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You are loved with an everlasting love

Genny Silverio

In Good Hands

Michel Ponti comes to terms with the past
October 24 - 30, 2008


Number of illegals in US drops amid crisis Beautiful Philippines

A woman walks on the beach in Boracay, one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that the island resort belongs to the state and residents cannot claim ownership based on years of occupation. JERRY TAÑEGRA JR.

WASHINGTON, DC – The number of illegal immigrants entering the United States has dropped from an average of 800,000 a year from 2000 to 2004 to 500,000 a year from 2005 to 2008 because of the slowdown in US economic growth and stricter enforcement of immigration laws, the Pew Hispanic Center said. It estimated the illegal immigrant population in the US is currently at 11.9 million, from 12.4 million in March 2007. The center said four out of every five of the immigrants came from Latin American countries, mainly Mexico.

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StarKargo gives away Wowowee backpacks via holiday promo
Barili, Cebu. Photo By Ferdinand Edralin.

Soon: Online chats with lawmakers
By Delon Porcalla PhilSTar Feel the need to expand your online social network? How about adding your congressman to your chat list? The House leadership is expanding its Internet-based social network and is engaging in “full information

A historical perspective

The Filipino Americans’ political involvement in San Diego County
By Simeon G. Silverio, Jr. Publisher & Editor, The San Diego Asian Journal

Willie Revillame receives his Outstanding TV Host award from the organizers of the 19th Annual Consumer’s Union of the Philippines Awards. (ABS-CBN Global)

REDWOOD CITY, CA, October 21, 2008 – For the fast-approaching holiday season, ABS-CBN International’s StarKargo responded to the clamor of customers for show-branded items as giveaways. Thus, StarKargo has launched a Christmas promo this year where one backpack of the leading noontime variety show on TFC, “Wowowee”, will be given away to any customer who will send two balikbayan boxes via sea from now till November 30

or while supplies last. With its dependable service, competitive rates and prompt delivery, StarKargo has been winning loyal customers. Starting its operations a few years ago in California, Nevada, Illinois, Virginia and Florida, it has now grown and expanded to Washington state, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Kansas. “It’s all about the cus-

In the next few weeks, we are going to have another general election here in the United States. In San Diego County, there are at least three Filipino-American, and a “nearly” Filipino American, candidates running in the local elections. One is Ditas Yamane who is a candidate for City Council in National City and another is Mitz Lee, a candidate for a school board in the City of San Diego. While he is not a Filipino American, Scott Vinson, a candidate for councilman in Chula Vista, more than qualifies to be one. He is married to C.L. Vinson, a Filipino American, who like her husband Scott, is actively involved in San Diego’s Fil-Am Community as well as in philanthropic works in the Philippines. These examples made me realize that there is hardly any historical accounts of the Filipino-American political involvement in San Diego County. See page 5
Candidates Mitz Lee for San Diego City School Board , Ditas Yamane for National City Council and Scott Vinson for Chula Vista City Council.

communication technology” so that its 240 members can chat with their constituents, or those who have queries about their districts. Since there’s no stopping or ignoring technology, congressmen – especially aging politicos – would have to work on their Internet skills
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Snaphot of Philippine Life

Lai Thai Restaurant celebrates 10th year
“Even though the economy is bad, Lai Thai is helping out by keeping the prices reasonable as always”.
By Liz Cordero-Venecia It’s always enjoyable dining at Lai Thai Restaurant. The atmosphere is quiet and cozy. The Thai art décor on the walls and elegant tables

Baler: A story waiting to be told
FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo Philstar Curtainraisers: • As I’ve been saying, stars (or anybody for that matter) shouldn’t be mean to waiters. Or else...Case in point: A young actor described to

be maangas (boastful) went to a coffee shop and literally ordered a waiter around. The waiter appeared calm when he brought the actor his tall glass of orange juice. As the actor sipped the cold drink, the waiter
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Farmers at work in Medellin, Cebu. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin.

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“Nikki and Lai Thai is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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Combining fact and fiction, the screenplay dramatizes love in a time of war at the end of the 19th century when the country was on the cusp of nationhood. It was a period of heroism and courage, a time when people faced death with dignity in the name of their cherished beliefs. Through the fictional characters of the local lass Feliza Reyes and the half-Spaniard/half-Filipino Celso Resurrecion, the story weaves real events with imagined incidents as fictional characters interact with historic real-life figures of the long siege. Unlike most existing historic accounts, the Baler screenplay tries to present the Filipino point of view on the issue of the siege and the international significance of the event for the fledgling Philippine Republic. And now, from direk Meiley: There are two historic events in the Philippines that I wanted to do a film about — Magellan’s voyage and the siege of Baler. It was probably serendipitous when Viva’s Vincent del Rosario mentioned to me in one meeting that they were about to produce a film on the last stand of the Spanish army in Baler. I said to myself, “I have to do that film. I can never forgive myself if I open the newspaper one day and see that a film on Baler was made by another director.” My first encounter with the beauty and mystery of Baler happened in 1989 when I was shooting a travelogue for the Department of Tourism. I will never forget the long drive from Quezon upwards, the roadside waterfalls, the surfing and, of course, the church. There is nothing unique about the architecture of the San Luis Obispo Church. To an ordinary tourist, perhaps this church could be just any church until, of course, you get to know the drama that happened 110 years ago here. A great story of war which surprisingly is practically unknown to many Filipinos. It is the story of love, perseverance, honor and faith. Imagine, a war story where the opposing forces are both victims and victors. There are many challenges in telling the story of the siege of Baler. There are conflicting accounts, versions, few documentation, and authenticity without boring the audience, and a tight schedule and budget. We did a lot of research not only on the siege but how the Filipino lived, eat and speak during that fateful time in Baler. What I am so happy about is the passion of everyone in the production team to put this film together. In a time when Filipinos rarely show interest in historical films, Baler should be that one film that should defy that belief. The film also stars Baron Geisler, Bernard Palanca, Carlo Aquino, Joel Torre, Mark Bautista, Michael de Mesa, DJ Durano and Ryan Eigenmann. Now, the question: Did Celso Resurrecion and Feliza Reyes have a child or children? Are the children’s children, if any, still alive and living in Baler? It’s for the movie to answer.

richest man
Friday, October 17, 2008 The Philippines’ biggest mall operator and his family have increased their wealth by $1.4 billion despite the global financial turmoil, making them the wealthiest Filipinos this Placing fourth in the Forbes list is year, Forbes Asia magazine said another property kingpin, Andrew yesterday. Tan, who however saw his net worth The fortune that 83-year-old plunge by $400 million to $700 Henry Sy made was the “biggest million. gain in absolute terms” of the country’s 40 wealthiest families, who Of the 40 richest Filipinos this say their collective wealth plunge year, 11 tycoons eked out gains but 18 percent to $14 billion from $17 almost all of those increases were billion in 2007 because of amid the world reporting on credit turmoil, new assets or Forbes said in shareholdings a statement. or the combiForbes said nation of relaSy and his tives’ stakes, family are including Sy. worth $3.1 billion. They rose The Philipfrom No. 2 popines had sition last year three billionon the back of aires this year their holding compared with company SM four last year Investments as Andrew Tan Corp., which lost this elite has interests status. in a dozen companies, Lourdes including Montinola the country’s seemed to second largest buck the trend bank, Banco as shares of de Oro Uniher Far Eastern bank. University Henry Sy Tobacco increased $38 tycoon Lucio million to vault Tan and his family, who own naher to number 31 with a net worth tional carrier Philippine Airlines and of $68 million. have interests in beer brewing and There was only one newcomer, mining, came in second with a net Alfredo Ramos of Atlas Consolidatworth of $1.5 billion. ed Mining, who debuted at number Jaime Zobel de Ayala and his 23 with a net worth $126 million. family, last year’s richest, dropped A net worth of $30 million is to third place after losing $800 milrequired to make the Philippines lion, Forbes said. The stock of their rich list, unchanged from last year. conglomerate Ayala Corp. has been Fourteen tycoons had net worth of down 46 percent since last year, less than $100 million and four of partly due to the economic slowlast year’s members failed to make down and waning profits in banking the cut. and electronics, the magazine said. Others in the Top 10 are Tony Tan It said 25 of the 40 Filipino Caktiong and family (5th place, tycoons, including some in real $690 million); John Gokongwei Jr. estate and banking, “are poorer” this and family (6th, $680 million); Eduyear because the Philippine stock ardo Cojuangco Jr. (7th, $610 milexchange had fallen 35 percent in lion); Enrique Razon Jr. (8th, $525 the last 12 months. million); George Ty and family (9th, The country’s richest politician, $435 million); and Inigo & MerSenate President Manuel Villar, cedes Zobel (10th, $430 million). who is the largest shareholder in high-end homebuilder Vista Land & The list of the Philippines richest Lifescapes Inc., fell outside the top will be featured in the Oct. 29 issue 10 list from No. 5 to No. 11 after of Forbes Asia magazine, which will his net worth plunged 55 percent to be available this week. – AP $425 million. Also hit hard is property tycoon Andrew Gotianun of Filinvest Land, who fell 10 places to 17th after losing $625 million to give him a net worth of $235 million.

Henry Sy now RP’s

Baler: A story waiting to be told
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from afar, smiling with quiet vengeance. Guess what he did to get back at the rough-mannered actor: He mixed the orange juice with his pee. Hmmmm...delicious!?! • A womanizer actor separated from his actress-wife thought that the then young actress (daughter of an actor) he was setting his eyes on was, well, sweet and innocent. Imagine when he found out during their first nightout how well-versed the actress was with the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees, showing him all the, ehem, “positions” there were in the book! Yup. To paraphrase Melanie Marquez’s oft-quoted line, Don’t judge her, she’s not a book. • Ronnie Liang has been making it appear in the media that he and Sarah Geronimo are “on,” promising to bring Sarah to his “mansion.” But Sarah insists that Ronnie is just her friend,” adding with a subtle hint of sarcasm, “What ‘mansion’ is he talking about?” Well, maybe Ronnie is following what Sen. Chiz Escudero said when asked about 2010, “Anybody can dream. Libre ang mangarap.” Okay, Ronnie, keep on dreaming! Incidentally, at 20, Sarah is said to be one of the very, very few remaining virgins in showbiz. Would you believe that she hasn’t had a boyfriend? *** The story was supposed to have actually happened in 1898 when a 57-man Rifle Batallion of the Spanish military, unaware that the war had actually ended, heroically

defended Baler town in Quezon Province against the Filipino forces for 337 days. Against that background, a beautiful love story was born between a Filipina and a half-Indio/half-Spanish soldier. The girl’s father, who is a member of the rebel movement, is against the romance so the young lovers kept it a secret. The girl is played by Anne Curtis, the soldier by Jericho Rosales and the father by Phillip Salvador. That, in gist, is what Baler is all about. Directed by Mark Meily (La Visa Loca, Crying Ladies, etc.) from a screenplay by Roy Iglesias, it is Viva Films’ official entry in the Metro Manila Filmfest this year. As you can see, while Baler is a story of conflict, betrayal, suffering, self-preservation, selfishness, obstinacy and self-interest, it is also a story of heroism, courage, love of freedom, patriotism, endurance, chivalry, humanity and, above, a noble story of love in time of war. Let’s listen to what scriptwriter Iglesias has to say: I’ve long wanted to write a film on the siege of Baler. The idea came to me 28 years ago when a friend showed me an article about the last stand of the Spaniards in the Philippines and commented on how wonderful it would be to do a film on it. I did further research but discovered that all of the accounts simply highlighted the Spanish viewpoint. Last year saw a convergence of interests when Viva Films asked me to write the screenplay of Baler. The screenplay of Baler draws attention to and memorializes a historic episode that has long been forgotten and reduced to a mere footnote in our history books.

