We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person
perfectly. SAM KEEN
JUNE 2011 9
Amid celebration of the ‘113th Year of Philippine Independence’
Honour historical roots correctly
N June 12, 1898, JOE RIVERA One can argue that no sen-
EMILIO AGUINALDO http://anuncomplicatedmind.blogspot.com sible and patriotic leader of his
proclaimed the inde- country would claim indepen-
pendence of the Phil- dence, yet beg for protection
ippines from the window of his from a foreign army.
home in Kawit, Cavite. A U.S. Library of Congress
A month before, Aguinaldo Country Study on the Philippines
also formally established the Dic- completed in 1991 contained
tatorial Government which he reports that the United States
believed would be more efficient Department of the Navy during
than a republican one in time of that time had ordered Dewey to
crisis. distance himself from Aguinaldo
Later, upon the advice of so he would not make untoward
APOLINARIO MABINI that Agui- commitments to the Philippine
naldo changed the form of gov- forces.
ernment from Dictatorial to Revo- Besides, Aguinaldo was never
lutionary. in a firm position to declare inde-
Aguinaldo’s proclamation of pendence from Spain when the
Philippine independence came Philippine revolution was not over
at the cusp of the Spanish army’s yet.
defeat in the hands of the Filipino The most Aguinaldo could
rebels. A painting shows EMILIO AGUINALDO waving the Philippine tricolour accomplish was to proclaim the
It was never recognized by from a window of his home in Kawit, Cavite after declaring indepen- Filipino aspiration for a govern-
Spain or the United States, which dence from Spain. ment that was independent and
at the time had also been at war free from Spanish control, except
with Spain. this aspiration or desire to be an
In December 1898, American independent state was already
and Spanish peace commission- expressed two years earlier after
ers met in Paris to settle questions members of the Katipunan, led
relating to Cuba, the Philippines, by ANDRES BONIFACIO, declared
and other matters. a nationwide armed revolution to
FELIPE AGONCILLO, Aguinal- win freedom from Spain.
do’s diplomatic envoy, pleaded If we have to critically study
with the commissioners to recog- the origin of an independent and
nize the Philippines as an inde- sovereign Philippines, albeit aspi-
pendent nation. rational, we can trace the embry-
The commissioners refused onic idea to the formation of the
to listen to Agoncillo and went Katipunan in 1892 when a small
ahead to sign the Treaty of Paris group of patriotic Filipinos decid-
on December 10, 1898, in which ed to found a society dedicated
Spain gave up the Philippines to to the objective of securing sep-
the United States for a sum of 20 This image from the US Library of Congress shows US President FRANK- aration and independence from
million dollars. LIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (seated) signing the bill granting indepen- Spain.
On February 4, 1899, the Fili- dence to the Philippines. The Katipunan was founded
pino-American War broke out right after JOSE RIZAL was arrest-
which would last until 1902. ed on July 7, 1892 by Spanish au-
Aguinaldo’s revolutionary government was crushed and his proc- thorities and ordered to be banished to Dapitan.
lamation of independence short-lived. But it was four years later on August 24, 1896, under the threat of
The Philippines was annexed as a Commonwealth of the United discovery by the Spanish civil authorities, that the Katipunan would
States until the end of the Japanese war in 1946 when independence finally declare to wage a national armed revolution against Spain.
was granted to the Philippines on July 4 by the United States’ Con- The Katipunan also established a national government with elect-
gress. ed officials who would lead the nation and the army.
The June 12, 1898 independence proclamation was essentially an There was no holding back the revolution.
aspirational one. The Spanish secret police knew of the dangerous clandestine
It was never achieved, and the colonization of the Philippines was
handed over from its former colonial master Spain to the emerging To page 28, please
power, the United States of America.
Whereas the July 4, 1946 independence was merely a nominal
one, it came at the expense of officially adopting the vestiges of
PHL flag: No no as trademark
American colonialism such as parity rights for American citizens in the
Philippine Constitution and one-sided bilateral agreements in favour HE Philippine flag cannot displayed in battle on May 28,
of the United States such as the Bell Trade Act, Laurel-Langley Agree- be registered as a trade- 1898.
ment and the RP-US Military Bases Agreement. mark for goods and ser- It was formally flown on
In other words, the celebration of Philippine independence, as vices. June 12, 1898 during the proc-
it was held before every July 4 commencing from the third Republic And so are the coat of arms lamation of Philippine indepen-
under President MANUEL ROXAS and then every June 12 beginning and other insignia of the Philip- dence.
the fifth Republic under President DIOSDADO MACAPAGAL, is a ritual pines, as provided in the coun- The law also prohibits the
bereft of historical correctness. try’s Intellectual Property Code. registration of trademarks that
Macapagal changed the celebration of independence to June The Intellectual Property may disparage or falsely sug-
12 as a symbolic act of nationalism which was praised by other Filipino Office of the Philippines (IPOP), gest a connection with national
nationalists at the time, since the July 4th independence was declared warned those in business against symbols or bring these into con-
not by a Filipino but by an American, President HARRY TRUMAN. using the country’s flag in com- tempt or disrepute.
