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HELSINKI - Ballet Philippines’ principal dancers Candice Adea and Jean Marc “JM” Cordero won the top prizes at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition on June 7. Adea won first prize for Seniors: Ladies (8000 euro) while her dance partner and

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Philippine Daily Inquirer | MANILA, 6/19/2012 -- Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is living up to its promise of becoming a premium export product as its overseas sales more than doubled in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said. Administrator Euclides G.

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by Aurea Calica, The Philippine Star | Manila, Philippines, 6/19/2012 - President Aquino signed into law yes(Outrigger) terday two bills aimed to curb money laundering and spare “Maging katig” means being in a constant state of mission. the Philippines from being put on a blacklist by the Parisby Issa Cuevas-Santos based Financial Action Task Katig Force (FATF). Presidential spokesman There I was on an Edwin Lacierda said in a outrigger boat to Masbate, statement that the signing of marvelling at the pristine the two bills was a major step waters, the clear blue forward in enhancing transskies and cloud formaparency and accountability. tions, and the breathtakThe two laws signed were ing islands. This was the “Act To Further Strengthmy much needed quiet en the Anti-Money Laundertime, heart almost near ing Law” and “The Terrorism bursting as I recalled how Financing Prevention And the world recognized the Suppression Act of 2012.” humble but heroic work “Both will strengthen the capability of government to that is GK during the 2012 Skoll World Forum. It felt like a walk identify and prevent financial through history and into the future, an almost 12 year journey of transactions related to illefaithfulness, seeing God’s hand moving throughout my own pergal activities and those that sonal history, the history of GK and our nation – all so intimately undermine global security. intertwined in His grand plan. These qualify as two out of As I was pondering and searching my heart, I found myself three reforms needed for the strangely attracted to the outrigger, more worn out than the rest of country’s compliance with the the boat, weary from the non-stop onslaught of the big waves as we international standards set by traversed for almost three hours. the FATF of the OECD (Organization for Economic Coop“Maging katig.” eration and Development),” Lacierda said. It is the answer to two questions I’ve been asking lately – how “It is likewise an affirmadid we get here, and what will continue to propel our work fortion of the administration’s ward? commitment to accountability It is the call to be an outrigger - not to be the engine to steer or and transparency which is control where to go, but to simply be that source of balance and a cornerstone of our goverstability. And what I have seen and witnessed since that fateful Issa Cuevas Santos, blogger ( http:// nance,” he said. day en route to Masbate have only affirmed what the Lord has been The terrorist financing pretrying to say. vention and suppression bill is In rough seas, it is the outrigger that gets a beating from the (Continued on page 16) one of three measures that the waves, but that is essential to keep the boat afloat. “Maging katig” FATF wants the Philippines to pass as a condition for the country to not be put on a blacklist. Tagalog to English translation: (v) To move forward; to champion Under the bill, any person myself with or being a part of the Fili- who provides, collects or uses Virgil Yalong’s Speech at the American of Filipino ancestry or in pino American community. Beyond other words an American of Filipino property or funds to carry out Fil-Am Fest Gala that if others believe that my upbring- or facilitate the commission of decent. Before I ing and life a terrorist act would face long begin, I must in America prison term and P500,000 point out my makes me less to P1 million in fines. Constance and of a Filipino spiracy to provide terrorist understandthen I would financing was also included ing of what stand my as a crime in the bill. Properit means to ground and ties or funds found used for be Filipino say they’re terrorist financing or terrorist or Filipino wrong. acts would be subject to civil American. If others say, forfeiture proceedings. First and that my inCongress also passed the Virgil Yalong (left) at the FilAm Gala (Photos courtesy of Rudy Avenido) ability to speak foremost, I amendments to AMLA to the mother tongue makes me less Filipino was born in the United States to my That in its simplest form is what parents who were naturalized citizens makes me a Filipino American and (Continued on page 4) (Continued on page 19) of Filipino decent making me an stems as the reason why I identify


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By Dennis E. Chua, Esq. On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced that its administration will stop deporting illegal immigrants who entered the country as children. These individuals will also be allowed to get work permits to enable them to work and get a driver’s license. These individuals must file a request for deferred action with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Once the request is granted, they will be able to continue staying in the US for a period of two years without threat of deportation. In order to qualify for this type of Deferred Action, the individual must: (1) be between the ages of 16 and 30 as of June 15, 2012; (2) have entered the United States while he/she was below 16 years of age; (3) be present in the US for five years as of June 15, 2012 have maintained continuous residence; (4) be currently in school, have graduated, have a GED, or have honorably discharged from the military; (5) not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or multiple minor misdemeanors. This policy change will also benefit qualified individuals who are already in removal proceedings and those who have a final order of removal/deportation. The DHS will be coming up with the rules and guidelines on how to proceed within 60 days from its announcement. The President’s announcement has been greeted with both joy and skepticism. This announcement has given hope to about an estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants. Hope - that they would be able to lead normal lives without fear of deportation. However, the grant of a request for deferred action will not give these individuals permanent residency or will it grant them US citizenship. It is therefore NOT AMNESTY. Despite this policy change, uncertainty still looms for these individuals. Will the policy change ever be implemented before the Presidential elections? Immediately after its announcement, conservatives have threatened to file lawsuits challenging the legalilty of this policy change. If President Obama is not re-elected, will Mitt Romney honor the grant of deferred actions made by the Obama administration or will he just revoke the policy and start deporting those who have availed of this policy change. That we will never know until after the November elections. Atty. Dennis E. Chua is a partner in The Law Firm of Chua Tinsay and Vega (CTV) - a full service law firm with offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Manila. The information presented in this article is for general information only and is not, nor intended to be, formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. The CTV attorneys will be holding regular free legal clinic at the Max’s Restaurant in Vallejo, California every last Monday of the month. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation to discuss your particular situation and/or how their services may be retained at (415) 495-8088; (619) 955-6277; (916)509-7280 Dchua@

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(We are very proud of them),” Celine Railonkoski, a long-time Pinoy resident, said after watching the performance. Ticket prices for the performances ranged from 25 to 150 euros. Tessie Ruutu, cultural director (Continued from page 1) of the Finnish-Philippine Association ry who sat in the fourth row said countries. In the senior and she was nervous and excited before junior division, the top male the results were announced, “para and female dancers received na akong hihimatayin sa kaba” (I prizes worth over 55,000 euro. almost fainted with excitement). During the Gala Award Night, the Now, she and the 2,000-strong winning pair performed the classiPinoy community are just looking cal ballet “Diana ja Acteon” pas de forward to celebrating the Philipdeux, which Finnish dancer and pines Independence Day party in professor Jorma Uotinen widely ap- Finland with Adea and Cordero perplauded and described as a “dream, forming a special dance on June 10. delicate, and achingly beautiful”. HIBC 2012 guest blogger Johanna Aurava heaped praises for the secAsian Journal San Diego ond time on their final performance. “Magical was no other than my early favorite, Candice Adea. Again. She danced her Diana and Actéon variation with such technical purity, on exquisite expression and warmth.. asianjournal I think most of the audience has already fallen in love with her! Adea and her now non-competing partner had also one of the scariest over-head lifts, which had one of my back-stage friends praying for their safety! If Ms. Adea doesn’t place high, I should be very surprised,” Aurava said. Deputy Principal Arja Tervo from Finland’s Ballet School commented: “...they (Candice and JM) reached out to the audience and touch their hearts....they made us feel special.” “PILIPINAS we got the GOLD and the BEST PAS DE DEUX TECHNIQUE award ,“ Candice thanked her fans through her Facebook fan page. “Thank you Lord for being there every step of the way.” “We came here to just give our best,” Cordero said earlier in an interview with ABS-CBN News. “We are truly satisfied with the results and... overjoyed,” Victor Ursabia smiled to the Pinoys who congratulated him right after the results were announced. “The women’s race was tight... but Candice Adea’s virtuosity was dazzling,” Mika Saarelainen from a leading Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat wrote. The competition’s top prize, the Gloria Grand Prix, worth 15 000 euro went to Chinese Yun Wang, 23, who won 7 of the ballet competition prizes. Finnish National Ballet dancer and homegrown favorite Maria Baranova, 2009 Junior First Prize winner, came second and third went to Belarusian Ekaterina Oleynik. Meanwhile, the Senior Men’s category was not awarded any First Prize, at all. Instead, two competitors were placed second -- Rodrigo Almarales Cuba and China‘s Ruichen Sun. “We are not just looking at the highest jumps and the perfect pirouttes, we also want to see depth and passion,” Kenneth Greve, Director of the National Ballet of Finland, summarized the jury’s decision. The elegant Gala was hosted by well-known Finnish performance artists Uotinen and Minna Tervamäki. World famous ballerina Barbora Kohoutková also performed with the National Ballet. The National Opera was full and corporate sponsers were highly visible. No less than Finland’s former President Tarja Halonen graced the final round last June 4. Professor Doris Laine-Almi, who is credited for starting the Helsinki International Ballet Competition was present in the preliminaries. ‘Proud na proud tayo sa kanila

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taking VCO showed elevated high density lipoprotein, or good cholesterol. The subjects’ triglycerides and very low density lipoprotein, considered bad cholesterol, also decreased. No change was seen in low density lipoprotein. Virgin coconut oil is obtained from fresh and mature kernels of the coconut by mechanical or natural means, with or without the use of heat, and is suitable for consumption without further processing. Kristine L. Alave

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then I would say they’re wrong. If they were to say to me that living in America and never stepping foot in the Philippines itself make me less Filipino, again I would stand my ground and say to them that they are wrong. If any person stood in front of me today and identified his self as a Filipino I would accept them as a kababayan. If that is wrong then I ask, if a man couldn’t speak at all does that make him less human? Is a man less of a man if he couldn’t step foot unto his mother’s country because he couldn’t walk? What if anything makes a man less human than any other? What makes anybody more Filipino, or more American than any other? The point that I am making is that there is no quantifiable measure that can justify the statement of being a “true” Filipino, nor a “true” American. Ako ay Filipino. I am American. My name is Virgil Yalong. What is quantifiable and what I do look to define are peoples active involvement in their “self identified” Filipino American Community. So the question is are We “truly” active? Are we 100 percent involved? It is without a doubt that our Filipino American Community has worked hard to achieve success in our beloved San Diego. Many of us have had the pleasure of working and living towards that success and being recognized for it. From the Philippines we carried with us a strong work ethic and the spirit of bayanihan. Our pride swells when we see our fellow filipinos flourish in the American limelight but just as much as we have accomplished, we are not even close to being halfway to where we could be as a community in our beloved San Diego. [As we know, second place and leaving it in the hands of the judges isn’t enough…] Trouble and strife within our community and organizations have set us back from achieving the progress that we can make. We, and I say “we” because I too am a perpetrator of this trouble, we come together at the table and some hold our tongues out of respect while others lash out in spite, we brandish words that have us nodding our heads in agreement like, collaboration, bayanihan, and even

the word one or as one or be one. But lets not kid our selves, “One” can never be part of our working vocabulary, how can we be one when our mother country is one thousand islands? Regions and dialects separate us and that regional(Continued on page 7)

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to the U.S.-Mexico border and from the Pacific Ocean to the eastern foothills. When completed in approximately six weeks, the five-inch diameter well will be one of the deepest in the region at a depth of between 1,200 and 1,500 feet. The monitoring or “test” well will evaluate the quality of the water. If SAN DIEGO – The slogan “Drill, determined feasible to advance to Baby, Drill” takes on a whole new the next phase, the City will drill meaning as the City of San Diego toanother well known as a ‘pilot proday launched a new test well drilling duction well’ to field test the aquifer project in the quest to develop new over a period of one to two years by water sources and storage. Squeezed applying a regulated stress through by increasing costs for imported pumping to determine aquifer water, and faced with the uncertainty performance and long-term sustainof future water reliability by being ability while delivering the groundat the “end” of the imported water water for beneficial use. The ‘pilot pipeline, the City has been investiproduction well’ evaluations will gating the feasibility of increasing determine the viability of procedlocal water supplies with a number ing to the final phase and installing of projects, from water purification, a permanent full-scale groundwater recycled water and groundwater deproduction well field in the San velopment. The test well could lead Diego Formation. The San Diego to a new water source that, comFormation may also be evaluated for bined with other local efforts, could Aquifer Storage and Recovery. provide San Diegans with a more “We’re very excited about the sustainable, local water supply. prospects of this test well,” said “It’s no secret that we are far too Project Manager Gregory Cross with reliant on imported water and we the City’s Public Utilities Departneed to have more control over ment. “The water quality could our future water supplies,” said range from very high, which could San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. ultimately be added directly to the “We’re exploring many avenues to City’s water distribution system incrementally decrease our need with disinfection, or it could require to purchase water that is subject to additional treatment with memdrought, periodic cutbacks and outbranes to remove salts. Either way, of-control price increases,” added we’re hopeful that this first phase of Sanders. exploration could lead to full-scale Dubbed the 32nd Street Test Well production of new water,” added Project, the exploratory well will Cross. be located on undeveloped land in The 32nd Street Test Well Project Golden Hill on 32nd Street between is one of many projects the City is C Street and Highway 94. The well undertaking that explores the feais being drilled into a deep coastalsibility of developing groundwater plain aquifer system that underlies resources. Other groundwater basins the southern metropolitan coastal that are being explored in much the area, known as the San Diego same way include the San Pasqual Formation. This groundwater basin Basin, Mission Valley Basin, and the roughly spans a distance from the Tijuana Basin. The City is also exCity of San Diego downtown area ploring the feasibility of expanding groundwater production operations in the Santee-El Monte Basin where Follow @asianjournal it currently has municipal supply on Twitter

