised in Manila. He
started his primary schooling in
Don Bosco and later spent his high
school days at the Philippine Chris-
tian University-Union High School
of Manila (PCU-UHSM). He was
a famous player in the school’s
“Panthers” basketball team, where
Ocampo , The Philippine Star --
That political dynasties continue to
dominate Congress isn’t hard news
anymore. A news report on an Asian
Institute of Management Policy
Center study showing this has been
relegated to the inside, rather than
the front, page of a major daily.
Nonetheless, it’s worth looking
deeper into that study, which tends
to indicate that legislators belonging
to political dynasties represent areas
with lower per-capita incomes and
higher poverty levels although this
needs further validation.
More signifcantly, the AIMPC
study reveals that an increasing
number of political dynasties are
gaining seats in Congress. This fact
Congresswoman Imelda Marcos, Governor
Imee Marcos and Senator Bong Bong Marcos
by Perry Diaz

A couple weeks ago after Mike
Arroyo exited
the country
for Germany
last Septem-
ber 18, 2011,
a Philippine
Star news
report said,
“There is no
in the use of
former frst
Jose Miguel ‘Mike’ Arroyo of a
diplomatic passport because he is the
husband of an incumbent legislator,
the Bureau of Immigration yes-
terday.” Supposedly Arroyo went
abroad to seek “stem cell treatment”
for himself and his wife, former
President and now Congresswoman
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
According to a Bureau of Immi-
gration (BI) spokesperson, Arroyo
presented two kinds of passports
– one regular
and the other
diplomatic. The
BI spokesper-
son said that the
BI offce at the
Ninoy Aquino
Airport checked
the validity of
Arroyo’s two
passports and
there was no
irregularity. Of course there was
no irregularity because Arroyo is
too smart to present a fake passport
when leaving the country.
But why did Arroyo present his
two passports when he left the
country? All that was needed was
his regular passport since he was not
The Daily Tribune
Frustrated over the persis-
tent refusal of President Aqui-
no to prioritize the Freedom
of Information (FoI) bill to be
enacted into law, leaders of
the Senate and the House of
Representatives took matters
into their hands and agreed for
Congress to prioritize the FoI
and pass this bill, as agreed
upon by them yesterday dur-
ing the frst-ever Legislative
The FoI was just one of
the measures leaders of both
Houses have agreed upon, as
confrmed by Senate Majority
Floor Leader Vicente “Tito”
It will be recalled that
Malacañang had submitted a
list of President Aquino’ bills
during the Ledac meeting,
but a lot of bills prioritized by
Aquino were seen as unim-
portant in the sense that the
bills were perceived by the
lawmakers to have ignored
the more important bills that
would impact on the economy
and its growth, as well as
certain social and political
Even more frustrating for
the Congress leaders was that
none of the bills submitted by
Malacañang had any compan-
ion bill in both the House and
the Senate.
Sotto confrmed that both
chambers of Congress agreed
to act swiftly on the FoI bill
which has been archived too
many times and remains un-
acted upon.
The FoI bill is expected
to provide concerned parties
easier access to public docu-
ments and bring about gov-
ernment transparency.
Malacañang has been reluctant
to prioritize the FoI bill and has
used too many lame excuses for the
administration not to be able to act
on this, with a presidential spokes-
man claiming that “there is sensitive
information that should not be made
public, such as the public offcials’
Statement of Assets and Liabilities
Networth (SALn) since they contain
the names of the spouses and chil-
dren of the public offcials.
It is the SALn where one can even
spot graft and perjury from the as-
sets and liabilities listed down and
their worth.
The fact the mysterious donor to the campaign of the newly-elected president of Fantasy-
land was based in Florida and dealt with pharmaceutical products did not help extinguish the
fre of controversy regarding his donation.
Some people started putting two and two together and deduced he made his millions
through illegal drugs and had ties with the drug cartels in Miami and South American coun-
tries like Colombia. How could a Fantasylander become a billionaire from a legitimate busi-
ness in just a few years in America, they wondered?
“Was the presidency bought with
profts from illegal drug deals that ru-
ined the lives of millions of people?”
read a headline of a column of one of
the most infuential writers in Fanta-
“Presidential victory
tainted by drug money?”
speculated another columnist.
The controversy, which started
from a mere whisper, had become
a confagration. The idyllic story of
a son of well-loved and martyred
couple, who won the presidency with the help of what
seemed to be a divine intervention, was overshadowed
by the more juicy and controversial rumors about the
mysterious donor. The issue had reached the point
that the supposedly sweet victory of an underdog
and honest man started to taste bitter. Finally, when
things started to get out of hand, it was announced
the mysterious donor would be interviewed on the
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very little apprecia-
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ter. Appreciating a president’s
character is essential if Filipi-
nos are to properly assess the
state of governance.
P-Noy’s character is
easily misunderstood
and the “evil eyes” have
been capitalizing on this
in promoting a distorted
presidential image that
an incompetent Mes-
saging Secretary fails to
clarify. P-Noy’s charac-
ter is easily misunder-
stood because he’s such
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matic Passport
(Continued from page 1)
on an offcial diplomatic mission.
But by presenting his diplomatic
passport and properly stamped that
he left the Philippines purportedly
on an offcial diplomatic mission,
he could enter the country of his
destination with his diplomatic
passport only and wouldn’t have to
go through customs; thus, whatever
he’s bringing with him would not
be subjected to physical inspection.
If that’s what he did, why? What
was he carrying that he did not want
to go through customs? Was there
something that needed the protection
of diplomatic immunity?
A few days ago, Malaya columnist
and former Ambassador Rey O.
Arcilla wrote in his column, “Why
the heck does the husband of a
congresswoman carry a diplomatic
passport? On what basis?”
Ambassador Arcilla pointed out,
“The Philippine Passport Act of
1996 (RA 8239) provides, among
others, that a member of Congress
may be issued a diplomatic passport
only when he/she is going on offcial
mission abroad or as a delegate to
international conferences. His/her
spouse and unmarried minor chil-
dren may also be issued a diplomatic
passport when accompanying or fol-
lowing to join him/her in an offcial
mission abroad. Obviously, he must
have been carrying the diplomatic
passport issued to him when his
wife was posing as president of this
Republic. Nonetheless, for a diplo-
matic passport to be valid for travel
once it has been used earlier, has
to be revalidated so it can be used
again. Did Del Rosario or any of his
underlings revalidate the diplomatic
passport Arroyo was carrying? If
not, it is not valid for travel.”
Now that the cat is out of the bag,
what is Foreign Affairs Secretary
Del Rosario going to do about it? It
shouldn’t take him long to cancel
Arroyo’s diplomatic passport and
notify all Philippine embassies and
consulates abroad to inform their
host countries of the cancellation.
But the ultimate question is:
Would Del Rosario do it? Or is this
an issue that is deemed “political”
and way over his head? If so, then
President Benigno Aquino III should
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by Atty. Andrew Agtagma
In the second part of this article, I
wrote about two recurring mistakes
that cause clients to miscalculate the
value of their personal injury cases.
I also gave an overview of the two
major components of case value—
special and general damages—and
discussed special damages. To
review, special damages are the
elements of one’s injury whose
monetary value can readily be deter-
mined, such as property damage, lost
earnings, and medical expenses.
Unlike special damages, determin-
ing general damages is more art than
science, and is perhaps the biggest
challenge in assessing case value.
How, exactly, does one put a dollar
value on the harm to a person’s emo-
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One “rule of thumb” provides that
pain and suffering is calculated by
multiplying the special damages by
a certain number. Depending on
whom you ask and the complexity
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low as two to as high as four. Thus,
a person with $5,000 in medical bills
and lost wages would have pain and
suffering damages worth anywhere
from $10,000 to $20,000 using this
Another approach, called the “per
diem” approach, assigns a dollar
value for each day that a person
endures physical discomfort. If an
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recover from his or her injuries and
the attorney assigns a $100 per diem
amount, the person’s pain and suf-
fering will be valued at about $9,000
($100 per day for 90 days).
In cases involving minor injuries—
known as soft-tissue injuries—these
rules of thumb are harmless enough
and have some utility. The danger is
that those who evaluate cases, both
attorneys and non-attorneys, rely
on these rules while losing sight of
when they are appropriate and when
they should be disregarded.
These rules came about as a short-
hand way not to predict the value of
an injured person’s pain and suffer-
ing in an absolute sense, but rather
to predict what a jury is likely to
award in similar circumstances, with
similar injuries. The reason experi-
enced attorneys in this feld focus on
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biters of what a case is worth. If the
two parties in a personal injury case
cannot agree on a settlement value,
they submit the case to a jury—or
to a judge, if a jury is waived—and
barring any procedural irregularities,
the jury’s decision is fnal.
One can determine the “value”
of a person’s pain and suffering,
therefore, by looking at jury verdicts
of cases that involved similar facts.
Besides the nature and severity of
the injuries themselves, other factors
that can infuence the value of a case
include the county in which the case
is fled; the demographic profles of
the injured and negligent parties—a
person’s gender, occupation, and
ethnic background, among other
things—and the skill and experience
of the attorney trying the case.
Insofar as making an injured
person “whole,” awarding money
for pain and suffering is invariably
unsatisfying. For when we look at
general damages in terms of dollar
fgures, the underlying message is
that the injured person’s case—and
indirectly, the inherent value of a
person—is worth a certain amount.
Most people would agree that such
an exercise is an affront to human
Although our system of civil
justice is fawed, we are constrained
to work within these limitations
until we as a society come up with
a better system. In the meantime,
the best way to afford justice to an
injured person is to make sure that
the case is evaluated properly, to
optimize the amount he or she ulti-
mately receives.
Atty. Andrew Agtagma is a gradu-
ate of U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
School of Law. He works closely
with the Law Firm of Chua Tinsay
and Vega (CTV) and its clients
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(Continued from page 1)
Fantasy Land:
Mystery Donor
(Continued from page 1)
Sharing Little
Known Facts of the
he was the team captain for several years.
After graduating from high school, he
then enrolled at PCU College for a degree
in Business Management. Again, Ronnie
joined the school’s varsity team and he
made the team proud in several occasions.
His movie commitments soon made it
impossible for him to fnish his college
studies right away. However, a couple of
years back, he enrolled with PCU’s PACE
program, a self-paced distance learning
program that allowed him to fnally obtain
his baccalaureate degree. It is just one of
the many proofs of Ronnie’s determina-
tion and self-discipline that enables him to
pursue his goals in life.
Ronnie joins the roster of several promi-
nent fgures who graduated from Union
High School -PCU. The list includes
Marita Zobel and Amalia Fuentes (both
my high school classmates), Ronaldo
Valdez, Willie Revillame, and Marianne
dela Riva. The school has also produced
non-showbiz personalities such as Leddy
Vidallon Cariño (also my classmate)
who was the Dean of the UP College of
Education for years before she passed
away. Congresswoman Cynthia Villar of
Paranaque (wife of Senator Manny Villar)
is also a proud alumnus of the school,
which is known for its Christian-based
He has two brothers, the late Grandmas-
ter Christopher (“Topher”) and Alex. He
shared the same love for martial arts with
his mentor, Topher, who unfortunately
died in October last year. Together, they
were part of a team that trained American
soldiers who visited the country during
the Philippine-USA Balikatan exercises.
Unknown to Ronnie at that time, it was
his expertise in martial arts and good
looks that would open many doors to him
in the future.
Ronnie’s other brother is Alex, who
just returned from Afghanistan where
he served in the U.S. Airborne and Civil
His Life as an Actor
Ronnie started his career in the limelight
as a fashion model for high-end couturiers
like Rudy Fuentes, Auggie Cordero, Mike
de la Rosa, and Gerry Katigbak. Even
before male models graced the life-size
billboard ads in EDSA as they do now, the
likes of Edu Manzano, Miguel Rodriguez,
and Ronnie Ricketts were already into
ramp modeling, showing off their good
looks while fashing the creations of the
big names in Philippine haute couture.
He was frst noticed by RVQ, Dolphy’s
Balik-Tanaw II:
The Filipino Stars
of Yesteryears
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by Dr. Romy R. Protacio
Ronnie Ricketts: From Fame
to Social Responsibility
(Continued from page 1)
Negotiations on increasing the
debt ceiling include a proposal to
change the formula for computing
infation that could impact the cost
of living adjustments (COLA) paid
to military retiree, Social Secu-
rity recipients, disabled veterans
and others. COLASs are currently
determined based on the Consumer
Price Index (CPI), which is based
on the Consumer Price Index (CPI),
which is based on the changing
cost of food, shelter, clothing, fuel,
and other goods and services that
consumers buy for day-today living.
Lawmakers are discussing changing
to new index, the so-called “chained
CPI,” that takes into account the
substitution that consumers make
in response to changes in prices
and may result in slightly reduced
Veterans Corner
Proposed Changes to Cost of Living
Allowance (CPI)
Fleet Reserve Association contin-
ues to monitor negotiations to reduce
government spending particularly
as proposals relate to military pay,
health care, benefts and other
quality-of-life programs.
Military retirees and other ben-
efciaries haven’t seen a COLA
increase for the past two years, but
many economists are estimating
as much as a 3.5 percent increase
to take effect in January 2012. The
exact adjustment will be dependent
on which index is used to determine
infation, which wouldn’t be deter-
mined until mid-October 2011.
Henry Empeno Sr.
Navy Relations Committee Chair
Fleet Reserve Association, Branch
84 San Diego
flm production as a po-
tential handsome action
star. He was introduced
in the flm, “My Heart
Belongs to Daddy”,
where he was paired
with Maricel Soriano.
For some time, he was
featured as a regular in
some of RVQ flms, where he would often
play action roles. Ronnie remembers how
Dolphy used to say, “Pag fght scenes,
bigay mo kay Ronnie, karatista yan!” He
was casted in several Dolphy-Alma movie
ficks such as the “Professor” series –
“Crazy Professor” and “Good Morning,
Eventually, he got offers from other
flm outfts such as Regal Films. Under
Regal, he made “The Graduates” and
“I Love You, I Hate You” with Maricel
Soriano. His movies were a blend of
drama, comedy and action, although he
was always at his best with action roles.
He worked with other actions stars that
were also at the peak of their careers- Lito
Lapid, Dante Varona and Bong Revilla.
His unforgettable portrayal was with Bong
Revilla in the Imus Production’s “Sparrow
Unit”, where he won an award as Best
Supporting Actor.
He soon landed lead roles in movies
such as “Baril Ko ang Uusig”, “Target:
Maganto”, “Gapos Gang” and “Matira ang
Matibay” to name a few, some of which
he did with his own movie outft, Rockets
Productions. He had the chance to play
opposite many leading ladies such as
Beverly Vergel, Vina Morales, and his real
life partner, Mariz.
His Venture into Film Production
In 1994, Ronnie started producing
movies through Rockets Productions.
He was one of the youngest producers
in tinsel town, who was able to produce
quality flms at reasonably low budgets.
The company produced flms which he
himself wrote and directed. “Noon, para
ma-infltrate ko ang market, kailangan
ako ang mag-produce, because nobody be-
lieved in me at that time”, Ronnie fondly
He was fnally able to prove that he can
achieve what others did not think possible.
One of his projects, “Mano Mano” (1995)
was a testament of his creative talent – he
wrote the script, did the lead role, directed
and produced the movie, which became
a big hit. The movie was so popular, that
a follow-up was inevitable. There were
two sequels to the flm – “Mano Mano 2”
and “Mano Mano 3”. Other flms that he
produced, line-produced and/or directed
are “Uno” (2005), “Lagot ka sa Kuya
Ko,” (2006),Mano-Mano 2 (2001), “Ang
Boyfriend Kong Pari” (co-produced with
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang in 1999), “Hawak ko
Buhay Mo” (line produced for Viva Films
in 1998), Huwag Mong Isuko ang Laban”
(1997), “Boy Buluran” (line produced for
Neo Films in 1997), “Madaling Mamatay,
Mahirap Mabuhay” (line produced for
Neo Films in 1997), Matira ang Matibay:
(line produced for Viva Films in 1997).
He starred in over 50 movie hits. He
garnered several awards and acclamations
for his talent, creativity and effciency. He
also became one of the Past Presidents of
the Film Actors Guild.