Both dates, however, do not represent the historical truth if the merce, but they “may create “Names and signatures of
celebration of independence should really reflect the first act made and use brands inspired by the past Philippine presidents can-
by the Filipino people to establish a free and sovereign nation. flag or its colours.” not be used as a brand except
Aguinaldo’s June 12th declaration of Philippine independence The flag itself is part of the by their written consent or by
was in itself questionable since he had earlier made overtures to Admi- national patrimony, IPOP said. consent of their surviving spous-
ral GEORGE DEWEY to recognize the independence of the Philippines The Philippine flag was first es,” the IPOP added. PNA
under the protection of the United States Navy.
Look, how my ring encompasseth thy finger, even so thy breast encloseth my poor heart.
Wear both of them, for both of them are thine. Richard the Second: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE,
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He is blessed in love alone, Who loves for years and loves but one. SIR A. HUNT
2. Be willing to listen to others who
“Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
JEANETTE RICASIO shared similar losses and how they dealt
with it. However, you don’t have to take
I am I, and you are you. all the advices in. Just choose whichever’s
Whatever we were to each other appropriate and let the rest go.
That we still are. 3. Practice remembering the good
Call me by my old familiar name memories over the negative ones. It’s not
Speak to me in the easy way which you easy, “switching attention is a critical life-long
always used skill to develop”.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed Being content, 4. Express your emotions when you have
to. Don’t hold back since crying is a normal
at the little jokes human response. If you don’t want to then do
We enjoyed together. something creative to express your emotion
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me, (drawing, painting, etc.)
Let my name be ever UP! This month’s article’s not gonna 5. “It’s a new life”. Begin your new
the household word that be too long. routines, it is important!
It always was. My grandaddy (from my dad’s 6. Believe in “spirit”, mystery, and unseen.
Let it be spoken without effort, side) passed away on June 1, 2011. There is nothing wrong with praying for a sign
Without the trace of a shadow on it. Of course! I’m gonna miss the big ol’ man. that your loved one is ok.
Life means all that it ever meant How do you cope with the death of a 7. Take a break when you have to. You
It is the same as it ever was loved one? I was able to pool in a few answers can schedule a daily rest break to relax and
There is absolutely unbroken continuity. from various sources. calm yourself.
Why should I be out of mind because I am However, honestly... The way I deal with 8. “Discover and grieve your associated
Out of sight? I am but waiting for you it? Is... It happens and sometimes, it’s also for losses”. Also known as secondary losses.; they
For an interval the best to stop physical suffering (sickness, could be dreams of the future, and “plans”
Somewhere very near etc.). So R.I.P. Lolo Filologo <3 to come. With the loss of the one who helped
Just around the corner. “Various ways you can deal with death you “plan them”, these plans have possibly,
All is well. of a loved one” (Thanks to Dr. LaGrand’s article; or might have to be altered now to fit the
www.extraordinary griefexperiences.com): situation. But discover them first, talk about it,
- CANON HENRY SCOTT HOLLAND(1847-1918) 1. Find someone you trust and talk then grieve them.
Grandmother Grandfather Funeral Poems about it. Don’t keep it to yourself, or you will 9. Try to look for ways to help others. It
hurt yourself. brings you peace in return.
10. Replenish your spiritual beliefs. Don’t
be afraid to interact with what you believe in,
such as nature. I find this peaceful.
Fellow mourners! Hope you found this
article helpful ;p
OPINION Oh, before I run I’d like to share a few stuff
that keep me content. You might wanna try!
-- FOR DESSERT! Melt a chocolate bar (I
prefer dark but you can go with milk) for 15
to 20 seconds with two tablespoons of heavy
two hours as the limit for one day of screen milk (optional) in a mug. Then MIX!
After, add as much mini marshmallows
ROSANNA JAVIER time and anything beyond that is already
“gaming overuse”. you want into the gooey mix. Let it melt in the
On my There is yet no known Philippine legisla-
tion setting boundaries for Filipinos’ internet
microwave for another 10 to 15 seconds. The
marshmallows may rise but that’s ok.
video gaming use. The mug might be hot so be careful when
Wikipedia describes “video game addic- taking it out.
tion” or more broadly video game overuse Next, MIX! There you have it ... Fudge!
as the “so-called excessive compulsive use
Turn to page 34, please
of computer and video games that interferes
with so-called “normal life”.