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dination of thousands of helicopter flights to ferry crews and material to the construction sites along the route.” Capable of bringing initially up to 800 megawatts of additional imported power into San Diego, the Sunrise Powerlink will play an especially important role this summer, as the line was originally designed to do. The transmission line will eventually carry 1,000 megawatts of power, or enough energy to serve 650,000 homes. SDG&E and the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), the agency that manages most of the statewide grid, consider the Sunrise Powerlink one of the important mitigation measures that will help maintain electric reliability during heat waves without power from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. “The timing for completion of this important new transmission artery could not come at a more critical time,” said Steve Berberich, president and chief executive officer of the ISO. “Sunrise Powerlink is more valuable today than when it was conceived because of the significant reliability benefits it brings helping to compensate for the loss of power from the San Onofre power plant
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recalled the taunts from the playground bullies of her childhood and the remarks in college about who she was really, Pasquil confronted the memories by sharing with the audience a speech she has rehearsed in her mind, “I am a proud third-generation Filipino but I am proud of the story I have and I am somebody.” It is the narrative she continues to tell the youth today. “You have to tell your story,” insisted Pasquil during the keynote address at the evening gala held at the Jacobs Center last June 14, 2012 for the benefit of the Fil-Am Festival in October. “I come from a family of field workers. My grandfather was a Philippine scout. Our family was one of two Filipino American families that celebrate their own heritage and pride in who they are. Fil-Am Fest has grown to become one of the largest street festivals in the State of California according to its original sponsor Councilman Tony Young and his former assistant Joanne Fields who were two of the honorees that evening among many others. Here was the Honorable Mona Pasquil telling the incredible story about her journey from anonymity to power as she rose to become a political adviser to many California statemen in the subtext of her identity. That she holds the distinction of holding the highest political office in the state at one time was the footnote to the speech. For Pasquil, this was the time to talk the talk, walk the

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Mona Pasquil grew up three generations removed from her roots. The Filipina American recalled how she grew up in a small farming town in California where talk of being anything out of the mainstream was best left out in the fields and out of the polite confines of cocktail parties and familiar discussions around dinner tables. Her parents grew up in the age of Norman Rockwell, the quintessential American artist of the 50s whose endearing paintings portrayed the America we love in the colloquial small town colors of the Midwest. It is an image that has endured even today as the age of globalization and conflict continue to redefine and affirm who we truly are as a people in the compact of the American Dream of “plurubus unum”, from many one. But in her time the “plurubus” was left out of the abridged version in schools and along with it the underlying story of who we are, a nation of many races and cultures. It was the great disconnect for the then young Mona Pasquil who was left to contend with the inscrutable questions people from Kansas to California sometimes asked her about who she was or where she was from; penetrating questions crafted for an interloper from another time and place. The lessons were long-drawn and pivotal coming from school bullies at Green Street Elementary, to the classrooms of Marymount College in Salima, Kansas and on to the hallowed halls of the State Capitol in Sacramento, California. Yet, in hindsight Pasquil said the questions about her own identity were all part of the journey. “Good

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Letters and Notices
If you received a letter or a notice from the IRS or the Franchise Tax Board, don’t panic or get hysterical. Calmly read the letter and try to figure out what it is all about. If you need help, call your tax preparer and send him/her a copy of the correspondence. Even if you believed you are that smart to know what they are asking for, a tax person or a second opinion can still be very helpful. Never ignore that letter since it may cost you more money in the future. When you paid a tax person to prepare and file your tax returns, he or she should be able to explain what to do next. If there is no one else, call the contact phone number on the letter to seek for some assistance. Be patient and stay courteous during the entire conversation. Remember that these government employees are also humans like you. There are local tax offices where you can talk face to face with a technician or specialist. You don’t need to get an appointment but, visit the office early in the morning. It is a first come, first serve basis and again be patient. There is no need to be mad or agitated. Bring a book or magazine to keep you busy while waiting for your turn. Make sure you bring all the necessary paper works, the letter, and copy of tax returns being questioned. The downtown IRS office is located at 880 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101. You can park at Horton Plaza parking garage. The Franchise Tax Board has a local office at 7575 Metropolitan Drive Ste 201, San Diego, CA 92108. They have plenty of parking spaces. Most of these letters or notices from the IRS are just results of their “Observe my processes.” “That’s too complicated, expensive and time-consuming,” I said. “Cavities are the bottom line, and you can’t argue with the bottom line. It’s an absolute measure.” “That’s what I’m afraid my parents and prospective patients will think. This can’t be happening,” he said despairingly. “Now, now,” I said, “don’t despair. The state will help you some.” “How?” he asked. “If you receive a poor rating, they’ll send a dentist who is rated excellent to help straighten you out,” I said brightly. “You mean,” he said, “they’ll send a dentist with a wealthy clientele to show me how to work on severe juvenile dental problems with which I have probably had much more experience? BIG HELP!” “There you go again,” I said. “You aren’t acting professionally at all.” “You don’t get it,” he said. “Doing this would be like grading schools and teachers on an average score made on a test of children’s progress with no regard to influences outside the school, the home, the commucomparison of your filed tax returns and the income information received from third parties. Maybe you forgot to include a W-2 income or some gambling winnings. It may also be a Form 1099-Misc you forgot to give to your tax preparer. If it involved stocks sold or mutual funds redeemed that were not reported, then your letter may show some very scary tax owed numbers. The IRS or FTB gives you enough time to respond or argue your case. If more time is needed, call for extension. If your case is beyond arguing, then pay the additional taxes, penalties and interest charged. You can pay it in full, partial or request an installment agreement. If you are having a terrible financial crisis at the moment, ask them to put a hold on your case for now. For those who ignored the previous tax notices, their employers may receive orders to garnish wages. They should call or visit the taxing agencies ASAP. It is a lot easier on you to set up a payment plan than to let them garnish your pay. They can also put a lien on your properties or your SSN. In most cases it’s a good idea to consult a tax professional before you respond to a letter or notice. Your interpretation may be different than that of a person doing taxes for a living. If your letter says that your tax return has been selected for an examination, then you have a bigger problem. It can be an office audit or some IRS agent will visit you or your business. It is always a good idea to respond quickly and hire someone to represent you.

or bad, it was meant to happen.” It was a struggle few understood according to Pasquil when she was coming of age because “there was nobody my age that I could continue to tell my story to.” She went at it alone not understanding what her father fully meant when he told her to confront the questions with the truth by telling others “the story of who you are.” Eventually, Pasquil was told by her parents that she would go to the same college her aunties attended in Salima, Kansas where she would learn about her own culture not from the professors at Mona Pasquil (third from right) with guests and honorees at the FilAm Fest Gala Marymount but from the wisdom that settled in Kansas.” of simple folk, her grandparents. walk and claim the story of being “If we don’t teach our young Her story took form in the heartFilipino. land of America as she listened to the people to be proud, to be respectful, This was the time to pass the baton to be strong, how would they be able and to pay homage to the family and narrative of her grandparents. The to respond to all those crazy queslessons were told in the living room mentors who prepared the way in toil tions?” of her grandparents in Salima, Kanand sacrifice while they dreamt about It was the message that everyone sas where her grandfather retold the a better future for a young daughter. stories of who they were as a people, had hoped for and had come to hear. “Those who paved the way for us how they lived, the values they hold For many local Filipino American did so to give an example for us to dear, how they came to America, and youth, the story to be told has played follow so that we too may do the out in the last few years in the streets same for those who will come after the importance of knowing who she of Paradise Hills to music and rap, was. us.” and the beat of many cultural dances During her address while she “It’s quite simple,” I said. “They will just count the number of cavities each patient has at age 10, 14, and 18 and average that to determine a dentist’s rating. Dentists will be rated as excellent, good, average, below average, and unsatisfactory. That way parents will know which the best dentists are. The plan will also encourage the less effective dentists to get better,” I said. “Poor dentists who don’t improve could lose their licenses to practice.” “That’s terrible,” he said. “What? That’s not a good attitude,” I said. “Don’t you think we should try to improve children’s dental health in this state?” “Sure I do,” he said, “but that’s not a fair way to determine who is practicing good dentistry.” “Why not?” I said. “It makes perfect sense to me.” “Well, it’s so obvious,” he said. “Don’t you see that dentists don’t all work with the same clientele, and that much depends on things we can’t control? For example, I work in a rural area with a high percentage of patients from deprived homes, while some of my colleagues work in upper middle-class neighborhoods. Many of the parents I work with don’t bring their children to see me until there is some kind of problem, and I don’t get to do much preventive work. Also, many of the parents I serve let their kids eat way too much candy from an early age, unlike more educated parents who understand the relationship between sugar and decay. To top it all off, so many of my clients have well water which is untreated and has no fluoride in it. Do you have any idea how much difference early use of fluoride can make?” “It sounds like you’re making excuses,” I said. “I can’t believe that you, my dentist, would be so defensive. After all, you do a great job, and you needn’t fear a little accountability.” “I am not being defensive!” he said. “My best patients are as good as anyone’s, my work is as good as anyone’s, but my average cavity count is going to be higher than a lot of other dentists because I chose to work where I am needed most.” “Don’t’ get touchy,” I said. “Touchy?” he said. His face had turned red, and from the way he was clenching and unclenching his jaws, I was afraid he was going to damage his teeth. “Try furious! In a system like this, I will end up being rated average, below average, or worse. The few educated patients I have who see these ratings may believe this so-called rating is an actual measure of my ability and proficiency as a dentist. They may leave me, and I’ll be left with only the neediest patients. And my cavity average score will get even worse. On top of that, how will I attract good dental hygienists and other excellent dentists to my practice if it is labeled below average?” “I think you are overreacting,” I said. “’Complaining, excuse-making and stonewalling won’t improve dental health’... I am quoting from a leading member of the DOC,” I noted. “What’s the DOC?” he asked. “It’s the Dental Oversight Committee,” I said, “a group made up of mostly lay persons to make sure dentistry in this state gets improved.” “Spare me,” he said, “I can’t believe this. Reasonable people won’t buy it,” he said hopefully. The program sounded reasonable to me, so I asked, “How else would you measure good dentistry?” “Come watch me work,” he said.

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nity served and stuff like that. Why would they do something so unfair to dentists? No one would ever think of doing that to schools.” I just shook my head sadly, but he had brightened. “I’m going to write my representatives and senators,” he said. “I’ll use the school analogy. Surely they will see the point.” He walked off with that look of hope mixed with fear and suppressed anger that I, a teacher, see in the mirror so often lately.” I didn’t write this but I wish I had. It was sent to me by a teacher number of months ago and it seems appropriate with everything going on with our schools to run it now.

Sent to me by a teacher… No Dentist Left Behind
This is an interesting take on “No Child Left Behind.” Teachers will enjoy it, parents will be informed and politicians should consider it. With all the problems going on right now with teachers being fired, classrooms getting more crowded, and districts in disarray, it seemed like a great time to run this. “My dentist is great! He sends me reminders so I don’t forget checkups. He uses the latest techniques based on research. He never hurts me, and I’ve got all my teeth. When I ran into him the other day, I was eager to see if he’d heard about the new state program. I knew he’d think it was great. “Did you hear about the new state program to measure effectiveness of dentists with their young patients?” I said. “No,” he said. He didn’t seem too thrilled. “How will they do that?”

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Understanding Adjustment of Status for Employment-based Immigrant Visas
IMMIGRATION 911 by Atty. Susan V. Perez -- Adjustment of Status is the last and final step in the process of obtaining a legal permanent resident status in the United States. This part of the process belongs exclusively to you and your accompanying dependents such as your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21. To change your status from that of a nonimmigrant to that of an immigrant, you must first determine whether or not you are eligible to file for Adjustment of Status. The mere approval of the I-140 does not give you eligibility to file for Adjustment of Status. There are only a certain number of green cards available per country per year. They are given on a first come first-served basis. Your place in line is reserved by your “priority date,” the date on which your permanent residency application was initiated with the government, either by the filing of a labor certification application with the Department of Labor or by the filing of a Form I-140 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If your priority date is “current” you may file your adjustment application. If your priority date is not current or unavailable, then you must wait until your priority date becomes current. The Department of State determines which priority dates are current and therefore acceptable for filing. These dates are published once a month in their Visa Bulletin which is available on line at: http://travel. There are several charts in the Visa Bulletin, the first chart is the Familybased and the second chart is the Employment-based immigrant visas. You must looking at the chart for Employment-based and that you are looking at the appropriate preference classification for your case. For example, caregivers belong to “Other Workers” Preference and their priority date is “U”. This means that no immigrant visa is available at this time. Once you have determined that you are eligible for adjustment of status, you are encouraged to seek legal guidance form a good immigration attorney. There are important considerations that you need to factor into your decisions to file for adjustment of status. It’s more complicated than you think. I’ve encountered clients who filed for adjustment of status without the assistance of an immigration attorney and they got rejected. They ended up losing more money and time. Your attorney will determine which forms you must file and whether you must file them at all. If you have been arrested, it may be wise not to file for adjustment of status. If you were a J-1 visa holder and have an unfulfilled two-year home residency requirement, your application for adjustment of status will be denied. We welcome your feedback. If you have any immigration questions, please feel welcome to email me at or call 619 819 -8648 to arrange for a telephone consultation.