Through it all, Ronnie remained an un-
assuming actor, director and producer who
valued self-discipline and clean living.
He is well known for his strict work ethics
that he also expected from the people who
worked for him. He is against all forms of
gambling and drinking during flm shoots.
He insists on punctuality and he sets a
good example of being an effcient leader
and team player, qualities which drove his
success not just in the flm industry but
also in his other endeavors.
A Dedicated Family Man
I don’t doubt that Ronnie must have
had several romantic affliations before
he settled down, but I did not really ask
him about his past loves. He is happily
married to Mariz, who is also his business
partner and who handles the fnance side
of Rocketts Production. Mariz belonged
to the stable of German Moreno’s talents,
and for some time, she graced the radio
waves with her musical talent. She
also did a couple of flms and currently
co-hosts German Moreno’s “Walang
Tulugan” TV show. Mariz has a current
television series on Channel 5, “Ang Otol
Ronnie fondly recalls that it was ER
Ejercito, (now Governor ER of Laguna),
his best friend and movie contemporary,
who introduced Mariz to him. “Si ER ang
cupido -- siya ang nag-cupido sa amin ni
Mariz,” Ronnie said. Ronnie remembers
telling ER one day, “Pare, wala pa akong
girlfriend, ihanap mo nga ako.” At that
time, ER had a picture of Mariz and ER
said, “Eto kilala ko ito.” Mariz was an
aspiring singer back then and had not
yet entered the movies. Love blossomed
between the two and a wedding at the San
Antonio Church in Forbes Park sealed
their destinies together. Among their
wedding sponsors were Ronnie Poe, Erap
Estrada, Dolphy, German Moreno, and
Inday Badiday. They are blessed with
two daughters, Marella Rosabelle (16) and
Raechelle Marie (13). Like all the
other roles he handled in his professional
life, Ronnie takes his roles as a husband
and Dad seriously. Even with a very busy
schedule, he squeezes in quality time
with Mariz and their girls. He has not
really encouraged his daughters to enter
showbiz, but he sees a bit of him in them
as they love sports also, the way he does.
A New Challenge in Government
In 2009, former President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo appointed Ronnie as
the Chairman of the Optical Media Board
(OMB). OMB is responsible in regulating
the manufacture of optical media which
includes flms in CD and DVD formats,
software, computer games, as well as
CDs of local and foreign musicians. He
succeeded other movie personalities – Edu
Our life and
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much-respected American television
program “60 Minutes” to put to rest
these speculations. The program,
which normally featured three sto-
ries per broadcast, devoted its entire
hour to the issue that had captivated
not only the interest of the Fantasy-
landers but also people around the
The mysterious donor turned out
to be a handsome sixty-year-old
Fantasylander, who claimed to have
made his fortune in Silicon Valley.
Maximo Dullesco was an engineer
who frst worked in a start-up inter-
net company and, through shrewd
investments, was able to increase his
assets to up to $10.5 billion. It was
a credible story verifed by fnancial
records. Everything was legitimate
as all his tax payments through the
years were closely scrutinized. His
was a success story only few people
knew about, for he was modest and
had maintained a very low profle
just as he wanted. In fact, Fanta-
sylanders were surprised to learn
there was somebody else much
richer than the richest Fantasyland-
ers that Forbes Magazine had been
proclaiming through the years. Max
Dullesco might be Fantasyland, but
he was listed in Forbes’ tally as an
American, a fact that turned out
to be false since he had not relin-
quished his Fantasyland citizenship
despite migrating to America years
ago. The magazine merely assumed
he was American, and since the
list had been dominated by Ameri-
cans with only few Fantasylanders,
he was able to fy under the radar
completely unnoticed. It was a big
surprise to many, especially the
As to his alleged links to Co-
lumbian drug cartels? One of his
investments turned out to be on a
legitimate drug company that made
a breakthrough in curing a particular
childhood illness. The eager critics
put together his base of operation
in Miami, Florida, its proximity to
Colombia where drug cartels were
operating, and his investments in
drugs, albeit legitimate drugs. Bi-
ased critics looking to fnd fault on a
person came up with a wrong prem-
ise and ended up with an erroneous
However, viewers were not disap-
pointed. There were other juicy parts
of the story that entertained their
imagination. When the “60 Minutes”
interviewer asked Max’s children to
come before the camera, two of his
daughters reminded the viewers of
one of the prettiest actresses in Hol-
lywood. They learned the reason for
this when the wife was introduced.
Indeed, she was the very pretty
actress they had in mind.
During the interview, Max ex-
plained his desire to help his native
country once and for all.
“I have made enough money and
it’s about time to be of assistance
to my people,” he said. “I have dis-
cussed this with my family and they
completely support me. I plan to set
aside at least two billion dollars in
projects that can help the country be
on the road for development.”
“But how can your money make a
difference when billions of dollars of
aid had been given by other coun-
tries with little effect?” the inter-
viewer asked.
“I will do it my own may.”
“You’ll see,” he simply answered
and fashed an enigmatic smile.
grandstand where the inauguration
was to be held, people all over the
world watched on television as the
VIPs arrived. Women in colorful
native clothes, including the rela-
tives and friends of the winners, plus
the wives of government offcials,
trooped to their seats as if they were
walking on the red carpet. Some
pretty movie actresses, who sup-
ported the newly-elected president,
also got a chance to traipse up to
their seats and show their wares.
Some of them were interviewed by
a lady television reporter as they left
their cars, with their close up images
fashing on the giant TV screen at
the site, with TV sets all over the
world tuned in to that program.
When things settled down, a black
luxurious van pulled up in front of
the grandstand. Two burly Israeli
bodyguards got off and opened the
rear door. They caught everyone’s
attention as the scene was also
projected on the TV screen. Out
came Max Dullesco wearing a crispy
barong tagalog. Two pretty women
followed him: his actress wife and
one of their daughters. The women
looked so fabulous that whatever ad-
miration the people had on the early
arrivals, including the local movie
stars, were dissipated. Clearly, the
mother and daughter were the pretti-
est women of them all! – AJ
(To be continued)
(Editor’s Note: To read the previ-
ous and weekly installments of this
series, visit www.asianjournalusa.
com. Once there, click the “Editori-
als” heading, then click “Fantasy
Land by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.”
title to see the list of all previous
chapters of the series. Click the title
of the chapter you want to read and
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a deviation from other politicians.
His mother, President Cory, was also
misunderstood for being different
from our past presidents, especially
the dictator she had preceded.
Where most politicians would do
anything and everything to attract
media coverage and public atten-
tion, P-Noy would rather keep his
offcial contacts with media to what
are required by the job. Where most
politicians would subscribe to myth-
making - Ferdinand Marcos as the
most decorated Filipino war hero the
best case in point - P-Noy will not
project an image that he knows mis-
represents his true person. By nature,
P-Noy is self-effacing and would
prefer to stay out of the limelight.
During the 2007 senatorial
campaign, three of the Opposition
candidates - Senators Manny Villar,
Loren Legarda and then Tarlac Rep-
resentative Noynoy Aquino — held
a campaign sortie in the shopping
plaza outside our subdivision. My
wife Mey was there to shop and saw
Senators Villar and Legarda in the
thick of the crowd. To her surprise
- Mey noticed that Noy was quietly
standing at the sidelines as if he
wasn’t a candidate for the Senate.
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“Coming together is a beginning;
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ing together is success.” -- Henry
We are all aware of the economic
recession that has been going on for
so many years and sometimes we
think it will never end. Some are
able to make it and survive; how-
ever, many more are almost at the
end of their ropes with no hope in
sight except their reliance totally on
God. In times of economic down-
turn, there are many ways that an
organization can do to survive. They
can cut personnel and have them
work part time, recruit more volun-
teers, streamline their operations so
that management is more effcient,
diversify sources of funding, and
establish networks or collaborations.
Kalusugan Community Services
(KCS) have been doing all this for
some time now because of the un-
certainty of their budget situation.
Collaborations or coalitions are an
organization of individuals repre-
senting diverse groups, factions, or
constituencies who agree to work
together to achieve a common goal.
They combine their human and
material resources to effect a social
change the members are unable to
bring about independently. Collab-
orative efforts are an emerging force
for change. As more communities
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Kalusugan And Operation
Samahan: A Resurrected
their needs, collaborative efforts are
becoming recognized as powerful
vehicles for transformation. They are
necessary to a group’s existence and
more so during times of economic
Building a coalition is an art that
calls for distinctive attitudes and
skills. Maintaining the coalition re-
quires that individuals and groups be
willing to overcome their feelings of
separateness and powerlessness and
to join forces with others in a spirit
of mutual understanding, patience,
fexibility and group sensitivity.
According to the late Dr. Riz
Oades,” coalitions are a relatively
new phenomenon to Filipinos and
it will remain as such for sometime
because Filipinos tend to form new
associations and then split into two
groups, usually owing to internal
power struggles. Such propensity
partly explains why there is a pro-
liferation of Filipino organizations
in America. In San Diego there are
200 associations (as contrasted to 17
in 1970), and the number keeps on
History of Collaboration
Project Kalusugan (Good Health)
was a pioneering coalition of com-
munity leaders and health profes-
sionals that was formed in 1992. It
was spearheaded by San Diego State
University Graduate School of Pub-
lic Health and Department of His-
tory represented by Professor Ofelia
Dirige, DrPH, RD and Professor Riz
Oades, PhD; Operation Samahan in
National City, represented by Joel
San Juan, Executive Director; and
Council of Philippine American
Organizations (COPAO), headed by
Paul Ones, former President.
Project Kalusugan was established
in response to a request for proposal
(RFP) from the California Depart-
ment of Health Services (CDHS) for
the fscal year 1992-93. The purpose
was to develop a coalition that will
conduct a needs assessment of the
Filipino American (FilAm) com-
munity and develop intervention
programs for them. Project Ka-
lusugan’s mission was to advocate
for change conducive to a healthy
FilAm lifestyle and to help the local
community build its problem-solv-
ing ability, leadership, and health
promotion program.
The coalition was successful in
mobilizing the community and
conducting the assessment. They
utilized literature surveys, focus
groups, written surveys, clinical
survey of Operation Samahan, and
community forums to determine the
health needs of the population. Re-
sults of the assessment showed that
cancer, heart disease, and diabetes
were the major adult concerns as
well as mental problems of the youth
such as gangs, suicide, teen preg-
nancy, and school dropouts.
After the frst year of the project
in 1994, the coalition separated
into the three separate components.
The SDSU group became KCS,
Operation Samahan decided to be
a separate entity due to confict of
interest, and COPAO remained as
the umbrella organization. Be-
cause of the success of the original
coalition, the remaining members of
the coalition decided to apply as a
non-proft community organization
or have a 501 (c ) 3 status in 1995
and changed its name to Kalusugan
Community Services (KCS). During
this time contact existed between
the three organizations but not as a
coalition. It is sad that this hap-
pened because more could have been
accomplished if the coalition were
continued and remained intact.
Subsequently, KCS was able to ob-
tain funding to support its programs
of preventing chronic diseases such
as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and
social programs for youth. Its major
emphasis is on preventing chronic
diseases by improving nutrition and
increasing physical activity. Most of
the funding were from government
(state, city & county), private foun-
dations (The California Endowment
and The California Wellness Foun-
dation), and individual donations.
In 2004, KCS established the
Filipino American Wellness Cen-
ter (FWC) in National City to be
the site of a comprehensive health
promotion, disease prevention, and
wellness program. It has four major
components: Community service,
Advocacy, Research and Training
(CART). Activities included dis-
semination of information; blood
pressure screening and referral;
nutrition and physical activities;
health education workshops; and
inter-generational cultural activities
(Filipino American Arts & Cultural
Festival). Up to 2009, KCS has
obtained approximately $4 million
in funding.
Resurrection of the Collabora-
Operation Samahan, Inc, is a
Federally Qualifed Health Center
(FQHC) Look-Alike in San Diego
County. Samahan, in Tagalog, means
working together. As a multi-service
provider, it offers primary care,
dental, and multi-faceted human
services to the uninsured, to in-
sured, and underserved individuals
and families of all income levels
regardless of their ability to pay. It
offers culturally competent services
through staff that speaks the follow-
ing languages: Tagalog, Ilocano,
Visayan, Spanish, Laotian, Hindi,
Bengali, Russian, Dutch, Thai, Viet-
namese, and Mandarin.
Operation Samahan (OS) was
founded in 1973 within the FilAm
community of SD County by a
volunteer group of Filipino health
professionals and community leaders
who sought to help Filipino se-
niors that did not have the fnances,
linguistic skills or ability to navigate
through the health care system. It
has evolved into a diverse commu-
nity health center that now operates
ambulatory primary care in three
locations. OS is funded by govern-
ment (federal, state, city, county),
private foundations (TCE, TCWF,
Tides Foundation, Alliance Health
Care Fd, Kaiser) and other private
organizations. KCS and OS has been
collaborating since 1995 in activities
such as writing letters of support to
federal agencies, funders and legisla-
tors and in grant-writing.
In 2010, KCS and OS strengthened
their partnership through the Asian
Pacifc Islander Network (APICHN),
an ancillary program of OS. The
network is a partnership of nine
community partners consisting of: a
health care industry (Operation Sa-
mahan, Inc); the academia (Institute
of Public Health- San Diego State
University); a social service agency
with focus on legal and immigra-
tion issues (ACCESS, Inc.); and six
ethnic nonproft community orga-
nizations representing the diverse
API community in SD: Filipinos
(Kalusugan Community Services),
Laotians (Lao American Coalition),
Cambodians (Victoria House Cor-
poration), Native Hawaiians (Pacifc
American Education Scholastic
Foundation), Samoans (Samoan
Athlete’s Group), and Chamorros
(Che’lu, Inc).
The network aims to address dis-
parities among the API communities
in SD by understanding the differ-
ences and commonalities of health
beliefs and behaviors between them
and to further the discussion and
dialogue of these issues by providing
accessible information and resources
driven by grass root participatory
The resurrected collaboration be-
tween OS and KCS through the net-
work has enabled these two Filipino
agencies to launch effective cultur-
ally competent resources that extend
far beyond the Filipino community.
Both agencies are now sharing their
expertise to the diverse API com-
munity in SD. OS recruited KCS to
work with the FilAm population in
San Diego (SD) as they have been
working with this population for al-
most 20 years with Dr. Dirige, Presi-
dent and CEO, as representative. As
part of her expertise in nutrition, she
screened, tested and modifed
(low in fat, salt, cholesterol, sugar)
native recipes from the Philippines,
Laos, Cambodia, Hawaii, Samoa,
and Guam. These modifed dishes
and served during the community
forum held in June 2011. A com-
ment is that, “ It’s good to know that
healthy food can also be so deli-
In addition, a booklet entitled,
“Food and Culture: Asian Ameri-
can and Pacifc Islander Cuisine &
Recipes” was published and given
to the participants. This booklet is
available from OS at a very minimal
cost. Please call Kristin Noonan
(619) 474-4008 to order. KCS will
continue its collaboration with OS
this coming year by developing a
manual and brochure on “Healthy
Eating and Active Living for Filipi-
nos” that will include a guide as well
as a leafet on the above subject.
Meanwhile, OS in partnership
with the Pacifc American Academy,
a K-8 charter school and a project
of the Pacifc American Education
Scholastic Foundation (PSESF), has
been awarded a half a million grant
to establish a school-based health
center within the school campus
of PAA. This is a historic moment
of pooling resources of two ethnic
communities (Filipino and Pacifc
Islanders) into a long-term, tan-
gible project that benefts the larger
community. The new school-based
health center will provide cultur-
Perhaps it’s the changing of the
seasons from summer to fall. Even in
Southern California the weather is start-
ing to change; to become a bit crisper, a
little less like the softness of summer.
Whatever the reason, my thoughts
seem to turn to islands around this time
of year. I start to read travel sites more
often and check airfares hoping … hop-
ing … hoping…
If I could just fgure out a way to get
the paper to send me on assignment to
In looking at the islands you fnally
come across Tetiaroa. “The mysterious
island jewel of Tetiaroa, meaning “who
stands apart” in Tahitian, is a 4.5-mile
wide atoll and is located just 36.5 miles
north of Papeete, the capital of French
Polynesia on the island of Tahiti. It is
probably most famously known for its
now deceased legendary owner, Hol-
lywood actor Marlon Brando.