Reports abound as to how children play
compulsively, virtually isolating themselves
from their significant others, many forms of so-
characteristic odour coming from a cial contact and neglecting other interesting
possible combination of computer life events.
desktops, air conditioning and chil- Children spend less time on hygiene and
dren’s sweat always fill the air in in- even deprive themselves of sleep to have
ternet cafes. The lights are dim and there are more time to play; their school grades plum-
a couple of children shouting in there. meting to all time lows. JEANETTE RICASIO
Since it is technically not feasible for me While research suggests that symptoms of AMOR GABORNO
to have an internet connection at home, this video game overuse are akin to some other TINA RADIMISIS
internet cafe scenario is what I am regularly psychological addictions or disorders such ROSANNA JAVIER
thrust in. as compulsive gambling and impulse control
It is far too often that I would have to disorder, the American Psychiatric Associa- Director, Advertising & Promotions
wait for an open slot and quite irritating that tion has not yet conclusively classified video
I couldn’t figure for how much longer I would game addiction as a disorder. LARRY LIMCUMPAO
have to wait for one. Be that as it may, parents including con- Account Executive
The kids, sometimes only 9 to 12 years old, cerned sectors of society should curb this ris-
would often cuss and shout profanity while ing phenomena. Director, Creative
playing. WTF, FY and PI, words too profane we Here are some tips drawn from parents
can’t even print it, so easily slip their tongues. who have started dealing with their kids’ on- BUTCH GALICIA
Fresh from school, the kids stay inside the line gaming addiction. Publisher/Editor
café for hours and hours. As parents, we should set clear limits on ADVERTISING INQUIRIES: Call 647-718-1360, 647-
That makes one wonder, where the kids’ allowed online or video game time. 707-7201 or 647-893-6484; EDITORIALS: 647-706-
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to stay out playing internet games when they the first available opportunity, usually at these
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spending time with their families. immediately after dinner and late at night
With kids playing for more than two hours when others have already slept; and most es- Unless otherwise specifically noted as belonging to li-
should raise concern for parents and even pecially on weekends. breto, all articles, photographs, logos, slogans and ev-
school authorities. erything else subject to copyright laws remain the sole
Turn to page 29, please intellectual work and property of its individual owners.
The American Academy of Pediatrics sets
One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul. HONORE DE BALZAC
JUNE 2011 13
More on ...
manner, with the former. nization was then staging, specifically meant
Sorry, but I deal with caution with anyone for a story on worthwhile community events.
who believes in the stinking sweeping non- I needed the data as the group’s web-
ILL you, a Torontonian, perchance sense that says: Show me who you are with site information that time was so general, and
spend bucks on fare or gas for a and I’ll tell and know who you are. the names of pageant bets might have been
120-kilometre cold rainy day joy Indeed, only a moron can outdo the kept, perhaps inadvertently, top secret.
ride, while away some four hours world’s best shrink. Anyways, I received the president’s reply,
on a forth-and-back trip, and exert even the which simply referred me to the group’s PRO.
laziest of effort, just to disrupt and grab grub in Which brings us to a very valuable lesson: I perceived that as a good leader’s qual-
a kababayan’s event in Niagara? Never ever mess with a moron. He has noth- ity -- sharing and delegating authority to qual-
The ecstatic replies: ‘No to stupidity ... sim- ing to lose. ified officials. It had a PRO who could profes-
ply crazy ... fantastically idiotic ... amazingly Fair warning! Ever never mess with me. sionally work on it.
lunatic ... if it’s the casino, let’s go nuts!’ Hindi naman siguro marunong mag-bas-
Just what I thought. Ano ako, baliw? Resolving to brand me persona non gra- ketball ang naturang pangulo. Wadyatink?
ta? I really don’t mind.
C’mon! Give the poor moron -- who fig- At least, I still have the consolation to So I stood by for the PRO’s word. But the
ured out that aliens would nod to such an have been recognized as a persona. quite long wait made me start entertaining a
odd feat -- the benefit of the doubt. million questions. Aside, the other end’s dead
However, I doubt if there would be any But my impression of that misdeed as only line was not helping me meet my deadline.
benefit to it. fit for the dump, fit only for the dump, fit for Likewise, the blank wall never helped me
only the dump and fit for the only dump may stop the president’s reply from squeezing the
The president of a Niagara community just last a long, long time. juices out of my birdbrain (Excuse me, Birdie,
association practically shut the doors of an More on the power of only? for taking your name in vain).