(Continued from page 1) Filipino-American immigration lawyer Januario Azarcon said based on anecdotal evidence, the number of Filipinos coming to the US as tourists and overstaying their visas appeared to be on the decline also. Unlike citizens of border countries who can literally just walk over without any papers, Filipinos have to have visas to come and it’s not that easy to get visas, he said. “Also if you don’t have a work permit when you come here it’s not as easy as before to get lost in the shadows and find a job,“ he added. Of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country, about 80 percent of them are from Mexico and Latin America, 15 percent are from Asia and the rest from other parts of the world. Estimates of overstaying Filipinos range from a low of 100,000 to a high of 300,000. Stricter enforcement of immigration laws has been reflected in the latest deportation figures of the Department of Homeland Security. DHS said a record number of 280,523 illegal immigrants – including 521 Filipinos – were deported from the US in fiscal year 2007 compared with 186,000 a year earlier. It was the largest number of undocumented immigrants ever removed from the US in a single year. Meanwhile, in another study, Pew said the income of non-citizen immigrant households has dropped 7.3 percent from 2006 to 2007, particularly among Hispanics, as a result of the sluggish US economy. – Jose Katigbak

Number of illegals in US drops amid crisis

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than 100,000 soap bars per day. The company remains very keen on further development, believing that our growth potential remains extremely healthy. We are still actively pursuing tie-ups with both local and international distributors. We have also received a number of accolades from different marketing and consumer organizations, including the 2006 Watsons (Philippines) Brand of Within a couple of years the By Arlen Mangahas Bayoneta the Year; the 2005-2006 Supercompany, formally incorporated brands Philippines; and the 2005 Philstar under the name Trinidad CosWorldwide Marketing Organimetics Laboratory Inc. (named My mother, Belen Mangahas zation Awards held in Buenos after my grandmother), automat- Aires, Argentina, among many Bayoneta, used to work as the ed operations and moved to its secretary for a top surgeon in a others. current address in order to meet government hospital. To augBut the most important partner the virtually insatiable demand ment our family’s income, she in our success is SM, which has for the product. would sell food to patients on made the growth of our business What made Likas Papaya Skin possible from day one. We now the side. By a stroke of luck one Whitening Herbal Soap special is supply Likas soaps in their deday, a patient approached her and challenged her to make soap that it was enriched with papaya partment stores, groceries, superenzymes and blended with tropi- markets, Hypermarkets as well out of papaya from a tree which the stranger somehow knew was cal herbs to whiten the skin. as Mercury Drug’s and Watsons’ Soon after, about two-and-agrowing in my mom’s backyard. mall outlets in their 31 malls. half years after starting operaMy mom took up the chalMy mom’s encounter with the tions, we were already selling lenge and made a few pieces of lady who “gifted” her with our our product internationally. soap using the formula that the papaya soap business was indeed And it was through people who lady entrusted to her. When the mystical. And, coupled with a bit bought it at SM that our of luck and a lot of hard work, soap was introduced and a business partner like SM, abroad. We were getwe indeed have in our hands a ting calls from overseas, business that is sure to withstand requesting deliveries. the tests of time and the toughest There was even a time competition. when a group of Japanese just knocked on our door to tell us they wanted to buy the products directly from us. The market response was really overwhelming. Among us three siblings — all girls — it was only I, the youngest, who has been help(Continued from page 1) ing my mom with the tranport one’s senses to an business. I joined the authentic cultural experience company fulltime after halfway across the globe. I graduated from colLocated by Seafood City Plaza lege in 1994. But I had already been helping out along with all the Filipino reswhile still at high school, taurants in South Bay, Lai Thai has gained a respected name as a with the packing and woman returned a month later to deliveries. I thought that I had to restaurant under fascinating lady ( Nikki) Summawadee Bubpha, know how our source of livelipick up the soap she made, she owner/manager, who is a good predicted that my mom would be hood was being run. chef. “Even though the economy Although I am a licensed pilot rich and famous within a couple is bad, Lai Thai is helping out by — touted before as the first and of years. The lady said this keeping the prices reasonable as only Filipina graduate of the would be possible because her most prestigious flying school in always.” soap would be accepted by the Prices are so sensible, and the the United States, the American biggest department store in the entrees are well presented. The country, and would eventually be Flyers — I still chose to work in soups -- such as tom yum (hot our family business as its chief patronized in other countries as and sour), a family favorite -- are operating officer. What drives well. especially good; so is the house me to do this is my wanting to With God’s grace, all these premaintain the legacy and heritage Pad Thai with great aromatic dictions came true. Starting out taste and delicious Seafood of the business and continue in 1988 as a backyard industry Panang prepared in a coconutwhat my mom started. I still fly, with four employees producing curry base entree. as a hobby. 5,000 pieces of soap a day in a When we ordered, the server What we consider humble makeshift asked me if I was a big fan of to be the outbuildcompa- Tofu. I told her that I am , so I ing in looked at the menu again and noticed that tofu cubes were mentioned, along with the vegetables, as ingredients in the vegetarian platter. The waitress also asked me how hot I wanted the food on a scale of 1 to 5. Each dish or entrée is prepared with your choice of vegetarian, chicken, or pork, beef, shrimp, calamari or roast duck with extra charge. The food arrived on a platter, with a dome of steaming rice over to the right. The rice dome Lagro, looked small at first, but it was compact and was actually an extremely generous portion. In ny’s success fact, my colleagues and I both Novalitook food back to the office. ches, our soap business has now factors are the same principles As promised by the waitress, on which the company’s operagrown phenomenally. And just the tofu was wonderful. Sometions and products are anchored: as the mysterious lady told my how, the tofu had been marinated rigid quality maintenance, trust mom, the country’s biggest department store did play a big role in people and a staunch belief in in an exotic sauce which caused it to be delectable. our products. in making it happen. For my colleagues, the 3 “hot” This is probably why our soap At that time, SM Founder level was not that spicy at all. users remain loyal to our brand. Henry Sy’s wife, Mrs. Felicidad But then, they find a lot of hot Many brands of papaya soaps Tan Sy, and my mom were alfoods irresistible. At any rate, ready acquaintances as they hap- have come and gone. Most are I would highly recommend short-lived. But we are still pened to go to the same church. “Sweet Basil” if you are in the going strong throughout these It was Mrs. Sy who asked my mood for some Thai food. The mom to approach her son Harley years. After all, ours is the First soup was filled to the brim with Filipino Pure Organic Herbal who was then managing the seafood and it was delicious. Soap and the only papaya soap purchasing of SM products. This approved by the Bureau of Food Each of us was served a small was just months after my mom bowl of soup. The vegetable And Drug (BFAD). started her soap business. And the loyalty of our custom- rice had a sweet, dreamy flavor I When my mom brought her specialty soap to SM, Harley and ers and their belief in our product can’t seem to define. Our server was attentive and was happy to his “buyers” at SM became inter- is what inspires us to continue accommodate us. We truly enthe business with the guarantee ested in the innovative product. joyed our lunch and our service. of only the best quality that our Soap made from natural products Lai Thai Restaurant is great patrons have become used to. was unheard of then; they kept place to celebrate for those speAs part of our quality control, saying it was like nothing they cial occasions. we have added in our packaghad ever sold in the department You and your friends will have ing the application of a hidden, store at SM Echague. Harley the greatest time and the best counterfeit-proof Mystica logo in immediately ordered six pieces our packaging. This will guaran- food at Lai Thai Restaurant. The of the soap; week by week this hours of operation Fri - 11:00 increased until, two months later, tee the 100-percent authenticity a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Open for private of our products and protect our we were already delivering the parties on Sundays and Mondays customers against fake Likas products to SM by the box. And Call to make your plans 619) soaps that somehow find their soon not only to SM Echague, 474-5546 Lai Thai Restaurant way on the market. but to the other SM outlets at 1430 E. Plaza Blvd #E10 NaTwo decades after my mom that time — in Makati, Cubao, tional City, CA 91950 Tel: (619) started the business, TCLI now Harrison and North EDSA. Our 474-554. soap was then being sold in SM’s operates a fully automated department stores and Philippine processing plant manned by 30 employees and puts out no less crafts section.

A natural friendship

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heart. I’m using the word bakya not as a word of derision, but just a word of fact. More and more Ateneans and Lasallians have embraced the hoi polloi by being entertainers. Lasallians are proven Vilmanians. Two of them even sired children with the Star for All Seasons – Edu Manzano, one of the original bench boys (the students who spent their break-time, and most probably even much of their class time, at the benches in front of the gym), and Ralph Recto, former senator, who is instrumental in guiding the political career of Vilma. Are Ateneans closet Noranians? I don’t know. But Lotlot’s daughter is in Ateneo. If Ateneans would only profess their being Noranians. Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino would have had a grand time during their Ateneo days. A college version of The Buzz would have been a weekly event, either at the covered courts or at the courtyard formed by Kostka, Berchman, and what used to be the Science Building. Boy Abunda would have held a mirror, taken from one of the comfort rooms, in the face of the guest Superstar’––“Ate Guy, what do you want to tell this little girl from Iriga, who used to sell ‘samalamig’ at the train station, who is now an idol of Ateneans?” After all is said and done, Ateneans and Lasallians love each other. Before the attack of the coeds in the 70s, how can one explain the Ateneans’ love for Maryknollers, their kapitbahay at Loyola? And the Lasallians’ love for the Kulasas (from St. Scholastica)? After some meditation, I found the answer. It’s the skirt. Maryknollers’ uniform is green and white; St. Scholasticans’ is blue and white. The attraction to the official color of the competitor is a deepseated love for the other. La Salle and Ateneo are two illustrious schools. They have produced leading professionals in various fields, artists, and national leaders. But neither school has produced a President. Erap Estrada would have been the first Atenean President, but being an Ateneo drop-out doesn’t count. Raul Manglapus tried to be President, but his Arnneow accent got in the way. The masa could not connect with his “I Speak for Democracy” – kind of English. La Salle’s Jose W. Diokno was “the President we never had,” according to sociologist and political commentator Randy David. Remember Diokno’s challenge, “Why be honest when it pays to be dishonest?” The closest Ateneo got to the presidency was by being the First Gentleman. We all know now that the FG is more of a handicap than an inspiration to the President. If a bona fide Lasallian can’t be President, being the First Gentleman is the only way to get control of that seat. Vilmanian Ralph Recto is a candidate to this position. But back to the question, Which side am I on? I’m in a win-win situation. But that’s no fun when watching a basketball game. One must side with one team during a game, especially a championship game; you can’t enjoy the game by being safe. So, did I cheer for La Salle or Ateneo? Let me put it this was – I was more sad than happy at the end of this year’s championship game. I won, but I also lost – big time.

Blue or Green? That is the question
By Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. Philstar, October 5, 2008 I first heard about the rivalry between Ateneo and LA SALLE through my eldest sister Ling; it must have been in the mid-50s when I was old enough to play with a mini-basketball, but too young to understand the big fuss over the rivalry between the two exclusive schools. Ling was a fan of the blueand-white, Hail Mary team. While listening to the radio coverage of the games, she cheered for Ateneo and Ed Ocampo particularly, the team’s outstanding guard then. Her ears were glued to the radio set, listening to a broadcaster named Bobby Ng describing the game play-byplay, in good, straight English. She did attend the big games at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, most probably with my elder brother, until the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) games were covered on TV. My memory of the early TV coverage of the NCAA games is of Green Archer Kurt Bachmann’s mom brandishing her umbrella from the courtside. I don’t remember now what for. Kurt Bachmann must have been embarrassed by his mom’s display of motherly concern. The funny thing is that when I was in Ateneo, my sister could not care less about the Ateneo-La Salle games. I guess she matured and got over that stage of idolatry. But a lot of adults, especially alumni of either school, seem not to have outgrown the rivalry which continued when the two schools moved to the UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines). Atenean Richard Gordon, former cheerleader and now a Senator, is a common fixture during a La Salle-Ateneo game. Lasallian Mike Enriquez, popular broadcaster, plays his alma mater’s hymn in his morning program during championship games. The old alumni of these arch rivals continue still to cheer for their teams, competing for bragging rights of being champions. I confess that I was never fond of basketball games even when I was in college. I did try out to be a cheerleader of the Blue Babble Battalion because I was attracted by the blue-and-white jacket, but I did not make it to the clique. I must have attended two games in my college life; three max. Okay, I was a nerd. What’s the big fuss? The press is partly to blame. Whenever there’s a game between Ateneo and La Salle, it is always bannered as the encounter between arch rivals, a long, unending rivalry that can be traced to the pre-World War II period. The management of the Araneta Coliseum must love it. The venue will surely be filled to the rafters. The attendance of around 20,000 is close to the population of the two schools. The UAAP board loves it; an Ateneo-La Salle game means a multi-million-peso encounter. It’s crazy to raise the question at all. Before I continue writing this piece, a full disclosure is appropriate – I finished my undergraduate degree at the Ateneo (notice “the”; it’s not enough just to say Ateneo). I’m a bona fide alumnus, but not a blue-blooded Atenean, if you ask the likes of Mike Arroyo, for the FG, blue-blooded Ateneans are those who finished their primary and secondary levels at the Ateneo. I’m not an alumnus of La Salle, but I’ve taught there for a little over 24 years, so I’ve developed some loyalty to this school on Taft. Which side am I on? That’s the question. Through the years, the rivalry in sports had become heated, and it extended to other fields, like academics and debate. Man for man (and woman for woman, when the two

schools became co-ed in the ‘70s), the two schools can match the other school’s leading alumni. Until Ateneo becomes exasperated with the exercise and drops the name of Jose Rizal. That stops the conversation. Lasallians would just say that “Rizal had no choice then; La Salle was established in 1911. If Rizal were born at the turn of the century….” Ateneo and La Salle were very exclusive schools, especially before the 60s. I remember a cousin who passed the entrance exams at La Salle but failed the ocular visit to their house made by a representative of the school. My cousin’s family lived in an apartment in La Loma, Quezon City. My cousin should have checked the family names of La Salle alumni then. To make a long story short, he enrolled in San Beda instead. In the 60s, more scholars from both public and private schools invaded the august halls of Ateneo and La Salle and both schools had become less aristocratic. That was how I came to the Ateneo. Soon, the coño boys became an endangered species until the 80s when both schools became more bakya; the coño boys became totally extinct. (I think they moved to the University of Asia and the Pacific.) Lasallians would argue that Ateneans are more bakya. Need I name names like Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino? But, actually, alumni or near-alumni of either school have invaded the entertainment industry, showing that they are bakya-at-