In 1965, Brando fell in love with the
pristine atoll while shooting the flm
“Mutiny on the Bounty.” He decided to
purchase the atoll for a 99-year lease,
build a small runway and a hotel with
13 bungalows exclusively for guests.
Being an advocate of protecting the
environment, Brando conserved the
original appeal of this magnifcent and
peaceful atoll.
The atoll, which consists of 12 motu
(small islets) with poetic names like
“shimmering sand,” “still hand” and
“traveler’s friend,” is in itself a world
It is surrounded by a protective coral
reef with no opening to the sea, keeping
the water of the lagoon warmer than
anywhere else and thus creating one of
the richest marine life habitats in the
A royal playground
Today, Tetiaroa is a pristine and
untouched atoll, having resisted tour-
ism and development due to its private
and exclusive ownership status over
the years. This enchanted atoll is also
known for being home to one of Tahiti’s
only protected bird sanctuaries as well
as an intact and healthy environment.
The atoll once known as “Te-Tua-
Roa” – meaning “high tide” - was con-
sidered somewhat a royal playground
for the wealthy and upper class as it
used to be a summer residence or pri-
vate getaway for various ruling families,
ari’i (chiefs), and kings of Tahiti over
the years. Legends from ancient times
tell of royal treasures that were hidden
on the atoll.
The Bounty
In 1789, three deserters from the
Bounty became the frst Europeans to
visit the island during the ship’s 23-
week stay in Tahiti. It was after their
Tahiti: Mysterious island
jewel of Tetiaroa
departure that the famous “Mutiny on
the Bounty” took place.
In 1904, the royal Pomare family of
Tahiti gave the island to Johnston Walter
Williams, a dentist and British Consul
who had moved to Papeete in 1902. As
a private island, Tetiaroa changed hands
a few times before being acquired by
Marlon Brandon in 1965, after flming
“Mutiny on the Bounty.”
Being a fervent protector of the
environment, Brando worked hard to
conserve the original charm of the atoll
by resisting large-scale commercial
developments, which were always being
presented to him.
The only hotel that ever operated
on the island was owned by Marlon
Brando and was shut down shortly after
his death. The hotel, known as Hotel
Tetiaroa Village, was an exclusive
place offering rather basic amenities at
upscale prices. Its 13 thatched-roof bun-
galows “fares” were most sought after
by wealthy honeymooners and newly-
weds. Teihotu, Brando’s son, used to run
the hotel and is currently Tetiaroa’s only
offcial inhabitant.
The Brando
Today, an eco-friendly hotel project
in homage to Marlon Brando is in the
works - “The Brando.” This was Bran-
do’s vision to create a project, which
will resonate with visitors and also
foster opportunities for guests to get to
know both the place, the environment
and the people of French Polynesia.
The project is being overseen by
Tahiti Beachcomber SA, whose CEO,
Richard Bailey, owner of several luxury
resorts in French Polynesia, was a good
friend of Brando’s and had been work-
ing with him for many years to fulfll
their joint vision to develop an environ-
mentally sustainable resort.
Bailey has experience with other
sustainable projects in French Polynesia
as he owns four InterContinental resorts
in the region, utilizing eco-friendly
practices. Pacifc Beachcomber hopes to
make Tetiaroa a prototype for sustain-
able development in the hospitality
industry and remains committed to
the goal of attaining LEED Platinum
certifcation (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) from the U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC).
The two principal renewable energies
that will be used on the island include
solar panels and bio-fuel generators.
The photovoltaic (solar) panels will be
installed alongside Pacifc Beachcomb-
er’s new airstrip, which was completed
in May 2010. The balance of the energy
demand will be sourced using bio-fuel.
Another fundamental component of
Tetiaroa’s goal of energy autonomy is
the installation of a seawater air con-
ditioning (SWAC) system, which uses
cold water pumped from 930 meters
(nearly 3,000 feet) below the surface
to cool the water used in the resort’s
air-conditioning system. Given the year-
round tropical climate in French Poly-
nesia, air conditioning can account for
up to 50% of electricity consumption.
SWAC signifcantly reduces the demand
for electricity and will further Pacifc
Beachcomber’s goal of creating a 100%
renewable energy community. This will
be the second industrial SWAC system
in the world; the frst is located at the
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and
Thalasso Spa, also part of the com-
pany’s wide portfolio.
The resort’s system has saved approxi-
mately 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide
per year since it was installed in 2006.
The construction on The Brando has of-
fcially begun with completion slated for
late 2012.
Construction of the luxury eco-resort
has commenced with the offcial autho-
rization from the Tahitian government
after several years of studying the im-
pact of construction on the environment.
The Brando will feature: 47 deluxe bun-
galow villas (each with private plunge
pools), a spa, ftness center, community
pool, as well as various island activities
including scuba diving and archaeologi-
cal tours of royal Tahitian sites.”
Tahiti Tourisme North America Email: info@
Tahiti-Tourisme.com Website: www.Tahiti-Tour-
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visa petition fled by SRL on be-
half of Maritess. The denial was
reversed on appeal and the petition
was approved. SRL is engaged in
food processing business that sells
frozen whipped topping products
to wholesalers, retailers, and food
service distributors. SRL wanted to
employ Maritess permanently in the
United States as a Quality Assurance
Manager/Research and Develop-
ment Specialist. The Director of
USCIS denied the petition because
Maritess was not qualifed for the
position. The Director said Maritess
does not possess a U.S. bachelor’s or
higher degree in food service. The
specifc issue on appeal was whether
Maritess’ Ph.D. in agriculture and
forestry specializing in dairy tech-
nology qualifes for the position of
food technologist. A food technolo-
gist is in charge of researching and
developing dairy and non-dairy-
based food products and for which
a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in
food science is required.
In the labor certifcation fled by
SRL, it indicated that the qualifca-
tions for the position are: 1) Four-
year bachelor’s degree in food sci-
ence; and 2) two years experience in
the job offered or as a research sci-
entist. The records show that Mari-
tess graduated from University of
the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB)
with Bachelor of Science degree in
Agriculture and Master of Science
degree in Animal Science. She also
has a Ph.D. in dairy technology from
the University of Melbourne. Mari-
tess credentials were evaluated by an
accredited evaluation agency, which
found that her Bachelor of Science
degree and Master of Science degree
in Animal Science from UPLB as
being the equivalent of a Bachelor
of Science degree in Animal Sci-
ence from a regionally accredited
educational institution in the United
States. The evaluation does not state
that Maritess possesses a foreign
equivalent Bachelor’s degree in food
science and the labor certifcation,
as certifed, does not demonstrate
that SRL would accept a degree in
a feld other than food science. To
determine whether a benefciary is
eligible for a preference immigrant
visa, USCIS must ascertain whether
the alien is, in fact, qualifed for the
job specifed in the labor certifca-
tion. USCIS will not accept a de-
gree equivalent or unrelated degree
when a labor certifcation expressly
requires a candidate with a specifc
degree. USCIS will not and should
not ignore the term of the labor certi-
fcation, nor it may impose addi-
tional requirements. In this case the
labor certifcation expressly requires
a bachelor degree in food science.
USCIS uses evaluations by
credentials evaluation organization
of a person’s foreign education as
an advisory opinion only. In this
case the Administrative Appeals
Offce (AAO) gave less weight to
the evaluations because they were
inconsistent. The AAO reviewed the
Electronic Database for Global Edu-
cation (EDGE) created by AACRAO
(American Association of Collegiate
Registrars and Admissions Offcers.
EDGE is a web-based resource for
evaluation of foreign educational
credentials. Authors for EDGE are
not merely expressing their personal
opinions. Rather, they must work
with publication consultant and a
Council Liaison with AACRAO’s
National Council on Evaluation of
Foreign Educational Credentials.
According to EDGE a bachelor’s de-
gree and a master’s degree from the
Philippines and a Ph.D. from Austra-
lia represent a comparable amount
of education in the United States.
The AAO noted that the Department
of Labor (DOL) categorized the
position offered under Food Tech-
nologist and Food Scientists, which
generally require a graduate or mas-
ter’s degree. The offered position’s
duties include research projects on
developing non-dairy based foods
and formulating and developing new
products that may include non-dairy/
dairy-based products. Maritess’
specialized graduate work and Ph.D.
thesis involved dairy technology,
specifcally, “studies on chemical,
enzymatic and physical character-
istics of reconstituted UHT milk:
effects of raw milk and powder stor-
age”. The AAO said Maritess Ph.D.
rendered her aptly qualifed for the
position. It further said: “The ben-
efciary’s education correlates to the
education required by the position.
Thus, the benefciary does possess
a degree in the correct feld for the
position as her degree in agriculture
and forestry with specialization in
dairy technology has prepared her
to perform the required job duties of
food technologist for the petitioner.
Filipino Won Appeal from
Denial of his Work Visa
DOL’s standardized occupational
standards support the premise set
forth by the petitioner that food
science is a broad feld, encompass-
ing numerous specialty degrees,
such as the benefciary’s credentials.
The benefciary does have a United
States baccalaureate degree or a
foreign equivalent degree to food
science and meets the requirements
of the labor certifcation, and, thus,
does qualify for preference visa clas-
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The last time I was involved in the
process of amending the Philippine
Constitution was sometime before the
end of the term of Philippine Presi-
dent Fidel Ramos.
I remember making a presentation
to a group of infuential men in the
President’s circle namely; National
Security Adviser Jose Almonte,
former Senator and Foreign Affairs
Secretary Raul Manglapus, and then
Budget Secretary Salvador Enriquez.
The latter arranged the meeting after
sponsoring a series of seminars that
I ran for a group of young lead-
ers at the Club Filipino. Upon my
recommendation these youth leaders
decided to organize a Philippine
People’s Parliament as a way of insti-
tutionalizing People Power through
the Constitutional and Statutory
provisions on People’s Initiative.
As I explained, the People’s Initia-
tive would make the youth or other
Filipino citizens who participate
Members of the Parliament or Con-
gress, Provincial Board Members,
Municipal Councilors and/or Baran-
gay Councilmen at the same time.
This is because it would allow them
to amend the Constitution; make, re-
peal, and amend national laws; make,
repeal and amend provincial board
resolutions; make, repeal, and amend
municipal ordinances; and make,
repeal, and amend Barangay resolu-
tions. They can even recall local
offcials. They will also earn the title,
MPP (Member, People’s Parliament).
They are empowered by mere
LAGDA or signature even without
being elected!
I agreed with the wise and famous
men above that it would beneft the
country to allow President Fidel Ra-
mos who had a successful presidency
to run for re-election by proposing a
Constitutional amendment. However,
it was my contention that it would
be wiser to offer other amendments
including economic ones as well.
My real interest was more on test-
ing the People’s Initiative as the legal
institutional substitute for People
Power in the streets. The process
would have allowed us to build a
network up to the Barangay/Precinct
level, which in effect was effective
party-building. This specifcally in-
terested Senator Manglapus who was
the President of Lakas-NUCD-CMD
at the time.
Only the term extension amend-
ment was proposed. Former president
Cory Aquino and the Catholic Church
opposed it. Understandably, they
thought it was too early to amend the
Constitution. Then Vice-President
Erap Estrada, Speaker de Venecia and
other Presidential hopefuls opposed it
for obvious reasons.
It would have been a good test.
Ramos was preparing us toward
industrialization and to an almost
“Dragon or Tiger” status as we
approached the 21st Century. Cory
Aquino was a transition President.
We were still recovering from the
economic shambles caused by the
Marcos Dictatorship. Six years were
not enough to rebuild and to institute
reforms. The would-be successors did
not provide much hope.
Furthermore, as Senator Mangla-
pus said, “If the process is allowed
to prosper, those who oppose have
several opportunities to fght it. First,
they can go against the signature
campaign; second, if there are suf-
fcient signatures, they can campaign
against it during the plebiscite or
ratifcation; and if the amendment is
passed, they can campaign and vote
against Ramos’ re-election.”
Indeed, democracy in action, it
would have been!
There are now moves to amend
at least the economic provisions of
the Philippine Constitution. Led by
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
and House Speaker Sonny Belmonte,
there seems to be a consensus in Con-
gress that a Constituent Assembly be
formed with the objective of amend-
ing the economic provisions of the
Specifcally targeted are the restric-
tive economic provisions that affect
foreign direct investments in land;
in the exploration, development and
utilization of natural resources; in
media; in public utilities and even in
tertiary education.
There is also the move to liberal-
ize the practice of one’s profession
in accordance with the principle of
reciprocity. Example: If the Califor-
nia State Bar and / or Hawaii State
Bar allow licensed Filipino lawyers
to practice in either or both states,
their licensed lawyers would also be
allowed to practice in the Philippines.
The economic objectives are to
grow our economy; to attract foreign
investments, and to attain full em-
The Philippines Board of Invest-
ments claims that in order for the
country to have a GDP growth rate of
7% annually, it must attract at least
$7 billion foreign investments yearly
as opposed to a mere $2 billion
currently. Compared to the foreign
investments attracted by Indonesia,
which averages $10 billion annu-
ally and by Vietnam’s $6 billion, the
Philippines is almost pitiful. This is
despite our supposed advantage of
having an English-speaking and skill-
ful labor force.
“Kung walang corrupt, walang
mahirap” is actually a good start.
Foreign investors would like to deal
with an honest government and less
red tape. American and other foreign
investors are also covered by their
national Anti-Corrupt Practices Acts.
To generate employment, we must
industrialize. We must attract invest-
ments not just in industries but also
in infrastructure development and
Less restrictive regulations will en-
courage an increase in tourism, trade,
technology transfer and targeted
training. .
The debate on the proposed amend-
ments should start soon. I look
forward to joining the discussion!
Ps, Is, Ts
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MANILA, 9/28/2011 - Filipino
Americans testifed on September 26
before the joint hearing of the House
committees on Suffrage and Foreign
Affairs in support of House Bill
3201 amending the 2003 Overseas
Absentee Voting Act that would
eliminate the provision requiring
overseas voters to sign an affdavit
promising to return to the Philip-
pines within three years or face the
penalty of perpetual disbarment
from future voting and up to one
year in jail.
“This heinous provision is the
single most signifcant factor respon-
sible the low registration of Filipino
overseas voters,” said Rodel Rodis,
president of the US Pinoys for Good
Governance. “Granting overseas
Filipinos the right to vote was a kiss
on the cheek,” he said, “but adding
the Affdavit to Return was a slap in
the face.”
According to Commission on
Elections (Comelec) Commissioner
Armando Velasco, who attended
the joint hearing at the Batasan, the
registration applications of overseas
Filipinos who did not check the box
confrming the signing of the Affda-
vit to Return were rejected.
When House Suffrage Committee
Chair Elpidio Barzaga, Jr. asked Ve-
lasco about the Comelec’s position
on the Affdavit to Return, Com-
missioner Velasco disclosed that the
Comelec commissioners informally
agreed that the Affdavit provision
should be removed.
“We want to encourage as many
overseas Filipinos to register and
vote in Philippine elections and this
provision clearly discourages them
from voting,” Velasco said.
Rodis said that in the 2010 presi-
dential elections, around 589,830
Filipinos - out of 11 million overseas
Filipinos registered to vote and only
300,000 actually cast their ballots.
“Out of 4 million Filipinos in the
US,” Rodis said, “only 100,000
actually voted.”
Loida Nicolas-Lewis, chair of the
US Pinoys for Good Governance,
testifed about the practices of other
countries which allow for overseas
voting. “In all these cases, there was
no biometric requirement,” she said.
“Only the Philippine government
requires its citizens to go to the con-
sulate to personally register to vote
and be fngerprinted.”
This biometric requirement means
that Filipinos in outlying states
would have to travel great distances
at great expense to register and vote,
she said.
Lewis recommended that overseas
voters be allowed to register by
mail by downloading the Comelec
registration form from the Comelec
website and mailing them to the
nearest Philippine Consulate.