Open House to expected visitors from Toron- But I hushed, aware that for all my ques-
to, the US of A and the Philippines. What do morons in an international con- tions, I’d get a gazillion or more answers that
What that so-called community leader vention admit to each other? might cost me a brain glitch (ouch!).
did was quite an amusing paradox. ‘Beards of the shamed feather fluctuate Eventually, the PRO got back to me. But
to ether.’ the take on my e-mail request for names went
If that is how that so-called community Ssshhh! They are talking about those who way way way off its intent.
leader perceives Filipino, Canadian or univer- brag on being abno (say, above normal). The PRO asked me if I were soliciting for
sal hospitality to be, then Amen! advertising, so I could be referred to another
A moron out there may suggest that it is Crazy world, isn’t it? Here’s a tale that al- entity, not the organization itself, implied to
the modal mentality of hospitality, without ET. most made me a lunatic (Hehehe. Hati tayo. be in control of ads and media relations.
Sa iyo na ang luna, akin ang atik!) I raised my hands in disgust, faced a mir-
All things taken equally, though: The act I e-mailed the president of a Toronto com- ror and told myself: ‘Sorry, no English!’
of one does not necessarily reflect the atti- munity group seeking for just one thing, the
tude and thinking of others associated, in any names of candidates in pageants the orga- To page 32, please
Chinese proverb tells that every for Health Research explains that the fathers’
great action starts with the first step. NITZ MENDOZA presence and the time they spend playing
Father’s Day celebration dates with their children contribute extensively to
back more than a century ago help the children look at wider horizons and
from SONORA SMART DODD’s first move to be exposed to valuable life experiences.
remember fathers in a special way for their A father plays an equally vital and
noble contributions to the family and to indispensable role in childrearing.
humanityl. His is such a magic touch that conveys
Dodd’s idea sprang as an inspiration from the tender care a vulnerable babe feels and
a minister’s homily on a Mother’s Day.
She believed her dad, a Civil War veteran Father-child understands.
It brings security and echoes assurance
who raised all his six children single-handedly only a father can truly provide.
after his wife died giving birth to the sixth child, There seems to reverberate a kind of
deserved such recognition, and all the fathers symphony of undefined notes only the child
for that matter. It looks that what is exercised in a loving and the father can relate to.
On June 19, 1910, the idea of celebrating and wholesome atmosphere is easily caught Such creates a bonding between the two,
Father’s Day was hatched. Today, people in and taught as well. made stronger and firmer with the passing of
56 countries worldwide give tribute to dads Great parents are those who raise their time.
every third Sunday of June. children in an environment of care and Considerable discussions and studies
US President BARAK OBAMA adds that of encouragement. on father and child bonding over the years
all the rocks upon which we build our lives, Every birth of a child to a family is a further illustrate outstanding findings and
we are reminded that the family is the most celebration of life as he is a precious gift from significant results.
important. And we are called to recognize God. Children are said to have a high intelligent
and honour how critical every father is to that Nobody can surmise what surprises this quotient if fathers get themselves involved in
foundation. A father is known and is looked little creature -- who neither asks to be born devoting quality time playing with their kids.
up to be the leader, supporter, defender, role nor has the chance to select the kind of family They become better linguists, owing to
model and confidante. He is an important he gets into -- can bring. fathers who tend to use diversified words of
figure and has a significant role to play in Very little, if ever, do parents (especially expressions.
the family. His influence on his children is truly newly married couples in their adjustment The children’s cognitive abilities and
tremendous, encroaching on them an impact period) ponder on what a prevailing domestic verbal skills are challenged; thus, they can
on their moral, emotional, mental and health environment at the child’s birth may have on function intellectually well.
development. the general health and welfare of a growing They too become emotionally secure,
According to scholarly studies, the loving infant. confident to explore, to discover and know
outlook of parents impinges positive benefits A Davis and Cummings 1994 study reveals more around them, exercising self- control
on children. that there is a strong link between a child’s and are with high self- esteem.
In a home where respect and love exposure to inter-parental conflicts and the They can relate with children of their
dominate, siblings are likely to develop into effects of adjustment problems.
To page 30, please
good and responsible individuals. A Canadian researcher from the Institutes
14 JUNE 2011
The ideal marriage is not one in which two people marry to be happy, but to make each
other happy. ROY L. SMITH, 1886
Bata Reyes wins US pool title
MAKING FILIPINOS PROUD count out
EFREN ‘Bata’ REYES in
Alcala brings home ALCALA
his favourite sport.