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make the grade. Indeed, he made it the second time around and became the first Filipino-American councilman in National City. Unfortunately, Fred was not so diligent in his practice of law. He incurred the ire of a Filipina client who was not happy with his service. He failed to return her calls and did not do his job properly. To top it off, he was not in good terms with then National City Mayor George Waters, who somehow lent an ear to the complaining client thus aggravating the situation. Eventually, Fred was forced to resign, becoming the first and only Filipino-American National City councilman to do so. Before Fred came into the pic-

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ture, however, there was already a Filipino-American who kept running for and losing in the National City Council elections. His name, Anthony Villafranca. A son of a Filipino immigrant from Cavite Province, in the Philippines, Villafranca ran for the post in multiple elections, perhaps up to four times, but he kept losing until he finally gave up his quest. He was very young then, in his early twenties. He eventually became a realtor. I remember that during a Filipino Forum around that time, I first met Anthony and another National City Council firsttime candidate, Rosalie Zarate. Rosalie sought the support of the

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The Filipino Americans’ political involvement in San Diego County
San Diego, California October 24, 2008

A historical perspective

n the next few weeks, we are going to have another general election here in the United States. In San Diego County, there are at least three FilipinoAmerican, and a “nearly” Filipino American, candidates running in the local elections. One is Ditas Yamane who is a candidate for City Council in National City and another is Mitz Lee, a candidate for a school board in the City of San Diego. While he is not a Filipino American, Scott Vinson, a candidate for councilman in Chula Vista, more than qualifies to be one. He is married to C.L. Vinson, a Filipino American, who like her husband Scott, is actively involved in San Diego’s Fil-Am Community as well as in philanthropic works in the Philippines. These examples made me realize that there is hardly any historical accounts of the Filipino-American political involvement in San Diego County.


ment, Bob Medina, a Fil-Am navy retiree from Cavite Province in the Philippines served as an aide to Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of El Cajon. Ernie Flores told me that he was also once an aide to then Democratic Congressman Jim Bates. At that time, however, he had quit the job and concentrated on his court interpretation sideline. But Jim Bates continued to hang on to his post in the predominantly Democratic district in San Diego’s South Bay area. It seemed that he would keep the job forever just like his Republic colleague, Duncan Hunter of El Cajon, because he was in a safe Democratic district. Unfortunately, however, he was involved in a sexual harassment case. A newcomer, Republican Candidate Randy Cunningham, barely won the contest. When Cunningham announced his candidacy, Relly Mendoza showed him around, bringing him to several Fil-Am meetings

tion, Filipino American school principal, Michael Johnson, was involved in an administrative case. Michael, the son of a Filipina mother and an African American father, was born and raised in Manila and migrated to the Unites States as an adult. His supporters was expecting Lita, being Filipina-American herself, to support him in the case. But Lita chose to be a school board member for the entire community, not for the Filipino-American community alone, thus incurring the ire of Johnson’s friends and relatives. During the election, a Filipino-American lawyer, a close friend of Johnson ran against her, dividing the Filipino votes and resulting to the loss of both Filipino-American candidates. I think Lita tried to run for the post the next time around, but she had completely lost her Second Generation Fil-Ams momentum. Years later, Filipina-American At that time in the early 1980s, Arlie Ricasa won the seat and I remember there were two served for several terms. Arlie promising second-generation tried and failed in her candidacy Filipino Americans who were politically active. One was Erwin for a seat in the State Assembly. Another Filipino-AmerSanvictores, son of Fil-Am comican, Dr. Adelito Gale sat in the munity leader Martin SanvicSchool Board of the Poway Unitores who served as an aide in fied School District for several the San Diego City Council. terms during the 1980s. Dr. Pat Another was J.R. Chantengco, Magat, a Fil-Am doctor practicwho was once the president of the Filipino American Democrats ing in Mira Mesa tried to win a similar post but failed. of San Diego. During that time, Lita David, a National City Council Fil-Am school teacher sat on the Sweetwater School Board DisRelly Mendoza ran for a seat in trict in the South Bay area. Lita the National City Council after used to boast that her constituency was much bigger in number moving to a house in National City to establish residency. He that those of the National City and Chula Vista City electorates. lost in the election. A Filipino-American lawyer, Unfortunately, after serving two Fred Soto, did run for the post or three terms, she eventually but lost initially. He told me that lost because, in my own belief, due to intramurals in the Filipino he would only need 2,000 votes to win, and he was counting on American community. the presence of a large number Months prior to the elecof Filipino voters in the area to and gatherings. At one point, he even actively campaigned for Cunningham, by standing on street corners and holding up Cunningham campaign placards. We were expecting him to be appointed as an aide when his candidate won. Unfortunately, some Filipinos who were with the U.S. Navy lobbied the victor to appoint somebody with a Navy background like them. Thus, McKIng Alanis, a Bicolano from Iriga, Camarines Sur in the Philippines got the post. Alanis held on to the position, and performed well. Fortunately, he had already retired when Cunningham was convicted of graft and corruption. Cunningham was unceremoniously ousted from his post and is now serving a jail sentence..

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I guess I consider myself one of the few who could write about it. I have lived in San Diego long enough, (twenty-six years to be exact), to be able to recall and record substantial historical observations. One who could really do so, Ernie Flores, one of the foremost Filipino-American journalists here in San Diego, passed away years ago. Ernie came to San Diego in the 1970s and was at fact in the forefront of the Filipino-American community involvement. Another, Dr. Riz Oades, retired FilipinoAmerican Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Diego State University, is too busy nursing his pet project, the Kalusugan Wellness Center, a non-profit entity that aims to improve the health of the Filipino Americans. There might be others who could recall a lot of historical information, others in the academe who might have access to some historical studies. The fact remains, however, that I am the only one willing to do it at present. I would consider this as a work in progress. I might be able to recall enough information to be placed in this article, but others who read this account may be able to share some additional information themselves. I would like to encourage them to do so. Once I get their contributions, I will incorporate them in the article. Eventually we will come out with a substantial account that will be put in writing and preserved for future readers, if not scholars of the Filipino American history in San Diego County. This will be part of our own story, we the FilipinoAmericans of San Diego County, during this particular time in history. Actively involved When I came to San Diego in November 18, 1982, there were already Filipino-Americans who were actively involved in politics. I do not know whether there was Filipino involvement prior to my arrival. Maybe Dr. Riz Oades, Charlie Andaya, Jay Ruiz, Roy Bautista, Relly Mendoza or other old-timers I have not met would know. But for now, let me start from what I know so far. For a long time until his retire-

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can, Hispanic, etc. There was a huge number of Filipinos living in Yokosuka, however, and eventually as I grew older and transitioned into middle and high school, the group of kids I hung out with became predominately Filipino. Like us, other groups of the same ethnicities formed, but still, we were all friends. We were like one big group with sub-groups. As a family, we are somewhat close. My brother and I, however, are much closer to my mother. I think this is because my dad went out to sea on numerous occasions. Plus, when he was home, he was really strict on my brother and me. To be honest, as kids, we were happy when he went out to sea because we had a little more freedom. There could be a million reasons why my dad was so strict on us, but there is one main reason that especially sticks out to me: education. Both my parents finished college in the Philippines, but from his stories, I know my dad wasn’t too keen on going to school. He told me stories of how he cut classes to

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Living as a Navy brat has shaped the person I have become. I learned that skin color does not matter because inside the base we are all the same.
rowing up as a Navy brat, for the most part, has been a great experience. Since my dad was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan for ten years (1989-1999), I differ from my fellow Navy brats in that I did not move around every two or three years. However, I can still understand where my fellow Navy brats are coming from and how they felt about moving since many of friends moved away from Yokosuka. Despite not moving around so much, I still share the experiences others have had and I can totally relate to some of their stories. Early Experience When my family moved to Yokosuka, I was a few months shy of being six years old. At that time, the military did not really mean much to me; we were just simply moving to another place. When I turned ten years old is when I realized how great it was to be the child of sailor because that was when I was allowed to get my military ID card. For many of my peers and me, being able to go into the Navy Exchange without the sponsorship of someone else was the coolest thing in the world. The greatest part of

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having a military ID, however, was that we were allowed to go on and off base without our parents. Since I was only starting the first grade, I didn’t have any trouble transitioning into my new school. In fact, I loved going to school. Since we lived on base, the school was small and everyone knew each other. There was a good mixture of races and ethnicities and everyone was your friend whether they were Filipino, Caucasian, African-Ameri-

watch Fernando Po movies and how he bribed the guards to let him out by giving them cigarettes. I think he later realized how important it was to do well in school and to make up for it he made sure his children not only did well, but excelled in their studies. Discipline His strict beliefs of education worked because my brother and I after they are inaugurated, she is the president – and she simply is not qualified. Period. I have distilled a bit of crucial information from the Obama website and printed it below: BARACK OBAMA AND ASIA “Barack Obama recognizes that America’s future security and prosperity is linked to Asia, and he will work to forge security, diplomatic, political, and economic arrangements that go beyond traditional bilateral agreements, occasional summits, and ad-hoc arrangements Refocus on Afghanistan Obama will redouble our efforts to win the war in Afghanistan, focusing additional U.S. troops, nonmilitary resources, and diplomatic efforts in this crucial battle against the architects of the 9/11 attacks and a resurgent Taliban. Enhance Regional Stability & Prosperity Obama will develop effective mechanisms to combat shared threats to peace and prosperity, including an approach on terrorism, pandemic disease, energy security, and climate change that draws on all our friends in the region. Invigorate Alliances and Seek New Partnerships Obama will work to strengthen ties with long-standing allies as pillars of America’s engagement in Asia, while building an infrastructure with countries in Asia that can promote stability and prosperity. He will strengthen the U.S. partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Advance American Interests and Values with China China’s rise may pose one of the most important foreign policy challenges to the U.S. in coming years. Obama believes we must work with China where we have shared political, economic, environmental, and security objectives. He understands we must remain vigilant about China’s military modernization, ensure that China and Taiwan peacefully resolve their differences, enforce international trade rules and defend American workers, and insist that China lives up to its obligations to its own people and as a member of the international system. Deepen Engagement in South Asia Obama will work to deepen

did do well in school and we were continuously on the honor roll. Plus, all the students in my school in Japan always competed with each other. We really had nothing better to do on base than to participate in all the school activities and functions and do our homework. The second reason why my dad was so strict was probably him just being in the military. It is a job where discipline is necessary. They follow a strict chain of command and orders are always followed. My dad, being an enlisted sailor, always had someone to report to. I think to make up for that loss of power, he treated my brother and I like we were in the military. He was the officer in the house and we were the enlisted sailors. He was strict about having the house sparkling clean and he made sure we told him where we were going, who were going to be with, What time we were coming home, etc. There was a point in my life, while living in Japan, where I absolutely disliked my dad. I wondered why he was so strict on us when we were living on a base with pretty much zero percent crime. Like in the military back then, what was said was the final word and that’s how it was at home. I was angry that he treated my brother and me like we were sailors instead of his children. I was also afraid of him. I never told him anything about my life, especially when it came to dating. The only news I really shared with him was when engagement with both India and Pakistan and incorporate them into regional arrangements and frameworks. Our alliance with Pakistan is critical for the U.S. in combating terrorism, and India is a natural strategic partner for the U.S. Advance Opportunity from the Bottom-up Obama will double our foreign assistance to $50 billion a year to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme poverty around the world in half by 2015. BARACK OBAMA ON DISABILITIES Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act Obama is committed to restoring and strengthening the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Obama believes we must restore the original legislative intent of the ADA in the wake of court decisions that have restricted the interpretation of this landmark legislation. In addition, Obama will make the United States a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – the first human rights treaty approved by the UN in the 21st century. Provide Educational Opportunities for Americans with Disabilities Obama understands that children with special needs require meaningful resources to succeed both inside and outside the classroom, and he is a strong supporter of fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. End Discrimination and Promote Equality of Opportunity Obama will increase staffing and resources for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) to reduce backlogs and to enforce anti-discrimination laws. And under Obama’s heath care plan, insurers will not be able to deny coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions. Increase Job Opportunities Obama will increase federal government recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of workers with disabilities, including by ensuring that fully accessible information technology in the federal government and full compliance with all aspects of the Rehabilitation Act. Obama will also provide privatesector employers with resources