Dr. Jun Rasul, the president of
the Philippine Medical Society of
Washington DC, testifed that the
Filipino Americans Testify At
Batasan Hearing On Amend-
ments To Overseas Voting Act
word “Absentee” should be removed
from the Overseas Absentee Voting
law because of its negative connota-
tions. “An absentee voter means that
we are not present when we vote,”
he said. “If overseas voters have
the right to vote, then why do we
have to be considered absentee?” he
After the testimonies of the Fili-
pino American “resource persons”
were taken, the members of the joint
committees deliberated. Joining the
joint committee members in their
deliberations was Batasan House
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. who
spoke in full support of the pro-
posed amendments to the bill which
included the elimination of the Af-
fdavit to Return provision.
When the votes were taken, the
joint committee members voted to
eliminate the Affdavit to Return
On the motion of Rep. Rufus Ro-
driguez, the joint committees voted
to add the provision eliminating
“Absentee” from the title of the bill.
The joint committee members voted
unanimously to support the added
provision. House Bill 3201 will now
called the Overseas Filipino Voting
The joint committee members
were not able to complete the
deliberation and vote on the other
proposed amendments when they
voted to adjourn at 12:30 PM after
convening at 9:30 AM.
Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden
Bello, the principal sponsor of
House Bill 3201, expressed conf-
dence that “Filipinos all over the
world will soon be able to partici-
pate in national elections – regard-
less of their location, and regardless
of their intention to return to the
Bello said he believes that under a
true democracy, elections must be as
inclusive as possible, “with each and
every Filipino partaking in the selec-
tion of the national leadership.”
Bello expressed confdence that
the bill will become law in a few
months with suffcient time for over-
seas Filipinos to register to vote in
May 2013 Philippine elections.

Dear Atty. Karagdag,
I recently took my oath as a United
States citizen. Now, I am planning to
petition my 19-year old daughter (I
am divorced from her father) and my
parents who are in the Philippines.
My daughter has a 6-month old baby
although she remains single. I also
have an unmarried brother who is
only 20 years old.
My questions are:
Can my daughter’s baby come
with her as a derivative benefciary?
Can my youngest brother come
with my parents as their derivative
I hope you can enlighten me on
these things.
Thank you in advance.
Dear Priscilla,
First of all, it is important to men-
tion that your daughter and parents
are considered as your immediate
relatives under the Immigration and
Nationality Act (INA). Section 101
(b) of the INA defnes immediate
relatives as the spouse, child, or
parent of a U.S. citizen, except that
in case of the parent, the U.S. citizen
son or daughter must be at least
twenty-one years of age. The same
Section 101(b) requires that the
child must be unmarried and under
21 years old to be considered as an
immediate relative.
It is important to lay down the
defnition of immediate relatives
because they have the unique ad-
vantage of migrating to the Unites
States without visa numerical limita-
tions. This simply means that their
immigrant visas are immediately
available. In contrast, other rela-
tives such as spouses and children of
immigrants have to wait for several
years for their visa numbers to be-
come available.
Also, the spouse and child are
considered as derivative benefcia-
ries who can accompany or join the
principal benefciary in migrating to
the United States.
Unfortunately, immediate relatives
have one big disadvantage. They DO
NOT have derivative benefciaries.
In layman’s terms, the petition in
which you are the principal ben-
efciary can include your immedi-
ate relatives but not their children.
Again, this is because you are a U.S.
So, in answer to your questions –
NO, your daughter cannot bring her
baby with her. The same rule applies
to your parents; they cannot bring
with them your younger brother.
Instead, your daughter will have
to fle a separate Form I-130 petition
for her baby once your daughter
arrives in the United States. Unfortu-
nately, there is a waiting time before
her baby can come here. The baby
is classifed as an unmarried child of
a lawful permanent resident (F-2A).
The Visa Bulletin for October 2011
indicates a waiting time of almost
three years as the visa numbers are
available only for F-2A petitioners
fled on or before January 1, 2009.
On the other hand, there is no pref-
erence category for grandchildren
under U.S. immigration law. So, you
yourself cannot fle a petition for
your grandchild.
As regards your brother, he also
cannot come with your parents.
But you have two options to bring
him here. First is for your parents
to fle a separate Form I-130 for
your younger brother as an unmar-
ried child of an immigrant (F-2A).
However, as mentioned, the waiting
time for F-2A petitions is three years
so his category will surely convert
to F-2B (unmarried son 21 years and
over of an LPR) before his priority
date arrives. Currently, the waiting
time for F-2B petitions is almost 11
years. One caution though. Once
your brother marries (before your
petitioner parent naturalizes), the
F-2A or F-2B petition will be auto-
matically revoked. As a side note, I
sometimes advise my clients to have
both parents petition their children,
just in case something happens to
one of them.
Your second option is for you
yourself to fle a separate Form
I-130 petition for your brother under
the F-4 category (brother or sister of
an adult U.S. citizen). The downside
here is that there is a very long wait-
ing time for F-4 petitions (21 years).
However, it has one advantage.
Your brother can get married and his
spouse and children (future children,
that is) can accompany or join him
as derivative benefciaries when the
time comes, as long as they are less
than 21 years old by that time.
We hope we have enlightened you
and our readers on these matters.
Good luck!
Atty. Karagdag
Atty. Rogelio Karagdag , Jr. is
licensed to practice law in both Cal-
ifornia and the Philippines. He prac-
tices immigration law in San Diego
and has continuously been a trial
and appellate attorney in the Philip-
pines since 1989. He travels between
San Diego and Manila. His offce
address is located at 10717 Camino
Ruiz, Suite 131, San Diego, CA
92126. He also has an offce in the
Philippines at 1240 Apacible Street,
Paco, Manila, Philippines 1007,
with telephone numbers (632)522-
1199 and (632)526-0326. Please call
(858)348-7475/(858)536-4292 or
email him at rkaragdag@attyim-
migration.com. He speaks Tagalog
fluently. Articles written in this
column are not legal advice but are
hypotheticals intended as general,
non-specifc legal information.
Readers must seek legal consultation
before taking any legal steps.
Can My Child Bring
Her Baby With Her?
The “evil eyes” try to project P-Noy
as diffdent, following the Wikileaks
report on former US Ambassador
Kristie Kenney. The better-informed
and better-educated societies con-
sider this as a manifestation of what
is called the strong silent type, a
person who feels self-assured.
The recent high marks that P-Noy
registered in the Pulse Asia and
SWS surveys could be an indicator
that P-Noy’s bosses have adjusted to
his presidential personality and have
learned to appreciate the virtues
of their president. His track record
speaks for itself. P-Noy is focused
on eradicating corruption and isn’t
afraid to fght mighty dragons if
that’s what has to be done for the
good of the country. Convinced
that economic growth will not
happen unless we curb our popula-
tion growth, P-Noy openly fought
the Catholic Church leaders over
the RH bill. In the face of Catholic
Taliban bullying, P-Noy displays
grace under fre. P-Noy has shown
decisiveness when that was needed.
Prisco Nilo and Lito Alvarez can
attest to this.
Remarkable presidential tenacity
is noted in his unstinting support for
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Known Facts ...
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“Masaya ako anak sa malaking pagbabago mo
subalit pagmasdan mo ngayon ang bakod nating ito
sa dami ng butas malaking kanyang ipinagbago
ibang-iba na siya ngayon sa dati niyang anyo.”
Sa tuwina na ikaw sa ibang tao’y nagagalit
nag-iiwan ito ng marka sa kanya’y nakaukit
may pilat itong tanda ng kimkim mong poot at bangis
kung minsa’y matagal bago ito’y tuluyang maalis.
Kapag ang kutsilyo’y itinarak sa sinumang tao
kaagad mo itong mahuhugot kung gugustuhin mo
subalit mananatiling may pilat na likha ito
na sa kanya’y nakatatak takpan man ng kahit ano.
Isang libo beses man na ika’y humingi ng tawad
mapagbibigyan ka n’ya subalit ang kirot ay bakas
ang salitang patawad ay napakadaling ibigkas
subalit sa puso ramdam mo pa rin na may bagabag.
Kaya pakatandaan kaibigan ay gintong yaman
nakangiti sila sa’yo sa bawat baytang ng tagumpay
nakikinig din sila sa iyong mga karaingan
mahalin mo sila at galit ay laging pipigilan.
Ang Bakod (3)
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he would not be interested. “I didn’t
think you would,” the salesman
apologized, “I simply mentioned it
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Scriptures: First Reading: Isaiah
25: 6-10. The image of the great
banquet alludes to a celebration
after the battle is won. This feast
for all peoples is given “on this
mountain,” presumably Mount Zion.
The blessing of a sumptuous feast
connotes the wishful thinking of a
deprived nation for a bountiful meal.
The great feast is very important not
only because of the plentiful food
and drink, but also because God, the
host, is present and dining with his
Second Reading: Philippians 4:
12-14, 19-20. Philippi was a Roman
city in Macedonia. Originally, this
city had a Roman background, but it
was ethnically diverse. Paul, writing
from prison, rejoices in good times
and in bad, because the Lord’s pres-
ence gives him strength to endure
everything. Yet at this particular
time, he greatly rejoices because the
members of the church at Philippi,
the frst Christian mission he found-
ed on European soil, had shown their
concern for him with their gift of
monetary help.
Gospel: Matthew 22: 1-14. The
banquet signifes God’s presence
and love for his people. The food
is ready and God is ready to play
host for the invited guests. But those
expected to attend the feast refused
to come. They turned down God’s
invitation to attend his banquet.
Some of those who had come did
not live up to God’s expectations.
Being a repentant sinner, a prostitute
is no more a guarantee of entrance
to the kingdom than being a Phari-
see or hypocrite. One must not only
accept the invitation to be a follower
of Jesus, he must also fulfll the
responsibilities that come with the
response to that invitation. It is not
enough to say that one believes in
Jesus, he must also live an authentic
Christian life.
Refections: NASA’s statistics
show that the International Space
Stations (ISS) as of this year has
served at least 13,000 meals and
10,000 snacks. In the United States,
36.3 million people -including
children- live in households that
go through hunger or run the risk
of going hungry. Some people in
these households skip meals, eat
too little or sometimes go without
food for a whole day. Study shows
that preschool and school-aged
children who go severely hungry
have a higher risk of chronic illness,
anxiety, depression, and behavior
problems than children who do not
experience hunger. There are more
than 1,000 soup kitchens and food
pantries in New York City and 2,700
in New York State that serve two
million New Yorkers annually. They
will serve 60 million meals this year
to hungry men, women and children,
and everyday they have to turn away
over 2,500 people due to lack of
enough food and facilities. In San
Diego, Father Joe’s Villages spend
$2 million to prepare and serve each
of the 1.4 million meals to residents,
non-residents, and the working poor
Among their many differences,
eating separates man from beast.
Man eats to live whereas animal
lives to eat. How, why, what, and
when man eats distinguishes him
from animals. Human meals and
banquets are rich in symbolism and
signifcance. They have a profound
impact on one’s personal, social,
psychological and religious life.
They effect what they signify: unity,
peace, harmony, hospitality, recon-
ciliation, and communal spirit. Com-
panion came from two Latin words,
“cum” (with) and “panis” (bread).
Literally, to break bread with some-
one is to affrm one’s friendship.
Food is used in today’s readings as
a representation of God’s love and
invitation to all people to participate
in his kingdom. In the frst reading
from the prophet Isaiah, food is a
symbol God’s generosity. In God’s
kingdom, in the City of God, there
will be a sumptuous feast for all who
are able and willing to dine with
God. Paul tells the Philippians in
the second reading that he rejoices
both in the abundance or lack of
food, because of his love for Jesus
Christ. Though Matthew probably
had in mind the Jewish leaders who
rejected God’s invitation through
his Son, yet the evangelist had also
in mind all Christians, especially
those who accepted the invitation
but do not live up according to
their responsibility. It is not enough
to say, “yes” to the invitation and
believe in Jesus Christ. As Christians
we should practice what we profess,
we should put on the “wedding
garment” of justice and charity.
Baptism, symbolized by the white
garment, is necessary. But the recep-
tion of this sacrament is not enough.
We must live our faith to the full
in spite of all the distractions and
preoccupations in life. The king in
today’s gospel was insulted when his
invitation to break bread was turned
down by the VIPs. Adding insult to
injury, the VIPs murdered the king’s
messengers. His retaliation in anger
was understandable. Yet his invita-
tion to the outcasts of society who
had never been seen eating with the
dignitaries of the palace was indeed
a big surprise!
When this earthly journey is
over, there will be three surprises in
heaven: 1) we will be surprised not
to fnd those whom we expected to
be in heaven; 2) we will be sur-
prised to see those whom we did not
expect to be in heaven; 3) we will be
greatly surprised that we made it to
Quotation of the Week: “If you
clothe the naked, you clothe yourself
with righteousness; if you shelter
the stranger under your roof, and
succor the needs, he procures for
you the friendship of the saints and
eternal habitations. This is no slight
recompense. You sow earthly things,
receive heavenly.” St. Ambrose.
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October 1, 2011
All is well, dear apostles. Does this
statement console you, even as you
look at the changes occurring in the
world? Why do I tell you that all is
well when you can see clearly that
diffculties have arisen in many areas?
I hear the prayers of My children
asking that I send relief from the
sufferings that affict them and cause
them to question their security and
even their faith. How often I have to
teach mankind that I am the only true
security and that reliance on Me will
bring peace and all possible beneft to
each man and to the intentions of each
man. In heaven’s eyes, all is well, even
as many suffer. Are God’s children
suffering with the beneft of the truth?
Do they understand that I am with
them and that I have overcome even
death? My friends, if there are those
remaining who do not understand the
extent of My love, then your work is
not fnished. If there are those remain-
ing who do not understand that joy is
possible, even in suffering, and indeed
especially in suffering, then your work
is not fnished. If there are times when
you are afraid, then you must come to
Me. I will protect you from anything
that is outside of My will for you and
for your work. Will you be overcome?
Consider My authority, dear apostles,
and do not consider the extent of your
weakness. Never be distracted by the
strength of your enemy because the en-
emy’s strength is an illusion and even
the illusion is feeting. Be assured that
I will compensate for your weaknesses
as I compensate for your beautiful
humanity which so endears you to
Me. Where you are weak, I am strong.
Where you are frail in your humanity,
I add my divinity and what goes out
from you is blessed and protected, but
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Last Tuesday, isinugod sa hospi-
tal si Nora Aunor dahil sa hirap ng
paghinga dahil sa plema, sa Medi-
cal City at nilipat din sa Cardinal
Santos.Pulmonya raw ang dahilan
sabi ng mga doctor ang sakit ni Ate
Guy.Ayon naman kay Kuya Germs,
dahil daw ito sa pagod at sa dami ng
projects na ginagawa ng Superstar.
Dalawang linggo siyang pinagpapa-
hinga, stable na raw ang kondisyon
ng Superstar at may gana naman
itong kumain,pero naka-quarantine
ito para hindi makasagap ng anu-
mang mikrobyo.
Pinagbawalan na rin siya ng mga
Doctors na manigarilyo para mabilis
ang kanyang paggaling.kung na-
tatandaan n’yo tinuligsa ang Super-
star dahil sa photo magazine cover
nito na may hawak ng sigarilyo ng
Nora Aunor Sinugod Sa Hospi-
tal, Dahil Hirap Sa Paghinga !!!
Phil. Medical Association at ni Fr.
Robert Reyes.
Aminado naman ang Superstar
na naninigarilyo siya bago siya
isinugod sa hospital.Sa katunayan,
nakipagkita pa siya kay no smok-
ing volunteer Fr. Robert Reyes para
tumulong sa campaign nito na Phil-
ippine Smoke-Free Campaign.
Sabi nga ni Ate Guy, unti-unti
niya matatanggal ang paninigarilyo
at hindi biglaan basta lagi siya sa
tabi ni Fr. Robert Reyes.Sang-ayon
ang Superstar na hindi maganda
ang paninigarilyo sa kalusugan at
lalong ayaw niyang makita ang mga
kabataan na maagang naninigarilyo.
Natuwa naman ang running priest
sa pagkikita nilang dalawa, at least
daw mas maraming susunod ng mga
tao kapag si Nora Aunor daw ang
nagsabing tigilan na ang paninigari-
lyo dahil idolo siya ng marami.