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to communicate. We, you and I, can be in the same room and still be divided sitting at the same table but as long as we work towards a common goal, discuss what can be given and taken away, the more likely we will succeed when we understand when it is our time to listen and when it is our time to speak out. This lack of communication has set us up for complacent activism, talking about what must be done for change without having actually done anything about it then doing exactly the same things over and over, sending us on a perpetual ground hogs day waiting and hoping for tomorrow. Now as I understand it, in these eight years of productivity with the FilAmFest and 50 years with the House of Philippines, our forward thinking community leaders and organizations present today, from the older generation to the younger, can honestly say that tomorrow

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Light & Shadows
by Zena Sultana Babao
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Laugh Your Cares Away
By Zena Sultana Babao

oes the game of life no longer excite you? Have you lost the fire in your belly? Or are you just so overwhelmed with stress?
No matter what it is – don’t fret! Be a happy camper and just laugh your cares away! Laughter’s medicinal powers have been recognized for centuries. The ancient Greeks believed laughter was an essential part of the healing process. And studies now show that laughter can promote better blood circulation, stimulate digestion, lower blood pressure, and prompt the brain to release endorphins and other compounds that reduce pain. Have an open heart and mind and the capacity for joy so you can laugh and enjoy it. Humor is the key to emotional and mental well-being as well. It boosts your attitude, relieves your stress, and changes your outlook in life. So don’t be surprised if some day you hear your doctor say, “Take two aspirins and call me with a joke in the morning.” That said, make yourself comfortable wherever you are, grab your favorite drink, and enjoy! * * * “A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.” – Fred Allen * * * “Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.” – Erma Bombeck * * * “A conclusion is the place you end up when you get tired of thinking.” – Arthur McBride Bloch * * * “Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up, because they’re looking for ideas.” – Paula Poundstone * * * “If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.” – John Kenneth Galbraith * * *


“So far on my 30-day diet, I lost 18 days.” – Terry McEntire * * * “You don’t have to worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Schulz * * * “The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away.” – Tom Waits * * * “Eagles may soar in the clouds, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines.” - Jason Hutchison * * * “A filing cabinet is a place where you can lose things systematically.” – T.H. Thompson * * * “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.” – Aldous Huxley * * * “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” – Milton Berle * * * “The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” – Bill Watterson * * * “Today is the last day of some of your life.” – Author Unknown * * * “The best time to give advice to your children is while they’re still young enough to believe you know what you’re talking about.” – Evan Esar * * * “Without geography you’re nowhere.” – Author Unknown * * * “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” – Lily Tomlin * * * “It’s always darkest before the dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.” – Author Unknown * * * “You can’t have everything … where would you put it?” – Steven Wright * * * “He turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he’s miserable and depressed.” – guard and feel invigorated to march for one more day or if this is your first day to march, I will join in with you. If you are ready to put in work, if you’re ready to help in every way you can, so when they ask who will help gain progressive weight in the Filipino American community? Our answer is “We will.” When they come to our leaders and they ask who will move our community to a new level of political maturity? We say, we will. Because we’ve worked our whole lives to reach this point and want to see it move further. As a community of students and teachers when they ask who will stand for education and keep it in our schools curriculum? We answer we will, for it will soon be your time to take up the reigns and continue to honor our legacy and build the future, how can we do that without knowing our past? Who will put in the effort? Who will spend the energy and time? Who will answer the call when we are needed, even for a day, for a movement that is necessary to our community, necessary for our Asian community,

* * * “He who believes that the past cannot be changed has not yet written his memoirs.” – Trovald Gahlin * * * “Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” – Doug Larson * * * “Ability is what will get you to the top if the boss has no daughter.” – Author Unknown * * * “Love your enemies. It makes them so damned mad.” – P.D. East * * * “A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.” – Marty Allen * * * “My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine.” – Caroline Rhea * * * “And on the eighth day God said, “Okay, Murphy, you’re in charge!” – Author Unknown * * * “I’m not going to vacuum ‘til Sears makes one you can ride on.” – Roseanne Barr * * * “Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.” – Rita Mae Brown * * * “A prisoner of war is a man who tries to kill you and fails, and then asks you not to kill him.” – Sir Winston Churchill * * * “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you criticize him, you’re a mile away and you got his shoes.” – Author Unknown * * * “A signature always reveals a man’s character – and sometimes even his name.” – Evan Esar * * * “All my life I’ve wanted, just once, to say something clever without losing my train of thought.” – Robert Brault. * * * “Who said nothing is impossible. I’ve been doing nothing for years.” – Author Unknown * * * “I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.” – Author Unknown * * * “I have enough money to last me the rest of my life – unless I buy something.” – Jackie Mason * * * “I plan on living forever. So far so good.” – XXX

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by Rudy D. Liporada
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Technology and Memories
AS THE BAMBOOS SWAY by Rudy D. Liporada My first video camera was the super humongous VCR loaded one which I got sometime late in the 1980s. As it was kind of pricey, I felt privileged among a few taking videos during occasions where my children and relatives were involved. Now, anyone could record anything, anytime and store moments in gadgets smaller than one’s palm and project anything on gargantuan screens which the whole world can several occasions like birthdays, weddings, etc. All these were done after splicing those vignettes from two gargantuan boxes of VCR tapes that had gathered dust in our closet. I even had trouble looking for VCR players (glad that my son and a nephew had still one each) with which I was able to splice the events where my mother-in-law was present. Although it was kind of laborious, going through the tapes – playing , replaying, copying, I was so glad that we were even able to preserve her singing voice, even in Latin,

Aquino’s Crusade; Then What’s Next?
CESAR D. CANDARI, MD, FCAP EMERITUS Henderson, Nevada Wow! This Corona impeachment case that ended a guilty verdict is the best declaration of how President Simeon Aquino III can pave the way to the imperative change that has never occurred in any of the previous presidents of the Philippines in the recent past. We post commentaries here after the passing of a historical event - the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona by the Senate Impeachment Court. It was an event with a dramatic ending of a political telenovela. Not so much of justice; it was a morality theatrical production of good against evil. Before May 29, 2012 the day of a guilty judgement of CJ Corona, reading the media coverage of the impeachment in the last 4 months, all written in sagacious mode with erudition to the point of sounding like we can make a magical difference in our Philippine governance and that Corona will be found guilty. I have then the most pessimistic feeling that no matter how we make our comments mostly for the right principle— no matter how laws and constitution of the Philippines must be adhered to, I felt nothing can be achieved positively to convict CJ Corona in our country governance- now ingrained in a totally corrupt officials. My prediction was that Corona would be set free. You might not agree with me. But I have to say it anyway because of my unfaltering/remorseless loss of trust, confidence, and respect for the officials, leaders of our country we love. When I said no matter how we sweeten the news and predictions that Corona will be eventually convicted is an utter false hope – I don’t put my faith or trust in anyone anymore . After a while you just get tired of being disappointed constantly. Friedrich Von Schiller quotes: “disappointments are to the soul what the thunder-storm is to the air.” The 23 Senator judges presided by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, made a right decision. 20 senators voted guilty. 3 considered Corona innocent. I have a very high regard for JP Enrile who is absolutely sensible and a great leader. I must admit now that I was totally wrong of the outcome of the impeachment of JC Corona. I was overtly pessimistic , if not fatalistic. I felt cynical of what Philippine politics will affect Pinoy’s governance. The truth indeed prevailed. Justice in action. Is the “Wind of Change” eminent? More questions. No definite answers. The outbursting demeanor of a lady Senator Miriam Santiago is a disgrace to the Filipino people- a hypertensive lady with a semblance of an incredible chutzpah. She remains smug, an obnoxious virtual chanticleer blinded by her narrow agenda of personal image building. She branded the congressmen prosecutors “mga gago” (morons). She admitted the Philippines is one of the most corrupt nations in the world and concluded Corona should not face justice. That’s her inanity. It simply tells us that those plutocrats and gluttonous oligarch with the shame of dishonesty, liars, and thievery, must face justice during President Noynoy Aquinos’s administration. There are politicians alledged to be involved in the scam of millions of dollars that hurt our country and definitely the poor Filipinos. This shameless audacity of these government officials must stop and never again to happen. The three stooges, Senator judges who voted not guilty in the impeachment of JC Corona in my view are individuals that belong to the dungeon of mindless misfits, and those who defended Corona were selfish stooges who wanted to trample on the law of the land. Yes the three stooges, the triumvirate who declared Corona innocent are blinded by their shallow
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The author’s in-laws, Ignacio and Francisca Olosan, with the author’s daughter Maria. Circa 1993 even see. The souls of the gadgets, however, are the moments being preserved. And to this, I have regrets. My mother had already passed away when I vacationed in the Philippines with my first video camera. Although I took snippets of my dad and captured some of his remaining smiles which had already quivered with strokes, I concentrated on views, places I’ve been to; even roads we plied (which now give me headaches and nausea when we watch). I should have placed the camera on a tripod and recorded my dad as he retold stories of his younger days, how he met my mom, how he ventured into Manila from Jaro, Leyte, etc. I could have preserved more of his voice and gestures and reflected more on how his genes had been transmitted to some of his grandchildren (and perhaps future generations) who have vestiges of how he laughed, smiled, and gestured. At least, with my son, Karl, who died in 1996 at age 19, I had video records of his last seven years on earth. I spliced his being with his brothers and playing with his then baby sister, Maria; his playing the trumpet at school; skateboarding; etc. We played the tape during his wake and tears still stream whenever we replay the vignettes of his life. I did not preserve much of my father-in-law’s voice because he was the silent type and rarely remarked on anything. I have, however, his octogenarian smiles, slow walk demeanor, him having his grandchilas she sang “…Laudate, laudate, Mariam…” after her rosary prayers with her clan. We were also able to preserve her voice as she sang, weakly during her final days, the theme song they had with Dad – Manila Memory. Nonetheless, I really have regrets. I should have asked my mother-in-law to retell on video how they met with Dad. Although she told me how, my wife’s uncle has a slightly different version. I would have been nice if my mother-in-law had it on record how my father-in-law courted her, how she had missed him during those times he left her in the Philippines so he could work in the US after retiring from the US navy, how she managed to rear her nine children in spite of Dad’s frequent absence, how she felt caring for grandchildren when she finally set foot in America, how she missed tending her garden in Baguio City while tending to the gardens of her children in America, how she longed for her Marka Senorita black matamis cigarettes which were not available in the US, and many more. Yes, I should have put more video time on my parents’ and in-laws’ activities instead of limiting myself to my children and grandchildren who now have tons of videos and pictures on IPhones, IPads, and other gadgets aside from the now miniature video cameras com telephone, com watch, com everything. Children and grandchildren nowadays have tons of preserved images and audio-visual records – which even go viral on UTube and other virtual media. Good for them but I

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determined it to be a grand idea but as the excitement began to swell another mouse stood up quietly and asked the council, “Who will bell the cat?” So we ask, who will it be? Our ideas must go into action no matter the risk. We, and again I must emphasize as I did before, We means you and I, and we, even if you are inactive in the community, we includes you too because it would be foolish to believe that an inactive member of a community won’t have an impact, [inactivity is a guaranteed negative impact, while some activity has a chance to make a positive impact.] WE is anybody that identifies themselves with our Filipino American community. That includes anybody, northside, southside, ilocano, or visayan. Whether you were born in the Philippines or here in America, I will join in with you. If you come from the old

necessary for our San Diego community, that is necessary for our kababayans across America, or even necessary for our family at home? Who will? We will. We will. We will with all the experience and support of the generations before, we will with all the vigor and hunger of the generations to come, we will with the all the spirit and wisdom of those present today. We will. -- END *** Rudy Avenido Photography Rudy Avenido is a student at Southwestern College where he is majoring in Photography. “I am a San Diego freelance artist and photographer. Through my photography and art, I seek to demonstrate the beauty of nature and people, document my personal experiences, capture scenes, and to emphasize and share the beauty of them. I photograph events and portraits, working in both color and black & white. I dedicate all my hard work to my families, friends, classmates, and collegues. Thank you God for Your love. I am blessed..” --

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dren help him blow his 90th birthday candles, and some more. He died at 92. My regret? I should have also recorded his coming from Bontoc to join the US Navy in the 1920s, how he became a Chief Petty Officer at that time when Filipinos were only considered as mere errand boys of officers, how he served as the personal chef of Admiral Nimitz, how he survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor, etc. I have more on my mother-in-law who passed away just recently on May 3, 2012 and as of this writing, we just had finished prayers for his 40th day of being gone. During her wake I was able to present her smiles, laughter, her being with her children and grandchildren on could only have, to reiterate, regrets for the older folks who already passed away. I guess my over-all message in this article is this: I wish that my children or grandchildren will take more time to video record me and my wife so that beyond our wakes, our future generations would be able to see depictions of their handsomeness and beauty; that it is in their genes to be handsome and beautiful, witty, jolly, and more. This wish, as in Face Book language, deserves an LOL. But I know that this wish would be true. After all, the generation of today and beyond, are and would be more equipped with the forever advancing technology in terms of recording memories. -30-

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By Armin A. Amio, BusinessMirror | MANILA, Philippines, 6/13/2012 - An investment publications has named SM Investments Corp. (SMIC), Ayala Corp., Megaworld, Banco de Oro Unibank (BDO), Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI), Globe Telecom, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and San Miguel Corp. (SMC) as the top companies in the country. Hong Kong-based Alpha Southeast Asia made the announcement after it revealed the results of its second annual poll to find Southeast Asia’s top companies. The magazine said

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Take It From My Barber (For June 22, 2012) -- “You cannot preach Christianity to an empty stomach.” As a young student, I was part of a group called Christian Social Movement (CSM) and another one named Laymen’s Association for Post

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Jerry Montemayor, Trade Secretary Jose Concepcion, Banker Hadji Kalaw, F. Sionil Jose, Mrs. Teresa Nieva, Zenaida Quezon Avancena and many others. CSM’s ideals were based on the Papal Encyclicals Populorum Progreso