I received good grades because I didn’t think he really cared or was interested in anything else. I shared everything with my mom who, by the way, is not a nurse like the typical sailor’s wife. My relationship with my father became distant. I sought nothing from him and went directly to my mom if I had a problem or needed something. As I grew older, my relationship with my dad became better. He lightened up on some things, but there were still strict limitations on

of his old friends who lived in Japan too, which just made me feel even more left out. I don’t quite remember how it happened, but I started hanging out with a girl from my English class because she was somewhat new as well. She transferred from University High School, a private school. We became good friends and a few months later, I was able to make close friends with many people from all my classes. Though 1 started to enjoy going to Morse, I still missed my friends back “home” in Japan. And just as I began to really get to know my classmates, my parents decided to get a new house since we had a new addition to the family (my mom had another child). Once again, I had to switch schools and once again, I was afraid I would feel lonely all over again. For my senior year I attended Eastlake High School. This transition was much easier and I had a very easy time making friends. The best part was the fact that one of my friends from Japan would he going to school with me. She only stayed for a semester, but her being there made moving to a new school much easier. I also found one of very old friends who moved from Japan long before I did so we hung out and he introduced me to some of his friends, who apparently were friends with some of my friends from

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others. Then it was my family’s turn to move and leave Japan for good. My dad figured he only had about a year or two left in the Navy since he didn’t get promoted to chief and it would be better to move back to San Diego to prepare for his retirement from the Navy. Making Friends I was sad to leave my friends because I was only in tenth grade and I wanted to graduate from high school with them. At the same time however, I was ready to get out of there and see what California was like. Most of all, I wanted to go shopping. Every time someone went on vacation to the States, the kids on base envied the “cool” clothes and styles they brought back. Since we lived on base, everyone pretty much had the same clothes from the Navy Exchange. The only thing I was afraid of was going to a new school and making new friends. In the simplest term, moving to a new school in the states sucked. I was so used to being the one who welcomed the new students back in Japan. Like Marie Casten said, the kids would always accept every new student with open arms.” Now it was my turn to be accepted and welcomed, but it felt nothing like that. I was entering my junior year when I started school at Samuel F.B. Morse High School. Everyone was already situated in their groups or cliques with whom they’ve been with for years already. I didn’t know where to go or how to “join” a group. They were nice to me and asked me questions about Japan, but they didn’t invite me to hang out with them during lunch or they didn’t really introduce me to their other friends. Luckily, my neighbor also attended Morse so we carpooled together. We only hung out in the mornings however. Lunch time was the saddest time for me because I didn’t know where to go. I felt so lonely and I tried to hang out with my brother (he is a year younger than I), but he found friends quickly, especially since he found a couple

Morse. I was much more active at Eastlake, so I made friends and was accepted right away. Turning 23 Now my college career is almost over and I’m dreading the day my military benefits will be taken away. There are a lot of differences between a Navy brat and a kid who didn’t grow up in a military family. These differences truly make us unique and they make life a little simpler for us. For one, we have free medical. I’ve had so many friends who’ve told me they paid thousands of dollars just to get their wisdom teeth out. My parents didn’t pay a penny when I had mine removed. We get to shop at the Commissary and the Navy Exchange as well as use base facilities for free. We even get to see free movies! The Navy spoils their dependents, but I’m proud of it. I’m proud of my dad as well. With his rating as a disbursing clerk, it is very difficult to get promoted. After many years of being an E-6, he was finally promoted to Chief (E-7) and he was able to hold back on the retirement plans. Not only does his promotion make me happy, but our relationship has been getting better and better ever since we moved back to California. I noticed that his promotion also lightened him up a bit. Of course, he’s still pretty strict with me, especially since I’m a girl, but he is better at talking with us instead of at us like he is giving commands. Like Noel Llanda, I consider it a blessing to have been raised in Yokosuka, Japan. He said, “I had a pretty easy-going life in Japan. I excelled in school and sports. I had a circle of friends that were of different ethnicities.” I feel the exact same way and I think I can say that on behalf of my friends who lived there as well. Living as a Navy brat has shaped the person I have become. I learned that skin color does not matter because inside we are all the same. (Continued on page 9) Services and Supports (CLASS) Act to create a voluntary, budget-neutral national insurance program to help adults with disabilities to remain independent and in their communities.” Help make the 2008 election the one in which we again take control of our destinies; we again vote for the person with the best ideas, we again elect a leader who can command not only the world’s respect but our respect as well. Isn’t it time we had a leader that wasn’t just a four year – or eight year - running joke? Quotes and information from the Obama and DNC websites

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October 24 - 30, 2008 Asian Journal - (619) 474-0588 Visit our website at the primaries. Coming from poster about courage, determibehind also meant that voters nation or teamwork, which are may have had already cast their all the hallmarks of a successful support for others candidates campaign now evident in the who had filed their candidawork of his staffers. cies earlier. At the time of the The poster serves as a remindby G. Tagudin - Silverio announcement, his opponent, er of what got Vinson in the by Soledad O. Bautista Councilman Steve Castaneda race on a late start one fateful Read Genny Silverio’s previous articles by visiting our website had allegedly amassed a war day in March: A check in the Read Soledad Bautista’s previous articles by visiting our website at chest rumored to be over a hun- amount of $194K+ made out at dred thousand. to incumbent Steve Castaneda But thanks to a sound strategy by the City of Chula Vista. The and a message that resonated fees were for the councilman’s with many, the campaign had legal defense against indictleapfrogged to the forefront as ment charges unrelated to city the primaries winded down. As council business. The idea that long way. rom the looks of it, Love God with all your heart and soul the last votes were being count- taxpayers were footing the bill That morning, the volunteers the Scott Vinson for Obey Him and love your fellowmen ed into the next day following was the last straw, and Scott had marked another turning City Council camLove your parents for the care, love and education they gave you the primary election, Scott Vinson would have none of it. point. An opinion piece in paign is in good hands. Love your peaceful, friendly neighbors Vinson had managed to capture On his site at www.scotthe San Diego Union Tribune During the campaign meet- Saturday Oct 18 issue had the lead by a margin of over a Love tender-hearted people who help, especially the poor, he hundred votes which forced a ing at their post in Anchor- endorsed Scott Vinson for writes, “We need a City CounLove compassionate millionaires age Point in Eastlake, Chula Chula Vista Council Seat 4 over run-off, and had gained the en- cilmember who understands Not selfish, stingy, avaricious greedy dorsement of fellow candidate what it takes to run the City his opponent, the beleaguered Vista this weekend, the But cheerfully joining the Gawad Kalinga Pat Moriarty in the process. like a business and to invest in momentum of his campaign Steve Castaneda, on the issueBy It was only one of many enTo help the poorest of the poor our community, someone who of leadership in tough times. was evident in the turnout Together with other donors and volunteers dorsements. A few leaders had understands how to use the coincidence a similar endorseof volunteers, and the opti- ment for the same two candialready thrown in their support taxpayer dollars wisely.” Built 25,000 cottages with provisions beforehand led by AssemblyHe turns to the voters with a mism and enthusiasm of a dates, Scott Vinson and Russ For health, education and program for livelihood Hall, was given a day before by woman Shirley Horton, Deputy challenge, “It is time to demand great grassroots campaign Making 25,000 families so happy Mayor John McCann, County the highest ethical standards. led by a determined Tiffany the Asian Journal in its Friday Their program is ongoing Supervisor Greg Cox, Mayor It’s time to get rid of selfVinson and a number of her Oct 17 edition. They need voluntary support great or small Cheryl Cox, and Councilman serving politicians at City Hall. The endorsements coming at friends. Drop by drop a bucket gets full Jerry Rindone. Together we can reform the the same time from two indeDonning the trademark red The unprecedented feat in a Be glad you do not need a Gawad Kalinga City.” pendent media sources is a coup shirts emblazoned with their primary by a political unknown The campaign talks about for a campaign that has had a Instead be a part of it with your drop, drop now and then candidate’s name, the youthful the future of the city in terms rough start as the last contender who had come from behind Who said, “The more you give, the more you receive?” campaign manager and her staff to join the race. caught the eye of a Union of quality of life, safer streets, Then added, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.” by this time have been pumpTribune reporter who wrote, good governance, and the When Scott Vinson anOh, I would like to be the giver! ing in 20-hour workdays and “Vinson, a first-time candidate priorities that matter the most to nounced his candidacy last clocking in weekend hours to for Chula Vista City Council, its residents. spring at the El Primero Hotel do precinct walks and to set up in Chula Vista, he was behind. emerged in Tuesday’s election ©2008 copyright by Soledad O. Bautista. All rights reserved. It became obvious seeing the signs. They were about to send It was an uphill climb that lim- as a formidable challenger.” bustle of activity that the youth out teams to the local shopping ited campaign contributions to Last Saturday, the jubilation were where they should be. The hard work. malls for voter outreach. youth, who are so important in a modest $300 per voter during at the campaign headquarters Wowowee was proclaimed the The campaign has come a was cathartic. But the campaign this election, have been infusing “Outstanding Noontime Enterfolks were not about to ease the campaign with unstoppable tainment Program” and Willie their pace. As soon as the news energy. For months, they have Revillame as the “Outstanding was announced and the cheers TV Host” at the 19th Annual been calling voters to action went out, everyone was back Consumer’s Union of the Philipand knocking on doors to share to business, marking precinct pines awards, held at the Manila the news. Hotel and attended by the whole walk assignments, stuffing door (Continued from page 1) It also helps that a cross secWowowee team. hangers, and designating routes tion of older volunteers from tomer. We know that most of A few hours after, the group acfor the sign drop offs. It’s the our customers are also TFC different cultural backgrounds cepted another award, the “Teletone City Hall just might need subscribers and that’s why our were on board helping walk visionary Excellence – Best Host” more of. promos with show-branded the precincts as well, includgiveaways are always a hit,” said from the Philippine Star which Scott Vinson commends his ing a few Hispanic ladies from was held at the Embassy Club Pia Palpal-latoc, business unit staff. He says it is a matter he a local church and local Filimanager for StarKargo in the U.S. in Manila. “Wowowee” is also often forgets to mention when- pino Americans from outlying “‘Wowowee’ is an easy choice as nominated as “Best Noontime ever he begins to talk passiondistricts who have known the it’s one of the most popular shows Show” in the 2008 PMPC Star ately about the future of the city candidate for years and were Awards for TV. on the campaign trail. out knocking on doors for Scott on TFC.” To avail of StarKargo’s ChristSpeaking of “Wowowee,” which He also looks at the past in Vinson. mas promo, call 866.STAR.555 or airs Mondays through Saturdays retrospect. The campaign is in good 866.7827.555. on TFC, it has recently reaped Behind his desk, a gigantic hands indeed. awards for all the cast and crew’s poster spans a wall. It is not a

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(Continued from page 6) I am grateful for being part of a military family. I’ve even had my share thoughts of joining the military. I used to be in the Air Force ROTC program at SDSU. Now, I am taking into consideration the Naval Reserves just so I can enjoy the military benefits. There is a need for graphic designers in the military to build PowerPoint presentations, design brochures, etc. so if I get the chance to do such a thing, I would not hesitate to jump right in. That is how much I love being connected to the military. If that doesn’t work out, I’m actually hoping that my future husband will be in the military. That way, my own kids will have an understanding of and appreciation for the world’s diversity and the uniqueness of each individual person. __________ *The author was my student at San Diego State University’s Asian Studies 460 in Spring 2004.