Samantala, ang Phil. Medical As-
sociation ay handang tulungan ang
Superstar ng libre para matigil nito
ang paninigarilyo.”The PMA will
help Ms. Nora Aunor to achieve her
desire to stop smoking .We intend to
help Nora to start a free medically
supervised smoke cessation pro-
gram.We are looking forward for the
Superstar to join the PMA’s Smoke
Free and Healthy Lifestyle Advo-
cacy very soon. We wish her well,”
ayon sa pamunuan ng PMA.
Ang tanong namin ngayon kailan
naman kaya si Gov. Vilma Santos
para sumali sa no smoking cam-
SHOW!!! First time naming naki-
tang nag-guest ang Superstar Nora
Aunor sa show ni Willie Revillame
‘Will Time Big Time’( hindi pa
ho napapanood ito sa Amerika, sa
internet lang ito at lalong hindi ito sa
TFC ng channel 2) last Saturday, Oct
Aminado si Willie kinalabutan siya
sa kanyang nakita na pagtanggap ng
audience sa naturang Superstar, frst
time lang daw siya nakakita ng isang
artista na ganyan ganyan kainit ang
“Ngayon lang ako kinalabutan
ng ganito, walang biro, wala akong
nakitang artista na tumayo kayo
ng ganyan.Wala akong nakitang
ganyan kainit ang pamamahal sa
iyo, nag-iisa kang Superstar Nora
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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 5, 2011
- Before we know it, the national
election is here! As concerned and
conscientious voters we need to se-
lect and elect a Leader who has our
country’s best interest at heart and
who can point us back to the right
path – a path in accordance with
God’s laws.
Here is how our presidential
candidates stand on the issues of
abortion, fscal responsibility, and
On Abortion
An estimated 1.4 million
abortions are performed annually
The Presidential Candidates Stand
on Selected Election Issues
– that is one abortion every twenty
seconds. Twenty-two percent of all
pregnancies end with induced abor-
HERMAN CAIN: “I am pro-life
from conception. If I were presi-
dent, I would sign a legislation that
would protect the sanctity of life.
Planned Parenthood is planned
genocide. You can quote me on
NEWT GINGRICH: Gingrich sup-
ports a federal ban on abortion and
parental notifcation. He opposes
federal funding for Planned Parent-
hood and stem cell research; and
signed the pro-life Susan B. Anthony
List Pledge.
mann supports the repeal of Roe v.
Wade and favors parental consent
laws. She opposes federal funding
for Planned Parenthood and opposes
embryonic stem cell research. She
also signed the pro-life Susan B.
Anthony List Pledge.
RON PAUL: Paul believes that
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided.
He supports a ban on abortions but
does not oppose all federal funding
for embryonic stem cell research.
He signed the pro-life Susan B.
Anthony List Pledge and voted to
de-fund Planned Parenthood.
MITT ROMNEY: Romney was
previously pro-choice. ABC News
published photos of Romney and his
wife attending a fundraising event
for Planned Parenthood in 1994. He
opposes federal funding for Planned
Parenthood but refused to sign the
pro-life Susan B. Anthony List
Obama is in favor of abortion and
his administration pushes ag-
gressively for federal funding for
Planned Parenthood.
supports parental notifcation but
opposes federal funding for Planned
Parenthood. He did not sign the pro-
life Susan B. Anthony List Pledge.
JON HUNTSMAN: He is silent
on this issue, and did not sign the
pro-life Susan B. Anthony List
Pledge. He supports a constitutional
amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade
and as governor, signed bills that
banned 2nd-trimester abortions.
On Fiscal Responsibility
Congress has raised the statu-
tory debt limit 78 times since 1940,
and has sometimes raised it multiple
times per year. Since 1970, federal
spending has increased more than
ten times faster than the median
household income.
Here is how our Presidential
candidates stand on the issue of fs-
cal responsibility:
Obama’s latest budget plans to spend
more than $46 trillion over the next
decade and increase the national
debit by an additional $7.2 trillion
during that time. He has put forward
no proposals with offcial cost
estimates for solving the long-term
fscal crisis.
Bachmann said, “People understand
that they can’t live with excessive
spending that creates unsustainable
levels of debt. We need to make
the American people know that if
they put us in offce, we will vote to
repeal ObamaCare.”
HERMAN CAIN: Proposes ad-
dressing federal defcits and debts
through a 5-point stimulus program:
(1) Eliminate the taxes on repatri-
ated profts, which are earnings of
American-based multinational com-
panies that sit in bank accounts over-
seas. (2) Make the current tax rates
permanent. (3) Reduce the corporate
income tax from 35 to 25 percent.
(4) Eliminate the tax on capital gains
and their dividends. (5) Suspend
payroll taxes for both employees and
employers for one year.
believes that the government is too
big, spends too much, and is too
intrusive. He said the government
needs to follow the private sector in
managing its fnances, and he sup-
ports replacing bureaucratic attitudes
with entrepreneurial management.
RICK PERRY: Perry has mar-
shaled the legislators to formulate
spending cuts. In the Presidential
debates Perry supports a balanced
budget amendment.
RON PAUL: Paul believes that our
defcit will be our country’s down-
fall. He also believes that we must
start paying off our debt with drastic
reductions in spending. He also said
that borrowing from foreign coun-
tries gives these countries power
over us and it should be stopped.
MITT ROMNEY: Romney offered
a detailed economic plan when
he announced a 59-point job and
economic proposal called ‘Day One,
Job One.’ If elected, Romney pledge
to initiate ten major actions on the
frst day of his presidency, consist-
ing of fve bills and fve executive
paign website does not address the
economy or the defcit. He reports
that he led the charge to reform the
broken entitlement system, and was
one of a handful of legislators who
took a stand to save the Social Secu-
rity system for future generations by
offering creative reforms focused on
empowering the individual.
On Marriage
God created man and woman,
male and female.
The Bible, in Mark 10:6-9
says: “For this reason a man will
leave his father and mother and be
united to his wife, and the two will
become one fesh. So they are no
longer two, but one. Therefore what
God has joined together, let man not
Bachmann said: “In 5,000 years of
recorded human history, it has been
defned that marriage is between
one man and one woman. That’s an
outstanding fact and it isn’t until the
last 12 years or so that we have seen
the defnition changed.”
HERMAN CAIN: As an opponent
of same sex marriage or civil unions,
he is asking his supporters to stand
behind him and protect the sanctity
of the institution of marriage.
NEWT GINGRICH: Gingrich op-
poses domestic partnership benefts
for same-sex couples and wants a
constitutional amendment to protect
the traditional family. He believes
that same-sex couples should have
some sort of legal rights so they can
leave their estates to their partner or
visit them in the hospital.
RICK PERRY: Perry signed the
National Organization for Marriage
Pledge that commits him to support
a constitutional amendment defn-
ing marriage as one man and one
MITT ROMNEY: Romney op-
poses same-sex marriage saying that
it is the family which forms the basic
foundation of America and therefore
it needs to be protected and strength-
ened instead of being redefned.
believes that same-sex marriage
threatens freedom of religion in
this country “because it changes the
defnition of an intrinsic element of
society in a way that minimizes what
that bond means to society.”
BARACK OBAMA: Obama is a
staunch supporter of the gay rights
agenda. He has instructed his
Justice Department not to defend the
Defense of Marriage Act in court.
He has also directed the Depart-
ment of Defense to end the Clinton
administration’s Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell policy.
GARY JOHNSON: Johnson frmly
supports same-sex marriage. He
scolded Romney, Bachman and
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Health and Wellness
There are lots of foods that bring
a smile to my face—cookies, veggie
burritos, and peanut butter oatmeal
(trust me, it’s delicious) are just a
few. But it turns out some foods
don’t just please the palate; they
stimulate the brain and make us
physically happy, too. When we
need a little pick-me-up, we should
skip the cookies (as yummy as they
are, the sugar rush destabilizes our
moods) and seek out these foods
Spinach This leafy green is loaded
with the B vitamin folate, which
has been linked to depression when
levels are too low. B vitamins help
the brain produce serotonin, a neu-
rotransmitter that affects mood and
Turkey Turkey’s full of tryptophan,
an amino acid that the body uses to
create mood-regulating serotonin and
melatonin. Since our bodies don’t
produce tryptophan naturally, we
must get it from food sources. For
a non-poultry vehicle for the amino
acid, try pineapple, cottage cheese,
or lobster.
Walnuts Researchers at the Mas-
sachusetts based McLean Hospital
found that rats’ moods improved
when given an injection of omega-3
fatty acids. Walnuts and ground fax-
seeds (they have to be ground for the
body to absorb the nutrients) are the
best non-animal source of omega-3s.
Milk/Non-Dairy Milk Milk prod-
ucts and vitamin-fortifed non-dairy
products (soy milk, almond milk,
etc.) are rich in vitamin D, which can
increase serotonin production and
has been linked to reducing depres-
sion in some people. A 2008 study
published in the Journal of Internal
Medicine found that vitamin D al-
leviated some depressive symptoms.
Soy Like turkey, soy products such
as tofu and edamame have high lev-
els of tryptophan. Soybeans also rank
low on the glycemic index, meaning
they don’t spike energy levels too
quickly and won’t cause a mood
crash later.
Salmon If you’re not a vegetarian,
the best way to get a good dose of
omega-3s into your diet is through
10 Foods That Will Improve
Your Mood
salmon. Not a fan of salmon? Tuna
and herring boast a decent amount of
the fatty acids as well.
Beans Protein- and fber-flled
legumes like black beans and lentils
are also packed with iron, an es-
sential mineral that combats lethargy
and gives us energy.
Chocolate Few people would
frown after popping a square of
chocolate into their mouths, but it’s
not just because it tastes so good—
chocolate causes the brain to release
endorphins and can boost serotonin
levels and it contains compounds,
like phenylethylamine, that act as
mild stimulants. However, plain old
milk chocolate won’t do; opt for
70 percent dark chocolate to ensure
maximum health benefts.
Carbohydrates Foods rich in carbo-
hydrates also affect serotonin levels
in the body, but simple carbs—those
with white four as the primary
ingredient—increase insulin produc-
tion so rapidly that the feel-good
vibes we get after ingesting them
quickly turn into grumpiness. Stick
to whole grains like oats, brown rice,
and whole wheat bread, all of which
contain B vitamins as well.
Bananas Besides being a potassium
powerhouse, eating bananas adds a
hefty amount of tryptophan to our
diets. In a study at Oxford Univer-
sity, researchers found that women
recovering from depression who
were defcient in tryptophan had a
higher chance of regressing back to
depressive states. Bananas are a great
source of iron, too.
What makes certain foods mood-
elevating seems based on whether
they contain essential ingredients
such as omega-3 fatty acids, tryp-
tophan, vitamin D, or B vitamins.
Unfortunately, what we crave when
we’re depressed usually isn’t fax-
seeds or salmon. Our cravings are
usually in the form of French fries
and donuts, foods that comfort us
briefy but make us feel even more
sluggish and moody afterward. But if
we learn to reach for these mood-
boosting foods instead, maybe we
can banish the blues before they even
start. -- Posted by pooja
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A more creative and exciting col-
laboration was the greater participa-
tion of OS in the annual FilAmFest
(FAF) of which Kalusugan has been
the fscal sponsor since 2007. It was
held October 1, Saturday, from 11
AM to 6 PM in the Paradise Hills
Area (6610 Potomac Street). FAF is
a one day festival that showcases the
culture, heritage and history of the
FilAm community. It featured FilAm
artists and other ethnic groups, com-
mercial and food vendors, exhibit of
Philippine handicrafts and educa-
tional booths and performance space
to show traditional and contempo-
rary dances & music. The approxi-
mate attendance was 15,000 major-
ity of which were young people.
OS was one of the title sponsors
for this event and strengthened the
“Health and Wellness” program of
FilAmFest besides contributing a
large resource. Although health has
been one of the FilAmFest program
areas it has not been emphasized.
OS’s program signifcantly enhanced
the health and wellness area by in-
viting many health organizations to
have exhibit booths at the OS booth
located in the central area (WIC,
UPAC, Job Corps, KCS and others)
that provided educational resources
and basic health screenings for
diabetes, blood sugar, high blood
pressure, and cholesterol. Staff also
conducted a survey of the health
behaviors and attitudes of youth and
their parents, the results of which
will be used to plan intervention
programs for the API community.
OS staff arranged for continued
physical activities such as zumba,
aerobics, yoga, and line dancing.
They also arranged for a commu-
nity garden where festival goers
actively participated in planting
seedlings for fruits, vegetables and
herb. Participants also learned about
local environmental issues and how
to start their own home garden and
composting bin. The garden was
sponsored by the Trash Talkers Co-
alition and Olive Garden
Other nutrition & physical activ-
ity (PA) programs included a chef
demonstration by Mark Cabulagan,
Executive Chef/Retail and Cater-
ing Manager for Palomar Pomerado
Health in Poway California and
employed by Aramark. For physical
activity, the SD Doce Pares (SDDP)
conducted workshops on the Filipino
Martial Arts through their original
“Multi-Style” system of Eskrima
and San Miguel Eskrima. Two
dance organizations Samahan FilAm
Performing Arts and Education and
PASACAT showed festival goers
how to do traditional dances.
We are excited about this health
collaboration on nutrition and
physical activity. It is high time
that FilAms unite and collaborate
on many programs and activities.
This way, we can do more, spend
less, save more, enjoy each other’s
company, be more relaxed and not
to be so tired, be happy, learn more
from each other, and enjoy each
other’s company. LET’S COLLAB-
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among community leaders and inter-
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to coordinate planning, implementa-
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of a community effort. The size and
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Paano ba mabubuhay itong bansa nating mahal,
Sa dami ng kasamaang ngayon lang natutuklasan?
Mga kasong ‘di umusad at “corruption” natuldukan,
Dumarami ang lathala ng walang kapararakan.
Lulusog ba itong bansa sa kamay ng MILF?
Kung patayan at pagpugot, lagi nila na panakot.
Ninanais pang ang Mindanao, magsarili o “sub state”,
Sa lagim na binibigay, tao’y takot, sila’y BUWISIT!!!
Sige, sige sagutin mo ang problemang kinaharap,
Baka sakaling matutu rin sa sagot na hindi PALPAK.
Said na ang aking dunong kung ano ang nararapat,
Sadya kayang panahon na yaong daang PABALIGTAD?
Ito’y aking tinatanong ng arukin ang kaalaman,
Kapag gawang KABUTIHAN, yaong sukli, KASAMAAN.
Kung lahat ng kasamaan, patuloy na hahayaan,
Marahil ang lahat sa atin, iisa na itong KULAY.
Ang PUTI ay maglalaho at ang ITIM ay laganap,
Wala tayong paghambingan ‘pagkat lahat na ay KURAP.
Marahil nga’y ITINAKDA itong ating hinaharap,
Bilang buhay sa panahong ‘di magbago itong UTAK.
Magbasa lang ng balita, araw-araw sating bansa,
Itong “HEADLINE” at iba pa, ang sama’y ‘di masawata.
Iskandalo sa PNP, dumarami, lumalala,
“Carnaping” at “helicopter”, droga’t “hazing’, sobrang
Pasok tayo sa “appointee” na syang manok ni Pangulo,
Nasilipan ng masama, talsik agad itong guapo.
‘Di pa man lang nagiinit sa upuan itong tao,
Sinibak na’t kahalili, sabik na ring masa-puwesto.
Eto pa ang nangyayari, tila muling sinimulan,
Pagtatapon ng “FETUS”, kumakalat sa lansangan
Mga tutol sa RH BILL sana’y hindi matamaan,
Nitong FETUS na nagkalat na sila ay matapunan.
Sige, sige, tigil muna at tugunin ninyo ako,
Ibigay ang kurukuro kung may pagasa ba’t ano?
Sapat lang bang talakayin ang masama, sagutin mo?
O, magkibit balikat lang at hayaan sa PANGULO.
Hirit ni:
Romeo Nicolas
Ang Tanong Ko, Sagutin Nyo…
so really...
what is the price...
the price for this bad...
bad boy image!
we are...
we are bad!
raider nation...
skull and bone ensigna elite
adoration of the bad
we the raider nation
in debt for fourteen trillion dollars
it does not really matter
it is the price of being bad
as long as there is an adoration for the bad
it is always justifed...
to wear black...
to be branded...
to project what is bad...
but really it is all stupidity
to be bad and don’t
really have anything worth while...
it really is stupid
the bad...the broke intertwined...
being us...
raider nation...
bad boy image adored and glorifed!