He may have not
Aussie Juniors crown be in his peak form
and his eyes may not
ALVINNE ANN ALCALA out- see clearly as before
classed Singapore’s FIONA but his natural talent
SEAH, 21-8 and 21-9 to bag and innate skills are REYES
the women’s singles crown still sharp.
in the recent 2011 Li-ning Australia Bad- Reyes, 57, again
minton Juniors in Wendouree, Australia. showed his deadly in a report, said Reyes He cited age and
Alcala, 16, earlier beat Australian vintage form to beat pocketed US$8,000 weak eyes as his low-
and tournament top-seed WENDY CHEN, enroute to her finals meeting American CRIS GEN- and a handsome tro- downs.
with Seah. TILE, 5-2, in the finals of phy for his victory. But he has re-
Alcala could have brought home two championships, had she the 2011 One Pocket Reyes, known as fused to give up on
and partner THEODORE CHRISTOPHER MATTHEW CO won in the finals of Championship in Las the sport’s Magician, billiards, a sport he
the tournament’s mixed doubles event. Vegas, Nevada, USA. has seldom won in lo- helped raise to its cur-
Alcala is the Philippines’ top badminton player. She won last year’s US-based billiards cal and international rent global popular-
Singapore Youth International Badminton Championships. PNA expert JUN ALMOITE, competitions. ity. PNA
Boxer Barriga grabs Mute witness to Filipinos’ struggle for independence
gold in Uzbekistan Novaliches century-old
L heritage ‘duhat’ tree
IGHT flyweight even faster with his
MARK ANTHO- fists, running rings
NY BARRIGA around Zoirov and
stunned the leaving the judges no
hometown crowd choice but to rule him
as he outpunched the victor. ESPITE its being over 100 years old, a al institution in Novaliches.
Uzbekistan’s SHAHO- “Mark utterly frus- historical duhat or blackberry tree in The duhat tree (scientifically known as eu-
BIDDIN ZOIROV, 4-1, trated (Zoirov) and Novaliches, Quezon City continues genia Cumini) originally measured six metres
to capture the gold forced him to com- to bear fruits, although not as big and in diameter at the base and about 50 feet in
medal in the recent mit mistakes,” said succulent as those it used to produce during height when it was renamed Katipunan tree.
Sydney Jackson Me- ED PICSON, Amateur its younger years. The shade generated by its outspread
morial Tournament in Boxing Association of Estimated to be more than 130 years old, branches used to encompass about 30 feet in
Tashkent, Uzbekistan. the Philippines execu- the heritage tree, renamed Katipunan tree af- diameter. But due to old age, its height went
Zoirov’s corner tive director. ter the revolutionary society founded by AN- down to about 25 feet (considering the grad-
had crowed that Bar- Meanwhile, DRES BONIFACIO ual loss of many of
riga, 17, of Davao Asian Games gold on July 7, 1892, is its branches which
del Norte in southern medalist JOAN TIPON, located in Baran- had not re-grown)
Philippines, would back from a shoul- gay Kaligayahan, and its shade half
be mincemeat since der injury, settled for Novaliches, birth- smaller.
Zoirov had competed the silver medal after place of revolu- The old tree is
for Russia in an earlier dropping a close 3-2 tionary heroine one of the histori-
world tournament. decision to SHOHRUH MELCHORA ‘Tan- cal trees marked
But Barriga was HUJABEKOV, also of dang Sora’ AQUI- by the NHI and
fast on his feet and Uzbekistan. PNA NO and site of the TPFPI in the Philip-
first bloody en- pines.
AGP archery highs set counter between Its marker was
the Katipuneros signed jointly and
HE Philippine ar- The women’s and the Spanish installed on April
chery team set team also clinched forces on August 26, 1980 by then
two new Asian two gold medals. 26, 1896, or three NHI chairman ES-
records and With Sydney days after the his- TEBAN DE OCAM-
shone with at least Olympian Chan in toric August 23 Cry of Pugad Lawin. PO, TPFPI president NICOLAS LANSINGAN, and
two gold medals in the squad are JOAN Being the only one of its kind in the en- MMC president MAMERTO MIRANDA.
the recent 2nd Asian CHAN-TABAÑAG and tire country, the tree is considered a pride of The marker read: “This tree was a mute
Archery Grand Prix in RACHEL CABRAL. Novaliches, a former town of Rizal province witness to historic events. This very site where
Vientiane, Laos. For the men’s which is now divided between Quezon City it stands was once a wooded hill which was
Eight countries team, FERMIN BAR- and Caloocan City. a staging area of the Katipuneros during the
participated in the NACHEA earned a When I recently visited the ancient tree, I Philippine Revolution. Under this tree, the Kati-
Grand Prix -- the Phil- bronze medal. picked up about a dozen of its overripe black puneros held meetings, treated their wound-
ippines, Indonesia, Meanwhile, fruits which had fallen to the ground. ed. Andres Bonifacio, founder of the Katipu-
Myanmar, Mongolia, Chan has begun pre- At home, I put them in a big can with soil, nan, was here on several occasions.“
Malaysia, Hong Kong, paring for the July 2 hoping that during this rainy season, some of On the hill where the tree stood, the Kati-
Singapore and host World Championships them would sprout into seedlings that I can re- puneros established a battery and an outpost,
Laos. in Italy and in the Lon- plant to replace the historical tree when it “fi- a makeshift facility that became the target of
Dumaguete- don Olympic Games nally bows out of existence due to old age.” regular attacks by Spanish soldiers.