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The law requires that major nationwide consumer reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – to give you a free copy of your credit report each year if you ask for it. Visit www.AnnualCreditReport. com or call 1-877-322-8228, a service created by these three companies, to order your free credit reports each year. You can also write: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 303485281. Review financial accounts and billing statements regularly, looking for charges you did not make. Defend against ID theft as soon as you suspect it 1. Place a “Fraud Alert” on your credit reports, and review the reports carefully. The alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures before they open new accounts in your name or make changes to your existing accounts. The three nationwide consumer- reporting companies have toll-free numbers for placing an initial 90-day fraud alert; a call to one company is sufficient: Equifax: 1-800-525-6285 Experian: 1-888-397-3742 TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289 Placing a fraud alert entitles you to free copies of your credit reports. Look for inquiries from companies you haven’t contacted, accounts you didn’t open, and debts on your accounts that you can’t explain. 2. Close accounts. Close any accounts that have been tampered with or established fraudulently. Call the security or fraud departments of each company where an account was opened or changed without your okay. Follow up in writing, with copies of supporting documents. Use the ID Theft Affidavit at ftc. gov/idtheft to support your written statement. Ask for verification that the disputed account has been closed and the fraudulent debts discharged. Keep copies of documents and records of you conversations about the theft. 3. File a police report. File a report with law enforcement officials to help you with creditors who may want proof of the crime. 4. Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission. Your report helps law enforcement officials across the country in their investigations. On line: By phone: 1-877-438-4338 or TTY, 1-866-653-4261 By mail: Identity Theft Clearing House Federal Trade Commission Washington, DC 20580 Next week, I’ll be sharing with you information about the top frauds and scams, and how best to recognize and avoid them.

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Identity theft One of the most common crimes nowadays is identity theft. Every day, the police receive more than fifty calls from people who have become victims. Identity theft is a serious crime. It occurs when your personal information is stolen and used without your knowledge to commit fraud or other crimes. Identity theft can cost you time and money. It can destroy your credit and ruin your good name. You can even end up losing all your savings and investments, and even your home. The Federal Trade Commission has printed lots of brochures to make us aware of the crime of identity theft, and suggestions on how to deter and detect it, and also how to defend against it. Common ways ID theft happens Skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal your personal information, including: Dumpster diving. They rummage through trash looking for bills or other paper with your personal information on it. Skimming. They steal credit/ debit card numbers by using a special storage device when processing your card. Phishing. They pretend to be financial institutions or companies and send spam or pop-up messages to get you to reveal your personal information. Changing your Address. They divert your billing statements to another location by completing a “change of address” form. Old-fashioned stealing. They steal wallets and purses; mail, including bank and credit card statements; preapproved credit offers; or new checks and tax information. They steal personnel records from their employers, or bribe employees who have access. Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information 1. Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you discard them. 2. Protect your Social Security number. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or write your Social Security number on a check. Give it out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier. 3. Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know whom you are dealing with. 4. Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails; instead, type in a web address you know. Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer; keep them up-to-date. Visit for more information. 5. Don’t use an obvious password like your birth date, your mother’s maiden name, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. 6. Keep your personal information in a secure place at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help, or are having work done in your house. Detect suspicious activity by routinely monitoring financial accounts and billing statements Be alert to signs that require immediate attention: Bills that do not arrive as expected Unexpected credit cards or account statements Denials of credit for no apparent reason Calls or letters about purchases you didn’t make Inspect your credit report. Credit reports contain information about you, including what accounts you have and your bill paying history.


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Pink Ribbon Tour comes to Sycuan
Pink Fire Engine Arrives Here To Raise Breast Cancer Awareness
EL CAJON, CA (Wednesday, October 22, 2008) – It’s a lot larger than a pink Cadillac, and it certainly draws more attention. It’s a pink fire truck cruising all over the country raising breast cancer awareness. On Thursday, October 23rd, at 3 p.m. it will stop at Sycuan Casino. We have made arrangements for members of the media to rendezvous with the truck and its passengers, just inside the main entrance to Qualcomm Stadium, on Thursday at 1 p.m. From there, you can follow the vehicle and its convoy to Sycuan. If you prefer, you are more than welcome to do a story after its arrival at Sycuan Casino. The truck is operated and maintained by the “Guardians of the Ribbon,” a group of firefighters, police officers and community leaders. Their goal is to get men to understand and embrace women who are battling breast cancer. Their pink fire truck is the center piece of the “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign, which encourages people to wear pink as a show of support for those afflicted with breast cancer. The nationwide tour started on August 24th in Arizona. It has traveled through Texas, Florida, the Atlantic Coast, New York, Midwest and Northern California. The stop at Sycuan will be its 35th and final destination. At each stop, people are given the opportunity to sign the pink truck in honor of a breast cancer survivor and/or victim. By now, the truck is covered with thousands of signatures. The fire truck will be on display through Thursday night outside Sycuan Casino. Open 24/7 and just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego, Sycuan Casino offers an array of exciting gaming activities, entertainment and delicious food. In addition to our 2,000-plus slots, we have a total of 63 table games, including blackjack, pai gow, and mini baccarat in


Anita Bye efforts. She was also responsible for assembling and mobilizing Sycuan’s volunteer programs in the community. Bye has become a recognized figure throughout the San Diego region and is known as Sycuan’s ambassador. Bye is very generous with her own time as well. Throughout the year, she participates in a large number of charitable endeavors and events. Bye is also a Board Director with the East County Chamber of Commerce, the Boys and Girls Clubs of East County, and is a Symphony Star member with the San Diego Symphony. Open 24/7 and just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego, Sycuan Casino offers an array of exciting

Anita Bye named Sycuan’s Director of Community Development
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EL CAJON, CA (Tuesday, October 21, 2008) – Anita Bye has been promoted to Director of Community Development for Sycuan. “Anita has raised the Tribe’s and the Casino’s charitable giving and community awareness to unprecedented heights. Her professionalism and dedication to these efforts are exemplary,” said Michael Tabor, Director of Marketing for Sycuan Casino. For the past three and a half years, Bye had served as Manager of Community Development, becoming an integral part of Sycuan’s gift-giving gaming activities, entertainment and delicious food. In addition to our 2,000-plus slots, we have a total of 63 table games, including blackjack, pai gow, and mini baccarat in addition to a 24-table non-smoking poker room. The 1,250-seat Bingo Palace provides traditional and video bingo. Sycuan’s Showcase Theatre features great shows and concerts in an intimate, up-closeand-personal venue. And customers have a choice of dining in our international buffet, Wachena Falls Café, Sunset Deli or Bingo Snack Bar. The Sycuan Tribal Government

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but he would lost in the election. When Councilman Ron Morrison won the mayoralty post, his council seat became vacant. His critics said that when Ungab was seeking the appointment to the post, he promised not to run in the election to keep the position. He is being accused of breaking his promise. Chula Vista In Chula Vista, two outstanding Filipino-American community leaders, J.R. Chantengco and Greg Alabado ran for a council seat simultaneously. Apparently, they failed to initially consult each other, thus dividing the Filipino vote and resulting to their losses in the election. Either one would have made a very good Chula Vista councilman. At one time, CL Vinson ran for a Chula Vista Council seat and lost. I feel that she did not campaign hard enough. This year’s elections As I have mentioned earlier, the two Filipino-American candidates running in this year’s elections in San Diego are Ditas Yamane for a seat in the National City Council and Mitz Lee, for a seat in a San Diego City School Board District. Mitz is an incumbent running for re-election, after contemplating but deciding not to run for a higher office. This is the second time Ditas is running for the same post. She lost the first time around. One reason given was the fact that there was another Filipina-American competing against her at that time. She has the same name as Ditas’ maiden name, and many voters, who knew Ditas’ mother, thought that they were voting for her, not the other candidate. Scott Vinson is the candidate of the Filipino American community in Seat 4 of the Chula Vista City Council not only because of his marriage to an active Filipina-American business and community leader, CL Vinson, but also because of his proven involvement in the Filipino-American community in particular and the Chula Vista community in general. If he wins, we surely will have a Filipino-American voice in the Chula Vista City Council. - AJ

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Betty Bael | SAN DIEGO, 10/24/08 -- Joselito “Joey” Salvador Alvir Velasco is a 39 year old Filipino entrepreneur. He would not out rightly call himself a painter and a sculptor, much more an author. But he breaks into an impish grin when he calls himself a “heartist.” He fondly remembers holdintroduced him to Verdaccio or Grisaille painting. He attributes the rest of his technique to his child-like curiosity, experimental creativity and strong desire to bring meaning to people’s lives. He acknowledges that more important than the skills he learned from the Salesians, his profoundest gain is acquiring a heart for the poor. Both his painting and this book convey the message of being life-giving especially to the unfortunate. Happily married to Marie Queeny Puno Suñga for 11 years, Joey is a father to four kids. He considers this book a legacy to his own children to

ing more art tools than pens as an elementary student in Don Bosco Mandaluyong. It was there where he learned to use the copping saw and turned scrap woods into puppets and “Bulldog Beware” signs. As a high school student in Don Bosco Pampanga, he did figurine casting and kilning at the incinerator where he volunteered to work. Later from 1983-1987 he dabbled in frame making in the carpentry shops of Don Bosco Canlubang. The late Fr. Chito Dajao, SDB was his mentor in the arts while Norman Sustiguer

remind them of the values of charity and compassion; that fullness of life is possible also on earth through the sharing of our God-given gifts . See Joey Velasco’s Painting Exhibit at the GK “Best for Least 2008” Benefit Gala on October 30.

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Filipino community based on the fact that her stepfather was a Filipino-American old-timer. Their family used to own a farm around the intersection of Plaza Boulevard. and Freeway 805, which they sold to the government to give way to the road

and the freeway. She now owns an apartment complex and has served in the council for several terms, except for the time when she ran, but lost for the mayoral post. She is an incumbent running for reelection. There is one Filipino-American in the National City Council at present, Fidelis Ungab. He was able to serve more than one term, but each time, he got the post through an appointment, not through the mandate of the people. Whenever there was a vacancy, he would be appointed,

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Terminal memories, railway dreams
CITY SENSE By Paulo Alcazaren Saturday, October 18, 2008 Before the LRT and MRT our city was in a sordid mess caused by a reliance on PUVs (public utility vehicles) and a road network that disintegrated upon the onset of the yearly rains. Today we keep out of total Armageddon traffic-wise by a growing usage of mass transit systems that run on rails. Time was when our inner-city and inter-city transport was mainly serviced by highly efficient, environmentally friendly electric trams and steam trains. The late 19th century saw the opening of the original Manila-Dagupan rail line that was franchised by the Spanish colonial government to an English consortium. City transport via tranvias developed in parallel courtesy of a European investor named Zobel. The Americans built on that initial line and extended it north so that it almost climbed up to Baguio (which was the goal until costs escalated beyond practicality) and south eventually to Bicol (although the original intent was to reach the Pacific coast). World War II saw the tranvia system almost completely destroyed but the heavier inter-provincial train system was rebuilt because it was cheaper and more efficient compared to bus and car travel, which was hindered by the fact that we had almost no freeway or long-distance super-highway system in place. The Philippine National Railways was the premier transport institution that rivaled inter-island shipping and the nascent air transport system in the ’50s to the ’60s. A magazine feature in 1960s gives an indication of the importance of the train system in Luzon in that era. The report stated: “Every year, 8,600,000 Filipinos commute by

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shadow of its former self. Tutuban Station has survived but only by morphing into a shopping mall. The emergence of the LRT and MRT systems was welcome news. The systems have come, however, after the car, jeepney and bus systems have pushed the capacity of the metropolis’ roads (and peoples’ nerves) to the limit. The light rail systems should have come first precisely to contain all the negative effects of pollutive vehicles. Inter-province travel for the majority who cannot afford air-travel is limited to overcrowded Japayuki buses accessed in grimy terminals along EDSA’s curbside with little by way of traveler comfort, clean bathrooms or accommodations for the elderly, the differently abled, women or children. Imagine again if rail travel was prioritized for inner-city and intercity travel. Imagine north, east and south modern train terminals for inter-modal travel in large sites that do not disrupt EDSA or any other road traffic. Imagine how much traffic congestion fast heavy-rail trains could eliminate from the NLEX and SLEX for both public transport and freight movement. Imagine drastically reducing EDSA traffic by imposing a ban on any more franchises for Monumento-Caloocan buses that are never filled up and block almost all major intersections. The ban would force the LRT-MRT system to maximize its capacity, which should be subsidized by government anyway because it saves the metropolitan and national economy billions from shorter commute times and healthier urban air. Of course this can be done if we only had the will and the common sense to rationalize our transport system. We would also have to make sure that urban design catches up with the requirements of increased pedestrian traffic between rail modes of transport. We are sorely lacking in proper, safe, well-lighted and weather-protected pedestrian interconnections, sidewalks and links between different rail-based systems, ground-based systems or parking (for park-andride options). The MMDA is trying its best but what is needed is a set of standards for urban design that is based on a larger master plan for the metropolis. Here we go again. Without proper master plans, a modern code for urban design or an appreciation of how everything is linked together in the complex urban fabric of a crowded city, then we might as well be satisfied with railway dreams.