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Free Apps Drain Smartphone Energy On ‘Advertising Modules’
ScienceDaily (Apr. 4, 2012) — Researchers have shown that popular free smartphone apps spend up to 75 percent of their energy tracking the user’s geographical location, sending information about the user to advertisers and downloading ads.”It turns out the free apps aren’t really free because they contain the hidden cost of reduced battery life,” said Y. Charlie Hu, a Purdue University professor of electrical and computer engineering. Because smartphone batteries must be small and lightweight, power consumption is a major issue, the researcher said. He has led work to create a new tool called eprof -- for energy profiler -- to analyze Gawad Kalinga Founder Tony Meloto visits a GK Village in the Philippines. how much energy a smartphone app Visit to learn more. (©2009 Photo of Meloto by Kevin consumes. Handorf, Asian Development Bank) New findings show that 65 percent to 75 percent of the energy used to and Rerum Novarum. Until today, I Vatican II Reforms (LAPVIIR). run free apps is spent for advertiscan still recite its credo: “I believe in ing-related functions. In the first group, I was lucky to get exposed to intellectual giants like a just and human society – based on “We performed an in-depth case Sen. Raul Manglapus, Fr. Horacio de study, the first of its kind, of six la Costa, Fr. Francisco Araneta, Fr. (Continued on page 16) popular smartphone apps, including Jose Blanco, Justice Jose Feria, Dean Angry Birds, Facebook and Android Browser,” said Purdue doctoral student Abhinav Pathak. The free Angry Birds app was shown to consume about 75 percent of its power running “advertisement modules” in the software code and only about 25 percent for actually playing the game. The modules perform marketing functions such as sharing user information and downloading ads. “We believe it is mainly to provide information about the user’s geographical location so the ads can be more targeted or customized to that location,” Hu said. Findings will be detailed in a research paper being presented during the EuroSys 2012 conference on April 10-13 in Bern, Switzerland. The paper, written by Pathak, Hu and Ming Zhang, a researcher at Microsoft Research, also suggests a general approach for improving the energy efficiency of smartphone apps. An application may contain tens of thousands of lines of code, broken down into many components called subroutines, threads and processes. Eprof maps how much energy comes from each component, representing a new way for researchers to study smartphone energy consumption without using a power meter, an expensive and cumbersome piece of laboratory equipment. “This is the first tool of its kind ever developed for modern smartphones,” Pathak said. “We’ve seen around 1 million apps written since smartphones emerged roughly five years ago, but there has been no systematic way for the developer to see how much energy the different components consume. Using this tool, you can see what should be changed to improve energy efficiency.” The smartphone power drain is caused by a combination of factors including inefficient programs and software glitches called “energy bugs,” Hu said. “Eprof tells you how much energy is spent where,” he said. “This may be due to energy bugs or other reasons.” In one case, a piece of advertising software embedded in a free app failed to turn off its connection to the Internet, a function called a socket, requiring another piece of code to resolve the problem and wasting energy. Inefficient power usage is most likely to occur in interactive programs, which are prevalent in smartphone apps such as games and applications that heavily use built-in phone gadgets like GPS, the camera, compass and “proximity sensor.” A particular source of power inefficiency is a phenomenon called “tails.” In principle, after an application sends information to the Internet, the “networking unit” that allows the phone to connect to the Internet should go to a lower power state within a fraction of a second. However, researchers found that after the advertising-related modules finish using the network, the networking unit continues draining power for about seven seconds. “The past assumption has been that, whenever you see usage you have power consumption, and when there is no usage there is no power consumption,” Hu said. “This does not hold true for smartphones.” The tails are a phenomenon of several smartphone hardware components, including 3G, or thirdgeneration wireless systems, GPS and WiFi, not flaws within the app software itself. However, software developers could sidestep the problem by modifying apps to minimize the effect of tails, Hu said. “Any time you use the 3G network, there will be a tail after the usage,” Hu said. “The ad module in Angry Birds obviously uses 3G for network uploading and downloading, while the game itself did not, which is why we blame the ad module for the tail.” Battery drain in smartphones has
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Jose Sio, chief financial officer (CFO at SM Investments, was named as the best CFO in the Philippines.

the awards are based on tallied votes among 460 investors, pension funds, hedge funds, equity and fixed income brokers and analysts with investment interests in the region. Companies in each country were ranked on their financial management, adherence to corporate governance, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and investor relations’ strategy, transparency and disclosure.

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Across the region, the award for Best CFO in Southeast Asia went to Jeann Low, CFO at SingTel. The award for the Best Annual Report in Southeast Asia went to Keppel Corp. while the award for the Strongest Commitment to Sustainable Energy in Southeast Asia went to Thai Oil. In its statement, Alpha Southeast Asia also said a distinguishing feature of its poll is that it not only names investor favorites, but also names the companies perceived to have “poor management access and investor relations (IR)” by the same group of investors. In the Philippines, Lepanto Consolidated Mining, Metropoitan Bank & Trust Co. and Security Bank Corp. were noted for their “poor and unpredictable investor relations’ strategy.” Most organized investor relations went to BDO, Megaworld and SMIC while companies with the best senior management IR support are BPI, Globe Telecom and PLDT. Firms cited for having the strongest adherence to corporate governance are Ayala Corp., Megaworld and SMIC while those with the most consistent dividend policy are Globe Telecom, PLDT and SMC. Companies with the best strategic CSR are Ayala Corp, San Miguel Corp. and SMIC; the most improved IR citation went to SMC. The best annual report in the Philippines award was bagged by Ayala Corp. Now in its sixth year of publication, Alpha Southeast Asia is an institutional investment magazine focused on Southeast Asia’s banking and capital markets. Asian Journal San Diego

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by Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr.
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Can I Still Qualify For A Tourist Visa If I Have a Pending Immigrant Petition?
PHIL-AM LAW 101 by Atty. Rogelio Karagdag, Jr., Member, State Bar of California &Integrated Bar of the Philippines

are not intending to immigrate at this time and that you are returning to the Philippines after your planned and temporary visit to the United States.” What this means is, yes, it is possible for you to get a tourist visa even if you have a pending immigrant petition. However, your chances of getting it are less than when you do not have a pending immigrant petition. Please bear in mind that the Immigration and Nationalization Act (INA) presumes that every tourist visa applicant intends to overstay. Section 214(b) of the INA states that “Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status”. Because of this, the applicant has the burden to prove that he will return to the Philippines on time. As expected, Section 214 (b) is the most common reason why a B-2 visa application is denied. (Please see our previous article entitled “Dreaming of a White Christmas”). That is the rule for tourist visa applicants without a pending immigrant petition, so you can just imagine how harder it would be for your beneficiary-relative to get a tourist visa. Being a beneficiary of an immigrant petition, in itself, would tend to show immigrant intent. Therefore, the applicant with a pending immigrant visa petition must convince the consular officer during the interview that although he or she has the intention to immigrate to the United States, it

ecause of the very long waiting line for immigrant visa petitions, some clients have asked us if it is possible for their relatives to come to the United States on a tourist visa, so that they would get a glimpse of America and taste our way of life here. This is particularly true for their children or grandchildren whom they would like to bring to Disneyland, Legoland and Seaworld while their young, imaginative minds could still appreciate the fantasies these theme parks provide.
So, the important question is – can their relatives qualify for tourist visas although they are beneficiaries of pending immigrant petitions? For answers, we visited the website of the U.S. Embassy in Manila where we found the following message: “Having an immigrant petition on file is not grounds (sic) for an automatic refusal for a non-immigrant visa. The consular officer reviewing your non-immigrant visa application will require strong evidence that you


will be at some future time yet. In other words, the applicant is not yet ready to immigrate now because of important matters that require him or her to return to the Philippines, like a regular job or business, sufficient properties and social ties (such as being the president of a reputable civic organization). In this regard, the more stable and lucrative the job or business is, the more the officer might be convinced to grant the tourist visa. On the other hand, like in the ordinary applications, the consular officer considers certain circumstances as red flags, such as being unemployed, single and of marrying age. One final advice. Do not ever attempt to conceal during the interview the fact that you have a pending immigrant petition. The current application form (DS-160) no longer asks if anyone has ever filed an immigrant visa petition on your behalf. Hopefully, this may be because the issue is irrelevant to your tourist visa application, but it is more likely because they would already know from their data system if you have or had a petition filed for you. We know of one applicant who was asked by the officer if he knew a certain person, and he denied it. It turned out, that person was his adoptive parent who had previously filed a petition for him. Of course, the officer knew, and the poor guy could not extricate himself from the trap. Atty. Rogelio Karagdag , Jr. is licensed to practice law in both California and the Philippines. He practices immigration law in San Diego and has continuously been a trial and appellate attorney in the Philippines since 1989. He travels between San Diego and Manila. His office address is located at 10717 Camino Ruiz, Suite 131, San Diego, CA 92126. He also has an office in the Philippines at Unit 230, Manila Executive Regency, 1200 J. Bocobo Street, Ermita, Manila, with telephone numbers (02)3537047 & (02)5221199. Please call (858)3487475/(858)536-4292 or email him at He speaks Tagalog fluently. Articles written in this column are not legal advice but are hypotheticals intended as general, non-specific legal information. Readers must seek legal consultation before taking any legal steps.

‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’ catching on—survey
Uniqueness of the slogan was stronger in March with 82 percent of those who were polled believing so, as against the 66 percent in February. This improvement may be attributed to the fact that the issue regarding the similarity to Switzerland’s old tourism campaign may have already toned down. Positive reactions This meant, according to Ipsos Philippines, that the campaign is “communicating its intended messaging, such as making Filipinos proud, making people want to travel, making people want to tell others about the beauty of the Philippines and making people believe that it is more fun in the Philippines.” This likewise confirmed the generally positive emotions that the tourism slogan evoked such as happiness and being proud as Filipinos, the company added. “This tracking study shows and confirms the generally positive reactions to the tourism campaign. Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. and the

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By Amy R. Remo, Philippine Daily Inquirer | MANILA, 6/7/2012 -- The country’s new tourism slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” is gaining more positive reactions among Filipinos since its launch in January this year. Based on the results of a tracking survey conducted by independent research firm Ipsos ASI Philippines, the overall likeability of the Philippines’ tourism slogan even improved in March at 92 percent from only 87 percent in February. These responses came from the 1,000 interviews conducted by the company in February and another 1,000 interviews in March, among Metro Manila respondents whose ages ranged from 15 to 64 years old. The campaign assessment is part of Ipsos AsiaBUS, an omnibus survey for Asia. Of the respondents polled, 87 percent said in March that the tourism slogan remained “believable” as against the 84 percent of those who said so in February.

Department of Tourism should be congratulated for a job well done,” said Carole Sarthou, managing director of Ipsos Philippines. Mass media “Although it is a successful campaign for now, it needs to carry through the momentum and rally all Filipinos towards the tourism campaign to ensure long term success. That means the tourism slogan should be communicated via mass media channels, and not only through social network channels. The Filipinos are the strongest asset in selling our country and making visitors feel that it is really ‘more fun in the Philippines,’” Sarthou further said. Ipsos Philippines pointed out that the initial success of the tourism campaign can be attributed to the “power” of the Internet and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The survey on the respondents in February and March this year revealed that these websites were the second main source of awareness next to television.

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Spiritual Life
by Msgr. Fernando G. Gutierrez

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The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

“If you follow the will of God, you know that in spite of all the terrible things that happen to you, you will never lose a final refuge. You know that the foundation of the world is love, so that even when no human being can or will help you, you may go on, trusting in the One that loves you." -- Pope Benedict XVI
kingdom of heaven was at hand. Reflections: Little is actually known of John, although we do know according to tradition that he was a Levite, the special tribe designated by God to take care of all of the works associated with the temple. John was the son of Zechariah, a temple priest of the lineage of Abijah, while John’s mother Elizabeth was from the lineage of Aaron, the older brother of Moses and a prophet of God. John’s mother, Elizabeth, and Jesus’ mother, the Virgin Mary, were cousins. John lived a rugged life in the mountainous area of Judea, between the city of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Scripture tells us that he wore clothes made out of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist. His diet was a simple in the wilderness” as he proclaimed the coming of the Messiah to a people who desperately needed a Savior. John was in fact the first prophet called by God since Malachi some 400 years before his own birth. John’s own coming was previously foretold over 700 years by another prophet. Isaiah 40:3-5 states: “A voice of one calling: ‘In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’” Lots of people thought that he was the Messiah. John told his disciples that what they had seen and heard from him is just the beginning of the miracle that was to come in the person of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. John was merely a messenger sent by God to proclaim the truth. His message was straight from the shoulder. John the Baptist had been tempted to proclaim himself as the messiah. This was an opportunity for him to deceive the Israelites who were anxiously longing for a “liberator” who could deliver them from the oppressive Romans. But no, John was humbly honest. Because John knew that the Messiah was coming. He believed this with his whole heart and prepared his followers for the Lord’s coming. As Christians we will have our faith put to the test too. So we will falter in our faith and deceive ourselves into believing that we are capable enough to redeem ourselves. In this case, there is no need for God. Like John, we can remain with Christ and stand firm in our faith to the end. In spite of being human and vulnerable to weakness, John is an excellent model of unwavering loyalty. Many cultures have various traditions and customs to usher in the summer solstice (when the days start to get longer) or spring. For instance, Chinese splash water on one another once every year at Nadam Fair traditional festival of the Bai ethnic group in Dali, Yunnan Province and Thai people sprinkle water on guests at a water festival in April. The Philippines doesn’t only usher in the summer season in June, but being a Christian country, it reminds the Filipinos of their Christian “baptism” by splashing water on one another on the Feast of St. John, the Baptist. Unfortu-

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Come on in, the Water’s Fine!
Joke of the week: A drunk stumbles along a baptismal service one Sunday afternoon down by the river. He proceeds to walk down into the water and stand next to the preacher. The minister turns and notices the old drunk and says, “Mister, Are you ready to find Jesus?” The drunk looks back and says, “Yes, preacher. I sure am.” The minister then dunks the fellow under the water and pulls him right back up. “Have you found Jesus?” the preacher asked. “No, I didn’t!” said the drunk. The preacher then dunks him under for quite a bit longer, brings him up and says, “Now, brother, have you found Jesus?” “No, I did not, reverend.” The preacher in disgust holds the man under for at least 30 seconds this time brings him out of the water and says in a harsh tone, “My God, have you found Jesus yet?” The old drunk gasping for breath wipes his eyes and says to the preacher, “Are you sure this is where he fell in?” Scriptures: First Reading: Is 49:1-6. The servant himself now speaks, urging the “coastlands” and “peoples far away” to listen carefully to his words, autobiographical words that describe the origins and work of the servant who was called even before birth and named as early as in his mother’s womb. There is no escape from the task for which he has been called. The child is John the Baptist. He will be mistakenly regarded as the prophet Elijah. Second reading; Acts 13:22-26: The dilemma in Luke was how to explain the legitimacy of a Gentile ministry when Jesus was a Jew and was sent primarily to Jews. Paul is part of the solution. He is proclaims the Good News to Gentiles. Paul, on this first missionary journey, has visited Cyprus with Barnabas and John Mark. After proclaiming the Good News in synagogues, striking a false prophet blind and converting the proconsul, they have sailed for Asia Minor. Paul and Barnabas are now in Antioch, the one near Pisidia (in central Asia Minor). Gospel: Luke. 1:57-66, 80. Though he appears often in the New Testament, John the Baptist is still a man of mystery. We see him through the lens of the early Christians with only a hint on which the Baptist’s disciples would argue that he was superior to Jesus. Later on, John acknowledged that he is not even worthy to untie the sandals’ thongs of Jesus and also that Jesus must increase and he, John, must decrease. But the Baptist’s followers were

Sa Aking Buhay (2)
Sa aking buhay ay marami akong paniniwala dahil sa iyon ang sa pagkakaalam ko ay tama at sinisiguro kong 'di ako agad masisira ng dahilan lamang sa kanyang mga pangungutya Sa aking buhay ay lagi akong naging positibo na ang aking mga pangarap ay magkakatotoo at kung dagdagan ko pa ng sipag ang lahat ng ito ay walang hindi mangyayari na hindi ko ginusto Sa aking buhay 'di iilang beses ako'y hinamak sinira nilang lahat ng aking mga hinahangad at mga bituin sa langit kinuha pa ring lahat gugustuhin ko pa kayang muli na ako'y mangarap. Sa aking buhay ay hindi nawala yaring pag-asa na darating ang araw na madarama ko rin siya sabi nga nila habang ikaw ay mayroong hininga pag-asa sa buhay ay darating huwag kang mangamba. Sa aking buhay pag-asa'y minsan ko ng iwinaksi sa pag-aakalang malayo sa akin ang suwerte pakiramdam ko baga ako na ang pinaka-api naging matamlay ako, walang lakas at walang silbi. ©2012 Virginia H. Ferrer. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Virginia H. Ferrer is a Retired Filipino Language Teacher at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista.