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From a recent visit to my medical
practitioner, he stressed a self-test
and evaluation of body symptoms
and report immediate fndings for
a possible tests and treatment. I
argued, that there are illnesses that
sometimes don’t show any signs in
an early stage and might be too late
when detected. He said, “Actually,
you have to be more self-conscious
and understand what your body
wants you to know. That rash or a
teeny-tiny bumps can be clues to
health problems you may not realize
you have. Here are some hints what
your body just might be trying to tell
It’s normal for eyebrows to thin as
you age. But it’s just the outer third
getting sparse, you may have an
under-active thyroid. After all, thy-
roid symptoms are visible, including
rapid increase of obesity or drastic
change in poor health, bulging eyes
and throat. Thyroid doctors should
get your levels to determine your
There could be that itchy, blistery
rash on your elbows, shoulders,
knees, and butt. Don’t just cover it
up with clothing, it could be derma-
titis herpetiformis, a sign of celiac
disease . If a skin biopsy confrms it,
your dermatologist will likely treat
the rash with an antibiotic and ad-
vise you to go on a gluten free diet.
How about peeing pink? Unless
you’ve been eating beets, there’s
probably blood in your urine. You
could have a urinary tract infec-
tion, (UTI) or an overly hard-core
workout. Strenuous exercisers. like
marathon runners, can see red from
the trauma all that work inficts on
their kidneys. Visit your doctor to
rule out more serious possibilities,
such as kidney stones. If exercise is
the problem, you may need to switch
to a gentler one.
Did you wonder about a yellow
patches on your eyelids? They’re
often a sign of high total cholesterol
or low levels of HDL (good) cho-
lesterol. These patches are harmless
but unattractive. A dermatologist can
remove them, but since they may
come back if you don’t keep your
cholesterol in line. help fend them
off with a heart-healthy diet and
exercise; cholesterol medicines can
also do the trick.
When your nails grow in with
horizontal ridges, it may be a sign
of yeast infection there. This can
happen when the cuticle’s destroyed,
say, by a rough manicure or pedi-
cure. Your dermatologist may sug-
gest using an antiseptic like Listerine
(mouthwash) under the cuticle, or
an oral antifungal medicines for bad
Some people poop up to three
times a day, but others only three
times a week. Anything between
those ends of the spectrum is consid-
ered normal. But if your stools are
Be Conscious of
Body Symptoms!
very hard or you strain to get them
out, you could develop problems
like hemorrhoids, which can cause
itching, pain, and or bleeding, so
consult your doctor. (Very rarely,
severe constipation can aslo lead
to painful ulcers in the rectum.) If
you’re not straining, but just icky
from being backed up, try upping
your exercise , drinking more water,
and eating more fber-packed fruits
and veggies to get things moving
Special tips for women only! If
your period’s lasting longer than a
week, and that’s unusual for you,
possible culprits include fbroids or
polyps (usually benign growth of
the uterine lining), polycystic ovary
syndrome, or perimenopause. Your
doctor may prescribe a hormonal
treatment, like the Pill; a new, non-
hormonal drug called Lysteda could
also help. Better still, visit your
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only if you are relying on Me. You
will know when you are relying on
yourself because you will be afraid.
Consider how I conducted Myself on
earth. I trusted the Father and I was
gentle, going about My tasks in the
day with conviction. If the Father
willed it for Me, then I accepted it and
saw to it as best I could. When I was
rejected, I quietly moved on. When I
was accepted, I offered the Father’s
love and gave to the fullest extent of
the Father’s will. Do the same, beloved
ones. Do the same. I am with you and
all is well.
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as possible. Most foods contain
harmful pesticides and genetically-
modifed organisms.
2. Try to make a large component
of your diet raw vegetables and
juices. It’s easy when you eat a large
salad daily and drink a freshly-made
3. Engage in periodic cleanses or
detox programs: one day a week, a
weekend every month, or a longer
detox in the spring and fall.
4. Sauna to help eliminate toxins
through the skin in sweat. Of course,
consult your physician prior to start-
ing a sauna regime.
5. Stretch daily: yoga, tai chi, and
qigong, are excellent.
6. Avoid chemical cleaning
products in favor of natural clean-
ing ones. Baking soda, vinegar, or
orange oil can replace almost any
chemical cleaner.
7. Avoid chemical pesticides at
home. Use baking soda with sugar or
peppermint oil.
8. Read labels on food products
and avoid those with which you are
9. Avoid synthetic chemicals in
personal care products and cosmet-
ics. Read labels and avoid those
ingredients with which you’re unfa-
miliar. No label? Avoid the product.
Defnitely avoid any containing:
parabens, diethanolamine (DEA), or
10. Drink an ounce of wheatgrass
juice daily to supplement your diet.
Wheatgrass juice is nutritionally
equivalent to many vegetables.
11. Take chlorella or spirulina
tablets daily to supplement your diet
and help round out the nutrients you
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30 Ways to
Detox Your Home
& Body
1) No matter how hard you try,
you can’t baptize cats..
2) When your Mom is mad at your
Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don’t
hit her back. They always catch the
second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old
brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can’t trust dogs to watch
your food..
6) Don’t sneeze when someone is
cutting your hair..
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a
cat at the same time.
8) You can’t hide a piece of broc-
coli in a glass of milk.
9) Don’t wear polka-dot underwear
under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when
you’re sad is Grandma’s lap.
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing
jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don’t hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly
sweet, with a few nuts
4) Today’s mighty oak is just yes-
terday’s nut that held its ground...
5) Laughing is good exercise. It’s
like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose
your cereal for the fber, not the toy..
1) Growing old is mandatory;
growing up is optional...
2) Forget the health food. I need
all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you
wonder what else you can do while
you’re down there.
4) You’re getting old when you get
the same sensation from a rocking
chair that you once got from a roller
5) It’s frustrating when you know
all the answers but nobody bothers
to ask you the questions...
6) Time may be a great healer, but
it’s a lousy beautician
7) Wisdom comes with age, but
sometimes age comes alone.
1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don’t believe in Santa
3) You are Santa Claus..
4) You look like Santa Claus.
At age 4, success is . . . . not pid-
dling in your pants.
At age 12, success is . . . having
At age 17, success is . . . having a
driver’s license.
At age 35, success is . . . having
At age 50 success is . . . having
At age 70, success is . . . having a
driver’s license.
At age 75, success is . . . having
At age 80, success is . . . not pid-
dling in your pants.
Pass this on to someone who could
use a laugh.
Always remember to forget the
troubles that pass your way;
BUT NEVER forget the blessings
that come each day.
Have a wonderful day with many
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Filipiniana Bookshelf: First Among Peers
First Among Peers
Te Offi cial Biography of Marcial Valenzuela
Chapter 4
World War II and the Years of Living Dangerously
By Arturo G. Valenzuela
Ninth in a series of articles
“I Shall Return”
When he left in 1942, General
MacArthur vowed and made that
famous remark “I shall return” and
proceeded to board the U-Boat at
Corregidor that took him to a wait-
ing submarine which transported
him to Australia, hence to the United
States. President Quezon and Vice
Pres. Sergio Osmeña, Sr. were
shipped out ahead of MacArthur to
the United States where they estab-
lished the Philippine government
in exile. Secret papers in American
war archives made public on televi-
sion documentaries decades later
attest to the fact that Pres. Franklin
D. Roosevelt----upon the advice of
his military consultants who were
mapping the re-conquest of the
entire East Asia from the Japanese
in 1943---had wanted to skirt the
Philippines and head straight to
Japan instead. MacArthur fought
hard and argued that the key to the
defeat of the Japanese was to retake
the Philippines frst and make it the
springboard to Japan. MacArthur got
what he argued for and landed the
Sixth US Army in Leyte province
in Central Philippines on October
20, 1944. Having done that, he
swung northwest and stabbed right
in the heart of Northern Philippines
through Lingayen Gulf in Tatay’s
home province. The relentless
bombardments of the shorelines of
Lingayen by American warships
anchored at the Lingayen Gulf could
be heard as far as Mangatarem, ac-
cording to Tatay Marcial.
DAGUPAN Gen. Douglas
MacArthur wades ashore at Leyte
on Oct. 20, 1944 upon his return
to recapture the Philippines from
the Japanese invaders. On Janu-
ary 9, 1945 HYPERLINK “http://
ger” \o “Walter Krueger”General
Krueger’s Sixth Army landed his
frst units on the shores of Lingayen
Gulf on the western coast of Luzon.
Almost 175,000 men followed
across the twenty-mile (32 km)
beachhead covering the towns of
Lingayen, Binmaley, Dagupan and
San Fabian. With heavy air support,
the US Army pushed inland, taking
HYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Clark_Air_Base” \o “Clark
Air Base”Clark Field, 40 miles
(64 km) south. (Wikipedia) Photo at
right MacArthur walks the down-
town street of Dagupan City (Notice
the signboard “Dagupan” on the up-
per right corner of the photo.) (Photo
from manilahub.i.ph)
In 1974, an article was published
in a Manila-based vanity magazine
that MacArthur had allegedly kept a
secret lover in the Philippines prior
to and after the war. He made a “sen-
timental journey” to the Philippines
in 1961 and passed away in New
York on April 5, 1964 at age 84. In
his farewell address before the US
Congress and separately before the
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After more than a week of visit-
ing and enjoying many sites and
historic places in Austria and Italy,
my wife and I took Ryan Airlines (a
very popular airline in Europe
known for its very inexpensive air
fares but makes it up by charging
exorbitantly surcharges for excess
weight over l5 kilos of luggage
and even for not printing your
own boarding pass from your own
computer’s printer!) from Rome to
London. The plane was full but ev-
erything went as scheduled with an
effcient crew, that sold everything
to the passengers including coffee,
water and even the European lotto.
We were met at the airport by a
new Rotarian friend, Harry Royle,
whom I have never met before that
day. Harry and I belong to our Ro-
tary International Travel and Hosting
Fellowship (www.ithf.org) . It took
us about 45 minutes drive from the
London Stansted Airport to his home
in Colchester, England. Before we
reached his house, we had a late
lunch at a century old Barn’s Restau-
rant that served excellent food and
wine. In dollars (one pound is about
$1.71 that day) that was proba-
bly one of the most expensive lunch
that I ever had in my life. It was
the start of a several days of a never-
imagined- adventure to ancient his-
tory of England and meeting dozens
of British citizens, compliments of
a fellow Rotarian who took extra
miles to make our stay in England
quite unforgettable.
The rest of the afternoon was
just sightseeing and driving around
Colchester, the ancient capital of
England before it was transferred
to London. Colchester is a very
old historic city, built during the
Victorian age. It became world
famous as it was the real set-
ting of that very short but popu-
lar Humpty Dumpty Rhymes. It is
said that Humpty Dumpty was in
fact believed to be a large cannon!
It was used during the English Civil
War ( 1642 - 1649) in the Siege of
Colchester (13 Jun 1648 - 27 Aug
1648). Colchester was strongly
fortifed by the Royalists and was
laid to siege by the Parliamentarians
(Roundheads). In 1648 this Victorian
town of Colchester was a walled
town with a castle and several
churches and was protected by the
tall city wall made of thick layers of
bricks over several years to protect
the city from invaders . Standing im-
mediately adjacent the city wall, was
St Mary’s Church that still stands to
this day. A huge cannon, colloqui-
ally called Humpty Dumpty, was
strategically placed on the wall next
to St Mary’s Church which is still
in good condition to this day. The
historical events detailing the siege
of Colchester are well documented
referring to this historic cannon,
Humpty Dumpty. Although my wife
and I read as much as we can to
prepare for our European trip, this
unexpected visit to this “Humpty
Dumpty” site with its interesting
story added some sweet dessert to
our memorable trip to old England..
The following day, we toured
London, took lots of pictures of the
usual tourist spots of the Bucking-
ham Palace, Big Ben, the Parlia-
ment and many others. Thereafter,
we took the long river cruise up
the Thames River from Westminster
to Greenwich Village, where the
biggest Maritime museum in the
world is housed, I learned. Our
eyes feasted lavishly on count-
less historic sites and buildings that
were aptly described by our Rotarian
host Harry the whole day. Over
lunch, we met an Italian business-
man from Milan, Christian Dr. Mol-
teni, with his wife and their 2 year
old son, who was quite interested
to know more about Rotary. After
exchanging business cards, I found
out that he is the export and market-
ing manager of his company and
he goes to Las Vegas at least once
a year to participate in a furniture
trade show. I asked him to email me
before he comes to the USA next
year and we could meet again. As
businesspeople, the more we people
we know the better for our business-
es too. I also invited him to consider
joining our cyberspace based Global
Kalinga e-Rotary Club that I orga-
nized this year. Hopefully we will
meet again; only time will tell.
It was a very hectic day which
tired our aging bodies, but the mind
and spirit were very much en-
grossed with so many things that
seemed to be like fairy tales.
The next day was again full
of activities of pure immersion to
ancient history while visiting other
places surrounding Colchester. This
includes the City Hall that is over
300 years old but still proudly
standing showing its eternal gran-
deur and beauty. In the evening,
we drove about 45 minutes to attend
my frst Rotary “make up” meet-
ing in England. The Rotary Club
of Harwich and Dovercourt is all
male-members- Rotary Club (as
evidenced by their Rotary roster)
unlike most Rotary Clubs in the
USA. The fellowship during
the no-host cocktails was great
and the dinner-meeting was quite
jovial, with lots of English humor
embedded during committee reports
on their forthcoming projects. Like
the Rotary Clubs in America and
Asia, this English Rotary Club also
has many community services and
club’s activities for the year. I
felt “at home” with their transpar-
ent hospitality to both my wife (the
only lady in the big hotel function
room!) and me! As a tradition, their
club president, Tony Boddy and I
exchanged Rotary banners after I
spoke briefy about my former club
in California and invited them to
visit us also. Also, I informed them
also about our Global Kalinga e-
Rotary Club, that I founded with 40
Refecting on my own Rotarian
experience while in the other side of
the Atlantic Ocean, I was reminded
by the story of the small little wave
from the best seller book, Tuesdays
with Morrie, by Mitch Albom. It
is about a story of the little wave
rushing toward the shore, feel-
ing quite scared and lonely, real-
izing that at any moment he will
defnitely crush and die. Asked
by another wave why the little
wave was sad and lonely, the latter
answered, “Don’t you see that very
soon we will crush and die!” The
other wave answered, “My dear
little wave, you don’t really under-
stand. You are not just a little wave,
you are a part of the ocean!” After
about 15 years as a Rotarian and
having visited probably about a hun-
dred Rotary clubs in Asia, America
and now Europe, I am now quite
convinced that although I am
just ONE Rotarian, I am also an
important part and parcel of this
great ocean of humanity, in gener-
al, and this 106-years-old organiza-
tion called Rotary International, in
particular, now consisting of over
1.3 million members in about 200
countries, doing their best every day
to render Service Above Self. Ser-
vice to humanity (without expecting
any returns) is indeed the best work
of life! What a better and lasting
legacy, can we leave to our children
and their children than that? To me,
that is what Rotary in a nut-shell!
As all good things must end, after
several days as guests of Harry, it
was time to say goodbye as he drove
us very early in the morning to a
train station, almost an hour away
from his house, for Paris. We could
not thank our Rotarian host enough
who walked extra miles in host-
ing us in England that made our
trip quite unforgettable. A Rotar-
ian for about a quarter of a centu-
ry, Harry told us that he was happy
that he was able to do what he
did for us, as one way to recipro-
cate what has been accorded to
him by other Rotarians in other parts
of the world in the past. We also
assured him that we may not be able
to reciprocate to him personally, but
to be rest assured that we will do it
again to another human being, pos-
sibly to another Rotarian in the near
future in our Southern California
home. Indeed that is a great human
philosophy of “Paying It Forward”.