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train. Every year, too, the trains haul some 1,200,000 tons of freight over some 2,000 miles. These statistics indicate the heavy rail traffic and the importance of railroad in the economics of mass transportation in the Philippines. “It is difficult, of course, to portray these statistics in terms of human interest in the space of a (short article, but a long peek is possible with Tutuban Station). Here, the climate of rail travel is evident. Here is found the melting point of rail

tracks that stretch to the North and to the South. “The Manila Railroad Company (the precursor of the PNR) sits at the helm of the country’s sprawling railroad industry. Its first and last concern is public service.” This public service was best seen in the system’s main terminal — Tutuban Station. The MRR in the ’60s was in the middle of gearing for the swinging ’60s. It had served the Philippines well in the ’50s, expanding its reach and diversifying into support services. The article went on, “The modernization of Tutuban Station is symbolic of the MRR’s progress. Today, 10 new powerful General Electric ‘Streamliners’ rumble

across the tracks at Tutuban.” To show how efficient it was, the report cited, “One diesel-electric locomotive pulling a freight train of 50,000 tons with a crew of five and using one teaspoon of fuel oil per ton-mile is the rough equivalent of 500 trucks with each truck carrying 10 tons.” Imagine if we had kept this system and managed to expand it from the ’60s up to today. We would have reduced drastically the need for cargo and container trucks to enter the metropolis, clog up our roads, hasten the deterioration of pavements and pollute the air. Such a system is acknowledged by the article for its larger contribution to the economy: “The railroads play an important role in the expanding economy of the nation. Products have to be hauled to markets and machinery has to be transported to the different factories and plants scattered throughout the provinces.” The MRR also served the basic transport needs of the general public. “The MRR has done its best to provide efficient rails service to the public. That is its mission. MRR’s nerve center is located at Tutuban station. Here the personnel of the MRR’s main office operate. But Tutuban station is also a fascinating place. Children always find chug-chugging trains exciting objects. Light and shadow play with each other in the station. And the anonymous faces of the crowd hide a hundred secrets, a thousand dreams.” The description continues a la Life magazine: “At Tutuban Station one is met at once by an anonymous mass of faces. The faces belong to the people who are either going or coming. The expressions on the faces are varied. Those who are going to have time to kill waiting for their train have the magazine stand and the juke box … but there are those who wait and think fondly of the joyous moment of reunion with their relatives in the provinces.” Tutuban station was spacious and reasonably comfortable until the early ’60s. Mismanagement and the competition for bus lines, airlines and inter-island ships led to the systems’ almost complete demise. A short-lived revival in the martial law era was … well, short-lived. The PNR rail system is today a mere

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A Filipino-American documentary photographer, Rick Rocamora, and I thought of working on a non-fiction account of the beteranos. I began interviewing a group of veterans who lived in a beat up hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The project eventually fell through. But I never forgot the old men’s voices and their stories. I wrote a short story, “Waiting on Powell Street,” which I later tried to turn into a full-length novel. But in English, the characters would not come alive in my imagination. In fact, they seemed to be rebelling telling me, “Bakit mo kami pinag-IIngles e mga Pinoy kami (Why are you making us speak English when we’re Pinoy).” Shifting to Pilipino opened the door for me. The stories of Fidel, Ruben, Badong, Major Amor and Ciriaco were based on the conversations I had with the former guerrillas who made San Francisco their home away from home. I left the San Francisco Chronicle last year, but still work as a journalist in downtown San Francisco. Occasionally, I stop by the Cable Car station where I still see them, the guerrillas of Powell Street still hang-

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ing out, still telling one another about their latest misadventures in America. Still waiting. Sometimes, a few of them just stand there on that busy corner of San Francisco, letting time pass, waiting for night to fall. The author is a Filipino journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His first novel “Mga Gerilya sa Powell Street” will be staged by the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Pilipino from Nov. 7 to 30. Visit www.tanghalangpilipino. com or call 832-3661 for performance schedule.

Filipino veterans in America: The untold stories of war
By Benjamin Pimentel Philstar, October 19, 2008 I had just started working for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1993 when I began noticing the old men hanging out near the BART train station on Powell Street, right next to the famous Cable Car stop in downtown San Francisco. I would see them chatting, playing chess or simply watching the action on the busy intersection. On days longtime San Francisco residents would consider warm, the old guys new battle as old men. Many of them came to America battling an illness of some sort. They had no family with them in a foreign country. At a time when they should be enjoying life as retirees, spending it with their children and grandchildren, or just kicking back to appreciate their golden years, they came to America so they could earn dollars for their families or maybe even help them immigrate. The veterans faced a tough bind. Although their service during the war entitled them to citizenship, it did not give them all the regular benefits of an American military veteran. They received supplemental security income (also known as SSI), which in California meant roughly $600 a month. But they could get that amount only if they stay. They give that up if they decide to return home. So they had no choice if they wanted to send funds back to their families in the Philippines. And then there’s this: To be able to send as much money as they can, they would have to survive on less than $600 a month. In San Francisco, that is virtually impossible to do. But the Pinoy veterans have been doing that for more than a decade now, mainly by sticking together, sharing a room with five, sometimes ten, other people, eating at soup kitchens. Often, they endure hunger and the cold. By the mid-90s, the plight of the veterans had attracted the attention of many Filipino Americans who joined and even led the fight for an Equity Bill – a law that would grant the beteranos the same benefits enjoyed by other U.S. military veterans. The campaign drew prominent Filipino Americans. Ret. General Antonio Taguba gained fame for exposing the abuses at the Abu Graib prison in Iraq. The actor Lou Diamond Phillips has become one of the most outspoken advocates for the veterans. “This has been an egregious oversight,” he told me in an interview a couple of years ago for the San Francisco Chronicle Filipino-American podcast channel, Pinoy Pod. “It’s just wrong. The Philippines has been an ally of the United States. These men, in good faith and in good conscience, fought for the freedom of America. It’s really shameful for the American government not to recognize these people.” In September, the fight bore fruit when the US House of Representatives approved a lump sum pension of up to $15,000. The US Senate also approved legislation that would give monthly pensions to the veterans, including a reduced amount to those living in the Philippines. Neither bill was what many veterans and their supporters were looking for. But California Congressman Bob Filner, a staunch ally of the veterans, told the New York Times, “It was something we could get done.” I started writing about the beteranos for the San Francisco Chronicle shortly after they began hanging out on Powell Street. I still remember the words of Sergio Quinial who summed up a common sentiment shared by the veterans: “We can solve our problems here in America, except loneliness.” One of my stories focused on a dilemma many veterans were facing by the late 1990s. It was underscored

by what happened to one of their comrades, Ciriaco Punla, a friendly and popular beterano who was an enthusiastic advocate of the Equity Bill. But by the late 1990s, his health was failing in the cold, damp weather of San Francisco. When he died, his family was faced with a problem: They knew Ciriaco wanted to be buried in his homeland, but they weren’t sure they could raise the money to ship his body back. The only viable option, it seemed, was cremation. That was what happened to other beteranos who died while waiting for the Equity Bill to pass. But eventually, the beteranos and their supporters managed to raise the money to send Ciriaco home so he can be buried in the Philippines. “Punla just couldn’t hang on, I guess,” Magdaleno Duenas told me, shaking his head as he remembered his friend and comrade. “He just couldn’t hang on.” A thin man who walks with hunched shoulders, Duenas had been a daring guerrilla fighter during the war. He was considered a hero. “I don’t want to be burned, to be turned to ashes,’’ he said. “I want to be put in a concrete grave where my relatives can say prayers for me – just like the way it’s done in the Philippines.” Fortunately, Duenas got his wish. He died a few years ago and was buried in at the Veterans cemetery in Los Baños.

wore sweaters, sometimes even thick jackets. Occasionally, I would hear them laughing and joking in Tagalog as I walked by on the way to work. They seemed happy, these tambays who shared stories and sometimes lewd jokes. Only later did I realize how much pain many of them endured. They had started arriving after 1989 when thousands of Filipino World War II veterans who fought alongside US forces against the Japanese in the Philippines finally were granted the opportunity to become American citizens. That was the promise made to them when the war began. It took half a century for Washington to make good on that vow. The passing of the law was understandably seen as a victory for the Filipino-American community. But it soon became clear that the law was not enough. Many of the veterans who moved to the United States had friends and relatives ready to welcome them here. But others had no one. For these men, coming to America was a bold, even scary, adventure. More often than not, for many of them, it was a final mission. Leaving home to seek better opportunities and to provide for loved ones back home has been a central part of our story as a nation over the past century. There were the manongs who worked as field hands and cannery workers on the US West Coast in the first half of the 20th century. There were the men and women who found work as health care workers, domestic helpers and even entertainers in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries, Hong Kong, Japan and Europe. But the beteranos on Powell Street took on a much tougher task. The manongs who worked the fields of California and Washington State, and the nurses and domestic helpers who sought to make their fortunes in the Middle East and Europe, ventured into those lands as young men and women. The beteranos plunged into their

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ROSES & THORNS By Alejandro R. Roces Philstar, October 18, 2008

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ish word for “lace”. Combined, “masskara” then means three “mass of faces”. Masskara is also an inflection of the Tagalog word “mascara”, meaning “mask”, a reference to the giant, smiling masks in varied hues, shapes and sizes used by dancers in brightlycolored costumes during the daily street-dancing parades.

Our country constitutes an archipelago of 7,107 islands which are divided into three main groups Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. In each island group, there is an abundance of places worth visiting, each one promising a unique and exciting experience. In the Visayas, situated on the northwestern part of the island of Negros bounded by the Guimaras Strait on the west, the municipality of Talisay on the north, the municipality of Murcia on the east, and Bago City on the South, lies what is dubbed as the “City of Smiles”. There is almost idyllic feel to its surroundings. The place has a cool and invigorating climate with abundant rainfall which probably contributes to the cheerful disposition of its people. It is therefore no surprise that it once topped a survey by Money Sense Magazine as the “Best Place to Live in the Philippines”. Bacolod is one of our country’s most progressive and elite cities. It is best known for being our country’s Sugar Bowl. Along its highways, sugarcane plantations are a common sight. Bacolod was derived from the Hiligaynon word bakolod — meaning “stonehill” because the settlement was founded in 1770 on

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a stony, hilly area, now the district of Granada. However, due to Muslim raids that frequently occurred in 1787, Bacolod was transferred towards the shoreline. The old site became known as Da-an Banwa, meaning “old town”. Bacolod is also known for its world-famous Masskara Festival. It is a yearly event, commencing at the start of October and culminating on the weekend nearest October 19th, the city’s Charter Day. The term Masskara has a double meaning. It is a combination of the English word “mass” or many and “kara”, the Span-

The festival first began in 1980 during a time of crisis and tragedy for Bacolod. It was when the price of sugar, the flagship industry of the province, fell to an all-time low due to the introduction of cheaper sugar substitutes from other countries. Then, on April 22 of that year, the inter-island vessel M/V Don Juan collided with the tanker Tacloban City and sank. An estimated 700 people died, including those coming from prominent families in Bacolod. In the midst of the gloomy atmosphere that enveloped the city, its officials and civic leaders decided to hold a festival which they hoped will uplift the spirits of their downhearted people. Thus, the Masskara Festival was born. Since its inception, the festival continues to be one of our country’s grandest and most joyous events, belying the depressing circumstances on which it was founded. Beyond the fun and excitement that the Masskara Festival brings however, it should also serve as a symbol of hope and courage for all of us. Life will always be a constant struggle. But we can always emulate the people of Bacolod who, even through life’s adversities, have dreaded a city of smiling faces.