San Juan, Manila residents join in the town’s street-wide water fight fest lost in the waves of history, so we know very little about them or about him, save what the Gospels tell us. Jesus sought out John’s baptism. Such ceremonies of renewal were common in the Second Temple era, especially for someone who was to begin a public ministry. John’s plea for metanoia – change of heart– anticipated that of Jesus. But John did not claim as Jesus did that the one—locusts and wild honey. John lived a humble life as he focused on the affairs of God’s Kingdom to which he has been named to proclaim. Although his name implies that he baptized people, John’s life on earth was more than just baptizing. John’s adult life was characterized by selfless devotion and sincere dedication to Jesus Christ and His kingdom. John’s voice was a “lone voice

nately, this form of Philippine merrymaking and festivity is less and less observed because pranksters “douse” smelly and dirty “esteros” water on passersby. What is essential though is to remember that by baptism we are Christians, we must live accordingly. Come on in, the water’s fine! P.S. My sister’s family treated me out for lunch last Sunday, Father’s Day. We ate at E & Drink Restaurant at 7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #A 110, San Diego, CA 92111 [phone: (858) 560-9888]. The restaurant stays open seven (7) days a week, from 11 in the morning till 12 midnight. The proprietress, Ms. Karen Yu, is my good friend. The seafood hot pot was superb, likewise the orange green tea and

cheese cake. The restaurant which opened three weeks ago has a distinct character and Chinese ambiance. Come, enjoy a delightful but reasonably priced meal and help support the restaurant attendants who are mostly college students. You can enjoy an excellent dining experience and still contribute to the furtherance of a worthy cause! Quotation of the week: “That’s the date traditionally that Christ was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. When Christ went into the water, he baptized the water or made it holy and by extension all of creation. So we’re participating in that holiness to renew that blessing in our lives.” Father Gregory Horton.

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Showbiz Watcher
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RR Production ito ,Ronald Allan (tunay na name ni FPJ) at Rodolfo ( tunay na name naman ni Dolphy) pinagsamang Ronald at Rodolfo kaya naging RR Prod., hanggang maging RVQ Production na nga ito. PRAYERS FOR THE COMEDY KING DOLPHY !!! Habang sinusulat namin ito , nasa kritikal na kondisyon ngayon ang Comedy King of Phil. Movies na nasa ICU ng Makati Medical Center.Komplikasyon sa bato ang sakit ngayon ni Dolphy,halos hindi na rin ito makausap dahil marami ng tubo ang nakalagay sa kanya.Facial Expression na lang ang nagiging response nito sa Fidel V. Ramos charms the crowd at Paradise Valley Hospital. The for- kanyang mga kapamilya kapag kinakausap siya. mer PH president is visiting his sister in San Diego, CA this week. Ayon kay Eric Quizon, tanggap na raw Alam nyo rin ba na si FPJ ang nag-en- Dolphy? Ang unang movie na nai-pro(Continued on page 14) courage para mag-produce ng movie si duced ni Dolphy ay co-Prod si Da King. Ruffa Gutierrez

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Humility Ang Natutuhan Ni Vic Sotto kay Dolphy !!!
By Ogie Cruz Isa pala sa mga natutuhan ni Vic Sotto kay Dolphy ay ang humility noong magkasama sila sa isang movie ,ito ang isiniwalat ni Direk Bibeth Orteza.Sabi raw ni Vic, kahit tulog raw si Dolphy at naramdaman nito na may mga taong gustong magpa-picture sa kanya, gigising raw ito at mag-aayos.Pero kung si Vic raw yun, “Ang sungit ko kapag ganong sitwasyon,”sabi ni Vic kay Direk Bibeth. May isang libro palang naisulat si Direk Bibeth na ang pamagat mismo ay “Dolphy”, at habang sinusulat raw niya ito marami raw siyang experiences na puedeng ipamahagi about Dolphy. Alam n’yo bang 40 minutes per day kung magdasal ang Comedy King? Kaya lagi siyang may meryenda habang nagaantay siya para kausapin ang comedy king tungkol sa librong sinusulat niya. Tinanong nga niya ito bakit matagal ito kung magdasal ang sagot raw ni Dolphy

The late FPJ. Fernando Poe Jr.

Vic Sotto “Sa dami ba ng ….kaya ganon ako katagal magdasal,” isang pabirong sabi pa ng Comedy King. Tinanong din niya si Dolphy kung bakit mababa ang loob nito, mahilig daw kasi magbiyahe ang comedy king lalo na sa Europe kapag nakikita raw nito ang mga nagawa ni Michael Angelo nako-compare daw niya ang sarili niya bilang artist.Kung baga nakikita niya ang napakalaking achievements ni Michael Angelo compare sa mga nagawa niya kaya laging mababa ang loob niya. San Diego Zoo Jaguar Cub Ventures a Paw Outside. A young male jaguar peeks at the outdoors as his mother stands by. At more than a month old, the male and female jaguar cubs born to mother, Nindiri, are ready to spend some time in a large habitat at the San Diego Zoo. For the last two months, the siblings have been visible in the cave area at the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey Exhibit that serves as their den. Today animal care staff opened the door of this area, giving mom and her two cubs access to the exhibit with grass, climbing structures and lots of things to play with. The move to an outdoor area is a big one for the little jaguars, which were born on April 26. They are taking their time, getting comfortable with the new smells and sounds as they carefully venture out. Unfortunately, demand for the jaguar’s beautiful rosette-covered fur is one of the reasons this species is an endangered species. In addition, loss of habitat and the human-animal conflict have reduced populations of jaguars throughout their range from North America through South America. (Photo taken on June 19, 2012, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.)

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Magagandang ala-ala ang syang tanging nagbibigay, Upang muling makalikha, tula na mayroong buhay. Ang nagdaang kasaysayang, iniipon, hinihimay, Tulang ngayo’y umantig sa puso ng sino pa man.. Mayrong ibang nagtatanong kung bakit may mga tula, Na lahat ng nilalaman sa buhay nya’y tugmang-tugma? Huwag ka sanang magiisip o labis na matulala, Ganyan lamang itong buhay kapag puso’y napinsala. Iba naman ay masaya na para bang pinagtugma, Pagibig na pinangarap, natagpuang biglang-bigla. Mayrong dito’y nalulungkot at ang iba’y lumuluha, ‘Pagkat ‘di na maibalik ang kahapong nawawala. Iba nama’y umaasang magbabalik ang kahapon, Magtatagpo yaong pusong itinakda ng panahon. Magtutuloy yaong buhay na nabinbing ‘di sumulong, Pagkatapos ng pagsubok, abot ligaya’y naroroon. At sa ibang ang pangarap, pinagbago ng panahon, Labis din ang pasalamat, kabigua’y naging hamon. Pagsubok ‘to, sukatan din, hanggang saan pahahantong, Bago kamtin ang pag-ibig na ‘tagal ding umuusbong. Tuang katha ni: Romeo Nicolas Bocaue, Bulacan 5/19/12

Com men tary
More fun in the Philippines?
Fr. Shay Cullen, PREDA
Sex tourism is a world wide reality and those who deny it are living far from reality. In the Philippines an estimated 60,000 commercially sexually exploited children are suffering abuse and lost childhoods according to a UNICEF estimate and millions more worldwide. There are stringent laws against it that are not being enforced. It is a twenty billion dollar world wide trade in humans and it involves the slavery of women and children. Many underage girls and boys are forced into drug use in order to control them and are beaten if they disobey the pimps and traffickers. They are sold to the sex bars and tourists. This evil trade enjoys impunity because the sex and drug mafia set out to corrupt and compromise police, prosecutors, judges and politicians. There are few convictions of child abusers and traffickers. Charges of child abuse or trafficking despite strong evidence are mysteriously dropped by prosecutors or judges and the suspects go free, usually the decision says for “lack of evidence”. Exploitative tourism has become so acceptable and above criticism that neither church nor state actively opposes it and local government gives the sex bars permits to operate calling it “foreign investments”. I can never forget the 11 year-old child Angelica rescued by PREDA Social workers from pimps and pedophiles on the streets of Angeles City. She was sold for sex several times to foreign sex tourists who paid as little as a hundred dollars for her to the pimp she got the equivalent of two dollars. Although the PREDA Foundation brought charges against her pimp endless delays and postponements by the court caused the child additional trauma. There was no justice, no healing for her. Speedy trial for child victims is rare if ever. More privileges are given by the courts to the accused. In our twenty years experience male judges seem to trivialize child sex abuse and favor the abuser, the judge makes himself a suspect. In another case in Olongapo City the judge removed Michelle, the child

victim from the PREDA protective home and gave her back to the pimps, her own parents, who had sold her to an Australian child rapist. The case then failed and the abuser escaped back to Sydney. It’s like an act of treason. Angelica is a deeply disturbed child and suffers from childhood neglect and sexual abuse by her uncle. The psychological wounds will never fully heal. When she was first rescued she was withdrawn, saw herself as worthless and nothing but a sex object and no longer a child. Her life was over before it had begun. Eventually with therapy, support, encouragement and the loving family of children and staff at the PREDA home for abused children she grew stronger and overcame the worst of her trauma. So when government officials give permits to the sex bars where young girls are raped and trafficked from rural villages they are responsible for every destroyed young life. They trivialize sex with minors and young girls raise suspicions that they might indulge in it themselves. A Mayor in Zambales is on trial for such child abuse and more recently a Department of Education official in Negros has been arrested and charged with trafficking and the sexual abuse of minors. To end such corruption President Aquino must end the sex trade, it must be seen for what it is, not only sex tourism but institutionalized sexual slavery unworthy of the Philippine nation. It is a great evil that comes from the “Do what you like” permissive attitude of city officials whereby sex tourists can abuse and exploit women and children with deference and impunity. It gives rise to bad example and Filipino families are affected. The other PREDA’s home for children is filled with victims of incest. Abused by their own fathers or a relative, many of whom get addicted to underage sex in the sex bars do it at home. Some child victims are made pregnant by their own father or a relative and it is traumatic for the child. Some child sex abuse victims are found suffering from venereal disease after being abused by their own fathers or a relative. One 4-year-old was brought to the PREDA shelter was found infected with syphilis by her father. He picked up the disease in the bars. This is stark evidence that the sex industry is corrupting families and spreading child abuse in the community. Few officials seem not to care and the church leadership is silent. All who truly believe in defending human rights, protecting women and children and truly care for people and Filipino dignity will never tolerate this. It is a shameful dirty business that is destroying innocent lives we need do all we can to see it closed down and redeem the dignity of the Filipino people. Post your comment on

nila kung anuman ang mangyayari sa kanilang Padre De Pamilia pero naniniwala pa rin sila sa dasal na puedeng magsalba sa kalagayan ngayon ng kanilang ama. Kaya maraming Filipino ngayon sa Pilipinas ang nagdarasal na sana makaraos sa dinadanas na sakit sa ngayon ni Dolphy. Kahit nga sa mga Social Network sites kagaya ng facebook at twitter santambak ang mga prayers para sa Comedy King. Patuloy pa rin sila umaasa sa himala ng dasal.Matapos gumaling sa Pneumonia ,komplikasyon sa mga iniinom na gamut ang iniinda ngayon ng Comedy King. Matagal na raw na may sakit sa bato at mahina ang baga ni Dolphy, at sa kasalukuyan bumigay raw ang vital organs particular na binabantayan sa ngayon ay ang kidney na puede rin bumigay anumang oras. Ayon rin sa isa sa mga anak ni Dolphy na si Ronnie Quizon,tanggap na rin niya kung anuman ang mangyayari sa ama. Natatandaan pa nga raw niya ang sabi ni Dolphy noon, na ayaw daw nito na maraming nakasaksak sa kanya para lang mabuhay kung babawian daw ito ng buhay gusto ni Dolphy yung hindi siya mahihirapan.83 yrs old na ang Comedy King sa ngayon at sa July 25 ang kanyang birthday. Maraming artista na rin ang dumalaw sa Makati Medical Center sa pangunguna ni Maricel Soriano,Willie Revillame,Charo Santos-Concio, Smokey Manaloto at AiAi Delas Alas. Marami rin kaming mga pinoy dito sa San Diego na nakausap namin na ipagdarasal din nila ang mabilisang paggaling ng Comedy King.Nakikiisa kami sa himala na magagawa ng dasal. Habang nasa malubhang kalagayan si Dolphy, eto at nabubuhay na naman ang pagiging kandidato niya bilang National Artist of the Philippines sa taong ito. Matagal na ‘yan, dapat noon pa siya nanalo.Alam nyo bang si FPJ palang ang nanalo sa titulong yan na isang artista at karamihan puro mga director ang nakakakuha?Paano ba naman kasi pinasukan ng pulitika ang pamimili, reklamo ng ibang taga showbiz kaya hindi napansin si Dolphy. Sabi nga namin, sa totoo lang matagal ng nanalo sa puso ng mga tao si Dolphy bilang National Artist dahil marami siyang pinasaya sa amin. AMALIA FUENTES KINASUHAN NG LIBEL SINA RUFFA GUTIERREZ AT ANNABELLE RAMA !!! Kinasuhan ni Amalia Fuentes ang ng libel ang mag-inang Annabelle Rama at Ruffa Gutierrez itoy tungkol sa mga tweets nila na ayon kay Amalia ay nakakasirang puri para sa kanya. Samantalang nagdedmahan naman sina Amalia at Ruffa nang magkita sila sa isang court dahil sa nasabing kaso, at pilit na na sinasabi ng atty. ni Ruffa na wala namang name na sinasabi sa naturang tweet.Pero sabi naman ni Amalia, alam na nga lahat na siya ang tinutukoy ni Ruffa sa naturang tweet at huwag na raw itanggi.Pero isang bagay ang napuna namin, palaban ang Ruffa G. pero hindi siya nakipagbangayan . Habang naghamon naman si Annabelle na magdimanda raw si Amalia at hindi raw niya ito uurungan sa laban.Dawit naman si Biangca Gonzalez na nagsulat tungol sa mga sinabi ni Annabelle against Amalia ,at humingi na rin ito ng sorry sa dating movie queen.Malayo pa ang mararating libel case na ito ,abangan na lang natin ang mga susunod na kabanata.