We arrived in Paris in less than
3 hours on this “bullet” train pass-
ing through the English channel,
and took a taxicab to our hotel in
the heart of Paris, where we could
walk to many city’s tourist attrac-
tions, which we did the whole
day, with intermittent eating and
incessant photo taking. After
many hours of walking, our bodies
are sorely tired and returned to
our hotel exhausted. That night we
slept like a log and never knew that
we were are in the heart of Paris,
until we woke up to face another
day of information overload and
We promenaded like most tourists
do, and with some “minor” guid-
ance from local people who speak
English, we were able to locate
the Seine River Cruise, that gave
us a much needed rest for several
hours that day! We were furnished
a headset we can tune into any
language giving descriptions of the
many buildings, artwork attractions,
historical places along this famous
Seine River. With intermittent
Parisian music, and photo taking
along the way, all the tourists on
this cruise obviously enjoyed an
expensive 3-hour ride.
As frst time tourist in Paris
and as an interior designer, who
had extensive training in arts and
architecture, my wife had her “must
see” places and buildings, like
the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum,
Notre Dame de Paris, Pont Neuf,
Musee de Orsay and Hotel de Ville
which she plans to include in her
professional blogspot: www.eyean-
After several days in Paris, we
boarded another Air Berlin fight
to Vienna to catch our Lufthansa
fight back to sunny California . That
ended our exhausting l6 day ad-
venture to Europe, hectic but truly
a memorable trip for my wife and
me. We were quite happy that we did
it at this time of our lives!.
To all my friends and AJ readers,
I recommend that you too take an
adventure to places where you just
dreamt or read about it, as part of
your own “Bucket List”, while you
are strong and healthy. The time
and money will be all worth it.. --
Email writer: ernie.delfn@gmail.
com or drbannatiran@yahoo.com
Sightseeing In London and
Paris and Insights From The
entire cadet corps of the US Military
Academy at West Point, Virginia,
MacArthur closed the fnal chapter
of his colorful military career, para-
phrasing an old soldier’s poem, and
saying: “Old soldiers never die; they
just fade away.”
Pangasinan province played a key
role in the conquest of the Philip-
pines---it served as the springboard
to Manila. From Leyte, General
MacArthur landed a big part of the
Sixth Army of the United States at
Lingayen Gulf across a shoreline
that stretched for almost 20 kilome-
ters wide from the capital Lingayen
to Binmaley hence to Dagupan and
nearby San Fabian town. He waded
ashore at Lingayen and later at
Dagupan town and stayed overnight
at the Home Economics building of
the East Central Elementary School,
then a property of the Common-
wealth regime of the American
was so admired by Tatay Marcial,
and so was Commonwealth Presi-
dent Manuel Luis Quezon that he
named two of his sons after them.
Photo at left shows the general
with his corn cob pipe, his physical
signature during the war. (Left photo
courtesy of Wikipedia.
cial snaps President Quezon upon ar-
rival for a speaking engagement. He
covered all Philippine presidents of
the Philippines from Quezon in 1935
to Pres. Ferdinand Marcos in1965.)
This wedge-type military strategy
divided the Japanese Forces into
two: one was pressured to head north
toward the tip of the Philippines by
way of Baguio City and Nueva Ecija
province while the other pitched tent
and dug in at the villages of Nanca-
pian and Lareg Lareg in Malasiqui
town in Pangasinan where about
400 Japanese soldiers, among the
thousands who took up defensive
positions, were killed by advancing
American soldiers.
One recent story in a television
documentary has it that the Japanese
soldiers that retreated northward
were carrying with them a great
portion of the billion-dollar war
loot that were ravaged by Japanese
Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita in China,
First Among
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Another time, the Palace spokesmen claimed
that Aquino was all-out for the FoI, but that he
just wants to ensure that the right to privacy
of public offcials is not breached, apart from
claiming that the information on documents is
of a sensitive nature and should not be made
Sotto said the FoI is defntely included in the
list of priority bills agreed upon by the House
and Senate leaders, which means, he explained
this would be the frst ones to be tackled, out of
the thousands of other bills pending at the Sen-
ate and at the House of Representatives.
The two chambers of Congress on Thursday
held their frst legislative summit to reconcile
their priority bills, and to tackle how they will
proceed with proposals to amend the Constitu-
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. for his part
said the House will be drawing up its own list
of priorities, but assured that the FoI bill will
be prioritized, to ensure that the two chambers
are working in coordination with each other.
“When a bill is tackled by one chamber
(Senate), it does not necessarily mean that it
will be taken up by the other house. We just
want to be sure that if these bills are prioritized,
one chamber will be giving those bills the at-
tention they need,” Belmonte said.
Aquino has been claiming that a Cabinet
technical working group, headed by com-
munications undersecretary Manolo Quezon
lll, is currently working on its fnal draft of
the FoI bill, saying that the group was formed
to discuss minor points in the bill, including
the provision on national security, before it is
recommended to Congress for approval. aside
from the 34 priority bills Aquino identifed
during his frst two Ledac meetings his list of
bills he wanted Congress to prioritize, but it is
unlikely that many bills in the Palace list are
not going to be passed by Congress.
The following day after my father
wet his pants, Jenny just smiled
when I entered Room 10 at 4:30
p.m. Somehow my father’s wet
pants became a squeezed sponge that
made ideas pour into my soul.
The Camagongs were not really
huge capitalists. Nonetheless they
harbor the bourgeoisie mental-
ity when they entered the bowling
alley business. My father and the
pinboys were not really that kind of
proletariats but, in a sense, worked
for a small capitalist. It was normal
for the Camagongs to make proft
although they could be good people.
To extract the maximum proft, their
cost must be pegged at the mini-
mum. This means breaking the backs
of the pinboys at the most pittance
pay. This means making my father
deal with the mafosos using his own
money so there could be peace and
he could keep his job.
The interests of the bourgeoisie
and the proletariat are diametrically
opposed. It is like pressing an elon-
gated balloon on one end and the
other end bloats. To increase the pay
of my father and the pinboys is to
minimize the proft of the Cama-
gongs which to the Camagongs
would not be acceptable.
The mafoso goons, like the
pinboys, are also products of the ab-
sence of decent paying jobs in a non-
industrialized and mere agricultural
country like the Philippines. The US
colonialists kept the Islands merely
as a source of raw materials and
kept the country from industrializing
because they cannot have competi-
tors for fnished products they have
to dump into the country.
To solve crime, unemployment and
other problems of the Philippines
one must uproot the prevailing social
and economic systems.
But what can I do?
I am a petty burgis. I am not that
poor wallowing in poverty but I am
in the verge of being poor. In my not
that kind of being poor, my parents
are able to send me to school making
me able to understand that imperial-
ism sends its colony like the Philip-
pines in a spiral of being impoverish
over a period of time. I understood
that imperialists use the landed elite
as their cohorts in maintaining the
Islands agricultural and non-indus-
trialized. I understood that only the
landed elite could control the gov-
ernment. As such, would the landed
elite promulgate laws that would be
inimical to their interests? Like the
bourgeoisie and the proletariat, the
interests of the landed elite and the
peasants are diametrically opposed.
My father noticed that I had been
coming home late and not because I
had soccer practice. He also noticed
my change in demeanor and tone
when we had discussions in the
sparse dinners we could share.
“You are a communist,” my father
said one night when I challenged
that the Americans did not liberate
the Filipinos from the Japanese.
“Well, it was you who sent me to
UP,” I said.
I did not have the heart to tell him
that I must have turned into a com-
munist because he wet his pants.
Cynthia, too, sensed the change
in me when she came home for the
Christmas break.
“You have not touched your
cheeseburger,” she said. She had
arrived late the night before and had
me meet her early evening at John
Hay the following night.
“I really do not feel right with
all these. I just could not have this
thinking about those who might not
even be having dinner tonight.”
“I understand how you feel,” she
said. “As I told you in our letters, I
understand where you now stand.”
Cynthia had also been attending
discussion groups in Manila. The
rising tuition fees, the spiraling
gas prices, and consequent spike
in prices of goods and services had
spurred students to be concerned.
The likes of Jenny took advantage of
the maladies to organize discussion
groups and relate the problems to
imperialism, feudalism, and bureau-
Being a petty burgis, too, Cynthia
understood because she knows the
poverty of her relatives. She also be-
came more sympathetic on account
of my demeanor change. Nonethe-
less, she had not committed herself
to the movement. She is of the upper
side of the class and far from being
threatened into poverty. Besides she
is going to the United States.
“Look,” she said. “Let us be
practical. That cheeseburger is now
in front of you. You cannot pass it
on to any of the poor in the slums.
Besides, shouldn’t you be strong if
you really want to get involved?”
She made sense and I munched at
the cheeseburger for such was also
my nature as a petty burgis – one
who could vacillate.
A worker who joins the movement
could be totally committed for he
does not have anything else to lose
for he does not own anything any-
more except his strength to work.
A peasant could still own a ca-
rabao or a small piece of land. He
could only join the revolution with
the promise of genuine land reform
where he could own or have more
land and be not at the mercy of a
A petty burgis could be revolution-
ary serving as catalyst but could
waiver at the mere taste of hardship
in the struggle and could want to go
back to his soft bed.
After the cheeseburger, Cynthia
and I even shared a banana split
while waiting for the band to play.
It was a different band. Orlando
and his group had already gone
abroad having secured a contract
to play in Japan. For most bands in
the Philippines, playing locally had
become only a prelude to their going
abroad if they turn out good enough
with the local gigs serving only as
their practice stages to perfect their
craft – enough for the Japanese or
the Singaporeans or those in Hong-
Kong to appreciate them.
They are also petty burgis but have
not yet heard the call or might never
hear the call with the songs they
have to play warping their ears to
the real causes of why they had to go
They had to go abroad because
there were no better jobs available
for them in the Philippines.
Yet, the band that replaced them
also played our song and Cynthia
and I danced to it as petty burgis
who could fuctuate with the given
moments of our lives. Cynthia and I
were of the petty burgis who could
be revolutionaries but could be
lulled by the niceties of the mo-
ments. There was no urgency on our
part to change the situations that
befall the hunger of the workers and
the peasants and those in the slums
“Hey, I like the things you say
And I like the way
You do the things you do
It’s nice to be with you.
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Brisk walking, rebounding, running,
cycling, cross-country skiing are
excellent choices. Be sure to consult
a physician prior to beginning.
13. Eat at least three of the best
detoxifying foods daily. Some of the
best detoxifers include: broccoli,
garlic, spinach, cabbage, sprouts,
blueberries, ginger, and turmeric.
14. Exchange massages with a
partner. Massage improves circula-
tion and helps move lymph (lymph
picks up toxins throughout the body
so it can be eliminated).
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One thing about being old is that
there are so many memories that we
can or tried to remember. I wish I
have enough time to write a journal
about my simple life. There were no
great adventures in it but, my kids
and my future grandchildren may
fnd it interesting. Each of us has a
unique life and experienced different
things as we grow up.
There were many events which
happened in our past that we may
not even want to remember. You
may have a selective memory or
maybe you’re still connecting the
dots. How far can you remember of
your childhood years? Don’t you
wish your parents or even somebody
kept a log book or snap shots of your
It’s fortunate for our children
who were born in this country. In
some way, we were able to keep
photo albums or video tapes from
their births and as they grew up. I’m
sure some of you still have hundreds
of photographs stored in shoe boxes
waiting for you to place them in
albums. At least for now, the new
digital pictures can be easily stored
on line.
I grew up in a small town with
only one photographer. He was
invited to baptisms, weddings and
funerals. He was busy during major
school events like graduations. Of
course, the pictures were all in black
and white.
It can be fun looking at our
old pictures. It’s amazing how we
changed physically as we grew
older. The outfts and hair styles
seemed to look funny now. Most of
us posed so serious in those old pic-
tures. Maybe you still have one that
looked like a Wanted Poster.
You know you’re old when your
movie idols looked ancient and tired.
Some of your favorite singers have
been dead for a while. At least you
still have copies of your favorite mu-
sic albums. Your kind of songs are
those with stories in it or written in
plain English and the singers don’t
swear a lot or sound angry.
Sometimes, my wife and I talked
about our younger days. When you
were poor back then, it seemed like
nobody cared much about you. Pov-
erty though, has taught us valuable
lessons in life. It made us appreciate
the good things that we currently
Why do Filipinos tend to give
gifts or “Pasalubong” to other
people who could afford to buy
them? I have a friend who visited his
hometown after many years in the
U.S. and was surprised to see many
neighbors came to see him and bear-
ing gifts too. He wondered why none
of these people came when he was
poor and hungry.
It’s funny how some things in
our lives come in full circle. I grew
up in a basic Filipino diet of rice,
fsh, vegetables and fruits. Meat
was served once in a while and we
seldom drink sodas. The snacks
were ripe bananas, sweet potatoes,
cassavas or seasonal fruits grown in
the yard.
After migrating to the U.S.
where food is abundant and afford-
able, we eventually changed our
diet. We love to eat polished Jasmine
rice, lots of meat and junk fast food.
As we get older, we tend to go
back to healthier food. This time it’s
brown rice, lots of green vegetables,
more fsh and less meat. Water is
now the main drink of choice.
Memories of the Past
Perry for signing the National Orga-
nization for Marriage Pledge to ban
same-sex marriage.
man supports civil unions but not
same-sex marriage. He supports a
constitutional amendment to defne
marriage as between one man and
one woman.
RON PAUL: Paul opposes all
federal efforts to defne marriage,
whether defned as a union between
one man and one woman, or defned
as including anything else as well.
He believes that recognizing or
legislating marriages should be left
to the states.
Please vote in accordance with
God’s laws! Our Founding Fathers
founded this country as “a nation un-
der God” following God’s precepts.
Let’s do the same.


points up the glaring failure to real-
ize the 1987 Constitution’s declared
state policy “to guarantee equal
access to opportunities for public
service, and prohibit political dynas-
ties as may be defned by law.”
It’s also useful to correlate the
AIMPC study with those made
earlier, as these confrm that political
dynasties have held sway in our na-
tional life for much too long — over
100 years!
Their persistent dominance in Phil-
ippine politics also explains why at-
tempts towards democratic electoral
reforms and social legislation to
uplift the lives of the poor have been
diffcult to pass in Congress.
First, consider these fndings of the
AIMPC study:
1. At least 115, or 68 percent, of
the members of the 15th Congress
(the House of Representatives)
elected in 2010 have relatives who
have been members of the 12th,
13th, 14th and 15th congresses, or
local offcials who were elected in
2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.
A bigger number — 144 — are re-
lated to other members of Congress
or local offcials elected in 2001,
2004 and 2007.
2. Based on their statements of
assets, liabilities and net worth,
legislators belonging to political dy-
nasties appear to be richer (average
net worth: P52 million) than those
not belonging to dynasties (average
net worth: P42 million).
3. Members of political dynasties
also dominate membership in the
major political parties: 76 percent
of the Lakas-Kampi; 57 percent of
the Liberal Party; 74 percent of the
Nationalist People’s Coalition; and
81 percent of the Nacionalista Party.
4. Seventy-seven percent (77
percent) of the legislators aged 26-
40 belong to political dynasties; 64
percent of those aged 41-55 are also
from political dynasties.
Is there a direct link between
political dynasties and the incidence
of mass poverty? Roland Mendoza,
AIMPC executive director, empha-
sizes that notwithstanding the initial
fnding that wealthier legislators
tend to represent poorer constituen-
cies, further study and analysis are
needed to conclusively determine
However, the earliest study, done
in 1965 by Dr. Dante C. Simbulan,
established that the elite in Philip-
pine politics and government have
historically exploited the poverty
and ignorance of the masses to win
political power, and wield that
power for their personal beneft.
This political elite came from the
propertied and educated class, who
had been given local administra-
tive roles since the latter part of the
Spanish colonial rule. Constituting
the principalia that became surro-
gate-accomplices of the Spaniards,
they performed similar services un-
der the American colonial adminis-
tration, and have taken the dominant
role in Philippine politics since the
Commonwealth years and through-
out the post-World War II Republic.
Dr. Simbulan chronicles their evo-
lution; he documents their economic
interests, lifestyles, and behaviors
in government over a period of 18
years, spanning the presidencies
of Manuel Roxas, Elpidio Quirino,
Ramon Magsaysay, Carlos Garcia,
and Diosdado Macapagal in “The
Modern Principalia, The Historical
Evolution of the Philippine Ruling
In an update of his book in 2005,
Simbulan ruefully concludes that
his fndings 40 years ago “still ring
true today.” He observes: “In every
province in the whole country, the
ruling elite families — the so-called
political dynasties — are still very
much in evidence and they continue
to lord it over not only the political
life but also the economic and social
life of the common people.”