based archer JEN- in 2012. Officially declared as a Katipunan tree in Kapitan BERNABE SERRANO, known as Ka-
NIFER CHAN, 46, said Also on training 1980 by the National Historical Institute (NHI) besang Abeng by fellow Katipuneros, was the
the national women’s is MARK JAVIER, who and the Tree Preservation Foundation of the former owner of the property where the tree
squad won in the new will represent the Phil- Philippines Inc. (TPFPI), the tree is located at stood.
50-metre team event ippines in the recurve the compound of the 64-year old Metro Ma- Serrano, when still alive, never tired of nar-
category, first intro- category in the World nila College (MMC), formerly the Novaliches
Academy, the pioneer secondary education- To page 38, please
duced in Laos. Championships. PNA
I do not pretend to have discovered that life has anything more to be desired than a pru-
dent and virtuous marriage ... Life of Johnson: JAMES BOSWELL, 1791
JUNE 2011 15
Moro Filipino shines at West Point
hundred years ago, UZI BENJAMIN PIMENTEL out in class, “I hate Muslims!”
IBRAHIM’s forefathers were (With permission) “I was completely blown away by
MAKING FILIPINOS PROUD
fighting for their lives, de- this, and very upset to the point that
fending Mindanao against views un- I left the classroom in tears,” he told
invading U.S. forces led by Gen. JOHN derscore me. “I remember that I went through
J. PERSHING. the com- a time of self-searching and I was
On May 21, Uzi, who was born in plexities of wondering what I did wrong.”
Mindanao, marched as a member the U.S. and But the outburst led to a teaching
of the Class of 2011 of West Point, the world moment for him and his friend who lat-
the military academy where Pershing after Sept. er came up to him and apologized.
trained to be a soldier and where he is 11. For the “The thing was that he never
still highly regarded as a distinguished narratives even knew that I was a Muslim, or re-
alum. Uzi even won an award named that flowed ally understood what being a Muslim
after Pershing. before and was all about. It was then I realized
“I was both in disbelief and hope- after that that, it wasn’t them but it was my fault
ful,” he told me on receiving the hon- tragedy a that events had led up to that point. I
or given to graduating cadets. d e c a d e think this was a very defining moment
“If a hundred years later the de- ago, which reached a turning point in my life.”
scendant of one of America’s fierc- recently with the killing of OSAMA BIN Uzi moved on. Though prejudice
est opponents could enter the same LADEN, had many unexpected twists against Muslims was known to inten-
halls as General Pershing to become and turns. sify in the years after Sept. 11, he says
a leader,” he adds, “it gives me hope Some may disagree with his views, his identity has “never been an issue.”
that a lot of things can change in the and may find them naïve, but he re- He became class president of his
world.” calls his journey and tells his story with high school in West Virginia, a state
In 21-year-old Uzi Ibrahim, we find sincerity and quiet conviction. known for its conservatism.
a unique odyssey. It is a journey of a Uzi moved to the U.S. when he He even became governor of
young man who proudly considers was three. He was 11 when the terror- Boy’s State, the West Virginia leader-
himself a Moro Filipino. ists hijacked the planes that slammed ship academy. (Photo above is from
He is a child of Sept. 11, who is ea- against the Twin Towers in New York the mountaineersboysstate.org)
ger to serve as a soldier of the United on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 “What this shows is you can dwell
States, but also looking to give back people. on the differences all you want,” he
to the country, to the island where his Two days after the attacks, he felt told me. “But at the end of the day is
people fought bravely for their free- the sting of the tragedy. it making the situation any better? Am
dom a century ago. In a moment that he still recalls To page 30, please
In many ways, his story and his vividly, a close of friend of his yelled
‘Taas noo kahit kanino, ang Pilipino ay ako!’ Timicheg’s Belgium tunnel
June 12, 2011 IMICHEG
was an Ig-
10 OFWs in Israel cited
ABOR Attache in Israel ation of Filipino Communities in
MERRIAM CUASAY has Israel, she focused on her tasks
cited ten overseas Filipino as a quiet leader in many FCCI
the 1913 Gh-
workers (OFW) who dou- activities.
ent Expo in Bel-
bled as leaders to help govern- ♦ RUSS PAGARIGAN, past
ment and the community pro- president of the Kapatiran ng
tect and promote the welfare Manggagawang Pilipino sa Is-
and 53 others
and interest of OFWs. rael (KAMPI).