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hired by the World Boxing Organization became the latest to conclude that Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley when they fought for the welterweight title on June 9 in Las Vegas. WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced on June 13 he would have a panel of what he called “five international judges” review the scoring of the highly controversial bout. Bradley won a split decision and ended Pacquiao’s seven-year winning streak in a result that outraged the sporting world. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he thought Pacquiao won the fight. Judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross each scored the bout 115-113 for Bradley, while Jerry Roth saw it 115-113 for Pacquiao. Ford, ironically, is a longtime close friend of Reid’s. The outrage at the call was so great that less than 24 hours after the bout concluded, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Yahoo! Sports he would ask Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto to investigate the fight. Cortez Masto’s office would not confirm nor deny whether an investigation is ongoing, but Arum told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday that Cortez Masto’s chief investigator and the deputy spoke to him in his Las Vegas office. “I told them they need to interrogate me, they need to interrogate Todd [duBoef, the Top Rank president] and all the people in my office,” Arum said. “They have to ask hard questions.” Arum wants the investigation because the public and many boxing websites have accused him of fixing the fight and having a hand in the judging. Ford told Yahoo! Sports on June 10 that he scored the fight as he saw it and said he felt Bradley gave Pacquiao “a boxing lesson” in the second half of the fight. The WBO gave Manny Pacquiao a championship ring June 6 (WBO)Valcarcel would not identify the five judges he had review the tape of the fight, but he said they were well-known, respected officials. He said all five scored it for Pacquiao. One of the judges had it 118110, or 10 rounds to two. Two of them had it 117-111 (the same that Yahoo! Sports scored it on fight night), one had it 116-112 and the other had it as Roth did, 115-113. Valcarcel kept a promise not to strip Bradley of the belt. He ordered a rematch, but there was a rematch clause in the contract and Pacquiao has said he wants to exercise it. Pacquiao will fight again on Nov. 10, whether it is against Bradley or someone else, Arum said. Upon hearing the news of the WBO’s reviews, Pacquiao told reporters in the Philippines he was pleased and that he would defeat Bradley in a rematch to regain the title. “My supporters shouldn’t worry. We’re going to get that title,” Pacquiao said. Timothy Bradley won a questionable decision over Manny Pacquiao (Chris Farina/Top Rank)Arum, though, said he wouldn’t agree to a rematch until he spoke with Pacquiao and explained the ramifications. He said he would ultimately honor Pacquiao’s wishes, but said he thinks the attorney general needs to complete her investigation and show that there was no wrongdoing. “Obviously, he’s the boss, he’s the fighter, and to the extent possible, I’ll do what he says,” Arum said. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t have his loyalty. I have to talk to him, though, and make certain he understands all the ramifications and if he is aware of what the public’s perception is. I would have to have, if I were going to do a rematch, an investigation, which is ongoing with the attorney general’s office, to clarify the situation. “If it was simply the incompetence of the judges and a simple mistake, period, which is what you and I suspect, and they determine there is no wrongdoing, that’s easy to remedy. All we do is have a rematch with different judges. Absent that, given all this suspicion, no matter

by Kevin Iole | Yahoo Sports Blog, 6/21/2012 -- Five independent judges

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WBO concludes Pacquiao topped Timothy Bradley

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Charisma mo ang kumiliti sa musmos ko pang puso Na nagugulumihanan pagka’t walang nagtuturo Balot ng pagkahiya ang nakagisna’y pagkadungo Ang masulyapan ka lamang dibdib ko ay sumisikdo. Rosal kang bulaklak, hamog ang kapiling sa magdamag Humahaplos sa talulot mong lahat na’y pumangarap Sa pagputok niyong araw dumadantay yaong sikat Upang ikaw ay rumikit, unti-unti sa pagbukad. Iniingat-ingatang damdamin ko’y ‘yong matuklasan Kaya naman sa pagtitig isang iglap at panakaw Ligaya n’yaring loob na ipinta sa balintataw At angkinin ang alindog mong lingid sa kaalaman. Sinisinta kang ‘di mo man lamang tapunan ng pansin Dahil ang ‘yong paniwala, ako sa’yo’y ligaw-tingin Ang hindi mo nababatid ay matapat ang hangarin Na ikaw’y pangarap ko, habang buhay ay makapiling. Tunay na natititlihan kapag ikaw’y tinutukso Sarili mo’y tumututol sa pagsuyo kong totoo Pakiwari mo’y bata pa ‘di pa handang makipagnobyo Tadhana ang magsasabi kung kaylan ang para dito. Ikinubli ang damdamin upang hindi mapahayag Sa tuwinang tatangkain ay nawawalan ng lakas Kaya’t yaring saloobin ay nanatiling pangarap Magpahanggang sa ngayo’y ‘sang lihim na hindi nabunyag. Nangalagas ang mga dahon sa tangkay ng panahon Yaring musmos na pag-ibig sa limot ay napabaon Ikaw ay napalayo ‘di nasaksihan ang pagyabong Kanino na iaalay pag-ibig-tutang umusbong? Akala ng iba, ang umibig ang bata’y ‘di dapat Lalo’t higit sa mga labi’y bahid pa yaong gatas Pa’no na kung magkataong pag-irog ay sadyang wagas Kawangis ng pagsinta ko sa Diyosang nililiyag? Ika-16 ng Enero, 2012
how unwarranted, it would be hard to do a rematch. Half of these websites are saying that the promoter is the one who did this and that I talked to these judges. I had nothing whatsoever to do with picking them and never talked to them.” Arum said if he didn’t make a rematch for Pacquiao with Bradley, he’d instead pair him for a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. He also said he is open to a Nov. 10 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is currently serving an 87-day jail sentence at the Clark County, Nev., Detention Center, “if we could work that out.” But Arum said the biggest issue is the need for the Nevada Athletic Commission to pick judges from around the country and around the world for major fights, not just from Nevada. He said he felt that age was impacting the performance of both Roth, 71, and Ford, 74. Arum is 81. “Of course age is a factor in performance and Exhibit A is myself,” he said. “I know that at my age, I can’t concentrate as well as I did when I was younger. Watching a fight, 12-round fight, and concentrating over three minutes for 12 rounds really is an exhausting experience, if you’re really looking to do it right. “I don’t think any people past a certain age are able to do that, and I mean nothing against them. I’m not able to do that. I know boxing, but if someone said, ‘OK Bob, you sit here and judge the fight,’ I couldn’t trust myself to concentrate that hard for that long.”


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Health and Wellness
FDA May Ban BPA from Infant Formula Containers
So, by now you’ve probably come to terms with bubble baths not necessarily being the healthiest, most nourishing alternative for your skin. Life goes on, and in much more luxurious, relaxing ways. Each of them serve a beautifying purpose, and each of them are (of course) environmentally friendly and 100% natural. Straight from nature. No synthetic chemicals applied. 1. Milk and Honey – Bathe Like an

5 Relaxing, Rejuvenating Bath Recipes – Perfect Alternatives to Bubbles
Egyptian If it was good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for you. You may have heard of Cleopatra. She ruled Egypt. She was beautiful. And she bathed in milk and honey. As cliche as it may sound, bathing in milk and honey is a fantastic way to get soft, supple skin – all over your body. The lactic acid in milk is very exfoliating, and honey is softening, moisturizing, and allaround beautifying. The key is to use full-fat milk (or powdered milk) and pure honey. Full-fat milk will not only exfoliate the skin, but it will also moisturize. How to take a milk and honey bath: Pour 1-2 cups of milk (or 1/2 c. full-fat powdered milk) and 1/2 c. honey under running, warm water. Swish around to mix, and hop in. Close your eyes and imagine 5 beautiful servant men fanning you with palm leaves. Repeat as necessary. For full effect, brush your skin lightly and in circular motions with a dry brush or a washcloth before getting in the bathtub. 2. Soak in Champagne or Red Wine My skin ... it’s full of stars. It may not be economically feasible to soak in wine or champagne daily, but this bath is a decadent (and highly effective) treat for any skin type. In fact, the veritable Teri Hatcher swears by her wine baths as antiaging and skin softening. The polyphenols in red wine are incredible antioxidants (read: antiaging) and the tartaric acid in champagne lightens skin and helps reduce discoloration and fine lines. Both red wine and champagne are also great for cleansing pores and then reducing their appearance. Lest you think this is still a wasteful idea, let it be known that bathing with either of these two heavenly liquids after they’ve gone flat or turned is still a very beautifying experience. So never again will you have to throw out that last cup of champagne or wine that’s sat alone in the back of the fridge. Now, you can bathe in it. Genius! How to take a wine or champagne bath: Simply pour a glass (or more) of red wine or champagne into your running bath. Soak for 20 minutes. Feel extravagant. 3. Rejuvenate with Epsom Salts – Sexier Than You Think This stuff makes you feel sooooo good. Want to feel like you just left a fullbody massage given by a man named Hans Hermann (nickname: The Austrian Biceps) without leaving your house? Soak your body in some epsom salts. Here’s the coolest thing I know about epsom salts: Scientists have proven that your body actually soaks UP the magnesium in epsom salts when you bathe in it. So taking a bath in them is akin to getting a good dose of magnesium. What does magnesium do? It relaxes you. It soothes aching muscles. It regu-

BY GRETCHEN GOETZ | JUN 14, 2012 -- After scientific evidence failed to convince the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to outlaw BPA in food packaging, a lawmaker has spotted another way to get the agency to regulate the substance. Ever since 2008, when new research suggested that bisphenol A - used in packaging to make plastic harder or protect metal can linings - could be harmful to humans, consumer advocates have been pushing for an all-out federal ban on containers carrying the chemical. So far this push has been successful only in the court of public opinion, where the public’s fear of BPA has caused many manufacturers to phase it out of products. FDA has consistently said that evidence supporting the dangers of BPA is currently too weak to justify banning the substance. Now a lawmaker has found another way to get this chemical off the market - or at least out of infant formula containers. In March, Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) petitioned FDA to remove regulatory approval for BPA in three items: baby and toddler food packaging, small reusable household containers and canned food packaging. Markey argued that manufacturers “have abandoned the use of BPA” in these products. Legally, FDA can remove approval for the use of an additive if that use has since been abandoned. Markey’s petition essentially asked FDA to withdraw approval for BPA in these three products on the grounds that this use is no longer practiced and therefore no longer needs approval. On Wednesday, FDA accepted Markey’s petition to disallow the use of BPA in infant formula containers, but denied the petition as it related to small reusable containers and canned food packaging. The agency informed Markey that it will file the infant formula petition in the Federal Register, collect and review public comments on the petition, and then propose a final rule that would change regulations to no longer allow BPA in infant formula containers. “New parents should be worried about bibs and bottles not BPA when feeding their babies,” said Rep. Markey in a statement Wedesday. “With FDA finally taking steps to remove BPA from infant formula, feeding time for parent and babies just got much safer. Now that the FDA is moving forward with my petition, industry practice can follow consumer demand and we will be able to close the door on the use of BPA in infant formula forever.” While Markey praised FDA’s move, he also called on both the agency and industry to take further steps to phase bisphenol A out of food packaging. “Accepting this petition is a good start, but there are many industries that are ignoring consumer concerns and continuing to poison our food supply with this dangerous chemical. There are viable alternatives for BPA in food packaging, and I urge companies to be better corporate citizens and abandon the use of this toxic chemical. I also encourage FDA to complete and make public their long-overdue assessment of BPA’s health impacts, and make clear their next steps for ensuring our entire food supply is free from this damaging chemical.” Whether or not BPA in food containers is indeed a threat to human health remains a subject of great debate. Studies pointing to its toxicity have suggested that repeated exposure to low levels of the chemical may have a negative effect on brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants and young children; however many scientists have said that Americans are simply not exposed to levels of BPA that could cause them harm. Studies on BPA safety amount to “probably the largest body of evidence on safety of food contact
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New strategy succeeds in BPA ban where others have failed

Many people think occasional junk food indulgence can be balanced out by skipping meals later in the week or by putting in some extra time on the treadmill. The truth is that the consequences of this type of eating can turn up in unexpected ways, often years later as toxins accumulate in your body and cause serious illnesses like cancer or diabetes. It is only in the past several decades that the abundance of toxic chemical ingredients in food, have made the consequences of dietary indulgences so lethal. In order to boost profits, food purveyors use chemicals which have a similar effect to the tobacco industry’s addition of nicotine to tobacco, making a substance at once more addictive and more deadly. Mystery Ingredient #1 Take this quiz to help you to see how much you know about the real results of fast food snacking: What was concocted in a laboratory in 1908 and is present in nearly every non-dessert item on KFC’s menu? What “seasoning” did the US begin manufacturing subsequent to WWII after learning that rations for soldiers on the opposing side