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nesses, some of which were sold and some he lost because of labor problems. As entrepreneurs, these are the risks. Even until today, despite his illness, he continues to think of projects, like helping build the victory church in the Fort. He has come out with world class coffee table books. The fore edge painting on the book entitled “Visions of the Possible” and some Malacañang Palace books are creations of Jose Orosa. Having this original design in all of Asia, “Visions of the Possible” won Best Books National Bookstore Awards for Best Book Design. The award giving body said nothing came close to it. One can easily give up hope or blame God for all the unfortunate events in life, but Jose Orosa continues to maintain a positive outlook in life. In his own way, he continues to fulfill his purpose in life. Former President Corazon Aquino, who was also diagnosed with colon cancer, continues to serve the people with her ‘Pinoy Me’ foundation that helps the microentrepreneurs in terms of financing and business advice. She is still out there trying to help Filipinos not lose hope. Recently, I have come to know of a non-profit organization called ATRIEV. It was established by visually impaired computer
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ASK GONEGOSYO By Joey Concepcion PhilStar The column last week touched on the question of whether or not Ninoy’s death was a waste. We received a lot of positive feedback from readers and most of them agreed that Ninoy’s death did change a lot of this for this country. Democracy, for one, is an example and sometimes, we have too much of it in a way. Let us try to relate this to God’s purpose for us — how we came to this earth to do what purpose. Many years ago, I chanced upon a book entitled “Into the Light”. It was about a woman who had a near death experience. She recounts how she died, what was shown to her by the angels, and how life in heaven was like. But, what struck me most is what she said, that we already pre-existed as spirits. She said we were brought to earth to experience an earthly life that will help us develop as better people. It was quite sometime ago when I read this book. There are some people who are still not able to identify their purpose in life. They might be lost and unhappy. For those who have found their purpose, happiness is a constant and their lives are full of energy. My father in law, Jose Orosa, who celebrated his birthday yesterday, turned 69 years old. About a year ago, he was diagnosed with a stage four colon cancer. He went through two operations, one in the liver and one in the colon, and chemotherapy. For eight months it was quite challenging for him, but he was able to pull through and the cancer went on remission for about four months. Just recently, the cancer returned. What inspires me about him is that he continues to keep a positive attitude despite all these challenges. Way back during his younger years, he started many corporations, House of Rugs, Admacor and a number of handicraft busi-

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Eastern Samar’s V-Governor visits San Diego
By J’Son Mira Misa- Samarenos residing in San Diego County enthusiastically welcomed the visit of Eastern Samar’s, 2nd termer, Vice Governor Leander Geli. U.S. Coast Guard retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Proceso Paligutan and his lovely wife. Cecilia, was quick to organize his fellow Samarenos to welcome a hearty luncheon party in their posh residence in Mira Mesa, for their beloved vice governors’ unexpected and short visit, last Sunday, October 18, 2008. A group of more than thirty people “Meet and Greet” with hugs and kisses to the surprise of the young politician, to see many of his friends from the island of Samar, now residing in San Diego. Foremost among the attendees were; Dr. Bea Bianes and her husbands’ Vic, Atty. Radie Paligutan, U.S. coast Guard retired Master Chief Tony Javier, and U.S. Coast Guard retired Senior Chief Boatswain Mate Julian Ortiz and his beautiful wife, Alice. Samarenos were glad to hear the report of their vice governor that most of Eastern Samar’s national roads are now concreted, some provincial roads are asphalted, while some roads in the baranggays are now being repaired and rehabilitated. He promised to his constituents to help their hard working Governor Ben Evardone in making all roads passable in their province to bring progress, and bring the government within reach of the people. The Vice Governor also reported, “In the past, we have to travel numbers of hours by land from Eastern Samar to Tacloban City in Leyte and vice versa, for a flight to Manila. The opening of the airport outside the city of Borongan now offers two flights every week, Manila-Borongan and back.” He continued, “This direct flight of commercial airlines is a breakthrough in our midst that will kick-off our resource-rich province to be a power house in the Visayas. I do believe, this will make Guiuan a surfing haven for young foreign and local tourists.” He then urged all his “Kababayans” to come and see the beautiful island of Samar. Everyone in the party acknowledged that the Vice Governor is not alone in his bid to focus their attention in the province high growth course. Samarenos believed that with the airlines doing business in the capital city amid signs of economic turnaround worldwide, Eastern Samar will positively emerge as a business and a new tourism haven in the country. The luncheon party of the Vice

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Imperial Beach Sports Park grand reopening and skatepark fundraiser to be held Oct. 25
The Imperial Beach Sports Park will be holding its grand re-opening on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with an open house, there will be a pro-skating demonstration and fundraiser organized by IB 4 a Skate Park on the site of the future Skate Park behind the Sports Park gymnasium. The open house will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. after which the public will be invited to tour the newly renovated Sports Park facility. Improvements to the facility include new paint, lighting and flooring along with enhancements to the gym, game room, teen room and recording studio. Other upgrades include new countertops, pool table, air hockey, foosball, ping pong table, and two new computers for the public’s use along with a 46-inch screen, highdefinition television donated by the Rotary Club of Coronado. The day’s events will also include a professional skateboarding demonstration. For one day the outdoor basketball court at the Sports Park will be transformed into a radical street course where skate teams and professional skaters including Willy Santos, Kien Lieu and other special guests will exhibit their skills to benefit the future Imperial Beach Skate Park. Skateboards, shirts, jackets, hats, backpacks and watches will be raffled off and given away as prizes. The Imperial Beach Sports Park is at 425 Imperial Beach Blvd. in Imperial Beach. For more information about the Sports Park please contact the city at (619) 423-8615. For more information about the proposed Imperial Beach Skate Park or to make a donation, see www.

Governor’s visit was highlighted when he sings a number of songs and accompanied the guitar by himself. Everyone was amazed of the versatility of the vice governor as an accomplished guitarist an a very talented singer.

The visiting dignitary will head for Sacramento on October 19, 2008 and is also scheduled to be the guest speaker during the upcoming Oras-USA town fiesta celebration in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 25, 2008.

Vice Governor is flanked by well wishers during his recent visit to San Diego, (From left to right;) Emeline Geli, Debra Wilson, Vice Governor Leander Geli, Grant Wilson, and host, US Coast Guard retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Proceso Paligutan and Mrs. Cecilia Paligutan.

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crimes. More than thirty states in continental America have currently parental/family involvement laws just like Prop 4 in effect. These States have experienced real reductions in pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases among young girls. A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Arizona was found civilly liable for failing to report the fact that the clinic had performed an abortion on a 13 year old girl who was impregnated by her 23 year old foster brother. The abortion provider did not report the crime, and the young girl was returned to the foster home where she was raped and impregnated a second time. In another case scenario, a father in California cam home unexpectedly early from work one day to find his 15 year old daughter had tried to commit suicide by drug overdose. Only in that way did he learn that the girl had been impregnated by her 33 year old karate instructor. Had her father not come home earlier that day, she would have died. A yes vote… on Prop 4 and Prop 8 really means a lot. Read other propositions and vote wisely for the forthcoming Presidential General Election on November 4, 2008. Register and vote. Remember, California is already a great state, change might not be the answer, reform, maybe, or just simply modification.

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ly member, such as a grandmother, aunt, or sibling rather than a parent. Family involvement laws “Opponents falsely claim that are in effect in the majority of waiting period and parental notification before termination of states and have been in effect for years. There is not even a single minor’s pregnancy will endandocumented instance of a minor ger young girls from abusive being harmed by these laws. homes.” Abortion providers rarely The truth is, if Prop 4 wins, report statutory rape or sexual this will change California’s Constitution prohibiting abortion abuse of minors to child protection services. Instead, they for unemancipated minor until provide a secret, tax-funded 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent, legal guardian, or abortion, and the young girl is returned to the same abusive in limited cases, substitute adult relationship. Secret abortion relative, and provides an excependangers young girls. In fact, tion for medical emergency or most pregnancies of school-age parental waiver. girls in California found that This give girls from abusive over two-thirds were impreghomes the option of having the doctor notify another adult fami- nated by adult men who has By J’Son

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but they were clearly incompatible. Michel left with a broken heart. Last January, I got a surprise email from Michel (whom I interviewed with Pilar for a cover story of Weekend, the Sunday magazine of the Daily Express) who said he was making a sentimental journey to the country that captured his heart and then, sob and sigh, broke it. The other day, Michel called to say that he was back and, together with his Brazilian model-wife of three years, Eloisa Rodriguez Carvalho, 35 (slightly younger than Pilar’s only daughter Pia by former Sen./Vice Pres. Doy Laurel), we had dinner at the famous Korean restaurant Kaya, a stone’s throw from the hotel where the couple were billeted. Time for recollection and Michel’s “coming to terms” with the past. Michel said that he has quit journalism and now runs his own real-estate business based in Ibiza, the foremost European playground of the rich and famous, where he and Eloisa (who quit modeling after they got married three years ago; they first went steady for three years). “I love the Philippines,” said Michel, still looking like Robert DeNiro with his bald pate, “and I wanted my wife to see the most beautiful place where I lived. Every year, Eloisa and I usually visit her family in Brazil but this year, it’s the Philippines for us.” They arrived three weeks ago and they’ve been to Boracay, Palawan and Baguio. Michel also brought Eloisa to the Manila Cathedral (“To show her where I married Pilar”) and even the pension house in Malate, Manila, where he stayed when he came back from Madrid after that “ill-fated” honeymoon. While here, Michel was also interviewed for a book on Don Chino slated for release later this year. “Don Chino was like a father to me,” said Michel who brought with him more than 200 photos of the late freedom-fighter and publisher of the old Manila Times. “We’ll be back for the book-launching.” They should. The truth is that Michel has placed a down payment for a condo unit at an uppity place in Pasig City which, he said, “Eloisa herself wants to interior decorate.” Told that Pilar has found her own happiness with a man also younger than she is, and a preacher like her, Michel smiled. “I’m happy for her.” Asked if he has read Pilar’s revealing autobiography released two years ago (with only a passing mention of their stormy, short-lived marriage), Michel said he was told by friends about it but hasn’t read it. Asked further if he has gotten in touch with Pilar, Michel said no. “The last time I talked to her was when she telephoned me in 1990, asking if I have changed.” Hasn’t he even caught a glimpse of Pilar in the several days he and Eloisa have been here? Michel smiled again. “We did. My friend told me that Pilar is in the TV soap Lobo, so Eloisa and I checked the TV schedule in The STAR and watched it, but only for a while.” So, did he have any regrets having “committed” that marriage? “No,” Michel said, with not a slight tone of bitterness in his voice. “I was 21 then, very young, and I didn’t know any better. I have learned a lot from that experience. I’m a changed man now; I’m mature now, married to a beautiful and wonderful woman to whom I keep no secret. Eloisa knows everything about my past, and vice-versa.” As I dropped Michel and Eloisa off at their hotel and bade them goodbye, I couldn’t help looking back at that Manila Cathedral wedding where the bride keeled over backward in a dead faint. Was it a bad omen? Whatever. Basta, I’m happy for Pilar, I’m happy for Michel. I’m happy that they have found happiness with other partners. I’m glad that, separately, they have come to terms with their respective pasts.

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Michel Ponti comes to terms with the past
FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo Philstar So who’s Michel Ponti and why is he “coming to terms” with the past? A refresher: Twenty years ago, Pilar Pilapil, then 37, married a handsome 21-year-old Spanish journalist who’s a deadringer for Robert DeNiro. The marriage was doomed from the start, with Pilar’s family and relatives absent from the Manila Cathedral where the wedding was solemnized in Oct. 1987 because they frowned on the match. Halfway through the ceremony, the bride, maybe due to exhaustion and anxiety, fell backward on her chair, her head creating an echo inside the cathedral as it hit the pavement, prompting three of the principal sponsors — FPJ, Charito Solis and Dr. Manuel Manahan, all dead — to rush to the altar to help Pilar back on her feet. Two days after the wedding, Elvira Manahan, also one of the sponsors, was killed right in her Forbes Park home. Yes, the groom was Michel Ponti, a good friend of the Roceses (Don Chino and his son Eddie,, who flew in from Tokyo (where he was based for a while) purposely to cover the newly-installed Cory Aquino administration but decided to stay. Then, he met and fell in love with Pilar.

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bor. Love of God finds its profound practical meaning in one’s love of neighbor. In the Mediterranean world loyalty to one’s group, family, clan, tribe or community is sacred. Only in extreme cases would someone sever his ties with his family, community, or tribe. Jesus does not only extend this love of neighbor beyond the confinements of family and community, he also teaches that sincere love of God finds its true fulfillment in one’s love of neighbors, especially, the powerless and the unlovable. One of the preconditions in loving is to experience and accept that one is loved. It is difficult for someone who has not experienced love to love self and others. God loves us with an everlasting love in spite of who we are and what we have done and are doing. Of course, this does not mean that we condone a life of sin and abuse of God’s mercy and forgiveness. As long as we accept God’s everlasting love and ask for his mercy, his love comes into our hearts and flows out into love of neighbors. However, one cannot truly love God without loving self and others. Conversely, one cannot perseveringly and unconditionally love others unless it is deeply rooted in God’s love. Last Sunday, October 19, I baptized Ezra James Barlahan Hansen at St. Michael’s Church, San Diego. Ezra is the first grandson of my sister Fellie and her husband Ernie Barlahan. Ezra’s mother Lovelynn who is my niece and his father Jeff Hansen requested me to do the honor of christening their first-born son. It was a joyful and grace-filled celebration attended by family and friends. Congratulations! May Ezra be showered always with God’s blessings and protection, may he grow up healthy, and live up to his namesakes, the prophet Ezra who kept God’s laws and helped people observe them; the Apostle James, son of Zebedee, and James the Less both were zealous followers of the Lord and faithful in complying with God’s commandments. In celebration of Ezra’s baptism, let me share with you this story that was related by a friend. According to the story, a “balikbayan” after a long absence from the Philippines went home to visit her relatives and friends. Since this expatriate became financially successful in the US she came home with lots of gifts for her family. Her poor sister who throughout her life has worked hard to support her family could not help but notice her rich sister’s fine jewelries. When the rich “balikbayan” asked her poor sister whether she too has any precious jewelry, the poor Filipina answered positively and presented her children as her much-cherished and priceless jewelries! Ezra, like any other child, is a precious jewel. He is God’s loving gift to his grandparents, Fellie and Ernie, Gail and Brian, Uncle Ray and parents, Lovelynn and Jeff. Every child mirrors the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. A child reflects a person’s faith in God the Creator of all that is good, beautiful and truthful; hope in him who provides everything even before we ask it; charity for his everlasting love. A child is all that: a jewel, gift, faith, hope, and charity. Indeed Ezra James is a blissful gift from God who loves us with an everlasting love! Quotation of the week: “By a sweet tongue and kindness, you can drag an elephant with a hair.” Persian Proverb.