In a report to Philippine La- He led KAMPI in initiating
were made to TIMICHEG TUNNEL in Ghent
appear like di-
bor and Employment Secretary activities that kept the bond
orama pieces in the Philippine Mayor DANIEL TERMONT, officials
ROSALINDA BALDOZ, Cuasay and camaraderie among its
Village at the international trade of NMBS-Holding, VVM De Lijn
identified the OFWs as: members and the community
and cultural exposition. and Infrabel Network, and private
♦ EUGENE AGCAPEN, presi- strong.
Timicheg died of tuberculosis sector partners of Project Ghent
dent of the Association of Igorot As chairperson of KAMPI’s Fi-
four months later. St. Pieters.
Migrant Workers. nancial Assistance Fund, he has
After the Expo, the Filipinos The Ghent City Council re-
Agcapen works hard to pro- helped distressed and needy
stayed in the city until December solved in 2007 to name city streets
mote Philippine culture through OFWs in Israel.
1913, “apparently since no funds and tunnels after participants to
Igorot dances and costumes; ♦ JOSELITO SOLIS, founder,
could be raised to bring them the 1913 Ghent expo.
♦ PABLO and VILMA ALCAN- KAMPI, one of the most solid Fili-
Timicheg joined prominent
back home, until the United States
TARA, elders of the Couples for pino organizations in Israel;
government provided the sup- Belgian architects OSCAR DE
Christ-Israel Chapter. ♦ VICTOR SORIANO is one of
port,” the Philippine Department VOORDE and VALENTIN VERWYCK
♦ ELVIRA ALVAREZ, president the earliest OFWs in Israel. He is
and many more whose names
of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
of the Batangas Ranging Colli- the president of Ilonggo Tribe.
The sad experience prompt- have been etched in the city’s
gation, one of the most active As KAMPI founder, he im-
ed a ban on such kind of “exotic landmarks.
Filipino groups in Israel. mensely involved himself in
peoples’ display” in world fairs. Manalo said the act was “a
♦ NENETTE GAGISAN, presi- countless community events
The little known Igorot, how- positive recognition of human-
dent of the Mindorenians Com- and activities.
ever, was honored when, on May centered development and a
munity. He is dubbed Tatay (father)
5, Ghent city and Philippine of- celebration of cultural diversity
She led her community in of Ilonggos in Israel.
ficials opened a railway tunnel through non-exploitative means”
helping improve information ♦ JENALYN ZUNO is one
named after Timicheg. by the global community.
technology literacy among of the most visible OFWs in the
Philippine Ambassador to Bel- He commended Ghent City
schoolchildren in hometowns, area. She is ever present in
gium ENRIQUE MANALO led the for celebrating the success of the
through the donation of com- sponsorship drives, decorations,
ribbon-cutting ceremony to open 1913 Expo and for commemorat-
puters. media coverage, etc.
the Timicheg Tunnel at the St. Piet- ing those who experienced diffi-
♦ ANALIZA MONTEROLA. As She manages Focal Maga-
culties to participate in the event.
er’s Train Station.
four-time secretary of the Feder- zine. PNA
Also present were Ghent PNA
16 JUNE 2011
An invitation to a wedding invokes more trouble than a summons to a police court. WILLIAM
Athena Mae Imperial wins Ms PHL Earth 2011 title
24, from Ca-
rora, was crowned
this year’s Miss Phil-
ippines Earth at the
Puerto Princesa City
Coliseum on June 5.
Imperial, a Uni-
versity of the Philip-
pines Mass Commu-
nication student who
aspires to be a suc-
cessful news report-
er, bested 49 other
She also received
the online voting spe-
cial People’s Choice
Award. Miss Philippines Earth 2011 ATHENA MAE IMPERIAL (centre) is flanked by her court (from left) Miss Eco-Tourism TARHATA
“I couldn’t be- CLIO SHARI RICO (Makati City), Miss Water MURIELLE ADRIENNE ORAIS (Cebu City), Miss Air JONAVI RAISA QUIRAY (Puer-
lieve it! I was floating; to Princesa City), and Miss Fire MICHELLE GAVAGAN (Las Piñas City). The June 5 pageant coincided with the celebration
I feel very blessed. of World Environment Day. Photo: Miss Philippines Earth 2011 Pageant
What can I say ex-
cept, embrace your NAVI RAISA QUIRAY TO of Cotabato City, The Miss Talent Sto. Tomas, La Union. theme was forest
beauty and your flaws of Puerto Princesa BRENNA GAMBOA of and Best in Cultural On its 11th year, conservation and
together because City, and Miss Fire MI- the Filipino communi- Costume awards Miss Philippines-Earth preservation, in con-
they can make you CHELLE GAVAGAN of ty of USA-East Coast, went to DIANE QUER- has worked for pub- sonance with the
shine as a person, as Las Piñas City. CATRINE OCAMPO RER of Tanauan City. lic awareness on vi- United Nations dec-
a woman,” Imperial Quiray took the of General Santos Named Miss tal environmental laration of 2011 as the
told media. Best in Cocktail Wear City, MARY DENISSE Friendship was issues. International Year of
She will represent and Best in Swim- TORIBIO of Malolos, NORELLA NACIS of The pageant’s the Forests. With PNA
the Philippines in the suit awards, while Bulacan, and MARIA
November Miss Earth
Pageant in Thailand.