Fast food nutrition facts – mystery ingredients are industrial chemicals
included this substance? When the FDA “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) standard for food additives was established in 1958, what substance was grandfathered in without any testing to verify its safety? What food additive, so omnipresent in fast food restaurants that even salads often contain it, has been linked to obesity as well as depression, migraines, mental confusion, dizziness, anxiety or panic attacks, stiffness, joint pain, loss of balance, slurred speech, diarrhea, blurred vision and ADHD? What chemical substance do food manufacturers love to use so much that they have developed a long list of aliases to hide its presence from consumers? If you answeredMSGto all of the above questions, give yourself a gold star for knowledge of food chemicals. Mystery Ingredient #2 What popular sweetener, present in most soft drinks and “sports drinks,” is manufactured via a process which makes use of glutaraldehyde, an
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lates blood pressure. It regenerates and heals skin cells. And soaking in epsom salts themselves? It reduces swelling, helps heal bruises, and detoxifies your system handily. So even though the words “epsom salts” may make you think of old ladies in knee-high stockings getting lectured by their doctor, trust me, it’s sexier than you think. How to take an epsom salt bath: Add 1-1/2 to 2 cups epsom salt to your running bathwater. If desired, before adding the salt to your bath, drop in 1020 drops of your favorite essential oil to the epsom salts. Stir well, and then add to the bathwater. 4. Customize Your Bliss with an Herbal Bath Bathe in herbal tea with or without essential oils. There are a thousand different ways you can take an herbal bath, and each of them are decidedly healing and relaxing. You don’t need to run out to the (Continued on page 19)

FDA approves new combination vaccine that protects children against two bacterial diseases
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Menhibrix, a combination vaccine for infants and children ages 6 weeks through 18 months, for prevention of invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups C and Y and Haemophilus influenzae type b.  Diseases caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcal disease) and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib disease) can be life-threatening. These bacteria can infect the bloodstream causing sepsis, and the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord causing meningitis. In young children, Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae type b are important causes of bacterial meningitis. Without vaccination, children younger than two years are susceptible to these serious illnesses. Meningococcal and Hib diseases are particularly dangerous because both diseases often progress rapidly and can cause death or serious, longlasting health consequences such as blindness, mental retardation, or amputations. Early symptoms for both diseases often are difficult to distinguish from other common
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Cow milk, goat milk, and soy milk has popular this day. Now, people also like coconut milk. This is because coconut milk has good nutrition just like other milks. Every part of Coconut tree has a lot of function. Start from its leaf until its root has useful function. That’s why coconut spout used as scout symbol. That’s because coconut has too much function. Coconut can prevent our body from internal and external disease. Coconut milk also can build our immune system just like other kinds of milk. Coconut milk is liquid which is extracted from coconut. The color is white and the milk is oily because it has a lot of oil and the taste is sweet. You can’t mix the coconut milk and coconut water. Let’s discuss about Coconut milk nutrition facts. What will you get if you drink coconut milk? Coconut milk is perfect beverage to loss weight. Saturated fat inside the coconut milk consists of short and middle chain fatty acid will be changed into energy inside the body. Even though coconut milk has too much saturated fat, it can stabilize your weight. There are some antioxidants that you can find inside the coconut milk.

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Antioxidant helps your body to avoid dangerous free radical which can degenerate your body cells. Because of that, coconut milk can prevent you from getting cancer, eyes problem, bone problem, and premature aging. Coconut milk can be your easy and cheap alternative if you are not tolerant towards lactose and if you have animal milk allergic. Coconut milk contains lauric acid which has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti fungal and anti-virus. Thus, coconut milk can help strengthen the immune system by getting rid of stomach bacteria, flu, colds, sore throats, boils and various diseases. Coconut milk is also good for our heart. Coconut milk contains lauric acid which helps us to keep the artery clean and keep hearts healthy. And although the coconut milk contains saturated fat, the lauric acid and some acids in coconut milk makes it good against heart disease and atherosclerosis. Coconut milk also can help your digestion system. Coconut milk contains of a lot of useful substance for stomach to digest the meals properly. If you drink coconut milk, bad bacteria inside your stomach will be killed by antibacteria substance of coconut milk. If

it is viewed from nutrition point, a cup of coconut milk contains the following nutrition as shown in the nutrition table. Nutrition -- Capacity Calorie -- 552 cal Total fat -- 57,2 gram Cholesterol -- 0 mg Sodium -- 36 mg Total carbohydrate -- 13,3 gram Protein -- 5,5 gram Vitamin C -- 11 % Calcium -- 4% Iron -- 22% You can also use coconut milk to care your hair and skin. There are many cosmetic company use coconut milk to make a shampoo and other beauty product. If your skin is burnt by sunlight, you can use coconut milk to cure your skin. You can use coconut milk while take a bath. You can also smear the coconut milk on your skin and leave it one night. It will be able to get rid the aching and give the natural moisture to your skin.

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Even City Hall was not spared by our Operation: Basura showing our concern not only for what we saw and (Continued from page 9) heard but also for what we “smelled”. In the second group, we pushed for human dignity, built on justice, and the accelerated implementation of the dedicated to progress – where every Vatican II Reforms. Working with man may develop and fulfill himself us were priests, seminarians, nuns, according to his ability and in the ser- students, business people, farmers, vice of his fellow men.” Our youth jeepney drivers, and many other secarm called YCSP (Young Christian tors of society. Our 89-day and night Socialists of the Philippines) launched picket at the Pro-Cathedral predated several projects, the most noted of the present Occupy Movement. which was the “Congress Vigilantes” Within the period, I was chosen which monitored the movements of to represent the YCSP in the world Congressmen and Senators in and out conference of the International Union of Congress by YCSP students armed of Young Christian Democrats bewith cameras and notepads. It drew ing held in Montevideo, Uruguay. support even from the wives of some Since the Italian Christian Democrats legislators who were caught going to financed my trip, I had to pass by “day clubs” or sleeping during sesRome for some meetings. Arranged sions. We also demanded government by Dean Jerry Montemayor, I was reforms and conducted lie-down pick- able to meet with the Vatican State ets blocking the gates of Malacanang. Department and discuss our concerns also live free and pursue their own happiness. This team carries around an infectious joy as they do their work, and never complains when asked to do (Continued from page 1) overtime or weekend work. And means finding purpose in sacrifice. when we plan for systems, manuals or processes, they do it with an understanding of our mission to be Last week, I met Ate Inday Losa support structure for GK’s backenada, one of our inspiring community organizers for our Bayanihan bone of heroes. And more than just Village in Iligan. I was there for the a team, we operate as a small family unit that’s connected to the larger turnover of homes for the Sendong global family of GK. And we take victims and I witnessed a different the word “family” very seriously. kind of exodus as families began I was in Iligan last week with IT walking towards the new village, co-servant Jersey Miranda trying to their children in hand and carrying understand our reconstruction work whatever little possessions they had left or had collected in the evacuation and brainstorming on how to refine our systems and processes for Sendcenters. ong. Little did we know that while It was Ate Inday’s birthday, and we were on the plane, the homes of if one didn’t know any better, you over 200 families were being razed would think that she was one of the down by a fire, including those of his beneficiaries because tears were just flooding her face as we talked to one relatives, one of whom works in the IT team with us, Joseph. As soon family after another to find out how they felt about their new home. I es- as we landed, he started getting the pecially loved watching the children, frantic calls. I knew he wanted to be there for holding hands with a parent and askhis family and I told him he could go ing, “Kani na atong balay?” (Is this home, but I honor him for deciding our home now?) And without any to complete the mission we set out words you could sense the amazeto do while also attending to famment and gratitude after the loss and devastation they had experienced and ily matters remotely. I saw him tear the hardships of the past five months up when we turned over the homes living in crowded evacuation centers. to the Sendong victims, and he told me he couldn’t help but think of his But my favourite moments were when the family said sorry and thank family back home. But what was heartwarming and gave him comfort you to Ate Inday – for the difficulwas knowing that while we were ties that our community organizers on mission, our GK family quickly had to face when we were starting the values formation for the Sendong got to work, responding to Joseph’s victims. There were times when they needs by immediately helping in their own way – giving clothes, money or were locked out of centers, asked to leave, shouted at, had arguments with offering their friendship and presence. Joseph’s family now lives in an – you name it – our organizers were evacuation center & it will be a long faced with the most raucous set of journey to recovery, but we are all unbelievers. But Ate Inday and her team remain committed to handhold and see them through this difficult time. unfazed because they could see the same anger and pain that they I OFTEN NEED TO LEAVE FAMthemselves had gone through as fire ILY BEHIND when I go on mission, victims. Before Ate Inday became a and everytime I do, I entrust my proud GK resident of GK Missionmost precious ones to God and to our ville, she was a fire victim who lost everything. “Akala ko noon, hindi na GK family. I carry in my heart the confidence that God can take care maibabalik lahat ng nawala sa akin. Pero sobra sobra pa yung binigay ng of them better than I ever can, and GK. Di lang ako nagka-bahay. Nag- that my GK family are my extended hands and feet in case Manny or our karoon ng halaga ang aking buhay children ever need anything. kasi nakakatulong pa ako sa iba.” (I This is what it means to be a thought I could never get back what “katig” -- living out our mission of I had lost. But GK gave me so much caring and sharing not just in our more. I didn’t just get a house, I communities but in our very own discovered that my life has value families and homes. It is the same because it is spent serving others.) Like her and so many others, every spirit that I experienced when I was assigned to Mindanao, when I GK hero has a story worth telling, became part of the PMG family -- I because our lives are emptied out serving others. At point of breaking, know that I belong to an army of miswhen we face failure or heartbreak, we simply renew our commitment to hope. We are this world’s wounded healers – GK allows us to transform our pain into powerful instruments of healing. AN OUTRIGGER IS A BOAT’S CONSTANT. In calm waters or rough seas, the outrigger is always the balancing force to make sure the boat does not tip over. “Maging katig” means being in a constant state of mission. One of my biggest sources of inspiration lately is the team that I belong to – the IT team. It may seem a little odd to many given that what the team does is mostly within the GK Headquarters and they are hardly onground unlike the other teams in GK. Thankfully, being a GK fulltime worker is less about the work that is assigned to us and more about the posture of our heart. Yes, on-ground work is much more challenging and exciting, but the call is just as true, the urgency is just as real and the work is just as important in the office as it is in our communities. Being in a constant state of mission means we must go beyond comfort zones and seek the greatest adventure – to be in the service of others. And not just seek our own freedom and happiness but to work tirelessly until the majority who are poor can


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In a capitalistic society, money begets more money. So it is safe to assume that the Catholic Church remains as rich as ever. To the institution on whom “much is given, much is required.” Consistent with the principle we enunciated at the start, the Church’s commitment to poverty alleviation should, therefore, be greater than ever. The same responsibility goes to the other religious organizations but since about 80% of the Filipinos are Catholics, most of the targeted poor are assumed to be cared for by the Catholic Church. If the other religious sects provide assistance to their own members, then we should expect less poor people. GAWAD KALINGA When you donate to your Church you get certain rewards. Materially, the donation is tax deductible. Spiritually, you feel good hoping that you get rewarded in the Great Beyond at that burns bright and eventually becomes the transforming flame. This is our deepest calling – to be a caretaker to one another, to be the outrigger so that we can safely bring every family across the ocean tempest to the peaceful shore where they can rebuild their lives. I was recently in Tinago Falls of Iligan, and we witnessed the formation of a rainbow right where the majestic waterfalls were. I knew in my heart it was the Lord’s way of affirming us that we will never again see the devastation of Sendong in Iligan, because we are now building sturdy homes for the poor. We renew our commitment to be the Lord’s instruments in making that promise a reality. May God grant us the grace to be faithful.
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E-Rotary clubs in Asia called Global Kalinga e-Rotary Club, must be an outstanding leader. Combining Rotary’s and Gawad Kalinga’s goals and anti-poverty programs with the ability to reach both beneficiaries and benefactors worldwide in real time via the wonders of online communication, Ernie converted into reality what many could not even dream of a decade earlier. Okay, as my barber would say, “You are biased. Tony Meloto was an AFS Student like you. Jane and Ernie are your personal friends.” Consider what Gawad Kalinga commits: “Through creative leveraging resources, every peso you give is multiplied at least four times over because of the sweat equity of the beneficiaries themselves, volunteer services, and donations in kind, like land and land development, provided by corporations, government and other partners.” In past governments, only 80% of your tax contributions go to programs that serve you. In Gawad Kalinga, your contributions even increase 400%. Study GK’s Programs such as Feed the Families for Life; Nurture the Young; Provide Basic Healthcare; Build Infrastructure; Empower the Residence; and Care for Environment. Directly or indirectly, they are all proven tools or weapons in our Battle Against Poverty. *** Next Series: Community Organizations, Families, Individuals, Technologies

as expressed in our on-going lie-in pickets. Also during this period, our research showed that the Archdiocese of Manila was the 5th richest diocese in the world and the 4th largest contributor to Rome. Yet, poverty was everywhere and the Cardinal/Archbishop of Manila had a Rolls Royce; the diocese owned most of Escolta, substantial shares of major corporations, and in control of at least 3 banks. So, a major demand accompanying the faster implementation of the Vatican II Reforms was precisely to pour in more money for poverty alleviation. We eventually saw priests saying masses facing the parishioners with dialects the latter could understand, the elimination of 1st class, 2nd class, etc. of wedding, baptismal, and funeral ceremonies. Of course, more money was spent on the poor people through the Catholic Charities. sionaries and I find that I have family wherever I go. And when we say “walang iwanan,” it’s a sacred commitment we make not just to the GK communities we care for but also to one another. More than just a tagline, it is our way of life.. The outrigger is the most worn out, unappreciated part of the boat and it is almost always tested to the point of breaking. “Maging katig” means loving without counting the cost. A few years ago, our community organizers from GK Molave were put in prison when recalcitrant families in their community filed charges against them. I remember thinking at that time how serious the work of GK was becoming, and how we were dismantling age old corrupt practices and syndicates and the cost to our workers as we pursued the mission of liberating the poor from these unjust structures. With the help of partners , they were eventually released and surprisingly, they continued to conduct values formation for the community. This year, after three years of difficult and committed work, we heard from them again as sharers during the Leaders Conference. As they were planning on what homes to construct, these amazingly heroic families and GK residents were actually thinking of how to accommodate the very same recalcitrant families who put their leaders in jail a few years ago. And for those who question the power of caring and sharing, GK Molave is a testament of the human heart’s capacity to forgive and to love. When GK families experience unconditional love from caretakers, we unleash a power and greatness within them and we never know what kind of ripple effects it will generate. THIS IS GK’S BRAND OF SACRIFICIAL, SELFLESS LOVE that I have witnessed throughout my journey. It is a love that is transcendent, never counting the cost, never asking for anything in return. It is the purest kind of love and the most genuine act of generosity given in a constant and consistent way – and it is what is sweeping throughout the country and the world. It reminds me of a wise saying by Hafiz of Persia: “Even after all this time, The sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with A love like that. It lights the whole sky.” In communities that have only known darkness, a GK caretaker’s heart brings a ray of light – a candle


the end of your material life. As what happened to many, you get back your contributions a thousand fold. Of the private sector-run anti-poverty warriors, Gawad Kalinga is one that attracts many of us. Personally, I like its leader and many of its members and supporters. Gawad President Tony Meloto was an American Field Service (AFS) International Scholar at a time of social and student unrest in both the United States and the Philippines. Exposed to the best and worst of America during turbulent times and nurtured as a teenager forced to assume social responsibility, academic excellence, and international diplomacy, he definitely broadened his horizons dreaming to make a difference in a “dog eat dog” world. I should know. I was an AFS student too during those challenging times. We heard Robert Kennedy popularizing the quote of George Bernard Shaw; “I see things as they are and say, why. I dream of things that never were and say, why not?” Tony Meloto was and continues to be a dreamer. He was a better and more effective and efficient planner, organizer, leader and controller. Any one who inspires and motivates somebody like Jane Singson Fields must be a good leader. The latter was a warrior not only for a politically free Philippines but most especially an economically democratic and poverty-free Philippines. Any one who inspires and motivates an outstanding Rotarian like Ernie Delfin to form one of the first