Another study in 2004 by four
journalists of the Philippine Center
for Investigative Journalism —
Sheila Coronel, Yvonne Chua, Luz
Rimban and Booma Cruz — depicts
how “political families have domi-
nated Congress for 100 years.”
Titled “The Rulemakers, How
the Wealthy and Well-born Domi-
nate Congress,” the study however
points out that while the legislature
has always been the bastion of the
wealthy, there have been changes. It
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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 oer 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.
The Hour of Great Mercy
At three o’clock, implore My mercy,
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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
You expired, O Jesus, but the
source of life gushed forth for
souls and an ocean of mercy
opened up for the whole
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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Manzano and Bong Revilla, who handled
the same tasks.
In one write up about him, Ronnie was
described as a very principled man. He
had always believed that he is a man
tasked to carry out a mission. Ronnie is
a favorite guest celebrity in some events
for a worthy cause. He is one of the
few showbiz personalities who has an
advocacy for clean living. He encourages
people, especially the youth, to engage in
physical activities such as sports and mar-
tial arts, instead of getting involved with
drug and alcohol. On a new challenge in
government service, Ronnie was recently
described by former Senator Ernesto
Maceda as one of the ten hardest working
offcials in the Aquino administration.
He is an advocate of anti-drug/anti-
smoke/anti-smut and natural family plan-
ning campaigns. He once was offered by
a cigarette manufacturing company the
amount of P3.5 million in order to do a
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Baliktanaw II:
R. Ricketts
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Chula Vista’s party of the century
to feature live music, 2012 Olympic
preview, culinary tasting area, craft
beer garden, food and craft vendors
and freworks fnale at scenic Olym-
pic Training Center
The stage is set for the city of
Chula Vista’s 100th birthday. The
public is invited to the offcial Chula
Vista Centennial Celebration at the
scenic U.S. Olympic Training Center
(OTC) on Saturday, October 15 from
noon to 9 p.m. Gate admission is
Friends and family are encouraged
to save the date, visit ChulaVista100.
com and “Like” the Chula Vista 100
Facebook page to receive the latest
For Chula Vista, this is the party
of the century. Guests can dine all
day with a variety of food vendors
and also in a special culinary tasting
area. In addition, the celebration will
feature a family-friendly carnival,
London Olympics preview, live
music and entertainment on two
stages, craft beer and margarita
garden, shopping opportunities and a
freworks fnale.
Reaching back to the city’s roots
as the original Lemon Capital of the
World, guests will satisfy their taste
buds in the Twist of Lemon tasting
area. Situated around the Olympic
Torch, food lovers will sample
culinary offerings from over twenty
restaurants, featuring cocktails, des-
serts and entrées that incorporate a
lemon theme. An additional twenty
craft breweries, regional wineries
and spirit purveyors will serve zesty
The Twist of Lemon tasting area
will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased online at
ChulaVista100.com for $25 prior to
the event, or on the day of the event
for $30 (age 21 and over only).
Families will enjoy the lively
carnival area, offering over twenty
exhilarating games and activities.
Get a thrill twirling on carnival rides
and snap candid shots as kids saddle
up for a pony trot. Face painters and
balloon artists will entertain every-
one with smiles and surprises. In
addition to the lively action, children
Chula Vista Centennial
Celebration: An Invitation to
City’s 100th Birthday Bash
can learn about fre safety and
prevention in the Chula Vista Fire
Department’s interactive Fire House.
The 2012 Olympics Preview will
showcase high-fying BMX athletes,
navigating a track flled with jumps
and hairpin turns. Try out the new-
est Olympic sport, introduced in the
2008 Beijing Olympics, by riding a
bike on the development track where
local kids can start their Olympic
dreams. Catch the Olympic spirit
throughout the world-class training
facility and keep your eyes out for
Olympians and Olympic hopefuls
walking in your midst.
After the Olympic experience,
walk the Centennial Milestone Path
to check out the classic car display
NOEL: ipapangalan ko sa aking
anak “ LEON “ baliktad ng Noel.
NINO: sa akin ONIN baliktad ng
TOTO: wag niyo akong maisali-
sali dyan sa usapan niyo!
Sinoli ni Paquiao ang libro sa
Manny: sobrang dami ng charac-
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LIBRARIAN: kayo pala kumuha
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sa sabungan, walang entrance fee
ang may dalang panabong. Si Juan
para makalibre pumasok may dalang
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JUAN: [galit pa!] manok!
BANTAY: alam ko, eh bakit
JUAN: may laban ang mister niya,
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GF: magaling! At sino tong baby
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BF: ah eh kumpare ko yun! Lalake
yun! Baby lang palayaw.
GF: oh eto replyan mo. Hindi daw
kayo tuloy at may mens daw ang
WAITER: sir, do you want me
to cut your pizza into 4 slices or 8
ERAP: into four na lang, masya-
dong marami yung eight. di ko
Nagbubungkal ng lupa si Aling
Dionisia para magtanim. Akala ng
mga nakakakita naloloko lang siya
dahil wala naman siyang tinatanim.
Maid: nay, wala naman kayong
tinatanim ah.
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commercial for them. He fatly refused the
offer, as he would not endorse a product
that he knows can be bad for people’s
health. For such an act, the World Health
Organization recognized him as a staunch
advocate of anti-smoking back in 2004.
That was a test of his integrity, and Ron-
nie passed it with fying colors.
He has been a spokesperson for the
Philippine Cancer Society for years. He
understands the needs of cancer patients
and the people who take care of them. His
brother “Topher” died of cancer last year.
Many non-proft social groups such as the
Gawad Kalinga has invited him to grace
their events, and even to be a self-defense
instructor to some of their staff. He had
delivered inspiration speeches to the youth
on several occasions.
Yet most of his social activities are
seldom made public. This is the very trait
that has endeared him to many – he oper-
ates quietly sans the media coverage and
lets the results speak for themselves.
In the short time that Ronnie has held
his position as OMB chairman, he has
already made a mark in the anti-piracy
initiatives of his offce. He has also
gained enemies to the extent that he gets
life threats from time to time. Recently,
he has made raids in Quiapo, Manila
and padlocked the illegal distributors
of DVDs. He is proud to say that the
combined efforts of OMB and Mayor Lim
have now cleansed Quiapo, which for
years has been the hub of pirated flms.
While new at his post, it was un-
derstandable that some of the OMB
employees did not welcome him willingly.
A change of management always creates
some instability, but Ronnie was eventu-
ally able to get the trust of his staff. Being
a black belter, he started teaching some
of his staff a few self-defense tactics. He
renewed patriotism as he revived the fag
ceremony. He conducts team building
workshops once a month and invites guest
speakers, like Governor Vilma Santos.
Ronnie lives a happy life with his wife
Mariz and two lovely daughters. He is
dedicated to his job as OMB chairman,
and looks forward to the day that piracy
will become a thing of the past. One of
his missions is to provide livelihood for
those who get displaced because of the
OMB operations. Many are our Muslim
brothers who are themselves, victims to
the big syndicates who bring these goods
from other countries.
His message to the public is to patron-
ize Filipino talent by not buying pirated
foreign flms and music videos. He asks
people to support OMB’s goal to eradicate
piracy and regulate the manufacture of
optical media in all its forms. He has also
created a Facebook page that details the
achievements of OMB.
When asked if he has political ambitions
after serving as OMB chairman, he em-
phatically said “NO.” He believes that he
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does not need a political position in order
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to continue his advocacy of service. He is
happy with his job now and would prob-
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his term is over.
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without too much fanfare. You are a
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Burma, Thailand and Malaysia. For-
mer President Marcos was known to
have dug for the so-called Treasure
of Yamashita and allegedly suc-
ceeded in part. A four-foot Golden
Budhha with pieces of diamonds
hidden inside, and believed to be of
Thai origin, was dug up from a well-
concealed cave by Filipino treasure
hunter Rogelio Roxas in Baguio City
in the late 1960s but was confscated
later by the soldiers of Marcos. Ac-
cording to an account by Wikipedia:
“The Philippines suffered great loss
of life and tremendous physical de-
struction by the time the war (World
War II) was over. An estimated 1
million Filipinos had been killed;
a large proportion during the fnal
months of the war, and Manila was
extensively damaged.”
NILA My father snapped this
A-bomb after the war (c. 1946) as
it is being loaded in the belly of a
USAF bomber at the old Manila
International Airport to be shipped
back to the US. Notice the “relaxed”
security measures as dozens of civil-
ian mill around the tarmac. A boy is
shown crossing the path of the rear
of the truck that apparently trans-
ported the historic cargo.
was almost complete as shown by
the two photographs above. Left
photo shows
the corner of Rizal Avenue and
Carriedo. Ideal theatre, to the left,
was restored after the war by its
owners, the Roces family which
clan also owned The Manila Times
Publishing Co. At right is an aerial
view of the destruction with the tall
building at center that used to house
Avenue theatre.
Our apartment was only four
blocks away from this area. Tatay
Marcial made the right decision
to leave Manila just as when the
Japanese were trooping into the
city from the north where they had
landed earlier at the Lingayen Gulf.
From Manila we moved temporar-
ily to Tatay Marcial’s hometown of
Mangatarem in Pangasinan where
mobility and food was almost of no
issue as we were taking it easy in
a laid back village far from harm’s
way. It would have been an entirely
different situation had Tatay Marcial
been a native of Manila. (Left and
right photos photos above courtesy
of manilahub.i.ph)
After the war, Tatay Marcial and
his brother---Pedro, Ricardo and
Pio---hiked most of the way from
Pangasinan to Manila to check on
the situation. Having done that, he
moved us back to our apartment at
Santa Cruz District and to the work
he loved so much---that of taking
news photos that always landed on
Page One.
(To be continued)
Note: Photos and text courtesy of
Aunor,” sigaw pa ni Willie sa kan-
yang show.
Ikunuwento pa ni Willie noong
may mga shows siya sa Amerika,
dumalaw raw ang Nora at nasa
backstage pa man din ito. Mahal
ko ito,may show ako sa Amerika at
nasa backstage siya dumating.Sabi
niya sa akin, gusto daw niya mag-
pasaya sa tao kaya kumanta siya ng
People,” pagmamalaki pa ni Willie.
Ramdam nga namin ang kasiyahan
ni Mr. Revillame na maging guest
niya sa show niya si Nora, tiyak
kung Vilmanian ka tiyak sasabihin
mong Noranian siya.Marahil na
amazed lang siya sa dating ng isang
La Aunor sa kanyang audience, at
takenote sinabi pa ni Willie mismo
kay Ate Guy na nanonood daw ang
kumareng niyang si Gov. Vilma
Santos .
Anu kaya ang naramdaman
ni Ate Vi sa mga binitawang
salita ni Willie sa Superstar Nora
Aunor?Nagtatanong lang kami.
IDINAOS !!!Una ang Phil-Am
Festival sa Paradise Valley Road na
nagmistulang piesta sa saya ng mga
pinoy doon.Nakausap din namin
ang mga teachers sa Council for
Filipino Language and Culture sa
panguguna ng kanilang President na
si Ms. Rosalinda ‘Sally’ Idos, Vig-
inia Ferer,Cory Simpson, Salvador
Idos,Rizalyn Cruz, Aurora Cruz at
Juanita Nacu. Nakita rin namin ang
ilang nagtanghal para ipakita ang
talentong Filipino sa pagsayaw at
pagkanta.Nakausap din namin ang
mga taga TFC (The Filipino Channel
)ABS-CBN, ang kanilang TFC on
demand.Next napuntahan namin ay
ang St. Mary’s Festival kaya lang sa
video lang namin kinuha ang pang-
yayari ,natuwa kami kasi sa mga
kumanta sa stage nila at sumayaw.
Huli naming pinuntahan ay ang 18th
Anniversary ng Pentecostal Mission-
ary Church of Christ sa 8th street sa
imbitasyon ni Maryshel Lumantas
, nakilala namin ang kanilang pas-
tor na si Bro. Joseph Concepcion
kasama ang kanilang mga miembro.
“The sources of (the legislators’)
wealth are more diverse, so that
Congress can no longer be described
as a ‘landlord-dominated’ legisla-
ture. The caciques of old have been
replaced by real-estate developers,
bankers, stockbrokers, and assorted
professionals and businesspeople…
Still, the reality is that a congress of
multimillionaires makes laws for a
poor country.”
The study also takes note of anoth-
er change: the entry of the party-list
representatives from the “marginal-
ized and under-represented” sectors
(who are constitutionally allotted
20 percent of the total number of
seats in the House). It devotes a
section, titled “In search of alterna-
tives,” mainly to the entry of leftist
political parties and the “laying of
the groundwork for political and
electoral reforms.”
But after 10 years of the party-list
system, no reform legislation that
can at least reduce the dominance
of the political dynasties has gained
headway, for obvious reasons.
Worse, political dynasties began
appropriating for themselves some
party-list seats in 2007, then more in
2010 — courtesy of the Commission
on Elections.
Cynthia and I danced the night
away while Mrs. Samson fed the slot
machines with quarters that could
have been a lot of cheeseburgers for
those who would have needed them
Cynthia had to go back to Manila
after the Christmas break.
With her gone, I went back, after
school, to Room 10 at 4:30.
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 Amazon.com – A
Russian Poker - or by calling the
author at 858-722-1465.)
the somewhat misunderstood K +
12 education program and the CCT
(Conditional Cash Transfer) poverty
alleviation program. P-Noy is mas-
terfully handling the Spratlys issue,
cleverly maintaining good relations
with both China and the US while
promoting a multilateral approach.
Many of our past presidents were
lackeys of the US.
Inspired by his heroic parents, P-
Noy draws propulsion from a strong
sense of mission. During the 2010
campaign, he told me that his main
goal as president is to put the coun-
try in an irreversible progressive
course that will extend far beyond
his last day in offce in 2016.
Known to be a loyal friend, P-Noy
keeps his word and will not deal
with liars. He is unaffected by the
trappings of power and would rather
keep ceremonies and ceremonial
fanfare to a minimum. This is not a
sign of diffdence but a demonstra-
tion of propriety and good taste.
He’s wary of loud, grandstanding
persons and is impressed by diligent
and intelligent work. With the
people’s money, he’s as frugal as his
late mother.
(Continued from page 10)
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What: The Nationwide Holy Rosary
Where: Stagecoach Park, Gazebo #1,
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Directions: Fwy 5, Exit La Costa Av.
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When: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Time: 12:00 NOON sharp
Public prayer has proven to be far more
powerful than private prayer to call on
GOD ‘s unfathomable mercy and the
intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary,
guidance of the Holy Spirit, most espe-
cially in times of public tragedy, natural
disaster and calamities, sufferings and
diffculties. It is our duty to honor GOD
publicly as a community of faith.
This Rosary Rally from over 7,000 lo-
cations nationwide will be a public act of
reparation for the sins hurled against the
Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate
Heart of Mary. This will console God
and save America and its people. Praying
the rosary in public for the conversion of
sinners, and making reparation for sins, is
very dear to the Heart of Mary.
America is mired in problems – prob-
lems in leadership, public scandal and
sin, abortion, pornography and same sex
“marriage”, terrorism, bad economy,
fnancial and moral crisis, drugs and
alcohol, child & spouse abuse, and all
moral offenses against the Law of God.
Through this Holy Rosary we will pray
to Our Lady of Fatima for protection, dis-
cernment, wisdom, guidance and strength
to withstand the trials we face. For those
who had fallen into sin and temptations
we shall pray to our dear Mother to
preserve them from despair and bring
them back with faith, hope and love to the
glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We need to pray for our leaders to
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honor God’s Law and have the wisdom
and strength to solve the nation’s great
and complex problems. We will pray
for peace in the world and preservation
of our natural environment that God so
beautifully created. We will pray to stop
the secularist offensive in our society,
those who seek to drive God away from
our lives, from our schools, family, home
and work.
Come pray with us. Let us all turn
to our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of
heaven and earth, to intercede for us. Let
us pray in unity for GOD TO BLESS
For more information, contact: Zarina
Cruz, Rally Captain at 619-890-2789 or
Joe James, Rally Co-Captain at 760-438-
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