Orais won the Best
in Casual Wear and
ALICIA ARIOSA of Pa-
gadian City. Italian scientists find 20M
year-old sea cow fossil
Imperial’s court Miss Gandang Ricky Gamboa went
is composed of Miss Reyes awards. home with the Miss
Eco-Tourism TARHATA Gavagan was Thunderbird Resorts
CLIO SHARI RICO of Miss Golden Sunset. and Best in Long TALIAN scientists from the La sil is in the rock, in the cave. We
Makati City, Miss Wa- Rounding up the Gown awards. Venta Geographical Explora- cannot remove it and we don’t
ter MURIELLE ADRI- ten finalists after four Toribio was tion has discovered a 20 mil- want to extract it.”
ENNE ORAIS of Cebu elimination rounds named Miss New Pla- lion year-old sea cow fossil at “We would like to wait (until
City), Miss Air JO- were EDAN DAFILMO- centa. the Puerto Princesa Underground the time) when the technology
River (PPUR), in Palawan, south- will allow us to study the fossil with-
ern Philippines. out extracting it,” Piccini said.
The scientists found several He said it was a rare discov-
ribs and spine parts of the sea ery in the region from the Mio-
cow embedded in limestone rock cene era, 20 million years ago.
above the waters of the PPUR. “It’s the first remains of this
An AFP report quoted Univer- kind of animal in the area. It is im-
NATURE’S BEAUTY sity of Florence geologist LEON-
ARDO PICCINI as saying: “The fos-
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Smart, WWF: Save dugong, sea turtles
EADING Philippine wire- ground for small and large pe-
less services provider Smart lagic species, with frequent sight-
Communications Inc. and ings of whale sharks, dugong and
World Wide Fund for Nature- leatherback turtles,” Tan said.
Philippines (WWF) have partnered “Sadly, the Davao Gulf is be-
in encouraging Filipinos to help ing threatened by the very eco-
save the endangered dugong nomic activities it supports,” said
and green sea turtle. Tan, citing ports, oil depots, fac-
Smart launched its Text-to- tories and other industries per-
Circa 2009. Volunteers gently push a
Donate SMS-based donation ceived to exert pressure on the beached dugong to deeper water.
platform that would give subscrib- quality of water, the natural habi- Photo: WWF/MAVIC MATILLANO
ers easy donor access to WWF’s tats and the productivity of the
wildlife conservation programs gulf’s fisheries. The WWF-Philippines’ Davao Affairs head.
through the mobile phone. Environmental exploitation Gulf conservation and protec- “Smart’s Text-to-Donate is ac-
WWF would use funds raised could result from growing poverty tion programs are implemented cessible, simple and a quick way
through the platform to reha- in an area where fish yields have with the Davao Gulf Manage- to do their share. With WWF, they
bilitate and preserve the Davao dropped, leading many to en- ment Council, composed the are assured their donations are
Gulf, a known habitat for dugong gage in destructive fishing meth- five coastal cities and 18 coastal put to good use,” Isberto said.
and green sea turtles. ods to survive. towns surrounding the gulf. Smart and Talk ‘N’ text sub-
WWF-Philippines vice chair “Turtles are killed for meat “A lot of Filipinos are natu- scribers could donate from P5 to
and CEO LORY TAN said the and eggs, while the number of rally caring and protective of our P1,000 by texting WWF to 4483;
Davao Gulf ranked as one of the dugongs has dwindled due to country’s environment and na- the amount to be deducted from
priority conservation areas of the boat propeller accidents and tive creatures. They are willing to a subscriber’s prepaid load or be
Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Eco-region. fishnet-caused drowning, among help but they do not know how,” billed to the account of a post-
“It is a breeding and nursery others,” Tan said. said MON ISBERTO, Smart’s Public paid subscriber. PNA