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Small Steps of Love
How can we choose love when we have experienced so little of it? We choose love by taking small steps of love every time there is an opportunity. A smile, a handshake, a word of encouragement, a phone call, a card, an embrace, a kind greeting, a gesture of support, a moment of attention, a helping hand, a present, a financial contribution, a visit ... all these are little steps toward love. Each step is like a candle burning in the night. It does not take the darkness away, but it guides us through the darkness. When we look back after many small steps of love, we will discover that we have made a long and beautiful journey. Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, ©1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc.

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15th in a series from the booklet of the same name the Joyful mystery, that time, it was Mama Mary who said Q: You mentioned about the Blessed yes but now, it is our time Mother. Did Jesus to say yes to the Lord. The say anything to second Joyful mystery is the you about His Visitation. Meaning whatever we know about the Lord, we mother's Rosary?
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Return bells of Balangiga, Binay again urges US
By Jerry E. Esplanada, Philippine Daily Inquirer | WASHINGTON, 6/15/2012 -- Stressing that the bells of Balangiga hold a “special meaning to Filipinos,” Vice President Jejomar Binay has once again urged the United States government to return them to the Philippines. In a statement Thursday, Binay appealed to Washington to heed the voice of the Filipino people. “The Balangiga bells are a remembrance of the men, women and children of Balangiga who died in our struggle for freedom. The return of the bells will be an act of goodwill that will further strengthen the long-standing diplomatic relationship between the Philippines and the US,” Binay said. The three bells were taken as war trophies by American soldiers from the town of Balangiga in Samar province during the Philippine-American War at the turn of the 20th century. On May 3 this year, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead wrote US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta a letter, stating his opposition to the return of the bells to the Philippines. Binay said he was “strongly opposed to any efforts to deconstruct our war memorials that honor our fallen soldiers.” “While we respect the fact that the bells are a war memorial to US soldiers who were killed in Balangiga, I hope the US will take into consideration that the bells are a memorial, as well, of the many innocent civilians who were murdered in the wake of the indiscriminate (Continued on page 19)

should visit other people and spread to them how merciful our God is. And in the third Joyful Mystery, is the birth of Jesus. Here He became man that is why we need to have changes in our lives and allow Jesus to enter our life. And the fourth Joyful Mystery is the Presentation, meaning we have to present Jesus to the heart of the people. We need to introduce Him to the hearts of the people, we need to present Jesus to the hearts of the people so that when He comes back in the 5th mystery, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, in His coming back, He will find out that He is inside the hearts of people because He is really coming gloriously.

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At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320). -- Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. Amen.

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

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Lord God, You are the Author of Life and Freedom. In your Spirit, we have the freedom of the children of God, And in your Name, we promote the freedom of all To seek, embrace, and live the truth of your Word. In that freedom, Lord, we your people stand with Life And reject whatever destroys life Or distorts the meaning of human sexuality. In that freedom, Lord, we your people live our lives In a way that advances your Kingdom of Life, And we refuse to cooperate in what is evil. At this moment, therefore, when our government has decided To force us to cooperate in evil, We pray for the grace to be faithful to you And to oppose the unjust laws and mandates That have been imposed upon us and our institutions. We pray for the conversion of those in civil authority Who fail to appreciate the demands of conscience. We pray for the complete reversal of all policies That permit the destruction of life Or coerce the cooperation of your people In practices that are wrong. Bring us to a Culture of Life. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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STUDENT WHO OBTAINED 0% ON AN EXAM (I would have given him 100%) Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die? * his last battle Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? * at the bottom of the page Q3. River Ravi flows in which state? * liquid Q4. What is the main reason for divorce? * marriage Q5. What is the main reason for failure? * exams Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast? * Lunch & dinner Q7. What looks like half an apple? * The other half Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become? * It will simply become wet Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ? * No problem, he sleeps at night. Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand? * You will never find an elephant that has only one hand. Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have ? * Very large hands Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it? * No time at all, the wall is already built. Q13. How can u drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? *Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.

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principles. This is the day of shame, disgrace to Corona as well as to those three Senator Judges. Corona in his trickery and dishonesty, greed, a liar in his SALN, his Machiavellian was a self-destructive manner. Corrupt officials if proven guilty must be in jail! Noynoy must fight for the reclusion perpetua to any corrupt government official whoever they are. The midnight appointments of Arroyo are to be revoked if proven illegal. This is a political chutzpah of a corrupt president. The crux of the matter : After Co-

rona’s impeachment and found guilty, are Filipinos in the doorsill of a new Philippines? Is this may be the start of getting rid of those corrupt politicos? I fathom to say, it will take time, decades of time. But away with those plutocratic oligarchy- that would transform the government into the exclusive domain of kleptocrats and greedy oligarchs. Yes , Da-an Matuwid, we must have. A “Crusade for Change” is what Noynoy’s burning desire. Let us help him set forth on a new direction from hereon—a Renaissance— a resolve as never before that our beloved country, the Philippines “under God, shall have a new birth of governance and shall not perish from the earth”. Noynoy in his honesty shall be the president that will save the Filipino people from relentless poverty. What is next to happen? This situ-

ation of an out-going-president of a noble country like the Philippines and run for the position of a congresswoman like GMA, if not humorous, is complete inanity. Do Filipinos feel sorry for her? She has the ambition to do what? Humorous things are prevalent in our Congress. To GMA, “we must laugh at this woman to avoid crying for her”. Napoleon said that. The triumvirate in the Roman Empire where Julius Caesar became the dictator, he was slain by Brutus at age 55 because of his ambition. One of the three stooges Senator Bongbong Marcos is vying for President of the Philippines in a few years. If he becomes elected because of his ambition to follow the footsteps of his dictator father, is Brutus ready for him? Sad to say, Filipino voters easily forget. The Marcos dictatorship was forgotten. They will forget Bongbong’s support for CJ Corona. They will vote for Marcos’ son with the billions of dollars - Filipino people’s moolah stashed in unknown countries to spend in the election. I hope we get rid of the filthy politics. Noynoy Aquino MUST SAVE the Filipinos. The people and nation had fallen before the shame of dishonesty and thievery. 250 political appointments; 302 military promotions- all in midnight salvo. GMA is absolutely out of her mind. What a shame. She has all the erratic and faux mentality as she undresses for the presidency of the Philippines. I am a US citizen, however, my persona is still a Filipino. Every Filipino is hurt badly by the graft and corruption pervading relentlessly in our country from Marcos presidency to GMA at the present time. The stolen money must be returned and the perpetuator must be prosecuted and justice be done. All these, of course, reflect the desperation with which the Philippines are fighting its seemingly perpetual war against poverty and inefficiency in government in general and the problems of blatant graft and corruption, civility and social order in particular. I really hope and pray that the present government of Pinoy can win the battle. Mr. President, are we in the right track? Walang mahirap kung walang Corrupt? Matuwid na landas? Your boses the people? The country is in your hands in the next 4 more years.

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embalming chemical? What sweet-tasting ingredient, found in such diverse products as McDonald’s Baked Hot Apple Pies, children’s vitamins and commercially prepared salad dressings is frequently contaminated with mercury because of the method by which is it prepared in factories? What food additive delivers calories yet chemically fails to satisfy hunger, causing people to eat more than necessary? Because this substance does not stimulate insulin secretion or reduce the hunger hormone ghrelin, people continue to eat while the body converts what they consume into fat. If you know the answer to the above 3 questions is high fructose corn syrup (HCFS), you are well-informed. This is a challenging accomplishment considering how much disinformation the food manufacturers, the government and the mainstream health establishment put out about HCFS being harmless. Beware, however, because the food industry has been mulling a name change for this ingredient, possibly calling it “corn sugar” or some new brand name so they can continue to take advantage of subsidized US corn. Mystery Ingredient #3 Which of the following fast foods does NOT contain dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent also used in caulks and sealants and Silly Putty: a) McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets b) McDonald’s Fish Filet Patty c) Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries d) KFC BBQ Baked Beans e) KFC Biscuit f) None of the above The correct answer is “f” none of the above. (Chances are if your child swallowed some caulk, you would rush to the emergency room. Perhaps people should start doing the same if their children consume fast food.)

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I am nothing I am just a reflection from the past Like a distant star My thoughts reach out To the night sky of your memories

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The influx of Asians reflects “a slowdown in illegal immigration while American employers increase their demand for high-skilled workers,” the Associated Press said. “The educational credentials of these recent [Asian] arrivals are striking,” the report said. Sixtyone percent of 25-to-64-year-old Asian immigrants come with at least a bachelor’s degree—more than double non-Asian immigrants, making the recent Asian arrivals “the most highly educated cohort of immigrants in U.S. history.” The study also found that AsianAmericans are “more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place a greater value on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success.” Last month, data released by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that there were more minority children born in the United States than whites for the first time in history—signaling what the Washington Post called “the dawn of an era in which whites no longer will be in the majority.” According to the census report, 50.4 percent of children born in a 12-month period that ended July 2011 were Hispanic, black, AsianAmerican or from other minority groups, while non-Hispanic whites accounted for 49.6 percent of all births in that span. In 2010, minority babies accounted for 49.5 percent of all births.

SANDAG Releases Draft 2012-2016 Coordinated Plan The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has released the 2012-2016 Draft Coordinated Plan for review and comment. The Coordinated Plan provides a five-year blueprint for how the transit and social service transportation concepts described in the Regional Transportation Plan are to be implemented in the region. This Plan allows SANDAG to continue to distribute funding under several programs aimed at improving transportation options for seniors, persons with disabilities, reverse commuters, and persons with limited incomes. To view or download the draft Plan, please visit Comments will be accepted through Thursday, July 5, 2012 via fax at (619) 699-1905, electronically through the Web site comment form, by phone at (619) 699-1947, or by mail to SANDAG, Attn: Coordinated Plan, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101. A public hearing on the 2012-2016 Coordinated Plan is scheduled for: Friday, July 6, 2012 – 9 a.m. SANDAG Board of Directors Meeting Room (7th Floor) 401 B Street San Diego, CA 92101 The Draft Coordinated Plan was prepared in collaboration with Metropolitan Transit System, North County Transit District, Caltrans District 11, the SANDAG Social Services Transportation Advisory Council, and the Coordinated Transportation Services Agency for San Diego County, along with input from social service agencies, citizens, stakeholders, and other transportation service providers.

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emerged as a fundamental problem. “We’ve been hearing about major problems lately in power usage,” Hu said. “A smartphone battery is generally expected to last a day before recharging, but we’re hearing about mysterious instances where the battery runs out in a few hours. Users have been complaining about this on Internet forums.” Findings in the paper suggest a way to improve energy efficiency with a technique that has been shown to reduce the energy consumption of four apps by 20 percent to 65 percent. The ultimate goal is to develop an “energy debugger” that automatically pinpoints flaws in software and fixes them without the intervention of a human software developer, Hu said. Eprof mirrors a tool created three decades ago called gprof, which tracks how much time is consumed by software components. “If a program runs for three hours, gprof tells you how much time is spent on each subroutine,” Hu said. “We’ve taken this to a whole new level with eprof to show how much energy is consumed.” The same researchers first created a model making the new profiler tool possible and presented a paper about the model at last year’s EuroSys conference. The model estimates how much power a smartphone is using while an app is running. Link: Web address: http://

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In the final version of the bill strengthening AMLA, only the Court of Appeals is empowered to issue a freeze order on any suspicious monetary instrument or property upon the petition of the Anti-Money Laundering Council or AMLC. The earlier approved version of the Senate also gave the Sandiganbayan the power to issue a freeze order. Under the approved version, the CA is required to act on a petition of the AMLC within 24 hours from filing, while the individual being probed is allowed to file a motion to lift the freeze order. Only the Supreme Court can issue a temporary restraining order or injunction on the freeze order. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas may check the compliance of a covered institution with the requirements of the AMLA. The amended bill removes the authority of the BSP to inquire or examine any deposit or investment. Such power exercised by the BSP had stirred a controversy during the impeachment trial of former chief justice Renato Corona. Senators, meanwhile, could not tell if the passage of just two of the three measures would be enough to spare the country from FATF blacklist. The AMLC would be asked to explain to the FATF the efforts being exerted by the government to address money laundering and terror financing.

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