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oke of the week: Three men were shipwrecked – a doctor, a minister and a lawyer. They were in a tiny lifeboat; the sea was violent and the waters were infested with sharks. As the lifeboat began to flounder and take on water they began to bail furiously. Finally, one of the men noticed a sign on the boat’s side that read, “Maximum Capacity: 2 Persons.” They decided to draw straws to see which one would have to jump over board. The lawyer drew the short straw and promptly jumped into the water. As he swam from the lifeboat, the sharks rather than attacking drew back to make a path for him. Amazed at what he saw, the doctor turned to the minister and exclaimed, “It’s surely a miracle!” “It’s no miracle,” the minister responded, “just professional courtesy.” Scripture: First Reading: Exodus 22: 20-26. These verses are meant to defend those who are legally helpless. Aliens and foreigners who live in Israel enjoy certain rights. Since they are not given full civic rights on equal footing with Israelites, very often they are victims of exploitation. Jewish Law does not allow Israelites to sell their land to foreigners. With great probability of not owning land, foreigners are vulnerable to exploitation and poverty. To protect these aliens from oppression, Israel does not only state the law, but also gives the reason for its faithful observance: the Israelites who were once aliens in Egypt had experienced God’s compassion. The Israelites as people of a compassionate God should also treat compassionately the resident aliens in their midst. The Israelites should not also abuse the helpless widows, orphans, and the poor,


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because God who is their defender will avenge those who take advantage of this powerless group. Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1: 5c-101. The Thessalonians are cognizant that the Lord will come like a thief in the night. This day of the Lord is a time of punishment for those who live in the darkness of sin and sleep in the darkness of night while living in sin. But for Christians this day of the Lord is a joyful time of salvation and deliverance. This good news for the Christians is due to Christ’s action “who died for us.” Through baptism this saving death becomes effective to Christians who are made children of light. Gospel: Matthew 22: 34-40. Jewish teachers during the time of Christ normally had the responsibility of summarizing the law. In his response to the Pharisees’ question, Jesus proves his fidelity to the Jewish tradition and his commitment to a spirituality that emphasizes the essentials. Reflections: The evangelist Matthew wrote his Gospel right after the traumatic experience of the Israelites caused by the destruction of the Temple, the center of the Jewish religious life. To make up for this spiritual vacuum a coalition of priests, scribes, and Pharisees created a program that centered on the Torah as they interpreted it. The evangelist’s community was another response to the Temple’s destruction. The community considers too the importance of the Torah in its life, but as Jesus interprets it. The command to love God was a commonly held belief among the Jews during the time of Jesus. Jesus probably scandalized his questioners when he put love of God on equal footing with love of neigh-

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Do or diet: Diets for weight management
By Julie Cabatit-Alegre PhilStar The Latest and Greatest WeightLoss Diet — Again?” This was the title of the talk given by Nenette C. Umali, RND, of the St. Luke’s Medical Center’s Obesity and Weight Management Center in the seminar on “Diets for Weight Management,” which was held recently at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City. The seminar was organized by the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a non-profit partnership among industry, academe, and government. “We aim to foster scientific understanding through conferences, workshops, and journals,” Dr. Rodolfo F. Florentino, coordinator of the Philippine committee of the ILSI Southeast Asia Region, explains. “Fad diets often sound good,” Umali notes, “but typically fall short of delivering on their promises. Some interventions entail greater dangers than the risk of being overweight. The negative effects must be carefully considered before embarking on any weight loss program.” Umali gave some simple guidelines for identifying fad diets and other weight-loss scams. If they promote dramatic and rapid weight loss, you have to wonder and to question, she said. Ideal weight loss should be gradual and should not exceed two pounds per week. Be wary if they promote diets that are nutritionally unbalanced or extremely low in calories, such as the so-called “starvation diet” or the “no diet diet.” You should be able to get a balanced assortment of vitamins and minerals from a variety of foods. And you should drink at least one liter of water daily. Liquid formulas do not make a good replacement for a regular or a balanced meal. Foods should accommodate a person’s ethnic background, taste preferences, as well as financial means. Often, it is more expensive to go “on diet,” Umali observes. Programs should teach clients how to make good choices from the

with weight loss in general, or the specific program being promoted; or if they promote unproven or spurious weight loss aids and gimmicks such as the use of belts or creams or certain passive exercises. “How can you expect to lose weight if you are just sitting on a chair?” Umali asks. Hot baths, for example, neither speed up metabolism nor melt fat. It just makes you dehydrated, so you lose water weight, not fat. “It’s a simple mathematical equation,” Umali explains, “energy in, plus energy out, equals energy balance. The reality, of course, is much more complex. If energy intake is too low or if too little carbohydrate or protein is supplied, the body must degrade its own lean tissue to meet its glucose and protein needs. If energy intake is too high, the body stores fat. The weight appropriate for an individual depends largely on factors specific to the individual, including body fat distribution, family health history, and current health status. At the extremes, both overweight and underweight carry clear risks to health.” Balance is key. Pediatric-endocrinologist, Dr. Sioksuan Chan-Chua of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity, agrees. The good thing about addressing the problem early among young children is that it is still reversible. Dietary management is important as well as physical activity and behavioral intervention. “We need to take control of our life,” says Dr. Chua. “No one can have 100-percent control, but at least, 80 percent.” Avoid excess. “The focus should be on health, not weight,” says Dr. Biecenda Varona, nutrition and healthy lifestyle consultant. As a health educator, Dr. Varona notes the huge popularity of nutrition and diet books, based on the number of books on this subject on sale at popular bookstores. “People are looking for quick, effortless ways to lose weight, and some preach what people desperately want to hear,” she observes. “We have the power to think; to choose intelligently. We need to feed our minds, before we can change our diet.” Many success stories, she

notes, involve weight management programs where hope is incorporated in the program. Attention should also be given to our psychological as well as emotional health. “We are

hardwired for a better life.”It is not a good weight management program if it fails to provide for weight maintenance after the program ends, Umali warns. “Any diet will work,”

she says, “but its value lies in its ability to maintain weight loss and provide good health.”

conventional food supply and not attempt to make them dependent on special foods or devices. It is not a good program if they fail to encourage permanent, realistic lifestyle changes. Programs should provide physical activity plans that involve spending at least 300 calories a day and behavior modification strategies that help to correct poor eating habits. Beware if they misrepresent sales people as “counselors” supposedly qualified to give guidance in nutrition or general health; or if they collect large sums of money at the start or require that clients sign contracts for expensive, long-term programs. Take note if they fail to inform clients of the risks associated

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and learn that smiles are not just worn on faces but also typed as :-) and “cyber hugs” replace traditional handshakes. Aside from electronic voting, which is still ongoing, Speaker Prospero Nograles has revealed that they also intend to expand the services of the House of Representatives’ website to “foster intraand inter-connectivity” both in and out of the halls of Congress. “Before the year ends, we would have expanded the capacity of our website to provide each congress-

man and each committee with an interactive portal so that the public can engage our members and our committees in online dialogues,” he told the Manila Overseas Press Club. Not that “ROFL,” chat lingo that means “rolling on the floor laughing,” might soon be changed to ROHFL (rolling on the House floor laughing), this is serious stuff – part of the chamber’s “transparency program” to make the public aware of what their representatives are doing. The chamber, under Nograles’ leadership, will also venture into making public all documents that every interested constituent needs. “Our congressional journals and records and all laws and resolu-

account for the use of the pork barrel funds in their districts,” said Nograles. “This fulfills our commitment to ensure full transparency and accountability in the allocation and use of pork barrel in our districts,” he said. Pork barrel has always been associated with controversy and seen as the source of corruption among lawmakers. Next in the pipeline for the House is television coverage of what is going on in the chamber, both in committee hearings and in the plenary, where the most controversial measures are debated on by administration and opposition lawmakers. “Before the year ends, we shall broadcast live coverage of our activities in plenary. Through media, our people can virtually be brought into the committees and in plenary sessions to witness for themselves how their representatives perform their duties,” Nograles said.

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love and not to forget the country where they came from. According to Tony Meloto, Dylan is what people may call as the entrepreneur from the poor for the poor. Sometimes, as I look back, I never thought I would write a column as my spelling is bad and I never got good grades in grammar. Even thinking of starting the Go Negosyo advocacy was far for my mind. But, we all have our purposes in life. We just need to find it and fulfill it to the best that we can. Even if this column does not inspire you enough to start your own business, I hope that at least it will give you some encouragement to find your own purpose in life. Life will be full of challenges. Sometimes, people are born with wealth and health while others are not. Some countries are given greater resources, like oil. As the lady who experienced near death, she mentioned that angels showed her that we are all called to come to earth to be able to learn and turn our weaknesses into strengths. Life is indeed a journey to those who are like Jose Orosa and former President Cory Aquino. They now face a greater challenge, and still they are able to continue God’s purpose for them. They are truly an inspiration.

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enthusiasts Tony Llanes and Carol Catacutan. ATRIEV is the Adaptive Technology Training, Resource and Access Center. It is a non-profit organization that helps visually impaired persons to have access to college education, employment and other opportunities with the use of technology. ATRIEV has helped people like Marx Melencio, as I have also mentioned him in a few of my previous columns. Marx is a young man who lost his eyesight five years ago after being shot. And yet, he did not dwell on his misfortune. Today, Marx has an IT research company, employing about 89 people (around 17 of which are also blind). With the

impaired. Another story, as we all know, is Tony Meloto’s purpose in promoting ‘hope for the hopeless and land for the landless’ through Gawad Kalinga. Tony also finds himself with a son-in-law who has also found his purpose in life. Dylan Wilk, grew up poor in Leeds, England. At the age of 20, he started a computer games marketing company with a business loan of 2,500 pounds from the Prince of Wales Foundation. Dylan’s company, Gameplay, became the biggest in its field. As he became a very successful entrepreneur in London, he sold his business at the age of 25 to focus on community service and social work. He became an icon for the Prince of Wales Foundation, until he came to Manila. He met the Gawad Kalinga community and built his first village – the BMW-GK Village, which was from the proceeds of his brand new BMW that he sold to raise funds for GK. With this, he fell in love with the poor Filipinos, with the Philippines and with Tony Meloto’s daughter. He has also found his purpose in life, which was to help the poor in the Philippines. He embraced Tony’s advocacy and married his daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Wilk are now in Canada on a 30-day bus trip that was initiated to inspire Filipinos to

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Hundreds of people are expected to immerse themselves in the dance, art and cuisine of Portugal, known for its warm hospitality, panoramic locales and rich historical legacy. Museum guests delight in the tantalizing flavors of Portugal’s cuisine, as well as the colorful sights and sounds of Portuguese culture with live performances from local artists and musicians. Continue the Halloween fun through the weekend with an exciting El Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead” celebration for members on Sunday, November 2, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This family event features altars created by local artists in the California Plaza, open for free public viewing all day. From noon to 4:00 p.m. , in the Museum, enjoy family-friendly crafts, refreshments and a chance to meet the artists who create the altars. In addition, there are opportunities to purchase Day of the Dead–themed collectibles. Family Day events are free for members and included in regular paid admission to the Museum for non-members. Located beneath the landmark California Tower in Balboa Park, the Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call (619) 239-2001 or visit the Museum of Man’s website at 28 OCT, TUESDAY 28.OCT.08 SCORE: SURVIVE, THRIVE AND GROW DURING THE RECESSION. Get essential information on how to. . .Survive, Thrive and Grow During the Recession An Interactive, Creative, Practical Discussion for Business Owners on Getting Through the Current Economic Slowdown on uesday, October 28 from 9:30 am - 12:00 noon a the SCORE Entrepreneur Center 550 West C Street, #550, San Diego, CA 92101. Located between India and Columbia Streets in Downtown San Diego, inside the SBA office. $39 Pre-Paid / $49 On-Site. In earlier recessions many businesses failed. This time, you need to be proactive, and you need answers! 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